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Thursday, 07 December


MILO SHAKEN BUT NOT STIRRED! Why Hate Incitement is Australias easiest gig "IndyWatch Feed National"

True Crime News Weekly was on the ground in both Melbourne and Sydney for the violence that greeted alt-right British-American blogger, Milo Yiannopoulos, during his speaking tour events in Australia this week.

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Wednesday, 06 December


PERTH Karl OCallaghan slams Claremont one-punch sentence "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Karl OCallaghan slams Claremont one-punch sentence .

December 06, 2017 at 06:48PM .

Karl OCallaghan urged prosecutors to appeal the 12-month suspended jail sentence handed to convicted thug Dylan Robert Thomas on Tuesday. Thomas smiled and took selfies as he exited Perth Magistrates Court, having been handed a 12-month suspended jail term for the early morning attacks in .


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PERTH Evade Police Arrest at Perth, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Evade Police Arrest at Perth, WA .

December 06, 2017 at 09:03AM .

A woman is facing the Perth Magistrates Court this morning following an evade police incident yesterday afternoon, Tuesday 5 December 2017. About 2pm, a silver Mazda sedan was stolen from an address in Balcatta. About 3.50pm, officers sighted the stolen Mazda on Hardey Road near Great Eastern .


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PERTH Glendalough woman charged after police car chase "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Glendalough woman charged after police car chase .

December 06, 2017 at 08:52AM .

A 29-year-old woman is facing Perth Magistrates Court this morning after an alleged police chase through several suburbs and damage to a number of cars. Police allege the Glendalough woman stole a silver Mazda sedan from Balcatta at 2pm yesterday afternoon. Officers spotted the car at 3.50pm .


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PERTH Woman charged over wild car chase which ended in Perth CBD "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Woman charged over wild car chase which ended in Perth CBD .

December 06, 2017 at 09:26AM .

Glendalough has been charged with a range of offences including steal motor vehicle and drive recklessly, no authority to drive, reckless driving to escape pursuit by police and possession of stolen or unlawfully obtained property. The woman will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday. .


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Victoria Police concealing criminal activity can be charged? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Men and women within Victoria Police have admitted to concealing, covering up or rather not reporting criminal activity within the force.

People should comprehend that criminal activity causes harm to the man or woman or more specifically their legal entity their 'person'.

Police who conceal / coverup / do not report criminal activity are not in honour where they are also causing harm to the community and in breach of the very community 'standards' they are apparently supposed to uphold.

Aiding and abetting as it is known is against the law, in particular the Crimes Act 1958.

Does this Act also apply to the police?

Show us a 'lawful' Act / clause / exemption that excludes police from the Crimes Act of 1958.

The 'problem' is much greater than described by mainstream media, and admitted to by the police, as don't forget the so called statistics are according to their honest(?) response.

See article from 5 Dec 2017 by of the headline:

One in five Victoria police say reporting corruption could cost their job

One respondent in anti-graft commission survey describes a fear of retribution, while another asks is this career-ending?

One in five Victoria police employees say they would not report corruption even if they witnessed it and another one in five said they feared losing their job if they reported corruption, according to a report released on Tuesday.



Archbishop Philip Wilson alleged to have paid hush money "IndyWatch Feed National"

The significance of this case is that Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson is the highest ranking Roman Catholic in the world to be charged with pedophile protection crimes.

Australian Cardinal George Pell, the second-equal Roman Catholic in the world as Head of Vatican Finances, has been charged with actual pedophile crimes. He could readily have been charged with pedophile protection crimes, but Victorian police opted to charge him with the far more serious crimes of multiple child sex offences.

It has been a great effort to get Archbishop Philip Wilson into court, and he has tried every trick in the book in the past few years to try to avoid standing trial.

The Australian

Archbishop Philip Wilson alleged to have paid hush money

undefinedCatholic Archbishop Philip Wilson will face trial in Newcastle over allegedly covering up sexual abuse. Picture: Bianca De Marchi


Andrew Robb A Perfect Example of Feasting at the Political Trough "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L to R) Andrew Robb, Adam Giles and Josh Frydenberg after The Northern Australia Investment Forum in Darwin

by Dee McLachlan

Imagine what our forefathers would have said if you told them the Minister of Trade facilitated the sale of an Australian port (Darwin) to a Chinese owned company (China) and then quickly retired to work for them. Well that is kind of what has happened, except that, the Minister doesnt have to do any work. And hell be getting at least three times what he was earning in Canberra for what?

This simply doesnt pass the smell test.

I wonder what the average Australian picker or packer earning around $26 an hour (before tax) thinks of Andrew Robbs generous deal. It has been revealed that the terms of his consulting deal with Landbridge are vague and ill-defined, yet Mr Robb gets paid $880,000 a year even if he does nothing.  Maybe this is normal in the higher echelons of the global corporate business world. 

Trough Feeders

The former Minister of Trade, Andrew Robb, has to be the poster boy of the PTF the Political Trough Feeders. What a prime example of...


Australia - Fluoride supporters and opponents reach out to Gunnedah Shire Council ahead of final decision "IndyWatch Feed National"

OPPONENTS: Members of the 'It's OK to Say NO to fluoride in Gunnedah's Water' Facebook group that are against water fluoridiation. Photo: Billy Jupp
OPPONENTS: Members of the 'It's OK to Say NO to fluoride in Gunnedah's Water' Facebook group that are against water fluoridiation. Photo: Billy Jupp
SUPPORTERS on both sides of the Gunnedah water fluoridation debate are putting their case forward to Gunnedah Shire Council (GSC) ahead of the December meeting.
It was resolved at the October ordinary council meeting that NSW Health would canvas local opinion regarding water fluoridation through mail drops and a feedback website. Following the October meeting, a Fairfax Media poll revealed more than 64 per cent of voters are against adding fluoride to the water supply. Of the 355 votes cast, 228 were against adding fluoride to the water supply, while 112 voters are in favor of water fluoridation. 
A coalition of 13 leading health org...


choosing simple (and easy) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Im feeling a little like the peony petals that have fallen to the table.

Everyone is saying much the same; this time of year is full of commitments and yet were all running on empty. A supermoon hasnt helped matters and the mercury retrograde situation (thats supposedly hanging around till the 23rd) isnt instilling much Christmas cheer.

Alas, with small children and a few carols, its a matter of mustering energy and pushing myself through. Much like I did at 4:30pm this afternoon when I knew it was time to start the dinner, bath, bed, dishes, lunch prep routine. Its a long haul at the moment.

That said, Im slowly but surely getting prepped for Christmas a miracle of sorts! Theres no advent calendar this year but the stockings are out, the lights are up and weve got plans to buy a tree this weekend. I wont be creating homemade gifts or sweltering in the kitchen in an attempt to bake but I have stocked the pantry, organised the teachers gifts and Ive even bought myself a new Christmas dress!

Theres so many expectations on us at this time of year, isnt there? Much of the work of Christmas falls on our shoulders and were expected to attend social gatherings, ready our kids for concerts and prepare the Christmas meal in amongst the daily routine of home, school, work and relationships. If thats not enough, social media can easily have us feeling guilty for the lack of handmade ornaments weve created.

We all might want a simple Christmas...


8 December: Australian Federal government intervention into Northern Territory (NT) Aboriginal communities "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 On Friday 8th December in Redfern,
Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS) will host a public forum
Human Rights: Where are they? Ten years of failed Intervention
featuring two strong First Nations voices from the Northern Territory 
and other speakers from the eastern states.


Aunty Elaine Kngwarraye Peckham, Apmereke-artweye of Mparntwe, NT

Laura Lyons, Wiradjuri Woman: Instrumental in assisting to form FIRE (Fighting In Resistance Equally) and was involved in setting up GMAR Sydney Branch (Grand Mothers Against Removals)

Sylvia Purrurle Neale, Eastern Arrernte

Greg Marks, International human rights law expert, specialising in Indigenous rights. Policy analyst, researcher and writer. Centre Associate, Indigenous Law Centre UNSW

Facilitator:  Jeff McMullen, journalist and film maker

Friday, 8 December 2017, 5.30 pm for 6 pm start

Redfern Community Centre, 29-53 Hugo Street Redfern



The significance of Antarctica as the world warms "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Why remote Antarctica is so important in a warming world  The Conversation.December 4, 2017 Chris Fogwill, Professor of Glaciology and Palaeoclimatology, Keele UniversityChris Turney, Professor of Earth Sciences and Climate Change, UNSWZoe Robinson, Reader in Physical Geography and Sustainability/Director of Education for Sustainability, Keele University

..What was once thought to be a largely unchanging mass of snow and ice is anything but. Antarctica holds a staggering amount of water. The three ice sheets that cover the continent contain around...


Cambodias Sam Rainsy to be charged over treasonous call to soldiers: PM "IndyWatch Feed National"

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FILE PHOTO: Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy answers questions during an interview with Reuters at a hotel in metro Manila, Philippines June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco/File Photo Reuters

By Prak Chan Thul

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) Cambodias exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy has committed treason by inciting soldiers to defy orders, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Wednesday, and he will face new legal action over the comments.

The threat of more legal action against Sam Rainsy, who has lived in France since 2015 to avoid a series of convictions, comes weeks after a court dissolved his opposition party, removing any significant challenge to Hun Sen extending his decades-long rule in a general election next year.

The dissolution of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) has been condemned by the opposition, rights groups and some Western countries as the most serious blow to democracy since an international peace deal and U.N.-run elections in the early 1990s ended decades of war and genocide.

The United States has withdrawn an offer to help fund the election and the European Union has raised the possibility of withdrawing trade preferences.

Sam Rainsy, who stepped down as leader of the CNRP this year in what turned out to be a futile bid to forestall a ban on his party suggested in a video posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday that soldiers would not obey orders to shoot civilians. Around the world, at any time, armed forces dont obey orders given by dictators to kill people and we say that Hun Sen is not immortal, we must not protect Hun Sen, Sam Rainsy told supporters in Paris.

Hun Sen, who has held power for more than 32 years, a said the military would file a lawsuit in response.



Islamic Republic of Iran has not approved Dastyari's renunciation. Why are Gallagher, Feeney et al in the High Court without Sam? "IndyWatch Feed National"

It's an obvious question. Other Senators and MPs are being referred to the High Court because they did not receive confirmation of their successful renunciation of British citizenship until after their nomination for election. Sam Dastyari has never received so much as acknowledgement of his application for renunciation - let...


Motion to refer 9 citizenship suspects to High Court tied on the floor of the House of Reps - Speaker gets casting vote, drum roll............. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Will he act independently? Will he act in the interests of the people to clear up any lingering doubts? Will he exercise his conscience? Nope. Chairman Mal gets The Speakers backing.


Stand with us to demand a future for those still stranded on Nauru and Manus "IndyWatch Feed National"

Four and a half years is a long time.

I think about all the things that have happened in my life in four and a half years. I think about all of the things that have happened in the world in four and half years.

And then I think about the innocent men on Manus, and the children and the families on Nauru.

They have spent every minute.  Of every hour. Of every one of those days. Trapped in limbo behind a fence.

Men have been shot and beaten. Women have been sexually assaulted and attacked. Children have been so traumatised that theyve needed urgent psychiatric care.

Nine innocent people have needlessly died at our Governments hands.

Please stand with us to demand a future for those still stranded on Nauru and Manus.


Over the last few years we have managed to achieve real impact in an incredibly difficult context.

Ive travelled to Manus three times. Our advocacy has amplified the voices of the men trapped there, shining an international spotlight on both their torment and their humanity.

Our legal work - done in partnership with the best pro bono lawyers in the country has prevented 400 people from being sent back to an offshore detention regime specifically designed to break them  people who are now in freedom and safety in our community instead of languishing in danger on a remote island.

We are proud of the impact we have achieved. But its not enough.

We must not stop  we will not stop  until every single man, woman and child on Nauru and Manus finally gets the freedom and the safety that they deserve.


This dark, painful chapter in our countrys history simply has to end. Whatever the question, deliberate cruelty to innocent people is never the answer.

So please support our work at this crucial time. The lives of 2000 men, women and children are on the line.  So too is our character as a nation.

We must be on the right side of history.

Daniel Webb
Director of Legal Advocacy
Human Rights Law Centre

P.S. There is a rising tide of global condemnation being directed at our Government's cruelty. Last month we were awarded the inaugural Global Pluralism Award. The award recognises the impact we have achieved, but it also recognises the gravity of the injustice we continue to fight against.

The i...


Jura closed on Thursday 7 December "IndyWatch Feed National"

Date and Time: 
Thursday, December 7, 2017 -
12:00pm to 7:00pm

The Jura shopfront will be closed tomorrow, Thursday 7th of December as we'll be running a stall at the Historical Materialism Conference in Sydney. Hope to see you there!

Jura closed on Thursday 7 December "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Date and Time: 
Thursday, December 7, 2017 -
12:00pm to 7:00pm

The Jura shopfront will be closed tomorrow, Thursday 7th of December as we'll be running a stall at the Historical Materialism Conference in Sydney. Hope to see you there!


Supreme Court Update and more "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi Everyone..

Sorry its been a while since the last update but with the Court case and participation in the No Nukes World Social Forum in Paris, France and the Cop23 meeting in Bonn, Germany it has been quite a busy time

The end of the year is now drawing near already and we are still waiting for a decision on the Supreme court case to stop the Yeelirrie uranium mine.

Hopefully in the new Year we will have a decision in favor of protecting Yeelirrie

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

Take a look at the video and make a donation here

For those of you in we are having an end to a massive year with a big party at Mojos


Sunday 24 December| 4pm midnight | Mojos North Fremantle | an epic line-up of Perths best local acts

This Christmas Eve come party at Mojos Bar production of The Nukecracker* A party to keep WA uranium-free.  Come and celebrate the massive year of hard work, courage and resistance from WAs Traditional Owners, anti-nuclear activists and supporters.

Facebook event:

The new year will be starting with a huge event as the Japanese Peace Boat arrives in Fremantle..


Wednesday 24 Thursday 24 January 2018 | Fremantle Port | a massive 2 days of building a culture of peace around the world

We are excited to announce that this January Fremantle Port, City of Fremantle jointly with Mayors for Peace will host the Japanese Peace Boat on its 96th world voyage.  The Peace Boat carries out its main activities through a chartered passenger ship that travels the world on peace voyages. The delegation on board this voyage will be atomic bomb survivors and farmers from Fukushima and joined by around 800 participants from around the world.  The ship, as a neutral space beyond borders, becomes a floating peace village, encouraging a sense of community and enabling direct d...


Slavery in the 21st century "IndyWatch Feed National"

Slavery remains a tragedy with the United Nations and the Global Slavery Index arguing that at least 40 million people around the world are in some form of slavery. The Global Slavery Index reports that at least 4,000 people in Australia are enslaved. Recently, I agreed to host a community television five episodes, hour long []


Support the Uluru Statement from the Heart "IndyWatch Feed National"

Support progressing Australias
First Nations peoples
right to a say in the decisions
that affect their lives.
Sign the Joint Statement
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How China will Surpass the West "IndyWatch Feed National"


I just finished watching The Forecaster and I am impressed that you survived what the government did to you. As a former Green Beret from back in the day, I can appreciate what you endured more than most, my hats off to you.

All I can add is I hope to hell that no government including ours every gets your source code; as a former military officer and student of history, I know what our government is capable of.

I do wonder if China will survive the coming collapse in the west, arent they too tied to us?

Keep up the good work!


ANSWER: They will push you to the edge, hoping you break. There is a fine line and if you cross it you lose all fear of death. Then the table is turned. There is no threat they can make that will change your position. Some ask, Why did you not just turn over the code? They assume that they will actually honor what they tell you. They NEVER tell the truth, and if you turn over what they demand, you lose everything for they can kill you and pretend it was some accident, heart attack, or whatever. The press will believe them of course. Thats why they are there. You are dancing with the devil and it becomes a dance to the death. I was released ONLY because I got into the Supreme Court. Once they were taking the case, the New York boys had to release me.

Concerning China, the reason that they will succeed is because they are turning inward by building their economy into a consumer reservoir and eliminating their dependence upon the West. They will decline at first, but they will recover and make new highs when the West fails.


The Womens Village "IndyWatch Feed National"

Domestic Violence Shelters:

In the following conversation I discuss the role of the Womens Village and why Domestic Violence Shelters are more than just a place of temporary refuge for women and children in crisis.

Here is the link:

 The Womens Village is so much more than a Shelter



Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00006 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.65 AUD


Contradictions "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The breakdown of the market liberal right, and the accompanying rise of tribalist politics, is producing some interesting contradictions, most of which are embodied in the Institute of Public Affairs. David Leyonjhelm, a longterm IPA member has staged a provocation by inviting racist troll Milo Yiannopoulos to Australia under the banner of free speech. The Senate condemned him for providing a platform to someone who incites abuse and harassment of women, jews, and members of the LBGTIQ and multicultural communities. When the words of the motion were quoted back at him, Leyonjhelm threatened legal action, and stated his general willingness to use defamation law against his political opponents.

