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Wednesday, 08 November


Jack Latimore: Having Black Lives Matter in Australia can help strengthen Indigenous activism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Organisers from a number of activists groups recently met with Black Lives Matters founders Patrisse Cullors and Rodney Diverlus at the Aborigines Advancement League in Thornbury, Victoria. Photo: Jack Latimore Organisers from a number of activists groups recently met with Black Lives Matters founders Patrisse Cullors and Rodney Diverlus at the Aborigines Advancement League in Thornbury, Victoria. Photo: Jack Latimore ...


Australia: Imam says that women need to wear hijab so that men can control their sexual urges "IndyWatch Feed National"

A hardline Islamic leader says women need to wear the hijab so men can control their sexual urges. Australian rock band member and convert to Islam, Sheikh Zainadine Johnson puts the responsibility of controlling male sexual predators on women, and he cites the Quran to do so. There are many who still insist (or believe) []

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Tuesday, 07 November


Why Bringing A Gun To Church Is A Pretty Good Idea "IndyWatch Feed National"

A few hours after Sundays horrifying mass shooting in a Sutherland Springs Baptist church, a Fox News host asked the attorney general of Texas, Ken Paxton, As a country, what do we do? How can we get our arms around this and stop this insanity?

The only thing I know, because you cant necessarily keep guns out of the hands of people who are going to violate the law in Texas at least we have the opportunity to have concealed-carry, Paxton answered. And so if its a place where somebody has the ability to carry, theres always the opportunity that gunman will be taken out before he has the opportunity to kill very many people.

This comment, as youd expect, triggered incredulous reactions from gun-control advocates. If theres anything that gets anti-gun types worked up well, anything other than sending thoughts and prayers its the notion that a responsible gun owner can bring down a killer. As Newsweek put it, Paxton was perpetuating a widely held, but deeply discredited theory that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.  Though an incontrovertible truth for many media, its not really a theory, much less deeply discredited. It is a fact that the only real way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, whether that person be in law enforcement or a private citizen.

Much of the coverage of this topic is layered in a scientific veneer. Once you crunch the numbers, they say, self-defense simply isnt worth it. Studies done by the Violence Policy Center and other gun-control friendly groups bolster the idea that, statistically speaking, with a gun you are more likely to cause an accidental death than to stop someone from committing a crime.

First of all, we cant quantify how many would-be mass shooters or random criminals avoid situations where they anticipate guns might be firing back at them. Some of these studies also conflate criminality with accidents. Once a man is menacing his neighbor with a gun, he is engaged in illegal behavior and his actions are no longer unintended. Many of these studies also conflate home gun accidents (sometimes even suicides) with concealed-carry holders the people most likely to stop a shooter outside of the home. It is incredibly rare that those who conceal carry break the law or have accidents, so dealing with them separately undermines the storyline.

If were going to start making unscientific comparisons, though, then I would point out that I cant find...


Canada Follows Orders: Russia Reacts "IndyWatch Feed National"


Canadas decision to extend its anti-Russia sanctions under the false pretext of hypocritically championing human rights is absolutely pointless and reprehensible, read a November 3 statement from the Russian embassy in Ottawa.

Pointless and reprehensible. Reprehensible this action is but there is a point, the point being to create as much anti-Russian feeling among Canadians as possible and to support the American governments tightening economic blockade of Russia in retaliation for insisting on its own sovereignty, the right to run its own affairs and for insisting on protecting its own international interests as in Syria and along its borders.

On Friday November 3, Canada invoked the so-called Magnitsky Law to slap sanctions on 52 people, 30 linked to Russia, and aside from a couple from South Sudanese, the rest linked Venezuela, including President Maduro.

The new Canadian law, the official name of which is the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act, won final approval in the Canadian Parliament two weeks ago. It allows the Canadian government to freeze Canadian assets of corrupt foreign officials and prevent them from entering Canada and mirrors a similar put into effect in the USA.

Russian President Putin responded to the law strongly accusing Canada of playing unconstructive political games, which it certainly is. In fact the Russian embassy in Ottawa stated correctly that Canada is isolating itself from one of the key global powers. The statement added, according to Tass that dozens of Canadians have now been banned from entering Russia.

Maria Zakharova, speaking for the Russian Foreign Ministry said,

We have repeatedly warned the Canadian authorities against attempts to exert pressure by imposing sanctions on Russia. We told them that such actions would not remain unanswered. To our great regret, Ottawa again introduced restrictions on our citizens under the pretext of the recently adopted Magnitsky Act.

We have to act in kind. Proceeding from the principle of reciprocity, the Russian Federation prohibits entry to many Canadian citizens.....


Why We Still Love Agatha Christies Murder On The Orient Express 40 Years After Her Death "IndyWatch Feed National"

More than 40 years since her death, Agatha Christie, the Queen of Mystery, remains one of the most beloved authors of all time. Her long career includes more than 80 novels, short story collections, and plays.

In her recent essay, Why Mystery Stories Are the Cure for What Ails Us All, Angelina Stanford argues that readers continue to get lost in mystery novels because they provide a sense of order in the midst of our troubled world. Christies stories have provided justice and meaning for audiences since her first readers discovered her detective tales right after World War I.

We all need something to escape into at a time when everything seems to be spinning out of control, where randomness and chaos and unpredictability reign, a mystery novel offers its readers the great comfort of a predictable patternone that we deeply long for even while we are tempted to mock it. The reader knows the author will present all the relevant facts at the beginning of the story and withhold nothing from the reader.

Perhaps this is why the crime drama is reinvented every fall on network television. In an hour we can see from beginning to end the discovery of the evil deeds to the sentencing of judgment that provides justice. In that way, a good mystery provides what our soul is longing for: good to conquer evil. Christies writing does this for the reader, with an enjoyable journey to the satisfying ending.

Pay Attention Or Youll Miss the Clues

Christie accomplishes this with straightforward, accessible prose. Her descriptions of characters are superb, and her plots are engaging as a reader tries to sort out the trail of clues she leaves along the way. Although some critics have snubbed Christies work for being too prolific and simplistic, she provides plenty worth a readers time.

In our distracted digital age, a Christie novel demands that readers pay attention and think. The trail of clues is an antidote of sorts for our self-imposed attention deficit. The careful consideration of every character as a suspect forces us to examine personalities and motives helping us pay better attention to the people around us. The answer to the mystery may be elusive until the solution is given to us, but thats part of the fun. Christie believ...


Perth pastor David Volmer jailed for ten years over pedophile ring sex abuse of teen girl aged 13 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Im republishing the article below, from 6 November 2015, because the last member of the Evil 8 pedophile ring that Pastor David Volmer was part of in Perth, Western Australia, Alfred Impicciatore, has been convicted today and is in jail awaiting a long prison sentence.

David Volmer was sentenced to over ten years in jail in November 2015, and will have to serve a minimum of eight and a half years. As a pedophile, and worse, a pastor who is a pedophile, jail wont be pleasant for him. Hell be heavily targeted by inmates, and wont be safe even in protective custody.

Pastor David Volmer was a missionary in Western Australia sent by Midrand Christian Church, South Africa.

Midrand Christian Church has made no attempt to pay the thirteen year old victim of their pastor, compensation.

This is typical behaviour of Christian churches Hillsong Church is the same. Head pastor of Hillsong, Pastor Brian Houston has repeatedly refused to help the many child sex victims of his father Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong even to the Commissioner of the Australian  Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.



Evil 8 paedophile ring saga ends with Alfred Impicciatore found guilty of child sex abuse "IndyWatch Feed National"

Perth Pedophile Alfred John Impicciatore- part of the Perth Evil Eight pedophile ring who had sex with a 13 year old girl solicited for cash by her father, who is already in jail for twenty-two years


Alfred Impicciatore is the last of a group of pedophiles known as the Evil 8, to be convicted of sex crimes against a 13 year old girl in Perth, Western Australian. The father pimped her out to these men.

Alfred Impicciatore ran away at one stage, while on bail. He and all alleged pedophiles should never be given bail.

The police caught him and he now has been found guilty of serious pedophile crimes. He is likely to get at least ten years in jail. Id prefer that pedophiles were never released from jail because all experts in this field maintain, from research and the evidence, that pedophiles are incurable.

Pastor David Volmer (otherwise known as Dawid Volmer) a missionary from ACTS Christian Churc...


Free pass: Cop arrested for unloading pistol at church parking lot will not go to prison "IndyWatch Feed National"

A 27-year-old deputy was arrested after he admitted to getting drunk and unloading pistols into a Presbyterian church. Instead of being sent to prison for dangerously discharging a firearm in public and putting the lives of innocent people in danger, Somervell County Sheriff's Deputy, William Cox will remain a free man. As the country reels from the horrifying shooting in Sutherland Springs and searches for answers as to why anyone would commit such a brutal mass murder, this former Texas cop proves he is above the law. Last week, Cox was given a sweet plea deal by prosecutors. In exchange for him pleading guilty to the charge of deadly conduct, he was sentenced to five years in prison-all of which was suspended. He was simply put on community supervision and given probation. For shooting up a church, he was also fined $1,500 and will have to report to the jail on weekends for ten days. The incident began on July 13 when officers responded to a 9-1-1 call about a maniac shooting up a church. When police arrived they found Cox drunk in the parking lot, who immediately admitted to the crime.


PR: B2BX Team Creating a Cryptocurrency Exchange, or ICO from the Real Business "IndyWatch Feed National"

B2BX Cryptocurrency Exchange

This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. does not endorse nor support this product/service. is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release.

Perhaps, you have already heard about our B2BX project. This is an aggregator of cryptocurrency liquidity for margin and exchange trading, and distribution of liquidity to brokerage companies. We plan to connect at least 5% of Forex/DMA and stock brokers, and give them the opportunity to provide their clients with the trading in cryptocurrencies.

We created this aggregator. B2Broker is the platform for companies which plans to launch its broker or trading business. We create a turnkey projects for our clients. Nevertheless, we dont refuse to work on separate products.

The team has sufficient competence to undertake the most complex projects.
Since 2014 we have helped our customers from scratch run 40 high-tech brokerage companies in the countries such as Great Britain, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine, India, Australia and Cyprus.

The Main working directions

There are only two of them. The first is the supply of technological solutions. We create a technological base, which includes IT and trading infrastructure, for brokerage companies and other organizations working in the financial sector.It works on the cloud distribution model of the SAAS project.The basis is a monthly subscription and round-the-clock support.Almost all our products are multipurpose, including:

Brokerage companies on a turnkey basis;
Solutions for connecting to liquidity providers;
Cryptocurrency solutions;
Other products

Note that turnkey solutions are beneficial for large brokerage companies, since they are cheaper to provide the development of the necessary software to the team of professionals than to do it themselves, spending a huge amount of resources and dont be sure that the product will meet the current market requirements.

The second direction is working as a liquidity provider. We are do...


Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Helicopter A15-301 Spotted at Longreach Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Wednesday 1 November, Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' helicopter A15-301 was spotted making a surprise visit to Longreach Airport.




PERTH Karrinyup man charged with child sex offences committed at school "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Karrinyup man charged with child sex offences committed at school .

November 07, 2017 at 08:30AM .

He is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today. Inquiries are ongoing and detectives urge anyone with any information regarding this .


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Paradise Papers spotlight Apple tax strategies amid GOP push to cut corporate rates "IndyWatch Feed National"


Paradise Papers spotlight Apple tax strategies amid GOP push to cut corporate rates

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By Don Lee

The Los Angeles Times

For years, Apple and other multinational firms have faced inquiries from government authorities about tactics they employed to lower their tax bills.

Now, new published reports show just how some of these global corporations tapped elite tax specialists to devise clever strategies, including island havens and secretive shell companies, to avoid paying billions of dollars into government coffers.

The disclosures contained in the so-called Paradise Papers documents and corporate records primarily from Bermuda-based law firm Appleby immediately added fuel to the debate over the GOPs tax proposal released last week, which includes slashing the corporate tax rate to 20% from 35%.

We are all bearing witness to the consequences of Congress failure to address offshore tax haven abuse, said Gawain Kripke, policy director for Oxfam America. Yet congressional leaders are charging forward with a tax bill which has as its primary feature a massive windfall for offshore tax dodgers.

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Larry David on Jewish Predators and Romance in the Camps "IndyWatch Feed National"


By Gilad Atzmon


Larry David is subject to some harsh criticism and not for the first time. Two days ago he admitted on Saturday Night Live that a very disturbing pattern is emerging many of the predatorsnot all,.. areJews. He then cracked some jokes about the Holocaust. American Jews are upset.

In my recent book, Being in Time - a Post Political Manifesto I elaborated on Jewish humour and the fascinating transition from 19th century Yiddish jokes to modern Jewish American comedy industry:

 Jewish humour is always political, in that it always conveys a message. 19th century  Yiddish humour allowed the Jewish, Eastern lower classes to transcend their existential burden. In their jokes they could identify with the Western, Jewish, cognitive elite and remove from their hearts and minds the huge distance between the gifted and the retarded, between Tevye the Milkman and Baron de Rothschild.  However 20th century American Jewish humor conveys the opposite message. Woody Allen is mocking the stereotypical clumsy dysfunctional Jew. Larry Davids Curb Your Enthusiasm television comedy also ridicules the self-centred hedonist Jewish character. Mel Brooks exaggerates the Jewish symptoms ad absurdum and Sarah Silverman wants to kill Christ again. These Jewish comedians made self-deprecation into an art form. While sarcastically mocking Jewish stereotypes, they disarm any opposition or criticism of Jewish dominance and political power. By openly owning what some would regard as problematic Jewish symptoms, these Jewish entertainers manage, by means of humour, to dismantle the dissent to the Jew. While the so-called anti-Semite accuses the Jew of being a hedonistic, self-centred, capitalist, usurious, Christ killer, David, Allen, Silverman and Brooks answer is simply, Okay, now tell us something we dont know. (Being in Time a Post Political Manifesto pg, 169)



Australia - Fluoridation of the Gunnedah Water Supply "IndyWatch Feed National"

.............Here comes the controversial conclusion!

If only minute quantities of not even highly concentrated fluoride, constantly maintained, produce maximum resistance to tooth decay, why have Fluoride in the drinking water at all?
And, why risk fluoride-embrittled bones by eating vegetables grown in fluoridated water or by consuming meats from animals drinking fluoridated water?
The original argument for mass fluoridation was to help the disadvantaged proportion of the population who could not afford dental treatment. The disadvantaged do not want brittle bones either! But even though prevention is still being better than cure, fluoridation will not cover for neglect and slow cavities can form despite diligent, self- applied cleaning, so some professional overview is still essential if the aim of teeth for life is to be realised.
To conclude, Council will save ratepayers from the costs and risks of an over-dosing of water supplies where Megalitres of water are loaded with tonnes of a toxic substance (an industrial waste product, actually) for the dubious beneficial reaction of one part per million but only from the minute portion that is consumed as drinking water and that benefit is lost through cumulative deposit in hard tissues of the body, unless it is spat out so then what do we drink?


CHRONIXX "IndyWatch Feed Qld"




Jamaican musician Chronixx is one of reggaes leading lights, bringing together the traditions of dub, dancehall, ragga, soul and hip hop into his own fusion which has put reggae back on the main stage.

Discovered in 2014 by Jimmy Fallon during a chance meeting during a Jamaican holiday, Chronixx quickly turned heads around the world after performing on his show, with his first EP topping reggae charts in the US, UK and Japan.  With supports for the likes of The Stone Roses, Nas and Lauryn Hill, Chronixx has proven his cross-genre appeal, with his debut album earlier this year Chronology hitting the iTunes top 20 in several countries.

The February tour will awaken reggae fans across the country as Chronixx and his band Zincfence Redemption hit stages in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Chronixx said: Im so excited to be back performing live in Australia for my fans, where Ill be performing new tracks from the Chronology record as well as the classics. See you soon!

Tickets for the tour go on sale this Monday November 13 through


February 21: Metro Theatre, Sydney NSW
February 22: Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC
February 23: The Zoo, Brisbane QLD


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Calls go out for emergency embassy protests for Manus refugees "IndyWatch Feed National"

As the Manus Island siege enters its seventh day, with around 600 interred refugees having barricaded themselves against dangerous removal to a temporary site where they fear violence from islanders, the Rise refugee team is calling for solidarity protests today at Australian embassies. RISE ex-detainees urgently request protests and other actions to be held next


Legal Support "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"


With Adani starting construction, courageous people are taking direct action to peacefully protect the country, climate, reef and water from coal. Several people have already been arrested and many more will follow.

As a movement, its important we help support people in their journey through the legal system. Thats why weve started a Legal Fighting Fund.

The fund will allow FLAC to source legal advice, pay the travel costs of pro-bono and to help cover the fines & related costs from those who have taken a stand.

Whether you can donate, run an event or spread the word we need your help:



Chip in to the Legal Support Fund today. Every contribution, big or small, is a great help!



Organise an event for your friends or wider community that will raise awareness about the campaign and money for the fund!

Whether its a trivia event, music gig, movie screening or bake sale find a fun way to bring people together to support those taking direct action to stop Adani.

If you are planning a fundraiser, drop us a line at with an outline of what you have planned and dont forget to add it to our events calendar so we can help out with promotions.

We also have a bunch of handy resources available to help get you started.





Bloke Gets Sick Of Australian NBN Internet, Builds His Own Broadband Network Instead "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

I dont think Im saying anything controversial when I mention that Ozzylands internet speeds leave a lot to be desired (thats a polite way of saying theyre fair dinkum f***ed). If youve travelled anywhere overseas, you know this. If you live anywhere outside of a select few regional areas, cable internet is just a pipedream and waiting for the Governments National Broadband Network (NBN) to roll out has been slower than downloading songs from Napster in the nineties.

Yep, its bloody well documented. Our internet speeds are up shit creek, theyre piss-poor and theyre slower than a three-legged tortoise. Thats exactly why top Bundaberg bloke Luke Baker has gotten the shits and just built his own broadband network. Talk about a bit of derring-do, a bit of up-and-at-em, a bit of f*** you guys, Ill do it meself.

This three-legged tortoise on a tech-deck would kick our internet's arse. Credit: Richard Austin.

This three-legged tortoise on a tech-deck would kick our internets arse in a race. Credit: Richard Austin.

You see the problem for poor old Luke is that he lives in Bundaberg. Its a regional town, but its not exactly Wolf Creek.  With a population of 70,000 people desperate for good quality internet and all the instant gratification that brings with it (in more ways than one), the joint should have cable internet. Mind you, I dont have it and Im in Brisbane.

Id like to say sort it out, Straya, but Im told theyre on the case.  The thing is, theyve been on the case for years now, and as Luke points out, replacing the phone lines that were laid across our great southern land over a hundred years ago is a big f***ing job.



Court rejects bid to restore Australia refugee camp services "IndyWatch Feed National"


BEHROUZ BOOCHANI/AFP/File | This handout photograph taken and provided to AFP by Behrouz Boochani shows refugees and asylum-seekers at the Manus Island camp

SYDNEY (AFP)  A Papua New Guinea court Tuesday rejected a refugees appeal to restore water, electricity and food supplies to a shuttered Australian detention camp where hundreds of men have barricaded themselves in.

The remote camp on Manus Island one of two offshore centres that holds asylum-seekers who try to reach Australia by boat was closed a week ago after the PNG Supreme Court ruled last year that it was unconstitutional.

But some 600 men have refused to leave despite having no basic services, saying they feared locals outside would be hostile.

One refugee, Iranian Behrouz Boochani, sought an injunction to restore water, power and food supplies, but his application was rejected.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Salamo Injia said in his judgement that there was no real good reason why they should not voluntarily move to three transition facilities.

Injia said while some constitutional rights may have been breached when the services were withdrawn, the refugees had brought those upon themselves by refusing to leave the camp.

Boochanis lawyer Ben Lomai told AFP he would appeal the decision.

Boochani, speaking on behalf of the refugees in the camp, said the court ruling showed how we are forgotten people and there is no justice for us.

We are used to the court decisions going against us, he told AFP.

He added that depriving refugees of basic services was completely against humanity.

Australias harsh immigration policy against boatpeople, which Canberra says is necessary to stop deaths at sea, has been widely criticised by the United Nations and human rights advocates.

Asylum-seekers are sent to Manus and Nauru, but the camps conditions have been slammed by human rights groups, which have also campaigned to have them shut amid reports of widespread abuse, self-harm and mental health problems.

Amnesty International said Tuesday the court decision jeopardises lives.

The decision is an abhorrent attack on the right to life, the groups Pacific researcher Kate Schuetze said in a statement.



Vyapam Scam: The CBIs Clean Chit Is Not the Final Word on the Matter "IndyWatch Feed National"

The details of the clean chit are not known and the press release issued by the CBI on October 31, 2017, raises more questions than it answers.

The FIR in the case was registered by the CBI on August 3. Credit: PTI

As of date, the chargesheet filed by the CBI has not been made available, even to the accused. Credit: PTI

The headline of the press release dated October 31, 2017, on the Central Bureau of Investigation website reads like a headline of a newspaper on a sensational issue: CBI finds no tampering in the hard disc seized by State Police . This is a strange issue to focus on for a prosecuting agency. It also betrays the anxiety of the CBI, to declare the Madhya Pradesh chief minister innocent in the scam. As of date, the chargesheet filed by the CBI has not been made available, even to the accused. The details of the clean chit are thus not known, apart from the press release issued by the CBI, which, for anybody conversant with the facts and history of this case, raises more questions than it answers.

