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Wednesday, 10 January


Kerry Stokes and Seven threaten journalist with jail for asking questions regarding the #MeToo sexual harassment campaign "IndyWatch Feed National"

I emailed questions to Kerry Stokes, Ryan Stokes and other Seven West Media directors last night (9/1/18) and they responded by having their grubby lawyer Richard Keegan threaten me with jail when there is clearly no basis for the threat. Mr Keegan is in breach of the Solicitors Rules for making such a baseless threat []


How Id end absolute poverty and reduce relative poverty if I were Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is masking its true unemployment levels, hiding the real number of its jobless, fiddling with the numbers of homeless, cheating Australians on the extent and depth of poverty. Poverty, acute and relative, is extensive, but we are sold that this is an affluent nation. We are told that there are 740,000 jobless Australians when []


SBC: Gullible COCKERILLs Dog Poo Myth "IndyWatch Feed National"

SBC: Gullible COCKERILLs Dog Poo Myth

  • an In My View report by NIGEL WARD, commenting on a Report presented to Full Council by SBC Portfolio Holder for Major Projects,  Councillor Mike COCKERILL [Ind.Ind.] addressing the South Bay pollution problem.


The official transcript of Councillor COCKERILLs verbal Report to Council on Monday 8th January 2018 is reproduced, below. Let us allow it to speak for itself. Thereafter, I propose to raise a question. Just one question. For now.

Thank you for the prior notice of your question. Whilst it specifically refers to the South Bay, my replies cover all of the designated bathing beaches along the whole of our coastline.

I will, once again, state that it is the Environment Agency which is the regulatory authority for BATHING WATER QUALITY.

Yorkshire Water and the Environment Agency both have their respective and important roles and responsibilities but the greatest impact of less than EXCELLENT Bathing Water, as targeted by Yorkshire Water with its major investment programme, is on the tourism and business sectors.

As you are all aware, Yorkshire Water and the Environment Agency carried out a major DNA sampling programme of bathing water within the South Bay and Wheatcroft area of Scarborough in late summer of 2016. You have all received copies of the detailed technical report together with the Executive Summary.

The findings of the report are guiding further work towards identifying possible sources and locations where different types of pollution start to be problematic. As was always stressed, we did not believe the report would, alone, provide all the answers to be able to solve the problem.

Some colleagues will have seen the article on BBC Look North last Wednesday when representatives from the Environmental Agency and Yorkshire Water were interviewed.

At this point I would state that I was not approached to participate, probably as the BBC understands, it is those interviewed that have the direct responsibility for Bathing Water Quality.

I am indebted to The Chief Executive together with the Leader and Deputy Leader who met with the Chief Executive of Yorkshire Water as recently as last w...


State By State Ranking For USA Bicyclists "IndyWatch Feed National"

SIERRA Renton Gene Coulon Park WB


Thanks to Sierra magazine for bringing this to our attention:

Is Your State Bicycle-Friendly?

A new report ranks the best and worst places to hop on the saddle

Do you live in the safest or the most dangerous state for riding a bike? The 2017 Bicycle Friendly State Report Card has the answer.

Each year, the...


Finding the Answer to a Riddle Shrouded in a Mystery "IndyWatch Feed National"

High-level inter-Korean talks at the border village of Panmunjeom not only represent a vital step in Winter Olympics diplomacy but also offer a tantalizing chance of a breakthrough in stalled six-party discussions. 


Hung trolley "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Some curators say that hanging a piece can change the context in which it is viewed

Found myself admiring this particular shopping trolley more than any other I've known.


PERTH Perth Ivy League student jailed for one-punch attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth Ivy League student jailed for one-punch attack .

January 10, 2018 at 01:22PM .

A STUDENT and athlete who was on a scholarship at Princeton University in the US has been jailed over a coward punch attack in Perth. Joshua Robert Billington, 21, was sentenced in the Perth Magistrates Court to an immediate prison term of nine months. He was convicted of assault occasioning .


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PERTH WA sprinter jailed over one-punch attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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WA sprinter jailed over one-punch attack .

January 10, 2018 at 07:33PM .

Magistrate Elizabeth Woods rejected Billingtons defence in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday that he thought his friend was in danger from Davis. She said there was no evidence of that and he had acted impulsively and unprovoked. However Ms Woods, who described his actions as a cowards .


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PERTH Ivy league student Joshua Robert Billington jailed for one-punch attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Ivy league student Joshua Robert Billington jailed for one-punch attack .

January 10, 2018 at 03:40PM .

The Perth Magistrates Court heard the victim, Mitch Davis, was with a female friend who was being harassed by a friend of Billingtons. The court heard when Mr Davis stepped forward to be next to his friend, he was punched from the side by Billington. Mr Davis suffered concussion, a cut to his head, .


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Im Just Another Tourist in My Home Country "IndyWatch Feed National"

My stomach is churning as I walk towards the big green sign. No matter the destination, the feeling I get arriving at the immigration desk never ceases to change. When I get to the front of the line, a middle-aged Balinese man ushers me over.

Before I get the chance to give him my passport, he grabs it from my hand. His eyes fix on me, then my passport, then back again. He pauses, before casually starting to speak to me in Indonesian. I catch the first three words, but miss the rest hes too fast for me to comprehend. He stares directly at me, and all can do is stare back, oblivious.

He finally snaps.

CAN YOU SPEAK INDONESIAN? Cannn youuuuu speaaaak Indonesian? he asks, in a slow, patronising tone. The question itself is nothing new. Even back home in Australia, I am constantly asked it, but never as condescending as when I hear it in my so-called motherland.

Sedikit (a little), I smile, thinking it will ease the tension. It doesnt. He just shrugs and sighs, then enquires as to where where Im staying. I know the answer to this one: I have been practicing on the plane for the past three hours in preparation.

Saya tinggal di Canggu (I live in Canggu), I announce, pronouncing the c like a k in my Australian-born accent. He looks at me confused, then finally understands. CANGGU! he says, pronouncing the c like ch. Chhanggguuu, not Canggu. Disappointment is etched all over his face and all I want to do is run away.

The airport incident is one of many I face while travelling in Indonesia. Every time I visit, every time I meet a local, their reaction is the same. They are curious as to where I am from: questioning my heritage and testing my Indonesian, then they get frustrated when they learn that I know very little about my own culture.

I sit in the front seat of the cab watching scooters and warungs pass by in a blur. The taxi driver is attempting to make conversation with me in broken English, but it doesnt seem to get past How are you? After a few minutes of awkward silence, I see him in my peripherals glancing at me. His body is tense; hands tightly grip the wheel. Finally, he builds up the courage to timidly ask, Orang Indo, yah (Indonesian person, right)?

Iya (yes), I reply. He breathes a sigh of relief; his whole body relaxes as he sinks comfortably back into his chair.
Mbok dari mana (Miss, where are you from?)


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

January 10, 2018 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - 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 UK's 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 UK's 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 ad...


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

January 10, 2018 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - 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 UK's 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 UK's 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 i.......


WVU IWSS: The Human Dimensions of Water "IndyWatch Feed National"

Martina Angela Caretta, WVU assistant professor of geography

The human dimensions of water by Prof. Martina Caretta

Source: WVU, Institute of Water Security & Science, October 30, 2017

Water is the driving force of all nature, but how do people react when an area begins to run out of water? Martina Angela Caretta, assistant professor of geography at West Virginia University, seeks to answer that question in a report she co-authored for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

In the report, Caretta discusses how water scarcity leads to migration of a land, while also studying how gender plays a role in the migration process. She also evaluates how water availability affects social stability and the number of jobs available for younger generations. The report indicates that two-thirds of the worlds population, or four billion people, live in conditions of severe water scarcity at least one month per year, while another half billion people face severe water scarcity year-round.

Climate change is triggering migration, especially in areas of the world that are water scarce, Caretta said. Water is a resource we cannot live without in the Global North as in the Global South. My research is about how our society is organized around water, who has access to it and who doesnt and how we can preserve water or remedy water quality so that we can have sustainable development.

Without that water, individuals cannot grow food for themselves, so they have to migrate to another area to find food and water. This migration ultimately leads to overcrowding, which can upset local citizens and lead to conflict.

One example of this dilemma is the war in Syria, says Caretta. Communities in the northern part of the country could not produce enough food for themselves due to water scarcity, so they migrated to the capital, which led to population pressure in a city where food shortage was already an issue. This, in turn, triggered conflicts between the local ethnic group and the newcomers.

There are a few studies that show a connection between climate change and reduced rainfall, failing yields, loss of livelihoods, conflict and migration, Caretta said. More research needs to be done to close this knowledge gap.

The report estimates that nearly 25 million people per year are forced from the...


UK child migrants sent to pedophile rings in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

  A UK inquiry has been told that child migrants kept being sent to farm schools in Australia despite official knowledge that some harboured pedophile rings.
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An MMT response to Jared Bernstein Part 3 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This is the third and final part of my response to an article posted by American political analyst Jared Berstein (January 7, 2018) Questions for the MMTers. In this blog I deal with the last question that he poses to Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) economists, which relates to whether currency issuing governments have to raise revenue in order to pay for public goods and whether prudent policy requires the cyclically-adjusted fiscal balance to be zero at full employment to ensure social insurance programs are protected. The answer to both queries is a firm No! But there are nuances that need to be explained in some detail. While Jared Bernstein represents a typical progressive view of macroeconomics and is sympathetic to some of the core propositions of MMT, this three-part series has shown that the gap between that (neoliberal oriented) view and Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is wide. I hope this three-part series might help the (neoliberal) progressives to abandon some of these erroneous macroeconomic notions and move towards the MMT position, which will give them much more latitude to actually implement their progressive policy agenda. For space reasons, I have decided to make this a three-part response. I also hope the three-part series have helped those who already embrace the core body of MMT to deepen their knowledge and render them more powerful advocates in the struggle against the destructive dominant macroeconomics of neoliberalism.
The final question that Jared Bernstein posed was couched in these terms:

A theme of my work, to which MMTers often object, I think, is that we need to raise more revenues to pay for public goods. I recently wrote, for example, that, given our aging population, it will take something like 3% more of GDP to meet our obligations to Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid by 2035. MMTers push back that as long as were below potential, we can print the money to support government spending, so stop getting so wound up about payfors.

But while assuming full employment is a mistake, so is assuming a) enough slack to warrant all that printing, and b) even more so, the political will to do so. Though we should always be willing to deficit spend in the near term when economic conditions warrant it, should we not structure long-term fiscal policy to avoid structural deficits (a structural deficit is one that persists even at full employment)? At least in a political sense of protecting vital social insurance programs, isnt the prudent approach, as difficult politically as it may be, to try to lock in a level of revenue collection that meets our future obligations?

I have covered this question several times in the past to counter the almost innate view held by progressives (defici...


Petition To Have Muzzle Loading Pistols Removed From an H class licence ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

"To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales in Parliament assembled".
Parliament House
6 Macquarie Street,
Sydney, NSW 2000.
The Petition of Keith H. Burgess.
President of the New England Colonial Living History Group.
Brings to the attention of the House the matter of firearms licensing in relation to muzzle-loading pistols (percussion locks excluded).
At this present time, working replica (replicas of original 17th and 18th century antique muzzle-loading pistols) muzzle-loading pistols of the lock types matchlock, wheellock, tinderlock, doglock, snaphance and flintlock can only be owned by a person possessing a category H gun licence, and these pistols can only be legally fired on a registered gun range. Antique muzzle-loading pistols of the same type may be owned, but not used/fired without the owner possessing an H class licence. This requirement excludes the use of these antiques & antique replicas for Living History and Historical Re-enactment purposes. It also excludes the use of these antique replicas for use as a back-up safety for muzzle-loader hunters hunting on private property who are hunting with single shot muzzle-loading rifles or smoothbores.
Historical Re-ena...


How new platforms such as Airbnb and Stayz might support New England development part 1 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Inverell. 1904 heritage listed house available for short term stays via Airbnb
I tend to be something of a technology lagger. I have long used the web to source accommodation, but I hadn't used Airbnb or Stayz  to source accommodation until a European trip in 2015 inspired by the Rugby World Cup. Then I used Airbnb sourced accommodation because eldest was doing the bookings.

This trip was an economy daddy-daughter venture, the first joint holiday we had had since well before eldest moved to Copenhagen. For that reason, we shared a room in private homes that the owners had place on Airbnb  I was quite cautious about this, but it worked well. The interactions with the owners proved to be one of the fun parts of the trip.

Twelve months later, eldest and her partner put their own place in Copenhagen onto Airbnb. Now I was watching the process from the other side, getting a feel for what was involved in really making it work if you wanted to be an Airbnb host. It's not just a question of taking some photos, placing it on Airbnb and waiting for the bookings to roll in. A fair bit of work is required to both attract guests and then make them welcome.

Marsh House, Armidale. Built in 1863, this was...


The Senate wants to know about Apples iPhone battery slowdowns "IndyWatch Feed National"

As in France, now the U.S. Senate wants answers about Apples practice of slowing down iPhones in order to prolong battery life in older models, reports the Wall Street Journal. Yesterday chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee John Thune (R., S.D.) wrote a letter to Tim Cook asking how the company has been tracking customer

As in France, now the U.S. Senate wants answers about Apples practice of slowing down iPhones in order to prolong battery life in older models, reports the Wall Street Journal. Yesterday chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee John Thune (R., S.D.) wrote a letter to Tim Cook asking how the company has been tracking customer complaints of the issue and whether Apple has considered offing rebates to people who had previously paid full price for a battery replacement. He also added that Apples proposed solutions have prompted additional criticism from some customers, particularly its decision not to provide free replacement batteries before requesting his questions be answered by January 23.

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SAD Mark Latham Predicts Free Sausages For All In Stunning Save Australia Day Ad "IndyWatch Feed National"

On the upside, in the future dystopia Australia, everyone gets a paper shredder in their kitchen. On the downside, those same kitchens are under constant surveillance by government-installed closed-circuit television. But on the upside again, everyone gets free sausages.