Meanwhile, at the same time as backing an IPA campaign to remove charity status from environmental groups that engage in political advocacy, Malcolm Turnbull is supporting amendments to the equal marriage bill, pushed by IPA alumnnus James Paterson to preserve the charitable status of groups that oppose the law.

Whats happening here, I think, is that a group that has always assumed itself to be part of the silent majority of real Australians is being faced with evidence that it is actually a shrinking minority, regarded by the majority as a set of noisy and unpleasant bigots. One reaction is to double down on aggressive assertion of its views, treating things like the outcome of the marriage survey as a temporary aberration. The other is to seek the protections traditionally accorded to minorities, appealing to the rhetoric of tolerance and diversity.

This contradiction cant be sustained for long, although that wont stop them trying. But how should the decent majority deal with this problem. The answer is to remember that everyone will be in the minority some time. We should reject the attempt to stop charitable groups from engaging in advocacy, even if we dont always like what is being advocated. As regards free speech, we should resist the temptation to use legal bludgeons, but make it clear to the promoters of racism, and those willing to line up with them, that they will be called out for what they are. This has already happened to the LNP in Queensland and WA following disgraceful alliances with One Nation. One of the few encouraging signs from the right was Turnbulls recent declaration (motivated by fear rather than principle) that the Federal LNP would do no preference deals with Hanson.


The postal survey asked about same sex marriage - you'll be amazed at how much further The Bill goes "IndyWatch Feed National"

The so-called same sex marriage bill goes a lot further than we've been told. The postal survey asked one question: The Bill to change the law is here. The Bill has already passed through The Senate. Following are some direct quotes copied and pasted from the Parliament's Explanatory...


Nurse Supervisor Coordinator "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program


Curriculum Coordinator "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program


High Court judgement on the replacement of Fiona Nash in the Senate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jim Molan is one step closer to a seat in The Senate. On 27 October this year Fiona Nash was referred to the High Court by the Senate over questions about her citizenship - the Court found she was ineligible to sit and so a Senate vacancy arose. On 2...


Final Straw: Prison Audio Roundtable and Manus Island Update "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Final Straw: Prison Audio Roundtable and Manus Island Update appeared first on It's Going Down.

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Prison-Related Audio Roundtable

This week we feature two segments. The first is a roundtable discussion with producers from various audio projects around North America that focus on prisoner struggles and amplifying incarcerated voices. In the chat youll hear from me, two producers of The Prison Radio show on CFRC radio in Kingston, Ontario, a producer of the Prison Radio Show on CKUT from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and a producer of the June11 audio  series released this last year and revving to mark the day in solidarity with Marius Mason and other long term anarchist and ecological prisoners.

Follow-Up with Walid Zazai on Manus Island

The second conversation is an update from Walid Zazai, the 24 year old Afghani man being held on Manus Island off of the coast of Papua New Guinea. Walid has been in detention for 4 years now awaiting resettlement at the pleasure of the government of Australia. We spoke with Walid two weeks ago after the Manus Regional Processing Centre in which he was living had been closed and he and roughly 450 other refugees stayed in protest of their longtime lack of freedom of movement and the violence they feared from PNG security forces and locals on the island. More coverage of the struggle immigrants against the Australian border authorities and other updates from the Oceania can be found on the long running Anarchist radio show based there, Subversion1312. Subversion1312 is also a recently added member of the Channel Zero Network of anarchist podcasts.

Now For Some Fun Events

If youre in the Asheville area today (December 3rd 2017), at 5pm at...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Victory Is in Store for DPRK
The successful test-fire of the new-type ICBM Hwasong 15 is another demonstration of the invincible might of Juche Korea to reliably safeguard the dignity, sovereignty and supreme interests of the Korean nation.

Kim Kon Chol, department director of the Ministry of Railways, said:

The exciting peal of ICBM test-fire is a clear answer of the Korean army and people to the US that re-listed the DPRK as a "state sponsor of terrorism", and an echo of jubilation that guarantees the sounds of creation and construction and happy laughter reverberating through the country.

And it comes to be a stern warning to the arrogant US turning a blind eye to the strategic position of the Juche nuclear power both in name and reality.

The US should keep in mind that the initiative in bringing about changes in the situation and the treasured sword for preserving peace and stability are seized by the DPRK, the possessor of the strategic weapons of justice.

Kim Song Won, dean of a faculty of Kim Chaek University of Technology, said:

The successful test-fire of ICBM Hwasong 15 showed all over the world the might of the DPRK as a world-class military power.

At a time when the US is making a foolish daydream that its harsh sanctions might wring our windpipe, we have possessed of another new-type powerful ICBM weapon system that frightened our enemies.

This is a great event that showed to the world once again the validity and vitality of the line of simultaneously pushing forward the economic construction and the upbuilding of the nuclear forces set forth by the Workers' Party of Korea.

As long as we are led by Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, our army and people will, in the future, too, bolster the self-defensive war deterrent in every way under the uplifted banner of the line of simultaneously developing the two fronts.



Monday night in Flemington "IndyWatch Feed National"

If anti-fascist activists had heeded the call to stay at home while Milo was in town, what would the situation have looked like?


Does the Push for Mass Vaccination Point Toward a Staged Bioterror Event? "IndyWatch Feed National"

 Does the Push for Mass Vaccination Point Toward a Staged Bioterror Event? | ampoules-vaccines | Medical & Health Sleuth Journal Special Interests US News Vaccines

By Jon Rappoport, No More Fake News

Weve seen the signs. Ive been highlighting them. The infamous childhood mandatory vaccination law in California. Other states that are considering similar bills. The lunatic push in Australia to outlaw medical exemptions from vaccination. The all-out campaign in the press, in various countries, to stigmatize people who defect from official truth about the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

On a larger stage, over the past 20 years, weve seen the promotion of fake pandemics demanding universal vaccination to ward off millions of deaths: SARS, West Nile, Swine Flu, smallpox, etc. All duds.

Now we have the boggling case of the University of Massachusetts, where two supposed instances of meningitis have triggered an immediate campaign to vaccinate all 20,000 students against meningococcal B meningitis.

Its clear that the logistics of carrying out such an extensive program have been in place for some time. The University just needed an occasion for a test launch of the system. Now they have it.

Yet USA Today reports: Sarah Van Orman, a physician and executive director of University Health Services at UW-Madison, saidthe new [meningitis] B vaccinemay not be as effective as the routinely given vaccine against the four other major bacteria strains.

In a study of 499 Princeton University students who received the new B vaccine during an outbreak there, up to a third did not show a good immune response eight weeks after the second dose, Van Orman said.

Some research suggests the vaccine also may provide immunity only for six to 12 months, she said.

But its full steam ahead for the U of Massachusetts. Other colleges have...


Why Do CEOs Make So Much? "IndyWatch Feed National"

(TFC)  Over the past four decades, the average salary for CEOs has increased 90 times faster than the pay for the average worker. This begs the question: why are CEOs making that much income, especially when the average wage for everyday workers has more or less stagnated since 1972?

Its not a matter of productivity. According to the Economic Policy Institute, since 1973 through 2016, productivity has increased 73.7%. In contrast, the average wage has increased only by 12.3%. The average worker is working harder, working longer hours and not being compensated accordingly.

Workers are the backbone of any company. Without them, the business simply can not exist.How, then, can companies justify doubling, tripling, even quadrupling CEO compensation on an annual basis when the workers responsible for creating their wealth are struggling to survive?

The simple answer? Because they can.

Growing Wealth Inequality

A large part of the problem is the slow growth in the hourly wage. Between 1979 and 2016, the average hourly wage increased by only .2%. Contrast this with inflation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for everyday household items such as groceries have gone up by 1.6%. This means that while a worker earning $15 per hour now makes an average of $18 per hour, the same groceries that cost them $20 in 1979 now cost $32.

Contrast this with CEO wages. The average CEO in America now makes 354 times what the average worker earns. And the gap continues to widen.

Part of the issue is that the very people who determine what CEOs should earn are, in fact, CEOs. In a corporation, the board members, including the CEOs, decide what their reasonable compensation should be. And, especially in the United States, where CEO pay is basically unregulated, there is nothing keeping CEOs from increasing their pay as much as they like.

Another factor is the gap in educational levels between CEOs and low- to median-income workers. However, this in no way is an accurate reflection of reality. While it is true that less educated workers tend to earn less, even those with a college degree have seen their wages increase by only 5.1% over the past decade.

On average, those with degrees earn approximately $53,000 per year. Compare this....


On polite Nazis and the violence of speech "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was, in the words of far-right parliamentarian and former minister of youth policy Giorgia Meloni, intimidation at worst, and nothing compared to the actual violence of far-left demonstrators who destroy entire cities and burn down our cars.


North Coast MP arrested at Adani mine site "IndyWatch Feed National"

Under arrest, NSW MPs Jeremy Buckingha (left) and Dawn Walker (centre) among other demonstrators at todays protest. Photo NSW Greens

This morning North Coast Greens MLC Dawn Walker and NSW Greens mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham and were arrested by Queensland police after taking part in a blockade of the Adani Carmichael coal mine rail construction site at Belyando, 270km west of Bowen.

The MPs were arrested at 6:35am along with a dozen other climate activists and charged with trespass unlawfully on a place of business.

Ms Walker said, It was a very important day for me, stopping work on the Adani mine and being arrested with climate activists who understand the importance of preventing this destructive project from going ahead, said Greens MP Dawn Walker.

I was proud to stand with traditional owners who have said no means no to Adani, and made it clear they will not be surrendering their land and water to this coal corporation.

Although this mine is miles from anywhere, the eyes of all Australia are on it. We have travelled days to get here but believe many more will follow.

Im appalled by the way this project is tearing indigenous communities apart and offering a sub standard agreement to traditional owners for their land, with little economic opportunity. On every level Adanis controversial mine does not stack up, she said.

Mr Buckingham said, Im proud to stand with activists in defence of climate and country, and represent all those people around Australia and internationally who want to stop the Adani coal project, said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham

Although we are MPs from NSW this is an issue of national and international significance. Adani represents a line in the sand for all those concerned about climate change who do not want to see a new coal precinct opened up in Australia.

Green MPs have a proud tradition of participating in peaceful, non-violent direct action and we stand with all those opposed to this crazy coal mine, said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham



Somebody else had it worse "IndyWatch Feed National"

[cn: Non-explicit discussion of sexual violence.]

Last month, I mentioned my past experience with sexual assault and rape. And I said I was fortunate to have never suffered from PTSD, unlike many other victims who have suffered from PTSD. This is my way of saying that other people had it worse than me.

If youve heard any number of accounts of victims of sexual harassment or sexual violence, you know that somebody else had it worse is a common trope. Saying, I dont want to take up space from other people with more extreme stories. Or, I dont want anyone to think Im making a huge deal over something so little. Or, Im not sure this even belongs in the category of sexual assault.

In the other extreme, some people argue that we shouldnt ever compare different experiences of sexual violence at all. Were told that there is only one kind of rape, all sexual violence is bad, end of story.

I have issues with both of these sides, and wish to find a happy medium.

My issue with the somebody else had it worse trope is that it feels gracious to a fault.  Its like an unwarranted apology. Its like walking funny in order to avoid stepping on my toes, when youre ten feet away. If we were all talking about any other type of personal experiencesay, the experience of reading a bookI wouldnt go out of my way to mention all the people who hated the book even more than I did. And I wouldnt apologize for how much space my review is taking up. I mean, were more careful when talking about sexual violence than when talking about books, because of the greater potential to hurt people. But if someone talks about a less intense experience than my own, that doesnt hurt me in any way.  In fact Im glad for people to find a voice to talk about such things.

Although, the comparison to an unwarranted apology raises a lot of questions. According to many op-eds, women are socialized to apologize more often than men. According to other writers, telling women to apologize less is unhelpful because it just polices their language and puts them in a double bind.

So now Im wondering, is this more common among women than men? Is it helpful to tell victims to avoid the somebody else had it worse trope? Or does that just put people in a double bind, where they get punished no matter what they say? I dont know the answers! Let me know...


YouTube Censorship, Elsagate And The Future Of Net Neutrality "IndyWatch Feed National"

YouTube will begin purging unwanted accounts with artificial intelligence algorithms that have been designed to remove harmful content. But what is stopping the largest video sharing platform in the world from profiling the political opinions of their users in an effort to silence them? The answer is nothing and in this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth explains why we must do everything we can to maintain net neutrality now more than ever so that free market alternative solutions like DTube can thrive.


Long Tan cross repatriated to sacred ground in the Australian War Memorial - Lest We Forget "IndyWatch Feed National"

#LongTanCross : Vietnamese Gov has handed original cross to @AWMemorial today. So honoured to have been in Vietnam for 50th anniversary of the battle last year #VietnamWar #longtan #1ATF #7news Paul Walker (@pdwnews) December 6, 2017 When youre over there at Parliament House, exercising your democratic right; remember...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why Doesnt the Soviet Union Exist Anymore? Part 1: Introduction
Posted by Carlos Martinez
Sunday, November 19, 2017

Over the coming weeks, I will be publishing a series of articles regarding the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR, or Soviet Union). Although a distance of more than 25 years separates us from that fateful day in 1991 when the USSR ceased to exist, the lefts understanding of the Soviet collapse is still limited and many of the important themes are poorly understood.

Why dig up these particular old bones? Because we must reflect on, and learn from, history. The worlds first socialist state no longer exists, and nor do the European peoples democracies that were its close allies. If mistakes were made, its crucial that they arent made again. Existing socialist states face many of the same external pressures that the Soviet Union faced; future socialist states almost certainly will too. Additionally, socialist states so far have had great difficulty maintaining revolutionary momentum through the second, third and fourth generations of the revolution; this is as true of contemporary Cuba or China as it was of the USSR. Addressing these problems is obviously essential, and the details of the Soviet collapse constitute some of the most important raw data for any such analysis. The more our movement can learn about the Soviet collapse, the better prepared we will be to prevent historic reverses and defeats in future, and the better equipped we will be to develop a compelling, convincing vision of socialism that is relevant to the here and now.

Needless to say, I dont claim to have definitive answers. The disappearance of the USSR is a vastly complex subject, incorporating history, politics, economics, sociology, philosophy, military science, social psychology and more. Others know more and have done more thorough research than I have. The idea here is simply to present the historical outline, raise some questions, put forward a couple of hypotheses, and contribute to the ongoing debate. In terms of digging deeper into the subject, Id point the reader towards the following very useful books. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, but all contain valuable insight on the topic of the Soviet collapse and have been of inestimable help in terms of forming my own opin.........


POLITICAL NOTES: Religion and state affairs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Should religious leaders play active role in politics or refrain from stepping into the political sphere? This is one question that has defied a definite answer over the years, perhaps, because Nigeria is a country made up of diverse religions. While it is the right of every citizen as provided in Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) that: Every person shall be entitled to assemble freely and associate with other persons, and in particular he may form or belong to any political party, trade union or any other...

The post POLITICAL NOTES: Religion and state affairs appeared first on Newtelegraph.


Critical voices on the TPP from Malaysia "IndyWatch Feed National"

6 December, 2017: Professor Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former UN Assistant Secretary-General and co-author of this critical study measuring the employment costs of the  original TPP, has written an article debunking some of the main myths about the newly named Comprehensive Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTTP). He explains that the deal is about the promotion of corporate-friendly rules for foreign investors (like ISDS), rather than trade gains. Strengthening intellectual property monopolies for transnational corporations would undoubtedly increase prices, not generate more goods and services.

Australia and Japan are doing their best to clinch the deal as quickly as possible, with minimal changes. But Canada has flagged further changes on cultural issues, and former IP company CEO Jim Basili has said Canada must protect its national interests on both the PCTPP and NAFTA, and that no deal is better than a bad deal.

Another recent article, by Dr Shankaran Nambiar in the Sun Daily, explains the position of the Malaysian government towards the CPTPP and argues that even when dealing with the powerful, there is absolutely no need to be in agreement when circumstances do not suit us.


SDN Annual Workshop Uralla 1721 Jan 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Wednesday, 17 Jan to Sunday, 21 Jan. ] We are looking forward to seeing you at the workshop. The 2018 annual Social Developers' Network (SDN) workshop will be held at Uralla, New England NSW, from the evening of Wednesday the 17th to Sunday night the 21st of January 2018. Since Ned died in 2015, SDN workshops have taken on a new invigoration, which is exactly [...] full article 


Sustainable Shopping: the eco-friendly guide to online Christmas shopping "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Online shopping has recently smashed retail records worldwide, while its growth has continued significantly in Australia. With Christmas just around the corner, Australia Post expects this to be the busiest year it has ever seen. December is the largest buying month in Australia, with online shopping hitting its peak during the Christmas period. In 2016, total online spending hit a [...] full article 


Theyre Trying To Change Our Holidays: What Drew Young Australians To Milo Yiannopoulos? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Max Koslowski spoke to supporters of neo-Nazi booster Milo Yiannopoulos outside his recent Melbourne talk. Brace yourself.

