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Wednesday, 27 September

02:44

Are the New Borders of Syria Being Drawn Right Now in Deir ez Zor? "IndyWatch Feed National"

I changed the headline just a bit to make it a question rather then a foregone conclusion, since I'm hoping this is still a question. To which the answer is: No new borders redrawn and the US can take their PKK thug proxies and go away! That said, I have stated, this is exactly what is has been going on since 2011- Annexation. Territory grabbing. Ethnic cleansing. Redrawing borders. All familiar themes for readers here. Now, were down to the crunch.






The Race for Syrias Economy

Crowds filled the streets of Deir Ezzour, jubilant that the three-year siege of their city by ISIS was finally coming to an end. Car horns blasted, shops re-opened, and men were seen relaxing and smoking cigarettes--a practice banned under ISIS rule. Though Assads regime stands accused of murdering countless thousands more civilians than any other side in the conflict, their arrival in the city was met with celebrations.
The Syrian Arab Armys capture of Deir Ezzour and crossing of the Euphrates river has marked a new stage in the Syrian War.

The Syrian Arab Army (AAA), backed by Russia and Iran, are now in a race against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces  (SDF), backed by the U.S., to capture Deir Ezzours vast oil reserves and the Abu Kamal border crossing with Iraq.

While the SAA worked to oust pockets of ISIS resistance northwest of Deir Ezzour over the weekend, the SDF claimed it captured the Conoco Gas Plant, a major strategic victory.

ISIS' Last Stronghold

Deir Ezzour is ISIS last real holdout in Syria, and its quick collapse was sparked by an aggressive offensive by the Syrian Regime backed by Russian airpower. The SDF then seized the opportunity to rush southwards towards the oil fields as a distracted ISIS fought to keep its control of the city and its surrounding area.

Deir Ezzours oil reserves account for approximately 50% of all of Syrias oil, making it one of the most strategic areas that is now up for grabs.

Basically then, whoever controls Deir Ezzours oil helps to control the fate of the country.
As of now, the U.S. coalition has blocked the SDF from advancing into the city itself, potentially in a bid to avoid direct confrontations with Syrian and Russian troops who are now going block-to-block to clear out lingering ISIS positions.

But the SAA crossing the Euphrates, which separated the SDF from regime forces, makes such confrontations inevitable.

E...

02:31

A View of the Other Venezuela: VA's International Solidarity Delegation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian activist Coral Wynter relates her experience of Venezuelanalysis' August international solidarity brigade. 

01:42

GCR/RV Intel SITREP: "No Worries" -- September 26, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"



Source: Dinar Chronicles

Wow. Just wow.

Our first day up and running with the Human Angel Services (HAS) subscriptions and the results were overwhelming.

Showme and I, plus the whole team working in the background to get everyone these digital resources thank you all profusely.

We're trying to get to all your emails requests answered for more information, so please be patient with us.

We're not yet full staffed up but will be in October at this rate.

And please keep sending in your projects. We need projects big and small. Domestic and International.

We promise to log everyone's project into our database over the 4th quarter, grade each one on readiness and viability and begin the process of working through them one by one to begin the funding compliance process.

Early subscribers will get project precedent for believing in us.

This whole RV thing is a complete blind walk of faith--by grand design I'm sure--but invisible nonetheless.

We've gotten many emails worried that because you lack funds to subscribe now that you will miss out.

Nonsense! This is a no worries Human Angel zone. We'll figure something out.

Just by sending HAS your email allows you subscribe later whenever you are ready. Easy peasy. Someone will come through for the poor among us--too many Human Angels not too.

.....

01:19

Considering What Happened Yesterday- Algona WA Officer Ryan Miller is My HANDLER "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you call the Algona WA police station- ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING concerning me goes DIRECTLY to Officer Ryan Miller who is HELPING those who are attacking me. So calling the police is worthless

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01:01

An open letter to NFL players: youre being used by Jon Rappoport "IndyWatch Feed National"

Try being politically incorrect if you want some real answers

September 26, 2017 NoMoreFakeNews.com

Dear NFL Players:

In case youll only read a few worlds of this story, Ill get right to the point.

Youre being used.

Youre being duped into focusing on the wrong issue: police brutality against black people.

If you actually want to solve whats happening to black people in inner cities, police brutality is way down on the list.

By focusing only on brutality, youre leading people AWAY FROM seeing whats really going on in inner cities. Youre guaranteeing NO ANSWERS. Youre guaranteeing NO CHANGE.

Lets not solve the problem, whatever the problem is. Lets just ramp up the conflict and the polarization between races.

Lets go back to the original protestor, ex-quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who made his original kneeling protest about police brutality directed at black people. I want to examine his premise.

Here are bare-bones statistics from New York City, perhaps the only big city in America that issues a detailed annual report of police firearms discharges. You may be shocked.

Population of NYC: 8.3 million.

Police officers: 35,000.

2013 incidents of intentional [police weapon] discharges during an adversarial conflict: 40.

In those discharges, number of people injured: 17.

Number of people killed: 8.

Source: NYPD 2013 Annual Firearms Discharge Report.

In that same year, according to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, there were 7,462 violent crimes by firearm in New York City.

Who was the busier class of people in 2013? Cops or criminals? Which group caused, by far, the greater amount of human destruction of black people?

Philly.com has reported on several other American cities.

Philadelphias rate of police shootings [2012], when compared against the number of violent crimes, was 2.90 per 1,000 incidents [of violent crime].

The rate of [police] shootings in Houston for 2012 was 1.25 [per 1000 violent...

00:35

United Nations boss Hammarskjld murdered, for hindering neocolonialism in Congo? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dag Hammarskjld

From daily The Guardian in Britain today:

Plane crash that killed UN boss may have been caused by aircraft attack

Exclusive: US and UK intercepts could hold answer to 1961 accident in Africa that killed Dag Hammarskjld and 15 others

According to the new information in this article, the secret services and armed forces of Belgium, France, the United Kingdom and the USA may have participated in this bloody murder.

On 18 September 1961, Dag Hammarskjld, Swedish Secretary-General of the United Nations, died in what was then the British colony Northern Rhodesia (now: Zambia). His plane crashed, killing all people on board either immediately, or a few hours, or a few days later.

An accident? Murder? Views on this differ sharply. Wikipedia notes that official investigations and search and rescue in Northern Rhodesia after the plane crashed were iffy.

Who might have had a motive for killing the United Nations Secretary-General; and, if so, what motive? Dag Hammarskjld at the time of his death was trying to find a solution for the war in Congo. In 1960, Congo became officially independent from Belgium. However, Belgian big business, establishment politicians and intelligence services wanted to basically carry on ruling Congo, now from behind the scenes: from colonialism to neo-colonialism. The democratically elected prime minister of Congo,...

00:30

Open letter to NFL players: youre being used "IndyWatch Feed National"

An open letter to NFL players: youre being used

Try being politically incorrect if you want some real answers

by Jon Rappoport

September 26, 2017

Dear NFL Players:

In case youll only read a few worlds of this story, Ill get right to the point.

Youre being used.

Youre being duped into focusing on the wrong issue: police brutality against black people.

If you actually want to solve whats happening to black people in inner cities, police brutality is way down on the list.

By focusing only on brutality, youre leading people AWAY FROM seeing whats really going on in inner cities. Youre guaranteeing NO ANSWERS. Youre guaranteeing NO CHANGE.

Lets not solve the problem, whatever the problem is. Lets just ramp up the conflict and the polarization between races.

Lets go back to the original protestor, ex-quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who made his original kneeling protest about police brutality directed at black people. I want to examine his premise.

Here are bare-bones statistics from New York City, perhaps the only big city in America that issues a detailed annual report of police firearms discharges. You may be shocked.

Population of NYC: 8.3 million.

Police officers: 35,000.

2013 incidents of intentional [police weapon] discharges during an adversarial conflict: 40.

In those discharges, number of people injured: 17.

Number of people killed: 8.

Source: NYPD 2013 Annual Firearms Discharge Report.

In that same year, according to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, there were 7,462 violent crimes by firearm in New York City.

Who was the busier class of people in 2013? Cops or criminals? Which group caused, by far, the greater amount of human destruction of black people?

Philly.com has reported on several other American cities.

Philadelphias rate of police shootings [2012], when compared against the number of violent crimes, was 2.90 per 1,000 incidents [of violent crime].

The rate of [police] shootings in Houston for 2012 was 1.25 [per 1000 violent crimes].

In 2012, the rate of police shootings in Dallas was 2.39 [per 1000 violent crimes].

In 2011, the rate of police shootings in Las Vegas stood at 1.66.

Baltimores rate [2011] was 1.58.

...

00:00

Middlesex County Sheriffs Officer, Former Councilman Found Guilty in Road Rage Incident "IndyWatch Feed National"

NEW BRUNSWICK A Middlesex County sheriffs officer has been found guilty of a charge stemming from a 2015 road rage incident in which he smashed the windshield of a

The post Middlesex County Sheriffs Officer, Former Councilman Found Guilty in Road Rage Incident appeared first on Filming Cops.

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Tuesday, 26 September

23:21

WHAT-IS-UNIDROIT? "IndyWatch Feed National"

In 1973, Gough Whitlam, signed Australia over to the foreign: UNIDROIT Treaty of Rome, handing the Equitable Title of the mineral and energy wealth of Australia to a foreign power, head office Rome. Read More

22:28

Controversial Australian journalists paper flagged by journal "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Journal of Biological Chemistry has added an expression of concern to a 2003 paper that arose from the PhD thesis of a once-prominent and controversial science journalist in Australia. The first author of the paper is Maryanne Demasi, a journalist whose reporting created unintentional headlines in recent years. In 2013, she produced []

The post Controversial Australian journalists paper flagged by journal appeared first on Retraction Watch.

22:19

Structures destroyed as nearly 100 bushfires burn across New South Wales, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Structures have been destroyed by an out-of-control bushfire southwest of Port Macquarie, the NSW Rural Fire Service says. The blaze, which was raging in the Innes View area, west of Comboyne, blackened about 950 hectares in hot and windy conditions on Sunday afternoon. Dozens of firefighters and water-bombing aircraft attempted to get the flames under control and warned residents they would see smoke and possibly embers. "Structures have been destroyed," the NSW RFS said in a statement. "Building impact assessment teams are on the way to confirm the number and type."

22:01

Moving Fair Food into the Future "IndyWatch Feed National"

It's Fair Food Week! Well, it is soon. And the newly formed Brisbane Fair Food Alliance has teamed up with Wandering Cooks, UQ and QUT to offer a night of fair food conversation. The evening will consist of a short panel session and Q&A and an opportunity to continue the conversation as we eat (small batch meals available to purchase) and socialise.

21:53

Jimmy Kimmels Talking Points Reveal Democrats Are Now A Party Of Celebrity Surrogates "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the past few weeks a surprising figure has emerged as the face of the Democratic Partys attempts to save Obamacare. Late-night comedy host Jimmy Kimmel, whose child required major surgery, is sticking it to the Republican Scrooges he claims would deny such life-saving surgery to kids who arent the progeny of wealthy celebrities. Kimmels lack of expertise and even basic knowledge of how health care works has been exposed by nearly every outlet on the Right, but a question remains: why is Jimmy Kimmel the face of Democratic health care policy?

The easy answer to that question is, Hey, hes a celebrity, celebrities get press. This is true, but last week we learned something else. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, arguably the most powerful Democrat in the country, was feeding Kimmel talking points. What presumably began as a heartfelt and organic effort by Kimmel to address the issue of sick kids turned into a put-up job. The comedian quite literally became a mouthpiece for the Democratic Party.

This Is Becoming Increasingly Common

This is not an isolated incident. Take the war of words between President Trump and many of the countrys leading athletes. National Football League players are bending the knee to protest Trump. LeBron James, the best basketball player in the world, is jabbing the president in online videos. Once again, Democratic elected officials are taking a backseat in these protests, if they even mention them at all.

On both issues, there are pretty clear reasons elected officials would prefer celebrity surrogates to be out front instead of themselves. Unlike politicians, actors and athletes are completely unaccountable. Kimmel can mouth off about how terrible Graham-Cassidy is, but nobody expects him to deliver a serious answer as to how the glaring holes in the Affordable Care Act can be filled in.

NFL players can protest the national anthem and the man who resides in the White House, but theres a reason we dont see Schumer, whom Jon Stewart once described as seeking out little red recording lights like a sunflower seeks the sun, standing next to them. In fact, very few politicians of any stripe actually want to attack the anthem and the flag, because they know it is incredibly bad politics.

Accountability for Ones Positions Matters

As Democratic politicians hide behind and whisper talking points to these Hollywood celebrities and athletes, a strange dynamic has emerged. Our politics are becoming Donald Trump versus the A-list. When this gets pointed out, some respond that Trump himself is a celebrity and at least in part a product of show business.

This is true, but there is a significant, even crucial difference. Trump ran for president. He put his money where his mouth was, even when nobody gave him a chance to win. He...

21:50

Ta-Nehisi Coates Has Decided To Call All Politics He Doesnt Like Racism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trying to understand President Donald Trump is a difficult task. Is he a pathological narcissist, both psychologically and intellectually unfit for office? Is he an international con artist, masterfully evading every penny of due taxes while simultaneously covering up naughty collusions with neo-czarist regimes? Is he a school yard bully in a septuagenarians body? A connoisseur of petty insults and epithets? An illiterate buffoon? A sexist? A racist? A homophobe?!

To the Left, Donald Trump is all these thingsjust not all at the same time. When he fired FBI Director James Comey, Trump was flagrantly concealing his Russia ties. When he suggested the Charlottesville counterprotesters included some bad dudes, he was ever so subtly dog-whistling his fellow Klansmen. He is either a bumbling fool, or a cunning villain. He is either a godless sinner or a hillbilly Christian fundamentalist. Each mainstream media headline Trump stars in includes the most situationally appropriate negative label. To common folk, the enigma that is Trump is made even more opaque when such contradictory explanations are presented.

If only the Left could agree on Trumps quintessential essence. What is the common denominator that informs all his vile actions? What makes him tick? What is the most fundamental aspect that puts the Trump in Trump?

Ta-Nehisi Coates On Trump and His Country

In an Atlantic article published on September 7, we finally received the answer: Trump is white. No, not orange or beige. Not even slightly eggshell. Trump is nauseatingly pure white. He is so white that, contrary to popular belief, Trump is the first white president.

This surprising revelation is laid bare in an extract from Ta-Nehisi Coates coming book, We Were Eight Years in Power. As in many of Coates pieces, this essay gives us a haunting glimpse into the racial underpinnings of Americas history. From our nations colonial days to Civil War, from the Jim Crow era to the election of the 45th president, Coates paints a portrait of America overwhelmingly animated by the ideology of white supremacy. In Coates work, white nationalism, white power, and white privilege all coalesce into the bloody heirloom that Trump brazenly used to propel himself into the Oval Office.

In a stunning work of narrative alchemy, Coates takes a sample of Trumps controversial quotes and political directives and transforms them into beaming pearls of white supremacy. Trumps (admittedly laughable) birtherism had not an inkling to do with Barak Obamas globetrotting childhood, but rather was a recasti...

21:50

Sorry, Sen. Cassidy, But Your Health Care Bill Does Perpetuate Socialism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Before Republican Sen. John McCain imperiled buddy Sen. Lindsey Grahams last-ditch Obamacare replacement bill, Graham used the words socialism or federalism to position his alternative to the unfortunately named Affordable Care Act.

Socialism is not federalisms opposite. Moreover, federalism is not some form of alternative to socialism. In fact, socialism can and often does coexist with federalism, both in the United States and around the world.

Lets Get Our Terms Straight

Federalism is a means of sharing power between a national government and individual states or provinces. The word federalism is often misunderstood because the word itself seems to connote an emphasis on federal authority. In America, the federal authority is supposed to be limited to a set of items written and named in the U.S. Constitution, among which do not appear the words health care. Items not specified there are supposed to be the purview of state governments.

Socialism is a system in which government controls the means of production and redistributes wealth for the benefit of the collective society. There are various iterations of socialism, with greater or lesser state controls depending on the program, country, and state. Socialism mixed with federalism is already endemic in an assortment of programs administered jointly by the U.S. and state governments, such as food stamps, welfare, and unemployment insurance.

Both Obamacare and its Graham-Cassidy alternative employ aspects of socialism. Obamacares socialist features are numerous, but most Americans are aware of a few: Every American is commanded to buy health insurance. Insurance companies are instructed to offer polices with specific features, and insurance prices are highly regulated. Both buyer and insurer face government penalties for failure to comply with the governments edicts regarding the purchase and sale of insurance. The government uses a complicated mixture of subsidies and tax credits to control insurance prices and make purchases more affordable (with negligible success).