How did all these things the good, the bad and the fatty come about? Because we changed the date of Australia Day from January 26, to something else.

So says Mark Latham, one time Labor Opposition leader, turned right-wing conspiracy nutter.

Lathams public descent into madness has been, generally speaking, quite satisfying to watch. Like when your racist old uncle falls over at a family barbecue, or when Bill Leak died.

While Lathams latest venture has been a bit unsettling, like any car crash, its impossible to look away. So lets look more closely.

Outraged at the growing movement to Change the Date, Latham has been campaigning to save the date, or in his words, Save Australia Day. If you take the initials from that three-word Abbott-esque slogan it spells SAD. Brilliant!

The ad opens with the question, What if the Greens and Labor Left get their way and abolish Australia Day on 26 January?

A strange woman about to have a panic attack in a butcher shop.A strange woman about to have a panic attack in a butcher shop.

On screen runs a small, excited child who proudly shows her mum a picture she drew celebrating Australia Day. The mum shreds the drawing while looking suspiciously over her shoulder, observed by CCTV.

It then cuts to a woman in a butcher shop who orders a shit-tonne of sausages. She realizes she might be suspected of hosting an Australia Day event. She panics and leaves. Without paying.

Then it cuts to two old men both of whom bear an unsettling resemblance to everything I imagine a paedophile might look like sitting in a nursing home with lamingtons being castigated by a nurse for reminiscing about the good old days.

Two SAD old men in Mark Latham's SAD campaign.Two SAD old men in Mark Lathams SAD campaign....


Russias Interests in Oceania "IndyWatch Feed National"


In the past years, Russias foreign policy has been focused on expanding influence in the most remote corners of the planet. In particular, the Russian party has successful relations with the small island states of Oceania located in the South Pacific and with Fiji in particular.

Until recently, in the mid-2000s, the South Pacific Region (SPR) was mainly controlled by the three players: the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Currently, the US position is characterized by the last-gasp efforts of Washington to keep the control over strategically important territories in Micronesia, which have been gradually seized by China that has already merged the rest of Oceania. The only place in the US influence area untouched by the Chinese capital is Guam. It hosts the largest US air and naval bases in the Pacific Ocean with bombers and submarines, as well as ballistic missiles directed at North Korea. The weakening of the US financial positions in the SPR started after the global economic crisis in 2008 when the empty niches were occupied by China, which was pursuing economic and political goals in Oceania, not the military ones so far. Alongside with China, the Russian Federation started to explore Oceania by strengthening its international image here.

Out of 26 entities of Oceania, 13 are the full-fledged members of the UNO and other international organizations. As a result, friendly relations with these states bring only benefits for a very small by world standards donor assistance worth only a few tens of million dollars, which the partners of the countries of Oceania allocate to them in the framework of the development programs.

The active strengthening of the ties between Russia and China presupposes the common interests, and, consequently, the formulation of a well-coordinated political course in respect of the developing part of the world. Beijing has chosen the largest and the most significant state Fiji as its main ally in Oceania. Moscow is not sitting idle; it is developing multilateral cooperation with Suva, the capital of Fiji.

Fiji occupies a special place in the structure of relationships in the South Pacific Region. This is the largest state of Oceania (after Papua New Guinea) with the population of about 1 million people, which plays a s...


Why Governments are Like an Ameba "IndyWatch Feed National"


QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; You may be called the legend because of your forecasts on so many levels, but it might also be because you have met with more governments than probably any economist or analyst. My question is simple. From your experience, do you believe you can prevent the economic carnage that is becoming so obvious to everyone except those in government?


ANSWER: The idealistic belief in intelligence and goodness embedded within human beings is increasingly confronted with the harsh experiences of reality. We all indeed act in our own self-interest or we would take no action (Smiths Invisible Hand). Even an ameba, which lacks consciousness as we define it being self-aware, still responds to its surrounding and engulfs its prey to survive. It responds due to its hardwired nature. Unfortunately, humans also possess at that inner level this same survival instinct that is hardwired. This makes it increasingly unlikely that willingness to change gains sufficient strength in time for the abyss to be reached. Hence, we must crash and burn.

Because the government will respond in the same manner as an ameba, there is no hope that they will spontaneously look in the mirror and reach an OMG moment of realizing that they are causing the demise of our society. Consequently, they will consume our liberty until they push it to the point that society will then act only in its self-interest to survive. Historically, all governments collapse once they have consumed rights, liberty, and privileges in their desire to maintain control and in the end, die by their own greed for power. They lack any consciousness of what they are doing precisely as an ameba. There is no reasoning for there is no one single mind to reason with.

Therefore, neither I nor anyone else, possess the power to prevent the cycle from unfolding. The very best I can hope for is perhaps to influence the reconstruction.


Extreme Volatility in Weather Part of Climate Change? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: It is crazy hot here in Sydney the exact opposite of the extreme cold in the north. Is there an explanation at all for this?

ANSWER:  Most people do not realize that the climate is actually polar opposites. Both the Arctic (North Pole) and the Antarctic (South Pole) are cold because they dont get any direct sunlight.  However, though the North Pole and the South Pole are polar opposites, they both get the same amount of sunlight but there is a major difference. The South Pole is a much colder than the North Pole and this also contributes to the difference in climate experience around the globe.

The Arctic is ocean surrounded by land whereas the Antarctic in the South is in fact land surrounded by ocean. Consequently, the ocean under the Arctic ice is cold, yet the water is still warmer than the ice! So the ocean warms the air which it cannot do in the South. Antarctica is dry despite the ice. Under the ice and snow, you find land with mountain ranges, not ocean. As with any mountain range, the higher you go, the colder it gets. The actual average elevation of Antarctica is about 7,500 feet (2.3 km).

The extreme heat in Australian, reached 47c (116f), is more akin to the Middle East in summer. I went trekking through the valley of the Kings in Egypt when it was 50c (122f) and I was the only one out and about while everyone stayed in the hotel. As the energy output of the sun collapses, we will witness growing extremes in different regions. The last time it was this hot in Sydney goes back to the 1930s during the Dust Bowl people in the USA. The cycle in extremes appears to be 86 years so this is on target. Australia is dry and ripe for wildfires the same as we see in California. This will contribute to the decline in food supply globally.


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00006 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.80 AUD


Blinded by Pellets in 2016, Kashmiri Teen Insha Mushtaq Clears Her Class 10 Boards "IndyWatch Feed National"

The 16 year old, who has undergone several surgeries, was hit in the face after she opened her window during the Kashmir unrest in 2016.

Insha Mushtaq, 15, lost vision in both eyes in July 2016 after being hit by shotgun pellets. Credit: Amnesty International

Insha lost vision in both eyes in July 2016 after being hit by shotgun pellets. Credit: Amnesty International

Srinagar: In a remarkable feat, 16-year-old Insha Mushtaq, who became the face of pellet victims who lost their vision during the 2016 uprising in Kashmir, has cleared her class 10 board examinations. The results were declared on January 9.

The teen gave the examinations with the aid of a helper who wrote the answers as she dictated. Despite being declared qualified in her mathematics paper, Insha will have to appear for it again as it was noted that she needs to improve.

The news has spread joy in Kashmir. Inshas father, Mushtaq Ahmad Lone, who was engaged as a driver with the state-run Motor Garages Department, started receiving congratulatory calls and messages soon after the results were declared and the news of Inshas success began to spread online.

We are very happy today, Lone tells The Wire, adding that Insha worked hard to memorise her lessons with the help of her teachers. Over the past year, Insha recorded the lessons she h...


"Muhammad gave us the glad tidings that at the End of Time, we will fight those Jews - Good News for Modern Muslims "IndyWatch Feed National"

MEDIA BLACKOUT AGAIN! North Carolina imam: Muhammad gave us the glad tidings that at the End of Time, we will fight those Jews This IMAM cited an antisemitic hadith! This is not extremist Islam, these words are from AUTHENTIC STANDARD MAINSTREAM ISLAMIC text! #Hannity Amy Mek (@AmyMek) January...


Recent Study Proves That Ibuprofen is Directly Linked to Male Infertility "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sperm counts of men living in North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe are dropping at a shocking rate, with researchers reporting as much as a 59% decline in total sperm count over a 40-year period ending in 2011. For couples currently living with the reality of infertility, this number is staggering! It comes as no surprise, considering that startling data, that the fertility industry in the United States is currently valued at over $2 billion. With couples spending incredible amounts of money just for the chance to start their own families we have to ask, what are we doing that has resulted in such a dramatic loss in fertility for the male population?

Experts have explored a number of theories from the food we are eating to the clothes we wear, but one has recently caught the attention of researchers. Erma Z. Drobnis, PhD., an associate professional practice professor of reproductive medicine and fertility at the University of Missouri, Columbia explained that there is a significant problem overlooked in the testing process for medication today. While most medications are assessed for their impact on female fertility and pregnancy complications, the effects on male fertility are rarely investigated.

Drobnis explained, There is evidence that some medications are particularly harmful to the male reproductive system, including testosterone, opioids, antidepressants, antipsychotics, immune modulators and even over-the-counter antacid cimetidine (Tagamet). However, prescribing providers rarely mention these adverse effects with patients when prescribing these medications.

One such medication, experts are now reporting, is the commonly used NSAID ibuprofen. Often taken by high-level athletes as a preventative measure in an attempt to avoid pain and muscle soreness, a new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has discovered that regular use of the medication has been linked with decreased levels of fertility in men.



Increasing ocean temperatures in Great Barrier Reef has ea turtle population 'turning female' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Green sea turtles native to the Great Barrier Reef are under threat from rising temperatures, which are making the majority of hatchlings female, according to a team of biologists. Scientists researching the impact of climate change on one of the world's largest sea turtle populations have found that turtle eggs, laid on warmer beaches along the north-east coast of Australia, can produce animals almost entirely of the female gender. Scientists say it's down to rising temperatures prolonging the incubation process which in turn leads to more female offspring. The researchers, including scientists from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Queensland Department of Environment, are warning the trend could have a dire impact on the future of the species.

Increasing ocean temperatures in Great Barrier Reef has sea turtle population 'turning female' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Green sea turtles native to the Great Barrier Reef are under threat from rising temperatures, which are making the majority of hatchlings female, according to a team of biologists. Scientists researching the impact of climate change on one of the world's largest sea turtle populations have found that turtle eggs, laid on warmer beaches along the north-east coast of Australia, can produce animals almost entirely of the female gender. Scientists say it's down to rising temperatures prolonging the incubation process which in turn leads to more female offspring. The researchers, including scientists from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Queensland Department of Environment, are warning the trend could have a dire impact on the future of the species.


WHAT A GRUB! Elite Sydney lawyer Victor Berger finally struck off for pilfering money from dying women with dementia despite attempts by powerful friends to save him "IndyWatch Feed National"

An elite Sydney lawyer who parasitically preyed on the vulnerable, elderly and dying has finally been struck off the local legal register despite a Federal MP, two rabbis, a Senior Counsel, businessmen, a company chairman, a chairman of a public company, a solicitor and a retired Supreme Court Judge all providing character references and supporting the

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The Dunolly Jazz & Blues Show "IndyWatch Feed National"

Come and enjoy this afternoon of Jazz and Blues, where Oozin Blues will be special guests.
Music starts around 1pm.
Bands will include The Groove Dudes, Six Degrees, and The Jazz Dudes.
Bar opens around Midday and BBQ snacks and woodfired Pizzas are available.
Entry is gold coin, and if you want to sleep over, bring your swag, caravan or motorhome!
For any information call Jan Stephenson on 0408 442960.


Tom Fitton with Judicial Watch's magnificent work on Clinton/Abedin "IndyWatch Feed National"

Identity of CIA official found on Weiner's laptop by FBI. When will DOJ/FBI act on Clinton/Abedin classified mishandling issues? @JudicialWatch forced out this info -- not media, not Congress. Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) January 9, 2018 I think this is the most important thing Tom said - "The...


Giant Rays Are Being Caught In 'Shark Nets' And Left To Die "IndyWatch Feed National"

The eagle ray was going to die if help didnt come soon. He had gotten snarled in a submerged net off the coast of Sharpes Beach in Ballina, Australia, and was struggling to break free.

Last weekend, Jonathan Clark and a boat crew from Sea Shepherd Australia, an organization that works to protect marine animals, approached the net known as a shark net  at Sharpes Beach and discovered the struggling ray.

Credit: Sea Shepherd Australia

The group regularly monitors this shark net, which was installed to prevent sharks from getting too close to shore and bothering swimmers although experts argue that shark nets do nothing to protect people. What the nets actually do is lure sharks close to shore with bait while some of the sharks then get tangled up in the net, others are able to swim above or below the net without getting ensnared.

The nets are also responsible for accidentally catching and killing hundreds of marine animals each year, including turtles, dolphins, whales and protected sharks like great whites, which the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classifies as a critically endangered species. And, of course, eagle rays get enmeshed in the shark nets, too.

Credit: Sea Shepherd Australia

As we approached the net, we noticed a bait ball and saw a large shark under the bait ball, Clark told The Dodo. It moved away quickly. We noticed another shape on the seafloor near the net, and using our viewing scope got a very clear view of a dead manta ray that had been heavily predated upon within 10 meters [32 feet] of the net. We then checked the net and found the spotted eagle...


