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Sunday, 10 December


The Day We the People Took Our First Step "IndyWatch Feed National"

This day, 71 years ago, the Constituent Assembly held its first session. The very process by which the constitution was made holds inspiring lessons in the power of hope, active individual leadership, diversity and dissent.

The first day of the Constituent Assembly of India. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

December 9, 1946; 11 am. This date and time marks the start of a monumental social transformation of India. It was on this day that the Constituent Assembly embarked on its journey of making the Indian constitution. From the first session that day till the passing of the constitution on November 26, 1949, the assembly went through a profound churn of debate, turmoil and angst. These crucial three years coincided with a period when the nation itself was born through a process of intense upheaval and torment.

What can we learn from the constitution and the process by which it was made? The answer is: many things; in particular, we can learn about the ways in which we can shape ourselves and our society.

We can learn to hope that even when the chips are down, we have to focus on what is possible. The three years that the Constituent Assembly was working on the document were suffused with grief. Freedom had come but with it came the Partition. The Partition had a direct impact on the size of the assembly, which shrank from 389 to 299 members. The rest had moved to Pakistan.

The assembly could have been devastated by the loss of a fourth of its members, many of whom were close friends and colleagues. But it focused on the strength of the me...

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Saturday, 09 December


Brisbane in 2018 (video) "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


Brisbane's housing market has been, in a word, patchy.

Sifting through the 2017 figures, housing markets such as New Farm in Brisbane have recorded capital growth of about 7 per cent this year. 

Teneriffe has delivered similarly strong results.

Morningside has done about 7 or 8 per cent growth, and results of this magnitude have been seen in a number of inner suburbs.

On the other hand, the inner city apartment market has been struggling along, as I looked at in more detail here

Here are a few thoughts on the outlook for Queensland, recorded with the trusted resource, Brett Warren.


Marriage Equality: Australia Approves, SCOTUS Hears Cake Case "IndyWatch Feed National"

The trajectory of the gay rights movement can sometimes resemble the jagged line on a heart monitor. Gains and setbacks can land with equal force and frequency. This weeks events included a legislative win and oral arguments before the US Supreme Court in a momentous case.

On Tuesday, the court heard long-awaited arguments in a case filed by Colorado baker Jack Phillips the proprietor of Masterpiece Cakeshop, who refused to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple because he felt doing so clashed with his Christian faith. Conflating the business transaction and, to some, artistic expression with endorsement of homosexuality, Phillips contends that his right to practice religion is as sacred as the couples right to equal treatment.

To the extent that the two concepts are mutually exclusive, the justices will have to determine whether protecting First Amendment rights takes precedence over Colorados anti-discrimination laws. The far-reaching implications of such a decision is not lost on the courts liberal justices.

If freedom of expression can be used to justify Phillipss case, Justice Elena Kagan asked, would a chef or makeup stylist be permitted to selectively provide services too?

We want some kind of distinction that will not undermine every civil-rights law, from the year one, Justice Stephen Breyer said, including everybody who has been discriminated against in very basic things of life, food, design of furniture, homes, and buildings.

When the session ended, the court appeared sharply divided along party lines. The pivotal decision scheduled for next June probably rests again with Justice Anthony Kennedy, author of the landmark 2015 ruling that legalized gay marriage nationwide.

From his remarks during the hearing, Kennedy seems somehow as sympathetic to devout, discriminating business owners as he is to disenfranchised customers.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the earth, Australia became the 25th country to recognize same-sex marriage on Thursday, when parliamentarians passed a cross-party bill in a near-unanimous vote. The historic decision follows the result of last months $122 million national postal survey, a plebiscite that showed unprecedented popular support for gay marriage.

Even conservative parliamentarians who personally opposed the b...


MACKAY Glenella man charged after fatal Bruce Hwy crash "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Glenella man charged after fatal Bruce Hwy crash

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Tyson James Head, 27, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Hes accused of dangerous driving causing death whilst affected by an intoxicating substance and driving without a licence. The charges relate to the fatal crash at Pindi Pindi, about 60km north-west of Mackay, on January 24 this

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MACKAY Mackay woman guilty of car theft, fraud, stealing "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Mackay woman guilty of car theft, fraud, stealing

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Nakeeta Carmel Kissier, 26, faced Mackay Magistrates Court in custody on Thursday, after spending about a week behind bars. Alongside the charges mentioned, Kissier has pleaded guilty to receiving tainted property, failing to appear for court, contravening police, driving without a licence (disqualified

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Theres No Such Thing As Sound Science "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this piece for FiveThirtyEight, Christie Aschwanden explains how various industries have used the language of the open science reform movement, which advocates for more transparency in scientific research methods, to advance policy supporting corporate interests.

Calls to base public policy on sound science seem unassailable if you dont know the terms history. The phrase was adopted by the tobacco industry in the 1990s to counteract mounting evidence linking secondhand smoke to cancer. A 1992 Environmental Protection Agency report identified secondhand smoke as a human carcinogen, and Philip Morris responded by launching an initiative to promote what it called sound science. In an internal memo, Philip Morris vice president of corporate affairs Ellen Merlo wrote that the program was designed to discredit the EPA report, prevent states and cities, as well as businesses from passing smoking bans and proactively pass legislation to help their cause.

The sound science tactic exploits a fundamental feature of the scientific process: Science does not produce absolute certainty. Contrary to how its sometimes represented to the public, science is not a magic wand that turns everything it touches to truth. Instead, its a process of uncertainty reduction, much like a game of 20 Questions. Any given study can rarely answer more than one question at a time, and each study usually raises a bunch of new questions in the process of answering old ones. Science is a process rather than an answer, said psychologist Alison Ledgerwood of the University of California, Davis. Every answer is provisional and subject to change in the face of new evidence. Its not entirely correct to say that this study proves this fact, Ledgerwood said. We should be talking instead about how science increases or decreases our confidence in something.'


Australian security agency flags politicians with ties to China intelligence "IndyWatch Feed National"

Image may contain: 1 person, eyeglasses and suitAustralian PM Malcolm Turnbull unveiled new anti-interference laws on Dec 5 where he expressly referred to concerns about Chinas influence.PHOTO: EPA-EFE 

SYDNEY The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) has identified about 10 political candidates at state and local government elections whom it believes have close ties to Chinese intelligence services.

According to The Australian, these candidates are seen by security officials as a deliberate strategy by Beijing to wield influence through Australian politics.

These details, disclosed in the newspapers weekend edition on Saturday (Dec 9), have emerged after Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull unveiled new anti-interference laws on Tuesday (Dec 5) where he expressly referred to concerns about Chinas influence.

China has insisted it has no plans to interfere in Australian domestic affairs, after Canberra announced laws to curb espionage and ban foreign political donations.

Most of those whom security services identified as having close ties to Chinese intelligence services and the Communist Party were candidates at local government elections, reported The Weekend Australian, but concerns have been raised about state and federal figures as well.

At least one of those candidates is believed to be in elected office today. His relationship with the Chinese security services is alleged to have been cultivated before he was elected.

According to the newspaper, Australian intelligence believes the cultivation of political candidates is part of an orchestrated campaign by Beijing to insert agents of influence into Australian parliaments. The extent of Chinas influence was described to the newspaper as being patchy but deep.

The focus in recent months has been on alleged attempts by China to interfere in Australian politics and universities, particularly in in western Syd...


Could Skynet Become a Reality???!!! "IndyWatch Feed National"

They were asked why if this is so dangerous would they consider doing it anyway, their reply was that they wanted to see if they could! The problem is that intelligence is not that simple, not that defined. We have feelings, empathy, that is not intelligence. A computer brain with AI will learn far more than a human can in our entire lifetime & do it in seconds. Now think what that means! Imagine this AI brain realising that it could be controlled or limited, imagine if it decided to send all it knows to another computer across the other side of the world. Imagine if it decided that humans were no longer required & were in fact hampering its progress! There are computerised robotics worldwide in manufacturing workshops. These AI computers never sleep. Imagine what could be built overnight without us even knowing it was happening?
It is a little like global warming, we can set up simulations to see what will happen, but there are so many variables involved that we don't know exactly when it will all hit the fan. One more chunk of ice falls away from a glacier, this cools the water quicker than we had anticipated. Suddenly the temperatures drop in the North during summer, & by Autumn the UK is buried in snow! We are looking at the unknown, & we have no control over it. I think AI could easily go the same way.


Australian king parrot meets Dutch woodpecker "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 7 December 2017 video shows an Australian king parrot in the backyard of Hans Verheij, who made the video, in the Netherlands. Probably, the parrot is an escapee. Here, it meets a male great spotted woodpecker.


That Interstellar Asteroid is Pretty Strange. Could It Be? "IndyWatch Feed National"


The serious question begged is just how does one go about making an object shaped like this using natural process?  We certainly know how to make this and we certainly understand that making it this way is a good plan.  Spin it up along its axis and i can construct a space wheel holding millions using cable stay suspension.

We really need to catch it and have a good look at it.  An ion propulsion satellite will do well enough.  Continuous thrust will take us up to a converging geodesic.

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That Interstellar Asteroid is Pretty Strange. Could It Be?

By Corey S. Powell | November 23, 2017 10:36 am

Illustration of `Oumuamua, the first-known interstellar asteroid. Its unusual shape and color offer cryptic clues about the nature of objects from other solar systems. The challenge now is to find more of these messengers from the stars. (Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser)

It isnt aliens. Its never aliens.

Thats the only sensible answer whenever astronomers spot something truly weird in space. That unusual radio blip from the planet Ross 128b? Not aliens. Potential SETI signal SHGb02+14a? Not aliens. The mysterious alien megastructure star? Probably not aliens, either. There are so many unexplored natural explanations for unusual phenomena, and so many ways to make errors, that the starting assumption has to be no, no, a thousand times no, it is not aliens.

Then astronomers observed `Oumuamua, the first known interstellar asteroid, as it raced out of t...


The Government is Trying to Gag GetUp & its Petitions!!! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fight for our independence
The Turnbull Government just introduced a "GetUp clause" specifically designed to curb our movement's power. We need hundreds more people joining the GetUp Crew to protect our independent movement.

Eric Abetz and his hard right cronies know they're about to fail for the third time to force Getup members to become an "associated entity" of the ALP and the Greens.

Even worse, they're trying to legislate a gag order on charities fighting to protect the rights of children, people who are homeless and our environment while letting multinational corporations cut politicians blank cheques.

This is more than an attack on civil society  it's a sinister abuse of government power to silence those who speak out against it.

We need to defend the right of everyday people to participate in democracy and civil society. And that means fighting back with everything we've got. Can you join the Getup Crew ? 


Human Rights Law Centres Annual Report for 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

A message from the chair of the Human Rights Law Centre's board, Cathy Branson.

Dear friends,

As we celebrate Human Rights Day, Im delighted to launch the Human Rights Law Centres Annual Report for 2017 during our match-funding appeal.

This report outlines the concrete steps we have taken towards realising our vision of an Australia where the human rights that belong to every single one of us are universally upheld, promoted and enforced.

<< Download your copy of our 2017 Annual Report here >>

From the triumph of marriage equality, to stopping harm to children in prison, to highlighting the ongoing cruelty of Australias refugee policies, to defending protest rights, to action to tackle the over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and much more, we have played an important role in defending hard won gains and securing genuine progress.

We simply cant achieve this success without the support of our partners and people like you.


I am proud to support the Human Rights Law Centre as a donor. Together with my fellow board members and sponsor organisations, I have committed to matching donations made during our Human Rights Week Appeal which ends today.

If you havent yet donated, I encourage you take advantage of this opportunity to have your impact doubled. 
If you have donated, thank you. The impact outlined in our Annual Report is not possible without you.
Cathy Branson
Chair of the Board
Human Rights Law Centre


PERTH Woman accused of teens murder sobs uncontrollably in court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Woman accused of teens murder sobs uncontrollably in court .

December 09, 2017 at 12:28PM .

Aya Hishmehs father was at court to support her. Photo: Heather Mcneill. She appeared in the dock at Perth Magistrates Court on Saturday, escorted by two prison officers. Her father wept in the back of the court room as she appeared and called out, we love you bubba, we all love you and said I want .


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PERTH Man charged after pretend $50 notes discovered at Perth house "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man charged after pretend $50 notes discovered at Perth house .

December 09, 2017 at 08:58AM .

A 36-year-old man from suburban Thornlie has been charged with making counterfeit money, possessing instruments for counterfeiting, possessing materials used for counterfeiting, and knowingly having counterfeit money. He appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday and is due to reappear in .


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PERTH Canning Vale brawl: Murder accused Aya Hishmeh in court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Canning Vale brawl: Murder accused Aya Hishmeh in court .

December 09, 2017 at 01:00PM .

A 20-YEAR-OLD woman sobbed and had to be held up as she was escorted in and out of the dock after she appeared on a charge of murdering a teenager in Canning Vale on Thursday. Aya Hishmeh faced Perth Magistrates Court on Saturday charged with murdering 17-year-old Jacob Cummins and .


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A scientist explores the mysteries of the gut-brain connection "IndyWatch Feed National"

The brain in your head and the one in your gut are always exchanging info. But how do they do it? Neuroscientist Diego Bohrquez is trying to find out the answers. If you were asked where the human body's nervous system is located, you'd probably answer "the brain" or "the spinal cord." But besides the central nervous system, which consists of those two organs, our bodies also contain the enteric nervous system, a two-layer lining with more than 100 million nerve cells that spans our guts from the esophagus to the rectum. The enteric nervous system has been called "the second brain," and it's in constant contact with the one in our skull. That's why just thinking about food can lead your stomach to start secreting enzymes, or why giving a speech can lead to your feeling queasy. Until recently, scientists thought the two systems communicated solely via hormones produced by enteroendocrine cells scattered throughout the gut's lining. After sensing food or bacteria, the cells release molecular messengers that prompt the nervous system to modulate behavior. But it turns out the process may be much more direct. Intriguingly, Duke University gut-brain neuroscientist Diego Bohrquez, a TED Fellow, has found that some enteroendocrine cells also make physical contact with the enteric nervous system, forming synapses with nerves. This revelation opens the door to rethinking how we might affect these signals - and might someday change how we treat conditions as varied as obesity, anorexia, irritable bowel syndrome, autism and PTSD.


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00005 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 2.05 AUD


Hillsong insider. Part 22. Bobbie Houston: Im Bobbie Houston Im Strong, Im Invincible, I am Woman. I can do anythingthat I want at Hillsong. Bobbie is taking Hillsongs and the Australian Christian Churches views about women back to the Dark Ages "IndyWatch Feed National"


Bobbie- taking Hillsong women to the world, the flesh and the Devil


The article below was written by me and published on this site on 27 October 2015.


Blog article 27 October 2015

Ive been contacted by a high up Hillsong insider who believes that Hillsong has gone off the rails and wants to tell their story.

This article is the 22nd in a series of articles publishing the eye-witness testimonies of this Hillsong insider.




Australian Government Port Arthur cover-up evidence expanding "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Justice In The Lucky Country The Port Arthur Massacre

By Dee McLachlan

The 10 minute video above is the start of a series from Gumshoe News on false flags and other crimes. This one is on Port Arthur. [Much of the video is sourced from Channel 7s Mike Willesee series that damned Bryant]

When I immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s I made the assumption, as had most Australians, that Martin Bryant was the shooter in Tasmania. But as soon as I looked beyond the official narrative, I realized that something was terribly wrong. The entire case is a diabolic miscarriage of justice. For starters, it seems the defence, John Avery, was working for the prosecution.

In the video, I only concentrate on the case and not on the actual perpetrators. There are many articles on Port Arthur on Gumshoe, and in Mary Maxwells recent article, she outlines the players (also here and here). I decided to produce a 10 minute video after asking retired barrister Terry Shulze what he might say to a jury in a hypothetical summation of the case.

What is shocking, is that in the recent Channel 7 (Mike Willisee) program, John Avery (Bryants defence lawyer), admits that he did not provide, or want to provide, Martin Bryant a defence. And the way Willisee and co. twisted and manipulated the footage is monstrous.

In the Expos video, episode one, I outline these few simply points:

  • Martin Bryant said he was innocent of the killings for months.
  • He stated that he had not visited the historic site for 6 years.
  • The police interviews demonstrate the States attempt to manipulate and coerce a vulnerable and mentally challenged young man into a guilty plea.
  • The media portrayed a revengeful and crazed gunman. The transcripts of the negotiation and interrogation conflict with this view.
  • The defence failed their legal du...


What are some cheap options for a wedding dinner? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

I'm looking for suggestions for a cheap wedding dinner in Cairns City, either restaurants or catering with cheap venue hire. It's a dinner for 25 people.

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Brisbane Comedy Festivals largest ever lineup in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Brisbane will be plunged into hysterics from 23 February 25 March when the citys largest ever lineup of the best Aussie and international acts lay comical siege to three venues Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall and new venue SunPAC as part of Brisbane Comedy Festival 2018. The ninth instalment of Australias fastest []

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Persuasion, the Most Moving Love Story Jane Austen Ever Told, Turns 200 "IndyWatch Feed National"

In its blend of the public and the personal, Persuasion explores both the torment of silence and the value of hope.

Jane Austen

Jane Austen. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

When I was asked a few years ago if I would like to edit one of Jane Austens novels, I quickly answered that I would be happy to, and especially if I could edit her greatest novel.

Im sorry, Rob, was the reply. Someone is already editing Pride and Prejudice.

Thats okay, I said, much relieved. Pride and Prejudice is not Austens greatest novel. Jane Austens greatest novel is Persuasion.

It is among many other things the most moving love story she ever told. Anne Elliot is the second daughter of the absurdly vain baronet Sir Walter Elliot of Kellynch Hall. Frederick Wentworth is an officer in the British navy during the Napoleonic Wars.

Eight years before the novel begins, Wentworth proposes to Anne and she accepts him after a brief and intense courtship, only to be persuaded by her father and her older friend Lady Russell to break off the engagement. Wentworth, angry and badly hurt, goes back to sea, where he conducts a successful series of raiding expeditions on enemy ships, and amasses a fortune in prize money.



Desperate and dangerous: UN committee on racial discrimination urges Australia to immediately evacuate its offshore refugee camps "IndyWatch Feed National"

Overnight, a UN committee of independent human rights experts told Australia to end the indefinite limbo of the 2000 men, women and children being warehoused on Manus Island and Nauru by evacuating them to safety in Australia.

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination released its concluding observations after reviewing Australias compliance with the Convention it promised to uphold. The Committee said that it was alarmed that innocent people - many of whom were found to be refugees years ago - remained trapped in desperate and dangerous conditions on Manus and Nauru and urged the Australian Government to bring them to Australia and find safe, viable resettlement options.

The Committee also reiterated that Australia continues to have clear legal responsibility for men, women and children it is warehousing on Manus and Nauru.

Amy Frew, lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said:

The international tide of condemnation is clearly rising. Malcolm Turnbull must act, and he must act quickly. He must do what both the Australian community is calling for, and what the UN recommends. He must evacuate every man, woman and child to safety immediately.

The findings come just as the Australian Government is set to begin its three year term on the UN Human Rights Council. Ms Frew said that it was clear that Australias term on the Council risked being completely defined by its cruelty to refugees.

Our Government wants to strut its stuff and look the part at the UN. But it is crystal clear that for as long as our Government continues to warehouse 2000 innocent men, women and children on Manus and Nauru it will lack credibility and moral authority on human rights, said Ms Frew.

Asher Hirsch, Senior Policy Officer at the Refugee Council of Australia, said:

The Refugee Council of Australia is deeply disappointed that for the fifth time this year, a UN body has handed down a report criticising Australias treatment of refugees and people seeking asylum. It seems that increasingly Australia is become an international pariah in relation to its human rights record.

We are concerned about the lives of the many thousands of people caught up in Australias cruel treatment and hope the sustained criticism on the Australian government internationally will see its policies change, said Mr Hirsch.

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination concluding observations, can be found here.

For interviews or further information please call:

Michelle Bennett, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519


Jura's accessibility - call for input "IndyWatch Feed National"

We would like to invite contributions (online or in person) from comrades about how to make Jura more accessible.

Jura is committed to making our shop, library and events as accessible as possible, to as wide a range of people as possible, including people with disabilities. We try to have an intersectional approach to anarchism, and this means working towards ending all forms of oppression, both in our own space and in the broader society.

