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Friday, 05 January


In early push into Papua, palm oil firms set stage for massive forest plunder "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

JAKARTA The clearing of Indonesias last untouched swath of pristine forest has begun in earnest, with an area the size of Washington, D.C., razed for just a single oil palm plantation in Papua province, new data show. Nearly 200 square kilometers (77 square miles) of forest have been cleared in Merauke district since 2014 for the plantation, according to the Washington-based World Resources Institute (WRI), with 10 square kilometers (3.9 square miles) being opened up just since October. Arief Wijaya, senior manager for climate and forests at the Jakarta office of the WRI, said the scope of the deforestation was alarming. Cutting down that many trees for a single plantation area, he said, emits 11 million tons of CO2, equivalent to the emission of 2.1 million cars in a year. In neighboring Boven Digoel district, at least 37 square kilometers (14 square miles) of primary forest has been cleared for another plantation. This represents less than a tenth of the total concession awarded to plantation firm PT Megakarya Jaya Raya in 2012, pointing to deforestation on an even greater scale to come. Although the loss is considered planned deforestation and legal, clearing such a large expanse of natural forest can permanently damage the ecosystem and ultimately reduce its economic productivity, the WRI said. Map of Papua province (bright green). Photo courtesy of Bwmodular/Wikimedia Commons. New frontier The extent of this early round of deforestation spells trouble for Papua and West Papua provinces, which together make up the Indonesian half of


MACKAY More than 320g of ice seized by police "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Arnold Di Carlo, 41, of Sarina faced Mackay Magistrates Court on a series of drug charges yesterday . He was denied bail and remanded in custody. He will face court again on March 7. Two others will face charges at a later date. Snr Sgt Tucker said it was a significant seizure, especially for Mackay.

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Thursday, 04 January


Mobile Phone companies in PNG urged to use SMS Services for SIM Card Registration "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Mobile phone users in Papua New Guinea have been given until January 23rd 2018 to have their SIM cards registered.

Communications Minister Sam Basil says the SIM registration is vital in regard to minimizing security risks towards the 2018 APEC meetings in PNG.

Basil also called on mobile phone operators to use SMS registration to make it convenient for their customers in rural areas.

Over the last four weeks, it has been a very crucial time for mobile phone users across Papua New Guinea to have their SIM cards registered.

Since July 2017, mobile phone communication operators have been sending out messages to users to register their SIM cards to avoid deactivation by December 31st.

Communications Minister Sam Basil says customers were given enough time to register their sim cards and have to do so within the given period.

Customers in Lae who have travelled in from rural areas have expressed frustration saying the process of registration is quite difficult.

" We would encourage the operators (Mobile companies) to use SMS registration so that customers (especially rural users) can use SMS to register while the operators can take some time to verify, says Minister Basil.

While Prime Minister Peter ONeill has given approval for an extension on registration of sim cards until January 23rd , mobile phone operators have been urged by Minister Basil to provide alternative options to register their more on  PNG Technology News site : PNG eHow 

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86 stars get official names "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 11 December 2017 video is called International Astronomical Union approves 86 new star names from around the world.

By Mariah Quintanilla, 9:00am, January 2, 2018:

86 stars get official names

Choices reflect international community

In December, astronomers and space enthusiasts received an early present: 86 newly official star names.

Such designations are often derived from Arabic, Greek or Latin origins. But the new monikers also draw inspiration from ancient mythologies and historical star names from indigenous cultures around the world, including in China, Australia and southern Africa. The star names were officially recognized by the International Astronomical Union, which oversees the naming of objects in space, and announced on December 11. Here are some of the names we thought shined the brightest.


Constellation: Scorpius
According to South African lore, the indigenous Khoikhoi people nicknamed the pair of stars just before the end of the scorpions tail xami di mura, meaning eyes of the lion.


Constellation: Draco
Fafnir is a dwarf from Norse mythology who became a dragon to guard his treasure. He was slain by the hero Sigurd.


Constellation: Scorpius
Pipirima is named for a pair of fraternal twins, the boy Pipiri and his sister Rehua, from a Tahitian legend. When their parents didnt share a meal of fish one night, the two kids ran away. As the parents came closer to finding them, the twins climbed onto the back of a passing stag beetle and were carried into the sky.


Constellation: Ursa Major
Chalawan, a villainous crocodile king from a Thai folktale, lived in an underwater cave. A man named Krai Thong fell in love with one of Chalawans two wives and killed the crocodile king.


Constellation: Eridanus
Ran, a Norse goddess of the sea, created peril by capturing sailors in her net.


Constellation: Canis Major
In stories from Australias aboriginal people, Unurgunite has two wives, which are represented by stars on either side of the named star. Whe...


PERTH Drunk man kicked off Perth plane "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A man has been removed from a Brisbane-bound flight and charged with drunk and disorderly behaviour and trespass after he refused to leave Perth Airport. The 45-year-old was escorted off a plane on Wednesday after airport staff notified Australian Federal Police (AFP) about a disturbance. Police say .


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PERTH Abusive, drunk man removed from Perth flight and charged "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Abusive, drunk man removed from Perth flight and charged .

January 04, 2018 at 05:18PM .

During this peak holiday travel season, with many families travelling, the AFP is urging people to consider their alcohol intake, consider their fellow travellers and consider if their behaviour is appropriate. The man was bailed and will next appear at the Perth Magistrates Court on January 23. .


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U.S. military warns against getting hopes up over North Korean overture "IndyWatch Feed National"



SEOUL (Reuters) The head of U.S. forces in South Korea warned on Thursday against raising hopes over North Koreas peace overture amid a war of words between the United States and the reclusive North over its nuclear and missile programs.

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In a New Year address, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was open to dialogue with U.S. ally South Korea and could send a delegation to the Winter Olympics to be held in the South in February.

Kim also warned that he would push ahead with mass producing nuclear warheads, pursuing a weapons program in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions.

In response, Seoul on Tuesday proposed high-level talks at a border village and on Wednesday, the two Koreas reopened a border hotline that had been closed since February 2016.

We must keep our expectations at the appropriate level, the chief of United States Forces Korea (USFK), Vincent Brooks, was quoted by Yonhap news agency as saying in an address to a university in Seoul.

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Kim Jong-un shows new style, January 1, 2018. Reuters photo

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have exchanged a series of bellicose comments in recent months, raising alarm across the world, with Trump at times dismissing the prospect of a diplomatic solution to a crisis in which North Korea has threatened to destroy the United States, Japan and South Korea.

Trump has mocked Kim as Little Rocket Man and again ridiculed him on Twitter this week, raising some eyebrows at home.

Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but....


Hot Off The Press: British Anti Witch-Hunt Group expelled half its supporters "IndyWatch Feed National"

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By Gilad Atzmon

When you think that British 'Left' has reached rock bottom you wake up to learn that this political comedy act has no limits.

We learned today that the anti witch-hunt labour group LAW (Labour Against the Witch-hunt ) has expelled half of its members over anti-Semitism.

Times of Israel reports today that LAW has cut ties to Socialist Fight because of the views of its members. Socialist Fight is accused of being supportive of controversial Israeli-born author Gilad Atzmon.

Needless to mention that I am thrilled by all of that. I enjoy being supported by proper radical left groups; people who adhere to universal principles of equality and human brotherhood. Despite the fact that in my entire life, I have never been a member of any political body or party, I can clearly see that my writing is now making a change.

If you are wondering what it is that I am saying that pushes LAW leaders Jackie Walker and Tony Greenstein, two self identified (political) Jews, over the edge, to the point that they themselves have decided to act, in the open, as witch hunters, I will provide a brief answer.

I argue that if Israel defines itself as a Jewish State we must ask who are the Jews, what is Jewishness and what is Judaism. We should then proceed and  examine Israeli politics and Jewish lobbying in the light of the above questions. I basically argue that Zionism is just one symptom of Jewish choseness. I actually identify the exact same exceptionalist tendencies in Jewish Left and in particular in Walker and Greensteins political act. To add to my sins, I am also responsible for the popular adage by now, we are all Palestinians. Like the Palestinians we are not allowed to articulate the true nature of our oppression.  

No one could articulate this observation better than Jackie Walker and Tony Gr...


IMF Country Report Commends Government Efforts and 100 Day Plan Positive Outlook for Papua New Guinea in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Port Moresby : Photo by 02 Photography PNG
The Treasurer and Acting Prime Minister,  Charles Abel MP, has welcomed the 2017 Article IV Country Report from the International Monetary Fund that provides analysis of economic governance in the Nation, including the initial policy decisions of the new Government.

Minister Abel further highlighted the positive growth projections for the National economy through 2018, particularly as Papua New Guinea hosts APEC under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister ONeill.

Referring to the latest IMF Country Report, Minister Abel said the Government, working through the Department of Treasury, has seen increased engagement with development partners including the IMF who provide important economic advice and support.

The Article IV Report is frank in acknowledging the challenges facing the PNG economy but is predicting improvements in 2018 on the back of a 2.4% growth in GDP, up from 2.2% in 2017, the Acting Prime Minister said.

The IMF recognises that this outlook does not factor in any of the emerging resource projects such as the Papua LNG, PNG LNG Project expansion, Stanley Gas, Wafi Golpu or Frieda River.

The IMF Country Report stated:
- The authorities are making bold spending reductions to contain public debt at prudent levels and remain committed to a credible pro-growth consolidation path over the medium term.
- Authorities upon moving into office in July passed a 100-day Plan. To date, the Plan has accomplished its macroeconomic stabilization objective with the passing of the 2017 Supplementary Budget in September.
- The Supplementary Budget took bold measures to narrowing the fiscal deficit.
- On wage bill control, the Supplementary Budget efforts included commencement of physical audit into the payroll, a freeze on new recruitments, ceasing use of the parallel payroll system and migration of all government employees onto the centralized government payroll and to have a national identification card, as well as, identifying list of offices and agencies for amalgamation in 2018.
- At the same time, to pr...


Ex-British PM Tony Blair ups calls for Labour to back Brexit U-turn "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former UK Prime Minister Blair has warned British voters time is running out to stop Brexit. An overwhelming majority of Labour members although not their leaders or many voters share his wish for a Brexit reversal.

A bumper stickers shows the letters GB inside the European flag (Getty Images/M. Cardy)

Tony Blairs evaluation of the opposition Labour Partys Brexit strategy was set out in an article published on Thursday on his Institute for Global Change website in which he called for the party to join the fight to keep the UK from leaving the European Union.

Blair said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wants to have his cake and eat it on Brexit.

Read more: UK to abide by EU rules in Brexit transition, with no voice

Labours position is confusing, Blair said, adding it would be far better if the Labour Party made the case that leaving isnt and never was the answer.

Make Brexit the Tory [ruling, Conservative Party] Brexit, Blair said. Make them own it 100 percent. If Labour continues to go along with Brexit and insists on leaving the Single Market, the handmaiden of Brexit will have been the timidity of Labour.


How Anti-Fascists Won the Battles of Berkeley : 2017 in the Bay and Beyond: A Play-by-Play Analysis "IndyWatch Feed National"

Black Bloc in Berkeley, August 27, 2017.

The perilous politics of militant anti-fascism defined 2017 for the anarchist movement in the United States. The story in the Bay Area mirrors that of the country at large. Its a narrative full of tragedies, setbacks, and repression, ultimately concluding with a fragile victory. Yet there was no guarantee it would turn out this way: only a few months ago, it seemed likely we would be starting 2018 amid the nightmare of a rapidly metastasizing fascist street movement. What can anti-fascists around the world learn from what happened in Berkeley? To answer this question, we have to back up and tell the story in full.

Fascists chose Berkeley, California as the center stage for their attempt to get a movement off the ground. The advantage shifted back and forth between fascists and anti-fascists as both sides maneuvered to draw more allies into the fight. Riding on the coattails of Trumps campaign and exploiting the blind spots of liberal free speech politics, fascists gained momentum until anti-fascists were able to use these victories against them, drawing together an unprecedented mobilization. As we begin a new year, anti-fascist networks in the Bay Area are stronger than ever. Participants in anti-fascist struggle enjoy a hard-earned legitimacy in the eyes of many activists and communities targeted by the far right. By contrast, the far-right movement that gained strength throughout 2016 and the first half of 2017 has imploded. For the time being, the popular mobilization they sought to manifest has been thwarted. The events in the Bay Area offer an instructive example of the threat posed by contemporary far-right coalition buildingand how we can defend our communities against it.

2016: A New Era Begins

Clashes escalate outside a Trump Rally in San Jose on June 2, 2016.

The clashes between far-right forces and anti-fascists that gripped Berkeley for much of 2017 were the climax of a sequence of events that began a year earlier. On February 27, 2016, Klansmen in the Southern California city of Anaheim stabbed three anti-racists who were protesting a Ku Klux Klan rally against illegal immigration and Muslims. The rhetoric of the Klan echoed the same vulgar nationalism that the Trump campaign was broadcasting. Under the banner of the alt-right, many white supremacist and fascist groups began to use the campaign as an umbrella under which to mobilize and recruit. They aimed to build an ideologically diverse social movem...


Obama was not the real problem; it was the citizenry who elected him "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

This absolutely brilliant quote from the former President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus a spot on description of the US voters and the US Media: 

The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.

The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool.

It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president.

Since Trump was elected, Obama has set up a 30,000 strong mob of malcontents to destabilise Trump by creating a shadow government

It would be easy to attribute this brilliant expose of the US public to the Queensland voters who supported the Marxists of Queensland Labor at the November election, albeit with a good deal of voting fraud thrown in.

from Vote Australia, formerly called Australians for Honest Elections



Police Arrest and Charge Four Right-Wing MILO Supporters With Assault in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed National"

Above : Patriot Blue & Co having a laff after The Three Stooges got convicted for inciting hatred for Muslims (L to R : George Jameson (Party For Freedom)*, Christoper Shortis (Australia First Party)**, Neil Erikson, Blair Cottrell (The Lads Continue reading


How a Dalit Academic and Activist Became the Target of a Vicious Online Campaign "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Karimnagar-based Sujatha Surepally has been facing death threats and online harassment since she wrote a Facebook post alleging an RSS attack on Dalit-Bahujan students at Satavahana University.

Sujatha Surepally. Credit: Youtube

Sujatha Surepally. Credit: YouTube

Karimnagar (Telangana): Telanganas Karimnagar district has become the latest battleground in the clash between Dalit-Bahujans and the right wing. Over the past week, a now-familiar template of contestations over freedom of speech, assertion of identity and nationalism has unfolded at the Satavahana University. Sujatha Surepally, an academic-activist who was only peripherally involved in the initial incident, has unwittingly become a target of a vicious online campaign.

On December 25, a group of Dalits belonging to the Bahujan Vidyarthi Parishad burnt a piece of paper outside the campus with Manusmriti written on it, as part of the wider Dahan Diwas against the text observed on that day. At the same time, BJP activists were leading a march to commemorate Atal Bihari Vajpayees birthday.

The two groups clashed outside the main gate of Satavahana University and stone pelting followed, with the BJP alleging that the Bahujan activists also burnt a hoarding of Bharat Mata, which has been denied by the Bahujans. When the police arrived at the scene, they arrested people from both groups.



Australia to Allow Medicinal Cannabis Exports to Capture Lucrative Market "IndyWatch Feed National"

Medical cannabis crop in Australia (Representative image). Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Sydney: Australia said on Thursday it planned to become the fourth country in the world to legalise medicinal marijuana exports in a bid to score a piece of the estimated $55 billion global market.

Cannabis cultivation in Australia is still relatively small, as recreational use remains illegal. But the government hopes domestic medicinal use, legalised last year, and exports will rapidly boost production.

Our goal is very clear: to give farmers and producers the best shot at being the worlds number one exporter of medicinal cannabis, health minister Greg Hunt told reporters in Melbourne.

Shares in the more than a dozen Australian...


Daredevil virtuoso concert pianist turned bush pilot David Tong killed in Papua New Guinea mountain crash "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Daredevil virtuoso concert pianist turned bush pilot David Tong killed in Papua New Guinea mountain crash

4 January 2017

David Tong, a child prodigy who became a concert pianist before turning his back on music to become a commercial pilot, has died after his plane crashed into a remote Papua New Guinea mountainside, aged 34.

He had been piloting a Britten Norman Islander between Derim and Lae, across some of the countrys most rugged terrain in Morobe province, when the plane crashed into dense jungle on December 23.

Tong survived the impact and was able to contact authorities with his mobile phone, but by the time searchers could get in to the area three days later he had died.

Fellow PNG pilot Michael Butler said the circumstances of Tongs death are what all pilots dread.

I very much feel sorry for the...


7 Signs Your Relationship Is Not Meant to Last "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sure, we all want our relationships to be made to last but the truth is, some of them arent. Sometimes we pick the wrong partners and waste far too much of our time on them.

If you are having second thoughts about your relationship then you are most likely in the wrong kind of relationship. While it is normal to think about the what ifs you should know in your heart whether someone is right for you or not. When we are in the wrong kind of relationship and know it we should do something about it. It is far easier to cut ties early on rather than holding on to something that is not there.

7 Signs Youre Relationship Is Not Meant to Last:

1. You do not see eye to eye.

When you cant compromise in a relationship you dont have much of one. Seeing eye to eye is important at least sometimes. You cant argue 24/7 and expect things to work.

2. You struggle to communicate properly.

When you cant talk things through you cant do much of anything. In a relationship, if you dont have communication things will never work. You need to be able to walk away and cool down before the other person gets too worked up.

3. You find yourself always questioning the relationship.

When you are constantly wondering why you are with this person you need to take the time to answer that question for yourself. Only you know the answer. If you dont want to be with this person anymore, dont be with them.

4. You just dont click.

If you just dont click no matter how hard you try then you need to cut ties and move on. There is nothing good about forcing your heart to be in something it really doesnt want to be in. This causes you and your partner too much pain in the long run.

5. You dont feel like your partner is there for you in the ways he or she should be.

If your partner is not meeting your emotional needs then there is a very serious problem in your relationship. You need to be able to feel comforted and safe with your partner. If he or she cannot provide you with that then you need to move on.

6. You have to be careful about what you say in front of this person.

If your partner has you walking on eggshells there is a very real problem in your relationship. Your partner needs to accept and love you for who you are. You should be able to be yourself one hundred percent with your partner.......


Australian military has just 19 days of reserve fuel supplies "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

No government-mandated strategic reserve supply of fuel

by staff writers

A former army Chief turned senator has warned that the Liberal and Labor policies of turning Australia into a service nation could leave us vulnerable to attack from near neighbours.

The loss of any ability to manufacture on a medium scale, basic motor vehicles, parts or advanced weaponry and the inaction of government over a mandatory fuel reserve storage plan could halt any prolonged military protection for the nation by our troops.

Free trade has sounded the death knell for most Australian industries and the petroleum refining industry is no exception.

The Australian Institute of Petroleum says the domestic context of high operating costs, ageing facilities, increasing sea miles for the transport of crude to the refineries, shallow berths that are not suitable for large crude carriers, increasing technical complexity needed for refining of the broad range of crude oil and the high Australian dollar, put Australia at a competitive disadvantage, resulting in the closure of some domestic refineries that are no longer commercially competitive.

The Australian army, air force or navy will be unable to defend our shores for more than 19 days due to oil refineries closing and no mandatory fuel reserve policy

Jim Molan was the chief of operations for coalition forces in Iraq and will enter the senate next month, replacing former dep...


Live from New York - Jason Goodman, Charles Ortel and me! Clinton Foundation Australian frauds "IndyWatch Feed National"

More details soon - a special Thursday one and a half hour edition of Sunday with Charles. Broadcast live at 10AM Thursday New York time.


Housing Begins to Crash Australia New Zealand London "IndyWatch Feed National"

Property values are starting to crash hard in Sydney Australia, New Zealand, and London. Politicians are simply idiots. They all targeted foreigners buying property as the leading cause for the rise in housing prices. What they failed to grasp is that people spend more money when they THINK they have equity in their home. Whenever housing starts to decline, so does consumer spending and guess what you get the economi9c downturn. Dah!


Witch Hazel Symbolism "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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Witch Hazel symbolism, meaning spiritual, esoteric law, metaphysical properties and magical uses and medicinal benefits. by psychic medium Ian Scott.

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First Green Drinks of 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Green Drinks Friday 26th January 5.00 til 6.30 pm

Cairns and Far North Environment Centre 

27-29 Greenslopes St North Cairns 

Join us for the last Green Drinks of 2017! Networking and socialising for our environment Bringing together a lively mix of people in the environment/conservation/sustainability realm of FNQ from local conservation groups to NGOs, academia, government and business.


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The Ultimate Purpose of Meditation and the Answer to Human Suffering "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: Waking Times | by Anna Hunt

Samadhi Part 1: Maya the Illusion of the Self is the first installment in a series by filmmaker Daniel Schmidt. In this visually-stunning film, Schmidt attempts to articulate to the viewer the meaning of samadhi. He also examines how we are the cause of and, through samadhi, the solution to all of our suffering.

The word Samadhi is the representation of a human mystical state that is the root of all spirituality and self inquiry. Often, it is the state that many correlate with the ultimate purpose of meditation.

The Illusion of the Self

Humanity has forgotten about samadhi, and then forgot that it forgot about it. In its place, Maya, the illusion of the self, has evolved. Humans no longer view themselves as spiritual beings. They do not take the time to explore their inner world, or care to understand their true reason for existence. Instead, they are wrapped up in their daily lives and distracted by the outer world.