The CBIs press release is quite silent on the identity of the 490 accused or on the many allegations regarding the deaths of crucial witnesses. It is silent on the fact that the CBI did not open any new cases after the investigation was transferred to it. There is only one fact it reveals, that as per the CBI, the Madhya Pradesh chief minister...


Outback town to host all-star music festival "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Some of the biggest names in Australian country music are set to descend on the Queensland town of Winton next year for the biggest inland music and culture festival ever held in Queensland. As well as celebrating outback music and culture, Wintons Way Out Festival will celebrate the reopening of Wintons famous Waltzing Matilda Centre, after []

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Could This Actually Explain the Mystery Behind the Bermuda Triangle? Scientists Believe So! "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Bermuda Triangle has been a mystery for quite some time, but all of that may be changing. The unexplained circumstances in which hundreds of ships, as well as aircrafts, have been going missing overtime may not be as unexplained as we thought.

The truth behind this strange 500,000km stretch could be doing all of this because of the clouds. Yes, you read that right! Apparently, the hexagonal clouds in this location create 170mph winds and air bombs. Blasts from these intense air bombs can easily flip ships and bring planes down.

Credit: Science Channel


On Science Channels What on Earth? Dr. Steve Miller a meteorologist at Colorado State University says:

You Dont typically see straight edges with clouds. Most of the time, clouds are random in their distribution.

Credit: Science Channel


By using something known as radar satellites researchers were able to measure just what was happening under the clouds in this area. These air bombs are formed by what is known as microbursts, and when they come down to hit the ocean they create waves that are sometimes quite massive in size. These scientists believe that these weather phenomenon could be the mystery behind the Bermuda Triangle, but of course, no one knows for sure at this time. There have been at the very least around one thousand lives lost to this Triangle of weird situations over the past 100 years and personally, I believe while this could be contributing there has to be more to it.

Check out the segment from the Science Channel on this subject below and let us know what you think. Could this be the answer we have been looking for or are you not so easily convinced? Could this strange and mysterious location really be explained so easily?



Crikey says bury ISDS in TPP-11 "IndyWatch Feed National"

November 7, 2017: Bernard Keane writes in Crikey that Malcom Turnbull should follow the lead ofNew Zealand and even the US NAFTA negotiators and ditch ISDS. in the TPP 11. 


Kookaburras find life full of laughs "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Kookaburras like to laugh, and might often do so as they watch other birds toiling to build complex nests. They just don't dig such toil. Better, they chortle, to take over readymade hollow, or do minor mining on used termite nest in tree.

Here's a prime possie right by the beach, plenty of food on the surrounding paperbarks, eucalypts and acacias, and mostly congenial neighbours, though bit of a problem with flies (Kookaburras don't rate nest hygiene highly).

And perhaps unseen nestlings can be fussy. Parent bird made several efforts to pass on spider, and couldn't find a taker. No such reluctance from within the nest when insects were offered. Imagine comment inside the nest: Spiders? You must be joking! Having a laugh, are you? Yuk, yuk, yuk.

Not far away, female Olive-backed Sunbird goes about serious business of weaving a 'real' nest. No time to mess about laughing the day away here!&nbs...


The Alzheimer's antidote: using a low-carb, high-fat diet to fight Alzheimer's disease, memory loss, and cognitive decline "IndyWatch Feed National"

What exactly is meant when Alzheimer's disease is referred to as Type 3 diabetes? Amy Berger answers this question in her book The Alzheimer's Antidote where she has synthesized what we know about Alzheimer's disease (AD) to lead us closer to the cause: a fuel shortage in the brain. How and why this occurs is explained in the book, with dietary and lifestyle changes to counteract the process. Metabolic syndrome is a known risk factor for AD. Insulin resistance is a factor in both and causes higher blood levels of insulin (hyperinsulinemia). Glucose is the brain's primary source of fuel. A marker for Alzheimer's disease is a reduction in the rate of glucose metabolized by the brain. In some, the reduction has been found to be 45 percent and is always localized to areas of the brain involved with learning and memory. As the brain cells become less able to metabolize glucose for fuel, they starve. Berger notes that some researchers have found this to be the predominant abnormality in AD.


Papua New Guinea Court Rejects Bid to Restore Services at Manus Island Camp "IndyWatch Feed National"

The court rejected the application because it said power, water and food were available at the three transit centres where the 600 men are refusing to be moved.

Asylum seekers protest on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, in this picture taken from social media November 6, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Asylum seekers protest on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, in this picture taken from social media November 6, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Sydney: Papua New Guineas Supreme Court rejected an application on Tuesday to restore water, electricity and food supplies to an Australian-run detention centre for asylum seekers where nearly 600 men have been barricaded for a week.

The men in the remote Manus Island facility have defied attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) to close the camp, refusing to move to three transit centres despite having little food or drinking water.

Dozens of them also need medical help, three asylum seekers said, in a stand-off that the UN has described as a looming h...


The deadly diseases being released as ice thaws. Surviving The Next Pandemic! "IndyWatch Feed National"

The deadly diseases being released as ice thaws. Surviving the next pandemic.
Scientists have raised the issue of new old diseases being released by the global warming melting the ice. They say it is quite possible that these diseases have been lying dormant since before the coming of man. This means that we will have no immunity to these diseases, & we will have no medicines to combat these diseases. Once released & started they could sweep the globe annihilating humanity completely except perhaps in isolated cases.
In this day & age an infected person could get on a plane & be in another country before they even know they are carrying a disease!
So there is a hell of a biggy to add to our lists!


The Hobo Guide to Fruit Picking in Tasmania "IndyWatch Feed National"

For travellers, there is no such thing as good value in Australia. The place is just too expensive. You never walk out of a bakery here saying You know what? This meat pie is so huge and delicious, its actually worth four dollars.

If you are saying that, it means you really paid 14 dollars.

However, the wild landscapes and strange people youll find in this country really are worth the cost of travelling here. Whats more, its relatively easy to find work and top up your bank account with adventure tokens (also known as money) along the way.

Tasmania cold weather, chilled locals, ridiculous natural beauty is chock-a-block full with orchards that, once a year, cry out for hungry travellers to fill their ranks and pick their fruit. This is the hobos guide to being a Tasmanian fruit picker.

What to pick and when to pick it

Tasmania is known as the apple isle for a reason. Cherries are also a big crop here, as well as pears, grapes, stone fruits, strawberries and other assorted berries. The main fruit-growing region in Tassie is called the Huon Valley, south-west of Hobart. The main towns in this area include Huonville, Lucaston and Cygnet.

You need to make sure youre turning up in the right season. Apples are picked from March through May, while the cherries are on in December and January. Strawberries are on at the same time as apples, but strawberry picking on your hands and knees is a good contender for the Worst Job in the World. As the manager of a strawberry farm said when she offered me a job: Youll feel like youre dying.

How do I find work?

The hardest part of fruit picking can be summoning your courage and plunging in. Its just like any job search: everyone seems to have their shit together except you. Plenty of online job agencies take advantage of this anxiety, and it can be tempting to lock something down before you even turn up.

Resist this urge. Go to the area you want to work in and use your phone to look up orchards. Call them. Better yet, use your wheels and visit them. Dont be disheartened if the first five places dont need pickers ask if they know an orchard that does.

If you dont have wheels, there are hostels scattered throughout Tassies fruit growing regions that cater to seasonal work...


Court Services Victoria - Making contact for the plebs difficult? "IndyWatch Feed National"

One can be of the 'conspiracy theory' that the people in government are putting up barriers...

Oops, the current photo of a fence being erected around Parliament House in Canberra is no longer a 'theory' but rather a reality.

Maybe they're just trying to contain the criminals within?

Aren't government institutions supposed to be transparent?
Remember: "Nothing to hide, nothing to fear", RIGHT ??? !!! ???

Aren't the people supposed to have easy access, especially if one is disabled?

So, let's take a look at an example of a place of business called Court Services Victoria (ABN: 63 392 984 660)

The official place for information is NOT your favourite search engine, dikipedia or some dodgy blog that is for "parody or satire use only" but rather the business's website.

When one's journey arrives at Court Services Victoria website and a Contact Us area is looked into one is greeted with the following information as seen in the screen capture as current of this post;

If someone from the general population wishes call them via the phone, to do business with these people there they have deliberately not shown the company's phone number, where a DX number is only visible and only a Post Office Box and no street address.

A DX number is for legal firms to communicate between them.

One must note that not every one has access to email or is even computer literate enough to comprehend how to send an email even if they go down to their local library.

This is clearly discriminatory actions against the lay person, serf or tax slave member of the general population.

So how do...


Pastor Pat Mesiti. Domestic Violence Conviction 2016. Adulteries 1998-2016. Hillsong and C3 Pastor. Visited prostitutes on his Hillsong credit card. Hillsong Youth Pastor. Youth Alive evangelist. Fell from grace and restored by Dr Phil Pringle head pastor of C3 Church. How the corrupt priests of Pentecost sowed devils on each other. Part 8. Australian and New Zealand errant Pentecostal pastors who couldnt keep it in their trousers or sexually abused little kids "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Pastor Pat Mesiti- Now Millionaire Mindset Club wife basher


On New Years Eve 2015 Pat Mesiti was charged by the NSW North-West Police with bashing his wife.

Today he was convicted at Parramatta Court Sydney with one count of common assault for actual physical assault on his second wife Andrea- in a fit of rage while heavily intoxicated. He awaits sentencing. article below




No charges over Falls Festival crush "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hands in the air at the 2016-17 Falls Festival. Tickets have sold out for the 2017-18 gig although it has yet to be approved by the PAC. Photo Jeff Dawson

The 2016-17 Falls Festival at Byron Bay. Organisers of the Victorian leg of the event have been cleared over a crowd crush that took place there in December last year. Photo Jeff Dawson


The organiser of Victorias popular Falls Festival will not be prosecuted over a crowd crush that injured more that 70 people.

WorkSafe Victoria says theres not enough evidence to prosecute Ash Sounds Pty Ltd after more than a dozen people at the popular Lorne music event were hospitalised with broken bones and other serious injuries in December 2016.

All the conditions imposed by various bodies in relation to the event, such as crowd control, crowd size, and positioning and size of exits, had been met, WorkSafe said in a statement on Monday.

As a result, WorkSafe found there was insufficient evidence to establish any offence and no further action will be taken.

The crush occurred when a stampede happened between acts in the Grand Theatre on December 30.

A class action was later launched against festival organisers, with one woman caught up in the crush telling AAP she suffered nerve damage to her left arm.

Falls Festival co-producer Jessica Ducrou said the class action meant she was unable to comment on WorkSafes findings.

We want to ensure we dont do or say anything that will jeopardise the outcome of the class action for those involved, she said in a statement to AAP.

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Weird Rainbow In Adelaide, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary Maxwell

My friend Mark Wilhelm was able to capture a weird rainbow on video. This was in Adelaide around 8.50pm on November 5, 2017. He reports that soon after it there was helicopter activity.

Here is Marks report:

I was at a mates house in Adelaide. The skies are sprayed every day in SA, so in most afternoons/evenings the complete horizon is covered by a misty spray which grows into white fluffy cloud coverage.

Last night a rainbow appeared in the sky as seen on this video, I ran for my camera.  It lasted for about 10 minutes and then, as if a light switch was turned off, it disappeared.  A couple of minutes before the rainbow disappeared we saw two large white aircraft in the sky.

They did not come from the direction of Adelaide airport, and the jet sound was quite loud and deep, like you hear at the car races when they do a fly over.

Immediately after the rainbow disappeared, four drones were seen flying over towards where we had seen the rainbow. They disappeared or went into cloud coverage and two helicopters flew out to the rainbow spot. These I am pretty sure were military, judging by to the speeds they were flying at, and the distinct sound of a jet engine accompanying this.

In regard to the drones, I was not able to see the full outline of the aircraft but instead saw four flashing lights red/green in a square pattern with the lights flashing diagonally together alternating between each diagonal sequence.

As I (Mary) am overseas I cant be a corroborating voice, but the video is good evidence of the rainbow, though not the helicopters.

I decided to google weird rainbow, Adelaide and got naturally Adelaide City Council Decides To Fly the LGBTIQ Rainbow Flag. I also found talk of an odd sky seen in 2015.

I can say for sure that rainbows were happenin in unusual numbers in July 2011. I was recording them but no one was interested.  However, they werent as impressive as Marks, and they did not involve helicopters.

(Yes, I realize that a rainbow is an illusion having to do with water and light; it is not a thing.)

In one instance in 2011, the rainbow lit up my kitchen in a pretty pink color. I also recall double rainbows that year which I had never experienced before or since.

Thank you, Mark, for the hot catch.

The post...


Explainer: The Manus Island Detainee Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

About 600 men remain barricaded in the Manus Island centre without electricity, water or food for the sixth day since the camps closure.

Asylum seekers are seen at a detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, in this still image taken from social media video November 3, 2017. Abdul Aziz Adam/via Credit: Reuters

Asylum seekers are seen at a detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, in this still image taken from social media video November 3, 2017. Abdul Aziz Adam/via Credit: Reuters

A humanitarian emergency is unfolding in Papua New Guinea (PNG) with about 600 refugees and asylum seekers continue to barricade themselves inside the Manus Island detention camp. The men remain at the centre without food, water or electricity following the camps closure on October 31, and have refused to be relocated to temporary shelters over fears of violence from the islands residents.

Rupert Colville, spokesman for high commissioner Zeid Raad...


The Royal Adelaide Hospital Renewal, Rejuvenation and Originality "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the hospital where my beloved Mother died.


I was a cleaner  at this hospital in the early 80s and walked hundreds of kilometres down these corridors, wielding mops and brooms, chemical soaked cloths and bottles of disinfectant that cover every surface with mists you cant see.

I used to mop towards interesting conversations and whispered politics because the green uniform of the hospital cleaner is like a cloak of invisibility in the fast paced, hierarchy of the world of medicine.
I learnt to drive the big industrial polishers by inadvertently slamming it against the wall whilst my wrists developed the muscles to hold it in place when the power surge brought it to life in a dramatic way. The metaphor does not escape me.
On February 7th 2015, 30 years after putting down my broom and walking out the Domestic exit for the last time, I drove through the carpark gates at 6:30 in the morning after a life changing call from the hospital. I drove in knowing that this was the day my life will change for ever.

This was the day Mum was going to die.

My old familiar workplace felt as foreign to me as the prospect of living in the worl...


Acting Provincial Administrator Appointed in Southern Highlands Tasked to Focus on Restoring Public Administration Structure "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The National Executive Council has appointed Thomas Eluh as Acting Provincial Administrator for Southern Highlands Province.

In making the announcement, the Prime Minister, Hon. Peter ONeill CMG MP, said strong and capable leadership is required to overcome a number of challenges that have emerged in the region.

A distinguished officer of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, Mr Eluh, has been tasked to engage with community leaders to restructure the public service system and restore public confidence in provincial administration.

As an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Eluh has demonstrated sound judgement and effective leadership, the Prime Minister said.

He has wide experience in the public sector, particularly in the Highlands.

During the course of the recent elections, the Southern Highlands Province experienced a more peaceful polling period than has been seen in many years.

However, this has since been undermined and this is not acceptable.

Effective governance must be restored so that people in the province can continue to grow their businesses, and go about their everyday lives without inconvenience.

The ongoing growth and development of Southern Highlands Province is more important than the ambition of a selfish few individuals.

PM ONeill said as Acting Provincial Administrator, Joseph Eluh will work closely with Provincial Police Commander, Joseph Tondop, to improve public order.

I call on all community leaders in the Southern Highlands to work with Mr Eluh and PPC Tondop to strengthen public administration in the province.

We all have to work together if we are to see the Southern Highlands Province reach its true potential.

There is enormous opportunity for small business, particularly in agriculture, in the Southern Highlands.

The natural attractions of the region are also very inviting for tourists to visit the province.

With effective leadership we will see these opportunities continue to increase, and with this appointment, we are taking a very big step in the right direction.

Mr Eluhs appointment is for a period of three months, during which time he will restore governance structure and systems, ahead of the full-time appointment of a permanent Provincial Administrator.

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UNSW Slammed For Charles Waterstreet Job Ads, As More Women Come Forward Alleging Sexual Harassment "IndyWatch Feed National"

As more stories of sexual harassment by one of the nations most prominent criminal barristers continue to emerge some dating back almost a decade one of Australias top universities has found itself in the firing line for failing to ban his job ads. Nina Funnell and Chris Graham report.

Student representatives have lashed out at the University of New South Wales for failing to protect students after the University would not commit to cease advertising positions at Charles Waterstreets chambers.

Genevieve Wilks, who graduated from UNSW last year.Genevieve Wilks, who graduated from UNSW last year.

Last week New Matilda published allegations that a former UNSW law student, Genevieve Wilks, was sexually harassed by the prominent Sydney barrister after responding to a job advertisement she saw promoted through the UNSW Law school.

Ms Wilks answered the ad in 2014 and was subsequently offered a job with Mr Waterstreet. She alleges she endured almost a year of extreme sexual harassment at the hands of Mr Waterstreet, one of Sydneys most prominent criminal barristers and the man on which the hit ABC drama Rake is loosely based.

Since then, more women have come forward to New Matilda alleging inappropriate sexualised behaviour during job interviews with Mr Waterstreet.

A spokesperson for UNSW did not respond to a question from New Matilda about whether or not future job ads from Mr Waterstreet would be banned, saying the university had no knowledge of advertisements by Charles Waterstreet or his office on our Jobs Board currently or previously.

But emails obtained by New Matilda show otherwise Ms Wilks applied to work with Mr Waterstreet after reading a job advertisement on the UNSW careers website.


Ms Wilks says she is disappointed UNSW would not make a commitment to ban employment ads from Charles Waterstreet.

I knew my law school to be a place where student welfare was taken seriously and where harassment was not tolerated, Ms Wilks told New Matilda.

I would sincerely urge UNSW Law to be an ally of women and students in the profession and stand up to someone who has serially taken advantage of young, keen law students.

Mr Waterstreet has previously taught law at UNSW, and bragged about sleeping with students during his...


FixedIt: Erasing a violent man from a headline and replacing him with a house? Really? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Not the first fix on a story about the horrific attack (see yesterdays post about the invisible assailant) but it seems that the Cairns Post wanted to go one further than erasing the alleged perpetrator from the headline, they replaced him with a house.

Not content with that baffling piece of journalism, they then proceeded to remove both the victim and the crime from the headline. Admittedly it doesnt leave them much to work with, which explains the lack of anything resembling information in the headline, but why go to such lengths to hide the story? Why is the truth of mens violence against women so threatening that all hints of it have to be removed?

Erasing mens violence from headlines is not a small matter. Jackson Katz TED talk on male violence and how we talk about it is well worth the 17 minutes it takes to watch, but this quote is central to the invisible perpetrators issue:

It starts with a very basic English sentence: John beat Mary. Thats a good English sentence. John is the subject, beat is the verb, Mary is the object, good sentence. Now were going to move to the second sentence, which says the same thing in the passive voice. Mary was beaten by John. And now a whole lot has happened in one sentence. Weve gone from John beat Mary to Mary was beaten by John. Weve shifted our focus in one sentence from John to Mary, and you can see John is very close to the end of the sentence, well, close to dropping off the map of our psychic plain. The third sentence, John is dropped,...


Violent thunderstorms, golf-ball sized hail hits New South Wales, causing widespread damage "IndyWatch Feed National"

Violent thunderstorms swept through parts of New South Wales, Australia on November 5 and 6, 2017, producing strong winds, large hail, heavy rain and high elevation snow. The storms caused widespread damage and sent at least 2 people to a hospital. This is just the...... Read more


AGA Saga MkII well underway. "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

When I picked it up, it had been pulled apart by a secret society of AGA engineers member, for all its flaws to be displayed. The most obvious was the ginormous crack in the outer barrel almost certainly caused by some imbecile wrapping a copper pipe around it to make hot water; the shock of applying cold water to near red hot cast iron was simply too much for the brittle material, it must have gone with a loud bang

The internet is a wonderful thing, however, and over the years Ive made friends with other AGA officionados, swapping ideas and titbits that have at times Im sure come in handy. So when Geoff contacted me, he put a whole new slant on the internet coming to the rescue..

Geoff isnt going to convert his AGA to wood, no, hes going to run it on solar PV! Now we all know what I think of using electricity to make heat, let alone solar electricity, but Geoff is one of those clever guys who does things differently, like you know who, and he just might pull it off. Watch this space On the strength of our online discussions, Geoff even started a facebook group for anyone interested in the old stoves.

Because Geoffs AGA will not be needing a fire, he has no use for all the bits that are relevant to said fire. so he offered me his outer barrel for a price that was more than competitive than that of my usual UK source of parts. And besides, because it only needed to cross Bass Strait rather than come half way round the world, I would not have to pay the eye watering shipping fees either.



Never mind "IndyWatch Feed National"

Remember that very promising Global Atheist Conference to be held in Melbourne in February? Sadly, I just got word that the event has been canceled. I hope you didnt reserve your flight already!


