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Monday, 26 February


The Tasmanian Devil "IndyWatch Feed National"

The coffee is slightly too sweet, the windows hang heavy with legs of cured meat, the central streets are choked with sunburnt tourists, and I have to watch out for pickpockets on my way to work. Barcelonas cobblestones bring back a childish imagining of European cities: there is a richness to every step, like my days are soaked in olive oil and bravas sauce (and the scents of public urination). The museums and art galleries are inspirational, and I leave an exhibition curated to star Ramon Llull adoring the mans thought patterns as he adored the stellar constellations.

When someone asks me what I miss the most about Tasmania, they are surprised when I say the vegetables and the dairy, and the air.

Why is it that we will protect human-made artefacts, but not those created by the natural world? We can lock up in museums the early tools, the paintings of the masters, but cannot reach consensus on the preservation of ancient natural sites. These false dichotomies between human and natural, male and female, black and white, us and them, are the ones that have destroyed people and place for as long as anyone can recall. In the same dining room where a mother plating-up dinner tells her daughter to sit like a lady, a female redback spider dissolves her willing mate with spurts of gastric juices.

Humankinds punishment for failing to see itself as an element of the natural world will be capital and self-administered. If nature must be gendered feminine, then the oceans are Mother Natures womb, and Tasmanias rainforests of the Tarkine takayna are her mossy-green cunt, cool and invigorating and rotten with life. To sell sites of ecological importance as virgin or untouched undermines their significance as places which have sustained cycles of birth and death for thousands of years, and which generations of First People have managed to touch without fisting.

Braddon, the Tasmanian electorate encompassing King Island, Burnie, Devonport and Latrobe, and stretching down the west coast to the Davey River, is home to the area that was conceptualised as the Tarkine coast by the Green movement. The name is derived from the Aboriginal name for this place of spiritual and cultural significance takayna. The Tarkine is home to 56 endangered species, including the Tasmanian Devil, the Giant Freshwater Crayfish, the Tasmanian Wedge-Tailed Eagle and the Blue-Winged Parrot. These species inhabit some of the worlds last tracts of Gondwanan temperate rainforest, moss-covered giants sitting beside a brutal coastline, cave systems and rivers running underneath.

The major p...


ANU Too dangerous for lecturers, professors and uni students ....but ok for children in child care "IndyWatch Feed National"

Says everything. ANU Too dangerous for lecturers, professors and uni students ....but ok for children in child care: Childcare centres on campus and University House will open as usual on Monday. Thanks to JM for the tip! Subject: ANU EMERGENCY STATEMENT: ANU to close on Monday 26 February after flooding...


New Deputy PM Michael McCormack beats George Christensen in Nationals leadership ballot "IndyWatch Feed National"

"I look forward to having a very, very good discussion with the Prime Minister in the next few moments. He has been an outstanding Prime Minister for Australia". That's new Deputy PM Michael McCormack a few moments ago after winning Barnaby Joyce's job, a job that only became available courtesy...


McCormack confirmed as Nationals leader "IndyWatch Feed National"

Michael McCormack, the new leader of the Nationals Party and deputy prime minister.

Veterans Affairs Minister Michael McCormack has been confirmed as the new deputy prime minister after winning the Nationals leadership.

The Riverina MP has replaced Barnaby Joyce who quit after weeks of controversy surrounding his extra-marital affair with a former staffer who is now pregnant.

Mr McCormack, 53, was confirmed as Nationals leader at a partyroom meeting on Monday morning in Canberra having been challenged by George Christensen.

I want to make sure that people know that in me they will have a fighter. I have a huge challenge ahead of me, Mr McCormack said after the vote.

He acknowledged the outstanding leadership of Mr Joyce and insisted his legacy would endure.

NSW MP David Gillespie and agriculture minister and Joyce supporter David Littleproud earlier withdrew from a leadership contest.

But in a surprise move, Mr Christensen put up his hand, although his bid was unsuccessful.

George has been a friend of mine and will continue to be so, Mr McCormack said.

Earlier, Victorian MP Andrew Broad likened Mr McCormack to former leader Warren Truss.

Michael is going to be a good guy. I think he will be a very solid performer, but its the team that wins elections, he told ABC radio on Monday.

Mr McCormack has previously been criticised for penning a 1993 column when he was a former newspaper editor describing homosexuality as sordid behaviour. He has since apologised.

Mr Broad doesnt believe Mr McCormack still holds those views.

I think Michael has become a very savvy parliamentarian and weve all said silly things in our past, he said.

Nationals backbencher Darren Chester said Mr McCormack, whose name is relatively unknown amongst the broader Australian public, should not be underestimated.

People will like Michael McCormack when they get to know him. He is a hell of a nice fellow but hes also a determined guy,...


Mentally ill waiting too long in emergency "IndyWatch Feed National"

Patients with an acute mental illness have been forced to wait days in busy and overcrowded emergency departments before being admitted to hospital to receive specialist care, new research has revealed.

A snapshot of 65 emergency departments across Australia by the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) conducted in December 2017 found nearly one third of mental health patients waited more than eight hours over the past year.

Of those patients, some waited much longer, prompting calls for urgent action to fix the unacceptable and discriminatory situation.

The maximum length of stay for an emergency department patient with a mental health presentation was 145 hours, or six days, the survey found.

Despite mental health patients making up only four per cent of total emergency department presentations they are being forced to stay disproportionately long periods of time compared to other patients, said ACEM President Dr Simon Judkins.

Long waits for mental health care in emergency departments are unacceptable and discriminatory and are likely to lead to serious deterioration in the wellbeing of patients, said Dr Judkins.

Waiting in an emergency department for a hospital bed for more than eight hours is defined as access block.

When this occurs, it has been shown repeatedly to result in poorer health outcomes, said Dr Judkins.

On its own, access block is a disturbing phenomenon, and illustrates a problem with the whole hospital system, said Dr Judkins.

Dr Judkins told AAP up until now they had only anecdotal information of mental health patients waiting too long in emergency departments.

He says ACEM will use this new research to lobby for better care to support patients presenting with mental health or behavioural needs.

Increasing mental health presentations to emergency departments means it is incumbent on all stakeholders health jurisdictions, health networks, health system managers, hospital employers and executives, and governments to address this issue and develop new policies to support shorter stays in the emergency department, he said.

The ACEM is also calling for mandatory reporting of cases involving extreme waiting times for specialised care and increased funding to community-based and inpatient mental health and alcohol and other drug services.

It is likely that many mental health presentations to emergency departments occur as a result of chronic underfunding. ACEM believes that funding to mental health services should occur as a matter of urgency, Dr Judkins said.

The post Mentally ill wai...


CFMEU and associates up to their usual tricks "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thanks to the incomparable Seeker of Truth for writing up another episode in the criminal history of the CFMEU. Hi Michael This little matter slipped under the radar last week, as did a previous announcement in December 2017, of fraudulent misappropriations in Comet Training Pty Ltd, an associate entity of...


George Moore and Paul B Kidd move to 2GB "IndyWatch Feed National"

Congratulations George Moore and Paul B Kidd! Next Saturday their weekends radio show moves to 2GB after 15 years at 2UE. What a team - and what a lovely pair of blokes. George and Paul have been a phenomenal success at 2UE - in spite of being at 2UE. It...


A coming rental crisis? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Rental price growth

There's been a lot of talk of oversupply in Australia's housing market.

Although we don't really have 'too many' dwellings, what we have had is an unprecedented surge in investors and investor-owned properties from home and overseas. 

In other words, lots of rentals! 

This helped to push rental price growth down to levels not seen for a very long time, although Sydney and Melbourne have seen rents rise faster than some of the other cities. 

This dynamic is now changing, although it may not be evident in the rental market for some time. 

Domestically, investor loans have slowed. 

Just as significantly, investor activity from overseas has been absolutely annihilated.

And as I've said here before, I think the end result will be a rental crisis (I'm often wrong, of course, but never in doubt!), although it will take time for this to become evident. 

Slow burn

Now I know what you're thinking, Sydney has a record number of apartments under construction (true, at the last count, which was from June to September last year), and that rental price growth hasn't been especially strong for a long period now. 

That's also been true recently, though in another context rents in Sydney have still risen at double the ra...


February 26 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1606 - Willem Jansz became the first recorded European to step foot on Australias shores at the Pennefather River, near where the Queensland town of Weipa now stands, on the western shore of Cape York Peninsula.
Encountering hostility from the indigenous people, Jansz lost ten of his crew during visits to the shore. He was uncomplimentary of the land, finding it swampy, but still charted 320 kilometres of the shore before returning to the Netherlands. However, he was of the opinion that his landing point was part of New Guinea, and Dutch maps reflected this error for many years.

1804 - Good old souse Bobby Knopwood aka Rev Robert Knopwood did spaketh forth in Tassie's first church service on the current-day site of the Tasmanian Museum.

1811 - James Hutchinson was Hanged at Sydney for stealing from the shop of Thomas Abbott. Hutchinson was originally condemned to death in June 1810 for burglary however he escaped from custody, upon being recaptured his sentence was reduced to hard labour. In February 1811 he was convicted along with James Ratty of stealing from commercial premises and both were hanged together.

1811 - James Ratty was Hanged at Sydney for stealing cloth, muslin etc. from the shop of Thomas Abbott.

1825 - Samuel Fielding wasHanged at Hobart for sheep-stealing.

1825 - James Chamberlain was Hanged at Hobart for sheep-stealing .

1825 - Stephen Lear was Hanged at Hobart for burglary at the Surveyor-General's.

1825 - Henry Fry was Hanged at Hobart for burglary at the Surveyor-General's.

1830 - Oh how simply spiffing, what-oh! 

The first serious game of cricket was held in Hyde Park where the Colonial Civilians soundly defeated the 57th regiment.

1830 - John Killeen was Hanged for sheep stealing. 

