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Thursday, 07 December

00:38

MILO SHAKEN BUT NOT STIRRED! Why Hate Incitement is Australias easiest gig "IndyWatch Feed National"

True Crime News Weekly was on the ground in both Melbourne and Sydney for the violence that greeted alt-right British-American blogger, Milo Yiannopoulos, during his speaking tour events in Australia this week.

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Wednesday, 06 December

23:57

PERTH Karl OCallaghan slams Claremont one-punch sentence "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Karl OCallaghan slams Claremont one-punch sentence .

December 06, 2017 at 06:48PM .

Karl OCallaghan urged prosecutors to appeal the 12-month suspended jail sentence handed to convicted thug Dylan Robert Thomas on Tuesday. Thomas smiled and took selfies as he exited Perth Magistrates Court, having been handed a 12-month suspended jail term for the early morning attacks in

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/crime/karl-ocallaghan-slams-claremont-one-punch-sentence-ng-b88683341z&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFQeMY0KjeS9vBDapLcES5_HiCMsg

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PERTH Evade Police Arrest at Perth, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Evade Police Arrest at Perth, WA .

December 06, 2017 at 09:03AM .

A woman is facing the Perth Magistrates Court this morning following an evade police incident yesterday afternoon, Tuesday 5 December 2017. About 2pm, a silver Mazda sedan was stolen from an address in Balcatta. About 3.50pm, officers sighted the stolen Mazda on Hardey Road near Great Eastern

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.miragenews.com/evade-police-arrest-at-perth-wa/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHGkRlWC724twrckfKyLbbzn7DBgg

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23:57

PERTH Glendalough woman charged after police car chase "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Glendalough woman charged after police car chase .

December 06, 2017 at 08:52AM .

A 29-year-old woman is facing Perth Magistrates Court this morning after an alleged police chase through several suburbs and damage to a number of cars. Police allege the Glendalough woman stole a silver Mazda sedan from Balcatta at 2pm yesterday afternoon. Officers spotted the car at 3.50pm

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.communitynews.com.au/stirling-times/news/glendalough-woman-charged-after-police-car-chase&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHyS0BW_gjRS5du7YBW2BLjdRlAqw

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23:57

PERTH Woman charged over wild car chase which ended in Perth CBD "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Woman charged over wild car chase which ended in Perth CBD .

December 06, 2017 at 09:26AM .

Glendalough has been charged with a range of offences including steal motor vehicle and drive recklessly, no authority to drive, reckless driving to escape pursuit by police and possession of stolen or unlawfully obtained property. The woman will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/woman-charged-over-wild-car-chase-which-ended-in-perth-cbd-20171205-gzzl74.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHU-gEv4XCxEh9FUDVqircajtYjCw

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21:46

Victoria Police concealing criminal activity can be charged? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Men and women within Victoria Police have admitted to concealing, covering up or rather not reporting criminal activity within the force.


People should comprehend that criminal activity causes harm to the man or woman or more specifically their legal entity their 'person'.

Police who conceal / coverup / do not report criminal activity are not in honour where they are also causing harm to the community and in breach of the very community 'standards' they are apparently supposed to uphold.

Aiding and abetting as it is known is against the law, in particular the Crimes Act 1958.

Does this Act also apply to the police?

Show us a 'lawful' Act / clause / exemption that excludes police from the Crimes Act of 1958.

The 'problem' is much greater than described by mainstream media, and admitted to by the police, as don't forget the so called statistics are according to their honest(?) response.

See article from 5 Dec 2017 by theguardian.com of the headline:

One in five Victoria police say reporting corruption could cost their job



One respondent in anti-graft commission survey describes a fear of retribution, while another asks is this career-ending?

One in five Victoria police employees say they would not report corruption even if they witnessed it and another one in five said they feared losing their job if they reported corruption, according to a report released on Tuesday.

The...

21:04

Archbishop Philip Wilson alleged to have paid hush money "IndyWatch Feed National"

The significance of this case is that Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson is the highest ranking Roman Catholic in the world to be charged with pedophile protection crimes.

Australian Cardinal George Pell, the second-equal Roman Catholic in the world as Head of Vatican Finances, has been charged with actual pedophile crimes. He could readily have been charged with pedophile protection crimes, but Victorian police opted to charge him with the far more serious crimes of multiple child sex offences.

It has been a great effort to get Archbishop Philip Wilson into court, and he has tried every trick in the book in the past few years to try to avoid standing trial.

The Australian

Archbishop Philip Wilson alleged to have paid hush money

undefinedCatholic Archbishop Philip Wilson will face trial in Newcastle over allegedly covering up sexual abuse. Picture: Bianca De Marchi

20:47

PM ONeill Highlights PNG APEC Business Opportunities in China "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Peter ONeill , has invited leading business leaders from China to join with other global leading business leaders at the APEC 2018 CEO Summit in Port Moresby next year.

Speaking alongside the Prime Minister of Canada, the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, and Vice Premier of China, H.E. Wang Yang, at the Fortune 500 Global Forum in Guangzhou, China, this morning, the Prime Minister also promoted that key elements of the APEC 2018 agenda.
Logistics and security preparations are underway for Papua New Guinea to receive the 15,000 delegates and businesspeople, as well as world leaders, who will attend APEC events next year, the Prime Minister said.
The first meeting of APEC 2018 actually began today in Port Moresby with the Informal Senior Officials Meeting, and I am advised that it is proceeding well.

The 2018 APEC policy agenda is also evolving and has a focus on inclusion and the digital economy, which is important for people in all countries.
The digital future, and the opportunities that are before us, are beyond anything we could have imagined just a generation ago.
But access to these technologies must be inclusive.
We need to make sure people right around our countries can have access to the Internet, online services and banking, particularly in remote and rural areas.
We must endeavour to leave no-one behind, to be inclusive and share opportunity, and this is the focus of APEC work on these issues.
As we continue to open our economies to increased trade and people-to-people contact, we there is a lot to be gained.
In his address, and in a subsequent bilateral meeting with Vice Premier Wang, the Prime Minister highlighted the business opportunities that are evolving in Papua New Guinea for global investors.
Papua New Guinea is not a country that will stand-by and wait for investment to come to us.
We are proactive, and engage with partners around the world to highlight the opportunity that our economy offers.
As Chair of APEC 2018, Papua New Guinea will be inviting thousands of senior business people to take part in APEC activities throughout the year, and this will provide and opportunity for them to see first-hand the economic potential of our country.
images: Papua New Guineas Prime Minister, Peter ONeill, with Chinas Vice Premier, Wang Yang, and Canadas Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, at the Fortune Global Forum today in Guangz...

20:29

Andrew Robb A Perfect Example of Feasting at the Political Trough "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L to R) Andrew Robb, Adam Giles and Josh Frydenberg after The Northern Australia Investment Forum in Darwin

by Dee McLachlan

Imagine what our forefathers would have said if you told them the Minister of Trade facilitated the sale of an Australian port (Darwin) to a Chinese owned company (China) and then quickly retired to work for them. Well that is kind of what has happened, except that, the Minister doesnt have to do any work. And hell be getting at least three times what he was earning in Canberra for what?

This simply doesnt pass the smell test.

I wonder what the average Australian picker or packer earning around $26 an hour (before tax) thinks of Andrew Robbs generous deal. It has been revealed that the terms of his consulting deal with Landbridge are vague and ill-defined, yet Mr Robb gets paid $880,000 a year even if he does nothing.  Maybe this is normal in the higher echelons of the global corporate business world. 

Trough Feeders

The former Minister of Trade, Andrew Robb, has to be the poster boy of the PTF the Political Trough Feeders. What a prime example of...

20:09

Australia - Fluoride supporters and opponents reach out to Gunnedah Shire Council ahead of final decision "IndyWatch Feed National"


OPPONENTS: Members of the 'It's OK to Say NO to fluoride in Gunnedah's Water' Facebook group that are against water fluoridiation. Photo: Billy Jupp
OPPONENTS: Members of the 'It's OK to Say NO to fluoride in Gunnedah's Water' Facebook group that are against water fluoridiation. Photo: Billy Jupp
SUPPORTERS on both sides of the Gunnedah water fluoridation debate are putting their case forward to Gunnedah Shire Council (GSC) ahead of the December meeting.
It was resolved at the October ordinary council meeting that NSW Health would canvas local opinion regarding water fluoridation through mail drops and a feedback website. Following the October meeting, a Fairfax Media poll revealed more than 64 per cent of voters are against adding fluoride to the water supply. Of the 355 votes cast, 228 were against adding fluoride to the water supply, while 112 voters are in favor of water fluoridation. 
A coalition of 13 leading health org...

19:54

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) B737/E-7A Wedgetail A30-001 Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Tuesday 5 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-001 was photographed by local plane spotter Kayanne H soon after it had completed a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.





A30-001 had earlier completed airwork South of Rockhampton before flying up and completing the missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.  It then departed towards the North, possibly to Townsville.  A30-001 was heard using the radio callsign on "Wedgetail 03".

Sincere thanks Kayanne H who was at the right place at the right time to capture these photos!

All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman 

19:48

Aeromil Pacific / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna Citation Bizjet VH-SPJ at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) and Rockhampton Airports "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport on Wednesday 6 December was Aeromil Pacific / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna Citation bizjet VH-SPJ.  It arrived from Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport where it arrived on Tuesday 5 December from Cairns.


The sleek Citation is back in CQ after passing through Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) and Emerald Airports while heading North to Cairns.

After a short time on the ground, VH-SPJ was noted departing Rocky for Bankstown.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday 5 December, Avcair (Norris Aviation) LearJet 60 bizjet VH-XPN touched down at Gladstone Airport for a very short period of time possibly on a training flight.  It looked to fly up from and then return to its Brisbane base.

Finally, also on Wednesday 6 December, the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU was back in CQ possibly operating their three-times-a-week prisoner transfer flights.  During a busy morning of flying, VH-PSU was noted visiting Rockhampton Airport, arriving from Cairns and Townsville, before later departing for Brisbane.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Kayanne H for taking the time to capture and send through this great photo of VH-SPJ!

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman 

19:42

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.

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19:31

Some Interesting Civil Helicopters Also Pass Through CQ Airports "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

As well as the recent military chopper action, some interesting civil helicopter have also been noted passing through Central Queensland Airports heading to various parts seemingly on ferry flights.

On Saturday 2 December, Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia (formerly Australian Helicopter) Bell 412EP VH-PXY looked to ferry from Coffs Harbour in New South Wales to Mackay Airport at the completion of planned maintenance.  It flew North via fuel stops at Bundaberg and Rockhampton Airports before finishing the day at Mackay.  On Sunday 3 December, VH-PXY continued to ferry North, this time departing Mackay Airport for Townsville, Cairns, Coen and Horn Island.

As previously mentioned, VH-PXY has been operating out of Horn Island in Far North Queensland as Rescue 700 - as pictured below.  VH-PXY had ferried South from Horn Island to Coffs Harbour via Mackay, Gladstone and Gold Coast Airports in late August.

Ryan Hothersall / https://www.flickr.com/


Of interest, fellow Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia Bell 412EP VH-VAU replaced VH-PXY operating out of Horn Island as "Rescue 700" for a period of time but has since returned to Rockhampton Airport to operate for the locally-based Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS).

Meanwhile, spotted on the ground at Mackay Airport early on Saturday 2 December was Eurocopter BO105 DBS-4 helicopter VH-JKX of Flying Wombats Australia / Skyline Aviation of New South Wales.  It had flown into Mackay Airport from the South via Rockhampton Airport the previous day and was later noted flying into Cairns from Townsville on Saturday 2 December.

18:23

Cambodias Sam Rainsy to be charged over treasonous call to soldiers: PM "IndyWatch Feed National"

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FILE PHOTO: Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy answers questions during an interview with Reuters at a hotel in metro Manila, Philippines June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco/File Photo Reuters

By Prak Chan Thul

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) Cambodias exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy has committed treason by inciting soldiers to defy orders, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Wednesday, and he will face new legal action over the comments.

The threat of more legal action against Sam Rainsy, who has lived in France since 2015 to avoid a series of convictions, comes weeks after a court dissolved his opposition party, removing any significant challenge to Hun Sen extending his decades-long rule in a general election next year.

The dissolution of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) has been condemned by the opposition, rights groups and some Western countries as the most serious blow to democracy since an international peace deal and U.N.-run elections in the early 1990s ended decades of war and genocide.

The United States has withdrawn an offer to help fund the election and the European Union has raised the possibility of withdrawing trade preferences.

Sam Rainsy, who stepped down as leader of the CNRP this year in what turned out to be a futile bid to forestall a ban on his party suggested in a video posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday that soldiers would not obey orders to shoot civilians. Around the world, at any time, armed forces dont obey orders given by dictators to kill people and we say that Hun Sen is not immortal, we must not protect Hun Sen, Sam Rainsy told supporters in Paris.

Hun Sen, who has held power for more than 32 years, a said the military would file a lawsuit in response.

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18:18

Islamic Republic of Iran has not approved Dastyari's renunciation. Why are Gallagher, Feeney et al in the High Court without Sam? "IndyWatch Feed National"

It's an obvious question. Other Senators and MPs are being referred to the High Court because they did not receive confirmation of their successful renunciation of British citizenship until after their nomination for election. Sam Dastyari has never received so much as acknowledgement of his application for renunciation - let...

