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Tuesday, 23 January

06:36

Mesoamerican Reef gets improving bill of health "IndyWatch Feed National"

A recent report tracking the health of the Mesoamerican Reef indicates that conservation efforts might be helping to turn the tide for the reef itself and the people who depend on it. Reefs face ever increasing stress which is outpacing that of our management actions, Melanie McField, an ecologist at the Smithsonian Institution, said in a statement. [The] measured improvement in reef health demonstrates our capacity to stem the trajectory of decline. McField directs a consortium of scientific, government, fishing and conservation organizations called the Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative, or HRI, that produces regular report cards on the health of the reef. The most recent one was released in early January and pulls together data from more than 300 sites on the reef that measure the reefs live coral, algae cover and fish populations. Parrotfish are herbivorous and can help keep fleshy green algae on reefs in check. Photo by Francesca Diaco, courtesy of Healthy Reefs Initiative. The Mesoamerican Reef, second in size only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, stretches through 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) of the territorial waters of four countries: Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras. Despite some differences in how sections of the reef are doing, the general health of the reef as a whole has risen from poor in 2006 to fair today. HRI shared the report just after Belize passed a moratorium on oil and gas exploration to protect its part of the Mesoamerican Reef in late December 2017. Although HRI says

Bei Technik (und auch sonstigen Lebensumstnden) habe ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bei Technik (und auch sonstigen Lebensumstnden) habe ich mehrfach die Erfahrung gemacht, dass es Dinge gibt, bei denen man nicht mehr gewillt ist, auf den alten Stand zurckzugehen, wenn man das einmal in ordentlich erlebt hat. Ich erinnere mich noch an den bergang von Rhrenmonitoren zu Flachbildschirmen, das war sowas. Oder wenn man zuhause mehr Internet-Bandbreite kriegt, dann fhlen sich so Hotel-WLANs pltzlich viel schlimmer an, geradezu unaushaltbar schlimm. Oder bei SSDs ist es auch so.

Wieso nutzen Firmen das eigentlich nicht aus? Firmen geben ein Heidengeld aus, um Mitarbeiter an sich zu binden, damit die nicht nach der Ausbildung woanders hin gehen. Aber bei Software tolerieren die Kreativitt- und Lebensfreude-vernichtende Krckenlsungen. Schlechte Sthle, schlechte Tische, Groraumbros, das hatte ich ja schon in meinem Antipatterns-Vortrag. Aber erweitert das mal auf Software und brokratische Prozesse. Stellt euch mal vor, in einer Firma funktionieren die Prozesse von alleine, vllig stressfrei. Du brauchst irgendwas? Die Dokumentation ist verfgbar und auffindbar, das Formular fragt dich nicht nach Dingen, die die Firma eh schon ber dich wei, du musst nicht Internet Explorer 8 benutzen, damit die Seite funktioniert, sowas.

Das erstreckt sich auch auf ganz praktische Aspekte bei der Softwareentwicklung.

Normalerweise, wenn ich zum Kunden gehe, vergeht der erste Tag damit, dass die ihre Brokratie auf die Reihe kriegen. Und das ist der gute Fall, nachdem die schon in Vorarbeit gegangen sind. Das ist nur noch sowas wie Badges abholen, Account aktivieren, Netzwerkzugang kriegen, Zugang zum Quellcode, etc. Aber ich habe einmal erlebt, bei VMware, dass dieser ganze Kram schon fertig war, bzw. "mal eben schnell geklickt wurde" in dem Meeting am Anfang. So ala "Was brauchen wir? Einen Server mit dem Quellcode? Braucht ihr den auf einer festen IP? Wollt ihr Windows mit Visual Studio? Eclipse? Linux? Alles einmal?" und whrend wir die Frage beantworteten, klickten die da kurz zusammen, Instanzen fuhren irgendwo hoch, und fertig war die Laube.

Na gut, denkt ihr euch jetzt vielleicht, das ist ja auch deren Kerngeschft. VMs hochfahren. Ja und nein. Ich habe schon Datenbankhersteller erlebt, wo es mehrere Tage dauerte, bis ein Account im System war, und dann nach Abholen des Badges dauerte es nochmal einen Tag, bis das Aktiv-Flag sich durchs System repliziert hatte und man sich auch einloggen konnte. Und das ist noch nicht einer der schlimmsten Flle. In den meisten Firmen da drauen ist die Infrastruktur in bemitleidenswertem Zustand, und die Leute arrangieren sich einfach damit.

Ich frage mich gerade, ob man das nicht ndern knnte, wenn man da blo aus einer anderen Perspektive draufguckt. Wenn man das als Manahme zur Mitarbeiterbindung sieht. Denn wer einmal in einer Firma war, wo so Lebensqualittsvernichtungs...

06:21

MACKAY News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, Tuesday 23rd January 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 23, 2018 at 04:33AM ,

News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, Tuesday 23rd January 2018

January 23, 2018 at 04:33AM ,

Shes been bailed and will appear in the Mackay magistrates court in February. Frank and George Vella will not be forgotten in Sarina. The two brothers laid to rest after being found in a molasses tank they were cleaning only a week ago. Locals attending their funeral yesterday to say goodbye to them.

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MACKAY West Mackay garage ransacked as resident was gardening "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 22, 2018 at 08:30AM ,

West Mackay garage ransacked as resident was gardening

January 22, 2018 at 08:30AM ,

A KELSO man has been slapped with multiple charges after allegedly ransacking cars in a West Mackay garage as the homeowner was gardening. It is understood the resident of the Nebo Rd home was gardening in their side garden at 9.40am on Saturday when the man allegedly snuck into the open

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05:39

University Paradoxes: A Decent Degree And No Job; A Job And No Degree Of Decency "IndyWatch Feed National"

Every first-year Philosophy undergraduate learns how to recognise a paradox, and there are two basic types.

