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Friday, 19 January


Company to probe for minerals close to Mekong River dolphin habitat "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Australian mining company aims to begin searching for minerals, as well as oil and gas, next to part of the Mekong River in Cambodia where the endangered Irrawaddy river dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) lives. The Phnom Penh Post reported the venture today. An Irrawaddy dolphin in the Mekong River by Dan Koehl (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons. Medusa Mining is wrapping up terms of a partnership agreement with several Southeast Asian companies to invest $3 million over the next four years to explore for gold, copper, oil, natural gas and precious stones, according to a Jan. 10 statement from the company. The plan is for crews to set up in tributaries in the Prek Kampi commune of the province of Kratie, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) from the Mekong, the Phnom Penh Post reported. These small little streams are nowhere near the river, Medusas managing director, Boyd Timler, told the Post. We are aware of dolphins in that area of the river, Timler added. A dolphin in Cambodia. Photo by Stefan Brending via Wikimedia Commons. Only about 80 Irrawaddy river dolphins survive in the 4,350-kilometer (2,700-mile) Mekong River, according to WWF-Cambodia, but thats still the largest subpopulation of the species. Four other discrete groups live in river systems throughout South and Southeast Asia. Recent surveys by WWF have shown that Irrawaddy dolphin numbers in the Mekong have increased since 2010, and deaths are down in the past several years. However, gillnets for fishing, dams and boat traffic

Steve Bannon hat anscheinend die Aussage verweigert ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Steve Bannon hat anscheinend die Aussage verweigert bei seiner Befragung. Das ist bemerkenswert, weil das keine Anklage ist, eher eine Zeugenbefragung. Da ist nicht vorgesehen, dass man die Aussage verweigert. Und er verweigerte sie auch nicht, um sich nicht selbst zu belasten, sondern weil das Weie Haus ihm angeblich die Aussage verboten hat.

Das ist aus meiner Sicht eine offene Kriegserklrung des Weien Hauses an das Mueller-Team. Die Subpoena gegen Bannon bleibt bestehen.

Update: Das war ein parlamentarischer Ausschuss, der hatte nichts mit der Mueller-Befragung zu tun. Die kommt noch.

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Thursday, 18 January


Father Follows Intuition, Hires Helicopter and Finds Injured Son in Crash "IndyWatch Feed National"

When an Australian father went to the police about his missing son, they assured him that he was simply overreacting but it's a good thing that he didn't listen to them, because he turned out to be correct.


Judge Barker the bankers man "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Judge Barker judge Barker the bankers man

Bake him a cake just as fast as you can

Dont cut it or eat it, leave it for him

He will have Culleton out faster than he went in

Judge Michael Barker of the Federal Court

Judge barker judge Barker the bankers man

The Lodge is wondering if he can

Sack the entire senate and install the Liberal clan

All the baked cakes are no longer a sham

The corporation will look after their hatchet man

To retire before 70 is Barkers main plan

Dollars no problem thanks to Uncle Sam

And all the sheeple voters couldnt give a damn

One day God will catch up to you, Mr bankers man.




Fox launches 7 part series "Scandalous" - on Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton's impeachment and disbarment for perjury "IndyWatch Feed National"

NEW SERIES: Fox News Channel launches Scandalous." The first seven-episode installment chronicles the events that ultimately led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton during the 1990s. Don't miss the premiere Sunday, January 21st at 8p ET! Fox News (@FoxNews) January 18, 2018


The Hanseatic League: An "Empire" of Commerce "IndyWatch Feed National"

This took honor of place from around 1250 through the sixteenth century.  Now add in the additional great circle route between North America, originally out of Bimini and then out of Georgia and anchored in Scotland and the Mediterranean and you have a vast sea operation all operated by independent merchants mostly never disclosed.

As you are aware we have been digging this all up and the scale of the Georgia mining operation both Bronze Age and surely through Contact as well.

 I do think that the Knights Templar operated the Great Atlantic circle Route and transitioning into the Hanse when the Order was attacked makes perfect sense...

The Hanseatic League: An "Empire" of Commerce


Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna

Once upon a time there was a northern, medieval phenomenon as much the subject of universal myth and curiosity as that of the enchantress city-republics flourishing down south: the Hanseatic League of the mid-13th to 16th centuries. The Hansa (old German for associations) or The League, as it was known, began as a treaty between Lbeck and Hamburg to clear the road of pirates and robbers between the Elbe and the Trave [a river in northern Germany with its delta at the Baltic sea]. It gradually increased to add Cologne and Bremen, later expanding to Gdansk, Riga and Novgorod, finally incorporating Bruges, Brunswick, and many satellite-cities throughout Scandinavia. The main goal of this expansion was to keep the herring fisheries of the Baltic in the hands of the merchant-princes of Lbeck and decidedly out of the hands of Frederick II Hohenstaufen, stupor mundi extraordinaire, who, in 1226, decreed that lovely, gothic-gabled town an Imperial City. Then, too, routes to capture the salt trade to Cyprus were critical. Soon, The League was dominating commercial relations with the Levant, Venice, Spain, France and England in timber, fur, grain, honey, Scandinavian copper and iron, in return for spices, medicine, fruit and wine and cotton. Such is how this loose coalition of.....


blue camo legging Surf Tank, Hoodies and more Localish Surf Apparel "IndyWatch Feed National"

Localish offers wide range of surf apparel including surf leggings, womens surf t-shirts, mens surfing t shirts, mens surf apparel, womens surf apparel, mens sweatshirt hoodie, surf tank tops for men, surf tank tops for women, and many more.


FBI Investigating Millions Of Mishandled Dollars Funneled From Australian Govt To Clinton Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

The FBI has asked retired Australian policeman-turned investigative journalist, Michael Smith, to provide information he has gathered detailing multiple allegations of the Clinton Foundation receiving tens of millions of mishandled taxpayer funds, according to LifeZette.  I have been asked to provide the FBI with further and better particulars about allegations regarding improper donations to the CF funded by []

The post FBI Investigating Millions Of Mishandled Dollars Funneled From Australian Govt To Clinton Foundation appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.


Security affecting tourism potentials in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Japanese Ambassador to PNG, Satoshi Nakajima, says safety continues to be a major issue affecting the number of Japanese tourists arriving in Papua New Guinea.
Mr Nakajima said this when asked to comment on the tourism potential he has seen since he took up his posting in the country in March last year.
Despite this, he described the countrys potential in the sector as huge.
Apart from Chinas enormous outbound tourist figures of more than 100 million in the last few years, Japan boasted an impressive 16.4 million outbound tourists in 2017.
In his first year, the Mr Nakajima visited parts of the four regions in the country and expressed how impressed he is with the natural resource base and what it has to offer to the tourists from Japan.
He regretted what he described was a small number of tourists that are able to visit, and emphasised security as an area that continues to contribute to the number.
Papua New Guinea is a very big country rich in culture and resources. Regrettably the number of Japanese tourists coming here to Papua New Guinea is not so much.
I travelled to Wewak and Kokopo, Kimbe, Mt Hagen, Lae, Pomio. When I travelled to Kokopo and the others I saw the huge potential in promoting tourism.
Firstly it is some locations like Kokopo that are safe to stay, but it is places like Port Moresby that is not so safe, he said.
He said numbers were increasing in safer destinations around the country that Japanese citizens are travelling to.
I think that Papua New Guinea is very huge and there are a lot of differences in various places in the country, he said.
Mr Nakajima is a well travelled diplomat who has served around the world in countries such as England, Vietnam, Timor Leste, and Solomon Islands before taking up his current post in PNG.


Commercial Kitchens Shopsteel Sheet Metal & Stainless Steel Fabrication "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shopsteel is a sheet metal and stainless steel fabrication company with years of extensive experience in the metal fabrication industry.


Fluoride-related question slated for Parry Sound voters ballot "IndyWatch Feed National"

Upgrades to the plant needed for fluoride to come back

PARRY SOUND The fluoride topic is back in Parry Sound.

This time its a question on the fall municipal election ballot.

Nearly two years ago, the Town of Parry Sound overturned its June 2015 resolution for improvements to the Tony Agnello Water Treatment Pant; the upgrades were necessary to continue fluoridating the municipal water supply.

When the original report came to council in 2015, upgrades to the plant were in the neighbourhood of $250,000. The Town had been fluoridating its water since the 1960s.

After a lengthy period of debate that included a campaign by a group of concerned citizens, Parry Sounders for Progressive Water Management, fluoridation of the towns water ended temporarily on March 18, 2016, under the condition that the question be posed on the 2018 municipal election ballot, asking Parry Sound ratepayers whether they want the town to continue to fluoridate their water.

A resolution was passed to put the question on the ballot during a January 2016 council meeting.

On Monday, Jan. 15, the town announced the date for the legislated public meeting that needs to be held prior to the passing of the bylaw.

The question slated for the ballot that falls under the Fluoridation Act, the question is already in the act, we dont get to figure out what (the question) is, they tell you what to ask. And that question will be answered and binding based on more than 50 per cent of the people who voted, depending on what the outcome is for that, said town clerk Jackie Boggs during the Jan. 16 council meeting.

The question is, Are you in favour of the discontinuance of the fluoridation of the public water supply of this municipality?

If it turns out that more than 50 per cent of voters are not in favour of the discontinuation of fluoride, there is a chance it could be put back into the water supply, but not before the necessary upgrades are made to the water treatment plant.

Peter Brown, town director of public works, said today the costs are likely significantly more than the original $250,000 estimate.

I suspect it will (cost) considerably more than that because the piping has sat stagnant for a couple of years and prices are always changing and going up as far as equipment goes. The cost of fluoride may have gone up, I dont know, Brown said. We havent really invested any time and energy into the consideration of bringing it back, because there was no indication that there was. Fast forward to 2018 and we have an election coming up I guess were going to have to sta...


The death of a child by suicide "IndyWatch Feed National"

The death of a child is always heartbreaking but when it is by suicide it is as devastating as it gets, with long term psychosocial effects. There is a whole different level of anguish and grief. However the majority of child suicides can be avoided. Each year, I support and am in contact with hundreds []


Does the Govt Seek to keep the public Blind, Deaf, and Dumb? "IndyWatch Feed National"

COMMENT: I watched the Forecaster after ordering the DVD from Amazon. Aside from the fact that it brought tears to my and my wifes eyes, your forecasts on this year being exceptionally cold, your forecast of Brexit, Trump, the Dow and countless other things, it is not hard to see why the government wanted your model. My heating bills have almost doubled this year. How can your computer forecast such a trend years in advance when they cant do more than 10 days?

Quite frankly, they do not want a system that can do all these things public. Thats why the New York Times or Bloomberg will never even mention what you have accomplished. It is all about keeping the public blind, deaf, and dumb.

God be with you and your family


ANSWER: I do have to admit many people have expressed that view. It has been unbelievably cold. Even airports in Houston and Atlanta have been impacted by snow they do not have equipment for. If people really did listen, it would change politics. You cant keep up the same nonsense of simply voting for someone and they will change everything. It just cannot be done. They always blame the rich and seek to raise taxes, but it miraculously never manages to lower anyone elses taxes. It always just lines the pockets of the politicians.


The Cycle of Disease Its Just our Time "IndyWatch Feed National"


     Its interesting, since your post on Madagascar and the pneumonic plague, I have Surveilled a site dealing with medical news once a week. Whats really interesting is the resurgence of older well-known entities such as cholera
      Zambia has been hard hit with over 2000 cases of cholera with close to 50 deaths. The university is closed as well as other institutions. It has migrated from the urban areas to the suburban areas. The armed forces have been called out to help. Tanzania has shut its borders with Zambia due to this. Kenya has had 4 kid cases of hospitalization.
Influenza strains are hitting geographic regions. The H3n2 is has hit Australia very hard and is currently hitting the UK. The US is also being infected. India has the H1N1 variant hitting them hard.

ProMED-mail post

The avian flu has led to the culling of birds in the Middle East particularly Egypt and Iran. Saudia Arabia just had 6 new cases. Russia and Swiss poultry also have cases.
China has Influenza B hitting them hard but cannot confirm type nor number of cases and comparison numbers.

When it rains. it pours.

Keep up the good work


REPLY: The influenza virus changes its genetic makeup every year and complies with guess what cyclical analysis! This constantly changing virus presents a cyclical challenge to medical science, and consequently, this makes it impossible to create a single vaccine to prevent the disease for life. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Co...


FDLTCC Hosts Third Annual Beekeeping Workshop "IndyWatch Feed National"

Published January 18, 2018

CLOQUET, MINNESOTA  Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, in partnership with the Northeast Minnesota Beekeepers Association, is hosting a day-long workshop called Beekeeping and More! on Saturday, February 17, 2018, for anyone interested in learning about beekeeping as a hobby or as a commercial enterprise. The Symposium will open at 8:30 a.m. and classes run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. starting in the college commons. Pre-registration is encouraged. The first Beekeeping and More workshop held in 2016 drew in more than 150 beekeepers and the event has kept growing, making it one of the largest beekeeping workshops in northern Minnesota.

Session topics include equipment, general troubleshooting, queen biology, risks to native pollinators, varroa mites, gentle beekeeping, and the challenges of overwintering honeybees in northern climates. Hands-on activities are also a part of the program, during which attendees can learn practical applications for products from the hive.

Experts from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, the Northeastern Minnesota Beekeepers Association, and the Xerces Society will present the sessions and answer questions throughout the workshop. Informational displays, vendors, and door prize drawings will also be a part of the third annual event.

This will be a great day of learning and information sharing for both novice and experienced beekeepers, said Courtney Kowalczak, Director of the Environmental Institute at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. There will be plenty of time to meet other beekeepers, ask for advice, get questions answered, and share ideas.

Opening speaker Roy Ober of the Northeastern Minnesota Beekeepers Association will introduce...


Benjamin Fulford Report: "Tensions Rise Between Bloodlines" -- January 15, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Weekly Geo-political News and Analysis

Tensions rise between bloodlines and Illuminati as final showdown looms for U.S. corporate government

By Benjamin Fulford, White Dragon Society

One sign of this extreme tension came last week when a missile from a cabal submarine was stopped from hitting Hawaii and the submarine was sunk, Pentagon sources say. Media outlets around the world have reported that Hawaiian residents all received the following warning on their mobile phones: BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII, SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER, THIS IS NOT A DRILL, but later this was reported to be a false alarm. It was notit was an attempt by the cabal to blame the attack on North Korea and use it as a trigger for their long-desired World War III, CIA sources say.

The attack was followed by an increase in earthquakes and volcanic activity which may be an attack on potential submarine bases in Chile, Peru, Papua, New Guinea, or underwater, the Pentagon sources continue. U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency official Paul Laine has previously told this writer that numerous underwater bases exist. These bases now appear to be under systematic attack.

Meanwhile, as this report was being written, a person claiming to be His Excellency His Royal Highness (H.E. HRH) Ernest Rauthschild, Royal Prime Minister of The United States of North America contacted this writer to claim, The Federal U.S./USA comes under the USNA. He went on to state that the galactics were now arriving to enforce his claim. He provided extensive documentation to back his claims, to which we have linked below without comment other than to note that the address provided is just a virtual office in Washington, DC.


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00007 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.40 AUD


Microsoft demands your mobile number for Windows 10 setup "IndyWatch Feed National"

Microsoft wants your phone number when you set up their Windows 10 (build 17063) Operating System.


A part of the global surveillance policies in 'force'.

Your phone number is a piece of data that is tied in to your 'person's' name.

Your person's name is the most important piece of information in a legal matter for without that there can be no 'accused'.

Is this a step towards where every 'person' on the internet is 'guilty' until proven otherwise, with their alleged actions?

We do not recommend the purchase of products that contain Microsoft's Operating System


Getting Naked With Japanese Businessmen "IndyWatch Feed National"

A sea of flaccid penises seemed to stare at me as I undressed before the parade of predominantly middle-aged men. Its not often someone gains my admiration while emerging naked in a locker room, but there I was, commending their courage to let it all hang and not give a shit. Perhaps its a little easier for the Japanese to be comfortable in their own skin given their culture is based on mutual respect and their country has an obesity rate a quarter that of Australias.

As a westerner, the level of nudity definitely caused some discomfort; even years of being in the swim team didnt prepare me for the onsen changing room during peak hour. The Japanese are, however, courteous, meaning fortunately, there was no towel slapping from testosterone-fuelled teens.

For the uninitiated like myself, an onsen is a Japanese hot spring bath, often public. Onsen are believed to host a number of medical properties, including assisting with fatigue, digestion and muscular pain. They are an integral part of Japanese culture, and are often associated with peacefulness and purity. Japan is steeped in tradition, and its onsen are no exception.

Against my self-consciousness, I removed my yukata and placed all but my modest towel into my basket. I awkwardly danced to the public showering area in an attempt to prevent unnecessary flashing and avoid locking eyes with anyone longer than necessary. This was not the time to be asserting dominance.

My ass cheeks were greeting by a pleasantly (yet equally disturbingly) warm stool as I sat in the corner of the traditional open-plan Japanese shower room. Never in my life has a feeling of inadequacy crossed my mind over my ability to shower, but in a city of high-tech toilets and non-existent body odour, there was valid reason to believe the Japanese held superiority over ones cleanliness. If Japan has instructions on how to sit on a toilet, why dont they have one on how to take a shower? The absurdity of that thought didnt take long to become apparent. I did my best to follow suit with the other men without appearing like a pervert, dried myself off and prepared myself for the grand finale.

Much like trains of Tokyo, the idea of personal space in the onsen appeared to differ greatly from my own. A quick exchange of nods confirmed my acceptance, with two kind men making room for a boy about to undergo his rite of passage. From the moment my foot broke the water, a feeling similar to the pain of grabbing a nuked frozen meal from the microwave engulfed my foot.

I was faced with quite the dil...


From Central Cell-Block to Guantanamo "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Thursday, January 11, the sixteenth anniversary of the opening of the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba was marked by a coalition of 15 human rights organizations gathered in Lafayette Park, across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House in Washington, DC. An interfaith prayer service was followed by a rally featuring song []


Rereading The River Ophelia in the era of #MeToo "IndyWatch Feed National"

When published in 1995, Justine Ettlers debut novel The River Ophelia received a lively critical reception. For some, the book exemplified a genre of gritty, in-ya-face writing then known as grunge lit, named after the contemporaneous music movement from Seattle (think Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam).


Letter accompanying my 1st criminal complaint to the FBI re Clinton Foundation and Australian taxpayer funded donations "IndyWatch Feed National"

Director Christopher Wray Director - FBI FBI Headquarters 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20535-0001 Dear Director Wray, I write to report apparently serious criminal offences committed by US nationals and others involving the Clinton Foundation. Since 2006 the Clinton Foundation has directly solicited more than AUD $88 Million in...


A Break-Up Letter to Booze "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear Alcohol,

Ive been thinking a lot about our relationship lately. Im not very happy, and no its not me; its you.

Most of the time, I am an interesting, composed young adult. But all it takes is a small dose of you, and my hidden feelings are aired out for display. I then look like a blubbering idiot, and wake up choking on my regret.

This happened more than once throughout my 18th year, but I was buoyed by the support of my fellow binge-drinkers, convinced that having fun meant playing Kings Cup before waltzing up to a bouncer to advise him that I was sober and he should indeed let my friends and me in. You were also a critical element to my job in hospitality, and I invested much of what should have been my life savings on your liquid form. I found myself at countless bars across Brisbane, and even at a beach party in Thailand under a full moon, convinced that this was definitely living, Barry.

At 20, I decided I needed to focus on other goals. My relationship with you deteriorated as I realised I didnt really need you. I became stronger on my own and could talk to other humans without needing the warm sedation you provided. I went about my daily hobbies and found my sober interactions far more fulfilling than the half-remembered conversations with Steve or Nick or whatever his name was. You fell by the wayside, but every month or so, Id allow you to make a casual appearance.

Soon enough, my appetite for you increased once more, and I began party-hopping for the Year of the 21st. I still pursued my hobbies, however, and you were my second choice: waking up for swimming training in the mornings did not leave room for any trace of a hangover. I focused on my sporting goals, and this satisfied me more than any night dancing to Kanye and telling boys I was too good for them (though that was pretty fun).

But your presence was never obsolete. The after-parties to any sporting event were based on the...


Jason Taumalolo appears set to shun Kiwis and stick with Tonga "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Kiwis fans shouldn't expect Jason Taumalolo to feature in the black and white jersey again after the North Queensland wrecking ball backed the idea of Tonga playing a test in Hawaii.

