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Tuesday, 05 December


Notes on archetypes, landscapes, models, symbols, icons, idols "IndyWatch Feed National"

Notes on archetypes, landscapes, models, symbols, icons, idols


By Jon Rappoport


At the core, the imagination exercises I developed for my collection, Exit From The Matrix, came from the work of ancient Tibetan practitioners.  They were operating beyond metaphysics and cosmology.  They werent trying to form a picture of the universe.  They were confirming that many potential universes existed inside the human being.  The creative power of the individual was limitless.  These Tibetan were unique.  No other teaching like this existed in spiritual systems.  The Tibetans werent going up against other teachings.  They were simply surpassing them.  (Notes for Exit From The Matrix, Jon Rappoport)


The elements listed in the headline of this piece are contained in the mind.  They are not the same in every mind.  But they all do share one common feature:


Over time, they tend to freeze and turn quiescentbecause the individual turns passive.  Once upon a time, the landscapes and icons in the mind were fresh and new and dynamic, because THE INDIVIDUAL IMPORTED THEM AND CREATED THEM FOR THE PURPOSE OF ASSISTING AND INSPIRING HIM TO INVENT THE FUTURE HE TRULY DESIRED.


In that sense, the content of these symbols and archetypes was of lesser importancethe fact that they were THERE and THEY INSPIRED was the main event.


Likewise, now, when the icons and symbols are stale, their content is relatively unimportant.  Their staleness is far more important.


If the individual has gone passivewell, that is the situation and the problem.


A person could spend 50 years researching the meanings (content) of archetypes in the mind and come up empty, because he is failing to notice the key factor:


Is the individual creating the future he profoundly desiresor is he in a passive state?


ALL human psychology hinges on these options.


The basic purposes of the minds contents need to be understood.  Once that happens, everything comes clear.  There is no more mystery.  The individual stores those contents to remind him of his own creative power.  If he isnt using that power, the curtain falls and the contents of his mind raise questions, and mysteries aboundand then he can circle around the mysteries and probe them and emerge with no useful answers.  In ancient cultures, that was called the Labyrinth.


Down through history, in 99.99% of the philosophies of both West and East, the individuals creativ...


Why The Lefts Sex Assault Scandals Are Only Beginning "IndyWatch Feed National"

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi embarrassed herself last weekend by casting doubt on sexual assault allegations leveled against powerful Democratic Rep. John Conyers.

Conyers has been accused by at least five women of sexual harassment, and reports last week detail how the U.S. Congresss Office of Compliance paid $27,000 in taxpayer money to a woman in 2015 after, she said, Conyers fired her for refusing his sexual advances. Over the last 20 years, this office has settled 264 employment complaints, including those of sexual misconduct, to the tune of $17.2 million.

Pelosi implied that the allegations leveled against Conyers were vague, and that since Conyers was an icon he should be afforded due process. In the same interview, she curtly said that Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore was a child molester. Many even on the Left found Pelosis response grossly inadequate, and Pelosi has since called Conyers to step down:

But rather than being an isolated incident, Pelosis response is a trend on the Left. Yes, both sides are guilty of a double standard for sexual misconduct, but the Lefts hypocrisy has been particularly egregious, and has likely allowed the problem to metastasize and fester.

Its Been Years of a Double Standard

Despite the maddening trend where allegations of sexual assault against Republicans seem to surface only weeks before the date of a general electionnot during primariesMoores accusers have been overwhelmingly believed right-of-the-aisle. This is as it should be. The accounts given have been heart-wrenching and credible, and Moores answers have been lacking (although he still insists on his total innocence).

Contrast this with what weve seen from the Left for decades. Assault accuser Anita Hill was meant to torpedo Clarence Thomas nomination to the Supreme Court, but ten years later libe...


MACKAY Fined over text threats to take his own life "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 05, 2017 at 04:56AM ,

Fined over text threats to take his own life

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The conviction for contravening an order against his former partner comes in the midst of a rise in breaches reported by Queensland Police in recent times. Facing Mackay Magistrates Court for sentencing before Magistrate Mark Nolan, the man aged in his early 40s pleaded guilty to the November 12

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MACKAY No arrest warrant for man who skipped court "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 05, 2017 at 06:26AM ,

No arrest warrant for man who skipped court

December 05, 2017 at 06:26AM ,

A MACKAY man whos admitted to burglary and a raft of other charges has avoided a warrant being issued for his arrest while on bail, despite skipping court. Reilley William Fielder was due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday, but left his solicitor Samantha Sticklan high and dry.

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MACKAY Does ginger want to have a go? Man knocked out in CBD "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 05, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

Does ginger want to have a go? Man knocked out in CBD

December 05, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

Burman, a 26-year-old concreter, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday over the incident, pleading guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm. Prosecutor Senior Constable Duncan Erskine gave the facts to Magistrate Mark Nolan. He said the victim left AM Bar on Wood Street with a group,

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Walt Secords fluoridation demand delusional, playing games say Bega Valley councillors "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bega Valley Shire councillors have rejected recent comments made by NSW Labor health spokesperson Walt Secord on the issue of water fluoridation.

Mr Secord questioned councils move to conduct a survey of residents, and demanded state Water Minister Niall Blair intervene and introduce fluoride into the Tantawanglo-Kiah and Brogo-Bermagui water supplies.

Councillor Mitchell Nadin labelled Mr Secord delusional over the comments.

If the NSW government had every intention to override what the community wants, then why the bloody hell did they ask us to get an accurate measurement of what the community wants in the first place? Cr Nadin said.

Almost 90 per cent of submissions we received from the community were negative [towards fluoride]. My question to Mr Secord is, why do you hate democracy?

Cr Cathy Griff, who moved the motion for the survey, said Mr Secords comments were just political game play.

We are seeking to get the communities view, which we feel is our responsibility to do, she said.

In terms of childrens dental health, all levels of government should be advocating, or taking responsibility for dental health education and the danger of the real culprit  sugar.

She said the absence of fluoride from drinking water in 97 per cent of Western Europe and Japan, along with her own investigation of independent research via The Cochrane Library was enough for her to question its use.

We dont need to ingest it when fluoride is in toothpaste, with no risk of overdose, Cr Griff said.

Cr Jo Dodds said Mr Secords comments seek to remove the decision from the population most affected by it, and falsely conflate the issues of fluoridation and vaccination.

When we are given the responsibility for making decisions on topics such as fluoride we take the opinions of our communities very seriously. We also take information provided by NSW Health and other relevant agencies very seriously, Cr Dodds said.

*Original article online at


Department of Health written question answered on 4th December 2017. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Photo of Lord O'ShaughnessyLord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

National dental surveys show that inequalities in childrens oral health are associated with deprivation, geography and ethnicity. Inequalities in child oral health have been reported in surveys carried out as part of the dental epidemiology programme in England, and within the decennial Childrens Dental Health Survey. A copy of the executive summary is attached.
For example, children in the north of England have higher levels of tooth decay than those in the south, and those from Chinese and ...


Sperm whale carcass washes up on beach in Hopetoun, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Leaders of a popular tourist town on Western Australia's south-east coast have been left with a 45-tonne headache, after a dead sperm whale washed up on a popular tourist beach. Initially spotted last week, the carcass became caught on a reef offshore from Hopetoun, 574km southeast of Perth, on Sunday afternoon. Shire of Ravensthorpe chief executive Ian Fitzgerald said the high tide had washed the mammal ashore by Monday morning. "Obviously a rotting carcass, with the lovely aroma it gives off, plus the leaching of the waste into the water and the ground didn't make for a good environment," Mr Fitzgerald said.


Bitcoin May be Significantly Undervalued, as 3.79 Million of Supply is Not Spendable "IndyWatch Feed National"

3.79 million bitcoin is estimated to be lost permanently on the public blockchain. Given that nearly 20% of its supply is unspendable, bitcoin is currently undervalued.

At the time of reporting, the market valuation of bitcoin is at around $196 billion. The price of bitcoin is calculated by dividing the market cap with its circulating supply of 16.72 million.

But, according to a study conducted by bitcoin blockchain-focused digital forensics firm Chainalysis, approximately 3.79 million, or $43.5 billion worth of bitcoin are permanently lost on the public blockchain of bitcoin. Thus, while the official circulating supply of bitcoin is 16.72 million, the actual supply of bitcoin is closer to 13 million.

Given that the real supply of bitcoin considering the bitcoin that are not spendable or accessible on the bitcoin blockchain is 13 million, the price of bitcoin should be in the range of $15,000. As of current, bitcoin is being traded in the $11,500 region across many exchanges.

On whether the market has priced the unspendable coins to provide the market valuation of bitcoin, Chainalysis senior economist Kim Gauer stated:

That is a very complex question. On the one hand, direct calculations about market cap do not take lost coins into consideration. Considering how highly speculative this field is, those market cap calculations may make it into economic models of the market that impact spending activity. Yet the market has adapted to the actual demand and supply available just look at exchange behavior. Furthermore, it is well known monetary policy procedure to lower or increase fiat reserves to impact exchange rates. So the answer is yes and no.

Unlike fiat currencies, bitcoin is a decentralized and a deflationary currency. Bitcoin that is lost on its public blockchain cannot be recovered, as there exists no central authority and entity. Although some may consider the lack of a central entity to be a disadvantage, the decentralized nature of bitcoin ultimately benefits its users by providing financial privacy, freedom, and most importantly, independence.

As seen in the arrest and seizure of assets of Saudi prince Miteb b...


Australias White Paper on Foreign Policy is Officially Released "IndyWatch Feed National"


Australias The White Paper on Foreign Policy published on November 23 ) is important for a number of reasons. Mainly because we are talking about the first document of this kind for the last 14 years from a country, whose role is very significant in the processes occurring in the most important region for contemporary global politics, the Indian and Pacific Ocean region (IPR).

Although Australia does not belong to the group of leading regional and world players (such as the US and China), its relevance in the Indian-Pacific Region and, in particular, in the South-East Asian subregion, is quite comparable to the political and economic weight of such major Asian powers as India and Japan. With a population of 25 million people, Australia has the 13th largest volume of GDP. In terms of numbers, a relatively small but quite modern and capable armed forces of 52,000 servicemen. In 2015 defense was allocated over $23 million (12th place in the world).

However, in line with the 2016 White Paper on Defense, these expenditures will increase at an extremely high rate and already by the fiscal year 2020-2021 shall exceed $42 billion, i.e., 2 percent of national GDP. The third economy in the world, Japan allocates approximately the same amount on military needs in terms of absolute numbers.

Along with the United States, India and Japan, Australia is part of the project to form a quadripartite quasi-union, which has received the moniker Quad among journalistic circles. The shadow of this project, which first appeared in the middle of the last decade, again loomed on the sidelines of the regional forums that took place in November in Da Nang and Manila.

The key problem in positioning Australia in the region stems from its apparent foreign policy schizophrenia. While being part of the anti-Chinese alliance with the US (within the framework of the ANZUS pact since 1952), Australia maintai...


Milo Yiannopoulos @ Melbourne Pavilion (Kensington, December 4, 2017) "IndyWatch Feed National"

[Note : The venue for Milos performance in Sydney tonight is Le Montage.] Above : Richard Wolstencroft. Huh. That was interesting. On the Melbourne leg of his tour, Milo Yiannopoulos was kindly provided a platform by Melbourne Pavilion (135-157 Racecourse Continue reading


Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) B737-7DT(BBJ) A36-001 Completes Missed Approach at Longreach Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Monday 4 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-001, flying as "Envoy 12", was heard to fly North out of Canberra and complete a missed approach at Tamworth before it continued further North and completed a missed approach also at Longreach Airport.

A36-001 completes airwork at Longreach Airport in June this year  (File photo)

A36-001 then continued to Townsville.

During the early part of the afternoon, RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air A32-350 "Beaufort 04" was heard to fly North from Sydney and complete a missed approach at Roma Airport before continuing to Cairns.  It was noted flying back South later in the day.

UPDATE!  After dark on Monday 4 December, fellow RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air A32-675 flying as "Dingo 01" touched down at Rockhampton Airport from RAAF Base Williamtown (Newcastle).  It later departed to Townsville.

Meanwhile, also on Monday 4 December, a pair of unidentified RAAF Lockheed AP-3C Orions were heard flying around parts of CQ.  One Orion using the radio callsign of "Striker 12" departed the CQ area for RAAF Base Amberley just after dawn.  It was replaced a short time later by another Orion using the radio callsign of  "Striker 13" which flew up from RAAF Base Edinburgh over Rocky to the airwork area.  Once complete it also flew South to Amberley.

The visiting United States Navy (USN) Boeing P-8A Poseidon (B737-8FV) anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and maritime patrol aircraft, which as posted below, has been identified as 169005/LC-005 of the US Navy's Patrol Squadron Eight (VP-8) 'The Fighting Tigers', was again in the air and completed another sortie to an area off the CQ Coast flying from and back to RAAF Base Amberley where it is currently based.  It was again heard to be using the radio callsign of 'KR757' / "Kilo Romeo 757".

Photo taken by Calen Harvey 


Big boar takes uncommon amble through pool "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Uncommon seeing one of the Common's unwanted feral pigs ambling around in full morning sun unaware of nearby watcher.
Even less common having big boar fill the frame as he walks through shallows less than 10 metres  from the earth bank beside Payets Tower pool.
Make that closer to five metres. And not a hint of concern as he looks up at the lens.
And off he goes toward other end of the pool to chomp on aquatic greenery. Not a pretty sight, and a pest creating ugly damage, specially in and near wetlands, but - like most pests - a survivor and problem of our making.


What consumers need from the ACCC inquiry into Google and Facebook "IndyWatch Feed National"

Image: Ibrahim.ID, Wikimedia (CC-BY-SA)

Yesterday the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launched an inquiry into digital platforms including Google and Facebook.

Chairman of the ACCC Rod Sims said:

The ACCC will look closely at longer-term trends and the effect of technological change on competition in media and advertising. We will also consider the impact of information asymmetry between digital platform providers and advertisers and consumers

The inquiry is overdue. To be useful, it should recognise that consumer protection law can play a larger role than it does currently in addressing platform power in the digital economy. Those leading it need to ensure its outcomes are truly beneficial for consumers, and not just the media companies and businesses using online advertising.

This article is by Amanda Scardamaglia, from Swinburne University of Technology and Angela Daly, from Queensland University of Technology and was originally published on The Conversation. It is republished here under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative (CC-BY-ND) licence. See the original article.

How Google presents information

To date, limited attention has been given to the issues faced by Australian consumers in internet markets, and particularly internet search.

Our research...



Stallholder Profile for Rodney Statham

  • Your name: Rodney Statham 

  • Your Business name and Facebook name and link: No Facebook, trade under my name

  • The suburb/town you live in now: Tallegalla

  • What is it that you make and what skills do you use? I make all things leather, including belts, whips, pocket knife pouches, harness, key rings, fly swatters, pocket watc...


Trump recognising Jerusalem as Israels capital will cause major catastrophe "IndyWatch Feed National"

The diplomatic status of Jerusalem is one of the worlds thorniest issues

By Alexandra Wilts Washington DC
The Independent

Mr Trump is expected to announce that Jerusalem is the Israeli capital during a speech this week

As President Donald Trump edges toward the controversial decision of recognising Jerusalem as Israels capital, unease is growing in the region over a move that will likely spark waves of protests with Turkey the latest nation to suggest it would bring catastrophe.

As has become usual for his administration, Mr Trump has so far refused to give a definitive answer about what he will do. As well as the decision over the capital, a decision about whether to sign a six-month waiver for moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has been delayed despite a deadline for doing so having passed. An announcement on the decision would be made in coming days, the White House said.

Mr Trump is expected to announce that Jerusalem is the Israeli capital during a speech this week, as well as eventually sign the waiver pushing back a decision on moving the embassy. But White House adviser Jared Kushner and National Security Adviser HR McMaster have both made it clear in recent days that that they are unsure about what Mr Trump will do.

That lack of firm direction has stoked tensions in the region. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said that Jerusalems status has been enshrined in a number of international declarations.

The status of Jerusalem and Temple Mount have been determined by international agreements. It is important to preserve Jerusalems status for the sake of protecting peace in the region, Mr Bozdag told reporters.

If another step is taken and this step is lifted, this will be a major catastrophe, he added.

The diplomatic status of Jerusalem is one of the worlds thorniest issues, and any change could have vast repercussions across the Middle East. The citys holy sites are sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims, with both Israel and the Palestinians claiming it as thei...


How Come Military Contractors Are Doing All of Washingtons Dirty Work? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Washington DC (NEO) It is no secret that the last couple decades saw an abrupt increase in the number of private military companies or private security contractors (PMCs), the overall budgets of some easily surpass the military budgets of certain sovereign states. The turning point in the creation of such companies occurred in 1995 during military operations conducted by the Armed Forces of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina against Serbian troops, when hostilities were outsourced to a number of security contractor firms.

There can be no second opinion about Washington being the most faithful adept of the PMC concept, since the number of wars the US has been waging against other states requires the Pentagon to find extra hands to do its dirty work for it. American intelligence agencies were quick to comprehend in mid 90s that they would need a lot of private contractors if they were to carry on their dubious operations across the globe over the next several decades. Therefore, the Pentagon began encouraging various companies to handle a wide range of outsourced military tasks. As a result, over the last decade alone the US military has signed more than 3,0 00 contracts with PMCs.

Today PMCs are operating more than 90% of all drones than US Air Force and Navy have together, they are also engaged in reconnaissance missions, data analysis, along with developing promising technologies and materials, on top of providing routine military training, convoy escorts, and air cargo support. In May 2007, the US government disclosed for the first time the total amount of funds allocated on the PMCs by American intelligence agencies, with the total amount reaching 33.6 billion dollars. In January 2015, the US Central Command published statistics on contract employees of PMCs, specifying that CENTCOM alone employs more than 43,0 00 individuals that fulfill all sorts of contracts, of which no more than 17,0 00 are American citizens, with the rest being natives of the UK and Australia.

According to rough estimates, the PMC market exceeds 150 billion dollars. As for the continuous increase in the actual of number and their value it can be attributed to an ever expanding share of secret operations deals signed off on by Washington.

READ MORE: Study Estimates Cost Of The Iraq War Around Five Trillion Dollars

Although existing US...


Australia - Walt Secords fluoridation demand delusional, playing games say Bega Valley councillors "IndyWatch Feed National"

Opposition health spokesman Walt Secord (left) during a recent visit to the South East Regional Hospital with Labor leader Luke Foley and Labor MLC Courtney Houssos. Opposition health spokesman Walt Secord (left) during a recent visit to the South East Regional Hospital with Labor leader Luke Foley and Labor MLC Courtney Houssos. Bega Valley Shire councillors have rejected recent comments made...


NSW Planning Reform Campaign Materials "IndyWatch Feed National"

1. PRINT THE PETITION to collect signatures in your community and secure the future of free-range farming in NSW!

2. DISTRIBUTE THE FLYER at your local farmers market and other community events.

3. SHARE THE FACTSHEET and ensure your community members are well informed.

4. MAKE A PUBLIC SUBMISSION to the NSW State Government by 18 DECEMBER.

5. EMAIL YOUR LOCAL MEMBER AND THE MINISTERS- Find all the email addresses & phone numbers you need here.


If you have any questions, email us at

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Anthony Albanese told the ABC's 730 program a lot more about his family than he's disclosed on his citizenship declaration "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is Anthony Albanese's citizenship declaration. His declaration falls way short of what he told the ABC's 730 program. Why might that be Anthony? Anthony Albanese's long-held family secret 7.30 By Leigh Sales Updated 23 Aug 2016, 9:16pm Sorry, this video has expired VIDEO: Anthony Albanese on the search for...


Bill Shorten found out on citizenship claims - the truth is incidental, tough it out, it's what they can prove not what actually happened "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here's the news today: And here are a few Bill Shorten quotes from 9 November 2017 SHORTEN: Well first of all, we have had years and months to get this right. It wasn't Labor who invented this crisis. To be honest - But also, I've got to be clear here,...


Can hunting African elephants really help save them? "IndyWatch Feed National"

New York Times

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service last month moved to allow hunters to bring home trophies from elephants killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Safe to say, few conservationists saw it coming.

In a 39-page report, the agency cited Zimbabwes progress in creating a sound management plan for its 82,000 elephants and evidence that hunting revenue is in fact reinvested into conservation. Well-managed trophy hunting would not have an adverse effect on the species, but can further efforts to conserve the species in the wild, the agency concluded.

The announcement, which would have turned back an elephant-trophy prohibition instituted during the Obama administration, was met with praise from pro-hunting groups, like the National Rifle Association and Safari Club International, and criticism from animal-rights advocates on all sides of the political spectrum.

Unexpectedly, President Trump intervened on Twitter, saying that the trophy decision would be delayed until such time as I review all conservation facts. Two days later, the president referred to trophy hunting as a horror show and cast doubts on its effectiveness for helping conservation of elephants and other species. An updated decision, the president added, was still pending.

Whether the proceeds from big-game hunting should be used to protect threatened and endangered species is a di...


SA schools introduce transgender, intersex policy allowing students gender choices "IndyWatch Feed National"

A new policy for transgender and intersex students, which includes allowing students to use the toilets of the gender they identify with, will be in place at South Australian public schools this year. Read More


58 People Were Killed In Las Vegas, We Still Dont Know Why Or How, And Nobody Cares "IndyWatch Feed National"

I am going to break the rules of the Internet Hot Take Industry and write about an old story that nobody cares about anymore. We have gone on to other topics, and then other topics, and then other topics, and other topics, etc. The news cycle moves at the speed of sound. Events from last week are a distant memory and news from October may as well have occurred during the Cretaceous Period.

Still, I cant help but recall, ever so faintly, that little thing known at the time as the worst mass shooting in American history. If memory serves, a wealthy 64-year-old gambler named Stephen Paddock murdered 58 people and injured hundreds from the window of his luxury hotel room. In the days after the slaughter, nobody could figure out why he did it, or how he managed to pull it off. So, we all kind of shrugged our shoulders and moved on. The questions were never answered.

It is now two months later and we know as much today as we knew six hours after the shooting. But nobody is talking about it anymore. Its as if it never happened.

There was a time when a mass shooting of this magnitude would dominate the news for weeks and weeks. Columbine which paled in comparison to this was the only thing anyone talked about for at least a month. Even more recent shootings Charleston, Aurora, Orlando were in the headlines for much longer than Las Vegas. Yet there were more people shot in Vegas than in Columbine, Charleston, Aurora, and Orlando combined. Twice as many, easily.

Well, I think.

I actually dont know how many people were shot. They tell us 527 people were injured, along with the 58 killed, but were all of those injuries from gunshots? Did the guy actually physically shoot 585 human beings? Or were some of the injuries from people getting knocked over and trampled in the melee? I would imagine the latter must be the case, but I dont know. Its been two months and we still dont even know how many people Paddock shot. Maybe that number is available somewhere but I couldnt find it. How is that possible? How could it be two months after the worst mass shooting in American history and we still dont have a precise and well-publicized casualty count?