17:49

Motion to refer 9 citizenship suspects to High Court tied on the floor of the House of Reps - Speaker gets casting vote, drum roll............. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Will he act independently? Will he act in the interests of the people to clear up any lingering doubts? Will he exercise his conscience? Nope. Chairman Mal gets The Speakers backing.

17:43

Dog Kennels in Cairns "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

G'day Again /r/Cairns!

I'm moving up to Cairns next week, and am in need of a good Dog Kennel. I've heard some varying reviews about the ones in Kuranda, I was wondering if I could get any advice from the community here?

Cheers!

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17:32

Stand with us to demand a future for those still stranded on Nauru and Manus "IndyWatch Feed National"

Four and a half years is a long time.

I think about all the things that have happened in my life in four and a half years. I think about all of the things that have happened in the world in four and half years.

And then I think about the innocent men on Manus, and the children and the families on Nauru.

They have spent every minute.  Of every hour. Of every one of those days. Trapped in limbo behind a fence.

Men have been shot and beaten. Women have been sexually assaulted and attacked. Children have been so traumatised that theyve needed urgent psychiatric care.

Nine innocent people have needlessly died at our Governments hands.

Please stand with us to demand a future for those still stranded on Nauru and Manus.

DONATE TODAY

Over the last few years we have managed to achieve real impact in an incredibly difficult context.

Ive travelled to Manus three times. Our advocacy has amplified the voices of the men trapped there, shining an international spotlight on both their torment and their humanity.

Our legal work - done in partnership with the best pro bono lawyers in the country has prevented 400 people from being sent back to an offshore detention regime specifically designed to break them  people who are now in freedom and safety in our community instead of languishing in danger on a remote island.

We are proud of the impact we have achieved. But its not enough.

We must not stop  we will not stop  until every single man, woman and child on Nauru and Manus finally gets the freedom and the safety that they deserve.

DONATE TODAY

This dark, painful chapter in our countrys history simply has to end. Whatever the question, deliberate cruelty to innocent people is never the answer.

So please support our work at this crucial time. The lives of 2000 men, women and children are on the line.  So too is our character as a nation.

We must be on the right side of history.

Daniel Webb
Director of Legal Advocacy
Human Rights Law Centre

P.S. There is a rising tide of global condemnation being directed at our Government's cruelty. Last month we were awarded the inaugural Global Pluralism Award. The award recognises the impact we have achieved, but it also recognises the gravity of the injustice we continue to fight against.


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17:29

Jura closed on Thursday 7 December "IndyWatch Feed National"

Date and Time: 
Thursday, December 7, 2017 -
12:00pm to 7:00pm

The Jura shopfront will be closed tomorrow, Thursday 7th of December as we'll be running a stall at the Historical Materialism Conference in Sydney. Hope to see you there! https://hmsydney.net/

16:53

Supreme Court Update and more "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi Everyone..

Sorry its been a while since the last update but with the Court case and participation in the No Nukes World Social Forum in Paris, France and the Cop23 meeting in Bonn, Germany it has been quite a busy time

The end of the year is now drawing near already and we are still waiting for a decision on the Supreme court case to stop the Yeelirrie uranium mine.

Hopefully in the new Year we will have a decision in favor of protecting Yeelirrie

This is an incredible undertaking by these three strong Tjiwarl women who are trying to protect important cultural heritage sites that are part of the Seven Sisters Dreaming songline.

Take a look at the video and make a donation here

For those of you in we are having an end to a massive year with a big party at Mojos

THE NUKECRACKER A PARTY TO KEEP WA URANIUM-FREE

Sunday 24 December| 4pm midnight | Mojos North Fremantle | an epic line-up of Perths best local acts

This Christmas Eve come party at Mojos Bar production of The Nukecracker* A party to keep WA uranium-free.  Come and celebrate the massive year of hard work, courage and resistance from WAs Traditional Owners, anti-nuclear activists and supporters.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1899035713458111/

The new year will be starting with a huge event as the Japanese Peace Boat arrives in Fremantle..

PEACE BOAT 96th VOYAGE COMING TO FREMANTLE 

Wednesday 24 Thursday 24 January 2018 | Fremantle Port | a massive 2 days of building a culture of peace around the world

We are excited to announce that this January Fremantle Port, City of Fremantle jointly with Mayors for Peace will host the Japanese Peace Boat on its 96th world voyage.  The Peace Boat carries out its main activities through a chartered passenger ship that travels the world on peace voyages. The delegation on board this voyage will be atomic bomb survivors and farmers from Fukushima and joined by around 800 participants from around the world.  The ship, as a neutral space beyond borders, becomes a floating peace village, encouraging a sense of community and enabling direct d...

16:39

Slavery in the 21st century "IndyWatch Feed National"

Slavery remains a tragedy with the United Nations and the Global Slavery Index arguing that at least 40 million people around the world are in some form of slavery. The Global Slavery Index reports that at least 4,000 people in Australia are enslaved. Recently, I agreed to host a community television five episodes, hour long []

16:14

Support the Uluru Statement from the Heart "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Support progressing Australias
First Nations peoples
right to a say in the decisions
that affect their lives.
Sign the Joint Statement
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16:04

How China will Surpass the West "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Marty

I just finished watching The Forecaster and I am impressed that you survived what the government did to you. As a former Green Beret from back in the day, I can appreciate what you endured more than most, my hats off to you.

All I can add is I hope to hell that no government including ours every gets your source code; as a former military officer and student of history, I know what our government is capable of.

I do wonder if China will survive the coming collapse in the west, arent they too tied to us?

Keep up the good work!

D

ANSWER: They will push you to the edge, hoping you break. There is a fine line and if you cross it you lose all fear of death. Then the table is turned. There is no threat they can make that will change your position. Some ask, Why did you not just turn over the code? They assume that they will actually honor what they tell you. They NEVER tell the truth, and if you turn over what they demand, you lose everything for they can kill you and pretend it was some accident, heart attack, or whatever. The press will believe them of course. Thats why they are there. You are dancing with the devil and it becomes a dance to the death. I was released ONLY because I got into the Supreme Court. Once they were taking the case, the New York boys had to release me.

Concerning China, the reason that they will succeed is because they are turning inward by building their economy into a consumer reservoir and eliminating their dependence upon the West. They will decline at first, but they will recover and make new highs when the West fails.

16:03

The Womens Village "IndyWatch Feed National"

Domestic Violence Shelters:

In the following conversation I discuss the role of the Womens Village and why Domestic Violence Shelters are more than just a place of temporary refuge for women and children in crisis.

Here is the link:

 The Womens Village is so much more than a Shelter

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16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00006 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.65 AUD
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15:49

Contradictions "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The breakdown of the market liberal right, and the accompanying rise of tribalist politics, is producing some interesting contradictions, most of which are embodied in the Institute of Public Affairs. David Leyonjhelm, a longterm IPA member has staged a provocation by inviting racist troll Milo Yiannopoulos to Australia under the banner of free speech. The Senate condemned him for providing a platform to someone who incites abuse and harassment of women, jews, and members of the LBGTIQ and multicultural communities. When the words of the motion were quoted back at him, Leyonjhelm threatened legal action, and stated his general willingness to use defamation law against his political opponents.

Meanwhile, at the same time as backing an IPA campaign to remove charity status from environmental groups that engage in political advocacy, Malcolm Turnbull is supporting amendments to the equal marriage bill, pushed by IPA alumnnus James Paterson to preserve the charitable status of groups that oppose the law.

Whats happening here, I think, is that a group that has always assumed itself to be part of the silent majority of real Australians is being faced with evidence that it is actually a shrinking minority, regarded by the majority as a set of noisy and unpleasant bigots. One reaction is to double down on aggressive assertion of its views, treating things like the outcome of the marriage survey as a temporary aberration. The other is to seek the protections traditionally accorded to minorities, appealing to the rhetoric of tolerance and diversity.

This contradiction cant be sustained for long, although that wont stop them trying. But how should the decent majority deal with this problem. The answer is to remember that everyone will be in the minority some time. We should reject the attempt to stop charitable groups from engaging in advocacy, even if we dont always like what is being advocated. As regards free speech, we should resist the temptation to use legal bludgeons, but make it clear to the promoters of racism, and those willing to line up with them, that they will be called out for what they are. This has already happened to the LNP in Queensland and WA following disgraceful alliances with One Nation. One of the few encouraging signs from the right was Turnbulls recent declaration (motivated by fear rather than principle) that the Federal LNP would do no preference deals with Hanson.

15:33

The postal survey asked about same sex marriage - you'll be amazed at how much further The Bill goes "IndyWatch Feed National"

The so-called same sex marriage bill goes a lot further than we've been told. The postal survey asked one question: https://marriagesurvey.abs.gov.au/results/ The Bill to change the law is here. https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=s1099 The Bill has already passed through The Senate. Following are some direct quotes copied and pasted from the Parliament's Explanatory...

15:15

Nurse Supervisor Coordinator "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program

15:04

Curriculum Coordinator "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program

14:41

AMCS Calls on Adani to Withdraw Court Action and Comply with the Rules "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Brisbane: The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) and supporters are gathering this morning at 8.45am outside the Planning and Environment Court in Brisbane to demand that Adani withdraw its legal appeal against the Qld Environment Department.

The appeal is against the Departments decision to require Adani to carry out an environmental investigation as a result of a coal-contaminated discharge at Abbot Point.

During Cyclone Debbie, the Qld Department of Environment and Heritage gave Abbot Point Bulkcoal Pty Ltd (an Adani group company) a Temporary Emissions Licence to release higher levels of sediment (that could include coal) into the Caley Valley wetlands next to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area.

The Department subsequently required Adani to carry out an environmental investigation to look into the causes and impacts of the contaminated discharge into the Caley Valley wetlands.

Imogen Zethoven, AMCS Fight For Our Reef Campaign Director, said Adani is seeking to get the Court to initially stop the clock on the investigation, and then finally get out of doing it altogether.

Adani is due to submit a review of its ports water management strategy before Christmas and the pending wet season, but Adani doesnt want to comply with the rules, Ms Zethoven said.

This investigation is important to ensure the Caley Valley wetlands are protected from any further coal spills and to ensure that Adani is made accountable under Australian environmental law.

Adani was also given an infringement notice of $12,190 for breaching its Temporary Emissions Licence to discharge coal laden water to the Reef coast during Cyclone Debbie. Adani has elected to contest the fine.

A ReachTEL survey conducted on the night of 24th October 2017 of 1,652 residents across Queensland found that found that 75% of Queenslanders thought that Adani should drop the court action and pay the fine, Ms Zethoven said.

Question:

Adani has been fined $12,900 by the Queensland Department of the Environment for polluting the Reef coast with coal during Cyclone Debbie from the Abbot Point Port terminal it operates. Adani is now contesting the fine in court.

Should Adani drop the court action and pay the fine?

... ...

13:51

High Court judgement on the replacement of Fiona Nash in the Senate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jim Molan is one step closer to a seat in The Senate. On 27 October this year Fiona Nash was referred to the High Court by the Senate over questions about her citizenship - the Court found she was ineligible to sit and so a Senate vacancy arose. On 2...

13:45

Final Straw: Prison Audio Roundtable and Manus Island Update "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Final Straw: Prison Audio Roundtable and Manus Island Update appeared first on It's Going Down.

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Prison-Related Audio Roundtable

This week we feature two segments. The first is a roundtable discussion with producers from various audio projects around North America that focus on prisoner struggles and amplifying incarcerated voices. In the chat youll hear from me, two producers of The Prison Radio show on CFRC radio in Kingston, Ontario, a producer of the Prison Radio Show on CKUT from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and a producer of the June11 audio  series released this last year and revving to mark the day in solidarity with Marius Mason and other long term anarchist and ecological prisoners.

Follow-Up with Walid Zazai on Manus Island

The second conversation is an update from Walid Zazai, the 24 year old Afghani man being held on Manus Island off of the coast of Papua New Guinea. Walid has been in detention for 4 years now awaiting resettlement at the pleasure of the government of Australia. We spoke with Walid two weeks ago after the Manus Regional Processing Centre in which he was living had been closed and he and roughly 450 other refugees stayed in protest of their longtime lack of freedom of movement and the violence they feared from PNG security forces and locals on the island. More coverage of the struggle immigrants against the Australian border authorities and other updates from the Oceania can be found on the long running Anarchist radio show based there, Subversion1312. Subversion1312 is also a recently added member of the Channel Zero Network of anarchist podcasts.

Now For Some Fun Events

If youre in the Asheville area today (December 3rd 2017), at 5pm at...

13:39

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Victory Is in Store for DPRK
The successful test-fire of the new-type ICBM Hwasong 15 is another demonstration of the invincible might of Juche Korea to reliably safeguard the dignity, sovereignty and supreme interests of the Korean nation.

Kim Kon Chol, department director of the Ministry of Railways, said:

The exciting peal of ICBM test-fire is a clear answer of the Korean army and people to the US that re-listed the DPRK as a "state sponsor of terrorism", and an echo of jubilation that guarantees the sounds of creation and construction and happy laughter reverberating through the country.

And it comes to be a stern warning to the arrogant US turning a blind eye to the strategic position of the Juche nuclear power both in name and reality.

The US should keep in mind that the initiative in bringing about changes in the situation and the treasured sword for preserving peace and stability are seized by the DPRK, the possessor of the strategic weapons of justice.

Kim Song Won, dean of a faculty of Kim Chaek University of Technology, said:

The successful test-fire of ICBM Hwasong 15 showed all over the world the might of the DPRK as a world-class military power.