Taumalolo returned to Cowboys training this week for the first time after shunning New Zealand to lead Tonga's charge through to the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Under international rules, the Auckland-born 24-year-old can change his allegiance back to New Zealand, after previously playing 10 tests for the Kiwis.

But the 2016 Dally M Medallist is expected to stick with the Island nation, who he qualifies for through his father, and looks set to line up against Samoa in the mid-season Pacific test.

An end of season test between Australia and Tonga has also been touted and Taumalolo said he hoped to feature in the historic match if it goes ahead.

"It would be a great idea," said Taumalolo.

"Taking a game overseas and expanding the game in other countries. What better way to do it than take a game to Hawaii or anywhere overseas?

"I'm fully with that decision if it happens. If it does happen, hopefully I can be a part of it.

"We'll find out soon (about my decision). We've got the Pacific test halfway through the year or whoever is playing then.

"I'm sure I'll make up my mind sooner rather than later, said Taumalolo.



Long-toed Stint at Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve reported by Rob Morris et al on 18-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The bird found by Ged Tranter was still present on the main body of water associating with RN Stints and ST Sands. (A scope will be very useful at seeing the bird well as it is quite shy and easy to flush even when you're being very careful).


MACKAY Repeat drink-driver ignored alcohol interlock condition "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Repeat drink-driver ignored alcohol interlock condition

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Clifford Paul Giblett, 41, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, and pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle without a prescribed interlock device. Police were patrolling the Bruce Highway near Rockhampton on November 26, 2017 when they pulled Giblett over, prosecutor Shelby Larcombe told the

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MACKAY Sick and tired of this violence: Guilty of pub attack "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Sick and tired of this violence: Guilty of pub attack

January 18, 2018 at 05:06AM ,

A DRUNK machine fitter launched an unprovoked attack on a bouncer who escorted him from a Dysart pub, headbutting and punching the man. Scott Lesley Williams ambush on the security guard landed him in Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday. He pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily

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MACKAY Under the influence and in charge of a motor vehicle, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Under the influence and in charge of a motor vehicle, Mackay

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The driver was arrested and charged with being under the influence of liquor and in charge of a motor vehicle. The woman will attend to the Mackay Magistrates Court on February 6 to have the matter heard. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the

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Adanis coal mine shut down for second time this week "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Adani protestor who has chained themselves to coal loading infrastructure at the Adanis Abbot Point coal terminal north of Bowen. Photo supplied.

Adanis coal mine has been shut down for second time this week by five peaceful activists chaining themselves to safely to coal loading infrastructure.

The Galilee Basin defenders put their bodies on the line in a continued effort to put pressure on both Adani and the ALP in the lead up to the first sitting of Queensland Parliament on Monday where the Labor government will decide on funding for a billion dollar loan towards infrastructure in support of low quality thermal coal expansion in the Galilee Basin.

Protester Megan Armstrong, a 47 year old Townsville resident, stated she was here to represent all the people who are against monstrous new open cut thermal coal projects and tell ALP that they need to stick to their word by vetoing a NAIF loan to Aurizon and any other interested parties. 

Mother of two, Liisa Rusanen, said,  Im taking action for my children, who face the collapse of water, food and climate systems in their lifetime.

Queensland Labor initially vetoed Adanis application for the loan however, the government has not ruled out allowing other companies, such as rail company Aurizon, the loan required to make Adanis mine and the opening of the Galilee coal basin financially viable. 

John Ross, a 68-year-old Nurseryman from Coramba, expressed concern saying We are facing a climate emergency with catastrophic disruption to human societies and our planets ecosystems to open up massive new Galilee Basin coal is an unconscionable betrayal of future generations. The ALP need make it clear that NAIF loans to any party that will further the Adani coal mine project, including Aurizon, will be ruled out.

 According to Frontline Action on Coal following the protests that shut down the coal port last Thursday Adani promised to increase security and made unsubstantiated accusations of violen...


Man stitches and locks up woman's genitalia in a brutal rape attack in Lae "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The accused (L) was beaten up and brought to Police station
in Lae
A man has been detained by police in Lae in relation to allegations of rape, grievous bodily harm, unlawful wounding and deprivation of privacy and liberty, PNG local newspaper, the Post Courier reports.

In a strange and brutal twist, the man allegedly had control over a woman in sexual bondage by applying a lock and key to his strange obsession.

The traumatised woman was rescued from her ordeal by the Three Mile community and police yesterday when news of the mans strange behavior came to light after the woman laid a police complaint.

Angry members of the public bashed up the man and handed him over to police with his bundle of keys.

According to a statement the woman gave to police, the man allegedly stitched her genitalia shut using cotton and needle, and later created incisions from which he used a padlock to keep her private part locked up.

Three Mile police, more used to dealing with drunks, drug dealers, careless drivers, and criminals, were reportedly shocked at the unfolding story as it is the first time many of the men in blue have heard something like this in the area of operation.

The woman from Madang province told them her genitals were sewn up and the stitches later removed only to be replaced by lock and key.

She said the key was carried around by her husbands cousin brother since December last year.

She suffered continuous abuse from the perpetrator, aged 39, from Bau village in Huon-Gulf district in Morobe Province, who wanted to take her as his wife.

The man had threatened to kill the woman with a gun, knife and axe if she reported the matter to police.

The community, fed up with the ongoing abuse by the man, came to the victims rescue.

In an interview with the victim at the police station, the women told the Post Courier the lock was still there on...


Why Wait? Wikipedia and Google Accidentally Declare Putin the Winner of March 2018 Presidential Elections "IndyWatch Feed National"

Putin accidentally declared winner of the 2018 presidential elections by Google // Screenshot by Christopher Moldes

(GV) Russias presidential elections are two months away, and while there are multiple contenders, the expectation is that Vladimir Putin will secure a fourth term handily.

On January 15, in what looked like an effort to save time or skip the nail-biting drama of counting votes on election night, Google declared Putin the winner of the March 2018 election.

A Russian-language Google search of elections 2018 resulted in the usual snapshot of the analogous Wikipedia article. Under winner there appeared a portrait of Vladimir Putin, as seen above.

This curious error came about thanks to Googles search result technology, which sometimes features information that is intended to help answer the users query. With searches like this, such information typically comes from either Wikipedia or official state government websites that Google deems to be reliable.

But in this case, the Russian Wikipedia article on the 2018 elections was anything but.

Stanislav Kozlovsky, the director for the Russian department of Wikimedia, Wikipedias parent company, explained the error in a comment to RBC, a Russian business news website:

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Someone added Putins name to the preamble of the article on the elections, after which the search engine indexed it and reflected the new variant in its results.

Wikipedia is known for its crowd-sourcing model, through which volunteer users can make substantive contributions after completing a vetting process. While they can vary from language to language, all Wikipedia sites have standard procedures in place to prevent inaccuracies like this one. But it appears that these procedures were not followed for the Russian version of the page. Whether the error was intended as a joke, or as a political move,....


What is Lorem Ipsum? Test 1 No sidebar "IndyWatch Feed National"

What is Lorem Ipsum?

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industrys standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

Why do we use it?

It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using Content here, content here, making it look like readable English. Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model text, and a search for lorem ipsum will uncover many web sites still in their infancy. Various versions have evolved over the years, sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose (injected humour and the like).

Where does it come from?

Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC. This book is a treatise on the theory of ethics, very popular during the Renaissance. The first line of Lorem Ipsum, Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.., comes from a line in section 1.10.32.

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Extreme heat prompts calls for bill relief "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 18 January 2018
As South Australia braces for two days of extreme heat, SACOSS (the South Australian Council of Social Service) is today calling on all parties to commit to urgent reform of the energy concession to help with the high cost of electricity and so that households can afford to pay the cost of running air-conditioners when needed.


Councils caught up in allegations over Carmichael airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Contributed from Queensland

The Adani controversy has thrown up another scandal. This time it involves allegations for new corruption and publicity that are engulfing to regional Queensland councils.

Townsville and Rockhampton Councils have put up more than $34 million, for the building of an airport hundreds of kilometres away, at the Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin.

It is part of the funding deal made with the mining company. The given justification for this is that the airport will provide for thousands of jobs by making the two cities hubs for a fly in fly out (FIFO) workforce at the mine. Critics have long suggested that the project would create relatively few jobs, in an operation that will be highly capital intensive. Critics have also challenged the claim that the project will be a boon for the local economies.

And it has also now come to light that that the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission is looking into the matter for alleged corrupt conduct. It seems that the tendering process for a contractor has been somewhat less than proper.

A Toowoomba based company,  called Wagners, got the contract for the airport and this was not declared in the public list. Both had councils had said that the airport would be owned by the councils. But when Townsville businessman Philip Batty made the complaint before the Commission, the councils turned around and said that the land and  airport project were owned by Adani will not own the land and airport, which have been handed over to Adani.

The complaint was dismissed on this technicality. By not being the owners, the councils are not responsible for
contracting and the procurement process.

trhisd ruling does not mean that proper process was not followed, and it looks like there could be even more going on below the surface.

The Adani companies have a long history of corrupt practices in the countries in which they operate and there is a list of gifts and other inducements provided in Australia to decision makers. The affair over the airport certainly needs further investigation. So do Adanis other activities. Corruption is a poison that needs to be weeded out.

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New watchdog to investigate Canadian companies for human rights abuses "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Hilary Beaumont | Vice News | January 18, 2018

The Canadian government is creating a new watchdog to investigate human rights abuses by Canadian companies operating overseas, fulfilling a Liberal campaign promise.

Canadian companies have long faced accusations of human rights abuses abroad, including gang rapes by security guards at a mine in Papua New Guinea operated by Toronto-based Barrick Gold, and the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,000 workers who were making clothes for Joe Fresh, a brand owned by Canadian company Loblaws.

Canadian companies employ workers in developing countries to make clothing and mine materials that end up in electronics, but these mines and factories are often subject to lax regulations. When human rights abuses aris...


Tenants Demand Nuspor Investments drop Rent Increases "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Tenants Demand Nuspor Investments drop Rent Increases appeared first on It's Going Down.

This morning a group of our neighbours from 1251 King, along with members of Parkdale Organize, travelled together from Parkdale to the uptown offices of the landlord, Nuspor Investments. We came to demand Nuspor drop the above guideline rent increase at the building. We also brought a stack of requests for repairs that have gone long neglected in tenants units.

On a Wednesday morning during business hours we arrived to find the office door locked. Our calls to the Nuspor office phone extensions went unanswered. Rather than hear from their tenants, Nuspor decided to close their office altogether.

In the lobby of Nuspors office we met and discussed next steps for escalating action against the landlord. If recent organizing by working class people in Parkdale is any indication, Nuspor will not be able to evade its tenants for long.


The writing is on the wall for Solwara 1 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Former Attorney General of Papua New Guinea:

The writing is on the wall for Solwara 1 PNG should withdraw its investment before its too late.

Deep Sea Mining Campaign | Scoop NZ | 17 January 2018

Amid financial strife and looming litigation, Sir Arnold Amet, former Papua New Guinean Attorney General and Minister for Justice advises the PNG Government to terminate its joint partnership agreement with Nautilus, recoup its 15% stake in the Solwara 1 deep sea mining project and decline to renew the licences for Solwara 1.

For Nautilus Minerals a miserable Christmas has just flowed into an unhappy new year. A series of gloomy end of year investor updates confirmed Nautilus is unable to raise the funds necessary to complete equipment for its Solwara 1 deep sea...


Are You As Smart As A President? "IndyWatch Feed National"

During his annual physical, Trump petitioned for, and got, a test of his mental abilities. The doc says he got a perfect mark. Lets set aside that he also makes some questionable claims about Trumps shape, and accept that part as accurate. The president himself is glowing about the high marks he got.

With North Korea persisting as the major global challenge facing Trump this year, the president cast doubt on whether talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be useful. In the past he has not ruled out direct talks with Kim. Id sit down, but Im not sure that sitting down will solve the problem, he said, noting that past negotiations with the North Koreans by his predecessors had failed to rein in North Koreas nuclear and missile programs.

He blamed his three immediate predecessors, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, for failing to resolve the crisis and, a day after his doctor gave him a perfect score on a cognitive test, suggested he had the mental acuity to solve it.

I guess they all realized they were going to have to leave it to a president that scored the highest on tests, he said.

As luck would have it, the test Trump took has both a work sheet and instructions available online. I recommend you spare a moment for it, but as a teaser Ill share a few questions.

  • Indicate the right third of the space and give the following instructions: Draw a clock. Put in all the numbers and set the time to 10 past 11.
  • The examiner gives the following instructions: Tell me the date today. If the subject does not give a complete answer, then prompt accordingly by saying: Tell me the [year, month, exact date, and day of the week]. Then say: Now, tell me the name of this place, and which city it is in.
  • Beginning on the left, point to each figure and say: Tell me the name of this animal.
  • The examiner gives the following instructions: I am going to read you a sentence. Repeat it after me, exactly as I say it [pause]: I only k...


An insight into why no charges have been laid in Victoria over the Gillard AWU Scandal. Yet. "IndyWatch Feed National"

These pages are from the most recent annual report of Victoria's Office of Public Prosecutions. Yes John Cain Jr - now the man responsible for deciding what cases go to court and what crooks can walk away. With their 90% conviction metric it's now apparently the OPP rather than juries...


Charles Ortel with Utrice Leid on radio PRN in New York - indictments brewing in the Clinton Foundation crimes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today with the GREAT @Utrice_Leid @csthetruth Charles Ortel (@CharlesOrtel) January 17, 2018


Police Officers shot at Porgera "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

George Kakas

TWO reservists from the police unit at Porgera in Enga Province are in hospital after they were ambushed and shot by gunmen on Sunday, police said.

PNG Industry News | 17 January 2018 

The National newspaper reported that Engas acting police commander chief superintendent George Kakas said one of the reservists was shot in the leg while the other suffered a stroke when they were attacked near Wali Creek, a few kilometres from the Porgera gold mines township.

The reservists in five patrol cars were going to investigate the aftermath of a violent confrontation between two tribes when they were attacked with automatic weapons, but no major injuries or fatalities were reported, Kakas said.

He said a bullet presumably fired from a high-powered rifle penetrated a patrol car and injured the officers leg. The other...


What it really means to be Australian "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

As 26 January approaches each year, the argument over whether this day is the appropriate occasion to commemorate Australias nationhood rises. This year is no exception

Over recent times, the number of Australians calling for debate and questioning official ceremonies has been growing. There are those who feel threatened by this and dismiss any questioning as un-Australian and divisive. There is reason behind this and I will dome to this presently.

The bottom line is that if there was no problem there would be no argument.Being unprepared to accept that there is a problem is to silence a significant part of Australia. It is inherently undemocratic and divisive.

One does not have to be a dyed in the wool supporter of the Greens, to realise that the vendetta being waged against Adam Band, is part of this silencing of opinion. Last year the Yarra City Council in Melbourne got a beating for transferring its citizen ship ceremony to another date. Two other councils did the same and got similar treatment.

By standing up and breaking the orthodoxy, Bandt and the councils have spoken for many who tre being denied a voice. Throwing mud at them has been a way to avoid mentioning the real issues. It is sad that in the vindictive atmosphere, so many of our political leaders are either joining in the name calling or hiding under the nearest rock.

By the same token, those who dismiss the other important part of Australia, which is at present uncomfortable with the debate, are also wrong. We are in this together. Arriving at a solution requires the answering legitimate concerns.

What is needed is discussion on what it means to be Australian. We nee to talk about a concept of  Australian nationhood that brings ordinary Australians together and we need a vision of where we are heading to.Through resolving these issues, we will gain together, a better understanding about the appropriateness of  26 January as Australias national day.

However the date is of secondary importance. It is important because it is symbolic. Attention must be paid to what is being symbolised.

Some things need to be appreciated. The present day Australian population is made up of many parts. Even if some are challenged by the notion, the reality is that this is a land of peoples originating from many parts of the world bringing in their own cultures and traditions into the mix. Australia is...


Article: The dilemma of being sexy over the age of 45 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Maybe the Search for a Silver Fox show will challenge the young, slim, white, pretty conventional idea of beauty.

The dilemma in it is that it both challenges that idea and conforms to it by collecting people who largely fit all those requirements but with a single noticeable difference. They are predominantly white, slim, conventionally attractive and the marketing hook is that theyre older than traditional models. It could be a challenge to convention or it could just be what first year marketing students are taught to call a Point of Difference. A selling point aimed at the grey dollar.

Then we have to decide whether a clever marketing ploy cancels out the genuine benefit of making invisible people visible.

Full article here


In reclaiming our history of resistance, we can also revitalise decimated languages "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia callum indigenous xOn the bicentenary of the colonisation of New England, IndigenousX host Callum Clayton-Dixon reassesses the frontier wars


Govt slammed for NSW coal mine approval "IndyWatch Feed National"

Community groups have slammed the governments decision to approve the controversial Wallarah 2 coal mine on the NSW Central Coast, claiming they wont cease fighting to stop its development.

The underground coal mine, to be developed near Wyong, plans to extract up to five million tonnes of thermal coal a year under the Wyong River catchment which feeds the Central Coast water supply.

In its approval of the proposal, the NSW Planning Assessment Commission said the environmental impacts, including subsidence and decreased water levels, could be managed and minimised to an acceptable level.

The coal mine was first proposed in 2006 but was refused in 2011 by the then NSW planning minister Tony Kelly because of its possible effects on water quality in the region.

Anti-mining group Lock the Gate spokesman Steve Phillips says the approval proves the system is broken and has called for changes to the mining laws.

This is a risky, unwanted coal mine that threatens the safe drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of people, Mr Phillips said in a statement on Wednesday.

The mine has been knocked back by a previous state government for those very reasons. How is it possible that the mine is now approved?

Community group Australian Coal Alliance said it would consider every option available to stop the project going ahead, including going to court.

Since 2011 the application has undergone several reviews and modifications with the approved proposal including an agreement from the mine operator to provide at least 300ml of treated water annually into the catchment as compensation for any drops in water levels.

Despite saying the mine will economically benefit the community, the commission acknowledged the future of thermal coal was uncertain and unplanned early mine closure would have socio-economic and possible environmental impacts.

The commission has conceded subsidence will occur above the extraction area and the change in ground level has the potential to flood property and emergency access routes and impact built structures.But, the commission is satisfied the impacts on the surface and groundwater resources can be acceptably managed.

In addition to potential subsidence and water effects, the mine requires the clearing of 43.4 hectares of potential habitat for the vulnerable spotted-tail quoll.

NSW Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham called the decision a disgrace and said the Greens would stand with the community in opposing it.

NSW should not be approving any new coal mines, let alone coal mines that threaten vital water catchments, Mr Buckingham said in a statement.

The post...


Japan, Australia to ramp up defence ties "IndyWatch Feed National"

Malcolm Turnbull and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe are set to bond over blast-resistant military vehicles made in country Victoria as the pair forge ahead with closer defence ties between Canberra and Tokyo.

The prime minister flew into Tokyo on Thursday morning for the annual leaders talks.Mr Turnbull is expected to visit a Japanese Self Defence Forces base outside of Tokyo, where hell inspect Bushmaster vehicles, made by Thales in Bendigo, Victoria.

Japan has already purchased four Bushmasters and four more have been ordered representing Canberras biggest defence export to Tokyo.

During the visit, Mr Turnbull and Mr Abe are likely to make progress on finalising a visiting forces agreement which will be signed later this year.

The agreement sets out the legal status for military personnel visits, moving equipment and weapons.Under the deal Japanese troops could conduct military exercises out of Darwin almost 76 years after Japans air force bombed the city in World War II.

North Koreas nuclear weapons program is also expected to be canvassed during the bilateral meeting.North Korea fired two ballistic missiles over Japan last year.

Mr Turnbull is adamant economic sanctions remain the best prospect for a peaceful resolution of tension on the Korean peninsula in the near term.

Those economic sanctions are starting to bite, Mr Turnbull told reporters in Geelong on Wednesday ahead of the visit.

Trade and investment are also a key focus of the trip.Mr Turnbull and Mr Abe have been champions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, which was thrust into limbo when President Donald Trump withdrew the US.

There were hopes the agreement could be revived at the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in Vietnam last year, without the US.

However, Canada threw a spanner in the works at the last moment when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau failed to show up to a critical meeting.

Im hopeful that the work that our officials are doing, that we can get Canada to the finish line, in the not too distant future, Trade Minister Steve Ciobo told

ABC Radio on Wednesday.

