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Sunday, 12 November


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

Rev William Francis Frank Houston.  Founder of Hillsong Church. Over 400 boy sex abuse victims of Frank Houston. Self-confessed lifelong secret pedophile. 


Note of 12 November 2017

Pastor Brian Houston, the current head pastor of Hillsong Global Church is to face pedophile protection charges some time in the future from the Australian Police and Authorities.

Ive edited the article below reflecting current up to date information.


This article and its updates

This article outlines the history of Pastor Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong, and his secret sexual abuse of hundreds of little boys, male pre-teens and male teens over five or more decades possibly for 70 years if you include his grandchildren and rent boys (underage male prostitutes).

This site is the most authoritative and comprehensive site on Hillsong corruption, Houston corruption and Hillsong pedophilia.

This article was first published on this site on 9 September 2012 prior to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

It has been updated since as more facts have come to light and more events have unfolded.


Note written on Friday 27 May 2016



PNG Kumuls v USA Tomahawks RLWC Match live updates, live streaming "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

We are using the Twitter Feed to bring to you live updates and streaming of the Papua New Guinea Kumuls and the USA Tomahawks Rugby League World Cup Match.
This match will kick off at 3:00 PM local time this afternoon. It will be played at the National Football Stadium (NFS) in Port Moresby. RLWC has announced this match is another sellout.

 We will also post short live stream videos during the game period. Please follow the updates below or refresh your browser every time to see the new updates and videos.

Highlights here.


PNG Kumuls thrash USA Tomahawks 64 - 0 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea posted their highest ever World Cup total, scoring at almost a point a minute in the opening half as their blistering attack terrorised the United States defence, busting through the line on 13 separate occasions.
Kumuls second rower Rhyse Martin stared, as he slotted 10 from 11 conversions despite strong winds to ensure Papua New Guinea progress out of the group stages undefeated.

The win sets up a date with England for a place in the Quarter-Finals next week.

The win did come at cost for Papua New Guinea however, as Garry Lo was taken from the field early in the second half after injuring his ankle in a tackle.

With the wind at their back, USA kicked off to get the game underway and attempted to end the Papua New Guineans three game winning streak.

But after surviving an early onslaught from the Kumuls, the USA couldnt hold them out for long as James Segeyaro put Lachlan Lam over for a try in his opening appearance for Papua New Guinea.

Segeyaro threw a dummy and broke through the Hawks line before drawing the fullback and offloading to Lam who pumped his fist in joy before putting the ball down and running in to celebrate with the crowd.

With the floodgates now open, Papua New Guinea started to apply the heat to the Americans who conceded two tries in two plays.

After a simple backline move, winger Justin Olam found himself with enough space on the flanks to crash over giving PNG a 10-0 lead in just 12 minutes.

The Kumuls then scored off the kick off when Moses Meninga made the initial line-break before offloading to James Segeyaro who streaked away to score under the posts.

PNG ran in three more tries before the half-time siren blew, including Lams second of the day as the USA headed into the sheds trailing 34-0.

Unfortunately for the Hawks, the Kumuls picked up where they left off in the first half taking only two minutes to find the try line.

USA got close to points in the 73rd minute when fullback, Corey Makelim, looked certain to score before David Mead produced an amazing try-saving tackle to deny the USA of points.

The win means Papua New Gui...


Trump Reverses, Backs U.S. Intelligence Agencies When Asked About Russian Meddling John Kelly: The tweets dont run my lifegood staff work runs it. "IndyWatch Feed National"

But the president wouldnt say definitively whether he believes the report that Russia interfered in 2016 election

Updated Nov. 12, 2017 3:39 a.m. ET

HANOI, VietnamPresident Donald Trump said he had full confidence in U.S. intelligence agencies, indicating that he believed a report earlier this year that concluded Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

Still, asked to answer with an affirmative yes or no about whether he believed that report was true, Mr. Trump declined. Instead, he expressed confusion that there was any question about his confidence in the intelligence agencies and again cast doubt on the previous administration, which initially assembled the report.

I am with our agencies, especially as currently constituted, Mr. Trump said on Sunday in Hanoi, Vietnam. I believe very much in our intelligence agencies.

Standing outside the Presidential Palace in Hanoi with Vietnam President Trn i Quang, Mr. Trump begrudgingly acknowledged his acceptance of the intelligence report a day after casting doubt on the U.S. intelligence community.

Flying from Da Nang, Vietnam on Saturday, Mr. Trump told reporters that Russian President Vladimir Putin was irritated by repeated questions about his countrys involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and called a trio of former heads of U.S. intelligence agencies political hacks.

On Sunday, Mr. Trump was asked to definitely assertyes or nowhether he believed that Mr. Putin and/or Russia interfered in the election, Mr. Trump did neither.

Instead, he said he was with our agencies, and added the caveat that he meant his cabinet. The report was assembled under the Obama administration, but Mr. Trumps top intelligence officials have all unequivocally said they believe the findings.

Im surprised theres any conflict on this, Mr. Trump said.



Trump Says Putin Means It About Not Meddling Gets A Firestorm From U.S. Intelligence Community, John McCain "IndyWatch Feed National"

DANANG, Vietnam President Trump said on Saturday that he believed President Vladimir V. Putin was sincere in his denials of interference in the 2016 presidential elections, calling questions about Moscows meddling a politically motivated hit job that was hindering cooperation with Russia on life-or-death issues.

Speaking after meeting privately with Mr. Putin on the sideline of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting in Danang, Vietnam, Mr. Trump said that he had again asked whether Russia had meddled in the contest, but that the continued focus on the issue was insulting to Mr. Putin.

Mr. Trump said it was time to move past the issue so that the United States and Russia could cooperate on confronting the nuclear threat from North Korea, solving the Syrian civil war and working together on Ukraine.

He said he didnt meddle I asked him again, Mr. Trump told reporters traveling with him aboard Air Force One as he flew to Hanoi for more meetings. You can only ask so many times. I just asked him again. He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did.

Mr. Trump did not answer a direct question about whether he believed Mr. Putins denials, but his account of the conversation indicated he was far more inclined to accept the Russian presidents assertions than those of his own intelligence agencies, which have concluded that Mr. Putin directed an elaborate effort to interfere in the vote. The C.I.A., the National Security Agency, the F.B.I. and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence all determined that Russia medd...


PERTH Man charged after serious crash in East Perth, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man charged after serious crash in East Perth, WA .

November 12, 2017 at 10:00AM .

Major Crash investigators have charged a 48 year old Padbury man with Careless Driving Causing Grievous Bodily Harm as a result of their .


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: australia, crime, perth


PERTH Perth truckie charged over cyclist crash "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth truckie charged over cyclist crash .

November 12, 2017 at 12:15PM .

Police said on Sunday the truck driver had been charged with careless driving causing grievous bodily harm and will face Perth Magistrates Court on .


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: australia, crime, perth


15 Scientifically Proven Signs You Are Smarter Than Average "IndyWatch Feed National"

Have you always felt that your intelligence was superior to most people around you? Growing up our childhood is largely based on the concept of how smart we can demonstrate that we are, and how we stack up against our peers. This is enforced through test scores, school assignments and the quest to be accepted into our school of choice. We quickly learn to accept that our ability to memorize and recall information taught to us in classes is the true measure of how smart we are within our education system.

As we leave the world of academia and enter to the real world, we are introduced to the idea that the qualifications to be smart as were accepted in school no longer accommodate the true measure of intelligence. When aspects such as street smarts are added to the equation, one must look outside of the traditional testing process. We begin looking at a number of different factors such as curiosity, creativity, and emotional intelligence. This broader definition of the word smart can be hard to define and identify, however, there are signs that we can watch for.

Source: Indy100


Check out these 15 scientifically proven signs that you are smarter than average:

You are a procrastinator.

Experts say that many of the greatest minds of our time were found to be procrastinators. This may be due to a complete focus on one specific task, putting all others aside for the time being, or it may be a technique to tap into their deeper, creative side. One great example often found to procrastinate while working towards his next big innovation was Steve Jobs.

You are open to the opinions of others.

Psychologists have found that people who remain open-minded when presented with the opinions and views of others, actively seeking out new ways to approach a situation, score higher on intelligence tests than their closed-minded peers.



War Commemoration Porn: Remembrance Day Celebrations "IndyWatch Feed National"

The officials are called one by one to lay wreathes, a ceremony of mechanical efficiency.  With each laying comes the sense of wonder at how this could happen.  Political figures are the first to vote in parliaments and side with the executive when it comes to wars.  The temptations of human drives to tempt, and then succumb to death, were there long before Sigmund Freud identified them.

In the Australian capital, there were many wreaths, so many uniformed, deodorised dignitaries distant from the cries of battle and the horror of engineered slaughter.  There were the expected, the usual, the normal: the most medalled of them all, the Governor General, the various Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force.

There was the Chief Justice of the Australian High Court making her appearance.  There was even the ceremonial didgeridoo player.  Various associations also featured: those dealing with the incapacitated; the matter of war widows, the issue of legacies.  It seemed like a vast whos who of the military complex, which is exactly what it was.

The Australian response here is, in some ways, more tragic than most.  Retained, generally white Ghurkhas for imperial causes (there were those of other races in the Australian armed forces at points), they flitted between theatres to be slaughtered at the behest of not-so-grand strategies that mangled the word freedom and confused it for politics. In battle, such a word has little meaning, about as significant, in fact, as a wreath.  What matters is survival.

Across media networks, the word freedom was uttered as an automatic response, a genetically programmed insistence that the deaths of the Great War had been somehow necessary and, importantly, productive.

That disposition was sown by such figures as King George V, who had issued a request to the people of the British Empire to suspend ordinary activities for two minutes on the hour of the armistice which stayed the worldwide carnage of the four preceding years and marked the victory of Right and Freedom.

In 1997, the Australian Governor-General, Sir William Deane, proclaimed that November 11 be deemed Remembrance Day, insisting that a minutes silence be observed at 11 am on November 11 each year, a pause to reflect, more broadly, sacrifices made by the Australian armed forces.

Modern representatives of this view abound, and they are, unsurprisingly, effusive in the veterans organisations.  There were the remarks, for instance, of Richard Embleton from the Geelong Returned and Services League, who reflected on the tens of thousands of wool poppies laid out before Melbournes Shrine of Remembrance.  You only have to look around Australia [to see] how free we are and how important it is.



Putin Says Alleged Manafort Russian Link Fabricated by Trump Opponents "IndyWatch Feed National"

US President Donald Trump ponders the answer to a question from a reporter en route to Hanoi, Vietnam, aboard Air Force One November 11, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

US President Donald Trump ponders the answer to a question from a reporter en route to Hanoi, Vietnam, aboard Air Force One November 11, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Danang, Vietnam: President Donald Trump said he believed President Vladimir Putin when he denied accusations that Russia meddled in last years US election, despite US intelligence agencies conclusion of Russian interference.

Trump made the comment after he and Putin met briefly at a summit in Vietnam on Saturday and agreed on a joint statement supporting a political solution for Syria, now in its seventh year of civil war.

It was the first encounter of the two leaders since July and came during a low in US-Russia relations and at a time when Trump is haunted by an in...


Flycatcher flurry of feeding for lucky little Leaden "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Little winner today, juvenile Leaden Flycatcher fresh from nest with devoted parents shuttling food in every few seconds.

No surprise having the young bird appear from 'nowhere'. Leadens build dainty camouflaged cup nests which defy sighting from below the limbs and forks supporting them.

Little losers today, Brown-backed Honeyeaters with part-finished nest almost within touching distance outsid...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 0.80 AUD


An important issue for New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Guest Post: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visited Australia to talk about the most important issue facing our country. Was it economics? No. Was it work opportunities? No. Rather, its what Australia is doing with the hundreds of refugee border jumpers they are housing on Manus Island. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and now Prime Minister Jacinda []

The post An important issue for New Zealand appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


MEDIA RELEASE: Labors Plan a Win for the Reef and Renewables "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) today welcomed Labors commitment to support large scale renewable energy generation and solar and energy efficiency measures in schools.

Fight For Our Reef Campaign Director Imogen Zethoven said that the future survival of the Great Barrier Reef depends on a rapid switch from coal to clean renewable energy.

Over the past two summers, 49% of shallow water corals died on the Great Barrier Reef due by climate change, driven mainly by the burning of coal and gas.

Our Great Barrier Reef is in grave danger. The biggest threat to its survival is climate change. The solution is solar and wind power.

Its not too late to save the Reef but time is fast running out. Thats why AMCS today welcomes the commitment today to push ahead with a clean energy future for Queensland.

Labors policy announcement is good for the Reef and good for regional jobs.

Labors policy stands in stark contrast to the LNPs support for a new coal fired power station in North Queensland.

The LNP should drop support for new coal fired power and embrace a plan for a rapid switch to renewable energy to protect Queenslands and Australias greatest natural asset.

A new coal fired power station will add to the danger facing the Reef. It shows a complete disregard for the 64,000 jobs that depend on a healthy Reef.

The vast majority of Queenslanders support solar not coal. Its time the LNP renounced its addiction to coal and embraced a future for the Reef and renewables, Ms Zethoven said.



Westall, the Department of Supply and Mr 'X' "IndyWatch Feed National"


In a Facebook post dated 10 November 2017, and titled 'The troubled Public Servant,' Westall researcher Shane Ryan, reported that in 2010 he was contacted by a woman with some inside knowledge about the 1966 Westall, Melbourne incident, gained from her father.

In the post, Shane gave details of the contents of a number of emails from the woman (one from 2010, one from 2012) and her brother (one from 2012). The 2012 emails concerned the HIBAL hypothesis, but the important email is the 2010 one from the daughter, of the person I am choosing to refer to as Mr 'X.'

I have decided to annotate her words, rather than addressing points raised at the end of her text.

The email

'I am writing to you because I hadn't realised there were so many other witnesses to an event that my father was involved with in 1966. My father was the Assistant Controller of Aircraft, Weapons and Guided Missiles with the Department of Supply in Melbourne.

