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Friday, 15 December

23:12

The Antifascists (2017) "IndyWatch Feed National"

The documentary film The Antifascists has now had a public release on YouTube. It is highly-recommended watching. See also : antifascism on film (February 21, 2017) /// The Far Right and Antifa, Making Contact [podcast], December 13, 2017 /// The Continue reading

22:41

MACKAY SHOCKING: Alleged drunk driver rolls car "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 15, 2017 at 01:33PM ,

SHOCKING: Alleged drunk driver rolls car

December 15, 2017 at 01:33PM ,

It will be alleged the man returned a reading of .207% more than four times the legal limit. He was served with a notice to appear for driving under the influence of liquor and will front Mackay Magistrates Court on January 18. Mackay Police will aim crack down on drink drivers this weekend after a horror

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22:41

MACKAY Police preparing to target drink drivers again this weekend "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 15, 2017 at 10:45AM ,

Police preparing to target drink drivers again this weekend

December 15, 2017 at 10:45AM ,

He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court to have the matter heard on January 15, 2018. Being caught drink driving by the police is not the worst possible outcome causing an injury or worse to another motorist, passenger or yourself as a result of drink driving is the worst possible outcome.

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MACKAY Mackay bus masturbators chances not looking too flash "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 15, 2017 at 05:30PM ,

Mackay bus masturbators chances not looking too flash

December 15, 2017 at 05:30PM ,

In 2013, he appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court for public masturbation. Bus indecencies occurred in 2013 and 2015. A girl aged 14 saw the first incident. In 2015 a mother with her two-year-old child witnessed the second of those incidents. In 2015, Simpson pleaded guilty to indecent treatment to

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20:13

North Korea Is Not Just a Nuclear Problem but Also a Complex Security Challenge "IndyWatch Feed National"

Washington and Seoul need to engage with Pyongyang, Beijing and Moscow to explore how a deal can be worked out.

It may be too late to reverse North Koreas nuclear status. Credit: Reuters

Anyone who claims to have an answer to North Koreas nuclear problem has been misinformed. A premeditated nuclear attack is unlikely from any side. Rather, the risk of war lies in the possibility of miscommunication, misperception and miscalculation that could see the cycle of provocation and escalation spin out of control.

The Korean War ended in 1953 with a ceasefire but not peace agreement. The 38th parallel is heavily militarised, barbed wire-fenced, mined and patrolled. Over six decades of demonising, isolating and sanctioning, the Kim dynasty-led regime has perpetuated a stalemate at escalating levels of insecurity. North Korea conducts another nuclear test, possibly more powerful than before. Or a longer-range missile test. US and UN impose additional or tougher sanctions. US and North Korea exchange more threats. The stalemate continues, but with heightened sense of insecurity on all sides.

North Koreas ambition to acquire an intercontinental nuclearised capability has had four components, three of which have been realised. First, it has been making bombs. According to revised US intelligence assessments, it may have as many as 60 bombs. Second, test...

20:07

Israel PM faces new questions in graft probe "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFP

AFP | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses hundreds of right-wing activists who gathered in Tel Aviv on August 9, 2017 in a show of support for him against persistent corruption allegations

JERUSALEM (AFP)  

Fraud squad detectives questioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his Jerusalem residence on Friday, the seventh time in a nearly year-long corruption probe, reports said.

Public radio and two privately-owned TV channels said that investigators arrived at the house shortly before 9:00 am (0700 GMT).

Police policy is not to comment until the days questioning has been completed.

The radio said an investigation into suspicions Netanyahu received luxury gifts from wealthy supporters, including Israeli businessman and Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and Australian tycoon James Packer, was nearing completion.

This is likely to be his last interrogation, on the gifts case, it said.

After that the police intend to wrap up the case within a short time.

The Maariv newspaper reported that detectives believed they had sufficient evidence to pass the file to the state prosecutor.

The police are still deliberating whether to attribute to Netanyahu the offence of bribe-taking or receiving benefits, Maariv said.

The prime minister was first questioned on January 2.

Investigations are expected to continue in a second case in which police suspect that Netanyahu sought a secret pact for favourable coverage with the publisher of the top-selling Yediot Aharonot newspaper.

The alleged scheme, not believed to have been finalised, would have seen Netanyahu receive favourable coverage in return for helping curb Yediots competitor, the pro-Netanyahu freesheet Israel Hayom.

Netanyahu has consistently denied any wrongdoing, and says he has been the target of a smear campaign by political opponents.


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20:00

Parents Reveal Being Hit and Bit by Aggressive Autistic Sons and Daughters "IndyWatch Feed National"

Carly and John Sutherland at the legislature in Halifax, November 30, 2017

by Mary W Maxwell

The Age of Autism website has been running for many years. Two of its main these are the search for pharmaceutical responsibility for autism, and helpful support for families.

One seldom hears the worst of the worst at that particular website, although you can read between the lines when a Dad says In all these years we have never once gone to a restaurant as a family.

However, on December 8, 2017, ageofautism.com published Violent Aggression and Autism: The Hidden Shame, Secret, Cover Up. Rather than printing it here I will print...

19:55

"Weekly News Wrap-Up 12/15/17" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Weekly News Wrap-Up 12/15/17"
By Greg Hunters USAWatchdog.com 

"Looks like the GOP finally defeated its own candidate for Senator in the Alabama Special Election. The GOP could not stop Moore in the primary after spending $32 million, but it teamed up with Democrats and got Moore defeated. Moore is not conceding, and plenty of people are saying there was voter fraud. Its a long shot that Moore could force a recount, but even so, a last minute court decision in Alabama allowed paper ballots to be destroyed after a winner was declared. Some say that will make a recount next to impossible. Congratulations Mitch McConnell, you got a Democrat elected in a 60/40 Red state.

Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is being charged with running a totally biased investigation against Donald Trump by members of Congress. Some say he should be fired. There is still no evidence of Russian collusion but plenty of evidence that the same people that exonerated Hillary Clinton for multiple crimes are now going after Donald Trump. I am referring to the DOJ and FBI investigators. On top of that, the Justice Department will not answer questions that it used a totally false so-called dossier bought an...

19:01

14 of the Most Dangerous Roads in the World "IndyWatch Feed National"

Adrenaline is so strong that none of us understands it. Jerry Lewis

When you are told to close your eyes and picture a road trip, you are probably envisioning coffee stops and upbeat music while cruising down an endless highway. There is, however, a whole different side to road trips if youre looking for your next opportunity for an adrenaline rush. Trade in your reasonable speed limits and highway road stops for hairpin bends, trips through war zones and dramatic mountain drops with these fascinating destinations.

Check out 14 of the most dangerous roads across the globe:

#1 Hana, Hawaii

This incredibly narrow and scenic road located on the island of Maui is a high-risk location for landslides, which means that its often closed to travellers.

Source: Mashable

 

#2 Eshima Ohashi Bridge, Japan

Designed to allow clearance for even the largest of ships, this trip would resemble a rollercoaster more than a trip over a mere bridge.

Source: Metro

 

#3 Eyre Highway, Australia

Unlike the other roads on the list, this road isnt dangerous due to incredible heights or risks of landslides, however, it is responsible for an incredibly high number of accidents. Why? It is so monotonous that drivers regularly fall asleep.

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19:00

There May Be Just Enough Healthy Coral Left to Save the Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed National"





First, the meme that all that damage is caused by temperature change is rubbish and an exercise in misdirection.  The most probable cause is agricultural run off which has been heavy in nitrogen for the past several generations.  As well that run off will be in the surface waters most likely to affect reefs.

The switch out to organic agriculture will  allow these reefs to completely reverse and stage a total recovery.
 
In the meantime we have this nonsense to put up with in order to hide the true culprit..


There May Be Just Enough Healthy Coral Left to Save the Great Barrier Reef 

Australian scientists see a way back from the mass bleaching events brought on by climate change.
Jackie Flynn MogensenNov. 28, 2017 2:00 PM 

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/11/there-may-be-just-enough-healthy-coral-left-to-save-the-great-barrier-reef/# 

The Great Barrier Reef is called great for a reason. As the worlds largest reef system, its half the size of Texas, home to about 10 percent of the oceans fish species, and generates billions of tourism dollars annually. Plus, its damn beau...

18:52

Atlanta, GA: Update on Food Not Bombs Repression "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Atlanta, GA: Update on Food Not Bombs Repression appeared first on It's Going Down.

Early this morning, we came to court ready to face criminal charges for feeding the homeless without a permit. Many people came out and we shared food, clothes, and hygiene supplies right in front of the courthouse.

City representatives refused to show up. They were too ashamed to even face us in their own court. The bogus charge was dismissed without so much as a hearing. This confirms that the crackdown was never about the law, it has always been nothing more than a campaign of intimidation designed to bully homeless people and those who aid them. Already, officials are researching other ordinances they can use to repress us.

The real solution is ordinary people working together to help each other, and fighting against the gentrification agenda of the city elites. We will continue doing our part, and we call on everyone to join in however they can.

We are outraged that the City is trying to avoid this issue. Officials must answer for persecuting us, but they know they cant. They can hide from a court case, but they cant hide from the poor people who face constant harassment by their cops. They cant hide from the homeless people who they evicted from the Peachtree & Pine shelter. The City wants to pretend they are the solution to poverty and homelessness in Atlanta, but they are the cause.

The real solution is ordinary people working together to help each other, and fighting against the gentrification agenda of the city elites. We will continue doing our part, and we call on everyone to join in however they can.

18:27

SOTT FOCUS: Putin Schools Journalists and Western Politicians in Annual Q&A Marathon "IndyWatch Feed National"

Russian President Vladimir Putin held his annual marathon press conference today. Over 1,600 journalists were accredited for the event, which ended up lasting just under four hours. The entire ritual just demonstrates how far Russia still has to go before it becomes a full-fledged Western democracy. In a real democracy, leaders only take pre-approved soft-ball questions from a select group of hand-picked journalists and then read their answers from teleprompters. Tough or unexpected questions are either ignored or given a pat answer devoid of any real information. After 20 minutes or so, that's a wrap. Under no circumstances are leaders to field countless questions from a range of sources, and extemporaneously provide detailed answers on a wide range of subjects. Sound about right? Actually, the reason Western leaders don't do such things is because they're simply incapable of it. They don't have a command of all the facts and figures. They know their 'policy positions' are just slogans and sound bites made up for public consumption, so their answers are never in-depth or backed up by anything of substance. And they know the justification for the 'party line' is based on a foundation of deceit and lies, so they can't give adequate space for facts or other points of view. When you're following a script, you can't be spontaneous. Putin, on the other hand, can do so because he's something all his Western 'colleagues' are not: a real leader. What follows are some of the highlights of today's Q&A. Check back for updates as they come. Here's the full video, if you have 4 hours to spare:

18:27

SOTT FOCUS: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - November 2017: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs "IndyWatch Feed National"

From fireballs to floods to unseasonable snow in both hemispheres of our planet, this past November saw many meteorological records broken. After an unusually strong X-class solar flare and unusual solar activity back in September - possibly related to a series of powerful earthquakes above 7.0M in New Caledonia and Mexico - last month was marked by three powerful earthquakes that caused widespread damage - in Iraq/Iran, Chile and South Korea. Meanwhile, volcanic activity seems to have reached a seasonal peak (yes, soon we'll have to start talking about 'volcano season'). These increased geological phenomena, and the official predictions of an increase in earthquake activity in 2018 due to the slow-down of Earth's rotation, have left affected people with a feeling of dread. Droughts also worsened in Portugal and Spain last month, while sheets of rain fell in South America, Australia, and in most parts of Asia. All this at a time when meteorologists are finding themselves having to use the term 'atmospheric phenomena' because 'rainfall' just doesn't cut it anymore. Trumpet sounds and portents in the sky were seen as harbingers of changing times in the past, from the social and political arena, to significant cosmic events. So fasten your seat belts folks, because it seems that things are going to get rough. Check it out below, and watch it in full screen!

18:22

NNTT Tennant Creek Pastoral Lease "IndyWatch Feed National"


National Native Title Tribunal File DC2017/003 available here entered on the Register 24/11/2017.

The attachments are as follows :-
Register extract available here
Attachment A - Map of Area available here
Schedule A - Native Title Claim Group Description available here

 
This claim is interesting in the amount of detail provided in the Claim Group Description. Searches of the CIFHS web site will produce a large amount of information about those mentioned in the Claim Group list plus further information on other descendants.

17:48

Substratum answers censorship call "IndyWatch Feed National"

Web censorship is on the rise, according to research by Freedom on the Net, two-thirds of all internet users live in countries where criticism of the government, military, or ruling family is subject to censorship. The World Economic Forum reported that global internet freedom declined in 2016 for the sixth consecutive year, 2017 is likely to be even worse.

Internet freedom in the US was dealt a huge blow yesterday when the Federal Communications Commission voted to rescind regulations governing companies that provide broadband services to consumers. This essentially gives broadband providers in the US the power to control what they serve to their customers, and more importantly what they block.

These net neutrality regulations were originally introduced by the Democrats under the previous administration. Trumps administration evidently does not approve of a free and unfettered internet so has decided to unravel the regulations that gave net neutrality lawfulness. The rules prevented internet service providers from blocking content, throttling access speeds and enforcing paid prioritization upon their customers. Once through US broad band companies would have a green light to discriminate and manipulate your internet traffic according to one Democrat on the FCC panel. Top ISPs such as Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Charter and CenturyLink will have more freedom to control what they allow their users to see on the internet. According to Wikipedia these top five US providers have almost 80 million subscribers combined.

As America moves to join many of the Middle Eastern and Asian nations that regularly and actively censor the internet we need to look towards the blockchain for a solution. It just so happens that a recent ICO provides a token that does just that.

Substratum provides a method of serving decentralized web content via a range of operating systems and browsers without the need for technical knowledge of crypto currencies and blockchains. Their websites states:

Information wants to be free, not locked down by censorship or net neutrality laws. Substratum provides tools anyone can use to help keep the internet accessible through decentralization. We support an equal, fair, and open internet.

By installing a Substratum node participants will get rewarded with the crypto currency for serving content to others living in countries that filter the web. Traders reacted to the news quickly and SUB price jumped from $0.36 to a record top of $0.50 within a couple of hours. A small correction brought prices back down to $0.40 but they soon began to ratchet....

17:06

Credlin: Give us a debate and vote on Australias population - Article by Leith van Onselen "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chief of Staff to former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin, is the latest to question Australias mass immigration program, which flooded NSW (read Sydney) and VIC (read Melbourne) with a record 185,500 net overseas migrants (combined) in the year to June, further crush-loading our two biggest cities. This article was first published on Macrobusiness at https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2017/12/peta-credlin-give-us-national-debate-vote-australias-population/ on December 15 2017.

By Leith van Onselen

Chief of Staff to former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin, is the latest to question Australias mass immigration program, which flooded NSW (read Sydney) and VIC (read Melbourne) with a record 185,500 net overseas migrants (combined) in the year to June, further crush-loading our two biggest cities:


Last night, Ms Credlin delivered a detailed monologue on Sky News calling for immigration levels to be normalised back to their historical average, as well as demanding that our federal politicians give Australians a national debate and vote on Australias future population size.

While the whole video is well worth watching, heres a few key quotes:

Overcrowded streets, busy roads, nowhere to park, over development, unaffordable housing, cramped schools, and in the words of many locals, far too many highrises. These were the concerns raised today [in Bennelong], and they are all code for population growth

What I can...

17:00

PERTH Lloyd Rayney wins epic defamation fight against WA Government over Corryn Rayneys death "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Lloyd Rayney wins epic defamation fight against WA Government over Corryn Rayneys death .

December 15, 2017 at 12:01PM .

Lloyd Rayney was not in court for the judgment because he was representing a client in the nearby Perth Magistrates Court, where he left without making any comment. Lloyd Rayney in a blue suit walks in front of a cafe as media crews film Photo: Lloyd Rayney was not present in the court to hear his

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16:43

Teaching Positions Advertised "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 The 2017 Education Vacancy Gazette Was Ready For Distribution To The Provinces For Teachers To Start Applying For Tenure Or To Confirm Their Eligibility By July.

 

 

Exactly 42,517 teaching positions from community & primary schools, high schools and secondary schools, national high Schools, flexible, open and distance education (FODE), vocational centres, teachers colleges, inclusive education institutions and TVET institutions were advertised mid this year.

 

The 2017 Education Vacancy Gazette was ready for distribution to the provinces for teachers to start applying for tenure or to confirm their eligibility by July.

Source: Post-Courier

16:23

Have cryptoassets created $0.5 trillion in social value? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vitalik Buterin poses that question, do read his whole storm. Here are the last three tweets:

How many Venezuelans have actually been protected by us from hyperinflation?

How much actual usage of micropayment channels is there actually in reality?

The answer to all of these questions is definitely not zero, and in some cases its quite significant. But not enough to say its $0.5T levels of significant. Not enough.

Let me set aside the question of enabling grey or black market activities, and let us put aside the bubbly component of these assets, which may or may not be real.  Id like to focus on the underlying fundamentals.

Furthermore, crypto-assets have not consumed half a trillion in social costs, though Id like to see the electricity bill.  So mine is the concrete question: insofar as crypto-assets have served as hedges and stores of value, is that social value or just a private return at some offsetting rent-seeking-based social cost?

Stores of value

Lets say I build a warehouse and store some furniture in it, because I am moving and I dont want to throw out the sofa but need to keep it somewhere for a month.  The gains from storing that furniture can be captured by standard cost-benefit methods, and few would doubt that is a legitimate private and also social efficiency.  I am carrying sitting capacity into the future.

With crypto-assets, I am carrying wealth more generally into the future.  The person who most wants that payoff structure for the wealth carry will end up owning the crypto-asset.

Do I hold and carry forward that wealth at the expense of other people?  Is creating a crypto-asset, in welfare terms, a bit like being a counterfeiter and thus rent-transferring and wasteful?  Or is it more like storing a sofa while moving house?

Or is the crypto-asset more like an insurance contract, and thus again wealth-enhancing?  I see it as performing a mix of the store of value and insurance functions.

If the crypto-asset is rent-seeking (the electricity cost aside), exactly whose purchasing power is diminished?  Presumably the Bitcoin and Ether millionaires spend more of their money and drive prices up for others.  But it seems that is a pecuniary externality, not a real social cost of the kind that would justify a judgment of socially wasteful rent-seeking.

Maybe it makes more sense to view the crypto-assets as a new kind of insurance contract: if some of my othe...

16:23

Project Leader "IndyWatch Feed National"

AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY

16:09

Australia gives Parking Ticket to Man in His Own Driveway "IndyWatch Feed National"

Once upon a time, police aspired to protect society. Today, police, in general, are more interested in harassing the public to raise money for the government. In Australia, a man was given a parking ticket in his own driveway. The incident has gone viral in Australia and the government claims his car partially blocked the sidewalk.

I had friends who were police decades ago. Something has changed. They were never vindictive and nasty. Today, you literally take you like in your hands just being pulled over by a cop. Every encounter I have had that never ended with any ticket I have found the police starts with an attitude and the assumption everyone is up to something.

15:42

Mammal long thought extinct in NSW resurfaces in State's west "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Crest-tailed Mulgara, a small carnivorous marsupial known only from fossilised bone fragments and presumed extinct in NSW for more than century, has been discovered in Sturt National Park north-west of Tibooburra.

A team from the UNSW Sydney Wild Deserts project made the unexpected discovery during recent scientific monitoring.

UNSW scientist and Wild Deserts ecologist Dr Rebecca West, said it was particularly exciting to find a Crest-tailed Mulgara alive for the first time in NSW.

The Crest-tailed Mulgara was once widely distributed across sandy desert environments in inland Australia, but declined due to the effects of rabbits, cats and foxes.
The species weighs around 150 grams and has pale blonde fur and a thick tail with a distinctive black crest, Dr West said.

"The discovery comes at a great time," said UNSW scientist and Wild Deserts project co-ordinator Reece Pedler.

Next year we are due to begin introduced predator and rabbit eradication from a large area, which will no doubt help the Mulgara, Mr Pedler said.

The Wild Deserts project is contributing to the NSW Governments Saving our Species conservation program (SOS), said National Parks and wildlife Service area manager Jaymie Norris. The aim of this project is to return mammal species not seen in their natural habitat for over 90 years in Sturt National Park. Rabbits, cats and foxes will be eradicated from two 20-square-kilometre fenced exclosures in Sturt National Park, before locally extinct mammals are reintroduced."

"Reintroduced native mammal species will include greater bilby, burrowing bettong, western quoll and western barred bandicoot, Mr Norris said.

The Wild Deserts project is a partnership between UNSW and Ecological Horizons, in collaboration with Taronga Conservation Society Australia. Wild Deserts has been contracted by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage to restore and promote desert...

15:38

Catching up with John Young "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


I caught up today for a pleasurable few hours in the Sunshine Coast hinterland with bush naturalist extraordinaire John Young.




John is something of a legend in the birding community. It is well-known that he and I have had our differences over the years, but with the benefit of hindsight, everyone acknowledges they might have done things differently in times past. We move on. Whatever our differences, I've always regarded John as arguably Australia's most skilled bush naturalist. His uncanny ability to track down birds in difficult circumstances is widely acknowledged. John is doing some excellent field work these days as a senior ecologist with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.


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15:26

Australia ratifies torture prevention treaty, but must accept scrutiny of offshore facilities on Manus and Nauru "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Government has ratified an important UN torture prevention treaty. The Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) is a mechanism established to prevent cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in places of detention.

Ratification of the OPCAT will enable the Commonwealth Ombudsman to establish a network of independent inspectors who will have unprecedented access to prisons and some other places of detention. But the impact will be limited by the Australian Governments denial of these obligations to Australias offshore facilities on Manus Island and Nauru. 

"The announcement is an important step in the right direction because governments have maintained an out of sight, out of mind approach to prisons for too long," said Ruth Barson, HRLC Director of Legal Advocacy.

"Abuse thrives behind closed doors. While independent scrutiny of prisons is essential to expose current abuses, such as prolonged solitary confinement and degrading strip searches, the onus will be on governments to implement the inspectors' recommendations and put an end to mistreatment."

As part of ratification, the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture will undertake periodic visits of Australian detention facilities. Ms Barson said international scrutiny is important to ensure Australian governments commit to stopping cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment both in word and deed. 

"Exposing mistreatment is one thing, but stopping it is another. Deaths in custody and Don Dale type abuse are what happen when governments fail to heed the advice of experts and instead turn a blind eye to mistreatment," said Ms Barson. 

When announcing its intention to ratify OPCAT in February the Australian Government made clear that it will not accept any obligations for transparency, oversight or monitoring to extend to its offshore facilities on Manus and Nauru, where 2000 refugees have been held for the last four and a half years. 

Daniel Webb, HRLC Director of Legal Advocacy, said the Australian Government cant just pick and choose which facilities its happy to have scrutinised.

"The whole purpose of this treaty is to prevent abuse through transparency. It defeats that purpose if our Government can just decide to keep its deepest darkest sites of misery and suffering deliberately shielded from scrutiny," said Mr Webb.

Mr Webb said the timing of the ratification  coming just ahead of Australia formally commencing its term on the Human Rights Council  showed that the Australian Government recognised the need to improve its own human rights performance prior to taking up a seat on the worlds highest human rights authority. 

"Our Government knows it needs to get its house in order if it wants to command respect and cred...