The first is a proposition that is made on the basis of apparently sound reasoning from acceptable premises, but leads to a false conclusion. The classical example is the liars paradox.

A liar who says I am lying makes an apparently sound claim on the basis of an apparently sound premise the fact that they are a liar. But it turns out that it is impossible for this statement to be either true or false: either way they cannot really be a liar.

The second type of paradox is when a seemingly absurd or contradictory proposition on closer investigation turns out to be true. So for instance the counter-intuitive idea that particles can be in two places at once turns out to be true once we familiarise ourselves with the laws of quantum mechanics.

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Paradoxes of both types can be observed in the UK and Australian higher education sectors this week.

On this side of the world, we can see of evidence of a type-1 paradox: lets call it, the graduate labour market paradox.

On 8 January, Quality Indicators for Teaching and Learning (QILT) published the results of the 2017 Employer Satisfaction Survey. The survey stated that 84% of employers were satisfied overall with the skills of the university graduates they employed, with 93% saying that the graduates they employed were prepared very well, or well for their current employment.

Federal Minister for Education, Simon Birmingham.Federal Minister for Education, Simon Birmingham.

Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham released a statement on the survey, saying that these results were encouraging because they allow students to compare how courses are viewed by their prospective employers as part of a clearer picture of our higher education system. According to Senator Birmingham, the survey will allow students to make better decisions when considering the courses and careers they choose to embark on.

However, as QILTs...

03:08

Organizing resistance to Internet censorship "IndyWatch Feed National"

The matter is urgent; voices must be raised!

Documentarian John Pilger issues statement of support for January 16 webinar, Organizing resistance to Internet censorship

11 January 2018
The following statement was sent by award-winning Australian journalist and documentarian John Pilger in support of the upcoming webinar, Organizing resistance to Internet censorship: An online discussion with Chris Hedges and David North. Pilgers documentaries include The Quiet Mutiny (1970), Year Zero (1979), Utopia (2013) and, most recently, The Coming War on China (2016), on US aggression in Asia.
The webinar featuring Hedges and North will be held Tuesday, January 16, at 7:00 p.m. EST. For more information and to register, click here.
As a journalist and filmmaker who has long navigated the mainstream, I offer my support to this important discussion between Chris Hedges and David North.
Something has changed. Although the media was always a loose extension of capital power, it is now almost fully integrated. Dissent once tolerated in the mainstream has regressed to a metaphoric underground as liberal capitalism moves toward a form of corporate...

02:39

Why is the Israeli army finally worried that Gaza is on the brink of collapse? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last week Israeli military officials for the first time echoed what human rights groups and the United Nations have been saying for some time: that Gazas economy and infrastructure stand on the brink of collapse.

They should know.

More than 10 years ago the Israeli army tightened its grip on Gaza, enforcing a blockade on goods coming in and out of the tiny coastal enclave that left much of the 2 million-strong population there unemployed, impoverished and hopeless.

Since then, Israel has launched three separate major military assaults that have destroyed Gazas infrastructure, killed many thousands and left tens of thousands more homeless and traumatised.

Gaza is effectively an open-air prison, an extremely overcrowded one, with only a few hours of electricity a day and its ground water polluted by seawater and sewage.

After a decade of this horrifying experiment in human endurance, the Israeli army finally appears to be concerned about whether Gaza can cope much longer.

In recent days it has begun handing out forms, with more than a dozen questions, to the small number of Palestinians allowed briefly out of Gaza mainly business people trading with Israel, those needing emergency medical treatment and family members accompanying them.

One question asks bluntly whether they are happy, another whom they blame for their economic troubles. A statistician might wonder whether the answers can be trusted, given that the sample group is so heavily dependent on Israels good will for their physical and financial survival.

But the survey does at least suggest that Israels top brass may be open to new thinking, after decades of treating Palestinians only as target practice, lab rats or sheep to be herded into cities, freeing up land for Jewish settlers. Has the army finally understood that Palestinians are human beings too, with limits to the suffering they can soak up?

According to the local media, the army is in part responding to practical concerns. It is reportedly worried that, if epidemics break out, the diseases will quickly spread into Israel.

And if Gazas economy collapses too, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians could be banging on Israels door or rather storming its hi-tech incarceration fence to be allowed in. The army has no realistic contingency plans for either scenario.

It may be considering too its image and defence case if its commanders ever find themselves in the dock at the International Criminal Court in the Hague accused of war crimes.

Nonetheless, neither Israeli politicians nor Washington appear to be taking the armys warnings to heart. In fact, things look set to get worse.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netany...

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Monday, 22 January

23:48

Lessons from training hundreds of community journalists in 25 countries over four months "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hashtag Our Stories, co-founded by husband and wife duo Yusuf and Sumaiya Omar, aims to encourage the creation of mobile storytelling communities around the world, enabling people to talk about the issues that don't make the mainstream news. The team has travelled to 25 countries in the last four months, engaging with niche communities in India, Australia, Norway and Indonesia, to name a few. The idea is that anyone with a smartphone, journalist or not, can tell their story to the world using social media platforms such as Facebook and Snapchat. Speaking at last week's Building the Future of Community Journalism conference in Cardiff, Yusuf Omar explained why he believes community journalism may be the future of news, and detailed the lessons they have learned over the past few months for anyone looking to start their own teams.

22:08

MACKAY Mackay woman arrested over $1.7M business fraud "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 22, 2018 at 04:11PM ,

Mackay woman arrested over $1.7M business fraud

January 22, 2018 at 04:11PM ,

DETECTIVES have swooped on a Mackay woman who allegedly embezzled $1.7 million while working for a local industrial business. Mackay Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Tucker said a six month investigation into the major fraud culminated in the arrest of a

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21:59

Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Bell 412 Helicopter VH-ESB Flys South via Mackay and Gladstone Airports "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Saturday 20 January, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Bell 412 helicopter VH-ESB was noted flying South from its Townsville base to Archerfield via Mackay and Gladstone Airports.