Lauren has just left Milo Yiannopoulos show, and is still buzzing when her Mum texts. She turns her phone to me:

Dont post anything about tonight on Facebook if youre looking for a job.

Lauren laughs.

Its true. We are afraid of what to say because of these people, Lauren waves to protesters on the other side of the road.

I just went and saw a show, and Ive been told that Ive gotta be careful because of these people. And that really annoys me.

The 22-year-old bartender has just finished watching Yiannopoulos, right-wing British-born provoker, perform in front of around 800 supporters.

Ive been called a Nazi. I sat down to listen to a dude speak and now Im a Nazi. I honestly want to know why!

Lauren, from Wodonga, 300 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, has come to the Milo show with her boyfriend David. Her main political worries stem from modern day feminism, Australias lack of free speech, and the increased power that Sharia law has in her country.

I ask how Sharia law is rising in Australia.

Theyre trying to. she turns to her partner. What are they trying to do?

I dont really know what Sharia law is, David replies.

Theyre trying to change our holidays yeah, like Australia Day which is ridiculous. And I dont like the fact that they are trying to say their culture is very feminist their law basically shuns women. Maybe Im wrong, maybe they dont. But thats how I see it.

David fits the profile of a typical attendee at Milos show hes a 23-year-old who works at a McDonalds in Geelong while finishing his degree. Most of Milos supporters here are young and male, and some have turned up as couples, or as part of a whole family. But most rock up in small friendship groups.

Like Harry and Simon two 19-year-old high school leavers, who first got into Milo after seeing videos online. They tell me about how they lost friends when they started to support the controversial figure.

Most of my guy friends are pretty fine with it. A few of my girl friends, I feel like they misunderstand what views on the right of politics are, Harry explains to me. Because theyve got such an agenda being pushed down their throats, the minute you say something against feminism, all of a sudden youre against all of women.

But he was hopeful that his strong beliefs werent for nothing.

The pol...


Two sea turtles to taste freedom at Byron tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Thurston will be released tomorrow. (supplied)

Two Green Sea Turtles that have been in care at the Australian Seabird Rescue facility in Ballina will be released tomorrow at Byron Bay.

The turtles, Thurston and Will Smith, were rescued within a day of each other in mid October, and after careful care, are now ready to be returned to the ocean.

Australian Seabird Rescue general manager Kathrina Southwell Thurston was stranded at South Golden Beach, covered in barnacles, and auffering from float syndrome which can be caused by plastic ingestion, stress or internal infections.

His skin was very pink for a Green sea turtle which can be an indication of septicemia, she said.

On Thurstons second day in care he ate a very small amount of red seaweed, then the next day he ate some squid.

After a week of antibiotics and worming treatment, his float dissipated and he is now eating close to 700 grams of a variety of seafood every day.

Ms Southwell said Thurston was an interesting rescue as he had one tag on his left front flipper.

We discovered that he had been caught in a shark net on the Gold Coast in November last year. He had been released and tagged as part of the Queensland shark control program, she said.

We have tagged his right front flipper so if he ever strands again, people will know that he has been rehabilitated by Australian Seabird Rescues Ballina Byron Sea Turtle Hospital.

Will Smith the turtle will be released on Thursday. (supplied)

Ms Southwell said the second turtle, Will Smith, was stranded at Casuarina Beach on the 19th October.

He had 80 per cent barnacle cover on his skin and only a few barnacles on his carapace, she said.

Will was very lethargic and started eating five days after his admission.

Will has recovered quite quickly and is looking extremely healthy. He has been the boss of our pre-release tank, always trying to steal food from the other four turtles that are housed there until they are ready for release.



Video: Top 10 brands polluting our beaches "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Every September, millions of people around the world participate in International Coastal Cleanup Day to take part in a larger effort to protect our ocean. Cleanups alone, however, will never solve the problem of plastic pollution in the ocean or on its shores. This year, the Break Free From Plastic global movement tried things a [...] full article 


Byron Bay developer clarifies four-storey DA "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Plans for the southern end of Jonson Street include two-level parking basement for 120 cars, 26 serviced apartments, 24 residential units, a 65-place childcare centre, shops and restaurant.

Hans Lovejoy

Further to last weeks report of a high density development proposed on the corner block at the end of Jonson Street opposite Byron Music, developer Graham Dunn says that the proposed height of his development complies with the current height of building for the B2 Town Centre zone of 11.5 metres.

The height of the building is not taller than some other existing developments, he says. For example, the Butter Factory apartments across the street are 11.5m.

The fourth storey is set back and barely visible from the street. The buildings are respectful of the Byron streetscape; the designers integrated significant gardens and planting to reduce the visual structure.

The design was directly in response to the need for more permanent rental accommodation in Byron Bay and also the need for more child care.

Also Mr Dunn says the 24 shops as reported last week are shop top houses which would be permanent longterm residential accommodation.

He says, There are two shops and one restaurant on the ground floor. Plus there is a child care centre on the ground floor.

Additionally, Mr Dunn has clarified that the estimated cost is $23.18m, not $21m as written on the DA.

The Echo asked Mr Dunn, Would you consider having this DA assessed by Byron Shire Council instead of the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) by reducing the capital investment to below $20m?

He replied, I would love it if the project were going to cost less than $20m to build; it would save us a lot of money. However, the quantity surveyors report states that it will cost $23,186,495...


Byron Spirit Festival We Are The Mandala First Line Up Announcement "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

As Byron Spirit Festival prepares to move their festival of barefoot elegance into their namesake town for their 6th year, leaving the nurturing years in the arms of Mullumbimby, we are excited to present to you the first round of offerings from the 2018 program


Yoga is championed as the undisputed elixir of life, a moving meditation that is open to everyone, anywhere, at any time! A philosophy Angel and Gopala from Byrons Rainbow Yoga subscribe to, with their family friendly approach to teacher training focusing on kids, partners and families, bring the whole tribe to enjoy their workshop.

As does world renowned yoga teacher and author of The Yoga of Heart and The Promise of Love, Sex and Intimacy, Mark Whitwell who has been working to make yoga accessible to everyone for the past 25 years, teaching in the US, Asia, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

Zenthai Shiatsu founder Gwyn Williams began his first steps into the foundation of Zenthai as a teenager, a self-confessed life force fanatic, Gwyn developed this unique therapy that combines yoga, partner flow, body work infused with features of Chinese medicine.

Bondi Rescue Lifeguard, star of the channel ten hit reality TV series, and Lululemon ambassador, Deano Gladstone started his wellness journey as a result of a recovery mission from injury. It led him to yoga and a more rounded view of fitness and nutrition. He completed his yoga teacher training recently and is now sharing all of that knowledge.

Founder of the Byron Yoga Centre, John Ogilvie is one of Australias most respected practitioners with over 30 years of experience to...


MegaAnon Updates: December 2nd 5th, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

December 3 5 posts + December 3 12 posts + December 3 18 posts + December 3 8 posts + December 3 3 posts in Calling /our girl/

And not for nothing but this is why I like coming here and posting. Its why I called the Q kids out who literally moved fuckibg boards, knowing I knew EXACTLY who THEY were.

No 10 days of fucking darkness. No predictive happenings on the 3rd and 4th. No need for POTUS to be insulated and NO NEED FOR YOU TO WORRY, when you legitimately have NO NEED, to worry. I dont know what MORE I can do or tell you. Ive posted pretty frequently since May. Even when Im vague, I still give a shit ton of detail and stick around a thread to discuss so I dont feel like I left yall hanging. Ive posted my fucking feet, on same tile, even once with a timestamp and yall turned it into some sexual fetish muh, I POSTED PICS FROM WH LAST WEEK for fucks sake, and then on Friday I found myself getting a call back from David Wilcock on Ancient Aliens, who I ONLY CALLED IN THE FIRST PLACE because he first thought I was a man, whos posted a lot longer than I have and then told tens of thousands of people all the things HE thought I was. Im vague, but I DO NOT mislead. So, when he called me back, I answered, we chatted and that was that. He now knows and can personally confirm I am an actual woman like I say and not exactly who he thought I was. Hes not a bad dude, BTW. Hes nice, well-spoken and quick-witted. So if you see this, it was nice to chat with you, Mr. Wilcock! ;o)

Related David Wilcock Update: I can confirm that I did have a conversation with the one and only Mega Anon

A year will still be rough, but not AS rough. Rome wasnt built in a day, nor will decades worth of corruption in DC be restored in a year.

What youll start recognizing sooner than later over the course of the next year, is that there will be A LOT less people you...


What Is Causing These Mysterious Loud BOOMS Heard Around The World? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Shivali Best

Residents in Alabama were left baffled last week when a loud boom resounded across much of the state.

The boom, nicknamed Bama Boom, has left experts stumped, with suggested causes ranging from supersonic aircrafts to meteors exploding in the atmosphere.

This isnt the first time that the mysterious sound has been heard, and incidents are becoming more frequent according to some reports.

This year alone, similar noises have been reported 64 times this year, in locations including Michigan, Lapland, St Ives, Swansea and Yorkshire.

Scroll down for a full list of booms in 2017

Alabama, November 14

Cause: Unknown, suggested explanations include a sonic boom from an aircraft or a meteorite

The Birmingham National Weather Service tweeted:

The service suggested that the sound was either caused by a sonic boom from aircraft, or a meteorite from the Leonid shower.

But NASA has since cast doubt on these explanations.

Speaking to ABC 3340, Bill Cooke, head of NASAs Meteoroid Environment Office, said that the boom could have been caused by a supersonic aircraft, a ground explosion, or a bolide a large meteor that explodes in the atmosphere unrelated to the Leonid shower.

While the noise was picked up by the US Geological Survey, data suggests that the boom wasnt the result of an earthquake.

The boom may have been caused by a military flight by a supersonic jet, although the US Air Force is yet to confirm this.

The Bama Boom is just one of many mysterious booms heard worldwide this year.

Idaho, November 15

Cause: Unknown

The day after the boom in Alabama, a similar noise was heard in Idaho.

Multiple people reported hearing a loud boom over the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley aro...


Cambodia Keeps Perverting its own History for Cash "IndyWatch Feed National"

I have already written a lot about Cambodia, but each time I return to this ancient and scarred country, I get so outraged by the cynicism that confronts me there, at every corner, that I have to start writing again, re-addressing the same essential issues that I have already been covering for years and decades.

One question always comes back to my mind:

How could a nation that suffered so much, losing hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of sons and daughters (official number stands at 1.7 million), accept a totally twisted narrative fabricated in Washington, London, Paris and other Western capitals? And not only accept Cambodia is actually profiting greatly from helping to spread vitriolic anti-Communist propaganda on behalf of its lethal handlers.

In all the bookstores around the country, the official Western propaganda narrative (Khmer Rouge killed them all style) is on display and on sale: Pol Pots biographies, gruesome accounts from the so-called Killing Fields, from the torture chambers at the former high school S-21 in Phnom Penh, as well as countless and detailed testimonies of the victims.

I asked the owner of a bookshop in Siem Reap:

What about some books about the atrocities committed by the West? Do you have some volumes about the U.S. carpet bombing of Cambodian countryside, which alone killed several hundreds of thousands of people?

Me, not have, she replied, somehow defiantly.

Do you have books about how millions of Cambodian people were displaced by the carpet bombing of the U.S. and its allies; how they were forced to flee because of unexploded bombs and so-called bombies? Anything about those people starving to death?

No have, came the answer.

Why not? I asked, politely.

I dont know, she said, by now clearly annoyed.

Outside, my local driver was ready to pitch his services, taking me around, in search of the minefields. He thought I was European. Chinese mines, Russian mines He took long breath, made dramatic pause, and exhaled: Khmer Rouge no good.

Instead of engaging in a historical debate, I simply asked: This city Siem Reap has 230,000 inhabitants. Is it producing anything?

The driver hesitated for a while:

Why should we produce anything? It is cheaper to import goods from Thailand, China and Vietnam. Well, there is some farming outside of the city

He was correct. I checked several sources. Even Wikipedia describes the situation in no uncertain terms:

Economy: Tourism is a very important aspect of the economy of Siem Reap it was estimated in 2010 that over 50% of j...


Disability Day celebrated at Lismores new heart "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Lismore Regional Gallery and Quadrangle is the new heart of the city.

The new Lismore Regional Gallery and quadrangle is already proving itself to be the new heart of the city.

The quadrangle was the focal meeting place for Artstate events at the weekend.

Following its recent opening, the Gallery has provided the perfect backdrop for a number of events including the weekends Artstate activities, the marriage equality celebration, and today, International Day of People with Disability.

Todays celebration which is the 25th anniversary of the day will feature a community picnic which kicks off at 11am in the quadrangle, bringing together disabled people, their carers and families, and the various groups within the community that support them.

There will be  live performances, street art, dance workshops, face painting and much more.

Southern Cross Universitys School of Health and Human Sciences students and staff will also be on hand to offer free health checks and the Local Area Coordinators will be there to answer any NDIS questions.

Lismore Regional Art Gallery director Brett Adlington said it was wonderful to see the site being used by such

Fresh from shooting his latest video clip at the weekend, rapper Mocri$ will be performing in the quadrangle today. (Darren Coyne)

a broad section of the community.

I came down late Saturday night to Artstate and had s...


Police and Schoolies organiser at odds over Friday night fights "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Schoolies HUB co-ordinator Nicqui Yazdi with some of this years volunteers: James Wright, Ethan Berry and Kevin Stickl.
Photo Jeff Old Time Zoolie Dawson

Aslan Shand

While the significant numbers of young people who descended on the Bay for their end-of-school celebrations were well behaved and had a good time, Schoolies HUB co-ordinator Nicqui Yazdi says a large group of kids from Lismore were out to cause trouble last Friday night.

She wrote on social media, My estimate is that there were maybe 50 Lismore kids, who ranged from as young as about 11, to their mid 20s, but most in their mid to late teens.

Fights and scuffles broke out everywhere One of these fights saw one local boy end up with a fractured cheekbone.

Ms Yazdi said that the siege in Lismore that afternoon had taken police away from Byron Bay leaving them with only two police officers.

I wasnt happy about the lack of police presence, which has been a common theme over the last nine years.

Friday night is fight night in Byron all year round, but when the schoolies are around, these groups of teen gangs just have more moving targets to punch and [that] night made for the most uncomfortable night of this years entire [Schoolies HUB] operation, and maybe for any year to date.

The issues on Friday night are currently being investigated by police, who also believe that it involved a group of people from around the region.

But local Tweed-Byron LAC police inspector Stephen Dempsy denied there were only two police officers in Byron last Friday night.

Inspector Dempsy told The Echo that Friday night was not a standout night for street violence in Byron and that it could happen any night, is not regular and isnt always young people.

Ms Yazdi is calling for a Friday night youth program to help tackle violence in the Main Beach park.

Youth pro...


Robert Plants new Adelaide & Sydney Bluesfest sideshows just went on sale "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

If you were already shaking with excitement at the prospect of Robert Plant heading back to Australia next year for the Byron Bay Bluesfest, then your day would have been made with the news that the former Led Zeppelin frontman would be putting on a bunch of sideshows while in the country. Now, Plant has brought forth even more good news, announcing a couple of extra shows for some very lucky fans.

Just two months ago, Plant announced the he and his Sensational Space Shifters would be making a number of stops in Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth while in the country for Bluesfest next March. Of course, when you have a name as big as Robert Plant, you know that such a small number of sideshows was never going to be enough.

Now, Plant has added on to his list of sideshows, announcing a third and final date in Sydney, this time at the State Theatre instead of the Sydney Opera House, and a sole date at Adelaides Thebarton Theatre. Yes, the famously-overlooked southern capital has been lucky enough to score a show from one of rock musics most famous frontmen.

With a setlist consisting of brilliant solo tracks, classic Led Zeppelin tunes, and a few other covers here and there, you can be sure that Robert Plants shows with the Sensational Space Shifters are going to be one of the highlights of the Aussie touring calendar next year.

Tickets to Plants new shows just went on sale at 10am AEDT, so make sure you secure your ticket to see one of rock musics living legends in the flesh below, and check out his new video for Bluebirds Over The Mountain while youre there.

Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters Bluesfest sideshows

Friday, March 23 (New show)
State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tickets: Ticketmaster | 136 100

Monday, March 26 & Tuesday March 27
Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Tickets: Sydney Opera House

Sunday, April 1 & Monday April 2
Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Tickets: Ticketmaster | 136 100



Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations, 14 nominees! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Real Neat Blog Award

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

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

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

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

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

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

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

5. Let them know you nominated...


Charles Ortel updates on the Clinton Foundation investigations - and what Corrine Brown jail term means "IndyWatch Feed National"

Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, December 4, 2017 Former U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown and Two Others Sentenced to Prison for Fraud Scheme Involving Bogus Non-Profit Scholarship Charity Former U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown was sentenced to five years in prison today in federal court in...