At a time when the US is making a foolish daydream that its harsh sanctions might wring our windpipe, we have possessed of another new-type powerful ICBM weapon system that frightened our enemies.

This is a great event that showed to the world once again the validity and vitality of the line of simultaneously pushing forward the economic construction and the upbuilding of the nuclear forces set forth by the Workers' Party of Korea.

As long as we are led by Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, our army and people will, in the future, too, bolster the self-defensive war deterrent in every way under the uplifted banner of the line of simultaneously developing the two fronts.

KCNA

13:26

Monday night in Flemington "IndyWatch Feed National"

If anti-fascist activists had heeded the call to stay at home while Milo was in town, what would the situation have looked like?

13:13

Copy of Forbidden Teachings Found in Egypt -- Jesus' Secret Revelations? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Jesus' Secret Revelations? Copy of Forbidden Teachings Found in Egypt

December 4, 2017 09:36am ET

Source: Live Science | By Brandon Specktor



A page from the Coptic translation of the First Apocalypse of James from the Coptic Museum in Cairo, Egypt.Credit: Nag Hammadi Library/Oxford University

The oldest known copy of a text claiming to be Jesus' teachings to his brother James has been discovered in an ancient Egyptian trash dump, scattered among piles of fifth-century papyrus, ancient tax receipts and bills of sale for wagons and donkeys.

The manuscript is a rare, Greek-language edition of an apocryphal New Testament story called The First Apocalypse of James, that, until now, was thought to only be preserved in the Coptic language (an indigenous Egyptian language evolved from hieroglyphics), according to a statement. The text was likely written in the fifth or sixth century, said Brent Landau, a religious studies lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin, who presented the findings along with Geoffrey Smith, a religious studies scholar at UT Austin, at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in Boston in November. The findings have not yet been subject to peer review.

The find belongs to a collection of more than 200,000 papyrus documents housed at Oxford University in England, first excavated from a rubbish heap in the Egyptian town of Oxyrhynchus in the late 19th century. Smith and Landau pieced together the document from six different papyrus fragments in the collection earlier this summer. The two had been studying the Oxyrhynchusfindings for more than two years. [Religious Mysteries: 8 Alleged Relics of Jesus
A rare find
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12:55

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? | ampoules-vaccines | Medical & Health Sleuth Journal Special Interests US News Vaccines

By Jon Rappoport, No More Fake News

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...

12:52

Why Do CEOs Make So Much? "IndyWatch Feed National"

(TFC)  Over the past four decades, the average salary for CEOs has increased 90 times faster than the pay for the average worker. This begs the question: why are CEOs making that much income, especially when the average wage for everyday workers has more or less stagnated since 1972?

Its not a matter of productivity. According to the Economic Policy Institute, since 1973 through 2016, productivity has increased 73.7%. In contrast, the average wage has increased only by 12.3%. The average worker is working harder, working longer hours and not being compensated accordingly.

Workers are the backbone of any company. Without them, the business simply can not exist.How, then, can companies justify doubling, tripling, even quadrupling CEO compensation on an annual basis when the workers responsible for creating their wealth are struggling to survive?

The simple answer? Because they can.

Growing Wealth Inequality

A large part of the problem is the slow growth in the hourly wage. Between 1979 and 2016, the average hourly wage increased by only .2%. Contrast this with inflation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for everyday household items such as groceries have gone up by 1.6%. This means that while a worker earning $15 per hour now makes an average of $18 per hour, the same groceries that cost them $20 in 1979 now cost $32.

Contrast this with CEO wages. The average CEO in America now makes 354 times what the average worker earns. And the gap continues to widen.

Part of the issue is that the very people who determine what CEOs should earn are, in fact, CEOs. In a corporation, the board members, including the CEOs, decide what their reasonable compensation should be. And, especially in the United States, where CEO pay is basically unregulated, there is nothing keeping CEOs from increasing their pay as much as they like.

Another factor is the gap in educational levels between CEOs and low- to median-income workers. However, this in no way is an accurate reflection of reality. While it is true that less educated workers tend to earn less, even those with a college degree have seen their wages increase by only 5.1% over the past decade.

On average, those with degrees earn approximately $53,000 per year. Compare this....

12:14

On polite Nazis and the violence of speech "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was, in the words of far-right parliamentarian and former minister of youth policy Giorgia Meloni, intimidation at worst, and nothing compared to the actual violence of far-left demonstrators who destroy entire cities and burn down our cars.

12:10

North Coast MP arrested at Adani mine site "IndyWatch Feed National"

Under arrest, NSW MPs Jeremy Buckingha (left) and Dawn Walker (centre) among other demonstrators at todays protest. Photo NSW Greens

This morning North Coast Greens MLC Dawn Walker and NSW Greens mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham and were arrested by Queensland police after taking part in a blockade of the Adani Carmichael coal mine rail construction site at Belyando, 270km west of Bowen.

The MPs were arrested at 6:35am along with a dozen other climate activists and charged with trespass unlawfully on a place of business.

Ms Walker said, It was a very important day for me, stopping work on the Adani mine and being arrested with climate activists who understand the importance of preventing this destructive project from going ahead, said Greens MP Dawn Walker.

I was proud to stand with traditional owners who have said no means no to Adani, and made it clear they will not be surrendering their land and water to this coal corporation.

Although this mine is miles from anywhere, the eyes of all Australia are on it. We have travelled days to get here but believe many more will follow.

Im appalled by the way this project is tearing indigenous communities apart and offering a sub standard agreement to traditional owners for their land, with little economic opportunity. On every level Adanis controversial mine does not stack up, she said.

Mr Buckingham said, Im proud to stand with activists in defence of climate and country, and represent all those people around Australia and internationally who want to stop the Adani coal project, said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham

Although we are MPs from NSW this is an issue of national and international significance. Adani represents a line in the sand for all those concerned about climate change who do not want to see a new coal precinct opened up in Australia.

Green MPs have a proud tradition of participating in peaceful, non-violent direct action and we stand with all those opposed to this crazy coal mine, said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham

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12:05

Somebody else had it worse "IndyWatch Feed National"

[cn: Non-explicit discussion of sexual violence.]

Last month, I mentioned my past experience with sexual assault and rape. And I said I was fortunate to have never suffered from PTSD, unlike many other victims who have suffered from PTSD. This is my way of saying that other people had it worse than me.

If youve heard any number of accounts of victims of sexual harassment or sexual violence, you know that somebody else had it worse is a common trope. Saying, I dont want to take up space from other people with more extreme stories. Or, I dont want anyone to think Im making a huge deal over something so little. Or, Im not sure this even belongs in the category of sexual assault.

In the other extreme, some people argue that we shouldnt ever compare different experiences of sexual violence at all. Were told that there is only one kind of rape, all sexual violence is bad, end of story.

I have issues with both of these sides, and wish to find a happy medium.


My issue with the somebody else had it worse trope is that it feels gracious to a fault.  Its like an unwarranted apology. Its like walking funny in order to avoid stepping on my toes, when youre ten feet away. If we were all talking about any other type of personal experiencesay, the experience of reading a bookI wouldnt go out of my way to mention all the people who hated the book even more than I did. And I wouldnt apologize for how much space my review is taking up. I mean, were more careful when talking about sexual violence than when talking about books, because of the greater potential to hurt people. But if someone talks about a less intense experience than my own, that doesnt hurt me in any way.  In fact Im glad for people to find a voice to talk about such things.

Although, the comparison to an unwarranted apology raises a lot of questions. According to many op-eds, women are socialized to apologize more often than men. According to other writers, telling women to apologize less is unhelpful because it just polices their language and puts them in a double bind.

So now Im wondering, is this more common among women than men? Is it helpful to tell victims to avoid the somebody else had it worse trope? Or does that just put people in a double bind, where they get punished no matter what they say? I dont know the answers! Let me know...

11:58

YouTube Censorship, Elsagate And The Future Of Net Neutrality "IndyWatch Feed National"

YouTube will begin purging unwanted accounts with artificial intelligence algorithms that have been designed to remove harmful content. But what is stopping the largest video sharing platform in the world from profiling the political opinions of their users in an effort to silence them? The answer is nothing and in this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth explains why we must do everything we can to maintain net neutrality now more than ever so that free market alternative solutions like DTube can thrive.

11:57

Long Tan cross repatriated to sacred ground in the Australian War Memorial - Lest We Forget "IndyWatch Feed National"

#LongTanCross : Vietnamese Gov has handed original cross to @AWMemorial today. So honoured to have been in Vietnam for 50th anniversary of the battle last year #VietnamWar #longtan #1ATF #7news pic.twitter.com/yZqeshGCSW Paul Walker (@pdwnews) December 6, 2017 When youre over there at Parliament House, exercising your democratic right; remember...

11:40

Parliament Defers MRA Bill "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Jeffrey Elapa | Post Courier | December 6, 2017

The Mineral Resources Authority Act Amendment Bill 2017 that was before Parliament yesterday, was deferred to allow more time for MPs to scrutinise the proposed changes.

The sought changes are also related to the functions of the MRA, membership of its board, reporting requirements, expenditure under the Public Finance (Management) Act, financing and increase of production levy among others.

Among MPs who disagreed with the Bill was Sinasina-Yogomugls Kerenga Kua who said section 27 gave unrestrictive powers to MRA to retain all funds derived from revenue sources.

He said specific revenue sources or fees paid like Mining Act 1992, Mining Regulations, Ok Tedi Acts, Ok Tedi Agreements, the Mining ( Bougainville Copper Agreement) Act or other agreements including rentals, production levies, fines and penalties and others should be not be kept by the Authority, but be remitted to the consolidated revenue.

Mr Kua said all the substantial amount of monies should be used to support Government programs.

He said the Bill also makes the MRA an indepe...

11:31

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why Doesnt the Soviet Union Exist Anymore? Part 1: Introduction
Posted by Carlos Martinez
Sunday, November 19, 2017

Over the coming weeks, I will be publishing a series of articles regarding the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR, or Soviet Union). Although a distance of more than 25 years separates us from that fateful day in 1991 when the USSR ceased to exist, the lefts understanding of the Soviet collapse is still limited and many of the important themes are poorly understood.

Why dig up these particular old bones? Because we must reflect on, and learn from, history. The worlds first socialist state no longer exists, and nor do the European peoples democracies that were its close allies. If mistakes were made, its crucial that they arent made again. Existing socialist states face many of the same external pressures that the Soviet Union faced; future socialist states almost certainly will too. Additionally, socialist states so far have had great difficulty maintaining revolutionary momentum through the second, third and fourth generations of the revolution; this is as true of contemporary Cuba or China as it was of the USSR. Addressing these problems is obviously essential, and the details of the Soviet collapse constitute some of the most important raw data for any such analysis. The more our movement can learn about the Soviet collapse, the better prepared we will be to prevent historic reverses and defeats in future, and the better equipped we will be to develop a compelling, convincing vision of socialism that is relevant to the here and now.

Needless to say, I dont claim to have definitive answers. The disappearance of the USSR is a vastly complex subject, incorporating history, politics, economics, sociology, philosophy, military science, social psychology and more. Others know more and have done more thorough research than I have. The idea here is simply to present the historical outline, raise some questions, put forward a couple of hypotheses, and contribute to the ongoing debate. In terms of digging deeper into the subject, Id point the reader towards the following very useful books. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, but all contain valuable insight on the topic of the Soviet collapse and have been of inestimable help in terms of forming my own opin.........

11:30

Why do the Manus refugees prefer New Zealand to the United States? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

  Refugees on Manus Island who are waiting to be sent to the United States under a transfer deal have apparently expressed a desire to move to New Zealand instead. Genuine refugees would be jumping for joy if they were offered citizenship in a prosperous democracy like the United States. Country shoppers, on the other []

The post Why do the Manus refugees prefer New Zealand to the United States? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:22

POLITICAL NOTES: Religion and state affairs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Should religious leaders play active role in politics or refrain from stepping into the political sphere? This is one question that has defied a definite answer over the years, perhaps, because Nigeria is a country made up of diverse religions. While it is the right of every citizen as provided in Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) that: Every person shall be entitled to assemble freely and associate with other persons, and in particular he may form or belong to any political party, trade union or any other...

The post POLITICAL NOTES: Religion and state affairs appeared first on Newtelegraph.

11:04

Critical voices on the TPP from Malaysia "IndyWatch Feed National"

6 December, 2017: Professor Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former UN Assistant Secretary-General and co-author of this critical study measuring the employment costs of the  original TPP, has written an article debunking some of the main myths about the newly named Comprehensive Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTTP). He explains that the deal is about the promotion of corporate-friendly rules for foreign investors (like ISDS), rather than trade gains. Strengthening intellectual property monopolies for transnational corporations would undoubtedly increase prices, not generate more goods and services.

Australia and Japan are doing their best to clinch the deal as quickly as possible, with minimal changes. But Canada has flagged further changes on cultural issues, and former IP company CEO Jim Basili has said Canada must protect its national interests on both the PCTPP and NAFTA, and that no deal is better than a bad deal.

Another recent article, by Dr Shankaran Nambiar in the Sun Daily, explains the position of the Malaysian government towards the CPTPP and argues that even when dealing with the powerful, there is absolutely no need to be in agreement when circumstances do not suit us.

10:52

New electorate of Cape York looming after welfare vote dominates result "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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At least 4000 voters, solely dependent on government welfare payments to survive, have elected Labor in the seat of Cook, leaving the economic generators of the Far North floundering without a say in government.

