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Thursday, 12 July

00:52

Tokyo: Tattoo-Friendly Sento and Onsen "IndyWatch Feed National"

As tame as your Live Laugh Love tattoo may be at home, in the Land of the Rising Sun, skin ink has traditionally been associated with the Japanese gangsters known as the Yakuza. But obviously not everyone with tatts is into organised crime, and the government is starting to chill out about it too in the interests of social progress and tourism. However, you will still find many sento and onsen that wont let you bathe in their fiery warmths if youre tattooed. Though you can cover up with band-aids and try to make a pass, its best for everyone involved if you just check out these tattoo-friendly joints instead.

  • Togoshi Ginza Onsen in Shinagawa-ku
  • Hisamatsu Yu in Nerima
  • Kugahara-Yu in Ota
  • Asahi-Yu in Sendagi
  • Konparu-Yu in Ginza
  • Jakotsu Yu in Asakusa
  • Pokapoka Land in Takaban-no-yu

Back to Tokyo

00:48

Tokyo: Visit Senso-ji, the Citys Oldest Temple "IndyWatch Feed National"

Get There: 3-1 Asakusa 2-chome, Taito-ku.

Majestic, colourful Senso-ji is swarming with tourists every day of the week. In fact, its main temple, Kannon-do, is the most visited spiritual site in the world, but for good reason: its incredible. According to legend, in 628AD, two brothers fishing in the Sumida River found a golden statue of the Buddhist deity Kannon. Whenever they tried to get rid of it, it would come back, so eventually, someone built a temple to house it.

Once you walk through Sensojis Kaminarimon entrance gate, youll encounter a centuries-old shopping street called Nakamise, which groans with wares like masks, yukata, fans and tasty local snacks. After passing Denpoin (another temple), youll enter a second gate swathed in wafts of incense. This is the sign that youve reached Kannon-do.

Climb the stairs and, once inside, admire the beautiful interior and look upwards, as much of the ceiling is adorned with art. Its also a great chance to find out what the future has in store for you. Along the walls are stacks of wooden drawers marked with Japanese characters. Post 100 yen in the slot, then shake the small box of sticks whilst making a wish. Once you pull a stick out, match its number with a drawer, and inside will be a paper fortune written in both Japanese and English. If your future is good, well fabulous; if its bad, simply tie the piece of paper to what looks like a small clothesline next to you, and leave it there, successfully evading any bad luck that may have otherwise followed you home.

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00:40

Why youve been drafting your Privacy Policy all wrong "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sure, copy that privacy policy from your competitor at your peril.

 

Did you suffer a flurry of Weve updated our Privacy Policy emails recently, many from organisations you dont even remember dealing with in the first place?

Or have you been forced to click Accept on some updated T&Cs just to keep accessing services or apps you have been using for years?

Frustrating as hell for the customer, as well as being hypocritical, spamming us about privacy.  Blame the GDPR!

Or, actually. not so much the GDPR, as misinformation about the GDPR.

There seems to have been a widespread misunderstanding that the commencement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe required companies to send everyone on their mailing lists a request to re-consent to stay on their mailing lists.  What a marketing nightmare!  Just imagine how many companies have decimated their contact lists in recent months, having now deleted anyone who didnt actively opt back in.  (Well, I assume they are actually deleting the records of anyone who didnt opt back in, otherwise the whole exercise would be even more pointless and customer-trust-destroying than I first thought.)

And the parallel misconception about GDPR which prompted all those annoying messages was that as long as an organisation gets its customers to agree to its new T&Cs or Privacy Policy, it now has consent to do what it likes with their data.

In other words, the twin common reactions to GDPR were:

OMG we need to get consent from everyone on our mailing list before 25 May or we wont be able to do anything ever again, and

Hey lets get consent by making people tick this box before they can even log back in.

Both of these statements are wrong.

If you have read the GDPR, you will know it doesnt say anything of the sort.

(But BTW if you havent read the GDPR, I dont blame you.  Its no John Grisham page-turner, let me tell you.  Its dense and unstructured.  Europeans could learn a lot about legislative drafting from we Aussies.)

The GDPR does not require consent for every marketing message, or for every other instance of using personal data.  Just like Australian privacy laws, there are plenty of grounds on which an organisation can collect, use or disclose personal data, without needing to seek the individuals prior consent.

But if you do need to rely on consent well, unfortunately the GDPR does not allow you to obtain consent via mandatory T&Cs.

So where do we start sorting out this mess?

First, there are privacy principles (the APPs in Australia, and Article 6 of the GDPR...

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Wednesday, 11 July

22:12

World Cup 2018: Five times VAR made a difference "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following factbox details five times a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) made an impact at the World Cup. France 2-1 Australia June 16, 2018 Group C Frances first game against Australia was the first time VAR was used to award a penalty at the World Cup. Antoine Griezmann was through on goal and inside the []

The post World Cup 2018: Five times VAR made a difference appeared first on Newtelegraph.

22:09

Australian scientists perform experiment succesfully wiping out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes "IndyWatch Feed National"

In an experiment with global implications, Australian scientists have successfully wiped out more than 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes in trial locations across north Queensland. The experiment, conducted by scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and James Cook University (JCU), targeted Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which spread deadly diseases such as dengue fever and Zika. In JCU laboratories, researchers bred almost 20 million mosquitoes, infecting males with bacteria that made them sterile. Then, last summer, they released over three million of them in three towns on the Cassowary Coast. The sterile male mosquitoes didn't bite or spread disease, but when they mated with wild females, the resulting eggs didn't hatch, and the population crashed.

20:28

Melbourne construction boom scales new heights "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Melbourne construction boom

An intriguing set of building activity figures as ever for the March 2018 quarter. 

The most interesting point of note was how thousands of building approvals in the Victorian pipeline were kicked off as dwelling starts in the first three months of the calendar year (recall how Melbourne saw nearly 10,000 townhouses and apartments approved in only two months in October and November).

In New South Wales, on the other hand, there are more houses and apartments approved but not yet commenced than ever before, as developers grapple with tighter financing and languishing apartment pre-sales. 


Following on from the above, there was a near-explosion in the number of quarterly dwelling commencements in Victoria, to a seasonally adjusted 22,150, well over double the equivalent figure from a decade earlier.

Melbourne's population growth has been tracking at record highs, and demand for housing is strong.

This alone was significant enough to send the national trend for dwelling commencements higher. 


In Queensland more houses are being commenced in response to strong demand from interstate migrants, but the number of attached dwelling starts continues to moderate as the Brisbane apartment market rebalances. 

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18:30

Capitalising on disaster in the Trump era "IndyWatch Feed National"

My latest book, Disaster Capitalism: Making A Killing Out Of Catastrophe, remains continually relevant especially in the Trump era (just a few examples in the news recently include Blackwater founder Erik Prince still obsessed with privatising the Afghan war and a CIA-linked military contractor making money from housing refugees in the US).

UK publisher Taylor and Francis, working with Routledge, recently launched a collection of essays around the issue of disaster capitalism across the world. My essay is adapted from the introduction to my book and updated to include the ongoing threats to making money from misery in the age of Trump.

18:30

Janine Mohamed: #BecauseOfHerWeCan "IndyWatch Feed National"

CATSINAM CEO and Narrunga Kaurna woman, Janine Mohamed celebrates NAIDOC week and the extraordinary Aboriginal nurses that have worked to serve their people.

18:22

Book endorsement for new work by Palestinian writer Dr Olfat Mahmoud "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was recently asked to endorse the new book by Palestinian writer Dr Olfat Mahmoud whose work is called Tears for Tarshiha. Published by Wild Dingo Press, heres the books blurb:

Olfat Mahmoud, a stateless refugee, is a descendant of the forgotten Palestinians, forced from their homes by the Israeli military in 1948. A former nurse, NGO director and academic, Mahmouds confronting autobiography asks when the world will deliver on its promise and allow her people to return home.

Heres my endorsement:

For too long, Palestinians have remained largely invisible in our media and demonised as terrorists. Its therefore wonderfully refreshing to read the history, reflections and passions of Olfat Mahmoud and understand what exile still means for millions of Palestinians around the world, refused access to their former homeland. I commend this book for its humanity and quest for justice. The Middle East will not see peace until these issues are resolved.
Antony Loewenstein, independent journalist, film-maker, author of Disaster Capitalism: Making A Killing Out Of Catastrophe and My Israel Question

17:36

Tokyo: Go Back in Time at Yanaka Ginza "IndyWatch Feed National"

Get There: 3 Chome-13-1 Yanaka, Tait. Nippori is the closest JR station, but you can also get there easily from Sendagi station.

