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Thursday, 12 July


Tokyo: Tattoo-Friendly Sento and Onsen "IndyWatch Feed National"

As tame as your Live Laugh Love tattoo may be at home, in the Land of the Rising Sun, skin ink has traditionally been associated with the Japanese gangsters known as the Yakuza. But obviously not everyone with tatts is into organised crime, and the government is starting to chill out about it too in the interests of social progress and tourism. However, you will still find many sento and onsen that wont let you bathe in their fiery warmths if youre tattooed. Though you can cover up with band-aids and try to make a pass, its best for everyone involved if you just check out these tattoo-friendly joints instead.

  • Togoshi Ginza Onsen in Shinagawa-ku
  • Hisamatsu Yu in Nerima
  • Kugahara-Yu in Ota
  • Asahi-Yu in Sendagi
  • Konparu-Yu in Ginza
  • Jakotsu Yu in Asakusa
  • Pokapoka Land in Takaban-no-yu

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Tokyo: Visit Senso-ji, the Citys Oldest Temple "IndyWatch Feed National"

Get There: 3-1 Asakusa 2-chome, Taito-ku.

Majestic, colourful Senso-ji is swarming with tourists every day of the week. In fact, its main temple, Kannon-do, is the most visited spiritual site in the world, but for good reason: its incredible. According to legend, in 628AD, two brothers fishing in the Sumida River found a golden statue of the Buddhist deity Kannon. Whenever they tried to get rid of it, it would come back, so eventually, someone built a temple to house it.

Once you walk through Sensojis Kaminarimon entrance gate, youll encounter a centuries-old shopping street called Nakamise, which groans with wares like masks, yukata, fans and tasty local snacks. After passing Denpoin (another temple), youll enter a second gate swathed in wafts of incense. This is the sign that youve reached Kannon-do.

Climb the stairs and, once inside, admire the beautiful interior and look upwards, as much of the ceiling is adorned with art. Its also a great chance to find out what the future has in store for you. Along the walls are stacks of wooden drawers marked with Japanese characters. Post 100 yen in the slot, then shake the small box of sticks whilst making a wish. Once you pull a stick out, match its number with a drawer, and inside will be a paper fortune written in both Japanese and English. If your future is good, well fabulous; if its bad, simply tie the piece of paper to what looks like a small clothesline next to you, and leave it there, successfully evading any bad luck that may have otherwise followed you home.



Why youve been drafting your Privacy Policy all wrong "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sure, copy that privacy policy from your competitor at your peril.


Did you suffer a flurry of Weve updated our Privacy Policy emails recently, many from organisations you dont even remember dealing with in the first place?

Or have you been forced to click Accept on some updated T&Cs just to keep accessing services or apps you have been using for years?

Frustrating as hell for the customer, as well as being hypocritical, spamming us about privacy.  Blame the GDPR!

Or, actually. not so much the GDPR, as misinformation about the GDPR.

There seems to have been a widespread misunderstanding that the commencement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe required companies to send everyone on their mailing lists a request to re-consent to stay on their mailing lists.  What a marketing nightmare!  Just imagine how many companies have decimated their contact lists in recent months, having now deleted anyone who didnt actively opt back in.  (Well, I assume they are actually deleting the records of anyone who didnt opt back in, otherwise the whole exercise would be even more pointless and customer-trust-destroying than I first thought.)

And the parallel misconception about GDPR which prompted all those annoying messages was that as long as an organisation gets its customers to agree to its new T&Cs or Privacy Policy, it now has consent to do what it likes with their data.

In other words, the twin common reactions to GDPR were:

OMG we need to get consent from everyone on our mailing list before 25 May or we wont be able to do anything ever again, and

Hey lets get consent by making people tick this box before they can even log back in.

Both of these statements are wrong.

If you have read the GDPR, you will know it doesnt say anything of the sort.

(But BTW if you havent read the GDPR, I dont blame you.  Its no John Grisham page-turner, let me tell you.  Its dense and unstructured.  Europeans could learn a lot about legislative drafting from we Aussies.)

The GDPR does not require consent for every marketing message, or for every other instance of using personal data.  Just like Australian privacy laws, there are plenty of grounds on which an organisation can collect, use or disclose personal data, without needing to seek the individuals prior consent.

But if you do need to rely on consent well, unfortunately the GDPR does not allow you to obtain consent via mandatory T&Cs.

So where do we start sorting out this mess?

First, there are privacy principles (the APPs in Australia, and Article 6 of the GDPR...


Don't expect your residential electricity costs to come down anytime soon "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In three years time the amount of revenue electricity network companies can charge customers will be reduced, which according to the Australian Energy Regulator in its Draft Rate of Return Guideline "could [not would] result in household customers bills decreasing by around $30 to $40 per year".

Remembering all the other failed assurances that the cost of residentail electricity would come down, it is a brave individual who takes this latest prediction at face value.

The Australian Energy Regulator has moved to significantly cut the amount of revenue electricity network companies can charge customers in a bid to take the pressure off households and businesses enduring high power prices.
AER chair Paula Conboy said it would reduce average household electricity bills by about $30 to $40 a year.



One for the history buffs out there "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), The NSW Aborigines Protection/Welfare Board 1883-1969 Map

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Wednesday, 11 July


World Cup 2018: Five times VAR made a difference "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following factbox details five times a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) made an impact at the World Cup. France 2-1 Australia June 16, 2018 Group C Frances first game against Australia was the first time VAR was used to award a penalty at the World Cup. Antoine Griezmann was through on goal and inside the []

The post World Cup 2018: Five times VAR made a difference appeared first on Newtelegraph.


Australian scientists perform experiment succesfully wiping out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes "IndyWatch Feed National"

In an experiment with global implications, Australian scientists have successfully wiped out more than 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes in trial locations across north Queensland. The experiment, conducted by scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and James Cook University (JCU), targeted Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which spread deadly diseases such as dengue fever and Zika. In JCU laboratories, researchers bred almost 20 million mosquitoes, infecting males with bacteria that made them sterile. Then, last summer, they released over three million of them in three towns on the Cassowary Coast. The sterile male mosquitoes didn't bite or spread disease, but when they mated with wild females, the resulting eggs didn't hatch, and the population crashed.


Fairy Meadow man on drug charges "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A FAIRY Meadow man is before the courts after being charged by Strike Force Raptor South with drug and firearm offences in the Illawarra region.

Officers from the Criminal Groups Squads Strike Force Raptor South commenced an investigation into the ongoing supply of and distribution of methylamphetamine.

Following inquiries,...


Byres prepares for rainy day (but outlook remains fine) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Lenders gonna lend

There were nervous onlookers aplenty as APRA Chairman Wayne Byres prepared to speak in Sydney today on prudential lending standards and sound lending practices.

They needn't have been quite so worried, in the event, as Byres reassured markets that while heightened scrutiny had uncovered some displeasing practices, most of the heavy lifting has already been done with regards to tighter lending standards.

For subscribers to our market reports there were a number of familiar themes raised, including that tightening standards have been applied incrementally over a period of several years (rather than overnight as often assumed), a new focus on comprehensive credit reporting to better capture all pre-existing debt commitments of borrowers, and some very useful analysis of lower loan-to-value ratios and the decline of interest-only loans. 

While much has been made of a potential 'credit crunch' - mainly by vested interests hoping to see a potential credit crunch, it must be said - Byres reiterated how in aggregate annual credit growth has continued to track at 'very healthy' levels, especially for owner-occupiers at about 8 per cent.

Of course, there are some unknowns about how this will all play out from here, some market will fare well where demand is high from homebuyers, and others will struggle where the opposite holds true.

Caveat emptor.

Computer says no credit crunch

As Byres was busy adjusting his tie pre-speech in Sydney, financial markets were digesting the latest housing finance figures for the month of May.

Supporting what Byres would go on to say in his speech, there was a seasonally adjusted increase in the number of mortgages written across all loan categories, beating market expectations, and a corresponding increase in the total value of lending.

The 'trend' figures are still shaping lower, but at $31.9 billion the seasonally adjusted housing finance figures were pointing to anything but a credit crunch, especially for the homebuye...


Capitalising on disaster in the Trump era "IndyWatch Feed National"

My latest book, Disaster Capitalism: Making A Killing Out Of Catastrophe, remains continually relevant especially in the Trump era (just a few examples in the news recently include Blackwater founder Erik Prince still obsessed with privatising the Afghan war and a CIA-linked military contractor making money from housing refugees in the US).

UK publisher Taylor and Francis, working with Routledge, recently launched a collection of essays around the issue of disaster capitalism across the world. My essay is adapted from the introduction to my book and updated to include the ongoing threats to making money from misery in the age of Trump.


Janine Mohamed: #BecauseOfHerWeCan "IndyWatch Feed National"

CATSINAM CEO and Narrunga Kaurna woman, Janine Mohamed celebrates NAIDOC week and the extraordinary Aboriginal nurses that have worked to serve their people.


Book endorsement for new work by Palestinian writer Dr Olfat Mahmoud "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was recently asked to endorse the new book by Palestinian writer Dr Olfat Mahmoud whose work is called Tears for Tarshiha. Published by Wild Dingo Press, heres the books blurb:

Olfat Mahmoud, a stateless refugee, is a descendant of the forgotten Palestinians, forced from their homes by the Israeli military in 1948. A former nurse, NGO director and academic, Mahmouds confronting autobiography asks when the world will deliver on its promise and allow her people to return home.

Heres my endorsement:

For too long, Palestinians have remained largely invisible in our media and demonised as terrorists. Its therefore wonderfully refreshing to read the history, reflections and passions of Olfat Mahmoud and understand what exile still means for millions of Palestinians around the world, refused access to their former homeland. I commend this book for its humanity and quest for justice. The Middle East will not see peace until these issues are resolved.
Antony Loewenstein, independent journalist, film-maker, author of Disaster Capitalism: Making A Killing Out Of Catastrophe and My Israel Question


Dolores Wells: nuclear waste dump will save Kimbas future: Shame on Vocal Anti-Nuclear Critics! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Dolores Wells. Submission to Senate standing committee on Economics Re Proposed Radioactive Waste Management Facility

My husband and I lived, worked and began our family in Kimba over 45 years ago and we still regularly visit Kimba to stay with family on their farm at Cortlinye (north of Kimba). This farm has been in the family for 3 generations and is currently owned by our son-in-law and our daughter. Any decision to grant the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility to the Kimba district will not discourage or negatively affect our future visits to our family. I give my permission for this submission to be made public and would be available to speak with the Senate Committee to answer further questions on the Kimba processes with particular reference to:

a). the financial compensation offered to applicants for the acquisition of land under the Nominations of Land Guidelines.

I believe the financial compensation offered is not excessive and would be only a small percentage of future earnings from cropping and mixed farming and is in fact only a piece of an overall farm holding. No farmer would be a willing party to a perceived health risk for his family or future livelihood.

Over 45 years ago when my husband worked as Stock and station agent in Kimba it was a thriving country town and it is now in dire need of another industry to drought proof and ensure the continuation of this wonderful rural community. We have observed the trend of the small farmers struggling to survive (with the high cost of machinery, chemicals etc) and the larger farmer...


Tokyo: Go Back in Time at Yanaka Ginza "IndyWatch Feed National"

Get There: 3 Chome-13-1 Yanaka, Tait. Nippori is the closest JR station, but you can also get there easily from Sendagi station.

Central Tokyo is great, but once you get sick of all the anxiety-inducing neon and crowds of people filming Shibuya Crossing, head to Yanaka Ginza for a slice of old-time quaintness that you may not have expected to find in the big smoke. Yanaka was largely missed by the Allied bombings of WWII, meaning so many of its buildings (among them, dozens of beautiful Buddhist temples) are original and traditionally styled.

Yanaka Ginza its central shopping street or shtengai is riddled with clothing, trinket and snack stores: think rice crackers, crab c...


Tokyo: Animal Cafs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its an unfortunate reality that most animal interactions you dreamed of as a child from swimming with dolphins to posing for selfies with a tiger are actually downright cruel, and the same is true of Tokyo (and greater Japans) animal cafes. So although you might rack up a hundred likes on the gram for cuddling up to a cute hedgehog, that hedgehog is actually a nocturnal creature whose natural habitat is not the bright lights of a caf, and she does not reciprocate your affection (nor that of the hundred others who squeeze, hold and drop her each day).

Dog cafs select pure breeds only and often dress them in nappies; owl cafs are an obvious no, and you can argue that cats enjoy being cuddled, but the felines on display are all picked for temperament and cuteness. Theres actually an (outdoor) park in Ikebukuro you can check out thats kind of an unofficial hub for friendly stray felines, so if you really need to get your fix, head there its northwest of Sunshine City.

Back to Tokyo


Years too late, the ACCC recognises the failure of the NEM "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The latest ACCC report on the National Electricity Market is an incoherent mess, reflecting the breakdown of the neoliberal/market liberal assumptions on which both the ACCC and the NEM are founded. But I can at least endorse this statement

There are many causes of the current problems in the electricity market. At all stages of the supply
chain decisions have been made over many years by many governments that set the NEM on the
wrong course.

As I said in a report to the Electrical Trades Union in 2014

The National Electricity Market was implemented in the context of National Competition Policy and at a time when faith in competitive markets was at its peak. The [resulting design flaws  have led, over 20 years, to the failure of the NEM These failures are not accidental. Rather they can be explained by fundamental and incurable flaws in the NEM model of pricing, regulation and incentives for investment. Marginal adjustments such as those being proposed at present will inevitably prove inadequate.

Back then, as I recall, the idea of that the NEM was a failure was not so popular. Rather, the only obstacle to complete success was said to be the remnants of public ownership in NSW and Queensland.