And thats just one unanswered question.

There are many more, because, basically, none of the questions abo...


Sol Bellear AM To Be Laid To Rest Saturday At State Funeral In Redfern "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sol Bellear AM, one of the nations most respected Aboriginal activists and an icon of the land rights movement, will be laid to rest at a state funeral in Sydney on Saturday.

A Bundjalung man born in Mullumbimby, Mr Bellear was a founding member of the Aboriginal Medical Service Redfern, and served in a voluntary capacity on the board for more than 45 years.

He was also involved in the early days of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, was a founding member of the Aboriginal Legal Service, and a Deputy Commissioner of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, among a host of other appointments and honours.

Throughout his life, Mr Bellear was also renowned for his leadership around Aboriginal land rights in Australia, and he worked as an adviser to the NSW Aboriginal Land Council for the past decade.

Mr Bellear passed away at his home in Redfern last week. He was aged 66.

He will be laid to rest on Saturday, December 9 at a state funeral at 11am, at Redfern Oval.

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council is also organising Sols last march one final land rights protest, which will depart at 10am from the AMS Redfern (in Redfern Street) and proceed to Redfern Oval.

Mr Bellear was a close friend, subscriber and strong supporter of New Matilda. Well bring you coverage of his state funeral service over the weekend.

Mr Bellears family have asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Aboriginal Medical Service, Redfern via reception, on 02 9319 5823. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

The post Sol Bellear AM To Be Laid To Rest Saturday At State Funeral In Redfern appeared first on New Matilda.


Government set to silence charities from participating in election debates "IndyWatch Feed National"

Charities in Australia will be silenced from speaking publicly on issues in an election, under law reforms announced by the Australian Government. The Prime Minister, the Attorney-General and the Special Minister of State today outlined plans to ban international donations to charities that engage publicly in election issues.

Emily Howie, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that the Bill goes too far and will dissuade charities from speaking out on the issues that they were formed to address.

"The governments proposed funding ban will stymie free, informed and robust public discussion. Charities have enormous expertise to contribute, drawn from the work they do, whether its running a homeless shelter or protecting the environment. When you sideline charities from public discussion, you silence the voices of the most marginalised people, undermine good policy making and, ultimately, diminish our democracy," said Ms Howie.

The proposed Bill demonstrates the alarming extent to which Government action is undermining healthy public discussion debate in Australia.

"The new law could have absurd consequences: silencing health charities from speaking out on vaccination or preventing green groups from defending the environment. There is a clear rationale for banning international donations to political parties, but no case has been made that the same is necessary for charities. The Parliament should exempt registered charities from this legislation and protect charities ability to stand up for the interests of the communities they serve and the issues those communities care about," said Ms Howie.

"Unfortunately, this announcement is consistent with a broader, undemocratic trend of government attempting to silence the not-for-profit sector, through gags in funding agreements and threats to hamstring advocacy groups ability to fundraise. All governments find criticism of them inconvenient or uncomfortable, but thats part and parcel of a good democracy," said Ms Howie.

Recent polling shows that Australians overwhelmingly (76%) support charities having a public voice on issues they were established to address and a majority (55%) believe that imposing restrictions on the ability of charities to advocate would result in a silencing of Australians and undermining of our democratic principles.

"Philanthropy, whether from Australia or overseas, has long provided crucial resources to Australian charities who have made Australia a better and fairer place to live. Instead of stifling the good work of charities, the government should be facilitating great and more robust public discussions," said Ms Howie.

Details of the Bill

The proposed Bill, to be introduced later this week, will create a ne...


PERTH Wandi property manager fined for operating without a licence "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Wandi property manager fined for operating without a licence .

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A WANDI property manager has been fined $5000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for operating without a licence. Josephine Wei-Wei Liau purported to be a licensed property manager between June 2013 November 2015. Ms Liau was managing a property in Willetton through her unregistered business .


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Liberal Jason Falinski refuses to release legal advice on his citizenship - uses same law firm as Bill Shorten "IndyWatch Feed National"

Falinski refuses to release his legal advice over a fairly complex citizenship matter. And who does he turn to for legal advice - the same firm that Bill Shorten trusts all the way to the bank. Liberal Jason Falinski is facing questions about dual Polish citizenship. Mr Falinski could...


MEDIA RELEASE: The future of free-range farming endangered by NSW Planning review "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) is calling on the NSW Government to secure a future that encourages regenerative farmers by ensuring regulatory burdens on small-scale pastured livestock producers are commensurate with the low risk they pose to their communities.

The Government states that the aim of its proposed planning reforms are to support the development and management of intensive livestock agriculture through:

  • Exemptions for small-scale livestock operators in non-sensitive locations; and
  • Clarification of the definitions and thresholds for intensive livestock agriculture requiring development consent.

The Government claims that the proposed amendments will illustrate a clear difference between extensive and intensive agriculture land uses, making it easier for industry and applicants.

And yet by conflating all sizes and types of pig and poultry farms into one category, the package of reforms released by the NSW Government presents a major risk to the future of small-scale free-range pig and poultry farming.

Under the new reforms, all pig and poultry farms, regardless of size or production model, will be considered intensive livestock agriculture. A farm with 25 sows on pasture will be called intensive just like a shed with 2000 sows inside.

While the Government has retained thresholds that enable an exemption from the requirement for development consent for those farms with less than 1000 birds or 200 pigs or 20 sows the introduction of a 500m setback from neighbouring dwellings or environmentally sensitive areas that triggers a Development Application is a major barrier for pastured pig and poultry farming on small acreages.

AFSA supports regulation of farming that protects human and animal health and preserves environment and amenity. We call on the NSW Government to amend the proposals to address the following key concerns:

  • Revise the definitions around extensive (outdoors on pasture) as opposed to intensive (confined in sheds) animal husbandry. Small-scale, low-risk farms should be excluded from the definition of intensive or allowed in the definition of extensive.
  • Reduce the proposed 500m setback (buffer zone) between animals and neighbouring dwellings to allow the operation of a pastured pig or poultry farm on a smaller or narrow block without requirement for a Development Application. Any setback should take into account stocking rates and rotational grazing practices undertaken by most small-scale regenerative farmers.
  • The definition of intensive pig or poultry farms should only apply to farms with a stocking rate that clearly presents a higher risk to environment and amenity, not an arbitrary number of animals unassociated...


Members of the House of Representatives citizenship declarations "IndyWatch Feed National"

Members' statements in relation to citizenship On 4 December 2017, the House agreed to a resolution requiring each Member to provide a statement in relation to citizenship to the Registrar of Members' Interests. The statement is to include the Member's declarations as to Australian and foreign citizenship, relevant considerations and...


5 Things You Should Be Doing To Cleanse Your Sexual Aura "IndyWatch Feed National"

Understanding the true capabilities and metaphysical properties of humans is ultimately limitless and impossible. We are energetic beings who need to take certain measures to protect and cleanse our energetic frequencies! Its crucial to your overall quality of life.

There are so many different energetic aspects of the human soul, mind, and body that it is essentially unfathomable to our minds. Theres no truly knowing it all and understanding our true purpose, but there are massive benefits that come along with trying. By acknowledging your energetic and metaphysical counterparts you can take full control of your reality and nourish your soul! This is where true happiness, contentedness, and fulfillment come into play. You must take care of your energy and your overall aura! If you let your aura slip into a negative realm you can lose your sense of self, making you depressed, anxious, and constantly fatigued. But dont worry, taking care of your aura isnt hard. It just requires a little cleansing every now and then.

The human aura is a field of luminous radiation that surrounds us and extends beyond our physical forms. They are very closely related to and affected by electromagnetic fields and they serve as a visual measure of our mental and physical states. Simply being in the presence of a negative person can affect our aura. Negativity can act like a virus, infesting your soul and perception anyway it can and it will. There are quite a few different activities we engage in that can heavily affect our aura. We even have a sexual aura that is deeply influenced by the ones we share our hearts with and engage in sexual connections with other energetic beings.

Being sexually active with any person can seriously take a toll on our sexual aura, good or bad. Being with a positive person can cause us to share positive energy and promote good health of our sexual aura. But the opposite is also true; negative people can demote happiness and positivity. When we have sex with oth...


Amazon is now live in Australia and local retailers are chill "IndyWatch Feed National"

The worlds biggest e-retailer has finally opened its online store in Australia. You would think this would have other Australian brick-and-mortar retailers shaking with fear, but upon Amazon launching its store on Tuesday morning, many of the stocks of other retailers actually increased, reports Reuters. The reason is that analysts found that not many of

The worlds biggest e-retailer has finally opened its online store in Australia. You would think this would have other Australian brick-and-mortar retailers shaking with fear, but upon Amazon launching its store on Tuesday morning, many of the stocks of other retailers actually increased, reports Reuters. The reason is that analysts found that not many of Amazons prices are cheaper than other Australian brick-and-mortar retailers. That being said, Australia is the 12th largest economy in the world, and Amazon has a history of playing the long game in order to suck as much market share and profit out of large economies as they can. In other words: The battle is just getting started.

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Astronomer's map reveals location of mysterious fast-moving gas "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Australian scientist has created the most detailed map ever of clouds of high-velocity gas in the Universe around us. The map covers the entire sky and shows curious clouds of neutral hydrogen gas that are moving at a different speed to the normal rotation of the...... Read more


Government Falsifies Warning on Kratom to Protect Opioids "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By Dr. Mercola

The overprescription of powerful opioid drugs to treat everything from back pain to arthritis has resulted in an unprecedented crisis of overdose and death in the U.S. Even when taken as directed, prescription opioids can lead to addiction as well as tolerance, which means you need an increasingly stronger dose to get the pain-relieving effects. Physical dependence, in which you suffer withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking the drugs, is common.1

In fact, more than 91 Americans fatally overdose on opioids every day.2 The statistic includes prescription opioids, heroin and fentanyl, but many of the deaths stem from prescription drug use. Of the more than 33,000 Americans killed by opioids in 2015, nearly half of them involved a prescription for the drugs.3

However, rather than cracking down on the prescription opioids that are the root of the problem, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is going after a natural plant called kratom (Mitragyna speciosa), even going so far as to issue a warning that consumer groups say is patently false.

FDA Warns of Deadly Risks Associated With Kratom

Kratom is a plant native to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, which has become popular as an opioid alternative in the U.S. Leaves from the kratom tree have been used for pain relief for hundreds of years, but scientists now know they contain compounds that target the brain similarly to opioids, helping to relieve pain.

Unlike opioid drugs, however, which can cause slowed breathing, or respiratory depression thats deadly (respiratory depression is the leading cause of opioid overdose deaths), kratom does not appear to cause this effect.

In an animal study published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, researchers noted that, compared to morphine, kratom use did not result in tolerance and physical dependence or respiratory depression, suggesting it might represent a promising new generation of novel pain relievers....


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00006 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.55 AUD


The Senate's deliberations on Milo Yiannopoulos yesterday "IndyWatch Feed National"

Just disgraceful that the Parliament would waste its time canning Milo Yiannopoulos. The Greens wanted him banned from speaking while at our Parliament House. What does that mean - someone puts a gimp mask on him for the duration of the visit? Di Natale got up on nearly all of...


Confucius Tells You How to Change the World for the Better "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dylan Charles, Editor
Waking Times

One of the great dilemmas of at our times is the question of how best to apply ourselves in the quest to change the world for the better. Where is our limited time and finite personal energy best spent if we wish to manifest a world free of corruption and ignorance?

Of course our attention is deliberately directed on to these arenas, but the answer to this question is deeply personal, as unique to each individual as is the eyes iris. At its core, though, the quest to change the world begins with the crucial work of changing ones self.

This fundamental truth of human experience is perhaps best explained in one of my favorite quotes by the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius. Writing in the classic treatise, The Great Learning, some five-hundred years before Christ, Confucius explains

The illustrious ancients, when they wished to make clear and to propagate the highest virtues in the world, put their states in proper order. Before putting their states in proper order, the...


US politician sentenced to 5 years prison for running a sham charity "IndyWatch Feed National"

5 years in prison for running a sham charity. This should send a chill up a few Clinton & friends spines. Corrine Brown is the same age as Hillary - and Brown's fraud is tiny in comparison to the allegations confronting the Clintons. This comprehensive report is from the Jacksonville...


The Obama Scandal is at Columbia University "IndyWatch Feed National"

Obama Scandal Is at Columbia

By Wayne Allyn Root - Aug 6, 2012 10:28 am

My bet is that Obama will never unseal his records because they contain information that could destroy his chances for re-election. Once this challenge is made public, my prediction is youll never hear about Mitts tax returns ever again.

Why are the college records, of a 51-year-old President of the United States, so important to keep secret? I think I know the answer.

If anyone should have questions about Obamas record at Columbia University, its me. We both graduated (according to Obama) Columbia University, Class of 83. We were both (according to Obama) Pre-Law and Political Science majors. And I thought I knew most everyone at Columbia. I certainly thought Id heard of all of my fellow Political Science majors. But not Obama (or as he was known then- Barry Soetoro). I never met him. Never saw him. Never even heard of him. And none of the classmates that I knew at Columbia have ever met him, saw him, or heard of him.

But dont take my word for it. The Wall Street Journal reported in 2008 that Fox News randomly called 400 of our Columbia classmates and never found one who had ever met Obama.


False Memories, Part 3: Wendy Hoffmans Lecture "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Alison Miller, (R) Wendy Hoffman

by Mary W Maxwell

Australias 5-year Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse a major gift to the world will wrap up on December 15, 2017. Over 8,000 victims reported, and 2,000 cases have been referred to police. Already we are seeing editorials about the insufficiency of proof, as the survivors were not cross-examined.  I can agree that this is a legal problem. But I also know that there will be vicious attempts to say that no one has repressed memories that can be recovered later.

Beware anyone who starts in on that story.  Thats what put an end to the McMartin Preschool trial and led many good citizens to believe that it was scientifically proven that the memories of child abuse especially in satanic rituals were fed into the child.

Oh yeah?  Let ask Wendy Hoffman.  She was 70...


Tension forces ExxonMobil to send some workers home "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

LNG Project facility, Hela Province, Papua New Guinea Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

The National aka The Loggers Times | December 5, 2017

EXXONMOBIL is still keeping essential workers only at the Hides Gas Conditioning plant in Hela because of tension in the area last month.

A spokesperson from the company told The National yesterday that ExxonMobil was still monitoring the situation.

ExxonMobil is the operator of the US$19 billion (K374.34bil [sic]) PNG LNG project that the province hosts.

ExxonMobil PNG is continuing to monitor ongoing tension in the Highlands (Hides, Angore, Komo) areas, the spokesperson said.

The safety and security of our employees, contractors and the local community is a top priority. Staffing at the Hides Gas Conditioning Plant remains at essential personnel only.

Non-essential personnel have been relocated to other...


James Howells Considers Digging Up a Landfill to Find Lost Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

Remember that dude from 2013 who accidentally threw away his hard drive full of Bitcoin? Well, hes back hitting headlines again as the recent surge in BTC price has encouraged him to restart his treasure hunt. Hes prepared to get his hands pretty dirty too by digging up a landfill site.

James Howells from Newport, Wales was an early cryptocurrency miner. He started back in 2009 and had amassed some 7,500BTC by solving the complex equations used to secure the Bitcoin network. During a big cleanup of his home in 2013, the hard drive upon which hed stored his private keys got mistakenly thrown out. The value of the cryptocurrency stored on it at the time was then several hundred thousand dollars. That was when Bitcoin was trading at around $130 a coin.

Today, with the price of Bitcoin being almost hundred times the 2013 figure, the hard drive is worth $85 million. Its therefore hardly surprising that the Newport-based IT worker is keen to be reunited with his stash. Hes now considering having the landfill excavated. This, of course, is no small job. Howells explained to The Independent:

A modern landfill is a complex engineering project and digging one up brings up all sorts of environmental issues such as dangerous gasses and potential landfill fires Its a big, expensive and risky project.

Howells had stopped mining long before Bitcoin started to grab headlines in quite the way it did during late 2013. Hed sold most of the components of the computer hed used on eBay but was savvy enough to make sure he kept the hard drive containing his private keys. Unfortunately, during a clear-out, he believes that this ended up being put in a general waste bin at a local landfill site. This will then have been emptied onto the tip and will since have been buried by many tons of junk. Howells blames family life and moving house for the mishap.

Whilst its certainly the largest case of lost Bitcoins known about today, Howells tale isnt the only example of such a colossal mistake. A similar story comes from the editor of Gizmodo Australia, Campbell Simpson, who threw around 1,400 BTC away back in 2012. When hed originally bought the Bitcoin, theyd only cost him $25 AUD. Today, buying such a quantity of the cryptocurrency would set you back almost $16 million.

However, the largest cache of lost Bitcoin might be those of their original creator themselves. Recent research from the blockchain data-crunchers at Chainalysis hints that the one....


Donald Trump says he feels badly for Michael Flynn, FBI has destroyed his life "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is a video of Donald Trump expressing his views mentioned in the ABC Australia article below, on-line. The ABC article is a borrow from Associated Press, as most overseas articles in Australian newspapers are borrows or cut and pastes from overseas media or media supply companies like Associated Press.

Most Australian political commenters about the US are lazy, and dont go to source.

Fox News on-line has the best coverage google Fox News live then click on the video tab at the top and then Fox News You Tube.

Or google White House live then click on the video tab at the top, then click on White House You Tube.

Once youre in these sources youll find a lot of interesting articles. Fox Five, Hannity and others like Judge Jeanine are good value.

All ABC Australia and Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age do is borrow or cut and paste liberal Leftwing media like Washington Post, New York Times or liberal Leftwing media like CNN. All these publications are owned by liberals out to take down Donald Trump and the Republicans. They talk rubbish about Impeachment and rave on about anything perceived cracks in Donald Trumps work. Thats why Americans call them Libtards

ABC / Associated Press

Donald Trump says he feels badly for Michael Flynn, FBI has destroyed his life


Abuse thrives in darkness. Have your donation doubled and help us fix Australia's broken youth justice systems "IndyWatch Feed National"

When children make mistakes, we should help them get back on track. But right now, children as young as 10 are getting trapped in the quicksand of the criminal justice system.

Across Australia, hundreds of primary school aged children are being arrested, hauled before the courts and locked away in concrete cells the size of a car parking space. Out of sight, out of mind.

Will you stand with us to fix our broken youth justice systems? 

>> Donate today and double your impact <<

Abuse thrives in darkness. Over the past two years weve worked hard to shine a light on the horrific mistreatment of children in Australias youth jails.

Together with our partners, we helped to expose the horrors of Don Dale and made sure no child was left in the notorious Barwon maximum security adult jail.

>> Donate now and have your gift doubled <<

This week, you can double the impact of your tax-deductible gift because donations to our Human Rights Week Appeal are being matched, dollar-for-dollar, by our sponsors.

Over the next 12 months well be working with our partners to transform youth justice systems across Australia. Well be calling on governments to:

  • Raise the age | Ten year olds should be in schools and playgrounds, not prisons. All Australian governments should raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14 years, in keeping with human rights standards.
  • End cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment | No child should be locked away in solitary confinement, hooded or needlessly handcuffed, or subjected to the indignity of routine strip searches.
  • Stop building dead end youth jails | The evidence is clear jails fail children. Our governments should listen to the experts diversion, education and small, home-like facilities work to get kids back on track.
  • Address the over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children | All governments should implement Change the Records National Action Plan, so that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are given every opportunity to thrive, with their families, in their communities.
  • Implement independent oversight to prevent abuse | The Australian Government must ratify and implement the UN anti-torture protocol to ensure independent oversight of every place of detention, so that no government goes down the dark path of Don Dale again.

Its time for a different appr...


The vice of virtue signalling and Jeremy Corbyns Labour "IndyWatch Feed National"

Though doubtless left and right use it, virtue signalling is a reactionary catch-phrase. The context of Bartholomews discovery of the term says much: he was researching a book denouncing the British welfare state. For Bartholomew, a virtue, rather, is a sacrifice like staying together for the sake of the children, or its a charitable act like delivering lunches to elderly neighbours. Its not political speech, certainly not online.


What Now? "IndyWatch Feed National"

What Now?
by James Howard Kunstler

Contact with Russians. Grown men and women, doubling and re-doubling down on a political fantasy, repeat this prayer hour after hour on the cable channels and Web waves as if trying to exorcise a nation possessed by the unholy hosts of Hell. But such vicars of the news as Wolf Blitzer, Rachel Maddow, Chuck Todd, and Dean Baquet (of The New York Times) only shove the country closer to a cliff of constitutional crisis.

To a certain class of people - a class that includes a lot of Intellectuals-Yet-Idiots, as Nassim Taleb has dubbed them - President Donald Trump is a figure of supernatural malignity who must be ousted at all costs. I did not vote for Donald Trump and I do not admire him; but I rather resent the dishonesty that is being marshaled against him, especially the mis-use of judicial procedure and the mendacious propagandizing of the nation in service to that end.

This is what it comes down to: General Mike Flynn, designated National Security Advisor, conferred with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak after the 2016 election about two pressing matters: a vote in the UN orchestrated against Israel, and sanctions imposed against Russia by outgoing President Obama on December 28, two weeks before the inauguration. Both these matters could be viewed as bits of...


Milo Yiannopoulos: Protesters clash with alt-right speaker's supporters in Melbourne - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Milo Yiannopoulos: Protesters clash with alt-right speaker's supporters in Melbourne - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): One of the protesters fell to the ground and was bleeding during the incident.

Both left and right groups were chanting and holding placards.

Neil Erikson from far-right group Patriot Blue said he was at the protest to defend free speech.

"We were basically coming to the Milo event and we were attacked so we had to defend ourselves," he said.

Chris DiPasquale from the campaign against racism and fascism said his group "want to send a positive message".

"We're against racism, we're against sexism, transphobia, homophobia, everything that Milo stands for we're against that," he said.

The venue of the sold-out shows was kept secret to those who purchased tickets until the last minute, due to concerns about protests.

The right-wing commentator has made a career out of attacking feminism, political correctness and Islam.

A book by Mr Yiannopoulos was cancelled after video resurfaced which showed him speaking positively about sexual relationships between boys and men.


Mothers tears for toddler burnt alive "IndyWatch Feed National"

CANBERRA 05/12/2017 07:01:23 AM [AAP]

Snatched from his mothers arms, a three-year-old boy is burnt alive.

This is not a warped horror film plot but the lived reality of a Rohingya mother called Mina, 20, who escaped military atrocities in Myanmar (Burma) to Bangladesh.

Shes one of the 620,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled what the United Nations have dubbed ethnic cleansing since late August.

He was burnt to ashes to paper, his skin turned black, Mina, which is not her real name, told Save the Children.

When we screamed, they dragged us parents away across the ground.

