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Thursday, 26 October

01:19

01:07

MACKAY Multiple charges, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 25, 2017 at 09:16AM ,

Multiple charges, Mackay

October 25, 2017 at 09:16AM ,

The 24 year old male is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court later this morning to have the charges heard. If you have information for police,

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01:06

MACKAY Man to face court on charge linked to serious assault "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 25, 2017 at 11:56AM ,

Man to face court on charge linked to serious assault

October 25, 2017 at 11:56AM ,

A man is expected to face Mackay Magistrates Court this afternoon on a charge linked to an alleged assault at a South Mackay unit complex.

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01:05

MACKAY Mackay top cops make an unexpected arrest "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 25, 2017 at 03:03PM ,

Mackay top cops make an unexpected arrest

October 25, 2017 at 03:03PM ,

A 24-year-old Mackay man was then arrested by City Insp Haughton and was due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. It would be

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01:05

MACKAY Update: Assault, South Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 25, 2017 at 02:18PM ,

Update: Assault, South Mackay

October 25, 2017 at 02:18PM ,

A 22-year-old South Mackay man has been charged with grievous bodily harm and is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court this afternoon.

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Wednesday, 25 October

22:21

How My Four-Year-Old Helped Me Appreciate Good Music "IndyWatch Feed National"

Those who parent or spend much time around little children know that they are capable of teaching their elders valuable lessons. Its now clich. The Internet is full of reflections on how kids can teach us to be fearless, to be lighthearted, and to live in the moment, among many other exhortations stemming from the innocent, active characters and imaginations of youth.

This is all well and good, though usually a bit fluffy. A question my four-year-old often asks me suggests the lessons of youth can be far more intellectually stimulating and penetrating.

What is this song about, daddy? My daughter routinely asks me this when we listen to music driving in the car, while cooking dinner, or while relaxing on Sunday afternoons. If it is pop music, or any music with words that tell a story, the answer is pretty easy. Its about love. Its about a break-up. Its about something silly. Those three answers probably encapsulate the entirety of Taylor Swifts musical repertoire.

Yet when were listening to classical music, or other instrumental music like jazz or blues, the answer is a bit more complicated. What are J.S. Bachs violin concertos about? Or Ludwig von Beethovens Ninth Symphony? Or Frederic Chopins Polonaise N6 lheroique? Sometimes there is an answer. Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovskys Nutcracker Ballet tells a story, as does other instrumental music. In most cases, however, there is no simple answer as to what the composer or even the musician(s) playing the music is thinking or seeking to communicate.

Breadth Versus Narrowness In Music

What is music about? The very nature of the vast majority of popular music, with its lyrics, stories, and brevity, reduces songs to a fairly limited horizon. A pop musicians songs are fundamentally about him: his love life, his break-ups, his efforts to redefine himself. We can often relate to these things. Who hasnt been in love, had a bad break-up, and subsequently sought to revise ones image? But thats about the extent of it. One may connect such music to a particular location or moment in ones life, but it is still that place or time I connected with that pop song about _____.

Composers like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Joseph Haydn, and Johannes Brahms created music that speaks much deeper to our souls, capable of elevating them to a million different vistas. This has been borne out by the research: studies have suggested that classical music expands the brain...

22:17

Botanical garden autumn leaves, flowers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Oriental sweetgum, 22 October 2017

On 22 October 2017, to the botanical garden. Close to the entrance were these autumn leaves of an oriental sweetgum tree.

A ring-necked parakeet in a tree. Jays.

In the tropical hothouse, both adult and young giant prickly stick insects from Australia were still present. They lay many eggs here.

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20:46

Are you an atheist who used to believe in God? Take this survey! (Out of character) "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you used to believe in God, and have about 30 minutes to spare, you might want to take this survey by the Atheist Research Collaborative:

The study is open to those who are at least 18 years of age, and those who once believed in god(s) but do not now; this means you are not eligible to participate if you have always been an atheist/nonbeliever. The survey is a maximum of 76 questions, and a minimum of 64 questions.  On average, the survey should take 20 to 30 minutes to complete, although individuals may find that it takes them more or less time than this, depending on their answers. The survey can be found here.

Joseph Langston ARC Affiliate/Web Admin

its not hard, but remember to keep an eye out for the trick questions.

19:38

antifa notes (october 25, 2017) : #lulz w Shayne Hunter + "IndyWatch Feed National"

Briefly: 1) In a BiZaRR0 interview with news dot com dot au, local comic Shayne Hunter has announced his retirement as CEO of ANTIFA (I established a terror movement in Australia, and I quit, Shayne Hunter, as told to Corrine Continue reading

19:14

CECs Explanation on Not Giving Up Gujarat Govt Accommodation Doesnt Match the Paper Trail "IndyWatch Feed National"

A.K. Joti has said that he vacated the Ahmedabad house in October 2016, but his clarifications still leave many questions unanswered about his own actions and those of the Gujarat government.

Chief election commissioner A.K. Joti. Credit: PTI

Chief election commissioner A.K. Joti. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The explanation that chief election commissioner A.K. Joti has provided to the Times of India in response to The Wires story on the retention of Gujarat government accommodation by him in Ahmedabad even after he had moved to the Election Commission in Delhi does not square with the official paper trail.

The Wire story noted the possible conflict of interest involved in an individual holding a critical constitutional position being obliged to a state government or political party for his personal accommodation.

I was allocated a house in Delhi only after one year of being appointed in the EC. I requested the Gujarat government to allow me to keep possession of the house in the Dafnala area of Ahmedabad as I could not have lived with my wife for a year in Delhis Gujarat Bhavan. I have paid the rent as per Gujarat government norms, he...

19:00

This Former Tesla Recruiters Most Revealing Interview Question "IndyWatch Feed National"

One candidates answer involved a motorcycle hed converted to be 100% electric. Anothers involved a plastic pen cap. Guess who did better.

In my five years as a recruiter at Tesla Motors, I interviewed over a thousand job candidates, many of them for competitive technical roles. But no matter what the position, there was always one simple question that would trip them up more than any other:

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18:31

Lebanon Faces France in Rugby League World Cup Debut "IndyWatch Feed National"

The 2017 Rugby League World Cup kicks off on October 27 and Lebanon will kick off his campaign against France at Canberra Stadium. The final game in the group stage will be against Australia, which marks the first time since the Cronulla riots that Lebanon and Australia have played one another in a major competitive match in Sydney.

Knowing that most of the players on the team are Australian-Lebanese, this is a historic opportunity to represent Lebanon and play together one last time, especially Robby Farah and Chris Saab. Heres an article by [TheGuardian] on the Lebanese team and the important of this World Cup to all the players.

Our current sporting systems are all politically based, he said. In soccer, all the teams are linked to political groups and sects, whereas Lebanese rugby league isnt. We are 100% sport we dont care what politics or religion you come from. Our president is a Muslim, our general secretary is an Armenian. All our players are mixed. Our motto is basically the best players should represent our country, regardless of what their background is. We want the strongest possible team out there to play for us.

I have no idea if BeIN or one of our local channels will be covering the games but heres the schedule for those interested.

18:08

Blockchain Explained: Bitcoin, Smart Contracts, Smarter Contracts "IndyWatch Feed National"

blockchain explained

If you have heard about Bitcoin, youll most likely have heard about Blockchain technology. In fact, every investor or trader worthy of the name would have heard about Bitcoin and its underlying Blockchain technology. You cant claim to be an investor/trader and be oblivious to the fact that Bitcoin has delivered more than 500% gain in the year-to-date period. However, the fact that people have heard about Bitcoin doesnt necessarily mean they understand how the underlying Blockchain technology works.

In fact, someone could have profited from the 500% gains in Bitcoin just because they were comfortable with taking speculative risk without necessarily being an adopter of Bitcoin and Blockchain technology. This piece provides straightforward explainer on how Blockchain works. Ill also provide insights on the simplified everyday uses of Blockchain technology.

Blockchain explained

Query What is Blockchain? on Google and youll get at least 31.8 million hits explaining Blockchain technology. The problem however is that the answer to your query is buried in a maze of technical jargon that doesnt mean much to a guy that wants to beat the returns from the S&P 500 on Wall Street. Youll begin to see words like decentralized, distributed, retroactive, alteration and collusion of the network among others.

In simple terms, Blockchain is technology that you can use to maintain agreements automatically and without the efforts of a central authority. Now, lets assume that Peter, James, and John pledge $250, $150, and $100 respectively in a common purse for TGIF hangouts. They can have a ledger in which the amount deposited by each individual is recorded, Peter can be in charge of keeping the accounts.

If on Friday the three friends spend $253 on beer, Peter will need to note all the beer...

16:46

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Europe We Can Believe In? Unbelievable
By Sun Keqin
Global Times
2017/10/24 21:47:03

The Paris Statement recently attracted attention inside and outside Europe. Written by 10 European conservative scholars and intellectuals, "A Europe We Can Believe In" demonstrated that some conservative members of the European elite and their Euroskeptic partners revel in populism. Beset by crises, Europe faces challenges of belief and theory. Debate over European integration has entered a crucial stage.

Though contradictory, opinions in the statement come from a clear basic standpoint. They negate two things: first, the achievement of European integration. They argue that "a false Europe threatens us," "it will confiscate our home." "The false Europe praises itself as the forerunner of a universal community that is neither universal nor a community," the statement reads.

Second, multiculturalism. "Multiculturalism is unworkable. They ignore, even repudiate the Christian roots of Europe. At the same time they take great care not to offend Muslims, who they imagine will cheerfully adopt their secular, multicultural outlook," these scholars state.

Next they put forward their own propositions for Europe: the hope of returning to the nation state, emphasizing a Christian spirit, opposing Muslim immigrants and showing sympathy for populism.

Europe's dilemma revealed in the Paris Statement has foundations. Globalization, the continuous extension of the EU, multicultural policies and the neoliberal governance pattern have challenged Europe. Western diplomacy aggravated these challenges. Populist Euroskepticism has gorged on the 2009 European debt crisis, the Ukraine crisis, the refugee crisis, terrorism, fragmentation of society, Brexit and the internal contradictions of EU members. Disagreement and arguments raged among European elites. In this context, the statement hardly surprises anyone at all.

It is easy to complain and rake up faults. To get out of a predicament and predict the way forward takes courage, tolerance and boldness of vision. The 10 intellectuals hoped to find answers in the old world, the nation state and the Christian order. This is their fatal flaw.

Europe can never go back, nor is it necessary.

Fir...

16:02

Hillarys What Happened She Lost & It Was Her Fault! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hillary is running around pitching her book What Happened. Of course, we all know the answer she lost. The problem is that she takes no blame for that and like a fool who buys the market at the top, they come up with conspiracy theories to blame everyone else for their failed investment.

The four people she is blaming all have to do with the leaked emails, none of which has she EVER claimed they were fake or altered. So her whole argument is that someone leaked the truth. Her own staff said she set up a private server so she could be free from a FOIA request. If she did not do that, Comey would not have had to investigate.

The last on the list is Richard Murdock. One member of the press who was against her when she had everyone else in her pocket from the New York Times to CNN, seems a bit absurd. The press was biased in her favor not Trumpss.

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16:01

Saudi Arabia in Search of Cash "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: I read your blog about the Saudis potentially selling a large private equity position from China in Aramco rather than accessing the public markets. You have pointed out the need for the Saudis to modernize their economy to be less dependent on oil income and to monetize that resource for capital improvements/diversification, but how do they do that without giving away to much control over their oil resources to China?  Wouldnt a single significant stake by a private investor (country in this case) give up to much control over their single greatest resource (at least for the immediate future)?  Im thinking of the disaster that is Venezuela as an example of the poor employment of foreign investment.

 

ANSWER: I fully understand your point. However, the Saudis need money. They spent too much money expecting oil to be $200 forever. They are now starting to issue bonds. Saudi Arabia has peaked economically and looks at UAE and sees the diversification. Here is a picture I took on the beach in Abu Dhabi. They are tolerant of Western Culture. You cannot create a world economy without separation of church and state.

Saudi Arabia is introducing a free zone like UAE. They are introducing an Industrial section by the Red Sea. So they are trying to move forward away from just oil.

Venezuela has always been a ruthless dictatorship. The wealth from oil never made it to the people.

15:51

Northwest Weather Believe It o Not! "IndyWatch Feed National"

There has been a lot of precipitation during the past two weeks and the impacts may surprise you.

Question 1:  The cumulative precipitation at Seattle Tacoma Airport over the past six months has been:

1.  Way below normal
2.  Normal
3. Way above normal

The answer, shown by the plot of cumulative precipitation, is ALMOST EXACTLY NORMAL.  Our spring was wetter than normal, then almost no precipitation in July and August, followed by roughly five inches since mid-October.

Question 2:  The cumulative precipitation at Yakima, WA for the past six months was:

1.  Way below normal
2.  Normal
3. Way above normal

The answer is ALMOST EXACTLY NORMAL.
Question 3:  The precipitation for the past year at Seattle-Tacoma Airport was

1.  Way below normal
2.  Normal
3. Way above normal
4.  Slightly above normal
5.  Moderately below normal

The answer:  slightly above normal.
The lesson in all this is that one can get drier and wetter than normal periods, but often it all comes out in the wash if one considers a long enough period.

Now you want want to see something that is really amazing?  Here is the upper level (500 hPa) map forecast for Thursday at 11 PM.  A HUGE ridge of high height (or pressure).  Expect temperatures i...

15:35

Bodies in Trouble: on sexual violence and the problem with hashtags "IndyWatch Feed National"

Earlier this year I was part of a process that detailed three incidents of sexual harassment perpetrated by a fellow poet. The incidents involved three women writers who all experienced similar harassment on the same night by the same man at a literary event. Had these incidents occurred in isolation and the four of us not spoken and mobilised, these incidents would not have been reported.

15:20

So-called Australia: First Edition of Anti-Prison Zine Paper Chained Now Available Online "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Note from Insurrection News: The first edition of Paper Chained is now available online to read or download, paper copies are also available upon request. Paper Chained is a journal of writings and artistic expressions from individuals who are facing or have faced incarceration.Paper Chained is compiled by the Running Wild anarchist collective from So-called Australia. Check it out!

25.10.17:  Its finally here! Click HERE to read the first Issue of Paper Chained online, or read below for other access options.

HOW TO ACCESS

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15:03

Apparently you're a nutter if you think you're being watched by government "IndyWatch Feed National"


So it looks like the corporate media are on a government propaganda binge where anything outside of sanitised information  is a 'conspiracy theory' or even a character assassination on you where you're a tin foil hat wearer or nut case.

On the topic of surveillance, according to the mainstream media mutts, you've got some sort of newly classified (keeping psychiatrists in the job) e-Personality disorder.

So, according to bbc.com there were approximately  4 - 6 million CCTV cameras in 2015, in the United Kingdom alone.

The Australian government has been keeping all your (meta)data for a period of time, where it has been doing this since day dot, but only now it's been enshrined in statute law.

The Snowden leaks have exposed government policy of global mass surveillance, literally unfathomable to the layperson.

Every person's smartphone has data harvested  from it, unbeknown to the user.

Smart meters installed forcibly in people's homes monitor their movements

Smart air conditioners are now supported by government so that the electricity companies can switch off your appliance whenever it suits them under whatever pretext, e.g. not enough electricity supply.

It has been confirmed that Samsung's Smart TVs 'listen in' to you in the privacy of your own home.


So when one talks about "they're watching us" is that really paranoia or just being a realist?

14:47

Gardner fires in Ashes opener to help Australia win "IndyWatch Feed National"

ITS been a big month for Indigenous cricketer Ashleigh Gardner, with the allrounder starring for Australia in the opening Womens Ashes match against England and being named One to Watch award in the Health Women in Sport Awards. A thrilling cameo from Gardner carried Australia to an exciting win over England in the first one-day Ashes match at Allan Border Field, Brisbane. Gardner struck two thrilling sixes in her 18-ball innings of 27. Australia won with five balls to spare.

14:39

SHOCKING! Australias Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce alleged to have stalked & molested teen girl and young woman "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: Fresh from revelations that Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce has been hypocritically conducting a sexual affair with a junior employee for close to a year despite being married and claiming to uphold 'traditional family values', True Crime News Weekly can now reveal that Mr Joyce is at the centre of serious sexual harassment and molestation claims dating back to 2012 and involving multiple women, including a 17-year-old teenage girl.

14:24

Teen Reports Chilis Manager For Sexual Harassment And Receives Horrible Response "IndyWatch Feed National"

Emily Houser was 16 when she started working at the Chilis restaurant in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. Her manager, Josh Davidson, 24 at the time, immediately took interest in her. During the years that followed, Davidson relentlessly pursued Houser, refusing to take no for an answer.

Over a two-year period, it just kind of escalated into him providing me with gifts of significance and money and flowers and cards and things that I wasnt really accepting of, things that made me extremely uncomfortable because I was not sure what he expected of me from these gifts, Houser told Buzzfeed News.

His abuse hit a peak on her 18th birthday, when he showed up at her school and asked her to officially be his girlfriend, in front of a group of students.  I said no, and he replied in a very pompous way, saying he didnt care if he got fired if we were together, and he didnt care if he lost his job because he just wanted to be with me.

In the months that followed, Davidson reportedly switched his focus to another new young Chilis employee. It was at this point that Houser decided to put in her two weeks notice and report Davidson officially, to prevent another teen girl from suffering his abuse. Considering her report, Chilis upper management decided to transfer Davidson to a restaurant in another city.

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14:16

I Was Workplace Bullied at an Australian Radio Station "IndyWatch Feed National"

I want you to fuck off and never come back.

These were my male superiors last words to me.

I always knew workplace bullying existed, but I assumed adults would not resemble those bigger kids who pick on the small kids in the school garden. Turns out I was wrong. It was exactly the same, except without the swings and slides.

It was the day I finished university, and I can still remember the jitters of hearing the words: Youre hired! Flying from Melbourne to a country town in a different state did not seem like a varied transition in the beginning, but I left the job feeling mentally and emotionally broken in just three months from workplace bullying.

When I touched down in what was to be my new home, it was freezing, mid-June; the air was frosty, but clearer than home. The first few weeks as a radio producer seemed like a dream: calling the Prime Minister for interviews, speaking to media advisors and getting to know the locals.

Six weeks in, I made my first error, which would be the beginning of my downfall. Footsteps pounded down the hallway and stopped right outside my studio door.

Meeting! Now! my boss shouted, pointing at me.

There I found myself facing a jury of three stern, middle-aged males shaking their heads at me. I had made a spelling mistake in a social media story headline, which sparked some online controversy. My hostthe one harassing mewas the eldest of the three; he had squinty eyes that were magnified through his clear-rimmed glasses and his wrinkly skin was a nasty shade of yellow. He puffed at his beloved e-cigarette and looked at me.

What do you have to say for yourself? my host snapped.

Im sorry I had to get the story out quickly and I missed that error. It wont happen again.

You know my reputation is on the line and you are fucking it up big time, was the response.

I nodded, but my lip trembled uncontrollably and I could feel my emotions rising to the surface.

Dont nod at me, he spat, saliva frothing at the creases of his mouth. You must think its easy not having your name plastered on the brand!

The power of his intimidation quickly ruptured my already...

14:00

Premiere: Sydneys Bad Pony deliver the soulful party-starter Half Blood "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Sydneys Bad Pony have been doing the round for a few years now, but now as we get closer and closer to the new year, the group have decided to gift fans with a brand new single, the exhilarating Half Blood.

