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Friday, 20 October


UN takes Australia to task over archaic fines laws that resulted in Ms Dhus death in custody "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Government was again grilled last night at the United Nations in Geneva with the Human Rights Committee taking aim at the failure to scrap the cruel fines laws that resulted in Ms Dhus tragic death in custody.

Ms Dhu, a young Yamatji woman from Geraldton, died a cruel and inhuman death in 2014 after being locked away in a South Headland police cell for three days because she couldnt pay fines she received as a teenager.

Nana Carol Roe, Ms Dhus grandmother, said she was still waiting for truth and justice.

Australia needs to answer for everything that they have done to my people and especially for how they treated my granddaughter. Australia must be held to account, said Ms Roe.

Related: Shocking and disturbing:  Australian Government slammed for its cruelty to refugees at UN hearing

Ruth Barson, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said at the conclusion of the coronial inquest into Ms Dhus death, the Coroner recommended that the Western Australian Government reform its fines laws to get rid of automatic imprisonment for fine default.

Last night Australia was shamed on the worlds human rights stage because of Western Australias dangerous practice of locking up people who cannot afford to pay their fines. Its been three painful years since Ms Dhus tragic death. There is no justifiable reason for delay its time for bipartisan support for these archaic laws to be scrapped, said Ms Barson.

In the past few weeks Western Australias unfair fines laws have seen a breastfeeding mother put behind bars, and a heavily pregnant woman at risk of being jailed because she couldnt afford to pay her fines.

A promise to lead on Indigenous peoples rights was a central pillar to Australias successful bid to gain a seat on the UN Human Rights Council earlier this week.

Michael Coughlan from Indigenous Peoples Network Australia, who is currently in Geneva, said that the fine laws are a driver of the appallingly high rates at which Aboriginal people are over-imprisoned.

We know these laws are harmful and we know they unfairly trap too many Aboriginal people. They belong in the garbage. Nobody should be subjected to the indignity and dangers of prison simply because they cannot afford to pay a fine, said Mr Coughlan.


Due to growing internet access the child porn industry is spreading in Southeast Asia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The spread of internet use in Southeast Asia is fueling the creation and spread of child exploitation - and experts are warning that children are being coerced into creating the material themselves. Internet availability across Southeast Asia currently sits at about 50 percent, according to a recent study. However, in the Philippines and Thailand, countries where sexual abuse is a significant problem, the rate reaches 58 percent and 67 percent respectively, Reuters reports. Jon Rouse of Taskforce Argos, an Australian police unit that targets online child abuse networks, said that the problem of child porn is only going to get bigger.


Killary kept her private computer server for nearly two years after leaving State Dept - who let that happen? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hillary Clinton's email activity has been subject to intense scrutiny (perhaps more so by the media than the FBI) and yet we still haven't received the answer as to who allowed the former Secretary of State to keep her computer server nearly two years after leaving government. Hedge fund manager Charles Ortel posed the question during an interview with Russia Today. From RT: RT: What do you make of this latest revelation on the Clinton email investigation? Charles Ortel: I think it is a very dangerous sort of revelation. I would implore people to understand the real issue is not whether or not Hillary Clinton and others had classified information on this private server. The real issue is who allowed Hillary Clinton, while secretary of state, and the various cronies associated with her and employees and contractors, to operate this private server during her entire tenure and then to let her and her team continue to operate, and hold all of the contents that were on this server for almost two years after she had left the post. This is akin to deciding that what you are going to do is to take Air Force Two after you leave, and use it for 18 months and then give it back to the government at the end of the day. It is very damaging information. Despite overwhelming evidence of Hillary Clinton mishandling classified information, the FBI and Department of Justice refuse to prosecute the former Secretary of State. As The Gateway Pundit previously reported, former FBI Director James Comey drafted a memo exonerating Clinton before the Bureau's investigation was complete.


Freewallet is the First Service Provider to Enable Bitcoin Gold Support "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bitcoin Gold is by far one of the most suspicious Bitcoin hard forks to date. With very little to no support from the community and service providers, a lot of questions remain unanswered. However, it seems we now have at least one wallet supporting BTG. Freewallet will support this upcoming hard fork, which is rather Continue reading Freewallet is the First Service Provider to Enable Bitcoin Gold Support

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Thursday, 19 October


Shocking disturbing: Australian Government slammed for its cruelty to refugees at UN hearing "IndyWatch Feed National"

For the second day running, Australian Government officials have endured an uncomfortable grilling by the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva.

Just one day after condemning the Australian Governments chronic non-compliance with international human rights laws, in a further hearing overnight the expert Committee honed in on the Governments cruelty to refugees and in particular its offshore detention regime. The Human Rights Committee described the policies as shocking and disturbing.

The strong rebuke comes just two days after Australia was handed a seat on the UN Human Rights Council and just one day after the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) delivered an extraordinary statement warning of an imminent humanitarian crisis and a "looming humanitarian emergency" on Manus Island.

Amy Frew, Lawyer with the Human Rights Law Centre who is in Geneva for the hearings, said that it is clear that the UN is deeply concerned by the Australian Governments deteriorating human rights performance, especially in the areas of refugee policy, the over-imprisonment of Indigenous peoples and the erosion of democratic freedoms.

Our Government is just two days into a three-year term on the Human Rights Council and already its clear they will be constantly haunted by their own cruelty to refugees. Our Government can sit at the table and blow its own trumpet all it likes. But its crystal clear that for as long as our Government continues to warehouse 2000 innocent men, women and children on Manus and Nauru it will lack credibility and moral authority on human rights, said Ms Frew.

Related: UN takes Australia to task over archaic fines laws that resulted in Ms Dhu's death in police custody

Remarkably, during the questioning, the Australian Government suggested it did not have a policy of mandatory and indefinite detention of people seek...


Malaysia chooses American company Ocean Infinity to search for MH370 "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Malaysian government has chosen an American private seabed exploration firm, Ocean Infinity, to resume the search for MH370, which disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board.

It is now negotiating terms with Ocean Infinity, and will make an official announcement once those terms are agreed.

The underwater search in the southern Indian Ocean was suspended on January 17 this year. The tripartite decision to suspend the search was made by Malaysia, China, and Australia.

In an email to the next-of-kin of the passengers and crew of those on board MH370, the Malaysian government said: Please be informed that the MH370 Response Team has received several proposals from interested parties to search for MH370.

These proposals included an offer by the company Ocean Infinity, which offered to search on a No Cure No Fee basis, the Malaysian government said.

These offers have been thoroughly assessed by the team and the governments of Australia and China have been informed of this in line with the spirit of tripartite cooperation.

In this regard, the government of Malaysia has given the permission for the response team to proceed negotiating the terms and conditions with Ocean Infinity.

The Malaysian government said that once n...


#HandsOffCorey: Support #Charlottesville Defender Corey Long "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Solidarity Cville for Medium - Corey Long turned himself in this past Friday after the white supremacists who attacked Charlottesville swore out a warrant against Corey for disorderly conduct and assault and battery. Corey is beloved in his community, known for taking care of others. Now he is known nationwide for a photograph of him with an ignited spray can shielding an elderly man from a group of white nationalists swinging flags at them. This photo emerged as one of the most powerful images of community defense and guardianship against the intimidation, extreme force and brutality that neo-Nazis perpetrated as promised against Charlottesville residents. Shortly after that photo was taken, a Nazi fired a gun at Corey. Corey Long, a 23-year-old elder care worker, was arrested for answering the call to defend his community against the imminent siege of terror that both Mayor Mike Signer and UVA President Teresa Sullivan told the residents of Charlottesville to outright ignore.


In Wake Of Equifax Hack, Its Time For The U.S. To Create A National ID Card "IndyWatch Feed National"

Identity theft has been a growing problem for years, but the recent Equifax hack has raised the issue in peoples minds again. Equifax may be the biggest security breach of personal information, but it is not the first and will not be the last.

Americans continue to rely on antiquated methods of identification, the most prominent of which are Social Security numbers. Forcing the Social Security number to act as a secure means of identification asks more of the nine-digit combination than was ever intended.

Last week, reports emerged that the Trump administration was considering the problem of SSNs. They should be. The cobbled-together identification system has been failing for years and will continue to do so unless it is replaced by a secure method of documenting Americans identities. We need a better answer to the problem of identifying oneself and protecting that identity from fraud. We need a national identification card.

A Long Time Coming

This is not a new issue. That we do not have a national ID card yet should be chalked up as a victory for two groups: federalists and privacy advocates. For the former group, the idea of the federal government taking over one of the duties of the statesissuing primary identification documentswould continue the troubling trend of concentrating power toward Washington, away from the people. For the latter, giving the government access to and control over our personal information would necessarily degrade our personal autonomy and force people deeper into a system of which some of them want no part.

Neither is a bad position, but their proponents make the mistake of comparing a world with a national ID to one where perfect conditions of federalism and privacy prevail. Thats not a world that exists now, if it ever did.

Federalist opponents of the national ID should consider that we are presently living in a system where the federal government already is deeply involved in tracking everyones identity. We have SSNs, as well as passports, and the coordination of state IDs through the REAL ID Act of 2005, among other things. That makes for a hodgepodge of barely functional federal documents combined with federal coercion of the states regarding their own IDs. One federally issued, a secure identification system would simply improve the existing federal IDs while obviating the need to force the states into line on their own. National ID doesnt bring the feds into the equation: they are already there.

The way things stand now is also unacceptable from a privacy standpoint, as the Equifax hack shows. No matter how careful you are with your own documents, unless you live in an off-grid, cash-only ec...


Toxic Firefighting Chemicals Most Seminal Public Health Challenge "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Christopher Knaus for The Guardian - A top United States environmental official has described the contamination of drinking water by toxic firefighting chemicals as the most seminal public health challenge of coming decades. The US, like Australia, is still grappling with how to respond to widespread contamination caused by past use of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (Pfas) in firefighting foam. The manmade chemicals share a probable link with cancer, do not break down in the environment and have contaminated groundwater, drinking water, soil and waterways. The Australian government has continued to maintain there is no concrete evidence of a link between the chemicals and adverse health impacts, but has been criticised for the inadequacy of its response. The governments stated position sits in stark contrast with a view expressed this week by a senior official in the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a government agency and the countrys leading public health institution. Patrick Breysse, director of the CDCs National Centre for Environmental Health, described the chemicals as one of the most seminal public health challenge for the next decades, according to the Bloomberg news agency.


Australia Officially Ends Double Bitcoin Tax "IndyWatch Feed National"

From July 2018, Australians will no longer have to pay GST on their cryptocurrency purchases, following the passing of new legislation today.


Paul Keating: Voluntary euthanasia is a threshold moment for Australia, and one we should not cross "IndyWatch Feed National"

  • By Paul Keating

There is probably no more important issue in contemporary bioethics or a more serious ethical decision for our parliaments than that raised by the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 being debated this week in the Victorian Parliament.

Under this bill, conditions and safeguards are outlined that will allow physicians to terminate the life of patients and to assist patients to take their own life. This is a threshold moment for the country. No matter what justifications are offered for the bill, it constitutes an unacceptable departure in our approach to human existence and the irrevocable sanctity that should govern our understanding of what it means to be human.

The justifications offered by the bills advocates that the legal conditions are stringent or that the regime being authorised will be conservative miss the point entirely. What matters is the core intention of the law. What matters is the ethical threshold being crossed. What matters is that under Victorian law there will be people whose lives we honour and those we believe are better off dead.

In both practical and moral terms, it is misleading to think allowing people to terminate their life is without consequence for the entire society. Too much of the Victorian debate has been about the details and conditions under which people can be terminated and too little about the golden principles that would be abandoned by our legisl...


The Man Who Called Donald Trump a Moron "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rex Tillerson has reportedly called Donald Trump a moron. And, in the interest of accuracy and completeness, NBC amended that to a f*cking moron.

But what epithet might apply to Rex Tillerson?

For many years, Tillerson headed ExxonMobil, a company that he knew was contributing to global warming. And nothing changed under his leadership with devastating and possibly irreversible results.

Recently, the Los Angeles Times released a detailed report on the extent to which ExxonMobil misled the public, for decades, on what it knew about how it was affecting the climate:

Reviewing 187 ExxonMobil documents, we found that 83% of peer-reviewed papers authored by ExxonMobil scientists and 80% of the companys internal communications acknowledged that climate change was real and human-caused.

For a closer view of this phenomenal deception, and one of the people responsible for it, please see the following story, which we first posted earlier this year.

WhoWhatWhy Staff

Rex Tillerson likes his privacy. Career diplomats working in the same building with him were given special instructions: Do not try to make eye contact with him, and do not speak to him directly.

On his first three trips abroad, Tillerson did not even meet with State Department employees in their embassies. Nor did he allow the usual press corps to accompany him on those trips. He took along only one reporter, one who was from the conservative website, Independent Journal Review. He does not like to answer questions.

To many, appointing the former CEO of Exxon as Secretary of State was about as appropriate as putting Bernie Madoff in charge of the treasury.



A 10 Step Survival Guide for The Dark Night of the Soul "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the dark night of the soul, bright flows the river of God.

St John of the Cross

By Caroline Diana


It is the foundation upon which every aspect of our world is built.

Family. Society. Education. Industry. Commerce. Judiciary. Government.

You get the idea.

And like cogs on a wheel, your outer public face is made up of grooves  the labels and approved personal characteristics, traits, and hats you wear that synchronize perfectly with these external wheels and keep you in good standing in the world.

But, heres the thing

On their own, these external structures hold you to a limited view of yourself and way of being, in exchange for the validation, approval, and longing most of us subliminally crave.

They overlook to a large extent the unique individual you are. And from personal experience and the past 15 years of working closely with clients, here is what I have come to know:

As self-aware human beings, we are connected to a higher intelligence. Some call it Source, Universe, or collective consciousness, and still others, God.

Your connection with higher intelligence is the means through which you are able to access your innate intuition, gifts, skills, and information the stamp that makes you, YOU.

Being able to express these fully and uncensored by lifes external structures is what ultimately enables you to feel truly happy, successful, and fulfilled.

And that is not to say that you should disregard familial, societal, or cultural modes and norms. Rather, I believe that it can only positively impact your happiness and wellbeing levels when you can identify and embrace your enormity and uniqueness, beneath the status quo.

So what does structure have to do with the dark night of the soul? The answer is absolutely everything.

There are two major contributing factors to a dark night of the soul:

When an individual a) is not cognizant of themselves as distinct individuals from the external labels and constructs that qualify and give meaning to their lives, and b) has not been getting their deep, soul-level needs met, life in collaboration with this higher intelligence will often orchestrate the perfect set of conditions to awaken them to a gre...


The Psychedelic Renaissance is Here. Will it Last This Time? "IndyWatch Feed National"

From Massive: Increasing evidence suggests that psychedelics may revolutionize mental health care. In order for this psychedelic renaissance to last, scientists and citizens will need to combat preconceived notions about psychedelic drugs formed as a result of the cultural war on drugs.

Although many of these studies are still in their early phases, the preliminary data overwhelmingly supports the use of psychedelics as targeted medicines, specifically in conjunction with psychotherapy. So why is there such intense skepticism about this group of drugs in particular? Why is it that cancer chemotherapies with significant mortality rates and harsh side-effects will readily move through the clinical trial phases and directly into use, but LSD, which has nearly zero recorded overdoses, rarely even achieves study approval?

The answer is likely buried under 50-plus years of drug prohibition and abstinence-only education in the United States and around the world, a culture that has shaped the negative stigma of all psychedelics. Instead of re-litigating this past, though, researchers in the field are posed at the precipice of progressing forward with revolutionary studies, and may conscientiously move our culture forward with them. But moving the culture will require awareness and action from scientists and citizens.



Tucker on Vegas Mysteries, 1844 "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: Tucker on Vegas Mysteries, 1844 Synopsis: Dont hold out hopes that there will be any real investigation, or any turnaround in the current investigation. The Las Vegas mafia has this mass assassination of Trump supporters locked down and put to bed unless Congress mounts a real investigation. Tammy Bruce, an excellent reporter herself, and Tucker summarize the many things we dont know and likely will never know. [insert]b Interesting, I wonder how they are then going to explain it if the guy just never turns up at all? [insert] Tucker, we dont care what his motive was. That is THE most irrelevant question of them all. There are still HUGE questions if he was even alive when the shooting started. Lets figure that out first. Were there explosive traces on his body and clothing consistent with the firing of those weapons? Thats #1 Question #2, where is the security camera footage. The Mandalay Bay is loaded with cameras. Having the casino try to argue that they cant hand those over to law enforcement because they will be inevitably involved in lawsuits doesnt cut it! The public has a right to know what happened and let the chips fall where they may on the Mandalay Bay. [insert] Conspiracy theories??? At this point, even the wildest conspiracy theory is an order of magnitude more plausible than the last the 3rd revised timeline offered by the FBI through the NVPD. Quit trying to immunize yourself from the establishment who all too frequently uses the term conspiracy theory to silence anyone who would question the states answers which are obviously attempting to obscure the truth, not expose it. [insert] Yes, the shooter shot at him with a gun that fires about 11 rounds per second, and only hits him once and then so insignificantly that he hangs around for how long to assist the cops? Then, doesnt go to the Urgent Care for days, is it? Or does he go at all? No one has found the Urgent Care he supposedly went to? Oh, but thats another conspiracy theory, eh? 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: Protect Your Information From Big Data - Click Here! Use Promo Code: bill still for 20% OFF Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: https://pl........


Gunnedah Council and the NSW Department of Health to consult Gunnedah shire community about water fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed National"

The fluoride debate is back on the agenda with Gunnedah Shire Council once again considering whether or not to add fluoride to the shires water supply.

At its monthly meeting held at the Kelvin town hall on Wednesday night, council heard the NSW Department of Health had put forward a motion to consult with the community about water fluoridation.

Gunnedah is one of the last remaining areas in the state that doesnt have fluoride added in the towns water supply, with the controversial issue last rearing its head in 2014-15.

During the discussion at the council meeting, councillor Owen Hasler said surveying the entire community was pivotal before making a decision.

I would feel more comfortable with a survey of the whole community, Cr Hasler said.

Council voted in 2014 to seek funding from the health department to investigate the installation of fluoride in the water supply and the costs involved.

I think this is where we need to stand up and be counted, Cr Ann Luke said.

Councillor Gae Swain said it has been a very contentious matter over many years.

This is the communitys chance to make a decision one way or another, she said.

The motion was approved by council. Now the Department of Health will consult with the public and submit a report to council at its December meeting about the progress of public consultation.

A website made by the department will also be launched in early-November to give residents more information about fluoridation.

Links to the site will also be available on the Gunnedah Shire Council website along with a fact-sheet to all ratepayers in early-November.

In February, 2018, the department will report to council with recommendations based on public consultation.

The recommendations will assist council in making the final decision, to either not accept fluoridation or to seek approval from NSW Health to commence fluoridation.