Tokyo: Swim in the Ome River "IndyWatch Feed National"

Get There: Train to Ikuabata, Sawai or Mitake Station

At the peak of summer, being in Tokyo is much akin to being inside a giant, sweaty armpit. Due to social conventions, its largely inappropriate for adults to frolic in public fountains, and relief only comes when you duck into the airconditioning of a konbini to buy your fifth ice-cream of the day.

Enter the Ome River, which is actually the Tama River, but the Ome section of it. For just 1000(ish) yen, you can jump on a couple of trains for two hours and end up in the other-worldly rural paradise that is Ome and its surrounds. Here, mountains coated in pine forests hug a crystalline blue river perfect for swimming in or picnicking at, or for the more extreme, bouldering alongside, fishing in and canoeing down.

Our favourite section is wedged Ikusabata and Mitake Station, with the main swim spot in front of the restaurants near Sawai Station. The river walk is also gorgeous, and a stroll will take you past beautiful gardens and farmlands peppered with honesty boxes for homemade jams, veggies and bags of tea l...


Anti-Vaxxers provide new model for the world in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

As the Australian bureaucrats double-down on their de-facto forced vaccination schemes (see ZeroHedge's latest article "Australia Will Now Fine Parents Twice a Month If They Don't Vaccinate Their Kids"), I'm re-posting this piece I wrote in March as a testament to all those throughout the Western world who fight for health freedom... And, for all the latest on Australian medical tyranny and more, it's imperative you go to The talks from "The 2018 Sydney Vaccination Conference - The Censorship of the Vaccination Debate in Australia" are now posted there (see here and here). Out of the ashes of government tyranny comes a solution. In the Australian state of Queensland, childcare facilities can refuse to allow unvaccinated children to attend, so...


Locals step up to help refugees "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Residents gather every Thursday outside MP Kevin Hogans office to protest the federal governments asylum seeker policy. Photo supplied

The plight of people who have tried to seek asylum in Australia but have ended up detained on Nauru and Manus Island is once again being highlighted on July 19 outside Kevin Hogans office in Lismore from 4 till 5pm.

The 5 years too many vigil marks the fifth anniversary of the speech by Kevin Rudd when he stated that any people seeking asylum who arrive by boat will never settle in Australia thus resulting in the terrible situation on Manus and Nauru, said Gunela Astbrink, president of the Ballina Region for Refugees (BR4R).

Working to assist both refugees in Australia and those stranded on Nauru BR4R have formed both the Nauru friendship group and a homestay program.


The Nauru friendship group is a way to support women in Nauru by being in regular contact and building meaningful, supportive relationships.

Quite a lot of the women have been there for five years in mouldy tents and challenging conditions, said Gunela.

There are about ten women locally who are in contact with women in Nauru using things like WhatsApp, texting and Facebook.

It involves talking to women and being a friend and support sharing photos and reaching out. This is very important for people who feel they have no end in sight and no-one cares, said Gunela.

Weve just received a call to help a severely depressed man in Nauru to get a friendship link here. We are always keen to have more local men and women to assist.


The main activity of the BR4R is a homestay program that provides refugees on bridging visas with a chance to have a holiday. The recent fundraiser by the Ballina Players raised around...


Unfunded excellence: on the mid-career crisis for Australian artists "IndyWatch Feed National"

Access and sustainability go hand in hand. The harder it gets to sustain a career in the arts, the more we will only see work made by the young and privileged, and a narrow band of established artists who slot easily into funded or commercial success.


Picture House puts shout out for upgrade funding "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

North Coast parliamentary secretary, Ben Franklin with Bruns Picture House crew
Pete Castaldi, Chris Chen and Brett Haylock. Photo Jeff Dawson

An enthusiastic crowd gathered on Wednesday (July 11) at the Brunswick Picture House to hear producer Peter Castaldi introduce its plans to seek a combination of government and private funding for a renewal of the popular venue.

Planned works include a new roof, a disabled-access toilet block and, to the delight of the crowd, more comfortable seats and air-conditioning.

Owner Brett Haylock said hundreds of thousands of dollars had been spent so far on the long-term project, pointing particularly to a $60,000 fire hose, and thanked the local community for their strong support despite attempts from some quarters to derail their plans.

There are very few secrets around the Picture House; we tend to shout loud and proud about everything we do. But one thing most people are not in any way aware of, is that we are not-for-profit and that my partner Chris Chen and I have brought in significant private sector investment and this has funded all the works to date, Brett said.

For the first time the Picture House will now be making applications to Regional Arts NSW, and other government agencies for the next phase of a long-planned capital works program.

Chris Chen said that in order to fully fund detailed future venue improvements, we will now need to expand our financial support base to both government and private sectors.

The total cost of the new fit-out is estimated to be around $1 million.

An animated and passionate Ben Franklin MLC addressed the crowd, vowing to give 100 per cent of his effort to support the venues funding applications, telling Echonetdaily that the unique, creative venue was exactly what this local area needs.



The post Picture House puts shout out for upgrade funding appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00012 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 0.85 AUD


Victorian CDC bus drivers strike for better wages "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

Yesterday, About 600 bus drivers have walked off the job for 24 hours in Melbourne, Ballarat and Geelong, disrupting regular services on more than 70 routes.

CDC Victoria workers and members of the Transport Workers Union, walked off the job at midnight.  Pickett lines were set up at depots in Wyndham, Oakleigh, Geelong and Ballarat, where the drivers were joined by their families, members of other unions and other supporters.

They are after a 4 percent Wage rise and management is offering only 2.5 percent. According to the union, this stoppage is part of an ongoing campaign, which if need be will involve further stoppages this Friday and \at the beginning of next week.

TWU national vice president John Berger said 95 per cent of members had voted in favour of the strike action, which was the first such action by bus drivers for 20 years.

The reason behind the campaign for a wage increase is that these drivers are the lowest paid in the industry, getting just $26 to $28 an hour. The claim is a benchmark that will be taken over to other companies.

The union has publicly apologised to commuters for the disruption that the industrial action has caused and may cause in the days ahead. Inconvenience has not stopped public sympathy from coming in.

A message from the union stated:

The buses stopped today because CDC TWU members decided to fight for a fair and reasonable wage rise a fair share of the fare.

While the rest of Victoria was sleeping, these staunch members gathered in the freezing cold on picket lines from 4:40am at CDC depots in Wyndham, Oakleigh, Geelong and Ballarat. Many are still out there right now.

They would rather be working in the comfort of a heated bus or home with their family than out in the elements and inconveniencing some commuters.

But there comes a time when you have to look after yourself and these TWU members have drawn a line in the sand.

The fact they have gathered in great numbers to picket today tells you how serious this issue is, how insulted they were by the companys latest sub-standard wage offer and how determined they are to dig in. So get behind their fight for the Victorian Bus Industry Agreement, and We must stand together and will show CDC and the rest of the Victorian Bus Industry that you are worth more than the current sub-standard CDC offer.

And never forget that this is not just a fight between CDC members and the rich multinational, but a fight for the 2018 Bus Industry Agreement.

Many ordinary people are unhappy about the condition of wages in Australia and dont think it is fair that the worker is receiving a shrinking share of the income,...


PERTH Police car stolen as officers chase alleged Cloverdale burglar "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Police car stolen as officers chase alleged Cloverdale burglar .

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He will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today. Police are appealing for anyone with information in relation to these incidents to call Crime .


PERTH Youre nicked! Police car stolen by opportunistic thief while cops were chasing a suspected robber "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Youre nicked! Police car stolen by opportunistic thief while cops were chasing a suspected robber .

July 11, 2018 at 12:15PM .

He is expected to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today in relation to the offences. As the identity of the car thief remains unknown, police are .


PERTH WA Police car stolen by opportunistic thief as officers chased alleged burglar "IndyWatch Feed National"

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WA Police car stolen by opportunistic thief as officers chased alleged burglar .

July 11, 2018 at 08:59AM .

The 29-year-old Ascot man is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court later today. Police are continuing to search for the car thief and have urged .



PERTH Man whose body was discovered by police at his rental home was tortured before being murdered "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man whose body was discovered by police at his rental home was tortured before being murdered .

July 11, 2018 at 01:50AM .

The owner of the house, Dominic Calabro, was charged with Trans alleged murder and made a brief appearance in Perth Magistrates Court on .



MACKAY Drug Enforcement, Andergrove "IndyWatch Feed National"

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MACKAY Woman charged after police allegedly find drugs in raid "IndyWatch Feed National"

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U.S. judge allows lawsuits over Monsantos Roundup to proceed to trial "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

From Robert Kennedy Jnr. Great news in our federal case against Monsanto (not to be confused with DeWayne Johnsons case in California Superior Court which we are currently trying before a San Francisco jury)!! The federal case consolidates some 300 cases of our clients who claim that Monsanto s herbicide Roundup caused their non Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL). Monsanto filed a so called Daubert motion for summary judgment dismissing our case on the basis that we failed to prove General Causation. In other words, that our theory that Roundup exposure causes NHL is not established science. Federal District Judge Vince Chhabria found that we had met our burden and gave us the green light to go on to the next phase, which is presenting our scientific and medical evidence on specific causationie demonstrating that our clients got their NHL from exposure to Roundup. We still have some discovery to complete before those cases go to trial. Meanwhile, both sides completed opening statements yesterday in DeWayne Johnsons case and we put our first witnesses on today.

The full article can be viewed here.

The post U.S. judge allows lawsuits over Monsantos Roundup to proceed to trial appeared first on Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare .


The Path of resistance Public Event "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Path of resistance

First Nations solidarity and the Wangan & Jagalingou
Traditional Owners fight for their future



6:30 Pm to 8:00 PM, 16th JULY 2018

State Library of Queensland, Auditorium 1, Level 2,

Stanley Place, South Brisbane 


This public event is hosted by the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council and the UQ Human Rights Consortium, as part of an international symposium.

The four-day symposium bringing together national and international Indigenous rights thinkers and activists is being held at the University of Queenslands Global Change Institute.

This important evening event at the State Library will be hosted by Tony McAvoy SC, a Wangan & Jagalingou Traditional Owner and Australias first Indigenous Senior Counsel, and will feature

~ Adrian Burragubba, senior Wangan and Jagalingou leader and Traditional Owners Council spokesperson

~ Murrawah Johnson, Wangan and Jagalingou youth leader and Council spokesperson

with special guests

~ Dr. Anne Poelina, Nyikina Traditional Custodian of the Mardoowarra, West Kimberley and Director of Madjulla Inc.

~ Dave Archambault, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leader during the protest to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

~ Lisa Wade, Council Member, Naydiniaa Na Kayax (Chickaloon Village Traditional Council)

~ Walter Echo-Hawk, Pawnee Native American attorney, tribal judge, author, activist, and law professor

Hear from these extraordinary leaders who are on the frontline of Indigenous Peoples resistance to mining and resource projects that would destroy ancestral lands and damage the global climate.

Guests will speak of their own movements defending their human rights, their lands and waters, and the solidarity they share with the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners who are trying to halt Adanis Carmichael Coal mega-mine on their country, alongside other mines of mass destruction that could be built in the Galilee Basin of Central Queensland.

Wangan and Jagalingou leaders will affirm the rights of First Nations people to assert their claim to their ancestral lands in tangible and meaningful ways, including the right...


First walk with me: on our assumptions about refugees "IndyWatch Feed National"

We none of us have understood what dreams meant, none of us have had childhood, none of us have understood what life is, none of us have had wishes, because we have all been struggling to find some place to breathe, to stay alive, to fill our empty stomachs.


Helicopter funds will stay on North Coast after court battle "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

At the official handover of one of the new, larger aircraft bought for the new helicopter service.

An out-of-court settlement between the old and new operators of the Westpac Helicopter Rescue service will see community-raised funds intended to support the former service stay on the North coast.

But the compromise will see some money raised for the old service being distributed to local Surf Life Saving Clubs.

The wrangle was complicated by the involvement of Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA), which auspiced the original Northern Region SLSA Helicopter Rescue Service Pty Ltd (Northern) for 35 years.

When Northern NSW Helicopter Rescue Service Limited (NNSW) took over the running of the service last year, they argued funds raised should stay in the region they were raised and applied specifically to the helicopter service.

NNSW commenced its new operations covering the larger North Coast, Northern Rivers and Northern Tablelands region from a new base at Lismore Airport on April 27 last year.

In September, NNSW began proceedings to ensure Northern did not distribute funds away from the service.

NNSW CEO Richard Jones said at the time that he believed the board of the old service was on the brink of distributing money to Surf Life Saving Clubs and other charities outside the region after Northern ceased its operations.

The parties have now settled the proceedings, with the funds being distributed to NNSW and SLSA to be applied to support the helicopter rescue service and Surf Life Saving programs in northern New South Wales.

Northerns chair, Warren Tozer OAM, said he was pleased that the matter was resolved in accordance with Northerns constitution and contractual obligations.

Graham Ford AM, President of SLSA, said it was satisfied with the outcome and was pleased that settlement could be reached through mediation between the parties.

Volunteer fundraising

Surf Life Saving members and hundreds of local volunteers have spent many thousands of hours supporting the helicopter rescue service in the Northern region during the past three decades and, this settlement ensures criti...


Railway Park rotunda on the move "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An image from the Byron Bay master plan, which shows a possible redevelopment of Railway Park, with no rotunda in sight. (supplied)

Aslan Shand

The development and beautification of Railway Park in Byron Bay is once again under the microscope as Byron Council, the Masterplan Team and the Byron Environment Centre (BEC) try to negotiate an outcome that is acceptable to the community.