Bad Pony have had a pretty stellar year so far, with showcases at Canadian Music Week, and shows in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New York City. Now with a brand new single behind them, the group are all set to head in 2018 with a bang, with Bad Pony already set to represent Australia at South By Southwest next year.

Bad Ponys new single, Half Blood, is another banger from the group. Filled with soulful vocals, tasty riffs, pounding drums, and a brilliant chorus that will definitely see the track quickly become a fan favourite at upcoming shows.

The tracks accompanying video manages to perfectly capture the sort of artists that Bad Pony are. Showing the group performing the track live, the video provides a snapshot of the ferocity, energy, and dedication that every single member of the band puts into their craft.

The way we play live is pretty unique and we have a shitload of fun doing it, said Jarred Young, the bands vocalist and drummer. We wanted to make sure that came across with Half Blood.

To add to the news of the brilliant single and video, the group have also just been named as recipients of the Australian Music Weeks 301 Music Prize. This of course means big things for Bad Pony, who are set to record a brand new single at Studios 301 as part of the prize.

Were really, really stoked, said Jarred excitedly. As a band that usually self-produces it will be a great experience to get into 301 with a producer for our next single too.

Bad Pony are set to head out on an east coast tour soon, giving fans a chance to devour their new single. Kicking things off at the Australian Music Week festivities next week, the band will hit up Tasmania, Victoria, and revisit New South Wales before the tour wraps up.

With the bands reputation for delivering an absolutely stunning live show, this is going to be one you wont want to miss.

Check out Bad Ponys brand new single, Half Blood, below.

Bad Pony Half Blood Tour

Thursday, November 2nd
Australian Music Week, Cronulla, NSW

Saturday, November 11th
Band Meeting Festi...

13:50

States foreclose more borrowing "IndyWatch Feed National"

FG, states, LGs share N558.082bn State governments yesterday, ruled out the option of seeking external borrowing to meet their pressing financial obligations. Instead, they elected to step up their Internally Generated Revenue ( IGR) and other sources at various states disposal to bridge their funding gaps. Chairman, States Commissioners of Finance Forum, who doubles as Adamawa State Commissioner of Finance, Mr Mahmood Yunusa, disclosed this to journalists yesterday during the question and answer session at the plenary session of monthly Federation Account Allocation Committee Meeting (FAAC) meeting. Responding to question...

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13:10

Mama Kin Spender Announce November Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of Mama Kin Spender Mama Kin Spender, the collaboration between roots singer-songwriter Mama Kin and multi-instrumentalist/producer Spender, have announced plans to hit the road this November with a series of festival dates plus headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne. The project debuted at this years Bello Winter Festival and they have an album, []

12:50

MACKAY Smashed into business on parole, gets community service "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 25, 2017 at 07:22AM ,

Smashed into business on parole, gets community service

October 25, 2017 at 07:22AM ,

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12:31

November In Your Patch "IndyWatch Feed National"


Were always being told to eat more fruit and veggies and get more exercise with this diet or that exercise program. If the thought of donning the Lycra and heading to the gym has you reaching for the chocolate cake, what about green gym? Get out into your sustainable garden for your daily workout. Sustainable gardening is not only good for the planet; its good for your health. There are more and more people using their gardens and growing fruit and veggies to help manage chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Think about all the weeding, digging, mulching, planting, and raking you can do in your garden. Wow, what a workout. Not only that, your sustainable garden is a great mood booster, so its good for your mental health as well.

Make November your month to start your green gym in your patch!

Warm Areas

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

  • Herbs are not only great to grow, theyre great for you! Get out and plant some basil, parsley, coriander, thyme and rosemary. Dont forget to mulch them well. Good for your plants and helps you to burn some extra calories.
  • Get into the veggie patch and plant lettuce, silver beet, tatsoi, climbing beans, zucchini, pumpkin, carrot and beetroot. Dont forget theres still time to get your tomatoes in.
  • Garlic should be ready to harvest by now look for leaves yellowing and beginning to die off.
  • Need to eat more fruit? Plant passionfruit, pawpaw, pineapples and for a potassium hit, some bananas.
  • How about adding some pretties to the garden: marigolds, verbena, petunias, cosmos, sunflowers and dianthus. Theyll not only add colour and interest to your patch, the beneficial insects will love them.
  • Your patch looking a bit tired and worn out? A green manure crop could be the lift it needs. At this time of year, try millet, lablab, or cow pea. Your soil will be alive and nutritious, next seasons veggies will love you.
  • Another great job to give you and your patch a good workout, top up the mulch on all of your garden beds. Make sure you choose sustainable, low environmental impact mulch, thatll enrich your soil as it breaks down.
  • How about making some shade cloth tents. They dont have to elaborate, just a simple, moveable structure that you can pop over the top of some of the sun sensitive veggies as it gets hotter. Think of it as slip, slop, slap fo...

12:30

Growing Little Learners The Benefits of Gardening with Children "IndyWatch Feed National"

We sometimes think of gardening as an adult activity, and sometimes especially for older people This can get reinforced when we give in to our childrens wishes to watch screens of some sort instead of being outdoors. But gardening is actually a wonderful way for children to have fun and, at the same time, gain important knowledge and skills.

Renowned Russian psychologist, Lev Vygotsky, introduced the theory of unstructured, open-ended play based learning to the educational and social world. He promised that it held untold benefits for children, including:

The development of confidence and independence
The development of resilience
The development of problem-solving and critical thinking skills

Its often difficult to find space in education to allow children the freedom to truly play. We face a very structured curriculum that leads our children, often quite quickly, through a series of skills that dont often reflect their actual interests.

Offering children the chance to be involved in nature play, particularly in their own backyards, provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to allow time and space for this wonderful learning to take place.

How can my Garden become a Classroom?

Any outdoor space that you have be it a big backyard or an apartment balcony is the perfect breeding ground for learning.

Children are born curious. They love to learn about new concepts and approach the natural world with wonder and awe. Allowing them space in your home to garden, care for plants, learn about sustainability and take on new projects will both tap into this natural sense of wonder and instil in them the importance of caring for their environment.

Applying Vygotskian theory means that you will provide the parameters for learning and then allow children to take over. They will become so immersed in their project, and so full of spontaneous joy at creating and exploring, that their little minds will happily forge connections to extend their learning beyond the school classroom.

What are some Garden Projects I can do with my Child?

These ideas will depend, of course, on the age of your children, the amount of space you have and your budget.

You could
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12:29

7 Ideas for Designing and Landscaping a Backyard Naturescape Playground "IndyWatch Feed National"

The concepts of sustainability and providing a better future for our younger generations are intertwined with physical and mental health. We can design and landscape our gardens to be both sustainable and engaging for our children by creating a backyard naturescape playground. This can encourage your children to value, learn about and engage with their natural environment in their garden naturescape wonderland.
Article written by Dan Nitsche https://www.tradesmannow.com.au/landscapers/nsw-landscapers/landscaper

1. Child Friendly Design

The first step is getting your child involved in the design. Whether you hire a landscaper to do the work or you do it yourself, this is an opportunity to talk about the importance of sustainable concepts and how these can be incorporated into your design. You may like to have an overall vision of how the finished garden will look, but it is important to get your little ones to also give you ideas of how they want to use this outside space. They may like to have quiet areas for building an outdoor cubby house or a messy mud kitchen for creating some culinary master pieces. Part of the design is to also ensure that all aspects are accessible but that there is also an element of adventure. This means considering the height and depth of any raised garden beds and also ensuring that the design is flexible enough to let your childs imagination run wild. One day they could pretend they are captaining a tall ship, the next creating culinary masterpieces in their own outdoor kitchen. Letting your childs imagination run wild will show them that they can have even more fun engaging in unstructured play with natural elements than simply playing on plastic playground equipment. By including your childs design ideas they will be more likely to be intrinsically motivated to spend time playing, exploring and learning from the natural world. Fostering an appreciation of the natural world from an early age will lay the foundation for sustainable practices throughout your childs life.

2. Construct with the Kids

Once a design developed, its time to get constructing. Getting your children involved in this will give them greater understanding of sustainable building materials such as recycled timbers, straw bales, recycled and repurposed plastics as well as fallen branches and leaves from already established plants and tree...

12:28

Lawn Alternatives "IndyWatch Feed National"

Escape the mundane uniformity of an artificial vegetative mat and enjoy some of the visual and aromatic delights the natural world has on offer!

Less maintenance

Mowing, edging, fertilising and weeding of a lawn requires more time and maintenance than well chosen ground covers or garden beds / pavers.

A well selected group of ground covers are less prone to pest attack and diseases than a single lawn species.

Less water

A mulched garden bed with well chosen plants requires less water to look good year round than even the toughest lawn species.

Increase biodiversity

Larger garden beds allow for tiered plantings of increasing heights, which in turn creates a greater sense of depth and space to a garden.

Attract native wildlife into your garden with many butterfly, bird and insect attracting varieties available.

Reasons you may not need a lawn at all

  • Shady dry areas under trees
  • Areas unlikely to be walked over
  • Small or awkward areas
  • Areas with significant slopes

Lawn Alternatives

If you like the open feel of a lawn but dont want the maintenance or water requirements. Consider the following options

No Traffic

No traffic open spaces allow for some of the greatest flexibility in style and plant choices. Areas that are traditionally difficult to establish lawn perform well with many alternatives. Regions such as under large trees of near eves can be given a new lease of life with the addition of low water and light requiring lawn alternatives.

Light Traffic

In areas of light traffic it is necessary to choose plants that are tolerant of small levels of disturbance. Plants that are used should be flexible low lying. This will allow them to bounce back when trodden on. For Heavy Traffic use the same varieties as those for areas with light traffic, but with the addition of stepping stones.

Meadow Lawn areas

A mixture of grass, lilies, wildflowers and ground covers. Dont mow often. To encourage flowering and growth of the meadow it is recommended that the area be cut twice a year using a brush cutter. The optimal times to cut the meadow is in early summer after spring flowering and late autumn. The cut material should then be removed and composted.

No Traffic

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12:25

"Very Few Beings..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

 "Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Mortal or immortal, 
few really ASK. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the 
answers they have already shaped in their own minds."
- Anne Rice

12:16

Dont Call the Cops If Youre Autistic, Deaf, Mentally Ill, Disabled or Old "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anyone who cares for someone with a developmental disability, as well as for disabled people themselves [lives] every day in fear that their behavior will be misconstrued as suspicious, intoxicated or hostile by law enforcement.

Steve Silberman, The New York Times

Life in the American police state is an endless series of donts delivered at the end of a loaded gun: dont talk back to police officers, dont even think about defending yourself against a SWAT team raid (of which there are 80,000 every year), dont run when a cop is nearby lest you be mistaken for a fleeing criminal, dont carry a cane lest it be mistaken for a gun, dont expect privacy in public, dont let your kids walk to the playground alone, dont engage in nonviolent protest near where a government official might pass, dont try to grow vegetables in your front yard, dont play music for tips in a metro station, dont feed whales, and on and on.

Heres another dont to the add the growing list of things that could get you or a loved one tasered, shot or killed, especially if you are autistic, hearing impaired, mentally ill, elderly, suffer from dementia, disabled or have any other condition that might hinder your ability to understand, communicate or immediately comply with an order: dont call the cops.

Sometimes its dangerous enough calling the cops when youre not contending with a disability.

For instance, Justine Damond called 911 to report a disturbance and ended up dead after police dispatched to investigate instead shot the 40-year-old yoga instructor. Likewise, Carl Williams called 911 to report a robbery and ended up being shot by police, who mistook him for a robber in his own home.

Unfortunately, the risks just skyrocket when a disability is involved.

Nancy Schrock called 911 for help after her husband, Tom, who suffered with mental health issues, started stalking around the backyard, upending chairs and screaming about demons. Several times before, police had transported Tom to the hospital, where he was medicated and sent home after 72 hours. This time, Tom was tasered twice. He collapsed, lost consciousness and died.

The Schrocks are not alone in this experience.

Indeed, disab...

12:00

Todd Fernando: As Indigenous people we exist outside of sporting arenas and welfare dependency "IndyWatch Feed National"

Most Australians, and our international visitors, first learn about Indigenous people through conversations that are often grounded in disadvantage Photograph: IndigenousX Most Australians, and our international visitors, first learn about Indigenous people through conversations that are often grounded in disadvantage Photograph: IndigenousX Share this Post Indigenous and mainstream Australians often have very different ideas about the concept of success. For ...

11:10

Australia Looking to Impose Strict Regulations on Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia Looking to Impose Strict Regulations on Bitcoin from Schiff Gold Australia is moving toward regulating cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum under new anti-money laundering legislation. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Parliament will vote on the measure this week....

The post Australia Looking to Impose Strict Regulations on Bitcoin appeared first on The Daily Coin.

10:56

Bitcoin Digits Coming Under Strict Regulation In Australia: Getting Off The Ship While You Still Can "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is moving toward regulating cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum under new anti-money laundering legislation. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Parliament will vote on the measure this week. If it passes, it will place Bitcoin and other cryptos under the auspices of Australias financial regulatory agency. If the new laws are passed, the financial []

10:25

Mitch takes leading role in Winter Games "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Barwon Heads local and two-time Paralympian Mitchell Gourley has been announced as a co-captain of the Australian Paralympic team for the 2018 PyeongChange Winter Paralympics.
The star alpine skiier and para-snowboarder Joany Badenhorst will lead the team at the Games in March.
Gourley, who was born without his lower left arm, competes in all five alpine skiing disciplines in the mens standing class. He made his Australian team debut as a 15-year-old in 2006, and in 2011 won his first gold medal in international competition in the giant slalom at the IPC Nor-Am Cup. In March this year, he claimed his maiden world title in the Super Combined, and ended his best ever season with the IPC World Cup Crystal Globe for the most points banked up in the Giant Slalom.
Its exciting and humbling to be named as co-captain for PyeongChang with Joany. We didnt officially have captains for the last couple of Winter Games but we were lucky enough to have some incredible leaders over that time and I hope I can pass on some of what they taught me, Gourley said.
Ultimately, I want this team to not only feel proud that they are a part of The Mob, but I really want them to believe in their ability to play a role in continuing to build it as something that our entire Paralympic family can all be proud of.
The announcement was made in Melbourne by APC chief executive Lynne Anderson, who said she was confident that the leadership of Gourley and Badenhorst could take the 2018 Australian Paralympic Team to new heights and create a cohesive culture; similar to the Australian Paralympic Mob culture established by the leadership team prior to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
With a wealth of success on the world stage, Gourley and Badenhorst now have the responsibility to work closely with the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) and Chef de Mission Nick Dean to create a clear vision and unite athletes from the teams two disciplines alpine skiing and snowboarding in the remaining five months until the Games begin.

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10:19

Busy year for Coastcare "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove Coastcare held its annual general meeting recently.
Founded in 2010, Ocean Grove Coastcare helps to raise awareness among the community regarding the preservation and protection of local coastal areas through advocacy and activities, such as planting and clean up days.
In her report to the meeting, outgoing president Frances McAloon outlined the many activities and actions untaken by Ocean Grove Coastcare over the past 12 months.
These included the planting of over 1000 native plants across five planting days; the removal of approximately 200kg of rubbish from local beaches; and the forming of a Plastic Bag Free sub-committee that ran a highly successful film night in June and is working at developing resources for the public regarding alternatives to plastic.
Ms McAloon thanked local agencies and business who have funded events and provided in-kind support and commented on the impressive number community volunteers who have actively taken part OGCC activities this year.
Ms McAloon also acknowledged the recent passing of John OReilly, a founding member of Ocean Grove Coastcare and past president, vice-president and treasurer. She said that he had contributed significantly to a number of local community environment organisations and would be greatly missed.
Ms McAloon was thanked by treasurer Jackie Scally, on behalf of the committee, for her contribution has president over the past two years, before presenting her with gifts of wine and flowers.
Earlier in the evening, guest speaker, Leigh Dennis from the City of Greater Geelong, spoke regarding the Our Coast project, which is helping local coastal communities prepare for the impacts of rising sea levels. Mr Dennis presented to the meeting modelling that predicted significant impact to parts of Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove if sea level rise continues at predicted rates. Findings such as these re-affirmed to many in the room the importance of groups such as Ocean Grove Coastcare in the ongoing protection and management of our coasts.
A new committee of eight was elected at the meeting.

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09:12

Watch the New Video from The Teskey Brothers, Louisa "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of The Teskey Brothers Melbourne soul revivalists The Teskey Brothers have just released the latest video from their amazing album Half Mile Harvest, the catchy southern soul track Louisa The video features features the band in a foot chase through their hometown of Warrandyte, Victoria. Check it out here: The Teskey Brothers have []

09:07

Trade for the People a new video "IndyWatch Feed National"

October 25, 2017: IBON International has released a powerful new video, Trade for the People, which looks at how the neoliberal trade regime has delivered for transnational corporations at the expense of the global South. From agreements brokered at the World Trade Organisation to free trade agreements (FTAs) like the TPP and RCEP, industrialised countries and global corporations have pursued their interests at the expense of human rights and genuine development. 

'What is important is to make sure that trade is for the benefit of the people and their development Antonio Tujan Jr, Director IBON International

 

09:07

What is the ASIC bank rate rigging scandal? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

https://finance.nine.com.au/2017/10/23/09/38/what-is-asic-rate-rigging

Today the Australian Securities and Investments commission (ASIC) will enter the Federal Court of Australia in Melbourne and accuse three of the nations largest banks of acting in cahoots to maximise profits.

The Federal watchdog is accusing NAB, ANZ and Westpac of deliberating manipulating the bank bill swap rate (BBSW) to maximise each of the banks profits.

This was first announced by ASIC in June 2016, when it commenced civil penalty proceedings against the three banks, accusing each of them of market manipulation and unconscionable conduct.

But what is the bank bill swap rate, and how does it affect consumers?

Essentially, the BBSW is the interest rate the banks use to trade with each other. Its also used as a reference point to set the interest rate on business loans, which then indirectly impacts personal loans.

Each business day, nominated financial institutions have until 10AM to tell the market what interest rate they will be paying and receiving for the day.

Large amounts of trading just prior to 10AM could artificially raise or lower the BBSW for the entire day just as two banks could agree to quote a similar rate to suit their own agendas.

By doing this, the banks could have theoretically inflated net revenue by hundreds of millions of dollar...

08:51

Grocons construction licence cancelled in Queensland "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Melbourne based developer, Grocon, has just taken a hit in Queensland, with its licence suspended by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC), as an investigation into its finances continues.

It seems that the company has made a big loss on the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village and apparently, they are $16.7 million in the red over two other projects, valued at more than $1 billion. The QBCC is not satisfied that the business is viable enough to merit taking on more jobs.

The political establishment has reacted to this with a wall of silence. If it had been anyone else, especially unions in the industry, the resulting condemnations would have driven many of them  hoarse within hours. In this case, the apparent laryngitis, comes from the habit of harbouring this and some other similar construction companies as allies.

Construction companies donate significant amounts to political parties and have therefore established useful political links. Grocon has relied quit a lot on building its links through a war against construction unions., which has germinated into a cosy alliance with the federal and state governments. Canberras industry code brought benefits, in terms of legal assistance to push down wages and conditions, punish workers and unions acting on this and providing government contract rewards, through the building industry code measures that a that bars employers reaching better agreements with their own workforce.  Industry  safety conditions  and public safety have been  major casualties.

Grocon has a track record in cutting corners and this has more than once exacted a heavy price on others. In August this year VicRoads sued for damage caused in Elizabeth Street in Melbourne. In 2013 there was the Swanston Street wall collapse that killed three young pedestrians, over which it faced criminal charges.