1. Shane found a Department of Supply Bulletin, in the National Library of Australia which confirmed that Mr X was indeed the Assistant Controller of the Aircraft, Guided Weapons and Electronics Supply Division of the Department of Supply in August 1967. We have not been able to confirm his position on 6 April 1966, the date of the Westall incident.

' He was a brilliant intellectual, Dux of High School, First class honours in Engineering and a science degree in Electronics all in 3 years. I mention this because he was not a fool, or someone who would dream up what he saw.

2. A check of the National Archives of Australia revealed Mr X's war records, which indicate he was an Engineer.

'I do not know how he was involved in the sighting of the object. He was, however told (by someone senior to him) that if he were to speak of this incident to anyone, he would lose his job.

3. A search of the Internet reveals that the immediate senior of the Assistant Controller of the Aircraft, Guided Weapons and Electronics Supply Division of the Department of Supply was in fact the Controller, of the Aircraft, Guided Weapons and Electronics Supply Division of the Department of Supply. On 6 April 1966, this was one Ian Bowman Fleming. He held the position between 1958-1967. Fleming was the director of the project which produced Australia's first unmanned target aircraft, Jindivik. Unfortunately, we are unable to seek any knowledge about Westall from Fleming as he passed away in 1993.

'He used to say that knew what he saw, he was very angry that this event was not seen as an opportunity. He was intimidated on a regular b...


The two sides to the refugees on Manus Island story "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

There are two sides to every story. How should we feel about the plight of the refugee men of fighting age marooned on Manus Island who are refusing to leave the immigration detention centre that has been closed to move to other accommodation where food and power and medical care is provided? Side one: Manus []

The post The two sides to the refugees on Manus Island story appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Belden Namah Tribunal the developments, and drama "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Commentary By Bonny Kaiyo 

The tribunal set up to hear allegations of leadership misconduct made against Honourable Belden Namah MP for Vanimo Green River entered Day 5 or Session 5 yesterday.
And, the Public Prosecutor adduced evidence in Category 1 by calling Mr Conrad Tilao, now Acting Provincial Administrator for West Sepik Province as witness when the tribunal re convened at 9.30am. The tribunal also heard evidence adduced for Category 2, involving the court room drama where it is alleged Belden Namah with the assistance of some policemen and soldiers stormed the supreme court in session and ordered the arrest of Chief Justice Sir Salam Injia.

Mr Tilao under oath said the MP for Vanimo Green River immediately after winning the 2007 seat and declared MP threatened to suspend him as District Administrator for Vanimo Green River District when he expressed contrasting views, and was seen with Mr Philip Inou, the former MP whom Belden Namah just defeated at the polls.

Under cross examination by Belden Namahs lawyer Greg Sheppard, he said although the threat was made the discipline and suspension never eventuated , and he ended up being cross transferred or swap- transferred with the District Administrator for Teleformin District Lou Badui on the same salary scale, and even promoted to Deputy Provincial Administrator and now Acting Provincial Administrator in the intervening 10 years since the alleged leadership breach by Belden Namah.

Mr Sheppard successfully, after re- structuring his questions asked to Mr Tilao, had him admit that Belden Namahs action did not influence his professional status to diminish.

Under Category 2(photo shown, MP for Vanimo - Green River moments before the alleged court room drama), evidence was adduced by the Public Prosecutor with Registrar of Courts being called to the witness box, but he was absent, and his affidavit was subsequently rejected and the Public Prosecutor was asked by the tribunal to produce him in person to testify today.

The other evidence presented to the tribunal was the audio recording by the court of the confrontation that occurred when it was alleged Belden Namah with the assistance of some policemen and soldiers stormed the supreme court in session and ordered the arrest of Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia.

Belden Namahs lawyer Greg Sheppard did not object to the 30 seconds playing of the audio tape, which was presented as oral evidenc...


Despite a victory on IP, the TPP's resurgence hasn't cured its ills "IndyWatch Feed National"

Image: Chambosan/Shutterstock

Even so Canada's trade minister, Canada's trade minister, Francois-Philippe Champagne confirmed that the agreement is far from being finalised, recognising that more work was needed on some key issues. Meanwhile the TPP has been renamed as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the official Ministerial statement, including the schedule of suspended provisions, was released yesterday.

This article is by Jeremy Malcolm and Jyoti Panday, and was originally published on EFF's Deeplinks blog. It is republished here under a Creative Commons CC-BY licence and has been slightly edited for spelling and context. See the original article.

We now know that almost the entire Intellectual Property (IP) chapter that had been the source of some of the most controversial elements of the original agreement has been suspended. Back in August, EFF wrote to the TPP ministers explaining why it would make no sense to include copyright term extension in the agre...



Several years back--in the pre-Trump era--a friend attended a forum at the Brookings Institution on the subject of US-Russian relations. During the question and answer portion of the event, she asked a question about American and European meddling in Ukraine,...


I am the mother the Australian Government would rather forget "IndyWatch Feed National"

How do you follow a start to an article that says the following? From the Sydney Morning Herald comes this paragraph: I am the mother that the Australian government would rather forget. My daughter Mia was killed in a stabbing attack almost a year ago in a backpacker hostel in far north Queensland, while she []


A Gold Medal For Our Cider, A Brand New Beer And A Big Plug For Sarah "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its been a pretty big few months for Sparkke, Australias most political and socially progressive alcohol brand. And in case youve been living under a rock, New Matilda owner Chris Graham is a shareholder in Sparkke a socially progressive beverage company run, owned and conceived by a group of women from Adelaide. Hence the ongoing gratuitous free plugs.

Recently, Sparkke launched a new beer a New England Pale Ale called Whats Planet B? Obviously, climate change is the message.

Sparkke's latest addition, a New England Pale Ale called 'What's Planet B?'Sparkkes latest addition, a New England Pale Ale called Whats Planet B?

For beer lovers, heres the official guff on the new brew:

Our new juicy, hazy ale is zealously packed with 6 hop varieties mostly from the USA including 2 (!) dry hops for a generous fruity flavour and aroma. Tropical and tangy, expect notes of grapefruit, pineapple and tangerine and a sherberty, smooth and rich mouthfeel. Volume: 330mL. Bitterness: 20 IBUs. Colour: 12 EBC. Malt: Ale, Flaked Wheat, Oats, Carapils, Munich. Late Addition Hops: Flaconers Flight, Mosaic, Equinox, Eldorado. All natural ingredients, no preservatives, no concentrate and no sulphur.

You can read more about (and order) Whats Planet B? here.

Its the sixth new beverage in Sparkkes line-up earlier this year we launched Change The Date (a pilsner); Nipples are Nipples (a hard lemonade); Boundless Plains To Share (a ginger beer); Say I Do (a white wine bubbles); and Consent Cant Come After You Do (an apple cider).

On the latter, Sparkkes apple cider is kind of a big deal now.

Consent cant come after you do won a Gold Medal at the Australian Cider Awards last month, against a record 250 entries (all vying for a single gold medal).

You might want to read a review of Consent here, published last week in the Financial Review.

Its Sparkkes first year not just producing the cider, but producing anything (Sparkke only hit the streets in early 2017).

Agi Gajic (pictured above) is the brains and the brewer behind Consent.

Speaking of brains, Sarah Lyons Sparkkes winemaker was recently named by The Weekend Australia as one of the t....


Not recommended: John Smelcer's KISKA "IndyWatch Feed National"

Published by Leapfrog Press, John Smelcer's Kiska was released in November of 2017.  I'll start by saying I do not recommend Kiska. Back in September when I received an advanced reader copy of Smelcer's book, I tweeted as I read it. Last week, Melissa S. Green sent me an in-depth review of his book. Rather than repeat what she said in her excellent review, I'm going to focus on a couple of things: the seal story and the dramatic character of Smelcer's story. 

First, though some background.

My guess is that most people do not know that Native peoples of Alaska were removed from their villages during World War II. In fact, most people don't know much about the Indigenous people of Alaska.

As I began the background research to review Kiska, I wrote to colleagues and writers in Alaska to ask about the internment of the Aleut people. I learned that the preferred name for the people I was asking about is Unangam. One resource I was pointed to is The Alaska Native Reader (2009), edited by Maria Sha Tla Williams. Here's a paragraph (I highlighted the end of the last sentence (Kindle Locations 62-66):

The history of Alaska is often told from the perspective of outsiders and those who view the resources of Alaska as amazing treasures to exploit. There are stories of eighteenth-century Russian fur hunters, of the brave miners who came to Alaska in the late nineteenth century to discover gold, of the companies that developed salmon canneries, and, in the twentieth century, of the oil companies that worked together to build the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, one of the engineering marvels of the twentieth century. These stories are often highlighted and even exalted, yet one must ask what was the impact on the indigenous people.
When I review a children's book, I consider impact. What will the content of a book do to Native children, particularly the children who are of the identity the characters are meant to be. Will it accurately reflect their people, past and present, and their experiences--good and bad? And, what will a book do to non-Native children? Will it give them reliable information about the people who are depicted in the book? The answers to those questions are why I do not recommend Kiska.


Let's start with the description (from Amazon):
Kiskas home in the Aleutian Islands is a peaceful paradise until Japan invades in 1942. Soon after, a U.S. naval ship arrives to evacuate everyone in her village to an internment....


Qld Greens policies would increase State Govt spending by $8-9BN p.a. "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Queenslands Deputy Premier Jackie Trad is under threat of losing her seat of South Brisbane to the Greens candidate Amy MacMahon, who is benefiting politically from a range of utopian policies disconnected from economic reality (see Fridays Courier-Mail on the political situation in South Brisbane). I first heard about the Greens proposed $1 public transport fares policy while waiting in the green room of ABC Studios at the same time Ms MacMahon was on air discussing the policy with Steve Austin, who would interview me later that morning. Obviously this would be a very costly policy and one without economic merit, especially given the large subsidies already provided to public transport by the Queensland Government. But the $1 public transport fares policy would represent just a fraction of the total cost that Greens policies would impose on Queensland taxpayers.

Based on my interpretation of the policies currently presented, Greens policies could increase total annual Queensland Government expenditure by an incredible $8-9 billion or 13-14% (see chart below). Of course, this is unlikely to ever happen, given the Greens couldnt possibly win government in their own right, but it is interesting to consider what a Greens budget would look like.



Locals threaten to shut down Tolukuma mine "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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Cedric Patjole | PNG Loop | November 11, 2017

Landowners of the Tolukuma Mine in Goilala District, Central Province, have issued an ultimatum to the Government to withdraw the mining lease from operators, Asidokona, or they will shut down the mine.

Chairman of the Yulai Landowner Group, George Gusi, announced on his Facebook profile yesterday that a seven-da...


November Verse 5 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

I phoned Peter Duttons ministerial office (02 6277 7860) to plead for a change of heart on the men currently in dire circumstances on Manus Island. The person I spoke to heard me out and thanked me for my input. I asked if hed written it down. Silence. I asked if any of my concerns would be passed on to the Minister. He said, I have listened to you and know what you said. I wont comment on the internal workings of this office. Democracy in action.

I do feel for the people who have to face the public on Peter Duttons behalf and hear repeatedly that their boss is committing crimes against humanity. I also feel for the members of the cabinet who are obliged to go out and spout cruel absurdities in support of their party line on this and other subjects, as in this clip from the Today Show in 10 November. Heres a little verse in response:

Verse 5: Christopher Pyne on the TV
Those men on Manus now are squatters,
he said, face straight as his can be.
Our government arent beastly rotters.
That squalid camp we now can see
has been closed down. The men have choices.
If they ignored the lefty voices
theyd pack their bags and quietly go
back home or to East Lorengau,
or to the US. Worlds their oyster.
Their fates no longer up to us,
so, bleeding hearts, please stop your fuss.
A saintly monk, safe in his cloister,
recites the creed, averts his eyes,
and shuts his heart, acts unco wise.

Filed under: LoSoRhyMo ...


Lessons From The Past, A Culture For The Future "IndyWatch Feed National"

The answer to many of the worlds challenges lies in the past, writes Teila Watson.

I was asked to talk about our culture and the planet in the last two years. I wanted to take the opportunity to not only look at what the last two years have been like, but also how things got this way and where we go from here. Ive realised in the last two years, how quickly two years can pass. How much can happen in two years and how important the next two years are.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250So I will start at the beginning, beyond 60,000 years ago, because that is still how many of us locate ourselves.

When I say I am Kungalu, I am acknowledging that for tens and tens and tens of thousands of years, one parent of every child in my bloodline, has come from that country. By identifying myself in this way, I locate myself and my children through my family, from now, since 60,000 years ago and into the future.

I am also acknowledging the relationship that we have with our country, a relationship that has grown and been sustained through highly sophisticated and refined forms of substantive eco-science, and of course many generations of eco-scientists, or Murris in our own terms. Because in all that time, we didnt just survive on or off our land, but we thrived with it, through a complex balance of relationships which ensured that our existence was sustainable and abundant.

new matilda, uluru(IMAGE: Joanna Penn, Flickr).

Furthermore it is safe to say, that prior to colonialism, every inch of this continent was regularly maintained sustainably, by First Nations groups, through similar relationships.

But it wasnt just our relationship with land, that was sustainable in this way. Our relationships required and thrived off social sustainability as well. Our boarders never changed, at times they may have been adjusted, because of the ice ages and such but there was never open warfare. The idea of stealing land, simply just didnt exist.

A lot can be learned in 60,000 years. Yet First Nations people continue to suffer from genocide in this continent, in the last two years, two hundred years and the last two weeks.

Two of the most productive methods of colonialism are myth making and dehumanisation, when we make someone the other it becomes acceptable to give them less respect, like we have been seeing happen in the public debates around same sex marriage.

Saying a...


Nuclear Powers Existential Crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nuclear power is dying a slow, painful and wildly expensive death, writes Jim Green.

This year has been catastrophic for nuclear power, and just when it seemed the situation couldnt get any worse for the industry, it did. There are clear signs of a nuclear slow-down in China, the only country with a large nuclear new-build program.