Central Tokyo is great, but once you get sick of all the anxiety-inducing neon and crowds of people filming Shibuya Crossing, head to Yanaka Ginza for a slice of old-time quaintness that you may not have expected to find in the big smoke. Yanaka was largely missed by the Allied bombings of WWII, meaning so many of its buildings (among them, dozens of beautiful Buddhist temples) are original and traditionally styled.

Yanaka Ginza its central shopping street or shtengai is riddled with clothing, trinket and snack stores: think rice crackers, crab c...

17:13

Tokyo: Animal Cafs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its an unfortunate reality that most animal interactions you dreamed of as a child from swimming with dolphins to posing for selfies with a tiger are actually downright cruel, and the same is true of Tokyo (and greater Japans) animal cafes. So although you might rack up a hundred likes on the gram for cuddling up to a cute hedgehog, that hedgehog is actually a nocturnal creature whose natural habitat is not the bright lights of a caf, and she does not reciprocate your affection (nor that of the hundred others who squeeze, hold and drop her each day).

Dog cafs select pure breeds only and often dress them in nappies; owl cafs are an obvious no, and you can argue that cats enjoy being cuddled, but the felines on display are all picked for temperament and cuteness. Theres actually an (outdoor) park in Ikebukuro you can check out thats kind of an unofficial hub for friendly stray felines, so if you really need to get your fix, head there its northwest of Sunshine City.

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16:22

Tokyo: Swim in the Ome River "IndyWatch Feed National"

Get There: Train to Ikuabata, Sawai or Mitake Station

At the peak of summer, being in Tokyo is much akin to being inside a giant, sweaty armpit. Due to social conventions, its largely inappropriate for adults to frolic in public fountains, and relief only comes when you duck into the airconditioning of a konbini to buy your fifth ice-cream of the day.

Enter the Ome River, which is actually the Tama River, but the Ome section of it. For just 1000(ish) yen, you can jump on a couple of trains for two hours and end up in the other-worldly rural paradise that is Ome and its surrounds. Here, mountains coated in pine forests hug a crystalline blue river perfect for swimming in or picnicking at, or for the more extreme, bouldering alongside, fishing in and canoeing down.

Our favourite section is wedged Ikusabata and Mitake Station, with the main swim spot in front of the restaurants near Sawai Station. The river walk is also gorgeous, and a stroll will take you past beautiful gardens and farmlands peppered with honesty boxes for homemade jams, veggies and bags of tea l...

16:12

Anti-Vaxxers provide new model for the world in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

As the Australian bureaucrats double-down on their de-facto forced vaccination schemes (see ZeroHedge's latest article "Australia Will Now Fine Parents Twice a Month If They Don't Vaccinate Their Kids"), I'm re-posting this piece I wrote in March as a testament to all those throughout the Western world who fight for health freedom... And, for all the latest on Australian medical tyranny and more, it's imperative you go to Cazzfiles.com. The talks from "The 2018 Sydney Vaccination Conference - The Censorship of the Vaccination Debate in Australia" are now posted there (see here and here). Out of the ashes of government tyranny comes a solution. In the Australian state of Queensland, childcare facilities can refuse to allow unvaccinated children to attend, so...

15:03

Unfunded excellence: on the mid-career crisis for Australian artists "IndyWatch Feed National"

Access and sustainability go hand in hand. The harder it gets to sustain a career in the arts, the more we will only see work made by the young and privileged, and a narrow band of established artists who slot easily into funded or commercial success.

14:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00012 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 0.85 AUD
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13:57

Victorian CDC bus drivers strike for better wages "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Contributed by Ugly

Yesterday, About 600 bus drivers have walked off the job for 24 hours in Melbourne, Ballarat and Geelong, disrupting regular services on more than 70 routes.

CDC Victoria workers and members of the Transport Workers Union, walked off the job at midnight.  Pickett lines were set up at depots in Wyndham, Oakleigh, Geelong and Ballarat, where the drivers were joined by their families, members of other unions and other supporters.

They are after a 4 percent Wage rise and management is offering only 2.5 percent. According to the union, this stoppage is part of an ongoing campaign, which if need be will involve further stoppages this Friday and \at the beginning of next week.

TWU national vice president John Berger said 95 per cent of members had voted in favour of the strike action, which was the first such action by bus drivers for 20 years.

The reason behind the campaign for a wage increase is that these drivers are the lowest paid in the industry, getting just $26 to $28 an hour. The claim is a benchmark that will be taken over to other companies.

The union has publicly apologised to commuters for the disruption that the industrial action has caused and may cause in the days ahead. Inconvenience has not stopped public sympathy from coming in.

A message from the union stated:

The buses stopped today because CDC TWU members decided to fight for a fair and reasonable wage rise a fair share of the fare.

While the rest of Victoria was sleeping, these staunch members gathered in the freezing cold on picket lines from 4:40am at CDC depots in Wyndham, Oakleigh, Geelong and Ballarat. Many are still out there right now.

They would rather be working in the comfort of a heated bus or home with their family than out in the elements and inconveniencing some commuters.

But there comes a time when you have to look after yourself and these TWU members have drawn a line in the sand.

The fact they have gathered in great numbers to picket today tells you how serious this issue is, how insulted they were by the companys latest sub-standard wage offer and how determined they are to dig in. So get behind their fight for the Victorian Bus Industry Agreement, and We must stand together and will show CDC and the rest of the Victorian Bus Industry that you are worth more than the current sub-standard CDC offer.

And never forget that this is not just a fight between CDC members and the rich multinational, but a fight for the 2018 Bus Industry Agreement.

Many ordinary people are unhappy about the condition of wages in Australia and dont think it is fair that the worker is receiving a shrinking share of the income,...

13:13

PERTH Police car stolen as officers chase alleged Cloverdale burglar "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Police car stolen as officers chase alleged Cloverdale burglar .

July 11, 2018 at 08:18AM .

He will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today. Police are appealing for anyone with information in relation to these incidents to call Crime

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PERTH Youre nicked! Police car stolen by opportunistic thief while cops were chasing a suspected robber "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Youre nicked! Police car stolen by opportunistic thief while cops were chasing a suspected robber .

July 11, 2018 at 12:15PM .

He is expected to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today in relation to the offences. As the identity of the car thief remains unknown, police are

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PERTH WA Police car stolen by opportunistic thief as officers chased alleged burglar "IndyWatch Feed National"

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WA Police car stolen by opportunistic thief as officers chased alleged burglar .

July 11, 2018 at 08:59AM .

The 29-year-old Ascot man is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court later today. Police are continuing to search for the car thief and have urged

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-11/wa-police-car-stolen-by-opportunistic-thief-in-cloverdale-perth/9978724&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGNxuDhEWj2e9ZkKe3NtPgmw8-rXg

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13:13

PERTH Man whose body was discovered by police at his rental home was tortured before being murdered "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man whose body was discovered by police at his rental home was tortured before being murdered .

July 11, 2018 at 01:50AM .

The owner of the house, Dominic Calabro, was charged with Trans alleged murder and made a brief appearance in Perth Magistrates Court on

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5938597/Perth-man-tortured-alleged-murder.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNE3yEL9gXvuoVUckPqOKsdcyBZWjQ

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13:09

MACKAY Drug Enforcement, Andergrove "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY July 11, 2018 at 10:45AM ,

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She will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on July 25. As seen by yesterdays efforts, we will be relentless in our operations against drug related

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13:09

MACKAY Woman charged after police allegedly find drugs in raid "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY July 11, 2018 at 11:18AM ,

Woman charged after police allegedly find drugs in raid

July 11, 2018 at 11:18AM ,

A 21-year-old woman was issued with a notice to appear following the search and will appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on July 25 for the offences

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12:54

The Path of resistance Public Event "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Path of resistance

First Nations solidarity and the Wangan & Jagalingou
Traditional Owners fight for their future

 

PUBLIC EVENT

6:30 Pm to 8:00 PM, 16th JULY 2018

State Library of Queensland, Auditorium 1, Level 2,

Stanley Place, South Brisbane 

 

This public event is hosted by the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council and the UQ Human Rights Consortium, as part of an international symposium.

The four-day symposium bringing together national and international Indigenous rights thinkers and activists is being held at the University of Queenslands Global Change Institute.

This important evening event at the State Library will be hosted by Tony McAvoy SC, a Wangan & Jagalingou Traditional Owner and Australias first Indigenous Senior Counsel, and will feature

~ Adrian Burragubba, senior Wangan and Jagalingou leader and Traditional Owners Council spokesperson

~ Murrawah Johnson, Wangan and Jagalingou youth leader and Council spokesperson

with special guests

~ Dr. Anne Poelina, Nyikina Traditional Custodian of the Mardoowarra, West Kimberley and Director of Madjulla Inc.

