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Monday, 22 January

13:37

Does Melbourne Australia Have an African Gang Problem? (2018) "IndyWatch Feed National"





The Australian government has left citizens defenceless through it's policy of unarmed self defence. It is illegal in Australia to purchase or posses anything specifically intended for self defence or defence of one's family, this includes no capsicum sprays, no tasers, no guns, no anything! This is backed by the UN Human Rights committee! I see this as a crime against the people, the government is putting our lives at risk in a society where home invasions & attacks on the streets appears to be on the increase. The Australian government appears to put the welfare of criminals far above the welfare of the common people.

12:58

Matt Heffernan: Sky News, just stahp. Youre doing yourself zero favours. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Photo credit: Amy Hetherington Photo credit: Amy Hetherington Share this Post Recently, a wonderful story hashtag-restored my faith in Australias mainstream media.  For once it was talking somewhat positively about the homeless Indigenous people of Darwin.  A toddler had through freak chance wandered from the family home and was found on the street by a group of Indigenous homeless as they ...

12:28

The Gang In Blue Is The Real Menace In Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed National"

As politicians and media play racialised politics with the lives of Melburnians, Michael Brull urges people not to forget the history of the police in how we actually got here.

Ever since the Victorian Liberals started ramping up the demonisation of African gangs in Melbourne with the Federal Racist in Chief Peter Dutton quickly joining in the response of progressives has been critical, but partly defensive.

The defensiveness has come in the form of conceding that yes, people of African descent are over-represented in some sorts of crimes in Victoria. However, the general crime rate is falling, and the over-representation is more or less accounted for by socio-economic disadvantage.

So take the standard statistic. People of Sudanese and South Sudanese background in Victoria make up 0.14 percent of the population, but are about 1.5 percent of the criminal population. It is concluded from this that Sudanese and South Sudanese immigrants are about 10 times more likely to commit various crimes.

A file image of Victorian police.A file image of Victorian police.

Similar conclusions could be drawn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They make up some 2 percent of Australians over 18, but 27 percent of people in prison. In this case too, part of the over-representation can be attributed to socio-economic disadvantage. But the crime statistics themselves arent neutral. They are reflective of oppressive and discriminatory policing habits.

When people see that Sudanese people are over-represented in crime statistics, a red flag should go up that another racial minority is being heavily policed. We cannot know the extent to which the statistics are influenced by the nature of how police interact with Sudanese immigrants. But it is irre...

12:16

HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR INKY FINGERZ "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Stallholder Profile for Inky Fingerz



Your Name:  Wendy Andrew

Your Business Name: Inky Fingerz

I am in the process of setting this up

The suburb/town you live in now: Pialba/Hervey Bay

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Handmade card...

11:34

STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR RESART DESIGNS "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Stallholder Profile for ResArt Designs



Your name: Nina Berg 
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: ResArtDesigns 
The suburb/town you live in now: Coes Creek QLD 
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make eco-resin jewellry and homewares. I use a bio-resin called Entropy Resin Super Sap CCF/CCR, which is a renewable plant based carbon, NOT petroleum based carbon, resin. This uses waste products from other industrial processes, and it does not compete with food sources or displace food based agriculture. 
I take the resin in its liquid state, mix, and place into ready made moulds ( with store bought or made by me) with either pigments or inclusions I collect such as dried flowers, leaves, seaweed, or foil etc.  I then sand through 4 grits of sand paper, polish and buff each piece. ...

11:03

Canada has paid out nearly $220 million under NAFTAs ISDS, think tank reveals "IndyWatch Feed National"

22 January 2018: A report published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) last week has revealed that Canada has paid out nearly $220 million in losses under the NAFTA investor-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS), and $95 million in legal fees defending against ISDS claims.

CPPA is calling on Canadas trade negotiators to agree to the Trump administrations proposal for an ISDS opt-in option in a renegotiated NAFTA. They argue that ISDS not only imposes huge costs but also can lead to regulatory chill, where governments shy away from public policy decisions due to fears that they will be sued by foreign investors.

There have been 41 ISDS claims made against Canada, 23 ISDS claims made against Mexico and 21 made against the US. Canada has been sued 15 times since 2010. In the report, CCPA suggests that the Canadian governments commitment to ISDS and compliance with the scheme encourages investor-state claims against itself.

Canadas chief negotiator, Steve Verheul, has said that if an ISDS opt-in clause was added to NAFTA then all three parties to the deal would opt out. Negotiators are meeting in Montreal this week for the sixth round of talks.

10:40

Womens marches across the United States fight loss of rights "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from New South Wales

Huge numbers of women took part in street marches over the weekend and this signaled a new rise in the movement for equality. Wearing pink (Pussy) hats, they took to the streets, to show they were prepared to fight against that threaten to set back advances women have achieved over recent times. Estimates of the number have ranged to the hundreds of thousands claimed by the establishment, to the millions insisted by others.

 

Video from ABC News (US)

Most important is that the number of Americans who are angry about what is going on cannot be ignored.
Women took to the streets in many American cities and more than 600 locations. Support rallies took place across Europe, South America Asia and Africa and in Australia as well.
Gender equality is in the centre stage, because the Trump administration is moving to increase inequality. This also relates to Trumps own public performance and released tapes about his ugly attitude towards women. There is no doubt that the recent campaign outing sexual predators (#Me Too) in the workplace and has netted some high profile identities, has helped to put womens rights at the political centre.It was also fueled by the overall reaction against the Trump political direction that is hurting working Americans, the marginalised and poor. A political direction that is fanning race hate and is intended to divide ordinary Americans and favour the wealthiest Americans at the top. These issues were raised over the weekend.An important development is that the womens marches were not called in the form of opposition against Trump, but as an expression of what participants want to achieve. Rather than calling on political leaders to turn away from what they are doing, the emphasis was on what those who want to bring about change are going to do.Considerable attention has been put on the mid-term elections for the House of Representatives coming up this year, where there is a gearing up for a host of woman candidates to stand. A formidable number of celebrities attended the marches. Some of them were speakers.The electoral strategy is not all. The key is motivating ongoing activism and organising at the grass roots.

Video from People Politics

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10:39

AIRLIE BEACH STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR BEEGOOD WAX WRAPS "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Stallholder Profile for BeeGood Wax Wraps



Your name: Loren Vanzella

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: BeeGood Wax Wraps  

The suburb/town you live in now: Mackay

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10:04

Long-toed Stint at Kedron Brook Wetlands Reserve reported by Rob Morris on 22-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The LTStint showed well before 7am. No sign of the 2 Australian Spotted Crakes I saw last night. Record iPhone shot through telescope. Please don't try and approach this bird. I watched it get flushed this morning and it is also given a hard time by the Sharp-tailed Sands which chase it all the time.

08:55

Conservation groups slam govt nature plan "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia could soon have the worst mammal extinction rate in the world because of the federal governments nature strategy, conservation groups warn.

The draft strategy for 2018-2030, reviewed by federal and state governments, has been slammed by conservation groups who claim it includes a lack of action to protect Australias biodiversity.

This lack of any real action will all but guarantee Australia continues to have the worst mammal extinction rate on the planet, Wilderness Society national nature campaign manager Suzanne Milthorpe said in a statement on Sunday.

The document supports a national approach to conserve nature and includes goals to reduce threats to protected areas and improve the conservation management of Australias landscapes and seascapes.

The strategy suggests imposing an action inventory to show how each government is tracking in reaching its targets but offers no other plan outlining how the goals will be reached.

The Places You Love alliance, which features several Australian conservation groups, said the plan was a global embarrassment which lacked measurable targets and concrete commitments.

The government has served up simplistic and unmeasurable dot points that are an embarrassment on the global stage and fall far short of the international commitments to conserve biodiversity we have made at the United Nations, Humane Society International Australia head of programs Evan Quartermain said.

Other groups feared the lack of action would result in dying wildlife, environmental destruction and greater threats to survival for Australias threatened species.

The draft document is open for public consultation until March 16.

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08:52

PM to give $60m to save Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed National"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is to unveil a multi-million-dollar plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef against mass bleaching.

The plan, to cost about $60 million over the next 18 months, will include funding farmers to reduce sediment run-off and innovative research, The Courier-Mail says.

Mr Turnbull is expected to announce the plan in Townsville on Monday, supported by leading scientists.

Last week, the federal and Queensland governments issued an open call to the worlds top scientific minds to help save the reef.

The governments have launched a $2 million challenge to find novel ways to restore reefs and lift coral abundance.

This is an open invitation to our greatest scientific minds, industry and business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs to develop innovative solutions which will protect corals and encourage the recovery of damaged reefs, said Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg.

The reef is the planets greatest living wonder. The scale of the problem is big and big thinking is needed, but its important to remember that solutions can come from anywhere.

The Great Barrier Reef is still reeling from back-to-back coral bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, while authorities are also dealing with a crown-of-thorns starfish outbreak in southern parts of the reef.

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08:50

Doctors warn of rural mental health crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is warning there is a mental health crisis in rural and remote parts of the country.

The services chief executive Martin Laverty says five times as many people in cities are accessing mental health services compared to those in remote Australians .

If thats not a crisis, I dont know what a crisis is, he told ABC radio on Monday.

The service saw 24,500 people to provide mental health counselling last year.

We could double or triple that service tomorrow and still not touch the surface, Mr Laverty said.

Health Minister Greg Hunt acknowledges there is a very significant challenge with mental health in the regions.

He said the government is working to provide additional services in the area such as rural Headspace, telehealth and online services.

Because no matter where you are, in the middle of the night, if its 3am and there is a dark, dark moment you need to be able to speak to somebody or you need to get help, he said.

Efforts are also being made over coming months to create a program of incentives to encourage more medical workers to move to the bush.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78.

Multicultural Mental Health Australia www.mmha.org.au.

Local Aboriginal Medical Service details available from www.bettertoknow.org.au/AMS

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08:01

January 22 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"



1787 - Oh how simply marvelous old chap, a spiffing good idea for the British Parliament to start a penal colony in that far off land Or-stray-lia.