As most of you probably know, Jura is not very accessible to people with mobility impairments. The downstairs shop area is fairly accessible to a person using a wheelchair, but the rest of the building (including the library and toilets) are up one or two flights of steep stairs. When Jura moved into the current building (over 20 years ago), collective members did work on the entrance to the shop to make it more accessible. At that time, the rest of the building was not used for public meetings or events. This was partly because the upstairs area was rented out as a living area so that Jura could afford repayments on the mortgage for the building. Gradually, this situation has changed over the years, and a significant proportion of events have been happening upstairs in the library. A few years ago, a Jura collective member made and installed a rail on the stairs to make the library more accessible to people who are able to climb stairs, but have some difficulty doing so. However the library remains fairly inaccessible certainly it is not accessible to anyone who uses a wheelchair. Some years ago, after discussions about accessibility, we decided on a policy that most meetings and events can be moved downstairs on request. However it has recently been pointed out that this is not a very good solution because it puts the onus on people with disabilities to ask for the event to be made accessible.

In future years we would like to dramatically improve Jura's accessibility. We would like to do extensive renovations (such as installing a lift) or move to a new, accessible location. However, in the short-term we do not have enough money to do these things. (We barely have enough money for our rates and bills, which are paid through donations.) So we are trying to develop some better immediate solutions to making Jura more accessible to people with disabilities including mobility disabilities, sensory disabilities and others. We intend to do our own research and planning about this, but we would also like to invite input from any comrades who are interested in providing it. We are happy to accept this input online (preferably by email to jura[at] or in person. We also hope to schedule an open discussio...


Golden chance (II) "IndyWatch Feed National"

You have not still answered my question. Jessy hesitantly uttered as she fixed her gaze on Dans. Dan was rather speechless, seemed lifeless as he sat directly opposite her not unlike a job seeker. At this juncture, they were still the only guests at the bar, Dragon- Top. It was moment of confession; it was the ripe time for him to disclose his prime intention; the period to state clearly in strong terms the reason he left his initial position for hers. And, she conspicuously could not wait to grab...

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According to a Recent Study, Sperm Could Be a Natural Cure For Depression "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sure, we know there are many benefits that come along with sex but could there be more to it than that? This study suggests there is.

The State University of New York carried out a study/survey in which they were able to compare the sex lives of almost 300 women to one another and their mental health. This study was quite different to say the least as it went more in-depth than youd think. They found that seminal fluid contains chemicals that elevate mood, induce sleep, increase affection, and contain at least three anti-depressants.

They noticed that women who have sex regularly without using protection are less depressed and able to perform better mentally. Given that sperm contains things like serotonin, thyrotropin-releasing hormone, and melatonin I could see how it would benefit some. Semen may be a lot more mind-altering than we give it credit for.

The most important parts of this study were published in the Archives of Sexual Behaviors. We absorb semen quickly and its benefits can even be detected through our bloodstream. That being said, I dont think having unprotected sex is a good thing. STDs and pregnancies are still very real despite the possible antidepressant properties of sperm.

The abstract for this study goes as follows:

In a sample of sexually active college females, condom use, as an indirect measure of the presence of semen in the reproductive tract, was related to scores on the Beck Depression Inventory. Not only were females who were having sex without condoms less depressed, but depressive symptoms and suicide attempts among females who used condoms were proportional to the consistency of condom use. For females who did not use condoms, depression scores went up as the amount of time since their last sexual encounter increased. These data are consistent with the possibility that semen may antagonize depressive symptoms and evidence which shows that the vagina absorbs a number of components of semen that can be detected in the bloodstream within a few hours of administration.

On top of all of this, semen is pretty much like a multivitamin when you think about it. It contains tons of different proteins and healthy vitamins and minerals. While the amount of each vitamin and so forth will vary from partner to partner a helping of sperm is essentially a dose of something useful. Interesting isnt it? While this is not enough to sway me to have unprotected sex it is interesting to know.



Papua New Guinea gets its largest-ever conservation area "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea has been granted its largest-ever conservation area, a 3,600-square kilometer (1,390-square mile) protected area of rainforest in the countrys southeast that stretches from near the ocean up into the mountains. Called Managalas Conservation Area, the move is being celebrated by conservation organizations and local communities that have been working for 32 years to establish more protections for the region. Managalas Conservation Area was officially declared on November 29 by Minister for Environment and Climate John Pundari and Northern Governor Gary Juffa at Itokama village. Without environment, and without you and I, we will never enjoy the blessings of life, said Pundari, as reported by PNGs Post-Courier. If we lose [the environment], we lose ourselves and that is also a global message. Local communities held a party following the announcement to celebrate the declaration, the culmination of their decades of work towards protection of their forests. Minister for Environment and Climate John Pundari and Beate Gabrielsen from the Norwegian Embassy pose for photos at the declaration ceremony. Photo courtesy of Rainforest Foundation Norway Residents of Itokama celebrate the declaration of Managalas Conservation Area. Photo courtesy of Rainforest Foundation Norway The region, called the Managalas Plateau, still has expansive tracts of primary forest. But it has been increasingly eyed by extractive industries like logging and mining, according to Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN), which is supporting conservation activities in the region. Industrial agriculture is also a big threat, with several areas of the plateau suitable for oil palm plantations. The


Capitalism's Failure of the Flesh "IndyWatch Feed National"

A bitter irony of modernity is that the age-old dream of freeing people from work's tedium has been answered by robots, but capitalism has turned that "freedom" into a barren life with little left to lose, writes poet Phil Rockstroh.


New Caledonia take medals lead with 18 golds at Pacific Mini Games "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Another dominant day on the mat has catapulted New Caledonia into top spot on the Pacific Mini Games medal tally.

The French territory has 18 gold medals in all, after winning seven of the eight events on the first day of karate.

Les Cagous added seven gold medals in karate to the 10 they scooped up in judo.

The only break in their dominance came from Vanuatu's Vamule Lango, who won gold in the female kumite 61kg division.

New Caledonia picked up another gold medal in tennis, edging Solomon Islands 2-1 in the final of the women's team event.

The men's final between Vanuatu and Fiji is down to the deciding doubles match, which will now take place this morning following extended rain.

Papua New Guinea and Samoa remain on 14 and 13 gold medals respectively after having to settle for silvers and bronze on Friday.

Meanwhile Vanuatu is up to fifth overall, behind Fiji, after Yoshua Shing and Anolyn Lulu claimed mixed doubles gold in table tennis, beating compatriots Ham Lulu and Priscilla Tommy.

Table tennis and karate wrap up on Saturday, along with golf, while the rugby sevens champions and World Cup qualifiers will also be decided.
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Joy for Vanuatu table tennis father as children win gold "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

For two decades Morris Lulu has followed the fortunes of his medal-winning table tennis children from afar as they represented Vanuatu on the international stage but, until this week, he had never seen them taste victory in person.

On Wednesday night Mr Lulu was in attendance at Korman Stadium to cheer on daughter Anolyn and son Ham to their countrys first gold medals in the womens and mens team event at the Vanuatu 2017 Pacific Mini Games.

As a dad, I am very proud to see my kids play in the Mini Games, he told the Vanuatu 2017 Games News Service.

I have never seen them play in a competition like this because normally they play overseas. I had only heard their news from the radio or read it in the newspaper, and I had only seen them during training.

But yesterday was a very proud moment for me when they won gold in the team event. Now I have actually seen them play in a tough competition. I lost my voice because I was overjoyed, and I never stopped cheering to support them.

I will be here throughout their matches and continue to give them support.

Mr Lulu, a carpenter by trade, is from Gaua Island in the Banks group in the north of Vanuatu.

His other daughter, Emelyn, was the first table tennis player in the family. She took up the sport while at secondary school in Banks, and later moved to Port Vila where she joined the table tennis academy of Mr Mok, who laid the foundations for the sport in Vanuatu.

When Anolyn moved to Port Vila to find a job after school, Emelyn persuaded her to play the sport. They played together and were later joined by Mr Moks daughter and son, and the Lulus brother, Ham, becoming Vanuatus first two table tennis families and inspiring more people to take up the sport.

Priscilla Tommy, who is Anolyns teammate in the womens national team, is also her cousin.

After watching his children grow from young table tennis enthusiasts to international stars, Mr Lulus advice to all parents is to let their children play whatever sport they are good at and support them.

Dont keep your kids at home, let them come and watch the different sports to give them interest and courage to play a sport, he said.

Table tennis is still growing with a small number (of participants) but it is good to have more kids join the sport. Those who are playing now will soon finish, and they will ne...


REAL Tonga to launch Tonga-Samoa service on 18 Dec "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

REAL Tonga has confirmed Monday 18 December 2017, as the launch date of the much anticipated flight operations between Tonga and Samoa.

The Airline is currently completing final license requirements in Samoa and will commence operations with two (2) flights per week.

All flights are to be operated from Fuaamotu Domestic Airport to Faleolo International Airport in Samoa, via Salote Lupepauu International Airport, Vavau

REAL Tonga will be utilising the SAAB 340 for our regional flights, which will be offering up to thirty (30) passenger seats and a full meal service.

It has been over a decade since there was any significant commercial capacity between the two Polynesian nations.  The Owner & Chief Executive of REAL Tonga, Mr. Tevita Palu said, he is delighted to announce this exciting development for REAL Tonga, he also said, that from the moment he thought of starting an airline, he had always envisaged more than just offering a domestic service for the people of Tonga and he always expected that REAL Tonga air services would expand internationally and offer our people more choice, more flexibility and better fares than are currently available. He went on to say, that the airline is in its 5th year of operation and whilst it has been a long process developing the airlines standards to fit the international arena, he had made it clear to his management team, that he wanted services to Samoa to be available to our people and to the people of Samoa to be able to travel to their respective homes in order to celebrate Christmas. 

Mr. Palu said whilst Samoa is the first of our international routes, his management team are already working on plans to extend our regional routes to offer safe, convenient, comfortable and cheaper options to the people of Tonga to other neighbouring countries. 

The two flights weekly are being scheduled, to provide convenient flight times as well as good connections to Pagopago and to the U.S.A. 

This operation looks to open up more travel, trade and business opportunities between the two neighbouring countries and the international leg between Vavau and Samoa will offer further growth opportunities for the tourism market. The Samoa route offers the people of Tonga huge reductions in travelling time as well as air fares. 

Source: Press Release


2017 UK UAP files release - the 1990 Tornado incident "IndyWatch Feed National"


This is the fifth in a series of posts, drawn from material to be found in the 2017 release of UAP files by the United Kingdom government. As previously mentioned, I am not intending to provide a comprehensive catalogue of the contents of the files, I will leave UK researchers to do that. There are particular aspects of the files, namely certain documents, which have caught my attention, and this is what I am writing about. This post concerns a sighting by the pilot of a RAF Tornado aircraft on 5 November 1990, which at first glance, appears highly intriguing.

The report

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An 'unclassified' telex/teletype dated 6 November 1990 is to be found on file DEFE 24/3127/1 page 182. It is from RAF West Drayton to MODUK AIR, subject 'Aerial Phenomena.' It reads:

'A. 5 Nov 1990
B. One large aeroplane (shape). 5 to 6 white steady lights. 1 blue steady light. Contrails from blue area.
C. In the air. M.C. 6 area. Fl270 YPENBURG
D. Naked eye
E. Heading 100 degrees same alt Fl270
F. Into our 12 o'clock
G. One quarter mile ahead
H. Steady
J. N/k
K. N/k
L. Working Dutch Mill radar
M. [Redacted} 2 AC SQN
N. Nil
O. 2 others from Laarbruch
P. Other info. Aircraft was under Dutch mil control. UFO appeared in our right hand side same level. We were travelling at Mach point 8. It went into our 12 o'clock and accelerated away. Another 2 Tornadoes seen it and possible identified it as a stealth aircraft.'

More detail

On pages 171-174 of the same file, there is an expanded, more easy to understand summary of the sighting. This is included as part of a 'Loose Minute' dated 30 October 2000 to DAS4a1(Sec), responding to D/Sec(AS) 64/3/5 dated 25 Sep 00,...


Solomon and Fiji identified as source of prostitution "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Fiji and the Solomon Islands have been identified as hot spots for prostitution and child trafficking.

This was published in the 2017 United States Trafficking in Persons Report which was shared to the participants of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children session at the International Civil Society Week currently being held in Suva.

The report states the two countries are used as source, transit and final destinations not only for local but also Southeast Asian men and women who were subjected to forced labour and forced prostitution, and local children subjected to sex and labour trafficking.

It also detailed how children were at risk of being sexually abused and exploited, experiences of children who experience parental neglect and abuse and those living without their biological parents.

The report states that sexual violence against children is recognised internationally as the most severe violation of their human rights and the worst form of child abuse and exploitation.

Iris Low-Mckenzie, CEO of the Save the Childrens Fund said perpetrators of the abuse and exploitation were males and typically men with resources or authority in the community.

Sexual violence against children is a global problem and in recent years there has been increasing concern throughout Pacific countries regarding the incidence and suffering that children here experience, Mckenzie said.

She said the Pacific region need a holistic, inter-departmental approach to protect children from sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.

There is a need to strengthen policies, legislation and institutions for child protection as well as to address the lack of services to assist families in need and child victims, she added.

There is a growing awareness among Pacific Island governments of childrens rights and of the need to protect children from violation of those rights, particularly from sexual abuse and exploitations.

McKenzie believes there needed to be comprehensive, well-resourced and well-planned local, national and regional efforts to address sexual violence against children across the region.

The participants of that workshop discussed ways and opportunities to influence change, to mandate responsible individuals to initiate act to end the sexual violence and exploitation against children.



Rugby World Cup spot up for grabs at VAN2017 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Rugby Sevens kicked off on Friday at the Van2017 Pacific Mini Games and put the new Korman Stadium to the test with ten teams contesting in two pools.

The stand was packed and the crowd was loud as is the tradition in Sevens and the action on the field did not disappoint.

The rain came and went in light showers but did not dampen the spirit of the fans nor the players.

As expected the biggest roar aside from the home crowd support for the Vanuatu team was for the mighty Fijians.

Fiji placed its usual stamp of authority and dominance on each of its four games of the first day with wins over Tuvalu, Niue, Solomon Islands and New Caledonia. Despite this team not being the number one national team, the natural skillset of the players which dominated each game was obvious for all to see.

While Fiji has topped Pool A finishing the day undefeated with one round to go before finals, Solomon Islands has secured second place in that pool.

In Pool B, Samoa like Fiji has sent its second team due to World Series commitments, but at no time looked threatened by opponents Tonga, Vanuatu, Nauru or Wallis and Futuna.

With both these nations having already qualified for the 2018 Rugby Sevens World Cup, the big prize for the rest of the field is the chance to secure the second Oceania spot in the draw.

For Vanuatu, the steep learning curve continues and while a day of wins in front of the home fans would have been preferable it is the long and realistic road of development which is being played by Vanuatu Rugby.

With a win and two losses, Saturdays match against Nauru will be crucial if the home team hopes to finish well.

By Jill Scanlon /news and photo:


Special end-of-year opening hours "IndyWatch Feed National"

Date and Time: 
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 2:00pm to Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 5:00pm

Jura will be open every afternoon from Thursday 14th December until Sunday 24th December for you to get your last minute presents. Give the gift of great radical books to your friends and family, and support your local anarchist space at the same time!

Opening times as follows:

Thursday 14th: 2-7pm
Friday 15th: 2-7pm
Saturday 16th: 12-5pm
Sunday 17th: 12-5pm
Monday 18th: 2-7pm
Tuesday 19th: 2-7pm
Wednesday 20th: 2-7pm
Thursday 21st: 2-7pm
Friday 22nd: 2-7pm
Saturday 23rd: 12-5pm
Sunday 24th: 12-5pm

Jura will then be closed for a holiday from 25th December 2017 to 19th January 2018. We will reopen on Saturday 20th January 12pm.


Self-determination resistance continues in West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Self-determination resistance continues in West Papua Roshni Kapur
DECEMBER 8 The province of West Papua continues to be shrouded in secrecy from the rest of the world. West Papuas struggle for independence from the Indonesian government has been simmering for half a century. The conflict has received

Self-determination resistance continues in West Papua

Friday December 8, 2017 07:06 PM GMT+8

DECEMBER 8 The province of West Papua continues to be shrouded in secrecy from the rest of the world. West Papuas struggle for independence from the Indonesian government has been simmering for half a century. The conflict has received little media coverage since the Indonesian government has managed to block and censor information. The government has also implemented a policy that bars foreign journalists from entering West Papua, hence preventing stories of human rights violations from being reported and reaching the outside world.

West Papua was the only territory of the East Indies Empire which the Dutch did not give to Indonesia. In 1961, the Dutch formed a national assembly and the Morning Star flag was hoisted declaring its independence. Soon after, Indonesia invaded West Papua with the military support of the Soviet Union.

The US intervened by brokering the New York Agreement without consulting or involving the indigenous people. The agreement gave Indonesia interim control of West Papua until the 1969 Act of Free Choice, a UN-sponsored referendum to vote for either independence or integration will be held. Instead of holding a universal referendum, only one per cent of the population was handpicked to vote. Those selected by the authorities were intimidated with force which resulted in a unanimous vote that was in favour of joining Indonesia.

Although the outcome of the referendum was unopposed around that time, many West Papuans think that their mandate was not taken into account on whether they want to be a part of Indonesia. The Indonesian government wrests their control of West Papua through the New York agreement.

The West Papua resis...


Jura's end of year party "IndyWatch Feed National"

Date and Time: 
Saturday, December 16, 2017 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm

Jura's final event celebrating our 40th year will be an open day on Saturday 16th December. We'll have some discussions and some snacks... more details to come.


RTG Increases Its Interest in the Panguna Landowners Joint Venture Partner "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


RTG | Stockhouse | 8 December 2017

As announced previously, Central is the joint venture partner of the Special Mining Lease Osikaiyang Landowners Association (SMLOLA), being the owners of the minerals at the old Panguna Mine. The joint venture is held through Central Meekamui Exploration Limited who has applied for an exploration licence over the customary land of the SMLOLA members, being the old Panguna Mine. The SMLOLA has nominated RTG as their development partner for Panguna....


Another mark against Australias name at the United Nations "IndyWatch Feed National"

The tide of condemnation against Australias human rights record is rising, with the United Nations expert panel on racial discrimination, criticising Australias failure to combat racism in a report released overnight.

Despite being a nation committed to fairness and multiculturalism, the poisonous effect of racism is a growing problem in Australia one that causes immense pain to racial and ethnic minority communities, and which threatens to tear our social fabric apart.

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination expressed concern about the deterioration in Australias treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, ethnic minority communities, refugees and people seeking asylum.

The Committee warned that expressions of racism, racial discrimination, and xenophobia, including in the public sphere and political debates as well as the media, are on the rise.

The Committee urged the Australian Government to:

  • bring every person held offshore to safety in Australia;
  • respect the self-determination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • invest in anti-racism measures and appropriate services for people from ethnic minority communities; and
  • reform youth justice systems around Australia and raise the age of criminal responsibility.

Quotes from NGO representatives

Rod Little, Co-Chair, National Congress of Australias First Peoples

The Committee has reiterated our demands and called on Australia to introduce an urgent paradigm shift to demonstrate a true commitment to the fundamental rights of the First Peoples of Australia and ensure that aspirational plans become a reality. 

National Congress, on behalf of its members and our NGO collaboration, calls on all Australian Governments to receive this report with a genuine willingness to engage more with us. Our peoples, communities and organisations are ready to respond. Lets work together to ensure the right approaches are taken to enable our people, and the generations to come, to enjoy life with dignity and equal rights and freedoms. Together we must shape a future where we can all live without racism and discrimination.

Wayne Muir, Co-Chair, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services

The UN panel of experts on racism has echoed our calls for urgent action to address the high rate of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We call on the Government to urgently implement a national justice target, as part of the Closing the Gap framework, implement the recommendations of the NT Royal Co...


18 Questions CNN Needs To Answer After Getting Busted For Fake News "IndyWatch Feed National"

Early on Friday, CNN promoted its latest breathless report purporting to show collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. CNN has been extremely invested in the narrative of collusion for the last year.

In June, CNN was forced to pull one of its Russia-Trump conspiracy stories that did not meet CNNs editorial standards. The discredited story was based on a single anonymous source who connected Anthony Scaramucci, a prominent ally of President Trump, to a Russian investment fund managed by a Kremlin-controlled bank. Three journalists who worked on the story were fired.

But many of the other stories CNN pushed had serious problems, including one that claimed fired FBI head Jim Comey would testify he never told President Trump three times that he was not under FBI investigation. Thats precisely what he testified the next morning after the story ran. Still other stories are headlined explosively and presented on-air breathlessly while being quite anodyne. Earlier this week, was a piece headlined, Exclusive: Previously undisclosed emails show follow-up after Trump Tower meeting. The piece quietly revealed that Trump Jr. didnt receive the follow-up and the follow-up was in no way incriminating or suggesting treasonous collusion to steal an election. Such stories have been par for the course for the Russia-Trump collusion narrative.