Tension was originally sparked following a notice of eviction sent to the BEC management team in October 2017 and the removal of several mature trees from the park. These events occurred without the knowledge of councillors under the alleged auspices of the Byron Masterplan team. The Masterplan Team then categorically denied that they had any knowledge of the plan and the then-general manager Ken Gainger issued a public apology over the handling of the situation.

Currently Council are looking at moving the BEC rotunda either out of the park or re-locating it within the park. However, this has been coupled with the resolution to seek expressions of interest from other community groups to manage the rotunda.

BEC communicating with the community in Railway Park. Their eviction was originally slated for December 13 last year. Photo supplied.

Council: BEC has no licence

Byron Shire Council told The Echo that the BEC was not approved by Council and there is no record of any licence, lease or other documented authorisation for occupation of the structure.

This is disputed by BEC president John Lazarus, who says that after BEC saved the structure from demolition for a community asset...


India urged to protect its people and economy in RCEP talks "IndyWatch Feed National"

July 11, 2018: As the next round of negotiations in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership gets underway in Bangkok, the main dynamic is resistance by India to tariff reduction demands by Australia and New Zealand, and to medicine monopoly demands by Japan and South Korea. The RCEP involves the 10 ASEAN countries, plus China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

The Center for Community Economics and Development Consultants Society in India has published a Country Briefer that spells out the challenges for India, which, they argue, so far has come out second from free trade agreements with ASEAN, South Korea, Japan and Malaysia.

In the RCEP India made differential offers of tariff cutes to the ASEAN countries, and then to South Korea and Japan, and the smallest to China, Australia and New Zealand countries with which it has no existing FTA.

After 22 rounds of negotiations, India has doubled its tariff cut offer to China, Australia, New Zealand, but Australia and New Zealand are demanding more.

India has made greater access by its Information Technology professionals into the service sectors of RCEP countries a priority, but has made no apparent progress.

The author argues that the RCEP talks are shrouded in secrecy, no documents have been published, and leaks provide the only insights. India has made no public consultations with civil society, and the government faces widespread opposition and protests from trade unions, farmers, manufacturers and the generic medicine sector.

It concludes that India would be prudent to focus on domestic economic reforms, invest in trade infrastructure and to address the problems with its existing FTAs. In the RCEP negotiations, India should stand firm protect its domestic industries and sectors, and the rights and welfare of the Indian people.


Steve McMurrays Fantastic Research, Part 1: MK-Ultra in Australian Academia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Steve McMurray

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

McMurray has blown academia open. Here are some of the names: Antony Kidman, Leonas Petrauskas, Martin Orne, Paul Ekman, Phil Sutcliffe, and Martin Seligman. This article can only skim the main points, but you can see Steves excellent interview with Jan Irvin on Youtube.

The Dreaded Martin Orne of Harvard

One day in 2010, Blanche Chavoustie and Rita (not her real name) were staying in my home in Massachusetts. Blanche asked Rita if she knew Harvard psychiatrist Martin Orne. She said no. I hadnt heard of him either, so I opened my laptop to Google him. Rita, sitting on the sofa next to me, saw Ornes photo. You should have seen the look on her face. It will be with me forever. It seems Orne was her trainer and she had never even known his real name.

We now know tha...


Audio: How to use drones without stressing wildlife "IndyWatch Feed National"

On this episode of the podcast we discuss the increasing use of drones by wildlife lovers, researchers, and businesses, how that might be stressing animals out, and how drone hobbyists can make a meaningful contribution to science while avoiding wildlife harassment. Listen here: Our guest is Alicia Amerson, a marine biologist, drone user, and science communicator. She tells us why its critical to have best practices for drones in place not only to guide hobbyists making videos of whales or birds, but especially before companies like deploy fleets of drones in our skies. After getting a Masters degree in marine biodiversity and conservation from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, Amerson spent two seasons on a research project flying drones over mother whales and their calves in Australia. Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, are a hot topic in conservation research these days. Theyre used to monitor coral reefs and wildlife for instance, and can actually be used to produce wildlife population counts much more quickly and accurately than traditional methods allow. But when Amerson returned home to California from Australia, she noticed the use of drones on the coastline was becoming much more common, especially among drone hobbyists and wildlife lovers. She was alarmed: wildlife like seabirds, seals, and sea lions on the California coast are often disturbed by humans, and the drones were just adding another level of disturbance. Thats when Amerson convened a group of experts to develop


Opinion divided over Mullumbimby sewer trial "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Brunswick Valley Sewerage Treatment Plant. Photo Contoltek Services

Paul Bibby

Byron Councils decision to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a low-pressure sewerage system trial in Mullumbimby has produced an angry response from residents who say it flies in the face of expert advice and common sense.

But the council says the low-pressure system has been used very effectively in New Brighton and offers the best value for money.

The council voted in favour of the 20-house trial at its last meeting on June 21 as part of a $500,000 project to address the chronic issues of inflow and infiltration into the sewerage system in Mullumbimby.

Unlike the existing gravity-based system currently being used, low-pressure sewers use a small pump station located at each house to move wastewater through.

Data gathering

The Mullumbimby trial would also involve gathering data from each house about precisely how much sewage is produced each day.

Proponents of the trial say this would allow Council to get the clearest indication yet of how much water is getting into the towns aging, earthenware sewers.

But some locals living in and around Mullumbimby strongly oppose the trial and are calling on the council to abandon it and undertake a proper comparative analysis of the different possible solutions.

Resident Patricia Warren said that this type of comparative study had been undertaken by Council staff prior to introducing a low-pressure sewer system at New Brighton, and that they had recommended against pursuing this option.

The report concluded that a vacuum system was the best option, Ms Warren said.

Instead, a low-pressure pump system was installed.

Property owners [in New Brighton] have been unaware of electricity charges being connected to their power bills and a number of pumps have had to be replaced within what would otherwise...


Australians are showing signs of jacking up against rising poverty "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Australia is in serious trouble. Wages have not only stagnated. They provide for less than they used to. Most find that it is getting harder to make ends meet, and many can only maintain their standard of living, by getting into ever growing debt.

Pensioners of all kinds, and especially the unemployed are finding survival even tougher. Indigenous Australians are the worst off.

Despite this harsh reality, there are still grounds for optimism. Concern about poverty and the economy have now become a priority for the Australian community. There is a stirring among those who do not want to accept it, and who, as individuals or members of groups, work to make a difference. It brings great potential to draw others into  building a powerful movement for change.

Activity founded on compassion and fighting for the right of everyone to have a decent life is having an impact. The truth is being uncovered. More people are speaking out. There is a higher level of anger, coupled with a growing realisation that the political system is failing and not providing answer to problems crying out for attention. Politicians are no longer trusted by most people, and this must inevitably lead to a search for alternative answers.

This ferment has been enough to pressure the media, to as least some recognition to the problems. Telling us that things are getting better, that there is light at the end of the tunnel, or we just have to wait for the trickle down effect doesnt wash. No one believes these things anymore.

On 3 July, an episode of Insight on SBS television exposed, just how tough life is for a considerable number of Australian, and that one out of five kids go without meals because of poverty. Mission Australia, the salvation Army and other welfare organisations have reported, that a rising number of older people are ending up homeless. Further reports show that young Australians are doing it hard and that women are particularly vulnerable.

Then there is the list of ongoing sagas involving Centrelink,  the rolling out of the Indue welfare card, and the terrible treatment of Indigenous Australians.

The Australian Unemployed Workers Union (AUWU) is battling against the odds, campaigning for a...


NAIDOC week celebrations continue in Byron "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bundjalung Bunyarra Dubay dancers Ellie Davidson, Indira Arnold Freire, Belle Arnold, Delta Kay, Minyani Webber, Nickolla Clark and Rikkara McGuiness launched NAIDOC week at Mondays Council HQ flag raising. Photo Jeff Dawson

There is plenty still going on during the remainder of NAIDOC week around the Byron Shire, giving everyone the chance to understand and appreciate our Australian heritage and culture.

The theme for this year is Because of Her, We Can an acknowledgement of the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in communities around the country.

The Aboriginal Art Exhibition is showing at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall till July 8. The Mullum family fun day is on Wednesday 11 July from 10am at the Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre.

The Bundjalung of Byron family cultural day will be held on Thursday 12 July starting at 10am in Railway Park with celebrations continuing  at Dening Park, Byron Bay, between 11am and 2pm.

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AVO SUBJECTS FACE LIFE BAN ON GETTING GUN LICENCE!!! Open to abuse!!! "IndyWatch Feed National"

ANYONE who has been the subject of an apprehended violence order would be banned from obtaining a gun licence under options being discussed by top police and the NSW government amid an estranged father murdering his two teenage kids.
The only problem with this is that some people request an AVO against other people just for spite & are in fact in no danger from a violent attack. So this would mean that if anyone wanted someone banned from getting a gun licence, all they have to do is action an AVO against that person. Right now, anyone issued with an AVO can have their guns confiscated!!! A close friend of mine had a false AVO issued against him from a neighbour who was in fact abusing his own wife!!! My friend was only able to keep his guns because I took them from his home & locked them in my own gun safe in my home.

This situation is simply not good enough, I totally agree that if an AVO is genuinely required because there is a genuine fear of violence being carried out by a person, then that person should not have access to firearms (he or she will have to use some other weapon!). But how are the police going to know what is a genuine request for an AVO & which is not?

In the case of these teenagers being shot by their father, the laws were & are already in place, the reason this man had these guns was because the NSW Firearms Registry & the gun club both FAILED to follow corre...


Why should we be standing up for Standing Rock? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Standing up for Standing Rock. Photo Angus Mordant

The Standing Rock protests in the US against the construction of 1,886 kilometre underground oil pipeline has garnered international support. Part of the proposed pipeline cuts through contested Indian Sioux territory and there are concerns a leak could have severe environmental impacts.

While the Northern Rivers has a history of political activism stretching back to 70s with saving the Terania Creek rainforests through to the CSG-free protests at Bentley just a few years ago the Dakota Access Pipeline is 14,000 kilometres away from here.

Coinciding with Angus Mordant: Standing Rock photographic exhibition currently at the Lismore Regional Gallery, tomorrow nights Thursday Night Live! Asks Why does it matter to us?

Presented by the gallery and Southern Cross University, Thursday Night Live! is a monthly talks program putting critical, thought-provoking topics in the spotlight.

The panellists are Dr Shawn Wilson, an Opaskwayak Cree from northern Manitoba, Canada and Southern Cross University academic; human rights activist Dr Cristy Clark from the School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross; and Elly Bird, a Lismore City councillor and one of the leaders of the Gasfield Free Northern Rivers campaign.

Protest or home invasion?

Dr Shawn Wilson said with Standing Rock evolving into an international protest movement, it called into question the difference between a protestor and someone who is defending themselves from a home invasion.

In the West we have partially embraced the concept free and informed consent, with the exception of when there is a corporate profit to be made: then we all become aware of how profit outweighs any balance between risk and benefit especially when that risk is diffused. So corporate profit comes ahead of risks to the environment, community cohesion, or cultural continuity.

But when a community stands up for themselves against the government or big corporations, how is it framed in the media?  Are they defending themselves and their homes or are they protesters pushing their own agenda? questioned Dr Wilson.




Welcome to Byron: iconic homestead dying of neglect "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Higgins Homestead in Ewingsdale, at the Gateway to Byron Bay. Photo Jeff Dawson

Simon Alderton

Do you believe in love at first sight? Many people love Byron, but at first sight turning onto Ewingsdale Road you pass The Farm, the hospital and then lot 101 an abandoned homestead on a beautiful elevated piece of land with a few grazing cows. You cant miss this house, it stands out for miles as you drive the main road into town and looks most unloved.

Driving past every day I often imagined this historic homestead in all its glory. What a stunning entry into one of the most unique, character filled towns in Australia. Then, I wondered how on earth this amazing property was allowed to fall into such disarray?

My curiously led me to ask questions about the Higgins Homestead on the Byron Facebook page and an avalanche of responses followed. Stories going back into Byrons history, music videos showing the pop group Dope Lemon dancing around the quintessentially Australian verandah and of course, lots of angst from local residents about the sad tale of its contemporary demise.

Many locals know that this property is currently owned by Belbeck Investments, part of the majority Chinese owned McDonalds beef empire with an interest in property. In 2013 they sought rezoning of the 15-hectare precinct for a proposed 200 or so unit retirement village on the site; the Higgins Homestead was to be restored, but lost in amongst the urban sprawl.

Council deemed the development inappropriate and knocked it back and the house has been left to the elements ever since. The doors and windows disappeared and internal features vandalised.

It is understood that Belbeck currently has the heritage listed house on the market and are currently in negotiations with a potential buyer with the hope that the property will be going under contract soon. It is interesting that the real estate agent advertised the property as a development site, yet the house and farm are still zoned as rural.

Happier days

In happier days before investors held the title deeds, this house was inhabited by the Higgins family until 1967 and then the Grisell Family until 1993, when the homestead was last inhabited.

Edward Higgins bought the property...


Hooyah!: Thai cave rescuers celebrate "IndyWatch Feed National"

A handout photo made available by Thai Navy SEAL Facebook page on 10 July 2018 shows the last four of Thai Navy Seals members, who stayed with the youth soccer team and their assistant coach inside a cave until they all were rescued, at the Tham Luang cave, Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Chiang Rai province, Thailand, 10 July 2018.

CHIANG RAI, AAP Hooyah was the rallying cry of a nation as the rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from the Tham Luang cave system in northern Thailand came to a joyous end.

The Thai navy SEALs chant rang around the media centre opposite the site when news filtered through around 6.30pm local time on Tuesday that coach Ekapol Chanthawong, 25, was the last to be extracted from the cave after more than two weeks.

The chant also greeted the head of the rescue mission Narongsak Osottanakorn as he entered a press conference three hours later to the glow of local and international media spotlights.