These are two examples of cases of a long list of cases that have attracted a slap on the wrist at most.  Will it be the same for the Elizabeth Street incident? This was...

08:48

BREAKING: FBI Releases Docs On Sandy Hook Showing Feds Visited Shooter BEFORE Massacre "IndyWatch Feed National"

sandy hook

On December 14, 2012, the world watched the news with horror as they heard the story of 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shooting 20 children between six and seven years old, as well as six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Since that fateful day, conspiracy theories have abounded from whether or not the shooting actually took place to what Lanzas motive was.

Adam Lanza is believed to have shot his mother, Nancy Lanza, in the head at her home in Newtown, Connecticut, around 9 a.m. on December 14, before taking her car and driving approximately five miles to the Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he would slaughter the children and teachers.

According to reports, most of the shooting occurred in two of the schools first-grade classrooms; 14 students in one classroom, and six in the other, were murdered. Only two of the victims who were shot by Lanzaboth teacherssurvived the attack.

Now, the documents which could lay to rest many of these conspiracy theories have been released by the FBI. At 10:00 AM EST, on Tuesday, the FBI, without any notice, took to Twitter to post the link to over 1,500 pages of documents from their investigation and subsequent findings.

In general, the FBI does not comment on the content of the files released through [Freedom of Information Act], and lets the information contained in the files speak for itself, said Charles Grady, a community outreach specialist for the FBI based in New Haven. This is a routine FOIA release nothing more, nothing less.

While we would expect that the names, addresses, and contact information be redacted throughout the documents, it appears that entire pages were wiped out.

Just as Americans thought they may be getting some answers as to why this 20-year-old went on a shooting rampage, killing innocent children, it appears we may now have more questions than answers.

One such question that arises from our brief combing of the documents is how Lanza, who only weighed 85 lbs, according to the report, was able to carry such heavy weaponry and ammo and shoot with such deadly accuracy.

...

08:39

Message to Mr Wolfgang Schuble "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Dear Wolfgang,

I read carefully and listened your recent statements in response to journalistic questions emanating from my recent book Adults in the Room relating to our conversations during the first half of 2015.

I have a proposal for you. Instead of vague statements and personal put down lines, I invite you to point out specific pages and paragraphs in my book where I misrepresented something that you told me during that period (e.g. your expressed view that the 3rd Greek Loan and accompanying Memorandum of Understanding that I refused to sign, and which was signed after my resignation, would be bad for Greece; or, even more strongly, your view that, had I signed it, I would have to answer to my people).

Sincerely

Yanis Varoufakis

08:29

Letters to the Editor: National gun amnesty By Ian Walmsley Glen Innes NSW. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The types of guns handed in with the National Amnesty shows what happens when honest citizens are declared criminals overnight by Politicians with knee-jerk reactions.

08:11

Power plant sale incompetent or worse "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Vales Point Power Station. (wikipedia)

The Vales Point Power Station. (wikipedia)

The sale of a state-owned power station for $1 million that went on to skyrocket in value in private hands smells of government incompetence or something worse, the NSW Opposition leader says.

The Vales Point power station was sold by the Baird government in November 2015 for $1 million but has now been revalued at $739 million by Sunset Power International.

NSW Labor leader Luke Foley on Tuesday accused the government of fleecing taxpayers of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Youve got to assume its incompetence on a grand scale from Ms Berejiklian and her colleagues, or something worse, Mr Foley told reporters.

You couldnt find a privation deal more contrary to the public interest.

However, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who was treasurer at the time of the sale, stood by the transaction, saying its benefits could not be quantified in cash returns.

I am confident that every decision weve taken is in the taxpayers best interest and weve reduced debt in all transactions, Ms Berejiklian told reporters on Tuesday.

You have to look at how its taken debt away from government which allows us to invest in hospitals and schools.

In 2015 Ms Berejiklian said the plant had been sold above its retention value, with the state no longer exposed to significant liabilities such as costs associated with decommissioning.

Sunset Power International, which trades as Delta Electricity, on Tuesday declined to comment.

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08:06

Energy costs to stoke inflation rate "IndyWatch Feed National"

New inflation figures are expected to show the biggest quarterly jump in almost four years as a result of rising energy costs.

If that happens it will be a harsh reminder for households already struggling with slow wage growth and high debt levels.

Treasury boss John Fraser and his department can expect to be grilled about price pressures and the economic outlook more generally when he faces a Senate hearing on Wednesday.

There are also likely to be questions about the Turnbull governments national energy guarantee, a plan that is being promoted as providing a reliable source of electricity while cutting household bills by as much as $115 a year.

No modelling to back such claims has been released.

Economists expect the consumer price index rose by around 0.8 per cent in the September quarter, the largest inflation rise since December 2013.

Such an increase would lift the annual rate to the bottom end of the Reserve Banks two to three per cent inflation target band from 1.9 per cent previously.

The more interest-rate sensitive underlying measures of inflation which smooth out volatile price swings are expected to average a rise of 0.5 per cent.

This would produce a 12-monthly rate of around two per cent and of little immediate threat to the interest rate outlook.

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08:04

Whale, calf freed from Gold Coast shark nets "IndyWatch Feed National"

UPDATE: A whale and calf that were trapped in shark nets off a Gold Coast beach have been freed.

Seaworld experts helped free the mother and baby about 7.30am (AEST), roughly an hour after reports they had become ensnared about 200 metres off Nobby Beach.

Animal activists have again condemned the use of the shark nets, with World Animal Protection describing them as indiscriminate death traps.

ORIGINAL: A whale and a calf are trapped in shark nets off a Gold Coast beach and experts from Sea World will soon begin trying to free them.

The mother and her baby are stuck about 200 metres off Nobby Beach.

Marine rescue experts from Sea World will try to free them this morning.

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07:58

Aus must reply to Indonesian children case "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian government has been ordered to reply to a case involving Indonesian children allegedly locked up in Australian prisons, sparking hopes they will be forced to answer the case in a Jakarta court.

Australia has repeatedly maintained it is protected from the $103 million compensation claim because it has sovereign immunity, meaning its agencies are not subject to the jurisdiction of the Jakarta court.

But local lawyer Lisa Hiariej is pushing ahead with the suit on behalf of 115 Indonesians, who she says were children when they were held in Australian jails and detention centres between 2008 and 2011 for alleged people smuggling offences.

Last month the Australian government was ordered to enter mediation with Ms Hiariej but Central Jakarta District Court heard that the process had failed.

Chief Judge Ibnu Basuki Widodo ordered lawyers for the Australian government to return with a reply to the claim on November 14, warning them not to take more than three weeks to prepare their defence.

I feel that because the judges continue the matter, they feel there is a case to answer to, Ms Hiariej told AAP outside of court.

Muhammad Rasid, who was 15 when he was jailed at Sydneys Silverwater prison, said he was certainly very happy the matter was proceeding.

Im sorry I cant come to court on the 14th, I still need to work to earn money, the 23-year-old added.

The case has been launched against four Australian government agencies: the AFP, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and the Attorney-Generals Department.

It comes off the back of a 2012 Australian Human Rights Commission report into Indonesian youths held in Australian adult correctional facilities, which found the use of X-rays to determine age; a disregard for the childrens testimony about their age; and inadequate steps to verify their date of births resulted in dozens of Indonesian children being locked up between 2008 to 2011.

Our demand is not something that has come from thin air. It was based on something clear, factual, undeniable and it was from Australian itself, from Australian Human Rights Commission that there was a violation against these kids, lawyer Hendra Kusuma Jaya said.

Lawyers for the Australian government would not comment.

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07:25

Escaping The Smart Grid: A Conversation with the InPower Movement "IndyWatch Feed National"

Max Igan Surviving the Matrix

Episode 311
American Voice Radio
October 6th, 2017

The illusion of freedom will continue for as long as its profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will take down the scenery, move the tables and chairs out of the way, then they will pull back the curtains and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater. Frank Zappa

Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past. George Orwell

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader. Plato

I would rather have questions that cant be answered than answers that cant be questioned. Richard Feynman

I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens. Ive been knocking from the inside. Rumi

Universal Law/sovereign law trumps all others.

1. No man or woman, in or out of government shall initiate force, threat of force or fraud against my life and property and, any and all contracts Im a party to not giving full disclosure to me whether signed by me or not are void at my discretion.

2. I may use force in self-defense against anyone that violates Law

3. There shall be no exceptions to Law 1 and 2.

TURN OFF YOUR TELEVISION! THROW AWAY YOUR SMART PHONE!

07:05

Gowdy enters the fray: Opens investigation into DOJ's exonerating Killary and other 2016 decisions "IndyWatch Feed National"

House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte announced Tuesday morning they have officially opened a joint investigation into decisions made at the Obama Justice Department surrounding the FBI's criminal investigation into former Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. They also want to know why the FBI kept quiet about ongoing investigations into members of the Trump campaign, like Paul Manafort, while publicly discussing the Clinton probe. "Our justice system is represented by a blind-folded woman holding a set of scales. Those scales do not tip to the right or the left; they do not recognize wealth, power, or social status. The impartiality of our justice system is the bedrock of our republic and our fellow citizens must have confidence in its objectivity, independence, and evenhandedness. The law is the most equalizing force in this country. No entity or individual is exempt from oversight," Gowdy and Goodlatte released in a statement. "Decisions made by the Department of Justice in 2016 have led to a host of outstanding questions that must be answered."

06:16

Whats Going On With Bob Corker, Steve Bannon, And The Virginia Governors Race? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Alex Isenstadt, a national politics reporter at Politico, addresses the questions surrounding Senator Bob Corker, tax reform, and the anger coming from GOP donors on this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour. Isenstadt and Domenech also discuss the Viriginia gubernatorial race and how Trump effects state elections.

Clearly, Corker is aligned with a broader, establishment wing of the Republican party that is really upset right now, not just with Trump, but Steve Bannon too, Isenstadt said.

What happens to Republican primary races as Mitch McConnells support shrinks, and Steve Bannons endorsements grow? Its easy to say I oppose Mitch McConnel. Its hard to answer Well who do you support instead? Domenech said.

Listen here:

06:07

Adani posts weird video to fend off Carmichael criticism "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

The following article by Michael Slezak and Nick Evershed (The Guardian 21 October 2017) is about Gautam Adani and his social media blitz to counter the massive opposition he is facing in Australia, over his controversial Carmichael coal mine in Queenslands Galilee Basin.

The Adani Group has promoted a bizarre video advertisement on Facebook, in which the Indian company responds to revelations its Australian coal operations face growing financial risks.

The video, targeting people in Melbourne, flashes up text on the screen, backed by fast and upbeat percussive music. It displays allegations, which are labelled as lies, followed by attempts to set the record straight. It also misspells Abbot point, its coal terminal.

The video was uploaded along with a long post that contains strange defenses of its operation, including the false claim that the entire allegations about the company are based on just one screenshot of random text.

The Facebook post had more than 580,000 views on the video statistics at the time of writing.

Tim Buckley, a financial analyst at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, made many of the allegations Adani was attempting to refute. Aired in an episode of ABCs Four Corners program, the institute claimed Adanis operations in Australia were unprofitable and required the Carmichael mine to bail them out.

Buckley described the video as a desperate attempt to try and counter some of the facts with loud music and flashing lights and a sign that the campaign against Adani in Australia is having an impact.

In one respect it shows that Adani is taking it seriously, Buckley said. The whole campaign in Australia is doing enormous damage to the social license to operate of Adani.

Facebook ads are sponsored posts that an advertiser has paid to push into the news feed of a specifically targeted pool of people. Unless the ad appears in your feed, there is no easy way to determine that a post has been sponsored. This makes it difficult to keep track of political advertising on the social network.

Facebook advertising is considered effective because it allows...

06:03

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05:30

The BBC apologises "IndyWatch Feed National"


The BBC has apologised for a breach of impartiality and accuracy on the Today programme.

BBC complaints director Colin Tregear wrote to one of the complainants saying, "I hope youll accept my apologies, on behalf of the BBC, for the breach of editorial standards you identified". 

So can you guess what the BBC is apologising for?

I won't spoil it for you by giving you the answer...cough, cough, Lord Lawson, climate change cough, cough...You'll have to click on this link to the Guardian to find out.

05:26

Founder Confesses: Soros Wanted Antifa More Dangerous Than ISIS "IndyWatch Feed National"

The founder of domestic terrorist organization Antifa has admitted that George Soros helped turn them into terrorists more dangerous than ISIS. Shayne Hunter, the founder of Antifa Australia, says he quit the radical far-left group [...]

05:25

Former Weinstein assistant breaks NDA to speak up about sexual harassment and assault cover ups "IndyWatch Feed National"

Zelda Perkins, who worked as Weinstein's assistant in Miramax's London office, claims in a new interview with Financial Times that her boss sexually harassed her and assaulted her female colleague, leading them to a settlement and strict NDA. Dozens of women have come forward in recent weeks with claims against Harvey Weinstein, accusing the veteran film mogul of sexual assault, harassment, misconduct and rape. Many of their stories carry the same details - from hotel rooms and manipulative behavior to intimidation tactics and aggressive cover-ups - while provoking the same questions: How much did his assistants know, how tightly wound were their non-disclosure agreements and where are they now? Zelda Perkins, who worked for Weinstein during his tenure running Miramax Films, has just answered all three in a bombshell of an interview with Financial Times. In doing so, Perkins becomes the first former staffer to come forward and publicly denounce an NDA, shedding light on how Weinstein relied on a network of lawyers to help prevent staffers from speaking out about his alleged bad behavior. She also claims that there were clauses in her contract that could have led to Weinstein's dismissal nearly two decades ago.

05:06

Kuwait emir warns of GCC collapse and crisis escalation "IndyWatch Feed National"

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'History and the future generations of Arabs will not forget those who contributed to the escalation of the conflict and caused the destruction of the Gulf,' the emir cautioned [Getty Images]
History and the future generations of Arabs will not forget those who contributed to the escalation of the conflict and caused the destruction of the Gulf, the emir cautioned [Getty Images]
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Qatar-Gulf crisis: Your questions answered

The emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, warned of the collapse of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) an alliance of Gulf countries should the crisis with Qatar remain unresolved.

In a statement at a Kuwaiti parliament session on Tuesday, the emir warned GCC leaders of the potential dangerous military and political interven...

04:56

Exodus! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Census findings

Further interesting news from the 2016 Census has been released.

Some of it is rather open to interpretation. For example, there was lower employment in the younger age bracket, comprising 15-24 year olds.

But, on the other hand, 22 per cent of the population now have a degree or higher level of qualification. 

That's up +3.2 per cent from 2006-2011, replicating the same percentage increase as five years earlier, according to ID, the population experts.

Employment opportunities were certainly curtailed by the financial crisis and resources downturn, but we're also studying longer, so it's a somewhat mixed picture.

Exodus!

Similarly, there's quite a bit been said on the apparent mass exodus from Sydney.

Again, there's a strong element truth to this story.

But it's equally important not to take away the wrong visual image from this. 

The fact is, New South Wales always loses people interstate, and it always will, largely to Brisbane, south east Queensland, and even to Melbourne.

In reality, though, the numbers leaving the state on a net basis were dramatically lower in the 2011-2016 Census period than they were in the preceding five years.

And they were much, much lower than they were in the five years before that, with net interstate migration tracking at way under the half the rate of seen from 2001 to 2006.

04:11

South China Sea Defense Chiefs want Freedom of Navigation, Rules-Based Approach in Resolving Conflict "IndyWatch Feed National"

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said none among ADMM Plus member-states Australia, China, India Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the US as well as defense ministers from all ASEAN-member states, opposed the declaration. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, File

MANILA, Philippines The South China Sea issue was highlighted at yesterdays ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM Plus), with participating states declaring support for freedom of navigation and non-militarization as well as observance of a rules-based approach in resolving the conflict.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said none among ADMM Plus member-states Australia, China, India Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the US as well as defense ministers from all ASEAN-member states, opposed the declaration.

A majority of countries declared to continue to use the South China Sea the waters and air as they have been using it in the past decades without interference from anybody, Lorenzana said, without naming these countries.

Even Beijing, Lorenzana said, did not oppose the position taken by participating ADMM Plus states.

Even China did not oppose all of those statements. So I think its OK for China because its supposed to be an open water, Lorenzana said.

With this development, the defense chief said its now u...

04:03

The Sacrifice Zones of Hurricane Harvey "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this second installment of special coverage Hurricane Harveys aftermath, Abby Martin explores how the petrochemical industry dominates the city and why its low-income, Black and Latino areas are in the highest-risk areas for flooding and pollution, earning them the name sacrifice zones.

Abby explores Houstons unique lack of zoning and regulations that maximized the impact of the storm, the fence-line communities deliberately put in harms way, inhumane treatment of incarcerated people in the disaster, and how the ownership of the city by Big Oil puts thousands of lives in peril.

Featuring interviews with Dr. Robert Bullard, professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University; Azzurra Crispino, co-founder of Prison Abolition Prisoner Support (PAPS); and Yvette Arellano of the Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Series.

The Sacrifice Zones of Hurricane Harvey

In the first installment in a series on Hurricane Harvey recovery, Abby Martin introduced viewers to a neighborhood ignored by both state and national officials during and after the hurricane. It quickly became clear that the neighborhoods Abby drew attention to, specifically Lake Forest Park, were home to working class Houston residents of a lower socioeconomic status, many of which are Black or Latino. Was it a simply a coincidence that these neighborhoods were affected by the deadly flooding more than others? Is it by chance that these neighborhoods are now receiving far less attention than those filled with middle to upper class white Houstonians?

According to the evidence presented in the second installment in the series on Hurricane Harvey, the answer is a very clear no there was no coincidence and nothing was left to chance. In fact, these very neighborhoods are referred to as sacrifice zones, having numerous shortcomings in addition to the tendency to flood.

Houston is unique in that it lacks zoning laws. It is also overrun with petrochemical corporations operating with few rules and regulations. Neither of these things lend to a safe and healthy city for those with few resources. Houston has a high amount of residential segregation and housing discrimination which forces residents seeking affordable housing into marginalized areas where they are exposed to higher amounts of pollutants, less access to amenities, and are often at a higher risk of flooding. Abby spoke with Dr. Robert Bullard, Professor of Urban Planning at Texas Southern University, about these issues including Houstons history, gentrific...

03:30

Coup DEtat in Catalonia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Coup DEtat in Catalonia | Spain-Catalonia-independence-dictatorship-809267 | Special Interests World News

Self-determination is a universal right.

On Saturday, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy suspended Catalan self-governance extrajudicially, a coup by any standard, stripping the region of autonomy, annulling its executive and parliamentary powers, imposing fascist Madrid rule with full EU and US support and encouragement.

Sometime this week, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and parliamentarians will meet to discuss how theyll respond to Rajoys action, Puigdemont saying:

I ask the parliament to meet in a plenary session during which we, the representatives of the citizens sovereignty, will be able to decide over this attempt to liquidate our government and our democracy, and act in consequence.

Catalan institutions cannot accept this attack by SpainLong live Catalonia.

Regional parliament Speaker Carme Forcadell rejected Rajoys action, saying he wants the parliament of Catalonia to stop being a democratic parliament, and we will not allow this to happen.

One option is defying Madrid by declaring regional independence, announcing the formation of a new Catalan republic what should have happened straightaway after overwhelming October 1 referendum day voting, calling for separation from Spain.

Puigdemont pledged it within 48 hours. Its now 22 days later. His call for dialogue with Madrid fell on deaf ears. Brussels spurned him.