The anatomy of US nervous breakdown "IndyWatch Feed National"

"This country has been having a nationwide nervous breakdown since 9/11. A nation of people suddenly broke, the market economy goes to shit, and they're threatened on every side by an unknown, sinister enemy. But I don't think fear is a very effective way of dealing with things-of responding to reality. Fear is just another word for ignorance."-Hunter S. Thompson, gonzo journalist Another shooting, another day in America. Or so it seems. With alarming regularity, the nation is being subjected to a spate of violence that terrorizes the public, destabilizes the country's fragile ecosystem, and gives the government greater justifications to crack down, lock down, and institute even more authoritarian policies for the so-called sake of national security without many objections from the citizenry. Take this latest mass shooting that took place at a small church in a small Texas town. The lone gunman-a former member of the Air Force-was dressed all in black, wearing body armor, a tactical vest and a mask, and firing an assault rifle. (Note the similarity in uniform and tactics to the nation's police forces, SWAT teams and military.) Devin Patrick Kelley, the 26-year-old gunman, had served a year in military prison for assaulting his wife and child in 2012. Domestic disputes aside, Kelley-like many of the other shooters in recent years-was described as a "regular guy" by those who knew him. This "regular" guy's shooting rampage left at least 26 people. President Trump and the Governor of Texas have chalked the shooting up to mental illness. That may well be the case here. Still, there's something to be said for the fact that this shooting bore many of the same marks of other recent attacks: the gunman appeared out of the blue without triggering any alarms, he was dressed like a soldier or militarized police officer, he was armed with military-style weapons and clearly trained in the art of killing, and the attacker died before any insight could be gained into his motives. As usual, we're left with more questions than answers and a whole lot more fear and anxiety. As The Washington Post reports, "For some, the church massacre ... reinforced a sense of unease that no place could be considered immune from possible violence after a concert ground in Las Vegas, a Walmart in Colorado, a Nashville church and a bike path in New York all became scenes of death and bloodshed over the past six weeks." That sense of unease is growing.


Will Texas Massacre Finally Get Military to Improve its Criminal Reporting System? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had an urgent question Monday about Devin Patrick Kelley, the former U.S. Air Force airman who is accused of killing 26 people worshipping at a church service yesterday: How was it that Kelley, convicted of domestic violence and discharged for bad conduct, was still able to get a gun?

By late afternoon, Abbott appeared to have his answer: the Air Force said an initial review indicated it had failed to share Kelleys criminal record with the civilian authorities, and so his conviction was never entered into the federal database used to screen potentially dangerous gun buyers. Federal laws bar felons and those convicted of domestic violence from obtaining guns.

The Air Force said it will conduct a full review of how it handled Kelleys records, as well as all relevant policies and procedures.

However, the Air Force and the militarys other armed services have known for years there were widespread problems with their reporting procedures.

A 2015 Pentagon report found the military was failing to provide crucial information to the FBI in about 30 percent of a sample of serious cases handled in military courts.

Defense Department investigators looked at cases involving 1,102 service members convicted of serious and often violent offenses between 2010 and 2012. Officials in the three branches scrutinized by investigators the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force failed to submit fingerprints to the FBI in more than 300 cases. The services did not give the FBI criminal history information in 334 instances.

The Pentagon report found that the Air Force did not submit the fingerprints of at least 110 convicted airmen during the period between 2010 and 2012. Its not clear yet whether Kelley was one of the 110 airmen reflected in that report, but he certainly could have been.

Kelley was found guilty in 2012 of choking and kicking his wife and striking his young son hard enough to fracture his skull, according to interviews and military documents. He was also accused of threatening his wife four times with a gun. Those charges were withdrawn by prosecutors after Kelleys arraignment.

In the response to the 2015 Pentagon report, Air Force officials said they were instituting plans to improve their collection and sharing of fingerprints and other data related to offenders.

Any such plan developed and or implemented by t...


What do you do when you're a loser "IndyWatch Feed National"

So what happens when you're a loser at sport?

First of all it pays to be a man or rather you pay to become a woman.

Because you know that men and women are not really equal, where you can run those 'girls' over on the field like a freight train.

Don't forget to bash people if they are insensitive towards your 'needs' (to win at sport by cheating).

Let's not forget the classic "I'm a woman born in a man's body"

Uuuummm, no, your desire to cheat crosses no boundaries.

The corporate media tells us that the footballer was dropped "controversially".

So, on one's BIRTH CERTIFICATE is a statement of your Sex, in this case being a MALE, as shown in example;

Thanks for playing, good bye a$$hole !!! !!! !!!

On a side note, not very important one, how does that book go again?

Genesis 5:2 He created them male and female.

Where is this Dr. God impostor, who tries to 'fix' the Creator's work... meh!

P.S If you're in Melbourne today,
don't forget that the savages are celebrating the floggin' of the horse festival.


Moving Forward 11.06.17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

The mainstream media is claiming that Detroit is making a comeback. But questions remain, who is the city making a comeback for and who is paying the price for this comeback?  We are joined today by Abayomi Azikiwe to answer these pressing questions. Abayomi Azikiwe is the editor of the Pan-African News Wire, an electronic press agency that was founded ...

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Pacific Islanders call for Australia not to fund Adani coalmine "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The village of Eita in Kiribati in 2015. Residents of endangered Pacific islands want the Australian government to stop funding Adanis Carmichael coalmine. Photograph: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images

Caritas says thousands face threats to their wellbeing, livelihoods and their very existence due to rising sea levels

Naaman Zhou | The Guardian | 31 October 2017 

Pacific Islanders whose homes face eradication by rising sea levels have called on Australia to not fund the Adani Carmichael coalmine, as a new report reveals the worsening impact of climate change across Oceania.

Residents of the endangered islands have described their forced displacement as like having your heart ripped out of your chest as they called on the Australian government to do more to co...


PNG court to rule on detention centre case "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Refugees securing a recently damaged perimeter fence at the Manus Island immigration detention centre in Papua New Guinea, Monday, October 30, 2017. Photo: AAP Image/Refugee Action Coalition

Refugees securing a recently damaged perimeter fence at the Manus Island immigration detention centre in Papua New Guinea, Monday, October 30, 2017. Photo: AAP Image/Refugee Action Coalition


The Papua New Guinea Supreme Court is set to hand down a decision on whether authorities must resume electricity, food, medical care and water supplies to the mothballed Manus Island detention centre.

Almost 600 starving refugees and asylum seekers have been barricaded inside the centre for the past week.

They are adamant its safer to remain than risk being attacked by locals at the new accommodation near the main township.

Ben Lomai, the lawyer for the group, lodged an application in the PNG Supreme Court on Monday arguing for services and utilities to be restored based on human rights grounds.

You cannot deny someone the necessities of life, Mr Lomai told AAP from Port Moresby.

The application also seeks to block the PNG immigration department from transferring the group to unsecured alternative accommodation and restrains the defence force from forcibly evicting people.

The court is expected to hand down its decision at 9.30am (1030 AEDT) in Port Moresby.

The PNG defence force has blocked boats of Manus locals from dropping off food and supplies to the refugees and asylum seekers.

PNG Immigration Minister Petrus Thomas insists its no longer possible to restore services to the detention centre, urging its inhabitants to leave.

Mr Petrus says it isnt simply a case of reconnecting the water or electricity at the mothballed facility, which was officially closed on Tuesday last week.

There is no service provider to deliver services and more significantly, as services are available at the new facilities, there is no need for services to be reconnected, he said in a statement.



Last day to submit same-sex marriage vote "IndyWatch Feed National"

Byron Mayor Simon Richardson addresses Byron Bay's YES rally for marriage equality on Sunday, October 8. Photo Jeff Poole

Byron Mayor Simon Richardson addresses Byron Bays YES rally for marriage equality on Sunday, October 8. Photo Jeff Poole


Australians are running out of time to have their say, with postal voting no longer an option.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics will be receiving votes until 4.30pm on Tuesday but if the forms have not been posted, they will only be counted if voters return them to ABS offices directly.

A new Essential Poll in The Guardian on Tuesday poll shows suggests 64 per cent of 1792 respondents said they had ticked the yes box.

Thirty one per cent were no voters and five per cent declined to answer.

Of the 86 per cent of people who have said they voted, more were over the age of 55 (94 per cent) than people under the age of 35 (80 per cent).

Votes on Tuesday can be dropped off at ABS offices in Canberra, Sydney, Darwin, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth.

But Victorian voters should note the ABS offices in Melbournes Docklands are closed for the Melbourne Cup public holiday but the Geelong offices are still open for business.

The ABS will continue to count the votes ahead of announcing the results next Wednesday, November 15.


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MACKAY Man charged over Koumala fire "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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24hr vigil to be held at Peter Duttons office and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A 24 hour vigil for the refugees on Manus Island will be held outside Immigration Minister Peter Duttons office in Strathpine from 6pm on the Wednesday the 8th of November. (Image credit:Flickr)

The vigil is being organised by the Refugee Action Collective QLD, with over 500 people already expected to take part.

Eight people have died on Manus Island, with the closing of the facility taking place last week, a humanitarian crisis is in swing on the island.


Deforestation and Koalas top QLD election talking points

Deforestation and Koalas were the major talking point last night at the Strathpine Community centre where Environment Minister Steven Mills, alongside Greens Candidate Jason Kennedy and ALP Candidate Nikki Boyd spoke.


FixedIt: Murder is not how you end a marriage "IndyWatch Feed National"

Your Central Valley, reporting on a man who murdered his ex wife and her new boyfriend.

I dont think theres any need for commentary here, the fix is pretty much self explanatory.


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Lest We Forget The System Propped Up By Elites, Stacked Against Workers "IndyWatch Feed National"

The recent furore over political raids on the Australian Workers Union  is a reminder of what workers have fought for, and still face, writes Mark Morey.

The problem with born-to-rule conservatives is they dont respect the rule of law. If you believe you were destined to control, it doesnt leave any room for abstract notions like justice and due process.

These born-to-rule conservatives think nothing of using taxpayer millions to set up a supposedly independent watchdog and then immediately sicking it on their political enemies.

The matter the Registered Organisations Commission (ROC) is so hellbent on pursuing is a decade-old donation from the Australian Workers Union to GetUp!, which was never a secret in the first place.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250The investigation revolves around whether the correct paperwork was created and kept. It is not remotely close to a criminal matter. In fact, even if the ROCs very darkest theories are correct, it will mean the AWU will be liable of a maximum possible fine of $11,000.

However, the government thought this was deemed worthy of politicising the Australian Federal Police with a reality TV raid.

When outrage started to pour in about the use of police force to pursue such an obviously political target, Turnbulls response was pure arrogance. Rather than provide a proper explanation he simply, accused Bill Shorten of having questions to answer.

Now, as we now know, the plot is even thicker.

The office of the relevant minister, Michaelia Cash, had tipped media off about the raids, ensuring they happened in the full glare of cameras. Even more outrageously, a Fair Work Ombudsman media advisor with prior knowledge of the raids was in the process of transferring to work in Cashs office.

Before he toppled Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull promised to restore proper Cabinet governance. Clearly that does not extend to ministerial responsibility, separation of powers, and avoiding perceptions of conflicting interests.

This whole affair is a warning to us about the fragility of our system. But its not the first.

Last week, the Rail, Tram and Bus Union gathered at the Eveleigh Carriageworks, to commemorate the Great Strike of 1917 the greatest industrial upheaval Australia has known.

More than 70,000 workers took part in processions and demonstrations in Sydney and across New South Wales over a 10-week period.

Merv Flanagan, a member of the Carters Union was part of a protest opposite...


The first world-class blockchain cryptocurrency application project in Korea ENT as supporting partner to the TAEYANG 2017 World Tour WHITE NIGHT "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Macao, 6 November 2017) TAEYANG, Korean superstar and one of BIGBANGs members, hosted his World Tour WHITE NIGHT in MACAO on 21 October. ENT, a brand-new payment platform using cryptocurrency backed by Blockchain technology, is announced as a supporting partner to the TAEYANG 2017 World Tour WHITE NIGHT. It shows further recognition of ENT from mainstream entertainment enterprises after supporting G-Dragons concert in Europe. In the press conference, ENT announced the launch of ENT Cash, which will be a brand-new payment method to purchase concert tickets.

ENT is a world-class blockchain technology based cryptocurrency project in Korea. This project is initiated by Aimhigh Global (KOSDAQ043580), a leading Korean listed entertainment company. Clara, popular actress and model in Korea, has already agreed to engage in the ENT ecosystem. It is expected that more world renowned celebrities will take part in the project as the ecosystem grows. Mr. Wang Xue, Chairman of Aimhigh Global, commented, ENT Cash is well positioned to become a preferred payment method in the entertainment industry. The celebrity worshipping and its viral effect also facilitate the application of ENT.

As a blockchain application, all the data in the ENT chain can be traced, which keeps all activities open and transparent. The cryptocurrency will first be applied to the sales of concert tickets and related merchandise. It will be subsequently integrated with smart contracts, credit systems and social networking platform. ENT will establish a full range of entertainment ecosystem, including a unified digital payment solution with ENT Cash, as well as a live-stream broadcast platform.

Capitalizing on Blockchain technologys advantages of decentralization and distributed computing advantages, ENT can close the loophole of the existing currency and payment system, which will in turn create payment needs by tapping into the entertainment business.

Celebrities can issue their own ENT Cash that supports the sales of all entertainment related goods, such as concert tickets, music albums and celebrities performance fees. The Smart contract platform supports ENT Cash to l be used as an exclusive payment method for the celebritys commercial activities. The social networking platform, embedded with payments function, is transparent and trustworthy as it is traceable and decentralized.

As the technical support partner for ENT, INK will utilize Blockchain technology to maximize the advantages of ENT Cash by developing high quality features. ENT will also open its source code, so that more engineers can be involved in the development and maintenance of the code.

Hcash Foundation, the organization behind Australias first public blockchain project, also announced to provide technical support to ENT. Hcash has technic...


OPINION: Charles Waterstreet Is Not The Victim Here "IndyWatch Feed National"

The furore engulfing one of Sydneys most prominent criminal barristers has brought out the inevitable calls for the actual victims to shoulder the blame, write Seb Starcevic and Nina Funnell.

During Thursday nights taping of The Bolt Report, The Australian columnist and mens rights groupie Bettina Arndt gave her take on the spate of sexual harassment allegations levelled against high-profile Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet, as published by New Matilda.

And, predictably, it was a doozy.

Shop-Sparkke-Consent-300-x-250Calling the accusations a witch hunt, Arndt questioned whether the whistleblowers (a combination of law students and paralegals who worked for Waterstreet) were being vindictive, and guilty of waging a dangerous campaign in coming forward with their experiences.

She suggested the burden of blame was on those who Waterstreet allegedly victimised for not doing their due diligence and reading the fine print before setting out to work with him.

Apparently if youre a young woman hoping to break into Sydneys legal fraternity like 21-year-old law student Tina Huang who claims she was shown a masturbation video during her job interview with Waterstreet then its unreasonable to expect not to be sexually harassed by your boss at some point.

Tina Huang, a 21-year-old law student who led the call out of Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet.Tina Huang, a 21-year-old law student who led the call out of Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet.

Confusingly, Arndt then went on to ask why one of the women chose to stay in such a toxic environment, which she called dancing with the devil. Because theres no reason why someone at the beginning of their legal career might feel like they have no choice but to acquiesce and endure the unwanted advances of a wildly powerful figure at the risk of being ostracised by their industry.

Nope, thats definitely never happened before.

As Arndt opined:

Whenever [Waterstreet] writes something he mentions the women hes seduced, hes always dropping in his sexual references, he loves outraging people about sexual content. And these young women, law students, dont do any due diligence to find out this mans history? Theres an Archibald painting of Charles Waterstreet with naked women crawling up his legs. I mean, it wouldnt be hard to discover......


Even if I felt like praying, now Im too terrified to try "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was reading this thing by Hans Fiene you know, this Hans Fiene:

Hans Fiene is a Lutheran pastor in Illinois and the creator of Lutheran Satire, a series of comical videos intended to teach the Lutheran faith.

Hes writing about the latest mass murder in which a gunmen slaughtered people in a church. Hes explaining that this is not the time to be criticizing religion for the failure of prayer to protect them.

However, we should all recognize that pointing to a couple dozen warm corpses and saying, Fat lot of good your Jebus-begging did you is an act of profound ugliness.

OK, OK, I can see his point. This is a tragedy, and its a little unfair to chastise the dead for the failure of their faith. I could agree that maybe this is an appropriate time for empathy, rather than mockery. But waitthat isnt his point at all.

When those saints of First Baptist Church were murdered yesterday, God wasnt ignoring their prayers. He was answering them.

Say what?

It may seem, on the surface, that God was refusing to give such protection to his Texan children. But we are also praying that God would deliver us from evil eternally. Through these same words, we are asking God to deliver us out of this evil world and into his heavenly glory, where no violence, persecution, cruelty, or hatred will ever afflict us again.

So those dead church-goers were praying for God to kill them? Dude, that is fucked up. If its bad for atheists to mock the sincerity of the faithful, its also bad to pretend that the deceased were praying for their demise, and God was being nice by sending a gunman to blow them away.

Next, he talks about how Jesus was mocked by the priests and then killed.

Yet God proved his sons divinity by, three days later, lifting him up out of the death those men gave him. Despite the chief priests, elders, and scribes doing all they could to silence the one who claimed to be the savior of the world, God turned their hatred into the catalyst of the worlds salvation.

Twenty six people were killed on Sunday. So we can expect them to rise from the dead on, oh, Tuesday?

Despite the horror that madman made the saints of First Baptist endure, those who endured it with faith in Christ have received his victory. Althoug...


Indigenous peoples are the best guardians of worlds biodiversity "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

UN Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, a Kankanaey Igorot woman from the Philippines. Photograph: Pierre Suu/Getty Images for UNDP

Interview with UN Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz to mark the International Day of the Worlds Indigenous Peoples

David Hill | The Guardian | 9 August 2017 

Today is the United Nations (UN) International Day of the Worlds Indigenous Peoples, numbering an estimated 370 million in 90 countries and speaking roughly 7,000 languages. To mark it, the Guardian interviews Kankanaey Igorot woman Victoria Tauli-Corpuz about the UNs Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which she calls historic and was adopted 10 years ago.

Tauli-Corpuz, from the Philippines, was Chair of the UN Permanent Forum of Indigenous Issues when the Declaration was adopted, and is currently the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In this interview, conducted via...


But Islams Not A Race: Michael Brull Destroys The Islamophobes Fave Comeback "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its the new Im not racist but, but with an Islamic twist. And its no less ridiculous, writes Michael Brull.

Anyone who has been on the internet and witnessed far right goons, New Atheist cultists, or the lawyers of Channel 7 would be familiar with how the argument goes.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250Person A says something heinous about Muslims. Reply: isnt that a bit racist? Person A leans back triumphantly, knowing theyre about to clinch the argument. Obviously, Person A proudly explains, I cant be racist against Muslims. Islam isnt a race, its a religion.

Whenever this argument is made and it is made constantly on the internet there is the same sense that the argument has just been settled. I imagine it is repeated constantly in the echo chambers of the far right, giving it the status of an axiom among those who have heard the same assertion endlessly.

It presents a kind of surface plausibility. After all, it is true that criticising religion isnt the same as criticising a racial group. One can in good faith reasonably say that the miracles attested to by a religion have not been proven, or subject the ethics of a religion to secular humanist critique.

However, despite its surface plausibility, the argument is facile garbage. Let us test this argument against some of the most widely accepted examples of racist governments around the world.

It is hard to think of many cases of governments more widely recognised as racist than Apartheid South Africa. It may seem straightforward to the Islam-is-not-a-Race-Brigade that the Apartheid government was racist, unlike critics of Islam. But think about it for a moment longer. The Apartheid government also oppressed those it classified as Coloured people of mixed descent.


Was that racist? Sure, maybe black Africans in South Africa constituted a race but could people of mixed descent? Coloured people could have different mixes of Indian, black and white descent. How could they be a race if they came from different racial and ethnic backgrounds?

So under this argument, the Apartheid government was being racist when it discriminated against black people. But when it oppressed Coloured people who again, were not a race was it something else, somet...


Solomon Islands PM Sogavare voted out "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare was ousted in Mondays motion of no confidence, warranting the election of a new Prime Minister along with the formation of the new government soon.

The 10 Members of the Opposition and Independent Group together with the 17 deserters of the Democratic Coalition for Change Government (DCCG) who joined their fold stuck together till the motion was voted on and passed late on Monday.

The 10 Opposition and Independent Group MPs and the 17 MPs who switched from the government to join them were: Jeremiah Manele, Rick Hou, Steve Abana, Connelly Sandakabatu, Peter Tom, Dr Culwick Togamana, Dr Derek Sikua, Matthew Wale, Douglas Ete, Bodo Dettke, Derick Manuari, Manasseh Maelanga, Danny Philip, Snyder Rini, Moffat Fugui, David Dei Pacha, Chris Laore, Jimmy Lusibaea, Alfred Ghiro, Sam Idurii, Martin Kealoe, Samson Maneka, Namson Tran, David Tome, Lionel Alex, Charles Sigoto and Elijah Doromuala.

The Prime Minister maintained the support of the 22 ministers and backbenchers who remained with him since the mass resignation the previous weekend until the end.

They are; John Maneniaru, Peter Shanel, Stanley Sofu, Dudley Kopu, Augustine Auga, Milner Tozaka, William Marau, Freda Tuki, Ishmael Avui, John Dean Kuku, Samuel Manetoali, Nestor Giro, Moses Garu, Dr Tautai Kaituu Angikimua, Silas Tausinga, Andrew Manepora, Bartholomew Parapolo, Dickson Mua, Commins Mewa, Jimson Tanangada, Jackson Fiulaua and Bradley Tovosia.

