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Tuesday, 16 January

00:48

Belize imposes offshore oil moratorium to protect reefs "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The government of Belize halted all exploration for oil in its territorial waters from Dec. 29, becoming one of the first developing countries to turn away from oil in favor of protecting the ocean environment. This is truly The Peoples Law, Janelle Chanona, vice president of the NGO Oceana in Belize, said in a report by teleSUR. Belizeans have remained steadfast in their opposition to offshore oil since they became aware that marine assets were at risk of irreversible damage from the offshore oil industry. That opposition began in earnest when the government shared its plans for oil exploration near the Belize Barrier Reef. At that point, WWF started a campaign during which 450,000 people emailed the government about offshore drilling, according to an article at Quartz. Belize is a small country making a mighty commitment to putting the environment first, Nadia Bood, a WWF reef scientist, said in the Quartz article. A stingray in Belize. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay. The Belize Barrier Reef System Reserve has been a UNESCO world heritage site for more than two decades. The 300-kilometer (186-mile) stretch of coral in the Caribbean Sea is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, second in size only to Australias Great Barrier Reef. It is home to turtles, crocodiles and manatees among the roughly 1,400 species found in Belizes reefs. Such wildlife is a huge draw for tourists, who contribute about 10 percent of the countrys gross domestic product, according to Quartz. The Guardian reports that 50 percent of Belizes

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Monday, 15 January

22:12

MACKAY Ford Mustang theft accused flags guilty pleas "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 15, 2018 at 05:18PM ,

Ford Mustang theft accused flags guilty pleas

January 15, 2018 at 05:18PM ,

Kerri-Ann Connolly, 31, has been charged with four counts of car theft, five counts of fraud, three counts of stealing after a previous conviction and one count of contravening police. When Connolly faced Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink from prison on Monday, she said she wanted to plead guilty

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22:12

MACKAY Dangerous driving charge follows crash, Bakers Creek "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 15, 2018 at 11:41AM ,

Dangerous driving charge follows crash, Bakers Creek

January 15, 2018 at 11:41AM ,

Officers have talked to the driver at the scene and he has subsequently been served with a notice to appear for the offence of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and he will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on February 12 to have the matter heard. If you have information for police, contact

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21:59

Prayer and Meditation for Tuesday, January 16, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 312

Reading 1 1 SM 16:1-13

The LORD said to Samuel:
How long will you grieve for Saul,
whom I have rejected as king of Israel?
Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.
I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem,
for I have chosen my king from among his sons.
But Samuel replied:
How can I go?
Saul will hear of it and kill me.
To this the LORD answered:
Take a heifer along and say,
I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.
Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I myself will tell you what to do;
you are to anoint for me the one I point out to you.

Samuel did as the LORD had commanded him.
When he entered Bethlehem,
the elders of the city came trembling to meet him and inquired,
Is your visit peaceful, O seer?
He replied:
Yes! I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.
So cleanse yourselves and join me today for the banquet.
He also had Jesse and his sons cleanse themselves
and invited them to the sacrifice.
As they came, he looked at Eliab and thought,
Surely the LORDs anointed is here before him.
But the LORD said to Samuel:
Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature,
because I have rejected him.
Not as man sees does God see,
because he sees the appearance
but the LORD looks into the heart.
Then Jesse called Abinadab and presented him before Samuel,
who said, The LORD has not chosen him.
Next Jesse presented Shammah, but Samuel said,
The LORD has not chosen this one either.
In the same way Jesse presented seven sons before Samuel,
but Samuel said to Jesse,
The LORD has not chosen any one of these.
Then Samuel asked Jesse,
Are these all the sons you have?
Jesse replied,
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21:56

PERTH Police probe after hundreds of cannabis plants go missing from Anketell property guarded by officers. "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Police probe after hundreds of cannabis plants go missing from Anketell property guarded by officers. .

January 15, 2018 at 06:48PM .

morning and police say persons unknown had breached the scene and removed about 100 plants. The Organised Crime Squad is now investigating how that came to be the case. The people charged over the cannabis cultivation are in custody and will appear in Perth Magistrates Court in January 16

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PERTH Speed Camera Operator Threatened With Rock "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Speed Camera Operator Threatened With Rock .

January 15, 2018 at 12:48PM .

A man has been charged after allegedly turning on a speed camera operator after getting flashed in Kewdale. Its alleged a 46 year old man was clocked travelling at 65 kilometres an hour in a 50 zone along Gabriel Street, near Knutsford Avenue. Police say he returned to the scene a short time later and

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PERTH WA police left high and dry as cannabis plants stolen from under their noses "IndyWatch Feed National"

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WA police left high and dry as cannabis plants stolen from under their noses .

January 15, 2018 at 07:12PM .

into the property and steal the cannabis plants. The Organised Crime Squad is also investigating the theft of the cannabis plants and a range of serious drug offences linked to the property. The two people charged were remanded in custody and will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/wa-police-left-high-and-dry-as-cannabis-plants-stolen-from-under-their-noses-20180115-h0iq4d.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHThvO070VhkvR-YrCOiArx1Nz62w

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21:22

Teacher coulpe and two children killed in Morobe Province "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Two primary school teachers serving in rural Kabwum district were killed instantly along with their two children and an elderly woman relative, in what is now considered one of the worst road accidents in Morobe province, NBC reports.

With the unofficial and unconfirmed death toll last registered at seven, the Nasupum crash is one of the worst road accident in Morobe province, following the worst national road accident in 2010 where 40 people died after two Route-100 Coaster buses crashed into each other at Ragiampum village near Watarais junction in the Markham valley.

Among the dead, is the Munga family of four, parents Yaing and Brenda Munga both serving primary school teachers and their three-year-son Nathaniel and two-year-old daughter, Justline.

The two teachers of Tauga Primary School in Komba Local Level Government Area in Kabwum district, were travelling from Lae to Nadzab ariport to catch a light aircraft flight to go back to Kabwum with the intention to settle in and resume duties early.

They were accompanied also by an elderly woman relative who was the childrens babysitter, and were travelling in a five-door Toyota Landcruiser vechicle which collided with a 15-seater bus near Nasuapum village, located halfway between Lae and Nadzab.

They were part of the first seven dead bodies rushed down to Lae along with some other occupants of both vehicles, most of whom were in serious conditions.

Michael Gerson, who oversees the districts eduation standards as the Provincial Examinations Cordinator, says the two teachers who were killed in that tragic road accident were part of the team of hardworking and committed teachers serving in Kabwum, whose contribution resulted in the district topping the province academically in 2017.

Relative and colleague teacher, Kevin Panpan, and Mr Gerson described their deaths as unexpected and unnecesary and say it is a big loss to the people of Kabwum and the Education division.

(Pictured are relatives reacting upon seeing the bodies of the two teachers and their children, lying outside the Angau general hospital morgue)

NBC News - Gabriel Lahoc

20:56

In Iran, protesters suicides are stirring anger and calls for accountability "IndyWatch Feed National"

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By THOMAS ERDBRINK

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TEHRAN, Iran Two of the detained young men killed themselves, and another was a terrorist who died in a clash with security forces, Irans government officials have declared with finality. But in an extraordinary display of audacity, many Iranians, including a number of lawmakers and a top entertainment star, have assailed such conclusions.

The three young men were among more than two dozen Iranians who died in the wave of anti-government protests that swept the country a few weeks ago, the most serious unrest to confront the Islamic republics political-religious hierarchy in nearly a decade.

The personal stories that have since emerged of the three have struck a nerve among many Iranians, who see glaring contradictions to the official accounts of the facts.

Their push for further investigation, including a parliamentary demand for an inquiry into the prison deaths, suggests that while the protests have largely subsided, the fallout in Iran may be just beginning.

This news of so-called suicides is making people angry; they demand answers, said Farshad Ghorbanpour, an analyst close to the government of President Hassan Rouhani.

It is unclear whether the anger signals a potent new complication for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who as Irans supreme leader was a target of some of the protests, which began over economic grievances and quickly broadened.

But the willingness by members of mainstream Iranian society to publicly repudiate the narrative of the top judicial authorities is unusual in this country of 80 million, where such behavior can be risky and invite retribution.

Irans judicial authorities, in an update on Sunday about the aftermath of the protests and government response, said a total of 25 people had died and nearly 4,000 had been arrested. They also said that hundreds had been released, including 500 in Tehran.

The national prosecutor, Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, told a news conference in Tehran that none of the bullets found in those killed had matched types used by Irans law enforcement officers and military. Those who died in detention, he said, had committed suicide.

Presi...

20:40

Aussie Government: End the Free Ride for Electric Cars "IndyWatch Feed National"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Australian Federal Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher wants a new system of road charging, which ends the free ride enjoyed by electric cars which do not have to pay fuel tax. Electric cars are breaking our roads, heres how And what the future holds for the neighbourhoods that need their

20:08

Ahed Tamimi: Australian Outrage Or Indifference ? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia has once again remained silent on another Israeli outrage, writes Professor Stuart Rees.

Sixteen-year old Ahed Tamimi has been imprisoned in an Israeli jail. She slapped an Israeli soldier who had invaded her home in the village of Nabi Saleh, where her cousin was shot in the face with a rubber bullet and sustained life-threatening injuries. Her mother Nariman and cousin Noor have also been arrested. A video of the incident was streamed live on Facebook.

In response to Aheds resistance, Israeli education Minister Naftali Bennet said that Tamimi should spend the rest of her life in prison. A prominent Israeli commentator, Ben Caspin said hed like to see the teenager sent to a dungeon to be tortured in such a fashion that no-one should witness it.

 

Aheds Courage

Around the world there is outrage that Ahed has been being shackled and held in detention. Im outraged by Australian political leaders apparent non-response to the thuggery of Bennet and others, politicians whom an Australian government regards as partners in anti-terrorism operations and with whom we like to trade in arms.

I do not want to hear the sitting-on-the-fence response: weve stayed silent because we cant interfere in the affairs of another country. Thats the time-honoured cowards way out. As a newly minted member of the UNs Human Rights Council, the Australian government should not behave as though it believes in human rights but cant afford to offend a friend.

Journalist Ben Ehrenreich records that Ahed first came to the notice of Israeli authorities when she was 11. She was filmed raising her bare, skinny arm to shake her fist in the face of a fully armed Israeli soldier twice her size. Other soldiers had just arrested her brother.

The very courageous Ahed has lived her life under a brutal occupation. Settlers who steal land are protected by the military. Settlers act with impunity but aim to ethnically cleanse the area surrounding Nabi Saleh. Those who resist injustice are charged with being offenders while the perpetrators of injustice are defined as victims. Morality, law, human rights and ethics dont exist. Who...

20:00

Who and What Will AI Serve? US and China Give Very Different Answers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Beijing (MPN Artificial Intelligence is a frighteningly powerful new tool and weapon. Who and what will it serve? In the U.S., tech giants Facebook, Google, and Amazon and their corporate agendas; in China, the needs of the public and the economy. These two models should be thought through now.

Speaking to a group of students in September, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a bold proclamation. Artificial intelligence is the future, he said, stating that this is a fact not only for Russia but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.

Chinese Tech Show
Image: Wikimedia Commons

This single quote from Putin was cast in an ominous light by Western media, even leading SpaceX founder and the most recognizable critic of Artificial Intelligence (AI)  Elon Musk to warn that the race for AI superiority at a national level may be the most likely cause of a potential world war. While the Western media may want their consumers to believe that this was the latest development in the tactics used in Russian aggression and the next logical step from the dreaded ...

19:38

The big board game "IndyWatch Feed National"


People are speaking out! A host of women in the entertainment industry have come out with a range of complaints about male colleagues, complaints which hark back many years. It has been a cascade of allegations and the sense one gets of the emotions of these women is as a type of catharsis They demand to be treated with respect in the workplace. The "Me Too" campaign has managed to organise and galvanise women in protest against named powerful figures in Hollywood and elsewhere in the entertainment industry in countries like Australia. Impassioned speeches were made at the Golden Globe Awards, notably by television identity Oprah Winfrey. (The media infers from Oprah's short speech that she may now run for President of the United States!) The issue of sexual harassment in the workplace in the entertainment industry has erupted since accusations in 2017 against movie mogul, Harvey Weinstein, and now his name appears to be mud. Craig MCLoughlin in Australia, who played Dr. Blake in a dreary TV series called, The Dr. Blake Mysteries has been suspended in the latest series in the making. He will no longer be playing the main role in the current production of Godspell due to complaints by his female colleagues. There is a righteous indignation and outpouring of emotion from women affected. It's out in the open. The men named all deny wrongdoing. Presumably efforts will be made to get to the truth.


On January 9th the first same sex marriages in Australia not requiring a waiver took place. The LGBTQI community has been victorious in having their relationships given the same status as traditional marriages. They have triumphed over prejudice and the celebrations and the volume of apparently pent up demand for marriage gives a sense of societal progress occurring in quantum leaps, or so it would appear from media reporting.

The space given in the media to members of special designated ethinic communities also creates a sense that the more that complaints and achievements are aired, the more progress is occurring. A recent example is of representatives of the Sudanese community speaking on episodes of crime and the needs of that community, all gives me a sort of illusion of progress, but towards what?

All the while, as we view our cities, our country, our communities on the screen in our living rooms, and see the women, the LGBTQI communities, the members of various im...

19:30

Q&A: How do climate models work? "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the first article of a week-long series focused on climate modelling, Carbon Brief explains in detail how scientists use computers to understand our changing climate

The use of computer models runs right through the heart of climate science.

From helping scientists unravel cycles of ice ages hundreds of thousands of years ago to making projections for this century or the next, models are an essential tool for understanding the Earths climate.

But what is a climate model? What does it look like? What does it actually do? These are all questions that anyone outside the world of climate science might reasonably ask.

Carbon Brief has spoken to a range of climate scientists in order to answer these questions and more. What follows is an in-depth Q&A on climate models and how scientists use them. You can use the links below to navigate to a specific question.

19:18

Julian Assange, courageous publisher: Ecuador's gain is Australia's loss "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julian Assange, the courageous innovative publisher of Wikileaks, who told the world the truth about US army torture of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib has been found by the united Nations to have been illegally held in indefinite detention since he was granted asylum by Ecuador in August 2012, due to the British and Swedish governments complicity with the United States. Now Australia has lost this citizen of global courage and action in defence of human rights, to Ecuador, which has just recently granted him citizenship. See "Julian Assange granted Ecuadorian citizenship to provide 'another layer of protection'".

The whole Assange case could have been resolved years ago, had the Swedish government given Assange a guarantee that he would not be extradited to the United States, should he go to Sweden to face charges (now dropped) of rape. The fact that no such undertaking was made by the Swedish government (supposedly neutral, but in reality an ally of the United States) clearly demonstrates that the charges of rape were no more than a ploy to arrest Assange and deliver him to the United States deep state.

Throughout this long detention and shameful denial of Julian Assange's human rights, Australian parliament has received letters and petitions asking for the government to help Julian Assange, as an Australian citizen and Victorian resident. To our knowledge, only Greens MPs, notably Scott Ludlum, and, at least once, Adam Bandt, have spoken up on the subject, especially in relation to Bills restricting Australian freedoms and expanding state surveillance. Prime Ministers Rudd and Gillard have been passive in their responses to questions about Assange's welfare, with Gillard actually making the public error of saying that Wikileaks was illegal. Basically no Australian government has stood up for Australia, even though they have occasionally protested that he has received the same rights as any Australian citizen. This...

18:30

BCDiploma soon deployed by Avenir Sant Afrique Service to reach out 1 billion Africans "IndyWatch Feed National"

 In order to ensure the quality of training, BCDiploma and Avenir Sant Afrique (ASA) in cooperation with African training institutions, are partnering to set up an innovative certification and authentication tool for diplomas.

From 2018, Avenir Sant Afrique will deploy BCDiploma in Niger and sub-Saharan Africa.

This service will enable Africa to provide a recognized level of education and training to its 2 billion people predicted for 2040. By that date, Africa will represent 1 out of 5 workers on the planet and will be a global growth driver with an average growth rate of 6% per year.

Avenir Sant Afrique was founded by African and French health professionals.
Thanks to digital technology and managerial innovation, ASA facilitates and improves access to healthcare in Africa by establishing:
           Connected health cells of orientation and prevention (CSCOP);
           A personalized medical follow-up thanks to the integrated health record (DSI);
           An interoperable information system;
           A connected network of health professionals and facilities.

Avenir Sant Afrique, an approved player and privileged partner of the public authorities, manufacturers, laboratories and equipment manufacturers in Niger and many sub-Saharan countries, has decided to deploy BCDiploma in the following fields:
           Health professionals certification process (faculties, schools and training institutes);
           Approved data certification.

BCdiploma

Vincent Tossa, CEO of Avenir Sant Afrique: The convergence with BCDiploma will facilitate our recruitment process and ensure the quality of our staff. This will enable us to: show a high-performance level of patient orientation, improve the health system level in African countries and restore confidence in the global health system.

Luc Jarry-Lacombe, CEO of BCDiploma: The synergies between Avenir Sant Afrique and BCDiploma are huge: Avenir Sant Afrique has understood from the outset that BCDiploma answers the question of a certification service with sustainable, large-scale, reliable and cost-controlled deployment. Above all, Avenir Sant Afrique decided to use BCDiploma not only for certifications of medical staff...

17:00

What Happens When You Use Blockchain to Fix the Food Industry "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trust in companies is currently at an all-time low because of the constant pressure to lower costs in order to increase margins. To combat this, many companies are looking for ways to increase the level of trust their customers have in them. One way theyve thought of doing this is by using technology to document the flow of goods through their supply chain.

Trust as a pain point

As a customer, a constant worry when making any purchase is that the good will be counterfeit, or not up to the standard one expects when making said purchase. Until now, companies had to rely on the strength of their brand to build this trust in their supply chain. When customers buy Armani clothes or Jimmy Choo shoes, they are assuming that the good is representative of what should be expected from the brand.

But what if there were another way to verify the quality of the end product without needing to make your customer blindly trust in your brand? The answer comes from the power of Blockchain technology to identify and track your goods through the entire supply chain. When you have multiple parties participating, such as the manufacturer, distributor, retailer and the consumer, it helps to have a digitized method of building consensus in a supply chain.

Your food is an asset too

Although not as valuable an asset, these ideas can also be applied in the context of food safety. Food safety has long been an issue in China, and this extends around the world. Contamination is a major worry as death or illness can result from improper handling of food. It is not always possible to verify the quality of the original goods and most of the current processes are executed by manpower, which can be tampered with.

For regulators, this makes things much easier to track and measure than any of the previously offered solutions. There would then be a method of tracking the status of each product in the supply chain and transactions could more easily be monitored. Companies will love this because they can measure the upstream and downstream effect of any modifications they make to their supply chain, and consumers will be grateful for a method by which they can establish a trust in the system.

How would this system work?

The general framework of the system would be to have information tracking occur all through the supply chain, which would then result i...

16:30

Senior Advisor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Building and Construction Commission

16:18

Tony Abbott offers The Greens 364 days a year to celebrate political correctness "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are 364 other days a year for the Greens to be politically correct. Why cant they just accept that Jan 26 is the best available day to celebrate all thats good about life in Australia. Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) January 15, 2018

16:09

Greenhouses Gases Are a Product of Civilization for Thousands of Years "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Do you believe we are going into an ice age?

ANSWER: No. At best we return to a mini-ice age. There are those who argue that a decline in solar activity, which they cannot deny, will not be enough to offset the human created Global Warming. There are so many things wrong with the Global Warming theories it is even hard to figure out where to begin. Long before the Industrial Revolution, the assumption was that our planets atmosphere was still untainted by human-made pollutants for it was somehow pristine. That assumption is dead wrong, but nobody wants to challenge it because if there were periods of human air pollution before, then perhaps their theory that this will destroy the planet and we will all burn to a crisp, as Christine Legard said, is nonsense.

All one has to do is read the contemporary accounts from ancient Rome. The residents of ancient Rome suffered from pollution that was primarily caused by burning wood to cook and stay warm rather than fossil fuels. There was a great smoke cloud they wrote about called gravioris caeli (heavy heaven). Others referred to it as infamis aer (infamous air). Complaints about this infamis aer and its effects can be found in classical writings. No sooner had I left behind the oppressive atmosphere of the city [Rome] and that reek of smoking cookers which pour out, along with clouds of ashes, all the poisonous fumes theyve accumulated in their interiors whenever theyre started up, than I noticed the change in my condition, wrote in 61AD Seneca the Younger (c...