~ Dave Archambault, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leader during the protest to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

~ Lisa Wade, Council Member, Naydiniaa Na Kayax (Chickaloon Village Traditional Council)

~ Walter Echo-Hawk, Pawnee Native American attorney, tribal judge, author, activist, and law professor

Hear from these extraordinary leaders who are on the frontline of Indigenous Peoples resistance to mining and resource projects that would destroy ancestral lands and damage the global climate.

Guests will speak of their own movements defending their human rights, their lands and waters, and the solidarity they share with the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners who are trying to halt Adanis Carmichael Coal mega-mine on their country, alongside other mines of mass destruction that could be built in the Galilee Basin of Central Queensland.

Wangan and Jagalingou leaders will affirm the rights of First Nations people to assert their claim to their ancestral lands in tangible and meaningful ways, including the right...

12:54

First walk with me: on our assumptions about refugees "IndyWatch Feed National"

We none of us have understood what dreams meant, none of us have had childhood, none of us have understood what life is, none of us have had wishes, because we have all been struggling to find some place to breathe, to stay alive, to fill our empty stomachs.

11:48

Chelsea Haywood sees nuclear waste dump as saving Hawker from a slow death "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Chelsea Haywood. Submission to Senate Inquiry on Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia

My name is Chelsea Haywood and I purchased my house in Hawker 13 years ago. I lived in Waubra Victoria when the windfarm was in its proposal stage and was actively involved in the process of community education. I have 2 young children t1 that attends the school here, and the other just started pre entry at Kindy. Both my husband and myself work and devote a lot of our time to the community.

I am secretary of the Hawker Community Development Board, Chair of the Flindersfest Committee, Active on the Swimming Pool Committee while supporting my husband who is a volunteer ambo, on the EWG and BCC (both consulting committees for the project) how the need for broad community support has played and will continue to play a part in the process, including:

the definition of broad community support [she puts this in red]

broad community support should be kept to those that will be affected should this proposal move forward. By this I mean that there is no need to involve the entire state as it will not impact on them either way should the project go ahead or not. Those in the local area Hawker can already see the benefits such a...

10:47

India urged to protect its people and economy in RCEP talks "IndyWatch Feed National"

July 11, 2018: As the next round of negotiations in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership gets underway in Bangkok, the main dynamic is resistance by India to tariff reduction demands by Australia and New Zealand, and to medicine monopoly demands by Japan and South Korea. The RCEP involves the 10 ASEAN countries, plus China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

The Center for Community Economics and Development Consultants Society in India has published a Country Briefer that spells out the challenges for India, which, they argue, so far has come out second from free trade agreements with ASEAN, South Korea, Japan and Malaysia.

In the RCEP India made differential offers of tariff cutes to the ASEAN countries, and then to South Korea and Japan, and the smallest to China, Australia and New Zealand countries with which it has no existing FTA.

After 22 rounds of negotiations, India has doubled its tariff cut offer to China, Australia, New Zealand, but Australia and New Zealand are demanding more.

India has made greater access by its Information Technology professionals into the service sectors of RCEP countries a priority, but has made no apparent progress.

The author argues that the RCEP talks are shrouded in secrecy, no documents have been published, and leaks provide the only insights. India has made no public consultations with civil society, and the government faces widespread opposition and protests from trade unions, farmers, manufacturers and the generic medicine sector.

It concludes that India would be prudent to focus on domestic economic reforms, invest in trade infrastructure and to address the problems with its existing FTAs. In the RCEP negotiations, India should stand firm protect its domestic industries and sectors, and the rights and welfare of the Indian people.

10:08

Audio: How to use drones without stressing wildlife "IndyWatch Feed National"

On this episode of the podcast we discuss the increasing use of drones by wildlife lovers, researchers, and businesses, how that might be stressing animals out, and how drone hobbyists can make a meaningful contribution to science while avoiding wildlife harassment. Listen here: Our guest is Alicia Amerson, a marine biologist, drone user, and science communicator. She tells us why its critical to have best practices for drones in place not only to guide hobbyists making videos of whales or birds, but especially before companies like Amazon.com deploy fleets of drones in our skies. After getting a Masters degree in marine biodiversity and conservation from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, Amerson spent two seasons on a research project flying drones over mother whales and their calves in Australia. Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, are a hot topic in conservation research these days. Theyre used to monitor coral reefs and wildlife for instance, and can actually be used to produce wildlife population counts much more quickly and accurately than traditional methods allow. But when Amerson returned home to California from Australia, she noticed the use of drones on the coastline was becoming much more common, especially among drone hobbyists and wildlife lovers. She was alarmed: wildlife like seabirds, seals, and sea lions on the California coast are often disturbed by humans, and the drones were just adding another level of disturbance. Thats when Amerson convened a group of experts to develop

09:56

Steve McMurrays Fantastic Research, Part 1: MK-Ultra in Australian Academia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Steve McMurray

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

McMurray has blown academia open. Here are some of the names: Antony Kidman, Leonas Petrauskas, Martin Orne, Paul Ekman, Phil Sutcliffe, and Martin Seligman. This article can only skim the main points, but you can see Steves excellent interview with Jan Irvin on Youtube.

The Dreaded Martin Orne of Harvard

One day in 2010, Blanche Chavoustie and Rita (not her real name) were staying in my home in Massachusetts. Blanche asked Rita if she knew Harvard psychiatrist Martin Orne. She said no. I hadnt heard of him either, so I opened my laptop to Google him. Rita, sitting on the sofa next to me, saw Ornes photo. You should have seen the look on her face. It will be with me forever. It seems Orne was her trainer and she had never even known his real name.

We now know tha...

09:29

Australians are showing signs of jacking up against rising poverty "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Australia is in serious trouble. Wages have not only stagnated. They provide for less than they used to. Most find that it is getting harder to make ends meet, and many can only maintain their standard of living, by getting into ever growing debt.

Pensioners of all kinds, and especially the unemployed are finding survival even tougher. Indigenous Australians are the worst off.

Despite this harsh reality, there are still grounds for optimism. Concern about poverty and the economy have now become a priority for the Australian community. There is a stirring among those who do not want to accept it, and who, as individuals or members of groups, work to make a difference. It brings great potential to draw others into  building a powerful movement for change.

Activity founded on compassion and fighting for the right of everyone to have a decent life is having an impact. The truth is being uncovered. More people are speaking out. There is a higher level of anger, coupled with a growing realisation that the political system is failing and not providing answer to problems crying out for attention. Politicians are no longer trusted by most people, and this must inevitably lead to a search for alternative answers.

This ferment has been enough to pressure the media, to as least some recognition to the problems. Telling us that things are getting better, that there is light at the end of the tunnel, or we just have to wait for the trickle down effect doesnt wash. No one believes these things anymore.

On 3 July, an episode of Insight on SBS television exposed, just how tough life is for a considerable number of Australian, and that one out of five kids go without meals because of poverty. Mission Australia, the salvation Army and other welfare organisations have reported, that a rising number of older people are ending up homeless. Further reports show that young Australians are doing it hard and that women are particularly vulnerable.

Then there is the list of ongoing sagas involving Centrelink,  the rolling out of the Indue welfare card, and the terrible treatment of Indigenous Australians.

The Australian Unemployed Workers Union (AUWU) is battling against the odds, campaigning for a...

09:28

AVO SUBJECTS FACE LIFE BAN ON GETTING GUN LICENCE!!! Open to abuse!!! "IndyWatch Feed National"



AVO SUBJECTS FACE LIFE BAN ON GETTING GUN LICENCE
ANYONE who has been the subject of an apprehended violence order would be banned from obtaining a gun licence under options being discussed by top police and the NSW government amid an estranged father murdering his two teenage kids.
The only problem with this is that some people request an AVO against other people just for spite & are in fact in no danger from a violent attack. So this would mean that if anyone wanted someone banned from getting a gun licence, all they have to do is action an AVO against that person. Right now, anyone issued with an AVO can have their guns confiscated!!! A close friend of mine had a false AVO issued against him from a neighbour who was in fact abusing his own wife!!! My friend was only able to keep his guns because I took them from his home & locked them in my own gun safe in my home.

This situation is simply not good enough, I totally agree that if an AVO is genuinely required because there is a genuine fear of violence being carried out by a person, then that person should not have access to firearms (he or she will have to use some other weapon!). But how are the police going to know what is a genuine request for an AVO & which is not?

In the case of these teenagers being shot by their father, the laws were & are already in place, the reason this man had these guns was because the NSW Firearms Registry & the gun club both FAILED to follow corre...