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Sistership and fellow Bell 412EP VH-ESD continues operate as "Rescue 521" on med-evac duties out of Townsville Airport.

Over the last couple of months, both VH-ESB and VH-ESD flying as "Rescue 521" have been noted operating medical retrieval flights South from their Townsville base to places like Bowen and Proserpine Hospitals and even to Mackay Base Hospital and Mackay Airport.

21:42

Donald Trump Is A Symptom Of A Greater Evil: The Rotten Core Of The Republican Party "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is a disease at the heart of the GOP, and its name is not Donald Trump. Despite Trumps inadequacies, he represents the symptom, a grotesque, malignant symptom, but a symptom, nonetheless, not the disease. This cancer is systemic. The true sickness has been lurking in the shadows for far longer than the period of Trumps candidacy and presidency. Stephen Keim SC and Luke Craske explain.

 

The Disease

There was once an era when it meant something to be a Republican. It meant to embrace the open market and defend ones principles. This is not to say that the GOP of old was some shining beacon on a hill. Of course not: there are very real problems which arise from an uninhibited devotion to neoliberalism and, obviously, not everyone adheres to the same values. But the GOP stood for something. Beyond that, it admired intellectualism, fought for the rule of law, and respected the truth.

Donald Trump during his first address to the US Congress.Donald Trump during his first address to the US Congress.

Those days are gone. Long gone is the party of Lincoln. Gone too is the party of Reagan and Bush. That GOP is dead. Now, it is the party that accepted and endorsed Trump. And for that party, free trade is deeply suspicious, principles are a commodity, intellectualism is deplorable, the rule of law is a threat, and the truth and those who report it are the enemy.

The Republican Party stands for two things now: cowardice and winning. The former is the last refuge of the Republican Old Guard, the so-called establishment. The latter is the singular pursuit of the new Trumpist faction, which wants nothing more than to start winning again in this world it thinks rightly or wrongly has left it behind.

These phenomena did not emerge overnight. They are the product of a long campaign by billionaires who, through financing radical right-wing groups, ideas and ways to incorporate them into mainstream politics, seek to shift public discourse to their benefit.

 

Cowardice

If the world has been shocked by the advent of Trump, it is disturbed by the lack of resistance within the Republican establishment to him. During the GOP Primaries race, partisan heavyweights lined up to denounce the seemingly unhinged businessman. Once Trump became the favourite to win the Republican nomina...

21:19

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail A30-003 Missed Approach at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Thursday 18 January, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-003 was noted completing a missed approach at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.

A30-003 on approach to Rockhampton Airport  (File photo)

It appears that A30-003 flew up from the South.  After completing its airwork, the Wedgetail flew to the Gold Coast.  A30-003 was noted to be using the radio callsign of "Wedgetail 15".

Meanwhile, on Wednesday 17 January, an unidentified RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air flying as "Dingo 04" was noted completing airwork at both Longreach and Birdsville Airports while on a flight out of and back to Townsville.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  

21:11

PEAK DEATH: Murder For Hire In The Oil Fields Of Colombia "IndyWatch Feed National"

2017 saw a stepping up in the systematic murder of human rights defenders across Latin America for standing up to multinationals and local oligarchs. New Matildas Michael Gillard reports from Colombias oil fields, where death is a regular outcome for standing against the powerful.

The sombre guitar of Mauricio Jimenez cast an embracing shadow over the mausoleum of Daniel Abril Fuentes as the singer soulfully rendered two songs on the anniversary of his assassination.

Mi Viejo, a lament for a lost friend, and A Quien Enganas Abuelo, a tale of corrupt politicians promising bridges where there are no rivers, caressed the ears of mourners gathered around the fallen campaigners tomb in Trinidad, Casanare.

The 38-year-old is one of an alarming number of Latin American environmentalists who are being cut down like young trees in the struggle for land, justice and reparations from international energy companies and their backers in tailored suits and combat fatigues.

The killers of dangerous ideas are drawn from Colombian state security forces, their paramilitary allies, private security companies and freelance sicarios. The intellectual authors, however, are much harder to identify.

The Abril Fuentes family at prayer. The Abril Fuentes family at prayer. (IMAGE: Michael Gillard, New Matilda)

At the tomb, a priest with his hands raised gave a roll call of other local martyrs. He pleaded for peace in Colombia and an end to the killings by all armed actors that has seen at least 220,000 murders and more than six million displaced over the last 50 years of permanent but low intensity conflict.

The oration ended with the same uplifting chant that moments earlier had echoed on the march to the cemetery past disinterested locals kicking back with a Sunday beer.

Trinidad, after all, has a significant paramilitary presence, whose well-armed thugs conduct a dirty war with state backing to cleanse Casanare of unarmed social movements and individuals they regard as guerrilla fronts or sympathisers.

Damaris Fuentes, sister of the now silent campaigner, fronted the march dressed in white, while campesino leader, Martin Ayala, who had bravely picked up the bloodied baton of an assassinated predecessor, led the call and response.

Daniel Abril Fuentes!
Presente! Presente! Presente!
Hasta Cuando?
Hasta Siempre!

Damaris told the assembled crowd that her brother was smiling in heaven. Then she did something remarkable and asked God to forgive the gunm...

21:11

Fatherland "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is so cold in Istanbul that it cramps my spine. Hiding my face from the cutting air, I see an old lady chopping painted doorframes small enough for a stove or a fireplace, bracing herself for winter. She is too poor to have the choice of not breathing toxic fumes until spring.