1830 - Samuel Jones was Hanged at Hobart for sheep stealing.

1830  - Joseph Fogg was Hanged at Hobart for an unnatural crime.

1830 - Thomas Goodwin was Hanged at Hobart for cutting the throat of Ann Hamilton with intent to kill.

1831 - Thomas Bartie wasa lucky little chap when he was granted 2560 acres of land at Hinton in the Parish of Butterwick and Seaham. 
The grant was known as Rosebank

1837 - An original voyage of the damned was a ticket on the migrant ship Lady McNaghten, which arrived in Port Jackson today with 134 deaths on board her decks during and after the not-so-delightful-sea-jaunt.

1838  - he Fitzroy River in Westralia was ju...


Domestic injustices set to haunt Turnbull Government on UN Human Rights Council "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Turnbull Government will tonight begin Australias first ever session as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the UN body responsible for protecting the rights and dignity of people all over the world.

Daniel Webb, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, is in Geneva for the Council session. Mr Webb said that the Turnbull Government had made major promises known as voluntary pledges -  to the UN and the international community in order to secure the seat, but that the Governments actions domestically didnt live up to its promises internationally.

There is an absolutely staggering gulf between what the Turnbull Government has been saying on the world stage and actually doing at home, said Mr Webb.

The Turnbull Government told the UN that it believes that all people are entitled to respect, dignity and the protection of their rights. I can only imagine how those words must sound to the 150 children the Turnbull Government has left languishing on Nauru for almost five years.

The Turnbull Government also promised to advance and promote the wellbeing of Indigenous peoples around the world. Yet it has consistently failed to show leadership on the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia and, just last month, Prime Minister Turnbull completely passed the buck in response to the findings of the NT Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children, said Mr Webb.

Mr Webb said the Turnbull Governments rapid anti-democratic slide was also likely to come under the microscope.

Throughout its campaign for a seat on the Council the Turnbull Government made a huge deal of its pledges to promote good governance and stronger democratic institutions and to protect freedom of expression. Yet right now it is brazenly doing the opposite, pressing for laws that would suffocate civil society advocacy and expose whistle-blowers and journalists who reveal government wrongdoing to the risk of 20 years prison, said Mr Webb.

Mr Webb said that it was vital for victims of human rights abuses around the world that the Turnbull Government start to deliver on its promises and act responsibly during its three-year term on the Council.

If we genuinely want to see a world where people are treated fairly and humanely - where victims of injustice are not just abandoned by the international community and left to suffer in silence then we desperately need Governments like ours to act honestly and responsibly on the Human Rights Council, said Mr Webb.

But Mr Webb said the Turnbull Government would need to dramatically improve its own human rights performance to have strong influence on the Council.

Talk is cheap. The Turnbull Government can blow...


The Holy Spirit what the Holy Spirit means to me part 64 The Holy Spirit and this blog-site "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Holy Spirit

This is the 64th article in a series written by me, Donald Elley, outlining what Ive learnt about the Holy Spirit over my lifetime of 61 years.

The Holy Spirit is a neglected, misunderstood, and misinterpreted Person.

In my church yesterday, in Coffs Harbour, Northern Rivers, New South Wales, Australia,  a lay-pastor spoke about how much he loves Bill Johnson of Bethel Church Redding California. My church will go unnamed, out of respect for the good people and leaders there, and so I dont get unnecessary and uninvited attacks from, perhaps errant, and/ or angry readers of this site.

His adulation of Bill Johnson really upset me, but Ive said nothing to him or anyone else there about my views on Bill Johnson and Bethel.

Im grateful I have this blog-site to express my feelings and views about false prophets like Bill Johnson.

If you scroll back to articles I published yesterday, theres two articles outlining some of my views on Bill Johnson and Bethel.

This blog-site upsets people at times

This blog-site, my personal blog-site, upsets people at times.

I dont get hate-mail via this site very often. But it does come.

Ive never been sued. The reason is because I never make things up, and only tell the truth. And I dont write for pay-back or to take-out people in terms of their reputation out of vindictiveness or spite.

Needless to say, the truth can hurt, the truth can be hard to take, and the truth can destroy people and their reputations. So there is a great responsibility when one has a powerful blog-site like this one.

If I write about anyone, not a celebrity or famous, my articles are likely to appear on the front-page of references to them on-line. This can be very annoying to errnat people.

Pastor Pat Mesiti of Hillsong Global Church and C3 Global Church

Pastor Pat Mesiti of Hillsong Global Church and C3 Global Church, both based in Sydney, Australia, 600km south of where I live, got his lawyers Slater and Gordon to write to me in 2015 after I wrote the following article about him.

Pastor Pat Mesiti. Domestic Violence Conviction 2016. Adulteries 1998-2016. Hillsong and C3 Pastor. Visited prostitutes on his Hillsong credit card. Hillsong Youth Pastor. Youth Alive evangelist. Fell from grace and restored by Dr Phil Pringle head pastor of C3 Church. How the corrupt priests of Pentecost sowed devils on each other. Part 8. Australian and New Zealand errant Pentecostal pastors who couldnt keep it in their trousers or sexually abused little kids.

Ive republished this article prior to publishing th...


Pastor Jim Williams. Multiple child sex offences against girls. House of Praise Springwood, Queensland. Former Superintendent of the New Zealand Assemblies of God 1977 to 1985 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pastor Jim Williams with his long-suffering wife

Pastor Jim Williams with his long-suffering wife Betty at the House of Praise, Springwood, Queensland, which he founded after being banned from ministry by the New Zealand and later the Australian Assemblies of God denomination for multiple repeated adulteries.  Betty would have known about her husbands multiple adulteries which were very public, but she may not have known he was an extremely evil lifelong secret pedophile with multiple victims


Ive been contacted by a lady, who is now in her 60s, who was sexually abused as a twelve year old for a period of three years by Pastor Jim Williams in the 1960s in Victoria, Queensland, Australia. Caroline Andrews shared with me details of Jim Willams sexually abusing her and three friends, aged 12 at Heathmont Assemblies of G0d (AOG).

The sexual abuse by Pastor Jim Williams of these four girls started when Caroline Andrews was aged a mere twelve years old. Pastor Jim Williams was 25 years old when he started abusing her. The abuse was in the 1960s. Pastor Jim Williams was her Youth Pastor at Heathmont AOG in Victoria.

Pastor Jim Williams was a very prominent and charismatic Assemblies of God (AoG) leader in New Zealand, in m...


Hillsong founder the child rapist Pastor Frank Houston. Part One. Frank Houstons pedophile activities. "IndyWatch Feed National"


Rev William Francis Frank Houston.  Founder of Hillsong Church. Over 400 boy sex abuse victims of Frank Houston. Self-confessed pedophile. Confessed to lifelong secret child sexual abuse of little boys, male preteens and male teenagers. But mainly little boys aged 7 to 11. Frank Houston The worst Pentecostal pastor since the day of Pentecost 2000 years ago. A Son of Lucifer. Frank Houstons eyes are black like Lucifers.

Note of 27 October 2017

Pastor Brian Houston, the current head pastor of Hillsong Global Church is to face pedophile protection charges some time in the future from the Australian Police and Authorities.

Ive edited the article below reflecting current up to date information.

This article and its updates

This article outlines the history of Pastor Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong, and his secret sexual abuse of hundreds of little boys, male pre-teens and male teens over five or more decades possibly for 70 years if you include his grandchildren and rent boys (underage male prostitutes).

This site is the most authoritative and comprehensive site on Hillsong corruption, Houston corruption and Hillsong pedophilia.

This article was first published on this site on 9 September 2012 prior to the Aus...


Pastor Pat Mesiti. Domestic Violence Conviction 2016. Adulteries 1998-2016. Hillsong and C3 Pastor. Visited prostitutes on his Hillsong credit card. Hillsong Youth Pastor. Youth Alive evangelist. Fell from grace and restored by Dr Phil Pringle head pastor of C3 Church. How the corrupt priests of Pentecost sowed devils on each other. Part 8. Australian and New Zealand errant Pentecostal pastors who couldnt keep it in their trousers or sexually abused little kids "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Pastor Pat Mesiti- Now Millionaire Mindset Club wife basher


On New Years Eve 2015 Pat Mesiti was charged by the NSW North-West Police with bashing his wife.

Today he was convicted at Parramatta Court Sydney with one count of common assault for actual physical assault on his second wife Andrea- in a fit of rage while heavily intoxicated. He awaits sentencing. article below



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Sunday, 25 February


How the Philippines has been transformed by its war on drugs "IndyWatch Feed National"

My story in Australian magazine Crikey:

President Rodrigo Duterte has maintained a firm grip on the Philippines since being elected in July 2016. Although public support is slipping, due partly to the brutality unleashed by his war on drugs, which has seen up to 20,000 people killed in 18 months, the general population still backs the leader. But the violence has done little to change the support of America and Australia for Dutertes conflict against ISIS in the Philippines.

Yet dissent is rising. During a recent visit to the Philippines to investigate the countrys drug war, I saw posters of Duterte with a Hitler moustache. Dictator and Fascist were written below his name in Tagalog Fight! It was a message from the countrys biggest labour union. It was strong and direct, a sign of resistance. I saw, too, countless pro-Duterte posters in this battle of propaganda.

Duterte has used social media brilliantly to rally his supporters and denigrate his opponents. Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of this movement, largely ignored in the West, is how Facebook actively assists political campaigns around the world and then works with winning candidates to harness its online tools. BuzzFeed recently exposed this practice in authoritarian Cambodia, and Germanys far-right Alternative for Germany Party had Facebook assist its campaign for the 2017 general election. A former Republican digital strategist runs the Facebook global government and politics team in the US.

In the Philippines, Dutertes media team weaponised trolling against its critics. Countless fake accounts attacked...