To separate the disparate welfare influence from the southern half of the Cook electorate it has been suggested the creation of a new electorate would be more in the interests of maintaining a thriving agricultural and mining industry.

Plans to create a separate state seat of Cape York with a boundary drawn north of Laura will now escalate before the Labor Party is able to further entrench itself with welfare voters.

Patriach of North Qld Bob Katter has been approached by indigenous leaders seeking to form a new electorate of Cape York

One proponent of a new seat is the patriarch of the north, Bob Katter, who said he had been approached in the past by indigenous leaders seeking support for a separate electorate.

There is no farming industry north of Laura, just a handful of viable cattle breeding properties locked in a continuing battle with federal and state environment departments, indigenous land rights encroachments, egregious mining exploration companies and a Labor Party determined to shut down the cattle industry.

During the election campaign, notorious Green lackey, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, threatened land owners with a new round of Wild Rivers, more water storage restrictions and World Heritage listings over the remaining 50 per cent of the land area of the Peninsula not...

10:46

PNG Minister Pato to discuss relations, North Korea's missile tests "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG Foreign Affairs Minister Pato
Papua New Guinea Foreign Affairs and Trade Minster Rimbink Pato,  will be in Seoul this week where he will meet South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha.
On the agenda for the bilateral meeting will be the North Korean nuclear and missile tests and the enhancement of the partnership South Korea has shown to Papua New Guinea through undertaking key development projects.
My meeting with Khang will reaffirm the deep friendship between our two countries, he said.
It comes at a difficult time following the recent North Korean missile test. I made it clear in Parliament this week in a detailed statement in response to a question from Rabual MP Dr Allan Marat that PNG stands firmly with other members in the United Nations in the efforts to seek the implementation of Security Councils resolutions calling for the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
Papua New Guinea maintains its policy of connectivity of being a friend to all and an enemy to none, and it is in this context that we seek a solution to the threat to peace on the peninsula, he said.
Along with other Pacific countries, we are a signatory to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, and we assist by hosting monitoring stations in our country that can detect and atmospheric and underground nuclear weapons testing.
Ministers from 18 Pacific Islands Forum states, not including Australia and New Zealand, will also attend the meeting. The National /PacNews/PNG Today

10:44

Frieda River MD announces ambitious rethink on project "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Managing Director of PanAust, Fred Hess, has announced a rethink on the companys proposed Frieda River mine project. It is no longer just a mining projectit is a development project for the Sandaun and Sepik provinces, he told the Papua New Guinea Mining and Petroleum Conference in Port Moresby.

PanAusts Fred Hess

Hess said the company has identified a number of opportunities to explore other value creation opportunities. He said the company is getting very close.

The Frieda River region is remote, Hess noted, and the previous plan to ship the ore involved a combination of roads, pipelines, riverine barge transport and also marine barge transport to Wewak.

He said the distance was of the order of about 660 kilometres and involved potential risks to the 300,000 people living on the Sepik River.

As a result of producing the feasibility study and sitting back and thinking about the opportunities that present themselveswhich were not investigated at the timewe looked at some of the alternatives.

The company is also rethinking its approach to power.

Now, we are far more optimistic.

Road and power

Frieda River project. Credit: Xstrata Copper

The Frieda River project in Sandaun Province. Credit: Xstrata Copper

Hess said the company is now looking at an access route to the mine site by road. If implemented...

10:43

Financial vultures circling PNG LNG expansion "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Oil Search is understood to have hosted a number of local project finance bankers to PNG in recent weeks. Rocky Roe

With a Panguna style conflict brewing in Hela over benefits from the first LNG project a project the Supreme Court has condemned as a fraud  and the Konebada Petroleum Park Authority mired deep in allegations of corruption, how could any reputable financial institution lend money for another LNG project in PNG?

Except, of course, these foreign based financial vultures dont care a jot about human rights, corruption or violence in PNG as long as they get their slice of the pie

Local lenders jostle for meg...

10:41

wp INDONESIA: INDEPENDENTLY INVESTIGATE THE TORTURE AND UNLAWFUL KILLING OF MAN IN PAPUA "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/asa21/7535/2017/en/

INDONESIA: INDEPENDENTLY INVESTIGATE THE TORTURE AND UNLAWFUL KILLING OF MAN IN PAPUA

2 December 2017, Index number: ASA 21/7535/2017

Indonesian authorities must immediately conduct an independent, impartial and effective investigation into allegations of torture leading to the death of a man in Kimaam, Merauke district, Papua Province and bring the perpetrators to justice in fair trials. Providing compensation to the victims family cannot substitute for the states obligation to ensure justice in the case. Amnesty International Indonesia also calls for all cases concerning human rights violations and crimes under international law to be tried before civilian courts.


10:30

Theyre Trying To Change Our Holidays: What Drew Young Australians To Milo Yiannopoulos? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Max Koslowski spoke to supporters of neo-Nazi booster Milo Yiannopoulos outside his recent Melbourne talk. Brace yourself.

Lauren has just left Milo Yiannopoulos show, and is still buzzing when her Mum texts. She turns her phone to me:

Dont post anything about tonight on Facebook if youre looking for a job.

Lauren laughs.

Its true. We are afraid of what to say because of these people, Lauren waves to protesters on the other side of the road.

I just went and saw a show, and Ive been told that Ive gotta be careful because of these people. And that really annoys me.

The 22-year-old bartender has just finished watching Yiannopoulos, right-wing British-born provoker, perform in front of around 800 supporters.

Ive been called a Nazi. I sat down to listen to a dude speak and now Im a Nazi. I honestly want to know why!

Lauren, from Wodonga, 300 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, has come to the Milo show with her boyfriend David. Her main political worries stem from modern day feminism, Australias lack of free speech, and the increased power that Sharia law has in her country.

I ask how Sharia law is rising in Australia.

Theyre trying to. she turns to her partner. What are they trying to do?

I dont really know what Sharia law is, David replies.

Theyre trying to change our holidays yeah, like Australia Day which is ridiculous. And I dont like the fact that they are trying to say their culture is very feminist their law basically shuns women. Maybe Im wrong, maybe they dont. But thats how I see it.

David fits the profile of a typical attendee at Milos show hes a 23-year-old who works at a McDonalds in Geelong while finishing his degree. Most of Milos supporters here are young and male, and some have turned up as couples, or as part of a whole family. But most rock up in small friendship groups.

Like Harry and Simon two 19-year-old high school leavers, who first got into Milo after seeing videos online. They tell me about how they lost friends when they started to support the controversial figure.

Most of my guy friends are pretty fine with it. A few of my girl friends, I feel like they misunderstand what views on the right of politics are, Harry explains to me. Because theyve got such an agenda being pushed down their throats, the minute you say something against feminism, all of a sudden youre against all of women.

But he was hopeful that his strong beliefs werent for nothing.

The pol...

10:22

People moves: Allens "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A new Partner at Allens

Allens has appointed Sarah Kuman as Partner at its Papua New Guinea practice. Earlier this year, she was appointed as Managing Associate, Energy, Resources, and Infrastructure.

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10:17

PNG set to defend 2013 Pacific Mini Games title "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea are determined to defend their Pacific Mini Games title, having topped the medal count in Wallis and Futuna four years ago.
Team PNGs 93 athletes will compete in 10 sports in Vanuatu, including sprint queen Toea Wisil and Commonwealth Games weightlifting champion Steven Kari.

Chef de mission Emma Waiwai said after hosting the 2015 Pacific Games, where PNG also topped the medal tally, there was less pressure but still a strong desire to win.
The important thing for us is coming here and trying to defend our title that we got four years ago, Waiwai said.
Not much pressure but I think the athletes are still feeling it because those who won the medals in 2013 have to come back.
It would be good if they came back and won those medals again or even going one step better for those who got bronze and silver medals.
PNG have not entered athletes in the football, rugby sevens, archery or judo but Waiwai believes they still have a host of medal prospects.
Definitely in athletics, weightlifting, boxing and theyve introduced the three-on-three basketball and our teams did well at the Melanesian Cup just recently, she said.
That was five-on-five but theyve got the best athletes from there so we look good in winning basketball as well even netball because we dont have Fiji and Samoabut we still feel were going to pick up medals.
Waiwai expected New Caledonia, Fiji and hosts Vanuatu to be their main rivals in Port Vila, with regular contenders Tahiti having opted to boycott the Games.
Three sports football, tennis and table tennis started ahead of the opening ceremony yesterday.
Athletes from 24 countries and territories will contest 14 sports over the coming 12 days.
The athletes were welcomed to Vanuatu at a ceremony in Port Vila on Sunday, which featured a range of cultural performances, including a rousing rendition of the Mini Games theme song Ignite the Spirit Within.
Two days after the men got an early start, all four womens football teams will square off at the Port Vila Stadium, with Fiji facing Tonga before hosts Vanuatu take on Solomon Islands.
Meanwhile the mens and womens team events got underway in both tennis and table tennis yesterday. The National/PacNews/PNG Today

10:12

MRA executive calls for better protection of mining tenements in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The next decade could be a golden one for the mining sector, believes Roger Gunson, Executive Manager, Regulatory Operations at the Mineral Resources Authority. But he has called for changes to Papua New Guineas government policy to better protect mining tenements.

The Yandera mine is a copper exploration project. Credit: Marengo Mining.

Gunson told the Papua New Guinea Mining and Petroleum Conference in Port Moresby last week that there is a worrying new trend in relationships with landowners.

I am now getting letters, and the Minister is getting letters, giving us seven days to do something, he said.

Gunson said landowners, once they have created an incorporated entity, are routinely asserting a lot of misplaced rights. He said there is also a lot of forum shopping as potential litigants look for the best jurisdictions to get a result.

He said there may be a need for legislation similar to the Protection of Transport Infrastructure Act which recognises tenements as assets of national interest.

This is the greatest challenge for the government over the next few years.

Gunson said what is required is a policy that does not hobble investment in the sector. If the settings are right, he believed the decade from 2020 is going to be a very golden one.

The estimate for 2018 is K13.5 billion.

He also noted the foreign exchange crisis is having an effect on the exploration sector.

Revenues

Gunson cited Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) estimates of revenues from the mining sector. As of October 2017, K11 billion had been generated. He said the estimate for 2018 is K13.5 billion.

He said this year 69 per cent of the revenues have come from gold, 18.7 per cent from copper, 7.5 per cent from nickel, 3.7 per cent from cobalt and 1.1 per cent from silver.

There is growing interest in new metals.

The key problem in PNG is that reliance on gold, he commented.

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10:06

UNEARTHING CORRUPTION RISKS IN MINING APPROVALS "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Transparency International | December 5 2017

From resource-rich West Africans nations, to the mining giants of the Pacific and North America, every time a government signs a deal to allow mining of its natural resources there are corruption risks no matter where that country is.

These risks in mining approvals processes decisions about when, where and under what circumstances mining can occur can result in environmentally unsound and socially destructive mining projects being approved. They can lead to politicians or government officials taking advantage of their position to profit from their interests in the sector and local communities being excluded from decision-making processes that could cause them to lose their homes.

In 2016, for example, a grand jury in Liberia indicted top government officials on charges of bribery for conspiring to amend key laws to enable a London-listed company, Sable Mining SBLM.L, to get rights to one of the worlds richest iron ore deposits the Wologozi Mountain Range. Leaked documents alleged th...

10:05

AIRLIE BEACH STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR BINDI ROSE DESIGNS "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Stallholder Profile for Bindi Rose Designs




Your name: Rachel Paddison 
Your business name and Facebook/website name and link: Bindi Rose Designs
The suburb/town you live in now: Bowen
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10:04

Agmark MD outlines recipe to repair Papua New Guineas cocoa industry "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guineas cocoa industry could be back to its 1970s levels if it had a strong cocoa grower-based Cocoa Board, more farmer training and increased investment. That is what John Nightingale, Managing Director of Agmark, told the countrys first-ever agricultural summit, held in Port Moresby last month.

Weighing cocoa beans. Source: Agmark

In the 1970s, PNG produced 2.5 per cent of the worlds cocoa crops, said Nightingale, MD of Agmark, the countrys largest cocoa grower, trader and exporter.

Today, we barely produce 0.7 per cent.

He said that if PNG output had maintained its production at 1970s levels it would be producing 115,000 tonnes per annum, rather than the 37,000 tonnes it currently produces.

The reasons for the decline in the PNG cocoa industry included increased tree senility.

The PNG industry, he said, had not kept pace with the cocoa world. Its a tragedy that we have gone backwards.

Strategies

In order to get production levels up, Nightingale outlined seven strategies:

  • Plant more hectares;
  • Achieve higher yields per hectare with longer longevity and improved root stock;
  • Improve farmer practices;
  • Undertake better farmer training;
  • Have stronger grower representation on the Cocoa Board;
  • Create a grower-dominated Cocoa Board to drive research, and
  • Improve quality control, including inspection of dried cocoa before it is exported, and the regular inspection of cocoa dryers.
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09:59

MegaAnon Updates: December 2nd 5th, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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. Its 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 dont know what MORE I can do or tell you. Ive posted pretty frequently since May. Even when Im vague, I still give a shit ton of detail and stick around a thread to discuss so I dont feel like I left yall hanging. Ive posted my fucking feet, on same tile, even once with a timestamp and yall 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, whos posted a lot longer than I have and then told tens of thousands of people all the things HE thought I was. Im 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. Hes not a bad dude, BTW. Hes nice, well-spoken and quick-witted. So if you see this, it was nice to chat with you, Mr. Wilcock! ;o)

Related David Wilcock Update: I can confirm that I did have a conversation with the one and only Mega Anon

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

What youll start recognizing sooner than later over the course of the next year, is that there will be A LOT less people you...

