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Friday, 12 January

03:31

Professor Lloyd Geering, New Zealands greatest Christian heretic speaks at Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Professor Lloyd Geering, New Zealands greatest Christian heretic

Below is the transcript of a lecture Professor Lloyd Geering, New Zealands greatest Christian heretic, gave at Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney Australia in 2004.

Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney Australia, like St Johns Presbyterian Church in central Wellington, New Zealand, has for many decades been a liberal theological church.

I was lectured by Lloyd Geering in Religious Studies at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand in the late 1970s.

Although I was a young Holy Spirit-baptised Christian, I still topped Lloyd  Geerings classes. I also topped his associate, Professor Jim Veitchs classes. Both Lloyd Gerring and Jim Veitch are New Zealand Presbyterian clergy, as was my father Rev Reuben Donald Elley, known as Rev Don Elley.

My father was one of the large group of clergy and lay leaders who tried to have Lloyd Geering tried for heresy in the 1967. They should have removed him instantly, and the New Zealand Presbyterian Church would be in a much better place today, if this has happened.

It is a misnomer to say that there were few clergy in favour of removing him. In fact, the vote was very close at the national conference of the New Zealand Presbyterian church.

My father told me about it as it was happening, and I can remember dad being very upset about Lloyd Geering.

Until dad...

03:06

The fatal flaw in the brain-computer interface by Jon Rappoport "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 11, 2018 NoMoreFakeNews.com

There is a great deal of utopian research going on in the area of artificial intelligence (AI) merging with the brain.

Exuberant cheerleaders like Ray Kurzweil are quite confident we are approaching a moment when a computer will exhibit all the power of the human brain. And more.

Kurzweil and others are also sure were about to uncover the algorithm that underlies all brain activity.

They couldnt be more wrong. Neuroscience has barely scratched the surface of understanding how the brain operates. Cracking the code is not on the horizon.

Most importantly: how would a brain-computer interface work? Hook up your brain to a super-computer, and how does your brain absorb the computers data, and how does it make the data known to YOU, the user?

We arent talking about a quiz show where you ask a computer a question and it spits out an answer. And we arent talking about crude signals to the brain that can provoke physical reactions. This is about the transmission of detailed information.

There is another problem, even assuming a computer could magically fill your consciousness with usable data.

A human-computer interface, endowed with access to a hundred galaxies of stored data, would run up against the problem of vast chronic misinformation in those cosmic warehouses.

This is not something that can be deleted with a program or a committee tasked with making corrective changes.

For example, and here is just one area, medical science is rife with fraud, at many levels, as Ive demonstrated over and over again for the past 30 years. AI wouldnt even know where or how to begin analyzing this problem, becausewho would set the parameters of such an investigation? Who would even believe such an investigation is necessary?

There is an inherent self-limiting function in AI. It uses, accesses, collates, and calculates with, false information. Not just here and there or now and then, but on a continuous basis.

Think about all the entrenched institutions and monopolies in our society. Each one of them proliferates false information in cascades.

No machine can correct that. Indeed, AI machines are victims to it. They in turn emanate more falsities based on the information they are utilizing.

Each and every false datum generates a wider and wider stream of lies, and the streams, becoming rivers, overlap and produce oceans of contaminated information.

The oceans...

02:22

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour 01.10.18 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tony Stanton, MD is a child and adult psychiatrist who has been in the field almost as long as I have, and like me from the beginning knew that drugs were not the answer.  For more than two decades, Tony ran a program in California that took the last resort children of the state, those who had failed everywhere else, often ...

The post The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour 01.10.18 appeared first on Progressive Radio Network.

01:27

How to deal with a sheriff's warrant "IndyWatch Feed National"

Many people's first contact with the "SHERIFF'S OFFICE VICTORIA" is in the form of a template letter stating that the "natural person" has outstanding warrants to a particular value.

As of this writing, the template letter has a scanned signature and a name of Brendan Facey, stating that he is the "Sheriff of Victoria".

In accordance with the law, specifically the Infringements Act 2006, S3 on "execution copy" states:

"execution copy", in relation to an infringement warrant, means the copy issued for the purposes of execution and includes an execution copy comprising a number of infringement warrants consolidated under section 86; 

as seen in the scanned document below:




Note: The burden of proof is on the accuser.

If you have obtained notification either verbal or in writing that the sheriff is stating that there are warrants in your person's name, demand that the sheriff produce;

1). Copies of the (alleged) warrants See: warrant form,
2). the "execution copy".

as required by law.

If the above documents are not produced and further action is carried out against your person, then the due process of law has not been followed, where your person has obtained financial damage, where you have a course of action against;

1). the (alleged) sheriff, Mr. Brendan Facey,
2). the "SHERIFF'S OFFICE VICTORIA"
3), the issuing person from the court,

or other persons associated with your matter.

See also the hidden video:
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Thursday, 11 January

23:59

South African bulk exports rose by 4.9% "IndyWatch Feed National"

Increase is despite y/y decline in the final two months of 2017

The record bulk exports confirm that the South African economy has exited recession, analysts say [Xinhua]

South African bulk export volumes rose by 4.9 per cent in 2017 to a new record of 171.3 million tons (Mt) after falling by 2.8 per cent in 2016 to 163.3 Mt, data from the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) showed.

The record bulk exports confirm that the South African economy has exited recession and is on its way to surprising most economists with its renewed vigour.

The annual increase was despite a 5.0 per cent y/y drop in December and a 7.7 per cent y/y fall in November as it had been preceded by a 30.7 per cent y/y surge in October to a record monthly 16.7 Mt.

The October 2017 record was set despite a severe storm that disrupted port operations in KwaZulu-Natal.

Although Richards Bay exported more than half South Africas total bulk exports, 2017 was the second consecutive year of slippage. Bulk exports out of Richards Bay, which are mostly coal, eased by 1.8 per cent in 2017 to 88.8 Mt after slipping by 2.8 per cent in 2016 to 90.4 Mt and jumping by 8.2 per cent in 2015 to 93 Mt.

Operational improvements on the coal link to the Mpumalanga coal fields should push exports back above the 90 Mt level in 2018.

Economists wonder why Richards Bay cannot consistently export at the record monthly tonnage of 9.5 Mt achieved in November 2016, which is equivalent to an annual 114 Mt. Surely if you can achieve it once, then you can do so again and again.

The answer to this will be given in the IHS Markit South African Coal Export Conference in Cape Town from 31 January to 2 February. Now in its 13th year, the conference aims to address the issue of South Africa lagging behind its BRICS peer of Brazil, as well its other main bulk commodity exporter competitor, Australia.

Policy uncertainty and logistics constraints meant that South Africa lost out on the 2003 to 2008 commodity price boom with annual bulk exports increasing by a mere 2.8 Mt between those two years.

Since then there has been a marked turnaround due to better policy co-ordination between mining companies and state-owned Transnet, so that volumes have improved by 45 per cent or 52.3 Mt between 2008 and 2015, but policy uncertainty about mineral rights and share ownership is hampering capacity expansions.

To address these investor concerns the Minister of Mineral Resources,...........

23:46

SA State Election 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 11 January 2018

SACOSS State Election Campaign 2018

State elections are important moments to focus both public and political attention on the issues that effect vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

Check out the SACOSS 2018 State Election campaign.

 

23:35

Tropical Cyclone "Joyce" forms near Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tropical Cyclone "Joyce" formed late January 10, 2018 (UTC), near the west Kimberly coast, Western Australia. The system is expected to intensify while moving in a S to SW direction. There is a risk of a severe tropical cyclone impacting the Pilbara or far...... Read more

23:32

Australian Taxation Office Creates Task Force to Go After Bitcoin Traders "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Taxation Office Creates Task Force to Go After Bitcoin Traders

Are you an Australian citizen and worried you might not be paying all the taxes you are due on your bitcoin investments? Well, worry no more because the government is here to help. A group of experts has been assembled to make sure no satoshi goes untaxed in the land down under.

Also Read: SEC Suspends Trading in Blockchain Firm With No Revenues and No Product

Australian Bitcoin Taxation Office

Australian Taxation Office Creates Task Force to Go After Bitcoin TradersThe Australian Taxation Office (ATO), the government agency and principal revenue collection body for the Australian government, has reportedly created a special task force to help it track and identify all cryptocurrency transactions in the country for tax collecting purposes. It is meant to help tax officials to explore common queries and practical issues involving cryptocurrency trading and tackle tax evasion,...

23:16

Exclusive: How the Threat of Exposure Killed Trumps Voter Fraud Commission "IndyWatch Feed National"

Was President Donald Trumps controversial election integrity commission shut down because its secret inner workings and true purpose were about to be exposed? In an exclusive interview with WhoWhatWhy, Matt Dunlap, one of the few Democrats on the commission and the man who successfully sued for internal documents to be released, says he believes the answer is yes.

Though Dunlap, Maines Secretary of State, was appointed to the commission, he was denied access to documents and kept in the dark about its work after he criticized the tactics of its vice chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Kobach is an architect of many voter suppression measures and has perpetuated the myth that there is a voter fraud epidemic.

Shortly after Dunlap won a lawsuit on the issue, and a court ruled that he has a right to the information, Trump pulled the plug on the commission. The Department of Justice then notified Dunlap that, as a result, it would no longer provide him with access to the documents. Undeterred, Dunlap says hell continue fighting on behalf of the publics right to this information, even if it means heading back to court.

In a wide-ranging exclusive interview, Dunlap gives WhoWhatWhy the inside story of what went down behind the scenes and fuels the suspicion of election-integrity experts that the true purpose of the commission was a national voter suppression effort aimed to help Republicans.

While the shutdown of the commission was widely hailed as a victory over those like Kobach and former Federal Election Commission member Hans von Spakovsky, who want to put in place federal voting restrictions, the truth is more troubling.

The advisory panel may have been shuttered, but Trump has asked the Department of Homeland Security to continue its mission away from the prying eyes of the public.

We felt that Dunlaps account of what happened is so powerful and important that we decided to print it (with light edits for clarity) in its entirety. You will not want to miss reading it.


WWW: Before we get into whats next for you in your crusade for documents that would illuminate the activities of this commission, can you provide a little background for our readers? For instance, what justification if any did the commission give for denying you access to commission documents in the first place?

Dunlap: Well, they never really gave a justification. This kind of turned into a snowball pretty quickly. Going back to the formation of the commission of course, the commission was formed because the president claimed after the election that he would have won the popular vote if three-to-five million votes had not been cast illegally. So, [when] the President of the United States says something....

23:14

British armys deceptive recruiting "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2014 video from Briitain says about itself:

A Simple Question: Abuse in the British army

Four young recruits died in suspicious circumstances in Deepcut Army Barracks. This was a tale of inconsistencies and cover ups over these deaths, which many believe were murder.

In 1995, Private Cheryl James was found dead at her guard post in a training camp for new recruits in the South of England. The camp was called Deepcut Barracks, and her death was not an isolated incident.

In the subsequent days her parents were told that Cheryl had committed suicide. However, subsequent revelations suggested that anything but suicide may have been the cause of death. Three other young recruits also died at the barracks, and each time the parents were told that their children may have killed themselves.

British people are appalled that weve still not got to the truth almost two decades after these deaths began. As Britain wages war abroad, unanswered questions within the military establishment raise questions about integrity of those running the very fighting force sent abroad to enforce British values.

However, after a long campaign by parents and some MPs, evidence has come to light suggesting that these deaths may have in fact been murders. Almost two decades later, the parents of the dead recruits still dont really know why their children died, and how.

But their campaign has uncovered a culture of bullying and abuse in the British army which utterly contradicts their reason for fighting wars to uphold British values abroad. Its a story the Government has worked hard to conceal from the media and the British public.

...

22:31

Bulli Pass Armed robbery "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

police 2TWO armed men have forced entry to a home on Bulli Pass shortly after 5.30am on Tuesday.

The men were believed to have been armed with handguns when they entered the home and made demands of the residents, a 45-year-old man, 47-year-old woman and 10-year-old boy.

Police have appealed for information from the community after an aggravated break and entry when the men forced the front door of the premises.

The two men were believed to have been armed with handguns when they entered the home and made demands of the residents, a 45-year-old man, 47-year-old woman and 10-year-old male.