While Graham-Cassidy would repeal many odious Obamacare provisions, such as the requirement for individuals to buy insurance, the proposals central feature embodies both socialism and federalism. The bill would give states $1.7 trillion for seven ye...

21:41

Greg Buck Talks About Cancerous Growth and How They Have Lobotomized Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Over the week end, I interviewed Greg Buck, a Gumshoe regular, on the state of the economy. He discussed how the system, that is controlled by a few, has eliminated the natural feedback systems from all of us and how they have lobotomized capitalism.

This has led to a position where interest rates cant rise and thus unstoppable growth. The system, too, does not take into account the consequences (the other side of the economic ledger), and so any growth is good regardless whether it is totally destructive or not. He concludes:

We have allowed a system where a lot of people are allowed and have become fantastically wealthy, from doing nothing but destroying.

 

The post Greg Buck Talks About Cancerous Growth and How They Have Lobotomized Capitalism appeared first on Gumshoe News.

21:07

One meal of hot chips may alter your genes "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

GM potatoes, grown in the US, can now be imported and sold as processed food in Australia. Simplot, the developer of the GM potato, is a large multinational with brands such as:

  • Birds Eye, 
  • Leggos,
  • Edgell,
  • Lean Cuisine,
  • Harvest,
  • Chiko,
  • I&J,
  • Five Tastes and
  • Simply Great Meals.  

They claim the GM potatoes are less likely to go brown, bruise and will produce less acrylamide that may, or may not, be linked to cancer.

Perhaps this sounds interesting and potentially useful?

How would you feel knowing that the type of genetic modification used to make these new potatoes, RNA interference (RNAi), changed the way baby bees genes worked after just one meal? (Nunes 2013). It altered their hormones, immune system and response to stress. This surprised the scientists as they didnt expect any effect, however, one in ten of the bees genes were affected and acted differently. 

Simplot supplies fries and hash browns to McDonalds and as they would be sold ready to eat, they would not need to be labelled as GM whereas currently they would need labelling in processed foods sold in the supermarket. GM potatoes are the first GM vegetable or fruit allowed to be sold in Australia.

Australian regulators dont test, dont require peer reviewed studies and never refuse GM food applications

When companies want to release a new GM food they apply to Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). This is a government department based in Canberra. They have no laboratories and do no research work. Instead, they look at the studies done by the applicant GM company, in this case Simplot. These studies are usually done in-house by the company scientists and are not published in journals or peer-reviewed. This means they avoid the scrutiny considered necessary for studies...

20:41

Earth Resistance Camp Set to Confront Livestock Summit, October 4-6, France "IndyWatch Feed National"

from Renverse

translated by Earth First! Journal

From October 4 to 6, 2017, the 26th edition of the Livestock Summit will be held in Clermont-Ferrand, a key event for industry professionals and decision-makers. Far from ethical, ecological, or social concerns, the Livestock Summit seeks to perpetuate and develop a violent agricultural model in its most industrialized form. It is for this reason that Eart Resistance, an antispecist and ecologist association fighting for the end of animal exploitation and against all forms of domination, is setting up a Counter-Summit from October 1 to 7 in order to promote natural, ecological, and local agriculture.

This Camp of the Transition is a laboratory of reflections to build a new project of society; the programming will be paced by conferences, debates, and workshops of reflection, but also militant training in order to give tools to take action and create an inclusive and strong movement. At the same time, it calls for actions of civil disobedience to block the Summit in order to obtain our demands and to show that we have the power to deal with industries and their destructive projects.

[] The event, although perfectly legal, seems to be particularly displeasing to some in the local political sphere. Indeed, an elected official of the City council of Clermont-Ferrand did not hesitate to put pressure on some tenants chosen by the city to welcome the Summit, so as to make the place unavailable to us. To date, we have had no follow-up to our request for an appointment in order to obtain a clear answer from the City Council on this subject.

This attempt to censor the unacceptable highlights the interference of private interests in po...

20:19

Ben McCormack, former A Current Affair reporter, pleads guilty over child porn charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why people, mainly men do pedophilia, I really dont knowthis man Ben McCormack of Sydney was a leading Australian investigative tabloid-style Sydney Channel Nine journalist.

Now Ben McCormack television career is over, hell be doing jail-time a place where pedophiles are routinely bullied, abused and bashed.

Jail-time is certain, even though from the known evidence, he didnt make contact with underage victims or have child-sex contacts or rape children.

Ben McCormacks lawyer is saying he was was fantasising about pedophilia on-line, not transmitting pedophile images and hadnt been committing pedophile acts.

The problem is that everyone, including Bens lawyer, knows that actual pedophile crimes were the next step. After all he communicated to a man heavy pedophile on-line fantasies.

In Ben McCormacks communications on-line, Young boys feature prominently in the explicit exchanges.

On August 1, 2015, McCormack wrote: They are sooooooo beautiful, I want to make love to one so badly.

On June 26, 2015 he said: I love chatting to pedos.

Later, in January 2017 McCormack said: Im a total b loving pedo.

ABC News Australia article below

ABC News Australia

Ben McCormack, former A Current Affair reporter, pleads guilty over child porn charges

26 September 2017

 

 

Former Channel 9 reporter Ben McCormack has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges, and could face a maximum of 15 years in jail.

Key points:

  • Channel 9 suspended McCormack aft...

20:10

Canberra mother who died from flu complications had been vaccinated "IndyWatch Feed National"

Note: Australias horror flu season has claimed another life or has the failed & potentially deadly flu jab claimed another life? Read More

18:32

MD: Ive Seen Cases of Vaccine Injury for 40 Years "IndyWatch Feed National"



That is the point is it not? If a patient walked into your practice exhibiting leprosy, you would expect a profound public health response. Here we have exactly that happening over and over again to completely healthy children. Where any single stand alone doctor can connect the dots.

Then we have the deliberate refusal to perform basic science itself. Any papers such as exist are in fact fraud.

The whole vaccination meme is likely wrong.  Think about that.  Does it make sense to ingest anything whatsoever directly into the blood stream?  The conditions should be extraordinary.  Then we find a range of chemicals, none of which we would ingest into our stomachs either and at least there the tools exist to eliminate the problem.

Complaining about mercury in our fish and then injecting it is bizarre.

Vaccination may have actually worked for child hood diseases but then did they?  Or was it superior sanitation that eliminated the pool? And just how much is needed?

What really disturbs me is the low level of robust healthy children among the vaccinated..

 
MD: Ive Seen Cases of Vaccine Injury for 40 Years


http://humansarefree.com/2017/09/md-ive-seen-cases-of-vaccine-injury-for.html#more

Australian doctor exposes vaccine damage, stands up to government/media attacks. Here is what he w...

18:00

Narrm / Melbourne: Statement on the Queer Anarchist Disruption of the Coalition For Marriage Campaign Launch "IndyWatch Feed National"

Received on 26.09.17:

On Saturday 23 September 2017, a group of 15 queer anarchists (including sex workers, drug users, disabled people, people living with blood borne viruses and survivors of child abuse & spiritual abuse perpetrated by fundamentalist christians & churches) disrupted and intervened in the launch of the national Coalition For Marriage campaign. The Coalition For Marriage is a front group for the fundamentalist religious organisation, the Australian Christian Lobby.

Our action was undertaken by 8 undercover anarchist/ activists in our most conservative clothes, who infiltrated the event. In an attempt to deprive the religious fundamentalists of a platform, and to make their event as uncomfortable as possible, we engaged in a series of constant disruptions, beginning with two people unfurling a banner reading Burn Churches, Not Queers as the 1000 strong supporters of Christian fundamentalist ideology entered the venue.

The second disruption involved an activist running on stage during the opening speech by the repulsive maggot Lyle Sheldon (the CEO of the Australian Christian Lobby) and attempting to unfurl a banner reading Love not Hate. The activist was set upon by overenthusiastic security who violently detained her and removed her from the venue.
15 minutes later, 3 activists in the audience disrupted the homophobic whining of Cella White, a concerned mother, who claims her son was encouraged to wear a dress to school in lieu of traditional boys school uniform. One activist began yelling Death to Christian fascists, and God raped Mary, she didnt consent and should have aborted, whilst 2 women enthusiastically tongue kissed.

As security removed the 3 people, who were yelling Crucify Christian fundamentalists, Christian fascists and Death to homophobes, 2 more activists took the opportunity to occupy the stage. One of the activists took over the podium and yelled into the microphones, This isnt about free speech, would you have given the Nazis a platform?, before the 2 women activists began kissing. The 2 women were also removed by security guards. The Christian audience booed us, we heard people yelling, Satan is behind thee, and Rot in Hell.

As we were escorted from the venue, a woman attempted to destroy the Marriage Coalitions merchandise table. As several people were evicted from the venue, they warned members of the Coalition For Marriage, This is War!, and We know who your leaders are and where they live!. In addition to the disruptions, 6 of us also stood at the entrance/ exit to the venue with queer Antifa flags.

We under...

17:55

'Reframing the debate.' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Introduction

I have been slowly reading a book titled 'UFOs: Reframing the Debate,' edited by Robbie Graham (White Crow Books, Hove, UK; ISBN 978-1-98677-023-3.)

Image courtesy of Amazon Books
The book is composed of 14 chapters, written by individual UAP researchers, and experiencers. The editor, inter alia, writes 'Each of the contributors in this volume is sharply aware of the futility of concluding. Instead, they offer strategies for understanding - understanding the phenomena, and understanding its social and cultural effects.' (p. xx.)


Issues highlighted by the contributors include

* The decreasing use of the scientific method

'This dismissal of science is encountered frequently among UFO zealots, who insist that their esoteric knowledge supersedes scientific methodology...'  (p.7.)

'Modern ufology appears to have rejected science in favour of a more mystical and religious view.' (p.1.)

'...such subjective discourse has almost completely supplanted any rigorous attempts to study the subject with anything resembling scientific methodology." (p.1.)

* The non inclusion of data from high strangeness reports

'The close encounter witness is at first blindsided by something for which he or she has no previous framework, and which the mind tries furiously to stuff into a mental "filing box" during and soon after the event.' (p.193.)

'While plenty of cases superficially support the N&B/ETH view, its materialist foundations are shaken when confronted with the High Strangeness characteristics of a majority of UFO close encounters." (p.51.)  [N&B = nuts and bolts. KB.]

'One of the greater problems I see within modern UFO circles is the outright dismissal of high strangeness reports by investigators who subscribe to the Extraterrestrial (ETH) as the default explanation for cases that challenge conventional science.' (p.167.)

'....

17:34

South Australian UFO research 1953-2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"


Introduction

This post provides a look at the history of South Australian UAP research since 1953. In its preparation I conducted face to face, and telephone interviews with a number of individuals who had an interest in the UAP phenomenon; re-read old UAP magazines; checked old newspaper clippings; and examined personal notes. In addition, I reviewed certain files in the National Archives of Australia, and in some instances, consulted old electoral rolls and other sources of data. Research has been hindered by the death of an increasing number of individuals, and a lack of sufficient written documentation, which has at times, meant an inability to locate some critical information.

At this point I must therefore acknowledge that it is an incomplete historical record, for these reasons. However, as no one, to my knowledge, has previously attempted such a task, the following is the best that can be done under the circumstances. There is no doubt that this article will contain errors of fact. I would be grateful to hear from any reader who can correct such errors. 

The article will first take a look at the seventeen South Australian UAP organisations of which I am aware. A representative A to Z of thirty-nine South Australian UAP researchers then follows.

UAP organisations

1 Australian Flying Saucer Club (AFSC)

This very first South Australian UAP organisation, was started by Frederick Phillip Stone in 1953. Its formation followed a personal sighting of five cigar shaped objects over Adelaidea week before the first atomic bomb explosion in Australia. Stone stated that he could see figures i...

17:30

TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine): New Developments "IndyWatch Feed National"

Evidence for the efficacy of Traditional Chinese Medicine is scanty, unconvincing, and often fraudulent. China is seeing a resurgence of TCM, even teaching it to children. But in Australia, restrictions are being placed on misleading advertising.

17:25

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17:22

PERTH Were not in an American sitcom: former One Nation senator Rod Culleton faces court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Were not in an American sitcom: former One Nation senator Rod Culleton faces court .

September 26, 2017 at 02:30PM .

At his trial in the Perth Magistrates Court today, the prosecutor repeatedly said she couldnt see the relevance of Mr Culletons line of questioning when

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16:37

Shallow 6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed National"

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, according to the United States Geological Survey, but no Pacific-wide tsunami warning was issued. The tremor hit at a depth of five kilometres (three miles) near the sparsely-populated East New Britain region, some 210 kilometres southeast of the town of Kokopo, the USGS said. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami warning. Earthquakes are common near Papua New Guinea, which lies on the 4,000-kilometre-long Pacific Australia plate. It forms part of the "Ring of Fire", a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

16:36

25 refugees leave Manus for the US, but limbo continues for the 2000 left behind "IndyWatch Feed National"

United States authorities have today confirmed that 25 refugees detained by the Australian Government on Manus Island for the last four years have left for the US but refused to confirm when or how many others will follow.

Over 2000 people remain warehoused on Manus and Nauru, 1783 of whom have already been assessed to be refugees. Among these 2000 innocent people are 169 children.

Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian journalist held on Manus by the Australian Government for the last four years, said:

Its great that finally some of our friends have found freedom in a safe place. But there are still 800 of us left here in this prison camp. We just want the Australian Government to answer our simple questions: how many people will go to America, when will they go, and what is your plan for those people left behind?

I cant describe the happiness on the faces of those men who left. But also there was sadness. They know the people who were in this prison with them are still here, said Mr Boochani.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who has visited Manus Island three times to inspect conditions and meet with the men held there, said:

For a handful of people, today is a good day. For the first time in a long time these men can finally feel hopeful, optimistic and free. But the tragic reality is that hope for a handful doesn't end the suffering of the 2000 innocent people left behind, said Mr Webb.

After four years of fear, violence and limbo, safety for a handful isnt good enough. Every single one of these innocent people has had four years of their life ripped away from them. Every single one of them deserves a future. Our government must not abandon one single life in limbo.

Anyone who can't go to America must immediately be brought to safety in Australia, said Mr Webb.

Split families

For a handful of families separated by the Australian Governments offshore detention regime, the US deal still offers no way forward.

There are a handful of families ripped apart by offshore detention. Fathers separated from children. Sisters separated from brothers. For them, the US deal won't end their pain. It is not a pathway for their family to finally be together again.

For them, the way forward is painfully simple an absolute no-brainer. Permanently ripping apart families is fundamentally wrong. This handful of families must be reunited in Australia it's a matter of basic decency, said Mr Webb.

For interviews or further information please call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519

15:38

Ice Core Samples Prove CO2 Levels Lag Behind Temperature Increases "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Are you saying there is no direct correlation between CO2 and a rise in temperature?

ANSWER: Correct. We have data going back 800,000 years that was gathered from drilling core samples from deep underneath the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica. Detailed information on air temperature and CO2 levels disproves that a rise in CO2 will cause a rise in temperature. The core samples from EPICA Dome C ice core on the Antarctic Plateau establish that temperature rises first and CO2 level follow in a lagging manner. All of this was well before human kind (see ScientifAmerican). So is it the chicken or the egg? Which comes first?

Data has also established that the cooling of the Earth seemingly begun 200 years ago in the North before it spread to the South. Changes in the ocean currents appear to have been the catalyst for the major ice ages.

15:36

Rainbows, not media storms "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dont and Panic. Those two words should feature heavily in any response to the softening opinion polls about equal marriage.

15:13

PLEASE EXPLAINER: Malcolm Roberts, Scientist, Senator And British Self-Deceiver "IndyWatch Feed National"

One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts was a British citizen when he was elected to Australian Parliament. So says the High Court. Managing Partner of Marque Lawyers, Michael Bradley explains how it happened, and why its all so ridiculous.

Back in April 2016, Malcolm Roberts BE (Hons), MBA (Chicago), Fellow AICD, MAIM, MAusIMM, MIMM (UK), Fellow ASQ (USA, Aust), signed off on one of his many letters explaining why climate change is not real, to a Turnbull Government minister.

Explaining how deluded the then Environment Minister Greg Hunt was regarding climate science, Roberts wrote that there is no empirical evidence showing human cause of climate variability. However, after I repeatedly proved this [Hunt] continues to state or imply his belief in human cause. When held accountable he resorts to common excuses and myths as justification for his belief. Belief is the hallmark of religion being faith-based not science that is data-driven.