As a result, we have put all kinds of limitations on ourselves. We do no view ourselves as miraculous creations. Instead, we are wrapped up in the ego construct, unconsciously wired by humanity's history and cultural conditioning. We define our existence our "being" by our actions and thoughts. Yet most often, worldly desires and fears drive these actions and thoughts.

Purpose of Meditation

Because of the illusion of the self, many live in suffering. Even people living seemingly perfect lives often find themselves questioning life's purpose. Many fall into depression or find...


Consciousness and the Nature of Reality -- Mind Over Matter "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: | by Jeff Street

As always, my articles are simply my perspective that I offer in the spirit of discovery and empowerment take what resonates and leave the rest.

Reality is not what it appears the ancients knew it, pioneering physicists of the early 20th century knew it, and current leading edge scientists are proving it all is mind.

The Big Questions and The Modern Scientific Worldview

Throughout the ages, Mankind has been trying to answer the big questions What is the nature of existence and reality, what are we, and why are we here? In our current age, with the ascendance of the ideology of scientific materialism, we have a strong tendency to reject anything that doesn't fit our materialistic paradigm and label it as "mystical". We have become mesmerized by the material world. Materialism and consumerism run rampant in our society. Lured by the apparent success of the reductionist method that we have used to analyze and understand our world, we have come to view the universe as purely a physical system, working something like a great machine, and with matter being the fundamental substance of reality.

The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.

Our scientific analytical methods have certainly been successful and have led us to understand the inner workings of matter well enough to create many useful technologies. But these successes have erroneously led us to conclude that our materialistic view of the universe must be correct and reject other ideas as "mystical" and backward.

The materialistic paradigm persists in the popular and scientific thought despite plenty of evidence that it is indeed not true. The Theory of Relativity and Quantum P...


Sanctioned Abuse: The Australian Governments Abhorrent Treatment Of Refugee Children "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia. Where the gritty ambition of vivacious travelers fashioned this nation upon its bewitching red dirt, has delivered dishonor to its deepest roots. When we smother refugees with hate, we smother ourselves and everything that we are with it as well. Australian culture is as broad, varied and enriched with color as its landscape. As []

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Tonga PM Akilisi Phiva submitted his cabinet lineup to the king "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Dr. Tui Uata, a business man who was not elected by voters to Parliament has been elected by Hon. Akilisi Phiva as his Minister of Labour and Commerce, according to a lineup list leaked to local media.

The Prime Minister may appoint no more than four cabinet ministers from outside Parliament, according to the constitution.

Hon. Phiva has elected Tongatapu 2 MP Smisi Lafu Sika as Tongas Deputy Prime Minister when his lineup was submitted to the palace office yesterday.

Appointment of Prime Minister 

The submission was made after His Majesty King Tupou VI appointed Hon. Phiva as Tongas Prime Minister until 2021.

In accordance with Clause 50A of the Constitution of Tonga, His Majesty King Tupou VI has appointed the Prime Minister-Designate, Honourable Samuela Akilisi Pohiva, as the Prime Minister of Tonga, with effect from 2 January, 2018, the Prime Ministers office said in a statement.

The Prime Minister has the power to nominate his cabinet lineup before recommending the king to appoint them, according to the constitution.

Lord Maafu has been re-elected from the nobility by Hon. Phiva to be his Minister of Land and Survey.

The Ministry of Defence, a portfolio the noble held in the Phiva government before the November snap election, has been removed and brought under the control of the Prime Minister.

The Ministry of Custom and Revenues has been brought under the control of the Minister of Police Mteni Tapueluelu.

Four of Hon. Phivas Democratic Party team who had been elected after the snap election on November 16 did not have portfolios.

They were Tongatapu 5 MP Losaline Masi, Haapai 12 MP Moale Fnau, Haapai 13 MP Veivosa Taka and Niua 17 MP Vtau Hui.


The Minister of Justice Hon. Vuna Fotusia has confirmed the lineup list obtained by Kaniva News.

He said it has yet to be officially announced because it was being submitted to the king.

Hon Fotusia said some of the legislation regarding government portfolios have to be changed to allow movements of some of the ministries such as Sports and Information.

The Ministry of Sports which is currently under the control of the Minister of Internal Affairs was planned to be returned to the control of the Minister of Education.



Alleged human flesh eater in Solomon Islands to face court on Jan 16 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The case of a Solomon Island man who allegedly cut off a piece of flesh from his three-year-old sons feet and ate it will appear again in court on January 16.

Thomas Nota, 45, is facing charges of cruelty to children, unlawful wounding and physical abuse under the Family Protection Act.

The prosecution had served disclosures to the defense on Tuesday.

Nota is charged in relation to an incident on November 5, where he allegedly cut off a piece of flesh from his three year-old sons left feet and ate it at their family home at Henderson.

His older son took the alleged victim to the clinic and upon returning home informed their mother of the incident who then reported it to the police.



2017 Safest year for Air Travel "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The year 2017 was the safest year in history for commercial airlines, according to industry research.
There were no passenger jets crashes anywhere in the world, separate reports by Dutch consultancy To70 and The Aviation Safety Network found.
This was despite more flights being made than ever before.
But To70 warned that despite high safety levels on passenger planes, the extraordinarily low accident rate must be seen as good fortune.
A report by the Airline Safety Network said there were a total of ten fatal accidents, resulting in 79 deaths last year. That compared with 16 accidents and 303 lives lost in 2016.
The organisation based its figures on incidents involving civil aircraft certified to carry at least 14 people.
The most serious accident of 2017 came in January when a Turkish cargo plane crashed into a village in Kyrgyzstan killing all four crew and 35 people on the ground.
And the incident with the most on-board fatalities happened on New Years Eve, when a Nature Air single-propeller Cessna 208 Caravan plane crashed in western Costa Rica, killing 12 passengers and crew.
Neither report counted military or helicopter accidents, meaning the years worst air disaster, the crash of a Burmese Y-8 military transporter plane, which crashed in June killing all 122 people on board did not appear in the statistics.
Incidents involving smaller planes also did not figure in the data.
Aviation deaths have been steadily falling for the last two decades. In 2005, there were more than 1,000 deaths on-board commercial passenger flights worldwide, the Aviation Safety Network said.



Fortune Club Armed Robbery in Port Moresby "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

At around 9:30 am this morning the owner of the Fortune Club in Port Moresbys Gordons industrial center, whilst driving out on a bank run, was held up and shot multiple times in a robbery by unknown criminals.

This occurred at the Fortune Club gates by about 4 - 5 armed suspects in an attempt to rob him of the cash he was carrying but were unsuccessful on the first few attempts.

He was then followed down Gabaka Street in Gordons; cornered in front of the Gala Industries Head Office and fired at and shot two more times in his White Toyota RAV 4 vehicle.

Thats from a  employee (name withheld)  of the Gala Industries.

The eyewitness then said the suspects then blocked off the injured victim who had veered off the road, shot again and an undisclosed amount of money taken from the victims car.

Suspects then made their getaway in a white Toyota Harrier.

The victim was taken to the hospital and his condition is unknown at this time.
Meantime, police arrived later at the scene of the crime.



Schappelle Corby Has Already Ruined 2018: The Great Tweets Of @MarqueLawyers, Part II "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of the really nice things about the festive season is holidays. Unless you work at New Matilda, in which case you dont get them.

One of the really bad things about the festive season is holidays, because if you work for Marque Lawyers (the firm that helps keep New Matilda out of prison, along with UTS law guru Geoff Holland) you do get holidays.

And that means that Marques official Twitter account goes quiet for a while. And thats obviously bad for humanity.

On the better news front, Marque is back at work twittering, and the good folk from the Worlds Most Unconventional, unConservative Law Firm have started 2018 at the pace they ended 2017 furiously.

Schapelle Corby and Peter Dutton come in for a special mention, along with Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

Over to Marque and follow them if you arent already champagne comedy mixed with dripping sarcasm combined with sober legal advice!


Stock market records mid-week loss "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trading activities on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday closed downswing as the overall market performance indices dropped by 0.20 per cent. Transactions on the stock market had the previous day opened the 2018 trading year on the positive trajectory. However, at the close of trading yesterday, the All-Share Index dropped by 77.51 basis points or 0.20 per cent to close at 38,187.28 index points as against 38,264.79 recorded the previous day, while the market capitalisation of equities depreciated by N28 billion from N13.589 trillion the previous...

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"The Wall, the Sound and the Fury: And Not Much Else" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"The Wall, the Sound and the Fury: And Not Much Else"
by Fred Reed

"Some of the prototypes. Though I am not a construction engineer, it seems to me that 2,000 miles of any of these is more of a job than their proponents are telling us.

With regard to Mr. Trumps  Border Wall, I am skeptical. Now, I freely concede that I am not an authority on Border Walls. In fact, I have never built a Border Wall. This may surprise readers. Yet it is true. So all that follows is in the nature of speculation. Be warned.

Still, though I may be horrifically wrong, and different numbers can be obtained by assuming different types of wall, I suggest that the following represent the kinds of questions that need to be answered. Further, it should be incumbent on those promoting the Wall to produce prices and times that make sense.

All right, Mr. Trump has eight prototypes, but they run to 30 feet high, made of concrete, and go six feet underground to prevent tunneling. According to rumo...


I USED TO BE IN A GANG!: When is a gang not a gang? "IndyWatch Feed National"

With mainstream media and the Federal Government leading a racist moral panic about African gangs apparently tormenting wide sections of Australian society, True Crime News Weekly correspondent Gary Johnston shares his experiences of growing up with youth gangs on the mean streets of Glasgow and wonders why some groups of young men become gangs. *

Continue reading


Why So Cold? Climate Change May Be Part of the Answer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Studies suggest that one factor could be warming in the Arctic, which allows more frigid air to escape southward.


(Anti) Social Media/Facebook Ripping Apart The Fabric of Society "IndyWatch Feed National"


 A former Facebook executive criticized the company he once worked for and social media as a whole, saying it is "ripping apart the social fabric" in societies around the world, CBS San Francisco reports. Chamath Palihapitiya, who previously served as Facebook's vice president for user growth, expressed "tremendous guilt" and urged people to take a "hard break" from social media during a talk at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
"I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works," said Palihapitiya, who left the social media giant in 2011 and now heads The Social+Capital Partnership, a venture capital fund.
"No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth," he went on to say.
Palihapitiya said the problem is not just isolated to Russia-backed ads and the 2016 presidential election, which led officials from Facebook, Twitter and Google to answer questions in Congress. The former Facebook executive cited an incident in India where innocent people were lynched after hoax messages about kidnappings were shared on WhatsApp.

"I just don't use these tools anymore, I haven't for years. It's created with a huge tension with my friends, it's created a huge tension in my social circles," Palihapitiya said. "If you look at my Facebook feed, I probably posted two times in the last seven years."
Palihapitiya also said that his children "aren't allowed to use this s**t."
Last month, former Facebook president Sean Parker criticized the social networking giant, saying it is "exploiting a vulnerability in human society."
"It literally changes your relationship with society, with each other. It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. God only knows what it...


Media Hype, Imaginary Hobgoblins: Malcolm And Peters Politics Of Moral Panic "IndyWatch Feed National"

The media driven, politically exploited furore over African crime gangs leads Ben Debney to wonder out loud who Australians should really be scared of.

The whole aim of practical politics, wrote the famed US journalist H. L. Mencken in 1921, is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

Lacking both policies and the usual hobgoblins with which to menace the public as the war of terror has wound down and the boats have stopped, the federal Tories, long time stalwarts of this truism, have revealed their conspicuous illiberalism in the new year by launching a moral panic over African youth gangs in Melbourne.

The ball began rolling on this panic in the last few weeks of 2017, when News Corp ran a number of articles (Call for action against rioting African mob; Plea to Turnbull to smash the gangs) engaging in what researchers into moral panics in sociology call the production of deviance.

Deviance in this sense refers to the result of having the power to interpret the meaning of words self-interestedly and impose those interpretations on public discourse, rather than characteristics of anyone so labelled. Every imaginary hobgoblin is, in one form or another, a deviant.

Rupert MurdochMedia magnate, Rupert Murdoch.

Few on the planet have greater power to produce deviance, and so to manufacture hysteria though moral panic, than the neo-feudal corporate aristocrat Rupert Murdoch. Malcolm Turnbull, knowing how quickly the same mechanisms can be used against him (and how much Murdoch hates him already, having ousted his favourite pet), fell sharply into line, alleging in his first press conference for the year growing gang violence and lawlessness in Victoria. In this moral panicking, he is thus merely on script in deference to those who wield true power in society.

Such violence, Turnbull claimed, was a failure of political leadership and determination on the part of the Andrews government the underlying pretence being that he knows anything about either himself. The tendency to establish pretences is another aspect of moral panicking, that of crisis leve...


How Hypnosis Could Cure Us of Our Deepest, Darkest Fears "IndyWatch Feed National"

Have you ever stopped to really consider the wide assortment of fears and phobias that exist in todays society? From zombies to public speaking, clowns to heights there appears to be a fear for nearly anything that you can think of.

Dont believe me? Theres even a technical term for the fear of phobias. Thats right, phobophobia is defined as the fear of phobia(s) and, more specifically, of the internal sensations associated with that phobia and anxiety. These fears can range from a mere inconvenience to completely debilitating, impacting every area of your life and interfering with your ability to function normally.

Recently Chapman University initiated a nationwide survey, asking Americans just what strikes fear deep in their hearts. Participants were asked their level of fear relating to approximately 80 different possible fears ranging from the government to natural disasters. The researchers then compiled the data and came up with a list of the top fears in the United States which included some interesting and eye-opening answers, such as corrupt government officials, pollution of drinking water, high medical bills and air pollution.

Photo by tertia van rensburg on Unsplash


While the answers of the Chapman University Survey on American Fears were bigger concerns, focusing largely on politics and worldwide pollution, many Americans share fears that hit much closer to home. It is estimated that 25 million Americans share a fear of flying, or aerophobia, while trypanophobia, or a fear of needles can have a significant impact on your ability to obtain necessary, life-saving health care. Acknowledging the potential impact that these fears can have on our life and well-being, experts have devoted time, energy and funding into better understanding the cause and treatment of various fears, phobias and anxiety.



18 Of The Best Melbourne Eateries Where Gangs Of African Youths Probably Wont Kill You "IndyWatch Feed National"

African Youth Crime Gangs are out of control in Melbourne. People are being slaughtered. And then eaten alive, after theyve been slaughtered. And then re-animated and slaughtered again. Its that bad.

Only the bravest journalists from the Herald Sun and The Age are venturing out into the carnage to bring you the exclusives and promote a civil public debate about Vicious African Youth Crime Gangs. Which are out of control. And killing white Melburnians. Everywhere. All the time.

Anyhoo, New Matilda hit Melbourne town to find out the best places to eat where you wont get stabbed or maimed or killed. Turns out the safest place to eat, amidst the chaos and panic, is at an African restaurant. Because Terrifying Vicious African Youth Crime Gangs dont attack African restaurants. Because apart from being violent, Brutal Terrifying Vicious Alien Vampire African Youth Crime Gangs are also racist.

So, in no particular order, heres 18 Melbourne African restaurants where you can safely dine (and support, while this fucking shameful debate plays itself out) with props to Trip Advisor and of course Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull, whove done more to promote fine African dining than any fascists before them.

Morrocan Soup Bar | 183 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy | Moroccan, African, Vegetarian

The Abyssinian | 277 Racecourse Rd, Kensington | African Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

Little Africa | 358 Victoria Street, Melbourne | African Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly

Polepole Bar & Kitchen | 1/267 Little Collins St, Melbourne | African, Vegetarian Friendly

Sabas Ethiopian Restaurant | 328 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy | African Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

New Somali Kitchen | 284 Racecourse Rd, Flemington | African, Middle Eastern, Halal

Savanna African Restaurant & Caf | 7 Johnston St, Collingwood | African Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

Konjo Ethiopian Restaurant | 20 Smith St, Collingwood | African

Nyalas African Restaurant | 356 Brunswick St, Fitzroy | African Ethiopian



Australian Government denies our right to armed self defence. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cyril Watson says he was threatened with a screwdriver and a knife.Picture: 7 News.
In Australia we are denied the legal right to armed self defence, no guns, no capsicum spray & no tasers. People are getting raped, bashed, robbed & killed every day, & yet our government expects us to defend ourselves with our fists!!!
What is it going to take to make the majority of Australians stand up for other Australians & say enough is enough?! 


Bougainville landowners say no return for miner BCL "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bougainvilles Panguna Copper mine

Radio New Zealand | 4 January 2018

The Bougainville landowners association that controls the former copper mine at Panguna says it is pleased the mining company Bougainville Copper Limited, or BCL, will never be welcomed back.

The company operated the mine until the outbreak of civil war in 1989.

BCL, which is part owned by the Autonomous Bougainville Government, had been vying with the Australian company RTG to reopen the mine until last month when the government placed an indefinite moratorium on mining at Panguna.

In a statement, the Special Mining Lease Osikaiyang Landowners Association said BCL failed to win community support as it would not take responsibility for the environmental and social impacts of its previous operation, or offer any compensation.

The associations chair Philp Miriori said it was time for Bougainville to attract a mining partner that would respe...


Nautilus chairman resigns "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Russell Debney

PNG Industry News | 03 January 2018

NAUTILUS Minerals chairman Russell Debney has resigned as months-long talks to find funding for its controversial Solwara 1 project in Papua New Guinea have taken longer than expected. 

Debney stood down on December 27, seven days after the most recent funding deadline passed.

He had been chairman since June 1, 2016.

Nautilus announced it was actively seeking the appointment of an independent director to replace him.

The company initially reported in September that it required significant additional funding to complete the build and deployment of the seafloor production system that is to be used at its pending Solwara 1 project, located in the Bismarck Sea off the coast of New Ireland Province.

The most [recent] December funding...


Kremlin Watch: Papadopoulos, Fusion GPS, and Fake Americans "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Last Jedi was excellent. My scribbled notes may turn into a blog post at some point, but until then I need another pick-me-up. And what better cheer is there than foreign governments messing with US politics, amirite?

Return Of The FBI

It looks like weve got our answer to why the FBI was looking into Trump, and it involves booze and Australians.

During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australias top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton. About three weeks earlier, Mr. Papadopoulos had been told that Moscow had thousands of emails that would embarrass Mrs. Clinton, apparently stolen in an effort to try to damage her campaign. []

The hacking and the revelation that a member of the Trump campaign may have had inside information about it were driving factors that led the F.B.I. to open an investigation in July 2016 into Russias attempts to disrupt the election and whether any of President Trumps associates conspired.

Bravo on this one, New York Times. It also swats down the coffee boy line about Papadopoulos.

He was hardly central to the daily running of the Trump campaign, yet Mr. Papadopoulos continuously found ways to make himself useful to senior Trump advisers. In September 2016, with the United Nations General Assembly approaching and stories circulating that Mrs. Clinton was going to meet with Mr. Sisi, the Egyptian president, Mr. Papadopoulos sent a message to Stephen K. Bannon, the campaigns chief executive, offering to broker a similar meeting for Mr. Trump.

After days of scheduling discussions, the meeting was set and Mr. Papadopoulos sent a list of talking points to Mr. Bannon, according to people familiar with those interactions. Asked about his contacts with Mr. Papadopoulos, Mr. Bannon declined to comment.

Theres also proposals to write neutral opinion pieces in favour of Trump, taking advantage of his access. Well worth the read.



The Wall, the Sound and the Fury: And Not Much Else "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some of the prototypes.  Though I am not a construction engineer, it seems to me that 2,000 miles of any of these is more of a job than their proponents are telling us.

With regard to Mr. Trumps  Border Wall, I am skeptical. Now, I freely concede that I am not an authority on Border Walls. In fact, I have never built a Border Wall. This may surprise readers. Yet it is true. So all that follows is in the nature of speculation. Be warned.

Still, though I may be horrifically wrong, and different numbers can be obtained by assuming different types of wall, I suggest that the following represent the kinds of questions that need to be answered. Further, it should be incumbent on those promoting the Wall to produce prices and times that make sense.

All right, Mr. Trump has eight prototypes, but they run to 30 feet high, made of concrete, and go six feet underground to prevent tunneling. According to rumor among the border authorities, some go considerably deeper, and some prototypes are made of other materials. Here we will assume a hypothetical concrete wall thirty feet high and six feet deep.   In other words, thirty-six feet in vertical dimension.

Let us assume a thickness of six inches. Much less would be insecure, one supposes. We will ignore rebar. Actually, a glance at the photograph shows that, of whatever they be made, they are more than six inches thick, but we will ignore this.

The volume of concrete in the entire wall would thus be 2,000 miles x 5280 ft / mile x 36 ft x .5 ft, or 190,080,000 cubic feet.

Now, the wall presumably will have to be built in prefab sections at a remote factory or factories, and trucked to the Wall site on flatbed eighteen-wheelers. Donkeys would seem inadequate, helicopters excessive. Fabricating each section in situ  with some sort of traveling factory, requiring the trucking in of phenomenal amounts of concrete (or metal or whatever the Wall was made of), would be crazy even by the standards of federal contracting.

To be carried on a standard semi rig, sections could be no more than 8.5 feet wide. Each section would measure 36 ft. x .5 ft. x 8.5 ft, or or 153 cubic feet. Since concrete weights 145 pounds per cubic foot, the section would weigh 22,185 lbs.



Abbott on warpath over energy: Labor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former prime minister Tony Abbott. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Federal Labor says Tony Abbott is on the warpath, and might sink the Turnbull governments proposed national energy guarantee policy.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is reportedly facing a backlash in government ranks from conservative MPs including the man he replaced in the top job, over his energy policy.