As the men ransacked the house, the woman and child escaped through a window to a neighbouring home, whilst the man barricaded himself in a room of the premises.

Both men fled from the premises in a silver coloured sedan. The men have only been described as wearing balaclavas and gloves.

No one was injured during the incident.

 


22:01

Antipsychotics, Restraints, and Seclusion Raising Concerns "IndyWatch Feed National"

From ABC Australia: Australias high rate of antipsychotic prescriptions, as well as the frequent usage of restraints and seclusion, has raised concerns among Australian mental health advocates, researchers, and professionals.

Article

20:56

BYRON BIKE RACK PROJECT "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Create sculptural bike racks for the town of Byron Enter your designs in Byron Bike Rack Project competition

Calling all Northern Rivers artists, designers, artistic teams and bike riders!

Dream up a set of sculptural bike racks for the town of Byron and you could be funded $20k to bring the project to life and see them used in our town.

Byron Bike Rack Project is a community initiative by local independent brewery Stone & Wood, in partnership with the Byron Shire Council. Encouraging the locals of Byron Bay and its visitors to ride, rather than drive, the competition aims to create a set of public art installations that are functional and look good for the town of Byron!

Entries close: 22 January 2018

The designs will be judged in two rounds, the first round by a committee from Byron Shire Council Public Art Panel and the second round to be announced soon.

The winning artist(s) or designer(s) will need to be available from 4 March 30 April 2018 to create the sculptures. The final artwork must be delivered to the Byron Shire Council depot in Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay.

For further information visit the Byron Bike Rack Project webpage.

For all competition queries please contact: byronbikerackproject@stoneandwood.com.au

The post BYRON BIKE RACK PROJECT appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

20:15

Australia"s Hard Choice Between China and US "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia has always believed that it doesnt have to choose between its economic relationship with China and its defense alliance with the United States. But 2018 is already shaping up to be the year of the hard choice.

18:48

PERTH Tuart Hill woman (31) to face drug charges after police allegedly find methamphetamine in car "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Tuart Hill woman (31) to face drug charges after police allegedly find methamphetamine in car .

January 11, 2018 at 03:37PM .

Police stopped and searched the Captiva, and it will be alleged the methamphetamine was found in the vehicle. The driver, a 31-year-old Tuart Hill woman, was arrested, and will face a charge of possessing the drug to sell or supply after she was bailed to appear at Perth Magistrates Court on February

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.communitynews.com.au/guardian-express/news/tuart-hill-woman-31-to-face-drug-charges-after-police-allegedly-find-methamphetamine-in-car-being-driven-erratically&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEIDQcDu2TW_TOkvSsT_2ZqgWzgqg

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18:48

PERTH High risk of re-offending: Notorious driving offender who fatally hit 10-year-old cyclist refused bail "IndyWatch Feed National"

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High risk of re-offending: Notorious driving offender who fatally hit 10-year-old cyclist refused bail .

January 10, 2018 at 09:59PM .

In bizarre scenes at Perth Magistrates Court, a friend of the accused man marched out while swearing at the media before Mr Huston demanded security officers bring him back and warned him he too would be charged with contempt if he did so again. Mitchell Walsh, now 33, swore angrily when he was

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/38559324/notorious-wa-who-killed-10-year-old-cyclist-refused-bail/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEcjYS14clkCAN-Gc-PbuqM0Y74Yw

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18:48

PERTH West Perth man (25) charged over alleged burglaries in North Perth "IndyWatch Feed National"

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West Perth man (25) charged over alleged burglaries in North Perth .

January 11, 2018 at 03:03PM .

A DEAD husbands watch is allegedly among the haul of an alleged 25-year-old West Perth burglar who stole from 92- and 65-year-old women in North Perth. It will be alleged he stole the 65-year-olds handbag, cash and credit cards at her home on Glendower Street home about 8.30am on January 5,

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.communitynews.com.au/guardian-express/news/west-perth-man-25-charged-over-alleged-burglaries-in-north-perth&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGDzwh16uPJ4-u4uANcrrMWuMq9hA

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PERTH Steve Mason Mourish pleads guilty to charges over horrific Kewdale crash which killed friend Jack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Steve Mason Mourish pleads guilty to charges over horrific Kewdale crash which killed friend Jack .

January 11, 2018 at 03:53PM .

Steven Mason Mourish cried as he fronted the Perth Magistrates Court on Monday. As he raced down Abernethy Road in Kewdale, a 70km/h zone, he reached speeds of up to 155km/h and ran two red lights before smashing into a bus, rolling several times before eventually coming to a stop 80m away.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/crime/steve-mason-mourish-pleads-guilty-to-charges-over-horrific-kewdale-crash-which-killed-friend-jack-meier-ng-b88711907z&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGnnL1zfFMDiWCw_bMtyZ1TUij6gg

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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 11, 2018 at 06:15AM .

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

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://luxoraleader.com/wa-sprinter-jailed-over-one-punch-attack/410030/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGZolMkU0iCMshrV4u7otWXWsCrtQ

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18:38

MACKAY Mackay man fined for ignoring precinct ban "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 11, 2018 at 12:15PM ,

Mackay man fined for ignoring precinct ban

January 11, 2018 at 12:15PM ,

Magistrate Damien Dwyer gave the advice to Chase Dylan Marshman, while sentencing him for contravening a ban on entering Mackay Safe Night Precinct on December 23 last year. Marshman faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty. Barrister Phillip Moore said Marshman had

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.dailymercury.com.au/news/mackay-man-fined-for-ignoring-precinct-ban/3308115/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjg1ZTRkOWE5ZWUwN2Q0NWQ6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGXAJJrvlPX-QD1nU44ChC6qVFBEw

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18:38

MACKAY Drink driving, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 11, 2018 at 09:48AM ,

Drink driving, Mackay

January 11, 2018 at 09:48AM ,

He will be appearing in the Mackay Magistrates Court on January 30 at 8:30am to have the matter heard. While we are used to hearing stories of the occasional motorist driving with readings at similar levels occurring during late night hours it is unusual to see a reading such as this during the day.

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MACKAY Charges follow theft of car, Blacks Beach "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 11, 2018 at 09:03AM ,

Charges follow theft of car, Blacks Beach

January 11, 2018 at 09:03AM ,

He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court to have the matters heard later this morning. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day. You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered

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18:38

MACKAY Police cop it over delays in case of man accused of arson "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 11, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

Police cop it over delays in case of man accused of arson

January 11, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

A MAGISTRATE has criticised police over delays in the case of a Nebo man behind bars after allegedly torching a Koumala property in July last year. Curtis Phillip Meierts case was raised in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday by his solicitor, Chris Colwill. Meiert, 26, has been charged with arson,

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MACKAY Accused of stealing goods from supermarkets "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 11, 2018 at 07:00AM ,

Accused of stealing goods from supermarkets

January 11, 2018 at 07:00AM ,

A MACKAY woman is facing accusations of loading up with goods from supermarkets and shops before leaving without paying. Simone Nina Emery-Grant faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday on four fresh charges, represented by defence barrister Phillip Moore. Magistrate Damien Dwyer

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18:26

Supreme Court to Hear Plea for Probe Into Judge Loyas Death Tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed National"

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud today took note of the submission seeking urgent hearing on the plea for a probe into the case.

Judge Loya. Credit: The Caravan

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear a plea seeking an independent probe into the death of CBI Judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya tomorrow. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud today took note of the submission seeking urgent hearing on the plea for a probe into the circumstances surrounding Loyas death.

Loya, who was presiding over the CBI court in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, passed away on December 1, 2014.

The plea was filed by Maharashtra-based journalist B.R. Lone. He submitted that a fair probe was needed into the death.


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16:52

Your Top 10 Crypto Questions Answered "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Heres the problem: Most people who know a lot about bitcoin can only speak tech.

I was at a conference recently. I was the keynote speaker but had zero talk prepared (as usual). It was a crowdfunding conference, so I crowdsourced my talk.

I told the audience: I can talk about entrepreneurship or I can take 15 minutes to explain bitcoin without using any technical jargon.

Clap for which one you want.

Almost 100% of the audience wanted to learn about bitcoin without the technical jargon.

People are hungry for this. They dont want to hear about crypto or blockchain.

They just want to know what all this bitcoin stuff is about.

Back in 2013, I thought bitcoin was a scam. I was wrong.

First, some credentials

In early 2013, I had my doubts. I started reading everything I could. Then I got my hands dirty.

Ive been a coder/programmer since 1985. I decided to code up a bitcoin-only store (maybe the first ever) and sell my book, Choose Yourself, on it before it was released on Amazon.

It was very hard. I had to develop the store from scratch since there were no easy tools to help me. There still arent (hint: business opportunity).

Once I launched it, quite a few people bought my book. I sold a PDF of my book for 0.1 bitcoin. Bitcoin was then $60, so I sold it for about $6 per PDF. Right now, its as if I sold each PDF for $1,600. I sold many copies.

I went on CNBC when they heard I was doing this. The anchor asked me, Did you just do this for publicity?

I said, Well, Im on national TV, so I guess it worked.

Another thing worth noting: Most of my customers came from one domain name (they had to submit their email addresses for me to process the sale): Amazon.com. Make of that what you will.

A few months ago, I started writing about cryptocurrencies again. I saw so many people getting involved in scams, I wanted to help.

The other day I had an Uber driver who thanked me during the car ride for helping him get it.

And last night at a restaurant, at the end of the meal, the waiter shook my hand and thanked me for helping him finally begin to understand what bitcoin was about.

In order for cryptocurrencies to succeed, people need to understand at a basic level what they are. Nobody needs to learn complicated cryptography or blockchain.

Just understand why now. And why this is important for us as a society.

Below, I answer the top 10 questions Im often asked about cryptocurrencies. Is it too late to get aboard? What will be the...

16:18

A marine biologist says a humpback whale protected her from a huge tiger shark while diving "IndyWatch Feed National"

An American marine biologist says footage of her swimming with a humpback whale shows the large mammal protecting her from a tiger shark. Nan Hauser, 63, president of the Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation and a Brunswick, Maine, resident, says she uploaded footage of her encounter Monday and it quickly spread across the internet. Hauser tells the Portland Press Herald she was in the Cook Islands in the South Pacific Ocean when she came face-to-face with a 23-tonne humpback whale, which approached her and began nudging her around the water. She says the whale also shielded her with a fin and even lifted her out of the water on one occasion.

16:10

Renew Fest returns for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Photo from a previous Renew Fest. Ingrid Pullen Photography

Renew Fest will celebrate its third anniversary this May, and earlybird tickets are available from January 8 until February 14.

The grassroots festival, to be held May 19 and 20 at the Mullum Showgrounds, is a celebration of collaborative action and the power of community for innovative sustainability projects.

This years theme will be Deep listening.

Festival director Ella Rose Goninan says, With deep listening as our overarching theme this year, we are bringing care to all facets of the program to support a collective listening experience.

As the guiding motive of Renew Fest is to give rise and celebration to collaborative actions of regenerative change, this years festival will be exploring the importance and place of deeply listening to life as we seek to bring renewal to the story of our environmental humanity.

Last years festival patron and internationally acclaimed heart-to-heart parenting advocate Robin Grille is thrilled to be returning once again for Renew Fest 2018.

Warm and uplifting

Mr Grille says, I found Renew Fest 2017 to be a heart-warming and uplifting experience; in which we could see a truly new world clearly starting to take shape, with love, with excitement and with grounded possibility. The festival is a place to be recharged, to discover how powerful we are when we join together in vision for a transformed world.

I love Renew Fest for its can do energy, and for the sheer abundance and variety of how tos.

I am thrilled to be invited back to participate in this dynamic, nourishing and colourful festival in 2018.

And, most interestingly, the theme and emphasis of this years Renew Fest will have a surprising brand new twist

...

16:03

Underwater Volcanoes Contribute to Warming Deep Water "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I read you Maya Report and found it fascinating how volcanic eruptions in the ocean are polarized to where the North Pole is at that time. Now we have people trying to claim that the heat from global warming is being hidden stored deep in the oceans. It seems once more these people ignore the fact that there are underwater volcanoes erupting more so now than before. Is that a true statement?