09:58

In brief: Broadening of Papua New Guinea tax base predicted, and other business stories "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Future Budgets expected to see significant tax changes, Sovereign Wealth Fund to be finalised in 2018, and Bougainville copper mine landowner leaders reconcile. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

The PNG government has signalled that future budgets will see more significant tax changes to achieve a broadening of the tax base and a strengthening of revenue raising agencies, according to a 2018 Budget briefing by PwC Partner, Stephen Beach. He told the Lae Chamber of Commerce and Industry that some of the additional tariff protection for the manufacturing sector is welcome news, but probably could have gone further.

He said external funding will hopefully bring relief to the foreign exchange shortage and facilitate more trade and investment flows, but the expected increase in non-mining GDP from 1.9 per cent to 3.5 per cent may be illusionaryoutside of Port Moresby.

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Treasurer Charles Abel. Credit: The National

Treasurer Charles Abel says finalising the composition of the Sovereign Wealth Fund, and its board, will take place in 2018. He said the regime to protect revenues is a critical part of the governments medium term strategy in building the countrys economic resilience.

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The leaders of two key landowner groups in Bougainville have agreed to work together to redevelop the Panguna copper mine. In a joint statement,  Philip Mirori, the Chairman of the Special Mining Lease O...

09:55

What Is Causing These Mysterious Loud BOOMS Heard Around The World? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Shivali Best

Residents in Alabama were left baffled last week when a loud boom resounded across much of the state.

The boom, nicknamed Bama Boom, has left experts stumped, with suggested causes ranging from supersonic aircrafts to meteors exploding in the atmosphere.

This isnt the first time that the mysterious sound has been heard, and incidents are becoming more frequent according to some reports.

This year alone, similar noises have been reported 64 times this year, in locations including Michigan, Lapland, St Ives, Swansea and Yorkshire.

Scroll down for a full list of booms in 2017

Alabama, November 14

Cause: Unknown, suggested explanations include a sonic boom from an aircraft or a meteorite

The Birmingham National Weather Service tweeted:

The service suggested that the sound was either caused by a sonic boom from aircraft, or a meteorite from the Leonid shower.

But NASA has since cast doubt on these explanations.

Speaking to ABC 3340, Bill Cooke, head of NASAs Meteoroid Environment Office, said that the boom could have been caused by a supersonic aircraft, a ground explosion, or a bolide a large meteor that explodes in the atmosphere unrelated to the Leonid shower.

While the noise was picked up by the US Geological Survey, data suggests that the boom wasnt the result of an earthquake.

The boom may have been caused by a military flight by a supersonic jet, although the US Air Force is yet to confirm this.

The Bama Boom is just one of many mysterious booms heard worldwide this year.

Idaho, November 15

Cause: Unknown

The day after the boom in Alabama, a similar noise was heard in Idaho.

Multiple people reported hearing a loud boom over the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley aro...

09:55

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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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.

Instead of engaging in a historical debate, I simply asked: This city Siem Reap has 230,000 inhabitants. Is it producing anything?

The driver hesitated for a while:

Why should we produce anything? It is cheaper to import goods from Thailand, China and Vietnam. Well, there is some farming outside of the city

He was correct. I checked several sources. Even Wikipedia describes the situation in no uncertain terms:

Economy: Tourism is a very important aspect of the economy of Siem Reap it was estimated in 2010 that over 50% of j...

09:43

Mastercard talks smart chip technology in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Mastercard is working with its banking partners to introduce smart card chip technology and contactless payments to Papua New Guinea. Craig Kirkland, Director of Pacific Islands for Mastercard, talks to Business Advantage PNG about the technology and why PNG is an important market for the company.

Mastercards Craig Kirkland.

Kirkland believes the chip technology will deliver a payments ecosystem that is world class, minimising the risk that the older magnetic stripe technology presents. Bank South Pacific is offering chip-enabled cards to its MasterCard customers. ANZ is offering an ANZ Visa debit card.

The new technology is referred to as EMV, and it has been extremely successfully globally in driving down card counterfeiting, in particular, Kirkland tells Business Advantage PNG. He says Mastercard co-created the EMV (chip) technology (the acronym stands for Europay Mastercard Visa) which has enabled contactless payments, or touch and go.

The introduction of touch and go is an exciting development for PNG.

It will give cardholders the convenience of simply tapping their cards for transactions under K50 at merchants that offer contactless as a safe and convenient way to pay.

For transactions greater than K50 customers would tap their card and input their PIN.

As well as working for domestic, everyday purchases, the new technology will also benefit PNG cardholders when they are travelling overseas, providing access to purchases wherever contactless payments are accepted.

Similarly, the adoption of contactless payments will benefit tourists coming into PNG.

These advancements are world class.

Visitors coming to PNG will be able to transact just like they do at home with a contactless card, mobile phone or other wearable device. This is especially attractive for t...

09:32

Formal Reconciliation of Mr Philip Miriori and Mr Lawrence Daveona "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Press Release | The Special Mining Lease Osikaiyang Landowners Association | 5 December 2017

Mr Philip Miriori, the Chairman of the Special Mining Lease Osikaiyang Landowners Association (SMLOLA) and Mr Lawrence Daveona are pleased to report to all members, that following a customary reconciliation process, both men as leaders in Panguna have reconciled and are keen to build unity amongst all members to support the initiatives of the Chairman, Mr Philip Miriori.

Both Mr Miriori and Mr Daveona are appreciative of the mediation process led by the Honourable Judge Kandakasi over recent months and believe it was instrumental in allowing both men to better understand the merits of their respective views. They have now agreed to work together, cooperatively, towards a redevelopment of Panguna. Mr Daveona now has a better appreciation of the deal delivered by the SMLOLA Executive with RTG Mining Inc., which they have worked hard on for more than 18 months and is keen to be a part of the process to professionally and sensitively redevelop Panguna so that all the SMLOLA members, all Bougainvilleans and the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) are winners in this historic process.

Both Mr Miriori and Mr Daveona will work co-operatively with both the ABG and the National Government and call on both Governments to respect the wishes of the landowners.

It is recognised that there is still much to be done, including an extensive awareness program among the members, to ensure that all understand the care being taken to respect and treat fairly all Bougainvilleans this time around, while also working with a partner to ensure the highest of environmental standards. Both Mr Miriori and Mr Daveona are confident they can work well together and undertake to work tirelessly to protect the members rights as owners of the minerals at Panguna and ensure any redevelopment of Panguna is with the partner of their choice.

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09:21

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations, 14 nominees! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Real Neat Blog Award

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

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

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

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

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

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

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

5. Let them know you nominated...

09:17

Charles Ortel updates on the Clinton Foundation investigations - and what Corrine Brown jail term means "IndyWatch Feed National"

Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, December 4, 2017 Former U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown and Two Others Sentenced to Prison for Fraud Scheme Involving Bogus Non-Profit Scholarship Charity Former U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown was sentenced to five years in prison today in federal court in...

08:55

Church interests put first: abuse inquiry "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Catholic Church put its interests ahead of those of child sexual abuse victims under a former Melbourne archbishop, a royal commission has found.

Frank Little led a culture of secrecy within the Melbourne archdiocese during his 1974-1996 tenure as archbishop and repeatedly failed to act on complaints, the child abuse royal commission found.

Complaints were dealt with in a way that sought to protect the archdiocese from scandal and liability and prioritised the interests of the church over those of the victims, it said.

Current Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart accepted the reports conclusion.

The church should be a safe place for children but the events point to it having been unsafe for all those who are victims, he said.

Where this abuse occurred resulting from the passivity or inactivity of predecessors of mine, I sincerely apologise and accept responsibility.

The commission said a system for responding to child abuse complaints where the exclusive authority for making decisions was vested in one person was deeply flawed.

While only the archbishop had the authority to remove a priest from the ministry, the commission also criticised some of Archbishop Littles advisers, church personnel and Catholic Education Office staff.

Archbishop Hart said he was confident the archdiocese, its schools and parishes had the policies, codes and processes required to ensure a child-safe environment and deal with complaints.

Other commission reports dealing with the Catholic Church in Ballarat and the Maitland-Newcastle region, as well as the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, may be released in coming days.

The commissions final report will be released on December 15 when the five-y

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08:53

Does The Push For Mass Vaccination Point Toward A Staged Bioterror Event? "IndyWatch Feed National"

biohazard toxic nuclear

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.

Un...

08:51

Foreign dirty dozen named and shamed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nowhere in Australia is safe.

Thats the warning from the head of the nations Invasive Species Council, which wants levies on air and sea cargo to fund a biosecurity fighting fund to stop the arrival of deadly insects and plants capable of causing an ecological disaster.

Were calling them the dirty dozen because the case studies include some of Australias most deadly invasive species red fire ants, the eucalypt-killer myrtle rust, red-eared slider turtles and yellow crazy ants, council CEO Andrew Cox said on Wednesday.

Nowhere in Australia has been safe from these deadly incursions.

Queensland is battling fire ants. The Asian black-spined toad, which pumps out poison through its glands, has turned up in the cooler regions of Victoria and NSW and has now reached Western Australia.

Native plant killer myrtle rust which infests the eastern seaboard has now crossed the Bass Strait to Tasmania, Mr Cox said.

Australias environmental border controls are a leaky sieve and must be fixed, he said.

Mr Cox is calling on the federal government to act on the findings of a 2017 national biosecurity review.

These include setting up a biosecurity fighting fund paid for by air and sea levies, basing a biosecurity champion within the federal environment department and the compilation of a national priority list of invasive threats.

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08:45

Labor MPs were hiding in plain sight "IndyWatch Feed National"

Attorney-General George Brandis has accused some Labor MPs of hiding in plain sight amid questions over their eligibility to sit in parliament.

The federal government and opposition are in talks behind the scenes after disclosure documents tabled in parliament revealed more MPs who could be referred to the High Court over their citizenship status.

The coalition has at least four lower house Labor MPs in its sights David Feeney, Justine Keay, Susan Lamb and Josh Wilson alongside Senator Katy Gallagher.

Now we know that there are four of their MPs and one of their senators who basically have been trying to hide in plain sight over the last couple of months while this saga has been brewing, Senator Brandis told Nine Network on Wednesday.

He called on Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to agree to refer his own MPs to the High Court, adding parliament had the right to do so if he did not.

It doesnt have to be a showdown if Mr Shorten does the right thing, Senator Brandis said.

Mr Feeney will ask to be referred to the High Court on Thursday if documents relating to his UK citizenship renunciation cant be found in time, potentially triggering a by-election in his Victorian seat of Batman.

The MP has been in the spotlight before.

He last year famously forgot to declare his $2.3 million Melbourne investment property in the parliamentary register of interests.

Ms Keay, whose father was born in the UK, received confirmation she had renounced her citizenship on July 8, 2016, six days after the 2016 federal election.

Ms Lamb, whose father was born in Scotland, filled out her renunciation form on May 24, 2016.

However, on August 10, 2016, the British bureaucracy told her: We cannot be satisfied from the documents available that you hold British citizenship. The application has therefore been refused.

Mr Wilson, who was born in London, completed his renunciation form on May 12, 2016.

However, the date of the UK Home Office letter confirming renunciation was June 24, well after the close of nominations for the 2016 election.

Labor frontbencher Tony Burke insists Ms Keay and Ms Lamb could not have taken any additional steps to renounce their foreign citizenship.

We cant have a situation where the onus is on the candidate to complete all their reasonable steps but the decision about whether or not their eligible is driven by a junior public servant in Great Britain, he told ABC radio.

Senator Brandis dismissed that argument as utter rubbish, accusing Labor of throwing up a smokescreen around its MPs.

Ms Keay and Ms Lamb were pre-selected more than a year...

08:36

Why I Dont Want To Force Anyone To Bake A Cake For My Gay Wedding "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court case will be far more influential than it should be. The key question is fairly easily answered and agreed upon by all sides on most other issues concerning freedom of association.

We seem to agree that Twitter should be allowed to limit racists expression, as it does not wish to be associated with that message. We understand why they choose not to verify white supremacist leaders, as that may provide the appearance of endorsement. We do not blame any business choosing not to host or participate in hateful activities.

Without comparing the two, it should be simple to appreciate why religious people who deeply oppose socially changing marriage to include same-sex couples would not wish to endorse or participate in a same-sex wedding.

No gay person has been discriminated against or denied a service offered by any business in question within the last several years of cases. Twitter more directly denies its public services to individuals based on being identified as associating with hateful groups than cake shops have denied gay couples access to their services. Masterpiece Cakeshop, as with many caterers, florists, and photographers, has merely declined to participate in an event or associate their brand with that event.

Why do LGBT activists perceive this as a direct attack on the validation of their relationships? It seems logical that a person would not wish to give money to another person who morally disapproves of their behavior. I would not seek employment or request a table at a Planned Parenthood event and expect them to accommodate me. Why would I help them raise money or support their business model? If I encountered an individual morally uncomfortable with participating in an activity with me and my boyfriend, such as couple photos or planning a party, it would be uncomfortable for me to force her.