Friday mornings report which got the usual suspects extremely excited was one such story. Broadcast widely on air and online, it intimated that Donald Trump, Jr. was given an advance notice about documents hacked or phished from Democrats before they were publicly available. The story didnt include any evidence that the random dude who emailed Trump, Jr. was correct, that his email had been opened, that he was connected to Russia, or anything else to justify the excitement that those all-in on the collusion narrative had in response to it.

But more than that, it turned out that CNN completely botched the story. Instead of advance notice that this random dude sent in to Trump affiliates, it was late notice that this random dude sent in. The Washington Post obtained the email and reported that CNN had completely messed up the story, claiming a September 4 date to an email that was actually sent on September 14, a day after the documents were publicly available.

Despite the story being completely meaningless as revised, CNN merely posted a correction instead of a retraction. And CNNs PR team tweeted out:

CNN has not released any other informa...


What's up with all the new-fangled cooking oils? "IndyWatch Feed National"

I often get questions about all these new-even new-fangled-oils like grape seed oil, rice bran oil, hemp seed oil and argan oil. Other oils new to the scene include avocado oil and camelina oil. Do they have any health benefits, and should we use them in cooking and food preparation? To answer these questions, let's begin by looking at the fatty acid profiles. Remember that we want to avoid oils too high in omega-6 fatty acids. Ideally the level of omega-6 should be less than 15 percent, and the balance of omega-6 to omega-3 should be two or three to one.


Bitcoin to $1,000,000? "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Greg Buck

Bitcoin to $1,000,000? Why not?  Zimbabwe issued Z$20 trillion notes in order that people could buy bread. Venezuela has hyperinflation.  Folks in the Weimar republic went around with suitcases full of money.

I remember saying to a colleague a few years back that interest rates HAVE TO GO UP.  Why was the retort. Why cant Central banks just keep them at zero forever?  Because if they dont raise rates, theyre going to blow up the financial system was my 2 cents.  Theyre going to blow it up because theyre killing the most important price signal in the entire monetary universe, the price of money itself.

That was years back.

Now, the financial system is blowing up, right before our eyes.

Debase the money, falsify...


Nuclear-capable Russian Tu-95 bombers on maiden flight from Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A pair of Russian Tu-95MS strategic bombers has flown a maiden patrol mission over the South Pacific from a military base in Indonesia. Crew and support staff had to deal with an unfamiliar tropical environment to successfully navigate and complete the mission. The two Tupolev bombers, which can carry nuclear weapons, flew Tuesday from Ukrainka Airfield in Russia's eastern Amur region to the Biak Airbase in Indonesia's easternmost Papua province. The almost 7,000km flight with mid-course in-flight refueling took about 10 hours, which was longer than the pilots expected. Bad weather prompted several changes in their flight course, they told journalists. A pair of Ilyushin Il-76MD military transport planes had arrived at the site a day ahead, carrying equipment and support crews. The mission, it turned out Thursday, was more than just a social visit to Indonesia. The Tu-95s, known as "Bears" in the West, flew a patrol mission over the southern Pacific before returning to the Indonesian base. The patrol was the first of its kind for the Russian Air Forces and was without incident, despite the persistently difficult weather conditions in the region.


December 9 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1790, a shooting party left for Botany Bay, including a sergeant of marines and three convicts, including Governor Phillip's gamekeeper John McIntyre. According to Watkin Tench:
"About one oclock, the sergeant was awakened by a rustling noise in the bushes near him, and supposing it to proceed from a kangaroo, called to his comrades, who instantly jumped up. On looking about more narrowly, they saw two natives with spears in their hands, creeping towards them, and three others a little farther behind. As this naturally created alarm, McIntyre said, dont be afraid, I know them, and immediately laying down his gun, stepped forward, and spoke to them in their own language. The Indians, finding they were discovered, kept slowly retreating, and McIntyre accompanied them about a hundred yards, talking familiarly all the while. One of them now jumped on a fallen tree and, without giving the least warning of his intention, launched his spear at McIntyre and lodged it in his left side. The person who committed this wanton act was described as a young man with a speck or blemish on his left eye. That he had been lately among us was evident from his being newly shaved."

1815 Joseph Wild, assistant to Charles Throsby, was appointed constable for the Five Islands district.

1858 Royal Commission on the defences of the colony presented its final report to Parliament (Vic).

1862 The Sydney Morning Herald published a short observation from their Lower Murrumbidgee Correspondant regarding "THE MARRIAGE OF ABORIGINES.
-I have latelyheard of a case where a black man and a white woman wished to get married. They applied to several registrars and to some ministers, none of whom, however, could be prevailed on to perform the ceremony, being apparently under the impression that such unions are not permitted by law."

1867 First Royal visit to Ballarat, by Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh.

1878 Ned Kelly and his gang locked 22 people in a storehouse on a sheep station near Euroa, Victoria.

1882 One of the earliest sightings of Australia's mythical 'yowie' was recorded in a letter from naturalist H J McCooey in "The Australian Town and Country Journal". McCooey claimed to have seen the yowie in 1880, in an area of bushland between Ulladulla and Bateman's Bay on the New South Wales southern coast. He described the yowie as being about 5 feet high, and it stood on its hind legs as it watched the birds up in trees. It had long black hair which was reddish about its throat. Its eyes seemed small and were hidden by dirty, matted fur around its forhead. Its forearms seemed grotesquely long, though the rest of its body seemed to be in relative proportions. Re...


Atmospheric compression snow event in Alaska and earliest ever snow in Texas "IndyWatch Feed National"

What can only be described as an atmospheric compression snow event has just occurred in Alaska. The most snow fell ever recorded in 90 minutes. Even in the snowiest city in the USA , they termed this event as extreme. Super cooled ice bows in Finland, atmospheric compression event in Australia with record floods in Victoria. Earliest snow on record in Texas that knocked out power to 88,000 homes with record cold in Mexico. Sources


This Innovative, Eco-Friendly Cup Is Made Entirely From Coffee Waste "IndyWatch Feed National"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Goodbye, environmentally hazardous paper cups. Hello, HuskeeCups! Because the ceramic alternatives are made entirely from discarded coffee husks, they are recyclable, reusable and chip-resistant. This means we can all have our coffee and enjoy it, too.

Coffee husks are a byproduct of the milling stage of coffee production. Because it has little to no economic value, the husk is usually discarded. However, this is incredibly wasteful. HuskeeTech estimates that for every coffee lover, 6.6 pounds of husk is wasted every year. To reverse this, the Australian company developed the HuskeeCup.

If java lovers were to use the HuskeeCup, more than 1.35 million tons of husk would be prevented from going to waste each year. The concept is so refreshing, it makes sense why the products ...


The Mike Mansholt story - possible Missing 411 case in Malta or foul play? "IndyWatch Feed National"

This detailed article in the Nordwest Zeitung tells the story of a father unable to get answers from the Maltese authorities after his teenage son was found dead here in mysterious circumstances. The police are uncooperative and unwilling to investigate more than they feel they must. The attorney general insists on secrecy. The medical examiner covers up the contradictions in his statement. The inquiring magistrate is powerless. And the victim's family is bewildered no one gives straight answers. Sounds familiar? Read on. The original article is here. What follows is this website's translation. Comment: Missing 411 is series of books by David Paulides, retired police officer, now independent investigator that details series of mysterious disappearances mostly in National parks of America but also elsewhere around the globe. The common denominators in these cases are: proximity of large body of water, "vanishing into thin air", inexplicable cause of death or curious autopsy findings in case of found bodies, majority of victims being of German descent, victims belonging to each end of the spectrum - either being in extraordinary physical or intellectual shape or having some sort of mental or physical disability. Most of these cases occur in clusters mainly in remote geographical areas, however there is a great number of cases occurring in heavily populated urban areas.


Notes on ending the violence echo chamber & asserting real action "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Rashmii Bell
Rashmii Bell


BRISBANE In that genre of storytelling in which animals are cast to convey human satires, Aesops fables are perhaps most likely to be recalled: The Hare and the Tortoise, The Gnat and the Bull and The Lion and the Mouse come quickly to the mind.

In her A Biography of Story, A Brief History of Humanity, author Trish Nicholson tells of this tradition of stories and proverbs surfacing in 3,000BC in the land of Gilgamesh (Mesopotamia) and existing through the centuries.

The tradition survived throughout lands distant and near, re-told, re-interpreted and translated to suit the society in which it emerged next.

Its intent was always the same: providing common sense wisdom on how to live amongst others whilst remaining true to ourselves, and the consequences of failing to do so.

The inclusion of The History of Reynard the Fox in A Biography of Story seemed to me a well-thought gift which demanded my reckoning.

Not deviating from Nicholsons description, the gist of the tale is this:

Reynard the Fox is a trickster: he steals from the other animals, cons them out of their rights, lays devious traps which lead them into trouble or kill them, rapes their wives, and manipulates his accusers with lies and flattery.

Trickery, confession and shifting of blame to other animals with power and influence is the repertoire. Reynard is unscrupulous, adopting the strategies of similar minded and well-placed others against those with lesser power to achieve his goals.

This we see when, after shaving Reynard and oiling his fat body, Dame Rukenshaw advises the Fox that with the aid of a full bladder and by striking across the face with a urine-soaked tail, Reynard will be guaranteed victory over his opponent, Wolf.

Much to our dismay, there is no apology expressed, nor victory of good over evil.

Instead, this tale encourages readers to identify and rectify Reynard-like quali...


Jury clears former Arizona cop facing a second-degree murder charge in killing of unarmed man "IndyWatch Feed National"

A jury in Arizona has cleared a former police officer of murder charges in the shooting death of an unarmed man. Police were responding to an emergency call that a man was pointing a gun out of a hotel window. The verdict cleared Philip Brailsford of criminal liability in the shooting death of Daniel Shaver, a married father of two from Granbury, Texas. Brailsford was facing a second-degree murder charge. Shaver's widow, Laney Sweet, shook her head, motioning "no" after the jury's decision, and told reporters she wasn't going to answer any questions, according to the New York Daily News. The shooting occurred in January 2016, after Mesa police responded to reports that someone in the Phoenix suburb was pointing a gun out the window of La Quinta Inn. Shaver was unarmed, although police later found two pellet rifles inside his hotel room. They were related to his pest-control job.


Adanis Australian Coalmine May Be Doomed Due to Lack of Funding "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

by Michael Slezak / The Guardian

Protesters in front of Parliament House, Canberra, on 7 October during a national day of action against Adani. Photograph: Daniel McCulloch/AAP

Adanis operations in Australia appear to be hanging on by a thread, as activists prove effective at undermining the companys chances of getting the finance it needs.

China seems to have ruled out funding for the mine, which means its not just Adanis proposed Carmichael coalmine that is under threat, but also its existing Abbot Point coal terminal, which sits near Bowen, behind the Great Barrier Reef.

The campaign against the mine has been long. Environmentalists first tried to use Australias environmental laws to block it from going ahead, and then failing that, focused on pressuring financial institutions, first here, and then around the world.

The news that Beijing has left Adani out to dry comes as on-the-ground protests against construction of the mine pick up. Two Greens MPs, Jeremy Buckingham and Dawn Walker, have been arrested in Queensland for disrupting the companys activities.

Is Chinas move the end of the road for Adanis mega coalmine in Australia, and will the Adani Group be left with billions of dollars in stranded assets?

Environmental laws fail to halt mine

Despite the mine threatening to destroy some of the best remaining habitat of threatened species of birds and lizards, federal environmental laws proved unable to stop the mine in the face of a government that wanted it to go ahead.

The initial federal approval for the mine was overturned after it was revealed the then-minister for the environment, Greg Hunt, had...


Which is the lucky generation? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Letter to the Editor

I dont want to tell anyone any more bad news this year.  It can wait until 2018.

I want my grandchildren and great grandchildren  to remain innocent, to believe that the world is a wonderful and a safe place, where all their dreams will come true, where there is no bad government, a mainstream media and that reports the truth, that they can rely on their education system that they received, the established medical system, and that all is well, that if they work hard and do the right things that all their dreams will be accomplished.   

I was born in Australias outback one month after the bombing of London by Hitler, and saw the end of WWll, though I was not affected too much because my mother grew all our food and my dad worked in the mines.  Millions died fighting for freedom and their countries.  The world that we had after the second world war, was one where everyone was so poor, so damaged, that they wanted nothing but good things for themselves and everyone else.  The children had no shoes and had to stand on sticks in the school playground so they would not burn the soles of their feet. Most of the girls had shoes, but many boys did not.  Children were lucky if they had 3 sets of clothes to change into, and only one toy was given for Christmas, and if you were very lucky you got another one for your birthday.  We didnt know that we were poor, until we grew up and learned about it, because everyone was in the same situation. And so everyone worked hard, built a country that was, and is the envy of most others, a generous country where the rich and the workers provided enough tax, to a system that would provide help to the underprivileged and help to the widows. We were taught not to speak of politics or religion, because they would cause arguments. 



Episode-2128- Expert Council Q&A for 12-8-17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tweet Today its Friday so its time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at with TSPC Expert in the subject line. Today the expert council answers questions on block chain, farming, health care costs, diet, law enforcement encounters, energy, rabbits, butchering and more. In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air. I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but cant always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between. To get more information on our Expert Council visit our Meet the Expert Council Page to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise. Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss How can cryptocurrencies deal with block chain bloat Brandon Todd Choosing a walk in freezer Darby Simpson Taking on debt to deal with health costs John Pugliano Dealing with problems when eating red meat Gary Collins Dealing with LEOs asking to search your vehicle Dan Ohmann Integrating solar heating in a northern climate Steven Harris Building rabbit cages Nick Ferguson Honing your deer butchering skills Jack Resources for todays show Join the Members Brigade Join Our Forum The Year 79 Walking To Freedom TSP Gear support TSP when you shop on Online Grandaddys Gun Club Bullhead Fishing Information Cape of Our Hero Volbeat Websites of the Expert Council Members MT Knives Humble Mechanic Living Free in Tennessee Harvest Eating Old Grouch Military Surplus Permaculture Classroom A Bee Friendly Company Investable Wealth NW Edible Primal Power Whole Systems Design Doom and Bloom Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one mans opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air. Join the MSB Today Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced? Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here. `


Solar, wind and nuclear have amazingly low carbon footprints, study finds "IndyWatch Feed National"

Building solar, wind or nuclear plants creates an insignificant carbon footprint compared with savings from avoiding fossil fuels, a new study suggests.

The research, published in Nature Energy, measures the full lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of a range of sources of electricity out to 2050. It shows that the carbon footprint of solar, wind and nuclear power are many times lower than coal or gas with carbon capture and storage (CCS). This remains true after accounting for emissions during manufacture, construction and fuel supply.

There was a concern that it is a lot harder than suggested by energy scenario models to achieve climate targets, because of the energy required to produce wind turbines and solar panels and associated emissions, explains project leader Dr Gunnar Luderer, who is an energy system analyst at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research (PIK).

Luderer tells Carbon Brief: The most important finding [of our research] was that the expansion of wind and solar powercomes with life-cycle emissions that are much smaller than the remaining emissions from existing fossil power plants, before they can finally be decommissioned.

Carbon debt

Critics sometimes argue that nuclear, wind or solar power have a hidden carbon footprint, due to their manufacture and construction. This large carbon debt, and the related debt of energy, must be paid off if they are to cut emissions over their lifetime.

Factories churning out solar panels use large amounts of electricity, often sourced from coal-fired power stations in China. Wind turbines and nuclear plants need a lot of steel and concrete. And the centrifuges that separate nuclear fuel also rack up a big electricity bill.

Yet zero-carbon sources of electricity are not the only ones to have a hidden, indirect carbon and energy footprint.



Will The Last Jedi betray Luke Skywalkers turn toward nonviolence? "IndyWatch Feed National"

by David Goodner

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi. (Walt Disney Studios)

With new Star Wars movie The Last Jedi approaching release next week, fan theories abound about the possibility of Luke Skywalker becoming a so-called Grey Jedi, a knight who rejects dogmatic views about good and evil and strives to balance the Light and Dark sides of the Force. In other words, many fans want Skywalker to become an even deadlier warrior, while still claiming to be one of the good guys.

Why so much excitement for such a morally dubious hero? Perhaps we need only look to our present cultural and political moment for the answer. With the Democratic establishment offering only a weak resistance to the far rights open embrace of fascism, many on the left are anxious to fight fire with fire and uncritically accept the antifa movements punch a Nazi black bloc tactics. Meanwhile, the average apolitical moviegoer just wants to see the good guys, whoever they might be, kick some ass which is to be expected after years of escalating violence in Hollywood films that increasingly portray protagonists as loner anti-heroes.

If the Grey Jedi fan theory is correct, many critics will praise the film as a sophisticated commentary on todays complex, dark, pluralistic society. Yet, what Disney is most likely to promote is a worldview that says violence is the answer to all our problems albeit violence approved by the very serious people of the establishment.

In the real world, however, there is no middle road when it comes to violence, or justice. Killing has devastating consequences for the human spirit, regardless of which side is doing it. Only sociopaths are able to kill without remorse and psychic trauma.

In fact, modern psychological research suggests that the heroic young Skywalker himself exhibited the traits of a sociopath through much of the original Star Wars trilogy. But his refusal to kill his father, Darth Vader, in Return of the Jedi concludes his story with a clear cut rejection of violence...


The Most Prayingest Prez Ever. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Flauros is a strong Great Duke of Hell, having thirty-six legions of demons under his rule. He gives true answers of all things past, present and future, but he must be first commanded to enter a magic triangle for if not he will lie, deceive the conjurer, and beguile him in other business. But if he enters the triangle he will answer truly, and gladly speak about divinity, the creation of the world, himself, and other fallen angels. He can also destroy all the conjurer's enemies by burning them up. If the magician requests it, he will not suffer temptations from any spirit or in any form. Flauros is depicted as a terrible and strong leopard that under request of the conjurer changes into a man with fiery eyes and an awful expression. Flauros can also supposedly be called upon when a mortal wishes to take vengeance on other demons. This is likely included in his capability to destroy the conjurer's enemies.

Flauros is a strong Great Duke of Hell, having thirty-six legions of demons under his rule. He gives true answers of all things past, present and future, but he must be first commanded to enter a magic triangle for if not he will lie, deceive the conjurer, and beguile him in other business. But if he enters the triangle he will answer truly, and gladly speak about divinity, the creation of the world, himself, and other fallen angels. He can also destroy all the conjurers enemies by burning them up. If the magician requests it, he will not suffer temptations from any spirit or in any form. Flauros is depicted as a terrible and strong leopard that under request of the conjurer changes into a man with fiery eyes and an awful expression. Flauros can also supposedly be called upon when a mortal wishes to take vengeance on other demons. This is likely included in his capability to destroy the conjurers enemies.

Today, we have self-styled prophet Mark Taylor (again), and Carl Gallups. Well start with Mr. Taylor, as he provided the subject line for this post.

Taylor told host Perry Atkinson that Mary Colbert, with whom he authored his book The Trump Prophecies, is a part of Trumps evangelical advisory board and that Trump recently told this group that when he leaves office, he wants his legacy to be that he wants to be known as the most praying president in American history.

Has anyone seen the Tiny Tyrant praying outside of a few photo ops? Its very difficult for me to imagine Trump saying that, close to impossible, really. I doubt Trump wants a legacy of appearing to be submissive....


China to receive shipment of Russia's S-400 air defense system "IndyWatch Feed National"

A shipment of the S-400 anti-aircraft system will be delivered to China in the near future, Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov said. "In the near future," Chemezov answered when quizzed about it. He explained that "there is ongoing production." "Everything is in accordance with the contract," he concluded.


Milo in Australia: Yiannopoulous, Free Speech and Violence "IndyWatch Feed National"

To what limit protest?  Naturally, this was exactly what colourful agitator and former senior editor for Breitbart News Milo Yiannopolous wanted: outrage, insensible anger, and heady adoration.  Without any of these, he would vanish, a figure charged on a narcissism that would otherwise vanquish him.  Left alone, and the shallowness would be overwhelming.

His visit to Australia triggered the usual fanfare over the credentials of controversy. Australian authorities tend to prefer their visitors to be of a milder sort, but Milo has touched a vein.  He has shown himself, rather artificially, to be radical, contrarian, different.  He is Right wing impulse made chic; prejudice made glamorous.

Milo has also managed to marry a few curious themes that grate with the traditional left: he is flamboyant, gay and totally uninhibited, even if all of these seem forced. He, in fact, inhabits a confused being, a soul that sells anger while also charming establishment outlets. By his own admission, he can change, evolve, adapt.