Childhood memories, from before I was five, of a pulsating jasmine scent and sweat-glazed skin made me leave my jackets at home. Now, its not only the seasons that are different. In squares that throw space between mosques sit army tanks, there to deter riots and protests to the government, Daesh is only one problem.

Mere days ago, a prim voice on the phone had asked, Are you sure you want to go to Turkey? 159 people died there last year (2016).

I cut her off: My family is from there. 

Palpable embarrassment lay in between a stuttered apology before she gave me what I called for a quote for my tickets.

Returning to Turkey divides all my half-siblings differently. We are four: two boys bookended by me and another girl. By accident, I have become the oldest child and an abla: the oldest sister. My brother, Bahar, now that he is beyond 20 years old, cannot enter the country for fear of conscription. His exile will last another 20 years at least unless he pays $11,841AUD, a legal bribe that is hard to accept with our shared principles.

Our other brother Aslan, or Abi (oldest brother), for it can also be used as a name, refuses to return to mounting lethal statistics and a dwindling secular culture in exchange for European liberties. Only my sister and my own mother will join me. Somewhere between naivety and an acknowledgement of lifes impermanence, we have agreed that we cannot be afraid of the wrong place at the wrong time. Each one of us yearns to go back, but have different weights of shame, pride and love for our Fatherland.

We are all struggling for more freedom. My brothers manhood lies in the soil between Edirne and Van, and their quandary is in deciding which traditions to inherit: should their sisters bare shoulders be considered provocative, or should they keep encouraging our youngest to prioritise university before boyfriends? For my sister and I, we wrestle to be heard as we champion feminist liberations. Being the oldest automatically earns respect, but there are opinions I suspect my brothers are tempted to counter.

Our father died four years ago: the man responsible for my Turkish blood....

21:11

Jaws off the floor "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A better balance

After a record surge in apartment construction, by the end of September the number of attached dwellings commenced in Queensland was into an 18-month decline. 

This has been Queensland's largest ever apartment construction boom, surpassing even the post-recession surge of the 1990s. 

Housing starts have now clearly switched over to detached houses in the Sunshine State, as shown in the latest available figures released last week. 


At the peak of the construction boom Queensland was commencing a new dwelling for every extra 1.2 persons in the state, as population growth slowed after the resources boom.

On an annual basis that ratio has now returned to a more sustainable 2:1. 


Population growth is now accelerating in Queensland, and indeed the population figures lag the reality somewhat, as I looked at in a bit more detail as it relates to the new apartment sector here

20:21

Daily Sabah: Exclusive interview with Gilad Atzmon "IndyWatch Feed National"

I left Israel because I didnt want to live on someone elses land.

I left Israel because I didnt want to live on someone elses land.

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Gilad Atzmon In an interview with Daily Sabah's editor Burak Altun digging into  the current crisis in the Middle East

Burak Altun: Mr Atzmon, you are one of the most gifted jazz musicians around. In addition, you  are actively engaged in peace in the Middle East and criticize the state of Israel  within that context. I can see two separate identities here - you are a musician and a political activist. At the social and political level, you complain about identity politics in the West. What is it all about?

Gilad Atzmon: To start with, you are very kind in your description of me, but let me correct you. I am not a political activist, I have never been involved in politics and I prefer to stay away from the so called activist community. The reason is simple. Activists always know the answers. I am a philosopher. My task is refining the questions. I can easily live in peace with more than one answer and even with competing and contradicting  answers. 

However, let me address your question regarding identity politics. In the world in which I grew up the role of the political and especially Left politics was to point at that which unites us. Our left icons insisted that it didnt matter whether one is a Muslim, Black, Jew or Woman, we were all united against the mammonites, those capitalist plunderers in the City. But this has  changed. At a certain stage the Left decided to embrace new tactics. We were taught how to speak as a: as a woman, as a Jew, as a Black, as a gay and so on. Instead of being united we were set up to fight each other. In this New Left/progressive universe, we the people are divided by our biology yet the global market is united in its war again...

19:47

Antony Hampel Alive Events Agency "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Event Management Company in Sydney, Melbourne, and Australia wide. Specialises in brand activation, retail activations, experiential marketing and many more. Events produced by Antony Hampel of Alive Events Agency. "

18:03

Why is the Israeli Army Suddenly Concerned About Gaza? "IndyWatch Feed National"

More than 10 years ago Israel tightened its grip on Gaza, enforcing a blockade on goods coming in and out of the tiny coastal enclave that left much of the two million-strong population there unemployed, impoverished and hopeless.

Since then, Israel has launched three separate major military assaults that have destroyed Gazas infrastructure, killed many thousands and left tens of thousands more homeless and traumatised.

Gaza is effectively an open-air prison, an extremely overcrowded one, with only a few hours of electricity a day and its ground water polluted by seawater and sewage.

Last week Israeli military officials for the first time echoed what human rights groups and the United Nations have been saying for some time: that Gazas economy and infrastructure stand on the brink of collapse.

After a decade of this horrifying experiment in human endurance, the Israeli army finally appears to be concerned about whether Gaza can continue coping much longer.

In recent days it has begun handing out forms, with more than a dozen questions, to the small number of Palestinians allowed briefly out of Gaza mainly business people trading with Israel, those needing emergency medical treatment and family members accompanying them.

One question asks bluntly whether they are happy, another whom they blame for their economic troubles. A statistician might wonder whether the answers can be trusted, given that the sample group is so heavily dependent on Israels good will for their physical and financial survival.

But the survey does at least suggest that Israels top brass may be open to new thinking, after decades of treating Palestinians only as target practice, lab rats or sheep to be herded into cities, freeing up land for Jewish settlers. Has the army finally understood that Palestinians are human beings too, with limits to the suffering they can soak up?