08:17

Hooyah!: Thai cave rescuers celebrate "IndyWatch Feed National"

A handout photo made available by Thai Navy SEAL Facebook page on 10 July 2018 shows the last four of Thai Navy Seals members, who stayed with the youth soccer team and their assistant coach inside a cave until they all were rescued, at the Tham Luang cave, Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Chiang Rai province, Thailand, 10 July 2018.

CHIANG RAI, AAP Hooyah was the rallying cry of a nation as the rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from the Tham Luang cave system in northern Thailand came to a joyous end.

The Thai navy SEALs chant rang around the media centre opposite the site when news filtered through around 6.30pm local time on Tuesday that coach Ekapol Chanthawong, 25, was the last to be extracted from the cave after more than two weeks.

The chant also greeted the head of the rescue mission Narongsak Osottanakorn as he entered a press conference three hours later to the glow of local and international media spotlights.

We did something no-one else thought was possible, he said as he thanked the Thai and international rescue team.

He was momentarily interrupted with cries of Hooyah! Hooyah! by jubilant support staff.

We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what. All the 13 Wild Boars are now out of the cave, Thai Navy SEALs posted on Facebook, referring to the football team name. Everyone is safe.

Narongsak also paid tribute to Lieutenant Smaan Kunan, the ex-navy SEAL diver who died during a mission last week while delivering oxygen in the cave, saying his sacrifice would be remembered.

The astonishing rescue story has gripped Thailand and the world since the group was discovered alive by two British cave divers on July 2, nine days after disappearing while exploring the cave system.

It was a miracle they had survived and an even greater one that the rescue team, including international caving experts, were able to hatch a plan to get them out alive.

Australia played a vital role in the rescue, sending 19 personnel including six military divers and Adelaide doctor and diver Richard Harris who on Saturday assessed the boys health and cleared the way for the daring operation to go ahead.

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08:01

Energy watchdog wants $40 power price cut "IndyWatch Feed National"

CANBERRA, AAP The energy watchdog wants power companies to cut up to $40 a year from bills, as Labor argues they must also show why an energy royal commission isnt necessary.

Coalition backbench MPs and the Greens are pressuring the government for a major inquiry into the energy industry, which has seen prices skyrocket for households and businesses.

Labor is yet to formally consider whether it wants to hold a royal commission.

Its up to the companies and the government to show a royal commission isnt necessary, Labor frontbencher Jim Chalmers told Sky News on Monday.

The Australian Energy Regulator on Tuesday released its draft guidelines for the rate of return companies can expect from their energy investments.

If the rate of return is too high, over-investment could follow and customers pay more than necessary. If it is too low insufficient investment may result, risking reliability, AER chair Paula Conboy said on Tuesday.

Companies have 50 days to respond to the new draft guidelines.

If implemented, this draft guideline could result in household customers bills decreasing by around $30 to $40 per year, Ms Conboy said.

Cutting prices is the aim of the coalitions national energy guarantee policy, which is causing tension within the Liberal and National party rooms.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has rejected calls for an energy royal commission, promising an illuminating Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report will be released this week.

Assistant minister Zed Seselja said he would wait and see if a another inquiry was necessary after the ACCCs findings.

The type of inquiry is not something Id get hung up on. What I want to see is maximum pressure put on (retailers), Senator Seselja told Sky News.

Hes confident Mr Turnbull and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will get enough internal support to get the governments energy plan through the partyroom.

The Electrical Trades Union said report after report showed the Australian energy market was failing customers.

All of these reports continue to show us the laws that created this fabricated electricity market are a complete failure, national secretary Allen Hicks said.

Its unnecessarily complicated but deliberately so, so corporate interests can hide their profiteering.

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07:19

MACKAY Mackay court news "IndyWatch Feed National"

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02:31

As Deraa, Syria, is liberated, remember: This is where the jihadi revolution began "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Western powers present the battle of Deraa as a symbol of the failure of the combat they were supporting. This is absolutely exact, but not in the way they mean. Let's return to the events which triggered the hostilities. From 4 February 2011, a mysterious Facebook account called Syrian Revolution 2011 (in English in the original text) called for a demonstration every Friday against the Syrian Arab Republic. Using exclusively Sunni symbols, while pretending to speak in the name of all Syrians, it set the rhythm for events for several years. According to Al-Jazeera, on 16 February, 15 adolescents (and then 8 of their friends) were arrested in Deraa for having tagged slogans hostile to President el-Assad. They were allegedly tortured, and the local representative for state Security allegedly insulted their parents. To this day, although it has been confirmed that the minors were held in custody for several hours by the police, the torture and the insults have never been proved. The videos and the interviews broadcast by the Anglo-Saxon Press are terrible, but they correspond neither to the original Qatari reports nor to what was verified on site. John McCain is an elected US Senator, and is also president of one of the branches of the National Endowment for Democracy, one of the secret services of the Five Eyes (USA-UK-Australia-Canada-New Zealand) [1]. On 22 February, he was in Lebanon, where he tasked the transport of weapons in Syria to the Haririst deputy Okab Sakr. He also journeyed to Ersal in order to establish a future rear base for the jihadists.

02:16

Paranoid US senator after visit to Moscow: Putin is evil, Russian govt is mafia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A U.S. senator who traveled to Russia with a Republican congressional delegation last week said President Vladimir Putin could not be trusted and likened dealing with Moscow to "dealing with the mafia." Senator John Kennedy (Republican-Louisiana) also told reporters on July 9 that he warned the Russian government to "stop screwing with American elections." Comment: Alpha-male fail: when you puff up your chest and warn your opponent to stop doing something they were never doing in the first place or else something bad will happen to them. Made famous by Australian Tony "I'm gonna shirtfront Putin!" Abbott. Kennedy said the senators warned the Russians that if they interfere in U.S. midterm elections in November, lawmakers "will hit you with sanctions even harder than what we have right now." Comment: He said he told the Russians to "get out of eastern Ukraine and let them self-determine" and "to get out of Crimea and let Crimea self-determine." Comment: Self-determination - we do not think that word means what Senator Kennedy thinks it means. Kennedy added he also warned Moscow to "stop screwing around in Syria and help us settle the mess [and] do not allow Iran to get a foothold in southern Syria." Comment: Kennedy just might be the stupidest man in the U.S. senate... "Because if you do that, there's going to be another war," he added, speaking on Capitol Hill.

00:15

Australian Anti-Vaxxers Provide New Model for the World "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Jon Rappoport

As the Australian bureaucrats double-down on their de-facto forced vaccination schemes (see ZeroHedges latest article Australia Will Now Fine Parents Twice a Month If They Dont Vaccinate Their Kids), Im re-posting this piece I wrote in March as a testament to all those throughout the Western world who fight for health freedom

And, for all the latest on Australian medical tyranny and more, its imperative you go to Cazzfiles.com. The talks from The 2018 Sydney Vaccination Conference The Censorship of the Vaccination Debate in Australia are now posted there (see here and here).


March 4, 2018

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In the Australian state of Queensland, childcare facilities can refuse to allow unvaccinated children to attend, so

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21:59

Denmark bans burqa as Australian MPs fight to criminalise it "IndyWatch Feed National"

Senator Pauline Hanson will push to ban the burqa when parliament returnsThe garment, warn by Muslim women, covers the entire body and face European countries including Denmark and France have outlawed the veil Several Liberal and National MP's would reportedly privately support the move Australian MP's are pushing to ban the burqa in Australia again after Denmark became the latest European country to outlaw it. Senator Pauline Hanson recently announced she will be pushing forward with legislation to have the Federal Parliament prohibit the face-covering veil. The Netherlands, France, Belgium, Austria and Bulgaria are among the countries that have banned the burqa.

20:56

They Found the Boys "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The other day I was sitting in a cafe in Pai, Northern Thailand (which is just a few hours from where the 13 boys were trapped in a cave) and []

18:40

More Lies and Misinformation from Gun Control Australia!!! "IndyWatch Feed National"


"But the fact is that the laws put in place after the Port Arthur gun massacre have been steadily chipped away for decades through pressure on politicians by a well-resourced, well-connected NRA-style gun lobby here in Australia." 
Samantha Lee, Director of Gun Control Australia (GCA).

As I understand it there has been no weakening of our present gun laws in Australia, & from what I understand, the blame for this last shooting where a father shot his two teenage children lies with the NSW Firearms Registry & a certain gun club, both failed to follow proper procedure & because of this a person who should not have been allowed to own a gun was in fact issued with an "H" class restricted gun licence!!! But who will pay the price for this incompetence? Well us of course, the law abiding licenced gun owners of Australia!!! And what are we going to do about that? Well nothing of course, this is Australia not America!
I have in the past started two petitions regarding poor firearms policy that I wanted changing, & very few licenced gun owners could be bothered to sign those petitions. So, the ball is now in your court. You can continue to sit back & say "she'll be right mate" & lose further freedoms & human rights, or you can get off your backsides & start petitioning the government & fighting for our Human Rights!
"Gun Control Australia (CGA)" may well be concerned with public safety, but the problem is that they know very little if anything about firearms, & they can't see past their mandate to disarm law abiding licenced gun owners. Instead of looking at the problem sensibly & using some common sense, they con......