Its Not About Logic, Its About Validation

The issue at hand is not one of reason, but one of validation. The LGBT Left has become obsessed with complete acceptance from the public in all areas. It isnt enough that same-sex marriage is legal, despite the wishes of many people in many states. Those people must celebrate same-sex marriages or be shamed in public. Many gay people genuinely feel personally attacked when faced with an individual who does not approve of their sexual behavior.

Lets take a moment to look at the issue from the gay couples side. If I were to go into a photography shop and request a booking to capture a special event with my boyfriend, for example, and the cashier said Oh, Im sorry, but we do not photograph same-sex couples, I would admittedly be taken aback.

For one, I would be completely shocked by the abnormality of the reaction. I traveled recently, and at many security points al...

08:18

Americas Use of Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Weapons Against Humans "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Castle Bravo was the first in a series of high-yield thermonuclear weapon design tests conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands, as part of Operation Castle. Detonated on March 1, 1954,

by G5

The most famous non sequitur is: Bats are mammals and can fly. Pigs are mammals. Therefore pigs can fly.

And they certainly do for a large proportion of the world.

The War Addicts who infect America, are not Defending anyone, anything, any moral values, any standards, any lifestyles and certainly not any Rights or Freedoms, in any corner of this world.

Following The SALT [Strategic Arms Limitati...

08:13

Talk Nation Radio: Shireen Al-Adeimi: Stop the U.S. War on Yemen "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shireen Al-Adeimi is a former middle school teacher and is currently finishing her doctoral studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was born in Yemen and has lived in the United States for 10 years. She recently wrote an article published by Common Dreams titled Only Americans Can Stop Americas War on Yemen.

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08:11

AFSA calls out biased reporting on Victorian planning reforms "IndyWatch Feed National"

Peter Hunt, a Weekly Times reporter, has treated the concerns of Victorias pastured livestock farmers over proposed planning reforms with total contempt, calling them delusional.

This seems unsurprising given Hunt spent many years in a policy role with the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF), a body whose reputation for attacking small-scale farmers is increasing.

Pastured pig and poultry farmers have rejected factory farming and are instead growing animals outside in the fresh air. They devote their farms to growing healthy animals in ethical and ecologically-sound ways.

In an op ed in last weeks Weekly Times, Mr Hunt trotted out the drivel the Victorian Government is seeking to rectify when he called pastured livestock farms intensive.

Hunt went on to make spurious claims about the biosecurity risks of free-range poultry and pigs. However, it is sheds full of thousands of animals living with their own excrement that are the real source of a massive public health threat those sheds are food for flu as evolutionary biologist Rob Wallace states.

The Governments attempt to reform the planning provisions has fallen short of the 2016 recommendations of the Animal Industries Advisory Committee (AIAC). The AIAC called for the scheme to recognise the lower risk small-scale pastured pig and poultry farms pose, and for planning controls to be commensurate with that risk.

The AIAC called for small-scale pastured pig and poultry farms to be treated like other grazing production systems.

The AIAC went through an independent public consultation. However, once handed to Agriculture Victoria, the ongoing consultation was limited to peak bodies for intensive agriculture Australian Pork Limited (APL), Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), and the VFF, and a handful of cattle farmers. There was no representation for pastured pig and poultry farmers, and Ag Vic came back with a draft that sees all pig and poultry farms with more than 200 birds or three sows needing a permit.

The Government, the VFF, and the likes of Hunt keep repeating that all pig and poultry farms...

08:11

PERTH Former Njamal exec to stand trial "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Former Njamal exec to stand trial .

December 05, 2017 at 06:15PM .

Sharon Westerman leaves Perth Magistrates Court with her lawyer Mark Andrews today. She is pleading not guilty to charges of stealing as a servant.

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https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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08:00

December 6 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1784 The British Govt, being over-run with so many naughty people, authorised the transportation of convicts to the far-flung climes of Australia.
Coz transporting them illegally would be such a bad thing...?


1797 George Bass discovered the Kiama blowhole, on the New South Wales coast.


1810 Today was the big day for the Hawkesbury Valley and its future. In the morning, the Governor crossed the river and examined the Phillip District Common for an eligible spot for the intended town and township for the accommodation of the settlers of the Philllp District. In the afternoon the Governor "walked out to survey the grounds belonging to the Crown in and near the present village on the Green Hills and also the adjoining public commona convenient part of which it is now my intention to appropriate for a large town and townshipand to connect the present village on the Green Hills with the intended new town and township."

1813 George Evans discovered and named the fertile Macquarie Plains and the Macquarie River (Wiradjuri name Wambool).

1827 The great and wonderful William Arnott was pupped on this day.
Without William there would be no Arnott's Biscuits and, ergo, no magical, fantabulous Tim Tams...for which we will be truly thankful.

1827 Reverend Thomas Kendall selected 1280 acres at Ulladulla.

1849 The old Government Windmill in Wickham Terrace, Brisvegas, was put up for auction but the public weren't backward in coming forward with their opinion on losing this notable landmark, so the Govt retained it.
Ahhh, for the days when a govt would actually listen to its employers, the voting public!

1854 Martial law was declared at Ballarat in the wake of the battle at the Eureka Stockade.

1861 Letter from Dalrymple advised that Mr Humphreys, who was with a party exploring the Upper Burdekin, was missing and believed to have fallen "prey to the aborigines".

1882 A rare Transit of Venus across the disc of the Sun is visible from Australia, and many scientific parties arrive from around the world to observe and record the event.

1922 Sewerage construction commenced in Ballarat.

1927 The Prime Minister, Stanley Bruce announced a government inquiry into the conditions of half-castes and Aborigines in North and Central Australia. Constitutional restrictions confined the inquiry, to be undertaken by Queenslands Chief Protector, J. W. Bleakley, to the Northern Territory. However Bruce promised Parliament that the interests of all Aborigines would benefit from...

07:52

The Chinese are not backing Adani "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Adam Carlton

The has been a lot of carry on about Chinese business activities and political donations in Australia that has a strong racist undertone. The implication has been that being Chinese is more important than the actual act. The tone is that Australia is threatened by a Chinese takeover.

This is the veneer that has overlain the Sam Dastyari affair. Regardless of the rights and wrongs of his actions, the media attack has been based on being associated with the Chinese. This is telling when the corridors of the Australian parliament are filled with lobbyists, private business donations are flowing into party bank accounts and Australia has been dependent on investment coming from overseas.

The Chinese component is only a small part of the whole and insignificant in comparison to the investment, including political donations, sourcing form the United Kingdom, United States and a few other countries.

When this reality is ignored, it means that what is really being said is that the money trail isnt important, unless its Chinese.

Australia has a history of racism being directed against the Chinese. This is not the whole story, but the part that has become more pronounced in recent times. The fabricated threat includes whole Chinese Diaspora, including the Chinese community in Australia.

Aside from the Dastayari affair there is the supposed funding of Adanis activities in Australia.

The man and his people have been casting around the world to borrow the money denied to them in Australia. They have been to the United States, Europe and other places. This has not been reported on. Only the Chinese approach has made the news.

All investment should be considered on its merits wherever it comes from. If it does not fit in with Australias interests, it should not be supported. An investment with Adani is such a case. It is wrong because of its nature, not because of where it comes from.

As it happens, the two most likely lenders, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and the China Construction Bank have both come out and publicly denied any intention to take part in Adanis projects. They have gone further and said that their policy is to become involved in the development of renewable energy sources and to move away from fossil fuels.

Even if they had shown an inclination to hand over the money, it would have to get the approval from the Chinese government. This would be difficult, given the Chinese government policy expresses more commitment to acting on lowering dependency on fossil fuels than any other country. As it is, most of Australias coal is exported there. The prospect for the future is that as China turns increasingly away from this energy source, the demand for coal w...

07:39

Tillerson Calls on European Allies to Tackle Iranian Missile Program "IndyWatch Feed National"

U.S. secretary of state, on visit to Brussels, says Tehrans behavior poses threat to region

Updated Dec. 5, 2017 2:51 p.m. ET

BRUSSELSU.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on European allies to work with Washington to rein in Irans missile program and its regional activities, saying Tehrans behavior must be challenged.

Speaking in Brussels alongside European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, Mr. Tillerson said Irans interference in Yemens civil war, its exporting of weapons and militias to Syria and its support for Lebanons Hezbollah group pose a threat to the region.

These issues and activities of Iran cannot be ignored and go unanswered and we intend to continue to take action to ensure Iran understands this is not acceptable and look forward to working with the European partners in that regard as well, he said.

Ms. Mogherini said the EU was willing to work on these issues with Washington but made it clear that joint action depended on the U.S. continuing to abide by the Iranian nuclear deal. President Donald Trump has strongly criticized the nuclear deal and has asked Congress to tighten the terms under which the U.S. abides by the deal.

Calling the Iranian nuclear agreement a key strategic priority for European security, Ms. Mogherini said Irans regional activities and missile program should be discussed separately from the nuclear deal.

Iran says its missile program is for defensive purposes and isnt forbidden under the nuclear deal. It has openly supported the Assad regime in Syria and blamed Saudi Arabia for escalating the conflict in Yemen, warning European countries to respect its sovereignty on military matters.

Ms. Mogherini has ruled out the EU tightening sanctions on Iran in the near term over its missile tests or regional activities. However, the French and German governments this week called on Iran to reverse its actio...

07:28

Community protest takes on labour rights abuser on Melbournes waterfont "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Trouble is building up on Melbournes Web Dock. A community protest is taking place there over the involvement of the multinational giant stevedoring company International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) in the abuse of employees through ongoing bullying and harassment.

A community protest is taking place at the Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT), which is a subsiduary of ICTSU.

The catalyst has been the denial of shifts to a casual employee. The argument provided by the employer is that he does not have a current Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC). But it is alleged that the real reason for the denial of work is that he is an active member of the maritime Union of Australia (MUA).

Backing this is that 21 others not having an MSIC are currently working on the dock and employed by the same company.

So its no surprise that the tight-knit Port Melbourne community has decided to stand up and defend this worker, as have other members of the broader community and other unions, said MUA Deputy National Secretary Will Tracey.

He also said: The Port Melbourne community has decided to take a stand against a company with an atrocious labour record around the globe that should not be allowed to operate in this country.

We even have ICTSI global chief executive Enrique K Razon on the record saying: The countries with the best infrastructure in the world are dictatorships a statement that speaks volumes about this companys leadership and its regard for unions and workers.

Last month, the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) launched a global report into ICTSI, which showed a pattern of severe safety deficiencies across the Philippine-based companys network of terminals.

VICT is trying to push through a workplace agreement that has been signed by only five employees and slashes penalty rates and casual loading. Meanwhile, the MUA has been battling to maintain wages and conditions.

The employer has refused to negotiate with the union.

The ITF report adds: The ITF, and our union affiliates, have observed an emerging pattern of labour violations in the ICTSI network: a failure to respect the right to freedom of association; poor safety standards; and illegal outsourcing of labour.

Many of these violations are in breach of domestic law in the countries where ITCSI operates and contravene international labour conventions.

They also contravene ICTSIs own policies and statements, and call into question the companys ability to effectively manage their global business and ensure the same standards and performance across all of their terminals.

Fair...

07:24

The Obscure Federal Agency That Soon Could Raise Your Electric Bill: 5 Questions Answered on FERC "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Joshua D. Rhodes, University of Texas at Austin Editor's note: On or before Dec. 11, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is expected to take action on a controversial proposal by Energy Secretary Rick Perry that seeks to prevent noncompetitive coal and nuclear power plants from retiring prematurely. Depending on how such a rule is structured, analyses have estimated that it could cost ratepayers in affected regions up to several billion dollars yearly. Energy scholar Joshua [...]

07:20

Govt Must Step Up Focus on Human Rights: Amnesty International "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

http://jakartaglobe.id/news/govt-must-step-focus-human-rights-amnesty-international/
Govt Must Step Up Focus on Human Rights: Amnesty International

By : Sheany | on 3:20 PM December 05, 2017

Jakarta. With its official launch in the country set for Thursday (07/12), Amnesty International Indonesia emphasized the need for the government to step up focus on human rights issues and warned that neglecting human right violations can impede the countrys growth.

Speaking at a press conference in Menteng, Central Jakarta, on Monday, chairman of the board for Amnesty International Indonesia, Todung Mulya Lubis, said that despite progress in democracy, political life and the economy, Indonesia still needs to pay more attention to human rights issues.

"Theres still plenty that must be done to resolve past human rights violations [] Indonesia wont have smooth progress if those remain unresolved, it will always obstruct the way," Todung said.

The London-based organization hopes to push Indonesia to be a global player in upholding human rights with its local chapter.

"Amnesty International Indonesia wants to urge Indonesia to take a global role in the human rights movement. Thats one of our dreams," Monica Tanuhandaru, one of the board members, said.

She emphasized that economic development in Asia, Southeast Asia and Indonesia will be "meaningless without justice of human rights."

However, as the world bears witness to changing political dynamics across the globe, it is no longer solely the role of the government to ensure protection of human rights. Rather, it should be the product of a collective act from all members of society.

"[The] state is becoming weaker and weaker. Efforts to uphold and protect human rights must be done by civil society, but this doesnt mean that we deny the existence of the state," Todung expressed.

Amnesty International Indonesia hopes to "unite all human rights movements that are present in Indonesia," especially as it aims to urge the government to resolve human rights violations.

For decades, the Indonesian government has provided little clarity on how it will address past human rights violations, including violations allegedly committed in 1965 and 1998, as well as those resulting from past conflicts in Papua, West Papua and East Timor.