Michael Brull, writing for New Matilda, remarks pertinently that Yiannopoulous has been given expansive exposure on media outlets across Australia, more out of curiosity than anything else.  The Murdoch Press, through The Australian, has offered him opinion space to tease and vent; Channel 7 has fawned and praised; and the Kyle and Jackie O show floated with his waves.

His Melbourne show itself resonated with customary fleshiness and garish distraction.  Models were in ready supply, given the sponsorship provided by Penthouse. Preliminary photo shoots involved a gathering of up to 100 supporters.  Then came the smoke, lights and music, the projected messiah, champagne glass in hand, gracing the stage.  Other performances also supplied a private dinner option, if you dared.

The performances have wooed those present.  Reservations evaporate.  This is the impression from a far from critical Luke Kinsella: Milo is so unyielding, captivating and charismatic; its easy to understand why a cult of followers has developed around him.  He uses humour to make his point, and humiliate his opponents.

Brulls uses a comparison that gives pause for thought. Gideon Levy, a progressive Israeli scribe not keen to play to the halls of lukewarm acceptance, is also on tour in Australia. He has garnered a relatively poor harvest in fielding reviews and inte...


E.T. Visitation will be Welcomed by Americans "IndyWatch Feed National"

Americans Will Welcome ET Visitation

How would humanity react to the news that alien life does indeed exist? Thats what the members of the Arizona State University Interplanetary Initiative set to find out. And through a series of experiments, Interplanetary Initiative member and Arizona State University psychologist Michael Varnum has teamed up with planetary scientists to come up with an answer. According to their study, Americans, at the very least, would react positively.

To come to this conclusion, Varnum and his colleagues conducted three experiments. The first experiment involved analyzing how the media through the years has reported on five different events relating to extraterrestrials. These events, according to, were:

  • The discovery of pulsars in 1967.
  • The Wow! signal of 1977, a strong radio signal believed to be alien in origin.
  • The 1996 announcement of fossilized microbes on the meteorite Allan Hills 84001.
  • The 2015 reports of unusual light fluctuations of Tabbys Star.
  • The 2017 discovery of exoplanets existing within habitable zones.
The team entered 15 articles covering the events into a program that evaluates positive or negative words in written content. Varnum and his team found that journalists largely used far more positive words than negative ones in their articles.

For the second experiment of the study, the researchers paid 500 online participants to react to announcements on alien microbes and to the hypothetical discovery of extraterrestrial microorganisms. The participants were also asked to guess how the rest of the w...


ICANs Road to the Nobel Peace Prize "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is a guest post from Rebecca Gibbons, a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bowdoin College. 

On Sunday, December 10, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) will accept the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for calling attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear use and for promoting the recently adopted Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

This movement grew out of great frustration with a lack of progress on nuclear disarmament through traditional channels such as the 1970 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) or the Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament. After nuclear weapons possessors in the NPT failed in 2005 to re-commit to disarmament promises they had agreed to previously, a leader from the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear Waritself a Nobel Peace Prize winnersought to found a new umbrella organization devoted to developing a convention against nuclear weapons. He envisioned an international campaign that would operate similar to the one that had banned landmines and suggested calling this new organization the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons with the acronym ICAN. ICAN began in Australia in 2006 and was launched internationally in 2007. In a decades time, this group succeeded in pushing forward a multilateral treaty banning nuclear weapons and winning a Nobel Peace Prize. In my research on ICAN, I have identified five reasons for this movements success in achieving a nuclear prohibition treaty earlier this year.

1.       A cooperative relationship with committed diplomats

In the 2000s, ICAN members were not the only ones frustrated with the slow pace of nuclear disarmament. A group of committed diplomats from a handful of middle power countries worked together with ICAN and other civil society partners to pursue novel paths toward nuclear disarmament. Significantly, some of these governments, including Norway, Switzerland, and Austria, provided funding to support these efforts. They funded reports, meetings, and conferences related to nuclear disarmament and the humanitarian effects of nuc...


Most Former SC Judges Believe in Death Penalty, But Dont Have Faith in Criminal Justice System: Report "IndyWatch Feed National"

Only five former judges, out of 60 interviewed by researchers, acknowledged the possibility of error in the context of the death penalty.

A new report looks at how former SC judges view the death penalty and the criminal justice system. Credit: Pixabay

A new report looks at how former SC judges view the death penalty and the criminal justice system. Credit: Pixabay

New Delhi: How does the death penalty work? Why is it seen as necessary? How are judicial decisions leading around it made? What is the future of the death penalty in India? A new study looks to answer these questions by going right to the source of the decisions former Supreme Court justices.

The Centre for the Death Penalty at the National Law University Delhi released a report on Friday based on in-depth interviews with 60 former Supreme Court justices (out of a possible 86). Of the 60 interviewed, 47 had been decided death penalty cases. The study, titled Matters of Judgment, revealed a rather contradictory result: while most of the judges saw immense problems in the criminal justice system as a whole including the use of torture, fabrication of evidence, wrongful convictions etc. these issues did not change how they thought about the death penalty. In fact, most of them did not even link the issues they saw in the justice system with their thinking on the death penalty, whether for or against it. For instance, when talking about the criminal justice system, 43 of the judges interviewed thought that wrongful con...


Hemingway: Was Russia Collusion Investigation Compromised By Steele Dossier? "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Special Report Thursday evening, Federalist Senior Editor Mollie Hemingway discussed Russia and government corruption given new evidence of politicization inside special counsel Robert Muellers investigation of the Trump administration.

New information surfaced this week that FBI official Peter Strzok was removed from the investigation in July for anti-Trump text messages. Strzok was one of two FBI agents who interviewed former Trump national security advisor Mike Flynn, who recently pled guilty to lying to the FBI. Strzok also interviewed top Hillary Clinton aides during the FBI investigation of her email use that endangered national security.

It isnt that uncommon for people to have political opinions even if theyre FBI agents. That [Strzok] was removed for them suggests this was something completely apart from normal political rhetoric, Hemingway said.

She went on to discuss Thursdays congressional hearing, in which lawmakers interviewed FBI Director Christopher Wray. He refused to answer questions such as whether the discredited dossier compiled by British spy Christopher Steele was used to start the Russia collusion investigation; whether the FBI paid people involved with the dossier, including Steele; whether the dossier was used to secure a secret-court FISA warrant authorizing surveillance on Trump affiliates during the 2016 presidential election.

The question is whether the actual special counsel investigation itself was not compromised by its involvement with this dossier, Hemingway said. The American people deserve to know whether it was, and most importantly they deserve to know whether that wiretap application was in any way related to the dossier, and if it was, hoo boy, thats a scandal.

Its also worth asking if the real division in government isnt between Republican and Democrat, but between bureaucracy and people trying to hold it accountable, she concluded.


Same Sex Marriage law a win for ex PM's "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian politicians the biggest assholes in the world ??? !!! ???

So homosexual Australians can now rejoice that they can now be legally wedded.

People like Australia's ex prime minister Paul Keating, who is for the republic
(how VERY UN-Australian):

or our first lesbian (who's STILL in the closet) ex prime minister Ju-Liar Gillard:

oops sorry wrong picture:

that's better!

Please note:

No referendum was needed, as this was not changing the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900

- The Government Company gave $122 million to their arsehole mates for this BS 'survey'.

Changing of a 'Commonwealth' law can be made WITH...


Australian Finance Watchdog to Monitor Bitcoin Exchanges "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre has received the go-ahead to monitor bitcoin exchanges after the passing of a new bill.


Health Officials Admit Flu Shot Hardly Works "IndyWatch Feed National"

Many health officials around the country are predicting an intense flu season. The dire prediction is using this years Australian flu outbreak as the measuring stick and prediction mechanism. Because Australia has given us insight...

The post Health Officials Admit Flu Shot Hardly Works appeared first on Vaxxter.

Friday, 08 December


PERTH Canning Vale brawl: One dead, three seriously injured "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Canning Vale brawl: One dead, three seriously injured .

December 08, 2017 at 09:09AM .

Homicide Squad have also charged the 20-year-old woman with four counts of attempted unlawfully to kill relating to a 17-year-old Byford male, a 16-year-old male from Lakelands, a 16-year-old male of Wellard and a 16-year-old male of Beckenham. She is expected to appear at Perth Magistrates Court .


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PERTH Mother reveals shocking details of deadly Canning Vale youth brawl "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Mother reveals shocking details of deadly Canning Vale youth brawl .

December 08, 2017 at 09:40AM .

on Eucalyptus Boulevard in Canning Vale killing one boy, 17, and injuring several others. A 20-year-old woman from Canning Vale the alleged driver of the vehicle has been charged with murder and four counts of attempting to unlawfully kill and will appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Saturday. .


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PERTH Canning Vale street brawl leaves woman accused of murdering teenager "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Canning Vale street brawl leaves woman accused of murdering teenager .

December 08, 2017 at 04:15PM .

She will appear in Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow. Police said detectives were continuing to investigate earlier incidents at a local park in Canning Vale and a nearby McDonalds fast food outlet. Two youths were stabbed during the fighting, but neither received fatal injuries. A group of women lay .


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PERTH Woman charged with murder of 17 year old from Baldivis "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Woman charged with murder of 17 year old from Baldivis .

December 08, 2017 at 04:22PM .

year old male of Baldivis. The woman also been charged with four counts Attempted Unlawfully to Kill relating to a 17 year old male of Byford, a 16 year old male of Lakelands, a 16 year old male of Wellard and a 16 year old male of Beckenham. She will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow. .


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PERTH Forever in our hearts: Tributes flow for 17yo boy killed in Canning Vale "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Forever in our hearts: Tributes flow for 17yo boy killed in Canning Vale .

December 08, 2017 at 07:00PM .

were injured in the incident, and Jacob later died as a result of his injuries. A 20-year-old woman from Canning Vale the alleged driver of the vehicle was later charged with murder and four counts of attempting to unlawfully kill and will appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Saturday. Advertisement .


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PERTH Lakelands teen targeted in horror Canning Vale attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Lakelands teen targeted in horror Canning Vale attack .

December 08, 2017 at 04:33PM .

She will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on December 9. Read more: Teen dead, several injured in violent street chaos in Canning Vale. The attack happened about 4.15pm December 7 on Eucalyptus Boulevard, Canning Vale. Earlier that day, about 3.15pm, Police were called to Ranford Road .


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PERTH Mandurah police officer to plead not guilty to child sex-related allegations "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Mandurah police officer to plead not guilty to child sex-related allegations .

December 08, 2017 at 04:56PM .

A Mandurah police officer accused of using Facebook to send a child an indecent video and then encouraging the child to do an indecent act is expected to plead not guilty in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday. The man cannot be named because of a previous court order suppressing his identity, .


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Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands "IndyWatch Feed National"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 02:09 UTC on December 8, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 0 km. EMSC is reporting...... Read more


Prayer and Meditation for Saturday, December 9, 2017 This is the way; walk in it. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saturday of the First Week of Advent
Lectionary: 180

Reading 1 IS 30:19-21, 23-26

Thus says the Lord GOD,
the Holy One of Israel:
O people of Zion, who dwell in Jerusalem,
no more will you weep;
He will be gracious to you when you cry out,
as soon as he hears he will answer you.
The Lord will give you the bread you need
and the water for which you thirst.
No longer will your Teacher hide himself,
but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher,
While from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears:
This is the way; walk in it,
when you would turn to the right or to the left.He will give rain for the seed
that you sow in the ground,
And the wheat that the soil produces
will be rich and abundant.
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On that day your flock will be given pasture
and the lamb will graze in spacious meadows;
The oxen and the asses that till the ground
will eat silage tossed to them
with shovel and pitchfork.
Upon every high mountain and lofty hill
there will be streams of running water.
On the day of the great slaughter,
when the towers fall,
The light of the moon will be like that of the sun
and the light of the sun will be seven times greater
like the light of seven days.
On the day the LORD binds up the wounds of his people,
he will heal the bruises left by his blows.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

R. (see Isaiah 30:18d) Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.


Set up a Time-Bound Public Enquiry Commission to Probe Judge Loyas Death "IndyWatch Feed National"

It would not be inaccurate to say that one of our most powerful and respected institutions is not keen or able to look after its own its judges.

Loya was a CBI judge probing Amit Shahs involvement in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter case. Credit: The Caravan

New Delhi: A group of concerned citizens has released a statement demanding a time-bound public enquiry commission to get to the truth of the allegedly suspicious death of Judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya.

The statement, signed by academic and writer Apoorvanand, poet Ashok Vajpeyi, novelist Githa Hariharan, writers Natasha Badhwar and Priya Ramani, and historian Rajmohan Gandhi, has raised concern about the fact that despite calls for a judicial enquiry, no action has been taken to probe  Loyas death. It points out that there has been no attempt on the part of the judiciary to take up the matter suo motu.

The pleas seeking a probe follow two reports published in Caravan magazine quoting immediate members of Loyas family...


Ian Buruma en 'het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington' 33 "IndyWatch Feed National"

European populism historically almost always was anti-American,

aldus opiniemaker Ian Buruma in de weekend-editie van de Financial Times van 9 januari 2004, nog geen jaar nadat miljoenen Europese burgers de straat op waren gegaan om te demonstreren tegen de illegale inval in Irak onder aanvoering van de VS. Wikipedia meldt dat Europa destijds saw the biggest mobilization of protesters, including a rally of three million people in Rome, which is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest ever anti-war rally. Ook Buruma's formulering is kenmerkend voor zijn stijl van beweren, namelijk halfslachtig. Op die manier kan hij telkens weer weg glippen. Desondanks suggereert hij dat het Europese populisme en anti-Amerikanisme wat dit laatste ook moge betekenen met elkaar te maken hebben. Oprechte kritiek op de Amerikaanse schendingen van het internationaal recht komen zodoende onmiddellijk in een verdacht licht te staan. En juist dat is de bedoeling van mijn oude vriend. Door zijn gebrek aan empathie met de ontelbare slachtoffers van het beleid dat de elite in Washington, in overleg met de elite op Wall Street, voert, kan hij zonder enige gewetenswroeging de terreur negeren van de zwaarst bewapende grootmacht in de geschiedenis van de mensheid. In zijn boek Creating Freedom. Power, Control And The Fight For Our Future (2017) wijst de Britse beeldend kunstenaar Raoul Martinez in he...


Japan Eyes Tax Cuts To Enourage Corporate Pay Hikes for Employees and Capital Investment "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Yomiuri Shimbun

7:30 pm, December 08, 2017

The government and ruling parties are considering cutting corporate tax in two phases for companies that take such measures as giving high pay raises, it has been learned.

The change is aimed at encouraging companies to use their internal reserves savings accumulated through profits earned for pay hikes for employees and capital investment.

Companies that raise wages 3 percent or more or that boost capital investment can be eligible for a reduction of their effective rate of corporate tax to around 25 percent. Under the plan, the rate will be decreased to around 20 percent for companies that improve their productivity by investing in advanced technologies including software designed to realize the internet of things (IoT).

The Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito will iron out the details at their respective research commissions on the tax system, with the aim of including these changes in the tax revision package for fiscal 2018.

Japans effective corporate tax rate the rate at which companies profits are taxed is currently 29.97 percent. The figure will be trimmed to 29.74 percent from fiscal 2018.

Under the new two-phase tax reduction scheme, rates will not officially change, but corporate tax will be reduced for companies that meet the requirements.

Specifically, stricter requirements will be introduced for companies to be eligible for an existing tax relief system which encourages wage hikes for their employees as the mandatory rate of wage hikes will be raised from the current 2 percent or more to 3 percent or more.

Expanding investment in domestic plants will also be added as a new requirement.

These will be a higher hurdle for firms to become eligible for tax reductions, but if firms clear these requirements, they will enjoy a larger tax cut.

The changes also cover additional tax relief for businesses that are active in human resource development efforts, such as employee training. If companies meet the requirements, the effective corporate tax rate for them will decrease to around 25 percent.

Preferential consideration for tax cuts will start for firms that invest in IoT and other advanced technologies. Companies that meet all those requirements can see their rate of corporate tax reduced to about 20 percent.



Jerusalem - President Trump delivers unfulfilled promises from Bush, Clinton and Obama "IndyWatch Feed National"

I fulfilled my campaign promise - others didnt! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2017



081217 Robbery in Buka town

Robbery in Buka is a big concern for registered business houses who are struggling to improve their businesses and also contribute to the economy of Bougainville.
This year there were a number of robberies that occurred in Buka town.
Early Sunday morning this week, between 2am and 3m, burglars broke into Bakoline heavy Metal shop in Buka town and stole goods amounting to K10500.00.
The shop owner was not aware of this incident until daybreak because she lives in another part of Buka town while the retail shop is situated in the heart of Buka town in a building adjacent to Likui Trading.
The shop owner, who wishes to be unidentified, said that this would not happen if there was proper security to the rented shop.
She said that they have reported the incident to the Police but up to now there is still no lead from the police.
She is appealing to the general public to help prevent this activity because such behaviour does not portray a referendum ready community.




081218 interview with PPC Kingsley Lua
By- Theresa Baranangko
Police are ensuring that there is law and order in Bougainville to pave way for a successful conduct of Referendum.
They are calling for Communities Corporation and participation with Bougainville Police to help minimise criminal activities that is continuously occurring within Buka town and also other rural communities in North Bougainville.
According to the Provincial Police Commander, Mr. Kinsley Lua, Police have been receiving many reports of criminal activities mainly from Suir, Siara and Selau District and a few in Buka Town.
He said that most of which is alcohol related therefore he is strongly appealing to youths especially to control their drinking or more so enjoy it at home rather than going around in public areas where they will sure find trouble.
The PPC said that Police are also aware of an illegal trade which involves few mothers who are selling Homebrew at Stalls purposely intended for selling bettle nut. He said that this activity is mainly occurring at Kokopau and he is therefore appealing to those involved to stop this illegal trade before they are caught by police and face the consequences or even face tribunal.
He said that police will not tolerate such activity because Home brew is one of the major contributing factors enabling criminal activities.
The PPC is also appealing to students who are going into partying after graduation to take precaution during this festive season and avoid getting into trouble.
He said the police officers have been dispatched to communities to conduct awarenesss to ensure youths do not get into trouble therefore he is appealing to the public to respect the young police officers because they are doing their job to maintain peace and stability within communities. ENDS



081217 Lack of communication in Nissan Island
By- Theresa Baranangko
The Lack of communication has triggered concern for the people of Nissan Island.
A concerned parent who wishes to stay anonymous said since there is no digicel Network and currently due to the disconnection of the telecom tower, they are unable to use cell phones to enable communication.
She said that because of this issue parents especially are facing difficulties trying to contact their school children who are attending Institutions outside of Nissan. Parents are more concerned with their childrens safety while travelling back to Nissan for the Christmas Holidays.
In regard to this issue, she is appealing to the Member for Nissan, Hon. Jerry Napto, to take this serious issue into consideration and do something so communication can be re-established in Nissan.


Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hit State of Yap, Micronesia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit the State of Yap, Federated States of Micronesia at 00:22 UTC on December 8, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 13.7 km (8.5 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 15 km...... Read more


Meet the Seven Reporters Joining Us on ProPublicas Local Reporting Network "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are two types of police reporters, Christian Sheckler recalls his executive editor telling him not too long ago: Those who try to make friends with officers and get rewarded with juicy tips about crimes, and those who press for answers on such thorny topics as civil rights, misconduct and accountability.

In his four years covering criminal justice at the South Bend Tribune, Sheckler said hes chosen the second approach.

That hasnt gotten me invited to any barbecues, he wrote in an application to be part of ProPublicas new Local Reporting Network, but I believe Ive better served my readers with aggressive reporting on issues such as excessive force, the imperfect protective order system for domestic battery victims and policies on deadly high-speed police chases.

Sheckler and the South Bend Tribune are among seven applicants we selected to be part of our inaugural local reporting project. With support from a new three-year grant, were covering the salary and benefits of a reporter at each of these news organizations. The reporters will spend next year working on an investigative project in their home newsrooms and they will receive extensive guidance and support from ProPublica. Their work will be co-published by their home newsroom and by ProPublica.

They were selected from a pool of 239 applications and will cover a diverse array of topics, including conflicts of interest, housing, workplace safety, mental health and criminal justice.

The other reporters and newsrooms chosen to take part in the reporting network include:

  • Abe Aboraya, a health reporter at WMFE, an NPR affiliate in Orlando. Aboraya has covered the deadly shooting at the Pulse nightclub and produced an hour-long documentary and podcast on the health care workers who responded to the massacre. Aboraya has also looked at HIVs impact in Florida and how state budget cuts have reduced access to prenatal care.