Rembrandt Live with Joanna Butler "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


On Arts Wednesday 10 January 2018, Sylvias guest was musician and music researcher, Joanna Butler. Joanna was responsible for selecting the music for Rembrandt Live, a concert series to accompany the blockbuster exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW, Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age. Listen to the music and the conversation below:

We began with Allemand by Piterszoon Sweelinck on Paradiso Armonico: Italian Chamber Music in the Low Countries c 1650 on Etcetera Label

In Part 1 of the conversation, Sylvia and Joanna talk about the historical context of music in the Dutch Golden Age:

This charming track is Boffons by Jacob Van Eyck played by Ardalus-Ensemble on the album Random Around: Jacob van Eyck on Phaedra Label:

In Part 2 of the conversation, youll hear who the musicians were, what instruments were played and where they were played;

This short track, Hoe is tbeloven, introduces us to singing by Camerata Trajectina on Muziek uit de Golden Eeuw on the Globe Label

In Part 3, Joanna talks about the concerts, how they developed and the interactive nature the audience experiences:


9000 Sealed Indictments -- Rumors of Impending Mass Arrests/Indictments Continue "IndyWatch Feed National"

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a vigil ceremony marking the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at the Department of Justice on Sept. 11, 2017. (Image Source: Getty Images)

Source: DiscerningTheMystery | by Joshua Philip

The answer is uncertain at this point, but let's be more specific. The entire reason why indictments are sealed is multi-faceted. If a court were to produce an indictment against a suspected offender, there would need to be certain precautions taken in order to insure the indictment was successful.

We have heard that these indictments are sealed to prevent suspects from fleeing, destroying evidence, or sabotaging the case in some way. However, these files might also be sealed in order to avoid tipping off other possible conspirators of the crimes involved in these cases. To add, if federal law enforcement needed to gain further leads on potential suspects they might let word of the indictments circulate, wait for a time, and then see which suspects lose their nerve and make a run for it.

In this way, law enforcement might use some of these indictments as a scare tactic in order to flush out suspects that they may not have been aware of prior. The possibilities are numerous, it seems. However, instead of further speculation, let's examine the facts of the situation.

What we know from the situation is that the corporate media has not touched the story of these indictments. This seems to suggest that either the media does not consider the story very substantial, or they are deliberately attempting to further cover for the Deep State as they did all through 2017not to mention the previous two to three decades.

These indictments do exist, according to reports. It is the number of indictments which has been the point of confusion. Are there truly over 9,000 of these files, as researchers sugge...


Casino bakery robbed by four armed men "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Two employees at a Casino bakery were forced to hand over cash and their keys when confronted by four armed men about 12.15am this morning.

Police have appealed for information following the robbery at the Johnston Street bakery.

Police were told the men were armed with a firearm and a crowbar and demanded cash.

The two employees, aged 54 and 19, complied with the demand.

The men took cash from the till, the mens wallets and keys and drinks from the shop before leaving in one of the employees vehicles.

The car was later found alight in Queensland Street.

Officers from Richmond Local Area Command attended and searched for the men with the assistance of the dog unit, but were unable to locate them.

The men are only described as being of Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander appearance with skinny builds and were wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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Bad Business: Marque Lawyers Zeroes In On 5 Corporations Caught Trying To Rip You Off "IndyWatch Feed National"

Big business you might remember them from such scandals as you pay tax, we dont and were going to try and rip you off at every available opportunity. Alex Horvath and Hannah Marshall from Marque Lawyers review five recent decisions from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission where big business was caught in the act.



1. GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis suffer pain over misleading Voltaren claims 


Youd think big pharma might have learned a lesson from the $6 million penalty Reckitt Benckiser paid for their Nurofen not-really-pain-specific products. Apparently not.

GSK and Novartis are now in trouble over their Voltaren Emulgel and Osteo Gel products the latter being made with the same active ingredient as the former, but priced 33 per cent higher and labelled to suggest it provided targeted relief for osteo arthritis.

The ACCC says that the products misrepresented that the Osteo Gel product provided more effective relief than regular Voltaren. In light of the Nurofen case, the ACCC saw the Voltaren marketing as particularly, ahem, inflammatory.

We sense some big fines on the horizon.


2. Red Balloon feels the pinch of penalties for excessive payment surcharges


Online seller Red Balloon copped $43,200 in fines for charging excessive payment surcharges on its website. If youre unaware, there is now a ban on any business imposing excessive surcharges on card transactions. They can only charge a customer what it costs them to accept the payment.

Large businesses such as Red Balloon were required to be compliant from September 2016, and all businesses were affected from September 2017. The ACCC is paying close attention to compliance.


3. Meriton busted for manipulating TripAdvisor reviews


The ACCC came up trumps against Meriton in a recent court...


MACKAY Man locked in cop car on scorching day "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man locked in cop car on scorching day

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A ROCKHAMPTON man found himself in a hot situation on Christmas Day apprehended and locked in the back of a police car with no aircon while officers spoke with another person about a disturbance. Jody Brian Richardson, on Monday, pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court to one

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MACKAY Hospital trip ends in court case for South Mackay mum "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Hospital trip ends in court case for South Mackay mum

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Lynette Margaret Jordans decision on December 9 landed her in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, where she pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit. Jordan had just one traffic ticket in her history. Magistrate Damien Dwyer pondered aloud whether Jordan had an extraordinary

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MACKAY Price to pay for pot in his saliva "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Price to pay for pot in his saliva

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Taylor, 21, of Mount Charlton appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, pleading guilty to driving while a drug was present on November 7, 2017. Magistrate Damien Dwyer warned Taylor hed face a two-year minimum licence loss for any repeat offence. An early plea was considered. Taylor

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MACKAY Andergrove man faces illegal weapon, ammunition charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Andergrove man faces illegal weapon, ammunition charges

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Jesse Leigh Smith, 27, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, charged with unlawfully possessing explosives and two counts of unlawfully possessing a category M weapon. Police allege they discovered a disguised knife and a knife with a single-handled release blade both of which are illegal

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MACKAY Mackay man will fight gun, drug, explosives charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Mackay man will fight gun, drug, explosives charges

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A BLACKS Beach man allegedly caught up in a drug lab raid at Mount Pleasant will fight some of the charges against him. Matthew David Thomas Cooks case was heard in Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday. Solicitor Antoinette Morton, of Fisher Dore Lawyers, appeared on behalf of the 35-year-old,

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MACKAY Charged with stealing iPad from police, ice possession "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Charged with stealing iPad from police, ice possession

January 10, 2018 at 01:45AM ,

Marie Te Puaki Nancye Gage, 33, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday on four charges. That included two counts of stealing (kitchen appliances and the iPad) and one count each of possessing tainted property (a bank card and details) and possessing the drug ice (methamphetamines).

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Climate Council Cities Power Partnership "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Here in Australia and all over the world, its local governments and communities that are leading the switch to clean energy. Our communities are full of local heroes who are busy getting on with the job. Town by town, city by city, these Australians are tackling climate change and transforming Australias energy future from the [...] full article 


Petition To Have Muzzle Loading Pistols Removed From an H class licence ... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

"To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales in Parliament assembled".
Parliament House
6 Macquarie Street,
Sydney, NSW 2000.
The Petition of Keith H. Burgess.
President of the New England Colonial Living History Group.
Brings to the attention of the House the matter of firearms licensing in relation to muzzle-loading pistols (percussion locks excluded).
At this present time, working replica (replicas of original 17th and 18th century antique muzzle-loading pistols) muzzle-loading pistols of the lock types matchlock, wheellock, tinderlock, doglock, snaphance, and flintlockcan only be owned by a person possessing a category H gun licence, and these pistols can only be legally fired on a registered gun range. Antique muzzle-loading pistols of the same type may be owned, but not used/fired without the owner possessing an H class licence. This requirement excludes the use of these antiques & antique replicas for Living History and Historical Re-enactment purposes. It also excludes the use of these antique replicas for use as a back-up safety for muzzle-loader hunters hunting on private property who are hunting with single shot muzzle-loading rifles or smoothbores.
Historical Re-enactment groups and Living History organisations have re-enactment rules which preclude the use of live ammunition and preclude the use of a ramrod during any and all re-enactment displays. There is also a permit requirement;...


Sacred Chocolate Cacao Ceremony and Deep Dance "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Jemmita Inkari Kuyay is partnering with Ria Rhythms on this the first Powerful Portal Day of 2018!


CACAO is known to the Ancient Mayan culture as the Food of the Gods. It has been used for thousands of years in Ceremony as a way of connecting to its Spirit, a higher source that can give us a greater perspective on life and help us to see our way creatively through challenges and change. And to invite in more Joy and Celebration

Come with us on a very unique, deep and transformational shamanic journey. Travel through the cardinal directions and into your heart.

Come together with clear and focused intent, working with the Medicine of Cacao, and elements of traditional Ceremony whilst being guided by powerful music and movement. Access deep healing, revelation and lasting transformation. At the same time tapping into that abounding and limitless source of ecstatic joy and bliss that is our true nature and resides within us all.

Merge Ancient Wisdom with our Modern age.

We Pray. Then we dance our Prayers into form.

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Tradecraft: Five Reasons to Have a Backup Rifle in Your Vehicle "IndyWatch Feed National"

(SurvivalSullivan) Whats the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun? The answer is simple; a good guy with a gun.

Theres a great chance that every time youre in a public area, you pass many people who have concealed weapons. Theres no way to tell what their intentions are, so you need to make sure youre prepared for the worst-case scenario. Thats why we call ourselves preppers, we prepare for everything.

Im all for carrying concealed vs. open carry for multiple reasons, but the biggest one is anonymity. You dont want to paint a target on your back. If there is somebody with ill-intent wishing to cause harm on a mass scale, youll be the first to be targeted (because youre the biggest threat). The worst enemy you can face is the one you dont know, the same goes for your adversary. However, just because you conceal, doesnt mean that youre necessarily prepared to defend against every attack.

For this reason, Ive decided to write this article dedicated to showing you why you should have a backup gun in your vehicle. Before we dive into the list, know that there are thousands of scenarios that can definitely be stopped by a citizen concealing a small firearm; but there are thousands more that require a little more firepower.

#1. Most Conceal Carry Weapons Have Limited Magazine Capacity

Sometimes, the situation at hand requires more rounds than you have on you. While you could always carry more magazines, I recommend having a solid backup plan in your vehicle. Statistically, you have a 40% chance of missing your first three rounds if youre in a shootout at 15 yards or more. That percentage increases to 70% for your first magazine missing if youre getting shot at, during a shootout at 15 yards or more.

Most AR-15 manufacturers have a base-model that cost less than $600 (depending on the state you live in), which is a fair price for a backup rifle for your vehicle. You really dont need super fancy attachments with an AR-15 to be able to engage targets at 150 yards or less, which is the beautiful thing about ARs.

Dont leave your survival, or innocent bystanders survival to chance. Its your responsibility as a prepper to ensure the safety of people who may not be as prepared as you. A selfish prepper is a useless prepper.

So, if youre in a situation where you know youll need a more powerful gun, use your EDC gun to fight your way back to your vehicle. This way, you can grab your rifle, and get back in the....


Dumaresq Creek Working Bee "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Sunday, 14 Jan; 8:30 am to 11:30 am. ] Our next working bee will be a short morning one on Sunday 14 January to continue with our preparation for planting in February. Details for working bee are as follows: Time: 8.30am Date: Sunday 14th January, 2018 Location: Dumaresq Creek south of Phil Wheaton Soccer Oval accessed off Erskine Street or along bicycle way. What to bring: BYO long [...] full article 


Reports of UK joining TPP ridiculed "IndyWatch Feed National"

10 January 2018: As the remaining 11 members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (now rebranded the Comprehensive Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership) struggle to reach agreement, some strange reports are appearing in the media.

The Financial Times has reported that the Department for International Trade in the UK has held informal talks about joining the TPP. The UK cannot sign trade deals until it leaves the EU after Brexit, in March 2019.

The idea has been instantly and widely ridiculed. TUC general secretary Frances OGrady said joining the TPP would be scraping the bottom of the Brexit barrel. She said, Trade unions around the world have opposed this deal because it allows labour abuses, it puts public services at risk and it gives too much control to corporations.

UK Labours shadow trade secretary said Of course [TPP] could be helpful but it is not the main event, and at the moment the government is making a hash of that. He questioned why the Department for International Trade was discussing joining the TPP when the current members of the TPP account for 8% of British exports.


Q Anon Learn To Read The Map "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Phil Hingston

Who is really in charge? The above video is worth 10 minutes of your time.


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Country Music Cares Concert 24th Jan in Tamworth "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Wednesday, 24 Jan; 7:00 pm; ] 7pm Wednesday 24 Jan 2018 - Town Hall Presented By Lock The Gate Alliance Now in its 11th Year with the best of country music entertainment on offer at the 2018 Country Music Festival. Enjoy air conditioned comfort and the best of acoustics in the awesome Tamworth Town Hall. Artists and musicians donating their time and talent for [...] full article 


Ontario Teachers' acquires Australian Avocado Grower Jasper Farms "IndyWatch Feed National"

21 Dec 2017 | OTPPOntario Teachers' Pension Plan announces the acquisition of Jasper Farms, Australia's second-largest avocado producer.


Audio: Lessons from indigenous peoples about coping with climate change, plus the call of the night parrot "IndyWatch Feed National"

Happy new year to all our listeners out there! On our first episode of 2018, we speak with the author of a book about the resilience of indigenous peoples in the face of climate change, and well hear some recordings of the elusive night parrot in Australia! Our first guest today is Gleb Raygorodetsky, the author of The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change, a book published this past November by Pegasus Books. Raygorodetsky is a conservation biologist who has traveled around the world to live and work with indigenous peoples. In The Archipelago of Hope, he details his experiences with a number of Indigenous cultures and the ways their lives on their traditional territories are being reshaped by the impacts of global warming. Raygorodetsky appears on the podcast to tell us about the book and what he thinks the rest of us can learn about climate change from the indigenous peoples of the world. Our second guest is Nick Leseberg, a PhD student at the University of Queensland in Australia whose work focuses solely on the night parrot, a species endemic to Australia that was first discovered by Europeans in the mid-1800s. Though a wild population of the bird was found in the remote outback of Australia in 2013 nearly 150 years after the species was first discovered it still proved difficult for researchers to study because of its elusive nature. That is, until scientists realized that the night parrot comes


Lismore councillor defends decision to abandon meeting "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Elly Bird walked out of last nights extraordinary council meeting. Photo Eve Jeffery.