According to the local media, the army is in part responding to practical concerns. It is reportedly worried that, if epidemics break out, the diseases will quickly spread into Israel.

And if Gazas economy collapses too, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians could be banging on Israels door or rather storming its hi-tech incarceration fence to be allowed in. The army has no realistic contingency plans for either scenario.

Nonetheless, neither Israeli politicians nor Washington appear to be taking evasive action. In fact, things look set to get worse.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last week there could be no improvements, no reconstruction in Gaza until Hamas agrees to give up its weapons the only thing, in Hamass view, that serves as a deterrent against future Israeli attacks.

Figures show Israel...

16:05

Bombing at market in Thai/Malay border region this morning - 3 killed, 22 wounded "IndyWatch Feed National"

RT sunaibkk: Breaking! 22/01/18 Separatists detonated motorcycle-bomb at Pomonchai Market in downtown Yala this morning. At least 3 civilians were killed, many were wounded. #Thailand #DeepSouth #insurgency pic.twitter.com/L0SYFgnu4L nakrkdu@outlook.com (@nakrkdu14) January 22, 2018 Motorcycle bomb in southern Thailand market kills 3, more than 20 wounded BANGKOK: A motorcycle bomb...

14:54

Working offline today. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I'm doing a fair bit of work offline at the moment - getting constant attacks when online, and so are some of the advisors/people I deal with regularly. Again!

14:27

Low Confidence: theres no DNA test for culture "IndyWatch Feed National"

My father is from southern Louisiana and my mother is from Invercargill (on the southern tip of Aotearoa New Zealands South Island). I have never met another person with this combination of cultural groups in their immediate background and I think it unlikely I ever will. I had a DNA test done because I thought it would be interesting and my mother said shed pay for it as a Christmas present.

14:07

MACKAY Man assaulted pair at servo, followed them in his car "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 22, 2018 at 05:30AM ,

Man assaulted pair at servo, followed them in his car

January 22, 2018 at 05:30AM ,

Justin Dean Jones appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court from the dock, after being brought up from Mackay Watch-house. The 26-year-old, who had no address listed with Mackay Courthouse, pleaded guilty to five charges dated to Wednesday, January 17. That included two counts of common assault

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MACKAY Charges follow aviation incident, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 22, 2018 at 09:37AM ,

Charges follow aviation incident, Mackay

January 22, 2018 at 09:37AM ,

He is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on February 5. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day. You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community

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MACKAY Man allegedly shone laser in eyes of pilot landing in Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 22, 2018 at 09:48AM ,

Man allegedly shone laser in eyes of pilot landing in Mackay

January 22, 2018 at 09:48AM ,

A MOUNT Pleasant teenager has been charged with threatening the safety of persons on board an aircraft after allegedly pointing a laser light in the eyes of a pilot landing at Mackay Airport. Police allege at 8.20pm on Friday, the pilot of a plane carrying 80 passengers was in the process of landing when

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MACKAY West Mackay garage ransacked as resident was gardening "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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West Mackay garage ransacked as resident was gardening

January 22, 2018 at 08:30AM ,

police officer in the performance of their duty, unlawfully possessing dangerous drugs, unlawful possession of a knife in a public place, possess tainted property and failing to take reasonable care and precautions in respect of a syringe. He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court later this morning

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MACKAY Multiple charges follow investigation into West Mackay burglary "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 22, 2018 at 08:07AM ,

Multiple charges follow investigation into West Mackay burglary

January 22, 2018 at 08:07AM ,

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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.

13:32

Centrelinks Robo-Debt system is still firing at the vulnerable "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

Anyone who might have thought that Centelinks Robo-Debt cruelty is over has been mistaken. The government  agency has been caught once again, ripping off from thousands of Australians.

Managers are telling staff to keep on chasing debts that are known to be false. The order comes from high up and is consistent with all that is going on across the system.

The serious allegation that these debts are being chased, comes from Liberal party backbench Senators who are incensed enough to break ranks and openly criticise what is going on.

They are getting their information from whistleblowers within Centrelink, who are leaking out insider information, despite having being threatened with the sack if caught. It gives an inkling of the dissatisfaction existing within the system, felt by those who are being forced to administer what they consider a  disgraceful policy. A policy aimed at waging a deliberate war against the most disadvantaged Australians the unemployed, single parents, the disabled and age pensioners.

The Robo-Debt system is no accident. It comes together with a range of other punitive measures, including extending the time of non-payment, for breaches that do not have to be backed up with proper evidence. It is always the victims obligation to disprove a Centrelink claim, and this can be difficult, given that Centrelink will often refuse to provide relevant information.

The cruelty comes form the hardly hidden rational that the role of Centrelink, is primarily to reduce the numbers on the books by any means. It is not about providing the best outcome for those forced by circumstances, to ask for help. It is about making signing onto Centrelink and staying there as difficult as possible, to force people to find another means of survival.

If this was not what its about, something would have been done by now to fix up the built in unfairness. Instead, the Robo-Debt system continues to be used. Debt collection has been privatised, with bonus payments to provide incentive to aggressively collect debt, even even in the most dubious circumstances.

Online help services are also being privatised, as assistance provided by local Centrelink offices is cut back.

While this is going on a smoke screen is being created, to paint all those on benefits as thieving malingerers that needed to be denied a free ride.

It justifies cutting government expenditure and handing over a larger slice of the pie to the richest individuals in Australian society and major overseas shareholders.

The attacks on Centrelink recipients is connected to the governments efforts to destroy decent full time work and pull down wages and working conditions, based on the false argument that if y...

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"

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11:34

STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR RESART DESIGNS "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Stallholder Profile for ResArt Designs



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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. ...