Promises that these violations will be duly addressed was popular among candidates during the countrys last presidential campaigns, but real commitments to human rights from the current administration seem to have been overridden by priorities on other aspects, such a...

07:00

Australian carpenters' horror work trip to Port Moresby "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Security guard with shotgun outside Airways Hotel Port Moresby (AAP)
Security guard with shotgun outside Airways Hotel, Port Moresby (AAP)

LAUREN McMAH | New Zealand Herald | Extract

PORT MORESBY - When Queensland carpenter Trent Jenkins agreed to go to Port Moresby for work, he knew he'd be helping to build a university.

What he didn't know was that a few weeks in, he'd find himself cowering in a room, metres from gunfire, with his temporary home under siege.

Jenkins, 32, has told of the horrifying experience he and his brother had in August while both were living and working in the Papua New Guinea capital, which has the dubious honour of being the most at-risk location for Australian business travellers.

The brothers, both carpenters, had been in Port Moresby for a month working with a large Australian construction company that operates in Papua New Guinea.

They spent their days on the work site and at night they slept in a large company house, which was under 24-hour guard by security officers and surrounded by razor wire a pretty standard arrangement for foreign workers in the crime-ridden city.

Jenkins told news.com.au about 4am one night, towards the end of his time in Port Moresby, his brother barged into his bedroom holding two knives to defend themselves.

"He said some guys were trying to come into the house and he had heard one of the guards screaming," Jenkins said.

"And then I looked out my window and saw both of our guards tied up, kind of hog-tied, about two metres away from me.

"I saw these other guys standing over them and I could hear people trying to get up the side of the house. And then I got a message from my boss, who lived upstairs, saying, 'Whatever you do, don't go outside'."

Jenkins said the men were most likely trying to rob the house, which had already been targeted by thieves about four times that year....

06:54

The Gary Null Show 12.05.17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today is December 5th and like always The Gary Null Show is here to inform you on the best news in health, healing, the environment and all things political around the world. In this episode Gary goes into a deep discussion about taxes and if you should file for them. Gary also answers you questions that you have emailed him ...

The post The Gary Null Show 12.05.17 appeared first on Progressive Radio Network.

06:22

Rusty brains: Lowering iron levels in the brain could slow or prevent Alzheimer's "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cleaning out 'rust' from the brain could be a way to slow and even prevent the degenerative disease Alzheimer's, according to new research that pinpoints iron as its so-far elusive potential driver. Previous research has long linked Alzheimer's to a build-up in amyloid protein fragments in the brain that are normally broken down in healthy brains. But efforts to treat Alzheimer's by using drugs that reduce amyloid levels have so far failed, leading to speculation that something else is driving the disease. New research from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and the University of Melbourne has found that iron might be the culprit. Iron has a special property that allows it to exchange electrons, which is crucial in allowing our bodies to generate energy from oxygen and fuels such as sugars. But it can also damage neurons in the same way that iron metal rusts in the presence of oxygen.

06:17

Newsbud Exclusive Report- A Distillation of DOD Funding Priorities for November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

DOD Spent $21,226,750,000+ on 215 individual contracts in November 2017

The Pentagon issues a jumbled list of contracts every business day around 5:00PM local time. Our project distills an entire month of these contracts into an accessible form.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) spent at least $21,226,750,000 on 215 individual contracts during November 2017. This amount does not include 25 Foreign Military Sales transactions worth $1,696,871,000.

FOREIGN MILITARY SALES (FMS) Through FMS, the U.S. government procures and transfers materiel to allied nations and international organizations.

Barber-Nichols Inc. received $13,202,659 for Mk48 torpedo alternators & regulators for Canada (36%); Turkey (32%); Netherlands (32%).

Bell-Boeing JPO received $10,056,839 for FMS (Japan): V-22 field service reps & logistics at Camp Kisarazu, Japan (85%); Philadelphia, PA (11%); Fort Walton Beach, FL (4%).

Canadian Commercial Corp. (CCC/3M) received $7,663,473 for FMS (Canada): M61 filter pairs for joint service general purpose masks.

Capco LLC received $34,262,050 for FMS (Afghanistan, Canada, Iraq, Malaysia, Morocco, Taiwan): BSU-33 bomb fin assemblies.

General Dynamics received $50,000,000 for FMS (multiple unnamed, presumably Australia, Canada, Spain): logistics support re: Logistics Management Integration Department (AIR-6.6).

Integrated Microwave Technology received $12,583,035 for FMS (Afghanistan): hand-held ISR receiver devices.

Lockheed Martin received $16,200,000 for FMS (Iraq): automatic....

06:00

Crackdown: PNG to review work permits of expatriates "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Immigration at Jacksons Airport
Immigration at Jacksons Airport, Port Moresby

STAFF REPORTER | Radio New Zealand International

PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guinea's Labour minister Mehrra Kipefa says the work permits of all expatriates in the country will be reviewed, and the rules for new permits will be tightened.

Mr Kipefa also said the rules for the issuing of new permits would be tightened.

He said the review would ensure expatriate workers are only working the one job for which their permit was issued.

He told the newspaper, The National, that some expats have been granted a permit to do a certain job, but then go on to do other things.

Mr Kipefa said those found to be in breach would have their permits cancelled and be deported.

He also said that from next year permits would only be issued for expatriates to do jobs that Papua New Guineans are unable to perform.

Mr Kipefa said he expected the changes to be tabled at the first sitting of parliament next year.

05:13

Market Talk- December 5th, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

The final hours of the US trading session was a major concern for Asian trading this morning, which probably was not helped when the RBA (Reserve Bank Australia) left rates unchanged. This move certainly helped a bounce for the A$ but didnt help stocks with the ASX closing down around -0.25%. The Hang Seng traded heavy again as the tech sector led prices lower once again and even finished on its days lows. The mainland closed small down also but volumes were light in hesitant trading. The Nikkei traded heavy in the morning but managed a recovery in the final hour of trading. A less than happy Asian session had a negative effect on Europes open also.

A weaker start than many had hoped for but then economic data (PMIs) were not that supportive, so hardly surprising. the majority of the day was spent in negative territory and relieved by a bounce only at the close. Energy and resources led the markets lower, despite the temporary recovery in the tech sector. The key talking point in Europe continues to be the uncertainty surrounding BREXIT and then Schultzs response due Thursday. The deeper the UK/European discussions go, the more the rest of the world moves-on. Both sides think it is of global concern, but quite frankly the globe just hasnt blinked. The US tax issue is the big news and the longer the world takes to respond the further the gap will grow.

US markets traded heavy with many just happy to take some cash off the table and look forward to Christmas. At current levels the market does trade nervously, but given we will have probably seen the majority of Decembers volume by the end of next week, it really should not be a surprise. We have US unemployment numbers Friday and assuming theres no government shut-down, chances are thats it for this year. Anytime after next week it will be extremely difficult to attempt to move large size, so expect just Christmas coverage from then on. If we are going to see anything, it will probably be restricted to the currency markets where size can be covered. As we approach the close, most indices are at their lows even though the NASDAQ rebounds. Interesting that all indices finished on the days lows but so did the VIX (closed down 3%)!

2s closed 1.8...

05:10

Local lenders jostle for mega PNG financing deal "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

SARAH THOMPSON, ANTHONY MACDONALD
& JOYCE MOULLAKIS | Australian Financial Review

SYDNEY - Key project debt lenders have been giving their passports and travel insurers a workout as they troop up to Papua New Guinea to get to grips with what could be the region's biggest financing since the record $US20 billion deal for Ichthys LNG.

While the final configuration of the next stage of LNG expansion in PNG is yet to be settled, those behind the circa $US17 billion project - primarily ExxonMobil, Total and Oil Search - are already well advanced in considering funding.

A large project finance facility is understood to be the favoured option, building on the experience of the $US14 billion funding for the initial PNG LNG project.

Oil Search is understood to have hosted a number of local project finance bankers to PNG in recent weeks, with several testing the lay of the land again last week at a petroleum conference in Port Moresby, which also attracted a host of engineering contractors vying for a piece of the action.

Appetite from the main Australian banks is understood to be strong, although could be tempered by some being close to fully allocated in their exposure to PNG.

The country's sovereign credit rating has slipped a notch since the initial deal amid soft commodity prices, weak governance and ongoing political and security risks.

Still, export credit agencies are again expected to be well in evidence, while the backing of two oil majors and the sheer size of the project count in favour of commercial lender interest.

Also supportive is the outperformance of the initial LNG project, and expected robust economics and sturdy customer support for the brownfield expansion despite the oversupply due to plague the LNG market later this decade.

A firmer idea of how the expansion will look, including the split of feedstock supply between the Elk-Antelope, P'nyang and other gas fields, the capacity size and the ownership structure, is expected by early 2018.

Yet to be figured out is how the cash-strapped PNG government will fund its expected involvement down the track.

05:01

Everything thats wrong with America in 2 charts? Yeah, right. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I spent the end of last year and the beginning of this year studying the work of the moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt. Part of that was a coping mechanism; like many Americans, I've struggled with the strident and self-righteous tone our national dialogue has emphasized. Whatever nuance we once had seems to have disappeared. Haidt helps explain what is happening and, more importantly, how to handle it. I've made changes in my life based on his work.

Studying Haidt was also a way to challenge my own thinking. In the last paragraph of the following essay, I wrote about  how many of us struggle with the tone we are surrounded by but, I must ask myself, is this because I don't care for the tone or the beliefs behind it? Am I, at times, strident and self-righteous when engaging on a point I feel passionate about? Does my thinking at times lack nuance?

The answer, of course, is that I'm as flawed as any of us in this regard. Understanding Haidt's work, and related work on brain development, evolutionary psychology and human behavior, has helped me appreciate my own shortcomings and, hopefully, put me on a path to being a better communicator.

It's also helped me be more understanding of where others are coming from. I've come to a place  and I think it's a healthy place, at least for me  where I can disagree with someone without believing they are wrong. If a person can hold two contradictory thoughts in their head with minimal internal tension  it's called cognitive dissonance and we all do it  then certainly two people can hold contradictory thoughts without tension being necessary.

Haidt has also helped me understand another human flaw: We  especially those people who believe they are wholly rational  first have a belief and then search out information to support that belief. Very few people ever change their mind based on scientific facts or data. People change their minds only in a respectful dialogue with those around them, people whom they admire and trust giving them information that contradicts core beliefs, yet in a way that is respectful of those beliefs.

The piece we're sharing today, originally published earlier this year, looks at an article in which the author had a belief  the federal government is not spending enough on infrastructure  and then searched out data to support that belief. The data is there, and the article is not wrong, but the analysis fails to grasp the entirety of what is going on, which is much different than what the simple data suggests. We all do this  even we at Strong Towns  which is why having contradictory voices among our friends, colleagues and others we respect is so important. It's those contrary voices we listen to that keep us honest to ours...

04:42

Light reveal secrets of supercooled water "IndyWatch Feed National"

How low can you go? That's the question a collaboration of sixteen European scientists have set out to answer, in regards to one of the most ubiquitous-yet-mysterious substances on Earth: water. Ordinarily, water freezes at 0C, when its molecules stop moving fast enough to overcome the forces between them, clicking together to form a crystalline lattice. This isn't a hard and fast line, though: that lattice generally needs a "seed" disturbance to act as a starting point. Under the right circumstances, like if it's free of large impurities and chilled in a very smooth-walled container, water can get well below its freezing point before crystallizing. So-called supercooled liquids can do some super-cool stuff, like freezing all at once when disturbed. Since a solid is in a lower-energy state than a liquid, liquids can actually release a good deal of heat when they crystallize, too. Though it might sound paradoxical, farmers will sometimes spray water on their crops before a chilly night to prevent frost damage. Chemical hand warmers work the same way, with sodium acetate-a chemical that's got a high freezing/melting point. Since any temperature below 137F is "supercooled", the sodium acetate in the bag gets nice and toasty as it crystallizes, and can be recharged by boiling. (Watch video below) Everyday uses aside, supercooling has some important scientific applications. As abundant as it is, water has some really weird quirks, and they only get weirder when it drops below its freezing point, with properties like the water's specific heat (the amount of thermal energy it takes to change a substance's temperature) growing exponentially. Getting water down to 228 Kelvin-or about -45C-is a big target for scientists, because projections based on current data imply a "singularity" here-with the specific heat rising to infinity. Nobody knows what that really represents physically, but the debate rages on among theoretical physicists, and experimentalists are hard at work trying to find out.

04:41

With The GOP Tax Plan, A New Economic Epoch Begins "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Sam Pizzigati for Inequality - The U.S. Senate has now passed the most significant tax reform legislation since 1986. The legislation, most pundits believe, will likely become the new law of the land within weeks. What will that mean? We already have all sorts of numbers from reputable researchers on who will now see really big savings on their tax returns (the rich) and who wont (everybody else). We also have official and sobering congressional research estimates on what the GOP tax changes, once put in place, will mean for the nations economic growth and the federal budget deficit. But we dont yet have what we need: a sense of the big picture. Ten years down the road, twenty years down the road, how will the lives that Americans lead change if this Republican tax plan gets to shape our national future? The answer may well rest in new research just out from three of the worlds most prolific inequality analysts, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, and Gabriel Zucman. Piketty and Saez have been pushing the envelope on income distribution stats ever since the 21st century began. The duo, joined in recent years by Zucman, have become ever more sophisticated in crunching the numbers that tell us who gets what and why in America.