*Original article online at


In Australia, faulty BoM temperature sensors contribute to hottest year ever "IndyWatch Feed National"

More hot days or purpose-designed temperature sensors at play? Guest essay by Dr. Jennifer Marohasy, republished from the Australian Spectator with permission from the author. I dont believe in conspiracies of silence except when it comes to Harvey Weinstein and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. For some time, weather enthusiasts have been noticing rapid


Another Winter of Discontent coming "IndyWatch Feed National"

Winter approaches, we review another lost year. The tenth year of an unapologized for bankers Depresssion. While our colleagues and comrades across Europe are  hit particularly hard in Spain , Greece, Italy and Ireland and are f-cked over by stories of deficits,misplaced investments and a banking crash, the rich protect themselves more pulling up the step ladder and retreat nonchalant uncaring to their luxury loft.

Temperatures are dropping and summer is ending, another winter of great unrest unfolding. Not just in Europe but affecting brothers and sisters far and wide in India, Pakistan, the Phillipines even America and Australia. Now we operate a two or three lane highway, the impoverished languishing without homes, jobs, medicines or even water, others engaged in slave work, working to breakneck schedules for a mere pittance, fighting another  500 applicants for a simple job. This is particularly the fate of the young who contest the usual catch 22 that you cant work without experience and to get experience you need W.O.R.K. So they dreamt up work experience which of course benefits only them, whereby you can get up  early , wash, pay to travel to work, look like another employee  but recieve NOTHING for your efforts. In this case should I have had a son or daughter unfortunate enough to have been  born into these unforeseen and un dreamt of circumstances , even as a socialist, I would urge them into self employment.

Then of course you have the Rich ploughing European, Asian and American cities in their high range cars, forcing hobbling beggars out of their path as they accelerate off the lights. What have we come to at the hands of this dastardly elite? The Rothschilds, the bankers and the Corporatists, who think the world is existing to serve them luxury upon luxury, unpop another champagne, spoon another caviar. Its really rediculous we have gone back 50 years or so. As they, the Governments and their Intelligence agencies wage their own contrived war upon the people, week after week blaming strawmen with ficticious names such as Al qaeda, Al Nusr or even ISIS , or was it IS or even Daesch that do all these murders suicides and assassinations. As I read the articles more and more people  quite cleaarly have finally copped on as the Irish say, to what is going on.

More bombs, more cars and lorries ploughing into crowds, more airliners going mising and meanwhile your constitutional rights being removed by the elite and bankers layer by layer.

Jobs.forget it..600 people apply to do simple telemarketingthe job description as long as your arm, multitasked, punctual, tech-savvy and spanish speakers would also be appreciated along with german, for these stress resistant personalities working for 500 or 700 euros per month...


Albatrosses eat jellyfish, new research "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

8 April 2014

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic guests land at Steeple Jason Island in the Falklands to see the impressive wildlife, including the worlds largest colony of black-browed albatross. Video by Mark Coger.

From the University of Tasmania Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies in Australia:

DNA tests on albatross excrement reveal secret diet of top predator

October 18, 2017

A study that used DNA tests to analyse the scats of one of the worlds most numerous albatrosses has revealed surprising results about the top predators diet.

DNA analysis of 1460 scats from breeding sites around the Southern Ocean has shown that the diet of black-browed albatrosses contains a much higher proportion of jellyfish than previously thought.

The finding, in a study led by IMAS researcher Julie McInnes and published in the journal Molecular Ecology, is important because top predators such as the albatross are used as indicators of the health of the broader marine ecosystem.

Ms McInnes said jellyfish have traditionally been regarded as an unlikely food source due to their poor nutritional value, although sightings of albatross eating jellyfish are occasionally made.

We need to understand what albatross eat so we can identify how marine ecosystems might be changing in response to pressures such as climate change or fishing, Ms McInnes said.

Past studies of albatross diets relied largely on analysis of their stomach contents, with jellyfish found in less than one in five samples and then only in low volumes...


taking stock in spring "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Its been a long while since I took stock. Surprisingly, this little thinking/writing exercise helps to ground me. And I need a little of that right now. Spring busyness has me all a whirr and Im not quite ready for the countless end-of-year activities that are fast approaching. So heres what Im

Making : plans. Big ones. Exciting ones!
Cooking : tuna pasta. Because its Thursday and I had all the ingredients and saved myself a trip to the shops.
Drinking : mineral water and lemon.
Reading: Lab Girl and Better Than Before.
Trawling: op-shops and looking for t-shirts to wear with skirts (my go-to spring breastfeeding outfit).
Wanting: to sleep without being woken by a certain teething toddler.
Looking: at all the lovely tops and dresses in this spring clean sale.
Deciding: on what decision to make first.
Wishing: for a full nights sleep. Unlikely, I know.
Enjoying: regular coffee catch-ups with friends.
Waiting: on Marigolds personalised Christmas star (you can still order here and they make beautiful gifts).
Liking: pilates (my core is grateful).
Wondering: if Ill ever get to the bottom of the washing pile.
Loving: being a mum. I dont think Ive ever been as content in my role as I am right now.
Pondering: what well do on the weekend.
Listening: to children squabble. The witching hours are so loud.
Considering: going to the library tomorrow morning.
Buying: beeswax candles because a quiet house, darkness and flickering beeswax is the perfect way to wind down.
Watching: the Jacaranda tree. It will bloom any day now.
Hoping: to go to bed early tonight. Those hours before midnight really do make for better sleep.
Marvelling: at the sheer amount of washing I do.
Cringing: at the state of the pantry I need to clean and sort and cook with the excess that currently sits on the shelves.
Needing: to photograph the next collection of pre-loved clothes that Ill be selling on @simplicitymarket.
Smelling: Marigold because her newborn scent is still sweet and strong.


MACKAY Man accused of laundering $1m through scam faces court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Australia - Gunnedah Council and the NSW Department of Health to consult Gunnedah shire community about water fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed National"

OPEN FOR DISCUSSION: The Gunnedah Shire Council October council meeting was held at the Kelvin Hall on Wednesday. One of the major topics discussed at the meeting was water fluoridation. Photo: Billy Jupp OPEN FOR DISCUSSION: The Gunnedah Shire Council October council meeting was held at the Kelvin Hall on Wednesday. One of the major topics discussed at the meeting was water fluoridation. Photo: Billy Jupp...


KYC Bill to Regulate Bitcoin Exchanges Green Lighted by Australian Senate Committee "IndyWatch Feed National"

KYC Bill to Regulate Bitcoin Exchanges Green Lighted by Australian Senate Committee

A bill to regulate Australias digital currency exchanges has gained support from the Senate committee tasked to review it. The committee recommended for the bill to be passed. However, public comments from the industrys participants suggest that some provisions in the bill are unclear and could reduce competition in the payment industry.

Also read: Australia Introduces Bill That Regulates Bitcoin Exchanges

Crypto Exchange Bill Receives Support

The Australian Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee published a document last week recommending the the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Amendment Bill 2017 be passed.

KYC Bill to Regulate Bitcoin Exchanges Green Lighted by Australian Senate CommitteeThis bill was first introduced in August by the Senate and was referred to the Legal and...


I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I for one consider gun control a complete waste of time and resources.  However i do think that mandatory weapons training for all who wish to buy and to own a weapon is worthwhile.  Just as self restraint training with martial arts.  I would apply this to all farm boys in particular.

Then i would insist on a refresher every five years in which the person and his reflexes are checked out.  Thus all gun owners can be expected to be very safe and responsible with weapons.  I suspect that the Swiss essentially do that.

Having all weapons secured under lock and key at a range is also something that could be insisted upon at least for all but a single personal weapon for accepted protection or militia participation.. 

All these actions honor the intent of the second amendment and secures a high level of weapon safety.

I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise.

Police found 12 weapons with bump-fire stocks in the shooters hotel room. These devices can be used to make semi-automatic weapons perform like machine guns. (Patrick Martin/The Washington Post) 

By Leah Libresco October 3 at 3:02 PM



Tehran will shred nuclear deal if US pulls out says Ayatollah Khamenei "IndyWatch Feed National"

Irans supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Wednesday that Tehran would stick to its 2015 nuclear accord with world powers as long as the other signatories respected it, state TV said. I dont want to waste my time on answering the rants and whoppers of the brute [US] president, Khamenei said in a speech to students in Tehran. President Donald Trumps stupidity should not distract us from Americas deceitfulness If the US tears up the deal, we will shred it, Reuters quoted Khamenei as saying. Everyone should know that once again America will receive a slap in its mouth and will be defeated by Iranians.


Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:04
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah khamenei speaks during a meeting with a group of Iranian academic elites (unseen) in Tehran, October 18, 2018. (Photo by


Justice Reinvestment Needs a National Approach "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Just Reinvest NSW today called for the Federal Government to lead a national response through a justice reinvestment framework to the rates of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The call came following the Federal Governments response to the release of the Senate Committee report The Value of a Justice Reinvestment Approach to Criminal Justice in Australia.

Just Reinvest Chairperson Sarah Hopkins said The release of the report was an opportunity for the Federal Government to demonstrate how it will lead and work together with States and Territories to do something about the national crisis of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incarceration, but it fell short.

We want to see a clear framework for cooperation between all tiers of government that goes beyond encouragement and undefined support from the Federal Government for the States and Territories to real action.

Justice reinvestment extends into many areas that the Federal Government has direct responsibility over. It should be activating all levers at its disposal to progress the much needed change in approach to address the crisis, she said.

There is nothing to stop the Federal Government from working with the States and Territories on criminal justice related initiatives; in fact it is critical.

The recommendations of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee provided practical ways for the Commonwealth to provide national leadership on justice reinvestment. This included the establishment of an independent central coordinating body to provide technical advice on implementing justice reinvestment, to work with states to develop policy options to reduce levels of incarceration, and to monitor and evaluate programs and savings and the reinvestment of savings in communities.

As a touch point for inquiries about justice reinvestment from communities, organisations and governments right across Australia, we can see what is needed, says Sarah Hopkins.

A central coordinating body for justice reinvestment and a national database of evidence based initiatives to support local communities to reduce crime and create safer communities is a starting point for Federal Government action, but we need a whole of COAG shift, led by the Federal Government, including working together on justice reinvestment and introducing justice targets to drive action, she said.

Just Reinvest NSW acknowledges the important contributions of the Australian Institute of Criminology, the Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse and the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR), however these bodies do not fulfil the role of the national coordinating body as Senator Scullion suggested in his response to the recommendations.



Marawi: city destroyed in Philippines longest urban war "IndyWatch Feed National"


AFP / by Cecil MORELLA | The battle for the southern city of Marawi lasted more than four times longer than the US-led campaign to liberate Manila from Japanese World War II occupation forces

MARAWI (PHILIPPINES) (AFP)  At first glance, the endless rows of devastated buildings could be the aftermath of a great earthquake. But the punctured, bullet-riddled walls tell the true story of the Philippines longest urban war.No one wanted this to happen, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday as he declared Marawi city liberated from the terrorists influence after a nearly five-month battle with gunmen loyal to the Islamic State group.

A day earlier troops had tracked down and killed the Islamic State emir for Southeast Asia Isnilon Hapilon, leader of the militants.

The battle for the southern city, the Islamic capital of the mainly Catholic Philippines, lasted more than four times longer than the US-led campaign to liberate Manila from Japanese World War II occupation forces.

In the process the military literally destroyed Marawi to save it from gunmen it says are intent on carving out territory for a Southeast Asian caliphate.

An AFP team saw metal shutters and walls pockmarked with bullet holes, pavements piled high with twisted metal and cannibalised cars, and streets strewn with machine-gun slugs.

The scenes evoked pictures of destruction in war-torn Middle Eastern cities like Aleppo and Mosul.

New urban warfare

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana estimates the government will need $1.1 billion to rebuild the city.

On the ground floor of some buildings, soldiers peered warily at the street through holes just big enough for men to crawl through.

These gaps are evidence that the militants who seized the city on May 23 estimated by military officials to have numbered one thousand brought in a new style of urban warfare that initially flummoxed Filipino troops.

The militants blasted rat holes through walls to turn hundreds of densely built buildings in the city centre into a maze of improvised tunnels to evade relentless air strikes as well as US and Australian spy planes and drones.

They seized hostages, using some as human shields and others as cooks, medics, or grave diggers for dead gunmen.

They also forced captives to loot houses for c...


Who Runs The World? We Dont, Yet "IndyWatch Feed National"

Women in the workforce face more than just a gender pay gap. Theres also gross under-representation in the halls of power, writes Courtney Green.

Beyonc got it wrong when she said girls run the world. The world is run and lead by men. Im not asking for girls to run the whole world, just half of it.

50.7 per cent thats the female population in Australia, so it would only make sense that that same number represents the percentage of women in federal Parliament, right?

Wrong. Only 28.6 per cent of federal politicians in Australia are female. Im no mathematician, but those numbers seem a bit off to me.

Gender inequality is real, and we need to step up and do something about it. So yesterday, myself and 16 other girls stepped up and took over Parliament to advocate for womens rights in a girls takeover.

If youre unfamiliar with a girls takeover, its when young girls get the opportunity to takeover the position of someone in a position of power and follow them around for the day learning what its like to be a leader and showing them they can do it too.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250My role for the day in the parliamentary takeover was to shadow Senator Linda Reynolds, the only Liberal parliamentarian to take part in the event. What I learned from my day at Parliament is that its really hard to be a politician like really, really hard. The hours the federal politicians work almost equal the same number of hours in the day. Not to mention the back-to-back meetings and the constant running every time the bells ring.

My politician, Senator Reynolds sits on or chairs 10 different committees. I got the chance to sit in on one of these committees and struggled to keep up with what was going on. As well as following Senator Reynolds around for the day, myself and the other girls involved in the takeover met with the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.

While Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was gracious in his talk and spoke about how the Liberal Party is working towards having more women in Parliament, I wont believe it until I see it. And I dont want to have to wait 50 years to see it. I want to see a gender equal election at the next election. Its not impossible, it just takes action.

To say we were fan-girling over meeting Julie Bishop would be an understatement. No matter where your political views lie, there is no denying the strength it takes to, at one point, be the only woman in Cabinet. As well as just being the extraor...


Is The New Testament Reliable? Can Gods Existence Be Proven? Jay Dyer (Half) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Several emails with good questions arrived this week, so I wanted to take the opportunity to answer with my perspective. First, I deal with why the New Testament is reliable in terms of basic textual issues. Second, I deal with the theology of the NT and the Book of Isaiah as it relates to the many powerful predictions of the coming of the Messiah. In the second half, I cover the Nietzschean criticism of master/slave morality, and the response to atheism proof for the existence of God. The second half can be obtained by subscribing at the PayPal links at or at the tier options at my patreon below.

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Do the Healing Benefits of Comfrey Oil Outweigh Its Toxic Effects? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Comfrey, while considered an important herbal medicine, is controversial due to certain toxic components in it, which led to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to restrict the use of oral comfrey in dietary supplements.1

The dilemma is how to weigh the virtues of comfrey oil while considering the safety concerns that surround it. It has exhibited the potential to treat skin concerns and pain when used topically. Learn about comfrey oil, its practical applications and potential contribution to skin healing and maintenance, as well as the FDA's concerns about it.

What Is Comfrey Oil?

Comfrey oil is extracted from comfrey (Symphytum officinale), a perennial herb of the Boraginaceae family with a black, turnip-like root and large, hairy broad leaves bearings small, bell-shaped flowers. The plant is native to Europe and grows in damp, grassy places such as ditches and riverbanks. It is typically found in Ireland and Britain on ditches and riverbanks, but it also grows in profusion in North America and western Asia.

The plant has found widespread use in folk and herbal medicine for its properties as a healing agent. Its oil, for instance, is ideal as a base for salves and has been used in folk medicine to treat wounds and skin infections.

Uses of Comfrey Oil

Many of the beneficial properties of comfrey are attributed to its high content of allantoin, a substance that, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, helps promote new skin cell growth, along with other substances that may work in reducing inflammation and maintaining healthy skin.2 Comfrey ointments have been used to help heal bruises and pulled muscles and ligaments.

Previously, comfrey was used in its tea form to aid in treating stomach problems, as well as ulcers, heavy menstrual periods, diarrhea, bloody urine, persistent cough and even cancer and chest pain.3 But experts have raised the alarm on consuming it, as it contains toxic substances called pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs), which damage the liver and can lead to fatality. According to the FDA, there is even evidence that PAs may be carcinogenic in sensitive body tissues when used orally.

The FDA reported this in 2001, when it sent letters to supplement manufacturers warning them not to put this herb in dietary supplements. Today, in the United States, comfrey is sold only in creams and ointments;...


Support community investment in Sapphire Wind Farm and go in the draw to win an iPad! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Early results show strong support for community investment in the Sapphire Wind Farm but more expressions of interest are needed for this groundbreaking project to go ahead. Learn more and complete our online survey to win an iPad. Sapphire Wind Farm will undoubtedly have environmental benefits. However community investment would also significantly increase the economic benefits for [...] full article 


Progressive Cinema presents film This Changes Everything "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Tuesday, 24 Oct; 7:00 pm; ] Progressive Cinema presents This Changes Everything Tuesday 24 October 7pm McCrossins Mill Uralla Inspired and narrated by Naomi Klein, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines of climate change, from Montanas Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Klein connects the carbon in [...] full article 


5th solar power bulk-buy block closing Tuesday 31 October "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Tuesday, 31 Oct; 5:00 pm; ] Final orders for the 5th block of the solar power bulk-buy are closing with enough time to ensure that all installations are completed before the end of this calendar year. This timing is important as it means participants will be ahead of the next reduction in solar credits (which happens on 1 January 2018). If you are [...] full article 


The Victorian Government has just announced they will ban single-use plastic bags! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

It took some time, but at last, we will have a ban on single-use plastic bags in Victoria. Thank you for being a part of this tidal wave of change! Plastic pollution travels easily from land to sea. It blows in from bins and garbage dumps, or flows through stormwater drains into our waterways and eventually [...] full article 


Frontline Action on Coal "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Front Line Action on Coal started in August 2012 and grew from Australias first coal mine blockade. The #LeardBlockade was established in response to Whitehaven Coals proposed Maules Creek mine and other coal mining operations in the critically endangered Leard State Forest. Having had enough of corrupt politicians putting the interests of mining companies over all else, people from [...] full article 


Oven Mountain pumped hydro between Armidale and Kempsey "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A $1 billion, 600MW pumped hydro project is being proposed on private land in northern New South Wales, in yet another example of the extraordinary interest in storage technologies as the share of low-cost renewables increases across Australia. A company called Oven Mountain Pumped Storage is proposing the facility which will have round six hours [...] full article 


The truth about gas "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Australia Institute has been hard at work debunking the gas lies and econobabble. Because the simple the truth is, we have enough cheap easy-to-extract gas in Australia to last 100 years. As Australia Institute advisor, Mark Ogge, wrote in Crikey theres just one problem: private corporations are selling it all overseas. Hard to believe, isnt it? [...] full article 


Child approach near Tweed Heads "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police have arrested a man for drink driving after he crashed into a tree.

