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Saturday, 06 January

00:06

MACKAY More than 320g of ice seized by police "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 04, 2018 at 05:30PM ,

More than 320g of ice seized by police

January 04, 2018 at 05:30PM ,

Arnold Di Carlo, 41, of Sarina faced Mackay Magistrates Court on a series of drug charges yesterday . He was denied bail and remanded in custody. He will face court again on March 7. Two others will face charges at a later date. Snr Sgt Tucker said it was a significant seizure, especially for Mackay.

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00:06

MACKAY Woman assaulted after refusing to make brother coffee "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 04, 2018 at 11:52PM ,

Woman assaulted after refusing to make brother coffee

January 04, 2018 at 11:52PM ,

A MAN bashed his sister and damaged her kitchenware after she refused to make him a cup of coffee. The man, 48, left his sisters Pimlico home on Wednesday night but was arrested when police found him at his own address a short time later. The Rosslea man, who cannot be named for legal reasons,

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00:06

MACKAY Affray charges after new year celebrations in Moranbah "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 05, 2018 at 07:22AM ,

Affray charges after new year celebrations in Moranbah

January 05, 2018 at 07:22AM ,

The men have been charged with affray by Moranbah Police and released to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on February 5. Moranbah Police and the Moranbah Liquor Accord stand united in tackling alcohol fuelled violence in Moranbahs licensed premises and those individuals involved in such

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Friday, 05 January

21:55

Apple to issue fix for iPhones, Macs at risk from Spectre chip flaw "IndyWatch Feed National"

Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) Apple Inc will release a patch for the Safari web browser on its iPhones, iPads and Macs within days, it said on Thursday, after major chipmakers disclosed flaws that leave nearly every modern computing device vulnerable to hackers.

Browser makers Google, Microsoft Corp and Mozilla Corps Firefox all confirmed to Reuters that the patches they currently have in place do not protect iOS users. With Safari and virtually all other popular browsers not patched, hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users may have no secure means of browsing the web until Apple issues its patch.

Apple stressed that there were no known instances of hackers taking advantage of the flaw to date.

 Apple to issue fix for iPhones and Macs at risk from 'Spectre' chip flaw https://t.co/4Mv7SZpvcX

On Wednesday, Alphabet Incs Google and other security researchers disclosed two major chip flaws, one called Meltdown affecting only Intel Corp chips and one called Spectre affecting nearly all computer chips made in the last decade. The news sparked a sell-off in Intels stock as investors tried to gauge the costs to the chipmaker.

In a statement on its website, Apple said all Mac and iOS devices were affected by both Meltdown and Spectre. But the most recent operating system updates for Mac computers, Apple TVs, iPhones and iPads protect users against the Meltdown attack and do not slow down the devices, it added, and Meltdown does not affect the Apple Watch.

Macs and iOS devices are vulnerable to Spectre attacks through code that can run in web browsers. Apple said it would issue a patch to its Safari web browser for those devices in the coming days.

Shortly after the researchers disclosed the chip flaws on Wednesday, Google and Microsoft released statements telling users which of their products were affected. Google said its users of Android phones more than 80 percent of the global market were protected if they had the latest security updates.

Apple remained silent for more than a day about the fate of the hundreds of millions of users of its iPhones and iPads. Ben Johnson, co-founder and chief strategist for cyber security firm Carbon Black, said the delay in updating customers about whether Apples devices are at risk could affect Apples drive to get more business customers to adopt its hardware.

Something this severe gets the attention of all the employee...

21:06

Russia joins search for space signals of unknown origin "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sergei Trushkin, an astronomer from the Special Astrophysical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences, has explained why scientists are eager to discover the mystery of the fast radio burst phenomenon and how Russia's RATAN-600 radio telescope could help them. The first fast radio burst (FRB) was identified in 2007 in data recorded by the Parkes Observatory in Australia. An FRB is a high-energy astrophysical phenomenon of a radio pulse lasting only for a few milliseconds. "Taking into account our modest capabilities, we expected to identify a maximum of three to five such pulses during a year of observation. On the other hand, even if we manage to discover at least one event on the frequencies which are used to study the phenomenon, our understanding of these signals will radically change," Trushkin said at the annual conference "High Energy Astrophysics" in Moscow.

20:56

New Dawn 166 (January-February 2018) "IndyWatch Feed National"

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18:29

Viola.AI, the A.I Blockchain Marketplace for Love partners with Matchmaking Institute to bring thousands of trained dating experts from 46 countries "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Worlds First Blockchain-based Dating & Relationship Project Announces Major Partnership

The Worlds First A.I-driven marketplace, Viola.AI is happy to announce the exciting and strategic partnership with Matchmaking Institute to bring aboard thousands of certified matchmakers and dating experts from over 46 countries from around the world onto the platforms ecosystem.

Matchmaking Institute, based in New York, is the only state-licensed matchmaking school in the world which has certified thousands of matchmakers who then continued to start and thrive in their own matchmaking businesses.

One of the key features of Viola.AI is Community Crowd Wisdom. Viola.AI works with its community to generate dating and relationship content for every user based on their relationship stage. Through this collaboration with Matchmaking Institute, users can gain access to the matchmaking experts and professionals to ask questions, recommendations and even request for their service, wherever they are in the world.

This partnership has enormous benefits for both Viola.AI and Matchmaking Institute. With the vast experience and knowledge from the matchmakers, the community of Viola.AI will grow tremendously. While the matchmakers can interact and communicate with singles who need help and advice on their dating journey directly. Having thousands of matchmakers and relationship experts from over 46 countries also enable them to offer their relevant dating services to the users in the same country.

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Through the interaction and knowledge exchange between users and the certified matchmakers brought in by Matchmaking Institute, Viola.AI will learn from the best and highest rated answers and reward the users and matchmakers with VIOLA tokens for their efforts and wisdom.

This will be the first time that Matchmaking Institute collaborates on an ICO project.

CEO & Co-Founder of Viola.AI Violet Lim said, I am very excited to share this partnership with Lisa and Matchmaking Institute. Being the first Asian to be certified by the Matchmaking Institute, my certification by the institute gave me a strong foundation that set me on this journey to start my dating company Lunch Actually 13 years ago. I am confident that this partnership, along with the network of ma...

18:04

Aussie Bloke Returns To Car And Finds F*&ken Scary Note "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

You know, its hardly ever good news to find a note left on your car. Whether its some filthy b*****d letting you know theyve dinged it, some whinging b*****d having a whinge or some parking inspecting b*****d fining you for your shoddy parking, you just dont want a note left on your car

But there are of course exceptions. 

Perhaps someones witnessed Dennis Hopper hooking your car up to a bomb thatll go off as soon as you drop under 50kms an hour, or perhaps theyre letting you know that a red-bellied black snake has slithered up your tyre and into your engine. 

Either way, youre probably going to want to know.

How would you react to that? Credit: Michael Garbutt/Facebook

How would you react to that? Credit: Michael Garbutt/Facebook

So you can bet Sydney bloke, Michael Garbutt, was expecting the worst when he saw the note on his car. If it were me, Id already be looking for dents before Id even read it. So when he actually read the note, you can imagine his next move.

Yep, he popped the bonnet. Lo and behold, the snake, a rather sizeable specimen from the looks of it, was snuggled up in the warmth of his engine block. Now, heres one for the mechanics among you: is it possible for a snake to get inside the car itself from there? Youd sh** broken glass if you were driving along and a snake crawled out of the air-con wouldnt you?

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17:55

PERTH Man (22) charged after elderly man injured in attempted robbery "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man (22) charged after elderly man injured in attempted robbery .

January 05, 2018 at 11:18AM .

A 22-year-old man from Kelmscott has been charged with attempted aggravated robbery and will appear in Perth Magistrates Court today. MORE: Police hunt gunman involved in Kenwick shooting MORE: Family of six escapes Oakford house fire MORE: City Beach burglars make most of the facilities

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17:55

PERTH Carlisle man (40) charged with murder following the death of Margaret Indich "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Carlisle man (40) charged with murder following the death of Margaret Indich .

January 05, 2018 at 04:09PM .

a residence on Hardey Road in Cloverdale about 7:50pm. Ms Indich was found with serious injuries and taken to Royal Perth Hospital where she later died. A 40-year-old partner, from Carlisle, has been charged with murder and is due to appear before Perth Magistrates Court on Saturday, January 6.

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PERTH Victoria Park elderly man attacked for gold necklace as he shopped "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Victoria Park elderly man attacked for gold necklace as he shopped .

January 05, 2018 at 11:41AM .

but as a result of the altercation the elderly man fell to the ground and received several injuries. He was transferred to Royal Perth Hospital to be treated. Police have charged the 22-year-old Kelmscott man with attempted aggravated robbery. He is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday.

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17:29

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

South Sudan Denies Truce Violation After Troika Condemnation
South Sudan's Information Minister Michael Makuei (File photo Samir Bol/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

January 2, 2018 (JUBA)- South Sudan government Tuesday denied violating the cessation of hostilities brokered by the IGAD mediators, saying its cabinet had approved the agreement and directed the army to comply.

The Information minister and the government spokesman told the state-owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation that the practice of apportioning blames was encouraging violations.

When two people go to court, one of them gets charged and the other gets the answer. Not all of them get punished. What those involved in monitoring the ceasefire do encourages the continuation of violations. You cannot punish all. The violator has to be identified and made to account. The council of ministers after the return of the delegation from Addis Ababa approved the cessation of hostilities agreement and the cabinet gave directive through the ministry of defence and other relevant institutions to comply with the directive, explained Minister Michael Makuei Lueth.

The government spokesperson blamed the armed opposition forces for having been responsible for violations in a number of places in the country, pointing to recent developments in Equatoria region, Bahr el Ghazal region specifically the incident in which humanitarian workers were abducted and Southern Leer and Koch County in unity region as well as in areas of Akobo.

The so called rebels of Riek Machar have never violated any ceasefire and instead of holding them to account for these clear violates, those who are charged with the monitoring and report these violations continue to make their reports calling on the parties to stop. This is not correct and this kind of reporting is the one that is encouraging continuous violation by the rebels, said Lueth.

His comments follow a statement released by members of the Troika countries - Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States - condemning the violation of the ceasefire agreement.

The three countries condemned through a joint statement on Tuesday the violations of the agreement on the cessation of hostilities signed in Addis Ababa o...

17:00

The Weekend Quiz January 6-7, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blogs I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. A rising fiscal deficit indicates an expansionary shift in government policy and the challenge is to ensure the nominal demand stimulus does not exceed the real capacity of the economy to respond by increasing real output.



2. The imposition of taxes by the national government creates unemployment, other things equal.



3. The automatic stabilisers work in a counter-cyclical fashion and ensure that the government fiscal balance returns to its appropriate level following a recession.




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16:09

At What Point do we reach Euphoria in the Equity Markets? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION:

Marty,

John Templeton has said Bull markets are born in pessimism, grow on skepticism, mature on optimism and die on euphoria. The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy, and the time of maximum optimism is the best time to sell. If you want to have a better performance than the crowd, you must do things differently from the crowd.

My question is.. at what point do we reach euphoria in the equity markets?

ANSWER: Our Energy Models are designed to ascertain that dimension of a market. Naturally, everyone responds to whatever the last event is in recent memory. Therefore, the 2007-2009 Crash lives on in their experience so that means they will be skeptical of new highs. We have witnessed that with analysts constantly calling for every new high would be the last. They keep trying to forecast the last event because they missed that one as well.

The only way to approach this is from a quantitative viewpoint. Human opinion will inevitably be wrong no matter who it is. How the market responds to our Energy Models is critical for long-term forecasting. Look at the chart for 1929. Here you see that there is a huge spike in energy which peaked in February 1929. The market rallied to new highs but note that the Energy Models...

16:06

Climate Change Is the an OMG Event? "IndyWatch Feed National"

1709 Deep Freeze

 

QUESTION: Is it in your view a minor cold blip or OMG were all going to freeze to death and run out of food ?

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ANSWER: We are looking at an unbelievable decline in the energy output of the sun which appears to be the most rapid decline in nearly 10,000 years. The Global Warming crowd may be setting society up for mass famine and death because they are deliberately point everyone in the opposite direction to get their portion of the $1 billion grants. Natural disasters are the most disastrous when the energy output of the sun declines. There has been a fatal interaction of ecological, agricultural, economic, and political factors that seem to be setting the stage for at least a repeat of what is known as the Great Famine of 1315-1317. The Great Famine started with bad weather in spring 1315. Crop failures lasted through 1316 until the summer harvest in 1317, and Europe did not fully recover until 1322. The period was marked by extreme levels of crime, disease, mass death and even cannibalism and infanticide. The crisis set in motion the great economic collapse that began during the fourteenth century. In our arrogance, we seem to believe we have conquered every aspect of the planet and many argue we can even alter the climate of the planet.

The collapse from the Medieval Warm period was rapid, but also deadly. When the climate turned down, what followed was suddenly bitter cold winters and drenching rains which then froze. Europe had expanded as society always does in warm periods. Study have shown that desert rodent populations of many species tend to fluctuate synchronously owing to pulses of primary production and seed availability during rainy years, and reduced seed production during droughts (PLOS 2013).

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16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00005 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 2.10 AUD
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15:57

Jason Goodman, Charles Ortel and Michael Smith - Video here "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jeff Brooks A magnificent Tour de Force Michael. Your tireless work suddenly takes a tidal shift in recognition, so congratulations. As an aside, I always pegged Alexander Downer as a simple a well born buffoon. As the American's say, born on 3rd base and thought he hit the homer. But...

15:11

Carbon monoxide leak kills teen, sickens 41 others in New Jersey "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dozens of people were forced out of their apartments into blizzard conditions in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, as a carbon monoxide leak poisoned at least 41 people and killed a teenager. A 13-year-old girl is dead and three of her relatives are in critical condition Thursday evening, following the poisonous gas leak in a 12-unit apartment building, WNBC reported. A total of 41 people were treated, including 27 police officers, about 20 percent of the police force, according to WNBC. Many of the exposure victims were children, according to WABC. Kids were reportedly seen fainting, as emergency responders set up a triage outside the residential building.

14:46

Police cover-up migrant crime wave created by the people in government "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The people in government assure the consumers in Australia that the three arms of government function independently of each other, without bias or influence.

To remind the lay person, the three (allegedly) independent arms of government are:

1). Executive :- The Queen (U.K. Monarch) and NOT the unlawful paper entity the queen of Australia, Governor General

2). Parliament :- Ministers of Parliament, lawmakers

3). Judiciary :- Courts, police.

Let's take another important aspect that Australian case law should give the mass population the impression that no 'person' is above the law.

Very briefly;

The inception of police in Australia is that from a criminal element of society that being convicts, something no doubt our honest police force would rather the public not be aware of.

Tax slaves should also be aware that the police do not work for 'you' (the serfs) but rather the people in government, where the general population is literally the police force's enemy.

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14:28

Reports - FBI launches new Clinton Foundation "pay-to-play" corruption investigation "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Justice Department has launched a new inquiry into whether the Clinton Foundation engaged in any pay-to-play politics or other illegal activities while Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State, law enforcement officials and a witness tells The Hill. FBI agents from Little Rock, Ark., where the Foundation was started,...

13:51

MACKAY GT Mustang stolen: Woman charged over $60K theft from dealer "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 04, 2018 at 05:59PM ,

GT Mustang stolen: Woman charged over $60K theft from dealer

January 04, 2018 at 05:59PM ,

She will appear in Mackay Magistrates Court this morning. Police are urging anyone who has information relating to the stolen cars current whereabouts to contact police via Policelink on 131 444. Do not approach or attempt to intercept the car yourself. If you have information which may otherwise assist

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13:51

MACKAY Two left covered in blood after violent Moranbah fight "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 05, 2018 at 10:45AM ,

Two left covered in blood after violent Moranbah fight

January 05, 2018 at 10:45AM ,

Two men will face Mackay Magistrates Court on February 5. Moranbah Police and the Moranbah Liquor Accord stand united in tackling alcohol fuelled violence in Moranbahs licensed premises and those individuals involved in such offending will be sent to court and will be banned from entering

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13:45

Where Does Nihilism Come From? "IndyWatch Feed National"

We talk about values a lot, and we know they do something, but we have little idea how.

Metis as subak. The traditional Balinese irrigation system for rice farmers. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Friedrich Nietzsche was most famously concerned with the problem of nihilism. All societies, in his view, rely on implicit value judgments. If the foundations of these are lost, he predicts terrible consequences: widespread apathy or violent, fanatical attempts to reclaim a sense of purpose, or perhaps both. We talk about values a lot, and we know they do something, but we have little idea how. Compounding this is uncertainty over their loss. Nihilism is not a choice or intellectual commitment, but a thing that comes upon you. As Nietzsche put it in 1885: Nihilism stands at the door. Whence comes this uncanniest of all guests?

Part of the answer comes from understanding how values connect to knowledge and action. In Seeing Like a State (1998), the political scientist James C Scott classifies knowledge in two ways: epistemic knowledge, which can be quantified, theorised and transmitted in abstract, and metis (from the classical Greek), which concerns knowledge gained from practical experience, such as personal relationships, traditions, habits and psychological states. Metis governs local experience:...

13:16

Man On Vacation Helps Wild Orca Reunite With His Family "IndyWatch Feed National"

When Ben Waru went on vacation with his family and friend to Papamoa Beach, New Zealand, he never expected to help save a life. But when his family noticed something strange in the water, Warus day took an unlikely turn.

We were taking our kids for a morning walk along the beach towards the Papamoa Beach Surf Club, Waru told The Dodo. My wife, Verity Waru, first noticed a fin in the water when we approached the beach, and we then noticed two more fins, which we believed to be pilot whales.

They went to have a closer look, and saw that the fins didnt belong to pilot whales, but three wild orcas.

Credit: Verity Waru

The seawater churned with the animals movement the orcas were chasing stingrays close to the shore, probably to try and eat them. Then one of the orcas got stuck on the shallow bottom.

At first, Waru wasnt sure if or how they could help the orca, but they saw that he was struggling and needed help. 

While its usually a mistake to push beached animals back into the water healthy whales and dolphins dont wash up very often, so you should always call in an expert to check for underlying illnesses Waru and his family had seen how this orca got stuck, so it was clear he just needed a little push.

Credit: Verity Waru

We werent sure we could help get the whale back to its siblings, [who] were circling a bit further out in the ocean, but we knew that we had to give it a go, Waru said.