HEJ

ANSWER: Oh yes, that is correct. There have been attempts to measure the heat generated from underwater volcanic eruptions. They attempted that off the East Pacific Rise, which is a point in the ocean floor where continents move apart. This is where magma contained in the Earths core to rise to the surface and spew from underwater volcanoes. This data was part of what was supplied to me to run through our model to determine the cyclical nature of how the poles flip. The volcanic activity underwater is rising and no doubt has an impact on the temperature. There have been attempts to linked volcanism to tiny shifts in the Earths orbit around the sun, as well, that occur every 100,000 years. These shifts may trigger ice ages and warm periods, both of which affect global sea levels. That, in turn, would increase or suppress volcanic activity it is believed.

Nevertheless, the Global Warming crowd claims the oceans are getting warmer down deep and that must be from mankind. Once more, they take the results and fit it to a predetermined conclusion.

16:03

8 Indigenous-Made Films Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival and a 20th Anniversary Screening of Smoke Signals "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Film Still: Mud

Published January 11, 2018

PARK CITY, UTAH  Following President and Founder Robert Redfords original vision, Sundance Institute has remained committed to supporting Native American artists throughout the Institutes history. This support has established a rich legacy of work and has supported more than 300 filmmakers through labs, grants, mentorships, public programs, and the platform of the Sundance Film Festival.

The Native American and Indigenous Program has a global focus and through its work strengthens Indigenous cinema. Filmmakers supported over the years include: Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Muskogee), Taika Waititi (Te Whnau--Apanui), Billy Luther (Din/Hopi/Laguna Pueblo), Andrew Okpeaha MacLean (Iupiaq), Aurora Guerrero (Xicana), Sydney Freeland (Din), Ciara Leinaala Lacy (Kanaka Maoli), Lyle Mitchell Corbine, Jr. (Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians) and Shaandiin Tome (Din).

This year, eight Indigenous-made films will be premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, January 18-28, in Park City, Utah. In addition, there will be a special 20th Anniversary Archive Screening of Smoke Signals, directed by Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho) with the screenplay by Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur dAlene). This is also our opportunity to introduce the Native Programs filmmaker Fellows for the coming year.

Feature Films

World Cinema Documentary Competition


Genesis 2.0 / Switzerland, Directors: Christian Frei, Maxim Arbugaev(Yakut/Buryat), Producer: Christian Frei On the remote New Siberian Islands in the Arctic Ocean, hunters search for tusks of extinct mammoths. When they discover a surprisingly well-preserved mammoth carcass, its resurrection will be the first manifestation of the next great technological revolution: genetics. It may well turn our world upside down.

NEXT

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16:01

Going Bankrupt from Abroad or Having Debts in Different Countries "IndyWatch Feed National"

Published January 11, 2018

LONDON There are so many questions to be answered about having debts in UK. What will it happen if you have debts in the UK and then move to a different country? Will they affect you abroad or not? What happens if you get back in the UK? What about the accounts you owe if you move abroad?

Its all very complicated, but we have the answers. Well, at least a part of them, since every country has a different law on collecting debts.

The debts could be collected even though you move from the UK. If, for example, you moved to Australia, the collectors dont have authority in Australia, so they cant collect your debt. But they can make you bankrupt in the UK, and as soon as you buy a property, they will take it in the bankruptcy, no matter its location.

Your Debts Can Be Sold

The bank you owe money to can sell your debts to a different collector, so, one day, you might get a phone call from a different collector.

It is quite confusing, especially when you get debts in other countries. If you move from the UK to America, the bank might sell your debts to an American collection firm, so you will be chased in order to pay, according to the law.

Of course, its not as harsh as its in Dubai, where if you dont pay your debts, you can go to jail.

Going Bankrupt in the UK from Abroad

You can go bankrupt in the UK from a different country, depending on the country you have moved to and how much time you spent there. If you move to a EU country in three months time since you left the UK, you can go bankrupt back in the UK. After those three months, you will need to go bankrupt in that new country you live some EU countries have harsher bankruptcy laws, while others dont have an actual form.

What Will It Happen If I Leave Unpaid Debts?

A we already mentioned, the bank might sell your debts to a collector from the country you moved. Coming back to the UK while still being in debt will not have you detained, stopped or questioned, if you are a citizen of the UK. Leaving behind debt or unpaid bills is not a crime. The same goes for non-UK citizens...

16:00

Trumps Conciliatory Pose Crumbles as Mueller Moves to Interrogate "IndyWatch Feed National"

United Front Against Austerity|Tax Wall Street Party American System Network|Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Defying GOP Cover-Up, Sen. Feinstein Publishes Testimony of Fusion GPS Founder Glenn Simpson, Ending Republican Myth of How FBI Russiagate Probe Started; Investigation Triggered by Reports of Collusion from Britain, Germany, Poland, Estonia, Netherlands, France, and Australia; Thanks to GOP, Trump Inner [...]

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00006 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.70 AUD
Converter

15:57

SACOSS Disability & Essential Services Conference 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 14 May 2018 - 8:30am

 

SACOSS Essential Services and Consumers Living with Disability Conference 2018: Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Transport

Super early bird tickets on sale now! Don't miss out!

15:17

Coal activists facing trespass charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

Natan Shlomo and Lilli Barto blocked the railway line for five hours.

Two protesters who blocked a coal railway near Bowen in Queensland for five hours on Tuesday are facing trespass charges.

The pair locked their arms inside a concrete barrel on a railway line used by Aurizon to transport coal to Adanis Abbot Point terminal.

Lilli Barto, a physics student, and Natan Shlomo, a youth worker, called on the Queensland Government to rule out funding for Aurizon.

Ms Barto said Queensland Labor said during the election campaign that they would veto any NAIF loan that would enable Adanis dirty coal project.

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

Mr Shlomo said coal was fuelling catastrophic climate change.

We stand against the damage this would cause in the Galilee basin, he said.

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

Tuesdays action was part of an ongoing campaign against the controversial Adani Carmichael mine, and followed on from last week when activists stopped a coal train heading for Adanis coal port.

The pair are facing are trespass on a railway, interfere with a railway and contravene direction or requirement.

The group, Front Line Action on Coal, said it was  committed to sustained action against the Adani project.

 

 

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14:30

Tourism Should Be Regulated Before Its Too Late "IndyWatch Feed National"

We cannot let 1.8 billion people wander in the world without introducing some global regulations on how to limit the negative aspects of tourism.

Residents of Venice hold a banner saying My future is Venice during a protest. Credit: Reuters

Rome: This year, we will have three million tourists each day wandering the world. This massive phenomenon is without precedent in human history and is happening (as usual), with only one consideration in mind: money. We should pause and take a look at its social, cultural and environmental impact and take remedial measures, because they are becoming seriously negative if things are left as they are.

Sameer Kapoor listed for Triphobo Trip Planner a list of 20 places that have been ruined due to excess of tourism. Antarctica is getting an alarming level of pollution. The famous Taj Mahal, a monument of love from the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to the memory of his wife, Mumtaz, has changed its shining milky white marble into a yellow shade. Mount Everest is strewn with trash from invading visitors. The Great Wall of China has been so mistreated by the massive invasion of tourists that it has begun to crumble in places. The famous beaches of Bali are littered with trash, traffic is in a gridlock and roads and footpaths are in a dangerous state of disrepair. Macchu Picchu has a such large number of visitors that archaeologists are worried about preservation of the site. Once there was a train to a small village, Aguas Calientes, to then continue by foot or mules. Now you can reach the enigmatic and sacred Inca citadel by air conditioned bus and Aguas Calientes is now a town of 4.000 people with five star hotels. The famous Australian Coral Reef Barrier has lost already one third of the corals. The Galapagos islands, where Charles D...

14:11

My anxiety levels are through the roof "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$915
Date debt issued: 
Thursday, 11 January 2018
Period debt occurred: 
January 2011
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Yes
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

This supposed debt dates back to 2011, when I was grieving for the loss of my best friend to suicide.

I have received a letter saying I have no debt, and to disregard any previous letters, then a phone call was received by me today from a Collection Agency!!
My anxiety levels are through the roof and I am even having suicidal thoughts once more.

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 
...

13:21

Parties must relieve pressure on SA's struggling renters "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

With South Australian renters continuing to grapple with high utility costs, a good move would be to reverse a legislative change which hit tenants with water supply charges, writes Ross Womersley, CEO of the South Australian Council of Social Service

Cost of living issues are front and centre in the lead-up to the March state election. 

Yesterday the Government began sending out letters to 169,000 South Australian households inviting them to take up a deal they have negotiated with Origin Energy offering an 18% discount on supply and usage, plus no exit fee.

We believe this is a worthwhile deal. At the same time all parties will need to take further steps to help alleviate the pressure on low-income households and must pay particular attention to the needs of renters.

12:34

Free trade or womens rights? Analysis from Kate Lappin "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 11, 2017: Kate Lappin, regional coordinator of the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, has written an article explaining how trade and investment agreements like the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) can deepen gendered inequality and exploitation.

If enacted, the RCEP would entrench the power of multinational corporations and the wealthy few, via provisions on ISDS, agriculture, intellectual property and trade in services.

The RCEP chapter on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) would give corporations the ability to sue governments if changes to government laws or policies has harmed their profit. UN experts published a statement in 2015 stating that they believed governments would be less likely to pass regulations if they fear intrusive ISDS awards. Such regulations could  include increases to the minimum wage, affirmative action programmes for women and Indigenous people or efforts to protect the environment, food security and access to essential medicines.

RCEP would also open land and agriculture to foreign investors. This would pit women working on small-scale subsistence farms against giant agrobusiness monopolies. Expanding commercial agriculture of course means less communal land and resources, which again would disproportionately impact women.

The expansion of intellectual property protections would require states to sign up to the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, which would allow patenting of seeds and would criminalise the saving and sharing of patented seeds, with exemptions only available to landowners. The majority of women farmers are not landowners, and may be faced with fines or prison terms for collecting seeds.

The provisions would also extend monopolies on medicines, delaying the availability of cheaper generic medicines. This increases profits for pharmaceutical companies, but  women will have  less access to affordable medicines. Patenting of traditional plants and medicines also put them out of reach of Indigenous women (who used them for hundreds of years before these corporations came along).

The trade in services proposals in the TPP and RCEP encourage privatisation of essential services (like education, health, water and energy) and relax regulations on these services (like environmental and health standards). They may prevent governments from re-regulating if privatisation fail...

12:07

"The Philosophy Of Being" "IndyWatch Feed National"

 "The Philosophy Of Being"
By E D Detetcheverrie   

"Outrageous to some, clarifying for others, 
a strange conversation meant to provoke further thought.

Now I know why they explain it in metaphors. The truth seems surreal. We are inadequate to describe it concisely. Ask not if you have strayed from the path; there is only one path, one way, and you are always on it...

Do they call it enlightenment because there is a light?
It is not mere photons, and light is only one part of it.
Who is in charge of it all?
Yes, we are.
Do the wicked receive their just reward?
We shall all, ultimately, resume our place in the light.
Is the simplistic lifestyle really the true way?
All ways are the pathway to the light.
So, you can do as you please and still gain entry to that Better Place?
This is the place. Every experience is a learning experience.
What are the rules we should live by in order to achieve true happiness?
Merely be the best person you can possibly be.
How do we resolve all the ills of the world?
Merely be the best person you can possibly be.
Who should we pray to?
Adoration is not necessary. Rather, pr...

11:09

E zones to be flexible for some land owners says Byron Council "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Section of e-zone map around Bangalow. Image Byron Shire Council

The implementation of E zones in the Byron Shire has generated significant concern by landowners over its implementation. Byron Shire Council has now talked to more than 300 people and received more than 600 submissions from land owners and and members of the public on the issue.

E zones are a zoning that can be placed on areas of land that are considered to have high environmental value.

E2 zoning relates to environmental conservation and primarily applies to areas of high ecological, scientific or cultural value that should be protected for environmental conservation purposes where commercial agricultural activities are not carried out

E3 environmental management and primarily applies to areas containing special ecological or cultural attributes that require careful consideration/management. This zone allows for a wider range of land use activities that are compatible with these attributes.