Eighteen months later, One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts swore an affidavit in the High Court justifying his personal belief that he did not breach section 44(i) of the Australian Constitution when nominating for election as a Senator last year.

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The plain legal fact is that, at that time, Roberts was a citizen of both Australian and the United Kingdom. He was born in India and, at birth, was registered as a citizen of the UK and Colonies. Justice Keane, in the High Court sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns, recorded this in his judgment on Friday:

As to the issue of possible British citizenship, Senator Roberts said that he reflected on his childhood memories. He recalled that his father never called him British, and said that given his pleasantly sarcastic nature, his father would have gently teased him about being British had his father thought that to be the case. He said that because of this he never suspected that he might be British.

That doesnt sound all that empirical to me. Lets explore some actual facts.

Roberts was born in 1955 in India, where his Welsh father and Australian mother were then living. The family moved to Australia in 1962, Roberts travelling on his mothers passport which was endorsed that Roberts was a British subject by birth but has not acquired Australian citizenship.

Roberts applied for Australian citizenship in 1974. It follows, empirically, that he had not been an Australian citizen for the preceding 19 years and therefore must have been a c...

15:06

"A Look to the Heavens" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"What created this gigantic hole? The vast emission nebula N44 in our neighboring galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud has a large, 250 light-year hole and astronomers are trying to figure out why. 
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One possibility is particle winds expelled by massive stars in the bubble's interior that are pushing out the glowing gas. This answer was found to be inconsistent with measured wind velocities, however. Another possibility is that the expanding shells of old supernovas have sculpted the unusual space cavern. An unexpected clue of hot X-ray emitting gas was recently been detected escaping the N44 superbubble. The featured image was taken in three very specific colors by the huge 8-meter Gemini South Telescope on Cerro Pachon in Chile."

13:55

Centerfire versus Muzzle-Loader. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Centerfire versus Muzzle-Loader.
In a fire fight no one can deny that it would be better to have a modern cartridge gun than a muzzle-loading gun, but lets just look at some pros & cons for something to think about.

Post shtf modern ammunition will no longer be available. Modern ammunition is heavy. You may prefer to carry a 9mm Glock or a 357 magnum, but for most people this will mean having to join a pistol club, paying club fees plus the cost of the handgun & the constant purchase of ammunition, because you have to attend regular shoots to retain your membership & your H class licence. If you plan on using this handgun post shtf, then you will need to stock up on ammunition, or at least get as much as restrictions will allow. If you are planning on Buggi...

13:28

Correspondence with Gov: DSS on Cashless Income Management "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi Rosie

Thank you for contacting the Department of Social Services. The mailbox primarily exists to assist current Cashless Debit Card (CDC) participants. We have responded to your three different pieces of correspondence together (two attached, one below).

Merchants and Spend Limits

The Cashless Debit Card can be used at most physical merchants that accept EFTPOS. The only physical merchants it generally cannot be used at are those that sell restricted goods, such as bottle shops and casinos. Online merchants are automatically blocked, but the Department of Social Services has added thousands of online merchants to the approved merchants list. Participants can request additional online merchants be added to the approved merchants list. This list is monitored and updated continuously.

The approved merchants list predominately consists of online merchants. It also consists of a small number of mixed merchants, which sell both restricted and unrestricted goods. No new list of merchants needs to be constructed for different areas because the list is universal it applies to all regions. It is only divided between Ceduna and East Kimberley on the Indue website for ease of reference. New merchants will be added to the list as the CDC is implemented in new locations.

Participants can use direct entry transfers to pay private rent. Individual housing transfer limits are set based on existing housing information held by Centrelink, participants can amend these limits by contacting the Department of Social Services CDC Hotline. A participant requesting to amend their housing limit would need to provide evidence to the Department in the form of a lease agreement or rent declaration form. Landlords and agents do not need to be included on the approved merchants lists.

Participants daily spend limits are initially set to $1,000. Participants can update these limits online or at a local partner. The limits can be raised by participants to a maximum of $5,000 per day.

 Geographic Areas

The Cashless Debit Card program is currently operating in Ceduna, South Australia and in the East Kimberley, Western Australia. Recently, the Government announced its intention to rollout the CDC program to the Goldfields region of Western Australia and the Hinkler Electorate in Queensland from early 2018. The two new locations for the Cashless Debit Card were selected based on several factors, including community readiness and willingness, high levels of disadvantage and welfare dependence, and high levels of social harm caused by alcohol, drugs and gambling. The expansion of the Cashless Debit Card allows the Government an opportunity to test the progra...

13:20

MACKAY POLICE VIDEO: Third drug lab busted in Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 25, 2017 at 04:36PM ,

POLICE VIDEO: Third drug lab busted in Mackay

September 25, 2017 at 04:36PM ,

On Monday Matthew David Cook, 35, appeared briefly in the Mackay Magistrates Court and entered no plea and he will remain in custody. He will

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13:19

MACKAY Ill blow your head off: Mackay man pulls gun on driver "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 26, 2017 at 06:48AM ,

Ill blow your head off: Mackay man pulls gun on driver

September 26, 2017 at 06:48AM ,

The chain of events landed Hallam in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, where he pleaded guilty to four charges, represented by solicitor Rosie

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MACKAY Woman punches injured victim at car crash scene "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 26, 2017 at 07:22AM ,

Woman punches injured victim at car crash scene

September 26, 2017 at 07:22AM ,

RE-SENTENCED: Carla Dawn Maree Kaprisi, 29, faced Mackay Magistrates Court after breaching a community service order linked to an assault

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MACKAY Out-of-state history delays burglary, car theft sentence "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 26, 2017 at 09:26AM ,

Out-of-state history delays burglary, car theft sentence

September 26, 2017 at 09:26AM ,

Tait fronted Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink from jail on Monday, represented by Peter Clark, of Strutynski Law, after pleading guilty to all

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13:02

Questions in Copenhagen Questions For Corbett #037 "IndyWatch Feed National"

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/qfc037-lq.mp3"][/audio]James Corbett answers questions from the audience after delivering his presentation, "Echoes of WWI: China, the US and the Next 'Great' War" to the Open Mind Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 16, 2017.

13:00

Remembering the Unfinished Work of Papiya Ghosh "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ghoshs work remain relevant as the world grapples with issues of communitarian and identity politics, refugees, and conflicting ideas of nationhood and belonging.

Papiya was a cosmopolitan intellectual whose research seamlessly and continuously transcended geo-cultural boundaries. Credit: Papiyaghosh.com

Papiya Ghosh was a cosmopolitan intellectual whose research seamlessly and continuously transcended geo-cultural boundaries. Credit: Papiyaghosh.com

Whenever one hears the famous historian E.H. Carrs remark about history being an unending dialogue between the past and the present, one is reminded of an untiring historian, Papiya Ghosh (1953-2006), who did not live to see the traction her works could potentially generate. Her nuanced understanding of the past, and how the past interacted with the present, together with her socially-relevant research canvas Bihar, Muslims, Partition, communalism, diaspora, nationhood, refugees, citizenship continues to keep her alive in so many ways.

The making of a historian

Why did Papiya choose such areas of research? The answer perhaps mostly lies in her negotiations with the world of her parents and their experiences. Born on October 8, 1953, in Dumka, Santhal Parganas (a tribal area now in Jharkhand), in a family of bureaucrats, she grew up listening to real-life stories of wars, violence, nation building, Partition, and of the marginalised, dispossessed and minorities. Her father, Ujjal Kumar Ghosh, who had also studied history at Patna University, did a short stint in the army during the Second World War (1939-45), which saw him in action in Quetta, Pakistan, and Myanmar. He would share with Papiya insights related to the brutaliti...

12:20

Forgetting and remembering the Anzacs in Flanders Fields "IndyWatch Feed National"

The third battle of Ypres did not fit easily into this celebratory narrative. Despite having played a leading role in the British victories at Menin Road, Polygon Wood and Broodseinde, the Anzacs contribution to the offensive ended in muddy, bloody defeat in front of Passchendaele. It was hardly the stuff upon which to build a bellicose national legend.

12:05

(Video) Interrupts TV Broadcasts Interrupted by Emergency Alert in California, Warnings of Aliens and the Apocalypse "IndyWatch Feed National"



Published on Sep 22, 2017

EMERGENCY ALERTS! The TRUTH behind the interrupted TV Broadcasts in California! Is it really the end of the world? Or was this something else? Find your answers here! (((EPIC))) PARANORMAL NEWS!

11:36

A CURRENT PAEDOPHILE! Tabloid hack & proud ped Ben McCormack pleads guilty to child porn offences "IndyWatch Feed National"

Once fond of outing paedophiles himself, tabloid television journalist Ben McCormack could be facing a possible prison stint after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

10:55

EPA hit with overwhelming number of Freedom of Information requests "IndyWatch Feed National"

Reporters and special interests groups critical of President Trump's Environmental Protection Agency have filed Freedom of Information Act requests at a record-breaking pace, a rate of over 60 a day. Through last week, 10,970 have been filed, many so broadly worded that it will take years to answer. What's more, there are still several weeks left in the fiscal year for more to come in. The most ever filed for a full year has been 11,820 in fiscal year 2007. Critics have assailed some actions by Trump's EPA and Administrator Scott Pruitt and many FOIA's seek emails on their decisions. But some are poorly focused and broad. Several seek all emails that include "climate change" in them, a list in the millions and will be costly in money and hours to retrieve.

10:50

Government cuts NDIS services and spends $30 million on consultants "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Victoria

The National Disability Insurance Scheme has joined the ranks of experiences that show up a few truths about the governments obsession with privatising services.

This is supposed to be a scheme that delivers a better and cheaper service to disabled Australians.

The NDIS is supposed to provide the people it serves with more control over decisions about their needs.

But as it has rolled out, complaints have soared. Up 700 percent in the last year. To put this in perspective, In the previous financial first year there were 62 and in the last one 429.

A big problem is that planning decisions are being made that have a major effect peoples lives without face to face interviews, with brief telephone calls all there often is for recipients to have a say. Outcomes are said to often be problematic.

The ombudsmans office has investigated of 124 of last years complaints and listed another group for urgent action. The major problem found, is a belief that a failure to listen is causing delays that are leaving disabled people without payments and needed equipment.

On the surface, this might seem not too big a number, given the NDIS has some 90,000 clients. The scheme has only been going on for a short time and it is highly probable that the number experiencing problems is much higher. If this is true, complaints will soon soar to a much bigger number.

There are also complaints about long delays when trying to communicate through online portals, which is related to the Nadia project. This is a computerised system that responds to communications without a human being having to take part. It is failing, just as Centerlinks Robo-Debt system and the last census did.

Driving everything has been the push to cut expenditure by driving thousands off payments when their cases come up for review, or through making it as difficult as possible to get help.

There is a pattern here.

It is not surprising, when government agencies are turned into glorified schemes to turn over tax payer dollars to private insurance companies. It seems that in this case, the priority is not service, but to provide the service as cheaply as possible, so that the insurance companies take a bigger slice of the pie.

It is inevitable that those at the receiving end will pay a price fo...

10:50

Tony Abbotts daughter makes ad for YES campaign "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Her dad is a high profile critic of same-sex marriage but Frances Abbott says she was raised to stand up for what she believes in so shes voting yes.

The daughter of former prime minister Tony Abbott features in a Vote Yes campaign video, released on Tuesday, in which she says marriage equality will make society less lonely for many people.

I think its well know that within my family we have people that sit on the other side of the fence, Ms Abbott says in the clip.

My mother and my father raised me to stand up for what I believe in.

Ms Abbott talks about her aunt Christine Forster and how she hopes to be part of her same-sex wedding one day.

I look at aunty Chris and I dont think she planned to fall in love with Virginia, she said.

It never really changed anything, she was still aunty Chris.

Shes still going to be at Christmas, shes still going to be at the family BBQs, her children are still going to be my cousins.

To see aunty Chris marry Virginia, to do it here in front of friends of family, it would be so special and Im so, so hoping thats something that I get to be a part of.

Mr Abbott has campaigned heavily against same-sex marriage, and when he was allegedly headbutted in Hobart last week he linked the attack to violence from yes campaigners.

Ms Forster, a Liberal councillor for the City of Sydney, is campaigning against her brother on the issue.

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10:26

Details of the 2018 Stringmania Camp Finale "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas This October the Victorian town of Warburton will play host to the annual Stringmania traditional music camp. Co-directed by Scottish fiddle legend Alasdair Fraser and local favourite Chris Stone (The String Contingent), Stringmania takes place from the 1st to the 8th October and features a whos who []

10:05

Australian Woman Dies After Being Flu Vaccinated "IndyWatch Feed National"

Despite being a heavily vaccinated society, Australias flu season has been rough, to say the absolute least. There have been 137,000 flu cases reported since the start of September. And it just got rougher. A...

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10:00

A Brief History Of FAILED End Time Predictions "IndyWatch Feed National"

With the religious zealots making end times predictions for September 23rd, 2017, I thought this would be a good time to repost this article.  I can promise you that on September 24th, their claim will be added to the list

UPDATEHere it is, September 24th, 2017 and the world didnt end.  Wipe the surprised look off of my faceLOL  Once again, the religious zealots were wrong. Dont buy into their fear mongering. YOU have all the answers inside. Listen to your Higher Self and youll get all the answers you need. One of the most important things you can do is to SURRENDER to Creator/Source. Once you do, miracles will happen! Why? Because you learned to overcome CONTROL. This is how you can bypass all channeling, as well as lower dimensional tricksters who make endless promises that never come to fruition. Ill be writing more about this in an upcoming article about surrendering to source. Stay tuned and let the MIRACLES BEGIN!

Gregg

A Brief History Of FAILED End Time Predictions

By Gregg Prescott, M.S.

What can we expect the day after the end of the world? According to wiki, there have been 183 end of the world predictions that have failed.  Many of these were prophesied by religious zealots through fear propaganda.

Here are just a few of them:

In 1284, Pope Innocent III (d. 1216) predicted that the world would end 666 years after the rise of Islam. (do you see how long the divide and conquer principle has been going on?)

In 1658, Christopher Columbus claimed that the world was created in 5343 BCE, and would last 7000 years. Assuming no year zero, that means the end would come in 1658.

Mathematician Jacob Bernoulli predicted a comet would destroy the earth on April 5, 1719.

The newly formed Seventh Day Adventists, a group founded by former Millerites, predicted the Second Coming would be in 1874.

Mother Shipton, a 15th-century prophet, was quoted as saying The world to an end shall come, In eighteen hundred and eighty one in a book published in 1862. In 1873 it was revealed to be a forgery; however, this did not stop some people from expecting the end.

Camille Flammarion predicted that the 1910 appea...

09:56

Hit gas companies, not struggling farmers: Lock the Gate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pilliga Push protectors outside the Santos office in Narrabri say they are sticking to their plan to stop CSG mining. Photo Tree Faerie.

Pilliga Push protectors outside the Santos office in Narrabri say they are sticking to their plan to stop CSG mining. Photo Tree Faerie.

 

Lock the Gate Alliance says the Turnbull governments attacks on state gas regulations are cowardly attempts to distract from its own inaction at the expense of farmers standing up for their land and water.

Despite all its talk about limiting gas exports, the Turnbull government still hasnt acted to stop the big gas companies from sending most of their gas offshore and overcharging Australian customers, said Naomi Hogan of the Lock the Gate Alliance.

State gas regulations are in place because farmers across the country have been forced to stand up and protect their livelihoods and the food they produce for us all, she added.

Instead of attacking farmers, the Turnbull government should be cracking down on the big gas companies, which are ripping off domestic customers by funnelling our gas overseas.

Australian east coast gas prices have tripled in recent years since the three major gas export terminals came online in Gladstone with unrestricted gas exports.

Todays information shows the gas companies are exporting five times more gas offshore from Queensland LNG terminals than we use domestically in the east coast gas market.

The damaging coal seam gas experiment in Queensland has not only driven up gas and power prices, but it has done serious and lasting damage to water resources and rural communities.

The Federal Government and gas companies could take simple, urgent action to bring down prices tomorrow, and yet they are using Australian food growers and local communities as a scapegoat for their failed gas export experiment, Ms Hogan said.

Distracting thought bubble: NCC

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCC) has also weighed into the debate, saying the state government must not bow to pressure from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to carve up and pollute the Pilliga, the largest remaining woodland in inland NSW, for a new coal seam gas field.

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09:54

Battle over Catalan independence referendum continues "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

As Catalonia moves closer to holding a referendum on independence on 1 October, the political climate continues to heat up.