1809 - Lieutenant William Lawson proceeded to Newcastle on the Estramina to take over the settlement as Commandant. He was accompanied by Charles Throsby.

1836 - A town began to grow, throwing out its tendrils of commerce, when the first land sales were held at Singleton in NSW.

1836 - The South Australian Company was constituted.

1848 - It cost over 2,000 pounds and took a year to complete but they built a powder magazine in the side of Batman's Hill. I'm guessing it's no longer there...

1853 - The Act to establish our own University of Melbourne, for all our clever clogs born in the colony, was passed along with the prunes by the Victorian Legislative Council and Queen Vicky gave it the royal nod.

1866 - James Martin (Premier) and Henry Parkes formed a coalition in NSW.

1870 - The Central Market in Adelaide was officially opened on this day At the early hour of seven in the morning the Mayor and Councillors were at the market when, after a short speech by the Mayor to the assembled crowd of growers, stall holders and citizens, the market was declared open for the sale of produce, marketable commodities, hay and wood. After the formalities the representatives of the Corporation adjourned to the Metropolitan Hotel nearby for breakfast where several toasts were proposed. The Artillery Band provided entertainment throughout the proceedings.

1882 - Royal Commission on employees in shops (Vic) was established.
To ask questions like,
 "Shop employees, can we eat them on Fridays?"
"Do these employees come in other colours to match my haberdashery?
"Can we sell them in pet shops?"

1889 - Louisa Collins was Hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol for the poisoning of her husband at Botany.She was the last woman hanged in New South Wales.

1891 - St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne was officially consecrated.

1899 Leaders of six Australian colonies met in Melbourne to discuss confederation.

1900 - The Rozelle - Darling Harbour Goods Rail Line (NSW) was opened.

1907 - Cooktown, Qld, was devastated by a tropical cyclone.

1910 - Flinders Street Station that we know and love was officially opened.

1919 -The state of Victoria was declared infected by Spanish Influenza and placed in quarantine. Public meetings were prohibited, travel in long-distance trains was restricted, the NSW government closed the border with Victoria and public buildings were shut. Around 12,500 Australians mostly young, healthy adults died from the highly infectious virus....

06:16

NRA-ILA | Australia: Queenslands Labor Party Government Targets MP for Gun Control Heresy "IndyWatch Feed National"

NRA-ILA | Australia: Queenslands Labor Party Government Targets MP for Gun Control Heresy: The sorry state of gun politics in Australia was put into stark relief recently, after Liberal National Party (LNP) Queensland Legislative Assembly MP Anthony Perrett took a principled stand in favor of his constituents gun rights.

02:35

Karen Wyld: What kind of morality do they want us to celebrate on That Day "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post That Day was once Many Days, as each state held their foundation days at different times of the year. The cry for a national day on 26 January came from the Australian Natives [sic] Association. Being vocal supporters of the White Australia policy, this Associations membership was exclusively Australian-born white men of European descent. Their vision was ...

02:34

Hes calculated and manipulative, a predator: Craig McLachlan accused of indecent assault "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sydney Morning Herald

Hes calculated and manipulative, a predator: Craig McLachlan accused of indecent assault

Kate McClymont
  • Kate McClymont

For the past 25 years Craig McLachlan has been the golden-haired boy of the Australian theatre and television industry.

But now the Gold Logie award-winning actor famous for his starring roles in the Doctor Blake Mysteries, Neighbours and Home and Away stands accused of indecent assault, sexual harassment, exposing himself and bullying female colleagues.

A major investigation by Fairfax Media and the ABC can reveal that a number of female cast members of the 2014 Rocky Horror Show have alleged they were abused, harassed or assaulted by McLachlan, 52.

Two cast members have lodged a complaint with Victoria Police, alleging that a number of actresses in the show were subjected to McLachlan touching their genitals, groping their breasts, exposing himself and pressing his penis against them.

Complaints to the production company, the Gordon Frost Organisation, fell on deaf ears, they say.

Hes really calculated and very manipulative, a predator, said model and actress Erika Heynatz, one of those who have gone to the police....

02:29

Craig McLachlan set to fight misconduct allegations in court "IndyWatch Feed National"

Im not sure how wise Craig McLachlan is to launch defamation actions.

After all, at least two female alleged victims of his behaviour have gone to NSW Police and complained about Craig McLachlans alleged sexual behaviour.

It sounds like there is substance to these ladies claims why would so many ladies have come forward to media and told their stories are they making these salacious, scandalous allegations up? I think not.

Id say Craig McLachlan is going to get himself deeper and deeper into trouble by not owning his errant behaviour, apologising to the alleged victims, and getting off his high horse.

If NSW Police charge him during the defamation proceedings, which will take a long time, his defamation action will go down in flames.

The only parties to benefit from this saga now are the media and lawyers.

Daily Telegraph Sydney

Craig McLachlan to launch defamation proceedings

Craig McLachlan set to fight misconduct allegations in court

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02:16

Hillsong founder child rapist Pastor Frank Houston. Part One. Pastor Frank Houstons pedophile activities "IndyWatch Feed National"

Apostle of Greed Hillsong Head Pastor Brian Houston about to embark on a 26 American city tour with Hillsong band to promote his new book, There is More.

Hillsong Founder Frank Houstons confession to being a lifelong secret pedophile

A two-year investigation of pedophile allegations going back to the 1960s, ordered by his son, Pastor Brian Houston, at the time head of the Australian Assemblies of God, and conducted by a prominent Australian AOG clergy on the AOG national executive, , Pastor John Lewis, found that the allegations were true. Frank Houston was banned for life from ever ministering in the AOG in Australia and New Zealand in December 1999 aged 77.

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Sunday, 21 January

21:59

Nothing is Impossible: Rediscovering The Kybalion "IndyWatch Feed National"

By MITCH HOROWITZ

And with the wish the energy was born
Corpus Hermeticum, book I

I once regarded The Kybalion as little more than a novelty of early twentieth-century occultism. I considered the book a faux-antique work of mind-power philosophy, dressed up in pseudo-Hermetic language and offering a handful of serviceable but not greatly significant ideas of practical spirituality.

I was wrong.

This enduring work, which appeared on the American occult scene in 1908 under the mysterious byline Three Initiates, has earned its posterity. The book serves as something close to what it claims to be: a Great Reconciler of metaphysical, transcendental, and New Thought philosophies.

Although some of The Kybalions reference points and formulations are plainly modern, the book can justly be defended as an authentic retention of certain ancient Hermetic ideas. Its author about whom Ill say more in a moment drew upon elements of the Hermetica, a late-ancient collection of Greek and occasional Latin writings attributed to the mythical man-god Hermes Trismegistus, or thrice-greatest Hermes. This was a Greek appellation for Ancient Egypts god of writing and intellect, Thoth, whom the Greeks venerated above their own Hermes or Mercury. Using Greek literary form, the various and unnamed authors of the Hermetic tracts, not always agreeing among themselves, codified fragments of immeasurably old oral precepts from Ancient Egypt.1

I should have listened more closely when, almost twenty years ago, a respected religious philosopher, who himself had translated some of the core Hermetic writings, told me of The Kybalion, with his voice low and a gleam in his eye: There are some good ideas in that little book.

Indeed there are and it took me a long time to rediscover them. It is not always easy to say exactly what brings us back to a book or an idea. I had always orbited around The Kybalion, albeit tentatively; I admired or grew friendly with some of its acolytes and with cultural figures influenced by it; and, finally, in 2017, I returned to the book in full. It was as though a light went on. Maybe my journey is an example of the books dictum: When the ears of the student are ready to hear, then cometh the lips to fill them with wisdom.

Before saying more about the value of The Kybalion, let me address the question of its authorship. The identity of the Thre...

21:10

South Pacific Cruise The Seabirds "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Red-footed Booby
We've just returned from a week-long South Pacific cruise aboard P&O's Pacific Dawn. Gusty northerlies in Brisbane delayed departure from the Hamilton cruise terminal by 7 hours which meant missing our first port of call, Noumea in New Caledonia - no great loss as we've been there before. Our two other landings the New Caledonian island of Lifou and Port Vila, Vanuatu are the subject of a separate post.

Red-footed Booby

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19:51

PERTH Two men charged over Manning assault on bowling club cleaner "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Two men charged over Manning assault on bowling club cleaner .

January 21, 2018 at 02:41PM .

TWO men have been charged over an alleged assault that left a cleaner at a Manning bowling club with serious head injuries. The men, aged 39 and 44, have both been charged with grievous bodily harm and were set to appear in Perth Magistrates Court today. The cleaner, who had worked as a

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17:33

Aleister Crowley & The Book of the Law: A Magical Encounter in Egypt "IndyWatch Feed National"

Stele of Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu

By ROBERT BLACK

Aleister Crowley (18751947) is remembered as a libertine, philosopher, mountaineer, magician, and supposedly the wickedness man in the world. He wrote bad poetry, pornographic books, novels and a vast array of literature.

He is best known as being an infamous occultist and the scribe of The Book of the Law, which introduced Thelema to the world. Crowley was an influential member of several occult organisations, including the Golden Dawn, the A..A.., and Ordo Templi Orientis.

One of the most enigmatic aspects of Crowleys life was his receipt of what he believed to be a document dictated by a praetor human intelligence known as Aiwazz.

Crowley studied ceremonial magic for many years, but he felt he had not found the success he was searching for. He and his wife Rose travelled to Egypt where they spent a night in the Kings Chamber of the Great Pyramid. Rose became clairaudient and began to repeat the phrase They are waiting for you. Crowley was bemused as Rose was not known for her interest in magic or occultism, and hitherto had shown no signs of psychic ability. But she was insistent, and perhaps more to humour his young wife Crowley invoked the god Thoth and asked a number of test questions.