  • Rebekah Allen, a reporter at The Advocate, based in Baton Rouge, La. She is a member of the papers small team of reporters focused on investigative projects and enterprise stories. Last year, she produced a three-pa...


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Mary Rapley from Shipley, Sussex, arrived in Sydney at the end of August 1838. A nursery girl by calling, she had been convicted of shoplifting at the Sussex Quarter Sessions on 7 January and sentenced to seven years. Mary was one of 172 female convicts to arrive on the John Renwick, having left the Downs, off the


Lynette Daley death: Adrian Attwater and Paul Maris jailed for brutal attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

Lynette Daley death: Adrian Attwater and Paul Maris jailed for brutal attack

8 December 2017


Lynette Daleys friends cheered in court as two men, who brutally raped the mother of seven and did not intervene as she bled to death, were sentenced.

In September a jury of 11 took just 32 minutes to decide that the men were guilty of the drunken attack on Ms Daley, her death and the ensuing cover up.

Adrian Attwater, 43, received a 19-year sentence, with a non-parole period of 15 years and three months, for the manslaughter and aggravated sexual assault of his girlfriend during a camping trip near Iluka on the New South Wales north coast.

An old photo of Lynette Daley with a pet dog.


Geoffrey Rush files defamation suit against Daily Telegraph over inappropriate behaviour claims "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are some videos in this article on-line

ABC News Australia

Geoffrey Rush files defamation suit against Daily Telegraph over inappropriate behaviour claims

Geoffrey Rush has filed defamation proceedings against The Daily Telegraph, which published allegations the actor behaved inappropriately towards a female cast member in a Sydney Theatre Company (STC) play.

It is an action I am taking in ord...


Human Rights Law Centres Annual Report for 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

A message from the chair of the Human Rights Law Centre's board, Cathy Branson.

Dear friends,

As we celebrate Human Rights Day, Im delighted to launch the Human Rights Law Centres Annual Report for 2017 during our annual match-funding appeal.

This report outlines the concrete steps we have taken towards realising our vision of an Australia where the human rights that belong to every single one of us are universally upheld, promoted and enforced.

<< Download your copy of our 2017 Annual Report here >>

From the triumph of marriage equality, to stopping harm to children in prison, to highlighting the ongoing cruelty of Australias refugee policies, to defending protest rights, to action to tackle Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples over-imprisonment and much more, we have played a important role in defending hard won gains and securing genuine progress.

We simply cant achieve this success without the support of our partners and people like you.


I am proud to support the Human Rights Law Centre as a donor. Together with my fellow board members and sponsor organisations, I have committed to matching donations made during our Human Rights Week Appeal which ends today.

If you havent yet donated, I encourage you take advantage of this opportunity to have your impact doubled. 
If you have donated, thank you. The impact outlined in our Annual Report is not possible without you.
Cathy Branson
Chair of the Board
Human Rights Law Centre


Turnbull's video from Government House on gay marriage "IndyWatch Feed National"

Turnbull has gleefully, joyously allowed this issue to dominate over the past few months. What a peanut. I think he'll find the warmth he's luxuriating in is as transitory as wee in a wetsuit. And the company he's kept, the agendas he's advanced have ripped his party to pieces. When...


Get free stuff at Ricondi store opening "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Founder Andrew Smart started the company a few years ago making and set up in a small room above a motorcycle mechanic, but has now moved to a big shop at 532 Seventeen Mile Rocks Rd, Brisbane.

Featured discounts of the open day include: 50% off selected helmets; up to 60% selected Ricondi and Five gloves; savings on Nolan/X-lite and selected Kabuto helmets and a free helmet with selected race suits.

Theres also plenty of free stuff for riders who can enter to win special Petrucci boots from FORMA, a Kabuto Areoblade V helmet and Future Shields.

There will also be free gloves for the pick of the bikes in the carpark every hour from 8am.

Ricondi recommends tight leathers Andrew Smart free stuffAndrew with store manager and veteran racer Scotty Mackellar

Andrew says there will be coffee from 7am, stunt shows from 10am, a free barbecue all day and millions of dollars worth of exotic bikes on display.

He says they will fire up a Suzuki RG500 at lunch time.

Several clubs and riding groups will attend including NWP, Club Laverda and the Italian Bike Addicts.



Gandhi the philosopher "IndyWatch Feed National"

His doctrine of non violence was the culmination of a healthy intellectual life.  It was also revolutionary and it has worked over and over again because it produces resistance that cannot be answered properly with force.

He also has much to teach, not least in his progress because he was truly challenged by the world at large and not by an academe. 

Far too many try to forget his existence but they are lesser souls.

Gandhi the philosopher

Better known as the face of non-violent protest, Gandhi was also a surprising, subtle philosopher in the Stoic tradition

Was Mahatma Gandhi a philosopher? He would not have thought so himself. But I want to show that he was a model for philosophy in the philosophical subtlety of his accounts of non-violence and in his thinking on a vital kind of freedom. Gandhi was full of surprises: in his defence of concrete particularity in ethics when exceptionless rules cannot guide conduct; in his openness to views from other cultures; and in his exemplary response to criticism, which was welcomed, promulgated without being distorted, treated with disconcerting wit, and used to lead to a radical re-thinking of his own views.

Of course, Gandhi (1869-1948) is known for his belief in non-violence, which included, but was by no means confined to, non-v...


Here's Where the Aluminum from Vaccines Accumulates in the Body "IndyWatch Feed National"

Understand that our biology excludes aluminum as a matter of course, while it absorbs and uses many other elements.  It certainly does not tolerate it at all.  So why do be even considering injection? And how was mercury ever part of any such regime?

Slowly but surely the bad news is coming out and at the same time the whole vaccine meme is been more rigorously approached, but not before we have a gross gold rush that will surely maximize the number of actual victims.

The profound corruption in the pharmaceutical industry is ripe for massive reform surely coming..
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Here's Where the Aluminum from Vaccines Accumulates in the Body

When it comes to the most widely used adjuvant ingredient found within vaccines, aluminum, many questions have yet to be answered, particularly when it comes to where the aluminum goes after injection, an issue known as biopersistence.

One reason this question arises is because a causative role has been established in whats known as macrophagic myofasciitis (MMF) lesion in patients who have myalgic encephalomyelitis, or brain inflammation. 

Myalgia, arthralgia, chronic fatigue, cognitive dysfunc...


NNTT registration of contested Adani land deal to be fought hard in Court by W&J "IndyWatch Feed National"

Media Release

Brisbane, 8 December 2017. Traditional Owners of the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Family Council say they are troubled by the decision of the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) to register an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) for Adani before a legal challenge to the ILUA scheduled for March 2018 can be heard in the Federal Court.

W&J representatives say they have never given consent or signed the ILUA and are not bound by it. The ILUA was rejected by W&J again at a claim group meeting only days ago.

Representatives of the native title claim group have filed an application in the Federal Court for an injunction against Adani and the Queensland Government, to restrain them should they attempt to use the registration of the ILUA to extinguish their native title, under its terms, before their challenge is resolved in the courts.

Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council Spokesperson Adrian Burragubba said, We expected the Native Title Tribunal to tick the boxes and register Adanis sham land use agreement. It is still subject to a legal challenge in March 2018 and we will pursue this and seek to reverse any decisions that are made in the meantime.

Our lawyers are immediately writing to the state government and are urgently pursuing an injunction. Our legal team have prepared for the eventuality that the tribunal would place the ILUA on the register.

The tribunal knew th...


New JFK Files Inadvertently Reveal Smoking Gun "IndyWatch Feed National"

New JFK Files Inadvertently Reveal Smoking Gun | jfk_files | CIA Sleuth Journal Special Interests US News


By George Cassidy Payne | 

If the American intelligence community intended to suppress any file that would appear as a smoking gun to JFK assassination researchers, they made a blunder when they released a curious memo from the CIA to FBI that says a senior reporter at Cambridge Evening News was told to call the American embassy for some big news. The call was placed anonymously and came 25 minutes before the murder of JFK. Apparently the memo regarding this call came from CIA Director of Plans, Richard Helms, and was presumably sent directly to J. Edgar Hoover. The British Secret Service, or MI-5, had determined that the tip was made.

Why was this document kept secret for 54 years? If it was a routine memo about an oddly timed phone call, then just release it to the public during the Warren Commission. What has changed to make this document less of a national security risk? The answer: nothing.

Could it be that the document is dangerous to the CIA and FBI because it establishes foreknowledge of the assassination? Who made the call?

This story sounds familiar. Remember Jane Standleys live report on BBC Worldnews when she started reporting that 7 World Trade Center had collapsed about 23 minutes before the building actually came down? As video of the news network s live broadcast on September 11 reached the world, the skyscraper (also known as the Salomon Brothers Building) was still standing and clearly visible over the shoulder of the reporter.

Considering that this building was not hit by any plane, the governments explanation that it collapsed due to structural damage is implausible. Since 2001, thousands of architects and engineers across the world have said that it was unquestionably brought down by a controlled demolition.

Why did a news reporter announce the fall of a 47 story skyscraper 23 minutes before it actually came down? To this day, WTC Building 7 has never received an adequate explanation, and this mishap turned out to...


Andrew O'Keefe leaves 7's Sunrise "to spend more quality time with family". Michael Pell "Australians have woken up to his style". "IndyWatch Feed National"

Channel 7 needed a separate media release to carry O'Keefe's fawning, self-serving "spending more time with the family" paragraph. The one that comes after "Andrew made the decision to step away" and "focus on other projects". Sunrise Executive Producer Michael Pell - perhaps with tongue firmly in cheek - put...


NSW Liberals light up the Sydney Opera House over same sex marriage "IndyWatch Feed National"

It's now "marriage equality law", even to a Liberal Party minister. A tiny minority of people will benefit. A significant minority of people are staunchly opposed. But that's not the party line. Turnbull, Shorten and others have dropped their promises of protection for religious freedom now that they have what...



Last year, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that people working in agriculture including farmers, farm laborers, ranchers, fishers, and lumber harvesters take their lives at a rate higher than any other occupation.

The data suggested that the suicide rate for agricultural workers in 17 states was nearly five times higher compared with that in the general population.

After the study was released, Newsweek reported that the suicide death rate for farmers was more than double that of military veterans. This, however, could be an underestimate, as the data collected skipped several major agricultural states, including Iowa.

Rosmann and other experts add that the farmer suicide rate might be higher, because an unknown number of farmers disguise their suicides as farm accidents.

READ MORE: Doctor Speaks Out: The Link Between Factory Farming & Out Of Control Diseases In The US 

The US farmer suicide crisis echoes a much larger farmer suicide crisis happening globally: an Australian farmer dies by suicide every four days; in the UK, one farmer a week takes his or her own life; in France, one farmer dies by suicide every two days; in India, more than 270,000 farmers have died by suicide since 1995.


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Refugee Detention, Torture and Abuse by Australia doesnt STOP for holidays, New Year celebrations, Christmas Carols or Sporting events #SanctionAustralia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

While you are celebrating your end of year events, our community is being tortured, abused and murdered in Australian run detention centers in front of your eyes every single day. Have you forgotten?

This is a call by RISE eX-detainees to the Australian public and the International community to join our #SanctionAustralia Campaign and stand AGAINST Refugee/Asylum seeker Detention, Torture and Refoulement committed by the Australian government, during end of year events across Australia and Overseas.

What you are witnessing RIGHT NOW against Refugees in Manus or Nauru or any other Australian run detention camp is not something new. The systemic abuse against refugees coming on boats to seek asylum has been going on for over 25 years now. Australia needs to stop using us as political pawns and


Furthermore, Australias state sanctioned refugee trafficking, detention, torture and abuse has been the laboratory for the world. It has given a green light to many across the globe who claim to support refugees including the European Union who recently made a major deal with Libya to intercept refugee boats.

RISE eX-detainees call for immediate pressure to be placed on Australia in the way of global sanctions that address their deliberate and inhumane mandatory detention process and refugee boat push back policies. Specifically, Australia should be excluded in participating in international humanitarian and human rights forums until mandatory detention and refoulement of asylum seekers is abolished in Australia.

We eX-detainees request all supporters of eX-detainees and current detainees held hostage by Australia to take a stand during end of year holiday events and bring to the forefront the forgotten people in our community being tortured, refouled and abused by this government while mainstream Australia celebrates this festive season.

What you can do
Download our posters and display them at public places and send a strong message that you are no longer going to stand by idly while the trafficking in human misery is leveraged for political gain.

Hand out our sanction Australia brochures

For more details about the #SanctionAustralia campaign initiated and run by eX-detainees visit the main page: #SanctionAustralia



From UTS and SBS - We have marriage equality, now we need LGBTQI+-inclusive sexuality education in schools "IndyWatch Feed National"

The very next day! SBS carries this rather demanding log of claims from Melissa Kang, an Associate Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney. You'd think polite society might ask a few day's reprieve from ceding territory. But The Left abides no stay, let or hindrance. Gay marriage is the...


Mueller's investigation: Has the fake Russia-gate morphed into real Israel-gate? "IndyWatch Feed National"

As one fake scandal fades, a real one emerges Life is full of surprises. Like that time you were counting on a new bike for Christmas, and were totally certain your parents were going to come through, and then - lo and behold! - on Christmas morning there it was: a spanking brand-new Segway! The final evidence that, despite your best efforts, you'd always be a nerdy little dork. (And yes, a pocket calculator turned up in your stocking,) That's just what happened to #TheResistance this holiday season. For months they've been salivating heavily in anticipation of the turning of Michael Flynn, the former National Security Advisor now charged with lying to the FBI. Flynn has admitted doing so on at least two occasions, both involving his answers to questions about his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kisylak. During the transition - after Trump's election but before he took office - Flynn was talking to the Russians about two subjects: the possible blowback from the Obama administration's decision to impose more sanctions and close the Russian compound in Maryland, and the Russian position on the controversial UN resolution condemning Israel for building yet more "settlements" on Palestinian land.


Who do the White Helmets answer to? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The BBC Panorama programme, Jihadis You Pay For, revealed that the 'Free Syrian Police' (FSP) could not operate except by the leave of the terrorist brigades that together have a de facto monopoly of force within the areas they occupy. The BBC's inquiry found that UK Government funding for the FSP has been making its way to the terrorists too. There is obviously a public interest in knowing why the UK Government has been allowing funds to go to terrorists. Kate Osamor MP has sent ten urgent questions in this matter to Boris Johnson, Secretary of State at the Foreign Office.


EGCG may be useful as an adjuvant therapy for bronchial asthma. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Int J Mol Med. 2017 Nov 28. Epub 2017 Nov 28. PMID: 29207033 Abstract Title:  Epigallocatechin-3-gallate inhibits inflammation and epithelialmesenchymal transition through the PI3K/AKT pathway via upregulation of PTEN in asthma. Abstract:  Asthma is a chronic disease associated with hyperresponsiveness, obstruction and remodeling of the airways. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) has an important role in these alterations and may account for the accumulation of subepithelial mesenchymal cells, thus contributing to airway hyperresponsiveness and remodeling. Epigallo-catechin3gallate (EGCG), which is a type of polyphenol, is the most potent ingredient in green tea, and exhibits antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidative, anticancer and chemopreventive activities. Recently, numerous studies have investigated the protective effects of EGCG against asthma and other lung diseases. In the present study, the role of EGCG in ovalbumin (OVA)challenged asthmatic mice was determined. In addition, the inhibitory effects of EGCG against transforming growth factor (TGF)1induced EMT and migration of 16HBE cells, and the underlying mechanisms of the phosphatidylinositol 3kinase/protein kinase B (PI3K/Akt) signaling pathway, were investigated by immunouorescence, Transwell, wound healing assay and western blot analysis, respectively. The results indicated that EGCG may suppress inflammation and inflammatory cell infiltration into the lungs of OVAchallenged asthmatic mice, and may also inhibit EMT via the PI3K/Akt signaling pathway throughupregulating the expression of phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) in vivo and in vitro. The present study also revealed the antimigratory effects of EGCG in TGF1induced 16HBE cells, thus suggesting it may reduce airway remodeling. The present study provides a novel insight into understanding the protective effects of EGCG on airway remodeling in asthma, and indicates that EGCG may be useful as an adjuvant therapy for bronchial asthma.

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Thatcher Warned that the Euro was the Backdoor to Federalization of Europe "IndyWatch Feed National"


QUESTION: Hi Team Armstrong,
I read your fascinating blog regularly since watching The Forecaster in early 2015.
In todays posting Soros Throws In The Towel there must be a unfortunate misprint?
That was the coup against Margaret Thatcher who really wanted to take Britain into the euro ? (Illustrated with a picture of PM at the time, John Major)
I have always been under the impression that Mrs T was fiercely against the joining the ERM which would facilitate adopting the eventually.

However John Major have always been, and still is a keen EU/ supporter.
I hope you dont find my pondering over this annoying in any way.
All the best and keep up the good work !


ANSWER: Terribly sorry, the wording is not clear. It was the coup against Maggie who wanted to give up the pound and adopt the euro, not Maggie.


The Shifting Trends in Germany "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Hello Martin,
Thank you very much for opening my eyes to what is going on in the world. As you well know the public here in Germany is not informed about any problems concerning pensions, banks, economy or trade whatsoever, so most of the people I have spoken to are convinced that we have never done better. Everyday news report on the forming government since the elections.

My first question is: will the Eurozone be in worse trouble than the European countries not belonging to it if I understood right they can debase their currencies & thus make their goods cheaper. Or shall the worldwide distrust in banks ruin any trade advantages?

My second question concerns my great WORRY, as Im not a German native, that when the things get worse the foreigners might not be as welcome as they are now. Would it then be better to leave the EU & go back to ones home country (in the Balkans) or is this idea completely nuts?

Thank you in advance. I hope Im not taking up too much of your time. Do keep informing those who are ready to listen what to do & when YOU ARE THE CONSCIENCE OF THE WORLD!!!!

All the best

ANSWER: Yes I am well aware of what is going on. I appeared on a TV show there and the most curious thing took place. There was a girl who came in dressed in jeans. She appeared to be part of the camera crew, but she was just listening to me. She was not actually working. When I was done, she walked out of the high-security facility, hopped on a scooter, and drove off. She was there to monitor what I would say about government. The same in France. I have been in Europe this week for meetings, both public and private. I have probably spent at least 1/3rd of my life in Europe.

The problem with the single currency is that the policy of austerity creates deflation, causing higher unemployment, and lower economic growth. The idea is that money should retain a store of value quality, which historically has NEVER been the case. This conflicts with the debt issued in...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00005 BTC
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Piperlongumine might have therapeutic potential for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Inflamm Res. 2017 Nov 8. Epub 2017 Nov 8. PMID: 29119225 Abstract Title:  Piperlongumine inhibits the proliferation, migration and invasion of fibroblast-like synoviocytes from patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Abstract:  OBJECTIVES: Recent studies have indicated that piperlongumine (PLM) may exert anti-inflammatory effects. In the present study, we determined the effect of PLM on the proliferation, apoptosis, migration and invasion of fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS) from patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) (referred to herein as RA FLS). We further explored the mechanisms by which the studied compound inhibits the functions of RA FLS.METHODS: RA FLS viability and apoptosis were tested using MTT and Annexin V/PI assays, respectively. We performed an EDU assay to examine the proliferation of RA FLS. The migration and invasion of these cells were measured using a transwell chamber method and wound closure assay. The MMP-1, MMP-3, and MMP-13 levels in the culture supernatants of RA FLS were detected using a Luminex Assay kit. The intracellular ROS levels were detected using DCFH-DA. The expression levels of signal transduction proteins were measured using western blot.RESULTS: We found that PLM induced apoptosis in RA FLS at concentrations of 15 and 20 M. The proliferation of RA FLS was downregulated by PLM at concentrations of 1, 5 and 10 M. Migration and invasion of RA FLS were reduced by PLM at concentrations of 1, 5 and 10 M. PLM also inhibited cytoskeletal reorganization in migrating RA FLS and decreased TNF--induced intracellular ROS production. Moreover, we demonstrated the inhibitory effect of PLM on activation of the p38, JNK, NF-B and STAT3 pathways.CONCLUSIONS: Our findings suggest that PLM can inhibit proliferation, migration and invasion of RA FLS. Moreover, these data suggests that PLM might have therapeutic potential for the treatment of RA.

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Adani coal project in a financial pickle, as Australian and Chinese banks refuse funding "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Is this the end of the road for Adanis Australian megamine?
Australian and Chinese banks have turned it down, and analysts say Adanis failure to secure funding for the Carmichael mine leaves it high and dry
, Guardian, Michael Slezak, 7 Dec 17 , Adanis operations in Australia appear to be hanging on by a thread, as activists prove effective at undermining the companys chances of getting the finance it needs.