Last week, the central Spanish government moved in and arrested 14 Catalan government officials for organising the vote, took over the regional governments finances and public servants and increased its policing of the population. The Catalan police force, the Mossos dEsquadra, has been put under the command of the interior ministry.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy insists that the referendum is illegal under Spains constitution and will not be allowed to go ahead.

Reaction from the Catalan population was immediate. Huge numbers hit the streets to protest. Armies of volunteers took it upon themselves to deliver millions of ballot papers, replacing those that had been seized in the raids. Every day, evening rallies begin with the banging of pots and pans at 10 pm, signaling people to come out of their homes and they have responded.

This has been raising the political heat.

Then came the Merce Festival, which celebrates the patron Saint of Barcelona, Mare de Deu de la Merc. The city turns into one big five-day party centred at 24 venues. It is also an occasion when Catalans celebrate their history and identity.

It was inevitable that the referendum would become a big part of Merce.

True to form, Madrid sent in re-enforcements of police and military from all parts of Spain and publicly branded any form of support for the referendum as an act of treason, , in an operation  widely seen as a deliberate provocation, to cause an outbreak of violence and therefore justification for harsh measures.

It has not worked, because the protests continue to be well a disciplined and deliberately non-violent response.

Rallies are taking place in town squares throughout the region and not just in the capital.

The conservative Rajoy government is being supported by  the other leg of the old two-party system, the Socialist Party and together, they have been working hard to mobilise their remaining political support bases as a counter force.

In contrast the anti-austerity Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias, has called on the Socialist leader to join with it, not only in giving the Catalans the right to decide their own future, but to use the opportunity to once and for all, put an end to Popular Party minority government.

To date the Socialists have protected the government by abstaining form votes that might bring it down.

Polls suggest that an overwhelming majority of Catalans support the vote going ahead.

Many commentator have suggested that Rahoys strategy, is only in p...

09:30

The Blame Game at GumshoeNews "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lawn Bowls caper: Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop about to bowl, with former prime minister Kevin Rudd (second from the right)

by Mary W Maxwell

So what is this website called GumshoeNews? Its editor, Dee McLachlan, says it is News from Melbourne. Well OK, but, as often as not, the articles contain a re-look at history. Is that news? Yes, it is astounding news. One of Gumshoes main missions is to figure out who is doing what to whom. Almost always it is not the persons we have traditionally blamed.

A stunning example of this is Greg Mayberrys...

09:00

Secret Space Program: Captain Mark Richards Total Recall VII "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Kerry Cassidy

This is my seventh interview with Captain MARK RICHARDS the publishing of this total recall has been delayed due to traveling. 

Conducted August 2017, published September 20, 2017.

Note: This interview time was shorter than usual.  Only had 2 hours. Didnt get many of my questions answered.  Remaining list of questions sent to Mark after the interview.  

I was not allowed a pencil or pen this time I was just given childrens crayons to take notes which made it hard however I persevered and got fairly detailed notes which are posted below.

NOTES

STATUS

Mark had some news related to being moved from his current cell however there is no clear information on where or when at this time.

CLARIFICATION ON MILITARY STATUS / ARMY / NAVY

Jo Ann (his wife) asked him a question she needed clarity on because of something someone at a recent talk had questioned.  Mark clarified that he was in the Army originally (at the age of 16 and younger.  This is similar to William Tompkins as he was spotted in part due to his father and grandfather (who both worked with Tesla) and recruited into Army.

After Vietnam he went from being a Lieutenant in the Army to being a Lieutenant in the Navy. a lateral move.  After Vietnam lots of men were being shipped out of the Army who then had no use for them.  Many moved to Navy.  The Air Force had no need a Marks services after the war because he was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam and they had plenty of pilots back then (after the end of the war).

He was also seen as an asset to the Army and the Navy because his best friend was/is a Raptor and they often went on missions for the military. 

CURRENT RUMO...

08:06

FixedIt: Footballer jailed for domestic violence is not the victim "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Herald Sun reported that Aaron James pleaded guilty to a swag of domestic violence, drug and driving charges and has been remanded in custody pending further psychiatric assessment.

James was accused of assaulting and stalking his ex-wife, threatening to kill her and breaching intervention orders. Other charges included drug trafficking and driving while suspended. Police also found around $10,000 of methamphetamine in his car.

The first three paragraphs of the Herald Sun article are not what youd expect from a court report about a violent drug dealer.

Disgraced former Tiger Aaron James put his head in his hands and groaned on hearing hed spend the AFL Grand Final behind bars.

The 40-year old had hoped to watch his beloved Tigers run onto the MCG in the lead-up to the big game last weekend, but instead will wallow in jail.

The on-field hothead, who launched his footy career with Collingwood in the 90s before moving to Richmond, has been described as a real-life Tony Soprano.

How sad for him that assaulting, stalking and threatening to kill his ex-wife means he cant go to a football game. How tragic that dealing ice means he has to go to jail. And look how glamorous and exciting his crimes are, hes just like a beloved hero of a TV show!

I cant help but wonder how the first three paragraphs of this story would read if instead of being an ex-footballer Aaron James had been an Aboriginal man or a Muslim or an asylum seeker. Would he still be the colourful sympathetic character described in this article? Would the Herald Sun have mentioned in passing that he was in trouble for harassing his estranged wife? Would there have been a touch of the cheeky in a description of him as somewhat of a hoon? Would we have heard the touching statement that he begged the court to release him in time for his sons birthday?

Maybe. But then again, maybe not.

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06:28

If Convicted, 84 Percent Of Sen. Menendezs Constituents Want Him Gone "IndyWatch Feed National"

New Jersey voters do not want Sen. Bob Menendez to stick around if hes convicted of the 14 felony charges hes facing in court. Prosecutors say Menendez used his congressional office to curry favors, sway criminal investigations, and lobby the State Department to get U.S. visas for his married friends alleged girlfriends. In exchange, his wealthy eye-doctor friend, Salomon Melgen, flew the Democratic Senator aboard his private plane and let him stay at his luxurious vacation home in the Dominican Republic. Melgen has also given more than $750,000 to Menendez in campaign contributions and donations to his Political Action Committee.

Menendez allegedly intervened in an $8.9 million billing dispute between his friend and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services just six days after his wealthy benefactor donated $300,000 to the Democratic senators re-election efforts in 2012, during which Menendez was running unopposed.

If Menendez is found guilty, 84 percent of likely New Jersey voters say Menendez should resign from office, according to a new USA Today poll. Those numbers dont get much better among Democratic voters, either77 percent say he should leave Washington if hes convicted.

If he does resign from office, Republican Gov. Chris Christie could choose Menendezs replacementand that would likely alter the political makeup of the U.S. Senate.

Congressional Democrats have largely stayed silent about the whole affair. Sen. Kamala Harris, who is rumored to be eyeing a 2020 presidential bid, has been giving everyone the silent treatment. 

Sen. Chuck Schumer defended his colleague earlier this month, saying, Senator Menendez is issuing a spirited defense. We all believe in the presumption of innoc...

05:44

Medical Tyranny: Indiana Hospital and CPS Force Parents to Give Toddler Dangerous Drug After Seeking Second Opinion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jaelah-Sue

Jaelah Sue. Image from Facebook.

Health Impact News

An Evansville, Indiana couple has had the medical care of their toddler taken over by Riley Childrens Hospital in Indianapolis, and Indiana Child Protective Services (CPS).

Jade and Lehla Jerger, parents of Jaelah Jerger, sought answers for more than 8 months for their daughters uncontrollable jerk of her body.

When a neurologist at Riley Childrens Hospital diagnosed her with epilepsy, they began to research the best treatments for their daughter.

A Chiropractic Neurologist began treating Jaelah with CBD oil (also known as Charlottes Web Hemp Oil), and reportedly at the lowest dosage they saw a reduction in seizures from 50+ a day to 2-4 a day.

CBD oil is derived from industrial hemp, and is not psycho-active due to almost no THC (the chemical that makes one high). It was made famous through national TV exposure from Dr. Gupta Sanjays CNN documentary Weed, featuring a young girls struggle with a life threatening type of chronic epilepsy called Dravets syndrome. Her name was Charlotte Figi and she was experiencing hundreds of seizures weekly.

The sale of industrial hemp is legal in all 50 states, and if the CBD oil is also derived from industrial hemp (different from marijuana), it is also legal. Apparently, law enforcement and other agencies in Indiana have not yet figured this out, as WTHR Channel 13 in Indiana recently reported .

However, this treatment with CBD oil was allegedly not received favorably by doctors at Riley Childrens Hospital, as the parents note on their GoFundMe page:

We found a Chiropractic Neurologist who would treat Jaelah with CBD oil. A healthy alternative method with virtually no side effects. AND IT WORKED! On the lowest dose, we saw a reduction in seizures. From 50+ a day to 2-4 a day! The results were amazing!

However, the doctors at the children......

05:37

Few Thoughts on Miss Lebanon 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Perla el-Helou, a 22 year old business administration graduate, was crowned Miss Lebanon 2017 last night. Im not sure if its just me, but I thought this years candidates were more mature (and beautiful) than previous years, and the first & second runners-up all deserved to win. In fact, I was cheering for Reem Khoury and I still think she should have won.

Perla el Helou Miss Lebanon 2017

As far as questions are concerned, I am not really sure what they expect from young women running for a beauty pageant. Not even Dima Sadek or any of the judges could have answered that final question. Can civil society protest movements change the reality of Lebanon could very well be some political science students thesis and hed still have no answer.

On another note, why do they insist on embarrassing candidates who dont speak Arabic well? Either ask the damn question in English or French or dont let these girls take part in the competition altogether. Im seeing all these videos online mocking Yousra but its not her fault really.

There were some decent questions though and funny moments. Dima should cut down on the drama, she seemed more nervous than the candidates Lol!

Reem should have won

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05:30

Mad Dog Mattis Has No Time For Silly NFL Kneelers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Secretary of Defense James Mattis does not care about NFL players who kneel during the national anthem. Hes got bigger things to worry about, like North Koreas insistence that Donald Trump has declared war and the ongoing threat of ISIS.

During a question and answer session with members of the media while en route to India on Sunday, a reporter asked Mattis if he had anything to say about the NFL, being someone who has served in the military.

Im the secretary of defense, Mattis said. We defend the country.

Boom. Roasted.

The press event ended immediately after Mattiss response. Talk about a mic drop.

You can read the full transcript of the exchange here.

05:16

Medical Tyranny: Indiana Hospital and CPS Force Parents to Give Toddler Dangerous Drug After Seeking Second Opinion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jaelah-Sue

Jaelah Sue. Image from Facebook.

Health Impact News

An Evansville, Indiana couple has had the medical care of their toddler taken over by Riley Childrens Hospital in Indianapolis, and Indiana Child Protective Services (CPS).

Jade and Lehla Jerger, parents of Jaelah Jerger, sought answers for more than 8 months for their daughters uncontrollable jerk of her body.

When a neurologist at Riley Childrens Hospital diagnosed her with

04:32

Ole Dammegrd - Terror are you kidding me? "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

At the Open Mind Conference 2016, Ole Dammegard discussed the templates and methods normally used in false flag operations. This year, he is back again with another angle on the subject.

Ole has been a returning guest at the Open Mind Conference since 2013. The reason for this has been because of the recurring alleged terror attacks in Western Europe and the USA. As an expert, he has been able to debunk the official stories behind many of these alleged terror attacks, such as the Copenhagen shootings, the mass shooting in Norway, the Nice, Charlie Hebdo, Bataclan and Brussels airport attacks, to mention but a few. This year, he will talk about the Berlin, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Fort Lauderdale and Melbourne attacks. Prepare yourself for some explosive information.

Ole Dammegrd is an author, inventor, former journalist and investigator who has dedicated some 30 years of his life into researching global conspiracies. His main focus has been finding out the real truth behind the assassinations of the Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, John Lennon, Lady Diana and the truth behind 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Boston Marathon bombings etc.

Ole has discovered very strong links between the terror attacks e.g. identifying people that he alleges are linked to both the JFK and Olof Palme murders....

04:30

Dog Left Behind In Hurricane Was So Happy When Help Arrived "IndyWatch Feed National"

They had gone looking for a dog named Ivory, who needed to be rescued after a hurricane hit his home. The dog they found, however, needed rescuing just as badly.

A couple weeks ago, Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean island of Barbuda, destroying 95 percent of its buildings and displacing its residents, leaving the island vacant for the first time in 300 years. Most people moved to the neighboring island of Antigua, where they were living in temporary shelters.

It was an emergency, Scott Cantin, global head of disaster communications for World Animal Protection (WAP), told The Dodo. They were told, Get a bag and go.

Credit: World Animal Protection

Unfortunately, Barbudans were not permitted to bring their animals with them, even if their animals were cherished pets. So when an animal rescue team from WAP arrived on Barbuda last week, it had instructions from anxious pet owners to rescue their animals.

One pet owner was particularly concerned about the welfare of his dog, Ivory.

He reached out to the humane society and said, This is my dog, this is what he looks like. Hes a very friendly, sweet dog, and my house did look like this, Cantin said.

Credit: World Animal Protection

But for many animals, help had sadly come too late.

One of the days we were out there, driving around and going from one house to another, Cantin said. We had the list and we were calling out the animals names. And in most cases, there was no answer. And in a few sad cases, we found the animal, but it was already dead.

Then they reached a house that looked like Ivorys owners home so they stopped the car and got out, hoping to find the dog there.

When we walked towards the house, we were calling, Ivory, Ivory! Cantin said. And out of nowhere, this super excited, small, blond pit bull came out of the bushes, wagging his tail, rolling over and wanting to be scratch...

03:55

Hillsong. What is wrong with Hillsong? Part 18. Hillsong founder the pedophile Frank Houston on the run to Sydney Australian in 1977 from New Zealand police "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ex Hillsong worship leader Peter Laughton Facebook page supporting gay marriage Peter had a secret homosexual affair with Frank Houston in Sydney Australia from 1980 to 1984. Peter was aged 23 and Frank 58 a 35 year age difference

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03:18

North Koreas UN envoy says Trump has declared war on his country "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFP

AFP |  North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho accused US President Donald Trump on Monday of declaring war on his country

NEW YORK (AFP)  North Koreas foreign minister accused US President Donald Trump on Monday of declaring war on his country and warned that Pyongyang would defend itself by shooting down US bombers.Trump claimed our leadership would not be around much longer, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told reporters outside his hotel in New York. He declared a war on our country.

All the member states and the whole world should clearly remember it was the United States that first declared war on our country, Ri said.

Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to take counter-measures including the right to shoot down US strategic bombers even when they are not yet inside the airspace border of our country, he said.

The question of who wont be around much longer will be answered then.

In his first address to the General Assembly, Trump last week threatened to totally destroy North Korea if it challenged America or its allies and derided leader Kim Jong-un as a rocket man who was on a suicide mission.

Ri noted that the statement from Trump was clearly a declaration of war even if it came from the US president. Under the US Constitution, Congress is the sole power that can declare war.

In his brief address to reporters before heading to the airport, Ri said that the international community had hoped that the war of words between the DPRK and the United States not turn into real actions.

The North Korean nuclear crisis has dominated this years gathering of world leaders at the United Nations, which wraps up on Monday, amid fears that the heated rhetoric could accidentally trigger a war.

North Korea in recent weeks detonated its sixth nuclear bomb and has test-fired intercontinental missiles saying it needs to defend itself against hostility from the United States and its allies.

During his address to the General Assembly on Saturday, Ri launched a personal attack on Trump, calling him a mentally deranged person full of megalomania.

Just hours before Ri took the UN podium, US bombers flew off the east coast of North Korea, the furthest north of the demilitarized zone that any US aircraft has flown this century.

Th...

03:14

Meteorite impacts may have created Earth's tectonic plates "IndyWatch Feed National"

Meteorite impacts might have kick-started the Earth's tectonic plates and boosted the planet's magnetic field, according to a study from Australia's Macquarie University. The research, led by Craig O'Neil from the university's Planetary Research Centre, and published in the journal Nature Geoscience, offers a scenario to illuminate what happened during the first 500 million years of the Earth's existence - a period known as the Hadean, or, more poetically, the geologic dark ages. To date, the question of whether the young planet featured moving tectonic plates has been moot, primarily because almost nothing of its early crust remains. Some scientists have proposed that grains of zircon, dating to before 4.1 billion years ago, are evidence of early, active tectonics. Others, however, are more convinced by geochemical data indicating that in its formative years the Earth was encased in a motionless "lid", with moving tectonic plates emerging later. Tectonic plates were until recently thought to be unique to Earth, at least within the solar system. However, research by scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2012, using satellite imagery, established that Mars also experiences plate movement, although on a smaller scale.

