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Wednesday, 10 January

00:14

MACKAY North Queensland crime spree suspect held in custody "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 09, 2018 at 07:00AM ,

North Queensland crime spree suspect held in custody

January 09, 2018 at 07:00AM ,

Scott Hodgetts yesterday appeared in the Townsville Magistrates Court and was remanded in custody until January 31 when he will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court. He had been wanted following a number of alleged break and enters, dangerous operation of motor vehicle and arson incidents

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MACKAY Mackay real estate agent fined for improper account use "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 09, 2018 at 07:56PM ,

Mackay real estate agent fined for improper account use

January 09, 2018 at 07:56PM ,

Cheryl Elaine Gilbert, the previous owner of Mackay Real Estate Pty Ltd, pleaded guilty to 12 charges in Mackay Magistrates Court, according to the OFT. They charges related to improperly converting trust account funds and failing to correctly record trust account receipts. Gilbert also failed to provide

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Tuesday, 09 January

23:59

The True Value of Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Chris Martenson of Peak Prosperity

So in the past week, Ive been asked for advice on Bitcoin by my brother-in-law, my local realtor, and close friends from as far away as Texas.

None of them cared to learn what it actually is. Or how it works. They just wanted to understand why suddenly so many folks they know are trying to buy Bitcoin hand over fist. And, of course, should they buy in now, too?

If you (or people you care about) have similar questions, this report is for you.

A Brave New World

Remember the scene from the movie Avatar, where the main character first explores the alien world of Pandora? I found that scene astonishing and beautiful. Hes encountering an entirely new and completely foreign ecosystem.  Every element is fascinating and wondrous, even the dangerous elements yet it all still follows understandable rules.

Everything is involved in either gathering sunlight or eating something else that had. Every niche is filled. Every organism has its own strategy: some light up, some fly, some run, some crawl. As entirely alien as everything is, if you understand the basics of how organisms filled their niches on Earth, you have a great starting point for understanding of the rules of life on Pandora.

Similarly, a great way to begin to understand the new world opened up by Bitcoin (and the other cryptocurrencies) is to realize that its an ecosystem that, at its heart, maps neatly into the universe you already understand. A few examples: payments, identity, contracts, verification, and record keeping (ledgers).

As with any ecosystem in nature, a new organism will survive and flourish if and only if its more efficient and effective than the prior model. For example, nothing has displaced sharks in the past 425 million years because theyre extremely efficient in their niche. To displace them, a new ocean predator would have to come along that does what they do faster, better, and (energetically) cheaper.

So the operative questions we need to keep in mind when looking at the brave new world of digital currencies are: What problem(s) are they solving?, and, Are their solutions faster, better, and/or cheaper?

These are critical questions to answer. When a new technology is first introduced, all manner of fanciful thinking can cloud peoples better judgment with dreams of easy riches. Think back to 1999: as long as dot com was added to the end of a business name, it could raise abundant funds to pursue all manner of impractical ideas. How well did that work out? Just remember Pets.com, Webvan.com and eToys.co; all certified capital destroying ideas.

Investors would have benefited f...

22:55

The Trans Lobby Hates This Man For Proving Sex-Change Regret Is Real "IndyWatch Feed National"

Is regret permissible? And if you regret something in your life, should you be allowed to talk about it with others? Publicly? The answer is so obviously yes that any reasonable person would be baffled to even hear such questions. Thats because regret is simply part of being human.

But what if you regret trying to change your sex? Or maybe youre just tired of propping up a persona? Worse, what if you regret having all of the surgery to promote the illusion of a sex change? This is the case with Walt Heyer, who lived as a woman for nearly a decade then de-transitioned after coming to terms with the fact that he was born male.

He has written books about his experience and has a website called www.sexchangeregret.com. Today Heyer is inundated with calls and emails from transgender individuals who regret their decisions, but feel they must live in the shadows.

Interest in Walts website has exploded over the past couple of years, especially after murmurs of regret started getting a bit of coverage in the news. Walts website receives about 25,000 visits in any given month, and at least a thousand transgender people have personally sought him out to talk to him about their regrets.

Detransitioners face a lonely and difficult road in todays era of political correctness. Hollywood, the media, and academia promote a culture hostile to them for even considering changing their minds. This leaves regretters with virtually no place to go to talk about their feelings. The near-total politicization of the field of psychiatry now calls for the total affirmation of transgenderism and implicit punishment for those who dont comply. This means regretters have a hard time even finding a therapist willing to talk openly and honestly with them about the possibility of de-transitioning.

Trans Fatigue Is Setting In

Trans-mania probably peaked at some point in the past year or so. Early in the wake of the sexual revolution, gender benders got increasing press coverage. It built up over the decades, and I think well look back and see Bruce Jenners 2015 Vanity Fair cover story as the high-water mark of the trans fad. The media and the trans lobby is certainly in denial about this. But a lot of folks are feeling a decline in trans-mania.

Society is now in the throes of trans fatigue. This is reflected in the profusion of newer websites openly explor...

22:34

Australia - Gunnedah Shire Council have reached out to NSW Health to start water fluoridation process "IndyWatch Feed National"

FIGHTING ON: Fluoride opponent Wendy Carpenter says the Facebook group It's ok to say no to fluoride in Gunnedah's water will continue to oppose fluoride. Photo: Billy Jupp FIGHTING ON: Fluoride opponent Wendy Carpenter says the Facebook group It's ok to say no to fluoride in Gunnedah's water will continue to oppose fluoride. Photo: Billy Jupp

GUNNEDAH could have fluoride in its water by 2020 after Gunnedah Shire Council (GSC) commenced the process to fluoridate the towns water supply.

The decision to accept a proposal to add fluoride to the water supply was passed in December when council resolved to write to NSW Health to commence the water fluoridation process.

GSCs infrastructure services acting director Daniel Noble said the council will continue to investigate the best way to implement the water fluoridation project.

As per council resolution, council has written to NSW Health requesting approval to commence fluoridation of the Gunnedah water supply in accordance with section six of the fluoridation of public water supplies act, Mr Noble said.

In preparation for approval, the council will continue to investigate best practice for planning and implementing the fluoridation project, and refine the planning and construction documentation required to build the fluoride dosing station and associated infrastructure.

Fluoridation of the Gunnedah water supply is expected to commence in 2020.


22:13

Nearly 5,000 lightning strikes in 3 hours leaves thousands without power in Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

After temperatures approaching 50 deg C, 122 deg F melted roads and killed thousands of flying fox bats the weather in Sydney has gone from one extreme to the other. A heavy thunderstorm hit Sydney with more than 4600 lightning strikes between 3am and 6am this morning, leaving thousands without power after days of extreme heat. The western and northwestern suburbs bore the brunt of the storm, with Blacktown particularly hard hit with tiles off roofs and trees brought down.

20:28

Queensland election: Labor plotting to revive Safe Schools plan "IndyWatch Feed National"

Queensland Labor has been accused of plotting to reintroduce the controversial Safe Schools program, amid revelations it plans to invest in a program to support same-sex-attracted and transgender students and tackle homophobia in the schoolyard. Read More

20:27

Viv Forbes with a terrific piece on political leaders who promise to control the climate "IndyWatch Feed National"

8 January 2018 Be Careful What you Wish For. In todays crazy world, western politicians are wasting billions of tax-payer dollars force-feeding costly unreliable green energy in the bizarre belief that this will somehow change Earths climate. Even more incredible, they fear global warmth and seem hell-bent on creating global...

20:01

Gunnedah Shire Council have reached out to NSW Health to start water fluoridation process "IndyWatch Feed National"

GUNNEDAH could have fluoride in its water by 2020 after Gunnedah Shire Council (GSC) commenced the process to fluoridate the towns water supply.

The decision to accept a proposal to add fluoride to the water supply was passed in December when council resolved to write to NSW Health to commence the water fluoridation process.

GSCs infrastructure services acting director Daniel Noble said the council will continue to investigate the best way to implement the water fluoridation project.

As per council resolution, council has written to NSW Health requesting approval to commence fluoridation of the Gunnedah water supply in accordance with section six of the fluoridation of public water supplies act, Mr Noble said.

In preparation for approval, the council will continue to investigate best practice for planning and implementing the fluoridation project, and refine the planning and construction documentation required to build the fluoride dosing station and associated infrastructure.

Fluoridation of the Gunnedah water supply is expected to commence in 2020.

The news has been met with resistance by fluoride opponents, including Gunnedahs Wendy Carpenter who said the Facebook group Its ok to say no to fluoride in Gunnedahs water will continue to lobby against water fluoridation.

We will keep fighting because I know there are a lot of people who are unhappy with the decision, Mrs Carpenter said.

I think for the time being its important for us to let the dust settle and see where we exactly go from here.

We are going to keep informing people of material that is out there and helping them to see the risks of fluoride.

The Gunnedah local said the debate had started an open discussion about fluoride.

The best thing is a lot more people know about it that otherwise wouldnt have, she said.

It shouldnt be an emotive decision and I think with more discussion and sharing of facts it becomes less emotive.

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19:48

American Diplomacy with North Korea and Vietnam "IndyWatch Feed National"

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

8 Jan 2018 TRANSCEND Media Service 

Foreword to Michael Haas Book

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Johan Galtung

What is that American Diplomacy, after US bombing killed 3,5 million in Pyongyang in 1952 and the US Army killed 3 million in Vietnam from 1961 (Kennedy) to 30 Apr 1975 (Ford)?  Softer?

This very rich, well researched book by Michael Haasa senior, major US political scientistgives detailed softer empirical, factual answers in Part II.  Indeed, highly recommended.

In this foreword, however, I will explore US deep culture implications for US foreign policy, close to American Diplomacy.

The US self-image as successor to Israel as MFNmost favored nationby God, with Chosen People-Promised Land, CPPL, status, is from 1620, on Mayflower.

Since about Year 70 Israel clearly no longer enjoyed CPPL status; that was under King David and under King Solomon.

The position as CPPL was empty, may those with credentials apply. Puritan Pilgrims from East Anglia via Leiden in Holland, did, and according to themselves successfully so....

17:54

Protecting the Clintons "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 29 February 2016 - almost two years ago - I wrote to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (via her senior advisor): This is just a heads up. I have very good contacts in the United States including lawyers working on the Clinton Foundation. There are some matters that might be...

17:49

Australian Accused: #metoo Fall Out List Grows To 7 Men "IndyWatch Feed National"

FIRST PUBLISHED December 18, 2017: Hollywood and America are reeling and Australia is about to be. At least, thats been the growing expectation in Australian media for the last few months.

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations and the global #metoo campaign, dozens of powerful men in America have been outed as serial sexual harassers, abusers or rapists.

The dam, however, hasnt yet burst in Australia. So far, only seven men a politician, three entertainers, a lawyer, a musician and a music producer have been publicly accused of sexual misconduct, and unlike the outpouring of apologies from Hollywood, in Australia all seven of the men have so far vehemently denied the allegations levelled against them, although one has issued a partial apology for his conduct towards a 16-year-old girl.

Brief details of each case are printed below. Well keep updating this list as it inevitably grows.




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17:23

EXPLAINER: The #metoo Allegations And How Media Defends Them In A Defamation Action "IndyWatch Feed National"

With fresh allegations of Australian men behaving badly, defamation law expert Hannah Marshall from Marque Lawyers explains what defamation is, and how it can be defended. And sometimes cant be.

A new day, a new sexual harassment revelation, and a new set of well-worked defamation lawyers (disclosure: including us, for NM). Weinstein, Waterstreet, Burke, Rush, McLachlan, and the rest; theyve all been defamed. The real question is whether the defamation is defensible. Enter the lawyers.

The first, best defence to a defamation claim is truth. If you can prove the truth of a defamatory article, then you win. Nothing else comes into it. The kind of truth were talking about is what you can prove in court.

Disgraced Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein.Disgraced Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein.

In a lot of the sexual harassment stories, its one persons word against anothers. In court, the judge or jury has to decide who is more believable. That means you dont know for certain whether they will believe your side of the story before you publish.

So for example in the Waterstreet story, Tina Huang provided a sworn statement detailing her experience, along with a bunch of contemporaneous emails and other messages supporting her statement. Later, when a copy of the video she was shown emerged, she provided a further sworn statement confirming that was the video that she was shown.

A picture of Charles Waterstreet from his public Facebook page, December 2016.A picture of Charles Waterstreet from his public Facebook page, December 2016.

A separate witness identified Waterstreet as the man in the video. Where the investigation started with the word of a single witness, it ended up being s...

17:22

Australians Welcome Same-Sex Marriage Laws with Midnight Weddings "IndyWatch Feed National"

Felicity Evers and Jenny Thompson are married in a ceremony in Newcastle, Australia, January 9, 2018. Credit: AAP/Dan Himbrechts/via Reuters

Sydney: At the stroke of midnight and in the early hours of Tuesday morning dozens of same-sex couples exchanged wedding vows across Australia as laws making the nation the 26th in the world to legalise gay marriage took effect.

It was just magical, Diana Ribeiro told Special Broadcasting Service television, after her minute-past-midnight marriage in Melbourne to her wife Deanne Ribeiro was solemnised before about 60 cheering guests.

For me Deannes always been my wife...

17:10

Not Possible to Get Definitive Answer on Savarkars Role in Gandhi Assassination, Says Amicus Curiae "IndyWatch Feed National"

Senior advocate Amarendra Sharan has told the Supreme Court that there is no need to investigate the murder again.

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16:29

Googles AI Center in China: Poaching Talent "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 8, 2018 (Ulson Gunnar NEO) Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already fundamentally changing information technology and stands poised to permeate and transform technology both online and off ranging from manufacturing and transportation to medicine and military applications. The US, Russia and China have all noted that dominance in this field of technology will be an essential ingredient to holding global primacy in the near future.

What resembles a sort of arms race has emerged between prominent nations around the globe. Perhaps in an effort to provide the US with an edge, or perhaps in an effort to mitigate the impact of such an arms race, Google has opened an AI center in China.

CNN in its article, Google is opening an artificial intelligence center in China, would announce:

Despite many of its services being blocked in China, Google has chosen Beijing as the location for its first artificial intelligence research center in Asia.

The purpose of the center, according to CNN, citing Chinas desire to become a global leader in AI technology, will be to:

help China pursue its aim to become the global leader. The facility will employ a team of researchers who will be supported by engineers the company already has in China.

Considering Googles services being banned, blocked and otherwise unwelcomed in China, the question remains as to why exactly Google would seek to aid China in becoming a leader in AI technology Google itself seeks to position itself as a leader in.

This question may have been at least partially answered in a recent AI summit which included Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Googles parent company, Alphabet Inc.

Poaching Foreign Talent

The Washington DC-based Center for a New American Security (CN...

16:08

World Debt Burden has Exceeded $230 Trillion "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I find it interesting how you have pointed out that when it comes to public debt, the USA is actually far better than Europe or many in Asia. You also forecast that debt would begin to rise sharply from mid-2017 going into 2021. Do you have any figures to support that forecast?

NW

ANSWER: Yes of course!. The volume of global debt is rising significantly. According to the Institute of International Finance, total liabilities in the third quarter of 2017 surpassed $230 trillion. This is an increase of 16 trillion compared to the end of 2016. As the interest rates continue to rise, the debt servicing costs are simply going to explode. As a whole, Europe is over 100% of debt to GDP on average compared to the USA at about 73%. Government debt has exceeded $60 trillion.

This entire system is coming undone. The debt servicing is exploding as rates begin to rise. The Sovereign Debt Crisis is very much alive and well.

16:03

Climate Change As if it was Supposed to Change "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; Your computer has proven it can forecast markets, economies, the rise and fall of governments, war, and now even weather well in advance of anyone else. Is this bitter cold just a taste of what is to come? If so, I definitely think it is time to follow you south before you cant sell a house up here when interest rates also start to rise. Working in a bank, I know all too well as soon as there is any trouble, the lending stops. I suppose that is what you are warning about with your real estate forecasts as well.

FH

ANSWER: Unfortunately, this is the beginning of the decline. It will get worse. We are looking at a progressive period of colder weather for the first 13 years following 2015. There should be some oscillation and if there are any warm winters compared to this one, this will be an extension of the decline at least into 2032 with the more likely target off into 2045-2047. By the time this is finished, you will be willing to taxes to get global warming. The sad part of this whole mess is that the Global Warming crowd, while they are rolling around in their bed of cash rejoicing how much they made on this scam, they have led many people to their death by distracting people from the real fury of nature.

Extreme cold has reached from New England to the Midwest and down to the Carolinas, with temperatures dropping below zero. It has been in the 40s here at night in the Tampa region and it snowed a little in Tallahassee. The fatalities associated with the harsh conditions will continue to rise from drivers sliding off an icy road to the rise in disease. This will be a very dangerous rise in economic declines as well as temperature plummet during the winters ahead. It is so cold, any kind of exposed skin can freeze in a couple of minutes. It was so cold, the attendance for New York Citys Times Sq...

16:01

Ukraine & the Next Revolution "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I want to thank you for defending the Ukrainian people in their quest to overthrow the government corruption. You are a great inspiration here in Kiev. What does your model show for the success of our revolution looking ahead?

PN

ANSWER:  There are many in the West who know nothing of Ukraine and simply attribute the revolution to the CIA. I understand the disillusionment in Ukraine about these pretend analysts. They pontificate CIA and ignore that there was a real uprising of the people. Following the breakup of the Soviet Union, Ukraine endured years of corruption, mismanagement, lack of economic growth, currency devaluation, and problems in securing funding from public markets. The corruption became widespread and Yanukovichs sons were engaged in a protection racket preventing people from going into small business.

There is no other evidence of how the Ukrainian people have suffered under political corruption that has not really changed. Yanukovich was removed, but those under him are still in power and just changed their stripes. The CIA supported various politicians, but they were not capable of moving the people to rise up. Recently, the current corrupt politicians did not realize that when the government tried to arrest Mikheil Saakashvili, the ex-Georgian leader-turned Ukrainian opposition politician, the people would rally and rescue him from the police wagon freeing him. The accusations that he plotted to overthrow the government is on par with the corruption. There were those in the USA who made similar accusations about WikiLeaks.