Police have arrested a man for drink driving after he crashed into a tree.

Police are appealing for public assistance following a child approach in the states north yesterday.

About 3.45pm yesterday (Wednesday 18 October 2017), police have been told a 13-year-old girl was walking on Prince Street, Murwillumbah, when a rusty red four-door sedan car pulled up next to her.

Police have been told the man spoke to the girl and offered her a lift but she ran home and reported the incident to her mother.

Police attached to Tweed/Byron Local Area Command commenced an investigation.

Officers wish to speak with a man who may be able to assist with their inquiries.

The man has been described as having a dark complexion, aged between 35-45, medium build, dark hair with a crew cut hairstyle, stubble and wearing a tattered white or cream singlet.

Anyone with information is urged to come forward.

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 here.

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Can Carmichael? No Brainer, But How 4 Corners Got There Is Wrong "IndyWatch Feed National"

The argument against the Carmichael coal mine is strong. But the argument put forward by the ABC, not so much. Geoff Russell explains.

Its been a long time since I did a mathematics exam, but I presume they still ask students to show the workings; the method by which you arrived at your answer.

The recent 4 Corners program Digging into Adani, seems to suggest we should leave the Carmichael coal in the ground, which is pretty much the right answer, but the workings, the arguments, the reasoning? Unfortunately, these are disturbingly flawed, starting from the opening scenes focusing on some tragic victims of coal dust.

The Adani coal will be used in India to replace wood. As pollutants go, wood smoke and almost every other thing associated with the wood-as-energy industry makes coal look as pure and clean as the driven snow. As tragic as one child with a breathing problem from coal is, 1,000 children dead from wood smoke is worse.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250The right way to proceed is to look at all the data and relationships and draw a conclusion. The wrong way is to find some poor child to front a TV camera and tug at the heart strings. The global toll from indoor air pollution is about 4 million, with most of it from wood and still plenty in India, despite being slashed by rapid electrification; thanks to coal.

Journalist Michael Longs focus on a few individuals is straight out of the climate denial handbook of dodgy arguments. For years theyd focus on a few individual examples of cold weather to argue against the clear, statistically-demonstrated trend. Focus on the individual and ignore comparative data shouldnt fly as a strategy for anything claiming to be better than the gutter tabloids. It certainly shouldnt fly for the ABC and 4 Corners.

If you want to argue that Adani shouldnt send coal to India on the basis of human health, then you need to show that the health impacts of coal in a few ports will outweigh the massive benefits of displacing wood in millions of Indian households.

The last 10 years of climate change denial wars should have taught everybody involved about the full range of dodgy arguments that can cloud a debate. Resisting dodgy arguments shouldnt just be something we do when they come from people who disagree with us, we should object to any use of junk arguments regardless of source; be they inadvertent or deliberate.

The health argument was one of three major...


MACKAY Third time busted driving while disqualified "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Third time busted driving while disqualified

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Robert Simon Watson, 38, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, pleading guilty to driving while disqualified on August 26 in Mackay.

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MACKAY Car thief confesses to his crimes "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 19, 2017 at 06:37AM ,

Car thief confesses to his crimes

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Matthew Lee Ireland, 22, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to stealing cars, evading police and dangerous operation of

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MACKAY Man accused of laundering $1m through scam faces court "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 19, 2017 at 07:00AM ,

Man accused of laundering $1m through scam faces court

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Joseph Cainero, 75, faced Mackay Magistrates Court for his cases mention on Wednesday, assisted by a mobility scooter and accompanied by a

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MACKAY Man tasered as alleged burglar arrested "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 19, 2017 at 02:18AM ,

Man tasered as alleged burglar arrested

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POLICE called to a disturbance in Mackay got more than they bargained for on Tuesday. When officers arrived at a Sophia St home, they found a

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MACKAY Driver, 28, caught on the wrong side of the road clocking 238kmh but WONT be jailed "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 19, 2017 at 08:43AM ,

Driver, 28, caught on the wrong side of the road clocking 238kmh but WONT be jailed

October 19, 2017 at 08:43AM ,

Craig Anthony Collins appeared in the Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday for sentencing after pleading guilty to dangerous operation of a

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MACKAY Gran maimed baby with meat cleaver "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 19, 2017 at 07:33AM ,

Gran maimed baby with meat cleaver

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been charged with laundering more than $1 million through an international scam. Joseph Cainero faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

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MACKAY Clocked at 239kmh on wrong side of road while evading the cops "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 19, 2017 at 04:33AM ,

Clocked at 239kmh on wrong side of road while evading the cops

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Mackay Magistrates Court was told during Collins sentencing that his disgraceful traffic record includes at least 10 speeding offences. However

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MACKAY Mackay woman on break and enter, fraud, wilful damage charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 18, 2017 at 04:11PM ,

Mackay woman on break and enter, fraud, wilful damage charges

October 18, 2017 at 04:11PM ,

Camelia Jane-Lee Stansfield, 21, appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink on Wednesday. She was represented by Antoinette Morton,

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MACKAY Men accused of child sex abuse in Isaac, Mackay regions "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 18, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

Men accused of child sex abuse in Isaac, Mackay regions

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A 49-year-old man from the Isaac region, whos free on bail, appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, facing 10 charges dated between

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MACKAY Shopping trolley shenanigans land man in court "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 18, 2017 at 06:03AM ,

Shopping trolley shenanigans land man in court

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Matthew Dillon Thompson, 18, who had no criminal history whatsoever appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday. He pleaded guilty to

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YesFest Marriage Equality Benefit Concert Has Been Cancelled "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The LiveAid-style YesFest concert planned in Sydney on Sunday, October 29 has sadly been cancelled. The concert was set to feature performances from rocker Jimmy Barnes, Client Liaison, Flight Facilities, Megan Washington, and Killing Heidi. Organisers said in a statement: YesFest was an ambitious project to pull off in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, ...

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US Court Rules EPA Must Release Details on Enlist Duos Harm to Endangered Species "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Responding to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, a federal judge has ruled Friday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to justify withholding more than 140 documents on the harm to protected wildlife, including Whooping Cranes, from the highly toxic pesticide Enlist Duo.

The case involved the EPAs controversial decision to approve use of Enlist Duo in 16 states even though the agency found the herbicide likely puts dozens of endangered and threatened species at risk.

Thursdays ruling indicated the EPA must be much more forthcoming in revealing the science that underpins its decisions on pesticides harms to endangered plants and animals.

Calling the EPAs reasons for withholding the documents on Enlist Duo jumbled and disorganized, the judge wrote that the agency inspired little confidence that it has adequately kept track of each withheld document or fully considered, let alone explained, the basis for withholdings.

Enlist Duos maker, Dow Chemical, pushed the EPA to approve the pesticide to combat the superweed epidemic fueled by overuse of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup.

During research on Enlist Duo, a Center scientist discovered that Dows patent applications regarding the pesticides two components 2,4-D and glyphosate showed synergy, or heightened toxicity, between the two ingredients in 99 out of 99 experimental conditions. Yet after reviewing four Enlist Duo studies provided by Dow to the EPA the agency concluded there is no synergy between glyphosate and 2,4-D.

In 2015 the International Agency for Research on Cancer determined that both 2,4_D and glyphosate are probable carcinogens.

This article was released by Sustainable Pulse on 30th September. You can read the full article here.

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France Set to Phase Out Glyphosate Herbicides over Next 5 Years "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The French Government has said that France is open to phasing out the Worlds most used weedkiller glyphosate over the next five to seven years. This has followed complaints from farmers worried about a potential imminent ban. However, a failure to renew the license by the end of the year would see such a ban kick in automatically on Jan. 1, 2018. French farmers welcomed the prime ministers statement.

A government source also said France, the EUs largest grain grower and exporter, was asking the Commission to present a plan for phasing out glyphosate, but denied any timeframe had been set.

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Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Whitewash has been written by Carey Gillam an ex-Reuters journalist who covered agriculture in the US for nearly 20 years. She fell foul of Monsanto as she covered the whole picture and not just the bits they wanted exposed. They continually complained about her to Reuters. The editors changed and no longer supported her. She now works with US Right to Know.

Whitewash: Carey Gillam

Whitewash reads like a mystery novel, as Gillam skillfully uncovers Monsantos secretive strategies to convince countries around the world that its Roundup products were safe. The book unravels a tapestry of pesticide industry tricks to manipulate the scientific truths about their products while placing profits above human health and the environment. As someone who has experienced similar actions by corporations firsthand in my work far too often, I am hopeful that Careys book will be a wake-up call for more transparency about the dangers surrounding many chemicals in the marketplace.
Erin Brockovich Consumer advocate and environmental activist

The book is available from Carey Gillams website.

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American Teaching Hospitals: Where Pelvic Exams Under Anesthesia Happen "IndyWatch Feed National"

Before undergoing a liver biopsy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, I asked my surgeons nurse whether I was to be catheterized for the procedure. In response to this perfectly legitimate question the knave sardonically replied: Im really not supposed to say this, but what difference does it make? Youre going to be under general anesthesia.

It was at that moment that I started to wonder: With an attitude like that, what do they really do to us when we are under anesthesia? And thus a little Internet surfing was most certainly in order.

In my journey into the subterranean depths of cyberspace, I was startled to come across a most terrifying sea monster indeed: a disturbing discussion where medical students debate, often favorably, the ethics of doing practice pelvic exams on anesthetized women undergoing surgery. The thread is here.

Apparently, there is no shortage of medical students, interns, residents, and attending physicians who feel they are entitled to penetrate the vaginas and anuses of anesthetized patients that lie paralyzed and helpless on the operating table, and who feel that they have the right to do this without first obtaining the patients consent. This naked display of barbarism and sociopathic behavior speaks volumes about the moral unraveling that is so glaringly on display in the West today.

This scandalous practice is evidently not uncommon in Australia, as this article attests.

The forum is fascinating in that it allows the reader to be a fly on the wall, giving one a glimpse into how many American medical students think if that is, in fact, the appropriate word. (Some spelling corrections have been made in the following quotations. Hopefully, these Ivy League superstars will take more care in looking after their patients than they do with the written word. Considering the attitudes on display here, I am not optimistic).

The discussion opens with a medical student named Unregistered Abuser, who, like a kind of postmodern Socrates struggling with an existential conundrum, puts forth the following question:

Let me pose a question. I am on gynecological surgery and several different residents and attendings have told me that prior to surgery it is a great idea to perform a pelvic exam on the anesthetized woman in order to get practice. Many have said it is not traumatic to the patient and you get a more technically adequate exam since the patient is not guarding. Sure enough, before every procedure the attending and residentperform a quick pelv...


Braver teachers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Context is everything, and schools are emblematic of the communities they exist in. They are each nested within broader circles of complexity. I was trained in Australia and I work in England. Each school I have worked in has been wildly different, but I never went to school to resist oppression. I never taught in an act to resist it either. My context is one of good fortune.


EU report on weedkiller safety copied text from Monsanto study "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

EU regulators collaborated with Monsanto for glyphosate approval renewal. This article was published in GM Watch on 15th September and outlines how Germanys Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and then the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) collaborated with Monsanto to hoodwink the EU assessment of glyphosate and to oppose and undermine the determination by the International Agency for Research on Cancer that glyphosate (and 2,4-D) were probable carcinogens.

You can read the full article here.

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Direct evidence linking GILLARD to WILSON'S corruptly obtained money - cheques, account numbers, handwriting - it's all here "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is a forensic accountant's analysis of transactions on Bruce Wilson's private bank account - over and above salary and rental income. On 22 March, 1993 Slater and Gordon settled the purchase of a house for Bruce Wilson at 85 Kerr Street Fitzroy, funded in part by $90K+ from the...


Users and groups in Debian: getting it right "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

So ideally when I set up a new computer, I want all the users I trust including, by necessity and regrettably, myself to be in the staff group, and all the files they create to be by default writable by anyone in that group. This ought to be easy, and in fact now is, but has changed repeatedly over the decades I've been using Debian GNU/Linux, so I can never remember how it's done.


The Agreement of the Century "IndyWatch Feed National"

According to a report circulating unofficially in Arabic, the latest in a sixty-nine year history of proposals to resolve the western Zionist invasion of Palestine (AKA the Israeli-Palestinian conflict) is about to see the light of day. It claims Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu originated the proposal and that secret deliberations have been underway for more than five months.

Netanyahu has now presented the proposal to the US, which made some changes and agreed to promote it. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will carry the plan, called the Agreement of the Century to Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait for review and discussion.

The provisions

The proposal has 21 points, but the main provisions are that the West Bank will be federated (or re-federated) with Jordan, and the Gaza Strip with Egypt. Together, they will be known as the Palestinian Confederation, ostensibly converting the Palestinian Authority into a national government, although it is already widely recognized as such and although it will not have any of the authority or sovereignty that nation states are deemed to have under international law.

Israel will govern Jewish settlements directly and Jerusalem is excluded from the proposal, for resolution at a later time. The primary function of Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority, therefore, will be to take over the security functions currently administered by the Israeli armed forces; i.e., to protect Israel and repress Palestinians. As they say in Israel, When you have a dirty job, give it to an Arab.

Unanswered questions

The biggest unanswered question is the status of Jerusalem. Will the Arab leaders accept an agreement that has no assurances at all with respect to Jerusalem? This is hard to imagine, and it was, in fact, the major stumbling block to an agreement at the Camp David Summit in 2000.

Another major unknown is what happens to the West Bank areas designated A, B and C in the Oslo agreement. Area A is the only one of the three where Oslo grants full administrative and security control to the Palestinian Authority, and it comprises less tha...


Reflecting on Streams "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

One of the highlights of opening the Crossing Streams exhibition was learning a new word.

Ekphrasis is a Greek term for a literal description, particularly in poetry, of the narrative in visual art. So Id guess that the responses to haiku describing scenes local to Narrandera, that were then interpreted with photography and music is a kind of inverted ekphrasis.

This was part of the writing workshop led by Dr Greg Pritchard, who had contributed to both Crossing Streams and the exhibition Slow Book Haiku that his collaborator Kelly Leonard had brought down from her home Mudgee after the works had been part of the Bring To Light Projects show in Dubbo.

I really appreciated Leonards interest in exhibiting in Narrandera as the Arts and Community Centre is a large venue with two rooms. There had been times when I doubted whether the exhibition Id been asked by Western Riverina Arts to curate would manifest.

However, the exhibition slowly snowballed from unattended workshops, to around one and half dozen haiku, to over 70 tracks from musicians around the world that provided over five hours of music. For this I am grateful for the support of Marco from Naviar Records and also Marc from the blog, whose Junto joined the fifth poem as one of their weekly projects.

Five hours is an almost perfect amount of soundtrack as the thats how long the exhibition is open each day until 29 October, ensuring most tracks will be heard daily. The music contributed is being played in the gallery and also available for perusal on an iPad with headphones.

Another highlight of the opening was hearing Lizzie Walsh and Mary Sutcliffe performing composer Fiona Caldarevics 'The River's Edge,' a response to a haiku by Sue Killham. Caldarevic contributed musical responses to each of the five poems shared by Naviar Records and they were all of a high quality and distinct among the mostly electronic contributions.

The process of curating an exhibition was one that required me to rethink previous approaches. In my previous exhibitions the focus had been on my role as photographer. While I contributed photography, as well as video and haiku, the idea of being a curator seemed to be one that needed an outward and collaborative focus.

While we were installing...


HOLY HOLY "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"







One of the countrys best bands



A flagstone for all forms of musical artistry



A band that is at the top of their game.



One of Australias finest bands.



With a huge sold-out national headline tour earlier this year performing their biggest venues to date, HOLY HOLY has today announced the Love Is For Amateurs Tour alongside a series of festival dates. Bringing big riffs, even bigger hooks and a few surprises, this will be the last chance to catch HOLY HOLY before they take a break from touring to return to the studio. To celebrate the announcement, HOLY HOLY has also revealed the visuals for new single Amateurs.


The video highlights the high energy and artful stylings of their live show. Filmed at Yours & Owls Festival last month, Amateurs is the final single from the critically acclaimed ARIA top 10 album Paint.  A daring and diverse album brimming with ideas, Paint is proof of a fearless approach from one of Australias most revered voices. To experience that voice first hand, you can tune into triple j Live At The Wireless, which airs this Sunday 22nd October, or can be heard HERE.


In addition to headline shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast, HOLY HOLY will headline Woodford Folk Festival, the Rosemount NYE Fiesta in Perth, Eve Eve at The Prince in Bunbury and take the stage at Festival of the Sun in Port Macquarie. Many more festival announcements will be made shortly.



When a Tourist Hikes a Sacred Indian Pilgrimage "IndyWatch Feed National"

A series of odd life decisions left me working at a pilgrims campsite on the banks on the river Yamuna, hidden in the Himalayas. From May to July, thousands of Hindus flock through this village on route to Yamunotri the source of the Yamanu River and a very holy site. The reason for this is complex and hard to chow down on, but in simple terms, its believed the river is the daughter of the sun so I decided to go too.

I drank a bunch of chai with the right people and wrangled a spot on one of the tour buses coming through our camp. We left the campsite bright and early and cruised through the mountains towards Jankichatti village. During the bus ride, tourists were singing an impressive collection of holy songs related to worshipping the river and Shiva. Everyone was very excited. This particular tour I found myself on was 14 days long and was heading to one of the most famous holy sites in northern India: a trip that anyone closely following Hinduism must make at least once in their lives.

We arrived at the site to find at least 80 other buses, and as I stepped off ours, I was bombarded by men shouting three words: horse, dolly and basket. I was clueless; no one at the campsite spoke much English.

I soon figured out that screaming the word dolly translated to, Would you like to be carried up the mountain by 4 strong men in a cart? Err, no Im not a princess and its only 5km. Easy to walk your own body up a height like that. The word basket meant, Would you like to sit in a basket and be carried on one mans back up and down the mountain? Again, a strong no on that front. And horse? I was promised strong horses, but I know the strength of my own legs, so declined. I was amongst just a few out of the thousands that had chosen to walk up the mountain, though I soon found out that every option was dangerous.

The paths were narrow in points and everyone was constantly shouting side at me, as horses scrambled by and the wooden dollies smashed me in the arm. On the journey, I witnessed two horses fall down and two petrified passengers slam to the ground. I, too, was bashed around, mainly by the dollies, and had a few horses knocked me sideways. Every so often, I felt the warmth of a horse breathing on my hand. For the first few kilometres, everyone I saw enquired of me, Horse? I exchanged the word horse for ketamine in my head to stop it pissing me off. It was pretty funny, because sometimes they asked me with really mad wide eyes, sort of under their breath it worked really well.

I found the basket mechanism of transport the mos...