02:19

Canadian Man Gets 9 Months Detention for Serial Swattings, Bomb Threats "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A 19-year-old Canadian man was found guilty of making almost three dozen fraudulent calls to emergency services across North America in 2013 and 2014. The false alarms, two of which targeted this author involved phoning in phony bomb threats and multiple attempts at swatting a dangerous hoax in which the perpetrator spoofs a call about a hostage situation or other violent crime in progress in the hopes of tricking police into responding at a particular address with deadly force.

Curtis Gervais of Ottawa was 16 when he began his swatting spree, which prompted police departments across the United States and Canada to respond to fake bomb threats and active shooter reports at a number of schools and residences.

Gervais, who taunted swatting targets using the Twitter accounts ProbablyOnion and ProbablyOnion2, got such a high off of his escapades that he hung out a for-hire shingle on Twitter, offering to swat anyone with the following tweet:

wantswat

Several Twitter users apparently took him up on that offer. On March 9, 2014, @ProbablyOnion started sending me rude and annoying messages on Twitter. A month later (and several weeks after blocking him on Twitter), I received a phone call from the local police department. It was early in the morning on Apr. 10, and the cops wanted to know if everything was okay at our address.

Since this was ...

02:10

Dragonchain, Disneys Answer to the Cryptocurrency Community "IndyWatch Feed National"

It seems like every day theres a new and exciting application of the blockchain that pops up, clearly to remind us all that this wonderful new technology isnt just for the proliferation and standardization of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and its ilk. From the hands of a small team of Blockchain technology advocates who first developed Continue reading Dragonchain, Disneys Answer to the Cryptocurrency Community

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01:31

On German Tranquility and Missionary Zeal "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Germans love their tranquility. I can attest to that having lived in the land of Oom-pah where wine and beer fests churn up robotic glee and civic togetherness. And the election charade for Angela Merkels fourth term is a good example of just how much people are willing to sacrifice in order to get their fix of Shangri La.

A story entitled Angela Merkel: Germans embrace predictability and stability ahead of vote at abc.net.au tells us that most Germans just want their beer, pretzels, and Angela Merkel piloting Germany over the rest of the EU some more. Okay, the last part is what I am telling you as an analyst whos lived in Germany for a decade. The point is, Merkel stands for the globalist world as it is today a steaming pile of crises of one kind or another. The problem with re-electing Angela Merkel for Europe, is that nothing will change for the Germans in the short term, and that nothing will change any time soon for countries less fortunate. Merkel is the symbol of what is all wrong about Germany and the EU. The European Union experiment cannot succeed if one country is favored above all others. In short, the euro zone cannot go forward if Germany is part of it. This should be abundantly clear for everyone paying close attention. The Australian piece continues, citing a German Octoberfest reveler:

I think in Germany, everybody feels good, Sebastian Tebbel says.

Thank God Natalie Nougayrde over at The Guardian interrupted Merkels Munich beer hall putsch with Germany wont lead the free world. It barely looks beyond its own borders, an opinion piece that gets down to the business of profiling the German psyche Merkel must protect them. The French expert frames Merkel and the Germans she panders to so:

The German campaign has paid very little attention to Europe, not to mention the world beyond it. It has practically dispensed with the question of how the country should relate to realities beyond its borders: the global shifts at work, how to define its role in a changing environment, how to strategically prepare for the future, and the external impacts that may lie in store.

But...

01:25

North Korea May Soon Be Testing An H-Bomb in The Pacific "IndyWatch Feed National"

The tension between the US and North Korea is quite obvious, but things may soon be taking a turn for the worst. So, how bad could this get?  Well, Im sure you know the answer to that.

According to a story published by South Koreas Yonhap News Agency an intense test blast could be to come. Ring Yong Ho, the former minister of the isolated nation, told these journalists that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could be planning the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific. He stated that they currently had no idea what actions could be taken as it is something that would be ordered by Kim Jong Un himself.

This terrifying news comes just days after quite the exchange between President Trump and Jong Un himself. As you may know in a speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump called Jong Un a suicidal rocket man and literally threatened to totally destroy North Korea if the US was forced to defend itself or any allies. Jong Un allegedly responded with a written statement calling Trump and mentally deranged US dotard and mentioned that frightened dogs tend to bark louder.

In recent years, North Korea has set off several powerful nuclear test blasts but they were all carried out deep inside a mountain. An explosion on the ground, underwater, or in the air has not happened in quite some time. As you may have noticed, Ri did not specify where or how high this hypothetical H-bomb test may occur. That leaves us with a lot of questions.

One of the big risks to people, if this were to happen, is whether or not North Korea were to launch a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile (or a shorter range rocket) or not. Such a missile test would show North Korea has miniaturized its weapons and if this is a hydrogen bomb, it would show that North Korea could pull off a devastating thermonuclear strike on US soil. That being said, missiles are prone to failure in many ways.

This bomb could, in theory, be dropped from a plane but is more likely to come by a missile. Because missiles can have issues, the bomb could possibly detonate where it is not intended to. CNN reported that regardless of the geopolitical fallout the environmental effects of something like this could be devastating. The blast itself would likely destroy or contaminate marine life leaving a series of knock-on effects.

If you recall the testing carried out by the US in the...

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23:53

Government Confusion = Incompetence (Politics v Bankers) "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Dear Martin Armstrong

About The post, Is There a Way Out of This Financial Mess?
In the second last paragraph you write, Taxes have risen as deficits expand because government thinks inflation is the danger. Link:
Shouldnt that be Deflation?
Thank you for doing what you do.
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ANSWER: No. I agree it makes no sense but logic is not a talent of government. You have central banks trying to stimulate by increasing the supply of money, but then you have politicians worried about their deficits and being criticized so the they raise taxes. The two placed in the same room could never have a true dialog of any meaning.

The bankers are worried about deflation and the politicians, like Merkel, are worried about inflation. It is confusing, but hey, anyone who actually thinks electing people without trading experience is the way to run an economy should ask the parking attendant who parks a car if they are free to fix a cavity in your tooth.

23:39

Australia is finally getting its very own space agency "IndyWatch Feed National"

The space race just got a new contender Down Under. While most major developed countries have a space agency, Australia never quite got around to setting one up until now. The country, which has traditionally relied primarily on U.S. satellite data, just announced plans to enter the space race and hopefully cash in on the

The space race just got a new contender Down Under.

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23:34

Police Arrest 8 Year Old Boy Put Him In Restraints & Inject Him With Sedatives On First Day of School "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Toronto-area mother is searching for answers after she says her son was taken to a hospital alone in the back of a police car, placed in restraints and injected with a sedative because he was acting out on the first day of school. Debbie Kiroff says her eight-year-old, who loves cooking, Lego and swimming, []

23:21

Aquakrafts Swachhagraha movement ensures clean drinking water, safe sanitation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sometime in 2002, a close friend of mine, Dr Vulimiri Jagdish, former Senior Public Health Specialist from the World Bank, introduced me to Dr Timothy Badger from Boston, USA, who had patents in water filtration technologies. Dr Badger was very passionate about doing work in India and wanted a partner. It was then that I introduced him to a very eminent scientist in India who told me that the technology was a magic wand and provided answer to water contamination problems in India. This encouraged me to support Dr Badgers efforts and helped him get some business by introducing him to prospective partners. Unfortunately, the partnerships did not work out and resulted in a huge financial loss to Dr Badger. But despite that, he wanted to continue his efforts of solving the water problem issue in India. This inspired me immensely and this is when I left a successful corporate career and started Aquakraft Projects Pvt. Ltd., in July 2010 with a focus to provide clean drinking water and sanitation to one and all.

Rampant drilling of borewells have depleted the ground water levels to dramatic proportions and as a result, many parts of India have an endemic problem of Fluoride and Arsenic contamination in ground water. As much of 80% of India receives its drinking water

from the ground and contamination poses a serious health risk. The striking feature of our technology that addressed these contaminants in a green way is that it does not require power, which is one of the critical components of sustainable water treatment solutions. Unlike Reverse Osmosis, it does not waste any water and treats 100% of the water and also there is no sludge. Also, it did not require much maintenance. In fact, the local village personnel were able to monitor and maintain the system without much ado. This buoyed my confidence and conviction and I set out to promote the same.

Armed with a magic wand, I travelled extensively across the length and breadth of India and while doing so, was alarmed to see that drinking water interventions have a very low rate of sustainability. One of the main factors was the lack of electricity, which was the most critical component fo...

22:58

Harvard Scientists Detect Alien Signals From Outer Space "IndyWatch Feed National"

We finally got an answer !

Scientists from Harvard University claim that mysterious radio signals detected in outer space are likely to originate from an advanced alien civilization.

by Sean Adl-Tabatabai

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A fast radio burst (FRB 150215) was detected on February 15, 2015 by the Parkes Telescope In Australia and scientists say they have no idea where it came from.

Thesun.co.uk reports: Harvard researchers have suggested that these fast radio bursts (FRB) are caused by alien space travel or advanced alien technology.

But according to a study recent study published by Cornell University, scientists are no closer to settling the debate.

The burst was followed-up with 11 telescopes to search for radio, optical, X-ray, gamma-ray and neutrino emission.

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22:21

Apps Are Reducing Depression "IndyWatch Feed National"

New Australian-led research has confirmed that smartphone apps are an effective treatment option for depression, paving the way for safe and accessible interventions for the millions of people around the world diagnosed with this condition.

22:13

How pure quartz was formed in the Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our February issue, which focused on Petrified Forest National Park, generated a lot of reader interest in this Northern Arizona gem. And a few readers wrote to ask about something we didn't mention in the magazine. "If the age of the trees and, I assume, tree pieces are more than 200 million years old, why is it that many of the petrified tree sections appear to have been sawed cleanly apart?" asked Bob Klages of Oxford, Michigan. "A bit more of the scientific explanation of the actual process of petrification would also have been fascinating to read about." To answer Mr. Klages' question, we turned to Bill Parker, the park paleontologist we featured in the issue. "The fossilization process itself is fairly complex," he says, but it goes something like this: A tree dies, falls over and is buried in a river channel or floodplain, under layers of mud, sand and gravel. In the groundwater table, the tree becomes saturated like a sponge and expands. The water, sand and gravel cut off exposure to oxygen, so the tree doesn't rot. Volcanic ash in the water breaks down, and the silica that was in the ash goes into solution - forming silicic acid, which enters the waterlogged tree and interacts chemically with the wood, altering it to silica and replicating the features of the wood. Over time, you end up with a silica replica of the tree.

How pure quartz was formed in the Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our February issue, which focused on Petrified Forest National Park, generated a lot of reader interest in this Northern Arizona gem. And a few readers wrote to ask about something we didn't mention in the magazine. "If the age of the trees and, I assume, tree pieces are more than 200 million years old, why is it that many of the petrified tree sections appear to have been sawed cleanly apart?" asked Bob Klages of Oxford, Michigan. "A bit more of the scientific explanation of the actual process of petrification would also have been fascinating to read about." To answer Mr. Klages' question, we turned to Bill Parker, the park paleontologist we featured in the issue. "The fossilization process itself is fairly complex," he says, but it goes something like this: A tree dies, falls over and is buried in a river channel or floodplain, under layers of mud, sand and gravel. In the groundwater table, the tree becomes saturated like a sponge and expands. The water, sand and gravel cut off exposure to oxygen, so the tree doesn't rot. Volcanic ash in the water breaks down, and the silica that was in the ash goes into solution - forming silicic acid, which enters the waterlogged tree and interacts chemically with the wood, altering it to silica and replicating the features of the wood. Over time, you end up with a silica replica of the tree.

22:08

Support Banned Books Week Buy INOCULATED Today! "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Kent Heckenlively, JD My local bookstore is celebrating Banned Books Week with a large display in its front window. (Banned Books Week is celebrated from September 24 to September 30.) Which makes me ask the question: If I am banned from a country (like Australia) because of the books I write, does the banning Continue reading Support Banned Books Week Buy INOCULATED Today!

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21:22

Everything is Fake: Top 40 Pieces of Fakery in Our World Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Everything is fake

in our society today or at least a great many things are. Our world is filled with an extraordinary amount of lies, deception, disinformation, misinformation, fakery, fraud, facades, mirages, propaganda and brainwashing. The good thing though is that once you awaken to the deception, you can use it as a tool for raising your consciousness. The idea that virtually everything is fake can be empowering rather than depressing. Sure, weve all felt overwhelmed, sad, angry and impotent at times when weve seen just how easily our (mis)leaders can fool the masses with sophistry and empty rhetoric, but theyve all been placed there to challenge us to wake up more quickly and fully, and reclaim our world.

Heres my list of the top 40 pieces of fakery in our world today:

1. Fake News

Lets begin with the MSM (Mainstream Media), better called the lamestream media, and their news, which is essentially corporate infotainment. The MSM waters down the news and makes it entertaining to further distract people from things of real significance. There is nothing balanced, impartial or fair about MSM news. In the US, Australia and many other Western nations, the news is dominated by a handful of for-profit corporations who are legally bound to provide a return on investment to their shareholders. This means running news pieces which either promote the agenda of the corporate owners (especially the military agenda) or censoring stories which would hurt political allies and advertisers (like Big Pharma, who is the biggest contributor of funds for advertising on MSM according to former US Senator Robert Kennedy Jr.).

Additionally, the news is literally fake remember the CNN green screen stunt where they pretended they were being bombed in Saudi Arabia but were really in a studio? What a...

21:02

Australian Teen left in wheelchair after Gardasil HPV vaccine reaction "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ms Odey, pictured with her father, is sharing her story with The Northern Star ahead of the launch of her health blog and moving to Byron Bay from Brisbane in October.
Ms Odey, pictured with her father, is sharing her story with The Northern Star ahead of the launch of her health blog and moving to Byron Bay from Brisbane in October.
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17:40

Germanys Merkel faces tricky task to build government Far-right party, Alternative for Germany (AfD), is now part of the mix "IndyWatch Feed National"

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BERLIN (AP) German Chancellor Angela Merkel is embarking on a complicated quest to form a new government and find answers to the rise of a nationalist, anti-migrant party.

Sundays election in Europes biggest economy left Merkels conservative Union bloc weakened after a campaign that focused squarely on Germanys leader of the past 12 years. However, no other party can lead a new government and Merkel herself lacks any obvious internal challenger.

Merkels partners since 2013 in a grand coalition of Germanys traditionally dominant parties, the center-left Social Democrats, vowed to go into opposition after a heavy defeat.

Caucus leader Thomas Oppermann doubled down on that pledge Monday, saying that we will not conduct coalition talks, because voters have decided that the Social Democrats place is in opposition.

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BERLIN Angela Merkel won a fourth term as chancellor in elections on Sunday, placing her in the front ranks of...

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17:26

Zero G - 25 September 2017 Episode 1152 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

ZERO-G #1152 Title:EGGS OVER EASY

Podcast Title: Wild Blue Podder 1152

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: Off we wander into the comic cosmos with Elizabeth Davie, Ezel Doruk & Shannan Lim from the Melbourne Fringe show, The Yonder, we bespeak Kingsman II: The Golden Circle, and get some androids to have Electric Dreams with the new Phillip K. Dick S.F anthology series on Stan.

 

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16:57

Australia The Concealed Colony the book the federal police removed from bookshelves "IndyWatch Feed National"



It seems that the people in the 'Australian Government' are in full swing to cover up the deception and fraud committed by them against the good people of Australia.

In order for the masses not to know the legal and political reality they live in, within Australia, the Australian Federal Police last year have removed a book by the title;

Australia - The Concealed Colony

We have obtained information that this book is impossible to obtain in hard copy from bookshops.

However, this book is available in pdf (464p, 40MB) format;

15:36

Identifying Complexity "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Marty, I have followed your Global Market Watch and it is really amazing. I noticed on IPE gas it came up and warned it was about to breakout to the upside. You said this is purely a pattern recognition system. Are there patterns that precede events and this is what your model is picking up on?

great-waveANSWER: In many fields there are these sudden Phase Transitions on the upside and Waterfall collapses on the downside which are extreme events. I have explained that sailors always told of rogue waves that rise up from calm waters and sink ships. The rogue wave appears out of nowhere in the eternal sea of global economics just as it does the oceans of the world. They are caused by the synchronization of many trends suddenly coming together to produce a giant wave.

There is an instability inside a gas turbine that suddenly appears, or a sudden extinction of previous ecosystems mass extinctions of which there have been five so far with another one due probably at the end of the next 309.6 year cycle in the 2300-2400 time peri...

15:35

Game On: This Is The Advertising Breakthrough Thats Revolutionizing Gaming "IndyWatch Feed National"

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video-gaming

Gen-Xers and Millennials are the first generations in history born to the video gaming age.