I have a friend who lives close to where Saakashvili lived. He stood on the roof preaching to the people as the police tried to grab him. It was a real spectacle of corruption. They have also accused Saakashvili of accepting funding from an exiled Ukrainian businessman in a bid to seize power, which he denies. Thousands of people even gathered outside the courthouse after an almost-eight-hour hearing where the government tried to use the criminal process to elimi...

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00005 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.90 AUD
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15:37

Watch the New Papa Pilko and the Binrats Video Surrender "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Papa Pilko and the Binrats Sydney alt-country six piece Papa Pilko and the Binrats are kicking off their 2018 with a brand new single and video Surrender. The track is the first new music from Papa Pilko and the Binrats since 2016 and was produced by Wade Keighran (Wolf & Cub, Polish []

15:05

Ten Top Picks For Sydney Festival 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

52 Artists, 52 Actions

Sydney Festival invites art and culture lovers to explore a smorgasbord of performance, exhibition, installation, theatre, comedy and more, transforming our city at the start of each new year. A festival of bold ideas, the program features 134 events over three weeks. To help you make sense of it all, FBis culture team have highlighted their top picks. Virtual reality, underwater music and a whole year of socially engaged artistic projects: here are our top picks for Sydney Festival 2018.

 

Whist

Theatre, virtual reality and psychoanalysis collide in Whist, a branching, hands-on trip through the mind of Sigmund Freud. The immersive  experience takes you along one of 76 possible directions in a journey through a fictional familys hope and fear. Have your conscious and unconscious mind picked apart in this 360-degree, head-first plunge into primal instinct and desire.

WHAT: Theatre
WHEN: 6-28th Jan
WHERE: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh
HOW MUCH: $39. More info here.

 

You Animal, You

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14:41

Arts Wednesday 10 January 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

So nice to be back at the console again after a wonderful break. At 10:40 am, Richard Major continues with Part 3 of Australian birds, this week talking about sulphur crested cockatoos.

At 11:00 am, my special guest is Joanna Butler, musician and musical researcher. Joanna has been responsible for selecting the music for Rembrandt Live, performances at the Art Gallery of New South Wales to accompany the blockbuster exhibition, Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age. Hear about music of the time, the musicians, the instruments and of course, about the concerts themselves.

We will hear music that will be performed at the concert as well as contemporary music from Dutch musicians.

I look forward to your company.

The post Arts Wednesday 10 January 2018 appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

14:10

The Warnings Flashing For 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Im calling 2018 The Year of Living Dangerously.

That description might seem odd to lot of observers.

Major U.S. stock indexes keep hitting new all-time highs. 2017 went down as the first calendar year in which the Dow Jones industrial average was up for all 12 months.

Even in strong bull market years there are usually one or two down months as stocks take a breather on the way higher. Not last year. Theres been no rest for the bull; its up, up and away.

Inflation is tame, even too tame for the Feds liking.

The unemployment rate is at a 17-year low. U.S. growth was over 3% in the second and third quarters of 2017, much closer to long-term trend growth than the tepid 2% growth weve seen since the end of the last recession in June 2009.

The U.S. is not alone. For the first time since 2007, were seeing strong synchronized growth in the U.S., Europe, China, Japan (the big four) as well as other developed and emerging markets.

Growth breeds growth as consumers in one country create demand for goods and services provided by another. This is what economists mean by self-sustaining growth instead of force-fed growth from easy money and government spending.

Technology rules the day. The pace of innovation is unprecedented in world history.

Our daily needs are being fulfilled better, faster and cheaper by the likes of Amazon, Google, Netflix and Apple. We can share the good news on Facebook.

Best of all, the U.S. Congress and White House got around to cutting our taxes in late December!

In short, alls right with the world.

Or not.

2018 might unfold catastrophically

To understand why 2018 may unfold catastrophically, we can begin with a simple metaphor.

Imagine a magnificent mansion built with the finest materials and craftsmanship and furnished with the most expensive couches and carpets and decorated with fine art.

Now imagine this mansion is built on quicksand. It will have a brief shining moment and then sink slowly before finally collapsing under its own weight.

Thats a metaphor. How about hard analysis? Here it is:

Start with debt. Much of the good news described above was achieved not with real productivity but with mountains of debt including central bank liabilities.

In a recent article, Yale scholar Stephen Roach points out that between 2008 and 2017 the combined balance sheets of the central banks of the U.S., Japan and the eurozone expanded by $8.3 trillion, while nominal GDP in those same economies expanded $2.1 trillion.

What happens when y...

13:43

Sources: Bolingbrook to investigate the Clintons (Fiction) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Will the Village of Bolingbrook investigate the Clinton family?  Sources with relatives whose friends work at Village Hall say yes:

Sure the FBI is investigating the Clinton Foundation, said one source.  But we know that theyre in league with the Deep State.  Can we really trust any organization tied to them?  So were helping Trump I mean were helping bring the Clintons to justice.

There are many laws the Clintons could have broken, said another source.  Did Bill have an affair while visiting Illinois?  Thats a crime in Illinois.  There are other obscure laws in Illinois that we could get them on.  I mean discover if they violated.  The point is that there are so many crimes that the Clintons could have committed, that we cant expect Congress and the FBI to investigate them all.  It is the patriotic duty of every community to investigate the Clintons.

The sources agree that Mayor Roger Claar asked the village staff to look into Clintons ties to Bolingbrook, no matter insignificant they may seem. Though the Clintons did not make any campaign stops in Bolingbrook, Claar, the sources say, believes that there could be some inappropriate connections between some Bolingbrook residents and the Clintons.

Maybe some residents did more than vote for Clinton.  Maybe they received secret funds from the Clintons and used them to run for local office.  We cant know for sure unless we investigate.

When called, Claar answered the phone and said: He hated me and committed a crime. How is that not a hate crime?  For that matter, how can you say that my support of Donald Trump is not a creed?  A creed is a set of beliefs that guide someones actions.  Google it if you dont believe me!

In the background, a woman said: Actually, I have the Babbler on Line One.  The Herald is on Line Two.

Ill deal with you later, Claar said before hanging up.

Chelsea Clinton laughed after being asked about the alleged investigation. Ill make this quick since the board meeting is about to start.  I dont know who this Mayor Blair is.  Ive never heard of Bowling Illinois, most of the money the Clinton Foundation makes goes towards its programs, the former President is my dad, my mother won the popular vote, I have four degrees, includi...

13:29

The founding falsities of postcolonialism "IndyWatch Feed National"

In his discussion with anthropologist Philip Carl Salzman, evolutionary psychologist and YouTuber Gad Saad offers (at 8.48) the following:

By the way, in terms of generative grammar, whenever when I see the word post before anything then that raises a flag that its bullshit. So post = bullshitpostmodernismpostcolonialismpost-structuralism. So, maybe Chomsky can one day weigh in on why the introduction of post implies that we are going to generate nonsense.

As it happens, Chomsky is not a fan of postmodernism: he is too much of a member of the Enlightenment left for that.

I have been less than impressed with my encounters with postcolonialism. It seems to be based on three fundamental errors: the Marx Mistake, the Lenin Error and the Fanon Fallacy.

The Marx Mistake

Marxs conception of the state, so memorably set out in Chapter 1 of The Communist Manifesto (pdf) (1848) held that:

The executive of the modern state is but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie.

A useful (if somewhat grammatically challenged) summary-discussion of the Marxist approach to the state is here and a pithy summary is here. At its simplest, the underlying causal structure is that the production technology produces the class structure which produces the state. So that, while there is some scope for independent action by holders of state power, the class structure is prior to, and helps structure, the state.

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12:27

Jennifer Maidens Appalachian Fall "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Jennifer Maiden, Appalachian Fall: Poems about Poverty in Power (Quemar Press 2017)

appalachian.pngQuemar Press published the ebook of Jennifer Maidens  Metronome the day after the 2017 US presidential election. In its last poem, Maidens fictional alter egos George Jeffreys and Clare Collins watch the election results on TV, and chat to Donald Trump on the phone. One insistent strand of Appalachian Fall is a continuation of the Trump theme.

Jimmy Carter chats with his re-awakened distant cousin Sara Carter Bayes at Trumps inauguration. Jane Austen comments on his rivalry with Kim Jong-Un. Eleanor Roosevelt and Hillary Clinton chat about him.  Trump himself appears with George Jeffreys, with his mother, Mary Anne Macleod, and solo.

Maidens lively, questioning intelligence worries away at the double mystery of Trump: who is he and what happened to make him President? The books subtitle, Poems of Poverty in Power, gestures towards her answer to the second question: Jimmy Carter, reflecting on Saras music, articulates it:

thought: we knew ourselves when we heard it:
the low gut scream of hunger,
for some food, some pride, for any sort of
civilising action, answered passion, and if all
these people were Trump voters, maybe that in...

12:24

MACKAY Woman in custody faces fresh charge ahead of sentencing "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 09, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

Woman in custody faces fresh charge ahead of sentencing

January 09, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

A SLADE Point woman awaiting sentencing for a string of stealing and fraud offences, has been hit with a fresh charge. Karen Patricia Anne-Maree Wise, 34, faced Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink from prison on Monday, after recently pleading guilty to 13 charges, including alcohol theft, credit

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MACKAY Found the bong: Noise complaint tradies downfall "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Found the bong: Noise complaint tradies downfall

January 09, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Dunnett faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to possessing used drug utensils or pipes on December 10 at Bucasia. Prosecutor Shelby Larcombe provided the facts. Police pulled into the driveway of the dwelling and observed a gathering of people sitting around a table in an

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MACKAY Behind bars, accused of break and enter, car theft "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Behind bars, accused of break and enter, car theft

January 09, 2018 at 10:33AM ,

Brian Illington Trent Tapim, 23, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court in custody on Monday on 18 charges. That includesc four counts of entering premises, three counts of car theft, three counts of failing to stop for police, and one count each of break and enter and stealing a firearm or ammunition. Tapims

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12:15

Listen to the New Sam Newton Single Hazel Eyes "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Sam Newton Hardworking Sydney based singer-songwriter Sam Newton released his brand new single Hazel Eyes right before Christmas. The track is taken from Newtons forthcoming album Stare Into The Dark which is expected early this year. Hazel Eyes waltzes into your ear drums with Sam Newtons laid back vocal style and the []

11:55

Justice Action calls for external overview of mental health "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

CCTV footage released by the coroner shows Lismore Base Hospital Mental Health Unit patient wandering the hospital corridors naked and alone before collapsing and dying.

The NSW minister for Health is refuting claims by Justice Action that the 19 recommendations from the review following the death of Miriam Merten at Lismore Hospital would not prevent this event recurring again.

The Review team have made comprehensive recommendations to improve leadership, culture and oversight in mental health units, said the Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies.

The Government has accepted all 19 recommendations and is committed to ensuring this review is a turning point for the NSW mental health system. The NSW Ministry of Health will now develop a plan outlining how and when each of them recommendations will be implemented.

However, Justice Actions Coordinator Brett Collins says that the mental health system in NSW is an appalling hotbed of abuse that has to change.

They need to bring in external oversight and they need to put people in control of what is happening to them. They need to treat people with dignity and humanity.

Collins says that the review itself was inadequate and makes it appear that they are doing something when they are doing nothing.

The mental health industry has closed ranks, he said. They would like to move on and just make a few tweaks.

Reduction of seclusion and restraint, greater support and control for people in the mental health system along with the removal or amendment of legislative protections such as s.195 Act have been recommended by Justice Action.

In the report the mental health system have accepted all the problems and the solution has to take into account that people are held to account for what occurred. No outsiders have been brought in how do we change a culture when there is no external oversight? External people...

11:34

Formal complaints to the FBI regarding suspect Australian taxpayer donations to the Clinton Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

You will be aware that criminal investigations involving the Clinton Foundation are now underway in the United States. I have been asked to provide the FBI with further and better particulars about allegations regarding improper donations to the CF funded by Australian taxpayers. I am now preparing complaints/referrals to the...

11:25

Unmasking Malcolm: The Big 5 Policy Failures of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

The myth of the moderate Malcolm Turnbull dies hard, writes Ben Eltham. Will 2018 be any different?

At the end of 2017, it was easy to think of the Turnbull government as a spent force. Given the constant state of crisis that has bedevilled politics for years now, we can be forgiven for thinking that the government is about to fall, or that Turnbull is about to be replaced.

That would be unwise. Politics is rarely predictable, and even if it were, the fact remains that the government is just 18 months into its second term. Turnbull doesnt have to call an election until late 2019. As long as he can hold his government together, Turnbull has plenty of time. The longevity of the Turnbull government is one of the stranger aspects of Australias unsettled political economy.

The Coalition has ruled since September 2013, but really it has been two different governments: Abbott and Turnbull. You need to grasp that fact to understand politics in 2018. We are not in the fifth year of a unified Coalition government. We are 27 months into the Turnbull administration.

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott (left) and current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott (left) and current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

No-one could accuse the Abbott government of lacking a program: its agenda was obvious, as soon as it was elected. Commissions of Audit, massive cuts to health and education, endless culture wars, a jihad against climate science. Tony Abbott and his cabinet certainly stood for something. To their bemusement, it was a something that voters rejected.

Ever since he took office, media coverage (and to a lesser extent, popular understanding) of Malcolm Turnbulls prime ministership has been framed around wishful thinking the desire for a particular sort of prime minister, a prime minister that Turnbull has manifestly failed to be.

The idea of a small-l liberal, moderate, progressive Malcolm Turnbull has died hard in the mediascape, even as it has quickly faded in the imagination. Fawning admirers at Fairfax and the ABC fell over themselves to genuflect in front of a politician that could not help but identify with (the conservatives at News Corporation were a different matter).

Perhaps the paradigm example of the media love-in was when Turnbull ushered Annabel Crabb around the family mansion on Sydney Harbour; but there were plenty of others. When Turnbull announced his ill-fated plo...

11:18

Rally to stop road closure at Lake Ainsworth this Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Photo of existing road and an interpretive illustration of proposed changes. Image supplied.

The closure of the eastern foreshore road at Lake Ainsworth has raised passions and Preserving Lake Ainsworth inc have called for a protest rally this Saturday at 10am at Lake Ainsworth.

Preserving Lake Ainsworth inc have gathered 4,050 signatures in an attempt to stop the road closure and claim that it cuts out 120 car parks and long vehicle parking including easy disabled access to the lakes eastern foreshore that will be replaced by only 68 formal car parks.

The group have also raised concerns relating to the impact on parking for the Lennox Head Surf Life Saving and the 300 nippers they have signed up over the summer saying that there is nowhere for parents to park.

The Lennox caravan park now has to be fenced off as all traffic is to be diverted in front of the park, said rally organiser, Don Opie.

That places 800 vehicle movements in front of the caravan park and people will be forced to cross by formal crossings with all gear.

Misleading information

Ballina Shire mayor David Wright has responded to the call for a rally saying I know that people who do not want to see the eastern road closed are passionate. However, it concerns me when I see information that is potentially misleading or incorrect being put into print.

One example of the misleading information is the mention of paid parking in the petition/letter the community group are asking people to sign. Council has never had any plans for paid parking in this location.

The mayor also disputes claims that the dog exercise areas would be lost, that the development application is not supported by Council technical staff and that access to public land will be l...

11:05

Justice Denied: The Government Is Not Going to Save Us "IndyWatch Feed National"

The warlords of history are still kicking our heads in, and no one, not our fathers, not our Gods, is coming to save us.

Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates,We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled: it will not hear the case of Young v. Borders.

Despite the fact that a 26-year-old man was gunned down by police who banged on the wrong door at 1:30 am, failed to identify themselves as police, and then repeatedly shot and killed the innocent homeowner who answered the door while holding a gun in self-defense, the justices of the high court refused to intervene to address police misconduct.

Although 26-year-old Andrew Scott committed no crime and never fired a single bullet or lifted his firearm against police, only to be gunned down by police who were investigating a speeding incident by engaging in a middle-of-the-night knock and talk in Scotts apartment complex, the Supreme Court refused to balance the scales between justice and injustice.

Despite the fact that police shot and killed nearly 1,000 people nationwide for the third year in a row (many of whom were unarmed, mentally ill, minors or were shot merely because militarized police who were armed to the hilt feared for their safety), the Supreme Court will not act to right the wrongs being meted out by the American police state.

Although knock-and-talk policing has become a thinly veiled, warrantlesslethalexercise by which citizens are coerced and intimidated into talking with heavily armed police who knock on their doors in the middle of the night, the Supreme Court will not make the government play by the rules of the Constitution.

The lesson to be learned: the U.S. Supreme Court will not save us.

No one is coming to save us: not the courts, not the legislatures, and not the president.

According to journalist Michael Harriot:

More people died from police violence in 2017 than the total number of U.S. soldiers killed in action around the globe (21). More people died...

11:04

Lismore Square extension meeting may be illegal "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Part of the land that could be sold to developer McConaghy Holdings during last weeks mini-flood in Lismore. Photo Peter Bellew

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Tonights meeting to reconsider a controversial application by shopping centre developer McConaghy Holdings to take over a portion of Lismore Park and extend its Lismore Square development may be illegal, according to a long-time Lismore City Council watcher.

Peter Bellew, who emailed Echonetdaily a video showing the parkland proposed for redevelopment underwater in last weeks rain, has written to the council giving it legal notice that he is prepared to challenge the outcome of tonights Extraordinary General Meeting in court and demanding to know why the council has refused to hold a public access session.

According to Mr Bellew, the council has brought forward the meeting, at which the development is due to be reconsidered following a rescission motion last year, from February 13 to tonight without giving residents proper notice.