Mina, her husband and her other son aged two undertook a treacherous three-day journey through mountains to reach the relative safety of an overcrowded refugee camp across the border.

The death of her son haunts her by day and night.

I dream of my baby burning and wake up screaming, she said.

But she must find the strength to keep going, shes expecting another child in coming months.

The UNs Human Rights Council is holding a special meeting on the crisis on Tuesday.

Save the Children country director Mark Pierce is urging the council to oppose plans for Rohingya refugees to be returned to Bangladesh in a matter of weeks.

We only risk re-traumatising people whove seen unimaginable horrors and risk leaving the most vulnerable, including pregnant mothers and children, at the mercy of the very people who raped, murdered and brutalised them, Mr Pierce said.

Amnesty International called for Australia to show leadership on the Rohingya crisis and lobby the council to send a strong message to the Myanmar government.

Australia under Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser was once one of the worlds most outspoken critics of South Africas then apartheid regime, spokeswoman Diana Sayed said.

But there is an apartheid regime in operation right now on our doorstep against the Rohingya, which Australia has done very little about.

Meanwhile, another expectant mother, Bitani, 25, told Save the Children of walking in mud up to her waist to escape her village.

She claimed military personnel had raped some women immediately after they had given birth.

The Australian government has launched a fundraising appeal with aid groups, pledging to match public donations up to a total of $5 million.

The post Mothers tears for toddler burnt alive...


Protesters clash at Yiannopolous event in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former Israeli Soldier and far right public figure Avi Yemini at a demonstration outside Milo Yiannopouloss sold out show at the Melbourne Pavilion in Melbourne on Monday, December 4, 2017. (AAP Image/James Ross)

MELBOURNE 04/12/2017 10:41:00 PM [AAP]

Violent clashes have erupted in Melbourne, with protesters brawling in the streets and wielding crude weapons at an event for a controversial international right-wing commentator.

Outside the event for alt-right British speaker Milo Yiannopolous on Monday, demonstrations quickly escalated as anti-fascist and hardline right-wing groups clashed.

Hundreds of protesters from left-aligned Campaign Against Racism and Fascism and two right-wing groups, Reclaim Australia and the True Blue Crew, rallied with a heavy police presence attempting to maintain order.

Convicted racial villifier Neil Erikson attended the rally and said hundreds of supporters would be there to support the speaker.

We are here to express our freedom of speech, he told the ABC.

Despite dozens of officers working to keep the groups separate, at least two men were pepper sprayed after they started fighting, with others joining in.

Chants of f*** off Nazis were yelled by anti-fascist groups, while supporters of Yiannopolous were waved Trump flags and wore red Make America Great Again caps.

An anti-fascist protester said they wanted to send a positive message that they were against racism, sexism and transphobia.

Everything that Milo stands for we are against that, Chris Di Pasquale said.

People living in nearby public housing also joined the protest with anti-racism signs and some chanting about Palestinian land rights.

With the departure of right-wing groups many people believed to be from the flats turned on the police and media, grabbing at cameras and throwing punches.

Rocks were thrown at a police van and the road was closed to traffic in both directions.

Event promoter Damien Costas said the activists were wasting taxpayers money by protesting against the event.

Simply because his (Yiannopolous) views are different from the status quo, Mr Costas said.

The polari...


ExxonMobil paid no tax on $18 billion revenue, Australian unions allege "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Photo: Michael Nagle

If ExxonMobil can easily avoid tax in Australia what chance does PNG really have of making money from its LNG supplies

Noel Towell | Sydney Morning Herald | December 3 2017

Energy giant ExxonMobil  has not paid a cent in corporate income tax in Australia in at least two years, despite reaping more than $18 billion from the nations natural resources, according to three of the companys workplace unions.

Tax campaigners accuse the company of cashing in on Australias soaring gas prices, but avoiding paying tax on its profits by sending much of its money to a network of offshore companies, some based in notorious tax havens.

The company dismissed the unions claims as misinformation and said it paid state and federal royalties on its Australian operations as well petroleum resource rent tax and corporate tax.

But in Victoria, where ExxonMobil...


Violent clashes erupt in Melbourne outside right-wing 'troll' Milo Yiannopoulos' event "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rival protesters in a Melbourne suburb have engaged in violent brawls ahead of a speech by controversial right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos, who is in Australia for his "Troll Academy" tour. The venues are being kept secret until the last minute. Fights erupted after scores of protesters from Campaign Against Racism and Fascism and dozens of far-right supporters gathered outside the Melbourne Pavilion on Monday, which was announced as hosting one of the British commentator's events. The crowd of demonstrators engaged in an altercation, and the scene descended into violence with fists flying, as seen on the pictures and footage shared by Australian media. At least one of the demonstrators could be seen wielding a wooden stick.


Coconut Cardamom and Chia Seed Pudding Recipe "IndyWatch Feed National"

December 5th, 2017 By Dr. Edward Group Guest writer for Wake Up World If you have trouble making time for a healthy breakfast in the morning, overnight breakfast-in-a-jar recipes might be the answer. They"re easy to make and great on-the-go. This particular recipe comes from The Kitchn. It"s creamy, nutty, and filling with just the right []


Labor senator could face court referral "IndyWatch Feed National"

Labor MP and former ACT chief minister Katy Gallagher. Photo ALP


Opposition frontbencher Katy Gallagher could become the first Labor senator to be referred to the High Court over the citizenship fiasco.

Senator Gallagher, the former ACT chief minister, did not receive confirmation of her UK citizenship renunciation until two months after nominations closed for the 2016 federal election.

Under section 44 of the constitution, dual citizens are ineligible to sit in parliament.

According to paperwork she lodged under new parliamentary rules for citizenship disclosure, Senator Gallagher completed a British citizenship renunciation form, with payment, on April 20, 2016.

But the UK Home Office wrote back on July 1, almost a month after election nominations closed, requesting original copies of her birth certificate and parents marriage certificate.

Senator Gallagher, whose father was born in the UK in 1939, did not receive the formal renunciation document until August 16, just over two months past the nomination date for the election.

In the mid-1990s she investigated the option of moving to the UK to work.

When she made inquiries at the time, British authorities told her she would need to go through a formal application process and if she did so it was likely she would be granted citizenship, although it was not automatic.

The ACT senator told parliament in September that, during the 2016 pre-election candidate vetting process, Labor officials had advised her out of an abundance of caution she should fill out a form renouncing her British citizenship.

Her disclosure on Monday had all of the information available to her over her eligibility, Senator Gallagher said in a statement.

Legal advice was provided to me by Dr Matthew Collins QC and an expert in British Nationality Law, Mr Adrian Berry, she said.

Mr Berry finds that Senator Gallagher had, prior to the date for nominations for the 2016 election, taken all of the steps that were required to be taken by her (not just the reasonable steps required) under British law in order to renounce h...


Villagers oppose Solwara 1 project "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Concerns have been raised on how seabed mining would affect marine life/resources of the Bismarck Sea

Jemimah Sukbat | Loop PNG | December 4, 2017

West Coast New Ireland villagers near the Solwara 1 project strongly oppose the Nautilus Minerals Limited operation.

John Merebo, a Messi villager, revealed to Loop PNG that West Coast New Irelanders were never part of the agreement when it was signed.

The seabed mining agreement was signed in 2012 by the then Mining Minister and Namatanai MP Byron Chan, the New Ireland Provincial Government and National Government.

He said they do not want the development of the project to go on because they do not see any benefits in it.

There is not a lot of economic activity out of the project because everything will be done by the company off shore.

But since the government has already signed for the project, Merebo said they want to be part of the negotiating team in the next part of the operation. This is to discuss spin-off benefits.



Message to the The Border Mail Newspaper! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Firearm locked onto stranger's stomach after GPS makes a wrong turn.
This is blatant biased reporting, the title should read " A 70 year old pensioner defending herself charged with an offence"
How in the hell was this lady to know these people did not mean her harm? Indeed, how do we know they did not intend her harm? A woman alone is faced with several people on her doorstep & she is genuinely concerned for her safety. We only have the word of these intruders that they were lost, would you believe a story like that?! We still only have their word that they did not intend a home invasion & that the gun was aimed directly at them!
This is morally wrong, this woman SHOULD have the human right to take precautions to keep herself safe. These government anti-self defence laws need changing or scrapping. People are suffering home invasions all the time now, people are getting injured, raped & murdered & the government denies us the right to purchase or carry ANYTHING specifically intended for our defence or the defence of our families.
You should be fighting for our rights to defend ourselves, not fighting against our human rights.
Keith H. Burgess.
If you believe that citizens should have the right to use a gun for self defence against a home invasion, then please email or write the Border Mail regarding this article in their newspaper.
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Greek Prisons: Statement of Revolutionary Struggle Prisoners Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis on Day 24 of Hunger Strike "IndyWatch Feed National"


[via Athens Indymedia, translated by Sin Banderas Ni Fronteras and Insurrection News]


Our state of health has detiriorated and Pola Roupa is on the verge of hypoglycemic shock with 49 mg/dL blood sugar levels (Note from Insurrection News: generally less than 70 mg/dL is considered hypoglycemia and can quickly become a medical emergency). They said she should be put on serum but she refused it. We refused to stay in the hospital and demanded to be returned to prison, because the agreement we had made for phone communication with our child and for communication with our lawyers was violated by Kragiannis, second in command of the external guard who spoke on behalf of the prosecutor Savaidis. Prosecutor Savaidis is obligated as supervisor of the prisons to get in contact with prisoners, but has repeatedly refused to reply to us, or to answer our request, indicating that there will be no open communication with prisoners. We denounce this attitude. We remain firm in our demands and continue the hunger strike.

Pola Roupa...


APS3 Graduate Compliance Officer/Investigator "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Building and Construction Commission


Mega Anon Updates -- December 2, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: Reddit

December 3 5 posts + December 3 12 posts + December 3 18 posts + December 3 8 posts + December 3 3 posts in Calling /our girl/

And not for nothing but this is why I like coming here and posting. It's why I called the Q kids out who literally moved fuckibg boards, knowing I knew EXACTLY who THEY were.

No 10 days of fucking darkness. No predictive happenings on the 3rd and 4th. No need for POTUS to be insulated and NO NEED FOR YOU TO WORRY, when you legitimately have NO NEED, to worry. I don't know what MORE I can do or tell you. I've posted pretty frequently since May. Even when I'm vague, I still give a shit ton of detail and stick around a thread to discuss so I don't feel like I left y'all hanging. I've posted my fucking feet, on same tile, even once with a timestamp and y'all turned it into some sexual fetish muh, I POSTED PICS FROM WH LAST WEEK for fucks sake, and then on Friday... I found myself getting a call back from David Wilcock on Ancient Aliens, who I ONLY CALLED IN THE FIRST PLACE because he first thought I was a man, who's posted a lot longer than I have and then told tens of thousands of people all the things HE "thought" I was. I'm vague, but I DO NOT mislead. So, when he called me back, I answered, we chatted and that was that. He now knows and can personally confirm I am an actual woman like I say and not exactly who he thought I was. He's not a bad dude, BTW. He's nice, well-spoken and quick-witted. So if you see this, it was nice to chat with you, Mr. Wilcock! ;o)

A year will still be rough, but not AS rough. "Rome wasn't built in a day", nor will decades worth of corruption in DC be restored in a year.


ABC Australia Fake News: Donald Trump: How does impeachment work? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The article below is misguided hopeful Left-wing Fake News.

Donald Trump is not going to be impeached while the Republicans control both the Senate and House of Representatives.

ABC Australia, Sydney Morning Herald, Washington Post, New  York Times, and other Left-wing media never write anything positive about Donald Trump. Theyre Donald Trump attack dogs and should be ignored.

ABC Australia

Donald Trump: How does impeachment work?

5 December 2017

Experts say US President Donald Trump could be heading towards impeachment if obstruction of justice accusations are proven.

It follows Mr Trump admitting he knew his former national security adviser Michael Flynn had lied to the FBI.

So, how does the impeachment process actually work?

Simon Jackman, the head of the US St...


Sydney woman, 78, mauled by pet dingoes "IndyWatch Feed National"


A 78-year-old woman has been mauled by her three pet dingoes after she tried to stop a fatal attack on a pug in Sydneys southwest.

The woman is in a serious condition in Liverpool Hospital with bite wounds to her arms, legs and back following the attack at Greendale about 5pm on Monday, police say.

The dingoes had targeted the pug, which was also owned by the woman, and before turning on her.

The three dogs, which have been caged on the property, are due to be seized by council rangers on Tuesday before a decision is made on whether or not they will be put down.

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A 70-year-old pensioner defends herself & gets charged with an offense!!! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Now this is morally wrong in all ways. This woman could not possibly know that these people were simply lost & meant no harm, indeed, WE don't know this for sure. Is the law saying that this woman should open her door to strangers not knowing if they may mean her harm? This woman did the right thing in regards to protecting herself, WHY should she take the strangers word that they were lost & meant no harm? What would you expect a home invader to say facing a women holding a shotgun?!

These government anti-self defence laws are wrong in every way & they need changing or scrapping. We should have a human right to take precautions to protect ourselves when we feel that we may be under threat. This woman seriously & genuinely felt that she was in some danger & took precautions. No one was harmed. Now her gun has been confiscated so she is no longer able to defend herself. DO YOU THINK THIS IS MORALLY RIGHT?


8 Amazing Facts About the Endocannabinoid System "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: Wake Up World | by Mary Biles

I'm no doctor, but I thought I was familiar with the key biological systems in the body. Turns out though, I was wrong. That's because unless you're a research scientist or work in the field of medical cannabis, it's unlikely you'll ever have been told about the endocannabinoid system. And yet, it has been hailed as "the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health."

Why do so few people know about the endocannabinoid system?

So what's the big mystery? Well, it might have something to do with how the endocannabinoid system (ECS) was discovered. Back in the 1990s scientists were trying to understand how THC, the psychoactive substance in the cannabis plant, elicits its effect on the body. What they uncovered was a complex network of receptors (CB1) in the brain and central nervous system that were a perfect fit for the THC molecule.

Soon after another type of receptor (CB2) was discovered in the immune system, gut and many of the body's major organs. But that was only part of the puzzle. The hunt was on to find out whether the body produced its own cannabis-like chemicals, and with the identification of the first endocannabinoid Anandamide, they had their answer.

What does the endocannabinoid system do?

What scientists have realised is that the endocannabinoid system fine-tunes most of our vital physiological....


December 5 On this day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1805 Survivors of the Fly shipwreck were attacked by Aborigines at Jervis Bay.

1850 Pentridge Gaol, in Melbourne, warmly welcomed its first prisoners and made them feel right at home.

1854 19-year-old schoolmaster Samuel Lazarus wrote in his diary on the attack on the Eureka Stockade Among the victims of last nights unpardonable recklessness were a woman and her infant the same ball which murdered the Mother (for that is the term for it) passed through the child as it lay sleeping in her arms.
Another young woman had a miraculous escape. Hearing the reports of musketing and the dread whiz of bullets around her, she ran out of her tent to seek shelter she had just got outside when a ball whistled immediately before her eyes, passing through both sides of her bonnet.

1865 The Bank of Adelaide was incorporated by an Act of Parliament under a Deed of Settlement , with an authorized capital of 250,000 in 50,000 5 shares. 

1874 Town of Palmerston gazetted, the name changed to Darwin in 1911.

1891 The earliest known publication date of the song Click Go the Shears.

1892 The "Wild Australia Show" opened at Brisbanes Her Majestys Opera House and no effort was spared to create a spectacular entertainment. As the curtain rose a typical wild Australian scene unfolded, with gunyahs and a stuffed kangaroo and emu set against a panoramic backdrop of Mount Bellenden-Ker painted by the noted scenic artist Carl Frederick Vennemark.  This time, with such a diverse troupe, the performances were more varied, ranging from Kaurareg dances from Prince of Wales Island to Wakaya corroborees from the upper Georgina basin, though at times the whole troupe performed together, joining in pan-tribal synthesised performances of singing and dancing. After a week the show moved to the Breakfast Creek Sportsgrounds and later to the Exhibition Grounds, where the corroborees and boomerang and spear throwing could be seen to better effect and more tableaux and pyrotechnic effects (possibly using electric light) were added.
Meston and Purcell rounded up 27 people for their troupe (21 men, five women and a child). Among the first to be enlisted were Wakaya people from the central-east of the Northern Territory, taken from around Glenormiston Station on the Georgina River while visiting over the Queensland border. They were particularly prized by Meston and Purcell as members of a tribe noted for practising the sub-incision of males known at the time as Sturts terrible rite, a practice that fascinated city audiences. Other people were taken from a range of language groups in the McKinlay, Cloncu...


AC/DC Malcolm Young Moments "IndyWatch Feed National"

Angus Young lead guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC, Australias greatest rock band, with his brother Malcolm, shared this video yesterday on Malcolm, who died recently.

With due respects, good musicians but just shows how lost they are.

I like some AC/DC songs but they were sold out to the Devil.

AC/DC are the most consistent exponent of driving heavy rock in the world over the past four decades.





Inside Milo: He Dressed In Gay Frilly Stuff And Had Ridiculous Red Shiny Shoes "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is an ACTUAL report from a punter who dropped $590 for VIP tickets to see neo-Nazi sympathiser and paedophile booster Milo Yiannopoulous and his slightly un-athletic bottom. Honestly, you cant make this stuff up.

When you work as a cadet in country journalism there really are only two rules.

  1. Dont ever file a story on large vegetables, because youll unleash an avalanche of people approaching you for stories about large vegetables.
  2. Dont ever run the local bowling club report as you receive it. At the very least, rejig the first par, which always (no matter which country town you find yourself in) begins with the following: It was a warm day on Sunday etc etc

If only more journalists in Australian media served their time in the country. And if only more of them wrote up Milo Yiannopoulos Australian speaking tour like this, from a commenter on Catallaxy Files, a website which describes itself as Australias leading libertarian and centre-right blog.


The reporter is Jannie, and despite what you may think, this is NOT a joke. Its an actual first-person report from Yiannopoulos Perth event on Sunday night.

We dont want to spoil any of the unintended one-liners, so here is the report, unedited (unlike a bowls report) in all its stunning, beautiful, journalistic glory.

You can view the original comment here. And a special thanks to blogger Andy Fleming for the heads up.


Milo in Perth 2 December

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250(GB)I went online and bought two tickets for the Milo event after I read that McGowan and the Labor government had banned him from all WA state govt venues. I then told my wife, who took the news well, especially since two VIP tickets cost $590 and she had never heard of Milo. Two days ago I still didnt know where the secret venue was and I thought Penthouse Australia might have forgotten us. My wife was a little surprised that we were going to a Penthouse thing. But then yesterday we got the secret venue details.

We turned up at the convention centre expecting protests and were surprised by the sedate and respectable look...


Australia to probe Facebook & Google "IndyWatch Feed National"

RT | December 4, 2017 Australias competition regulator has begun an inquiry into whether the influence of the US tech giants Facebook and Google has harmed the media sector. The probe is part of the countrys broader media reforms. We will examine whether platforms are exercising market power in commercial dealings to the detriment of []


Just how will humanity react to evidence of alien life? Psychologists predict answers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Germs stuck to the outside of the International Space Station are not from around here, cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov said in an interview last week with Russian state-owned news service Tass. Microbes "have come from outer space and settled along the external surface," Shkaplerov said. "They are being studied so far, and it seems that they pose no danger." Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, has not weighed in on this extraordinary claim. The odds are not on the side of aliens. If microorganisms are tucked away within the space station hull's crannies, as Shkaplerov says, they probably hitchhiked the 250 miles from our planet's surface. But imagine if scientists found alien microbes. How would humanity react to the news?


Does the push for mass vaccination point toward a staged bioterror event? By Jon Rappoport "IndyWatch Feed National"

December 4, 2017

Weve seen the signs. Ive been highlighting them. The infamous childhood mandatory vaccination law in California. Other states that are considering similar bills. The lunatic push in Australia to outlaw medical exemptions from vaccination. The all-out campaign in the press, in various countries, to stigmatize people who defect from official truth about the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

On a larger stage, over the past 20 years, weve seen the promotion of fake pandemics demanding universal vaccination to ward off millions of deaths: SARS, West Nile, Swine Flu, smallpox, etc. All duds.

Now we have the boggling case of the University of Massachusetts, where two supposed instances of meningitis have triggered an immediate campaign to vaccinate all 20,000 students against meningococcal B meningitis.

Its clear that the logistics of carrying out such an extensive program have been in place for some time. The University just needed an occasion for a test launch of the system. Now they have it.

Yet USA Today reports: Sarah Van Orman, a physician and executive director of University Health Services at UW-Madison, saidthe new [meningitis] B vaccinemay not be as effective as the routinely given vaccine against the four other major bacteria strains.

In a study of 499 Princeton University students who received the new B vaccine during an outbreak there, up to a third did not show a good immune response eight weeks after the second dose, Van Orman said.

Some research suggests the vaccine also may provide immunity only for six to 12 months, she said.

But its full steam ahead for the U of Massachusetts. Other colleges have long been making preparations. For example, the University of Rochester, according to its Newscenter (September 19, 2014): On Thursday, Oct. 30, University Health Service (UHS) staff will attempt to vaccinate 5,000 students, faculty and staff against this years flu virus [in one day]. The effort will doubly serve as a test of emergency preparedness to practice delivering mass quantities of vaccine or drug in response to an urgent public health concern. The effort is being coordinated by UHS, RC/MERT (University of Rochester River Campus Medical Emergency Response Team), University Environmental Health & Safety and the Monroe County Office of Emergency PreparednessWe will have to give about 600 vaccinations an hour to meet our goal, said Ralph Manchester, MD, vice provost and UHS director....


UK could cut food emissions by 17% by sticking to a healthy diet "IndyWatch Feed National"

The UK could shed close to a fifth of its greenhouse gas emissions from food production if every Briton stuck to a healthy diet based on government guidelines, a new study concludes.

The authors find that, in the UK, a switch from the average diet, which is rich in meat and dairy, to a nationally recommended diet, which includes more fruit, vegetables and nuts, could cause food-related emissions to fall by up to 17%.

And if other wealthy countries, including the US, Canada and Australia, swapped their current eating habits for a state-endorsed diet, their emissions could decline by between 13 and 25%.

The new research provides a valuable indication that we and the planet could be healthier together, a scientist tells Carbon Brief.

UKs growing appetite

Food production contributes to climate change in a number of ways. Farm machinery and transport cause CO2 to be released, crop fertilisers emit nitrous oxide and methane is released by livestock and rice paddy fields. Agriculture also contributes to warming indirectly through deforestation.

In total, the production of food accounts for around 20% of the UKs total greenhouse gas emissions, according to a 2014 study. Across the world, agriculture accounts for close to 30% of all emissions.

Researchers have suggested a number of ways in which countries can lower their emissions from agriculture. These include eating less meat and dairy, choosing more environmentally friendly crops and cow fodder, and reducing food waste.