16:09

China Railway International in talks with PNG's New Ireland Province Governments "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

International Builder and Road Construction Company, China Railway International Group has concluded two days of intensive discussions last week Friday, January 12th with the New Ireland Provincial Government represented by the New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan and his Technical Team on the planned development of several major impact projects in the Province.

The high level meetings that began in Port Moresby a week earlier among the technical teams from China Railway and New Ireland Province brought the top technical executives from the company represented by the acting Deputy General Manager, Mr. Tony Mu, Business Manager, Mr. Lance Wang, Project Manager, Mr. David Liu and Chief Engineer, Mr. Xiaoming Lin.

According to the PEC Chairman for Transport and Infrastructure, Sammy Missen said the discussions centered on the Provincial Governments proposed major projects including the New Ireland Government Offices, Kavieng Foreshore development, New Ireland University, Kavieng Sports Stadium and the new Kavieng Market.
The New Ireland Technical Team included the Provincial Administrator, Mr. LamillerPawut, CEO for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Albert Essau and Director, Jamie Philip, were joined by officers from the Department of Works including the Provincial Manager, Mr. Solomon Pela and Civil Engineer, Mr. Collin Dickson.

Governor Sir J said his Government wants to work with serious partners in developing the Province and change the mindset of New Irelanders and Papua New Guineans by the words of the Chinese Proverb, A journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step, and this is one of the punchlines that the New Ireland Government is taking to develop a truly autonomous province in Papua New Guinea. By Roderick MANDAU | PNGFM

16:09

How Will Interest Rates Double in Europe from Here "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Marty

 Thanks for all your guidance and help in navigating these markets. You mention rates are going up soon in Europe but how can the ECB achieve this when they are still implementing QE. I work in the European HY market and the technicals are horrible as so much money is flooding in chasing yield driving up leverage and deteriorating lending conditions. If rates do go up soon can we expect a spectacular unwinding of the HY bond market that has ground so tight due to CSPP?

Thanks so much, keep up the amazing work.

NS

ANSWER: Central banks can only control short-term rates for brief periods of time. They cannot control the long-end. The problem the ECB has is by backing off of QE, it will require private buyers to replace them, which will not happen at negative to low rates. The interest rates will be set by the private sector not the ECB. The QE program has degenerated from an economic stimulus to simply life-support for member states. The stimulus never made it past the governments and we have nearly 10 years of QE that has just failed completely. Once the government have to turn back to private buyers, that is when you will see rates rise sharply to try to sell new debt.

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15:48

Chet Raymo, The Seat of the Soul "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Seat of the Soul 
by Chet Raymo

"It was not my first visit. I had been there once before to talk with the great man, to the Castle of Cloux, near Amboise, in the valley of the Loire. He had been living there since 1516, at the invitation of Francis I, king of France. He was 67 years old, bundled up in a thick fur wrap by a roaring fire. His face showed age but not infirmity. Long white hair fell about his shoulders. White beard. Thick, downswept brows shaded his eyes like awnings. A strong nose. And of course the mouth, serious yet generous, not unlike the mouth of the Christ he had painted on the wall of the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.

The king likes to surround himself with luminaries - artists, poets, philosophers, talented people of all sorts. Leonardo's reputation, of course, is known throughout Europe. It was inevitable that the king would draw him to France. A prize of war? So be it.

The last time I visited we talked about his paintings, only three of which had followed him to France. This time I wanted to hear about his anatomical studies. I had heard he had hundreds of drawings, recording the meticulous dissection of cadavers. "Might I see them?" I asked. Kindly, he aquiesced, and asked his young apprentice and friend, Count Francesco Melzi, to fetch several thick portfolios. As I carefully turned the sheets, I was stunned. Never had I seen such detailed representations of the human frame. Bones, muscles, tissues. Heart, lungs, stomach, liver. "From life?" I asked, forgetting myself. "From death," he replied with a slight smile. "Not so may years ago I had the privilege of working with Marcantonio della Torre, professor of anatomy at the University of Pavia. He gave me access to corpses."

As the thickly-annotated sheets slipped through my fingers I realized I was looking at something marvelous, a marriage of art and science.
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14:55

Update "IndyWatch Feed National"

I've been unwell for a few days, up for breakfast today - for the first time since mid-last week - an encouraging sign.

14:52

Australian birds weaponize fire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Raptors, including the whistling kite, are intentionally spreading grass fires in northern Australia, a research paper argues. The reason: to flush out prey and feast Dick Eussen thought he had the fire beat. It was stuck on one side of a highway deep in the Australian outback. But it didn't look set to jump. And then, suddenly, without warning or obvious cause, it did. Eussen, a veteran firefighter in the Northern Territory, set off after the new flames. He found them, put them out, then looked up into the sky.

13:38

Too many Mailers "IndyWatch Feed National"

The power of the debate as an illustration of gender politics in 1971 is patent, a more than ample foundation on its own, with Mailer looking more of a fool as time goes on in his attempts to rein the women in, belittle their arguments and remain on top. Its fascination for us today lies also in the language and manners, striking in their formality, even in Johnstons experimental prose and radical politics; Greer and Trilling are just as prolix, speaking in paragraphs we no longer hear in these contexts, worn down as we are by decades of festivals, talk fests and technology.

12:55

The Australian economy is not likely to improve in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Last year finished with the Australian economy in a poorer state. It has been in the doldrums for years, marked by depressed economic growth figures, a declining manufacturing sector, rising personal debt, lagging sales, a housing cost crisis and ongoing dependency on fossil fuels and outdated technologies.

The coming year is unlikely to be any better and could even bring worse news. All of the above problems are still with us and there is no prospect of change in the foreseeable future.

Sitting over this has been ongoing government dependency on neoliberalism as the applied economic policy. It focuses on government spending cuts, ongoing privatisation and the redirection of national income upwards, so that the wealthiest receive a higher portion, the poorest less. Even those in the middle are finding that their share is shrinking.

The overall failure of wages to rise over a considerable period and households being forced to maintain the same standard of living by increasing their debt level, is now openly admitted by everyone.

What is not so widely understood is that the underlying profitability of business is taking a hit. This does not mean that businesses, particularly at the top end are not making a profit. Some of them make huge profits. The the banks are a good example. At the same time, many small, medium and even some large businesses are feeling the squeeze. They lack the padding to tide them over difficult times and dont have the access to capital that their bigger and more more powerful competitors enjoy.

This reveals a core problem and this is that the rate of return on investment is too low to guarantee that the largely unregulated market  will induce the right type of investment and secure a healthy economy. The reason why this has come about is complex and not the subject here. At the very least, these problems must be recognised in order to find a solution to the economic problems facing Australia. This solution cannot rely on market forces as the main means.

According to the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) report in 2016, the previous year showed that the rate of return for fixed investment income was 1.7 percent and for liquid investments (shares and cash) 3.1 percent, when the international average was 7.3 and 6.2 respectively. At 8 percent, only the residential property market performed well form the investors point of view.

It should also be added that the mining industry is declining overall, in the face of falling commodity prices and changing global demand. This is important, because Australia has been over dependent on mining as a key source...

12:48

Chelsea Bond: Victims and Vultures the profitability of problematising the Aborigine "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post As a health researcher I am troubled by the predatory possibilities of the Aboriginal problem. Many a mortgage has been paid off the back of knowing the Aboriginal problem or claiming to solve the Aboriginal problem as advancing new knowledge. Within Indigenous health research, people (and by people, I mean predominantly white people) make money from knowing ...

12:42

8 Ways To A Healthy Mind Body Soul "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine

Create a balanced spiritual connection between the mind body soul. Bring peace harmony health and healing. by psychic medium Ian Scott

The post 8 Ways To A Healthy Mind Body Soul appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.

12:16

PERTH Speed camera operator threatened "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Speed camera operator threatened .

January 15, 2018 at 09:03AM .

Belmont Police attended the scene and the man attempted to flee the area on foot but was arrested nearby. The 46 year old man from Cloverdale has been charged with threats to injure, endanger or harm any person and being armed in a way that may cause fear. Hell front Perth Magistrates Court next

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12:12

MACKAY Man charged for spitting blood, saliva in alleged CBD attack "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 15, 2018 at 09:26AM ,

Man charged for spitting blood, saliva in alleged CBD attack

January 15, 2018 at 09:26AM ,

A 20-YEAR-old Eimeo man has allegedly spat at and assaulted staff at a club, then spat blood and saliva in a police car while being taken to the police station. The man, who will face Mackay Magistrates Court this morning, allegedly spat at a staff member of a licenced venue on Victoria St before

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MACKAY Multiple charges, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 15, 2018 at 08:18AM ,

Multiple charges, Mackay

January 15, 2018 at 08:18AM ,

A 20-year-old Eimeo man will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court this morning following an alleged incident which occurred at 2:20am on January 13 at the corner of Fifth Lane and Gregory Street, Mackay. Its alleged that the male had been evicted from a licensed venue by security and assisting

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11:24

Facebook plans major changes to news feed "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Facebook is to change how its news feed works, making posts from businesses, brands and media less prominent.
Instead, content that sparks conversations among family and friends who use the site will be emphasised, explained chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg on his page.
Organisations on Facebook may see the popularity of their posts decrease as a result, the firm acknowledged. The changes will take effect over the coming weeks.
Weve got feedback from our community that public content posts from businesses, brands and media is crowding out the personal moments that lead us to connect more with each other, wrote Mr Zuckerberg.
He said that he and his team felt a responsibility to make sure Facebook was good for peoples wellbeing.
If public content is to be promoted, it will now have to be seen to encourage community interaction.
Another example given by Facebook was live video feeds, which tend to generate much discussion.
By making these changes, I expect that the time people spend on Facebook and some measures of engagement will go down, Mr Zuckerberg said.
CEO Zuckerberg had vowed to fix up Facebook in 2018, saying he wanted to ensure that users were protected from abuse and that time spent on the site would be time well spent. ...read more on  : PNG eHow

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11:11

Post-Midsumma Carnival 2018 Wash-up "IndyWatch Feed National"

There was fun, fun fun.
The weather was perfect, the crowds were many in their multitude, the atmosphere was giggly and humourous, there was much jocularity abounding amidst the rainbowed folks.
I managed to catch up with a couple of gorgeous souls I used to work with at JOY 94.9 FM, and (dare I say it had been at least 14 years) they had NOT aged a soupon.
I managed to party (on the inside) for about 2 hours before my bitch of a back decided that the midnight witching hour was upon us and I was going to turn back into a composted pumpkin should I stay any longer.
The Hubster agreed we should exit stage left asap and on our way to the train thingie we found a pub where a glass of the lager drink made my world a whole lot more bearable ( for the Hubster, too) and I gently snored our way home.
I said GENTLY snored.....we were NOT asked to leave the Charabanc nor did the conductor prod me with her swagger stick after frightening small children.







11:01

PNG PM O'Neill issues warning after second volcano eruption "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Prime Minister Peter ONeill has directed that all relevant State resources be made available to support the evacuation of people at risk due to volcanic eruptions on Kadovar Island in East Sepik Province.

Mr ONeill also issued a warning for all coastal communities in the north of the country to be on alert for the risk of tsunami resulting from volcanic activity.

National Government agencies, led by our disciplined services, have been stood-up to respond to volcanic activity on Kadavor Island, the Prime Minister said.

Volcanic activity has been building up and we need to keep our people safe.

I have authorised the additional deployment of personnel and assets to assist in the transfer of any people who are in the broader vicinity of the volcano.

National Government resources are being fully engaged, and are working together with the support of provincial officers, to ensure our people are looked after while there is a risk of eruption.

Flights in the area have also been cancelled and ships and boats warned to stay away unless they are part of the response to the volcanic activity.

Mr ONeill has warned all coastal villages and towns, even those hundreds of kilometres away, to be vigilant to the risk of tsunami.

The terrain around the volcano is very steep, so this increases the risk of a large landslide that could trigger a tsunami, he said.

Tsunamis can travel hundreds and thousands of kilometres across open water, so communities must be ready if there is a landslide.

I call on all media outlets, particularly radio stations, to carry tsunami warnings and help people to be ready in the event of a landslide causing a tsunami.

Tsunami poses a serious threat and all coastal areas in the north of our country must be on alert.

10:33

Stop Population Growth Now: Candidate announcements and call for candidates SA elections March 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bob Couch and Michael Roberts will be contesting the Legislative Council on behalf of Stop Population Growth Now at the March election. Their website is at www.stoppopulationgrowthnow.com.


Bob Couch and Michael_Roberts will nominate for the Legislative Council for the March 2018 SA election.

The Stop Population Growth now Party calls on more members to nominate for the next SA election.
Contact Bob Couch, Convenor on 0488 071 799 in the first instance.

Registration

The party is now officially registered as a political party in South Australia. Donations to our party are tax deductible up to $1500 per annum).

Membership

More members are needed to formally register as a federal political party. Please join up, and/or encourage others to join. Membership (Associate) is now free.
You can find an application from at the website.

Remember, the existing parties will ignore your wish for stopping population growth until they are not getting your vote.
We will give you an alternative.

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10:32

MACKAY Ipswich magistrates court list "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 14, 2018 at 10:29AM ,

Ipswich magistrates court list

January 14, 2018 at 10:29AM ,

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10:22

Couple of questions "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hello. I am new to the wonderful NQ (Hinchinbrook) and I have three questions. Any help appreciated.

Where is the best place to buy a new phone, preferably a cheap Chinese-made smartphone that I can whack a Telstra SIM card in?

Second, what's the best live streaming movie sites you can access in Australia? (The local free-to-air channels are complete crap.) Or should I just stump up for Netflix?

Any suggestions for a good, second-hand car dealer that offers finance in Townsville?

And I have a nine-year old. Rugby or rugby league? :-)

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10:20

Chairman of Americans for Peace Now says Israeli Jews will never accept Palestinians as equals "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jim Klutznick, the chairman of the liberal Zionist group Americans for Peace Now (and a political player in Chicago and an early Obama supporter), yesterday dismissed the idea of a one-state outcome in Israel and Palestine because Israelis will never accept Palestinians as equals. Klutznick responded to Palestinian pollster Khalil Shikaki, who said during a Peace Now podcast, that the "major driver" for Palestinian youth today is "democracy and equal rights," not what has driven Palestinian politics for the last 50 years, the desire for sovereignty. Shikaki said these young Palestinians see a Palestinian state as a, a delusion, and b, just another "corrupt inefficient authoritarian state," so they dream of equal rights with Jews in one state. Klutznick dismissed the idea: You brought up the word democracy. And I just wanted to make this observation... particularly as it relates to your youth who are interested in civil rights and democracy. It seems to me that democracy is the common thread between either of these two versions. The difference is that you will not get civil rights under one state. And the only answer here is an independent and sovereign state for the Palestinian people where democracy will have a chance to flourish within the context of Palestinian democracy. Because I don't believe it will ever happen in one state, with Israel never allowing there to be civil rights for everybody and an equal vote.

10:00

A Pint of Purpose "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Orkney Tourist Board strongly advises not going to Orkney to see the Northern Lights. It admits that yes, you can see the Northern Lights in Orkney, but if youre visiting purely to do so, youll most likely end up disappointed.

So here I am, in Orkney, for no reason other than to see the Northern Lights and yes, Im disappointed. Thanks to the unyielding presence of clouds, the closest thing Ive seen to stars is the local cover band on New Years Eve who, credit where credits due, were phenomenal.

A prominent Scottish lecturer with a particular interest in Orkney described the climate as the most vile under Heaven, and it wasnt for dramatic effect. With this knowledge, youre probably asking, like every other person, why I came to Orkney, and the answer is I couldnt afford Iceland. I cant afford to be in Scotland either, to be perfectly honest, so Im making the most of it, leaving Orkney and heading to the Scottish highlands in a couple of days.

I tell this to Martin, who is staying in the same hostel.

Now let me see, Martin says. Youll arrive Thursday, so thatd be curry night. Youll be there Friday too, and thats fish n chip night and thats even better. Tuesday is steak night, Wednesday is chicken night, and you already know Thursday is curry night. Youll get a pint with your meal too, all for under six quid.

Martin is taking me through the weekly menu at Wetherspoons, a chain of UK pubs known for cheap booze. I last visited one in 2012 and watched a girl vomit in the mens bathroom. I wasnt there specifically to watch a girl vomit; it was just a byproduct of the aforementioned prices. Say what you will about Wetherspoons, theyre surprisingly progressive with their policy on gender-neutral toilets, however unofficial it is.

They call it club night, they do. Now Tuesday, thats steak club. Wednesday is chicken club. Thursday is curry club and then Friday

I cut him off. Fish n chips club?

Aye, it is too, he says, but we call it Fish Friday my favourite.

Martin has visited either 700 or 701 Wetherspoons in his 72 years and plans on having a drink at them all. I Google how many there are, and it turns out that in 2015 a British woman, Mags Thomson, already completed this questionable feat. Shed drunk at 980 establishments by the time shed finished and, statistically speaking, shouldve vomited in at least 452 mens bath...

09:51

Financial Times Blasts New York Mayor De Blasios Climate Stunts "IndyWatch Feed National"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Financial Times asks, if De Blasio is so hot on tackling climate change, why does he ride in a SUV every day when he visits the gym? New Yorks easy answers on climate change Fixing infrastructure would be better for the city, and the planet JANUARY 13, 2018 6

09:03

Bugging Out Equipment List. WHAT & WHY. "IndyWatch Feed National"


I decided to post this because when I read lists of other peoples modern equipment for bugging out I often see items that I cant make sense of. Items that are NOT sustainable & seem of very little use. Some say well I use this until it breaks & then I throw it away. The problem with that is that this equipment has taken up room, added weight to the pack, can leave sign to track you by if you dont dispose of it properly, & meanwhile you could have used this space & weight to either carry a better piece of equipment, or you could have left it out & saved room & weight. If you can afford to throw it away, then you dont need it in the first place.
Anyway, here is my list. Please feel free to comment, different people sometimes see things in a different way & I like to hear other peoples point of view.
My Equipment List. WHAT & WHY.
.62 cal/20 gauge flintlock fusil. 42 inch barrel.
Why?  Large calibre smoothbore has a lot of knock down power with a round ball, very versatile using bird shot, buckshot, or round ball or a combination of any two of these, able to use other projectiles found in nature, only requires a siliceous rock for ignition which can be found in nature, the lock is easy to repair, if the lock breaks & there are no spare parts I can use it as a matchlock or tinderlock & keep using it, I can use the lock to make fire without the use of gunpowder, I can make my own black powder, I can retrieve spent lead from shot game & reuse it, I can mould my own round ball & shot.
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08:46

Five Ways Schools Destroy Childrens Freedom (And What To Do About It) "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Jennifer Lade

Parenting for Freedom article series: This is the fourth in a series of articles that analyzes how freedom-loving people can align their parenting with their political philosophy, and how doing so will allow ideas about personal liberty to carry on to the next generation.

If youre a freedom-loving parent, youre probably doing all you can to give your children autonomy in their own lives. Youre treating them well in the present. But youre also looking to the long-term goals of raising self-reliant adults who desire freedom for themselves and others. When your kids are with you, you treat them with respect and love.

But what other influence is undermining your message?

The answer: institutionalized schooling.

By their very design, schools restrict the freedoms of individuals to encourage conformity and obedience. Our public school model has its origin in Prussia, the defunct German kingdom that promoted universal schooling beginning in the late 17th century. The goal was not education, but social engineering. Dr. Peter Gray, a research professor of psychology at Boston College, wrote in his book, Free to Learn:

The primary educational concern of leaders in government and industry was not to make people literate, but to gain control over what people read, what they thought, and how they behaved. Secular leaders in education promoted the idea that if the state controlled the schools, and if children were required by law to attend those schools, then the state could shape each new generation of citizens into ideal patriots and workers. (p. 60)

Throughout the 19th century, countries across Europe enacted compulsory education in state-run institutions. In America, it all started in my home state of Massachusetts with Horace Mann. In 1852 he led the charge to require attendance in free community schools for all...