And theyve been gamified from birth, with 2.6 billion people playing video games worldwide, and it is generally accepted by industry pros that Americans alone spend 50 million hours a day gaming.

According to a Newzoo market intelligence report, the video games market is set to top $108-billion this year and more growth is forecast for years to come.

Now, theres one thing gamers absolutely hate about gaming: advertising. But one little-known company may have the answer to the secret to advertising success thats eluded the gaming industry thus far.

What Facebook has done for social media ads, and what Google AdWords has done for search and internet, Versus Systems Inc. (CSE:VS; OTC:VRSSF) is adapting for the gaming industry taking advantage of one of the most highly engaged audiences that exists.

This is a vast market, and a vast opportunity that has been missed by advertisers with the wrong approach. Its an audience too huge to annoy with pop-up ads and takeovers. Gamers want rewards and prizesand they want them to be relevant.

A little-known small-cap has come up with an innovative solution that creates a triple win situation for gamers, game publishers, developers and advertisers alike. And this is where advertising dollars could add substantially to the revenue totals.

And they are surrounding their technology with dozens of patent applications those building blocks that constitute the foundation of successful internet based companies like Google, Alphabet, Drobox and many other tech empires.

Versus Systems is offering every gaming company brand in the world the first-ever relevant way to access the 2.6 billion people who play PC, console, and mobile gamesdriving engagement for brands and game developers, while allowing players to play the games they love for real prizes.

Versus prizing and promotions platform allows game developers and brands to offer prize-based matches to players, all integrated directly into games. No more pop-ups, takeovers, or banner ads. No more irrelevant advertisingthis is pure, targeted brand engagement, patented technology matching prizes to pla...

15:33

Climate Change & Economic Activity "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Hi Martin,

I was wondering why a cold period would result in a commodity rise?

Thank you in advance for your time.

MG

ANSWER: When the climate turns cold, that is when food shortages takes place. When the climate turns warm, that is when economic activity starts and empires expand. The cold period we are entering will be on time for the shift in empires going forward.

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All the great empires expanded during warming periods not cold.

14:49

MACKAY Drunk driver crashes into signs before hitting tree "IndyWatch Feed National"

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14:30

To My Friends in Australia: the Vaccine War Deepens "IndyWatch Feed National"

The string of abuses laid on citizens of Australia by their government grows almost week by week.

Now, parental rights to raise children, without interference from the State, is under a new form of attack. This must be resisted.

Schools are bringing doctors on board, as a permanent feature.

Young children will be subjected to medical diagnoses and treatment, without consent or approval from parents, even if those parents actively object. The State is stealing the role of guardian.


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14:30

Looking up, Down Under: Australia to create space agency, 50 years after launching satellite "IndyWatch Feed National"

Half a century after sending a satellite into orbit aboard a rocket emblazoned with a spear-carrying kangaroo, Australia on Monday committed to creating a national space agency as it looks to cash in on the lucrative and fast-evolving astronautical sector. The announcement came at a week-long Adelaide space conference attended by the worlds top scientists and experts including SpaceX chief Elon Musk.

14:14

Melbourne ABC Radio Jock Jon Faine Drops The N-Word On Air "IndyWatch Feed National"

Melbourne radio host Jon Faine has dropped the n-word on air this morning, during a discussion over the growing storm in America around sporting stars refusing to stand for the American national anthem.

During his popular ABC 774 morning program, Faine took a call from Cam in Caroline Springs.

Things went downhill almost immediately.

CALLER: I just wanted to say about the America sports issue, I saw a film on the weekend, I am not your negro, about the civil rights activist, James Baldwin and.

FAINE: [Interrupting] I think its actually is it Im not your negro?

CALLER: Thats correct, yes

FAINE: Ok, or is it Im not your N*gger? Which one is it?

CALLER: Negro.

FAINE: Its Negro, okay, because theyre both words that are completely not used in polite conversation anywhere in North America now.

A note to Jon Faine theyre not used anywhere in Australia in polite conversation either and particularly not on public radio.

The on-air segment was tweeted out by prominent Melbourne comedian Aamer Rahman a short time ago. Rahman had the decency to bleep out the offending word.

The racial sensitivities of Melbourne ABC hosts are coming under increasing scrutiny of late last week, AFL star Hretier Lumumba took aim at Waleed Aly, now host of Channel 10s The Project but at one time the fill-in presenter for Faine, over an interview that Aly aired recently.

 

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In a lengthy essay, Lumumba accused Aly of running interference for white supremacists by grilling him over his experience with racism within the AFL, and stating on air that there was more goodwill towards Lumumba from the AFL than Lumumba realized.

Lumumba blew the whistle on AFL racism in an SBS documentary, Fair Game, which...

13:45

My Film Newton Is Not Cynical at All: Amit Masurkar "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Naxal-controlled villages, if people vote, they are seen as government agents, if they dont, they are called Maoist sympathisers.

Amit V. Masurkar. Credit: Facebook/Sunil Borkar

On September 22, 2017, Amit V. Masurkars Newton  a satire centered on a young government clerk sent to conduct elections in Chhattisgarhs Naxal-controlled villages released in around 350 screens in Indian theatres. Earlier in the day, he received a call from a journalist, asking to confirm whether Newton had been selected as Indias official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards. Masurkar didnt have an answer he hadnt heard of the news.

It remains to be seen whether Newton qualifies for the ultimate journey from Mumbai to Los Angeles but the film has travelled across the world over the last few months, premiering at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival, in the Forum section, where it won the International Confederation of Art Cinemas award, and subsequently screening at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Hong Kong International Film Festival (where it won the jury prize). On the heels of its theatrical release, and its selection as Indias Oscar entry, came a mini-controversy speculations of similarity between Newton and a 2001 Iranian film, Secret Ballot. Masurkar wont comment on it, except to say it is baseless.


Also read: Newton Takes a Close Look at the Slender Line Separating Democracy and Farce...

13:20

American athletes continue to kneel before national anthem "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Donald Trump is at it again. This time its the escalating reaction against the continuing spread by leading athletes to kneel-down when the national anthem is being played.

Kneeling signals opposition to the political direction that the United states is taking, both domestically and internationally.

Those taking part, object to the hate message being spread and are standing up for human rights. The protest, which begun with National Football League (NFL) players and is now spreading to other sports is grabbing national attention.

Many of those involved are African Americans, whose communities are experiencing a fall in civil rights, stepped up police brutality and deepening economic hardship, has gained national attention. There is a sense that a new civil rights movement is emerging.

This is what Trump is really railing about. He accuses the kneeling protesters of being unpatriotic and loudly calls for the teams to sack them. But it this is having the opposite effect. More are taking part, instead of less and team managements are unable to prevent it, even if they want to. In general, they are supporting the players instead.

On Saturday local time, Musicians, celebrities, and world leaders congregated at Central and 60,000 people, for the Global Citizen Festival . Its central them concerned ending extreme poverty by 2030. But government cuts, the attacks on Obama care and rights issues kept on coming up and were displayed on video screen.

Stevie wonder took the show with his bending knees to support the athletes and their message.

It is not surprising that Trump is fast losing support, even in his support base.

On many fronts, the Trump administration is starting to come apart. Signs of this are the number of replacements of top officials. Working for the White house is not a secure position these days. The cross messages backflips of the administration are on the rise, if anything.

It is the stirring within many sections of American society that is driving this. The sympathy showed for the terror attacker in Baltimore that caused the death of one woman, provided another alert that the...

13:17

The Intolerance of Tolerance in Australia: Tony Abbotts Head Butt Episode "IndyWatch Feed National"

This was a violent and criminal act, nothing whatsoever to do with the point of view of those of us who favour a yes vote.  Senator George Brandis, Australian Attorney-General, Sep 22, 2017

It came, less out of the

13:16

Uber Red "IndyWatch Feed National"

The free market line is a lie. Like many of the platform firms, Uber is a venture-capitalist funded monopoly-in-formation. As Srnicek writes, the point about platform capitalism is that it depends on network effects to work: the more users it has, the more valuable it becomes, the more users it gets. The result, as with Facebook and Google, is monopoly. Ubers price-cutting practices, hugely subsidised by venture-capital, are intended to expedite its own market dominance.

12:28

Alleged $8.8m fraud: Lawyers tackle Lagos over notice of discontinuance "IndyWatch Feed National"

  Days after he initiated a nolle prosequi in a suit initiated against two Indians, Deepak Khilnan and Sushil Chandra over an alleged fraud of N8.8million, about 28 lawyers have faulted the Lagos State Justice Commissioner and Attorney-General, Mr. Adeniji Kazeems power to discontinue the matter. Parties in the matter have also described as an abuse of power by the Justice Commissioner to terminate the trial of the two Indians after the court had said they had a case to answer. Although they agreed that Attorney-General had powers under Section...

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12:14

Lauren: Walkatjurra Walkabout: For country, against uranium. River Red Gum "IndyWatch Feed National"

Walkatjurra Walkabout: For country, against uranium. River Red Gum: There are many types of activism. I find a lot of importance in engaging in the various campaigns which occur in Melbourne and get a lot of strength and motivation from the many passionate people I meet.
What I experienced on the Walkatjurra Walkabout was all of this and more. The walkabout is an annual one month long walk against uranium which starts at the proposed Wiluna uranium mine site near the Wiluna township (approx. 5hrs north of Kalgoorlie) and ends in Leonora. This year marked the 7th year that the walk has taken place but thats 7 years of a 40 year ongoing battle that the traditional custodians have been fighting against mining and exploration companies.

12:14

Victoria Police rife with sex predators? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The slave population of Australia are told that the police are there to "uphold the right" (whatever that means), that apparently there some sort of code of ethics, and that the police are keepers of the (queen's - you know the 'queen' of Australia - p.s. not a lawful entity) peace, supposed to protect life and property, but the reality is far different from the rosy picture painted in words.

Make no mistake about it that Victoria Police is corrupt to the core, where the media is told what information to release via the police media liaison officer.

Victoria Police is covering up an enormous amount of criminal activity within its organisation. 

Let's just take a look at one aspect that Herald Sun publication wrote (text only version) on the 25th of Sep 2017 under the headline;

Victoria Police officers probed over over criminal and disciplinary sex offences

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11:48

Der imperiale Konsens "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Eigener Bericht) - Mit der Alternative fr Deutschland (AfD) zieht zum ersten Mal seit den 1950er Jahren eine Partei der extremen Rechten in den Deutschen Bundestag ein. Die AfD hat es geschafft, mit 13 Prozent einen guten Teil des laut soziologischen Studien seit je vorhandenen extrem rechten Potenzials in der deutschen Bevlkerung zu mobilisieren. Dabei tuscht die Tatsache, dass sich smtliche Bundestagsparteien offen von ihr distanzieren, darber hinweg, dass ihre Programmatik auf wichtigen Themenfeldern, insbesondere in der Auen- und Militrpolitik, bemerkenswerte Parallelen zu den politischen Zielen fast aller anderen Bundestagsparteien zeigt: Die AfD sieht Deutschland - ganz wie CDU/CSU, FDP, SPD und Bndnis 90/Die Grnen - als globale "Gestaltungsmacht", die ihre Streitkrfte massiv aufrsten und besser einsatzfhig machen muss. Whrend der Bundestags-Mainstream darauf setzt, die EU als Einflussinstrument fr die Berliner Weltpolitik zu nutzen, favorisiert die AfD fr die Bundesrepublik den nationalen Weg zur globalen Macht. Diese Variante kme wohl zum Tragen, sollte die EU einst an ihren zunehmenden inneren Widersprchen oder an erstarkenden Austrittsbewegungen scheitern.

11:43

Mass extinction is a real possibility "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article from Futurism (2 September 2017) provides a scientists view of the threat to Earth coming from the high level of carbon emissions now being released into the planets atmosphere and argues that the evidence coming from scientists, whose nature is not to make rash statements, but to act conservatively, is alarming. The situation is serious enough to suggest the possibility of our ending as a species and pulling down much of existing life in the same direction. This is only one view, but it is consistent with the overall prevailing understanding.

Having spent years working with research scientists, many in medical research, I have learned these people are generally very conservative about any claims that make.

Prof Daniel Rothmans work here is very enlightening, very much to the point. The research that has gone into his work means, to the lay person, that what he is putting forward is a highly likely scenario some time in the not too distant future.

I can say that due to my nearly eight decades of life, events he is talking about are possibly only one lifetime away, possibly two. For many that puts such events in the lifespan of their new-born child, or at least their grandchild yet to come.

We have politicians in the pockets of greedy industrialists, a whole political spectrum of Global Warming deniers and a few other weirdos who say It will all be fine. Forget global warming as it is nonsense. Yet these people are dills, or they are bought off. We should be listening very carefully to our scientists, our mathematicians, our various doctors of these fields.

That is where our best bet lies. Please read the following article with care and consideration, it outlines what your grandchildren may face because of our, and our preceding generations industrial greed.

Mass Extinctions

It doesnt come along very often, but after some 540 million years, this world we live on has witnessed five mass extinctions  and the next curtain could fall before the century is up.

Thats the grim assessment of a new mathematical analysis of Earths revolving carbon cycle, with calculations predicting our horrendous output of CO2 emissions is inching us towards a threshold of catastrophe the planet hasnt breached in millions of years.

MIT geophysicist Daniel Rothman investigated fluctuations in the carbon cycle  the pathway carbon...

11:03

8-Year-Old Girl Who Was Bullied For Loving Bugs Just Authored A Scientific Paper "IndyWatch Feed National"

Credit: Direct Expose

8-year-old girls are rarely encouraged to play with bugs. Because of this, Sophia Spencer has been regularly teased by her peers for seeking out and examining grasshoppers and other insects in between classes.

While Sophias passion for entomology is likely a sign shell be an expert in the field someday, the teasing she received dampened her spirits. Aware of this, her mom, Nicole, contacted the Entomological Society of Canada, hoping an expert would maintain her daughters enthusiasm. She is often teased at school by her peers because she will proudly display her current bug friend on her shoulder, wrote Nicole.

She has asked me for over a year if this is a job she can do one day, exploring and learning more about bugs and insects. I have told her that of course, she could; however, I am at a loss on how to continue to encourage her, wrote Nicole. I was wondering if a professional entomologist would speak to her over the phone to encourage her love and explain to her how she could make this into a career. I am constantly looking for articles and information on the species and how to recognize them, but find the lack of answers to her questions unhelpful.

If someone could maybe talk to her for even five minutes, or who wont mind being a penpal for...

10:51

Fleet Foxes Announce Falls Sideshow in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Image Courtesy of Fleet Foxes When Fleet Foxes were announced for this years Falls Festivals in Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay and Fremantle there was no guarantee wed be getting any headline shows. When Fleet Foxes were last in the country earlier this year for VIVID they didnt tour any further than Sydney. But never []

10:51

Aussies kill Monster Crocodile "IndyWatch Feed National"

The largest crocodile seen in decades in Queensland was found dead over the weekend with a bullet in its head. We claim we want to save our wildlife, yet Governments and Citizens alike still show zero tolerance for animals that pose risk to humans, even when in the territory theyve occupied for millennia. The problem is exacerbated as we increasingly live, play and work in what have historically been wilderness areas.

Sad ending for a magnificent animal

Sad ending for a magnificent animal

Going back to the crocodile just shot, local Police and state environmental officers are investigating after the 5.2m male reptile was found floating in the Fitzroy River on Thursday. John Leaver said a 5m-long crocodile had not been caught in Queensland for 30 years. Leaver, who ran a crocodile removal service across the state for 20 years, said the largest one he ever caught was 4.95m in the late 1980s. The farmer said Rockhampton locals used to shoot crocodiles equal to that size in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. But nothing that big until the weekend.

Technically of course, crocodiles are now protected in Australia, however this hasnt stopped them being killed by locals who see them as a threat, or sport. This problem is exacerbated as Australian cities sprawl further into estuarine areas, as houses move further into the bush, and as tourism encroaches more into remote areas. Crocodiles should be celebrated, but we as humans believe we have divine rights over wildlife.

This all raises an interesting question that is not limited to Australia of course People increasingly want to live and play away from the cities, as long as there are no dangerous animals. The problem with this of course is the dangerous animals (such as crocodiles, alligators, snakes, spiders, tigers, lions, bears) are just part of a healthy ecosystem, and by removing them, we skew the ecosystem, as well as reduce its biodiversity.

Australia raised conservationists hackles with their absurd shark cull program in Western Australia, that needlessly killed hundreds of sharks. I have no problem conceding it is a horrific experience when someone is badly injured or killed by a shark, but the numbers are so low, compared with other risks locals face. Between 2000 and 2015, just 15 people were killed by shark attacks in WA. For the same period, over 900 people drowned in WA waters, over 1,000 people were murdered, and over 1,500 people died on their roads. Each one a tragedy of course, but just one death by shark per year in no way justifies the killing of critically endangered animals. Nor....