However, many land owners are concerned that after years of revegetating their land at their own cost their properties would be devalued and significant restrictions placed on how they could build on and manage their land in the future with the implementation of E zones. This was compared to the properties where land owners had kept the land in a degraded condition and was therefore not considered of high environmental value and therefore open to a wider range of activities.

Voluntary re-vegetation

Byron Shire Council has recently stated that Land that has been voluntarily re-vegetated by the current land owner, without public funding, will not have an E2 or E3 zone applied without agreement.

Some land owners were concerned that they would be disadvantaged because they had spent many years re-vegetating their properties at their own cost, and the consistent message from Council is that no new E zones will apply unles...

10:37

MP Justine Elliot questions sale of small incubator sites by NORTEC "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Richmond MP Justine Elliot.

Justine Elliot, Labors federal member for Richmond has made urgent representation to the minister for jobs and innovation, Senator Michaelia Cash regarding NORTECs termination of leases for the small businesses at their three small business incubator sites at Mullumbimby, Goonellabah and Byron Bay. She has also raised concerns over the sale of the Byron Bay and Goonellabah sites.

NORTEC is an employment and training provider that receives government funding to run projects including NEIS programs, small business support and numeracy and literacy access programs. They have recently closed all three incubator sites and have listed the Byron Bay site for sale. The Mullumbimby site is not owned by NORTEC.

These incubator sites were developed from a local commitment to business growth and innovation. Im advised that they were handed to NORTEC in good faith with the understanding that they would be held in trust for the local community, said Ms Elliot in her letter to the minister.

Ive been further advised that all these incubators were funded by a combination of community assets and funding from State and Federal Governments.

Local entrepreneur and self-made millionaire George Lewin also contributed $125,000 towards both the Mullumbimby and the Goonellabah site during their development stages.

As you can appreciate there is widespread community concern firstly about the sudden closure of the business incubator sites and secondly that the government funded small incubator facilities are now being sold off, continued Elliot.

Can the Minister please urgently advise what action the Turnbull Government will be taking in terms of investigating the sale of these government funded sites and also what action the government will be taking to ensure the future provision of business incubator sites for our region.

The post...

10:36

Xmas Supporter Draw Prize Winners! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Many thanks to the hundreds of Eastside Listeners who signed up during our recent Xmas Supporter Drive. It was an incredible effort from everyone involved especially all our Prize donors. Special mention to our friends who also gave gifts on our behalf to the Children of Barnardos to help make this time just a little more special for these disadvantaged kids!

Congratulations to everyone below on winning one of our Major Prizes!

Major Prize Draw:

  1. WOMADelaide 2018 including 4 Day Full Festival Pass for 2 to WOMADelaide in March 2018 + return airfares!
Ralph Taylor Maroubra

 

  1. Album of the Week: A copy of every single Album of the Week for the past 12 months!
Anthony Don Monterey

 

  1. The Owl House A wonderful degustation dinner for two valued at $270 for The Owl House in East Sydney.
Alexandra Brown Marrickville

 

  1. City Recital HallFamily pass to see Puss In Boots in January at the

City Recital Hall

 

  1. Audio TechnicaAudio Technica ATH-UN1 headphones
Robyn Mitchinson Potts Point

 

Gold Supporter Prizes:

  1. Melbourne International Jazz Festival: 2018 Melbourne International Jazz Festival with tickets for two to a several premier concerts in the program + return airfares!
Sean & Sophie Catchlove Waverley

 

  1. Audio Technica Audio Technica ATH-UN1 headphones
Thomas Wh...

10:29

North Coast best place to view lunar trifecta "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A super red blue moon event will take place on 31 January. photo: AOL.com

North Coast stargazers will be in for a treat on 31 January when a once-in-lifetime lunar event takes place.

That evening a blue moon, a blood moon and a supermoon will all converge on the same night, providing a lunar trifecta, and the NSW North Coast and Gold Coast will be the best places in the world to view it.

Southern Cross University geographer Professor Bill Boyd said the extremely unusual occurrence would be the first super red blue moon for at least 150 years.

The title super red blue moon sounds a bit peculiar, but it describes an event where three separate lunar conditions come together simultaneously, said Professor Boyd.

Each happens on its own time cycle, but this year they all happen at the same time. This is an extremely unusual occurrence it will be unlikely for all three celestial events to converge again within the next century.

Professor Boyd said a supermoon happens when the moon is at the closest point on its orbit around the Earth, some 25,000 km closer than on average. It appears 14 per cent larger than usual and 30 per cent brighter. This happens every 14 months or so.

Meanwhile, a lunar eclipse happens when the sun, the Earth and the moon are completely aligned, so that the moon travels through the Earths shadow. It occurs two to four times a year, though not usually a full eclipse.

Indeed, the January 31 lunar eclipse is the first total eclipse in 150 years.

Professor Boyd said as the moon passes through the earths shadow, people often assume it will go completely dark.

However, some of the sunlight entering the Earths atmosphere, notably the red spectrum, is scattered in a way that gently illuminates the moon.

This gives the moon its red glo...

10:23

Twilight Guitar with Bart Stenhouse @ Buckleys of Dunolly "IndyWatch Feed National"



Fresh from his tour of India, Australian virtuosic guitarist Bart Stenhouse will be touring Victoria. Jazz fusion/ mandolinist and guitarist, Barts music brilliantly blends feiry flamenco with cool jazz and rollicking Indian rhythms to create a sound that leaves the listener energised and ready for more..

Bookings required for this limited seating special twilight event at Buckleys of Dunolly.

Seating is limited. Book with Rachel at 0427 275 006 or rachelbuckley@bigpond.com. $25 goes directly to the artist.

10:22

Safety of Monsanto/Dows Newly Approved Frankenfood (RNAi Corn) Called Into Question "IndyWatch Feed National"

Safety of Monsanto/Dow's Newly Approved Frankenfood (RNAi Corn) Called Into Question | gmo_monsanto_dow_RNAi_corn | Environment General Health GMOs Medical & Health Science & Technology Special Interests

Another study confirms what activists and scientists alike have been warning: the next generation of RNA interference GM foods may seriously compromise the genetic integrity of our species. 

A new study titled, Detection of dietetically absorbed maize-derived microRNAs in pigs, adds fuel to the fire of the growing controversy surrounding the EPAs recent and conspiculously underreported approval of Monsanto/Dows RNA interference (RNAi) corn  a new type of genetically modified organism comprised of a multitude of genetically engineered traits (and therefore potential health risks) destined to make it to peoples dinner tables by the end of this decade.

The Biotech/Chemical industrys new RNAi corn was quietly rubber stamped by the EPA on June 15th of this year under the premature, and likely patently false assumption that the RNA interference molecules in the maize can not directly affect the gene expression of those animals or humans who eat it.

The ongoing controversy relates to a fundamental difference of opinion on the age old aphorism: you are what you eat. The GMO side answers NO, rejecting the idea. To them, food isnt imbued with any unique, biologically meaningful properties beyond the fact that it is...

10:14

Censored News: The Oxford Union Lecture by Kevin Annett that Didnt Happen, until now "IndyWatch Feed National"

On the subject: Is there any good in the Roman Catholic Church?

 (Soon to be broadcast on youtube)

The Oxford Union Lecture Hall and its shadow of censorship

Hello and welcome. Im Kevin Annett. Not too long ago I received a formal invitation from the oldest debating society in the world, the Oxford Union, to come there and debate the rather strange question of whether there is any good in the Roman Catholic church. Just a week before the scheduled debate, and as on so many other occasions, my invitation to speak was withdrawn without explanation. So here is the talk I planned to present at the Oxford Union debate.

 Good evening. Let me begin by saying what a pleasant surprise it is to be able to join you here tonight. The last time I tried to give a public talk in England, at a London rally to protest child trafficking by church and state, your privately-run UK Border Agency police saw fit to arrest, finger print and deport me from this country without giving a reason. But be that as it may, and it usually is, I especially thank you for having me here.

 Tonights topic for debate is framed rather tellingly: Is there any good in the Roman Catholic church? and assumedly in its holding company, the Vatican Incorporated. The very wording of this subject imples that no, there isnt any good, so lets search for some. Of course, trying to locate integrity in any corporation is like looking for love in a brothel. So perhaps the question of tonights debate has already been answered, my job is done and we can all go home.

 In any event, the title of the main event tonight is a bit confusing, beginning with the word good, which is after all a completely relative and morally ambiguous term.

 The Spanish Conquistadors and their slaughter-blessing catholic priests thought they were doing good when they wiped out millions of non-catholic peop...

09:55

Have your say on the future of Tweed rural land "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Tweed Shire once had more than 1,750 dairy farms. Photo Flickr/Glenda 8

Anyone with an interest in the future use of rural land in the Tweed shire are being urged to attend an information session on 1 February.

Organised by the Tweed Shire Council, the session will be the last chance to hear about the Draft Tweed Shire Rural Land Strategy, which is now on exhibition.

The strategy seeks to paint a picture of what rural land in Tweed Shire may look like in 20 years, how it might develop and how it will be managed to preserve the quality of the rural Tweed lifestyle.

Tweed Shire Council Senior Strategic Planner Stuart Russell, who has overseen preparation of the Draft Strategy and who will conduct the information session, said the rural Tweed landscape has changed significantly in recent decades.

During its heyday, it is believed that more than 1750 dairies operated in the Tweed and about 1150 pig farms, Mr Russell said.

Rural land in the Shire is now a complex mix of land uses ranging from arable land around Cudgen where much of the States sweet potatoes are grown and the extensive floodplains that produce around 30 per cent of the States sugar cane, to the rolling slopes where grazing is mixed with hobby farms and rural lifestyle properties, tourist accommodation, rural industries and the Shires rural villages.

The draft strategy proposes more than 140 actions aimed at balancing the competing uses for rural land, to protect agricultural land, the natural environment and rural landscape in a sustainable way.

Key policy directions and actions of the Draft Strategy pivot around meeting the housing needs of the Tweeds growing community and lifestyle preferences in harmony with rural industry, the diversification of value-adding opportunities to better support and promote Tweeds farming and produce sector, greater flexibility to respond and capitalise on emerging tourism markets and a range of other actions to assist the local Tweed economy and preservation of its natural environment on which so many industries rely.

Comments on the Draft Rural Land Strategy can be made up to close of business on Wednesday 28 February.

For more information and to download a copy of the Draft Rural Land Strategy visit yoursaytweed.com.au/rurallandstrategy.

The...

09:54

FixedIt: A man, not an app, was charged with rape "IndyWatch Feed National"

If a man and a woman meet on Tinder and the man later is accused of violence against the women, you can guarantee Tinder will be the first word in the headline of any article about that accusation.

Channel 9 News is not the only one and wont be the last one.

If they had met at a church group or a book shop or over cabbages in Coles, it wouldnt even rate a mention at the bottom of the article.

But Tinder creates a frenzy because violence is the expected consequence for women who actively and confidently pursue sex. Nice girls wait passively for men to want them, they are the objects of desire. Bad girls feel desire and act on it. And we all know what happens to bad girls.

Its an insidious and persistent form of victim blaming. It implies Tinder is the problem, not the men who commit violence against women (in this case allegedly his case has not yet been tried).

Tinder has nothing to do with the choices men make. How two people met is irrelevant to the violence men choose to commit against women.

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


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09:45

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 journalist Michael Harriot:

More people died from police violence in 2017 than the total number of U.S. soldiers killed in action......

09:39

Lose the name win the game Fact or Fiction? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some people may have heard the catch phrase;

"Lose the name win the game", where currently a search engine result points to 7,690,000 references.

In order to hold one accountable for one's actions the most important element in a court room, is the 'persons' name.

Without that there can be no case.

Many people should also be aware of the saying "knowledge is power" where today a researcher can obtain this with far less legwork than one did a generation ago, prior to the vast resources of the internet.

With that comes the fact that people are becoming more aware that (for example) fines are not being issued honestly by the Australian authorities.

As a result the authorities are responding, where now you do not know the name of your accuser as shown in the example of a fine or "Infringement Notice"


where in this case the Issuing Officer is the number 127.

The fundamental laws in this country give you the right to know the name of your accuser.

A right that has currently been taken away.

How does that saying go again? - "Nothing to hide nothing to fear", right?

Are these the actions of honest authorities?