Mr Bellew told Echonetdaily he has been fighting to save Lismore Park for over 23 years.

The park has been public community land since it was proclaimed Lismore Park in 1887. Its been here for 130 years; its served the community very, very well. The councillors have no right to sell that land for public loss and private profit, he said.

Mr Bellew said he also had serious concerns about the suitability of the land and the effect of filling part of it for the shopping mall.

From looking at those videos, any fill that was put into that land would be an abrogation of public safety. That area is the basin, it takes in the whole of the rainfall all over Lismore Heights and East Lismore.

Brewster Street on that particular day was closed for over half an hour with water all over the road and thats the third time since September, he said.

Legal notice

Mr Bellew said in a legal notice to the council that it had failed to give sufficient notice of its plan to move forward consideration of the proposal and three...

11:02

Top Cop Graham Ashton head of organisation committing criminal offences? "IndyWatch Feed National"

So it seems that the CEO of an organisation committing criminal offences is back in 'business'.


Can you make your allegations of criminal activities stick???


Just a reminder that the police hand out fines 'unlawfully';

See document;

Ex Victorian police officer comments on fines at:
https://corpau.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/ex-victorian-police-officer-comments-on.html

10:49

Australia's emissions record is terrible. It's time for this government to stop pretending | Greg Jericho "IndyWatch Feed National"

In case you missed it, the latest greenhouse gas emissions data was released just before Christmas. It's badIn the week before Christmas the government yet again released its latest data on greenhouse gas emissions in the hope they would be missed amid other news and the nearing festivities. As we start the new year let us revisit the data and highlight just how terrible the government's record on emission reduction has been.The news that the temperature in Penrith reached 47.3C on Sunday [...]

10:42

UN group meets to discuss ISDS reform "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 9, 2018: A working group of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) recently held talks to discuss current concerns about the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) scheme, and possible reforms. UNICTRAL is one of the two bodies which provides panels of investment law arbitrators for ISDS disputes.

According to IAReporter, based on the transcript of the proceedings, the main concerns raised by government delegations were the cost and lengthy duration of ISDS disputes, the issue of corporations failing to pay costs if awarded against them, frivolous claims by investors, inconsistent rulings and lack of transparency. Concerns were also raised about the independence and impartiality of arbitrators.

These are all issues raised by AFTINET and other civil society groups which have led some governments and the ALP, Greens and Nick Xenophon Team to oppose the inclusion of ISDS in trade agreements.

One of the biggest issues identified by some delegations was the lack of consistency in the current ISDS system. Australia, Canada and the E.U. all noted that government lawyers have had trouble interpreting treaties, and Australia admitted that in terms of providing advice internally to government on new policy initiatives it can be challenging to work out where a tribunal might come out on a particular issue.

Broadly, there were three different positions taken by delegates on the need for reform.

Some like Brazil said there was no need for investor-initiated disputes at all, and that disputes could be dealt with by government-to-government disputes processes which are part of all trade agreements.

Others including the U.S., Chile, Mexico, Russia and Japan cast doubt on the severity of problems, and argued that states can use various bilateral tools to alleviate any problems. The U.S. was joined by Russia, Korea and Israel in arguing that the non-uniform arbitration system was a positive thing, as it allowed regional specificities to be considered.

Other delegations like the E.U., Canada, Mauritius and Argentina called for multilateral solutions (such as a permanent court and an appellate mechanism). The E.U. argued that the question of consistency still remains a problem, and suggested that holistic improvements could be made to the treaty system.

There was also a focus by some on n...

10:34

Culture Guide January 8 14: Cinemania, Bear Pack comedy, Broken Glass & more "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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10:30

NORTEC now dumps training those most in need "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mullumbimby & District Neighbourhood Centre. Photo supplied

Aslan Shand

Employment and training provider NORTEC have recently withdrawn the government funded outreach program aimed at providing language, literacy and numeracy training to help people access employment and training opportunities.

Like their recent termination of small business incubators in the region, NORTEC only provided the Mullumbimby District Neighbourhood Centre (MDNC) where the program was run with a very short notice two weeks.

The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program was based at the MDNC and was accessed by a range of age groups who used the program to create opportunities for meaningful work where literacy and numeracy has been a barrier.

The Department of Education and Training said NORTEC closed the Mullumbimby site owing to low student numbers; however, it is understood by The Echo that some students believed they were being diverted away from the Mullumbimby program prior to its closure.

On average there were ten or more students in classes at any one time, said student Tanya Winters who completed the last three sessions of her course in Murwillumbah after the Mullumbimby service closed.

On paper, NORTEC appear to be servicing this area, even though they no longer deliver any local services. Students are now required to travel to Ballina, Kingscliff or Murwillumbah to access them. 

Locally based programs are very thin on the ground in the Byron Shire, said Julie Williams, MDNC manager.

I am weary of organisations being funded to deliver across LGAs without a locally based presence, or at least an authentic partnership with a locally based organisation that has an ongoing relationship with the community.

When purse strings get tight, the first thing to go is outreach services which leaves a community high and dry. It doesnt get the funded service and cant apply for funding because on paper there is already another organisation delivering...

10:12

The real reason Iranian protestors took to the streets: Govt's new budget, Trump's meddling in Iran's economy "IndyWatch Feed National"

When the Iranian protests broke out last Thursday, I immediately reached out to friends, family, and organizers of the Green Movement, which erupted after the 2009 stolen elections, to find out what was going on. But almost everyone I spoke to gave me the same answer: We don't know. We haven't been able to piece it together yet. We are all confused. But one person had quickly managed to put together the Persian puzzle: Donald Trump. Although it took him days to figure out what was going on in Charlottesville, Iran was a piece of cake for America's most unpresidential president. Since then, he has shot off half a dozen or so tweets purporting to support the protesters. In reality, however, the tweets seem more aimed at fanning the flames than aiding the demonstrators. There is no evidence that the protesters in Iran are taking their cues from Trump - or even paying attention to him. Unlike the 2009 protests, when some of the demonstrators called on Barack Obama to speak out against the Iranian government's brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters, no chants have been heard in Iran calling on Trump to do or say anything at all. Nor has any evidence emerged to substantiate the accusation that the protests were orchestrated from abroad. In the eyes of most Iranians, Trump has shown nothing but animosity toward the Iranian people since he took office.

The real reason Iranian protesters took to the streets: Govt's new budget, Trump's meddling in Iran's economy "IndyWatch Feed National"

When the Iranian protests broke out last Thursday, I immediately reached out to friends, family, and organizers of the Green Movement, which erupted after the 2009 stolen elections, to find out what was going on. But almost everyone I spoke to gave me the same answer: We don't know. We haven't been able to piece it together yet. We are all confused. But one person had quickly managed to put together the Persian puzzle: Donald Trump. Although it took him days to figure out what was going on in Charlottesville, Iran was a piece of cake for America's most unpresidential president. Since then, he has shot off half a dozen or so tweets purporting to support the protesters. In reality, however, the tweets seem more aimed at fanning the flames than aiding the demonstrators. There is no evidence that the protesters in Iran are taking their cues from Trump - or even paying attention to him. Unlike the 2009 protests, when some of the demonstrators called on Barack Obama to speak out against the Iranian government's brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters, no chants have been heard in Iran calling on Trump to do or say anything at all. Nor has any evidence emerged to substantiate the accusation that the protests were orchestrated from abroad. In the eyes of most Iranians, Trump has shown nothing but animosity toward the Iranian people since he took office.

10:07

Flickerfest celebrating 20 years in Byron "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Miro an Australia WWII film.

Flickerfest is returning to the northern rivers for its twentieth year to bring you the best short films from the Byron region, Australia and the World. A cinema-packed short film weekend at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall will be screening an entertaining, inspiring and award winning range of 30 Flickerfest short films over three nights from January 2628.

Many of the films have been hand picked from 2,500 entries from Flickerfest 2018 in Bondi and for some it will be their world or Australian premieres.

Flickerfest Mullumbimby will also be presenting the best of northern rivers shorts at the Byron All Shorts finalists screening showcasing a wonderful new collection of creative shorts from our very talented local filmmakers. Byron All Shorts finalists will be announced this coming week.

Bronwyn Kidd (Flickerfest Director) says: As Mullumbimby is our hometown Im always really excited to be presenting these very exciting, entertaining and inspiring short films hand-picked for local audiences at our local tour event.

Our Mullumbimby Flickerfest is both a celebration of film and a great community networking event where people who love films and great stories can come together over the weekend and enjoy inspiring films from the northern rivers, acr...

10:02

Securing an open relationship "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Im noticing a theme in my reflective posts: they often start with the phrase a friend posted on Facebook

Its a statement that much of our interactions are undertaken in that highly-managed medium.

Obviously much of my reflection happens here and recently Ive been pondering the increased interest in polygamy.

Its surprising who likes the posts about open relationships that I share and Im also surprised who shares posts of their own.

Yesterday a friend commented on how shed decided an open relationship wasnt for her while growing up with a view of her unhappy parents open relationship.

Now shes just entered an open relationships and was explaining that polyamory isnt the same as polygamy.

Her point was that being open to being more than a couple isnt the same as being open to everything that could be a part of that relationship.

It brought to my mind recent conversations with my partner and how the notion of an open relationship isnt a notion like open borders.

Our relationship is probably a bit more like I imagine it is in the European Union, where passports are checked prior to crossing boundaries.

09:52

Coal protesters block rail line near Bowen "IndyWatch Feed National"

Natan Shlomo (L) and Lilli Barto blocking the path of a coal train near Bowen. Photo supplied

Two protesters from Front Line Action on Coal are currently blocking Aurizons coal railway near Bowen, calling on the Queensland Government to rule out funding for Aurizon.

They have prevented any coal trains getting to Adanis Abbot Point coal terminal by locking their arms inside a steel barrel filled with concrete on the train tracks since 7:15am today.

The Queensland Labor government is currently considering rail operator Aurizons bid for a NAIF loan, which would open the floodgates for new coalmines in the Galilee Basin.

Lilli Barto, a physics student, is currently locked onto the concrete barrel near Mt Buckley Rd, 20 minutes south-west of Bowen.

State Labor said during the election campaign that they would veto any NAIF loan that would enable Adanis dirty coal project, she said.

Funding Aurizon would be a back-door route to allow Adani to build the biggest coal mine in the southern hemisphere.

Natan Shlomo, a youth worker, is also attached to the barrel on the railway.

Coal is fuelling catastrophic climate change. We stand against the damage this would cause in the Galilee basin, he said.

If Labor continue to turn a blind eye to the devastating cost of coal mining they are complicit.

This comes as part of an ongoing campaign against the controversial Adani Carmichael mine, following on from last week when activists stopped a coal train heading for Adanis coal port. The group is committed to sustained action against the Adani project.

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09:31

North Coast gay couple wed on first legal day "IndyWatch Feed National"

Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan were among the first Australian gay couples to tie the knot as the new legislation came into effect overnight. Photo ABC

A North Coast gay couple are among the first in Australia to tie the knot on the first official day of marriage equality in Australia, celebrating the result of a hard-fought campaign.

Athletes Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan got married at Tweed Heads overnight, timing their proceedings so the marriage would become official minutes after midnight.

The pair first met three years ago and said they fell in love straight away before Craig popped the question at Byron Bay in March.

Its a very surreal feeling, Craig told AAP in the lead-up to the event.

Same-sex marriage legislation cleared parliament on December 7, nearly a month after it was revealed 61.6 per cent of participants in a voluntary postal survey backed the change.

Amid scenes of jubilation same-sex couples across Australia were quick to lodge formal intentions to wed and while some were granted exemptions to the four-week waiting period, today is the first official day ceremonies can take place.

In Newcastle, 32-year-old Rebecca Hickson will marry her partner of nine years Sarah Turnbull, 34.

The pair said they wanted to be part of history and planned to also be one of the first couples to tie the knot in a ceremony from 8am.

Weve already had our big hoo-ha ceremony three years ago but now we get to declare our love for each other again and have it recognised as a real union, Rebecca told AAP.

She described the build-up to the postal vote deadline as a horrible time but said the two are now excited to move beyond it.

Melbourne couple Ron Van Houwelingen, 50, and Antony McManus, 53, echoed Ms Hicksons feelings about the postal vote and said no country should have to endure the same horrendous process to legalise gay marriage.

On Tuesday, the long-time activists will also look forward and tie the knot where they first met as performing arts students three decades ago at the former Prahran College of TAFEs David Williamson Theatre.

Im looking really forward to celebrating the victory, Ro...

09:16

Oprah 2020 Is Not the Answer "IndyWatch Feed National"

(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  On Sunday evening at the annual Golden Globes award ceremony in Los Angeles, Oprah won hearts and minds with a rousing speech about speaking truth to power and advancing the position of women in society.

It was an objectively powerful oration, and social media was promptly flooded with calls for Oprah to be the countrys next president. The newfound Oprah 2020 campaign drew support not only from NBC News, which eventually deleted a tweet referring to her as our future president, but also famous neoconservative war hawk Bill Kristol, who unleashed a Twitter storm of support for the beloved American icon.

Oprah did rightly speak out against the 2003 Iraq war (though Kristol claims, partially correctly, that she supported regime change), and as an individual, she is a wonderful example of human connection, kindness, and compassion...

08:24

Gold Coast shooting sparks major manhunt "IndyWatch Feed National"

BRISBANE -[AAP]

A police hunt is on for three men and a woman after a man was shot at a Gold Coast home yesterday afternoon (Monday January 8).

Police say the group went to a Carrara home about 4pm, armed with a gun and a metal pole, and shot the man, leaving him with injuries to his arm and chest.

The 44-year-old victim remains in hospital as police continue to hunt for his attackers, who fled the scene in a car.

A woman and a child who were also at the Carrara home when the shooting occurred werent hurt.

A large contingent of police spent the night searching for the attackers, but no arrests had been made by early Tuesday morning.

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08:20

Stop sale of Byron railway land: Greens "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Wollongbar Motel, Byron Bay. Photo booking.com

The Greens NSW transport spokesperson Mehreen Faruqi and Ballina MP Tamara Smith are calling on the NSW Government to urgently stop the sale of rail corridor land to property developers in Byron Bay.

Residents have just one day left to make submissions on the development application, which was lodged with Byron Shire Council by developer Wollongbar Properties, and has been on exhibition over the holiday period.

It covers a 611sqm parcel of railway land behind the Wollongbar Motel on Shirley Street in Byron Bay, which the proponent plans to buy from Transport for NSW.

Dr Faruqi said the Government must immediately stop any sale of rail corridor land in Byron.

Its really concerning that part of the corridor is being sold off just for the sake of private developers building luxury apartments, she said.

Act of parliament

I have written to the minister urgently seeking clarification about how rail corridor land can be sold off without the required Act of Parliament. Are they trying to find a roundabout way of selling off precious public transport land? The government must stop the sale and undermining of this rail corridor.

People of the North Coast have been campaigning for a real public transport solution since the Labor Government closed the Casino-Murwillumbah line nearly 14 years ago. Keeping the rail corridor in public hands and restoration of regional rail services must be the priority, not private luxury apartment complexes, Dr Faruqi said.

Ballina MP Tamara Smith agreed that keeping the rail corridors in the region in public hands was vital.

These spaces belong to the community and are common land corridors for transport and public use they ought never be sold off to developers. Once you start down that path there is no going back.

Our rail corridors are public places and public spaces that should never be privatised because they belong to the community in perpetuity, she said.

The post...

08:00

Heres Why Theres No More Free Passes For The Clinton Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

A new Department of Justice probe of the email and charity fraud scandals wont end well for Bill or Hillary

By Charles Ortel

Until recently, the Clinton Foundation has been monitored by the IRS, the Department of Justice, and the FBI, and multiple state government authorities that are seeded with persons loyal to either the Clintons or the Obamas.

Every time, the Clinton Foundation got a free pass.

But now it appears key authorities may finally be turning strict attention toward answering tough questions about public filings of Clinton charities inside and outside the United States. When these powerful organizations engage motivated minds, they will wish to concentrate on a few areas that have long gone begging for attention.

The first time the Clinton Foundation was investigated, between 2001 and 2005, then-FBI Director Robert Mueller, then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey, and others could not seem to find obvious and escalating frauds as a supposed presidential library complex in Little Rock, Arkansas, also fought HIV/AIDS internationally from unregistered offices in New York and Massachusetts without ever obtaining required audits of worldwide activities.

Strangely, as the first investigation wound down, evidence in the public domain suggests that the Clinton Foundation also defrauded the National Archivist by making demonstrably false representations in a binding legal agreement.

For example, there is no evidence the IRS provided final approval to the Clinton Foundation to fight HIV/AIDS internationally as a tax-exempt purpose by Nov. 18, 2004, the date the presidential archive was officially donated.

That Nov. 18, 2004, agreement is nowhere to be found today on the Clinton Foundation website and in public filings despite the charitys more than 13 years of widespread solicitation across state and national boundaries using telephones, mail, and the internet.

The next major investigation started in December 2009 when the French government launched a detailed look into UNITAID, a multilateral international organization primarily funded by France that has sent more than $650 million to arms of the Clinton Foundation engaged, at least in theory, in fighting HIV and AIDS.

Reports concerning this investigation, written in French and published in 2010 and 2011, show that French government authorities, like their U.S. counterparts, missed the heart of...

08:00

January 9 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1815 - First fleeter Augustus Alt, who was responsible for laying out the first streets of the towns of Sydney and Parramatta, turned up his toes at age 83.

1816 - Whaling captain and explorer James Kelly popped into Port Dalrymple whilst puttering around the coastline of Tassie...and was promptly arrested under suspicion of being a bushranger.
Yep, that's how we do things in Oz...see a bloke and reckon he'd like to be flogged while in chains.

1821 - Governor Macquarie issued further grants at Illawarra: Samuel Terry 2000 acres, Andrew Allan 700 acres, Thomas Davey 2000 acres, D'Arcy Wentworth 3150 acres, James Mitcham 700 acres, John Horsley 1200 acres, William Wentworth 1000 acres.