10:44

TPP-11 talks identify 50 items to suspend or renegotiate "IndyWatch Feed National"

September 25, 2017: Last week the eleven remaining countries attempting to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership (the TPP-11) met in Tokyo.

They will meet again in Japan next month, and hope to reach general agreement by November.

Japans chief TPP negotiator Kazuyoshi Umemoto has told reporters that the TPP-11 made meaningful progress. Their aim is early ratification of the TPP, in the hopes that the US will return to the agreement as soon as possible.

Asia Nikkei reported that while Japan, Australia and New Zealand were still trying to minimise changes to the text, at least 50 items had been listed for renegotiation or suspension. These include rules initiated by the US on stronger monopolies on medicines, longer copyright periods, state-owned enterprises and government procurement. Other governments had only reluctantly agreed to these in return for access to the US market.

10:39

Ugly greed at Exxon Mobil and Esso "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

Essos parent, The American Exxon Mobil, happens to be the sixth largest company in the world. It chooses to use its subsidiary in Australia for both a tax dodging and screwing workers, even though it has in its hands unimaginable wealth and is experiencing soaring profits, $7 billion for the last year.

Like many of its cohorts, the company uses the generous loopholes provided by the Australian government, to launder money and get away from paying its contribution into Australias taxation system.

For instance, loopholes allow the writing off interest borrowed from offshore subsidiaries, and Exxon Mobil has benefited by millions of dollars in this way, according to research by the University of Technology School of Accounting and campaign group GetUp.

The Federal Court recently ruled that the company had not paid $340 million in taxes during 2004 and 2008.

Tax avoidance is an important matter in this own right. It is also important, because it betrays the desire at the very top, to squeeze out the last drop, no matter what it cost others.

This is what lies behind efforts to drive down the wages and conditions of maintenance workers at the onshore at Longford plant and offshore facilities in Bass Strait. Using a contractor, wages have been cut by up to 30 percent and new family unfriendly rosters put in place.

A significant part of the wage cuts, comes through a reduction on loadings and the allowance paid to those who work offshore. Annual leave has been reduced as well.

The new roster turns away from the one week on, one week off system and is replaced with five weeks on and one week off.

Instead of lying down, the workers have refused to accept the changes and have been sacked for doing so.  Rather than give in, they have been waging ongoing  action and maintaining a picket on thelongford site.

Scabby, the mascot from the CUB was there. The connection? Here too management tried to use the same method to the same end.

CUB came unstuck and had to pull back and it is hoped that the same will happen here.

Esso took the matter to the court and...

10:31

Chet Raymo, "Why Not?" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Why Not?"
by Chet Raymo

"A reader asked: "If we are all one and made out of the same material- then the things that we make are made out of the same material. But they are not animate. Why not?" At first glance, this might seem like a naive question, one that we all know the answer to. On reflection, it turns out to be terribly profound. Or should I have said, "wonderfully profound"?

Yes, everything, animate and inanimate, is made of the same stuff - the 92 naturally-occurring elements - but all of the animate things we know about are made mainly of carbon compounds - carbon in combination with with hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and a smattering of other elements- the compounds we study in organic chemistry. Carbon atoms have a knack for joining up in a rich variety of ways.

But all things made of carbon compounds are not animate. The petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries produce gobs of carbon-based products that are not alive, including paints and explosives.

Of course, some things we make are animate. Babies. Gardens. And we use animate matter to make inanimate things. Bread. Yogurt. Antibiotics. It is probably only a matter of time before researchers make animate matter from inanimate stuff- life in a test-tube (but then, since researchers were involved, you can say this is also life making life). And we have made some rather remarkable life simulations in computers. But none of this answers the question.

Life makes life, that's part of its definition. But what is it? The biologist Lynn Margulis with her son Dorian Sagan tried to answer the question in their book What Is Life? They give a terrific scientific accounting of what we know, but when it comes down to answering the readers question they are reduced to such definitions as: "a material process, sifting and surfing over matter like a strange, slow wave"; "the watery, membrane-bound encapsulation of spacetime"; "a planetary exuberance"; "existenc...

10:30

Uber loses its licence to operate in London "IndyWatch Feed National"

Voices have warned that Uber should not have been allowed to operate in Australia, because its business model is based not on profit for providing a service, but on transferring the cost of running its operation to society and especially the driver. Uber has also been accused of providing inadequate security for both passengers and drivers, as well as making a significant contribution to traffic gridlock. The warnings have not been heeded and Uber now operates in Australia.  Based on the experience to date, the company has now been refused a renewal of its licence to operate in London. This report by the BBC (22 September 2017) tells the story.

Uber will not be issued a new private hire licence, Transport for London (TfL) has said.

TfL concluded the ride-hailing app firm was not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence.

Ubers approach and conduct demonstrated a lack of corporate responsibility which could have potential public safety and security implications, it said.

Uber said it would immediately challenge the decision in the courts.

Some 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers use the Uber app in London.

In a statement, Uber said: Transport for London and the mayor have caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice.

It said the decision showed the world that far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies.

There had been growing speculation that the app could be banned from London.

Opponents of the firm claim it causes gridlocked roads and does not do enough to regulate its drivers.

The Uber app has completely changed the London minicab and taxi market. As a disruptive technology it was popular and cheap.

But although Uber claims 3.5m Londoners use the app and there are 40,000 drivers, the company has been dogged with controversy in London.

It has been blamed for congestion, failing to report sexual offences, not doing proper criminal checks and a rise in collisions.

It has also been criticised by unions for poor working conditions of drivers.

Right up until the last minute, even the black cab organisations which have been fighting Uber since their arrival in 2012 were not certain they had won.

So this is a big shock to the industry and it will reverberate right around the world where the company is trying to operate.

This decision will be appealed and eventually probably go through the courts so its not quite over for Uber in London yet.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said in a statement: I fully support TfLs decision it would be wrong if TfL continued to license Uber, if there is...

10:26

The Strange Case of American Diplomats Getting Sick in Cuba (Acoustic Attacks?) "IndyWatch Feed National"

12 battery device to detect Ultrasounds (against you), and (R) the US Embassy in Havana, Cuba

By Dee McLachlan

The blaring, grinding noise jolted the American diplomat from his bed in a Havana hotel. He moved just a few feet, and there was silence. He climbed back into bed. Inexplicably, the agonizing sound hit him again. It was as if hed walked through some invisible wall cutting straight through his room.

Soon came the hearing loss, and the speech problems, sympto...

10:00

Here are all of the Falls Festival sideshows for 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Festival season will be on us again before we know it, and you know what that means: sideshows. And theres some good news for anyone who missed out on tickets to the sold-out Falls Festival in Byron and Lorne, and doesnt fancy a trip to Marion Bay or Fremantle, as some of the biggest names have just announced a bunch of extra gigs.

Liam Gallagher, Run The Jewels, Foster the People, Jungle, DRAM, The Kooks and Flint Eastwood are the acts whove announced Falls Festival sideshows so far, for the most part playing both Melbourne and Sydney shows in early January.

Tickets go on sale at 9am Thursday September 28 (local time), except for Run The Jewels, which has a Live Nation presale beginning at 10am Tuesday September 25, general sale from 12pm Thursday September 28 check out the full list of dates below, along with Liam performing Wonderwall at this years Reading and Leeds fest.

Falls Festival 2017 sideshows

LIAM GALLAGHER

Tickets

Thu 04 Jan Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Fri 05 Jan Forum Theatre, Melbourne

RUN THE JEWELS

Tickets

Thursday 4 Jan    Festival Hall, Melbourne
Fri 5 Jan Big Top at Luna Park, Sydney

FOSTER THE PEOPLE

Tickets

Thu 4 Jan Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Fri 5 Jan Enmore Theatre, Sydney

DRAM

Tickets

Fri 5 Jan 170 Russell, Melbourne

THE KOOKS

Tickets

Wed 3 Jan Festival Hall, Melbourne
Fri 5 Jan Hordern Pavilion, Sydney

JUNGLE

Tickets

Wed 3 Jan Enmore Theatre, Syd...

09:56

Walsh wins through "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove local Sam Walsh played a key role in the Geelong Falcons first Under 18 TAC Cup premiership in 17 years on Sunday 24 September.
The Falcons won by two points against the Sandringham Dragons.
The TAC Cup decider was a thriller and went down to a kick after the siren.
Sandringham tall Joel Amartey kicked a behind at goal after the siren and euphoria erupted for Falcons players.
Sam was named in his sides best players and finished with 29 disposals.
Sam is the son of former Ocean Grove senior coach Wayne Walsh.
Walsh coached the Grubbers in 2015 and 2016.

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09:56

Turnbull's sucker government announces Australian Space Agency to give borrowed money to space companies "IndyWatch Feed National"

There's a good reason this is a $420BN industry. It's because of sucker governments like Turnbull's. Governments that borrow money to spend on pipe dreams and pork barrels. Anyone checked the debt clock lately? http://www.australiandebtclock.com.au/ Australian space agency to employ thousands and tap $420b industry, Government says By political reporter...

09:33

FixedIt: another invisible perpetrator "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its pretty simple really. A young man allegedly stabbed a woman in what was reported as a domestic violence attack. He has been arrested and charged over the stabbing. Channel 9 news forgot to mention him in the headline.

Rendering the perpetrators of domestic violence invisible also makes the cause of domestic violence invisible. It removes perpetrators from the public view where they belong and isolates the victim as the only focus. Victims must be heard and believed but not at the expense of recognising the cause the perpetrators choice to commit violence.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron


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09:26

"Only In Such Moments..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

"The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers."
- M. Scott Peck

09:23

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Africa Has to Be Wary About Its Resources
OPINION & ANALYSIS
Taurai Changwa
Zimbabwe Sunday Mail

AS commodity prices are trekking northwards on the international market, many African countries, which have predominantly resource-rich economies, are beginning to celebrate.

Growth in many such resource-rich countries, including Zimbabwe, is expected to be underpinned by the mining sector.

But it must be noted that the net benefit accrues to global resource consumers who value add these minerals and resources into commodities that are later on absorbed as finished products by African countries.

So Africa becomes the biggest loser.

Greed has really stifled progress in Africa.

Moreso, there is a global financial architecture that is not friendly to African economies.

Many global mining houses that make a living out of mining precious resources on the continent have offshore accounts through which they use to bank their proceeds.

This, they argue, is ostensibly meant to facilitate offshore transactions.



For African countries, money that is banked in this way becomes dead capital since it does not sweat for local economies.

Though it is practically impossible to list the sheer amount of minerals that are found on the continent, it is very easy to count companies that are involved in value addition and beneficiation.

Clearly, with such seemingly scandalous endowments, Africa should be the richest continent in the universe.

However, as long as the current status quo remains, Africa will continue to be a source of raw materials that sustains industrialisation and wealth creation on other continents.

Time and again, President Robert Mugabe always talks about beneficiation, but little progress is being made.

It is worrying that Africa continues to import both basic commodities and sundry items.

There is no reason for all these products not to be manufactured in Africa.

Africans are not children of a lesser God, whatever the Americans, Europeans, Australians and Asian can do, they, too, can also accomplish.

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09:07

Put down booze, its killing you: study "IndyWatch Feed National"

A decade ago alcohol was responsible for 3,430 deaths per year. Now that figure stands at 5,554. Photo Flickr.com/einalem

A decade ago alcohol was responsible for 3,430 deaths per year. Now that figure stands at 5,554. Photo Flickr.com/einalem

If Australians put down the booze, national cancer deaths will drop, according to new research.

A one-litre decrease in annual alcohol consumption per capita had significant reductions in head, neck and liver cancer mortality, a study across a 20-year period has found.

For head and neck cancer deaths it was associated with an 11.6 per cent drop in males and 7.3 per cent reduction in females, and a 15 per cent reduction in male liver cancer mortality.

The study is published by the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) and Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).

Titled Alcohol consumption and liver, pancreatic, head and neck cancers in Australia: time-series analyses, the research is the first suggestive evidence that a decrease in population drinking could reduce the prevalence of deaths from the three cancers.

The study also found a higher death rate for men and women aged 50 and over from head and neck cancers, reflecting the long-term effects of alcohol consumption on the development of the disease.

This study has extended our understanding of the role that alcohol plays with respect to liver, pancreatic, head and neck cancers in Australia, and the importance of addressing the nations alcohol consumption levels lead author, CAPRs Dr Jason Jiang said.

National guidelines suggest an adult should drink no more than two standard drinks on any day to reduce the lifetime risk of harm attributed to alcohol.

There is no doubt that alcohol-related cancers would be significantly reduced if more of the population reduced their alcohol consumption and followed the national drinking guidelines, FARE chief executive Michael Thorn said.

The study exposes the need for improved public health education campaigns, better public health policies on alcohol, and more promotion of the guidelines to reduce the toll of cancer-related diseases and deaths in Australia.

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09:05

Gay marriage support drops: Newspoll "IndyWatch Feed National"

Support for gay marriage has fallen, according to a Newspoll. file pic)

Support for gay marriage has fallen, according to a Newspoll. file pic)

Support for same-sex marriage has fallen ahead of a national survey on the issue, according to Newspoll.

The proportion of voters who support same-sex marriage now stands at 57 per cent, compared to 63 per cent in August and 62 per cent in September last year.

The no vote has lifted to 34 per cent, from 30 per cent in August and 32 per cent a year ago.

About nine per cent are uncommitted.Newspoll, published in The Australian on Monday, collated its results from a survey of 1695 voters polled across the nation over four days from Thursday.

Support for same-sex marriage was highest amongst Labor and Greens voters, at 70 per cent and 85 per cent respectively.

But conservative voters are trailing, with coalition backers polling 47 per cent, alongside 35 per cent for One Nation supporters.

Newspoll also found the federal coalition government is behind the Labor opposition in two-party preferred terms, at 46 per cent to 54 per cent.

Malcolm Turnbull has again lost ground to Bill Shorten as preferred prime minister and now sits on a 42 per cent approval rating against 31 per cent for the opposition leader, a four-point fall since the last poll.

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09:02

Study urges large rise in renewables power "IndyWatch Feed National"

A solar array near Windorah, Queensland. Photo David Elliott flickr.com/photos/drelliott0net

A solar array near Windorah, Queensland. Photo David Elliott flickr.com/photos/drelliott0net

Australia will need up to three-quarters of its electricity coming from renewables by 2030 if it is to cut emissions in the cheapest way under a clean energy target.

But a new analysis from the Australia Institute finds the same emissions cut could be achieved with fewer renewables under a carbon price or an emissions intensity scheme two policies rejected by the Turnbull government.

The think tanks analysis of modelling done for government agencies, released on Monday, finds the energy sector should do the heavy lifting if Australia is to meet its international emission reduction pledge in the most efficient way.

This is largely because the electricity sector can easily turn to renewables using technology already commercially available, while sectors such as agriculture, construction and manufacturing would have to either cut production or invest heavily in research.

Australia has committed under the UN-led Paris agreement to cut its emissions by 26-28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

If electricity is to take on a comparatively higher burden of this task, Australia Institute research director Rod Campbell says it should cut emissions by 40-55 per cent by 2030.

To achieve this using a clean energy target the policy the government is now considering would lead to renewables making up between two-thirds and three-quarters of generation by 2030, the analysis finds.

This is substantially higher than Labors aim for 50 per cent renewables, which the government has ridiculed.

But if cuts were achieved using a carbon price or an emissions intensity scheme, there would be more gas generation and less renewables.

It is ironic that government-commissioned modelling shows that the policies that would minimise renewable energy penetration, such as carbon pricing and an EIS, have already been rejected, Mr Campbell writes.

All that remains is the CET that would bring in the largest share of renewable generation, or the prospect of failing to meet our Paris climate targets.

Prime Mi...

08:59

Australia commits to space agency "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia has committed to creating a space agency. Photo AP Photo/NASA

Australia has committed to creating a space agency. Photo AP Photo/NASA

Australia will join the growing global space industry after the Turnbull government committed to the creation of a national space agency.

The announcement comes after calls from the International Astronautical Federation, which is holding its annual conference in South Australia, and Adelaide-born astronaut Andy Thomas for Australia to join the industry.

The global space industry is growing rapidly and its crucial that Australia is part of this growth, Acting Science Minister Michaelia Cash said in statement.

A national space agency will ensure we have a strategic long-term plan that supports the development and application of space technologies and grows our domestic space industry.