Shop-Sparkke-Consent-300-x-250Chinas nuclear slow-down is addressed in the latest World Nuclear Industry Status Report and also in an August 2017 article by former World Nuclear Association executive Steve Kidd.

Chinas nuclear program has continued to slow sharply, Kidd writes, with the most striking feature being the paucity of approvals for new reactors over the past 18 months. China Nuclear Engineering Corp, the countrys leading nuclear construction firm, noted earlier this year that the Chinese nuclear industry has stepped into a declining cycle because the State Council approved very few new-build projects in the past years.

Kidd continues: Other signs of trouble are the uncertainties about the type of reactor to be utilised in the future, the position of the power market in China, the structure of the industry with its large state-owned enterprises (SOEs), the degree of support from top state planners and public opposition to nuclear plans.

China's first experimental fast breeder reactor under construction in Tuoli, pictured in 2004. (IMAGE: Wikipedia)Chinas first experimental fast breeder reactor under construction in Tuoli, pictured in 2004. (IMAGE: Wikipedia)

Over-supply has worsened in some regions and there are questions about how many reactors are needed to satisfy power demand. Kidd writes: [T]he slowing Chinese economy, the switch to less energy-intensive activities, and over-investment in power generation means that generation capacity outweighs grid capacity in some provinces and companies are fighting to export power from their plants.



Emission Omission: We Cant Eat The #BeInconvenient Elephant In Al Gores Room "IndyWatch Feed National"

The former US vice presidents latest assault on climate change is welcome, but the movie is missing one major theme which is crucial to the survival of the planet, writes Cassandra Taylor.

Al Gores new film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, exposes the dire consequences of climate change and shows that, since his first film on the topic a decade ago, some of these problems have dramatically progressed.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250(HL)The film ends by calling upon the citizens of the world to #beinconvenient by using their choice to switch to 100% renewable energy, their voice to urge others to pursue climate solutions, and their vote to demand that their leaders take action.

But the documentary fails to mention that the best, and arguably simplest, way to be truly inconvenient, and make a difference to global warming, is to stop eating meat and/or dairy.

There is a general perception that most vegans and vegetarians do so out of a love for animals, or even for health reasons. However, there are a growing number of people making the change in a last ditch attempt to save our planet.

According to the UN, livestock emissions account for 14.5 per cent of all human-induced emissions. However, some studies estimate emissions from livestock to be much higher. As a comparison, all emissions from transport are estimated to be around 13.5 per cent.

These figures do not take into account the fishing industry, which also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and causes damage to the environment in other ways by impacting fish populations, water pollution and habitat degradation.

(IMAGE: Greg Goebel, Flickr)(IMAGE: Greg Goebel, Flickr)

Livestock agriculture contributes to global warming in a number of respects. At a basic level, it is logical that growing a crop and eating it produces fewer emissions than growing a crop, continuously feeding it to an animal so the animal can grow and then eating the grown animal.

On a more technical level, methane emitted from animals flatulence and manure accounts for 36% of all human-caused methane emissions. However, deforestation is the main contributor to livestock emissions, and raising livestock requires the clearing of larger amounts of land than producing vegetables and also requires more water. Cattle are by far the largest cause of livestock greenhouse emissions.

It is estimated that producing beef requires 28 times more land, 6 times more fertilizer and 11 times more water than pro...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lack of Imperialist War Records Reflect the Covering Up of Military Failures
Doctors without Borders (MSF) hospital bombed by the
Pentagon in Afghanistan.
A veteran laments the deletion and disorganization of records from Iraq and Afghanistan.

By John Spencer
Washington Post
November 10 at 11:11 AM
PANW Editor's Note: As this soldier laments in the Washington Post over the lack of record keeping in regard to the United States occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, the real reasons behind this phenomenon is the concerted efforts by the Pentagon to conceal the monumental failures of these operations. Millions of people in Afghanistan and Iraq have been killed, injured, impoverished and displaced as a direct outcome of these wars of regime-change. Since United States troops remain in both Afghanistan and Iraq, it is necessary for the Defense Department along with the complicity of the White House, Congress and the pro-war corporate media to repeatedly distract people's attention from the real reasons behind imperialist militarism. There were absolutely no sound explanations put forward about why it was absolutely necessary to invade Afghanistan and Iraq. Both countries remain unstable after more than a decade of interventions. Thousands of U.S. troops have been killed and maimed for no honorable purpose. Until the people of the U.S. put a stop to these horrendous genocidal wars the world will know no genuine peace.

I often wonder what people will say about the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan decades from now. What I will tell my children when they are able to understand the answers to questions about what happened over th...


Is violence against women just part of our brutal human makeup? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


TUMBY BAY - In a comment about Francis Niis recent article about violence against women, Michael Geketa makes the point that its a social issue rather than an economic or legal one.

I agree with him up to a point.

You can, as has been frequently demonstrated in multiple fields, legislate against certain human activities and even throw heaps of money at their prevention. But to no avail.

This is as true in Australia as it is in Papua New Guinea. The difference in Papua New Guinea is that, despite the good intentions of its laws, the necessary resources and enforcement never seem to follow.

Papua New Guinea has some great laws. In my old field of work, social mapping, I found the heritage and environment legislation particularly good.

The trouble is these laws are not enforced and the agencies responsible for their administration are poorly resourced. This can range from totally inadequate to no resourcing at all.

If you dont believe this ask police commanders in any province what their major problem is. The answer will always be, lack of basic resources.

But back to Michaels comment.

There is one socio-economic issue that influences violence against women. This relates to many womens financial dependence on their partner.

Without their own resources it is impossible for many women to leave an abusive relationship, even if other support is available.

With regard to violence against women as a social issue, the problem is its not just one issue, its a multiplicity.

It is not as though you can isolate, say, six major societal causes and work towards fixing them.

This is what the many researchers working on the issue seem to be seeking.

In reality, each individual case of domestic violence has its own unique set of causes, sometimes economic but mainly social.

The reason why Abuser A beats his wife can be completely different to why Abuser B in the same village or town beats his wife.

This would suggest that the issue is not a macro one, as the researchers seem to think, but a micro one with thousands of different causes.



Mikmaq First Nation files land claim for vast portion of New Brunswick "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Elsipogtog Mikmaq First Nation is laying claim to a large parcel of land in southeastern New Brunswick.

The land claim, filed in provincial court on Wednesday by first peoples lawyer Bruce McIvor, covers roughly one third of the province.

The Aboriginal title claim has been made on behalf of the entire Mikmaq first nation, and asks that the court confirm they hold the rights to the large portion of the province.

The land claim comes at a time when indigenous people are repeatedly raising concerns about government decisions pertaining to lands and water in Mikmaq territory.

Three years ago, violent protests erupted in the community over shale gas development. First Nations communities opposed to fracking felt they were not properly consulted.

During the time that Elsipogtog and surrounding areas decided that they did not want shale gas in New Brunswick, its essentially a continuation of that, Chief Arren Stock said Wednesday.

Kenneth Francis, who represents Elsipogtog on resource development, is heading up the land claim initiative.

There have been no real effort by the governments to engage us in these things, you say, how do we get them to the table? Francis said.

Global News reached out to...


Saudi purge may lift lid on mega arms deal "IndyWatch Feed National"


Saudi purge may lift lid on mega arms deal


Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has launched a major corruption crackdown.Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has launched a major corruption crackdown. Richard Spencer,Sean ONeill


Britains biggest-ever arms deal faces renewed scrutiny after Saudi Arabia placed it at the centre of an urgent criminal investigation as part of the kingdoms anti-corruption drive.

One of the hundreds of princes, ministers and businessmen held in the countrys unprecedented purge of senior figures is Prince Turki bin Nasser, the royal at the centre of the so-called al-Yamamah scandal, The Times has been told.

The Saudi decision to investigate the 43 billion pound ($AU74b) deal has created political pressure for Britain to re-open its investigation into al-Yamamah, which wa...


Trump Points To Falsehoods In "Russian Hacking" Claims - Media Still Ignore Them "IndyWatch Feed National"

During the flight of his recent Asia tour U.S. President Donal Trump held a press gaggle on board of the plane. Part of it were questions and answers about the alleged "Russian hacking" of the U.S. election. There is no...


Trump: I Really Believe Putin When he Told me 'I didn't Meddle in Elections' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trump: 'I really believe' Putin when he told me face-to-face 'I didn't meddle' in elections

Source: Fox News | By Joseph Weber

Russian President Vladimir Putin is steadfastly denying that his country meddled in the 2016 White House race, President Trump told reporters Saturday.

Trump and Putin briefly spoke several times while in Vietnam for a regional economic summit, as part of the U.S. president's 12-day trip to Asia.

"He said he didn't meddle, Trump afterward told reporters, aboard Air Force One. He said he didn't meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times. I just asked him again. He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did."

Putins words contradict U.S. intelligence community claims that Russia indeed tried to influence the election's outcome -- amid evidence that suggests Russian operatives hacked emails from Democratic Party leaders and tried to sway U.S. voters by purchasing ads of social media.

"Every time he sees me he says, 'I didn't do that,' and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it. But he says, 'I didn't do that.' I think he is very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country," also said Trump, who deflected answering a direct question about whether he believed Putin's denial.

Congress and Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller are each conducting investigations into whether Trump associates colluded with Russian in the 2016 campaign.

Trump and Putin were in together in Danang, Vietnam, for the 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. They have no plans to hold a formal meeting during Trumps five-nation trip the concludes this weekend.

Trump told reporters on the flight from Danang to Hanoi that he and Putin largely discussed Syria in their "two or three very short conversations."

At about the same time, the Kremlin issued a joint statement...


The Fiasco of Saudi policies toward Lebanon: has MbS ever succeeded in a war or a policy? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hoping to recruit some kids to demonstrate in support of Saudi regime policies towards Lebanon, this has become a national joke.  This is going viral: those kids were brought in by Saudi regime tool, Gen. Ashraf Rifi, to Beirut to support Saudi Arabia and protest against Hizbullah, were met with Lebanese correspondents who asked them why they were there and they could not answer. 


Q-Red List, Blue List, Black List, You List: Are You on the Jade Helm Red List? Will You have Time to Run? Jade Helm 15: Martial Law, Walmart and You "IndyWatch Feed National"

Taken at face value, it sounds incredibly sinister: members of the four branches of the US military operating within our borders, infiltrating the populations of seven states, moving covertly, deploying vehicles and aircraft, practicing their techniques for capturing and eliminating threats. There are mysterious meetings, strange maps, reports of missile batteries being set up and even the closing of stores and confiscation of private property. And all of it happening under the guise of a mysterious, sinister sounding code name: Jade Helm 15.

While all of that seems rather horrifying, the truth of Jade Helm 15 happens to be much more pedestrian. Its a military exercise being carried out by US Special Operations forces, running from July through September 2017, designed to train elite soldiers to deal with new threats and ensure their readiness to survive, react and carry out deep cover missions in hostile enemy territory. In that respect, Jade Helm is no different than the dozens of other military exercises the US has carried out all over the world in decades past, rehearsing everything from the D-Day landings to taking out enemy leaders.

None of what Jade Helm will be doing is new in fact, its quite old. Prussian military forces used war games and live exercises as far back as the 1700s, and theyve continued all the way through modern times. Since the advent of combined arms tactics in World War I, where infantry, artillery and airpower all worked together to achieve a common goal, coordinated training exercises have been vital to ensuring every facet of the operation was on the same page. If the guns and the planes and the tanks dont all know exactly where the infantry is supposed to be at the exact time theyre supposed to be there, people get killed and battles are lost.

The entire operation was publicly announced by the U.S. Army Special Operations Commands (USASOC) website in March, 2017. Soon enough, like clockwork, the conspiracy panic began. According to numerous awakened individuals, Jade Helm was not a military exercise at all, but a hiding-in-plain-sight plan to seed government troopers around the south, institute martial law in the United States, round up or kill dissenters, consolidate Barack Obamas plan for a third term as president, or even propagate a genocide of Christians and patriots.

A popular YouTube video called Jade Helm PROOF OF A MASSIVE MILITARY BUILD UP IN AMERICA. Another video, this one from Alex Jones, declares Military Lied! Jade Helm Is Training To Kill Americans Who Resist! Websites are practically breathless with pictures of FEMA death domes, claims of Muslim Brotherhood control of the plot, stories of UN troops and prison camps, and, worst of all, the closure of Wal Mart stores in Jade Helm states.

To get to the bottom of whats going on here, and what isnt, Ive put tog...


Are you only as happy as your unhappiest child? "IndyWatch Feed National"

An article published this week in the digital magazine Aeon carries the headline: "Kids? Just say no," which purports to make "the moral case against procreation". The author, a philosopher called David Benatar, claims that "coming into existence is always a serious harm". He describes himself as an "antinatalist". "Even if life isn't pure suffering," he ponders, "coming into existence can still be sufficiently harmful to render procreation wrong. Life is simply much worse than most people think." This is a point of view I find verging on the pathological, but it is true that the reasons not to have children are sufficiently numerous that it makes you wonder why so many people do it. Apart from anything else, people who don't have children are, according to numerous surveys, consistently happier. The moment you have children, you are burdened with worries and responsibilities for the rest of your life. You are only ever as happy as your unhappiest child. So, what is the motivation? The answer to this, as far as I'm concerned, is pretty much: "Well, what else are you going to do?" For me, life isn't the pursuit of happiness. Life is the pursuit of meaning.

Are you only as happy as your unhappiest child? "IndyWatch Feed National"

An article published this week in the digital magazine Aeon carries the headline: "Kids? Just say no," which purports to make "the moral case against procreation". The author, a philosopher called David Benatar, claims that "coming into existence is always a serious harm". He describes himself as an "antinatalist". "Even if life isn't pure suffering," he ponders, "coming into existence can still be sufficiently harmful to render procreation wrong. Life is simply much worse than most people think." This is a point of view I find verging on the pathological, but it is true that the reasons not to have children are sufficiently numerous that it makes you wonder why so many people do it. Apart from anything else, people who don't have children are, according to numerous surveys, consistently happier. The moment you have children, you are burdened with worries and responsibilities for the rest of your life. You are only ever as happy as your unhappiest child. So, what is the motivation? The answer to this, as far as I'm concerned, is pretty much: "Well, what else are you going to do?" For me, life isn't the pursuit of happiness. Life is the pursuit of meaning.