But getting Canada to return to the TPP party just got more difficult as Canberra uncorks a wine war with Ottawa.

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Bannon under subpoena, refuses to talk in Russia probe "IndyWatch Feed National"

U.S. President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon has refused to comply with a subpoena ordering him to answer questions from a congressional committee investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. After Bannon initially refused to answer questions at an hours-long private meeting with the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on January 16, legislators said the committee's chairman Devin Nunes authorized a subpoena during the meeting to force Bannon to respond. Even then, Bannon refused to answer questions after his lawyer conferred with the White House and was told to refuse to answer questions about the transition period after Trump was elected in November 2016 and before he took office in January 2017, or about Bannon's time at the White House, according to Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee. "This was effectively a gag order by the White House," Schiff said. A spokeswoman for Bannon did not respond to requests for comment.

Bannon under subpoena, refuses to talk in Russia probe "IndyWatch Feed National"

U.S. President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon has refused to comply with a subpoena ordering him to answer questions from a congressional committee investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. After Bannon initially refused to answer questions at an hours-long private meeting with the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on January 16, legislators said the committee's chairman Devin Nunes authorized a subpoena during the meeting to force Bannon to respond. Even then, Bannon refused to answer questions after his lawyer conferred with the White House and was told to refuse to answer questions about the transition period after Trump was elected in November 2016 and before he took office in January 2017, or about Bannon's time at the White House, according to Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee. "This was effectively a gag order by the White House," Schiff said. A spokeswoman for Bannon did not respond to requests for comment.


Palestinian-American businessman, 57, is arrested by ICE in Cleveland, shocking supporters "IndyWatch Feed National"

When Amer Othman Al Adi arrived at Clevelands federal immigration offices on Tuesday morning for what he thought to be a routine check-in, agents with the Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE) agency immediately detained him, wrenching him from the arms of Fidaa, his wife of 29 years.

Today, the 57-year-old Palestinian-American business owner sits in the Geauga County jail awaiting deportation the first time Adi has seen the inside of a jail cell in his three decades living in the United States.

[ICE] arrested him like he was a criminal. Usually criminals have to do something wrong, Lina Adi, the second oldest of the familys four children told me.

No charges have been filed to warrant his arrest and Khaalid H. Walls, ICE spokesperson for the Northeastern region, which includes Ohio, would not say on what grounds he was detained nor the anticipated length of Adis incarceration.

Less than two weeks ago, Amer and Fidaa had been preparing to voluntarily leave the country for Jordan, cooperating with a January 7 deadline issued by immigration authorities in September. As we reported, Adi received a last minute stay of deportation much to the relief of his family and community.

In the following days, the Mayor of Youngstown declared January 6th Amer Al Adi Othman Day in recognition of his years of dedicated service to the city; Congressman Tim Ryan, who has supported Adis fight to remain in the country by introducing a private bill into Congress on his behalf every year since 2013, celebrated what appeared a victory along with friends and family at Adis Downtown Circle Hookah Bar.

Since Adis arrest, his family and supporters have scrambled for answers and fervently advocated for his release.

Speaking to reporters outside the immigration facility, immigrant rights lawyer David Leopold said he could hardly believe what had just happened.

This is a man who has played by the rules ever since he arrived in the United States. In the last several years, he has jumped through every hoop that ICE asked him to jump through. He came voluntarily to the ICE office today, accompanied by Rep. Ryan and myself, for what was supposed to be a routine check-in, only to be thrown into a jail cell and told he would be deported by force, Leopold said.



Former Twitter Engineer: Twitter Colludes With Foreign Governments To Ban Users "IndyWatch Feed National"

A former Twitter engineer suggested Twitter works with foreign governments to ban users in their country, shows undercover footage from Project Veritas released Wednesday.

The man identified as former engineer Conrado Miranda tells an undercover journalist working for James OKeefe the company is bombarded by requests from the Chinese government, in particular, to ban users for one reason or another. He stopped short of explicitly saying Twitter complies with these requests, but the totality of the footage released makes this pretty clear.

Does the Chinese government or anybody, like, do you think they call Twitter and be, like, You need to ban anyone thats on Twitter thats from China? the journalist asks in one of two snippets of conversation released. Do they do that?

Miranda is coy, but strongly hints the answer is yes.

I cannot disclose that information, he replies.

What? Why? she asks.

I cannot disclose that information, he repeats.

Thats crazy, she says. So, that means yes?

Smiling, he replies: I did not say that.

In a second bit of conversation, Miranda appears to say outright that Twitter bans users who violate the terms of agreement, if the government puts up enough of a fuss. The terms are different in every country in which Twitter operates, he adds.

Normally does Twitter, like, say if someone in Iran calls and is, like, Hey, in our country we need these people banned so that theyre not seen,' the journalist says.

Yeah, Miranda replies.

That happens? she asks.

Yeah. We do that a lot for China, he says, adding: We are actually under constant attack from the Chinese. Like, both Chinese hackers, like, good guys and from Chinese government.

Wow, the journalist remarks.

Because sometimes they ask us to take down an account, and we dont take it down, because were, like, at the end of all it, like, anybody say, he says. And then the Chinese government, like, starts to try and hack us, and sometimes they point someone, or like yeah, we actually violated blah, blah, blah. And then, the good guys from China start attacking us. Its a mess.

Remarking on the varying terms of agreement in each country, the journalist asks, So, Twitter doesnt necessarily offer free speech around the world?



January 18 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1788 - The first English settlers arrived in Australia's Botany Bay to establish a penal colony. They found the location unsuitable and Capt. Arthur Philip moved on to Sydney Cove. England sent the first sheep along with convicts to Australia.
Yep, somewhere between today and the 20th them wot wasn't invited rocked up and crashed the party.
NOT on the 'precious' 26th.

1794 - Members of the NSW Corps rioted on Norfolk Island following a play held for the Queen's Birthday.

1815 - A residential school for Aboriginal children was opened at Parramatta with six boys
and six girls.

1816 - The ship Fanny arrived at Port Jackson with 171 convicts and news of the Battle of Waterloo.

1818 - The Great Western Road between Parramatta and Emu Ford (Plains) opened.

1825 - Hume and Hovell returned from their successful exploration overland to Port Phillip.

1830 - James, James, Morrison, Morrison commonly known as, James Knight got hitched to 'is swee'heart called May Smith, going down in Oz History as the first married Europeans in the Colony of Westralia.
Aww, bless.
With or without the golden gown at the other end of the town.

1849 - Australia's first Prime Minister, Edmund Barton, was dropped off by the stork in Glebe, Sydney.

1863 -The Sydney to Parramatta railway extended to Penrith.

1878 - Get your backs into it boys! The Ghan Railway construction was begun.

1883 - William Burns was Hanged at Adelaide Gaol for the murder of Henry Loton at sea.

1901 - Jimmy Governor was Hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol for the murder of Helen Josephine Kerz at Breelong, on 20 July 1900. In the same incident he and Jackie Underwood also killed Mrs. Sarah Mawbey, Grace Mawbey, Percival Mawbey and Hilda Mawbey. Jimmy and his brother Joe also killed Alexander McKay near Ulan on 23 July, Elizabeth O'Brien and her baby son at Poggie, near Merriwa, on 24 July, and Keiran Fitzpatrick near Wollar, on 26 July.

1911 - A worldwide competition to design the national capital was announced.

1933 - The Aussie Cricket Board of Control was feeling slightly out of spin when they cabled the MCC to protest at the unsportsmanlike head-hunting bodyline bowling that "was likely to upset friendly relations existing between Australia and England".

1934 - Qantas Empire Airways was formed.
 QANTAS Limited and Britain's Imperial Airways (a forerunner of British Airways) formed a new company, Qantas Empire Airways Limited (QEA).

1947 - Former war artist William Dargie won his fourth Archibald Prize for a portrait painting.

1963 - A 5.4 earthquake occurred...


Market Talk- January 17, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"


Given yesterdays sudden reversal in US and the accompanying 20% decline in BITCOIN, Asian markets traded nervously as one would expect. Most core opened lower but that proved to be the days lows. The Hang Seng spent 95% of the day in negative territory but then in the final minutes managed a +0.25% positive close. The Shanghai index displayed a better performance intraday but also closed up +0.25%. The Nikkei could not get away from the negative sentiment even with better Machinery Orders data (+5.7%) and eventually closing -0.4%. Commodities markets but namely energy weighed on the Australian ASX forcing both a -0.55% decline in stocks but also a near +0.2% depreciation in the currency.

European markets struggled across the board. Briefly we saw a small positive print in the CAC intraday but if you had blinked you probably missed it. One common theme did emerge in that the final few minutes of cash trading, all markets declined under selling pressure. FTSE and CAC ended around -0.5% lower, whilst the DAX lost -0.65% on the day. Media and banks stocks were some of the largest decliners as many start to ponder next weeks ECB meeting in Frankfurt. Concerns surround that chances of the ECB withdrawing from their bond purchases, or at least cutting them once again by September, but looking at todays demand for Greek paper the fears look a long way off. Consumer inflation data dropped slightly (1.4% from 1.5%) has helped demand from fixed-income.

The US markets were strong already but the Beige Book highlighting almost every sector and region are pulling their weight. The concern rumoured is what the FED is hearing about inflation. There are market rumours we may see a hike this month if the stocks market continue at their current rate. Goldman was a disappointment at the open and we saw the stock down 3% at one stage. Tomorrow we will start to see some earnings report from the Technology which after Apples announcement of share offers for staff, many expect some very encouraging numbers. Apple also said they would be bringing overseas money ($245bn) back onshore ($38bn tax payment) together with adding additional jobs. Stock loved this announcement and added an additional 100 points to the already 20...


Solar Power Plant Being Built in Chernobyl "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: Truth Theory | by Fattima Mahdi

What was once a fallout zone, after the catastrophic explosion had plagued the Ukrainian atmosphere, has now become the site for an Ukrainian-German renewable energy project called Solar Chernobyl. It will be a 1MW (megawatt) plant, with 3,800 photovoltaic panels. The structure spans two football pitches in size,"This solar power plant can cover the needs of a medium-sized village", said Yevgen Varyagin, head of Solar Chernobyl.

The company already has a 4.2MW plant in the Republic of Belarus, a neighbouring country, however, their latest Chernobyl project is one of 60 proposals recognised by the Ukrainian government since the land around the destroyed nuclear power plant was made safe for such developments. A steel shelter was constructed around the infamous nuclear plant in 2016 to contain further fall-out. In fact, Solar Chernobyl's panels had to be installed on concrete slabs as the soil is still contaminated, making drilling and digging into the ground forbidden. Despite the extra measures, building at the site proved convenient for Solar Chernobyl, as they were able to utilise the nuclear power plant's already established connection to the power grid following completion of their structure. "Bit by bit we want to optimise the Chernobyl zone," Said Yevgen Varyagin. "It shouldn't be a black hole in the middle of Ukraine."

Other companies and authorities in the Ukraine are also looking to take advantage of the wide expanse of land that was once quarantined.

Read More: South Australia Is Building The World's Largest Thermal Plant

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Folks, There is Some Effed Up Stuff Going on Right Now "IndyWatch Feed National"

These were also called meteors by the Pentagon. Folks, THIS IS F*****ING Independence day stuff.

By Jim Stone

January 17, 2018

Too many meteors

There is something going on in space. This morning there was a video of what the Pentagon declared to be a meteor, and it was obviously spacecraft flying back and forth. It was caught on a security camera a woman had set up at her house. I dont know why I did not save it, and now the video is gone from Youtube.

All I can do is describe it. There were five different spacecraft that appeared to be friendly to each other flying back and forth at about the same altitude. They appeared to be above the atmosphere at night, with the sun reflecting off of them brightly. They faded in and out, which would indicate that they were doing manouevers in space with the craft reflecting more or less sunlight depending on which way they were turned. It was OBVIOUS UFO activity. I did not think the video would be banned, but it got banned. I did not save it. Too bad.

The bottom line is that all the reports of meteors, where everything, no matter how much it cant be a meteor being called one, have to be B.S. There is something going on in space right now, and Id bet it is related to the missile alarm in Hawaii. That particular event is too well documented to have been anything other than a sub based missile launch, my question is, how exactly did the missile (or missiles) actually get destroyed?

Due to the fact that I dont have an answer for exactly how the missiles were shot down, Im not going to make any statements, but I will say there is without question open and active UFO activity going on right now that needs to be looked into. They could be ours. We all know a lot of tech is hidden but the behavior of the UFO&#821...


Sheriff Lombardo plans to encrypt all LVMPD radio traffic to block public monitoring "IndyWatch Feed National"

Laura Loomer has learned that Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo is planning to encrypt the radio communications for LVMPD in an effort to block the public from monitoring and recording transmissions

According to a source within the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), Sheriff Lombardo discussed his plans to encrypt LVMPD police radio transmissions during a recent meeting with top Metro law enforcement officials, noting the need for Metro to change their radio transmission system in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting on October 1st, 2017.

During the Las Vegas shooting, recordings of police transmissions uploaded online were essential to the publics independent investigation and understanding of the attack, as well as the corroboration of information being reported by city officials in the few press conferences held by LVMPD and FBI in the days following the shooting.

On the night of the Las Vegas shooting, people from all around the world tuned into Broadcastify, the worlds largest source of public safety, aircraft, rail, and marine radio live audio streams to listen to the horror unfold live as police and emergency services responded to the scene of the Route 91 country music festival. By listening to the Broadcastify transmissions of the LVMPD police radio, citizens and journalists were able to post live updates of the shooting on social media when authorities could not give immediate answers to the public about what was taking place inside the concert grounds and the Mandalay Bay Resort. Hundreds of videos on YouTube have since been posted by MSM news outlets, independent journalists, and intuitive citizens that document and examine the police scanner audio from the night of the shooting.

The motive behind Lombardos recent interest in encrypting Metros radio transmissions is questionable since these discussions come only three months following the worst mass shooting in U.S.history.

I wouldnt be surprised if the Las Vegas casinos are pressuring Lombardo to encrypt the radio systems since on the night of the Las Vegas shooting, the public heard officers on the scanners saying there were multiple shooters at other casinos. This is now impacting the publics perception of the Las Vegas shooting investigation and the reputation of some Las.........


A Kiaps Chronicle: 16 - Telefomin "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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Our flight from Wewak to Telefomin


THE CHRONICLE CONTINUES - Pamela and I had been married for a little over a month and were still in honeymoon mode when we returned to the Territory in July 1959.

The luxury of the newish, Qantas super constellation service (Sydney-Port MoresbyLae) added to the bliss but reality soon re-asserted itself with our overnight stay at the Qantas transit lodge in Lae.

The next day we flew on to Wewak, again with Qantas but this time on the fortnightly Lae-Hollandia (now Jayapura) service, falsely glorified as an international flight.

Our final destination, Telefomin, was one of the most remote government outposts in the Territory, located almost in the centre of continental New Guinea and just 66 kilometres from where the border between Papua and New Guinea met the border of Dutch New Guinea.

I was in two minds about the whole affair and about the district administration service. Like many other kiaps, I was disenchanted by the way Anderson and MacGregor at Tapini and Nolen at Telefomin had been hounded out of the Administration.

And it still rankled that I had been required to pay my fares to and from Australia when I took leave to get married, even though I had previously deferred leave on three occasions at the Administrations behest. As a result, I'd been on leave only three times in those first eight years and had missed out completely on one return fare.

I knew we would be staying a few nights with District Commissioner Bob Cole and his wife, Kay, in Wewak before flying on to Telefomin, but I had not anticipated Kay would be at the airport to greet us.



New study reduces uncertainty for climate sensitivity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Scientists have presented a new, narrower estimate of the climate sensitivity   a measure of how much the climate could warm in response to the release of greenhouse gases.

The latest assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that climate sensitivity is close to 3C, with a likely range of 1.5 to 4.5C.

The new study, published in Nature, refines this estimate to 2.8C, with a corresponding range of 2.2 to 3.4C. If correct, the new estimates could reduce the uncertainty surrounding climate sensitivity by 60%.

The narrower range suggests that global temperature rise is going to shoot over 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, the lead author tells Carbon Brief, but we might be able to avoid 2C. Meeting either limit will likely require negative emissions technologies that can remove CO2 from the atmosphere, he says.

The new estimate is another brick in the wall of scientists understanding of climate sensitivity, another scientist tells Carbon Brief, and the best-informed views will be reached by multiple lines of evidence.

Sensitive matter

Climate sensitivity is the amount of warming that can be expected in response to the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere reaching double the level observed in pre-industrial times.

The research makes a new estimate of the equilibrium climate sensitivity (ECS)  that is, the amount of warming expected to occur once the full impact of the extra greenhouse gases release has played out. This measure includes the impact of warming on long-term climate feedback loops, which can take decades, or even centuries, to materialise.

The value of ECS is one of the big climate change questions that scientists are still trying to address.

It is important because understanding how sensitive the Earth is to CO2 could help us to estimate how much the planet could warm in response to greenhouse gases, explains Prof Peter Cox, lead author of the new paper and a climate scientist at the University of Exeter. He tells Carbon Brief:



O'Neill & Abel start 2018 with a profligate spending binge "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The-state-is-out-of-controlPAUL FLANAGAN | PNG Economics

Read Paul Flanagans complete article here

CANBERRA Papua New Guineas 2017 supplementary budget was a good start for the ONeill-Abel government, but it then stumbled badly. Politics and presentational games overtook good economic policy.

The government has gone on an unsustainable spending binge in 2018 expenditure is K2 billion (16%) higher than the International Monetary Fund was hoping.

The fiscal implications of this unsustainable spike in expenditure are hidden through misleading revenue games. The 2018 budget assumes revenues that are K1.5 billion higher than the IMFs optimistic scenario. The IMF estimates PNG will break the 35% limit on its debt to GDP ratio.

The IMF also estimates that the deficit to GDP ratio will exceed 3%. Looking at the experience of the 2016 budget, including on-going revelations about payment arrears, the risk is that the deficit will end up being closer to 5% of GDP.

An IMF report was complimentary about treasurer Charles Abels first 2017 supplementary budget. It had hopes for an active fiscal policy continuing into the 2018 budget. They would be sorely disappointed.

The extraordinary blow-out in expenditure, backed by very unrealistic revenue expectations for 2018, severely damages the credibility of the new treasurer.

The politics of protecting constituency funding, the need to be seen to reverse the massive cuts to infrastructure, health and education in recent years as well as the high cost of hosting APEC have all contributed to this unexpected blow-out in expenditure.

The sacrificial lamb in this political budget process was revenue credibility.

As PNGs shadow treasurer Ian Ling-Stuckey pointed out, the revenue estimates seem significantly inflated in terms of compliance cost returns, dividends and GST revenues.

The 2018 budget figures are very similar to the 2016 budget K12.7 billion in revenue and K14.8 billion in expenditure. Actual revenues in 2016 ended up being K10.5 billion an extraordinary shortfall of K2.2 billion.

There is a fear that this experience is about to be repeated with probably around K2 billion in unreal......


Australian Detective: Clinton Foundation Stole Millions Of Aussie Tax Money "IndyWatch Feed National"

The FBI is investigating details involving multiple allegations against the Clinton Foundation corruption and mishandling tens of millions of dollars of Australian tax payers money, according to an investigative journalist who is a retired police [...]


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

By Aaron Kesel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ironically, hours after Snodgres did the December 5th interview he was in a near-fatal car accident.
Snodgres left an audio message after the crash with further details on the incident.

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


WATCH: President Trump Explains Why He Doesnt Get the Flu Shot "IndyWatch Feed National"

Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer
Waking Times

They are calling this the worst flu season in 13 plus years and hospitals around the country are reportedly overloaded. At the same time, this years flu vaccine is said to be only 10-30% effective, depending on who you ask, and, right about half of American adults get flu shots, and around 60% of children take the annual jab.

There is international hysteria about the flu at the moment, and major news sources are reporting that more strains are the way, as the death toll rises.

If theres one thing media is good at, its creating hysteria.

Investigative journalist Jon Rappoport asks some important questions about this years flu season. Firstly, how do we know that people with the set of symptoms were calling flu, really have an influenza virus in their body? Next, is the media hype surrounding the flu more of a PR campaign than a legitimate public health warning?

when health officials begin waving red flags and raising alarms about a current viral flu outbreak, it would be more than reasonable to demand they answer questions about their past lies and deceptions. ~Jon Rappoport

Unless youre totally committed to the flu hyste...