Waru, his friend Dan Jackson, a couple other beachgoers and even a dog leapt into the water to help the whale, while Warus wife filmed the rescue effort from the shore.

The orca twitched when I first touched it, Waru said. I thought that this was probably the first time that it had been touched by a human. For it t...

12:26

I Now Feel Free and Can Live My Life. Australian Commission Gives Voice to Child Sexual Abuse Survivors "IndyWatch Feed National"

(GV) Australias Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was always certain to stir controversy, particularly with regard to the Catholic Church, and it did just that when it delivered its  final report on 15 December 2017.

The Royal Commission came about because of, as the report explains, the sexual and other abuse of children in institutional settings, and the reluctance of those institutions involved to address this problem. Its five years of hearings had already revealed widespread criminality, cover-ups and systemic failures across a wide range of both religious and other organisations.

According to the final report, the commission, which cost 500 million Australian dollars (380 million US dollars), was contacted by 16,953 people covered by its terms of reference, heard from 7,981 survivors of child sexual abuse in 8,013 private sessions, received 1,344 written accounts, referred 2,562 matters to police and made 409 recommendations.

For many people, its real achievement has been to air the voices of individual survivors who in many cases have waited decades to be heard. A total of 3,956 survivor Narratives are on the commission website with this warning: This story is about child sexual abuse. It may contain graphic descriptions and strong language, and may be confronting and disturbing.

It has also published a book, Message to Australia, containing handwritten messages from survivors to be kept at the National Library of Australia. They can be viewed online. These are just three of the 1,054:

I now feel free and can live my life.

Please be kind to children. Dont tell lies. Always tell the truth if children are hurt like me.

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11:20

TONY BACKHOUSE Rehearsing for Heaven "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An Acappella Workshop at Byron Region Community College in Mullumbimby on Saturday January 13, 1 4pm

New Zealand native TONY BACKHOUSE founded Sydneys foremost a cappella gospel choir, Cafe of the Gate of Salvation in 1986. He arranged, composed and still writes music for the choir he directed for 21 years. He also founded the Honeybees choir and sung with the reclusive male a cappella group the Heavenly Light Quartet since 1996.

Tony has run over 2000 vocal workshops on 4 continents, for the public, festivals, schools, churches, organisations and corporate training events. He continues to record and arrange vocals with artists around the world, and lead tours to black churches and choirs in the USA bi-annually.

He returns to Australia in January to teach at his 19th Summersong Music Camp, and inspire singers of all levels in his infamously fun and uplifting workshop.

www.tonybackhouse.com
www.summersongmusiccamp.com

Admission from 12:40; no bookings necessary; cash payment on arrival $35, or $30 for Summersong graduates.

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10:40

Nude sunbathers at Bruns beach cop $500 fines "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Brunswick Heads Beach looking south along the 10-kilometre expanse to Byron Bay. Photo Cristina Sharratt

A Byron shire woman and her friend were shocked to be fined $500 each after police confronted them as they sat naked sunbathing in an isolated part of Brunswick Heads beach recently.

The two friends told Echonetdaily they were just doing what theyd been doing for years: sunbathing in an area south of the dog-exercise area of Brunswick Heads beach in the middle of December, well away from where people swim or surf.

We didnt see the police patrol coming, they stopped their four-wheel drive and asked for our ID then told us it was illegal to be naked on that beach, the woman, who preferred to remain anonymous, said.

They said we would be fined for offensive behaviour in a public place, but we see the $500 fine as much more offensive, its a lot of money for a misdemeanour.

The two said they would pay the fine but wanted to warn others who frequent the beach and also swim or sunbathe naked of the hefty fine they could face.

Well have to pay it, theres no point fighting it, but we want to make others aware of the issue, one said.

They said nude bathing or sunbathing in that area was very normal for Brunswick, its part of what people here do.

I have been doing this every day for five years, my friend for ten years.

I thought I was safe well away from Tyagarah Beach [the shires official clothes-optional beach] where the voyeurs and perverts tend to go, its one of the reasons I dont go there, as I just feel safer in this spot, well away from people, she said.

 

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10:38

Lismore to consider four rescission motions next Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The proposed expansion of the Lismore Square Shopping Centre has been rejected by a majority of councillors.

An extraordinary meeting of the Lismore City Council next Tuesday will consider four rescission motions lodged following the final  council meeting of last year.

Artists impression of the ski jump that was rejected by the Ballina Shire Council.

The items subject to the motions were the Lismore Square Shopping Centre $90 million expansion;whether to proceed with negotiations over an Olympic Ski Jump facility; a special business rate variation; and an extra 20 races each year at the Lismore Greyhound Racing track.

This undated handout photo released by Animals Australia & Animal Liberation Qld. on February 17, 2015 shows a still image taken from video of a greyhound chasing a live-baited possum at a greyhound training facility at an unnamed location in Victoria state. (AAP)

Greens councillors Vanessa Ekins and Adam Guise joined with Cr Eddie Lloyd in lodging the rescission motions against the ski jump, the shopping centre expansion and the greyhound racing.

The special business rate variation motion was for the council to apply to the NSW Independent Pricing & Regulator Tribunal (IPART) for a permanent Business Special Rate Variation (SRV) at a rate pegged level of $120,000 per annum, commencing 1 July 2018.

Crs Greg Bennet, Nancy Casson and Adam Guise lodged the rescission motion to reverse the decision to proceed.

At the end of the final meeting last year, on...

10:36

Tracking The Seven Sisters "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Last year I had an idea to photograph the stars one morning and noticed a clump of stars to the north. 

My partner saw this picture Id taken and identified them as the Peliedes.

She later directed me to an article that discussed how in various parts of the world these were known for being a group of women (sometimes a mother with daughters) fleeing the Orion group of stars, viewed in places as a man but elsewhere as a bear.

It was fascinating to learn a similar story seemed to be told all around the world about the same cluster of stars. This Nexus article argued the story appeared in Denisovan societies, which places it very early in human migration around the world.

So when the National Museum of Australia started promoting their Songlines exhibition, I was curious to learn how various Australian Aboriginal groups shared similar stories.

The exhibition builds on the stories from the lands of the Anangu, Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra peoples, which cover three deserts in an area of 600,000sq km.

The story of the Seven Sisters fleeing a shape-shifting male character varies in different parts of the continent but there is a unifying theme in recognising the threat men pose for women and girls.

In some versions the male Wati Nyiru tries to ingratiate himself to the women but is unable to control his lustful impulses. For example, in one telling the penis has other ideas and tries to interest the women by pretending to be a carpet python so they will eat him.

Other parts of the story vary in the details of which waterholes the women dug in their travels, or where the water course becomes hidden. In this way the story serves to instruct on how to survive in the outback....

09:45

FixedIt: Violent man is not the victim here "IndyWatch Feed National"

According to the Sunshine Coast Daily, a man who breached a domestic violence order and took another womans car without permission or a licence has paid dearly by being given a $900 fine and a two month sentence to be served concurrently with sentences for other crimes.

He was not charged with holding a baby. Holding a baby is not a criminal offence. Breaching a DVO, driving without a licence and unlawful use of a vehicle are, however, criminal offences.

On November 8 when he first saw his son who was born while he was in custody he was hit with an overwhelming desire to hold him.

The father approached the pair and asked to hold the child, with the mother initially refusing before allowing him a few minutes.

When she asked for the child back he said, I dont have to give him back, but complied when the mother began to call the police.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron


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09:43

Tsarnaev Trial a Lecture in Watertown "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan

I am more than pleased to announce that Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB, will give a lecture in the library about the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on January 23, 2018 at 6pm. The lecture will be livestreamed at 911TV.org starting at 6 EST (which is Wednesday at 10am Sydney time). It will also be archived later at Youtube.

The lecture is a free community event. The library is located at 123 Main St, Watertown, Massachusetts. Check the librarys website, watertownlib.org, for snow cancellations.

Mary is an amicus curiae in the appeals of the case, US v Tsarnaev. Her amicus brief includes the affidavit filed by Jahars aunt, Maret Tsarnaeva. (which was already in the Court file). Paul Craig Roberts first publicized the affidavit...

09:42

Speed breeding LED technique grows food six times faster than conventional farming "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Speed breeding was initially explored by NASA over a decade ago as a means to enhance food production during space missions where efficiency is critical and every square inch counts. Scientists at the University of Sydney, the University of Queensland, and the John Innes Centre, continued the project, picking up from where NASA left off.


A welcomed solution to our growing food problems.

09:25

Holy Fuck, Carol Tavris: Sexual Assault Apologetics "IndyWatch Feed National"

[CONTENT WARNING: Graphic discussion of sexual assault]

Forgive the repetition, but its worth hammering home.

So if youre arguing #MeToo is a moral panic, youre forced to argue that sexual assault isnt as common as most people think, or isnt as bad, or (in the extreme) nonexistent.

Thats the task before Carol Tavris. It wont be easy, but shes also a trained psychologist with decades of experience, so she should be up to it. Lets walk over her arguments.

Other People Say Its A Moral Panic

She mentions three specific people who agree with the moral panic label: JoAnn Wypijewski, Claire Berlinski, and Leonore Tiefer. The first two are journalists with no scientific background that I can find. Tiefer does have a psychology PhD and specialized in clinical psychology, though, so shes on par with Tavris. None of these people carry credentials in the study of abuse. None offer citations to the literature. Tiefer engages in the same binary thinking and sweeping generalizations as Tavris, in fact. As quoted by the latter:

Theres a rush to judgment. A conflation of all offenses. An underlying truth about the lasting effects of shame. Little room for complexity. Some bastards getting their long overdue due. Lots of lawyers looking for cases and money. Lots of institutions needing to cover their asses for money/legal reasons. Opportunists galore with axes to grind.

To her credit, Tiefers contribution sounds like private correspondence, not really intended to defend her views in the public sphere. But that means it also does little to bolster Tavris case.

But Maybe Its Not a Panic?

What, exactly, are the goals here? The answer is clear in the case of hotel housekeepers, fast-food workers, and immigrant women who are routinely subjected to disgusting sexual harassment and who rarely have recourse to pr...

09:21

Yoga enthusiasts raise funds at Byron pink ribbon event "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

More than 70 men, women and children took part in the fundraiser. (supplied)

More than 70 yoga enthusiasts raised almost $1000 by wearing pink at a special class held at the Byron Yoga Retreat recently.

The annual event was held to raise awareness of womens cancers, and funds for research and support services.

Some of the people taking part in the pink ribbon event. (supplied)

Yoga teacher Bec Isaacs was inspired to run the event in memory of her Aunt Cathie, who passed away after a 10 year struggle with cancer, and was overjoyed with the communitys response to the class.

Thank you! Because of you we raised $946.00 which will go directly towards breast and gynaecological cancer research, support and prevention programs. Together we are stronger! I love you all, Ms Isaacs said.

Cancer Council NSW has contributed more than $4.5 million towards research for breast and gynaecological cancers since 2015, and this would not be achievable without incredible supporters like the Byron Yoga Retreat Centre, said Hannah Brooks, Cancer Council NSW Community Relations Coordinator.

Anyone wanting to hold a fundraising event should visit pinkribbon.com.au.

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09:15

Hemp farming tips follow legal medical-cannabis exports "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An information day for farmers keen on farming hemp for its medical, food and industrial uses to be held in Nimbin early next month comes as the federal government moved this week to allow the export of cannabis-based medicines.

The open education day on Hemp Farming for Renewable Economies, is being held on Friday, 3 February, at Cecil Street, Nimbin, from 10am-4pm (follow the balloons).

An organiser said the day aimed to educate and promote industrial, medical and food products grown from hemp and other useful plants.

If its mined and made from fossil fuels, it can be grown by farmers and made from hemp!  the promotional poster says.

The federal government has high hopes for the emerging medical-cannabis industry, but some are sceptical, saying access to medicinal cannabis has been made too difficult with government red tape and researchers in Australia are well behind the rest of the world on legislation.

A Nimbin hemp producer says claims by the federal governbment that allowing such exports would lead be an economic boom to Australia were overblown.

Andrew Kasavilas, a longtime advocate for medical marijuana, told media that the claim by minister Greg Hunt that Australia could become a major exporter of medical cannabis was over-reaching.

Mr Kasavilas said there were only a few companies in the world owning a legal source of cannabis, approved for scientific and medical research under international drug conventions.

Theres a bottleneck at the very top all around the world, where researchers are in need of a lawful source of cannabis to do any kind of research so they can do clinical trials.

Its unpacking 80 years of propaganda, thats the tricky part, he told the ABC.

The cannabis expert was referring to the war on drugs which lumped all drugs evil, including recreational marijuana used by millions worldwide.

Just on Monday, California began selling recreational marijuana in whats seen as a milestone in the mainstreaming of the popular herb.

Lines formed outside stores licensed to sell the drug long before opening hours, and store owners said they had stocked up in expectation of huge demand.

California is the sixth state to allow sales of recreational marijuana, and as the most populous US state, its been a boost to mainstreaming marijuana.

Around half the US states have legalised medical cannabis.

Canada will also soon follow suit with recreational use of cannabis and in July, licensed cannabis stores there are set to boom.

Uruguay has led the charge to legalise cannabis in South America and has been a global model for overturning a law which has been socia...

09:07

News Flash for Jack Lew: The US Government is Already Broke "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Garrison) Former US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is bothered by the recently passed tax reform package, The Hill reports. His problem? It is leaving us broke. How, he wonders, are we going to pay for the deficit caused by the tax cut?

Lew headed the Treasury Department under US president Barack Obama, from early 2013 until the inauguration of Donald Trump last January. This means he would have been involved in budgeting for 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

I dont recall Lew complaining, at least in those terms, about 2014s $485 billion deficit. Or 2015s $438 billion deficit. Or 2016s $585 billion deficit. Or 2017s $666 billion deficit. Thats more than $2 trillion added to the national debt more than one tenth of the debt as accrued over more than 200 years, in just four years with Jack Lew running the federal cash register. In fact, I distinctly recall Jack Lew raising the roof every time Congress hesitated for even a minute before  voting increases in his borrowing power.

As I write this, the national debt stands at more than $20.5 trillion, and per the presidents 2018 budget request, the US government continues to spend money at a rate of about $7.8 million per minute, 24 hours a day, seven days a week about $850,000 more dollars per minute than it raises with taxes.

When Jack Lew refers to us and we, he  wants every American to assume responsibility for a fair share of that debt. Currently, such a share would come to nearly $63,000 per US citizen.

But we didnt borrow that money. A few hundred politicians did. Yes, they claim that we are their co-signers.  But I dont recall offering to cover their bar tabs. Do you?

As far as broke is concerned, the US government hit that point, and then some, long ago. It is bankrupt. Its accrued debt is greater than the US GDP. That is, the US government owes more money than is produced in goods and services in the US in an entire year. If every last one of us was taxed at 100%, it wouldnt pay off that debt.

Nobody of sound mind expects the debt to ever be paid off. The holders of US government bonds are those who hope to make a killing before the carriage turns back into a pumpkin and (to mix metaphors) to find a chair just before the music stops. They just want the US government to take as much as it can, for as long as it can, out of our hides before the scheme collapses and the United States becomes Greece.

Vis a vis paying for the deficit caused by the tax cut, Mr. Lew, the answer is simple: Reduce spending to match revenues, just like every responsible household in the country does. No, that isnt going to happen. Politicians of Mr. Le...

08:50

Aussie scientists solve malaria mystery "IndyWatch Feed National"

Adult female Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can carry the Zika virus. Photograph by James Gathany, Center for Disease Control Public Health Image Library.

Australian scientists have taken a key step towards developing a vaccine against malaria, after solving a mystery about how parasites carrying the life-threatening disease infect the human body.

Researchers have spent decades trying to come up with a vaccine to fight malaria, which is spread to millions of people each year by mosquitoes carrying infected parasites that get injected into the human bloodstream via mozzie bites.
Now a major international study led by a group of Melbourne-based scientists has discovered how to stop one of the most deadly malaria parasites Plasmodium vivax (P.vivax) in its tracks.
A research team led by scientists from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research found that P.vivax infects humans by latching on to a type of protein that carries iron to young red blood cells, according to the study published in the prestigious journal Science on Friday.
Once the scientists made that breakthrough in understanding how the parasite enters blood cells, they developed antibodies to stop the whole process.
Lead researcher Associate Professor Wai-Hong Tham described the findings from the three-year study as quite significant because working out how to stop the parasite entering blood cells may help pave the way for a vaccine to alleviate P.vivax, the most common malaria parasite in countries outside Africa.
One of the biggest mysteries has been that P.vivax only invades your young red blood cells, she told AAP.
People observed this in the 1930s but no one actually understood how it could do it molecularly. What this study does is uncover that mystery.
The next step for the scientists is to carry out more tests on the effectiveness of the antibodies, but clinical trials could be another decade away.
We are building a case for the next vaccine candidate against P.vivax infection, Assoc Prof Tham said.
Prof Thams study also involved scientists from the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University as well as others from the US, Britain, New Zealand, Thailand, Brazil and Germany.
Their breakthrough comes after scientists at Queenslands Griffith Universit...

08:50

FixedIt: Women going jogging are not the problem "IndyWatch Feed National"

News.com.au reported that a man attacked a 43 year old woman in a Gold Coast park on Boxing Day. They forgot to mention the man in the headline but did report that police are warning women to take responsibility for predatory men who lurk in the park searching for women to attack.

Heres another approach: Men be warned! Theres a dangerous predator on in the park behind Castello Circuit, Varsity Lakes so stay home until hes caught. If you refuse to stay home we will immediately assume you are out looking for trouble and judge you accordingly.

Could you imagine the reaction?

Men are never held to account for other mens violence. The very idea that we should hold all men responsible for some mens violence would be greeted with rage and derision. But when women are told to take responsibility for the violence committed by men, its just common sense and women who ignore such warnings are being stupid and asking for trouble.

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08:44

Road strategy fails to save lives: expert "IndyWatch Feed National"

A road safety expert says a national plan to save lives has failed and will fall significantly short of a conservative 10-year target to cut Australias road toll.

The National Road Safety Strategy in 2010 set out to reduce death and serious injuries on Australias roads aiming to cut the total number by 30 per cent by 2020.

But co-chair of a review of the strategy and chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Trauma committee Dr John Crozier says the nation wont make that target.

His comments came after a horror holiday season on Australias roads in which 28 people lost their lives in NSW alone.