Last evening, he addressed hundreds of thousands of Catalans massed in Barcelona, protesting Madrids action, explaining his multiple calls for dialogue with Madrid got the same answer silence of repression.

He called imposition of direct rule over the region the worst attack on the institutions and the people of Catalonia since the decrees of the military dictator Francisco Franco.

Spain under Rajoy is a political dictatorship at war with its own people, exploiting and repressing them nationwide.

He acted to eliminate Catalan institutions, said Puigdemont, stressing if European values are at risk in Catalonia, they will also be at risk in Europe.

Rajoys action...

02:57

Project Censored 10.24.17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Historian and author Andres Resendez speaks about the other slavery the enslavement  of millions of Native Americans from the time of Columbus to the 1900s, a subject often overlooked  in history curricula. Resendez spoke in Berkeley, CA in April 2017; Mickey Huff was the host of that event.  This program includes Resendez speech, and part of the question-and-answer period ...

The post Project Censored 10.24.17 appeared first on Progressive Radio Network.

02:44

Elie Wiesel accused of groping woman "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, more and more women feel confident to come forward with their own stories of being sexually harassed, groped, and raped where once they chose to remain silent because their attackers were powerful people and they feared being shamed and retaliated against. Some of these things happened years ago. One of latest allegations comes from Jennifer Listman who is now an anthropological geneticist working at New York University. In a detailed blog post, she describes how in 1989, when she was 19 years of age, she was shocked when she was groped by Nobel peace prize winner Elie Wiesel during a photographing at a public charity event. Wiesel died in 2016 at the age of 87.

When I was nineteen years old, Elie Weisel grabbed my ass. It was a calculated act and worse than you think; he mistook me for an ultra-religious underage girl who was unlikely to tell anyone about it. In other words, he purposefully chose to molest someone who he assumed was a minor and who would be compelled into silence.
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The photographer was about to take the photo when Elie Wiesel yelled, Wait!!. He then lunged (this is not an exaggerationhe looked as if he was performing a fencing move) out of the middle of the arrangement, across the line of family members, towards his right, towards me. Pushing with his hands, he shoved me and my boyfriend apart, inserted himself between us, placed one arm over each of our shoulders, and then gave a nod to the photographer and said, Ok.

Weird.

The photographer re-focused his lens, which took some time. The hand on my right shoulder moved a few inches down my back to be on my shoulder blade. Maybe his hand had been uncomfortable in its original position. Although, how could it be more comfortable now that it was not resting on top of something? I didnt have an answer for myself. The hand moved lower. It moved again. This happened slowly, over a period of seconds; a physical impossibility that is possible under such circumstances. I was in disbelief.

That cant be what hes doing. That cant be what hes doing. That cant be what hes doing.

His hand is still in a normal position. It is still in a normal position, now. Even now, it is still in a normal position.

The photographer snapped the photo. Simultaneously, Elie Wiesels right hand had reached my right ass cheek, which he squeezed. The photo was over, the photographer leaned back from crouching over his camera, the group separated, smiling at ea...

01:42

Bombing of the US Marines barracks in Beirut "IndyWatch Feed National"

1) I read that Trump mentioned Hizbullah in this matter.  I asked once Hasan Nasrallah about that and he says that his party does not claim responsibility for the bombing and that the party had not formed by the time of the bombing and that it formed later.
2) Why does US media always refer to this bombing as a terrorist bombing when the target was a military target?  I remember once at a conference at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University,  I asked University of Chicago professor, Robert Pape about why he just referred to this bombing as a terrorist bombing when the target is a military one.  I will never forget his answer. He said: because everyone considers it a terrorist bombing.  I said: should we as academic not try harder?
3) Media never mentions what the US marines were doing in Lebanon and that their mission was the support of the right-wing death squads of the Phalanges who were installed in power by the Israelis.

01:38

Unanswered Questions from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Review of Compensated Cases of Vaccine-Induced Brain Injury

Is the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims a fair forum? This is not a trivial question as it is the only forum in which parents may bring claims for vaccine injury to their children.

The post Unanswered Questions from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program appeared first on World Mercury Project.

01:00

Farmer Wants a Revolution: How Is This Not Genocide? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Farmer Wants a Revolution: How Is This Not Genocide? | plant-sprouting-1170x696 | Agriculture & Farming Special Interests

(THE GUARDIANHealth 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 wasnt significant at all.

The tree is probably a lot older than 400 years. Rod told him that when the old women walked their favourite songline tracks they carried seeds of their favourite food and resource plants, and sowed them at spirituality significant camping places. His front garden was one such ceremony place there would have been a grove planted, and the women had stripped the bark from the tree to make bags and material. This old tree represented a connection to country deeper than we can imagine, and linking us indivisibly with the natural wor...

00:03

On the Mogollon Rim "IndyWatch Feed National"


Is it made from real wolves? Are girl scout cookies made from real girl scouts? You may have your answer.

I have never eaten wolf chili, but I'm sure that it's good since our fellow blogger, Juliette, recommended it.

After having kicked some rocks, tossed the runes and flicked some beads on the abacus, I think that I have a better grip on Phase 2 development at the White Wolf Mine. It will include a barn, solar panels, a green house and a well/pump room, and it will be on the Southern Property rather than there with the hovel. Once complete, I'll begin contemplating Phase 3.

No, excavation has not begun yet (wince), but you can see the stakes in the ground for the footings and for some digging that needs to take place (in the photos below).

Things have been going slower than anticipated because, as was pointed out to me, elk season is still underway. I saw two white tail deer on the property. A buck and a doe made an appearance. Arizona white tail deer are a subspecies, the Coues deer. I've seen mule deer up on the property, but the Coues deer are about half the size of a respectable mule deer. Larger than a German Shepherd, but not that much larger.

Elk season has driven some big horn sheep into the area. A neighbor complained that there were two dozen on his property last week. Big horn sheep are just one more wild species that is common to the Mogollon Rim area in the Arizona highlands.

The weather was spectacular with highs in the 70's. The night was chilly, but not cold.


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00:03

Australia Expands Security Assistance to Philippines to Combat Islamist Militants "IndyWatch Feed National"

FILE PHOTO: Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne shakes hands with her Filipino counterpart Delfin Lorenzana, before their meeting to discuss military strategy and assistance in the Philippines' fight against Islamist militants in Marawi, at Villamor Air Base in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines, September 8, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Erik De Castro/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne shakes hands with her Filipino counterpart Delfin Lorenzana, before their meeting...

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23:56

Employee resignations rise to five-year high ! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Heres why

One in seven (15.5 per cent) employees resigned from the job in 2016, according to the latest data from XpertHR. Labour turnover statistics from 288 organisations show that the resignation rate has increased steadily since 2012, when it stood at 10.6 per cent.

The occupation groups with the highest numbers of employees that have resigned from their job are distribution at 12.4 per cent, publishing and events at 12.3 per cent, the voluntary sector at 8.8 per cent and HR at 8.2 per cent.

Using an alternative measure that tracks voluntary turnover at the midpoint or median, resignations have increased from 8.9 per cent to 13.1 per cent over the same period.

Trainers are often big~headed and not shy about coming out with really unreasonable conditions

another student said.

Total labour turnover (which covers all types of departures, including voluntary resignations, redundancies, dismissals and retirements) stands at an average 23 per cent and a median of 19.4 per cent, a modest increase from 2015 when the average was 21.5 per cent and the median 18.5 per cent.

For the different occupation groups, labour turnover is highest amongst staff working in publishing and events at 17.7 per cent, followed by distribution at 13.5 per cent, HR at 12 per cent and the housing sector at 11.6 per cent.

Staff turnover among employees with less than 12 months service

For the first time, XpertHR has also recorded turnover rates among employees with less than 12 months service. Monitoring resignation rates and total turnover among this group is important due to the high costs and implications of recruiting and onboarding.

The data shows that one in 10 (10 per cent) new starters resigned before completing a years service with total turnover for all reasons at 11.4 per cent.

Companies in the services sector had the highest rate of attrition among new starters. On average, 11.6 per cent new employees left voluntarily in their first year, with total labour turnover at 13.1 per cent.

Corporations and large companies are so demanding and one~sided offering low pay its made working for them worthless

said a recent graduate, who wanted to be anonymous

XpertHR senior HR practice editor Noelle Murphy, said:

Monitoring staff turnover is important for all organisations so that they can respond quickly when levels reach a point that is damaging to the business. Our data on turnover rates among those with less than 12 months service shows just how important it is for HR to look carefully a...

23:45

A Complete Detox Program To Cleanse Your Body, Help You Lose Weight & Boost Your Health "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Arjun Walia

Disease has been on the rise for multiple decades. It seems quite clear that things arent really getting any better, and with a growing population, the rate of chronic illness seems to be getting worse. On top of that, we have a medical industry full of good-hearted people who want to help people, and are helping people, thats plagued by fraud and deception. One that is not really interested in healing people, but rather, in profiting off of their sickness. There are countless instances of this. For example, a study that was published last week in the British Medical Journal by researchers at the Nordic Cochrane Center in Copenhagen showed that pharmaceutical companies were not disclosing all information regarding the results of their drug trials. You can read more about that and access the study here.

The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think its disgraceful. Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), Harvard Professor of Medicine and Former Editor-in-Chief of the New England Medical Journal

The above study is one of many examples, with various medications for various diseases. This is extremely concerning, especially given the fact that various experts estimate more than 100,000 people die every year in the United States alone from prescription drug use. (source)

There doesnt seem to be much attention paid to the environment we choose to surround ourselves with, the foods we eat, and detoxifying our bodies. The answer to everything from the world of medicine seems to come in the form of drugs, which is not always the best option depending on your situation.

Ask yourself: why are so many people getting sick all the time? Why is disease constantly on the rise? One explanation that many experts are putting forth is the environment. We live on a planet where si...

23:35

Environmental Protest in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Environment activists and watchers will be detaching themselves briefly from their various points of resistance to observe the implications of a High Court decision in Australia that was handed down last week. The decision found that various anti-protest provisions of

23:25

How Bitcoin Broke Australian Mans Debt Cycle, Liberated Him From Banks "IndyWatch Feed National"

Breaking the banks hold: how Australian man has liberated himself economically through Bitcoin

22:40

Ripples From Catalan Referendum Could Extend Beyond Spain "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Simon Tisdall for The Guardian - The Spanish governments attempted suppression of Catalonias independence referendum by brute force has raised urgent questions for fellow EU members about Spains adherence to democratic norms, 42 years after the death of the fascist dictator, Francisco Franco. Charles Michel, Belgiums prime minister, spoke for many in Europe when he tweeted: Violence can never be the answer! Madrids pugnacious stance, while widely condemned as a gross and shameful over-reaction, has nevertheless sent a problematic message to would-be secessionists everywhere. It is that peaceful campaigns in line with the UN charters universal right to self-determination, campaigns that eschew violence and rely on conventional political means, are ultimately doomed to fail. In other words, violence is the only answer. Sorry, Charles. Spains prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, did everything he could to derail a referendum that the courts had deemed illegal, but his pleas and threats were not persuasive. That is democracy. Rajoys subsequent choice to employ physical force to impose his will on civilians exercising a basic democratic right carried a chill echo of Spains past and a dire warning for the future. That is dictatorship. Surely no one believes the cause of Catalan independence will fade away after Sundays bloody confrontations that left hundreds injured.

22:31

Australia to train Philippines in urban warfare "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFP

AFP | A military vehicle drives past destroyed buildings Marawi
CLARK (PHILIPPINES) (AFP)  Australia will train Filipino soldiers in urban warfare to combat the spread of Islamic extremism after months of fierce fighting against militants in the southern Philippines, it was announced Tuesday.

Canberra has since September been helping Manila battle local supporters of the Islamic State group in the southern city of Marawi, deploying two AP-3C Orion aircraft for surveillance while helping in information-gathering and analysis.

Defence chiefs in the Philippines on Monday declared victory after a five-month battle that claimed more than 1,100 lives and destroyed large parts of the city.

While the victory ended immediate fears that the Islamic State would establish a Southeast Asian base in Marawi, concerns remain about its longer-term intentions and capabilities for the region.

Australia has experience tackling the group in Iraq and Syria and Defence Minister Marise Payne said it was crucial the Philippines had the expertise to keep extremists at bay now that the key fight had been won.

She said Canberra would immediately send teams composed of 80 troops to provide urban warfare counter-terrorism training at Philippine military bases.

The practical training the Australian Defence Force will provide will ensure the Philippines defence force is better able to counter the brutal tactics being employed by terrorists, she told reporters on the sidelines of a regional security meeting in Clark, a northern Philippine city.

Globally we have seen the effect of extremist ideology and terrorist threats on millions of civilians and it is alarming to see this disruption come to our region.

Payne said the spread of Islamic State-inspired terrorism was a direct threat to Australia and its interests, and Canberra was determined it cannot establish a geographic foothold in the region.

Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana welcomed Australias invaluable support, saying the military would use the assistance to replicate the training locally.

While we need troops now to be trained on urban warfare, we also need to build our capacity to train our troops. Part of our programme that we are going to do in the near future is to build our urban (warfare training) centres, Lorenzana said.

The two...

22:07

5 Ways To Know If Weve Won The Culture War "IndyWatch Feed National"

After he forced something of a climbdown from the NFL on the national anthem protests, some were arguing that President Trump is winning the culture war.

But just because the other side is losing doesnt mean youre winning. Donald Trump versus the left strikes me as the Iran-Iraq culture war, in the sense captured by Henry Kissingers famous quote about both sides losing (which is, in fact, possible). Ben Domenech once described this as a post-apocalyptic culture war, in which Trump has been embraced by the increasingly large portion of evangelicals who believe the culture wars are over, and they lost. So instead of looking for someone who will set a positive example, theyll settle for an unprincipled blowhard who promises hes got your back on political correctness.

This may be a foolish and shortsighted approach, but it does raise an interesting question: what would winning in the culture war actually look like? The Rights embrace of Trump suggests they have lost sight of any such positive visionbut its hard to know whether youre winning or losing if you have no idea what winning would mean.

This isnt about everyone backing the particular political solutions I favor, because thats not what the culture war is about. Its a contest over broader and deeper issues that have, in many ways, a more direct effect on our happiness and wellbeingand establish the conditions for any kind of wide-ranging political victory. As Andrew Breitbart used to remind us, politics is downstream of culture.

Im not asking what it would mean to achieve a final victory in the culture war, because there is never a final victory. If we are no longer fighting a culture war over, say, gay marriage, I am sure we will be fighting over something else. But what would make us think that we were making progress?

I dont know what your answer to this question would be, and I suspect its different from mine. As a secular pro-free-marketer, I come from a unique perspective. But none of us can achieve anything in the culture war unless we know the direction we want to head. So here are my modest suggestions for the main points that would constitute progress in the culture war.

1. A Renaissance of Great Books Education

By the Great Books, I dont mean just a particular list of texts that convey important ideas. I m...

22:06

Trump Officials Luxe Travel Spending Makes Swamp-Draining Promises Look Like Hypocrisy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Have you given more to the economy than Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and his wife, Louise Linton? They pay more in taxes than you do, and sacrifice themselves for their country in ways you cant even imagine. Its a safe bet their taxes do more to help pay for government aircraft than yours do. If they want to use an Air Force jet to get around, they should be able to.

Reasonable, right? Linton certainly thought so!

The above excerpts a sensational Instagram reply in which the Treasury secretarys wife unleashed a torrent of condescension toward a commenter for questioning whether taxpayers should foot the bill for jet-powered Mnuchin getaways.

When Lintons comment began making waves, she turned her Instagram private, confirming that not even #tomford sunnieswhich were tagged in the postwere enough to block all the haters. But these are the Mnuchins. The others arent like them.

The Rules Are Different for People Like Us

Mnuchin, after all, repurposed a California bank as a foreclosure machine at the height of the housing collapse. A top-earning Goldman Sachs executive, Mnuchin also dabbled in producing Hollywood titles.

Prior to his confirmation as Treasury secretary, at an event in which he was asked about his movies, Mnuchin had the legal awareness to deflect those questions with this answer: Well, Im not allowed to promote anything that Im involved in. So I just want to have...

22:06

Is Your Kid A Cowboy For Halloween? Social Justice Warriors Already Hate Him "IndyWatch Feed National"

Americans celebrate a lot of holidays. Ever the wet-blankets, social justice warriors will take any opportunity to demonstrate their virtue and accuse others with tiresome, baseless epithets like racism, sexism, and cultural appropriation. As Halloween approaches, SJWs and professional nags will be on the attack.

One school in Walpole, Massachusetts has canceled its annual Halloween costume parade. The school principal said, the costume parade is out of our ordinary routine and can be difficult for many students. Also, the parade is not inclusive of all the students and it is our goal each and every day to ensure all students individual differences are respected.

The school will instead have an after-hours Orange and Black Spirit Day. How festive. What the principal isnt saying is that they dont want to deal with angry parents who complain about offensive costumes. Can you blame him? Unfortunately, the vague statement doesnt say what everyone is thinking: SJWs are stealing kids fun (and, most likely, candy).

You People Are Why We Cant Have Any Fun

Of course there have been instances of offensive costumes. Theyre almost always on a website and not actually worn by a child. A legitimate case can be made regarding the recent news of an Anne Frank Costume for Girls that was marketed on the European, Canadian, Australian, and British versions of the website HalloweenCostumes.com.

In the United States the costume was marketed as WWII Costume for Girls. After a link to the site circulated around Twitter and people registered their disbelief and outrage, the company put out the following statement:

We sell costumes not only for Halloween, but for many uses outside of the Halloween season, such as school projects and plays. We offer several types of historically accurate costumes from prominent figures to political figures, to television characters. We take feedback from costumers very seriously. We have passed along the feedback regarding this costume, and it has been removed from the website at this time. We apologize for any offense it has caused, as thats never our intention. If you have additional questions or concerns, please let us know.

The company has a reasonable explanation for carrying the costume. Their decision to remove it is also reasonable. Unfortunately, this isnt the last of the discussion on outrageous costumes. Fox News reported recently that Party Citys The Wall costume also enraged Twitter users. One person called it directly racist. Another said If I see anyone wearing a The Wall costume, fair...

22:02

Classic Who: GHW Bush and the JFK Assassination "IndyWatch Feed National"

The highly anticipated release of long-withheld US government documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is scheduled for this Thursday, October 26. In anticipation, the media has devoted more attention to this history-altering political murder than at any time since the hoopla surrounding Oliver Stones 1991 film JFK.

On Saturday, President Trump tweeted:

Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.

This sounds like good news, although it remains to be seen whether some files will continue to be withheld by the president.

As the main outlet probing this and other transformative cold cases,  WhoWhatWhy has pointed out that many questions remain unanswered and many key issues unresolved. Once the documents are released, well turn loose our crack team of document analysts and report back our findings.  

WhoWhatWhy Staff


What possible connection could there have been between George H.W. Bush and the assassination of John F. Kennedy? Or between the CIA and the assassination? Or between Bush in the 1960s and the CIA? For some people, apparently, making such connections was as dangerous as letting one live wire touch another. Here, in anticipation of the forthcoming final release of long-classified JFK assassination records, is an excerpt from WhoWhatWhy editor Russ Bakers bestseller, Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, Americas Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years. The story is a real-life thriller.

Note: Although these excerpts do not contain footnotes, the book itself is heavily footnoted and exhaustively sourced. This article first appeared 9/16/2013.


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When Joseph McBride came upon the document about George H. W. Bushs double life, he was not looking for it. It was 1985, and McBride, a former Daily Variety writer, was in the library of California State University San Bernardino, researching a book about the movie director Frank Capra. Like many good reporters, McBride took off on a slight, if time-consuming, tangent spending day after day poring....