PERTH Perth baby death: Baby dies from injuries, man charged with murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth baby death: Baby dies from injuries, man charged with murder .

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Aaron Colin Martin, 35, said little as the charge was read to him in the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday morning. It is alleged that yesterday he .


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WATCH: Texas Deputies Detain PINAC Correspondent for Suspicion of Burglary while Video Recording Government Building from Sidewalk "IndyWatch Feed National"

A YouTube video shows Texas deputies detaining PINAC correspondent Phillip Turner for suspicion of burglarizing vehicles, and possibly plotting to help an inmate escape from jail in late September.

Their reason: Turner was video recording the City of Midland Police and Communication Center and Information Systems Department from the sidewalk.

That, of course, gave deputies the impression that Turner was plotting to bust someone out of jail, then break into cars right in front of the police station where seven cameras are mounted on the front of one building.

Not to mention capturing the evidence on his own camera for safe measure.

The Midland Police and Communications Center and Information Systems Department is described as a highly specialized unit of personnel which provides centralized communications service support to the Midland County Sheriffs Office, Midland Fire Department and the Midland Police Department.

Part of the communications center is located underground and is the Public Safety Answering Point for Midland County, according to its website.

The video begins with Turner walking down the sidewalk taking photos of vehicles and the building with several cameras.

How many cameras do they need? asks Turner, who frequently hears the same question from officers as he tours the State of Texas conducting similar audits.

Eventually, two sheriff deputies pull up in an SUV with their emergency lights lit up and approach Turner.

Hows it going? Im deputy Cook with the sheriffs office. Its just curious; somebodys taping around the sheriffs office. Im just trying to figure out whats going on.

Turner explains hes just taking pictures of vehicles and that he was attempting to locate the main building of the complex.

Do you have an ID or anything? Deputy Cook asks. To show who Im talking to.

I dont have one on me, Turner replies.

Whats your name, deputy Cooks asks, reaching for his radio to run Turners name through dispatch.

Uh, Id rather not give it.

Mkay, Cook says. Alright, any reason . . . video taping . . . just curiosity? Or what?

Im just gathering matters of public interest. Just a journalist, Turner replies.



Why Were Vatican And RC Church Hierarchies NOT Unnerved About Infertility Ingredients In WHOs African Tetanus Vaccine Campaign? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The Roman Catholic Church has strict rules and unyielding dogma regarding religious beliefs and congregants practices but, unfortunately, seems to turn a deaf ear and a blind eye and subscribes to going along to get along especially regarding the pseudosciences regarding GMO phood [1], and what the medical industry submits as gospel truth when it comes to pharmaceutical vaccines!

Regarding GMOs:

The same Congregation also decided that Eucharistic matter made with genetically modified organisms can be considered valid matter (cf. Letter to the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 9 December 2013, Prot. N. 89/78 44897). [1]

Relating to vaccines, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI (2005-2013), sent a request to investigate vaccines to the Sacred Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith in order to answer questions posed by Mrs. Debra L. Vinnedge, Executive Director of Children of God for Life, in Largo, Florida.

In June of 2005, Mrs. Vinnedge received a reply on the letterhead of the Pontificia Academia Pro Vito saying [5]:

On June 4, 2003, you wrote to His Eminence Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, with a copy of this letter forwarded to me, asking to the Sacred Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith a clarification about the liceity [sic] of vaccinating children with vaccines prepared using cell lines derived fro...


Pacific Rim states agree on core elements of TPP trade deal, without US "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries have reached an agreement on the core elements of the TPP trade pact, even with the US staying out of the deal. At the same time, Canada warned there was more work ahead.

Vietnam APEC meeting (picture-alliance/empics/The Canadian Press/M. Tsikas)

The representatives of the 11 Asia-Pacific countries, including  Japan, Australia, Canada, Malaysia and Mexico, have agreed to push ahead toward the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The decision comes after days of tense negotiations on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam.

In a joint statement early on Saturday, the trade ministers said they were pleased to announce that they have agreed on the core elements of the major trade deal, which aimed to slash tariffs across the Pacific region.

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The basic agreement would maintain the high standards, overall balance and integrity of the TPP while ensuring the commercial and other interests of all participants, they said.

APEC Conference gets underway in Vietnam

The statement marks an important breakthrough for the deal, which was on the brink of collapsing after President Donald Trump announced the United States would be leaving th.....


China Enlists Western Media to Spread Its Message "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tie-ups linked to propaganda arm aid mission to tell Chinese stories well

Women walk past a roadside poster of Chinese President Xi Jinping in October after the Communist Party granted him a new term and greater authority.Photo: GREG BAKER/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

Nov. 11, 2017 7:00 a.m. ET

BEIJINGXi Jinping wants the media to tell Chinas stories better. These days, he is increasingly finding willing partners abroad.

The Chinese leader has exhorted state media to do more to enable the world to see a multidimensional and colorful China and present his nation as a builder of global peace and help strengthen Chinas influence abroad.

China has for years placed paid English-language state-media supplements in Western newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and has placed similar advertorials with Australian, Indian and British media.

Under Mr. Xi, Beijing, which often calls Western depictions of its society unfair, has stepped up support for co-productions with foreign partners, including documentary tie-ups spotlighting the countrys culture, technological advancements and infrastructure projects.

One such feature is China: Time of Xi, a three-part documentary produced by Discovery channels Asia arm that was first broadcast in China in late October, shortly after Chinas Communist Party gave the leader a level of authority not seen here since Chairman Mao.

A Discovery Channels documentary, shown in this YouTube video, portrays the Chinese Communist Partys approach to development as a model for the world.

Interspersed in the production are admiring words for Mr. Xi and his policies from people such as Robert Lawrence Kuhn, a host for Chinas state broadcaster, and former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who says Xi Jinping is a leader who dreams very big dreams.

In one episode, economist Dambisa Moyo praises Mr. Xis signature Belt and Road initiative as one of these incredibly transformative ideas.

The documentary mentions some of Chinas challenges, such as pollution. But there is no mention of more controversial aspects of Mr. Xis tenure, such as his crackdowns on speech and dissidents or his moves toward one-man rule.

Its not our place to sort of comment on or provide the good and the bad. We dont look at it that way, said Discovery representative Karun Arya. Were....


MACKAY Hospital calls police over toddlers injuries "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Melbourne, Austrlia: Relatos sobre o Dia de Ao para xs Refugiadxs na Ilha de Manus "IndyWatch Feed National"

08.11.17: RISE: Refugee Survivors and ex-Detainees pediram um Dia de Ao, em 07 de novembro, em solidariedade com xs mais de 600 refugiadxs que atualmente so presxs dentro do antigo centro de deteno do governo australiano na Ilha Manus, em Papu Nova Guin. O governo australiano prendeu xs homens em Manus como parte de sua desprezvel poltica de deteno obrigatria para todos xs refugiadxs que tentaram entrar nos territrios australianos por barco.

O centro de deteno foi oficialmente fechado pelo governo australiano e todos os servios essenciais foram cortados, incluindo gua e eletricidade. A polcia e os militares de Papu Nova Guin tm impedido que alimentos e outros itens essenciais entrem no centro de deteno. O governo australiano est se recusando a assumir qualquer
responsabilidade ou obrigao de cuidar dxs refugiadxs e bloqueou ativamente outros pases de aceit-lxs, insistindo que xs homens devem se deslocar para um novo centro que foi construdo em Manus. Este centro no seguro nem est equipado para atender s necessidades dxs refugiadxs que tm medo de serem atacadxs por pessoas que no querem xs refugiadxs em suas comunidades. Como resultado desta situao, xs 600 homens se recusam a deixar o centro de deteno australiano e pediram comunidade internacional para intervir e ajud-los. As condies dentro do centro de deteno so sombrias sem comida, sem gua, sem esgoto, sem eletricidade e sem instalaes mdicas.

O Dia de Ao foi convocado para 07 de novembro para coincidir com a anual Melbourne Cup, um evento de corrida de cavalos internacional de alto padro, para gerar a mxima publicidade. Em Narrm/Melbourne, xs ativistas responderam ao chamado com uma srie diversificada de aes


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Sydney, Austrlia: Pixao na sede do Departamento de Imigrao em Solidariedade com xs Refugiadxs de Manus "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Recebido em 08.11.17:

Pixao em solidariedade com xs refugiadxs em Manus na sede do Departamento de Imigrao e Proteo de Fronteiras em Sydney, na chamada Austrlia. Na pixao se l: FREE THE REFUGEES (LIBERTEM XS REFUGIADXS), 161 WSC (Ao Anti Fascista, Crew Western Sydney).

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Queensland State Election 2017: Week 2 review from Joe Branigan "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

I am again very grateful for Joe Branigans review of the previous week in the Queensland election. The views expressed in the guest post are Joes, and they should not necessarily be attributed to me. GT

Winner must target the fiscal balance, buy global and avoid mega-projects Week 2 Queensland election highlights from Joe Branigan

There was Tim Nicholls hurtling down the Movie World rollercoaster at terminal velocity coincidentally a speed soon to be seen on the M1 thanks to the political battle being fought from Logan to the NSW border. And there was the One Nation candidate cornered by a junior Channel 7 reporter and his quest for a stunning scoop. But the image of the week was surely Pauline and the Battlers Bus broken down on the Bruce Highway barely out of Rocky.

Beneath the bluster and non-verbal communication stunts so vital to election campaigns in a place where life is long and concentration spans are short, there are a number of important policy issues that will affect whether or not the good times continue to roll on.

The first and most important is that we need to live within our means, and that means targeting the fiscal balance not the net operating balance. The difference between the two measures is that the fiscal balance includes net infrastructure investment but the net operating balance does not. It is a public finance accounting identity that if you have a fiscal deficit your debt is rising, even if you have a net operating surplus.

My colleague John Quiggin made this point last week*, although I think he overstated what that would mean for LNP spending policies, in part because he has assumed that the LNPs M1 duplication policy (and therefore its cost) is the same as Labors when it is not: LNPs $500 million 4-lane arterial versus Labors $2.5 billion 6-lane highway. Based on work Ive previously done for the Queensland Government (with my SMART Infrastructure Facility hat on), my Saturday night back of the envelope calculation for the LNPs M1 duplication (based on the SEQ Council of Mayors specifications) is [36.5 km * $14.7 million per km =] $536.6 million. However, the per km cost might be lower in the post mining boom economy, as the cost of engineering, design and construction services have fallen relative to the mining boom data set I used to produce a median cost of $14.7 million per km. Therefore, I dont think the $500 million LNP estimate is unreasonable.

In any case (back to Quiggins point), a man is innocent until proven guilty, so lets see what the LNP costings say (yes, released way too late).

Labor have convinced themselves that targeting a net operating surplus is ok and they have demonstrated that commitment by bequeathing to the LNP (if it wins government) what can only be described as a kale an...


Investing in ICT, is the key to enable growth in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter ONeill has said  that investing in key ICT infrastructure, especially broadband access, is the key and an enabler of growth to meet existing and future demands and new markets.

ICT infrastructure are one of the major policies and agendas now being discussed at the APEC Leaders and Ministers Meeting in Vietnam.

Today we live in a very much digital world and of course the continued use of technology in our economies is growing by the day. PNG needs to continue to build on that so that our communities, because of our remoteness, also use our technologies to participate in the economy well being and of course their own well being, Mr ONeill said.

PNG must take advantage of these new technologies, and Im very pleased to see that many of our young people are starting to adapt to technology as a means of course in creating opportunities for themselves and also creating applications that are relevant in our communities. Some of the applications are being used, not only by government but by enterprises within the country, and I think it is important that PNG continues to support this advancement.

I want to also take the opportunity to thank the government and the people of Australia for their continued support in this respect. There will be an announcement during this APEC meeting between our government.

The Australian Government, in so far as the partnership, we are developing to build infrastructure, that is technology and the applications for PNG economy, and that will also benefit our neighbouring countries like Solomon Islands.

Again let me stress this as very important for our small businesses. APEC is an organisation that is very much focused in the support of opportunities for small to medium more on PNG Technology News site


Johnnie Walker, the Corruption Purge, and Saudi Arabias Preparation for War "IndyWatch Feed National"

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, also minister of defense, has a big vision called Saudi Arabias Vision 2030

By Dee McLachlan

When I try to understand what is happening in Saudi Arabia it is like working out an impossible math formula. But Im going to try make some sense of it, as it seems Saudi Arabia is gearing up for war.

Corruption Purge and a Hotel Prison

Over the last few days there are reports of a purge against CORRUPTION, with the Saudi Authorities detaining 201 Saudi princes and businessmen. As...


November 12 in history "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

764 Tibetan troops occupied Changan, the capital of the Chinese Tang Dynasty.

1028 Future Byzantine empress Zoe married Romanus Argyrus.

1439  Plymouth, became the first town incorporated by the English Parliament.

1555 The English Parliament re-established Catholicism.

1651 Sor Juana Ins de la Cruz, Mexican mystic and author, was born  (d. 1695).

1729 Louis Antoine de Bougainville, French explorer, was born (d. 1811).

1793  Jean Sylvain Bailly, the first Mayor of Paris, was guillotined.

1840 Auguste Rodin, French sculptor, was born (d. 1917).

1847 Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, was the first to use chloroform as an anaesthetic.

1866 Sun Yat-sen, the 1st President of the Republic of China was born  (d. 1925).

1892  William Pudge Heffelfinger became the first professional American football player on record.

1893 The treaty of the Durand Line was signed between present day Pakistan and Afghanistan.

1905 Norway held a referendum in favour of monarchy over republic.

1912 Striking worker Fred Evans was fatally injured in a clash with police and strikebreakers during the bitter six-month-long dispute at the goldmining town of Waihi.