08:38

Baby brain does exist: Australian study "IndyWatch Feed National"

Baby brain does indeed exist and particularly affects women during the third trimester of pregnancy, Australian researchers have found.

The study shows baby brain is a significant phenomenon that mainly manifests as minor memory lapses such as forgetting appointments.

Deakin University researchers analysed 20 studies, finding overall cognitive functioning was poorer in pregnant women than in non-pregnant women.

The general cognitive functioning, memory and executive functioning performance of pregnant women is significantly lower than in non-pregnant women, both overall and particularly during the third trimester, they concluded.

The differences primarily develop during the first trimester and are consistent with recent findings of long-term reductions in brain grey matter volume during pregnancy.

The study published in the Medical Journal of Australia found memory performance declined during the early stages of pregnancy, but the decline either slowed or stopped from mid-pregnancy.

The magnitude of changes in overall cognition and memory during the third trimester is not only statistically but also clinically significant, the authors said.

The study authors say more research is needed to determine the impact of baby brain on the quality of life and everyday functioning of pregnant women.

These findings need to be interpreted with caution, particularly as the declines were statistically significant, but performance remained within the normal ranges of general cognitive functioning and memory, Associate Professor Linda Byrne said.

Dr Melissa Hayden said the small reductions in performance across their pregnancy will be noticeable to the women themselves and perhaps those close to them.

She says they mainly manifest as minor memory lapses like forgetting, or failing, to book medical appointments, but that more significant consequences such as reduced job performance or impaired ability to navigate complex tasks, are less likely.

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08:35

Greens to push Australia Day date change "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Greens are pushing to change the date of Australia Day ceremonies. Photo Australia Day website

The Greens are actively throwing their support behind the campaign to change the date of Australia Day.

Greens councillors across the country who launch local campaigns to move the January 26 date have been told they can count on the full support and resources of the national party.

All Australians want a day on which we can come together and to celebrate our wonderfully diverse, open and free society but January 26 is not that day, Greens leader Richard Di Natale told Fairfax Media on Sunday.

Its time that we stop papering over an issue that for 200 years has been so divisive and painful for so many of our citizens.

Indigenous leaders have been pushing for the change in recent years, saying January 26 marks the date the First Fleet landed in Sydney Cove in 1788, marking the beginning of British colonisation.

However, there is a great deal of resistance from different quarters to the move, including from the Turnbull government.

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08:14

Tourism Representative Blames Scientists for Downturn in Great Barrier Reef Visits "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A Queensland tourism representative has blamed a drop in Great Barrier Reef tourism on scientists warning of pollution and global warming risks:

A Queensland tourism representative has called one of the Great Barrier Reef's leading researchers "a dick", blaming the professor for a downturn in tourism growth at the state's greatest natural asset. Col McKenzie, the head of the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators, a group that represents more than 100 businesses in the Great Barrier Reef, has written to the federal government asking it to stop funding the work of Professor Terry Hughes, claiming his comments were "misleading" and damaging the tourism industry.

But the Australian Conservation Foundation said tourism representatives and operators like McKenzie should stop blaming scientists for reporting what was happening to the reef and start targeting major polluters to ensure change. Hughes, who serves as the director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, and is considered one of the world's leading experts on the reef, has been warning of the damage rising water temperatures have been inflicting on the reef for years.

While not disagreeing there was work to be done on the reef's health, McKenzie accused Hughes of exaggerating the damage, which he said has been detrimental to the region's multibillion-dollar tourism industry. "I think Terry Hughes is a dick," he told Guardian Australia. "I believe he has done tens of millions of dollars of damage to our reef in our key markets, being America and Europe. You went to those areas in 2017 and they were convinced the reef was dead. And people won't do long-haul trips when they think the reef is dead."

McKenzie said in 2016, tourism growth in the region had returned to pre-global financial crisis levels, before "that growth died" in 2017, which he blamed on Hughes "negative comments".

Also at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.


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08:05

Western Civilization VS Sh%$tholes Race & How to Save the West "IndyWatch Feed National"

The mainstream hypocrites are in an uproar because Trump referred to some countries as sh&%holes, while simultaneously they call fly over country and the south even worse. In this video I castigate the Alt Media and Alt Right for not offering anything beyond biological determinism, which has built NO civilization. Civlizations are built on theology, philosophy, race and/or ethnos, as well as other aspects of culture, like language.

The means to save civilization is found first in repairing the altar, not the throne. Only Orthodoxy has the entire *worldview* necessary as well as the social and cultural answers and power western, atheist man craves and lacks. The Byzantine symphonia model and the balance of the one and the many, grounded in the faith of our common millennia of Church Fathers has the answers simply look at their Cathedrals.

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08:00

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

1790 - The Bounty mutineers saw a light on and thought they pop in to Pitcairn Island. Somehow I think they've overstayed their welcome of late...

1809 - Bennelongs brother-in-law, Gnung-a Gnung-a Murremurgan, was found dead behind the Dry Store (present Sirius Park, off Bridge Street). His children and his brother Old Phillip face a spear ordeal.

1820 - Joseph Hainey, Richard Simonds, Charles Graham, Joseph Ashmore, William Aubray, James Lunt and Wright Morris absented themselves from their respective employments at Newcastle. Constables and other required to use their utmost exertion in apprehending and lodging them in custody.

1822 -  One hundred Aborigines, some from Jervis Bay to the south, greeted Governor Macquarie at David Allans Farm at Red Point, near Port Kembla. Many of them called him by name.


1824 - Robert Grant was Hanged at Sydney for returning from Port Macquarie in defiance of his commuted sentence. Originally condemned to death in 1822 for horse theft.

1831 - Edward Bowen, Hugh Duffy and Patrick Feeney were Hanged at Sydney for burglary and putting in fear in the house of John Town, Upper Hunter (Goulburn River).

1834 - Nine convicts were shot dead in an insurrection on Norfolk Island in unsuccessful attempt by convicts to overpower guards. Those who took part in the mutiny included: Robert Douglas, Henry Drummond, James Bell, John Butler, James Brady, Patrick Glenny, Michael Anderson, Lawrence Duggan, William Groves, Henry Knowles, John Geeson, William McCullough, William Murphy, Christopher Quin, Joseph Snell, William Reilly, Charles Doran, Philip Eaton, John Hall, Thomas Freshwater, John Pritchard, Robert Ryan, John Toms, Buchanan Wilson.

1838 - The Hobart Town Police Report of this day stated that a convict, Caroline Sye "complained of her husband, a Chinaman, for ill-usage, which she failed to prove; and as she insisted she would not live with him, she was allowed to retire to the factory on probation, and on receiving a good report to be favored with a country residence."

1839 - The first US Consul in Sydney, J.H. Williams, took up office.

1845 - The first issue of the Portland Bay Examiner was up for grabs.

1848 - Correspondence to Constable Ledgerwood- Complaints having been made by Mr. Child of Hexham to the effect that great irregularities and gross breaches of the licensing act are practised at the Half Way Public House kept by James  Hannell and the same are allowed to pass unchecked and unobserved. You are required to exercise a more strict superintendence over the House in question and to use your best exertions to put a stop to the nuisance chiefly complained of -ie allowing servants to be idle and drunk on the premises and Sunday trading with liquor.

1861 - Thomas Clancy was Han...

07:51

French media: It's "beautiful" to be invaded by migrants "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sicily has borne much of the brunt of the large wave of migrants coming into Italy. But despite this, the mayor of Palermo has declared his love for migrants saying that the future of Italy is "Google and Ali the immigrant". Mayor of Palermo Leoluca Orlando declared his love for newly arrived migrants from Africa, most of them coming into the country illegally claiming to be asylum seekers, in a largely pro-migrant article published by French centre-left newspaper Libration. "If you ask me how many immigrants there are in Palermo, I do not answer 60, 70, or 80,000. Anyone who arrives in Palermo is a Palermo," Orlando said. "The future has two names: Google and Ali the immigrant. Google expresses the virtual connection and Palermo is today the best wired and computerised city in the entire Mediterranean. Ali the migrant represents the human connection. We want to be a welcoming and modern city," he added. Around a million people have arrived in Italy in the last three years from Africa. Although the number arriving has considerably declined after the Italian government enacted stricter rules of conduct on pro-migrant NGO ships, many migrants remain in Italy.

07:47

Tarantulas mating, video "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 12 January 2018 video says about itself:

Tarantula Mating Wild Patagonia BBC Earth

For Tarantulas, finding a mate can be a deadly task especially when youve only got two months left to live.

07:40

(Video) Enlighten Up -- The Red Pill, Rabbit Holes, Hollywood & Waking Up from the Dream "IndyWatch Feed National"



Published on Jan 14, 2018

Released: Nov 9, 2017
Have you ever experienced a moment in time when everything you thought to be true was crumbling into a pile of false lies? Michael, Lisa, and Nicole are going to share with you which parts of their worlds came crumbling down and could be described as their 'red pill moment'.

But what happens when you drop into that rabbit hole to see where it leads you? How far can it take you? Should you come up for air? Should you bring people with you? Is it better to perhaps live in ignorance or 'blue pill bliss'?

And what is happening to Hollywood? How deep does that rabbit hole go?

Waking up from the dream can be a traumatic event and usually drops us into a real life nightmare. Join us for episode 021 and see what happens on the other side!

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07:17

Russians think their biggest enemies are US, Ukraine, EU "IndyWatch Feed National"

Two thirds of Russians believe their country has enemies in the international arena, with the US, Ukraine and the EU topping the list, a fresh survey by independent pollster Levada Center has revealed. According to research conducted in early December, 66 percent of respondents considered that Russia has enemies, while 21 percent believed that the country exists in a peaceful international environment. Levada Center has been carrying out similar surveys for the last 23 years. The highest result in response to this question was recorded at the beginning of the Ukrainian conflict in 2014, when 84 percent of those surveyed said that Russia had enemies. When asked to specifically name Russia's foreign enemies, the majority of respondents - 68 percent - singled out the US, which is no surprise as relations between Moscow and Washington are at their lowest in decades over accusations of election meddling, the imposition of sanctions, and other issues. Second-placed Ukraine was far behind the US on the enemy list on 29 percent, followed by the European Union on 14 percent. Poland, the Baltic states and other former Soviet republics, Germany and the UK were also among the answers.

06:48

Artefacts dating back to Ice Age found by villagers near Thirsk, UK "IndyWatch Feed National"

VILLAGERS are going public on an astonishing range of historic finds, discovered during a massive archaeological exploration. Volunteers have found more than 2,500 artefacts - many going back thousands of years to the last Ice Age - which give tempting glimpses into the history of the tiny community of Thornton-le-Street. The village between Northallerton and Thirsk is at the centre of a 98,000 heritage Lottery Fund project exploring Roads into the Past. On Saturday, February 10 organisers will hold an open day, when there will be displays and talks on some of the artefacts uncovered so far, with experts on hand to answer questions.

06:23

Scientists Find that Certain Birds of Prey Deliberately Spread Wildfires "IndyWatch Feed National"

These Firehawk raptors are terrifying and fascinating all at the same time. Have you ever seen a bird intentionally spread fire?

A more recent study going over the behavior of these birds has me shook. These flying firestarters can be found in at least three species that we know of at the moment. Those three species being Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus), Brown Falcon (Falco berigora), and Black Kite (Milvus migrans). These birds intentionally spread fire by wielding burning sticks in their talons and beaks. This study was published in the Journal of Ethnobiology.

Co-author of this study Mark Bonta told National Geographic as follows:

Were not discovering anything.

Most of the data weve worked with is collaborative with Aboriginal peoples Theyve known this for probably 40,000 years or more.

You see, the idea is that these birds of prey are using the fires to help them find food. When there is fire, finding their meals suddenly becomes much easier. This really may be enough to have us all rethinking how fire spreads in tropical savannas like those in Northern Australia.

According to these researchers, these birds will congregate in large numbers along burning fire fronts. They are not afraid to fly into the fires to move smoldering sticks out and up to 0.6 miles away, scorching regions that have not yet met the fires. Phillip Waipuldanya Roberts said in his 1964 autobiography that he had seen a hawk pick up a smoldering stick with its claws and drop it at least one half of a mile away on a dry patch of grass. After doing so he noted the bird waited to see the frightened food...

06:10

In which Craig becomes a Samira Ahmed-style snowflake... "IndyWatch Feed National"


Me

Today's Radio 4 Profile of Oprah Winfrey, presented by the accomplished John Peel impersonator Mark Coles (one of those people who always sounds as if they're being sarcastic even when they aren't being sarcastic), featured the following anecdote: 
Mark Coles: And there were plenty more says Sandra Pinckney, who shared a flat with Oprah Winfrey for a while. 
Sandra Pinckney: Oh my God, her dates! I mean, this one night she was going out. It was a Friday night. She said, "Sandra, when he comes don't say one word to me!", and I said, "What are you talking about?". So the doorbell rings and I'm waiting for her to answer the door. She's nowhere to be found. I answered the door  and [laughing] here's this guy. I mean, with all respect to short people, I mean, he was short and he was very funny-looking. And [laughing] so I said, "Oh! Well, come in and let me just get Oprah. She's ready. She's somewhere. Just hold on". I looked into my room, the closet, her room, the bathroom. And then I heard something in her closet. I opened the closet door [laughing] and there she is sitting in the dirty clothes hamper, hysterical, tears running down her eyes cos she knew what this guy looked like, and she knew what I was thinking.
Well, I have to say, as a short, funny-looking man myself, I found that anecdote grossly offensive and am appalled at the BBC for broadcasting it. 

I will be writing to Newswatch, Feedback and Points of View and tweeting about it endlessly for the next five years until Mark Coles, Sandra and Oprah are sent to join Toby Young...

05:24

Mike Rowe schools a woman who labels him an anti-education, science doubting, ultra-right wing conservative. "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is great. Mike Rowe, of Dirty Jobs does a weekly podcast/Facebook posting called How I Heard It.  His Off the Wall segments are always enlightening, because, Rowe dishes out some of his characteristic common sense by answering a question or comment from a fan, or in some cases, someone who isnt a fan at

05:20

Researchers study largest underwater eruption in Pacific Ocean "IndyWatch Feed National"

The first close quarters investigation of what was possibly the largest underwater volcanic eruption in modern history has uncovered a carpet of pumice rocks, some as big as motor vehicles, and unexpected ocean-bed lava flows. In a paper published in the journal Science Advances, a research team led by the University of Tasmania in Australia and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in the US report on the use of two autonomous underwater vehicles to explore the aftermath of the eruption of the 2012 Harve volcano, which lies between New Zealand and American Samoa in the southwest Pacific Ocean. The volcano blew on July 18, 2012, an event noted only when passengers on an airliner flying above the Kermadec Islands (of which Harve is an underwater component) noticed a huge number of pumice rocks floating on the surface of the ocean. The raft of rocks eventually covered almost 400 square kilometres. Three years later, the joint Australian-US expedition headed to the blast site.

05:17

Collected evidence that DOJ and FBI colluded with Fusion GPS on "Operation Trump" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Following the released transcript of Fusion-GPS Co-Founder Glenn Simpson's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee by Senator Dianne Feinstein, several media outlets have begun questioning the relationship between the FBI investigators, Glenn Simpson and dossier author Christopher Steele. What we have discovered highlights the answer to those relationship questions; and also answers a host of other questions, including: Did the FBI pay Christopher Steele? Yes, but now how media has stated. Was the FBI connected to the creation of the Steele Dossier? Yes, but again, not the way the media is currently outlining. The motive within the FBI/DOJ surveillance of the 2016 campaign of Donald Trump is simple. However, to understand how they did it - the story becomes more complex. Some key background understanding is necessary.

05:04

On Being a Social Justice and Peace Activist "IndyWatch Feed National"

Browsing the Internet, one can find a deluge of entries on social justice and peace activists, but very little about their own introspections on how they see and feel themselves as activists.

Seeking to fill at least partially that void I aim to explore in this article what it is like to be an activist in America for social justice and peace. I will do this in four ways.

First, since this journal is read by activists with varying levels and types of activity I will ask them about their activism. How would you answer the following questions?

Your Activist Self Checklist

a) Type and Degree of Feelings

Minor (e.g., anguish, ashamed of America, disgust, guilt for not doing more)?

Moderate (e.g., despair, determination, hopelessness, resignation)?

Intense (e.g., alienation, anger, burnout, paranoia, suicidal)?

Unusual (e.g., pride in fighting the corpocracy)?

b) Activities:

Armchair Activist? Street Activist? Activist Elsewhere? Professional Activist?

Percentage Yearly Time Spent on Activism:

Minimal (25% or less)?

Moderate (More than 25%)?

Extensive (50% or more)?

c) Experiences and Degree of Hardship:

Minor (e.g., inconvenience)?

Moderate (e.g., inclement weather, harassment)?

Extensive (e.g., physical confrontation, injury, detainment, trial, prison)?

Anyone higher on the scale for all three categories could be considered in my opinion a supreme patriot who is suffering a lot for that patriotism in its purest sense (i.e. not my country right or wrong, but, my country, please do no wrong). I should think such a patriot would feel a sense of pride mixed with other feelings.

Second, I will tell you about myself as I see myself. My score for the last few decades would waver between minor and moderate. Except for once participating several years ago in a protest at the local office of a U.S. Representative, all my activism has been from afar, sitting unharmed and comfortable at my computer desk (my family calls it the cave where I disappear to grumble and write). That one time was so pathetic it was disgusting. I had responded to an e-mail from the NGO, Move On.org Political Action Team requesting that I join with others in my community to protest outside the local office of said politician who was on recess. A few of us showed up holding signs (I had made my own). He never came out to hear us or talk to us because he was either not there or hiding....

05:00

Australia-China relations: Ongoing barbs put Oz reputation at risk "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Michael Smith (AFR woodcut)
Michael Smith

MICHAEL SMITH | Australian Financial Review | Extracts

SYDNEY - On a Qantas flight from Sydney to Shanghai last week the Chinese passengers returning home from a sun-drenched break watching Sydney's New Year's Eve fireworks or eating oysters in Tasmania only had praise for their time in Australia.

But the perception of Australia in China's state-sanctioned media this week was a far cry from that of a friendly trading partner.

A Turnbull government minister's public criticism of China's aid funding in the South Pacific escalated on Friday when China's People's Daily ran a prominent editorial accusing Australia of adopting a "sour grapes psychology" because it had competition in a region where it has long been top dog.

"This kind of arrogance shows Australia has not tolerated other countries having normal cooperation with the Pacific Islands for a long time," the newspaper said in the editorial on page three.

It is not unusual for an increasingly assertive China to take Australia to task, but the series of barbs between the two countries over the past week dashed hopes that the relationship could start the new year with a clean slate.

Tension between the two countries peaked in the in the final months of last year after the introduction of Australia's new political interference laws and a political storm over Labor Senator Sam Daystari's China connections.

International Development Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells kicked things off on Wednesday when what appeared to be off-the-cuff remarks to the media escalated into a full-blown diplomatic row with Australia's biggest trading partner.

The junior minister told The Australian and the ABC that China's Pacific aid program was a "white elephant" that had saddled small island nations with huge amounts of debt.

The publicity around an issue that usually attracts little attention prompted a rebuke from China's Foreign Ministry, which called the co...

04:33

Australian Birds Have Literally Learned How to Weaponize Fire "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Northern Australia, raptors have been found purposefully spreading grass fires, according to a research paper. The purpose is to flesh out prey from the grass and eat.

The Whistling Kite is among the birds alleged to have been doing this, according to a research paper recently published in the Journal of Ethnobiology.

Deep in the rural Australian outback, a veteran firefighter residing in the Northern Territory watched a fire that was stuck on one side of the highway. The fire had no means to jump across the road, but it did. He found the newly lit flames and extinguished them: then he looked up at the sky.

He claims to have seen a whistling kite bird holding a burning twig. The bird flew about 65 feet and dropped the stick into the flammable grass: the fire started again.

Essens claims about putting out seven new bird-induced fires were published in the paper.

An author of the paper, Bob Godford told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

Black kites and brown falcons come to these fronts because it is just literally a killing frenzy, its a feeding frenzy, because out of these grasslands come small birds, lizards, insects, everything fleeing the front of the fire.