Mover of the motion, the Independent Group Leader Dr Derek Sikua, before moving the motion asked Sogavare to resign stating that he no longer enjoys the majority support of Parliament or face the humiliation of going through the motion.

But an adamant Sogavare opted to face the motion saying he wanted Parliament to discuss the reasons warranting his removal because motion was triggered by the mass resignation of government ministers and backbenchers to the opposition.

With the response by the East Choiseul MP, Dr Derek Sikua proceeded with the motion.

Dr Sikua said the MPs who switched to the Opposition have not taken the decision to exit the Sogavare-led Democratic Coalition for Change Government (DCCG) without proper consideration and reflection on what has happened over the last three years under the leadership of the East Choiseul MP.

He said the MPs did not resign from the government because...


Southerly swells pound NSW coast "IndyWatch Feed National"


urfers take advantage of offshore winds and large swell at Collaroy on the northern beaches of Sydney, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Huge seas continue to pound the east coast of Australia following a huge storm system that caused major flooding and damage to a number of beachfront homes. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

urfers take advantage of offshore winds and large swell at Collaroy on the northern beaches of Sydney, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Huge seas continue to pound the east coast of Australia following a huge storm system that caused major flooding and damage to a number of beachfront homes. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

SYDNEY 07/11/2017 03:31:18 AM [AAP]

Huge southerly swells will pound the NSW coastline after a day of storm activity, with lifeguards urging caution around the water.

Surf Life Saving NSW says the hazardous conditions could last for 48 hours and has issued a warning for coastal areas from the Eden Coast through to Taree on the Lower North Coast.

The swell was expected to peak with the incoming tide mid-morning on Tuesday and waves in excess of three meters could hit some areas.

NSW Lifesaving Manager Matt du Plessis urged beachgoers to plan their visit at a patrolled location.

Our emergency call-out teams are able to respond to coastal emergencies, but it will take time for them to reach you, he said in a statement.

A series of severe thunderstorms swept across the state on Monday afternoon, with the Hunter Region among the worst-hit areas.

Two people were taken to hospital in Kurri Kurri after the towns community centre and library had its roof torn off and the SES worked well into the night clearing a list of hundreds of requests for help across the state.

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Fiji calls for urgent climate action "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Fiji has launched the UN's climate change conference with a plea for the world to do more to protect its most vulnerable people.

Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama - whose country holds the Conference of Parties (COP23) presidency - said the need for urgency was obvious.

All over the world vast numbers of people are suffering, bewildered by the forces ranged against them, he told the conference's opening session on Monday in Bonn, citing destructive hurricanes, fires, floods and droughts 

The world must not back away from committing to the more ambitious target outlined in the landmark 2015 Paris agreement on climate action - limiting warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels - rather than simply chasing the more widely agreed two-degree target, he said.

Our collective plea for the world is to maintain the course we set in Paris, said Bainimarama, referring to the 196-nation treaty inked in 2015.

If we don't rise to the challenge, we will definitely fall short and expose our people to more risk, more destruction and more suffering.

This is our moment of truth when all of us in this room will be tested. We must not be found wanting, Bainimarama said.

The World Meteorological Organisation says the global temperature has already risen 1.1 degrees.

The organisation's Secretary-general Petteri Taalas said the latest science indicated that as things were now, the world was on track to warm by 3-5 degrees - well above the level considered acceptable - and the trend of increasing natural disasters would likely continue until the 2060s.

One of Fiji's key aims for the conference is to establish a Talanoa dialogue - named for the Pacific Islands' spirit of open and constructive debate - to culminate in plans at COP24 in Poland in 2018 for how countries can increase their ambitions to cut emissions.

Fiji's chief negotiator Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan hoped it would result in a roadmap not just for new formal commitments but for an increase in ambition more generally.

This is a story not just about pre-2020 but ... to see how hard we need to work to make progress, she told reporters.

The head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change - the body that underpins the Paris agreement - said the conference had never before met with a greater sense of urgency.

The message...


Five Reasons Not To Spray The Bugs In Your Garden This Summer "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Lizzy Lowe, Macquarie University; Cameron Webb, University of Sydney, and Kate Umbers, Western Sydney University

The weather is getting warmer, and gardens are coming alive with bees, flies, butterflies, dragonflies, praying mantises, beetles, millipedes, centipedes, and spiders.

For some of us it is exciting to see these strange and wonderful creatures return. For others, its a sign to contact the local pest control company or go to the supermarket to stock up on sprays.

But while some bugs do us very few favours like mozzies, snails and cockroaches killing all insects and bugs isnt always necessary or effective. It can also damage ecosystems and our own health.

There are times when insecticides are needed (especially when pest populations are surging or the risk of disease is high) but you dont have to reach for the spray every time. Here are five good reasons to avoid pesticides wherever possible, and live and let live.

1. Encourage the bees and butterflies, enjoy more fruits and flowers



Its HSC-you later for NSW students "IndyWatch Feed National"


School is finally out for Year 12 students across the state who can now turn their minds to celebrating as the Higher School Certificate comes to an end.

More than 77,000 NSW students sat a total of 117 different exams during the gruelling three-and-a-half week HSC period, which will wrap up on Tuesday afternoon.

NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes congratulated students who had completed their exams and urged them to take time to celebrate before making important decisions about their futures.

You began these exams three-and-a-half weeks ago as students, youve now finished as young adults enjoy the new freedoms this will afford you, but also embrace the responsibilities that come with it, he said in a statement on Tuesday.

Marking of the 420,000 exam papers submitted is already well underway at nine centres across the state.

Students will receive their results via SMS and email on December 14.

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The appointment of former Assistant Commissioner of Police, Thomas Eluh, as the Acting Provincial Administrator of Southern Highlands Province will not go down well with many of us who have been following him closely in his commitment to combat corruption as a police officer. He was appointed by the National Executive Council on 2nd November 2017.

The NEC decision comes a week after Mr Eluhs court challenge against his dismissal from the police force was handed down. Although the National Court Invalidated Police Commissioner Gari Bakis decision to dismiss Mr Eluh from the Force, the Court refused to reinstate Mr Eluh which effectively puts Eluh on the street as an ordinary person.

When I heard the NEC decision news, the first thing that came to mind was Eluh has now been compromised, just like many others. Instead of taking my judgmental rant to social media, as usual, I decided to do some background check on Eluh. You have to know the person and the facts before making quick judgements.


Mr Eluh is a decorated police officer with an unblemished record for over 40 years. He has prosecutions and CID backgrounds no ordinary cop! He also got a diploma in Prosecutions.

He was the one who prosecuted Prime Minister Peter ONeill concerning the NPF saga. He was the one who served the arrest warrant on Prime Minister ONeill on 16 June 2014 in relation to the ongoing Paraka Lawyers saga. He was the one who arrested and charged the Chief Justice, Sir Salamo Injia pertaining to the deceased estate of late Justice Hinchliffe during the political impasse period between 2011/2012. He was the one who arrested and charged former Prime Minister Bill Skate concerning some fraud at NCDC. So Thomas Eluh is no ordinary cop. Hes got the guts to do his job, even risking his own job.

Eluh is well respected within the constabulary and viewed by many to be the next Commissioner of Police who could restore the constabulary to its glory days.

Since 20th June 2014, only 4 days after he served the arrest warrant on PM ONeill, Thomas Eluh was removed from his post as the ACP Crimes. Until two weeks ago, he has been on the sidelines of the constabulary. His skills and expertise were never utilized during this period, suffice to give moral support to Mr Matthew Damaru, Timothy Gitua and the National Fraud Squad team to contin.....



It Takes All Types (of Housing) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nathaniel Barrett is a Strong Towns member and advocate who lives in Dallas, Texas. We're pleased to feature this guest article from Nathaniel.

Rooming houses like these are mostly only found in old photographs today. (Source: State Library of Queensland)

Rooming houses like these are mostly only found in old photographs today. (Source: State Library of Queensland)

The toothpaste industry is incredibly segmented and tailored to meet the financial needs of the buyer. I personally like spending as little as possible on a bottle of toothpaste but others like to make sure their teeth get the finest whitening and baking soda available, and toothpaste purveyors are happy to oblige. Why isnt housing allowed this same flexibility in offerings?

Market Urbanism, one of my favorite websites on urban issues, ran a piece on The Need for Low-Quality Housing an excellent exploration of why it takes all levels of quality to serve a society with very diverse needs and how this can exist even without filtering of new housing down to affordable levels because, when allowed to do so, developers can and will build low-quality housing.

When I use the term low-quality housing I mean housing that fulfills the most basic requirements of safety, health, and protection from the elements. Most of this kind of housing has been banned by those in power whether they were well-meaning (the poor shouldnt have to live in anything less than the middle class) or not (poor people are unpleasant so lets ban the places they congregate). The sad truth is that, regardless of motives, the ban on low-quality housing has hurt most of those who it was supposed to help.

I contrast this low-quality housing (housing built with the most budget sensitive people in mind) with Affordable Housing which has come to mean something rather...

Manus Island: A crime of the heart "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Manus Island: A crime of the heartEvents on Manus Island reflect a a total collapse of our collective capacity for empathy, compassion and human generosity, writes Dr Jennifer Wilson. read now...


Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to my thirteen nominees! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty

The rules of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you dont have time; or dont accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated...


Only a bad soldier doesnt dream of being a general Russian boxing world champ Dmitry Bivol "IndyWatch Feed National"

Russian boxing world champion Dmitry Bivol is fast becoming one of the most talked-about fighters not only within hardcore boxing circles, but around the world.

With a relaxed and humble demeanor, maturity, and solid boxing skills, the 26-year-old Bivol has quickly established a solid fanbase, which is rapidly growing in size and fervor.

In short, more and more people are paying to see the Kyrgyz-born, St. Petersburg-based fighter practice his trade.

Following a standout stint in the amateurs, Bivol has been carving out a path for himself in the paid ranks, where he currently holds an unbeaten 11-0 record. He has thus far been guided by Russian-American manager Vadim Kornilov, and has consequently fought in his home country and stateside, picking up the World Boxing Association (WBA) interim title on along the way.

Last month, Bivol was elevated to full WBA champ, joining only countrymen Murat Gassiev and Denis Lebedev as Russian world title holders. With his career is still very much in its fledgling stages, Bivol holds the distinction of having won a light heavyweight world title with the fewest fights.

READ MORE: Russian boxer Bivol gets Australian test in Monaco for WBA light heavyweight world title

Saturdays fight, under the bright lights of Monaco, against Trent Broadhurst, the challenger from Australia with a solid but not spectacular 20-1 record, will be his first voluntary defense of the title he won outside the ring.

Speaking from his training base in Monte Carlo, Bivol talked to RT Sport about his idols, ambitions, newfound cult favorite status, and will to dominate the division for years to come.

RT Sport: Right now, there is only Murat Gassiev and Denis Lebedev from Russia who have world championship belts. How much of an honor would it be for you to join their company?

Dmitry Bivol: In actual fact, I dont really dwell on such things as how many champions we have in Russia. I dont worry about it. For me, its important to just be champion that in itself is great. And to criticize us for how many of us there are I dont reall...


100,000 Americans Die Each Year from Prescription Drugs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: 100,000 Americans Die Each Year from Prescription Drugs For more content like this visit

By Daniela Perdomo Prescription drugs taken as directed kill 100,000 Americans a year. Thats one person every five minutes. How did we get here? How many people do you know who regularly use a prescription medication? If your social group is like most Americans, the answer is most. Sixty-five percent of the country takes a prescription drug []

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Survey Polls American Awareness of Cryptocurrencies and ICOs "IndyWatch Feed National"


In October 2017, LendEDU, a marketplace for financing loans, credit cards and other financial products, polled 1,000 Americans asking a series of questions related to Ethereum, Ripple and initial coin offerings (ICOs). They did this to gain insight into the average Americans perception of cryptocurrency. The poll was conducted by online polling company OnePoll, which acted as a third party and was able to provide an age and gender breakdown of respondents. The poll was answered by 1,000 Americans ages 18 and up over two days, from October 27 to 30.


At the time of writing, with a market capitalization of $28.49 billion, Ethereum is the second-largest cryptocurrency, about one-fourth the market capitalization of Bitcoin. Since the start of 2017, the price of ether has grown from $7.98 to $298.

  • 31.60 percent of Americans have heard of Ethereum and 18.20 percent of Americans are planning to invest in ether (ETH)

The survey showed that American awareness of Ethereum trends toward a younger (millennial) demographic with 58.49 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 having heard of the cryptocurrency and 32.08 percent of the same demographic planning to invest in Ethereum as an asset for the future.

47 percent less Americans have heard of Ethereum compared to Bitcoin based on a LendEDU survey conducted a month prior on Bitcoin. When asked whether or not they would invest in either cryptocurrency as an asset for the future, Americans 2534 showed the most interest. The number of these respondents saying they would invest in Bitcoin was only 6.68 percent greater than those saying they would invest in Ethereum.......


Five Palestinians bodies recovered from tunnel bombing after Israeli court ignores emergency rescue petition "IndyWatch Feed National"

Israeli authorities announced on Sunday evening that Israeli forces recovered the bodies of five missing Palestinians who had been trapped, without access to rescue crews, in a tunnel bombed by Israeli forces on Oct. 30.

A total of 12 Gazans were killed, and 12 more injured in this most recent attack on Gazas tunnel infrastructure.

Official Palestinian medical crews attempted to get permission to safely enter Israels buffer zone, in Gaza in order to try and rescue the five who were reported missing in the bombing, but were unable to get permission to enter. The buffer zone is a 300 meter area stretching along the Gaza side of the Israeli-Gaza border, which routinely comes under Israeli military fire and is prohibited to Palestinians.

While the Islamic Jihad movement, of which some of the dead were associated with, announced the death of the first five two days after the bombing, there was still standing hope that some of the people in the tunnel could have been alive, since no remains had been unearthed. Hamas and the Islamic Jihad initially sent in an unofficial rescue crew, local media reported, but the team was killed in a second explosion of the tunnel, which brought the death toll to 12.

After the bombing Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel and the Gaza-based Al Mezan Center for Human Rights initially filed a petition demanding official Palestinian emergency responders be allowed to carry out a rescue mission in the buffer zone. The petition was filed with the Israeli Supreme Court on Nov. 2 on behalf of Hassan Abdel Jalil Sbahi, the father of one of the then-missing people in the tunnel.

While Adalah Attorney Muna Haddad wrote in the Supreme Court petition that an urgent hearing should have been held, as peoples lives are at stake, the petition for the emergency rescue was left unanswered for four days. Only on Sunday, when Israeli forces announced five dead bodies had been recovered from the rubble, did Adalah and Al Mezan withdraw the request.

Haddad said preventing rescue crews from entering the bombed area when people were known to be trapped in rubble, could constitute a war crime.

Preventing the location and rescue of missing persons in the area currently under Israeli military control is a blatantly illegal policy, which he said is contrary to the laws of war and humanitarian law which are anchored in the Geneva Conventions.

The Gaza Strip has been under siege by both I...


First Fossil award shines a ray on everyone taking #climateaction at #COP23 @takvera "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bonn, Germany: The first Climate Action Network (CAN) Fossil of the Day award at the UN Climate Conference COP23 was a small Ray of the Day. There is a certain leader who is on everyones mind at this UN Climate Conference, so the first CAN Fossil of the Day award is actually an award for []

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Day to Day Politics: 2018 looks like a repeat of 2017 for Turnbull. "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 If you are one of those folk who think that having put aside all the contentious issues of 2017: marriage equality, immigration, Manus and citizenship that Malcolm Turnbull will triumphantly burst into 2018 without a worry in the world, then you are wrong. He and his government are now perceived

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Australian imam says women need to wear the hijab because men can't control their sexual urges "IndyWatch Feed National"

A hardline Islamic leader says women need to wear the hijab so men can control their sexual urges. Queensland Muslim leader Sheikh Zainadine Johnson has weighed into sex scandals surrounding Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein to advise women on the need to cover up. 'Men should be able to control themselves. This is a common argument against the Islamic hijab,' he told his Facebook followers. 'I totally agree, they should be able to control themselves, however facts show many don't, this is why a hijab is necessary for women.' The Muslim-convert and Sharia law advocate, who used to play in a band, followed this up with a sermon urging women to avoid wearing bracelets out in public. 'There's no problem with a female wearing a gold bracelet and making herself look beautiful as long as it's underneath her hijab or at home, no problem,' he told the Logan City Mosque south of Brisbane on Friday night. 'In front of her husband, no problem. But on the streets wearing it? No. 'In front of the people, this is not what's permissible.'


From the Battle of Beersheba to the War on Syria: Australia Is Complicit in Israels Crimes "IndyWatch Feed National"

By David Macilwain | American Herald Tribune | November 6, 2017 On a sunny Saturday morning in late December 2008, new police recruits were gathered outside the town hall in Gaza city for their graduation ceremony. Tensions were high in the strip because of persistent threats from the IDF that they would strike hard against []


Can We Finally Be Death Defying? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here is yet another day of sadness and anger after yet another mass shooting.  Once again, it seems, all we are going to do is offer thoughts and prayers and we all know how effective that is.

The first thing we need to do is to get our terminology straight.  You cant make a proper prescription without an accurate diagnosis.  We absolutely have to stop this brown person equals terrorism and white person equals random unpredictable event.  Neither is true.

If I can make a modest proposal, lets make terrorism a very specific kind of event.  We should define terrorism as the result of an actual conspiracy among several people with real connections to a political or religious group that uses violence as part of its strategy.

A mafia hit, gang violence are not terrorism.  A guy with an ISIS flag in his room, someone who read Al Queda propaganda online are not terrorists.  Why?  Diagnosis and prescription.  If terrorism consists of group conspiracies, then it becomes an intelligence and policing function to prevent it.  We need to identify and penetrate terrorist cells, much in the same way we try to prevent organized crime violence.  We certainly wont be 100% successful, but at least we know in what direction to apply our resources.  I think we would be able to reasonably judge our successes and failures in this area and be able to learn from those efforts.  We can work hard to break the connections within the organizations.

So-called lone wolf attacks are an entirely different phenomenon, I think.  Yes, at some level they can be religiously or politically motivated, but they are not actually connected in any real way to an organization.  Something inside them makes them decide that killing people is some way to solve something.

This makes psychology and gun control more critical in thinking about and hopefully preventing these kind of situations.

When I say psychology, I mean psychological research.  While it might be said that anyone who decides to more or less randomly kill strangers must be mentally ill in some way, it does not seem to be the case that mass shooters are actively psychotic.  It does not seem that the bad voices are pushing them to action.  I dont know what is pushing them and I dont think anyone does.  I have no earthly idea of how to conduct research this area, but we need to do something.

When commits a mass killing in the name of Islam, we often speak of radicalization, but I think it is a mistake to limit our thinking to that.  Whether it is ISIS propaganda, or Info Wars (Pizza-Gate) or a persons own obsessive thoughts, something moves them to think that killing people is the answer to whatever problems they see.  If we could figure out what that something is, perhaps we could prevent some of these incide...


15 Of The Most Unhinged Responses To The Texas Church Massacre Yet "IndyWatch Feed National"

At least 26 people were murdered and another 20 were injured by a gunman who opened fire at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday. Among those killed was 14-year-old Annabelle Renee Pomeroy, who was pastor Frank Pomeroys youngest daughter.

In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in the Lone Star states history, a lot of idiots on the Internet have decided to say a lot of totally unhinged things. Heres 15 of the most insane responses so far.

1. Praying Is For Losers

Many have wasted no time to point out that the parishioners who were gunned down on Sunday were sitting in a pew inside of a church when they were killed a fact they have falsely equated to mean that prayer and faith are totally invalid. You can read why this logic is totally insane and get a quick primer on the basic tenants of Christianity here.

2. Dont Pray. Dont Think.

Prayer isnt a magic invisibility cloak that shields you from all evil and danger. In fact, the opposite is more often true. Jesus told his followers they would be hated, scorned and face difficulties even death for their decision to worship and obey him. Being a faithful Christian means facing certain difficulty, even death, an aspect of life Jesus himself did not attempt to hide from his followers.

3. Suggesting Prayer Makes You A Monster

Apparently Rep. Paul Ryans assertion to pray for the victims of the horrible tragedy was just too much for many to handle.


AR-15: The Perfect Killer "IndyWatch Feed National"

(TFC)  Why is the AR-15 used in so many mass shootings? The answer might surprise you.

Its not a matter of lethality, power, or design. Its sheer numbers. Take the four minutes to kill a debate that shouldnt be happening. If you want to address the problem, maybe focus on why a rifle modeled after a military weapon is so popular in the first place. A nation that glorifies violence and war, will have domestic violence and war.

Operation Cook, 8 September 1967, Quang Ngai Province, Republic of Vietnam: PFC Michael J. Mendoza (Piedmont, CA.) fires is M-16 rifle into a suspected Viet Cong occupied area. PFC Mendoza was a rifleman with A Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Brigade
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For more reading, read the The facts that neither side wants to admit about gun control


NGOs: Genome Editing Not the Answer to World Hunger "IndyWatch Feed National"

Via   Genome editing is not the answer to world hunger because a shortage of food isnt the problem, says a group of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) surveyed by the University of Nottingham. This is one of three... Read More

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Juan Williams: The shame of Trumps enablers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Juan Williams: The shame of Trump's enablers
Greg Nash

Congressional committees on national security once stood as the gold standard for American politics.