Who should really benefit from aid? "IndyWatch Feed National"

My article in the Guardian:

Foreign aid has the power to save lives but also to corrupt nations. Its regularly used as a political football as some argue for more financial support to the worlds most vulnerable people while others believe more money should be spent at home. Its a false distinction, however, because the key issue is whether western aid is well targeted and empowering people to make their own choices on how to improve their lives, allowing them to eventually become more self-sufficient.

The aid industry is currently under the spotlight, Oxfams past behaviour is rightly challenged, although the problems uncovered affect the entire industry. But whats required is hearing from aid recipients themselves.

The US administration is slashing foreign aid to nations it views as unfriendly or voting against its interests at the United Nations. Nonetheless, the answer isnt simply more aid. In 2017, Afghanistan was the highest recipient of US aid, US$4.7 billion, but much of the more than US$120 billion given by the US to the country since October 2001 has been wasted, disappeared, stolen through corruption or simply cannot be accounted for by Washington.

Australia has also invested heavily in Afghanistan and seen few positive results. Canberra stumbled into the war with little understanding of what it was trying to achieve (apart from blindly fo...


BEHIND BARS PART 5: Australias Shocking Cruelty To Aboriginal People With Disabilities: The Need For Large-Scale Change "IndyWatch Feed National"

The abuse of Aboriginal prisoners with disabilities in Australian jails is confronting, and ongoing. In the final piece in this special 5-part series for New Matilda, Michael Brull makes the case for urgent action. Click on the numbers to read each of the other stories in the series 1, 2, 3 and 4.


Lack of medical care

HRW observed: All prisoners face delayed or inadequate access to health care due to overcrowding. Prisoners with disabilities, however, face particular barriers accessing specialized services due to lack of proper diagnoses, long waiting lists, negative staff attitudes, and lack of resources. Impossibly large caseloads prevent mental health professionals from providing appropriate care for prisoners, who often have complex needs. Furthermore, Mental health staff often fail to discuss with prisoners the nature, purpose, risks, and benefits of different types of treatment so that the prisoner is not in a position to make informed decisions on whether or not to consent to the treatment. The effectiveness of their work is also often impeded by antagonistic relations between prisoners and prison staff.

The difficulties begin with the admission process. When prisoners are taken into prison, staff do not have the time, training, or tools to effectively identify people with disabilities and their support needs. Both the Western Australia and Queensland Departments of Corrective Services said staff receive initial training on disability and mental health, but there is no specific refresher or on-going training required or provided.

As staff do not identify the disabilities and needs of prisoners, prisons fail to provide appropriate and adequate services and accommodations for the particular needs of prisoners with disabilities. Prisons in Western Australia and Queensland were not consistently assessing or collecting data on disability (NSW may be exempt, due to the government refusing to cooperate with HRW). A WA prison nurse said, There is no disability assessment here. We dont have time, we dont have the facilities, and we dont have the nursing staff. Prison is not set up for people with disabilities....


First, Do No Harm: Voluntourism And The Harm Of Medical Electives "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its one thing to volunteer overseas to help the sick and poor. Its another thing altogether to do it for the tourism and adventure. Sarah Forsyth explains.

Helping the local sick and injured by day, relaxing in a tropical villa by night an idealistic image of what an international medical elective might look like for some. Unbeknown to many of the bright eyed, eager medical students, wanting to help those in need while building their clinical skills, lies the potential for overwhelming harm associated with these short-term placements.

Non-maleficence (do no harm), one of the four pillars of medical ethics from the Geneva Declaration (a revision of the Hippocratic Oath) is key to medical practise to ensure patients are not harmed when seeking medical treatment. However, in the unfamiliar environment of an international medical elective, where confidence is placed in a foreign medical student, this value can sometimes be unintentionally lost.

It is because of this, a discussion among medical students regarding the distinction between volunteering and voluntourism must be had.



Voluntourism focuses on the experience of the visitor (the voluntourist), giving individuals an experience of a holiday while helping a community in need. Projects Abroad, one of the largest volunteer organisations who assist people to find volunteer placements around the world, describes voluntourism as doing meaningful volunteer work while also participating in tourism. This has ultimately become the commercialisation of volunteering in the developing world.

However, often there is no requirement for an individual to have any specific training, if at all, and participants can elect to do a medical placement with little or no medical knowledge or experience.

In the case of medical students, trust can be placed upon them to perform procedures they have little to no knowledge about. The concept of see one, do one, teach one when it comes to medical procedures can be an effective way to master things such as taking blood, but in an under-resourced, under-staffed setting with improper supervision for more complicated procedures, there is potential for putting both the voluntourist and the locals at risk of negative long term health outcomes. The short time frames in many of these placements disallows for continuity of care, and often mistakes and complications are left in the hands of local health practitioners whose workload is already stretched.

There appears to be a misconception that any care in these developing countries is better than no care, which may contribute to the acceptance of lower standards in underprivileged settings. For-profit organisations, such as Projects Abroad, have an economic driven agenda, forcing the idea that th...


EP 238: Gold Class & Kitchens Floor "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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Photo: Robbie Atkin (GC) Ryan Topez (KF)

Gold Class

Recorded and mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at Against The Grain Fest, Brisbane, 27th August 2017

Starting in Melbourne in 2014, Gold Class has had a rapid rise to where they are today. They have released a 7 inch, written, recorded and released their debut album Its You via well known tastemaker label Spunk Records here in Australia, as well as scoring an international release through Felte Records for the US and Europe.

2017 saw them follow up with the release of Drum. Produced by The Drones Gareth Liddiard, their second album builds on the post-punk sounds established on Its You, with a new found forward momentum.

Kitchens Floor

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the 4ZZZ Carpark, Brisbane, 26th August 2017

Kitchens Floor was formed in 2007 by...


Making The Market: Australians And Their Role In The Online Abuse Of Children "IndyWatch Feed National"

The online abuse of children is a growing problem, and Australia in particular has an important role to play, given were one of the bigger markets. Matthew C. Clarke explains.

In a well-reported case during 2017, an Australian and a Filipino were arrested for the repeated sexual abuse of a girl from the age of 10 to 15. The Filipino was the girls mother. The Australian never touched the girl, but watched over the internet from home, and paid the mother to instruct the girl how he wanted her to act.

This case exemplifies a growing international market in online child abuse.

The horror goes by various names. Cybersex trafficking to some. Live online child sexual abuse is favoured by the Interagency Working Group in their Luxembourg Guidelines. Live distant child abuse is preferred by the recent Australian report Behind the Screen. I will use the phrase online child sexual exploitation (OSEC), which is becoming more commonly used, especially in the Philippines.

All of those phrases refer to a marketplace in which observers pay for young children typically under 12 to be filmed performing sexual acts. The children are coerced to perform under the immediate supervision of someone with a web cam and at the behest of a paying customer who directs the degradation under the safe anonymity of the internet.

It is hard to write dispassionately about such crimes.

Bagong Silang, a Manila slum which is home to more than one million people.

When I visited the Philippines recently, OSEC was front-and-centre in the minds of child care agencies and in the attention of the public. I spoke with the directors of child care agencies among the poorer communities of Cebu and Manila, and all were concerned about the growing market in this type of abuse.

We are not just talking about naked photos snapped while a child takes a bath though even that can entail exploitation, coercion and lasting trauma but a continuum of deliberate and repeated physical abuse that includes babies under one-year-old. In at least one case reported in the Philippines, the abuse...


North And South Korea Move Forward, While The US Runs In Circles "IndyWatch Feed National"

Peace suddenly looks almost possible on the Korean peninsular, but America looks unlikely to fall into step, and Australia will almost surely follow their lead. Max Atkinson explains.

Recent events on the Korean Peninsula call for a more independent foreign policy. This is despite the Prime Ministers assertion that Australia is an appendage of the US and will go wherever Donald Trump the most quixotic of American presidents takes us.

It is also a matter of urgency given Trumps insistence that the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) be forced to give up its nuclear deterrent, if necessary by a pre-emptive US attack. This is despite the Norths resolve, reflecting its own history, that it will never do so.

US president Donald Trump and North Korean president Kim Jong-un

The symbolism of competing under a specially designed unifying flag has been dramatic and effective. This was followed by a ground-breaking invitation, hand-delivered by Kim Jong-uns sister, for President Moon to visit Pyongyang for the first meeting between the two leaders since 2007.

Meanwhile, US Vice-President Mike Pence, seated just below her at the opening ceremony, had his own symbolism. He brought with him the father of Otto Warmbier, the US student who died shortly after release from a North Korean prison. It would remind everyone that this regime a family dynasty backed by a military dictatorship is one of the most inhuman the world has known.

The underlying message, also used to justify the Iraq War, is clear: although long-settled principles of international law prohibit the use of force other than in response to an imminent attack, the cruelty of this regimes leaders will justify a pre-emptive strike if it is in the interests of the US, even if it means the deaths of thousands of innocent Koreans from both North and South.



Journalism as a Cooperative "IndyWatch Feed National"

Another parliamentary inquiry into how to rescue public interest journalism has come and gone, having raised barely a ripple. Is it because nobody cares? Is it because theres no money in it? Is it because Read more


China, voracious buyer of foreign agricultural land "IndyWatch Feed National"


AFP/File | With 1.4 billion mouths to feed, but less than 10 percent of the planets arable land, China has looked abroad to fill its food needs

BEIJING (AFP)  A Chinese tycoons purchase of vast wheat fields in France highlights Chinas increasing acquisition of foreign farmland as the Asian giant seeks to keep up with its massive populations growing appetite.With 1.4 billion mouths to feed one-fifth of the worlds population but less than 10 percent of the planets arable land, China has looked abroad to fill its food needs.

In addition to rising consumption, appalling food safety scandals at home have also boosted the appeal of imported products, seen as safer bets.