The agency will be the anchor for our domestic co-ordination and the front door for our international engagement.

Almost 200 written submissions have been received by a reference group while more than 400 people have been consulted across the country.

The group, chaired by former CSIRO head Dr Megan Clark, will now turn its attention to a charter for the national space agency with a broader strategy expected by the end of March.

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08:55

Calls await to discuss forming NZ govt "IndyWatch Feed National"

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is the kingmaker. (wikipedia)

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is the kingmaker. (wikipedia)

National Party leader Bill English expects a call from New Zealand First leader Winston Peters in the next few days.

My staff are in contact with Mr Peters staff to arrange for an individual phone call which we expect will happen in the next few days, and negotiations will begin from that point, he said on Sunday.

National won the most seats in the general election on Saturday but doesnt have a majority in parliament and needs NZ First.

Labour is exploring forming a government with the Greens and NZ First even though governments in the past have always been led by the party with the most votes.

All are awaiting how special votes change election results.

That will be known by October 12.

Mr Peters is the kingmaker.

He went fishing on Sunday and said it was important not to rush things.

Mr English said senior National ministers met on Sunday morning to discuss the election results and the partys approach to negotiations to form a government.

He said a two-party coalition would be more stable.

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08:46

Exploring Bangkoks Ghost Tower "IndyWatch Feed National"

We stock our backpacks with freshly made dumplings from a local market, bottles of beer, a portable speaker and a couple of cheeky tins of spray paint, then catch a small riverboat ferry up the Chao Praya river towards the foot of the tower. This is when Jackson explains about the bribes.

Im not very experienced with paying bribes so I shut up and listen carefully. He says that there could be some men at the bottom who might ask us to pay an entry fee. Theyre not officially stationed there to charge entry fees, and theres no set price, but they might just do it anyway. This sounds a bit dodgy, but I nod along. Jackson, an Australian dude I met an hour ago, seems like a guy I can trust; after all, hes the one who read the listicle about the weirdest attractions in Bangkok.

Its called Sathorn Unique, but better known as The Ghost Tower. Its a 48-story building in the centre of the city thats been abandoned since the late 90s. Designed to be a mammoth block of opulent apartments, workers left the building to ruin during the Asian financial crisis of 1997. The buildings developers ran out of money and discarded the huge structure when it was about eighty per cent complete, leaving this giant ghostly shell. Its been described by the Telegraph UK as one of the worlds most prominent temples of urban decay and a magnet for urban explorers.

As the three of us step off the little riverboat, we get our first glimpse of the tower: its a stark, 48-level blight on the skyline, surrounded by skyscrapers and expensive hotels. Theres a massive canvas advertisement stretching vertically across 20 stories of the building; it must be the biggest piece of fabric Ive ever seen. Its mostly white, but with dirty, frayed edges; its rippling slowly against 100 exposed balconies.

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06:30

Innocent Man From Tennessee Will Stay In Prison Despite Charges Being Dropped "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: Filming Cops

From the Tennessean, heres a crazy story about a man who looks to be doomed to years in prison, despite the fact that the charges that put him there have been dropped. You can thank the states parole board.

A judge and prosecutor dismissed the criminal allegations against John Leon Smith, but in the eyes of the Tennessee Board of Parole hes still guilty.

The man will remain in prison until next year at least maybe until 2026

Smith served about half of a 40-year prison sentence for a violent armed robbery and threatening to kill workers at a Nashville restaurant in 1992. Smith fired several shots, which wounded one worker, and as he fled from police, fired shots at officers, according to appeals court records.

I was drinking and drugging and it cost me my life, he said. I threw it away in 30 minutes.

He was released on parole in October 2013, according to state records.

Seventeen months later he was arrested on two felonies, alleging possession of marijuana and a weapon, court records show. At the time, Smith lived at a North Nashville home with two other people.

Because of his criminal history, Smith wasnt supposed to have guns.

Court records and transcripts say undercover police intercepted a UPS package with nearly 8 pounds of marijuana inside and delivered it to the home, where Smith answered the door. About 30 minutes later, another man arrived and tried to leave with the package before he was arrested, according to a transcript of one detectives testimony.

Officers later found a handgun in furniture in Smiths bedroom and three rifles and a shotgun in a separate closet, records say.

 A Nashville judge dismissed the gun charge two weeks later after hearing testimony from the homeowner that Smith did n...

05:26

President Moreno: Ecuador to extend Assange's asylum, fears for his life "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ecuador has decided to extend the political asylum granted to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange amid ongoing fears for his safety. "Ecuador decided to provide political asylum to Assange because it thought that his life is in danger and Assange thought the same," President Lenin Moreno said speaking to RT Espaol. "There is no death penalty in Ecuador, so our country has the right to grant asylum to Assange. We will continue to give him patronage for as long as we assume that his life may be in danger." Assange has resided in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012, after seeking refuge there to avoid extradition to Sweden over rape charges. Swedish authorities withdrew the allegations earlier this year, however, UK police said Assange would still be arrested if he left the embassy because he had broken the conditions of his bail and failed to surrender to authorities. Moreno noted that his government has urged Assange not to comment on Ecuadorian politics, which the Australian has ignored. "He continued to express his opinion on this issue and we let him to do that in order to avoid restriction of freedom of speech, but we earnestly urge him to abstain from that," Moreno said. In May, Assange tweeted that WikiLeaks will publish evidence of corruption in Ecuador if it receives it. In the interview, Moreno also discussed his country's relationship with Russia saying Ecuador needs to "get a lot closer to countries like Russia." He thanked the Russian government for allowing thousands of Ecuadorian students to study in Russia.

President Moreno: Ecuador to extend Assange's asylum, fears for his life "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ecuador has decided to extend the political asylum granted to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange amid ongoing fears for his safety. "Ecuador decided to provide political asylum to Assange because it thought that his life is in danger and Assange thought the same," President Lenin Moreno said speaking to RT Espaol. "There is no death penalty in Ecuador, so our country has the right to grant asylum to Assange. We will continue to give him patronage for as long as we assume that his life may be in danger." Assange has resided in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012, after seeking refuge there to avoid extradition to Sweden over rape charges. Swedish authorities withdrew the allegations earlier this year, however, UK police said Assange would still be arrested if he left the embassy because he had broken the conditions of his bail and failed to surrender to authorities. Moreno noted that his government has urged Assange not to comment on Ecuadorian politics, which the Australian has ignored. "He continued to express his opinion on this issue and we let him to do that in order to avoid restriction of freedom of speech, but we earnestly urge him to abstain from that," Moreno said. In May, Assange tweeted that WikiLeaks will publish evidence of corruption in Ecuador if it receives it. In the interview, Moreno also discussed his country's relationship with Russia saying Ecuador needs to "get a lot closer to countries like Russia." He thanked the Russian government for allowing thousands of Ecuadorian students to study in Russia.

04:30

Australia failing to meet Paris targets and more renewables needed, report says "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia Institute report says 66-75% renewable energy target by 2030 needed to meet its commitmentsWith the Coalition still hamstrung by internal divide over a clean energy target, a new report shows Australia is in danger of not meeting its Paris agreement commitments unless it acts soon.A report by the Australia Institute's climate and energy program examined the government's own modelling of the nation's greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and found Australia could either [...]

04:16

Unpalatable truths about laboratory-grown food | Letters "IndyWatch Feed National"

Synthetic meat and fish can't, on their own, provide an answer to climate change, argues Iain Climie, while David Ridge envisages technical problems in taking the technology out of the lab, and onto people's platesSynthetic meat and fish (Is Frankenfish' the start of a food revolution?, G2, 21 September) could have huge benefits although there are cheaper and simpler ways to improve food supplies, including better livestock practices, conservation plus careful use, integrated [...]

03:35

Indonesia: Dangerous Sharia petition threatens tourists "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bali is a popular tourist destination, particularly for Australians, even though it has sustained several jihad attacks, prompting Australia and New Zealand to issue travel advisories. Now, an additional threat looms for Western tourists who travel not only to Bali, but to all of Indonesia. Sharia enforcement has been expanding in that country. And now, []

03:10

Why The Battles Against Liberalism, Globalism And The New World Order Are All Related "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Why The Battles Against Liberalism, Globalism And The New World Order Are All Related | Clock-Image-Public-Domain-460x297 | Globalism Government Government Control Government Corruption New World Order Sleuth Journal Special Interests US News

Do you love liberty and freedom? If you ask that question to people randomly on the street, you are going to get the same answer over and over again. Everyone wants liberty and freedom, but what they dont understand is that there is an inverse relationship between the size of government and the amount of liberty and freedom that we get to enjoy. Every time a new law, rule or regulation is established, our liberties and our freedoms are restricted in some way. So the bigger government becomes, the less liberty and freedom we actually have.

On the federal level, there are now literally hundreds of thousands of laws, rules and regulations. And when you throw in the state and local levels, the total number of laws, rules and regulations governing all of our lives is in the millions. This is something that we learned about in law school, and it always stuck with me.

Of course we cant do away with government entirely, because then we would have anarchy. For example, we dont want the freedom to run around murdering one another at random. So it is very good to have laws against murder.

But in general, our founders intended for this to be a nation where government was limited and where our freedoms and liberties were maximized.

Sadly, what we have today is radically different from what our founders intended. Government has just gotten bigger and bigger over time, and this is true on the federal, state and local levels. And the bigger government gets, the more oppressive it tends to become. North Korea, Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany are three examples of what can happen when big government spins wildly out of control.

As I run for Congress, this is something that I am working very hard to educate people about. I am running on a pro-liberty platform, and that means that I want to try to restore the constitutional balance that our founders originally intended. In order to do that, we need to dramatically shrink the size of our federal government, and doing so would mean much more liberty and freedom for us all.

But you should see the loo...

02:30

The Latest Forum on the South China Sea in Russia: In Search of a Road Map "IndyWatch Feed National"

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On September 18, Moscow hosted the third international scientific conference on the South China Sea, organized by the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. This was a milestone for the international scientific forum, which brought together prominent geopolitical experts studying this region from such states as the UK, Singapore, Australia, India and even Mexico. The discussion held at the forum centered around the tangle of contradictions existing in the South China Sea region, with experts trying to propose a road map that would lead to mutual peace and cooperation.

Those present at the forum have come to the conclusion that the tensions in the South China Sea have reached a new, even more dangerous level, evolving from a regional conflict that could be largely attributed to Chinas expansion into the South China Sea and its territorial disputes with ASEAN states, into a global conflict, that is being driven by a face-off between Beijing and Washington.

The experience of the two previous forums held in 2013 and 2015 has proven that opinions expressed by international experts from states in no way directly involved in the conflict are extremely beneficial in ones attempts to find a way to resolve the conflict. Previously, proposals were made to formulate new rules of engagement for all parties engaged in the South China Sea dispute in a bid to achieve deescalation. The opinions voiced at the two previous forums received a wide response in the region and were soon used by most regional players in their attempts to create a conflict-free road map.

Dmitry Mosyakov, Professor, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Director of the Centre for Southeast Asia, Australia and Oceania and the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences would discuss the pivotal aspects of the now evolved conflict in the South China Sea. In particular, he pointed out that the transition of the conflict into a direct confrontation between China and the United States gives a new quality to the existing global confrontation, which explains why the dispute is now being covered internationally by virtually every large media organization. One shouldnt overlook the fact that this latest transition changes the entire political architecture within the region.

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02:22

When intra-governmental relations became absurd the US-Fed Accord Part 3 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

I am writing this while waiting for a train at Victoria Station (London), which will take me to Brighton for tomorrows presentation at the British Labour Party Conference. The last several days I was in Kansas City for the inaugural International Modern Monetary Theory Conference, which attracted more than 200 participants and was going well when I left it on Saturday. A great step forward. I believe there will be video for all sessions available soon just in case you were unable to watch the live stream. Todays blog completes my little history of the US Treasury Federal Reserve Accord, which really marked a turning point (for the worse) in the way macroeconomic policy was conducted in the US. In Part 1, I explained how from the inception (1913), the newly created Federal Reserve Bank, Americas central bank, was required by the US Treasury Department to purchase Treasury bonds in such volumes that would ensure the yields on long-term bonds were stable and low. There was growing unease with this arrangement among the conservative central bankers and, in 1935, the arrangement was altered somewhat to require the bank to only purchase debt in the secondary markets. But the change had little effective impact. The yields stayed low as was the intent. Further, all the prognistications that the conservatives raised about inflation and other maladies also did not emerge (which anyone who knew anything would have expected anyway). In Part 2, I traced the increased tensions between the central bank FOMC and the Treasury, which in part was exacerbated by the slight spike in inflation that accompanied the spending associated with the prosecution of the Korean War in the early 1950s. The tension manifested into open disagreement about the FOMCs desire to raise interest rates and end the pegged yield arrangement with the Treasury. In Part 3, we discuss the culmination of that tension and disagreement and examine some of the less known and underlying forces that were fermenting the central bank desire for rebellion.

We left Part 2 with the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) riddled with internal dispute about what course of action it should take given the general feeling that it should break the arrangement with the US Treasury and start pushing up interest rates to head off the inflationary pressures associated with the Korean War expenditure.

The last meeting we discussed was held on February 6, 1951.

The Minutes of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System reveal that the Board was concerned about several leaks to the press concerning the FOMCs Jan. 31 meeting with President Truman.

The discussions among FOMC board members w...

01:15

'How is this not genocide?' - Farmer Charles Massy wants a revolution "IndyWatch Feed National"

Health comes from the ground up, Charles Massy says - yet chemicals used in agriculture are 'causing millions of deaths'. Susan Chenery meets the writer intent on changing everything about the way we grow, eat and think about food The kurrajong tree has scars in its wrinkled trunk, the healed wounds run long and vertical under its ancient bark. Standing in front of the homestead, it nestles in a dip on high tableland from which there is a clear view across miles and miles of rolling plains to the coastal range of south-east Australia. Charles Massy grew up here, on the sweeping Monaro plateau that runs off the eastern flank of Mount Kosciuszko, an only child enveloped by the natural world, running barefoot, accompanied by dogs and orphaned lambs. Fifth generation, he has spent his adult life farming this tough, lean, tussock country; he is of this place and it of him. But when his friend and Aboriginal Ngarigo elder Rod Mason came to visit he discovered that a lifetime of intimately knowing the birds, trees and animals of this land wasn't significant at all.

00:51

Queensland, Australia residents warned after death of 100 yo crocodile sparks fears of power struggle among aggressive males "IndyWatch Feed National"

The death of a huge crocodile whose body was found in a river in Queensland, Australia, has sparked fears of a fight for dominance among the young, aggressive males living in the area. The 5.2 meter-long (17ft) male, which had been shot in the head, was discovered by a member of the public, who had spotted its body floating in the Fitzroy River. Local farmer John Leaver told the Australian Associated Press it had been around 20 to 30 years since such a large crocodile had been found in Queensland. "There may have been some others shot in the wild that we don't know about, but from my recollection, over the past three decades this would be the largest," he said, adding the largest he had ever caught measured 4.95 meters (16.2ft). Leaver said that from the damage done to the crocodile's skull, the bullet probably came from a fairly large calibre rifle. "I would say that someone felt very threatened," he said.

Sunday, 24 September

18:23

Society under Surveillance "IndyWatch Feed National"

I sent a letter about the following incident to the editor of Sydney Morning Herald. Of course they didn't publish it. 

 
At 9pm on Thursday 22 June at Bankstown station I was taken off the train to Liverpool by police. They searched my bag and me. Reason? They said a guard saw someone of my description put something down the front of my pants. 
They took away my backpack and an officer put it on a seat on the platform and looked inside. Meanwhile they took me up in the lift into a room on the station concourse. About six of them surrounded me, ready to jump on and subdue me at the first sign of resistance.  They asked whether I was wearing underwear, before making me undo my pants so that they could have a bit of a look.  (What the guard had probably seen on the train's surveillance camera was me putting something, my wallet or handkerchief perhaps, in my pocket, at the front of my pants.) 
 
They did a cursory rather than thorough search, suggesting that they didn't expect to actually find something, such as an illicit drug, weapon or explosive, but rather were carrying out routine harassment and humiliation. They were responding to a report rather than acting on their own initiative.  It was a quiet night. Not many people around.  They were probably bored.  In my hand I had a copy of The Match! - an anarchist journal from the US, that I'd been reading on the train. That issue happened to contain a letter to the editor from me critical of NSW Police!  I put it on the table so that I could undo my pants as they ordered. 
 
"What are you reading?" one cop asked. "A magazine," I replied, stating the bleeding obvious. They didn't look at it or pursue the line of questioning. 
 
"Where did you catch the train?" 
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