This is where our most respected politicians put aside party politics in service to the nations best interests.

So, how do you explain the naked politicization of national security now taking place in both the House and Senate?The answer begins with President Trump. It is old news that Trump plays loose with facts.

What is new and chilling is witnessing senior Republican senators and congressmen debase themselves to play along with Trump in the name of party loyalty.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) is the prime example of a politician abandoning an esteemed role on Capitol Hill to become a Trump stooge, gladly sinking in the morass of the presidents alternative facts.

In April, Nunes was forced to recuse himself from the investigation of Russias interference in the 2016 presidential election after he backed Trumps bogus claim that President Obama had wiretapped him at Trump Tower.



Koala Crashes Open House, Real Estate Agent Gets A Bunch Of Offers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Help doesn't often drop down from above for people toiling away at their jobs, but a real estate agent in Adelaide, Australia, was lucky enough to get some freelance assistance recently from a koala. 

Credit: Stuart Costello

Stuart Costello, an agent with Magain Real Estate, was showing a house in Belair on Saturday when the little guy showed up. 

It was towards the end and he was standing on the back balcony," Costello told The Advertiser. "He wandered up through the backyard, through the carport, to the front yard where he stopped for a bit and then headed up a tree."

The appearance helped underscore an advantage of living in the area charismatic, fluffy wildlife. It was spot-on timing," Costello said. "It is what you go to Belair for the nature, and it was a nice way to see what you get firsthand.

Credit: Stuart Costello

Costello, who ended up receiving several offers for the house that day, managed to shoot a quick video of the koala, which he posted to Facebook, adding: "Good turn out at my #Belair open today including this legend."

Wild koalas aren't too hard to find in certain parts of Australia, but in recent years people have become more concerned about the impacts expanding human development and habitat loss have on the iconic species. There are currently no formal protections for koalas, which is why the Australian Koala Foundation...


The Dam is Breaking on Hillary Clinton -- Mass Saudi Arrests, Discovery of Two New Sealed Indictments "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Dam Is Breaking On Hillary Clinton- Mass Saudi Arrests In Corruption Crackdown & Discovery Of Two New Sealed Indictments

Source: All News PipeLine | By Susan Duclos

Some huge news coming out this weekend, which ties directly into what may be the biggest scandal yet to hit Hillary and Bill Clinton directly on the heels of three major scandals in the last three weeks alone, including the Uranium One revelations, the funding of the Kremlin disinformation campaign dubbed the "Trump dossier," and former interim DNC chair, Donana Brazile's recent bombshells on how the Clinton campaign took over the DNC before the primaries, rigging the process in a manner that Clinton was "selected" as the Democratic nominee.

In ANP's most recent article about the three "watergate-level scandals" engulfing Hillary Clinton right now, we highlighted how many people were wondering if the reason everyone seems to be throwing her under the bus was that more was coming, something bigger and worse than what has been revealed over the last few weeks.

We may have the answer to what that is.


On Saturday news from Saudi Arabia dominated headlines when a huge anti-corruption crackdown occurred, netting the ouster and detainment of dozens of ministers, Princes and former government officials, including Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, who is known as the "de-facto public face of Saudi finance," and has heavily invested in U.S. corporate giants like Citigroup, Apple, 21st Century Fox and Twitter.

While unr...


Llamada Urgente por Protestas y Acciones Globales en las Embajadas Australianas el 7 de Nov. en Solidaridad con Refugiadxs en Manus "IndyWatch Feed National"



05.11.17: lxs ex-detenidxs de la RISE piden urgentemente protestas y otras acciones a realizarse el prximo martes, 07 de noviembre de 2017, el da de la Melbourne Cup, un evento internacional, para llamar la atencin del mundo de la creciente crisis enfrentada por lxs detenidxs presxs por el Gobierno australiano en la isla de Manus, en Papa Nueva Guinea. Tambin pedimos a nuestrxs aliadxs que realicen protestas y acciones internacionales el da en embajadas australianas en todo el mundo para mostrar su solidaridad con nuestra comunidad y #SanctionAustralia por sus crmenes contra la humanidad.

En los ltimos das, lxs detenidxs en Manus no tuvieron acceso a comida, agua y medicinas. Estas son necesidades bsicas para mantener a una persona viva y estn siendo deliberadamente y sistemticamente tomadas por el gobierno australiano. Ningunx refugiadx quiere ser dejado en el limbo, pero el gobierno australiano siempre mostr falta de transparencia y responsabilidad, rompiendo la fe con lxs Refugiadxs.

Lxs detenidxs se niegan a dejar el campo de detencin de Australia en Manus porque ellxs simplemente se estn transfiriendo a otra forma de detencin. El gobierno australiano debe i...


Chamada Urgente por Protestos e Aes Globais nas Embaixadas Australianas no dia 07 de Nov. em Solidariedade com Refugiadxs em Manus "IndyWatch Feed National"



05.11.17: xs ex-detidxs da RISE pedem urgentemente protestos e outras aes a serem realizadas na prxima tera-feira, 07 de novembro de 2017, no dia da Melbourne Cup, um evento internacional, para chamar a ateno do mundo da crescente crise enfrentada pelxs detidxs presos pela Governo australiano na ilha de Manus, em Papua Nova Guin. Tambm pedimos axs nossxs apoiantes que realizem protestos e aes internacionais no dia em embaixadas australianas em todo o mundo para mostrar sua solidariedade com a nossa comunidade e #SanctionAustralia por seus crimes contra a

Nos ltimos dias, xs detidxs em Manus no tiveram acesso a comida, gua e remdios. Estas so necessidades bsicas para manter uma pessoa viva e esto sendo deliberadamente e sistematicamente tiradas pelo governo australiano. Nenhumx refugiadx quer ser deixado no limbo, mas o governo australiano sempre mostrou falta de transparncia e responsabilidade, rompendo a f com xs Refugiadxs.

Xs detidxs se recusam a deixar o campo de deteno da Austrlia em Manus porque elxs simplesmente esto sendo transferidxs para outra forma de deteno. O governo australiano deve imediatamente conceder proteo permanente na Austrlia para xs detentxs em Manus, bem como aquelxs que e...


Truth Redacted: The Farce of the JFK Document Dump "IndyWatch Feed National"

The release of the JFK archive, some 3,000 files, wont challenge the official narrative. Anything pointing to agency involvement in the assassination was long ago removed, and that not removed will be heavily redacted in the name of national security. The archived documents are being used to support the governments narrative.

The CIA wanted to link Oswald to Valery Kostikov, a KGB assassin, and claim the assassination was the work of the Soviets and Cubans. An unclassified transcript ends before CIA director Richard Helms can answer a question asked by the Rockefeller Commission if Oswald was a CIA agent. At least three intelligence agencies were shadowing Oswald in the last four years of his life. The corporate script-reading media either underplays or ignores the obviousthe CIA conducts illegal and unethical operations in secret. It isnt answerable to the American people. Its budget is classified. It has a long history of violence, including assassination. It has conducted operations against the American people at home. The bottom line is the CIA with its history of subterfuge and lying cant be trusted. Like the much hyped 28 pages framing the Saudis for 9/11, the ultimate release of the JFK files wont solve the murder or even provide us with a motive. The files more likely will be used to further implicate Lee Harvey Oswald and steer us away from the real culpritthe CIA, a tool created by Wall Street lawyers and the ruling elite.

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Oswald, the CIA, and Mexico City

Missing from the new JFK files: a batch of CIA records on Lee Harvey Oswald



A Surrealist Satire by Luis Buuel Becomes a Grim Opera "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

A scene from Act I of Ads' <em>The Exterminating Angel</em> (photo by Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera)A scene from Act I of Adss The Exterminating Angel (photo by Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera)

The Metropolitan Operas production of The Exterminating Angel, an adaptation of Luis Buuels 1962 Surrealist film El ngel exterminador by British composer Thomas Ads, has been much anticipated, particularly as it is the only contemporary opera produced by the Met this season. There is talk that when the Mets Music Director Designate Yannick Nzet-Sguin fully assumes his post in 2020, he will commit to programming more world premieres, not just the occasional North American or US premier, as has long been the Mets practice. Those of us who value contemporary classical music hope this will prove to be more than a voice crying out in the wilderness. For now, we must content ourselves with the occasional new work while we hope for the wind to change.

In their libretto, Ads and his collaborator Tom Cairns follow the plot of Buuels film closely: a group of aristocrats return from a night at the opera to a lavish mansion from which the servants have mostly fled, apparently without cause. The butler makes do serving dinner, and afterward the guests find themselves unable to leave the drawing room, again for reasons that are not explained. For several days thereafter, no one is able to leave or enter; as discomfort soon becomes danger (the drawing room isnt stocked with food or water), the respectable faade of this polite society quickly dissolves, despite appeals to reason by Doctor Carlos Conde and the ever-gracious host, Edmundo de Nobile. Some guests do not survive. Eventually, those remaining are suddenly able to leav...


Massachusetts Bans Bump Stocks for Guns "IndyWatch Feed National"

Geopolitical Implications of Renewable Energy (Jeff C.)

While the transition of our energy pie to one that features a much larger green slice is imperative, its important to be honest about the limitations and the dangers renewable energy expansion presents.

Donna Brazile Book Reheats Democrat Tensions (Russ)

Just when you thought 2016 was over, former DNC chair Donna Braziles new book has highlighted tensions that defined last years election and will surely affect 2018 and 2020.

Iraq Court: No Region Can Secede After Kurdish Independence Bid (Trevin)

The overwhelming vote for independence took place on September 25. Although constitutionally mandatory, the court has no mechanism to enforce its ruling in the Kurdish region.

The Great College Loan Swindle (Jimmy)

Matt Taibbi writes for Rolling Stone on how universities, banks and the government turned student debt into Americas next financial black hole.

Is Religious Rule in Saudi Arabia on the Wane? (Dan)

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmans round up of investors and clerics over the weekend has left more questions than answers. Is this a coup by the 32-year-old prince? A crackdown against religious and power elite rule? One thing is for certain: neither of these latter two groups will enjoy the freedom they once did.

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Australian Doctors Registration Pulled Over Support For Vaccine Choice "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias Health Practitioner Regulation Agency has suspended the registration of a popular doctor. The Health Practioner Agency is considered a health watchdog for the country. This time theyve chosen a doctor who doesnt believe vaccines...

The post Australian Doctors Registration Pulled Over Support For Vaccine Choice appeared first on Vaxxter.


Death Certificate: Dominique White Died as a Result of Gunshot Wounds to His Back "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dominique Whites death certificate indicates two Topeka police officers shot him in the back following a Sept. 28 confrontation in East Topeka. For a family struggling with answers while Lawrence

The post Death Certificate: Dominique White Died as a Result of Gunshot Wounds to His Back appeared first on Filming Cops.


Minister Kapavore calls on Public Servants to report corruption at Workplace "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Public Service Minister Elias Kapavore is calling on all public servants in the country to start come out and report corruption occurring in their workplaces.
The minister said he will make it his business to put mechanism in place to protect their identity and their job security, thus urging citizens to rise up and speak out in any perceived corrupt deal or actions from the sectional and departmental heads.
Public Service Minister Kapavore made the call after sighting the 2016 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) which rank PNG as one of the most corrupt nation.
The shocking minister said the CPI assessment is based on how corrupt PNG's public service has been and has continue to be.
The public service minister also highlighted that the proposed Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Bill will also protect the whistle blowers and those who stand up for what is right.
"I understand officers wish to report corruption at workplace but job security is their concern.
Their concern is noted and mechanism are now being developed to address their job security and they must come out and start report suspicious an malicious dealings at their work place," said Minister Kapavore.
Meanwhile, the public service machinery is not functioning properly, because it lacks people with integrity and good leadership qualities, along with Godly principles.
Public Service Minister Elias Kapavore made this statement, when expressing his disgust at the 2016 Corruption Perception Index report.
The report rank PNG as one of the most corrupt nation in the world.
Minister Kapavore said corruption is happening at all levels within the public service, thus good leaders are needed to lead by example.
Elias Kapavore, a former senior public servant himself said, Public Service is the government's implementing machinery, and it needs honest, committed and people with result oriented mindset to lead.


Massive Vegas Twist: Report Puts Cops Outside Shooters Door BEFORE Attack Started "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Rachel Blevins was originally published at The Free Thought Project.

One month after the Las Vegas shooting, there are a number of remaining questions about what led up to the massacre and how it unfolded, but there are also a several questions about why the timeline continues to change drasticallyand the latest change puts law enforcement outside the shooters door minutes before the massacre began.

Some of the most glaring changes in the timeline have revolved around the account of Mandalay Bay Hotel security guard Jesus Campos, who was reportedly injured by suspected shooter Stephen Paddock. Campos went from being just another causality in the shooting to Paddocks first victim, who was shot only once in the leg, despite the fact that the shooter fired 200 rounds down the hallway in his direction.

During an interview on Fox News with Tucker Carlson, an attorney for the victims revealed that not only did police officers respond to Campos after he was shot, they were right outside of Paddocks door before he began shooting out of his hotel room window.

As of yesterday it was that twowe knew about Camposbut there were two other police officers from MGM that were on the floor prior to the shooting, Craig Eiland said.

The conversation came up while Carlson and Eiland were discussing the mysterious circumstances surrounding both Campos story and how tightly he has been controlled by MGM Grand.

Maybe theyre concerned of what hes going to say. Maybe theyre concerned hes not going to stick with the MGM story, Eiland said. But eventually he will be examined under oath by attorneys in these cases and so its going to be important to know the timeline from what he says and from what the other twonow...


Summary of events in West Papua for October -6 Nov. 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Trouble at the mine
A number of shooting incidents occurred in the Tembagapura area between 21st and 29 October. Freeport vehicles were shot at, clashes occurred between the security forces and an armed group, leaving one security force member dead and a number injured. The police have referred to the attackers, as either OPM, an armed group or a separatist group. The police believe the group is lead by Sabinus Waker. Police believe that Sabinus and his men are responsible for the incidents and the group reportedly consists of 20 people.

On Saturday morning the 21 October, an armed group opened fire on two Freeport vehicles in Tembagapura. The driver of one of the cars received minor injuries. On Saturday afternoon two Brimob members were also injured during a firefight with an armed group in Utikini village in Tembagapura district


Anthony Waldron: "I knew there were a lot of threatened species in Australia, but I didn't realise things were getting worse so quickly." "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

ABC News, 26 October 2017:

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Australia is one of seven countries responsible for more than half of global biodiversity loss, according to a study published today.

Scientists based their findings on the worsening in conservation status of species between 1996 and 2008 on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list.

The IUCN red list uses a series of categories to rank how close a species is to extinction, from "least concern" through to "extinct in the wild".

Of the 109 countries studied, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, China and...


Episode-53- TSP Rewind Getting Your Spouse On Board with Survival Planning "IndyWatch Feed National"

TweetToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes. Todays episode was originally, Episode-69- Getting Your Spouse On Board with Survival Planning and was originally published on October 8th, 2008. The following are the original show notes from that episode. Todays show was created by quite a few, how do I get my spouse (or girlfriend, boyfriend, fiance) on board with preparing and doing what needs to be done in order to live that better life? Honestly that question has been asked by almost as many women as men, hence if you are on either side of the equation then you are not alone. Rather then typical show notes I will simply provide my 21 rules discussed in todays show and suggest that you not only use them in conversation but ask you spouse to take 40 minutes to listen to this episode and perhaps some others as well. The 21 Rules of Getting a Spouse On Board with Survival Planning and Prepping are. Demand or insist upon nothing. Ask for help where you are weak and your partner is strong. Demonstrate a command of the facts and threats, dont alarm but inform. Arrive at all decisions as a team, at least if it is in anyway possible. Dont put your pet items at the top of any proposed priority. Explain that this is for the good of the family. Focus on saving money and elimination of debt as step one. Explain the investment value of food and saving money, leave bullets and band aids for later. Talk about a better life style for less cost and why you want that for both or you. Discuss the future and not waiting until you are 65-80 to really spend time together. Do not get over excited; dont dump too much at one time.Start with a simple vision and a few small steps. Make the discussion about us not you, not them but truly both of us. Dont expect a perfect result and a totally on board agreement. Do have a single small step to suggest and ask if you can do it together. Try to get your spouse to suggest a second small step and embrace it and do it with them. Work on creating a common vision of a truly happy and sustainable life. Dont focus on what you dont mean (cammo, militia, communes, etc.) just answer concerns that are offered. Be positive about the future for your family, compare prepping to life insurance. Ask what would we do if and listen to the answers you get and discuss them. Talk a little, get them talking and listen as if your life depended on hearing every word, because it does. Share my show with them along with this particular podcast. 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. 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....

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Kenya rights groups: government trying to shut down election court cases "IndyWatch Feed National"

By George Obulutsa and John Ndiso

NAIROBI (Reuters) Kenyas government is trying to intimidate democracy and human rights groups that could file a legal challenge against an Oct. 26 election won by President Uhuru Kenyatta, the groups said on Monday.

The governments board that monitors civil society organizations (the NGO Board) summoned three such groups for an audit on Monday, the groups said. Monday is the deadline for filing any challenge to the election at the Supreme Court.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta,

Kenyatta won 98 percent of the vote, handing him a second five-year term leading East Africas richest economy. Opposition leader Raila Odinga boycotted the vote, saying it would be unfair because the election commission had failed to implement reforms.

The Supreme Court voided the first election in August citing procedural irregularities following an opposition challenge, so any possible fresh legal case is being closely watched.

It is not a coincidence that the NGO Board has decided to come after these organizations. All three have been instrumental in calling for free, fair, and credible elections, said a statement from Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu, a coalition of civil society groups that monitored the election.

The name means My Vote My Voice in Kiswahili.

The three organizations summoned on Monday, Katiba Institute, Muslims for Human Rights and Inuka Trust, belong to the coalition. The head of Muslims for Human Rights said he had planned to file a court challenge.

Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu deployed 2,000 monitors for last months vote and said it found multiple cases where results from polling stations differed from results on the forms posted on the election portal.

They are trying to attack everywhere to see who is preparing to go to court so that they stop it, Tom Oketch, secretary general for the Coalition for Constitutional Implementation, told a news conference.

Kenya is a regional hub for trade, diplomacy and security and its prolonged election season has disrupted its economy.

Calls to Fazul Mohamed, the NGO Boards executive director, went unanswered. Mwenda Njoka, a spokesman for the interior ministry, under which the board falls, said only Mohamed could comment.

After the August election police and tax authorities raided the Africa Centre for Open Go...


Bega Valley. COMMENT: Fluoride survey a chance to better local democracy "IndyWatch Feed National"

With a comprehensive survey of the shire on the addition of fluoride to all town water now on the cards, all eyes are squarely on the state government to see if it will fund the move.

If it agrees, a social research company will be tasked with gauging the perspective of the population as a whole.

They will seek a spread of localities and ages, in an attempt to judge the feelings of residents, possibly shire-wide.

While everything is hypothetical, being a survey it may also be able to also take into account the perspectives of the regions youth who are left out of social, political and economic debates. It may be a postal survey, or by phone, or both.

In places like California, residents get to vote on pretty much everything. Across all layers of government. Something that to us feels so foreign.

The result will be, like the federal governments same sex marriage survey, non-binding, and it is hard to say if it will sway the current perspective of councillors.

Councillor Cathy Griff, who raised the motion seconded by councillor Sharon Tapscott, said she feels the state governments push to fluoridate tap water masks the issue of sugar in diets, which she said they have placed in the too hard basket.

She said the survey must be as clear and simple as possible, and while the NSW government claims Australians are in support of fluoridated tap water, she feels in the interest of democracy, let the people speak.

There is no doubt the debate has brought out a passionate case opposing the move, often including dentists who say there is no need to hit ratepayers with the cost of adding it when everyone these days can afford fluoridated toothpaste.

While the state government says for every dollar spent residents will save between $7 and $18 on dental bills, a full breakdown of the cost of processes like monitoring and constant sampling is not yet known.

There was talk during depositions on Wednesday fluoride addition could see a future class action suit put to council. Bigger questions could flow from the survey results. Will council take out insurance if there is legal liability? What will the premium be?

If Bega and Tathra residents vote overwhelmingly against fluoride in drinking water, will steps be made to remove it?

It will be interesting to see exactly how any potential survey is implemented and what results for our community.

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When The Saints Of First Baptist Church Were Murdered, God Was Answering Their Prayers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Prayers dont work. We need legislation. This has been many secular progressives mantra in response to recent mass shootings in America. On Sunday, after a gunman murdered more than 20 people during a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas, some of them found proof of the powerlessness of prayer. Here are a few highlights:

People of goodwill can certainly disagree over the merits of gun control legislation, just as we can disagree over how long we should wait after a tragedy to discuss its political ramifications. However, we should all recognize that pointing to a couple dozen warm corpses and saying, Fat lot of good your Jebus-begging did you is an act of profound ugliness.

Its also an act of profound ignorance. For those with little understanding of and less regard for the Christian faith, there may be no greater image of prayers futility than Christians being gunned down mid-supplication. But for those familiar with the Bibles promises concerning prayer and violence, nothing could be further from the truth. When those saints of First Baptist Church were murdered yesterday, God wasnt ignoring their prayers. He was answering them.

Deliver us from evil. Millions of Christians throughout the world pray these words every Sunday morning. While it doesnt appear that the Lords Prayer is formally a part of the...