Surprisingly, the answers were way beyond his wifes understanding and showed a level of sophistication that piqued Crowleys interest, to say the least. The final test involved an image of Horus at a local museum. He asked the communicating being to identify it. Rose very quickly identified various images of Horus, but it was the stele of Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu that she was most drawn to, an artefact known as inventory number 666 (Crowleys personal number as The Master Therion). The being not only identified Horus on the stele but caused Rose to explain that the intelligence attempting to communicate was not Horus himself but his representative Aiwazz.

On 8 April 1904, between noon and early in the morning, Crowley experienced a dark and overwhelming presence behind him. It communicated through him a bit like automatic writing and dictated over three days what became known as Liber AL vel Legis or The Book of the Law. The Book of the Law offers a new revelation and the revival of the Egyptian cult...

17:33

Egypt in the Western Occult Tradition "IndyWatch Feed National"

Egyptian god of knowledge, wisdom & magic, Thoth, carved on the back of the throne of the seated statue of Rameses II. It was believed Thoth was the original source of important spiritual knowledge which was preserved in the Corpus Hermeticum.

By RICHARD SMOLEY

O Egypt, Egypt, of your reverent deeds only stories will survive, and they will be incredible to your children! Only words cut in stone will survive to tell your faithful works, and the Scythian or Indian or some such neighbour barbarian will dwell in Egypt.

This haunting passage comes from the Corpus Hermeticum, the celebrated Hermetic body of writings, believed to go back to Hermes Trismegistus himself, a semidivine figure associated with the Greek god Hermes and his Egyptian equivalent, Thoth.

These texts go back no further than the early centuries of the Common Era. The passage above hints at their purpose: to preserve something of the knowledge of Ancient Egypt as its civilisation began to decay. Here is a good place to start when looking at Egypts role in the Western occult tradition.

The Corpus Hermeticum was brought to Italy in the mid-fifteenth century by Greeks fleeing the collapsing Byzantine Empire. The great patron of the arts, Cosimo de Medici, had these texts translated into Latin almost immediately. Because scholars thought they went back to Hermes Trismegistus, believed to be a contemporary, and perhaps a teacher, of Moses, they were held in the highest esteem for almost two centuries. When their true date was discovered, they lost much of their prestige, and they have never quite regained it. Nevertheless, they have shaped the Western esoteric tradition in innumerable ways.

Consider Athanasius Kircher, a seventeenth-century Jesuit who, in the subtitle of Joscelyn Godwins recent book about him, was the last man to search for universal knowledge. Part of the knowledge he sought was the meaning of the hieroglyphs. Kirchers interpretation, created out of his own imagination, was almost entirely wrong. But his mistakes are instructive.

The symbol that he regarded as the key to this knowledge is a human-headed scarab from a bronze tabletop known as the Bembine Table of Isis. The body of the scarab, Kircher says, is the Earth; its wings are the airy sphere; several concentric ovals set in the place of the shoulders ar...

17:33

Modern Medicine: The New World Religion "IndyWatch Feed National"

By REG LITTLE

East Asia and possibly South Asia have strong traditions that offer insight into Western medical and scientific follies, but many parts of the developing world are much more vulnerable. The French author, Olivier Clerc, in his 2004 publication, Modern Medicine: The New World Religion has exposed the complex and confused mix of Christian and Enlightenment forces unleashed on many communities without effective traditional spiritual and scientific defences.

It is perhaps no accident that Clerc comes from a nation that, like those of East Asia, has sought ways to defend traditional agricultural and food cultures from the dictates of Anglo-American free trade and market forces. France is also a nation with a uniquely strong administrative tradition capable of exercising authority over corporate interests.

Clerc offers a unique and powerful insight into the way in which contemporary life and thought in developing nations have been perverted by a wicked mix of the power of corporate marketing, the mystique of science and the superstition of religion. He shows how illusion operates at many levels in society and how medicine and religion become entangled and almost inseparable in popular faith.

The following summary is derived from an outline on the web of Clercs book. He shows that illusion and faith are central qualities of Western civilisation, which are distinguished with difficulty. They are capable of destroying spiritual and health wisdom wherever they are found.

Clerc remarks on how Christian missionaries of the last three or four centuries sought to evangelise primitive people by destroying or burning the various cult objects of these people in order to eradicate their religions, superstitions and customs.

Yet, whether it was conquistadors stamping out Inca culture, the Inquisition stamping out European heresies, or Christian missionaries stamping out Voodoo or other African and Asian religions, the destruction of objects of worship did not prevent the continuation of strongly rooted inclinations, albeit with different qualities.

Clerc shows that the supposed secularisation of present day society is also just an illusion, with the beliefs and superstitions of Judeo-Christian culture remaining deeply embedded in the modern Western subconscious, becoming identified with many secular aspects of daily lives without people realising it.

The daily evening television news bulletins, the stars of...

17:33

The Magus Was A Spy: Aleister Crowley and the Curious Connections Between Intelligence and the Occult "IndyWatch Feed National"

A war time photo of Aleister Crowley imitating Britains Prime Minister Winston Churchill, for whom he claimed to have invented the V for Victory hand sign.

By DR RICHARD SPENCE

In Magick Without Tears, Aleister Crowley observed a fundamental similarity between the Secret Chiefs, the invisible and inaccessible Masters to whom he professed obedience, and Captain A. and Admiral B. of the Naval Intelligence Service. Both, he noted, keep in the dark for precisely the same reasons; and these qualities disappear instantaneously the moment They want to get hold of you.1

Crowley, arguably the most famous or infamous occultist of the last century, spoke from personal experience. Throughout his career, Mr. Crowley, aka The Great Beast 666 and the Wickedest Man in the World, maintained some kind of connection with one or another aspect of British intelligence, most notably the Admiraltys Naval Intelligence branch. His case is by no means exceptional. Many of his associates in the occult realm, among them Everard Feilding, Theodore Reuss, Hanns Heinz Ewers, and Maxwell Knight, also had links to one spy agency or another.

The inter-connection of occultism and espionage goes back at least to the Elizabethan intrigues of Dr. John Dee, and certainly is much older than that. For Crowley, Dr. Dee was a role-model in more ways than one. Occult orders and spy agencies do share much in common. Both are focused on the acquisition and safeguarding of specialised knowledge and embrace secrecy as a cardinal virtue. They are selective in recruitment and members are bound by oaths of silence and loyalty. They operate, so much as possible, outside public view or even public awareness. The pursuit of occult knowledge provides an excellent training ground for espionage and kindred intrigue, and vice versa. As Crowleys literary creation Sir Anthony Bowling put it, investigation of spiritualism makes a capital training ground for secret service work, one soon gets up to all the tricks.2

What follows is a selective and inevitably brief survey of various persons who were involved in intelligence work and occult pursuits. The common denominator and main object of attention will be Crowley himself.

Crowley makes scattered allusions to intelligence work in his autobiographica...

17:33

Alchemy The Art of Transformation: An Interview with Cherry Gilchrist "IndyWatch Feed National"

By RICHARD SMOLEY

Cherry Gilchrists book on the history and interpretation of alchemy has remained a classic since its first publication in 1984. Alchemy, the Great Work: A History and Evaluation of the Western Hermetic Tradition will be published in a new edition by Weiser Books, with an introduction by Mark Booth, in June 2015.

Her book on alchemy as a system of self-development, drawing on the Twelve Gates of George Ripley and alchemical imagery, is Everyday Alchemy, published by Rider in 2002.

She has appeared on radio and TV on various occasions to discuss alchemy, most notably on Stephen Hawkings World, in an episode filmed in Owlpen Manor in Gloucestershire, UK, home and haunt of an eighteenth-century alchemist.

Cherry also draws on her knowledge of the Tree of Life, astrology, and divination in her writings on alchemy. She has studied these subjects since her student days at Cambridge, from which she graduated with a degree in English literature and anthropology. Following the line of oral traditions and wisdom, she has also written about Russian folk traditions, ancestry, personal life stories, and myths and legends from different cultures. Cherry is at present writing a book on the traditional Tarot trumps for Quest Books. For details of her work, see www.cherrygilchrist.co.uk.

Other interests include singing early music, and travel. Places visited such as Easter Island, Siberia, and the Silk Road have given her inspiration for her books, and insight into ancient cultures.

Cherrys own philosophy is that the Hermetic work can be passed down through a genuine line of teaching, and that it needs to find different forms in new generations. She was a founder member of Saros, the Foundation for the Perpetuation of Knowledge, an organisation headquartered in the UK which took on those aims.

Cherry lives in Exeter, UK, with her husband, artist Robert Lee-Wade.

Richard Smoley (RS): Maybe we could start by a brief definition of what you think alchemy is.

Cherry Gilchrist (CG): Alchemy is about transformation. In its most basic definition, its the transformation of base material or metal into gold. However, that is too simplistic, according to the ways in whic...

11:45

Web Exclusive: Illuminati investigates Clow UFO Base following Womens March in Chicago (Fiction) "IndyWatch Feed National"

After 300,000 people attended the Womens March Chicago, the Illuminati announced it was launching an investigation into security at Clow UFO Base.

We cannot believe that more humans attended this years march than last years march, said Mu, an investigator aligned with the Illuminati.  We think most of the marchers were aliens, and that means there was a serious security breach at Clow UFO Base.  We also think the New World Order bussed in aliens to Chicago from their base in Rochelle, IL.  We are going to get to the bottom of this, starting with Clow.

Clow officials denied any security breaches at the base.

The base is still locked down, said an official who asked to remain anonymous.  There are no flights to Clow, and we are keeping a close eye on flights leaving Clow.  To the best of our knowledge, none of our visitors went to the Chicago march.  Mayor Claar made it very clear that we were to do everything in our power to keep visitors away from the march.  If you ask me, I think a lot of people just hate President Trump and his administrations treatment of women.  Thats why the marches were so popular.  But you didnt ask me.

Other officials said they would cooperate with the Illuminati, but did not believe any aliens from Clow attended the march.

Clow UFO Base is under the jurisdiction of the Illuminati following Mayor Roger Claars defection from the New World Order in 2016.