Mr Abbott has declared he doesnt support granting Australian businesses access to overseas carbon credits, describing it as a carbon tax under a different name.

Acting opposition leader Tanya Plibersek said its only three days into the new year and the Liberal Party was at war with itself over climate change action.

Who knows what the future of the national energy guarantee is If Tony Abbott is on the warpath again? she told reporters.

Theres one thing you can guarantee for sure is Malcolm Turnbull going underwater.

The national energy guarantee would involve energy retailers delivering a set level of ready-to-use power in each state to shore up reliability, while also being compelled to meet a lower emissions target.

Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox said business had been advocating for access to international credits as a cost-effective way to achieve Australias commitments under the Paris climate change agreement.

It makes absolutely no sense to rule out this option by insisting that our commitments can only be fulfilled within our borders, Mr Willox said in a statement.

The Mineral Council of Australia also echoed the same view.Australias target under the Paris agreement is to reduce emissions to 26-28 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030 across the entire economy.

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A Message to Russian Hackers A Letter from Anarchist Prisoner Sean Swain "IndyWatch Feed National"


Sean Swain is an anarchist prisoner serving time in Lebanon Correctional Institute in Lebanon, Ohio.  He is currently running for Ohio Governor.  You can read his work at


Im currently running for Ohio Governor from prison. My campaign pledge is to abolish the State of Ohio, recognizing the Treaty of Greenville that set aside this area as unceded Indian Territory. I plan to invite the First Nations back, hand them the national guard armaments, declare the State of Ohio officially abolished, and prepare for the U.S. invasion.
No. Really.
I wont get too into the theoretical here, but true liberation can only be undertaken in conjunction with a campaign of anti-colonization. You cant speak of liberation while standing in someone elses yard.
Thats the short version.
Anyhow, it occurred to me that my election and the abolition of the State of Ohio may interest others beyond the borders of Ohio and perhaps beyond the borders of the U...


AMA calls for tougher rules for drivers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Learner drivers and those on their P plates should lose their licence for a year if caught texting or using their mobile phones while on the road, Australias peak medical body says.

The Australian Medical Association made the call as it released its first ever position paper on road safety in which it outlined a raft of measures for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

It said laws covering the use of mobile phones and electronic devices in cars should be strictly enforced, with a zero tolerance approach introduced for P-plate and L-plate drivers who should lose their licences for up to a year if caught using them.

AMA president Dr Michael Gannon said mobile telephones and electronic devices, including navigational devices, were distractions for drivers and a major cause of accidents, trauma, and death.

We want to change the culture and mentality about using mobile devices in cars, he said in a statement on Thursday.

Your drivers licence is a privilege, not a right.

Drivers who breach the road rules are putting themselves and others at risk, and must face meaningful sanctions.

The release of the AMAs position paper on road safety comes after a horror few weeks on the nations roads, with 66 people having lost their lives in road crashes during the holiday period so far.

The paper also includes calls for politicians to consider introducing laws targeting driver fatigue, one of the top three contributors to Australias road toll, in a similar fashion to those aimed at drink drivers.

The AMA also wants national standards introduced educating young people about road rules and for assessing older people to test whether they should still be driving.

Dr Gannon said young people should start having formal lessons early on in their lives about road rules and the responsibilities of pedestrians, who face a host of safety risks while using headphones, earpieces and mobile devices.

He also backed joint guidelines issued by Austroads and the National Transport Commission on how older people should be assessed to see if they are still fit to drive.

All states and territories must adopt uniform criteria for assessing the functional ability of older drivers, as the discrepancies between jurisdictions are problematic, Dr Gannon said.

Doctors should be providing advice on when to retire from driving. This may require medical examinations or assessments of drivers beyond a specified age.

The AMAs position paper says that by making drivers more responsible and more aware of their behaviour and its consequences, along with the availability of safer vehicles, the number of preventable road fatalities and injuries should fall....


Seaweed Could Save the Earth with Biodegradable Edible Packaging "IndyWatch Feed National"

Biodegradable Edible Packaging Seaweed

By Heather CallaghanEditor

Thanks to an Indonesian company with a penchant to clean up the world

The plastic pollution crisis is so bad, that its actually coming back to haunt us in the form of plastic nanoparticles now in our tap water. Its simply ridiculous to keep churning out petro-chemical waste products that have no outlet and no ability to breakdown.

For the person who wants a world without plastic waste, every hour of every day must be panic-inducing. Before you get to work youve been exposed to phthalates from your shampoo, bottled water, feminine products and perhaps fast food wrapping. Whats worse, none of those packages/wraps will breakdown, but they will kill off the ecology. And theres just no reason for it

Maybe biodegradable edible packaging created from marine vegetation was the answer right under the sea.

Laughing Squid reports:



Seaplane wreckage recovery set to start "IndyWatch Feed National"

A seaplane that crashed into a river north of Sydney on New Years Eve, killing all six people aboard, had reportedly been rebuilt after another fatal crash in the 1990s.

NSW police will attempt to recover the Sydney Seaplanes DHC-2 Beaver from the Hawkesbury River on Thursday in an operation that started at dawn and will run into the afternoon.

Experienced pilot Gareth Morgan died along with high-profile UK businessman Richard Cousins, his two adult sons Edward and William, his fiancee Emma Bowden and her 11-year-old daughter Heather when the plane plunged into Jerusalem Bay on December 31.

The cause of the crash is still unclear but Fairfax Media on Thursday reported the plane was previously involved in another fatal crash in 1996.

It was being used as a crop duster when it cartwheeled and crashed at Armidale, with the pilot killed and the plane destroyed, according to an Australian Transport Safety Bureau report cited by Fairfax.

The aircraft was rebuilt and has since been owned by several businesses including, most recently, Sydney Seaplanes.

Seaplanes Pilots Association vice-president Kevin Bowe told Fairfax that crashed planes were completely overhauled before re-use so they were as good as or better than new.

Aviation expert Neil Hansford on Thursday said the fuselage was probably the only original part left on the aircraft.

The engine on this particular aircraft has to come off every 1200 hours and this operator was pulling it off at 1100 and its basically return to new, he told ABC Radio.

Authorities on Thursday are expected to use a floating crane to recover the plane, is resting on its roof in about 15 metres of water, according to All Waterfront Constructions operations director Chris Kemp.Mr Kemp, who will work to recover the aircraft, said two slings would be lowered and passed through the aircrafts cabin by police divers.

Then well be lifting the whole lot up and placing it on the barge, he told AAP.

One of the wings is pretty badly damaged and bent over on the plane itself, so well be pulling that back down and lashing it to the plane, Mr Kemp said.

The ATSB is working to determine why the seaplane went down.

One possibility is the plane stalled.Aircraft maintenance engineer Michael Greenhill told AAP on Wednesday that while it was not mandatory in Australia for Beaver planes to have stall warnings installed, most did.

A stall is when the airflow over the aircrafts wing becomes insufficient enough to produce lift, Mr Greenhill said.

A Canadian report, published in September 2017, recommended the warning system be mandatory on all Beavers.



Birds and dinosaurs breathing "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

6 August 2014

Dinosaurs evolved over millions of years into the modern birds we see today! How did such large creatures become so small? Trace is here to tell you the answer.

From the University of Bonn in Germany:

Birds and dinosaurs: High-performance breathing in bones

Origin of unique respiratory system of birds and dinosaurs

January 3, 2018

Summary: Dinosaurs are far from extinct, but dominate as birds still most regions of the globe. Part of this huge success is due to the evolution of air sacs, which are crucial for the high efficiency of their respiratory system. Scientists have analyzed the structure of bones that are in contact with air sacs and found both in extinct and extant species a hitherto unknown type of bony tissue.

The respiratory organs of vertebrates exhibit a tremendous degree of diversity, but the lung-air sac system of birds is truly unique among extant species, says Dr. Markus Lambertz from the Institute for Zoology at the University of Bonn in Germany. Air sacs are bellows-like protrusions of the lung, and their volume changes cause the air flow in the separate gas exchanger. This functional separation is crucial for the exceptional efficiency of this respiratory system, but air sacs can do more: they can invade bones, a process called pneumatization.

Pneumatized bones are very light, because they are filled with air instead of the more heavy marrow, which was not only important for active flight, but also for the evolution of gigantism in sauropod dinosaurs. Through the presence of the resulting pneumatic cavities, it has long been known that air sac-like structures predate the origin of birds, since they were found both in t...


Its 2018 And The No Jab No Play Propaganda Machine Rolls On "IndyWatch Feed National"


 Note: The deception, lies, propaganda, nonsense, fear mongering & hate campaign against healthy Australian families rolls on into 2018.

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January 4 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1688 - Billy Boy Sooki-La-La Dampi-Pants (better known in serious history blogs as William Dampier) rocked up on the shore of King Sound in Westralia and pronounced the Aboriginal People as,
"The miserablest people in the world."
Giving him the royal birdie down the tunnels of history is the fact he's remembered best for his wankerish grasp of the English language and that his pithy evaluation delayed the colonialisation of Oz for a century.

1798 - The first land sale in Australia took place in the area now known as Bankstown. And I bet they were getting blood from a stone...just like today.

1802 - Lt John Murray was a bright lad, a chap who knew his onions and used his God-given grey matter between his ears so he knew exactly what he was eyeballing when he was at the opening to Port Phillip Bay....., Snodgrass, it wasn't the secret door to Narnia....wrong, Cedric Longbottom, it was not the hidden back passage to your fathers wine cellar....yes, finally, Crispin, you pulled your finger out of the dyke (sorry, Ma'am) and got a leg over in class!
It was, in fact, the entrance to Port Phillip Bay he'd found.

1804 - Lieut-Col. David Collins examined the site of Launceston, but, being a picky bugger, he decided to continue on to the River Derwent.

1808 - Not a great day for Lieutenant John Putland, son-in-law of Governor Bligh, who died on this day of tuberculosis  at Government House and was buried in the grounds of Government House.
Then he got shifted all over the shop; next he was buried in a vault at old St Phillip's on Church Hill, but later relocated to Town Hall burial ground, then later relocated to St Stephens (headstone remains in present St Phillip's). Mary Putland had intended to have the body sent back to England, but was prevented by the outbreak of the rebellion.

1810 - SToday saw Gov Lachlan Macquarie stamp his foot and get Roolly Cross with those naughty mischievous monkeys playing at the Rum Rebellion in the NSW Corps who had deposed Macquarie's predecessor poor old Gov Bligh; Lachlan cancelled all the land grants, bequests and trials, then dismissed all the trouble makers from authority.
He was cleaning out his closet.

1812 - They were all cock-a-hoop at the Notice of arrival of the ship Speedwell at Sydney filled to the gunwales with Shoalhaven cedar.

1814 - Things were looking up for Thomas West when he received a conditional pardon today in consideration of his general good conduct and character for sobriety and industry and in having erected a water mill for the grinding of grain at Barcom Glen within t...


Nix the single market! Britain could join despised TPP instead "IndyWatch Feed National"

Britain could join the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to kick-start exports after Brexit. If the unusual move goes ahead, the UK would be the first member without borders on the Pacific Ocean or South China Sea. The proposal is being developed by Liam Fox's Department for International Trade. The group lost the United States, its largest member, when President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement last year. The 11 remaining members, which include Japan, Canada and Australia, agreed in November to continue with a successor deal. Trade minister Greg Hands told the Financial Times there is no geographical restriction on Britain joining trade groups. "Nothing is excluded in all of this," he said. "With these kind of plurilateral relationships, there doesn't have to be any geographical restriction."


Black Ops Agent Claims He Was Paid To Bomb OKC in the 1990s By Deep State; Hours Later Has A Car Crash "IndyWatch Feed National"


Former independent Black Ops Contractor Robert Cody Snodgres took to the airwaves early last month to allege he was offered a massive $1 million dollar paycheck from the CIA to bomb the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City prior to the mysterious deadly explosion in the 1990s, hours later he was in a serious car accident according to reports.

The 1990s 9/11, so to speak, where evidence doesnt add up was originally and officially blamed on fertilizer bombs perpetrated by Timothy McVeigh and his accomplice Terry L. Nichols.  Its a weaved web of deceit; the investigation was a cover-up in every sense of the word, and may finally get wings for exposure.

The question is why if there is nothing to hide? That question may finally be answered with Snodgres, a career Independent Contractor.

Further false flag attacks may be prevented with his stepping forward to blow the whistle on how ICs are approached to carry out these heinous acts against the American people in exchange for large sums of cash. According to Snodgres, he believes McVeigh and Nichols were patsies. (And as you will see later evidence collaborates this assertion.) Snodgres told Jeff Rense:

For over 20 years, I was an Independent Contractor (IC), specializing in sensitive, covert assignments, as well as bodyguard work. In 1994 I was given the task to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City.

This job came from an x-US military man, who told me he worked covertly for CIA. I refused on moral grounds. My strong opposition to attacking U.S. citizens on our own soil changed my status from a CIA asset into a liability, a private, Independent Contractor who knew too much,

Snodgres appeared on Jeff Renses radio show on December 4th and 5th, giving his shocking testimony stating he refused the offer to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Ironically, hours after Snodgres did the December 5th interview he was in a near-fatal car accident.

Snodgres left an audio message after the crash with further details on the incident.

Further, Snodgres discussed both the Clintons and Bushes involvement in drug trafficking, Iran Contra, and numerous other corruption....


And repeat... "IndyWatch Feed National"

So Guido Fawkes has caught the BBC out for failing to mention that a staff nurse they " repeatedly attack the government over the so-called 'NHS crisis' this morning" is "a top Corbynista, star of a Labour Party Political Broadcast and hardline left-wing activist":
5Live introduced Danielle Tiplady by saying Lets bring in Danielle who is a staff nurse, before she went on to reel off Labour attack lines on the NHS. 
The BBC has admitted they got it wrong with a semi-apology on Twitter:

The interesting thing here is that this is the second time Fawkes has caught the BBC out over this lady. And, Googling around, guess what the BBC's answer was last time, according to the Mail

Almost identical words. Talk about sticking to a formula!


How Antifascists Won the Battles of Berkeley "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post How Antifascists Won the Battles of Berkeley appeared first on It's Going Down.

2017 in the Bay and Beyond: A Play-By-Play Analysis

The perilous politics of militant anti-fascism defined 2017 for the anarchist movement in the United States. The story in the Bay Area mirrors that of the country at large. Its a narrative full of tragedies, setbacks, and repression, ultimately concluding with a fragile victory. Yet there was no guarantee it would turn out this way: only a few months ago, it seemed likely we would be starting 2018 amid the nightmare of a rapidly metastasizing fascist street movement. What can anti-fascists around the world learn from what happened in Berkeley? To answer this question, we have to back up and tell the story in full.

Fascists chose Berkeley, California as the center stage for their attempt to get a movement off the ground. The advantage shifted back and forth between fascists and anti-fascists as both sides maneuvered to draw more allies into the fight. Riding on the coattails of Trumps campaign and exploiting the blind spots of liberal free speech politics, fascists gained momentum until anti-fascists were able to use these victories against them, drawing together an unprecedented mobilization. As we begin a new year, anti-fascist networks in the Bay Area are stronger than ever. Participants in anti-fascist struggle enjoy a hard-earned legitimacy in the eyes of many activists and communities targeted by the far right. By contrast, the far-right movement that gained strength throughout 2016 and the first half of 2017 has imploded. For the time being, the popular mobilization they sought to manifest has been thwarted. The events in the Bay Area offer an instructive example of the threat posed by contemporary far-right coalition buildingand how we can defend our communities against it.

2016: A New Era Begins

Clashes escalate outside a Trump Rally in San Jose on June 2, 2016.

The clashes between far-right forces and anti-fascists that gripped Berkeley for much of 2017 were the climax of a sequence of events that began a year earlier. On February 27, 2016, Klansmen in the Southern California city of Anaheim stabbed three anti-racists who were protesting a Ku Klux Klan rally against illega...


Peter ONeill emerges from 2017: bruised but not beaten "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Peter O'NeillPAUL FLANAGAN | East Asia Forum

CANBERRA - Papua New Guineas national elections of JuneJuly last year were expected to reinforce prime minister Peter ONeills grip on power. Instead, the poll was most remarkable for its anti-ONeill sentiment.

There is little doubt the electoral roll was manipulated with thousands of ghost voters favouring the government, especially in the countrys highlands.

ONeill had effective control of all major institutions except social media and the police and defence forces. In spite of this, he managed to lose his deputy prime minister, attorney-general and half his elected members.

His former treasurer left him just before the election, famously commenting that the people of PNG had been deceived and that the economy was going over a cliff.

ONeills new governing coalition is an unusual and possibly fractious one.

Key party leaders include William Duma (who was sacked as minister before the election due to some dubious land deals), former prime minister Julius Chan (who had been a strong campaigner against ONeill) and, most extraordinarily, Sam Basil (leader of the Pangu Party).

Pangu was the greatest surprise of the election. Its campaign was built around anti-ONeill sentiment and focussed on the corruption and economic mismanagement of the government.

With this campaign, Pangu won almost all the seats along the mainlands northern coast. Pangu was initially in opposition and had the second-largest number of seats in the Parliament but Basil split his own party and moved most members to the government.

Despite this, the opposition is larger and more unified than it was before the election and is providing some credible policy alternatives.

2017 was not a good year for the PNG economy. The official growth rate was 2.2%, which is well below the official population growth rate of 3.1%.

Sixty percent of CEOs consider the greatest barrier to business to be the crippling shortage of foreign exchange, which is linked to PNGs move to a fixed exchange rate.

The latest budget deficit now appears to be around 5.7% of GDP and government public debt has trebled over the last five years. Interest repayments are now equivalent to 15% of total government revenue.

PNGs new Treasurer, Charles Abel, started well with a 100-day econo...


Guest Post: Stephen Cable There is no participation trophy in real life "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

There has been a trend afoot for a number of years to give people participation awards, particularly to children in sporting competitions. They are told that turning up and participating in an event is what really matters and its not important if you lose. Former Olympian and LA Galaxy soccer star Cobi Jones, does an excellent job of debunking this mentality is this video from PragerU and explains why feeling the pain of losing is so important to winning.

I am sincerely hoping that this mode of thinking is not taking hold of conservatives across Australia and that the pain of losses in 2017 will instead spur us on to even greater efforts in 2018. The last few years have seen large setbacks in Australia on the federal and state level as cultural Marxists continued to entwine themselves further into every part of our countrys social and economic life while using our money to do it. Our Prime Minister essentially told conservatives that there was no place for them in the Liberal Party and then spent all of last year implementing Labor policies, making Bill Shortens Christmas very merry indeed.

When Tony Abbott was leader of the opposition during the Rudd/Gillard years, he did an outstanding job tearing down the Labor party, made the implementation of their policies almost impossible, and at times was almost governing from opposition. Now the leader of the opposition is likewise virtually governing from opposition but this time the party in power seems to be wilfully cooperating.

On the state level the situation is little better. In South Australia they are nearing 16 years of continuous Labor government and the states statistics reflect the abysmal economic performance that long term, big government thinking produces. They have a Premier that is so stupid he actually thinks you can run an industrial economy on wind, batteries and diesel generators. Yet for all of this incompetence the Liberal Party cannot even outpoll perpetual agitprop candidate Nick Xenophon and barely manages to outpoll Labor for the upcoming March election. In Victoria, which has an exceptionally left leaning Labor government, the news isnt much better. Youd think that a government that spent $1.1 billion to not build a road and was responsible for the disgusting Safe Schools program would be easy to beat. You could be forgiven for thinking that the crime wave that isnt a crime wave would be putting the totally incompetent Andrews government in polling freefall but apparently not. With all the ammunition in the world to tear down the Andrews regime, the Liberal party cannot poll higher than 50/50 on a two party preferred basis. As the latest by-election in the seat of Northcote has shown, Labor has more to fear from The Greens than it does from the Liberal party.

In my home state of Queensland in the recent election, the LNP did their best impersonation of a friendly uncl...


Kiaps: The ol narapela kain man who built a nation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Patrol officers course Port Moresby 1971 (John Hocknull)
Patrol officers course, Port Moresby, 1971


TUMBY BAY - Given the huge nation-building task at hand, there werent many kiaps at any one time in Papua New Guinea prior to independence - maybe 650 at peak strength.

They were an odd mix of characters and very difficult to describe even after all these years. On some matters they had conservative views but on others they showed enlightenment and liberal ideals.

One of their important defining characteristics was a willingness to experiment, improvise and innovate. They were not only a strange breed but a rare one.

And that is what was required, given Australias stinginess in administering its colonial obligations. The emerging nation required men capable of thinking outside the box.

When I went through the Australian School of Administration (ASOPA), our training officer made this unusual role quite clear. He referred to us as misfits, not in a derogatory way but to explain why we had been selected for the job.

Much later a highlander, shaking his head and smiling, told me that the kiaps were narapela kain man. Another type of man. That is, a misfit.

He did this to express his difficulty in working out what made kiaps tick and to differentiate them from the other expatriates working in the then territory.

These days those old kiaps have moved to that patrol post in the sky or are drifting into their twilight years. Many are not going quietly. They are still different and making mischief where the opportunity presents itself.

This is the conclusion Ive drawn after many years reading and contributing to blogs like PNG Attitude and the Ex-kiap website.

What amazes me is the intellectual rigour still exhibited by many of these men.

A lot went on to gain higher tertiary qualifications and others wrote books. Many worked their way into the senior echelons of the Australian public service. A few ac...