White House official: House intel panel broke an agreement on limiting scope of questions for Bannon "IndyWatch Feed National"

  • The White House believed it had an agreement with the House Intelligence Committee to limit questions for Steve Bannon only to events on the presidential campaign, a White House official told CNBC.
  • According to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, staffers for the committee and the White House on Friday discussed the parameters of Bannons testimony.
  • Asked if negotiations over Bannons testimony are ongoing as of Wednesday morning, the official said: Theres no negotiation now, they havent engaged with us.
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Former White House strategist Steve Bannon leaves a House Intelligence Committee meeting where he was interviewed behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Washington.

The White House believed it had an agreement with the House Intelligence Committee to limit questions for Steve Bannon only to events on the presidential campaign, and not during the ousted former chief strategists time in the Trump administration, a White House official told CNBC.

According to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, staffers for the committee and the White House on Friday discussed the parameters of Bannons testimony. The White House emerged from that conversation believing it had an agreement to limit the questioning of Bannon just to events during the campaign, and not during the transition period or his time in the White House.

Then, hours into Bannons closed door testimony, Bannons lawyers informed the White House from Capitol Hill that the questions would extend be...


Shush! If you keep talking I wont be able to hear the TV "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

An American 'conversation pit'


TUMBY BAY - In the late 1960s while attending a course at the Administrative College in Waigani, I was invited to the home of a young American woman who was working at the University of Papua New Guinea.

Id become fascinated by the burgeoning literary scene at the university and had met the woman through a mutual friend who taught there.

She must have had independent means because she had bought a house in Boroko and was busily renovating it. Among the modifications she commissioned was something called a conversation pit.

I first observed it while it was being built. A couple of bemused Papuan carpenters worked on it. They didnt understand its function but nevertheless lent their considerable skills to the task.

The finished pit was essentially a sunken floor within which there was a circle of comfortable seats. In the middle was a low table and there were cushions scattered around.

The pits were apparently popular in America during the 1960-70s and are attributed to Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen, who built one for the industrialist J Irwin Miller.

As is the way of these things, when Miller had one everyone had to have one. Thus was the conversation commoditised.

In Ireland the art of conversation had been an age old tradition that existed without the aid of a pit but the art was not really defined until the 1960s when the word craic became popular.

Craic was probably borrowed from the English word crack, which had a similar meaning, but was modified into Gaelic. The Irish tourism industry popularised it when all things Celtic came into vogue. Like many things Celtic, something claimed as an ancient tradition was often invented yesterday.

The word essentially refers to what happens when a group of people get together to talk and gossip, usually in a pub. Whats the craic? is now a commonplace greeting in Ireland.

The idea of gatherings to talk, either idly or with intent, is a custom...


Documentary Just Released Online Blows Lid Off Hollywood Pedophilia: This is the Tip of the Iceberg "IndyWatch Feed National"

The documentary delves into the firsthand accounts of former Hollywood child actors to show the systemic grooming that lets pedophilia run rampant.

As people try to wrap their minds around the horrid nature of rampant sex abuse in Hollywood, the accusations continue to flow but we are still left with little answers. However, Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Amy Berg has named names and delves into the systemic grooming of child actors in an eye-opening exposwhich includes a shocking on-camera confession of molestation.

With the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal blowing the doors off the open secret of Hollywood pedophilia, a documentary titled, An Open Secret, which premiered a few years ago to mass publicity but failed to gain digital distribution, has been officially posted online for the first time by the producer in the wake of recent events.

Its so funny to keep seeing headlines about how Harveys abuse was an open secret in Hollywood, and thats the name of our film, producer Gabe Hoffman told The Hollywood Reporter.

Harvey Weinstein, by the way, is not the only one who has used confidentiality settlements. Thats why more of Hollywoods behavior hasnt been exposed. This is the tip of the iceberg,Hoffman said.

Since putting the film online for free, An Open Secret has become a viral internet sensation.

The meat of the hard-hitting documentary are the personal testimonies of five former child actors/models, as they recall in vivid detail the terror and horror of being victimized by trusted confidantsincluding managers, agents, and publicists. The victims voice the confusion they felt after unknowingly being groomed for years, by the men guiding their careers, in an effort to gain the trust of the children and their parents.

The familiar face of Corey Feldman appears in archival footage speaking out against the Hollywood pedophiles who molested him and the late Corey Haim, as detailed in his 2013 memoir.

As The Free Thought Project reported, Feldman has spent years attempting to blow the whistle on pedophilia and child abuse in Hollywood, much of which has fallen on deaf ears. Finally, the statements Feldman has made in the past are being viewed in a different light.

The Number one problem in Hollywood was and always will be pedophilia, Feldman said.

READ MORE:  Veterans Wounded in the Line of Duty Find New Mission Hunting Pedophiles


Rare iridescent rainbow cloud spotted above Darwin, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

We've heard of clouds having silver linings, but Northern Territory locals have been treated to the sight of clouds with a stunning rainbow lining. On Sunday, just before a storm hit Darwin, several clouds began to shimmer with a multicoloured glow. Those who saw it took to social media to try and describe the phenomenon. One called it an "ice prism," another a "cloud bow" due to its resemblance to a rainbow. "It's incredible," said an Instagram user. "I'm totally not doing this justice".


Steve Bannon Subpoenaed by Mueller and House Committee "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mr. Bannon goes back to Washington. President Donald Trumps disgraced former chief strategist has been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury on links between the Trump campaign and Russia. Its the first time Muellers gone after a close associate of Trump with a grand jury subpoena. On Tuesday Bannon testified before the House Intelligence Committee, but refused to answer questions under instructions from the White House. That spurred the committee to issue a subpoena, but Bannon, apparently invoking executive privilege, says hell stay mum.




Police Interrogation Backfires: Joey Carbstrong From Criminal To Vegan Activist "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

Our past doesnt matter. All that matters is the life we choose to lead in the present.

Joey Carbstrong is a 29 year old Australian Activist for the rights of animals everywhere, including those slaughtered for human consumption. His mission is to educate the masses on our own hypocrisy regarding the irrational difference between ours views towards the animals we keep as pets and the animals were fed.

Just four years ago this man was living his life in a criminal gang, consuming copious amounts of drugs and alcohol. Hed even served time in prison. However, sobriety opened his eyes to the world hed created for himself, at which moment he chose to embark on a journey toward delivering a true service to society. I was sober, having this massive realization about all of the things that Ive done., he said in an interview with internet magazine LIVEKINDLY. His time in prison allowed him to reflect on his past actions and his introspection gave birth to a new mindset.

Today, he runs a YouTube channel with a series called Joey vs the Public. Inspired by raw foodist Dan McDonalds preachings, that eating death manifests itself in ones body as disease, in the Youtube series, Joey heads to the streets to hold constructive discussions with members of the general public on meat consumption. Occasionally, hes been met with resistance (or, at the very least, cynicism) but his calm, laid back and diplomatic appr...


New Details Emerge in Statue of Liberty Bomb Plot "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Statue of Liberty in New YorkThe Statue of Liberty in New York (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

New details emerged about the ISIS plot to blow up the Statue of Liberty from recently-filed court documents.

The perpetrators of the foiled attack, Munther Omar Saleh, 21, and Fareed Mumuni, 22, both from New York, pleaded guilty to conspiring to support ISIS and plotting the bombing in February 2017.

Ahead of Salehs sentencing, scheduled for February 8, 2018, court filings show that the pair received instructions on how to build the pressure bomb they had planned to use from Junaid Hussain, a top ISIS recruiter and hacker from the UK.

Hussain, who was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Raqqa, Syria in 2015, directed fellow ISIS militants in the U.S. to behead counter-jihad activist Pamela Geller and was linked to the attack on her in Garland, Texas. Hussain was also thought to be responsible for publicizing a list of addresses and photos of U.S. military personnel.

Hussain, 21 at the time of his death, was listed as number three on the U.S. Islamic State hit list and was linked to 30 jihadi plots around the world.

Another key jihadi involved in the plot was Australian ISIS kingpin Neil Prakash, considered one of the most dangerous ISIS terrorists. Prakash, 26, is currently in Turkish custody awaiting possible extradition to Australia.

Saleh was in contact with Prakash (also known as...


Whats wrong with colonialism? "IndyWatch Feed National"

I remember many years ago sitting through a seminar at Macquarie University in Sydney during my Honours studies in Politics. That particular seminar focused on Western colonialism in the South Pacific, and modern Western imperialism in general. I remember one thing vividly from that class that remained etched into my mind. It was a question that the lecturer asked us repeatedly and insistently. Why is it so important for indigenous people to maintain their identity? What is so bad with a particular way of life or culture disappearing?

At the time I could not think of an answer. In fact none of us was able to answer it. I remember feeling like a rabbit in the headlights. Every bit of me told me this was very wrong, but I couldnt explain why. It was the mid-nineties, and only four years after I had moved to Australia from Israel. I was ignorant about what colonialism or settler-colonialism are, and their legacy. I was still blind to the Zionist settler-colonialism in which I grew up, and did not register the fact that by virtue of being white, I automatically embraced the settler-colonial power structure in Australia too.

The entire topic was taught in a sanitised way, and in what I now recognise as an apologist Western attitude with a strong white Western bias. That lecturer did not ask his question to get us to think critically about colonialism. He really meant for us to consider that there is nothing wrong with cultures disappearing and being replaced with other cultures, not by a natural, organic process of social and cultural evolution, but by force and coercion employed by someone coming in from elsewhere.

I didnt understand at the time that the disappearance of a culture by force is always in the context of psychopathic control, that it is in effect a rape, an exercise of pure power; that it is always in the service of, and for the benefit of the colonisers ruling classes. Colonialism is never for the benefit of the colonised, and it is always carried out in the context of a system of violence, control, and domination.

Colonisers do not knock on the door of the colonised, and ask politely if it is OK to borrow a cup of sugar and a couple of eggs. There is no equality of power, and the colonised cannot respond politely that they have nothing to give, or alternatively choose to offer the cup of sugar and two eggs. The key factor here is choice. The colonisers step in with superior weaponry, efficient bureaucracy and organisation, all supported by an ideology of superiority and entitlement, and they take. Its theft of land, resources, culture. It is rape on every level. It is taking what isnt theirs without asking permission, and without concern for the impact that this has on the ones from whom they are taking.

Colonisation is an exercise in objectification. Others exist only as a resource for the coloniser, not....


PERTH Ex-teacher indecently assaulted boys at school camps, police say "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Ex-teacher indecently assaulted boys at school camps, police say .

January 17, 2018 at 10:56PM .

Arthur Frank Mowle was due to face the Perth Magistrates Court on eight child sex charges yesterday but he was in hospital. He was not required to enter a plea and the case will resume on February 22. Mr Mowles two alleged victims, now 43 and 51, were both 13 at the time he is alleged to have .



PERTH Police win extra time to prepare $1bn meth case "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Police win extra time to prepare $1bn meth case .

January 17, 2018 at 06:37PM .

Perth Magistrates Court heard that prosecutors needed 10 more weeks to prepare a brief on the case, which allegedly involved a 16m fishing charter vessel collecting 1.2 tonnes of methamphetamine from a mother ship. Eight men were arrested and charged over the operation, which culminated in a .



Kennt ihr den schon? Die Weltbank reagiert auf die ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kennt ihr den schon? Die Weltbank reagiert auf die neue linke Regierung in Chile mit Abwertung im Ranking? Weil, das wei doch jeder, Linke haben keine Ahnung von Wirtschaft!1!! Die machen immer nur alles kaputt, indem sie ganz viel neue Schulden aufnehmen! (Ich erwhne das deshalb, weil Trump gerade ber eine Billion Dollar neue Schulden gemacht hat).

Nun, das war nicht diese Tage, die Regierung regiert schon eine Weile in Chile, und mit der Wirtschaft ging es trotz der Sabotage durch die Weltbank nicht schlechter als vorher.

Der Weltbank-Chef zeigt daher heute ein bisschen Reue. Wie? Nein, nicht, dass er das getan hat. Er bereut, wie das jetzt aussieht. Bedauerliches Misverstndnis!1!

4 months' worth of rain in just 24 hours hit Perth, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Remnants of Tropical Cyclone "Joyce" brought record-breaking rain to parts of SW Western Australia on Monday, January 15 and Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The storm produced wind gusts up to 90 km/h (56 mph) and dumped more than 4 months' worth of rain in...... Read more


Donald Trumps Greatest Gift Is His Enemies "IndyWatch Feed National"

Every morning, it seems, Donald Trumps most determined opponents awake to find out what sort of obnoxious, fact-challenged, puerile, norm-breaking thing the president has offered that day, and say to themselves, Oh, thats nothing. We can do something dumber than that!

So the nation wades from one bizarre and nonsensical controversy to another. As I write this, I cant even recall what topic we were debating last week, but Im certain it was idiotic. Part of the problem is that those who drive coverage of Trump are obsessed with the president in unhealthy ways; ways that have absolutely nothing to do with policy or governance.

For a couple of weeks now, our self-styled guardians of democracy have engaged in a concocted controversy about the presidents mental state. It wasnt only liberal columnists plying their readers with this wishful thinking, but the entire city of Washington, according to Politico, was consumed with using the Twenty-Fifth Amendment to remove the president. It was a major topic of conversation on the Sunday shows. Former Trump-booster Joe Scarborough squeezed a week of coverage out of it.

So when the presidents physician, Ronny Jackson a man who has been the White House doctor for six years  explained yesterday that Trump was, in fact, very healthy and has incredibly good genes and excellent cognitive health, the White House press corps was in disbelief. I mean, Michael Wolff had told us the opposite was true. One reporter asked why Trump appeared to slur his words at a recent press conference. Another reporter asked why Trump had the sniffles. Everyone was worried about his insalubrious meal plans. Is he limited to one scoop of ice cream now? a real reporter asked the presidential doctor.

Jonathan Karl of ABC asked, and I kid you not, Can you explain to me how a guy that eats McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken and all those Diet Cokes, and who never exercises, is in as good of shape as you say hes in? Jackson, confirming what everyone in the world who eats right and exercises daily and still struggles to keep his weight down already knows, answered: Its called genetics.

More importantly, the doctor also said Trump had passed an extensive cognitive exam that tests for all those...


Scotts answer to an email from a Grid Dymanics employee "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Scott Humor After my research Grid Dynamics connects wars in Ukraine and Syria with Soros Open Russia, Sobchak and snipers in Saratov was published, I received a reply from


'Made in America': El Salvador's mass graves are the worst "shitholes" "IndyWatch Feed National"

My journalist's hiking boots still have leftover feces and dirt from the ultimate shitholes of El Salvador: its mass graves. Many of the thousands of graves that my sources there have mapped were dug by U.S.-trained and funded security forces in the 80s. Most of the rest were dug more recently by L.A.based-gangs steadily deported to El Salvador by U.S. immigration authorities since the 90s. President Trump's characterization of Africa, Haiti and El Salvador as "shitholes" disturbed me, but I wasn't sure why. The comments were made during a discussion about the temporary protected status for hundreds of thousands of Salvadoran, Haitian and other immigrants Trump had just rescinded. In search for an answer, I went home and pulled out and studied my boots , which were tattered after too many visits to mass graves, mass graves with the remains of Salvadorans-in El Salvador, in Mexico and in the deserts of south Texas. Wearing my hiking boots during visits to numerous sites along this chain of devalued life led me to the conclusion that mass graves were the ultimate shitholes.


Nadi Aviators name squad for Melanesian Club Championship against Lae Tigers "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Nadi Aviators have named a 30-man squad for the upcoming Melanesian Club Championship match against the Lae Tigers.

The Aviators, who successfully defended their Vodafone Inter-Zone title last year, will be looking to reverse the results of the past two Melanesian Club Championship matches.

First played in 2015, the PNG teams have dominated the tournament so far, with the Agmark Gurias winning the inaugural match 42 2 over the Sabeto Roosters before the Lae Tigers defeated the Nadi Aviators 40 4 in 2017.

The Aviators will play the Tigers at Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby on February 10.

Nadi Aviators Team:
Vereti Bukavesi
Viliame Rakuli
Isimeli Vatanitawake
Antonio Tagicaki
Waisea Saukuru
Joeli Nataki
Atueta Guivalu
Sikeli Qauqau
Sunia Vosikata
Josua Rokonavutoro
Kavekini Varo
Josateki Sovau
Iona Varomusu
Savenaca Naovuka
Maciu Kalou
Maikeli Sivo
Apolosi Ranawai
Rusiate Saukuru
Taniela Gaunavou
Maika Serulevu

Head Coach: Vela Tawake
Asst. Coach: Etika Tukana
Manager: Jacquelin Shannon
S&C Coach: Adi Viniana Qaranivalu
Technical Advisor: Linda Shannon
Team Liaison: Pauliasi Natabe

Source: AsiaPacific Rugby League Confederation

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Tongas new multi-million-dollar pack houses "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

More Tongan fresh produce will be exported to international markets with the opening of new pack houses in Tonga.

This should make a big difference to farmers who will be able to sell their crops and other products for export to New Zealand, said Edgar Cocker, CEO of Tongas Ministry Commerce, Trade, Innovation and Labour.

The hope is for the pack houses to boost economic prosperity for local communities through exporting their local produce.

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand Trade Commissioner Michael Greenslade met with Tonga Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Innovation and Labour officials Tevita Lautaha and CEO Edgar Cocker in December 2017 to discuss the developments.  PTI NZ has shared a close ongoing working relationship with the Tonga Government.

PTI is absolutely delighted the Tongan Government has stepped into the agricultural sector to give some control and guidance which will lead to greater returns for Tongas growers, Greeenslade said.

We are 100 per cent behind the pack house project and wish Tevita and Edgar all the best in this new venture, he said.

The Government of Tonga secured around TOP$1.5 million (approx US$688,000) towards funding the project.

But the buildings were prompted by a key supply agreement.

Tongan officials struck a key deal in April 2017 after meeting with J & P Turner Limited, parent company of fresh produce importer Fresh Direct and other suppliers.

Although the initial deal would include food, fish and handicrafts as reported in online publication, Kanivatonga, Cocker said they would start by buying and exporting yams, arum, cassava, taro and watermelon.

The new pack house will be equipped with the latest packing equipment bringing it into line with international standards.

New pack houses are planned for building in Vavau, Lapaha, Vaini, Houma and Hihifo in Tongatapu.

The new pack house was blessed by royalty when it was opened on the island of Eua in December by His Majesty King Tupou VI. This was followed by several upgrades to meet the HACCP and international requirements.

J & P Turners has had a long association with Tonga and the agreement highlighted the strength of that relation said Mr Jeff Turner in a 2016 news item.

Turners are one of New Zealands biggest fresh produce buyers.



Democrats Dont Actually Want A DACA Compromise "IndyWatch Feed National"

According to Democrats, they want nothing more than to fix the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which President Donald Trump rescinded in early September due to it being unconstitutional. The registration program was a temporary fix to one of the countrys many significant immigration problems. It supposedly deferred immigration actions against people brought into the country illegally as minors but who have been here for quite some some time.

But it was a bad fix because of how it was done via executive action instead of the legislature. Courts had already determined similar program for different classes of immigrants to be unconstitutional. According to the U.S. Constitution, presidents are to execute the laws passed by the legislative branch.

When Trump rescinded the program and told Congress to do its job of passing legislation to address the problem, Democrats screamed. President Obama wrote a dramatic Facebook post that didnt address the little problem that his supposed temporary fix wasnt a great solution. Months later, there is still no resolution.

Democrats claim to want amnesty for DACA recipients. At least some Republicans claim to want to fix the problems that lead to never-ending streams of non-citizens clamoring for amnesty, such as a porous border and irregular enforcement of the law. The Trump administration and some Republicans seek to end an incoherent immigration policy that is unbound to the needs of the country, particularly the needs of the non-elite portions of the country. All of these competing desires make now seem like a prime opportunity for an immigration compromise.

Early last week, President Trump hosted a cordial negotiation that made the compromise seem possible. But is it true that Democrats are willing to work toward a DACA compromise? They were unwilling to offer any concessions to get it no wall, no drawdown of random visa lotteries, no de-emphasis on chain migration, no move to a Canadian- or Australian-style merit immigration system. In fact, one of their proposals would actually expand chain migration, by which family members can get an easier path to U.S. residency and citizenship than other applicants.

Also, that refusal to make concessions was before Sen. Dick Durbin blew up negotiations by leaking an out-of-context mean word about countries from which the United States brings in winners of random visa lotteries. If Democrats truly wanted to fix the problem of adults who arrived in the country illegally as minors, they probably would have passed something early in the Obama presidency when they also controlled the House and Senate. They had from 2008 to....