Striker fatally wounded at Waihi

1912 The frozen bodies of Robert Scott and his men were found on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica.

1918  Austria became a republ...


TPP 11 need for further talks show flaws in the deal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Media Release November 11, 2017: TPP 11 leaders meeting in Da Nang Vietnam have agreed on some elements of a possible deal without the US, but have not succeeded in their aim of finalising the text. The talks have only been salvaged by an agreement to rename the deal, suspend some of its most controversial clauses and to have further talks over several months on issues raised by Canada and other governments, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.

See links to the leaders statement and list of suspended provisions.

The failure to conclude the deal shows that some governments still oppose provisions demanded by the US which they only reluctantly agreed to gain access to the US market. The renaming of the deal as the Progressive Comprehensive Trans-Pacific Partnership, insisted on by Canada, seems to be an effort to distance governments from the original TPP, said Dr Ranald.

AFTINET welcomes the suspension of some proposals for stronger medicine monopolies, including those on costly biologic medicines, which would delay the availability of cheaper versions of those medicines, and which were strongly opposed by public health and other community groups. But we believe there should have been deleted altogether rather than suspended pending a possible US return to the deal.

The proposed deal still contains special rights to foreign investors to bypass national courts and sue governments for millions of dollars in unfair international tribunals over changes to domestic laws, known as ISDS. It would also restrict future governments from re-regulating essential services like energy or financial services, despite demonstrated market failures, and it would result in more vulnerable temporary migrant workers, without testing if local workers were available, said Dr Ranald.

Australia has nothing to gain from a revived TPP. Australia already has free trade agreements with the US and all but three of the other ten TPP countries, (Peru, Mexico and Canada). This meant the TPP delivered minimal extra market access for Australia. Studies showed the TPP with the US would deliver...


PNG Kumuls v USA Tomahawks RLWC game preview "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The USA Hawks are prepared for a psychical encounter when they try to end Papua New Guineas three-game winning streak on Sunday at Port Moresby Stadium.

PNG all but sealed a spot in the quarter-finals with their win over Ireland last week, but a win over the USA will mean they do it in style by progressing through undefeated.
But on the other end of the spectrum is the USA, who are trying to remedy a four-game losing streak in which they conceded 35 tries across the matches.

But hooker, Dave Marando, who is normally a carpenter by trade, knows exactly to what to expect when he runs out in front of the 15,000 screaming Kumul supporters awaiting him.

We asked a Fijian bloke what its like playing Papua New Guinea and he told us it was like running into a concrete post, Marando said.

We are going to be battered and bruised by the end of it, thats for sure.

Marando, 33, is normally used to the small crowds of his Sydney Shield games but will soak up every second of his chance on the world stage.

I actually call it living the dream, I have a hashtag LTD and had that written on my wrist last game.

With the stage set for an entertaining clash PNG coach, Michael Marum, has decided to mix his team up and try a new halves pairing for the match.

Lachlan Lam, son of PNG great Adrian Lam, will make his international debut for the Kumuls replacing Ase Boas in the halves.

Also coming into the team is Moses Meninga, Thompson Tete and Nixon Putt who will all join the starting side while Stanton Albert, Wellington Albert and Enock Maki make way.

The USA have also made some changes for the game with Joshua Rice, Matt Shipway, Charles Cortalano and David Ulch all dropping out in place of Jonathan Alley, Joe Eichner, Nicholas Newlin and Martwain Johnston.

Papua New Guinea will be looking to take full advantage of their final home game of the tournament and use the passionate crowd to their advantage.

The Kumuls have lit up Port Moresby stadium so far this tournament and expect them to do just that against an out matched Eagles outfit.

But for the USA a respectable defeat will be more than enough with Brian McDermotts side improving each game as their combinations start to gel together.


New Zealand Kiwis vs Tonga RLWC Live updates, Live streaming "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The New Zealand Kiwis verses Tonga Rugby League World Cup Match live updated below. We are using twitter feeds to update this game live. Please refresh the page everytime to see the live coverage.


Tonga beats New Zealand Kiwis 28 - 22 in historical RLWC match "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A David Fusitua hattrick in the second period helped secure Tonga the historic win, on a day featuring an electric and tense atmosphere that made the match a heart-racing occasion from start to finish.
Even in the last minute, it appeared as if New Zealand might have been able to secure a draw and cruel the Mate Ma'a Tonga hopes of a compelling and emotional victory.

But this was Tongas day and it began with singled-out superstar Jason Taumalolo leading Tongas inspirational Sipi Tau following the Kiwis performance of the Haka.

Tensions were at an extreme-high before the game, with Andrew Fifita coming face-to-face with New Zealand during the Haka and Taumalolo roughed-up in the opening pieces of play.

Tonga started the game with the ascendancy and made the Kiwis work hard in defence, but ill-discipline cost Tonga dearly.

Five penalties in the opening 40 minutes led either directly to a try or put the Mate Ma'a Tonga under immense pressure, New Zealand using all their experience to break open the Tongan wall on the edges.

Scintillating tries to Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Jordan Rapana in the corners pushed New Zealand to a 10-2 lead following an explosive first 20 minutes and it could have been more had Rapana been able to grasp the ball in the succinct move to his wing in the 14th minute.

Watene-Zelezniak skirted along the sideline to plant an emphatic first try in the 20th minute, following a penalty given away by Tonga captain Sika Manu when the Kiwis were coming out of their own end.

Rapana made up for his earlier missed opportunity with a scintillating one-handed try at the 28th minute mark, his body somersaulting over the sideline as he placed the ball down.

Only a try-saving lasso-style tackle form Michael Jenningss replacement centre Mahe Fonua prevented a certain try to Roger Tuivasa-Sheck midway through the first half, but the Kiwis fullback found his way over just before halftime to extend New Zealands lead to 16-2 as the sides went to the break.

It was that moment when the context of the game appeared to have changed, as Tonga had been denied a try of their own just minutes earlier when the touch-judge ruled to have found a forward pass in a move which finished in a breath-taking dive from Daniel Tupou across the stripe.

But the Tonga resurgence was yet to come and when a spectacular movement of pl...


PNG maintains Australia is responsible for Refugees on Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The PNG government is maintaining that Australia is still responsible for the welfare of refugees and non refugees on Manus Island.

Immigration Minister Petrus Thomas said this when responding to questions by NBC News regarding the legal responsibility of the detainees.
Minister Thomas in a statement said that Australia is obliged to look after them as far as the Law is concerned.

The Minister in a statement says, legal advise from government lawyers based on domestic and international laws is that, Australia is still responsible for any persons transferred to PNG under the Regional Resettlement Agreement. This he said because the asylum seekers initially sought asylum in Australia and Australia has an obligation as a signatory to the 1951 Refugees Convention. The PNG's Immigration Minister bluntly says this responsibility cannot be transferred or passed on to PNG.
Petrus Thomas says, the asylum seekers were ONLY transferred to PNG for the purpose of being processed to determine their status, whether they are genuine refugees or not. He further says, the agreement is clear that PNG does not have the obligation on refugees refusing to settle in the country and non- refugees that cannot be returned. The Minister says Australia maintains the responsibility of finding durable outcome for persons who cannot reside or remain in PNG.
NBC News/ PNG Today


How Facebooks Anti-Revenge Porn Project Really Works "IndyWatch Feed National"

The scope is limited to specific photographs, but the technology could empower people to keep intimate images off Facebook altogether.

In an announcement that raised plenty of eyebrows, Facebook said this week that it wants to help potential revenge porn victims keep intimate images of themselves off the social network by uploading the images via Facebook-owned Messenger. The effort, which is being rolled out in an initial test in Australia, is an extension of existing Facebook tools for identifying and removing revenge porn imagery. The goal of the new tool is to allow Facebook to create digital fingerprints of images that could be used to block photos subsequently posted for revenge porn purposes.

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PERTH Man appears in #Court charged with murder of #Baby #Girl in Brookdale, south of Perth #NEWS "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man appears in #Court charged with murder of #Baby #Girl in Brookdale, south of Perth #NEWS .

November 10, 2017 at 07:49PM .

A man charged with murdering a baby girl has made a brief appearance in the Perth Magistrates Court but they would not confirm the nature of their .


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Fixations of Propriety: The Manus Closure Scandal "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

When confronted with the spectacle of the malnourished, the impoverished, the famine stricken, and the desperate, the Australian political instinct is simple: Why did these poor fools get themselves into this mix? With each wave of refugees arriving in the countrys young history, the cold shoulder has mixed with the lukewarm welcome. At no points

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Wheres the money coming from? "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

In the Courier-Mail, Stephen Wardill responds to my observation that LNPs campaign promises dont add up, and must imply large unnannounced cuts to services, by suggesting that they may instead imply large unnannounced cuts in infrastructure, specifically the Cross-River rail tunnel project. There is a simple way to resolve this: the LNP could say where they plan to cut, and by how much. This idea doesnt seem to have occurred to Wardill however.

Its also easy to check that cutting the Cross-River project will go nowhere near filling the gap in the LNPs promises. The commitment in the last budget was $2 billion, and the total (assuming no Commonwealth funding) is about $5.4 billion over 7 years, with a target completion date of 2024. Scrapping the current budget allocation of $2 billion would barely be enough to pay for the reintroduced Royalties for Regions program, let alone the many other ideas that have been floated. And none of that goes anywhere near achieving the promise of a surplus on fiscal balance.

So, as Robert Menzies famously asked, Wheres the money coming from?

Wardill does make one fair point: the practice of providing costings at the last possible moment is not new and was done by Labor last time around. As with compulsory preferential voting, this is a piece of cleverness that has come back to bite them. Indeed, looking at this article on Labors costings release, the symmetry is amusing, and goes both ways.

From the LNP

At the last gasp, at almost the very last day of an election campaign they produce a three-page document that doesnt add up, Mr Nicholls said

And from Labor, a promise to this article on Labors costings release>cut government advertising expenditure, just as Nicholls is doing today. As I said in my previous post

As for government advertising, not only are the sums involved relatively modest, but this is a promise routinely made and broken by Opposition parties in just about every election. Nicholls may not like government advertising when Labor does it, but, in office, he was happy to spend $70 million on the Strong Choices asset sales campaign.


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 0.80 AUD

Trump Points To Falsehoods In "Russian Hacking" Claims - Media Still Ignore Them "IndyWatch Feed National"

During the flight of his recent Asia tour U.S. President Donal Trump held a press gaggle on board of the plane. Part of it were questions and answers about the alleged "Russian hacking" of the U.S. election.


PERTH Man Charged With Murder Of Six-Month-Old Girl "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man Charged With Murder Of Six-Month-Old Girl .

November 10, 2017 at 02:07PM .

charged with murder. An investigation is currently underway, and the man has been refused bail. He will appear in Perth Magistrates Court today. .


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PERTH Accused killer of six-month-old baby in Brookdale faces court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Accused killer of six-month-old baby in Brookdale faces court .

November 10, 2017 at 02:18PM .

Aaron Colin Martin, 35, said little as the charge was read to him in the Perth Magistrates Court this morning. It is alleged that yesterday he murdered .


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PERTH Perth father accused of murdering his six-month-old baby daughter "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth father accused of murdering his six-month-old baby daughter .

November 10, 2017 at 04:45PM .

A father who allegedly murdered his six-month-old daughter at home in Perths southeast has appeared in court, looking sleepy-eyed and dazed. .


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PERTH Father charged with murder of baby girl in Brookdale, south of Perth "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Father charged with murder of baby girl in Brookdale, south of Perth .

November 10, 2017 at 08:49AM .

A father charged with murdering his baby girl last night has made a brief appearance in the Perth Magistrates Court. Aaron Colin Martin, 35, was .


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PERTH Perth father charged with infants murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth father charged with infants murder .

November 10, 2017 at 02:34PM .

Arron Colin Martin only spoke to confirm his name and looked sleepy-eyed when he appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday. He did not react .


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Gas-powered project to be constructed "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


The National Executive Council has approved a 57.78 megawatts gas-powered project to be constructed near the LNG site outside Port Moresby.



The announcement was made by Minister for Public Enterprises and State Investments, William Duma, on Friday (Nov 10) during the ground-breaking ceremony of the Kilakila substation in Port Moresby.


He said the project will be constructed by an independent power producer (IPP), NiuPower Limited, a joint venture company owned by Oil Search Ltd and Kumul Petroleum Holdings Ltd.



The electricity will be sold to PNG Power Ltd (PPL) under a power purchase agreement between PPL and NiuPower.



Duma said the project was identified as a critical and special key infrastructure project with significant impact in meeting Port Moresbys demand for power as well as the potential to reduce PPLs retail tariffs throughout PNG.



The total cost of the power plant project alone is valued at PGK375 million (US$115.1 million), to be equity funded by NiuPower to design, procure, install and commission the project, said Duma.



He stated that in order to transfer power generated by the gas fired power plant to the Port Moresby grid, PPL will be constructing a double circuit 66 kilovolt transmission line from the power plant site to a new Gerehu substation.



The transmission line and Gerehu substation, including any associated transmission and distribution lines expansions, will be funded by PPL at a cost of K60 million.



Duma said the unit cost for producing power through gas compares favourably to other existing and alternative energy sources in Port Moresby.



The average power tariff or unit cost to PPL is US$ cents per kilowatt-hour subject to fuel prices and escalation, and this is the cheapest compared to existing PPL generating sources.



Duma said the gas fired project will be PPLs first cost effective IPP ever negotiated by PNG Power Ltd.



Author: Meredith Kuusa via Loop PNG

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In Flanders Fields the Poppies Blow "IndyWatch Feed National"

Poppies for Armistice Day. 11am on 11/11/. Ninety nine years ago today (photo Cater News Agency)

by Mary W Maxwell

We are the Dead /  Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow /
Loved and were loved, and now we lie/ In Flanders fields.