Solar Minimum The Fastest Decline in Almost 10,000 Years "IndyWatch Feed National"

Solar Minimum The Fastest Decline in Almost 10,000 Years
by Martin Armstrong

"QUESTION: Hi Marty ! Happy new year! Not written in a while, but wanted to ask a private question related to the forthcoming cold period.

a) How long will it last? (It will start now and go into 2024 when does Socrates say it will start to reverse and when will temperatures be back to where they are now ?)
b) How far south does someone have to go who is allergic to cold anyway? Is it best to keep away from volcanic islands?
c) Is it in your view a minor cold blip or OMG were all going to freeze to death and run out of food ?

Just so I know the prognosis. It would be helpful if you could ask Socrates the relevant questions as I think there are a number of folks who wouldnt mind knowing the answers to these types of questions priv...


PERTH Man charged with murder over fatal attack on Irish dad in Perth "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man charged with murder over fatal attack on Irish dad in Perth .

January 03, 2018 at 09:37PM .

However, at a hearing in Perth Magistrates Court this morning the charge was upgraded to murder, reports ABC News. The incident unfolded at around 1.30am on Saturday December 23, on Riverside Road in East Fremantle, Perth. Mr McCarthy, who was from Aghada in east Cork, had been walking in .


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Cheer on Toby Price in 2018 Dakar Rally "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Australias only Dakar Rally winner, Toby Price, sets off on his fourth rally on Saturday (January 6, 2018) in an effort to score a second personal win and 17th consecutive victory for the KTM factory team.

There are only two other Aussie riders to cheer on this year.

Rodney Faggotter of Longreach, Queensland, is riding in the Yamalube official Yamaha rally team in his fourth Dakar. His first Dakar was in 2012 when he retired his Husaberg with mechanical problems.

Rod Faggotter hard day toby priceRod Faggotter in 2017

He finished 14th the following year on a rented Yamaha and had mechanical problems again last year in his first ride with the official Yamalube team.

In Australia I am a Yamaha dealer and I have a workshop, so I can count on my mechanical knowledge. Speed is also one of my skills, because this is how we race in Australia.

He will be riding bike 44.

The third Aussie is Scott Britnell, 43, of Sydney. The privateer debutante will ride a KTM 450RR with the number 97.

As a young passionate rider I have always followed the Dakar Rally on TV, he said.

Scott Britnell Dakar rally - Toby PriceScott Britnell in training

He had hoped to compete last year, but was sidelined by injuries when he crashed in July 2016 while trying to set a record double crossing of the Simpson Desert in a single day....


Man killed by lightning strike at Kings Canyon, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Police in the Northern Territory say a camera tripod may have contributed to the death of an Adelaide man struck by lightning on Tuesday. Antony Van Der Meer was on a dream outback holiday at Kings Canyon with his wife Jessica, mother-in-law and his sister and brother-in-law when tragedy struck about 5pm on New Year's Day. NT Police Superintendent Pauline Vicary said the bolt hit Mr Van Der Meer's metal tripod. "They were on the Kings Canyon Rim Walk and the incident happened about 500m from the carpark area," she said. "They were nearly at the end of that walk when two storm fronts came through at the same time, there was quite a bit of rain and lightning and unfortunately the lightning struck the tripod that the deceased person was carrying on his back." His family spent two frantic hours trying to revive him.


Owners of special care home receive death threats after Facebook post about separated seniors goes viral "IndyWatch Feed National"

The owners of a special-care home in New Brunswick have received death threats after a Facebook post about two seniors who were separated just days before Christmas went viral. Herbert Goodine, 91, was removed Monday from the Victoria Villa Special Care Home in Perth-Andover, N.B. where he has lived with Audrey Goodine, 89, his wife of 69 years. They had only a few days notice of the required move after an assessment deemed his dementia needed more care than the location could provide. Jennifer Eagan, an owner of the home, said Friday things have been difficult for her, her family, and the residents at the special-care home since the post went viral earlier this week. "It really has been horrifying how people have jumped on this bandwagon to crucify me," she said.


Trees are much more than the lungs of the world (commentary) "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are two important answers to the question why do we need more trees in farmland? One is global and one is local. Globally, trees are often recognized as the lungs of the world because they exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide with the atmosphere. However, this is an understatement. If we think in these terms, trees are also the kidneys of the world as they regulate the flow and use of water by intercepting rain and releasing it slowly to the ground where it can either run off into rivers, or enter the groundwater. Plants can then absorb it for use in photosynthesis. This absorbed water is then transpired back to the atmosphere and blown on the wind until it falls as rain somewhere else. Cacao under mixed species forest shade, including Irvingia gabonensis (African mango) in Cameroon. Photo courtesy of Roger Leakey. Thus, trees are also like the skin of the world, being the interface between the vegetation and the atmosphere for the exchange of gases and water. Similarly, trees are like the intestines of the world exchanging nutrients between the soil and the vegetation, fueling the nutrient and carbon cycle. Finally, they are like the heart of the world, as they drive the ecosystems that make the world healthy and function properly. They do this by providing a very large number of niches for other organisms to inhabit, both above and below ground. Recent evidence has reported 2.3 million organisms on a single tree mostly microbes


An Earlybird Skeptic As to Bostons Marathon Bombing "IndyWatch Feed National"

A search at city dump for relevant evidence? Photo ABC NEWS.

by The Zoologist

[Editors Note: Mary W Maxwell met the Zoologist in Boston last week, by luck. This person, for whose apparent honesty Mary can vouch, has never published this interesting material before.]

The Marathon event has burdened my life. I became a party to it well, not a participant but a close-up spectator simply because I live near the action. On the day of the Marathon race, April 15, 2013, I wasnt ready to doubt what I heard on radio or TV, but when Thursday the 18th rolled around, things were beginning to look pretty dubious.  And, like everyone else in the Greater Boston area, I received a robo call from the government telling me to stay home on Friday. That call arrived at 6am on Friday, the day of the manhunt for Dzokhar (Jahar) Tsarnaev.

Which would be worse, I now wonder if the entire official story were true, or if it were false? I suspect the latter. Thats because I believe it probably is a false story and...


Poverty, Sexual Abuse, Suicide silence is not an option "IndyWatch Feed National"

Internalising grief is toxic, it is a silence that maims and kills. The silences around sexual abuse, violence, emotional and psychological abuse, the isms sexism, racism, classism, ageism, ableism, the silences aggressively slow down and can shut down trauma recovery, and for many who are screaming to be heard, the deaf ears not only []

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Man shot dead by Police in Kimbe "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A young man was shot and injured by police, after he tried to escape from the Kimbe Police Station NBC reports. .

The young man was apprehended for smashing the windscreens of several vehicles, including a police 15-seater bus, the Kimbe Provincial Hospital ambulance and the private vehicle of a female lawyer.

Residents in town assisted police apprehend the youth, but he was later shot on the leg when he tried to run away from an escorting police officer at the police station.

In similar incidences at the Gigo and Laleki suburbs, Mobile Squad, traffic and Response Unit vehicles were also stoned by youths, when they were called in to quell a drunken brawl.

Police managed to contain both situations after retaliating and firing rubber bullets and tear gas into the area.

NBC News - Dorcas Tindri (Kimbe)


Zen and the Art of Sanitation, or the Right Way to Keep a Country Clean "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Japan, cleaning is a public service to be performed by everyone, not relegated to one marginalised section of the society.

The last word in toilet luxury: Toto washlet. Credit: Janaki Nair

The last word in toilet luxury: Toto washlet.

It is do-it-yourself with a difference, involving no greater technology than brush, broom and cloth. On every normal school day, after a thorough post-lunch brushing of teeth, Japanese school children get down to a more public service for the next 15 minutes: cleaning the school. A starker difference with Indias paranoid aversions to cleaning and cleaners, its high tolerance for dirt, especially when not in my own backyard, and its determined condemnation of whole sections of society to specialise in such work cannot be found.     

The largest sanitary-product manufacturer in Japan, Toto, has redefined the experience of sanitation from below. This is not just by renaming the toilet as washlet. Designed in loving detail, the washlet permits permutations and variations of temperature, (beginning with the seat), water force, sound (to mask less pleasant answers to the calls of nature) and of course smell. This total sensory care...


Many Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels in PNG still alive, report of last angel passing on incorrect "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A local chief from the Kebara Village in Kokoda in Papua New Guinea's Northern Province, has opposed newspaper reports that the last of Papua New Guinea's famous Fuzzy Wuzzy angels had died during Christmas last year.

Benjamin Ijumi is the son of a World War II carrier, and since 1994 has been coordinating the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels Program in the country, and closely working with the Australian Veterans Department and various Returned and Services League Rotary Clubs of Australia.

Chief Ijumi who had finished school in 1969 had taken interest in the cause his father had helped fought for, and had since been following the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels history.

He told NBC News that there are many so called fuzzy wuzzy angels still alive and living across the country.

"The perception that of the last Fuzzy Wuzzy angel is incorrect.

"There are many fuzzy wuzzy angels still alive and living around the country.

"One of them still alive is Francis Simeni from Botue Village in Kokoda, the other is Redmond Lasibori from Kelaton Village and another is Onesmus Konene from Seremi Village in Oro Bay LLG, all from Northern province.

"All of these men and the many others across the country are living testimonies of the Fuzzy Wuzzy angels."


Chief Benjamin Ijumi says, the government of Papua New Guinea must establish a Veterans Agency and Department to honour the many men who have helped fought in World War II in the country.

According to Ijumi, 10,000 men in Kokoda, had been initially recruited by Captain Kinsol of the Australian army during the war, as Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, about 20,000 in the entire Northern Province and about 55,000 across the country.

Chief Ijumi says apart from the fuzzy wuzzy angels, or carriers, there were also veterans who were trained and fought alongside the Australians and the allied forces during the war.

He says a Veterans Department would be responsible for looking after the welfare of these men, as well as making them recognized and appreciated for their various roles, just like in Australia.

"There are so many Fuzzy Wuzzy angels still alive in Northern province and even across the entire country.

"We need to do more research, and the government must look at this.

"The government must help people like us w...


Full Guide of Blockchain Investor at Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines: Zach Piester Will Tell How to Get the Maximum Profit "IndyWatch Feed National"

The headliner of Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines, which will be held on January 25 in Manila, will be one of the largest investors in Singapore, co-founder of the venture company Intrepid Venture and crypto evangelist Zach Piester. The expert who has worked with hundreds of startups will tell the audience how to get the maximum profit from investing in blockchain projects and ICO tokens.

Zach Piester ranks among Top 50 most influential fintech experts in Singapore, according to abiletechnologies. He is deeply involved in the organizational design and growth of a variety of FinTech, InsurTech, & non-financial blockchain and emerging technology companies across Asia. His company Intrepid Ventures has access to over 5,000 developers in their global network of blockchain solution builders.

At Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines, the expert will explain to investors key aspects of the blockchain technology: bitcoin, blockchain, and ICOs; their application and operation principles.

Zach Piester will give answers to the following questions:

will blockchain transform the Internet & the global economy or is it merely a fad?
what are Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and other investment schemes?
should you invest in ICO?

Zach Piester is Chief Development Officer at Intrepid Venture, venture development company. Early stage investor in emerging technologies e.g. Blockchains, DLT, AI, IoT, Data & Analytics, Digital Health. Mr. Piester helps Fortune 500 companies leverage the innovation of startup disruptors in blockchain and fintech. He is also a well-known speaker for Blockchain, Cyber Security, Innovation, Human Factors, Organizational design and AI. In 2017, he reported within such events as Techsauce Global Summit, Digital Thailand Big Bang, THE SUMMIT, TechXLR8 Asia, etc.

About the Conference

The conference in the Philippines is one of the events from the large international network Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference organized by Smile-Expo. The company has carried out over 30 successful events dedicated to cryptocurrencies, ICO, and blockchain, including the largest blockchain conference in the world, Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Moscow, which in 2017 gathered more than 2000 participants. More than 20 events from this series are planned for 2018.

The conference in the Philippines will involve speakers from Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In addition to investment, the event will discuss legal regulation of the in...


How Common Core Taught Me Bureaucrats Will Always Win Unless We Slash Big Government "IndyWatch Feed National"

During summer 2010, while researching an article to address yet another tax-and-spend initiative to fund public schools, I stumbled upon a 33-page state law passed that spring titled Schools; relating to teacher incentive pay plans; modifying requirements.

Although a portion of the legislation did address teacher incentive pay, the bulk was used to establish a state longitudinal database, a Teacher/Leader Effectiveness Evaluation (TLE) system, a way to turn around low-performing schools, and institute something called the Common Core State Standards into Oklahoma policy with a single sentence.

A Google search led me to discover that cementing these four programs into state law increased the likelihood of our state receiving Race to the Top grants from the Obama administration. As a former public school teacher, the change in educational landscape represented by even one, let alone four, of these programs concerned me. As a small government gal and a parent with kids in public school, I wanted to know why our state would institute a whole raft of new, untested, educational programs just to get federal funds.

In June 2011, after months of investigation aimed at answering these questions, I published a paper with 179 references entitled Common Core State Standards and Race to the Top; An Introduction to Marxism 101.

Oklahomas Common Core Repeal

From 2011 to 2014, the Common Core Four, as National Review dubbed us, fought Common Core and student data collection in the Oklahoma legislature. We logged hours and hours of travel across the state and country, showing up anywhere we were invitedmostly Republican womens clubswhere I talked about Common Core. Eventually I found myself on radio and news shows from Utah to Florida, including national media programs like Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham, and NPR, discussing my research.

Finally, and many thanks to the Herculean efforts of state Sen. Josh Brecheen and state Rep. Jason Nelson, a law repealing Common Core and requiring the state to develop new Oklahoma standards was passed the last day of the 2014 legislative session. Following a state Supreme Court ruling denying a.........


Gangs, Race and Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed National"

Twos a company; threes a crowd.  More?  This issue is preoccupying political and policing figures in the city considered by the Economist Intelligence Unit the most liveable in the world, bettering a whole host of other seemingly more appropriate candidates.  So liveable, in fact, that it houses all sorts.

Having repeatedly boasted, self-congratulated and beamed at the idea that Australia is the most multicultural nation on earth, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been less cautious of late.  He has been getting stroppy with the Victorian Government for not doing enough about what he considers Melbournes growing gang violence and lawlessness.

The straw that broke a very fragile camels back involved acts of vandalism in Werribee.  Depending on which news source you referred to, there was a mass riot at an Airbnb property that would have made the Communards proud. Other sources saw more modest damage to cars and rental property.  Everyone took notice of the juvenile expressions of delight from the perpetrators, who scrawled the letters MTS (Menace to Society) on walls to leave their little residue of destructive pride.

At the federal level, politicians see the former: mayhem, riotous violence, a loss of control.  Federal minister Greg Hunt has come up with his own assessment: Gang crime in Victoria is clearly out of control.  We know that African gang crime in some areas in particular is clearly out of control.  In the tables of political point scoring, Hunt had found a handy, simplifying culprit.

For Hunt, there were no relevant sophisticated sociological principles here, nor matters of economics.  Society was imploding; an African wave of violence had been unleashed.  Nor was it a police issue.  The failure is not the police but the premier.

Victorian police have been a touch more tentative, while various African community leaders have been less than confident in the tag of gang.  Label and be damned.  These young thugs, these young criminals, claimed Acting Commissioner Shane Patton, theyre not an organised crime group like a Middle Eastern organised crime group or an outlaw motorcycle gang. But theyre behaving like street gangs, so lets call them that thats what they are.

South Sudanese community leader, Richard Deng, prefers the direct option: engage the estranged; bring in those lost souls from th...


Why Did The Washington Post Tweet A Debunked Hit Piece On Jesus? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Controversy erupted over Christmas week when the Washington Post tweeted out an opinion article by Raphael Lataster they had published in 2014. It claims to show that the existence of Jesus as a historical figure is likely no more than a myth. Critics questioned the timing of the tweet as a slap in the face to Christians preparing to celebrate one of their holiest days.

Possibly more importantly, many seized on the reaction to the 2014 publication. Historians, including a professor who had taught Lataster in a class about the historical Jesus, demolished the claims. Its ideas were described as the fringe of the fringe, and compared to anti-vaccine scientists efforts to prove their dubious assertions.

Given that the article has been widely debunked, what would lead the Washington Post to tweet it out, essentially rerunning it? If there is some news value in questioning the existence of Jesus in the Christmas season, why not at least run a new article that addresses the harsh criticisms of the original? Perhaps the Post has its reasons for ignoring those criticisms, but even so, why put this out during the Christmas season at all?

The Real and Pretend Wars on Christmas

As with so much news coverage these days, the answer to why this essay ran may well boil down to two words: Donald Trump. A reported story in the Post on December 24 might offer a clue. It was titled, In a Pro Trump Town, They Never Stopped Saying Merry Christmas. Its a strange article, which acknowledges that most people never stopped saying Merry Christmas, yet goes on to paint Trump supporters from Linden, Tennessee, as paranoid, Bible-clutching rubes convinced by Trump that there is a war on Christmas.

In the Posts defense, Trump himself has made the war on Christmas a centerpiece of his social conservatism. In a series of videos and tweets, the president has essentially claimed that we can finally say Merry Christmas again. This seems odd to the millions of Americans who never stopped saying it. But is Trump tapping into a real anti-Christian strain in the media and popular culture, and might the Jesus is the Harry Potter of the First Century CE Washington Post article be a part of that strain?

One reasonable question many have asked is whether the Post would have run an article questioning the facts about Mohammad on Ramadan, or of Moses on Passover. To the extent that such articles seem less likely, its because Christianity is viewed as the dominant religion in the United States, and....


Why Elective Abortion Can Never Constitute Health Care "IndyWatch Feed National"

Planned Parenthood and NARAL recently promoted a blog post by a pro-abortion doctor titled, Abortion Is Healthcare End of Story, that offers little more than an empty mantra for pro-choicers.

There are a few glaring omissions in Leah Torres argument. She doesnt provide a definition of abortion that leads to the conclusion abortion is healthcare, and she leaves readers without a direct answer to some important questions that are key to her  argument: What is health care? Who is a patient? What she does provide doesnt lead to the conclusion she thinks.

Torres and Planned Parenthood and NARAL can repeat the line abortion is healthcare as many times as they want, but that simply wont make it true. Contrary to popular belief, the definitions of words are important. Lets go through each of her arguments, and take a look at whats actually there.

Pregnancy Is Not a Disease

Torres tries to refute what should be an uncontroversial statement of fact pregnancy is not a disease. Her peculiar argument to the contrary is our first problem with the definition of words.

Torres writes: People often say to me, Its not a disease, its a natural part of life. Yes, well, so are bacteria, yet we call having an infection a disease. We cannot ignore that pregnancy alters ones physiology and puts ones health and life at risk due to these changes. We must accept this truth to be self evident, that pregnancy, while natural, is a condition that requires medical attention.

What should be apparent is that a disease is not the only condition that requires medical attention. Here we have a physician calling pregnancy an infection and implying, contrary to the definition of words, that nearly every human being that has ever existed has either been infected or infected someone else with the disease of pregnancy. Even if we altered reality for Torres sake, it still does not follow that intentionally killing a human being is healthcare.

Torres second argument is that offering health insurance for prenatal care, but not for abortion or infertility care, is nothing short of coercion. This too, is not an argument that abortion is healthcare. It is another non-sequitur. My response is that we should limit insurance coverage to those procedures that involve healthcare. If you want to call that coercion, so be it. She has yet to make an argument that abortion is healthcare.

Health Care and the Hippocratic Oath

What properly constitutes healthcare? The original H...


If You Think Being A Football Fan Excuses Jerkwad Behavior, Think Again "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ah, that empty, lonely feeling that shrouds your heart this time of year. Infinite possibilities with the New Year? Resolutions, new activities? They are pathetic attempts to fill the black void in your soul.

The end of the holiday season? No, my friend. Its the end of the regular NFL season. December 26 has nothing on December 31, when millions of fans found out their teams didnt make the playoffs. Of course, some teams prospects had been quashed long ago (ahem, Cleveland Browns), but now their legions of faithful fans must at last come to grips with the prospect of not seeing their team play again for eight long months.

For diehard fans, losing a playoff game is like being dumped by a high school sweetheart. Its soul-crushing. Demoralizing. Agonizing. If you want to see a barely hyperbolic parody of Seahawks fans grieving after losing the Superbowl in 2014, watch this.

Dont get me wrongI love football. The strategy, the athleticism, the sheer level of intensity packed into every play. Its impossible not to watch the game and get caught up in the excitement. Theres nothing really wrong with that, but unfortunately a minority of fans are constantly threatening to ruin fandom for the rest of us. And its not okay.

Aint Nobody Want to Be Next to the Drunk Guy

To illustrate, let me tell you a story. Last month, my husband and I went to see the Seahawks play the Jaguars in Jacksonville. The stadium was packed for this much-anticipated matchup. The Jags had built up an outstanding defense, which used to be what Seattle was known for.

It would be up to the offense: could Russell Wilson out-scramble Sacksonville? Would Blair Walsh lose the Hawks yet another game by missing a field goal? We waited to see these questions answered from 30 rows above the corner of the north end zone. We were pleasantly surprised to see our section was packed with Hawks fans. This would be fun.

How naive we were. Just two seats over, some guy, maybe mid to late twenties, was sitting unusually still. He was nearly passed-out drunk and vomiting on the seat in front of hima seat that belonged to a young child of maybe eight years old.

This dude was so drunk he couldnt even talk. As you might imagine, the family in front of him was not down with being in the puke radius. His buddy, whose smack talk was incessant and liberally sprinkled with profanity, had to speak for his intoxicated friend. What lame excuse could he give? He just had too much to drinkhe didnt mean to.