400 Mysterious Ancient Stone Structures Discovered in Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Owen Jarus

Almost 400 mysterious stone structures dating back thousands of years have been discovered in Saudi Arabia, with a few of these wall-like formations draping across old lava domes, archaeologists report.

Many of the stone walls, which archaeologists call gates because they resemble field gates from above, were found in clusters in a region in west-central Saudi Arabia called Harrat Khaybar.

The archaeologists involved in the research arent sure of the purpose, or even the exact age, of these gates.

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Long and mysterious

Discovered mainly through satellite images, a few of the gates are actually located on the side of a volcanic dome that once spewed basaltic lava, researchers found.

The gates are stone-built, the walls roughly made and low, David Kennedy, a professor at the University of Western Australia, wrote in a paper set to be published in the November issue of the journal Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy. The gates appear to be the oldest man-made structures in the landscape, Kennedy noted, adding that no obvious explanation of their purpose can be discerned.

The smallest of the gates extends about 43 feet (13 meters), while the longest is 1,699 feet (518 m) long, or longer than an NFL football field. Many have multiple stone walls that, in some instances, form a rectangular design; some of the others, called I type gates, have only one stone wall with heaps of stone at each end.

Gates are found almost exclusively in bleak, inhospitable lava fields with scant water or vegetation, places seemingly amongst the most unwelcoming to our species, Kennedy wrote. Thousands of years ago, he noted, the landscape was more hospitable to human life. Other types of stone structures such as kites, which were used to hunt animals, and wheels, named for their shape have also been discovered in these lava fields.

The kites, wheels and other types of stone structures were typically found to be built on top of these gate-like walls, suggesting that the gates predate these stone structures, Kennedy said. The remains of lava flows are al...


Evidence complete in Murwillumbah stabbing case "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The brief of evidence against a man who stabbed a Murwillumbah father who was trying to save his son from being injured in a wild brawl at Knox Park in June is complete.

James Paul Alderton went to Coles at Murwillumbah on June 6, according to police and allegedly stole a Wiltshire kitchen knife before he made his way to nearby Knox Park.

It was in the park, about 12.30pm that police said a wild brawl erupted involving about 30 people.

Emergency services were called to the park on Brisbane Street and when they arrived they found three injured men suffering stab wounds.

Police said witnesses reported Charles Henry Larter was trying to save his 18-year-old son Zackery, when both men were allegedly stabbed multiple times by Mr Alderton.

Mr Larter, 46, was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital in a critical condition where he later died.

Zackery Larter was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

Another man, 29-year-old Joshua Mead was taken to Murwillumbah Hospital suffering minor injuries.

He was later discharged.

Police arrested Mr Alderton at the scene and he was taken to Tweed Heads police station where he was questioned and charged with the murder of Mr Larter.

The 32-year-old was charged murder, with two counts of wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in relation to Zackerys and Joshuas injuries, and larceny.

He was refused police bail and appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court on June 7 where he was again refused bail.

On Tuesday at Lismore Local Court Mr Alderton was represented by solicitor Tracey Randall.

The court heard the brief of evidence against Mr Alderton was complete and had been served on the defence.

Ms Randall requested his matters be adjourned to allow time for negotiations with the prosecution regarding the charges.

She did not apply for bail for Mr Alderton, which was formally refused by Magistrate R Denes.

Magistrate Denes adjourned Mr Aldertons matters until December 5 at Lismore Local Court.

Mr Alderton is expected to appear via videolink from jail at his next appearance.

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Solving the Marathon Bomb Mystery, Part 4: Tamerlans Truth "IndyWatch Feed National"

Forum Restaurant photo. Left to right, find Mary Maxwell, Donald Trump, and Joseph Stalin. (Stalin died in 1953)

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

The above picture is meant to show you that photo-shopping is easy. My friend Ian took less than an hour to make this crazy concoction.

Part 3 of this series showed how easy it is for mainstream media to mislead the public by emphasizing whatever points they wish to make. The MSM is not into reporting; they are into creating culture. The sad thing is that in the city of Boston, with all its high-culture institutions, no-one jumped at the gutter-level reporting of the Marathon case. Instead people started to use the media-promoted slogan Boston strong.

We can get past all of the falseness now. The truth about the Tsarnaevs during the week of the Marathon has been k...


Alleged bikie murder accuseds partner arrested "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Thirty-three year-old Phil Becker has been charged with the murder of alleged debt enforcer Ace Hall (pictured) in Tweed Heads. Photo Facebook

Thirty-three year-old Phil Becker has been charged with the murder of alleged debt enforcer Ace Hall (pictured) in Tweed Heads. Photo Facebook

Evidence against Phillip Becker over the alleged murder of a bikie debt enforcer in June is still being compiled, while yesterday his partner was extradited from Queensland and charged by police.

The 33-year-old, who is charged with the murder of Ace Hall, had his appearance in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday via videolink from jail cancelled.

It is alleged Mr Becker shot 31-year-old Mr Hall in the stomach at a Tweed Heads industrial area on June 24.

Mr Hall was taken to Tweed Heads hospital by his girlfriend and another man but died during surgery.

He was not known by police as a member of an outlaw motorcycle gang, but an associate of a club who police believe was a debt enforcer.

Police secured the scene of the incident and forensically examined a car believed to be linked to the shooting and a number of other items in Steep Street.

Investigations by police led to the arrest of Mr Becker on June 26.

When he appeared at Southport Magistrates Court on June 27, his extradition to NSW was granted.

After being charged with Mr Halls murder, Mr Becker was refused bail.

Mr Beckers partner Emma Thorley was arrested by police on Monday after police established a joint strike force between the NSW State Crime Commands Homicide Squad, Tweed Byron detectives and Queensland police to investigate Mr Halls death.

She appeared in Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday October 18, where her extradition to NSW was granted.

Ms Thorley, 27, will appear before Tweed Heads Local Court today.

On Tuesday, Mr Becker was represented at Lismore Local Court by solicitor Cameron Bell.

The court heard there was still essential material outstanding from the brief of evidence against Mr Becker, and his partner had been arrested over the incident.

Mr Bell did not apply for bail for Mr Becker, which was formally refused by Magistrate R Denes.

Magistrate Denes ordered the brief of evidence against Mr Becker to be served on the defence by November 21.



Get heard about flood recovery "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tweed Valley Way sustained major damage from the flood event at Greenhills at Murwillumbah South, in the vicinity of Blacks Drain. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Tweed Valley Way sustained major damage from the flood event at Greenhills at Murwillumbah South, in the vicinity of Blacks Drain. Photo Tweed Shire Council

How do you think the flood recovery went in your area? Was it good, bad or ugly? It has been around six months since Cyclone Debbie hit the north coast and there are still plenty of people and business who are just getting back onto the feet.

The University Centre for Rural Health (UCRH) are doing a survey looking at the impact of this years floods on community wellbeing across the Northern Rivers and they want to hear from as many people in the community as possible.

Project co-ordinator Dr Veronica Matthews from UCRH says, We want to hear from as many local people as possible to give us the full picture of the impact of the floods on our health and wellbeing in rural cities, towns and villages. 

Weve had great community support for this, and wed like people to keep getting the word out. The more responses we have, the more valuable the evidence we gather about flood recovery. So everyone who fills it out is helping the broader community.

This survey is for EVERYONE 16 years and over, whether your home, business or property was flooded or not, across the Lismore, Tweed Byron, Kyogle, Ballina, and Richmond Valley, local government areas.

This will be valuable information because our region is a hot spot for natural disasters.

The survey runs until November 6 and is available online here. Hard copies of the survey are available at local libraries,  Lifeline and Salvation Army stores. Or by calling UCRH on 6620 7570

UCRH Director Ross Bailie says This is an opportunity to turn ou...


Power Games: Tony Abbott Finally Cleans Up With Australias New Energy Policy "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Coalitions new energy plan fails on every dimension: energy, environment and politics, writes Ben Eltham. The only winner is Tony Abbott.

There are three ways to examine Malcolm Turnbulls new energy policy, unveiled yesterday. What does it mean for Australias energy system? What does it mean for the environment? And what does it mean politically?

Lets examine each of these dimensions in turn.


The National Energy Guarantee: how will it work?

The new plan, already christened the NEG, is the Turnbull governments long awaited response to the review of the energy system carried out by Chief Scientist Alan Finkel.

The centrepiece of Finkels plan was his idea for a Clean Energy target. That proved a big problem for the Liberal backbench, probably because it had the word clean in it. So the CET has been junked. Instead, the Coalition has come up with a complex new policy that its calling the National Energy Guarantee, or NEG.

The NEG has two main aspects: a reliability guarantee and an emissions guarantee.

First, there will be a new policy to ensure the grid has enough dispatchable power: in other words, enough supply, ready to be switched on at a moments notice, to ensure that the lights dont go out.

To do this, the government wants to create a new regulation, in which electricity retailers will be forced to ensure that a set percentage of their supply is purchased from ready-to-use sources such as coal, gas, pumped hydro and batteries.

Second, there will be an emissions guarantee, which, and I quote, will be set to contribute to Australias international commitments. The level of the guarantee will be determined by the Commonwealth and enforced by the AER. In other words, the government argues this scheme will ensure Australias Paris commitments. As well see below, thats not true.

With emissions reductions targets and the ability to trade credits, including internationally, the emissions guarantee looks very much like a jury-rigged emissions intensity scheme. Analysts are pointing out that this simply represents another form of carbon pricing. Presumably, Josh Frydenberg didnt explain it like this to the Coalition backbench.

One of the really interesting aspects of the scheme is that it also appears to allow trading of the reliability aspect of retaile...


Artists with disabilities to showcase their works "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Art Therapist Cheryl Bailey with artist Alanah Ramsay. (supplied)

Art Therapist Cheryl Bailey with artist Alanah Ramsay.

A group of artists with disabilities are preparing for their maiden art expo which will be held in Mullumbimby next month.

The five artists are all clients of REDinc Byron Shire, which has been serving the Byron Shire community for nearly ten years, and recently moved to Mullumbimby.

The artists, most of whom have autism and physical disabilities, have been working with art therapists to prepare their works to go on display.

REDinc. Byron Shire Manager, Stacey Cannicott said the expo would take place at 22 Tincogan Street, Mullumbimby, on Friday, 10 November from 6pm.

There has been some truly amazing art produced by the REDinc. artists with a disability and this event is an opportunity for the local community to come and enjoy their work, Ms Cannicott said.

We welcome locals to come and join us for drinks, nibbles and art.

REDinc., established nearly 30 years ago by families, continues to serve the communities of the North Coast of NSW; with venues in both Lismore and Mullumbimby.

The Mullumbimby branch currently has 19 clients.

To find out more about REDinc. please visit

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The Greatest Indonesian Painter and Praying to the Pig "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yogyakarta and Karang Klethak Village  Djokopekik (who uses only one name, as is common in Java) could easily be described as the greatest living Indonesian painter. He is something of an anomaly in his country, where vulgar pop art, pop music and almost absolute submission to Western pro-market dogmas, religious rituals, and feudal family structures, are confining this vast archipelago into a tight straight jacket.

Djokopekik is a Communist, while Communism is banned in Indonesia. He is an atheist in a country where, according to some counts, around 99% of the population claims that religions play an important role in their lives. He is Cuban or more precisely, a Sukarno-style patriot, and simultaneously an internationalist. His main enemy is Western imperialism, and he makes sure to demonstrate it clearly, using his art.

When several years ago, my good friend George Burchett, an Australian artist who was born and now lives in Hanoi, Vietnam (his father, Wilfred Burchett, was perhaps the greatest English-speaking journalist of the 20th century, who at one point was declared an enemy of the Australian people by his government), had visited with Djokopekiks house and studio with me outside the ancient Javanese city of Jogjakarta, he explained after seeing his work:

This man is simply brilliant! He is a true peoples artist! His style is his own, but he is also like some powerful fusion of Picasso and Diego Rivera!

Djokopekik felt flattered when I told him, but only for a few seconds. Soon he protested, half-jokingly:

Im not like Picasso or Rivera. Im Djokopekik!


Djokopekik is always on the side of small people, but he is not at all sentimental or unrealistic about them. He has no illusions about his countrymen, about their pragmatic and often cynical collaboration with the system, about their lack of higher aspiration and servility. People here are thoroughly brainwashed and only obedient to evil things, he said once when we were working together on my film about post-1965 Indonesia (Terlena Breaking of a Nation). Then he laughed, cheekily: They are like buffalos!

On his tremendous canvases, poor victims are grinning, dancing and celebrating while capitalism, shameless elites and foreign interests are busy robbing them.



NAFTA talks postponed amid sharp disagreements "IndyWatch Feed National"

October 19, 2017: The fourth round of talks for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations wrapped up in Washington this week. The next round of talks has been postponed until November 17-21 in Mexico City and negotiations are expected to continue into 2018.

The US wants to reduce their trade deficit and rebalance what US Trade Negotiator Robert Lighthizer describes as a very lopsided agreement. Mr Lighthizer said this week he was disappointed by the resistance to change from some negotiating parties.

Business representatives have balked at the US administrations proposals, which include increased local content requirements, a performance review after five years, and voluntary opt-in investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). Recently, over 100 US trade associations have urged US negotiators to strengthen ISDS. But unions and community groups want the US to exclude ISDS from the agreement.

Meanwhile, US negotiators are bemused that slabs of text from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that they want to include in NAFTA are being rejected in spite of the countries having agreed to it in the past. It is an indication that, although the US has withdrawn from the TPP,  it expects its trading partners to be comfortable repeating some TPP provisions in  future bilateral agreements.


New Nauru contractor is accepting a poisoned chalice "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian engineering firm Canstruct will be complicit in serious human rights abuses if it takes over the contract to run the Australias immigration detention centre on Nauru.

A leaked memo from Canstructs CEO overnight, shows the company will take over the contract to run the Nauru centre by the end of the month, and will be paid $8 million by the Australian Government. Previous contractor, Broadspectrum (formerly Transfield), pulled out after a sustained campaign against it by human rights groups.

Keren Adams, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said, "If it goes ahead with this contract, Canstruct will be complicit in an intentionally abusive system, in direct contravention of its human rights obligations, and will be exposing itself to serious legal and reputational liability."

"Companies like G4S and Broadspectrum have already faced years of litigation as a result of their involvement in Australias detention regime, resulting in a $70 million payout earlier this year to current and former asylum seekers held on Manus."

"There is simply no ethical way for a company to run these centres. Australias offshore detention is, by design, a regime of cruelty intended to breed hopelessness and despair. Canstruct say they are a family company all about helping communities and building bridges. They should seriously reflect on what they are getting themselves into," said Ms Adams.

The Nauru detention centre currently houses 369 people, including many children. However the 900 men remaining on Manus Island have recently been informed they can volunteer to move to the Nauru centre, suggesting the Australian Government intends to consolidate its offshore processing regime there.

For interviews or further information please call:

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


Committee to question health care clients in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lismore Base Hospital. (file pic)

Lismore Base Hospital. (file pic)

People who have had recent dealings with the health system in the Northern Rivers region are being urged to tell their story to a parliamentary committee visiting Lismore next week.

The NSW Parliament Public Accounts Committee is conducting an inquiry into the management of health care delivery in NSW.

As part of its evidence gathering, the Committee will be visiting Lismore next Tuesday, 24 October.

The Committee is examining the effectiveness and adequacy of existing processes for monitoring and reporting on the delivery of health care services for the people of New South Wales.

Committee chair, Mr Bruce Notley-Smith MP said the inquiry presented a timely opportunity to examine whether health practitioners and administrators have sufficient information to deliver high quality services and whether patients and their carers are also provided with reliable information to make informed choices about accessing the health system.

In order to consult people who have had recent first-hand contact with the health system and to learn from their experience, the Committee will conduct a public forum to enable those who have made submissions and other interested members of the public to participate and engage in free and open discussion.

On behalf of the Committee I invite anyone who would like to make a contribution to the inquiry to come to the public forum to be held in the Lismore Workers Club, commencing at 2.00pm on Tuesday 24 October, Mr Notley-Smith said.

This forum will provide an opportunity for participants to make practical and constructive recommendations for the Committee to consider as part of its work and in writing its report.

The visit to Lismore will be followed by two days of formal public hearings at Parliament House in Sydney on 30 and 31 October 2017, where evidence will be taken from a range of agencies and peak organisations representing the health sector.

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Rid yourself of mossie breading grounds "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Authorities recommend wearing long, loose fitting clothing, especially at dawn and dusk, to keep mosquitoes at bay. Photo

Authorities recommend wearing long, loose fitting clothing, especially at dawn and dusk, to keep mosquitoes at bay. Photo

Do you have spots around your hose that have water sitting in them? An old tyre or bucket, perhaps you just have a tub you collect water in for those dryer times? The recent rains have created ideal conditions for mosquito breeding and there are plenty of mosquito-0borne diseases that are ready to spread.

Tweed Councils pest management supervisor, Brian Falkner, said the rains, coupled with high tides, have caused temporary pools of water which provide great breeding habitat for mosquitoes. 

This is a concern, given the potential of serious mosquito-borne infections, as well as the general nuisance factor from these biting insects, Mr Falkner said.

As a matter of priority, Council has been carrying out mosquito larvae control works in key breeding areas by air and through ground works. We will be doing this on an ongoing basis while this problem persists.

An important message that we would like to send out to the community is that some mosquito species breed in water-filled containers around your home, such as buckets, old tyres, poorly-aligned roof gutters and pot plant holders. It is very important that you dont let your home be a haven for mosquitoes and their larvae, he said.

 What you can do: 

  •   Keep your yard well-maintained, mow lawns regularly, and limit areas of dense vegetation
  •   Ensure you cover all windows, doors, chimneys, vents and other entrances with insect screens that are in good condition
  •   Clean up your yard and remove all water-holding containers or rubbish and keep house gutters clean and properly aligned
  •   Empty and refill pet water bowls and...


Build up in Poland increases risk of war "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

As global tensions rise, one of the major and most dangerous potential flashpoints tends to go unnoticed these days.

This is the territories bordering Russia, which are being systematically militarised and forming links in an iron chain aimed at containing of the largest countries on the planet.

Russia is reacting, by building its own forces on its side of the line.

In this context, the Kremlin last week denounced the latest United States led NATO build up in Poland.  The spearhead is the US Third Armoured Brigade, which has just been deployed into the country, supposedly to replace the Second Armoured Brigade in a regular 9 month rotation. But its hardware was left behind this time and would not have been, without the personnel to operate it.

American military escalation took  palace in the context of the growing ties between Russia and Belarus and a joint military exercise conducted by these two countries in mid-September and known as Zapad 2017.

This in turn, was a response to similar NATO exercises held in Poland and Sweden. The difference was that as Zapad 2017 was completely open and involved 90 international observers from 60 foreign countries.

The American action is a clear violation of the existing agreement between the two countries and other international commitments. Both sides are supposed to be required to properly inform each other about all military deployments. The deployment in Poland has been carried out covertly and the Pentagon in Washington has refused to either confirm or deny reports about a military build up. It suggests that the build up is real.