10 Of The Dumbest Questions Reporters Asked During Trumps Health Press Conference "IndyWatch Feed National"

White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson told reporters on Tuesday that President Trump is in excellent health and has no cognitive or mental issues whatsoever. But that didnt stop the press corps from asking a lot of really stupid questions. Heres a sampling.

1. One reporter asked the White House physician how Trump can become as fit as Obama who struggled to kick a smoking habit. He then proceeded to whine that the press office doesnt keep a tally of how much time Trump spends on the golf course and asked if Jackson could help them with that.

2. CNNs Jim Acosta asked Jackson if a cognitive exam is the same as a psychiatric one. The answer is no.

The Washington Posts Jennifer Rubin is on the case!

3. At one point a reporter asked about Trumps dietary habits citing the oft-reported anecdotes of the presidents Diet Coke addiction and frequent trips to McDonalds and demanded an explanation for how a man who likes fast food so much could be in good health.

Its called genetics, Jackson replied.

4. Another asked about Trum...


New calls for sugar tax after research finds more sugar in NZ soft drinks "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The call for a sugar tax has been strengthened by a new study of New Zealand's soft drinks which shows they contain more sugar than in other countries.

The University of Waikato research found the drinks contained a higher amount of sugar than those in most other Western countries.

Lead author Lynne Chepulis said the average fruit juice or soda in New Zealand had up to five or six teaspoons of sugar, compared with maybe three or four teaspoons in the United Kingdom.

She said regulations like sugar taxes were encouraging manufacturers to reduce the sugar content in their drinks.

FIZZ founder Dr Gerhard Sundborn said that on average, we had one-and-a-half times more sugar in our fizzy drinks and juice than the likes of Canada, Australia and the US.

He said there was no real regulation around sugar or its industry and that it was time for that to change.

On the back of the findings, the New Zealand Dental Association has also called for action.

Spokesman Dr Rob Beaglehole said there should be an icon on sugary drinks showing how many teaspoons of sugar were in them, a sugary drinks tax and schools should all have water-only policies.

Sugar was a major contributor to dental decay, and the study showed that drinks sold in New Zealand had several teaspoons of sugar more than similar products sold in other countries, he said.

"An end to the confusion around 'sugar per 100mls' is within our grasp. We're asking for a sugary drink icon. This would clearly let consumers know how many teaspoons of sugar are in their drink," Beaglehole said.

"We've seen many countries address sugary drink consumption by adding a levy on the price of sugary drinks. The UK is introducing one in April this year.

"In the past few years we've seen great success in water-only policy for primary and intermediate schools, but this needs to extend to all schools, including high schools."

But the New Zealand Initiative was concerned that sugar tax advocates were misleading the public by pretending to punish manufacturers rather than consumers.

Responding to renewed calls for a sugar tax, policy analyst Jenesa Jeram said there were still no grounds for introducing such a tax in New Zealand.

Jeram said that trying to regulate the sugar content of sugary drinks was likely to have unintended consequences.


Yet More Subby Stuff "IndyWatch Feed National"

Researching a bit about the Mizar, I stumbled across an account of the NR-1, written by one of its officers. [nr-1] If youre interested in cold war exploration stories, and going to sea in very awkward ships stories, its pretty good.

NR-1 docked

I had heard of Trieste and Alvin, naturally, they appear from time to time in National Geographic. The NR-1 doesnt its existence was mostly classified. For one thing, it was a highly unusual ship while most deep sea exploration ships were small and cramped, NR-1 had a 145+ foot-long hull for a crew of 11, and was powered by a small nuclear reactor. NR-1 was a special project started by Admiral Hyman Rickover, the brains behind the US nuclear navy a spec sheet for the NR-1 is on the Federation of American Scientists site [fas] like everything Rickover built, it was amazing.

Most of the deep sea exploration and recovery ships in the 60s and 70s depended on a surface tender; theyd dive down in the morning and come back up for air and resupply in the evening. That meant that they couldnt go far from the tender, and they had to head to port in bad weather. The NR-1 didnt have that problem it could stay under for 45 days, if necessary. Apparently the main constraint on its dive-time was the size of the brown mountain in the sanitary tank. The author reports one encounter at sea:

The subs crew members who had gone aboard the tow ship took turns dropping their empty beer bottles into the churning wake so the glass containers would drift back and knock against the bobbing submarine, irritating whoever was standing watch on the bridge.  But having been kept in the Azores until it was too late to avoid the North Atlantic storm season, the Mizar was soon barely able to make headway in the strong seas with the NR-1 in tow, so the ocean tug USS Kiowa was summoned to take over.  The Kiowa was used to rescuing huge vessels like battleships and messaged her first question, How much diesel fuel do you have?

None, came the answer from the NR-1.

Well, how long can you keep your power on?

Twenty years.......


Indonesia Sends Military to Help Fight Health Crisis in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Moeldoko, a retired military chief and newly appointed chief of staff to Indonesian President Joko Widodo's cabinet, attends his swearing in ceremony at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia January 17, 2018. Credit: Reuters/Darren Whiteside

Moeldoko, a retired military chief and newly appointed chief of staff to Indonesian...


DC high school grads all got diplomas without meeting basic requirements, Mayor investigates "IndyWatch Feed National"

Residents in Washington, D.C. are still baffled over how every single student at Ballou High School got their diploma, despite many of them not even showing up to class. It wasn't just one school. Students across the city graduated despite having missed more than 30 days of school in a single course, findings from the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent investigation found. The investigation is still ongoing, but parents' demand for answers prompted city officials to share some initial findings. The city wide audit came after an initial investigation by WAMU and NPR at Ballou, in which they discovered a high rate of unexcused absences. An investigation by WAMU and NPR has found that Ballou High School's administration graduated dozens of students despite high rates of unexcused absences. We reviewed hundreds of pages of Ballou's attendance records, class rosters and emails after a district employee shared the private documents. Half of the graduates missed more than three months of school last year, unexcused. One in five students was absent more than present - missing more than 90 days of school.


Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 VH-QQV Spotted at Bundaberg Airport - Plus a Pair of Queensland Police Props "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

After spending some time operating out of Adelaide, Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 jet VH-QQV has recently returned to the airline's Brisbane base and has once again been operating flights to various Central Queensland Airports over the last week.  And on Wednesday 17 January, Dan B of the Wide Bay / Bundaberg Plane Spotting Group on Facebook was on hand at Bundaberg Airport as operated the VOZ2973/2972 service from and back to Brisbane on behalf of Virgin Australia Airlines.

Meanwhile, it appears that fellow Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 jet VH-JFB has taken the place of VH-QQV in Adelaide with it noted operating several flights between the South Australian capital and Moomba.



Road Trip from Cairns to Innisfail - Recommendations appreciated.... "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Babinda Boulders and Mission Beach are on my list, but I wondered if fellow Redditors could suggest any other gems en-route that I should have a look at. Thank you :-)

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Net neutrality "IndyWatch Feed National"

Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication.[4] For instance, under these principles, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content.

This is what's really happening;


The Antitrust Case Against Facebook, Google and Amazon "IndyWatch Feed National"

Facebook, Google and Amazon dominate their worlds just as Standard Oil and AT&T once did. Critics say they should get the same treatment. The answer to the antitrust question depends on a narrow test:

By Greg Ip
The Wall Street Journal
Jan. 16, 2018 11:52 a.m. ET


Standard Oil Co. and American Telephone and Telegraph Co. were the technological titans of their day, commanding more than 80% of their markets.

Todays tech giants are just as dominant: In the U.S., Alphabet Inc.s Google drives 89% of internet search; 95% of young adults on the internet use a Facebook Inc. product; and Inc. now accounts for 75% of electronic book sales. Those firms that arent monopolists are duopolists: Google and Facebook absorbed 63% of online ad spending last year; Google and Apple Inc. provide 99% of mobile phone operating systems; while Apple and Microsoft Corp. supply 95% of desktop operating systems.

A growing number of critics think these tech giants need to be broken up or regulated as Standard Oil and AT&T once were. Their alleged sins run the gamut from disseminating fake news and fostering addiction to laying waste to small towns shopping districts. But antitrust regulators have a narrow test: Does their size leave consumers worse off?

By that standard, there isnt a clear case for going after big techat least for now. They are driving down prices and rolling out new and often improved products and services every week.

That may not be true in the future: If market dominance means fewer competitors and less innovation, consumers will be worse off than if those companies had been restrained. The impact on innovation can be the most important competitive effect in an antitrust case, says Fiona Scott Morton, a Yale University economist who served in the Justice Departments antitrust division under Barack Obama.

Google which has spent the past eight years in the sights of European and American antitrust authorities, is hardly a price gouger. Most of its products are free to consumers and the price advertisers pay Google per click has fallen by a third the past three years. The company remains an innovation powerhouse, investing in new products such as its voice-activated assistant Google Home.

Googles booth at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

Yet Googles monopoly means some features and prices that competitors offered never made it in front of customers. Yelp Inc., which in 2004 began aggregating detailed inform...


Business Aviation Solutions Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-BLM Pops into Hamilton Island Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Early on Tuesday 16 January, Business Aviation Solutions Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-BLM was photographed by Brisbane plane spotter Brendan B as it departed the Gold Coast destined for Hamilton Island Airport.

After a very short time on the ground at Hamo, VH-BLM then departed to Townsville where it appears to have cleared 'Customs' obligations before continuing overseas to Bail (Denpasar) in Indonesia.

Meanwhile, in the late afternoon on Tuesday 16 January, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451"  was noted flying into Mackay Airport from Cairns.  It later departed to Brisbane on what appeared to be a medevac flight.

A massive thanks to Brendan yet again for his continued support of the CQ Plane Spotting Blog and for allowing us to share his photo of VH-BLM which he captured during a great little plane spotting session at the Gold Coast Ai...


DoorDash Is Now Using Its Algorithm To Deliver Extra Food From Restaurants To Food Banks "IndyWatch Feed National"

When youre already delivering food, an extra stop to bring leftovers to the needy isnt that difficult.

Its the end of the day at Bodhi Bowl, a vegan restaurant in downtown L.A., and the chef has eight pounds of leftover rice. By law, it cant be served again the next day in the cafe. When the restaurant first opened in 2017, that extra rice would have been thrown outowner Alison Cruddas couldnt find a place to donate it. Now, however, she can use an app to contact the meal delivery company DoorDash whenever food is ready. A driver shows up and takes the food to the nearby shelter, Midnight Mission, to feed the homeless.

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Ottio laid to rest "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG Kumuls center, the late Kato Ottio has finally been laid to rest today at his Tatana Village in the nation's capital.

The burial ceremony which included a funeral service at the local United Church was attended by hundreds of fans, friends and family from across Port Moresby.

Several gun shots were fired in honor of the late Ottio before he was lowered into a tomb.

Kato Ottio is Kumul number 269 and Hunters number 29.

He had passed away a week ago while training with the SP PNG Hunters.

He was bound for the Widnes Vikings club in the English Super League, however succumbed to what was medically reported as heatstroke.

NBC News - Jason Gima Wuri


PNG Government Accounts open "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG Finance Minister James Marape has officially announced the opening of the 2018 financial year today revealing strict guidelines and measures which will be employed to further tidy up the Finance Department this year.

Minister Marape reiterated strict emphasis on its operations within the department in that same habits and patterns in 2017 and before will continue in as far as its role is concerned.

What is budgeted for will be expanded. In 2018 we will stick to what is in the budget, no spending outside of the budget. All expenditures of 2017 and beyond are totally redundant now, said Marape.

He said the department will not be expected to carry on recurrent expenditures of 2017 into 2018 and advised government departments to furnish in their work plans as early as possible for the 2018 fiscal year.

Based on the work plan, we will try our very best to honour the development budget component for the drawdown and management of budget,

Mr. Marape sounded an early warning as well to all agencies of state to conclude their expenditure reports of 2017 by March 31, 2018 as Finance Department was now up to speed in tidying up all expenditures.

Agencies heads who fail to comply with simple financial reports for monies weve given them will not be tolerated, said Minister Marape.


PNG Volcano activity Update "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The current reports issued today by the PNG Rabaul Volcano Observatory of the Department of Mineral Policy & Geohazard Management on the Kadovar Volcano is that it is still erupting. 

The Main Crater produced weak to moderate grey ash clouds to 300 meters above the vent, at long intervals with stronger sustained explosive activity producing ash clouds to 500-800 meters above the summit and is being blown to the South and South West, towards the Sepik River. 
Whilst a Rabaul Volcano Observatory team was installing a seismometer on Kadovar they witnessed one moderate Vulcanian event with glowing rocks expelled. The South West and West Vents are both producing weak emissions but are often obscured by ash from the Main Crater.
A moderate continuous white steam plume is rising from the South East Coastal Vent to 800 meters above the island. The South East Coastal Vent emits a steady red glow at night with some periods of fluctuating glow intensity.

Downwind areas are affected by light haze. Discrete Vulcanian explosions will add pulses of higher ash loads and Seismometers have now been operating since 11:00 am (Local Time) on Blup Blup and at 15:00 pm (Local Time) since Tuesday on Kadovar. Between 11 am yesterday and 8:00 am this morning the Blup Blup seismometer recorded 6 discrete high frequency earthquakes and as for Kadovar earthquakes were at 2 seconds intervals from 14-15 km deep. The volcano is now being seismically monitored in almost real-time, if the situation escalates the number of earthquakes would be expected to increase in number and strength. 
The situation is also being monitored by various satellite techniques. The recording of high frequency earthquakes from Kadovar indicates rock breaking events and indicates the structure is still being stressed and the situation is dynamic.
The Risk level at the moment on the Island is HIGH. And on the Mainland and other nearby Islands, there is a small risk of TSUNAMIS happening.



Listen: Geopolitics Alert Editor Jim Carey on The Anti-Media Radio "IndyWatch Feed National"

Detroit (GPA Listen to Geopolitics Alert editor Jim Careys appearance on January 15ths episode of The Anti-Media Radio.

In the January 15th episode of The Anti-Media Radio, Geopolitics Alert editor Jim Carey calls in to talk to The Anti-Medias Nick Bernabe about several key events of the past few weeks.

Jim and Nick touch on subjects ranging from the accidental emergency alert received by everyone in Hawaii of an impending nuclear holocaust to the failure of the Western-led global financial system and its impending death. The conversation begins in Hawaii and then moves on to the potential war with North Korea and the role China is playing, not just in the Korean conflict but in the greater world.

Below are some links to read as a primer relating to the topics discussed in the show and a youtube link to listen to the episode

From The Anti-Media:

Hawaiians Just Received Inbound Ballistic Missile Threat Emergency Alert

The Whole World Is Sick and Tired of US Foreign Policy

Tillerson and Mattis Holding Trump Back From Launching Attack on North Korea

From Geopolitics Alert: 

Pakistan Ditches Dollar for Yuan Following Trumps Abusive Rhetoric

The Forgotten War: The US Destruction of The DPRK

China isnt Cheating: The Difference Between US and Chinese Investment

Also by Jim Carey relating to the topic:

Who and What Will AI Serve? US and China Give Very Different Answers



Novotel construction coincides with skyrocketing Spectacled Flying fox casualties in Cairns Library Colony "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Wildlife rescuer and carer, Rebecca Koller, has observed an unprecedented number of Spectacled flying fox casualties in a traditional breeding site located near a new hotel construction in Cairnes. The spectacled flying fox is a threatened species.[1] Despite many attempts to get the Australian government to investigate and or intervene, the government has failed to get back to her. This is even though the problem has received extensive publicity and the species is about to have its threatened status upgraded from vulnerable to endangered. The source of this article is correspondence between Ms Koller and The Australian Wildlife Protection Council.

On Wed, 3 Jan 2018 at 11:51 AM, Rebecca Koller wrote to Craig Thomson, the president of the Australian Wildlife Protection Council (AWPC), asking for his advice and or assistance based on his knowledge of our government and wildlife protection.

Ms Koller is a flying fox carer from Far North Queensland and the Wildlife advisor of the Cairns Flying Fox advisory board.

Here is the website she posts to:

She has been documenting the Spectacled flying fox deaths and orphans at the Cairns Library flying fox colony. Despite numerous attempts, she had received no communication from the Australian federal government regarding her requests for it to intervene or investigate the unprecedented number of pups from this breeding season found dead or orphaned.

The camp referred to carries about 4000 flying foxes. Ms Koller says that this is a huge reduction on previous seasons. Since September 15th 2017, there were 898 flying foxes dead or orphaned from this one camp, compared with 366 last season. In her opinion and that of other wildlife carers, the increased casualties are attributable to the construction work directly across from the roost trees.

Listen to a really informative ABC FM interview with Rebecca Koller on the flying foxes:



How The CIA Used Feminism To Destabilize Society "IndyWatch Feed National"

 The CIA has a lot to answer for.  I personally never guessed that this is part of the CIA Gestalt.  It makes me extremely angry.

Let me tell you why.  Deleterious social changes have been ongoing during my entire lifetime.  I had presumed rather naturally that they were driven by natural causes that simply were not been addressed.   Unfortunate but then we live in an age of rapidly changing data flow and experimentation.

How The CIA Used Feminism To Destabilize Society

"In the 1960s, the elite media invented second-wave feminism as part of the elite agenda to dismantle civilization and create a New World Order."

Since writing these words last week, I have discovered that before she became a feminist leader, Gloria Steinem worked for the CIA spying on Marxist students in Europe and disrupting their meetings.



Euro Capital Flows or Speculation? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Is the euro really going up on capital inflows or speculation leverage?

ANSWER: We are not picking up any real net capital outflows from the USA to Europe. It appears to be speculation on the currency markets in anticipation of higher interest rates coming down the line. But real capital has not begun to move and will not seriously move in until there are higher positive rates.

More concerning has been net outflows from the USA to emerging market debt. This has been a trend led by pension funds trying to earn higher yields. They need higher returns to try to cover net losses in interest income because of the lower rates. This is very dangerous for when the dollar reverses and rises into 2021, that emerging market debt will go into default. This will only further the Monetary Crisis we see coming in the 2020-2021 time period. Meanwhile, Excess Reserves at the Fed rose during 2017 up from the low in 2016. European banks have been parking cash at the Fed since 2016 to avoid the negative rates at the ECB. We need to see that rate rise a...


To Trade anything You Must Understand What is Happening "IndyWatch Feed National"


I took your advice back in November about a potential January DJ high and it has paid off for me well.
I am a small-time personal investor and am wondering about the content of the Vertical Market Report is this something tailor made for the Professional / Hedge fund trader?
I am considering purchasing but given the price, I would like it to be beneficial given my situation.
Appreciate any further advice you can give,


ANSWER: That Report is NOT for in-and-out trading. It covers position investing so you do not have to be in and out. You are not trying to sell the precise high. You position trade this type of market and it tells you when to get out. However, the most important aspect is the report explains what is unfolding. You have to have CONFIDENCE in order to trade a market. If you understand what is unfolding, then you can trade it. If you lack the understanding, you will not be able to invest or trade.


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00007 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.45 AUD


PERTH Australias biggest drug bust: eight accused of $1 billion meth haul face court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Australias biggest drug bust: eight accused of $1 billion meth haul face court .

January 17, 2018 at 02:07PM .

Perth Magistrates Court was told that a mini-brief of evidence was being prepared by the Commonwealth prosecutors, which it is hoped will be handed to various defence lawyers in the coming weeks. The cases of all eight men were transferred to the Supreme Court and adjourned until March. .


PERTH A Former Perth High School Teacher Is Facing Child Sex Abuse Charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A Former Perth High School Teacher Is Facing Child Sex Abuse Charges .

January 17, 2018 at 11:07AM .

A former Perth Catholic School teacher has been charged with multiple accounts of child sex charges, dating as far back as 1979. The unnamed man was a teacher at Catholic schools in Bedford and Tuart Hill where Police alleged he assaulted boys and a man. The Royal Commission allege the man .


PERTH Forrestfield slingshot accused to appear in court next month "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Forrestfield slingshot accused to appear in court next month .

January 17, 2018 at 02:18PM .

He was scheduled to appear in Perth Magistrates Court today over the charges, however he failed to appear. The case was adjourned until February 28. Police officers also arrested and charged Charles Edward Richard Ducker with 18 criminal offences on November 14, 2017 in relation to the attacks. .


PERTH Former Perth Catholic school teacher on historic child sex abuse charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Former Perth Catholic school teacher on historic child sex abuse charges .