15:13

After liberalism: a response to Safe White Spaces "IndyWatch Feed National"

There has been recent noise around whiteness in the arts in Australia, Melbourne in particular, due in part to Andy Butlers article Safe White Spaces. Some of us have been talking about this for some time, but now it feels different, on account of the voices being heard and the opinions being seriously considered. This might be the demographic reckoning that is starting to happen as a consequence of the end of the White Australia Policy.

14:54

Students ticketing process to be improved "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

12/15/2017  

The Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology plans to hand over all airline ticketing responsibilities to colleges and universities to manage independently.

 

 

Secretary of the Department of Higher Education, Fr Jan Czuba, says currently the Department purchases tickets for all TESAS students however, this process causes delays in students travels, further holding up the enrolment process for the students and institutions.

 

The tertiary institutions will receive money from the Higher Education Department to purchase their students tickets once they confirm their lists by early January, Fr Jan explained.

 

This is so the students can travel to school on time for registration and enrolment.

 

The current process where the department purchases the tickets sometimes results in students being sent to the institutions too early or too late, said Fr Jan.

 

This incurs extra costs to schools, the department and at times, on the students and their parents.

 

Fr Jan said changing the whole process will address some of these ongoing issues and importantly, make the enrolment system efficient.

 

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14:40

PMs arrest warrant quashed "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

12/15/2017

 The Supreme Court has quashed the controversial arrest warrant that was taken out for the arrest of Prime Minister Peter ONeill three years ago.

A three-man Supreme Court bench today unanimously found the warrant defective and the District Courts decision to issue it as well.

 

 

The court found that lack of care was applied by the District Court in issuing the warrant.

 

There was no information put on the form to get a warrant. The date on which the information was laid was blank. Even the word Independent was spelt wrong on the form.

 

The court further found that the wrong form was used in applying for the warrant.

 

To apply for the arrest warrant, form 1 had to be used, as per section 8 of the Arrest Act of 1977.

 

The court upheld the appeals filed by PM ONeill and Police Commissioner Gari Baki, and set aside the warrant as void and of no legal effect.

 

This appeal arose from the decision of August 8, where the National Court ruled it cannot judicially review the manner in which the warrant was issued from the District Court on 12 June 2014.

 

The Supreme Court ruled that the decision by the District Court to issue the warrant was an administrative decision that was capable of being judicially reviewed.

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14:39

McCain eyes exit from Senate amid 'stress' from growing Trump dossier scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

John McCain is reportedly preparing to pull back from the U.S. Senate, according to Beltway insiders who say new demands to answer for his role in either underwriting or promoting the Trump phony dossier are stressing the Arizona senator's fragile health. It is not clear whether McCain plans to outright retire from the Senate or simply focus on his Stage IV cancer treatments away from Washington, D.C. but many GOP insiders believe McCain's last days in the Senate are close. Likely, McCain will not return after the Christmas break, many folks have privately confided. McCain has been away for the Senate all week, missing votes and debate about a number of topics including tax cuts. This is not the fist time McCain has sought medical treatment after his role in recent anti-Trump scandals have heated up.

14:37

Across Borders "IndyWatch Feed National"

I moved to Edinburgh after university. Before that, I had efficiently drilled myself down into a hole: wallowing about and wondering why I hadnt felt fulfilled by graduating, by achieving something.

When I finished university, I didnt feel like I had gained a degree; I felt like I had just suddenly lost university. The thing that I had centred my life around had been taken away, and I needed a new axis to spin around. Time to begin a new life.

I tried throwing myself into a relationship, abandoning one sinking ship for another. Unfortunately, relationships require an equilibrium, not some rudderless vagabond looking for someone to orbit around. What I did have was a sticker in my passport that would let me live in the UK for two years. Move to Edinburgh, gravitate in that direction, build your life around that for a while, I thought

Edinburgh is a city of hills, its bends and bows covered up by cobblestones, its closes and alleys infested with pubs. There was something energising about the deadline of this life here you get two years here in Edinburgh. Youre free of everything outside of this city: no career, no expectations, no past regrets, no future stresses youre just in Edinburgh, and that is good enough.

What is Christian up to?
Hes in Edinburgh.
Good enough.

Because my life didnt reach beyond the citys grips, it made everything simpler. Earn some money to live, to travel, make some friends, enjoy yourself, dont feel guilty for existing without a motive. It was calming not living too far ahead of myself.

I fell in love in Edinburgh. I didnt need to fall in love; it wasnt on a checklist, it just approached me. I was able to experience it rather than try and just impose it on someone. Suddenly, that two years in Edinburgh didnt feel freeing as it had before: it was a countdown to a different life.

Shes from Mexico. A ball of positivity, she could talk troubled waters into smooth sailing.

Weve lived in four different countries in the two years since leaving Scotland: all the experiences and opportunities weve been granted during which have been incredible, and the ability to share them with someone I truly love and fucking cherish is magical. But these worldwide experiences come as a byproduct of a larger goal to be able to start a life somewhere together. To be able to find one place in which we can exist, not jumping from pla...

14:20

New TB facility to offer same day treatment "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 

 

Port Moresby General Hospital has opened new standalone tuberculosis (TB) clinic and pathology laboratory.

TB patients could now get treatment after laboratory test and X-ray results are done on the same day at the new facilities at Port Moresby General Hospital.

Hospital chief executive officer Dr Umesh Gupta officially named the clinic after Dr Joseph Bana-Koiri yesterday, saying the new TB clinic would be able to conduct X-rays and sputum examinations of adult and child TB patients daily.

Our aim is to be able to start treatment of TB patients within four hours of presentation to the TB clinic, certainly before he or she leaves the premises, Dr Gupta said.

He said the relocation of the facility was urgently required because the present clinic posed risk of spreading TB to other patients and staff in the present clinic, X-rays were done twice a week and that again posed risks to staff and other patients, he added.

The new facility would encourage more adult and children if they have experience common symptoms like coughing for two weeks, fever, night sweats, loss of appetite and weight loss can visit the clinic and be treated on the spot, Dr Gupta said.

He said the new facility will support programs such as the introduction of the new child-friendly TB medication and will also support the concept of screening and treating of the family as a whole on the country.

Source: Post-Courier

14:00

Cartoon science - Global warming will weaken winds in the Northern Hemisphere, but speed them up downunder! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Now they tell us! Climate warming to weaken wind power in northern hemisphere, increase in Australia: study After building 341,000 wind turbines, mostly in the Northern Hemisphere, now climate modelers reveal that winds will decrease in the Northern Hemisphere! Warming temperatures caused by climate change are set to weaken wind energy in the northern hemisphere, a study shows, lessening the amount of wind power produced for wind farms. However the southern hemisphere would see a boost in wind, which could potentially turn north-eastern Australia into an attractive investment for energy companies. Rush, invest your money now. The theory called polar amplification has the success rate of a coin toss. Buy a wind farm in NE Australia! Luckily wind speeds are not also influenced by cloud cover, jet streams, oceans currents, forest growth, atmospheric tides, solar factors, magnetic fields, ozone levels, cosmic rays, or butterflies. Otherwise this study might be inadequate, uninformed guesswork being used to inform investment decisions!Key points: Atmosphere instability which creates wind changing in northern hemisphere North-east Australia could become an attractive investment for energy companies At present there is only one operational wind farm in Queensland

13:15

Why Your Intuition May Be the Highest Form of Intelligence "IndyWatch Feed National"

Christina Sarich, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Our intuition develops when we are babies, long before are indoctrinated into Newtonian physics which largely prohibits us from understanding the quantum world. Ironically, one of our first intellectual abilities intuition may be one of the greatest forms of intelligence we will ever experience in a grown-up world.

In the quantum world, there are no positions nor speed. These are classical, mechanical terms for a world that doesnt really exist. Yet, as tiny babies we understand how things work without having a clear grasp of certain intellectual realities.

Psychologists Susan Hespos from Northwestern University, and Renee Baillargeon of University of Illinois found that this physical intuition kicks in as early as two and a half months, and other scientists think that intuition is probably present from birth.

Gerd Gigerenzer, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, argues that intuition is less about suddenly knowing the right answer and more about instinctively understanding what information is unimportant and can thus be discarded, but even if we have intuition even at birth, one could argue that we have yet to develop the intellectual capacity to learn which information can be discarded.

Yet innate notions, plus elaborations born from watching and interacting with the world, add up to a sort of nave physics that we all grasp before having a single physics lesson.

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11:54

Things that Couldn't Happen--But DID! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dr. John Alexander returns to Dreamland with mind-opening stories of his adventures into the unknown. Formerly head of the US Army's famed non-lethal weapons program, John has traveled the world in search of answers to the mysteries of such things as mediumship, out-of-body movement and near death experiences.

11:54

The World Bank will stop fossil fuel financing after 2019 "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Patrick Caughill, (Futurism 13 December 2017) responds to the decision just made by the World Bank to divest from the fossil fuel industry. This is a significant win by campaigners trying to bring about change and a recognition that fossil fuels is a dying industry.

In a move sure to be celebrated by opponents of fossil fuel-based energy, the World Bank has just made a huge announcement at the One Planet summit called by French President Emmanuel Macron.

The bank, which provides loans to developing countries to foster economic growth, announced on December 12 that it will no longer offer financial support for oil and gas exploration after 2019.

During the summit, the bank released a statement saying it will no longer finance upstream oil and gas, citing a need to change in a rapidly changing world.

In 2015, the bank previously vowed to have 28 percent of its portfolio dedicated to climate action by 2020. The banks latest statement on fossil fuel financing suggests that it is on course to achieve that goal.

This is yet another blow to the fossil fuel energy industry, and a seemingly significant win for environmental advocates.

The economics surrounding the energy sector are increasingly making it more attractive for entities to switch to renewable energy.

Across the world, it has become cheaper to build new renewable energy installations than to operate and maintain existing coal power plants.

The World Banks plan does lay out a caveat for exceptional circumstances, saying that they will consider financing upstream gas in the poorest countries where there is a clear benefit in terms of energy access for the poor and the project fits within the countries Paris Agreement commitments.

The Paris agreement is a major factor in the decision.

The One Earth summit was planned on the two-year anniversary of the historic agreement, which was looking uncertain after the President of the United States, one of the major financial and influential member nations, decided to withdraw.

Even so, the agreement looks to be thriving, even in the US, which may reach the goals laid out in Paris against all odds.

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11:48

Doctors call offstrike "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

December 15, 2017 

By GYNNIE KERO, REBECCA KUKU and HELEN TARAWA 


A PLANNED strike by doctors has been called off after the Government yesterday met four of their seven demands including the payment of K1.3 million to cover their insurance premiums.
National Doctors Association secretary Dr Sam Yockopua told The National last night the three remaining demands are in process.
We are satisfied so we will continue work, he said.
The strike by association members, which Health and HIV/AIDS Minister Sir Puka Temu and Personnel Department Secretary John Kali said would have been illegal, was to have started yesterday.
Sir Puka confirmed that K1.3mil had been paid and all the other demands were administrative matters which would be addressed.
We have paid the premium insurance and we will address the other administrative issues as soon as possible, he said.
Doctors this week threatened to withdraw their services in a nationwide strike if their sevens demands were not addressed immediately. They had submitted the same seven demands to the government earlier this year but received no response.
The demands are that:

  • An outstanding insurance premium of K1.13 million to be paid before close of business on Dec 14 (yesterday);
  • the outstanding NDA awards for national medical academics, the money managed by the University of PNG, to be paid by close of business on Pay 26 of 2017;
  • the State to show commitment to honour the award and facilitate the NDA HOS which includes financial contributions;
  • all doctors must have their contracts signed, gratuity calculations and payments done in compliance to the existing agreement by Pay 26 of 2017;
  • all doctors who have been employed must have their appointments confirmed, salaries and remuneration packages sorted out, and those seeking employment in the public sector must be promoted;
  • all outstanding rentals to be paid before close of business yesterday (Dec 14); and,
  • All outstanding claims by service providers must be paid by the end of the year.

 

Kali told The National that the strike threat strike contravened the Public Services Act and the General Orders. He said it would have breached an agreement signed between the doctors and the government which stipulated that doctors were engaged in an essentia...

11:46

Governor-General meets with abuse survivors ahead of Royal Commission final report and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove has met with abuse survivors outside Government House, ahead of the Royal Commissions final report.

The survivors also thanked the members of the commission for their work over the past five years.
The final report, which will include recommendations for further action, is expected to be handed down later today.
After being submitted to the Governor-General it will be tabled in federal parliament, and then made available to the public.

 

Coral gardens used to repopulate Great Barrier Reef

A research project growing healthy coral near Cairns to be replanted on the Great Barrier Reef is underway.

11:44

Meet the Organisers (Part 2) Anna Boddenberg "IndyWatch Feed National"

Meet organiser and board member Anna Boddenberg, including what she is looking forward to coming up in Earthworker!

11:19

Webb Dock battle is a front line in a bigger war to reshape Australian workplaces "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

As the battle on Melbournes Webb dock over rights at work continues, the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) has released a report, which shows that the company calling the shots, has a record of using methods that have embroiled it in industrial disputes around the world.

International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) is operating at Webb Dock, through its subsidiary, Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT).

Paddy Crumlin, the President of the ITF said, ICTSI has imported its anti-worker business model, which has led to protracted disputes and protests around the world, to the Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) terminal at Webb Dock.

ICTSIs insistence on bringing its anti-worker business model to Australia is being met with the resistance you would expect from workers unions, politicians and the local community with an industrial dispute on the cusp of entering its third week with no end in sight.

No matter where you look across ICTSIs global network, there is industrial trouble because the company insists on running an anti-worker, union busting agenda, and no-one wants that at the expense of decent pay, conditions and job security.

Weve seen ongoing dramas in Madagascar, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea and the cancer has now spread to Australia. Everyone is awake to ICTSIs destructive ways and wont cop it anymore.

Paddy Crumlin added that VICT publicly alleged that it was illegal for them to employ this worker and that his application for a MSIC card was rejected twice. VICTs claims are categorically false and this worker was granted a MSIC card on the 8th of December.

ICTSI is deliberately running smokescreens and we need to focus on the facts. Management deceptively created the cause of this dispute. This dockworker was targeted for being a union delegate, and sacked after trying to raise legitimate concerns with management regarding the bullying and intimidation of workers.

It is the broken promises related to permanency and rates of pay, managements disregard for worker safety by attempting to override safety officers and experienced dockworkers, and the targeting of MUA members that led to this dispute.

Despite a great deal of disinformation being put through the media, the reality of this dispute is starting to get though. Proof of this is the growing community support for th...

11:10

Call to Improve Dialogue Between Resource Owners and Stakeholders "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Government urged not to renew the Porgera Special Mining Lease Agreement

Jack Lapauve Jnr. | EMTV | 14 December 2017 

President of Resource Owners Federation PNG is calling for an equal playing field between mining operators and resource owners.

President Jonathan Paraia told EMTV News, too many agreements or understandings are signed but 90 percent of that is not achieved.

Mr Paraia said the government and mining operators must consider the issues presented by resource owners. He says Resource Owners Federation of PNG has kept a tight lip over the years.

With more complaints raised by resource owners around the country, he says, the government and mining giants must pay equal consideration.

In the past 10 years, Papua New Guinea has seen a rise in explorations in the Oil, Gas and Mining sector. More explorations are ongoing with new mines and project sites identified.

Mr Paraia says if all stakeholders are given the attention needed, the standard of living including goods and services will improve very much in many communities where mining or oil and gas projects are in operation.

Meanwhile, he has urged the National Government not to renew the Porgera Special Mining Lease Agreement.

Mr Paraia says landowners demand an investigation into the issuing of water permits by the mining operator. Landowners say severe damages were done but remain unreported.


11:06

MEDIA RELEASE: Acclaimed Australian actor Simon Baker joins the Fight for our Reef. "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Video available here: https://youtu.be/4s8BoBMGi9E

Award winning Australian actor and director Simon Baker, of The Mentalist fame, has joined the Fight For Our Reef in a bid to stop Adanis proposed mega coal mine.

Baker has added his voice through a personal video plea that invites the public to join the Fight for our Reef and petition Australias Prime Minister to reject Adanis Carmichael coal mine.

Baker said: Right now, our Prime Minister is trying to open one of the largest coal mines on Earth. Just inland from the Reef, just when we should be giving coal a miss.

Frankly, thats so reckless its terrifying.

Bakers plea comes after two unprecedented back-to-back coral bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef, which according to scientists has changed the Reef fundamentally.

The 2016 and 2017 events saw nearly half of all shallow water corals dying due to heat stress caused by global warming, mainly driven by burning coal and other fossil fuels.

Our world is heating up. And we know it. But were still burning dirty fossil fuels like coal and gas when we have clean, safe alternatives, says Baker.

We can save the Reef, but to do that, we need to take immediate action, he says.

That action is to Stop Adanis polluting coal mine and make a rapid switch to clean renewable energy.

Watch Simon Bakers message on fightforourreef.org.auYouTubeFacebook or Twitter.

 

About Simon Baker:

Simon Baker is a highly acclaimed Australian actor and director who is best known for his role in The Mentalist. He was recently awarded the 2017 Trailblazer award for his contribution to Australian screen culture and excellence at home and abroad. In 2018 Baker will make his feature film directorial debut with BREATH, an adaptation of Tim Wintons bestselling novel. He is a devoted surfer.

 

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11:01

Pom Gen to receive K100 million "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

December 15, 2017

THE Port Moresby General Hospital will receive K100 million of the K1.5 billion health sector allocation in the 2018 national budget, Health and HIV/AIDS Minister Sir Puka Temu says.
Sir Puka said they had been allocated 100 per cent funding but the challenge was how to implement the budget.
Ive been in this hospital most of my life and Ive seen transformation under the new board. The highest institution in healthcare is the hospital, he said.
This is to bring the private sector skill, experience and acumen into the public sector. The things they lack are because of the Budget issues.
I was health secretary before and I would beg the government to fund our health plan below 60 per cent. Its now 100 per cent funding.
Sir Puka said the key word was partnership and he urged the communities to help the management of the hospitals by doing their part.
Dont throw rubbish everywhere. Listen to security guards, he said.
Visit patients on time with one guardian. Doctor-patient relationship must be improved. Prescription practices must be good and patients must complete their doses to avoid drug resistance.

Source: The National

10:42

BCL slaps down claims as RTG tries to edge its way into Panguna "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Panguna copper & gold mine

Keith Jackson | PNG Attitude | 14 December 2017

Bougainville Copper Ltd has lashed out at what it calls an unscrupulous campaign by rival RTG Mining which it says undermines its position as the Bougainville governments preferred company to re-open the Panguna copper and gold resource.

In a statement, BCL said RTG, which it characterised as a junior speculative company, had sought to create the false impression that BCL had no support among key landowners and that it had claimed a dispute between two leading landowners had been resolved in a way that would undermine BCL interests.

In fact, the National Court under Justice Kandakaski has endorsed a continuing mediation process and ordered that the matter return to the court on 6 February to determine whether reconciliation has resolved the dispute to the satisfaction of the broader group of Panguna landowners.

These developments are not only deeply embarrassing for RTG but expose the highly misleading nature of its ongoing campaign of destabilis...

10:41

IMO DSS INVITED HON UCHE ONYEAGUCHA BY 11AM 14 DEC. 2017 TO ANSWER TO ROCHAS PETITION "IndyWatch Feed National"

REASONS FOR HIS INVITATION 1. Hon Onyeagucha accused of opposing Rochas mindless and illegal destruction/demolition of private property without compensation. More

10:08

Mining Minister peddling ignorant misinformation about biodiversity and experimental seabed mining "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Underwater life in the McMurdo Sound

Papua New Guineas Minister for Mining, Johnson Tuke, has been peddling some ignorant misinformation in his attempts to defend experimental seabed mining.

The Minister has claimed no life exists at 1600m under the ocean where Nautilus Minerals hopes to strip mine the seabed. That is completely untrue and irresponsible according to scientists like Cindy Dover, a professor of biological oceanography at Duke University:

We have learned that...

09:59

Accused Bourke St driver to face court "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dimitrious Gargasoulas

A man charged over the deaths of six people during Melbournes Bourke Street rampage is due to face court.

Dimitrious Gargasoulas, 27, is expected to appear before Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday for a committal mention.

The prosecution and his defence team are expected to advise the court how the case will proceed amid concerns about Gargasoulas fitness to stand trial.Gargasoulas is facing six counts of murder and 28 charges of attempted murder after a car mowed down pedestrians in Melbourne on January 20.

He is accused of driving through the Melbourne CBD, deliberately striking pedestrians around Bourke and Queen streets as the area teemed with lunchtime crowds, before he was shot and wounded by police.

The post Accused Bourke St driver to face court appeared first on Echonetdaily.

09:40

World-first mining case launched in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tom Lodewyke | Lawyers Weekly | 14 December 2017

Citizens of Papua New Guinea have launched landmark legal proceedings against the countrys government over a deep seabed mining project.

Coastal communities in Papua New Guinea (PNG) recently commenced proceedings against the PNG government over the Solwara 1 project, the worlds first deep seabed mine.

The Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights (CELCOR) in Port Moresby is representing four community plaintiffs. They are seeking information on the legality of the mines approval, as well as the likely environmental, social, cultural and economic impacts.

The Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) NSW, a partner of CELCOR, said in a statement that these are landmark proceedings. It is the first case relating to the worlds first commercial deep seabed mine, and one of the first public interest access to information cases brought under the PNG constitution, as PNG does not have freedom of information laws.

The EDO said community representatives in PNG have been requesting information on the mine, including the en...

09:29

Vale Ken Inglis (1929-2017): former UPNG Vice Chancellor and ANU Professor "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Development Policy Centre staff offer our condolences to the family and friends of the late Kenneth Stanley Inglis, Emeritus Professor of History at the Australian National University, who passed away peacefully, and in the presence of family, in early December 2017.

An eminent historian of Australia, Inglis was also an inspiration to many young Papua New Guineans.

He moved to PNG with his wife Amirah and their six children in 1967 to take up the Foundation Chair in History at the fledgling University of Papua New Guinea. There he and other colleagues, including the late Hank Nelson, Bill Gammage, and Jack Golson (in prehistory), worked to dismantle the myth, fostered by Europeans, that nothing happened in their societies before the white man came. The list of his early students reads like an honour role of PNGs political and intellectual elite Sir Rabbie Namaliu, Sir Mekere Morauta, Sir Vincent Eri, John Kasaipwalova, and others.

Inglis served as the second Vice Chancellor of the University of Papua New Guinea from 1972-1975, guiding the university through the many challenges of the late colonial era. He left PNG in 1975 to take up an appointment in history at the ANU, where he remained as a staff member and later as an Emeritus Professor, until he passed away earlier this month.

Papua New Guineans who knew him well, like Sir Rabbie, remember Inglis as a brilliant teacher of history who left students yearning to learn and know more. Sir Mekere recently stated that Kens ability to teach history by telling stories was extraordinary and had all of us enthralled. He was such a good storyteller. We all wanted to listen to him, whatever the topic. In a country where oral traditions are strong and oratory skills are decisive, that is high praise indeed.

Postscript: Many ANU academics have ongoing associations with UPNG. The Development Policy Centre has five seconded staff members teaching economics and public policy at the university under our ANU-UPNG partnership.

Unattributed quotes in this post are from Taim Bilong Uni: Ken Inglis at the University of Papua New Guinea (Maddocks and Sparks). It is suggested readers interested in the early history of UPNG refer to...

09:14

BCL confident of backing from Panguna landowners "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Panguna mine site

Radio New Zealand | 14 December 2017

Two companies vying for control of the Panguna mine site in Papua New Guineas Bougainville remain at loggerheads.