This is not a defensive posture, but one aimed at waving a stick at Russia and contradicts the claim that the NATO presence is defensive in nature.

Two well-armed military forces facing each with each side having enormous nuclear capability is a major threat to the world. Actions that increase tensions increase the level of threat and this is something that needs to be worked against.

International pressure needs to be brought on to demilitarise the territories around the Russian border and the first step in this, is to remove troops and military hardware on foreign soil. This is the road to peace.

Using m...


Byron uses steam to weed without chemicals "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Council workers using the steam machine to weed a garden bed. (supplied)

Council workers using the steam machine to weed a garden bed. (supplied)

Byron Shire Council workers are using a new steam weeding machine to keep public areas free of weeds without using chemicals.

The mobile unit is being used by the councils open spaces team as part of efforts to stop using herbicides by 2018.

The councils Open Spaces manager Michael Matthews said the council resolved to phase out herbicides in 2015.

This machine is highly effective at killing weeds without the use of chemicals and I know that anything that reduces the use of herbicides will be welcomed by our residents, he said.

Staff are using it to kill weeds in and around childrens playgrounds which is a relief to many parents who feel strongly about the use of herbicides and other chemicals.

We are also using the steam weeder in retail areas of our towns and villages and other popular spaces such as picnic areas.

The steam weeder is a mobile unit operated by the Open Space team who use a wand to spray steam onto weeds and into the ground to penetrate their root systems.

An added bonus is that we are also able to use it as a steam machine to clean playground equipment, tables and paths, he said.

For many years our residents have been telling Council they are not happy with societys reliance on chemicals and we hear their concerns.

Byron Shire Council will continue to lead the region in finding innovative and effective ways to reduce chemical use in our community.

Mr Matthews said steam the machine, supplied by Australian company Weedtechnics, is regarded as one of the best and most efficient on the market.

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Probiotic treatment erased peanut allergy in 70% of children "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last week Australian scientists announced a major breakthrough in treating peanut allergies - and it can last for up to four years! This news couldn't come at a better time since hundreds of Americans die each year from food allergies and around 200,000 of the estimated 15 million Americans with food allergies will wind up in the emergency room each year. Almost six million of those with food allergies in the U.S. are children. Peanuts are among the top 8 food allergens that include wheat, milk, eggs, soy, tree nuts, shell fish and fish. The recent EpiPen price gouging scandal is more proof that it's time for alternative life-saving treatments.


Celebrating positive mental health tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Cast of Byon Youth Theatre's Mind Made Me. Photo supplied.

Cast of Byon Youth Theatres Mind Made Me. Photo supplied.

A celebration of hope and recovery for people with a lived experience of mental health issues and their families and carers is taking place tomorrow at the Lismore Town Hall.

Wellways peer worker Leisa Hoffmann said the event was an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate and increase awareness of mental health concerns.

This event is about celebrating stories of resilience, hope and recovery in our community. We want to see greater social inclusion and acceptance for people with a living experience of mental health, said Lisa.

The keynote speaker is NSW Deputy Mental Health Commissioner Fay Jackson who is attending the breakfast for peer workers and those interested in peer work and is herself a peer worker.

Fay Jackson has a lived experience in addition to her official role as Deputy Commissioner and the General Manager of Inclusion with Flourish and is considered a great advocate in mental health.

The day of day celebration will include theatre performances by Byron Youth Theatre, Aboriginal dancers, Playback Theatre, art works on show, food and information.

Everyone is welcome so please come along share information and celebrate with us.

Byron Youth Theatre will also be performing the same production called Mind Made Me at the Drill Hall Theatre in Mullumbimby on October 25. For more information contact Leisa Hoffmann:

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Residents outraged at Pacific Highway upgrade "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Residents Jay Mckenzie, Sue Whitman and Paul Tollan at the site where Ms Whiteman's gate to her property used to be. (supplied)

Residents Jay Mckenzie, Sue Whitman and Paul Tollan at the site where Ms Whitemans gate to her property used to be. (supplied)

Frustrated residents whose properties are in the way of the Pacific Highway upgrade from Wardell to Ballina are outraged at the loss of animal habitat and a lack of communication from the project managers.

Sue Whiteman, who owns a property adjacent to the proposed route that runs west of Wardell, has been leading a campaign to raise awareness about the destruction of bushland, and the impacts on koalas and other animals in the area.

Suffolk Park filmmaker Andy Bambach, films at the site of a recent bushfire along the proposed route. (supplied)

Suffolk Park filmmaker Andy Bambach, films at the site of a recent bushfire along the proposed route. (supplied)

She is funding a short film, which is being shot by Suffolk Park filmmaker Andy Bambach, to show the extent of the devestation being felt by residents in the area.

Ms Whiteman, who has been lobbying against the chosen route for 13 years, said 36 species of endangered native animals would be impacted by the highway route.

She is also concerned about the impact on domestic animals in the area, and has postposed an overseas working trip to ensure her own horses are safely away from the area when blasting for the new route begins.

Despite repeated requests for a schedule of blasting, Ms Whiteman said she has been forced to wait weeks for answers from the authorities.

Bundjalung elder Mickey Ryan. (supplied)

Bundjalung elder Mickey Ryan. (supplied)

Meanwhile, Bundjalung...


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Chet Raymo, New Philosophy "IndyWatch Feed National"

New Philosophy
by Chet Raymo

"It is one of Albert Einstein's most-often quoted quotes: "The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible." Is the world comprehensible? Apparently at least partially so. Consider the NASA solar eclipse atlas I referenced the other day. It is possible to calculate the precise locations and times for solar eclipses thousands of years into the future and past. That's comprehensibility for you.

Of course, there are still things we do not comprehend, such as consciousness or the development of organisms, but there is no good reason to suppose those things are intrinsically beyond human understanding. The whole of modern technological civilization and medicine is a monument to comprehensibility.

Why? Why this strange consonance between the world and the human mind? For centuries the answer was simple. God created a world of space and time, a finite mirror, so to speak, of his own intelligence. He created humans in his own likeness. Human intelligence partook of the intelligibility of God. Everything in the closed, human-centered cosmos was ordered in his likeness. The world was comprehensible because it was made that way - for us to comprehend.

Then, in the 16th and 17th centuries, came the great disruption, which Alexandre Kory described in his seminal 1957 book "From the Closed World To the Infinite Universe." Daring thinkers resurrected the Greek idea that the universe might be infinite in extent and eternal in duration - no boundaries in space, no beginning or end in time. It was a radical thought, heretical really, but it meshed well with what the astronomers and physicists were learning about the world we live in. As the poet John Donne wrote:
    "And new philosophy calls all in doubt,
    The element of fire is...


The Universe "IndyWatch Feed National"

Believe me, I know all about it. I know the stress. I know the frustration. I know the temptations of time and space. We worked this out ahead of time. They're part of the plan. We knew this stuff might happen. Actually, you insisted they be triggered whenever you were ready to begin thinking thoughts you've never thought before. New thinking is always the answer.
Good on you,
    The Universe

Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!


Thai royal cremation site completed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thailand's former King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be cremated on October 26. September 29, 2010. Photo by 2T for Wikimedia.

Thailands former King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be cremated on October 26.
September 29, 2010. Photo by 2T for Wikimedia.

Thailands King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Wednesday presided over a ceremony marking the end of the construction of the royal crematorium that will be used in the funeral of his father, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The king blessed and then raised the Nine-Tiered Great White Umbrella of State, the most sacred regalia of the Thai monarchy, to the top of the lavish crematorium the main site of the royal funeral that was built from scratch on an open space in front of the Grand Palace in Bangkoks old quarter.

Artisans have worked for 10 months to build the site that includes eight structures decorated with ornaments of various gods and goddesses, mimicking a vision of heaven in Bhramin-Buddhist traditions of Thailands royal court.

Hundreds of thousands of black-clad mourners are expected to camp for days near the palace to observe the five-day funeral ceremony, with the cremation on October 26.

It will be a last goodbye to much-loved King Bhumibol, who reigned over Thailand from 1946 until his death on October 13, 2016.

At least 30 foreign dignitaries including Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove will attend the royal cremation and the number could rise.

About 12 million people, or almost one sixth of Thailands population, have paid their respects to the late king, queuing up to visit the Grand Palace where he has been lying in state.October 26 has been declared a national holiday.

That night, more than 3,000 performers will join a final tribute of music and puppet shows to end a year of mourning.

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Australia grilled on human rights by UN "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former prime minister Tony Abbotts attack on a 2015 report into children in immigration detention has been raised during a United Nations examination of Australias human rights record.

Australia is being grilled by the Human Rights Committee in Geneva early on Thursday (AEDT) following its election to the UNs Human Rights Council.

Vice chair of the Committee Yuval Shany noted Australias generally strong record on human rights, however he questioned Mr Abbotts 2015 comments on the Australian Human Rights Commissions The Forgotten Children report.

The report found detention centres were a dangerous place for children and called for a royal commission into the practice of putting asylum seeker children into mandatory detention.

The then prime minister labelled the report a blatantly partisan politicised exercise, something Mr Shany labelled an odd statement.

Mr Shany also remarked he was perplexed that Attorney-General George Brandis asked Commissioner Gillian Triggs to resign before the critical report was published.

The Australian delegation responded that the relationship between the government and the commission was in a very good place at the moment.

Australias implementation of the human rights committees decisions was also criticised.

Mr Shany said its unacceptable for Australia to routinely reject the committees views, or self-judge UN human rights treaties compliance, saying the country cant pick and choose its compliance with human rights law.

The lack of implementation was completely off the charts for the committee, Mr Shany said.

Its incredible for a country that claims to have a leading role in global human rights.

The Australian delegation responded that the implementation of views would have to be an area where the committee and government respectfully disagree as Australia does not see the views of the committee and other treaty bodies as legally binding.

The same-sex marriage plebiscite was also criticised by the committee, with member Sarah Cleveland remarking: Human rights are not to be determined by opinion poll or a popular vote.

Other issues raised by the committee included, transgender and intersex rights, domestic violence, the sterilisation of intellectually disabled women and girls, and the balance between anti-terrorism laws and personal liberty.

Australia was elected unopposed to the council, for the first time on Tuesday, as a Western European and other States representative for a three-year term.

John Quinn, Australian Ambassador and permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, said Australia was not complacent and acknowle........


Police restrict medics ahead of Richard Spencer protest at University of Florida "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mike Isaacson

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Student organizers at the University of Florida have worked with local organizations to provide a team of street medics for an October 19 protest of Richard Spencer, but the uniformed command the many law enforcement officials coordinating to provide security says the medics cant bring any supplies.

On a website set up specifically to answer questions about the accommodations and restrictions for the speech, the university listed several prohibited items including water bottles and bags of any kind. A student representative for No Nazis at UF, a student-led coalition of local and national organizations founded when Spencers speech was first announced in August, called the policy ridiculous, and lamented that medics cant even carry supplies in order to help anyone.

Street medics who wear the red cross on a shirt, armband or backpack train regularly to carry injured protesters away from danger and administer first aid for ailments ranging from broken bones to heat exhaustion. One medic, who asked to be referred to as Jane, completed the initial 20-hour street medic training in August only to treat head wounds in Charlottesville later that month. I cant imagine Charlottesville without medics, Jane said. Whether were dealing with injuries, chemical agents, or just making sure people stay hydrated, theres always something to do.

Another medic, who asked to be referred to as Bo, said he has mostly seen cuts, burns and concussions over the past year of helping out in the streets. Bo has been an Emergency Medical Service, or EMS, for the past eight years and used his training to treat these injuries, as well as diabetic emergencies, heat stroke, and penetrating trauma caused by stabs and gunshot wounds.

To prepare for a protest, street medics need to be able to carry equipment to treat injured protesters. Jane packs what is needed for any given protest, ranging from some snacks, gauze, tape, gloves and salts for peaceful rallies to flashlights, fold-up splints, hot and cold packs, and menstrual pads for more intense protests.

At the top of the priority list for Gainesville is water and cold packs. Florida...


Clinton lies about Assange on Australian TV - Assange blasts ABC for refusing to let him respond "IndyWatch Feed National"

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has slammed the ABC, accusing the national broadcaster of breaching their own code of practice. Assange said he should have been asked for a response to comments made about him by Hillary Clinton during an interview which aired in Australia on Monday. The WikiLeaks founder's criticism comes as Four Corners interviewer Sarah Ferguson revealed on radio she thought Hillary Clinton 'has been through enough'. 'A sad day for Four Corners,' Assange told Daily Mail Australia, 'WikiLeaks has a pristine record for accuracy. Clinton stands alone in suggesting otherwise.' 'There was no push back on Clinton's ridiculous conspiracy theories or use of weasel words. The single greatest contributor to Clinton's downfall was not brought up: her strategy to elevate Donald Trump. We were not contacted to rebut.'


Welfare spend up $40b in nine years "IndyWatch Feed National"

Welfare spending across Australia has risen by $40 billion in nine years and now accounts for a larger slice of the economy, a national report has found.

The Commonwealth, state and territory governments spent roughly $157 billion on welfare cash payments and services in 2015-16, up from $117 billion in 2006-07.

The figures have been laid out in a biennial Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report released on Thursday.

More than two-thirds of cash payments ($105 billion) went to specific populations excluding the unemployed, with just 6.3 per cent ($10 billion) spent on unemployment benefits.

Some 27 per cent of the welfare spending ($42 billion) was allocated to services.

The overall increase meant welfare spending accounted for 9.5 per cent of gross domestic product, compared with 8.6 per cent nine years earlier.

An estimated 478,000 people were employed in the welfare workforce in 2015, an increase of 84 per cent since 2005.

One in nine (or 2.7 million) Australians were informal carers.

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Young bear brunt of home ownership decline "IndyWatch Feed National"

Home ownership is becoming increasingly difficult for young people.

Home ownership is becoming increasingly difficult for young people.

Home ownership among young Australians has fallen by more than one-third in the past 25 years despite relatively low interest rates, a major welfare report has found.

The countrys overall home ownership rates have been in steady decline in recent decades, with the proportion of Australians who own their properties falling from 71 to 67 per cent.

The drop has been most dramatic among young people, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has found in a biennial report card released on Thursday.

Fewer than 40 per cent of people aged 25 to 34 owned a home in 2013-14, compared with 60 per cent in 1988-89.

These statistics were reinforced in the 2016 census, which showed a six per cent drop over 10 years.Assistant Social Services Minister Zed Seselja says the high cost of land and the lack of land release in some of the major cities has been a factor.

I think its fair to say most Australians would say that you know we want to do more, he told the Nine Network.

The Turnbull government is working with the states on a new national affordable housing agreement and announced in the budget measures to help young people save for their first home through their superannuation.

Home ownership rates among people aged 35 to 44 have also declined markedly.

People are increasingly using mortgages to buy property and less own their houses outright, while affordability has also diminished for households who rent, the report found.

Renters have experienced a 62 per cent (or $144) increase in average weekly housing costs over the past two decades.

Australia ranks in the bottom third of OECD countries for aggregate home ownership rates, and in the top third for home owners with a mortgage.

The AIHW report also found 394,000 households were living in social housing in 2015-16, an increase of four per cent since 2007-08.

Another 195,000 households were on waiting lists for social housing.

Mental health issues among those accessing homelessness services have grown by about 13 per cent each year since 2011-12.

Family, domestic and sexual violence are the leading causes of homelessnes...


Crown could face Senate tampering inquiry "IndyWatch Feed National"

The lure of the pokies. Photo AAP/Mick Tsikas

The lure of the pokies. Photo AAP/Mick Tsikas

Pressure is mounting for a federal parliamentary inquiry into Crown Casino after whistleblowers accused it of tampering with poker machines to increase gambling losses.

But the coalition government says the proper forum for any investigation is at the state level.

Anti-pokie campaigner and senator Nick Xenophon on Thursday joined a chorus of upper house voices calling for an inquiry, arguing the whistleblowers had lost confidence in state regulators.

The push come after independent lower house MP Andrew Wilkie used parliamentary privilege on Wednesday to make public the allegations levelled at the James Packer-owned gaming giants Melbourne precinct.

Mr Wilkie tabled video evidence of three unnamed men alleging Crown illegally tampered with machines to increase gambling losses, and ignored drug use and covered up domestic violence.

Further claims relate to money laundering.

My concern is that the whistleblowers have lost confidence in the regulatory authorities, Senator Xenophon told Nine Network on Thursday.

I dont have that much confidence in the gambling [Victorian] regulator because some of the allegations from the whistleblowers is that the gambling regulator didnt adequately investigate this.

The next step must be that they must be put under the scrutiny of an independent inquiry.

Government frontbencher Mitch Fifield said any inquiry should fall under state jurisdiction, adding casino regulation was not a federal responsibility.

However, its up to the Senate if it chooses to have an inquiry into these areas, he told ABC radio.

Crown on Wednesday in a statement to the stock exchange rejected the allegations and challenged Mr Wilkie to take his information to the authorities.

Crown Resorts rejects the allegations made today under parliamentary privilege concerning the improper manipulation of poker machines and other illegal or improper conduct at Crown Casino in Melbourne, it said.

Federal Greens leader Richard Di Natale said the minor party would work with Nick Xenophon Team on a motion for a Senate inquiry into how casinos are regulated in Australia.



Industry super funds are being targeted by banks and government "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Glen

I must admit Im no fan of whats called Industry Superannuation (Industry Super). It was brought in as part of the social wage under the ALP-ACTU Prices and Incomes Accord. Its basically about privatising your pension.

As the French philosopher Alain Badiou says, one divides into two. Industry superannuation is a form of finance capital. Despite its intent, and the obvious limitations, its something we can use to our advantage.

In Australia a culture of scandal is appearing in the Retail Superannuation sector, with the role of the Banks being particularly criticised.

The banks are accused of not acting in the best interest of their consumers. In this context Industry Super funds are considered better investors/managers of our money. Yet the banks have friends in high places, with the Federal Government only too happy to assist them in maintaining their power and influence.

The Federal LNP Coalition Government has decided to attack the Industry Super funds. On the guise of making them more transparent, they seek different governance structures. The desire for an independent chair, and a 1/3 of the board seats being given to independent directors is about taking away the role of employee representation: Unions.

This is part of their obsession to destroy organised labour, in any of its guises. It is likely they will get what they want, in having independent directors on the boards. Independent in this context, meaning people drawn from within the finance sector, including representatives of the very same banks criticised, for not putting consumers first.

While we have employee representation on these boards, lets have them acting not just to produce a return for the fund, but to...


Bikie feud blamed for Michael Martins Murwillumbah murder "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Michael Martin Jnr (pictured) is on trial, charged with his father's murder. Photo Nine News

Michael Martin Jnr (pictured) is on trial, charged with his fathers murder. Photo Nine News

Trouble with outlaw motorcycle gangs ended in the violent murder of Michael Martin at Murwillumbah in 2014, the barrister for the late mans son, who is charged with his murder, has told a Supreme Court jury.