We did something no-one else thought was possible, he said as he thanked the Thai and international rescue team.

He was momentarily interrupted with cries of Hooyah! Hooyah! by jubilant support staff.

We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what. All the 13 Wild Boars are now out of the cave, Thai Navy SEALs posted on Facebook, referring to the football team name. Everyone is safe.

Narongsak also paid tribute to Lieutenant Smaan Kunan, the ex-navy SEAL diver who died during a mission last week while delivering oxygen in the cave, saying his sacrifice would be remembered.

The astonishing rescue story has gripped Thailand and the world since the group was discovered alive by two British cave divers on July 2, nine days after disappearing while exploring the cave system.

It was a miracle they had survived and an even greater one that the rescue team, including international caving experts, were able to hatch a plan to get them out alive.

Australia played a vital role in the rescue, sending 19 personnel including six military divers and Adelaide doctor and diver Richard Harris who on Saturday assessed the boys health and cleared the way for the daring operation to go ahead.



Energy watchdog wants $40 power price cut "IndyWatch Feed National"

CANBERRA, AAP The energy watchdog wants power companies to cut up to $40 a year from bills, as Labor argues they must also show why an energy royal commission isnt necessary.

Coalition backbench MPs and the Greens are pressuring the government for a major inquiry into the energy industry, which has seen prices skyrocket for households and businesses.

Labor is yet to formally consider whether it wants to hold a royal commission.

Its up to the companies and the government to show a royal commission isnt necessary, Labor frontbencher Jim Chalmers told Sky News on Monday.

The Australian Energy Regulator on Tuesday released its draft guidelines for the rate of return companies can expect from their energy investments.

If the rate of return is too high, over-investment could follow and customers pay more than necessary. If it is too low insufficient investment may result, risking reliability, AER chair Paula Conboy said on Tuesday.

Companies have 50 days to respond to the new draft guidelines.

If implemented, this draft guideline could result in household customers bills decreasing by around $30 to $40 per year, Ms Conboy said.

Cutting prices is the aim of the coalitions national energy guarantee policy, which is causing tension within the Liberal and National party rooms.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has rejected calls for an energy royal commission, promising an illuminating Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report will be released this week.

Assistant minister Zed Seselja said he would wait and see if a another inquiry was necessary after the ACCCs findings.

The type of inquiry is not something Id get hung up on. What I want to see is maximum pressure put on (retailers), Senator Seselja told Sky News.

Hes confident Mr Turnbull and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will get enough internal support to get the governments energy plan through the partyroom.

The Electrical Trades Union said report after report showed the Australian energy market was failing customers.

All of these reports continue to show us the laws that created this fabricated electricity market are a complete failure, national secretary Allen Hicks said.

Its unnecessarily complicated but deliberately so, so corporate interests can hide their profiteering.

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The Chinny charge is on again "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Former Chinny Charge champ Colin Creighton who fired the starting gun at the 2017 event after a 16-year hiatus. Photo Jeff Dawson

The Chincogan Charge will be running again this year on September 8 following its successful re-launch in 2017 with 500 runners.

This year we are adding in childrens races for six-to eleven-year-olds, said Jenelle Stanford, president of the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce and the driving force behind the race.

The race will start and finish at the Post Office and the kids will run to the base of the mountain and back adults need to accompany children.

The afternooon will feature a-tug-of-war organised by the Brunswick Valley Historical Society.

There is a limit of six teams that can enter the tug-of-war and nomination forms can be collected from the Mullumbimby Newsagents.

The Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club will be sponsoring the professional runners prizes while The Echo will sponsor the first locals across the line.

They have just launched their website so find out more at:

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MACKAY Mackay court news "IndyWatch Feed National"

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It is time to celebrate Billinudgel "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Wilfred Street Billinudgel will be the venue for a new spring festival. Photo

Billinudgel is reimagining itself and will be decking its streets in preparation for spring as it creates a new festival for the town this September 22.

After the devastating floods of Cyclone Debbie the people and businesses of the town are coming together to create a fun-filled family day that will showcase businesses from Billinudgel and the surrounding areas that were affected by the floods.

There will be street performers, music, historical demonstrations, delicious food and more for everyone to get involved in and enjoy. The afternoons fun will then culminate at the Billinudgel Hotel where there will be live entertainment throughout the evening.

Get involved

Currently the organisers are asking businesses, members of the community, stallholders and performers who would like to get involved in the day to fill out an expression of interest online at

The first preference will go to businesses and the surrounding areas, particularly those businesses that were affected by the floods many of who are still getting back on their feet said one of the organisers Damon Robbins. But everyone is welcome to apply

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As Deraa, Syria, is liberated, remember: This is where the jihadi revolution began "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Western powers present the battle of Deraa as a symbol of the failure of the combat they were supporting. This is absolutely exact, but not in the way they mean. Let's return to the events which triggered the hostilities. From 4 February 2011, a mysterious Facebook account called Syrian Revolution 2011 (in English in the original text) called for a demonstration every Friday against the Syrian Arab Republic. Using exclusively Sunni symbols, while pretending to speak in the name of all Syrians, it set the rhythm for events for several years. According to Al-Jazeera, on 16 February, 15 adolescents (and then 8 of their friends) were arrested in Deraa for having tagged slogans hostile to President el-Assad. They were allegedly tortured, and the local representative for state Security allegedly insulted their parents. To this day, although it has been confirmed that the minors were held in custody for several hours by the police, the torture and the insults have never been proved. The videos and the interviews broadcast by the Anglo-Saxon Press are terrible, but they correspond neither to the original Qatari reports nor to what was verified on site. John McCain is an elected US Senator, and is also president of one of the branches of the National Endowment for Democracy, one of the secret services of the Five Eyes (USA-UK-Australia-Canada-New Zealand) [1]. On 22 February, he was in Lebanon, where he tasked the transport of weapons in Syria to the Haririst deputy Okab Sakr. He also journeyed to Ersal in order to establish a future rear base for the jihadists.


Paranoid US senator after visit to Moscow: Putin is evil, Russian govt is mafia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A U.S. senator who traveled to Russia with a Republican congressional delegation last week said President Vladimir Putin could not be trusted and likened dealing with Moscow to "dealing with the mafia." Senator John Kennedy (Republican-Louisiana) also told reporters on July 9 that he warned the Russian government to "stop screwing with American elections." Comment: Alpha-male fail: when you puff up your chest and warn your opponent to stop doing something they were never doing in the first place or else something bad will happen to them. Made famous by Australian Tony "I'm gonna shirtfront Putin!" Abbott. Kennedy said the senators warned the Russians that if they interfere in U.S. midterm elections in November, lawmakers "will hit you with sanctions even harder than what we have right now." Comment: He said he told the Russians to "get out of eastern Ukraine and let them self-determine" and "to get out of Crimea and let Crimea self-determine." Comment: Self-determination - we do not think that word means what Senator Kennedy thinks it means. Kennedy added he also warned Moscow to "stop screwing around in Syria and help us settle the mess [and] do not allow Iran to get a foothold in southern Syria." Comment: Kennedy just might be the stupidest man in the U.S. senate... "Because if you do that, there's going to be another war," he added, speaking on Capitol Hill.


Australian Anti-Vaxxers Provide New Model for the World "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Jon Rappoport

As the Australian bureaucrats double-down on their de-facto forced vaccination schemes (see ZeroHedges latest article Australia Will Now Fine Parents Twice a Month If They Dont Vaccinate Their Kids), Im re-posting this piece I wrote in March as a testament to all those throughout the Western world who fight for health freedom

And, for all the latest on Australian medical tyranny and more, its imperative you go to The talks from The 2018 Sydney Vaccination Conference The Censorship of the Vaccination Debate in Australia are now posted there (see here and here).

March 4, 2018

Out of the ashes of government tyranny comes a solution.

In the Australian state of Queensland, childcare facilities can refuse to allow unvaccinated children to attend, so

Parents there have formed their own community, whic...


Former head of Australia's Border Force is still under investigation for corruption "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

It appears that Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Minister for Home Affairs and Liberal MP for Dickson Peter Dutton's captain's pick is still under investigation.

ABC News, 4 July 2018:

The former head of Australia's Border Force is still under investigation for corruption despite being sacked more than three months ago.

Roman Quaedvlieg was one of Australia's highest-paid public servants until his unprecedented dismissal for helping his girlfriend land a job with the agency.

The termination came after inquiries were launched by the Prime Minister's Department and the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI).

The ABC has now learned the ACLEI probe is still underway more than a year after the Commonwealth watchdog was told of Mr Quaedvlieg's alleged misconduct.

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BBQ and Bluegrass Festival 2018 Pickers Competition "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


The Pickers Comp is a way to showcase some of the great musicians that are hiding in the hills and vales of our great Northern Rivers region.

First Prize $250! For no cost to enter for genuine pickers you can enter into any of the 4 Competition Categories:

  • Banjo
  • Guitar
  • Mandolin
  • Fiddle

We know you dont get much of a chance for a showing, so this is your chance to share the stage with some of this countries best Bluegrass talent and get noticed.

This region has an amazing array of musical talent, so wed like to show some of that off! Enter the competition today and show us what youve got! Its a great day of music and BBQ for everyone!

A Few More Guidelines

1. The pickers comp consists of 4 categories:

  • Banjo (5 string picking or frailing)
  • Mandolin
  • Fiddle
  • Guitar (flat picked 6 string standard tuning capo is allowed).

2. Heats will be run in between band performances throughout the day 3 contestants per heat and as many heats per category as necessary.

If you win your heat, you go through into the finals. Winners of the finals go into the Grand Final. The Grand Final will consist of the winners of the finals for each category.

This means there will be 4 Grand Finalists, each on a different instrument. If the same contestant wins more than one category, they must select their preferred instrument to enter the Grand Final with. The category(s) they dont select will see the runner-up compete.

3. During a heat or a final, each of the three contestants will twice play a 16 bar instrumental solo over a pre-arranged standard progression, played live by the house band (guitar and upright bass).

These tracks are available for streaming or download on Soundcloud (

Competitors have the ability to establish knowledge of their relevant backing track and prepare accordingly.

All contestants will play for the same amount of time over the same backing track (played live by the house band).

4. Guitar and Ban...


Denmark bans burqa as Australian MPs fight to criminalise it "IndyWatch Feed National"

Senator Pauline Hanson will push to ban the burqa when parliament returnsThe garment, warn by Muslim women, covers the entire body and face European countries including Denmark and France have outlawed the veil Several Liberal and National MP's would reportedly privately support the move Australian MP's are pushing to ban the burqa in Australia again after Denmark became the latest European country to outlaw it. Senator Pauline Hanson recently announced she will be pushing forward with legislation to have the Federal Parliament prohibit the face-covering veil. The Netherlands, France, Belgium, Austria and Bulgaria are among the countries that have banned the burqa.


More Lies and Misinformation from Gun Control Australia!!! "IndyWatch Feed National"

"But the fact is that the laws put in place after the Port Arthur gun massacre have been steadily chipped away for decades through pressure on politicians by a well-resourced, well-connected NRA-style gun lobby here in Australia." 
Samantha Lee, Director of Gun Control Australia (GCA).

As I understand it there has been no weakening of our present gun laws in Australia, & from what I understand, the blame for this last shooting where a father shot his two teenage children lies with the NSW Firearms Registry & a certain gun club, both failed to follow proper procedure & because of this a person who should not have been allowed to own a gun was in fact issued with an "H" class restricted gun licence!!! But who will pay the price for this incompetence? Well us of course, the law abiding licenced gun owners of Australia!!! And what are we going to do about that? Well nothing of course, this is Australia not America!
I have in the past started two petitions regarding poor firearms policy that I wanted changing, & very few licenced gun owners could be bothered to sign those petitions. So, the ball is now in your court. You can continue to sit back & say "she'll be right mate" & lose further freedoms & human rights, or you can get off your backsides & start petitioning the government & fighting for our Human Rights!
"Gun Control Australia (CGA)" may well be concerned with public safety, but the problem is that they know very little if anything about firearms, & they can't see past their mandate to disarm law abiding licenced gun owners. Instead of looking at the problem sensibly & using some common sense, they con......


Endlessly travelling into the dusk a Claude Lanzmann obituary "IndyWatch Feed National"

In 1974, when Lanzmann had started filming his 350 hours of interviews, Holocaust cinema was the domain of European filmmakers such as Liliana Cavani, Louis Malle, Lina Wetmuller and Joseph Losey, pondering amnesia, conformism, class, and deep Freudian studies of the effects of totalitarianism on the psyche.


Remembering and remedying "IndyWatch Feed National"

Professor Heidi Norman writes for IndigenousX about the importance of discovery Australias true history in order to remedy the present in all its complexities.


Aboriginal First Nations and Australia's 'pro-nuclear environmentalists' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aboriginal First Nations and Australia's 'pro-nuclear environmentalists'

Jim Green 10th July 2018
Teaser Media


Trump is a Caretaker of a Sinking Ship in a Parallel Universe "IndyWatch Feed National"

by G5

The White House (WH) controls NOTHING. There are illusions concerning the Military, the Government, and the Economy.

After the 9/11 Lie, the handlers of GWB put the US under Martial Law (the DHS-TSA), and this was followed by Obama (44) destroying Americas economic foundation. Yes He Could; and HE DID. During 44s unlawful WH occupation, he gave them all what they wanted hence the trillion dollar a year deficit, ABOVE ALL INCOME. The deficit that doubled in eight years out to an admitted (and sleight of hand) twenty-one trillion. In reality, its in excess of one hundred and sixty-five trillion dollars due to no allowance for future debt, including the already stolen (44) pension funds.

Debt and Treasury Bonds...