Chinese investment in agriculture abroad has soared to at least $94 billion since 2010, with almost half of that invested in the past two years, according to statistics from US-based think tanks, the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation.

Private and state-owned Chinese enterprises have made investments covering nine million hectares (22 million acres) in developing countries as of 2012. But in recent years, attention has shifted to Australia, the United States and Europe.

Here are some of Chinas biggest overseas agriculture deals:

Australian mega ranch

In 2016, Chinese property developer Shanghai CRED went in with a local mining group to purchase the biggest ranch in the world S. Kidman & Co in Australia, which owns 185,000 cattle and controls 2.5 percent of all the countrys agricultural land.

The acquisition came on the heels of a controversial 2012 takeover of Australias largest cotton farm by Chinese company Shandong Ruyi.

New Zealand dairy

Chinese food giants Bright Food, Yili and Pengxin have bought dozens of New Zealand dairy farms despite grumbling local farmers, and now churn out products there that are very highly regarded in the mainland market.

American pork

Pork producer WH Group, formerly known as Shuanghui International Holdings, bought US company Smithfield Foods for $4.7 billion in 2013. With debt included, the deal was worth $7.1 billion.

Ukraine rejection

In 2013, reports that Ukraine the breadbasket of Europe would lease three million hectares of agricultural land to a Chinese group sparked a heated controversy, b...


Travelling When Broken: A Memoir "IndyWatch Feed National"

I am sobbing as surreptitiously as I can in a scungy Indonesian bathroom, clutching two strawberry daiquiris bigger than my head. My cleavage is blistering beneath someone elses Bintang and outside, Rihanna is shrieking at some fleshy Western youths to WOOOOORK! as they jump frantically under orange strobes.

I want to stab myself in the eye with a biodegradable fork, or sink down into the dark depths of the Indian Ocean, a silent and unassuming mollusk, hiding comfortably in that soft salty womb forevermore.


But, alas. I cant.

I found out something horrible about my parents on the night Trump was elected. Damn straight ABC News that was a night to remember. There was something oddly comforting about the entire world getting on my grief wavelength: the wailing Hilary t-shirt wearers, the funereal meme reels.

Before 2016, I had a happy multicultural family who cooked vegetarian stews and played acoustic guitar in the garden reasonably regularly. But life is often a little bitch, and you cant always get what you want. How right you are Sir Mick Jagger. How right you are.

Following The Event, I flailed in a cesspit of angsty despair for three weeks, looking angrily out of the window of inner-city buses and weeping despondently at 2am to Bon Iver. Once this started getting a bit boring, I booked a flight to Bali for a Global Hobo workshop, ready to eat, pray and love the shit out of my broken identity and nauseating footing on the precipice of my life.

When I touched down in Denpasar, I was chuffed: no regrets, no returns baby. Australia lay silent on the other side of the ocean. Emails could be fielded, phone calls blanked. Nobody knew who I was.

While travelling, one can be whomever they please: a Muscovite heiress, a convicted felon from Arizona. The possibilities are endless, and theres nothing out there but the Australian Federal Government, your increasingly anxious mum and your very obvious lack of a Russian accent to blow your cover.

At first, lots of hot surfers and turquoise pools were enough to make me think Id hacked the system. All my panicking woes were dele...


Trust No Fart "IndyWatch Feed National"

The night air was thick and warm as the streets of Vietnams Ho Chi Minh City pulsated with energy. I slipped into a local supermarket to grab some last-minute snacks, something that had become a ritual when prepping for an overnight bus ride. The supermarket aisles were just as relentless as the motorbike filled streets. All I wanted to do was run in, get what supplies I needed and get out.

Tall shelves cascaded over me as I tried to make out the aisle signs. Busy lives pushed past with baskets and trolleys, oblivious to my presence. I stood there in a daze. The hairs on my arms rose as a cool sensation swept through my body and turned into a burning fire.

As I held onto my lower gut, another wave came crashing, then disappeared as quickly as it had arrived. I tried to disregard the sensation that crept over me, sending further uncertainty through my body. My stomach began to feel as if it was performing an acrobatic routine with gasping twists, turns and gut-wrenching tumbles. My breathing became heavier and I started reciting the items on my shopping list over and over in my head trying to drown out the gurgling coming from my stomach with the sound of my own voice.

Water, Oreos, crackers, GURGLE!
Water, Oreos, GURGLE, crackers!
GURGLE, water, Oreos, crackers!

I spotted the snack aisle and beelined towards it, pushing past anybody that stood in my way. As the gurgles began to overtake the sound of my chanting, a feeling of urgency came upon me, so I scanned the shelf, sifting through seaweed and mi goreng-flavoured chips. Losing sight of my mission as the exotic flavours of the snack aisle took my attention, I felt another wave, except this time it was more like a tsunami.

Just like that, there it was: warm but subtle as it slipped right through me, taking advantage of my distracted mind. As it broke the air, I snapped out of my trance, trying to clench my butt cheeks together, but it was too late. The deed was already done.

I shat myself. In public. Wearing nothing but a skimpy g-string in an A-cut style mini dress.

There was nothing to conceal what I had bestowed upon the local supermarket shoppers, who just innocent bystanders to my atrocity. Droplets of sweat formed on my forehead and cascaded down my face to meet with my tears of self-pity. I couldnt believe my own body had defied me as I stood there, holding in every last bit of what was left of my lunch.

I wanted to throw myself onto the floo...


Robert Steele: Pedophilia and Empire Satan, Sodomy, Judges, and Pedophilia From Florida in America to Norfolk Island in Australia, the Great Game Evolves "IndyWatch Feed National"

Robert David STEELE Vivas

Pedophilia and Empire: Satan, Sodomy, Judges, and Pedophilia

From Florida in America to Norfolk Island in Australia, the Great Game Evolves

American Herald Tribune

25 February 2018

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There was a time when the Great Game revolved around kings, queens, prime ministers and presidents using diplomats, armies, and spies, to accomplish their grand strategic objectives, with spies and lies being the darker side of the business.

Today there is a much darker side to affairs of state, one that involves Satan, sodomy, judges, and pedophilia that crosses over into torture, murder, as well as the harvesting of blood, bone marrow, and body parts from the most vulnerable among us, our children.

I am the Chief Counsel and a Commissioner for the treaty-mandated International Tribunal for Natural Justice, as recently endorsed in its humanitarian mission by senior Australian officials among many others. I am also a former spy recently recommended for the Nobel Peace Prize, and a widely-published author on the dark side of intelligence and governance.

As the Australian Prime Minister visits the United States of America (where he will be briefed on what we know about Deep State and Shadow Government corruption in his...


Pastor Neville Johnson. Liked blow jobs from his three young AOG church secretaries. Academy of Light Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Bobbie Houston of Hillsongs pastor in New Zealand. Former head pastor at Queen St Assemblies of God Church in Auckland New Zealand. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson today. Still an errant false prophet, liar and con-artist. Neville Johnson has conned many people out of large sums of money in Ponzi schemes in recent times. Angry victims are looking for his home address to recover their lost savings even asking me if I know where he lives. He lives in Maleny, Queensland. Its a small town so youll easily find him.

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson. Academy of Light Ministries, Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Liked blow-jobs from his three young church secretaries while praying to the Lord and fasting in Auckland, New Zealand motel rooms with them.



Pastor Neville Johnson of Academy of Light based in Maleny, Queensland, Australia. False prophet. Former head pastor of Queen Street, Assemblies of God, Auckland, New Zealand. Likes blow jobs from young church secretaries and ripping people off in very dodgy financial schemes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Neville Johnson of Academy of Light Ministries, Queensland, Australia false prophet Please keep away from him and whatever you do, dont give him or his ministry any cash and steer well clear of his prophecies and financial and Ponzi schemes. and if youre a young church secretary, be watchful, and be warned


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00008 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.25 AUD


PERTH Another attempted carjacking near Perth as man allegedly tries to steal two cars in Clackline "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Another attempted carjacking near Perth as man allegedly tries to steal two cars in Clackline .

February 24, 2018 at 06:59PM .

A 25-YEAR-OLD Beechboro man has been charged with aggravated assault after allegedly attacking a man and trying to carjack two vehicles in Clackline on Friday. Police allege that about 5.20pm, the Beechboro man drove his green Toyota Landcruiser through the front gate of a property on Refactory .


PERTH Murder charge over Perth carjack death "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Murder charge over Perth carjack death .

February 25, 2018 at 10:11AM .

A man has been charged with murder after injuring a woman, who later died, during a botched carjacking in Perth. The 25-year-old Mirrabooka man is also facing vehicle theft, stealing and aggravated burglary charges and will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on Sunday. The woman was attacked .


PERTH Man charged with womans murder after attempted carjacking in Mirrabooka "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man charged with womans murder after attempted carjacking in Mirrabooka .

February 25, 2018 at 11:07AM .

A man accused of running over and killing a 51-year-old woman while trying to steal her car in Perths north has been charged with murder. Mother-of-two Marija Karovska was rushed to hospital following the incident outside her home on Cedar Court in Mirrabooka on Friday, but she died a short time .



Internet Security and Interference "IndyWatch Feed National"

This morning Gumshoe News had the above WARNING: Your connection is not private. It makes out that you are about to be attacked. The question is: by whom?

I received numerous emails, some of congratulations, saying that we are being noticed, and interfered with. This may or may not be the case, but I immediately called the hosting company in the US, and they reissued the SSL certificate. It had been invalidized somehow, causing this problem. It is a reminder that total control of the internet is only a click-of-switch away.

We dont only have to worry about viruses and hackers. It is the anti-virus programs that we voluntarily download, for our safety, that spy on us and steal our data and contacts.

Having lived in a police state before, Australians dont seem to understand how the States behaviour is constantly training us all to obey. For the moment, the internet appears ...