20:13

Iraqi PM slams US call for Iranian militias to quit Iraq Nobody has the right to interfere in Iraqi affairs. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Iraqi prime minister has challenged US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over his comments on Iranian militias in Iraq. Tillerson had called on the militias to go home as the fight against IS was ending.

Fighters of the Popular Mobilization Forces (picture-alliance/dpa/C. Petit Tesson)

Fighters of the Hashed al-Shaabi, also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), are Iraqis who have fought terrorism, defended their country and made sacrifices to defeat Islamic State, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a statement.

On Sunday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for Iranian and Iran-backed Shiite militia in Iraq to either return to their
homes, integrate into the Iraqi army or leave the country, as the fight against the Islamic State (IS) was ending.

Those fighters need to go home, Tillerson said. Any foreign fighters need to go home.

Read more: Tillerson tries to undercut Iran in Saudi Arabia summit

The 60,000-strong Hashed al-Shaabi was cobbled together from Iranian-backed militias in 2014 after IS took over large parts of northern Iraq. It is answerable to the prime ministers office, and parliament has voted to integrate it into state forces.

Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fire against Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Tal Afar, Iraq in August REUTERS/StringerPMF fighters have taken on Islamic State militants in the battle to reclaim Iraqi territory

The Hashed is an institution that depends on the Iraqi state and the constitution does not allow the presence of armed groups outside the law, Abadi said. The cabinet added that nobody has the right to interfere in Iraqi affairs.

Critics allege that visits by Irans Major General Qassem Soleimani, a commander of Irans Revolutionary Guards who advises the PMF, re.....

19:44

Saving Australias endangered mountain pygmy possums "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2015 video is called Mountain Pygmy Possums Endangered Species Edit.

From the University of Melbourne in Australia:

Genetic rescue boosts recovery of Australias endangered mountain pygmy possums

October 23, 2017

For the first time, a breeding technique known as genetic rescue has been shown to increase population numbers and survival rates of the endangered mountain pygmy possum, now at their highest numbers since 1996.

The study was conducted by a team from the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, CESAR, Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management, and the University of New South Wales.

Dr Andrew Weeks from the University of Melbourne led the project, published in the international journal Nature Communications.

Genetic rescue was used to introduce male mountain pygmy possums, Burramys parvus, from a healthy population at Mt Hotham, to a recipient group of females at Mt Buller. The two groups had become physically isolated from each other over 20,000 years.

This isolation had led to inbreeding and a lack of the genetic variation that is essential for overcoming disease and ensuring the ability to thrive.

Dr Weeks says that since the genetic rescue program began in 2011, the possum population has gone through rapid growth and is now larger than when the population was first discovered in 1996.

Before 2010, there was thought to be only a handful of individuals at Mt Buller, Dr Weeks...

19:20

Fat of the land "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Land prices soar

Land is arguably the most important part of any property investment.

It can't be removed, relocated, destroyed, or replaced. 

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) reported today that Australia's median lot value rose by +8.5 per cent in the 2017 financial year to a record high of $256,683.

This came in spite of about a 9 per cent year-on-year decline in turnover, suggesting that supply may still be struggling to keep up with demand. 


All land is not created equal, of course, even within cities.

It's considerably scarcer in 'landlocked' locations in the capital cities than it is out on the city fringe. 

In Melbourne the median lot value exploded by +19.6 per cent over the financial year. 

In Sydney the median price of vacant land also rose by +9.8 per cent. 

Sydney's lot sizes have been shrinking over the years, too.

Indeed, the price of vacant land per square metre in Sydney increased to beyond $1,000 for the first time.

At the national level, land values have increased by about 35 per cent since the 2012 financial year.

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18:19

AWU statement after its offices were raided by Federal Police today "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Workers Union Statement Comment from Daniel Walton, AWU National Secretary This is an extraordinary abuse of police resources and taxpayer funds by a desperate government. It is clear the ROC has been established not to promote good governance, but to use taxpayer and police resources to muckrake through historic...

18:05

Haryana Governments Recruitment Exam Asks Candidates About Baba Ramdev, Other Babas "IndyWatch Feed National"

Defending the questions, BJP spokesperson says these are related to the social fabric of the state that should be known by the aspirants of government jobs.

Baba Ramdev

Baba Ramdev. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in Haryana in 2014, candidates aspiring for government jobs have had to spruce up their knowledge about Baba Ramdev and other such cult-like figures. Here are some sample questions that have figured in the general knowledge category of the states competitive exams for government recruitment:

  1. Where is the dera of Kali Kamali Baba located in Haryana? (For Shift Attendant, 2016)
    Answer: Kurukshetra
  2. Who is the guru of Baba Ramdev? (For Haryana Parwari Exam, 2016)
    Answer: Acharya Baldev
  3. On which part of the body is the ornament chalkada worn? (For Haryana Police Constable, 2016)
    Answer: Leg
  4. Which occasion is also know as Basodha? (For Police Constable, 2016)
    Answer: Nirjala Ekadashi
  5. Which place in Haryana is related to Kapil Muni? (For Haryana Statistical Assistant, 2016)
    Answer: Kalayat

Not surprisingly, candidates appearing for these exams, as well as social activists, are questioning the logic behind these questions.

Alok Kumar, who took the exam in the category of police constables and bus conductors this year said, We dont find some of these questions in any book. But after coming across such questions repeatedly in the...

18:00

Physicists send particles of light into the past, prove time travel is possible "IndyWatch Feed National"


It is good to see us progressing on this problem.  I actually suspect that it will be solved easily and much sooner than anyone anticipates.

The reason i say all that is because i do have reports that could only be of the end of a temporal wormhole and likely come from the near future.  The physical nature conformed to my informed expectations and were not identified as such in the reports.  These were robust structures as well.

Add in the very real expanded presence of UFOs that appear to be popping in and out of time as well and the future is spending a lot of time watching us and gathering data without actually incurring paradox problems.

Real progress though will demand working with my Cloud Cosmology..

Physicists send particles of light into the past, prove time travel is possible



https://www.topbuzz.com/article/i6473528439419699722


Scientists from the University of Queensland, Australia, have used single particles of light (photons) to simulate quantum particles travelling through time. They showed that one photon can pass through a wormhole and then interact with its older self. Their findings were published in Nature Communications.


The source of this time travel conundrum comes from what are called "closed time-like curves"(CTC). CTCs are used to simulate extremely powerful gravitational fields, like the ones produced by a spinning black hole, and could, theoretically (based on Einstein's theory of general relativity), warp the fabric of existence so that space-time bends back on itself - thus creating a CTC, almost like a path that could be used to travel back in time.


According to Scientific American, many physicists find CTCs "abhorrent, because any macroscopic object traveling through one would inevitably create paradoxes where cause and effect break down." 

Others disagree with this assessment, however; in 1991, physicist David Deutsch showed that these paradoxes (created by CTCs) could be avoided at the quantum scale because of the weird behavior of these fundamental particles that make up what we call matter.


It's well known that at the quantum scale, these particles do not follow the rules that govern classical mechanics, but behave in strange and unexpected ways that really shouldn't even be possible.


Welcome to the world of Quan...

17:45

Patrick Tomlinson v. Ben Shapiro, men attempt abortion logic "IndyWatch Feed National"

Charlie Rae weighs in on the conversation on abortion between Tomlinson and Shapiro.

Patrick Tomlinson, a sci-fi writer and a political conservative, posed a thought-experiment on twitter the other day to prove the point that anti-abortion campaigners do not consider an embryo equal to a child. To whittle it down, hes asking: if you had to choose between saving one child or a thousand or even a million embryos, which would you pick? He thinks that the answer is quite simple, and human instincts tell all of us to save the child. If someone thought that an embryo was the same as a child, it would be difficult for them to even answer this question.

Ben Shapiro, an anti-abortion conservative, disagrees that its an open and shut case. His argument was summed up on The Daily Wire:

Shapiro, who answers directly that he would and should save the 5-year-old childs life, lays out four reasons that Tomlinsons supposedly original thought experiment, while interesting, is ultimately worthless. Shapiro argues that 1) moral instinct does not always mean correct moral decisionmaking; 2) the pro-abortion thought experiment does not reveal the value of embryonic life; 3) most pro-lifers freely admit the supreme value of already-born human life, but that doesnt make prenatal life valueless; and 4) the whole thought experiment simply isnt reality: the case of pro-abortion advocates isnt a choice between a five-year-old and a thousand fetuses. Its a case of killing a fetus, by itself.

I think this response only frustrated Tomlinson, who feels that Shapiro both proved his point but completely missed it at the same time. He chose not to respond, and I dont blame him. Shapiro makes hearty attempts at logic, I will give him that, but he pre-empts them by calling his opponents douches and calling their thoughts worthless. But I thought I would step in and offer not only a female perspective but a more rigorously logical one as well.

.........

17:09

People happy with Turnbull's NBN failure "IndyWatch Feed National"



The government can hide plenty from the masses, but it's difficult to hide this huge failure called the NBN (National Broadband Network).

It seems that whatever the people in government touch becomes a failure, where it is clear that they are incompetent and incapable of making decisions that are of benefit to the community.

With all these obvious failures the community seems very happy with the actions of the people in government.

How can one deduce that the people are happy?
- Because they are not protesting in the streets that they are unhappy.
Remember; Silence is acquiescence?

With the advent of a government tool (the interwebs) seeping into the hands of the plebs, any drunk sitting in his outhouse in the back of a Queensland property in the 'sticks', can have access to Australia's  founding legal document called the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 (Imp) or the 'Constitution' for short.

These serfs will quote the words "Whereas the people" (from the Constitution) implying that they have some sort of 'authority' probably also referring to a quote somewhere along the line of "The people are the ultimate authority of the land", forgetting that it was the landowners who had a say in the shaping of the Constitution.

Maybe the serfs do have a say, as according to the people in government, the mass population 'voted' (in reality responded to a survey) supporting homosexual marriage, but that topic is covered elsewhere in the blog.

Currently Australia, apparently a first world country, has an internet speed slower than a second world country, Kazakhstan and just above Guam (third world?).

It's seems that the all powerful herd population will change the marriage law (based upon a survey) with regards to homosexuals (you know poofs and lezzos) marrying, but...

16:21

Solving the Marathon Bomb Mystery, Part 8: What Can We Do Now? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dancing to Strauss Tales from the Vienna Woods

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

You wont believe me, but Lex semper dabit remedium. Yep, its true. The law will always furnish a remedy. In Part 7, which started with Sinners in the hand of an angry God, I consulted federal law in search of remedies. We saw various punishments meted out for the crimes of conspiring, murder, violence under color of law, obstruction of justice, treason, misprision (my fave), and terrorism.

Meted out? Well, the punishments exist on paper they only get meted out if something happens, like a grand jury indictment, a bench warrant, a box of matches, or a wrongful-death lawsuit. Where does justice reside? It can only reside in the human heart.  It is not a force out there.  Here in Part 8, the task is to inventory all available means for converting peoples sense of justice legally into consequences. American history is replete with examples of this being accomplished beautifully.

The context in which I am writing this is the context of the FBI having gotten away with many crimes related to the Marathon bombing, including probably the bombing itself.  (Note: even if they werent the bomber, they must have conspired with the bomber, and as we saw that makes them equ...

16:03

What Comes After the High "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Marty, we are living in Austria and we try to grasp what will come after the Dow reached the mid 30.000s or even the 40.000s in 2019/20 and the dollar went up too? what goes up must come down. it would be good to know how to prepare oneself for the everyday life as we cant do big jumps with our little money. what economic scenarios do we have to expect here in Europe around 2020/2021?

Reading your blog since 2015 every day and even started to read your older blogs too.

thanks very much for helping us small people with painting pictures of the future. so even we can prepare in some ways.

 

GB

 

ANSWER: Oh yes. What goes up must come down. However, that is the case ONLY when the currency remains equal! We are looking at a new monetary system. That is when the currencies are reset. They need to explain away the failure of Socialism the pension ponzi scam.

Some people also ask if the arrival of cryptos will be the reset. In order for the cryptos to make it past the DOT.COM Bubble syndrome, there has to be a major technological advance in society around the world. That is not likely.

This is why I just finished The Coming One-World Currency report. This deals with what is coming for the reset AFTER the chaos unfolds.

16:02

Go Fund Yourself "IndyWatch Feed National"

The past year or so, Ive seen an influx in my Facebook feed of people beseeching their friends to fund their various lifestyle activities. Shamelessly begging your social networks for money is speedily becoming normalised in todays society, with a plethora of causes being championed on the regular from overseas travel to university courses.

So is it really socially acceptable to outright ask your friends for money?

Theres no doubting that crowdfunding websites like GoFundMe have done wonderful things for many worthy recipients, such as cancer patients who cant afford treatment, parents who are struggling to provide medication for their sick children and travellers injured overseas without adequate insurance. Im not writing off the positives crowdfunding platforms can provide for communities to rally behind their own, but where do we draw the line?

Imploring for money to be donated so that you can travel the world is something I cannot endorse. I find it hard to believe that these leisure crowdfunders would feel comfortable asking their friends for money in a face-to-face situation. I know I couldnt even look a girlfriend in the eye if I was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy (mainly due to my obsession with avo on toast) and asking for even just $1! Why should she sacrifice being a buck short just so I can be a dollar closer to hashtagging #wanderlust at the top of Machu Picchu?

Crowdfunding forums give leisure beggars a shield to hide behind so they can pledge their causes to an online audience filled with family, friends, acquaintances and people they drunkenly added in the bathroom that one time. The thing is, if you are privileged enough to live in a developed country with wages as high as ours, your inability to save up for a trip overseas is most likely due to your personal lifestyle choice rather than any actual challenging circumstances. Grow some proverbial balls, suck it up and work to earn your own money like the rest us. Whatever you do, dont ask your online community which is full of people aware of how educated and able to work you are to earn your money for you.

Im not saying I dont understand the frustration that kicks in when your account hits minus and youre dreaming of sinking overpriced bevs whilst wearing sailor hats in Croatia. But before your trigger finger gets dangerously close to the share button on your GoFundMe, ask yourself: would I pester my mates for money in real life?

If the answer is no, its probably not something you should be doing on...

15:30

EXCLUSIVE! MARRIAGE HYPOCRITE! Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce cheats on wife with long sexual affair with staffer while lecturing public on gays ruining marriage "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: Embattled Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, has been conducting a clandestine sexual affair with a female staffer for up to 10 months this year while at the same time grandiosely lecturing the Australian public about how gay people wanting to get married threatens the institution of marriage.

15:10

Is Communism Really dead? an Answer "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Jimmie Moglia After reading the Sakers article, I had to walk back and forth for some time, partly to digest its content, and partly to determine why I found

14:46

MACKAY Axe accused hurls foul abuse, calls magistrate maggot scum "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 24, 2017 at 05:53AM ,

Axe accused hurls foul abuse, calls magistrate maggot scum

October 24, 2017 at 05:53AM ,

TYRONE Joel Santo hurled abuse at Magistrate Damien Dwyer and his defence barrister Phillip Moore in Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday.

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MACKAY Burglar left pool of blood at scene of business break-in "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 24, 2017 at 05:41AM ,

Burglar left pool of blood at scene of business break-in

October 24, 2017 at 05:41AM ,

He appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday with a heavily bandaged arm, having cut himself on the smashed glass on the way into the

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14:30

Coast Guardians clean up the coast "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Coast Guardians from Geelong Lutheran College have recently collected rubbish from the dunes at Whites Beach, Torquay.

Asides from helping to clean up the coastline and prevent marine debris from impacting our precious wildlife, the aim of the day was to collect data for the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) database. The AMDI works with industry and government to create change on a larger scale, and aims to work on solutions to stop the flow of litter at the source.

Once the rubbish is collected, students sort the rubbish into categories, and fill out a Tangaroa Blue Foundation data collection sheet. This information will be sent to the AMDI database for analysis, and to assess the primary causes behind the litter.

Students assess rubbish collected

The results from the day were interesting. Of concern were the many bits of tiny plastic floating around the bush, which will inevitably wash into the ocean to negatively impact on marine life.

Also concerning, were the 40 dog poo bags found, many with dog poo inside, that had carelessly been thrown into the bushes beside the path. Fu...

14:29

Ongoing saga "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$0
Date debt issued: 
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Period debt occurred: 
July 2011 to June 2016
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Austudy
Appealing Debt?: 
Unknown
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

I got my thoughts together and read through all the inform...

12:47

Hidden Danger of Ecological Collapse "IndyWatch Feed National"

A recent landmark study that investigated alarming loss of insects is leaving scientists dumbfounded, deeply troubled, potentially the biggest-ever existential threat, risking ecosystem collapse too soon for comfort.  In contrast to global warming, this may be much more imminently dangerous across-the-board to terrestrial life. An enormous loss of insect population, almost decimation in some parts of the world, threatens the life-giving structure of the ecosystem. This is a deadly serious problem!

If we lose the insects, then everything is going to collapse there has been some kind of horrific decline. (Prof Dave Goulson, Sussex University). According to the new study, insect abundance has fallen by 75% over the past 27 years.1

Horrific decline may serve as a gross understatement because any time a key component of life on Earth declines by 75% in less than three decades, big-time-huge trouble is right around the corner. Theres no other way to look at it. Hopefully, the study is flawed. Time will tell, assuming there is enough.

The study utilized carefully controlled scientific protocols, but consider this: Even anecdotal evidence for the Average Joe tells the story: It wasnt too many decades ago, 1950s-70s, that cross-country trips in the family car hit bugs, lots of em, squashed on windshields and lodged within front bumper grills. No more.  And, kids no longer frolic about chasing fireflies in back yards at night.

Insects make up about two-thirds of all life on Earth [but] there has been some kind of horrific decline, said Prof Dave Goulson of Sussex University, UK, and part of the team behind the new study. We appear to be making vast tracts of land inhospitable to most forms of life and are currently on course for ecological Armageddon. If we lose the insects then everything is going to collapse.2

The loss of insects casts a very long dark shadow over the 21st century. Consider: First, global warming and now massive insect decline at a heart-stopping rate of decline. Is human society, en mass, committing suicide? The answer could be yes, humankind is committing harakari in the wide-ope...

12:40

Senate scuttles sensible immigration motion - Article by Leith Onselen "IndyWatch Feed National"

"All sensible stuff [...]. No reference to irrelevant issues like race or culture. Just a sensible focus on Australias extreme immigration levels and their various deleterious impacts on ordinary Australians living standards. Sadly, while the speech reads like something that should have come from the Left, it instead came from One Nations Pauline Hanson. And because of this, it was blocked without debate by the Senate." (Article by Leith van Onselen)


On Thursday evening, the following motion was read in the Australian Senate:

I move:

That the Senate

(a) notes that Australia has the largest per capita immigration program in the world; and

(b) calls on the Government to address the extremely high, unsustainable immigration intake, including from both permanent and temporary residency visas, that:

(i) impacts on local, state and Federal Government delivery and planning for the supply of water, power and gas, and the protection of arable land for food production,

(ii) overburdens infrastructure, including roads and transport, telecommunications, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, sewerage, government welfare and services, and

(iii) has put a strain on available residential land, affordable housing, standard of living and employment prospects, including under-employment.

Notice given 18 October 2017

When it comes to immigration and population policy, the other parties are like drunken fools pouring petrol onto a bonfire. Unless we put a stop to this madness, it is going to blow up in our faces. It is time for the adults in the room to speak up and call them out because, otherwise, the idiots with the petrol can are going to burn the economy to the ground. Of course, it is difficult for anyone to question the level of immigration without being called a racist because it has always been seen as a legitimate tactic to label....