17:37

Australia: Big, Beautiful, Brown and Bland "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Those who lose dreaming are lost ~ Australian Aboriginal proverb Its easy to understand the English translation of Aboriginal spiritual life as The Dreaming because the Australian environment does have []

17:20

Endlessly travelling into the dusk a Claude Lanzmann obituary "IndyWatch Feed National"

In 1974, when Lanzmann had started filming his 350 hours of interviews, Holocaust cinema was the domain of European filmmakers such as Liliana Cavani, Louis Malle, Lina Wetmuller and Joseph Losey, pondering amnesia, conformism, class, and deep Freudian studies of the effects of totalitarianism on the psyche.

16:43

Remembering and remedying "IndyWatch Feed National"

Professor Heidi Norman writes for IndigenousX about the importance of discovery Australias true history in order to remedy the present in all its complexities.

16:00

Aboriginal First Nations and Australia's 'pro-nuclear environmentalists' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aboriginal First Nations and Australia's 'pro-nuclear environmentalists'

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15:20

Trump is a Caretaker of a Sinking Ship in a Parallel Universe "IndyWatch Feed National"

by G5

The White House (WH) controls NOTHING. There are illusions concerning the Military, the Government, and the Economy.

After the 9/11 Lie, the handlers of GWB put the US under Martial Law (the DHS-TSA), and this was followed by Obama (44) destroying Americas economic foundation. Yes He Could; and HE DID. During 44s unlawful WH occupation, he gave them all what they wanted hence the trillion dollar a year deficit, ABOVE ALL INCOME. The deficit that doubled in eight years out to an admitted (and sleight of hand) twenty-one trillion. In reality, its in excess of one hundred and sixty-five trillion dollars due to no allowance for future debt, including the already stolen (44) pension funds.

Debt and Treasury Bonds...

15:01

Correspondence: IPA on their membership of the Atlas Network "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some weeks ago, a helpful person on Twitter (whose handle escapes me) pointed out that the IPA is a member of the Atlas Network. See notes from my database -links are under the info icon.

On June 21, I sent an email to Mr Mulholland, the media contact at the IPA requesting to know in which year they joined the Atlas Network:

Hello Mr Mulholland,

I would like to know in which year did the IPA become a partner or member of the Atlas Network?

thank you
Rosie Williams

As with my last email to the IPA (asking for the list of donors they promised to publish back in 2008), I have received no reply.

As is my practice, when no response is received I post my correspondence publicly so my efforts to find out useful information are publicly documented. Sometimes it comes to light that my email went astray and a response is forthcoming, as it did with the ACNC. Sometimes people just insult my intelligence.

On a brighter note, I did get a useful response to my query to the Charles Koch Institute about which organisations they recruit for. Turns out The Atlas Network is on that list.

Onward and upward

14:40

Gamers and managers vs workers: the impossible (and gendered) standards imposed on game developers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last week, videogame studio ArenaNet fired two of its employees. After a mild Twitter altercation in which narrative designer Jessica Price called out someone for mansplaining her job back to her, a hateful mob of misogynistic gamers mobilised to complain about her abusive behaviour.

12:45

The physics of energy and resulting effects on economics "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Hat tip to one of the many commenters on DTM for pointing me to this excellent video. I have featured Jean-Marc Jancovicis work here before, but this ones shorter, and even though its in French, English subtitles are available from the settings section on the toutube screen. Speaking of screens, one of the outstanding statements made in this video is that all electronics in the world that use screens in one way or another consume one third of the worlds electricity.. Remember how the growth in renewables could not even keep up with the Internets growth?

If this doesnt convince viewers that we have to change the way we do EVERYTHING, then nothing will.. and seeing as hes presenting to politicians, lets hope at least some of them will come out of this better informed

Jean-Marc Jancovici, a French engineer schools politicians with a sobering lecture on the physics of energy and the effects on economics and climate change

12:10

SteveJ with some advice from the work-bench for Sarah Hanson-Defamation-Litigant "IndyWatch Feed National"

Steve J said: If this gets to Court the cross examination of Hanson Young will be a Hoot! The truth of the statement will be an issue. So does she shag men (plural). How many and when? This would also be relevant to any assessment of damages if she won....

11:40

Captain, medal No 1 a possibility "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Groves Sam Walsh was named as captain of the Under 18 All Australian side.

Walsh was also the Larke Medallist for the best player of the competition.

Walsh is a certainty to be drafted into the AFL in November, with many pundits saying he is the best midfielder in the draft and some are saying he could be the first name read out on draft night.

Walsh is the son of former Ocean Grove coach Wayne Walsh.

The Geelong Falcons gun said he relished the prospect of going number one.

Ive got to keep working on my game and be the best player I can be, whether thats the No. 1 pick or not Ive just got to keep working hard and that can hold you in good stead, Walsh told foxfooty.com.au.

Obviously love my AFL football and I follow it real closely, so it does cross your mind.

But theres nothing you can control. You sort of try not to think about it too much.

Walsh turned 18 on Monday and averaged 29.5 disposals and 7.0 tackles throughout the Under 18 championships 

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11:01

Murdoch journalists linked to unlawful news-gathering in the United Kingdom "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following published by Byline Investigations  on 7 July 2018, outs senior figured in Murdochs media empire in the U.K., who have been named as being involved in unlawful news gathering activities. Evidence provided in the High Court in London is the source of the information. This exposure is important, because it provides a window into the modus operandi of the media giant, which is not confined to only one country. There have been calls for an investigation into whether similar methods have been used in Australia. Perhaps this will contribute to bringing more pressure for this to come about.

 Fifty serving or former Rupert Murdoch journalists many very senior allegedly used a private investigator to unlawfully gather information, the High Court in London has heard.

Many of those said to have used the services of Steve Whittamore, who was convicted of data theft in 2005, have gone on to become some of the most powerful people in the British media landscape.

Photo from New European/Facebook: Dominic Mohan (1) with Outside Organisation founder Alan Edwards last month at Londons Liberal Club, celebrating the 100th edition of The New European newspaper

The list includes Rebekah Brooks, the current chief executive (CEO) of Murdochs British publishing arm News UK and serving Sun on Sunday editor Victoria Newton

Also named are former editor of The Sun Dominic Mohan, and the papers former showbiz reporter James Scott, who today run some of the most influential public relations businesses in the country.

Photo from Tom Newton Dunn/ Twitter: Newton-Dunn is among Rupert Murdochs most important UK journalists as incumbent Political Editor of The Sun. The documents suggest he used Whittamore while in his previous employment as a reporter for tabloid ri...

10:50

When Itchy Feet Turn Cold "IndyWatch Feed National"

Uncomfortably curled up between two armrests, I hear the pilot announce that in just under seven hours, Ill be landing back home. The weight of a months worth of travel weighs on my shoulders and eyelids, forcing me into a much-needed but interrupted sleep. Each time my eyes flutter open, Im a few minutes closer to home. The thought of being in my own room with my own spacious bed allows me to endure a few more hours of the armrest bulging into my lower back.

For the first time in a long time, I land at the airport with little knowledge of when Ill return. I flick open my passport and smile at the pages of stamps and visas that are starting to fill the book.

As I board the first train leaving the airport, I relish in the raindrops streaming diagonally along the window. The cool air comes as a welcomed change after four weeks living in sweltering humidity. My feet are getting cold. Luckily I brought some socks. Theyll keep my toes warm and hide that brand new ink from my parents. The image that reminds me to be present wherever I am in the world. Even in the comfort of my home.

There are so many places I want to see, from ancient ruins to manic cities and views that strike the words from your mouth. Ive done my fair share of travelling. Last year I went overseas three times in eight months. When I returned from that last trip, I didnt have a plan of the next place I would visit. I didnt have much money to be making elaborate travel plans, but I also didnt have anywhere in particular in mind I wanted to go to next.

Almost 12 months later, and Im still not sure when the next time is Ill be leaving the country. Two years ago, this would have stressed me out. I would constantly be searching for deals on flights, flicking through travel guides and brainstorming ways to make a quick buck and get out of the country tout suite! But it seems my travel bug that illness that makes your feet start to itch, changes your Facebook ads to exclusively flight deals and causes your bank account to go into lockdown mode has been somewhat alleviated.

So what happens when youve done your roaming, youve returned home and suddenly your itchy feet have turned cold? Has the bug been cured? Or are you in even more dire straits?