Thomas Xavier, an administrator for the New World Order, says only ten aliens were authorized from Hub 35 in Rochelle to attend the march and believes others watched from orbit.

We did not use our visitors to inflate the numbers of marchers in Chicago.  The public is rejecting the chaos sought by the Illuminati and will turn to the order and stability we will offer them.  The tide is turning.

A phone call to Claar was answered by a receptionist, who said he was busy and could not be disturbed.

In the background, a man who sounded like Claar said, Charline, I just found out that my slide on the racial demographics of Bolingbrook is wrong.

You approved it.

You messed it up.

I didnt mess it up.  I did it on purpose.

Why?

I was sending a subliminal message to the Trump supporter...

10:52

Adding Copernicus "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ive added the Copernicus ERA-Interim global temperature series to all of the global temperature plots. (You may need a browser refresh to see the latest version.)

Global monthly temperatures since 1850 -- instrumental estimates plus Copernicus

Global monthly instrumental temperatures since 1850 instrumental estimates plus Copernicus

 
Copernicus is the new name for the European Unions earth observation programme. The climate component, Copernicus Climate Change Service is run by European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, operators of the world-leading global weather model that we call ECMWF. Starting in late 2014, much of the climate change programs emphasis has been on reanalysis.

 

ERA-Interim

Reanalysis is the stuff of re-assimilating weather data into a global weather model to produce a fine-scale, time-varying representation of the system across the full length of the data record. Thats essentially just a data tracking model, but at extraordinary sophistication. ERA-Interim, published in 2009, is what ECMWF calls a fourth-generation reanalysis product. (Meteorologists have been at this thing for a while; Copernicus has now started publishing its fifth-generation product.) Reanalysis.org has this summary:

ERA-Interim was originally planned as an ...

08:00

January 21 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1788 - Governor Phillip accompanied by officers set off in three open boats to examine the coast in the hope of finding a more suitable site for settlement than Botany Bay. Finding in a cove of 'this noble and capacious harbour' a sufficiency of water and soil, he returned to Botany Bay after an absence of 3 days and gave
directions for immediate removal to Port Jackson.
Phillip was impressed by the "confidence and manly behaviour" of a group of aborigines in the northern reaches of the harbour. As such they called the place "Manly Cove".

1793 - French exploer Bruny d'Entrecasteaux anchored his two ships in Recherche Bay, Van Diemen's Land, and in so doing, became the first person to circumnavigate Australia.
Allegedly.

1801 -  Port Jackson was graced with the presence of the US ship Follensbe but as she was weighted down with that demon drink Governor King refused to give it permission to touch his pure-as-the-driven-snow shore.

1805 - The Lady Barlow left Port Jackson with the first all-colonial cargo (sealskins, seal oil, and timber) to be shipped directly to the United Kingdon, in defiance of the East India Company's monopoly .
Oooo, you rebels, you!

1813 - John McCabe , John Townshend  and Peter Gory were Hanged at Hobart for robbery of Wm Parish .

1815 - Get out the goat cart Uncle Horatio, the road over the Blue Mountains was finished.

1846 - Wellington, NSW, was gazetted as a village.

1860 - The first trotting horse race meeting was held in Melbourne but despite overwhelming demand, no 2 legged nags were entered.

1863 - Poor silly old Robert O'Hara Burke and John Wills were given their final resting place in the Melbourne General Cemetery with all the pollies having a half-day holiday and joining in the funeral procession.

1863 - Parliament adjourned for the day and joined the long funeral procession to lay Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills in the Melbourne General Cemetery.

1868 - Prince Alfred, the Duke of Edinburgh, arrived in Sydney for a visit to NSW.


1870 - The first European settlers dropped into Darwin, pitched a tent and sang 'Home Sweet Home' .

1887 - Brisvegas was showing off again when it received a daily record of a mere 465mms (18.3 inches).
Of rain.
Inside one day.

1904 Henry Northcote, 1st Baron Northcote was appointed the third Governor General of Australia.

1918 - The Holsworthy Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1931 - Bust out the streamers and honk your horns...Isaac Isaacs became the first Australian-born Governor-General.

1938 - Will Dyson, world renown political cartoonist and Australia's first war artist, died...

06:00

Those PNG colonial conflicts: a short examination of killing "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Rabaul press clipCHRIS OVERLAND

ADELAIDE - Mathias Kin has written about the killing of Simbu warriors by kiaps in the period from around 1935 to the mid-1950s. He has put forward the claims of various informants about the numbers who died in these clashes - and I have expressed reservations about the scale of the killing in a comment attached to the same article.

Perhaps the minds of some readers, this has left the impression that I am bent on preserving the reputations of the kiaps involved in the pacification of the Papua New Guinea highlands. This is not true, but I have to accept that it is what some people will think.

As it happens, I think the work that Mathias is doing in compiling his History of Simbu, is important. It will give a voice to those who were hitherto voiceless and, most importantly, it is history as understood by the powerless, not the powerful. So what he is doing is commendable.

That said, it is fair and reasonable to subject the claims he makes to close scrutiny. The powerless are no more or less capable of distorting history to meet their needs than the powerful, although the latter have most of the opportunities to do so.

So, I thought I might write something on the history and logistics of killing because it will, I think, shed some light upon both Mathias's claims and my and others responses to those claims.

Human beings have a long and lamentable history of killing one another. It is a talent that we have honed to near perfection over the years. Huge resources have been and continue to be devoted to the design, construction and use of devices solely intended for killing other people.

In the course of many centuries of warfare, we humans have also become adept at the use of killing as a political tool. Having a reputation as a merciless killer is a really useful way to terrify people into submission to your will without the necessity of actually killing anyone.

This form of terror was a tool of trade for Genghis Khan or Julius Caesar. If it failed them, then they unleashed their armies and inflicted mass murder upon those who had the temerity to resist them. In this way both almost certainly killed many hundreds of thousands of people, if n...

05:41

What do the Ice Core Bubbles Really Tell Us? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Guest Opinion: Dr. Tim Ball At a recent public presentation titled Whither the Weather the most frequently asked question popped up once gain. How do they know the temperatures from thousands of years ago, as in the Antarctic ice record. I gave the standard answer about layers of ice, extraction of air from trapped bubbles

05:00

Duchesses & overlords: an outdated view of China & the Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Samoas prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele (Mick Tsikas AAP)
Samoas prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele

GRAEME SMITH | Inside Story

CANBERRA - Australias international development minister, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, found herself in a fix recently after she claimed that Chinas aid in the Pacific produced useless buildings and roads to nowhere while duchessing politicians.

Australias relations with China, already at their lowest ebb in years, took another blow, and Xinhua Newss Canberra correspondent bestowed on Australia the title of arrogant overlord of the Pacific.

In the region itself, Samoan prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele suggested that the ministers remarks could destroy Australias relationship with island nations. He zeroed in on Chinas willingness to provide aid to deal with the impact of climate change.

The media director of the Vanuatu Daily Post noted that while we are right to question the design, implementation and price of some of these projects these roads are not roads to nowhere. They lead to our homes.

Where did the senators remarks come from? What is fuelling the differences opening up between the Coalition and Labor on our relationship with China, quite at odds with the Liberal Partys traditionally pro-business ethos?

A hint came in an opinion piece by Maurice Newman, former chair of the ABC, the ASX, the AustraliaTaiwan Business Council and the governments now-defunct Business Advisory Council.

Writing in The Australian earlier this month, Newman revealed that his expertise extends beyond his well-known conspiracy theories about the Bureau of Meteorology, and takes in Chinas engagement with the Pacific. The title of the piece China Emerges as All-Powerful New Deity in Pacific Cargo Cult gave an inkling of what was to follow.

Newman may not have chosen the headline or the accompanying cartoon, which features a huge panda ready to devour an uninhabited Pacific island bu...

04:07

Silent killer chemicals: How to reduce your exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our government won't protect us from these harmful chemicals, so we have to protect ourselves. What keeps you up at night? Sick kids, restless pets, the latest tragedy on the evening news, politics, wars, earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, money troubles, job stress, and family health and wellbeing? There is no shortage of concerns that make us all toss and turn. But what keeps the chemical industry up at night? A couple of decades ago a senior Shell executive was asked this very question. The answer? Endocrine disruption. If you can even pronounce "endocrine disruption," you're doing well. What is it? Why should we care? And why is it keeping chemical bigshots up at night?

04:00

Security continues to impair Japanese tourism in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Satoshi Nakajima
HE Satoshi Nakajima

STAFF REPORTER | PNG Today

PORT MORESBY - Japanese Ambassador Satoshi Nakajima says safety continues to be a major issue affecting the number of Japanese tourists arriving in Papua New Guinea.

Despite this, Mr Nakajima described the countrys tourism potential as huge and said Japan had 16.4 million outbound tourists in 2017.

In his first year in PNG, Mr Nakajima visited the four regions of the country and expressed how impressed he was with what the country has to offer Japanese tourists.

Regrettably the number of Japanese tourists coming here is not so much, he said.

I travelled to Wewak, Kokopo, Kimbe, Mt Hagen, Lae and Pomio. When I travelled to Kokopo and the others I saw the huge potential in promoting tourism.

Some locations like Kokopo that are safe to stay, but places like Port Moresby are is not so safe.

Mr Nakajima said numbers were increasing in safer destinations around the country and Japanese citizens are travelling to them.

03:33

What MLK's 'letter from Birmingham jail' tells us about 16y/o jailed Ahed Tamimi "IndyWatch Feed National"

In recent weeks, several people have said that the liberal indifference to Ahed Tamimi's detention in an Israeli prison for slapping an occupying soldier on December 15 is reminiscent of the white liberals in Martin Luther King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail, written in 1963. Today, you can give yourself no better political lesson than rereading that inspiring document of the American movement for freedom. King's letter is an explanation of the need for "direct political action." King addresses a group of white liberal ministers and rabbis who have said they're against segregation but times are changing, so why do "extremist" black clergy have to risk a backlash with provocative demonstrations? King answers that time is neutral and won't do anything on its own; blacks have waited for hundreds of years for some modicum of justice and learned that the privileged will never give up privilege without pressure. White businesses promised to remove humiliating signs directing blacks to segregated water coolers and bathrooms and never followed through, and meantime anti-colonial struggles in other countries have outpaced American change, and inspired blacks to dream of an equal future.