China seems to have ruled out funding for the mine, which means its not just Adanis proposed Carmichael coalmine that is under threat, but also its existing Abbot Point coal terminal, which sits near Bowen, behind the Great Barrier Reef.

The campaign against the mine has been long. Environmentalists first tried to use Australias environmental laws to block it from going ahead, and then failing that, focused on pressuring financial institutions, first here, and then around the world.

The news that Beijing has left Adani out to dry comes as on-the-ground protests against construction of the mine pick up. Two Greens MPs, Jeremy Buckingham and Dawn Walker, have been arrested in Queensland for disrupting the companys activiti...


Turnbull govt might still try to restrict environmental groups "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Turnbull government drops plans to curb green groups but doubts remain, The Age, 6 Dec 17 Peter Hannam   Environment groups have welcomed the Turnbull governments retreat from plans to curb environmental advocacy but concerns remain about other proposals to restrict the charity sector.

Kelly ODwyer, Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, announced the government would drop its intention to require environmental charities spend at least 50 per cent of donation income on environmental remediation work to retain their tax-deductible status.

The government will not mandate a level of remediation by environmental organisations, Ms ODwyer said.

The push for a required level of environmental work lost traction after BHP indicated it would oppose such curbs. The Australian Conservation Foundation welcomed the backdown of the governments anti-democratic proposal to curb environmental advocacy.

 Advocacy makes Australia a better place, Kelly OShanassy, ACFs chief executive, said. It has kept oil rigs off the Great Barrier Reef, and given us Landcare, clean energy, air and water, and a Franklin River that flows. It is interesting this backdown follows a statement by BHP opposing the changes, and even a retreat by the Minerals Council in recent weeks, she said.

The Minerals Council of Australia had sought as much as a 90 per cent requirement for remediation efforts, with only 10 per cent for advocacy for green groups to retain their tax-deductibility status.

Other worries emerge

But other moves by the Turnbull government are fanning uncertainty, including plans released on Tuesday to ban foreign donations to advocacy groups.

Samantha Hepburn, a law professor at Deakin University, said financial reporting requirements under the Annual Information Statement (AIS) collected by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission could pose other challenges for environmental groups.

Where an environmental group provided an AIS that revealed strong expenditure on political advocacy rather than remediation, it might be investigated by the Australian Taxation Office. The proposed changes increased funding for the ACNC and the ATO to review more groups...


MACKAY West Mackay woman admits to defrauding employer "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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West Mackay woman admits to defrauding employer

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Ana Rebecca Bola, 29, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to fraud by an employee. She ripped off Money3 Mackay to the tune of $8820 between January 31 and September 27. Bolas barrister Phillip Moore, of the Australian Torres Strait Islander Legal Service, asked for an

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MACKAY Man hit road four times legal limit to buy cigarettes "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 08, 2017 at 08:52AM ,

Man hit road four times legal limit to buy cigarettes

December 08, 2017 at 08:52AM ,

Shannon Craig Ryan faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday pleading guilty to his fourth time drink driving, on November 18. Ryan also pleaded guilty to driving his new Husqvarna trail bike without a motorbike licence, registration or insurance. Magistrate Mark Nolan said it was extraordinary

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MACKAY Armed robbery accused to stay behind bars "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 08, 2017 at 08:52AM ,

Armed robbery accused to stay behind bars

December 08, 2017 at 08:52AM ,

A SLADE Point man has been accused of robbing two businesses with weapons in the Mackay region last week. Joshua Lucas Muller, 26, faced Mackay Magistrates Court in custody on Thursday, charged with armed robbery on November 30 at Mackay and December 1 at Farleigh. Its alleged he fled

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These results suggest eugenol as a potential chemotherapeutic agent against human lung cancer. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Thorac Cancer. 2017 Oct 12. Epub 2017 Oct 12. PMID: 29024500 Abstract Title:  Tumor suppressive roles of eugenol in human lung cancer cells. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Eugenol, a natural compound available in Syzigium aromaticum (cloves), is exploited for various medicinal applications. Eugenol induces apoptosis and functions as an anti-cancer drug in several types of tumors. We investigated the tumor suppressive role and potential mechanisms of eugenol in human lung cancer cells.METHODS: Human embryonic lung fibroblast MRC-5 and lung cancer adenocarcinoma A549 cells were incubated with or without various concentrations of eugenol for 24hours. Cell counting kit 8 and crystal violet staining assays were performed to detect cell viability. The cell migration and invasion abilities were also determined by wound healing and transwell assays. Finally, Western blotting assay was performed to examine the changes in lung cancer cell viability and invasion of downstream targets after treatment with eugenol.RESULTS: Eugenol could inhibit cell viability in lung cancer cells. Furthermore, eugenol obviously impaired cell migration and invasion. Finally, the expression levels of phosphate-Akt and MMP-2 in lung cancer cells were reduced after treatment with eugenol.CONCLUSION: Our results demonstrated the tumor suppressive roles of eugenol on lung cancer cell proliferation, migration, and invasion partially through the PI3K/Akt pathway and MMP activity in vitro. These results suggest eugenol as a potential chemotherapeutic agent against human lung cancer.

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Greens Members of Parliament arrested at anti Adani coal mine protest "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Greens MPs arrested and fined at Adani protest, as Indian miner is referred to consumer watchdog, The New Daily 6 Nov 17,  Two NSW Greens MPs have been arrested and fined for protesting against the proposed Adani Carmichael coalmine, while another front was opened in the long-running battle against the development.

Jeremy Buckingham and Dawn Walker were among 17 people arrested on Wednesday morning for trespassing at the controversial site, 270 kilometres west of Bowen in Queensland.

Mr Buckingham and Ms Walker were fined $250 each after being issued with a police infringement notice for trespassing unlawfully at a place of business.

Im proud to stand with activists in defence of climate and country, and respect all those people around Australia and internationally who want to stop the Adani coal project, Mr Buckingham said in a statement on Wednesday.

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.

Ms Walker said the proposal was tearing Indigenous communities apart and was offering a sub standard agreement to traditional owners for their land.

About 5am on Wednesday, Queensland Police were alerted that 35 people were blockading the railway construction site near the proposed mine.

Fourteen protesters entered the site and climbed onto vehicles and machinery about 6am, a police spokesman told The New Daily.

A woman in her 60s locked herself to a boundary gate with a metal bike lock around her neck. Police were working to remove her.

Seventeen people were arrested for trespass and failure to comply with direction. Nine of those people were issued with infringement notices after moving on.

Eight people continued to fail to comply and they remained under arrest on Wednesday afternoon 


Australian Stock Exchange Will Become Worlds First to Adopt Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed National"

As the worlds financial institutions experiment with Blockchain tech, Australias leading stock exchange is first to announce they will implement the technology.


Same Sex Marriage The gender agenda "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Senator Eric Abetz Liberal senator from tasmania



Men jailed over Lynette Daley rape, death "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lynette Daley, who died on a beach near Iluka after a violent sex scene with two men the DPP refused to prosecute. Photo supplied

A man who was found guilty of the sexual assault and death of Lynette Daley on a remote NSW beach has been jailed for at least 14 years and three months while his friend, who joined in on the sex act, will spend at least six years and nine months behind bars.

Ms Daley, 33, died from injuries sustained in the violent sex act with her boyfriend Adrian Attwater, 43, and his friend, Paul Maris, 47, on a drunken 2011 Australia Day camping trip to Ten Mile Beach near Iluka.

A jury in September found Attwater guilty of manslaughter and aggravated sexual assault and Maris guilty of aggravated sexual assault and hindering the discovery of evidence.

At the NSW Supreme Court in Coffs Harbour on Friday, Justice Elizabeth Fullerton sentenced Attwater to 19 years in jail with a non-parole period of 14 years and three months.

Maris was sentenced to nine years jail with a non-parole period of six years and nine months.

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Dont Be Fooled "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Deputy PM and Treasurer defends Budget 2018 as not FAKE


Treasury Minister Charles Abel has defended the 2018 Budget, saying it is not a fake but one that includes visions for the people despite challenges in efforts to stimulate the economy.

Mr Abel also defended the cost of living to rise revenue measures which were done to protect the interest of local industries and support PNG-owned manufacturers.

The irate Deputy Prime Minister Abel said yesterday there were many good things about the budget that was passed 95-0 unanimously this week, singling out that the reports in this weeks two front page Post-Courier reports negatively portrayed the budget.


Post-Courier has ignored the hard work that we did in the 2018 Budget, and instead chosen to go with the nonsense and comments made by the Opposition. Wheres the balance? This is a very significant budget, Mr Abel said.


The budget was passed unanimously this week, and on voices, and the newspaper has printed nothing positive about the budget two important supporting legislation passed 95-0, but this was ignored, he said.


So you need to understand the reforms that we are doing so that you can understand all these for example why we have a big foreign exchange issue when we have a huge current account surplus.


Foreign exchange surplus means on the books what we export is much more than what we are importing.


We export billions and billions of US dollars worth of raw materials from our logs and gas, which are our two major, but why do we have on the financial account, they dont match, and in other words the financial flows that make the good flows so physical flows, the value is much higher than what we import. That surplus doesnt reflect in our foreign exchange balance, so we need to examine all these structural issues in our economy that means we put onto the short term.


And we are also working on some other long-term issues, replacing some of the imports on our food and fuel, and we see some of the tariff changes that we have done b...


Adani referred to the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) over its misleading job promises "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Greens MPs arrested and fined at Adani protest, as Indian miner is referred to consumer watchdog, The New Daily, 6 Dec 17    Adani referred to the ACCC

The protest comes after community legal service Environmental Justice Australia (EJA) referred the Indian miner to the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) over its jobs spruiking.

Acting for Townsville jobseeker Chris McCoomb, a volunteer coordinator with the Australian Unemployed Workers Union, EJA is urging the ACCC to investigate Adani for misleading vulnerable jobseekers.

EJA says inflated claims its mine will create 10,000 jobs is leading jobseekers to spend thousands of dollars on training for jobs that will never exist.

Mr McCoombs 17-page complaint names at least one Queensland mining training outfit that is using Adanis inflated figures to promote sometimes costly training courses and certifications to cash-strapped jobseekers.

That company advertises a one day mining induction course for $650.

In 2015, Land Court of Queensland president Carmel MacDonald found Adani had significantly overstated its job figures in court evidence and to the State Government.

Ms MacDonald accepted testimony the project would increase average annual employment by 1,206 jobs in Queensland and 1,464 jobs in Australia, not by 10,000.

EJA lawyer David Barnden told the ACCC the evidence for misleading and deceptive conduct is strong.

ACCC is urged to take action to prevent the continued dissemination of Adanis misleading or deceptive statements that are directed at jobseekers.

Vulnerable jobseekers should not be misled into spending money or training courses or certification without the true number of expected direct and indirect jobs being published by Adani.

An ACCC spokesman declined to comment on the Adani complaint. An Adani spokesman could not be reached for comment.   


Agriculture helping grow PNG relations with Israel "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

December 6, 2017

Source: The NationalNational

PAPUA New Guinea recognises Israels assistance and support, notably in agriculture, Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae says.
He said that came through the Innovative Agro Industry Ltd (IAI), an affiliate of the Israeli LR Group of Companies, a leading project development company.
Sir Bob spoke as he welcomed Israeli Ambassador to PNG Tibor Shalve Schlosser.
We are indeed very grateful to receive you and look forward to enhancing and furthering the already good bilateral and friendly relations that exist between Papua New Guinea and Israel for so many years, he said.
Lets assure you that the Government of Papua New Guinea stands ready to accord you the necessary support and assistance you may require during your tour of duty in promoting and advancing the PNG-Israel relations for the mutual benefit of our two countries and people.
I hope that you will find your tour of duty to Papua New Guinea personally rewarding and fulfilling.


The Wire interview on Trump moving US embassy to Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed National"

US President Donald Trumps decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem is unsurprising and clarifying. It proves, once and for all, that Washington will only do the bidding of the Jewish state.

I was interviewed on Australian news program The Wire about the move:

Access and ownership of Jerusalem have been a hot issue for decades after its occupation by Israel. Peace talks have stalled multiple times and Donald Trump has thrown a spanner in the works once more.

The US President recently announced his intentions to move the US Embassy into Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. Which has caused condemnation from other political leaders and protests in the streets.  The consequences of his actions could be felt for years.

W&J make demands of new Labor Govt on Adani "IndyWatch Feed National"

Media Release


Traditional Owners fighting Adani make demands of new Labor Govt

New Queensland polling released showing support for mine delay


Brisbane, 8 December 2017. With the announcement of a new majority Qld Labor government, and with the National Native Title Tribunal set to decide today whether to register Adanis sham Indigenous Land Use Agreement, the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council have presented a clear set of demands.

Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council Spokesperson Adrian Burragubba said, Our fight to protect our country and heritage will continue until Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk acknowledges that we are the people from that land, and Adani does not have the consent it requires from us for this destructive mine.

We call on the Palaszczuk Government to stand up for our rights and not the interests of Adani. We have written to our more than 100,000 supporters in the wider community this morning, asking them to press the Premier and Deputy Premier to demand that the returned Palaszczuk Government

  • acknowledge that Adani and the Queensland Government do not have the consent of W&J Traditional Owners for the Carmichael mine
  • remove Queenslands signature from Adanis contested Indigenous Land Use Agreement
  • rule out extinguishing Native Title to allow Adani to proceed, even if the ILUA is registered by....


Giant ocean fans to protect the Great Barrier Reef! "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Air-conditioning" of The Great Barrier Reef begins soon To calm a few panicking people, the Australian Government will pay for large fans to circulate water on a minuscule portion of the 2,300 kilometer long Great Barrier Reef. The reef creatures, which have been coping with higher temperatures and bleaching for two hundred million years, will hopefully avoid the moving parts. Marine life adapts to heatwaves by chucking out the symbionts that don't thrive in higher temperatures and replacing them up new inhabitants that do. If the fans achieve anything, it may stop this natural process (called Symbiont Shuffling) thus possibly making small sections of the reef more vulnerable to future heatwaves and El Ninos. Who knows? Mark this one up as a pagan symbolic idol that symbolizes our grandiose delusions of weather-control.


Basil planning big energy push "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

December 6, 2017  

Communications, Information Technology, and Energy Minister Sam Basil plan to seek the National Executive Councils approval to roll out Bulolos sustainable energy programmes throughout the country.
I will also seek off-grid solutions that can be provided by investing in micro-hydro, solar, wind small-scale geothermal, biomass and smart technologies like in my electorate, he said.
Basil was speaking during the opening the first Ramu grid round-table workshop for key stakeholders of the Ramu Power Grid on Friday.
Themed Towards accessible, reliable and affordable electricity, as a key enabler for economic growth and prosperity, the workshop was aimed at providing the participants the opportunity to describe their current consumption levels and future demand requirements and what they were willing to pay for electricity.
Basil said that the Governments recent undertaking as outlined in the Alotau Accord 2 was to create an environment in Papua New Guinea where it would continue to develop and maintain key productivity infrastructure assets, including utilities such as electricity to create a public-private partnership in the energy sector to improve and upgrade provision of accessible, reliable and affordable electricity in PNG.
The National Development Strategic Plan 2030 projects that by the year 2030, 70 percent of the population will have access to electricity in PNG, he said.
I consider this to be a major challenge, however, I believe that an initiative such as the National Electricity Roll Out Plan (NEROP) has the potential to contribute significantly to this projection if resourced and implemented.
NEROP requires government funding, however, for this to happen, NEC must sanction this plan. I intend to take NEROP to Cabinet for consideration and approval.
He said the Ramu grid was the largest of three systems in PNG covering seven provinces (Morobe, Madang, Eastern Highlands, Chimbu, Western Highlands, Jiwaka and Enga) with 1.1 million households within 20km of the current grid and would drive the economic heartland of PNG.


Pastor Murray Averill of Nexus Church, Everton Park, Brisbane (formerly Northside Christian Church) has been sacked by his church "IndyWatch Feed National"


A reader made this comment on this, my personal blog-site today.

I know nothing of Murray Averill, his father Lloyd or Nexus Church.

If you can enlighten me and my readers further, please could you provide feedback in the comments box at the bottom of any article on this site

Readers comment of today:

Heres a scoop for you Don. Pastor Murray Averill (Nexus Church, Everton Park, Brisbane (formerly Northside Christian Church) has been sacked by the church. Last sunday was his final service. He was sacked for being a bully, autocratic, and he appears to have upset the wrong people for too long. The church recently offered Murray the role of pastor with no administrative powers, but he refused. He wants the power. He was a bully and tyrant both as the principal of the school (Northside Christian College) and the church. He is best buddies with Brian Houston (best men at each others weddings), so naturally Brian stepped in to try to help save the job, to no avail. Murray is the son of the equally power hungry and corrupt Lloyd Averill.
I would prefer my name etc be kept from this, these people are dangerous, I have experienced their corrupt nasty tactics in the past, and have no energy to deal with their campaign to crush the little people. But thanks to sites like yours we have a voice.



WP Editor Makes Admission About Trump "IndyWatch Feed National"

Washington Post Editor Makes Stunning Admission About Trump

December 05, 2017

Source: Total Conservative

The Obama White House famously promised to become the most transparent administration in history, but over the next eight years, it turned that promise in its head, obfuscating the (adoring) media to the point where the Associated Press was running articles about the unprecedented restrictions. In 2013, the APs Nancy Benac slammed the Obama administration for obsessively promoting only the best, most perfectly-produced photos and videos in an unseemly effort to paint the First Family in shimmering tones of golden beauty at all times.

At the same time, she wrote, it is limiting press access in ways that past administrations wouldnt have dared, and the president is answering to the public in more controlled settings than his predecessors. Its raising new questions about whats lost when the White House tries to make an end run around the media, functioning, in effect, as its own news agency.

Though most in the Washington media felt this way about the Obama administration, they nonetheless treated it as a freedom-shattering turn of events when President Trump exercised much the same level of control over his messaging. Indeed, Trump did take it a step further, preferring to go straight to Twitter with the majority of his public messages rather than see them filtered through the DC establishment media.

On the other hand, Trump has pulled back much of the access curtain that Obama had drawn across the White House, and thats something that rarely gets the attention it deserves from the mainstream media.

This week, it didif only briefly. At the Poynter Ethics Summit, a figure no less than Washington Post editor Marty Baron admitted that press access had actually improved under the Trump administration.

Its not like we had a love-fest with the Obama administration, Baron said. We tried for two years to get an interview. We do better with the current president in terms of access than the last one.



Kuman wants teachers to increase to 70,000 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

December 8, 2017  


EDUCATION Minister Nick Kuman, pictured, wants the number of teachers to be increased from 56,000 to 70,000 to cater for the increase in the number of students.
This would ensure a reasonable teacher-student ratio.
In my own calculation, with two million students in our school system, we need at least 70,000 teachers, Kuman said.
Last year a head teacher of a primary school in Port Moresby told The National that a teacher was teaching 60 to 80 students in a classroom.
We are silently killing ourselves in the classroom, she said.
The normal minimum teacher-student ratio should be one teacher to 36 or maximum 45 students.
Kuman said the current ratio was one teacher to more than 50 students which must be reduced in secondary, primary and elementary schools.
In secondary schools, we look at one teacher to 30 to 35 students, he said.
In primary schools, one teacher to 30 to 45 students in the classroom.
Ideal ratio of teacher-student interaction is very important.
We graduate close to 2,000 teachers each year. About 300 to 400 teachers come out of the system.
There is plus there but we need to train a lot more teachers to bridge that gap to have proper teacher-student ratio.
Next week, Kuman will be in India to recruit specialised teachers in mathematics and science.


Qld LNP concedes defeat, Nicholls resigns "IndyWatch Feed National"

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is expected to visit Governor Paul De Jersey to declare she can form a government this afternoon. Photo AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Tim Nicholls has finally conceded defeat in the Queensland election and stood down as Liberal National Party leader, nearly a fortnight after polls closed.

Mr Nicholls called Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Friday morning to officially concede defeat.

The Premier is expected to visit Governor Paul De Jersey to declare she can form a government this afternoon.

However, a spokesman for the premier said Ms Palaszczuk will wait until the Electoral Commission of Queensland officially declared Labor has won the 47 seats needed to form a majority before making the trip.

With the vote count tight across most of the state, the LNP said it would only concede once it had no chance of claiming victory.

But with the ECQ set to declare the winners of the final handful of seats in state parliament today, the LNP now admits it has no path to victory.

Its on track to pick up 39 seats to Labors 48, which would give Labor a slim two-seat majority.