Byron Councillors reject staff tree-removal report "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Bays Railway Park. Photo by Mary Gardner.

A report by Byron Shire Council staff into the events that led to their cutting down three trees in Railway Park without warning at the end of October was rejected by councillors at their extraordinary meeting last Tuesday.

Such events are rare; usually staff reports are noted.

Mayor Simon Richardson penned the nine-point rejection of the report, which was authored by manager open space and resource recovery Michael Matthews.

He told the chamber, I was very disappointed in the report. It simply did not answer the questions we asked.

The communication strategy wasnt included in the report and didnt appear to be followed. [Regarding] process, there were no flora and fauna reports.

Cr Richardson said it gives councillors no choice but to get an independent consultant report to see how the process failed and what steps can be put in place for the future. 

I dont believe there was any wilful failing, he said.

Cr Alan Hunter was the only councillor who voted against and said while he hadnt had a chance to digest the motion, We could have handled this a lot better.

We owe staff the respect to sit down and resolve this in privateThere are no winners in this as a result of the motion. This is stubbing our toe and does not fix anything Im upset where its ended up.

Cr Cate Coorey said it was a very public issue for the community. I feel we have to deal with it in the public forum. It shows we are working for our community and thats why we need to go through this process.

In reply, the mayor said This is not a response to the loud voices whom we will never be able to please. We took a 30-year-old native tree down without consultation. That simply has to be explained.

Im not interested in a witch hunt; I just want to move on. The things...


Church interests put first: abuse inquiry "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Catholic Church put its interests ahead of those of child sexual abuse victims under a former Melbourne archbishop, a royal commission has found.

Frank Little led a culture of secrecy within the Melbourne archdiocese during his 1974-1996 tenure as archbishop and repeatedly failed to act on complaints, the child abuse royal commission found.

Complaints were dealt with in a way that sought to protect the archdiocese from scandal and liability and prioritised the interests of the church over those of the victims, it said.

Current Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart accepted the reports conclusion.

The church should be a safe place for children but the events point to it having been unsafe for all those who are victims, he said.

Where this abuse occurred resulting from the passivity or inactivity of predecessors of mine, I sincerely apologise and accept responsibility.

The commission said a system for responding to child abuse complaints where the exclusive authority for making decisions was vested in one person was deeply flawed.

While only the archbishop had the authority to remove a priest from the ministry, the commission also criticised some of Archbishop Littles advisers, church personnel and Catholic Education Office staff.

Archbishop Hart said he was confident the archdiocese, its schools and parishes had the policies, codes and processes required to ensure a child-safe environment and deal with complaints.

Other commission reports dealing with the Catholic Church in Ballarat and the Maitland-Newcastle region, as well as the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, may be released in coming days.

The commissions final report will be released on December 15 when the five-y

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Does The Push For Mass Vaccination Point Toward A Staged Bioterror Event? "IndyWatch Feed National"

biohazard toxic nuclear

Weve seen the signs. Ive been highlighting them. The infamous childhood mandatory vaccination law in California. Other states that are considering similar bills. The lunatic push in Australia to outlaw medical exemptions from vaccination. The all-out campaign in the press, in various countries, to stigmatize people who defect from official truth about the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

On a larger stage, over the past 20 years, weve seen the promotion of fake pandemics demanding universal vaccination to ward off millions of deaths: SARS, West Nile, Swine Flu, smallpox, etc. All duds.

Now we have the boggling case of the University of Massachusetts, where two supposed instances of meningitis have triggered an immediate campaign to vaccinate all 20,000 students against meningococcal B meningitis.

Its clear that the logistics of carrying out such an extensive program have been in place for some time. The University just needed an occasion for a test launch of the system. Now they have it.

Yet USA Today reports: Sarah Van Orman, a physician and executive director of University Health Services at UW-Madison, saidthe new [meningitis] B vaccinemay not be as effective as the routinely given vaccine against the four other major bacteria strains.

In a study of 499 Princeton University students who received the new B vaccine during an outbreak there, up to a third did not show a good immune response eight weeks after the second dose, Van Orman said.

Some research suggests the vaccine also may provide immunity only for six to 12 months, she said.

But its full steam ahead for the U of Massachusetts. Other colleges have long been making preparations. For example, the University of Rochester, according to its Newscenter (September 19, 2014): On Thursday, Oct. 30, University Health Service (UHS) staff will attempt to vaccinate 5,000 students, faculty and staff against this years flu virus [in one day]. The effort will doubly serve as a test of emergency preparedness to practice delivering mass quantities of vaccine or drug in response to an urgent public health concern. The effort is being coordinated by UHS, RC/MERT (University of Rochester River Campus Medical Emergency Response Team), University Environmental Health & Safety and the Monroe County Office of Emergency PreparednessWe will have to give about 600 vaccinations an hour to meet our goal, said Ralph Manchester, MD, vice provost and UHS director.



Foreign dirty dozen named and shamed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nowhere in Australia is safe.

Thats the warning from the head of the nations Invasive Species Council, which wants levies on air and sea cargo to fund a biosecurity fighting fund to stop the arrival of deadly insects and plants capable of causing an ecological disaster.

Were calling them the dirty dozen because the case studies include some of Australias most deadly invasive species red fire ants, the eucalypt-killer myrtle rust, red-eared slider turtles and yellow crazy ants, council CEO Andrew Cox said on Wednesday.

Nowhere in Australia has been safe from these deadly incursions.

Queensland is battling fire ants. The Asian black-spined toad, which pumps out poison through its glands, has turned up in the cooler regions of Victoria and NSW and has now reached Western Australia.

Native plant killer myrtle rust which infests the eastern seaboard has now crossed the Bass Strait to Tasmania, Mr Cox said.

Australias environmental border controls are a leaky sieve and must be fixed, he said.

Mr Cox is calling on the federal government to act on the findings of a 2017 national biosecurity review.

These include setting up a biosecurity fighting fund paid for by air and sea levies, basing a biosecurity champion within the federal environment department and the compilation of a national priority list of invasive threats.

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Tweed Heads library reopening delayed "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bookworms will have to go without the services of the Tweed Heads Library this Christmas, with Tweed Shire Council reporting the much anticipated reopening would be delayed while finishing touches are made to the building.

The library closed in December last year for renovations and the auditorium reopened in July this year, following some delays of its own.

Back in June, councils director of community and natural resources, Tracey Stinson, said the rest of the library was on schedule to reopen this month.

But in a media release yesterday, the council said the building contractors still have some works to complete before the building can be officially handed over and opened to the public.

Echonetdaily understands the work relates to the final installation and testing of fire and emergency systems.

Ms Stinson apologised for any further inconvenience caused by the delay, but added we need to make sure all the works are finalised and documentation is in place to ensure the safety and welfare of library staff and users.

So there will be added celebration by the council, the Richmond Tweed Regional Library and community members when this wonderful new library is finally open for business.

The process of transforming this ageing building into a very modern and functional library space has been a major project, and we are very excited about showing the public the finished product, she said.


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Labor MPs were hiding in plain sight "IndyWatch Feed National"

Attorney-General George Brandis has accused some Labor MPs of hiding in plain sight amid questions over their eligibility to sit in parliament.

The federal government and opposition are in talks behind the scenes after disclosure documents tabled in parliament revealed more MPs who could be referred to the High Court over their citizenship status.

The coalition has at least four lower house Labor MPs in its sights David Feeney, Justine Keay, Susan Lamb and Josh Wilson alongside Senator Katy Gallagher.

Now we know that there are four of their MPs and one of their senators who basically have been trying to hide in plain sight over the last couple of months while this saga has been brewing, Senator Brandis told Nine Network on Wednesday.

He called on Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to agree to refer his own MPs to the High Court, adding parliament had the right to do so if he did not.

It doesnt have to be a showdown if Mr Shorten does the right thing, Senator Brandis said.

Mr Feeney will ask to be referred to the High Court on Thursday if documents relating to his UK citizenship renunciation cant be found in time, potentially triggering a by-election in his Victorian seat of Batman.

The MP has been in the spotlight before.

He last year famously forgot to declare his $2.3 million Melbourne investment property in the parliamentary register of interests.

Ms Keay, whose father was born in the UK, received confirmation she had renounced her citizenship on July 8, 2016, six days after the 2016 federal election.

Ms Lamb, whose father was born in Scotland, filled out her renunciation form on May 24, 2016.

However, on August 10, 2016, the British bureaucracy told her: We cannot be satisfied from the documents available that you hold British citizenship. The application has therefore been refused.

Mr Wilson, who was born in London, completed his renunciation form on May 12, 2016.

However, the date of the UK Home Office letter confirming renunciation was June 24, well after the close of nominations for the 2016 election.

Labor frontbencher Tony Burke insists Ms Keay and Ms Lamb could not have taken any additional steps to renounce their foreign citizenship.

We cant have a situation where the onus is on the candidate to complete all their reasonable steps but the decision about whether or not their eligible is driven by a junior public servant in Great Britain, he told ABC radio.

Senator Brandis dismissed that argument as utter rubbish, accusing Labor of throwing up a smokescreen around its MPs.

Ms Keay and Ms Lamb were pre-selected more than a year...


Why I Dont Want To Force Anyone To Bake A Cake For My Gay Wedding "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court case will be far more influential than it should be. The key question is fairly easily answered and agreed upon by all sides on most other issues concerning freedom of association.

We seem to agree that Twitter should be allowed to limit racists expression, as it does not wish to be associated with that message. We understand why they choose not to verify white supremacist leaders, as that may provide the appearance of endorsement. We do not blame any business choosing not to host or participate in hateful activities.

Without comparing the two, it should be simple to appreciate why religious people who deeply oppose socially changing marriage to include same-sex couples would not wish to endorse or participate in a same-sex wedding.

No gay person has been discriminated against or denied a service offered by any business in question within the last several years of cases. Twitter more directly denies its public services to individuals based on being identified as associating with hateful groups than cake shops have denied gay couples access to their services. Masterpiece Cakeshop, as with many caterers, florists, and photographers, has merely declined to participate in an event or associate their brand with that event.

Why do LGBT activists perceive this as a direct attack on the validation of their relationships? It seems logical that a person would not wish to give money to another person who morally disapproves of their behavior. I would not seek employment or request a table at a Planned Parenthood event and expect them to accommodate me. Why would I help them raise money or support their business model? If I encountered an individual morally uncomfortable with participating in an activity with me and my boyfriend, such as couple photos or planning a party, it would be uncomfortable for me to force her.

Its Not About Logic, Its About Validation

The issue at hand is not one of reason, but one of validation. The LGBT Left has become obsessed with complete acceptance from the public in all areas. It isnt enough that same-sex marriage is legal, despite the wishes of many people in many states. Those people must celebrate same-sex marriages or be shamed in public. Many gay people genuinely feel personally attacked when faced with an individual who does not approve of their sexual behavior.

Lets take a moment to look at the issue from the gay couples side. If I were to go into a photography shop and request a booking to capture a special event with my boyfriend, for example, and the cashier said Oh, Im sorry, but we do not photograph same-sex couples, I would admittedly be taken aback.

For one, I would be completely shocked by the abnormality of the reaction. I traveled recently, and at many security points al...


Americas Use of Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Weapons Against Humans "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Castle Bravo was the first in a series of high-yield thermonuclear weapon design tests conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands, as part of Operation Castle. Detonated on March 1, 1954,

by G5

The most famous non sequitur is: Bats are mammals and can fly. Pigs are mammals. Therefore pigs can fly.

And they certainly do for a large proportion of the world.

The War Addicts who infect America, are not Defending anyone, anything, any moral values, any standards, any lifestyles and certainly not any Rights or Freedoms, in any corner of this world.

Following The SALT [Strategic Arms Limitati...


Talk Nation Radio: Shireen Al-Adeimi: Stop the U.S. War on Yemen "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shireen Al-Adeimi is a former middle school teacher and is currently finishing her doctoral studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was born in Yemen and has lived in the United States for 10 years. She recently wrote an article published by Common Dreams titled Only Americans Can Stop Americas War on Yemen.

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AFSA calls out biased reporting on Victorian planning reforms "IndyWatch Feed National"

Peter Hunt, a Weekly Times reporter, has treated the concerns of Victorias pastured livestock farmers over proposed planning reforms with total contempt, calling them delusional.

This seems unsurprising given Hunt spent many years in a policy role with the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF), a body whose reputation for attacking small-scale farmers is increasing.

Pastured pig and poultry farmers have rejected factory farming and are instead growing animals outside in the fresh air. They devote their farms to growing healthy animals in ethical and ecologically-sound ways.

In an op ed in last weeks Weekly Times, Mr Hunt trotted out the drivel the Victorian Government is seeking to rectify when he called pastured livestock farms intensive.

Hunt went on to make spurious claims about the biosecurity risks of free-range poultry and pigs. However, it is sheds full of thousands of animals living with their own excrement that are the real source of a massive public health threat those sheds are food for flu as evolutionary biologist Rob Wallace states.

The Governments attempt to reform the planning provisions has fallen short of the 2016 recommendations of the Animal Industries Advisory Committee (AIAC). The AIAC called for the scheme to recognise the lower risk small-scale pastured pig and poultry farms pose, and for planning controls to be commensurate with that risk.

The AIAC called for small-scale pastured pig and poultry farms to be treated like other grazing production systems.

The AIAC went through an independent public consultation. However, once handed to Agriculture Victoria, the ongoing consultation was limited to peak bodies for intensive agriculture Australian Pork Limited (APL), Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), and the VFF, and a handful of cattle farmers. There was no representation for pastured pig and poultry farmers, and Ag Vic came back with a draft that sees all pig and poultry farms with more than 200 birds or three sows needing a permit.

The Government, the VFF, and the likes of Hunt keep repeating that all pig and poultry farms...


PERTH Former Njamal exec to stand trial "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Former Njamal exec to stand trial .

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Sharon Westerman leaves Perth Magistrates Court with her lawyer Mark Andrews today. She is pleading not guilty to charges of stealing as a servant. .


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December 6 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1784 The British Govt, being over-run with so many naughty people, authorised the transportation of convicts to the far-flung climes of Australia.
Coz transporting them illegally would be such a bad thing...?

1797 George Bass discovered the Kiama blowhole, on the New South Wales coast.

1810 Today was the big day for the Hawkesbury Valley and its future. In the morning, the Governor crossed the river and examined the Phillip District Common for an eligible spot for the intended town and township for the accommodation of the settlers of the Philllp District. In the afternoon the Governor "walked out to survey the grounds belonging to the Crown in and near the present village on the Green Hills and also the adjoining public commona convenient part of which it is now my intention to appropriate for a large town and townshipand to connect the present village on the Green Hills with the intended new town and township."

1813 George Evans discovered and named the fertile Macquarie Plains and the Macquarie River (Wiradjuri name Wambool).

1827 The great and wonderful William Arnott was pupped on this day.
Without William there would be no Arnott's Biscuits and, ergo, no magical, fantabulous Tim Tams...for which we will be truly thankful.

1827 Reverend Thomas Kendall selected 1280 acres at Ulladulla.

1849 The old Government Windmill in Wickham Terrace, Brisvegas, was put up for auction but the public weren't backward in coming forward with their opinion on losing this notable landmark, so the Govt retained it.
Ahhh, for the days when a govt would actually listen to its employers, the voting public!

1854 Martial law was declared at Ballarat in the wake of the battle at the Eureka Stockade.

1861 Letter from Dalrymple advised that Mr Humphreys, who was with a party exploring the Upper Burdekin, was missing and believed to have fallen "prey to the aborigines".

1882 A rare Transit of Venus across the disc of the Sun is visible from Australia, and many scientific parties arrive from around the world to observe and record the event.

1922 Sewerage construction commenced in Ballarat.

1927 The Prime Minister, Stanley Bruce announced a government inquiry into the conditions of half-castes and Aborigines in North and Central Australia. Constitutional restrictions confined the inquiry, to be undertaken by Queenslands Chief Protector, J. W. Bleakley, to the Northern Territory. However Bruce promised Parliament that the interests of all Aborigines would benefit from...


Man arrested over Banora Point home invasion "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man has been arrested in Queensland following an alleged home invasion at Banora Point on the weekend.

Just before 3.30am on Sunday (December 3), police responded to reports of a break-in at a house on Firestone Drive.

Police allege a man and a woman broke into the house and threatened the 41-year-old male resident with a knife before assaulting him and tying him up.

The resident was able to escape and notify authorities.

Officers searching the house, locating the alleged female intruder inside.

But the male intruder escaped, stealing the residents car in the process.

About 8.40am on Tuesday (December 5), a 38-year-old man was arrested in Beenleigh, Queensland.

It is anticipated that he will be charged with several offences including an outstanding warrant by Queensland Police who also located the stolen vehicle in Ormeau with a quantity of alleged stolen property.

The woman appeared in Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday, December 4, charged with multiple offences.