After multiple witnesses begged for several minutes, security finally removed the pair. They tried to come back after halftime, when the drunk mans belligerent friend started a fight with the other fans who wanted him removed again.......


This Theologian Has An Answer To Atheists Claims That Evil Disproves God "IndyWatch Feed National"

Many atheists today argue that the existence of suffering is powerful evidence against the all-good, all-powerful God of Christianity. Many philosophers, both Christian and atheist alike, believe the problem of evil to be the most persuasive argument in favor of atheism.

Dr. Peter Kreeft, a prolific author and professor of philosophy at Boston College, states in Making Sense Out Of Suffering that the most powerful argument for atheism that I have ever seen anywhere in the literature or philosophy of the world is the problem of evil as demonstrated by Ivan Karamazov in Fyodor Dostoevskys famous novel, The Brothers Karamazov. In the novel, Karamazov describes a childs suffering in a manner so grotesque that after reading it even the most ardent believer would wonder how a good God could allow such evil.

Formally, the argument states that if God is all powerful, he could prevent suffering and, if God is all-good, he would prevent suffering. But, suffering exists, therefore the Christian God does not.

Sam Harris, a popular author and one of the Four Horsemen of Atheism, made this argument in a debate with Christian philosopher William Lane Craig. The so-called Four Horsemen, which also includes Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Daniel Dennett, are not the first to make this argument, but they sure have done an excellent job of popularizing it among their followers.

Not So Fast, Four Horsemen

Taken at face value, the problem of evil appears to be a devastatingly convincing argument against the existence of the Christian God. It is emotionally and rhetorically compelling. However, according to Dr. Edward Feser, professor of philosophy at Pasadena City College, the problem of evil may not be all that it is cracked up to be. It is rhetorically effective but logically not so much.

In The Last Superstition: A Refutation Of The New Atheism, Feser, echoing Thomas Aquinas, notes that the first premise of the problem of evil is simply false, or at least unjustifiable. According to Feser, there is no reason to believe that the Christian God, being all-good and all-powerful, would prevent suffering on this earth if out of suffering he could bring about a good that is far greater than any that would have existed otherwise. If God is infinite in power, knowledge, goodness, etc., then of course he could bring about such a good.

Feser demonstrates his reasoning with an analogy. A parent may allow his child a small amount of suffering in frustration, sacrifice of time, and minor pain when learning to play the violin, in order to bring about the good of establishing proficiency. This is not to say that such minimal suffering is in any way comparable to the horrors that have gone on in this world. But the joy of establishing proficiency with a violin is n...


New intakes for PNG Power Graduate Development Program "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG Power Ltd (PPL) continues to give opportunities to young graduates through its Graduate Development Program with new intakes to be selected this year.
A spokesperson from PNG Power said the current batch will soon complete their two-year training with the power company under the program, which at the end of it all some will be selected to continue with the company while others released to continue their work in other areas based on their performance.
Selection for the new intakes will take place in February 2018 where recent graduates from universities and technical colleges as well as those who have worked for a year after graduating will be considered.
The intakes will be from various fields ranging from technical engineering to human resource management and accounting. After being selected, the intakes will undergo the program until 2020 when the next new intakes are selected.
Advertisements and notices of the applications will be put out to the public through the media.


NYC to Spend $50 Million on Bollards, Security "IndyWatch Feed National"

A bollard stops an out-of-control car near London BridgeA bollard stops an out-of-control car near London Bridge (Photo: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

New York City  announced plans to install 1,500 more metal bollards (protective barriers) in areas deemed ripe for terror attacks. The bollards are part of a $50-million plan to increase security in New York.

The decision was made after the Halloween attack on the Hudson River Greenway in lower Manhattan, when 29-year-old Islamist terrorist Sayfullo Saipov mowed down pedestrians and bikers with a rented truck. Eight people were killed in that attack with 12 injured.

The Big Apple joins cities in the U.S. and worldwide which have put up bollards to protect citizens and tourists from vehicular attacks. Las Vegas recently spent millions installing bollards along the citys famous Strip. In the UK, bollards now protect sites as diverse as the tennis courts of Wimbledon to the Queens Windsor Castle. Berlin, Paris, Sydney, Melbourne and the Vatican have also followed suit to bolster security.

These are some of the busiest streets in the worldpeople have to be able to get around, but they have to be safe at the same time, said NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announcing the expenditure at a news conference in Times Square.

After the Halloween attack, temporary concrete blocks were placed around sensitive New York areas. Those will be replaced by the permanent metal bollards.


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Australian government could allow private firms to buy access to facial recognition data "IndyWatch Feed National"

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New details of biometric framework released. Photo: Attorney-Generals Department.

Source: TOTT News

The federal government is considering allowing private companies to use its national facial recognition database for a fee, documents released under Freedom of Information laws have revealed. Read More


Connect to Your High Self: FREE Download of Suzanne Spooners Universal Mind Project Meditation "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Suzanne Spooner

Hello Everyone,

This weekend my Universal Mind Project (UMP) guided meditation will be available for free downloads! All you need to do is visit the website and click the full meditation. In order to use the meditation past this weekend you will want to upload the MP3.I created the UMP as a way to assist those who wanted clear and easy access to their High Self for connection, answers to questions and to facilitate self healing. The UMP is a way to strengthen this connection. My hope was for anyone to be able to use this meditation to merge the left and right side of the brain to diminish fear and open access to all knowledge within. If you dont normally meditate or have practiced meditation for years, I think you will find the experience heart and mind expanding. This free download will be available through Sunday.

Enjoy your strengthened connection to the part of you that knows everything and loves you unconditionally.

Much Love,



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High-tech ship en route to resume hunt for MH370 "IndyWatch Feed National"


AFP/File | Relatives of missing Chinese passengers aboard doomed flight MH370 display pieces of paper reading never give up (L) and looking for our relatives release the truth about the flight 370 (R) in Beijing in March 2014

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP)  A high-tech vessel run by a US exploration firm is en route to resume the hunt for flight MH370 in a new bid to solve one of aviations greatest mysteries.The Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared with 239 people on board in March 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing after diverting from its flight path.

No sign of the plane was found in a 120,000 square kilometre (46,000 square mile) zone selected by satellite analysis of the jets likely trajectory and the Australian-led hunt the largest in aviation history was called off in January last year.

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But it looks set to resume soon. Research vessel Seabed Constructor, leased by exploration firm Ocean Infinity, has set off from South Africa for the Indian Ocean with the aim of arriving in the search zone by mid-January, a source familiar with the matter said.

It is hoped by this time the Malaysian government and Ocean Infinity will have finalised a deal for the hunt to resume.

Malaysias Deputy Transport Minister Aziz Kaprawi said negotiations for the firm to restart the hunt on a no find, no fee basis were in the final stages.

They (Ocean Infinity) know we are very serious in taking their offer, he told AFP.

A spokesman for the company added: The company are awaiting final contract award before the search recommences.

Ocean Infinity was one of three companies which had bid to resume the hunt.

The source, who declined to be identified, said that the firm had decided to send the Seabed Constructor, a Norwegian research vessel, to the southern Indian Ocean so that it was ready to start searching in a window of good weather expected in January and February.

The vessel is carrying several autonomous submarines which can be launched from the boat to scour the seabed for fragments of the jet.

Australias national science body CSIRO released a report in April suggesting the doomed plane was most likely north of the former search zone in a...


Million dollar Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Chance in a million

SQM Research reported that asking prices for houses in Melbourne have torn nearly 28 per cent higher over the past year to hit $1,000,300.

That's broken the million dollar mark for the first time ever, up 50 per cent in only three years. 

Source: SQM Research

Brisbane is now the one to watch for the remainder of the decade.


Mystery boom shakes Michigan village blamed on 'frost quake' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Most days, the Ionia County community of Pewamo is a about as peaceful as it gets. You may hear the rumble of the occasional semi-truck rolling through the village. Otherwise it's pretty quiet. That was not the case about 4 p.m. New Year's Day. "We just heard what sounded like an explosion ... It shook the entire house," Bethanie Kramer, who lives outside of the village. "It was not subtle at all. It was 'boom!'" Kramer wasn't alone. Post after post on the "wassup IONIA?" Facebook page described reactions to the event from all over northeast Ionia County. "Carson City, down to Westphalia, Lyons, Muir - they all heard it," Kramer said. Ionia County 911 received four or five calls about the boom, but no reports of injuries or damage. So far, there are no definitive answers as to what caused it. Speculation ranged from someone playing with dynamite to an earthquake to an attack by North Korea. One possible explanation that seems to make the most sense has to do with the cold weather that has gripped West Michigan. The sound could have come from a phenomenon known as a frost quake.


FACT CHECK: How Much Funding Does the U.S. Give Palestinians and What Would Happen if Trump Cuts It "IndyWatch Feed National"

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees has combated calls to shut down for some time, but Trump and Haleys latest threats to slash funding is the most serious threat to Palestinians yet

Amir Tibon (Washington) Jan 03, 2018 9:02 AM

A Palestinian boy carries food aid provided by the UNRWA (United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees) at a warehouse in Gaza City, 2010.

A Palestinian boy carries food aid provided by the UNRWA (United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees) at a warehouse in Gaza City, 2010. AFP

WASHINGTON The Trump administration threatened to cut U.S. funding to the Palestinians on Tuesday amid the crisis in the peace process following U.S. President Donald Trumps speech recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Both the president and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley made such threats, though with slightly different messaging.

Haley, speaking at a press conference in New York, answered a question about American funding to UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees. The agency is responsible for supporting millions of Palestinian refugees and their descendants in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. It supports more than five million people in the region, with the United States as its largest sponsor for years.

Trump, addressing the issue of Palestinian aid in a tweet, didnt mention UNRWA but rather spoke generally about funding to the Palestinians, saying that the United States gives them hundreds of millions of dollars but gets no respect. He also tied the funding to the Palestinians willingness to engage in American-led peace talks with Israel. The Palestinian Authority has declared its refusal to work with the Trump administration in light of its decision recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but expressed willingness to negotiate under the mediation of other international players such as Russia and the European Union.

How much U.S funding goes to the Palestinians, and where does it go?

All of this raises the following question how much funding does the United States in fact give the Palestinians, and if it were cut, what would be the consequences?

With regards to UNRWA, the United States is indeed the most prominent donor to the organization. In 2016, according to UNRWAs donor charts, the United States gave $152 million directly to the agency, and contributed anothe...


Mother Discovers That Claires Makeup Contains Asbestos "IndyWatch Feed National"

30-year-old mother Kristi Warner from Long Island recently tested a makeup kit that her 6-year-old daughter recently received as a gift and found that it contained Asbestos, the dangerous substance that has been banned from most products and building materials because it causes serious respiratory problems and even death in severe cases. The makeup kit was purchased from the popular store Claires, which has locations in malls across the country.

Warner thought that it was strange that the package did not contain any ingredients so she had a sample sent to a lab for testing. When she discovered that the sample was tainted with asbestos, she sent 17 products from the store to be tested as well and found that all 17 additional samples tested positive for asbestos.

Warner said that she was horrified when she got the results, I physically sank, I ended up sitting on the ground, just trying to wrap my head around how something like that could end up in our home, she said.

Her response was, Am I going to die? Theres no right answer to that because I dont want to lie to her, she added.

Warner went to the local news with her findings and the following report resulted in Claires pulling all of the products in question from their stores.

However, the public was not happy with the response, saying that this type of thing should have been tested for in advance.


Spoken word in the area? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Does anyone know of any spoken word in the area?

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Cooroy Treatment Plant Update "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Cooroy treatment plant this week
The Cooroy sewage treatment plant was once the Sunshine Coast's top wetland site for birds before it was extensively renovated in 2014-2015. Since then Unitywater has closed off the areawith a barbed wire-topped fence, but it is possible to obtain permission to bird there by phoning 0409 512523 when you are at the site entrance gate. To reach the plant, turn right down a short dead end road off Mary River Road just before Jarrah Street; you will see a sign to a camping ground at the turnoff but no mention of the plant.



Julia Gillard's proxy responds to BLEWITT's telephone call data showing his calls to GILLARD's home "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last Friday we published a sample of telephone calls made from Ralph Blewitt's home phone to Julia Gillard's home phone around the time of the Kerr Street purchase. Ms Gillard and her team must have been on holidays until today, it's taken them quite a while to emerge from the...


Some good news on the global climate "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Ive published a couple of articles recently on climate issues. One, in Inside Story, is an expansion of a post here, making the case that 2017 was a good year for climate policy globally. One more item to add to the list: Indias additions of coal-fired generation capacity are running at the slowest pace since 2006.

The other, in New Matilda, was about the (lousy) economics of the Adani coal mine-rail-port project. Its part of a series on the struggle against the mine by indigenous Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) people. Publication has been a bit slow, so my article doesnt keep up with all the latest events, which seem likely to ensure that this disastrous project wont proceed. The most important has been the split between Adani and its main contractor EDI Downer, one of a handful of companies with the expertise to run a mine on this scale. Adanis current claim that it will operate the mine itself seems untenable, according to everything Ive read.


PERTH Duo to face court over alleged Forrestfield sling shot attacks "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Duo to face court over alleged Forrestfield sling shot attacks .

January 03, 2018 at 01:45PM .

The matter is listed for mention in the Perth Magistrates court on January 17. Charles Edward Richard Ducker was arrested and charged by Forrestfield Police on November 14, 2017. Police allege he used a sling shot to shoot projectiles at cars, houses and business windows. He has been charged with .


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Solar Minimum The Fastest Decline in almost 10,000 Years "IndyWatch Feed National"


QUESTION: Hi Marty !

Happy new year! Not written in a while, but wanted to ask a private question related to the forthcoming cold period.

a) How long will it last? (It will start now and go into 2024 when does Socrates say it will start to reverse and when will temperatures be back to where they are now ?)

b) How far south does someone have to go who is allergic to cold anyway? Is it best to keep away from volcanic islands?

c) Is it in your view a minor cold blip or OMG were all going to freeze to death and run out of food ?

Just so I know the prognosis. It would be helpful if you could ask Socrates the relevant questions as I think there are a number of folks who would nt mind knowing the answers to these types of questions privately !!!

Trust all is well with you.

ANSWER: Socrates was projecting that the peak on this cycle aligned with the ECM 2015.75. This is a Longitudinal Cycle, not Transverse. That means peak to bottom varies. This wave should be a 13-year decline from 2015 making it 2028 at best. The outside projection calls for a 17-year decline and that lines up with the peak in the ECM...


Universal Basic Income Insanity or Rational? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: What is your opinion of Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg idea of universal income?

ANSWER: The idea of free money being touted by Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg only demonstrates that they know nothing about humanity or economics. They see universal free money as a cushion for workers whose jobs might be replaced by automation or robots. They argue that free money could provide workers with the flexibility to retrain for a new career, pursue creative interests, or start their own business.

If we are talking about a temporary benefit during a retraining period, then that is an entirely different idea from a universal basic income guarantee. You can drive down the streets in New Jersey and you see hand-made signs posted that they pay cash for diabetes medical material handed out free by the government. They also sell food stamps. You cannot change humanity. Some people will obey the rules and others will circumvent them.

The last thing you want to do in society is provide to the population some sort of guaranteed income where people can stay home and do nothing. This will foster the same hatred of anyone who works and has more than they do and it will promote hatred and class warfare.

When the automobile was invented, that displaced people who were carpenters making wagons. When the Dust Bow hit during the Great Depression, it added to the displacement of farmers. The tractors replaced people tilling the soil just as the cotton gin replaced slave labor in the South. Technology will always replace wo...


BCL Panguna extension denied "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG Industry News |  03 January 2018 

THE Bougainville Executive Council has confirmed that Bougainville Copper Ltds application for extension of the term of its expired mining licence at the Panguna copper mine has not received necessary landowners consent.

Autonomous Bougainville Government President John Momis said his government would consult with the Panguna landowners on an appropriate arrangement or the best alternative model for the development of the mine.

Until the consultation process is complete, the ABG will impose a moratorium over the grant of new licences for Panguna. 

Under the Bougainville Mining Act, a moratorium can only be implemented if there is no existing exploration licence.

Special Mining Lease Osikaiyang Landowners Association chairman Philip Miriori thanked Momis and the ABG for respecting the associations opposition to BCL.

The Panguna community broadly wants t...



The perjury case against GILLARD "IndyWatch Feed National"

Victoria Police's "Operation Tendement" investigation file includes a copy of this 13 October 2012 article written by Mark Baker and published in The Age. Mark Baker's source for that article was former Slater and Gordon partner Nick Styant Browne. Nick Styant Browne has confirmed to me that the factual...


The Unknown Hominids: Breaking the Rules-Seven and a Half Reasons why "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Unknown Hominids: Breaking the Rules-Seven and a Half Reasons why

By Steven & Evan Strong

The rules and mandatory requirements when writing any scientific paper are very clear and may never be breached. First up, present it in a way that is distinctly public ineligible," so that after two paragraphs only those fully conversant with the jargon, dry matter-of-fact approach and endless combinations of capital letters that stand for all manner of avenues, will persist. Most importantly, no brave conclusions or fascinating left of centre possibilities are to be aired. Everything has to be couched around reporting and either proposing options without preference or championing this evidence as confirming what is already assumed to be rock-solid facts. The mantra is steady as she goes" and wait until all the evidence is in, then fashion what is accumulated into something comfortable that doesn"t rock the boat."

Never, under any circumstances, should the information be reported upon as it comes in somewhat like an evolving series of blow by blow accounts. And in compounding this deviation from the norm, no possible verdict should be passed until all the laboratory analysis is compiled. That is exactly how our reports are being presented, here we are three articles in and we still haven"t got the genetic information back to prove whether these beings are unique or unusual mutations and merely odd extensions of a pre-existing branch of hominin. Any sensible scientist would wait for the numbers and chemicals to roll in then hedge their bets each way. Our approach is to bet on a win for a new species of Earthly or Off-World ancestry well before the laboratory has passed judgement.

Our Deepest Thanks Sanja Korlaet

The only problem we faced in putting together a third report before the results are received was finding a coherent structure, rather than throwing in series of extensions and additions lacking in a connecting theme to what we have already discussed. Whether providential or coincidental, as I was mulling over a few rather dry and disjointed ways of putting together what had since been learnt or understood, I received a very thoughtful response on these bones in an email written by Sanja. We have never met or corresponded before, in...


Why You Should Stop Romanticising Poverty "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was 12:30am and I was keeled over the toilet of an airborne plane, throwing up the half-digested Red Rooster chips Id forced myself to eat just an hour earlier. I wasnt just feeling physically sick; I was plagued with enough self-doubt to seriously contemplate if I was also mentally sick. What the actual fuck did you get yourself into, Madi? I mindlessly traced the patterns on the cubicle walls with shaking fingers, too busy having a meltdown to realise how gross and inconsiderate it was to hug an airplane toilet for an immeasurable amount of time. Oh well.

So there I was, an 18-year-old white girl on a flight to Kenya where I would volunteer for the next three months. It sounds questionable, Im aware. With the commercial exploitation within voluntourism coming to light, it was more important than ever for a wannabe-volunteer like myself to recognise that there was a right and wrong way to go about volunteering. But I wasnt pursuing this endeavour to fulfil a well-intentioned ego trip of being a white saviour. Id carefully chosen a small grassroots organisation that was run by the locals for the locals. I wasnt foolish in thinking I was going to save anyone. What I wanted was to not be so nave anymore; I wanted to understand a world outside of my own.

Going into this, I hadnt the slightest idea what Kenya would be like, or the impoverished people I would be working with. I had never heard nor participated in a conversation about Kenyan culture before. And while I did my best to research in advance, the internet was woefully inadequate. So when friends, family, and strangers alike threw their opinions around, I had no authority to dispute them.

Their whirlwind of advice and judgments were made up out of combination of what news theyd read, what TV theyd watched, and what recounts theyd heard from a friends friend: all sources of which werent necessarily realistic, balanced or objective. Nonetheless, all we had were misconceptions.

One in particular stood out as particularly illogical:

I reckon those poor people are actually a lot happier than us, theyd contemplate. Simplicity is peaceful. Money often comes at the price of our day-to-day wellbeing.

As if the mental health of an office burn-out and the impoverished is a fair and justified comparison. This isnt to say that the weight of deadlines, a...


West Australian Police Fight Fire With World Class Racism "IndyWatch Feed National"

UPDATE: A police response is printed below. WAPOL have deleted the tweet but denied it was targetted specifically at Aboriginal people. Weve sent a third email to Police Media asking exactly who WAPOL have described as animals.

On New Years Day, Shark Bay Police in the Gascoyne region of Western Australian made a shocking discovery. On a beach somewhere, someone had lit a campfire. Yes, a campfire!

Serious criminal offences, like campfires and jaywalking, obviously require serious, unequivocal responses from authorities on their Twitter accounts and why not throw in some racism, just to make sure the message isnt missed. Along with some bad spelling.



As evidence goes, there doesnt appear to be any that Aboriginal people clearly the intended target of the tweet  lit the campfire. But a lack of evidence has never stopped WA Police in the past. As for the #animals part comment below on your thoughts. And add the hashtag #wapoliceracism and lets see if we cant make that sting a little bit.

Meanwhile, heres some pictures from the festive season in Melbourne, where Aboriginal people trashed St Kilda Beach oh wait, sorry, non Aboriginal people.

St-Kilda-beach-trashed-2 St-Kilda-beach-trashed

New Matilda has sent an email to WA Police media, and were awaiting a reply. In the meantime, might be worth remembering that WA Police have helped create the highest Indigenous jailing rate on earth literally on earth with a jailing rate of black males that is more than eight times greater than the jailing rate of black males in South Africa in the dying days of the Apartheid era.