There is a lot of emphasis put on travel being a definer of somebodys worth. If someone hasnt travelled abroad by the time they reach their mid-twenties, they can often be seen as less cultured, less intelligent and less adventurous than their peers.

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10:39

Chet Raymo, Speaking of Water "IndyWatch Feed National"

  Speaking of Water
by Chet Raymo

How many water molecules- H2O- are there in the world's oceans? This is the kind of time-wasting calculation I love doing, but I will leave it as an exercise for one of you.

Look up the mass of a proton in grams. A water molecule has essentially the mass of 18 protons (hydrogen=1, oxygen=8 protons + 8 neutrons; remember, this is an order of magnitude calculation). A cubic centimeter of water has (by definition) a mass of one gram. Divide for the number of water molecules in a cubic centimeter of water.

How many cubic centimeters in the oceans? Look up the radius of the Earth (in centimeters). The area of a sphere is 4r2, and about three-quarters of the Earth's surface is ocean. The average depth is about 4 kilometers, or 4x105 centimeters. You're home free. Make it easy. Use powers of ten and round off generously.

And what did you get? A very big number indeed. A number so big it is essentially meaningless. Its meaning is its meaninglessness. Its meaning is the almost incomprehensible gulf between the world of our senses and the world of atoms. Between what we are and what we are made of. Why even do such a calculation? Only to show that the human brain can frolic in the world of atoms and molecules with a pencil on the back of an envelope. Go for it. Have fun.
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10:38

House fire fatal "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Police are investigating a fatal house fire in Ocean Grove this morning.

Emergency services were called to the Arcturus Road address just after 9pm last night.

The body of a person, believed to be female and not yet formally identified, has been located inside the house.

The fire caused extensive damage to the property and the cause is yet to be established.

Fire investigators and arson squad detectives are still examining the scene.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au 

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10:37

Sarah Hanson-Young raises $30K in GoFundMe to sue David Leyonhjelm "IndyWatch Feed National"

There has been enormous expression of public outrage about a comment made by Senator David Leyonhjelm to Senator Sarah Hanson-Young when he said to her during a division in the Senate chamber on Thursday, June 28, You should stop shagging men, Sarah. On Sunday, July 1, Leyonhjelm expanded on his...

10:25

Palestinian leader "Australia (should be) spat on - we don't want to declare war, but....." "IndyWatch Feed National"

From The Australian today Australia worthy of being spat on: Nabil Shaath condemns decision to cancel $10 million in aid Senior Palestinian Authority official Nabil Shaath. Picture: AP The Australian 12:46AM July 10, 2018 A senior Palestinian Authority official has condemned a decision by the Australian government to cancel $10...

10:07

Kite Line: Anti-Detention Occupations from Australia to America "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Kite Line: Anti-Detention Occupations from Australia to America appeared first on It's Going Down.

Long running anti-prison podcast Kite Line returns with a new episode on anti-detention occupations happening around the world.

Listen and Download HERE

In light of the ongoing struggles across the country against deportations, family separations, and ICE detention centers, we are sharing an interview we did last year about struggles in Australia against refugee prison camps. In 2002, imprisoned refugees inside Australias remote Woomera immigration prison coordinated protests with 2500 supporters who had pitched a No Borders camp outside the facility. This cooperation allowed the prisoners to stage a mass breakout. This is the first of two episodes dedicated to this story, from an interview with Aren Aizura, a participant in the solidarity camp.

We were drawn to Arens story by the fierceness of the resistance within the detention center, and the solidarity and coordination between supporters on the outside and those inside the walls of Woomeras detention center. Its a vital reminder than in an age of escalating American nationalism and xenophobia, fences can be torn down and connections can be forged across walls.

As we air this episode, there are occupations underway at ICE detention facilities or offices in Portland, Tacoma, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, Wichita, Atlanta, Detroit, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Louisville, with more popping up every week. Each of these are spaces for both direct struggle against xenophobic imprisonment and for experimenting with new kinds of community that are not defined by legal status, borders or race. Given the high stakes of this struggle the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrants and refugees including thousands of children, not to mention the hardening precedent of family separations and other kinds of racial targeting we must learn from previous experiences of occupation and organizing such as Woomera.

09:48

How One Man Accidentally Found A Loophole in the ATM and Stole a Total of $500K "IndyWatch Feed National"

Photo source: https://www.financemagnates.com/

Dan Saunders was a lonely bartender with $3 to his name. He was penny pinching every single day of his life because he had to. When he really needed the extra cash, he would use his credit card. That was his life he couldnt afford to splurge. Life was expensive and he had no choice but to watch what he spent on. Then in February 2011, he decided to let loose one night and have a drink or two with his friends.

This was when fate took a turn for the often hard-up 29-year old. He stumbled upon an ATM loophole that changed his life

Running Out of Cash

Photo source: http://www.thedrunkpirate.com/

Saunders was throwing back a few drinks with some of his buds at the Bulls Head Hotel in Wangaratta, North-Eastern Victoria. They were having fun, but as always, he didnt have enough cash on him. So, he decided to leave the bar for a moment to withdraw more cash from the National Australia Bank (NAB) ATM. Then, he realized that he only had $3 left, which meant that he didnt have enough to buy one more drink. So, he resorted to another method.

09:42

Is Australia Racist? Today Show Trolls Everyone, Pleases No-One With Worlds Dumbest Question "IndyWatch Feed National"

You might think it was all supposed to go another way or you might not, depending on your perspective, of course.

Overnight, the Today Show warned viewers via its Facebook page that it would be asking if Australia is a racist country on this mornings show.

Its always good to warn your audience when youre about to do something especially stupid gives them time to switch off. or switch on. Again, depends on your perspective. Its also a curious question from a show quite renowned for its casual racism but well bite is Australia a racist country?

Well, people of colour (and many whiteys) are overwhelmingly claiming yes in the comments that follow the post. And those claiming no usually go on to explain why while saying something ignorant and racist.

This is one of the better ones, from a muppet called Callan Kennedy: No were just frustrated at the amount of people Australia lets in. Causing extremely bad traffic and making it hard to find a job. An MCG amount of people every year into Melbourne. By the way how bad are Asian drivers?

Indeed.

In any event, the answer if youre interested is clearly Yes but its actually just all about the clicks. But it begs an even better question literally as in, what would be a better question?

Pretty clearly thats this: Is the Today Show A Steaming Pile Of Poop?

Comment below.

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09:33

Got A Pulse, A Conscience And A Funny Bone? Then You Need To See Hannah Gadsbys Nanette "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you have Netflix, and a beating heart, then set aside an hour and watch Australian comedian Hannah Gadsbys new special, Nanette.

Were not going to review it for you. Were not going to spoil any of the punch lines. Were just going to tell you Nanette is some of the best, most powerful comedy ever produced. Its also probably the bravest comedy ever made, and will make you laugh and cry at the same time a craugh.

It will also likely inspire the absolute shit out of you, which helps explain why the performance has received five star reviews across the globe, and has won Best Show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. Gadsby herself also won Best Comedy Performer at the Helpmann Awards.

You can find out more details by clicking here.

And heres the official trailer.

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08:49

Australian anti-vaxxers provide new model for the world "IndyWatch Feed National"

Originally posted on Jon Rappoport's Blog:
by Jon Rappoport July 9, 2018 (To join our email list, click here.) As the Australian bureaucrats double-down on their de-facto forced vaccination schemes (see ZeroHedges latest article Australia Will Now Fine Parents Twice a Month If They Don"t Vaccinate Their Kids), Im re-posting this piece I wrote

08:44

A Green Light For Fake News: What The Rebel Wilson Case Means For All Of Us "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last month, Australian courts overturned a record defamation payout to actress Rebel Wilson for a series of junk stories published about her. The end result hurts us all, write Hannah Marshall and Danielle Kroon from Marque Lawyers.

Rebel Wilsons defamation suit is not actually about Rebel Wilson. Its about what claptrap the tabloids, and by association the press generally, can get away with publishing.

At trial, when Wilson won the biggest defamation damages award in Australian history, the judge made some damning findings about Bauer Media, which published the defamatory stories.

He said that Bauer knew the stories were false. They did it to maximise commercial opportunities (translation: to make more money), and as part of a campaign to take down Wilson. Oh yeah, there were also the insulting and harassing messages sent to Wilsons family.

When Wilson won it was a big deal. The press was, frankly, crapping itself. Bauer appealed the damages award. It had to, because of the broader implications of the case. Of the $4.5m in damages, $3.9m related to income that Wilson allegedly lost out on because of the publications. But lost income, lost profit, (economic loss in the biz) are amorphous concepts because they involve hypothesising about what might have happened were the defamation not published.