Michael Martin jnrs counsel Gabriel Wendler told the jury at Lismore Supreme Court on Tuesday trouble with bikie gangs offered the most incisive account of events which resulted in Mr Martin snrs death.

On the night of April 6, 2014, Mr Martin snr and his friend Edmund Manning both suffered life-threatening injuries when they were attacked at Mr Martins unit.

Retribution came calling on that night and as a result he was assaulted and severely beaten up by these people, Mr Wendler told the jury.

If a bikie feud wasnt to blame, News Corp reported Mr Wendler said alcohol could have contributed to the April incident.

Given both Manning and the deceased were hardcore alcoholics (perhaps) they had a fight and inflicted these injuries on each other, Mr Wendler said.

The evidence available did not stack up to alleged admissions to murder made in a letter written by Mr Martin jnr to his wife Candace, Mr Wendler said, which he described as the ravings of a person with a history of mental illness.

Mr Wendler suggested it wasnt realistic, or common sense that Mr Martin jnr, who owed $27,000 in credit card debts, would use a sword to murder his father as it was a pretty messy way to do it.

He described the crown case as suspicion, speculation and conjecture.

By taking out the three life insurance policies on his fathers life, Mr Wendler said Mr Martin jnr was effectively wagering that his father life would end prematurely.

What he did was not illegalit was opportunistic, maybe callous you would say, but it was not illegal, Mr Wendler said.

But in his closing address on Monday, Crown Prosecutor Brendan Campbell said Mr Martin snr was the victim of a targeted campaign against him by his son.

Despite admitting Mr Martin snr was a shocking alcoholic who treated his family dreadfully, Mr Campbell said the 46-year-olds character didnt mean he wasnt worthy of the protection of so...


Switching Coffee for Chamomile Tea Helps You Care Even Less About Work "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


A new study has shown that switching your morning coffee to chamomile tea decreases your motivation dramatically and helps you cruise through the work day easier.

One advertising account manager said she felt the benefits instantly.

I used to reach for a coffee first thing in the morning to help shake off the existential dread I felt about going to work, but I had it all wrong, she said. By switching to chamomile tea my care factor remains low and I can have a successful day being unproductive. Yesterday I had a snooze in the disabled dunny.

Another worker who had also made the switch said it helps him prioritise whats important in life.

Stuff being wide awake on works time, the surgeon said. Now I have a coffee at about 5pm and by the time I get home Im ready to play PUBG all night. My kill-death ratio has gone way up on both fronts.

Local pubs are cashing in on the trend to stay demotivated during work hours by moving their happy hours to the morning.


In June 1995 Bruce Wilson paid GILLARD's builder Con Spyridis $2,180 with a personal cheque we publish today "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here's Wilson's cheque - note the distinctive non-Wilson handwriting, the cheque was written out by Bill Telikostiglou. Here's the statement showing the cheque was presented on 5 June, 1995 and was met on presentation. Nine entries above cheque 181 for $2,180 in the statement is a 17 May 1995 deposit...


Australias chronic non-compliance completely off the charts says UN "IndyWatch Feed National"

Overnight Australia was slammed by the UN Human Rights Committee for its chronic non-compliance with, and disengagement from, that Committees work. Australias record on human rights was found lacking as part of the Committees review into Australias protection of civil and political rights.

Professor Yuval Shany, Vice Chair of the Committee, said Australias track record was incredible for a country that claims to be a leading voice on human rights.

Mr Shany directly contradicted Foreign Minister Julie Bishops previous statement on Australias engagement with the UN, when he said Australia has very little to be proud of. He described Australias record as one of chronic non-compliance with the Committees findings, and said its compliance rate was so low it was completely off the charts.

Amy Frew, a lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre said the Committee was clearly dismayed at Australias disdain for the Committees expertise and processes.

Today the UN gave Australia a grade of E - and thats not an E for effort. The condemnation shows how far we have strayed from the promises we made to uphold the civil and political rights of Australians and people in our care, said Ms Frew.

This grilling comes a day after the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) made an extraordinary statement that the conditions on Manus Island amount to an imminent humanitarian crisis and a "looming humanitarian emergency". After inspecting the island in September, the UNHCR is calling on Australia to immediately evacuate the men from PNG.

The Manus Island detention centre is due to close on 31 October 2017, but the hundreds of men still living there have nowhere safe to go. In recent months essential services such as water and electricity have been cut in an attempt to force the men out of the centre and into the community, However, the men are fearful for their safety in PNG, where there have been dozens of violent attacks on the men outside the detention centre.

Australia is increasingly ignoring UN ad...


U.S. Troop Deaths in Niger: AFRICOMs Chickens Come Home to Roost "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Mark P. Fancher | Black Agenda Report | October 18, 2017 From the outset, the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has incorrectly presumed the stupidity of Africans and others who are concerned about the continent. To answer accusations that the U.S. uses its military to ensure continuing imperialist domination of Africa, AFRICOM has stubbornly insisted []


This 5-Year-Old Genius Is Very Passionate About Breathing "IndyWatch Feed National"

You do it every minute of every day, but do you ever really give much thought to the act of breathing?

Five-year-old boy genius Anson Wong has devoted a lot of his time to learning about this important function in the human body and shared what he learned in his series, Ansons Answers.

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Housing affordability keeps on going downhill "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Major ratings agency Moodys, has just found that the housing affordability crisis in Australia is getting worse.

The agencys report says that in addition, the level of debt is at a record high, leaving borrowers at a high level of risk of defaulting. Existing on the edge brings greater vulnerability to sudden changes in the housing market and other economic shocks.

Housing unaffordability has increased the most in Brisbane and Melbourne, but Sydney continues to head the nation as the least affordable city to live in.

Australia now has the worlds second highest level of household debt, now at 193.7 percent of income.

According to Moodys the average household is now paying 28.7 percent of its total income on mortgages, up from 27.4 percent in September last year. It must be remembered, that the actual proportion paid by those on mortgages is much higher, because an average, spreads out to include households without a mortgage. At the same time, the broader based data indicates the extent to which the whole economy is exposed to the debt problem.

If there is a burst in the housing bubble, the mix with the high debt level will mean a much more severe impact, as falling prices will not be matched by a corresponding fall in debt. This will have a severe impact on the financial position of those who are hit directly and it will feed through the economy, causing more loss.

There will be a secondary impact on other investments that have a link to the real estate market.  One of them is superannuation.

Such a level of crisis has not arrived yet. But Australia is getting close enough to start up a lot of worrying.

Even the Reserve Bank is showing deep concern and warning about payment shock forcing the dumping of properties onto the market, which at a high enough volume, would threaten the tumbling down of prices and put the banking system at great risk.

The Reserve Bank is also concerned by the increase in the number of multiple property investors. Those owning 5 or more properties have increase in number by 7.5 percent in in the 2014-15 financial year and this has not slowed down. Ten percent of all investors now own more...


The Communist Party of China (CPC) holds its 19th National Congress: President Xi's battle against corruption "IndyWatch Feed National"

Foreign analysts and media look to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China for clues about China's future. It is no secret that President Xi Jinping, during his almost five years as China's senior-most leader, has strengthened the Party's role in governing China - and foreigners have questions. I'm asked these questions by foreign media and I think it useful to state and examine them. What is it about the Party, the CPC, and its governing philosophy, that makes Xi so committed to enhancing the Party's governing power? What are the Party's positions and policies, organization and governance, vision and challenges? Why has China opted for perpetual CPC leadership? What innovations has Xi brought to the Party's leadership role in the economy and society? Why has Xi elevated "strict discipline of the Party" to the highest level of national importance, the fourth of his "Four Comprehensives" for governing China? Why is his anti-corruption campaign so relentless? Answers to these questions lead to a more basic question: How has the Party led China to its remarkable development and modernization? How has the Party adapted to changing conditions, kept up with the times? What can we learn from the Party's history, its triumphs and tragedies? What is it about the Party's recent past that it must now be rejuvenated? But can a system with a perpetually ruling party discipline itself, itself establish credible checks-and-balances?


The Balfour Declaration Is Another Colonial Distortion of History "IndyWatch Feed National"

The 100-year anniversary of one of Great Britains great betrayals is approaching. Professor Stuart Rees explains.

At the beginning of November, the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, an influential but highly deceitful historical document will be celebrated, certainly in Israel, probably in Australia.

In the United States and Australia, recent controversies over history have concerned attempts to reject past records, as in the destruction of monuments to defeated slave owners in the American civil war and in challenges to the alleged achievements of Captain Cook in Australia.

The 100-year-old false claims in the Balfour Declaration, which paved the way for the creation of the State of Israel, also need to be identified and rejected.


British Deception

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250British deception of Arab interests began before Balfours initiative. In 1915-16, correspondence between British High Commissioner in Egypt Henry McMahon and Sherif Hussein of Mecca shows that official promises were made to Arab leaders, that after World War I, in exchange for their support in the British struggle against the Ottoman Turks, there would be independence of Palestine.

By November 2nd 1917, the deception inherent in policy became explicit. On that date, British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour wrote to Lord Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community, His Majestys Government view[s]with favour the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine.

Clearly understood suggests that the British would insist on equal treatment for Indigenous Palestinians and the minority Jewish population. A year later, in an openly racist letter, Balfour wrote to his successor Lord Curzon, Zionism is of profounder import than the desires and prejudices of 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit this ancient land.

In the mandate system introduced by the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, Britains responsibility to administer Palestine came on the understanding that it would work on behalf of Jewish and Palestinian communities. Consistent with this understanding, in May 1939, the British government recommended a limit of 75,000 on further immigrants and an end to immigration by 1944 unless the resident Arabs of the region consented to further immigration.

This recom...


Culture Roundup: Thursday 19 October, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Pickering power


Edgy, polished and inventive, Charlie Pickering is one of the most exciting names in Australian comedy. Charlie is a political junkie, a law graduate, and was the voice of his generation as a regular team captain for Generation X on Network Tens quiz show Talkin bout Your Generation. He was also on your TV screen every weeknight for five years as co- host of The Project, where the days news is dissected, digested and re-constituted by some of Australias funniest and smartest. In 2015 Charlie joined the team at ABC TV to premiere a news comedy show, a tonight show, a chat show and a panel show all in one The Weekly with Charlie Pickering. He is joined by support Damian Power, three-time Barry Award nominee and widely regarded as one of the most exhilarating voices in Australian comedy. With Mandy Nolan as MC, this is one cracker of a show.

Byron Brewery | Thursday 2 November | Doors 7pm | Show 8pm | $25. | Tix on

Oktober for Club Byron

Club Byron is having its very first Oktoberfest this Saturday and Sunday two days filled with fun and entertainment for all. An Oktoberfest cannot be complete without traditional Bavarian food, beer from the region and, of course, entertainment. Live music inside for the adults, 14m obstacle course for the kids, face painting and, naturally, prizes for best dressed over both days. Oh yes, face painting may be the option for those who dont like dress-ups So whats on the menu? Bratwurst sausage and curry ketchup, and a botched roll; Knodel-poached potato dumplings in gravy and pork; German flamkucken, a thin-crust pizza with creme fraiche, sliced onion and speck that soaks up the beer And there will be beer. Lots and lots of beer!

From Bangalow to Chicago!

With two sellout productions (The Drowsy Chaperone and Little Shop of Horrors) under its belt, this November Bangalow Theatre Company puts its spin on the Broadway classic CHICAGO!

Yes, aspiring vaudevillian star Roxie Hart and a singing, dancing ensemble of some of the northern rivers finest performers are coming to Bangalows historic A&I Hall across two big weekends...


Omega-3 fatty acids have therapeutic benefits in the treatment of both major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Adv Mind Body Med. 2017 Summer;31(3):8-16. PMID: 28987035 Abstract Title:  The Psychoneuroimmunological Role of Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids in Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder. Abstract:  Context Psychoneuroimmunology is the interdisciplinary study that links behavioral health with the neuroendocrinal system and investigates that link's bidirectional impact on the human immune system. Mechanistic studies have shown how omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), like those found in fishoil, can modulate key pathways involved in inflammation, sympathetic activity, oxidative stress, transcription factors, and inflammatory cytokine production. Objective The research team intended to investigate the effects that PUFAs have on the brain and the immune system, including the effectsof proinflammatory cytokines and oxidative stress, and their therapeutic benefits in major depressive disorder (MDD) and bipolar disorder, either as an alternative monotherapy or a complementary adjunct treatment. Design A literature search was conducted through PubMed and Google Scholar, withno restrictions on the publication dates or geographically. Setting The research occurred at research facilities in Washington, DC, and Davis, California. Results Well-described links between inflammation and MDD and bipolar disorder have been established. Similarly, a highly inflammatory state is a contributing factor to many significant health complications, and omega-3 PUFAs can help treat those issues. Conclusions The research team concluded that omega-3 fatty acids have therapeutic benefits in the treatment of both MDD and bipolar disorder and are effective as a monotherapy and, particularly, as an adjunct therapy. The efficacy of omega-3 supplementation is clearly useful in promoting better health overall and supplementation should be encouraged in the primary care setting. A meta-analysis exploring an adjunct treatment of supplemental eicosapentaenoic acid or docosahexaenoic acid is likely to yield the greatest benefits to psychiatric conditions and provide an answer to proper dosing regimens. The team also created a chart of the supplements' salient features, demonstrating the overall health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.

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Home-shaking, loud boom heard around Southport, Oak Island, North Carolina "IndyWatch Feed National"

People in and around Southport and Oak Island heard and felt a boom Tuesday night that some said shook their homes. Calls and emails started pouring into WECT's offices after the loud noise, which happened around 8:15 p.m. One Brunswick County official said in a text message it was probably the Seneca Guns, but officials at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point advised Brunswick County dispatch, which received numerous calls about the boom, that they were holding a training exercise Tuesday evening.


PERTH perth teacher accused of sexual relations with two students "IndyWatch Feed National"

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perth teacher accused of sexual relations with two students .

October 18, 2017 at 02:34PM .

legal reasons, appeared in perth magistrates court on wednesday. the perth school teacher with her lawyer, mark andrews outside perth magistrates .


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5-Year-Old Empties Piggy Bank To Buy Milk For Classmate, Goes On To Raise Over $8,000 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kids are taught from a young age that milk is a necessary and nutritious addition to any meal. (Note: this has since been debunked. Read more here). As a result, 5-year-old Sunshine Oelfeke couldnt help but notice that one of her classmates didnt have milk during their daily snack time. Rather than embarrass her friend or ask an adult for clarification, Sunshine decided to take matters into her own hands.

Approximately two weeks ago, the young girls grandmother, Jackie Sue, spotted Sunshine emptying her piggy bank and counting the coins. After tallying up the total, she dumped all of the change into a plastic bag and tucked it into her backpack. Understandably, Jackie Sue was confused as to what the kindergartner had planned, as Sunshine had been saving up for a snowmobile for years. She soon learned, however, and the answer blew her away.

Credit: GoFundMe

When asked why she was taking the coins to school, Sunshine responded:

Im going to take it for milk money. Im taking it for my friend Layla. She doesnt get milk her mom doesnt have milk money and I do.

Because of the compassionate intent, Sunshine was allowed to do with the money as she pleased. When Sunshine went to school the next day, she gave the coins to her kindergarten teacher. Reportedly, it totaled $30 after buying Laylas milk. When Sunshine didnt know until later is that there are 20 students in her class at Birchview Elementary School, located in Michigan. And, half of them cannot afford to buy $0.45 milk for snack time every day. The cost of ensuring every kid has milk at snack time is $180 per month. Thus, Sunshine hatched a new plan.

With the help of Jackie Sue, Sunshine started a GoFundMe page to raise money for the rest of the school year. News of Sunshines generosity has quickly spread, and now the campaign has generated more than $8,000! Said Jackie Sue:

Sunshine is 5 and doesnt grasp the concept of the HUGE impact she is maki...


Australian Senate Panel Throws Support Behind Crypto Exchange Bill "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is moving ahead with plans to pass new regulations for the country's cryptocurrency exchange space.


AirAsia pilot dives 20,000ft as plane loses cabin pressure "IndyWatch Feed National"

Everybody started panicking

An AirAsia flight from Perth to Bali lost cabin pressure just 25 minutes after take-off on Sunday, forcing the pilot to make a terrifying 20,000-foot dive to enable the 145 passengers on board to breathe.

AirAsia flight QZ535 reportedly plummeted 20,000 feet (6,000 meters) in just 10 minutes at a speed of roughly 400 knots (740 kph) according to Flightradar24 after a sudden loss of cabin pressure forced the pilot to dive to an altitude at which the air is breathable.


The panic was escalated because of the behavior of staff who were screaming, looked tearful and shocked, Clare Askew told reporters at Perth Airport, as cited by the Australian Associated Press. Oxygen masks were deployed and the cabin alarm sounded throughout the incident.

Now, I get it, but we looked to them for reassurance and we didnt get any, we were more worried because of how panicked they were, Askew said.

I actually picked up my phone and sent a text message to my family, just hoping that they would get it, Perth woman Leah told 9News. We were all pretty much saying goodbye to each other. It was really upsetting.

One of the stewardesses started running down the aisle and we thought, why is she running. And then the masks fell down and everybody started panicking, Leah added.

AirAsia has experienced several such issues in recent months: In July, one aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing in Brisbane after a birdstrike; a week previous, another AirAsia flight was forced to land at Perth Airport after an engine malfunction.


NASA Admits that Conspiracy Theorists Have Been Right All Along About Planet X Existing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Conspiracy theorists are always labeled as nut-jobs until something they claimed actually ends up being truthful and evidence based. Once they are proven to be right, its as if they never said anything in the first place. Well, congrats theorists because we were right once again.

Not that conspiracy theorists are always right, because they definitely arent. Honestly, the term conspiracy theorists is extremely wide and inaccurate. A conspiracy theorist was originally defined by the act of questioning the truth, and theorizing from their own original thoughts which is crucial to do, especially in todays society. These days the word conspiracy theorist has gained a rather negative connotation. When people hear the word they automatically envision some person claiming outrageous things and wearing a tin foil hat. But in all reality, a conspiracy theorist is someone who questions the truth and finds answers for themselves.

Original thought is crucial to the fate of humanity and always has been. People are corrupt and leadership roles are taken advantage of more often than not, especially these days. There have been many instances in which conspiracy theorists were found to be not so nutty. In fact, a lot of the time they are proven to be right. For example, theorists have gone on and on about the existence of a gigantic planet in the darkest corners of our solar system heading directly towards us. This planet is referred to as Planet X and NASA just confirmed that it may indeed be a viable concern.

Planet X first began gaining attention in 2012, when theorists declared Nibiru, or Planet X, was going to collide with the Earth and bring humanity to a gruesome end. Although 2012 was just a scare, NASA scientists are stating that Planet X might not be so much of a myth. According to theorists, the planet is either going to obliterate us on its astronomical expedition through space, or itll graze right past us.