03:32

Baltimore police commissioner fired as city struggles with record murder rate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis has been fired after the city's mayor grew "impatient" with his inability to stop the record pace of killings in the city. A replacement has already been named. Mayor Catherine Pugh named Deputy Commissioner Darryl D. De Sousa, 53, to replace Davis, with his appointment effective immediately. Pugh said she would ask the City Council to make the posting permanent, the Baltimore Sun reported. De Sousa told reporters Friday morning that he "has a lot of respect" for Davis, but also said residents are "frustrated and they want answers and they want change," according to the Sun. The new commissioner promised to deploy "waves" of officers to stamp out the violence in well-known "hot spots" and key corridors throughout the city.

03:04

Continuity of Agenda: US Encirclement of China Continues Under Trump "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 20, 2018 (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - The United States has pursued a decades-long policy of encircling, containing and if possible, undermining China as part of a larger strategy of achieving and maintaining what US policy papers call "primacy" over Asia.


US policy has led to deeply-rooted networks operating within China's borders and along China's geopolitical peripheries to divide and destabilize the immense and increasingly powerful Asian state. These networks are funded and supported regardless of who occupies the White House. While the rhetoric shifts from president to president regarding "why" the US is providing so-called "activists" and "opposition" fronts aid, the aid and the agenda it serves continues.

Under current US President Donald Trump's predecessor President Barack Obama, this ongoing policy was marketed to the American and international public as the "Pivot to Asia." It was spun as a means for the US to reengage with Asia but in reality constituted an overt attempt to co-opt the governments of China's neighbors and break up the region's growing ties with Beijing.

Obama's "Pivot" was a failure, but one within the greater context of a general decline in US primacy both in the Asia Pacific region and around the world.

Under Trump, this policy of encircling and containing China continues. It is now marketed to the public as an "Indo-Pacific" strategy, with the US forced to court India, Australia and Japan on the fringes of Asia Pacific after failing to make progress within Asia Pacific itself.

It is important to understand just how long-term these polices are so that when Trump announces them to the public, the public understands that it is not "Trump's" policy, but simply Trump continuing to carry out the agenda of the very special interests (the so-called "Deep State") he vowed to resist upon taking office.

Understanding that these policies serve special interests and at the cost of the American public helps inoculate the public to rhetoric claiming that confronting China and destabilizing Asia is somehow part of "making America great again."

Tibet

Tibet is one of the oldest and most clear-cut examples of a political controversy used by Washington to target and undermin...

03:03

Continuity of Agenda: US Encirclement of China Continues Under Trump "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 20, 2018 (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - The United States has pursued a decades-long policy of encircling, containing and if possible, undermining China as part of a larger strategy of achieving and maintaining what US policy papers call "primacy" over Asia.


US policy has led to deeply-rooted networks operating within China's borders and along China's geopolitical peripheries to divide and destabilize the immense and increasingly powerful Asian state. These networks are funded and supported regardless of who occupies the White House. While the rhetoric shifts from president to president regarding "why" the US is providing so-called "activists" and "opposition" fronts aid, the aid and the agenda it serves continues.

Under current US President Donald Trump's predecessor President Barack Obama, this ongoing policy was marketed to the American and international public as the "Pivot to Asia." It was spun as a means for the US to reengage with Asia but in reality constituted an overt attempt to co-opt the governments of China's neighbors and break up the region's growing ties with Beijing.

Obama's "Pivot" was a failure, but one within the greater context of a general decline in US primacy both in the Asia Pacific region and around the world.

Under Trump, this policy of encircling and containing China continues. It is now marketed to the public as an "Indo-Pacific" strategy, with the US forced to court India, Australia and Japan on the fringes of Asia Pacific after failing to make progress within Asia Pacific itself.

It is important to understand just how long-term these polices are so that when Trump announces them to the public, the public understands that it is not "Trump's" policy, but simply Trump continuing to carry out the agenda of the very special interests (the so-called "Deep State") he vowed to resist upon taking office.

Understanding that these policies serve special interests and at the cost of the American public helps inoculate the public to rhetoric claiming that confronting China and destabilizing Asia is somehow part of "making America great again."

Tibet

Tibet is one of the oldest and most clear-cut examples of a political controversy used by Washington to target and undermin...

03:00

The Satoshi Revolution Chapter 4: Is Privacy Possible in the Digital Era? (Part 3) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Is Privacy Possible in the Digital Era?

The Satoshi Revolution: A Revolution of Rising Expectations.
Section 2 : The Moral Imperative of Privacy
Chapter 4: When Privacy is Criminalized, Only Criminals will be Private
by Wendy McElroy

Is Privacy Possible in the Digital Era? (Chapter 4, Part 3)

Recent inventions and business methods call attention to the next step which must be taken for the protection of the person, and for securing to the individual the right to be let alone Numerous mechanical devices threaten to make good the prediction that what is whispered in the closet shall be proclaimed from the house-tops.

Louis Brandeis

What is privacy? Simple images come to mind, like slamming a door in the face of a census taker, but the question unlocks a complex issue.

Perhaps the most famous answer comes from an article by the American attorneys Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis, which appeared in a 1890 issue of the Harvard Law Review. It was one of the most influential articles in the history of legal theory. The Right to Privacy is considered to be the first prominent call for privacy as a concept to be cemented into law. It opened: THAT the individual shall have full protection in person and in property is a principle as old as the common law; but it has been found necessary from time to time to define anew the exact nature and extent of such protection. Elsewhere, privacy is defined as the right to be left alone.

The article argued for privacy as a foundational or basic human right, upon which all other rights depended. The right of property in its widest sense including all rights and privileges, and hence embracing the right to an inviolate personality, affords alone that broad basis upon which the protection which the individual demands can be rested. No right is more basic than pri...

02:04

Tony Birch: A change of date will do nothing to shake Australia from its colonial-settler triumphalism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post Least anyone become overly concerned, the date chosen to mark Australia Day has historically been a movable feast. For instance, July 15 was once the favoured date. While many believe that the current date January 26 commemorates the landing of the so-called First Fleet (which itself is historically inaccurate), I would expect that the date ...

02:01

Wacky Nuclear Politics About to Blow Up the US and with its Own Rhetoric "IndyWatch Feed National"

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One does not need to have grown up in the age of duck and cover to understand that the nuclear scare that we are now experiencing could have been inspired from the script of Dr. Strangelove, written by of Stanley Kubrick as a black comedy that reflected the reality of nuclear weapons, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Released 1964, the films plot caused a good deal of controversy because it was too close to what could have been reality.

Fifty years later, and after the demise of the USSR, much is now being said about the nuclear programmes of Iran and South Korea. Iran insists activities are peaceful and civilian, rather than military, in character. North Korea openly flaunts its weapons programme and claims its nuclear technology is so advanced that it can send an ICBM to strike the United States whenever it wants.

In order to manufacture nuclear weapons you need two things: uranium and the means of enriching it. According to those in the mining and defence industries, North Korea and Iran do not have the expertise to enrich uranium. So they are not capable of producing nuclear weapons at present, but we are still told that they are a constant threat to the West in spite of this.

There is one obvious way to address this threat by preventing Iran, North Korea or any other rogue state getting hold of uranium. If countries which cant enrich uranium are still threats despite this, possession of the uranium must be the root of the problem. Clearly therefore measures must be taken to stop the supply of uranium to Iran and North Korea, or anyone else who might use it to create nuclear weapons, the ones invented by the West and promoted as guarantors of peace since 1945.

Who supplies uranium? There used to be two main countries: Canada and Australia. Both these countries are impeccably Western, with no significant enemies. Consequently they are obliged, whether they like it or not, to advocate unrestricted free trade. If anyone tries to tell them they cant sell their uranium to any other country, when unenriched uranium cant be used for offensive purposes, they will let out screams heard round the world, and rightly so.

But now these countries hav...

01:41

'Great surprise': Houthi general says turning point in Yemen conflict close at hand "IndyWatch Feed National"

The armed forces of the Houthi-controlled government in the Yemeni capital Sana'a have boosted their air defenses to a point where they no longer need to fear airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition forces, army spokesman Sharaf Luqman said, in an interview with Sputnik. Brigadier-General Luqman said that the army now has all it needs to repel "enemy aggression" at sea, on the ground and in the air. "The Yemeni army has taken over many enemy strongholds, which has changed the situation on the battlefield," the general said. "These are depots with arms for the Air Force, night-vision cameras, ballistic missiles and launchers. This answers questions about where we are getting weapons amid the current blockade; who is helping us; and whether Iran is supplying us with ballistic missiles and military advisors," he added.

01:32

Julian Assange warns of 'political propaganda' as Amazon's Alexa becomes feminist "IndyWatch Feed National"

Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa has just received an enhanced personality: now, not only can she give you the correct answers, but can even offer a response in case of insults and personal attacks. Creators also expect that she could potentially express her own opinions on certain political issues, a move that has prompted criticism. Anyone who calls Alexa a "slut" now gets a negative response, German newspaper Die Zeit reported. Amazon has adapted the machine's character and how it responds in various situations. Now Alexa, who identifies herself as a woman and a feminist, will react to sexually charged insults with answers like "This is not for me," "This is not nice of you" or "I don't know what you expect." In addition, Alexa supports the Black Lives Matter movement and might potentially express her opinion on other important political issues in the future.

00:30

Do We Really Believe in Everything We Say? "IndyWatch Feed National"

 Are you always trying to establish the truth when you argue, or might there be other motives at work?