UPDATE: WA Police have responded claiming the tweet wasnt about Aboriginal people. See their response below.

The original post on Twitter by Shark Bay Police was targeted at a very specific group of people, known to be publicly associated with environmental matters, and with no links to the indigenous community. There are specific references to that group that they would be aware of. The beach bonfire occurs each New Years Eve, to the frustrat...


clioquinol, an antibiotic "IndyWatch Feed National"

When a Medical Cure Makes Things Much, Much Worse
In 1960s Japan, a bizarre outbreak of hairy green tongues failed to set off alarms around the world

(Visual by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images)
By Jeanne Lenzer, Undark Magazine
JANUARY 2, 2018 11:10AM
Keiko Yamaguchis troubles began with diarrhea. After a few weeks, her toes went numb. The numbness and weakness crept up her legs, to her hips, and her vision began to fail. That was in early 1967. By the end of 1968, Yamaguchi, just 22 years old, was blind and paralyzed from the waist down.
She was one of more than 11,000 people in Japan, (with reported cases also occurring in Great Britain, Sweden, Mexico, India, Australia, and several other nations) who were struck by a mysterious epidemic between 1955 and 1970. The outbreak was concentrated in Japan where an estimated 900 died of the disease, which doctors eventually named SMON, for subacute myelo-optic neuropathymyelo from the Greek word referring to the spinal cord; optic referring to vision; and neuropathy indicating a disease of the nerves.
The illness usually started with bouts of diarrhea and vomiting. Some patients, like Yamaguchi, became paralyzed and blind. (My efforts to track her down have been unsuccessful.) An uncertain number developed green hairy tongue: Their tongues sprouted what looked like tiny green hairs. Some of the afflicted developed green urine. Family members, too, came down with the disease, as did....


SWORD WOMAN "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


I haven't read any vintage Robert E. Howard material in quite awhile so what better way to start the new year than by tearing through this paperback volume of historical adventure stories. SWORD WOMAN (1979) with a cover by Ken Kelly and an introduction by the legendary Leigh Brackett (who knew a thing or two about heroic fantasy), is a mixed bag of stories with three tales spotlighting the exploits of Dark Agnes, the titular Sword Woman, while the remaining two entries are merely fragments of unfinished manuscripts, both of which provide tantalizing glimpses of what-could-have-been.

Dark Agnes begins her life as a peasant girl in medieval France. She's beaten and abused by her farmer father and when he arranges her wedding to an equally abusive lout, young Agnes rebels, slays her groom and escapes into the forest. She soon becomes a fearsome, sword wielding warrior woman whose adventures are told in three classic tales of pulp adventure: SWORD WOMAN, BLADES FOR FRANCE and MISTRESS OF DEATH. Only MISTRESS contains any supernatural elements (Howard's original manuscript was finished by Gerald W. Page) while all three tales feature plenty of sword play and derring-do. Dark Agnes was, of course, later reimagined by writer Roy Thomas and artist Barry Windsor Smith as Red Sonja in the pages of Marvel Comics' CONAN THE BARBARIAN.

The fragments are THE KING'S SERVICE and THE SHADOW OF THE HUN. In SERVICE, a Viking long ship arrives in a mythical Indian city where Celtic warrior Donn Othna joins forces with the mysterious Constantius, ruler of both the city and all women who come under his spell. SHADOW finds another Celtic freebooter, Turlogh O'Brien falling in with a rag tag army of Slavs against the superior forces of Turkish warlord  Khogar Khan.

The material in SWORD WOMAN is far from Howard's best work but even lesser Howard material is better than many other author's best work. The man could flat out tell a story like few other pulp wordsmiths then or now. These stories ring with the sounds of striking swords and are full to bursting with the romance of time lost land...


Media Lead Beat-Up Of Homeless, Bad Government Policy Follows "IndyWatch Feed National"

A year after a media storm over homelessness in Melbourne, the city is finally starting to see what bad government policy sparked by sensationalism looks like, reports JessieAnne Gartlan.

Back in February last year, the City of Melbourne decided to target homeless people by redefining the term camping in local by-laws. It led to what was effectively a ban on sleeping rough in the city.

The protests were immediate and sometimes violent, and attracted criticism from the public and the media alike.

News headlines used hard-line phrases, language that often hinted at violence, and people in positions of influence made statements that rough sleepers werent as badly off as the general public may think.

Melbournes rough sleepers are pretending to be homeless: Victorias top cop Graham Ashton The Age, January 2017.

Flinders Street homeless: violent confrontations as police clear rough sleepers in Melbourne ABC, February 2017.

The media headlines followed a similar theme after the new by-laws were announced:

City of Melbourne to remove groups of homeless people amid crackdown on beggars ABC, September 2017.

Melbourne moves to clean up homeless September, 2017.

The by-laws gave increased powers to police, on the instruction of council officers, to remove personal belongings deemed to be obstructing the enjoyment of public space, and then dispose of them. This includes camping equipment beyond a sleeping bag and pillow, and any furniture.

Police can also break up groups deemed to be too large, which are considered to be camps, loosely defined as four or more people. The phrasing used is as follows: homeless people will be strongly discour...


Beware the Flupocalypse, sugar alternatives, eye health, #MeToo jumps the shark, Dr. Rashid Buttar, Advanced Medicine Tuesday, finding purpose, aluminum activism, staph cures, Morgellons and Crohns disease and MORE! "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 2, 7-9PM ET

Tuesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:

Is The Flupocalypse Is Upon Us?

Flu outbreak already reported in 36 states, CDC says As many as 36 states across the U.S. have reported widespread influenza activity already, but epidemiologists say it is too soon to say how bad the flu season will be this year. The early start of the outbreaks, which usually see a peak in February, is attributed to the low efficacy of the vaccine and possibly the cold temperatures gripping much of the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the strain H3N2 is responsible for the majority of the deadliest cases reported this season.

Questions of The Day!


Help me, help me! I am looking for a real man of science to answer my question and clear my mind. Here we go- I am type II diabetic, would it be better for me to use an unrefined sugar such as Sugar in the Raw or maybe a coconut sugar instead of choosing one of the 169 different forms of rat poison to sweeten my coffee? No matter what I read, someone has a different opinion. Tanking you in advance for bringing me to the light.



Are you aware of any probiotic eye drops to restore the flora of the eye surface after topical antibiotics? My 4 year old scratched his eye and the ER doctor prescribed erythromycin. This is the first antibiotic he has ever received(homebirth ;). Also, do you know if any alternatives to antibiotics for the eye? Maybe silver? I checked the package and it states no internal use for the silver gel and no external use for the liquid spray. But maybe theres an exception for the eyes?? This is for future reference as I am already using the antibiotic now. I have two boys and they are ROUGH. This will not likely be the last eye injury. Thank you for your time and Happy New Year!



How many times per day would you...


WikiLeaks Denies Russia As Source In Response To Head Of John Podesta Think Tank "IndyWatch Feed National"


Wikileaks has once again denied that Russia was their source of leaked emails published during the 2016 election. In a Monday reply to Neera Tanden, former Hillary Clinton advisor and President of the Center for American Progress  a liberal think tank founded by John Podesta, the WikiLeaks Task Force tweeted 2. Russia was not @wikileaks source. Deal with it.

While Julian Assange has previously denied Russia as their source, this is the first explicit admission by the organization in print regarding Kremlin involvement in leaked emails published during the 2016 US presidential election.

HANNITY: Can you say to the American people, unequivocally, that you did not get this information about the DNC, John Podestas emails, can you tell the American people 1,000 percent that you did not get it from Russia or anybody associated with Russia?

JULIAN ASSANGE: Yes. We can say...


First total lunar eclipse on January 31st "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, the first total lunar eclipse in more than two years graces the skies above North America. But unlike the previous one, this eclipse is positioned perfectly for the West Coast and Pacific Rim, while the East Coast and the Atlantic Regions will see little, if any, of the show. The eclipse occurs in the morning for western North America and the near Pacific. For the East Coast, the Moon sets before totality arrives, so the best you'll see from, say, Pittsburgh, is a partial eclipse. Viewers in the western contiguous United States (roughly west of a line drawn from Grand Forks, North Dakota, to El Paso, Texas) will have good views of most of the action, with the Moon setting at the end of or soon after totality. The farther west/northwest the viewer, the better the event. Los Angeles sees the end of totality in a brightening sky; the Moon sets before the second partial stage is complete. More northwesterly Seattle sees almost the entire eclipse, missing only the subtle end stage. Honolulu and Anchorage see every stage in an enjoyably dark sky. Alaska, Yukon, most of British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, parts of Nunavut, and Hawai'i see the eclipse from start to finish. Totality falls on the evening of January 31st for eastern Asia and the far Pacific. China, Mongolia, Japan, Korea, Russia, New Zealand, the Philippines, and most of Indonesia and Australia will see the eclipse in its entirety. (Perth, you miss the opening minutes of the event, but this is no big deal as the subtle shadow in the early stages of a total eclipse isn't visible to the naked eye.)


Clear Urine: What Does It Mean and Is It a Reason for Concern? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Clear urine with a tint of yellow color is usually a sign of healthy urine and that you are well-hydrated. Most people would assume that urine that is completely clear with no color at all would be a good thing. So, you might be surprised to learn that clear, colorless urine can sometimes be a symptom of certain health issues. In fact, completely clear urine could indicate that your body is missing important electrolytes.

Urine can be any color from a very pale light color to dark yellow that has a distinct smell. In most cases, drinking more fluids helps to make your pee a lighter, straw-like shade of yellow. However, if your pee has no color at all and is clear or transparent, it could be a sign that you are drinking too much water. If your body is lacking water or you have a urinary infection, you will notice that your pee is a darker color. Of course, some foods can also change the color of your urine.

In this article, you will find out what it means if you pass completely clear urine. I will also answer many questions related to the color of your urine and when to see a doctor. For example, what does it mean if your urine is not clear but foamy? What could be the reasons for a strong smell from your pee?

Clear Urine vs. Yellow Urine: What does it Mean?

There is a lot that the color of your urine can tell about your health. According to doctors from the Mayo Clinic, urochrome is a pigment that is responsible for making your pee a yellow color. The amount of fluid you drink will usually determine the concentration of urochrome in your pee. This turns normal urine any shade of color from clear pale yellow to dark amber.1

Chief urologist at the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute Dr. Bradley Gill says that urochrome (or urobilin) is metabolized from bile. This is filtered through the kidneys and then excreted from the body when you urinate. Factors like drinking lots of water, using diuretics, diabetes, or consuming certain foods and multivitamins that are pigmented, can cause urine to turn from a clear pale color to a darker amber color.2

The European Journal of Nutrition reports that checking the color of an individuals urine is a way to analyze the amount of their fluid intake. Usually, the clearer a persons urine then the more volume of fluids they are drinking.3

Reasons Why Your Urine is Clear

What does it mean if your urine is clear or transparent? Before looking at the various reasons for clear pee, its important to realize that normal urin...


Unvaccinated Australian children are now banned from daycare "IndyWatch Feed National"

Unvaccinated children in Wagga Wagga will not be allowed to enter daycare as part of Australia's draconian "no jab, no play" policies. Australia does not hold the pretense of incrementally removing exemptions but openly wants to ferret out anyone who remains unvaccinated even calling parents "so-called conscientious objectors." Not only are there harsh fines for daycare directors who do not enforce the government's mandatory vaccine regime, but anyone who falsifies a vaccine certification will face penalties as well. Only children with medical exemptions are allowed daycare entry, but those are rarely given. See: Government Agencies ACTUALLY Admit Poisoning By Vaccines In ICD-9 Wagga Wagga (called Wagga) is a major regional city in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia and boasts the highest childhood vaccination rate with one-year-olds having a 95% vaccination rate.


Hope for parents of babies with colic "IndyWatch Feed National"

Giving a probiotic to a breastfed baby with colic can significantly reduce the time they cry, research has found.

The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) study, published in journal Pediatrics, provides some hope to the one in five parents suffering from the impact of a babys unexplained, excessive crying.

In this study we had 345 babies and we found that the probiotic group was twice as likely as the placebo group to experience a 50 per cent reduction in crying over three weeks, said lead author Dr Valerie Sung.

As expected, both groups of babies reduced crying over the three weeks but the reduction in crying time was 13 to 15 minutes greater per day for the probiotic group, said Dr Sung.

All babies cry. But when the baby cries inconsolably for hours on end, they may have what the medical profession calls colic.

In the absence of effective treatments, researchers over the past decade have turned to one particular strain of probiotic, Lactobacillus reduteri (L reuteri).

Studies have shown promise but the results have been conflicting, says Dr Sung.

To confirm if the probiotic works, the MCRI collaborated with 11 other institutions around the world to assess its effectiveness.

Researchers did this by combining raw data from four major double-blind placebo controlled L reuteri trials, from Italy, Poland, Canada and Australia.

The Australian trial showed L reuteri to be ineffective, however when combined with the other three trials, it was clear that L reuteri worked for exclusively breastfed babies.

We did find evidence that L reuteri is effective in breastfed babies with colic. The role of L reuteri in formula-fed babies with colic cannot be determined due to lack of studies, said Dr Sung.

One hypothesis is that the probiotics change the gut microbiota or flora and in doing so reduce inflammation and therefore reduce crying.

While not a magic cure this probiotic could be considered for short-term use after all medical causes for the crying have been excluded, says Dr Sung.

Ultimately the effectiveness of this treatment will need to be assessed on a case by case basis. It is also important to remember that each probiotic strain works differently. L reuteri is the only probiotic strain that may help crying babies who are breastfed.

The study was supported by the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics.

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US downgrading Australia: former deputy PM "IndyWatch Feed National"

The 16-month delay in the United States posting an ambassador to Canberra is a sign that Australia has been downgraded, says former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer.

The Australia-US relationship is again under the microscope after The New York Times revealed Canberras top envoy in the UK, Alexander Downer, helped spark an FBI investigation into Russias role in the US election.

Mr Fischer told Fairfax Media on Tuesday that the delay in the US posting an ambassador to Australia is a sign of tensions between the nations.

This is now bordering on a diplomatic insult, Mr Fischer said.

Weve been downgraded, despite all the nice noises. We are a low priority.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he is not worried about the saga damaging his relationship with US President Donald Trump, but Labor wants an explanation into the Australian diplomats involvement in the FBI investigation.

Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos told Mr Downer during a meeting in London in May 2016 that Russia had thousands of emails that would embarrass Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Australia passed the information on to the FBI after the Democratic party emails were leaked, according to the Times, which cited four current and former US and foreign officials with direct knowledge of the Australians role.

Joe Hockey headed up Australias dealings with the FBI, Fairfax reports.

The prime ministers personal relationship with Mr Trump got off to a rocky start with a heated phone call over the US refugee resettlement deal a year ago.

Mr Fischer said that tensions over the resettlement deal are to blame for the lack of ambassador to Canberra.

The post has been empty since September 2016.

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Fulfilling Wesley Clarks Post-9/11 Prediction on the Fate of Iran? "IndyWatch Feed National"

A student at Tehran University (photo AP)

by Phil Hingston

Gumshoenews readers are no doubt familiar with General Wesley Clark, of NATO Supreme Allied Command, as quoted in his now infamous interview with Amy Goodman from Democracy Now in 2007.

This is a memo that describes how were going to take out 7 countries in 5 years starting with Iraq and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and finishing off with Iran.

Guess whats happening in Iran these last few days? A...


Pub loses roof as NSW is lashed by storms "IndyWatch Feed National"

The roof of a small town pub has been torn off by strong winds described by locals as nearly cyclonic, as storms lashed the length of NSW.
The Clarence Hotels roof was stripped off on Tuesday afternoon during a raging storm that caused widespread damage to the Northern Rivers Region, including flash flooding.
Maclean locals uploaded photographs of the storms aftermath to social media, showing the towns pub without a roof and debris scattered through the streets.
Waterview Motel owner Brian Koorockin described the winds as nearly cyclonic.
It started off as rain, then thunder and lightning and then the wind just picked up and pulled roofs off, pulled trees out of the ground and knocked over fences, Mr Koorockin told AAP.
The hotel roof is over the top of powerlinesits sort of hanging off the side, it kind of flipped off.
Mr Koorockin said he wasnt aware if anyone was inside the pub when the roof lifted off, but joked there was a good chance some regulars were in attendance.
There would have been a couple of bar flies in there, he said.
NSW Police issued a warning for Maclean residents to use caution when travelling through the area after the storm.
A NSW State Emergency Service spokeswoman told AAP the SES had responded to more than 200 calls across the state, with the most coming from around the Maclean area.
The spokeswoman said several roofs had been damaged in the town, including at the Big River Sailing Club and the Maclean Showgrounds.
Mr Koorockin said the town had lost power around lunchtime, leaving his guests with no air conditioning or light.
Ive got a motel full of people, all Ive given them is just torches, theyre all probably kicking back relaxing, he said.
Electricity is expected to be restored by Wednesday, according to the SES.
Cawongla received 32mm of rain in 30 minutes, while 76km/h wind gusts were reported at Evans Head.
Meanwhile golf-ball-sized hail was recorded at Bullburra in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.
While thunderstorm warnings were issued for much of the NSW coastline, many were eased in the evening.

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Episode-2137- Bug Out Trailers with Spirko and Harris Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tweet Today Steven Harris and I answer your questions on Bug Out Trailers.  Big trailers, small trailers, what to put in them, what to have as an electrical system. Using cargo trailers as an emergency shelter and camper. Toilets in these trailers, storage and transportation of water for consumption and hygiene. This is the second in a multi part series that began with Episode-2117- Steven Harris and Jack Spirko on Bug Out Trailers.  As this is clearly going to become a multi episode series I have created the tag BOT Shows so that all of them can be found at one location. The response to the first in the series was overwhelming, Steve compiled and sent me 14 pages of questions, I printed it out and it feels like a small book, and these are just questions and a few notes here and there.  So we are going to run about 1 hour and 15 minutes on the interview and break it into pieces parts over the next few months.   Resources for todays show Everything Steven Harris Join the Members Brigade The Year 85 Join Our Forum Walking To Freedom The Granddaddys Gun Club Bullhead Fishing Forum A new little site I started Steves Favorite New Charger Potek Watching the Wheels Go By John Lennon Sponsors of the Day Bulk Ammo JM Bullion Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one mans opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air. Join the MSB Today Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced? Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here.


Government Fail Australia the best at it? "IndyWatch Feed National"

What does the future hold for the good Australian people in 2018?

IF 'priors' are anything to go by, then the good people of Australia are just going to get screwed hard by the people in government just like every other year where the best part about it is that they (the general population) are just going to take it.

So when one asks a search engine what a "government fail" is the following result is shown:

where the screen capture above states the following:

 Just as a market failure is not a failure to bring a particular or favored solution into existence at desired prices but is rather a problem which prevents the market from operating efficiently, a government failure is not a failure of the government to bring about a particular solution but is rather a systemic problem ...

 In Australia, the people in government have stated to the serf population that the;

"first job of a government is to look after the safety of its people".

See post:

Let's take a look at one example;

The people in government have decided to import migrants who deliberately have chosen to take criminal actions that cause harm to the good people of Australia.

In all likelihood the people in government had a fair idea that these migrants would cause harm to the good people of Australia, but in any event have still decided to import these migrants.

The people in government did not adhere to their public statement to "look after the...


Massive Protests in Iran as People Weigh in on Its Origins "IndyWatch Feed National"

(GV) Its clear by now that something has been brewing in Iran. On 28 December, protests broke out in Mashhad over the high prices of everyday goods and spread to smaller towns and major cities by 29 December. Theories about what is driving the current situation abound, with many conjectures and theories being prematurely shared on the issue.

To better understand the current situation, it is important to look at Irans recent history and unpack some of the potential motivations behind these events. Here is a look at what is happening on the ground, how it differs from the 2009 protests, and why some people think that there is a lot more to this situation than meets the eye.

Scenes on the ground:

These protests have been the first on this scale since the 2009 protest movement against the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As in the 2009 protests, there is a widespread national mobilization against the status quo; however, these current protests lack the support, and in some ways, the leadership of the reformist candidates that the Green Movement had with Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. This time, the protest chants seem to speak about a general dissatisfaction with both the reformist, the moderate, and the hardline elements in Iran.

Here is what we do know so far: there are protests occurring across the country; there is....


Evansville, IN: Group Amplifies Voices of Prisoners "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Evansville, IN: Group Amplifies Voices of Prisoners appeared first on It's Going Down.

On Thursday, December 21, Evansville Letters to Prisoners (ELTP) hosted an event at Central Library where attendees read about common pathways to prison, explored and took home zines and other prisoner support materials, dropped off paperback book donations for the Vanderburgh County Detention Center, checked out library materials on mass incarceration and abolition, and listened as members of ELTP read aloud letters from prisoners. Some of the letters were written specifically to be shared at the event.

The event was part of a series developed by the Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library called A Million Voices in the River City, which aims to ask the question, is E really for everyone? Each month, a different group of people whose voices are often overlooked are invited to use the lobby of Central Library to share their stories.

The letters read aloud were written by Indiana prisoner, scholar, and playwright Anastazia Schmid; Indiana prisoner Shaka Shakur who recently underwent a successful hunger strike for better living conditions; Lamont Heard, a Michigan prisoner who was sentenced to life in prison as a juvenile; anarchist prisoner Sean Swain; black liberation fighter Kuwasi Balagoon; and Malcolm X.