However, new research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, explores an alternative option. The study investigates how a switch from our current eating habits to a healthy diet based on government recommendations could help to lower our emissions.

Most countries offer their citizens a nationally-recommended diet. In the UK...


Historian Ken Inglis, onetime UPNG vice-chancellor, dies at 88 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


CANBERRA - Kenneth Stanley (Ken) Inglis AO died on Friday after a long and highly acclaimed career as historian and an academic career that traversed the corridors of Oxford University, his role as Vice-Chancellor in the early developmental days of the University of Papua New Guinea and for many years as Professor of History at the Australian National University.

Emeritus Professor Inglis was especially noted as the author of what has been termed a magisterial two-volume chronicle of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (This is the ABC and Whose ABC?), his biography of war correspondent Charles Bean and Sacred Places, his study of war memorials.

Just back from Oxford in 1956, as a lecturer at the University of Adelaide, the then Dr Inglis wrote The Stuart Case, an examination of the conviction for murder and subsequent commutation of Aboriginal man Max Stuart.

From 1967 to 1975 Prof Inglis worked at UPNG, first as Professor of History then as Vice-Chancellor, a period captured in a recent article by Ian Maddox and Seumas Spark, Taim Bilong Uni Ken Inglis at the University of PNG.

My own association with Ken was at its most intense in 2002-03 when he was working on the second volume of his ABC chronicle, Whose ABC?, a work I inadvertently delayed by upon learning of the project - providing him with diaries I had kept during my second stint at the ABC between 1985 and 1988.

The diaries were so detailed that Ken felt impelled to revise his account of this period, writing to me in 2003, To my immense relief the publishers are letting me deliver later than the contracted date of next March, adding that your diaries give the book a dimension it couldnt otherwise have had.

Later, when Whose ABC? was published and a journalist colleague provided me with an advance copy, I wrote to Ken:

I wanted to read enough of the book, not only the chapters covering my era but subsequent ones as well, to gain a clear and objective view of what you've achieved. And what you've achieved, beginning with the challenge posed by the title...


The Fuck-it Point "IndyWatch Feed National"

As I see it we have to keep on trying to improve our own environment, & keep trying to inform others. Are we a minority? Probably, but we are so distant from one another it is hard to tell. Looking at all those millions of people in our cities you wonder if life could ever be any other way for them, how can they possibly change their environment?

We are doing the right thing right now, it may not be perfect, but it is the best we can do with what we have to work with. Like this video says, we have to survive the system whilst trying to change it. Personally I don't see it changing, we do the best we can to delay the inevitable, we teach our kids & our grandkids how to survive what is to come. Governments are corrupt & greedy for power & money & the majority of people will vote for that government over & over again. They don't want to know about global warming, it is too big for them to handle. They don't want to hear about the genocide in West Papua, it is so removed from their lifestyle, their way of life. They are too busy trying to keep up with the Jones's to worry about the demise of a people a world away.

 I think before anything is done to save this planet it will all hit the fan. Maybe it won't start in our countries, maybe the protests & riots will start somewhere else & start to spread. Maybe one day there will be enough people who see the light & say f**k it, enough is enough.


The rest of the world has woken up, but migrants are still sleepwalking into Libya slave markets "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Bethan McKernan  was published by the Independent (3 December 2017). It draws attention to the existence of the large scale slave trade that has emerged in Libya since the American backed coup and public murder of the former leader.

While the West has reacted with outrage to video evidence of Libyan slave markets, potential victims themselves remain unaware of the dangers they face

Aid agencies and activist groups have been trying to raise the alarm about the worsening situation in Libya for months Getty

Does anybody need a digger? This is a digger, a big strong man, hell dig, the auctioneer says in grainy mobile phone footage, gesturing to one of the two tall, silent young men next to him.

What am I bid, what am I bid?

The two men were sold together for a total of $400 (296).

The world has been shocked by the release of a CNN investigation into the slave trade thriving in the lawlessness of post-Gaddafi Libya.

It is estimated hundreds of sub-Saharan Africans travelling to Libya in the hopes of getting on a boat across the Mediterranean to a better life in Europe are being sold by smugglers each week  either into lives of manual or sex slavery or ransomed to their families, passed between militia groups.

The UN is trying to decide if crimes against humanity charges can be brought against perpetrators. Protests erupted in Paris and several other cities and the Libyan government  only in control of around half the country  has promised an investigation.

It is now clear that slavery is an outrageous reality in Libya. The auctions are reminiscent of one of the darkest chapters in human history, when millions of Africans were uprooted, enslaved, trafficked and auctioned to the highest bidder, a statement from a group of UN human rights experts said.

Many Libyan activists and non-governmental organisations have been trying to raise the alarm about the worsening situation in Libya for months.

The UNs International Organisation for Migration (IOM) released a report in April this year warning that sub-Saharan Africans who travelled north to Libya were routinely facing detention in squalid conditions, rapes, beatings and being sold into slavery.

The humanitarian crisis of migrants trying to reach Europe is well documented, and it is a story the Libyan authorities want to be told, said ph...


The Dome: A Must-Watch New Documentary on Nuclear Sarcophagus in Marshall Islands "IndyWatch Feed National"

The program Foreign Correspondent on Australia's ABC TV has produced a new documentary entitled "The Dome." The program examines the toxic legacy of the Runit Dome, an 18-inch-thick concrete dome constructed by the United States in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The dome contains highly-toxic waste from many of the United States' 67 nuclear weapons tests conducted in the Marshall Islands from 1946-58.

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Campaign to Restore Child Health: Special Education & Vaccines "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thirteen percent of U.S. children are in special ed. 1 in 6 has a developmental disorder. Experts say it isnt better diagnosis or more awareness. Something terrible is happening to our children. WMP asked veteran educator of 25+ years, Mikki Garcia, what she thought. Her answer is both surprising and troubling.


Whats your childs story? Make a video and hashtag it #restorechildhealth and #worldmercuryproject.

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Pine Gap trespassers escape imprisonment "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

Christian opponents of the Pine Gap Military base near Alice Springs  had their day in Northern Territory Supreme Court yesterday, facing charges of trespass on the secret military base on 29 September last year.

Contrary to earlier pressure from the government, the defendants were not imprisoned. The charge of trespass on commonwealth property, especially when it involves a secret military facility, carries with it a potential 7 years jail.

Queenslanders James Dowling, Franz Dowling, Andy Paine, Tim Webb and Margaret Pestorius admitted  that they had scaled the the 1.2 metre surrounding fence and entered the base. They  were therefore found guilty.

When Justice John Reeves did not impose a jail sentence, the crowd of supporters in the court cheered, given that the court had decided to pull back from harsh treatment. This is seen  as a significant victory, achieved by the campaign to defend those before the court.

Justice Reeves said he did not want to create martyrs.

He also siad, Your activities posed no real threat to the Pine Gap facility. He added that he did not agree with the Crowns assertion that the offences struck at the heart of national security, although you were caught before any such harm could occur.

The defendants were fined.

Margaret Pestorius and James Dowling got special attention. Being the oldest in the group, they were told that they should set the example for the others. Consequently, Justice Reeve imposed a larger fine on them. They were ordered to pay $3500 and $5,000 respectively.

The incursion into Pine Gap by this group ws part of a broader and ongoing campaign to have Pine Gap closed. This specific action took place, because the base is being used as a key component for guiding drone strikes, directed by the United States against other countries and makes Australia complicit in crimes agiainst humanity.

The existence of a military base under the command of another nation also undermines Australias sovereignty and Australian control over happens on our soil.

Campaigning against Pine Gap will continue.



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China Construction Latest Bank to Deny Loan to Adanis Australian Mega Mine "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

by Michael Slezak / The Guardian

Adani Groups Carmichael coal project will not be financed by the China Construction Bank, according to a statement by a public relations firm that says it represents the bank.

If true, the news could be a blow to Adanis plans to build Australias largest coal mine. It has turned to China for finance, following difficulties in getting subsidies from the Australian government.

The big Australian banks have ruled out lending to the project, and with Labor set to maintain government in Queensland, its promise to veto a potential federal loan to Adani means Australian government funding is unlikely to go ahead.

In November, it was revealed that Adani was looking to work with the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) on building the railway that would link Carmichael coalmine to the Abbot Point coal terminal, so it could ship the coal out through the Great Barrier Reef.

The state-owned China Construction Bank is the second largest bank in the world, and one thought to have a strategic alliance with CMEC, which could allow the Carmichael project to access subsidised Chinese government loans.

But in a statement to the financial activist group Market Forces, a representative from PR firm The Continuum Partners said the firm was representing China Construction Bank in Australia, and that it was not working with Adani on the project.

China Construction Bank is not involved with, nor considering involvement with, the Adani Carmichael Mine project, the Continuum Partners representative said, saying she should be quoted as a spokesperson for China Construction Bank in Australia.

The executive...


One Scandal To The Next: From Russia-Gate to Israel-Gate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Life is full of surprises. Like that time you were counting on a new bike for Christmas, and were totally certain your parents were going to come through, and then lo and behold! on Christmas morning there it was: a spanking brand-new Segway! The final evidence that, despite your best efforts, youd always be a nerdy little dork. (And yes, a pocket calculator turned up in your stocking,)

Thats just what happened to #TheResistance this holiday season. For months theyve been salivating heavily in anticipation of the turning of Michael Flynn, the former National Security Advisor now charged with lying to the FBI. Flynn has admitted doing so on at least two occasions, both involving his answers to questions about his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kisylak. During the transition after Trumps election but before he took office Flynn was talking to the Russians about two subjects: the possible blowback from the Obama administrations decision to impose more sanctions and close the Russian compound in Maryland, and the Russian position on the controversial UN resolution condemning Israel for building yet more settlements on Palestinian land.

The incoming Trump team was intensely focused on improving relations with Moscow and was willing to intervene to pursue that goal, as the New York Times phrased it, even as the war cries in the Democratic party got louder and demagogues like Adam Schiff waved the bloody shirt of Russia-gate. That took balls: and heres another instance where the alleged non-interventionists ensconced in the world of think tanks and academia fail to give the Trump people the credit that is their due.

Think about it, folks: both the US and the Russians possess enough nuclear firepower to destroy all life on earth several times over. This sword of Damocles is hanging over us by a thread, just as it loomed large during the last cold war with Moscow. Its a  machinery of annihilation that is set on hair-trigger alert, and any number of events could unleash it: a miscalculation, a foolish bluff, a misunderstanding, a technical glitch, a showdown similar to the Cuban missile crisis. All that stands between us and utter extinction is the hope that this apparatus of death can be restrained by mutual agreement. Bravo to the Trump administration for making peace a priority. If this is now a crime, and even treason, as the mouth-breathers of #TheResistance would have it, well then let the Washington Inquisition make the most of it.

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Campaign to Restore Child Health: ADHD & Vaccine Injury "IndyWatch Feed National"

ADD/ADHD is in every classroom in America. Recent statistics show that it affects almost 11% of children. Each day, children, their parents and teachers struggle with symptoms. There are few answers in mainstream medicine. Often, the medications suggested are dangerous with a long list of undesirable side effects. Treatments outside of the mainstream are often unattainable and expensive.  Here is Allies story.

Whats your childs story? Make a video and hashtag it #restorechildhealth and #worldmercuryproject.

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Introducing our New Book "IndyWatch Feed National"

We've been working hard for the last few months to bring you a brand new Strong Towns book, which we're excited to unveil today.

Thoughts on Building Strong Towns, Volume III is a collection of our best essays from 2016, re-edited and arranged into a full-length book.

All around us, we see communities mired in debt, struggling just to patch potholes or repaint storefronts. Yet we also see our governments spending incredible sums of money on new highways, stadiums and civic centers. Why is there such a mismatch between our neighborhoods basic needsunfulfilledand a seemingly endless pot of money that our local leaders can tap into to pay for unnecessary megaprojects? How can we change this model of development so that our towns build lasting prosperity from the bottom up, with people like you and me, instead of faking it from the top down?

These are some of the key questions Strong Towns sets out to answer in Volume III of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns.

The book features essays by Strong Towns President, Charles Marohn, and  long-time Strong Towns contributors like Daniel Herriges, Andrew Price and Sarah Kobos  as well as some new writers like Jennifer Griffin and Alexander Dukes. The book addresses a broad range of topics everything from street design to the 2016 election with a special focus on housing, infrastructure and economic growth.

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Cambodia Keeps Perverting its Own History, for Cash "IndyWatch Feed National"


I have already written a lot about Cambodia, but each time I return to this ancient and scarred country, I get so outraged by the cynicism that confronts me there, at every corner, that I have to start writing again, re-addressing the same essential issues that I have already been covering for years and decades.

One question always comes back to my mind:

How could a nation that suffered so much, losing hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of sons and daughters (official number stands at 1.7 million), accept a totally twisted narrative fabricated in Washington, London, Paris and other Western capitals? And not only accept Cambodia is actually profiting greatly from helping to spread vitriolic anti-Communist propaganda on behalf of its lethal handlers.

In all the bookstores around the country, the official Western propaganda narrative (Khmer Rouge killed them all style) is on display and on sale: Pol Pots biographies, gruesome accounts from the so-called Killing Fields, from the torture chambers at the former high school S-21 in Phnom Penh, as well as countless and detailed testimonies of the victims.

I asked the owner of a bookshop in Siem Reap:

What about some books about the atrocities committed by the West? Do you have some volumes about the US carpet bombing of Cambodian countryside, which alone killed several hundreds of thousands of people?

Me, not have, she replied, somehow defiantly.

Do you have books about how millions of Cambodian people were displaced by the carpet bombing of the US and its allies; how they were forced to flee because of unexploded bombs and so-called bombies? Anything about those people starving to death?

No have, came the answer.

Why not? I asked, politely.

I dont know, she said, by now clearly annoyed.

Outside, my local driver was ready to pitch his services, taking me around, in search of the minefields. He thought I was European. Chinese mines, Russian mines He took long breath, made dramatic pause, and exhaled: Khmer Rouge no good.

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Climate Activists Delay U.S. Gas Pipeline Approvals: Regulator "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Timothy Gardner for Reuters - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - National environmental groups waging legal battles against energy projects are delaying approval of U.S. natural gas pipelines, a top federal energy regulator said on Thursday. The groups have lawyers who understand how to use all of the levers of federal and state law to frustrate pipeline development, Neil Chatterjee, the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), told a meeting of natural gas industry officials. Some recent approvals of natural gas pipelines, such as the Atlantic Coast Pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina, have taken two years or more. Chatterjee said he hoped a timeline of two-plus years would not become the new industry norm. While industry officials have often complained about climate activists, Chatterjees comments, which he said reflected his opinion, are rare for a regulator. He did not identify any specific green groups, but the Sierra Club and both have campaigns to reject pipelines filled with gas from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, projects. The groups are fighting development of fossil fuels including oil, coal and fracked natural gas, because they say the production slows the transition to cleaner sources, like wind and solar power, and the conservation and storage of energy. The Trump administration is trying to boost output of the fuels to increase jobs in the industry and sell energy exports to allies.


wp 1) March for West Papuan Independence "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

March for West Papuan Independence
On Friday (01/12), dozens of demonstrators gathered in Central Jakarta to demand West Papuan independence from Indonesia. Marchers brought posters and sang traditional West Papuan songs in defiance what the demonstrators see as a foreign occupation of the territory. (JG Photo / Yudha Baskoro)
By : JG | on 11:42 AM December 04, 2017 Category : Eyewitness, Multimedia, Photos

Jakarta. On Friday (01/12), dozens of demonstrators gathered in Central Jakarta to demand West Papuan independence from Indonesia. Marchers brought posters and sang traditional West Papuan songs in defiance what the demonstrators see as a foreign occupation of the territory.

"Were not Indonesian, were the Morning Star, the Morning Star, youve just said red and white," demonstrators chanted, referring to West Papuas historical flag.

Marchers, members of the Papuan Student Alliance and the Peoples Front of Indonesia for West Papua, also demanded that the Indonesian government force US-based mining giant Freeport McMoran to shut down operations in the province.

The demonstration came on the eve of West Papuas first declaration of independence on Dec. 1, 1961.

"The relationship between Papua and Indonesia is like an illegal marriage," said one activist.

"We are different from Indonesia, its been a long time. You are white, we are black, your hair is straight, we are curly, we are brothers or you just want our own natural wealth," an orator shouted in front of a police officer.

"After Dec. 1, 1961, [former president] Soekarno declared the Trikora 19 days later in Yogyakarta to seize West Papua and dissolve the country," said Surya Anta, spokesman for the Peoples Front of Indonesia for West Papua.

In fact, Trikora was the name given to the Indonesian military operation to invade and annex the Dutch territory of New Guinea, which lasted nine months.

Demonstrators planned to march to Freeports offices in Kuningan, South Jakarta, but were stopped by police in front of the Megaria cinema in the center of the city.


Coffs Harbour NSW one punch fatality Tyson Egan breaks down to Kyle Watkins parents, apologises for fatal punch "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

Tyson Egan breaks down to Kyle Watkins parents, apologises for fatal punch

5 December 2017

A north coast man accused of throwing a fatal punch that killed his best friend on a night out in Coffs Harbour has broken down while addressing the victims parents in court.

Tyson Egan, 27, is charged with the manslaughter of Kyle Watkins, 26, from Ulmarra after he punched him during an argument while the pair were out celebrating a friends birthday in October 2015.

After being hit, Mr Watkins fell back onto a gutter and died in hospital several days later from severe head injuries.

Mr Egan admitted to throwing a single punch and hitting Mr Watkins in the face but he said he did so in self-defence during an argument where he described Mr Watkins as out of control.

He then turned to the Mr Watkins parents who were sitting in the gallery and began to sob.

I want you to know about how sorry I am about what happened to Kyle that night, he said.

I just dont want you to think I wanted to hurt him, I loved him.

Earlier the court heard from witnesses who said Mr Watkins had been having trouble with his girlfriend and left the pub where the group of friends had been drinking and allegedly hit a car that was parked on the street.

Mr Egan said Mr Watkins threw several punches at him after he had tried to calm him down.

He was totally off his head, he said.


Was Michael Flynn coerced in plea bargain to wear wire in Mueller witchhunt for evidence on Russia? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Plea agreement includes clause showing Flynn consented to participate in 'covert law enforcement activities" if required The least-noticed sentence in Michael Flynn's plea agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller may also be the most important one. Section eight of the deal reached by Donald Trump's former national security adviser in the inquiry into Russian meddling in the US election is entitled "cooperation". It specifies that as well as answering questions and submitting to government-administered polygraph tests, Flynn's cooperation "may include ... participating in covert law enforcement activities".


Melbourne Theatre Company monitoring Geoffrey Rush allegations ahead of Twelfth Night "IndyWatch Feed National"

Geoffrey Rush should step down from all performances and professional engagements until his name is cleared.
It sounds like Geoffrey Rush could face police charges for alleged offences he committed at the Sydney Theatre Company.
The Sydney Theatre Company has stood down Geoffrey Rush and stated publicly that it will never work with him again and many performers there have backed the young female accuser. An female colleague of hers says she has observed whatever is alleged to have gone down.
So Geoffrey Rush should do the right thing and not perform in anything until his name is cleared. That will be when New South Wales and other Australian police state we have investigated the situation and there is no evidence of sex and predatory offences by Geoffrey Rush.

Sydney Morning Herald

Melbourne Theatre Company monitoring Geoffrey Rush allegations ahead of Twelfth Night

Broede Carmody
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Geoffrey Rush will continue to star in a retelling of Shakespeares comedy Twelfth Night next year after being accused of inappropriate behaviour.

The Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) has issued a statement, however, saying it is monitoring the situation closely.

Geoffrey Rush steps down as president of AACTA, Taylor Swift announces her Australian tour and Don Burkes reputation continues to be dragged through the mud.

An MTC spokeswoman said the theatre has not received complaints about the Oscar-winning actors conduct on or off the stage. Rush worked with the theatre company in 2011 for a remake of Oscar Wildes The Importance of Being Earnest and in 2010 for the Melbourne run of musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone.

MTC has not identified any allegations of inappropriate behaviour during Geoffrey Rushs employment, the spokeswoman sa...


W. Papua Flag Day: Raising Colours Of Country That Doesnt Exist "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By Chantal Da Silva for Independent - The whole essence of our humanity is being reduced to nothing Free West Papua campaign leader Benny Wenda said. In West Papua, simply raising the Morning Star flag a symbol of the islands fight for independence from Indonesia can result in 15 years of imprisonment. But more than 12,000 kilometres away in the UK, the forbidden flag was raised this morning outside Oxfords town hall for the tenth year in a row. Oxford is one of more than 250 locations across 50 countries worldwide expected to raise the Morning Star flag today in a show of solidarity with tens of thousands of West Papuans calling for international intervention in the fight for independence from Indonesia. In West Papua, the whole essence of our humanity is being reduced to nothing. We are treated like animals and endure what some have described as an apartheid-like military occupation, exiled Free West Papua campaign leader Benny Wenda, who was granted political asylum in the UK in the early 2000s, and lives in Oxford, told The Independent. Tens of thousands of us have been forced to flee as refugees and those that stay live under constant terror. Almost every day, people are arrested without reason, tortured and killed at the hands of the Indonesian government. An undated document published on the UNHCR website states that Papua New Guinea alone has taken in as many as 10,000 refugees from West Papua since 1985.


Why Public Officials Opposed Fluoridation in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

The case against fluoridation is incredibly strong, with countless arguments available as to why we should prohibit the practice of artificial water fluoridation. One of the most difficult tasks for campaigners is to hone all of these argument choices down to a handful of points that will have the most influence over decision-makers.

From my experience, the most influential arguments continue to be choice, negative health effects (particularly dental fluorosis, neurotoxicity, and hypothyroidism), availability of topical fluoride and alternatives, as well as water employee safety and the corrosiveness of the additive.

A good way to choose your arguments is to reference the points decision-makers remembered and repeated to the media in recent quotes or public statements opposing the practice.  Below, I have provided some of the statements they made in 2017, but first here is the latest update on our annual fundraiser:

Fundraising Report

Our current totals are $17,122 from 52 donors. Paul writes,Thanks to our loyal supporters we have started very well. But we need to keep this momentum up. To this end one of our super donors has pledged to double the next $2,000 donated. Which means that  donations today will go twice as far!

How to Donate:

You can make a donation at our secure online server,
or by check, payable to Fluoride Action Network, and mail to:

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Australian beetles colours, new study "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video from Australia says about itself:

25 February 2017

A slideshow of leaf beetles in the genus Paropsisterna.