Its a tragedy this Christmas to see repeated the toll in terms of lives lost and serious injury on our roads, (a) significant uptick in that, Dr Crozier told ABC Radio on Friday.

We will probably be in breach by at least 10 per cent of that very, very conservative target that was set back in 2010.

The inquiry into the progress of the strategy is due to release its final report in April.

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08:33

SOTT FOCUS: Everyone Is Putin's Agent! Poroshenko and Saakashvili Each Accuse the Other of Colluding with Russia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Infamous tie-eater, wanted criminal, ex-leader of Georgia, ex-leader of Odessa region in Ukraine, current figurehead for the "Ukrainian opposition" and all-around sorry excuse for a human being Mikheil Saakashvili is currently undergoing some legal trouble in Kiev. His Ukrainian citizenship was revoked back in December, prompting a series of self-preservation-inspired publicity stunts after he re-entered Ukraine and promised to stay. Since then, he has been taken into custody, rescued, questioned and released on numerous occasions. He and his supporters have called for Poroshenko's impeachment because of his corruption - Saakashvili says he's ready to become Ukraine's next prime minister. And just yesterday Saakashvili stunned the world by revealing the man behind all his current troubles: Vlad "The Man" Putin himself. At the hearing, prosecutors sought to have Saakashvili placed under house arrest after he refused to answer questions from the SBU (Ukraine's security service). After refusing to speak, he revealed the dark hand of Putin to the media, accusing President Poroshenko of colluding with Putin to manufacture the charges against him. What charges? That Saakashvili himself is an agent of Putin! What a tangled web of Russian agents we have here. Arch Russia-hater Mikheil Saakashvili accuses his arch enemy Poroshenko of being a Putin tool. Arch Russia-hater Poroshenko in turn is accusing Saakashvili of being a Putin tool. It doesn't get any better than this, folks. Talk about slap stick comedy! Just a couple weeks ago, famous Russian phone pranksters "Vovan and Lexus" rang up Poroshenko pretending to be calling from the Georgian special services. In their conversation, Poroshenko told them, "We found the connection between Mikheil Saakashvili and Russian special services. They financed him. We caught them red-handed."

08:29

Reef bleaching five times more frequent now than in the 1980s, study finds "IndyWatch Feed National"

Coral bleaching has accelerated to a clip at which established reefs can no longer keep up, reports a team of scientists Thursday in the journal Science. Severe bleaching can blot out the color of huge sections of reefs and lead to the death of the constituent corals, destabilizing entire ecosystems. Its a phenomenon thats now happening to tropical reefs five times more frequently than it did just a few decades ago, said Terry Hughes, an ecologist at James Cook University in Australia and the studys lead author, in a statement. Previously, once every two to three decades was typical, and usually only at local scales; now, its occurring every six years. Before the 1980s, mass bleaching of corals was unheard of, even during strong El Nio conditions, Hughes added, but now repeated bouts of regional-scale bleaching and mass mortality of corals has become the new normal around the world as temperatures continue to rise. A little goby perches on bleached coral at the height of the 2016 bleaching event, Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef. Photo and caption by Greg Torda. Rising air temperatures, due in large part to the greenhouse gases emitted by human activity, have led to warmer oceans. Now, Hughes and his colleagues have shown that the dangers of bleaching have escalated over that relatively short amount of time by pulling together temperature data and recorded bleaching from across the tropics. The climate has warmed rapidly in the past 50 years, first making El Nios dangerous for corals,

08:28

Estonian Enterprises Will Use the Ethereum Blockchain-Based TIME Token "IndyWatch Feed National"

From left to right: the Head of the G-Global Business Portal Denis Tsyro, the Deputy Chairman of the Eurasian Economic Club of Scientists Hanon Barabaner, Secretary-General of the Centre Party, Member of Parliament Mikhail Korb, ChronoBank Chief Executive Officer Sergei Sergienko

In the Parliament of Estonia, Mikhail Korb, a Member of Parliament and the Secretary-General of the Centre Party of Estonia held the meeting with Sergei Sergienko, the owner of the Australian project ChronoBank, Denis Tsyro, the Head of the international organization G-Global Business Portal and Hanon Barabaner, the Deputy Chairman of the Eurasian Economic Club of Scientists.

The meeting led to the signing of a cooperation agreement between the G-Global Business Portal and ChronoBank. Parties agreed on the development of joint activities in the direction of human resources management during the digitalization of the real sector of the Estonian economy.

Consulting marketplace G-Global Business Portal is an auxiliary tool for digitalizing enterprises in Estonia. Digitalization implies the transition of the economy to new formats using cryptocurrency.

ChronoBank is ready to provide an alternative to traditional financial systems a new generation of time-based currency utilizing the latest developments in blockchain technology.

TIME token is linked to average hourly wages, is inflation-proof and have next to zero volatility. It is possible now to tokenize labor the most tradeable resource in the real economy. Blockchain technology is the key to discovering new employment opportunities.

The use of the TIME token at enterprises will ensure a stable evaluation of the productivity of a person during working hours. The ChronoBank system can measure the real efficiency of the employee and inform the employer about the usefulness of the employee for an enterprise.

Denis Tsyro, the Head of the G-Global Business Portal platform, will integrate ChronoBanks systems into the consulting marketplace.

The meeting was attended by Boris Berkovs, the Board Member of the TokenEst, who also expressed a desire to take part in the tokenization of enterprises of the real sector of the economy and offered his platform for ICO placement in Estonia.

After implementation of the G-Global Business Portal in Estonia, it will be scaled to other countries.

G-Global Business Portal has an agreement on the promotion of the consulting marketplace in Kazakhstan.

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08:11

FixedIt: It wasnt a city or a house charged with her murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

The ABC reported that 26 year old Junior Fayiah Carlos was arrested and charged with the murder of a 19 year old woman, but they forgot to mention his existence in the headline.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit or are accused of committing, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.

We see dozens of headlines every day. In social media feeds and scrolling through news site home pages but we only click through to read the details of a very small percentage of them. The information we pick up from the headlines we see but dont notice still goes into our ideas about the world and what happens in it.

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

But we are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron


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08:00

January 5 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1688 - Billy Boy Dampier waded ashore after seeing some Aboriginal people walking there but, alas and alack, their BFF was not meant to be as the Indigenous people weren't impressed with these chaps and they left in a hurry.

1697 - Dutch navigator Willem de Vlamingh named the Swan River (Perth) Swartte Swaane Drift..or in English Swan River.

Vlamingh's second in command, Gerritt Collaert landed a party near Cable Station Beach. They then strolled through dense bushland up a coastal peak known as Buckland Hill. From this lofty perch Collaert spotted a nearby river.
Which was populated with not the usual garden variety white swans but BLACK swans. That put the wind up the lads so Willem took this as an inspired sign from whoever and named the waterway Swan River.
 
1798 - Victoria's Westernport Bay was tripped over by some white fellers, and was named by George Bass.

1802 - Explorer Matthew Flinders eyeballed the Stirling Range

1819 - John Thomas Bigge was commissioned by Colonial Secretary Henry Bathurst, 3rd Earl of Bathurst to inquire into conditions in New South Wales and the administration of the colony.

1825 - The first issue of Tasmanian and Port Dalrymple Advertiser, Australias first provincial newspaper finally gave newsagents a reason for being.

1833 - First issue of Perth Gazette, forerunner of todays West Australian.

1837 - South Australia's first police officer, William Williams, reported for duty on Kangaroo Island for 30 per year.And the poor bugger hasn't seen a pay-rise for 50 years now!

1837 - Sir John Franklin arrived in Hobart, Tas, to take up his appointment as Governor of Tasmania.

1841 - Joseph Orton, Wesleyan Methodist missionary, observed in letters to the General Secreteries (the ordained ministers responsible for Aboriginal Missions) on this day the destruction of Indigenous food supplies and the violence between different Aboriginal groups forced onto one anothers land by the Christian Heathens who are enriching themselves on the spoil of the dispossessed and wallowing in the blood of their victims.
To the last he championed the case of the Aboriginals, conferring with the protectors, protesting against the travesties of justice he witnessed in court, and preparing reports to send to England.

1853 - Hobart Municipal Council met for the first time.

1855 - Aboriginal warrior and leader Dundalli, a resistance fighter for over a decade, was executed in Brisbane outside what is now Brisban...

07:57

Lonely Love and a Beautiful Lesson from Anne "IndyWatch Feed National"

A few days ago, we received this heartfelt and moving letter from a Unknowncountry subscriber who lives a lonely life. He had read Anne's diary from last Valentine's Day and had a burning question about it, crucially important to his life and his soul. Anne answered that question, I believe, and did it in a lovely, elegant and soul-changing way. So I am very pleased that our correspondent has allowed me to print his letter as an insight. As seems always to be the case with our subtle, brilliant teacher, the insight she gave him emerges out of her own life. When she was a little girl, she was unloved by her father and of course wanted very much to be loved. But until she found me, she was not really loved at all.

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07:37

Hugh Fitzgerald: A Question for the Pope, and Waiting for an Answer "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Church Militant, some new Catholics have put a question for Pope Francis that we devoutly hope he will answer: A group of ex-Muslim converts to Catholicism are criticizing Pope Francis approach to Islam. In an open letter to the Holy Father recently published online, the former Muslims say the popes teaching on Islam as []

06:04

Pastor Brian Houston and Hillsong Church control the Australian Christian Churches (ACC) Executive "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

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AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIANS CHURCHES (ACC)

FORMERLY AUSTRALIAN ASSEMBLIES OF GOD (AOG)

OVER 1,000 CHURCHES
OVER 3,200 PASTORS
OVER 300,000 CONSTITUENTS

ACC IS THE LARGEST PENTECOSTAL DENOMINATION IN AUSTRALIA.

THE INTERNATIONAL ASSEMBLIES OF GOD, WHO THE ACC IS STILL AFFILIATED TO, IS THE LARGEST PENTECOSTAL DENOMINATION IN THE WORLD

 

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06:02

Australian Christian Churches should remove and ex-communicate Brian Houston and Hillsong for corruption and not preaching and adhering to Assemblies of God doctrines "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

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Australian Christian Churches (ACC) pastors and members should remove Hillsong Church from being part of the ACC movement.

The Australian Christian Churches was known as the Australian Assemblies of God (AOG) until Pastor Brian Houston renamed it in 2007.

The ACC is a Pentecostal movement and Hillsong isnt Pentecostal in any way.

None of the core Pentecostal doctrines of the great International Assemblies of God Movement, of which the ACC is a part, are practiced at Hillsong Church.

 

05:46

Large ancient impact event discovered in Southeast Asia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A kilometer-size asteroid slammed into Earth about 800,000 years ago with so much force that it scattered debris across a 10th of our planet's surface. Yet its impact crater remains undiscovered. Now, glassy remains believed to have come from the strike suggest the asteroid hit southeast Asia as our close ancestors walked the Earth. "This impact event is the youngest of this size during human evolution with likely worldwide effects," says Mario Trieloff, a geochemist at the University of Heidelberg in Germany not involved in the research. Large impacts can disrupt Earth's climate by spewing dirt and soot high into the atmosphere, where it can block sunlight for months or even years. Putative remains from this impact have been found before. Researchers have recovered chunks of glassy debris known as tektites across Asia, Australia, and Antarctica, and their distribution pattern suggests the asteroid struck Southeast Asia: The largest tektites-weighing more than 20 kilograms and presumably ejected the shortest distances from the impact-have been found there.

04:46

Global Warfare: Preparing for World War III, Targeting Iran . "IndyWatch Feed National"

We are in some spiders web of evilsome great big plan


In total, there are 255,065 US military personnel deployed Worldwide.

Recent news reports point to a so-called secret plan to destroy and destabilize Iran, the first step of which is a color revolution.

The fact of the matter is that these not so secret plans to wage war on Iran have been on the drawing board of the Pentagon since the mid-nineties.

The medium-term strategic objective is to target Iran and neutralize Irans allies, through gunboat diplomacy. The longer-term military objective is to directly target China and Russia.

While Iran is the immediate target, military deployment is by no means limited to the Middle East and Central Asia. A global military agenda has been formulated.

The deployment of coalition troops and advanced weapons systems by the US, NATO, and its partners are occurring simultaneously in all major regions of the World.

The actions of the US military off the coast of North Korea in 2010, including the conduct of war games, are part of a global design.

Escalation is part of the military agenda.

While Iran is the next target together with Syria and Lebanon, this strategic military deployment also threatens North Korea, China, and Russia.

The United and its NATO Allies are behind it All

Since 2005, the US and its allies, including Americas NATO partners and Israel, have been involved in the extensive deployment and stockpiling of advanced weapons systems.

The air defense systems of the US, NATO member countries, and Israel are fully integrated.

This is a coordinated endeavor of the Pentagon, NATO, Israels Defense Force (IDF), with the active military involvement of several non-NATO partner countries including the frontline Arab states (members of NATOs Mediterranean Dialogue and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative), Saudi Arabia, Japan, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, among others.

NATO consists of 28 NATO member states, another 21 countries are members of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC).

The Mediterranean Dialogue and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative include ten Arab countries plus Israel.)

The roles of Egypt, the Gulf states and Saudi Arab...

04:34

Ancient South American carnivorous marsupial relatives, new research "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

30 Decamber 2017

Thylacosmilus is an extinct genus of saber-toothed metatherian that inhabited South America from the Late Miocene to Pliocene epochs.

Though Thylacosmilus is one of several predatory mammal genera typically called saber-toothed cats, it was not a felid placentalian, but a sparassodont, a group closely related to marsupials, and only superficially resembled other saber-toothed mammals due to convergent evolution.

Remains of this animal have been found primarily in Catamarca, Entre Ros, and La Pampa Provinces in northern Argentina.

Thylacosmilus was described and named by Elmer S. Riggs in 1933. He named two species, T. atrox and T. lentis.

Thylacosmilus had large, saber-like canines. The roots of these canines grew throughout the animals life, growing in an arc up the maxilla and above the orbits. Its cervical vertebrae were very strong and to some extent resembled the vertebrae of Machairodontinae.

Body mass estimates of Thylacosmilus suggest this animal weighed between 80 to 120 kilograms (180 to 260 lb), and one estimate suggesting up to 150 kg (330 lb), about the same size as a modern jaguar.

From Proceedings of the Royal Society B:

Diversity and disparity of sparassodonts (Metatheria) reveal non-analogue nature of ancient South American mammalian carnivore guilds

3 January 2018

Abstract

This study investigates whether terrestrial mammalian carnivore guilds of ancient South America, which developed in relative isolation, were similar to those of other continents....

03:28

Liberal Mainstream Media Suddenly Praising TrumpBecause He Wants War with Iran "IndyWatch Feed National"

Analysis The same mainstream media whos been lambasting President Donald Trump since he was sworn in last year has now taken to supporting him. Why, exactly, are these agencies whove made up countless fake news stories about the president now supporting him, you ask? Well, the short of the answer is war.

All mainstream media is beholden to the establishment and all those in the establishment are beholden to the military-industrial complex. As a result, the presidents newfound support from the NY TimesCNN, and the Washington Post should come as no surprise.

Leading the way in their support of Trumps stance on Iran was WaPo in a piece on New Years day, which echoed the sentiments of Trump. Instead of calling him a moron or making fun of his latest series of irrational Tweets, WaPo agreed with Trumps process.

Claiming that the current Iranian regime will paint the protesters as foreign agentswhich they have already doneWaPo even provided Trump a recommendation of not remaining silent but to ensure that U.S. statements of support are broadly multilateral and are backed with more practical steps.

Caring not about saving face and sticking to their guns of hatred toward Donald Trump, the NY Times then published a piece on Tuesday praising the presidents saber-rattling toward the Iranian regime. In an aptly titled op-ed, Trump Is Right, This Time, About Iran, Roger Cohen, the international affairs and diplomacy writer for the Times, praised Trump and confessed that he actually retweeted the presidents threat to Iran.

Cohen wrote, I have a New Years confession: I retweeted President Trump with approval, not something I had expected to do, especially on the subject of Iran. But Trump has been right to get behind the brave Iranian protest...

03:25

Letter From Israel "IndyWatch Feed National"

Since April of 2014, a US government website provides data comparing psychiatric hospitals based on quality and satisfaction indicators. Patients and their families need facts to help them make informed decisions about medical care, and choosing the right psychiatric hospital is an important decision to make, says a government official.

Here in Israel we are afraid twice: we are afraid to not be well, but in many cases we are even more afraid of the place where we will have to receive medical treatment, because we are assigned to only one hospital according to our address. No freedom of choice and we cant decide where we would like to be hospitalized. We return again and again to the same hospital, as if we were captured prisoners.

On September 10, 2012, the Government of Israel ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is a non-discrimination protocol honoring the right to autonomy and the freedom to choose for oneself. What contradicts these principles more than a situation in which a person is forced to receive treatment time after time in the last place on earth he wants to be, where the mere thought of it turns his stomach, intensifies his anxieties, and deteriorates his mental state?

I also experienced these things on my own flesh.

My address assigned me to the notorious hospital Abrabanel in Bat-Yam. In light of past experience when I was 17 and lucky enough to be in the youth open ward, but heard a lot about the horror of the adults wards, my family and I knew that I had better not get hospitalized there. In order to bypass the regional arrangement, I went with a friend to the Interior Ministry, and I changed my place of residence to another city. After that, my brother took me to the mental health center that accompanied my new address. I had already gone through almost all the admission procedure, but then the doctor asked my brother to wait for me outside because she was interested in talking to me alone. The next thing I remember is that my brother told me: Dahlia, we have to go from here. I cried, But why? At that point I already felt that I had reached a place of refuge, a safe place where they would take good care of me. My brother answered: Because you told the doctor that you lived in Tel Aviv.

I knew well what that meant. Even though I was psychotic, I was not completely detached from reality because I am pretty strong at my base. But when I was 10 years old, my father a Holocaust survivor committed suicide with a gunshot to his head in my presence, and this trauma completely changed the course of my life.

I spent one month in Abrabanel. The sun was burning on the roof of asbestos. We were five sweating girls in a small room full of beds, with no...