The concept of birds seeking food or acting as predators in the presence of a fire is actually well established. On at least 4 continents, raptors have been observed waiting for rodents and small animals to flee the scene of a fire to prey upon them, or consume them once they are burned.

However, the idea that the birds might be intentionally setting the fires is definitely new.

The papers author is a lawyer who decided to become an ethno-ornithologist, a person who studies the relationship between Australias Aboriginal people and birds. He has been chasing the arson hawk story for several years.

My interest was first piqued by a report in a book published in 1964 by an Aboriginal man called Phillip Roberts in the Roper River area in the Northern Territory, that gave an account of a thing that hed seen in the bush, a bird picking up a stick from a fire front and carrying it and dropping it on to unburnt grass, he said.

According to...

04:00

PNG healths dark economy: The mosquito net scandal "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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Dr Nicholas Mann

Extract from a recent research into the dark economy of public health in Papua New Guinea by STAFF REPORTERS of the investigative website PNGi, which has been examining the network of business affiliates of Sir Sang Chung Poh, owner of pharmaceutical provider, Borneo Pacific

You can read the complete article here

PORT MORESBY - In December 2012, the National Court ordered Dr Nicholas Mann [one of PNGs most senior medical officers] and the State of PNG to each pay K15 million in damages to a company, Alpar Trading Limited, for the unlawful cancellation of a mosquito net supply contract.

The original court case appears to have gone unrecorded in the law reports. However, the facts and findings were later fully laid out in a Supreme Court decision that arose after Dr Manns attempted to overturn the original decision.

According to this decision, the National Court found that in 2004 the Department of Health, under Dr Manns direction, developed a project with Ron Seddon and Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM)to distribute treated mosquito nets.

The project was financed by The Global Fund and monitored by a Central Monitoring Committee chaired by Dr Mann and Mr Seddon.

After two years the Central Supply and Tender Board (CSTB) put the project out to public tender and awarded a K9 million contract to Alpar Trading Limited to supply PermaNet mosquito nets.

Dr Mann and RAM protested the decision but an Ombudsman Commission investigation identified no evidence of irregular conduct.

The Vietnamese supplier of PermaNet mosquito nets then informed Alpar Trading it had an exclusive supply agreement with RAM and would not deal with any other supplier in PNG. Alpar subsequently found an alternative supplier, nevertheless Global Fund withdrew its funding and the Alpar contract collapsed.

Alpar sued Dr Mann and the State for breach of contract, a claim the National Court u...

03:39

Philippines: Easier, more beneficial for Congress to amend the restrictive economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution than to change the entire form of government Many of us do not have a full grasp of federalism, "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

The senators stressed they are open to amending the Constitution, including its political provisions, and were only pointing out the complexity of changing the form of government as well as the many questions from the public that need to be answered by federalism advocates. Philstar.com/File Photo

Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) January 15, 2018 12:01am

MANILA, Philippines It would be easier for Congress to amend the restrictive economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution than to rewrite major sections in the Charter that may require extending the term of officials so the country may shift to a federal system, senators said yesterday.

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III and Sen. Francis Pangilinan, chairman of the Senate committee on constitutional amendments, made the remarks as the panel prepared to conduct a hearing on Wednesday on various Charter change (Cha-cha) bills.

The senators stressed they are open to amending the Constitution, including its political provisions, and were only pointing out the complexity of changing the form of government as well as the many questions from the public that need to be answered by federalism advocates.

Sotto said relaxing the restrictive economic provisions to attract foreign investments was easy using a formula whereby the phrase unless otherwise provided by law is simply included in the provisions.

The phrase, Sotto said, does not pave the way for a rewrite of the Constitution, but allows Congress to make amendments to give the country some flexibility or take advantage of economic opportunities whenever they arise.

Prudence dictates that federalism will require a long debate because many of us do not have a full grasp of federalism, Sotto told radio station dzBB.

He said Speaker Pantaleon Alvarezs timetable of holding a plebiscite for the proposed amended Constitution to coincide with the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections this May can be doable if only the economic provisions will be touched.

We cant pr...

03:11

Thousands rally against corruption in Israel after Netanyahu son scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thousands took to the streets of Tel Aviv to protest corruption following the release of tapes of Benjamin Netanyahu's son discussing "awesome deals" his father allegedly made for his pal's gas mogul dad. Earlier this week, Israeli television aired embarrassing recordings of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's 26-year-old son Yair hanging out at a Tel Aviv strip club in 2015. He was joined by two friends, Nir Maimon, the son of natural gas tycoon Kobi Maimon, and Roman Abramov, an employee of Australian gambling tycoon James Packer, and was accompanied by his security guard and a driver. Video link:

02:35

The Euro on Yearly Models Let the Crazy Times Roll "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Reviewing the private blog, at the end of 2016 on December 31 you wrote When it comes to the Euro, the Major Yearly Bearish Reversal lies at 10365 and the intraday low for 2016 was 10352 closing the year at 10513. This too warns that we may not be ready to meltdown just yet. You called for the Euro rally into the German elections but it did not reach the 125 and stopped at 120. Then for the close of 2017 you wrote on the private blog: On our Yearly Models, we have had THREE Directional Change targets all back-to-back from 2017 to 2019. From a technical perspective, we achieved an outside reversals to the upside in the Euro making 2017 the low but closing above the 2016 high. We never quite reached our target in the 125 level, so it appears we still have time to do this here in the coming New Year. You also wrote: The year-end signals we achieve in the Euro for the closing of 2017 will be significant for the overall tone of what is to come reflecting how fast things will develop. Our models are reflecting a sharp rise in volatility in 2018 as well.

My question is this. With three yearly directional changes from 17 to 19, I assume this means choppiness. Your volatility models show a sharp rise in 2018 as well. Do you think we can really reach the 128 or 135-140 level by March?

HS

ANSWER: In order to create the greatest amount of chaos, you always have to swing to extremes. If we are going to really create total havoc that will bring down the monetary system as we head into 2021 and force some sort of a new Bretton Woods, the only way to do that is a dollar rally. A dollar decline means sovereign debts issued by other nations in dollars will be devalued encouraging them to issue more. The way to break the system is only a dollar rally which forced Roosevelt to devalue the dollar back in 1934 and it forced the Plaza Accord in 1985 that gave birth to the G5. The US always wants a lower dollar to reduce the trade deficit. This is Trumps policy as well. The market will NOT be that forgiving.

...

01:42

Addressing Monumental Frustrations "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Mariana Trench jellyfish discovered in 2016
During the process to nominate the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument as a National Marine Sanctuary overlay, three issues repeatedly popped up during discussions I had with the community. Some community members disapproved of the Antiquities Act to protect federal resources, many found frustration with the lack of promised benefits accruing, and there was concern and confusion about how the military interacted with the monument. There were of course other questions that arose, but these three issues came up time and time again.

I discussed these three issues at great length with many people. I learned a lot from these discussions, both in terms of information that was shared with me, and questions that were asked that I then helped find the answers to. I think its important that these discussions continue, and want to put some of these ideas down on paper so that others can read about it and make up their own mind.

But first, Id like to provide some history on the monument for context. To paraphrase Maui from the Disney film Moana, we can only know where we are by knowing where weve been. That will help us see where we are going.

Background
It has been more than 10 years since we began advocating for the protection of the waters surrounding some of the Northern Islands in the Marianas. It has been a lengthy journey with steps and missteps made along the way. In the beginning we advocated for protecting the waters far north of all of the inhabited islands, while now much of the focus is on the Mariana Trench.

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01:34

Tropical storm Berguitta is forecast to strike Mauritius as a tropical cyclone at about 16:00 GMT on 17 January. - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thomson Reuters FoundationTropical storm Berguitta is forecast to strike Mauritius as a tropical cyclone at about 16:00 GMT on 17 January.Thomson Reuters Foundation... face heat extremes, I feel really scared, residents say Rescuers race against time to find missing in California mudslides Corals die, farmers suffer through Australia's third-hottest year Weather disasters cost U.S. record $306 billion in ...and more 

00:23

Raped & Murdered Girl, 8, Becomes Political Pawn "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Riots have erupted over the rape and murder of 8-year-old Zainab Ansara (inset)Riots have erupted over the rape and murder of 8-year-old Zainab Ansara (inset) (Photo: Video screenshot)

The horrific tragedy of Zainab Ansari, an eight-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in Kasur, Pakistan, has the attention of the whole world. Its heartbreaking and gut-wrenching to read the news and see her parents sorrow.

Recently, 10 other girls have been sexually assaulted in a similar way in Kasur, while law enforcement have been impotent. These are only the reported cases because many go unreported for fear.

True, there are riots and protests all over Pakistan about Zainabs brutal attack. Two have died and others wounded, but there are some key questions that have yet to be answered.

Why is it that law enforcement have not taken any action until now when there have been previous cases of sexual assault? The reason these cases were hushed up is because rich and powerful feudal landlords may have been involved, so the assaults were pushed under the table. In some cases, money was given to the family, or they were threatened to stay silent.

No one has been caught and convicted, because if that happens, it will start a chain reaction in which the so-called gentry will be stripped naked and dishonored. The lives and honor of the young victims are no match for the powerful and political.

Zainabs murder is symptomatic of a much larger problem that is not being addressed. Children in Pakistan are vulnerable to religious schools and extremist organizations. Madrassas are mushrooming all over the country with little or no accountability about who is running them and what is being taught. There are no statistics about child molestation, rape, sodomy and battering all of which are rampant.

There is no secular education, let alone sex education, which the religious clergy are deadly against. All mullahs have issued fatwas that sex education is vulgar. In a patriarchal and misogynist society, young...

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23:51

AMA & Australian Media Blame Anti-Vaxxers For Flu Related Baby Deaths But Wheres The Evidence? "IndyWatch Feed National"

families who simply choose not to vaccinate & poison their own children are now being blamed for flu deaths among babies but where is the evidence? Read More

23:40

The Rush to the Euro with QE Ending? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; You have been calling for the dollar to decline against the Euro and it should test the 125 level. Do you see the dollar continuing to decline which then breaks the back of Europe with deflation and then everything flips?

WK

ANSWER: Last year was an outside reversal to the upside meaning it made a new low since 2008 reaching 10341 and then closed above the 2016 high. That confirmed we should see a lower dollar in 2018 and our target in the 125 level has been slow in coming. There is no reversal of fortune without a closing above 140. Our minimum target was 12570 with the next forming at 12890. Thereafter, we reach the major resistance in the 135-140 zone. The technical resistance begins just shy of 124.

The Euro is rallying because the ECB is seen to be abandoning its QE program which has failed. The rush to the Euro is the assumption that with higher rates, at last money will come home. We still have a minefield of political issues. Creditors are dissatisfied with the lack of austerity in Greece as well as Italy. Our critical turning point remains March 2018.

The crisis yet to unfold is will there be buyers of European debt to take up what the ECB has been buying? This is part of our forecast with rising rates and the more they rise the worse the budget will get. There is just no way out of this crisis without serious reform. So people rushing into the Euro thinking this is a turn-around long-term for the dollar will be shown that the old saying fools rush in where...

23:34

Prayer and Meditation for Monday, January 15, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 311

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Jesus Appears to the Disciples After the Resurrection by Imre Morocz

Reading 1 1 SM 15:16-23

Samuel said to Saul:
Stop! Let me tell you what the LORD said to me last night.
Saul replied, Speak!
Samuel then said: Though little in your own esteem,
are you not leader of the tribes of Israel?
The LORD anointed you king of Israel and sent you on a mission, saying,
Go and put the sinful Amalekites under a ban of destruction.
Fight against them until you have exterminated them.
Why then have you disobeyed the LORD?
You have pounced on the spoil, thus displeasing the LORD.
Saul answered Samuel: I did indeed obey the LORD
and fulfill the mission on which the LORD sent me.
I have brought back Agag, and I have destroyed Amalek under the ban.
But from the spoil the men took sheep and oxen,
the best of what had been banned,
to sacrifice to the LORD their God in Gilgal.
But Samuel said:
Does the LORD so delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as in obedience to the command of the LORD?
Obedience is better than sacrifice,
and submission than the fat of rams.
For a sin like divination is rebellion,
and presumption is the crime of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the command of the LORD,
he, too, has rejected you as ruler.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 50:8-9, 16BC-17, 21 AND 23

R. (23b) To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you,
for your burnt offerings are before me always.
I take from your house no bullock,
no goats out of your fo...

23:18

Biem Island Volcano becomes active - Second volcano eruption in East Sepik "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

There is a second volcano in East Sepik. East Sepik Governor, Allan Bird released a statement confirming that  volcanoe on Biem exploded at 3am this morning. "Last night I dispatched the PNG Defence Force landing craft to evacuate 1,700 evacuees at Ruprup island. At 1 am, I was informed that Biem island volcano, as we feared, is now also becoming active. I have changed our engagement in the disaster. Biem is now our priority because there are more than 3,000 people on that island. I have directed all efforts to Biem island as our top priority.  I have also requested the use of the South Sea Tuna vessel to immediately steam to Ruprup island and begin evacuating our people there. We now have two volcanoes in the process of erupting concurrently. We are doing our best and deploying all our assets to this effort. I ask the entire nation to pray for mercy so that no life can be lost in this impending disaster and I thank everyone for their prayers. We are running out of fuel and we don't have enough boats. East Sepik Province needs your prayers", the governor said in a statement,

Meanwhile, the governor will be talking to Prime minister Peter ONeill to increase resources to evacuate the three island communities to the mainland. Preparations are underway at Dandan for the resettlement of the affected islanders.

22:34

What I Learned About Disability and Infanticide From Peter Singer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Singer maintains that disability, unlike race or gender, comes with intrinsic suffering sometimes great enough that it is more compassionate to end the lives of infants than to force them to live in pain.

Credit: Maurice Frazer/Flickr

Credit: Maurice Frazer/Flickr

In the 1970s, the Australian moral philosopher Peter Singer, perhaps best-known for his book Animal Liberation (1975), began to argue that it is ethical to give parents the option (in consultation with doctors) to euthanise infants with disabilities. He mostly, but not exclusively, discussed severe forms of disabilities such as spina bifida or anencephaly. In Practical Ethics (1979), Singer explains that the value of a life should be based on traits such as rationality, autonomy and self-consciousness. Defective infants lack these characteristics, he wrote. Killing them, therefore, cannot be equated with killing normal human beings, or any other self-conscious beings.

The thought of killing disabled babies is especially dangerous because the concept of disability often functions as a mere cloak...

22:01

Gilad Atzmon and Islam "IndyWatch Feed National"

Introduction GA: In the following book review Jay Knott suggests that  Being in Time scores a very high mark on many fronts, however, the text fails to attack Muslims and Islam. In the last two decades I have been accused of many things but this is the first time I am criticised  for 'not being an Islamophobe.' I have met Knott before and I think that regardless of the peculiar premise of this text,  it deserves attention. 

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Gilad Atzmon and Islam

Book Review by Jay Knott

A review of Being In Time a post-political manifesto, Gilad Atzmon, Skyscraper Publications, 2017

There is just one point where I have encountered a difficulty  Russell to Frege, 1902.

I introduced a talk by Gilad Atzmon, and organised a reading group to discuss his first book, The Wandering Who?, about Jewish identity politics. We had many criticisms of it.

The new book is much broader, and better. I have only one major criticism. This article is about that criticism, but though as a result its mostly negative, I actually think this book is a major contribution to understanding the times we live in. It explains Donald Trump, Brexit, the left, identity politics, political correctness, and especially, US support for Jewish supremacy in the Middle East. It is undogmatic, finding inputs from a wide range of sources. Atzmon even manages to get something useful out of the book The Bell Curve while rejecting its central premise, IQ. I mostly agreed with much of Being in Time.

But chapter four, United Against Unity, woke me up with a jolt.

But what about Hammed, a metal worker from Birmingham? Hammed identifies as a Muslim can he join a Left demonstration against the War in Syria? Its a good question and the answer is not immediately obvious because its no secret that many of those who subscribe to progressive and liberal ideologies and especially activists...

21:49

APEC Haus updates by PNG APEC Minister Tkatchenko "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

APEC Haus will house high standard conference facilities, as well as office and special purpose rooms.

This will be tailor-made to enable us to host visiting World Leaders to the APEC CEO's Summit, to world standards.

While the Leaders Summit will be the main event in November 2018, visiting Executives from leading Corporate Entities around the world, support staff from both Government and Corporate entourages, and World Media will also utilise this facility.

APEC Haus is built with specific features that encompass the heritage of coastal Motu and Hiri traders, and the magnitude of this world event will ensure very great exposure for our country and culture.

National Government partnership with Oil Search Limited has ensured that this project is on target for opening prior to Novembers Leaders Summit.

The Legacy of APEC Haus beyond APEC 2018 will be huge for standards, against some of the best facilities around the Pacific.

21:38

Trump Administration plan sees deterrence in new nuclear firepower "IndyWatch Feed National"

WASHINGTON (AP) With Russia in mind, the Trump administration is aiming to develop new nuclear firepower that it says will make it easier to deter threats to European allies.

The plan, not yet approved by President Donald Trump, is intended to make nuclear conflict less likely. Critics argue it would do the opposite.

The proposal is spelled out in a policy document, known officially as a nuclear posture review, that puts the U.S. in a generally more aggressive nuclear stance. It is the first review of its kind since 2010 and is among several studies of security strategy undertaken since Trump took office.

In many ways it reaffirms the nuclear policy of President Barack Obama, including his commitment to replace all key elements of the nuclear arsenal with new, more modern weapons over the coming two decades.

It says the U.S. will adhere to existing arms control agreements, while expressing doubt about prospects for any new such pacts. The Trump nuclear doctrine is expected to be published in early February, followed by a related policy on the role and development of U.S. defenses against ballistic missiles.

Where the Trump doctrine splits from Obamas approach is in ending his push to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in U.S. defense policy. Like Obama, Trump would consider using nuclear weapons only in extreme circumstances, while maintaining a degree of ambiguity about what that means. But Trump sees a fuller deterrent role for these weapons, as reflected in the plan to develop new capabilities to counter Russia in Europe.

The Huffington Post published online a draft of the nuclear policy report Thursday, and The Associated Press independently obtained a copy Friday. Asked for commen...

21:33

New catamaran to serve Tongas outer islands "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A new high-speed catamaran will ease travel for passengers in the outer islands of Tonga.

The vessel which cost the government $8.3 million paanga was launched by King Tupou VI in Nukualofa.

Kaniva News reports the MV Tongiaki can travel from Nukualofa to Nomuka, an island 108 kilometres away from the capital in about two hours.

It can do a return trip from Nukualofa to Vavau in less than 12 hours.

The vessel can carry 200 passengers.

Minister of Public Enterprises Hon. Saia Piukala said the MV Tongiaki is the most and latest advanced to join the Friendly Islands Shipping Agencys fleet.

He said FISAs MV Otu Angaofa used to travel at 12 knots while the MV Tongiaki traveled at 20 22 knots.

He said the shipping company has planned to extend its services to Fiji and Samoa in the near future.

FISA is a wholly owned Public Enterprise of the Government of Tonga

 

Source: Kaniva News

21:11

PERTH Ben Cousins Appears In Court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Ben Cousins departs from the Perth Magistrates Court on April 2, 2012 in Perth, Australia. Former AFL player, Cousins was arrested last week on drugs charges at Esperance Airport.LessMore. Embed. EmbedLicence. 2of 10. Ben Cousins (R) and his lawyer Michael Tudori arrive at the Perth Magistrates

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PERTH Ben Cousins Faces Court After Arrest On Drug Charges Photos and Images "IndyWatch Feed National"

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January 14, 2018 at 02:21AM .

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20:37

Huawei and ZTE banned by the US government "IndyWatch Feed National"

'Consumer' grade communications electronics, e.g. routers, modems, phones are (deliberate by design) unsecured devices.

We have mentioned that Microsoft's BitLocker encryption has vulnerabilities;
https://corpau.blogspot.com.au/2018/01/microsoft-bitlocker-vulnerabilities.html

Now the lawmakers of the United States have put through law that forbids people in government using hardware manufactured by Huawei or ZTE as shown in article within screenshot;



Just one aspect of secure communications is the use of https:// in web addresses as opposed to the not so secure http://.