Earlier this week RTG claimed the resolution of a dispute over the leadership of the key landowning group at the mine site cleared the way for it to proceed.

But Bougainville Copper Limited, which used to mine Panguna and wants to return, says there is more court ordered mediation to come.

BCL company secretary, Mark Hitchcock, said a judge has ordered that the views of the membership of the Special Mining Lease Osikiang Landowners Association be sought.

And he says BCL was confident that it would win their backing.

We know for a fact that the majority of those landowners are pro-mining, to start with, and they are also supportive of BCL. We have seen that evidence. At the recent wardens hearing, we have seen the turnout at that hearing and we are confident of the support.

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09:12

Think You Can Hide Capital Gains in Alt-Coins? Think Again "IndyWatch Feed National"

Those Bitcoin investors in the US who think theyre outsmarting the IRS by trading funds to other digital currencies rather than back to dollars could be in for a nasty surprise. Under GOP tax bill that is due to be voted upon next week, law makers will draw a distinction limiting like-kind exchanges to real estate.

Its been argued by some that using Bitcoin or any other digital currency to purchase a different crypto should be treated the same as a 1031 exchange. This allows taxpayers to exchange one type of asset to another without it being deemed a taxable event. Since the IRS considers Bitcoin as property rather than currency, it was thought that digital currencies could be considered as like assets.

Evan Fox, the tax manager at New York accounting firm Berdon gave his opinion on the matter to CNBC:

Some people think, Im taking my bitcoin, which the IRS has deemed to be property, swapping it for another property and doing it for investment reasons, so it sounds like it could be a 1031 exchange I think its a stretch.

However, under the new bill, any debate will be rendered moot. It explicitly limits 1031 exchanges to real estate. This gives an answer to all those accountancy professionals who have struggled to advise clients invested in Bitcoin and other cryptos because of the law lagging behind technological innovation.

For now, people cashing out or trading digital currencies in the States should beware. Other investments will often trigger the a brokerage to send a Form 1099 automatically which also goes directly to the IRS, alerting them to your trading. These forms are used to record losses and gains. However, its important to remember that the absence of such a document does not mean that taxes are not owed. This makes it necessary to self-report.

Its also worth noting that the IRS have up to three years to conduct an audit. It could be as late as 2020 that your 2017 tax return is brought into question. Fox warned that penalties and interest might face those who do not correctly report their cryptocurrency gains.

He summed up the situation pretty clearly for CNBCs readers considering risking not reporting crypto trading gains:

If you put money into the cryptocurrency space, and you decide to buy [another digital asset], and you one day monetize it and show up with a $2 million house, the IRS is not stupid.

The taxation expert concluded by suggesting that the number of returns this year...

08:57

Big and small in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea has undergone a resurgence in popularity as a cruise destination thanks to its astounding marine life and fascinating cultural experiences.

And while its possible to visit many PNG destinations on a large mainstream cruise line, some travellers prefer the more intimate atmosphere of smaller vessels.

Large Australian family-owned company APT is catering to that niche with a one-off cruise to PNG next year in partnership with small-ship operator Noble Caledonia.

The adventure starts on October 2 in Cairns, where you board a charter flight to Port Moresby and transfer to the 110-passenger, 75-crew Caledonian Sky.

Highlights of the 11-day trip include cultural experiences in local villages, immersion in World War II history at Milne Bay, snorkelling in PNGs pristine waters, and visits to the Kamiali Wildlife Management Area and Madang, regarded as one of the prettiest towns in the South Pacific.

MS Caledonian Sky was recently awarded a Star Performer Top Ten rating in the 2018 Berlitz Cruise Guide, boutique ship category.

From AUD$8995 (US$6,904) a person twin-share, including an early bird AUD$1000 (US$767) saving.

Still in PNG, delegates and officials attending next years Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Port Moresby will be bedding down on three cruise ships moored at the capital.

Carnival Australia has announced three ships P&Os Pacific Explorer and Pacific Jewel plus Princess Cruises Sea Princess will offer supporting accommodation to the 10,000 people at the event.

The ships will be moored within the APEC security zones to provide accommodation for those attending the summit, which runs from November 12 to 18.

Carnival Australia has established a strong relationship with the government of Papua New Guinea and is proud to have included nine destinations in Papua New Guinea on its

itineraries from Australian-based ships since 2013, said Carnival Australias executive chairman Ann Sherry.

Its the second time Carnival has been involved in offering accommodation for an international conference. In 2014 P&Os Pacific Jewel provided support in Samoas hosting of the Small Island Developing States Summit.

Carnival Australia incorporates several cruise brands in the Australian and New Zealand market, including Carnival, Cunard, Holland America, P&O, Prince...

08:54

Appointed Board Member: Finance "IndyWatch Feed National"

Engineers without Borders Australia

08:36

Opportunity Knocks and SophiaTX is Answering the Door "IndyWatch Feed National"

SophiaTX, considered the Ultimate Blockchain for Business, just entered the final round of a very successful Token Generation Event (Dec. 7 17), where they have already raised well over $11 Million USD. The unique, purpose-built blockchain platform and marketplace were designed from the ground up for the specific purpose of integrating enterprise applications such as ERP, SCM, and CRM systems into a collaborative environment across multiple enterprises and industries.

SophiaTX is ready to show off what it can do for businesses on a global scale. They just opened pre-registration for Early Adoption Program which will launch in early 2018. The program is aimed at both individuals (enterprise applications experts, consultants, and architects) and organizations.

The early adoption program offers exclusive, membership only access to SophiaTX technology, the use of a testnet platform, detailed use case description for implementation, and learning opportunities for businesses regardless the size small or large. Interested parties can subscribe to the early adoption program on the SophiaTX website. As a small sample of SophiaTX potential, the company has outlined a use case which they affirmed, by way of fully functional proof of concept.

 Blockchain E-invoice Data Exchange / One-to-One Document Exchange

Extensive research of todays business models and practices found that more than 90% of all invoices worldwide are still processed manually (via mail, print, email, and other manual methods) which consume valuable time, resources and increase the costs.

The volume for e-invoices will achieve at least 36 billion worldwide with annual growth rates of 10-20% by the end of 2017. The estimated size of the e-invoicing market is 3.3 Billion Euro for 2017, and is expected to grow to 16.1 Billion Euro in the year 2024.

The main problems with traditional e-invoicing is that it remains cumbersome in adoption, is relatively expensive to implement and is rather limited to a selected type of document. This is where blockchain technology offers faster adoption and a true, peer-to-peer information exchange of relatively unlimited types of documentation. said Jaroslav Kacina, SophiaTX CEO.

SophiaTX takes the process multiple steps further by inputting the e-invoice...

08:19

State Department walks back Tillerson's signal for talks with N. Korea "IndyWatch Feed National"

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert appeared to walk back statements by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling for negotiations with North Korea. Nauert said Pyongyang would have to suspend weapons tests before talks could take place. "We're ready to talk anytime they'd like to talk," Tillerson said on Tuesday, during a question-and-answer session at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC. "We are ready to have the first meeting without preconditions. Let's just meet." On Wednesday, Nauert said that Tillerson's comments were not an announcement of a shift in US policy. North Korea would have to suspend its weapons program before any talks could talk place, "and we certainly haven't seen that right now," she said. Tillerson had signaled that the Trump administration was ready to negotiate without demanding North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles programs. "It's not realistic to say we are only going to talk if you come to the table ready to give up your program," he said. "They have too much invested in it."

08:00

December 15 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"



1807 - John Macarthur defied Atkins' arrest warrant over the Parramatta affair by giving a written refusal to comply to the issuing officer.

1810 - Shocked at the horrendous architectural styles of combining wattle and daub with tree houses Governor Lachlan Macquarie introduced a building code into the New South Wales colony.

1829 - Thomas Peel rocked up at the Swan River colony with 300 settlers. They were, however, too late to be eligible for the land grant for his colonisation scheme.

1852 - 1921 A lot of boring as batshit legal mumbo jumbo legislation was being twittered about the corridores of various parliaments throughout the Island of Oz.
I culled them to prevent you all from nodding off into your coffee.

1852 - Colonial Secretary Sir John Pakington authorises NSW Vic SA & Tas to draft new separate constitutions providing for an elected lower house and a nominated upper house.

1875 - A Bill in NSW Parliament granting married women the right to own property was rejected on the grounds that 'it would undo the God-founded institution of matrimony'.
Pfft!

1877 - Eleven year old Albert Thomas Burless had his leg severely bitten by a shark ( leg was later surgically amputated) whilst bathing at Peacock Point, Balmain, Sydney.

1882 - The first female union in the Land of Oz was formed when female tailoresses tossed their collective thimbles out the window and created The Victorian Tailoresses Union.

1891 - Rabbits were declared to be in plague proportions across Australia. Estimate of numbers was 100 per acre of outback Australia.

1897 - Laws were enacted in Queensland to prohibit Aboriginal people accessing liquor and opium. The 1897 Protection of Aborigines and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act was to affect Indigenous rights in Queensland for much of the 20th Century.

1900 - HMS Royal Arthur delivered the goods when it off-loaded the first Governor-General of Oz, Earl of Hopetoun, in Sydney.
Who proceeded to commit The Hopetoun Blunder and we shall never speak of this unfortunate event in his presence again.....
Hopetoun's error in calling on Lyne to form a government became known as the "Hopetoun Blunder", and it marked the beginning of what many historians consider to be his unsuccessful term as Governor-General.

1904 - The Arbitration Court established.
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07:06

Las Vegas Unsettling Details Emerge "IndyWatch Feed National"

We Are Change

In this video, Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange gives you the latest breaking news on the unfolding events in Las Vegas, a media critic of Wapo making fun of Instagram star Dan Bilzerian, new YouTube search policies and important unanswered questions.

You can watch this video on DTube here.

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06:53

Donald Trump would win another presidential election, says Joe Hockey "IndyWatch Feed National"

President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trumps motorcade drives down Pennsylvania Avenue towards the inauguration ceremony

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06:45

Record high immigration to Sydney & Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Immigration ramps up

The natural increase in Australia's population slowed a bit over the 2017 financial year as the number of deaths increased. 

However net immigration from overseas boomed by +27 per cent from +193,000 to 245,500, so you can comprehensively chalk that one up as a good call for this blog page (a year ago much of the idle talk of was population growth dropping because of a slowing economy). 

Australia is the planet's sixth largest country so this isn't such a big deal in itself, but the concentration of the immigration will raise a few eyebrows, as we shall see below. 


Over the financial year Australia's population grew by +388,100 or +1.6 per cent to 24.6 million by the end of June 2017. 


The Aussie population will pass the 25 million landmark in 2018.

The MEL-SYD magnet

Net overseas migration into the two most populous states rose to the highest level on record. 

New South Wales (+98,600) and Victoria (+86,800) accounted for the great bulk of immigration, with new arrivals overwhelmingly clustering into the capital cities of Greater Sydney and Melbourne respectively. 

Immigration into Queensland is also picking up the pace, from a cyclical nadir of +18,300 over t...

06:24

Lobster With Pepsi Can Tattoo Embodies Fears About Ocean Waste: Here Are 5 More Examples "IndyWatch Feed National"

By , EcoWatch

Its safe to say that lobsters arent a budding new demographic for soda companies.

So why did a lobster recently caught in the waters off Grand Manan, New Brunswick, have part of a Pepsi logo tattooed on its claw?

Thats a question that baffled Karissa Lindstrand, the fisherman who spotted the uncanny image during a lobster haul, according to the Guardian. Lindstrand happens to drink up to a dozen Pepsi sodas a day, but she was struck by the images unusual dimensions.

It was pixelated, she told the Guardian, and far too big to be seen on a soda cantheoretically debunking claims that the lobster grew up in a can. Shes not the only one to question how the logo got there. Since the image went viral, its sparked a debate on how a lobster became an unwitting mascot of a soda giant, the Guardian noted.

Lindstrand, for example, thinks that ink from a piece of paper somehow fused to the lobsters claw.

One thing, however, is clear to everyoneplastic pollution in the worlds oceans has reached a crisis level.

Each year, an estimated eight million metric tons of plastic enter the oceans each year, which is like emptying a garbage truck of plastic into an ocean every minute.

This pollution affects marine life in a number of ways,...

06:06

Googles Street View To Capture The Migration Of Millions Of Crabs On Christmas Island "IndyWatch Feed National"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Every year, millions of crabs scuttle across Australias Christmas Island. They do so as part of their annual migration which can sometimes last up to 18 days. This year, the rarely-witnessed migration will be documented, thanks to Google and Alasdair Grigg from Parks Australia.

As Mashable...

06:01

4 Surprising Reasons Cops Want Marijuana To Be Legalized "IndyWatch Feed National"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

On my first day visiting Reef Dispensaries in Las Vegas, Nevada, I had the opportunity to chat with a former police chief and present-day security guard for the company. As a journalist, I couldnt help but ask what he and other guards thought about the long-waged War on Drugs in the United States. His answer both surprised and elated me.

As the unnamed veteran gave commands to his K9 partner, he explained that he and other police officers had long-concluded that the criminalization of marijuana is uncalled for. He said in his 15+ years on the police force, he never once saw a violent offense result from a user of marijuana.

Because of this, he said, cannabis in all of its forms needs to be decriminalized across the nation. We continued to talk about the various ways it could stimulate the economy, help heal peoples various ails, and, possibly, even contribute to a raising of consciousness.

The conversation was enlightening, to say the least. It confirmed my personal beliefs that most police officers arent the bad guys, as many Americans have come to believe. Rather, they are just attempting to do their job, which is outlined by the federal government....

06:00

10 years in the morgue: I encounter the trading vessel Desikoko "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Desikoko
Model of the MV 'Desikoko'

KEITH JACKSON

This article was first published in PNG Attitude on 30 September 2007

SYDNEY - I was visiting the NSW south coast for a school reunion last weekend and decided to stay on the shores of Jervis Bay at a guesthouse in the pleasant village of Huskisson.

From the mid-19th century until the 1950s, Huskisson, located on a safe anchorage in a region of straight and tall timber, was a thriving boat building community.

What I didnt know until my recent visit was that, in the years before World War II, local boat builder AW Settree constructed inter-island trading vessels for WR Carpenter & Co, a household name in PNG and the Pacific.

The photograph is of a lovingly constructed model of the  vessel, Desikoko, built in Currambene Creek at Huskisson and launched in May 1934. She was 232 tons, made of local wood and 120 feet long.

 Desikoko was then towed to Sydney to have her engine installed and then carried a cargo of timber on her maiden voyage from Sydney to Papua New Guinea.Desikoko mostly operated out of Rabaul, sailing around the islands every two or three weeks collecting and discharging copra.

In May 1936, she was badly damaged when Vulcan erupted in Simpson Harbour. After fleeing Rabaul through volcanic ash and pumice, she subsequently returned to Sydney under her own steam for repairs.

Desikoko saw service in World War II and then was sold to a Chinese company and renamed Yua Hwa.

Under the command of a Captain Baldwin, in January 1947 she sailed from Sydney with a cargo of flour. She encountered heavy weather, sprang a leak and, after the engine room flooded, was unable to use the pumps.

The pilot boat Birubi took her in tow but Yua Hwa listed and sank 8 km south of Newcastle on 5 January 1947. The crew abandoned ship and fortunately all survived.

And now, in Huskisson, the old trading vessel, Desikoko, is still remembered in this beautiful model.......

05:49

Australian Government Announce 20 Year Prison Sentences For Whistleblowers "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian government has announced mandatory prison sentences of 20 years for whistleblowers who disclose classified information to the public. The new law could see government and intelligence officials and even journalists face [...]

05:41

The Three Most Important Facts About Psychiatric Drugs "IndyWatch Feed National"

A few days ago, psychologist and educator Michael Corrigan was a guest on my radio show and he brought up some questions about how to communicate with people about psychiatric drugs. Specifically, he asked, What are the three most important things for anyone to know about psychiatric drugs? Here is my answer:

Psychiatric drugs are neurotoxins. They poison the brain, injuring brain cells and causing severe biochemical imbalances and potential biological chaos. Because drug companies design them to cross the blood brain barrier and to impair specific neurotransmitter systems, every psychiatric drug is a potent neurotoxin. They cannot fix biochemical imbalances because there are no biochemical imbalances in the brains of troubled, suffering people; and more specifically because they are tailored in the lab to disrupt brain function and not to fix it. As neurotoxins, they are bad for the brain with the first dose. They can cause tragic harm, such as suicide and violence early in treatment, and tend to cause brain damage and apathy after longer exposure.

Psychiatric drugs work by harming your brain and mind (the brain-disabling principle). Like any form of brain injury, some psychiatric drugs can cause temporary highs; but all cause emotional blunting and loss of touch with oneself and others. They make people care less about their own lives and the lives others. They cause these effects by infiltrating the entire brain, diminishing the overall function, including in the super-sensitive basal ganglia, limbic system, temporal lobe and frontal lobe.

Psychiatric drugs will hide their harmful effects from you (medication spellbinding). Most people who use alcohol, marijuana, cocaine or narcotics are the last to know how much they are being harmed or harming others while under the influence. Some people insist these neurotoxins are helpful when the main long-term effect consists of diminished awareness, sensitivity or feeling. The same is especially true of psychiatric drugs, because drug companies tailor them to target and disrupt major neurotransmitter systems like dopamine and serotonin. People taking psychiatric drugs often underestimate the harm and overestimate any good effects. This is medication spellbinding.

These three principles of neuropharmacologyneurotoxicity, brain-disabling effects, and medication spellbindingare the starting point for understanding how psychiatric drugs actually affect the brain and mind, and why to avoid them, whenever possible.

To worsen the problem of exposure to psychiatric drugs, all of them can cause withdrawal symptoms. Some are frankly addictive, like the stimulants given to children for ADHD and the tranquilizers given for anxiety...

05:30

The Power of Growing Incrementally (a series) "IndyWatch Feed National"

At a recent Curbside Chat presentation, I had someone ask me who the critics of Strong Towns are. Who hears this compelling narrative and disagrees with it? It was a question meant to understand the social context in which our movement fits. Whose ox is gored? My answer touched a little bit on the resistance of professionals to ideas that threaten their livelihood as well as the natural resistance of people living on the outskirts of a community to believe the extent to which their lifestyle is subsidized.

Really, though, the major pushback we've experienced this year is around the issues of incrementalism. A core belief that our movement embodies is the need to work incrementally. The first four principles of a Strong Towns approach relate directly or indirectly to working incrementally. We say that a Strong Towns approach:

  • Relies on small, incremental investments (little bets) instead of large, transformative projects,
  • Emphasizes resiliency of result over efficiency of execution,
  • Is designed to adapt to feedback,
  • Is inspired by bottom-up action (chaotic but smart) and not top-down systems (orderly but dumb),
  • Seeks to conduct as much of life as possible at a personal scale, and
  • Is obsessive about accounting for its revenues, expenses, assets and long term liabilities (do the math).

I would simplify the tension down to this: If you think you are smart enough to know the answer, you don't like the constraint of working incrementally. If you think you are smart enough to have the right course of action figured out, you are not going to want someone telling you to take baby steps. If you have a grand vision for reshaping all that is wrong with the world and all you need is for the policy people and the funding people and those ignorant masses known as voters to wise up and support it, you're not going to be a big fan of the Strong Towns approach.

We experience this a lot when it comes to transit. Chuck, it's obvious we need this  [insert transit mega-project]  and it just can't be done incrementally. You clearly just don't get transit! The assertion is (1) here's what I see as obvious and (2) you must be dumb for not seeing it. Often times these people love our critique of highway mega-projects and then get really mad at us when we apply the same thinking to their pet project.

Another area of conflict is housing policy, particularly affordable housing. There is a mindset that suggests that affordable housing issues are a one-dimensional supply problem. Increase the supply and it solves the problem. If the only way we can increase the supply is to build towers on sites...

05:00

Mark Rakatani is inspired by his war hero great-grandfather "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Officer Cadet Mark Rakatani (Gary Ramage)
Officer Cadet Mark Rakatani with a portrait of his great grandfather Sergeant Major Katue MM (Gary Ramage)

IAN McPHEDRAN | The Australian

CANBERRA - Officer cadet Mark Rakatani has carried the memory of his great-grandfather and the hopes of his nations defence force onto the parade ground at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

He was the first soldier from Papua New Guinea to graduate from the elite military campus of the University of NSW in Canberra when, with more than 250 young officers including 14 foreign students, he marched out in front of thousands of family and friends.

Mark Rakatani comes from a long line of warriors.

His great-grandfather, Sergeant Katue, is regarded as one of the finest Papuan soldiers of World War II, fighting deep behind enemy lines in the jungles against the Japanese invaders.

As a member of the then Australian Armys Papuan Infantry Battalion (PIB) he was already in action against the Japanese before the Australian 39th Battalion arrived at the front.

At Buna-Gona, soon after the Japanese landed in July 1942, Katue penetrated the Japanese lines three times to gather vital intelligence before he raised a small local force and stayed behind enemy lines to terrorise the invaders.

04:28

Ultra-Nationalists Crashed Documentary Festival in Russia "IndyWatch Feed National"

(HRW)  This past weekend, a group of Russian ultra-nationalists threatened a documentary filmmaker at a Moscow film festival, disrupting the screening of her film, Flight of a Bullet, about the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Shot in August 2014, the film chronicles Ukraines volunteer military battalion, Aidar, which fought against Russia-backed separatists. Members of Aidar were reportedly responsible for arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, and acts of torture during the war. The film doesnt hide this: it includes footage of Aidar fighters physically and verbally abusing a civilian they suspected of supporting the separatists.

The screenings were scheduled for December 9 and 10 as part of Artdocfest, a prominent documentary film festival in Moscow. The director, Beata Bubenec, told me that during the December 9 screening, three people approached her and the festival director, Vitaly Mansky, protesting that Aidar fighters had killed and abused pro-Russian civilians and screening a film about them in Russia was inappropriate. They warned a second screening would cause serious problems. Bubenec said that the men threatened her, so Mansky asked her not to attend the next day.

On December 10, when the screening began, several people jumped on the stage, screaming the film was fascist. Others, some in camouflage, sprayed pungent gas around the room. One person there told me that audience members were tearing up and covering their noses and mouths with scarves and handkerchiefs to protect against the powerful smell. Fearing that the gas could cause respiratory problems, the organizers stopped the screening and ordered an evacuation.

There were over 50 assailants. The police arrived and led them out of the room, but released most of them in the cinemas hallway and outside. As a well-known film critic noted, [police officers] look calmly at the camouflaged men wreaking havoc. According to media reports, police eventually detained...

04:09

Las Vegas police seek to keep 14 search warrants pertaining to the massacre sealed "IndyWatch Feed National"

If there are no living defendants being investigated then why all of the secrecy?

(INTELLIHUB) The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is seeking to keep 14 search warrants pertaining to the October 1 massacre sealed as news agencies and the general public demand answers.

Its unclear why the authorities want to keep those warrants hidden, Fox Newss Tucker Carlson reported. At least officially there are no living defendants being investigated in that case so it doesnt make a lot of sense.

Carlson plans to provide an update on the matter Friday on his show Tucker Carlson Tonight.

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04:00

Doctors threaten to withdraw services over non-payment issues "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Yockopua_Dr Sam
Dr Sam Yockapua

RNZI

PORT MORESBY The Papua New Guinea's Doctors' Association is threatening to withdraw its services across the nation.

Association General Secretary Sam Yockopua said the government is running out of time to address seven issues he and his colleagues have raised.