For the press, the issue was how much (or little) Wilson had to prove to get that massive damages award. It wasnt much. The trial judge took a few facts, applied some inferences and this thing called the grapevine effect, and out popped $3.9m.

Bauer appealed. A bunch of other publishers tried to join in because they were all worried about the precedent. The court wouldnt let them though; it said that Bauer would make the same arguments as them. So a lot rested on Bauers shoulders.

On appeal the whole $3.9m was overturned. And the other $650k for hurt feelings and damaged reputation was reduced to $600k.

Bauer won because the appeal court said that Wilson hadnt sufficiently proved that she suffered financial loss because of the defamation. There were too many gaps or problems with the evidence to infer that Wilson had lost an opportunity to work on f...

08:10

Mosquito experiment could save lives "IndyWatch Feed National"

Adult female Aedes aegypti mosquito. Photograph by James Gathany, Center for Disease Control Public Health Image Library.

SYDNEY, AAP A successful mosquito experiment in northern Queensland could hold the key to saving millions of people from being infected with diseases including the deadly Zika virus.

Australian scientists have wiped out more than 80 per cent of the Aedes aegypti (yellow fever mosquito) population in three locations around the sugar town of Innisfail during a three month trial, the CSIRO announced on Tuesday.

The Aedes aegypti is responsible for infecting almost 400 million people globally with diseases such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya.

The landmark research involved the release of three million sterile male mosquitoes that mated with females who laid unfertilised eggs, causing the population to crash.

A group of CSIRO researchers worked with an international team using technology from Verily, an American organisation, to breed mosquitoes and infect them with a bacteria that doesnt allow them to produce offspring.

Its an exotic mosquito, we want to get rid of it. Its not an important part of the environment and its a major spreader of diseases around the world, CSIROs Paul De Barro told AAP.

Dr De Barro, Research Director in Health and Biosecurity, said the team had to work closely with the local community to gain their support.

Thats as much an achievement as working out how to use the technology, he said.

In densely populated urban areas, the research could be crucial in the event of an outbreak, especially as climate change and warmer temperatures mean mosquitoes are no longer bound to tropical areas.

We are now looking at where we would apply it in a real context, Dr De Barro said.

One of the ideas is to potentially use it in the Torres Strait to eradicate yellow fever mosquitoes and the Asian tiger mosquito and we could also create a wider buffer around Brisbane by using it in parts of Queensland.

The post Mosquito experiment could save lives appeared first on Echonetdaily.

08:04

Eight out, five more to escape Thai cave "IndyWatch Feed National"

Indian students pray for boys and their soccer coach who have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, at a school in Ahmadabad, India, Monday, July 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

MAE SAI, AP The generals and other officials overseeing the desperate operation to rescue 12 young soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave labyrinth in Thailand were only half joking when they quipped that success was in the hands of the rain god Phra Pirun.

They were celebrating a second day of stunning triumph after divers guided four more boys on Monday through tight passages and dank flooded caverns to safety.

Two days, eight Boars, read a Facebook post by the Thai Navy Seals of the dramatic rescue that began on Sunday, more than two weeks after the members of the Wild Boars soccer team were trapped.

Another five still await rescue, including the teams 25-year old coach.

The eight rescued boys were recuperating in a hospital from their ordeal huddled together on a tiny patch of higher ground where they had sought refuge after a rainstorm flooded the massive Tham Luan Nang Non cave complex as they were exploring it after soccer practice on June 23.

Officials lavished praise on the Thai and international divers including Australians who, in pairs of two, executed the dangerous rescue mission, guiding the boys, who could barely swim and had no diving experience, through a treacherous four-kilometre-long escape route that twisted and turned through the cavern.

Chiang Rai provinces acting governor, Narongsak Osatanakorn, who is in charge of the rescue, voiced confidence on Monday in the ongoing operation, provided the weather doesnt take a turn for the worse.

Narongsak said Mondays rescues involving 18 divers and a support team of 100 had taken nine hours, two fewer than the rescues on Sunday. We have more expertise than yesterday, he said.

But bringing out the remaining four boys and their coach could take more than one operation, Narongsak warned.

All preparations, including replacing the oxygen cylinders positioned along the route out in the cave, take at least 20 hours, he said. The safety of the divers, who have meticu...

07:30

Open Letter to the University of Wollongong Re the Universitys Censorship of the Academic Debate on Vaccination "IndyWatch Feed National"

To: paul_wellings@uow.edu.au
Cc: Aaron Oakley; Adam Hodgkins; Alison Jones; Amanda Lawson; Andrew Herring; Andrew Whelan; Andy Davis; Anne Cusick; Antoine van Oijen; Benjamin Marwick; Brian Martin; Bridget Kelly ; Chao Deng; Chris Cook; Danielle Skropeta; Darryl McAndrew; David Garne; Dianne Jolley; Dominique Parrish; Eleanor Beck; Elizabeth Neale ; Flynn Hill; Glenn Mitchel ; Glenn Salkeld; Grapham Williams; Heather Yeatman; Helen Rienits; Ian Ring; Ian Wilson; Ian Wright; Jennifer Beck; Joanna Russell; Joanne Braithwaite; Judy Mullan; judy raper; Julie Steele; Justin Yerbury; Karen Charlton; Karen Walton; Kate Manderson; Kathleen Clapham; Kathy Eagar; Kylie Mansfield; Linda Tapsell; Louella McCarthy; Louise Wright; Lyndal Parker-Newlyn; Martin Engel; Martina sanderson-Smith; Michael Zancko; Michelle Moscova; Nagesh Pai; Nicholas Dixon; Peter McLennan; Robert Gordon; Roger Lewis; Ronald Sluyter; Russell Pearson; Sal Sanzone; Sharon Robinson; Shev Christian; Simon Eckermann; Teresa Treweek; Tim Marchant; Trish Mundy; Vinod Gopaldasani; Will Price; William Buttemer; Xiaoqi Feng; Yasmine Probst
Subject: FW: The Censorship of the Australian Vaccination Debate Conference in Sydney

Open Letter
9 July 2018

To UOW Vice- Chancellor, Paul Wellings, UOW academics and the concerned Australian Community,

Dear Professor Wellings and UOW academics/staff,

You can choose not to read this email but as many of you have already signed your names to the promotion of the governments claims about vaccines on the UOW website a misuse of the UOWs logo (because none of the UOW academics that have signed their name to this promotion has researched the information) then you are already part of the debate and I would hope willing to provide the evidence or scientific arguments to address the communitys concerns. However, to date I note your silence t...

07:09

The Berejiklian Discount: Libs Save Taxpayers $35k Every Time A Child Is Murdered "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who really pays when the powers that be finance punishment instead of supporting victims, asks Greens MP, David Shoebridge.

Five years ago, the NSW Coalition Government hacked into victims compensation. They said that the State simply couldnt afford a scheme that made moderate payments to victims of serious crimes. They were supported in this move by the Christian Democratic Party and the Shooters. These are the very same parties that often speak about how we need to get tough on crime to support victims.

Theyre happy to spend $3.8 billion to expand prisons following years of law and order auctions, but when asked to support victims directly they pretend there is no money.

The changes dramatically reduced the amount of compensation available to victims of violent crime. Victims of extraordinarily damaging, prolonged domestic violence saw possible payments slashed from $50,000 to as little as $1,500. Family members recovering from the homicide of a loved one now receive as little as $7,500. At the time of these cuts we knew this was deeply unfair, and victims would suffer.

A recent review of the savaged scheme was intended to track the changes, and consider any possible amendments. A broad range of stakeholders made submissions about their first-hand experience helping clients navigate the scheme. These stakeholders almost universally recommended an increase in compensation, what are now known as recognition payments. They had seen the trauma faced by their clients, the difficult path to recovery, and the importance of financial compensation for helping people get their lives back.

Despite this evidence, the changes presented to parliament following the review made only minor procedural amendments. The core unfairness remains.

The agency stakeholders know what their clients have gone through. They sit down with their clients and take their history they understand what happened to them but then they have to explain how grossly unfair the Victims Compensation Scheme now is. It is no exaggeration to say that it can be re-traumatising when somebody who has lost a loved one is told by a counsellor or lawyer that the sum the State puts on the loss of a partner for life is $7,500. And thats on a good day under the scheme.

NSW Greens MLC, David Shoebridge.

That the Government puts a price of $15,000 on the murder of a child...

07:05

Queensland tourist industry joins opposition to coal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Queensland

Opposition to Adanis Carmichael coal mine and associated coal threat to the Great Barrier reef, has been given a boost by tour operators.  They have called on all our political leadersto fight for the future of our reef.