Lismore councillor Elly Bird has defended her decision to walk out of last nights extraordinary council meeting, saying councillors on holiday leave had the right to debate rescission motions they had lodged late last year.

The meeting was the third called to deal with rescission motions lodged regarding a proposed expansion of Lismore Square Shopping Centre, a Olympic ski-jump facility, an extra 20 greyhound race meetings, and a special business rate variation.

Crs Adam Guise, Vanessa Ekins, Eddie Lloyd and Nancy Casino remain on holiday leave, and Cr Greg Bennet sent his apologies as he is dealing with a health issue.

As a result, with Cr Birds decision to walk out last night, mayor Isaac Smith had no choice but to abandon the extraordinary meeting.

Cr Bird said the extraordinary meeting was called at the end of last year at the request of Crs Neil Marks and Gianpiero Battista.

They called for the meeting despite knowing that the other councillors who had moved the rescission motions would be on leave.

Regardless of the outcomes of those motions I believe those councillors have the right to be present to debate them and the extraordinary meeting should never have been called, Cr Bird said.

I wrestled with my conscience on this and I simply cant participate in a process that denies those absent councillors their right to debate these significant issues regardless of the outcomes of those rescissions.

The meeting last just 40 minutes, with the majority of the time taken up with three speakers opposing additional greyhound racing as well as the business rate variation, Lismore Square and the ski jump.

About 20 animal rights activists, opposed to the push for more greyhound races, applauded Cr Bird when she announced that she was walking out of the meeting.

Cr Bird did vote on one matter last night to hold an extraordinary meeting on 5 February to address 20 items that were not dealt with at the final meeting last year.

Meanwhile, Lismore mayor Isaac Smith said another at...


Why I Make New Years Resolutions Every Year (and How I Keep Them) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why I Make New Years Resolutions Every Year (and How I Keep Them) | 2018 | Preparedness\Survival Special Interests US News

It seems like theres a backlash this year against New Years resolutions. Its very true that many people make these vows and then slip back into their wicked ways within the first week of the year. Butit doesnt have to be like that.

I think that the first day of the year is a perfect time for introspection. What are you doing wrong? What are you doing right? What should you improve?

Each year, I spend the first with my journal and I write down the answers to these questions and many more. Then, I read over what Ive written and see what I can improve.

Last year, for example, I vowed to lose 20 pounds. I lost 23, and I did it by going back and revisiting my goal. Did I slip up? Of course I lost 31 pounds, gained 12 back, and then lost 5 again. I kept this goal foremost in my mind and worked on changing my habits.

Its the little things you do each day that create the person that you are.

If you arent happy with some part of your life, chances are, its the things you do each day that are supporting the very thing you arent happy with.

Heres how that works:

  • Are you in a bad relationship? Then perhaps you are allowing yourself to be mistreated by not putting your foot down. Maybe you could leave the relationship, but it seems too complicated, so each day you stay and become more miserable. Perhaps youve never communicated the problem to your partner.
  • Are you overweight and/or out of shape? Maybe you are eating the wrong things for your body every day, and you know it but do it anyway. Maybe you are watching TV instead of getting up and moving your body. Maybe you are drinking a sugary beverage every morning or afternoon.
  • Are you unhealthy? Maybe you are choosing foods that support the illness instead of your health. Maybe you are skipping essential medications. Maybe youre putting yourself at the mercy of your doctor instead of doing your own research.
  • Are you broke? Maybe you are spending money to comfort yourself. Maybe you are going into debt by shopping compulsively when something is wrong. Maybe you are too busy treating yourself on a regular basis to see that a treat is an occasional thing and a daily thing is a habit. Maybe you have a $5 a day coffee ha...


From the Archives: New Bilingual Edition of A Day Mournful and Overcast "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The zine can be downloaded here.

We print this as part of our ongoing writing and archival project now known as Burnt Ends Press, formerly (and affectionately) known as the North Carolina Piece Corps. If youre interested in radical southern history, critical reflections on whiteness and race treason, the intersections of anarchist, anti-state communist, and afro-pessimist thought, ongoing primitive accumulation and the gendered reproduction of labor, or analyses of contemporary insurrectionary happenings in the southeastern United States, please get in touch!

From the Introduction

I first heard about the Iron Column from this very text over a decade ago, and it remains, alongside Orwells Homage to Catalonia, my favorite piece of writing about the tumultuous time period known as the Spanish Civil War. That version, printed sometime in the 1990s and distributed by an Australian collective, had a perfect summary of the historical context of the column, worth reprinting in full:

The Iron Column was one of many volunteer militia groups that fought the fascists in Spain during the Spanish Revolution and Civil War of the 1930s. Unlike the other militias, however, the Iron Column found its members not in revolutionary trade unions or in radical political groups, but among the ranks of ex-prisoners. The outbreak of revolution in 1936 led to the liberation of thousands o...


Not all Lennox residents oppose lake road removal "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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

The Lake Ainsworth Interest Group (LAIG) says that many Lennox Head residents support Ballina Councils plan to create a parkland on the east side of the lake, despite calls for the eastern road to stay.

While a rally against the council move is set to go ahead this Saturday, an LAIG spokesperson said feedback from its first information stalls, conducted last weekend, was informal, relaxed and overwhelming positive.

Shaun Eastment said the group wanted to create an environment where people felt comfortable to ask questions, voice concerns or express their support for the project.

It was nice to hear from a wide variety of people, many of whom are really looking forward to enjoying the lake without all the cars, she said.

She added that while a few people expressed concerns about paid parking, the mayor was also in attendance and ruled out the prospects of any paid parking at the lake.

The group also claims an increasing mood of frustration in the community over the issue.

More and more people are saying that theyve had enough of all the delays to create the park they are frustrated and want to see the council get on with the job, Ms Eastment said.

Its not an option for the east road to stay how it is its dangerous and theres not enough space for people to sit and enjoy the lake.

We really want to see the east side of the lake prioritised for people, not cars, Ms Eastment said.

Dr Lyn Walker, another group member, queried how people would feel if the road were being proposed nowadays.

Imagine if the area were already a lovely parkland and the council wanted to take that from us to put a road and car park in it would seem preposterous and there would be outrage.

We understand that people may be sick of hearing about the lake works (and the east road), but were asking for...


Protected trees trashed by holiday parks confirmed bookings "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Managers of the Brunswick Heads Terrace caravan park, NSWCHPT, were accused in November 2017 by residents of attempting to kill off protected trees by mulching the root system. Residents claim NSWCHPT are ignoring expert ecologist advice so they can increase their commercial camping activities. Photo Aslan Shand

Managers have defended their decision to allow caravans, cars and tents next to protected and vulnerable cypress pine trees at the Brunswick Heads Terrace caravan park.

As previously reported, NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust (NSWCHPT) have been taken to task by residents over neglectful management of the pines, some of which are thought to be up to 400 years old.

Its the latest indication from the embattled government-run corporation that its pursuit of revenue from visitors trumps any environmental responsibility.

A NSWCHPT spokesperson told The Echo, New bookings for the southern end of the Terrace Reserve will be for a reduced number of soft camping sites from February 1, 2018. Prior to taking the decision in August 2017 to implement soft camping only, the Trust had already confirmed bookings for guests with caravans and camp trailers.

The Trust needs to honour the current summer and upcoming Easter bookings, where existing bookings have been confirmed. Other than these peak periods in 2018, the area will be limited to soft camping from February 1, 2018.

Every effort will be made to accommodate our returning guests with caravans and camp trailers for their 2019 summer holiday at other more suitable sites within the park.

Yet the NSWCHPT decision to allow even soft camping in peak periods is at odds with Councils independent ecology report, which states that to ensure the health of the trees, they must be left alone.

Local resident Patricia Warren referred NSWCHPT to Councils August 25 resolution which explicitedly stated a 5m radius from the pines is required to protect the critical root system.



Activist: DHS Order on El Salvador Will Break Up Families "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Sputnik) Brian Becker and John Kiriakou on Radio Sputniks Loud & Clear spoke to Heather Benno, an immigration attorney with the Esperanza Center and political activist with the ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition.

The secretary of homeland security just posted their announcement on temporary protected status for El Salvador earlier today, stating that they announced a termination of temporary protected status for El Salvador after an implementation delay of 18 months, said Benno.

Nobody has a crystal ball, but in terms of where momentum has been, the Salvadoran community has been putting pressure on Congress for quite some time in preparation for this announcement. Were not abandoning hope that Congress could come to a realistic assessment of whats actually going on in El Salvador today, which is extremely unsafe and very difficult conditions for nationals, she noted.

The attorney pointed out that the Salvadorans who would be affected have been living in the US for quite some time; according to recently released figures, there are approximately 190,000 children of Temporary Protected Status holders. This announcement very callously breaks up families and says that, with very little to no lead time, families are going to have to make preparation for being separated or deported.

Becker added that the Salvadorans were far from the first community to face a revocation of their TPS, and thus, tens of thousands of deportations. Other Latin American communities, such as expatriates from Haiti or Mexico, are also being pushed into large-scale migration.

There are approximately 20,000 Salvadorans in Maryland alone who are TPS holders, Benno added. And of those, over 17,000 have US born Maryland children. On top of Haiti, the most recent terminations of temporary protected status were from nationals of Nicaragua, which also happened in November. Then, of course, we had Honduras, where there are tens of thousands. of nationals protected by temporary protected status and no designation or determination was made. Those tens of thousands of people were left in limbo.

This uncertain status leads to enormous pressure on communities, Benno noted. Whether its direct pressure to just deport black and brown people out of the US, or psychological pressure, saying youre not wanted here, youre not a part of the community, people should just leave, thats the kind of pressure that our clients, our community members at the Esperanto center in Baltimore are facing.

The conversation then turned to the Democratic Party, nominally the party that more closely aligns with the interests of immigrant communities, and how little effort t............


Hammerhead shark added to shark net toll "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A dead Great Hammerhead Shark discovered in a shark net on the Gold Coast. (supplied)

An endangered Great Hammerhead shark has been found dead in a Gold Coast shark net a day after two rays were left to die in a net at Ballina.

A Sea Shepherd crew who are part of the Apex Harmony operation were patrolling the nets and drum lines on the Gold Coast when they discovered the shark.

The dead shark was found in a net off Tallebudgera Beach.

Sea Shepherd Australia spokesperson Jonathan Clark said Great Hammerhead sharks are classified as endangered under the IUCN Red List, with populations under pressure from government shark control programs, and commercial fishing.

Once again, we see another endangered species which has never posed a threat to ocean users die unnecessarily, Mr Clark said.

These nets do nothing more than indiscriminately kill marine life while providing a false sense of security to ocean users.

It is time the Queensland Government makes good on their election promise to provide effective non-lethal shark monitoring, control and incident prevention measures to protect ocean users and marine life.

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

The grisly discovery came a day after Sea Shepherd accused the NSW Government of deliberately abandoning rays trapped in Ballina shark nets.

The organisation said that despite being told of two rays trapped in nets off Ballina beaches on...


Woman fined for starting fire near Nimbin "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 46-year-old woman has been fined $2,860 for starting fires on a rural property near Nimbin by discarding her cigarettes.

Rural Fire Service members found the woman on a rural property after being called to extinguish a blaze at Arkinstall Road at Tuntable Creek about 11am.

Police later interviewed the woman at the Nimbin police station.

They allege the woman was walking through the property to get to Nimbin and discarded cigarettes without extinguishing them properly.

She was issued with a $660 infringement notice for discard cigarette on any land and a $2200 infringement notice for cause fire to the property of another.


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Byron sewerage systems overloaded, says former councillor "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Shires four sewage treatment plants are located at Byron, Bangalow, Ocean Shores and Mullums Vallances Road, (pictured). Additionally, staff maintain around 80 pump stations and 252 kilometres of sewerage reticulation pipelines throughout the Shire. Photo Jeff Some Of My Finest Work Is Photos Of Poo Factories Dawson

Paul Bibby

Lying just beneath the Shires green and leafy surface, a giant, unwieldy beast creaks and groans.

With every new house, unit or secondary dwelling, it quietly grows, gaining another set of tentacle-like pipes.

Such is the nature of the sewerage system beast that most of us are content to simply flush and forget until something goes wrong.

But the reality is that our sewerage system has become an overburdened animal that chews through large amounts of electricity and is, in some places, significantly overloaded.

Byron Shire Council did not answer any of The Echos questions about the sewerage system when contacted last week, so we dug into the issue ourselves.

We found Council documents which show that, despite millions of dollars worth of works in recent years, the system is facing major challenges on multiple fronts that are set to become more acute as new residential developments begin to rise.

Alternative approaches

Duncan Dey, a civil engineer specialising in water and a former councillor, believes it is time to consider alternative approaches.

We need to look the current scenario in the face and say, if were going to double our population, do we really want to double the size of our urban sewerage systems? he says.

I believe we need to look at alternatives such as non-sewered systems of dealing with wastewater.

We cant keep on like this forever.

Perhaps the most concerning aspect of...