Correspondence: IPA on their membership of the Atlas Network "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some weeks ago, a helpful person on Twitter (whose handle escapes me) pointed out that the IPA is a member of the Atlas Network. See notes from my database -links are under the info icon.

On June 21, I sent an email to Mr Mulholland, the media contact at the IPA requesting to know in which year they joined the Atlas Network:

Hello Mr Mulholland,

I would like to know in which year did the IPA become a partner or member of the Atlas Network?

thank you
Rosie Williams

As with my last email to the IPA (asking for the list of donors they promised to publish back in 2008), I have received no reply.

As is my practice, when no response is received I post my correspondence publicly so my efforts to find out useful information are publicly documented. Sometimes it comes to light that my email went astray and a response is forthcoming, as it did with the ACNC. Sometimes people just insult my intelligence.

On a brighter note, I did get a useful response to my query to the Charles Koch Institute about which organisations they recruit for. Turns out The Atlas Network is on that list.

Onward and upward


Gamers and managers vs workers: the impossible (and gendered) standards imposed on game developers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last week, videogame studio ArenaNet fired two of its employees. After a mild Twitter altercation in which narrative designer Jessica Price called out someone for mansplaining her job back to her, a hateful mob of misogynistic gamers mobilised to complain about her abusive behaviour.


Black Swan Cygnets "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A local couple from Bawley Point on the mid south coast called WIRES to report they had two young Black swan cygnets contained in a box.

Their house backs on to a swampy area near Cormorant Beach where the water can run out to the ocean during very heavy rains.

They had just witnessed a female Black swan walking out onto Cormorant Beach with 4 very young cygnets following behind. The cygnets were only 2-3 days old and very small.

As they watched the mother swan fled to the ocean (as adult swans can do), possibly spooked by several people and their dogs on the beach. The cygnets tried to follow, but were unable to manage the ocean. 

The concerned couple contained two of the stranded cygnets and went back home to call WIRES, while another concerned couple locked their dogs up and returned to help. 

The other two cygnets were washed up on the beach and tragically witnessed a dog kill one of the young birds, the other cygnet fled over the sand dunes deep into a shrubby, swampy area backing on to private properties.

WIRES rescuer, Zora went out to collect the two rescued cygnets and searched the beach, dunes and area of the last sighting for the third cygnet, but found neither the mother swan or missing baby. 

The following night a friend called to report having found a swan cygnet. The three were immediately reunited, but the third cygnet had was considerably smaller and weaker and despite our best efforts it died after 5 days.

The original two cygnets are now almost 9 weeks old and have grown at a phenomenal rate from 125grams to over 3kg in that time!

They consume huge volumes of greens, and as you can see, they change rapidly. Every single day there are new feathers and visible changes in appearance.


The cygnets will need to be in care until they ca...


Mullumbimby group seeks to establish human rights charter "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Annie Kia receiving her activist of the year award from Gillian Triggs at Ngara Institutes annual lecture on June 30, with MC Pratima Mumford at the microphone. Photo supplied

Richard Hil

During her recent Ngara Institute annual lecture, former Australian Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs threw out an intriguing idea.

The good denizens of this region, she suggested, should consider putting together a Mullumbimby Charter of Human Rights, that could potentially lead the way to forming an Australian Charter of Human Rights, which as yet does not exist.

This idea seemed to fire the imagination of audience members and soon went viral on Facebook.

In no time at all, a meeting was called, with prospective participants encouraged to put in their two bobs worth about what should be included in such a document.

Templates already exist and, of course, there will be many competing ideas out there about what should go into this seminal charter.

If youre interested in trying to alter the course of Australian history, head to the Mullumbimby Civic Hall, 6-8:30pm, on Monday, July 16.

Entry is free, with tea/coffee by donation and hot soup available.

For more info go to or the Ngara Institute Facebook page.

Richard Hil is convenor of the Ngara Institute


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SteveJ with some advice from the work-bench for Sarah Hanson-Defamation-Litigant "IndyWatch Feed National"

Steve J said: If this gets to Court the cross examination of Hanson Young will be a Hoot! The truth of the statement will be an issue. So does she shag men (plural). How many and when? This would also be relevant to any assessment of damages if she won....


Labor slams govt over Centrelink, NBN waits "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

ALP candidate for the federal seat of Page, Patrick Deegan. Photo supplied

If you dont recognise the face of Labors Page candidate Patrick Deegan, you soon will. Hes out and about around the electorate today, tackling the government over issues including long waits for Centrelink clients, patchy mobile reception and an inadequate NBN rollout.

Hes already been on the beat , in Lismore with shadow minister for regional services, Stephen Jones to condemn what the pair described as Centrelinks staffing crisis.

In the face of planned cuts to Centrelink staff, they called on the sitting Page MP, the Nationals Kevin Hogan, to guarantee no jobs would be lost at the Lismore office.

Mr Jones said figures show that Centrelinks average call wait times for older Australians have blown out to 23 minutes and processing times for the age pension have increased to 49 days.

Yet at the same time, Page MP Kevin Hogan is sitting by while more jobs are being cut from Centrelink offices like this one in Lismore. This is a disgrace.

Despite these waiting times, in this years budget, the Turnbull government announced it would cut 1,280 jobs from Centrelink, and it has outsourced a further 1,250 jobs to labour hire, he said.

27,000 on pension

Mr Deegan said there are more than 27,000 people in this electorate on the age pension one of the highest in the country.

Older Australians who have worked all their lives are being made to wait, on average, for two months just to have their age pensions approved. This an insult to them, Mr Deegan said.

Thats why Im calling on Mr Hogan to give a guarantee there wont be any job cuts to the Lismore Centrelink, Mr Deegan said.

Centrelink centres help people when they need it the most processing aged care pensions, child care support, disability support pensions and carers allowance payments.

Centrelink is a vital regional service and staff here do their best under pretty difficult conditions but this Governments cuts and neglect mean locals arent getting the service they deserve.

It is important that Centrelink has permanent, full-time staff who are properly equipped to manage the complex issues facing income support recipients.

Instead of wasting time on the dist...


Murdoch journalists linked to unlawful news-gathering in the United Kingdom "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following published by Byline Investigations  on 7 July 2018, outs senior figured in Murdochs media empire in the U.K., who have been named as being involved in unlawful news gathering activities. Evidence provided in the High Court in London is the source of the information. This exposure is important, because it provides a window into the modus operandi of the media giant, which is not confined to only one country. There have been calls for an investigation into whether similar methods have been used in Australia. Perhaps this will contribute to bringing more pressure for this to come about.

 Fifty serving or former Rupert Murdoch journalists many very senior allegedly used a private investigator to unlawfully gather information, the High Court in London has heard.

Many of those said to have used the services of Steve Whittamore, who was convicted of data theft in 2005, have gone on to become some of the most powerful people in the British media landscape.

Photo from New European/Facebook: Dominic Mohan (1) with Outside Organisation founder Alan Edwards last month at Londons Liberal Club, celebrating the 100th edition of The New European newspaper

The list includes Rebekah Brooks, the current chief executive (CEO) of Murdochs British publishing arm News UK and serving Sun on Sunday editor Victoria Newton

Also named are former editor of The Sun Dominic Mohan, and the papers former showbiz reporter James Scott, who today run some of the most influential public relations businesses in the country.

Photo from Tom Newton Dunn/ Twitter: Newton-Dunn is among Rupert Murdochs most important UK journalists as incumbent Political Editor of The Sun. The documents suggest he used Whittamore while in his previous employment as a reporter for tabloid ri...


When Itchy Feet Turn Cold "IndyWatch Feed National"

Uncomfortably curled up between two armrests, I hear the pilot announce that in just under seven hours, Ill be landing back home. The weight of a months worth of travel weighs on my shoulders and eyelids, forcing me into a much-needed but interrupted sleep. Each time my eyes flutter open, Im a few minutes closer to home. The thought of being in my own room with my own spacious bed allows me to endure a few more hours of the armrest bulging into my lower back.

For the first time in a long time, I land at the airport with little knowledge of when Ill return. I flick open my passport and smile at the pages of stamps and visas that are starting to fill the book.

As I board the first train leaving the airport, I relish in the raindrops streaming diagonally along the window. The cool air comes as a welcomed change after four weeks living in sweltering humidity. My feet are getting cold. Luckily I brought some socks. Theyll keep my toes warm and hide that brand new ink from my parents. The image that reminds me to be present wherever I am in the world. Even in the comfort of my home.

There are so many places I want to see, from ancient ruins to manic cities and views that strike the words from your mouth. Ive done my fair share of travelling. Last year I went overseas three times in eight months. When I returned from that last trip, I didnt have a plan of the next place I would visit. I didnt have much money to be making elaborate travel plans, but I also didnt have anywhere in particular in mind I wanted to go to next.

Almost 12 months later, and Im still not sure when the next time is Ill be leaving the country. Two years ago, this would have stressed me out. I would constantly be searching for deals on flights, flicking through travel guides and brainstorming ways to make a quick buck and get out of the country tout suite! But it seems my travel bug that illness that makes your feet start to itch, changes your Facebook ads to exclusively flight deals and causes your bank account to go into lockdown mode has been somewhat alleviated.

So what happens when youve done your roaming, youve returned home and suddenly your itchy feet have turned cold? Has the bug been cured? Or are you in even more dire straits?

There is a lot of emphasis put on travel being a definer of somebodys worth. If someone hasnt travelled abroad by the time they reach their mid-twenties, they can often be seen as less cultured, less intelligent and less adventurous than their peers.



Chet Raymo, Speaking of Water "IndyWatch Feed National"

  Speaking of Water
by Chet Raymo

How many water molecules- H2O- are there in the world's oceans? This is the kind of time-wasting calculation I love doing, but I will leave it as an exercise for one of you.

Look up the mass of a proton in grams. A water molecule has essentially the mass of 18 protons (hydrogen=1, oxygen=8 protons + 8 neutrons; remember, this is an order of magnitude calculation). A cubic centimeter of water has (by definition) a mass of one gram. Divide for the number of water molecules in a cubic centimeter of water.

How many cubic centimeters in the oceans? Look up the radius of the Earth (in centimeters). The area of a sphere is 4r2, and about three-quarters of the Earth's surface is ocean. The average depth is about 4 kilometers, or 4x105 centimeters. You're home free. Make it easy. Use powers of ten and round off generously.

And what did you get? A very big number indeed. A number so big it is essentially meaningless. Its meaning is its meaninglessness. Its meaning is the almost incomprehensible gulf between the world of our senses and the world of atoms. Between what we are and what we are made of. Why even do such a calculation? Only to show that the human brain can frolic in the world of atoms and molecules with a pencil on the back of an envelope. Go for it. Have fun.
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Sarah Hanson-Young raises $30K in GoFundMe to sue David Leyonhjelm "IndyWatch Feed National"

There has been enormous expression of public outrage about a comment made by Senator David Leyonhjelm to Senator Sarah Hanson-Young when he said to her during a division in the Senate chamber on Thursday, June 28, You should stop shagging men, Sarah. On Sunday, July 1, Leyonhjelm expanded on his...


Palestinian leader "Australia (should be) spat on - we don't want to declare war, but....." "IndyWatch Feed National"

From The Australian today Australia worthy of being spat on: Nabil Shaath condemns decision to cancel $10 million in aid Senior Palestinian Authority official Nabil Shaath. Picture: AP The Australian 12:46AM July 10, 2018 A senior Palestinian Authority official has condemned a decision by the Australian government to cancel $10...


Kite Line: Anti-Detention Occupations from Australia to America "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Kite Line: Anti-Detention Occupations from Australia to America appeared first on It's Going Down.

Long running anti-prison podcast Kite Line returns with a new episode on anti-detention occupations happening around the world.

Listen and Download HERE

In light of the ongoing struggles across the country against deportations, family separations, and ICE detention centers, we are sharing an interview we did last year about struggles in Australia against refugee prison camps. In 2002, imprisoned refugees inside Australias remote Woomera immigration prison coordinated protests with 2500 supporters who had pitched a No Borders camp outside the facility. This cooperation allowed the prisoners to stage a mass breakout. This is the first of two episodes dedicated to this story, from an interview with Aren Aizura, a participant in the solidarity camp.

We were drawn to Arens story by the fierceness of the resistance within the detention center, and the solidarity and coordination between supporters on the outside and those inside the walls of Woomeras detention center. Its a vital reminder than in an age of escalating American nationalism and xenophobia, fences can be torn down and connections can be forged across walls.

As we air this episode, there are occupations underway at ICE detention facilities or offices in Portland, Tacoma, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, Wichita, Atlanta, Detroit, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Louisville, with more popping up every week. Each of these are spaces for both direct struggle against xenophobic imprisonment and for experimenting with new kinds of community that are not defined by legal status, borders or race. Given the high stakes of this struggle the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrants and refugees including thousands of children, not to mention the hardening precedent of family separations and other kinds of racial targeting we must learn from previous experiences of occupation and organizing such as Woomera.


Byron Bay Writers Festival 2018: Hot-topic sessions you wont want to miss "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Exploring the issues that shape our world

A swathe of conversations at the 2018 Festival will discuss some of the most important issues facing the modern world. Here are just a few of the hot-topic sessions you wont want to miss each day

Friday 3 August


Fridays program will delve into How Immigration Influences Our Culture; the good, the bad and the necessary with Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) founder Kon Karapanagiotidis, theatrical heavyweight Future D. Fidel, first Muslim federal parliamentarian Anne Aly and Irish immigrant and crime author Dervla McTiernan.

Foreign Correspondents Peter Greste, Chris Hammer and Debbie Whitmont will be talking about the world at large and the delicate and sometimes dangerous work of reporting news from afar.