03:42

Facebook releases guidelines for Muslims who want to complain about critics of Islam "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our Lady of Perpetual Victims pray for us! http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/15689287.Facebook_targets_hate_crime_against_Muslims/ 29th November Facebook targets hate crime against Muslims Caroline Wilson facebook logo. 9 comments FACEBOOK has launched a new guide for the Muslim community to help improve online safety and give advice on reporting hate speech. Keeping Muslims Safe Online: Tackling...

03:36

Aboriginal education: How a well-paid principal helped a struggling school lift academic performance "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

How a well-paid principal helped a struggling school lift academic performance

6 December 2017

Four years ago, the NSW Education Department undertook an experiment.

Fifteen principals were employed on salaries of up to $200,000 per year to try and lift academic performance in struggling schools.

Chris Shaw, the principal at Hillvue Public School in Tamworth.

All the schools have large numbers of Indigenous students and all are based in regional and remote parts of the state.

The program is called the Connected Communities Strategy. Some of the schools have fared better than others.

At Hillvue Public School in the regional city of Tamworth, Chris Shaw was given new powers to employ staff, change school operating hours and parts of the curriculum. Hes more like a CEO than a traditional primary school principal.

The executive principal concept, I think is a good one, he said.

I am paid a higher salary and with that comes the expectation that you will do more and I think thats fair enough.

03:36

Georgia: More Questions than Answers about Death of ISIS-Linked Ahmed Chatayev "IndyWatch Feed National"

(EAN)  Georgias State Security Service has confirmed the death of alleged ISIS commander Ahmed Chatayev, the suspected mastermind of a 2016 attack on the Istanbul Atatrk Airport, during a November 21-22 counter-terrorism operation in Tbilisi.

The news, when it came, was not entirely unexpected, but did nothing to address larger, more concerning questions how did Chatayev, on a UN black list since 2015, manage to enter Georgia, and why was he here?

In response to calls by opposition MPs for a special investigative parliamentary committee to look into these matters, State Security Service Director Vakhtang Gomelauri has agreed to answer questions from parliament about the counter-terrorism operation in the coming days. 

Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia, meanwhile, has stated that Chatayev and suspected associates entered Georgia illegally.

In the nearest future, every detail will be researched and, accordingly, we will have all the answers, local media reported him as saying.

For locals, questions about Chatayev and the governments actions are more than hypothetical. Reports of young men and women from the Pankisi Gorge and elsewhere in Georgia heading off to join ISIS have abated recently, but concerns about Islamic extremists exploiting Georgias role as a geographic crossroads persist.

Indeed, one former advisor to the Georgian prime minister expressed worry that Moscow could use Chatayev to label Georgia a terrorist state shelter. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last year claimed that the Pankisi Gorge functioned as a rest-and-reload stop for Islamic militants.

Such claims have not yet resurfaced, but the lack of official information from the Georgian government about what took place in the Tbilisi suburb of Isani a little over a week ago has encouraged widespread speculation about the potential role of both Turkey and Russia, where Chatayev was wanted for terrorist activities.

Gi...

03:32

Victoria is corrupted - this survey of police by the IBAC proves it - 50% of police believe bad things happen to police who act on corruption "IndyWatch Feed National"

When the police chief is hand picked by Labor. When the Premier's former Chief of Staff is installed to keep an eye on the Chief Commissioner. When the CFMEU and Labor Party make the big calls. When a crook like Kimberley Kitching gets the slate cleaned and through her friendship...

03:17

Everything You Want to Know About Influenza "IndyWatch Feed National"

Well, maybe not everything. But a lot!

If the Voices for Vaccines Facebook page is a gauge, this flu season is seeing the circulation of more flu myths than usual. Is this flu strain particularly bad? Is this years flu vaccine a bad match? Is the flu worth preventing? Does the flu vaccine make you sick? Do people promote the flu vaccine for monetary gain? Our guests, Dr. William Schaffner and Serese Marotta help us answer these questions.

 

Dr. William Schaffner is a professor of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University and medical director at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. He is also a beloved member of the Voices for Vaccines Scientific Advisory Board.

 

 

Serese Marotta is the Chief Operating Officer of Families Fighting Flu. She lost her five-year-old son, Joseph, to H1N1 influenza in 2009.

 

Other links from the podcast:

03:08

More people die of drought than all other calamities put together "IndyWatch Feed National"

Droughts are getting worse due to climate change; treating wastelands is the only viable answer, says the head of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.

02:53

There is More a Christian book by Brian Houston of Hillsong that will take you to hell "IndyWatch Feed National"

On this, my personal blog-site donaldelley@wordpress, youll find out why Hillsong is bad for you and bad for the world.
I am particularly concerned for America, where so many Christian charlatans, like Brian Houston, and tens of thousands before him, have gotten away for so long with raping and conning churches and unsuspecting Christians by stealth and deception of their hard-earned cash. Brian Houston is one of these snake-oil salesman types not to be trusted. Dont believe the gloss. Dont believe the spin. Everything Brian does is all about Brian, his enabling and fully corrupt wife Bobbie and his corrupt children Joel, Ben, Laura and the corrupt Hillsong pastors in Australia and all over the world who are in on Brians scams and deceptions to enrich themselves.
Hillsong is a human pyramid scheme, trading in the souls of men, women and children enriching those at the top and not to be trusted as far as you can kick it.
Extract from the Penguin Publishing website:

02:47

The Underclass That Threatens Xis China Dream Low End Workers Being Swept Out of Beijing The Marxist Contradictions That Kill Communism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Beijings mass evictions of migrants cast a chill over Xis lofty equality goals

Dec. 5, 2017 5:44 a.m. ET

SHANGHAIAs a Marxist thinker who sees the world in terms of titanic struggles between opposing social forces, Xi Jinping has put his finger on Chinas main challenge.

It is, he told a Communist Party gathering in October, the conflict between peoples desire for a better life and unbalanced and inadequate development. In a commentary, Xinhua News Agency explained that if such a principal contradiction is left unresolved, it can lead to chaos and eventually, as Marx predicted, to revolution.

The first test of this new dialectic wasnt long in coming. A fire that killed 19 migrant workers in a tenement on Beijings outskirts highlighted the inequalities Mr. Xi was alluding to. Rural migrants built modern Beijing and other megacities as welders and scaffolders, painters and plasterers. They now collect the trash, deliver lunchboxes to gleaming office towers, nanny the babies of affluent families and guard the mansions of the superrich.

The answer from Beijing authorities to the tragedy: flatten migrants dilapidated dwellings and expel the capitals most vulnerable inhabitants.

If this is how Mr. Xi intends to resolve the contradictions that cloud Chinas future, expect trouble ahead.

A popular revolt isnt in the cards. The migrants themselves, dazed and fearful, have mostly submitted to their fate. They have few means to organize. Many simply melted back to their villages

Still, the plight of tens of thousands of refugees, dragging their wheeled suitcases through rubble in subzero temperatures, struck a chord among Beijings middle classes. Some donated food and blankets. Critics threw back at authorities the disdainful official appellation for the urban underclass: low-end population. Internet censors quickly blocked the term.

A gr...

02:47

Corruption In Big Pharmas Vaccine Industry "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The vaccine industry is under assault from various angles. Its only a matter of time before their fraudulent consensus science paradigm is exposed and picked apart as false and probably even will be discouraged from being considered as a prophylactic health modality.

One of the indicators of such a developing trajectory is found in the article Immunity and Impunity: Corruption in the State-Pharma Nexus published by Paddy Rawlinson, Associate Professor in International Criminology, Human and Development Studies, Western Sydney University, Bankstown Campus, Bankstown NSW, Australia.

Professor Rawlinsons article is Open Source. Id like to impress how a criminologist apparently views and assesses the deceitful shenanigans of Big Pharma, their research and toxic vaccines. As most readers probably know, Australia is a hotbed of repressive vaccine pseudoscience with deprivation of parental rights regarding informed consent, right to self-determination and mandatory childrens vaccinations.

Rawlinson opens his article stating that he examines the corruption within the state-corporate nexus as it relates to vaccines and the pharmaindustry; that is the networks of industry, medical and political actors involved in their research, manufacturing, regulation and dissemination.

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02:07

Nationwide Protests Planned Ahead of FCC Vote to Kill Net Neutrality "IndyWatch Feed National"

With the FCC set to vote on chairman Ajit Pais plan to kill neutrality in just over a week, a diverse coalitionranging from consumer protection organizations to progressive lawmakers to Harvard professorsis denouncing the FCCs proposals and scheduling nationwide protests to combat the agencys move to let massive telecom companies cash in on the internet at the expense of consumers.

This is the free speech fight of our generation and internet users are pissed off and paying attention, Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, said in a statement. Ajit Pai may be owned by Verizon, but he has to answer to Congress, and lawmakers have to answer to us, their constituents.


Related | Demystifying the Concept of Net Neutrality


Since Pai revealed his plan to gut net neutrality rules just before Thanksgiving, public outrage has continued to groweven as corporate media outlets have neglected to cover it. Adding to the already record-breaking number of public comments submitted to the FCC over the last several months, more than 760,000 calls have flooded congressional phone lines since November 21, according to Battle for the Net.

Furthermore, protests have been planned throughout the nation over the coming days in opposition to the FCCs scorched-earth attack on net neutrality: More than 600 demonstrations are scheduled to take place at Verizon stores and congressional offices across the country on Thursday, exactly one week ahead of the FCCs pla...

01:09

How To Vote The Shares Of A Social Wealth Fund "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Matt Bruenig for Peoples Policy Project - This proposal raises an important question that I do not address in the piece: how will the social wealth fund vote its shares? If the social wealth fund owns the stock of a bunch of companies, that entitles it to vote on things like board members and shareholder resolutions. And so you have to figure out how that voting will be done. From what I have seen in my research on this topic, there are three ways to handle the voting. First, you can choose not to vote at all. This is how Dean Baker and Tony Atkinson answer this question: the social wealth fund should own non-voting shares. This means the fund will collect all of the capital income that its ownership delivers, but will not exert any control. This idea seems odd to me because it implicitly endorses the view that the very rich people who own most of the stocks should be left to exclusively control our corporations. It is fair enough to have worries about how the social wealth fund will vote its shares, but surely you should also have worries about how very rich people already vote their shares. Second, you can have the managers of the wealth fund establish clear voting guidelines that its subordinates then implement on a vote-by-vote basis. This is how Norway does it. They have clearly articulated views on corporate governance, sustainability, and ethical business practices and exercise their voting rights in accordance with those views.

Tuesday, 05 December

23:56

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

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

by Jon Rappoport

December 5, 2017

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...

23:25

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...

22:39

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

December 05, 2017 at 04:56AM ,

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 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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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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22:25

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 http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/5101842/walt-secords-fluoridation-demand-delusional-playing-games-say-bega-valley-councillors/?cs=509

22:20

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 ...

22:06

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.

22:00

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...

21:57

Toms Take on Terrestrial Tyranny! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tom Meyer from The Tom and Steve Show joins us with his story of an enlightened path which led him to question the answers, ultimately helping him to fall off the ball and onto an Earth that SEEMS to be flat. Presenting these same questions about gravity, orbits, sun speeds, and the usual FE litany

21:47

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

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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...

21:41

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

21:07

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.

21:03

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...

20:28

IPSWICH STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR RODNEY STATHAM "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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...

20:26

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...

20:00

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...

19:48

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...

19:34

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:

 

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Aitchison, Jenny Maitland maitland@parliament.nsw.gov.au (02) 4933 1617
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19:22

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...

19:05

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,...

19:02

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...

18:59

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

18:39

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...

18:24

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.

18:01

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...

17:51

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 .

December 05, 2017 at 02:30PM .

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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17:48

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. https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/liberal-mp-jason-falinski-in-citizenship-woes-on-warsaw-connection/news-story/c7f26d41492e5a5398f705987c003dc6 Liberal Jason Falinski is facing questions about dual Polish citizenship. Mr Falinski could...

17:41

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...

17:20

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...

17:13

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...

17:13

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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17:12

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

17:00

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....

15:41

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...

15:41

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...

15:17

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...

14:15

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.

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/obama%E2%80%99s-college-classmate-the-obama-scandal-is-at-columbia

13:44

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?  Lets ask Wendy Hoffman.  She was 70...

13:36

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...

13:22

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....

13:15

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

12:39

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...

12:19

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.

12:02

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...

11:13

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.

11:04

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...

10:55

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...

10:30

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...

10:30

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.

10:01

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 []

10:01

Labor senator could face court referral "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

CANBERRA   [AAP]

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...

09:37

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.

...

09:33

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.
Editorial - newsroom@bordermail.com.au 
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09:23

Greek Prisons: Statement of Revolutionary Struggle Prisoners Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis on Day 24 of Hunger Strike "IndyWatch Feed National"

RS2

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

03.12.2017

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...

09:05

APS3 Graduate Compliance Officer/Investigator "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Building and Construction Commission

08:57

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.
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08:55

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...

08:50

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

SYDNEY   [AAP]

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.

The post Sydney woman, 78, mauled by pet dingoes appeared first on Echonetdaily.

08:38

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?


http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5098903/firearm-locked-onto-strangers-stomach-after-gps-makes-a-wrong-turn/

08:29

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....

08:00

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...

07:55

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.

 

 

 


07:42

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.

Perth-Report

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...

07:25

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 []

07:17

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?

07:05

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

December 4, 2017 NoMoreFakeNews.com

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....

07:00

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...

07:00

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

Ken InglisKEITH JACKSON

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...

06:53

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.
Keith.

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