11:32

Hassan Nasrallah answers Trump on Hezbollahs drug trafficking "IndyWatch Feed National"

Speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on January 19, 2018, on the occasion of the commemoration of the death of Fayez Moghniyeh, father of martyrs Jihad, Fouad and Imad Moghniyeh In case this video is censored by Youtube, find it on Dailymotion, Vimeo or Rutube. See Kafka 2.0: How Youtubes Political Censorship is []

11:30

Consumer Protection Association Slams Bank for Blocking Transfers to Bitcoin Exchanges "IndyWatch Feed National"

Consumer Protection Association Slams Bank for Blocking Transfers to Bitcoin Exchanges

From Israel to Australia, commercial banks in various parts of the world have tried preventing people from entering the cryptocurrency market by blocking money transfers to bitcoin exchanges. Now the largest consumer association in Portugal has called out a local bank for trying to do the same.

Also Read: U.S. Rating Agency to Issue Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Grades Wednesday

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11:07

Media Release: Prime Minister Must Show Greater Leadership on Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The Great Barrier Reef is in grave danger from climate change and local threats and the Prime Ministers funding announcement today is nowhere near enough to recognise the scale of the threats it faces. 

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is responding to the PMs announcement today of $60 million to tackle the current severe outbreak of Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (COTS), agricultural runoff to the Reef and coral bleaching.

To seriously tackle the grave threat of climate change to the Reef, the federal government needs to make an urgent transition to renewable energy and rule out Adanis Carmichael mine and all new coal mines, Imogen Zethoven, Fight for our Reef campaign director of AMCS said.
Funding research is necessary, but it will be a classic case of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic unless the federal government moves quickly away from coal and other fossil fuels.

The Prime Minister needs to exert leadership on climate change and the Reef. He is well aware of the problem but his solutions are so far woefully disproportionate to the problem.

The government also needs to dramatically scale up its response to poor water quality. Fertiliser runoff is leading to plagues of coral-eating COTS. It is not enough to continue to fund COTS removal while not seriously tackling the root cause of the problem.

A Queensland government report found that an $800 million investment each year for 10 years would make a dramatic improvement to the Reef. The government must get serious and make investment in this order of magnitude.

The Reef is suffering. If it were a patient, it would be crying out for more help. As our most loved and famous natural asset, worth over $6 billion to the economy every year, Australians must be left wondering why the federal government is not showing leadership in protecting it.

To arrange interviews: Ingrid Neilson, AMCS Communications Manager: 0421 972 731

For comment: Imogen Zethoven AO, Fight for our Reef Campaign Director: 0431 565 495

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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.

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10:39

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

Stallholder Profile for BeeGood Wax Wraps



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10:20

Cairns is car stealing capital of Australia; 767 stolen in 2017 and police powerless to stop it "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Police and Civil Liberties Council at a loss in how to deal with rampant indigenous youth crime:

Petford Farm program should be reinstated, demands Federal Member Warren Entsch

by Casey Briggs, ABC and Cairns News

A police operation to photograph and question unsupervised children on the streets of Mount Isa is illegal and should be stopped, according to civil libertarians.

Mt Isa has an enormous problem with young indigenous youths wandering the streets late at night. The Labor Government has no idea how to handle the vandalism and car stealing. In 2017, 767 cars were stolen in Cairns largely by out-of-control indigenous youths, some as young as 12. The Labor State Government is brushing the problem under the carpet and its new MP for Cairns Michael Healy has been told to shut his mouth by the Premier about voicing any sensible solution.

Queenslands Civil Liberties Council will ask the states privacy commissioner to investigate the operation, as politicians suggest the initiative could be expanded to other regional cities.

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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 Capricornia"

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 Capricornia"



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....

06:33

Do We All Really Want Whats Best For The Kids? "IndyWatch Feed National"

As evidence against charter schools increases, charter school supporters have started to assert more frequently that charter schools are not a panacea, they cannot fix everything. And even though they have many problems, they should always be supported nonetheless. Charter schools are said to be a viable option for some and people should have choices.

After all, at the end of the day, we are all supposedly working for the same thing, we all want what is best for the kids. That is what is important according to charter school advocates, not all the serious problems plaguing charter schools and the harmful effects these schools are having on education and society. Both supporters and critics of charter schools supposedly want what is best for the kids. They allegedly do not have profoundly different and irreconcilable visions of education and society. If anything, they have only reasonable and harmless differences of opinion over secondary issues.

This is straightforward disinformation, which is more harmful than misinformation or hype. Charter school supporters do not want the same thing as supporters of public schools. Proponents of public schools and champions of charter schools want different things because they have different aims and interests. They are on different planets as the saying goes. They do not actually share the same interests.

Among other things, charter school promoters never offer any deep analysis of education, social relations, and social conditions. They seldom investigate fundamental questions about the nature of education in a modern society based on large-scale industrial production. Disciplined intellectual inquiry into major concepts and their meaning and significance are routinely avoided by charter school supporters.

Instead, charter school supporters continually overwhelm people with facile answers, ready-made views, and self-serving tautologies that block discussion, elaboration, and analysis. Anti-consciousness prevails. All sorts of irrational assertions are made about families, students, education, and society by charter school supporters in order to hide the privatization, marketization, and corporatization of education. Such assertions usually involve buzz phrases with words like parents, kids, innovation, or choice in them. Charter school supporters even characterize evidence against charter schools as propaganda. For charter school supporters, everything rests on an expedient capital-centered approach to education and society.

More than a century of study of social class relations, and life itself, confirm that there are antagonistic and irreconcilable class interests in society, and that these historically defined incompatible interests are often self-servingly concealed by those who have usurped power by force so as to create the illusion that we are one nat...

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.

04:30

Meria Heller Awaken with Meria and Monnica 01.21.18 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Awaken with Meria & Monnica. Meria and Monnica Sepulveda take you on a spiritual journey. Intuition is a gift we all have, exercise it and use it; everything is an exchange of energy; feel your own answers; your inner genie; research and development;only one truth; dont hesitate to make changes or leave it to someone else; divine order; challenges dont have to get the ...