1826 - The ayes have it...The first Executive Council for Van Diemen's Land aka Tasmania was appointed.

1830 - The Sydney Gazette announced....
'The female prisoners by the Lucy Davidson' have turned out but a profitless shipment. Most of the Magdalens, were assigned to service in Sydney and by far the greater portion of those, we are told, have been returned by their masters to government as incorrigibly bad characters'

1854 - It's your money Ralph....The first branch of the English, Scottish and Australian Chartered Bank was opened in Melbourne by F.A.Walsh....and keep those pennies in the tea tin for now.

1862 - William Voss was hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of his wife Mary Moir at York.

1863 - First Post Office opened in Mackay.

1867 - The Clarke Gang of bushrangers constantly raided crops and livestock. Their gang, the Jerrabat Gully Rakers, were regarded as scientists in the art of cattle duffing and horse stealing. The Clarke gang of relatives and friends was well trained in bushcraft and were heavily armed.
They plundered publicans, storekeepers, farmers and travelers. They ambushed gold shipments from Nerrigundah and Araluen and the coaches that traveled from Sydney and the Illawarra. Till November 1866 they marauded virtually unchecked in a triangle through the Jingeras from Braidwood to Bega, and up the coast to Moruya and Nelligen. A party of special constables assigned to capture the Clarke GangJohn Carroll, Patrick Kennagh, Eneas McDonnell and John Pheganwere ambushed and killed near Jinden Station. They had been tied to a tree and then shot.

1868 - The last convict ship, the Hougoumont, arrived at Fremantle with 279 convicts. Their arrival brought an end to the transportation of prisoners from the UK.Somehow I don't think they got mints on their pillows during their voyage...

1869 - The fast clipper ship, 'Thermopylae', reached Melbourne after a record 60 days sailing from London.
Show off !

1870 - First issue of Australian Town & Country Journal.

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07:11

A bright, new dawn? "IndyWatch Feed National"



A string of tweets this afternoon from Matthew Moore of the Times broke the news of the goings-on today at the BBC:
  • NEW: BBC staff told that anyone who has indicated support for Carrie Gracie, or tweeted an opinion about BBC pay, can no longer present any segments on BBC pay.
  • The directive, from new director of news Fran Unsworth, applies to off-air producers as well as on-air presenters.
  • Given that dozens (hundreds?) of BBC women and men have publicly backed Carrie Gracie, this threatens to turn into farce...
  • UPDATE: BBC says that staff have been reminded of existing guidelines that reporters who have expressed public views should not conduct interviews on that subject.
How fascinating! As the Guardian puts it, "the BBC has banned journalists who tweeted support for Carrie Gracie from presenting on-air segments about the gender pay row at the broadcaster...as  editors at the BBC moved to enforce its editorial guidelines by stopping journalists reporting on the issue if they have supported Gracie or have been campaigning for pay equality":
A BBC spokesperson confirmed that editorial guidelines were being applied, saying: Where a presenter or reporter has publicly expressed a view on a particular issue they would no longer be perceived as an impartial voice, therefore it is right they do not conduct interviews on that issue. This is in keeping with editorial guidelines. 
The BBCs guidelines include a segment about reporting on controversial subjects concerning the broadcast. They say the reporting must remain duly impartial, as well as accurate and fair. The guidelines add: We need to ensure the BBCs impartiality is not brought into question and presenters or reporters are not exposed to potential conflicts of interest.
What an excellent decision! Let's hope this policy is now enforced across the BBC on other issues too (from Brexit to Trump, fr...

06:48

The Political Preconditions for Impeachment "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dont bet on Michael Wolffs book changing the dynamic in Washington. But here are the three things to monitor to determine if Trumps job is in jeopardy.

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Impeachment: Its Political

Editors Note: Impeachment is a predominantly legislative process currently followed in several dozen countries, including BrazilSouth Korea and...

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06:41

Only 10 Seconds Left, Blair "IndyWatch Feed National"

When Blair asked me what we were doing over the Christmas break, the answer was easy: Wrestling.

He had visions of baking honey desserts with mom, riding his bike downtown and playing on his iPod. But of course, he knows time away from school is time for wrestling. And good thing because the Olympic Champ Henry Cejudo made a surprise visit to his practice!

Opportunities are abundant when you sacrifice. But it didnt stop there.

We traveled to downtown Phoenix for a tournament at Arizona State University. He moved from 73 lbs to 84 lbs to compete in a bigger bracket.

A few wins later, he was in the finals!

But his opponent was a bit older, way stronger and much bigger. After the first period, Blair was down 2-0. He gave me that, I-gave-everything-I-had-and-scored-nothing- because-hes-too-damn-big look.

I gave him the Change-your-attitude-change-your-strategy-look.

After the second period, the score was tied 2-2. It was Blairs choice for the third and final period.  He chose to start on his feet.

The first takedown was going to dictate the winner

Everyone, at some point thinks, I gave it everything I had. It happens when we learn, when we exercise, when we competeand thats when we start quitting.

But the people who coach and condition themselves to ignore that voice are the ones who learn that anything is possible when you keep going. Its the harder road, sure.  But you know where quitting gets you, so you have to at least push for progress, no matter how small.

Every New Year, were all making resolutions and goals.

Most are going to quit when they think theyve done all they can.  That will probably be in February.

I know, personally, that the voice of despair is always there. But, I also now that I can ignore it as long as Im making small, even infinitesimal, progress toward a resolution.

In wrestling and life, Blair and I live by the 1% rule.

If you can improve just 1% every match, its a victory. It means youre a better wrestler than you were prior to lacing up.

Thats a win, regardless of the final score.

As a chemist, this is the same motivation that pushed me in the lab. Every product has to yield a positive, measurable result, I insisted.

for example, when I designed The AM-PM Fat Loss package, I wanted to confer users with a cluster of measurable results that would yield health and longevity.

A boost in energy.

A reduction in belly fat.

Better mental focus.......

06:30

Aussie flu outbreak worsens as French epidemic of 'exceptional magnitude' threatens UK "IndyWatch Feed National"

The deadly "Aussie flu" outbreak could get worse, as a French epidemic of "exceptional magnitude" threatens to infect the UK. The deadly H3N2 strain is feared to have spread to almost all parts of the UK, following a surge in flu cases over the weekend. Dorchester in Dorset and the City of London were last night the only places where no one has yet reported an "influenza-like illness" - with churches even banning handshakes in an attempt to curb the spread of infection. Some 4.5million people are thought to have been struck down by flu over the past week, according to the online tool FluSurvey.

05:49

Russiagate Turns On Its Originators "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Russiagate originated in a conspiracy between the military/security complex, the Clinton-controlled Democratic National Committee, and the liberal/progressive/left. The goal of the military/security complex is to protect its out-sized budget and power by preventing President Trump from normalizing relations with Russia. Hillary and the DNC want to explain away their election loss by blaming a Trump/Putin conspiracy to steal the election. The liberal/progressive/left want Trump driven from office.

As the presstitutes are aligned with the military/security complex, Hillary and the DNC, and the liberal/progressive/left, the Russiagate orchestration is a powerful conspiracy against the president of the United States and the deplorables who elected him. Nevertheless, the Russiagate Conspiracy has fallen apart and has now been turned against its originators.

Despite the determination of the CIA and FBI to get Trump, these powerful and unaccountable police state agencies have been unable to present any evidence of the Trump/Putin conspiracy against Hillary. As William Binney, the former high level National Security Agency official who devised the spy program has stated, if there was any evidence of a Trump/Putin conspiracy to steal the US presidential election, the NSA would most certainly have it.

So where is the evidence? Why after one year and a half and a special prosecutor whose assignment is to get Trump has no evidence whatsoever been found of the Trump/Putin conspiracy? The obvious answer is that no such conspiracy ever existed. The only conspiracy is the one against Trump.

This has now become completely apparent. Russiagate originated in a fake Trump dossier invented by Christopher Steele, a former British MI6 intelligence officer. It is not yet clear whether it was the DNC, the CIA, or the FBI who paid Steele for the fake dossier. Perhaps he sold it to all three.

What we do know is that the FBI used what it knew to be a fake dossier to go to the FISA court for a warrant to spy on Trump.

As a consequence both Comey and the FBI, special prosecutor Mueller, and Christopher Steele are in hot water. The Chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Grassley, has instructed the US Attorney General to launch a criminal investigation of Steele for false statements to FBI counterintelligence officials.

You can see where this leads as former FB...

05:19

Change Your Story, Change Your Life "IndyWatch Feed National"

Linda George, Contributor
Waking Times

Stuart Wilde said:

Once you accept life without struggling against it, you can see that everything serves you in one way or another. A lousy meal helps you appreciate and remember a good meal.

 

A defeat strengthens you for the next victory. If you try not to quantify and judge things and accept them as part of your overall experience, you become mature. All of a sudden that power that should have been yours from the beginning is returned to you as a calm individuality a creative stillness that allows you to BE. Acceptance unshackles you from the restraints that youve created for yourself, and it allows you to explore inside your own individuality.

What would it mean, how would it change things, if, this year a new one just begun you, me, anyone listening could take this advice? Acceptance without struggle. And awareness that everything happening that we dont like is actually serving us in some way. It is all in how we choose to use our thoughts. And the life we are creating is made from our thoughts.

Our thoughts seemingly arise out of nowhere, capture our attention, torment us for a while if they are at the negative end of the continuum (and with the brains natural bias toward the negative, they often are) and then, eventually, leave us alone. It feels we are at their mercy. The wisdom and spiritual traditions tell us we need to let go of the egoic mind (the mind that generates thoughts) and find the calm stillness of the Higher Self behind it. Herein lies the answer to our distress. It is said the mind makes a wonderful master but a very poor servant. For most of us, our minds, the monkey mind (or the lower mind in the theosophical tradition) is our master. My proposition is this: can we decide, right now, to turn this around and make 2018 the year of change of mind? From master to servant the minds status can be changed. What would it take?

Acceptance according to Stuart Wilde and others. Acceptance is allowing life to unfold without imposing the egos preferences upon it. Michael Singer wrote the story of his life on this path, entitled, The Surrender Experiment. His realization that the monkey mind with its never-ending chatter...

03:51

How stress can make you pile on the pounds "IndyWatch Feed National"

Are you stressed out? Is it hard for you to lose weight? Is there excess fat hanging around in your belly area? If you answered yes to those questions, exploring the relationship between those problems is crucial to your health and well-being. And even if you didn't answer yes to all three questions, it is important to understand how stress can harm your body. That's because your body's main stress hormone - cortisol - can rise to damaging levels when you experience stress. Cortisol (a steroid hormone) helps fuel the fight-or-flight response - the psychological loop that fires you up to fight or run for your life when facing danger. Think of it as your body's built-in alarm system. When you are faced with immediate danger, increases in cortisol help you respond. The hormone works with certain parts of your brain to control your mood, motivation, and fear.

03:43

Study On Sapiosexuality Suggests (For Some) Intelligence Is Sexy "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The study suggests that 1 to 8 percent of people are sexually stimulated by intelligence!

What turns you on? Is it a beautiful set of eyes, a strong physique or someones ability to make you laugh? According to a new study intelligence is a strong turn on for a small group of people called sapiosexuals.

The new study published in Science Direct supports the idea that some people are sexually attracted to the intellect of someone else.

The study from the University of Western Australia observed 383 students. They filled out a questionnaire which included questions on intelligence, and if it was a train they found sexually stimulating. There was also other questions on other areas of love and sexuality so as not to just focus on intelligence as a quality.

Lead researcher Gilles Gignac said We found that sapiosexuality can be measured psychometrically and that between 1 percent and 8 percent of relatively young people (18 to 35) may be sapiosexuals, he continued However, interestingly, how...

03:36

Flaunting British Neo-Imperialism in Asia-Pacific "IndyWatch Feed National"

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For over a century, the British Empire exerted control over Asia-Pacific, outright colonising India, Burma, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia while influencing and encroaching upon greater China, Siam and beyond.

It exploited the people and natural resources of the region, fuelled conflict as it waged war with rival European powers seeking to carve out their own colonies in Asia and left an enduring impact on the region, including ethnic and territorial feuds still unfolding today, e.g. the Rohingya crisis in present-day Myanmar.

Rather than make restitution for its decades of war, conquest and exploitation, the United Kingdom today eagerly seeks to reassert itself in the region alongside the United States who has also spent over a century in the region pursuing what US policymakers openly admit is American primacy.

The Diplomat, a US-European geopolitical publication focused on Asia-Pacific, described this development in its article, The British Are Coming (to Asia).

The article featured a single image, that of the HMS Queen Elizabeth, one of the UKs newest warships and its largest. It is one of two colossal warships UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson recently pledged to send across the globe to aid Washington in its growing confrontation with Beijing.

The author, US Air Force Major John Wright currently serving as Japan Country Director, International Affairs, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Honolulu, Hawaii, attempts to construct a positive argument for the UKs involvement thousands of miles from its own shores.

The article admits that the US has few capable allies in the region willing to comply with mutual defence needs beyond their own territory. It admits that the US has increasingly looked beyond Asia for partners. The UK then, is about as beyond Asia as any potential partner could be.

The article notes that the UK has already deployed warplanes to Japan in addition to the aforementioned future deployment of British warships to the region. It also s...

03:25

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? Curtailed attention spans, more isoaltion, depression and suicide among young iPhone users is alarming researchers "IndyWatch Feed National"

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But theyre on the brink of a mental-health crisis.

One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phoneshes had an iPhone since she was 11sounding as if shed just woken up. We chatted about her favorite songs and TV shows, and I asked her what she likes to do with her friends. We go to the mall, she said. Do your parents drop you off?, I asked, recalling my own middle-school days, in the 1980s, when Id enjoy a few parent-free hours shopping with my friends. NoI go with my family, she replied. Well go with my mom and brothers and walk a little behind them. I just have to tell my mom where were going. I have to check in every hour or every 30 minutes.

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Those mall trips are infrequentabout once a month. More often, Athena and her friends spend time together on their phones, unchaperoned. Unlike the teens of my generation, who might have spent an evening tying up the family landline with gossip, they talk on Snapchat, the smartphone app that allows users to send pictures and videos that quickly disappear. They make sure to keep up their Snapstreaks, which show how many days in a row they have Snapchatted with each other. Sometimes they save screenshots of particularly ridiculous pictures of friends. Its good blackmail, Athena said. (Because shes a minor, Im not using her real name.) She told me shed spent most of the summer hanging out alone in her room with her phone. Thats just the way her generation is, she said. We didnt have a choice to know any life without iPads or iPhones. I think we like our phones more than we like actual people.

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03:20

Daily Digest 1/8 - Northeast Deep Freeze Lingers, The End Of The Beginning For Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

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02:34

Israel Is Becoming an Illiberal Thugocracy, and Im Running Out of Ways to Defend It "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its not just the BDS blacklist. In Israel, the basic rights and values underlying democracy itself are being repealed

By David Rothkopf Jan 08, 2018 1:20 PM
Haaretz.

An Australian graffiti artist works on his mural depicting U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Israeli barrier in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. October 28, 2017

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Block me.

Dont let me enter Israel.

I am a Jew. Three dozen of my relatives died in the Holocaust. My father, before he fled the Nazis, was an active member of Zionist youth organizations. By my understanding of what used to be Israels right of return, I was under the impression that I had a standing invitation to visit or even move to Israel whenever I chose.

But apparently, the ideas and ideals underlying both that right of return and the State of Israel itself are undergoing a reconsideration.

Rally in support of Palestinian 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi, detained by Israel, at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, New York. January 5, 2018
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The vote by the Knesset last March to ban the entry of those involved in boycotts of Israel and the action this week by the Strategic Affairs Ministry to blacklist the leaders of 20 foreign organizations that are seen to support such boycotts suggest that in fact, the basic rights and values underlying democracy itself are being repealed in the country.

I know those rights did not exist for millions of Palestinians. I have throughout my adult life been deeply troubled by that fact. The Palestinians fully deserve a state of their own and candidly, having such a state is not only their right and what is right, it is what is in the best interest of the security of Israel.

But I have rationalized maintaining my support for the State of Israel based on a few assessments.

First, the creation of Israel was in my mind, just and necessitated by history. Next, my sense was that the issue of the rights of the Palestinians would be fairly resolved over time via negotiation that h...

02:02

Monitoring Undersea Cables "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wheres the Collusion? (Trevin)

That is the question, according to TRNNs Aaron Mate. Mate could not get a straight answer from Guardian reporter Luke Harding whose book on the topic, ironically titled Collusion, is a New York Times #1 bestseller.

Trumps Buy American Weapons Plan (Dan)

In a big giveaway to arms manufacturers like Raytheon and Boeing, the Trump administration is drafting a plan that would boost US weapon sales around the globe. Dont expect the sellers to show concern over human-rights-abusing buyers either.

Kris Kobachs Voter Fraud Crackdown (Reader Steve)

The notorious Kris Kobach is using anecdotal cases of voter fraud to further his  and President Trumps  claims that it is a widespread problem.

How Airlines Are Screwing You (Russ)

Southwest Airlines, along with American, Delta, and United, agreed to a $15 million settlement over limiting capacity on their airlines. This effectively shrinks available seating and, by consequence, raises fares. While none of the carriers admitted wrongdoing, and tacitly stated the plan will continue in a variety of ways, the class-action lawsuit is an important first strike.

Palestines Few Friends in the Middle East (Dan)

While many Arab countries claim to support the Palestinian cause, such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia, most of them are actually closer to Israel.

Mind-Blowing New Photos of Jupiter (Jimmy)

NASAs $1 billion Juno spacecraft is taking stunning photos of the giant gas planet. Some of the many storm systems captured are larger than the earths diameter.