The Greens have shown their true colours on natural medicine and sided with skeptics to fight to stop the Bill that was passed in Canberra (Thurs, 15 Feb) that supports complementary medicine. Read More


WA's Corruption & Crime Commission smashed in damning report - unlawful warrants, false testimony - keystone cops "IndyWatch Feed National"

John McKechnie was the WA DPP who stopped Dave McAlpine's investigation into the AWU - including his search warrants for Slater and Gordon et al. I know of several of our readers who've made complaints to the CCC about the forged letter purporting to have been signed by Ray Neal...


How skeptics are trying to influence the Senate "IndyWatch Feed National"

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AUSTRALIAS anti-complementary medicine groups have launched a scaremongering campaign claiming changes to the Therapeutic Goods Act will put public safety at risk, which is nonsense. Read More


February 25 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1802 - Boston Bay in South Oz was desperately in need of a name so Matthew Flinders obliged when he tip toed around its edges.

1817 - There were now 20 children at the Native School.
I have been much delighted with having them read and spell They read with so much boldness and attention as supprised [sic] me, wrote the Methodist missionary, the Reverend Samuel Leigh.

1825 - Crikey they were stretching their necks in job lots in Hobart!

1825 - Henry McConnell Hanged at Hobart for robbery.
1825 - Jeremiah Ryan Hanged at Hobart for murder and robbery.
1825 - Charles Ryder Hanged at Hobart for murder and robbery.
1825 - James Bryant Hanged at Hobart for murder and robbery.
1825 - Black Jack (or Jack Roberts) Hanged at Hobart for the murder of Patrick McCarthy.
1825 - John Logan Hanged at Hobart for attempting to shoot Mr Shoobridge.
1825 - Musquito Hanged at Hobart for a murder at Grindstone Bay.
1825 - Peter Thackery Hanged at Hobart for bushranging and robbery.

1841 - Bunbury was coming up in the world and became the next housing boom area when it was surveyed as a town site.

1841 - In a sign that the youth of the age had nought to better themselves with Eddie John Eyre, a mere whipper-snapper at 25 yrs, strolled 1,000 miles from Adelaide to Albany in WA.

1842 - The bodies of 3 Indigenous women and 1 small child were found in the Portland area while another woman was wounded but found to be alive.
Witnesses stated they were fired upon at close range by a group of 8 white settlers.

1848 - Ludwig Leichardt and his party set off for a progressive dinner from the Darling Downs to cross Oz from east to west but they never made it for the starter soup.

1864 - The Banana Benders had developed a love for the iron horse aka railroad when they began work on their first track from Ipswich to Toowoomba.

1884 - The Taranaki Herald told all who'd listen how the Wairarapa and the Adelaide were racing...which all ended in tears, of course.
Brisbane was flooded, again, with 4 Chinamen drowned in Lawnsville.
And the former Inspector of Govt Schools apparently dropped off the perch.
School stress was knocking them off back then.

1890 - The Colonist was proclaiming that some chappie with a knighthood was babbling about the 'character of the territory of Western Australia'.
All I know is - let 'em secede if they want and replace 'em with a couple of Kiwi AFL teams.

1890 - Author Robert Louis Stevenson was enjoying his stay in Sydney soooo much he parked his posterior in the foyer of the Union Club and penned Father Damien, An Open Letter To The Reverend Dr Hyde of Honolulu.



Doug Mesner Or One of His Group Taunting Me "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sending me an email today through an email with MY name

I say it is happening- he says he is doing it- there is undisputable proof these weapons exist- and still there is no help to be found

This was sent after he watched my new video. Weird how proud he is causing another torment- but then what can anyone epect from a self proclaimed Satanist?


Trump Says US Goal In Syria Is To Get ISIS And Go Home "IndyWatch Feed National"

President Donald Trump appeared to be contradict his own State Department by saying the US goal in Syria is to get rid of ISIS and to go home During a press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm [...]


Trump bucks Pentagon, State Dept. on US goal in Syria - doesn't include regime change "IndyWatch Feed National"

President Donald Trump appeared to dash the hopes of interventionists and contradict his own administration officials, by declaring that US troops' mission in Syria is limited to defeating ISIS and doesn't include regime change. "We're there for one reason: to get ISIS and get rid of ISIS, and to go home," Trump said on Friday, during a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the White House. "We're not there for any other reason and we've largely accomplished our goal." While Trump did not hesitate to call the Syrian government "a humanitarian disgrace," criticizing Russia and Iran for their involvement, his comments implied the US military also had no business in Syria beyond the 'ultimate' goal of defeating Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).


Batman: A Unique Federal By-Election "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Batman (Vic): ALP vs Green 1.0%
Ged Kearney (ALP) vs Alex Bhathal (Green)
Incumbent David Feeney (ALP) resigned over eligibility issues
Outlook: Greens favoured if Liberals do not contest

A by-election will be held for the Victorian seat of Batman in the near future after David Feeney became the first confirmed Labor casualty of the Section 44 citizenship fiasco.  Feeney threw in the towel when he was unable to find any positive evidence that he had renounced his UK citizenship circa 2007. Some Labor insiders believe the seat is now unsaveable while some are more upbeat that they may just hold it.

This could be the last time we'll be referring to the seat by the name "Batman".  There's a significant campaign to rename it after Simon Wonga, but that won't be decided until the redistribution process concludes later this year.

The heavy lifting by way of preview has already been done at Tally Room and Poll Bludger with their excellent by-election guides.  The seat's dramatically split voting pattern was laid out by Michael McCarthy in his pieces (here's the latest) on the "hipster-proof fence" (aka Tofu Curtain, Great Wall of Quinoa, Corduroy Line) around Bell Street, which divides the Green-friendlier and Labor-friendlier sides of the electorate.  Also of interest may be Kosmos Samaras' analysis of why Labor is getting trashed by the Greens in inner-city seats like the state seat of Northcote (the southern half of Batman) and what they can try to do about it.  A convenient step-up in attacks on the proposed Adani coal mine in Queensland probably isn't it (at least, not by itself).

All that really remains for me to do is to put this by-election into its proper historic context, by telling you it really doesn't have one.  It's been said that all by-elections are unique, but this one is especially so. And while that might sound like an open invitation to pay slavish attention to the polling that is bound to appear, I don't recommend doing that either.  Seat polling in Australia is a struggling enterprise at the best of times, but inner-city seats with high enrolment churn are especially hard to poll and we've seen a chain of severe (at times, double-digit) polling failures in them.  In 2016 in this seat, Newspoll had Labor w...


'Get ISIS and go home': Trump bucks Pentagon and State Dept. on ultimate US goal in Syria "IndyWatch Feed National"

President Donald Trump appeared to dash the hopes of interventionists and contradict his own administration officials, by declaring that US troops' mission in Syria is limited to defeating ISIS and doesn't include regime change. "We're there for one reason: to get ISIS and get rid of ISIS, and to go home," Trump said on Friday, during a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the White House. "We're not there for any other reason and we've largely accomplished our goal." While Trump did not hesitate to call the Syrian government "a humanitarian disgrace," criticizing Russia and Iran for their involvement, his comments implied the US military also had no business in Syria beyond the 'ultimate' goal of defeating Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). "Ultimately, there has to be a political settlement," said Turnbull, noting that Australian troops in the region have been focused on training the Iraqi military and not so much on Syria.

Saturday, 24 February


This is a romance novel, not journalism. The Guardian is shit, but this is the next level. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thanks to reader JM for the tip on this "news" report from The Guardian. 'I will be unemployed if I lose': Ged Kearney and Labor's uphill fight to save Batman Bill Shortens star candidate is fighting for every vote while defending Labors stance on Adani and asylum seekers Calla Wahlquist...


A brief history of Australia's eeriest alien encounters "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Lucky Country has had no shortage of strange encounters of the third kind over the decades. Here, we recount some of the strangest. The struth is out there. Think about it: massive expanse of land, plenty of room to take the saucer for a spin without much scrutiny, decent population of humans lurking about for the odd probing... Australia just might be the perfect spot for vacationing aliens. Though Oz might not be known as the UFO hub of the world, Australians have reported an impressive number of eerie encounters with unexplained phenomena over the decades. Here's a rundown of some of the most harrowing home-grown 'X-Files' occurrences.


The only winners in the Barnaby Joyce scandal are social media users who flexed their muscle "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Barnaby Joyce scandal is not going away just because he announced he will resign on Monday (26-2-18). The sexual harassment complaint will make sure it is front page news for weeks if not months to come. The real danger for Barnaby is that other women might come forward if other rumours are true as []


Donald Trump backs joint naval exercises in South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian, Singaporean and Malaysian navy ships during exercises in the South China Sea.Australian, Singaporean and Malaysian navy ships during exercises in the South China Sea. Julianne Cropley

US President Donald Trump said he would love the Australian Navy to join the United States in freedom of navigation exercises in the South China Sea.

Australia has previously diplomatically avoided directly participating in the exercises, which represent statements against Chinas incursion into the international waterways and crucial maritime trade routes.

Asked if the United States would like to have Australian naval ships join the exercises, Mr Trump was effusive.

We would love to have Australia involved and I think Australia wants us to stay involved, he said.

Mr Trump again warned of war if sanctions failed to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear campaign.Mr Trump again warned of war if sanctions failed to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear campaign. PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop last week said US warships, positioned in Darwin as part of the building US presence in Australias north, could conduct freedom of navigation exercises from there. But she again stopped short of advocating a direct role for Australian ships, something which would irritate Beijing.

Mr Trump extended the offer during a joint press conference with Mr Turnbull at the White House on Saturday.

The pair had just met for 90 minutes to discuss the usual issues of regional security and trade.

They swapped platitudes about the ongoing strength of the relati...