Stand-in triumphs as Rocky Horror goes on "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rising star Adam Rennie is earning critical acclaim after taking on the lead role in the Rocky Horror Show, vacated by Craig McLachlan amid allegations of sexually inappropriate behaviour.
Rennie took to the Adelaide Festival Centre stage on Tuesday night for the first performance since McLachlan agreed to leave the show.
Three cast members from the 2014 production of the popular musical have told a Fairfax Media/ABC investigation that the 52-year-old inappropriately touched them or exposed himself.
A woman and a man who worked as part of the crew have also gone to Victorian police who are investigating the allegations.
McLachlan has denied any wrongdoing and the shows producers say they first learned the details of the allegations in media reports this week.
But they have promised to cooperate fully with authorities and conduct an internal investigation.
Heading into Tuesdays nights show, fans had mixed views on whether or not he should have withdrawn.
But critics praised Rennies work, the Adelaide Advertiser describing it as a triumph.
Audience members also took to Twitter describing him as incredible and genuine and hilarious.
The allegations against McLachlan come from actresses Erika Heynatz, Christie Whelan Browne and Angela Scundi.
Whelan Browne said McLachlan, who played transvestite Frank N Furter to her character Janet, indecently assaulted her on stage during a sex scene.
Scundi alleged McLachlan kissed her passionately onstage even after she had asked that it not be done.
The two women have also rejected suggestions the producers werent told of McLachlans behaviour.
There were two people in management that I spoke to directly and I cant imagine that they could look me in the face and say that those conversations never happened, Scundi told the 7.30 Report.
Whelan Browne said she spoke to the managing director of the production company, John Frost.
I went to John, which he says he doesnt recall, another cast member also spoke to him that day. So, thats two people who spoke to him and if he doesnt recall it, we do, she said.
McLachlan has described all the allegations as baseless.
They seem to be simple inventions, perhaps made for financial reasons, perhaps to gain notoriety, he was quoted as writing.

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Call in Campaign to #DROPJ20: Janurary 10th 11th "IndyWatch Feed National"

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On 12/21/17 a jury returned a not-guilty verdict for the first six defendants in the J20 case. Forty-two charges acquitted: twelve felonies, thirty misdemeanors. This is a huge victory! But the fight isnt over yet as 188 people still face decades in prison. Now is the time to keep the pressure on the District of Columbia US Attorneys Office. We know these charges are spurious, and now theres legal precedent. We are asking that everyone call the US Attorneys office from 9am-5pm on 1/10/18 and 1/11/18 and tell them to DROP THE CHARGES against the remaining defendants!

Now is the time to keep up the pressure! The US Attorneys office can decide to drop the charges at any time; lets make sure they cant get any other work done until they do! Were asking people to call the desks of:

  • Jennifer Kerkhoff The Lead Prosectuor on the case, Deputy Chief of the Felony Major Crimes Trial Section (202) 252-7380
  • US Attorney for DC Jessie Liu The person in charge of the US Attorneys office, a Trump appointee and member of his transition team.
  • John Gidez The Chief of the Felony Major Crimes Trial Section, Kerkhoffs direct colleague (202) 252-6752
  • Lisa Greene The Deputy Chief of the Superior Court Division, Kerkhoffs direct supervisor (202) 252-7485
  • Richard Tischner The Chief of the Superior Court Division, Kerkhoffs direct supervisor (202) 252-7274

Please sign-up for a time to call in at Were asking people to call until they get through; let them know what you think of these charges. Line is busy? Great! Try again! No answer? Leave a message and try again! If you dont like their answer, consider trying them again and making it more clear! Because there are five numbers, feel free to sign up for more than one time.


On Jan 20th, hundreds of inauguration protesters were mass-arrested, held in inhumane conditions, and are now facing at least 8 felony charges each. Their cell phones were confiscated and searched, their homes were raided, and their social media data was seized.

Prosecutors in these cases have demanded vast troves of website data involving millions of unrelated people, sought gag orders forcing Facebook to silently hand over data without notifying users or allowing for legal due process, and cracked over 100 defendant cell phones to extract terabytes of pers...


Big chill, dodgy feet downed Aussie tigers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thylacine family at Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart, 1910. (Wikipedia)

Climate change may have helped drive Australias marsupial tigers into a permanent grave, along with their dodgy feet.

The last of the marsupial tigers that once roamed mainland Australia the Tasmanian Tiger died out 90 years ago.Aussie researchers believe they now know what drove a once-diverse group of species called thylacines to extinction: a rapidly-cooling climate about 14 million years ago.

They found thylacines declined during this period, when global temperatures suddenly dropped by about seven degrees Celsius.

The cooler climate transformed Australias wet, closed forests into dry, open woodlands, and thats where the tigers dodgy feet come in.

We think the structure of tigers feet and ankles might have made them better suited to closed forests with uneven surfaces, such as roots and logs, and less well suited to open woodlands, says PhD scholar Shimona Kealy, from the Australian National University.

The same time period also saw the rise of modern carnivorous marsupials such as the Tasmanian Devil and cat-sized quolls, known as dasyurids.

Researchers say the rise of dasyurids appears to have something to do with their superior ear-bone structure, which was better adapted to open woodland environments and allowed them to hear over greater distances than thylacines.

The study relied on an analysis of 95 modern and fossil species, including six species of tigers, studying their skulls, teeth and jaws, along with molecular gene sequences.

The research has been published in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology.

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Streamity is Set to Launch the Most Powerful P2P Cryptocurrency Exchange Platform "IndyWatch Feed National"

A new P2P cryptocurrency exchange service Streamity is set to launch the most powerful P2P cryptocurrency exchange platform in the Market. This service is based on the smart contract for secure exchange.

The platform is preparing for its ICO before it starts transforming the cryptocurrency exchange scene with a list and very dynamic and efficient cryptocurrency exchange and investment services run by industry class Algorithm.

A New Exchange Service Tailored to Handle the Dynamism of the Ever-Rising Cryptocurrency Market

Cryptocurrency is evolving to be the best form of money for the 21st Century civilization, fully rich with abilities to carry out transactions securely and anonymously from any part of the world, making it the future of money. Since 2009, different forms of cryptocurrencies have emerged into the market. Some being very useful to the general users, while others have a definite specific purpose. Those with the general usage have surged in prices to unprecedented levels and have been adopted on a bigger scale. But nevertheless, every cryptocurrency is useful in the community who has a consensus on it.

The need for a solution to best harmonize the differences between the thousands of cryptocurrencies have never been answered at least not to a half of what the market demands. A series of cryptocurrency exchange platforms already exists with others attempting to incorporate a variety of cryptocurrencies under one platform as well. But a lot of flaws and unnecessary malfunctions and user dissatisfaction are being reported by users of these exchange services. Anomalies ranging from server blackouts for very long hours, causing users to lose millions of dollars to a full takeover of customer deposits by malicious hackers have recently hit a series of existing cryptocurrency exchange service providers.

Streamity is a well-thought project with some of the most prominent brains on the international cryptocurrency scene carefully knitting its algorithm one patch at a time. Streamity aims to transform the cryptocurrency exchange ecosystem and redefined the already lost glory of lightning speed transaction at the lowest cost cryptocurrency once had. Streamity at the same time will take cryptocurrency investment to the next level by implementing a community choice token, the Streamity Tokens (STM) which will also be used for all transactions within the Streamity network. The STM tokens will be available for exchange to any of the major cryptocurrency. The platform will add the major Fiat Currencies traded worldwide.

Encapsulation, Speed, and Low-Cost Minded Design

One of the most important selling points of the Streamity project is the improvement of cryptocurrency transaction propagation speed. The project has devoted a gr...


Ecuador weighs mediation on Assange "IndyWatch Feed National"

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Photo WikiLeaks via AP

Ecuadors foreign minister says that Quito may pursue mediation to resolve the standoff between the South American nation and Britain over the fate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Assange has spent more than five years holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

We have an enormous interest in reaching a definitive solution to the Assange case and to make that happen we are in permanent dialogue with the government of the United Kingdom, Maria Fernanda Espinosa told a press conference.

We are also considering and exploring the possibility of mediation, she said, adding that the role of mediator could be played by an individual or a third-country government.

The Australian citizen sought refuge at the Ecuadorian mission in June 2012 after losing a battle in the British courts to avoid extradition to Sweden, where prosecutors had been seeking to question him about rape allegations dating back to 2010.

Assange, who denies all the accusations, said that once he was in Swedish custody the US would pressure Stockholm into handing him over for prosecution based on WikiLeaks publication of classified documents.

Espinosa said that Ecuador remains committed to ensuring Assanges safety.

We are a country that defends human rights. A country, moreover, that respects international law, she said.

Describing Assanges situation as unsustainable, she said that Ecuador will continue to approach the UK in a very, very respectful way to find a solution.

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This is an OMG climate change moment "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Is it in your view a minor cold blip or "OMG we're all going to freeze to death and run out of food ?" BR ANSWER: We are looking at an unbelievable decline in the energy output of the sun which appears to be the most rapid decline in nearly 10,000 years. The Global Warming crowd may be setting society up for mass famine and death because they are deliberately pointing everyone in the opposite direction to get their portion of the $1 billion grants. Natural disasters are the most disastrous when the energy output of the sun declines. There has been a fatal interaction of ecological, agricultural, economic, and political factors that seem to be setting the stage for at least a repeat of what is known as the Great Famine of 1315-1317. The Great Famine started with bad weather in spring 1315. Crop failures lasted through 1316 until the summer harvest in 1317, and Europe did not fully recover until 1322. The period was marked by extreme levels of crime, disease, mass death and even cannibalism and infanticide. The crisis set in motion the great economic collapse that began during the fourteenth century. In our arrogance, we seem to believe we have conquered every aspect of the planet and many argue we can even alter the climate of the planet. The collapse from the Medieval Warm period was rapid, but also deadly. When the climate turned down, what followed was suddenly bitter cold winters and drenching rains which then froze. Europe had expanded as the society always does in warm periods. A study has shown that desert rodent populations of many species tend to "fluctuate synchronously owing to pulses of primary production and seed availability during rainy years, and reduced seed production during droughts" (PLOS 2013).


Australia had third-hottest year ever in 2017, weather bureau says "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bureau says despite the lack of El Nio, Queensland and New South Wales experienced their hottest year on recordQueensland and New South Wales experienced their warmest years on record in 2017 as the trend of warmer than average temperatures across Australia continued, the Bureau of Meteorology said.The bureau's annual climate statement released on Wednesday revealed 2017 was Australia's third-hottest year on record, with the annual national mean temperature 0.95C above the average. [...]


Sexualised imagery sparks protest at Brunswick carnival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Eight local men held a protest on Saturday over what they say is inappropriate sexualised imagery at the Bruns carnival. Photo supplied

Paul Bibby

A group of local men took part in a silent protest at the McGregors Family Carnival in Brunswick Heads on Saturday over a sexualised image of a woman painted on one of the rides.

The eight men, aged between 17 and 65, stood in a line in front of the Stars ride, which depicts model and actress Liz Hurley standing in a provocative pose wearing a bra and suspenders.

The men were representing a group of concerned locals who have been calling for the image to be changed on the grounds that it objectifies women and should not be displayed in a place designed for children and adolescents.

Local father Jeremy Ball, who took part in the protest, said he and others objected to the message the image sent to local kids.

I took my two daughters who are 11 and 12 to the ride last year and I just felt uncomfortable about them seeing that image, particularly as theyre coming into puberty, Mr Ball said.

I dont want them, or my son, or other local kids to be subjected to an image that depicts women and the feminine in that way.

This is our way of saying that we want the image changed and also that its okay for a man to stand up when something affects women in a negative way.  

Claim rejected

But the carnival owner Glen McGregor rejected any suggestion that the image was inappropriate or offensive.

Mr McGregor said his family had operated the ride all year round throughout the country a...


Hypatia stone rattles solar system status quo "IndyWatch Feed National"

In 2013, researchers announced that a pebble found in south-west Egypt, was definitely not from Earth. By 2015, other research teams had announced that the 'Hypatia' stone was not part of any known types of meteorite or comet, based on noble gas and nuclear probe analyses. (The stone was named Hypatia after Hypatia of Alexandria, the first Western woman mathematician and astronomer). However, if the pebble was not from Earth, what was its origin and could the minerals in it provide clues on where it came from? Micro-mineral analyses of the pebble by the original research team at the University of Johannesburg have now provided unsettling answers that spiral away from conventional views of the material our solar system was formed from.


Byron GM refutes Butler Street Reserve allegations "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Conceptual plans of a Butler Street interchange show a single storey building that includes a cafe and a plaza. Image Byron Bay Bus lnterchange memo.

Outgoing Byron Shire Council general manager Ken Gainger has told The Echo that a number of claims made by resident Paul Jones regarding plans for Butler Street Reserve were grossly inaccurate.

Gainger said, Mr Jones claims that the Butler Street Reserve will be developed as a high-rise transport infrastructure. The bus interchange is a single-level structure as clearly depicted in the concept plan pictured with the article.

He also claims that the council has for many years undertaken lucrative leasing of the Reserve for the Byron market and other activities. In fact the council leases the Reserve to the Byron Community Association (monthly Sunday markets) and the Byron Farmers Market for a fee of $6,846 pa and $9,516 pa respectively, hardly lucrative.

Mr Jones also says that The proposed bus terminal, carpark and CBD development are totally inconsistent with the Plan of Management in place and prepared for the Reserve in 2002.

Bus interchange

The proposed bus interchange is not a council project; it is a state government project and the Butler Street Reserve is state owned (Crown) land. The state is not governed by a PoM for the site.

The carpark was established by the council with the specific approval of the Department of Lands.

The reference to CBD development makes no sense the PoM only relates to the Butler Street Reserve, not the Byron CBD.

Mr Jones ends his hyperbole by saying, despite all this council as development proponent sees fit to establish a bus terminal directly adjacent to a medium-density residential area Council is not the development proponent, the state government is.

Council did not apply for the bus interchange funding; the first it knew of the proposal was the media announcement made by the NSW deputy premier leading up to the last state government el...


Kabul "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Ken Hannaford-Ricardi It is a dream come true being back among friends in Kabul! Streams of dented Toyotas (They are all Toyotas!) with windscreens cracked like bolts of lightning still jockey for position on roads where traffic lights and common sense hold little sway. Carts of vegetables drawn by donkeys or dragged by men without dreams continue clotting []


Two arrested on North Coast in underage sex sting "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Two men have been arrested on the North Coast after they engaged in sexually explicit chat with police officers online, believing them to be underage girls.