In order to be assured of some sort of security, login links for quite some time contain the address https://, however ZTE have deliberately omitted the https protocol in favour of the more vulnerable http to gain access as administrator to their hardware.



In the above illustration the web browser warns that the connection is not secure i.e http://

The company TP-Link also has this not secure mode of login to their routers.

We therefore do not recommend the purchase or use of Huawei, TP-Link or ZTE.

Optus sells Huawei modems to Australia's 'consumers'.

Optus and Virgin also sell ZTE pocket wifi devices.

20:11

State resources to support evacuation: PM "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 

Prime Minister Peter ONeill has directed all relevant State resources be made available to support the evacuation of people at risk due to volcanic eruptions on Kadovar Island in the East Sepik region.

 

 

The Prime Minister also again issued a warning for all coastal communities in the north of the country to be on alert for the risk of tsunami resulting from volcanic activity.

 

 

National Government agencies, led by our disciplined services, have been stood-up to respond to volcanic activity on Kadavor Island, the Prime Minister said.

 

 

Volcanoes are very unpredictable, we are hearing various reports that activity has been building up and we need to take all precautions to keep our people safe.

 

 

We will not take risks with human lives, lets get people out of harms way now, and constantly monitor the activity of the volcano, he said.

 

 

I have authorised the additional deployment of personnel and assets to assist in the transfer of any people who are in the broader vicinity of the volcano.

 

 

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19:29

Okinawa and the Secret to Longevity (Sponsored Post) "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

While there are no official records of the undying (yet), more people live beyond 100 years of age in Japans Okinawa Prefecture than anywhere else in the world. And while they may have tapped and plumbed the fountain of youth somewhere in the hundreds of islands, the key to longevity may be more simple.

Life medicine, or what the locals call nuchigusui, is an Okinawan precept for healthy living. By focusing everyday practices on easing the mind, satisfying the spirit and looking after the body, the locals have inhabited a philosophy that seems to be working pretty well.

It all comes down to fresh food, stress-free living and a connection with nature that is endemic to Japanese culture and way of life. For thousands of years, the rich beauty of the islands has been conserved, and if you look at the stars at night amidst almost no light pollution you can catch a glimpse into ancient utopian times.

Whether its long stretches of white sand beaches, rare blue coral reef or dense jungles, 20 per cent of the Okinawa Prefecture is national park. The islands are also incredibly fertile, and provide a habitat for dugongs, turtles, rare cats and thousands of other animals that feed off its rich resources.

Food itself is the essence of nuchigusui. Eating is revered as medicine; vitality is passed from the cook to the customer. The island chain has countless wholesome dishes that are native to the region, from delicious teas to rich sobas, all of which aim to nourish and rejuvenate.

Okinawa might be the only place youll ever visit where the more time you spend, the more time you earn on Earth, and even if you dont find the secret to immortality, youll walk away feeling pretty bloody relaxed.

Check this vid out to see what we mean.

This post has been presented in conjunction with Be.Okinawa, but all opinions are the authors own.

Cover by Ryo Yoshitake 

18:46

Microsoft BitLocker vulnerabilities "IndyWatch Feed National"


For those who think that their (Microsoft) BitLocker encrypted storage device is safe from prying eyes from the corporation aggregate commonly referred to as government, think again.

As documented by the NSA (National Security Agency) of the USA;


Kindly brought to you by Edward Snowden.

Source: http://www.cjfe.org/snowden

18:15

15h ngy 14/01 trc tip U23 Vit Nam vs U23 Australia ti VCK U23 chu 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trc tip U23 Vit Nam i u vi U23 Australia trn knh tivi VTV6, U23 Vit Nam c to nn

15:13

Cost of rice will not increase: Trukai "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Loop PNG

 

PNGs leading rice supplier, Trukai Industries, says it will not increase the cost of rice in the country.

 

Trukai Industries CEO, Greg Worthington-Eyre, said while Trukai understands and is deeply concerned over the current economic conditions in PNG, and the pending inflationary impact of fuel price increases, currency devaluation and reduced consumer spending power, it has no plans at this point of passing on the impact of these issues to PNG consumers.

 

Worthington-Eyre says Trukais focus on food security, which includes affordability and quality, is at the forefront and they will be making every effort to support the people of PNG.

 

Trukai is the oldest and largest rice distribution and manufacturer in PNG, having been established in February 17th, 1970.

 

Apart from rice, they also supply stockfeed.

Author: Charmaine Poriambep

15:13

FBI says device encryption is 'evil' and a threat to public safety "IndyWatch Feed National"

The FBI continues its anti-encryption push. It's now expanded past Director Christopher Wray to include statements by other FBI personnel. Not that Chris Wray isn't taking every opportunity he can to portray personal security as a threat to the security of the American public. He still is. But he's no longer the only FBI employee willing to speak up on the issue.

This post is by Tim Cushing and was originally published on Techdirt.com. See the original article.

Wray expanded his anti-encryption rhetoric last week at a cybersecurity conference in New York. In short, encryption is inherently dangerous. And the FBI boss will apparently continue to complain about encryption without offering any solutions.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was unable to access data from nearly 7,800 devices in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 with technical tools despite possessing proper legal authority to pry them open, a growing figure that impacts every area of the agency's work, Wray said during a speech at a cyber security conference in New York.

The FBI has been unable to access data in more than half of the devices that it tried to unlock due to encryption, Wray added.

"This is an urgent public safety issue," Wray added, while saying that a solution is "not so clear cut."

The solution is clear cut, even if it's not workable. What Wray wants is breakable encryption. And he wants companies to do the work and shoulder the blame. Wray wants to be able to show up at Apple's door with a warrant and walk away with the contents of someone's phone. How that's accomplished isn't really his problem. And he's not intellectually honest enough to own the collateral damage backdoored encryption would cause. But that's how Wray operates. He disparages companies, claiming encryption is all about profit...

14:59

On schedule "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: The National
January 12, 2018  

By GYNNIE KERO 


Oil Search Ltd is confident the APEC Haus taking shape in Port Moresby will be completed well before the contracted deadline July 31.
Its construction at Ela Beach is paid for through Oil Searchs tax credit scheme for K120 million and Construction Project Build (CPB) Company is leading the work.
APEC Haus project manager Peter Kearsley said 65 per cent of the building was completed.
Yes, the project is on budget, he said. The next thing you will see is glass go up at the start of February.
Now having had the roof on, we are able to work on the ground floor.
Contracted deadline is July 31, the guys will definitely beat that. It will be finished before the end of July.
Prime Minister Peter ONeill yesterday said APEC Haus would be converted into a world-class museum after the leaders meeting in November.
He also highlighted that more than 80 per cent of the project workers were locals. Many of our artefact, thousands of years old and held in museums (elsewhere), we want to bring back here, ONeill said.

14:53

Go catch a fish to win cash at the Adventure Park, Port Moresby "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"



Take an adventure to the Adventure Park. Another 200 more fish have been tagged and released into the Lake at Adventure Park at 14 mile , says Member for  Moresby South Justin Tkatchenko.

This will allow for more chances for the public to win great cash prizes.

The fishing comp has gained popularity and has seen visitors and residents of the city try their hand at catching a fish with a colored tag.

To be a part of the competition you can bring your own fishing lines or bait or purchase them on the day at the Park.

There is a K10 admission fee, so head on down and try your luck at the Adventure Park. The competition starts this weekend and anyone can participate.

Photo: Lake at 14 Mile adventure Park /Justin Tkatchenko

14:24

Japanese Peace Boat arrives in Fremantle January 24th "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi Everyone..

Hopefully you have had a bit of a break and are ready for an exciting 2018..

We will be kicking off the year with the arrival of the Japanese Peace Boat in Fremantle..  This will be an amazing event and will bring together Traditional Owners, Hiroshima Survivors and Fukushima farmers, along with 100s of Japanese people.

Please spread the word and we hope to see you at the B sheds on Wednesday the 24th of January as we welcome the Peace Boat with a Whadjuk Noongar smoking ceremony, Welcome To Country, dancers, music and much much more!

PEACE BOAT 96th VOYAGE COMING TO FREMANTLE
Wednesday 24 Thursday 24 January 2018 | Fremantle Port | a massive 2 days of building a culture of peace around the world 

We are excited to announce that this January Fremantle Port, City of Fremantle, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), Ban Uranium Mining Permanently (BUMP) and Mayors for Peace will host the Japanese Peace Boat on its 96th world voyage.  The Peace Boat carries out its main activities through a chartered passenger ship that travels the world on peace voyages. The delegation on board this voyage will be atomic bomb survivors and farmers from Fukushima and joined by around 800 participants from around the world.  The ship, as a neutral space beyond borders, becomes a floating peace village, encouraging a sense of community and enabling direct dialogue between those on-board and in the ports they visit.  For more information : http://peaceboat.org/english/

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14:07

Bruce Pascoe on Indigenous land management and regenerative farming "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bruce Pascoe, Bunurong man and highly acclaimed author of 'Dark Emu: Black Seeds', sat down with AFSA President Tammi Jonas at the Food Sovereignty Convergence in Canberra, 2017. Bruce spoke about connection to country, respecting the land and the history and culture of people imbedded within it, and how we can work towards 'conciliation' as farmers, eaters and activists in Australia. Thank you Karina and Kimmo Vennonen for the recording!

http://afsa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Bruce-Pascoe-Tammi-Jonas.mp3

 

 

The post Bruce Pascoe on Indigenous land management and regenerative farming appeared first on Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance.

14:02

Can UK refuse Julian Assange as an Ecuadorian diplomat? "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is for the government of Ecuador, not the UK, to determine who is an Ecuadorian citizen. It is for the government of Ecuador, not the UK, to determine who is an Ecuadorian diplomat. It is not in the least unusual for Julian Assange to become an Ecuadorian citizen. Having been granted political asylum, and having lived for over five years under Ecuadorian jurisdiction, naturalisation is a perfectly normal step. There are a great many refugees in this country who are now naturalised UK citizens. Julian appears suitably proud of his new citizenship, and rightly so. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office appears to be putting out a story that it has refused to accredit Assange as an Ecuadorian diplomat. As the Guardian reports: "Earlier this week the UK's Foreign Office revealed that Ecuador had asked for Assange, who was born in Australia, to be accredited as a diplomat. The request was dismissed."

12:21

Understanding Their Game We Have a Problem, Carrs Solution, Lets Take Action "IndyWatch Feed National"

Skull and Bones, at Yale University. These secret organisations are POISON

by Dee McLachlan

This is the third part of the previous William Guy Carr articles, Pawns in the Game (12/1/2017), and Money Manipulation (13/12017) in which Carr describes a diabolical centuries-old plot by a few to dominate humanity.

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12:15

Coal is now the biggest threat to energy security "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Worried the electricity system won't keep up over summer? Worry about coal. Seriously.

One of the four giant units at Victoria's ageing Loy Yang A power station broke down on Tuesday night at 11.05, taking out 230 megawatts, and then at 1.10 on Wednesday morning after being partially restarted, taking out what by then was 161 megawatts.

When demand soared during Sunday's heatwave, the Eraring plant on Lake Macquarie in NSW lost 275 megawatts. A few minutes later, Loy Yang A lost 264 megawatts.

On New Year's Day, unit 1 of Millmerran in Queensland stalled, taking out 156 megawatts. On December 28, unit 2 of Tarong in Queensland stalled, taking out 314 megawatts. On Boxing Day, unit 4 at Loy Yang stalled, taking out 528 megawatts. On Christmas Day, unit 1 at Gladstone stalled, taking out 230 megawatts, then unit 1 at the Tallawarra gas plant in NSW, taking out 187 megawatts. And so on, back to the start of summer.

When unit 3 at Loy Yang shut down without warning on December 14 taking out 560 megawatts and imperilling the entire system, the new Tesla battery 1000 kilometres away in South Australia sprang into action ahead of the coal-fired power station that was contracted to restore stability. It proved to be "dispatchable" in a way coal-fired power stations are not.

Age, heat and the steady encroachment of renewables are destroying the only advantages coal-fired power stations ever had.

When Treasurer Scott Morrison stood up in Federal Parliament and waved around a lump of coal in a stunt unworthy of his office, he said coal was an important part of ensuring a "more certain" energy future.

But he was speaking about the past.

Coal-fired power stations didn't used to get critically hot as often as they do now. The February 2017 heatwave that took out 2438 megawatts in one day in NSW might have once been a once-in-500-year event. Now it's a once-in-50-year event and perhaps soon a once-in-five-year event. The calculations are by the Australia Institute's Mark Ogge and Hannah Aulby in a study of the risks to energy security entitled Can't Stand the Heat. Ogge is the person who has been keeping a record of power station outages.

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12:09

What a job? Move to NSW "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

It's the easiest to find a job since the mining boom.

The latest count from the Bureau of Statistics shows there were a record 216,000 job vacancies in November and 661,400 Australians out of work, the lowest total since 2012.

The ratio of 3.1 means there were roughly three job seekers for each vacant job, a step up from November 2016 when there were 3.7.

In NSW, the state with the best odds, there were only 2.2 job seekers for each vacant job, one of the lowest ratios ever recorded. A year earlier there were 2.7.

While Victoria has recorded the biggest improvement, the odds remain nowhere near as good as in NSW. There were 3.1 unemployed Victorians trying to get each vacant job in November, down from 4.2 a year earlier.

In Queensland the odds improved from 4.5 per vacant job to 3.9, in South Australia from 6.1 to 5.7, in Western Australia from 4.7 to 4.3 and in Tasmania from 7.9 to 5.7.

In the Northern Territory the odds remained little changed at about two unemployed per vacancy, and in the Australian Capital Territory they slid from 1.6 to just 1.3. But the ACT figures are unrealistic because they are biased downwards by the number of ACT workers living outside of the territory and the number who come from interstate for jobs.

The better odds in every state reflect both a surge in the number of vacancies, from 69,000 to 81,500 in NSW, and from 45,400 to 57,500 in Victoria, and also a drop in the number of Australians identifying as unemployed.

A near-record 383,300 more Australians have found work in the past 12 months, almost all of them full-time.

Construction vacancies have ju...

12:01

Bob Avakian: "Why do people come here from all over the world?" "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the face of the white supremacist attacks by Donald Trump on immigrants from Haiti, Africa, El Salvador and elsewhere, this clip from a talk by Bob Avakian answers the question "Why do people come here from all over the world?"

11:54

Deutsche Probe Brings Action from US Rep. Maxine Waters "IndyWatch Feed National"

President Trump held a joint Press Conference on Wednesday with Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway. This was the first opportunity for the press to query the President about the size of his nuclear button, or the recent reality show he put on at the White House with Congressional leaders over DACA, meant to demonstrate his stable genius, and also answer questions about a rumored Robert Mueller interrogation.

I was wondering just what her excellency must have thought, when the press pretty much ignored her while President Trump repeated a multitude of denials with regard to any collusion with Russia.

In Norway, the prime minister and cabinet are collectively accountable for their policies and actions to the monarch, to the Storting (parliament of Norway), to their political party and ultimately the electorate. In practice, since it is nearly impossible for a government to stay in office against the will of the Storting, the prime minister is primarily answerable to the Storting. If the prime minister loses the confidence of the Storting, he or she must resign.

While I was pondering her Excellencys musings, I received an email from a representative of Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), an estimable member of the American Storting. Waters is a ranking member of the Congressional committee monitoring the Department of Justice and Treasurys long-term investigation of Deutsche Banks Russian money laundering, known as mirror trades.

Rep. Waters had apparently read the WhoWhatWhy article I wrote on Deutsche Bank and wanted to inform me that her office had written to Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin and requested that he recuse himself from any oversight of that investigation, and anything else relative to President Donald J. Trump and his businesses. Waters also wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, demanding to know the current status of the mirror trades investigation.

While she was at it, she wrote to the current CEO of Deutsche Bank demanding all documents related to Trump and the Trump Organizations interactions with Deutsche Bank. And she asked whether Deutsche Bank had laundered any money for Trump as Steve Bannon, one of Trumps erstwhile advisers, reportedly told Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

Waters, ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, has been exploring the ties betwee...

10:57

"What Life Expected From Us..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

"It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life - daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual...

There is also purpose in life which is almost barren of both creation and enjoyment and which admits of but one possibility of high moral behavior: namely, in man's attitude to his existence, an existence restricted by external forces. When a man finds that it is his destiny to suffer, he will have to accept his suffering as his task. He will have to acknowledge the fact that even in suffering he is unique and alone in the universe. No one can relieve him of his suffering or suffer in his place. His unique opportunity lies in the way in which he bears his burden...

What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general, but rather the specific meaning of a person's life at a given moment...

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way...

Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible."
- Viktor E. Frankl, "Man's Search for Meaning"
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10:22

Western Civilization VS Sh%$tholes Race & How to Save the West Jay Dyer "IndyWatch Feed National"

The mainstream hypocrites are in an uproar because Trump referred to some countries as sh&%holes, while simultaneously they call fly over country and the south even worse. In this video I castigate the Alt Media and Alt Right for not offering anything beyond biological determinism, which has built NO civilization. Civlizations are built on theology, philosophy, race and/or ethnos, as well as other aspects of culture, like language.

The means to save civilization is found first in repairing the altar, not the throne. Only Orthodoxy has the entire *worldview* necessary as well as the social and cultural answers and power western, atheist man craves and lacks. The Byzantine symphonia model and the balance of the one and the many, grounded in the faith of our common millennia of Church Fathers has the answers simply look at their Cathedrals.

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10:19

Fiona Reilly: Tuning Into Your Own Vibration "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuning Into Your Own Vibration

by Fiona Reilly; Wake Up World

Source: Rise Earth

There is such liberation and joy in finding ones own vibration and unleashing it fully in the world. Can you think of a time when you were in touch with and living true to you? A time when you were in your strength and power. What does it feel like? Strong, free, vibrant, playful, joyful, liberating, empowering these are some of the words that come to mind. Yet for many of us, remaining in touch with our own vibe is a challenge. The world is full of distraction and its easy to be pulled out into something other than our own truth and beingness.

In our current world there are so many influences that try to make us like everyone else. Ingrained social conditioning places much emphasis on doing and success is often based on things such as material gain and power. From an early age we are given roles that may not necessarily be in our best interest. We are encouraged to behave well, study hard, find a good job and make lots of money and so forth Society doesnt place much value on being, expressing or creativity just for the sake of it. Our own unique expression and vibration is not widely respected.

However, the full expression of our selves is so inspiring, fulfilling and worthwhile. We dont need others to tell us how to be or what to do, inside we have all our own answers. When we surrender and let go of any external demands, we can find true love and joy. Sometimes there is the temptation to look to the outer world to provide us with solutions and to be a source of our peace and happiness.



We may find being true to our own vibe difficult because of insecurities or lack of self....

10:00

KPN Shows Support for NEO by Hosting a Consensus Node in Their Data Center "IndyWatch Feed National"

No one can deny cryptocurrency is about much more than just Bitcoin. That is a positive development, as Bitcoin is not perfect. Nor does it have all of the answers to our problems either. It is a good currency at times, but right now, its not in the best of shapes. As a result, mainstream companies are slowly showing an interest in other currencies. KPN, for example, has decided to host a dedicated NEO consensus node in their data center. An interesting decision by the Dutch telco.

There is an interesting future ahead for all currencies that are not Bitcoin. Especially those which offer something entirely different from established currencies. NEO is similar to Ethereum in some ways, yet completely different in other aspects. So far, this altcoin has seen great success throughout 2017. It seems that powerful trend will continue into early 2018. Especially when they have some big announcements to make in the coming months.

KPN Sees Merit in NEO and the Smart Economy

One of those announcements has to do with KPN. Most people know this company because its one of the largest Dutch telecommunications companies to date. Surprisingly, KPN decided to hop on the NEO bandwagon. More specifically, the company will host an NEO consensus node within their data center. That in itself is a rather surprising development. Then again, the giant has shown an interest in NEO and the smart economy before. It seems they are only now putting their plans into action, which can have some interesting consequences.

One could argue this news has no major impact. At the same time, the telco giant purposefully chose this altcoin over all other cryptocurrencies on the market. They are seemingly not interested in Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin or XR. Instead, they want to support NEO and become a part of the smart economy. It is an interesting development which will have major consequences. What those consequences might be, is anybodys guess right now. It is a ma...