12:21

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

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

11:57

Every child is our child Australias abomination, a crisis among children "IndyWatch Feed National"

Three children together attempted to end their lives. Such was the despair they felt from a sense of hopelessness in an Australian community where no one completes school. Three children, aged six, eight and ten climbed a tree. Older children saw them and ran to them and held them up and saved their lives. What []

11:43

LIVE REVIEW: Justin Townes Earle + Joshua Hedley + The Sadies @ Factory Theatre, Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Justin Townes Earle, Joshua Hedley, The Sadies @ Factory Theatre, Sydney, Oct 17th, 2017 After the failure to get Melbournes Out On The Weekend Americana music festival up and running in Sydney, we should feel lucky we still get to experience all the acts playing their own sideshows here. It amounts to a week of treats Continue reading

11:37

Kooky comments made by my parents during this postal survey "IndyWatch Feed National"

From eradicating the sin to imminent human extinction these are just some of the conversations Ive had with my parents these past few weeks.

11:30

Scientists: Geological evidence shows the Great Sphinx is 800,000 years old "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Ivan Petricevic

One of the most mysterious and enigmatic monuments on the surface of the planet is without a doubt the Great Sphinx at the Giza plateau in Egypt. It is an ancient construction that has baffled researchers ever since its discovery and until today, no one has been able to accurately date the Sphinx, since there are no written records or mentions in the past about it. Now, two Ukrainian researchers have proposed a new provocative theory where the two scientists propose that the Great Sphinx of Egypt is around 800,000 years old. A Revolutionary theory that is backed up by science.

The study was presented at the International Conference of Geoarchaeology and Archaeomineralogy held in Sofia titled: GEOLOGICAL ASPECT OF THE PROBLEM OF DATING THE GREAT EGYPTIAN SPHINX CONSTRUCTION.

The authors of this paper are scientists Manichev Vjacheslav I. (Institute of Environmental Geochemistry of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) and Alexander G. Parkhomenko (Institute of Geography of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine).

The starting point of these two experts is the paradigm shift initiated by West and Schoch, a debate intended to overcome the orthodox view of Egyptology referring to the possible remote origins of the Egyptian civilization and, on the other, physical evidence of water erosion present at the monuments of the Giza Plateau.

Sphinx

According to Manichev and Parkhomenko:

The problem of dating the Great Egyptian Sphinx construction is still valid, despite of the long-term history of its research. Geological approach in connection to other scientific-natural methods permits to answer the question about the relative age of the Sphinx. The conducted visual investigation of the Sphinx allowed the conclusion about the important role of water from large water bodies which partially...

11:13

Police covering up premier's drink driving wife - FOI not in the public interest, really? "IndyWatch Feed National"


The people in government protect their brethren (or brethren's wives) by not informing their tax slave population of any criminal activities they have committed even though the public have a right to know meaning it is in the 'public interest'.

Victoria Police is an organisation that covers up criminal activities committed by people in government or their relatives.

Those who you see to have had action taken against them are there for show, so that others will be obedient.

This is just one example that has made it out into the public arena where Victoria Police has acted dishonestly, against their duties, protecting and covering up a drink driver the Premier Daniel Andrews' wife, Catherine Andrews.




It sure does pay to be in the 'brotherhood', but then you have to give back a percentage once you keel over.

The laws that apply to the residents of a (penal) colony do not apply to the administration.

STILL trust the police ???

See article from 23 Oct 2017 by news.com.au of the headline;

Victoria Police rejects FOI requests for information about car crash involving Premiers wife

VICTORIA Police has refused to release documents detailing an investigation into a collision involving Premier Daniel Andrews wife, claiming a freedom of information request was not in the public interest.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews with his wife Catherine Andrews. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
VICTORIA Police has refused to release documents detailing an investigation into a collision involving Premier Daniel Andrews wife, claiming a freedom of information request was not in the public interest.

It comes after revelations by Channel 9 News that an internal review into officers who did not perform a breath test on Catherine Andrews ended with the two police officers being let off with a warning.

The father of the 15-year-old cyclist injured in the crash confirmed to the Herald Sun that he was still waiting to hear from the Premier and his wif...

11:01

Vic MP conducts on poll on planned euthanasia law "IndyWatch Feed National"

MELBOURNE [AAP]

A Victorian upper house MP will take views of the public into account when voting for the states controversial assisted dying laws, even though he supports them.

The Labor governments bill is bound for further scrutiny in the Legislative Council after passing the lower house 47-37 on Friday, following more than 24 hours of debate over 141 unsuccessful amendments.

Western District MP James Purcell says its important for him to represent community views even though he supports the legislation.

I have started consulting with local constituents and medical professionals regarding this legislation and am now asking the broader community if they believe people who are terminally ill should have the right to die, he said in statement on Monday.

It is important that I take into consideration both sides of this incredibly sensitive issue before casting my vote.

Mr Purcells statement comes as two other upper house MPs reportedly decided against supporting the bill.

The Australian says Liberal Georgie Crozier and Nationals Luke OSullivan shifted their support for the bill after comments from former prime ministers Paul Keating and Tony Abbott.

Ive got huge concerns with the bill and wont be supporting it, Ms Crozier told the newspaper.

If the bill passes by the end of 2017, an 18-month implementation period means the scheme could be in place by mid-2019.

Victorias parliament sits again on October 31.

The post Vic MP conducts on poll on planned euthanasia law appeared first on Echonetdaily.

10:28

BEST OF THE WEB: Putin speech at Valdai 2017: "The biggest mistake Russia ever made was to trust the US" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard From all the speeches of Vladimir Putin that I had the opportunity to hear and see, I would call his speech at the Valdai forum, including the answers to questions, the most anti-American, or even anti-Western, one. Describing the history of Russia's relations with America in the 1990's, the Russian President shared a story - striking in its detail - about how, in the framework of two agreements on nuclear arms control, experts from the United States were allowed into the most secret Russian facilities and into the offices in which they established themselves: the tables were decorated with little American table flags. How did the Americans respond to our country's unprecedented level of openness? Vladimir Putin repeated several times that they considered it as a weakness. Russia started to burn weapons-grade plutonium in accordance with reached agreements, and the US, without letting us know, changed the obligations they undertook and refused to complete the construction of the plant for processing plutonium. It became known that they made a decision about its burial, which in general has no meaning, because it is always possible to dig up non-utilised plutonium from the burial ground and it will be again completely ready for use.

10:03

Sweeteners may increase risk of type 2 diabetes "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Australian university finds that artificial sweeteners can increase risk of diabetes, but Diabetes UK are sceptical of their findings.

10:00

Getting Gay Bashed on Australias East Coast "IndyWatch Feed National"

A few hours passed and I met my friends out the front of the club I had recently been kicked out of. I had no idea why I had been ousted, and was expressing as such when, suddenly, a sharp shove in my back caused me to turn around. My eyes fell upon an unfamiliar face: a tall, white male with sweeping black hair. Though not overly muscular, the guy who pushed me, as well as his two friends, were larger than me.

Its because you dance like a fucking faggot. Are you fucking gay?

Being no stranger to this type of question, I couldnt help but sigh and allow a smile to break onto my face.

And what difference does it make if I am?

A crowd began to form; the crew of people we didnt know grew larger and larger, yelling, spitting, filled with rage. The situation was clearly getting out of hand, so my friends and I started to walk away. As we attempted to calm one another down, the illuminated street toward the train station echoed with a clap: undoubtedly the sound of a fist meeting someones face. We turned to see a friend of ours on the floor. All hell broke loose. One mate of mine ended up hospitalised, and a number more sustained injuries. It was a ridiculous response to an out-of-order question.

A few months later, I found myself walking home from my local pub with a bit of a stumble in my step. The streets were empty and quiet, save for the sounds of my inebriated waltz as my shoes scuffed the pavement. I was roughly 200 metres from my house when I noticed that my sorry attempt at walking in a straight line was no longer the only thing I could hear. Tyres crept along the road ominously, so I looked to see what was ghosting me.

A fairly old, red Toyota Corolla was slowly but surely following me home. I turned around and stopped walking to see what would happen. Was it a bunch of kids attempting to spook me, or could things turn ugly? After a few seconds, a window began to wind down. Maybe people looking for directions? I thought. Maybe a friend who cant quite tell if its me?

I wasnt sure what to expect, but sure enough came the serenade of homophobia. Do you like sucking dick, you fag? came a bellow from inside. Throwing my head back in disbelief, I turned and kept walking. I was really not in the mood for this tonight.

As my steps commenced, so did the accelerator in the car.

Oi Im talking to you, yo...

09:56

Smudging Destroys Killer Germs, According to a Recent Study "IndyWatch Feed National"

Many people use smudging these days as a means of cleansing their homes of negative energies and spirits, however, recent studies suggest it could be far more beneficial than we think.

Smudging for those who are not aware, is a Native American method of burning sacred herbs to produce smoke. (Native Americans are not the only ones who can or do use this method.) This smoke is used for many different things. Sage is the most commonly smudged herb. Personally white sage is my favorite for smudging.

A recent study published in the journal, Ethnopharmacology back in 2007 looked at how an hour of treatment in the form of medicinal smoke would affect bacterial life. In just one hour, researchers noticed a 95% decrease in bacteria.  The smoke itself maintained air purity for up to 24 hours in a closed room.

The abstract of this study goes as follows:

This study represents a comprehensive analysis and scientific validation of our ancient knowledge about the effect of ethnopharmacological aspects of natural products smoke for therapy and health care on airborne bacterial composition and dynamics, using the Biolog microplate panels and Microlog database. We have observed that 1h treatment of medicinal smoke emanated by burning wood and a mixture of odoriferous and medicinal herbs (havan smagri=material used in oblation to fire all over India), on aerial bacterial population caused over 94% reduction of bacterial counts by 60 min and the ability of the smoke to purify or disinfect the air and to make the environment cleaner was maintained up to 24h in the closed room. Absence of pathogenic bacteria Corynebacterium urealyticum, Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens, Enterobacter aerogenes (Klebsiella mobilis), Kocuria rosea, Pseudomonas syringae PV. persicae, Staphylococcus lentus, and Xanthomonas campestris PV. tardicrescens in the open room even after 30 days is indicative of the bactericidal potential of the medicinal smoke treatment. We have demonstrated that using medicinal smoke it is possible to completely eliminate diverse plant and human pathogenic bacteria of the air within confined space.

They were able to conclude that the benefits of smudging are completely viable. As you may know, our overuse of antibiotics has caused a huge problem in regards to superbugs and extreme pollution. This could be our answer on some level when it comes to killing off their bacteria.

Conventional sterilization method...

09:44

TPP-11 study shows miniscule Australian growth after 15 years, ignores costs "IndyWatch Feed National"

October 24, 2017: An economic modelling study by the US Peterson Institute has admitted that the TPP without the US would have even less of the tiny economic benefits predicted for Australia with US participation.

The study, based on the usual favourable but unrealistic assumptions of no unemployment or other negative effects, predicts an increase in Australian GDP of only .5% in 2030. This compares with an average Australian GDP growth per quarter of .86% between 1959 and 2017. This means the TPP-11 predicted increase is only equivalent to about two months average GDP growth after 15 years, even less than the TPP-12 result of .6% of GDP after 15 years.

A Tufts University study which did measure possible employment effects found the TPP with the US would result in net losses of 39,000 in Australian employment after 10 years. This would be worse without access to the US market.

TPP-11 supporters seem desperate to claim benefits from a deal which obviously has less economic gains without access to the large US market. But last month a study by a senior United Nations economist debunked a Japanese report based on spurious assumptions which claimed larger economic benefits from the TPP 11.

The Peterson and Japanese studies do not count the very real costs of stronger medicine and copyright monopolies, rights of foreign investors to sue governments, restrictions on governments rights to regulate essential services and removal of labour market testing for temporary workers which have resu...

09:39

4:30pm Fri 27 Oct | Urgent action: Stop threats to Manus Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When: 4:30-6:30pm Friday 27th October Where: Department of Immigration and Border Protection, 2 Lonsdale St, Melbourne Speakers tba Human rights obersvers to Manus No cuts to food, water and electricity No to Navy occupation No forced move to Lorengau Bring Them Here Refugees on Manus have been given a notice(...)

09:30

VIDEO: Multiple Residents Witness UFO Over Queensland, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Joe Martino

Undeniably, UFOs and ETs have taken many minds by storm, and for good reason! This is a subject with the power to change our world as we know it in SO many ways and humanity is becoming increasingly more ready to explore this subject.

So what do UFO sightings do for this subject of conversation? They provide just that, a conversation. A chance to expand our minds and consciousness further as we imagine beyond our everyday accepted reality. As we explore the potential of what these objects and the intelligence that may control them means, we expand the way we think of ourselves and our world, effectively shifting our consciousness.

Given the mass consciousness shift were experiencingon this planet right now, this fits right in.

There have been a ton of new sightings over the past couple years, you can see them here, but this one is a bit older. Were going to look at it as its quite fascinating.

The UFO Sighting

It was a regular night in Queensland Australia when witness and filmer Jack Purcells mother pointed out the lights in the sky to him.

We were all just sitting out the front and my mum pointed to the sky and said look at that colourful plane flying over, Purcell said.

Then it came to a sudden stop and was just hovering there. So I ran inside and grabbed my video camera.

Purcell stated that when when the police tried to call it in with a police helicopter the unidentified object would turn its lights off and disappear.

It was really strange. I was quite skeptical of these things but it just blew my mind.

This is what Jack wrote about what he saw as he posted his video to YouTube: Ok so Im pretty sure Ive captured a UFO on camera. Early last night we saw flashing lights in the sky and I ran and got my camera to record it. The cops came straight away and told everyone that they had no idea what it was and they were going to call it in. When I ran inside to get my phone, everyone said that they saw another huge light twice its size zoom across the sky and disappear. At the end of this video, I slowed the footage down and stabilized it and you can clearly see that its a giant triangle with flashing lights. after I finished recording, it zipped down really quickly and vanished. so weird. sorry about the shaky footage, it was filmed on my handheld...

09:29

David Petraeus Finally Answers His Own Question "IndyWatch Feed National"

ISIS is on the verge of collapse, but the the quagmire continues.

09:28

Cloud Nothings "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

DRW Entertainment welcomes kings of cathartic and anthemic alt-punk, Cloud Nothings, back to Australia this coming February.

Fresh from a huge European and US tour with heavyweight rock-revival favourites, Japandroids, in-demand Cloud Nothings are returning for the first time since 2014, bringing their heavily-praised fourth studio album, Life Without Sound to Australian shores.

Indie-rock tunes and a punk as fuck performance, Cloud Nothings tore the Oxford Art Factory apart (2014) Blunt Mag

From its beginnings in Dylan Baldis basement in 2009 to include the trio of drummer Jayson Gerycz and bassist TJ Duke, Cloud Nothings are a band that continue to challenge the genre, while remaining nostalgic and loyal to their loud and brash basement roots.

Cloud Nothings pair fuzzy power-chord riffs with pop hooks on Rollingstone

In the bands most bold and unprecedented phase, a second guitarist, Chris Brown, has bulked up the bands lo-fi sound resulting in a remarkable expansion in the Cloud Nothings story and production.

The band seems to be hitting their stride ever more intently (each record could perhaps be assessed as the band hitting their stride, which speaks to the groups impressive consistency) Pitchfork 

If their new album recorded with producer John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Blonde Redhead) has delved into a more cohesive chapter in the bands journey, their live shows still inspire some of the most fanatic praise of the bands raw and driving energy.

Recent international shows have undoubtedly confirmed Cloud Nothings as one of the most invigorating, magnetic, and yet enigmatic live bands, as fans get the sense that the bands metamorphosis is coming to its most important and career-defining stage.

Cloud Nothings have mastered the art of thrashing catharsis, pummeling out the anxieties of nostalgia and expectation with bloody verve. Pitchfork

Cloud Nothings February 2018

Thursday 22nd Sydney, Oxford Arts Factory

Friday 23rd Melbourne, Max Watts

Saturday 24th Adelaide, Fowlers Live

Sunday 25th Perth, Badlands Bar

Tuesday 27th Brisbane, The Zoo

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09:26

Open Letter: University of Wollongong is Promoting Non-evidence based claims about Vaccines "IndyWatch Feed National"

Open Letter

23 October 2017

To University of Wollongong (UOW) Vice-Chancellor, Paul Wellings

Copied to Professors Heather Yeatman, Alison Jones and UOW Academics

Dear Professor Wellings,

The University of Wollongong (UOW) is inappropriately promoting information about the safety and efficacy of vaccines that is non-evidence based. These comments are being used to underpin mandatory and coercive vaccination policies in Australia

The promotion of Heather Yeatmans (Professor of Nutrition) personal opinion of vaccines is inappropriate because this is not her field of expertise. Further, the promotion of claims made by the Australian government about vaccines and signed by other UOW academics, is also inappropriate because the claims have not addressed the scientific evidence and arguments provided in my PhD thesis  published on the UOW website.

The UOW, that works in partnership with industry, published Heather Yeatmans personal opinion of vaccines on the UOW website one week after my PhD thesis was published in January 2016.

UOW has also permitted these organised lobby groups to misuse the universities policies to besmirch my research and reputation in the mainstream media.

Here are several statements promoted on the UOW website that are not supported by evidence:

Firstly, the word immunisation is misused in these comments. The comments refer to vaccination not immunisation these two words have different meanings and they are not interchangeable. I have corrected the use of these words in the comments below.

The following claims that are promoted on the UOW website are not supported by scientific evidence:

  1. The international scientific evidence overwhelmingly supports immunisation [vaccination] to protect children from infectious diseases.
  2. Large-scale immunisation [vaccination] programs began in the 1930s and gathered pace in the 1950s.
  3. These vaccination programs led to a 99% drop in deaths from vaccine preventable diseases.

These claims are untrue and/or misleading and they are not suppor...

08:47

NBN shambles on Turnbulls head: workers "IndyWatch Feed National"

The PM continues to spruik fossil fuel over renewables despite the writing being well and truly on the wall for the coal industry.

The PM is responsible for the shambolic mess that the NBN has become, says the communications union.

Malcolm Turnbulls NBN is a shambolic mess, not just for consumers struggling for a connection, but also for the workers forced to deal with the disaster, the Communications Union said today.

CEPU communications division national president Shane Murphy said a 4 Corners program that aired last night revealed how the Turnbull Governments poor handling of the project has led to a myriad of problems, both for consumers and workers.

The NBN was meant to be a critical piece of nation building infrastructure, but at the moment its nothing more than a national embarrassment, Mr Murphy said.

The NBN had the potential to be a world-class network and provide jobs and training opportunities for workers to develop new skills. Instead, weve ended up in a situation where weve got frustrated customers on a shonky network being held together with plastic bags and ringbarked cables.

This is Turnbulls NBN a national joke.

The prime minister can try to handball the blame all he likes, but the reality is this mess is all his making. We warned this government that this was coming, but the prime minister refused to listen.

Weve got thousands of subcontractors who are given no proper training and are being squeezed by principal contractors who are making billions at the taxpayers expense.

This governments flawed approach to this key infrastructure project is enabling that behaviour.

Not only has the prime minister failed to deliver on his promises to deliver a better NBN faster and cheaper, he has failed the workforce by allowing the biggest pyramid sham contracting scheme the country has ever seen to flourish throughout the industry.

 

The post NBN shambles on Turnbulls head: workers appeared first on Echonetdaily.