09:33

FixedIt: how can you think child abuse is sex? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kevin Leslie Baker has been charged with dozens of crimes against children, including 24 counts of indecent treatment of boys under 14 years, five counts of indecent treatment of girls under 17 years, 14 counts of carnal knowledge and one count each of unlawful wounding and deprivation of liberty.

The Bulletin reported he was in court this week on a procedural matter and described his alleged crimes as child sex.

To be clear, his case has not yet been heard by the court, therefore this commentary is nothing to do with his guilt or innocence, it is entirely about the way the charges against him are described in the media.

Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an...

09:30

Man dies after hitting a tree north of Grafton "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man has died after a single-vehicle crash north of Grafton yesterday.

Emergency services were called to Iluka Road at Woombah, about 60 kilometres north of Grafton, just before 3.30pm, following reports a Volkswagen Amarok left the roadway and hit a tree.

The driver and sole occupant, a 66-year-old man, died at the scene.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command have established a crime scene and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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09:28

Transition Workshop "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

3-4 February at Sustainable Valley
Presented by Mind and Body Leadership Coach Erin Tetarenko (MSc)

Are you at a crossroads and looking for change? Maybe, youre yearning for a greater sense of purpose and meaning within your work?

If youre in the midst of change or planning to make the shift from whats comfortable to the unknown, join an inspiring community as we explore heart-centered and practical strategies to help you prepare for an empowered transition.

Within this 2-day workshop youll have some time to clarify whats really important and what gives your life a sense of purpose. Tap into powerful aspects of yourself while exploring your core values and intrinsic motivation. You will use this information to explore success on your own terms, identify pathways for positive change, and create strategies to prepare you for meaningful change.

Practical exercises are given to support you to build confidence and appropriate resources to overcome potential barriers and obstacles that prevent successful goal achievement. Participants will learn practical techniques and skills from current research in coaching and positive psychology, the science of human flourishing and optimal performance.

When:

Saturday 3rd February (10am 4:30pm)

Sunday 4th February (10am 3:30pm)

Learn more at sustainablevalley.co.

 

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09:11

Injured woman winched from bottom of Minyon Falls "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A view of Minyon Falls from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. (supplied)

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter has winched recovered a 37-year-old female walker who suffered injuries as a result of a fall onto rocks while walking on the track at the base of Minyon Falls.

The female walker was treated for injuries and flown to Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition.

The winch recovery was conducted 200 metres from the base of the falls.

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09:01

MACKAY Road spikes used to stop drink-driver four times over limit "IndyWatch Feed National"

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08:55

Southbound Irukandji no issue for tourism "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Irukandji is heading south. (wikipedia)

The deadly Irukandji jellyfish is moving south along the coast of Queensland and with warming sea temperatures it may become a regular at beaches as far south as the Gold Coast.

Toxicologist, Associate Professor Jamie Seymour from James Cook University, has little doubt Irukandji will end up at the popular beach after a stinger was found at Fraser Island on Sunday.

Their southerly migration, Prof Seymour warned, would force beach closures and could collapse tourism.

But Queensland Tourism Industry chief Daniel Gschwind dismissed Prof Seymours concerns.

We are concerned about any potential risk but there is no need to be alarmed at this point, he said.

Fears about Irukandji come after one was caught on the western side of Fraser Island on Sunday, which prompted a warning for swimmers to stay out of the water.

There were 10 suspected Irukandji stings on the western side of Fraser Island between December 22, 2016, and January 5 last year, while a boy was stung on Mooloolaba Beach in early 2017.

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08:51

NSW power workers set to walk off job "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thousands of NSW Ausgrid workers have voted to strike next month in the peak of summer heat after negotiations over pay and career progression soured.

The Electrical Trades Union says after more than three years of pay freezes along with nearly 2000 job losses during the same period, workers have no choice but to take action.

Workers are seeking a pay rise of three per cent a year.

During this same time, Ausgrid executives awarded themselves pay increases averaging 5.3 per cent a year, while they also enjoyed average bonuses of more than $50,000 each in 2014, 2015 and 2016, ETU organiser Mark Buttigieg said in a statement on Thursday.

More than 93 per cent of about 2800 Ausgrid members, made up of four unions, supported industrial action including work stoppages, refusing to do overtime and callouts.

Workers will decide on what specific actions to take on January 31.In an official statement, Ausgrid, which is jointly owned by the NSW Government, Australian Super and IFM Investors, said it was disappointed at the proposed union action.

We believe we have achieved in principle agreement on virtually all of our proposal, Ausgrid CEO Richard Gross said in a statement.

If the unions elect to take industrial action, Ausgrid will ensure there is minimal impact on energy supply to our customers.

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08:49

New NSW shark nets yield same low results "IndyWatch Feed National"

A typical bull shark. Image sharks-world.com

Only one target shark was caught in new nets deployed off the NSW North Coast in the first five weeks of their trial, while 53 other animals became entangled in the mesh.

Data released by the NSW government on Wednesday showed a single bull shark was caught in the nets off five beaches within the boundaries of Richmond Valley Council.

Meanwhile, 41 rays of different species were caught, with 16 of them dying, as well as four turtles, two of which died.

The second shark meshing trial, which began in November 2017, is using different types of netting at different heights to an earlier trial in order to reduce by-catch, the Department of Primary Industries has previously told AAP.

In the first trial, which ran from December 2016 to May 2017, 275 animals were caught in the netting, nine of which were target sharks a strike rate of three per cent.

The government considers tiger, white and bull sharks as target species.

Five fewer animals were caught in the new nets over a four week period compared to a similar time frame in December last year during the first trial.

Greens MP Justin Field called on the government to scrap the ineffective netting.

This report is yet more evidence the shark netting program in NSW does little to keep people safe in the water but takes a terrible toll on local marine life, Mr Field said.

A recent Senate report found people are 100 times more likely to drown at the beach than to be killed by a shark in Australia. The risk is infinitesimally small.

Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, accused the greens of using the regular, planned release of a monthly report to run a scare campaign over summer.

He said claims the strategy isnt a science-based approach were inaccurate.

Not only are we leading the world with our research and technology, we are also continually consulting with the community regarding all our approaches, Mr Blair said in a statement.

The DPI has been contacted for comment.

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08:13

The way to a healthy and sustainable food supply and where does GM2 fit in? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Fran Murrell

This blog post was originally published on MADGE.

It is essential to have a sustainable food system; people want healthy, safe food to feed themselves and their family. The government is putting our food at increased risk by considering the deregulation of controversial gene editing techniques which may have a catastrophic impact on our already fragile food system.

Twenty years ago, industrial agriculture released GM crops. One type is engineered to withstand sprays of herbicide, usually glyphosate based ones like Roundup, while the other type produces toxins that kill insects by destroying their stomachs.

There have been large numbers of claims and counter claims about the success or otherwise of these crops. It is frequently framed as a scientific discussion with neither side able to resolve the controversy. Many people are unaware that approval of these GM crops is based almost exclusively on unpublished studies done by the GM companies. There have been minimal animal studies and no human trials.

Pesticide usage has risen dramatically with GM crops (Benbrook)1. Argentina has decimated mixed agriculture and rainforest to grow vast acreages of GM soy for export as animal feed 2.

These growing areas are experiencing increases in birth defects, cancers and other illnesses 3. A recent UN report says pesticides arent necessary to feed the world, in fact, they are killing 200,000 people a year by acute poisoning and causing numerous diseases 4. Pollinators, including bees, are also killed by pesticides and without pollination the production of many crops collapses. Only a minor increase in yield is due to GM breeding, the majority of increases are due to conventional breeding and changed farming practices.

Now the seed breeding industry, which is dominated by chemical companies like Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta and Du Pont 6 says that new breeding technologies, like gene editing and CRISPR, will solve current agricultural problems. Industry claims that, although these techniques fall under the Cartagena Protocol and Codex definitions of biotechnology, they are not GM. I refer to these techniques as GM2 to highlight that they the next generation of GM breedi...

08:00

January 11 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"


1800 - Convict transport Minerva arrived at Port Jackson with 188 convicts. Also on board were Catholic Priest, Father James Harold, 'General' Joseph Holt and Lieut William Cox. 
On the same day, Thynne, under charter to officers of the NSW Corps, arrives from Bengal with a large quantity of spirits for sale in the colony.

1830 - Thomas Finley was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of overseer Edward Walsh at Bathurst.

1830 - John Mayo was Hanged at Hobart Gaol for the murder of James Bailey at Port Macquarie.

1837 - Colonel Light stood upon the hill and surveyed Adelaide...or rather, what was about to become Adelaide, once he'd surveyed her credentials rather closely and laid her out, so to speak.

1840 - Murderous bastard Angus McMillan and his party set out from Tambo River, Vic, to explore previously unknown areas of what is now known as Gippsland. They discovered the Gippsland lake system including its major tributary rivers when not busy killing GunaiKurnai people.

1841 - Opera glasses to the fore, ladies ! The Queen's Theatre opened in Gilles Arcade in Adelaide.

1857 - Land goes on sale in Nowra, NSW.

1858 - Lasting a mere 5 months today witnessed the first issue of the Melbourne Evening Mail.

1865 - In Ballarat afire on  Main Road  destroyed 60 premises.

1865 - Charleville, Qld, was gazetted as a town.

1866 - SS London, en route to Melbourne from Britain, sank in the Bay of Biscay; 244 passengers and crew drowned, including actor GV Brooke.

1867 - Northern Territory's Escape Cliffs settlement was abandoned; its inhabitants returned to Adelaide.

1867 - Sir Stuart Alexander Donaldson, first Premier of NSW, died, age 54.

1874 - Colonel Peter Warburton completed his gruelling nine-month crossing of the Great Sandy Desert.

1887 - Unemployment reached its highest ever level in the midst of an economic depression.

1896 - Today saw the end of the horrific 13 day heatwave that had swept over NSW, averaging temps of 47 degre...

08:00

The Fatal Flaw in Your Town's Development Pattern "IndyWatch Feed National"

A small town in Texas is doing exemplary work to put Strong Towns principles into action. Several Strong Towns members lead the local government in Fate, TX and they've used Strong Towns concepts in a number of ways to help themselves and their community to better understand the financial impact of their development pattern. We often encourage towns to #DotheMath and Fate has answered that call.

Justin Weiss, Assistant City Manager of Fate shared with us a slide from a presentation at a recent city council meeting, which perfectly illustrates the financial problem with the suburban development model. When a dead-end street in Fate needed repairs, Justin and his colleagues used basic math to look at how much those repairs would cost and how many years' worth of taxes the residents along this street would have to contribute in order to fully fund the repairs. The results were deeply troubling and yet they're the norm in towns and cities across the country.

Courtesy of the City of Fate

Courtesy of the City of Fate

Justin explains:

The goal is to demonstrate how those served (almost exclusively) by adjacent infrastructure have no way to pay for it when it comes time to replace/repair.

In this scenario, the neighborhood of about 22 properties pictured above was recently annexed by the City.  In doing so, the City also took on their [dead-end] road, which was the Countys responsibility previously.  It appears it was neglected for many years as it was ranked one of the worst in the road assessment performed by staff and engineer earlier this year.  During the budget process last summer, Council directed Staff to create a roads plan (with no dedicated revenue source)...  The solution for this particular road varied from grinding it up and leaving it as a dirt road to a full reconstruct with asphalt or concrete. 

Staff suggested the cheapest fix (next to grinding up the whole thing and leaving it as a dirt road) which was to do a chip seal at a cost of about $40,000.  It really isnt a fix, mostly cosmetic (only lasts a few years)  and doesnt address base failure, etc. We couldnt in good conscience recommend building a brand new road ...

07:36

Broken Heads unique ecosystem must be protected "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Broken Head quarry photo used in the 1997 DA/EIS process. Photo Supplied

Jan Barham

Twenty-five years ago the Byron Shire Council was at its worst, approving developments without environmental concern and with an enthusiasm for changing the scale and character of the area.

The councils approval of Club Med was not the only major decision challenged by the community in the courts; there was also the Batsons Sand and Gravel Quarry at Broken Head. It became a period of high community engagement with activism an essential element of being an empowered Byron Shire resident.