09:57

White-necked Petrel at Offshore--Southport pelagic reported by Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge on 13-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

It was an interesting day off Southport yesterday in a 25+kt northerly. Lots of birds although the north wind caused reduced diversity. Great numbers of Tahitis, a Kermadec and a showy White-necked Petrel in 60fths were the highlights.

09:14

Is your smartphone making you unhappy? "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Journalists Resource) Theres abundant speculation that our smartphones make us less happy. Twitter: saps your attention. Facebook: fills you with FOMO. Email: your boss is barking directives again.

A new paper in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology finds science behind the speculation. The researchers, from the University of British Columbia and the University of Virginia, conduct two experiments that show smartphone distractions reduce how much we enjoy one thing repeatedly shown to make humans happy: face-to-face social interactions.

In the first, 304 participants each had dinner with a small group of friends or family. Half were told to keep their smartphone handy for a questionnaire, which would arrive by text, about the meal. Half were asked to turn their phones to silent and stash them away, instructed that they would receive questions later by paper. After the meal, all participants answered questions about how much they enjoyed their social interactions, how connected they felt, how distracted or bored. Lastly, participants reported how much they used their mobile phones; this response was compared with video footage of the meal (participants consented to being recorded, but didnt know why they were being videotaped). This part of the study found that:

  • Participants who used their phones known as the phone condition reported significantly lower interest and enjoyment than those in the phoneless condition.
  • Participants in the phone condition reported feeling more distracted and slightly more bored.
  • We found that phone use had a small negative effect on well-being.

In the second experiment, the researchers surveyed 123 American public-university students by text message five times a day at random for a week, asking them how they were feeling and what they had been doing for the last 15 minutes. Over 41 percent of responses occurred while participants were interacting with someone face-to-face. While using their smartphones, these people reported feeling:

  • more distracted and more bored;
  • less interested in their int...

08:17

Marsupial fossil discovery in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2016 video is called Extinct and Extant Australian Species.

From Palaeontologia Electronica:

Miminipossum notioplanetes, a Miocene forest-dwelling phalangeridan (Marsupialia; Diprotodontia) from northern and central Australia

ABSTRACT

Miminipossum notioplanetes represents a new Early/Middle Miocene family (Miminipossumidae) of phalangeridan possums recovered from the Two Trees Local Fauna from the Riversleigh World Heritage area in northwestern Queensland and the Kutjamarpu Local Fauna of the Tirari Desert in northern South Australia. Because of widespread convergence in key features of P3 and M1 among phalangeridan families, the interfamilial relationships of Miminipossumidae are uncertain. The age of the Kutjamarpu Local Fauna has been in doubt with estimates ranging from Late Oligocene to Middle Miocene. The new taxon raises to 15 the number of taxa in the Kutjamarpu Local Fauna that are shared with both...

08:00

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



1788 - Convicts disembarked from their world trip cruise at Botany Bay, but they didn't get much sight-seeing done, for some reason...

1803 - Lieutenant-Colonel David Collins drew the short straw to found a new settlement at Port Phillip... give up now David, it'll all end in tears....and Bill Buckley doing a runner!

1816 - Micky Micky, an Indigenous man, was admitted to Newcastle Gaol from Brisbane charged with various attempts to murder. Sent for trial.

1815 - The road over the Blue Mountains was completed to the Macquarie River.

1830 - In a classic lesson to update your maps when trekking around a new colony, Charles Sturt named a puddle of H2o the Murray River, not realising the oh-so-modest Hamilton Hume had had the honour of naming it after himself 6 years earlier.

1834 - Charles Waldron of the Illawarra district was belted to death although he took a good long 4 days to expire when convicts Mary Maloney and Sarah McGregor battered their tyrant boss (though not with a nice beer fish batter).
Over-whelming public sympathy saw their death sentences changed to 3 years imprisonment.

1837 - Gov Hindmarsh got hisself in print when the first printing press in South Oz became operational with the printing of the Guv's Proclamation "Establishment of Government".

1839 - Breakout attempt at Carter's Barracks by 19 soldiers confined there because of severe punishment such as being worked on the ring. The punishment of the ring was similar to the practice of breaking in horses. The men were made to form four deep and march round the ring twenty times, and afterwards ten times at double quick pace.

1840 - The SA Land Commissioners were dissolved by Lord John Russell, Secretary of State For The Colonies, and replaced by three Land & Emigration Commissioners, whose powers were extended over the sale of the waste lands of the Crown throughout the British Colonies and for applying the proceeds to emigration. Col Robert Richard Torrens continues as Chairman.

1842 Mary MacKillop, the only Australian to be canonised, was hatched in Fitzroy, Victoria.

1852 - William A'Beckett was appointed first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

1852 - Beruke, or Gellibrand, member of Native Police Corps, buried at South Yarra Depot, near Clara Street.

1852 - Melbourne failed in its bid to become Australia's capital.

1856 - Weenpulta, Weellanna , Yardulunulkarna and Eelanna were Hanged at Franklin Harbour for the murder of Peter Brown.

1856 - John Scott was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of William Longmate at Vasse.

1866 - Bushranger John Dunn escaped briefly from Dubbo Gaol, NSW.

1875...

07:53

Claim: Birds of Prey Deliberately Setting Wildfires "IndyWatch Feed National"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall So much for fire control JoNova reports that raptors have been photographed congregating on the edge of large Australian bushfires, picking up burning sticks, and deliberately setting new spot fires in advance of the main blaze to flush out small mammals and other prey. This discovery potentially has profound

06:48

Two glossy legs good, four grossy legs bad "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Glossies and grossies: too few of the first; too many of the second. Four Glossy Ibis recently dropped in on the Townsville Common and showed a taste - with two later arrivals - for life around the pools at Payets Tower and Melaleuca viewing area.

First quartet displayed uniform breeding plumage.


Later two offer more contrast, with one bird less colourful.

...

06:00

Senator, Australias aid projects can be less than resplendent "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Long & winding roadAustralian senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells caused a stir last week when she disparagingly referred to Chinese aid delivery in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific as useless infrastructure. But how does Australian aid delivery rate? In March last year DAN McGARRY of the Vanuatu Daily Post wrote of an Australian-funded road project that still has Port Vila residents irate. Here are some extracts.

You can read the complete and more detailed article here

PORT VILA - The Port Vila Urban Development Projector the most publicly visible parts of it, at leasthave been subjected to withering criticism of late.

Recently, the [Vanuatu] government has taken steps to bring the projects many stakeholders into line, and to avoid letting the situation deteriorate any further.

Numerous sources with a clear insight into the project have expressed reservations concerning the contractors staffing, its technical skill and capacity, and the planning and coordination of the project.

More recently, drivers and property owners have raised a number of concerns about road safety, closures, new traffic flow requirements and repeated disruptions caused by ongoing work.

We sat with the members of the Design, Supervision and Capacity Development Team, who role is to bridge the gap between RMS and the Vanuatu Project Management Unit, who have overall administrative oversight of the project.

DSCD, as theyre known, have a fairly broad mandate to wrangle day to day issues, to coordinate efforts between the contractor and other stakeholders, including property owners and local power, water and communications utilities.

According to the materials provided to the Daily Post at the briefing, Overall project budget is US$35.5 million, with $20.59 million budgeted for improvements to road networks and drainage systems.

In a subsequent written follow-up they added, The project cost when the project was negotiated in November 2011 was US $39.1 million, including taxes and duties. The current cost estimate, with a reduced project scope, is $35.5 million. The decline of the Australian dollar and currency exchange were th...

05:56

DOJ unseals indictment involving Uranium One scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Department of Justice unsealed an 11-count indictment on Friday to a former DoD intelligence analyst-turned uranium transportation executive who stands accused of a bribery and money laundering scheme involving a Russian nuclear official connected to the Uranium One deal. 

The indictment corroborates a November report by The Hill that an FBI mole deeply embedded in the Russian uranium industry had gathered extensive evidence of the scheme.

Mark Lambert, 54, of Mount Airy, Maryland, was charged with one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and to commit wire fraud, seven counts of violating the FCPA, two counts of wire fraud and one count of international promotion money laundering.

The charges stem from an alleged scheme to bribe Vadim Mikerin, a Russian official at JSC Techsnabexport (TENEX), a subsidiary of Russias State Atomic Energy Corporation and the sole supplier and exporter of Russian Federation uranium and uranium enrichment services to nuclear power companies worldwide, in order to secure contracts with TENEX.

According to the indictment, beginning at least as early as 2009 and continuing until October 2014, Lambert conspired with others at Transportation Corporation A to make corrupt and fraudulent bribery and kickback payments to offshore bank accounts associated with shell companies, at the direction of, and for the benefit of, a Russian official, Vadim Mikerin, in order to secure improper business advantages and obtain and retain business with TENEX. DOJ

While the indictment lists Lamberts company as Transportation Corporation A, a simple search reveals that Lambert is the co-President of DAHER-TLI, the leading front end freight forwarding company dedicated to Nuclear Cargo, according to its website.

In 2012, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission sent a letter to Lambert with findings that TLI had exported plutonium in excess of the maximum quantity and type applied for and licensed, and exported Australian obligated material, which was not authorized under license conditions.

Prior to his 26 year tenure in the transportation industry 20 of which have been with TLI, Mr. Lambert was an Arabic Linguist for the Navy for five years, and a Senior...

05:11

Liberal Zionists cant talk about the shooting of Mohammed Tamimi "IndyWatch Feed National"

As everyone knows, 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi slapped a heavily-armed Israeli soldier occupying her property in Nabi Saleh on December 15, and was arrested a few days later. She has now spent over three weeks in prison.

Ahed Tamimi, right, confronting an Israeli soldier at her home in occupied Nabi Saleh on Dec. 15, 2017.

What many people do not know is that the young womans confrontation followed within hours the shooting by an Israeli soldier of her 15-year-old cousin, Mohammed Tamimi, during a demonstration. A rubber bullet entered his head under his nose and got lodged in his skull; a family member told Al Jazeera blood poured from his head like a fountain.

Last week Haaretz posted a moving video, below, of an interview with Mohammed in which he states that he was going to a protest of Trumps Jerusalem announcement on his villages lands when he was shot by a soldier he did not see; that he underwent a six-hour operation and spent a week in a (medically-induced) coma; and that he cannot go out of the house for the next few months because he now lacks bone in part of his skull.

The liberal Zionist group J Street has now posted two anguished blogposts about Ahed Tamimi slapping the soldier. Neither mentions the injuries to Mohammed Tamimi.

The head of J Street, Jeremy Ben-Ami, did a post on Ahed Tamimi in late December that related mixed feelings about the episode, but expressed greater sympathy for the Israeli soldiers than for the young Palestinian:

On the one hand, we truly honor and r...

05:00

Professor Claims Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia Are Equal Threats "IndyWatch Feed National"

Are Islamophobia and anti-Semitism comparable? Reza Zia-Ebrahimi, senior lecturer in history at Kings College London, maintains that the answer is yes. Zia-Ebrahimi recently made this argument with a talk co-sponsored by Harvard Universitys Saudi-funded Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program and titled, When the Elders of Zion Relocated to Eurabia: Conspiratorial Racialisation in Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. Speaking []

05:00

When PNG led the world in the delivery of air freight "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

ROB PARER

Junkers aircraft serviced the Lae- Bulolo route
A photo of a German Junkers aircraft that serviced the Lae-Bulolo route in the 1930s

BRISBANE Way back in 1931, Papua New Guinea set a world record in the amount of air cargo carried 2,607 passengers and 3,947 tonnes of freight.

The discovery of gold in the Bulolo Valley of New Guinea saw a rush of aircraft and pilots to Lae to service the goldfields equipment and supplies in, gold out and passengers both ways.

Supplies, which had previously been carried in by carriers at prohibitive cost, were now transported by aircraft.

In the first 12 months of operations they carried 250,000kg of cargo and hundreds of passengers, but this paled into insignificance when German Junkers transports were purchased by mining companies to transport dredges.

As the Australian Postal History website says, the all-metal Junkers with their corrugated fuselages were unlike anything previously seen in Australia, but they were superb aircraft - tough and powerful with lower maintenance requirements.

The Junkers pointed the way to the future in aircraft design, 60 flights a day landed at Wau airport, such were the number of airline companies and aircraft operating at this time, each Junkers made as many as five flights a day

In 1932, the Junkers transported a 1,100 tonne gold dredge to Bulolo, broken down into its component parts.

By 1933 Guinea Airways had carried some 7,000 tonnes of cargo, including drilling machinery, hydroelectric plant and additional dredges.

This airline was carrying quantities of freight far in excess of anything that would be seen until the major airlifts of World War II.

In the 12 months from February 1931, Guinea Airways carried 3,947 tonnes of freight and 2,607 passengers. This is an astonishing figure when put in perspective of comparison that the combined airline services of the UK, France and the USA were recorded as only carrying 2,670 tons of freight in the same period.

Seven more dredges were flown in up...

02:44

Trump joins the EU "IndyWatch Feed National"


The lead item on the BBC News website this morning was:


Iran's "anger" at Trump was the BBC's main angle on the story, which concerns the US's imposition of sanctions on the head of Iran's judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli-Larijani.

As so often with BBC reports you have to go elsewhere to find the context to the news, including answers to such questions as 'Is the US move merely a whim of Donald Trump's?'.

The answer to that question turns out to be 'no'. The White House is merely joining the E.U., which sanctioned Ayatollah Larijani in 2012 for personally approving and overseeing the imposition of horrific punishments: 

Those sanctions are still in force (being separate to those relating to Irans nuclear programme, lifted back in 2016). 

...

02:09

7 Protesters Arrested After Sit-In At Rep. Steny Hoyers Office "IndyWatch Feed National"

The protesters were demanding to meet with the Southern Maryland lawmaker about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. A group of about 12 protesters gathered in Hoyers office Thursday afternoon and refused to leave. They carried photos of Yemeni children, and some had their hands painted red. They were motivated by desperation and frustration that people continue to die in Yemen, said David Bradbury, an Australian filmmaker who attended the protest. Years of war have devastated the country and about 75 percent of the its population is in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the United Nations. The Yemeni childrens poorest country has faced sustained bombings and famine. The protesters believed that Hoyer has not used his pivotal, crucial role in Congress to spur the necessary action, Bradbury said. Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki said the group was charged with unlawful entry.

01:12

Weekend reads: A manuscript marriage proposal; a biotech company screw-up; systematic failure in run-up to vaccine trial "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The week at Retraction Watch featured a concerning largely unrecognised threat to patient safety, the loss of a grant following findings of misconduct in a controversial study, and a request that authors remove a reference for libel concerns. Heres what was happening elsewhere: A researcher has hidden a marriage proposal in a paper. []

The post Weekend reads: A manuscript marriage proposal; a biotech company screw-up; systematic failure in run-up to vaccine trial appeared first on Retraction Watch.

01:08

Tenny Kwalik Panglima KODAP III Meninggal Dunia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Pada hari ini, Kamis 11 Januari 2018, Panglima Kodap III, Tenny Kwalik telah meninggal di Markas Komando Pertahanan Kalikopi, Timika, West Papua. Tenny meninggal pada pagi hari, setelah menderita sakit paru-paru basah selama seminggu. Terima kasih atas cinta dan dedikasi tiada undur bagi tanah dan negeri West Papua, wahai pemilik Nemangkawi. Semoga spirit perlawanan melawan

Tenny Kwalik Panglima KODAP III Meninggal Dunia was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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22:55

Romper Stomper Pulls On Its Boots Again (But Forgets To Thread Its Laces) "IndyWatch Feed National"

WARNING : CONTAINS SPOILERS Everything that needs be said about Stans new drama Romper Stomper has likely already been said, but for what its worth I thought Id throw my two cents in. To begin with, I suppose I should Continue reading

22:43

Chief Justice Bathurst again uses Supreme Court for personal grievance and vendetta against journalist Shane Dowling #auspol "IndyWatch Feed National"

The NSW Supreme Court, with CJ Bathursts finger prints all over it, denied me a fee waiver when I tried to file a Notice of Motion on Friday (12-1-18) on the basis that the Registrar said it was scandalous and had little chance of success which is a blatant denial of natural justice. The order []

21:51

One of the Biggest Crypto Exchanges Goes Dark and Users Are Getting Nervous "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bloomberg

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By Camila Russo

January 12, 2018, 2:39 PM EST

One of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges has been down for hours and its clients are starting to freak out.

Kraken went offline at 9 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday for maintenance that was initially scheduled to last two hours, plus an additional two to three hours for withdrawals, according to an announcement on the San Francisco-based companys website.

We are still working to resolve the issues that we have identified and our team is working around the clock to ensure a smooth upgrade, according to a status update on Krakens website posted seven hours ago. This means it may still take several hours before we can relaunch the site.

In previous updates, Kraken mentioned its working on unexpected and delicate issues and assured clients their funds were secure, adding that Yes, this is our new record for downtime since we launched in 2013. No, were not proud of it.....

21:39

Prayer and Meditation for Sunday, January 14, 2017 The body is not for immorality, but for the Lord "IndyWatch Feed National"

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 65

Art: The Charge to Peter by James Tissot

Reading 1  1 SM 3:3B-10, 19

Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the LORD
where the ark of God was.
The LORD called to Samuel, who answered, Here I am.
Samuel ran to Eli and said, Here I am. You called me.
I did not call you, Eli said. Go back to sleep.
So he went back to sleep.
Again the LORD called Samuel, who rose and went to Eli.
Here I am, he said. You called me.
But Eli answered, I did not call you, my son. Go back to sleep.At that time Samuel was not familiar with the LORD,
because the LORD had not revealed anything to him as yet.
The LORD called Samuel again, for the third time.
Getting up and going to Eli, he said, Here I am. You called me.
Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the youth.
So he said to Samuel, Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply,
Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.
When Samuel went to sleep in his place,
the LORD came and revealed his presence,
calling out as before, Samuel, Samuel!
Samuel answered, Speak, for your servant is listening.

Samuel grew up, and the LORD was with him,
not permitting any word of his to be without effect.

Responsorial Psalm PS 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10

R. (8a and 9a) Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
I have waited, waited for the LORD,
and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.
And he put a new song into my mouth,
a hymn to our God.
R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
Sacrifice or offering you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
...

21:31

Iran says will retaliate against US sanctions on chief judge Trump regimes hostile action (against Larijani) crossed all red lines of conduct in the international community and is a violation of international law. "IndyWatch Feed National"

DUBAI (Reuters) Iran said on Saturday it would retaliate against sanctions imposed on its judiciary head by the United States as President Donald Trump stepped up efforts to fix a nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers.

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FILE PHOTO: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia January 10, 2018. REUTERSAlexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

Trump said on Friday he would waive nuclear sanctions against Iran for the last time to give Washington and its European allies a chance to fix the terrible flaws of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Washington also announced sanctions against 14 entities and people, including the head of Irans judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani.

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Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani

The Trump regimes hostile action (against Larijani) crossed all red lines of conduct in the international community and is a violation of international law and will surely be answered by a serious reaction of the Islamic Republic, Irans Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by state media.

On Friday, Irans Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter on that Trumps decision undermined the multilateral agreement.

Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Shri Navaratnam

20:17

Making a dinosaur fossil in your own home "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2017 video is called Massospondylus | Learn Dinosaur Facts | Dinosaur Cartoons for Children | Im A Dinosaur.

From the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa:

Print a 200-million-year-old dinosaur fossil in your own home

CT-scan study makes it possible to 3-D print and study the skull of the dinosaur species Massospondylus that roamed South Africa 200 million years ago in your own home

January 12, 2018

The digital reconstruction of the skull of a 200-million-year-old South African dinosaur, Massospondylus, has made it possible for researchers to make 3D prints and in this way facilitate research on other dinosaurs all over the world.

Kimi Chapelle, a PhD student at the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa (Wits), has used the Wits MicroFocus CT facility to peer inside the skull of the dinosaur Massospondylus.

Chapelle was able to use the CT facility to rebuild every bone of Massospondyluss cranium, and to even look at tiny features like nerves exiting the brain and the balance organs of the inner ear. Her research is published today in the open-access journal, PeerJ.