Hillsong Pastor Carl Lentz Provides Moral Cover For Abortion On The View "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last Monday, around 1:20 p.m. EST, hundreds of babies were being surgically dismembered, decapitated, poisoned, and otherwise violently killed inside abortion clinics around the country. Simultaneously, Hillsong Church NYC mega-pastor Carl Lentz had a platform from which to speak in their defense while a guest on The View. He refused to do so. In fact, he took the opportunity to suggest that their deaths can in some cases be justified and that the people killing them should continue living according to their own convictions.

When host Joy Behar asked directly whether abortion is sinful, he responded, Thats the kind of conversation we would have finding out your story, where youre from, what you believe. I mean, Gods the judge, at which point the audience broke into raucous applause. People have to live to their own convictions, Lentz continued. Thats such a broad question, to me, Im going higher. I want to sit with somebody and say, What do you believe?

This position might be received as a moderate stance on the issue or a lack of stance altogether. But in this case, to be on the fence is to be on the side of child sacrifice. Live to your own convictions is practically the slogan of the abortion lobby. Lentz might as well have said My body, my choice, or Keep your rosaries off my ovaries.

Creating Ambiguity Where Scripture Offers None

So its not an open and shut case to you? Behar asked. Some people would say it is, Lentz responded. To me, Im trying to teach people who Jesus is first, and find out their story. Before I start picking and choosing what I think is sin in your life, Id like to know your name.

This is a fantastic answer to the question of whether Calvinism or Arminianism is the more accurate interpretation of scripture. In reference to the biblical acceptability of child sacrifice, not so much. Scripture is unanimous and unambiguous in its condemnation of intentionally killing an image-bearer of God. There is no intellectually serious case to be made otherwise.

The abortion industry, with help from complicit institutions such as the mainstream media, academia, medical establishment, and others, is waging a propaganda campaign aimed at dehumanizing their victims. Its a kingdom tragedy that a pastor of more than 7,000 Christians would join the ranks of those blurring the moral lines regarding the killing of preborn babies.

Lentz Has No Scriptural Case

Scripturally, Lentz has no justification despite the many abortion-supporting Christians who claim the Bible doesnt specifically condemn abortion. The Psalmist writes, Y...


What Westboro Baptist Defectors Can Teach Us All About Free Speech "IndyWatch Feed National"

GOD HATES FAGS. THANK GOD FOR DEAD SOLDIERS. THANK GOD FOR AIDS. These are the kinds of signs members of Kansas Westboro Baptist Church like to hold up while protesting at the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Westboro Baptists believe 9/11 was part of Gods coming punishment for Americas acceptance of homosexuality. They say God has called their church to picket soldiers funerals to warn America of other judgments, still forthcoming.

Two years ago, The New Yorker ran a gripping piece on Megan Phelps-Roper, the granddaughter of Fred Phelps, founder of Westboro. Megan was indoctrinated in Phelps vision of truth from birth. She loved picketing at military funerals. She confesses that her immediate response, on learning of 9/11 while standing in a crowded high school hallway, was to exclaim, Awesome! She and other church members traveled to New York to picket at Ground Zero.

Her proficiency in spreading Westboros message of hate made Megan a rising star in the church. Even as a young girl, she was entrusted with important tasks: she did her first live radio interview about the church while in sixth grade. She spent hours in the chat room of the churchs website debating strangers about the churchs beliefs.

One fateful day in 2008, Megan discovered Twitter. She began using it to spew the churchs hateful messages, thrilled that it allowed her to reach a much broader audience. On World AIDS Day, she tweeted Thank God for AIDS! and on learning of Ted Kennedys death, she tweeted, He defied God at every turn, teaching rebellion against His laws. Teds in hell!

Most of us are not regularly confronted with this level of vitriol. However, due to the increased polarization in political views and decline in civility in political discourse, all of us are regularly exposed to views that we find distasteful or even offensive. The question each of us must answer is, How should I respond?

Some Respond by Hiding

A prevailing view on todays college campuses is that administrators must protect students from speech that any may deem offensive or intolerant. But they often apply this protective motive not only to Westboros repulsive beliefs, but also to the mainstream viewpoints of millions of Americans that just arent popular in the ivory towers of many public universities. Many university officials answer that people who espouse views they lump together as unpopular should all be prohibited from even setting foot on campus.

Whats more, students and faculty are demanding that colleges create safe spaces where students can be protected from hearing ideas or messages they deem offensive and can fully express themselves...


Teen Vogue Wasnt Yanked From Print For Raunch. Cond Nast Is Doubling Down "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article contains a mildly vulgar image and mentions a certain sex practice.

On Thursday, Cond Nast revealed plans to discontinue its print edition of Teen Vogue. The mass media companys announcement came just one year after Cond Nast, in a cost-cutting move, shrank Teen Vogues publication schedule from nine times a year to four.

According to The New York Times, [t]he election of Mr. Trump breathed new life into the magazine, however, and its aggressive coverage of the president garnered praise from the left. A Teen Vogue article, Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America, went viral, and earned the editor of its print edition, Elaine Welteroth, much praise and adoration. Cond Nast relished and helped feed the publicity.

However, the Gray Lady left unanswered what happened to the merry little breezes Trump-bashing blew into the sails of the junior fashion magazine. Over at Aleteia, J.P. Mauro had a pretty good inkling, noting that Cond Nasts decision came shortly after publishing an article entitled A Guide to Anal Sex, which drew backlash from activists and concerned parents, and prompted calls for a boycott of Teen Vogue.

Then There Was the Anal Sexcapade

As The Daily Mail reported, Elizabeth Johnson, who runs a blog called The Activist Mommy, spearheaded the boycott. Even though the offensive article only appeared in Teen Vogues digital edition, Johnson urged parents to [g]o to your local gas stations, your local libraries, and your local grocery stores and ask to speak to the manager, or preferably the owner, and demand that they remove Teen Vogue from the shelves immediately.

She also staged a book burning, tearing up a print copy of Teen Vogue and tossing it in a bonfire while seething: These editors brains are in the gutter. Now lets put their sales in the gutter where they belong. The online video proved a hit, garnering more than 10 million views. Upon h...


ICCC concerned about counterfeit products in Lae "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG ICCC Commissioner Paulus Ain expressed dissatisfaction at counterfeit, non-English labelling and expired goods that are still hitting the shelves in Lae.
ICCC Commissioner & Chief Executive Officer Paulus Ain said they have found an increase in particular items during an official visit to majority of the shops in the city.
CEO Ain said despite ICCCs efforts in enforcing its consumer protection work to ensure consumers are protected against unsafe products; it is still finding counterfeits, non-English labelled and expired goods sold in shops and supermarkets.
ICCC is now calling on all businesses in Lae, particularly retail shops and supermarkets, to avoid selling these products.
Meanwhile, shops are asked to remove those products or be fined K100, 000 or two years imprisonment.
Further to this, ICCC Commissioner Ain said the requirement of the non-English labelling is very specific. There are 5 key elements:
1.Ingredients need to be in English so that consumers can make an informed decision on whether to consume the product or not.
2. Name of the distributor needs to be in English
3. Name of importer needs to be in English
4. The address or country of origin needs to be in English
5. The net weight of the products need to be in English
Commissioner Ain confirmed that the ICCC has had discussions with a number of retailers and supermarkets after identifying the non-English labelled counterfeit items.
He is calling on the public to be aware of the products they consume and to report anomalies to the ICCC so that the problem can be addressed proactively.
In terms of the functions of the ICCC, Ain commented that there is a misconception that the ICCC can do almost anything. He clarified that under the ICCC Act 2002, there is no specific provision that prohibits counterfeit products.
Ain further explained that in order for ICCC or any relevant agency to remove or seize counterfeit products, it must first have the legal basis to act; otherwise it can be sued.
However, Ain clarified the ICCC can deal with counterfeit items on a case by case basis, particularly from a consumer safety and protection perspective.
The ICCC Commissioner will also write to the PNG Custom Commissioner, Ray Paul, to explain its position and explore collaborate opportunities under both agencies existing memorandum of understanding.


Police Confiscate explosives "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Police in Lae today confiscated a large number of explosives from a company premises in East Taraka who closed down business sometime ago.
According to Lae Met Supt Anthony Wagambie Jr upon a tip off from a recaptured escapee last week the police intelligence unit carried out investigations and moved into the company premise and removed the explosives.
They have confisticated 23 bags of ammonium nitrate, 7 x magnum powder and 6 plastic explosives.
Met Supt Wagambie said police are concerned that if they had no use with the explosives, they should have reported it and have them removed and passed onto the relevant authorities.
The explosives will be taken up to Igam and kept by the PNGDFs engineering battalion.  PNGFM/PNG Today 


Kazakhstan, Paradise Papers: Offshore Propped Up by Bailed-out Bank "IndyWatch Feed National"

A trove of documents obtained by German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung has shed light on how co-founders of an intensely nebulous, Bermuda-based offshore investment vehicle, Meridian Capital, obtained generous loans from a major Kazakhstani bank whose survival was only made possible by multibillion dollar government bailouts.

That is among multiple revelations in an article published over the weekend by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, or OCCRP one in a consortium of outlets poring through 6.8 million confidential records leaked from Bermuda law firm Appleby, which handled paperwork for Meridian, a highly diversified entity involved in the energy, real estate, mining, banking, aviation and transportation sectors.

In another explosive detail, the OCCRP reported the hitherto unknown fact that one of Meridians founders appears to have been Sauat Mynbayev current chief executive of Kazakhstans state-owned KazMunaiGaz oil and gas company, and a former oil and gas minister, from 2010 to 2013.

But it is the alleged role of Kazkommertsbank that is going to cause the government most headaches in the foreseeable future. 

OCCRP claimed in their report that Appleby data shows that other Meridian co-founders included top executives and shareholders of Kazkommertsbank, a lender that now operates under the Qazqom brand. 

It was this bank that provided the easy credit that made Meridian an empire that now stretches from the United States to Europe, Africa, Asia, and even Australia, the report noted. [The] leak reveals that the group used a large portion of the banks deposits to fund project after project. This enabled them to grow quickly, and at little risk to themselves.

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MACKAY Man allegedly caught with handgun at Mackay shopping centre "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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MACKAY Appeal for witnesses: Suspicious fires, Koumala "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Appeal for witnesses: Suspicious fires, Koumala

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#MelbourneCup Twitter storm to bring attention to the Crisis faced by Refugees in Manus "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

#MelbourneCup Twitter storm to bring attention to the Crisis faced by Refugees in Manus

Tuesday, 7th of November 2017
(Time: 14:45 18:45 hours EST Australia )


RISE:Refugee Survivors and ex-detainees call on our supporters to join a Twitter Storm by tweeting about the escalating crisis faced by Refugee detainees held hostage by the Australian government in Manus Island Papua New Guinea using the hashtag #MelbourneCup a corporate event that gets a lot of media attention in Australia. We are carrying out this action in response to an SOS call out by our ex-detainee members asking supporters around the world to carry out actions on Melbourne Cup day to inform the world about the Manus Crisis and to #SanctionAustralia for their evil refugee detention regime.

Right now hundreds of our community members are on Manus Island under siege with no food, water or medicine. There are reports that around 85% of detainees held hostage on this island are on medication. Australia is coercing the PNG military to block people including local Manusians from giving the detainees humanitarian assistance. The Australian government refuses to evacuate the detainees from the island and bring them here to provide them with permanent humanitarian protection a bare minimum that will never compensate for the torture they have suffered in their hands. Australia even refused to let New Zealand to immediately provide them with permanent protection. Australia has bipartisan support to push back refugee boats into the sea and for over two decades has had a mandatory and indefinite administrative detention policy where refugees and asylum seekers (both adults and children) who arrive by boat are indefinitely and administratively detained, outside the law.

Currently hundreds of refugees who arrived by boat in Australia are being held hostage in the pacific islands of Nauru and Manus (in Papua New Guinea) after being abducted and trafficked there by the Australian government since 2012. There have been 10 refugee deaths so far on these islands in addition to many incidents of rape, sexual abuse and torture, with no end to the suffering and abuse in sight. There are some refugees in Manus and Nauru who have been brought to Australia for medical assistance but they too are living in a nightmare of detention limbo, without proper freedom of movement, any right to work or study, with no proper welfare support and the threat of again being refouled by Australia.

Who are we?
RISE: Refugee Survivors and Ex-detainees is the first entirely self-determined refugee advocacy and welfare organisation in Australia. We seek dir...



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UN Concerned over Unfolding Humanitarian Emergency at Australias Refugees and Asylum Seekers Centre "IndyWatch Feed National"

Human Wrongs Watch

The UN human rights office on 3 November 2017 expressed its concern over an unfolding humanitarian emergency at Australias offshore detention centre, where refugees and asylum seekers are holding out after the Australian Governments decision to close the facility and pull out its support staff.


Photo: UNHCR/V. Tan

We share the concerns of other UN agencies about what is an unfolding humanitarian emergency, said Rupert Colville, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), explaining that food, water and other basic services have been cut off since the Australian Government shuttered the Regional Processing Centre on Manus Island in Papua...


Give Visibility to Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse UN Advocate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Human Wrongs Watch

Briefing the press at United Nations Headquarters in New York for the first time, the first-ever UN advocate for the rights of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse on 3 November 2017 highlighted her role to give those who have suffered visibility and amplify their voices.


Victims of sexual violence at a shelter in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo. UN Photo/Marie Frechon (file)

Im the first prong of the full-pronged strategy of the Secretary-General to address SEA [sexual exploitation and abuse] systemwide, said Victims Rights Advocate Jane Connors.

My priority is to give visibility to those who have suffered, including through connecting with them personally, and I wish to amplify their voices in a way that cannot be ignored, and support them as they rebuild their lives, added the Australian law professional and long-time...


Sutherland Church Another Tragic US Shooting and More Gun Debate "IndyWatch Feed National"

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By Dee McLachlan

Las Vegas reports confirm multiple shooters at multiple hotels (including the Bellagio), plus active shooters at the local airport a stones throw from the Mandalay Bay. One can hear different guns being fired together on the sound tracks, and now, even the Sheriff believes Stephen Paddock was not acting alone. The official story has been shredded.

It is very hard to make sense of these shootings, and I try not to be too cynical. But in an email today, a Gumshoe contributor said about Sutherland, maybe they quickly put t...


PERTH Accused murderer Meth Mean worried by threats "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The 49-year-old faced an extradition hearing at Perth Magistrates Court last Friday after Victorian police officers travelled to Western Australia to .


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Citizenship Chaos Could Be Terminal For Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed National"

The citizenship saga could spell the beginning of the end of the Turnbull government, writes Ben Eltham.

The Turnbull government has never been the most adroit of political operations. Regularly losing both ministers and senior staffers, Turnbulls administration has spent most of its short life in a state of constant crisis management.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250(GB)Turnbull never seems quite able to steady the ship. Every week seems to bring another unfolding crisis. Not for the first time, the Prime Minister finds himself wishing for an early start to the long summer break.

Perhaps this is just politics in 2017, but the lack of any long-term vision or strategy has never seemed more acute. The dominant trait of the Turnbull government has been expediency. As Ross Fitzgerald observed in The Australian this week, it is impossible to explain the underlying philosophical direction of the Turnbull government, because there isnt one. As the government lurches from one near-catastrophe to another, all hope at anything larger than the next turn of the 24-hour cycle has been abandoned.

This general aimlessness is one major reason why the government seems so unable to deal with the rolling crises that have confronted it. It also explains why Turnbull and his cabinet have struggled so mightily to take advantage of the governments one bright spot, the improving economy.

Across multiple portfolios, government policy is a shambles. From the chaos of energy policy to the inertia on housing, from the stubborn unpopularity of Simon Birminghams education reforms to the own goal of rejecting the Uluru statement, the government has been flat-footed at best, self-immolating at worst. And thats before we mention Turnbulls very own policy disaster: the slow-moving train wreck of the National Broadband Network.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. (IMAGE: Dept. of Defence photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro/Flickr)Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. (IMAGE: Dept. of Defence photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro/Flickr)

Looming over everything, as it has done for months, is the rolling crisis of MP eligi...


Trump: Japan could shoot down North Korean missiles "IndyWatch Feed National"

BBC News
November 6, 2017

US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) before a summit meeting at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on 6 November 2017.US President Donald Trump is visiting Japan as part of his first tour of Asia as US president. AFP

US President Donald Trump has said Japan could shoot North Korean missiles out of the sky with military equipment bought from the US.

Japans PM Shinzo Abe meanwhile said his country could intercept missiles if necessary.

The two leaders were speaking to reporters at the close of Mr Trumps first state visit to Japan.

North Korea has fired long-range ballistic missiles over Japanese territory twice in recent months.

On Monday, while answering questions at a press conference, Mr Trump said Mr Abe was going to purchase massive amounts of military equipment from the US.

Referencing North Koreas missiles, he said Mr Abe could shoot them out of the sky when he completed the purchase, which he said would provide jobs to Americans as well as safety for Japan.

Mr Abe said Japan had to qualitatively and quantitatively enhance its defence capability, given the very tough North Korea situation.

He stressed that missile defence was based on legal co-operation between Japan and the US, and as for shooting down missiles, if necessary of course we can do that.

It is not clear whether a military deal has been signed during Mr Trumps trip, but the two countries are close military allies with the US maintaining several military bases in Japan.

In September Mr Trump had tweeted that he would allow the sale of high-end military equipment to Japan and South Korea.


Severe weather blows roofs from buildings, brings unseasonal snow and 'giant hail' to New South Wales, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A roof collapse has sent two people to hospital as rain and hail caused widespread damage across NSW, with the bureau predicting more "giant hail" and destructive winds into the evening. The Bureau of Meteorology warned "giant hail and destructive winds" were possible with thunderstorms over the North West Slopes and Plains, parts of the Upper Hunter and inland parts of the Mid-North Coast. Areas that could be affected this evening are Port Macquarie, Taree, Armidale, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Moree, Narrabri, Walgett and Lightning Ridge. The dangerous weather caused the roof of a community centre to collapse in the Hunter Valley town of Kurri Kurri, near Cessnock, just after 2:00pm. Two people were taken to Maitland Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries while everyone else inside the centre was accounted for.


PNG-Aus Partnership Focused On Regional Leadership Development "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"




Public servants in the provinces are being given opportunities through specific training under the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct to gain skills and knowledge that will drive improved service delivery, economic opportunities and community development at the provincial and district level.

The Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct launched two courses in Kokopo last month, which were attended by 57 participants.

The courses, Project Management and Public Speaking and Speechwriting, were launched by Public Service Minister Elias Kapavore, Department of Personnel Management Secretary John Kali, Acting Provincial Administrator Wilson Matava and Penny Dennis, First Secretary at the Australian High Commission.

The Precinct is increasingly focused on the development of provincial and district leaders, in line with Government of Papua New Guineas decentralisation agenda.

Mr Kali told participants that ethics and values-based leadership was crucial for service delivery in regional areas.
Throughout the next few days you will be touching on some of these values, such as wisdom, honesty, integrity, respect, responsibility and accountability, he said.

Skills and competency for service delivery is not only for Port Moresby its going out to Kokopo, Pomio, Nakanai and all the districts and Local Level Governments in the country.

Accepting the invitation to attend these courses means you are accepting the challenge to come and make a difference upgrade your skills and upgrade your confidence, so we can respond positively in the way we deliver services, Mr Kali said.

Mr Matava said it was important to embrace opportunities to improve the public service at the regional and national levels.

Programs like these improve capacity and our performance in the front line, he said.
These reforms support improved service delivery and create economic opportunities.
Ms Dennis said the launch of the courses supported the Papua New Guinea-Australia partnership for improved decentralisation and service delivery.

The Australian High Commissioner recently described Papua New Guineas provinces and districts as the engine room for the nations future growth, she said.
It is fitting......


Australia Turns Down New Zealand Offer to Take Asylum Seekers From Manus Island Camp "IndyWatch Feed National"

Asylum seekers are seen at a detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, in this still image taken from social media video November 3, 2017. Abdul Aziz Adam/via Credit: Reuters

Asylum seekers are seen at a detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, in this still image taken from social media video November 3, 2017. Abdul Aziz Adam/via Credit: Reuters

Sydney: Australia turned down on Sunday an offer to take 150 asylum seekers being held in an Australian-run detention centre in Papua New Guinea, where UN officials have warned a humanitarian emergency is unfolding.

About 600 men have barricaded themselves inside the...


The iPhone X: Hands-On Answers To 10 Burning Questions "IndyWatch Feed National"

The newest new iPhone in a long time is a departure in many waysand a great phone as long as youre willing to leave familiar features behind.

Since time immemorial, nearly every new iteration of an existing Apple product has faced a chorus of skeptics voicing a reflexive gripe: This isnt new enough. The iPhone X, which went on sale last Friday, seems specifically designed to be impervious to such criticism. From its shape and size to its screen technology, it departs from iPhones of the past. Possibly the iPhones single most iconic element, the home button, is gone. So is one its most useful features, the nearly foolproof Touch ID, replaced by an unproven security measure called Face ID.

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Australian Government must reinstate phone and internet access to asylum seekers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Digital Rights Watch Australia and Electronic Frontiers Australia today urge the Australian Government to ensure that the human rights of asylum seekers and refugees being held in offshore detention camps on Manus Island (Papua New Guinea) and Nauru are respected.