02:39

Trump talks of overthrowing Iran and suddenly the mainstream media loves him "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trump is experiencing newfound praise by the liberal mainstream media because he is finally showing them his loyalty to the military-industrial complex and its desire for war. The same mainstream media who's been lambasting President Donald Trump since he was sworn in last year has now taken to supporting him. Why, exactly, are these agencies who've made up countless fake news stories about the president now supporting him, you ask? Well, the short of the answer is war. All mainstream media is beholden to the establishment and all those in the establishment are beholden to the military-industrial complex. As a result, the president's newfound support from the NY Times, CNN, and the Washington Post should come as no surprise. Comment: Iran Protests Through the Prism of Geopolitics

02:35

Vaccines and Autism: Important New Evidence "IndyWatch Feed National"

The mainstream media and the medical establishment have claimed for years this connection has been debunkedwill they now listen to some new science? Action Alert!

Dr. Chris Exley, a leading researcher on aluminum, recently published a study finding that autistic children have up to ten times more aluminum in their brains that what is considered safe in adults.

Exley and his fellow researchers speculate that autistic children may have genetic changes that causes aluminum to accumulate in the brain, whereas other childrens systems are able to remove the toxic metal.

Researchers examined the brains of five autistic donors and found some of the highest levels of aluminum ever measured in brain tissue.

The study size is small, so more research needs to be done to evaluate whether aluminum in vaccines is contributing to the explosion of childhood development disorders. Through the 1970s and 1980s, about one out of every 2,000 children was diagnosed with autism; today that number has ballooned to one in 150 children.

The natural health community has been sounding the alarm about aluminum and other dangerous, untested vaccine adjuvants for years. This research should signal government agencies to launch more testing immediately. State legislators should also be aware of this new research so exemptions to vaccines are preserved.

Action Alert! Write to the FDA and your state legislators, urging more study of aluminum adjuvants and advocating for the preservation of vaccine exemptions. Please send your message immediately.

 

01:53

What UIDAI Needs To Clarify After the Latest Aadhaar Data Leak "IndyWatch Feed National"

In light of the Aadhaar data breach, there are several questions that need to be answered by UIDAI and its enrollment partners.

The UIDAI calls the whole incident a misuse of a search facility that is intended for the purpose of grievance redressal. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: Poor information security standards with the Unique Identification Authority of Indias (UIDAI) enrollment infrastructure led to news of a massive data breach on Thursday.

But what exactly happened? As of Thursday evening, we have two reports and the UIDAIs response, all with varying levels of detail. The most basic picture appears to be that an unknown number of UIDAI enrollment partners were illegally selling the personal and private data of millions of Indians who had signed up for an Aadhaar number. The Tribune alleges that access to the whole Aadhaar database, in the form of a digital search facility, was up for grabs for as little as Rs 500.

Beyond this basic picture, there is little detail as to the extent of this problem. Who exactly should be punished? What should be done now to prevent future breaches? The Wire breaks it down.

What portal or service was used to access the search facility?

This isnt clear at the moment. The Tribune describes the search facility where if the Aadha...

00:48

Australia: Adani Activists Stop Coal Train Before Being Arrested "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Andrew Backhouse / reposted on Popular Resistance

ACTIVISTS have halted a train carrying hundreds of tonnes of coal headed for the Abbott Point Coal Terminal.

Anti-Adani protest group Front Line Action on Coal reported two activists climbed on top of a coal train and hung a banner across a 15-metre-long carriage.

After over three hours occupying the coal train, Anna Hush and Gareth Davies were arrested at 10aam.

Anna Hush said: I am stopping this coal train today because I believe coal has no place in our future. The destruction of land and water for corporate profit is deeply exploitative, and ecologically devastating

Another of the climate activists, environmental consultant Gareth Davies said: Adani is just one part of this struggle if this rail line is built, there are a whole bunch of companies ready to begin mining the Galilee Basin. The results will be a catastrophe for the global climate, and will be the final nail in the coffin for the Great Barrier Reef

The action, which started about 6.30am, led to the stoppage of the train. Its unclear how much economic damage the protest will cause.

Anna Hush, a student from New South Wales, was one of the activists involved.

A banner hung across a coal train bound for the Abbott Point Coal Terminal. Photo: Front Line Action on Coal

A banner hung across a coal train bound for the Abbott Point Coal Terminal. Photo: Front Line Action on Coal

I am stopping this coal train today because I believe coal has no place in our future, she said.

The destruction of land and water for corporate profit is deeply exploitative, and ecologically devastating.

Front Line Action on Coal has...

00:43

Five things you may have missed from Nasrallahs interview "IndyWatch Feed National"

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When will the Syrian war end? Are the protests in Iran serious? How much does Hezbollah's secretary-general earn? Nasrallah offers answers

00:16

Shark Attacks in Australia: setting the record straight "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


On Saturday 23 December 2017 Liberal MP for Kooyong and Minister for Environment and Energy Josh Fydenberg penned a media release claiming big bad sharks were about to overwhelm his home state, Western Australia.

The shark in question is the Great WhiteCarcharodon carcharias, classified as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and currently protected as vulnerable and migratory in the Australian EEZ and state waters under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Federal Minister Frydenberg home for the parliamentary break is of course playing local WA politics during the silly season - having forgotten or ignored the fact that the White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) Recovery Plan falls within his ministerial portfolio.

However, it does appear hard for many other politicians to accept that,...

00:15

Climate denialists discuss suing a company for NOT increasing pollution "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


There are times when one wonders just how crazy the people associated with The Heartland Institute can get then this sentence pops up a 6-page email from the Institutes CEO Jim Bast to its Director of Communications Jim Lakely:

sue a company for not increasing CO2 emissions, force a court to consider the evidence on CO2 benefits.

The October 2017 email exchange can be read at https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4112082-Joe-Bast-Email.html

A list of people on The Heartland Institutes mailing list who would be receiving such suggestions, courtesy of DeSmog Blog:

Heartland Institute's Climate Scientists Mailing List
Heartland Institute's Climate Economists Mailing List 

00:09

MACKAY More than 320g of ice seized by police "IndyWatch Feed National"

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More than 320g of ice seized by police

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Arnold Di Carlo, 41, of Sarina faced Mackay Magistrates Court on a series of drug charges yesterday . He was denied bail and remanded in custody. He will face court again on March 7. Two others will face charges at a later date. Snr Sgt Tucker said it was a significant seizure, especially for Mackay.

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22:41

86 stars get official names "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 11 December 2017 video is called International Astronomical Union approves 86 new star names from around the world.

By Mariah Quintanilla, 9:00am, January 2, 2018:

86 stars get official names

Choices reflect international community

In December, astronomers and space enthusiasts received an early present: 86 newly official star names.

Such designations are often derived from Arabic, Greek or Latin origins. But the new monikers also draw inspiration from ancient mythologies and historical star names from indigenous cultures around the world, including in China, Australia and southern Africa. The star names were officially recognized by the International Astronomical Union, which oversees the naming of objects in space, and announced on December 11. Here are some of the names we thought shined the brightest.

Xamidimura

Constellation: Scorpius
According to South African lore, the indigenous Khoikhoi people nicknamed the pair of stars just before the end of the scorpions tail xami di mura, meaning eyes of the lion.

Fafnir

Constellation: Draco
Fafnir is a dwarf from Norse mythology who became a dragon to guard his treasure. He was slain by the hero Sigurd.

Pipirima

Constellation: Scorpius
Pipirima is named for a pair of fraternal twins, the boy Pipiri and his sister Rehua, from a Tahitian legend. When their parents didnt share a meal of fish one night, the two kids ran away. As the parents came closer to finding them, the twins climbed onto the back of a passing stag beetle and were carried into the sky.

Chalawan

Constellation: Ursa Major
Chalawan, a villainous crocodile king from a Thai folktale, lived in an underwater cave. A man named Krai Thong fell in love with one of Chalawans two wives and killed the crocodile king.

Ran

Constellation: Eridanus
Ran, a Norse goddess of the sea, created peril by capturing sailors in her net.

Unurgunite

Constellation: Canis Major
In stories from Australias aboriginal people, Unurgunite has two wives, which are represented by stars on either side of the named star. Whe...

22:18

Screenings "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Screenwave International Film Festival

  • Wed, Jan 10, 201810:00 AM  Thu, Jan 25, 201811:00 AM
  • Jetty Theatre (map)

There will be two screenings of The Last Goldfish in Bellingen and in Coffs Harbour.

Thu 18 Jan at 2:30 PM  Jetty Memorial Theatre

Fri 19 Jan at 3:30 PM Bellingen Memorial Hall

 

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21:54

PERTH Drunk man kicked off Perth plane "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Drunk man kicked off Perth plane .

January 04, 2018 at 07:00PM .

A man has been removed from a Brisbane-bound flight and charged with drunk and disorderly behaviour and trespass after he refused to leave Perth Airport. The 45-year-old was escorted off a plane on Wednesday after airport staff notified Australian Federal Police (AFP) about a disturbance. Police say

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21:54

PERTH Abusive, drunk man removed from Perth flight and charged "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Abusive, drunk man removed from Perth flight and charged .

January 04, 2018 at 05:18PM .

During this peak holiday travel season, with many families travelling, the AFP is urging people to consider their alcohol intake, consider their fellow travellers and consider if their behaviour is appropriate. The man was bailed and will next appear at the Perth Magistrates Court on January 23.

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21:46

U.S. military warns against getting hopes up over North Korean overture "IndyWatch Feed National"

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SEOUL (Reuters) The head of U.S. forces in South Korea warned on Thursday against raising hopes over North Koreas peace overture amid a war of words between the United States and the reclusive North over its nuclear and missile programs.

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In a New Year address, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was open to dialogue with U.S. ally South Korea and could send a delegation to the Winter Olympics to be held in the South in February.

Kim also warned that he would push ahead with mass producing nuclear warheads, pursuing a weapons program in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions.

In response, Seoul on Tuesday proposed high-level talks at a border village and on Wednesday, the two Koreas reopened a border hotline that had been closed since February 2016.

We must keep our expectations at the appropriate level, the chief of United States Forces Korea (USFK), Vincent Brooks, was quoted by Yonhap news agency as saying in an address to a university in Seoul.

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Kim Jong-un shows new style, January 1, 2018. Reuters photo

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have exchanged a series of bellicose comments in recent months, raising alarm across the world, with Trump at times dismissing the prospect of a diplomatic solution to a crisis in which North Korea has threatened to destroy the United States, Japan and South Korea.

Trump has mocked Kim as Little Rocket Man and again ridiculed him on Twitter this week, raising some eyebrows at home.

Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but....

21:36

Hot Off The Press: British Anti Witch-Hunt Group expelled half its supporters "IndyWatch Feed National"

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By Gilad Atzmon

When you think that British 'Left' has reached rock bottom you wake up to learn that this political comedy act has no limits.

We learned today that the anti witch-hunt labour group LAW (Labour Against the Witch-hunt ) has expelled half of its members over anti-Semitism.

Times of Israel reports today that LAW has cut ties to Socialist Fight because of the views of its members. Socialist Fight is accused of being supportive of controversial Israeli-born author Gilad Atzmon.

Needless to mention that I am thrilled by all of that. I enjoy being supported by proper radical left groups; people who adhere to universal principles of equality and human brotherhood. Despite the fact that in my entire life, I have never been a member of any political body or party, I can clearly see that my writing is now making a change.

If you are wondering what it is that I am saying that pushes LAW leaders Jackie Walker and Tony Greenstein, two self identified (political) Jews, over the edge, to the point that they themselves have decided to act, in the open, as witch hunters, I will provide a brief answer.

I argue that if Israel defines itself as a Jewish State we must ask who are the Jews, what is Jewishness and what is Judaism. We should then proceed and  examine Israeli politics and Jewish lobbying in the light of the above questions. I basically argue that Zionism is just one symptom of Jewish choseness. I actually identify the exact same exceptionalist tendencies in Jewish Left and in particular in Walker and Greensteins political act. To add to my sins, I am also responsible for the popular adage by now, we are all Palestinians. Like the Palestinians we are not allowed to articulate the true nature of our oppression.  

No one could articulate this observation better than Jackie Walker and Tony Gr...

21:10

Ex-British PM Tony Blair ups calls for Labour to back Brexit U-turn "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former UK Prime Minister Blair has warned British voters time is running out to stop Brexit. An overwhelming majority of Labour members although not their leaders or many voters share his wish for a Brexit reversal.

A bumper stickers shows the letters GB inside the European flag (Getty Images/M. Cardy)

Tony Blairs evaluation of the opposition Labour Partys Brexit strategy was set out in an article published on Thursday on his Institute for Global Change website in which he called for the party to join the fight to keep the UK from leaving the European Union.

Blair said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wants to have his cake and eat it on Brexit.

Read more: UK to abide by EU rules in Brexit transition, with no voice

Labours position is confusing, Blair said, adding it would be far better if the Labour Party made the case that leaving isnt and never was the answer.

Make Brexit the Tory [ruling, Conservative Party] Brexit, Blair said. Make them own it 100 percent. If Labour continues to go along with Brexit and insists on leaving the Single Market, the handmaiden of Brexit will have been the timidity of Labour.

21:06

How Anti-Fascists Won the Battles of Berkeley : 2017 in the Bay and Beyond: A Play-by-Play Analysis "IndyWatch Feed National"

Black Bloc in Berkeley, August 27, 2017.

The perilous politics of militant anti-fascism defined 2017 for the anarchist movement in the United States. The story in the Bay Area mirrors that of the country at large. Its a narrative full of tragedies, setbacks, and repression, ultimately concluding with a fragile victory. Yet there was no guarantee it would turn out this way: only a few months ago, it seemed likely we would be starting 2018 amid the nightmare of a rapidly metastasizing fascist street movement. What can anti-fascists around the world learn from what happened in Berkeley? To answer this question, we have to back up and tell the story in full.

Fascists chose Berkeley, California as the center stage for their attempt to get a movement off the ground. The advantage shifted back and forth between fascists and anti-fascists as both sides maneuvered to draw more allies into the fight. Riding on the coattails of Trumps campaign and exploiting the blind spots of liberal free speech politics, fascists gained momentum until anti-fascists were able to use these victories against them, drawing together an unprecedented mobilization. As we begin a new year, anti-fascist networks in the Bay Area are stronger than ever. Participants in anti-fascist struggle enjoy a hard-earned legitimacy in the eyes of many activists and communities targeted by the far right. By contrast, the far-right movement that gained strength throughout 2016 and the first half of 2017 has imploded. For the time being, the popular mobilization they sought to manifest has been thwarted. The events in the Bay Area offer an instructive example of the threat posed by contemporary far-right coalition buildingand how we can defend our communities against it.

2016: A New Era Begins

Clashes escalate outside a Trump Rally in San Jose on June 2, 2016.

The clashes between far-right forces and anti-fascists that gripped Berkeley for much of 2017 were the climax of a sequence of events that began a year earlier. On February 27, 2016, Klansmen in the Southern California city of Anaheim stabbed three anti-racists who were protesting a Ku Klux Klan rally against illegal immigration and Muslims. The rhetoric of the Klan echoed the same vulgar nationalism that the Trump campaign was broadcasting. Under the banner of the alt-right, many white supremacist and fascist groups began to use the campaign as an umbrella under which to mobilize and recruit. They aimed to build an ideologically diverse social movem...

20:17

Perth turns the corner "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Withdrawal

Quite a bit of talk this week about Sydney property prices correcting in 2018.

Maybe in some of the western and south-western markets it's already happened quite a bit, but I'm not all convinced that we'll see anything too dramatic in the prime location markets. 

We'll get the latest jobs vacancies figures next week, but at the last count the ABS reported vacancies in New South Wales exploding to by far the highest level ever recorded. 

With a Sydney unemployment rate already in a multi-year decline towards 4 per cent, it's not like we'll be seeing too many forced sellers this year. 

Listings always decline in December, of course, but SQM Research's stock figures hinted at the first signs of Sydney vendors pulling up the ladder, with listings suddenly dropping 15 per cent lower from a month earlier. 


Over the past year listings declined in Melbourne (again), a gradually improving Perth, and an incredibly tight Hobart market, where listings dived 28.4 per cent lower. 


Listings were higher year-on-year in the other five capital city markets.

Melbourne's median asking price rose to above $1 million for houses, reported SQM Research.

Meanwhile...

19:58

Police Arrest and Charge Four Right-Wing MILO Supporters With Assault in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed National"

Above : Patriot Blue & Co having a laff after The Three Stooges got convicted for inciting hatred for Muslims (L to R : George Jameson (Party For Freedom)*, Christoper Shortis (Australia First Party)**, Neil Erikson, Blair Cottrell (The Lads Continue reading

18:50

Australia to Allow Medicinal Cannabis Exports to Capture Lucrative Market "IndyWatch Feed National"

Medical cannabis crop in Australia (Representative image). Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Sydney: Australia said on Thursday it planned to become the fourth country in the world to legalise medicinal marijuana exports in a bid to score a piece of the estimated $55 billion global market.

Cannabis cultivation in Australia is still relatively small, as recreational use remains illegal. But the government hopes domestic medicinal use, legalised last year, and exports will rapidly boost production.

Our goal is very clear: to give farmers and producers the best shot at being the worlds number one exporter of medicinal cannabis, health minister Greg Hunt told reporters in Melbourne.

Shares in the more than a dozen Australian...

18:20

Daredevil virtuoso concert pianist turned bush pilot David Tong killed in Papua New Guinea mountain crash "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

Daredevil virtuoso concert pianist turned bush pilot David Tong killed in Papua New Guinea mountain crash

4 January 2017

David Tong, a child prodigy who became a concert pianist before turning his back on music to become a commercial pilot, has died after his plane crashed into a remote Papua New Guinea mountainside, aged 34.

He had been piloting a Britten Norman Islander between Derim and Lae, across some of the countrys most rugged terrain in Morobe province, when the plane crashed into dense jungle on December 23.

Tong survived the impact and was able to contact authorities with his mobile phone, but by the time searchers could get in to the area three days later he had died.

Fellow PNG pilot Michael Butler said the circumstances of Tongs death are what all pilots dread.

I very much feel sorry for the...

17:49

7 Signs Your Relationship Is Not Meant to Last "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sure, we all want our relationships to be made to last but the truth is, some of them arent. Sometimes we pick the wrong partners and waste far too much of our time on them.

If you are having second thoughts about your relationship then you are most likely in the wrong kind of relationship. While it is normal to think about the what ifs you should know in your heart whether someone is right for you or not. When we are in the wrong kind of relationship and know it we should do something about it. It is far easier to cut ties early on rather than holding on to something that is not there.