As a community we had ideas for a sustainable future, we had embraced the Rio Earth Summit and the call for action. There are fond recollections for many of how it felt to be part of a connected community with a goal of stewardship, to care for and protect our precious place. As a community we were the superhero, not individually but collectively being a voice against the degradation of our home. Its time again for community action.

With Broken Head a recognised biodiversity hotspot it was alarming that this area,  previously recommended for protection, was being proposed for ongoing sand, gravel and pebble  extraction in the coastal zone.

The 64ha site was known to contain up to 29 threatened plant and animal species and sits above a significant Aboriginal site that is affected by pollution from the quarry operation. As the Shires southern wildlife corridor, Broken Head plays a crucial role in species survival.

Values...

06:43

As US East Coast Freezes, Bats Boiled Alive by Heatwave in Australia Fall From the Sky "IndyWatch Feed National"

(ANTIMEDIA) Australia  As those on the East Coast of the United States begin to breathe a little easier following a powerful winter storm this week, many on the other side of the world are battling through an altogether different type of weather situation.

Over the weekend, Sydney, the most populous city in Australia and the state capital of New South Wales, became the hottest location on planet Earth. The city has been gripped by a devastating heatwave, and on Sunday the temperature rose to over 117 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sadly, the heat proved too much for some of Sydneys more vulnerable residents. In the suburb of Campbelltown, where the temperature reached nearly 112 degrees, hundreds of bats, mostly babies, were essentially boiled alive despite the efforts of wildlife rescue workers.

I dont know how many times I bent down and got on my knees to pick up a dead baby, Kate Ryan, who manages the colony of flying fox bats, told the Campbelltown-Macarthur AdvertiserThere were dead bodies everywhere.

Ryan was among several volunteers who descended on the location, where bats were either falling dead to the ground or perishing where they hung in the trees.

They basically boil, Ryan saidIt affects their brain their brain just fries and they become incoherent. It would be like standing in the middle of a sandpit with no shade.

A Facebook post from WIRES, Australias largest wildlife rescue....

06:41

Syrian Army makes major gains in Idelb, liberates nearly 100 villages "IndyWatch Feed National"

While the U.S. seems to have given up on regime change in Syria it is still trying to sabotage the progress of the Syrian government and its allies. The recent drone attack on the Russian base Khmeimim in Latakia is just one example. Thirteen sophisticated armed drones with a reach of some 100 kilometers attacked the base at the same time as a U.S. electronic warfare plane was circling off the Syrian coast. The attack was unsuccessful. Russia has sophisticated electronic warfare means and hijacked the command over six of the drones. The other seven were taken down by Russian air defenses. To claim, as the U.S. does, that ISIS or some "rebels" did this is nonsense. ISIS has made short range weaponized drones flown by remote control in line of sight mode. This attack was by autonomous drones using GPS and barometric sensors to find their way to their targets. This is qualitatively on a whole new level. I doubt that Russia will let this go unanswered. Look out for some "mishap" that may soon hit some U.S. troops or interests abroad.

Syrian Army makes major gains in Idlib province, liberates nearly 100 villages "IndyWatch Feed National"

While the U.S. seems to have given up on regime change in Syria it is still trying to sabotage the progress of the Syrian government and its allies. The recent drone attack on the Russian base Khmeimim in Latakia is just one example. Thirteen sophisticated armed drones with a reach of some 100 kilometers attacked the base at the same time as a U.S. electronic warfare plane was circling off the Syrian coast. The attack was unsuccessful. Russia has sophisticated electronic warfare means and hijacked the command over six of the drones. The other seven were taken down by Russian air defenses. To claim, as the U.S. does, that ISIS or some "rebels" did this is nonsense. ISIS has made short range weaponized drones flown by remote control in line of sight mode. This attack was by autonomous drones using GPS and barometric sensors to find their way to their targets. This is qualitatively on a whole new level. I doubt that Russia will let this go unanswered. Look out for some "mishap" that may soon hit some U.S. troops or interests abroad.

06:27

What We Can Learn 100 Years After the Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Spanish-Flu-gym-hospital

It has been 100 years since the Spanish flu infected 500 million people around the globe and wiped out an estimated 20 million to 50 million of them. (source)

And here we are, potentially on the cusp of another influenza pandemic. H3N2, or the Australian flu is making the rounds this year and has spread to the UK, among other countries. This map from the UK Sun shows the spread and the potential for a pandemic.

This flu is particularly deadly. 745 people died from it in Australia in late 2017.

The NHS says that Australian flu symptoms have rapid onset:

  • a sudden fever a temperature of 38C or above
  • aching body
  • feeling tired or exhausted
  • dry, chesty cough
  • a sore throat
  • a headache
  • difficulty sleeping
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhea or tummy pain
  • nausea and being sick

The symptoms are similar for children, but they can also have ear pain and lethargy.

As well, the Japanese Flu and the French Flu are two other strains that are running rampant, although their symptoms arent as severe as those of the Aussie H3N2. The Japanese Flu, also known as the Yamagata flu, is less serious but far more contagious. The French Flu is H1N1 and has been deadly for some sufferers.

The United States is having a bad year also.

Here in the US, an epidemic is rapidly becoming deadly and overwhelming hospitals.

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06:10

Arizona Girl Raped and Burned in Foster Care Still Represented by Same Attorney Kept Away from Family "IndyWatch Feed National"

Justice for Devani

A picture of how beautiful Devani used to look before she was kidnapped by the State of Arizona and removed from her family, and put into the care of foster parents who were child abusers.

by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff

An Arizona court decided this week that a woman accused of scalding a little girl alive and burning over 80% of her body will go to trial in October 2018. Meanwhile, Samantha Osteraas is out on bail, and the little girls biological mother is still trying to get justice for her daughter, whose life was destroyed by Child Protective Services and the adults the agency placed her with.

While Samantha Osteraas is free to walk the streets as she awaits trial, little Devanis real family has no idea where she is or who the agency has placed her with this time.

The court-appointed attorney chosen to represent little Devani and allowed her to remain in foster homes where she was allegedly raped, sexually trafficked, and burned, is the same attorney still representing her today.

The foster parents who committed such atrocities are now answering for their criminal acts in the legal system, but the government agencies that placed her there and kept her there until today, are apparently not being held responsible for their parts in these heinous crimes.

Where is the justice?

How Can Something Like this Happen in America?

The Statue of Liberty is a colossal copper statue designed by Auguste Bartholdi a French sculptor was built by Gustave Eiffel

What happened to Devani is one of the most horrific cases that we have ever covered at Health Impact News.

We have seen hundreds of cases where children are removed from loving parents by the state for the simplest of infractions too many dishes in the sink, a child that is too short, or a disagreement with a doctor over a diagnosis or a treatment. In many cases, the allegations used against the parents are not even true, as apparently it is in this case.

......

06:03

Russia defeated ISIS in Syria so what was the US doing? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who defeated the Islamic State In Syria? With a $1 trillion annual military budget why did it take the US six years to 'beat' a ragtag militia? Before answering that question. What is the ISIS? Can the public overcome its chronic amnesia and think back to the sudden appearance of ISIS dressed in brand new black uniforms, gleaming white NIKE's and driving Toyota trucks? They seemed to appear out of nowhere in 2014. ISIS looked as if it were a mirage when it appeared, or more likely a CIA staged scene from Hollywood.

05:39

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

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.

04:35

Mark Zuckerberg Is Officially Considering a Cryptocurrency for Facebook in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

(ANTIMEDIA)  2017 was an incredible year for cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. Bitcoin doubters are apologizing for their disturbing lack of faith while tech moguls are waking up in droves to the revolutionary potential of how a truly decentralized blockchain could help end corruption and market manipulation by untrustworthy central actors. The newest voice on the scene with regard to decentralization is none other than Mark Zuckerberg, whose recent Facebook post has many thinking the social media magnate is considering entering the crypto sphere.

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Every year I take on a personal challenge to learn something new. I've visited every US state, run 365 miles, built an

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, January 4, 2018

Zuckerberg, who starts each new year with lofty public goals for where and how he wants to steer Facebook, had some interesting things to say for 2018.

[O]ne of the most interesting questions in technology right now is about centralization vs decentralization, Zuckerberg wrote. A lot of us got into technology because we believe it can be a decentralizing force that puts more power in peoples hands.

But today, many people have lost faith in that promise. With the rise of a small number of big tech companies and governments using technology to watch their citizens many people now believe technology only centralizes power rather than decentralizes it.

While it is more than a little ironic that Zuckerberg who prides himself on tackling humanitarian problems has the audacity to talk about giant tech companies using their technology to monitor people, he is at least acknowledging that a centralized corporatist technocracy might not have all the answers and that it may be necessary to destabilize that system.

There are important counter-trends to this like encryption and cryptocurrency that take power from centralized systems and put it back into peoples hands, Zuckerberg continued. But they come with the risk of being harder to control. Im interested...

04:15

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

By Joseph Thomas For over a century, the British Empire exerted control over Asia-Pacific, outright colonizing India, Burma, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia while...

04:08

Netanyahu Defends Sons Demand for Prostitute Cash From Son of Energy Baron "IndyWatch Feed National"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended his son on Tuesday a day after an Israeli television channel aired recordings from 2015 in which he pressured an Israeli gas tycoons son for money for a prostitute using a controversial gas deal as leverage.

The recordings come as Israeli police continue their investigation into suspicions that the prime minister received gifts from tycoons in exchange for political favors.

Your witch hunt has reached a new and unprecedented low with the broadcast of a secret tape of things that were said jokingly two and a half years ago, between young people drinking alcohol, the Netanyahu family said in a statement.

According to an Israel Television News Company report, Yair Netanyahu, then 25, was in conversation outside a Tel Aviv strip club with Nir Maimon, the son of Kobi Maimon, a major shareholder in Isramco, one of the companies involved in developing Tamar, one of Israels offshore gas fields.

A third friend, Roman Abramov, who was reportedly employed at the time by a firm of the Australian billionaire James Packer and earning tens of thousands of shekels each month despite having no relevant experience, was also present.

Bro, you have to spot me, Yair Netanyahu was recorded telling Nir Maimon. My dad made an awesome deal for your dad, bro. He fought, fought in the Knesset for this, bro.

What? Maimon replied.

You owe us; you owe us 25,000 Shekels [$7,255], Abramov adds.

Yair Netanyahu continues: Bro, my dad now arranged a $20bn show for you, and you cant spot me 400 shekels [$115]?


Related | Thousands Of Israelis Rally For Sixth Week Against Criminal Netanyahu


Hadashot another name for the Israel Television News Company reported that the armored car in which the conversations took place was provided by the prime ministers office and driven by a state-funded driver.

A security guard, also funded by the state, escorted Yair and his friends throughout the night from the first strip club to another, according to Hadashot.

In the recordings, Abramov said that Maimon gave Netanyahu 400 shekels [$115]Netanyahu said: This was for a prostitute. Yair Netanyahu and his friends can be heard discussing the thousands of shekels they paid for strip...

04:07

Analysts: RT under siege because it 'gives a voice to critics of US system while MSM parrot govt line' "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the aftermath of the CBS interview with our Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan, RT asked several analysts to give their views about why the news network is so feared - and vilified - in the US. After CBS aired its interview with Editor-in-Chief Simonyan in early January, social media users took opposing sides over whether they like RT or not, but many agreed that CBS was pushing a mainstream media agenda claiming "Russian meddling." RT asked several analysts to make their points about the interview, which was produced in the form of a televised report selectively featuring Simonyan's answers. Political commentator John Bosnitch said RT has given a voice to "the critics of the US system," and those critics come from the US itself, including people opposing the US establishment, its foreign interventions and "the deep state" since at least the 1950s. The US is not used to hearing more than one official narrative, the analyst argued, adding "the White House, the Congress and the arms of the government, and the deep state, the police and intelligence services, define the [media] narrative."

03:07

Forest ranger kills unarmed man traveling to a spiritual retreat; FBI investigating "IndyWatch Feed National"

Community members are horrified and searching for answers after a beloved citizen of Hutchinson, Kansas, was shot and killed by a federal officer while traveling to a spiritual retreat. Tyler Miller, 51, was driving on a curvy, mountain road in the Coconino National Forest in Arizona when he lost control of his pickup truck and hit a large rock, according to a report from KWCH News. However, the details regarding what happened between the time Miller crashed and the time a federal officer opened fire on him, are still largely unknown. Attorney Matt Bretz confirmed that the Miller family is still awaiting more information from the FBI, which is currently investigating the shooting: "He was on his way to a spiritual retreat north of Sedona. The road is a bit curvy. He lost control of the vehicle, went off the road and hit a large rock, and then it becomes rather vague as to what happened, and the FBI hasn't been able to tell us or hasn't told us yet. At some point after the collision, Mr. Miller exited his vehicle, and was shot by a forest ranger."