The Australian Governments offshore processing system which has established these camps has resulted in violations of various rights protected under international human rights treaties to which Australia is a party, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

Angela Daly from Digital Rights Watch Australia said, "The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has made it very clear that Australia has an ongoing responsibility to the individuals whom it has transferred to Manus and Nauru under this system. This includes their right to communicate by phone and Internet."

EFA Chair Lyndsey Jackson said, "The detainees on Manus and Nauru do not have adequate access to phone and Internet communications, in breach of their right to free expression. Australia needs to honour its obligations under these treaties, in particular Article 19 of the UDHR and ICCPR which guarantees the right to free expression, including the freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds. In particular, Australia should reinstate asylum seekers phone and internet communications in the Manus Island camp, which have recently been removed."


Fined for living on your own land "IndyWatch Feed National"

Only in Australia, hey?

It is a 'special' country.

It was started off as a chartered corporation by the invading forces.

No one really 'owns' the land here, but sshh don't tell the corporate media this.

Let's have a look at how these unlawful entities called city councils are destroying peoples lives, where there is a remedy for this in the form of a class action lawsuit (, but again ssshhh don't tell the corporate media this.

Here is an article from 6 Nov 2017 as presented by with the headline:

Every man's caravan is his castle as WA landowner fights to live in 'middle of nowhere'

ABC Goldfields-Esperance: Jarrod Lucas Mr Gopel moved to Menzies for cheaper housing in mid-2015. 

It's like something out of The Castle: a man living in a caravan on land he owns in outback WA facing eviction by the local council.

Self-described introvert Roland Gopel has found his own patch of paradise on top of a hill overlooking the townsite of Menzies, 730km inland from Perth.

The 58-year-old, with a thick grey beard and flowing hair, lives alone in bushland in a caravan borrowed from a friend, with only the flies for company.

Leaving Perth behind because of sky-high rental prices, he settled on Menzies, population 250, two years ago for its affordability.

"I was getting nowhere renting in Perth I couldn't find a place where I could afford," Mr Gopel said.

"I ended up moving five times within one year in Perth and I'd had a gutful of moving around."
He paid $4,500 a few years ago for the quarter-acre block on Suiter Street.

The sprawling views of the bushland are only interrupte...


Centrelink punishes you for working, and for looking for work "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Friday, 18 August 2017
Period debt occurred: 
July 2011 to April 2014
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Payment Type: 
Youth Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

I know there are few weeks where I miss-reported or did not report, but these were due to Centrelink's confusing interface and the change over to the MyGov website. I was also told many times by Centrelink that I did not have to report my income during certain periods. Even with the few weeks (only a couple of instances over a 4 year period) where there were errors on my part, there is no way I could owe $4904.

Even after placing a FOI request, I still haven't received all the information related to the calculation of the debt. All I have received is the...


Chinas military ordered to pledge total loyalty to Xi "IndyWatch Feed National"

A paramilitary policeman stands guard at Tiananmen square during the closing session of the 19th Communist Party Congress in Beijing. (AFP/Nicolas Asfouri)
BEIJING: Chinas military has been ordered to pledge absolute loyalty to President Xi Jinping while a paramilitary police force now literally sings his praises, further cementing his place as the countrys most powerful leader in decades.
The worlds largest armed forces should be absolutely loyal, honest and reliable to Xi, said a new guideline issued by the Central Military Commission and reported by state news agency Xinhua late Sunday.
Chinas military personnel of around two million is technically the armed force of the ruling Communist Party rather than the state.
The commissions calls for fidelity to Xi shows the extent to which he has consolidated power since having his eponymous philosophy written into the party constitution last month.
Xis political philosophy Xi Jinping Thought should also guide the strengthening of the military, Xinhua said of the new guideline.
The army should follow Xis command, answer to his order, and never worry him, Xinhua quoted the guideline as saying.
For decades China has been governed in an ostensibly collective fashion by the partys elite Politburo Standing Committee.
But Xi has increasingly centralized power and looks to be followin...


The Baffling Breeding Habits of the Banded Stilts, Rain-Chasers of the Bird World "IndyWatch Feed National"

These wading birds flock in the shallow coastal wetlands of southern Australia and look for all the world like normal shorebirds but their breeding biology is anything but normal.

Nesting grounds of banded stilts on Lake Ballard. Credit: Reece Pedler

Nesting grounds of banded stilts on Lake Ballard. Credit: Reece Pedler

Animals do the most amazing things. Read about them in this series by Janaki Lenin.

Banded stilts (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus), a wading bird, breed in such difficult conditions that its a miracle they havent gone extinct. They flock in large groups at their regular haunts, the shallow coastal wetlands of southern Australia, catching insects and probing the soft mud for tiny crustaceans and molluscs. These 20-inch-high stilts look for all the world like normal shorebirds but their breeding biology is anything but normal.

Once in a while, as if on a secret command, the birds forsake the coast and take to the skies, flying hundreds to thousands of kilometres inland. Where they went to breed was a mystery that rankled ornithologists for at least a century. Although they had little evidence, they assumed the stilts, lik...


Pip Permaculture Podcast #7: Edible Seaweed with Dr Alecia Bellgrove "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this episode of our podcast we dive deep into the world of edible seaweed with expert Dr Alecia Bellgrove. The Pip Permaculture Podcast delves deeper into articles in our magazine. Listen to the podcast below.

Dr Bellgroves extensive knowledge is featured in the latest issue of Pip Magazine, which also includes a guide to seaweed foraging.

In the podcast Pip editor Robyn Rosenfeldt chats with Dr Bellgrove from Deakin University in Warrnambool, Australia. Dr Bellgrove shares her groundbreaking research into edible seaweeds in Australia plus her tips for foraging without destroying marine ecosystems. She shares scientific results from local studies as well as her crowd-funded work on seaweed taste testing.

We also explore cooking with edible seaweeds and other uses including using them as garden fertilizer and even chook food. Seaweed is a wonder food and in the podcast we discover many of its health benefits as well as other many other uses. Dr Bellgrove shares her experiences of eating seaweed and tips for using it in the kitchen.

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Harvard Says This Is the Ultimate Meal Plan "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Dr. Mercola

It stands to reason that if different foods offer unique nutrients to heal your body and maintain (or regain) health, it might be a good idea to change up your meals to include as many beneficial vitamins and minerals as possible if you're not doing so already.

Including as many types of nutrients in your overall daily meal plan has a fringe benefit: A little variety in your life really does spice it up, especially in the area of your food choices. Determining which foods provide the most important nutrients is a good strategy to optimize your health.

The reality, however, is that many people eat the same meals over and over, day after day, usually because they feel they don't have time to research which foods they should eat and often end up eating snacks by default instead of real food. It's always easiest to choose what you already know works for you.

If sticking to a set of go-to meals you enjoy eating and take the shortest time to prepare are your main considerations, you may be missing out on delicious options and super easy meal plans that will provide the nutrients you need without a lot of fuss.

A One-Day Meal Plan for Optimal Nutrition?

Many people wonder if it's possible to get all the nutrients they need from food alone, and the answer is generally yes, provided you focus on high-quality foods (vitamin D, which your body produces from sun exposure, would be one exception). According to Harvard Women's Health Watch:

"Experts agree that the best way to get the nutrients we need is through food. A balanced diet offers a mix of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients (some yet to be identified) that collectively meet the body's needs."

It's not a new concept. Harvard Health explored the premise in 2009 when they reported on a study involving nearly 162,000 postmenopausal women in the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), with an emphasis on how people could get the vitamins and minerals needed through their diet.1 The study revealed that women who took multivitamins had similar rates of heart disease and certain cancers, as well as longevity, as those who did not, which suggests focusing on dietary interven...


Sunshine Coast Pelagic November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Short-tailed Shearwater flock
We departed Mooloolaba Marina for the Sunshine Coast Pelagic on Sunday November 5, 2017 at 6.40am with tempered expectations in view of the forecast 10-knot south-easterly. A good start was a Wandering Tattler on the breakwater rocks as we left the Mooloolah River.

We noted as we headed east that numbers of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters were low. Given that we pass through waters off Mudjimba Island, which hosts an important nesting population - 2700 burrows were recorded in 1997 - this is cause for concern. We saw several flocks of Short-tailed Shearwaters, all of which were determinedly heading in a southerly direction.

Mudjimba Island
We stopped to lay a berley trail at 9.20am 32 nautical miles offshore in 300 fathoms: 26.4009S, 153.4190E. A fine, sunny day prevailed (max 29) with a 1.5m swell. However, there was no wind, not even a breeze. If there is one thing worse that the dreaded northerlies on these trips, it is no wind at all. I can remember just a handful occasions previously where there has been zero wind all day. Unfortunately, that was our lot this day.



The laws of mathematics dont apply to the LNP "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

LNP promises dont add up

It is common for political parties to promise more than they can deliver at election time. Even by the relative lax standards of Australian campaigns, the LNP Plan Getting Queensland Back in Business stands out for its unreality. 

The Plan only promises to create 500 000 jobs through a fiscal policy that involves

* Cutting taxes;

* Increasing expenditure; and

* Improving the budget balance

These are all desirable objectives, but its a matter of simple arithmetic that all three cant be achieved at once.

Reductions in revenue

The LNP plan proposes to:

* Increase the payroll tax threshold

* Freeze registration for 6-cylinder cars

*  Write down the value of GOC assets in electricity, and increase competition to drive down prices.  This must entail a reduction in the flow of dividends to the general government sector The LNP has criticised the current governments reliance on dividends from GOCs but has made no suggestion as to how this revenue source will be replaced.

Increased capital expenditure

The LNP Plan proposes a substantial increase in  infrastructure spending.  The strategy implies that spending will be increased by up to $3 billion a year. Explicit commitments of $1.3 billion for water projects and $500 million Royalties for Regions  are included in the Plan.  The Plan commits to building a new coal fired power station at an unstated costs. It has also been suggested that the M1 will be duplicated at a cost of $2.4 billion

Current expenditure

The LNP plan announces no cuts in current expenditure, other than symbolic targets such as the Safe Schools program and executive bonuses in energy businesses, which would yield minimum savings. The LNP has promised no forced redundancies and has advertised its intention to build schools and hospitals, though without a specific b...


Rich-lister Paul Darrouzet's help in concealing Wilson's slush funds - Part Two "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Part One we published Joanne Painter's story in The Age which described Darrouzet's attempt to conceal his company's payments to the AWU Workplace Reform Association. Darrouzet told CFMEU national secretary that Thiess had made only one payment to the AWU - and that was for a study into the...


Manus Island: building on the outrage "IndyWatch Feed National"

The crisis on Manus Island is a challenge to all of us. What can we do? The ALP offers no alternative. Both major parties support boat turn-backs and offshore processing with no resettlement in Australia for people who come by boat. The only differences between the two parties relates to Temporary Protection Visas (the ALP will abolish them) and the size of the humanitarian intake (the ALP will increase it).


Insider Intel from 4chan: Recent and Current Swamp Elements "IndyWatch Feed National"

CBTS #67: No Edition Edition Anonymous (ID: 1v6ZDj2X) 11/05/17(Sun)16:45:06 No.148123455

>>148123676 >>148129006>>148129848 >>148130933 >>148132084

There is a global swamp. And it's getting art-of-the-dealt with. The swamp fights back and what we now see is the beginning of the storm.

Recent swamp elements under attack: Saudi Arabia [successful?]
Current swamp elements under attack: East Asia
Current swamp counter actions: Paradise papers, perhaps church shootings are distractions

Recent keywords: Uranium One, Saudi Arabia (esp. Waleed Bin-Talal: largest Citibank shareholder -> pre-chose Obama cabinet, HUMA: Harvard Uni Muslim Assoc.?), DNC (also Donna Brazile), Clinton Foundation, child trafficking.

Don't ask for a basic gestalt or rundown. Perhaps lurk one thread or read through the previous one (many summaries thrown around) before you ask questions, you'll get familiar with it soon. Yes, there's much speculation, disinfo, lulz as usual. Help us sorting out the good stuff. This could get you started:

Intro Compilation:
Some answers:
Many CBTS aspects on one page:
Plausible explanation for recent events in Saudi Arabia:


Bread Crumbs info dump: >>147433975 (that started it all)


Top tweets about the Australia-Manus-NZ situation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Here's some of the more interesting and insightful tweets about the refugee crisis involving Manus Island, Australia and New Zealand. The most recent tweets are first. Deluxe Minimalist @Hincerooney Let's not pretend the NZ offer would have solved everything in #Manus. There would still be 450 left to die. Hayden Eastmond-Mein @h_yd_n TV show idea: Mike's Manus. Hosking gets dumped on Manus Is. with only the clothes on his back and is stuck there indefinitely. Hamish Keith @hamish_keith What is the status of the Tampa NZ citizens and their families - they were refused entry to Australia on the same...


Meditation Music Healing Frequency 432Hz "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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Britain Faces a Brave New World After Brexit "IndyWatch Feed National"

With the French sharpening their knives, the Tories in disarray, the Irish demanding answers, and a scant 17 months to go before Brexit kicks in, the whole matter is making for some pretty good theatre.

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As the clock ticks down on Britains exit from the European Union, one could not go far wrong casting British Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn as the hopeful Miranda in Shakespeares Tempest: How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world that has such people int.

And Conservative Party Prime Minister Theresa May as Lady Macbeth: Out damned spot, out, I say!

With the French sharpening their knives, the Tories in disarray, the Irish demanding answers, and a scant 17 months to go before Brexit kicks in, the whole matter is making for some pretty good theatre. The difficulty is distinguishing between tragedy and farce.

The Conservatives Partys October 1-4 conference in Manchester was certainly low comedy.

The meeting hall was half empty, Mays signature address was torpedoed by a coughing fit, and a prankster who handed her a layoff notice. Then the Tories vapid slogan Building a country that works for everyone fell on to the stage. And several of Mays cabinet members were openly jockeying to...


FixedIt: Peter Hitchens hasnt been getting noticed enough recently "IndyWatch Feed National"

The media equivalent of a petulant 2 year old throwing his sippy cup on the ground to get busy adults to notice him, courtesy of the Daily Mail.

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Video: Urgent Message from the Refugees Abandoned by the Australian Government on Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed National"

Video message from the refugee men who have been left for dead by the Australian government at the former Australian government-run detention centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. RISE, a group of refugee survivors and ex-detainees in Australia are calling for an International Day of Action in solidarity with the refugee men on Manus at Australian Embassies around the world on November 7th.




FixedIt: Erasing mens violence against women "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Townsville Bulletin reported on a man charged with torture, rape and assault after allegedly holding a woman against her will for three days.

Police raided the residence last Friday, before charging the 26-year-old with torture, possession of drug utensils and two counts each of rape, assault occasioning bodily harm and common assault.

It is alleged he knew the victim and held her against her will between October 9 and October 12.

Despite the horrific nature of the charges, the man accused of these crimes is erased from the headlines, he simply doesnt exist. The victim of the crime is the subject of the sentence.

Erasing mens violence from headlines is not a small matter. Jackson Katz TED talk on male violence and how we talk about it is well worth the 17 minutes it takes to watch, but this quote is central to the invisible perpetrators issue:

It starts with a very basic English sentence: John beat Mary. Thats a good English sentence. John is the subject, beat is the verb, Mary is the object, good sentence. Now were going to move to the second sentence, which says the same thing in the passive voice. Mary was beaten by John. And now a whole lot has happened in one sentence. Weve gone from John beat Mary to Mary was beaten by John. Weve shifted our focus in one sentence from John to Mary, and you can see John is very close to the end of the sentence, well, close to dropping off the map of our psychic plain. The third sentence, John is dropped, and we have, Mary was beaten,...


Pomio locals mobilise to stop logging giant "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Photo shows an earlier (December 2016) protest by people in Pomata against logging

Malaysian logging giant Rimbunan Hijau (RH) is continuing it's efforts to log in the Pomata SABL area in the Pomio District. Local people say this is despite a court decision ordering all logging operations to stop pending the outcome of a court challenge to the logging permit. 

The villagers though are refusing to be intimidated by the logging company. On Tuesday 24th October, people mobilised themselves and blocked the logging machines and stopped the logging company from proceeding any further into their forests. 

The protest involved women, children and men. The villagers claim that it now appears RH started logging in defiance of the court order back in August but their operations went unnoticed until 23rd October. As soon as people became aware of the activities they organised themselves to stop the company.

"There is a court order in place and we the small people respect the court and laws. Why is it that RH is not respecting our rights, the Court and the laws of PNG?, said Edward Nanmat. 

Edward is a clan leader from Manginuna Village in the West Pomio District.


Malcolm Roberts seeks political donations #qldvotes #qldpol @Qldaah "IndyWatch Feed National"

A blog to explore the solicitation of political donations by Malcolm Roberts in relation to Queenslands electoral laws. Check back for updates. The ECQ has confirmed candidates can receive direct transfers to personal bank accounts. In a short statement a spokesperson concluded, The Electoral Act 1992 (Act) does not prohibit Mr Roberts from receiving donations []

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PNG ON A DRIP "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta, said today that Papua New Guinea is like a patient lying on a sick-bed being drip-fed one arm with a foreign exchange drip; the other arm with a cash flow drip.

The patient is likely to get weaker if the drip-feeding continues, he said. What the patient needs are large doses of the medicine given in one hit, to allow the patient to recover, gain strength, start walking and begin gardening for the future.

However, without appropriate action by the Government, it is possible that one or both of the medicine bags will drain completely, endangering the patients life.
Former Prime Minister Morauta said that every fortnight the Government is scratching everywhere to find the K200 million needed to pay public servants salaries in full and on time. I understand that the Government has been milking state-owned agencies such as Kumul Petroleum and the Gaming Board, to enable it to pay fortnightly wages, he said.
This is not a solution to the problem. It is just spreading the sickness wider, as raiding these agencies leaves them with less working capital and, in the case of Kumul Petroleum, less money for future investments.

Sir Mekere said the Government also owes the private sector around K4 billion over K2 billion to Nambawan Super in unpaid employer contributions and around K2 billion in unpaid bills to companies that have provided goods or services to the Government.

There are hundreds of public servants, teachers, nurses and police officers who have retired but have not been paid their entitlements from the Government, he said. This is simply immoral.
For the private sector, the debts owed to them by the Government are crippling their businesses. They have already spent money to provide these goods and services, badly depleting working capital which in turn affects the viability and profitability of their current operations resulting in bankruptcies, reduction in employment and reduction in taxes payable.

The lack of foreign exchange is also critical. I have been saying this for over a year, but the Prime Minister and the Governor of the central bank keep denying there is a problem. They have gone a bit quiet recently, now that both the International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank have finally come out publicly to discuss the threat that the foreign exchange shortage is posin...


Sydney, Australia: Solidarity with anarchists facing repression in Porto Alegre "IndyWatch Feed National"

Solidarity from Sydney, so-called Australia, with anarchists in Porto Alegre facing the repression of the Brazilian state. Photos were taken out the front of Jura Books, an anarchist library and bookshop in Petersham, Sydney.

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MACKAY News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 6th November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Should Donald Trump Stop Tweeting? If Your Answer Is NO, Please Like And Share This Article "IndyWatch Feed National"

Should Donald Trump stop using Twitter? For those of us that love Trump, the answer is obvious. Personally, I love the fact that President Trump uses social media to speak directly with the American people. In times past, presidents always had to rely on the mainstream media to convey their messages, and the mainstream media always twists things. And so if anything, I would actually like to see President Trump use Twitter even more. But the mainstream media absolutely hates that he is going around them, and so they are always trying to convince us that he needs to stop.

For example, on Sunday USA Today ran an article that discussed how a panel of Trump supporters would really like for him to stop tweeting

What most do agree on, however, is whats gone wrong: All those tweets.

I do like the way hes shaken things up in numerous ways, but I definitely would like him to be more presidential, says Margie Chandler, a business manager from Old Monroe, Missouri. He doesnt know when to stop talking.

Some of his tweets are, like, what the hell does this have to do with running the country? says Francis Smazal, a registered nurse from Marshfield, Wis.

Chandler and Smazal are members of the USA TODAY Trump Voter Panel, a sort of free-floating focus group of 25 Trump voters from across the country who have been weighing in every other month or so.


Do they really sound like Trump supporters to you?

They certainly dont sound like any Trump supporters that I know.

Back in September, the Washington Post reported on a survey that supposedly showed that nearly 70 percent of all Americans want Trump to stop tweet...


2017 Kathleen Grattan Award "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Kpiti poet Alison Glenny has won the 2017 Kathleen Grattan Award with The Farewell Tourist, a poetry collection inspired by a visit to Antarctica.

She receives a $10,000 prize and a year's subscription to Landfall, and Otago University Press will publish her collection in 2018.

Glenny says she wrote an initial draft while completing a postgraduate certificate in Antarctic Studies last summer at the University of Canterbury.

One of the amazing things about the course is it includes a short residency in Antarctica, and the early parts of the book were written either in the library at Scott Base (the library with the best view in the world!), or in a tent on the Ross Ice Shelf.

Other influences include the endless light of the Antarctic summer, and the writings of explorers from Antarcticas so-called Heroic Age, and scientific writing about human-driven climate change.

Are we really willing to resign ourselves to saying farewell to Antarcticas unique ecosystems? I truly hope not.

The judge of the 2017 Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award was prize-winning New Zealand poet and fiction writer Bill Manhire who says the collection pushes against the boundaries of what poetry might be.

The Farewell Tourist was the manuscript I wanted to reread most often, each time getting refreshed pleasure from what was already familiar, and also finding new things to enjoy and admire.