Conspiracy theorist David Meade defends his prediction based on passages from Revelations, stating, The Stars of Heaven and their constellations will not show their light. The rising Sun will be darkened and the Moon will not give its light.


Scientists Solve Mystery Of Whether Shark Or Alligator Would Win A Fight "IndyWatch Feed National"

Throughout the ages humanity has debated who would win a fight between an alligator and a shark, and now U.S. researchers have finally provided an answer to the question that has fascinated people from all [...]


Jesus Camp, the Harbinger "IndyWatch Feed National"

I re-watched the 2006 documentary, Jesus Camp the other day. It predicted Trump; not the who of Donald Trump, but the what of an evangelical-favored president. The fact that he is irreligious has no relevance to them. They indoctrinated their children into being voters for a Trump-like leader and it worked. They got what they asked for, emotionalism, nationalism and speaking/texting-in-tongues nonsense.

By the way, this is not what I meant by negative capability, which respects and honors reason and logic in collaborative harmony. This is intentional random illogic and unreasonable faith in anti-intellectualism with a nod to Evangelical Christian religiosity. The Kids On Fire summer campers of the film were old enough to vote in this past election. Like the students from any madrassa, they presumably did what they were taught to do.

From the distant devastation of my twice hurricane-struck island I am glad to be here, not there. With my brief internet connections, I feel like I am glimpsing an episode of the 1960s TV show Batman; an episode where all the colorful criminals, the jokers, penguins and cat persons have taken over the city while each of them makes up their own set of nonsensical rules and chaos prevails. Our democracy is now a failed camp farce. Will a bat-costumed billionaire save the day?

The teacher has left this USA classroom alone for far too long. Where....


Six missing after severe storm hits Queensland, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Severe weather warnings for the coastal trough which has delivered significant rainfall for Queensland over the past few days have now been canceled. However, flood warnings remain in place as some of the areas recorded between 300 and 500 mm (11.8 - 19.7 inches) of...... Read more


'Pulling a pig': The cruel new dating trend "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is one thing being rejected or ignored by your holiday romance. It is another thing entirely to fly out to see him in Amsterdam, after weeks of messaging, only to be stood up in the airport with nothing but a text saying the entire affair was a cruel joke and calling you a 'fat ugly pig.' But this horrific scenario is exactly what 24-year-old Sophie Stevenson says happened to her after she met Dutchman Jesse Mateman, 21, on holiday in Barcelona. She claims the pair slept together, had a "proper romance" and then spoke regularly when she was back home in Stoke. A month later Mateman convinced her to fly out to visit him in Amsterdam for the weekend. "We were talking up until I got on the plane," Stevenson told the Mail. "But when I arrived, he wasn't there to pick me up. I called him a bunch of times, and he didn't answer. I waited at the airport for two hours and I hadn't heard anything, I was really starting to panic about being abandoned." Six hours later, she says he messaged her saying 'you were pigged, it was all a joke.'


How Did Duterte Come To Power in the Philippines? Fentanyl and his mental condition were not as yet factors "IndyWatch Feed National"

By   @inquirerdotnet

 / 05:06 AM October 16, 2017

How did the demagoguery begin? With the morbidity of the killings hitting the poors hovels, we begin to ruminate perplexed at how this catastrophe will end.

It will end as how it began.

The campaign canonized him on the impetus of anger with elitist politics, a signal of discontent with the status quo. An outsider to Manila-centric politics was seen as the antidote to the nations skewed power dynamics. This proved its greatest irony: In fact, this was a candidate traditionally elitist to the core. What caused the ignorance?

Rodrigo Duterte was invincible in Davao City as local autocrats are in their own turfs. No semblance of public furor, an important democratic institution, has been seen in Davao directly against him in his 20 years of power. Supporters used this as a fundamental reference of his popularity.

In 2007, a National Bureau of Investigation report identified Paolo Duterte and a business partner as members of a big-time syndicate engaged in smuggling high-end cars, used clothing, rice and sugar. The contraband, said to be concealed in container vans, entered Davao without the necessary import permits, the report said, because the alleged operators enjoyed the protection of some corrupt Customs officials and members of the Philippine National Police. A subsequent report by the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group echoed: These activities were undertaken without any arrest or apprehension by concerned government agencies due to the alleged power and influence of Davao City Mayor Duterte.

In 2012, a Commission on Audit report said that Davao City Hall hired 11,000 individuals for six months, including 110 consultants, costing P677 million. The sample audit conducted found city hall could provide only a master list of those hired, their fixed wages, positions and the funding source but not official contracts or accomplishment reports. Only 59 casuals showed up for the audit. City hall claimed the rest were out on field work but there were no pass slips as proof, no deployment plan.



Thousands in Somali capital march in defiance after attack "IndyWatch Feed National"


Mohamed Abdiwahad, AFP | Demonstrators in Mogadishu on 15 October.


Latest update : 2017-10-18

Thousands of people took to the streets of Somalias capital Wednesday in a show of defiance after the countrys deadliest attack.

Officials shared a detailed account of how Saturdays truck bombing that killed more than 300 was carried out. They said that two people have been arrested.

Wearing red headbands, the crowd of mostly young men and women marched through Mogadishu amid tight security. They answered a call to unity by Mayor Thabit Abdi, who said we must liberate this city which is awash with graves.

Some in Somalia have called the bombing their 9/11, while asking why one of the worlds deadliest attacks in years hasnt drawn the kind of global attention given to extremist assaults elsewhere.

Another nearly 400 were wounded. Scores remain missing.

You can kill us, but not our spirit and desire for peace, said high school teacher Zainab Muse. May Allah punish those who massacred our people, said university student Mohamed Salad.

Not at all peaceful

It was not all peaceful. At least three people, including a pregnant woman, were injured after security forces opened fire while trying to disperse protesters marching toward the attack site, said police Capt. Mohammed Hussein. Both Somali police and African Union soldiers were at the scene and opened fire, he said.

Somalias government has blamed Saturdays attack on the al-Shabab extremist group, which often targets Mogadishu but has not commented. Analysts have suggested that al-Shabab, an al-Qaida ally, may have avoided taking responsibility because it did not want to be blamed for the deaths of so many civilians.

A detailed description of the attack....


Insider Reveals How the Opioid Crime Network Operates "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jon Rappoport, Guest
Waking Times

PBS Frontline (2/23/2016):

The opioid epidemic has been called the worst drug crisis in American historywith overdoses from heroin and other opioids now killing more than 27,000 people a year (Note: prescription opioids are now a very significant gateway-drug leading addicts into heroin.)

CBS News (8/1/2017):

Nearly 92 million U.S. adults, or about 38 percent of the population, took a legitimately prescribed opioid like OxyContin or Percocet in 2015, according to results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

On the condition of anonymity, an insider with intimate knowledge of the opioid crime network spoke with me. He is not a participant or a criminal. He has spent years exposing the network.

My initial question to him was prompted by the current Washington Post series on collusion between members of Congress and the drug industry. The collusion has produced a new law that makes it much harder for the US DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) to shut down major opioid traffickers. (That law is the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016, signed by President Obama on 4/9/16.)

My question was: how could a corrupt little pharmacy or medical clinic in a small town, in the middle of nowhere, sell, as reported, a MILLION opioid pills a year?

Here is the answer my source confirmed: a criminal doctor or doctors are writing 75-100 opioid prescriptions a day like clockwork; patients are flooding in from all over the country (many of them flying in once a month); they are sold the opioid prescriptions, and either fill them righ...


Vaxxed Secretly Screened In Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Polly Tommey and Kent Heckenlively have reportedly hosted a screening and Q&A of their vaccine safety documentary, Vaxxed, in Australia, where Tommey is currently under the provisions of a 3-year ban from travel to and...

The post Vaxxed Secretly Screened In Australia appeared first on Vaxxter.


The War with China Comes Home to America "IndyWatch Feed National"

China hawks have announced that the campaign against Chinese influence developed in Australia is just about ready to export, not just to Asia, but to America and the world.  The recipe is simple: security service dossiers carefully cooked by national security journalists, and seasoned with fear and denial. Its not just an antidote to Chinas growing influence throughout the world; its meant to mask the bitter taste of a decade of American failureand to give the West the appetite for another generation of conflict.

Only problem is, this war gets fought in the homeland, not thousands of miles away in Asia.

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Peoples Bank of China Digital Currency Director Calls for Centralized State Cryptocurrency

DFAT boss warns international students to resist Chinese Communist Partys untoward influence

Chinese Government intrusion into Western universities sparks push for collective action

Addressing PRC Influence in Australia: Working with All Australians

China threatens U.S. Congress for crossing red line on Taiwan



Be a hero - save an endangered Swift Parrot family today "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Swift Parrot
Lathamus discolor
Critically endangered (Australian federal listing)
IUCN Red List
Image: Geoffrey Dabb/ Canberra Birds

Swift Parrots breed only in Tasmania and then fly across Bass Strait to forage on the flowering eucalypts in open boxironbark forests of the Australian mainland. While on the mainland, they are nomadic, spending weeks or months at some sites and only a few hours at others, determined by the supply of nectar. [Birdlife Australia


"Want to clear the pool of sharks? Ask the little lady. The sheilas are tough in Australia." "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Want to clear the pool of sharks? Ask the little lady. The sheilas are tough in Australia Im sure the North Coast Voices reader who sent me a link to this video along with that comment was boasting a bit as he said it.

Meet Melissa Hatheier of Cronulla

Image from ABC News, 11 October 2016

And this is Melissa tidying away a little Port Jackson shark at Oak Park Sea Pool, Cronulla, NSW


So troubled multinational Serco's staff are going to answer phone calls made to Centrelink in a Turnbull Government pilot program? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Multinational Serco Group plc registered in England and Wales, with revenue in 2016 of an est. $5 billion and an underlying trading profit of est. $139 million, has made the news again.

One of its subsidiaries, SERCO CITIZEN SERVICES PTY LTD1 ABN:89 062 943 640, won this $53.75 million federal government contract commencing 7 September 2017:

CN ID: CN3460117
Agency: Department of Human Services
Publish Date: 11-Oct-2017
Category: Temporary personnel services
Contract Period:
7-Sep-2017 to 29-Oct-2019
Contract Value (AUD): $53,752,454.80
Description: Centrelink Call Centre Enhancements Initiative

On 11 October 2017 it was reported that the Minister for Human Services Alan Tudge stated this contract was for a pilot commencing in late October 2017 would help reduce Centrelink call wait times.

An est. 250 Melbourne-based Serco staff will take calls about welfare payments in the three-year pilot program.

The ministers office stated: ...

Wednesday, 18 October


Knickers in a twist "IndyWatch Feed National"

It seems to me that the entire blogosphere has cottoned on to the fact that the BBC is biased. The only entity that hasnt noticed is of course the BBC itself. One might say the BBC is becoming increasingly isolated in this. 

Its almost embarrassing, like theyve come out of the washroom with their skirt tucked into their pants.  I say washroom to avoid committing a non-binary  gender offence. Perhaps I shouldnt have used the word skirt.

We havent heard enough yet about Harvey Weinsteen or stine" as in Einstein, because we have also to discuss the ones who knew but didnt speak out, rather like the BBC over Jimllfixit, and we have to listen to endless stories from hashtag me too. However, if we just hang on a little longer, universal transgenderism will take care of all sexual bullying, organically. Its only a matter of time.

 Im thinking of self-expressive ideas to use as my own personal pronoun. You know, instead of her and she. You have to choose your own. I was thinking in terms of vowels and consonants, like in Countdown.  I think, maybe no vowels. Make me sound Polish.

The BBCs enthusiasm for diversity is coupled with its diktat  against using value-laden terms such as terrorist or making discriminatory value judgements; rather, a dread of its staff being caught out making one, which throws up elephantine cognitive dissonance; the inconsistency that dare not speak its name. 

Having embraced cultural Islam, the default BBC position is institutionally hostile, if not to individual Jews, (Apart from Harvey W) then to Israel. But like the lady with the pants, they cant actually see what has happened till its pointed out.

A glimpse into what things could be like - but for the BBCs attitudinal negativity, was apparent  in this interview on Sky News Australia, posted on Daphne Ansons blog.  As she frequently attests, down under, the negative influence of Islam and antisemitism is by no means absent. However. Put to one side those intrusive images of Dame Edna, possums - and the refreshing attitude of these two rather...


FBI Wipes Phones & Laptops of Vegas Eyewitnesses "IndyWatch Feed National"

Workers at the Route 91 festival during which Stephen Paddock unleashed his massacre have reportedly been given back their phones and laptops by the FBI only to discover that all messages and videos from the night of the attack have been wiped clean.

According to a Las Vegas resident who posted a status update on Facebook, A bunch of people that worked the Route 91 said they got their cell phones back today. They all said that all their phones are completely wiped clean! All messages and info from that weekend are completely gone. Anyone else experience this?

A few different people who were vendors there are all saying the same thing, the woman later comments.

Later in the thread, a Route 91 worker confirms the story, commenting, Of course. Its an active federal crime scene. They can wipe it . I was the beverage manager for the entire event. My laptop is wiped .

Infowars was separately contacted by another individual who told us the same story. Both individuals asked that their names not be revealed.

The fact that all the information relating to the massacre has been deleted is sure to prompt further claims of a cover-up.

While some assert that the feds wiping data is a routine part of their investigation procedure, if authorities want to stop the many conspiracy theories circulating about the attack, theyre not doing a very good job of it.

As Ann Coulter notes, the medias treatment of the story and the constantly changing official narrative is only serving to make people more suspicious.

I dont know what happened and, apparently, neither do the cops but its kind of odd that we keep being told things that arent true about the Las Vegas massacre, from the basic timeline to this weird insistence that Paddock made a good living at gambling, writes Coulter.

She points to many questions that remain unanswered about the attack, including why Paddock checked in to the hotel days earlier than authorities first said he did, why he was wearing gloves if he planned to commit suicide and why Paddock chose to unload 200 rounds into the hallway at a security guard who was checking on someone elses room before beginning his massacre.




Coles misleading customers? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Could be it be that Coles is suffering from the 2047 bug?

Or maybe the "Millennials" (you know the ones who FAIL in simple mathematics) programed their computers.

Let's take a look at a 'case study'.

In the above illustration, Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd, trading as Coles (ASX:CGJ) states that 120 grams of a brand of pretzel sticks is worth  one Aussie dollar and twenty five cents.

Coles (ASX: CGJ) also state that this is worth half an Australian dollar per 100 grams.

Simple Hindi-Arabic mathematics will tell you that 100 grams of these pretzels are worth one Australian Dollar and four cents, which is rounded up  to five cents, because the fractions of a dollar in the penal colony are worth less now than they were before, but that's another post or seventeen.

Since we're talking about an 'error' by the corporations committed against the slaves in a penal colony, the corporations are allowed forgiveness.

If this action was to occur in the 'the land of the free' (the Ewe Ess of Aye) maybe a homo-sexually married pair (Aussie term: poofs or lezzos) could get 21.6969 million USDM (United Snakes Drug Money- from the poppy seeds of Afghanistan) for their 'feelings' being hurt...


Escarpment tracks need funding "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sublime Point walking track, Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

Sublime Point Walking Track. Photo: National Parks & Wildlife.

Funding cuts to National Parks have become so extreme that they are starting to have an impact on residents of the northern Illawarra, according to Wollongongs Greens councillors.

A rally will be held outside the NSW Government Offices, 84 Crown Street Wollongong, to push for an increase in funding on Thursday at midday.

Wollongong War One Greens Councillor Mithra Cox said residents of Austinmer are being parked out because of the huge volume of walkers using the Sublime Point track.

There are so many other amazing bushwalks in the Illawarra escarpment, but there are no maps, no signposts and the tracks are not properly maintained, Ms Cox said.

We could connect up the walking trails between the Royal National Park, the Illawarra Escarpment and Morton National Park for a world...


No, Saving A Child Instead Of Embryos In A Burning Building Does Not Negate The Pro-Life Position "IndyWatch Feed National"

Any argument in favor of killing innocent people tends to be, you know, kind of hard to swallow, but some arguments are more compelling and clever than others. They make you at least able to see why certain people are pro-choice.

Then there are the deeply, viciously stupid pro-abortion arguments, the ones so profoundly inept, vapid, and useless that they make you question the base mental competency of the people who advance them. Such is the case with a recent highly viral tweetstorm by author Patrick Tomlinson, whose Twitter thread on the topic is worth quoting in full (presented here in a more easy-to-comprehend format):

Whenever abortion comes up, I have a question Ive been asking for ten years now of the Life begins at Conception crowd. In ten years, no one has EVER answered it honestly. Its a simple scenario with two outcomes. No one ever wants to pick one, because the correct answer destroys their argument. And there IS a correct answer, which is why the pro-life crowd hates the question.

Here it is. Youre in a fertility clinic. Why isnt important. The fire alarm goes off. You run for the exit. As you run down this hallway, you hear a child screaming from behind a door. You throw open the door and find a five-year-old child crying for help. Theyre in one corner of the room. In the other corner, you spot a frozen container labeled 1000 Viable Human Embryos.

The smoke is rising. You start to choke. You know you can grab one or the other, but not both before you succumb to smoke inhalation and die, saving no one. Do you A) save the child, or B) save the thousand embryos? There is no C. C means you all die.

In a decade of arguing with anti-abortion people about the definition of human life, I have never gotten a single straight A or B answer to this question. And I never will. They will never answer honestly, because we all instinctively understand the right answer is A.

A human child is worth more than a thousand embryos. Or ten thousand. Or a million. Because they are not the same, not morally, not ethically, not biologically. This question absolutely evicerates [sic] their arguments, and their refusal to answer confirms that they know it to be true.

No one, anywhere, actually believes an embryo is equivalent to a child. That person does not exist. They are lying to you. They are lying to you to try and evoke an emotional response, a paternal response, using false-equivalency.

No one believes life begins at conception. No one believes embryos are babies, or children. Those who cliam [sic] to are trying to manipulate you so they can control women. Dont let them. Use this question to call them out. Reveal them f...


Why The White Helmets Deserved The Nobel Peace Prize "IndyWatch Feed National"

The worlds highest humanitarian honor, the Nobel Peace Prize, went this year to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Considering what weve seen in the news about North Korea, that sounds like a good choice. Theres just one problem: The organization hasnt done anything, and theres a more deserving candidate.

ICAN is a Geneva-based coalition of hundreds of non-governmental organizations whose contribution to the safety and security of the world consists of promoting a United Nations treaty against nuclear weapons. A piece of paper combatting nuclear warfare is flimsy enough, but theres another hiccup: None of the worlds nine nuclear powers including the United States, China, Russia, and North Korea have signed it.

The Nobel Peace Prize committee could have instead taken the opportunity to celebrate a group that, rather than promoting an impractical ideal of world peace, has saved thousands of lives in a country ravaged by civil war. The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize shouldve gone to the White Helmets. The organization, also called the Syrian Civil Defense, sends emergency first-responders into dangerous territory to save innocents trapped between belligerents in Syrias civil war.