Along with the paper, which is open for anybody to download and read, a 3D surface file of the skull is av...

18:55

PLEASE SIGN MY PETITION. "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is a sawn-off pump action Breech-Loading shotgun seized by police from criminals, this is what criminals use. They do NOT use black powder muzzle-loading pistols. So why are flintlocks, wheellocks & matchlocks on a restrictive firearms licence? Either it is because of sheer ignorance, or they simply could not be bothered to distinguish a muzzle-loading pistol from a modern breech-loading pistol when they drafted the legislation. None of these pistols is capable of firing modern cartridge ammunition.


Please sign my petition asking the government to take primitive muzzle-loading pistols off the restrictive H class licence & place them with other muzzle-loading guns on the less restrictive B class licence.
Thank you.
Keith.

This is a matchlock muzzle-loading pistol, it requires a smouldering matchcord to make it fire.
This is a wheellock muzzle-loading pistol, it requires a key to wind up the lock, & a piece of iron pyrite rock to make it fire.
...

17:50

NZ boosts PNGs APEC Prep with K35m "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Picture: New Zealand High Commissioner Sue Mackwell officially signed the documents with APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko in Port Moresby.

Source: Loop PNG.

The New Zealand Government yesterday signed several official documents with the Government of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby. The documents signed were related to a total of NZ$ 15 million (K35 million) NZs support towards PNG as the hosts for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in November of this year (2018).

 

The document was signed by the NZ High Commissioner Sue Mackwell and with Papua New Guineas APEC Minister Justine Tkachenko.

 

New Zealand was one of the first economies to support PNGs bid for APEC 2018.

 

In 2017, the New Zealand government established a NZ$ 8 million APECs Fund to support PNG.

 

We are pleased to be able to support eight proposals which will see funding directed to water policing, cyber security, activities to support the PNGDF which includes support for incident response group preparations, defence intelligence training and the contribution of New Zealand Defence assets and staff for Leaders week.

 

The Fund is available to PNG, New Zealand and international partner agencies to submit proposals for funding towards initiatives to support the planning and delivery of APEC 2018 across security, logistics and policy areas.

 

Meantime, APEC Minister Tkatchenko thanks New Zealand for their continuous support and friendship with PNG.

 

The funding includes support to PNGs APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), protocol and liaison training, the contribution of a senior New Zealand Police contingent of 11 officers working under PNG-Australia Policing Partnership in support of the Royal PNG Constabularys training and preparations.

 

17:45

So-called Australia: Fundraiser for Prison Writings Journal Paper Chained Still Needs Support "IndyWatch Feed National"

PAPERCHAINED

Received on 12.01.18:

Hello,

Thank you to everyone who has shared and/or donated to the Paper Chained Journal 2018 costs so far we have just hit the halfway mark with $175.00 raised by 7 people!
With only $175.00 to go, wed just need 10 people to donate around $15-$20 each to reach the goal. Please share this link and news in your networks to help us get to the total:
https://www.gofundme.com/paper-chained-journal

We are crowdfunding to raise the costs associated with receiving material, printing, and distributing the Paper Chained Journal in 2018.
The first publication of Paper Chained (2017) was funded solely out of the pockets of a member of the Running Wild Collective who is a low-income earner and full-time student. The journal unfortunately cannot be sustained this way going forward and we are asking for assistance from the community to cover basic costs.

Costs include the lease of a PO Box to make submissions of writings accessible to those in prison ($129 per year), printing of journals so that we can send publications to people in prison and to community centers (roughly $5 per journal) and...

17:44

Black-chinned Honeyeater at Raysource Rd, Haigslea reported by Russell' Yong & J. Hatton on 13-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Killer views this morning (~7:30am) of four Black-chinned Honeyeaters feeding down low, right over the cross-junction. At least one was not in full colours and had a pale bill hence an immature and likely sign of local breeding. Readily lD'd by blue eye-skin and black chin; they were extensively vocal and were constantly calling throughout the time we were there (~30 mins). Closest l have ever seen this species to Brisbane.

Channel-billed Cuckoo at Gladstone reported by Ted and Alex Wnorowski on 13-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A pair of T. Crows successfully raised and fledged 4 cuckoo chicks in our garden. Channel-billed Cuckoos are common but so many chicks in one nest are rather unusual. This explained why our crows seemed so busy lately, raiding every property in the neighbourhood and storing pieces of food in the gaps of air conditioners, garden furniture slats and palm crowns.All four fledglings left the nest this morning and flew to the top of a tall Norfolk pine. They made very loud noises, constantly begging their foster-parents for food. After 30 min they all flew away - 4 cuckoos frantically chasing two crows in the sky.

Wood Sandpiper; Australasian Shoveler at Lake Clarendon reported by Russell' Yong & J. Hatton on 13-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Prolonged views of one Wood Sandpiper on the rock-strewn exposed land, close to the foot of the dam tower. At least four Aust Shovelers were seen from this vantage point, but no doubt there were more further out.

Musk Duck at Lake Clarendon reported by Donald Gaydon; Heath Gaydon on 13-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Single bird, female or juvenile, no throat lobe visable, large size, reptilian head and bill, sitting low in water, spiky tail held vertically. Single Musk Duck sighted amongst thousands of other waterfowl - primarily Hardheads and Grey Teal. Very hot conditions 40 degrees C at 10.30am

17:14

IN CANADA, SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IS DESTROYING ALL OTHER RIGHTS "IndyWatch Feed National"

To see the real effects of redefining marriage, look no further than Canada. Regardless of whether one is for or against redefining the traditional definition of marriage in Australia, it is impossible to deny that the majority of Canadians have lost their fundamental rights as a result marriage being redefined. Read More

17:08

"Butterflies..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

"I think humans might be like butterflies; people die every day without many other people knowing about them, seeing their colors, hearing their stories... and when humans are broken, they're like broken butterfly wings; suddenly there are so many beauties that are seen in different ways, so many thoughts and visions and possibilities that form, which couldn't form when the person wasn't broken! So it is not a very sad thing to be broken, after all! It's during the times of being broken, that you have all the opportunities to become things unforgettable! Just like the broken butterfly wing that I found, which has given me so many thoughts, in so many ways, has shown me so many words, and imaginations! But butterflies need to know, that it doesn't matter at all if the whole world saw their colors or not! But what matters is that they flew, they glided, they hovered, they saw, they felt, and they knew! And they loved the ones whom they flew with! And that is an existence worthwhile!"
- C. JoyBell C.

16:55

Amnesty International urges Tonga to sign CEDAW ahead of UN human rights review "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Amnesty International has urged Tonga to sign the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) ahead of next weeks review of the kingdoms human rights.

Tongas human rights record will be examined by a United Nations panel in Geneva on Monday, January 15.

This will be third time the kingdoms human rights record has been studied since 2008.

Tonga will be represented at the review by the Solicitor General, Sione Sisifa.

It is likely that Tongas continued failure to sign the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) will be a focus of attention.

Several delegations attending Tongas last review in 2013 urged Tonga to sign the convention and Amnesty International has also urged the kingdom to sign CEDAW.

Amnesty International  has made a series of recommendations to all 13  nations taking part in the current round of United Nations human rights reviews.

In his presentation to the UN panel during the 2013 review, Lord Vaea, the then Minister of Internal Affairs,  argued that the introduction of new human rights would involve a delicate balancing exercise of important factors, including limited resources, core Tongan cultural values, fundamental Christian beliefs and liberal ideologies.

These circumstances should be recognized as the reason why Tonga has been slow to ratify the core human rights conventions, he said.

Next weeks examination will be carried out by a panel of three countries, including Angola, Slovakia and the United Arab Emirates.

The UAE has become a major investor in the Pacific in recent years, especially in the field of renewable energy.

Since 2008, all 193 UN member States have been reviewed twice.

State Department

In its 2016 assessment of human rights in Tonga, the US State Department said the most persistent problems were domestic violence, discrimination against women and government corruption.

Other concerns included the lack of public defenders for the poor, womens lack of rights to land, and the lack of comprehensive labour legislation.

Amnesty International

Amnestys recommendations to the government of Tonga include:

Ratifying the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Soci...

16:53

Chile churches attacked before Pope Francis visit "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Several churches in Chile have been attacked or vandalised ahead of a visit by Pope Francis next week.

Three churches in the capital Santiago were damaged by firebombs. Some flyers left behind warned that the next one was for the Pope.

But at another church south of the capital, a pamphlet used a phrase that refers to activism in the indigenous Mapuche territory.

President Michelle Bachelet described the incidents as "very strange".

"In a democracy, people can express themselves as long as they do it in a peaceful way," she told a radio station on Friday, adding that the attacks could not yet be tied to a particular group.

No one has been arrested for the attacks, which caused no injuries. The Vatican is yet to comment.

Pope Francis has made compassion and support for migrants and the needy a major theme of his papacy. But notes left at one of the attacked churches reportedly complained that money spent on his visit could be better used on the poor.

The Pope will hold mass on Tuesday in a Santiago park and hundreds of thousands of people are expected to turn out.

The pontiff will also meet Mapuche leaders on his visit to Chile.

They say vast privately owned estates and huge timber plantations have left their lands in the extreme south of Chile environmentally depleted and their people mired in poverty, says BBC World Service Americas Editor Candace Piette.

The pontiff, the first Latin American Pope, will travel to Peru after Chile.

 
Source: BBC

16:40

Vikings pay tribute to late Kato Ottio "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Super League Rugby League Club , Vidnes Vikings have paid tribute to late Kato Ottio with a minute silence at the Haltom Stadium in UK.



The players wore jersey   number 18  during the minute of silence.



Viking players remember late Kato Ottio with a minute of Silence before their game against Whitehavens.

The club also announced that they have raised up to 4296.71 during the games days and thanked their fans  for their donations towards Katos loved ones in and around the ground. "As we have raised 4296.71 today, this takes us past the 14,000 mark overall", the club posted via their Facebook page.

Kato Ottio  died at the age of 23 after suffering "a sudden health issue" in training. Ottio spent two seasons in the Canberra Raiders system but after failing to crack the NRL squad, signed with Widnes in December.

He was expected to travel to England this week to get ready for the start of the new Super League season in February.
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16:20

Lets have more African immigrants "IndyWatch Feed National"

That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, here is one bit:

Or consider Nigerian-Americans, Nigeria being the most populous nation in Africa. Their education levels are among the very highest in the U.S., above those of Asians, with 17 percent of Nigerian migrants having a masters degree.

And:

Economist Edward Lazear suggests a simple experiment. Consider immigrants to the U.S. from Algeria, Israel and Japan, and rank them in order of most educated to least educated. The correct answer is Algeria, Israel then Japan. Although thats counterintuitive at first glance, its easy enough to see how it works. If you are Algerian and educated, or aspire to be educated, your prospects in Algeria are relatively poor and you may seek to leave. A talented, educated person in Japan or Israel can do just fine by staying at home. These kinds of considerations explain about 73 percent of the variation in the educational outcomes of migrants.

Do read the whole thing.

The post Lets have more African immigrants appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

16:04

Who and What Will AI Serve? US and China Give Very Different Answers "IndyWatch Feed National"

BEIJING (Analysis) Speaking to a group of students in September, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a bold proclamation. Artificial intelligence is the future, he said, stating that this is a fact not only for Russia but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.

This single quote from Putin was cast in an ominous light by Western media, even leading SpaceX founder and the most recognizable critic of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Elon Musk to warn that the race for AI superiority at a national level may be the most likely cause of a potential world war. While the Western media may want their consumers to believe that this was the latest development in the tactics used in Russian aggression and the next logical step from the dreaded troll farms, those more grounded in reality acknowledged that, while Putin is right, Russia is not the number two competitor with the United States.

The real competitor in the race for AI superiority should be obvious. There is only one nation quickly catching up to the perceived technological superiority of the United States: China.

Not only is Chinas tech industry catching up with the United States but, unlike Washington, Beijing is directly investing billions of dollars in AI research projects. Washington has ceded both control of AI research and the drafting of laws governing and guiding tech companies to the CEOs of said companies and their lobbyists.

There are also major differences between Beijing and Silicon Valley, with the former seeking to use AI for improving human life economic systems in conjunction with the state while the latter seeks to exploit, extort and monitor humanity through the submission of the state.

These two approaches are night and day and account for many of the reasons that the West is truly threatened by the race for AI between the neoliberal privatizers in the U.S. and those pushing an alternate model in China that will largely operate as an extension of state economic management.

 

Silicon Valley: A hotspot of AI development and unethical business

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16:02

Are Police Acting Like Thugs Because Judges Refuse to Defend the Constitution? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave was questioning the school board how they can vote to give the superintendent a raise when school employees have not gotten a raise in years. A policeman from the parish Marshals Office told her to leave the room. He shut down her freedom of speech to even ask a question in a respectful manner.  He ordered her to step outside, pushed her to the ground, and then arrested her dragging her out in handcuffs.

The question this presents is why are police officer lacking any training about human and constitutional rights. Far too many seem they believe they are supreme in their authority and need not answer to anyone. This evolves because judges are not defending the constitution as a whole. There are no checks and balances anymore. What happened to We the People in this modern day?

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00005 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.85 AUD
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15:43

Tuition Reviewed "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 

 

Prime Minister Peter ONeill said a review will be carried out at major state owned Universities regarding the increases in tuition fees that are reportedly imposed by the respective institutions.

The assurance from the PM comes amidst concerns raised by many parents and students.

Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Pila Niningi said as minister responsible he will facilitate the process to ensure that the 2018 academic year resumes uninterrupted.

Source: Post-Courier

15:13

William Carrs View of Money Manipulation "IndyWatch Feed National"

In 1886, Jekyll Island was purchased, and became an exclusive winter retreat for the Jekyll Island Club gang. It was the richest, most inaccessible club in the world. Some members: J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, William K. Vanderbilt, and Marshall Field. (photo  jekyllclub.com)

This is a follow up to my previous...

15:03

Anna Von Reitz -- More than One Way to Skin a Bunch of Rats "IndyWatch Feed National"

Submitted to Operation Disclosure | By GK

By Anna Von Reitz


Last night I tuned into a little ole down home teleconference sponsored by the Texas Republic. They are extremely well-organized compared to most of the rest of the state republics and have their history firmly intact. Many of their counties are up and operational and they hold their regular meetings at various places throughout the state to meet and greet and educate as they go. After all the gritty hand-to-hand in places like Illinois the past few weeks, it was like balm to my soul.

They have developed yet another ingenious and effective answer to the IRS fraud, which is simple and deadly to implement. The essence of it is to politely inquire about the jurisdiction of two courts. When the district level court replies that they don't have jurisdiction over the municipal corporation dba "IRS" and the "US TAX COURT" admits that it doesn't have jurisdiction over the territorial corporation dba "Internal Revenue Service" it puts the vermin in a real bind. If they take JOHN QUINCY DOE to US District Court, he can say, "But look here, the US District Court says it doesn't have jurisdiction over the IRS." If they take John Quincy Doe to the US TAX COURT, he can say, "But look here, the US TAX COURT says it doesn't have jurisdiction over the Internal Revenue Service." [They can't complain because "John Quincy Adams" does sound exactly like "JOHN QUINCY ADAMS" only now you get to use that fact against them the same way they used it all these years against us. ] And both statements are absolutely correct, counter-claiming, and self-cancelling.

This is because unknown to most Americans, we've been dealing with two separate governments (Territorial and Municipal) and two separate agencies (Internal Revenue Service and IRS) and two separate court systems (US District and US TAX COURT)---neither of which have anything much to do with us, except that they are supposed to be providing "essential government services" in Good Faith and aren't. Now if you do what these Texans recommend, you can put these courts in a good old-fashioned Texas Twist-Em double-bind. Either way they go, they are stuck having to explain to their own employees and to the public the fraud scheme they've been working, and rather than do that, they are going to let go of you faster than an average rattlesnake.

As I have explained many times these vermin have created public trusts named after you. They stole your identity and took title to your Given Trade Name, then spl...

14:56

The Cooking of Humanity Invisible Global Warfare "IndyWatch Feed National"

FOREWORD:

Barrie Trowers background and personal warning in his own words

In the very early 1960s I trained with the government microwave warfare establishment. I looked at all aspects of microwave warfare and when I finished my time in the military, because I had a lot of expertise in the microwave field, I was asked if I would carry on with this research. We are in a new Cold War and this is why countries are developing this. And this is why all the microwave transmitters are going up everywhere because somebody, if they wanted to, could use them for other effects. The system is up and running. Years ago our government said to our scientists when it comes to microwaves you will only talk about things to do with heat, and that is it. So they wont even discuss anything else. They will deny anything that doesnt have anything to do with heat. They even deny all their 40 years of research leading up to this, although theyve said that this can cause cancer and all the damage, they say no it cant. Were only looking at heat and heat is all that matters. So for the last 40 years the English government has been lying to the people. And the American, the Canadian, the Australian, they have been lying. They have been lying to protect industry, to protect their profits, to protect themselves from lawsuits. So they are really just liars and it is provable, sanctioned by the World Health Organization, without a shadow of a doubt. It is the same people that sit on the ICNAP certificate, sit on our government health protection agencies, sit on the World Health Organization it is the same people. There are probably no more than 20 of them. But, yes, they are going to, in my opinion, commit the worst genocide this planet has ever known, not just people, but animals and plants. They are probably going to cause more destruction than a global war, and in several hundred years time, people will look back, whoever survives, and look at what we tried to do to stop them.

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14:55

PERTH Perth home owner charged over property fire that caused $500000 damage "IndyWatch Feed National"

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14:39

APEC Meet To Boost Local Businesses "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Post-Courier

 

BY MATTHEW VARI

The APEC summit this year is expected to boost the countrys economy through direct spending anticipated at K200 million by more than 15,000 international delegates.

 
This is according to APEC PNG 2018 Co-ordination Authority CEO, Christopher Hawkins on the gain for local businesses during the summit this year.

 
There is a few different areas for business, one is throughout the year with more than fifteen to eighteen thousand delegates coming, and that is not just the people attending the meetings, but those who arrange for their delegations and ministers and leaders, we estimate there will be a cash injection of around K200 million straight through that, Mr Hawkins said.

 
He said the estimate covers airfares, accommodation, setting-up temporary offices for delegates to support their ministers, presidents and prime ministers.

 
Mr Hawkins said the spending indicated in the 2018 Budget appropriation of K300 million will also be spent in the local economy, with a major portion also focused on security preparations for that budget.

 
Then there is the direct spending. We break that into consumables for the meetings that includes booking venues for meetings, the papers used to the signage to bottle of water to the transportation around the city.

 
That comes out of the APEC budget this year, but dont forget the big part of the APEC budget is security. That is investing in capacity we should have been advancing many years ago and now our government is in preparation for APEC investing in that capacity.

 
Mr Hawkins said progress into the year will see more and more tender opportunities posted on the APEC tenders website.

 
Areas like production of shirts hospitality and catering. We engaged a lot last year that went up on the APEC tenders website.

13:30

Interview: The Fight Against Climate Change Needs More Women "IndyWatch Feed National"

Four Chinese environmentalists talk about joining an all-female expedition to the Antarctic.

Credit: Homeward Bound

In February, a cohort of 80 women from 13 countries will make the chilly voyage by ship from the tip of Latin America to Antarctica.

Theyre part of a project called Homeward Bound, which seeks to strengthen the leadership skills of 1,000 women over the next ten years.

The voyage carries a message about how the planet is warming (nowhere is this more obvious than among the melting ice sheets of Antarctica), and the precious role of a robust, fair and representative global scientific community in meeting the challenges of a changing climate.

Drawing women from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups, the voyage creates a space for the women to bond and collaborate.

Founded by Australian marine ecologist Jess Melbourne-Thomas and leadership expert Fabian Dattner, the project is backed by many prominent women, including primatologist and environmental campaigner Jane Goodall, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and the Clinton Foundations vice chair Chelsea Clinton.

This years expedition includes four women from China. In advance of th...

13:22

Call Out for Conflictual Wisdom: A Second Try "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Call Out for Conflictual Wisdom: A Second Try appeared first on It's Going Down.