Bitcoin Is Finding Its Way into High Schools "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bitcoin Is Finding Its Way into High Schools

Over the past few years, colleges and universities all over the world have been creating courses revolving around cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. Now the subject is slowly infecting the halls of high school students who want to learn about these emerging technologies. Because of the increased student interest, this week a Business and Personal Finance teacher from Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey announced plans to add the topic of cryptocurrencies to his course next semester.

Also read: Ross Ulbricht Denied Post-Conviction Relief Extension

Younger Generations Are Becoming Very Interested In Bitcoin

Students all over the world are interested in cryptocurrencies and the subject is being taught throughout many college campuses. However, the trend is starting to find its way into high school classrooms as younger scholars are fascinated by this technology. Just recently reported on a high school in Brisbane Australia where students had such an interest in bitcoin that it prompted students to create a cryptocurrency information night. This week the students at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey are also curious about digital currencies and the schools Business and Personal Finance class plans to add cryptocurrencies to the course next semester.



PERTH Woman attacks police after Perth stair run "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Woman attacks police after Perth stair run .

February 24, 2018 at 01:33AM .

the woman, it will be alleged she punched and kicked an officer. The officer suffered scratches to the face, as well as bruising to the face and legs, police said. The 46-year-old Thornlie woman has been charged with assaulting a public officer and will appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today. .


PERTH Sydney brothel madames brother is arrested and charged in connection to $1billion meth bust "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Sydney brothel madames brother is arrested and charged in connection to $1billion meth bust .

February 24, 2018 at 08:45AM .

The brother of former brothel madame Jameile Lahood is the fourth person in New South Wales to be arrested in a $1 billion drug bust. Jabour Anthony Lahood was arrested in his home in Sydneys north-west on Thursday, according to The Daily Telegraph. His sister is the former owner of Stilettos, .



PERTH Man arrested in connection to biggest drug bust in history "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man arrested in connection to biggest drug bust in history .

February 24, 2018 at 08:30AM .

THE brother of a former Sydney brothel madam has been arrested in connection to the biggest drug bust in Australian history worth more than $1 billion. On Thursday police arrested Jabour Anthony Lahood at his Dural home in Sydneys northwest and charged him over his alleged role in importing 1.2 .


PERTH Woman charged after driving vehicle into staircase at Elizabeth Quay "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Woman charged after driving vehicle into staircase at Elizabeth Quay .

February 24, 2018 at 01:33AM .

It didnt end there, police say an officer was set upon by the woman when they approached her. Police were called, and found the woman walking away from the auto. The woman, from the southern suburb of Thornlie, was charged with assaulting a public officer and will appear in Perth Magistrates Court .



The Craig Emerson expose on his relationship with GILLARD "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here's the intro at the top of The Australian's home page. And here's the start of the 2,483 word piece authored by Emo in The Weekend Australian Magazine. 2,483 words, promoted as Emo opening up on his relationship with Gillard. So what did he say about that matter? In Canberra...


MACKAY Man alleged drove at a group of people at West Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 24, 2018 at 11:16AM ,

Man alleged drove at a group of people at West Mackay

February 24, 2018 at 11:16AM ,

A MAN has been charged after a car was allegedly driven at a group of people in West Mackay, injuring a man. Preliminary information suggests at around 3.10am a vehicle was allegedly driven into the front yard of a Perry Street address and directly at a group of men and a woman. The car allegedly

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MACKAY Dangerous operation, West Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 24, 2018 at 01:56PM ,

Dangerous operation, West Mackay

February 24, 2018 at 01:56PM ,

He has been charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle and adversely affected by an intoxicating substance and is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on February 26. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

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MACKAY Intoxicated man drives car at group outside Mackay home hitting one, police allege "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 24, 2018 at 04:00PM ,

Intoxicated man drives car at group outside Mackay home hitting one, police allege

February 24, 2018 at 04:00PM ,

He has been charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle and adversely affected by an intoxicating substance (alcohol) and was due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday. A police spokeswoman said investigations into the circumstances surrounding the alleged hit-and-run were

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MACKAY Man charged after allegedly driving at group of people in Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 24, 2018 at 02:18PM ,

Man charged after allegedly driving at group of people in Mackay

February 24, 2018 at 02:18PM ,

The driver then allegedly reversed the vehicle and fled the scene. A 30-year-old man has been charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle and adversely affected by an intoxicating substance and is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on February 26. Share this on Facebook Share this on

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The Tragicomedy of Russiagate "IndyWatch Feed National"

The whole election-meddling distraction is remarkable in both comic and tragic ways. The tragedy can be summed up in three words: New Cold War. At a time when the U.S. and Russian governments ought to be working toward nuclear disarmament, relations are deteriorating dangerously. As the estimable Australian writer Caitlin Johnstone, notes, despite Donald Trumps Continue reading "The Tragicomedy of Russiagate"

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The Tragicomedy of Russiagate "IndyWatch Feed National"

The whole election-meddling distraction is remarkable in both comic and tragic ways. The tragedy can be summed up in three words: New Cold War. At a time when the U.S. and Russian governments ought to be working toward nuclear disarmament, relations are deteriorating dangerously. As the estimable Australian writer Caitlin Johnstone, notes, despite Donald Trump's Continue reading "The Tragicomedy of Russiagate" The post The Tragicomedy of Russiagate appeared first on Original.


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00008 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.25 AUD


The websites of two Australian UFO groups "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear readers,

As I write this my home City's temperature is sitting on 23.3 degrees centigrade, which is rather comfortable, compared to a hot week ahead for my former home town of Adelaide which is bracing itself for several days around 38-39 degrees centigrade. 

Overseas, you hear of Australia's beach culture, and one of the reasons is indeed our hot climate, especially during February - traditionally our hottest month.

So with a glass of Victorian chardonnay at my side, and hubby looking after the kids, I sat down to take a look at the websites of two of the biggest UFO organisations in Australia. Here are my observations.

1. UFO Research (New South Wales) Incorporated.

Up front I must say that I am far more interested in the quality of information provided on a website, than how it looks to the viewer. I found this website to be extremely easy to navigate, having just four main areas, namely 'events;' 'sightings;' 'membership;' and 'archives.' It opens up to the 'events' page.

Here we find current events - details of the group's upcoming monthly meetings, with speakers and a summary of what they will be talking about. Over the last few years, under the leadership of Mariana Flynn (recently retired as President) a large range of overseas speakers have appeared at the group's meeting, together with a diverse range of Australian researchers. Here you can also sign up for notifications of events by email. 

The 'sightings' area opens up to (a) report a sighting; (b) UFO sightings guestbook and (c) UFO sighting reports. Individuals wishing to report a UFO sighting can choose to either complete an on-line report form, or write a guestbook entry. When I checked out the guest book, I found reports dated between 1958 and 2017. Many of these appear to be of mundane objects, and it would hav...


The website of UFO Research Queensland Incorporated "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear readers,

I am running a couple of days late with this post, due to illness in the family. This week I am continuing my look at the websites of Australia's major UFO groups. Last time it was UFO Research (New South Wales) Incorporated and the UFO & Paranormal Research Society of Australia. Today it is the website of UFO Research Queensland Incorporated. 

UFORQ for short, states on its website that it was established in 1956 and is Australia's oldest UFO Association. There are seven tabs on the home page, namely 'About Us;' 'Sightings;' 'Meetings;' 'Resources;' 'Shop;' 'Blog' and 'Join UFORQ.'

I started off by reading the history of the group under 'About Us.' I should say histories, as there is a short section titled 'History' and a much longer section titled 'A brief history.' I think someone needs to edit this section of the website.

Here we also find out some of the motivation of the group. '...we want to be there when the great body of hidden information is finally brought into the public domain...' Unfortunately, there is no definition provided of what exactly this 'hidden information' might be (I suppose its hidden after all!) Nor is there any indication of who the group thinks might hold this knowledge. It all reeks of conspiracy theory.

My main  interest is not in the body running a website, but in the quality (or otherwise) of the data on it. So I next took a look at the 'Sightings' tab. Here you can either report a sighting or take a look at sighting reports post 1997. This is disappointing as the groups' excellent research works of the 1950's and 1960's - the heyday for unknown Australian sightings, is not available to us here.

As with the sightings area for the websites of the previous two groups, there appears little to no analysis of the sightings. No attempt to provide mundane explanations for the 95% of UFO reports which are universally recognised to be explainable. This is a great disappointment to me.



The website of Victorian UFO Action "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear readers,

The family is out for the day, so it's now my time to indulge in my hobby - UFOlogy. 

Today's post is continuing my look at websites of Australian UFO groups. After several years away from the topic of UFOs, this is one way to re-acquaint myself with today's UFOlogy. So after looking at New South Wales and Queensland it is time for my home state of Victoria, and the sole UFO group website I could find, that of Victorian UFO Action.

A few general observations

Interestingly unlike UFO Research (NSW) Inc. and UFO Research (Qld) Inc. VUFOA does not have the word 'research' in their name. I was therefore interested to see just what it is that the group does?

I mentioned in previous posts that I don't usually bother about the appearance of a site, being more interested in the content. However I am going to make an exception for the VUFOA website. It is cluttered; and visually overwhelming to my eyes. It scrolls down and down and down, unlike most website home pages which are short and to the point. Coloured letters and lots of icons don't make for a good first impression with me.


There are nine tabs along the top of the home page,  'Home;' 'About us;' 'donations;' 'members pages;' 'search VUFOA;' 'guestbook;' 'report a sighting;'seek support' and 'more.'

'Home' of course is the home page.

'About us' opens up into 'contact us;' 'team members' and 'media releases.' 

'Contact us' brings up a preformatted form w...


March In Your Patch "IndyWatch Feed National"

March, the month named after Mars, the Roman God of War, is an excellent month to wage war on your patch. Be it ripping out the weeds, mulching up a storm, or popping in a plethora of plants, March is the ultimate time to launch a full scale (but well planned) attack on you patch! So, all you weekend warriors March into action!