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01:48

Thousands of flying foxes killed by record-breaking heatwave near Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

As record breaking heat swept across Western Sydney on Sunday, it took with it 'thousands' of bats who melted in the sweltering conditions. A critical portion of Campbelltown's flying fox colony died from the heat, as surging temperatures left many dead on the ground and still suspended among the trees. Heartbreaking photos of the death toll were shared online by volunteer groups Wires and Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands, who tried desperately to save as many lives as they could. As parts of the state became the hottest place on earth Sunday, rescuers from North Western Sydney Wires worked tirelessly alongside Sydney Wildlife volunteers. But unfortunately for hundreds - potentially thousands - of bats, their help came a little too late.

01:43

PERTH Unregistered Perth builder cops fine for unlawful work "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Unregistered Perth builder cops fine for unlawful work .

January 08, 2018 at 04:11PM .

A Parkerville man has been fined $5000 for offences his company committed while contracting for and carrying out the fit-out of two commercial buildings in Belmont and Jandakot in 2013. The Perth Magistrates Court found in relation to both sites the company had implied that it was a registered building

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01:36

New French Flu Strain May Target UK As Vaccine Continues To Fail "IndyWatch Feed National"

First, there was the Aussie Flu, now there is a French flu, and according to health officials, its headed for the United Kingdom. The flu shot has failed at a massive level, socialized medicine in...

The post New French Flu Strain May Target UK As Vaccine Continues To Fail appeared first on Vaxxter.

01:30

Heres How Stress Could Be Making You Fat "IndyWatch Feed National"

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By Lisa Egan

Are you stressed out? Is it hard for you to lose weight? Is there excess fat hanging around in your belly area?

If you answered yes to those questions, exploring the relationship between those problems is crucial to your health and well-being.

And even if you didnt answer yes to all three questions, it is important to understand how stress can harm your body.

Thats because your bodys main stress hormone  cortisol  can rise to damaging levels when you experience stress.

Cortisol (a steroid hormone) helps fuel the fight-or-flight response  the psychological loop that fires you up to fight or run for your life when facing danger.

Think of it as your bodys built-in alarm system. When you are faced with immediate danger, increases in cortisol help you respond. The hormone works with certain parts of your brain to control your mood, motivation, and fear.

Cortisol also handles other important bodily tasks, explains WebMD.

It

  • Manages how your body uses carbohydrates, fats, and proteins
  • Keeps inflammation down
  • Regulates your blood pressure
  • Increases your blood sugar (glucose)
  • Controls your sleep...

00:35

NUMSA: S. African Union Confronts New Forms Of Apartheid Through Class Struggle "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ill answer your question first and then Ill give some context. Our view of the current South African government is we have taken a very oppositionist perspective, we are opposed to the ANC -- African National Congress, ruling party in South Africa -- -led government. Up until 2013 NUMSA was an active member and an alliance partner and supporter of the ANC. This was because in the days of the liberation movement when we were still fighting the apartheid regime, all of the various formations, the trade unions, the NGOs and the popular community struggles which were all fighting against apartheid all came together in an alliance. So if you were an ANC member you were automatically a supporter of all of the trade union federations, of COSATU --Congress of South African Trade Unions -- for example.

00:19

Sydney experiences hottest day since 1939: 47.3 C (117 F) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A short, sharp burst of very hot desert air hit South Australia and the southeastern States over the weekend forcing authorities to issue total fire bans and health advisories. The brunt of the heat took Penrith, west of Sydney where Sunday's temperatures...... Read more

00:16

Ever wondered why you feel much hotter or colder than the temperature gauge indicates? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Australian Bureau of MeteorologyThermal Comfort observations, January 2018:

We often use the air temperature as an indicator of how comfortable we will feel when involved in sports or other physical activities. However, the air temperature is only one factor in the assessment of thermal stress. In climates where other important factors, principally humidity, can vary widely from day to day, we need more than just the temperature for a more realistic assessment of comfort. However it is useful to be able to condense all the extra effects into a single number and use it in a similar way to the way we used the temperature. The Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) and the Apparent Temperature are indices which attempt to do this.

Human thermal comfort depends on environmental and personal factors. The four environmental factors are airflow (wind), air temperature, air humidity, and radiation from the sun and nearby hot surfaces. The personal factors are the clothing being worn and the person's level of physical activity. Thermal sensation is also significantly affected by acclimatisation/adaptation: people living in hot climates have been shown to be comfortable at higher temperatures than those living in cooler climates.

In hotter conditions the body must shed heat to maintain thermal equilibrium. The cooling effect of evaporation of sweat fro...

00:15

January 2018: are environmental vandals in the Liberal & National parties trying to force gasfield expansions down the throats of reluctant communities? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


To be eligible your project must bring new gas flow to domestic gas consumers in target markets by 30 June 2020 and can include:
*deployment of new technologies or techniques to lift existing and new well productivity
*the opening of new gas pilot and/or production or exploration wells that are either in proximity to existing gas infrastructure or can demonstrate a path to market
*better utilisation of existing or the establishment of new gas processing, storage and transport facilities
*design, construction and engineering activities directly related to bringing forward new gas supply.
[Gas Acceleration Program, Eligibility Criteria

Liberal Senator for Queensland and Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan, media release, 20 December 2017:

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00:09

MACKAY Three face court accused of stealing brand new muscle car "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 08, 2018 at 05:18PM ,

Three face court accused of stealing brand new muscle car

January 08, 2018 at 05:18PM ,

In the Townsville court, Hodgetts was remanded in custody to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court in late January. Meanwhile, Scott Hodgetts partner Kerri-Ann Connolly and brother Laurie Hodgetts appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday morning. Connolly, 31, from Mackay, sat in the court

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Tommy Franklin hosting a Saturday morning dance party in Apex Park Main Beach Byron Bay "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tommy Franklin will be hosting a Saturday morning dance party in Apex Park Main Beach Byron Bay foreshore at 10am on January 13.

As the newest ambassador of Hello Sunday Morning, Tommy Franklin is bringing a series of Sunday morning dance parties to six Australian cities this summer. First Byron Bay, then Brisbane, Melbourne, Hobart, Perth and Sydney.

This is a free and family friendly event! So round up your family, friends, kids and community. We cant wait to see you in your nearest city!

Hello Sunday Morning is an Australian charity with a mission to build technology that provides early intervention support for any person who wants to change the way they drink. Whether it is to quit drinking, take a break or simply cut back, we are here to support you and your choice.

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00:00

A concerning largely unrecognised threat to patient safety: Nursing reviews cite retracted trials "IndyWatch Feed National"

Too many papers cite retracted research even after its been retracted. Its a problem. It can be especially a problem in clinical fields, where patient care is at stake. Recently, Richard Gray at La Trobe University in Australia and his colleagues examined the scope of the problem in the nursing field, noting how many []

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Monday, 08 January

23:30

Deutsche Bank: A Global Bank for Oligarchs American and Russian, Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Editors Note: We publish this lengthy, in-depth, technical piece by a former IRS investigator, knowing it raises more questions than it provides answers. But we believe that is a very useful service, particularly in relation to a complex topic of considerable public import one that may be a key component for special counsel Robert Muellers ongoing Trump-Russia investigation. We hope in the coming weeks to explore many of these questions in greater depth. And we welcome reader comments.

Martin J. Sheil is a retired branch chief of the IRS Criminal Investigation division.


Acronym Reference

DFS       DDepartment of Financial Services

LIBOR      London Interbank Offered Rate (calculates interest payments across the globe)

DOJ          US Department of Justice

SDNY       Southern District of New York

EDNY       Eastern District of New York

FinCEN    Financial Crimes Enforcement Network

OCCRP     Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project


President Donald J. Trump claims he has the absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department. This chilling assertion invites speculation about just what the president has in mind. For clues to what may surface when investigators dig deeper, consider the pending prosecution of banking giant Deutsche Bank over money laundering activities involving Russia.

Recent media reports confirm that Deutsche Bank has been subpoenaed for records in relation to the ongoing Russia collusion investigation. This development immediately raises questions: Chiefly, what did a certain bankrupt but ambitious American real estate developer have in common with predatory Russian oligarchs who had been plundering their own countrys industry and generating vast currency flows out of their homeland since the 1990s?

Indeed, Deutsche Bank is a common thread in numerous probes of questionable financial activities including tax evasion and money laundering with ties to multiple oligarchs and their businesses in the US and abroad. So far the bank itself has suffered minimal consequences.

In all the flurry of media attention to the Russia collusion story, little attention has been paid to the Department of Justices (DOJ) criminal investigation of Deutsche Bank in Manhattan.

What are the ramifications for Deutsche of this pote...

22:52

ATO is swindling Australians "IndyWatch Feed National"

So, among other points, just a reminder that;

1). The ATO (Australian Tax Office) is NOT a legal entity,

2). The ATO was NOT established according to the correct 'lawful' procedure,

3). The people were not informed according to law, within the Government Gazette.

Note:

"Junior officers are routinely destroying people's lives"


See parts of a document tendered into court;






22:48

Prayer and Meditation for Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Jesus Casts Out an Evil Spirit "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: 306

Gerbrand van den Eeckhout - Anna toont haar zoon Samul aan de priester Eli.jpg

Hannah presenting her son Samuel to the priest Eli, ca. 1665

Reading 1 1 SM 1:9-20

Hannah rose after a meal at Shiloh,
and presented herself before the LORD;
at the time, Eli the priest was sitting on a chair
near the doorpost of the LORDs temple.
In her bitterness she prayed to the LORD, weeping copiously,
and she made a vow, promising: O LORD of hosts,
if you look with pity on the misery of your handmaid,
if you remember me and do not forget me,
if you give your handmaid a male child,
I will give him to the LORD for as long as he lives;
neither wine nor liquor shall he drink,
and no razor shall ever touch his head.
As she remained long at prayer before the LORD,
Eli watched her mouth, for Hannah was praying silently;
though her lips were moving, her voice could not be heard.
Eli, thinking her drunk, said to her,
How long will you make a drunken show of yourself?
Sober up from your wine!
It isnt that, my lord, Hannah answered.
I am an unhappy woman.
I have had neither wine nor liquor;
I was only pouring out my troubles to the LORD.
Do not think your handmaid a neer-do-well;
my prayer has been prompted by my deep sorrow and misery.
Eli said, Go in peace,
and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.
She replied, Think kindly of your maidservant, and left.
She went to her quarters, ate and drank with her husband,
and no longer appeared downcast.
Early the next morning they worshiped before the LORD,
and then returned to their home in....

22:15

New Possibilities for U.S. Philippines Ties Under Trumps National Security Strategy "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

US President Donald Trump and President Rodrigo Duterte held a bilateral meeting in Manila last November at the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings. STAR/Krizjohn Rosales, File

Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) January 8, 2018 4:49pm

MANILA, Philippines  US President Donald Trumps National Security Strategy, despite being consistent with his America First policy, offers opportunities to enhance US-Philippines alliance, an analyst said.

Last December, Trump unveiled a new NSS, which is organized into four pillars protect the homeland, promote American prosperity, preserve peace through strength and advance American influence.

Under the third pillar, the US seeks to rebuild its military strength to protect their diplomatic, information, military and economic interests.

We will ensure the balance of power remains in Americas favor in key regions of the world: the Indo-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East, the White House fact sheet read.

RELATED: Trump to unveil America First national security strategy

In a commentary published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, National Defense College of the Philippines senior defense research officer Christian Vicedo said that Washintons security interest and priorities in the Indo-Pacific would have an impact on the US-Philippines alliance.

Chinas artificial islands in the South China Sea, North Koreas nuclear threat and the rise of terrorism and radical extremism are the three regional security issues mentioned in the NSS.

Vicedo noted that addressing the three regional concerns would entail US security commitment to allies and partners in the region.

As a result, while Trumps NSS reiterates transactional principles of economic reciprocity and burden-sharing in confronting common threats, the possibility of a diminishing US security commitment to the Philippines seems unlikely, Vicedo said.

The new security strategy promotes increased cooperation among the...

21:55

Teenage girl killed by dog pack in Jharkhand, India "IndyWatch Feed National"

A 12-year-old girl, who had gone to answer nature's call outside her house, was killed when a bunch of dogs attacked her in a village under Markachcho police station area of Jharkhand's Koderma district on Sunday morning. Koderma is one of the five open defecation free (ODF) districts in Jharkhand. According to the police, they got information about the girl, identified as Madhu Kumari, daughter of Umesh Singh, a resident of Bhagwatidih village in Markachcho (South) panchayat, was killed by the dogs on Sunday morning. "The information we got was that the girl had gone to answer nature's call and was surrounded and attacked by a bunch of dogs. There were attempts by some children to shoo the dogs away, but it was too late. They raised an alarm and alerted their family members. They also shooed away the dogs. But, by then, it was too late. No official complaint has been registered. We are treating this case as an accident," said Officer-in-charge (Markachcho), Arun Kumar.

21:53

Profitable Morrows to Disrupt Investment & Wealth Management Industry "IndyWatch Feed National"

The advent of blockchain in asset and wealth management industry has generated a lot of investment opportunities for the investors seeking for transparent, low-cost and secure ways to invest their money in exchange for impressive ROIs. However, the industry is still faced with the challenges like lack of investors trust, fear of cyber crimes and unexpected market risks. To overcome these challenges and disrupt the investment and wealth management worldwide, Profitable Morrows appears as the next rising investment platform globally.

The Background

Profitable Morrows, an Australia-based private investment and wealth management company, offers unique and profitable investment opportunities across Australia, Europe, China and the U.S.A. Profitable Morrows invites individual and institutional investors to be a part of global investment scenario, assuring lucrative returns on investments and highest standards of online security, account privacy, and customer service.

At Profitable Morrows, the financial portfolio is strongly backed by an active pool of profits, leveraged on the strategic assortment of high-performance assets placed in key position all across the world.

The Benefits

Profitable Morrows offers investors with high flexibility, limited regulations and accelerated transaction speed. Most of the investors tend to avoid the risks, while many investors remain doubtful of their investments throughout their investment cycle. Profitable Morrows minimizes its risk exposure by exclusively investing in those businesses that are operating in the biggest and most profitable industries in the world. Interest is added to investors balance every 24 hours after the deposit is made, till the expiry of the investment plan. Upon expiry of the investment plan, Profitable Morrows allows the investor to invest further. Moreover, the use of blockchain technology enables portfolio managers to identify, interpret and act on even the most minor, meaningful market happening, in real-time.

Aaron Cooper, the CEO of Profitable Morrows, says:

Its not about how many eggs you have in your basket, thats just an old, outdated clich that no longer works for todays savvy investor. Your financial future lies in how those eggs are nurtured so they may hatch into their full grown potential. Financial success is not about watching over your basket, its about taking vested action.

Some of the core features of Profitable Morrows include:

  • Secure Control Panel

The platform of Profitable Morrows is leveraged upon secure control panel that monitors the account in real-time, keeping investors updated of the activiti...

21:10

Graphic design startup Canva just turned into a unicorn "IndyWatch Feed National"

Canva, the graphic design startup that lets users design fly flyers on the fly, has just turned into a unicorn. The company said today it raised $40 million in its latest funding round, and is now valued at $1 billion. Cofounded by CEO Melanie Perkinsone of Fast Companys Most Creative People In Businessthe Australian graphic design startup lets

Canva, the graphic design startup that lets users design fly flyers on the fly, has just turned into a unicorn. The company said today it raised $40 million in its latest funding round, and is now valued at $1 billion.

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20:41

Australian East Coast Narrowly Avoids a Widespread Blackout Thanks to Coal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Australias policy of shuttering of dispatchable power sources in favour of unreliables finally appears to be biting into the stability of the Australian electricity grid. One of the coal plants which saved the day is scheduled to be closed in 2022. New South Wales dodges widespread blackouts during heatwave By

20:38

"Very Few Beings..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

 "Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Mortal or immortal, 
few really ASK. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the 
answers they have already shaped in their own minds."
- Anne Rice

20:05

Science Brief #2. Why We Are Having Heavy Rains & Hurricanes! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Science Matters to come closer to truth!

Science Brief #2. Why the heavy rains and hurricanes?

Essay by S. Tom Bond, Resident Farmer & Retired Chemistry Professor, Jane Lew, Lewis County, WV

The U. S. has experienced four hurricane disasters just this past year: Harvey in Texas and Louisiana in August; Irma, a particularly intense hurricane with winds of 185 miles an hour in the Caribbean reached south Florida in early September. Jose hit the East Coast of the U. S in late September. Maria, the most damaging on record in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands occurred in late September. Combined they cost $200B. The Atlantic had 17 named storms in 2017. See storm tracks here.

What is a hurricane? It is a violent storm the size of a tropical cyclone having sustained winds of over 74 miles per hour. There are five categories, defined by wind speed. When they move over land devastation is proportional to wind speed.

What causes a hurricane? The best answer requires a little bit of science. Water vapor is formed when water evaporates. It takes heat to overcome the attraction between water molecules that causes them to stick together to be a liquid. When enough energy is supplied, they can separate and each molecule goes its own way, up into the air. That moist air is lighter and tends to rise. As the reader knows, higher in the atmosphere the temperature goes down. When a mass of humid air reaches an altitude where it is cold enough, the heat is transferred to the air. The warmed air continues to rise, and the water condenses and falls out as rain. This is the source of rain and snow.

A tremendous amount of heat is needed to evaporate water, over five times as much as is needed to warm the water from the freezing point to the boiling point. This is released when it condenses back to water (rain). If a smaller mass of air hits a really cold layer, a thunderstorm results. If a moist area goes up to a cool, but not very cold air mass, rain occurs.

When very humid air over the ocean in a wide area rises to a cold level, it continues to rise as it drops rain. This rising draws up more humid air from below. The warm air spreads out in the upper atmosphere, forming a whirling cloud cover. More and more heat is drawn from the oceans top layer as the system spreads out. Winds rising in the interior of the s...