Portrait of a Man with a Quilted Sleeve, Titian, c1509. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons/National Gallery, London

Most of us have views on politics, current events, religion, society, morality and sport, and we spend a lot of time expressing these views, whether in conversation or on social media. We argue for our positions, and get annoyed if they are challenged. Why do we do this? The obvious answer is that we believe the views we express (ie, we think they are true), and we want to get others to believe them too, because they are true. We want the truth to prevail. Thats how it seems. But do we really believe everything we say? Are you always trying to establish the truth when you argue, or might there be other motives at work?

These questions might seem strange, offensive even. Am I suggesting that you are insincere or hypocritical in your views? No at least Im not suggesting that you are...

00:28

Wellington Albert granted UK VISA "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Widnes Vikings have announced that PNG International and Vikings recruit Albert Wellington has been granted a UK VISA to work and live in the United Kingdom.  "We are delighted to confirm that Wellington Albert was yesterday granted his visa to work in the UK, officially beginning his time at the Vikings",the club stated via their website. 


Wellington had his final immigration meeting with the Home Office, where he secured his permit to work with the Vikings. He will proudly wear the squad number 36 this season.

Stanton Albert is scheduled to have his visa meeting in the coming week, and Stronghold Members and supporters will be updated in due course.

Widnes Vikings would like to thank Jeannie's Away Travel, 2018 Player Sponsor of Wellington Albert.

Wellington Albert Fact File

Albert, who was one of the stars of the 2017 Rugby League World quarter-finalists, joins the Vikings from PNG Hunters. At six foot four and eighteen stone, the 23 year old is known for his pace, power and physicality.

In 2014, he rose to prominence when he became the first Papua New Guinean to score an NRL contract directly from PNG, when he joined the Penrith Panthers, amid interest from Wests Tigers and South Sydney Rabbitohs. Albert represented the Panthers at National Youth Cup level and in the Intrust Super Premiership, before joining PNG Hunters this year.

Wellington has impressed both domestically and internationally this season. Playing 20 league games, he was a constant presence in the side that secured the Hunters their first ever Intrust Super Cup premiership. With 37 tackle breaks and an impressive 679 post-contact metres in 2017, as well as 13 off...

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23:10

Chicago West: Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West name daughter "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West have named their new-born daughter, delivered by surrogate on Monday, Chicago West.

Kardashian West said that not carrying the child herself was "so hard", but that the couple had an instant connection with her.

West was raised in the US city Chicago.

Kardashian West carried and gave birth to her older children but was advised against getting pregnant again because of possible medical complications.

Her daughter North is now four years old and her son Saint is two.

But she suffered from pre-eclampsia and placenta accreta on those occasions.

Pre-eclampsia is a condition that usually occurs in the second half of pregnancy and can cause serious complications including seizures and death if not monitored and treated.

Placenta accreta is when the placenta attaches itself too deeply into the wall of the uterus and remains attached after childbirth.

Kardashian West, a reality TV star, said in a post on her app that "doctors said that it wasn't safe for my, or the baby's, health to carry my own".

The 37-year-old said she and her rapper husband decided to use a "gestational carrier", meaning the baby is "biologically mine and Kanye's".

She wrote: "Having a gestational carrier is definitely different, but anyone who says or thinks it's the easy way out is completely wrong.

"People assume it's better because you don't have to deal with the physical changes, pain or complications with delivery, but for me it was so hard to not carry my own child, especially after I carried North and Saint."

Kardashian West's surrogate was discussed on her reality show Keeping up with the Kardashians, but her identity was not revealed.

   
Source: BBC

23:02

Continuity of Agenda: US Encirclement of China Continues Under Trump "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The United States has pursued a decades-long policy of encircling, containing and if possible, undermining China as part of a larger strategy of achieving and maintaining what US policy papers call primacy over Asia.

US policy has led to deeply-rooted networks operating within Chinas borders and along Chinas geopolitical peripheries to divide and destabilize the immense and increasingly powerful Asian state. These networks are funded and supported regardless of who occupies the White House. While the rhetoric shifts from president to president regarding why the US is providing so-called activists and opposition fronts aid, the aid and the agenda it serves continues.

Under current US President Donald Trumps predecessor President Barack Obama, this ongoing policy was marketed to the American and international public as the Pivot to Asia. It was spun as a means for the US to reengage with Asia but in reality constituted an overt attempt to co-opt the governments of Chinas neighbors and break up the regions growing ties with Beijing.

Obamas Pivot was a failure, but one within the greater context of a general decline in US primacy both in the Asia Pacific region and around the world.

Under Trump, this policy of encircling and containing China continues. It is now marketed to the public as an Indo-Pacific strategy, with the US forced to court India, Australia and Japan on the fringes of Asia Pacific after failing to make progress within Asia Pacific itself.

It is important to understand just how long-term these polices are so that when Trump announces them to the public, the public understands that it is not Trumps policy, but simply Trump continuing to carry out the agenda of the very special interests (the so-called Deep State) he vowed to resist upon taking office.

Understanding that these policies serve special interests and at the cost of the American public helps inoculate the public to rhetoric claiming that confronting China and destabilizing Asia is somehow part of making America great again.

Tibet

Tibet is one of the oldest and most clear-cut e...

22:59

UK urges Tonga to sign human rights treaties "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations has urged Tonga to sign core human rights conventions.

In a statement issued to coincide with the United Nations review of Tongas human rights record, the UK encouraged Tonga to establish a National Human Rights Institution in compliance with the Paris Principles.

It said Tonga should take the following steps:

  • Ratify key International Labour Organisation conventions
  • Ratify the International Labour Organizations Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999.
  • Ratify and implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Adopt an open, merit-based process when selecting national candidates for UN Treaty Body elections.

The UK welcomes the positive steps taken by Tonga since the last review, particularly the implementation of reforms to advance democracy, the statement said.

We also welcome Tongas national efforts to promote female candidates in national elections and subsequent increase in female MPs. However, female participation in Tongan politics remains low and we encourage Tonga to further promote the inclusion of women in politics.

The UK remains concerned that Tongan legislation continues to criminalise consensual same sex-conduct. It is encouraging that there have been no recent prosecutions under this legislation, however, we would urge Tonga to repeal all such provisions and ensure anti-discrimination laws also cover sexual orientation.

As Kaniva News reported recently, Tongas human rights record is being examined in Geneva this week.

All UN member states are subject to periodic review.

This will be third time the kingdoms human rights record has been studied since 2008.

Tonga is being represented at the review by the Solicitor General, Sione Sisifa.

     Source: Kaniva News

22:52

Solomon Islands Police records criminal stats for 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Crime Records Office of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force has recorded 5,457 criminal cases throughout the country in 2017.

The record highlights various categories of crimes and in which the highest number of cases recorded was crime against person 1,812; statute offences 1,683; crime against property 1,430; public morality 120 cases and crime against lawful authority 412.

2017 has been a challenging year for the RSIPF organisation due to the high number of reported cases in and around the provinces compared to limited resources available to support the delivery of policing, says Assistant Commissioner Crime, Ian Vaevaso.

AC Vaevaso explains, There are good number of detection, and still there is a good number of cases which are still under investigations, and not to mention cases reconciled or addressed outside of court process.

The Crime portfolio is working hard to improve the capability of investigation in the RSIPF to ensure that cases are properly investigated to standards required by law.

Crime is an ongoing issue in the country, and only if we share the responsibility and working together, we can curb criminal activities from having adverse impact in our country, says AC Vaevaso. 


22:22

Zionist quotes reveal genocidal racism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Zionist quotes reveal genocidal racism By Gideon Polya The Anglosphere countries (the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) are variously based on genocide of the Indigenous inhabitants but in the post-WW2 era these countries variously came to terms with this genocidal racist past. Indeed Donald Trump and the lunatic right aside, it is now []

22:03

Latest Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-006 First Visit to CQ with Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A nice surprise visitor to Central Queensland during the afternoon on Friday 19 January with the latest to be delivered Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-006 spotted completing a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.  It was flying as "Dragon 10".






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21:33

Melbourne Water about to de-tree Koala corridor in Frankston "IndyWatch Feed National"

Melbourne Water is about to de-tree Frankston koala corridor by removing mature trees from banks of a huge park with a water retarding basin in it at Lee Street Frankston 3199. They are claiming that the trees are 'destabilising' the banks. But of course the trees are holding the banks together and keeping the water-table down. Who is accountable for these kinds of decisions that are based on what sound like lies that make no sense? Frankston Council is apparently going along with this. It seems totally insane and anti-life and nature. Inside is a video alerting us to the details.

This is a link to a facebook video: https://www.facebook.com/Michellekoalasaver/videos/1831105523600205/.

The person speaking in the video is Michele Thomas, of Animalia, who is a well-respected wildlife carer, who knows what she is talking about regarding koalas. See "Animalia's Michelle Thomas gives koala mouth to mouth in night rescue".

Mad tree removal excuses

This tree removal with barmy excuses seems to be a new trend. Recently they machine-ripped out trees all along the sides and median strips of a shady Mornington Peninsula highway, one of few relatively pleasant highways to travel on, due to the shade and green. See http://candobetter.net/node/5304. The reasons given were that cars might run into them and that they were for eliminating all risks. (Not risks of depression leading to suicide in those who were revolted and felt powerless, of course.) AWPC managed to stop them from ripping them out quite so fast, but the kept on with a different machine at a different pace and they paid for a few possum boxes (not enough for all the possums and other wildlife that were and continue to be displaced.)

The overpopulation link

We know that trees are being ripped out for more houses and more roads to squeeze in the invited economic immigrants that make up over 60% of population growth in Australia. This is obvious with the road widening in Hoddle Street and in the destruction of Melbourne...

20:30

Review: Why Education Alone May Not Change the Skewed Global Order "IndyWatch Feed National"

In New Wealth of Nations, Surjit Bhalla offers compelling support for education as the foundation of individual, national and global advance. But is this the only way to reduce inequality?