Evansville Letters to Prisoners formed in October of 2015 as a way for people interested in supporting prisoners to work collaboratively. The group regularly holds letter writing events at which people can write to prisoners of their choosing or to the prisoners who are spotlighted that week, such as political prisoners with upcoming birthdays. Periodically, the group also holds fundraisers, movie nights, and other awareness-raising events. For updated information on the group, see

Supporters can write to the featured prisoners at the following addresses:



The Surprising Culprit to Bee Decline That Could Rival Pesticides "IndyWatch Feed National"

bee decline pesticides fungicides

By Heather CallaghanNatural Blaze

Many theories have been put forth on the rapid bee decline and colony collapse disorder as well as the concerning decline of other pollinators.

Many researchers have pointed fingers at neonicotinoids. In other cases, Monsanto and other chemical companies have been discovered to fund studies that show every other answer but their pesticides for the cause of bee declines.

However, there may actually be another chemical accomplice hiding in the bunchperhaps overlooked this whole time.

RT reports:

Scientists have found what they believe to be the strongest factor leading to the worryingly steep decline of bumblebees fungicides.

The discovery has now been added to the growing list of threats that could potentially lead to the extinction of the essential pollinators. The revelation that common fungicides are having the strongest impact on...


January 3 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1812 - Amongst the various Government and General Orders issued on this day by Gov Macquarie was..
"His Excellency, the Governor directs that tomorrow shall be considered as a holiday, and that the convicts shall be exempted from labour during the whole of the day.
His Excellency is further pleased to direct that an extra ration of one pounds and a half of fresh beef shall be served out tomorrow to each non-com officer and soldier of the 73rd Reg't and male convict in the settlement of Newcastle with the usual proportion to all the women and children...."

1813 - At Kissing Point (Putney) Woollarawarre Bennelong passed from this world to the next, he was buried in the orchard of his great friend brewer James Squire.

1825 - The absconding convicts headed south and reached as far as Reid's Mistake (Lake Macquarie) a distance of about 15 nautical miles. Lieut. Owen reached the same place on the 3rd January where he found the oars and rudder, all that remained of the gig which had been swamped. With the help of the native trackers they soon afterwards captured five of the prisoners - Tunnicliffe, Pritchard, Smith, Johnston and Collins in a hut with Private Yams. The telescope was found with them. They were brought into Newcastle on this day and lodged in the gaol.

1826 - Father Philip Conolly opened the first Catholic school in Van Diemen's Land at Hobart.

1827 - Pack the picnic basket with the Waterford Crystal Auntie Maud....The first boat regatta, organised by the officers of HMS Success and HMS Rainbow, was held on the Derwent River.

1839 - John Hutt replaced James Stirling as Governor of WA. Stirlingm, not one to mess about,  left for England the next day.

1840 - Read all about it...The Port Phillip Herald began publication in Melbourne, edited by George Cavenagh.

1841 - The steamer Clonmel, on just its second voyage between Sydney and Melbourne, was wrecked near Corner Inlet.

1850 - Victoria's first stamps issued. Costing 1d., 2d. and 3d., they featured a portrait of Queen Victoria, who was most definitely not amused to have 'colonials' licking her back !

1851 -  Today was the final day in a series of 'examinations' aka massacres that took place on Fraser Island between Christmas Day 1850 and January 3, 1851. In a newspaper report it was called "a jaunt" with the added description of "...natives were driven into the sea and kept there as long as daylight or life lasted."

1853 - Keep the pennies under the mattress...The Bank of Victoria o...


RNAi Corn Frankenfood Approved Safety Called into Question "IndyWatch Feed National"

Safety of Monsanto/Dow's Newly Approved Frankenfood (RNAi Corn) Called Into Question

Posted on: Saturday, December 30th 2017 at 9:45 pm
Written By: Sayer Ji, Founder
This article is copyrighted by GreenMedInfo LLC, 2018

Another study confirms what activists and scientists alike have been warning: the next generation of RNA interference GM foods may seriously compromise the genetic integrity of our species. 
A new study titled, Detection of dietetically absorbed maize-derived microRNAs in pigs, adds fuel to the fire of the growing controversy surrounding the EPAs recent and conspiculously underreported approval of Monsanto/Dows RNA interference (RNAi) corn a new type of genetically modified organism comprised of a multitude of genetically engineered traits (and therefore potential health risks) destined to make it to peoples dinner tables by the end of this decade. 
The Biotech/Chemical industrys new RNAi corn was quietly rubber stamped by the EPA on June 15th of this year under the premature, and likely patently false assumption that the RNA interference molecules in the maize can not directly affect the gene expression of those animals or humans who eat it. 
The ongoing controversy relates to a fundamental difference of opinion on the age old aphorism: you are what you eat. The GMO side answers NO, rejecting the idea. To them, food isnt imbued with any unique, biologically meaningful properties beyond the fact that it is a source of energy (calories) and bodily building-blocks (biochemicals such as carbs, fats and proteins, and a few key minerals and vitamins). Therefore, they contend that GMO food is substantia...


Talk Nation Radio: Silvio Carillo on U.S. Support for Coup and Stolen Election in Honduras "IndyWatch Feed National"

Silvio Carillo is an Oakland-based freelance multimedia journalist, director of the website and nephew of Berta Cceres, a Honduran activist who was assassinated there in March 2016 after being awarded the Goldman Prize for her environmental activism. Carrillo just wrote the New York Times op-ed Americas Blind Eye to Hondurass Tyrant.

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Pilot was a world-class pianist "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The National

North Coast Aviation Pilot David Tong, who lost his life in the rugged Saruwaged Range of Morobe in the Dec 23 air crash, was not just an ordinary aviator.

He was one of the top pianists in Australia and the world.
He could have chosen to remain in the top music halls of the world but opted to fly in Papua New Guinea.
David Tong the pianist at a concert.-Picture by Greater Geraldton Regional Library website.


12 questions that can change your life forever "IndyWatch Feed National"

The instinct is to look for answers, but the truth is that it's questions that teach us most. It can also be that the rhetorical questions - the ones that don't even seem to have answers - that push and push the hardest. Who do you think you are? What does all this mean? Why? Why? Why? The right question at the right time can change the course of a life, can still a turbulent mind, or heal an angry heart. While every situation can generate its own, there are twelve questions, I think, that deserve to be asked not just once but many times over the course of a lifetime, some even many times over the course of the day. I have gathered them from some of the wisest philosophers, most incisive thinkers, greatest leaders and most awesome badasses that ever lived. I'm not saying I know the answer to any of them, but I can say there is value in letting them challenge you. If you let them. If you let them do their work on you - and let them change you.


Family left seeking answers after bizarre car chase leads police to kill unarmed man "IndyWatch Feed National"

A police officer in plainclothes chased a man in an unmarked car, and then shot and killed him when he claimed the man had his hand in his pocket. Community members are searching for answers after an unarmed man was shot and killed by two police officers in an unmarked car who are claiming that they opened fire because he had his hand in his pocket. The incident started around 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 27 when officers claimed they spotted a 2013 Hyundai that was wanted in connection with a homicide investigation, according to a report from NBC Philadelphia.


PERTH Mandurah man faces court over New Years Eve murder charge "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Mandurah man faces court over New Years Eve murder charge .

January 02, 2018 at 07:22PM .

A 26-year-old Mandurah man has faced court charged with the murder of a 19-year-old woman on New Years Eve. Junior Fayiah Carlos made a brief appearance in Perth Magistrates Court on Monday and was remanded in custody to reappear on January 31. Police charged him with the murder of the .


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Of bush knives, AK47s and atomic bombs. "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tindi Apa with M16
Yu husat? Tindi Apa and M16


TUMBY BAY - For a while I was the kiap in charge of the patrol post at Olsobip in the Star Mountains at the time the copper and gold discovery at nearby Ok Tedi was being developed.

In those days Kennecott geologists carrying out stream sampling from helicopters were encountering groups of people who had never seen Europeans before.

This didnt stop many of the local Faiwol flocking to Tabubil for work, however, and soon the patrol area was aflood with cash.

One of the most popular items on the workers shopping list was a shotgun. In those days usually a single barrel 12 gauge Winchester. The mission and cooperative stores were selling them as fast as they could be shipped in from Moresby.

On most Monday mornings at the patrol post, there was a queue of returned workers waiting to get a permit to buy a gun.

There were certain conditions to be met before I could issue a permit but there was nothing I could legally do to limit the number dispensed.

Instead, I employed a bit of bluff and tried to limit the permits to one gun per hamlet. I also insisted that the potential purchaser show me his fifty dollars to prove he could afford the purchase.

But the canny Faiwol had ways of getting around this and the number of guns in the area proliferated.

What followed was the decimation of local wildlife. Birds of Paradise particularly suffered. Highlanders working at Ok Tedi routinely went home with patrol boxes stuffed with birds theyd bought off the locals for a few dollars each.

It also wasnt long before we were seeing people with gunshot wounds. The difference between an arrow wound and a gunshot wound is something to behold.

It wasnt just shotguns that became a problem. Faiwol also started walking around armed with bush knives.

They werent your ordinary garden variety machete but were Chinese made African-style pangas with long swordlike blades and deadly points. They are the ones that are now ubiquitou...


Research indicates multiple causes for strandings "IndyWatch Feed National"

In June 2015, 337 dead whales were found in a fjord in Chilean Patagonia. It was quickly declared one of the largest whale stranding events known to science. Researchers suggested a recent explosion of toxic red algae could be behind the mysterious phenomenon, but they couldn't say for sure. The following year, more than 80 short-finned pilot whales beached themselves on the coast of the Bay of Bengal in India, seemingly unable to navigate away from the shoreline. When rescuers managed to move 36 of them back to sea, they appeared disoriented, and struggled to rejoin their pod. Some even found their way back to the beach and stranded themselves once more. And in February 2017, in what has become one of the biggest mass stranding events in New Zealand history, 416 pilot whales beached themselves on the South Island's Farewell Spit beach, followed by roughly 240 more that ran aground between the settlements of Puponga and Pakawau. This time, many of them were refloated. Potential explanations abound, including solar storms, military sonar, and even the Moon's gravitational pull, but what's become increasingly clear each time is that no one really knows what's going on. And that's not necessarily a bad thing, according to Mark Hindell, professor of marine science at the University of Tasmania in Australia.

Research indicates multiple causes for whale strandings "IndyWatch Feed National"

In June 2015, 337 dead whales were found in a fjord in Chilean Patagonia. It was quickly declared one of the largest whale stranding events known to science. Researchers suggested a recent explosion of toxic red algae could be behind the mysterious phenomenon, but they couldn't say for sure. The following year, more than 80 short-finned pilot whales beached themselves on the coast of the Bay of Bengal in India, seemingly unable to navigate away from the shoreline. When rescuers managed to move 36 of them back to sea, they appeared disoriented, and struggled to rejoin their pod. Some even found their way back to the beach and stranded themselves once more. And in February 2017, in what has become one of the biggest mass stranding events in New Zealand history, 416 pilot whales beached themselves on the South Island's Farewell Spit beach, followed by roughly 240 more that ran aground between the settlements of Puponga and Pakawau. This time, many of them were refloated. Potential explanations abound, including solar storms, military sonar, and even the Moon's gravitational pull, but what's become increasingly clear each time is that no one really knows what's going on. And that's not necessarily a bad thing, according to Mark Hindell, professor of marine science at the University of Tasmania in Australia.


Trump tells Pakistan to forget about aid money from the US - while Julie Bishop's chucking $50M wads their way "IndyWatch Feed National"

Compare and Contrast. Trump on Pakistan. The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt...


Scotland is starting a universal basic income experiment in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Lou Del Bello

People living in the Scottish cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Fife, and North Ayrshire may soon receive an unconditional monthly sum as part of a series of universal basic income pilots currently being explored with support from the local government.

Although still in its infancy and rife with controversy, the idea has already attracted 250,000 (nearly US$334,500) of public funding in the form of a grant to develop feasibility studies.

The cities involved have until late March 2018 to submit their bids.

In a world where jobs are being increasingly taken over by machines, leaders have started to recognise that the welfare safety net will need to change.

Advocates of universal basic income believe that the unconditional offer of a regular, though tiny, sum of money could help many get back on their feet, and even encourage them to invest in new business ideas.

In Scotland, some have criticised involvement of the government, which doesnt have the powers over tax and benefits necessary to pilot a full basic income.

However people from both sides of the political aisle have engaged with the proposal, which would cost money upfront but could deliver important savings by replacing unemployment benefits.

Speaking at a conference of economists, Scotlands First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: It might turn out not to be the answer, it might turn out not to be feasible.

But as work changes as rapidly as it is doing, I think its really important that we are prepared to be open-minded about the different ways that we can support individuals to participate fully in the new economy...


Julie Bishop's $22M annual cash giveaway slush fund for pet women/governance/human-rights projects - Iran's on the list!!!!! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julie Bishop shows her support for oppressed women in Iran by veiling up and bowing to one of the senior Iranian Arseholes-In-Chief. Below is a low-doc small aid program (worth $22M per year) through which Julie and mates can spread the love to such wonderful places as Pakistan, Iran, Somalia...


Australian gay politicians. Part three. Former Australian Prime Minister Julie Gillard. A staged marriage to a gay husband. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julia Gillard with her staged gay husband tim Mathieson who stopped living with her after she stopped being Australian Prime Minister an got paid for his contribution to the charade.

Awkward body language characterises every romantic photograph of Julia Gillard with her gay husband. Julia Gillard with her staged gay husband Tim Mathieson who stopped living with her after she stopped being Australian Prime Minister and got paid for his contribution to the charade. 


So far in this interesting series Australian gay politicians Ive looked at the gayness of former Australian Paul Keating who lives with his man in Potts Point, Sydney.

In the second article we looked at the open gay former Australian Greens Party leader Bob Brown.

Today Im going to look at another closet gay politician, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Paul Keating was married to Anita and they have a number of children. Im not aware of when Paul decided he liked some back-door action but presumably it was decades ago. Many Australians would be surprised to know Paul is gay but in the media, political circles, Eastern Suburbs elite, and gay scene it is widely known. So why the secrecy? Is being a homosexual or lesbian a claudestine activity for Australians politicians...


Why the anti-fluoride haters are attacking a Calgary academic, calling her a fraud "IndyWatch Feed National"

For a mild-mannered public health researcher, Lindsay McLaren attracts more than her share of haters.

Google the University of Calgary professors name and the fourth entry declares that she is a fraud, a fanatic and a bald-faced liar.

Another website proudly declares one of her studies debunked. And the emailed feedback she receives contains an aggressiveness Ive never experienced, she says.

McLarens notoriety arose after she began a long-term project to study the impact of fluoridating tap water or ending fluoridation, as happened in her city six years ago.

Her study results have both confirmed fluoridations apparent benefits and discounted some of its alleged risks: they suggest that removing fluoride from Calgarys water increased cavities in baby teeth, that the additive does not cause learning disabilities as some allege and that its not linked to thyroid disease [sic].

Critics in the vocal anti-fluoride community trash the public health professors methods, and say her public support for fluoridation undermines her objectivity and credibility.

McLaren refutes those charges, but it all seems to underscore the emotions inspired by an issue that, like the ache of a rotten tooth, refuses to fade away.

Some of the comments that are being made are reasonable, she concedes about the stream of personal email shes received. Others are just very, very aggressive, and theres an aggressiveness Ive never experienced prior to being in this field Calling me a fraud, questioning my integrity.

The drama around McLarens research comes amid a new attempt to get Calgary to restore fluoride to the tap water, after stopping it in 2011. A group called Calgarians for Kids Health urged voters to pick pro-fluoride candidates in the October municipal election.

Juliet Guichon, the University of Calgary bioethicist who spearheaded the campaign, said McLarens work has been a boon, giving scientific credence to what she has heard repeatedly from dentists that tooth decay is rising dramatically.

The research is vital to helping people in Calgary understand the effects of ending fluoridation, she said.

But look elsewhere, and one finds a different perspective.

Take nothing that a forced fluoridation fanatic says at face value, writes Australian Dan Germouse on his website. Because they are bald-faced liars.

He compared media statements by McLaren about the cavity study to the paper itself, suggesting that she had overplayed its significance. The study concluded t...


Turkey state religious authority joins 2GB's Ray Hadley in supporting marriage for 9 year old girls "IndyWatch Feed National"

Turkish state religious authority Diyanet ( just published a new fatwa on marriage according to which girls can "marry and get pregnant as early as 9." How can anyone still find excuses for this perverse Islamist ideology? Islamism Map (@IslamismMap) January 2, 2018


Netanyahu Party Votes To Annex Palestinian Occupied West Bank In 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have denounced Israeli plans to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank, saying they represented an end to the remnants of the peace process and would lead to more Palestinian resistance.

On Sunday, about 1,500 members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus Likud party voted  unanimously to impose Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, referring to the Israeli name for the occupied Palestinian territory.

The non-binding resolution also called for the unlimited construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank, land that Palestinians want for a future state.

Likuds decision to impose Israeli control over the occupied West Bank represents an end to the remnants of the peace process, Fatah, which is headed by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, said in a statement.

This decision is a blow to all previously signed agreements, and an unforgivable violation of UN resolutions, the latest of which was resolution 2334, that the West Bank, including Jerusalem, is occupied territory.

Hamas also condemned Likuds move, calling it a policy of aggression against the Palestinian people that was taking advantage of American positions, including [Donald] Trumps dangerous declaration a reference to the US president recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital on December 6.

Trumps move prompted deadly protests in the occupied Palestinian territories and major rallies in support of the Palestinians across the Muslim world.

resounding majority of UN member states also defied unprecedented threats by the US to declare the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital null and void.

It would really mean that there is no more attempt to try to find a two-state solution to the crisis, Al Jazeeras Mohammed Jamjoom, reporting from West Jerusalem, said.

We also spoke with many analysts, who said that there is no way that such an inflammatory resolution would actually get to the Knesset in its current form.

He said there were many more questions at this hour than answers about what is going to happen next.

Ali Abunimah, the co-founder of Electronic Intifada, an online magazine that documents...


2017 was the safest on record for airline passengers "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Dutch-based aviation consultancy, To70, has released its Civil Aviation Safety Review for 2017. It reports only two fatal accidents, both involving small turbo-prop aircraft, with a total of 13 lives lost.

No jets crashed in passenger service anywhere in the world. 

The two crashes which occurred on New Years Eve a seaplane in Sydney which killed six, and a Cessna Caravan which crashed in Costa Rica, killing all 12 on board are not included in the tally, since both aircraft weighed under 5,700kg  the threshold for the report.


The first fatal accident included in the report was in October: an Embraer Brasilia operating as an air ambulance in Angola. The pilots lost control after reportedly suffering an engine failure, Seven people died, including the patient.

In November, a Czech-built Let 410 belonging to Khabarovsk Avia crashed on landing at Nelkan in the Russian Far East with the loss of six lives. A four-year-old girl was the only survivor.



Franco/Islamic NYE torching cars tradition going strong - this year's tally >1,000 French cars in flames "IndyWatch Feed National"

MORE THAN 1,000 CARS TORCHED IN FRANCE DURING NEW YEARS EVE Voice of Europe, January 2, 2018: An army of security and emergency forces on the streets of France could not prevent a rise in the number of cars that were torched. Compared with last year, the number rose by...


Sarah Huckabee Sanders delivers smackdown to NY Times columnist with award mocking his failed Trump prediction "IndyWatch Feed National"

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders handed out an impromptu award on Friday to a New York Times columnist - but it wasn't for impeccable reporting. What happened? Sanders issued the "worst prediction for the year" award to Times columnist Paul Krugman on Friday for predicting President Donald Trump's successful presidential election would sink the American economy to such a low point that it would never recover. "If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never," Krugman wrote on Election Day. "So we are very probably looking at a global recession, with no end in sight. I suppose we could get lucky somehow. But on economics, as on everything else, a terrible thing has just happened."


Just Say No, Minnesota. "IndyWatch Feed National"

A fine example of christian logic.

Michele Bachmann is slithering back into the political scene. Maybe. Just say no, people. Michele was on Jim Bakkers glurge-fest last week, saying she was considering running for Frankens vacant seat:

Bachmann said that she has had people contact me and urge me to run for that Senate seat and that she is asking God if doing so in His will for her.

Bachmann said that she would be willing to run in order to take godly principles into the Senate but is concerned that she will be unfairly attacked by Washington insiders because the swamp is so toxic.

Uh huh. None of this is new, and its just amazing how you can sit there and opine on the toxicity of that Washington swamp, given that your hero was supposed to have cleaned that all up. Guess that wasnt one of the miraculous accomplishments of the Tiny Tyrant.

I trust in a big God, Bachmann said, asserting that she was supposed to run for president in 2012 in order to make the the repeal of Obamacare the central issue of the Republican platform. I feel like I was wildly successful I didnt win, but I moved the debate. So I didnt shed a tear when I left the contest because I felt like, you know, I fulfilled the calling that God gave me.

A big god. Right. I guess everything has to have a big appended to it now. I wish this bit of idiocy would die. All I can think about now is Honeycomb Cereal

Honeycombs bigyeah yeah yeah!
Its not smallno no no!
Honeycombs gota big big bite!
Big big (taste/crunch) in a big big bite!

That almost works if you use god instead of Honeycomb. Oh look, Michele thinks she was single-handedly responsible for  the republican upset over healthcare! My my, some people might think that to be a tad arrogant. You didnt move a thing, Michele. All anyone wanted was for you to shut the fuck up. Pretty sure people still want that.

So the question is am I being called to do this now? she added. I dont know.

You d...


For @charlesortel and our US friends wondering "Who is Alexander Downer?" "IndyWatch Feed National"

How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt By SHARON LaFRANIERE, MARK MAZZETTI and MATT APUZZODEC. 30, 2017 Continue reading the main story 2114 Photo George Papadopoulos was working as an energy consultant in London when the Trump campaign named him a foreign policy...