January 17, 2018 at 09:37AM .

occurred when the man was a teacher at a Catholic College in Tuart Hill. He will appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday. The investigation is ongoing and detectives urge anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at .



BSP opens selected branches for Special Operating hours "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bank of South Pacific (BSP) has launched an initiative to open selected branches nationwide for three consecutive Saturdays (Saturday 20th January, Saturday 27th January and Saturday 3rd February, 2018) from 9am - 12pm  to allow BSP Customers the opportunity to collect their new and /or replacement bank cards.
BSP's General Manager Retail, Paul Thornton confirmed this saying, this initiative is to support the post launch activity of BSP's Chip Enabled Visa and MasterCards in order for our customers to replace their old magnetic stripe cards which will be deactivated after  15th February, 2018.

The special operating hours approved by Bank of Papua New Guinea (BPNG) will allow BSP customers to collect their new and/or replacement cards. Collection of Personal Internet Banking Mailers and registration for services such as Mobile Banking and Personal Internet Banking only can also be done during these special trading hours.

"If you a BSP customer and have applied for a KunduCard, Sumatin card or Kids Savings account, you can call our Customer Call Centre to confirm if ready and come on any of the three Saturdays to collect your card(s)," said Mr Thornton.

For the Visa Debit Card, customers must return the old cards to get the replacement.

All BSP branches in the country will operate on these selected dates and times, except for few BSP branches such as Gordon's Commercial Centre (GCC), Aitape, Arawa, Daru, Kainantu, Motukea, Bulolo branch, Bialla, Kundiawa, Lae Commercial, Porgera and Wabag branches.

Customers are advised to bring along a valid identification for collection of new and/or replacement bank cards, collection of Personal Internet Banking Mailers and also identification and Completed Application Form for Mobile Banking and Personal Internet Banking Registration.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the BSP Customer Service Centre (24/7) on 320 1212 or 70301212. You can also visit our BSP website on


"How Is One To Live?" "IndyWatch Feed National"

How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in ones culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.
- Barry Lopez


MACKAY Woman pleads guilty to 21 charges "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 17, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Woman pleads guilty to 21 charges

January 17, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

GUILTY PLEAS: Mindy Ann Henderson, 33, from North Eton pleaded guilty to a long list of charges in Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday. Facebook. Use this content. Luke Mortimer. by Luke Mortimer. Luke Mortimer. Full Profile Login to follow. A WOMAN from North Eton has pleaded guilty to an

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MACKAY Woman, 27, punches and bites a police officer when she was caught nearly four times over the "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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A 27-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to punching and biting a police officer after she was arrested for drunk driving. Tiffany Justine Sara Courtenay was stopped by police last year in Mackay, north of Brisbane, after an officer watched her park her car unevenly, according to the Tweed Daily News.

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MACKAY She bit a police officer on her way to the watch-house "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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She bit a police officer on her way to the watch-house

January 17, 2018 at 04:11AM ,

When told shed be taken to Mackay Watch-house, Courtenay lashed out, prosecutor Sheena Hayes told Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday. Courtenay fronted the court pleading guilty to serious assault of police and driving under the influence on December 3, 2017. Ms Hayes said Courtenay broke

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MACKAY Fingerprint on keys could determine vehicle theft case "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 17, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Fingerprint on keys could determine vehicle theft case

January 17, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

A FINGERPRINT on a key could determine whether a Mackay woman is ultimately found guilty of vehicle theft. Amanda Leigh Banks, 29, was released from prison on bail recently, after being charged with two counts of stealing vehicles. Banks faced Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink from prison

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Long-toed Stint at Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve reported by Ged Tranter on 16-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Single bird out at the peninsula wader roost. (Moderator's note: See extra rarity photos on ebird Australia home page: ).


Talk Nation Radio: Jackson Lears on the Russiagate Religion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jackson Lears is the Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University. Lears is the editor of the journal Raritan: A Quarterly Review. His books include: Something for Nothing: Luck in America and Fables of Abundance: A Cultural History of Advertising in America. He recently wrote an article called What We Dont Talk about When We Talk about Russian Hacking for the London Review of Books.

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Aussie complaints headed to FBI on Clinton Foundation's dealings Down Under "IndyWatch Feed National"

Retired Australian police detective Michael Smith has accumulated startling evidence of millions of dollars mishandled An Australian investigative journalist who is a retired police detective said Tuesday he has been asked to provide the FBI with details about multiple allegations of mishandling millions of dollars contributed to the Clinton Foundation by the Aussie government. "I have been asked to provide the FBI with further and better particulars about allegations regarding improper donations to the CF funded by Australian taxpayers," Michael Smith told LifeZette.


Kumul College not recognized "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea Education Department will not recognize the Kumul Teachers College in Port Moresby, as a training institution.

Education Secretary Dr Uke Kombra said this following reports the college failed to meet requirements of the department.

The privately-owned institution has started enrolling students for the 2018 academic year without seeking approval from the government.

Dr Kombra says the department has a school registration policy for interested individuals and groups to apply, and any teacher training done outside the national education system is illegal.

Dr Kombra is appealing to parents not to send their children to attend the institution because the department does not recognize it.

NBC News


How do you solve a problem like the African Gang Crisis? "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is no doubt that the formation of racist street patrols is newsworthy, however we may never know why Channel Seven felt the need to woo these neo-Fascists with such soft balls. Possibly it was in the interests of keeping them sweet to guarantee that next exclusive interview, maybe it was to keep things interesting for their next awful Underbelly knock-off.


Rethinking our National Holiday "IndyWatch Feed National"

Let's include First People:
We can find a better day
to celebrate national unity
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Albert brothers depart for Vikings "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Albert brothers, Wellington and Stanton flew out of the country yesterday for the United Kingdom for a two year rugby league contract with the Widnes Vikings club in the English Super League.

The Albert family was at the Jacksons International Airport earlier today to farewell the duo.

PNG Rugby Football League Chief Executive, Reatau Rau and his staff were also there to farewell the brothers.

"The Albert brothers have been together for the last four years after coming through our systems through the junior development programs all the way to the Digicel Cup and then Prime Minister's XIII and onto the Hunters and eventually went on to the Penrith Panthers for two years and then coming back to the Hunters for a full year last year, then the 2017 World Cup and here they are."

Wellington Albert is thankful to coach Michael Marum and the Hunters.

"When we came back we thought our rugby league careers were over but thank you to Michael Marum and PNGRL for believing in us and giving us the chance to play in the Hunters.

"We really appreciate that."

Stanton was signed up by the Vikings last Friday, replacing his late team mate Kato Ottio.

"Im honoured to represent my country and my team mates in the Hunters in the UK.

"Im feeling excited and looking forward to a new chapter."

NBC News - Paul Taumik Junior


Chow takes over Lae Rugby "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Adrian Chow has been appointed the caretaker Administrator of the Lae Rugby League for this year.

Apart from this new role, Mr Chow also has duties as chairman of both the Lae Snax Tigers and the PNG National Rugby League.

Chow was appointed by the PNG Rugby Football League to oversee running of Lae, following allegations of fraud and mismanagement leveled against the former administration.

He's also vowed to improve management, administration and governance of rugby league in Lae.

NBC News - Sylvester Gawi (Lae)


Lets work towards an inclusive Australia Day for all "IndyWatch Feed National"

Momentum for changing the date of Australia Day from January 26 has made its way to Canberra this week. Just yesterday, the Greens committed to campaign on the issue both at a Federal and local government level.

ANTaR has been campaigning for changing the date for a number of years now, and heres why.

For anyone familiar with Australian history, the arrival of the British in Sydney Cove on January 26, 1788 did not set off a peaceful 200 years of coexistence based on agreement to hand over land, resources and the system of law/lore.

For the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation, whose land it is that the British took that day, a foreign people had arrived and proceeded to steal their land in Sydney Cove. The colonists planted a flag, cut down trees, and took what space they needed to establish their camp.

Please help Australia come to terms with what January 26 represents to First People, please sign our Sea of Hands Pledge.

Thinking of how to mark the day? Weve collated some of the events and rallies led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that are being held on the 26 January. View the list here.
Interested in volunteering with ANTaR on Survival Day at Yabun Festival in Sydney? Find out more here.

Not long after, there was armed conflict, commencing years of frontier conflict, massacres, forcibly stealing other First Nations land, moving them off it, stealing vital food resources, and smashing the way of life that had been lived for thousands of years in those places.

The uninvited British arrival and encampment in...


Actor Jessica Falkholt dies in hospital "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jessica Falkholt. Pic Fox News

Home and Away actor Jessica Falkholt has died in hospital a week after a funeral was held in Sydney for her sister and parents following a horror Boxing Day car crash.

The 29-year-old had been in a critical condition in St George Hospital after being pulled from the wreckage on December 26 the NSW South Coast along with her 21-year-old sister Annabelle, who later died.

Jessica died in hospital at 10.20am on Wednesday, the hospital says.

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Bannon refused to answer House panel's questions about time in White House "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bannon refused to answer House panel's questions about time in White House | 16 Jan 2018 | President Donald Trump's former adviser Steve Bannon refused to answer questions Tuesday from the House intelligence committee about his time in the White House, prompting panel members to subpoena him on the spot, according to a person familiar with the interview. Bannon appeared before the committee as part of its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, speaking just weeks after a falling-out with Trump over comments he made in an explosive new book. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) confirmed Tuesday that he issued a subpoena for Bannon.


The bad and good of Chinas aid in the Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By Jonathan Pryke

The Pacific region is making headlines across Australia after Pacific and International Development Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells harshly criticised Chinese aid in the region. 'Useless' is how Fierravanti-Wells has described Chinese aid projects, leading countries to take on debt they can't afford. While her concerns are legitimate, her blunt delivery hasn't been constructive and has led to some considerable political and diplomatic fallout.

So what's the real story? Is Chinese aid in the Pacific useless?

The answer is not so simple. China's aid programme is so opaque it is very difficult to understand exactly what it is doing. China does not conform to the sophisticated reporting and accountability mechanisms that traditional Western donors have developed over decades of aid delivery. According to some estimates, China announced more than US$350 billion in aid between 2000 and 2014 under a shroud of secrecy, leading to considerable anxiety about where, why and how Chinese aid is given.

This anxiety extends to the Pacific, where since 2006 China has rapidly expanded both its commercial ties and aid programme. The Lowy Institute has invested considerable time to better understand China's engagement. Our map of Chinese aid in the Pacific shows projects committed from 2006 to the middle of 2016. By scouring budget documents from countries across the Pacific, Chinese government websites, secondary sources such as conventional and social media, and conducting numerous interviews, we have compiled the most comprehensive picture of China's involvement in the region. It is not perfect, but it identifies and quantifies Chinese aid better than any other source.

Our research shows Chinese aid in the Pacific has grown substantially, with China committing more than US$1.7 billion in aid to eight Pacific Island countries (including Timor-Leste). To put this into context, total traditional aid to these countries over the same period was over US$9 billion, with aid from Australia making up almost two-thirds this amount.

An important distinction must be drawn between Chinese projects and traditional ones. China typically engages in large infrastructure projects by providing low interest, or 'concessional', loans that eventually have to be repaid. There is often scant information beyond an announcement, with no detail on the terms of these loans or repayment schedule. Australia and other traditional donors typically...


Mike Holt discusses how Goss & Rudd changed QLD constitution to allow Labor to own the state "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Australian Patriot Radio produced this podcast with Harry Palmer and Mike Holt discussing how the majority of Queenslanders do not realise they own nothing in Queensland today after Wayne Goss and Kevin Rudd manipulated the Queensland constitution to remove private land ownership to government and amend legislation at anytime to suit their power base control of you the people and it is still LAW Click Here to listen.


This video explains in detail how Labor stole Queensland from the people.


China scare shows Australia has dropped the ball in the Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A diplomatic row over Chinas growing influence over Pacific island nations has prompted calls for Australia and New Zealand to consider merging their economies with their smaller neighbours.

The suggestion follows reports Australian officials are concerned about Chinas growing presence in the Pacific.

Minister for International Development and the Pacific Concetta Fierravanti-Wells last week accused China of building roads to nowhere and useless buildings in the Pacific through its concessional loans and aid programmes.

She said she was concerned some countries were taking on debts they could not afford to repay. Privately, officials told the ABC they were concerned that projects were being favoured to funnel money directly to the regions leaders.

Her criticisms have been blasted by both China and some Pacific nations themselves.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is set to invite Japanese defence forces to exercise in Darwin as a security alliance demonstration for Chinas benefit.

Graeme Dobell, journalist Fellow for the defence industry think tank Australian Strategic Policy Institute, told The New Daily the recent remarks by Senator Fierravanti-Wells highlighted the need for Australia and New Zealand to think seriously about integrating with all regional island economies.

It might take a bit of a China scare to get us to pay proper attention to the near neighbourhood we often overlook, Dobell said.

The China bogey does help Australia focus on the geopolitics on its doorstep.

The big new thought that Australia is starting to play with is to offer not just partnership to the South Pacific, but economic and security integration.

The proposal to integrate the islands with Australia and New Zealand is one of the ideas of the recent defence White Paper that hasnt got much attention. But its a biggy with long-term prospects.

Australia can offer but itll be up to the islands to commit.

The defence White Paper promised that Australia would be the regions principal security partner and Dobell said the integration policy recognised the need for a matching economic and social guarantee.

The island nations of Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Nauru, Kiribati, Tuvalu and New Caledonia have an estimated population of 2.3 million. Papua New Guinea...


Bishop weighs in on China aid row "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has gone into damage control over a diplomatic row concerning China's aid to Pacific Island nations.

International Development Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells criticised China's assistance to tiny Pacific island nations for building "white elephant" projects and "roads to nowhere".

She also expressed concerns about the sustainability of China's loan arrangements with the island nations. Beijing has reacted angrily to the remarks, lodging an official protest with Australia's embassy in Beijing.

Bishop says the Australian government welcomes investment in developing nations in the Pacific that supports sustainable economic growth, and which does not impose onerous debt burdens on regional governments.

"Australia works with a wide range of development partners, including China, in pursuit of the goal of eliminating poverty in our region and globally," she said on Friday.

China media commentary from the Xinuhua news agency warned Australia should "refrain from behaving like an arrogant overlord".

Labor's foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong has labelled as "clumsy" the government's approach to bilateral relations with China.

The Lowy Institute estimates China has poured $2.3 billion in aid to the South Pacific since 2006.

The Institute's Pacific Islands programme director Jonathan Pryke said the senator had made a legitimate point, but the value of projects had to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Australia's own track record on aid support for road projects on Pacific Islands is not perfect.

In 2012, Australian money was used to upgrade a dirt track on Tanna Island in Vanuatu, from the airport to a nearby resort, aimed at boosting tourism.

It used local materials such as coral and stones.

The AusAID Vanuatu spokesman Simon Cramp told Radio Australia at the time it was much cheaper to not seal the road with tar.

Tar sealing in Vanuatu was expensive at $200,000 per kilometre because of the need to import materials and high shipping costs.

The Australian-funded project trained scores of locals to do the work. However, within 12 months the gravel had washed away, a local businessman told AAP.

The Vanuatu government later asked the Chinese to help fix the road properly.

Hundreds of Chin...


A Global Problem of NOISE From Social Media to Missile Alarms "IndyWatch Feed National"

Missile alert in Hawaii created panic.

by Dee McLachlan

Society is being constantly bombarded and distracted.

The short term dopamine driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works: no civil discourse; no cooperation; misinformation; miss-truth. And its not an American problem. This is not about Russian ads. This is a global problem. So w


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Uhuru Meets Kenyan-born Australian Senator Gichuhi
 Kenya Daily Nation
President Uhuru Kenyatta with Kenyan-born Australian Senator Lucy Gichuhi, who paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi on January 16, 2018. PHOTO | PSCU

In Summary
He said the exchange of ideas should also apply at the professional and cultural levels.
Right from her campaign, the senator said she wanted to set an example for her children.


When her family left for Australia at a time when they and the country were facing a difficult period, not much had prepared Lucy Gichuhi for her life right now.

At, 55, she is the first senator of African descent in the Australian Senate.

Ms Gichuhis story is that of a foreign country that opened its arms to her raw dream, and consistent effort at getting involved in politics and wanting the best for herself and her children.


On Tuesday, Ms Gichuhi was hosted by President Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi, and was given the honour of a foreign dignitary something she could not have imagined when her family left for Australia in 1999.

During the meeting, President Kenyatta said he was particularly keen to see a regular exchange programme that would facilitate sharing of ideas between Kenyan and Australian people.

He said the exchange of ideas should also apply at the professional and cultural levels among other areas of mutual benefit.

The Head of State said Kenya could learn a lot from Australia which has been a democracy for 200 years.

The meeting was also attended by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, Principal Secretary Monica Juma and High Commissioner to Australia Isaiya Kabira.


Speaking on he journey to becoming a senator, Ms Gichuhi in an interview last week at her home in Hiriga Nyeri County said: My toughest moment was getting to the point where I would have lost going to the Senate.

Not because I am not competent, experienc...


Aboriginal Councillor death threats over Australia Day opinion "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Alice Springs town councillor Jacinta Price says she has been sent death threats simply for having a difference of opinion on the date of Australia Day contrary to the ratbag Greens.


What can Papua New Guinea business look forward to in 2018? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

As Papua New Guinea business gets back to work, Andrew Wilkins looks at some of the issues coming up in 2018. With APEC coming to Port Moresby and a second LNG project in the offing, this is a year when PNG is going to be the subject of international attention.

APEC Haus under construction. Source: BAI

The economy

Based on new Treasurer Charles Abels 2018 National Budget, delivered in late 2017, this is going to be a year of constraint and compliance.

Constraint because the government has to live within its means in order to keep within mandated debt-to-GDP ratios; and compliance, because it needs to lift its revenue from direct and indirect taxation in order to avoid making further cuts to its programs.

Last January, we asked if 2017 was going to be the year that PNGs foreign exchange shortages came to an end. It was not, and 2018 looks like more of the same, although some days are going to be better than others for those seeking to convert their kina into dollars.

The big question will be to what extent the central bank and the government be active or passive (to use the IMFs parlance) in supporting the currency? A sovereign bond may be back on the agenda, we hear.

Businesses can expect to spend time in the foreign exchange queue.

Matters are unlikely to improve significantly until final investment decisions are made on some of PNGs promising resources projects (see below) and there is an end to the accelerated depreciation granted to investments in the PNG LNG project.

In the meantime, businesses can expect to spend time in the foreign exchange queue. Growth will be lowaround 2.4 per cent is predicted by Treasuryand inflation lower.

APEC 2018

This is PNGs year to host APEC for the first time, and important meetings will take place over the whole year, culminating in the big one...


Chatham has plans for new seabed mining consent "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Waitangi, the main town on the Chatham Islands.

Simon Hartley | Otago Daily Times | 16 January 2018

Would-be seabed miner Chatham Rock Phosphate says it is on track to resubmit a marine consent application to the Environmental Protection Authority, by the end of the year.

Since November, Chatham Rock has sought to recapitalise. A rights issue to existing shareholders raised $549,000 and it is in the the process of seeking a private placement, in stages, for up to a further $C1.2million ($NZ1.33million), chief executive Chris Castle said in a recent NZX update.

Chatham has held a mining licence since since December 2012, but the EPA turned down its first application in February 2015, after Chatham had spent about $33million on research, development and application costs.

Chatham wants to suction up 1.5million tonnes of phosphate nodules annual...


Ira Magaziner, Chair CF CHAI, "We can't deal with risk averse donors. We can't honestly say we're not going to waste some money". "IndyWatch Feed National"

We cant deal with risk-averse (donors). We cant honestly tell people were going to succeed and not going to waste some money. Ira Magaziner, Chairman, Clinton Foundation HIV/Aids Initiative Inc - May/June 2005 You are right to wonder why we needed the Clinton Foundation when Australian governments are so good...


Cranberries singers death not suspicious "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dolores ORiordan of The Cranberries performs live in concert at F1 Rocks at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, Australia. (

The death in London of Cranberries lead singer Dolores ORiordan is not being treated as suspicious, police say, as tributes flow for one of Irelands most successful artists.

ORiordan, 46, was found dead in a London hotel on Monday morning during a recording trip to London ahead of a planned tour, her publicist said. No cause of death has been given.

London police said in a statement that a 46-year-old woman was discovered at a hotel in Londons Park Lane early on Monday and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The death is not being treated as suspicious, the statement said.