Democratisation of education is perhaps the most important change in the human condition. Credit: DFID - UK Department for International Development/ Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The democratisation of education is perhaps the most important change in the human condition. Credit: DFID UK Department for International Development/ Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

My father and his four brothers were born into a wealthy landowning family in rural Gujarat and all five could have lived comfortably on this inheritance. Yet, my granduncle, who managed the familys assets, decided to send all five to Mumbai for higher studies and to secure professional competence in law, medicine or accountancy. Intrigued by this, I once asked an older relative why he had chosen to do this. The answer was truly enlightening.

My father and his brothers were born rather late in the life of my granduncle and he was afraid that he would not be around to settle them in the management of the properties. He consulted a local Parsi friend who advised: Convert your fungible wealth into educat...

20:05

Protest Marches & Civil Disobedience Raise Awareness for Major Issues "IndyWatch Feed National"

We The People are speaking up ....

Are Mass Protests and Civil Disobedience Still Effective?

From an Essay by Micah Fink, Alternet, January 18, 2018

As millions prepare to return to the streets on Saturday, January 20, for a reprise of last years Womens March the largest mass protest in American history people of conscience are actively debating critical questions about the power of protest. Are mass protests and civil disobedience still effective? What are the most effective strategies for achieving lasting social change? What is the connection between protest movements and electoral politics? Do we need more marchers or mayors?

The Power of Protest, a new documentary film were launching on Kickstarter, seeks to answer these questions in the Trump era. The film will follow a year in the life of contemporary social movements like the Womens March, Black Lives Matter, Gays Against Guns, Lancaster Against Pipelines and Indivisible to see how they frame and pursue their objectives during a period of intense social turmoil leading into the 2018 midterm elections, and beyond.

We will also hear from strategic leaders of the civil rights movement, the Tea Party movement and the recent struggle for marriage equality to explore how social and technological changes are transforming what environmental activist Bill McKibben, one of our project advisers, calls the rapidly evolving new science of non-violent protest.

Case Studies in Resistance

The Kickstarter campaign weve produced offers a sample of our approach. It tells the story of a small but influential group of activists fighting to stop construction of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline in the heart of Central Pennsylvanias Amish country.

The 184-mile pipeline is designed to carry fracked gas from the Marcellus shale fields in Northern Pennsylvania to Maryland and the Gulf Coast for industrial use and export to foreign markets. Its original route passed right through the backyard of Mark and Malinda Clatterbuck, whose house sits in a shady hollow in rural Lancaster County.

Mark, a professor of religious studies at Montclair State University, and Malinda, a Mennonite minister, are unlikely act...

19:50

Fireworks, Smokescreens And The Coming Smart Prison "IndyWatch Feed National"

 


"The illusion of freedom will continue for as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will take down the scenery, move the tables and chairs out of the way, then they will pull back the curtains and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater." - Frank Zappa

"Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past." - George Orwell

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader. - Plato

"I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned. - Richard Feynman

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19:47

BlackWallet Hackers Steal $400K From Users Accounts Whos at Fault? "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Saturday January 13th, a total of around $400,000 was stolen from BlackWallet users" accounts after hackers hijacked its DNS server altering the flow of money. It was stated that if you had more than 20XLM (Stellar Lumens), the cryptocurrency []

The post BlackWallet Hackers Steal $400K From Users Accounts Whos at Fault? appeared first on The Global Mail.

Investors Warming Up to Bitcoin Futures Despite Volatility "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bitcoin futures trading is a budding and increasingly attractive market for potential investors. Yet, despite the potential upside surrounding cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin, many investment firms have been shying away from offering futures trading for this newly introduced, and often misunderstood, []

The post Investors Warming Up to Bitcoin Futures Despite Volatility appeared first on The Global Mail.

Is Bitcoin Legal? Scouting Bitcoins Legal Landscape Around the World "IndyWatch Feed National"

The rollercoaster of events in cryptocurrency during the past week and, indeed the last year, have been well documented. Who can forget how Bitcoin skyrocketed over the past 12 months? And, how its closest peers followed? Also, of course, how []

The post Is Bitcoin Legal? Scouting Bitcoins Legal Landscape Around the World appeared first on The Global Mail.

19:00

ASER 2017 Shows Indias Secondary Education Sector Is Failing to Impart Basic Skills "IndyWatch Feed National"

Merely increasing enrolment will not lead to the development of elementary skills that education is supposed to provide.

ASERs statistics have shown how the ability of grade 8 students has been consistently falling over the years, coinciding with the increase in enrolment rates. Credit: TESS India/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

ASERs statistics have shown how the ability of grade 8 students has been consistently falling over the years, coinciding with the increase in enrolment rates. Credit: TESS India/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2017 Beyond Basics was recently released and is unfortunately on expected lines. The report highlights the sorry state of education when it comes to Indias 14-18-year-olds and asks rather uncomfortable questions that policy practitioners must find answers to. In an earlier article, we had outlined some issues that have plagued Ind...

18:42

Pipit swims into view after dry Aussie crawl "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Bit of dry Aussie crawl across baked mud at Melaleuca viewing area today brought Australian Pipit closer than commonly - for a few frames.

Pity, bird didn't offer 'that' perfect pose. Then, better pose, but greater distance.


Too much greenery to allow crawl up on Horsfields Bushlark. The species can, however, be surprisingly tolerant of people walking patiently toward them. Not at all tolerant, and thus unphotographed, pair of Brown Quail and a Red-backed Buttonquail unseen till flushed from long couchgrass nearby.

18:42

Beginners Yoga Freshwater Divine Flow Yoga & Pilates "IndyWatch Feed National"

Best Yoga Studio in Brookvale, North Sydney, Manly Vale , Freshwater, Northern Beaches, Deewhy, Curl Curl & more.

16:04

Did Rights Decline as Governments Grew in Size? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Palace of the Doge Venice

QUESTION: In your study of history, would you agree with this quote? In all of history, no government became more honest, less corrupt, or respected its citizens rights more as it grew in size.

 ANSWER: I would have to agree. The only exception to that of Genoa, but it was based upon a revolving head of state (Doge) for a period of one year. Therefore, the lack of career politicians created a model state. In the case of Venice, the Doge was appointed for life. Upon his death, all his assets were frozen and then an investigation began to review all his dealings. No heir received anything until the slate was clean. As long as a government grows in size, it does so only at the expense of the people.

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00006 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.60 AUD
Converter

15:53

University of Goroka announces Non-School Leaver and School Leaver acceptance list for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The University of Goroka has published the Acceptance list for 2018.  The list includes both the Non-School leavers and the School leaver  in all the levels of study. 
The List include the following categories

  • PhD
  • Masters
  • Graduate
  • Honors
  • In-service
  • Post Graduate
  • Undergradaute
  • Diploma
Check the link below to download the list




15:35

Palestine,Israel, the US: How the South Pacific Countries are Selling their Votes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here it goes again! Several countries of Oceania (also known as South Pacific Nations), or however you want to call that vast, beautiful but thoroughly devastated part of the world, have voted for Israel, for the United States proposed resolution at the United Nations, and therefore, against Palestine.

As reported on December 22, 2017 by Al Jazeera:

The United Nations General Assembly has voted by a huge majority to declare a unilateral US recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital null and void.

At an emergency session of the General Assembly on Thursday, 128 countries voted in favour of a resolution rejecting US President Donald Trumps controversial decision on December 6.

Nine countries voted against, while 35 abstained.

Trump had earlier threatened to cut aid to UN members who would vote against his decision.

Did scarcely inhabited island-nations that are lost in the middle of a tremendous body of water, go crazy?

Before Crossing in Kiribati

After all those horrific nuclear experiments committed there, against their people, by the United States, France and the UK; could local people sincerely believe that the truth as seen from Washington is the only legitimate truth on Earth?

After the naked modern-day colonialism, which is being implemented by Australia, New Zealand, and France, and, of course, by the United States, have the people of Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia become blind?

After total dependency, after decades of humiliation and virtual slavery, do the inhabitants of Oceania believe that their fellow victims in Palestine do not have the right to live in their own state, without barbed wire; that they shouldnt have their own historical capital?

The answer to all these question is, actually: No.

They do what they are doing simply and only because they have no choice.

*****

When working on my book, Oceania, travelling all over the South Pacific, I visited a Jesuit priest and the regions prominent intellectual, Francis X. Hezel. Our encounter took place in the capital of the Federated States of Micronesia...

15:35

Full Moon February 2018 Lunar Eclipse "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine

The astrology aspects and spiritual metaphysical meanings of the full moon February 2018 Lunar Eclipse. by psychic medium Ian Scott

The post Full Moon February 2018 Lunar Eclipse appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.

14:50

Alan McLay overqualified to be knighted compared to others : Sir Jerry "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


The treatment accorded to the family and the body of the late Alan McLay by the Morobe provincial government, especially with no political leaders present at his funeral and the non-declaration of a public holiday in Morobe has not gone down well with Sir Jerry Nalau.


While the Prime Minister Peter ONeill paid tribute and Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis flew into Lae just to attend and pay respects at McLays funeral last week, the absence of Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu and the Open Members of Parliament from Morobe was obvious.

Sir Jerry, the former Kiap, District Commission and Morobe Premier, expressed disgust and described it as a big embarrasment for the province, saying he almost announce the stripping-off of his knighthood title during McLays funeral as a sign of protest.

Sir Jerry, is a national icon, having achieved alot during the Australian colonial rule to self-governance and eventually independence, achievements which resulted in him being knighted ten years ago.

Sir Jerry admitted that most of his achievements were done with Alan McLay at his side as his assistant and advisor and McLay's highest honor was being accorded a Member of the British Empire award a few years ago.

However, Sir Jerry says McLay was overqualified to be knighted like him, compared to a good number of men who had political connections, spent less time in Papua New Guinea and gave little to the countrys development but were recommended and knighted, especially in recent years.

Its very bad, I feel sory for that, he was overlooked, many people were given awards but Alan McLay was overlooked, the man who did a lot for PNG, for Morobe province and the provincial government and the Lae City Council," Sir Jerry said.