02:52

Taking a more holistic approach to treating depression "IndyWatch Feed National"

All of us, even if do not suffer from depression ourselves, know people, often many people, who do suffer from it. It is telling that often, when we are informed that someone has depression, we ask whether it is clinical depression, a term that suggests that it is not some transient phenomenon caused by some immediate factor whose effects may decrease with time (like the death of a loved one), but is instead caused by something that is not just deep-rooted but also based in biology.

This way of thinking has resulted in the widespread prescribing of anti-depressants to control the levels of serotonin released into our brains, the lack of which is widely supposed to be a major cause of depression. Johann Hari was a columnist for the British newspaper The Independent. He is a good writer and I used to read him but then he disappeared from sight and I did not know why. I just learned that in 2011 he had been accused of plagiarism and that resulted in him losing his job.

He is back with a book about depression. He himself began to have depression when he was a teenager and was prescribed anti-depressants. His symptoms immediately went away but eventually came back and his dosage had to be increased. That cycle continued until he was taking large doses of drugs and still not getting relief. After 13 years of this, he started on a personal journey across the world to try to find out what was causing depression and how different people in different countries were dealing with it. He finds that there are more factors than biology at play and that we should not ignore them and focus too much on purely pharmaceutical solutions.

He presents the results of his investigations in the form of a book Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression and the Unexpected Solutions and has published a long edited extract that summarizes his findings.

To find the answers, I ended up going on a 40,000-mile journey across the world and back. I talked to the leading social scientists investigating these questions, and to people who have been overcoming depression in unexpected ways from an Amish village in Indiana, to a Brazilian city that banned advertising and a laboratory in Baltimore conducting a startling wave of experiments. From these people, I learned the best scientific evidence about what really causes depression and anxiety. They taught me that it is not what we have been told it is up to now. I found there is evidence that seven specific factors in the way we are living today are causing depression and anxiety to rise alongside two real biological factors (such as your genes) that can combine with these...

01:06

Feeding kangaroos in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 5 January 2018 video says about itself:

On this episode of Breaking Trail, Coyote joins a troop of Kangaroos for FEEDING TIME! Thats right, one of many things you can do in Australia is feed the Roos! Not only are they super friendly and adorable but they will also eat right out of the palm of your hand if you can believe it! Get ready to meet some hungry Kangaroos!

01:01

Is Cryptocurrency the Future? Or the Future Currency of the New World Order? "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 11th, 2018 By Ryan Cristin Guest writer for Wake Up World Are we being steered toward a controlled, cashless economy? There is a lot of debate around the intentions behind cryptocurrency, and in particular, Bitcoin itself. Some say that it is the answer we have been waiting for; the very thing that will allow us the freedom to finally []

00:53

Basking in Trump Support, Israel Shuts Its Gates to Refugees and Disagreeable Jews Alike "IndyWatch Feed National"

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL Though the Israeli government is enjoying a time of nearly unprecedented cooperation with the current U.S. president and his administration, several recent stories have derailed its carefully honed image of a homeland for the Jewish people regardless of race, national origin or political persuasion.

Israel has long been a country that prides itself on welcoming all Jews and offering support to all refugees in conscience of the Jews own plight during the Second World War. But a series of damaging stories have shown the current government taking a hard turn against Israels heritage as such a haven.

First, Israel ordered the deportation last Tuesday of thousands of African migrants who have been termed infiltrators, not immigrants, by Israels Population and Immigration Authority. Based on concerns repeatedly voiced by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, a major motivator for the edict was the fear that the unchecked influx of African migrants could present a threat to Israels social fabric and Jewish character.  Seemingly ignored is the fact that such an influx is now all but impossible, given the massive border wall Israel has constructed along its border with Egypt.

An Israeli government minister, speaking to this effect, called the migrants a cancer. Similar statements have been made of Israels Arab population, including Jewish Arabs.

The majority of the estimated 38,000 migrants are from Eritrea and Sudan, where they have fled war and persecution, and clearly meet the legal definition of a refugee according to the 1951 Refugee Convention, an agreement that Israel not only signed but reportedly helped to draft.

However, Israel has managed to avoid its legal obligations by leaving asylum requests unanswered, preventing the migrants from being recognized as refugees. Since 2015, Israel has granted only eight Eritreans and two Sudanese asylum from amongst tens of thousands of applications.

00:15

President Trump still doesn't have outright victory for his policy of banning Muslim entry to USA and the legal fight opposing these bans enters its second year "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


The legal fight against President Donald J. Trumps Muslim travel bans ended 2017 with another victory for the State of Hawaii et al and the fight now enters its second year on 3 February 2018.


For the third time, we are called upon to assess the legality of the Presidents efforts to bar over 150 million nationals of six designated countries1 from entering the United States or being issued immigrant visas that they would ordinarily be qualified to receive. To do so, we must consider the statutory and constitutional limits of the Presidents power to curtail entry of foreign nationals in this appeal of the district courts order preliminarily enjoining portions of 2 of Proclamation 9645 entitled Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats (the Proclamation).

The Proclamation, like its predecessor executive orders, relies on the premise that the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., vests the President with broad powers to regulate the entry of aliens. Those powers, however, are not without limit. We conclude that the Presidents issuance of the Proclamation once again exceeds the scope of his delegated authority. The Governments interpretation of 8 U.S.C. 1182(f) not only upends the carefully crafted immigration scheme Congress has enacted through the INA, but it deviates from the text of the statute, legislative history, and prior executive practice as well.

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00:15

NSW Auditor-General not impressed by government agencies cyber security risk management "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Specific financial reporting, controls and service delivery comments are included in the individual 2017 cluster financial audit reports tabled in Parliament from October to December 2017. [NSW Auditor-General, Report on Internal Controls and Governance 2017, December 2017]

On 20 December 2017 the NSW Auditor-General released the Report on Internal Controls and Governance 2017.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported on 28 December 2017:

Two-thirds of NSW government agencies are failing to properly safeguard their data, increasing the risk of improper access to confidential information about members of the public and identity fraud by cyber criminals.

The finding has emerged from an audit of dozens of government agencies, including those holding highly sensitive personal information collected from millions of citizens, such as NSW Health, the department of education, NSW Police Force, Roads and Maritime Services and the justice department.

While the report by auditor-general Margaret Crawford does not name the agencies failing to properly manage privileged access to their systems, it highlights the potential consequences.

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00:11

SOTT FOCUS: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - December 2017 : Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs "IndyWatch Feed National"

The cold and snow broke many records around the world last month, but the US took the worst of it, with all 50 states having snow on the ground even before winter had officially begun. Northern Mexico, and East Asia faced the worst winter in decades, while some parts of Australia were startled by snow in summer. Meanwhile, the white stuff blanketed the desert and mountains in Northwest China's Xinjiang province. Floods continued to wreak havoc in the Philippines and Indonesia, with thousands displaced, while heavy rain in Albania flooded thousands of homes and tore down roads and bridges. California was scorched by widespread wildfires that burned up to 280,000 acres and destroyed more than 1000 homes, becoming the largest and most destructive wildfire in the modern history of California. With an 'atmospheric river' and downpours predicted for the 1st week of January 2018, things are looking gloomy for the sunshine state. A high level of volcanic activity was seen around the world in December, while a deadly 6.5 earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Java. Meteors sightings increased in December with more and more reports of accompanying "mysterious loud booms", very likely the space rocks exploding overhead. Atmospheric phenomena, including iridescent clouds and "strange lights in the sky, continued to impress people from Sweden to Eastern Russia, but such events are likely evidence of a distinct cooling of the atmosphere, one of many signs of the possible onset of a new ice age. Check it out below!

00:06

First ICO backed by a VC Fund in Latin America "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is much talk about new forms of investment, but very little about addressing the issues haunting the investment ecosystem: the shrinking amount of liquidity on the exit, and the length of the illiquidity period. Mango Startups wants to change that, and it is turning to the blockchain as the answer to the liquidity problem.

 Today, Mango Startups has announced the launch of the first initial coin offering (ICO) for a VC fund in Latin America.

Mango Startups will use blockchain to allow backers to make early-stage investments in promising tech companies. The fund will invest in a diversified portfolio of up to 24 tech startups from different countries in Latin America. The aim is to offer transparency and liquidity as well as a clear exit strategy for the investors.

Our core mission is to democratize venture investments and reshape the traditional Venture Capital industry for startups and investors. We add value to startups and investors through a proven track record of coaching and due diligence methodology. We provide liquidity, transparency, and inclusivity on the blockchain, comments Ami Lebendiker,  Founding Partner of Mango Startups.

Our team coordinates the Latin America Accelerator Network (RETEI). With more than 8 accelerators and +1,000 startups, this network provides a huge pool of talented entrepreneurs and scalable projects to choose from. In order to minimize risk and maximize revenue, all startups in the portfolio must follow these prerequisites:

  1. Have graduated from a renown accelerator program,
  2. Maintain a positive cash flow for at least 6 months and
  3. Provide a service platform or product that is highly scalable. Only the best companies will receive funds to be part of the portfolio.

This initiative enables anyone to invest in early-stage tech companies while keeping the investment liquid from day one.

While equity crowdsourcing brought startup investments to the public, we are hoping that Mango Startups, with its liquidity and inclusivity, will bring more and more people to invest in a growing region like Latin America, while avoiding the inherent risk of investing into a single startup or ICO, said Fernando Arriola, CFO of Mango Startups.

The Ethereum-based token will be made available in cryptocurrency exchanges after the ICO is over.

Massive Benefits of VC Investing vis Digital Token:

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00:04

How to harness herd mentality "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Find the answers in my short article here (or click image).

Wednesday, 10 January

23:56

Nikki Haley hosts Jerusalem UN vote after-party for 'Friends of the US': Countries representing 0.5% of world population show up "IndyWatch Feed National"

What if the US Ambassador to the UN had a party for all of America's true friends? The room might be pretty empty. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley hosted a "Friends of the US" reception Wednesday to thank the 64 brave diplomats who didn't scold Donald Trump for his over-the-top Hanukkah gift to his bro, Bibi Netanyahu. There were three levels of guests at the party, really. First, the VERY welcome guests - those who voted with the US, against the resolution. Numero Uno, of course, Israel: "Israel completely rejects this preposterous resolution. Jerusalem is our capital. Always was, always will be," explained Netanyahu. The other heavyweight nations that proudly stood with the United States were Guatemala, Honduras, Togo ("Africa's Best-Kept Secret") and the wee island states of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, and the Marshall Islands. As USA Today put it, "Four of the countries - Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, and Palau - have combined populations less than Boise, Idaho." This massive amalgamation, this force to be reckoned with, standing arm-in-arm with America, has a total population of less than one half of one percent of the world's population (about 3.7 million).

23:53

FLASHBACK: Worst flu season in history, NHS fears "IndyWatch Feed National"

The NHS is braced for the worst flu season in its history, amid fears that overcrowded hospitals will be unable to cope. The head of the health service has warned that "pressures are going to be real" as he warned that influenza levels are expected to be high. Simon Stevens said Australia and New Zealand - who are just coming out of their winter - have had a "heavy flu season" with many hospitals struggling to deal with demand. And he said scientists would now re-examine the vaccines amid fears that the current jabs may not hold off the infections.

23:47

Sydney is absolutely booming "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydney booms

Wow, even more stunning jobs vacancies figures for New South Wales topping 81,500 for the latest quarter!

To put that in perspective before this cycle no state had ever topping 60,000, although there was a bit of a gap in the ABS survey in 2008-9.

Sydney may be set for a record low unemployment rate this year on this evidence, so it's no wonder it is the premier city of choice for immigrants. 


Jobs vacancies have exploded 17 per cent higher to 210,800, easily the highest level on record.