Warm Areas

Frost free or occasional light frosts (North from about Coffs Harbour and all the way across to the west to Geraldton)

  • Okay, its still pretty warm out there, but you could certainly consider popping in the following incredible edibles, especially towards the tail end of the month. Consider cabbage, Asian greens, rocket, silverbeet, cauliflower, beans, peas, spring onions, leeks, radish or cucumber.
  • Whack some lettuce in but consider popping them under a shade cloth tent if the days are still quite warm.
  • Hop into the herb patch with coriander (try a slow bolting variety if its still very warm), sweet basil, lemon grass and oregano.
  • Feeling fruity? Go Carmen Miranda with some strawberries, watermelon, citrus, rockmelon, pineapple and passionfruit!
  • Plants feel the need for a feed at this time of year. A seaweed tea, or any low environmental impact liquid fertiliser, is perfect for giving them a kick start as they establish. Apply to the soil early in the morning and in the concentrations mentioned on the packet.
  • Ave a go with an avocado!
  • Begin to prepare your potato beds now.youll be glad you did come April!
  • Pretty up the patch with these flowering fancies- marigolds, sunflowers and pansies, cornflowers, violas, snapdragons, stock, verbena and lavender (non-invasive varieties of course!). Popping these in around your veggies will give some colour and interest to the patch, and act as beneficial insect attractors!
  • Consider a green manure crop to add some life and love to an overworked patch. At this time of year, try millet, oats, lupins or field peas. This will improve your soil incredibly, and, as a bit of forward planning, youll find it well worth the effort!
  • Water smarter at this time of year. Water first thing in the morning, and instead of quickie irrigation, a nice, deep drink a couple of times a week is far more beneficial!
  • Top up mulch on your veggie patches, herb gardens and ornamental beds, especially important for weed suppression at this time of year. A hot tip is to mulch after watering the p...


The Arms Race Furphy: How the Soviet Union Really Collapsed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Earlier this week, New Matilda published a story from economics columnist Ian McAuley on why Donald Trumps strategy of boosting the military was a poor one. He linked it to the arms race that preceded the collapse of the Soviet Union. Iliana Nikolova, a US-based academic, responds.

One of the most intriguing questions of modern history is: Why did the Soviet Union collapse? The dominant narratives offering an answer to this question are two.

  1. One comes from the so-called Western anti-imperialist camp which attributes the collapse of the Soviet Union to the simplistic but popular when-in-doubt-blame-the-CIA theory. This stipulates that the collapse of the Soviet Union was as a result of a CIA orchestrated coup detat in order to clear the way for the American neoliberal/neoconservative agenda.
  2. The other answer is that offered by the Western/American pro-imperialist camp that attributes the collapse on the Soviets themselves, accrediting the demise to the vile mix of a socialist dictatorial regime and the Soviet states deranged obsession with the arms race. This ultimately led to miserable living conditions for the people of the Soviet Union, who, following Western prescriptions for democracy, at some point in the 1990s got enlightened, took to the streets, and the evil socialist regime loss its legitimacy and collapsed.

Both narratives are incomplete and erroneous. Incomplete because they dont take into consideration the historical context and the irrevocable correlation between American imperialism (a by-product of the end of World War II) and the rise of the Soviet Union as a superpower (also a by-product of the end of the World War II). Erroneous because they aim to explain the collapse of the Soviet Union without a critical analysis of global capitalism and its implications on world economic dynamics.

St. Basils Cathedral, Red Square in Moscow. (IMAGE: Flickr, Seth Morabito)

The imperialists narrative is not new, it is the same narrative that their predecessors the colonialists have been using to explain why people around the world were colonized it is their fault, they are backwards, they are aggressive, they cant manage themselves, they live in primitive oppressive societies, they subject the...


When Citizens Set the Budget: Lessons from Ancient Greece "IndyWatch Feed National"

Politicians assume that voters cannot face the financial truth. To democracy experts this is just wrong. Involving voters results in better budgets as shows history from ancient Greece.

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Pamphlets for participatory budgeting processes in New York , a system that dates back to ancient Greece. Credit: Daniel Latorre/Flickr, CC BY

Today elected representatives take the tough decisions about public finances behind closed doors. In doing so, democratic politicians rely on the advice of financial bureaucrats, who, often, cater to the political needs of the elected government. Politicians rarely ask voters what they think of budget options. They are no better at explaining the reasons for a budget. Explanations are usually no more than vacuous phrases, such as jobs and growth or on the move. They never explain the difficult trade-offs that go into a budget nor their overall financial reasoning.

This reluctance to explain public finances was all too evident during the global financial crisis.

In Australia, Britain and France, centre-left governments borrowed huge sums in order to maintain private demand and, in one case, to support private banks. In each country these policies helped a lot to minimise the crisiss human costs.

Yet, in the elections that followed the centre-left politicians that had introduced these policies refused properly to justify them. They feared that voters would not tolerate robust discussion about public finances. Without a justification for their generally good policies each of these government was defeated by centre-right opponents.

In most democracies there is the same underlying problem: elected representatives do not believe that voters can tolerate the financial truth. They assume that democracy is not good at managing public finances. For them it can only balance the budget by leaving voters in the dark.

For decades, we, independently, have studied democracy today and in the ancient past. We have learned that this assumption is dead wrong. There are more and more examples of how involving ordinary voters results in better budgets.

In 1989, councils in poor Brazilian towns began to involve residents in setting budg...


An ecological and humanistic response to Breunig & Fabian's defense of massive immigration to Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

I found what struck me personally as egregious growthist propaganda dressed up as an academic research article on The Conversation, yesterday: "Blaming immigrants for unemployment, lower wages and high house prices is too simplistic." [February 23, 2018 11.26am AEDT]. The article was headed up by professor of economics, Robert Breunig from the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, and co-authored by Mark Fabian, Postgraduate student, Australian National University. Professor Breunig disclosed that he receives funding from the Productivity Commission, which I think is a leopard with continuously changing arrangement of spots according to whatever political background it needs to blend into for survival. Leith van Onselen's debate with Migration Council's CEO Carla Wilshire of the on the ABCs National Wrapdocumented here, seems to illustrate this, but for all I know the professor and his student actually believe what they write.

Jobs! The plaintive refrain and the crocodile tears...

Criticising ex-PM Tony Abbott's extremely belated calls for reducing Australia's immigration-fed overpopulation problems, Breunig and Fabian write, But migrants also bring capital, investing in houses, appliances, businesses, education and many other things. This increases economic activity and the number of jobs available. It sounds like they are describing molecules in a heated gas.

Increasing economic activity increases impact on our environment and politically disempowers us

Increasing economic activity increases impact on our environment and politically disempowers us. Massive population growth in this country is removing our choices of what we can buy with money, whilst inflating the cost of the reduced amenity and shelter that population growth is causing. That's impoverishing. Just on the business side, the cost of premises and paying wages so that employees can afford housing makes Australian businesses globally uncompetitive and provides an explanation for their mysteriously high rate of failure......


Coral Reefs at Risk of Dissolving as Oceans Get More Acidic, Finds Study "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ocean acidification will threaten sediments that are building blocks for reefs.

A man snorkels in an area called the Coral Gardens near Lady Elliot Island, on the Great Barrier Reef, northeast of Bundaberg town in Queensland, Australia, June 11, 2015. Credit: Reuters/David Gray/File Photo

Oslo: Coral reefs could start to dissolve before 2100 as man-made climate change drives acidification of the oceans, scientists said on Thursday.

Acidification will threaten sediments that are building blocks for reefs....


Branching out: a walk along the Moorabool "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Recently I had the opportunity to view a section of the Moorabool River which I had not seen before. At the invitation of Cameron Steele - co-ordinator of the community group People for a Living Moorabool or PALM as they are known - I accompanied a small group of interested walkers along a short section (a little over 3km) of the river heading downstream from Slate Quarry road where it crosses the Moorabool to the north east of Meredith. The bridge of the same name which crosses the river at this point dates, I believe to 1922, and may be the topic of a future post.

Slate Quarry Bridge, February, 2018
Over the course of several hours we made our way along the riverbank, sometimes walking easily, sometimes rock-hopping and scrambling, sometimes climbing up the occasional steep incline.
A small gravel island mid-stream


Cannon fodder mentality - Instant reward vs future reward "IndyWatch Feed National"

So, here is a 'social experiment' carried out by Mark Dice where he is offering the herd population / everyday people / citizens / cannon fodder / members of the 'public', a choice of ;

1). a chocolate bar, or
2). a 10 ounce silver bar.

The experiment conducted by Mark Dice was done approximately 2 years ago where currently there is 1.6M views.

The current price of silver in Australia from the Perth Bullion Shop is from $22.87 - $25.02 per ounce, therefore a 10oz silver bar would be from $228.70 - $250.20

In this experiment there were 8 (eight) 'winners'....

See where they fit in according to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs:


AFN Cwealth Games list: We want to develop home athletes Adeleye "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Technical Director of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria, Sunday Adeleye, has said the reason for listing more homebased athletes for the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, was to develop the talents back home and also expose them to international competitions. The AFN on Thursday night released its team of 37 athletes that []

The post AFN Cwealth Games list: We want to develop home athletes Adeleye appeared first on Newtelegraph.


We Want Water Sovereignty for Australia! "IndyWatch Feed National"

While the process of formulating the MDBP was long and fraught with governance issues, the four affected states (QLD, NSW, VIC & SA) agreed to implement it in 2012 for the health of the river and its many and diverse communities and uses.

It appears that lobbying from Big Ag in particular the cotton industry, which by its own admission uses a staggering 26% of all Australian agricultural irrigation water and then exports 99% of their product resulted in the proposed amendment to take 70GL out of the system further upstream instead of retaining this resource downstream as environmental flows.