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The Chinese are not backing Adani "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Adam Carlton

The has been a lot of carry on about Chinese business activities and political donations in Australia that has a strong racist undertone. The implication has been that being Chinese is more important than the actual act. The tone is that Australia is threatened by a Chinese takeover.

This is the veneer that has overlain the Sam Dastyari affair. Regardless of the rights and wrongs of his actions, the media attack has been based on being associated with the Chinese. This is telling when the corridors of the Australian parliament are filled with lobbyists, private business donations are flowing into party bank accounts and Australia has been dependent on investment coming from overseas.

The Chinese component is only a small part of the whole and insignificant in comparison to the investment, including political donations, sourcing form the United Kingdom, United States and a few other countries.

When this reality is ignored, it means that what is really being said is that the money trail isnt important, unless its Chinese.

Australia has a history of racism being directed against the Chinese. This is not the whole story, but the part that has become more pronounced in recent times. The fabricated threat includes whole Chinese Diaspora, including the Chinese community in Australia.

Aside from the Dastayari affair there is the supposed funding of Adanis activities in Australia.

The man and his people have been casting around the world to borrow the money denied to them in Australia. They have been to the United States, Europe and other places. This has not been reported on. Only the Chinese approach has made the news.

All investment should be considered on its merits wherever it comes from. If it does not fit in with Australias interests, it should not be supported. An investment with Adani is such a case. It is wrong because of its nature, not because of where it comes from.

As it happens, the two most likely lenders, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and the China Construction Bank have both come out and publicly denied any intention to take part in Adanis projects. They have gone further and said that their policy is to become involved in the development of renewable energy sources and to move away from fossil fuels.

Even if they had shown an inclination to hand over the money, it would have to get the approval from the Chinese government. This would be difficult, given the Chinese government policy expresses more commitment to acting on lowering dependency on fossil fuels than any other country. As it is, most of Australias coal is exported there. The prospect for the future is that as China turns increasingly away from this energy source, the demand for coal w...


Tillerson Calls on European Allies to Tackle Iranian Missile Program "IndyWatch Feed National"

U.S. secretary of state, on visit to Brussels, says Tehrans behavior poses threat to region

Updated Dec. 5, 2017 2:51 p.m. ET

BRUSSELSU.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on European allies to work with Washington to rein in Irans missile program and its regional activities, saying Tehrans behavior must be challenged.

Speaking in Brussels alongside European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, Mr. Tillerson said Irans interference in Yemens civil war, its exporting of weapons and militias to Syria and its support for Lebanons Hezbollah group pose a threat to the region.

These issues and activities of Iran cannot be ignored and go unanswered and we intend to continue to take action to ensure Iran understands this is not acceptable and look forward to working with the European partners in that regard as well, he said.

Ms. Mogherini said the EU was willing to work on these issues with Washington but made it clear that joint action depended on the U.S. continuing to abide by the Iranian nuclear deal. President Donald Trump has strongly criticized the nuclear deal and has asked Congress to tighten the terms under which the U.S. abides by the deal.

Calling the Iranian nuclear agreement a key strategic priority for European security, Ms. Mogherini said Irans regional activities and missile program should be discussed separately from the nuclear deal.

Iran says its missile program is for defensive purposes and isnt forbidden under the nuclear deal. It has openly supported the Assad regime in Syria and blamed Saudi Arabia for escalating the conflict in Yemen, warning European countries to respect its sovereignty on military matters.

Ms. Mogherini has ruled out the EU tightening sanctions on Iran in the near term over its missile tests or regional activities. However, the French and German governments this week called on Iran to reverse its actio...


Community protest takes on labour rights abuser on Melbournes waterfont "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Trouble is building up on Melbournes Web Dock. A community protest is taking place there over the involvement of the multinational giant stevedoring company International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) in the abuse of employees through ongoing bullying and harassment.

A community protest is taking place at the Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT), which is a subsiduary of ICTSU.

The catalyst has been the denial of shifts to a casual employee. The argument provided by the employer is that he does not have a current Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC). But it is alleged that the real reason for the denial of work is that he is an active member of the maritime Union of Australia (MUA).

Backing this is that 21 others not having an MSIC are currently working on the dock and employed by the same company.

So its no surprise that the tight-knit Port Melbourne community has decided to stand up and defend this worker, as have other members of the broader community and other unions, said MUA Deputy National Secretary Will Tracey.

He also said: The Port Melbourne community has decided to take a stand against a company with an atrocious labour record around the globe that should not be allowed to operate in this country.

We even have ICTSI global chief executive Enrique K Razon on the record saying: The countries with the best infrastructure in the world are dictatorships a statement that speaks volumes about this companys leadership and its regard for unions and workers.

Last month, the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) launched a global report into ICTSI, which showed a pattern of severe safety deficiencies across the Philippine-based companys network of terminals.

VICT is trying to push through a workplace agreement that has been signed by only five employees and slashes penalty rates and casual loading. Meanwhile, the MUA has been battling to maintain wages and conditions.

The employer has refused to negotiate with the union.

The ITF report adds: The ITF, and our union affiliates, have observed an emerging pattern of labour violations in the ICTSI network: a failure to respect the right to freedom of association; poor safety standards; and illegal outsourcing of labour.

Many of these violations are in breach of domestic law in the countries where ITCSI operates and contravene international labour conventions.

They also contravene ICTSIs own policies and statements, and call into question the companys ability to effectively manage their global business and ensure the same standards and performance across all of their terminals.



The Coffee BOX is creating connections "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Alice and Coffe BOX program coordinator Shanti Des Fours at The Coffee BOX in Byron. Photo supplied.

Byron Community Centres not for profit coffee shop, The Coffee BOX, has just received a $5,000 grant from the Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF) to help grow their Coffee BOX work experience program in 2018.

The Coffee BOX was set up in 2016 to give local women training and support to move out of disadvantage via work experience and community connection.

After one year in operation the Coffee BOX is now beginning to thrive, said Shanti Des Fours, Program Coordinator.

The project builds confidence, employment skills, and community connection. This NRCF grant will help us grow to program and support even more women in 2018. By the end of 2018 we hope to operate as an entirely self-sufficient social enterprise.

All funds raised as part of the program go back into funding the Byron Community Centres community services and the coffee BOX training program and the program has had a significant impact.

The stats are incredible, more than 40 per cent of our graduates are now employed, 80 per cent of our have reported an increase in community connection, and every single one of our graduates have reported an increase in their self-confidence and skills for employment, continued Shanti.

You can support them by picking up a coffee at the Coffee BOX located right next door to the Byron Community Centre, 69 Jonson St Byron Bay.

This program gave me a purpose, said a recent graduate of the course.

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The Obscure Federal Agency That Soon Could Raise Your Electric Bill: 5 Questions Answered on FERC "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Joshua D. Rhodes, University of Texas at Austin Editor's note: On or before Dec. 11, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is expected to take action on a controversial proposal by Energy Secretary Rick Perry that seeks to prevent noncompetitive coal and nuclear power plants from retiring prematurely. Depending on how such a rule is structured, analyses have estimated that it could cost ratepayers in affected regions up to several billion dollars yearly. Energy scholar Joshua [...]


Whats happening on Manus Island? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ballina Region for Refugees are facilitating a presentation by activist Anne Moon on Wednesday, December 6. Photo supplied.

If you are interested in finding out more about Manus Island refugees and their plight Ballina Region for Refugees are facilitating a presentation by activist Anne Moon on Wednesday, December 6.

Anne will be speaking about her first hand experiences having visited Manus Island on a number of occasions. She will share some individual stories of the men where they came from, why they fled and how they have coped.

Anne has spent decades as a volunteer helping various vulnerable people all over the world, said Gunela Astbrink, president of Ballina Region for Refugees group.

Annes focus is on the plight of the refugees on Manus Island. She has championed their cause and has been active in calling for offshore detention to stop.

Twelve Australians of the Year, as well as key luminaries such as Tim Costello have shown their concern. Australian medical organisations have offered free medical assistance to the refugee men on Manus Island. A solution needs to be found to bring innocent men to freedom and to be resettled in a safe country.

Anne presentation of Life on Manus is taking place at the Cherry Street Sports Clubs Meeting Room from 2:30pm to 3:30pm on Wednesday, December 6.

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VOICES THE BEREJIKLIAN GOVERNMENT DOESN'T WANT TO HEAR: comment on NSW Ministers Pavey & Constance's not so brilliant idea to invite cruise ships into the Clarence River Estuary "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Northern Rivers voices telling it like it is.......

FacebookNo Mega Port Yamba, 15 November 2017:

Victoria Paine Dear Councillors,

I wish to express my deep concern and OBJECTION to the proposal that the Port of Yamba be designated a cruise ship destination and/ the creation of a cruise ship terminal.

My primary concerns are environmental. The self evident environmental damage cannot be justified by monetary gain.

In addition, I am concerned re the reduction on local amenity and negative impact on the quality of life of the community and on local ground based tourism which relies heavily on the integrity of the natural environment.

I urge you to strongly oppose this damaging proposal.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Victoria Paine



The Daily Examiner, 29 November 2017, p.10:

Yamba port not in ship-shape condition

I would like to thank Valley Watch for keeping the people of the Clarence informed. After visiting their stall at the Yamba River Market this week, I am greatly concerned regarding the lack of public knowl...


The Gary Null Show 12.05.17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today is December 5th and like always The Gary Null Show is here to inform you on the best news in health, healing, the environment and all things political around the world. In this episode Gary goes into a deep discussion about taxes and if you should file for them. Gary also answers you questions that you have emailed him ...

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Spirit Festival returns in April "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Publicist Alison Pearl, Spirit Fest directors Kate Little and Alex Grant with Elements of Byron conference and events manager Joan Lowenstein. Photo Jeff Dawson

After five nurturing years in the arms of Mullumbimby, Byron Spirit Festival organisers are excited to announce they will be moving their festival to its namesake town for its sixth year in 2018.

To be held April 2022, the festival will span both the Cavanbah Centre on Ewinsgdale Road and Elements of Byron in Belongil.

More than 50 workshops and panels on yoga, music, dance, healing, creative arts, sustainability and various cultural ceremonies are planned.

Co-organiser Kate Little says this years theme is We Are the Mandala, which will focus on co-creation and the concept of human design and our connection to the natural world.

Well explore how we can live in the greatest harmony with ourselves and everything else! 

We are actively seeking to collaborate with local Byron businesses to enhance the experience of our festival visitors.

New workshops

Ms Little says the upcoming festival will see, the addition of a number of new workshop streams to the program including conscious relationships, Indigenous culture with local Arakwal custodians and rites of passage for teenagers.

And in a Spirit Festival first, the Australian BreathFest on the Monday following the Festival in association with Breath of BlissTM. This will be an opportunity to dive deeply into the transformational power of breathwork!

For more info visit

The post...


Rusty brains: Lowering iron levels in the brain could slow or prevent Alzheimer's "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cleaning out 'rust' from the brain could be a way to slow and even prevent the degenerative disease Alzheimer's, according to new research that pinpoints iron as its so-far elusive potential driver. Previous research has long linked Alzheimer's to a build-up in amyloid protein fragments in the brain that are normally broken down in healthy brains. But efforts to treat Alzheimer's by using drugs that reduce amyloid levels have so far failed, leading to speculation that something else is driving the disease. New research from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and the University of Melbourne has found that iron might be the culprit. Iron has a special property that allows it to exchange electrons, which is crucial in allowing our bodies to generate energy from oxygen and fuels such as sugars. But it can also damage neurons in the same way that iron metal rusts in the presence of oxygen.


Newsbud Exclusive Report- A Distillation of DOD Funding Priorities for November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

DOD Spent $21,226,750,000+ on 215 individual contracts in November 2017

The Pentagon issues a jumbled list of contracts every business day around 5:00PM local time. Our project distills an entire month of these contracts into an accessible form.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) spent at least $21,226,750,000 on 215 individual contracts during November 2017. This amount does not include 25 Foreign Military Sales transactions worth $1,696,871,000.

FOREIGN MILITARY SALES (FMS) Through FMS, the U.S. government procures and transfers materiel to allied nations and international organizations.

Barber-Nichols Inc. received $13,202,659 for Mk48 torpedo alternators & regulators for Canada (36%); Turkey (32%); Netherlands (32%).

Bell-Boeing JPO received $10,056,839 for FMS (Japan): V-22 field service reps & logistics at Camp Kisarazu, Japan (85%); Philadelphia, PA (11%); Fort Walton Beach, FL (4%).

Canadian Commercial Corp. (CCC/3M) received $7,663,473 for FMS (Canada): M61 filter pairs for joint service general purpose masks.

Capco LLC received $34,262,050 for FMS (Afghanistan, Canada, Iraq, Malaysia, Morocco, Taiwan): BSU-33 bomb fin assemblies.

General Dynamics received $50,000,000 for FMS (multiple unnamed, presumably Australia, Canada, Spain): logistics support re: Logistics Management Integration Department (AIR-6.6).

Integrated Microwave Technology received $12,583,035 for FMS (Afghanistan): hand-held ISR receiver devices.

Lockheed Martin received $16,200,000 for FMS (Iraq): automatic....


Flood grants for primary producers extended "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Grant deadlines have been extended for farmers in the north of Byron Shire and four other shires partially affected by the March 2018 floods. Photo Jeff Dawson

Recovery grants have been extended to primary producers, in specific industries, who were affected by the north coast floods from March 28, 2017.

The announcement by minister for Justice Michael Keenan and NSW minister for emergency services Troy Grant covers Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle and Richmond Valley shires.

Mr Grant said funding of up to $10,000 is available for eligible macadamia and sugarcane growers in Ballina and Clarence Valley, dairy producers in Byron, Kyogle and Richmond Valley, and vegetable growers in Byron and Kyogle.

To apply for a recovery grant, flood-affected primary producers should contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit

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Market Talk- December 5th, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

The final hours of the US trading session was a major concern for Asian trading this morning, which probably was not helped when the RBA (Reserve Bank Australia) left rates unchanged. This move certainly helped a bounce for the A$ but didnt help stocks with the ASX closing down around -0.25%. The Hang Seng traded heavy again as the tech sector led prices lower once again and even finished on its days lows. The mainland closed small down also but volumes were light in hesitant trading. The Nikkei traded heavy in the morning but managed a recovery in the final hour of trading. A less than happy Asian session had a negative effect on Europes open also.

A weaker start than many had hoped for but then economic data (PMIs) were not that supportive, so hardly surprising. the majority of the day was spent in negative territory and relieved by a bounce only at the close. Energy and resources led the markets lower, despite the temporary recovery in the tech sector. The key talking point in Europe continues to be the uncertainty surrounding BREXIT and then Schultzs response due Thursday. The deeper the UK/European discussions go, the more the rest of the world moves-on. Both sides think it is of global concern, but quite frankly the globe just hasnt blinked. The US tax issue is the big news and the longer the world takes to respond the further the gap will grow.

US markets traded heavy with many just happy to take some cash off the table and look forward to Christmas. At current levels the market does trade nervously, but given we will have probably seen the majority of Decembers volume by the end of next week, it really should not be a surprise. We have US unemployment numbers Friday and assuming theres no government shut-down, chances are thats it for this year. Anytime after next week it will be extremely difficult to attempt to move large size, so expect just Christmas coverage from then on. If we are going to see anything, it will probably be restricted to the currency markets where size can be covered. As we approach the close, most indices are at their lows even though the NASDAQ rebounds. Interesting that all indices finished on the days lows but so did the VIX (closed down 3%)!

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Everything thats wrong with America in 2 charts? Yeah, right. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I spent the end of last year and the beginning of this year studying the work of the moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt. Part of that was a coping mechanism; like many Americans, I've struggled with the strident and self-righteous tone our national dialogue has emphasized. Whatever nuance we once had seems to have disappeared. Haidt helps explain what is happening and, more importantly, how to handle it. I've made changes in my life based on his work.

Studying Haidt was also a way to challenge my own thinking. In the last paragraph of the following essay, I wrote about  how many of us struggle with the tone we are surrounded by but, I must ask myself, is this because I don't care for the tone or the beliefs behind it? Am I, at times, strident and self-righteous when engaging on a point I feel passionate about? Does my thinking at times lack nuance?

The answer, of course, is that I'm as flawed as any of us in this regard. Understanding Haidt's work, and related work on brain development, evolutionary psychology and human behavior, has helped me appreciate my own shortcomings and, hopefully, put me on a path to being a better communicator.

It's also helped me be more understanding of where others are coming from. I've come to a place  and I think it's a healthy place, at least for me  where I can disagree with someone without believing they are wrong. If a person can hold two contradictory thoughts in their head with minimal internal tension  it's called cognitive dissonance and we all do it  then certainly two people can hold contradictory thoughts without tension being necessary.