20:00

With Opening of Turkish Border, Georgias Armenians Grow Uneasy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tbilisi (EAN A few weeks ago, residents of the village of Dadash, on Georgias border with Turkey, blocked the main highway connecting the two countries. Their aim, they said, was to call attention to rampant lawlessness in the area since the opening of the border post with Turkey in 2015.

In particular, they assert that their livestock is being stolen, blaming Turks in neighboring towns.

A member of Georgias parliament, Enzel Mkoyan, visited the village the day after the protest to hear out their grievances. A large majority of area residents is ethnic Armenian.

Georgia Turkey border crossing.
Image: Flickr Goggins World

Residents told him that cameras on the Turkish side showed that the stolen animals had indeed been taken over the border. They also maintained that local authorities have been of little help.

We live on the border and are very worried, one of the villagers, Tsolak Martirosyan said at the meeting, according to an account by local news website JNews.ge. Why is the Turkish side equipped with video cameras, and our side isnt? What century do we live in?

The problem is not new, residents complained. A village nearby, Kartsakhi, staged a similar protest in 2015, threatening to obstruct the construction of a new international railway through the area unless the authorities took action to find stolen property.

Related: Search georgia Georgia: Trump Administration Boosting Military Aid

Mkoyan promised help. I called all ministries the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Foreign Ministry, and also the border police, he...

20:00

Why A Small Minneapolis Fashion Brand Is Making Climate Change Part Of Its Business "IndyWatch Feed National"

Menswear brand Askov Finlayson has committed to giving 110% of its environmental impact cost back to organizations fighting climate change.

For the first few years of its existence, Minneapolis menswear brand Askov Finlaysons focus was both on its productsnamely, its signature North hatsand a fundamental redefining of its chilly corner of the midwest. Instead of just another northern section of flyover country, CEO and cofounder Eric Dayton wanted his home state to be recognized as the northern paradise he holds it to be. Specifically, the North. And judging by Askov Finlaysons growth, as well as how others in Minnesota have embraced the notion, its working. The upcoming Super Bowl in Minneapolis is branded Bold North, and the local pro sports teams have tucked it into their own taglines: the NBAs Timberwolves All Eyes North, NFLs Vikings This Is the North, and MLS United FCs The North Is Rising.

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19:00

The US Supreme and Arkansas Supreme Court orders disbarring Bill Clinton as a lawyer - and the prohibition on him acting for a US charity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Clinton's capacity to lawfully act for a US charity will be an issue in the investigation of the corrupt donations made to the Clinton Foundation - funded by Australian taxpayers. A person who is disbarred as a lawyer for offences of dishonesty is incapable of acting as a trustee or...

18:47

Australian Defence Force personnel allowed to get away with crime? "IndyWatch Feed National"


It sure does look like the old saying "crime does not pay" does not hold true when you're a member of the Australian Defence Force.

When it comes to criminal activity, not only does it seem that the 'administration' is above the law, but also its foot soldiers.

When a member of the serf population does not pay unlawfully issued fines by corporations, one can spend over a year in gaol, but when one is a member of an arm of the administration one can commit criminal activity AND get away with it, meaning IF you get caught you may have to pay it back and if you can't pay it back you do not get incarcerated.

Just another policy showing the serfs that the administration is above the law in this penal colony.


18:46

Sydney suffers through hottest day in nearly 80 years "IndyWatch Feed National"


Record-breaking heat has hit southeastern Australia over the past few days leading to widespread fire bans as temperatures passed 40 degrees Celsius. Canberra had its hottest day of the summer so far with a high of 40C on Saturday afternoon.

18:08

The Storm Update -- Trump's Hurricane on the Swamp "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trump's Hurricane On The Swamp! Storm Updates!

January 7, 2018 at 7:00pm

Source: Project Nsearch | By Glenn Canady





Swamp Drain- Mega Update from Truth Warriors on Vimeo.

The above video does a great job of going through some of the updates from the Q sources.

The Lord answered all our prayers when he stopped Hillary's steal of the election and we elected Donald J. Trump! And just as he promised, the swamp draining has begun. Tom Heneghan reports he cannot get full confirmation that the Bushes were taken to GTMO but nobody has seen them! Last known locations of the Bushes were in their roach nest at Kennebunkport Maine. Some people have said they are in GTMO but Tom like myself wants full confirmation on this before we get excited. We've seen how slippery these demons are so don't get excited until we know 100% that the Bushes are going to be put on trial for their treason. Obama, the Bushes and the Clintons must be fully exposed as the criminals they are for America to become free again! The fake news must be 100% destroyed for their support of these monsters.

Tom Heneghan does say there is no doubt Hillary has the military boot on her leg and has been classified as a threat to national security. She's not going anywhere without everybody knowing about it.

Stew Webb was told by super spy Otis Johnson this past year that the wheels of justice were going to...

17:24

Charlie Pickering, Live Comedy at the Byron Bay Brewery "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Edgy, polished and inventive, Charlie Pickering is one of the most exciting names in Australian comedy. Performing with Damien Power and MC Ellen Briggs, 7pm Thursday 18 January at the Byron Bay Brewery.

Long before he scored gigs on two of TVs biggest shows, Charlie was touring internationally, winning awards and playing to sold out houses. Pickering is an impressive stand up comedian, its his first love, and he claims its what keeps him honest. While in the US Pickering is a regular on the comedy scene, learning to adapt and reinvent his schtick for the US Audience.

Charlie has earned many an accolade for his live work over the years, including nominations for the Perrier Best Newcomer Award in Edinburgh, the Barry Award for Most Outstanding Show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, as well as being named Best International Guest by the NZ Comedy Guild. Hes even been nominated for a Logie and in 2011 picked up Media Personality of the Year in the GQ Men of the Year Awards.

Hes been called Dangerously Funny, which he is. He is joined by support Damien Power, three time Barry Award nominee and widely regarded as one of the most exhilarating voices in Australian comedy. He has been called the bar room philosopher. His material is incisive, deep thinking and has even the drunkest person in the room contemplating their reason for being. Hes genius. With Ellen Briggs as MC this is one cracker of a show.

Follow the event on Facebook, or secure your ticket now online.

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16:31

On Being a Third-Culture Kid "IndyWatch Feed National"

When I was 14, after spending 10 years growing up in three vastly different countries, I moved back to the place I was born: Australia. I was making this move from Germany, where racism was taboo due to its traumatic history, yet its people were still a proud nation with high nationalistic ideals. Even teenagers could make you feel unwelcome on the basis of where you were from.

After spending years feeling out of place, I was so excited to be returning home. Australia was where my parents were from, my official nationality. That had to mean something.

Starting my first day of school jetlagged, adjusting to the 10-hour time difference, I wasnt prepared for what was in store. My family had gifted me DVD box sets of iconic Australian TV series, and I had been an avid reader of Total Girl magazine for years. I assumed I would be stepping into an episode of The Sleepover Club or Bluewater High. I thought I knew exactly how to fit in.

But there was still so much I didnt know; so much to make me feel different. Judgement is natural in a high school environment, yet it felt like everything I said and did (albeit being completely normal to me) was watched and criticised. Kids werent used to seeing people be different, and I understood that. But was there anywhere I wouldnt feel like an outsider?

Another thing that baffled me was the questions. What kind of music do they listen to where youre from? I was asked. I had moved from a progressive, western country, and pop music was quite universally liked. Did people really think I only listened to German folk music and Oompah-Pah? My classmates were surprised when my interests were the same as theirs, yet judgmental when mine were different.

Moving around a lot also gifts you with an accent as confusing as your sense of identity. Although I thought I sounded exactly the same as everyone else, everyone was constantly mimicking me and pointing out the way I said certain words. Your accent is just so crazy and different!

The stories you can tell become limited as well. People can go on and on about their family holidays to Paris and ski trips to the Alps, but if I was to bring up attending kindergarten in communist Ukraine, suddenly Id be the one bragging. Perhaps it was the inherent social anxiety associated with moving from a cohort of 30 kids to 300 kids, but I found it easier to just keep quiet.

American sociologist Ruth Hill Useem uses the term...

16:26

Australia's Internet speed ranking falls yet again! "IndyWatch Feed National"

It seems that Australia's Mutts in Parliament (MPs) really really despise their slave population or are just plain incompetent, in any event they should realistically be removed from their occupying positions.

To be fair on them they factually 'governed' (i.e. restricted) internet speeds for Australia's 'consumers', IF that was their intention to do so.

IF not, then they cannot get right a basic service (telecommunications), making matters worse as it's something that is their very own resource, something that they've had since the 1960's which makes them look like incompetent imbeciles.

Australia's internet speed rating now sits at 55.

Some people may take the piss out of Kazakhstan, but those goat herders can serf the web on the back of a goat quicker than a convict in Collingwood.



Bit of laughing stock ye 'ol business called the 'Australian Government'.

See what msn.com wrote about this matter within the headline:

Australia's internet speed ranking falls two places to 55th fastest in the world

Australia has fallen two places on a global ranking of internet speeds to 55 as the National Broadband Network looks to be completed by 2020.

A monthly ranking by the Speedtest Global Index placed Australia at number 55 for fixed broadband speeds in the world for December 2017, with an average download speed of 25.88 Megabits per second (Mbps).

One place above with 25.96 Mbps was Kazakhstan and one place below was the United Arab Emirates with 25.69 Mbps.

In first place was Singapore with a lightning-quick download speed of 161.21 Mbps.

An NBN spokesperson told The Australian that our poor internet speeds should lift once more Australians connect to the network. Approximately three million Australian homes are currently connected and using the NBN.

"This means that the majority of data being captured by these kind of reports are being generated by the five million or so legacy services on slower ADSL services," the spokesman said.

...

16:18

Google's AI Center in China: Poaching Talent "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 8, 2018 (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already fundamentally changing information technology and stands poised to permeate and transform technology both online and off ranging from manufacturing and transportation to medicine and military applications. The US, Russia and China have all noted that dominance in this field of technology will be an essential ingredient to holding global primacy in the near future.


What resembles a sort of arms race has emerged between prominent nations around the globe. Perhaps in an effort to provide the US with an edge, or perhaps in an effort to mitigate the impact of such an arms race, Google has opened an AI center in China.

CNN in its article, "Google is opening an artificial intelligence center in China," would announce:
Despite many of its services being blocked in China, Google has chosen Beijing as the location for its first artificial intelligence research center in Asia.
The purpose of the center, according to CNN, citing China's desire to become a global leader in AI technology, will be to:
...help China pursue its aim to become the global leader. The facility will employ a team of researchers who will be supported by engineers the company already has in China.
Considering Google's services being banned, blocked and otherwise unwelcomed in China, the question remains as to why exactly Google would seek to aid China in becoming a leader in AI technology Google itself seeks to position itself as a leader in.

This question may have been at least partially answered in a recent AI summit which included Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc.

Poaching Foreign Talent

The Washington DC-based Center for a New American Security (CNAS), as part of its Art...

16:18

Near real-time Yahoo stock quotes in Excel "IndyWatch Feed National"

You may know that Yahoo Finance has for a long time provided near real-time global stock quotes via its website and via a web API service, which many have used as a convenient source for Excel data. There have been lots of VBA implementations and even a direct spreadsheet formula implementation (no VBA).

Unfortunately, the service was abused to the extent that some even purported to sell trading applications based around it (go figure). That resulted in a huge load on Yahoos service leading to it being discontinued last November. Yahoo has also now included some simple obfuscation in its chart data download service (which has since been reverse-engineered, and may as a result be further protected).

Ive written some code to instead get near real-time prices via the Yahoo web charting apps JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) data feed, based on the approach of Andrew MacLean at http://www.signalsolver.com/historical-stock-data-excel-json/. That approach is a little slow and inefficient for obtaining a single quote, so hopefully it will be less popular than earlier methods and wont generate quite the same issues. At least not straight away

It is implemented via a user-defined function called StockQuote(), which takes the Yahoo ticker code (STOCKCODE.exchangecode). It helps if you know some VBA, but that isnt essential. This thing is for private use only, and of course comes with no warranty whatsoever, expressed or implied. It needs Excel 2010+:

 
Yahoo_StockQuote
 
 

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16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00005 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.90 AUD
Converter

15:51

The Cargo Cult of John Frum "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Prime Directive is not just a set of rules; it is a philosophy and a very correct one.  History has proven again and again that whenever mankind interferes with a less-developed civilisation, no matter how well-intentioned that interference may be, the results are invariably disastrous. 

Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek).

On a small island in Vanuatu, local men march back and forth with the letters USA painted on their bare backs. They carry red-tipped bamboo poles across their shoulders like guns, and although they dont wear shoes and their pants are odd colours and frayed, they look serious beneath old flags of the Marine Corps and the state of Georgia.

It is February 15th, the most important day of the year for Tanna: the day that the mythological American G.I. soldier John Frum is prophesised to return, bringing with him refrigerators, chewing gum and other Western products for the devoted. Many of the crowd surrounding the ceremony arent looking at the men, who are normally farmers or small business owners, pretending to be soldiers. Rather, they are transfixed beyond the sparse grass huts and thick green forest to the active volcano, Yasur, which rises above 1000 feet, and is said to contain John Frums spirit.

Vanuatu was once an isolated island chain in the Pacific which had little contact with the outside world. The locals made axe heads from flints and seashells, and drums from the bark of breadfruit trees. They hunted hawks, cockatoos and pigeons with bows and arrows and spears, and were sheltered from the ebbs of flows of inequality that pervasive agriculture, and the resultant social stratification, had brought to other countries. The country was home to many tribes, each with their own rituals, customs, and languages, which had prospered since early migrations, thousands of years ago.

In the early 1900s, after sporadic visits to the island, the British and French landed in great numbers seeking to convert the population of uneducated savages to Christianity. Missionaries flooded the lands by boat, almost immediately creating a provisional government and court system, which illegalised many traditional customs, including dancing, swearing, adultery and polygamy. They banned activities on Sundays and penalised any who fought to keep their indigenous culture alive. A distinct hierarchy was set along race lines: whites ruled and blacks were subjugated, an unjust ranking that was impossible to overcome. The locals were dominated in their own land and thousands were forced into indentured serv...

15:49

Byron Flea Market, Saturday 13 January "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Flea is the only youth-focused market in Australia.
The Byron Flea is a monthly market nestled in the lush parklands of Byron Bay.

9am-2pm, 2nd Saturday every month @ the Youth Activity Centre, Gilmore Crescent, Byron Bay

The flea provides a safe space for Byron youth to express themselves & empowers them by encouraging creative enterprise.

Its the only market in Australia that supports young people so directly.

All money raised goes straight towards keeping vital youth services and programs alive in Byron Shire.

For further information follow Byron Flea on Facebook or visit the YAC website www.bys.org.au.

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15:07

Bei dem Meltdown-Bug ist mir gerade was aufgefallen, ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bei dem Meltdown-Bug ist mir gerade was aufgefallen, das ich mal mit euch teilen will.

Und zwar hat Intel seit Jahren in ihrem Prozessoren "Hyperthreading", deren Markennamen fr eine Technik namens Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT). Bei Intel bringt das so 20% Mehrleistung, wenn man einen zweiten Thread startet und der auf dem virtuellen Core luft. Kommt natrlich immer auf den Code an, klar.

AMD hat seit Ryzen auch SMT, aber bei denen bringt das 40%. Ich habe mich die ganze Zeit gefragt, wieso. Jetzt glaube ich, die Erklrung zu haben.

Und zwar hat Intel ja, wie wir jetzt wissen, bei ihrer spekulativen Ausfhrung von Instruktionen beschissen, und hat den Load vor den Zugriffscheck vorgezogen. Der Load wird schon gemacht, wenn die CPU sich noch nicht sicher ist, ob der Load erlaubt sein wird (die Prfung davon kostet auch Zeit). Wenn Intel dann feststellt, dass der Load nicht erlaubt war, ist es nicht schlimm, wenn die Daten in den Cache geladen wurden, denkt sich Intel. Und das lief auch jahrelang prima, bis jemandem auffiel, dass das ein Sicherheitsproblem ist.

So, nehmen wir mal an, Intel htte nicht auf diese Art fr Benchmarks beschissen. Was wre der Effekt gewesen? Die Latenz fr die Load-Instruktionen wre hoch gegangen. Und was macht die CPU, wenn gerade irgendwas hngt (weil die Latenz zu hoch ist)? Sie fhrt per SMT einen anderen Thread aus. Das ist die Idee von SMT.

Was, so frage ich mich gerade, wenn die 20% mehr SMT-Performance bei AMD genau die 20% sind, die Intel hier durch Senken der Sicherheit rausgeschummelt hat? AMD hat einfach ehrlich gestallt in den Fllen. Und das geht jetzt dank SMT nicht mehr verloren.

Ich fhlte mich spontan an Dieselgate erinnert. :-)

14:10

Drowning at Bulli "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a drowning at Bulli on Saturday to come forward and contact them.

About 11.10am, a 48-year-old man was found face down in the water about 150m from the Sandon Point Surf Club.

The man was returned to the beach by unknown bystanders who commenced CPR until lifeguards and paramedics arrived to take over CPR.

The man was taken to Wollongong Hospital where he died on Monday.

Wollongong police would like to speak with the unknown bystanders who assisted the man from the water.

Anyone who witnessed the incident and who has not yet spoke to police should contact Wollongong Police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


13:35

12 Signs You Are A Natural Mystic "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mystic beings are a lot like crystal children but do have some differences. These people may not be as spiritually guided as those who are of the crystal variety but they are still quite important.

These are the people who are in-between, the ones who are meant to support those crystal children and really build the foundation for their own paths rather than going down one already laid out for them. People of this variety have a specific kind of temperament. They can be a bit confusing but are all the while pretty fantastic. Below you will find a list of signs that point to whether or not you are a natural mystic being.

12 Signs You Are an All Natural Mystic Being:

1. You see things from all perspectives.

You are able to look at things from the perspectives of others. This makes you the best person to go to for advice. Sure, you may favor your own opinion but that doesnt mean you cant see things from the point of view of someone else.