If ye break faith with us who die / We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

(John McCrae, In Flanders Fields)

Today is Veterans Day here in the US. My local restaurant was packed with families taking their favorite veteran to lunch. I think it is time we started to do the right thing for the veterans of the Vietnam war, and for ourselves.

John Judge, who seems to me honest and dedicated, reports that his mother was in charge of troop projections for many years. She had to estimate 5 years in advance how ma...


Fixations of Propriety: The Manus Closure Scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

When confronted with the spectacle of the malnourished, the impoverished, the famine stricken, and the desperate, the Australian political instinct is simple: Why did these poor fools get themselves into this mix?  With each wave of refugees arriving in the countrys young history, the cold shoulder has mixed with the lukewarm welcome.

At no points have refugees been welcomed so much as grudgingly accepted.  Australia, after all, has a humanitarian intake, and boasts about it like a vulnerable child who feels her grades the best in class.

Like a necessary pantomime, Australias distant, estranging middle-class tediousness treats human rights as the necessary costume at the international human rights party.  To be such an international citizen, conventions are signed, and modestly implemented. Some are even abused with a degree of legalised gusto.

In a country with no bill of rights, it can hardly be any other way.  The rights culture, it can be said, is one of smugness and suspicion.  Supremacy resides with Parliament, and a misplaced belief that the executive will somehow be compliant.

The sentiment towards refugees and asylum seekers taking the sea route hardened after the 1990s, when the means of arrival became an issue in Australian politics.  (You cannot be punished or discriminated against on the manner of travel under the Refugee Convention, but the lawyers were obviously napping at stages.)  Decent people, after all, took planes, and if they did arrive by boat, would surely do the appropriate thing and fly a decent class.

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, the issue of pressing concern was the arrival of Vietnamese boat people fleeing the Communist Republic.  Then, as now, the issue of how these people were arriving bothered certain Australian figures, most notably John Howard.  Aqueous borne arrivals, notably of the Asiatic sort, terrified him.

The currently broken, and easily refutable theme in the practiced inhumanity against those now defiantly assembled on the closed Manus processing facility at the Lombrum Naval Base, is that of the market model.  Refugees and asylum seekers should never partake in a system of exchange.  Money for passage is a smutty exchange best stamped out.

To that end, refugee and asylum seeker policy in Australia resembles that of a tax meeting or Reserve Bank board gathering.  The agenda never changes: what markets are appropriate, and which ones are not?

The market that encourages the pursuit of the Refugee Convention, its articles, its spirit, is discouraged by the denizens of propriety.  To flee persecution, harm and mortal risk, forms the quintessence of international refugee law, but best take a number and wait your turn.

The problem with this approach is simple: awaiting that....


Papua separatists dispute Indonesia claim of hostage taking "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The giant Grasberg open-pit copper and gold mine in Indonesian Papua on the island of New Guinea. Photo by Alfindra Primaldhi/Wikimedia Commons

Associated Press | November 10, 2017

A member of an armed separatist group in Indonesias Papua region has disputed police claims that its holding villagers hostage during a standoff with security forces.

The remote regions long-simmering insurgency has flared in the past month, with one paramilitary police officer killed and six others wounded in attacks by the National Liberation Army of West Papua. The two sides are also waging a PR war, with police calling the group an armed criminal gang and accusing it of attacks on civilians.

Hendrik Wanmang, who described himself as a commander of the armed group that goes by the Indonesian acronym TNP, said in an interview Friday that Banti and Kimbeli villagers cant go to an area the separatists define as a battlefield with security forces because its unsafe. But otherwise villagers...


Why We Need Devin Patrick Kelley to be Crazy "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Why We Need Devin Patrick Kelley to be Crazy appeared first on It's Going Down.

Saying the Unsayable Every Time

When the unspeakable occurs, where do we turn for answers?

Whenever a politician or pundit the two rusty gears of the great national blah-blah-chatter-machine informs us that a shooting is an inarticulable tragedy an unspeakable event one can be sure this statement will be followed by excessive explanation.

In the wake of yet another mass shooting event in the US, journalists struggle to find answers as to how or why these keep occurring. Perhaps too many people have guns, or America is too violent, or maybe weve just lost our faith in God.

Through all this chatter, one answer is consistently appealing to all sides: the killers are crazy, psychos, lunatics, deranged, deluded, psychotic, mentally ill, Mad. Trump only said what everyone was thinking: Devin Patrick Kelley is another symbol of a national mental health crisis.

CNN reporters Emanuella Grinberg and Eliott C. McLaughlin believe thatthe warning signs were there. [1] Which warning signs? Domestic violence. Sexual assault accusations. Animal cruelty. Escape from a mental health facility. Threatening text messages. An obsession with guns and mass shootings they tell us.

This continued obsession in the biographical, the subjective, or the personal, means that the systemic and the historical will once again be swept aside. Hegemonic normative systems can only reproduce themselves if they can prove that the incident of extremity and ultra-violence are explainable solely by reference to the particular and not an expression of the system itself, even if it is an extreme one.

With this in mind, there is something profoundly disturbing about that list from CNN above. Each characteristic is listed as if we the readers ought to register them as Other, as abnormal and incorrect.

Their statement contains two dangerous errors in this regard: 1. none of these forms of ultra-aggression and terror are outside to Western values, rather, they are integral to them; and 2. escaping from a mental hospital does not belong on a list of assaults....


MACKAY Court case puts bullying in schools under the spotlight "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Court case puts bullying in schools under the spotlight

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Acting Defence Secretary referred "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Acting Secretary for Defence, Trevor Meauri, has been referred to the Public Prosecutor on allegations of misconduct in office.

The Ombudsman Commission referred Mr Meauri today following an investigation over the allegations.
However, a statement from the Ombudsman Commission did not specify the nature of the allegations against Mr Meauri.
In the signed statement, both the Chief Ombudsman, Michael Dick, and Ombudsman Richard Pagen, say they've given Mr Meauri the right to be heard, which he's responded to.

They say after deliberating on the matter, they've found there is evidence enough (prima facie case) to refer Mr Meauri.
Mr Meauri has been notified of the Commission's intention to refer him to the Public Prosecutor, Pondros Kaluwin.
Mr Kaluwin will have a look at the evidence and decide whether or not to refer Mr Meauri to a Leadership Tribunal.
NBC News/ PNG Today


Australian UAP from earlier years "IndyWatch Feed National"


From time to time, I am contacted by individuals who tell me of UAP sightings from earlier years. Other people send me newspaper accounts of such events. These are all most welcome, as they add to our knowledge of previously unreported observations. This post describes two such recently submitted items.

Sighting from the destroyer 'Anzac'

A long time friend of mine, who lives in Tasmania, sent me a clipping from 'The Advocate' newspaper, Tasmania, dated 21 October 2017, and titled 'Possible Experience of UFO.'

This 'Letter to the Editor' read:

'Growing up I didn't believe in aliens, but that belief changed in a flash.

In the 1970's I was sitting out on deck of the destroyer Anzac just after sunrise, getting fresh air before duty. We were heading to a destination in the South Pacific, doing about 18 knots.

The sea was as smooth as glass and no-one else was on deck. A strange feeling suddenly came over me. I looked up and above the funnel was a shimmering mass the size of a medium car, making no sound. It looked like it was generating great power.



Marum Coaching Masterclass for PNG Kumuls "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Commentary by Fraser Liu  

Looking at the Kumul team selected to play USA, I am trying to understand what Marums brilliant analytical Rugby League mind is deliberating - and I like what I see. With this team, his intent leans towards 5 main purposes:

1. BLOOD THE ENTIRE SQUAD Affording gametime to the few players in the squad who have not played yet. This is positive for the player, the Coach, and the team. Each becomes a part of the campaign and more importantly all players have a chance to prove themselves before the quarter-final. Hence Lam, Meninga, Put and Tetehe have that opportunity.

2. REST PLAYERS WHO MAY CARRY INJURIES That would be glaringly obvious with the exclusion of Ase Boas. Lachlan Lam a halfback by preference plays at five-eight with Watson Boas remaining at 7. Most expected Lam at half-back with Ase Boas on his outside guiding him on his debut. This is not the case, as a fully fit Ase Boas is more important in Melbourne next week. This leads to the next point.

3. MOST POSITIONS ARE SET - The interesting decision by the Coach in naming the halves, clearly demonstrates that Watson Boas is the Kumul Half-Back, period. Suggestions that Segeyaro may be used in that role in the finals are only speculation. Watson is the only No. 7 to play all 3 games and will most definitely do so in the finals. Similarly for Fullback, Wingers and Centres. The players in positions 1 5 have not changed for all 3 games, despite having Amean (Fullback/Wing) and Teteh (Centre) available. Likewise for the Backrow (11,12 and 13) and Front Row (Page remains and Albert injured). Basically, MM has a Starting 13 and is sticking by it throughout all 3 games. This is a deliberate and brilliant approach, as combinations and teamwork, need GAME-TIME to establish and blossum.

4. HOOKER POSITION REMAINS UNCLEAR The dummy-half role is the only position in the starting 13 that has been named with a different player in each of our 3 games. With the wealth of hookers in the Kumuls team, this is not a surprise. Against Wales, 4 dummy-halfs were used and our attack went rampant. A four-pronged attack that took the defence apart on multiple fronts like a 4 headed Hydra. Exceptional, unique and beautiful to watch. But like most such things of rare beauty they usually happen only once in a persons lifetime. It is unlikely we will see that happen again. Rugby League belongs to big men, dominating the middle and the ruck setting the platform for faster outside men to f...


Court dismisses Evans application to quash kidnapping charge "IndyWatch Feed National"

    Trial fixed for Dec 15     Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of a Lagos High Court in Igbosere has dismissed an application by the suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a Evans, to quash the charge of kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms slammed on him and one other person by the Lagos State Government. The next trial date has been fixedfor December 15. In dismissing the application, Justice Taiwo held that there was a compelling need for the two accused persons to answer to the charge. I have read the...

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PNG crowd impresses international rugby league heavies "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea rugby league crowd has left international rugby league heavies impressed.

Australia Rugby League Commission chairman John Grant and 2017 Rugby League World Cup chairman, Dr George Peponis OAM were in Port Moresby last weekend to watch the 2017 RLWC second Pool C match between PNG LNG Kumuls and Ireland.

The near 15,000 crowd made for an exhilarating experience that attests to the significance of international rugby league in PNG, says Grant.

Dr Peponis, who was on his first visit to PNG and a rugby league game here, said: It was an unforgettable experience.

The crowd were passionate and showcased their pride and showcased their pride in the game and their country to millions of people around the world.

He said PNG is the only country that has rugby league as its national sport and the people should be proud of the Government for hosting the tournament.

The stadium is a first class venue and every one of the players and coaching staff have made comment of the facilities, Dr Peponis said.

By successfully hosting three Rugby League World Cup matches, PNG has proven to the world that they are capable of hosting major sporting tournaments.

Dr Peponis said his 2017 RLWC CEO Andrew Hill, who is the new Canterbury Bulldogs CEO, has begun looking into membership opportunities in PNG.

I know the new CEO of the Bulldogs has already started to look at membership opportunities and potential opportunities for the club to have a relationship with PNG Rugby League in future years, Dr Peponis, a former Bulldogs player himself, commented.

PNGRFL chairman Sandis Tsaka said he was humbled by their presence.

On behalf of every Papua New Guinean, I thank you both for your inspiring comments, Tsaka said.

We have proven to the RL world that PNG is ready to host international games and our people will support this.

Tsaka said RLIF chairman Nigel Wood of England will be in Port Moresby this weekend for the PNG vs USA final pool game.   

After the game last Sunday, a dinner was hosted in which PNG Sports Vice-Minister Wesley Raminai, Tsaka, PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau, Oil Search managing director Peter Botten, New Zealand RL board member John Bishop, QRL chairman Bruce Hatcher and QRL CEO Rob Moore were among the invited...


Palm Cove help "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hi all, my family are coming over to Palm Cove for Christmas and we will be going up to see them. I wanted to do something special for Christmas dinner. Does anyone know of any bbq's on the beach at Palm Cove where I can make authentic Australian Christmas dinner?

We'd also like to go out to the reef one day so any doggy day care that you can recommend would be much appreciated.

Any other advice for things to do would be appreciated as well.


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Forgotten heroes and sacrifices on Remembrance Day "IndyWatch Feed National"

Although we commemorate those who died on Remembrance Day 11 November, the courage and sacrifice of those who fought to prevent World War One from ever happening and who tried to remove from power the criminals who had caused that war, and others that followed, is never acknowledged.

On Remembrance Day, 11 November Australians and people from some of the countries of the previous Britsh Commonwealth of nations, commemorate the courage and terrible sacrifice of those who fought in the war of 1914-1918. In that war, 18 million died, including 60,000 Australians, Back then that war was referred to as the "War to End War".

Those who labeled the First World War the "war to end war"were clearly naive at best. Barely 20 years later 60 million more people were to die in yet another even more horrific world-wide conflagration. Many other wars occurred right up to Remembrance Day 2017 and are continuing.

The courage and sacrifice of those who fought to prevent World War One from ever happening and who tried to remove from power the criminals who had caused that war, and others that followed, is never acknowledged.

Where is the commmoration for those sailors of the German Navy who rebelled against the German government on 3 November after being ordered to sail on a last suicidal battle against the British Navy? (See Where is the commemoration of all thoser German workers who rose up in many parts of Germany over the next few days, making it impossible for the war to continue? Where is the commemoration of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebkencht who opposed the war at its outset? They were to lead the Spartakist uprising in Berlin from 1918 until when it was crushed by Freikorps mercenaries, many of whom were later to don the Nazi swastika. Where is the commemoration of their sacrifice?

Where is the commemoration of those French soldiers who were court-martialed and executed in 1917 for their mutiny against the war? Where is the commemoration of Australians and British who blocked their governments' plans to introduce conscription? Where is the commemoration of those German Communists who fought from 1919 until 1923 to wrest from power those who had led their country into war?