Haidt has also helped me understand another human flaw: We  especially those people who believe they are wholly rational  first have a belief and then search out information to support that belief. Very few people ever change their mind based on scientific facts or data. People change their minds only in a respectful dialogue with those around them, people whom they admire and trust giving them information that contradicts core beliefs, yet in a way that is respectful of those beliefs.

The piece we're sharing today, originally published earlier this year, looks at an article in which the author had a belief  the federal government is not spending enough on infrastructure  and then searched out data to support that belief. The data is there, and the article is not wrong, but the analysis fails to grasp the entirety of what is going on, which is much different than what the simple data suggests. We all do this  even we at Strong Towns  which is why having contradictory voices among our friends, colleagues and others we respect is so important. It's those contrary voices we listen to that keep us honest to ours...


Light reveal secrets of supercooled water "IndyWatch Feed National"

How low can you go? That's the question a collaboration of sixteen European scientists have set out to answer, in regards to one of the most ubiquitous-yet-mysterious substances on Earth: water. Ordinarily, water freezes at 0C, when its molecules stop moving fast enough to overcome the forces between them, clicking together to form a crystalline lattice. This isn't a hard and fast line, though: that lattice generally needs a "seed" disturbance to act as a starting point. Under the right circumstances, like if it's free of large impurities and chilled in a very smooth-walled container, water can get well below its freezing point before crystallizing. So-called supercooled liquids can do some super-cool stuff, like freezing all at once when disturbed. Since a solid is in a lower-energy state than a liquid, liquids can actually release a good deal of heat when they crystallize, too. Though it might sound paradoxical, farmers will sometimes spray water on their crops before a chilly night to prevent frost damage. Chemical hand warmers work the same way, with sodium acetate-a chemical that's got a high freezing/melting point. Since any temperature below 137F is "supercooled", the sodium acetate in the bag gets nice and toasty as it crystallizes, and can be recharged by boiling. (Watch video below) Everyday uses aside, supercooling has some important scientific applications. As abundant as it is, water has some really weird quirks, and they only get weirder when it drops below its freezing point, with properties like the water's specific heat (the amount of thermal energy it takes to change a substance's temperature) growing exponentially. Getting water down to 228 Kelvin-or about -45C-is a big target for scientists, because projections based on current data imply a "singularity" here-with the specific heat rising to infinity. Nobody knows what that really represents physically, but the debate rages on among theoretical physicists, and experimentalists are hard at work trying to find out.


With The GOP Tax Plan, A New Economic Epoch Begins "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Sam Pizzigati for Inequality - The U.S. Senate has now passed the most significant tax reform legislation since 1986. The legislation, most pundits believe, will likely become the new law of the land within weeks. What will that mean? We already have all sorts of numbers from reputable researchers on who will now see really big savings on their tax returns (the rich) and who wont (everybody else). We also have official and sobering congressional research estimates on what the GOP tax changes, once put in place, will mean for the nations economic growth and the federal budget deficit. But we dont yet have what we need: a sense of the big picture. Ten years down the road, twenty years down the road, how will the lives that Americans lead change if this Republican tax plan gets to shape our national future? The answer may well rest in new research just out from three of the worlds most prolific inequality analysts, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, and Gabriel Zucman. Piketty and Saez have been pushing the envelope on income distribution stats ever since the 21st century began. The duo, joined in recent years by Zucman, have become ever more sophisticated in crunching the numbers that tell us who gets what and why in America.


Facebook releases guidelines for Muslims who want to complain about critics of Islam "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our Lady of Perpetual Victims pray for us! 29th November Facebook targets hate crime against Muslims Caroline Wilson facebook logo. 9 comments FACEBOOK has launched a new guide for the Muslim community to help improve online safety and give advice on reporting hate speech. Keeping Muslims Safe Online: Tackling...


Aboriginal education: How a well-paid principal helped a struggling school lift academic performance "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

How a well-paid principal helped a struggling school lift academic performance

6 December 2017

Four years ago, the NSW Education Department undertook an experiment.

Fifteen principals were employed on salaries of up to $200,000 per year to try and lift academic performance in struggling schools.

Chris Shaw, the principal at Hillvue Public School in Tamworth.

All the schools have large numbers of Indigenous students and all are based in regional and remote parts of the state.

The program is called the Connected Communities Strategy. Some of the schools have fared better than others.

At Hillvue Public School in the regional city of Tamworth, Chris Shaw was given new powers to employ staff, change school operating hours and parts of the curriculum. Hes more like a CEO than a traditional primary school principal.

The executive principal concept, I think is a good one, he said.

I am paid a higher salary and with that comes the expectation that you will do more and I think thats fair enough.


Georgia: More Questions than Answers about Death of ISIS-Linked Ahmed Chatayev "IndyWatch Feed National"

(EAN)  Georgias State Security Service has confirmed the death of alleged ISIS commander Ahmed Chatayev, the suspected mastermind of a 2016 attack on the Istanbul Atatrk Airport, during a November 21-22 counter-terrorism operation in Tbilisi.

The news, when it came, was not entirely unexpected, but did nothing to address larger, more concerning questions how did Chatayev, on a UN black list since 2015, manage to enter Georgia, and why was he here?

In response to calls by opposition MPs for a special investigative parliamentary committee to look into these matters, State Security Service Director Vakhtang Gomelauri has agreed to answer questions from parliament about the counter-terrorism operation in the coming days. 

Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia, meanwhile, has stated that Chatayev and suspected associates entered Georgia illegally.

In the nearest future, every detail will be researched and, accordingly, we will have all the answers, local media reported him as saying.

For locals, questions about Chatayev and the governments actions are more than hypothetical. Reports of young men and women from the Pankisi Gorge and elsewhere in Georgia heading off to join ISIS have abated recently, but concerns about Islamic extremists exploiting Georgias role as a geographic crossroads persist.

Indeed, one former advisor to the Georgian prime minister expressed worry that Moscow could use Chatayev to label Georgia a terrorist state shelter. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last year claimed that the Pankisi Gorge functioned as a rest-and-reload stop for Islamic militants.

Such claims have not yet resurfaced, but the lack of official information from the Georgian government about what took place in the Tbilisi suburb of Isani a little over a week ago has encouraged widespread speculation about the potential role of both Turkey and Russia, where Chatayev was wanted for terrorist activities.



Victoria is corrupted - this survey of police by the IBAC proves it - 50% of police believe bad things happen to police who act on corruption "IndyWatch Feed National"

When the police chief is hand picked by Labor. When the Premier's former Chief of Staff is installed to keep an eye on the Chief Commissioner. When the CFMEU and Labor Party make the big calls. When a crook like Kimberley Kitching gets the slate cleaned and through her friendship...


Everything You Want to Know About Influenza "IndyWatch Feed National"

Well, maybe not everything. But a lot!

If the Voices for Vaccines Facebook page is a gauge, this flu season is seeing the circulation of more flu myths than usual. Is this flu strain particularly bad? Is this years flu vaccine a bad match? Is the flu worth preventing? Does the flu vaccine make you sick? Do people promote the flu vaccine for monetary gain? Our guests, Dr. William Schaffner and Serese Marotta help us answer these questions.


Dr. William Schaffner is a professor of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University and medical director at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. He is also a beloved member of the Voices for Vaccines Scientific Advisory Board.



Serese Marotta is the Chief Operating Officer of Families Fighting Flu. She lost her five-year-old son, Joseph, to H1N1 influenza in 2009.


Other links from the podcast:


More people die of drought than all other calamities put together "IndyWatch Feed National"

Droughts are getting worse due to climate change; treating wastelands is the only viable answer, says the head of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.


There is More a Christian book by Brian Houston of Hillsong that will take you to hell "IndyWatch Feed National"

On this, my personal blog-site donaldelley@wordpress, youll find out why Hillsong is bad for you and bad for the world.
I am particularly concerned for America, where so many Christian charlatans, like Brian Houston, and tens of thousands before him, have gotten away for so long with raping and conning churches and unsuspecting Christians by stealth and deception of their hard-earned cash. Brian Houston is one of these snake-oil salesman types not to be trusted. Dont believe the gloss. Dont believe the spin. Everything Brian does is all about Brian, his enabling and fully corrupt wife Bobbie and his corrupt children Joel, Ben, Laura and the corrupt Hillsong pastors in Australia and all over the world who are in on Brians scams and deceptions to enrich themselves.
Hillsong is a human pyramid scheme, trading in the souls of men, women and children enriching those at the top and not to be trusted as far as you can kick it.
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The Underclass That Threatens Xis China Dream Low End Workers Being Swept Out of Beijing The Marxist Contradictions That Kill Communism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Beijings mass evictions of migrants cast a chill over Xis lofty equality goals

Dec. 5, 2017 5:44 a.m. ET

SHANGHAIAs a Marxist thinker who sees the world in terms of titanic struggles between opposing social forces, Xi Jinping has put his finger on Chinas main challenge.

It is, he told a Communist Party gathering in October, the conflict between peoples desire for a better life and unbalanced and inadequate development. In a commentary, Xinhua News Agency explained that if such a principal contradiction is left unresolved, it can lead to chaos and eventually, as Marx predicted, to revolution.

The first test of this new dialectic wasnt long in coming. A fire that killed 19 migrant workers in a tenement on Beijings outskirts highlighted the inequalities Mr. Xi was alluding to. Rural migrants built modern Beijing and other megacities as welders and scaffolders, painters and plasterers. They now collect the trash, deliver lunchboxes to gleaming office towers, nanny the babies of affluent families and guard the mansions of the superrich.

The answer from Beijing authorities to the tragedy: flatten migrants dilapidated dwellings and expel the capitals most vulnerable inhabitants.

If this is how Mr. Xi intends to resolve the contradictions that cloud Chinas future, expect trouble ahead.

A popular revolt isnt in the cards. The migrants themselves, dazed and fearful, have mostly submitted to their fate. They have few means to organize. Many simply melted back to their villages

Still, the plight of tens of thousands of refugees, dragging their wheeled suitcases through rubble in subzero temperatures, struck a chord among Beijings middle classes. Some donated food and blankets. Critics threw back at authorities the disdainful official appellation for the urban underclass: low-end population. Internet censors quickly blocked the term.

A gr...


Corruption In Big Pharmas Vaccine Industry "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The vaccine industry is under assault from various angles. Its only a matter of time before their fraudulent consensus science paradigm is exposed and picked apart as false and probably even will be discouraged from being considered as a prophylactic health modality.

One of the indicators of such a developing trajectory is found in the article Immunity and Impunity: Corruption in the State-Pharma Nexus published by Paddy Rawlinson, Associate Professor in International Criminology, Human and Development Studies, Western Sydney University, Bankstown Campus, Bankstown NSW, Australia.

Professor Rawlinsons article is Open Source. Id like to impress how a criminologist apparently views and assesses the deceitful shenanigans of Big Pharma, their research and toxic vaccines. As most readers probably know, Australia is a hotbed of repressive vaccine pseudoscience with deprivation of parental rights regarding informed consent, right to self-determination and mandatory childrens vaccinations.

Rawlinson opens his article stating that he examines the corruption within the state-corporate nexus as it relates to vaccines and the pharmaindustry; that is the networks of industry, medical and political actors involved in their research, manufacturing, regulation and dissemination.



Nationwide Protests Planned Ahead of FCC Vote to Kill Net Neutrality "IndyWatch Feed National"

With the FCC set to vote on chairman Ajit Pais plan to kill neutrality in just over a week, a diverse coalitionranging from consumer protection organizations to progressive lawmakers to Harvard professorsis denouncing the FCCs proposals and scheduling nationwide protests to combat the agencys move to let massive telecom companies cash in on the internet at the expense of consumers.

This is the free speech fight of our generation and internet users are pissed off and paying attention, Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, said in a statement. Ajit Pai may be owned by Verizon, but he has to answer to Congress, and lawmakers have to answer to us, their constituents.

Related | Demystifying the Concept of Net Neutrality

Since Pai revealed his plan to gut net neutrality rules just before Thanksgiving, public outrage has continued to groweven as corporate media outlets have neglected to cover it. Adding to the already record-breaking number of public comments submitted to the FCC over the last several months, more than 760,000 calls have flooded congressional phone lines since November 21, according to Battle for the Net.

Furthermore, protests have been planned throughout the nation over the coming days in opposition to the FCCs scorched-earth attack on net neutrality: More than 600 demonstrations are scheduled to take place at Verizon stores and congressional offices across the country on Thursday, exactly one week ahead of the FCCs pla...


80-Year-Old Wooden Escalators are Repurposed as a Sculptural Ribbon by Artist Chris Fox "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Photos by Josh Raymond / Chris Cox

Artist Chris Fox was tasked with repurposing two pairs of timber escalators that were first installed at Sydneys Wynyard Station in 1931. The escalators have carried passengers for over 80 years and slowly became an iconic symbol of the citys identity. Foxs solution is Interloop, a twisting, accordion-like ribbon that is now suspended from the station ceiling, stitching together 244 wooden escalator treads in an otherworldly design.

Fox says Interloop is intended to permanently enshrine the motion of the escalators while also communicating that passengers remain stationary while riding them. The piece is the final step in a significant overhaul of the station that now features new elevators and escalators, a larger concourse, and improvements to ventilation and ticketing.

You can read more about Interloop and the history of Wynyard Station in the Sydney Morning Herald, and see more photos and behind-the-scenes process shots on Chris Foxs website. (thnx, Evan!)



How To Vote The Shares Of A Social Wealth Fund "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Matt Bruenig for Peoples Policy Project - This proposal raises an important question that I do not address in the piece: how will the social wealth fund vote its shares? If the social wealth fund owns the stock of a bunch of companies, that entitles it to vote on things like board members and shareholder resolutions. And so you have to figure out how that voting will be done. From what I have seen in my research on this topic, there are three ways to handle the voting. First, you can choose not to vote at all. This is how Dean Baker and Tony Atkinson answer this question: the social wealth fund should own non-voting shares. This means the fund will collect all of the capital income that its ownership delivers, but will not exert any control. This idea seems odd to me because it implicitly endorses the view that the very rich people who own most of the stocks should be left to exclusively control our corporations. It is fair enough to have worries about how the social wealth fund will vote its shares, but surely you should also have worries about how very rich people already vote their shares. Second, you can have the managers of the wealth fund establish clear voting guidelines that its subordinates then implement on a vote-by-vote basis. This is how Norway does it. They have clearly articulated views on corporate governance, sustainability, and ethical business practices and exercise their voting rights in accordance with those views.


Will all working women in Australia ever achieve equal pay? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Most Australians appear to understand that gender-based discrimination against women is a fact of life females of all ages have to cope with at some point in their lives - often at multiple points in their lives.

This poll gives a clear indication of the level of community awareness of this issue.

Essential Report, Sexism and Discrimination Against Women, 5 December 2017:

A majority of respondents think there is a lot or some sexism in the media (64%), politics (60%), advertising (60%), workplaces (57%) and sport (56%).

Women were more likely than men to think there is a lot or some sexism in all areas but especially in workplaces (women 67%, men 46%) and politics (70%/49%).

There has been some small changes in these figures since this question was asked in January last year sexism in workplaces has dropped 4%, in the media up 6%, in sport down 4% and in schools up 8%. However, there has been more significant change in the differences between men and women on some issues. On sexism in the workplace the gap between perceptions of men and women has increased from 12% to 21%.


Tuesday, 05 December


Notes on archetypes, landscapes, models, symbols, icons, idols "IndyWatch Feed National"

Notes on archetypes, landscapes, models, symbols, icons, idols

by Jon Rappoport

December 5, 2017

At the core, the imagination exercises I developed for my collection, Exit From The Matrix, came from the work of ancient Tibetan practitioners. They were operating beyond metaphysics and cosmology. They werent trying to form a picture of the universe. They were confirming that many potential universes existed inside the human being. The creative power of the individual was limitless. These Tibetan were unique. No other teaching like this existed in spiritual systems. The Tibetans werent going up against other teachings. They were simply surpassing them. (Notes for Exit From The Matrix, Jon Rappoport)

The elements listed in the headline of this piece are contained in the mind. They are not the same in every mind. But they all do share one common feature:

Over time, they tend to freeze and turn quiescentbecause the individual turns passive. Once upon a time, the landscapes and icons in the mind were fresh and new and dynamic, because THE INDIVIDUAL IMPORTED THEM AND CREATED THEM FOR THE PURPOSE OF ASSISTING AND INSPIRING HIM TO INVENT THE FUTURE HE TRULY DESIRED.

In that sense, the content of these symbols and archetypes was of lesser importancethe fact that they were THERE and THEY INSPIRED was the main event.

Likewise, now, when the icons and symbols are stale, their content is relatively unimportant. Their staleness is far more important.

If the individual has gone passivewell, that is the situation and the problem.

A person could spend 50 years researching the meanings (content) of archetypes in the mind and come up empty, because he is failing to notice the key factor:

Is the individual creating the future he profoundly desiresor is he in a passive state?

ALL human psychology hinges on these options.