The following is a call out for contributions on a new publication called Conflictual Wisdom. A second attempt was made last year for contributions, but the project was delayed. You can read the original call out here. The email has been changed to conflictualwisdom (at) protonmail (dot) com. Both new and original articles on the subject of overcoming hopelessness, trauma, or disappointment as anarchists for the long term are welcome. The deadline is mid-February. If you plan to write an article specifically for this, they ask that you notify them in advance.

Call Out for Conflictual Wisdom / A Second Try

It has been over a year since my last attempt at this. I find myself writing this rough draft call out from the same historic hill I wrote from a little over a year ago. Originally I wrote a cathartic piece regarding my own existential issues as a revolutionary anarchist.
I typically have always wrote purely propaganda, but with time, feelings of disappointment or defeat are inevitable, affecting my ability to be so classically hyperbolic in what I say.
With this, I found the need to write a public piece last year regarding my issues with helplessness and my struggle to continue onward in permanent conflict with this society, as a self-proclaimed insurrectionary anarchist. I wrote a piece a little over a year ago titled To My Comrades. I wanted to turn it into a larger project that compiled different responses to the piece, hopefully creating a forum or publication of mixed voices in struggle on the issue of keeping strong, or generally just helping each other to get out of bed in the morning as anarchists in a horribly overwhelming era. To put it simply, I was humbly searching for advice and inspiration from other anarchists, and wanted to share whatever I discovered on this journey for help.

I believe that there are multiple benefits to creating a safe space for dialogue such as this: steering folks away from the counter-revolutionary directions of passive nihiism and post-modernism, or sharing with younger folks the obstacles that typically come with time as a revolutionary, and how some have chosen to overcome them.

I thought that by exposing some humility and existential contemplation, maybe I could start to encourage a dialogue that helps answer questions that tend to push folks away from the movement over time, or lead people to consider betrayal in the form of snitching or ghosting as an option in th...

12:46

APRadio welcomes Mike Holt to the team "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Harry touches on Queensland removal of agenda from Drivers Lic .. Julian Assange report on his status with

Authorities out of con...

12:36

White Lies Dont Matter: Report on the Racist Kalkaska Murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post White Lies Dont Matter: Report on the Racist Kalkaska Murder appeared first on It's Going Down.

KALKASKA, MI Broderick Brock Ward, 42, called his brother Sammy Ward, 38 telling him about how a resident of Kalkaska had questioned what is a n***er like you was doing here? You never heard of Kalkaska? There are three Ks in Kalkaska for a reason, the man told Brock, alluding to the Ku Klux Klan.  Explaining that he felt extremely uncomfortable the friend he had traveled up north with had told him to hide in a backroom should his Racist friends come over.

Brock told his brother that he had asked a mutual friend to come get him. He told Sammy to give the friend gas money if needed, because he was completely broke.

That was Nov. 17, the last time the brothers spoke. Brock stopped answering his phone, this was unlike him. Three days later on Tuesday, Nov. 21, Sammy and two other family members traveled the four hours north to look for Brock. They eventually found him 20 minutes south, in a rental trailer In Fife Lake dead, alone and covered in blood. He had been shot to death.

Samuel Ward said that police have told his family that a black man, Terrance Jordan, confessed to the murder and stated that it had to do with drugs. Ward said he is not buying it, The house had no drugs. I dont know what these people had when they caught up with them, but what does that have to do with my brother? Seems shit isnt adding up, Sammy continued, I dont know if this is a smokescreen. Theyre lying so much about everything and not telling us anything. Theyre saying a black guy confessed saying it was a drug deal gone bad.  I think they want us to put it out there to ease up the race thing. It will take the light off them.

Wednesday, Nov. 15, Sammy says his brother stopped by their mother Bettys house and brought a friend, Jason Morgan of Kingsley. They said they were heading up north to go fishing.  After they left, Sammy called his brother. Brock youre going way up north, you need to let me know where youre going, he told him, asking him to text him his address when he got there. He did.

Friday Brock called saying he felt uncomfortable because he was told by his friend, that it is racist up here, its very racist.

So at that point, I guess my brother was getting nervous. He called for a ride. He was telling me, Im on my way back down. Make sure Mike come get me. If they need gas money give them some g...

11:50

Bitcoin Enthusiast Finds Undiscovered Cave and Names It Satoshi "IndyWatch Feed National"

Italian Explorer Finds Undiscovered Cave and Names It Satoshi

Few people will ever encounter an undiscovered natural wonder, and then have the pleasure of naming it. Thats what happened to Guido Turricchia and his intrepid band of explorers deep within the Papua New Guinean jungle and deep beneath the earth. The speleologist found a new cave and had the honor of christening it. The epithet the environmental engineer and bitcoin enthusiast chose? Why, Satoshi.

Also read: Chinese Bitcoin Mining Giant Bitmain Establishes Branch in Zug, Switzerland

Blockchain meets Rockchain

For the past month, Guido Turricchia, Andrea Felici, and Maurizio Buttinelli have been AFK and thus divorced from bitcoin price moves and cryptocurrency drama. On December 10, the trio of experienced explorers left Italy to embark on their most ambitious trip yet through the dense rainforest of Papua New Guinea. The southwest Pacific nation, which lies north of Australia and to the east of Indonesia, is famed for its biological diversity.

Italian Explorer Finds Undiscovered Cave and Names It Satoshi

Guido and his group witnessed many enchanting sights as they trekked through the jungle, but they were saving themselves for the beauty that lay within the earth. From Guatemala to Costa Rica, the speleologists have...

11:37

Intelligent Birds Are Deliberately Starting Fires and Feasting on Animals as They Flee "IndyWatch Feed National"

(ANTIMEDIA) Australia  It appears human beings arent alone in their ability to control fire. A recently published study that compiled accounts from indigenous peoples of Australias Northern Territory reveals that at least three species of predatory bird actually start fires to aid in their hunts.

These accounts of so-called firehawk raptors the black kite, the whistling kite, and the brown falcon describe the birds using their beaks and talons to transport burning branches from existing brush fires to other locations. The fire and smoke from these newly-set fires cause prey to flee, exposing them to the predators.

Whats more, the raptors actually appear to work in coordination with one another, as study co-author Bob Gosford explained to the Washington Post back in 2016.

Its not gratuitous, said Gosford, an ethnobiologist and ornithologist. Theres a purpose. Theres an intent to say, okay, there are several hundred of us there, we can all get a meal.

Gosford was first inspired to conduct the research after stumbling upon a passage from I, the Aboriginal, a 1964 autobiography of Waipuldanya Phillip Roberts compiled by an Australian journalist.

I have seen a hawk pick up a smouldering stick in its claws and drop it in a fresh patch of dry grass half a mile away, Roberts wrotethen wait with its mates for the mad exodus of scorched and frightened rodents and reptiles.

Indeed, lead study author Mark Bonta made it clear to National Geographic that his team hasnt uncovered anything that wasnt already known to Australias Aboriginals.

Were not discovering anything, said Bonta, a geographer at Penn State University. Most of the data that weve worked with is collaborative with Aboriginal peoplesTheyve known this for probably 40,000 years or more.

Bontas team notes in the study that the behavior of....

10:23

MACKAY mackay crime mackay magistrates court "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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MACKAY Mackay woman convicted over desexing of stolen pet dog "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Ty was later euthanased after being returned to his owner, perhaps because he had been desexed, prosecutor Acting Sergeant Duncan Erskine told Mackay Magistrates Court. Mann, a 61-year-old disability pensioner, faced the court yesterday to hear shed been found guilty by Magistrate Mark Nolan

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09:44

Buying Time To Beat Adani "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The environment and the people will ultimately win the battle to stop the Galilee Basin being opened to coal mining, predicts Ben Pennings.

Adani is on the ropes, desperately trying to rescue the $1.5bn they gambled on the economically marginal and environmentally disastrous Carmichael coal mine. Gina Rinehart, Clive Palmer or Aurizon might follow Adani into the Galilee basin but the environment movement has the numbers this time. Mass social movements like #StopAdani will triumph over profit, either through the ballot box or in front of bulldozers.

People ask me why I quit my job at The Queensland Greens, why I put myself at physical and legal risk to initiate citizen resistance against Adanis plans. The answer is always the same. To buy time. There is enough coal in the Galilee Basin to not only cook the Reef, but to supercharge extreme weather and destroy farmland worldwide. The resulting death and destruction is seemingly unspeakable.

Any time gained through stopping fossil fuel projects must be used to enact meaningful cultural and systemic change. The 50 years of the modern environment movement have been the most ecologically destructive in human history, when hyper-consumerism has become our dominant religion and carbon emissions have soared.

Our dominant culture of over-consumption, expensive thrills and massive waste must be challenged and changed. Civilised humans have turned their only home into a garbage dump, created an ecological debt that cannot just be written off. Solar-powered ecocide is still ecocide.

Living beyond our means hasnt made us any happier. If needless consumer products gave us the happiness promised in their ads we wouldnt need to buy any more of them. Few people are immune to the constant lies of advertisers and politicians advocating for faceless corporations.

US Ambassador Timothy Roemer is greeted by Gautam Adani, Chairman, Adani Group at Adani House in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. (IMAGE: U.S. Embassy New Delhi, Flickr)US Ambassador Timothy Roemer is greeted by Gautam Adani, Chairman, Adani Group at Adani House in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. (IMAGE: U.S. Embassy New Delhi, Flickr)

Every kid that gets cancer, every cyclone, and every useless nick knack contributes to economic growth. Progress must be measured differently through wellbeing, social equality and harmony. Despite advertising being embedded in our culture, people value health, relationships, and recreation more than extra possessions.

The environment movement can only challenge consumerist culture by taking up the fight for economic justice. People by nature compare themselves to others. The outlandish and celebrated...

09:37

Death of rugby league star unites PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The shackles of regionalism and tribalism that so divided Papua New Guinea have been broken.

Tears fell freely for most. A moment they shall never forget, as s the death of our champion brought together a nation.

It has taken the life of a 23-year-old rugby league star to do that.
Papua New Guinea international Kato Ottio died on Tuesday after he collapsed at training in Port Moresby.
The sight that moved everyone to tears. Joyce Ottio, mother of Kumuls' superstar Kato Ottio, is comforted by Widnes Vikings-bound Wellington Albert after the funeral service at Sir John Guise Stadium. Ottio and Albert were to have left for England on Thursday, but for Ottio's death.

Ottio spent the last two years with the Canberra Raiders and had just signed with Englis...

09:31

Bougainville clans regain power over mining rights "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bougainville Finance Minister Robin Wilson

The National aka The Loggers Times | January 12, 2018

Bougainville landowners own all the resources on their land and the Bougainville government only facilitates resource development, says Bougainville Finance Minister Robin Wilson, pictured.

Unlike the rest of Papua New Guinea, landowners in Bougainville have the power to allow or disallow exploration and extraction of minerals on their land, he said.

Wilson was speaking when handing the provinces 2018 Budget of K254 million to national Treasurer Charles Able in Port Moresby yesterday.

Wilson said Bougainville has lifted the ban on mining in Panguna, Mt Tore and Isinai and mining activities in those areas are now being driven by the landowners.

We introduced a law that is unique to the rest of the country where in terms of mining we have made the landowners the owners of resources, he said.

If there are resources in an area the landowner will give consent on, whether or not exploration w...

09:20

What a dump this place is. "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Just moved here. Fuck what a mistake! As soon as I can break lease I'm getting the hell out of here. Run down dump in the middle of nowhere. I kept hearing about "The Strand", The Strand! the Strand! - okay, I go look - It's a strip of lawn along a beach you can't go into the water (because of the Jellyfish). Wow - amazing guys eye roll

The rental agent rented me a unit that has a broken toilet (water from the drain pipe leaks and runs onto the floor and pools outside). The gas cooker is broke, knobs missing or broken so I can't use even if it did work (looks like i'm going to have to survive on fast food for dinner) Cockroachers and ants everywhere. And the "Laundry" is a washing machine from the 90's sitting outside. I've been here 1 day and want to get the fuck out. I should have expected to be ripped off from the local realestate mobs, you're all One Nation Voters and religious nutters up here, I should have known that makes you untrustworthy.

I'm sure you guys that have been born here and know nothing else think this place is the top shit, this place has more in common with Kalgoorlie. What a dump.

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09:16

Drop your Prescription Drugs: Here is how to Prevent and Heal Disease (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Drop your Prescription Drugs: Here is how to Prevent and Heal Disease (VIDEO) | spices | Multimedia Natural Medicine Special Interests

In spite of what many people believe, pharmaceutical drugs are not useful to achieve or maintain a healthy state, neither physical nor mental.

Both physical and mental health are closer to everyone than people imagine. Yet, so many people continue to believe that synthetic drugs are the solution to their problems.

Meds provided to the sick by a physician only perpetuate their unhealthy physical state, and those recommended by psychiatrists only aggravate the chemical imbalances in the brain.

The questions are then where do people go when they want to prevent and cure disease or when they want to stay healthy?

The answer is simple. Herbs and spices.

Herbs and spices are in most cases the inspiration for pharmaceutical companies to produce synthetic drugs that they allege treat and cure disease.

Those drugs unsuccessfully attempt to mimic what natural spices and herbs do all by themselves, without the help of artificial chemicals.

Herbs and cooking spices contain a wide variety of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, and help maximize the nutrient density of your meals, writes Dr. Mercola.

Just as any other food item people ingest, herbs and spices have an effect on their health, but different from most processed foods, they provide an upgrade to your nutritional habits.

When eating in low, normal doses such as ones most people use in preparing their meals, and for long periods of time, herbs and spices have the ability to prevent inflammation, which is the root cause of most diseases.

There are many lists that include spices which have shown signs of being beneficial to human health, especially when trying to prevent disease, but there are four of them that make every single one of those lists.

Clove, Ginger, Rosemary, and Turmeric have shown, in laboratory and human studies, to signif...

08:59

Returning to a Gold Standard Why and How. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Returning to a Gold Standard Why and How. | gold-dollar-eagle-720x340 | Economy & Business Special Interests

Author: Dr Fraser Murrell, Melbourne Australia
First Posted: Thursday , 20 Nov 2014

In the 1600s, Sir Isaac Newton presided over a (bi-metal) Gold and Silver Standard, with the flaw being the fix of silver to gold. In the 1900s, John Maynard Keynes revolutionized economics, with the result being certain economic collapse. In both cases there was a logical error in the key definition of price, which is critical to the stability of the economy. This note examines the problem and then goes on to present a workable Gold Standard, which it is argued, is the most stable frame of reference for our economy.

FRAMES OF REFERENCE

Life would be chaotic if time and space changed regularly or even our definition of it changed regularly. Fortunately, Newton sorted it all out back in the 1600s, developed the Laws of Motion, allowing mankind to proceed with certainty. However, if some Government expert later decided that time ran backwards on alternate days and space was shaped like a banana, then chaos would return.

In economics, the central concepts are time and price and again Newton considered this problem and deemed that price should be defined with reference to weights of gold and silver (more on this later). Once again the real world proved him (almost) correct and as a result there was economic certainty and Britain Ruled the Waves. But then along came economic experts like Keynes who changed all the critical definitions and as a result we have been plunged back into chaos.

To understand Keynes distortion of our economic frame of reference, consider the following example. A man walks into a bank in 1971 with savings of $1,000 (cash) and $1,000 (gold) and today in 2014 he retires and withdraws both. Ignoring for the moment interest and fees, under an (ideal) Newtonian frame of reference there would be price stability, so that the value of each wit...

08:56

John Oliver on Spotlight Vs Reality "IndyWatch Feed National"

Maybe its the times we live in, but journalism is being celebrated in the movies again. If only the gap between the Oscar-grabbing, fist-pumping glory and the grubby reality was not so great The 2015 Read more

08:40

Matthew Heffernan: Dont Redefine Indigenous, Redefine Good Government "IndyWatch Feed National"

Photo credit: Amy Hetherington                        Photo credit: Amy Hetherington Share this Post Matthew is a Pintupi-Luritja/Irish man, hailing from Alice Springs but now calling Darwin home. Matt was awarded a National Scholarship from Global Voices (A Non-Government Organisation promoting ...

08:06

100 Rare parrots found dead on road in New South Wales, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Environmentalists are concerned motorists are hitting and killing flocks of highly endangered parrots feeding around a New South Wales road. Ecologist Saan Ecker estimated more than 100 superb parrots had been found dead on a road off Barton Highway, near the town of Murrumbateman, in recent days. Yesterday she saw dozens of the dead birds surrounded by live ones, and said several motorists had alerted Wildcare of similar sightings in the area. "For every dead body was one or two live birds sitting between each and [they] are getting hit [by cars] as well."

08:01

January 13 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1825 - ABSCONDING CONVICTS
We have been favoured with the following extract of a letter from Newcastle.... Six men have recently taken to the bush; indeed every settler is complaining of men absenting themselves without effect. Here on Sunday evening five prisoners and one soldier (the latter being on duty at the wharf) took the Commandants gig and proceeded to sea with the intention of taking the Government cutter Mars but were prevented (the night coming on with hazy weather) and made prisoner at Reids Mistake.

1827 - ChristChurch at Newcastle was in a bit of a state....the church was falling to bits, the churchyard, for want of a fence had been made a thoroughfare and pigs were permitted to root amongst the graves.
The repairs were commenced at long last on this day.

1834 - Ten convicts being transferred from Macquarie Harbour Penal Station on Sarah Island, Tas, seized the brig Frederick and sailed to Chile in it where they lived freely for two years. Four of the convicts were later recaptured and returned to Australia, where they escaped the death sentence for piracy through a legal technicality; as it was never officially launched it wasn't an official ship, and as it was taken from a harbour and not at sea it didn't meet the requirements for piracy.

1834 - Bryant Kyne was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of James Gavarin (Gevan, Gavan, Gavanagh, Govarin) at the Balmain residence of the solicitor-general, John Plunkett.

1851 - Charles FitzRoy got the short straw and became 'Governor-General of all Her Maj's Aussie Possessions'...the title now known as Guv-General.

1853 -  Today the South Australian Register published an article titled Journal of A Trip To Kangaroo Island, in which the author mentions Van Dieman Aboriginals living on Kangaroo Island.

1854 - Fire and timber buildings really didn't bode well for prime real estate when sparky flames burnt down 3 stores and 5 houses in Elizabeth Street in Melbourne.

1859 - The Railway line from Geelong to Williamstown (Vic) was extended to Melbourne at Spencer Street Railway Station.

1864 - G.E. Dalrymple had an empty dance card so he led an expedition by sea from Bowen to establish the port of Caldwell, Qld.

1874 - Robert Goswell was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Mary Anne Lloyd at Stapelford, Beverley.

1878 - One of Australia's first telephones was tested between La Perouse and Sydney, NSW. Similar experiments were conducted in Melbourne around that time by the proprietors of McLean Brothers and Rigg.

1879 - The ill-fated Glenelg-Marino steam-powered railway opened today in Crow-Eater country (South Oz) but it was not to last ...it was plagued with sand drifts , 2 fatal accidents, poor patronage and time was called on it in Apr...

07:53

South Australia is Building the Worlds Largest Thermal Plant "IndyWatch Feed National"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Its official South Australia is going green. After flipping the switch on the worlds largest battery, the state has unveiled another project: the worlds largest thermal plant. The development is a result of SolarReserve receiving approval for its $650 million, 150-megawatt Aurora solar thermal plant.

When constructed, the facility will generate 500-gigawatt hours of energy each year enough to power around 90,000 homes with eight hours of full storage load. It will be located 30 kilometers north of Port Augusta, South Australia. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that it will be the worlds largest single-tower solar thermal power plant.

How does it work? Multiple heliostats (turning mirrors) are used to focus solar energy onto a single central tower. There, molten salt technology is utilized to store the heat. That heat can later be used to create steam, turn a turbine and, as a result, generate electricity. Each year, the plant will displace approximately 200,000 tonnes of CO2.

South Australias acting energy minister, Chris Picton, said the project is a welcome development for the state....

06:42

Next Up, Paying Uncle Sam Taxes in Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The ink is barely dry on President Trumps tax legislation, and a new bill has surfaced in Arizona that kicks things up another notch. The bill proposes using bitcoin to pay state income taxes, and it was submitted by Senators Warren Petersen and David Farnsworth as well as Reps. Travis Grantham and Jeff Weninger, all Continued

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