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04:25

After disturbing tour of Hebron, Roger Cohen takes a step away from Zionism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yesterday in the New York Times, Roger Cohen published a column from Hebron titled Holy City of Sterile Streets that lots of people are talking about, and which I see as distancing the columnist from Zionism: 1, It states bluntly that the Israeli goal of sterilizing Hebron streets by emptying them of Palestinians is reminiscent of anti-semitic rhetoric and actions; 2, It says the occupation has never ended and it is being done in the name of the Jews and is getting worse every time he sees it; 3, It urges people to put the disputed claims of the past behind them and look to the future.

The last message is a memo to Cohen himself. He has repeatedly cited the Jewish history of persecution to justify the existence of a Jewish state he chooses not to live in but to defend. That justification gets a lot slimmer in this piece. The Jewish history of persecution turns out to produce Jewish monsters. And Cohen surely recognizes that it is cruel to revisit such a place and only see the conditions get worse, and mouth liberal Zionist pieties as an answer.

Some excerpts. First, the endless occupation and the anti-Semitism echo:

The occupation of the West Bank is a half-century old. Thats a long time. Jews did not go to the Holy Land to deploy for another people the biological metaphors of classic racism that accompanied their persecution over centuries. But the exercise of overwhelming power is corrupting, to the point that sterile streets, presumably freed of disease-ridden natives, enter the lexicon.

Next, in this passage Cohen identifies the occupation as inherently Jewish in Zionist eyes, and rejects that strategy as oppressive.

[Yehuda Shaul of Breaking the Silence] remembers a mission statement on a wall: To protect and defend the inhabitants of the Jewish community of Hebron. He was ordered to fire a grenade machine gun into a heavily populated Palestinian residential area. He saw a Palestinian medical clinic destroyed. Doubts grew.

Its not defense, or prevention. Its offense against Palestinian independence. That is the mission, Shaul says. The view is that between the river and the sea there is room for one state only, so it better be us. Inevitably, the settlers, however extreme, become a vehicle of this strategic aim.

Here is the part where Cohen urges everyone to escape their nationalist narratives and look ahead:

To settlers, this is the first Jewish city in the biblical hills of Judea. To the Palestinian majority, this is their centuries-old home under relentless Israeli military occupation.

Like every Israeli-Palesti...

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

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  • 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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23:00

Indias Tax Authority Continues to Hound Bitcoin Investors "IndyWatch Feed National"

Governments all over the world are seemingly cracking down on cryptocurrency activity. In India, things are slowly evolving in such a direction. Not only are banks closing bank accounts related to cryptocurrency activity, but the tax authority is getting involved as well. More specifically, a fair few speculators do not declare their investments on tax returns It is not an illegal activity by any means, but it does raise some questions which need to be answered. All affected investors have received an official tax notice as a result.

India is a very important country when it comes to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Local exchanges generate a high amount of trading volume, which is a positive sign. Unfortunately, local banks have begun freezing exchanges assets for the time being. There is no indication as to why this is happening or when things will return to normal. To make matters even worse, the Indian income tax department in now probing cryptocurrency investors as well.

Indian Tax Authority Wants to Tax Bitcoin

More specifically, the Indian tax authority has sent notices to cryptocurrency investors. This includes all speculators not including their investments on the recent tax returns. Although India has no official cryptocurrency regulation or taxation guidelines, this development raises some questions. It is unclear what the tax authority is looking for exactly at this point. We do know all local exchanges were surveyed in the process. This seems to indicate the local authorities want to curb cryptocurrency trading in one way or another.

Whether or not this means India will tax capital gains through cryptocurrency, remains to be seen. It would not necessarily be in their best interest to do so. At the same time, taxing Bitcoin grants the cryptocurrency more legitimacy as well. It is a fine line to walk for the tax authority right now. Especially when considering how the government still mulls over cryptocurrency regulation. Taxation guidelines are a part of regulation, in a way. How all of this will play out, remains to be determined.

It is evident the Indian tax authority would like to collect such capital gains tax. A notice was sent out to investors last month regarding this particular development. It seems a lot of people ignored this request, which shouldnt come as a big surprise whatsoever. Investors are not interested in sharing their cryptocurrency gains or losses with the government. After all, there is no l...

22:31

Bitcoin Futures: A Way to Control Cryptocurrency Markets? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Bitcoin Futures: A Way to Control Cryptocurrency Markets? appeared first on CCN

Can Wall Street investors manipulate the cryptocurrency markets via Bitcoin futures? Based on the recent fall in the markets during the week of January 15th, it seems that yes is the answer to that question. During the market slump last week, there was some banter on Reddit that the crash was going to end Wednesday, Continued

The post Bitcoin Futures: A Way to Control Cryptocurrency Markets? appeared first on CCN

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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19:07

Alzheimers Disease Audio Bite #18 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Listen to Dr. Sebis tone as he answers a womans question about Alzheimers. It is a tone representing the determination to reveal to people just how easy it is to overstand disease. There is only one disease! Dr. Sebi would always say. The only other source for disease that he Continue reading

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...

13:18

Hashimoto's and Melasma Gateway Diseases "IndyWatch Feed National"

nciples / CPC #9: HASHIMOTOs AND MELASMA: GATEWAY DISEASES
CPC #9: HASHIMOTOs AND MELASMA: GATEWAY DISEASES
APRIL 19, 2014 BY JACK KRUSE 227 COMMENTS


READERS SUMMARY:
How does a good question on the forum lead to a better answer to modern disease?


There is no trophy in health without a racefor a new truth.

With many of you gathering with family this holiday weekend here is my little gift for you.  These two diseases just puzzle and confound many.  In this blog you will see a new way to look at these diseases.