7 Signs Youre Relationship Is Not Meant to Last:

1. You do not see eye to eye.

When you cant compromise in a relationship you dont have much of one. Seeing eye to eye is important at least sometimes. You cant argue 24/7 and expect things to work.

2. You struggle to communicate properly.

When you cant talk things through you cant do much of anything. In a relationship, if you dont have communication things will never work. You need to be able to walk away and cool down before the other person gets too worked up.

3. You find yourself always questioning the relationship.

When you are constantly wondering why you are with this person you need to take the time to answer that question for yourself. Only you know the answer. If you dont want to be with this person anymore, dont be with them.

4. You just dont click.

If you just dont click no matter how hard you try then you need to cut ties and move on. There is nothing good about forcing your heart to be in something it really doesnt want to be in. This causes you and your partner too much pain in the long run.

5. You dont feel like your partner is there for you in the ways he or she should be.

If your partner is not meeting your emotional needs then there is a very serious problem in your relationship. You need to be able to feel comforted and safe with your partner. If he or she cannot provide you with that then you need to move on.

6. You have to be careful about what you say in front of this person.

If your partner has you walking on eggshells there is a very real problem in your relationship. Your partner needs to accept and love you for who you are. You should be able to be yourself one hundred percent with your partner.......

16:24

Maules Creek groundwater levels on the decline "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Groundwater levels are on the decline in Maules Creek. The graph (above) of the Green Gully groundwater monitoring station (GW967138.1.1) shows a decline in levels since mid 2016 with the short term graph below showing a 20 cm decline in the last 30 days with the station recording .5 C warmer groundwater.

This is confirmed by the Thornfield groundwater monitoring station (GW041027.1.1) short and long term graphs. The data shows that the situation is more pronounced further up the catchment with the long term graph showing groundwater levels at historical lows in upper Maules Creek.

Anecdotal evidence is that a number of bores in the district are starting to run low and some residents are seeking alternate supplies or cleaning out their bores to improve flow.

While fluctuations in the water table are normal the current situation is of concern because the district is not even in drought.

In fact the BOM historical rainfall data shows 923.6 mm fell at Mt Kaputar for 2017, with 320 mm falling in the final three months. This is only 4 mm below the annual average rainfall of 927.2, and the Oct Dec 2017 total was 16 mm above the long term average of 301 mm. (Mt Dowe rainfall averages here)

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16:23

Live from New York - Jason Goodman, Charles Ortel and me! Clinton Foundation Australian frauds "IndyWatch Feed National"

More details soon - a special Thursday one and a half hour edition of Sunday with Charles. Broadcast live at 10AM Thursday New York time.

16:05

Housing Begins to Crash Australia New Zealand London "IndyWatch Feed National"

Property values are starting to crash hard in Sydney Australia, New Zealand, and London. Politicians are simply idiots. They all targeted foreigners buying property as the leading cause for the rise in housing prices. What they failed to grasp is that people spend more money when they THINK they have equity in their home. Whenever housing starts to decline, so does consumer spending and guess what you get the economic downturn. Dah!

15:40

Accused DJ killer to remain behind bars "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Local DJ Chris Bradley. (Facebook)

NSW DJ Chris Bradley was allegedly punched in the head by a young kickboxer with a short fuse before he dropped to the ground and died at a party on Christmas Day.

One witness to the alleged attack at Byron Bay told police the blows sounded unlike anything Ive ever heard before, the NSW Supreme Court heard on Thursday.

Accused attacker Javen ONeill has since been charged with the murder of 28-year-old Mr Bradley who was also known as Dad Bod.ONeill, 24, will remain in custody after prosecutors successfully sought a detention application despite efforts by his lawyer to suggest another possible cause of death.

Prosecutor Jason Rafeeq told the court ONeill was a trained Muay Thai kickboxer with an underlying short fuse and three witnesses, including his girlfriend, said they saw him punch Mr Bradley before he collapsed.

The DJ died as a consequence of blunt-force trauma, according to forensic pathologist Professor Timothy Lyons, who performed the post-mortem examination.

But ONeills lawyer, Dennis Miralis, questioned whether illicit drugs Mr Bradley reportedly consumed that night could have contributed to his death.

The lawyer also argued there were issues with the reliability of witnesses who admitted taking drugs.

Mr Miralis said ONeills actions after Mr Bradley collapsed suggested he didnt have any intent to murder or cause serious injury.

He said ONeill tried to resuscitate the DJ, saying come on, you can do it, and later asked paramedics if Mr Bradley could have died from a punch.

However, Justice David Davies said that based on the evidence before him, the Crowns case was reasonably strong.

The judge said there was evidence ONeill had anger management issues, was known to binge on alcohol and drugs, and could offend if released on bail.

One witness told police the accused was a beautiful soul but he has another side to him while another said: He is a big guy and knows how to hit.

Justice Davies agreed with the Crowns application for ONeill to remain in custody.ONeill, who put his head in his hand after the...

15:02

Neve's new canvas "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Yesterday I noticed this strange design on my daughter's ankle

She began drawing a wristwatch on her arm last year and has been branching out onto other limbs with various images and logos.

This one wasn't obvious to me but I later heard her explain that it's a diamond.

"Everyone needs their diamond in the rough," she said.

The way she said it made it sound like the rough was a place, either mental or physical.

So I began imagining it like 'sleeping rough' to mean outdoors.

Like one might paint a diamond on their ankle when camping to avoid mosquito bites.

Anyway, I'm going to encourage Neve to consider a career as a tattooist.

14:47

The Ultimate Purpose of Meditation and the Answer to Human Suffering "IndyWatch Feed National"



Source: Waking Times | by Anna Hunt

Samadhi Part 1: Maya the Illusion of the Self is the first installment in a series by filmmaker Daniel Schmidt. In this visually-stunning film, Schmidt attempts to articulate to the viewer the meaning of samadhi. He also examines how we are the cause of and, through samadhi, the solution to all of our suffering.

The word Samadhi is the representation of a human mystical state that is the root of all spirituality and self inquiry. Often, it is the state that many correlate with the ultimate purpose of meditation.



The Illusion of the Self

Humanity has forgotten about samadhi, and then forgot that it forgot about it. In its place, Maya, the illusion of the self, has evolved. Humans no longer view themselves as spiritual beings. They do not take the time to explore their inner world, or care to understand their true reason for existence. Instead, they are wrapped up in their daily lives and distracted by the outer world.

As a result, we have put all kinds of limitations on ourselves. We do no view ourselves as miraculous creations. Instead, we are wrapped up in the ego construct, unconsciously wired by humanity's history and cultural conditioning. We define our existence our "being" by our actions and thoughts. Yet most often, worldly desires and fears drive these actions and thoughts.

Purpose of Meditation

Because of the illusion of the self, many live in suffering. Even people living seemingly perfect lives often find themselves questioning life's purpose. Many fall into depression or find...

14:43

Consciousness and the Nature of Reality -- Mind Over Matter "IndyWatch Feed National"



Source: Divine-Cosmos.net | by Jeff Street

As always, my articles are simply my perspective that I offer in the spirit of discovery and empowerment take what resonates and leave the rest.

Reality is not what it appears the ancients knew it, pioneering physicists of the early 20th century knew it, and current leading edge scientists are proving it all is mind.

The Big Questions and The Modern Scientific Worldview

Throughout the ages, Mankind has been trying to answer the big questions What is the nature of existence and reality, what are we, and why are we here? In our current age, with the ascendance of the ideology of scientific materialism, we have a strong tendency to reject anything that doesn't fit our materialistic paradigm and label it as "mystical". We have become mesmerized by the material world. Materialism and consumerism run rampant in our society. Lured by the apparent success of the reductionist method that we have used to analyze and understand our world, we have come to view the universe as purely a physical system, working something like a great machine, and with matter being the fundamental substance of reality.

The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.

Our scientific analytical methods have certainly been successful and have led us to understand the inner workings of matter well enough to create many useful technologies. But these successes have erroneously led us to conclude that our materialistic view of the universe must be correct and reject other ideas as "mystical" and backward.

The materialistic paradigm persists in the popular and scientific thought despite plenty of evidence that it is indeed not true. The Theory of Relativity and Quantum P...

14:10

Sanctioned Abuse: The Australian Governments Abhorrent Treatment Of Refugee Children "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Australia. Where the gritty ambition of vivacious travelers fashioned this nation upon its bewitching red dirt, has delivered dishonor to its deepest roots. When we smother refugees with hate, we smother ourselves and everything that we are with it as well. Australian culture is as broad, varied and enriched with color as its landscape. As []

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13:12

Schappelle Corby Has Already Ruined 2018: The Great Tweets Of @MarqueLawyers, Part II "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of the really nice things about the festive season is holidays. Unless you work at New Matilda, in which case you dont get them.

One of the really bad things about the festive season is holidays, because if you work for Marque Lawyers (the firm that helps keep New Matilda out of prison, along with UTS law guru Geoff Holland) you do get holidays.

And that means that Marques official Twitter account goes quiet for a while. And thats obviously bad for humanity.

On the better news front, Marque is back at work twittering, and the good folk from the Worlds Most Unconventional, unConservative Law Firm have started 2018 at the pace they ended 2017 furiously.

Schapelle Corby and Peter Dutton come in for a special mention, along with Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

Over to Marque and follow them if you arent already champagne comedy mixed with dripping sarcasm combined with sober legal advice!

12:56

Stock market records mid-week loss "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trading activities on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday closed downswing as the overall market performance indices dropped by 0.20 per cent. Transactions on the stock market had the previous day opened the 2018 trading year on the positive trajectory. However, at the close of trading yesterday, the All-Share Index dropped by 77.51 basis points or 0.20 per cent to close at 38,187.28 index points as against 38,264.79 recorded the previous day, while the market capitalisation of equities depreciated by N28 billion from N13.589 trillion the previous...

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12:40

"The Wall, the Sound and the Fury: And Not Much Else" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"The Wall, the Sound and the Fury: And Not Much Else"
by Fred Reed

"Some of the prototypes. Though I am not a construction engineer, it seems to me that 2,000 miles of any of these is more of a job than their proponents are telling us.

With regard to Mr. Trumps  Border Wall, I am skeptical. Now, I freely concede that I am not an authority on Border Walls. In fact, I have never built a Border Wall. This may surprise readers. Yet it is true. So all that follows is in the nature of speculation. Be warned.

Still, though I may be horrifically wrong, and different numbers can be obtained by assuming different types of wall, I suggest that the following represent the kinds of questions that need to be answered. Further, it should be incumbent on those promoting the Wall to produce prices and times that make sense.

All right, Mr. Trump has eight prototypes, but they run to 30 feet high, made of concrete, and go six feet underground to prevent tunneling. According to rumo...

11:57

I USED TO BE IN A GANG!: When is a gang not a gang? "IndyWatch Feed National"

With mainstream media and the Federal Government leading a racist moral panic about African gangs apparently tormenting wide sections of Australian society, True Crime News Weekly correspondent Gary Johnston shares his experiences of growing up with youth gangs on the mean streets of Glasgow and wonders why some groups of young men become gangs. *

Continue reading

11:37

Fireworks to open the Brunswick Woodchop Festival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The annual Fish n Chips Festival and Woodchop Carnival will be taking place again this year with the festival getting off to an exciting start on January 13 with a great bonanza of fireworks for all the family at Brunswick Heads Banner Park.

Locals and visitors alike are invited to come and enjoy four days of woodchopping excitement between the January 18 and 20. The chips will be flying with womens, mens and childrens competitions taking place.

Running since 1961

The festival started in 1961 and will be running for its 58th consecutive year with the strong support of volunteers and the help of the McGregors Family Carnival.

At the time the Fish n Chip festival started it reflected two of the major industries in the area. Fishing boats crossed one of the most dangerous bars in Australia on a daily basis while the chips were still flying from the logging of the red cedars that were then floated down the river to be traded from Brunswick.

Chips fly as Brad de Losa slams into a 300 ml m tanding block. The Annual Brunswick Heads Woodchop Carnival, got under way yesterday and the action will continue until Saturday night.

Champion choppers

This year three of the world championship, five man Chopperoo team that competed at the Stihl Timbersports World Championship will be seen competing at Brunswick. Brad de Losa, Mitchell Argent and Brayden Meyer will be making it look like cutting through an whopping great log is as easy as slicing through cheese.

Brad de Losa finishing second overall in the individual events at the world championships after being beaten by New Zealand based axeman Jason Wynyard who won his ninth world championship...

11:23

Why So Cold? Climate Change May Be Part of the Answer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Studies suggest that one factor could be warming in the Arctic, which allows more frigid air to escape southward.

11:08

Why Melania looks sad, and other stories "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Honestly, you couldnt make this up!

You dont have to treat it as the truth, the post-truth, or anything except the truth. Just jump on this runaway train and enjoy the ride.

Here are just a few of Wolffs revelations.

Stranger than fiction

WYSIWYG

Few people who knew Trump had illusions about him. That was his appeal: He was what he was. Twinkle in his eye, larceny in his soul. Everybody in his rich-guy social circle knew about his wide-ranging ignorance.

Palestine

Pivoting from Trump himself, Bannon plunged on with the Trump agenda. Day one were moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Netanyahus all-in. Sheldon Adelson, the casino billionaire and far-right Israel defender  is all-in. We know where were heading on this Let Jordan take the West Bank, let Egypt take Gaza. Let them deal with it. Or sink trying.

Bolton

Bannon said hed tried to push John Bolton, the famously hawkish diplomat, for the job as national-security adviser. Bolton was an Ailes favorite, too. Hes a bomb thrower, said Ailes (former head of Fox News). And a strange little fucker. But you need him. Who else is good on Israel? Flynn is a little nutty on Iran. Tillerson just knows oil. Boltons mustache...

10:59

(Anti) Social Media/Facebook Ripping Apart The Fabric of Society "IndyWatch Feed National"

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 A former Facebook executive criticized the company he once worked for and social media as a whole, saying it is "ripping apart the social fabric" in societies around the world, CBS San Francisco reports. Chamath Palihapitiya, who previously served as Facebook's vice president for user growth, expressed "tremendous guilt" and urged people to take a "hard break" from social media during a talk at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
"I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works," said Palihapitiya, who left the social media giant in 2011 and now heads The Social+Capital Partnership, a venture capital fund.
"No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth," he went on to say.
Palihapitiya said the problem is not just isolated to Russia-backed ads and the 2016 presidential election, which led officials from Facebook, Twitter and Google to answer questions in Congress. The former Facebook executive cited an incident in India where innocent people were lynched after hoax messages about kidnappings were shared on WhatsApp.

"I just don't use these tools anymore, I haven't for years. It's created with a huge tension with my friends, it's created a huge tension in my social circles," Palihapitiya said. "If you look at my Facebook feed, I probably posted two times in the last seven years."
Palihapitiya also said that his children "aren't allowed to use this s**t."
Last month, former Facebook president Sean Parker criticized the social networking giant, saying it is "exploiting a vulnerability in human society."
"It literally changes your relationship with society, with each other. It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. God only knows what it...

10:54

Media Hype, Imaginary Hobgoblins: Malcolm And Peters Politics Of Moral Panic "IndyWatch Feed National"

The media driven, politically exploited furore over African crime gangs leads Ben Debney to wonder out loud who Australians should really be scared of.

The whole aim of practical politics, wrote the famed US journalist H. L. Mencken in 1921, is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

Lacking both policies and the usual hobgoblins with which to menace the public as the war of terror has wound down and the boats have stopped, the federal Tories, long time stalwarts of this truism, have revealed their conspicuous illiberalism in the new year by launching a moral panic over African youth gangs in Melbourne.

The ball began rolling on this panic in the last few weeks of 2017, when News Corp ran a number of articles (Call for action against rioting African mob; Plea to Turnbull to smash the gangs) engaging in what researchers into moral panics in sociology call the production of deviance.

Deviance in this sense refers to the result of having the power to interpret the meaning of words self-interestedly and impose those interpretations on public discourse, rather than characteristics of anyone so labelled. Every imaginary hobgoblin is, in one form or another, a deviant.

Rupert MurdochMedia magnate, Rupert Murdoch.

Few on the planet have greater power to produce deviance, and so to manufacture hysteria though moral panic, than the neo-feudal corporate aristocrat Rupert Murdoch. Malcolm Turnbull, knowing how quickly the same mechanisms can be used against him (and how much Murdoch hates him already, having ousted his favourite pet), fell sharply into line, alleging in his first press conference for the year growing gang violence and lawlessness in Victoria. In this moral panicking, he is thus merely on script in deference to those who wield true power in society.

Such violence, Turnbull claimed, was a failure of political leadership and determination on the part of the Andrews government the underlying pretence being that he knows anything about either himself. The tendency to establish pretences is another aspect of moral panicking, that of crisis leve...

10:43

How Hypnosis Could Cure Us of Our Deepest, Darkest Fears "IndyWatch Feed National"

Have you ever stopped to really consider the wide assortment of fears and phobias that exist in todays society? From zombies to public speaking, clowns to heights there appears to be a fear for nearly anything that you can think of.

Dont believe me? Theres even a technical term for the fear of phobias. Thats right, phobophobia is defined as the fear of phobia(s) and, more specifically, of the internal sensations associated with that phobia and anxiety. These fears can range from a mere inconvenience to completely debilitating, impacting every area of your life and interfering with your ability to function normally.

Recently Chapman University initiated a nationwide survey, asking Americans just what strikes fear deep in their hearts. Participants were asked their level of fear relating to approximately 80 different possible fears ranging from the government to natural disasters. The researchers then compiled the data and came up with a list of the top fears in the United States which included some interesting and eye-opening answers, such as corrupt government officials, pollution of drinking water, high medical bills and air pollution.

Photo by tertia van rensburg on Unsplash

 

While the answers of the Chapman University Survey on American Fears were bigger concerns, focusing largely on politics and worldwide pollution, many Americans share fears that hit much closer to home. It is estimated that 25 million Americans share a fear of flying, or aerophobia, while trypanophobia, or a fear of needles can have a significant impact on your ability to obtain necessary, life-saving health care. Acknowledging the potential impact that these fears can have on our life and well-being, experts have devoted time, energy and funding into better understanding the cause and treatment of various fears, phobias and anxiety.

One...

10:38

18 Of The Best Melbourne Eateries Where Gangs Of African Youths Probably Wont Kill You "IndyWatch Feed National"

African Youth Crime Gangs are out of control in Melbourne. People are being slaughtered. And then eaten alive, after theyve been slaughtered. And then re-animated and slaughtered again. Its that bad.