08:15

Music legend George Young dead at 70 "IndyWatch Feed National"

George Young Photo Facebook

George Young Photo Facebook

MELBOURNE   [AAP]

Australian music trailblazer George Young, AC/DC producer and star of hit-makers The Easybeats, has died aged 70.

Young, older brother of AC/DC stalwarts Malcolm and Angus, co-produced the bands early albums, including Dirty Deeds Done Cheap, Let There Be Rock and TNT.

AC/DC said the band would not exist without his help and guidance.

It is with pain in our heart that we have to announce the passing of our beloved brother and mentor George Young. Without his help and guidance there would not have been an AC/DC, the band said in a statement on its website.

For all he did and gave to us throughout his life, we will always remember him with gratitude and hold him close to our hearts.

A meeting at Sydneys Villawood Migrant Hostel sparked the formation of The Easybeats in 1964, comprising Young, Englishman Stevie Wright, Dutchman Harry Vanda, Englishman Gordon Snowy Fleet and Dick Diamonde.

They were the first Australian rocknroll act to score an international hit with the 1966 single Friday On My Mind, reaching No.1 in Australia, six in the UK and 16 in the US.

His collaborator on so many of Australias favourite songs, including Friday On My Mind, left a simple message to his co-writer.

Rest in Peace my dear friend, Vanda wrote.

They pair wrote the Easybeats Good Times, later covered by INXS and Jimmy Barnes, in addition to John Paul Youngs classic Love Is In The Air, Wrights Evie, Parts 1, 2 and 3 plus songs for Meatloaf.

I owe him and Harry a hell of a lot. They basically gave me a career, John Paul Young told AAP.

They worked very, very hard. It was nothing for them to leave the studio at 4 and 5am they put everything into it. They were just so talented.

Jimmy Barnes on Monday tweeted: Hug...

07:11

Thoughts For The Week By Ron Owen. Gun Control. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thoughts For The Week.
Insanity in individuals is something rare but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. Friedrich Nietzsche
The Eternal Battle For Truth, Against The Onslaught Of  Prevarication.
Over the last few weeks we have all had to bear the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Besides being totally innocent, we as firearm owners were all found guilty of being complicit in the deaths of the concert goers in Las Vegas, to the extent that this tragedy was used to punish the innocent law abiding firearm owners of this state by the majority of the Queensland Parliament. (See Link ...

07:11

Pompeo's new rant demonstrates CIA is worse than North Korea "IndyWatch Feed National"

North Korea has attempted to engage in dialogue with US allies, while Donald Trump's CIA director threatens an illegal assassination against the North Korean leader. The question as to whether the DPRK is willing to engage in broad dialogue with potential international partners, has been answered. Last week, the DPRK sent an open letter to multiple governments, including the US ally, Australia, in which Pyongyang asked to form a united front against Donald Trump's aggressive stance towards Pyongyang. Australia, in taking an overly literal reading of North Korea's letter, threw away a chance to reply to Pyongyang. Had Australia engaged with Pyongyang, this would have literally been the beginning of dialogue between North Korea and a stanch US ally in the Pacific. The short-sighted attitude of the Canberra, demonstrates that when North Korea does reach out to countries in an unexpected way, this attempt to establish lines of dialogue is essentially met with a cynical and obstinate attitude that doesn't get anyone anywhere. Dialogue is never easy in such situations, but all countries owe it to the wider cause of world peace to try. Australia foolishly read North Korea's letter as a kind of 'geo-political prank', where in fact it was a thorny olive branch. While North Korea has recently stated that they will not negotiate their nuclear programme until Pyongyang possesses the ability to strike all of the US mainland with nuclear missiles, the reality behind such dramatic remarks is far more mundane. All negotiations in difficult situations have a cat and mouse element to them, with the roles of feline and rodent, often swapping by the day, if not by the hour. North Korea's actions are often far more reasonable than their words. The fact that the DPRK did reach out to a US ally, demonstrates that they are ready for dialogue now. The fault here, therefore lies with those who refused to respond.

07:10

What happened to the Kerr Street mortgage? "IndyWatch Feed National"

This extract for the TURC's AWU WRA report describes the settlement and finance of the Kerr Street property. On 22 March 1993, Bruce Wilson as Ralph Blewitts attorney signed a transfer of the Kerr Street property as transferee. On the same, day, 22 March 1993, Bruce Wilson signed as Ralph...

07:09

WaPo columnist: Trump's victory over liberal media "IndyWatch Feed National"

Interesting. The Washington Post's Philip Bump (full disclosure my former CNN colleague) is one of the first -- or maybe so far the only -- journalist at a mainstream media outlet to get what is seriously disquieting news for the mainstreamers. Here's Phil's headline: Trump's already largely won his war against the media Phil begins his story this way: The choice that President Trump asks America to make is a simple one and one that he's demanded since he jumped into the presidential race. Who are you going to believe, he asks: An industry of people whose jobs depend on presenting factually accurate information about what's happening in the world - or me? And from the outset, we've seen how his supporters answer that question. They believe him. Well, okay. Phil has something here but right off the bat he illustrates exactly -- and I do mean exactly -- the media's problem. Notice the way he describes the media? Like this: "An industry of people whose jobs depend on presenting factually accurate information about what's happening in the world..." Not to put too fine a point on this, but the exact reason for the media's problem is precisely because millions of Americans believe the mainstream media (that would include, ahem, Phil's own Washington Post) is not reporting "factually accurate information about what's happening in the world.."

06:50

#THEREALRAKE: A Sense Of Whats Possible Calling Out Charles Waterstreet "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wherever you are.

Whatever youre doing.

Just know, that this one is for you.

I wanted to write this story for you because even though it is unremarkable and unoriginal, it happened to me and I dont want it to happen to you, or maybe it already has and I dont want you to feel alone.

I am tired of this story, but perhaps, just once more I will do my part and tell you about it.

My name is Tina Huang and I study at the University of Sydney.

A few months ago I went to interview for a paralegal / personal assistant job with a man named Charles Waterstreet. And during that interview, he showed me photos of naked women and a video of someone receiving a handjob.

He talked about attending sex parties, having many girlfriends and enjoying threesomes.

He stated he only hires women under 25 who are pretty young things.

He described me somehow as both a boat person and a tiger mother.

This is the part of the story where you think I would have realised that something was wrong, but I didnt.

Shop-Sparkke-Consent-300-x-250He is famous and powerful and a cheeky, but genius man.

I had seen his show on Netflix.

Read his articles in the newspaper.

Seen the paintings of him that they hang in the galleries.

So, I went back.

At my first shift we reviewed a case where he crudely insisted there existed a presumption of consent, and I answered emails for him about missed payments for sex toys, and organised dates with women.

I quit shortly after and Im glad I did, but I know he is still out there today hiring others.

Everyone keeps asking me why Im writing this story, and to be honest Im not sure. But I feel like if I waited until I was, then maybe this story would never get told.

I guess what Im trying to say is this; I dont know if Ive done a good job telling this story, but I wanted to do it anyways. However imperfectly, I wanted to communicate a sense of what is possible in calling out men like this.

They think they are liberating us by giving us work and good pay but we are liberated only to be oppressed in other ways.

I hope people will remember me not as someone who called out just one man, but as a person who tried despite her own shortcomings and powerlessness to speak to a bigger problem and to do the right thing; in short, that...

06:46

Texas Mother of Daughter Injured by Gardasil Vaccine Fights to Get Daughter Back as Attorneys Betray Her "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aniya Wonder Woman costume

Aniya in her Wonder Woman costume, with her mommy Anita. Photo Source: Justice for Aniya Facebook page.

by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff

A Texas mother faces another setback in trying to get her daughter back from Child Protective Services. Her daughter was medically kidnapped after a serious medical accident in which a pediatrician accidentally gave 4 month old Aniya Blu Vasquez the Gardisil 9 vaccine that was intended for her big brother.

After receiving the vaccine by accident, baby Aniya began experiencing health problems that were subsequently blamed on her mother, Anita Vasquez.

See our original story:

Infant Accidentally Vaccinated with Gardasil Mother Blamed for Vaccine Injuries and Baby Medically Kidnapped

But Anita Vasquez recently learned that the attorney she hired to help her fight for baby Aniya is not, in fact, an attorney.

Anita first learned of Lamberg when a friend of her mother told them about the wonderful attorney who would fix this and help her regain custody of her daughter. Her mother Mary Vasquez, the grandmother of baby Aniya, tearfully told Health Impact News:

We thought he was our answer; he was going to help get our baby back. But he was a joke.

Randall George Lamberg met with Anita and reportedly told her that he was an attorney who would work hard to get things done and file the motions needed to get Aniya home. Anita Vasquez set to work fundraising and selling menudo, a spicy Mexican soup, to raise money to pay his law firm. Between the fundraisers and a loan from a friend, she was able to pay the law firm $7000.

Lamberg reportedly told the Vasquez family that he was an attorney working with Esequiel Ramos, Jr. However, according to court transcripts from a hearing last week, Mr. Ramos testified that Lamberg is...

06:46

Texas Mother of Daughter Injured by Gardasil Vaccine Fights to Get Daughter Back as Attorneys Betray Her "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aniya Wonder Woman costume

Aniya in her Wonder Woman costume, with her mommy Anita. Photo Source: Justice for Aniya Facebook page.

by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff

A Texas mother faces another setback in trying to get her daughter back from Child Protective Services. Her daughter was medically kidnapped after a serious medical accident in which a pediatrician accidentally gave 4 month old Aniya Blu Vasquez the Gardisil 9 vaccine that was intended for her big brother.

After receiving the vaccine by accident, baby Aniya began experiencing health problems that were subsequently blamed on her mother, Anita Vasquez.

See our original story:

Infant Accidentally Vaccinated with Gardasil Mother Blamed for Vaccine Injuries and Baby Medically Kidnapped

But Anita Vasquez recently learned that the attorney she hired to help her fight for baby Aniya is not, in fact, an attorney.

Anita first learned of Lamberg when a friend of her mother told them about the wonderful attorney who would fix this and help her regain custody of her daughter. Her mother Mary Vasquez, the grandmother of baby Aniya, tearfully told Health Impact News:

We thought he was our answer; he was going to help get our baby back. But he was a joke.

Randall George Lamberg met with Anita and reportedly told her that he was an attorney who would work hard to get things done and file the motions needed to get Aniya home. Anita Vasquez set to work fundraising and selling menudo, a spicy Mexican soup, to raise money to pay his law firm. Between the fundraisers and a loan from a friend, she was able to pay the law firm $7000.

Lamberg reportedly told the Vasquez family that he was an attorney working with Esequiel Ramos, Jr. However, according to court transcripts from a hearing last week, Mr. Ramos testified that Lamberg is a....

06:39

Why Governments Will Not Ban Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Those who see governments banning ownership of bitcoin are ignoring the political power and influence of those who are snapping up most of the bitcoin.

To really understand an asset, we have to examine not just the asset itself but who owns it, and who can afford to own it. These attributes will illuminate thepolitical and financial power wielded by the owners of the asset class.

And once we know what sort of political/financial power is in the hands of those owning the asset class, we can predict the limits of political restrictions that can be imposed on that ownership.

As an example, consider home ownership, i.e. ownership of a principal residence. Home ownership topped out in 2004, when over 69% of all households owned a residence. (Owned is in quotes because many of these households had no actual equity in the house once the housing bubble popped.)

The rate of home ownership has declined to 63%, which is still roughly two-thirds of all households. Clearly, homeowners constitute a powerful political force. Any politico seeking to impose restrictions or additional taxes on homeowners has to be careful not to rouse this super-majority into political action.

But raw numbers of owners of an asset class are only one measure of political power. Since ours is a pay-to-play form of representational democracy in which wealth buys political influence via campaign contributions, philanthro-capitalism, revolving doors between political office and lucrative corporate positions, etc., wealth casts the votes that count.

I am always amused when essayists claim the government will do whatever benefits the government most. While this is broadly true, this ignores the reality that wealthy individuals and corporations own the processes of governance.

More accurately, we can say that government will do whatever benefits those who control the levers of power most, which is quite different than claiming that the government acts solely to further its own interests. More specifically, it furthers what those at the top of the wealth-power pyramid have set as the governments interests.

Which brings us to the interesting question, will governments ban bitcoin as a threat to their power? A great many observers claim that yes, governments will ban bitcoin because it represents a threat to their control of the fiat currencies they issue.

But since government will do whatever most benefits those who control the levers of power, the question be...

06:37

#THEREALRAKE: Barrister Charles Waterstreet Showed Masturbation Video To Law Student During Job Interview "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the course of a one-hour job interview with a 21-year-old law student seeking a junior paralegal position, Charles Waterstreet one of Sydneys most prominent criminal barristers and the real-life inspiration for the popular ABC television drama series Rake played a video on his phone of a man receiving a handjob, showed numerous photos of naked women, described how he liked to go to sex parties and enjoyed having women snort cocaine off his body, before revealing he preferred to hire pretty young things to work with him.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250The interview was conducted in Mr Waterstreets Sydney office, opposite the Downing Centre local courts, in August this year.

The explosive allegations are contained in a sworn statement provided to New Matilda by Tina Huang, a third-year law student at the University of Sydney. Ms Huang has also written an article on her experience, published here.

Ms Huang became aware of the job advertised as a paralegal and personal assistant position via the University of Sydneys careers hub website. She applied in writing to Waterstreet on August 18, and received a rambling reply from Waterstreet the following day:

Tina, your CV reads like a mirror of my own, I am writer, film maker and looking to expand into podcasts, I wrote for SMH and now Penthouse, which is platform for man feminist/pro women articles, I have written about [a number of women]and am fuelled by the emerging knowledge that women are stronger, volcanic, powerful and repressed for 5000 years because men feared womens sexuality and other things. Of, my law is my life blood,, murder, drugs, and money, sex slaves, the axe woman of 7/11, etc. I would like to meet you asap, to discuss availability, car,, what I want to achieve, , Charles ps call or text over weekend.

Ms Huang was ultimately offered the job. She said she was confused and unsure of how to respond to Waterstreets behavior at the job interview, but agreed to commence work several days later, hopeful that the office environment would be more professional.

Ms Huang lasted just three hours.

The allegations detailed above only relate to the job interview in the course of Ms Huangs first day on the job, Waterstreet revealed he was upset because he had been overlooked for an invitation to a recent sex party, had Ms Huang reply to personal emails about upcoming dates with women, and about late payments for sex toys.

...

06:27

#THEREALRAKE: Charles Waterstreet, A Law Unto Himself "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sydney barrister and media personality Charles Waterstreet is facing explosive allegations of sexual harassment.

His accuser is Tina Huang, a 21-year-old third-year law student at the University of Sydney, who applied for a paralegal position with Waterstreet in August this year, after seeing an advertisement on the universitys Careers hub website.

In a sworn statement, Ms Huang alleges that during the subsequent interview with Mr Waterstreet, he discussed sex parties and threesomes, while showing her images of naked women on his phone.

Shop-Sparkke-Consent-300-x-250It has also been alleged that in the course of the one-hour job interview, Waterstreet showed her a video of a man being masturbated.

Ms Huang was offered the job. She felt confused, uncomfortable and unsure of how to respond to his behaviour, but ultimately accepted the position.

A few days after the interview, Ms Huang turned up for her first shift hoping that the office environment would be more professional. But during the course of her first day on the job, Waterstreet revealed he was upset because he had been overlooked for an invitation to a recent sex party, and had her reply to personal emails he received about late payments for sex toys, along with replying to emails organising dates with women.

In the end, Ms Huangs job in Charles Waterstreets office lasted just three hours.

After leaving Waterstreets Elizabeth Street chambers, Ms Huang wrestled with what to do.

Waterstreet is, after all, something of an institution in Sydney. His networks include powerful media figures, underworld characters, and ranks upon ranks within the legal fraternity.

St John's College at the University of Sydney. (IMAGE: Jason James, Flickr) St Johns College at the University of Sydney. (IMAGE: Jason James, Flickr)

He is an old boy of both St Johns College and St Andrews College, also located at the University of Sydney. And he is a darling of the media.

For years, Fairfax publishers of the Sydney Morning Herald openly platformed Waterstreets controversial writing including his views on rape and consent.

More recently, and more famously, the ABC commissioned a fifth season of Rake, a fictionalised drama which is said to be loosely based on Waterstreets own life.

Ms Huang, by contrast, is a young woma...

06:14

Stop Adani Summit to be held in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed National"

As part of developing the national campaign to put a stop to the Carmichael coal mine in Queenslands Galilee Basin,  activists are getting together In Melbourne to contribute to the effort.

Sunday, October 29
Fitzroy Town Hall
201 Napier Street, Fitzroy

Ticket information

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06:04

Helen Razer Fires Back On The Powerlessness Of Persuasion, And #metoo "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you want change, you have to demand it, writes Helen Razer. You cant just say #metoo.

This past weekend, Dr Liz Conor published her thoughts on #metoo, an awareness hashtag still trending in corporate if no longer social media. I read these with interest as I am a marvellous and selfless person eager for the marginal perspectives provided here at New Matilda. Oh. Okay. You got me. I read these thoughts because I am a very vain lady who has a Google alert on her name.

Conor, I should point out, was not particularly unpleasant about me. Which is to say: dont get your hopes up for a lady-fight. The brief description was, in fact, cheekily agreeable. Helen may have been depicted as some sort of erm Marxist mother-hen so brutally obsessed by material conditions, she consigns the abuse of her sisters, as per the hashtag, to the cultural bin while clucking on about the banks and their profit and the workers and their pain.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250(GB)Note, this would not have been the most unflattering picture of my thought painted by other minds last week. I am not terribly upset.

I will say, however, that I am a bit jack of Marxism being misrepresented, even if humorously, as a totalising sermon that cannot brook cultural matters like sexism, and is concerned only with the material, or the mode of production. Actually, I am so fucking jack of this misunderstanding and the widespread belief that Marxism failed or has nothing to offer beyond the 19th century factory, I just wrote a fucking book about it. (You could buy it. Or, you know, you could just read Marx and pals at no cost.)

Okay. Now Ive started. Let me just say, largely because the NM editor is foolishly permitting this expression, that the superstructure and the base formulation, or the brute materialism Liz hints at, was of much greater concern to Stalin than it has been to Marxists, still eager to fail at communism, try again, and then fail better. (Rather than try and fail worse, as is the late and inevitable tendency of capitalism.)

In a work that is both ...

05:54

Pilger on Hillary Clinton, Julian Assange and the ABCs war on truth "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following by John Pilger , is a criticism of ABC journalist Sarah Fergusons Assange recent interview with Hillary Clinton. He describes the interview as poor journalism and devoid of reality and facts. This is an interview that plays into an orchestrated campaign to destroy WikiLeaks and aided by what Pilger describes as the jealousy of  mainstream media, which has failed  to match the achievements  made by WikiLeaks. The article was published  in The Insider ( 21 October 2017).

On 16 October, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation aired an interview with Hillary Clinton: one of many to promote her score-settling book about why she was not elected President of the United States.

Wading through the Clinton book, What Happened, is an unpleasant experience, like a stomach upset. Smears and tears. Threats and enemies. They (voters) were brainwashed and herded against her by the odious Donald Trump in cahoots with sinister Slavs sent from the great darkness known as Russia, assisted by an Australian nihilist, Julian Assange.

In The New York Times, there was a striking photograph of a female reporter consoling Clinton, having just interviewed her. The lost leader was, above all, absolutely a feminist. The thousands of womens lives this feminist destroyed while in government Libya, Syria, Honduras were of no interest.