The issues relate to payments and allowances owed to doctors and outstanding contractual matters.

Dr Yockapua said one of these was unpaid rent allowances for doctors' accommodation. He said some doctors have been evicted because they haven't been paid for up to six months.

So we're asking the government and we've given the deadline; they come as one package; failure to do so will result in withdrawal of services.""They've got to be completely insane to think otherwise.

Dr Yockopua said another issue is the lack of contracts for doctors. According to him, many doctors had been working without contracts for many months while the government has freezed employment of new doctors.

"But we have got an increased number of sick people and we've got doctors who are looking for jobs in the country, and the government is trying to employ Cuban doctors, Indian doctors and recently doctors from Israel, making a mockery out of our system," he said.

Dr Yockopua said patients in critical condition would not be left unattended, but that all other routine services by doctors would be put on hold until the issues were rectified.

03:57

Satellites images reveal Afghanistan's lost empires "IndyWatch Feed National"

For archaeologists, Afghanistan is virtually off-limits for fieldwork, as Taliban forces battle the Kabul government in far-flung provinces and security remains tenuous even in the capital. Yet U.S. and Afghan researchers are now finding thousands of never-before-cataloged ancient sites in the country, which for more than a millennium served as a crucial crossroads linking East and West. The discoveries promise to expand scholars' view of long-vanished empires while giving the battered nation a desperately needed chance to protect its trove of cultural heritage. In a collaboration funded by the U.S. Department of State, archaeologists are analyzing commercial satellite data, along with U.S. spy satellite and military drone images, which offer a fine-grained view of remote sites that are too dangerous for researchers to visit. At a meeting here last month of the American Schools of Oriental Research, team members said they have more than tripled the number of published archaeological features in Afghanistan, to more than 4500. The discoveries range from caravanserais, huge complexes designed to house travelers and built from the early centuries B.C.E. until the 19th century, to networks of ancient canals invisible from the ground. Meanwhile, octogenarian archaeologists are emerging from retirement to add information from decades-old fieldwork to the site inventory. "The capability to explore a relatively little known region efficiently and safely is really exciting," said David Thomas, an archaeologist at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, who has done remote sensing work in Afghanistan but is not a member of the mapping team. "I'd expect tens of thousands of archaeological sites to be discovered. Only when these sites are recorded can they be studied and protected."

03:09

"Power Is Not A Means; It Is An End..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.  
- George Orwell, "1984"

03:00

Mathematician protests retraction, alleging manhunt "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A math journal has retracted a 2015 paper after three outside experts informed the editors that the paper contains errors which invalidate its main results. According to the retraction notice, published in the July 2017 issue of Manuscripta Mathematica, the author Ilya Karzhemanov has not admitted to the alleged errors and disagrees with the retraction. []

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03:00

VIDEO: Putin Q&A 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

For those who missed it, here are all 3+ hours of Russian president Putins 2017 live Q&A with the words press. This year he took questions from Russian mainstream media, from opposition outlets such as Echo Moscow and from western media agencies. Whatever the shortcomings of the Russian political system may be, we have to remind ourselves that their head of state is prepared to spend several hours answering unscripted questions from potentially hostile journalists. None of our western leaders is prepared to undertake anything even approaching that amount of personal and political risk. Filed under: latest, multipolar world, Russia

02:53

How Government Agents Troll Online to Divide and Confuse "IndyWatch Feed National"

How Government Agents Troll Online to Divide and Confuse
by TDB

The real story of online deception isnt about the Russians. Sure, the Russians certainly have their own programs to disrupt and steer online discourse. But how quickly the public has forgotten about the U.S. governments own internet troll program.

Edward Snowden leaked documents used by the Five Eyes alliance of governments. The United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australiabasically Oceania from 1984get together to spy on each others citizens. Thats how they cleverly get around laws against spying on their own citizens. The leaked documents included a presentation about how government agents should disrupt online discourse.
There is a lot of overlap between these tactics, and often more than one are used simultaneously. For example, there has been a big pu...

02:18

China summons Australias ambassador over influence row "IndyWatch Feed National"

China and Australia have traded claims of undue political influence and racial prejudice. Opposition politicians in Australia have accused Prime Minister Turnbull of jeopardizing the countrys biggest trade relationship.

Australian flag at China's Great Hall of People (Getty Images/F. Li)

Australias Ambassador to China was summoned to a meeting as the Foreign Affairs ministry, officials confirmed Thursday, following a diplomatic dispute in which Canberra accused Beijing of undue influence in Australian politics.

Australia recently began a crackdown on foreign donations to political causes. Announcing the measures, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull singled out China for its unprecedented and increasingly sophisticated attempts to influence the political process in his country.

Read moreAustralian publisher pulls book amid China backlash fears

Fears of Chinas influence were revived in recent weeks after it emerged that Senator Sam Dastyari, who had previously defended China in disputes over the South China Sea, had warned a Chinese businessman that his phone was being tapped by intelligence agencies. He was later forced to step down over his ties to Chinese officials.

Australien Politiker Sam Dastyari in Canberra (picture-alliance/AP Photo/M. Tsikas)

Former Senator Sam Dastyari

Beijing then accused Turnbull of prejudice. The opposition Labor Party said that the government was showing anti-China bias that could jeopardize trade relations.

Turnbull responded by saying that the opposition was using the situation for leverage ahead of a key by-election on Sunday that will determine the prime ministers political future.

China accused Australia of raci.....

01:46

The Big Brother Future "IndyWatch Feed National"

US Meddling in Venezuela? (Jeff C.)

The State Department pays a think tank nearly $1 million to work with Venezuelan opposition.

We Need to Talk About Honduras (Dan)

Honduras recent presidential election has ended in violence. Security forces and protesters have continued to clash while the too-close-to-count result is still being debated. At the moment, 14 people have been reported killed. Now the US, which has long financially supported the incumbent Juan Orlando Hernandez and his security forces, is at a crossroads.

Arizonas Private Border Wall Fail (Steve)

Arizona tried to build a private border wall through crowdfunding. It failed miserably.

Ajit Pais Cringe-worthy Promo Video on Net Neutrality Repeal (Jimmy)

The author writes, In a video with the conservative site Daily Callers Benny Johnson the dude who got fired from BuzzFeed for plagiarizing Yahoo Answers [FCC Chairman] Pai urged the country to understand that even if he succeeds in his plan to let ISPs strangle the rest of the internet to death, theyll let us continue to take selfies and other stupid bullsh**.

Mesmerizing, Mysterious Murmurations  (Milicent)

You should stop whatever you are doing and witness this phenomenon. Watch it, listen to it, open up and let it flow in and around you and carry you away.

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01:44

How will Trump Admin policy rollbacks impact efforts to combat climate change? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Given that Donald Trump tweeted in 2012 that he believes concern about global warming is the result of a ploy by China to make American manufacturing less competitive, and then in a 2014 tweet explicitly called global warming a hoax, it was no surprise when his administration moved aggressively to undo the climate actions taken by former President Barack Obama. Trump began exploring ways to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement before he was even sworn into office, and announced on June 1, 2017 that he was officially pursuing withdrawal from the pact signed and ratified by Obama. The soonest any country can formally withdraw is four years after the Paris Agreement went into effect, or 2020 but Trump made it clear at the G20 summit in July that the US would immediately cease any effort to honor the emissions reduction plan (known as a nationally determined contribution or NDC) that the Obama Administration committed to in ratifying the accord. Under Trump, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking to repeal the Clean Power Plan, a key component of Obamas climate legacy that sets limits on greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation, and has gutted numerous other rules and regulations aimed at drawing down emissions, reducing our use of fossil fuels, and otherwise protecting the environment. So what impact will this climate action rollback have? A new analysis from the World Resources Institute (WRI) seeks to answer that question by looking at seven different

For Papuan villagers practicing conservation, a bid to formalize the familiar "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

TAMBRAUW, Indonesia It took more than two hours by boat, through a driving rain, to reach the village of Saubeba from the nearest large town of Sausapor in Indonesias West Papua province. There, locals had gathered to discuss a government-backed plan to designate Tambrauw district, of which Saubeba is a part, a conservation zone. On paper, at least, this would seem a no-brainer: 80 percent of the districts nearly 11,400 square kilometers (4,400 square miles) is lush forest that falls within existing conservation or protected areas; its coast is a hatching ground for the rare leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), and its rainforests home to exotic birds-of-paradise (family: Paradisaeidae). The idea to officially designate the entire district a conservation zone came in 2011, following the election of Gabriel Asem as district chief. Tambrauw itself was only established in 2008, as part of the newly formed administrative province of West Papua. Map of West Papua province (green). Photo courtesy of Bwmodular/Wikimedia Commons. Gathered in the downpour that November day in Saubeba, representatives of the various indigenous communities living in the area discussed with local authorities what the conservation designation would mean, not just for the district but also their way of life. Many of us here still dont understand what conservation means, its still unfamiliar [to us], said Bernadus Yewen, a community leader. If it means protecting the forest, then weve been doing it since the time of our ancestors. It was a sentiment widely shared by the others in

00:36

London Grenfell Tower disaster, after six months "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 14 June 20217 video from London, England is called Rania Ibrahims Snapchat/Facebook. Live from inside the Grenfell Tower London fire. WITH SUBTITLES.

By Ann Czernik in England:

Grenfell six months on we will remember them

Thursday 14th December 2014

With the great and the good attending a memorial service for Grenfell at St Pauls Cathedral today, ANN CZERNIK remembers the victims

OF all the stories about the Grenfell Tower fire disaster, it is the social media post of the last moments of a young mother of two that returns to my thoughts repeatedly.

I do not know why Rania Ibrahim and her children died that day, trapped on the 24th floor of a poorly constructed London tower block with a single fire exit. One day, I hope that there will be answers to the many questions that Grenfell raises for our society.

On June 14 2017, the day of the fire, I awoke unusually early. The midsummer sun streamed through my bedroom window and, as I lay gazing up at the clear blue sky, there was no inkling of what was about to come.

Little did I know that, six months on, I would be writing about the death of a woman Id never met with pain in my heart and tears in my eyes.

That morning, I checked my phone as usual and found frantic messages from a friend living near the tower who had posted pictures of the inferno. I switched on the news and gasped at the scene playing across my screen.

It was 5am and all I could think was that the building had failed to contain an outbreak of fire as it should have done. It was the only explanation for a blaze of that magnitude. What was puzzling was the speed at which it developed.

In the weeks that followed, I, like many other journalists, worked on various aspects of the investigation in mai...

Thursday, 14 December

23:46

Christmas cheer for RBA! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Merry Christmas, Phil Lowe!

Well, that was a sensational Labour Force result, with employment up by a massive +61,600 in November, including +41,900 full time jobs, making for 14 gains on the bounce and the best monthly result in a couple of years. 


The trend growth in employment tore up to +3.1 per cent, or +371,000 jobs, which is the highest annual employment growth ever recorded on that measure - and better still this has overwhelmingly been driven by full time jobs (about four-fifths of the increase).


Total hours worked were a fairly punchy +4 per cent higher over the year, or +3.4 per cent higher over the year in trend terms. 


Full employment for NSW

There was a tremendous surge in total employment in New South Wales (+28,500) and Victoria (+32,900) in the month of November, with employment ballooning in those two states by +120,000 and +110,000 respectively over the year. 

Queensland also added more than +95,000 jobs over the year, albeit only about half of those positions full-time. 
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23:43

PNG LNG PLANT LENDS NEIGHBORING SCHOOLS A HAND DURING DRY SEASON "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Port Moresby: Recently, staff at the PNG LNG plant, operated by ExxonMobil PNG, successfully concluded a three-month program to deliver potable water to schools in the villages of Lealea, Papa, Boera and Porebada. The schools and students were being impacted by this years dry season, with students being unable to complete full days at school due to water shortages.

The water cartage initiative began in September after the site Operations team was able to adjust plant needs for water and redirect a portion of the sites potable water supply to the cartage program. A delivery roster was then set up with the schools to provide potable water on a regular basis.
A total of 300,000 litres of water was delivered to 12 schools; Redscar High School, Porebada Primary and Elementary Schools, Maiari Pre-school, Papa Primary, Elementary, and Pre-Schools, Lealea Primary and Elementary Schools, Bogi Literacy School and Boera Primary and Elementary schools.
LNG Plant Operations Manager Jagir Baxi, was pleased with everyones efforts. The dry season this year had a prolonged effect on the communities around our LNG plant. Many of our staff live in the communities so we have a first-hand understanding of the difficulties they were facing.
I am glad that we were able to assist the schools and students through this small but important contribution. Most importantly, the water deliveries to schools was successful in helping students to complete their year of study with as little interruption as possible, said Jagir.
The dry spell recently broke with the arrival of good rain around Port Moresby.

23:41

Provincial Publich Servants and precinct board exchange views on leadership "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Provincial public servants and Precinct Board exchange views on leadership
Regional public servants and the Board of the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct came together in Madang recently to exchange insights and ideas about public sector leadership and delivery of services in subnational areas. 

More than 45 participants at the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governances project management short course took hold of a unique mentoring opportunity with the Precincts eminent Executive Advisory Board, which included Archbishop Douglas Young, John Kali, Fr Jan Czuba, Bruce Davis, Dame Meg Taylor, Tony Shepherd, Jean Kekedo and Serena Sasingian. 
Course participant Angella Wauwau, community development officer in the Nuku District of West Sepik Province, said public servants were being trained to ensure local communities are empowered to respond to local issues and opportunities. 

We officers at the district and LLG level experience firsthand the challenges, problems, needs and aspirations of our people, Ms Wauwau said. 
We need to be equipped with knowledge and skills refresher courses and short courses empower us and motivate us. 
I believe this is the right direction and way forward to assist public servants - we can go back to serve our people and we can deliver government services effectively and efficiently. 
Project Management was the first Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance short course to be run in Madang with Precinct support, which is increasingly focused on providing opportunities for subnational public servants. 
Douglas Kilipi, DDA Executive Officer & Project Manager in the Mul-Baiyer District of Western Highlands Province, said public servants in regional areas each have a crucial role to play in national development. 
AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMM ISSION PORT MORESBY 
It all boils down to us public servants. We do...

23:36

Judges sworn in "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


H.E. Grand Chief Sir Bob Bofeng Dadae, GCL, GCMG, KStJ, Governor General of Papua New Guinea, today presided over the swearing in ceremony of a judge and acting judges of the National and Supreme Courts of PNG.
They are:
1. Jim Wala Tamate appointed as a Judge of the National & Supreme Court of Justice for a term of 10 years commencing today. Justice Tamate will be based in Port Moresby and will serve in the Human Rights division of the judiciary alongside Justice David Cannings.
2. Sinclair Peniel Gora appointed as an acting Judge of the national Court of Justice for a period of 12 months commencing today. He will be based in Wewak, East Sepik Province.
3. David Abiri Susame appointed as an acting Judge of the National Court of Justice for a period of 12 months commencing today. He will be based in Kokopo, East New Britain province.
4. John Richie Benaud Kaumi appointed as an acting Judge of the National Court of Justice for a period of 12 months commencing today. He will be posted to Lae, Morobe province.
5. John Kamane Numapo appointed as an acting Judge of the National Court of Justice for a period of 12 months commencing today. He will be based in Lae, Morobe province.
The judge and acting judges recited before the Governor General the Declaration of Office, Declaration of Loyalty and Judicial Declaration.
The swearing in ceremony was witnessed by Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia, Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika and fellow judges.
Pic1: Acting Judge David Abiri Susame

23:30

Israeli PM Netanyahu Says Bitcoin Is Rising as Banks Are Destined to Disappear "IndyWatch Feed National"

Israeli Leader Says Bitcoin Is Rising as Banks Are Destined to Disappear

With the meteoric rise in the value of bitcoin this year and the media cacophony around it, its a surprise that not all world leaders have spoken about the subject yet. One political figure that we can now rest assure is keeping an eye on bitcoin is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Also Read: Israeli Regulator Wont Allow Bitcoin Firms to Be Included in Stock Indices

Israeli Leader Says Bitcoin Is Rising as Banks Are Destined to DisappearSitting down with reporters to an off the cuff Q&A at the Israeli parliaments diner, the PM was asked for his advice whether an individual should invest in bitcoin or not. He answered: So first of all, why cant you also sell money? Why not? Its the same. The reason you cant sell money is that you are very worried and want a mediating party to handle the risks. Prevent theft, all that stuff. Thats why banks exists. Are banks doomed to eventually disappear? The answer is yes! Should this be done tomorrow and shoul...

23:07

Free and Open Indo-Pacific Remains U.S. Goal "IndyWatch Feed National"

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WASHINGTON: The US has elevated its engagement with India as part of its effort of a free and open Indo-Pacific, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said amid Chinas increasing assertiveness in the region.

The US for long has been favouring a larger role for India in the Indo-Pacific region to pursue common interests in the strategically key area.

As part of the free and open Indo-Pacific, we have elevated our engagement with India, Tillerson said.

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Weve long had a trilateral relationship in the Indo- Pacific between Japan, Australia, and the US, and were now working towards whether this will become a quad relationship to include India because of the importance of Indias rising economy as well and I think shared national security concerns that we have with India, he said.

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On Americas relationship with China, he said the administration now have a very active mechanism in which it can put complex issues on the table.

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And we have differences, such as the South China Sea and Chinas building of structures, militarisation of these structures, and how that affects our allies in the region as well in terms of free and open trade, he said.

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China claims almost all of the South China Sea but Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims over the waterway.

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The Indo-Pacific includes South Asia and the Indian Ocean.
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As weve said to the Chinese, we hope we can find a way to freeze this particular activity. Whether we can reverse, it remains to seen. But it is not acceptable to us that these islands continue to be developed, and certainly not for military purposes, Tillerson said.
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In Southeast Asia, we put forth a policy here not too long ago of a free and open Indo-Pacific, and this was built on the back of some of our views about Chinas One Belt, One Road policy. Chinas One Belt, One Road, we understand, is a policy they have to continue their economic development, and our policies do not seek to contain Chinas economic development, Tillerson s...

23:07

Court Case Reveals DCs Metro Canceled All Religious Ads In Fear Of Terrorism "IndyWatch Feed National"

My November 30 article covering a lawsuit against Washington DCs transit system began: Keep the cash in Christmas. That was the message the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington received from the D.C. Metropolitan Transit Authority when the archdiocese attempted to buy ad space on Metro buses for its Find The Perfect Gift campaign.

In the lawsuit, the archdiocese argued that by refusing its ads, Metro violated the churchs First Amendment and due process rights, and the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. At the time, the archdioceses case seemed a pretty clear example of anti-religious animus and viewpoint discrimination. However, two happenings in the last week cast new light on Metros advertising guidelines that ban political and religious displays, and its use of those rules to reject the Catholic archdioceses Find The Perfect Gift campaign.

First, on Friday, when federal district court judge Amy Berman Jackson denied the archdiocese a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, she detailed the rationale underlying Metros decision to ban political and religious advertisements, writing:

The [Metro] Assistant General Manager for Customer Service, Communications, and Marketing also averred that she heard from the Metro Transit Police Department and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that running certain issue-oriented ads could pose security risks on trains and buses. One of the factors that spurred [Metro] to close its advertising forum was the submission of an ad featuring a cartoon depiction of the Prophet Mohammad. Drawing the Prophet Mohammed is highly offensive to Muslims, and [Metro] was aware that the ad was drawn at a contest where two gunmen were killed in an attempt to prevent the event.

But why then also ban the Find The Perfect Gift campaign adan advertisement that does not disparage? From a legal perspective, the answer flows from First Amendment jurisprudence, which grants governmental officials the right to control access to a nonpublic or limited forum, such as advertisement displays on government property, based on the subject to be discussed as long as: the lines drawn are reasonable given the purpose of the forum involved, they do not favor one viewpoint over another, and they are consistently applied.

Had Metro opened the limited forum of bus advertisements to the subject of religion, it could not then discriminate based on the content of the proposed ad. In fact, the archdioceses strongest argument for reversal stems from Metro allowing advertisements t...

22:55

Bearded dragon in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

13 December 2017

On this episode of Breaking Trail, Coyote finally catches one lizard he has always been after, the Bearded Dragon! One of Australias most iconic lizard species the Bearded Dragon is world-famous for its incredibly spiky appearance and popularity in the world of herpetology.


22:35

Western Refugee Policies Are One Endless Evian Conference "IndyWatch Feed National"

By David Swanson, December 14, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.

Evian is not just a bottled water company. And the town of vian-les-Baines in France on the south shore of Lake Geneva is not just a location for luxury hotels. Its also the location where, in July 1938, the first international effort was ever made (or feigned) to alleviate a refugee crisis.

The crisis was the Nazi treatment of Jews. The representatives of 32 nations and 63 organizations (plus some 200 journalists covering the event) were well aware of the Nazis desire to expel all Jews from Germany and Austria, and somewhat aware that the fate that awaited them if not expelled was death. The decision of the conference was essentially to leave the Jews to their fate. (Only Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic increased their immigration quotas.) The decision to abandon the Jews was driven primarily by anti-Semitism, which was widespread among the diplomats in attendance and among the publics they represented.

These nations were represented at the vian Conference: Australia, the Argentine Republic, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, United Kingdom, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Italy refused to attend.

Australian delegate T. W. White said, without asking the native people of Australia: as we have no real racial problem, we are not desirous of importing one.

The dictator of the Dominican Republic viewed Jews as racially desirable, as bringing whiteness to a land with many people of African descent. Land was set aside for 100,000 Jews, but fewer than 1,000 ever arrived.

In The Jewish Trail of Tears The Evian Conference of July 1938, Dennis Ross Laffer concludes that the conference was set up to fail and put on for show. Certainly it was proposed by and chaired by a representative of U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt who chose not to make any seri...

22:21

A Trio of Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters Call into the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Monday 11 December, a trio of Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters - identified as A40-014, A40-040 and A40-043 - were spotted visiting the Whitsunday Airport Shute Harbour.  They flew down together from Townsville.






22:00

What To Say When Youre Asked What Is Your Current Salary? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here are a few strategic ways to dodge (or kind of answer) the question without sounding shady or defensive.

Youve finally decided to take the leap and apply for that job that you really want. You made it through the interview stage, and so far you and the hiring manager are hitting it off. They seem interested in hiring you, but then the dreaded question comes: How much are you making in your current position?

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21:59

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-002 Pops into Longreach Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Thursday 14 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-002 was noted calling into Longreach Airport.

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It looked to arrive from Canberra via airwork at Coffs Harbour, and then looked to later depart to Townsville via more airwork at Mount Isa.  A37-002 was heard to be flying as "Envoy 29".

Photo taken by 'IAD' 

21:55

Federal Reserve Chair: Fed Doesnt Really Play Any Regulatory Role in Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

Federal Reserve Chair: Fed Doesnt Really Play Any Regulatory Role in Bitcoin

Following her next-to-last Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, outgoing Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairwoman Janet Yellen gave a final scheduled press conference 13 December 2017 in Washington, DC. In a growing sign of its influence, once again bitcoin was introduced as a topic for consideration at the highest levels of finance. No fewer than three times did cryptocurrencies make their way into the discussion: regulatory policy, prospects of a Fed Coin, and bitcoins threat to financial stability.

Also read: Only Big Broker Offering CME Bitcoin Futures Allows Whales to Short

Fed Chair Says Bitcoin Very Small

The first woman Chair of the globes most powerful central bank, Janet Yellen took what amounted to a gushing victory lap in her final scheduled press conference. Reporters paused in questions to thank her. Some even asked her about future efforts to diversify the field of economics to include more women and minorities. Its good to go out on top, for sure.