For matters we can take into our own hands, we ask economist Richard Denniss, Woman in the Wilderness Miriam Lancewood and Christine Milne How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World.



How One Man Accidentally Found A Loophole in the ATM and Stole a Total of $500K "IndyWatch Feed National"

Photo source:

Dan Saunders was a lonely bartender with $3 to his name. He was penny pinching every single day of his life because he had to. When he really needed the extra cash, he would use his credit card. That was his life he couldnt afford to splurge. Life was expensive and he had no choice but to watch what he spent on. Then in February 2011, he decided to let loose one night and have a drink or two with his friends.

This was when fate took a turn for the often hard-up 29-year old. He stumbled upon an ATM loophole that changed his life

Running Out of Cash

Photo source:

Saunders was throwing back a few drinks with some of his buds at the Bulls Head Hotel in Wangaratta, North-Eastern Victoria. They were having fun, but as always, he didnt have enough cash on him. So, he decided to leave the bar for a moment to withdraw more cash from the National Australia Bank (NAB) ATM. Then, he realized that he only had $3 left, which meant that he didnt have enough to buy one more drink. So, he resorted to another method.


Is Australia Racist? Today Show Trolls Everyone, Pleases No-One With Worlds Dumbest Question "IndyWatch Feed National"

You might think it was all supposed to go another way or you might not, depending on your perspective, of course.

Overnight, the Today Show warned viewers via its Facebook page that it would be asking if Australia is a racist country on this mornings show.

Its always good to warn your audience when youre about to do something especially stupid gives them time to switch off. or switch on. Again, depends on your perspective. Its also a curious question from a show quite renowned for its casual racism but well bite is Australia a racist country?

Well, people of colour (and many whiteys) are overwhelmingly claiming yes in the comments that follow the post. And those claiming no usually go on to explain why while saying something ignorant and racist.

This is one of the better ones, from a muppet called Callan Kennedy: No were just frustrated at the amount of people Australia lets in. Causing extremely bad traffic and making it hard to find a job. An MCG amount of people every year into Melbourne. By the way how bad are Asian drivers?


In any event, the answer if youre interested is clearly Yes but its actually just all about the clicks. But it begs an even better question literally as in, what would be a better question?

Pretty clearly thats this: Is the Today Show A Steaming Pile Of Poop?

Comment below.

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Got A Pulse, A Conscience And A Funny Bone? Then You Need To See Hannah Gadsbys Nanette "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you have Netflix, and a beating heart, then set aside an hour and watch Australian comedian Hannah Gadsbys new special, Nanette.

Were not going to review it for you. Were not going to spoil any of the punch lines. Were just going to tell you Nanette is some of the best, most powerful comedy ever produced. Its also probably the bravest comedy ever made, and will make you laugh and cry at the same time a craugh.

It will also likely inspire the absolute shit out of you, which helps explain why the performance has received five star reviews across the globe, and has won Best Show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. Gadsby herself also won Best Comedy Performer at the Helpmann Awards.

You can find out more details by clicking here.

And heres the official trailer.

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Andrew Baldock (offered his land for nuclear waste dump) dismisses objections to the plan "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Andrew Baldock  Submission to Senate Standing Committees on Economics Re Proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (Submission no. 38)

I am a 4th generation farmer in the Kimba District with all 4 of my grandparents being from pioneering farming families of the district. I farm with my wife Dale and soon to be 4 children as well as my brother and his wife and children, my sister and her husband and children, along with our parents.

Our family has been involved in this process from the outset with our family nominating a parcel of land in the initial round of applications which failed to progress to the technical assessment stage due to a lack of neighbouring support. We have since offered up a number of parcels of land to the community renomination process of which one site Napandee was put forward to support the community in re-entering the NRWMF assessment process as a result of strong community and neighbouring support.

I am pleased to be able to provide information to the inquiry on the appropriateness and thoroughness of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) site selection process in Kimba SA. I give my permission for this submission to be made public and would be available to speak with the Senate committee to answer any further questions on the Kimba process with particular reference to:

a) the financial compensation offered to applicants for the acquisition of land under the...


Koalas destined for extinction unless we do something "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Friends of the Koalas new media campaign.

Lismores Friends of the Koala (FoK) says its not too late to prevent koalas going extinct in the wild on the North Coast but our window of opportunity is rapidly closing.

Australia has one of the worlds worst records of modern extinction (54 species) and longest lists of threatened species (909).

And with koalas listed as vulnerable to extinction, FoK says it is human actions that perpetuate this shameful situation and human actions that can halt it.

The registered volunteer group, which is arguably rescuing more koalas than any other in NSW, warns that koalas will disappear from this part of the world unless behaviours change.

Group president Dr Ros Irwin is calling one a community effort to help us prevent a local extinction.

Dr Steve Phillips, one of Australias leading Wildlife Ecologists who has studied koala populations extensively, said vulnerability usually precedes the inexorable slide towards endangerment and the chance of a localised extinction event, the rate of which is only determined by societys willingness to intervene and demand the necessary change.

Plummeting populations

Habitat loss is a core driver of the koalas march to extinction. In north east NSW, koala populations have declined by approximately 50 per cent due to residential, commercial and infrastructure development.

Look at the enormous development planned for West Byron, Dr Irwin said.

Theyre talking about a huge increase in Byron Bays population with a development facilitated by legal amendments to prevailing land-use planning on primary koala habitat. Thats happening in a coastal strip which is home to a dwindling population of less than 240 koalas. Going ahead with this development will support an ongoing litany of habitat clearing and fragmentation thats slowly driving koalas to extinction.

Other coastal estimated populations under pressure include Tweeds now less than 100 koalas and Ballinas 285-380.

Even Lismores estimated population of around 1,800 is following suit.

Every tree counts, according to Dr Phillips.

With 0.34 koalas per hectare, south-east Lismore has the highest density of koalas weve recorded anywhere on the far north NSW coast, and a very high occupancy of up to...


Australian anti-vaxxers provide new model for the world "IndyWatch Feed National"

Originally posted on Jon Rappoport's Blog:
by Jon Rappoport July 9, 2018 (To join our email list, click here.) As the Australian bureaucrats double-down on their de-facto forced vaccination schemes (see ZeroHedges latest article Australia Will Now Fine Parents Twice a Month If They Don"t Vaccinate Their Kids), Im re-posting this piece I wrote


Byron raises almost $50k for Cancer Council "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Stars of Byron Shire Dance for Cancer: Michael Berti and the Byron Bay Nippers. Photo NSW Cancer Council

Byron Shire community fundraising efforts in 2018 helped the Cancer Council take us one step closer to a cancer free future.

At the very least, people in treatment will now have more efficient and comfortable transport options than they have until now.

Over 250 people were involved in the councils key local fundraising effort, the 2018 Stars Of Byron Shire Dance For Cancer at the Byron Bay Surf Club.

Thanks to their efforts and the wider community the local Cancer Council office is able to begin implementing a Ballina to Lismore Transport to Treatment Service. This service will aim to fill gaps in current transport services to meet the needs of people who are affected by cancer who are transport disadvantaged.

The stars of the gala fundraiser are business owners and other Byron celebrities dancing with some of our local and fabulously talented dance teachers!

The whole community kicked off their heels, had a laugh and enjoyed a sparkling night of entertainment, excellent company and great food!

Hannah Brooks, Cancer Councils community relations coordinator in the Far North Coast said the group aims to lessen the burden for people affected by cancer by providing information and support when they need it most.

Thanks to everyone involved in this years event, we are able to continue in our mission, she said.


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A Green Light For Fake News: What The Rebel Wilson Case Means For All Of Us "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last month, Australian courts overturned a record defamation payout to actress Rebel Wilson for a series of junk stories published about her. The end result hurts us all, write Hannah Marshall and Danielle Kroon from Marque Lawyers.

Rebel Wilsons defamation suit is not actually about Rebel Wilson. Its about what claptrap the tabloids, and by association the press generally, can get away with publishing.

At trial, when Wilson won the biggest defamation damages award in Australian history, the judge made some damning findings about Bauer Media, which published the defamatory stories.

He said that Bauer knew the stories were false. They did it to maximise commercial opportunities (translation: to make more money), and as part of a campaign to take down Wilson. Oh yeah, there were also the insulting and harassing messages sent to Wilsons family.

When Wilson won it was a big deal. The press was, frankly, crapping itself. Bauer appealed the damages award. It had to, because of the broader implications of the case. Of the $4.5m in damages, $3.9m related to income that Wilson allegedly lost out on because of the publications. But lost income, lost profit, (economic loss in the biz) are amorphous concepts because they involve hypothesising about what might have happened were the defamation not published.

For the press, the issue was how much (or little) Wilson had to prove to get that massive damages award. It wasnt much. The trial judge took a few facts, applied some inferences and this thing called the grapevine effect, and out popped $3.9m.

Bauer appealed. A bunch of other publishers tried to join in because they were all worried about the precedent. The court wouldnt let them though; it said that Bauer would make the same arguments as them. So a lot rested on Bauers shoulders.

On appeal the whole $3.9m was overturned. And the other $650k for hurt feelings and damaged reputation was reduced to $600k.

Bauer won because the appeal court said that Wilson hadnt sufficiently proved that she suffered financial loss because of the defamation. There were too many gaps or problems with the evidence to infer that Wilson had lost an opportunity to work on f...


Your old rags can become Vinnies riches "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Cutter and sorter Kaylene Rugendyke, Lismore and operations manager Angelo Grande pictured at the Matthew Talbot Clothing Recycling Centre, Goonellabah.

Robin Osborne. Photos: Jacklyn Wagner

Some workplaces, like Southern Cross Universitys School of Arts, get through less than one pack a week, others, like Lismore Nissan & Kia, use nearly one per day, preferring flannelette because its ideal for removing the polish from their spotless vehicles.

Whatever the purpose, from polishing cars and high-class furniture, to mopping up paint or grease in workshops, or cleaning valuable plates used in print-making, recycled rags made from donated clothing are prized by North Coast businesses.

Marketed as Vinnies Bag O Rags, they are also an important fundraising source for St Vincent de Paul Society, which processes and packs huge quantities of them in its clothing recycling centre in Goonellabah. The 1600-square metre centre is named after Matthew Talbot, a 19th century Dublin ascetic who is an inspiration for ex-alcoholics worldwide.

Were the largest such facility in regional NSW, handling one-fifth of the states total clothing donations, says Vinnies recycling and waste manager Angelo Grande. He explains that while the pick of the donations are sold in Vinnies bargain shops, the lesser quality wearables are exported and the remainder turned into usable rags.

Its the ultimate recycling operation, he says, proudly, adding that his team of 20 remove all buttons and zippers You wouldnt want to polish your car with a zipper!  and then blade-shred the rags for compacting into packs weighing from 5kg up to 200kg pallets.

Materials are mixed cotton, flannelette, cotton t-shirt and the top of the range, white cotton, that retails for $16 per 5kg pack.

Long-time users like Lismores McKeeCo General Engineering and Lismore Nissan & Kia speak highly about the humble product that supports local workers as well helping Vinnies community projects and local people doing it tough.

SCUs artists are other fans, using the pure cotton on easily damaged copper pla...


Jessica Morgans enthusiastic endorsement of ANSTO and the nuclear waste dump plan for Kimba "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Jessica Morgan. Submission to Senate on Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia. (Submission no. 37)

My husband and I live and work in Hawker and are raising our three children here, our two oldest attend Hawker Area School and our youngest will be three this year. I have lived here for ten years and my husband over 20, we welcome this project. We believe it is a wonderful opportunity for our community and believe firmly in the benefits of increased employment. We also believe that this facility will ensure other essential services in our town, such as the hospital, police, and improved mobile phone coverage. We also hope that this project may assist in increasing student numbers at the school. In June 2016 when on a personal trip to Sydney I had the benefit of visiting ANSTO, I was taken on a tour which included going to level 13 and visiting the waste storage areas. I have stood next to and touched the canister containing the intermediate level waste with my 9 month old baby in a carrier on my chest, feeling totally confident of my own safety and that of my child. I left ANSTO very impressed not only in their contribution to our first class medical system, which Australia is so fortunate to have, but also the work in other areas of science and technology. Having seen the waste storage areas I saw first hand the need for the national waste facility to be located at another site. I also learnt the vast difference between the reactor at Lucas Heights and nuclear power reactors in other countries, with the main reactors coming to mind being Fukushima and Chernobyl. Nuclea...


Mosquito experiment could save lives "IndyWatch Feed National"

Adult female Aedes aegypti mosquito. Photograph by James Gathany, Center for Disease Control Public Health Image Library.

SYDNEY, AAP A successful mosquito experiment in northern Queensland could hold the key to saving millions of people from being infected with diseases including the deadly Zika virus.

Australian scientists have wiped out more than 80 per cent of the Aedes aegypti (yellow fever mosquito) population in three locations around the sugar town of Innisfail during a three month trial, the CSIRO announced on Tuesday.

The Aedes aegypti is responsible for infecting almost 400 million people globally with diseases such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya.

The landmark research involved the release of three million sterile male mosquitoes that mated with females who laid unfertilised eggs, causing the population to crash.

A group of CSIRO researchers worked with an international team using technology from Verily, an American organisation, to breed mosquitoes and infect them with a bacteria that doesnt allow them to produce offspring.

Its an exotic mosquito, we want to get rid of it. Its not an important part of the environment and its a major spreader of diseases around the world, CSIROs Paul De Barro told AAP.

Dr De Barro, Research Director in Health and Biosecurity, said the team had to work closely with the local community to gain their support.

Thats as much an achievement as working out how to use the technology, he said.

In densely populated urban areas, the research could be crucial in the event of an outbreak, especially as climate change and warmer temperatures mean mosquitoes are no longer bound to tropical areas.