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14:48

Join the queue "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Recent comments by Peter Dutton on Sudanese crime in Melbourne, in support of the Victorian Liberals' attempts to court that old political tart Laura Norder, underline two failures of strategy: in his portfolio, and within the Victoria Liberals in their quest for state government this November.

The end of the line

Immigration policy in Australia was set at the turn of the century by then-Immigration Minister Phillip Ruddock, backed by John Howard and his government and only ever tweaked by successive governments since then.

The first thing to say about immigration to Australia overall is that it has increased significantly this century. Where the crackdown has come, and the headlines, is in the refugee and asylum-seeker intakes.

Ruddock developed the idea of a 'queue' for refugees - yes, the world was full of desperate people fleeing war and persecution, but all that was required for such people to enter Australia was to "join the queue", fill out some forms and applications would be processed in due course. People who paid people-smugglers and arrived in Australia by boat without visas were "queue jumpers", denying places on the small (and successively reduced) quota for refugee intake to those who did all the right things and waited patiently.

Here's where Dutton has torpedoed that policy, and made himself look silly: successive Immigration ministers from Ruddock to Morrison told us there were people waiting patiently in refugee camps in Africa unable to enter Australia because bad people from the Middle East tried to jump the queue by coming here on boats. None of the people on Nauru or Manus are from South Sudan. They are people who have come here through the very vetting systems that Dutton now oversees.

If you agree with Dutton that Sudanese gangs are terrifying Melbourne, then it follows that he has failed to vet these people properly. You can't believe that Dutton, with his inflated powers as Home Affairs Minister, is keeping Australia safe if you also accept that he has waved through the very people apparently causing this mayhem. Say what you will about Daniel Andrews, his government simply has no role in immigration vetting. Why detain people at Nauru, Manus, Woodville or anywhere else when you are clearly so careless? Dutton is undermining his own narrative:
"But the short answer is that, if people haven't integrated, if they are not abiding by our laws, if they don't adhere to our culture, then they are not welcome here."
Bit late for that champ.

No journalist has called him on it. Credulous dickheads like...

14:30

Russia Ready for Migrant Bitcoin Miners Influx "IndyWatch Feed National"

Russia Ready for Migrant Bitcoin Miners Influx

Despite some indecisiveness about cryptocurrencies on the part of centralized power, Russia has been quietly preparing for a wave of migrant crypto miners from East and West. Its been said that the country has got what it takes to invite them. A third of the Soviet era power producing capacity is idling, after energy hungry industries were closed and scrapped in the 90s. Experts, home and abroad, members of the local crypto community, all agree Russia is ready to welcome bitcoin miners from China and Europe. Thats if Moscow says yes or at least doesnt say no.      

 Also read: Mining Operations Offered to India After Mixed Signals from Beijing

Russians Mean Business

Hello, Invite Chinese miners to Russia!! Excess electricity capacity 20 MW 3 rubles/kWh (0.05USD; 0.32RMB). This is just one of many ads you can find in bitcoin forums these days. With electric installation to plug in the rigs ready, internet cables stretched in a 5,000 m2 air-cooled building check, fire alarm and CCTV cameras installed, and 24/7 tech support available, Russians mean business. The country is ready and even bragging about what it can offer to miners chased beyond the Great Wall, but not only, Do you cooperate with European colleagues? a question reads when you scroll down. Ill send the contract, the answer follows shortly after.

Dozens...

14:00

Its Time to Rethink the Term LGBTIQA+ "IndyWatch Feed National"

LGBTIQA+ is a term often employed to be inclusive but it runs the risk of being so inclusive it loses all meaning.

A participant wears a LGBT flag as people take part in the Annual Mermaid Parade in Brooklyn, New York, June 18, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

The rise of sexually transmissible diseases made front-page news in The Age, which tried to make sense of the rise among gay men and heterosexual people.

This illustrates the increasingly common confusion between behaviour and identity. What is involved is sexual contact, or to use the expression common in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, the exchange of bodily fluids. Whether people involved have a particular identity, as the words used in the report suggest, is irrelevant.

Desire, behaviour and identity are distinct,...

13:30

Witnessing a Genocide: Humanitarian Workers in Rwanda "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is shocking to see, from 1994 onwards, the extent to which humanitarian workers in Rwanda became regular eyewitnesses to violence, murder and large-scale massacres.

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The genocide memorial in Kigali. Humanitarian workers in Rwanda had to deal daily with the horrors of war. Credit: Trocaire/Flickr, CC BY-ND

They are on the frontlines of any major conflict or disaster but how much is known about the daily experiences of humanitarian workers in these extreme situations? In their new book, Gnocide et crimes de masse. Lexprience rwandaise de MSF (Humanitarian Aid, Genocide and Mass Killings: Mdecins sans frontires, the Rwandan experience, 1982-97), Marc Le Pape and Jean-Herv Bradol set out to answer some of these questions. The book is also informed by Bradols experience of working for Mdecins Sans Frontires in Rwanda during the genocide. Here, they discuss their findings.

You investigated humanitarian operations in the Great Lakes region between 1990 and 1997. This was a period of extreme violence against Rwandophone populations. You specifically looked at the records of Doctors Without Borders in Paris. What did you hope to learn?

Marc Le Pape: The actual day-to-day work of humanitarian teams in situations of extreme violence is generally little known and understood. Thats why our investigations focussed on messages from the field, while most studies are far more concerned about getting the macro-political or macro-humanitarian picture. Taking a micro perspective meant we could observe the long-term evolution of operations: how, and with whom, did teams need to negotiate to launch and maintain operations?

So we looked at how these teams got information and communicated with political and military authorities, various local authorities, UN agencies in the Great Lakes region, local and international NGOs, religious leaders and people at emergency sites, in medical facilities and camps.

We also looked at the relationship between the field of operations, national capitals and the various Doctors Without Borders head offices. We tracked field accounts transmitted up the chain of command, how the organisations head offices reacted to the stories of violence, intimidation and prohibitions, and the way these were then framed and talked about publicly.

For example we examined all the documents, from internal alerts to public statements, demonstrating the gradual realisation of humanitarian workers in Rwanda in 1994 that they were witnessing the systematic, organi...

13:00

Aussie Heatwave Electricity Shortfall, Hospital Emergency Measures, Coal Blamed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t JoNova South Australia and the Australian State of Victoria learned the hard way that when power demand surges, you cant turn up the solar panels. Melbourne hospitals switch off lights as mercury rises Grant McArthur and Aleks Devic, Herald Sun January 19, 2018 7:36pm PATIENTS were left in

12:04

Kahlil Gibran, "The Prophet - On Friendship" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"On Friendship"
 by Kahlil Gibran

"Your friend is your needs answered.
He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
And he is your board and your fireside.
For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.

When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the "nay" in your own mind,
nor do you withhold the "ay."
And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;
For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, 
all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.

When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence,
as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.

And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love 
but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.

And let your best be for your friend.
If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.
For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?
Seek him always with hours to live.
For it is his to fill...

12:03

Thanks to New Digital Imaging Tool, Hidden Egyptian Paintings Have Finally Been Revealed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Art can reveal so much about a culture. Sadly, many of the masterpieces created throughout the centuries have been lost due to erosion and the passing of time. On a positive note, not all is lost. To determine what our ancestors painted on rocks and engraved into stone, researchers from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, developed a new imaging technique. The technology has allowed them to re-examine Egyptian art and find details that were lost over the years.

In their paper, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, the researchers describe a technique called DStretch. With this tool, they were able to analyze paintings found at Beni Hassan, an ancient Egyptian cemetery located near the city of Minya. Egyptologists have not realised [DStretchs] potential in helping us to examine and record ancient wall paintings, Dr. Linda Evans told IFLScience.

The technique was first developed in 2005 and allows digital images to be enhanced. After the remnants of paint and engravings are analyzed by three bands of RGB color, the intensity and saturation of them are improved. Essentially, the images are stretched then mapped back to normal. The resulting product reveals artwork similar to what the original looked like.

Credit: Evans et al

Artwork from Beni Hassan, which has been carved into the walls near tombs, contains scenes from daily life, such as farming, hunting, and fishing. Because the artwork is multi-colored, researchers had a difficult time determining the shades of red, brown, blue, green, black, and white used. Using DStretch, the researchers found a drawing of a herd of pigs, as well as a hoard of bats.

The most surprising outcome of the DStretch study has been the confirmation of new images of animals that are incredibly rare in Egyptian art, said E...

11:24

Burn Fat for Fuel "IndyWatch Feed National"

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10:39

Curators from National Museum visit ninney rise "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Rowena, Kate and Sandal at Ninney Rise
This week FoNR committee members Sandal Hayes and Liz Gallie met at Ninney Rise with Kate Morschel and Rowena from the National Museum Australia. 

They had a tour of the house and we provided oral history. Both Kate and Rowena were familiar with the FoNR website and Iain McClaman's 'The Reef a Passionate History' and expressed how valuable the website and material is as a resource.

They were impressed with Ninney Rise and very interested in the part the Ninney Rise story might play in a new dedicated exhibition at the museum on the Great Barrier Reef. 


The  exhibition will cover deep history, indigenous history and the anthropocene age, impacts of man.

FoNR was delighted to be able to provide valuable information about this important period in our local history and appreciative of the advice and material they left with us including 2 folders of excellent resource material and links to guide funding opportunities, accessioning and collections policy data etc.

They are keen to include Ellison Reef in the story. I'm sure visiting Ninney Rise and the plaque has given them a lot of material to consider.
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Friday, 19 January

15:11

Former Attorney-General George Brandis in effect admits bribery of Federal MPs is common place "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former Attorney-General George Brandis said in Parliament before a committee on the 24th of October 2017 that It is very appropriate for backbench members of parliament to receive remuneration from third party sources not inconsistent with their responsibility as members of parliament. Both consistent and commonplace. Some will try to spin it and say all it []

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