From the Yale-NUS College in Singapore:

Beetles bright colors used for camouflage instead of warning off predators

First study to examine beetle colouration in their natural habitat prompts discovery

December 4, 2017

NUS College Postdoctoral Fellow Eunice Tan has discovered that the bright colour patterns of beetles are not a warning signal to predators as previously believed, but actually a form of camouflage, turning an old assumption on its head. Dr Tan, along with four collaborators from Australia and Spain, examined 51 species of Australian leaf beetles in their natural habitats, and discovered that each beetles colour pattern is similar to the host plants that the beetle lives on, suggesting that those conspicuous colours help the beetle blend in with the plants it inhabits. The study was recently published as an open-access article in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.

As the first ecologist to examine the colour patterns of live leaf beetles in relation to their host plants, Dr Tan contextualised the colour patterns of beetles to their natural habitats, which allowed her to challenge the prevailing theory among coleopterists scientists who study beetles that the bright colours of leaf beetles developed as a deterrent signal to predators. These colourful markings were assumed to be a warning to predators against eating the beetles, which are able to secrete poisonous chemicals in self-defence. However, this idea was based on earlier studies, which focused on using museum collections of beetle specimens for their analyses. While this method affords researchers a large number of samples, the discolouration of deceased specimens made accurate colour analysis of the beetles impossible. Furthermore, such methodology also fails to take into account the colouration of each beetles natural environment.



PERTH Bentley prison escapee Santana Mason appears in court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Bentley prison escapee Santana Mason appears in court .

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A MINIMUM security prisoner appeared in court today after allegedly escaping from Boronia Pre-Release Centre for Women in Bentley over the weekend. 27-year-old Santana Marie Mason appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court today but was not required to enter a plea. She was allegedly found and .


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Dozens of dead sharks found on beach in Queensland, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dozens of dead sharks have washed up on a North Queensland beach, with mystery surrounding how the animals died. Concerned resident Lance Payne made the grisly discovery last month while scouring Louisa Creek Beach, south of Mackay. The 54-year-old said he found an 'alarming number' of carcasses during his first visit, with at least eight more, including juveniles, unearthed on Sunday. Mr Payne first first came across the dead beasts in early November, while searching the beach for coal. Taking to Facebook, he stated that there appeared to be only one species that had washed up on the shore.


Australia: Police tell bartenders, waiters and cleaners to be ready to combat Islamic State jihadis "IndyWatch Feed National"

Like so many other non-Muslim nations, Australia is in a state of war that it doesnt want to admit. And so citizens have to do the job that soldiers arent doing. Yet they will be coming up against trained, ruthless, and determined jihad murderers. Bartenders, waiters and CLEANERS versus ISIS: Front of house staff warned []


Hawaii sounds nuclear alarm for first time in nearly 40 years "IndyWatch Feed National"

Warning  gives people 20 minutes

Its great to alert us, I guess to say our last goodbyes, which is basically all you can do, Lindsay said. You just hope it never comes to that.

Karen Lindsay and Carolyn Fujioka of Honolulu kept eating their lunch in Ala Moana Beach Park during the test. They thought that if it were a real emergency, there would not be time to do much.

Honolulu resident Mark Valdez was taking a walk in Ala Moana Beach Park, about a mile away from Waikiki, during the test. He said hes heard some information about it but that he wouldnt know what to do in an emergency.

Also in the park, Thomas Hanes and his wife sat in hammocks as the sirens sounded.

We heard it quite clearly, and it was effective, he said. I just didnt know what it was for.

The Los Angeles residents, who stopped in Hawaii on their way to Australia, had not heard anything about the test.

I assumed it was a test, Hannes said. I thought if it is a nuclear missile attack, theres nothing I can do about it, so Im just going to relax.

The sirens largely were drowned out by crashing waves and wind along Waikiki, the famous stretch of beach in the shadow of the Diamond Head volcano. Beachgoers hardly noticed the test, which sounded like a distant siren. The warning would give people 20 minutes to take shelter ahead of an imminent missile strike.

I was out in the ocean playing around, and I heard this siren, said tourist Tom Passmore from Calgary, Canada, adding that he didnt think much of it.

I think its a good idea, he said of the test, but judging by everyones reaction around here, nobody moved.

Hawaii officials were checking if sirens intended to alert tourists and residents to a possible nuclear attack from North Korea malfunctioned or were not loud enough Friday after the first test of the warning system since the end of the Cold War was barely heard at one of the states most popular beaches.

Lets hope it never comes to it.



CIC Pulls up Delhi Soccer Association for Refusing to Disclose Information in Sexual Harassment Case "IndyWatch Feed National"

The commission has said that the soccer body is a public authority since it receives substantial funding from the government and is thus answerable under the RTI Act.

DSA president Shaji Prabhakaran with Indian captain Sunil Chhetri. Credit: Twitter/BCABA Network

DSA president Shaji Prabhakaran with Indian captain Sunil Chhetri. Credit: Twitter/BCABA Network

New Delhi: The Central Information Commission has pulled up the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA) for refusing to disclose information regarding complaints of sexual harassment filed by several female players against one of its office-bearers. The denial of information was on the premise that the appellant was an alleged misuser of the Right to Information Act and that the body was not bound to provide the same since it was not a public authority.

The commission has, however, declared that the DSA is indeed a public authority since it gets substantial funding from the government.

The appellant, D.K. Bose, had in March sought information on the status of various complaints received by then DSA vice president N.K. Bhatia, treasurer Hem Chand and joint secretary Rajiv Gupta against another office-bearer and in-charge of girls football at the association. Bose had also sought details of members of the committee formed by DSA under Section 4 of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013 and copy of notices and...


Letter: Fluoridation of water "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Dental Association is entitled to its opinion on fluoridation, but when it recommends fluoridation, what the ADA wants is for Councillors to force fluoride on their community. No dentist or doctor should ever force a medication or a treatment on a single patient, yet fluoridation is both mass medication and attempted treatment of a whole community through the water supply.

In 2006, Robert- Boyd Boland, CEO of the ADA, wrote denying the ADA had any liability for fluoridation, stating fluoridation was a matter for councils.

Currently a recommendation from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is being used by some in NSW Health to try to force fluoridation on additional NSW councils.  Our association has analysed the NHMRCs recent fluoride review and has found it extremely biased and verging on fraudulent commencing with the NHMRC stacking the fluoride review committee 2/3 full with known fluoridation supporters or lobbyists.

There are now at least 50 human studies linking fluoride to lowered IQ, but the NHMRC dismissed all evidence of neurotoxicity based on a single low- quality NZ study which did not even have the scientific power to determine if fluoride could reduce IQ. The NHMRC also ignored a 2012 fluorideIQ meta-analysis published by Harvard University researchers.

Despite a large 2015 UK study linking fluoride in water to higher rates of hypothyroidism, the NHMRC denies that fluoride interferes with thyroid function  The NHMRC also excluded a valid study linking USA water fluoridation to higher rates of medically diagnosed ADHD. The NHMRCs final report did not even acknowledge the existence of this ADHD study.

A 2006 study linked water fluoridation to higher rates of Osteosarcoma bone cancer in boys, this study still stands, it is unrefuted, however the NHMRC claims there is no link between water fluoridation and cancer. There are many more criticisms of the NHMRCs review these can be provided on request.

It should be noted that most countries that are members of the World Health Organisation (WHO) do not fluoridate water, yet WHO child dental data shows that unfluoridated countries have no more tooth decay than fluoridated countries. A number of European countries have issued statements why they dont fluoridate water, a significant reason unethical mass medication.

We urge community members, before the 8th Dec, to visit Councils Have Your Say page at so that they can have their say about fluoridation.

With the ever increasing evidence of fluorid...

Monday, 04 December


Does the push for mass vaccination point toward a staged bioterror event? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Does the push for mass vaccination point toward a staged bioterror event?

by Jon Rappoport

December 4, 2017

Weve seen the signs. Ive been highlighting them. The infamous childhood mandatory vaccination law in California. Other states that are considering similar bills. The lunatic push in Australia to outlaw medical exemptions from vaccination. The all-out campaign in the press, in various countries, to stigmatize people who defect from official truth about the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

On a larger stage, over the past 20 years, weve seen the promotion of fake pandemics demanding universal vaccination to ward off millions of deaths: SARS, West Nile, Swine Flu, smallpox, etc. All duds.

Now we have the boggling case of the University of Massachusetts, where two supposed instances of meningitis have triggered an immediate campaign (video 1, video 2) to vaccinate all 20,000 students against meningococcal B meningitis.

Its clear that the logistics of carrying out such an extensive program have been in place for some time. The University just needed an occasion for a test launch of the system. Now they have it.

Yet USA Today reports: Sarah Van Orman, a physician and executive director of University Health Services at UW-Madison, said the new [meningitis] B vaccine may not be as effective as the routinely given vaccine against the four other major bacteria strains.

In a study of 499 Princeton University students who received the new B vaccine during an outbreak there, up to a third did not show a good immune response eight weeks after the second dose, Van Orman said.

Some research suggests the vaccine also may provide immunity only for six to 12 months, she said.

But its full steam ahead for the U of Massachusetts. Other colleges have long been making preparations. For example, the University of Roc...


Should Environmental Refugees be Granted Asylum Status? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Human Wrongs Watch


UNITED NATIONS, Nov 29 2017 (IPS) The 1951 UN convention on political refugees which never foresaw the phenomenon of climate change permits refugee status only if one has a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.

Aerial View of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe


But a proposal for an amendment to that Conventionor an optional protocol to include a new category of environmental refugees has failed to get off the ground.

The threat of sea-level rise and the possibility of tiny islands, mostly in the Pacific, including Tuvalu, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Palau, Micronesia and Vanuatu, vanishing from the face of the earth or facing economic calamities because of a projected sea-level rise triggered by climate change has raised new fears and new challenges.

Should the threat of environmental catastrophes be legitimate grounds for asylum and refugee status?

Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, a former UN High Representative and Under-Secretary-General for Least Developed Countries, Land-locked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), told IPS the rationale for the recognition of the category of environmental refugees has been established for quite some time.

As Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations, I had highlighted the case of the most vulnerable countries affected by the degradation of the environment and had advocated for recognition of the resulting refugee situations, he said.

These environmental refugees need to be recognized formally as refugees and entitled to...


Australian MP Proposes to Partner During Same-Sex Marriage Debate "IndyWatch Feed National"

A same-sex marriage bill has been introduced to the Lower House of the Australian parliament. The move came after earlier, in November, a majority of Australians voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in a national post survey. Lawmaker Tim Wilson proposed to his long-term partner Ryan Bolger in the Australian House of Representatives, in a move believed to be the first of its kind in the lower house. Comment: Talk about grandstanding. It's this kind of unnecessary behavior from the homosexual community that will ultimately provoke exactly the opposite reaction that they claim to be trying to achieve among the vast majority of the population that is NOT homosexual. Wilson has been engaged to his partner for nine years and reaffirmed his proposal during a speech shortly after a same-sex marriage bill was introduced in the parliament on Monday.


Hitchhiking in Laos "IndyWatch Feed National"

I woke up early in the morning and checked out at the front desk with the night manager.  I bought a baguette from a street vendor and some bananas and two bottles of water and a can of Coke.  I walked through the town as the monks made their silent saffron rounds in the cool air.  I gave some bananas to one of the monks and received his blessing.  I have always felt a great affinity for men of religion: I suspect that sometime not long ago, or perhaps sometime not far in the future, I was or will be one of them, too.

The city was Pakse, Laos.  I walked north through the streets.  I watched the women opening the shops and the men speaking quiet unhurried words as they walked to the riverside.  I watched the children with wet hair leaving for school and the dogs stretching their bodies and yawning underneath the cars parked overnight.

Some old men were already sitting in their chairs out the front of their houses with their radios on quiet, their thin grey hair combed neatly over their heads and their sandals and their pale spotty legs, watching all the other people moving about the day.  Some of the old men wore berets.  These, I suppose, were the ones who met in the sandpits between the houses in the afternoons to play boules.  Between now and then, they had only to sit and read the newspaper and drink their tea and roll their cigarettes and smoke their cigarettes and listen to their radios.

An old lady opened her wooden shutters and waved to me from inside a dark room.  Soon I was outside the town, and there were no people on the sides of the road, only garages and depots and mechanics and petrol stations.

I walked for hours.  I stopped from time to time on the side of the road and watched the Muslim ladies pressing the juice out of the sugar cane and bought a glassful and drank it with ice under their umbrellas.  The sun gloried up into the sky and bounced back off the road into my face.  The cars moved almost as slow as I did through the potholes.  My face was covered with dust.  My shirt gripped my back under my backpack.  I was young and full of bluster; my coat was glossy like a cats.  I walked faster than I should have.  I was very happy.

I covered 25km by noon, when the heat started to make me dizzy so I found a restaurant on the side of the road and ate my lunch watching a cockfight.  Savage little beasts, I thought. No reason for them to fight, but they go at it all the same; they stand to win nothing, they stand to lose everything, but hammer and claws they go.

One cock...


Prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements in the High Court "IndyWatch Feed National"

So, yall would have noticed that I dont post much on this blog any more, but I still occasionally blog over at Opinions on High, the Melbourne Law School blog covering the decisions of the High Court of Australia, where I am one of the editors (along with Professor Jeremy Gans).

Ive just written a post on the High Courts recent decision in Thorne v Kennedy [2017] HCA 49, in which the High Court set aside pre- and post-nuptial agreements made by an immigrant bride in deeply disadvantageous circumstances. Skepticlawyer (@_HelenDale) has described it on Twitter as combining family law, behavioural economics, & libertarian paternalism in just the right doses. Heres a taster:

There is a difficulty with the notion that parties to a marriage will effectively plan for division of property at the outset of the marriage (whether in a pre- or postnuptial agreement). The problem is that when people marry, most parties dont expect to divorce. In Richard Thaler and Cass Sunsteins book Nudge (2005), it is observed that, although people are very good at anticipating the divorce rate of other couples, almost all couples are certain or almost certain that they personally will not divorce. We all like to think that our relationship are stable, and so we are bad judges of our own chances of relationship success, although we are good at judging the success of others. If we enter into a pre- or postnuptial agreement, our decisions may not be wise.

But it is also difficult to sort out entitlements after a relationship has broken down, because of what Thaler and Sunstein call the self-serving bias problem. When a relationship breaks down, people tend to see things differently, and think that they were entirely in the right, and the other party is entirely in the wrong. A will say, I never intended B to have an interest in my house! and B will say, But A told me hed share the house with me! We all suffer from this. As Thaler and Sunstein point out, after a World Cup match between Brazil and Italy, ask the fans from each country in whose favour the referees were biased, and the answers will be quite different. This is why family law cases are messy, protracted and expensive.

Go read the whole post! You know you want to!


Electricity provided in PNG must not only be accessible but affordable, says Basil "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The supply of electricity in the country must not only be accessible by a large proportion of PNG but the electricity services that are provided must be reliable.
This was stressed by the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and Energy Sam Basil  at the 1st Ramu Grid Roundtable workshop for key stakeholders of the Ramu Power Grid.
With the theme, "Towards Accessible, Reliable and Affordable Electricity, as a key Enabler for Economic Growth and Prosperity" the workshop is aimed at providing the participants the opportunity to describe their current consumption levels and future demand requirements and what they are willing to pay for the electricity.
In opening the workshop, Minister Basil said the Government's recent undertaking as outlined in the Alotau Accord II is to create an environment in Papua New Guinea where it will continue to develop and maintain key productivity infrastructure assets, including the utilities such as Electricity to create a public - private partnership in the energy sector to improve and upgrade provision of accessible, reliable and affordable electricity in PNG.
"The National Development Strategic Plan 2030 projects that by the year 2030, 70 percent of the population will have access to electricity in PNG.
"This I consider to be a major challenge, however I believe that an initiative such as the National Electricity Roll Out Plan (NEROP) has the potential to contribute significantly to this projection if resourced and implemented.
"NEROP requires government funding, however for this to happen NEC must sanction this plan. I intend to take NEROP to cabinet for consideration and approval.
"I will also seek Off Grid solutions that can be provided by investing in Pico and micro hydro, solar, wind small scale geothermal, bio-mass and smart technologies, like I was doing in my electorate," Minister Basil explained.
He said the Ramu Grid is the largest of three systems in PNG covering seven provinces (Morobe, Madang, EHP, Chimbu, Western Highlands, Jiwaka and Enga) with 1.1 million households located within 20 kilometers of the current Ramu Grid and will drive the economic heartland of PNG.
Minister Basil said it is important that the villages in those seven provinces in which the power grid will run benefit from the project.
He said at the end of the workshop he would like clarity on the State's current policy intentions on the role of private se...



041217 Senior vice President BFA upholds soccer association
By Theresa Baranangko
The Senior Vice President for Bougainville football association Mr. Peter Tareasi was content with the outcome of the PNG games that was held in Kimbe, West New Britian province for the last two weeks.
He said according to soccer alone, he was happy with the performance of the Mens soccer team, however it was unfortunate that they lost in the semi finals scoring 3 ,2 against East New Britain.
Mr. Tareasi said that despite that fact, he is happy that soccer throughout Bougainville has improved. He said that the football association will continue to improve young talents to make sure that in the coming games, they will win a gold medal that has by passed them this time.
He said that for the girls, they did very well but unfortunately they missed out on the medals but again their performance was of a very high standard. Unfortunately the girls were very young. However they will develop their skills overtime and do a lot better in the next games, said Mr. Tareasi. Overall, he said that the performances were beyond expectation.
Apart from that, Mr. Tareasi stated that Proper sporting equipment is essential for the progress of the young talents. He observed during his visit to Kimbe that they had proper sporting facilities than in buka. He thinks that with their Government system, the National Government has put a lot of money into sporting facilities therefore it is no doubt that the performance of the team from West New Britian is a direct reflection of the kind of support their Government is giving.
For this reason, Mr Tareasi is calling for our Government to give full support so that we can expect a good outcome from our players. He said that Bougainville needs to develop its sporting facilities not only with soccer but also with other sporting codes.



041217 Calang Services Conducted 5th graduation
By Theresa Baranangko
The Bougainville Calang Services disability and early childhood education conducted its 5th graduation ceremony in Buka on Friday 1st December 2017.
On behalf of the School, the coordinator Mr. Blaise Semoso thanked the parents, the teachers and donors for contributing to the progress of the school.
He thanked the teachers for their patience for catering the needs of children with special disability not only in terms of being disabled rather with special needs that is identified and nurtured. Mr. Semoso said it is a very big challenge for the teachers who have to plan activities according to the need of a child.
Despite these challenges he thanked the teachers and the parents support leading to the successful completion of the school year which saw the passing out of 20 students where 14 are categorized under early intervention, 4 with deaf education and 2 home contacts.
Mr. Semoso said that Calang Service continue to support their students even after they graduate and go to elementary or primary schools through school visitation and help the new teachers better understand the students. They also make sure that normal school children respect children with special disability.
On this regard, awareness and in service for teachers tasked in this special role will continue, he said.



Contractors to be held Accountable as More Schools and Classrooms build around Papua New Guinea, says PM O'Neill "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

With more schools and classrooms being built around the Nation, contractors will be held accountable for every Toea in public funds they are given for construction.

That is the clear message delivered by the Prime Minister, Hon. Peter ONeill CMG MP, when opening a new classroom building in in Kimbe, West New Britain Province.
Continuing to improve education is our governments commitment to our future generations.
Better education provides the greatest hope for our children, particularly in remote and rural areas.
In 2018 we have allocated 1.29 billion Kina for the Education Sector, which is nearly nine per cent of National Budget. This is an increase of 13 per cent from the 2017 Supplementary Budget.
We have placed more than an additional one million students in school over the past five years, and now we are applying additional focus on improving the quality of education.
Now we are building more schools and classrooms right around the country.
The Prime Minister issued a stern warning to all companies involved in the construction of school projects, that public money will be fully accounted for and documented.
Many times the Government has given contracts to certain contractors who fail to complete their jobs and run off with payments.
This must stop and we are looking back at previous contracts to identify any irregularities for further investigation.
It is vital for our children to have proper buildings to learn, and any time there is fraud this deprives our children of their right to education.
We also have seen a number of builders that have delivered high-quality school buildings, and their commitment and accountability is helping us to advance the Nation.
In opening the new classroom building at the Waisisi Primary School in the Talasea District, West New Britain Province, PM ONeill congratulated all who had worked on the project.
As I officially open this newly built classroom building, today, I thank the school board and the builders for doing an outstanding job.
The Prime Minister further noted the growth that was occurring in the Talasea District and said the Government has met with the Boundaries Committee and have decided that Talasea District will soon become two districts, given its vast population and land boundaries.


Untying the Knot: The Wedding Industry Has You Under Its Thumb "IndyWatch Feed National"

The day after Australia celebrated a resounding yes vote for marriage equality, as many of us were dusting off our hangovers, the commentary was already shifting from love to money. A vote for equality would also unleash the pink dollar a $650 million annual boom to the wedding industry. It didnt take long for us to stick a price tag on equal love.

Marriage (a long term, humble and loving commitment) and weddings (our Big Day, the flashy party, over before you can say, Where did all that money go?) have become synonymous. Our idealised view of marriage is that it should be consummated by the ultimate fairytale wedding, and this ideal is fuelling an excessive, exploitative industry that has every hopeful romantic in its sights.

When I remove my rose-tinted glasses, a traditional wedding looks more like a glorified celebration of the continuity of patriarchal values, and remind me of the blatant over-consumption thats destroying our planet. Dont get me wrong. Despite what might sound like a hardy feminist exterior, Ive had daydreams of stars aligning one day. Despite all logic and odds that would say otherwise, in a world of 7 billion people, and hundreds of thousands of divorces per year, I still sometimes daydream about finding my soulmate.

We are all more intelligent than we are capable, and awareness of the insanity of love has never saved anyone from the disease.

Alain de Botton, Essays in Love.

In his talk On Love, English philosopher and repository of wisdom, Alain de Botton discusses the ways Romanticism has changed marriage. What was once an institution of practicality and convenience for two families has become all about individual choice and the (often irrational) feeling of love.

So many of us yearn to find comfort and peace in another person. By celebrating marriage at our weddings, we publicly declare to our nearest and dearest we have found solace and happiness in another. And what a lovely sentiment that is.

But that lovely sentiment is also a very expensive, wasteful one. That lovely sentiment is fuelling an industry with an estimated global worth over $300 billion...


Air Niugini to upgrade Services to Cairns, Chuuk and Pohnpei "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea's Airline, Air Niugini will be upgrading its services to Cairns, Australia and Chuuk and Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) to cater for demand during the peak period.
Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer, Mr Simon Foo said ANG will be operating Boeing 737-800 series aircraft instead of the scheduled Fokker 100 and F70 aircraft.
This is to cater for passenger demand during the peak period as there are more seats on the B737, combined with an extra leg room for passenger convenience. There will also be upgraded business class seats on offer for passengers who wish to take those seats. Mr Foo said.
With a B737, there will also be more space to uplift cargo to and from these destinations during the peak period.
Air Niugini operates weekly flights to Chuuk and Pohnpei whilst twice daily services to Cairns with up to four weekly flights on a B737 aircraft.


Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo' Helicopter N48-005(905) Heard Flying off HMAS Canberra of CQ Coast "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Keen listeners to aviation radio transmissions have heard that Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Canberra-class landing helicopter dock ship HMAS Canberra (L02) has been sailing in the Coral Sea off the Capricorn Coast in recent days and early on Saturday 2 December, Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk Romeo naval combat helicopter N48-005 (Code 905) was heard flying in the area as "Tiger 05".

N48-005 at Avalon earlier in the year  (File photo)

It is not believed however that the MH-60R - seemingly of the RAN's 816 Squadron - ever made landfall with its operations heard to be ship-to-ship transfers out to sea.

Meanwhile, early on Sunday 3 December, Jason M from locally-based J.M Photography ( was at Yeppoon to capture some action as HMAS Canberra steamed towards the Capricorn Coast before deploying as many as three LCM-1E amphibious mechanised landing craft.



Civil Society Gathers For Global Conference in Fiji to talk Climate Justice, Human Rights "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

More than 600 civil society leaders, activists and other stakeholders from across the globe - from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe - are gathering in Fiji for a global weeklong conference to discuss and seek solutions to some of the greatest challenges we face in areas of climate change/climate justice, human rights and development.

International Civil Society Week (ICSW) - the largest gathering of its kind - runs from December 4-8 in Suva, Fiji and is hosted by civil society alliance, CIVICUS and the Pacific Islands Association of NGOs (PIANGO) under the theme, "Our Planet. Our Struggles. Our Future".

This is the first time in more than 20 years of convening that this event will be held in the Pacific region. Coming in the wake of the COP23 Climate Change meeting in Bonn, Germany, which was co-hosted by Fiji, it is significant that this key global civil society event is taking place in an region that has been among the most vulnerable to climate change and at the forefront of struggles to address the impact of climate change.

The conference comes at a time of unprecedented restrictions globally on fundamental freedoms and civic space. According to the CIVICUS Monitor, only 3% of the world's population currently live in countries where rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly are respected, enabled and protected. We are seeing an unprecedented global trend of attacks by governments on human rights NGOs. Environmental defenders are being murdered in record numbers.


A Failed Attempt at Enlightenment "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was introduced to meditation by Japanese pickup artists. Their interest in the subject made me wonder if it could be useful to those of us who are not monks on mountaintops. I mean, if it can help Asian metrosexuals in fur coats get into Hello Kitty-emblazoned panties, perhaps it could help me achieve my own humble life goals?

Curiosity metamorphosed into a plane ticket, and I found myself far from the land of rising suns, cute robots and wasabi-flavoured everything, at the base of a sacred mountain on a small tropical island, en route to enlightenment (or something).

Koh Phangan is famous for full moons, buckets of alcohol, mushroom milkshakes and beachside partying. But its also home to Wat Khao Tham, a mountaintop monastery offering vipassana meditation courses. Vipassana is simply the formal name for the type of meditation were familiar with here in Westworld: concentration on the breath, the body or its sensations, and the insight this provides.

At the bottom of a leafy mountain, the monastery was just discernible through foliage and cloud cover high above. A dirt road stretched out and upward, with one small building marking the beginning of the ascent: a raucous, not very Buddhist-seeming structure, overflowing with loud local men shouting excited Thai at each other. I entered cautiously to see what the fuss was about.

The base of a holy mountain seemed an odd location for a cockfighting arena, but there it was, bristling with noisy punters. A timely Buddhist reminder of the truth of impermanence? A lurid symbol of the karmic suffering we all inherit by virtue of being alive? Or just a picturesque plot on which to build a friendly local bloodsport pub?

Id met several cocks in my travels so far. If you havent seen one up close and personal, I can tell you: they are aggressive, stupid creatures. Sure, most of them are not so big, but still you wouldnt want to meet one in a dark alley.

The cockfighting taught me that despite all this, cocks dont want to fight each other if they can help it. Trainers antagonised their animals until both were furious enough to fight to the death. Punters screamed odds across the arena as the birds attacked each other with leaping talon attacks and punishing beak strikes. Both opponents bloodied, one cock eventually keeled over.

What the fuck was I doing here again? Oh, right enlightenment.  Shaken and confused, I left the arena and started my climb upward.



Parliament votes for - and then against - humane resolution to Manus crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"

There was a fleeting moment of hope and compassion for refugees stranded on Manus Island for the last four and a half years today when the Australian Parliament voted to support their safe resettlement in New Zealand, only for the Government to then block the motion by orchestrating a re-vote.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre who has been to Manus Island three times to meet the men and inspect conditions on the ground, said:

Parliament got it right the first time today. After four and a half years filled with fear, violence and limbo it is time for the Government to evacuate these men to safety, not obstruct viable ways forward and leave them indefinitely languishing in danger, said Mr Webb.

We are talking about 600 innocent human beings. They have had four and a half years of their lives ripped away from them. They deserve a future. But instead our Government has just bludgeoned them from one dead end camp to another and is continuing to play politics while these men suffer, said Mr Webb.

Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian journalist held on Manus by the Australian Government for the last four years, said:

How long do you want to keep people in an indefinite situation? How long till the sadistic desire is satisfied? said Boochani.

I hope that Australia accepts sending people to New Zealand and it will be a big step forward for a humane solution, said Mr Boochani.

Hundreds of refugees remain on Manus Island and are now being held in unsecured and incomplete facilities close to the main town. The UN Refugee Agency inspected these new centres and found that services and conditions were severely inadequate.

These men have been shot at, beaten and suffered the mental torment of not knowing if or when their ordeal would ever end. Theyve watched friends die there. Manus is not a safe place for them - never has been, never will be, said Mr Webb.

For interviews or further information please call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519



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Venezuela Wants to Create its own Version of Bitcoin Called the Petro "IndyWatch Feed National"

Everyone knows Venezuela is not the healthiest country when it comes to finance. After suffering so much hardship, it is evident all traditional solutions wont suffice. As a result, the government is looking for a new way to bring some more financial stability to this country. Their answer is to create a national digital currency, known as the Petro. An interesting venture that may not necessarily suffice.

Finding a solution to Venezuelas financial problems will not be easy whatsoever. The country has suffered from many setbacks over the years and things are only getting worse. With the financial blockade by the US in place, things have only gotten even harder. This is why the government of Venezuela wants to create its own digital currency. Unlike the physical Bolivar, however, this new currency will have actual financial backing. It is linked to the countrys oil, gas, gold, and diamond holdings and reserves.

Petro can Become Venezuelas Bitcoin

In a way, this is the first gold-backed currency we have seen in quite some time. Many people still wrongfully assume fiat currencies have any actual backing, but that is not the case. They were decoupled from the gold value several decades ago. With the Petro, Venezuela takes an interesting approach once again. This new digital currency will certainly ruffle a lot of feathers all over the world, that much is evident.

For the time being, it remains to be seen what the Petro entails exactly. More specifically, there is no technical information, supply details, or release date of this currency. Despite those drawbacks, this currency may succeed, up to a certain level. Without trust, acceptance, and use, there will be very little interest in the Petro, that much is evident. A new currency issued by a struggling nation will not be all that appealing to the masses whatsoever.

How things will play out in Venezuela, remains to be determined. The country direly needs a solution to overcome these issues, but that is much easier said than done. A digital currency may effectively be the answer, but it is doubtful there will be a major success right....


New Australia laws to deal with foreign political meddling Fear of China and Russia? "IndyWatch Feed National"


AFP/File | Australia is to introduce new laws targeting foreign interference, with concern heightened by ongoing revelations of Russian meddling in the US political system

Foreign interference in Australian politics has become a serious problem, a top official said Monday with tougher laws on espionage and overseas donations introduced to parliament.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ordered an inquiry in June after media revelations that the nations spy agency had warned the countrys political elite two years ago about taking donations from two billionaires with links to the Chinese Communist Party.

The probe, by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Fairfax Media, said that despite being cautioned both the Liberals and Labor continued accepting substantial sums of cash.

It said intelligence agencies had major concerns that China was interfering in Australian institutions and using the political donations system to gain access. Beijing denied the allegations as totally groundless.

Since then concern over foreign interference has gathered momentum, heightened by ongoing revelations of Russian meddling in the American political system.

The issue of foreign interference in our politics is an extremely serious problem, Attorney-General George Brandis told parliament on Monday.

So I can tell the Senate that later this week, the government will introduce a milestone legislative package to reform Australias espionage and foreign interference legislation.

He said the new laws would strengthen and modernise a range of offences for the purposes of investigating, disrupting and prosecuting acts of espionage and covert interference in the Australian political process.

There would be a new transparency scheme, providing visibility of the nature and extent of influence over Australias government and political processes by foreign interests.

It will introduce new offences targeting foreign interference and economic espionage, including offences that criminalise covert and deceptive activities that support the intelligence activities of foreign actors, he added.

Last week, a key Australian Labor MP, Sam Dastyari, was forced to resign as deputy opposition whip after reports that he told a Chinese businessman his phone was likely being tapped by intelligence agencies...


Backpacker tax under challenge in Federal Court "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

by ABC national rural reporter Brett Worthington

The validity of the Federal Governments backpacker tax is under fire, a year on from the legislation passing the parliament.

Its almost exactly a year since the Coalition struck a deal with the Greens to impose a 15 per cent tax rate on working holiday makers.

But proceedings initiated in the Queensland Federal Court today claim the backpacker tax breaches international treaties and discriminates against foreign workers.

The backpacker tax taxes all working holiday maker earnings at 15 per cent. Previously, they were eligible to earn up to $18,200 tax free.

The 15 per cent income tax imposed on backpackers by the Federal Government is being challenged in the Federal Court

Irish-based has initiated the legal action on behalf of workers from the United Kingdom, United States and Germany.

There is a breach with double taxation agreements, Taxback.coms Eileen Devereaux told the ABC.

Theres an audience that arguably dont have a voice on the ground.



Space Fence: Connecting the Surveillance and Transhumanist Agendas "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Space Fence is not just to track and catalog space debris. Its an overarching program that connects the geoengineering, surveillance and transhumanist and AI agendas.

The Space Fence

is a massive, planetary-wide, space surveillance system currently being constructed that aims to monitor you all the way down to your DNA. Officially, the Space Fence is, according to Wikipedia, a 2nd generation space surveillance system being built (started in 2014) by the US Air Force and Lockheed Martin to track artificial satellites and space debris. Its budget is US$1.594 billion, its expected to be operational in 2019 and the Space Fence facility will be located in the Marshall Islands along with an option for another radar site in Western Australia.

The Space Fence is a resurrection of a program started by Reagan in the 1980s called SDI (Strategic Defense Initiative), commonly known by its nickname Star Wars. However, like many exotic weapons of the New World Order, it has a cover purpose and a real purpose. This article exposes the grander implications of the Space Fence and how it connects to other technology that could be used to enslave you.

What is the Space Fence?

Although the USAF and Lockheed Martin tell us that the purpose of the Space Fence is to detect, track and catalog space debris, we must acknowledge that the MIC (Military Intelligence Complex) is at the helm of the New World Order and is routinely engaged in psychological operations against the rest of the population.

The Space Fence is the answer to the prayers of a control-freak conspiratorial class. It will have the capacity to surveil everything on Earth. Like Skynet in the fictional Terminator films, it could become surveillance beyond comprehension. How?

The Space Fence is designed to operate in LEO (Low Earth Orbit). It is designed to be one big interconnected machine, run by AI and joined to current (weaponized) technology by interacting with cell phone towers,...


North Korea missile tests are imminent threat Japan warns "IndyWatch Feed National"


AFP | Abe answers questions during the upper house session
TOKYO (AFP)  North Koreas missile tests are an imminent threat to Japan, the Japanese parliament declared Monday, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said talking to the reclusive state was meaningless.The upper house unanimously adopted a resolution protesting against the Norths firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile that dropped into the sea inside Japans exclusive economic zone last week.

The launch showed Pyongyang was determined to continue its nuclear and missile programmes and constituted an unprecedented, significant and imminent threat against the safety of the region, including Japan.

This is a frontal challenge against the international community that must not be tolerated, added the resolution.

Tensions on the Korean peninsula are high after last Wednesdays missile launch. On Monday the US and South Korea began their largest-ever joint air exercise, described by Pyongyang as an all-out provocation.

Abe vowed to put pressure on North Korea until it changes its ways and gives up its missile and nuclear technology in a verifiable and irreversible fashion.

In order to press North Korea into changing its policies, we shall take a resolute attitude in our diplomacy, he told the upper house.

Dialogue for the sake of dialogue is meaningless, Abe said.

Global anxiety about North Korea has steadily risen this year, and Washington last week called on other UN members to cut ties with it in order to squeeze the secretive regime.

The call, however, has fallen short of persuading key North Korean backers China and Russia to take steps to isolate the regime.


Pine Gap protesters vow to continue "IndyWatch Feed National"

Convicted trespassers (L to R) Andy Paine, Jim Dowling, Tim Webb and Franz Dowling outside the Federal Court in Brisbane, Monday, December 4, 2017. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)


A group of anti-war protesters who broke into a top secret military intelligence base in the Northern Territory say their latest convictions wont deter them from further illegal action.

Dozens of supporters broke into cheers and applause in a sitting of the NT Supreme Court in Brisbane on Monday after they learned the five men and one woman would not be imprisoned.

Queenslanders James Dowling, Franz Dowling, Andy Paine, Tim Webb and Margaret Pestorius were instead convicted and fined after a jury found them guilty of scaling the 1.2-metre fence of the joint US defence facility at Pine Gap on September 29, 2016.

Paul Christie, who received the same punishment, followed suit a few days later.

James Dowling, 62, narrowly avoided jail because Justice John Reeves thought instead of being a deterrent, it would make him a martyr to the cause.

Dowling said outside court he was simply trying to stop war crimes.

Pine Gap is guilty of massive war crimes, drone warfare and other warfare; its ongoing and we asked the judge to take our side, he said.

Unfortunately he took the side of Pine Gap and the war criminals.

Dowling, who along with his son Franz Dowling, Paine and Webb was found guilty of vandalising a stone cross at Toowong Cemetery earlier this year, said the group would continue on their path of non-violent resistance to war.

Whether he sends us to jail or just fines us well keep going, keep doing what were doing and hope others will join us, he said.

Justice Reeves said the group trespassed onto the base knowing it was a prohibited area but he did not believe their activities posed any real threat, adding they expected to be arrested shortly after they climbed the fence.

Justice Reeves said he did not agree with the Crowns assertions the offences struck at the heart of national security, al...


Bali volcano calms but alert remains high "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mount Agung volcano spews smoke in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. Gushing ash from Balis Mount Agung volcano has dissipated into a wispy (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)


The Mount Agung volcano on Indonesias resort island of Bali is calm, emitting only a thin column of sulphuric steam, the disaster management agency says.

There has been no eruption, said national disaster management agency spokesman Sutopo Nugroho.

The volcanos alert remains at the highest level but Bali is safe except for the 10-kilometre exclusion zone, he said.

Balis international airport is operating normally, the state-run airport operator Angkasa Pura said.

The airport had been closed for two-and-a-half days last week because of fears that ash from the volcano could threaten flight safety, stranding holidaymakers including thousands of Australians.

Australian budget carrier Jetstar Airways said it had resumed scheduled services to and from Bali on Monday, with flying conditions around Denpasar Airport expected to remain clear for the next 24 hours.

The countrys volcanology agency warned over the weekend that there was still a large amount of pressure inside the volcano despite no eruption occurring.

Authorities raised the warning alert to the highest level on November 27 and ordered the evacuation of nearly 100,000 people after the volcano erupted for two consecutive days.

Nearly 60,000 people have sought refuge in temporary shelters, officials said.

The 3,031-metre Mount Agung last erupted for a period of almost a year in 1963 and 1964, leaving about 1,200 people dead.

Indonesia sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area known for seismic upheavals and volcanic eruptions.

The country is home to 127 active volcanoes.

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Governments mandating vaccines without safety studies "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Agnotology in Vaccines the cultural ignorance induced by the publication of misleading and inaccurate scientific data

Governments around the world are mandating vaccines at a rate of knots and the safety studies have NEVER been done!

The vaccine debate is not all as it seems. Vaccines DO kill and maim every day and you arent being told about it!

Governments force parents to give babies shots of unsafe vaccines that are not tested

Pixie Seymour is helping to end this culture of ignorance by lifting the lid on the foul practice that is agnotology in vaccines. Find out whos who and join the dots of the vaccine industry here in Australia and elsewhere (and its way more shocking than you think!) She has a background in marketing and natural health and is a mother of four children. Only one is of school age and once she found out whats in vaccines, she realised that her youngest child is in the firing line. Its personal for Pixie.

With her background in marketing, Pixie aims to beat the computer algorithms and get this book in front of as many order followers as possible, but she needs your help.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to virtually force TPTSB (The Powers That Shouldnt Be) to take a fresh look at vaccination and the damage that its doing to our children. Relying on misleading and inaccurate scientific data has resulted in a dead and severely disabled generation of children...


Vic mum tried to end disabled sons pain "IndyWatch Feed National"


At the end of her tether after decades of caring for her autistic and epileptic son, Yvette Nichol wanted the pain and suffering to end.

So one day, after writing letters to family members, she tried to take her life and that of her adult son out of love, not anger.

But she woke and so did he, and feeling regretful, she called an ambulance.

Nichol, 63, later pleaded guilty to attempted murder and on Monday she was spared jail by a judge who said the case called for mercy.

Im not going to send you to jail, Supreme Court Justice Paul Coghlan said.

As a community, we ultimately ought to be judged not on our ability to punish, but on our ability to show compassion.

There is a place for compassion and for mercy. I am satisfied that yours is such a case.

Nichol had been the primary carer for her son Brett, 34, for all his life until the murder-suicide attempt at their Eltham North home on May 27.

He suffered from harrowing night terrors, and these had been getting more frequent and severe in the years leading up to the incident.

I would challenge anyone to say anything other than she was a woman who did all that she could to care for her son, defence lawyer Tim Marsh said before the sentencing.

Quite clearly she got to the end of her tether and this disastrous episode followed.

She acted in love, not in anger, hatred or desire to gain.

The court also heard Nichols husband had left her about a year earlier and she reached out for help from authorities but wasnt getting enough.

During the worst of Bretts night terrors, Nichol barely slept for days on end as she calmly nursed him through the episodes.

In one particular two-week period she slept just 10 hours, the court was told.

The letters she wrote to loved ones before the murder-suicide attempt reveal her state of mind and motivation at the time, the judge said.

The main theme of all the letters was you wanted to end Bretts suffering, Justice Coghlan said.

Nichol was remorseful and her moral culpability was low, given the difficult and unique position she faced at the time, the judge added.

She was placed on a two-year community corrections order.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

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Anybody here from Mackay? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

A old builder mates son went missing from his boat in January, (Percy Reef) just trying to find out if they ever found his body.

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Indias Freedoms Now Rest in the Hands of Comprador Media "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our media is not officially muzzled. But the spirit of dissent is being hollowed out bit by bit. 

When (and from where) will our journalists find the courage to stare power in the face? Credit: Ahdieh Ashrafi/Flickr CC 2.0

At the end of Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War, former New York Times investigative reporter James Risen wrote: [This book] is my answer to how best to challenge the governments draconian efforts to crack down on aggressive reporting and suppress the truth in the name of ceaseless war. Risen, whose reputation as an intrepid reporter travels far and wide, was persecuted by both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations. Referring to this constant battle, he goes on to say: My answer is to keep writing, because I believe that if journalists ever stop uncovering abuses of power, and ever stop publishing stories about those abuses, we will lose our democracy.

These words acquire a distinct resonance in the contemporary Indian media world. We think of Risens advice as we grapple with different kinds of censorship virtually every day some thinly-veiled, others blatant imposed sometimes by the ruling party and sometimes by other powerful institutions.

Only last month, a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Mumbai, hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, asked the media not to report its proceedings. Endorsing one of the defence lawyers plea for a comp...


Bounce for Australian PM Turnbull as Voters Tire of Leadership Roundabout "IndyWatch Feed National"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at a news conference at Parliament House in Canberra November 30, 2017. AAP/Mick Tsikas/via Reuters

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at a news conference at Parliament House in Canberra November 30, 2017. Credit: AAP/Mick Tsikas/via Reuters

Sydney: Embattled Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull received an unexpected boost from an opinion poll on Monday that showed voters want their leaders to govern for their full terms rather than the revolving door that has marked Australian politics.

Three sitting Australian prime ministers have been ousted by their own parties since 2010, dumped by their colleagues almost as soon as their popularity began to wane.

Turnbull has flirted with becoming the latest victim of this syndrome, his popularity flagging ever since he became a leader in a party-room coup in September 2015.



How I Became a Peace Activist "IndyWatch Feed National"

By David Swanson

When I was teaching myself how to write, when I was about 20 to 25, I churned out (and threw out) all kinds of autobiographies. I wrote glorified diaries. I fictionalized my friends and acquaintances. I still write columns all the time in the first person. I did write a childrens book in recent years that was fiction but included my oldest son and my niece and nephew as characters. But I havent touched autobiography in more years than Id been alive when I used to engage in it.

Ive been asked a number of times to write chapters for books on how I became a peace activist. In some cases, Ive just apologized and said I couldnt. For one book called Why Peace, edited by Marc Guttman, I wrote a very short chapter called Why Am I a Peace Activist? Why Arent You? My point was basically to express my outrage that one would have to explain working to end the worst thing in the world, while millions of people not working to end it need offer no explanation for their reprehensible behavior.

I often speak at peace groups and colleges and conferences about working for peace, and Im often asked how I became a peace activist, and I always politely dodge the question, not because the answer is too long but because it is too short. Im a peace activist because mass-murder is horrible. What the hell do you mean why am I a peace activist?

This position of mine is odd for a number of reasons. For one thing, Im a strong believer in the need for many more peace activists. If we can learn anything about how people have become peace activists, we damn well ought to learn it and apply those lessons. My nightmare for how the peace movement ends, other than the nuclear apocalypse ending, is that the peace movement ends when the last peace activist acquires Alzheimers. And of course I fear being that peace activist. And of course thats crazy as there are peace activists much younger than I am, especially activists against Israeli wars who havent necessarily focused on U.S. wars yet. But I still not infrequently find myself among the youngest in the room. The U.S. peace movement is still dominated by people who became active during the U.S. war on Vietnam. I became a peace activist for some other reason, even if influenced by those slightly older than myself. If the peace movement of the 1960s seemed admirable to me, how do we make todays seem admirable to those yet to be born? This sort of useful question arises in large numbers once Im willing to investigate this topic.

For another thing, Im a strong believer in the power of environment to shape people. I wasnt born speaking English or thinking anything that I now think. I got it all from the culture around me. Yet somehow Ive always assumed that whatever made me a peace activist was in me at birth and holds little interest for others. I was never pro-war....