2. You are a rule-breaker but only within reason.

You break rules that need to be broken. When something is set in place just to waste your time or do you harm you will not stand for it. But hey, some rules were meant to be broken now werent they?

3. You believe we all have our own power within.

You know that there is a power inside of you and you will not let anyone take it away. You see the light shining inside everyone you come across and it is magical. The power within is much more than you think, it can work wonders for us all.

4. You know how important growth truly is.

Those who are true mystic beings know that growing is something we never stop doing. They know that we grow in many ways and that we all grow at our own paces. This is something we should all learn to accept whether we are mystic or not.

5. You believe there is something special about every single person you encounter.

You know that we all have something special inside of us. Sure, some people are a bit sour and you cannot see their good side right away but it is there. You believe everyone has good somewhere inside of them.

6. Your intuition is important to you.

Your intuition is something you value big time. No one can sway you to ignore it. You know that when your insides are telling you something you should be listening.

7. You do not accept empty answers.

You are not one to accept answers that lack meaning. A mere yeah or nah is not going to do it for you. When you ask for an explanation you are going to get one.

8. You do not let people walk all over you.......

13:25

Rising Queensland temperatures producing 99% female turtles "IndyWatch Feed National"

Increasing temperatures are turning green turtle populations almost completely female in the northern Great Barrier Reef, according to a new study.

13:05

Julia GILLARD now announcing "wonderful news" from the Government of Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wonderful news! This 2 year funding extension of the National Education Initiative gives us the opportunity to build the most mentally healthy generation of young people we have ever seen. Thank you @GregHuntMP for your support JG https://t.co/gzwqD2qRF5 Julia Gillard (@JuliaGillard) January 8, 2018 Wonderful news? All BS,...

12:43

"Because..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

"There is much asked and only so much I think I can or should answer, and so, in this post I would like to give a few thoughts on what seemed to be the overwhelming question: "WHY?" And here is the best answer I can give: Because. Because sometimes, life is damned unfair. Because sometimes, we lose people we love and it hurts deeply. Because sometimes there aren't really answers to our questions except for what we discover, the meaning we assign them over time. Because acceptance is yet another of life's "here's a side of hurt" lessons and it is never truly acceptance unless it has cost us something to arrive there. Why, you ask? Because, I answer. Inadequate yet true."
- Libba Bray

12:17

Steve Bannon issues statement in support of President Trump and Donald Trump Jr "IndyWatch Feed National"

Stephen K. Bannon, executive chair of Breitbart News and former White House chief strategist, issued the following statement on Sunday: Donald Trump, Jr. is both a patriot and a good man. He has been relentless in his advocacy for his father and the agenda that has helped turn our country...

11:17

Juvenile male charged with intimidation and assault in Brunswick Heads "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

About 7.30pm Saturday 30 December 2017 a family were in Fingal Street, Brunswick Heads where they were allegedly approached by a 17 year old male in an aggressive manner. The young person was allegedly swearing and threatening members of the family before he allegedly threatened one of the family members with a bottle before allegedly spitting in his face.

Upon being approached by other family members the young person ran off. About five minutes later the young person returned armed with a length of timber and in company with two other males, however most of the family had left.

About 9.30pm 31 December 2017 one of the members of the family who were involved in the incident with the young person the previous night was at the Byron Bay Surf Club. The young person yelled and threatened this family member but left when he became aware that the police were on their way.

As the result of an on-going investigation the 17 year old male was arrested at his residence on 5 January 2018. The young person was conveyed to the Byron Bay Police Station where he was charged with four counts of Intimidation and one count of assault.

He has been placed on strict conditional bail to appear before the Mullumbimby Childrens Court on 22 January 2018.

The young person will be regularly checked by police that he is complying with his bail conditions.

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11:10

Good on the Australian War Memorial for paying respect to Australia's Special Forces in this exhibition "IndyWatch Feed National"

Good on the Australian War Memorial for staging this exhibition: Their activities are secret. Their missions are classified. Their identities are protected. They operate in secrecy to protect Australias people and national interests, and to support its allies. Australias Special Operations Forces are highly trained, motivated and experienced. With little...

11:05

Assessing personalized medicines in Australia: a national framework for reviewing codependent technologies "IndyWatch Feed National"

Assessing personalized medicines in Australia: a national framework for reviewing codependent technologies

10:54

Medicines for cardiovascular disease [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Cardiovascular medicines are key elements in preventing and treating cardiovascular disease. This bulletin uses data on supply, general practitioner (GP) prescriptions, use and expenditure to highlight that cardiovascular medicines are most commonly used to help control levels of blood pressure and blood lipids, such as cholesterol.



Key findings:

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Over 100 million Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme/Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme prescriptions for cardiovascular medicines were dispensed to the Australian community in 2015. These comprised one-third (34%) of the total prescription medicines dispensed.
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Blood pressure lowering medicines (such as perindopril and irbesartan) and blood cholesterol lowering medicines (such as atorvastatin and rosuvastatin) were the most commonly dispensed prescription medicines in Australia in 2015.
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Almost 1 in 5 (18%) of all medications prescribed by GPs in 2015-16 were for the cardiovascular system, at a rate of 9.4 per 100 problems managed. Many of these prescriptions included orders for repeats.
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Almost three-quarters (72%) of the estimated 4.1 million Australians who reported having a cardiovascular condition in 2014-15 had used a cardiovascular system medicine in the previous fortnight.
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Medicines for cardiovascular disease <<a href="https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/heart-stroke-vascular-diseases/medicines-for-cardiovascular-disease/contents/table-of-contents">https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/heart-stroke-vascular-diseases/medicines-for-cardiovascular-disease/contents/table-of-contents>

10:51

New support for smokers seeking to quit "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Shire shows a persistently contains level of smokers that the national average, according to new information released by the Heart Foundation. Map suplied

Are you struggling with wanting to give up smoking but finding it just too difficult?

A new trial offering support to people in rural and regional NSW is now targeting residents of Byron Shire and surrounding areas.

Emma Byrnes, who is a research assistant on the University of Newcastle based study, said Byron was chosen because it has a persistently higher percentage of smokers than the country as a whole.

Almost 20 per cent of Byron residents compared to the national average of just over 16 per cent, she said.

The new data is based on Australian Heart Foundation mapping.

People living in rural and regional towns face many barriers to healthcare, Ms Byrnes said, and this includes smoking cessation support.

We are aware that smoking cessation may be more difficult for rural and regional people based on their geographical location, access to health facilities and cost.

This randomised control trial is determined to remove these barriers and provide cessation support via video, telephone or written platforms, at no cost to participants, Ms Byrnes said.

The study is the first of its kind, and provides real-time video counselling delivered via Skype, FaceTime or Facebook Messenger to smokers in their homes.

It is being supervised by the School of Medicine and Public Healths Dr Flora Tzelepis.

For more information, or to be considered for the study, visit the University of Newcastle website.

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10:46

Residents complain of noisy machinery at Barrio Bar "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Three extraction fans on the outside of the Barrio building in Sunrise. (supplied)

Residents in the Sunrise area of Byron Bay have complained about noise from industrial machinery at the new Barrio Bar and Restaurant, saying it is diminishing their quality of life.

But owner Dan Wyllie told Echonetdaily that the builders would be back next week to try to sort out the problem.

The new development opened almost two weeks ago, and residents say three loud extraction fans start operating at 6am from Monday to Saturday, and can run as late as 11pm.

They say a six-unit cooling system runs 24 hours a day.

Resident David Dixon said the machines are located across the street from a residential area.

Theres no way the owners of Barrio would put up with this intrusive and incessant machine noise just metres from their bedroom windows, he said.

Another resident Susan Wise said the noise was significant.

The dull drone of industrial machinery is the first thing that fills my consciousness each morning and it never stops, she said.

I now have ZERO hours of peaceful enjoyment in my own home environment. The health and well-being of residents should not be damaged by the introduction of a new commercial venture.

They have called on the owners to modify the equipment so it is inaudible from nearby homes.

Mr Wyllie said he was aware of the complaints.

The builders are coming back next week. They were unavailable because of the holiday period but hopefully it will be sorted out soon.

He said he understood the concerns of the residents but gave an assurance that the owners would do everything to modify the equipment.

Apart from the noise complaint, Mr Wyllie said the new development was going great.

Planning consultant Steve Connelly said the developers of the project take very seriously any changes of amenity for nearby residents.

Its obviously a bad time of the year to get consultants on the case but we expect to be taking noise readings in the next day or two so that weve got expert advice to act on, he said.

In the meantime Barrio is doing their best to to minimise the noise by turning the fans off when they can.

Mr Connelly said he would be happy to comment further on...

10:28

Crrow777 | Censorship, Solar Lies, Hidden Lands, & The Big Construct - The Higherside Chats "IndyWatch Feed National"

On today's episode of The Higherside Chats, old friend Crrow777 joins Greg Carlwood to talk censorship, solar lies, & everything wrong with the Big Construct.

We live in a time where people are questions all aspects of reality, from the narratives we see on the nightly news to the sun, moon, stars and the Earthly environment itself. How can we not when we know the school system we're forced into was crafted with deception rather than a true attempt to cultivate the best and brightest.

We know think tanks and backdoor cabals have steered our culture to their liking for years, we've heard thousands of accounts of strange objects in the skies but have been stonewalled when it comes to answers, and we don't even know how to feed or take care of ourselves on the most basic of levels.

It seems all we can do is observe the holes in the official story while the world around us drinks the proverbial Kool-aid of our consensus reality cult, because it's clear nearly every aspect of time and space has been twisted for control.

But lucky for us we have a light in the darkness with his cameras aimed at the sky, a man working to peel the onion of lies down to it's very core. He's been here plenty of times before making the shortlist of gusts who's appearances exceed what I can count on one hand, the Pappa Bear of the Lunar Wave. My friend and yours. Breaking in the new year, Crrow welcome back to the Higherside.

00:1:40 Crrow details the censorship issues he's been having, expecially on YouTube. Crrow then expands on the unfortunate direction online censorship tends to be trending, in an era of what he refers to as 'a modern day book burning.

00:14:31 The conversation turns to the skywatching Crrow has done in the past year, how his thoughts about our construct have evolved since his last time on THC, and what last year's major solar eclipse seemed to reveal.

00:42:02 Greg brings up Crrows comment from last year that it's too early to form a better map of our construct, and asks if any progress has been made in that area since their last conversation.

Become a Plus Member at www.TheHighersideChatsPlus.com/subscribe to hear a second hour of all THC episodes. This weeks included:

-Is the stage being set for a mock alien invasion?

-If all the things Crrow has filmed in the sky could be chaulked up to human technology, what about the tens of thousands of entity experiencers? Is there some non-human element to our environment?

-Spielberg, demons, and alines

-the vast manipulation of time
...

10:03

Police investigate McLachlan allegations "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gold Logie winner Craig McLaughlan has been accused of sexual misconduct by former colleagues. (youtube)

Victoria Police have confirmed theyre investigating allegations of sexually inappropriate behaviour by Gold Logie-winning actor Craig McLachlan.

Three cast members of the 2014 run of The Rocky Horror Picture Show have told a Fairfax Media/ABC investigation that McLachlan, 52, inappropriately touched them or exposed himself to them.

McLachlan has described the allegations by Erika Heynatz, Christie Whelan Browne and Angela Scundi as baseless.

They seem to be simple inventions, perhaps made for financial reasons, perhaps to gain notoriety, he was quoted as writing.

These allegations are ALL made up.

But Victoria Police has confirmed its investigating.Detectives from Melbourne SOCIT (Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team) are investigating allegations of sexual offences dating back to 2014, it said in a statement on Monday.

As the investigation is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to make any further comment.

The actor is currently starring in another production of the Rocky Horror Picture Show in Adelaide.

He is also set to star in the return of the popular Doctor Blake Mysteries on Channel Seven later this year, and the network has been contacted for comment.

McLachlan is the latest high-profile man in the entertainment and media industry to be accused following the Harvey Weinstein scandal in the US.

Whelan Browne also appeared in the Channel Ten program The Wrong Girl alongside McLachlan in 2016 and 2017.

She told the ABC she was dismayed when she learned he had been cast but felt she had to continue to have a civil relationship with him for the sake of her career.

She said his behaviour towards her on that program was appropriate.

But she said during Rocky Horror that McLachlan, who played the transvestite Frank N Furter to her Janet, said he indecently assaulted her on stage during a sex scene.

Scundi said McLachlan kissed her passionately onstage even after she had asked that it not be done.

She said when she confronted him about the unwanted kiss, he abused and threatened her.

I said, Dont you kiss me. Dont you do that ever again and he turned. I havent fe...

09:58

From the vault - 10 years ago at 4BC Brisbane - how many voices can you pick? "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 2008 - 10 years since our team at 4BC made this 3 minute clip of my first year on the radio - seems like a lifetime! I loved my time on the radio in Brisbane - 2007/08/09 and 2010. These are such wonderful memories - thank you to all...

09:55

Watch the New Fallon Cush Video Achilles Heel "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Fallon Cush Sydney based folk-rock band Fallon Cush have just released their latest single and video Achilles Heel. The track is taken from their 2017 album Morning and the video is shot and directed by local stalwarts MCMI Music Imaging featuring Fallon Cush frontman Steve Smith. Check out Achilles Heel below:Filed []

09:42

Govt abandoning rays to die in shark nets "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A ray found by Sea Shepherd volunteers trapped in a Ballina shark net on Sunday (January 7, 2018). Photo Sea Shepherd Australia

Sea Shepherd has accused the NSW Government of deliberately abandoning rays trapped in Ballina shark nets to die after it was refused permission to rescue two animals yesterday.

The organisation says that despite being told of two rays trapped in nets off Ballina beaches on Sunday (January 7), DPI Fisheries would neither authorise Sea Shepherd divers to disentangle them or send a contractor to their rescue.

When the groups volunteers inspected the shark nets off Ballina yesterday they found an eagle ray entangled and struggling in the Sharpes Beach net and also a manta ray, dead on the sea floor adjacent to the net.

Another eagle ray was found fighting for life in the net off Lighthouse Beach.

But after speaking to the local authorities the Sea Shepherd crew say they were told that the animal would be left to die. Neither the contractor nor Fisheries would release the rays.

This is yet another example of how NSW shark nets are indiscriminate killers decimating our marine wildlife. Its not the first non-target animal we have found, but despite being notified, Fisheries have said they wont release these animals and instead leave them to die, said Sea Shepherd spokesperson, Jonathan Clark.

10 animals entangled

He added the group had run its boat boat Grey Nurse out to the Ballina nets 10 times since December and had found 10 animals entangled none of them the target shark species.

Our crews have consisted of several volunteers from the local community and are bringing some transparency to the destruction caused by these nets, Mr Clark said.

This net trial is not a shark bite mitigation method that is bringing safety to locals and tourists. Sea Shepherd cares very much about human safety and these nets do not provide that. They provide a false sense of safety whilst killing precious marine animals.

Sea Shepherd is told to not interfere with the shark nets or volunteers face heavy fines and charges, even if it means merely freeing non-target species, such as rays and endangered turtles.

But he said the government was not responding within its mandatory response times to release...

09:28

No need to be drunk to feel the funk "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tommy Franklin enjoys a good happy crowd.

Australias Got Talent finalist Tommy Franklin of Byron Bay will be hosting a series of free dance parties on Sunday mornings to promote a healthy and empowered lifestyle and encourage people to question the role alcohol plays in their lives and our culture and whether they are happy with their relationship or not.

The first of the parties will be held at Byron Bay on Saturday 13 January at Apex Park from 10am to 11am.

The events aim to promote brand awareness for Hello Sunday Morning, a not-for-profit on a mission to change Australias relationship with alcohol.

Hello Sunday Morning has been an innovator in positive health promotion for the past seven years and have recently developed a mobile program, Daybreak, which offers immediate support and one-on-one coaching for those looking to change their relationship with alcohol.

Hello Sunday Morning founder Chris Raine said having the confidence to dance sober was one of the greatest challenges of changing the relationship with alcohol.

This campaign is about giving that experience to as many Australians as we can and giving each one of them a good enough reason to wake up without a hangover on the weekend, Mr Raine said.

A participant from last years event at Manly, a 50-year-old female, said the experience had been refreshing.

When I first got there I thought, Oh my god am I really going to be able to do this? But then once Tommy started you couldnt not join in, he is completely contagious, she said.

I felt free and exhilarated during the event, excited to do something so outrageous.

After the event I was on a complete high, I seriously had to calm myself down. I turned into a giggly hyper teenager for the rest of the day!

Another participant, a 25-year-old man, said it was a life-changing experience.

Tommys love and happiness are extremely contagious and he rips you right out of your comfort zone, he said.

During the event I was catapulted into this amazing sense of freedom to be in my own skin like Ive never felt before.

I cant wait for the next event with Tommy, it was so refreshing. Im going to make sure I get all my friends to come, were going to have a blast.

 

 

The post...

08:57

A brief summary of the current Clinton criminal investigations "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tyler Durdan from ZeroHedge has published this excellent summary - there's plenty more at his ZeroHedge website. Upcoming OIG Report Likely To Trigger Second Special Counsel; Comey, Lynch And Clinton In Crosshairs by Tyler Durden Sun, 01/07/2018 - 15:22 276 SHARES TwitterFacebookRedditEmailPrint While most of the MSM fixated last week...

08:57

Labor, Coalition reject sugary drink tax "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias peak medical body has accused Australian politicians of looking after lobby groups rather than their citizens after the Coalition and Labor said they wouldnt support a tax on sugary drinks.

The Australian Medical Association wants the government to tackle the nations obesity crisis with a tax and advertising bans.

The proposed sugary beverage tax and ban on advertising junk food to children especially during sporting events are among the AMAs recommendations in its statement on nutrition in 2018.