ORiordan was catapulted to fame as a shy 22-year-old in 1993 when songs from her debut album were picked up by MTV. The band, whose hits included Linger and Zombie went on to sell over 40 million records to become Irelands second-best-selling rock band after U2.

She struggled at times with the bands success, dropping out of a tour in 1996 citing exhaustion and disillusionment and later leaving her native Ireland for several years to avoid the spotlight.

After she pleaded guilty to headbutting and spitting at an Irish police officer in 2014, she told an interviewer that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was struggling with the breakdown of her marriage.

Irelands Prime Minister joined a chorus of praise for ORiordans work, describing her as the voice of her generation.

U2 said in a tweet that they were floored by the news of her death.

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Kids newspaper cant afford to stay open "IndyWatch Feed National"

A national Childrens newspaper is set to fold because of a lack of funds.

National paper for children Crinkling News says its being forced to fold eight months after a crowd-funding campaign to keep it publishing.

The weekly newspaper says its made the $212,303 raised in May stretch as far as it possibly could and doesnt have the resources to continue.

It was obviously a really, really tough decision and were obviously devastated, editor Saffron Howden told AAP on Tuesday.

The paper began nearly two years ago. It was written by adults, and children contributed opinion pieces, reviews and acted as junior reporters.

Weve done a new type of journalism at a very high standard where were involving our readers and helping them understand how news and journalism works, Ms Howden said.

We hope that we have got some momentum going in this space are there other people with deeper pockets who can continue it?

Crinkling News said it would refund readers the remainder of their subscriptions.

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NSW hazardous surf, hot weather warning "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rock fishermen are being urged to stay safe, with hazardous surf predicted for today. Photo Shutterstock

Beachgoers in NSW have been warned to be aware of hazardous surf conditions across the states coastline.

While there wont be a repeat of the damaging surf conditions which closed most of the patrolled beaches on Tuesday, the surf will still be large and powerful on Wednesday, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

Hazardous surf is large and powerful and dangerous for typical coastal activities especially rock fishing, duty forecaster Andrew Haigh told AAP.

Temperatures across NSW are also forecast to start heating up with parts of the state expected to reach 40C on Thursday.

Wentworth in the states far south west is forecast to reach 42C and Broken Hill in the far west of NSW is expected to reach 40C on Thursday.

The high temperatures will continue into the weekend as Penrith is forecast to reach 42C on Friday and Saturday and the mercury is set to reach 44C in Ivanhoe in central NSW on Saturday.

The NSW Rural Fire Service has warned residents to prepare for the high temperatures and increased fire danger.

Temperatures will reach the mid-40s in a number of areas and the Bureau of Meteorology forecast indicates there is little relief in sight, with little to no rain forecast during the coming hot spell, NSW RFS commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said in a statement.

The forecast heatwave will elevate the risk of fire and total fire bans are likely to be declared for some areas, so I urge landholders, homeowners, businesses and holidaymakers to consider how they will be impacted and begin making their preparations today.

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The Ocean City Lawsuit Explained, a Bit. "IndyWatch Feed National"

OC Blog photo 2018Ocean City, Maryland, Spring 2017. This photo was taken just before the Town of Ocean City passed the emergency ordinance addressing the panic officials claim bare-chested women would create on the beach.


So after a summer of patient deliberation turned into an autumn of patient deliberation, we have finally filed our civil rights complaint against the Town of Ocean Citys unconstitutional ordinance banning female, but not male, bare-chestedness.

Rather than rehash the story, which is easy enough to find on this blog and through a simple Google search, I thought I would instead do an FAQ about topfreedom and what parts of this lawsuit I can speak to for the benefit of supporters and detractors checking in here as a result of the recent news coverage regarding our lawsuit.

Please understand that I cannot answer certain questions, mostly the ones that require me to make legal arguments.  Lawyers are involved now finally.  Thank goodness.  So with that said, welcome, or welcome back.  Im excited to have this underway.

Q:  There are so many bigger concerns in the...


January 17 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1810 - William Bligh arrived at Port Jackson from Hobart in HMS Porpoise.

1839 - NSW minimum price of Crown Land increased from 5 shillings to 12 shillings minimum an acre.

1843 - John Clements Wickham arrived in Brisbane as police magistrate. He was appointed Government Resident on 1st January 1853.

1852 - Sturt Light (Cape Willoughby Lighthouse), SA, first exhibited.

1852 - William Swan Urquhart completed his survey of the town of Ballarat, Victoria.

1859 - The railway line from Footscray to Williamstown Pier (Vic) opened.

1889 - A heatwave hit western New South Wales and pre-empted destructive bushfires.

1895 - Moolooloorun (Aboriginal male, no given surname) was Hanged on gallows constructed at Crescent Lagoon, NT in the presence of other members of his aboriginal community for the murder of an unnamed Chinese man near the Roper River.

1899 - A six foot tidal wave was noted at Charles Point, NT, origins unknown.

1900 - Lolli Kayser Singh was Hanged at Adelaide Gaol for the murder of Sunda Singh at Denial Bay.

1902 - The Richmond Vale Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1902 - The Stanford Merthyr Branch Railway line (NSW) was opened.

1911 - On this day Melbourne became the first district branch of the Australian Journalists Association ( AJA) to be approved.

1916 - The Linton to Skipton Railway line (Vic) opened.

1922 - Splashing a bit of paint around was profitable for William Beckwith McInnes who took home the very first Archibald Prize for portraiture.

1929 - 800 striking waterside workers rioted, attacking the non-union labour that was brought in to break the strike, with at least one (later) fatality arising from the conflict that of Mounted Constable Evans.

1930 - Australia signed an agreement with Germany regarding the liquidation of German property in Australia.

1941 - The religious group, Jehovah's Witnesses, were banned as a pacifist sect.

1944 - Meat rationing was imposed, allowing the purchase of meat with coupons within a weekly ration per person of up to 680g of high quality meat and 1.8 kg of lower quality meat.

1945 - A fire on the wharves of Fremantle, WA, destroyed many buildings and ships.

1959 - Tasmania's first shark attack in over a century took place at Port Arthur.

1962 - Bushfires surrounding Melbourne caused the loss of 8 lives and extensive property damage.
The media reported that bushfires had spread to the suburbs, coming within 19kms of the Melbourne CBD.

1968 - The rockin', rollin' riding group on the Mornin...


The State with the Sickest Children has the Highest Vaccination Rates "IndyWatch Feed National"


The Unhealthiest State in America Has the Best Vaccination Rate: Offits Orwellian Logic Fails to Connect the Dots

by the World Mercury Project Team

In a Daily Beast opinion piece on December 15, Paul Offitone of the vaccine industrys most strident ambassadorspuzzles over a seeming contradiction.

How, Offit wonders, could the state of Mississippi, which has the worst overall health in the nation, have used standout efficiency to achieve over 99.4% vaccine coverage in kindergartners?

Rather than seriously investigate this apparent enigma, Offit presents his ready-made answer and reveals his articles true purpose. According to Paul Offit, Mississippis high vaccination rates are due to the states 1979 decision to make the governmentrather than parentsthe primary vaccine decision-maker for children.

Reflecting on the Mississippi Supreme Courts 1979 elimination of that states religious exemption to vaccination, Offit applauds the Courts position, stating,

If a parent harbors a religious belief that contradicts a basic tenant [sic] of modern medicinethe state has a right to protect the child from the irresponsible acts of the parent.

Offitthough a parent himselftells readers that the state-determined duty to vaccinate supersedes other parental rights.

In short, Offit appears to believe that coercion is the name of the game, openly admitting that he disapproves of the 47 states that still allow parents in the U.S. to take religious, moral or personal beliefs into account when making vaccine decisions on behalf of their children.

The worst health in the nation

According to the comprehensive state-by-state...


The US Coalition-Financed Siege of East Ghouta Supported by BBC Propaganda "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jeremy Salt

Lies, deceit and forgeries have always been part of war, truth being the first casualty. But in the past two decades the falsifications of war have reached unparalleled heights, thanks to technology. The lies told by the American, British, Australian and allied governments ahead and during the attack on Iraq in 2003 reached heights which one would have thought could not be surpassed. 

But then came Libya and the black mercenaries, the soldiers fed Viagra, all lies. Topping this, for the past seven years, we have had Syria and its revolution, photo-shopped, faked and staged from beginning to end with the connivance of the mainstream media.

With isolated exceptions in the Anglo-American media (the US, Britain, France, Australia and Canada) there has been no reporting of the Syria crisis as such. There has only been propaganda, surging forward in wave after wave.  It is not enough to say that the credibility of the media has never been lower.  Insofar as these wars in the Middle East are concerned, with the exception of a tiny handful of correspondents who occasionally correct the imbalance, it has no credibility at all.

Relying on rebels and activists and refusing to air the perspective of the Syrian government the media has spun a web of deceit designed to justify and perpetuate western aggression against yet another Arab country, this time not through an open military attack, as in Iraq or Libya, but through armed terrorist proxies who have carried out a campaign of murder and mayhem across the country.

There are no moderates amongst these groups, not by any reasonable standards. The US Vice President Joe Biden let the cat out of the bag in 2014 when he said there were no moderates in their ranks. They might fight among themselves over territory, arms, money and control but they have the same ideology as the official enemy, of themselves and western governments, the Islamic State: extirpation of the Shia and the Alawi and the establishment of a takfirist Islamic regim...


Why Did Americans Pay Billions for a Drug Deemed Worthless in Other Countries "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Natural Blaze

Disease awareness campaignsare an effective way for companies to sell a disease to sell a drug.

Why did Americans pay more than $1.5 billion a year in 2016 alone for a drug that potentially does so little, and to treat a condition that many would not even consider to be a disease?

Why are Americans both as patients and taxpayers paying billions of dollars for a drug whose efficacy is so questionable that its not approved in the European Union, Australia or New Zealand?

Restasis is a blockbuster drug sold by Allergan to treat chronic dry eye. It has done $8.8 billion in U.S. sales between 2009 and 2015, including over $2.9 billion in public monies through Medicare Part D, according to a Dartmouth Institute.

Restasis and Allergan have been in the news lately due to the companys novel legal strategy of transferring their patents on the drug to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in order to stave off competition posed by generic drugs. Patents for Restasis were also recently expired so one wonders whether the door is now open for ineffective generics. Lets explain.

In a recently published article in JAMA IM, A Clear-Eyed View of Restasis and Chronic Dry Eye Disease, Lisa Schwartz and Steven Woloshin, physician-researc...


The State with the Sickest Children has the Highest Vaccination Rates "IndyWatch Feed National"


The Unhealthiest State in America Has the Best Vaccination Rate: Offits Orwellian Logic Fails to Connect the Dots

by  the World Mercury Project Team

In a Daily Beast opinion piece on December 15, Paul Offitone of the vaccine industrys most strident ambassadorspuzzles over a seeming contradiction.

How, Offit wonders, could the state of Mississippi, which has the worst overall health in the nation, have used standout efficiency to achieve over 99.4% vaccine coverage in kindergartners?

Rather than seriously investigate this apparent enigma, Offit presents his ready-made answer and reveals his articles true purpose. According to Paul Offit, Mississippis high vaccination rates are due to the states 1979 decision to make the governmentrather than parentsthe primary vaccine decision-maker for children.

Reflecting on the Mississippi Supreme Courts 1979 elimination of that states religious exemption to vaccination, Offit applauds the Courts position, stating,

If a parent harbors a religious belief that contradicts a basic tenant [sic] of modern medicinethe state has a right to protect the child from the irresponsible acts of the parent.

Offitthough a parent himselftells readers that the state-determined duty to vaccinate supersedes other parental rights.

In short, Offit appears to believe that coercion is the name of the game, openly admitting that he disapproves of the 47 states that still allow parents in the U.S. to take religious, moral or personal beliefs into account when making vaccine decisions on behalf of their children.

The worst health in the nation

According to the comprehensive state-by-state...


No joke! President John Tyler, born 1790, has two living grandsons "IndyWatch Feed National"

Okay, we know you aren't going to believe this, but it's true: John Tyler, the 10th President of the United States, has two grandchildren that are still living today. IT'S TRUE, WE SWEAR. Tyler served as President from 1841 to 1845 and has two grandchildren who are still alive some 173 years later. Matt Smethurst tweeted the fun fact on Tuesday: But how could this be possible? Well, it turns out the answer is simpler than you think. President Tyler just never stopped having children. When he died in 1862, he had 15 children. The youngest of those 15 kids remarried and had children late in their lives, which resulted in our current situation.


The Only Real Way To Deal With A Narcissist "IndyWatch Feed National"

Narcissists are not people we can merely avoid. There are plenty of them in this world and they are not just going to disappear.

Narcissism seems to be quite the epidemic in current times. We come across them almost daily whether they are our bosses, partners, or even people on the streets. While some believe there would be narcissists no matter what others blame our modern culture on the rise. That being said, the reason behind the rise does not matter as much as knowing how to deal with the narcissists in your life.

Well, to begin with, we need to be able to spot narcissists. They are good liars and are able to hide quite well behind their masks. The number one best way to deal with a narcissist once you have identified him or her is to cut ties. Completely refuse to engage. Do not try to fight fire with fire and do not try to win them over, those things will never work. The narcissist is not someone who can be swayed so easily and he or she is not someone who cares about other people.

When it comes to doing what is best for YOU, moving on is your literal BEST option. While this may not be the answer you were hoping for it is the best one I can offer to you. This is the only way to ensure you are one hundred percent out of their clutches and not dealing with their bullshit.

Narcissists feed off of us and when we cut the supply off we are allowing ourselves to become whole again. When I say cut ties I mean literally completely cut ties, NO CONTACT WHATSOEVER! Once the narcissist realizes you are not coming back he or she will seek their supply elsewhere.

They will move on quickly, whether you think they will or not. If you are dealing with a true narcissist they will find someone else to benefit from right off the bat. You have to be very strict with not speaking to or having anything to do with the narcissist as if he or she wants you bad enough they will try to draw you back in.

Narcissists are charming and kind at first but once they get you in their grasp they become manipulative and cause a lot of stress on us. Because of how their brains work it is almost impossible to make a narcissist truly aware that they are the problem within the relationship and while I hate to say it, it is pretty much impossible for them to change.

You may fall for the narcissists mask but once the mask comes off, everything will go to complete shit. You cannot fix this person and this person does not love you. Narcissists only care about themselves. Do what is best for you and cut ties with the narcissist....


Those bloody early years were really not so bloody "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Highland war (Lorenzo Mattotti New Yorker)
Depiction of a New Guinea highlands tribal war by Lorenzo Mattotti (The New Yorker)


ADELAIDE - What constituted the "bloody early years" in Papua New Guinea was, in an historic context, not very bloody at all.

I realise that this will come as no comfort whatsoever to those whose relatives were shot and killed or injured by the early kiaps, but it is really important to keep things in perspective.

Imperialism in whatever form it arises is invariably a story of conquest and suppression. This has been true since time immemorial. It is what we humans do to one another in the pursuit of power, wealth and glory.

So, in Africa and South America, large scale killing and enslavement was common. Entire colonial armies ranged across the African landscape whenever the imperial power concerned deemed this necessary.

Similarly, in the USA, though they might wish to forget it, the so-called Indian Wars of the 19th century saw the US Army used to crush Indian uprisings and progressively remove them from their lands onto reservations. It was genocidal warfare, where repeated bad faith on the part of the US government led to conflict.

Closer to home, no-one knows for sure how many Aboriginal people were killed as the European settlers expanded into new territories but a figure of 20,000 is plausible. The main damage was done by disease though, which ran rampant through the Aboriginal people because they lacked any immunity to the new diseases that accompanied the settlers.

A dishonourable mention needs to be made of alcohol, cigarettes and bad diet, which always accompanied European imperialism. These factors are, arguably, still the most lethal legacy of the colonial era.

In PNG, there were certainly very violent incidents between the early kiaps and the people they encountered.

I have...


4 months' worth of rain in just 24 hours saturates Perth, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The remains of ex-tropical Cyclone Joyce has dumped more than four months' worth of rain on Perth in less than 24 hours, leading to power blackouts, flooding and causing havoc for planes trying to land at the city's airport. The conditions were caused by the remnants of ex-tropical Cyclone Joyce, which pummelled Perth with heavy rain for much of Monday. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services received more than 330 calls for help, and Western Power said on Tuesday morning blackouts had affected about 1300 homes, with crews working throughout the night to repair damage to its network. A spokesman for RAC said the insurer had already received more than 670 claims as a result of the weather event. The city officially recorded 96 millimetres of rain - the wettest January day since 104mm fell on the city on January 22, 2000. The total is equal to the average rainfall for the city for December, January, February and March combined. It was also the the second-highest January daily rainfall ever recorded.


Memories of Togoba natural beauty & wise leadership "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Togoba looking across the Nebilyer Valley to the limestone cliffs
Togoba looking across the Nebilyer Valley to the limestone cliffs


DUBLIN - A recent article by Helen Davidson in Guardian Australia included a photograph of the beautiful landscape of the Togoba area in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea.

In the foreground one can see clearly the neat gardens with a variety of crops and kunai-roofed houses.

In the background are the grand limestone cliffs, and hidden in the middle distance is the Nebilyer River. In more recent times the area beyond the river is referred to simply as Hapwara.

If you stand at Togoba facing the limestone cliffs and shout loudly, you will hear an echo coming back strongly. The people of this area said this was a kur (spirit) answering back. In the local language it was known as Kur Wenwen.

Councillor Ugl El of Ulka Gonamp c 1971
Councillor Ugl El

If someone tells you they are from Togoba they are not referring to a specific village but to a large rural area at the centre of which is the junction where the Highlands Highway coming from Mt Hagen forks - one road going on through Lower Nebilyer to Ia...


Our Modest Contribution to Sh*thole Theory "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our Modest Contribution to Sh*thole Theory
by Bill Bonner

"We recently had our DNA checked. Unsurprisingly, it showed that we are what we thought we were - Irish, English, and Scottish. But we are something more. In addition to the Irish riffraff, English aristocracy and Scottish bagpipers nesting in our family tree, there are, apparently, some Moors in there, too. North African is how describes it. Where did that come from? we asked no one in particular. Some sh*thole country! came the answer. Here, developing like a photo in a darkroom tray, is our modest contribution to Sh*thole Theory.

All over the place: When we first caught wind of President Trumps sh*thole comment, we were outraged. We thought he was talking about our hometown. A family friend came to Baltimore for a visit last week: ...


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

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How the RPNGC's rivalry impinged on astute kiap policing "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

John Stuntz with Otibanda detachment 1950
Kiap John Stuntz with Otibanda police detachment 1950


EX-KIAP WEBSITE - Some might see it as ironic that the form of award adopted for recognition of kiaps Papua New Guinea service should take the form of a Police Service Medal.

In my experience the relationship between the regular RPNGC officialdom and our field staff took the form of a rather wary collaboration at best. In many instances, personal relationships were warm and both organisations benefited.

I also acknowledge that during the late 1970s when tribal fighting became widespread in the Highlands, the cooperative bond between kiaps and police was strong, forged under the stresses of dealing with a major crisis.

And of course, the role that the outstation police contingents played in supporting all field staff was beyond praise. There are more than a few of us who owe their careers and perhaps their lives to the unstinting assistance and support of the outstation constabulary with whom they worked.

However the attitude of those at RPNGC headquarters was often a cause of concern and gave rise to the view that perhaps the police hierarchy were reluctant to accept that kiaps were competent to carry out police duties.

There are a few incidents that I can dredge up from my memory that could give rise to this view.

The decision in the 1960s by the Police Commissioner to ban all police involvement in the supervising of road construction activities. This came as a cruel blow to the energetic road construction program being implemented in the Highlands at this time.

Counter arguments that police involvement in civil projects was a long standing tradition in Papua New Guinea, were dismissed and prosecutions threatened if this edict was ignored.

About the same time when the time came for re-issue of warrant cards, we found that the replacement cards being issued by police headquarters allowed kiaps to exercise police powers only in the rural areas with township areas being excluded.

In this instance I believe it was our direc....


The Unhealthiest State in America Has the Best Vaccination Rate: Offits Orwellian Logic Fails to Connect the Dots "IndyWatch Feed National"

By  the World Mercury Project Team


In a Daily Beast opinion piece on December 15, Paul Offitone of the vaccine industrys most strident ambassadorspuzzles over a seeming contradiction. How, Offit wonders, could the state of Mississippi, which has the worst overall health in the nation, have used standout efficiency to achieve over 99.4% vaccine coverage in kindergartners? Rather than seriously investigate this apparent enigma, Offit presents his ready-made answer and reveals his articles true purpose. According to Paul Offit, Mississippis high vaccination rates are due to the states 1979 decision to make the governmentrather than parentsthe primary vaccine decision-maker for children.