The arrests are part of an ongoing covert police operation, Strike Force Trawler.

Police will allege in court that the first man believed he was speaking to a 13-year-old girl, and engaged in sexually-explicit conversations with the supposed child and made arrangements to meet her in person. The meeting did not eventuate.

About 11.20am yesterday (Tuesday, January 9), detectives arrested the 40-year-old man on the Evans River, Evans Head.

Following the arrest, police raided a caravan park at Evans Head and a home in Casino, where they seized several electronic devices, and items of clothing.

The man was taken to Lismore Police Station and charged with using a carriage service to procure a person under 16-years-old for sexual activity.

He was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court today (Wednesday 10 January 2018).

In the second investigation, Strike Force officers engaged online with a man from Alstonville in November 2017.

Police will allege in court that this man believed he was speaking to a 14-year-old girl, that he made numerous sexually explicit comments regarding the child, and he sent the supposed child abuse material.

About 2pm on Monday, January 8, detectives arrested a 31-year-old man at a business at Alstonville.

During the arrest, police seized a mobile phone. A number of items were also seized during a raid on a home at Alstonville.

The man was taken to Lismore Police Station and charged with using a carriage service to groom a person under 16-years-old for sexual activity.

He was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Lismore Local Court on Monday 5 February 2018.

Strike Force Trawler is an ongoing investigation by the Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children facilitated through the internet and related telecommunications devices.

Regular covert online investigations are conducted by the CEIU and police in NSW work closely with their law-enforcement colleagues interstate and overseas.

Anyone with information about internet predators should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:...


January 10 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1696 - The Swan River had Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh splashing around in it today...hope he brought his floaties!

He also eyeballed and described the land region that is now Perth.
Nyoongar - Birak (birok), the summer period between December and January hot and dry.

1820 - John Oxley emailed his report to Macquarie re his digital survey at Illawarra.
Ok, ok, he really used a fax.

1823 - Commissioner Bigge's report was presented to House of Commons; so impressed was the fellow with the area that he included a description of Illawarra.

1828 - Governor Arthur, in Tasmania,  complained in a letter about the daily injuries inflicted on the Aborigines by stockmen and sealers who attempted to 'deprive them of their women whenever the opportunity offered'.

1831 - William Bubb, John Cook and  James Murphy were Hanged at Sydney for the murder of Adam Oliver at Norfolk Island.

1834 - John Lhotsky did a bunk from Sydney to explore the Monaro District, NSW, and the Australian Alps.

1845 - The Mackenzie River discovered Explorer Ludwig Leichhardt.

1852 - The Cape Willoughby lighthouse, at the eastern extremity of Kangaroo Island, lights the 11km wide Backstairs Passage between the island and the South Oz mainland. It was the first lighthouse erected in South Australia, and originally known as the Sturt Light after Captain Charles Sturt, beginning to light up the night on this day.



10 Questions to Ask Someone Running for Local Office "IndyWatch Feed National"

How can you tell if someone running for local office will do a good job? How can you ensure that he or she will improve your town's economy not get your community further into debt? How can you figure out whether this candidate for mayor or city council is going to uphold Strong Towns principles and take a thoughtful, incremental approach to your community's problems?

Below, we've put together a list of 10 questions you can pose to someone running for office in your town to see whether he or she is worthy of your vote. You could raise these questions in a public forum, at a personal meeting, or even informally, if you happen to run into the candidate at the grocery store.

How's your main street doing? Take our Strength Test to find out. ((Source: Johnny Sanphillippo)

How's your main street doing? Take our Strength Test to find out. ((Source: Johnny Sanphillippo)

1. Do you think our main street/downtown is healthy and successful? If not, what would you do to change that?

What To Listen For:  First ask yourself what you think could be improved about your main street. Is it safe to walk there? Are businesses thriving? Do people spend time there? If so, then this might be an easy question for your candidate to answer. If not, then think about the small steps that could be taken to make Main Street safer: narrowing lanes of traffic, installing benches, planting trees, hosting pop-up shops in empty storefronts to encourage business activity, etc. Does the candidate mention these sorts of initiatives and understand the importance of a healthy downtown, or does he/she just talk about moving traffic or increasing parking?

2. Whats more important for our city right now: building new homes and commercial space or rehabbing/expanding/better utilizing our existing homes and storefronts?

What To Listen For: Depending on what sort of community you live in, you probably have a sense of whether your town has vacancies and endless...


Death at the Gate "IndyWatch Feed National"

From Kabul, by Ken Hannaford-Ricardi The number of visitors passing through the Afghan Peace Volunteers (APVs) Borderfree Nonviolence Community Center in Kabul is incredible. Each afternoon, nearly sixty high-school-age students attend free classes to prepare them for the rigorous KanKor test, required of every Afghan desiring to attend public university. By 8:00 this morning, women []


Suresh Rajan calls out Peter Dutton "IndyWatch Feed National"

No, Mr Dutton, you are not entitled to your own facts! We just need to call it for what it is. Of course its African gang violence. And people are scared to go out to restaurants of a night time because they are followed home by these gangs. Those are the words of Minister Peter []


When Zionism is the essence of life, a break has huge consequences "IndyWatch Feed National"

Breaking with Zionism can be a life-shattering experience.

In Israel, the Jewish-Israeli society is by and large Zionist in degrees varying from the so-called liberal-Zionist to the fundamentalist Zionist. There is not really, necessarily, much of a difference when one speaks of this breaking experience in one faction or the other.

The thing with Zionism is, that its adherents basically see it as a kind of essence of life. The Zionist indoctrination teaches that its about our very existence. The us is generally considered to be the Jewish nation or the Jewish people, and hence the individual is seen as a small part in this. As the survival of the whole also encompasses the individual, any breaking with Zionism is considered a kind of societal treachery, which endangers the strength and even survival of the whole.

Narratives challenging the factual veracity of the survival notion, like pointing out the thriving Jewish existence elsewhere, is rather meaningless for Zionists. Under the Zionist meta-narrative, this is all temporary. Jewish thriving is temporary, and simply awaits a point in time wherein the gentiles will again turn on the Jews, because thats what happens in each and every generation, as the Passover chant goes.

And the Zionist answer to this supposedly perilous, eternal state of affairs, is a Jewish nation-state. So in the bigger paradigm, Zionists simply see the solution the Jewish nation-state, as a survivalist solution. They are therefore not inclined to see any problems ensuing from it, such as human rights violations and challenging of international law, as more than mere obstacles or challenges facing this special case Israel.

So when one points out these violations, this is an irritation for Zionists not necessarily because they are not aware of them but because by pointing them out, one is not showing sympathy with the challenges facing the special case that Israel is, for them.

Since the case of Israel and Zionism needs a special dispensation, even an individuals emotional breaking with Zionism can be perceived as a danger. And when one thus breaks with Zionism, it is seen in highly emotional, personal terms by those for whom it represents the essence of life.

That one then characterizes this kind of allegiance to the Zionist essence of life, as a kind of fascist adherence reminiscent of totalitarian societies, does nothing to add understanding amongst ones peers. It merely adds insult to injury for them.

Furthermore, the talk about the intrinsic violation of human rights inhere...


Helena Norberg-Hodge receives Right Livelihood award "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Local author and filmmaker Helena Norberg-Hodge with 2016 award recipient Jim Merkel. Photo supplied

Marjana Kos

Helena Norberg-Hodge, local author and filmmaker (The Economics of Happiness), has added another international award to her already impressive list of honours.  

An early recipient of the Right Livelihood Award (aka the Alternative Nobel Prize) and, more recently, the Goi Peace Prize (among previous winners are Bruce Lipton, James Lovelock and, ahem, Bill Gates), she was the 2017 winner of the Arthur Morgan Award.

This prize, which recognised Helena for her tireless advocacy for communities across the planet, is presented by Community Solutions, the organisation behind the powerful and hugely successful doco The Power of Community, which looks at the grassroots self-reliance movement in post-embargo Cuba.

This award was one of the highlights of an overseas tour, in which Helena hosted five Economics of Happiness conferences (four in the US, one in Japan) organised by her international non-profit organisation, Local Futures in collaboration with local partners.  

South Korea Conference

A sixth conference, in South Korea, had Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson as keynote speaker. Other speakers at these events included localisation advocates Satish Kumar, founder of Schumacher College and Resurgence magazine, Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics, George Ferguson, the progressive former mayor of Bristol, UK (he received his salary in the local currency), and founders of BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) Judy Wicks, David Korten and Michael Shuman.

Helena also taught courses at Schumacher College and did numerous other presentation, including one to 20,000 people in Rimini, Italy, at the annual mee...


Lifeline Northern Rivers seeks volunteers "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Some 2,866 people committed by suicide in the year to September 2016 and Lifeline Northern Rivers is taking up the challenge to answer more calls in the coming year to help prevent deaths.

Having answered 21,000 calls in 2017 they are looking for volunteers to provide extra response capacity at the peak times of early morning, evenings and weekends.

We are now actively recruiting volunteer crisis supporters to work on the 13 11 14 crisis line at those high demand times, said training coordinator, Sue Lamond.

Currently we have about 75 active crisis support volunteers working out of Lismore and we are looking to add about 15 more volunteers to that number in early 2018.

The next training course will run from Tuesday 20 March with applications closing on Friday, March 2.

Lifeline offers a life-saving and life-changing alternative. It is always there for those confronting crisis and suicide, but also for those who trust us with their ongoing and often complex problems, continued Sue.

There are never any hoops to jump through or barriers to receiving help or judgements made we provide a confidential and caring service and are only a phone call or online chat away.

Training includes a significant element of on-line eLearning reinforced by eight four-hour sessions and four days of experiential classroom-based modules. This leads to a closely supervised and supported workplace training program which prepares the volunteer for acceptance as a probationary crisis support volunteer.

For more information email us at or call on 6622 4133.

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Visual effects biz booms in Byron "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Cumulus visual effects crew: clockwise from young recruit Raph Atkins (with bike) are Richard Hall, Philippa Bennett, Mahdi Manar, Sandra Mondange, Alex Pinches, Stan Jones and Simone Fichera. Photo Jeff Dawson

South Golden Beach teen Raph Atkins might be too young to drive, but hell soon be walking the red carpet as one of Australias youngest visual effects artists to work on Sony Pictures soon-to-be-released 3D live-action/CGI animated adventure comedy, Peter Rabbit.

Raph put aside his school books early in 2017 when Cumulus VFX director Will Gammon offered him a full-time traineeship. He hasnt looked back. Located at Byron Bays Habitat, Cumulus is a creative studio boasting some of Australias leading visual effects artists.

Raph says, Im working with incredibly experienced artists at Cumulus, some who are three times my age. And while the deadlines put us under the pump, it sure beats school! I knew relatively nothing about VFX when I started here, but in the last 12 months Ive worked on a number of great films, including Peter Rabbit, and Im constantly being challenged to come up with creative solutions.

Mr Gammon, whose own film credits include Lord of the Rings Return of the King, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, and Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince, is now expanding the Cumulus team with a new intake of full-time trainees.

He says, We have almost 20 staff, including 15 visual effects artists in the studio, and Im on the lookout for the regions brightest creative thinkers to grow our team.


Applications for traineeships with Cumulus open on January 15 for a February start. Were looking for individuals interested in working in the exciting field of visual effects for feature film, virtual reality and to fill technical roles as systems administrators and coding geniuses. Please email a 60-second video demonstrating your passion for this amazing opportunity to intern@cumulusvf...


Finding the answer to a riddle shrouded in a mystery "IndyWatch Feed National"

Beijing's position is in favor of the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. This would start with a "double freeze" mechanism, allowing for dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang. Beijing is acutely aware that containing the North's nuclear program will have a direct effect on the military upgrading of Japan and South Korea. China is also keen to improve relations with Seoul.


You Thought Retail Was Dying? Think Again "IndyWatch Feed National"

Over the past decade, e-commerce sales have soared. Many people are claiming that e-commerce will be the end of retail stores.

However, recent figures have shown that the reality is actually very different from what we were expecting.

Will E-commerce Really Replace Retail?

There is no doubt that e-commerce has transformed the way we shop especially with the recent rise of buy online, pick up in-store trend that was recently introduced by Amazon.

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Of course, everyone has heard of the e-commerce giants like Amazon and eBay. But how many other e-commerce-only stores can you name off the top of your head? The likely answer is: not that many. Actually, all but one of the top 10 US retailers are physical stores.

In fact, despite the many stories of retail stores being forced to shut down and liquidate, there have actually been a number of cases when its gone the other way around. This can be seen as recently as this year when Walmart bought up several of its online competitors.

Why is Retail Still So Popular?

But shopping online is so much easier. Its fast, its convenient, and we dont even have to get off the sofaright?

 The truth is, despite what we tell ourselves, the world loves to shop. It satisfies some of our most primitive hunter-gatherer instincts and has cemented itself as one of our everyday habits.

Despite the rapid rise in technology over the past decade, there is still something inherently satisfying about walking into a store and picking up a physical product.

Often, we dont just shop because we wan...


Texas police officer accused of brutally beating woman after she was found sleeping in car "IndyWatch Feed National"

The police of Killeen, Texas are in the spotlight again after a Harker Heights Police Department officer was accused of savagely beating a woman. The gruesome photos of the aftermath have left police scrambling to come up with answers. According to a Facebook post by the alleged victim's attorney, Leah Dure was asleep in the passenger seat of her boyfriend's car when a Harker Heights cop dragged her from the vehicle accusing her of driving under the influence. Dure's attorney, Lee Merritt has called for the officer he identified as Officer Wood to be fired and criminally charged for his actions against Dure.