The basic purposes of the minds contents need to be understood. Once that happens, everything comes clear. There is no more mystery. The individual stores those contents to remind him of his own creative power. If he isnt using that power, the curtain falls and the contents of his mind raise questions, and mysteries aboundand then he can circle around the mysteries and probe them and emerge with no useful answers. In ancient cultures, that was called the Labyrinth.

Down through history, in 99.99% of the philosophies of both...


Why The Lefts Sex Assault Scandals Are Only Beginning "IndyWatch Feed National"

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi embarrassed herself last weekend by casting doubt on sexual assault allegations leveled against powerful Democratic Rep. John Conyers.

Conyers has been accused by at least five women of sexual harassment, and reports last week detail how the U.S. Congresss Office of Compliance paid $27,000 in taxpayer money to a woman in 2015 after, she said, Conyers fired her for refusing his sexual advances. Over the last 20 years, this office has settled 264 employment complaints, including those of sexual misconduct, to the tune of $17.2 million.

Pelosi implied that the allegations leveled against Conyers were vague, and that since Conyers was an icon he should be afforded due process. In the same interview, she curtly said that Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore was a child molester. Many even on the Left found Pelosis response grossly inadequate, and Pelosi has since called Conyers to step down:

But rather than being an isolated incident, Pelosis response is a trend on the Left. Yes, both sides are guilty of a double standard for sexual misconduct, but the Lefts hypocrisy has been particularly egregious, and has likely allowed the problem to metastasize and fester.

Its Been Years of a Double Standard

Despite the maddening trend where allegations of sexual assault against Republicans seem to surface only weeks before the date of a general electionnot during primariesMoores accusers have been overwhelmingly believed right-of-the-aisle. This is as it should be. The accounts given have been heart-wrenching and credible, and Moores answers have been lacking (although he still insists on his total innocence).

Contrast this with what weve seen from the Left for decades. Assault accuser Anita Hill was meant to torpedo Clarence Thomas nomination to the Supreme Court, but ten years later libe...


MACKAY Does ginger want to have a go? Man knocked out in CBD "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Does ginger want to have a go? Man knocked out in CBD

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Burman, a 26-year-old concreter, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday over the incident, pleading guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm. Prosecutor Senior Constable Duncan Erskine gave the facts to Magistrate Mark Nolan. He said the victim left AM Bar on Wood Street with a group,

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MACKAY No arrest warrant for man who skipped court "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 05, 2017 at 06:26AM ,

No arrest warrant for man who skipped court

December 05, 2017 at 06:26AM ,

A MACKAY man whos admitted to burglary and a raft of other charges has avoided a warrant being issued for his arrest while on bail, despite skipping court. Reilley William Fielder was due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday, but left his solicitor Samantha Sticklan high and dry.

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MACKAY Fined over text threats to take his own life "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 05, 2017 at 04:56AM ,

Fined over text threats to take his own life

December 05, 2017 at 04:56AM ,

The conviction for contravening an order against his former partner comes in the midst of a rise in breaches reported by Queensland Police in recent times. Facing Mackay Magistrates Court for sentencing before Magistrate Mark Nolan, the man aged in his early 40s pleaded guilty to the November 12

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Walt Secords fluoridation demand delusional, playing games say Bega Valley councillors "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bega Valley Shire councillors have rejected recent comments made by NSW Labor health spokesperson Walt Secord on the issue of water fluoridation.

Mr Secord questioned councils move to conduct a survey of residents, and demanded state Water Minister Niall Blair intervene and introduce fluoride into the Tantawanglo-Kiah and Brogo-Bermagui water supplies.

Councillor Mitchell Nadin labelled Mr Secord delusional over the comments.

If the NSW government had every intention to override what the community wants, then why the bloody hell did they ask us to get an accurate measurement of what the community wants in the first place? Cr Nadin said.

Almost 90 per cent of submissions we received from the community were negative [towards fluoride]. My question to Mr Secord is, why do you hate democracy?

Cr Cathy Griff, who moved the motion for the survey, said Mr Secords comments were just political game play.

We are seeking to get the communities view, which we feel is our responsibility to do, she said.

In terms of childrens dental health, all levels of government should be advocating, or taking responsibility for dental health education and the danger of the real culprit  sugar.

She said the absence of fluoride from drinking water in 97 per cent of Western Europe and Japan, along with her own investigation of independent research via The Cochrane Library was enough for her to question its use.

We dont need to ingest it when fluoride is in toothpaste, with no risk of overdose, Cr Griff said.

Cr Jo Dodds said Mr Secords comments seek to remove the decision from the population most affected by it, and falsely conflate the issues of fluoridation and vaccination.

When we are given the responsibility for making decisions on topics such as fluoride we take the opinions of our communities very seriously. We also take information provided by NSW Health and other relevant agencies very seriously, Cr Dodds said.

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Department of Health written question answered on 4th December 2017. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Photo of Lord O'ShaughnessyLord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

National dental surveys show that inequalities in childrens oral health are associated with deprivation, geography and ethnicity. Inequalities in child oral health have been reported in surveys carried out as part of the dental epidemiology programme in England, and within the decennial Childrens Dental Health Survey. A copy of the executive summary is attached.
For example, children in the north of England have higher levels of tooth decay than those in the south, and those from Chinese and ...


Sperm whale carcass washes up on beach in Hopetoun, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Leaders of a popular tourist town on Western Australia's south-east coast have been left with a 45-tonne headache, after a dead sperm whale washed up on a popular tourist beach. Initially spotted last week, the carcass became caught on a reef offshore from Hopetoun, 574km southeast of Perth, on Sunday afternoon. Shire of Ravensthorpe chief executive Ian Fitzgerald said the high tide had washed the mammal ashore by Monday morning. "Obviously a rotting carcass, with the lovely aroma it gives off, plus the leaching of the waste into the water and the ground didn't make for a good environment," Mr Fitzgerald said.


Bitcoin May be Significantly Undervalued, as 3.79 Million of Supply is Not Spendable "IndyWatch Feed National"

3.79 million bitcoin is estimated to be lost permanently on the public blockchain. Given that nearly 20% of its supply is unspendable, bitcoin is currently undervalued.

At the time of reporting, the market valuation of bitcoin is at around $196 billion. The price of bitcoin is calculated by dividing the market cap with its circulating supply of 16.72 million.

But, according to a study conducted by bitcoin blockchain-focused digital forensics firm Chainalysis, approximately 3.79 million, or $43.5 billion worth of bitcoin are permanently lost on the public blockchain of bitcoin. Thus, while the official circulating supply of bitcoin is 16.72 million, the actual supply of bitcoin is closer to 13 million.

Given that the real supply of bitcoin considering the bitcoin that are not spendable or accessible on the bitcoin blockchain is 13 million, the price of bitcoin should be in the range of $15,000. As of current, bitcoin is being traded in the $11,500 region across many exchanges.

On whether the market has priced the unspendable coins to provide the market valuation of bitcoin, Chainalysis senior economist Kim Gauer stated:

That is a very complex question. On the one hand, direct calculations about market cap do not take lost coins into consideration. Considering how highly speculative this field is, those market cap calculations may make it into economic models of the market that impact spending activity. Yet the market has adapted to the actual demand and supply available just look at exchange behavior. Furthermore, it is well known monetary policy procedure to lower or increase fiat reserves to impact exchange rates. So the answer is yes and no.

Unlike fiat currencies, bitcoin is a decentralized and a deflationary currency. Bitcoin that is lost on its public blockchain cannot be recovered, as there exists no central authority and entity. Although some may consider the lack of a central entity to be a disadvantage, the decentralized nature of bitcoin ultimately benefits its users by providing financial privacy, freedom, and most importantly, independence.

As seen in the arrest and seizure of assets of Saudi prince Miteb b...


Toms Take on Terrestrial Tyranny! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tom Meyer from The Tom and Steve Show joins us with his story of an enlightened path which led him to question the answers, ultimately helping him to fall off the ball and onto an Earth that SEEMS to be flat. Presenting these same questions about gravity, orbits, sun speeds, and the usual FE litany


Australias White Paper on Foreign Policy is Officially Released "IndyWatch Feed National"


Australias The White Paper on Foreign Policy published on November 23 ) is important for a number of reasons. Mainly because we are talking about the first document of this kind for the last 14 years from a country, whose role is very significant in the processes occurring in the most important region for contemporary global politics, the Indian and Pacific Ocean region (IPR).

Although Australia does not belong to the group of leading regional and world players (such as the US and China), its relevance in the Indian-Pacific Region and, in particular, in the South-East Asian subregion, is quite comparable to the political and economic weight of such major Asian powers as India and Japan. With a population of 25 million people, Australia has the 13th largest volume of GDP. In terms of numbers, a relatively small but quite modern and capable armed forces of 52,000 servicemen. In 2015 defense was allocated over $23 million (12th place in the world).

However, in line with the 2016 White Paper on Defense, these expenditures will increase at an extremely high rate and already by the fiscal year 2020-2021 shall exceed $42 billion, i.e., 2 percent of national GDP. The third economy in the world, Japan allocates approximately the same amount on military needs in terms of absolute numbers.

Along with the United States, India and Japan, Australia is part of the project to form a quadripartite quasi-union, which has received the moniker Quad among journalistic circles. The shadow of this project, which first appeared in the middle of the last decade, again loomed on the sidelines of the regional forums that took place in November in Da Nang and Manila.

The key problem in positioning Australia in the region stems from its apparent foreign policy schizophrenia. While being part of the anti-Chinese alliance with the US (within the framework of the ANZUS pact since 1952), Australia maintai...


Milo Yiannopoulos @ Melbourne Pavilion (Kensington, December 4, 2017) "IndyWatch Feed National"

[Note : The venue for Milos performance in Sydney tonight is Le Montage.] Above : Richard Wolstencroft. Huh. That was interesting. On the Melbourne leg of his tour, Milo Yiannopoulos was kindly provided a platform by Melbourne Pavilion (135-157 Racecourse Continue reading


Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) B737-7DT(BBJ) A36-001 Completes Missed Approach at Longreach Airport "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On Monday 4 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-001, flying as "Envoy 12", was heard to fly North out of Canberra and complete a missed approach at Tamworth before it continued further North and completed a missed approach also at Longreach Airport.

A36-001 completes airwork at Longreach Airport in June this year  (File photo)

A36-001 then continued to Townsville.

During the early part of the afternoon, RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air A32-350 "Beaufort 04" was heard to fly North from Sydney and complete a missed approach at Roma Airport before continuing to Cairns.  It was noted flying back South later in the day.

UPDATE!  After dark on Monday 4 December, fellow RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air A32-675 flying as "Dingo 01" touched down at Rockhampton Airport from RAAF Base Williamtown (Newcastle).  It later departed to Townsville.

Meanwhile, also on Monday 4 December, a pair of unidentified RAAF Lockheed AP-3C Orions were heard flying around parts of CQ.  One Orion using the radio callsign of "Striker 12" departed the CQ area for RAAF Base Amberley just after dawn.  It was replaced a short time later by another Orion using the radio callsign of  "Striker 13" which flew up from RAAF Base Edinburgh over Rocky to the airwork area.  Once complete it also flew South to Amberley.

The visiting United States Navy (USN) Boeing P-8A Poseidon (B737-8FV) anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and maritime patrol aircraft, which as posted below, has been identified as 169005/LC-005 of the US Navy's Patrol Squadron Eight (VP-8) 'The Fighting Tigers', was again in the air and completed another sortie to an area off the CQ Coast flying from and back to RAAF Base Amberley where it is currently based.  It was again heard to be using the radio callsign of 'KR757' / "Kilo Romeo 757".

Photo taken by Calen Harvey 


What consumers need from the ACCC inquiry into Google and Facebook "IndyWatch Feed National"

Image: Ibrahim.ID, Wikimedia (CC-BY-SA)

Yesterday the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launched an inquiry into digital platforms including Google and Facebook.

Chairman of the ACCC Rod Sims said:

The ACCC will look closely at longer-term trends and the effect of technological change on competition in media and advertising. We will also consider the impact of information asymmetry between digital platform providers and advertisers and consumers

The inquiry is overdue. To be useful, it should recognise that consumer protection law can play a larger role than it does currently in addressing platform power in the digital economy. Those leading it need to ensure its outcomes are truly beneficial for consumers, and not just the media companies and businesses using online advertising.

This article is by Amanda Scardamaglia, from Swinburne University of Technology and Angela Daly, from Queensland University of Technology and was originally published on The Conversation. It is republished here under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative (CC-BY-ND) licence. See the original article.

How Google presents information

To date, limited attention has been given to the issues faced by Australian consumers in internet markets, and particularly internet search.

Our research...


Trump recognising Jerusalem as Israels capital will cause major catastrophe "IndyWatch Feed National"

The diplomatic status of Jerusalem is one of the worlds thorniest issues

By Alexandra Wilts Washington DC
The Independent

Mr Trump is expected to announce that Jerusalem is the Israeli capital during a speech this week

As President Donald Trump edges toward the controversial decision of recognising Jerusalem as Israels capital, unease is growing in the region over a move that will likely spark waves of protests with Turkey the latest nation to suggest it would bring catastrophe.

As has become usual for his administration, Mr Trump has so far refused to give a definitive answer about what he will do. As well as the decision over the capital, a decision about whether to sign a six-month waiver for moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has been delayed despite a deadline for doing so having passed. An announcement on the decision would be made in coming days, the White House said.

Mr Trump is expected to announce that Jerusalem is the Israeli capital during a speech this week, as well as eventually sign the waiver pushing back a decision on moving the embassy. But White House adviser Jared Kushner and National Security Adviser HR McMaster have both made it clear in recent days that that they are unsure about what Mr Trump will do.

That lack of firm direction has stoked tensions in the region. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said that Jerusalems status has been enshrined in a number of international declarations.

The status of Jerusalem and Temple Mount have been determined by international agreements. It is important to preserve Jerusalems status for the sake of protecting peace in the region, Mr Bozdag told reporters.

If another step is taken and this step is lifted, this will be a major catastrophe, he added.

The diplomatic status of Jerusalem is one of the worlds thorniest issues, and any change could have vast repercussions across the Middle East. The citys holy sites are sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims, with both Israel and the Palestinians claiming it as thei...


How Come Military Contractors Are Doing All of Washingtons Dirty Work? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Washington DC (NEO) It is no secret that the last couple decades saw an abrupt increase in the number of private military companies or private security contractors (PMCs), the overall budgets of some easily surpass the military budgets of certain sovereign states. The turning point in the creation of such companies occurred in 1995 during military operations conducted by the Armed Forces of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina against Serbian troops, when hostilities were outsourced to a number of security contractor firms.

There can be no second opinion about Washington being the most faithful adept of the PMC concept, since the number of wars the US has been waging against other states requires the Pentagon to find extra hands to do its dirty work for it. American intelligence agencies were quick to comprehend in mid 90s that they would need a lot of private contractors if they were to carry on their dubious operations across the globe over the next several decades. Therefore, the Pentagon began encouraging various companies to handle a wide range of outsourced military tasks. As a result, over the last decade alone the US military has signed more than 3,0 00 contracts with PMCs.

Today PMCs are operating more than 90% of all drones than US Air Force and Navy have together, they are also engaged in reconnaissance missions, data analysis, along with developing promising technologies and materials, on top of providing routine military training, convoy escorts, and air cargo support. In May 2007, the US government disclosed for the first time the total amount of funds allocated on the PMCs by American intelligence agencies, with the total amount reaching 33.6 billion dollars. In January 2015, the US Central Command published statistics on contract employees of PMCs, specifying that CENTCOM alone employs more than 43,0 00 individuals that fulfill all sorts of contracts, of which no more than 17,0 00 are American citizens, with the rest being natives of the UK and Australia.

According to rough estimates, the PMC market exceeds 150 billion dollars. As for the continuous increase in the actual of number and their value it can be attributed to an ever expanding share of secret operations deals signed off on by Washington.

READ MORE: Study Estimates Cost Of The Iraq War Around Five Trillion Dollars

Although existing US...


Australia - Walt Secords fluoridation demand delusional, playing games say Bega Valley councillors "IndyWatch Feed National"

Opposition health spokesman Walt Secord (left) during a recent visit to the South East Regional Hospital with Labor leader Luke Foley and Labor MLC Courtney Houssos. Opposition health spokesman Walt Secord (left) during a recent visit to the South East Regional Hospital with Labor leader Luke Foley and Labor MLC Courtney Houssos. Bega Valley Shire councillors have rejected recent comments made...


NSW Planning Reform Campaign Materials "IndyWatch Feed National"

1. PRINT THE PETITION to collect signatures in your community and secure the future of free-range farming in NSW!

2. DISTRIBUTE THE FLYER at your local farmers market and other community events.

3. SHARE THE FACTSHEET and ensure your community members are well informed.

4. MAKE A PUBLIC SUBMISSION to the NSW State Government by 18 DECEMBER.






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Anthony Albanese told the ABC's 730 program a lot more about his family than he's disclosed on his citizenship declaration "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is Anthony Albanese's citizenship declaration. His declaration falls way short of what he told the ABC's 730 program. Why might that be Anthony? Anthony Albanese's long-held family secret 7.30 By Leigh Sales Updated 23 Aug 2016, 9:16pm Sorry, this video has expired VIDEO: Anthony Albanese on the search for...