CNBCs Steve Liesman posed the expected, wanting to know the Chairs thoughts on equity valuations at historic highs. Before he allowed her to answer, he asked: Maybe as a sign as to whats been going on with valuations, this cryptocurrency called bitcoin keeps going up every day, um, wh...

21:34

Gunnedah: The Fluoride Action Network hosts an anti-fluoride information session "IndyWatch Feed National"

COMMUNITY members gathered at the Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club for an anti-fluoride workshop on Wednesday evening.

Fluoride Action Networks Meriyln Haines hosted the workshop, which followed a closed workshop given to Gunnedah Shire Council earlier that afternoon.

The community workshop comes on the back of a pro-fluoride council workshop hosted by the Australian Dental Association (ADA) late last month.

The workshops come in the lead up to the next council meeting next Wednesday.

At the meeting, councilors will hear a report complied by NSW health centered on the publics feedback regarding water fluoridation.

Mrs Haines said the workshops were well received.

We gave our views and we were asked some good questions, Mrs Haines said.

The questions from councilors were very considered in-depth questions.

Mrs Haines said there is still time for people against water fluoridation to lobby councillors.

I guess people can continue to put pressure on councillors, she said.

Its their community, if they dont want it they should have a say.

The Fluoride Action Network leader said she was not sure when council would make a final decision regarding water fluoridation.

Im not sure when the decision will come down, she said.

I feel like NSW Health are trying to push this forward and get council to reach a decision in December,  but council need to consider whos community is this and who is dictating the agenda.

Gunnedah Shire mayor Jamie Chaffey said he was glad Mrs Haines accepted councils invitation to host the workshop.

I am pleased the chair of the Fluoride Action Network accepted my invitation to adress councillors yesterday, Cr Chaffey said.

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21:28

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

141217FESTIVAL SET
By Aloysius Laukai

The Chairman of the Hagogohe Sasalam Hihikuma Festival, LAWRENCE BELLEH says all is set to stage the SASALAM HIHIKUMA festival at the GOGOHE Primary School grounds starting tomorrow and will end on Wednesday next week.
The highlights of the festival includes the float and presentation at the BEL ISI PARK tomorrow morning whilst the show opening will be held at the show venue at five pm in the afternoon.
The show will include Traditional arts and crafts presentations and a Miss Hagogohe crowning towards the end of the festival.
MR. BELLEH said that despite set backs by no getting many sponsors the organizers are happy the show will continue and will include a visit by tourists from the Cruise Ship Cruise North from Australia who will attend the festival on Monday.
He is inviting the people of Bougainville to travel to GOGOHE and support the fundraising efforts by the Parents and Citizens of Gogohe Primary school.
He said that the aim of the festival is to showcase our culture and make sure the date are set for tourists to attend and be part of the celebrations.
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21:27

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Press UNSCRUPULOUS CAMPAIGN AGAINST BCL EXPOSED
The unscrupulous attempts by RTG Mining Inc. to undermine BCLs position regarding the Panguna project have been further exposed in the PNG National Court.
RTG, a junior speculative company, pre-empted the court to declare in an announcement to the ASX (Australian Securities Exchange) on 5 December that a dispute over the chairmanship of the Special Mining Lease Osikaiyang Landowners Association (SMLOLA) had been resolved and all Court actions will now be withdrawn and come to an end.
Mr Philip Miriori and Mr Lawrence Daveona had both laid claims to the chairmanship but reportedly reconciled their differences on 5 December in favour of Mr Miriori.
In a further announcement yesterday (12 December), RTG stated: we can now advise that the discontinuance papers have also been lodged with the Court, bringing the dispute to a formal end.
Mediation Continues
These statements were unqualified and ignored the fact that the leadership dispute was subject to an ongoing mediation process imposed by the National Court and presided over by Justice Kandakaski.
The statements were clearly designed to undermine BCLs application for the extension of its project area exploration licence (EL1) by creating the false impression that BCL had no support among key project area landowners.
The matter however returned to court on 8 December and was adjourned until yesterday afternoon (12 December) after lawyers for Mr Miriori failed to appear. During yesterdays hearing, rather than being brought to a formal end Justice Kandakaski ordered that the mediation process continue.
This is to determine whether the reconciliation between Mr Miriori and Mr Daveona resolved the dispute to the satisfaction of the broader SMLOLA membership.
Following three earlier mediation sessions in Panguna, a fourth session has now been scheduled for 29 January 2018, before a return to court on 6 February.
These developments are not only deeply embarrassing for RTG but expose the highly misleading nature of its ongoing campaign of de-stabilisation against BCL.
Wardens Hearing
BCL also rejects RTGs anti-BCL characterisation of Mondays Wardens hearing in Panguna. The hearing formed part of the application renewal process.
The Warden provided the opportunity for the community to express its views regarding the application both for and against and for BCL to present its case for renewal.
Importantly, BCL believes it retains strong support among the 367 Customary Heads who are authorised to act on behalf of the customary owners of the 510 land parcels in the EL1 area.
The application process continues with a decision expected shortly and BCL respects this process.
In the interim, the term of the exploration licence is taken to have been extended until the applicatio...

21:26

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

141217- Bougainville Citizen concerned about ABGs Progress to Referendum
By- Theresa Baranangko
The Autonomous Bougainville Government is losing its flavour and taste by being deceived by the donors financially thus dishonouring its own Constitution and the Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA). This is according to Mr. Jullian Lamasam Jnr, a concerned citizen of the Autonomous Region.
Mr Lamasam acknowledged the ABG Governments effort in making sure that the aspirations of Bouginvillians through the Bougainville Peace Agreement is made successful.
However, from his perspective, he thinks that the Government is really struggling to maintain this effort due to a lot of confusion in terms of so many structures in place both in the National Government and ABG and also the Mekamui unity Government.
He said that it is so confusing to see and understand how the money is being used because of so many structures in place. He said that often the people are aware of the large amount of monies coming into Bougainville yet the outcome in terms of tangible developments in the District level, village levels or communities are hardly noticed.
He said that this is not happening because the Leaders are accessing their freedom under Amnesty and Pardon to misuse their power and misuse Government monies for their own benefits.
He said that this is because under the Peace Agreement, we do not have our own Ombudsman commission, Police Force and also the task force. Therefore, Bougainville Leaders are taking this as their privilege to misuse their power and funds and not taking into account that the BPA will cease to be in practice in January 2020.
Therefore he is urging the Government to find alternatives so that Bougainvillians can still enjoy the freedom of the Bougainville Peace Agreement in this short period of time.
He said this because according to the people, the BPA is not seen as freedom anymore but a trap and a threat and they are afraid and are more concerned of Bougainvilles Political Future and its effect on them.
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21:26

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

141217- Bolave Constituency Referendum Readiness
By Theresa Baranangko
The Member for Bolave and Minister for Health have declared Bolave Constituency in Bana District South Bougainville as the first Constituency on Bougainville to be declared as Well Informed, Unified, Weapons Free and Referendum Ready. He made this Declaration on the 7th September 2017.
This was following the ABG resolution on the Bougainville Constituency Referendum Ready Concept which was passed last year in September tasking each of the 33 Constituencies in Bougainville to prepare and declare them as Referendum Ready.
The declaration Ceremony was witnessed by the ABG Members and officers, UNDP, DFAT, National MPs and the Community of Bana.
The Minister said that the declaration is being maintained by all the stakeholders to ensure that it is not violated.
He said that the wards, Veterans and all the community based organisations are working together to maintain peace and harmony in the constituency. Gas bottles are disposed and homebrew consumption is declining.
The Minister said that his offices main focus in 2018 will be the referendum awareness and implementation programmes in preparations for the conduct of Referendum in June 15 2019. However, basic services like health, education, law and order will not be overlooked.
In light of the Referendum Ready Concept, Bolave Constituency will host a Soccer and Volley Ball tournament from the 26th to the 30th of December 2017 at Boleuko Sports Ground in Boleuko Catholic Mission in Bolave constituency.
This is to create an avenue to educate mainly youths who are not that acquainted with the historical context of the Bougainville Aspiration for Independence.
Therefore through such event, the youths can be educated more on the dreams and aspirations of Bougainville.

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21:22

Bega Valley Shire fluoride survey underway "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bega Valley Shire Council has confirmed a NSW Health-funded survey gauging the communitys views on the addition of fluoride to drinking water has begun.

Respondents are being asked if they agree with adding fluoride to the public drinking water supply to try to prevent tooth decay?

The survey, sent to residents above 18 years old, asks for either a yes, no, dont know and refused response to what Councillor Cathy Griff has called a loaded question lacking in balance.

After learning of the question being asked in the survey, fluoridation opponent Rob Slazenger of Bermagui said its an outrage and that anyone with an understanding of survey methodology could see an agenda in the phrasing.

Cr Griff, who raised the motion to hold the survey, said she felt the concern over fluoride safety and its presence in toothpaste should have been added to the survey question.

The survey is being conducted by the Australian National Universitys Social Research Centre, and also asks for the respondents postcode.

The phone survey began on Tuesday and runs for one week.

One respondent said they missed a call on Tuesday, and by Thursday had not received a callback despite leaving a voice message on the 1800 number provided.

*Original article online at http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/5121721/shire-fluoride-survey-underway/

20:35

A Tale of Two Trials: Bundy Ranch and Pentagon Papers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Let us take a contemporaneous yet parallel walk through both trials.

 

A Tale of Two Trials: Bundy Ranch and Pentagon Papers

A Tale of Two Trials: Bundy Ranch and Pentagon Papers

by Elias Alias

(TMM) In following the Bundy trial in Las Vegas, I have revisited a story I first read in 2002. That story is about a trial which happened in 1973. That trial gained world-wide press coverage and shocked the powerful elite in the Nixon Administration. That trial seems to me today to be the perfect precedent to bring to the attention of Judge Navarro, who is presiding over the Bundy trial(s).

I noticed this past week, early in December 2017, that the defendants were finally allowed pre-trial release so they could be with their families during the remainder of the trial.  The defendants were granted pre-trial release only after it was revealed in court in early December 2017, that the FBI report on the defendants from well over a year ago had indicated that the defendants were not dangerous and were not a threat. That report had not been provided to Judge Navarro until just now.

The defendants had been held in prison for almost two years without bail, deprived of a speedy trial, and in some cases tormented while incarcerated. The prosecution had assured the court that these defendants were a threat to society and should not be allowed bail.  But that became exposed as false once the initial FBI report was discovered. In and of itself, that circumstance poses the question why would the prosecution knowingly deceive the courts? To answer that question I must ask the reader to indulge me as I lay in a bit more background.

It is my estimation that the prosecution is hell-bent on persecuting, as well as prosecuting, the defendants because the prosecution works for the government, and because the government is still reeling from its resounding defeat at Bundy Ranch in southern Nevada on April 12, 2014.  The prosecutions bias is obvious and abundant. Ill show below why I say that here.

The prosecution is under tremendous pressure to win convictions and long-term prison sentences for our cowboys because if the cowboys get away with standing up to authority, the U.S. government itself will be embarrassed by its...

20:29

Tasmanian Tigers Were in Trouble Even Before Humans Came to Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A new study of the genes of a long-dead Tasmanian tiger suggest the animals numbers were dwindling since about 70,000 years ago. But this doesnt change the fact that humans drove it into extinction.

A thylacine with a distended pouch at Adelaide Zoo, 1889. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

A thylacine with a distended pouch at Adelaide Zoo, 1889. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The Tasmanian tiger or thylacine looked like a dog, had stripes like a tiger and carried its young in a pouch like a kangaroo. This strange creature went extinct in the early 20th century. The last thylacine died in captivity at Hobart Zoo, Tasmania, in 1936, just a few years after humans had hunted it to extinction in the wild.

But now, researchers sequenced the DNA of a century-old preserved specimen and found the thylacines suffered from poor genetic diversity. This, it seems, left them vulnerable to many diseases long before humans even arrived in Australia.

The thylacine was a top marsupial predator found across Australia and Tasmania. Weighing about 30 kg, it looked very similar to a wolf or the Australian dingo. Populations started dwindling on mainland Australia and disappeared completely about 3,000 years ago, leaving thelast remaining group in Tasmania. In 1888, the Tasmanian government put a bounty on the thylacines head because it was believed to attack sheep, threatening farmers livelihoods. The thylacines were killed indiscriminately, with the last known animal in the wild murdered in 1930.

Its genetically closest living relative is deb...

20:04

Advance Australia Where? "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Australian speaker reveals the absurdity of same sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage what marriage is really about? Do we have the authority to define it anyway we want or does it define us? Read More

20:00

Israeli TV: Saudi Arabia, Egypt Gave Trump Green Light on Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tel Aviv (MEMO Israels News 10 said Saudi Arabia and Egypt gave US President Donald Trump the go-ahead to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city.

The channel said the Arab parties reactions and condemnations are not genuine and are misleading.

us human rights resolution unOfficial White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

Israeli journalist and head of the Arab desk at the news channel, Zvi Yehezkeli stressed that the announcement could not have been made without coordination between Trump and his regional allies.

I am not sure about the Arab countries reactions to this resolution, Yehezkeli said, adding that the responses issued so far were not serious.

Related: Updated: The World Responds to Trumps Jerusalem Decision

On Wednesday, the US President Donald Trump announced his decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israels new capital adding that the American embassy would be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

World leaders, from Europe to the Middle East to Australia, slammed the decision as a unilate...

19:22

China summons Australian envoy over political meddling allegations Allegations full of prejudice against China could jeopardize bilateral trade "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Colin Packham

SYDNEY (Reuters) China summoned Australias ambassador to lodge a complaint last week over Canberras allegation that Beijing had sought to interfere in Australian politics, a source familiar with the diplomatic action told Reuters on Thursday.

Relations between Australia and China became strained in recent weeks after Canberra said it would ban foreign political donations as part of a crackdown aimed at preventing external influence in domestic politics, sharpening the focus on Chinas soft power.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull singled out China as he said foreign powers were making unprecedented and increasingly sophisticated attempts to influence the political process in Australia.

In response, China summoned Ambassador Jan Adams to a meeting at the Chinese Ministry for Foreign Affairs on December 8 to lodge a complaint, the source said.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang confirmed the ministry had an important discussion with the Australian ambassador.

The Australian side should be very clear about Chinas position on the relevant issue, Lu told a daily news briefing, without elaborating.

Chinas Foreign Ministry said last week Turnbulls allegations were full of prejudice against China, were baseless and poisoned the atmosphere of China-Australia relations.

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Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull unveiled new anti-interference laws on Dec 5 where he expressly referred to concerns about Chinas influence.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Turnbulls allegations have been criticized by Australias opposition Labor Party as showing an anti-China bias that could jeopardize bilateral trade.

China, which is easily Australias biggest trading partner, bought A$93 billion ($70 b...

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This space has intentionally been left blank. If I could have stomached it - I would have placed GILLARD's self-serving ABC 730 interview re the selective Royal Commission into some but not other child abuse. I might also have reported GILLARD's 5 months on the board of CVS lane. But...

18:45

Australia adds to money laundering claims against Commonwealth Bank "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias financial crimes watchdog has accused Commonwealth Bank of Australia of failing to comply with anti-money laundering laws. (Reuters)

MELBOURNE: Australias financial crimes watchdog has added more than 100 new claims against the Commonwealt...

17:59

Australia became a British 'possession' on 28 April 1770 "IndyWatch Feed National"

From the book of the title:

NEW SOUTH WALES - The Mother State, issued by the Intelligence Department, 1906.

Captain Cook, accompanied by Joseph Banks and Dr. Solander landed at Kurnell ... and took possession (i.e. no treaty or barter, therefore 'stolen' or under occupation) of the country in the name of King George III.


The book is available for download (478p, 59MB) at:
https://ia801404.us.archive.org/0/items/newsouthwalesmot00news/newsouthwalesmot00news.pdf

17:12

7 Ways to Free Your Spirit and Rid Your Life of Negative Energy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sure, we all feel down in the dumps from time to time, this is normal but if you are down more than you are up, something is wrong. If you dont know how to stay positive, it might be time for you to learn.

There are actually several different things you can do to neutralize negativity and turn it into something positive and useful. You see, by accepting and changing you can move forward much quicker. When you stop resisting everything begins to fall right into place.

7 Ways to Get Rid of Lingering Negative Energy:

1. Meditate

Meditation will always be the top of my list when it comes to ridding yourself of negative energy. Meditate for at least 20 minutes a day. Let go of anything that you have been holding onto that does not serve you anymore.

2. Walk away

Sometimes in life, we get ourselves in situations where walking away is the best answer. Although it will be hard to do so sometimes, it is for the best. Dont hold onto someone or something for too long.

3. Go outside and clear your mind

If you cannot clear your mind get outside and go for a walk. This works for me every single time. I feel the most at peace when I am outside barefoot watching the stars.

4. Focus on the positive

Think about all of the positive things in your life. Really let the happiness and gratefulness take over your mind. You have tons to be proud of.

5. Take a nap or a break

If you need a break take one, and if you need a nap take one. No one is stopping you. In this life, there are few things we have to actually do. Be true to yourself and dont let things become overwhelming.

6. Talk things out

If there are negative emotions between you and someone else then there is also negative energy following you around. When you can talk it out, it is best to do so. Dont just let things end on such a bad note that you cant even look one another in the eye.

7. Be creative

Creativity is something we all have whether we notice it or not. Find something you like to do and do it. Let this hobby bring a new sens...

16:01

Trading v Socrates "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Marty; All of these Robo trading plans are simply a flat model. Socrates is forecasting short and long-term rather than just trading a flat model. Am I correct?

PT, Canada

ANSWER: Correct. The approach to modeling is traditionally flat. It will take one market and attempt to create a buy/sell model on that market exclusively to the exclusion of all other markets. This is the reason these flat models will blow up even such things as the Black & Scholls, which won the Noble Prize before it created the Long-Term Capital Management (LTCM) collapse in 1998. That is the subject of the book titled  When Genius Failed.

The flat model approach is a disaster. They will work for a while and then blow up BECAUSE they are incapable of grasping the wildcard contagion that comes from outside that single market. That is what happened in the LTCM collapse. The illiquidity in the collapse of the Russian market led to the selling of all other markets to raise cash to cover losses in Russian bonds.

There are plenty of people who are soliciting money claiming they have mastered our model. That is absolute nonsense because they are interjecting their own OPINION and that will be a guaranteed loss down the road. This requires NO OPINION and the fact that someone will try to supplement by writing reports on markets shows they are basing their trading on their own opinion of WHAT they think the market will do.

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16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00004 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 2.25 AUD
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Australian Government Wants To Punish Whistleblowers And Journalists Who Leak Classified Documents With Up To 20 Years In Prison "IndyWatch Feed National"

Whistleblowing stories have become something of a commonplace, as a stream of Techdirt posts attests. Some leaks offer massive revelations, like the documents released by Chelsea Manning, or Edward Snowden. Others are smaller scale, but expose unsuspected activities that powerful people were trying to keep in the shadows. Here, for example, is a recent leak published in the Guardian about big companies spying on law-abiding organizations that dare to disagree with them

15:42

Down and Out in the Future "IndyWatch Feed National"

Knightscope's crime-fighting robot already deployed in San Francisco to deter the homeless from forming tent cities.

15:28

A story of second-hand clothes "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Nice jacket, Dylan, I said to my first-year-university-student grandson as he picked me up in the first week of summer at Canberra Airport where the outside temperature was a sizzling 12.5 degrees. How much was it?

Dylan: I got it for five bucks at the Salvos.

Me: Well done.

Dylan: Mum is so jealous she is going there to see what she can find.

And then I recalled my own impoverished university days 47 years ago and needing a dinner suit to go to an up-coming ball.

As the son of an Anglican clergyman, I could not contemplate even hiring one, let alone buying. So I went to the Salvos and bought a dinner suit for 50 cents (about $5 in todays money).

Better than that, it was excellently tailored and in a middle-of-the-ground style, so as the lapels of new fashionable dinner suits got narrower and then double-breasted and then wider, mine never looked much out of place, so I kept wearing it for more than 30 years. What a bargain!

The charities do a splendid job recycling clothes. A lot are sent overseas, particularly to Third World countries which do not have their own textile industries, such a Papua New Guinea.

I recalled being in Mount Hagen in the New Guinea Highlands once and overhearing an Australian say to a local who was wearing, from memory, the T-shirt of a Sydney bowls club, Good on you, mate, Im a member there. Its a good club, isnt it?

He clearly did not realise that the T-shirt had been imported by a charity second-hand and that the local had never been to Australia, let alone his bowls club.

That was 2003, Later I went to the very remote Kosomary River, a tributary of Sepik River, where I asked if I could have a paddle on a dugout canoe. Only if you give us your T-shirt if you fall out, I was told.

Me: Okay.

(It was a Canberra Times Fun Run T-shirt, as it happens)

Now, a dugout with a wooden paddle is a very different proposition from my light-weight plastic kayak and carbon-fibre paddle in Australia. But never mind. Ill never know how I got the thing out into the current and safely back to shore. But I got some loud cheers from the locals, so and I gave the canoe owner the Canberra Times T-shirt anyway.

I hope no visiting Australian finds him and says something like, The Canberra Times event is a good fun run, isnt it? What was your time?

While I was recalling this, it suddenly dawned on me, about eight weeks too late. And I should have...

15:00

Chairman and Two VPs of TEPCO Will Stand Trial for the Death of 44 People in Fukushima Meltdowns "IndyWatch Feed National"

(EnviroNews World News) The Chairman, and two Vice Presidents of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) will stand trial for the death of 44 people who were killed in the ensuing melee following the March 11, 2011 triple nuclear reactor meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in eastern Japan.

The men will make their first appearance in court on June 30, 2017, answering for what are the only criminal charges so far, in an ongoing nightmare that has become arguably the worst manmade environmental catastrophe the world has ever seen.

Former TEPCO chairman, Tsunehisa Katsumata, 77, alongside former Vice Presidents Sakae Muto, 66, and Ichiro Takekuro, 71 were charged with professional negligence resulting in death and injury, in February of 2016. The trio will appear before the Tokyo District Court, after all three entered a plea of innocent at the arraignment.

We hope the trial will shed light on the responsibility for this accident. The accident hasnt been resolved. There is nuclear waste from the cleanup efforts everywhere in Fukushima, and there are still many unresolved problems, said Ruiko Muto, who leads the group that advocated for the trial, to The Japan Times.


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14:57

SSM MEANS WIDESPREAD AND COMPULSORY GAY SEX ED AND GENDER FLUID THEORY: ACADEMIC "IndyWatch Feed National"

Concerns that children would be taught radical LGBTIQ sex and gender fluid theory were dismissed as lies and red herrings during the marriage postal survey, but now a leading academic says same-sex marriage means it should be mandated. Read More

14:38

MACKAY Twists in investigation into Karen Ristevskis death "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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MACKAY Update: Armed robbery charge, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Update: Armed robbery charge, Mackay

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He was charged with armed robbery, enter premises and commit indictable offence, possession of dangerous drugs and possessing utensils and is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court today (December 14). If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information

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14:37

HOW SIMON SINAI A O'NEILL STOOGE RIGGED 2013 MADANG BY-ELECTION "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 by JOE NARONG


"For the benefit of the public" a coin has two sides ;

As far as this case is concerned the petition filed by Peter Yama against Nixon Duban for the 2013 Madang Open By Election has gone as far as the 3 men bench Supreme Court and slip rule .