Computating the Algore-Rithims, Danced to by Ronald McDonald Clowns. "IndyWatch Feed National"

In case you missed it Geek-Tech-Visible has produced another WTF about block-chains and hoping it doesn't look like pasta made by squeezing the product through a chain-link fence.

Dog Poet Transmitting.......

There he is, sitting atop the writhing, big teeth, spirochetes in the Petri Dish. I am reminded of the Buddha, in asana on the lotus. The lotus being my 'focused indifference' (is there such a thing?) to the animated murk of toxic frustration, seasoned with rage which burbles in the cauldron. Let me out of here! They scream, while burrowing deeper into the pornographic compound of lifetimes worth of slobbering hungers, coiling out of the black hole stomach of insatiable appetite. The more they eat the more they want, as the consumed devours the consumer ...from the inside out. Why do you think people get so bent over as they age? That is the sucking inward force of runaway gut famine; 'hai fame?'. If that doesn't translate well, I've got a few algore-rithms to help you with that global warming heartburn, acid reflux which, I can tell you, is caused by not adding honey or maple syrup (forget sugar) to your tomato, pasta sauce while it is cooking, so that you can skim the purple scum. This is exacerbated by eating too fast and not allowing the 50% of digestion that is 'supposed' to take place in the mouth to take place. If you add in the general stress of having to be here, you're looking at an exponential perfect storm... in your belly. Go ahead, ask me anything! It doesn't matter if I have the answer, I know someone who does.

Of everything of an esoteric nature that I possess, friendship is definitely on the fingers of one hand. I don't have much exoterically and I am guessing that is because I am not burning out my own stomach lining, with the fire of desire- for shit brushed with oil slick rainbows, fake sun bathing in the neon glow of some Blade Runner nightmare. It's kind of like being in bed with Steve Martin or John Candy and asking, how about those Bears! when you wake up out of a dream with your hand between two pillows; it's worse because it turns out to be Bruce Willis and he's telling you about how he and Morgan Freeman are 100% behind George W. Bush, who green lighted the Israeli death troops that orchestrated 9/11.

There is no question in my mind that it is not the full blown psychopathic Satanists like the Rothschilds and their front man, Soros that is the biggest problem. It's the rank and file, dumber than a rock, sycophantic genuflectors who don't even know what they are genuflecting before and who would really like to meet Kim Kardashian and who think Kanye is as talented as Dylan or that...


Cold Case Christianity For Kids, mother and daughter team review Chapter Two, Part Two "IndyWatch Feed National"

My nine-year-old daughter* and I, both atheists, are teaming up to review childrens apologetics book Cold Case Christianity For Kids, by J. Warner Wallace. The introduction to the series is here; posts in the series are being linked up there as I go along.


*She is in fact now 10. She was 9 when we sat down to review this chapter. One of these days Ill catch up with myself, although I hope I manage it before she turns 11.




Chapter Two: Learn How to Infer: Learn How Detectives Find the Truth

Aaaaaaaand time for Bible class again, cadets and readers!

Jeffries asks who investigated Jesus and the claim that He died and then returned to life (so at least now hes referring to it as a claim, which is an improvement at the end of the last chapter, he was referring to the resurrection without any acknowledgement of the possibility that it might not have actually happened). Hannah and Daniel say that they did. Hannah says that they read that part in our Bibles and found out that there are four books in the Bible called Gospels that describe what Jesus did.

Jeffries replies that the Gospels were written by men who knew Jesus, or were friends of those who did and thus contain eyewitness testimony, which is a very important form of evidence. Jason promptly asks how we know that these are real eyewitness testimonies instead of legends or myths or something? Yay, Jason! Exactly the question to be asking here! To which Jeffries answer is:

Great question as usual. Well take a whole session to talk about that but not today. Were going to start with the evidence we have and see if it holds up on its own. If it does, then we will check and see if we can trust the testimonies.

So, hang on what? Surely the evidence theyre looking at is the testimonies. How the hell can they see if those hold up as evidence before knowing whether they can be trusted in the first place? Surely thats backwards?

(I do note that Jeffries now doesnt even seem to be pretending that this supposed police cadet class has been organised as anything other than an evangelical Bible class. Well take a whole session to talk about that, but no sign of him having planned any actual police-related activities for th...


PA man accused of marrying wife's daughter pleads no contest to bigamy & other charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

A man charged with marrying a woman in 2015 and marrying her daughter a year later -- without first getting a divorce -- has entered into a plea agreement. Christopher I. Hauptmann, 44, of Shamokin, pleaded no contest in Northumberland County Court Thursday to charges of bigamy, forgery, unsworn falsification to authorities and firearms county. Judge Paige Rosini sentenced Hauptmann, who also has used Buckley as his last name, to a year minus a day to two years minus a day in prison followed by 10 years' probation. He was given credit for 332 days he has been in jail, unable to post bail. Hauptmann, who was scheduled to stand trial next week, is prohibited from having any contact with Shannon Deitrich, who he had wed in Florida in 2015 and who testified against him.


Researchers closer to understanding how anaesthetics really work "IndyWatch Feed National"

Every day around the world tens of thousands of people needing surgery are given general anaesthetics - yet no one fully understands how they work. Now the picture has become a little clearer thanks to Australian research published in the journal Cell Reports. A team of scientists led by University of Queensland researcher Bruno von Swinderen has uncovered a key effect of the propofol - one of the most commonly used anaesthetic drugs - and confirmed that it does far more than simply put patients to sleep. Von Swinderen's team found that propofol profoundly disrupted a process known as synaptic release, the mechanism by which neurons communicate with each other. "We know from previous research that general anaesthetics including propofol act on sleep systems in the brain, much like a sleeping pill," he says.


Netanyahu's son to gas tycoon's son: Bro, my dad set your dad up for $20b deal, can't you spot me $115 for prostitute? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was recorded talking to a friend, the son of a gas tycoon, about a controversial deal involving their powerful fathers. As pressure on Benjamin Netanyahu grows over allegations of corruption, the family's public image was dealt a blow on Monday after a report aired by Israeli television. The report included a recording of a 2015 conversation that three young men, with powerful parents or connections, had had after a night at a strip club. They were Yair Netanyahu, the son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Nir Maimon, the son of natural gas tycoon Kobi Maimon, and Roman Abramov, an employee of Australian gambling tycoon James Packer, who has been accused in Israeli media of getting the well-paid job without having the relevant experience.


Newsbud Exclusive- The Most Oppressive Regime on Earth Receives Nearly $8 Billion in US Foreign Military Sales Contracts "IndyWatch Feed National"

Foreign Military Sales (FMS) appear regularly on the Pentagons daily list of contracts. Through FMS, the U.S. government procures and transfers weaponry and matriel to allied nations and international organizations. The Saudi government is one of the most oppressive regimes on Earth. It is also one of the U.S. war industrys favorite customers. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) issued 65 FMS contracts worth at least $7,981,111,000 to Saudi Arabia during 2017.

Advanced Electronics Co. (Riyadh) received $29,934,295 to help Saudi Arabias Air Force with cyber protection and cyber facilities, specifically Cyber Protection System Builds 0-2 updates.

AECOM received $9,000,000 for FMS (Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE): professional architecture & engineering services. Atkins North America Inc. received $9,000,000 for FMS (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE, Oman) for professional architect-engineer services.

Boeing received $10,326,551 (Saudi FMS = $595,464, 5.77% of total contract) for Harpoon / SLAM-ER missile system and Harpoon launch systems integrated logistics & engineering. This missile system is very lucrative for Boeing. Other nations that purchase this weapon include Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Netherlands, Oman, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, and UK. Boeing received $12,399,305 (Saudi FMS = 143 missiles for $4,913,562, 39.63% of total contract): Harpoon & SLAM-ER spares. Boeing received $8,354,991 for Harpoon & SLAM_ER engineering, training, equipment, logistics, tech support for 25 n...


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

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 jou...


Khamenei To West: Youve Failed, And You Will Fail In The Future In Disturbing Iran "IndyWatch Feed National"

Irans supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that his country has foiled attempts by its foreign enemies to turn genuine protests into a full-blown insurgency to overthrow the Islamic Republic. Once again, the nation tells the U.S., Britain, and those who seek to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran from abroad that youve failed, and you will fail in the future, too. he tweeted.

Comments on Khameneis official Twitter page, as well as in Iranian media highlighted the Iranian governments confidence that it had extinguished the turmoil, which had spread to more than 80 cities and left some 22 people dead.

The Revolutionary Guards, Irans military force, said on Sunday that security forces had put an end to the disturbances that it said had been whipped up by foreign enemies, according to Reuters.

At least 1,000 people have been detained following the largest anti-government protests Iran has witnessed in almost a decade.

Khamenei accused U.S. President Donald Trump of trying to rouse trouble when he tweeted support for the protestors, saying that they were attempting to take back their corrupt government and promising great support from the United States at the appropriate time!

The Iranian leader responded in kind, tweeting: this man who sits at the head of the White House although he seems to be a very unstable man he must realize that these extreme and psychotic episodes wont be left without a response.

Khameneis condemnation was not only reserved for Washington and London. He also accused Israel, an exiled dissident group Mojahedin-e-Khalq and a wealthy government in the Gulf, in reference to Saudi Arabia, for trying to stir up legitimate protests for other purposes.

The plot has been hatched by Americans and Zionists. They have been working on it for several months, planning to begin from small towns and then move on towards the center. The cash comes from one of the filthy rich Persian Gulf littoral states. Obviously, such projects need money, but the Americans wont be willing to spend anything as long as they have these [rich allies], Khamenei said.

He added that the murderous Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization, served as their lackeys on the ground, according to PressTV.

He called the protests initially spurned by economic issues, but soon turned political playing with fireworks. He went on to affirm that Iranian citizens have the right to express legitimate concerns.

These concerns must be addressed. We must listen, we must hear. We must provide answers within our means, Khamenei was quoted as saying, hinting to the fact that the clerical leadership, not only Irans elected president, Hassan Rouhani, must also respond to the protests.

Im not....


The psychiatrist and the universe of ice cream "IndyWatch Feed National"

The psychiatrist and the universe of ice cream


By Jon Rappoport


John Doe, citizen, went to his therapists office for his regular Wednesday appointment.


The therapist sat back in his swivel chair and stared at John.


You look terrible, he said.  What happened?


John nodded, wiped his forehead with a handkerchief, and said, I had a dream last night and it shook me up.  I dont even like remembering it.


A dream? the therapist said.  Thats good.  Tell me about it.


Well, I was on a game show, and the host was this horrible man.  I mean, he was very nice, but it was what he didafter I answered all the questions correctly.  He said I should choose a door, and behind it there would be a prize.  So I glanced behind him, and all of a sudden the walls of the studio were all doors.  I dont know how many.  And every door had the same sign on it.  IMAGINATION.


The therapist leaned forward and let out a groan.


My God, he said.  That IS horrible.  What did you do?


Do?  What could I do?  I was paralyzed.  I couldnt move a finger.


Yes, well, the therapist said, I can understand that.  Look, this calls for medication.  We have to take drastic action.  Im going to write you a prescription for Theragon.


Whats that? John said.


Its experimental, the therapist said.  First of all, it returns your mind to a completely normal state.  Ive had very good luck with it.  And then, within a day or two, it adjusts your cosmological impulse.


Say again? John said.  Cosmological?


Yes.  It goes after your synapses and opens them up.  We dont entirely understand this part of the process, but essentially, it puts your brain in touch with every other brain on the planet.  And then your brain adopts whatever the average is.


The average of what? John said.


Of what all other brains believe about reality itself.


And thatll help?


Of course!  Youll automatically click into a state of very comfortable knowing.  And, best of all, youll never face that stark choice again.


The choice of door...


A Dubious Patriotism:: On Accommodating Reality "IndyWatch Feed National"

Methinks that, for the good of the country, it is time  that the  Alt-Right, those bitterly hostile to our Latin-America population, stop and think. There is a difference between opposing further immigration, a good idea, and constantly attacking American citizens.

Many good reasons existed for preventing  massive immigration from the south. But it happened. Some forty-five million legal Hispanics (whatever exactly the word means) are now in America, mostly citizens. They show no signs of leaving. They cannot be deported. Their children become citizens. It is unlikely that many of the (very vaguely) estimated twelve million illegals will be deported or chased out.

Given this reality, the question becomes, or should become, what to do to, for, with, or about these people? The future of the country very much depends on the answer

A  beginning would be not to turn them into another dysfunctional, hostile racial minoritywhich is exactly what the Alt-Right seems bent on doing. Blacks, thirteen percent of the population, appear irremediably angry with obvious untoward consequences. If the Alt-Right can make another seventeen percent into internal enemies, it will be the end of anything recognizable as America.

Yet from the organs of the Alt-RightVdare, Breitbart News, and so oncomes a drumbeat to the effect that Latin-Americans are stupid, filthy, lazy, criminal, and parasitic. Mr. Trump,  hostile to Mexico and Mexicans, has called them rapists, which resonates in Latin America much as Hillarys deplorables speech did in Middle America. We have hysterical books painting them as the end of civilization and human decency. (Ann Coulters Adios, America! The Lefts Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole comes to mind.)

Yet from the Alt-Right comes no suggestion  of practical policy toward the permanent Latin population.  Hatred is not a policy.

What to do?

The choices available to the country, other than doing nothing, are to encourage, or to discourage, assimilation. For the good of the United States, assimilation seems much the better choice. Diversity is almost always a disaster, but, if you already have it, and it is not going to leave, the best hope is to assimilate it, to encourage the diverse to move into the middle...


Jim Paul on the UN Security Council as a Tool of U.S. Domination "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jim Paul for 19 years was the exzecutive director of Global Policy Forum and was chair of the NGO working group on the UN Security Council. He is the author of the just-released book Of Foxes and Chickens: Oligarchy and Global Power in the UN Security Council.

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The Holy Spirit what the Holy Spirit means to me part 31 The Holy Spirit and leaving the church of my forefathers the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed National"

This morning, as I write at a time well before dawn, the electricity is off.