We are now looking at where we would apply it in a real context, Dr De Barro said.

One of the ideas is to potentially use it in the Torres Strait to eradicate yellow fever mosquitoes and the Asian tiger mosquito and we could also create a wider buffer around Brisbane by using it in parts of Queensland.

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Eight out, five more to escape Thai cave "IndyWatch Feed National"

Indian students pray for boys and their soccer coach who have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, at a school in Ahmadabad, India, Monday, July 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

MAE SAI, AP The generals and other officials overseeing the desperate operation to rescue 12 young soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave labyrinth in Thailand were only half joking when they quipped that success was in the hands of the rain god Phra Pirun.

They were celebrating a second day of stunning triumph after divers guided four more boys on Monday through tight passages and dank flooded caverns to safety.

Two days, eight Boars, read a Facebook post by the Thai Navy Seals of the dramatic rescue that began on Sunday, more than two weeks after the members of the Wild Boars soccer team were trapped.

Another five still await rescue, including the teams 25-year old coach.

The eight rescued boys were recuperating in a hospital from their ordeal huddled together on a tiny patch of higher ground where they had sought refuge after a rainstorm flooded the massive Tham Luan Nang Non cave complex as they were exploring it after soccer practice on June 23.

Officials lavished praise on the Thai and international divers including Australians who, in pairs of two, executed the dangerous rescue mission, guiding the boys, who could barely swim and had no diving experience, through a treacherous four-kilometre-long escape route that twisted and turned through the cavern.

Chiang Rai provinces acting governor, Narongsak Osatanakorn, who is in charge of the rescue, voiced confidence on Monday in the ongoing operation, provided the weather doesnt take a turn for the worse.

Narongsak said Mondays rescues involving 18 divers and a support team of 100 had taken nine hours, two fewer than the rescues on Sunday. We have more expertise than yesterday, he said.

But bringing out the remaining four boys and their coach could take more than one operation, Narongsak warned.

All preparations, including replacing the oxygen cylinders positioned along the route out in the cave, take at least 20 hours, he said. The safety of the divers, who have meticu...


Vale Edith Franks a great environmentalist "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Edith Franks at her last Landcare planting bee. Photo supplied

Edith Evelyn Franks nee West (1926 -2018) has passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of all her family.

At 92, she died of having lived a life long enough, although not long enough for the many people who loved her. Her three children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren will miss her beyond description, as will many others.

Edie arrived in Byron Bay on a steamship during the great depression as a baby. Her family, like many others, were very poor, times were hard and family life even harder.

After a brief time in the flood prone end of Lismore, Edies family relocated to Brunswick Heads where she spent her early years living in hessian-sack housing behind the dunes. These were the happiest memories for her and the place where her deep love of nature began.

Eventually the family moved back to Lismore where she attended high school and stayed until joining the navy late in WWII. Following the war, Edie spent a few years travelling up the east coast to Cairns, partying and working as she went.

Always ahead of her time she then travelled to her mothers birthplace of Denmark in the early 50s, an epic journey for the time, but one of many she would embark on in her long life.

She also lived in PNG for a few years in the 1950s, stories from those days were eye opening to say the least.

She married late, became mum to three beautiful children and raised her family in the suburbs of Brisbane, a place that stifled her spirit. Her marriage ended in the early 70s so Edie moved back to Byron where her mother still lived.

She set up the first youth hostel, Edies Place, in her home on Burns Street in the late 70s, a place where she befriended many travellers. This time opened doors to many more travels and adventures, all of which she embraced fully.

Edie spent the rest of her life fighting for the environment. A few of her big fights were helping to stop the Byron jet port and the Broken Head Academy. She then turned her sights on uranium mining and got herself to the Jabiluka blockade, getting arrested at 71 for protesting she is still wanted in the NT!



Open Letter to the University of Wollongong Re the Universitys Censorship of the Academic Debate on Vaccination "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cc: Aaron Oakley; Adam Hodgkins; Alison Jones; Amanda Lawson; Andrew Herring; Andrew Whelan; Andy Davis; Anne Cusick; Antoine van Oijen; Benjamin Marwick; Brian Martin; Bridget Kelly ; Chao Deng; Chris Cook; Danielle Skropeta; Darryl McAndrew; David Garne; Dianne Jolley; Dominique Parrish; Eleanor Beck; Elizabeth Neale ; Flynn Hill; Glenn Mitchel ; Glenn Salkeld; Grapham Williams; Heather Yeatman; Helen Rienits; Ian Ring; Ian Wilson; Ian Wright; Jennifer Beck; Joanna Russell; Joanne Braithwaite; Judy Mullan; judy raper; Julie Steele; Justin Yerbury; Karen Charlton; Karen Walton; Kate Manderson; Kathleen Clapham; Kathy Eagar; Kylie Mansfield; Linda Tapsell; Louella McCarthy; Louise Wright; Lyndal Parker-Newlyn; Martin Engel; Martina sanderson-Smith; Michael Zancko; Michelle Moscova; Nagesh Pai; Nicholas Dixon; Peter McLennan; Robert Gordon; Roger Lewis; Ronald Sluyter; Russell Pearson; Sal Sanzone; Sharon Robinson; Shev Christian; Simon Eckermann; Teresa Treweek; Tim Marchant; Trish Mundy; Vinod Gopaldasani; Will Price; William Buttemer; Xiaoqi Feng; Yasmine Probst
Subject: FW: The Censorship of the Australian Vaccination Debate Conference in Sydney

Open Letter
9 July 2018

To UOW Vice- Chancellor, Paul Wellings, UOW academics and the concerned Australian Community,

Dear Professor Wellings and UOW academics/staff,

You can choose not to read this email but as many of you have already signed your names to the promotion of the governments claims about vaccines on the UOW website a misuse of the UOWs logo (because none of the UOW academics that have signed their name to this promotion has researched the information) then you are already part of the debate and I would hope willing to provide the evidence or scientific arguments to address the communitys concerns. However, to date I note your silence t...


The Berejiklian Discount: Libs Save Taxpayers $35k Every Time A Child Is Murdered "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who really pays when the powers that be finance punishment instead of supporting victims, asks Greens MP, David Shoebridge.

Five years ago, the NSW Coalition Government hacked into victims compensation. They said that the State simply couldnt afford a scheme that made moderate payments to victims of serious crimes. They were supported in this move by the Christian Democratic Party and the Shooters. These are the very same parties that often speak about how we need to get tough on crime to support victims.

Theyre happy to spend $3.8 billion to expand prisons following years of law and order auctions, but when asked to support victims directly they pretend there is no money.

The changes dramatically reduced the amount of compensation available to victims of violent crime. Victims of extraordinarily damaging, prolonged domestic violence saw possible payments slashed from $50,000 to as little as $1,500. Family members recovering from the homicide of a loved one now receive as little as $7,500. At the time of these cuts we knew this was deeply unfair, and victims would suffer.

A recent review of the savaged scheme was intended to track the changes, and consider any possible amendments. A broad range of stakeholders made submissions about their first-hand experience helping clients navigate the scheme. These stakeholders almost universally recommended an increase in compensation, what are now known as recognition payments. They had seen the trauma faced by their clients, the difficult path to recovery, and the importance of financial compensation for helping people get their lives back.

Despite this evidence, the changes presented to parliament following the review made only minor procedural amendments. The core unfairness remains.

The agency stakeholders know what their clients have gone through. They sit down with their clients and take their history they understand what happened to them but then they have to explain how grossly unfair the Victims Compensation Scheme now is. It is no exaggeration to say that it can be re-traumatising when somebody who has lost a loved one is told by a counsellor or lawyer that the sum the State puts on the loss of a partner for life is $7,500. And thats on a good day under the scheme.

NSW Greens MLC, David Shoebridge.

That the Government puts a price of $15,000 on the murder of a child...


Queensland tourist industry joins opposition to coal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Queensland

Opposition to Adanis Carmichael coal mine and associated coal threat to the Great Barrier reef, has been given a boost by tour operators.  They have called on all our political leadersto fight for the future of our reef.

In an unprecedented declaration, the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators (AMPTO), together with the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS), has urged the phasing out of fossil fuel.

The declaration states, The carbon pollution from coal, oil and gas is heating the air and the oceans to dangerous levels, and that Its not too late to save our Reef, but time is critical.

Having the usually controversy avoiding marine tourist industry peak body staking a stand, means that the feeling of frustration and desire for some action must be very strong among its membership.

Dozens of tour operators have already put their names to the declaration and it is expected many more will soon do likewise.

Tony Fontes, a dive operator based in the Whitsundays since the 1980s, says, basically we need a mass campaign to protect the reef.

Although the declaration does not explicitly target the Adani project, the implication is clear.

The embattled Carmichael mine and associated Abbot Point terminal are now in an even more difficult position. Tour operators have a first-hand appreciation, not only in seeing the extensive bleaching of the reef, but also of the threat to Queenslands number one tourist industry attraction. In addition to the environmental threat, the economic cost is clear.

This runs counter to the claim that the projects will provide a boost to the regional economy.

The greatest impact however, may be that his signals the entry of at least a portion of the business sector into openly campaigning for sustainable development. Such is the depth of a movement, looks to be entering a new phase of its growth. An important part of this is the campaign to stop Adani.

Meanwhile, spokespeople for Adani continue to insist that the company remains as committed as ever to the projects, and that the required finance is going to be secured, even if no banks, are seeing that it in its interests to come up with the money.

This is testimony to  strength and reach of the opposition to Adani.

When even Ian Macfarlan...


EXCLUSIVE: Prince Louis 400 Godparents Announced By Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen close family friends including Wally Boop and Nicholas Rip van Winkle as godparents for their third sprog, Prince Louie The Fly (known colloquially in Australia as Kevin).

Overnight, Kensington Palace announced 200 godfathers and 200 godmothers for the baby prince, to pay tribute to the number of countries Britain has invaded and ruined over the course of human history.

The lucky godparents include Barry Biggun, The Lady Laura Lingers, Mrs. Robert Carter nee Hannah Montana and Lucy Middlefinger.

Mrs Carter is a schoolfriend of the Duchess. They used to smoke crack together in the main quadrangle. Miss Middleton, a grapefruit, is her cousin. Lady Laura Lingers is married to Prince Williams paintball buddy James, who is Princess Charlottes right big toe.

Nicholas Rip Van Winkle is an old family friend whose daughter Hooah was a bridesmaid at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, while Wally Boop is a near-sighted World of Warcraft expert and reformed paedophile who went to Ludgrove School and Eton with the young Prince William like all the privileged f*cks they hang out with.

The stunning news has taken the global media by storm. In other less interesting news, a lot of people died in Japan in a terrible flood, Donald Trump is thinking of starting a nuclear war, Aboriginal child removal rates are now exponentially higher than they ever were, and Australia still jails men, women and children in torture camps on faraway islands.

A spokesperson for Australia remarked, Who gives a f*ck. The Royals had a baby. The media remains in touch with the things that matter to average Australians.

The post EXCLUSIVE: Prince Louis 400 Godparents Announced By Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge appeared first on New Matilda.


John Pilger On The Hidden History Of The Women Who Rose Up "IndyWatch Feed National"

Like all colonial societies, Australia has secrets. The way we treat Indigenous people is still mostly a secret. For a long time, the fact that many Australians came from what was called bad stock was a secret.

Bad stock meant convict forebears: those like my great-great grandmother, Mary Palmer, who was incarcerated at the Female Factory in Parramatta in 1823.

According to nonsense spun by numerous aunts who had irresistible bourgeois ambitions Mary Palmer and the man she married, Francis McCarthy, were a lady and a gentleman of Victorian property and propriety.

In fact, Mary was the youngest member of a gang of wild young women, mostly Irish, who operated in the East End of London. Known as The Ruffians, they kept poverty at bay with the proceeds of prostitution and petty theft.

The Ruffians were eventually arrested and tried, and hanged except Mary, who was spared because she was pregnant.

She was just 16 years old when she was manacled in the hold of a ship under sail, the Lord Sidmouth, bound for New South Wales for the term of her natural life, said the judge.

The voyage took five months, a purgatory of sickness and despair. I know what she looked like because, some years ago, I discovered an extraordinary ritual in St Marys Cathedral in Sydney.

Every Thursday, in a vestry, a nun would turn the pages of a register of Irish Catholic convicts and there was Mary, described as not more than 4ft in height, emaciated and pitted with the ravages of small pox.

When Marys ship docked at Sydney Cove, no-one claimed her as a servant or a skivvy. She was a third class convict and one of the inflammable matter of Ireland. Did her newly born survive the voyage? I dont know.

They sent her up the Parramatta River to the Female Factory, which had distinguished itself as one of the places where Victorian penal experts were testing their exciting new theories. The treadwheel was introduced in the year Mary arrived, 1823. It was an implement of punishment and torture.

The Cumberland Pilgrim described the Female Factory as appallingly hideous the recreation ground reminds one of the Valley of the Shadow of Death.

Arriving at night, Mary had nothing to sleep on, only boards and stone and straw, and filthy wool full of ticks and spiders. All the women underwent solitary confinement. Their heads were shaved and they were locked in total darkness with the whine of mosquitoes.

There was no division by age or crime. Mary and the other women were called the intractables. With a mixture of horror and admiration, the Attorney General at the time, Roger Terry, described how the women had driven back with a volley of stones and staves soldier...


Where Is the Spirit of Rebellion? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Editors note: Journalist John Pilger gave this address on the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the Parramatta Female Factory, Sydney, a prison in Britains Australian colony where intractable female convicts mostly from Ireland and England were sent in the early 19th century.

Like all colonial societies, Australia has secrets. The way we treat indigenous people is still mostly a secret. For a long time, the fact that many Australians came from what was called bad stock was a secret.