And the number of unemployed persons per vacancy has declined to the lowest level in years, so finding a job is getting easier. 


Why is this important? Because it suggests that Australia is returning to full employment.

23:37

10 Takeaways From Glenn Simpsons Fusion GPS Senate Testimony "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released a semi-redacted transcript of testimony Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson gave to the Senate Judiciary Committee on August 22, 2017. Simpson had called for release of the testimony in a New York Times op-ed proclaiming the importance of transparency. Simpson and other Fusion GPS principals have resisted invitations to testify from the committees investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. When faced with a subpoena, Simpson used his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to negotiate for a closed-door interview in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The transcript of the testimony runs 312 pages. Feinstein excluded exhibits that were attached to the testimony and redacted highly relevant information about which FBI agents were working with Clinton-funded operatives to investigate the Trump campaign.

During the testimony, staff for Republican chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley alternated with staff for ranking member Feinstein, each group taking one hour at a time. The two followed different paths of questions. Republicans drilled down on Fusion GPSs work for Russian company Prevezon Holdings before discussing the work on the Russia dossier. Democrats focused on the contents of the dossier before asking about other Russian contacts.

Fusion GPS is facing scrutiny about whether its work for Prevezon violated federal requirements to register as a foreign agent, whether people mentioned in the unverified and salacious dossier were defamed, and all sorts of unanswered questions about its work creating the dossier on behalf of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.

In his testimony, Simpson didnt answer or carefully answered questions covering areas where hes legally vulnerable while also defending the dossier product he commissioned. Here are key takeaways.

1. The Most Interesting Part Turned Out Not To Be True

While the testimony is full of details, far and away the most interesting revelation was Simpsons claim that the FBI had a source within the Trump campaign. Simpson said that Christopher Steele, the freelance spy paid for dispatches about Trump, was told by an FBI official that they had a confidential informant in the Trump campaign. This human source from inside the Trump organization was acting in a voluntary manner. It was someone who decided to pick up the phone and report something.

Understandably, that was the big head...

23:24

Malaysia to pay American exploration company up to $70 million if it finds MH370 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Seabed Constructor

The Malaysian government has agreed to pay the American private seabed exploration company Ocean Infinity up to $70 million if it finds the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft MH370 within ninety days of starting its mission in the southern Indian Ocean.

The contract that was signed today (Wednesday) in Putrajaya, just outside Kuala Lumpur, is a no cure, no fee deal. Ocean Infinity confirmed that it will take on the economic risk of the renewed search, only receiving payment if the aircraft wreckage is located.

MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board. It was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

The new search is due to begin by January 17. The focus now is the 25,000-square-kilometre priority zone identified by the Australian Tra...

23:22

Liberal Wonk Tries To Pretend Democrats Didnt Cap Medicare Spending "IndyWatch Feed National"

Heres a policy riddle for you: When is a spending cap not a spending cap? The answer: When a liberal finds it politically inconvenient.

During the confirmation hearing for Health and Human Services Secretary-designee Alex Azar, a staffer for the liberal Center for Budget and Policy Priorities tweeted that Azar supported capping Medicaid. I noted that meant he supported capping Medicaid spending like the caps Democrats enacted as part of Obamacareand thats when the fun began.

First came an attempt at pleading ignorance:

Then I pointed out that Section 3403 of Obamacare charges the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) with enforcing a cap on per-beneficiary spending in Medicare. She responded by saying that IPAB contains restrictions on rationing health care, raising Medicares premiums or cost sharing, cutting benefits, or restricting eligibility.

That response, while accurate, misses the point. First of all, while the law prohibits Medicare from rationing benefits, neither Obamacare nor any other law defines rationing. Former Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified to Congress in 2011 that HHS would need to undertake rulemaking to define rationing. However, as I noted this summer, the Obama Administration never even proposed rules protecting Medicare beneficiaries from rationing under the IPAB per capita capsso how meaningful can those protections actually be?

Capping Spending Does Indeed Reduce It

Second, a cap on spending, by...

23:18

A Lone FDA Scientist Could End the Autism Epidemic "IndyWatch Feed National"

By J.B. Handley, Co-Founder, Generation Rescue and Board Member, World Mercury Project

 

In a brand new published study, the only science vouching for the safety of injected aluminum adjuvant has come under extreme criticism by heavyweight scientists. Dr. Robert J. Mitkusauthor of the misleading aluminum safety study from 2011could change the autism debate forever by telling the truth.

While you were (hopefully) enjoying the winter holidays, a study was published in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry (it went online on December 27th) that could change the autism debate permanently. In fact, this new study placed the burden of proof for the safety of aluminum adjuvants used in vaccines so squarely on the shoulders of a lone FDA scientistDr. Robert J. Mitkusthat he alone could permanently change the outcome of the autism debate. Forever.

Aluminum science is moving at light speed

Science moves at a glacial pace. By scientific standards, what has been learned about the aluminum adjuvant from vaccines in just the past few years has been genuinely revolutionary, and should scare the daylights out of every parent on the planet. Mystifyingly, the first time ANYONE decided to test the impact, biologically, of aluminum adjuvant was 2007, where it was pioneered by Dr. Christopher Shaw at the University of British Columbia. Ill let him explain:

Its hard to put Dr. Shaws work in proper context. Our public health officials, signing off on a massive growth in the number of vaccines given to children, and therefore massive growth in the amount of injected aluminum, had never conducted biological studies to assess the safety of aluminum, which allowed Dr. Shaw to do something groundbreaking in 2007.

It also raises an obvious question: what have our regulatory agencies been relying upon to assess the safety of injected aluminum?

The answer: a single study published in 2011 by Dr. Robert J. Mitkus in the journal Vaccine.

About Dr....

23:15

James Francos Carefully Worded Denial Of Sexual Misconduct Claims Raises Lots Of Questions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last night, Stephen Colbert asked the actor to address recent allegations against him. Franco gave a nuanced answer that were still deciphering.

James Franco had less than a day to bask in his Golden Globes victoryhe won Best Actor in a Comedy for his role in The Disaster Artistbefore the headlines that have become all too familiar zeroed in on him.

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23:04

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 []

22:45

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 []

21:48

ARTS THURSDAY Tribunal and the Jobbing Actor "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arts Thursday with Maisy Stapleton on 11 January brings you a conversation with Lex Marinos, one of Australias best-known actors, as well as broadcaster, director, writer and arts advocate.

Lex has just written The Jobbing Actor: Rules of Engagement, about the work and life of a professional actor, for the Platform Papers series, published by Currency House.

Its essential reading for every aspiring actor!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The program also includes an interview with Paul Dwyer, one of the collaborative team who developed Tribunal a performance merging personal histories with the spirit of a legal tribunal the yet to be created Australian Truth and Reconciliation Tribunal.

The performance is presented at Carriageworks by Fairfield PYT as part of the Sydney Festival from 17 21 January.

LISTEN AGAIN:

The whole program can be heard through the Arts Thursday page http://eastsidefm.org/arts/artsthursday/ by clicking on the date 11 January 2018.

And watch out for individual podcasts at a later date.

Join Maisy Stapleton fortnightly from 10:30 to noon on Arts Thursday for conversations with leaders in the arts, behind-the-scenes of arts events and regular coverage of Sydneys current issues.

FIND O...

21:35

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.

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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...

21:31

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

SIERRA Renton Gene Coulon Park WB

PHOTO COURTESY OF MACHIKO THRELKELD

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,...

21:15

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. 

20:48

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.

20:48

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

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.communitynews.com.au/guardian-express/news/perth-ivy-league-student-jailed-one-punch-attack&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEjJOej6-DIv_UG1v9ZH5H1NtSkEg

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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

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/aap/article-5253761/WA-sprinter-jailed-one-punch-attack.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEIkK-HDEffmIFvzldqDaGpwa_l5g

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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,

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-10/man-sentenced-over-leederville-pub-one-punch-attack/9317702&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFL7Wa6KqYZaC-qIw96oLDyuNZ8gw

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

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20:26

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?)
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20:14

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...

20:14

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.......

20:05

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...

19:45

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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18:54

Nvidia chips are the latest to be hit by Spectre "IndyWatch Feed National"

The graphics chipmaker has revealed that some of its chipsets are among those affected by the Spectre memory flaw, which allows hackers to steal passwords of devices by bypassing their operating systems, reports Reuters. Nvidia says it is providing an initial security update to mitigate aspects of Spectre via a software patch and expects to

The graphics chipmaker has revealed that some of its chipsets are among those affected by the Spectre memory flaw, which allows hackers to steal passwords of devices by bypassing their operating systems, reports Reuters. Nvidia says it is providing an initial security update to mitigate aspects of Spectre via a software patch and expects to work with its partners on future updates to further strengthen mitigations. Affected chipsets include GeForce, Tesla, Grid, NVS, and Quadro.

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18:37

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...

18:34

Positions Vacant - Nest Team Leader / Family Camp Manager "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

We have two last minute positions vacant on our team for Rainbow 2018!  Join the crew and contribute to our amazing event!

18:20

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 OF NEW SOUTH WALES.
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...

17:27

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...

17:02

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 offering 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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17:00

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....

16:47

Russias Interests in Oceania "IndyWatch Feed National"

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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...

16:09

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?

SK

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 before the abyss is 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.

16:03

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 so historically when the North is dry, the South is wet or when the North is very cold the South will get very hot. 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 Australia, reaching 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 la...

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00005 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.90 AUD
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Community Horrified as Cops Kill Upstanding, Unarmed Citizen Traveling to Spiritual Retreat "IndyWatch Feed National"

Community members are horrified and searching for answers after a beloved citizen of Hutchinson, Kansas, was shot and killed by a federal officer while traveling to a spiritual retreat. Tyler Miller, 51, was driving on a curvy, mountain road in the Coconino National Forest in Arizona when he lost control of his pickup truck and hit a large rock, according to a report from KWCH News. However, the details regarding what happened between the time Miller crashed and the time a federal officer opened fire on him, are still largely unknown.

Birds called 'firehawk raptors' are intentionally spreading fires in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

When you think of causes of fire in Australia, you might think of lightning or arsonists but you probably dont think of birds. But at least three birds of prey species spread wildfires in Australia, according to a new paper incorporating indigenous knowledge. Penn State University geographer and lead author Mark Bonta told National Geographic, Were not discovering anything. Most of the data that weve worked with is collaborative with Aboriginal peoplesTheyve known this for probably 40,000 years or more.

15:30

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...

15:27

"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 pic.twitter.com/hWrKTf6X1W Amy Mek (@AmyMek) January...

15:19

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.

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15:08

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.

14:58

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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14:39

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.

14:31

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. https://t.co/AalMFbsRLJ pic.twitter.com/iFbHb9Oc38 Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) January 9, 2018 I think this is the most important thing Tom said - "The...

14:18

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...

13:58

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:

13:41

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...

13:39

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 yesterday morning (Wednesday).

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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12:37

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 

Voltaren-Osteo-Gel

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

Red-Balloon

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

Meriton-Apartments

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

12:24

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

MACKAY January 10, 2018 at 10:33AM ,

Man locked in cop car on scorching day

January 10, 2018 at 10:33AM ,

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"

MACKAY January 10, 2018 at 01:45AM ,

Hospital trip ends in court case for South Mackay mum

January 10, 2018 at 01:45AM ,

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"

MACKAY January 10, 2018 at 01:45AM ,

Price to pay for pot in his saliva

January 10, 2018 at 01:45AM ,

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"

MACKAY January 10, 2018 at 08:30AM ,

Andergrove man faces illegal weapon, ammunition charges

January 10, 2018 at 08:30AM ,

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"

MACKAY January 10, 2018 at 07:00AM ,

Mackay man will fight gun, drug, explosives charges

January 10, 2018 at 07:00AM ,

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"

MACKAY January 10, 2018 at 01:45AM ,

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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12:20

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 

12:18

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 OF NEW SOUTH WALES.
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;...

12:04

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!

CONNECT THROUGH CEREMONY, CELEBRATE THROUGH DANCE.

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.

TICKETS?
Ayni (reciprocity)- $30 Book here https://www.trybooking.com/342622

WHERE & WHEN?
11/1/2018
7PM SHARP
Heart Space
3/46 Acacia Street Byron Bay

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12:01

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....

11:54

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 

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