Nixon Duban scored 18,000 votes,  Bryan Kramer 7000 votes and Peter Yama 5000 votes. Thats the final 2013  By Election result.

Peter Yama filed an election petition on errors and omissions and requested a recount . His arguments were centered around 6000 papers found at his mothers grave yard. 

The 2013 By Election was done without any issue of missing ballot boxes or ballot papers either during the counting or polling .

How the 6000 papers ended up at the cemetery remains a fraud matter to be fully investigated. On record the ballot papers were never part of the Madang Open By Election.

All candidates who contested the election are fully aware of this fraud . Since Madang Open 2013 By Election was completed without any missing ballot papers or ballot boxes the Form 66A and 66B were satisfactorily reconciled.

Peter Yama asked for the papers found at the cemetery which he found himself to be illegally included in the count.

These ballot papers were presumed to be unused ballot papers stored with the Electoral Commission office in Madang.

His arguments were tested in the courts before Justice Bernard Sakora. The Judge hearing the case ordered the found ballot papers  to be included in the recount  which was shocking as the papers were not part of the 2013 By Election.

Justice Bernard Sakora made a ruling for the benefit of the petitioner Peter Yama. He ordered a recount and  asked for the illegal ballot papers to be counted too.

The judge was smart when he acknowledged the administrative powers of the Returning officer Simon Sinai. Electoral Commission is a constitutional office governed  by its own jurisdiction.

When Simon Sinai conducted the recount he did it exceptionally well. In the presence of police and new counting officials a recount sanctioned by the courts was done.

After 2013  By Election the container containing all ballot boxes were left stranded at Jomba YC and not moved to the police station.

This resulted in the con...

14:22

29 youths graduate with certificate to deliver health services "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

December 13, 2017

TWENTY-nine young men and women were the first to graduate from the Kungumanda Foursquare Community Health Workers Training School in Wapenamanda, Enga, last Friday.
Their qualification is recognised by the PNG Medical Board.
It was the schools fifth commencement exercises those who graduated in the first four years were unlucky as they did not receive a nationally recognised CHW certificate but still served in the health sector. Enga Governor Sir Peter thanked the Foursquare Gospel Church for partnering with the provincial and national government to train health workers.
He admitted that there is an acute shortage of the health workers in the country and churches play a huge role in bridging that gap.
He called on the new community health workers to serve with love, commitment and dedication. Enga health authority chief executive Aaron Luia presented the certificate of registration recognising the Kungumanda school as an institution with the licence to conduct private health training.
Church of the Foursquare Gospel in PNG president and Foursquare national education agency secretary Rev Timothy Tipitap said it was relief for the school which had copped criticisms in the past 10 years with claims it was not a recognised institution.
Principal Sr Marivic Serafina said Kungumanda was an institution of excellent standards that will administer the holistic approach on basic health education of the highest order.
Go out and be the light that the world wants to see. You are representing Jesus, Serafina told the graduates.
The people that you touch and give medicines will receive healing.

Source: The National

13:59

AG George Brandis's website promoting wedding stationery printer - and indeterminate/intersex/unspecified brides/grooms/partners "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the marriage section of the website of Commonwealth Attorney General Senator The Honourable George Brandis QC. There you'll find a link to a heap of new marriage stationery and forms. https://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Pages/Forms.aspx This page has information on the following: Marriage equality Marriage forms Marriage forms consultation Forms for download...

13:54

Pato pushing for end to illegal fishing "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

December 14, 2017

Moves to eliminate illegal fishing near Papua New Guinea and in the wider Pacific are high on the agenda for PNG at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting in Argentina this week.
During a session on illegal fishing, Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Rimbink Pato delivered a keynote contribution in support of trade rules requiring the abolition of subsidies given by certain major economies to their fishing industries.
Pato along with Commerce and Industry Minister Wera Mori are representing PNG at the ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires.
Referring to illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, Pato said: We know from experience that fishing subsidies by big economies are detrimental to smaller-scale fishing industries in PNG and other Pacific countries.
These subsidies also contribute to over-fishing that threatens the very existence of the fish stocks which are vital to feed the world and to our economy.
Pato told a meeting attended by representatives of most countries in the world that PNG, as the biggest Pacific Islands nation, strongly supported moves by the Pacific Islands Forum states aimed at eliminating illegal fishing from the Pacific and other oceans.
Further discussions are being held at the WTO meeting on key proposals associated with the elimination of subsidies, Pato said. Mori and I are also working to ensure that rules relating to agriculture and the digital economy are suitable to WTO moves to establish a free and fair trading world.

Source: The National

13:26

Fire Service thanks Government for K18mil allocation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

December 14, 2017 

THE PNG Fire Service has thanked the Government for the K18 million allocated in the 2018 Budget.
PNG Fire Service chief Bill Roo said the fire authority was happy, and would upgrade its existing fire stations and build new ones.
Roo said over the years, the fire service managed to use whatever funding it was allocated and continued to provide its services.
Even if we get a cut or an increase, we use whatever is given, Roo said.
This year, we have received an increase and we thank the Government for the support.
Roo said they were willing to work with provincial governments to establish fire services in the provinces.
We are also looking at building our capacity, get new fire trucks and fix the old ones, Roo said.
He said the fire service had 14 stations four in the National Capital District and 10 in other provinces.
We are looking at upgrading these existing ones and also build fire stations for the other 12 provinces, Roo said.
Fire service is essential and we are looking at improving our service delivery.
Roo said they were also up-skilling officers and upgrading fire service equipment in preparation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit next year.
The fire service will be celebrating its 50th anniversary tomorrow at the Port Moresby Fire Station the first fire station in the country.

13:18

The bloodiest campfire story: reading The War Nerd Iliad "IndyWatch Feed National"

Translation is more than just carrying a text from language to language; its also a passage from audience to audience. To its Greek listeners, the Iliad didnt need footnotes or endnotes. It wasnt literature or a status marker for taste and education. It was popular entertainment, put on at boozy gatherings by MCs whose talent could get them free drinks. That mood is hard to recapture now, even if a translators philology is faultless.

13:09

Trainees Undergo Two-Day Course In Petrophysical Interpretation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 

Eight Papua New Guineans were given a chance by Oil Search to undertake a two-day course on petrophysical interpretation in Port Moresby.
These trainees were from the Department of Petroleum and Energy (DPE) and Oil Search.
The course served as an introduction to petrophysics and its application in the oil and gas industry.
This is the second course following the Sequence Stratigraphy course, which was held in August.
Knowledge in petrophysics provides accurate measurements used to calculate the volume of hydrocarbons in a field.
In the oil and gas industry, an accurate estimate of the volume of hydrocarbons is critical in order to make key business decisions.
The training was conducted by Ray Spicer, a petrophysical adviser with Oil Search.
Mr Spicer has worked in many of the worlds petroleum provinces, with experience and exposure to both onshore and offshore drilling in Australia, Indonesia, PNG, New Zealand, China, Russia, Former Soviet Union, Middle East and North Africa.
He is an international expert with a career spanning more than thirty years in petrophysics.
A lack of proper understanding of petrophysics can lead to poor decisions resulting in the loss of millions of dollars, Mr Spicer told participants.
Boio Arua, acting senior geologist with DPE, and one of the five young female attendees, said the two-day course has taught her a lot.
The key takeaway for me is the quick look, where you just look at the logs and you are able to quickly tell if its a reservoir or non-reservoir, Arua said.
The underlying commercial rationale for the oil and gas industry is the finding, assessment, development, production, and delivery of hydrocarbons for sale at a profit.
Petrophysical interpretation helps geoscientists in many ways, but importantly it can help with reservoir identification and characterisation, seal and fluid identification, assessment of the amount of hydrocarbon in a reservoir and how easily the reservoir fluid will flow to the surface. It also provides valuable input for well-deepening decisions.

Source: Post-Courier.

12:59

World Beyond War Hawkes Bay "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Hawkes Bay, New Zealand/Aotearoa, chapter of World Beyond War is being organized by Liz Remmerswaal Hughes, who wants your help.

Contact her below.

Liz Remmerswaal Hughes is a mother, journalist, environmentalist activist and former politician, having served six years on the Hawkes Bay Regional Council.

The daughter and granddaughter of soldiers, who fought other peoples wars in far flung places,she never got over wars stupidity and became a pacifist.Liz is an active Quaker and currently co Vice-President of the Womens International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Aotearoa/New Zealand. She has strong links with the Australian peace movement and the Swords into Ploughshares group.

Liz prefers a creative and community approach to peacemaking, starting from within, and has enjoyed such activities as biking to the gates of the Pine Gap American military spy base in Alice Springs, Australia, planting an olive tree for peace in the Peace Palace in the Hague on the centenary of Anzac, singing peace songs outside military bases and making tea parties beside warships during the NZ Navys 75th birthday,

In 2017 she was awarded the Sonia Davies Peace Award which enabled her to study Peace Literacy with the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara , attend the Wilpf triennial Congress in Chicago, and a workshop on Peace and Conscience in Ann Arbor.

Liz lives lives with her husband on a wild and stony beach on the East Coast of the North Island.
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12:18

The New Social Order: Keaton Jones And The Viral Bullying Video "IndyWatch Feed National"

Social media is good for a lot of things, mob rule and destroying reputations chief among them writes Michael Brull.

A few days ago, a video of a crying boy in the United States went viral. The 11-year-old boy, Keaton Jones, had been bullied at school, and his mother recorded his tearful reaction. Why do they bully? Whats the point of it, he wondered. They poured milk on him, put ham down his clothes, and threw bread at him. He was deeply upset, and the video took off on the internet.

The first reactions on Twitter were of people saying how their hearts went out to Keaton. Then an endless series of GIFs, as people discussed rolling up to the school to confront the bullies. These included GIFs of women smiling and brandishing knives, and GIFs of Negan from Walking Dead walking around with his notorious baseball bat.

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Soon celebrities got in on the action. An endless array of big names publicly offered their sympathy and affection to Keaton, and offered various types of meet-ups. Professional footballers said theyd meet up, and their agents announced Keatons new bodyguards. A superhero actor invited him to the premiere of his movie, a celebrity actress invited him to be her date to the premiere of the new Pitch Perfect movie. Justin Bieber called Keaton a hero to his over 90 million followers on Instagram. Dana White, the owner of Ultimate Fighting Championship, invited Keaton to UFC headquarters to hang out.

Aside from all the celebrities reaching out, a person who didnt know the family started a crowd funder to support Keaton. It raised almost $60 000 in a few days.

The mother who filmed her son crying couldnt have anticipated the enormous reaction to her video. No-one can really predict what will go viral, and the fact that so many things do shouldnt obscure the fact that the vast majority of things never get any real traction. At the time of writing, her video has been viewed an estimated 20 million times. Tweets and Instagram posts in support of Keaton have been viewed, liked and retweeted mi...

11:04

Coastal sedimentary facies and foraminiferal biofacies of the st kilda formation at port gawler south australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Coastal sedimentary facies and foraminiferal biofacies of the st kilda formation at port gawler south australia

11:00

West Papua could compete in future Pacfic Games "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

West Papua is one of the countries that could be included in future Pacific Games as the Pacific Games Council (PGC) continues to discuss ways of being inclusive of all the countries within the region.

The PGCs Forum held after its annual general meeting in Port Vila, Vanuatu this week was to hear members on several key topics such as associate membership, bid process and management structure

The other names that were floated in general discussion that could be invited to become members of the regional games were Christmas Island, Bouganville, Easter Islands and Hawaii apart from Australia and New Zealand.

These countries couldin future become associate members with certain voting rights.

A couple of countries were a bit weary of Australia and New Zealand becoming full members, as they could dominate the Pacific Games.

Australian Olympic Committee member Helen Brownlee said that Australia was sensitive to the sentiments of the islands and would only enter sports where the islands were strong in such as weightlifting and rugby 7s.

We will definitely be sending teams to the 2019 Games in Apia but itll depend on the individual federations.

We have to go back to our sports for 2019. Athletics said no because standards not high.

This time we sent a development team, said Brownlee.

The PGC Forum also discussed its bid process and management structure regarding terms of office bearers.

Members were satisfied with the current arrangements of seven years for bid process and terms of officials in office.

PGC president VidyaLakhan felt hes been in the job for too long having now over ten years but members said there is a democratic process in place and if office officials dont perform they are voted out.

Members felt the PGC president is doing a good job.

 Story and photo by ONOC |Van2017

10:51

Child abuse inquiry sits for the last time "IndyWatch Feed National"

Supplied image of Justice Peter McClellan AM (left) addressing the public hearing into the nature, cause and impact of sexual abuse (Case Study 57) during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual The commission has held private sessions with more than 6500 survivors and will hear from another 2000 people up until the time it hands over its final report in December. AAP Image/Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Jeremy Piper

The thousands of abuse survivors who came forward to give evidence of their suffering are being acknowledged for their strength and courage ahead of the final hearing of a royal commission.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold the half-hour sitting in Sydney on Thursday mark the end of the $500 million five-year inquiry set up under the Gillard Labor federal government.

The stories have been harrowing, the injustice has been shameful, Labor Opposition leader Bill Shorten in a statement.

We are committed to ensuring these brave men and women receive proper redress.

The commission is expected to call for widespread reforms to protect children from sexual abuse in the community.

The final report will be handed to Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove on Friday and is expected to be tabled in parliament before being publicly released.

The commission has already called for significant reforms in areas such as the criminal and civil justice systems, as well as measures to make institutions safer for children.

However, the final report is expected to field further recommendations.

Commission chair Justice Peter McClellan has warned the sexual abuse of children is not just a problem of the distant past.

Many cases presented to the inquiry occurred in a range of institutions in the last 10 to 15 years.

We heard in private sessions from children as young as seven years of age who had been recently abused, he said last month.

In some case studies into schools, the abuse was so recent that the abused children are still attending school.

The commission heard directly f...

10:48

Opioid use rising in rural areas: study "IndyWatch Feed National"

Use of the potentially-addictive painkillers oxycodone and fentanyl is rising in regional Australia, the latest analysis of drugs in the nations wastewater system shows.

The analysis of 54 wastewater sites by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission found that while methylamphetamine, commonly known as ice, remains Australias most commonly used illegal drug, prescription opioid use in regional areas is outstripping that in capital cities.

Consumption of oxycodone in regional sites was well above capital city levels, with the regional national average being almost double that of the capital cities, the commission said in its third national wastewater drug monitoring program report released on Thursday.

Regional Queensland and parts of Tasmania and Victoria had the highest overall users of oxycodone, while in capital cities the highest usage rates were in South Australia and Tasmania.

Usage patterns for fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is up to 100 times more potent than morphine, were similar, with regional centres in almost every state recording values well above the national average.

Except for a few sites, regional consumption was substantially higher than capital city areas, the report said.

Medical experts have expressed concern in recent months that more Australians are becoming addicted to pharmaceutical opioid painkillers, following in the footsteps of America which is in the grip of of an opioid epidemic that has caused tens of thousands of fatal overdoses.

The federal government announced last year that painkillers containing codeine will no longer be available over the counter from 2018, in response to growing concerns about addiction.

The commissions report noted that while oxycodone and fentanyl are legally prescribed by doctors for intense pain, they do have abuse potential.

In terms of illicit drugs, the report found ice usage has plateaued in the past year, while cocaine and ecstasy use appears to be on the decline, possibly thanks to big drug busts by police in 2017.

Ice remains the most common illegal drug in capital cities and regional sites, with South Australia and Western Australia having the highest usage rates, while NSW and the ACT recorded small overall increases in usage.

However, use of ice in Queensland and Western Australia has begun to fall from their historical highs in October 2016.NSW recorded the highest amounts of cocaine and ecstasy use.

Unlike methylamphetamine, capital city areas on average had higher cocaine use than regional centres, the report said.

Heroin was also included in the commissions analysis for the first time, with usage rates highest in Victoria and the ACT.

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10:30

#Australia: Song for #Elijah "IndyWatch Feed National"

This song was released on December 8 2017 and is a dedication to Elijah Doughty from Kalgoorlie, WA (Australian territory). Who is Elijah? Elijah was killed when a car struck the motorbike he was riding in August last year. The driver was going 67 km per hour when he hit Elijah who rolled or tumbled under the vehicle.

 

Originally published by Autonomous Action Radio.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of  these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Australia: Song for Elijah

This song was released on December 8 2017 and is a dedication to Elijah Doughty from Kalgoorlie, WA (Australian territory). Who is Elijah? Elijah was killed when a car struck the motorbike he was riding in August last year. The driver was going 67 km per hour when he hit Elijah who rolled or tumbled under the vehicle.

The driver whose name has been suppressed probably for his own safety admitted to driving too closely to the boy but says he hit him because the motorbike veered in front of the car.

The chase began because the motorbike Elijah was riding was stolen from him the previous day. However, there is no evidence Elijah had stolen the bike.

Elijah died from multiple fatal injuries.

Racial tensions in Kalgoorlie erupted after the incident.

A day after the boy was killed a protest occurred outside the Kalgoorlie Courthouse.

Approximately 200 people, some armed with rocks and bottles, broke down the gates of the court and surrounded police; who used pepper spray and riot shields in response.

Twelve police officers were injured during the disorder, with one requiring stitches, while several demonstrators were arrested. Five police cars and a local business were damaged.

...

10:25

Guatemalan women take on Canadas mining giants over horrific human rights abuses "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Irma Yolanda Choc Cac in her community of Lote Ocho. The women link the violence to the nearby Fenix mine, and the Guatemalan subsidiary controlled by Candas Skye Resources. Photograph: Alexandra Pedersen

A group of indigenous Maya Qeqchi women has launched a precedent-setting legal challenge that could cast a chill over Canadas vast mining interests

Ashifa Kassam | The Guardian | 13 December 2017 

On the 20th floor of an office tower in the heart of Torontos financial district, Irma Yolanda Choc Cacs bright pink embroidered blouse and handwoven skirt contrasted with the suits of the lawyers around her as she detailed the hardest day of her life.

It was the first time Choc Cac had ever left Guatemala. But the story that she and 10 other Maya Qeqchi women had come to tell is at...

10:18

Is Dr Richard Days New System a Form of Cryptocurrency? "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Dr Richard Day

by Dee McLachlan

In 2014 we published an article in Gumshoe called, Everything Is In Place And Nobody Can Stop Us Now Dr Day 1969 Lecture. It was originally published on rense.com and is a transcript of Dr Lawrence Dunegans recollections of a lecture he attended on March 20, 1969 at a meeting of the Pittsburgh Pediatric Society. This is what Dunegan recalled of Dr Days comments on Financial Control:

One statement was, Inflation is infinite. You can put an infinite number of zeros after any number and put the decimals points wherever you want, as an indication that inflation is a tool of the controllers.

It w...

10:14

Jen Cloher is heading out on an Australian tour in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

In conjunction with the legendary Australian songwriters jaunt at Golden Plains festival, Jen Cloher will be gracing the stages of venues around the country with a string of headline shows.

The tour is in support of Jens sublime self-titled album released this year, the won the coveted crown of The Brags album of the year.  Cloher announced that These will be some of my only band shows in 2018 so make snapping up tickets and heading out a priority to witness the masterful songcraft and somber lyricism in the flesh.

Check out the ticketing and dates below.

Friday, 16th March
Rosemount Hotel, Perth
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 17th March
The Zoo, Brisbane
Tickets: Official Website

Thursday, 22nd March
Theatre Royal, Castlemaine
Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 23rd March
Anglesea Memorial Hall, Anglesea
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 24th March
The Croxton, Melbourne
Tickets: Official Website

Thursday, 29th March
The Lansdowne, Sydney
Tickets: Official Website

10:05

Online Selections "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Post-Courier

 

08:30 PM

 

Students that sat for grade 12 national examinations this year are being selected through an electronic selection process for higher learning institutions in 2018.

 

The selection system was launched by Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Pila Niningi at Holiday Inn.

 

The system called PCG Academia now sets the pace to address transparency and cost-cutting issues for the selection process.

 

This year, selectors have gathered for the last time to do selections.  Next year and onwards,  all selections will be done online in institutions.

 

Selected Institution representatives have been trained to use the system.

 

Today, selectors in Port Moresby are finalizing selections with PCG Academia experts.

 

The launch in Port Moresby was witnessed by Enga Governor Peter Ipatas, DataCo Managing Director Paul Komboi and representatives from higher learning institutions.

 

10:01

Enhancing Your Connection to the Divine "IndyWatch Feed National"

December 14th, 2017 By Jeff Street Guest writer for Wake Up World Recently a reader of my blog asked me to talk more about how to strengthen ones connection to the Divine ones higher self, spirit guides, and spiritual family. Although I dont claim to have all the answers, I decided to share my thoughts on []

09:53

How to Speed Up Healing Time to Get Rid of Scabs Faster "IndyWatch Feed National"

Scabs can form when the skins outer layer gets damaged by cuts or grazes and bleeds. Although scabs are unsightly, they are an important part of the healing process. Scabs form a hard crust over the wound to protect the wound from germs and infection and help speed up healing. You should not try to get rid of a scab too quickly by picking at it, as this can cause permanent scarring and damage to your skin. However, natural ingredients like coconut oil, tea tree oil, and honey can help to get rid of scabs faster.

The fastest way to heal a scab on your face, arms, legs, or another part of your body is to keep the area moist and well hydrated. For example, regularly applying a natural healing ointment like aloe vera can help to get rid of scabs on the face caused by acne or pimples. If a scab forms over a grazed elbow or knee then regularly applying coconut oil helps to quickly heal the scab and prevent the hardened crust from cracking.

In this article, you will find out how to heal a scab fast using natural home remedies. You will also learn about the best way to care for wounds to prevent scabs forming in the first place. This article also answers many frequently asked questions regarding the best ways of quickly getting rid of scabs.

How Scabs are Involved in Wound Healing

Scabs assist with wound healing by helping to prevent bleeding and infection in an open wound. Crusty scabs consist of blood and serum that harden over a wound.

According to the journal PLoS Biology, scabs help to repair damaged or injured skin. Within 15 minutes after a wound beginning to bleed, a dark clot or plug forms over the wound to prevent further bleeding and this hardens into a scab. The scab contains proteins and cells that help heal the skin and accelerate wound healing.1

This helps to explain why you shouldnt pick at a scab to try and remove it. Doctors say that removing a scab too early also removes important healing cells that are needed for the skin to heal properly.1

How to Get Rid of Scabs Faster and Speed Up Wound Healing

It will take time and patience to completely remove a scab without picking at it and damaging your skin. Here are some of the best home remedies to help speed up the healing time and say goodbye to unsightly scabs.

Warm chamomile compress to get rid of scabs faster

Regularly applying a warm chamomile compress can help to make a scab go away faster by keeping it moist.

Chamomile is a well-known herb that has both soothing and healing properties. The journal Molecular Medicine Reports reported on a study that...

09:42

"Mu" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Mu"
by Stephen H. Segal

"A strange game. The only winning move is not to play." 
- Joshua, "War Games"

"There is a word, a concept, in Zen Buddhism that doesn't quite translate perfectly into the English language: Mu. Mu is the response given by a Zen monk to a question that cannot be meaningfully answered. It suggest that the question's premises are not real, that there is a state of emptiness that lies beyond yes and no, that the asker should unask the question - indeed, that anyone who would ask such a question in the first place might well to question his entire perspective on life.

Though the word was never uttered in the 1984's seminal teen-computer-hacker-political-thriller "War Games", the idea lies at the heart of the conflict that fuels the movie: a new Pentagon supercomputer that controls the nation's nuclear codes is caught up in a relentl...