Only the bravest journalists from the Herald Sun and The Age are venturing out into the carnage to bring you the exclusives and promote a civil public debate about Vicious African Youth Crime Gangs. Which are out of control. And killing white Melburnians. Everywhere. All the time.

Anyhoo, New Matilda hit Melbourne town to find out the best places to eat where you wont get stabbed or maimed or killed. Turns out the safest place to eat, amidst the chaos and panic, is at an African restaurant. Because Terrifying Vicious African Youth Crime Gangs dont attack African restaurants. Because apart from being violent, Brutal Terrifying Vicious Alien Vampire African Youth Crime Gangs are also racist.

So, in no particular order, heres 18 Melbourne African restaurants where you can safely dine (and support, while this fucking shameful debate plays itself out) with props to Trip Advisor and of course Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull, whove done more to promote fine African dining than any fascists before them.

Morrocan Soup Bar | 183 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy | Moroccan, African, Vegetarian

The Abyssinian | 277 Racecourse Rd, Kensington | African Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

Little Africa | 358 Victoria Street, Melbourne | African Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly

Polepole Bar & Kitchen | 1/267 Little Collins St, Melbourne | African, Vegetarian Friendly

Sabas Ethiopian Restaurant | 328 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy | African Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

New Somali Kitchen | 284 Racecourse Rd, Flemington | African, Middle Eastern, Halal

Savanna African Restaurant & Caf | 7 Johnston St, Collingwood | African Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

Konjo Ethiopian Restaurant | 20 Smith St, Collingwood | African

Nyalas African Restaurant | 356 Brunswick St, Fitzroy | African Ethiopian

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10:28

Australian Government denies our right to armed self defence. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cyril Watson says he was threatened with a screwdriver and a knife.Picture: 7 News.
https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/crime/wembley-70-year-old-tells-of-terrifying-home-invasion-ng-b88704181z
In Australia we are denied the legal right to armed self defence, no guns, no capsicum spray & no tasers. People are getting raped, bashed, robbed & killed every day, & yet our government expects us to defend ourselves with our fists!!!
What is it going to take to make the majority of Australians stand up for other Australians & say enough is enough?! 

09:49

Police crack down on youth gangs in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lismore police are targeting trouble-making youths around Lismore shopping centres.

Lismore police have begun cracking down on the anti-social behaviour of young people around Lismore Square Shopping Centre following numerous complaints.

Police this morning have issued a warning saying they are aware of the identity all the people responsible causing issues at the square, and anyone who breached a banning order can expect to be arrested and charged.

Yesterday police laid five charges of enter inclosed lands without lawful excuse on some local juveniles.

Just recently in a post to one of the more popular social media sites on Facebook, one person posted to the little shits that hang around the square and/or the parents of those kids.

Parents get your god damned kids in order. Theyre a disgrace and so are you for letting them act like they do.

I just read a story about a bunch of kids on scooters who attacked an old lady. If that was your kid, youre double the disgrace

Im sick of seeing and hearing them at the square, and Im sure most of the community is too. Theyre gonna get hit by a car and no oh my poor baby will be held in sympathy because weve all had plenty of time to see how ridiculously stupid they are.

Police said they had been working with the management of the shopping square over the last few weeks to addresss the issue of anti-social behaviour.

As a result several offenders have been identified and served with banning notices.

Shopkeepers around Lismores CBD also have been complaining of groups of young people riding at dangerous speeds on the footpaths.

Police said they would continue to carry out uniformed and plain-clothes patrols in all the local shopping centres so people could shop and work in peace.

 

 

 

 

 

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09:41

Kremlin Watch: Papadopoulos, Fusion GPS, and Fake Americans "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Last Jedi was excellent. My scribbled notes may turn into a blog post at some point, but until then I need another pick-me-up. And what better cheer is there than foreign governments messing with US politics, amirite?

Return Of The FBI

It looks like weve got our answer to why the FBI was looking into Trump, and it involves booze and Australians.

During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australias top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton. About three weeks earlier, Mr. Papadopoulos had been told that Moscow had thousands of emails that would embarrass Mrs. Clinton, apparently stolen in an effort to try to damage her campaign. []

The hacking and the revelation that a member of the Trump campaign may have had inside information about it were driving factors that led the F.B.I. to open an investigation in July 2016 into Russias attempts to disrupt the election and whether any of President Trumps associates conspired.

Bravo on this one, New York Times. It also swats down the coffee boy line about Papadopoulos.

He was hardly central to the daily running of the Trump campaign, yet Mr. Papadopoulos continuously found ways to make himself useful to senior Trump advisers. In September 2016, with the United Nations General Assembly approaching and stories circulating that Mrs. Clinton was going to meet with Mr. Sisi, the Egyptian president, Mr. Papadopoulos sent a message to Stephen K. Bannon, the campaigns chief executive, offering to broker a similar meeting for Mr. Trump.

After days of scheduling discussions, the meeting was set and Mr. Papadopoulos sent a list of talking points to Mr. Bannon, according to people familiar with those interactions. Asked about his contacts with Mr. Papadopoulos, Mr. Bannon declined to comment.

Theres also proposals to write neutral opinion pieces in favour of Trump, taking advantage of his access. Well worth the read.

Fu...

09:29

Learner rider found to be over the limit in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 41-year-old Lismore man who raced away from police on his motorbike was found to be under the influence of alcohol, and on a learners permit.

Police allege they driving through the roundabout at Ballina and Wyrallah and Ballina road in an unmarked vehicle when they were overtaken on the near side by a motorbike at  4:38pm yesterday.

While driving through the roundabout the rider lifted the front wheel of the motorbike off the road.

Police gave pursuit and indicated for the rider to pull over but he accelerated away, locking up a wheel on the intersection of Brewster and Ewing Streets.

On Ewing street the rider had to break harshly to avoid a collision with another vehicle.

Police terminated the pursuit because of the danger presented by the riders actions.

A few minutes later police were advised that the motorbike had crashed on the intersection of Magellan and Hampton Streets.

The rider ran off but returned to watch the bike being removed by a tow truck, and was identified by police.

The rider, a 41 year old Lismore man, was placed under arrest and failed a roadside breath test.

Checks on his licence revealed he was on a Learners riders licence.

At Lismore Police Station he provided an alcohol reading more than three times the legal limit for an unrestricted rider.

The 41 year old was charged with Police Pursuit, Drive Manner Dangerous and High Range PCA 2nd Offence.

His licence was also suspended. He will appear in Lismore Local Court later this month.

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09:11

The Wall, the Sound and the Fury: And Not Much Else "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some of the prototypes.  Though I am not a construction engineer, it seems to me that 2,000 miles of any of these is more of a job than their proponents are telling us.

With regard to Mr. Trumps  Border Wall, I am skeptical. Now, I freely concede that I am not an authority on Border Walls. In fact, I have never built a Border Wall. This may surprise readers. Yet it is true. So all that follows is in the nature of speculation. Be warned.

Still, though I may be horrifically wrong, and different numbers can be obtained by assuming different types of wall, I suggest that the following represent the kinds of questions that need to be answered. Further, it should be incumbent on those promoting the Wall to produce prices and times that make sense.

All right, Mr. Trump has eight prototypes, but they run to 30 feet high, made of concrete, and go six feet underground to prevent tunneling. According to rumor among the border authorities, some go considerably deeper, and some prototypes are made of other materials. Here we will assume a hypothetical concrete wall thirty feet high and six feet deep.   In other words, thirty-six feet in vertical dimension.

Let us assume a thickness of six inches. Much less would be insecure, one supposes. We will ignore rebar. Actually, a glance at the photograph shows that, of whatever they be made, they are more than six inches thick, but we will ignore this.

The volume of concrete in the entire wall would thus be 2,000 miles x 5280 ft / mile x 36 ft x .5 ft, or 190,080,000 cubic feet.

Now, the wall presumably will have to be built in prefab sections at a remote factory or factories, and trucked to the Wall site on flatbed eighteen-wheelers. Donkeys would seem inadequate, helicopters excessive. Fabricating each section in situ  with some sort of traveling factory, requiring the trucking in of phenomenal amounts of concrete (or metal or whatever the Wall was made of), would be crazy even by the standards of federal contracting.

To be carried on a standard semi rig, sections could be no more than 8.5 feet wide. Each section would measure 36 ft. x .5 ft. x 8.5 ft, or or 153 cubic feet. Since concrete weights 145 pounds per cubic foot, the section would weigh 22,185 lbs.

Given...

08:54

Abbott on warpath over energy: Labor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former prime minister Tony Abbott. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Federal Labor says Tony Abbott is on the warpath, and might sink the Turnbull governments proposed national energy guarantee policy.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is reportedly facing a backlash in government ranks from conservative MPs including the man he replaced in the top job, over his energy policy.

Mr Abbott has declared he doesnt support granting Australian businesses access to overseas carbon credits, describing it as a carbon tax under a different name.

Acting opposition leader Tanya Plibersek said its only three days into the new year and the Liberal Party was at war with itself over climate change action.

Who knows what the future of the national energy guarantee is If Tony Abbott is on the warpath again? she told reporters.

Theres one thing you can guarantee for sure is Malcolm Turnbull going underwater.

The national energy guarantee would involve energy retailers delivering a set level of ready-to-use power in each state to shore up reliability, while also being compelled to meet a lower emissions target.

Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox said business had been advocating for access to international credits as a cost-effective way to achieve Australias commitments under the Paris climate change agreement.

It makes absolutely no sense to rule out this option by insisting that our commitments can only be fulfilled within our borders, Mr Willox said in a statement.

The Mineral Council of Australia also echoed the same view.Australias target under the Paris agreement is to reduce emissions to 26-28 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030 across the entire economy.

The post Abbott on warpath over energy: Labor appeared first on Echonetdaily.

08:54

A Message to Russian Hackers A Letter from Anarchist Prisoner Sean Swain "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Sean Swain is an anarchist prisoner serving time in Lebanon Correctional Institute in Lebanon, Ohio.  He is currently running for Ohio Governor.  You can read his work at https://seanswain.noblogs.org/.

CALL OUT TO ANYONE WHO THINKS THEY KNOW WHERE RUSSIAN HACKERS MAY ENCOUNTER THE FOLLOWING OPEN LETTER TO POST, RE-POST, TWEET, LINK, ETC.

Im currently running for Ohio Governor from prison. My campaign pledge is to abolish the State of Ohio, recognizing the Treaty of Greenville that set aside this area as unceded Indian Territory. I plan to invite the First Nations back, hand them the national guard armaments, declare the State of Ohio officially abolished, and prepare for the U.S. invasion.
No. Really.
I wont get too into the theoretical here, but true liberation can only be undertaken in conjunction with a campaign of anti-colonization. You cant speak of liberation while standing in someone elses yard.
Thats the short version.
Anyhow, it occurred to me that my election and the abolition of the State of Ohio may interest others beyond the borders of Ohio and perhaps beyond the borders of the U...

08:48

AMA calls for tougher rules for drivers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Learner drivers and those on their P plates should lose their licence for a year if caught texting or using their mobile phones while on the road, Australias peak medical body says.

The Australian Medical Association made the call as it released its first ever position paper on road safety in which it outlined a raft of measures for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

It said laws covering the use of mobile phones and electronic devices in cars should be strictly enforced, with a zero tolerance approach introduced for P-plate and L-plate drivers who should lose their licences for up to a year if caught using them.

AMA president Dr Michael Gannon said mobile telephones and electronic devices, including navigational devices, were distractions for drivers and a major cause of accidents, trauma, and death.

We want to change the culture and mentality about using mobile devices in cars, he said in a statement on Thursday.

Your drivers licence is a privilege, not a right.

Drivers who breach the road rules are putting themselves and others at risk, and must face meaningful sanctions.

The release of the AMAs position paper on road safety comes after a horror few weeks on the nations roads, with 66 people having lost their lives in road crashes during the holiday period so far.

The paper also includes calls for politicians to consider introducing laws targeting driver fatigue, one of the top three contributors to Australias road toll, in a similar fashion to those aimed at drink drivers.

The AMA also wants national standards introduced educating young people about road rules and for assessing older people to test whether they should still be driving.

Dr Gannon said young people should start having formal lessons early on in their lives about road rules and the responsibilities of pedestrians, who face a host of safety risks while using headphones, earpieces and mobile devices.

He also backed joint guidelines issued by Austroads and the National Transport Commission on how older people should be assessed to see if they are still fit to drive.

All states and territories must adopt uniform criteria for assessing the functional ability of older drivers, as the discrepancies between jurisdictions are problematic, Dr Gannon said.

Doctors should be providing advice on when to retire from driving. This may require medical examinations or assessments of drivers beyond a specified age.

The AMAs position paper says that by making drivers more responsible and more aware of their behaviour and its consequences, along with the availability of safer vehicles, the number of preventable road fatalities and injuries should fall....

08:45

Seaweed Could Save the Earth with Biodegradable Edible Packaging "IndyWatch Feed National"

Biodegradable Edible Packaging Seaweed

By Heather CallaghanEditor

Thanks to an Indonesian company with a penchant to clean up the world

The plastic pollution crisis is so bad, that its actually coming back to haunt us in the form of plastic nanoparticles now in our tap water. Its simply ridiculous to keep churning out petro-chemical waste products that have no outlet and no ability to breakdown.

For the person who wants a world without plastic waste, every hour of every day must be panic-inducing. Before you get to work youve been exposed to phthalates from your shampoo, bottled water, feminine products and perhaps fast food wrapping. Whats worse, none of those packages/wraps will breakdown, but they will kill off the ecology. And theres just no reason for it

Maybe biodegradable edible packaging created from marine vegetation was the answer right under the sea.

Laughing Squid reports:

E...

08:43

Seaplane wreckage recovery set to start "IndyWatch Feed National"

A seaplane that crashed into a river north of Sydney on New Years Eve, killing all six people aboard, had reportedly been rebuilt after another fatal crash in the 1990s.

NSW police will attempt to recover the Sydney Seaplanes DHC-2 Beaver from the Hawkesbury River on Thursday in an operation that started at dawn and will run into the afternoon.

Experienced pilot Gareth Morgan died along with high-profile UK businessman Richard Cousins, his two adult sons Edward and William, his fiancee Emma Bowden and her 11-year-old daughter Heather when the plane plunged into Jerusalem Bay on December 31.

The cause of the crash is still unclear but Fairfax Media on Thursday reported the plane was previously involved in another fatal crash in 1996.

It was being used as a crop duster when it cartwheeled and crashed at Armidale, with the pilot killed and the plane destroyed, according to an Australian Transport Safety Bureau report cited by Fairfax.

The aircraft was rebuilt and has since been owned by several businesses including, most recently, Sydney Seaplanes.

Seaplanes Pilots Association vice-president Kevin Bowe told Fairfax that crashed planes were completely overhauled before re-use so they were as good as or better than new.

Aviation expert Neil Hansford on Thursday said the fuselage was probably the only original part left on the aircraft.

The engine on this particular aircraft has to come off every 1200 hours and this operator was pulling it off at 1100 and its basically return to new, he told ABC Radio.

Authorities on Thursday are expected to use a floating crane to recover the plane, is resting on its roof in about 15 metres of water, according to All Waterfront Constructions operations director Chris Kemp.Mr Kemp, who will work to recover the aircraft, said two slings would be lowered and passed through the aircrafts cabin by police divers.

Then well be lifting the whole lot up and placing it on the barge, he told AAP.

One of the wings is pretty badly damaged and bent over on the plane itself, so well be pulling that back down and lashing it to the plane, Mr Kemp said.

The ATSB is working to determine why the seaplane went down.

One possibility is the plane stalled.Aircraft maintenance engineer Michael Greenhill told AAP on Wednesday that while it was not mandatory in Australia for Beaver planes to have stall warnings installed, most did.

A stall is when the airflow over the aircrafts wing becomes insufficient enough to produce lift, Mr Greenhill said.

A Canadian report, published in September 2017, recommended the warning system be mandatory on all Beavers.

Even...

08:36

Birds and dinosaurs breathing "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

6 August 2014

Dinosaurs evolved over millions of years into the modern birds we see today! How did such large creatures become so small? Trace is here to tell you the answer.

From the University of Bonn in Germany:

Birds and dinosaurs: High-performance breathing in bones

Origin of unique respiratory system of birds and dinosaurs

January 3, 2018

Summary: Dinosaurs are far from extinct, but dominate as birds still most regions of the globe. Part of this huge success is due to the evolution of air sacs, which are crucial for the high efficiency of their respiratory system. Scientists have analyzed the structure of bones that are in contact with air sacs and found both in extinct and extant species a hitherto unknown type of bony tissue.

The respiratory organs of vertebrates exhibit a tremendous degree of diversity, but the lung-air sac system of birds is truly unique among extant species, says Dr. Markus Lambertz from the Institute for Zoology at the University of Bonn in Germany. Air sacs are bellows-like protrusions of the lung, and their volume changes cause the air flow in the separate gas exchanger. This functional separation is crucial for the exceptional efficiency of this respiratory system, but air sacs can do more: they can invade bones, a process called pneumatization.

Pneumatized bones are very light, because they are filled with air instead of the more heavy marrow, which was not only important for active flight, but also for the evolution of gigantism in sauropod dinosaurs. Through the presence of the resulting pneumatic cavities, it has long been known that air sac-like structures predate the origin of birds, since they were found both in t...

08:31

Choosing an Ombudsman: Revelations from the 1987 NSW Cabinet Papers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The choice for New South Wales Ombudsman in 1987 came down to a senior Departmental head and a solicitor with a familiar name in Labor circles; the latter promising a less contested relationship between the government and the Ombudsmans Office after years of strife between the two.

Cabinet papers for the NSW Government, recently released under the 30 year rule still applicable in NSW, offer an insight into the appointment of David Landa as NSWs third Ombudsman.

While the selection panel narrowed the eventual choice to Landa, a prominent solicitor with strong Labor connections, and Trevor Haines, the then Secretary of the Attorney-Generals Department, an impressive shortlist was interviewed, with gender and (relative) youth no bar to inclusion.

However, reducing the eventual choice to Landa and Haines seemingly reflected a desire to create a more harmonious relationship between government and watchdog than existed during the term of George Masterman, QC, who held the post between 1981 and 1987.