Mr Nicholls will also stand down as LNP leader, with a party room meeting to be held next Tuesday to determine who will lead the LNP into the future.

In a statement released on Friday, Mr Nicholls said he was proud of the campaign his team had run, but it hadnt got them over the line.

While the result is disappointing for the thousands of LNP supporters, the MPs who did not hold their seats and the candidates who were not elected, everybody should be proud of the campaign we ran, Mr Nicholls wrote.

I pay homage to each and every volunteer who helped our campaign and to those who stood on polling booths, delivering our positive message until the end.

Its not known whether Mr Nicholls will resign from parliament entirely, although in the statement he thanked the people of his electorate of Clayfield for re-electing me for my fifth term.



K60 million TFF fees to be paid next year "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

December 7, 2017 

EDUCATION Minister Nick Kuman says the final payment of K60 million in tuition fee-free funds will be paid to school next year.
There was a balance of K60 million. We got some money in the account but we wont pay. We will hold on to the money and allow schools to close on Friday, he said.
This money will be available as soon as they start school next. I did that last year for this year. And Im going to do that this year for next year, because the schools will be closed.
They wont need it to run operations. It might go to the wrong hands if we give now. It will be in the central bank account.
It will be quarantined until the schools open next year the money will be available and they can pay all the outstanding bills incurred in the last three months.
Kuman said the TFF was the only education fund managed at the national level. Other funds are disbursed to provinces to manage.
In September, Secretary Dr Uke Kombra said Government had budgeted more than K600 million for this years TFF.
In 2017 we got a budget of K602 million so at the end of term two, we disbursed close to K300 million. Every term we are disbursing K150 million.


The New York Times Admits That Harvey Weinstein Was A Member Of An Elite Group That The Mainstream Media Wouldnt Touch "IndyWatch Feed National"


Harvey Weinstein is a sexual predator who was among an elite group protected by both Hollywood and the mainstream media because of his connections.

It is no secret that success in life can often stem from who you knowbut while the connections you make may be willing to vouch for your character in some instances, would they continually work to protect your reputation by suppressing the truth and ignoring dozens of allegations of sexual assault?

In the case of elite moguls like Harvey Weinstein, the answer is yes.

The women who have come forward about their encounters with Weinstein have told stories of a sex-obsessed Hollywood producer who used his ability to give them a role in a movie that would launch their career as an excuse to sexually assault them. But it was not just Weinsteinhe had an entire team behind him, enabling his behavior.

In a lawsuit accusing Weinstein of violating sex-trafficking laws, British actress Kadian Noble claimed Weinstein enticed her to come up to his hotel room to discuss a possible role in a movie.

When Weinstein began touching Noble, and she indicated that she was uncomfortable, she said he put her on the phone with a producer from his company. The producer told Noble that she needed to be a good girl and do whatever he wished, and if she did, then they would work with her further.

However, Harveys protection extended beyond The Weinstein Company. According to a report from The New York Times, Weinstein held the coveted title of F.O.P or Friend of Pecker, which signaled his close friendship with David Pecker, the chief executive of American Media Inc. who is responsible for publications such as the National Enquirer, Star, Sun, Weekly World News and Globe.

In addition to avoiding negative press from the magazines and tabloids owned by his friends, the Times also claimed that many of the journalists who covered stories about Weinstein sought his approval, and they often negotiated book and movie deals with him in the process of covering stories about him.

Weinstein held off press scrutiny with a mix of threats and enticements, drawing reporters close with the lure of access to star...


Australian Gun Laws & Anti-Self defence laws leave Citizens At Risk! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Humane Right to Armed Self defence???
The right of self-defense (also called, when it applies to the defense of another, alter ego defense, defense of others, defense of a third person) is the right for people to use reasonable force or defensive force, for the purpose of defending one's own life or the lives of others, including, in certain circumstances, the use of deadly force.[1]
If a defendant uses defensive force because of a threat of deadly or grievous harm by the other person, or a reasonable perception of such harm, the defendant is said to have a "perfect self-defensejustification.[2] If defendant uses defensive force because of such a perception, and the perception is not reasonable, the defendant may have an "...


PNG leads Mini Pacific Games Medal Tally "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea is leading the Mini Pacific Games Medal Tally after the 4th day  of games in Vanuatu. PNG now leads with 14 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze, Samoa have jumped in behind them with 13 Gold, 9 Silver and 4 Bronze, Fiji have dropped to third position with 11 Gold, followed by New Caledonia on 10 Gold and the Solomon Islands bring up the top 5 winning 4 Gold.


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Former New Zealand PM criticises treatment of Manus Island refugees and more zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clarke has criticised Australias treatment of refugees detained on Manus Island, and says humanity needs to be shown by allowing her country to resettle some of the refugees.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has repeatedly declined New Zealands offer to resettle one-hundred-and-fifty out of the six-hundred refugees currently held in detention centres on the Papua New Guinean island.

Ms Clarke says that during her time serving as PM, New Zealand was able to successfully resettle many refugees in 2001.


Labor wins Townsville, giving the party 48 seats

Labor has claimed a win in Townsville, giving the party forty-eight seats in the Queensland Parliament.


Campaign to restore the Upper House in Qld should start now "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"


The SSM plebiscite could have been hacked with a predictably skewed result. In any case Cairns News has a long-standing policy of ignoring the gender neutral campaign started years ago by the feminist movement, contemporaneously referred to as the femminazi collection of dykes.

Canberra is infested with thousands in this clique. They sit in the multitude of offices found in the Prime Ministers Department many drafting bills such as the SSM legislation which was passed yesterday in the Lower House.

This newsletter will continue to use the grammatically correct terminology of Mr; Mrs; husband; wife; de-facto; girl; boy; married couple; fisherman; waiter; waitress, ad infinitum.

Time after time Australia has been the guinea pig for the cultural revolution orchestrated by the United Nations and the

Dark Government which is largely unknown to the average Australian. The SSM continues the tradition paving the way for the seemingly normal people remaining on the planet. Every day Mormon lifestyles seem more attractive.

The growing fascism emanating from state parliaments will be evident to all when the Queensland ALP begins its legislative attack on the business and farming sectors during this term of parliament.

The campaign to restore the Upper House should begin in earnest drawing its members from the existing number of state politicians without adding any more. Gil Hanrahan


Studies Show Husbands Stress Women Out More Than Their Kids "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its a pretty common joke shared among couples with children when asked how many children a mother has to take care of, she often includes her husband, the biggest child in the family. Is this just a fun-loving joke, or is there some truth behind this statement?

A recent survey conducted by TODAY reveals that not only can most husbands be considered another child in the family, they are statistically MORE stressful than their children!

The TODAY Moms survey included responses from more than 7000 mothers across the United States, asking them to answer questions about their stress level and the causes of stress that they face on a daily basis. Their answers provided an interesting insight into the lives of Moms across the country.

Photo by Jenn Evelyn-Ann on Unsplash


It is no surprise that American mothers reported a high-stress level on average. Required to wear many hats throughout the course of their day, these superwomen manage to act as a wife, mother, teacher, doctor, taxi driver, maid, chef and more. Their days are filled with making sure their kids get to school on time, packing lunches, checking homework, laundry, shuttling their children to after-school activities, fixing owies and scaring away the monsters from under the bed. At the end of the day, the average American mother rates her stress level to be at 8.5/10.

The most surprising part of the study is where, exactly, the stress in a mothers life comes from. Approximately 46% of the mothers questioned reported that it wasnt their children   it was their husband!

Thats right, when the data was collected and the comparison made, it was the husbands that were found responsible for the stress that moms across the country were facing. This begs the question what is it that husbands are doing to stress out their wives?

The biggest complaint that mothers had was the lack of responsibility their partner was taking on in the household. This includes the lit...


Belarus greater spotted eagle migration online "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video is called Juvenile Greater Spotted Eagle in Qatari Farm, February 2016.

From BirdLife:

4 Dec 2017

Fly with Greater spotted eagles!

By Anna Trofimtchouk

Eight Greater spotted eagles tagged in southern Belarus started their autumn migration in September. Now you can watch them online!

Where do birds go in winter? as children, all of us probably asked our parents this question. Now, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, the answer is but a click away. This year, APB-BirdLife Belarus invites you to fly alongside not one, not twobut eight Greater spotted eagles throughout their autumn migration.

This is part of a new Estonian-Belarusian project to fill the knowledge gap in the ecology and protection of this globally threatened species.[1] The project has two main objectives: firstly, to investigate migration routes, wintering areas, and both per-day and per-season activity information (with the help of satellite transmitters); and secondly, to establish how often hybrid couples of Greater spotted eagle and Lesser spotted eagle can be found in Belarus, using genetic methods.

All over the map

Belarus, after Russia, is the second most important country in the world for Greater spotted eagles with some 120-160 pairs. This summer, a group of Estonian and Belarusian ornithologists caught and tagged eight adult Greater spotted eagles with GPS-GSM satellite tags in several Belarusian IBAs (Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas), including the Mid Prypiac reserve and Belavezhskaia Puschcha national park.[2] The data for all eight birds is now available on APBs website which is regularly updated with the most recent movements. We can see now that our feathered friends have already reached their wintering grounds in Greece, Turkey, Egypt and Sudan.

Picking favourites

Each bird has a name and i...


This is insania (Bitcoin) "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Manic miners

The last thing I want to write about is Bitcoin, but how else will I get any readers in this sad era of internet clickbaitery, hey?

Record highs for Bitcoin today, and then some, of course.

One of the key characteristics of a mania is the lack of a valuation anchor, and Bitcoin has this characteristic in spades. 

Today the 'market cap' of Bitcoin, if that's even a real thing, went blazing towards US$320 billion, at least for a while, which made it more valuable than all but a handful of America's greatest companies. 

There are presently just over 16.7 million Bitcoins in circulation, with each one worth more than $19,000 on one exchange earlier today.

Bank of America, for example, is valued at much less that that, and it has more than a couple of trillion dollars in assets, not to mention annual revenues of about $90 billion, and the banking behemoth employs a couple of hundred thousand people. 

Bitcoin is also valued higher than Visa, which handles nearly $9 trillion in transactions per annum.

Bitcoin has no revenue, or assets (at least in the conventional sense), I'm not sure about employees, and delivers a yield of zero per cent per annum in perpetuity.

Not the type of investment that would normally grab you as sensible or see you rushing in!

But all of the Bitcoins combined are valued higher than Coca Cola, JP Morgan, or Chevron, because as far as I know, nobody has a reliable way to value them (or if they do, the market is acting very strangely).

At the current rate, Bitcoin will be bigger than Exxon Mobil by tomorrow.

There was some concerning news about Bitcoin theft earlier...wait, no-one cares!



Locals file case to stop seabed mining "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Jemimah Sukbat | Loop PNG | December 8, 2017

The Solwara Alliance has filed a case against the government at the Waigani National Court to stop the operation of seabed mining in West Coast New Ireland.

Filed on Thursday afternoon, the Alliance wants the Government to make public all necessary and relevant documents under seabed mining agreement, who is involved in approving the project and on what grounds and why the government is still pursuing the project.

Jonathan Mesulam, a West Coast New Irelander and a member of the Solwara Alliance, says the people in the village are strongly against seabed mining because their livelihood will be affected by the project. They want the Government to ban the project.

No one knows the environmental impacts of this project. There is also no independent environmental studies so why is the government pushing for this project?

There will be negative impacts in the local and national...


Truth overboard again "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

When the New Zealand government started making serious noise about Australia's immoral refugee concentration camps, and offered to free people from them and give them a new home in New Zealand, suddenly there were Australian claims of "boats heading for New Zealand". Of course, it was all a lie:

There have been no intelligence reports that boat-people are targeting New Zealand more since the change of Government, nor any suggestion of a credible attempt by people smugglers to reach these shores by boat, the Government says.

And Andrew Little, Minister responsible for intelligence agencies the GCSB and the SIS, says that the boat-people who Australia says wanted to come to New Zealand probably didn't even know where New Zealand was.

His comments support those of a senior Foreign Affairs official, who told the Foreign Affairs select committee this morning that there was no evidence boat smugglers are targeting New Zealand more since the standoff over Manus Island.

This isn't surprising. The Australian government has shown a willingness in the past to lie to its own people to bolster its monstrous policy - as in the case of the "children overboard" affair (where the Australian Liberals used such lies to win an election). At the same time, Australia is supposed to be our closest friend. And yet, they're lying to us in an effort to manipulate our public and our policies. This is not the action of a friendly nation. But I guess, Australia hasn't been friendly for quite a while.

Meanwhile, remember: if you don't like Australian policy, Australian cruelty, and Australian lies, don't buy Australian. Its very easy once you get into the habit.


Australia catches up with history, legalizes same-sex marriage "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian parliament voted overwhelmingly yesterday to legalize same-sex marriages, becoming the 25th country to do so. This reverses an atrocious decision in 2004, at the same time as the height of anti-gay sentiment in the US, to specifically say that marriage was only between a man and a woman.

The lower house passed marriage equality with almost all members of the governing Liberal-National Coalition joining Labor, the Greens, and crossbench MPs in a free vote to pass the bill which cleared the Senate last week without amendment.

The only no votes were Coalition MPs Russell Broadbent, Keith Pitt, David Littleproud and independent MP Bob Katter.

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Tony Smith, declared the vote carried, since fewer than five MPs opposed it, triggering a standing ovation from the parliamentarians and public gallery.

For thousands of same-sex couples who have already married in countries including New Zealand, Canada, Britain and the Netherlands, their marriages will be recognised automatically when the bill gets royal assent from the governor general in mid-December.

An amusing footnote is what will happen to a married couple, devout Christians of course, who said in 2015 that they would get divorced if same-sex marriage was legalized because well, they had reasons which I cannot be bothered trying to understand but presumably is rooted in the idea that their god does not like it. It seems that they are now hedging their bets and refusing to answer questions. They have clearly not heard of that famous piece of advice that one should never make a threat that one is not willing and able to carry out.


Bougainville Vice President warns Panguna Landowners "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The abandoned Panguna mine pit, as it is today. Photo by Catherine Wilson.


By Aloysius Laukai | New Dawn | 6 December 2017

ABG Vice President and Minister for Mining, RAYMOND MASONO is calling on Panguna leaders, PHILIP MIRIORI and LAWRENCE DAVEONA to know that the Panguna mine is no ordinary mine.

He said that the Panguna mine has a bad history that has crippled the economy of PNG and Bougainville and with many lives lost fighting for it.

The Vice President...


A Pizza Problem: Why Those Third Party Polls Dont Pan Out "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Garrison)  According to a recent survey conducted by NBC News and GenForward, 71% of millennials believe America needs a third political party. That sentiment varies with race, sex, and current party affiliation, but  holds strong majorities in every demographic.

Theres nothing particularly new here. In every presidential election, pluralities or majorities say theyre willing to vote for or interested in seeing a third party candidate. In between, pluralities or majorities proclaim the need for a third party.

That excites third party activists like me (Im a long-time Libertarian). But in election after election, the actual voting returns Republicans and Democrats to Congress and  the White House.

Why? For part of the answer, consider pizza toppings.

According to a 2011 Point of Sale survey by Brian Roemmele, pepperoni accounts for 36% of topping orders. That leaves 64% as a different topping market which could presumably out-sell pepperoni.

But theres a problem: Customers dont agree on what that different topping should be.  14% order sausage, 11% prefer mushrooms, 8% just want cheese. Tomatoes, peppers, and anchovies account for 2% each. 64% of customers want something other than pepperoni on their pizzas. But they dont want the SAME something.

Think of the Republicans and Democrats as the pepperoni of politics and consider the fact that in politics, when a bunch of people put in their various orders (that is, vote in an election), only the pizza with the most popular topping actually gets made. Everyone else goes hungry.

Many, maybe most, Americans want a third political party. But some of them want it to be a party of the left and some of the right, while still others want a centrist party or are obsessed with different sides of single issues (like abortion or guns or drugs).

Plurality or majority support for a generic third party in principle is not the same thing as plurality or majority support for a specific third party in the voting booth.

In practice, most voters who say they want a third party end up voting Republican or Democrat, or just not voting. Why?

Perhaps they cant find a third party they agree with any more than they agree with the Democrats or Republicans.

Or maybe they find a third party they like, but  fear-mongering supporters of the lesser evil variety of pepperoni convince them that their preferred party cant win and that the greater evil p...


Limp Bizkit are playing Sydney and Brissy shows, yall "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Limp Bizkits music really chronicled that feeling of unspecified anger, where you just wanna breakstuff.

You know the feeling? So you can get that cookie? Motherfucking chainsaw, what? All that stuff?

Limp Bizkit were absolute massive during that turn-of-the-century time when riffs were huge, cargo shorts were loose, and every band had a DJ. They sold over 40 million albums within a few years! Fred Durst is a singular frontman, too: oddly charismatic, cartoonish, odd-looking, a ball of anger and energy.

Limp Bizkit have announced Sydney and Brisbane shows, after being first announced on the Download Festival lineup, in Mebourne last month. Mice And Men & Ocean Grove will be supporting both shows.

Tickets go on sale at midday, Thursday December 14, with Live Nation presale beginning Tuesday December 12 at 2pm.

Check the dates below.




23 Surprising Uses for Baking Soda that Everyone Should Know "IndyWatch Feed National"

Are you looking for a safe, natural alternative for your household cleaning? Good news, the answer is incredibly cost-effective and likely sitting in your pantry right now. Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is made from soda ash, otherwise known as sodium carbonate. This naturally occurring powder contains chemical and physical properties that make it incredibly effective around the house for cleaning, deodorizing, buffering, baking and even putting out fires.

Using Baking Soda as a cleaning agent isnt a new trick. In fact, it has been found to date back to the Ancient Egyptians in 3500 BCE who used it both in their cleaning efforts as well as to help dry out bodies for mummification. It wasnt until 1846 that the well-known brand Arm & Hammer was created.

There are some tips that have been widely accepted here in the United States. For example, since 1872 Americans have been told to store a box of baking soda in the refrigerators in order to keep food looking and smelling fresh, however, there are many more uses for this miracle substance.


Source: Return of Kings

Try these 23 household uses for baking soda:

#1 Clean Dentures, Retainers and Mouthpieces

Create an oral appliance soak by mixing 2 teaspoons of baking soda into a glass or bowl of warm. This will loosen any food particle and neutralize odors from use.

#2 Soothe Bug Bites

We have all experienced it at one time or another, bug bites can be incredibly itchy and uncomfortable. Baking soda, when applied directly to the bite, can help to soothe the spot and relieve these effects.

#3 Deodorant

There has been growing awareness the dangerous list of chemicals in commercial deodorants, many of...


Newcastle Anglican Diocese had do-nothing approach to child sex abuse claims, royal commission finds "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are interesting and challenging video interviews in this ABC Australia article on-line

ABC News Australia

Newcastle Anglican Diocese had do-nothing approach to child sex abuse claims, royal commission finds

8 December 2017

The royal commission into child sexual abuse has found powerful paedophiles in the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle were operating under weak church leadership.

Thursdays report follows another into the national Anglican Church which found that every church diocese in the country, bar one, had received complaints of child sexual abuse in the past 35 years.

The commission looked at alleged child abuse, bullying and cover-ups within the Newcastle diocese, producing a report of more than 400 pages just on the Newcastle Anglicans.

It has found former Newcastle Anglican Bishop Roger Herfts response to abuse was weak, ineffectual and noted a failure of leadership.

It added that there was a do-nothing approach in the diocese in response to child sexual abuse allegations.



Go and get married, PM celebrates gay win "IndyWatch Feed National"

Same-sex couples will be able to marry from early January once the governor-general signs off on new marriage equality laws.

Sir Peter Cosgrove will give the laws royal assent on Friday morning when he is visited by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Canberra.

Before that an elated Mr Turnbull has been encouraging his fellow Australians to start making wedding preparations.

It is a big Australian hug for all same-sex couples, saying we love and respect you, now go out there and get married, he told the Seven Network.

Mr Turnbull described the postal survey as a game-changer for the issue, now resolved after years of debate.

He criticised Labor for not progressing the matter when in office but said the victory now belongs to the whole parliament.

The passage of the laws would not put religious freedoms at risk or traditional marriage, he insisted.

People that think gay people making a commitment is is a threat to her marriage fails to realise that the real threat is lack of commitment, Mr Turnbull said.

A clearly emotional attorney-general shared a drink with Labor senator Penny Wong after the vote to celebrate.

To see the galleries of the House of Representatives just explode spontaneously was something that was unforgettable, Senator George Brandis told ABC radio.

Of all the things Ive done since Ive been in parliament I think this is the one that will be most consequential.