5 Science Backed Superpowers That All Women Have "IndyWatch Feed National"

Women are very powerful individuals and without them, all men would be lost. Many people might think that women are the weaker of the two genders, but youd be entirely wrong. Any female is capable of things unimaginable by any man and thats science speaking.

Women are not only the maternal force heard around the world, but they are the nurturers, peace-makers, and warriors that made us into who we are today. Women Are capable of many things a man is not, and some scientists even refer to these as superpowers. The maternal and feminine energetic frequencies of women are immensely powerful. If you think that because women are more sensitive, emotionally in tune, and smaller that it makes them weaker, you are in for a rude awakening! Women are not weak theyre fearsome, strong, and gifted with intuitive abilities.

Many different science reviews and studies have discovered, or rather proven, that women are capable of many things a man just isnt! Here are a few of them below!

1. Women Can identify Unfaithful Men

In one study led conducted by Australian University found that women can identify a cheater just by looking at him. The study had women look at photos of different men and identify whether they were cheaters or faithful. The participants had a success rate of 62%

2. Women See More Color

Another study found that men might see moving objects quicker than women, but women actually notice more subtle colors and vibrations. Many people hypothesize that this comes from the primal days when men were out hunting and the women were trying to identify ripe vegetation.

3. Obstetrical Orgasms

Some women can even experience orgasms during the painful procedure of delivering a baby. In a report of over 200,000 women, only 668 women reported having orgasms while...


Chinas Two Top Banks Wont Lend to Adanis Australian Coal Mine "IndyWatch Feed National"

FILE PHOTO - Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd (ICBC)'s logo is seen at its headquarters in Beijing, China, March 30, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd (ICBC)s logo is seen at its headquarters in Beijing, China, March 30, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

Sydney: Chinas two biggest banks said they do not plan to finance a controversial Australian coal mine, in the latest blow to Indian conglomerate Adani Enterprises long-delayed project.

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and China Construction Bank said in separate statements they were not working on the project after media...


2017 UK UAP files release - Defence Intelligence interests "IndyWatch Feed National"


This is the fourth in my series of posts based on material from the 2017 United Kingdom UAP files release. The UK National Archives advised that they would not be uploaded these files to their website, unlike previous releases. In addition, as the Archives require payment for the use of images of these documents, if they are placed on a website; I have chosen not to provide such images in my series of posts.

Introduction to this post

Various UK defence intelligence units within the Ministry of Defence (MOD) were on the distribution lists for incoming UAP reports. However, published analyses of the raw data, are few and far between.

An exception

One notable exception is to be found on file DEFE 24/3126/1 titled "Space Debris Impacts in Scotland/NE England on 23 September 1997.' It is a Scientific and Technical Memorandum - No. D/D150/97/17, and originally marked 'UK Restricted.'

The report, 12 pages in length, is an in-depth analysis of reported sightings over a wide area of the northern UK on 23 September 1997.

Between 0700 and 1000 zulu (UTC - the old GMT) on the morning of 23 September 1997, there were at least 15 sightings reported to ARCC Kinross. Individual reports cited the possibility of an aircraft crash; flares; a flash in the sky; and an explosion.

Reports came from people on the ground and from crews of aircraft in flight. Included in these observations were reports of a 'number of possible impacts.'

After initial suggestions of a crashed aircraft were eliminated; the Royal Observatory Scotland, suggested that a high altitude bolide (bright meteor) might account for the observations. Shock waves were detected by the British Geological Survey, before 0930z, near the Moray Firth.

The report, noted that a bolide 'does not account for all the observations reported to the police...' In addition, two of the observations from aircrews were one hour apart. The report then examined the possibility of more than one bolide being seen. However, it finally discounts the bolide hypothesis.

The final suggestion was that the entire group of sightings was due to the re-entry into the atmosphere of  fragments of the Russian satellite Cosmos 2343, which had been launched into a low earth orbit on 15 May 1997. Destruction in orbit on 16 September 1997 had left 50 smaller pieces. The report concludes that fragments of Cosmos 2343 were the most likely cause of the 23 September 1997 sightings.



PNG Logistics To Benefit From Transport Infrastructure Upgrades "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

4th December 2017
[This Papua new Guinea economic update was produced by Oxford Business Group.]
In June the Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved $866.5m in funding for the upgrade and maintenance of the Highlands Highway, one of PNGs main logistical arteries.
The project will see the rehabilitation of large stretches of the 1200-km route, improving connectivity and road safety. As well as ADB financing, funding will come from other development partners and the PNG government, bringing the overall investment to just over $1bn for the 10-year project.
The upgrade has national importance, as the highway runs from the main port of Lae through mountainous regions and into the Enga Province, serving around 40% of the population.
In addition to roadworks, the investment programme will support the establishment of logistics platforms and services for agricultural production, as well as help modernise other forms of transport infrastructure.
# Highway work to support logistics and export growth#
Improved access to the Highlands region should support the growth and competitiveness of the logistics sector, and back up government plans to boost exports.
At present, the imbalance between inbound and outbound cargo has been cited as a key contributor to slow turnaround times and the high costs endured by freight carriers.


Magistrates wannabe judges more government misbehaviour "IndyWatch Feed National"

The (below) average Joe Blow or member of the serf population has very little idea of how much corruption 'misbehaviour' there is in government, as there are too many distractions to keep the simple minds busy, the likes of beer, footy reality tv and the serf population fighting among themselves on a variety of topics handed them down by the people in government.

So now the latest trick in the book spearheaded by corrupt magistrate Peter Lauriston is that he wants the herd population to call him and his magistrate buddies judges because they're;

"same in all but name",

justifying this because the lower class 'magistrates' have a ship load of work on their tables.

Let's apply the same ill conceived logic to the McDonald's 'profession', where a kitchen hand 'food' re-heater demands to be called a gourmet chef (PMSL !!! !!! !!!).

Don't worry about it, as an alleged criminal and criminal is "same in all but name".

There was a reason why mother England brought in the Colonial Laws Validity Act of 1865, that being because the people in Australia's government were 'misbehaving' a lot, a fact that the authorities would rather the serfs not be aware of.

There is no such luck today of reeling in the actions of the terrorising actions of people in government against their tax slave population by the Crown, yet you still have to answer to the Crown when you commit a criminal offence.

See article in today's Herald Sun below:


Politicians & Kicking the Can Down the Road "IndyWatch Feed National"


Thank you for replying to my earlier question about The Crash & No Bid. It as very insightful towards the mechanics of markets. I have a new question for you regarding how Politicians kick the can as long as they can expecting the next people in line to pick up the tab and never pay!

I was told by my uncle that the reason why politicians were lowering interest rates was so that they could keep increasing their perpetual deficit. But- since we have hit the turning point in interest rates and that rates are on the rise do you foresee politicians promoting hyper-inflation while fixing payable amounts on things like pensions? I believe that if they can dilute / water down money through inflation that the pension funds would then appear to be on budget (kicking the can further down the road, and also creating civil unrest)?

The way I see it is that if politicians were using low-interest rates to create cheaper money, could their next move potentially be diluting the huge quantity of money .. cause they have nowhere else to go! (along with the hunt for taxes)

NG From Vancouver Island, Canada

ANSWER: I completely understand that from the outside looking in, it appears that the politicians are kicking the can down the road because they KNOW what will happen. It also appears that they have created lower interest rates to allow them to reduce their borrowing costs and spend more. I hate to burst everyones bubble here, but...


Spirituality "IndyWatch Feed National"

WhiteCrow will be talking about what it is to be spiritual. What is spirituality compared to being religious? How do you start your spiritual journey? Do you have to have a teacher? There are many questions that he has been asked that he will answer on this show.


MACKAY Mackay mans fall from grace influenced by ice addiction "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 04, 2017 at 11:52AM ,

Mackay mans fall from grace influenced by ice addiction

December 04, 2017 at 11:52AM ,

Several years ago Craig James Buckton, 32, was nominated Apprentice of the Year while working at an engineering firm. In late November he pleaded guilty from prison to a crime spree linked to an ice (methamphetamine) addiction. Buckton faced Magistrate Damien Dwyer in Mackay Magistrates Court

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Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002 Completes Training Flight up and down CQ Coast "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"


On Sunday 3 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002 was spotted on the ground at Rockhampton Airport.  It had earlier arrived from Townsville and was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Envoy 02".

After taking on fuel, A36-002 departed to RAAF Base Amberley and further points South.



My editorial on why Dastyari's Iranian military service obligation should see him in the High Court "IndyWatch Feed National"

The undated website of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in The Hague, states that [a]ccording to the most recent resolutions, foreign resident draftees who have left the country before the date 29/12/1382 [19 March 2004 ( 28 Mar. 2014a)], and whom after entering their 13 years of...



If this technology were to get into the wrong hands, the results could be devastating.  The government would be "the wrong hands"!!!

Imagine an assassin that can't be traced. Imagine if anyone could be eliminated for whatever reason & there would be no one to be held responsible. Big companies are having people assassinated all the time, this AI will make it all that much easier for them to kill so many more people who get in their way.
Imagine this in the hands of Terrorists!!!



Pacific Games to become Continental Games says PGC President "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Sports Ministers attending the 5th Pacific Sports Ministers Meeting in Port Vila, Vanuatu have agreed to support the Pacific Games Council (PGC) in its quest to make the Pacific Games the Continental Games of the region.

This was one of the 12 recommendations approved by the Sports Ministers at the Ramada Hotel.

PGC President Vidya Lakhan says the vision is to eventually get Australia and New Zealand become full members of the Council.

Ministers and Sports Administrators reached the following conclusions:

1.     Ministers acknowledged with thanks and deep appreciation the role of the host country of Vanuatu and the Organising Committee VAN2017 for all of their work and preparation for the staging of the 10th Pacific Mini Games.

Ministers paid special tribute to the Government of Vanuatu for their financial and technical support for the delivery of the 2017 Pacific Mini Games, and for their active support for sport in the region.
3.     Ministers agreed to support the Pacific Games Councils endeavours to ensure the Pacific Games is recognised internationally as the premier multi-sports event in Oceania, with the goal of all Oceania nations and territories competing as members, allowing Pacific Games competitions to more easily qualify the regions best athletes for the Olympic and Commonwealth Games and World Championships.

4.     Ministers agreed to continue their valuable partnerships and support for their national sporting organisations, whilst respecting their self governing status and autonomous operations.

5.     Ministers agreed to continue efforts, through legislation where necessary, to combat criminal conduct including corruption within sporting organisations, as well as efforts to combat doping and other behaviours which damage the integrity and reputation of sport.

6.     To strengthen sport policy and measurement in Pacific Island Countries and Territories, Ministers agreed to:

6.1  Accept the Kazan Action Plan (attached in Annex 3) adopted at the Sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport in July 2017 as a comprehensive sport policy follow up framework and a global call for action.

6.2  Endorse the Kazan Action Plan as a viable framework to develop national and regional sport policy development to maximize the contribution of sport to the Pacific Roadmap for Sustai...


Solomon Islands pulls out of key tuna deal "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By Ronald Toito'ona in Manila, Philippines 

Solomon Islands has pulled out from a key tuna deal called the Tokelau Arrangement, citing it as a danger for the country and its catch allocation in the future.

The Tokelau Arrangement is an agreement amongst Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) member countries, to limit the catch of southern albacore tuna in their EEZ waters.

The aim is to restore profitability and sustainability to the fishery but the arrangement will only work if all countries in the albacore fishery take part.

Solomon Islands is part of the arrangement, which was signed during the 11th annual session of the Western Central Pacific Commission (WCPFC) held in Samoa, in 2014.

The Under-Secretary for the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Ferral Lasi has confirmed the countrys withdrawal from the agreement.

Yes, we have pulled out because it has the potential to sharply constrain our catch allocation in the future.

We have our policy to develop our own long-line fishery in the future and this agreement could stand in the way, constraining our catch limit, Lasi, who is also the Head of Delegation (HOD) for the Solomon Islands, in the 14th Tuna Commission meeting said.

Speaking to Regional Journalists in a press conference over the weekend, WWFs Bubba Cook said the withdrawal of Solomon Islands from the agreement is a bit unfortunate, when relating it to Pacific solidarity.

The greatest strength of the Islands is their solidarity. When the Islands come together and want something done as we saw last year at the Commission meeting with respect to the observer safety issue, they can get things done.

And with respect to the Tokelau Arrangement, we have been calling for improvements in the Southern Long-line fishery now probably for a decade and things continually get worse.

The fleets operating in the Pacific are continuing to see their catch rates fall, they are struggling to make their businesses viable and of course that is driving them to set more and more hooks to catch fewer fish which those hooks which arent catching albacore are catching things like turtles and sharks so it is having a multitude of effects beyond just the direct targeted fishery itself.

So the Tokelau arrangement...


Mons Pubis "IndyWatch Feed National"

On the night of his wedding to Effie Gray in 1848, Ruskin, who was also a noted writer, artist and philosopher, stood in front of his wifes naked body, and was so disgusted by what he saw that he was unable to consummate the marriage. Six years later, the still-sexless marriage was annulled.


Kano: Buharis vote bank, secured political base "IndyWatch Feed National"

  As President Muhammadu Buhari embarks on a two-day visit to Kano, his strongest political base this week, a simple question the Kano man or woman should answer for himself/herself is: How well did you fare in two years, six months after Muhammadu Buhari took power? When Kano gave Muhammadu Buhari about two million votes, the highest by any state that swept him into office in 2015, one issue had dominated election-time discourse, and still remained: Security. A few morons who did not in any way represent Islam, a religion...

The post Kano: Buharis vote bank, secured political base appeared first on Newtelegraph.


Analogies and excuses: racism and the marriage equality debate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Under the authoritative and seemingly benign objectivity of demographics, the survey results are selectively interpreted to demonstrate that one of these groups is more traditionalist, more conservative, more intolerant in other words, less assimilable to dominant Aussie values. However, because they are homophobic, we are not being racist in making these claims.


You can take the boy out of Iran, but can you take Iran out of the boy? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sam Dastyari has taken extensive, apparently diligent action in his attempt to renounce his Iranian citizenship. He may not want Iran, but Iran may want him. In the 26 pages of material detailing Sam's efforts to renounce his citizenship and the obligations attaching to it there is no acknowledgement from...


US Federal Reserve Has No Plans to Introduce Digital Currencies, Says San Francisco Fed President "IndyWatch Feed National"

During a question-and-answer session following his speech in Phoenix, Arizona in late November 2017, Williams said that the Fed has no plans to develop its own digital currency but research is underway on its possible benefits for governments.


No Renewal For Porgera "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Post Courier | December 3, 2017

The Porgera Special Mining Lease area landowners have thrown in their support for the Governor Sir Peter Ipatass call not to issue any mining lease when it expires in 2019.

Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas has called on the National Government not to renew the Porgera Special Mining Lease when it expires in 2019, and further called for an investigation into the issuing of fraudulent water permit to Porgera Joint Venture.

In support of the Governors call, the Justice Foundation for Porgera Limited (JFPL), has already notified the registrar of mining tenements not to register the PJVs application for the renewal of the SML, on the basis that a majority portion of the customary lands of the SML area, will not be available for mining purposes beyond 2019.



Senators citizenship statements "IndyWatch Feed National"

Citizenship Register Senators A - F | Senators G - L | Senators M - R | Senators S - Z Abetz, Senator the Hon Eric Senator for Tasmania Last updated 30 November 2017 Anning, Senator Fraser Senator for Queensland Last updated 23 November 2017 Bartlett, Senator Andrew...


"America's Descent to Depravity" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"America's Descent to Depravity"
by Prof. John Kozy

"I suspect that most people would like to believe that societies, no matter how base their origins, become better over time. Unfortunately history belies this notion; societies have often grown worse over time. The United States of America is no exception. It was not benign at its origin and has now descended to a region of depravity seldom matched by even the worst nations of history.

Although it is impossible to find hard numbers to prove that morality in America has declined, anecdotal evidence is everywhere to be seen. Almost everyone can cite situations in which the welfare of people was sacrificed for the sake of public or private institutions, but it seems impossible to cite a single instance of a public or private institution's having been sacrificed for the sake of people. If morality has to do with how people are dealt with, one can legitimately ask where morality plays a role in what happens in America? The answer seems to be, "Nowhere!" So what has happened in America to account for the current epidemic of claims that morality in America has collapsed? Well the culture has changed drastically in the last half century, that's what.

Once upon a time in America, the American character was defined in terms of what was called the Protestant Ethic. The sociologist, Max Weber, attributed Capitalism's success to it. Unfortunately Max was lax; he got it wrong, completely wrong. Capitalism and the Protestant ethic are inconsistent with each other. Neither can have been responsible for the other.

The Protestant (or Puritan) ethic is based upon the notion that hard work and frugality are two important consequences of being one of Christianity's elect. If a person is hard working and frugal, s/he is considered to be one of the elect. Those beneficent attributes, it was believed, made Americans a more industrious people than people else...


Same-sex marriage: Tim Wilson proposes to his partner after bill introduced to House of Representatives "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is a sad day for Australia.

We live in days like Sodom and Gomorrah.


ABC News Australia

Same-sex marriage: Tim Wilson proposes to his partner after bill introduced to House of Representatives

4 December 2017

Liberal MP Tim Wilson has proposed to hislong-term partner Ryan Bolger in the House of Representatives, shortly after the same-sex marriage bill was introduced to the Lower House.

Mr Wilson has been engaged to the school teacher for nine years and reaffirmed his proposal during a speech on the issue.

Mr Bolger was present in the chamber for the proposal and said yes, prompting applause from all side of politics.

In my first speech I defined our bond by the ring that sits on both of our left hands, Mr Wilson said.

They are the answer to the question we cannot ask.

So theres only one thing left to do; Ryan Patrick Bolger, will you marry me?

Same-sex marriage legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives on Monday morning and is expected to pass easily after debate on proposed religious protection amendments.

The private members bill passed the Senate comfortably last week with all amendments rejected by the Opposition and some Liberal senators.



PERTH Dandenong drug court list "IndyWatch Feed National"

snip .

Dandenong drug court list .

December 03, 2017 at 01:19PM .

Dandenong (including Drug Court) Frankston: Geelong: The Perth Drug Court operates in the Perth Magistrates Court, and is aimed at breaking the .


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: australia, crime, perth


Provoking North Korea is no way to end the threat of war "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

North Korea has tasted yet another missile. The world does not want this to happen. Raising the heat threatens war. The Korean issue needs a lot more calming down and a lot less chest beating.

This will not happen so long as Washington keeps on provoking.

North Korea tested a Hwasong-15 missile on 30 November, after a two month moratorium on tests. Why a new test? The reason is that American military presence in the waters around the Korean Peninsula has been stepped up and Donald Trump and his associates have been shouting more loudly about taking military action. There has been a push to ramp up sanctions against the north Koreans.

This is a deliberate escalation of tensions. It is a dangerous strategy. North Korea will not be beaten into submission by this.

The small country has survived large scale military invasion, threats and sanctions for a very long time and learned that standing up for oneself is the best defence.

There is a cost unfortunately. Under constant threat, the country has not known anything other than being on a permanent war footing, society is always organised around the threat and resources are mobilised for the effort, instead of being devoted to other needs.

Tension can best be eased, by ensuring the best atmosphere to make this possible.  A lessening of tension would make the world a safer place.

North Korea needs to feel that it is not facing the prospect on a new invasion, or even that it is being economically squeezed. Although they will never be able to see eye to eye on many issues, the relationship between the two sides needs to be normalised as much as possible.

The way for this to happen is to achieve an agreement, where both sides pull away from the brink. Open negotiations and goodwill are needed sand they need to work towards generating trust and joint action towards the demilitarisation of the Korean Peninsula.

The United States must pull back from military threats, regime change comments and allow a normal trading environment.

North Korea must be convinced that the best option is to pull back from its missile program.

Those who do not accept that this is a viable alternative need to consider one thing. Is the ongoing militarisation and march towards war a better alternative?

We all need to remember that North Korea has not invaded anyone. It does not have troops and shapes stationed in the territories of other countries.

The post Provoking North Korea is no way to end the threat of war appeared first on The Pen.


Milo Has A Platform Because He Upholds The Status Quo, Which Speaks Volumes About Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The current tour of neo-nazi supporter Milo Yiannopoulous will give a lot of Australians pause for thought about our national values. Just not Australians who happen to work in commercial media, writes Michael Brull.

Milo Yiannopoulos has landed in Australia. An array of media platforms have been offered to him, such as Alan Joness radio show, a friendly appearance without any critics on Channel 7, continued friendly coverage in the Daily Mail, an interview on the Kyle and Jackie O show, and op ed space in the Australian.

There is no leftist in Australia who gets offered comparable platforms. When leftists do visit Australia, they are mostly ignored.

Right now, progressive Israeli journalist Gideon Levy is on a speaking tour of Australia. Unless you showed up to his events, you probably missed his few radio appearances, or the intensely hostile questions from this clueless ABC interviewer on Lateline.

Certainly, no-one invited him on commercial television. On the rare occasions leftists are allowed on television, they are balanced by people who will drown them out with conventional wisdom.

Israeli author and activist Gideon Levy, appearing on ABC's Lateline program recently.Israeli author and activist Gideon Levy, appearing on ABCs Lateline program recently.

The reason is pretty straightforward. Leftist ideas threaten people with power and money. Jeremy Corbyn just released an ad announcing he was a threat to Morgan Stanley, one of the biggest and most powerful investment banks in the world. People who challenge entrenched power and major institutions like Corbyn are constantly reviled by the corporate media.

Being politically incorrect? Who does that scare? It is true that that sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia and so on are generally regarded as bad things in a way that they werent always (though as the list progresses, they gather less public sympathy). However, these things dont just refer to private opinions. They also refer to institutionalised discrimination and oppression.

Aboriginal people live over a decade less than other Australians, are massively over-represented in the criminal justice system, and suffer from various other forms of socio-economic disadvantage. One way to redress this inequality would be to return land to Aboriginal people. However, much of that land is occupied by mining companies, and large-scale farming interests. And so, mining companies fund...


ECQ staff at Mareeba office praised by candidate "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Lui claims Cook but the ALP is not yet over the line

Anxious candidates across the state are awaiting the final counting of postal and absentee votes as ECQ staff work overtime to sort through the backlog.

One Nation, KAP and the LNP are waiting for the final tally to determine how many seats the ALP will have to form a majority.

The ALP has claimed the contentious seat of Cook stretching from Mareeba in the south to the PNG border in the north, however One Nation sources say the counting will not finish until Tuesday night when the final postal votes are counted.

ALP candidate Cunthia Luis claim on the seat of Cook is premature with One Nation getting close.

The final postal and absentee numbers will have an impact on preference flows to the One Nation candidate Jen Sackley, who seems set to overtake the lead of the Labor candidate Cynthia Lui.