09:38

Contractor on seabed mining ship defaults on payment "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Nautilus said it has a number of options available to it to remedy the default and/or replace MAC as a party to the contract for the seabed mining vessel

More problems for Nautilus as ship owner defaults on payment

David Foxwell | OSJ | 13 December 2017

MAC Goliath Pte Ltd, owner of the production support vessel that is being built for seabed mining outfit Nautilus Minerals, said MAC has failed to pay the third instalment due on the contract for the vessel.

In a statement, Nautilus Minerals said it had been told by Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Ltd, owner of the shipyard where the production support vessel is being built, that MAC had failed to make a payment of US$18M plus interest. The vessel is to be used by Nautilus and its partner in Papua New Guinea, Eda Kopa (Solwara) Limited, as the base for its seabed mining operations at the Solwara 1 Project site in the Bismarck Sea.

Under the contract between the shipyard and MAC, MAC is required to rectify the default immediately, and perform corresponding obligations under the contract. If MAC fails to remedy the default within 21 days...

09:33

Leaked FBI Texts Reveal Insurance Policy to Prevent Trump Presidency "IndyWatch Feed National"

(ZHE)  The lead FBI official at the heart of the rapidly unraveling Trump-Russia probe sent a text message to his FBI mistress last year which discusses some sort of insurance policy against Donald Trump becoming president.

I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andys office that theres no way he [Trump] gets elected  but Im afraid we cant take that risk. writes FBI counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok to FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an extramarital affair while spearheading both the Clinton email inquiry and the early Trump-Russia probe, adding Its like a life insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before youre 40.

Clearly Lisa Page thought there was no way Trump would win during a conversation in then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabes office, yet Strzok clearly states to Page that he cant take that risk in the unlikely event Trump was elected, and that an insurance policy of some type existed to presumably undermine Trump. If this is the case, it would constitute an active measure taken by the FBI against one candidate for US President, while aiding the other. 

The text message which references an insurance policy is all the more controversial when you consider another exchange in which Peter Strzok says I am riled up. Trump is a f*cking idiot, is unable to provide a coherrent answer, and I CANT PULL AWAY, WHAY THE F*CK HAPPENED TO OUR COUNTRY (redacted)??!?!

Page responds I dont know, But well get it back.

09:24

Challenges to the Contemporary World Order "IndyWatch Feed National"

A guest post by Thomas Pepinsky, is Associate Professor of Government at Cornell University and Stefanie Walter,  Full Professor for International Relations and Political Economy at the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich.

Many observers of contemporary global politics conclude that the present moment represents one of the most unsettled times in global politics since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Shock events such as the Brexit vote, the continued success of radical right populists in continental Europe, the continuing Eurozone crisis, and the unprecedented foreign relations of the Trump presidency all point to a global liberal order under stress. Scholars of comparative and international politics and political economy are now asking questions that would have seemed far-fetched only years ago: how durable is liberal internationalism and the North Atlantic alliance? Will mercantilism replace neoliberalism? Can central bank and supranational economic institutions perform the functions required of them? 

Ten leading political scientists who specialize in international and comparative political economy have written answers to these questions in essays (linked in the text below and available on the workshop blog site) that address the changing political and economic landscape in the contemporary era and its implications for political science and international relations. Taken together, they identify three broad themes regarding the challenges that face both our political world, and political scientists seeking to understand these challenges to the contemporary global order.

A first theme is that we are living in a world characterized by what we term a new complex interdependence. As a result, to understand domestic and often even local politics requires a greater appreciation of the interactions between local, national, and systemic forces. That such interdependence across scales and political units exists is an old theme in international and comparative political economy, but we need to renew our focus on the specific mechanisms that take politics across national borders, and the new forms of interdependence that have emerged in recent years. This is particularly important because rising interdependence on the one hand and domestic politicization of international cooperation on the other has put governments between a rock and a hard place.
Frank Schimmelfennig argues that these dilemmas are particularly pronounced in Europe, where integration has achieved unprecedented levels and where governments face calls to both integrate further and to reallocate EU compet...

09:15

How a Brand New Technology is Going to Change the World of Banking "IndyWatch Feed National"

In first world countries, it is natural to assume everyone has a bank account. The banks are omnipresent and can be found nearly everywhere there are consumers. Because of this, we dont really take the time to think about what a potential substitute for the banking system would be if they werent present in a certain space.

So whats the most likely alternative to going to a bank or ATM to do your banking? Using your mobile phones. The GSMA released a report in February of 2017 that forecasted the number of unique individuals subscribing to mobile services would reach 5 billion by the end of 2017. That represents more than 70% of the population and outlines a huge target market.

With the number of bank accounts that have active means of payment around 1.2 billion, there is a clear opportunity for mobile service providers who are capable of facilitating payments.

Matter of Necessity

Most people use banks because they need to, not because they want to. Banks are the socially acceptable way to store and invest money, and people naturally gravitate towards the easiest solutions.

Banks currently provide this easiest solution, but if someone figured out how to move this solution to be housed purely on mobile devices, a lot of users would follow. Most of Western civilization is tethered to their phones these days, and they are also resistant against going to the bank when there is an easier solution in the palm of their hands.

Banks know this and have tried to shift as much of their services to online banking and mobile banking as possible. This is a priority for them, but at the same time, it takes away their competitive advantage of having invested large quantities of money in their physical infrastructure. In short, the move to mobile creates an even playing field for future players.

Bringing New Users to Market

So if we only have 1.2 billion of the 5 billion current phone users able to use banking, how can we bring these new users to market? The answer is shockingly simple. Everyone already prefers to deal through their phones, and these people all have mobile phones.

The real trick is determining how to facilitate the payments made through phones. Right now there is no company people are willing t...

08:41

US State Dept.'s Nauert dodges questions on stripping of RT credentials "IndyWatch Feed National"

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert has brushed off a question from RT about the withdrawal of its Congress credentials, and whether this contradicts her past vow that registration as a foreign agent would not impede the broadcaster's ability to report. Nauert fell short of providing a clear answer to RT's Sameera Khan on whether the State Department still stands by its word that forcing RT America to comply with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) was a formality that would not create hurdles for RT's work in the US. "I think that press credentials might have been revoked by Congress, and not necessarily the members of Congress but rather the Association of Reporters that handles who gets to come and cover Congress," Nauert said, deflecting the question. Instead, she played the 'Russia card', dubbing the RT correspondent a "representative of the Russian government" whose mere presence at the briefing should serve as sufficient proof of Washington's utmost respect for the freedom of press. "They can get Russian 'news,' if you will," she generously conceded - complete with air quotes.

08:35

(Video) SGTReport -- We Must Expose These Horrors w/ BP Commentary "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: STARSHIP EARTH: THE BIG PICTURE

We Must Expose These Horrors; SGT Report [video]

Were not pulling punches any more in the truth media. Even former CIA/NSA contractors are calling the situation on our planet for what it is for anyone who will listen. If you havent heard yet from Steven D. Kelley, you might want to listen to his revelations in the video below.

Many of the ostentatious sites across the planet are cover for the El-ites hidden sanctuaries for the imprisonment and perverse Satanic acts on Humans; places like the Getty Museum complex, Kelley tells us, as well as the Denver Airport, and many others. Lets not forget the naked young man scaling the wall of the stable at Buckingham Palace on a string of sheets to escape a few years ago.

Some have suggested that the California fires are an attack on the homes of elite pedophiles, and now grandson of oil tycoon JP Getty has died of rectal trauma. There have been two plane crashes at and near the Rothschild estate in the UK mere weeks apart. Are the White Hats/Resistance Movement doing these things, or is it vigilantes, or perhaps both?

OR, is it a case of the disgruntled cabal minions who have flipped and are now going after their own? We may never know.

Its open season on the Illuminati. We were told some time ago that the situation has become so acute that those who wish to go after the El-ites to remove them permanently will be neither discouraged nor stopped. Extraordinary situations call for extraordinary measures, and the fate of an entire planet hangs in the balance.

It can be challenging to interpret what were seeing unfold now, particularly with David Icke telling us Trump works for the other side, but then, David Icke hasnt been correct about everything so it would be unwise to assume he is. No one has all the answers or knows the truth about the convoluted plan unfolding. Its up to us to decide when the time is rightand right now Trump IS draining the swamp and working for us, but some would cut off their nose to spite their face.

When its all over, when all is said and done...

08:24

Bougainville ban on businessman called heavy handed "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Panguna mine Photo: supplied

Radio New Zealand | 13 December 2017

An Australian mining company says a ban on businessman Renzie Duncan entering Bougainville imposed by Papua New Guineas acting chief migration officer is unfair.

Mr Duncan has worked with the Special Mining Lease Osikiang Landowners Association which opposes the autonomous governments plans for the development of the Panguna mine.

Mr Duncan was banned back in May with the Immigration Authority saying his presence on Bougainville may be detrimental to the governments efforts relating to mining.

The mining company, RTG, which also works with Osikiang and Renzie Duncan, calls the action overly heavy handed.

RTG chairman Michael Carrick said Mr Duncan had worked with the community around Panguna for about five years and won their support.

Not because of money provided to them but because he has lived and worked with them for many many years. Renzie and the landowners [SMLOLA] could not have worked more closely with the previ...

08:01

December 14 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"



1800 - A rebellion at Norfolk Island was suppressed. Lieut-Gov Joseph Foveaux hanged two Irish prisoners who led the insurgence.

1801 - Matthew Flinders and his crew first met some Noongar people; the people they met were shy but not afraid, Flinders wrote.


1807 - The master and crew of the Parramatta went ashore and were promptly arrested and charged with violating regulations. Judge-Advocate Richard Bowyer Atkins summoned Macarthur to come to Sydney to 'show cause' for his conduct in the Parramatta affair.

1827 Bold Jack Donohoe and his gang began lightening the load of carts travelling on the Sydney - Windsor Road.
The gang was caught shortly afterwards and all hanged - except for Bold Jack who, being the clever clogs of the whole outfit, took to the countryside.

1830 - Captain Thomas Barrister commenced an overland trek from Fremantle to King George Sound (Albany).

1832 - The Presbyterian Church was officially formed in Sydney.


1835 - The Bank of Australasia opened in Sydney.

1840 - Governor Gipps appointed the first Government Printer.

1854 - First sitting of the Gold Fields Commission (Vic).

1854 - An act for providing separate municipal boroughs throughout Port Phillip had been drafted and became law on this day.

1869 - Copper was discovered at Cobar, NSW, by C. Campbell, T. Hartman and and G. Gibb, surveyoring for water bores.

1880 - Today saw the grand Opening of Hallett to Terowie Railway line (South Oz).

1890 Oh, be still my beating heart; the Trades Hall opened in Geelong.

1893 - Eucalyptus oil was first manufactured in Australia by F.H. Faulding & Co.

1918 - The first Victorian Farmers Union member was elected to parliament as a result of the introduction of preferential voting.

1927 Needing to state the bleeding obvious - again - it was announced that throughout mainland Oz drought reigned supreme.


1929 Electric trams and buses did away with the poor old choo choo between Adelaide and Glenelg....

07:50

Commonwealth bank fraudster gets off lightly "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

This story just about says it all. A financial planner at the Commonwealth Bank forges signatures and fleeces clients of more than $3 million, is found guilty in court and fined $3,000.

It shows the legal system in Australia does not really consider Australians being robbed through the financial system as a serious crime. It should be and there must be a major change to bring an end to this.

Of course, one cannot automatically equate the performance of one person to a whole industry. Nor do we know about the individual circumstances that led to the court decision. But there is enough here, to suggest something smells around here. This is only one of a string of cases concerning the Commonwealth Bank.

It would be wrong to suggest that this one bank stands out in this respect. Allegations of misconduct affect all the banks, and this extends through the whole finance industry and have  have fuelled demand for a proper inquiry. This is still waiting to happen and Turnbulls pretend inquiry into finance will not cut it.

In this case, Queensland based Ricky Gillespie, pleaded guilty to forgery involving 33 documents and 57 clients. The fraud had been uncovered during an investigation by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission into allegations about the banks operations.  The Gillespie case is only small part of the big picture and attention should not be taken away from this by one case.

Meanwhile, the Commonwealth Bank has finally provided the victims with some compensation after a long drawn out battle. They got $2.2 million of what had been taken. In other words, the banks still profited from the fraud and the law as it stands, suggests there is nothing wrong with this.

Commenting on the case, whistleblower Jeff Morris said that said he had represented a couple who were victims of Gillespie, who had ultimately received $235,000 in compensation from the bank after a drawn-out bid to get their money back.

Bearing in mind that he was in a fiduciary position when he forged those signatures, and the years of misery that ensued for so many people getting their money back, the penalty seems quite paltry, he added.

 

The post Commonwealth bank fraudster gets off lightly appeared first on The Pen.

07:45

How Kelloggs and Sanitarium infiltrated the medical profession "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following was written by Dr Maryanne Demasi, who is an investigative medical reporter with a PhD in Rheumatology. It was published by Michael West (12 December 2017) and deals with how the breakfast cereal giants have sought to manipulate doctors to gain credibility and use this to increase sales of their brands.

It is said that if you educate one General Practitioner (GP), you educate all their patients.  And nobody knows this better than the cereal industry.

Cereal giants, Kelloggs and Sanitarium, have infiltrated doctors clinics nationwide, using GPs to promulgate industry propaganda, disguised as dietary advice.  As part of an ongoing investigation into how the processed food industry influences public health policy, we reveal ways in which it has pervaded the medical system.

PR over science

Kelloggs enlisted the help of Australian PR firm Porter Novelli presumably to address declining sales after the global cereal giant posted a huge loss in earnings.

Kelloggs is brazen about its strategy to establish close ties with healthcare professionals. According to its own website, Kelloggs Nutrition went into full-on creative mode to develop information packages for GPs to disseminate to patients.

The cereal company boasted that 2,000 GPs across Australia requested the delivery of Kelloggs sponsored information kits.  The kits contain hundreds of fact sheets authored by the company, often citing its own studies as evidence.  The upshot? A push for a nationwide increase in the consumption of grain fibre.

This has provoked the ire of some doctors within the medical fraternity.  Its a worry that a breakfast cereal manufacturer is seen as some sort of authoritative figure when it comes to dietary advice says Perth-based GP, Joe Kosterich.  It is a form of advertising that gets credibility through the doctors clinic.

Propaganda hiding in plain sight

Food industry marketing directly to the medical profession can also be covert.  This investigation has uncovered patient education factsheets which are embedded within the computer software used by the majority of Australian GPs and they are authored by Sanitarium, whose products include Weetbix and Oat Clusters.

The purpose of this software (Best Practice Software) is to maintain quality electronic patient records securely, produce prescriptions and track appointments.  However, it also includes Sanitarium sponsored health information that doctors can disseminate to p...

07:33

Female Australian music industry members take a stand against sexual harassment "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Victoria
Australian female musicians have taken a stand together against harassment in their industry.
This has taken the form of an online letter under the hash tag #meNOmore.The signatories include Courtney Barnett, Tina Arena and Sarah Blasko, Missy Higgins, The Veronicas Jessica Origliasso, Isabella Manfredi, Jen Cloher and Clare Bowditch. In total 200 musicians, managers, lawyers, booking agents, records label employers and publicists have added their names.
Over 360 women who work in the Australian music industry, including musicians, managers, lawyers, booking agents, record label employees and publicists have added their names to the campaign, which came about after the #meToo campaign in the wider entertainment field.
The objective of the campaign is to create a safe haven for people to share their stories and seek support around sexual harassment in the music industry. Well be working with others in the Entertainment Industry to investigate claims of repeat offences and toxic workplaces. This will be done professionally and respectfully, and we will be taking our time to get this right. 
It is hoped that it will lead to the spotlighting of perpetrators and pushing for greater accountability in the industry.
This is the letter.

In recent weeks, as Hollywood carried the torch of Tarana Burkes #MeToo movement and stories started breaking around the world, we found ourselves offering strength to our friends and colleagues who had their own stories to share both publicly and in whispered circles. Its become clear that the magnitude of #MeToo extends to our own shores and to our own industry.

We are women who work in the Australian music industry. We are artists, musicians, managers, lawyers, booking agents, record label employees, publicists and more.

We all have our own stories, or know someone who does. We are not whingers or vibe-killers. We are passionate people dedicating our lives to music. In the face of uncountable discrimination, harassment, violence, and the general menace of sexist jargon, we have gritted our teeth and gotten on with the job. But today we say, no more.

Here are just some of the stories weve been able to share. They range from the tragic, to the horrific, to the every-day norm.

After winning awards at a national high school music competition I was recruited by an Australian musician to study with him. It turned out that I was to be groomed and sexually abused over many months. He told me that he selected girls for awards at the competition on the basis of their looks. The abuse triggered years of struggles with my mental he...

07:24

Scientists Prove Those Vaccinated for Shingles Can Infect Others with Chicken Pox "IndyWatch Feed National"

zoztavax

by Claire Dwoskin
CMSRI

For many years, the US government and mainstream media have continued to blame the unvaccinated community for the spread of infectious disease. We are constantly being bombarded with statements like the one written by Philip Ross and published in the International Business Times, which stated:

The American classroom has become a battleground for parents who are threatened by the growing number of children not vaccinated against measles, one of the most highly contagious viruses in the world.

The ongoing measles outbreak in the U.S. that started at Disneyland and has spread to 14 states has raised concerns over the countrys rising anti-vaccination movement, including whether the decision to vaccinate against such a dangerous disease should be left to parents, and what constitutes responsible childrearing.

Should a child whose parents chose not to vaccinate be allowed to share the same pencils and playground as children whose parents did?

Although the International Business Times had attempted to present the public with a balanced review of the situation facing parents, it is questionable as to whether they presented any real evidence to support their claims and they left many readers with unanswered questions.

Shingles Vaccines Cause Chicken Pox in the Unvaccinated

In 2011, a team of scientists headed by Duane L. Pierson published the paper Varicella Zoster Virus DNA at Inoculation Sites and in Saliva After Zostavax Immunization.

Their paper discusses whether or not individuals vaccinated with the shingles vaccine can remain infectious with the chicken pox virus aft...

07:00

BCL slaps down claims as RTG tries to edge its way into Panguna "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Panguna
The Panguna copper & gold mine

KEITH JACKSON

BUKA Bougainville Copper Ltd has lashed out at what it calls an unscrupulous campaign by rival RTG Mining which it says undermines its position as the Bougainville governments preferred company to re-open the Panguna copper and gold resource.

In a statement, BCL said RTG, which it characterised as a junior speculative company, had sought to create the false impression that BCL had no support among key landowners and that it had claimed a dispute between two leading landowners had been resolved in a way that would undermine BCL interests.

In fact, the National Court under Justice Kandakaski has endorsed a continuing mediation process and ordered that the matter return to the court on 6 February to determine whether reconciliation has resolved the dispute to the satisfaction of the broader group of Panguna landowners.

These developments are not only deeply embarrassing for RTG but expose the highly misleading nature of its ongoing campaign of destabilisation against BCL, the companys statement said.

BCL said it believes it retains strong support among the 367 customary heads who are authorised to act on behalf of the customary owners.

BCL also said RTG had wrongly claimed that BCL had not been to Panguna in over 28 years (given landowners had refused to even allow them access).

Again, an egregious attempt to undermine BCLs standing both locally and internationally, the statement said.

The truth is BCL has a full-time team in Bougainville with 11 staff working constantly on the tenement, this includes a Panguna-based senior project officer.

BCL re-commenced its formal engagement in Bougainville back in 2012 after the Autonomous Bougainville Government and landowner associations invited a new process and in 2014 made its first visits to Central Bougainville.

Since that time BCL has actively engaged with communities in the Panguna and broader historical BCL mine lease areas and has also undertaken six customary processes and has been well-received over.....

06:04

Welcoming Newest Members Of The DenCity Advisory Board "IndyWatch Feed National"

Were proud to announce the newest members to our advisory board, a cluster of individuals with expertise spanning blockchain, technology, banking, marketing, data analysis and entrepreneurship.

Their experience in Blockchain, VR and other prominent technologies over the last many years will be instrumental to us as we begin our journey of taking DenCity to masses. Each and everyone of our advisors have been one of the most prominent figures in their respective fields and we hope that our team at DenCity will be able to learn a lot from their expertise and experience over all these years.

Please meet the new board members below and give them a warm welcome.

Anshul Srivastav

Anshul is a global technology leader who has been instrumental in driving technology transformations for businesses in the range of multi-Billion USD as revenues. He has been a key player at organizations which have been on an average 30% growth year on year in a career spanning almost two decades . His experience has been around taking up strategic technology initiatives, architecting, delivering and managing it at an enterprise level.

He has several notable career accomplishments, wherein he has led, created and launched the key ecommerce, mobile and business intelligence initiatives for worlds #1 insurance brand AXA in the fastest growing emerging markets of Asia. Currently in a leadership role as Chief Information Officer, leading the IT Strategy, Technology Transformations, Analytics, software delivery, architecture and Cloud for Union Insurance (UAE and Oman) across all lines of Business (Life, General (P&C) and Health Insurance) Creating and Driving big strategic Initiatives aligning through IT transformation to deliver business value.

Simon Cocking

dencity

Simon Cocking is the founder of Irish Tech News, which boasts, which boasts, hundreds and thousands of visitors every month. It is often referred to as Irelands answer to TechCrunch. Irish Tech News was a winner at Irish Web Awards 2014 in best Science & Technology category and also a winner at 2016 Littlewoods Best Ireland Blog in Di...

06:03

The debate over clans land in Bupul village as forest become an oil palm plantation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Mongabay Indonesia

http://www.mongabay.co.id/2017/11/30/polemik-tanah-marga-di-kampung-bupul-saat-hutan-berubah-jadi-kebun-sawit/

Author: Christopel Paino

English Translation: https://awasmifee.potager.org/?p=1585

Land conflict for oil palm is still an issue in Merauke

Two children ran towards the forest. As they got closer to the trees
that at first seemed to be a thick forest, a broad carpet of felled
trees became visible.

The two could witness exactly how the green bulldozers were working to
clear away the trees. From afar, the sound of falling trees could be
heard clearly. Several times they pointed out the heavy machinery that
was working off in the distance.

Thats a beko a beko is what we call a dozer. Every day the bekos
are working to clear our forest, Agustinus shouted

Agustinus is slender, his friend Yupens is more sturdy. They are both in
the 5th class of YPPK Santo Petrus primary school in Bupul village,
Elikobel, Merauke Regency, Papua.

Bro, this forest is where we play with bows and arrows, or spears, and
go to look for birds. At the furthest point over there, theres a river.
After playing in the forest, we normally go swimming in the river.,
added Yupens

Our teacher said that later if theres an oil palm plantation and the
waste goes into the river, we wont be able to swim there any more.

***

Yupens and Agustinus village, Bupul, isnt far from the Trans-Papua
road which connects Merauke Regency with Boven Digoel. Bupul can be
reached from Merauke in about 3-4 hours. There are many military
checkpoints along the road because the area is close to the Papua New
Guinea border.

The majority of indigenous people in Bupul belong to the Yei ethnic
group, which some people describe as a sub-ethnic group of the Marind.
In general they are dependant on the forest to meet their needs.

The forest Agustinus and Yupens were pointing out is the ancestral
forest of the Wonijai clan. The company has already paid the clan for
this land, obtaining their consent both through polite persuasion and
through use of state security forces. The company plied the people with
promises of a better life until some of the local people agreed to
release their ancestral land. The others, who opposed it, felt that
...