We live in the sub-tropics of east coast Australia, near Coffs Harbour, and tonight there is an electrical storm not far away in the Dorrigo mountains.

The hot calm of yesterday has been replaced by a restless cool wind and perhaps the storm will pass by our farm in the next hour or two and bring some passing rain.

In geographical terms, its called orographic rainfall where warm weather from the ocean collides with the cool of the mountains.

The Dorrigo mountains rise steeply from the end of the coastal plains where we live and rise 4000 feet to the New England plateau.

The rains have started sooner than I thought and I can hear heavy rain-drops starting to fall outside on the tin roof.

The electrical company has probably turned the electricity in our area off as a precaution, in case lighting strikes somewhere in its grid system and causes damage.

In the late 19th century, towns and cities changed from being lit by gas lamps in houses and gas lights atop poles to being lit by electricity.

Its like this with the Blessed Holy Spirit when He comes into our lives, everything changes and things move to a new level.

My parents, and their parents before them, and their parents before themand their parents before them going back hundreds of years were Presbyterians.

My paternal grandmother Georgina Elley (nee Smith) emigrated from Scotland to New Zealand in 1910 on-board a sailing ship, accompanied by her sister. In New Zealand she married a New Zealander Jim Elley, whose forebears are from England.


Chinas Strategy to Psych Out the West Is Paying Off "IndyWatch Feed National"

For democracies, recognizing the nature of the threat is the first step to countering it

Pro-China demonstrators hold banners wishing Chinese Premier Li Keqiang a successful visit before an official welcoming ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, on March 23, 2017. Photo: david gray/Reuters


Jan. 9, 2018 5:33 a.m. ET

SHANGHAITo those it seeks to influence, the Chinese Communist Party can be an intimidating presence.

The China scholar Perry Link once called the party the anaconda in the chandelier.

Just by hovering, it induces self-censorship and subtle behavioral changes. This has long been the case within China. Increasingly, as China projects outward, prominent figures in the Westpoliticians, executives, academicsare making nervous adjustments, too.

David Cameron should know.

The former British prime minister faced the partys reproach after meeting the Dalai Lama in 2012, then spent the rest of his term straining to get back into its good graces, including declaring a Golden Era in U.K. relations with Beijing.

Put this down as another win for the partys psychological pressure tactics.

The mere fear of retaliation suggested by Chinese displeasure was enough to trigger a shift in government attitudes. No British leader is likely to receive the Tibetan spiritual leader again. London has adopted a more deferentialcritics would say sycophanticdiplomatic tone toward Beijing. Officials soft-pedal human rights.

And now Mr. Cameron has re-emerged from the aftermath of the Brexit vote as an ambassador for Chinas flagship Belt-and-Road geopolitical project.

Dealing with the party...


Teachers rights violated after she was pushed to the floor and handcuffed for asking the school board questions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Watch as this teacher gets thrashed and cuffed by a jackboot thug: SHOCKING VIDEO

VERMILLION PARISH (INTELLIHUB) A teacher was pushed to the floor and handcuffed by a marshal for asking questions during a Louisiana school board meeting Monday night.

Deyshia Hargrave, an English teacher at Rene Rost Middle Schools, asked the board a few questions about teachers pay and her questions were answered but after the teacher asked a second round a marshal escorted her out of the building in cuffs.

It is not yet known if the board ordered the teachers removal from the building or if the marshal took it upon himself to do so.

The board does not plan to press charges against the woman.

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Three Things to Save Humanity in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

I believe there are three important efforts which can save humanity in 2018 and lead to a bright and glorious future for all of us By Kent Heckenlively, JD   (Banned by Commonwealth Club of California in 2015 and Banned by Australia in 2017.  Who will ban me in 2018?) Call it the Heckenlively Battle Continue reading Three Things to Save Humanity in 2018

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Finally a New York Times columnist says liberal Zionism is dead "IndyWatch Feed National"

The best thing about Michelle Goldbergs column in the New York Times on the death of the two-state solution is its tone. Shes not that upset about it. Yes, she says the end of a Jewish state would be disastrous, in passing, but she knows that what Israel is practicing is apartheid and she insists that American Jews wont prop it up in the long run. (However long that is! Stay warm in jail, Ahed.)

Supporters of Israel hate it when people use the word apartheid to describe the country, but we dont have another term for a political system in which one ethnic group rules over another, confining it to small islands of territory and denying it full political representation.

Goldberg repeatedly detaches herself from Israels supporters; and the only expert she quotes is a Palestinian! Nobody from J Street gets to tell you how to think.

If the Israelis insist now on finishing the process of killing the two-state solution, the only alternative we have as Palestinians is one fully democratic, one-state solution, [Mustafa] Barghouti says, in which everyone has totally equal rights.

Mustafa Barghouti, at funeral of four youths killed in Sair village, Palestine, Jan. 2016

And though Israel will not accept democracy, Goldberg concludes, most of the world  including most of the Jewish diaspora will have to support a Palestinian campaign for equal rights.

Israels apologists will be left mimicking the argument that William F. Buckley once made about the Jim Crow South. In 1957, he asked rhetorically whether the white South was entitled to prevail politically and culturally, in areas in which it does not predominate numerically. The sobering answer,...


Finding the answer to a riddle shrouded in a mystery "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) The art of the non-deal might be the only way out of the stand-off between the


Esther McVey is now UK Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Expect many, many deaths "IndyWatch Feed National"

You knew This Writer would have a few things to say about this.

In a characteristic departure from anything resembling reason, sense or sensitivity, minority prime minister Theresa May has named Esther McVey as her new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

The announcement is certain to ramp up levels of anxiety, stress and fear among the unemployed, together with those who have long-term illnesses and disabilities.

U K (the Fascist state?)

Some may even be pushed to suicide because of it. Others may die because the decision to appoint Ms McVey may worsen their physical health conditions.

There would be good reason for them to behave in such a manner, too: They remember the performance of the woman known as Fester McVile in her previous role as Minister for Employment.

Lets add a little more flesh to the criticisms.

As Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for People with Disabilities, she oversaw the dismantling of Remploy as a government-owned employer of disabled people, saying the factories should be freed from government control and funding could be better used if spent on helping disabled people into work through individual support. Experience in the years since then has proved this claim to be false. The disability employment gap is widening, with 114 disabled people leaving work for every 100 gaining jobs. And only last month, Chancellor Philip Hammond lied to the nation with a claim that lower productivity in the UK economy was due to disabled people.

In December 2012, Ms McVey boasted that, when Disability Living Allowance (DLA) was replaced by Personal Independence Payments (PiPs), more than 300,000 people would have their benefits cut or removed altogether. She thought it was a good thing.

In January 2013, she did not bother to turn up to a Parliamentary debate on private firm Atoss handling of the hated Work Capability Assessment of people claiming Employment and Support Allowance, even though she was the minister responsible. She left it to Mark Hoban, then-Minister of State at the DWP, who answered only 10 questions out of dozens that were put to him. In August of that year...


I know were not supposed to have heroes, but some teachers deserve the title "IndyWatch Feed National"

The money is always supposed to move upwards, and its a crime to question it. Take, for example, this Louisiana teacher who dared to ask why administrators were getting raises when teacher salaries had been frozen for years:

Local news station KATC reports that Deyshia Hargrave, a teacher at Rene Rost Middle Schools in Kaplan, Louisiana, attended a Vermilion Parish School Board meeting on Monday to ask questions about how the board could vote to increase the superintendents pay despite the fact that many school employees have worked for years without a pay increase.

Hargrave was informed that she was not supposed to ask questions at the meeting, as this was only intended to be a forum for public feedback. Nonetheless, board members tried to answer her questions.

It seems to me that asking a question is a perfectly reasonable form of feedback, especially since asking administrators why they have given themselves a raise is much more polite than simply stating that you protest the inequities constructed by the ratfuckers in charge, which would not be a question, and therefore would be allowed.

Unfortunately, in America in 2018 there can only be one response to questioning authority.

Now theyre saying she wasnt arrested, she was just thrown to the ground and handcuffed. Just.


Prayer and Meditation for Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 307

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Reading 1 1 SM 3:1-10, 19-20

During the time young Samuel was minister to the LORD under Eli,
a revelation of the LORD was uncommon and vision infrequent.
One day Eli was asleep in his usual place.
His eyes had lately grown so weak that he could not see.
The lamp of God was not yet extinguished,
and Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the LORD
where the ark of God was.
The LORD called to Samuel, who answered, Here I am.Samuel ran to Eli and said, Here I am. You called me.
I did not call you, Eli said. Go back to sleep.
So he went back to sleep.
Again the LORD called Samuel, who rose and went to Eli.
Here I am, he said. You called me.
But Eli answered, I did not call you, my son. Go back to sleep.
At that time Samuel was not familiar with the LORD,
because the LORD had not revealed anything to him as yet.
The LORD called Samuel again, for the third time.
Getting up and going to Eli, he said, Here I am.
You called me.
Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the youth.
So Eli said to Samuel, Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply,
Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.'
When Samuel went to sleep in his place,
the LORD came and revealed his presence,
calling out as before, Samuel, Samuel!
Samuel answered, Speak, for your servant is listening.Samuel grew up, and the LORD was with him,
not permitting any word of his to be without effect.
Thus all Israel from Dan to Beersheba
came to know that Samuel was an accredited prophet of the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 40:2 AND 5, 7-8A, 8B-9, 10

R. (8a and 9a) Here am I, Lord; I...


How US President Donald J Trump made one particular book an immediate best-seller "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

On 3 January 2018 excerpts from a soon to be published book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House were published in The Guardian newspaper.

The following day brought news of a letter to former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon..

ABC News, 4 January 2018:

Trump attorney Charles J. Harder of the firm Harder Mirell & Abrams LLP, said in a statement, "This law firm represents President Donald J. Trump and Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. On behalf of our clients, legal notice was issued today to Stephen K. Bannon, that his actions of communicating with author Michael Wolff regarding an upcoming book give rise to numerous legal claims including defamation by libel and slander, and breach of his written confidentiality and non-disparagement agreement with our clients. Legal action is imminent."

In the letter to Bannon, Harder, writes, "You [Bannon] have breached the Agreement by, among other things, communicating with author Michael Wolff about Mr. Trump, his family members, and the Company, disclosing Confidential Information to Mr. Wolff, and making disparaging statements and in some cases outright defamatory statements to Mr. Wolff about Mr. Trump, his family members, and the Company, knowing that they would be included in Mr. Wolffs book and publicity surrounding the marketing and sale of his book."

Along with a letter to Macmillan Publishers (Henry Holt & Company INC) and author Michael Wolff..



A florid symptom of global economic and social inequality "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The wealthiest 1 per cent of the worlds population owned 50.1 per cent of all global household wealth in 2017 that is they collectively held an est. US$140.28 trillion [Credit Suisse Global Wealth Databook 2017.

The worlds richest 500 people had a collective personal worth in excess of US$5.3 trillion at the end of that year 3.77 percent of the wealth held by the top 1 per cent.

Bloomberg Billionaires Index as of Dec. 28, 2017:
The Bloomberg Billionaires Index is a daily ranking of the worlds richest people. Details about the calculations are provided in the net worth analysis on each billionaires profile page. The figures are updated at the close of every trading day in New York.
Billionaires ranked 14 to 500 with personal wealth ranging from $46.8B to $4.9B can be viewed here.



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

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

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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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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, and; all certified capital destroying ideas.

Investors would have benefited f...


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 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...


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.


Every time a bell rings, an airport gets more subsidies "IndyWatch Feed National"

I woke up yesterday to this headline on the front page of my local paper:

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The operative word here is, of course, "giving" with very little comparatively in return to show for it. My hometown of Brainerd just finished a major project to provide sewer and water to the airport, one that, even if it had gone well (it didn't) could hardly have been justified by any financial analysis we could have done (we didn't do any).

The Unanswered Questions

As a form of therapy, perhaps penance, I've written about this project many times. Almost exactly two years ago, I put together a list of questions we should be asking as we prepared to undertake a project substantially larger in size than our entire tax levy (it's a massive project for us). You can guess how many of these questions we stopped to consider before plowing ahead. (Hint: Given an over/under of 1, take the under.)

  • What do we estimate this investment will create in new revenue to the city over the next two decades? What other costs (police, fire, infrastructure, etc.) are associated with obtaining those revenue streams? Does this make any financial sense?
  • What long term obligations are we assuming by agreeing to this project? We obviously now must maintain all this new pipe, but what else are we committing future councils to?
  • Beyond getting the project built  which is the objective of those promoting it  what does success look like for the city? Is it an increase in the tax base? Is it a number of new jobs? What is success and how will we know we've achieved it? What are those measurements and who is doing the measuring/reporting?
  • In addition to committing this money and building this project, are there other things we need to do to ensure success? Are we prepared to do these things? Will future councils find it easy or difficult to continue to do these things?
  • What is failure  what is the worst-case outcome once this project is completed  and how would that impact us? In other words, what is our potential downside risk, how likely is that to hap...


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.


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


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...


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.



4 Ways To Help Employees Find Meaning At Work "IndyWatch Feed National"

For many employees, having a personal sense of meaning in their work is even more important than compensation.

Heres a grim stat: More than half of your staff is ready to leave the company, finds a recent Gallup poll. Vacancies impact the productivity and bottom line of your company, but a survey from Globoforces WorkHuman Research Institute uncovered a reason people stick around. When asked the question, What makes you stay at your company? the number-one answer, representing 32% of respondents, was, My jobI find the work meaningful.

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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


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....


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...


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.



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...


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...


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.



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...


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?


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 (Public+Private). 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 with respect to just Public Debt on average compared to the USA at about 73%. Global government public 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.


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.


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...


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?


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...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00005 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.85 AUD


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 []


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.



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



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.


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...


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...

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