Bad stock meant convict forebears: those like my great-great grandmother, Mary Palmer, who was incarcerated here, at the Female Factory in Parramatta in 1823.

According to nonsense spun by numerous auntswho had irresistible bourgeois ambitionsMary Palmer and the man she married, Francis McCarthy, were a lady and a gentleman of Victorian property and propriety.

In fact, Mary was the youngest member of a gang of wild young women, mostly Irish, who operated in the East End of London. Known as The Ruffians, they kept poverty at bay with the proceeds of prostitution and petty theft.

The Ruffians were eventually arrested and tried, and hangedexcept Mary, who was spared because she was pregnant.

She was just 16 years old when she was manacled in the hold of a ship under sail, the Lord Sidmouth, bound for New South Wales for the term of her natural life, said the judge.

The voyage took five months, a purgatory of sickness and despair. I know what she looked like because, some years ago, I discovered an extraordinary ritual in St. Marys Cathedral in Sydney.

Every Thursday, in a vestry, a nun would turn the pages of a register of Irish Catholic convictsand there was Mary, described as not more than 4ft in height, emaciated and pitted with the ravages of smallpox.

When Marys ship docked at Sydney Cove, no one claimed her as a servant or a skivvy. She was a third class convict and one of the inflammable matter of Ireland. Did her newly born survive the voyage? I dont know.

They sent her up the Parramatta River to the Female Factory, which had distinguished itself as one of the places where Victorian penal experts were testing their exciting new theories. The treadwheel was introduced in the year Mary arrived, 1823. It was an implement of punishment and torture.

The Cumberland Pilgrim described the Female Factory as appallingly hideous the recreation ground reminds one of the Valley of the Shadow of Death.

Arriving at night, Mary had nothing to sleep on, only boards and stone and straw, and filthy wool full of ticks and spiders. All the women underwent solitary confinement. Their heads were shaved, and they were locked in total darkness with the whine of....


Persecution Of WikiLeaks Editor Julian Assange Continues "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today is the 100th consecutive day of the denial, by the Ecuadorian embassy in London, of the democratic right of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange to communicate with the outside world, or receive visitors, apart from his legal representatives and a brief, unexplained visit by two Australian consular officials. Julian Assange sought political asylum in the small embassy building on June 19, 2012. For 2,767 daysmore than six yearsthe British government has denied him exposure to direct sunlight and adequate medical care. On July 3, he turned 47-years-old, enduring conditions that the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention condemned as deprivation of liberty, a violation of his human rights and tantamount to torture.


Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, and NEO "IndyWatch Feed National"

From our technical charts, Bitcoin, Ethereum and Bitcoin Cash are in the green. As a matter of fact, Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is the top performer in the top 10 chart gaining six percent in the last 24 hours. As it []

The post Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, and NEO appeared first on The Global Mail.

Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, IOTA, and EOS "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the face of bears, buyers are struggling to judge from Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin prices behavior in the last couple of days. They have been stagnant, to say the least with Litecoin especially stuck in some sort of consolidation []

The post Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, IOTA, and EOS appeared first on The Global Mail.


MACKAY Two arrested over McDonalds attempted armed robbery "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Serena Williams Tweet About Missing Her Childs First Steps Shows How To Accept Trade-Offs Of Modern Motherhood "IndyWatch Feed National"

This week, Serena Williams was in London training for Wimbledon when her 10-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia took her first steps. Williams missed them. She tweeted about it.

The response was almost uniformly positive and kind to Williams, with many working parents celebrity and civilian alike offering support and stories of their own missed firsts. My favorite was this little bit of mommy rationalization, which I may have used in my own life.

Its not new for Williams to be open and sometimes vulnerable about her journey into motherhood. She famously won the Australian Open while several months pregnant, then told her traumatic birth story to Vogue shortly after Olympia was born.

If I recall correctly, I missed the first steps of my second daughter, but I was the first to capture them on video, and everyone knows it doesnt count until its Facebook official.

But heres the thing. I dont actually recall, and thats okay. These moments are important, but they are also just moments in a full life. A full life does not allow for a mom to be with every child in every conceivable moment. Some moms are there more often than others are, some have more children than others do. Some dont work outside the home, or work but dont travel for work, or work but arent historic, world-class professional tennis players.

There are a thousand reasons for missing one of your kids firsts. Some moms may have just been in another room making breakfast when it happened. It doesnt feel great, but its not the end of the world. Williams seems to get that. Her next tweet is this one:


Jon Rappoport -- Australian Anti-Vaxxers Provide New Model for the World "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian anti-vaxxers provide new model for the world

By Jon Rappoport

As the Australian bureaucrats double-down on their de-facto forced vaccination schemes (see ZeroHedge's latest article "Australia Will Now Fine Parents Twice a Month If They Don't Vaccinate Their Kids"), I'm re-posting this piece I wrote in March as it is a testament to all those throughout the western world who fight for health freedom...

And, for all the latest on Australian medical tyranny and more, it's imperative you go to "Crazzfiles [dot] com". The talks from "The 2018 Sydney Vaccination Conference - The Censorship of the Vaccination Debate in Australia" are now posted there.


March 4, 2018

Out of the ashes of government tyranny comes a solution.

In the Australian state of Queensland, childcare facilities can refuse to allow unvaccinated children to attend, so...

Parents there have formed their own community, which has already grown to 800 members. As ABC (Australia) reports:

"Sunshine Coast vaccine refuser and leader of the Natural Immunity Community, Allona Lahn, said her anti-vaccine network had grown to 800 members and was becoming stronger since the regulations were introduced."

"'Out of sheer necessity we've created a community base to support families - we've had no choice other than to start our own social services'."

"Ms Lahn said the network with like-minded families included their own childcare, schools and health services away from the mainstream."

"'We organise group childcare arrangements and we're now devising our own combined homeschooling system,' she said."

"'We use health practitioners within the anti-vaccine networks around Australia and 'anti-vaccination-friendly' doctors in the community'."


#Unity4J Online Vigil in support of Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was honoured to take part in the third online vigil for Julian Assange. Hes been shut off from the world since March 22nd. No internet, no phone calls, no visitors. Not even family or friends. Its torture.

Much thanks Kim Dotcom and the tech team, and congratulations to Suzie Dawson @Suzi3D and Elizabeth Lea Vos @ElizabethleaVos from for organising these outstanding events. HT to their knowledge of the subject matter, insight and passion. They brought out the best in their guests, as well as the best of expert opinion. Likewise cheers, to Cassandra Fairbanks and Tim Foley, who held the fort while the girls were getting a bit of shut-eye.

There may have been other helpers. I havent got through it all yet. The first vigil was 10 hours; the second 25; and the third 35, so a few more binge-viewings to go. The plan is to continue the series until Julians human rights are restored; once a month and they keep getting longer. This is what I had to say as a citizen journalist.

But what a line-up of distinguished guests! Daniel Ellsberg, Slavoj Zizek, John Kiriakou, William Binney and Ray Mcgovern have all come forward to share their perspective on this development, and plead the case for Assange and Wikileaks. Likewise, comedian-journalists Jimmy Dore and Lee Camp; Australian political advisor Felicity Ruby, Australian citizen-journalist Caitlin Johnstone, former British Ambassador Craig Murray, British politician George Galloway, legendary activist Cairon OReilly and the unforgettable, former US congresswoman, Cynthia McKinney.

Weve also heard from former workers in the intelligence community; journalists; historians and academics, including a professor of propaganda! The series of one-hour interviews has been as emotionally charged as it has been enlightening. As one viewer aptly commented:

So many astute obse...


Pycnogenol may be an important option for self-management of benign prostatic hyperthrophy in otherwise healthy men. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Minerva Med. 2018 Aug ;109(4):280-284. PMID: 29947491 Abstract Title:  Benign prostatic hypertrophy: Pycnogenol supplementation improves prostate symptoms and residual bladder volume. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of Pycnogenol supplementation in terms of safety and tolerability in the setting of preclinical or borderline, initial symptoms of benign prostatic hyperthrophy (BPH), in otherwise healthy subjects, using Pycnogenol over a period of 60 days.METHODS: Seventy-five healthy men with symptoms and signs of initial BPH were included. The subjects were divided into three groups: 1) control group using only the standard management (SM); 2) a group using SM plus Pycnogenol 150 mg/day; 3) a group using standard pharmacological management.RESULTS: BPH symptoms like emptying, frequency, intermittency, urgency, weak flow, straining, nocturia, were all significantly improved with Pycnogenol (P

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ABC: Viagra reducing fetal distress during hospital trial on women in childbirth "IndyWatch Feed National"

The drug Viagra, commonly used for erectile dysfunction, is currently being tested on women giving birth as a way to reduce fetal distress. And just like with preemies, the results are encouraging. A preliminary trial has been underway for 18 months in Brisbane, Australia with the drug Sildenafil (which dilates blood vessels in the pelvis). University of Queensland []

The post ABC: Viagra reducing fetal distress during hospital trial on women in childbirth appeared first on Health Nut News.


New Book: The End of Ice coming to a planet near you! "IndyWatch Feed National"

New book available December 2018

The End of Ice Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption

The Author is Dahr Jamail, The New Press, Available December 2018

The author who Jeremy Scahill calls the quintessential unembedded reporter visits hot spots around the world in a global quest to discover how we will cope with our planets changing ecosystems

A superb journalist, in the most honorable tradition of that craft. Howard Zinn

After nearly a decade overseas as a war reporter, the acclaimed journalist Dahr Jamail returned to America to renew his passion for mountaineering, only to find that the slopes he had once climbed have been irrevocably changed by climate disruption. In response, Jamail embarks on a journey to the geographical front lines of this crisisfrom Alaska to Australias Great Barrier Reef, via the Amazon rainforestin order to discover the consequences to nature and to humans of the loss of ice.

In The End of Ice, we follow Jamail as he scales Denali, the highest peak in North America, dives in the warm crystal waters of the Pacific only to find ghostly coral reefs, and explores the tundra of St. Paul Island where he meets the last subsistence seal hunters of the Bering Sea and witnesses its melting glaciers. Accompanied by climate scientists and people whose families have fished, farmed, and lived in the areas he visits for centuries, Jamail begins to accept the fact that Earth, most likely, is in a hospice situation. Ironically, this allows him to renew his passion for the planets wild places, cherishing Earth in a way he has never been able to before.

Like no other book, The End of Ice offers a firsthand chronicleincluding photographs throughout of Jamail on his journey across the worldof the catastrophic reality of our situation and the incalculable necessity of relishing this vulnerable, fragile planet while we still can.


See also: Area of Global Dead Zones Doubling Every 10 Years, Dahr Jamail, Truthout, June 25, 2018

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NSW Berejiklian Government 2018: How not to conduct a community consultation in the Clarence Valley, NSW "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Daily Examiner, Letter to the Editor, 10 July 2018, p.13:

So Road and Maritime Services intends to establish a temporary asphalt batching plant at Woombah with a heavy truck access road crossing Iluka Road approximately 230 metres from the Pacific Highway T-intersection.

One couldnt choose a site more unsafe for private vehicles and more disruptive to tourist traffic. One that also is less than 500 metres from a waterway which empties into the Clarence River Estuary.

One couldnt find a more inadequate approach to community consultation.

The Pillar Valley community were given an RMS community information session scheduled to last one and a half hours in May 2016 ahead of construction of a temporary batching plant there.

In September 2016 the Donnellyville community received a detail...


WHat did the IPA do with all those millions? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Daily Telegraph, 6 July 2018, p.23:

a mysterious foundation, CEF, which received $4 million from Hancock Prospecting in the year to June 2015, and the conservative Institute of Public Affairs think tank, which received $4.5 million from Hancock Prospecting. The Institute did not declare Hancock Prospectings donation in its annual report, and after receiving the funds awarded Mrs Rinehart life membership. [my yellow highlighting]

So one of the big donors to that lobby group passing itself off as a public policy think tank, the Institute Of Public Affairs Limited endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient since 30 March 2006 - has been revealed.

I wonder what the Institute of  Public Affairs Limited or the The Trustee For Institute Of Public Affairs Research Trust did with all those millions?

Because IPA annual reports do not show a $4.5 million spike. By 30 June 2015 its revenue which is primarily derived from membership fees and donations stood at $3.24 million (down from $3.47 million in June 2014) and only rose by $1.75 million as at 30 June 2016. In fact between June 2015 and June 2017 IPA revenue only rose by a total of $2.86 million.


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Australian anti-vaxxers provide new model for the world "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Jon Rappoport

July 9, 2018

(To join our email list, click here.)

As the Australian bureaucrats double-down on their de-facto forced vaccination schemes (see ZeroHedges latest article Australia Will Now Fine Parents Twice a Month If They Dont Vaccinate Their Kids), Im re-posting this piece I wrote in March as a testament to all those throughout the western world who fight for health freedom

And, for all the latest on Australian medical tyranny and more, its imperative you go to The talks from The 2018 Sydney Vaccination Conference The Censorship of the Vaccination Debate in Australia are now posted there (see here and here).

March 4, 2018

Out of the ashes of government tyranny comes a solution.

In the Australian state of Queensland, childcare facilities can refuse to allow unvaccinated children to attend, so

Parents there have formed their own community, which has already grown to 800 members. As ABC (Australia) reports:

Sunshine Coast vaccine refuser and leader of the Natural Immunity Community, Allona Lahn, said her anti-vaccine network had grown to 800 members and was becoming stronger since the regulations were introduced.

Out of sheer necessity weve created a community base to support families weve had no choice other than to start our own social services.

Ms Lahn said the network with like-minded families included their own childcare, schools and health services away from the mainstream.

We organise group childcare arr...

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