The AMA says the government needs to put a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages as a priority and deterrence, to force behaviour change and stop people thinking its normal to eat unhealthy, sugar-processed food daily.

AMA president Dr Michael Gannon says the group believes as many as one in five Australians die from conditions related to poor diet, such as cancer, coronary artery disease and stroke.

It was appalling to sometimes see babies drinking from 600ml bottles of soft drink containing 15 to 20 teaspoons of sugar, he said.

Obesity is close to overtaking tobacco as the biggest preventable cause of ill health in the community, it is no exaggeration to say sugar is a killer, he told reporters, saying that fact should outweigh any opposition to the tax.

Governments do need to get tough, they need to realise that theyre there to protect the citizens not there to respond to calls of lobby groups.

We expect resistance from the industry, we will fight the industry on this and it is inevitable over time that the benefits of a taxation on unhealthy foods will become obvious to government.

The Australian Beverages Council, the industrys lobby group, has been fighting criticism of sugary drinks and says there is no evidence a tax will do anything to reduce obesity.

The Coalition insists its taking the required action to tackle the challenge of obesity and wont sweeten to making a deal that taxes sugary beverages.

We do not support a new tax on sugar to address this issue, a spokesman for Health Minister Greg Hunt told AAP on Sunday.

He noted the government had taken action by backing labelling laws for ingredients and nutritional information and supported voluntary measures to restrict food marketing to children.

Federal deputy opposition leader Tanya Plibersek said the federal government should help tackle the obesity epidemic in the country but stopped short of supporting the tax.

Instead, Ms Plibersek suggested prevention strategies to make sure Australians have healthy lifestyles and make healthy choices.

We dont want the next generation of Australians to be a generation where...

08:54

Government gives mental health $110m boost "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Turnbull government is set to announce a $110 million package to fight anxiety and depression among young people.

News Corp Australia publications report that the package, to be announced on Monday, will include a $46 million boost for beyondblues education drive.

Teachers will be given advice to identify mental health issues in the classroom.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said mental health was an important issue which touched Australians of all ages.

Keeping children and young people healthy and happy is good for them, their families and for the broader community, he told Melbournes Herald Sun.

These positive initiatives will help schools and communities to support the wellbeing and mental health of our kids and respond rapidly to personal and community challenges.

Other organisations to benefit from funding increases include Emerging Minds, headspace, ReachOut, Kids Helpline and Orygen.

Australian readers seeking support and information about depression can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 (for young people aged 5 to 25).

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08:49

Humanity In Crisis, Part 9: Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cell tower, with an interesting sky background (photo stocksyndicate.com)

by Dee McLachlan

The first time I learned about electro-sensitivity was when a South African friend moved into a new house on the edge of a parkland in Johannesburg in the 1980s. Two massive high voltage pylons ran close to house, and their young daughter soon became ill becoming allergic to almost everything. The doctors advice: move house.

In the 90s, I went for a meeting at a television station in Johannesburg. The building had a massive dish on the roof. I believe it was transmitting the TV signal. In discussion with employees...

08:15

Search continues for man missing near Grafton "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A multi-agency search has yet to find a man who went missing in water near Grafton on Saturday evening (January 6).

The 76-year-old was last seen swimming in the Clarence River at Heifer Station, approximately 70km west of Grafton, just after 6pm .

Emergency services were alerted when he failed to make it back to the nearby camp grounds.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command attended and commenced a search for the man; however, he was not located.

The search was suspended due to poor light and recommenced yesterday together with SES and the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

The helicopter completed a number of aerial sweeps of the area but failed to sight the man.

NSW Police and SES personnel are continuing with the river search.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

 

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08:04

Wombat in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

On this episode of Breaking Trail, Coyote meets Wanda the Wombat!

Wombats are marsupials and can be found throughout a wide range of Australia. However. unlike their cousins the Koala and the Kangaroo they are primarily nocturnal

So in this special animal encounter Coyote gets to meet one sleepy Wombat who is just about to wake up from her daytime slumber. Some might say you DONT WAKE the WOMBAT, but Coyote feels that with a few carrots and some leafy greens as a breakfast offering, hes got the inside track to being the Wombats best friend! Get ready to meet Wanda!


08:03

Two charged over separate offences against police "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A police officer was assaulted at Byron Bay over the weekend, while, at Kingscliff, a man was arrested for intimidating police officer and resisting arrest.

At about 4am on Friday (January 5) a senior police officer was assaulted during an unprovoked attack outside Byron Bay Police Station.

He was punched the officer in the face while walking past a 29-year-old Ballina man standing out the front of the police station.

The offender was arrested and charged with assaulting police.

He was refused bail until January 8.

The officer received only minor injuries.

Also on Friday, a 22-year-old Chinderah man was arrested in Sand Street, Kingscliff for making threats towards a police officer the day before.

He also has been bail refused until January 8 to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court.

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08:00

January 8 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today is the Lesser Festival of the Ancient Greek God Dionysus, God of revelry and wine.
Guess what some of you will get up to today!

1789 - The first European baby pupped on Norfolk Island, son of Superintendent Philip Gidley King and convict woman Ann Inett, was named (drumroll for those unimaginative parents) Norfolk.
You think that's bad, she had another son to King, back in Sydney that was named....Sydney.

1799 - Saw Bass and Flinders bobbing about in the Tom Thumb in and around Tassie and assorted islands, proving that the umbilical cord that once connected Tassie to the mainland was long gone; today they made a return visit to the Furneaux Islands for a cuppa tea on their journey back to Port Jackson.

1803 - Capt. Anthony Fenn Kemp and Lieuts Thomas Hobby and Nicholas Bayly arrested for being involved in "scurrilous attacks" on Gov King.

1804 - The first recorded cricket match took place in the New South Wales colony.

1810 The Derwent Star and Van Diemen's Land Intelligencer, Australia's second newspaper and the first in Van Diemens Land, began publication.

1814 - George Evans advocated building a road over the Blue Mountains, to follow in the tracks of Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth.

1818 - Gov Macquarie was a tad miffed at the Flogging Parson Samuel Marsden, accusing him of conspiracy (!!!) so he told him not to darken the doorstep of Govt House again!
So there!

1846 - Ursula Frayne, the leader of the first group of The Sisters Of Mercy, landed at Fremantle WA on this day.

1847 - George Barney and party leave Sydney in the barque Lord Auckland to found the Gladstonecolony in northern Australia centred on Port Curtis.

1849 - The Plymouth, the first of a number of ships carrying people to the California goldfields, left Port Jackson for San Francisco.

1867 - The Mining Corner buildings were removed in Ballarat.

1868 - The Earl of Belmore became the Governor of NSW. Of course he was second choice after Pearl the Pole Dancer of Digger's Ditch...

1872 - The Lydiard St, Ballarat, Wesleyan Sunday School opened.

1878 - Today was known as "Black Wednesday", when Victorian Premier Graham Berry wouldn't just take his bat and ball and go home but instead dismissed more than 200 public servants, starting with police and judges, in response to the upper house blocking his Appropriations Bill. Berry argued that without an Appropriations Bill they could not be paid. A fine time was had by all who weren't observing any laws...

1878 - The Melbourne to Portland railway line opened.

1881 - A cyclone, which killed 16 people, decimated the pearling fleet on the Ashburton River, WA.
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07:45

Dont Let Fire And Fury Normalize Fake But Accurate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Michael Wolffs entertaining new book, is a mix of wishful falsehoods, compelling fictions, and a lot of stuff we already suspected about the White House. Even honest antagonists of Donald Trump can concede as much.

But treating it too seriously not only diminishes the president who does solid work on this front all by himself it diminishes journalism and incentivizes reporters to sensationalize their coverage, which is already a growing problem.

Even before I got my hands on Fire and Fury, the kind of fun book Ive been reading with high levels of skepticism for 20 years, Id run across a contention that I knew to be patently false. According to the author, the late Roger Ailes once suggested that the president-elect make former House speaker John Boehner his chief of staff. Trump, claims Wolff, answered, Whos that?

OMG! Donald Trump doesnt didnt know who John Boehner was in 2016! went the Twitter cry. But I had interviewed Trump in 2013 regarding the tax ceiling fight, long before ever contemplating his presidency, and it was obvious he knew Boehner rather well even if he knew virtually nothing about the debt ceiling.

Since then, reporters (many of them, it should be noted, are critical of Wolff) and others have uncovered plenty of evidence debunking the Boehner story, and numerous other assertions in the book. Not that this discouraged his antagonists. The president is suffering from dementia, they now argue an attack that comports neatly with the new push to overturn the 2016 election on grounds of the presidents mental fitness.

Perhaps he does have dementia. Or perhaps Trump misheard. Or perhaps Trump didnt recognize the pronunciation of the name. Or perhaps the president was mocking the choice of Boehner in the Trumpian style. Or perhaps the story never happened.

Thats the problem with a book of rumor-mongering. You can never know whats true, though people always tend to believe the tidbits that reinforce their worldview. Not that these sorts of tomes are new. Every president has his Kitty Kelley. What is new, though, is the wall-to-wall coverage of the book. Wolff has given outlets a convenient excuse to repeat unverified stories about the Trump administration that they couldnt talk about otherwise. In doing so, some are left to defend books abstract truths.

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07:38

Blockchain Technology Holds the Answer for the Prescription Drug Crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose deaths involving prescription opioids were five times higher in 2016 than 1999. In that seventeen year period, over 200,000 Americans have died from opioid-related prescription overdoses. Every day, more than 1,000 patients are treated in emergency rooms and emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids.

One of the main reasons that the prescription drug crisis has gotten so bad is overprescription. One source notes, Painkiller abuse is particularly on the rise in adolescents who mislead prescribing physicians. The problem also exists with elderly patients and other legitimate prescription drug users, who sometimes use their access to opioids to supplement their incomes. The sad truth is that Medicaid patients can receive medications with a street value of up to $20,000 for a total out-of-pocket price less than $5 monthly. With easy access and the ability to make a sizeable profit, its no wonder that prescription drug use is out of control.

Unfortunately, existing methods dont do a good job of dealing with over-prescription. The CDC estimates that the U.S.s total spend on prescription drug abuse is $78.5 billion a year. This includes healthcare costs, productivity losses, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement. But regulatory bodies have been unable to prevent overprescribing from happening.

One reason for this is the inadequacy of prescription tracking methods. The current system relies on trustbetween the patient and his or her prescriber, between the prescriber and the pharmacy, and between the pharmacy and the patient. Handwritten, paper-based prescriptions can be easily forged, falsely signed, and altered. Doctors are often unaware that patients have seen multiple physicians in order to receive opioid treatment for the same problem. The entire system is in dire need of an overhaul.

Thankfully, one blockchain startup, BlockMedX, is in process of developing a proprietary platform that could stop the prescription drug crisis dead in its tracks. The platform gets rid of outdated handwritten prescriptions and provides a way for all parties to record an unchangeable history of prescriptions.

BlockMedX and the Advantages of a Blockchain Powered Prescription System

The BlockMedX platform runs on the Ethereum blockchain, which provided a cryptographically secure way to transmit prescriptions. The platform provide...

07:00

Workers Return from Holidays Feeling Refreshed Hatred for their Jobs "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

HateJob

Billions of Sydneysiders have returned to work today feeling refreshed hatred for their jobs after experiencing two weeks of life outside the office.

One man said hed always known going to work was balls, but that after enjoying such luxuries as seeing his wife and kids and eating lunch away from his keyboard over the Christmas break, hed realised just how bad his working life was.

The holidays showed me that life could actually be rather good if you removed the work bit, he said. My hatred for what I do and the people I do it with has been fully reinvigorated over the break.

One woman said shed spent the last fortnight of her two-week break in a constant panic attack, fearing her return to the office.

The only thing getting me through is that there are only 50 weeks to go until next Christmas, she said.


05:37

As Tensions Between North Korea and the US Grow, CDC Intends to Hold Briefing on How Public Can Prepare for Nuclear War "IndyWatch Feed National"

As tensions grow, many believe the worst is to come. The CDC really has scheduled a briefing for later on this month to outline just how the public can prepare for any possible nuclear wars to come.

Most people do not know what they need to do in order to prepare for a nuclear war and being prepared is everything. If you are not prepared you will not last long. Most people dont know what they should or shouldnt do and in regards to fallout lets face it we are never going to be prepared enough.

This briefing will occur on January 16th and the CDCs website states as follows:

While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps. Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness. For instance, most people dont realize that sheltering in place for at least 24 hours is crucial to saving lives and reducing exposure to radiation. While federal, state, and local agencies will lead the immediate response efforts, public health will play a key role in responding.

This briefing will be presented by people who specialize in radiation studies and if you have been paying attention to President Trumps tweets is something we should have had long ago. In an interview with PBS NewsHours Judy Woodruff, former Vice President Joe Biden said that he agrees with Admiral Mike Mullens statement that the US has literally NEVER been closer to a nuclear exchange with North Korea.

He believes Nuclear War is almost inevitable and that it will be happening sooner rather than later. He claims there is no easy answer as to how to deal with the issues between the US and North Korea and definitely no easy way to relieve tensions.

Biden said as follows in regards to Trumps my button is bigger tweet:

When we engage in activities like lets compare the button, they all for different reasons and different motivations lose confidence in us.

They wonder what the hell were doing. Im worried they then decide theyre going to try separate ways to figure out how to do this.

This cant be done in a way that doesnt have all the players in the game on the same page and the other thing is you draw these lines and you dont respond, you diminish your credibility and its just dangerous....

05:21

New method of examining teeth reveals ancient people lived much longer than currently believed "IndyWatch Feed National"

An archaeologist from The Australian National University (ANU) is set to redefine what we know about elderly people in cultures throughout history, and dispel the myth that most people didn't live much past 40 prior to modern medicine. Christine Cave, a PhD Scholar with the ANU School of Archaeology and Anthropology, has developed a new method for determining the age-of-death for skeletal remains based on how worn the teeth are. Using her method, which she developed by analysing the wear on teeth and comparing with living populations of comparable cultures, she examined the skeletal remains of three Anglo-Saxon English cemeteries for people buried between the years 475 and 625. Her research determined that it was not uncommon for people to live to old age. "People sometimes think that in those days if you lived to 40 that was about as good as it got. But that's not true. "For people living traditional lives without modern medicine or markets the most common age of death is about 70, and that is remarkably similar across all different cultures." Ms Cave said the myth has been built up due to deficiencies in the way older people are categorised in archaeological studies.

05:10

Intense cold kills 70 people across Uttar Pradesh, India "IndyWatch Feed National"

Extreme cold wave conditions prevailed in most parts of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. Lack of night shelters and amenities have already led to the death of over 70 homeless and poor people. Phone calls to senior officials, including Director Information Anuj Jha have remained unanswered. Twenty-two deaths have been reported from Poorvanchal; three each in Brij and Bareilly divisions; 11 in Allahabad division and 28 in Bundelkhand region. Two persons - Ram Kishore Rawat, 40, and Mahesh, 35, have died in Barabanki district due to the severe cold. One person died in Harchandpur in Faizabad, an infant in Ambedkarnagar, one in Rae Bareli's Makhdoompur and one in Unchahaar. A government official said that adequate arrangements have been made for bonfires and night shelters, though the ground realities were in stark contrast to these claims.

04:40

Hillsong scandals and improprieties. Part 35. Pastor Joel ABell Head pastor Hillsong Australia living the Houston lifestyle of luxury and extravagance. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Brian. Wrestling with the issue of gays in Hillsong.

Pastor Brian Houston head pastor of Hillsong Global. Living a life of excess, flamboyancy and extravagance on Hillsong cash and tithes.

 

Ive been contacted by a high up Hillsong insider who believes that Hillsong has gone off the rails and wants to tell their story.

This article is the 36th in a series of articles publishing the eye-witness testimonies of this Hillsong insider.

 

Hillsong insider speaks:

1 November 2015

Dear Donald

It was a revelation to me at lunch today when I was told by a Hillsong friend in the know that Pastors Joel and Julia Abell own a luxurious three story town house on the beach in Sydneys Eastern Suburbs with everything you can possibly need in it.

Ive previously been told by Joel ABell about this house, but was not told of how flash it was until now

 

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04:00

Resistance Radio Guest: John Seed 01.07.18 "IndyWatch Feed National"

John Seed is the founder of the Rainforest Information Centre and has dedicated his life to the protection of rainforests and their biodiversity since 1979. In 1995 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) by the Australian Government for  services to conservation and the environment. He also practices permaculture and is interested in the huge role that unsustainable ...

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02:20

Jeff Sessions Needs to be Fired and Prosecuted for Obstruction of Justice "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Everyone who has eyes to see and ears to hear knows that Hillary Clinton should already be in prison. Hillary was able to keep stealing and dealing for as long as she did because of the three corrupt people, namely. former President Obama, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and fired FBI director, James Comey and whole host of subordinates. However, none of these three are a in a position where they protect the beneficiary of the most corrupt criminal enterprise on the planet, The Clinton Foundation. Then why isnt Hillary Clinton locked up as current President Donald Trump has stated on multiple occasions? The answer to the question is that there is a fourth person who is just as corrupt and willing to commit malfeasance of office in order to keep Hillary Clinton a free woman and that person would be the obstructionist Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The Collapse of the Russian Collusion Delusion

The case of the Russian collusion case being levied against President Trump has collapsed. In multiple MSM outlets, it has been convincingly demonstrated that the Clinton Foundation and the DNC paid $12 million for the fake Russian Dossier to be created and then used as a fraud against the President and the American people. The dossier was then used to falsely try and implicate President Trump for conspiracy to collaborate with the Russians designed to defraud the 2016 general election campaign.

Clintons actions even led to the use of a British spy who fabricated evidence against the President. In the process, elections laws were broken and the President was falsely smeared. This dossier became the reason for the special counsel, Congressional hearings and wall-to-wall news media false allegations against President Trump. This dossier was even used for FISA warrants for eavesdropping on the President and his staff...

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