Withdrawing more water upstream against community sentiment is deeply flawed and a rejection of the tenets of water sovereignty because its allowing commercial use to quite literally ship our scarce water resources overseas for profit.

When we export cotton, rice, beef, wine any agricultural product we are exporting our water.

Environmental flows control the timing, quality, and volume of water flows to sustain river ecologies and the communities that depend on them. Calling them environmental seems to be part of the problematic discourse that allows governments and the media to pit greenies against farmers, instead of enabling a holistic discussion that acknowledges the importance of healthy river ecologies to all life, including that sustained by farmers.

Removing a further 70GL of environmental flows for the benefit of cotton farms and other big water users (Im looking at you, rice farms) is a threat to the very existence of those downstream. Broken Hill is running out of clean drinking water the issue is critical, and not even about the more complicated questions around water rights for commercial activities and how to balance these with ecological health, recreational use, and basic human needs its the basic human need at stake here.

In a related but separate current issue around the MDBP, works have commenced to run a pipeline from the junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers at Wentworth 300km north to supply fresh drinking water to Broken Hill which f...


You Need to Ask Yourself Why a Nobody Such As Myself is Garnering So Much Attention from Trolls "IndyWatch Feed National"

People are probably wondering who I really am- considering all the tripe that is out there about me. The articles, the videos, and the army of trolls- all of them anonymous who claim to know everything about me who are over eager to tell everyone what they think of me.

The question I have is how many other non famous people do you know who have the same attention on them as I do.

Entire YouTube channels have been designed about me- most notably that by John Kilrush aka Doug Mesner aka Doug Misicko aka Satanic Temples Lucien Greaves aka all the OTHER names this idiot claims. The dude believes he is the Legion of the internet. But with all the crap in his life- it seems his sole focus is on me.

If this dude and his Satanic Temple followers arent threatened by me- what other reason would they spend so much time focused on discrediting and attacking me? And attacking my supporters? And anyone who would listen to me?

They will claim I am crazy- but in two months time- I put my house up for sale and sold it- bought another- packed up everything I owned and moved 1/2 way across the country. And I did this alone- all by my lonesome. Does this fit the image of a disorganized crazy person? And since none of these anonymous trolls are actually in my life- except for trying to constantly intrude on it- how would they really know?

Esp considering I do my best to avoid them like the plague. The answer is they dont obviously. But they sure do share their opinions like they do.

Which again begs the point as to why? What other non famous nobody garners the attention that I do? And I am their ONLY focus. They are solely and ONLY focused on me.

Again it begs the question as to why? Why do they feel I am so special? What makes me warrent so much of their attention and focus?

If I do a video- within minutes they are commenting on it- generally before I can even finish. Every time. What makes me so special that they lie in wait for me? And how do they find the time to do so every time?

Obviously there is more to them than meets the eye- esp considering all of them are ALWAYS anonymous. Doug Mesner- who is actually Doug Misicko- has a myriad of aliases- which also begs the question why- not to mention how can you trust someone who constantly lies about his own name.

I am a nobody. Ask 100 people out on the street who I am and not one of them will know. So again you need to ask yourself why is all of this obsession being placed on me?

The answer is simple. It is because I am telling truth that they are desperate for others not to know. There IS no other reason.

So one last time I will beg the question as to why?


A Diet of Illusion For The Herds, While Trillions Are Looted Annually "IndyWatch Feed National"

by G5

I dont write much about Australia. It lost its interest for me, long ago. It is now firmly entrenched in my nausea file. I observe this study in still life screwed every which way yearning to be the next American state. It officially deceives at every turn.

Idiot Black Rap, Hideous Basketball, reversed and side sat peak hats, youth attending uniformed schools with the shirts out, no hats, and the shoes unpolished, with untied laces, rushing to MuckDonalds for nourishment after a hard day at school learning about Gender, Diversity, and Climatology, illusional ethics, revisionist history, art and sports, optional English, Mathematics and perhaps optional Science. All part of being fully informed and regurgitatively credentialed in the modern digital age. With optional use of a writing instrument.

The Lost World of The Progressive Age. Where illusions of a quality education for all...


More jobs & growth "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

More jobs

We've seen plenty of evidence that the labour market is picking up through 2017.

And that continues in 2018, with the trend skilled vacancies now heading up for 16 consecutive months. 

Skilled vacancies increase by +10.6 per cent to 183,600 over the year to January 2018, according to the Department of Employment after notching yet another monthly gain. 

The index is now +31.4 per cent or +43,900 vacancies higher than at the October 2013 low point and rising solidly. 

There were robust gains around the states, although the trend for South Australia has been meandering a bit. 

Easier to find work

The median duration of job search also now looks to be falling. 

The fastest city to find a job in has been Sydney for some time (now down to 9 weeks in January), but Melbourne (9 weeks) and Brisbane (9 weeks) also joined Sydney this month. 

Job search figures are highly seasonal, so this will be a trend to watch as 2018 rolls on. 



Weekend reads - must see articles of the week "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

See here on how Melbourne's suburban house prices have continued to rise.

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February 24 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

1802 - Flinders and his crew fell over Port Lincoln, on the southern end of what later became known as the Eyre Peninsula.

1815 - Rev. Samuel Marsden left NZ for Port Jackson in Oz bringing with him chiefs Te Morenga and Te Pehi.

1817 - The sadly named Barron Field, who masqueraded as a Supreme Court Judge when not penning prose, rocked up to Sydney.

1820 - Governor Macquarie shot off an email but failing to find an NBN connection he scratched out a letter to Earl Bathurst regarding the surveyors Oxley and Meehan at Illawarra.

1828 - Alexander Stewart popped in to Illawarra as a convict, where he was assigned to Edward Corrigan.

1830 - John Oxley was Hanged at Hobart for the murder of Susan Corfield.

1838 -  The 9th Governor of NSW Guv Gipps trotted into office.

1842 - A Native Police Force was established at Narre Warren with 25 Aborigines trained and under the command of Henry Dana, who moved the force to the banks of Meri Creek the following month.

1842 - Muston's Creek Massacre took place; when six big brave white men rode up on horseback and opened fire killing 4 Indigenous women (1 who was pregnant) and a child, with a 5th severely wounded woman dying later.

1859 - Cruising for some sightseeing the paddle steamer Gemini popped up the Darling River to Brewarrina.

1860 -  William Meuct was a convict who was a little less than lavish with his praise towards his prison guard at Geelong Gaol on this day; silly Meuct was charged with being insolent and was given 24 hours in solitary confinement on bread and water.

1875 The SS Gothenburg struck Old Reef off Ayr, Queensland and sank with the loss of 102 lives.

1876 -  A deputation of Coranderrk Aborigines led by (William) Beruk Barak travelled to Melbourne to call on the Colonial Secretary to request Superintendant Green's reinstatement.
They were unsuccessful.

1888 - Louisville, Kentucky, became the first government in US to adopt Australian ballot (i.e. secret ballot on standard voting forms).

1896 - Victoria was all out for 43 vs South Australia, Jones 6-15, Jarvis 4-27,
It's a cricket thing.

1905 - Fanny Cochrane Smith, a Tasmanian Aborigine famous for the recordings of her language and songs, died on this day.

1908 - A confused and troubled soul going by the name of Benjamin Harvey did a bunk from the Ararat Asylum, Victoria, dressed only in his shirt.
Whilst on the run Harvey called at a farm where he asked if he might sharpen some knives on the grindstone. Harvey explained that he had escaped from the Ballarat Gaol, where he had nearly killed a warder by kicking him. He also told them he knew that the police were pursuing him, but that he did not intend to be...


Barnaby Joyce Was Fair Game, But There Still Needs To Be A Privacy Line We Dont Cross "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Earlier this week, we published a piece by Melissa ODonnell arguing that the private lives of elected leaders should not be entirely off limits. Melbourne-based philosopher Janna Thompson replies.

Is Barnaby Joyces affair a private matter that should not be publically discussed? To answer, I think we need to make a distinction between two issues.

  1. Is it fair that Barnaby Joyces privacy be respected when the private lives of public women are regarded as legitimate objects of scrutiny and judgment (as in the case of Cheryl Kernot)?
  2. Should we prefer a social and journalistic convention that keeps the private lives of both women and men in politics out of the public eye?

It is possible to answer yes to the first question (as ODonnell does) and yet believe that scrutiny of private lives ought, in most cases, to be kept out of politics. It is possible to approve of the exposure of a hypocrite who claims to stand for family values while still resisting the practice of publicising the private affairs of politicians.

Politicians are not paragons of virtue. There are many, many examples from recent history of politicians who had affairs, slept around or divorced their partners. Some of these were good leaders, or at least effective in getting things done. We are better off for their being in politics.

To make private lives the object of scrutiny, and private faults or vices a reason for condemnation, is to make virtue a requirement for holding political office. This would be bad for many reasons. It would keep out of politics talented people who do not want their private lives scrutinised, for whatever reason. It would turn the press gallery into a gutter press, concentrating on exposing and discussing the latest sexual scandal rather than focussing on the business of the nation. It would turn politics into soap opera.

Barnaby Joyce and wife Natalie (they are now separated) at the 2017 Mid-Winter Ball.

Most of us are not all that virtuous, or not all the time, and insisting on virtue in all private lives would ensure that politicians would find devious, secret ways to sin to the detriment of the people they are involve...


This Instagram Features The Most Depressing Sounding Places In The World "IndyWatch Feed National"

Damien Rudds Instagram account Sad Topographies features very sad (and very real) places like Hopeless Pass, Termination Point, and Dead Women Crossing.

While searching for something on Google Maps, Damien Rudd happened upon Mount Hopeless in Australia. Intrigued by such a dour sounding place, Rudd began searching for locations with synonyms for sadness. A few searches and screenshots later and the Instagram account Sad Topographies was born.

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