The biennial poetry award from Landfall and the Kathleen Grattan Trust is for an original collection of poems, or one long poem, by a New Zealand or Pacific permanent resident or citizen.

Landfall is published by Otago University Press.

About Alison Glenny

Glenny was born in tautahi/Christchurch, and currently live in Paekkriki, on the Kpiti Coast. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University Wellington, and a postgraduate certificate in Antarctic Studies from the University of Canterbury.

She has taught creative writing at Whitireia Polytechnic, and published short fiction and creative nonfiction. She currently works in the area of public housing.

For more information about the Awards, and to learn more about Kathleen Grattan and the history of the award, go to 


Snake Oilers #3: Bot prevention and distributed "crypto magic" credit card storage "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this edition of Snake Oilers were taking a look at two Australian companies and their solutions: Kasada and Haventec.

Kasadas product is a simple one its bot prevention using proof of work and a couple of other things, and Haventechs solution is a bit more out there.

Theyve got a couple of products. One uses device fingerprinting plus a secret for authentication, but theyve actually come up with something else thatll be really interesting to people in the payment card processing space.

Basically theyve come up with a way to split credit card info into a few pieces so it can be stored in a distributed way. Part of the info with the user, part with the merchant and part with the processor. Its a better approach than tokenisation, and will drastically reduce the liability and costs that comes with storing huge amounts of card data on the processor side. Oh, and theyve solved the chargeback problem on that one too.

Links to the companies profiled can be found below. I hope you enjoy the show!


Turnbull knocks back New Zealand offer to relocate Manus refugees "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Victoria

More than 600 refugees continue to barricade themselves at the detention centre on Manus Island and the Australian government continues to try and force them out by cutting off power, water and food supplies.

The issue is that the refugees believe that the Australian government is trying to force them into a more dangerous situation, on an island, where they have already been victims of violence and the hands of some local elements.

New Zealands Prime Minister, has offered to resettle 150 of them, but this has been soundly rejected by Australias Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, although even some members of his own party have been encouraging him to accept the offer.

We are not taking it up at this time, he said, during talks in Sydney with the leader of our neighbour nation. His preference is to pursue a deal for resettlement with the leader of the United States Donald Trump.

This is a clear signal that the policies and methods being used are not about to be changed.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights spokesman Rupert Colville, has stepped in and said that there is grave concern over what is occurring on the island.

We have serious concerns about the welfare, safety and wellbeing of the roughly 600 men who remain in the accommodation compound, who are too frightened to leave, he said.

We call on the Australian Government, as the party who interned the men in the first place, to immediately provide protection, food, water and other basic services.

The men have said they fear they will be subjected to violence at the hands of locals if they leave the compound and, given there have been violent incidents in the past, we believe these fears should be respected and satisfactorily addressed.

Both the Australia and Papua New Guinea are responsible under international human rights law and the 1951 Refugee Convention, to protect the men from harm and ensure they had access to shelter, water, food and sanitation. This requirement is being violated.

Colville suggests that Australias detention centres are are unsustainable, inhumane and contrary to its human rights obligations.

Australian actor Russell Crowe, has tweeted his support for humane treatment by the Australian government.

It just goes to show, the voices fighting to put an end of this nightmare are getting louder.


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Rolling over for Australia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Currently, the Australian government has abandoned the inmates of its Manus island concentration camp without food, water, or power in a tropical hellhole. Their minions the PNG Army are preventing people from delivering food to those in need. The intention is clear: to starve them into leaving and force them into even worse conditions in a new concentration camp or in the PNG community.

This is a clear human rights abuse and humanitarian emergency, and the natural instinct of many New Zealanders is to step in, help out, and offer a home to those Australia is trying to murder. Jacinda Ardern went to Australia over the weekend promising to raise the issue again. Instead, she rolled over for the Aussies:

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has ruled out negotiating directly with Papua New Guinea over taking Manus Island detainees, despite New Zealand's offer to Australia to take 150 refugees being turned down.


Mr Turnbull said Australia was concentrating on an agreement to resettle 1250 people in the United States, an agreement that would cover hundreds more people than New Zealand was offering to take.

But he did not shut the door completely, saying "in the wake" of that, Australia could then "consider other ones".

Ms Ardern said she considered the deal very much still on the table, while acknowledging Australia clearly was not going to act on it anytime soon.

She was asked whether she'd put the offer to PNG instead.

"No, no, because the offer is still under active consideration by Australia so there is no need to do so."

Except Australia isn't "actively considering" anything. Instead it is literally trying to starve refugees to death to force them to give up their claims. Donald Trump is not going to rescue Australia's victims. So we have to. And if that means going around Australia and negotiating directly with PNG, then so be it - because people are going to die if we don't.

That's what's at stake here. A leader with a clear moral vision would see that. Instead, Ardern is giving us mealy-mouthed bullshit. So much for her and her government's principles.


What's wrong? Watch as Nancy Pelosi flubs and stutters her way through a press conference "IndyWatch Feed National"

Prior to the start of a Friday press conference intended to attack President Trump's tax cut proposal, Nancy Pelosi was handed a folder of what she was supposed to tell reporters. It might have been good for her to actually browse it before stepping to the microphone. As the House Minority Leader was waiting for several invited guests to file in behind her, she could hear muttering to herself, "Is it still morning?" "Yeah," she answered - herself - with a laugh. After tripping over the word "incentives," moments later she did a verbal face plant when she tried to say "giveaways."


Part 46C. Australias irrelevant crimes against humanity. Malcolm Turnbulls storm in a teacup was to conceal the fact the the 2016 election results are not legally valid. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Was Malcolm Turnbulls storm in a teacup over Josh Freydenberg  a very clever distraction that concealed the frightening fact the the 2016 election results are not legally valid?

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On Friday 3rd November 2017, Malcolm Turnbull held a press conference and let fly with a very clever load of emotion-charged stuff about Josh Freydenberg and his mother that I believe was probably intended to distract listeners from the real issue, i.e. the 2016 federal election results are not legally valid.  A short video of Malcolm Turnbull making a huge fuss over almost nothing, other than not mentioning Australias current politically driven holocaust, can be seen at:

Check out the facts, not the emotionally charged self-interest hype that Mr. Turnbull churned out:



Glencores Australian arm moved billions through Bermuda "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following article by Ben Doherty (Glencore Paradise Papers  6 November 2017) provides an exposure of some of the activities this major multinational has been involved in, and this includes questionable practices in moving around money and using tax free havens, ignoring safety concerns at its mines and the environmental destruction of indigenous lands. This is all revealed in the Paradise papers, a massive cache of 13 million leaked documents obtained by German newspaper Sddeutsche Zeitung. In Australia, the cmapnys subsidiary is presently in a lockout dispute with its workforce at its Oaky North mine, aimed at cutting wages by nearly half.


The Australian arm of the global mining giant Glencore has been involved in cross-currency swaps of up to $25bn of a type under specific investigation by the Australian tax office, the Paradise Papers reveal.

Glencore, the worlds largest mining company by revenue, has attracted significant controversy since its entry into the Australian market in the mid-1990s over its tax strategies, degradation of sacred Indigenous lands, and black lung and lead blood poisoning among its workforce and their families.

Its massive global network of subsidiaries and related companies has been revealed by the release of the Paradise Papers, a cache of more than 13m documents including files from the premier offshore law firm Appleby. Glencore is one of Applebys largest clients. The material in the Paradise Papers comes from two offshore service providers and the company registries of 19 tax havens, and was obtained by the German newspaper Sddeutsche Zeitung and shared by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists with partners including the Guardian.

The Paradise Papers reveal Glencore Australia was involved in huge cross-currency interest rate swaps complex financial instruments previously targeted by the Australian Taxation Office for investigation, under suspicion they are being used to avoid paying Australian tax.

The swaps, which are lawful, are used to transform interest payments in one currency into another currency. But tax authorities around the world are concerned by their being used between arms of multinational companies to enter into deals at unrealistic, non-commercial rates, then using the swaps as a way to shift profits from high-tax to low-tax jurisdictions.

The Paradise Papers show that on 12 April 2013 two Bermuda-based arms of Glencore Glencore Capital and Glencore Finance (Bermuda) changed $25bn in Australian dollars to US dollars through Glencore Australia I...


Defending the right to protest Pine Gap "IndyWatch Feed National"

I signed the following public statement to support peaceful protest of the secretive US spy base at Pine Gap in Australia. Its directed at Attorney General George Brandis:

We seek your urgent intervention to protect the right to freedom of speech, expression, political communication and of religion for six Australian citizens who face up to seven years in jail for a peaceful protest in which they were praying and playing musical instruments.

In September 2016, several hundred Australians of diverse ages, professions and creeds gathered in Alice Springs to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Pine Gap Agreement.

As part of the peaceful protests near the facility, five Christians prayed and played a musical lament, regarding the role of Pine Gap in war-fighting in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Syria. They were arrested.

The peaceful and symbolic ceremonies conducted by Margaret Pestorius, Tim Webb, Franz Dowling, Andrew Paine, Jim Dowling, as well as Paul Christie (arrested in a separate incident), were intended to bear witness to the death and suffering of civilians as a result of United States military operations, including drone assassinations, facilitated by surveillance conducted at Pine Gap.

Since their peaceful protests, more evidence has emerged detailing the role of Pine Gap in the activities that concerned the Peace Pilgrims. It implicates Australia in extrajudicial drone assassinations in countries with which we are not at war, in nuclear weapons targeting and in illegal mass surveillance.

Three months after the protest, you authorised the prosecution of these concerned citizens for unlawful entry under the Defence Special Undertakings Act 1952 (Cth).

That legislation was drafted at the height of the Cold War to secure areas for British nuclear testing, and it permits prosecutions to be held in secret, and for records of hearings to be destroyed, imposing penalties of up to $42,000 and 7 years in jail.

This prosecution occurs as Australia prepares to serve on the UN Human Rights Council and when UN Rapporteurs have criticised policies, laws and actions of your government that undermine freedom of expression, freedom of assembly a...


Aust Taxation Office eyes Paradise Papers "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Taxation Office is scouring the 'Paradise Papers'.

The Australian Taxation Office is scouring the Paradise Papers.

The Australian Taxation Office will analyse a trove of more than 13 million leaked documents covering a complex offshore web of financial dealings involving hundreds of politicians, celebrities and companies around the globe.

An investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has uncovered documents relating to the movement of billions of dollars through Bermuda by the Australian arm of the global mining giant Glencore, as well as details from INXS frontman Michael Hutchences disputed estate.

Glencores Australian division moved billions of dollars through Bermuda using cross-currency interest rate swaps to try and minimise its tax liabilities, according to the documents, dubbed the Paradise Papers.

An ATO spokeswoman said the tax office would analyse the data as part of a wider investigation into complex tax structures.

Treasurer Scott Morrison said the ATO was on the front foot in terms of investigating tax avoidance and had 13 companies under review.

In some cases there will be people caught up in this who have done nothing illegal, and theres no suggestion of that Im sure, but what it does do is shine a further light on the way structures are put in place, he told ABC radio on Monday.

Mr Morrison said the swap financing scheme used by Glencore has since been changed after being scrutinised by the ATO.

I think what that demonstrates is the ATO being on the job, he said.

But Oxfam Australia chief executive Helen Szoke said the federal government needs to take further action to tackle tax dodging and introduce rules forcing multinationals to publish their profits, taxes and assets for every country in which they operate.

Until real action is taken, the super-wealthy and big companies will continue to shirk paying their fair share of taxes and ordinary people and the worlds poorest pay the price, Dr Szoke said.

Opposition assistant treasury spokesman Andrew Leigh urged the government to commit to a tax haven transparency package, which includes rules forcing companies to say whether they do business in tax havens and show where they pay tax.

Until the government commits to a comprehensive tax haven transparency package as Labor has the public is going to r...


Community groups oppose ISDS in TPP-11 talks as US dumps ISDS in NAFTA, and NZ also says no "IndyWatch Feed National"

November 6, 2017 The Australian Government should oppose foreign investor rights to sue governments in the talks attempting to resurrect the TPP without the US later this week, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.

The talks will take place in da Nang, Vietnam on November 8-9, ahead of the APEC meeting to be held on November 10.

Investor-State Dispute Settlement, known as ISDS, allows foreign investors to bypass national courts and sue governments for millions of dollars in unfair international tribunals, as occurred when the Philip Morris tobacco company sued the Australian government over our public health tobacco regulation. Most TPP governments only reluctantly agreed to ISDS in the original TPP because the US insisted on it as a condition of access to US markets. With the US no longer involved it makes no sense for the Australian government to continue to support it, said Dr Ranald

Even the US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said publicly last week that the US wants to opt out of ISDS in NAFTA, because of the risk and costs of US governments being sued by foreign corporations. This further undermines the case for including it in the TPP or any trade agreement.

Dr Ranald added that the New Zealand Herald has reported that the newly-elected New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, said that New Zealand would not agree to ISDS at the APEC TPP11 talks.

She explained that Australian opinion polls and numerous submissions to parliamentary inquiries have shown strong opposition to ISDS across the spectrum, ranging from the Productivity Commission and former High Court Chief Justice French to public health and consumer groups, environmentalists and...


Australia: Muslim gives Islamic State salute as he and four others are jailed for plotting jihad massacre "IndyWatch Feed National"

He made the one-fingered ISIS salute as he was led to the docks. His sister shouted Sulayman, I love you and his father said stay strong.' Clearly they are moderates who are shocked, shocked! by his turn to jihad terrorism. What will they be doing now? What will he do once he gets out of []


Electoral commission to do Senate recount "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce and deputy leader Fiona Nash are in Lismore today (Thursday). AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce and deputy leader Fiona Nash are in Lismore today (Thursday). AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

The Australian Electoral Commission is set to conduct special recounts of Senate votes in three states to replace four dual-citizen senators the High Court booted out of parliament.

National Party deputy leader Fiona Nash (NSW), former Greens senators Scott Ludlam (WA) and Larissa Waters (Qld) and One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts (Qld) were all ruled ineligible.

The special recounts will take place in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth at 10am on Monday local time.

The special counts will not require the manual handling of ballot papers because the commission will use the voter preference data already gathered.

Former Democrats senator Andrew Bartlett is likely to replace Ms Waters while 23-year-old student Jordon Steele-John is expected to take Mr Ludlams seat.

Its likely Mr Roberts will be replaced by the next in line on the One Nation ticket, Fraser Anning.

Mr Anning was facing bankruptcy proceedings that would have ruled him out of the seat but the case has been dropped.

Ms Nashs Senate seat would ordinarily go to the next person on the NSW coalition ticket, Liberal Hollie Hughes, which could upset the Nationals.

Ms Hughes is disqualified from sitting at the moment because she holds a government job at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce was also disqualified from parliament but has a chance to win back his lower house New England NSW seat at a by-election in December.

The post Electoral commission to do Senate recount appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Premier denies defying Adani advice "IndyWatch Feed National"

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk AAP Image/Dan Peled

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk AAP Image/Dan Peled

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has denied her decision to veto a major federal infrastructure loan to mining giant Adani goes against the Integrity Commissioners advice.

In an election bombshell, the premier on Friday revealed her partner Shaun Drabsch, who works for PriceWaterhouse Coopers, had worked on the application for a $1 billion loan under the Commonwealths Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund.

She said she would exercise her ability to veto the loan to remove suspicion of a conflict of interest.

But on Sunday Ms Palaszczuk said shed made the decision in order to meet a 2015 election commitment that not a single dollar of taxpayers money would go towards the project.

In supporting the loan, the Queensland government must act as a middleman to channel the funds from the federal government to Adani.

The premier denied withdrawing support defied Integrity Commissioner Dr Nikola Stepanovs advice that she exclude herself from all cabinet deliberations or decision making on NAIF.

I accept the Integrity Commissioners advice, however in relation to the loan in relation to Adani, Ive made it very clear our previous commitment was that not one single dollar of taxpayers money would go towards that project, she told reporters.

I stand by my commitment and therefore we have put in place a veto.

I will draft that letter on premiers letterhead, and if I am re-elected, on the first day of being re-elected I will send that letter to Malcolm Turnbull.

Ms Palaszczuk has insisted there had been nothing untoward and she had not known about her partners involvement as part of PWCs work to secure the funding for the Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin.

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said the decision was overkill designed to shore up Greens preferences.

She just wants to make a problem that she has go away and that problem is coming from the left wing of the Labor party and the inner-city Greens who are threatening Labor and their vote, he sa...


Womens wartime memories cast new light on a grim time "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Memories of war
(L-R) researcher Margaret Embahe, interviewees Angela Arasepa and Alberta Doiko, researcher Mavis Tongia

VICTORIA STEAD | The Conversation

MELBOURNE - November 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Kokoda Track Campaign of World War II.

The campaign involved a series of battles between Allied and Japanese forces along the mountainous 96km track connecting Kokoda Station, in Papua New Guineas Oro Province, with the capital Port Moresby.

Kokoda has become iconic in Australian national narratives of the war. Its commemoration most commonly invokes images of Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, local carriers who assisted Allied forces and whose relationships with Australian soldiers are frequently described in terms of mateship and brotherly bonds.

But there is good reason to look beyond these narratives. Feminist historians and scholars of conflict have urged us to be attentive to the effects of wars on women, as well as to the roles they have played even in seemingly impossible circumstances.

Seventy-five years after the end of the Kokoda campaign, the effects of the war on PNG women have been given relatively little attention. Women are barely represented in the popular museum at Kokoda Station or in the Australian-funded war memorial in the provincial capital, Popondetta.

Since 2015, I have been working with two Oro women, Margaret Embahe and Mavis Manuda Tongia, to record oral history interviews about womens wartime experiences in the province.

Many of our interviewees have been women; others have been men telling stories about their mothers, grandmothers, or other women.

The time that has passed since the war means that the stories we are collecting are often trans-generational ones, passed down from parents to children, or else the direct recollections of people who were children when the war arrived.

Dates and details are sometimes fuzzy. Nevertheless, powerful themes are emerging out of our research, which extend and...


More on those wonderfully engineered PNG cane bridges "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Read Fr Garry Roches original article here

Constructing bridge across the Raihu (Australian War Memorial)The kunda bridge across the Raihu at Aitape


BRISBANE - Very few people know that in the 1950s there was a kunda bridge across the Raihu River at Aitape where there is now a steel and concrete bridge.

During World War II, in 1944-45, the Australians (No 7 Mobile Works Squadron RAAF) built a Bailey Bridge near the mouth of the Raihu River as they needed a connection between Tadji airstrip and Aitape beach where small boats unloaded. This photo shows it under construction.

This bridge only lasted a few months; it was washed away by the huge torrent of the Raihu River in flood. Its still there somewhere, buried under the gravel.

Then, in the 1950s, a new dynamic young kiap arrived and was disgusted with the rather inconvenient journey he had to make to the airstrip.

When Bobby Gibbes weekly Norseman aircraft came, the kiap had to drive to the Raihu River in his new Landrover, the only new vehicle in Aitape as everyone else was still using old Army jeeps. Then he had to hop on a two-man canoe (government issue) and rely on the Catholic Mission or our Tadji Plantation jeep to get to the airstrip.

Worse still, if the Raihu was in flood, he would not be able to get to the airstrip at all.

Suddenly half a dozen Highlands policemen appeared (Aitape had never seen Highlanders before).

Then was fierce activity as these policemen ordered large numbers of kalabus (prisoners) to fetch kunda from the bush and before long we had a 50 metre kunda bridge which I sped across on my little BSA motorbike every day.

Villagers came from all over the district to see this wonder.

The dynamic young kiap was none other than the one and only Bill Brown, a regular contributor to these pages.

Sadly, sometime later, a huge tree swept down the flooded river collided with the bridge and ripped most of it away.

There were just a few strands of kunda left and...


Arderns Australian visit "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Jacinda Ardern had a quick visit to Australia in her first international visit as Prime Minister. It seems to have been little more than touching base with Malcolm Turnbull, who she will see soon at the APEC meeting in Vietnam. RNZ: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wont bypass Australia over Manus Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has []


Congratulating AFL-CIO for Adopting Resolution 50: War is Not the Answer "IndyWatch Feed National"

United for Peace and Justice congratulates the AFL-CIO for adopting Resolution 50: War is Not the Answer at its recent convention, on October 25, 2017.  

In Resolution 50, [T]
he AFL-CIO calls upon the president and Congress to bring the war dollars home and make our priority as a nation rebuilding this countrys crumbling infrastructure, creating millions of living wage jobs and addressing human needs such as education, health care, housing, retirement security and jobs. Read the full text of the resolution here.

Our heartfelt 
thanks US Labor Against the War (USLAW) for its tireless efforts.


Hands off the Anarchist Movement ! Solidarity with #FAG & Anarchists in #Brazil! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Statement by the Anarkismo network and its following organizations: Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group Melbourne, Australia, Alternative Libertaire France
Alternativa Libertaria Italy, Organisation Socialiste Libertaire Switzerland, Workers Solidarity Movement Ireland, Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front South Africa.


Against normalization and repression: Struggle and organize !

Originally published by Anarkismo.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of  these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Hands off the anarchist movement ! Solidarity with FAG & anarchists in Brazil!

We learnt that on October 25th, a large police operation called Erebus (rebo in Portuguese, i.e. the name of the Greek god of darkness) was launched against the anti-authoritarian movement.

The civil police invaded at least 4 libertarian premises and claims to have warrants against a dozen of premises and a...

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