Reflecting on the Mississippi Supreme Courts 1979 elimination of that states religious exemption to vaccination, Offit applauds the Courts position, stating, If a parent harbors a religious belief that contradicts a basic tenant [sic] of modern medicinethe state has a right to protect the child from the irresponsible acts of the parent. Offitthough a parent himselftells readers that the state-determined duty to vaccinate supersedes other parental rights. In short, Offit appears to believe that coercion is the name of the game, openly admitting that he disapproves of the 47 states that still allow parents in the U.S. to take religious, moral or personal beliefs into account when making vaccine decisions on behalf of their children.



The worst health in the nation

According to the comprehensive state-by-state health rankings that Offit cites, Mississippi has remained squarely at the bottom of the nations overall health rankings for decades (Figure 1). The low ranking correlates, in part, with the states poverty statistics: one-third of Mississippis children live in poverty (the highest percentage of any state), and 87% of the states Medicaid enrollees are children. But from birth on, scattered health statistics suggest that Mississippis children and adolescents face other phys...


Claim: Aboriginals Torched the Australian Landscape Because of Sea Level Rise "IndyWatch Feed National"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Ship of Fools expedition leader Chris Turney shares more of his climate wisdom. Australias coastal living is at risk from sea level rise, but its happened before January 16, 2018 6.06am AEDT With global sea levels expected to rise by up to a metre by 2100 we can learn much


3-month-old and 5-year-old girls rescued in sex trafficking crackdown "IndyWatch Feed National"

Two sisters, one 5 years old and the other 3 months old, were rescued in Denver by undercover agents during this year's FBI-led sting operation against sex traffickers, officials said. The alleged trafficker, a friend of the children's family, made a deal to sell them for sex for $600, the FBI said. The friend communicated with an undercover agent, the FBI said in announcing details of Operation Cross Country XI. 82 other juveniles were rescued during last week's nationwide sweep. Some 120 people were arrested. On October 13, the second day of the operation, a minor was rescued by the FBI in El Paso, Texas, when a 16-year-old female victim was advertised online for "entertainment," officials said. The girl was accompanied by a 21-year-old female who offered an undercover agent sexual intercourse with both her and the underage victim for $200. According to the FBI report, the woman as well as the driver, another female, who took the minor and 21-year-old to the undercover officer's location, were arrested. Among the recovered victims across the country was one from Russia. Local and state agencies were involved in the operation, as were police as far away as the Philippines and Thailand. The average age of the victims recovered from this year's operation is 15, the FBI said.

Note: Watch an excellent segment by Australia's "60-Minutes" team "Spies, Lords and Predators" on a pedophile ring in the UK which leads directly to the highest levels of government. A second suppressed documentary, "Conspiracy of Silence," goes even deeper into this topic in the US. For more, see concise summaries of deeply revealing sexual abuse scandal news articles from reliable major media sources.

Thunderstorms, hail and summer snow in parts of Tasmania and the Australian Alps "IndyWatch Feed National"

A series of thunderstorms moved through the eastern half of Tasmania on Friday, January 12 and Saturday, January 13, 2018, producing notable amounts of hail on its southeastern coast. At the same time, Tasmania's highest peaks and parts of the Australian Alps...... Read more

Islands around Kadovar evacuating amid fears of a new eruption of Bam volcano, P.N.G. "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Governor of Papua New Guinea's East Sepik province has ordered the evacuation of 5 000 people from islands of Ruprup (Blup Blup) and Biem (Bam) to the mainland, including those already evacuated from Kadovar. The decision was made due to a tsunami risk to...... Read more


Nuclear-capable B-52 bombers join B-2s, B-1Bs on Guam amid tensions with North Korea "IndyWatch Feed National"

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U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber lands at Andersen Air Force Base on Guam on Tuesday. U.S. AIR FORCE photo



JAN 16, 2018

The U.S. Air Force announced Tuesday that it has deployed six of its powerful B-52 strategic bombers to Guam amid tensions with nuclear-armed North Korea.

The six planes, accompanied by 300 airmen, join three of the air forces B-2 stealth bombers that were also recently dispatched to the U.S. island territory, home to Andersen Air Force Base, a key American outpost in the Pacific.

The base is also currently hosting several B-1B heavy bombers. While both the B-52 and B-2 are capable of carrying nuclear payloads, the B-1B has been modified to carry conventional ordinance only.

The deployment, conducted in support of U.S. Pacific Commands (PACOM) Continuous Bomber Presence mission, according to a U.S. Pacific Air Forces statement, is likely to raise eyebrows in North Korea, which last year threatened to fire missiles near Guam.

The B-52s were last deployed to the region in July 2016, during which they conducted a variety of joint and bilateral training missions with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Air Self-Defense Force, South Korean Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force.

The move, widely seen as a show of American military muscle, was likely intended to reassure Asian allies nervous amid the North Korean nuclear crisis.

The B-52Hs return to the Pacific will provide U.S. PACOM and its regional allies and partners with a credible, strategic power projection platform, while bringing years of repeated operational experience, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said in its statement.

This forward deployed presence demonstrates the U.S. continued commitment to allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region, it added.

It was unclear how long the base, some 3,400 km from North Korea, would play host to all three bombers.

Overflights of the Korean Peninsula by heavy bombers such as the B-52, B-2 and B-1B have incensed Pyongyang. The North sees the flights by what it ca...


ExxonMobil Encounters Hydrocarbons Onshore Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Pnyang South-2 well confirms high-quality, hydrocarbon-bearing reservoirs 
Evaluation of the resource is underway 
Builds on ExxonMobils exploration success in Papua New Guinea
IRVING, Texas ExxonMobil today announced that it encountered hydrocarbons after drilling the onshore Pnyang South-2 well, located in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea.

We are currently evaluating the well results and together with our co-venture partners will assess the Pnyang field resource potential and development pathway, said Liam Mallon, president of ExxonMobil Development Company. We will work with the government of Papua New Guinea as we undertake this work.

The well was safely drilled to 8,940 feet (2,725 meters), reaching high-quality, hydrocarbon-bearing reservoirs in the Toro and Digimu sandstones, consistent with pre-drilling expectations. The well confirms the southeast extension of the field.

When combined with our acquisition of InterOil Corporation, the increase in assessed reserves at Hides in the existing PNG LNG project and our recent Muruk discovery, this adds to our rapidly growing inventory of low cost of supply natural gas in Papua New Guinea, Mallon said. We are continuing with our active onshore and offshore exploration program in an effort to provide additional resources to expand existing and planned development projects.

Oil Search began drilling the Pnyang South-2 well on Oct. 22, 2017. The well is located in petroleum retention license 3, which covers 105,000 acres (425 square kilometers).

ExxonMobil affiliates operate the license with a 49 percent interest in the block. Affiliates of Oil Search, drilling operator, have a 38.5 percent interest and JX Nippon has 12.5 percent more on Pacific Mining Watch

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Prayer and Meditation for Wednesday, January 17, 2018 I come against you in the name of the Lord of hosts. With God All Things Are Possible "IndyWatch Feed National"

Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot
Lectionary: 313

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Reading 1  1 SM 17:32-33, 37, 40-51

David spoke to Saul:
Let your majesty not lose courage.
I am at your service to go and fight this Philistine.
But Saul answered David,
You cannot go up against this Philistine and fight with him,
for you are only a youth, while he has been a warrior from his youth.David continued:
The LORD, who delivered me from the claws of the lion and the bear,
will also keep me safe from the clutches of this Philistine.
Saul answered David, Go! the LORD will be with you.

Then, staff in hand, David selected five smooth stones from the wadi
and put them in the pocket of his shepherds bag.
With his sling also ready to hand, he approached the Philistine.

With his shield bearer marching before him,
the Philistine also advanced closer and closer to David.
When he had sized David up,
and seen that he was youthful, and ruddy, and handsome in appearance,
the Philistine held David in contempt.
The Philistine said to David,
Am I a dog that you come against me with a staff?
Then the Philistine cursed David by his gods
and said to him, Come here to me,
and I will leave your flesh for the birds of the air
and the beasts of the field.
David answered him:
You come against me with sword and spear and scimitar,
but I come against you in the name of the LORD of hosts,
the God of the armies of Israel that you have insulted.
Today the LORD shall deliver you into my hand;
I will strike you down and cut off your head.
This very day I will leave your corpse
and the corpses of the Philistine army for the birds of the air
and the beasts of the field;
thus the whole land shall le...


Santiago, Chile: Noise Bombs Detonated in Solidarity with the Anarchist Comrades Detained in Villa Francia "IndyWatch Feed National"


We are still the same, but more violent

On Saturday, January 6th, we went out to the street aimlessly.  Together with our partners in crime, remembering old and good  times. Every step of the way through this damn city we faced the imposed reality and inevitably our answer was vandalism. We
reclaim our lives whenever we mock authority. Everyone has their own way of seeing things, whether they agree with each other or  not, but even so, with us, disorder has always been where we meet, a point where emotions come to life. This is what we like,
what we want and what we look for, always with an idea behind it.

We placed three powerful noise bombs, inside a dumpster in a public square, under a car and inside a gym; setting off alarms and attracting the attention of the citizens and the despicable police. The streets of Santiago at night are ours when we decide to indulge in the luxury of vandalizing its symbols.

And so the days go by and we continue to plan and put into action new ways to cause disturbances with rocks, sound bombs, fireworks, graffiti etc.

Anarchy and Chaos are our expressions of Struggle and of Life....


The Healing Powers of Sweet Potatoes According To The Medical Medium "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Alanna Ketler

Have you heard of the Medical Medium? CE has covered this man and his miraculously simple approach to fighting and curing many of the so-called mystery illnesses that are plaguing humanity today. Anthony William is the man who channels a being known as Spirit, but to the public, this being is known as the Medical Medium. In depth, he explains what is causing these illnesses, what they actually are and how to treat them, without the use of any prescription medicine.

The Medical Medium has the answers and the treatments, he insists that a whole foods plant-based diet is the secret to treating the majority of the illnesses that we are suffering from today including the ones that doctors themselves are unable to diagnose and treat. Finally, there has been hope for hundreds if not thousands of people who have tried everything else or have been told that their illnesses are psychosomatic simply because the doctor does not know what the illness is in the first place or how to effectively treat it. All this can be treated by eliminating certain items from your diet and adding in an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs thats it, and its worked for many. 

In one of his recent books, Medical Medium Life Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables, you will find an index of a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs with an in depth explanation of each ones capacity to heal.

Each food listed comes with a set of conditions and symptoms that it can treat, how the food can support you emotionally, and the spiritual lesson that the food can offer you. The book also provides a simple, healthy, whole food, plant-based recipe that you can make with it.



The Exquisite Book Cover for Rebecca Roanhorse's TRAIL OF LIGHTNING "IndyWatch Feed National"

Books by Native writers have given me moments where a phrase so perfectly reflects my experience, that I exclaim aloud, with joy, 'YES!' Illustrations can do that, too, and once in a great while, a book cover will have that effect.

Last week, Barnes and Noble did the cover reveal for Rebecca Roanhorse's Trail of Lightning. Rebecca is Ohkay Owingeh (the tribal nation my mom is from) and African American. When I saw the cover, my heart swelled. I wanted everyone in my Native networks to see it! The art is by Tommy Arnold.

So, I shared it widely and others did, too. It had the same kind of impact on Native people. Tiffany Midge, for example, said she wanted to make it into a poster. Tiffany is Hunkpapa Lakota. She's a writer, too. Look for her in #NotYourPrincess. Pernell Thomas is Navajo. On Twitter, he said:

This! This! This! Seeing a powerful Din woman on the cover of a book like this is so inspirational and life changing. I can't help but think how many young Din children will be empowered by this imagery. The k ntsaa!!! ahx'h

Trail of Lightning isn't a book for kids but I have no doubt that they'll see teens and parents reading it. And feel empowered. Some of you may be wondering why we're having this reaction. We all probably see the power that the lightning imparts, but some of us saw Maggie's mocs. Some of us saw the truck we (or someone in our family) drives on the reservation. But there are things that are not there that make the cover powerful in other ways.


Tuesday, 16 January


PNG's Forex problems stalling service delivery in North Fly "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Member for North Fly District, James Donald says the issue of foreign exchange is preventing service delivery in his electorate.

Mr Donald brought the issue to the attention of the prime minister, after his people continued to wait for two sets of rice mill and packing machines he's promised them since.

Mr Donald says his people will call him a con man soon because farmers have harvested their rice and there is still no mill.

He says Western Province is now beginning to grow rice.

Mr Donald explained that they had placed orders for the rice mills since the end of October last year and it is sad to see that the transaction is still sitting in queue for almost 8 weeks.

He called on the Prime Minister to admit that the government is not capable in fixing this issue.

He says everyone is feeling the reality of the struggles which he could not deny.

Mr Donald also called on the Minister for Treasury to act quickly in terms of the release of funds to carry out work in his district.

Mr Donald says its the duty of the Treasurer and the Prime Minister to talk to the Bank of PNG to ensure things are done, adding that funds have been deposited into the suppliers account but it has not been processed due to the FOREX issue.

NBC News - Jason Gima Wuri


How Michael Larson Exploited A Loophole To Win A Game Show Fortune "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Sunday, the Game Show Network (GSN) aired a special whose title referred to the scandal on the 1980s hit game show Press Your Luck. Promotions for the documentary even referred to the incident as the greatest scandal in game show history.

But compared to the quiz show controversies of the 1950sin which producers rigged outcomes by giving contestants answers prior to show tapingsthe Press Your Luck scandal qualifies as nothing of the sort.

On Press Your Luck, the contestant in question merely used knowledge of the game to increase his odds of winning. As with a blackjack expert at counting cards who takes a casino to the proverbial cleaners, his actions neither violated the law, nor any standards that would warrant the ignominy that the scandal moniker connotes.

Doing Game Show Homework

Press Your Luck, which premiered in September 1983, featured players taking turns at a game board filled with various cash amounts, prizes, and the dreaded Whammywhich, when landed upon, took away all a players money. Players answered questions to earn spins, which each gave a contestant one chance to control the game board. With each spin, contestants would either win the cash or prize they landed on, or, in the case of a Whammy, lose their winnings to that point.

When CBS, which broadcast Press Your Luck, first premiered the game, it only used a handful of computer-generated sequences to randomize the indicator on the game board that the contestant stopped to determine the prize he or she would receiveor, on an average of one in six spins, a Whammy. A technological marvel for its day, the boards computing power proved primitive by twenty-first-century standards. But at the time, CBS and Bill Carruthers, the shows creator, felt that the handful of sequences would represent a sufficiently complex and random pattern that contestants could not decipher it.

Unfortunately for them, however, Michael Larson, an Ohio ice-cream truck driver with a proclivity for get-rich quick schemes, took both the time and energy to do so. Armed with a video cassette recorder, he recorded episodes of the show, watching in slow-motion to discern the patterns, and even using the pause button to mimic the shows spins.

While learning the pattern of sequences, Larson discovered two other key facts: Two squares on the 18-square game board never contained a Whammyand, in the shows second round, always contained additional spins.

With these three pieces of information, Larson had the ability to turn Press Your Luck into a real-life ATM. By understanding the seemingly random, but in reality quite predictable, game board patterns, Larson could use every spin to win dollarsand additional spinsa...


How To Talk About The Gap In Your Work History "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sometimes, addressing it directly can be your best option.

Whether youre gearing up for a triumphant return to the workforce or grappling with the best way to explain a recent gap in your employment history, addressing time away from the professional world can be a daunting task. Given that a glaring hole on your resume will likely be a red flag to prospective employers, youll want to take steps to proactively answer questions they may have.

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Google Plans to Expand Huge Undersea Cables to Boost Cloud Business "IndyWatch Feed National"

The search company hopes to lure customers from Amazon and Microsoft with new fiber-optic lines

A Google data center in Iowa.
A Google data center in Iowa. PHOTO: CONNIE ZHOU/GOOGLE/ZUMA PRESS

Jan. 16, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET

Google is expanding its sprawling network of undersea cables to plug into new regions around the world, in a bid to speed up its cloud-computing business and catch up to rivals Microsoft Corp. and Inc.

The search-engine operator has plans to build three new underwater fiber-optic cables lining ocean areas from the Pacific to the North Sea, extending its private data network to regions competitors havent touched with similar projects.

The cables, expected to be finished in 2019, are designed to speed the transfer of data and reroute users to servers around the globe if a region fails or gets overloaded.

Google said t...


PM ONeill: Enough of Self-Interest Time for All Leaders to Work Together in Southern Highlands Province "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Prime Minister and Member for Ialibu-Pangia,Peter ONeill  , has called for an end to individual interests undermining good governance in the Southern Highlands Province, and for all Leaders to work together for the people.

PM ONeill made the comments after attending the first Provincial Executive Council (PEC) meeting of Southern Highlands Province since the 2017 National Election, today in Mendi.

Following the swearing in of the Council, the Prime Minister commended the new Provincial Administrator and the Provincial Police Commander for advancing peace and stability.

After the election we saw displays of reckless self-interest by some individuals and this undermined stability in the Province, the Prime Minister said.

With the new Provincial Executive Council we will see positive change and development once again in Southern Highlands Province.

I call on all public servants to focus on the task of restoring service delivery, and to step-up efforts to deliver better education, health services and public infrastructure.

Individuals who continue to try and undermine good governance by acts of self-interest, with no regards for welfare of the province, will not be tolerated.

The people of this province are more important than individual interest, and we will ensure the welfare of the people is taken care of through the new Council.

The Prime Minister said there are better ways to solve differences than destroying public property in which so much has been invested to improve the livelihoods of the people.


WTF @ corner of Mulgrave & Severin? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

I go past the corner of Mulgrave & Severin on my way home from work. I frequently see a bunch of people sat on the corner, all with their phones out, frantically tapping on the screens - all whilst someone looks over their shoulders like a really important event is happening. There are women, kids, smart dressed guys etc, a wide selection of people. Any one know WTF?

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Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-002 Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

During the afternoon on Monday 15 January, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-002 was noted completing a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.  It is the second time in a week that this particular KC-30 has flown into CQ airspace.

During the morning, it had flown North from RAAF Base Amberley and during the afternoon, it looked to call into Rocky from the North.  After completing the missed approach, A39-002 continued back to Amberley.  It was noted using...


#7SummerOfNazis : The True Blue Crew & Co. Go Hunting Blacks While Channel 7 Cheers "IndyWatch Feed National"

img via The Simpsons against the Liberals [UPDATE (January 17, 2018) : See also : How do you solve a problem like the African Gang Crisis?, Cam Smith, Overland, January 17, 2018.] For those of you coming in late, on Continue reading


O'Neill Government appoints Blacklock acting PNG Power boss "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Cabinet has sidelined acting PNG Power boss Alex Oa and appointed Carolyn Blacklock as the acting managing director with immediate effect.

Ms Blacklock officially took office yesterday and was welcomed by Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari, PPL board chairman Andrew Ogil and team, and PPL management together with the Energy Workers Union.

Public Enterprises and State-owned Investments Minister William Duma is expected to officially announce Ms Blacklocks appointment and to welcome her into the Kumul Consolidated Holding circles and further give a rundown of her immediate tasks.

A Cabinet decision sighted by Post-Courier showed that on Tuesday, January 9, the National Executive Council made the appointment with effect from December 22 last year under the Kumul Consolidated Holdings Act 2002.

PNG Power Ltd has had a lot of issues to address during the past two years and this would now be addressed by Ms Blacklock.

Ms Blacklock has been the International Finance Corporation resident representative in PNG since 2010. Throughout the 1990s until 2010, she held senior positions in both Westpac and ANZ banks covering the Pacific-Asia region.

Ms Blacklock grew up in rural north Queensland and holds a Masters Degree in International Development from the Deakin University in Victoria, Australia.

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector.

Press Release/Post Courier


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"An optimist thinks that this is the best possible world.
A pessimist fears that this is true."

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately
explained by incompetence."

"My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right."

"I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met."

"A chicken and an egg are lying in bed. The chicken is smoking a cigarette
with a satisfied smile on its face and the egg is frowning and looking put out.
The egg mutters to no one in particular, I guess we answered THAT question."

Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."

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