While Premier Barrie Unsworth made the recommendation to Cabinet on 15 December 1987, he was acting on the advice of a selection committee, headed by Gerry Gleeson, the all powerful head of the Premiers Department. Also on the panel were Ken Robson, the auditor general; Helen Gamble, the chair of the NSW Law Reform Commission; and, controversially, John Ducker, the long time Labor power broker and former head of the NSW Labor Council, in his capacity as Chairman of the Public Service Board.

Gleeson had famously warned former Premier Neville Wran in 1981 that he would come to regret the appointment of the fiercely independent and strong-willed Masterman as Ombudsman. With Ministerial conduct beyond the remit of the Ombudsman, Wran and his ministers were rarely directly challenged by the office, and indeed (at least early in Mastermans term) reportedly valued it as instrumental in achieving public service reform. In a caucus meeting in 1982, when challenged by a backbencher to do something about the Ombudsman, Wran reportedly replied: He is there to be a burr in the saddle of the Government, not to make life easy for us.

But nevertheless, with a growing focus on corruption, the relationship between Ombudsman and government had grown tense largely over the issue of police complaints. The Ombudsmans civilian oversight of police would be bitterly contested by police, the Police Association and police ministers through the Wran-Unsworth and Greiner-Fahey governments. These tensions were never really resolved until the reforms of post-Wood Royal Commission era.

In 1984, Masterman also controversially expressed conce...

08:18

Its 2018 And The No Jab No Play Propaganda Machine Rolls On "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

 Note: The deception, lies, propaganda, nonsense, fear mongering & hate campaign against healthy Australian families rolls on into 2018.

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08:00

January 4 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1688 - Billy Boy Sooki-La-La Dampi-Pants (better known in serious history blogs as William Dampier) rocked up on the shore of King Sound in Westralia and pronounced the Aboriginal People as,
"The miserablest people in the world."
Giving him the royal birdie down the tunnels of history is the fact he's remembered best for his wankerish grasp of the English language and that his pithy evaluation delayed the colonialisation of Oz for a century.


1798 - The first land sale in Australia took place in the area now known as Bankstown. And I bet they were getting blood from a stone...just like today.

1802 - Lt John Murray was a bright lad, a chap who knew his onions and used his God-given grey matter between his ears so he knew exactly what he was eyeballing when he was at the opening to Port Phillip Bay.....
...no, Snodgrass, it wasn't the secret door to Narnia....wrong, Cedric Longbottom, it was not the hidden back passage to your fathers wine cellar....yes, finally, Crispin, you pulled your finger out of the dyke (sorry, Ma'am) and got a leg over in class!
It was, in fact, the entrance to Port Phillip Bay he'd found.

1804 - Lieut-Col. David Collins examined the site of Launceston, but, being a picky bugger, he decided to continue on to the River Derwent.

1808 - Not a great day for Lieutenant John Putland, son-in-law of Governor Bligh, who died on this day of tuberculosis  at Government House and was buried in the grounds of Government House.
Then he got shifted all over the shop; next he was buried in a vault at old St Phillip's on Church Hill, but later relocated to Town Hall burial ground, then later relocated to St Stephens (headstone remains in present St Phillip's). Mary Putland had intended to have the body sent back to England, but was prevented by the outbreak of the rebellion.

1810 - SToday saw Gov Lachlan Macquarie stamp his foot and get Roolly Cross with those naughty mischievous monkeys playing at the Rum Rebellion in the NSW Corps who had deposed Macquarie's predecessor poor old Gov Bligh; Lachlan cancelled all the land grants, bequests and trials, then dismissed all the trouble makers from authority.
He was cleaning out his closet.

1812 - They were all cock-a-hoop at the Notice of arrival of the ship Speedwell at Sydney filled to the gunwales with Shoalhaven cedar.

1814 - Things were looking up for Thomas West when he received a conditional pardon today in consideration of his general good conduct and character for sobriety and industry and in having erected a water mill for the grinding of grain at Barcom Glen within t...

07:58

Nix the single market! Britain could join despised TPP instead "IndyWatch Feed National"

Britain could join the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to kick-start exports after Brexit. If the unusual move goes ahead, the UK would be the first member without borders on the Pacific Ocean or South China Sea. The proposal is being developed by Liam Fox's Department for International Trade. The group lost the United States, its largest member, when President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement last year. The 11 remaining members, which include Japan, Canada and Australia, agreed in November to continue with a successor deal. Trade minister Greg Hands told the Financial Times there is no geographical restriction on Britain joining trade groups. "Nothing is excluded in all of this," he said. "With these kind of plurilateral relationships, there doesn't have to be any geographical restriction."

07:30

GMs delegation powers questioned "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Hans Lovejoy

Byron Shire Council general manager Ken Gainger. Photo supplied

A councillor decision at the September 21, 2017 meeting that updated the general managers (GM) delegated powers has been questioned by longtime council critic Fast Buck$ aka John Anderson.

He says the general manager (GM) now has power over any elected councillor, or at the very least the same powers since the delegations were adopted recently.

Staff described changes in the September report as  minor changes to the GMs delegations, which they claim were in line with recent amendments to the Local Government Act 1993 [LGA]

Mr Buck$ questioned whether such a change was minor given the previous GMs 2016 delegation policy only confers power to exercise any function of the council which is excluded from the councils power of delegation pursuant to s377 of the LGA. 

The newly adopted delegations in September list a long schedule of conditions and limitations over three pages and adheres to GMs powers as defined in the LGA (s377).

Subject to the exclusions, the new policy says the GM has delegation of ALL the powers and functions of the council.

Butler St appeal

Mr Buck$ says, The GM definitely did not at the time have the delegated authority to even defend the Butler Street appeal, let alone spend $450k on it.

Nor did he have the delegated authority to engage big-city consultants and spend $350k on the Butler Street bypass DA etc.

The Echo asked outgoing GM Ken Gainger, How is this a minor change to delegations? And there appears no reference to the recent amendments to the LG Act 1993 within the September staff report that supports this decision. What are they?

GM replies

Mr Gainger replied that as the reports author and legal services co-ordinator Ral...

07:25

Black Ops Agent Claims He Was Paid To Bomb OKC in the 1990s By Deep State; Hours Later Has A Car Crash "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Former independent Black Ops Contractor Robert Cody Snodgres took to the airwaves early last month to allege he was offered a massive $1 million dollar paycheck from the CIA to bomb the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City prior to the mysterious deadly explosion in the 1990s, hours later he was in a serious car accident according to reports.

The 1990s 9/11, so to speak, where evidence doesnt add up was originally and officially blamed on fertilizer bombs perpetrated by Timothy McVeigh and his accomplice Terry L. Nichols.  Its a weaved web of deceit; the investigation was a cover-up in every sense of the word, and may finally get wings for exposure.

The question is why if there is nothing to hide? That question may finally be answered with Snodgres, a career Independent Contractor.

Further false flag attacks may be prevented with his stepping forward to blow the whistle on how ICs are approached to carry out these heinous acts against the American people in exchange for large sums of cash. According to Snodgres, he believes McVeigh and Nichols were patsies. (And as you will see later evidence collaborates this assertion.) Snodgres told Jeff Rense:

For over 20 years, I was an Independent Contractor (IC), specializing in sensitive, covert assignments, as well as bodyguard work. In 1994 I was given the task to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City.

This job came from an x-US military man, who told me he worked covertly for CIA. I refused on moral grounds. My strong opposition to attacking U.S. citizens on our own soil changed my status from a CIA asset into a liability, a private, Independent Contractor who knew too much,

Snodgres appeared on Jeff Renses radio show on December 4th and 5th, giving his shocking testimony stating he refused the offer to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Ironically, hours after Snodgres did the December 5th interview he was in a near-fatal car accident.

Snodgres left an audio message after the crash with further details on the incident.

Further, Snodgres discussed both the Clintons and Bushes involvement in drug trafficking, Iran Contra, and numerous other corruption....

07:18

Saddle Road retirement village mooted "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Matthew Cleva OReilly. Photo Tree Faerie.

Hans Lovejoy

While absolutely opposed to rezoning Saddle Road to village or residential, Saddle Road resident Matthew Cleva OReilly has lodged his own expression of interest (EOI) with Council for a seniors affordable housing project on the five-hectare property he manages.

It comes in response to an invitation by Council for landowners to submit EOIs for affordable-housing projects.

As previously reported, five other landowners lodged a large planning proposal with Council which has an affordable-housing component on the picturesque ridgeline between Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads.

Twenty two-bedroom self-contained villa-style seniors dwelling are proposed by Mr OReilly, along with a seniors hostel with 40 one-bedrooms. Additional buildings are also proposed, including 12 farmstay cabins for temporary visitor accommodation and ancillary workers dwellings.

Mr OReilly lodged the proposal along with ten other landowners, and acknowledged that it is somewhat a conflicting position, given his opposition to rezoning the area.

Mr OReilly believes his proposal can be achieved through existing legislation and without the need for a Council-led rezoning.

He said, All we have proposed is a better way for Council to manage secondary dwellings, dual occupancies, rural visitors cabins and group homes in rural areas to ensure they are really used for affordable housing and not for high rents and holiday accommodation.

I still think the ideas in the report are well worth Councils implementing Shire-wide. In many ways, it is entirely an academic exercise but I do hope changes in Council affordable-housing policies may flow from our submissions.

Conditions...

07:11

And repeat... "IndyWatch Feed National"


So Guido Fawkes has caught the BBC out for failing to mention that a staff nurse they "allowed...to repeatedly attack the government over the so-called 'NHS crisis' this morning" is "a top Corbynista, star of a Labour Party Political Broadcast and hardline left-wing activist":
5Live introduced Danielle Tiplady by saying Lets bring in Danielle who is a staff nurse, before she went on to reel off Labour attack lines on the NHS. 
The BBC has admitted they got it wrong with a semi-apology on Twitter:


The interesting thing here is that this is the second time Fawkes has caught the BBC out over this lady. And, Googling around, guess what the BBC's answer was last time, according to the Mail


Almost identical words. Talk about sticking to a formula!

06:56

How Antifascists Won the Battles of Berkeley "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post How Antifascists Won the Battles of Berkeley appeared first on It's Going Down.

2017 in the Bay and Beyond: A Play-By-Play Analysis

The perilous politics of militant anti-fascism defined 2017 for the anarchist movement in the United States. The story in the Bay Area mirrors that of the country at large. Its a narrative full of tragedies, setbacks, and repression, ultimately concluding with a fragile victory. Yet there was no guarantee it would turn out this way: only a few months ago, it seemed likely we would be starting 2018 amid the nightmare of a rapidly metastasizing fascist street movement. What can anti-fascists around the world learn from what happened in Berkeley? To answer this question, we have to back up and tell the story in full.

Fascists chose Berkeley, California as the center stage for their attempt to get a movement off the ground. The advantage shifted back and forth between fascists and anti-fascists as both sides maneuvered to draw more allies into the fight. Riding on the coattails of Trumps campaign and exploiting the blind spots of liberal free speech politics, fascists gained momentum until anti-fascists were able to use these victories against them, drawing together an unprecedented mobilization. As we begin a new year, anti-fascist networks in the Bay Area are stronger than ever. Participants in anti-fascist struggle enjoy a hard-earned legitimacy in the eyes of many activists and communities targeted by the far right. By contrast, the far-right movement that gained strength throughout 2016 and the first half of 2017 has imploded. For the time being, the popular mobilization they sought to manifest has been thwarted. The events in the Bay Area offer an instructive example of the threat posed by contemporary far-right coalition buildingand how we can defend our communities against it.

2016: A New Era Begins

Clashes escalate outside a Trump Rally in San Jose on June 2, 2016.

The clashes between far-right forces and anti-fascists that gripped Berkeley for much of 2017 were the climax of a sequence of events that began a year earlier. On February 27, 2016, Klansmen in the Southern California city of Anaheim stabbed three anti-racists who were protesting a Ku Klux Klan rally against illega...

06:30

Problems with Fruit Bats "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

I hope that you had a happy Christmas and that 2018 will be a successful year for all of us.

Growing up, I thought that flying-foxes (fruit bats) were largely a coastal species. You saw the occasional one in Armidale generally dead hanging upside down from the power lines. I knew they were eaten by the Aborigines from the ethnographic record, but actually knew very little about them.

I was therefore surprised earlier to find that Tamworth had major problems with a large colony of Grey Headed flying foxes along the Peel River.  Now it's Armidale's turn, with a colony moving in on Tuesday 3 October 2017. To my knowledge, it's the first time in Armidale. As happened in Tamworth, many residents directly affected are up in arms, wanting the Council to take action, although there is not a lot the Council can do. .

Part of  the problem appears to lie in the way that the animal's natural habitats have been progressively reduced, drawing them into urban areas in search of food. I was a little surprised when I first read this because I wouldn't have thought that there had been major habitat changes around Armidale or Tamworth that might force such a move.

Reading the quite fascinating Wikipedia article on Grey Headed flying foxes, I discovered that the animals are in fact migratory, capable of travelling long distances in search of food. So habitat change associated with urbanisation on the coast might well force them well inland.

05:48

#ICYMI - Space Jam: Basketball Cosmic Queries, with Neil deGrasse Tyson "IndyWatch Feed National"

Neil deGrasse Tyson joins hosts Gary OReilly and Chuck Nice to answer fan submitted questions about the physics of basketball, Michael Jordan, and the impact of race on athletic performance. (Warning: Adult Language.) Dont miss an episode of Playing with Science. Subscribe to our channels on: TuneIn: tunein.com/playingwithscience Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/playing-with-science/id1198280360 GooglePlay Music: https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/Iimke5bwpoh2nb25swchmw6kzjq SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/startalk_playing-with-science Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/startalk/playing-with-science NOTE: StarTalk All-Access subscribers can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free: https://www.startalkradio.net/all-access/space-jam-basketball-cosmic-queries-with-neil-degrasse-tyson/

04:59

Solar Minimum The Fastest Decline in Almost 10,000 Years "IndyWatch Feed National"

Solar Minimum The Fastest Decline in Almost 10,000 Years
by Martin Armstrong

"QUESTION: Hi Marty ! Happy new year! Not written in a while, but wanted to ask a private question related to the forthcoming cold period.

a) How long will it last? (It will start now and go into 2024 when does Socrates say it will start to reverse and when will temperatures be back to where they are now ?)
b) How far south does someone have to go who is allergic to cold anyway? Is it best to keep away from volcanic islands?
c) Is it in your view a minor cold blip or OMG were all going to freeze to death and run out of food ?

Just so I know the prognosis. It would be helpful if you could ask Socrates the relevant questions as I think there are a number of folks who wouldnt mind knowing the answers to these types of questions priv...

03:57

A new mantra for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The year ahead

2018 is going to be a tough one, so they say

They said that last year, mind, but this year they might just be right!

I had a quiet think about what you can do about this vexing state of affairs.

For my answer, see here at my main website blog (or click the image below).


Hopefully some food for thought for you there.

And don't forget to apply the 40% rule!

You can subscribe for my main website blog here.

02:44

PERTH Man charged with murder over fatal attack on Irish dad in Perth "IndyWatch Feed National"

snip .

Man charged with murder over fatal attack on Irish dad in Perth .

January 03, 2018 at 09:37PM .

However, at a hearing in Perth Magistrates Court this morning the charge was upgraded to murder, reports ABC News. The incident unfolded at around 1.30am on Saturday December 23, on Riverside Road in East Fremantle, Perth. Mr McCarthy, who was from Aghada in east Cork, had been walking in

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/man-charged-with-murder-over-fatal-attack-on-irish-dad-in-perth-36455376.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHC59V5ycaixY_fhbh10lIIKY_nxA

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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02:11

Man killed by lightning strike at Kings Canyon, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Police in the Northern Territory say a camera tripod may have contributed to the death of an Adelaide man struck by lightning on Tuesday. Antony Van Der Meer was on a dream outback holiday at Kings Canyon with his wife Jessica, mother-in-law and his sister and brother-in-law when tragedy struck about 5pm on New Year's Day. NT Police Superintendent Pauline Vicary said the bolt hit Mr Van Der Meer's metal tripod. "They were on the Kings Canyon Rim Walk and the incident happened about 500m from the carpark area," she said. "They were nearly at the end of that walk when two storm fronts came through at the same time, there was quite a bit of rain and lightning and unfortunately the lightning struck the tripod that the deceased person was carrying on his back." His family spent two frantic hours trying to revive him.

01:42

Owners of special care home receive death threats after Facebook post about separated seniors goes viral "IndyWatch Feed National"

The owners of a special-care home in New Brunswick have received death threats after a Facebook post about two seniors who were separated just days before Christmas went viral. Herbert Goodine, 91, was removed Monday from the Victoria Villa Special Care Home in Perth-Andover, N.B. where he has lived with Audrey Goodine, 89, his wife of 69 years. They had only a few days notice of the required move after an assessment deemed his dementia needed more care than the location could provide. Jennifer Eagan, an owner of the home, said Friday things have been difficult for her, her family, and the residents at the special-care home since the post went viral earlier this week. "It really has been horrifying how people have jumped on this bandwagon to crucify me," she said.

00:41

An Earlybird Skeptic As to Bostons Marathon Bombing "IndyWatch Feed National"

A search at city dump for relevant evidence? Photo ABC NEWS.

by The Zoologist

[Editors Note: Mary W Maxwell met the Zoologist in Boston last week, by luck. This person, for whose apparent honesty Mary can vouch, has never published this interesting material before.]

The Marathon event has burdened my life. I became a party to it well, not a participant but a close-up spectator simply because I live near the action. On the day of the Marathon race, April 15, 2013, I wasnt ready to doubt what I heard on radio or TV, but when Thursday the 18th rolled around, things were beginning to look pretty dubious.  And, like everyone else in the Greater Boston area, I received a robo call from the government telling me to stay home on Friday. That call arrived at 6am on Friday, the day of the manhunt for Dzokhar (Jahar) Tsarnaev.

Which would be worse, I now wonder if the entire official story were true, or if it were false? I suspect the latter. Thats because I believe it probably is a false story and...

00:16

Welcome to the dog whistle season in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Determined to keep the pot on the boil during their extended holiday break government ministers and humble backbenchers tend to release selected dog whistles to the media .

It appears we might have Liberal Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz to thank for this one elicited by Treasury Budget Policy Division's answer to one of his Questions on Notice on or about 11 December 2017.

SBS News, 29 December 2017:

Working Australians are forking out roughly $83 per week to fund the nation's welfare bill.