Melasma is one of the most common problems millions of women face and they spend millions of dollars with cosmetics and dermatology consults to try to get rid of the problem.  Melasma is particularly common in women, especially pregnant women and those who are taking oral or patch contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) medications.  It is also common in women who go through an early and fast paced menopause.  They also tend to have poor sleep as a stereotype for a deep reason.
If you ask any dermatologist, if they are honest they will tell you it is one of the toughest 3 things they try to treat.  The main reason it is a tough disease is because we are not thinking about the pathway that forms pigmentation in humans correctly using normal environmental signals.  This pathway is tied to many of the blogs I have already written.  The pathways all tie back to the 3 legged stool of life I wrote about in Energy and Epigenetics 4.  These 3 are,  the photoelectric effect, water chemistry, and the electromagnetic force.
Most women who have melasma have a history of taking oral birth control pills or exogenous sources of estrogen.  Oral contraceptives deplete nutrients more than any othe...

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 ...

10:00

WooCommerce Store Owners Will Soon get Another Plugin to Accept Bitcoin Cash "IndyWatch Feed National"

Altcoins often struggle in the retailer adoption department. That is only normal, as most retailers want nothing to do with cryptocurrency. Especially complicated solutions are absolutely unacceptable in this regard. Anyone with an interest in Bitcoin Cash can soon accept such payments through a new WooCommerce extension. It is not the first of such plugins, but more competition can only be considered to be a good thing.

Integrating cryptocurrency payments into WooCommerce has become a lot easier in recent years. Various plugins exist to do so when it comes to Bitcoin. For altcoins, there is a bit more work involved in most cases. A new extension for Bitcoin Cash payments will come to market in the next day or so. It offers a lot of functionality for e-commerce store owners to benefit from. There are other plugins which offer similar functionality, though. It never hurts to check out different solutions which try to achieve the same goal.

More Ways to Accept Bitcoin Cash Payments

This new plugin offers an API to take orders paid in Bitcoin Cash. It works similar to using PayPal or BitPay, as store owners will be notified if the transaction is confirmed. It is possible to set up zero-confirmation transaction times. That is always somewhat risky, but the extension can be fully customized in this regard.. Moreover, the merchant will see all orders in the backend as they are placed in real-time. It is a valuable addition to promote Bitcoin Cash adoption among WooCommerce users.

Whether or not a lot of retailers will use this solution, has yet to be determined. There is certainly a lot of positive momentum for Bitcoin Cash as we speak. Its a cheaper and more efficient form of Bitcoin. Moreover, it is also a rather valuable altcoin, which makes it rather appealing to accept as a payment method. This plugin is seemingly the first which has a native callback for transaction confirmations as well. An interesting development, as improvements like these are always welcome.

It would be great to see more merchants experiment with different cryptocurrencies. This ecosystem is about so much more than just Bitcoin or even Bitcoin Cash. With global availability and rather fast payments -in most cases cryptocurrencies should be preferable compared to payment cards. Right now, that is not the case. Plugins like this one may help turn the tide in the long run, though. An interesting future lies ahead for Bitcoin Cash, that much is certain.

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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...

Saturday, 20 January

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. 


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...

08:39

APRadio weekly podcast available "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Harry touches on Gangs of Melbourne with an email from a terrified mother describing death threats to her `12 year old son and police admit they are powerless Turnbull commanding the default military backup for Japan with no fuel, bullets or engagement ready equipment . Queensland Greens protected crocs killing tourist trade Bob Hudsons Newcastle song revisited to 1970s . Click Here

07:53

Episode-2150- Expert Council Q&A for 1-19-18 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tweet Today its Friday so its time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Expert in the subject line. Today the expert council answers questions on cider making, rocket mass heaters, investing, cryptocurency, grid down info gathering, boot care and more. In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air. I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but cant always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between. To get more information on our Expert Council visit our Meet the Expert Council Page to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise. Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss Eden Brothers Seeds joins the MSB Jack Making sweet cider without blowing up bottle Nicole Sauce Retrofitting a rocket mass heater to an existing chimney Paul Wheaton ROTH IRA investing John Pugliano The crypto known as Rai Blocks Ben Fitts Getting info in full grid down scenario Steven Harris Get your free crypto currency from Brave and an ARK update Jack Basic boot care Jack Resources for todays show Join the Members Brigade Join Our Forum The Year 93 Walking To Freedom TSP Gear PermaEthos.com TspAz.com support TSP when you shop on Online Grandaddys Gun Club Bullhead Fishing Information Coin Market Cap Rai Blocks on Coin Market Cap The Rai Blocks Website The Rai Blocks White Paper Snow Seal for Your Boots Scout Boot Cream Kiwi Horse Hair Shine Brush Kiwi Silicon Water Proofing Scotch Guard Water Shield General Purpose Scrub Brush Freedom Alice Cooper Sponsor of the Day Western Botanicals Ready Made Resources Websites of the Expert Council Members MT Knives GrassFedHomestead.com CryptoGulch.com Humble Mechanic Living Free in Tennessee Harvest Eating Old Grouch Military Surplus Steven1234.com Permaculture Classroom A Bee Friendly Company Investable Wealth NW Edible Permies.com Primal Power GeoffLawton.com DarbySimpson.com Whole Systems Design Doom and Bloom HaloBySue.com Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one mans opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air. Join the MSB Today Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced? Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in b......

04:31

The homeopathic answer to Mumps "IndyWatch Feed National"

Written By: Larry Malerba, DO It is becoming increasingly clear that the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine is failing to live up to its alleged preventative benefits. Weve already seen small outbreaks of measles in the U.S. and now mumps appears to be making a comeback. And even though homeopathy is an effective alternative treatment for mumps, mainstream

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