KAP candidate Gordon Rasmussen said either his preferences or those from the LNP would help One Nation get across the line.

The staff at the Mareeba ECQ office have been outstanding with the counting and very helpful to scrutineers and I thank them for their great effort, said Mr Ra...


SDF Defector Spills Still More Beans! Kurds & ISIS Exploiting Syria's Oil Resources "IndyWatch Feed National"

We're going to stroll back down memory lane. November 2015 to be exact. To a post which had lots and lots of reads at the time I published it. A good amount of comments too! Of course, that was before Google started it's heavy handed censorship of my blog

Yes, I did the research all on my own. I didn't ask Google the answer. I dug all the information up myself, from reputable sources.  Rather then relying on riding the bandwagon as sooooo many others did. The 5 eyes bandwagon, that is. Opting instead for due dilligence

 The links included as 5 eyes mouthpieces are not ones found at my blog- Nor do I recommend them. Just an fyi. If they're not here, in my opinion, it's for very good reasons.

When there is no evidence careful perception management can absolutely trump reality! Contrary to all the obfuscating media. Alt and 5 eyes. Erdogan was NOT in cahoots with ISIS. It was the KurdIShIS puppets, in tandem with their stringpuller in UK/USrael. A straight forward case was put forward regarding that back in 2015

Carving Turkey After a NATO Roasting- Claims vs Reality 

From the relinked post- which was long with lots of external links 

 Claim: Turkey is shipping ISIS oil

Reality- Britain is facilitating ISIS oil sales
Reality: Pipelines that transit through Turkey are being used, but, this does not imply implicit  knowledge by the Turkish state.
Reality- The Kurds are also transiting oil through Turkeys Ceyhan pipeline 


Trump supporter treated for injuries after being viciously attacked by Antifa group in Boston "IndyWatch Feed National"

Matthias Thorpe, a co-organizer for the Boston free speech rallies, was brutally attacked by a mob of Antifa on Friday evening - resulting in multiple fractures in his face. Thorpe, 28, and a few friends had attended a discussion about Antifa featuring Mark Bray, the author of the Anti-Fascist Handbook at the Harvard Coop. He stated that they had not attended with intentions to shut down the event or disrupt it, but did ask meaningful questions about the implications of communism - such as asking if fascism that killed six million people is worse than communist fascism which has killed approximately 100 million people. "He never answered my question, but people in the crowd recognized me because my picture was on one of the Antifa websites," Thorpe told Gateway Pundit. The group was eventually thrown out of the event as they lightly trolled towards the end, chanting "Trump" and "build the wall." Once outside, Thorpe said that he and his friends stuck around to attempt to have discussions with others who had attended. He stated that he had a few interesting interactions and everything was going reasonably well.


Not recommended: STOLEN WORDS by Melanie Florence "IndyWatch Feed National"

I picked up Melanie Florence's Stolen Words with a bit of trepidation because her previous picture book, Missing Nimama, was so troubling. It, and her novel, The Missing, felt off.

At the time, I couldn't put my finger on why her books were unsettling. Some time after reading the two books, there was a writing contest in Canada. Florence supplied the prompt for it. When I read the prompt, I understood why I had so much trouble with those two books. Rather than holding people with care, she seemed to be using people who had been through traumatic loss as subjects for her writing. Some might say that she's a good writer and that she writes in compelling ways, but rather than moved, I felt manipulated.

With that as background, I am here today with my thoughts on Stolen Words. 


Imagine. That's what writers do. They imagine a place, a time, and the people of that place and time.

It is very hard to do well, especially when the writer is crossing into a place and time that is not their own, where every word they write is drawn from that imagining.

On her website, Melanie Florence writes that she's Cree/Scottish. She also writes that she never had the chance to talk with her grandfather about his Cree heritage and that Stolen Words is about a relationship she imagines she had been able to have with him. In other words, she didn't grow up as a Cree person. She didn't grow up in a Cree community. Without a tangible connection to Cree people, the risk that we have a story that is more like something a Scottish person would write, is very high.

Stolen Words opens with a seven-year-old girl skipping and dancing on her way home from school. She is holding a dream catcher that "she had made from odds and ends. Bits of strings. Plastic beads. And brightly colored feathers." Apparently that was a craft project at school. Why, I wonder, were they making dream catchers at school?

As she walks home with her grandfather, she asks him how to say grandfather in Cree. He doesn't remember how to say it, he tells her, sadly. "I lost my words" he says. She asks "how do you lose words" to which he replies that "they took them away." Her subsequent questions build on the answer...


Milo Yiannopoulous: The Forces Are Lining Up Against The Gay, Jewish Lover Of Blacks "IndyWatch Feed National"

He claims to hate identity politics, but curiously, British-American blogger/activist/comedian/hate-speech promoter Milo Yiannopoulos is the first to retreat to it when he feels threatened.

Unarguably his most uttered public phrase (apart from repeatedly describing himself, loosely, as the greatest, most significant everything in the known universe) is to argue that he cant possibly be a fascist or a racist, because hes gay and Jewish and his boyfriend is black.

Go to any Milo video on Youtube, and you wont have to wait long for Yiannopoluos a man who earlier this year promoted paedophilia to play the identity politics card. We randomly selected this video he lasts just two minutes and 17 seconds before trotting out his well worn Im not racist because line.

Spectacular hypocrisy aside, turns out the Jews in particular arent real keen on Milo peddling his religious heritage every time he opens his mouth.

Jewish antifascist group Jews Against Fascism have announced this morning theyre planning to join with other antifascist and antiracist groups to demonstrate Yiannopolous Australian appearance (in Melbourne) tonight. The protest is being coordinated by the Campaign Against Racism And Fascism (CARF).

Heres JAFs media statement, which leaves no-one in any doubt what they think of Yiannopoulos special brand of bigotry:

Dr. Jordana Silverstein, spokesperson for Jews Against Fascism said Milo claims that his Jewish ancestry means he cant be an antisemite or a Nazi sympathiser. We call bullshit on this.

Milo, who is a practicing Catholic, has very well documented links with neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups and individuals. This includes him being apparently quite happy to have Richard Spencer sieg heiling his karaoke performance.

Milos Australian tour has nothing to do with free speech and everything to do with building support for racism, misogyny and fascist ideology. In a situation where Aboriginal people and asylum seekers face the full brunt of Australian racism every day, Milo only adds more fuel to the fire.

Max Kaiser, Jews Against Fascism spokesperson said Milo has proven how dangerous he is by saying all Australian Muslims should be deported. We find nothing funny, transgressive or edgy here. We find instead a pusher of very serious and threatening ideas that Jewish people know about all too well.

We stand in so...


Victory in sight on Adani, but Aurizon still a threat "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

After years of campaigning, it finally looks as if the Adani mine-rail-port proposal in the Galilee Basin has been defeated. A week after the Palaszczuk government was re-elected on a promise to veto funding from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, the two biggest Chinese banks have announced that they will not be lending to the project either.

The election outcome is particularly striking. Premier Palaszczuk executed a rather inelegant backflip on this question after it became apparent that her weak pro-Adani position was politically untenable (I hope my column on the subject may have had some small influence there). My expectation (widely shared, I think) was that this would cost the government seats in Townsville and Rockhampton, where the local governments had committed millions of dollars to be nominated as FIFO hubs. In fact Labor held all these seats, with the possible exception of Townsville, still in doubt. Meanwhile, the LNP proposal for a coal-fired power station gained them nothing in North Queensland and cost votes in the South-East. With the election over, Adanis political leverage in Queensland is now non-existent.

The Chinese banking decision also welcome. Although China is rapidly moving away from coal in its domestic economy, the Chinese export finance machine is still pushing coal projects around the world, as long as they use Chinese equipment and expertise. Perhaps this announcement is part of a broader change, or perhaps the Carmichael mine project is too much of a dog even for pro-coal lenders.

Theres still one cloud on the horizon (trying to work out a pun on Aurizon here, but failing). The former QR has a competing proposal before the NAIF, seeking funding for its own rail line connecting Abbot Point and the Galilee Basin. This is a revival of a project put forward in partnership with GVK Hancock, which owns three prospective mine sites: Alpha, Alpha West and Kevins Corner. Aurizon abandoned the project in 2016, but revived it to the point of a proposal to the NAIF.

The Aurizon proposal would involve the public lending money to an Australian company with substantial assets. On the other hand, the GVK coal mine project makes Adanis Carmichael look like a great investment. GVK defaulted on half of the purchase price owed to Gina Rineharts Hancock Prospecting and remains massively in debt, with heavy accumulated losses and with the banks declaring the companys debt as non-performing. The companys namesake and founder GVK Reddy, h...


Not Recommended: THE METROPOLITANS by Carol Goodman "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Carol Goodman's The Metropolitans, published in 2017 by Penguin, includes a Mohawk character. I do not recommend her book. Here's the description:
The day Japan bombs Pearl Harbor, four thirteen-year-olds converge at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where an eccentric curator is seeking four uncommonly brave souls to track down the hidden pages of the Kelmsbury Manuscript, an ancient book of Arthurian legends that lies scattered within the museum's collection, and that holds the key to preventing a second attack on American soil.  
When Madge, Joe, Kiku, and Walt agree to help, they have no idea that the Kelmsbury is already working its magic on them. But they begin to develop extraordinary powers and experience the feelings of King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, Morgan le Fay, and Lancelot: courage, friendship, love...and betrayal.  Are they playing out a legend that's already been lived, over and over, across the ages?  Or can the Metropolitans forge their own story?
As the description indicates, the setting for this story is 1941, on the day when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. There are four main characters. Joe is Mohawk, Kiku is Japanese American, Walt is a Jewish boy whose parents sent him to London from Germany, and Madge is White. The focus of my review is Joe.

Meet Joe

When the story kicks off, Joe has run away from the Mohawk Institute, a residential boarding school in Canada that students called the Mush Hole because of the food they were given there (more on residential schools, below). He's been in Manhattan a few days trying to find his older brother, Billie, who is a steelworker. Goodman gives a physical description of him as having "dark hair, and eyes the color of burnished copper. His skin was a lighter copper except where it was smudged with dirt on his sharp cheekbones" (p. 18). He's tall and apparently muscular enough that he's the one who is seen as the one that can get into physical fights when necessary. He speaks with a lisp and we learn that his special power will be...


Why Are You Asking Google Questions? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Can't you think for yourself ? Do your own research? Are you lazy?
Shouldn't you think about what is right for yourself
 Mass dumbing down? You got it!
Big article so just a bit of it is below


An Answer for Everything
Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., handles almost all internet searches. Featured snippets appear on about 40% of results for searches formed as questions, according to a July study completed for The Wall Street Journal by search-data firm SEMrush.
Google is increasingly elevating a single search result for many questions and giving it the appearance of a definitive answer. Sometimes the information is controversial, misleading or just bizarre.
Because Googles algorithm seeks answers that closely match users questions, its responses often reflect how a question is framed. That can lead to different answers to similar questions, and contribute to confirming biases.

A recent search for Is milk good for you? yielded an answer from a health site saying, Milk can be good for the bones because it provides vitamin D and calcium.
A separate search for Is milk bad for you featured an answer saying, Calcium from animal milk is not absorbed as well as that from plant-based sources, and it can be accompanied by a number of dangerous health problems. That came from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a group that advocates against any consumption of animal products.



Mining industry blames govt for landowner dissatisfaction "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Chamber of Mines and Petroleum is pointing the finger at the government for landowner dissatisfaction with resource extraction projects, but industry is just as culpable!

Foreign mining companies should not proceed without the prior informed consent of landowners and it is company operations that cause all the environmental and social issues

Constant coverage on LO issues concerns chamber

Cedric Patjole | Loop PNG | December 3, 2017

Constant media coverage on outstanding landowner commitments made by the Government can be detrimental to investment in the mineral and petroleum sectors.

President of the PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, Gerea Aopi, said this during the recent 2017 Mining and Petroleum Conference in Port Moresby.

Aopi said there were currently very positive signs for the mineral, petroleum and LNG sector. However, further investmen...


Money is a Claim on Resources "IndyWatch Feed National"

Peruvian Gold Mining Rush (photo

by Greg Buck

Following up the recent series on China, credit, and why it matters, I think a primer on money would be in order for a lot of readers. Unfortunately, most people have an antiquated idea of what money is and how it works, and this makes it very difficult to understand the danger of too much credit.

Most people still cling to the notion that money is a lubricant, facilitating transactions in an economy, and that it is a store of value because it can be saved and then spent later. Well, money is these things, but the problem is that it is so much more than this. The most...


GM News "IndyWatch Feed National"

Greens MP Mark Parnell's bill to extend the moratorium on growing GM crops in South Australia until 2025 has passed the Upper House. It is expected to pass the Lower House. Jay Weatherill's Labour Government is supportive of the ban. It creates a significant price premium for our states farmers compared to GM crops grown in other states and consumers benefit too.

Farmers in the US are suing Monsanto, the patent owner of most GM crops and the creator of Roundup. They claim to have developed cancer due to using the weedkiller. The court case is revealing internal Monsanto documents showing how they ghost write science, have paid scientists to promote their interests while appearing to be independent, are sabotaging regulation and are creating attacks on independent scientists and bodies who show their product causes harm.

Existing GM crops have failed but new GM techniques have been developed including gene editing or CRISPR. Three reviews into regulation are currently underway in Australia. The industry wants full deregulation meaning GM microbes, plants, animals, fish, trees and humans would require no oversight, pre-market testing, labelling or monitoring. The reviews are taking place over summer and it is essential that these techniques are regulated.

Join Friends of the Earth and help regulate new GM techniques on animals, plants, humans, crops, trees and microbes. 

Three reviews on GM technologies in Australia will have huge effects on our food, health and environment:
  • Forums on the Review of the national Gene Tech Scheme are in Sydney and Adelaide this week and other capital cities later. Register here. This review has the potential to: remove the ability for States to have GM Moratoriums, remove GM labelling requirements, avoid any pre...


Food Sovereignty Convergence Report "IndyWatch Feed National"

 Words by Courtney Young and photos by Penny Kothe

Close to 100 people came together for the Inaugural Food Sovereignty Convergence held in Canberra at the Burringiri Culture Centre, 23rd and 24th October 2017. Hosted by the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) and facilitated by Maia Sauren, Serenity Hill and Robert Pekin, the Convergence was a ground breaking couple of days full of discussion, strategizing and, of course, food!Food Sovereignty is our right, as people, to democratically determine our own food and agriculture systems and to access healthy and culturally appropriate food. The Food Sovereignty Convergence provided a space for the movement to come together in solidarity and map out a food sovereign future for Australia.

The Convergence kicked off with a discussion on the international Food Sovereignty movement, led by Tammi Jonas, President of AFSA, and Fran Murrell, co-founder of MADGE Inc. (Mothers Are Demystifying Genetic Engineering but also Mothers Advocating Deliciously Good Eating). Tammi spoke about the peasant led movement, La Via Campesina, of which AFSA is a member of, and the impact that they are having, particularly through their work with the UN, on protecting the rights of peasants, small-scale farmers, indigenous peoples, women farmers, youth, landless workers and fisher folk. Fran spoke about the power of Civil Society Organisations in speaking up against the transnational, corporate regime pushing Genetically Modified Organisms in our food system.

Following this international context, Ngarigu woman, Ellen Mundy, spoke about her connection to country. With input from other First Nations people in the room, Tony Boye joined Ellen to speak about the importance of connecting with Traditional Owners, building respectful relationships and understanding their songlines and stories. This set the scene for the discussions to come, highlighting the need for a registry or first steps page on the AFSA website to encourage land owners...


The Eureka Stockade left us a legacy to live by and fight for "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Sunday 3 December marked the anniversary of the Eureka Stockade rebellion in the Victorian gold fields at Ballarat.

The diggers had risen against the mining licence fee and the brutality of the troopers. But it was also about much more than this. Theirs was a battle for freedom from rule by a privileged few. The Australian colonies, especially Victoria, were then under the tight grip of a newly emerged landed gentry (the Squattocracy), operating in alliance with the colonial administration. Eureka was a battle for equality and freedom from the power of the privileged.

Much of the population that had flooded in to search for gold and those who had grown up in the colonies had little taste for the rigid class system of Europe. There were strong democratic and republican strands to the rebellion. These aspects and the preparedness to stand together in common cause were symbolised in the Southern Cross flag that was raised in the stockade. The symbol continues to play this role today.

The troopers struck in 1854 at 6.20 am, 163 years ago. Defenders of the stockade were killed accused leaders caught and still alive were put on trial. The population stood on the side of the defendants. Melbourne, where the trials were held, witnessed most of its population rally in front of the court. The prospect of massive and armed rebellion was on the cards. The authorities were ultimately forced to back down.

A new sense of what it is to be  Australian began to form. The ensuing political wave brought about the end of property qualifications to vote. The leader of the Eureka Rebellion was elected into the Victorian parliament and became the premier. The wave kept on and was at the centre of the movement to self-government in the early Twentieth Century.

Two contradictory traditions have come to play over the years. One is the narrowness and xenophobic view of the world that stems from that section of society that ordered the attack on the Eureka stockade. The other is the alternative that was forged by the defenders of the stockade.

The Eureka rebellion was instrumental in rise of a new radicalism. It influenced the rise of the trade union movement. After the gold rush, most of the diggers sought jobs in the new industries that were springing up. The new workforce brought its sen...


Karkar Islanders against seabed mining: Leader "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Brian Kramer at the event at UPNG

Jemimah Sukbat  | Loop PNG | December 2, 2017

Karkar Island has joined New Guinea Islanders in the fight against seabed mining.

This was the message from senior statesman Sir Arnold Amet.

His message was relayed by Member for Madang Brian Kramer at the School of Natural and Physical Sciences forum at UPNGs main lecture theatre recently.

Kramer, who was just there as an observer, relayed Sir Arnolds written speech as he was unable to attend the forum.

Sir Arnold says the Karkar Island, where he comes from, is located in the western part of the Bismarck Sea. Therefore, he and the islanders are pledging their support in the stand against the development of seabed mining.

He said the project will be the worlds first deep sea mine operation and a high level of uncertainty surrounds it.

Furthermore, the mine is sit...


Attention All Writers! - The NZ Society of Authors Mentor Programme 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 Apply now to be mentored by an established writer, poet, playwright or graphic novelist.


The NZ Society of Authors Mentor Programme 2018 seeks applications from writers and comic/graphic novelists looking for professional development and a safe space to discuss and develop their writing; and work within an intellectual community with role models in a framework of accountability and substantive feedback.

The writers and creators who gained mentorships in 2017 polished and refined their skills under talented mentors such as award-winning writer Mandy Hager, freelance publishing consultant, editor and manuscript assessor Geoff Walker and NZ comic creator Michel MulipolaThe NZSA Mentor Programme has an impressive
group of writing and comic / graphic novel mentors listed for 2018.

This year, as part of our commitment to Creative New Zealand, we have again tagged 3 mentorships for emerging writers identifying as Maori, Pasifika, and Asian. There are 18 mentorships available in 2018 in total.

The NZSA Mentor Programme is open for applications from 1 December 2017 until  4pm, 1 February 2018. Click here to find out terms and conditions and how to 


PM predicts 2019 win after Joyce victory "IndyWatch Feed National"

Deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce. AAP Image/Dan Peled

Malcolm Turnbull is milking Barnaby Joyces landslide by-election win for all its worth after weeks, if not months, of calamity and chaos that has dogged his coalition government and prime ministership.

I have every confidence that I will lead the coalition to the next election in 2019 and we will win it, the prime minister boasted on Sky News on Sunday.

And that would be the result of no preference deals with One Nation, full stop.

He said unlike opinion polls, which have the government trailing Labor by a 10-point margin, the New England by-election on Saturday was a real poll.

The huge result comes as the final Ipsos-Fairfax poll for 2017 revealed nearly three quarters of Australians wanted an end to leadership instability.

The poll found 71 per cent of voters think elected prime ministers should govern for a full term rather than be dumped before an election.

For coalition voters support allowing a sitting prime minister to serve a full-term jumped to 80 per cent.

Mr Joyce enjoyed a primary vote of 64 per cent in a they by-election that was called after he was found to be a dual-citizen by the High Court.

The Nationals leader described it as a spectacular win.

Its a little bit awe-inspiring, he told ABC television.Mr Turnbull has conjured up a new catch-phrase with the return of his deputy prime minister: The band is back together.

But senior Labor frontbencher Tony Burke described it as more Milli Vanilli than Cold Chisel.

Its a band where youve had other people singing the lyrics for years, he quipped to reporters in Sydney.

He said the only message prime minister seems to have heard is that he thinks he is doing really well.

I suspect his backbench will give him a very different message when they are all in Canberra tomorrow.

Former Liberal leader John Hewson said the election result was a nice piece of good news for Mr Turnbull after a pretty rough period.

But theres a long way to go in terms of rebuilding a sense of u...


Argentina bans community groups from World Trade Organisation Meeting, despite their being approved by the WTO "IndyWatch Feed National"

Media Release, December 1, 2017

Argentina bans community groups from World Trade Organisation Meeting, despite their being approved by the WTO

Groups Call on Argentine Government to Rescind its decision, and call on WTO Director General Roberto Azevdo and the General Council not to hold the Meeting in Argentina unless decision is reversed

In an unprecedented action, the Argentine government has revoked the accreditation of 63 civil society experts trade unionists, development advocates, digital rights activists, environmentalists, and others just days before the 11th Ministerial meeting of the WTO (MC11) in Buenos Aires, advising the WTO that the experts will not be allowed in the country to participate in the meeting. The majority of the rejected organizations work together through the global Our World Is Not for Sale (OWINFS) network.

Banning organisations that have been accredited by the WTO is an unprecedented, draconian and illogical decision by the Argentinian government, Dr Patricia Ranald, AFTINET convener said today.

Many of these people and organisations have been attending WTO meetings for years, and are personally known to me. We have sent a letter to the Australian government urging them to advocate for the ban to be lifted. We have not yet received a response. The London Financial Times has called the Argentinian decision a blow to the WTO and a blot on the reputation of the Argentinian government. (See attached Financial Times story).

Civil society delegates from the following countries and organizations, many of whom have attended multiple WTO Ministerial meetings in the past, were sent a note from the WTO Secretariat on November 29 notifying them that the Argentine government had denied the accreditation already issued by the WTO: Argentina (Instituto del Mundo del Trabajo, Fundacin Grupo Efecto Positivo, and Sociedad de Economa Crtica), Belgium (11.11.11), Brazil (Brazilian Network for Peoples Integration, REBRIP), Chile (Derechos Digitales), Finland (Siemenpuu), Indonesia (Institute for National and Democracy Studies), Netherlands (Transnational Institute), the Philippines (People Over Profit) and the UK (Global Justice Now!), as well as international organizations including UNI global union (based in Switzerland) and UNI Americas (based in Uruguay) and Friends of the Earth International. A full list is available upon requ...

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