The new laws cleared parliament unchanged on Thursday evening after a marathon debate lasting 56 hours and despite a push from conservative MPs for additional religious protections.

Only four MPs in the House of Representatives voted against the private bill, a week after the legislation was agreed to by the Senate.

Labor leader Bill Shorten said the new law spoke for a modern, inclusive and fair Australia.

Same-sex couples will be able to lodge formal intentions to wed from Saturday allowing them to marry from January 9.

Gay couples who tied the knot overseas will have their unions officially recognised as soon as the laws gain royal assent.

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Ursula Haverbecks Fate and Why Aussies Should Freely Discuss Holocaust Revisionism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ursula Haverbeck (photo renegade tribune)

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Ursula Haverbeck, age 89, lost her appeal last week and is expecting to be jailed for her demand that Germans be provided with specific information about the 1940s Holocaust. Germany, France, and other nations have a law forbidding citizens to miminize the Holocaust as it insults the dead and/or incites racial violence.

In 2009, Adelaides Dr Fredrick Toben was held in contempt of court for refusing to delete offensive things from his website. I submitted an amicus curiae brief. It was rejected by the judge on the grounds that Tobens counsel could have said the same things. I print it here as public domain in case anyone wants to use it in a similar case.

My brief has nothing to do with Auschwitz and does not mention the content of the case a...


Scott Morrisons economic pep talk hides the truth about Australias economy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The latest National Accounts released November provided Australias treasurer Scott Morrison with an opportunity to hype up the economy, himself and his government.

It has long been par for the course for treasurers to tell us everything is going great guns. In this vein, Morrison crowed that Australias economic growth has accelerated, risen from 1.9 percent to 2.8 percent through this year, suggesting that Australia is back up towards the top of the pack for major advanced economies.

Besides the claim that Australia is one of the major advanced economies is over stating it, by a long shot, the assertion of economic growth is fundamentally wrong. Critics, including myself, may have for some time been lampooning the notion that Australias economy is performing well. This is not merely a bad mouthing exercise. There is good reason for it. Something systemically wrong and this is not changing.

A distinction must be made between economic growth on paper and real economic growth. Economic growth on paper measures the change in the level of investment or economic activity overall. Real economic growth measures the coming into being of value that had not existed before. There is a tremendous difference between the two.

Secondly, where the investment is going is important. The National Accounts say that 18 percent of new investment has gone into non-residential construction. The accuracy of this is questionable. Even if this was not the case, there is no boom in manufacturing. New construction has bot involved much in the way of building new factories. Perhaps this is about building new shopping centres. But retail sales have been stagnant for some time. This leaves offices. For what? Is this about speculative activity, lifting the quantity of unused offices? There may be some economic growth in this, but is it good?

These points are made to highlight that everything may not be as it seems and to point out that the quality of investment is vitally important. When investment is based on what is not good for the economy or society, it should be distinguished from positive growth. Damage or the environment should be factored in. These impose costs that should be subtracted form the overall gains. Another factor that should be considered  is that changing ownership of existing assets does not contribute to real economic growth. It only does so when it contributes to an increase of new value.

What do we mean by value? This is important too. Basically, this measures an increase in the quantity and usefulness of those things that we use up to give us our lifestyle. If there is no increase in these, there is no real economic growth.

Of course, Scott Morrison does not make this...


Parents Charged and Arrested for Walking Their Kids to School "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our years in elementary school brings back memories for all of us. Vivid memories of the first day of school, holding our parents hand and wondering if the other kids will like us, or fretting about the correct answer to the homework that was assigned to us. Through it all, our parents were there to... View Article

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Embracing the Winter Solstice As A Bridge to New Beginnings "IndyWatch Feed National"

As you all may know the winter solstice is well on its way. For the Northern Hemisphere, it is on Thursday, December 21st.

For anyone who did not know the winter solstice marks the first day of winter according to the astronomical calendar. That being said, the meteorological winter has already been underway since December 1st. The winter solstice will mark the longest night and shortest day of 2017.

To be a little more exact the day of the winter solstice will be about 5 hours and 50 minutes shorter than the summer solstice. According to the NOAAIn the Northern Hemisphere, it occurs when the sun is directly over the tropic of Capricorn, which is located at 23.5 degrees south of the equator and runs through Australia, Chile, southern Brazil, and northern South Africa. The Northern Hemisphere is tipped at its furthest point away from the sun when the winter solstice takes place.



Chances are you wont really notice much of a difference in general but the sun will be at its lowest. It will seem as if the day flew by considering how dark it gets so quickly. During this solstice, there will be some new energies coming about but I dont think they are anything to be too worried about. If anything they are a bridge to something spectacular. Allow this time to shift your perspective to something new.

December is full of the beauty of Light and love we can bring into our life.You can chose to be stressed or you can choose to let the small stuff go and be peaceful this Holiday season.

It really is a choice you make. 
 Eileen Anglin

Some may not even notice a change in energy, while others could be extremely affected by it.  If you notice this energy becoming too much for you remember to stay grounded and protect your own personal energy. During this time you will want to leave behind any and all emotional baggage that has been weighing you down.

I find that smudging white sage during this time is so much more intense and fulfilling. The winter solstice is something to celebrate and embrace not something to hide...


PERTH WA Police uncover counterfeiting operation making faking $50 notes "IndyWatch Feed National"

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WA Police uncover counterfeiting operation making faking $50 notes .

December 07, 2017 at 03:03PM .

charged with one count each of making counterfeit money, possessing instruments for counterfeiting; possessing materials used for counterfeiting and knowingly utter. A woman also found at the South Perth address was released without charge. The man appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court today .


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PERTH Alleged counterfeiter charged in Perth "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Alleged counterfeiter charged in Perth .

December 07, 2017 at 06:03PM .

the man and a woman with equipment allegedly used to counterfeit money. Officers seized 100 partly complete $50 notes worth $5000 along with a laptop, printer and tools along with templates, dyes and paper. The 36-year-old Thornlie man will next appear in Perth Magistrates Court on January 12. .


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PERTH South Perth: man charged with counterfeit money offences after police search "IndyWatch Feed National"

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South Perth: man charged with counterfeit money offences after police search .

December 07, 2017 at 02:52PM .

A 36-year-old man has been charged with counterfeit money offences after a police search of a residence in South Perth. Detectives had identified and linked a number of incidents in the Perth metropolitan area involving counterfeit Australian $50 notes. Police conducted a search on the South Perth .


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Protests Planned Nationwide as Vote on FCCs Catastrophic Plan to Kill Net Neutrality Looms "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Jake Johnson, from With the FCC set to vote on chairman Ajit Pais plan to kill neutrality in just over a week, a diverse coalition ranging from consumer protection organizations to progressive lawmakers to Harvard professors is 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. Ajit Pai may be owned by Verizon, but he has to answer to Congress, and lawmakers have to answer to us, their constituents.Evan Greer, Fight for the Future 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. Since Pai revealed his plan to gut net neutrality rules just before Thanksgiving, public outrage has continued to groweven as corporate media outlets have


Decemmber 8 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1789 James Ruse was a chuffed chappie when he reaped the first harvest on Government Farm at Parramatta.

1801 Flinders explored and charts King George's Sound (later Albany) in Western Australia.

1838 During the Myall Creek trials The Australian newspaper reported that one of the jurors remarked:
I look on the blacks as a set of monkeys, and the earlier they are exterminated from the face of the earth the better. I would never consent to hang a white man for a black one. I knew well (the settlers) were guilty of the murder, but I for one would never see a white man suffer for shooting a black.

1839 Rev. James Gunther wrote in his journal;
We had 14 Young men & elderly boys at Church, also, many Natives, besides about the Establishment. It is pleasing, after all, that however much they wander, they again & again come back to the Mission and seem to consider it their home. - Mr W. being poorly I officiated both times. A certain neighbouring Gentleman, who bears J.P. behind his name, sent, to day, a Black woman to attend Church, dressed in a theatrical & ridiculous style, mens clothes, and with his own, handsomely, bound, Bible & Prayer-book in the hand. Had she come into the Church door, it would, no doubt, have caused laughter with some & thus a disturbance. But fortunately Mrs G. saw her before she had proceeded so far, and kept her in her room, as she was obliged to stay at home. When I came from Church Mrs G. pointed her out to me, and, happily, another Magistrate who had been at Church, just called in, so when we presented the theatrical figure. He was shocked, and said, he would give the Gent a strong reprimand, and I requested him to tell him, if he did so again, I should certainly take some steps against him.

1855 Ballarat was proclaimed a Municipality.

1888 Mr J.T Williams leapt from a hot air balloon over Sydney....and proceeded to demonstrate the amazing powers of the parachute.
At least....we hope the chap remembered to sling one on his back...

1888 The village of Gilgandra (NSW) was proclaimed on this day.

1899 George St in Sydney was beside itself with the comings and goings of the new electric tramway sliding its length.

1909 Lady Dudley got on the blower and called a meeting at Govt House in Melbourne from which lead the formation of the legendary Bush Nursing Service.

1910 Geelong, Victoria was declared a city.



Ten years of failed Northern Territory Intervention "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cathy Gill wrote the following for the Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney. As the opening line says, the Collective will be holding a public forum to today, concerning the injustice of the governments intervention First Nations communities in the Northern Territory. The purpose is to highlight highlighting the harms that this has caused and the need to address them.  The Forum is taking place at the Redfern Community Centre, 29-53 Hugo Street and beginning at 5.30pm.

On Friday 8th December in Redfern, Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS) will host a public forum Human Rights: Where are they? Ten years of failed Intervention featuring two strong First Nations voices from the Northern Territory and other speakers from the eastern states.

Ten years ago, the Howard Government imposed the Northern Territory Intervention on thousands of Aboriginal people. In the absence of prior consultation, the Commonwealth imposed income management, seized control of Aboriginal lands and suspended the Racial Discrimination Act. On this week of International Human Rights Day it is timely for all Australians to reflect on our brothers and sisters in the Northern Territory.

Yolngu Nations Assembly Spokesperson, Yingiya Mark Guyula, Member for Nhulunbuy NT Legislative Assembly, tabled a statement by a large number of Eminent Australians in the NT Parliament during this years Anti Poverty Week.

The statement demands the repeal of the intervention policies, some of which became harsher with its extension of the Stronger Futures Legislation in 2012.   It calls for an end to the 10 years of severe control measures, which it says, are a stain on the Australian nation. Controls, it states, have accelerated child removal, suicide, and ...


The knife "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

I'm in the final trenches of the space opera I've been writing. (Although the characters seem to spend more time fighting in trenches than space).
As most of you know, I've been a plotter since Weapons of Choice, which taught me a few hard lessons about not working with a plot outline. For THE CRUEL STARS I have a comprehensive scene-by-scene blueprint in Scrivener. I do let the characters walk their own path if they insist, but we always come back to the main narrative arc.
I can see from the outline and the words I currently have in the manuscript bank that this book would run about 30-40% over its contracted word length (90K) if I let it.
I'd like to, but can't. The audiobook people, for one, would freak.
So this morning is all about taking a knife to that outline.


Mysterious 'skyquakes' continue around the world with few answers to their origins "IndyWatch Feed National"

Across the world, the sky is quaking with mysterious, explosive booms leaving residents rattled and baffling experts trying to determine their origins. More than 64 different incidents involving loud, unexplained booms worldwide have been reported in 2017, according to a recent NY Post report. The most recently reported skyquake in the U.S. occurred near Daytona Beach, Florida, on Dec. 3, prompting nearby residents to search for answers on social media. Birmingham, Alabama, residents experienced a similar event last month, which local media dubbed the "Bama Boom." The "Bama Boom" occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 14, around 1:30 p.m. local time, according to Fox News.


Tropical Pacific reaches La Nia levels "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has raised its ENSO Outlook to La Nia, indicating that the tropical Pacific has reached La Nia levels. Climate models suggest this La Nia will be weak and short-lived, persisting until early southern...... Read more


The Roundup with PW "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Lorin Stein Resigns Amid Scandal: The editor of the 'Paris Review' left the company during an inquiry into allegations surrounding his conduct with women.

'Slaughterhouse-Five' Heads to TV: Universal Cable productions is developing a series based on Kurt Vonneguts novel, to be written and produced by Patrick Macmanus.

When An Algorithm Writes Sci-Fi: An author enlisted an algorithm to help him write the perfect piece of science fiction. Here's the tale, and how it got made.


Why do all the taxi drivers come from Hagen? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Port Moresby morning rush
Peak hour in Port Moresby

TUMBY BAY - Heres an interesting question. Which is the biggest highlands town in Papua New Guinea?

Port Moresby of course! Followed by Lae and Madang.

Over the course of some 50 years going back and forth to Papua New Guinea, Ive seen these sleepy little coastal towns slowly transform into burgeoning highlands metropolises.

Nowadays they all look like Mount Hagen with waves.

Ive got lots of highland friends who happily stay where they were born but others, through sheer weight of numbers, come to dominate the places where they settle and their habits and customs eventually take precedence.

Marriages and other liaisons cement these takeovers and allow them to inveigle their way into local customary land ownership.

Many traditional landowners in places like Western, Gulf and Central provinces now trace their antecedents back to the high valleys of the Central Range.

I dont think anyone can say they didnt see this massive diaspora coming. Even in the 1960s it was obvious that Port Moresbys character was rapidly changing with the influx of highlanders.

Has it been a good or bad thing? I guess it depends on which side of the fence you are sitting.

Highlanders do tend to be a tad untidy and they seem to take their naturally aggressive natures with them wherever they go.

But on the other hand they have invigorated the communities into which they move and it is possible that many parts of Papua New Guinea wouldnt have been as advanced as they are now without them.

I suppose the overall effect has been a kind of homogenisation of the population. This, of course, has its advantages and disadvantages.

On the one hand it creates a level playing field and a kind of equality, not so much between the sexes or the rich and poor but in a general sense.

On the other hand it condemns many local cultural traditions to eventual extinction. But, as we all know, traditional...


NY Times report reveals Weinstein backroom deals with journalists to avoid negative press "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is no secret that success in life can often stem from who you know-but while the connections you make may be willing to vouch for your character in some instances, would they continually work to protect your reputation by suppressing the truth and ignoring dozens of allegations of sexual assault? In the case of elite moguls like Harvey Weinstein, the answer is yes. The women who have come forward about their encounters with Weinstein have told stories of a sex-obsessed Hollywood producer who used his ability to give them a role in a movie that would launch their career as an excuse to sexually assault them. But it was not just Weinstein-he had an entire team behind him, enabling his behavior. In a lawsuit accusing Weinstein of violating sex-trafficking laws, British actress Kadian Noble claimed Weinstein enticed her to come up to his hotel room to discuss a possible role in a movie. When Weinstein began touching Noble, and she indicated that she was uncomfortable, she said he put her on the phone with a producer from his company. The producer told Noble that "she needed to be 'a good girl and do whatever he wished,' and if she did, then 'they would work' with her further." However, Harvey's protection extended beyond The Weinstein Company. According to a report from The New York Times, Weinstein held the coveted title of "F.O.P" or "Friend of Pecker," which signaled his close friendship with David Pecker, the chief executive of American Media Inc. who is responsible for publications such as the National Enquirer, Star, Sun, Weekly World News and Globe.


Prayer and Meditation for Friday, December 8, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Lectionary: 689

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Peter Paul Rubens with Jan Breughel I, The Fall of Man (Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden) Flemish, c. 1615. The Hague, Mauritshaus Museum

Reading 1 GN 3:9-15, 20

After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree,
the LORD God called to the man and asked him, Where are you?
He answered, I heard you in the garden;
but I was afraid, because I was naked,
so I hid myself.
Then he asked, Who told you that you were naked?
You have eaten, then,
from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!
The man replied, The woman whom you put here with meC
she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it.
The LORD God then asked the woman,
Why did you do such a thing?
The woman answered, The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it.
 Artist Nicholas Burdykin
Then the LORD God said to the serpent:
Because you have done this, you shall be banned
from all the animals
and from all the wild creatures;
on your belly shall you crawl,
and dirt shall you eat
all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will strike at your head,
while you strike at his heel.The man called his wife Eve,
because she became the mother of all the living.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 98:1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4

R. (1) Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelo...


Morauta says PNG budget not credible & economy in crisis "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Sir Mekere Morauta (Post-Courier)
Sir Mekere Morauta


PORT MORESBY - A Papua New Guinean political veteran has said the ONeill government is looking for an easy way out of an economic crisis it has created through waste, mismanagement and corruption.

Former prime minister Sir Mekere Morauta, who is now an opposition MP, said the 2018 budget, released last week was not credible and was laden with fabrications.

Sir Mekere, who is also a former central banker and economist, said the government was raiding and crippling state owned enterprises for quick cash.

State owned enterprises were sick, he said, due to rising debt, poor investment decisions and earlier dividend raids.

Squeezing already struggling businesses and inflicting hefty tariff increases that push up prices was not a solution.

Sir Mekere said to have a credible budget the government had to first fully disclose the state of the economy - the debts, the arrears and the foreign exchange shortages.

He said the revenue figures needed to be realistic and tough choices made on spending and spending cuts.

The former leader said PNG needed a properly thought-out multi-year program supported by concessional finance and an International Monetary Fund balance of payments support program.


Organising the disorganised: The informal economy voice strategy "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Busa Jeremiah Wenogo
Busa Wenogo


PORT MORESBY - Despite its contribution to the Papua New Guinean economy by way of providing employment and income to almost 85% of the population, especially women, very little has been done to promote the countrys informal economy.

Although the PNG government has made clear its intention to support the growth of the informal economy, participants are largely marginalised from government plans and priorities.

Participants in the countrys large but fragmented informal economy lack voice or the ability to collectively bargain with the government to ensure their issues are addressed.

There is no proper mechanism to allow for dialogue between the government and informal economy participants. As a result, the informal economy operates in anarchy with very little or no control from the government.

In a move to organise PNGs informal economy the Consultative Implementation & Monitoring Council (CIMC) and the Department for Community Development & Religion have embarked on developing the Informal Economy Voice Strategy.

The strategy aims to integrate concerns raised by informal economy participants for consideration by relevant government agencies from national down to ward level.

It also provides for systematic multi-stakeholder involvement including local community representatives. The outcome will be to generate specific actions and outputs relating to organising the informal economy participants into registered Informal Economy Associations which will give them a strong voice in influencing government decisions concerning the informal economy.

Creating the associations will enhance representation of informal economy participants in the decision making processes of government at all levels so that harmonious relationships are created in order for informal economy to be recognised and enabled to thrive alongside the formal sector.

Already an Informal Economy Development & Control Bill has been drafted to allow for the creation of Informal Economy Committees....


US incapable of shooting down North Korean nuclear weapons "IndyWatch Feed National"

At a Nov. 6 press conference with US President Donald Trump, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was asked if Japan would respond to North Korean missile launches by shooting them down. "I could just take a piece of the Prime Minister's answer," Trump interjected, "He will shoot them out of the sky when he completes the purchase of lots of additional military equipment from the United States. He will easily shoot them out of the sky, just like we shot something out of the sky the other day in Saudi Arabia." But Trump was wrong: The US can't easily shoot down missiles like the one North Korea tested yesterday, which are designed to launch nuclear weapons. The Saudi military did intercept a missile using a US-made Patriot missile defense system, but it was a medium-range missile moving at far slower speeds than a nuclear warhead launched by an inter-continental ballistic missile. Stopping a nuclear ICBM is a much more difficult challenge, one that the US has struggled with since the Cold War, spending hundreds of billions of dollars to come up with a system of sensors and missiles called GMD, or Ground-based Midcourse Defense. The premise is simple: Once the US detects a missile launch with a variety of radar systems, it will shoot its own interceptor into the sky. After the enemy nuclear warhead separates from its rocket booster, a defensive interceptor, or "kill vehicle," separates from its own booster and attempts to crash into the warhead. Executing this maneuver during a roughly twenty minute window against a warhead moving faster than the speed of sound is extremely difficult in practice.


Flesh-eating ancient 'marsupial lion' species discovered in Queensland, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Scientists have discovered a strange new species of marsupial lion in northern Australia. The fearsome predator has been extinct for at least 18 million years. The animal was uncovered by a team of Australian scientists who analyzed fossilized remains of its skull, teeth and upper arm bone, all found in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area of remote north-western Queensland. The team, from the University of New South Wales, published their findings in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology and named the strange creature 'Wakaleo schouteni' in honor of palaeo-artist Peter Schouten. Wakaleo schouteni was a meat-eating, marsupial, predator that roamed Australia's rainforests some 18 to 26 million years ago. It's estimated to be as big as a medium-sized dog, weighing about 23kg (51lb), according to the study.

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