Average taxpayers are handing over $35 every week to prop up aged pensioners, $20 per week to pay for family benefits and $17 to support Australians with disabilities.

Just over $6 per week goes to the unemployed, while $9 goes towards repaying interest on government debt, according to figures released to a Senate committee.

Going to the source it appears that based on a fictional, average "someone who owes $11,424 in tax" in 2014-15, the extended estimates breakdown works out at a notional: 

$42.25 per week for health care; 
$35.03 for aged pensions;
$20.42 for family paymen...

00:06

Poverty, Sexual Abuse, Suicide silence is not an option "IndyWatch Feed National"

Internalising grief is toxic, it is a silence that maims and kills. The silences around sexual abuse, violence, emotional and psychological abuse, the isms sexism, racism, classism, ageism, ableism, the silences aggressively slow down and can shut down trauma recovery, and for many who are screaming to be heard, the deaf ears not only []

00:00

A reminder that the Government of Japan still allows its whalers to slaughter whales in the Antarctic section of the Australian Whale Sanctuary "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Australian Whale Sanctuary, www.environment.gov.au
In 2015 Environmental Defenders Office ( EDO NSW) received instructions from Sea Shepherd Australia to help them obtain information from the Commonwealth Government relating to illegal whaling practices by Japanese vessels in the Southern Ocean

The resulting application was refused by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, requiring EDO NSW to press their clients case with the Commonwealth Information Commissioner. 

In May 2017, the Information Commissioner ordered the release of the documents and this video was made public in the following November.

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Wednesday, 03 January

23:30

Zen and the Art of Sanitation, or the Right Way to Keep a Country Clean "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Japan, cleaning is a public service to be performed by everyone, not relegated to one marginalised section of the society.

The last word in toilet luxury: Toto washlet. Credit: Janaki Nair

The last word in toilet luxury: Toto washlet.

It is do-it-yourself with a difference, involving no greater technology than brush, broom and cloth. On every normal school day, after a thorough post-lunch brushing of teeth, Japanese school children get down to a more public service for the next 15 minutes: cleaning the school. A starker difference with Indias paranoid aversions to cleaning and cleaners, its high tolerance for dirt, especially when not in my own backyard, and its determined condemnation of whole sections of society to specialise in such work cannot be found.     

The largest sanitary-product manufacturer in Japan, Toto, has redefined the experience of sanitation from below. This is not just by renaming the toilet as washlet. Designed in loving detail, the washlet permits permutations and variations of temperature, (beginning with the seat), water force, sound (to mask less pleasant answers to the calls of nature) and of course smell. This total sensory care...

23:20

Full Guide of Blockchain Investor at Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines: Zach Piester Will Tell How to Get the Maximum Profit "IndyWatch Feed National"

The headliner of Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines, which will be held on January 25 in Manila, will be one of the largest investors in Singapore, co-founder of the venture company Intrepid Venture and crypto evangelist Zach Piester. The expert who has worked with hundreds of startups will tell the audience how to get the maximum profit from investing in blockchain projects and ICO tokens.

Zach Piester ranks among Top 50 most influential fintech experts in Singapore, according to abiletechnologies. He is deeply involved in the organizational design and growth of a variety of FinTech, InsurTech, & non-financial blockchain and emerging technology companies across Asia. His company Intrepid Ventures has access to over 5,000 developers in their global network of blockchain solution builders.

At Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines, the expert will explain to investors key aspects of the blockchain technology: bitcoin, blockchain, and ICOs; their application and operation principles.

Zach Piester will give answers to the following questions:

will blockchain transform the Internet & the global economy or is it merely a fad?
what are Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and other investment schemes?
should you invest in ICO?

Zach Piester is Chief Development Officer at Intrepid Venture, venture development company. Early stage investor in emerging technologies e.g. Blockchains, DLT, AI, IoT, Data & Analytics, Digital Health. Mr. Piester helps Fortune 500 companies leverage the innovation of startup disruptors in blockchain and fintech. He is also a well-known speaker for Blockchain, Cyber Security, Innovation, Human Factors, Organizational design and AI. In 2017, he reported within such events as Techsauce Global Summit, Digital Thailand Big Bang, THE SUMMIT, TechXLR8 Asia, etc.

About the Conference

The conference in the Philippines is one of the events from the large international network Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference organized by Smile-Expo. The company has carried out over 30 successful events dedicated to cryptocurrencies, ICO, and blockchain, including the largest blockchain conference in the world, Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Moscow, which in 2017 gathered more than 2000 participants. More than 20 events from this series are planned for 2018.

The conference in the Philippines will involve speakers from Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In addition to investment, the event will discuss legal regulation of the in...

23:16

How Common Core Taught Me Bureaucrats Will Always Win Unless We Slash Big Government "IndyWatch Feed National"

During summer 2010, while researching an article to address yet another tax-and-spend initiative to fund public schools, I stumbled upon a 33-page state law passed that spring titled Schools; relating to teacher incentive pay plans; modifying requirements.

Although a portion of the legislation did address teacher incentive pay, the bulk was used to establish a state longitudinal database, a Teacher/Leader Effectiveness Evaluation (TLE) system, a way to turn around low-performing schools, and institute something called the Common Core State Standards into Oklahoma policy with a single sentence.

A Google search led me to discover that cementing these four programs into state law increased the likelihood of our state receiving Race to the Top grants from the Obama administration. As a former public school teacher, the change in educational landscape represented by even one, let alone four, of these programs concerned me. As a small government gal and a parent with kids in public school, I wanted to know why our state would institute a whole raft of new, untested, educational programs just to get federal funds.

In June 2011, after months of investigation aimed at answering these questions, I published a paper with 179 references entitled Common Core State Standards and Race to the Top; An Introduction to Marxism 101.

Oklahomas Common Core Repeal

From 2011 to 2014, the Common Core Four, as National Review dubbed us, fought Common Core and student data collection in the Oklahoma legislature. We logged hours and hours of travel across the state and country, showing up anywhere we were invitedmostly Republican womens clubswhere I talked about Common Core. Eventually I found myself on radio and news shows from Utah to Florida, including national media programs like Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham, and NPR, discussing my research.

Finally, and many thanks to the Herculean efforts of state Sen. Josh Brecheen and state Rep. Jason Nelson, a law repealing Common Core and requiring the state to develop new Oklahoma standards was passed the last day of the 2014 legislative session. Following a state Supreme Court ruling denying a.........

23:15

Gangs, Race and Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed National"

Twos a company; threes a crowd.  More?  This issue is preoccupying political and policing figures in the city considered by the Economist Intelligence Unit the most liveable in the world, bettering a whole host of other seemingly more appropriate candidates.  So liveable, in fact, that it houses all sorts.

Having repeatedly boasted, self-congratulated and beamed at the idea that Australia is the most multicultural nation on earth, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been less cautious of late.  He has been getting stroppy with the Victorian Government for not doing enough about what he considers Melbournes growing gang violence and lawlessness.

The straw that broke a very fragile camels back involved acts of vandalism in Werribee.  Depending on which news source you referred to, there was a mass riot at an Airbnb property that would have made the Communards proud. Other sources saw more modest damage to cars and rental property.  Everyone took notice of the juvenile expressions of delight from the perpetrators, who scrawled the letters MTS (Menace to Society) on walls to leave their little residue of destructive pride.

At the federal level, politicians see the former: mayhem, riotous violence, a loss of control.  Federal minister Greg Hunt has come up with his own assessment: Gang crime in Victoria is clearly out of control.  We know that African gang crime in some areas in particular is clearly out of control.  In the tables of political point scoring, Hunt had found a handy, simplifying culprit.

For Hunt, there were no relevant sophisticated sociological principles here, nor matters of economics.  Society was imploding; an African wave of violence had been unleashed.  Nor was it a police issue.  The failure is not the police but the premier.

Victorian police have been a touch more tentative, while various African community leaders have been less than confident in the tag of gang.  Label and be damned.  These young thugs, these young criminals, claimed Acting Commissioner Shane Patton, theyre not an organised crime group like a Middle Eastern organised crime group or an outlaw motorcycle gang. But theyre behaving like street gangs, so lets call them that thats what they are.

South Sudanese community leader, Richard Deng, prefers the direct option: engage the estranged; bring in those lost souls from th...

23:14

Why Did The Washington Post Tweet A Debunked Hit Piece On Jesus? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Controversy erupted over Christmas week when the Washington Post tweeted out an opinion article by Raphael Lataster they had published in 2014. It claims to show that the existence of Jesus as a historical figure is likely no more than a myth. Critics questioned the timing of the tweet as a slap in the face to Christians preparing to celebrate one of their holiest days.

Possibly more importantly, many seized on the reaction to the 2014 publication. Historians, including a professor who had taught Lataster in a class about the historical Jesus, demolished the claims. Its ideas were described as the fringe of the fringe, and compared to anti-vaccine scientists efforts to prove their dubious assertions.

Given that the article has been widely debunked, what would lead the Washington Post to tweet it out, essentially rerunning it? If there is some news value in questioning the existence of Jesus in the Christmas season, why not at least run a new article that addresses the harsh criticisms of the original? Perhaps the Post has its reasons for ignoring those criticisms, but even so, why put this out during the Christmas season at all?

The Real and Pretend Wars on Christmas

As with so much news coverage these days, the answer to why this essay ran may well boil down to two words: Donald Trump. A reported story in the Post on December 24 might offer a clue. It was titled, In a Pro Trump Town, They Never Stopped Saying Merry Christmas. Its a strange article, which acknowledges that most people never stopped saying Merry Christmas, yet goes on to paint Trump supporters from Linden, Tennessee, as paranoid, Bible-clutching rubes convinced by Trump that there is a war on Christmas.

In the Posts defense, Trump himself has made the war on Christmas a centerpiece of his social conservatism. In a series of videos and tweets, the president has essentially claimed that we can finally say Merry Christmas again. This seems odd to the millions of Americans who never stopped saying it. But is Trump tapping into a real anti-Christian strain in the media and popular culture, and might the Jesus is the Harry Potter of the First Century CE Washington Post article be a part of that strain?

One reasonable question many have asked is whether the Post would have run an article questioning the facts about Mohammad on Ramadan, or of Moses on Passover. To the extent that such articles seem less likely, its because Christianity is viewed as the dominant religion in the United States, and....

23:13

Why Elective Abortion Can Never Constitute Health Care "IndyWatch Feed National"

Planned Parenthood and NARAL recently promoted a blog post by a pro-abortion doctor titled, Abortion Is Healthcare End of Story, that offers little more than an empty mantra for pro-choicers.

There are a few glaring omissions in Leah Torres argument. She doesnt provide a definition of abortion that leads to the conclusion abortion is healthcare, and she leaves readers without a direct answer to some important questions that are key to her  argument: What is health care? Who is a patient? What she does provide doesnt lead to the conclusion she thinks.

Torres and Planned Parenthood and NARAL can repeat the line abortion is healthcare as many times as they want, but that simply wont make it true. Contrary to popular belief, the definitions of words are important. Lets go through each of her arguments, and take a look at whats actually there.

Pregnancy Is Not a Disease

Torres tries to refute what should be an uncontroversial statement of fact pregnancy is not a disease. Her peculiar argument to the contrary is our first problem with the definition of words.

Torres writes: People often say to me, Its not a disease, its a natural part of life. Yes, well, so are bacteria, yet we call having an infection a disease. We cannot ignore that pregnancy alters ones physiology and puts ones health and life at risk due to these changes. We must accept this truth to be self evident, that pregnancy, while natural, is a condition that requires medical attention.

What should be apparent is that a disease is not the only condition that requires medical attention. Here we have a physician calling pregnancy an infection and implying, contrary to the definition of words, that nearly every human being that has ever existed has either been infected or infected someone else with the disease of pregnancy. Even if we altered reality for Torres sake, it still does not follow that intentionally killing a human being is healthcare.

Torres second argument is that offering health insurance for prenatal care, but not for abortion or infertility care, is nothing short of coercion. This too, is not an argument that abortion is healthcare. It is another non-sequitur. My response is that we should limit insurance coverage to those procedures that involve healthcare. If you want to call that coercion, so be it. She has yet to make an argument that abortion is healthcare.

Health Care and the Hippocratic Oath

What properly constitutes healthcare? The original H...

23:13

If You Think Being A Football Fan Excuses Jerkwad Behavior, Think Again "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ah, that empty, lonely feeling that shrouds your heart this time of year. Infinite possibilities with the New Year? Resolutions, new activities? They are pathetic attempts to fill the black void in your soul.

The end of the holiday season? No, my friend. Its the end of the regular NFL season. December 26 has nothing on December 31, when millions of fans found out their teams didnt make the playoffs. Of course, some teams prospects had been quashed long ago (ahem, Cleveland Browns), but now their legions of faithful fans must at last come to grips with the prospect of not seeing their team play again for eight long months.

For diehard fans, losing a playoff game is like being dumped by a high school sweetheart. Its soul-crushing. Demoralizing. Agonizing. If you want to see a barely hyperbolic parody of Seahawks fans grieving after losing the Superbowl in 2014, watch this.

Dont get me wrongI love football. The strategy, the athleticism, the sheer level of intensity packed into every play. Its impossible not to watch the game and get caught up in the excitement. Theres nothing really wrong with that, but unfortunately a minority of fans are constantly threatening to ruin fandom for the rest of us. And its not okay.

Aint Nobody Want to Be Next to the Drunk Guy

To illustrate, let me tell you a story. Last month, my husband and I went to see the Seahawks play the Jaguars in Jacksonville. The stadium was packed for this much-anticipated matchup. The Jags had built up an outstanding defense, which used to be what Seattle was known for.

It would be up to the offense: could Russell Wilson out-scramble Sacksonville? Would Blair Walsh lose the Hawks yet another game by missing a field goal? We waited to see these questions answered from 30 rows above the corner of the north end zone. We were pleasantly surprised to see our section was packed with Hawks fans. This would be fun.

How naive we were. Just two seats over, some guy, maybe mid to late twenties, was sitting unusually still. He was nearly passed-out drunk and vomiting on the seat in front of hima seat that belonged to a young child of maybe eight years old.

This dude was so drunk he couldnt even talk. As you might imagine, the family in front of him was not down with being in the puke radius. His buddy, whose smack talk was incessant and liberally sprinkled with profanity, had to speak for his intoxicated friend. What lame excuse could he give? He just had too much to drinkhe didnt mean to.

After multiple witnesses begged for several minutes, security finally removed the pair. They tried to come back after halftime, when the drunk mans belligerent friend started a fight with the other fans who wanted him removed again.......

23:13

This Theologian Has An Answer To Atheists Claims That Evil Disproves God "IndyWatch Feed National"

Many atheists today argue that the existence of suffering is powerful evidence against the all-good, all-powerful God of Christianity. Many philosophers, both Christian and atheist alike, believe the problem of evil to be the most persuasive argument in favor of atheism.

Dr. Peter Kreeft, a prolific author and professor of philosophy at Boston College, states in Making Sense Out Of Suffering that the most powerful argument for atheism that I have ever seen anywhere in the literature or philosophy of the world is the problem of evil as demonstrated by Ivan Karamazov in Fyodor Dostoevskys famous novel, The Brothers Karamazov. In the novel, Karamazov describes a childs suffering in a manner so grotesque that after reading it even the most ardent believer would wonder how a good God could allow such evil.

Formally, the argument states that if God is all powerful, he could prevent suffering and, if God is all-good, he would prevent suffering. But, suffering exists, therefore the Christian God does not.

Sam Harris, a popular author and one of the Four Horsemen of Atheism, made this argument in a debate with Christian philosopher William Lane Craig. The so-called Four Horsemen, which also includes Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Daniel Dennett, are not the first to make this argument, but they sure have done an excellent job of popularizing it among their followers.

Not So Fast, Four Horsemen

Taken at face value, the problem of evil appears to be a devastatingly convincing argument against the existence of the Christian God. It is emotionally and rhetorically compelling. However, according to Dr. Edward Feser, professor of philosophy at Pasadena City College, the problem of evil may not be all that it is cracked up to be. It is rhetorically effective but logically not so much.

In The Last Superstition: A Refutation Of The New Atheism, Feser, echoing Thomas Aquinas, notes that the first premise of the problem of evil is simply false, or at least unjustifiable. According to Feser, there is no reason to believe that the Christian God, being all-good and all-powerful, would prevent suffering on this earth if out of suffering he could bring about a good that is far greater than any that would have existed otherwise. If God is infinite in power, knowledge, goodness, etc., then of course he could bring about such a good.

Feser demonstrates his reasoning with an analogy. A parent may allow his child a small amount of suffering in frustration, sacrifice of time, and minor pain when learning to play the violin, in order to bring about the good of establishing proficiency. This is not to say that such minimal suffering is in any way comparable to the horrors that have gone on in this world. But the joy of establishing proficiency with a violin is n...

22:43

NYC to Spend $50 Million on Bollards, Security "IndyWatch Feed National"

A bollard stops an out-of-control car near London BridgeA bollard stops an out-of-control car near London Bridge (Photo: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

New York City  announced plans to install 1,500 more metal bollards (protective barriers) in areas deemed ripe for terror attacks. The bollards are part of a $50-million plan to increase security in New York.

The decision was made after the Halloween attack on the Hudson River Greenway in lower Manhattan, when 29-year-old Islamist terrorist Sayfullo Saipov mowed down pedestrians and bikers with a rented truck. Eight people were killed in that attack with 12 injured.

The Big Apple joins cities in the U.S. and worldwide which have put up bollards to protect citizens and tourists from vehicular attacks. Las Vegas recently spent millions installing bollards along the citys famous Strip. In the UK, bollards now protect sites as diverse as the tennis courts of Wimbledon to the Queens Windsor Castle. Berlin, Paris, Sydney, Melbourne and the Vatican have also followed suit to bolster security.

These are some of the busiest streets in the worldpeople have to be able to get around, but they have to be safe at the same time, said NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announcing the expenditure at a news conference in Times Square.

After the Halloween attack, temporary concrete blocks were placed around sensitive New York areas. Those will be replaced by the permanent metal bollards.

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22:42

Australian government could allow private firms to buy access to facial recognition data "IndyWatch Feed National"

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New details of biometric framework released. Photo: Attorney-Generals Department.

Source: TOTT News

The federal government is considering allowing private companies to use its national facial recognition database for a fee, documents released under Freedom of Information laws have revealed. Read More

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