Hundreds of bombs barrage Syria each day, while President Bashar al-Assad and his government combat opposition forces. ISIS, which quickly joined the rebellion, now controls much of Eastern and Central Syria. This war has stretched on for six years and has resulted in almost 500,000 deaths. It generated the refugee crisis that has engulfed the region and spilled into Europe. It has also raised questions in the United States about how many refugees the government should accept.

During that time, the White Helmets have rescued 90,000 souls. Launching unarmed into rebel-held areas, the rescuers save the injured and unaided. They are not soldiers, but civilians. Some 3,000 White Helmets paramedics served the country, and the White Helmets was the only rescue group still entering Aleppo, Syrias largest city, according to a Wall Street Journal report last year.

If that name sounds familiar, you may remember when Libertarian presidential hopeful Gary Johnson infamously asked an MSNBC reporter last fall, Whats Aleppo? The answer, according to the reporter, was the epicenter of the refugee crisis.

The White Helmets, a film on the group, won Best Short Documentary in the Oscars this year. One scene reveals a rescuer pulling a wailing infant from fallen blocks of cement. He raises the child to the camera as voices around him cheer.

For two years the White Helmets have received a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. Its a shame that a group that sends rescuers into perilous situations and provides peace to thousands of victims of war lost to a committee of bureaucrats.......


Open letter from Suresh Rajan to Minister Peter Dutton "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear Minister Dutton, I write to you today as an Australian who came to this country over forty-two years ago. I came here as part of a family migration process. My father was a school teacher at a few state schools in Perth finally retiring (due to ill health) from Mirrabooka Senior High School (a school []


Austi war memorial work "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

austinmer war memorial site

The Austinmer War Memorial. Photo: Google Streetview

HAND dug trenches around the Norfolk Island Pine trees near Austinmer war memorial will be part of future works to upgrade the cenotaphs surrounds.

Wollongong City Council staff, supervised by an arborist, will be mapping the roots of the iconic trees on Tuesday to determine their location, size and extent.

The digging will take place in select locations near the trees and Council says will have no adverse impact on the trees. Its estimated the work will take one day and barriers and pedestrian control will be in place. Rectification works will be completed after the digging is finished.

The root mapping will help inform Council designs to improve access and safety around the war memorial.

Council said environmental issues have been considered with the preparation of a Review of Environmental Factors. Although Council does not consider the area to be part of an Aboriginal heritage site, a due diligence process, has been undertaken as part of the environmental re...


One Poem by Molly Brodak "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Olafur Eliasson, Beauty (1993), at the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) Sydney, Australia (photo via Sarah_Ackerman on Flickr)


The Cipher


A nonbeliever accepts
a kind of fog around facts

believers demand meaning.

Beloved fog forms a tissue between them, like love.
Burns off in bald light, like love.

Nonbelievers just put on their war wigs
and their war gloves
and pick

from a fanned deck of brute facts.
To prove nothingness exists

youd need just one thing that was not itself,
one x that did not equal x.

One copse of alders in one dim dusk
that was none of the above.
Souls are made up
of such obstacles.

And a nonbeliever accepts
that God is very, very likely.

nothingness is just not
how brute facts work.

A rainstorm, brute fact, shuttles brainlessly towards us,

and our evening is overtaken in rain,
rain and fog, infinity, the opposite of engineering.

I listened to some invisible bird
rattling off the facts of consciousness.

He used that exact word,


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Molly Brodak is the author of A Little Middle of the Night (University of Iowa Press, 2010) and Bandit: A Daughters Memoir (Grove Atlantic, 2016) along with three chapbooks of poetry.


Readers are encouraged to submit 35 poems as a PDF to Wendy Xu for consideration at

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Iran supreme leader dismisses Trumps rants and whoppers "IndyWatch Feed National"


Iranian Supreme Leaders Website/AFP | Irans supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who on Wednesday dismissed US President Donald Trumps wants and whoppers

TEHRAN (AFP)  Irans supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismissed US President Donald Trumps aggressive criticism as the rants and whoppers of a brute, in a speech on Wednesday.I dont want to waste my time on answering the rants and whoppers of the brute US president, Khamenei said in a speech to students in Tehran, published on his Telegram channel.

It was his first response to Trumps bellicose speech last Friday in which he called for tougher sanctions to curb Irans destabilising activities in the Middle East.

They are angry as today the Islamic republic of Iran has disrupted their plans in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, Khamenei said.

Everyone be assured that this time, too, America will be slapped and defeated by the nation of Iran.


These Four Speaking Habits Are Ruining Your Authenticity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dont flash too many smilesits unnerving and makes you seem insincere.

A few years ago I was coaching a telecom companys new president, who wanted to project a more personal, caring demeanor. I watched him speak at one of his companys town hall meetings, where a woman asked him a question. Before responding, the president asked her for her name. Bonnie, she said. Then he addressed Bonnie by name while answering her questionso far so good.

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PERTH Arrest in SA over WA assault on 14yo girl "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Arrest in SA over WA assault on 14yo girl .

October 18, 2017 at 05:18PM .

Adelaide on Tuesday and the WA Police Cold Case squad successfully sought his extradition. He is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on .


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PERTH Man to be extradited from Adelaide over 2002 sexual assault in Balcatta "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man to be extradited from Adelaide over 2002 sexual assault in Balcatta .

October 18, 2017 at 05:18PM .

He will be flown back to Perth tomorrow and is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday, October 20 charged with one count of sexual .


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NEW - Bill the Greek's bank statements from the time he was running Gillard's home renovations "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Monday, 25 September 1995 then AWU Joint National Secretary Ian Cambridge made this record in his diary. He retained these notes taken during the conversation - and dictated the above more comprehensive record of the conversation shortly after it was completed. Bill the Greek's role in The AWU Scandal...


Fluoride, voter districts top Buda forum "IndyWatch Feed National"

Single member districts, fluoridation and management of growth were a handful of topics candidates vying for a pair of Buda city council seats took on in Mondays forum held at City Hall.

The event, held by the Buda Area Chamber of Commerce, featured candidates Jose Montoya and Paul Dagereau, who are vying for the unexpired Place 4 seat, and candidates Remy Fallon and Clark Beach, who seek the Place 5 seat.

Also answering several questions was Evan Ture, who is running unopposed for the Place 6 seat, as well as current city council Place 4 member George Haehn, who is running unopposed for mayor.

Each candidate was asked about the possibility of transitioning to single member districts and their views on water fluoridation, as well as what their first actions would be if elected to the council. They were also asked what their visions of Buda are for the next 20 years.

Fallon, Beach and Montoya were all in favor of single member districts in order to ensure more adequate representation across the city. Daugereau felt Buda was not yet ready for single member districts using the two uncontested races as evidence of his views.

Fallon, Beach and Daugereau agreed that fluoridation was an unnecessary cost to the city, while Montoya remained neutral on the subject.

When asked about future business growth in Buda, as well as incentives offered to incoming businesses, Beach and Daugereau opted for targeted incentives.

Montoya maintained a conservative approach to incentives and Fallon urged more incentives to small, local Buda businesses.

All candidates said if elected they would focus primarily on seeing the 2014 bond projects completed as well as other specific areas of concern. Those extended to roads, the Main Street program and establishing the citys new unified development code.

Early voting for the Buda city council elections begin Oct. 23. Election Day is Nov. 7.

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things I love about public education "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

coffeeessential for all school parents

It seems that were bombarded with bad stories about public education, doesnt it? Naplan, bullying, dissatisfied teachers, unmotivated studentsand the list goes on.

Right now, across Australia, there are thousands of parents readying their kids for school, attending kindergarten orientation and standing at the very beginning of a 13 year journey. Ive had a few emails lately from mums worried about sending their little ones into the public school system and Ive bumped into friends who are angst-ridden about what school to choose.

And because Ive been there I know this: at the very heart of this dilemma is a simple yet heart-wrenching fact regardless of what school you choose, youre sending your child further into the world and cutting the metaphorical cord once again. Its not so much about the school but about the growing up and letting go.

Its daunting, anxiety-inducing heart stuff. And as far as parenting goes, its just the beginning of the daunting, anxiety-inducing heart stuff.

My kids attended the local Montessori where they spent a few years in a delightful bubble of gardening and paints and imaginative play. When it came time to send them off to school, the local public school was the best option for us, despite my palpable angst.

Perhaps youve got a similar story. For whatever reason location, finances, family circumstances a small, independent or alternative school isnt an option for you and therefore youre about to enter the public school system. Everything is unknown and youre worried. Youre worried that there wont be enough art classes (their probably wont be), youre anxious about your little one finding his way around the somewhat enormous school and youre concerned that all the rules will take the fun out of learning.

But what if the school you become a part of is actually quite beautiful?

A few things Ive learnt as a public school mum:

  • kindergarten is a very gentle transition : I have the upmost respect for kindergarten teachers and the way they gently guide our little ones into school life. The first year of school is all about fostering independence, encouraging socialisation and learning to read and write in the funnest way possible.
  • school magnifies the haves and have nots : school is the perfect introduction to the bigger, wider world complete with confrontation and challenge. Your child may be confronted by what other kids have and subsequently theyll challenging your parenting choices.
  • life lessons abound : your child doesnt like their teacher? Welcome to real life youre not going to get along wit...


Open Letter from AFSA to Australian Pork Ltd (APL) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Andrew Spencer

CEO, Australia Pork Ltd

18 October 2017

Dear Andrew,

Small-scale pastured pig farmers have concerns about whether Australia Pork Limited (APL) genuinely represents them. It is a matter of material interest to all pig farmers given the compulsory levy paid per carcass directly to APL. We have been alerted to a number of farmers (in addition to me) who have asked APL to please show how the organisation is actively supporting small-scale farms, but to date we have had only platitudes.

For some years now, the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) has been monitoring APLs support for small-scale farmers, and what we have witnessed is in fact a systematic campaign to undermine the efforts of the growing number of small-scale pastured pig farmers.

Examples of APLs efforts against small-scale growers include:

  • APL has given evidence in multiple VCAT cases against small-scale pastured pig farms, and in some cases taken the side of large-scale intensive pig producers against small-scale pastured farms, such as in the case of intensive producer and former head of the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) Pig Group John Bourke brought against small-scale free-range growers Freeland Pork. Given APLs claims that it represents all Australian pig producers, there is an obvious conflict of interest where it supports one producer against another in legal proceedings.
  • APL has made unsolicited phone calls to local councils, urging officers to pursue small-scale growers and require them to apply for permits for intensive animal husbandry.
  • Since the 2015 VCAT ruling against Happy Valley Free Range which was heavily influenced by APLs testimony against the small-scale farm, APL has taken the position that all pig farms should be treated the same under state planning provisions in spite of small-scale pastured pig farmers stance that they should be treated as other grazing systems with supplemental feed. In the case of the recent work to revise the Victorian Planning Provisions by the Animal Industries Advisory Committee (AIAC), the Committee noted:

Australian Pork Limited supported all pork producers being...


What if base-10 arithmetic had been discovered earlier? "IndyWatch Feed National"

 We take our arithmetic for granted, but it was never trivial.  It obviously circulated among scholars only from India through to Europe when i presume it got picked up by Italian bankers in the Renaissance in the fourteenth century.

Without the arithmetic, the zero is not too obvious an improvement and was easily dispensed with.  If not easily, it was still possible to get by.  Worse, calculation is something that once learned becomes conservative.  For example, no one studies Mayan calculation and it is much easier.

The usefulness of our arithmetic in preparing the mathematical mind itself is also not easily understood. It is just there allowing easy leaps forward.

In practical terms, arithmetic using the zero was a European cultural discovery and made the nascent art of science work to say nothing of double entry book keeping which delights in the application of zero..

What if base-10 arithmetic had been discovered earlier?




Exodus Integrates Bitcoin Cash Into Their Multi-Asset Wallet "IndyWatch Feed National"

Exodus, a multi-asset wallet platform, just integrated Bitcoin Cash functionality. This makes a total of 16 digital assets a user can store on the Exodus wallet. The company press release said Bitcoin Cash along with ethereum classic were added after extensive testing. 

Also read: Australian Bitcoin Adoption Increases Following Regulatory Amendments

The site said, In our latest update, Exodus welcomes Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Ethereum Classic (ETC) to our family of assets. Thanks to our extensive testing community, both assets made it through our beta program and are now released for official Exodus support!

Why Bitcoin Cash now? reached out to co-founder of Exodus, JP Richardson, and asked about the implementation of Bitcoin Cash.

Richardson said, Consistently being in the top-10 for 24-hr volume made it impossible to ignore Bitcoin Cash.

This implies the move was primarily made as a res...


Balgownie assault "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

wp-image-1561516819POLICE are seeking public assistance following a crash at Balgownie today.
Just before 8am police and emergency services responded to reports of a two-car crash at Hunter and Napier Streets.

Officers were told a man driving a reported stolen Ford utility allegedly assaulted a 55-year-old woman driving the other vehicle after the crash.

The woman suffered facial injuries and was taken to Wollongong Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The man left the scene prior to police arriving after allegedly stealing another vehicle taken from a witness at the scene.

Investigating police are now seeking assistance to locate James Uhr, 27, who is wanted on warrants. He may be driving a stolen white 2003 Hyundai Elantra sedan with NSW registration AKB38X.

Police are urging the public not to approach James Uhr or the vehicle, but to contact triple zero (000) if sighted.


VicRoads CEO John Merritt quits - Conspiracy 'theory' "IndyWatch Feed National"

So, the mainstream media reported that John Merritt, CEO of VicRoads has quit.

Who in their right mind would quit a 'money for mates' job, right ??? !!! ???

We have seen documentation alleging criminal actions by the CEO Mr. John Merritt, which also includes privacy breaches, and claims of a lawsuit against him and the business he works at.

VicRoads has (and still is) committed actions against motorists which carry a criminal conviction and financial penalty, but it's up to you the 'victim' to call the crime AND support it according to the given laws.



Nonlinear Complexity Too Much for Most People to Comprehend "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Dear Mr. Martin Armstrong.

Good day to you Martin. I know you are a very busy man, but I still like to send you emails time to time, hoping that you may read my email and respond to me. In regards to your recent post about the theory of Non-linear intervention, I was quietly amazed at the fact that I recently had the same idea as yours.

In my math class, my teacher taught us a different way to solve quadratic equations, and it was completely done by original algebra rules, not with the formulas we used to be given in high school. My math teacher said that most teachers do not use this method other than using special case formulas because its non-linear solution and that messes up peoples brain.

Also in my Economics class, we are learning about the basics of supply and demand and here we again use the straight linear method, such as ceteris paribus. I was sincerely curious to know if that is true for everything we do.

You have shown me a clear path in every aspect of this world. But I have a question about the Euro, I too have lost so much money by just looking at the fundamentals and execute trades and now I have learned that the fundamentals do not matter the most to move the market unless its very significant incident. (is that correct?) For instance, the Euro rallied whenever there was a chance to go up, and as a person who was only looking at the fundamental side, it was very odd and frustrating for me to watch it go up, but on the other hand, the technical communities were chanting a song that EUR/USD will spike to 1.2000 and so it did. I am still a fool who cannot read the market.

Mr. Martin, can you tell me where you first looked to find answers from the market? Did you study the technical first or the history? Do you think the current Catalonian independence is a contagious incident for Europe?

I thank you for teaching us great deals all the time. It is such a headache for me to collide real knowledge from you and inexperienced knowledge from school lectures, but I live my days with such joys to tell all these stories to my parents.

Best regards.




Condemning Sexual Violence: Whose Job Is It? "IndyWatch Feed National"

We really want Muslims to condemn terrorism. Really though. We unfairly expect the Muslim community to speak out against each incidence of violence these days. Google Muslims condemn terrorism and watch the headlines pile up.

In November 2016, 19-year-old American student Heraa Hashmi went so far as to create a 712-page database of cases where Muslims have condemned wrongdoings. Her original tweet inspired her website,

Discriminatory and illogical though this blanket blaming is, can you imagine if we applied it to the male population with regards to sexual violence? Really though.

My girlfriends and I very often discuss consent, sexism and sexual violence, among other gender-related topics. Were always learning; our understanding of self, identity and feminism grows. We share links and books. We nod solemnly and punch the air encouragingly where due.

But lately, weve noticed an absence of male counterparts in such activity.

Perhaps  and Ill speak independently here  Im not seeking enough male perspective on why boys and men laud dominance, act aggressively and downplay sexual consent.

Less optimistically, perhaps the average Australian male isnt interested in educating himself about womens issues. Sexual assault, coercion into sex and domestic violence are, after all, not Joe Bloggs problem.

Or maybe, sadly, the sexual violence dialogue features more women because men are conditioned to view sexual violence and gender-related assault as non-urgent at best, non-existent at worst.

Now, with the blame-Muslims issue in mind, can you imagine asking men to publically condemn every incidence of sexual violence as a collective?

The worlds male population dwarfs that of 1.8 billion Muslims. Sexual violence affects far more people worldwide than terrorism. That we push Muslims to condemn terrorism without demanding more male participation in the reduction of sexual violence astounds me.

In Australia, on average one woman a week is killed by a partner or former partner; one in five women...


What You Need to Know About the Nazis Coming to Gainesville "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post What You Need to Know About the Nazis Coming to Gainesville appeared first on It's Going Down.

On Thursday, October 19th, neo-Nazi leader Richard Spencer, one of the main organizers of the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12th, will speak at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Along side Richard Spencer will also be two other white supremacists, Mike Enoch Peinovich of The Right Stuff podcast network, and Eli Mosley, leader of the group Identity Evropa.

Several neo-Nazi groups that attended Unite the Right have also recently been tapped to provide the security, and the university is allowing Spencer to give them free reign. While the university is not sponsoring Richard Spencers event, they are paying upwards of half a million dollars in order to provide him extra security, allowing Spencer to control who gets tickets in order to keep out potential protesters, and also are strictly regulating (and shutting down entire sections of) both the campus as well as items that people can have on their person. Furthermore, a state of emergency has been declared, which will make it easier for police from across the region to come to the campus and help facilitate a large neo-Nazi event.

At a time when poor and working-class communities across Florida are still rebuilding from hurricane Irma, one has to ask: how can the State and the university go to such lengths to facilitate an event by known neo-Nazis? Why are they marshaling so much money and resources to stop possible resistance to fascists and racists but couldnt help people in the middle of a disaster? The answer is clear: the State is not neutral. The State is more concerned about putting down resistance from below than with the violence that grows out of the Alt-Right, neo-Nazi, and white nationalist groups that has risen up under the Trump administration. In short, the government is more concerned with people fighting white supremacy than it is with white supremacy, just as it was more focused on protecting private property during the hurricane than in saving the lives of everyday people.

Richard Spencer, his neo-Nazi followers, and his legal team which threatened to sue the University of Florida (which put up no fight) in order to gain access to the campu...

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