06:00

Ardern doubles down on insults to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Jacinda Ardern seems intent on insulting Australia, shes gone again, this time telling Aussies they are overly sensitive. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the Australian Government is being overly sensitive about New Zealands offer to take Manus Island refugees. Arderns comments come after Australias deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce sent a message to Ardern about []

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06:00

10 years in the morgue: Stans life recipe active, balanced, caring "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

ClassicKEITH JACKSON

This article was published on 27 October 2007. Stan Jackson died in 2012 aged 98

SYDNEY - My father Stan Jackson OAM is 94 today. Hell get out of bed at about 8.30, greet his partner Helen, brew a pot of tea, and wander out to the gazebo he built a couple of years ago - overlooking the vegetable garden - to eat his porridge.

The gait is a little stiff now, after two knee replacements, but the posture remains ramrod straight. Later hell wheel his bike out of the shed and cycle to the Lane Cove shops to buy a few groceries.

For most of the rest of the day hell sit in front of a word processor, two-finger typing the plan for his next project, an organisation called Planet Earth Partners which hes financing.

Its message is simple, he says. Its Be ABC keep active in body and mind, whatever your age; keep in balance with your health and with Nature; and cooperate with the community by supporting it.

OAMPlanet Earth Partners (PEP, get it?) will launch with a bike ride through the mountains of Hokkaido in Japan next year. I still ride; at 95 Ill do what I can, says Stan.

Stan was awarded the Order of Australia in 2000 for service to the community through the promotion of the concept of fitness for life by undertaking marathon bicycle tours, and to environmental conservation.

He took up long distance bike riding in 1976, after the death of my mother, Joan, and kicked off with a Sydney to London epic, repeated in reverse in 1988 to mark the Australian bicentenary.

 Hes ridden the length of Japan, up the Rockies from the Mexican border to the Canadian border and from Melbourne to Sydney with a group of Japanese senior citizens, taking a detour to Canberra from Batemans Bay to talk...

05:56

SOTT FOCUS: The Tyranny of 'Experts': Cutting Carbs Will Make You Dead, Experts Say "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sometimes, when I'm cruising around social media, I'll take a look at what the MSM is saying in health and wellness news, just to get out of my bubble and take a look at what shape the mind-programming is taking lately. And even though I should know better, more often than not, I see something that just leaves me flabbergasted. And in this case, I'm not talking about yet another blunder from CNN. Last week, this tasty piece of propaganda came out, courtesy of the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia. The headline: Cutting carbs can increase risk of diabetes and other diseases, experts warn Ah experts. Where would we be without their anonymous guidance dictating dietary advice well over three decades old. So I guess it's time to find out from "experts" how exactly the actual mechanism for avoiding diabetes - by cutting carbs - is actually what causes it! I can't wait for the Sydney Morning Herald to set me straight!

05:40

Jim Stone Report: Hillary Body Count Keeps Ticking Along "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hillary body count keeps ticking along (and upward)

It has become such a mundane topic that I usually don't even mention when Hillary offs someone new (if she did not hang for Vince Foster, all the way back then) what good will talking do? Anyway, I figured I'd mention this new one.

Dr. Dean Lorich, an orthopedic surgeon who volunteered in Haiti and exposed Clinton Foundation corruption and malpractice on the island, has been found dead in New York. He was 54. Dr. Lorich was found by his 11-year-old daughter on the bathroom floor of his Upper East Side apartment with a knife in his chest at around 1pm on Monday.

The knife missed the surgeon's heart, leaving him to bleed out and be found by his daughter. Despite the fact police were called to the property regarding an "assault", they instantly registered the death as "suicide" and closed the case

Lorich was a famous doctor, who had celebrity clients. This was a high profile killing. Interesting it is how the police simply closed it rather than ask questions.

He was a surgeon, he could have simply offed himself with meds. Why answer an assault call with a suicide verdict?

Something very strange is happening online today

It is as if an enormous insidious artificial intelligence has been tasked to handle the election discussion everywhere.

It seems to be attempting to claim 95 percent of black voters turned out (and that's normal), that Moore got less than half of what Trump got, and that Jones was somehow able to match what Hillary got. It is attempting to make people believe that everyone thinks it is the Republicans fault, that Alabama hates Trump, and that this was the backlash.

It is dominating all discussion, out posting everyone on all venues by a rate of about 5:1. Only places that require registration are a little more what I would expect, but there is heavy damage going on in such places also. There is no conceivable way they could hire enough people to do this, an artificial intelligence has to be doing it.

I don't usually hit /pol,...

05:25

New pedophile law in Australia leads to man being detained at Sydney airport attempting to leave country "IndyWatch Feed National"

A convicted child molester has been detained at Sydney Airport while attempting to leave the country. The man was stopped under new laws aimed at preventing pedophiles convicted in Australia from traveling overseas, namely to Southeast Asia, for sex tourism. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told reporters at Sydney Airport that the man was being questioned by the Federal Police. It is not clear where the registered child offender was attempting to fly to. Up to 800 Australian child sex offenders traveled overseas last year. About 40 percent of them did so without informing the authorities of their travel plans, Bishop told reporters on Wednesday. "This will now stop," she promised.

04:48

Scientists Prove Those Vaccinated for Shingles Can Infect Others with Chicken Pox "IndyWatch Feed National"

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by Claire Dwoskin
CMSRI

For many years, the US government and mainstream media have continued to blame the unvaccinated community for the spread of infectious disease. We are constantly being bombarded with statements like the one written by Philip Ross and published in the International Business Times, which stated:

The American classroom has become a battleground for parents who are threatened by the growing number of children not vaccinated against measles, one of the most highly contagious viruses in the world.

The ongoing measles outbreak in the U.S. that started at Disneyland and has spread to 14 states has raised concerns over the countrys rising anti-vaccination movement, including whether the decision to vaccinate against such a dangerous disease should be left to parents, and what constitutes responsible childrearing.

Should a child whose parents chose not to vaccinate be allowed to share the same pencils and playground as children whose parents did?

Although the International Business Times had attempted to present the public with a balanced review of the situation facing parents, it is questionable as to whether they presented any real evidence to support their claims and they left many readers with unanswered questions.

Shingles Vaccines Cause Chicken Pox in the Unvaccinated

In 2011, a team of scientists headed by Duane L. Pierson published the paper Varicella Zoster Virus DNA at Inoculation Sites and in Saliva After Zostavax Immunization.

Their paper discusses whether or not individuals vaccinated with the shingles vaccine can remain infectious with the chicken pox virus after....

04:48

Prayer and Meditation for Thursday, December 14, 2017 Fear not, I will help you. Whoever has ears ought to hear. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church
Lectionary: 184

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The dry ground into springs of water.

Reading 1  IS 41:13-20

I am the LORD, your God,
who grasp your right hand;
It is I who say to you, Fear not,
I will help you.
Fear not, O worm Jacob,
O maggot Israel;
I will help you, says the LORD;
your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
I will make of you a threshing sledge,
sharp, new, and double-edged,
To thresh the mountains and crush them,
to make the hills like chaff.
When you winnow them, the wind shall carry them off
and the storm shall scatter them.
But you shall rejoice in the LORD,
and glory in the Holy One of Israel.The afflicted and the needy seek water in vain,
their tongues are parched with thirst.
I, the LORD, will answer them;
I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
I will open up rivers on the bare heights,
and fountains in the broad valleys;
I will turn the desert into a marshland,
and the dry ground into springs of water.
I will plant in the desert the cedar,
acacia, myrtle, and olive;
I will set in the wasteland the cypress,
together with the plane tree and the pine,
That all may see and know,
observe and understand,
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
the Holy One of Israel has created it.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 145:1 AND 9, 10-11, 12-13AB

R. (8) The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger, and of great kindness.
I will extol you, O my God and King,
and I will bless your name forever and ever.
The LORD is good to all
and compassionate toward all his works.
R...

04:42

LIVE: House Judiciary Committee Watch The House Judiciary Committee Hearing on Robert Muellers Russia Investigation Witch Hunt "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosensteinthe official who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate alleged Trump/Russia collusion during the 2016 election, will answer questions about ongoing controversies within the FBI and DOJ. Judicial Watch => Investigation Into Robert Muellers Waste Of US Taxpayers Money On Witch Hunt

04:30

Microsoft is giving Bing more intelligenceand a dash of Reddit "IndyWatch Feed National"

At an event in San Francisco, Microsoft just unveiled a bunch of AI-related enhancements for its Bing search engine. Research honcho Harry Shum also welcomed Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian onstage to introduce a deal between the two companies which will integrate material from Reddits communities into Bing results. Among the new features: Better top-of-the-results answers

At an event in San Francisco, Microsoft just unveiled a bunch of AI-related enhancements for its Bing search engine. Research honcho Harry Shum also welcomed Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian onstage to introduce a deal between the two companies which will integrate material from Reddits communities into Bing results. Among the new features:

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04:30

Pedestrian Tickets Lead to Hundreds of Suspended Drivers Licenses "IndyWatch Feed National"

More than half the 2,000 people who received pedestrian tickets in Duval County, Florida, from 2012 to 2016 saw their drivers licenses suspended or their ability to obtain one limited, according to an analysis by the Florida Times-Union and ProPublica.

The tickets, which carry what can seem like a modest $65 fine, can have more significant consequences for those who get them and refuse to pay or are unable to do so.

Over five years, a total of 2,004 pedestrian tickets were issued in Duval County, which is comprised almost entirely by the city of Jacksonville. Of those tickets, 982 people who failed or were unable to pay the fine lost their drivers licenses or their ability to obtain one, according to the analysis.

The license suspensions help answer a question at the center of a Times-Union/ProPublica investigation of pedestrian tickets in Jacksonville: What are the consequences for individuals swept up in the Jacksonville Sheriff Offices aggressive enforcement of some two dozen often obscure pedestrian statutes?

Last month, the Times-Union/ProPublica investigation showed that 55 percent of the tickets given in recent years went to blacks despite the fact that they make up only 29 percent of the citys population. Blacks were similarly overrepresented in the 932 tickets that led to license suspensions 54 percent.

As of Tuesdays City Council meeting, three elected officials on the body have called on Sheriff Mike Williams to order his officers to stop writing pedestrian tickets. Council member Garrett Dennis asked the Office of General Counsel to review what authority the council had to compel him to do so. In addition to voicing her support for that measure, council member Katrina Brown asked for a noticed meeting focused on pedestrian infrastructure and enforcement.

The Jacksonville Sheriffs Office has insisted that blacks have not been targeted in the issuance of pedestrian tickets, and said it saw no reason to review the investigations findings of a disproportionate impact on African Americans. The office said those receiving tickets could contest them before a judge, and that it would address any erroneous or improper ticketing with additional training of officers.

Losing ones license in a sprawling city like Jacksonville can make aspects of daily life seem near impossible, whether youre a mother shuttling children to school or a trucker trying to secure your next job.

...

04:11

What a failed civil rights campaign can teach climate activists trying to stop Kinder Morgan "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Cam Fenton

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In early December, Canadas National Energy Board gave Texas pipeline company Kinder Morgan permission to ignore local laws and permits while starting construction on its Trans-Mountain pipeline. Scheduled to ship nearly 900,000 barrels of tar sands per day from Alberta to Burnaby, British Columbia by 2019, the project is a potential lightning rod for the climate movement.

As someone with more than a decade involved in campaigns to stop tar sands expansion, Ive been struggling with a simple question: How do we stop Kinder Morgan now that its been approved?

On the one hand, there is a newly minted provincial government in British Columbia that took power with a promise to use every tool at its disposal to stop the project. On the other, the federal government, in support of Alberta and Kinder Morgan, has argued the province has no real recourse for action.

The movement, especially indigenous peoples, have pledged fierce resistance. In the last few months of 2017, weve started seeing sparks of disobedience a mass flotilla shutting down Kinder Morgans terminal construction, a series of actions bird-dogging the same federal leaders who approved the pipeline and the launch of the Tiny House Warriors project, an indigenous-led strategy to construct tiny homes along the path of the pipeline.

As inspiring and important as these actions have been, we still dont have a clear answer to the question at hand: What is the end-game for stopping Kinder Morgan once and for all? Drawing from all my experiences from campaigns, both successful and failed, I see only two ways that the Kinder Morgan pipeline doesnt get built.

The first way is for the federal approval, and the permits that come with it, to be overturned or revoked. If one of the ongoing court challenges to Kinder Mor...

04:10

Talking to the Media : Avoiding the Pitfalls: A Guide for Anarchists "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anarchists have appeared in the corporate media a lot this year, from the first breathless reports on resistance to the rise of the far right to recent appearances in the fashion pages. But not all visibility is good visibility. The Trump regime is looking to popularize an image of anarchists and other activists as a major threat to public order in order to legitimize further crackdowns; fascist organizations have worked hard to capitalize on a media profile of antifa as violent and mysterious in order to draw more people into their ranks. Corporate media outlets like the Wall Street Journal are notorious for catering to the reactionary politics of their owners, while even the most sympathetic media coverage can be useful to law enforcement agencies seeking information to use against activists.

Anarchists and others have long been critical of the function of the media itself. Yet its not always possible to avoid press coverage; in the information age, its spin or be spun. When we act effectively in pursuit of social change, media outlets will seek to represent us to the general publicand unless we can disrupt their narratives, most people will see us through their eyes.

Corporate media is not a neutral space in which we can present ideas the way we can in direct conversation with our coworkers and neighbors. It is a strategic terrain on which the authorities position themselves to legitimate the use of force. To step in front of the cameras is to enter a hostile territory controlled by a class that is determined to use our images against us. If we enable media outlets to depict us as violent, alien, or extremeno matter how strong the arguments we make in favor of our tactics or ideasthe ultimate result will be that the authorities are emboldened to step up their attacks on us.

When we engage with the media, we must not imagine that they will promote our ideas; we have to accomplish that on our own through our own channels. (At best, we can use media appearances to direct people to those channels, like the organization that insisted on only answering interviews in front of a banner displaying their website.) Rather, we are engaging in a subtle war of position in which we seek to prevent the authorities from alienating others from us and to undermine the narratives that legitimize their violence. We must always balance the possible gains...

02:47

Two Huge Current Vaccine Scandals The Press Isnt Covering "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Jon Rappoport

The old question about a tree falling in the forest is relevant here. Does the tree make a sound if no one is there to hear it?

If a scandal erupts and the press doesnt cover it, is it a scandal?

If this sounds strange, consider that, since the dawn of time, whatever has passed for mainstream news has substituted for the direct observation of events by humans. The press has functioned as the eyes and ears and even mouths of the public.

If someone tells you, I am your eyes, trust me, and then they fail, on purpose, to see something vital, where are you if you trust them? Youre blind.

Two giant vaccine scandals are in progress at the moment. The mainstream press is mentioning them, here and there, but without any intent to raise alarms, dig in, investigate, and get down to the core of what they mean.

The first scandal revolves around the flu vaccine for the current year. As I recently wrote, a new study has concluded the vaccine has a very low effectiveness rate. Why? Because the vaccine is produced using chicken eggs, and in that medium, the flu viruswhich is intentionally placed in the eggsmutates. Therefore, it isnt the same virus which is causing flu this year.

FiercePharma reports: Based on data from Australia, which already had its flu season, scientists warn that this seasons flu shot might be only 10% effective. And the reason for such a low level of protection might lie in the method by which the majority of flu vaccines are made: in eggs.

Te...

01:47

Two huge current vaccine scandals the press isnt covering by Jon Rappoport "IndyWatch Feed National"

December 13, 2017 NoMoreFakeNews.com

The old question about a tree falling in the forest is relevant here. Does the tree make a sound if no one is there to hear it?

If a scandal erupts and the press doesnt cover it, is it a scandal?

If this sounds strange, consider that, since the dawn of time, whatever has passed for mainstream news has substituted for the direct observation of events by humans. The press has functioned as the eyes and ears and even mouths of the public.

If someone tells you, I am your eyes, trust me, and then they fail, on purpose, to see something vital, where are you if you trust them? Youre blind.

Two giant vaccine scandals are in progress at the moment. The mainstream press is mentioning them, here and there, but without any intent to raise alarms, dig in, investigate, and get down to the core of what they mean.

The first scandal revolves around the flu vaccine for the current year.  As I recently wrote, a new study has concluded the vaccine has a very low effectiveness rate. Why? Because the vaccine is produced using chicken eggs, and in that medium, the flu viruswhich is intentionally placed in the eggsmutates. Therefore, it isnt the same virus which is causing flu this year.

FiercePharma reports:

Based on data from Australia, which already had its flu season, scientists warn that this seasons flu shot might be only 10% effective. And the reason for such a low level of protection might lie in the method by which the majority of flu vaccines are made: in eggs.

Ten percent effectiveness. Now thats ridiculous. And its assuming you accept the whole model of how vaccines workthat they actually do protect (safely) against disease, rather than, at best, repressing the visible symptoms of the disease.

Amidst their spotty coverage of this scandal, here is what the press is failing to mention: the problem with the flu vaccine isnt just a 2017 flaw.

Its been the same problem ever since chicken eggs have been used to manufact...

01:38

Study: RSPO certification prunes deforestation in Indonesia but not by much "IndyWatch Feed National"

New research demonstrates that sustainability certification through the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil does cut down on deforestation in Indonesias palm oil industry. But the new study, published online Monday by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also says that RSPO standards dont appear to be saving a very large area of forest. Even if were saying theres a significant effect on forests, the amount of forests protected is tiny, Kimberly Carlson, a land systems scientist at the University of Hawaii and the lead author of the study, said in an interview. A recently developed oil palm plantation in Indonesia. Photo courtesy of PNAS. Concerns about the amount of forest cleared for plantations have plagued the palm oil industry for decades. In part, that led to the inception of the RSPO in 2004, which was formed to address the environmental footprint, as well as issues such as land rights and the treatment of workers, in the production of the ubiquitous vegetable oil. But a lingering question has been whether RSPO certification standards diminish deforestation rates. Around 20 percent of the worlds production palm oil in 2015 was certified, and more than half of that comes from Indonesia, according to the RSPO website. To find some answers, Carlson and her colleagues analysis combined data on the boundaries of RSPO-certified and uncertified plantations with satellite imagery showing tree cover loss and fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo, from 2001 through 2015. During that period,

01:31

What's causing deafness in farmed salmon? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The odds are that every second farmed salmon we eat has lost much of its ability to hear. Although fish senses aren't usually a consideration when they're on a plate, researchers now know that deafness in farmed salmon is due to a deformity in the ear, caused by accelerated growth in aquaculture. The findings, published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, raise significant welfare issues and may also explain the poor survival of farmed hatchlings in conservation programs. Scientists from the University of Melbourne looked at salmon farmed in Norway, Chile, Scotland, Canada and Australia and found the deformity was widespread. The study's lead author, Ms Tormey Reimer, says when they went looking for the cause of the deformity they found that the fastest-growing fish were three times more likely to be afflicted than the slowest, even at the same age.

01:30

Reserve Bank of Australia Will not Issue its own Digital Currency "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cryptocurrency markets are still a problem for most regulators and governments. It is evident this new form of money becomes a very real threat to any financial institution on the market. Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe is concerned over this speculative mania surrounding Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Such comments often fall on deaf ears, though, as everyone wants to strike it rich overnight.

Central banks all over the world would rather not see people invest in cryptocurrencies. These digital assets are too fickle and volatile. Moreover, they cant be controlled or supported by banks and governments in an official capacity. This situation has not caused too much friction until the year 2017 came around. The soaring value of all cryptocurrencies resembles a mass hysteria attack of sorts. Everyone is speculating on cryptocurrencies, as theres lots of money to be made. However, said money can be lost equally as quick, which is a far less favorable outcome.

Reserve Bank of Australia Sees Little Merit in Bitcoin

According to Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe, these cryptocurrencies will not replace conventional money. It is highly doubtful anyone expected a different response at this time. Bitcoin has become a store of value rather than a currency these days. Its fees are too high and transaction delays are far too common. That said, the general public is still attracted to the allure of this virtual gold rush. It is a grave concern for the Reserve Bank of Australia.

How all of this will play out in Australia, remains to be seen. The local government recently amended its taxation guidelines regarding Bitcoin. By removing the double taxation, the ecosystem has been given a second chance to thrive. This was all before the current price hype became visible, mind you. No one can stop people from buying and using cryptocurrencies. Not even the Reserve Bank of Australia can do something like that. Nor is that in their best interest whatsoever.

Surprisingly, the Reserve Bank of Australia has no plans of issuing its own digital currency.....

01:24

Donald Trumps China Hawk Clown College Now in Session! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Donald Trumps China Hawk clown college is officially in session!  The China hawks are getting their way on Korea, Australia, and Taiwan.  But look for US China policy to overpromise, underdeliver, and screw up in what we now love to call the Indo-Pacific Region.

Its hard to push around the Peoples Republic of China.  Maybe thats why the US China hawk community has concentrated on whipping Australia into shape.  The Australian battle to combat PRC influence and ignore US influence passed an important milestone with Malcolm Turnbull taunting the Chinese in Mandarin and ASIO gearing up for stage two of its witch hunt against pro-PRC politicians.

Meanwhile, US Korean policy drifts into a frozen conflict.  Will Trump turn that aroundby flipping the switch on red hot radioactive Armageddon?

And China hawks want to do something bold and provocative on Taiwan.   But will China play ball?

Finally, the myth of Hambantota: the BS getting peddled about the PRC and the Sri Lankan debt trap.  Who really put Sri Lankas wallet in the wringer?  The answer will probably surprise you.

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01:00

Mexico: Reject Internal Security Law "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

(HRW) The Mexican Senate should reject legislation that would enshrine the role of the Mexican armed forces in law enforcement activities, Human Rights Watch said today.

On November 30, 2017, Mexicos Chamber of Deputies approved the Law of Internal Security, which authorizes military involvement in domestic law enforcement activities. But the bill does nothing to increase the transparency of the military operations or accountability for military personnel who commit abuses. The Senate could vote on the bill as early as this week.

Mexico has relied heavily on its armed forces to fight organized crime for more than a decade, and the results have been disastrous, said Daniel Wilkinson, Americas managing director at Human Rights Watch. The country desperately needs to improve its law enforcement capabilities, but turning the job over to a military with a terrible human rights record is not the answer.

Between 2006 and 2016, Mexicos National Human Rights Commission received almost 10,000 complaints of abuse by the militaryincluding more than 2,000 during the current administration. Human Rights Watch and other rights advocates have also documented numerous cases in which military personal ostensibly involved in law enforcement activities were implicated in extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture, and sexual violence. Impunity remains the norm for these abuses.

Since Mexico launched its war on drugs in 2006with major deployments of the armed forces to fight organized crimemore than 100,000 people have been killed and more than 30,000 have gone missing. Homicide rates dropped in 2014 and 2015, but have climbed steadily since, with 2017 on track to be the deadliest year in Mexico in two decades.

The proposed law grants the Mexican military broad authority to engage in internal security, including in gathering intelligence by any legal means possible. The National Human Rights Commission has said that the laws vague definitions and lack of objective criteria for what constitutes internal security mean that the law can apply to any situation. For example, the military would be authorized to engage in crime prevention and investigation.

The proposed law does not include measures to strengthen civilian police institutions, nor an exit strategy for ending the use of the armed forces in law enforcement. The law also includes no measures to ensure independent civilian control and oversight of military operations, or to ensure that civilian authorities properly investigate and prosecute military abuses.

There needs to be a much more serious debate about security iss...

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