Clearly the ruling elites and their newsmedia only want us to commemorate the sacrifice of those who were duped into fighting and dying to further the selfish interests of those elites who sent them to war.



Friday Funny: Bill Nyes ask me anything explodes in his face "IndyWatch Feed National"

Redditers Rip Apart Bill Nyes Totally Incoherent Answers In AMA By Mike Bastasch at the Daily Caller Redditers were not fans of the answers Bill Nye the science guy gave in an AMA, grilling the former childrens show host for dodging questions and giving inaccurate answers. Nye held the AMA on Wednesday to promote his


De-briefing Ethereums Parity Predicament: Whats Next? "IndyWatch Feed National"

De-briefing Ethereums Parity Predicament: Whats Next?

After an unidentified actor accidentally triggered a series of bugs that destroyed approximately $150 million worth of digital currency, the world waits for a substantive answer is this vulnerability an anomaly? An I told you so? Or a humbling opportunity to secure the Ethereum network?

What Happened?

On November 6, Devops199, an alleged amateur programmer, set off a chain of bugs on Parity, a popular digital wallet for Ethereum. These bugs affected multisignature, or multisig, accounts wallets that require multiple users to sign off with their keys before funds can be transferred.. The place these wallets connect to is known as a library contract.

  1. According to Parity, an attempt to fix a vulnerability that allowed hackers to steal $32 million from multisignature wallets in July of 2017 inadvertently created a second vulnerability in the library contract. This allowed Devops199 gain sole ownership of the library that every multisignature wallet used for their code.

  2. After Devops199 realized what had happened, he killed (deleted) the code. Unfortunately, this locked all funds into multisignature wallets permanently, with no way to access them.

  3. Because of the functionality of the current blockchain, $150 million worth of ether (ETH), the tradable currency that fuels the Ethereum platform, is now effectively d...


On This Day (11 November 1880) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Bushranger and outlaw Ned Kelly is hanged at Melbourne Gaol



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Dispatches from Puerto Rico: Front Line Relief "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Dispatches from Puerto Rico: Front Line Relief appeared first on It's Going Down.

Our current Mutual Aid Disaster Relief team in Puerto Rico has concentrated efforts mostly on HIV/AIDS prevention, safe water outreach/education, breastfeeding in disasters and also is addressing other health needs with our team of nurses, a lab chemist, lactation counselors and a medic.

We provided health education materials, triage, screening, and assisted 100 patients one of the first days we were here, based out of a little church 1/2 way up a mountain in a little community called Quebrada Prieta. This community lacks potable water: one woman was using the water from her pool to wash and clean, most are drinking from the river that drains from the rain forest. We were able to provide lab testing, exams, and assist a home bound, double amputee diabetic patient with a host of diabetes supplies.

Another day we were in Vega Baja, close to the ocean. We saw 89 patients in a pop-up clinic inside of a restaurant called El Right Field de Tommy. Since the storm, this restaurant has been providing free rice and beans every Tuesday to residents of this severely affected neighborhood. Yet another example of mutual aid in practice. Many of the folks seen had just got water back in their homes, but were unsure if it was safe to drink and some only had a steady drip coming out of the tap, insufficient for a days water needs. And yet others noted that some days the water worked and other days nothing came out of the taps. So we discussed ways to make water potable, such as boiling for 2 minutes if they have a gas stove or using a bleach + water recipe to make it safer to drink.

With so many people saving rainwater, we also talked about ways to safely store it and how to prevent mosquitoes. Very few in this community had generators. However we did do a home visit with a bedridden, oxygen dependent patient in which the generator was running outside of her bedroom windows. When we walked in we could smell it in her bedroom. We talked about the impact of carbon monoxide on her lungs and helped her husband move the generator to a safer spot, further away from his wifes windows. We also got to do some more breastfeeding education as there were a lot of moms with babies and toddlers. Many of the moms were happily breastfeeding their babies. We were able to answer their questions and provide support and encouragement that they were doing the right thing.

Still another day, we saw 54 patients at a community Center in Los Naranjos, a community that saw flooding up to peoples necks during the storm. Most lost a lot, some lost everything, most have no potable water, none have electricity. All are helping each...


99th commemoration of the The Great War Armistice - Remembrance Day, 11AM, 11 November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

These photos were colourised and published for the first time this year for Remembrance Day. New Zealand troops. Not hard to see the joy! A 75 metre shell crater in Ypres. Nuns, part of an order of nurses tending to graves. And finally today, here's my granddad Percy Leo Smith...


Palm Cove help "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hi all, my family are coming over to Palm Cove for Christmas and we will be going up to see them. I wanted to do something special for Christmas dinner. Does anyone know of any bbq's on the beach at Palm Cove where I can make authentic Australian Christmas dinner?

We'd also like to go out to the reef one day so any doggy day care that you can recommend would be much appreciated.

Any other advice for things to do would be appreciated as well.


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Youve Never Tried This: Spaghetti Squash Nests Topped with Meatballs (100% Grain-Free) "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article is shared with permission from our friends at Paleo Hacks. Put a fun twist on pasta night with these mini spaghetti squash nests filled with meatballs! If youre craving spaghetti and meatballs, these portion-sized nests made in a muffin tin are your guilt-free answer. Drizzled with low-sugar Paleo marinara sauce and garnished with fresh basil, these... View Article

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wp 1) Papua separatists dispute Indonesias claim of holding villagers hostage "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

9136508-1x1-700x700.jpg Papua separatists dispute Indonesias claim of taking hostages
A member of an armed separatist group in Indonesias Papua region disputes police claims that it is holding villagers hostage.

Papua separatists dispute Indonesias claim of holding villagers hostage

PHOTO: Police are calling the group an armed criminal gang and accusing it of attacks on civilians. (Reuters: Muhammad Yamin)

A member of an armed separatist group in Indonesias Papua region has disputed police claims that it is holding villagers hostage during a standoff with security forces.

Key points:

  • Separatist commander Hendrik Wanmang says Indonesian military and police want to damage the TNPs image
  • Police are calling the group an armed criminal gang and accusing it of attacks on civilians
  • Indonesian security minister has asked security officials to peacefully persuade the separatists to leave

The remote regions long-simmering insurgency has flared in the past month, with one paramilitary police officer killed and six others wounded in attacks by the National Liberation Army of West Papua.

The two sides are also waging a PR war, with police calling the group an armed criminal gang and accusing it of attacks on civilians.

Hendrik Wanmang, who described himself as a commander of the armed group that goes by the Indonesian acronym TNP, said in an interview on Friday (local time) that Banti and Kimbeli villagers cannot go to an area the

separatists defined as a battlefield with security forces because it is unsafe.

But otherwise villagers...


Switching to Non-GMO Diet Led to Impressive Recovery From Health Problems "IndyWatch Feed National"

non-gmo diet health problems

By Heather CallaghanEditor

Great news! A peer-reviewed survey showed that digestive problems, obesity, allergies and fatigue cleared up for a bulk of the people who switched to non-GMO food.

When youre the worlds most recognized GMO expert but mainstream science still fawns over GE crops what can you do to warn people about health hazards of eating improperly tested GMOs? To Jeffrey Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology, the answer is clear demonstrate what life can be like without them.

He is constantly getting feedback from doctors who put their patients on GMO-free diets. Notice we didnt say organic diets. No, were just talking a diet free from genetically engineered ingredients not an easy feat, we understand. It requires eschewing most packaged foods, restaurants and making your own condiments, since most of these products include ingredients derived from soy, corn, dairy/meat from GMO-fed cows, sugar and more. Even table salt can have GMOs!



"Don't Quit!" "IndyWatch Feed National"

'When Things Go Wrong"
by Zen Gardner

"Things going wrong arent easy tasks to handle, for sure. No matter how much we prepare for or try to avoid seeming wrong eventualities, they happen. It can be anything, from a wrong turn to lost or stolen items or nagging financial matters. It can be a health issue or a serious accident. Shift happens. Its part of life.

Handling these matters is nothing new as life progresses, but they can set you back and even throw you off, some times a lot more than others. Clearly conscious awareness must prevail to see beyond the circumstances and the way bigger picture to keep the full perspective. Trying harder is not necessarily the answer to anything, but the down to earth unpleasant realities still need to be dealt with. When thinking about this the following classic inspirational poem came to mind. May it be an encouragement to you. Keep on keeping on!"


Hela wants justice for the death of two police officers "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


KOROBA - This years Papua New Guinean election was the worst in our history. There were so many terrible incidents, especially the killing of police officers performing their duties.

More than 40 deaths were reported in the Highlands since June and the actual death toll is likely to be much more.

Two police officers were killed in Enga Province and another two killed recently in the Southern Highlands, officers from Koroba in Hela Province who were the victims of disputes over ballot boxes for the regional seat.

The election created frustration and confusion and was brought to a standstill by fighting between supporters of rivals Joseph Kobol and William Powi. One police officer was the target for declaring William Powi as Southern Highlands Governor wen the counting was finished.

This was a great lost to the eight tribes of Koroba-Lake Kopiago and the rest of Hela as these men were our assets who put their hands up to protect the well-being of our newly established province.

The election in Hela Province itself was peaceful and successful a great tribute to our police.

So far, we have not received a word from the Southern Highlands losing candidate Joseph Kobol, Pastor Bernard, Southern Highlands Governor William Powi or Prime Minister Peter ONeill for the brutal murder of the two police officers.

The people of Hela have waited for these leaders to come forward to tell us the reason why those innocent lives were lost and why there was much other suffering.

Joseph Kobol recently told The National newspaper that he and another 24 losing general election candidates in the Southern Highlands had accepted compensation demands from the relatives of the two Hela police officers killed in Mendi near the Anga river road.

As far as I know, we never requested through our leaders to ask losing candidates from SHP to assist us with the repatriation and funeral expanses of our two police officers.

People behind the killing have been identified and given demands. They need to come clean on the demands and accept the responsibilities they created so there will be lasting peace between the two provinces. 

For years, we Hela people have been silent labourers to Southern Highlanders. They rely heavily on our resources and control everything th......


Just-Rescued Elephant Happily Wags Her Tail On Way To Sanctuary "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are thousands of Asian elephants languishing in trekking camps attractions where the animals are harshly trained to become tame enough to give rides to tourists. But one elephant just got away. 

At age 40, Gan Da (also known as Darling) likely has little memory of a life before working in the trekking camp, since she's spent most of her life there. She was likely trained using the same harsh tactic as all the others, a practice called "crushing." 

Credit: WFFT

Credit: WFFT

"Thailand currently has a captive population of over 3,500 individuals and a wild population of approximately 3,200," Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT), which runs an elephant refuge for animals like Gan Da, wrote. 

So it was no small cause for celebration when an Australian woman agreed to sponsor Gan Da's rescue and relocation to the refuge so she could finally get a taste of freedom. 

Credit: WFFT

Credit: WFFT

"We were contacted by her owner who wanted to retire her from the tourism industry," Tom Taylor, manager of the Wildlife Rescue Center & Elephant Refuge for WFFT, told The Dodo. "Luckily we had a recent fundraiser for elephants in Sydney, Australia, which allowed us to rescue her."

So this week, Gan Da's chains were removed and she was led onto a transport truck bound for a new, exciting chapter in her life. ...


12 Year Old Boy Transitions To Female Then This Happens Just Two Years Later "IndyWatch Feed National"

With guidance from medical professionals and his own mother, a 12-year-old Australian boy suffering from gender confusion began to transition into a female. Just two years later, the young man told his mom he felt like his born sex again, and is now in the painful process of transitioning back, which includes surgery. Patrick Mitchell []


Trump environment nominee struggles to answer basic climate questions  video "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kathleen Hartnett White struggles to answer basic questions posed by the Senate committee on environment and public works on Thursday. Hartnett White, Trump's nominee for the environmental quality council chair, had difficulty answering questions from Senators Ben Cardin and Sheldon Whitehouse on green house emissions and climate science  Continue reading...


Children are Being Educated in School to Obey the Governments Vaccination Agenda "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Christina England, BA Hons

Children around the world are being taught in school from an early age to believe that vaccines are safe and effective as part of their education. Not only is there evidence to support this fact, but there is also evidence that many children are being regularly brainwashed to believe that if they do not receive their vaccinations, they could get ill and die from vaccine-preventable diseases.

The Learning Network, which works in conjunction with The New York Times, lays out a series of lesson plans for teachers in the US, including a lesson titled Fighting Disease: Researching the History and Biology of Vaccines. This lesson in particular should interest the many parents who are unaware that their children are being brainwashed to think in a particular way when they send them to school. [1]

Overall, there are a total of six different quizzes covering various topics, including the following: the immune system, vaccines today, vaccine safety and vaccines in history.

In quiz number one, the students were asked to evaluate the following six statements to determine whether or not they believe them to be true or false:

  1. Vaccines often cause serious illness and death.
  2.  Vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and chicken pox cause only mild illness, so there is no real benefit to vaccination.
  3.  Vaccinating a large group of people helps keep those who havent yet been vaccinated, like young infants, healthy.
  4. Its better to catch a disease like the measles than to receive a vaccine for it.
  5. Vaccine-preventable diseases are now so rare, theres no longer a need to vaccinate against them.
  6. Research has shown a clear and consistent link between vaccines and autism.

The quiz was presented to the students electronically, and after they had provided a true or false answer, the...


UK Priti Patel Scandal is the Tip of the Israel Lobby Iceberg "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Priti Patel affair is an insight into the power of the Israel lobby to influence the British political system.

But it is only a symptom of the rot. The exaggerated power of corporate and states lobbyists to influence government policy is a concern far bigger than one crooked minister.

Patel, who was the minister in charge of international aid, was forced to resign after it came to light that she had held 12 meetings with Israeli political and business leaders during what she later claimed was a family holiday.

The ministers code of conduct dictates that official meetings with foreign leaders should be attended by UK officials so they can be properly documented. Patel was forced to resign on Wednesday when it came to light she had not told even her own department about the meetings.