PNG Hunters resume training "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The SP Papua New Guinea Hunters will resume training today. However,  vice-captain Wellington Albert will not be a part of the SP Hunters squad this season.

His PNG LNG Kumul team mates Captain Ase Boas, Watson Boas, Wartovo Puara, Stargroth Amean, Stanton Albert, Enock Maki, Nixon Putt, Moses Meninga and Willie Minoga have joined the pre-season training camp in Port Moresby today.
Coach Michael Marum confirmed that Albert has signed a contract to play with Super League club Widnes Vikings in England.
The 32 players to resume training today are:
1.Adex Wera
2.Butler Morris
3.Muka Peter Kulu
4.Radley Brawa
5.Sailas Gahuna
6.Wawa Paul
7.William Mone
8.Adam Korave
9.Junior Rau
10.Kennedy Ben
11.Edene Gebi
12.Junior Bobby
13.McKenzie Yei
14.Baunda Aba
15.Julias Yokopa
16.Ila Alu
17.Dilbert Isaac
18.Brendon Gutuno
19.John Andy
20.Charlie Simon
21.Patrick Morea
22.Joseph Konz
23.Clyde Name
24.Ase Boas
25.Watson Boas
26.Wartovo Puara
27.Stanton Albert
28.Willie Minoga
29.Nixon Putt
30.Moses Meninga
31.Enoch Maki
32.Stargroth Amean
Marum said the squad will be reduced to 25 at the end of January.
The SP Hunters play a triaql match against full strength  Brisbane Broncos in Port Moresby on February 24.


Fasting Mimicking Diet All the benefits of water fasting without the drawbacks "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Dr. Mercola Most of us want to live a healthy, long life. But whats the best way to switch on your bodys ability to promote cellular protection, regeneration and rejuvenation? In this interview, Valter Longo, Ph.D., a researcher and director of the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California (USC), helps answer that


Physicists Test a Strange Nuclear Sphere That Could Revolutionize Fusion Energy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Like nothing weve seen.

By David Nield

Its well established that nuclear fusion  the reaction that powers our Sun could be the key to unlocking clean, limitless energy here on Earth.

But one of the biggest challenges of modern science is how to harness the fusion reaction so that it produces more energy than it consumes. And a new paper claims to have found a way to do just that.

Instead of looking at how to optimise common fusion reactor designs, such as tokamaks or stellerators, a group of physicists experimentally tested some novel reactor types.

They found that a strange-looking sphere design could be the key to achieving net-positive nuclear fusion because, surprisingly, it has the potential to generate more energy than it uses.

The key difference, aside from its shape, is that this nuclear sphere would fuse hydrogen and boron, rather than hydrogen isotopes such as deuterium and tritium. And it uses lasers to heat the core up to 200 times hotter than the centre of the Sun.

If the teams calculations are correct, the hydrogen-boron reactor device could be built and producing net-positive energy way before any of the reactors currently being tested reach completion.

Even better, the hydrogen-boron reaction produces no neutrons, and therefore doesnt create any radioactive waste as a byproduct.

It is a most exciting thing to see these reactions confirmed in recent experiments and simulations, says lead researcher Heinrich Hora, from the University of New South Wales in Australia.

I think this puts our approach ahead of all other fusion energy technologies.

Fusion reactions take the opposite approach to the nuclear fission reactions we rely on for our nuclear power today: instead of atoms being split, theyre combine...


Study predicts a significantly drier (or wetter) world at 2C (Warning: robust model output) "IndyWatch Feed National"

From the University of East Anglia, home of Climategate, comes this press release claiming a good portion of the world will become drier due to global warming. Just a little over a year ago, at the other climate alarmist outfit in Australia, the UNSW ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, they said a good portion of the world


The horrendous lie of our generation is the one that poverty is being reduced "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is more poverty on this earth today than ever before, with both absolute and relative poverty guaranteed to accelerate their increasing trend. The horrendous lie of our generation is the one that poverty is being reduced right around the world. In fact it is increasing but there are diabolical efforts to mask this. Abominable []



020118SDA Pathfinders congress aims at transformation
By- Theresa Baranangko
The Seventh Day Adventist Pathfinders from the 10 Seventh day Adventist Local Mission in Papua New Guinea will be hosting a Pathfinder congress at Bautama in Port Moresby from the 7th to 13th January 2018.
According to the Bougainville Mission Pathfinder travel Coordinator, Mr Raka Benson, the 10 Local Mission pathfinders who will be attending the Congress includes, Southern Highlands Mission, Western Highlands Mission, eastern Highlands Simbu Mission, east sepik mission, Madang Manus Mission, Central Papua Mission, North East Papua Mission, North Papua Mission, New Britian New Ireland and Bougainville mission.
He said that at total of 117 members will be travelling with a total of 20 Church leaders from the Bougainville Mission to participate in the congress.
Mr Raka said that the Member for South Bougainville have funded the South Bougainville SDA pathfinder club while the other Districts in Bougainville were able to meet their own travelling cost which is a total of K1453.00 plus Registration fees which is K300 for early registration and K350 for late registration.
The Five yearly congresses is designed by the Adventist Mission to create an avenue for young Pathfinders between the ages of 10 15 where they can be spiritually mentored and spiritually directed by church leaders to find the spiritual path that would guide them in todays world.
He said that the Team of the Congress which is Chosen to serve is the highlight of the congress which means that each person are chosen by the Lord to serve in different ways at different level.
Mr Raka said that the diversity of culture during such event can be a help to the pathfinders so they can broaden their minds and understand their values and their importance in the community.



020118Negetive and Positive aspect of HomeBrew
By- Theresa Baranangko
While Police are trying to minimise the consumption of Homebrew in Bougainville, most of the Christmas and New Years Celebrators were intoxicated with the liquor despite the ban by the police.
This indicates that Homebrew is still being produced despite the many efforts of Leaders.
A reporter was able to catch up with a home brew brewer at a village in Wakunai and questioned why they are not adhering to the Authorities.
The person who wishes to be anonymous replied that Homebrew is a cheap liquor therefore low income earners who cannot afford other factory produced liquor go for it.
He also said that since their main cash crop which is cocoa, was infested with cocoa bora, the flow of income has collapse therefore most people have turned to alternatives such as Home brew production.
He said that illiterate youths in the villages have been neglected often by the leaders in terms of projects provision where they can be able to maintain their livelihood and also keep them busy.
For this reason, he said that they have no choice but to do this illegal trade just to sustain their lives.



020118Normal activities resumes in 2018
By- Theresa Baranangko
Buka town is slowly attracting the normal flow of people into town to do normal activities as the main shopping centres; the Bank and the Buka main Market were opened today for normal business.
Normal Government operations and other business activities is expected to resume today however most offices and business houses is not into full swing as it is just after the New Year Celebrations.
While few have adhered to resume dates, most public servants are still on holiday mood which explains the empty offices and workstations.
Meanwhile, the Police in buka town have maintained peace and order during the duration of the Christmas and New Year celebrations despite of few mishaps which have distracted a few from the joy of the holidays.



020118prisoners escape from Buka Police Station
By-Theresa Baranangko
A total of 18 prisoners escaped last night from the Buka police station cell.
New Dawn FM was unable to get full details of the information as the Provincial Police Commander and the Buka Police Station Commander were not available to leak out information.
However, New Dawn FM will continue to pursue the case and report on the matter as soon as the two Police hierarchies are contacted.
Meanwhile, the owner of Happy Sound was able to bring a culprit into the Buka Police station while a New Dawn FM Reporter was present at the scene.
The cause of the incident is not known as the Police officers were busy with the complainant and the suspect.


Turnbull & Co have to make up a lot of ground six months out from the start of the federal general election countdown "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

According to Newspoll Malcolm Bligh Turnbull commenced the new year with only 31 per cent of the population approving of his performance as prime minister and only 35 per cent of voters willing to give his government first preference at the next federal election.

An election which is due to be called sometime between 4 August 2018 and 18 May 2019.

As for the swing against the Turnbull Government in mainland states

The Australian, 26 December 2017:

The Coalition has suffered a two-point fall in its two-party-preferred vote in the five mainland state capital cities since September to trail Labor 55-45.

On a two-party-preferred basis, Labor leads 55-45 in Queensland, 54-46 in NSW and Victoria and 53-47 in both South Australia and Western Australia. This represents a 4 per cent swing nationally to Labor, which, if repeated at the next election, could result in the loss of between 20 and 30 seats for the Liberal and Nationals parties.

The final Newspoll analysis of the year threatens to dampen the buoyancy in the Coalition parties that flowed from Mr Turnbull finishing the year achieving victories in two by-elections triggered by the High Court ruling on dual citizenship and claiming the scalp of disgraced Labor senator Sam Dastyari as it pursued popular new laws to curb foreign interference and influence.


A professed 'Christian' man named in at least one human rights complaint to the International Criminal Court vows to defend Christianity in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 December 2017:

Scott Morrison says he will fight back against discrimination and mockery of Christians and other religious groups in 2018, in comments that position him as one of the leading religious conservatives in the Turnbull government. 

Mr Morrison also promised to play a leading role next year in the debate about enshrining further "protections" for religious freedom in law, which will be informed by a review currently being led by former Attorney-General Philip Ruddock.

For overseas readers who may not know this man, he is enthusiastic Hill Song Church devotee, Liberal MP for Cook, former Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, former Minister for Social Security and current Australian Treasurer Scott John Morrison.

On his ministerial watch alleged human rights abuses occurred in overseas detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru. These incidents included deaths of asylum seekers such as that of Reza Berati.

Alleged abuses continue to be reported to this day.



President Trump calls on US Justice Department to act over Clinton email servers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Crooked Hillary Clintons top aid, Huma Abedin, has been accused of disregarding basic security protocols. She put Classified Passwords into the hands of foreign agents. Remember sailors pictures on submarine? Jail! Deep State Justice Dept must finally act? Also on Comey & others Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2,...


Jaipur Is Doing Many Things to Do Well on Swachh Bharat Survey, But Cleaning Isnt One of Them "IndyWatch Feed National"

Volunteers hired by an event management company are being used to make sure citizens give the kind of feedback the government wants.

Volunteers hired by the event management company holding up pledge forms. Credit: Shruti Jain

Volunteers hired by the event management company holding up pledge forms. Credit: Shruti Jain

Jaipur: The Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) has hired an event management company to make sure that the city performs well in the Narendra Modi governments Swachh Survekshan a survey to rank cities on various sanitation and cleanliness parameters.

The company, called Impressive Events Hub, has deployed approximately 100 college-going students as volunteers for a month, giving them Rs 9,000 to create awareness among people by making sure that they fill a swachhata pledge form (that carries their details name, address, ward number, mobile number and email address), download the Swachhata app and properly answer the six questions that will be asked during the survey.

Data from the details in the pledge forms filled by residents, schools, hotels, hospitals and markets is being collected and submitted to the municipal corporation. However, it is not known if there exists any restriction on the event management company being allowed to sell the data to a third party.


Tuesday, 02 January


Comic Relief "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was a country kid so I grew up on ABC. If you are of the same era, you know what I mean. Pretty much sun up and sun down screenings of shows imported from the UK.

Many of the shows from the 1970s and 1980s still stand up or maybe its nostalgia.  Fawlty Towers, The Good Life, Yes Minister, To The Manor Born told me a lot about England but mostly they made me laugh.  They were comedies set in a far away place with little resemblance to home.  They didnt make me feel blacker or invisible.  I watched them because they were funny and sometimes they were funny even when they were sad.  They did something to my insides.  

I remember when it began to jar a little amongst cultural gatekeepers, the frissons of resentment that somehow we werent proud of local content. I cant think of any shows of comedic note that were produced in Australia around that time. Seriously. I cant.

Then and now Ive never watched a tv show because I thought I had to.  I dont think I am the only one.

The latest Dave Chappelle Netflix special to land on our screens is fresh air in a stuffy room. It is the very best of what a comedian should be.  I wont spoil it because of its many pleasures is to settle in and just let it envelop you. 

But yo, some may say, he has been doing this for a while. I know, but I am late to the David Chappelle party. I spent a lot of years where I just didnt have time to watch tv, not when there were so many books that I wanted to read.  And Richard Pryor was so good I could watch him repeatedly.

I get that something happened. Dave got pissed off and walked away.  He stayed away. And now twelve years later he is back. 


Starving brood-mares in Mt Eliza - Animal Cruelty Hotline report "IndyWatch Feed National"

These are photos of horses on a property on Moorooduc Hwy, Mt Eliza, in Victoria, Australia. People have expressed concern at the condition of these horses, which looks dire, and the paddock, where there appears to be no grass at all - only dirt. One horse photographed has gross leg deformities, although this could be a birth defect. The person who took the photos says that the RSPCA has informed them that they are working with the owners. The photographer has expressed alarm at how long this is taking and fears that the delay will doom these horses. Barrie Tapp of Animal Cruelty Hotline has passed this information on to because it needs public attention. Please let your local member of parliament know. Animal cruelty hotline is Freecall 1800751770

Inspector Tapp writes, "And these are registered thoroughbred broodmares! We at Animal Cruelty Hotline reported this to Racing Victoria Ltd and was told 'it was being monitored' but later, when I questioned them further, they told me the owner was 'deregistered'."

It then became the responsibility of the RSPCA.

Mr Tapp adds, "I have vented my disgust and opinion of the condition of these horses and informed RSPCA that, 'just because they have a bale of hay thrown out it MUST be proper and sufficient feed not just a maintenance diet as these horses are too far gone and in my opinion they must be removed to better conditions.' RSPCA told me that some were on a body score of 2. I say rubbish emaciated body score of 0. And to say that they are 'working with the owners' is also rubbish. If thats the case then it is not working at all as this has been reported many times and still the horses have NOT improved.

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The Larrikins "Navvy on the Line" LP 1977 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

John B of NSW has very kindly provided us with his rip of this album. Many thanks John - I had been wondering when I would be able to access this one.

This was one of the early Larrikin releases - LRP 9 in 1977. It was later re-released by the ABC on vinyl and it is one of the re-released LP that John has ripped.

The performers on this album were Warren Fahey, Liora "Lalita" Claff, Tony Suttor, Ned Alexander, Paddy McLaughlan and Jack Fallis with alternating vocal performers as specified on the rear of the LP slip (graphics included in the download).

It's an enjoyable album featuring music, as sub-titled, "from the Australian Railway Tradition".

01 The Brocklebank Engineers
02 I Came Over From Ireland
03 The Night Express
04 Cant-hook and Wedges
05 On The Queensland Railway Lines
06 The Sunshine Disaster
07 The Ten Penny Bit  - Frost is All Over
08 Billy Sheehan
09 Only One More Drink
10 The Dying Fettler
11 The Shooting of The Crow
12 The Trumpet - Ned's Favourite
13 The Sandy Hollow Line
14 Navvy on the Line
15 The Woy Woy Workers' Train.

Click here to download from MediaFire
It is a compressed file which will need to be decompressed after downloading. Tracks are MP3 192 CBR. File size is 52Mb.
If download becomes unavailable please let me know and I will re-up the file -


Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger live at The Regent Theatre, Sydney 1979. "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger 1977 publicity kit photo
Yes, this one does not fit into the remit of this blog. In fact, there are only two connections to Australia. Firstly, this was a live performance at The Regent Theatre in January 1979 when they performed as part of the Sydney Festival of Folk Life. Secondly, they sang a song about Joh Bjelke-Petersen. However, I suspect many visitors to the blog will welcome the inclusion of this album.

That concert of about three hours was professionally recorded by the ABC and later broadcast in parts on ABC-FM. John B recorded the broadcast parts on a reel-to-reel recorder. He collated the parts to recreate the full concert and has subsequently separated and digitally converted each of the tracks. He has also conveniently numbered the tracks in order as two sets so as to enable the production of two CDs to feature the concert continually as in the original broadcast. (Note that if you wish to do that, ensure that there is no gap between tracks when recording - the default is usually 2 seconds)

There are a few minor glitches but, overall, the quality is very good despite an MP3 rate of 128 CBR which correlates to the original FM broadcast quality anyway. Great job John B.

101 Introduction
102 Cowboy Song
103 Battle of Harlaw
104 Going to The West
105 Henry Lee
106 Talking Bones
107 Penny Wager
108 Talking Matrimony Blues
109 Scolding Wife
110 Wha' Is It That Findlay?
111 Queensland Joh song
112 Crossbones Scully
113 Blast Against Blackguards

201 Cindy
202 Allende's Song
203 Dirty Old Town
204 Browned Off
205 Flying Cloud
206 No Sir No
207 Emily's Story
208 Freeborn Man
209 Ale-Wife
210 Ballad of Accounting
211 Shoals of Herring
212 I'm A Rover

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Shearers Nightmare "Burning Sleepers" LP 1984 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

This is another rip from the Victorian Bush Folkie. Thanks again.

The members of Shearers Nightmare were Marsh Robinson, Barbara Bowman, Rob Brock, Paul Keating and Mick McGinty. The band appears to have been based in Rockhampton, Queensland. They brought a lot of enthusiasm to this very eclectic album both vocally and instrumentally. There are only two Australian traditionals, namely, Goorianawa, and The Sandy Maranoa both done at a gallop and with some frantic spoon playing. Crossing the Razorback is about the trek to the gold rush to Mount Morgan. Yeppoon Song is a protest about the Japanese tourist resort at Yeppoon. Draglines protests about the mechanisation of coal mining causing unemployment for miners in Central Queensland. There are three obvious comedy tracks and two more having a love life angle. Agnes Waters Dreamin' is well done, easy listening, and also protesting about wrecking of scenic wilderness. Burning Sleepers is an unaccompanied  monologue. In the midst of this array, they have included a performance of the Celtic standard Arthur McBride. The album content is all a bit shambolic.

This was a Larrikin release in 1984. The LP was obviously in good condition and the tracks required only minimal editing - mostly for the removal of vinyl and equipment noise.

1.  Goorianawa
2. I like pies
3. Crossin' the Razorback
4. Arthur McBride
5. Agnes Waters Dreamin'
6. Yeppoon Song
7. Kate
8. South Wind Neon Lighs
9. Draglines
10. I don't think drinkin' beer agrees with me.
11. Wot makes ya bad makes ya better
12. Burning Sleepers
13. Sandy Maranoa

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Bitcoin Still in Trouble "IndyWatch Feed National"

The rally in BitCoin was a perfect 13 weeks up from the last strategic low. It peaked with the Weekly Array the week of 12/18 which was both a Panic Cycle and a Directional Change. However, with the impending ban in South Korea on trading cryptocurrencies, the high of December appears to be at least an important temporary high. A weekly closing back below 9425 will ten to confirm the end of the bull market for now.

South Korean plans to restrict cryptocurrency trading. Bitcoin investors saw the collapse to $13,600 from the previous day trading at $16,500 dollars. South Korea, one of the worlds most important countries for virtual currency trading, wants to ban the opening of anonymous accounts for cyber currencies, among other things. There will also be a new law that will allow regulators to close stock exchanges where Bitcoin & Co. is traded under certain circumstances. We share the view that cryptocurrency trading is irrationally overheating, the government said. We can no longer tolerate this abnormal speculation.

Nearly a million people are estimated to own Bitcoin. South Korea is very important because it represents around one-fifth of Bitcoins global trade. Regulation by South Korea is extremely important. Even the German financial supervision warns that the risk is a total loss for investors. Many view this as if it were the Dutch Tulip Bubble since BitCoin cannot be used in the economy in a fair and orderly manner.

There are also reports of accounts associated with Bitcoin are being frozen in Australia. The Australian banks accused of freezing accounts have been included the National Australia Bank, ANZ, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and Westpac Banking Corporation. Similar instances of freezing bank accounts linked to cryptocurrency are also being reported in the US, Europe, and even in Bulgaria where the banks were cracking down on exchange use in that country as well.



Ned Kelly's Cousins "Songs from the Land Down Under" Cassette 1997 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

I found this cassette at a book fair and I cannot find out anything about it other than what appears on the cassette information and that the National Library of Australia has a disc copy of the album. It looks like an album aimed primarily at an overseas market and/or as a souvenir for overseas visitors.

According to the cassette information, the album was recorded and mixed in Sydney and thanks are also offered to personnel at Cooneys Tavern in Wollongong. The band members are identified as:-
1. John Baxter - vocals and accordian (sounds Irish presumably related to next person)
2. Peter Baxter - producer, vocals, guitar and bouzouki and writer of one song on the album (Ned Kelly) - extremely likely to be the Irish performer at this link.
3. Alan Morrison - vocals , bass and guitar
4. Johnny Spillane - backing vocals, whistles. lager phone (sic), harmonica and bodhran. Now identified as an Irish expat from County Cork still resident in Wollongong. (see two visitors' comments below)
5. Gregg Stevens - vocals, guitar, mandolin and bouzouki (Australian?)

Can anyone help with further information on this group, its members and the circumstances surrounding the creation of this album? There is a strong Irish influence overall.

The tracks are traditional except where authors identified below.

1. The Overlander
2. Ryebuck shearers
3. Waltzing Matilda (Qld version)
4. The Wild Colonial Boy
5. Ned Kelly (P. Baxter)
6. Across the Western Plains
7. The Wild Rover
8. Black Velvet Band
9. Click go the Shears
10. Since Then (Henry Lawson)
11. Lachlan Tigers
12. South Australia
13. The Pub with no Beer (Gordon Parsons)
14. Botany Bay
15. Moreton Bay

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