Bill Shorten found out on citizenship claims - the truth is incidental, tough it out, it's what they can prove not what actually happened "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here's the news today: And here are a few Bill Shorten quotes from 9 November 2017 SHORTEN: Well first of all, we have had years and months to get this right. It wasn't Labor who invented this crisis. To be honest - But also, I've got to be clear here,...


Can hunting African elephants really help save them? "IndyWatch Feed National"

New York Times

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service last month moved to allow hunters to bring home trophies from elephants killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Safe to say, few conservationists saw it coming.

In a 39-page report, the agency cited Zimbabwes progress in creating a sound management plan for its 82,000 elephants and evidence that hunting revenue is in fact reinvested into conservation. Well-managed trophy hunting would not have an adverse effect on the species, but can further efforts to conserve the species in the wild, the agency concluded.

The announcement, which would have turned back an elephant-trophy prohibition instituted during the Obama administration, was met with praise from pro-hunting groups, like the National Rifle Association and Safari Club International, and criticism from animal-rights advocates on all sides of the political spectrum.

Unexpectedly, President Trump intervened on Twitter, saying that the trophy decision would be delayed until such time as I review all conservation facts. Two days later, the president referred to trophy hunting as a horror show and cast doubts on its effectiveness for helping conservation of elephants and other species. An updated decision, the president added, was still pending.

Whether the proceeds from big-game hunting should be used to protect threatened and endangered species is a di...


SA schools introduce transgender, intersex policy allowing students gender choices "IndyWatch Feed National"

A new policy for transgender and intersex students, which includes allowing students to use the toilets of the gender they identify with, will be in place at South Australian public schools this year. Read More


58 People Were Killed In Las Vegas, We Still Dont Know Why Or How, And Nobody Cares "IndyWatch Feed National"

I am going to break the rules of the Internet Hot Take Industry and write about an old story that nobody cares about anymore. We have gone on to other topics, and then other topics, and then other topics, and other topics, etc. The news cycle moves at the speed of sound. Events from last week are a distant memory and news from October may as well have occurred during the Cretaceous Period.

Still, I cant help but recall, ever so faintly, that little thing known at the time as the worst mass shooting in American history. If memory serves, a wealthy 64-year-old gambler named Stephen Paddock murdered 58 people and injured hundreds from the window of his luxury hotel room. In the days after the slaughter, nobody could figure out why he did it, or how he managed to pull it off. So, we all kind of shrugged our shoulders and moved on. The questions were never answered.

It is now two months later and we know as much today as we knew six hours after the shooting. But nobody is talking about it anymore. Its as if it never happened.

There was a time when a mass shooting of this magnitude would dominate the news for weeks and weeks. Columbine which paled in comparison to this was the only thing anyone talked about for at least a month. Even more recent shootings Charleston, Aurora, Orlando were in the headlines for much longer than Las Vegas. Yet there were more people shot in Vegas than in Columbine, Charleston, Aurora, and Orlando combined. Twice as many, easily.

Well, I think.

I actually dont know how many people were shot. They tell us 527 people were injured, along with the 58 killed, but were all of those injuries from gunshots? Did the guy actually physically shoot 585 human beings? Or were some of the injuries from people getting knocked over and trampled in the melee? I would imagine the latter must be the case, but I dont know. Its been two months and we still dont even know how many people Paddock shot. Maybe that number is available somewhere but I couldnt find it. How is that possible? How could it be two months after the worst mass shooting in American history and we still dont have a precise and well-publicized casualty count?

And thats just one unanswered question.

There are many more, because, basically, none of the questions abo...


Sol Bellear AM To Be Laid To Rest Saturday At State Funeral In Redfern "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sol Bellear AM, one of the nations most respected Aboriginal activists and an icon of the land rights movement, will be laid to rest at a state funeral in Sydney on Saturday.

A Bundjalung man born in Mullumbimby, Mr Bellear was a founding member of the Aboriginal Medical Service Redfern, and served in a voluntary capacity on the board for more than 45 years.

He was also involved in the early days of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, was a founding member of the Aboriginal Legal Service, and a Deputy Commissioner of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, among a host of other appointments and honours.

Throughout his life, Mr Bellear was also renowned for his leadership around Aboriginal land rights in Australia, and he worked as an adviser to the NSW Aboriginal Land Council for the past decade.

Mr Bellear passed away at his home in Redfern last week. He was aged 66.

He will be laid to rest on Saturday, December 9 at a state funeral at 11am, at Redfern Oval.

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council is also organising Sols last march one final land rights protest, which will depart at 10am from the AMS Redfern (in Redfern Street) and proceed to Redfern Oval.

Mr Bellear was a close friend, subscriber and strong supporter of New Matilda. Well bring you coverage of his state funeral service over the weekend.

Mr Bellears family have asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Aboriginal Medical Service, Redfern via reception, on 02 9319 5823. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

The post Sol Bellear AM To Be Laid To Rest Saturday At State Funeral In Redfern appeared first on New Matilda.


11 Aussie music festivals that we wish would make a comeback "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

While us Australians might be green with envy at some of the bigger international music festivals, such as Coachella and Lollapalooza, its time to remember that weve had more than our fair share of awesome headline acts and multiple day festivals in some of regional Australias most beautiful locales.

Unfortunately for some, not all have survived over the years, so join us as we take a retrospective look at some of our countrys most beloved music festivals that hung up the towel just a little too soon.

Sunbury Pop Festival

Held on a private farm between Sunbury and Diggers Rest on none other than Australia Day, Sunbury Pop might take the unofficial title for the most Aussie, Aussie music festival.

Despite being home to a variety of household names such as Deep Purple, AC/DC, and even Queen, the festival only ran for a brief four years, between 1972 to 1975, to which the final year suffered a substantial financial loss, due to a lack of attendance.


Getting its start in Byron Bay and the University of Sydney in 1996, Homebake was a proudly national festival, with a predominately Australian lineup consisting of more popular acts such as Gotye and Silverchair side by side with the likes of Parkway Drive and The Butterfly Effect, showcasing the festivals range and diversity. It was sadly cancelled in 2013, with no word of any attempt at revival.

Pushover Festival

Pushover was most well-known for being Melbournes only drug and alcohol-free, all ages music festival. Catering towards a younger demographic was what made it stand out amongst the competition, as it sported an impressive rock and metal dominated lineup home to the likes of Deez Nuts, Parkway Drive, Kisschasy, Break Even and countless others.

Due to a severe drop in tickets sales it was cancelled in 2014, with most of the acts playing at the Australian rendition of the Vans Warped Tour just a year prior.


Until its untimely end in 2012, Parklife was one of Australias longest running music festivals, bringing with it a slew of trending bands as well as a handful of DJ sets combining two of Australias most popular sounds into one festival that toured nationally.

Hosting the...


Government set to silence charities from participating in election debates "IndyWatch Feed National"

Charities in Australia will be silenced from speaking publicly on issues in an election, under law reforms announced by the Australian Government. The Prime Minister, the Attorney-General and the Special Minister of State today outlined plans to ban international donations to charities that engage publicly in election issues.

Emily Howie, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that the Bill goes too far and will dissuade charities from speaking out on the issues that they were formed to address.

"The governments proposed funding ban will stymie free, informed and robust public discussion. Charities have enormous expertise to contribute, drawn from the work they do, whether its running a homeless shelter or protecting the environment. When you sideline charities from public discussion, you silence the voices of the most marginalised people, undermine good policy making and, ultimately, diminish our democracy," said Ms Howie.

The proposed Bill demonstrates the alarming extent to which Government action is undermining healthy public discussion debate in Australia.

"The new law could have absurd consequences: silencing health charities from speaking out on vaccination or preventing green groups from defending the environment. There is a clear rationale for banning international donations to political parties, but no case has been made that the same is necessary for charities. The Parliament should exempt registered charities from this legislation and protect charities ability to stand up for the interests of the communities they serve and the issues those communities care about," said Ms Howie.

"Unfortunately, this announcement is consistent with a broader, undemocratic trend of government attempting to silence the not-for-profit sector, through gags in funding agreements and threats to hamstring advocacy groups ability to fundraise. All governments find criticism of them inconvenient or uncomfortable, but thats part and parcel of a good democracy," said Ms Howie.

Recent polling shows that Australians overwhelmingly (76%) support charities having a public voice on issues they were established to address and a majority (55%) believe that imposing restrictions on the ability of charities to advocate would result in a silencing of Australians and undermining of our democratic principles.

"Philanthropy, whether from Australia or overseas, has long provided crucial resources to Australian charities who have made Australia a better and fairer place to live. Instead of stifling the good work of charities, the government should be facilitating great and more robust public discussions," said Ms Howie.

Details of the Bill

The proposed Bill, to be introduced later this week, will create a ne...


PERTH Wandi property manager fined for operating without a licence "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Wandi property manager fined for operating without a licence .

December 05, 2017 at 02:30PM .

A WANDI property manager has been fined $5000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for operating without a licence. Josephine Wei-Wei Liau purported to be a licensed property manager between June 2013 November 2015. Ms Liau was managing a property in Willetton through her unregistered business .


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Liberal Jason Falinski refuses to release legal advice on his citizenship - uses same law firm as Bill Shorten "IndyWatch Feed National"

Falinski refuses to release his legal advice over a fairly complex citizenship matter. And who does he turn to for legal advice - the same firm that Bill Shorten trusts all the way to the bank. Liberal Jason Falinski is facing questions about dual Polish citizenship. Mr Falinski could...


MEDIA RELEASE: The future of free-range farming endangered by NSW Planning review "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) is calling on the NSW Government to secure a future that encourages regenerative farmers by ensuring regulatory burdens on small-scale pastured livestock producers are commensurate with the low risk they pose to their communities.

The Government states that the aim of its proposed planning reforms are to support the development and management of intensive livestock agriculture through:

  • Exemptions for small-scale livestock operators in non-sensitive locations; and
  • Clarification of the definitions and thresholds for intensive livestock agriculture requiring development consent.

The Government claims that the proposed amendments will illustrate a clear difference between extensive and intensive agriculture land uses, making it easier for industry and applicants.

And yet by conflating all sizes and types of pig and poultry farms into one category, the package of reforms released by the NSW Government presents a major risk to the future of small-scale free-range pig and poultry farming.

Under the new reforms, all pig and poultry farms, regardless of size or production model, will be considered intensive livestock agriculture. A farm with 25 sows on pasture will be called intensive just like a shed with 2000 sows inside.

While the Government has retained thresholds that enable an exemption from the requirement for development consent for those farms with less than 1000 birds or 200 pigs or 20 sows the introduction of a 500m setback from neighbouring dwellings or environmentally sensitive areas that triggers a Development Application is a major barrier for pastured pig and poultry farming on small acreages.

AFSA supports regulation of farming that protects human and animal health and preserves environment and amenity. We call on the NSW Government to amend the proposals to address the following key concerns:

  • Revise the definitions around extensive (outdoors on pasture) as opposed to intensive (confined in sheds) animal husbandry. Small-scale, low-risk farms should be excluded from the definition of intensive or allowed in the definition of extensive.
  • Reduce the proposed 500m setback (buffer zone) between animals and neighbouring dwellings to allow the operation of a pastured pig or poultry farm on a smaller or narrow block without requirement for a Development Application. Any setback should take into account stocking rates and rotational grazing practices undertaken by most small-scale regenerative farmers.
  • The definition of intensive pig or poultry farms should only apply to farms with a stocking rate that clearly presents a higher risk to environment and amenity, not an arbitrary number of animals unassociated...


Members of the House of Representatives citizenship declarations "IndyWatch Feed National"

Members' statements in relation to citizenship On 4 December 2017, the House agreed to a resolution requiring each Member to provide a statement in relation to citizenship to the Registrar of Members' Interests. The statement is to include the Member's declarations as to Australian and foreign citizenship, relevant considerations and...


5 Things You Should Be Doing To Cleanse Your Sexual Aura "IndyWatch Feed National"

Understanding the true capabilities and metaphysical properties of humans is ultimately limitless and impossible. We are energetic beings who need to take certain measures to protect and cleanse our energetic frequencies! Its crucial to your overall quality of life.

There are so many different energetic aspects of the human soul, mind, and body that it is essentially unfathomable to our minds. Theres no truly knowing it all and understanding our true purpose, but there are massive benefits that come along with trying. By acknowledging your energetic and metaphysical counterparts you can take full control of your reality and nourish your soul! This is where true happiness, contentedness, and fulfillment come into play. You must take care of your energy and your overall aura! If you let your aura slip into a negative realm you can lose your sense of self, making you depressed, anxious, and constantly fatigued. But dont worry, taking care of your aura isnt hard. It just requires a little cleansing every now and then.

The human aura is a field of luminous radiation that surrounds us and extends beyond our physical forms. They are very closely related to and affected by electromagnetic fields and they serve as a visual measure of our mental and physical states. Simply being in the presence of a negative person can affect our aura. Negativity can act like a virus, infesting your soul and perception anyway it can and it will. There are quite a few different activities we engage in that can heavily affect our aura. We even have a sexual aura that is deeply influenced by the ones we share our hearts with and engage in sexual connections with other energetic beings.

Being sexually active with any person can seriously take a toll on our sexual aura, good or bad. Being with a positive person can cause us to share positive energy and promote good health of our sexual aura. But the opposite is also true; negative people can demote happiness and positivity. When we have sex with oth...


Amazon is now live in Australia and local retailers are chill "IndyWatch Feed National"

The worlds biggest e-retailer has finally opened its online store in Australia. You would think this would have other Australian brick-and-mortar retailers shaking with fear, but upon Amazon launching its store on Tuesday morning, many of the stocks of other retailers actually increased, reports Reuters. The reason is that analysts found that not many of

The worlds biggest e-retailer has finally opened its online store in Australia. You would think this would have other Australian brick-and-mortar retailers shaking with fear, but upon Amazon launching its store on Tuesday morning, many of the stocks of other retailers actually increased, reports Reuters. The reason is that analysts found that not many of Amazons prices are cheaper than other Australian brick-and-mortar retailers. That being said, Australia is the 12th largest economy in the world, and Amazon has a history of playing the long game in order to suck as much market share and profit out of large economies as they can. In other words: The battle is just getting started.

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Astronomer's map reveals location of mysterious fast-moving gas "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Australian scientist has created the most detailed map ever of clouds of high-velocity gas in the Universe around us. The map covers the entire sky and shows curious clouds of neutral hydrogen gas that are moving at a different speed to the normal rotation of the...... Read more


Health services must stop leaving older people behindWHO "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

WHO's new Guidelines on integrated care for older people recommend ways community-based services can help prevent, slow or reverse declines in physical and mental capacities among older people. The guidelines also require health and social care providers to coordinate their services around the needs of older people through approaches such as comprehensive assessment and care plans.

'The world's health systems aren't ready for older populations', says Dr John Beard, Director of the Department of Ageing and Life course at WHO.

WHO Guidelines on Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE)

WHO Media Release.


Residential aged care: 10 questions to ask "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA) have produced a series of leaflets aimed at informing consumers about what questions to ask when looking for suitable residential aged care. Titled 10 Questions to Ask, these leaflets have been developed by experts in each area, and consumer tested by advocacy groups involved in the NSW Aged Care Roundtable.

Staffing, Oral health, Rural and Remote, ATSI, Palliative Care, LGBTI and GP services are among those released, with further leaflets on Older Peoples Mental Health and Dementia at the consumer testing stage.

You can find the available leaflets and the list of supporting organisations at the following link:


The Senate's deliberations on Milo Yiannopoulos yesterday "IndyWatch Feed National"

Just disgraceful that the Parliament would waste its time canning Milo Yiannopoulos. The Greens wanted him banned from speaking while at our Parliament House. What does that mean - someone puts a gimp mask on him for the duration of the visit? Di Natale got up on nearly all of...


Confucius Tells You How to Change the World for the Better "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dylan Charles, Editor
Waking Times

One of the great dilemmas of at our times is the question of how best to apply ourselves in the quest to change the world for the better. Where is our limited time and finite personal energy best spent if we wish to manifest a world free of corruption and ignorance?

Of course our attention is deliberately directed on to these arenas, but the answer to this question is deeply personal, as unique to each individual as is the eyes iris. At its core, though, the quest to change the world begins with the crucial work of changing ones self.

This fundamental truth of human experience is perhaps best explained in one of my favorite quotes by the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius. Writing in the classic treatise, The Great Learning, some five-hundred years before Christ, Confucius explains

The illustrious ancients, when they wished to make clear and to propagate the highest virtues in the world, put their states in proper order. Before putting their states in proper order, the...

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