While British civil servants were not present, leading Israel lobbyist Lord Stuart Polak was. A long-standing leader of Conservative Friends of Israel, Polak also has outstanding connections with rich Tory donors.

Anonymous ministers speaking to the BBC accused Patel of seeking to curry favor with rich, pro-Israel Tory donors who could potentially fund a future campaign for leadership of the party.

As Labour Party backbencher Naz Shah put it in Commons questions to Patels deputy, it seems that British foreign policy on Israel and Palestine is being run by a Conservative-linked lobby group rather than by an independent civil service and an elected government.

As Patel was drafting her resignation letter on Wednesday, Polak was dodging cameras in Jerusalem. Channel 4 News sent a stringer to ask him why he had set up the meetings. He didnt seem too keen to answer, and told staff to remove the press.

There are still many questions that the British political establishment has to answer about the affair. What was Patel promised by he...


Cosmic Queries Live: Galactic Gumbo Edition "IndyWatch Feed National"

Explore relativity, panspermia, Van Goghs Starry Night, the multiverse, tachyons, marijuana legalization, and more with Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Chuck Nice as they answered questions in front of a live audience at Sessanta and on Facebook Live. NOTE: StarTalk All-Access subscribers can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free


The Council of 12: UFO's and the Bible Code -- Humanity Awakening "IndyWatch Feed National"

UFOs And The Bible Code Humanity Awakening A Message From The Council Of 12

November 10, 2017

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by Paranormal Now

What have several passages from the bible, Chinese creation myths, the phoenix lights, the Rendlesham forest incident, UFO sightings in Kent, and a 1950s sighting in a stadium in Florence Italy have in common. The answer is a connection to the awakening of humanity and an extra terrestrial council of 12, a seemingly enlightened group of beings that have been protecting planet earth for centuries, whilst helping us to advance spiritually.

Throughout 2017 we have been broadcasting a series of live streams on YouTube to connect with the spirit world, using several inter trans-communication devices or as their more commonly known as Ghost Boxes, devices that use the manipulation of radio signals and other such audio input to give direct spirit communication.

When conducting these live streams we were expecting to get responses from loved ones connected with either the investigation team or those watching at home. Instead we have consistently over 8 sessions, received information of a profound nature coming from beings that claim to be representatives of an extra terrestrial Council of 12.

The video below is taken from our Now Investigations 6 live streams where after receiving several communications from these beings we set out with the intent to contact them directly. As up until this point it was unclear who we were speaking with. It was during this live stream that they identified themselves through the device.

Here is a brief summary of some of the things they have told us during this particular session.


Research Shows Switching to Non-GMO Diet Can Reverse These 28 Conditions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Phillip Schneider, Staff Writer
Waking Times

GMOs are ubiquitous throughout the United States and many other nations, making them difficult to avoid. Although presumed safe or GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) by governmental authorities and GMO manufacturers, studies have shown that a number of problems can occur in animals as a result of eating a GMO diet, including physiological issues and excessive cell growth in stomach or intestinal lining. Digestive issues typically improve when GMOs are removed from the diet, but nonetheless GM foods can negatively affect digestion which is key to the bodys overall health.

An astonishing 85% of respondents reported improvements in their digestive problems, the ailment most commonly cited. Of these respondents, 80% said their digestive issues were significantly improved, nearly gone, or completely recovered. Jeffrey M. Smith

New research from the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine shines light onto the health benefits associated with changing to a non-GMO diet. The survey accounts for 3,256 people who have seen major improvements with 28 different health conditions. If youve ever wondered about whether switching to an organic diet would be worth it, maybe these new findings will give you the answer youve been looking for.

28 Conditions Reversed with Non-GMO Diet

After analyzing the data, it becomes evident that the research is consistent with reports by physicians in regard to improving patients health by switching to largely non-GMO and organic diets. A few of the most common conditions which typically see improvement ar...


Attwaters girlfriend stands by him after he was convicted of rape and manslaughter of Lynette Daley "IndyWatch Feed National"


The brutal death of Daley, an Aboriginal woman, and the reluctance of officials to prosecute the white suspects, has highlighted a deadly racial divide in Australia


Despite police charging Attwater and Maris in 2011, and a coronial inquest in 2014 recommending charges be laid, the Director of Public Prosecutions twice refused to bring the case to court.

After intense media attention and an independent review, the men went on trial in the NSW Supreme Court in July 2017.

At the end of a seven-week trial it took a jury just 32 minutes to find them guilty.

ABC Australia second article below


This is a very sad case, and one cant help feel for Lynette Daley, deceased at such a young age (33). The pain is so great for her family. Lynette has seven children. One night of folly ended in a tragedy on a remote beach in Northern New South Wales.


Attwater spat on in prison

In an affidavit from Attwater that was submitted to the court, he described the hard time he was having in the Grafton Correctional Centre.



Hidden designs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mark Easton gets bogged down

Last night's main news bulletins on BBC One (News at Six and News at Ten) featured a report by Mark Easton, the BBC's home editor:
Newsreader: Now, do you feel like your part of the UK is a green and pleasant land or a concrete jungle? It obviously depends on where you live, and what you see around you. But how many of us have an accurate picture of how much of the UK is actually developed? Using the most detailed satellite and mapping data, the BBC has produced a land-use map for every local authority - and the results may surprise you. Here's our Home Editor, Mark Easton.  
Mark EastonThe concrete jungle. Roads, buildings, stone and tarmac with barely a blade of grass. In geography jargon, this is called 'continuous urban fabric', where more than 80% of the ground is covered by artificial surfaces. So how much of the UK do you think is classified as continuous urban fabric? Have a guess. The answer is on the other side of this card. I'll reveal all in a minute. Using high-definition satellite images and detailed local maps, the land use of every corner of the UK is revealed. The City of London, for example, is 98% continuous urban fabric, and perhaps that comes as no surprise.  
Prof. Alasdair Rae, Sheffield University...


Children are Being Educated in School to Obey the Governments Vaccination Agenda "IndyWatch Feed National"

Children around the world are being taught in school from an early age to believe that vaccines are safe and effective as part of their education. Not only is there evidence to support this fact, but there is also evidence that many children are being regularly brainwashed to believe that if they do not receive their vaccinations, they could get ill and die from vaccine-preventable diseases.

The Learning Network, which works in conjunction with The New York Times, lays out a series of lesson plans for teachers in the US, including a lesson titled Fighting Disease: Researching the History and Biology of Vaccines. This lesson in particular should interest the many parents who are unaware that their children are being brainwashed to think in a particular way when they send them to school. [1]

Overall, there are a total of six different quizzes covering various topics, including the following: the immune system, vaccines today, vaccine safety and vaccines in history.

In quiz number one, the students were asked to evaluate the following six statements to determine whether or not they believe them to be true or false:

  1. Vaccines often cause serious illness and death.
  2.  Vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and chicken pox cause only mild illness, so there is no real benefit to vaccination.
  3.  Vaccinating a large group of people helps keep those who havent yet been vaccinated, like young infants, healthy.
  4. Its better to catch a disease like the measles than to receive a vaccine for it.
  5. Vaccine-preventable diseases are now so rare, theres no longer a need to vaccinate against them.
  6. Research has shown a clear and consistent link between vaccines and autism.

The quiz was presented to the students electronically, and after they had provided a true or false answer, they were given a score with the correct answer along with an explanation. The answers to the above questions were as follows:

  1. False. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, serious side effects or complications from vaccines are exceedingly rare; most vaccines cause only mild side effects like soreness at the injection site.
  2. False. Diseases like measles and chicken pox not only cause discomfort during the illness, but also can have complications like pneumonia or other bacterial infections.......


This Photo Depicting Life for Elephants in India Will Break Your Heart "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this chilling photo, we see just what terror these animals are facing. As you can see the back legs of this helpless baby elephant are consumed by fire as it chases after its mother screaming.

This photo was snapped by Biplab Hazra and is titled Hell Is Here. As you can see it shines a bright light on some of the darkest moments in regards to overlap between humans and elephants in India. While lots of things about this photo are unanswered, we can see that there is a flaming ball of tar as well as a few hurled firecrackers frozen in the air.

Hell Is Here (Biplab Hazra/Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards)


In Hazras entry to Sanctuary Wildlifes Photography awards, he described just what was happening in this photo as the mob met these large beautiful and misunderstood creatures. I am in tears.

The calf screams in confusion and fear as the fire licks at her feet. Flaming tar balls and crackers fly through the air to a soundtrack of human laughter and shouts. In the Bankura district of West Bengal this sort of humiliation of pachyderms is routine, as it is in the other elephant-range states of Assam, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu and more.

His photo won the top prize at the Sanctuary awards and as you can see, it highlighted cruelty in a deep way. While many are lashing back at Hazra for not helping and merely standing by taking photos there was likely not much he could have done in that moment, and bringing awareness is better than most would have done. More than 60 percent of the worlds Asian elephants live in India and as the human population grows animals will be falling.

According to the Hindustan Times, almost 30 people were killed by elephants in the Bankura District last year, this meaning the coexistence between human and elephant is not peaceful, to say the least. Hazra faults the Indian government for not doing enough in regards to confl...


Pastor Brian Houston head pastor of Hillsong Global Church. Australian Royal Commission recommends Pastor Brian Houston be charged with pedophile protection crimes "IndyWatch Feed National"

In 1999 and 2000, Pastor Brian Houston and the National Executive of the Assemblies of God in Australia did not refer the allegations of child sexual abuse against Mr Frank Houston to the police. In 1999 and 2000, Pastor Brian Houston had a conflict of interest in assuming responsibility for dealing with AHAs allegations because he was both the National President of the Assemblies of God in Australia and the son of Mr Frank Houston, the alleged perpetrator. In 1999, members of the National Executive who attended the Special Executive Meeting of the Assemblies of God in Australia did not follow the National Executives policy for handling allegations of child sexual abuse against pastors and failed to recognise and respond to Pastor Brian Houstons conflict of interest.

Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Findings (Report and Recommendations). October 2015.



Please listen to Johnny Cash singing Gods gonna cut you down.


Pastor Brian Houston Head Pastor of Hillsong Global Church: waiting to be charged for pedo...


EUs Barnier gives Britain two-week Brexit deadline "IndyWatch Feed National"


AFP | The EUs chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said Britain needed to increase its offer on its exit bill

BRUSSELS (AFP)  EU Brexit chief Michel Barnier on Friday handed Britain a two-week ultimatum to make concessions on a divorce agreement if it wants to unlock the next phase of talks in December.

Frenchman Barnier said it was vital for Britain to increase its offer on its exit bill a figure senior EU officials put at up to 60 billion euros to open up talks on a future trade deal.

The fate of the border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland has also thrown an unexpected spanner into the works, with British negotiator David Davis ruling out the EUs preferred solution.

My answer is yes, Barnier told a press conference at the end of the sixth round of talks in Brussels, when asked if he would need concessions from Britain within the next two weeks to move on.

On the financial settlement, this is absolutely vital if we are to achieve sufficient progress in December. It is just a matter of settling accounts, as with any other separation, the former European commissioner and French foreign minister said.

Barnier added that he was following attentively the political situation in Britain where a series of government resignations has further weakened the government of Prime Minister Theresa May.

No new border

EU leaders decided at their last summit in October that there was insufficient progress on three main divorce issues the bill, Northern Ireland and the rights of three million Europeans living in Britain to move on to the next stage.

They said they hoped to open talks on future relations and a post-Brexit transition period at their next meeting on December 14-15, but officials have warned that could now slip to February or March.

Hopes of a breakthrough at this weeks Brussels talks the first since mid-October were so low that they were cut to just one-and-a-half days from the normal four days.

Northern Ireland has reared its head in the discussions, with an internal EU paper for the talks suggesting that it should remain in the EUs single market and customs union after Brexit to prevent a hard border with Ireland.

Davis insisted Friday that any Brexit deal cannot create a frontier between Northern Ireland, where a 199...


Chris Hedges and Pankaj Mishra discuss the global shift to Authoritarianism "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the year since the election of Donald Trump, many have attempted to answer why modern societies are increasingly turning to "strongmen" and explain why authoritarian movements are increasing in popularity. Author Pankaj Mishra examines this problem in depth in his latest book, "Age of Anger: A History of the Present," and shares his theories with Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges. Mishra explains that resentment is taking many different forms around the world, from jihadism in the Middle East to the rise of white supremacist movements in America. "We have to look at the underlying sources of [this resentment], which is this enormous process of dispossession, of dislocation, and psychological and spiritual disorientation," Mishra says. "People who, now desperate for meaning, bond together in these forms of negative solidarity."


Women's Health? This is not a sick joke - this is "feminism" 2017. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Feminist hero bakes sourdough bread using her own vaginal yeast: Women's Health (@WomensHealthMag) November 9, 2017


United Nations raise concerns on the welfare of Refugees on Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Refugees on Manus Island protesting. Photo: SBS
The United Nations Country Team in Papua New Guinea remains gravely concerned for the welfare of refugees, asylum-seekers, and other related categories of persons, on Manus Island.
We urge the Governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea to uphold their obligations under international human rights and refugee laws to respect the basic human rights of all persons concerned.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is monitoring the situation on the ground on Manus Island, and have found that:
Persons currently remaining at the Regional Processing Centre do not have sufficient food, water, electricity,
sanitation, and security;
No interpreters remain on Manus Island. This means refugees who cannot speak English face challenges in
communicating and accessing services;
There are insufficient medical services available for persons who need specialized support particularly crisis
emergency health services and mental health care support.
We are aware that there are conflicting reports about the adequate functioning of the newly constructed accommodation facilities.
The UN system urges the authorities to allow media and international humanitarian
actors immediate access to inspect these facilities in full transparency, and to continue to refrain from the
use of force against persons remaining in the Regional Processing Centre.
We stand ready to assist both Governments to find a durable and effective solutions for those persons acutely affected
by the closure of the Centre.

Friday, 10 November


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Image by Twitter account @akaWACA

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Australia: Refugee Supporters Barricade Border Force HQ in Solidarity With the Men on Manus



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