In New York magazine, Rebecca Trainster wrote that Clinton was finally expressing some righteous anger. It was even hard for her to smile: so hard that the muscles in her face ache. Surely, she concluded, if we allowed womens resentments the same bearing we allow mens grudges, America would be forced to reckon with the fact that all these angry women might just have a point.

Drivel such as this, trivialising womens struggles, marks the media hagiographies of Hillary Clinton. Her political extremism and warmongering are of no consequence. Her problem, wrote Trainster, was a damaging infatuation with the email story. The truth, in other words.

Former US secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. (IMAGE: Brett Weinstein, Flickr)

The leaked emails of Clintons campaign manager, John Podesta, revealed a direct connection between Clinton and the foundation and funding of organised jihadism in the Middle East and Islamic State (IS). The ultimate source of most Islamic terrorism, Saudi Arabia, was central to her career.

One email, in 2014, sent by Clinton to Podesta soon after she stepped down as US Secretary of State, discloses that Islamic State is funded by the governments of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Clinton accepted huge donations from both governments for the Clinton Foundatio...

05:53

Church of Lesvos angers locals as it spends 100K earthquake donations in repair of churches "IndyWatch Feed National"

150,000 Australian dollars in donations were sent to Lesvos as aid for the victims of 6.4R earthquake last June. The local Metropolis decided, however, to spend the money in bricks for churches repair and not for humans in need. The outrage of  the local community is big. Diaspora Greeks in Australia generously open their wallets

The post Church of Lesvos angers locals as it spends 100K earthquake donations in repair of churches appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

05:42

Texas Mother of Daughter Injured by Gardasil Vaccine Fights to Get Daughter Back as Attorneys Betray Her "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aniya Wonder Woman costume

Aniya in her Wonder Woman costume, with her mommy Anita. Photo Source: Justice for Aniya Facebook page.

by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff

A Texas mother faces another setback in trying to get her daughter back from Child Protective Services. Her daughter was medically kidnapped after a serious medical accident in which a pediatrician accidentally gave 4 month old Aniya Blu Vasquez the Gardisil 9 vaccine that was intended for her big brother.

After receiving the vaccine by accident, baby Aniya began experiencing health problems that were subsequently blamed on her mother, Anita Vasquez.

See our original story:

Infant Accidentally Vaccinated with Gardasil Mother Blamed for Vaccine Injuries and Baby Medically Kidnapped

But Anita Vasquez recently learned that the attorney she hired to help her fight for baby Aniya is not, in fact, an attorney.

Anita first learned of Lamberg when a friend of her mother told them about the wonderful attorney who would fix this and help her regain custody of her daughter. Her mother Mary Vasquez, the grandmother of baby Aniya, tearfully told Health Impact News:

We thought he was our answer; he was going to help get our baby back. But he was a joke.

Randall George Lamberg met with Anita and reportedly told her that he was an attorney who would work hard to get things done and file the motions needed to get Aniya home. Anita Vasquez set to work fundraising and selling menudo, a spicy Mexican soup, to raise money to pay his law firm. Between the fundraisers and a loan from a friend, she was able to pay the law firm $7000.

Lamberg reportedly told the Vasquez family that he was an attorney working with Esequiel Ramos, Jr. However, according to court transcripts from a hearing last week, Mr. Ramos testified that Lamberg is a....

05:30

Are cancer stem cells the key to discovering a cure? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The root cause and potential cure for cancer is ignored by virtually all conventional oncologists despite an accumulating body of research that we already have the answer. From the perspective of conventional cancer treatment a diagnosis of multi-drug resistant cancer is equivalent to a death sentence. By the time such a diagnosis occurs, the patient's body has been irreversibly damaged by chemotherapy and radiation, and an even more aggressive cancer has emerged to take the place of the original one. Tragically, these treatments do not simply fail, but make the cancers more malignant. This fact is effectively concealed by the name multidrug resistant cancer which makes it seem as if the cancer was so exceptionally resistant and malignant that the normally effective drugs used to treat it just couldn't do the job.

04:33

Woman Builds Eagle A New Wing So She Can Fly Again "IndyWatch Feed National"

A white-bellied sea eagle might have never flown again if it weren't for some kind people and one woman with a very particular kind of skill.

Credit: Danny Lett/ARCC

A Good Samaritan in Australia spotted the young eagle recently and it was clear she was in trouble. She had become separated from her family and gotten tangled up in twine on a fence. Rescuers disentangled her and rushed the bird to a veterinary clinic for care. 

The people at the Grafton Vet Clinic examined the eagle and discovered that four of her primary feathers were very badly damaged, even though there were luckily no broken bones or other injuries.

Credit: A.Barsony/ARCC

Without those primary feathers, though, this bird wouldn't be able to fly with the kind of precision she needs in order to hunt and survive. So a specialist who knew just how to rebuild her wing was brought in from Casino Vet Clinic.

"Feather repair using the imping technique was the best option to get this young bird back out with her family," Australian Raptor Care and Conservation Inc (ARCC) wrote on Facebook last week. "After a suitable donor wing from the same species and aged bird was sourced, the imping was carried out by raptor rehabber Melanie." 

Credit: A. Barsony/ARCC

"Imping," short for implantation, takes feat...

04:11

Australia: Court Case Won Against Tasmanian Anti-Protest Laws "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Michael Slezak / The Guardian

Tasmanian forest

The former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown has won a landmark high court fight against Tasmanian anti-protest laws passed in 2014 and under which he was charged in 2016.

Brown, the third person arrested under the Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Act 2014, argued the laws directly targeted implied freedom of political expression in the constitution and were therefore unconstitutional.

The landmark case stemmed from Browns arrest while filming a video about an anti-logging protest at Lapoinya state forest in Tasmanias north-west in January 2016.

The Tasmanian government dropped the charges against Brown and his co-arrestee, Jessica Hoyt, once they mounted the high court challenge but Brown continued the challenge to protect future environmental actions, arguing they impinged on an implied right to free speech in Australias constitution.

In a 183-page judgment, the court ruled in favour of Brown and Hoyt by a six-to-one majority.

The law prohibited protesters from preventing, hindering or obstructing businesses, even in public areas such as state forests or the access points to areas where commercial activities are conducted, if they ought to have known the impact their political activity would have on the business.

Speaking after the decision was handed down, Brown told the Guardian it was a great day for Australian democracy.

The high court has said: There is a right to political expression and we will uphold it. You cant just start jailing people on account of their political beliefs or peaceful actions they might take to uphold those beliefs.

At the...

03:30

Putin: US Says We Dont Have The Money But They Have A Printing Press Yet NO MONEY? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Putin Slams Governments for Imperialism, Pedophilia, and Faith in Satan

Putin Slams US: The Biggest Mistake Russia Ever Made Was To Trust You

By Zero Hedge

Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet formally declared his intention to seek another term as leader of Russia, but many observers noted that a sweeping speech he gave at the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi this week served as a template for his campaign ahead of the March election.

The speechs overarching theme was to burnish Putins accomplishments as the man who restored power and respect to Russia. But in doing so, he heaped abuse on the US and its western allies, accusing them of selectively adhering to international law, and of taking advantage of Russia during the 1990s when the country was struggling to rebuild following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Bloomberg reported.

He accused the US of abusing Russias trust, and seeking to take advantage of the political and economic chaos that persisted for much of the 1990s and early 2000s, according to Russia Today.

The biggest mistake our country made was that we put too much trust in you; and your mistake was that you saw this trust as a lack of power and you abused it, he said during a question-and-answer session that was carried on national television. What was needed, he said, was respect.

High on Putins list of perceived slights was the USs failure to keep its end of the bargain in a host of international disarmament agreements. He explained that, while Moscow doesnt plan to exit any existing treaties, he promised an instant, symmetrical response if Washington decides to quit first.

He accused the US of slighting Russia by forcing the country to accept international monitors during the implementation of the megatons to...

03:07

Pompeos Latest Rant Demonstrates That The CIA Is More Unreasonable Than North Korea "IndyWatch Feed National"

The question as to whether the DPRK is willing to engage in broad dialogue with potential international partners has been answered. Last week, the DPRK sent an open letter to multiple governments, including the US ally, Australia, in which Pyongyang asked to form a united front against Donald Trumps aggressive stance towards Pyongyang. Australia, in taking an overly literal reading of North Koreas letter, threw away a chance to reply to Pyongyang. Had Australia engaged with Pyongyang, this would have literally been the beginning of dialogue between North Korea and a staunch US ally in the Pacific. The short-sighted attitude of the Canberra demonstrates that when North Korea does reach out to countries in an unexpected way, this attempt to establish lines of dialogue is essentially met with a cynical and obstinate attitude that doesnt get anyone anywhere. Dialogue is never easy in such situations, but all countries owe it to the wider cause of world peace to try. Australia foolishly read North Koreas letter as a kind of geo-political prank, where in fact it was a thorny olive branch.


Related | Photo-Report: The North Korea Western Media Doesnt Want The World To See


While North Korea has recently stated that they will not negotiate their nuclear programme until Pyongyang possesses the ability to strike all of the US mainland with nuclear missiles, the reality behind such dramatic remarks is far more mundane.

All negotiations in difficult situations have a cat and mouse element to them, with the roles of feline and rodent, often swapping by the day, if not by the hour. North Koreas actions are often far more reasonable than their words. The fact that the DPRK did reach out to a US ally, demonstrates that they are ready for dialogue now. The fault here therefore lies with those who refused to respond.

Furthermore, with North Korea months away from reaching the final stage of its nuclear development, by Pyongyangs own admission, the treat to refrain from dialogue until such a state is reached, is becoming increasingly moot in any case.

While it is impossible to independently verify the DPRKs internal nuclear timeline, there is no reason not to test the waters and begin attempts to negotiate in both good faith and more importantly, with pragmatism. This statement applies to all potential negotiating partners.


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02:45

Angry CBC listeners demand fewer mindless personal-story programs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Note from Nick: Because I worked with CBC for more than 25 years and have great loyalty to quality public broadcasting, I regret that I need to take CBC Radio One management to task in an aggressive manner. But when considerable damage is being done to the network and managers refuse to answer basic questions, I feel I have no alternative. 

Long-time CBC Radio One listeners upset over summer programming that featured a dozen shows about personal concerns and peoples problems will be listening carefully this fall to see how many of those kinds of programs are in the line-up.

Hundreds of traditional Radio One fans strongly agreed with my blog of two weeks ago, in which I blasted CBC management for broadcasting the mindless and banal programs.

Hmmm ... then why are people turning it off ?
More than 75 people took the time to write protest letters to CBC management and more than 400 people registered their concerns on social media. CBC Audience Services has always said that one protest represented the views of perhaps 1,000 people, so its likely that many thousands of regular listeners are opposed to the personal-oriented programming.

Hundreds of people said they no longer listen to Radio One, while other said they turn the radio off as soon as they hear one of the selfie-like programs.


Heres a sample of the letters to CBC Managers Susan Marjetti, Executive Director, Radio and Audio, for English Services, and Heather Conway, executive vice-President of English Services:
  • I am a huge fan of the CBC. I listen to CBC Radio One exclusively, practically 24/7, and have done so for 40 years or more, writes Penny Tomlin of Victoria, B.C. I have been so disappointed with the programming this summer most especially with...

02:21

Ireland aims to deny passports to convicted pedophiles to combat child sex tourism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ireland could soon be following Australia's lead by becoming the first country in Europe to cancel passports of convicted pedophiles in a bid to prevent them to traveling overseas. The campaign championing this idea for Ireland is being led by Irish priest Father Shay Cullen, a four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee who runs People's Recovery, Empowerment and Development Assistance (PREDA), a child abuse charity in the Philippines. Ireland is expected to introduce a draft of this new legislation later in October. It would mean that convicted pedophiles would be prohibited from traveling overseas. Cullen, who was born in Dublin, said the introduction of legislation such as this would prevent registered sex offenders from traveling abroad. He also said this legislation would particularly benefit developing nations where sex tourism and child prostitution are major problems. Speaking to the Irish Examiner Cullen said, "It is a grievous crime for anyone to travel abroad to commit child abuse. Legislation was passed in Australia, but we want other countries to follow, and Ireland to take the lead in the EU on this.

02:06

Angel Number 1111: The Mystery and Potential of the Ultimate Synchronicity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sure, some people use 11:11 as a means of obtaining a wish twice a day but do they really know what it means? Truthfully, no, most do not.

1111 is a very special number, and if you see this number often you are extremely lucky. You see 1 by itself is a link between the Spirit and the Master. It is a message from your spirit guide to see this number in a repeating sequence. When the number 1 is doubled to form 11 you are being sent double the amount of energy. 1111 is a very powerful number.  It is a portal for manifesting your desires.

1111 helps you to align with the universe in ways you might have never thought you would. This number is showing us that we can heal our past and create a future. If you read between the lines you will learn a lot. Angels use numbers and music to communicate with us, as these things are seen as universal languages.

If you see repetitive numbers like this you need to ask your guardian angels what they are trying so hard to tell you. The more numbers repeating the more intense the message. If you listen close enough you will hear them answer you.

According to KathyHadlyLifeCoach.com:

At times, when you are about to go through a major spiritual awakening or an epiphany of some kind, the number 1111 may appear in your physical reality and experience to signal the upcoming change or shift. When noticing the Angel Number 1111 appearing, take notice of the thoughts you had right at that moment, as 1111 indicates that your thoughts and beliefs are aligned with your truths. For example, if you held an inspired idea at the time of seeing 1111, it would indicate that it would be a positive and productive idea to take action on.

When Angel Number 1111 appears repeatedly it signifies that an energetic gateway has opened up for you, and this will rapidly manifest your thoughts into reality. The message is to choose your thoughts wisely, ensuring that they match your true desires. Do not put your energy into focusing on fears as you may manifest them into your life. Angel Number 1111 is a message from your angels to be very aware of your persistent thoughts and ideas as these are manifesting quickly into your reality.

 

Do not allow yourself to get too stressed and caught up in everyday life to stop and listen for the answer that you so desperately need. Angel numbers are extremely important for personal growth and so much more. For the most part, the numb...

01:18

Famous Blogger Taylor Winterstein To Be Face Of Vaxxed Tour "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wellness blogger and wife of  Manly Sea Eagle Frank Winterstein has been given the new title of the Australian face for the upcoming second tour of the conspiracy film Vaxxed. Polly Tommey, one of the Vaxxed producers...

The post Famous Blogger Taylor Winterstein To Be Face Of Vaxxed Tour appeared first on Vaxxter.

00:43

Its Our Money with Ellen Brown Paying for Catastrophe 10.18.17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Paying for Catastrophe Whether a flood, fire, hurricanes or a failed financial system, the Federal Reserve and the US Treasury have the means to address big financial challenges in a variety of ways if they want to.  Recent devastations challenge our understanding of how to pay for recovery, but when we look back to our not-so-distant past, answers emerge in ...

The post Its Our Money with Ellen Brown Paying for Catastrophe 10.18.17 appeared first on Progressive Radio Network.

00:00

Why Universal Basic Income Is Not a Perfect Substitute for Existing Subsidy Schemes "IndyWatch Feed National"

While the aim of all subsidy schemes is to increase the income of beneficiary households so that they can meet their requirements, replacing them with the UBI will also mean losing some of the other benefits of these schemes.

Should the UBI be universal or targeted? Credit: Reuters

Should the UBI be universal or targeted? Credit: Reuters

In India, many subsidy schemes are being implemented to improve the living conditions of the vulnerable segments of the population. However, these schemes are plagued by various problems like leakages in the delivery system, misidentification of beneficiaries  exclusion of deserving households as well as inadequate and untimely assistance to the beneficiaries. Measures to overcome these deficiencies have engaged the minds of academicians, policymakers and social activists. In the recent past, the universal basic income (UBI) scheme has been proposed as an alternative to the existing subsidy schemes. This proposal has generated interesting debate among the academicians.

Proponents of the UBI scheme argue that the ultimate aim of all the subsidy schemes is to increase the income of the beneficiary households so that they can meet their requirements. Therefore, they argue that subsidy schemes are a roundabout method of helping the poor while the UBI scheme is a direct method of aiding the beneficiaries, minus the limitations associated with the subsidy schemes.

Unanswered questions surrounding UBI

This debate r...

Monday, 23 October

23:31

Interview: Bret Schafer on Putins Internet Propaganda Push "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Russian state-directed efforts to spread disinformation and influence political debate ahead of the 2016 US presidential elections is now the subject of various government investigations. We sit down with Bret Schafer from the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States to learn more about the rise of targeted fake news or perhaps more appropriately: fake polemic and discuss whats being done to insulate Western democracies from its effects. 

 

Could you briefly describe how Russia is spreading disinformation in Western countries?

Disinformation spreads in largely the same manner as legitimate information; the difference is that disinformation must be disseminated in a way that masks its intent and, frequently, its source. In a similar vein to the laundering of illicit finances, disinformation must be cleaned in order to establish a faade of legitimacy. Misleading information that can be directly traced to an unreliable sourcesay, a foreign intelligence agencyimmediately loses its value. The process of spreading disinformation is therefore not simply about amplifying a message; it is about moving a message from a questionable to a credible source, or, at the very least, a source that appears credible.

The Russians, or more accurately, the Soviets, literally invented the word disinformation (most scholars trace its origins back to the Russian word dezinformatsiya), so they understand the framework outlined above better than anyone. The tools they are currently using are modern, but the techniques have been honed over a half-century of influence operations in the West. Thats important to stress because the spread of disinformation is not just about the manipulation of technology, its also about the manipulation of people.

But to directly answer your question, the Kremlin spreads disinformation in the West by first either publishing misleading content on one of its overt-propaganda channels (RT or Sputnik); placing content on one of the many websites that are covertly funded by the Kremlin or Kremlin-sympathizers; posting messages to Facebook and other social media sites (usually pseudonymously); commenting on articles or videos (again, pseudonymously); or by promoting misleading content that they did not create but that serves their broader strategic purposes. Regardless of where the content originates, however, the Kremlin operates a network of bots and trolls that spreads the message, either by linking directly to the original story or by repackaging its themes into tweets or posts.  As mentioned earlier, this serves to not only disseminate the message to a wider audience but to also conceal their direct involvement. The hope, of course, is that the misleading message is appropriated by the Western media or peop...

23:17

Bitcoin Price is Following a Parabolic Trend, states Australian Mainstream Media "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News, a national news service in Australia, has reported that bitcoin price is following a parabolic trend, as it surged from less than $4,500 to $6,199 within less than two weeks. Since early 2017, mainstream news networks and media outlets in major regions such as Australia, South Korea, Japan, and Switzerland have started to Continue reading Bitcoin Price is Following a Parabolic Trend, states Australian Mainstream Media

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23:11

DANGEROUS SCIENCE Tour Lands in Australia! Government in Chaos! Fall of Turnbull Government Imminent? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Kent Heckenlively, JD Readers may recall that in light of the harassment and banning by Australian immigration authorities of Polly Tommey, Autism Files publisher and a producer of Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe, I applied to visit Australia to discuss my books PLAGUE and INOCULATED. Oh, and I made it clear to the Australian Continue reading DANGEROUS SCIENCE Tour Lands in Australia! Government in Chaos! Fall of Turnbull Government Imminent?

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17:10

Zero G - 23 October 2017 Episode 1156 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

ZERO-G #1156

Title:WAITITI IS A MAJESTICAL PLACE

Podcast Title: Hunt For The Wilderpod 1156

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: a TAIKA WAITITI retrospective in preparation for the almighty THOR: RAGNAROK! And we pay respects to writer JULIAN MAY.

For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

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Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST

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