In an unprecedented declaration, the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators (AMPTO), together with the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS), has urged the phasing out of fossil fuel.

The declaration states, The carbon pollution from coal, oil and gas is heating the air and the oceans to dangerous levels, and that Its not too late to save our Reef, but time is critical.

Having the usually controversy avoiding marine tourist industry peak body staking a stand, means that the feeling of frustration and desire for some action must be very strong among its membership.

Dozens of tour operators have already put their names to the declaration and it is expected many more will soon do likewise.

Tony Fontes, a dive operator based in the Whitsundays since the 1980s, says, basically we need a mass campaign to protect the reef.

Although the declaration does not explicitly target the Adani project, the implication is clear.

The embattled Carmichael mine and associated Abbot Point terminal are now in an even more difficult position. Tour operators have a first-hand appreciation, not only in seeing the extensive bleaching of the reef, but also of the threat to Queenslands number one tourist industry attraction. In addition to the environmental threat, the economic cost is clear.

This runs counter to the claim that the projects will provide a boost to the regional economy.

The greatest impact however, may be that his signals the entry of at least a portion of the business sector into openly campaigning for sustainable development. Such is the depth of a movement, looks to be entering a new phase of its growth. An important part of this is the campaign to stop Adani.

Meanwhile, spokespeople for Adani continue to insist that the company remains as committed as ever to the projects, and that the required finance is going to be secured, even if no banks, are seeing that it in its interests to come up with the money.

This is testimony to  strength and reach of the opposition to Adani.

When even Ian Macfarlan...

06:39

EXCLUSIVE: Prince Louis 400 Godparents Announced By Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen close family friends including Wally Boop and Nicholas Rip van Winkle as godparents for their third sprog, Prince Louie The Fly (known colloquially in Australia as Kevin).

Overnight, Kensington Palace announced 200 godfathers and 200 godmothers for the baby prince, to pay tribute to the number of countries Britain has invaded and ruined over the course of human history.

The lucky godparents include Barry Biggun, The Lady Laura Lingers, Mrs. Robert Carter nee Hannah Montana and Lucy Middlefinger.

Mrs Carter is a schoolfriend of the Duchess. They used to smoke crack together in the main quadrangle. Miss Middleton, a grapefruit, is her cousin. Lady Laura Lingers is married to Prince Williams paintball buddy James, who is Princess Charlottes right big toe.

Nicholas Rip Van Winkle is an old family friend whose daughter Hooah was a bridesmaid at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, while Wally Boop is a near-sighted World of Warcraft expert and reformed paedophile who went to Ludgrove School and Eton with the young Prince William like all the privileged f*cks they hang out with.

The stunning news has taken the global media by storm. In other less interesting news, a lot of people died in Japan in a terrible flood, Donald Trump is thinking of starting a nuclear war, Aboriginal child removal rates are now exponentially higher than they ever were, and Australia still jails men, women and children in torture camps on faraway islands.

A spokesperson for Australia remarked, Who gives a f*ck. The Royals had a baby. The media remains in touch with the things that matter to average Australians.

The post EXCLUSIVE: Prince Louis 400 Godparents Announced By Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge appeared first on New Matilda.

06:11

John Pilger On The Hidden History Of The Women Who Rose Up "IndyWatch Feed National"

Like all colonial societies, Australia has secrets. The way we treat Indigenous people is still mostly a secret. For a long time, the fact that many Australians came from what was called bad stock was a secret.

Bad stock meant convict forebears: those like my great-great grandmother, Mary Palmer, who was incarcerated at the Female Factory in Parramatta in 1823.

According to nonsense spun by numerous aunts who had irresistible bourgeois ambitions Mary Palmer and the man she married, Francis McCarthy, were a lady and a gentleman of Victorian property and propriety.

In fact, Mary was the youngest member of a gang of wild young women, mostly Irish, who operated in the East End of London. Known as The Ruffians, they kept poverty at bay with the proceeds of prostitution and petty theft.

The Ruffians were eventually arrested and tried, and hanged except Mary, who was spared because she was pregnant.

She was just 16 years old when she was manacled in the hold of a ship under sail, the Lord Sidmouth, bound for New South Wales for the term of her natural life, said the judge.

The voyage took five months, a purgatory of sickness and despair. I know what she looked like because, some years ago, I discovered an extraordinary ritual in St Marys Cathedral in Sydney.

Every Thursday, in a vestry, a nun would turn the pages of a register of Irish Catholic convicts and there was Mary, described as not more than 4ft in height, emaciated and pitted with the ravages of small pox.

When Marys ship docked at Sydney Cove, no-one claimed her as a servant or a skivvy. She was a third class convict and one of the inflammable matter of Ireland. Did her newly born survive the voyage? I dont know.

They sent her up the Parramatta River to the Female Factory, which had distinguished itself as one of the places where Victorian penal experts were testing their exciting new theories. The treadwheel was introduced in the year Mary arrived, 1823. It was an implement of punishment and torture.

The Cumberland Pilgrim described the Female Factory as appallingly hideous the recreation ground reminds one of the Valley of the Shadow of Death.

Arriving at night, Mary had nothing to sleep on, only boards and stone and straw, and filthy wool full of ticks and spiders. All the women underwent solitary confinement. Their heads were shaved and they were locked in total darkness with the whine of mosquitoes.

There was no division by age or crime. Mary and the other women were called the intractables. With a mixture of horror and admiration, the Attorney General at the time, Roger Terry, described how the women had driven back with a volley of stones and staves soldier...

05:57

Where Is the Spirit of Rebellion? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Editors note: Journalist John Pilger gave this address on the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the Parramatta Female Factory, Sydney, a prison in Britains Australian colony where intractable female convicts mostly from Ireland and England were sent in the early 19th century.

Like all colonial societies, Australia has secrets. The way we treat indigenous people is still mostly a secret. For a long time, the fact that many Australians came from what was called bad stock was a secret.

Bad stock meant convict forebears: those like my great-great grandmother, Mary Palmer, who was incarcerated here, at the Female Factory in Parramatta in 1823.

According to nonsense spun by numerous auntswho had irresistible bourgeois ambitionsMary Palmer and the man she married, Francis McCarthy, were a lady and a gentleman of Victorian property and propriety.

In fact, Mary was the youngest member of a gang of wild young women, mostly Irish, who operated in the East End of London. Known as The Ruffians, they kept poverty at bay with the proceeds of prostitution and petty theft.

The Ruffians were eventually arrested and tried, and hangedexcept Mary, who was spared because she was pregnant.

She was just 16 years old when she was manacled in the hold of a ship under sail, the Lord Sidmouth, bound for New South Wales for the term of her natural life, said the judge.

The voyage took five months, a purgatory of sickness and despair. I know what she looked like because, some years ago, I discovered an extraordinary ritual in St. Marys Cathedral in Sydney.

Every Thursday, in a vestry, a nun would turn the pages of a register of Irish Catholic convictsand there was Mary, described as not more than 4ft in height, emaciated and pitted with the ravages of smallpox.

When Marys ship docked at Sydney Cove, no one claimed her as a servant or a skivvy. She was a third class convict and one of the inflammable matter of Ireland. Did her newly born survive the voyage? I dont know.

They sent her up the Parramatta River to the Female Factory, which had distinguished itself as one of the places where Victorian penal experts were testing their exciting new theories. The treadwheel was introduced in the year Mary arrived, 1823. It was an implement of punishment and torture.

The Cumberland Pilgrim described the Female Factory as appallingly hideous the recreation ground reminds one of the Valley of the Shadow of Death.

Arriving at night, Mary had nothing to sleep on, only boards and stone and straw, and filthy wool full of ticks and spiders. All the women underwent solitary confinement. Their heads were shaved, and they were locked in total darkness with the whine of....

05:44

Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, and NEO "IndyWatch Feed National"

From our technical charts, Bitcoin, Ethereum and Bitcoin Cash are in the green. As a matter of fact, Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is the top performer in the top 10 chart gaining six percent in the last 24 hours. As it []

The post Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, and NEO appeared first on The Global Mail.

Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, IOTA, and EOS "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the face of bears, buyers are struggling to judge from Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin prices behavior in the last couple of days. They have been stagnant, to say the least with Litecoin especially stuck in some sort of consolidation []

The post Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, IOTA, and EOS appeared first on The Global Mail.

05:33

Persecution Of WikiLeaks Editor Julian Assange Continues "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today is the 100th consecutive day of the denial, by the Ecuadorian embassy in London, of the democratic right of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange to communicate with the outside world, or receive visitors, apart from his legal representatives and a brief, unexplained visit by two Australian consular officials. Julian Assange sought political asylum in the small embassy building on June 19, 2012. For 2,767 daysmore than six yearsthe British government has denied him exposure to direct sunlight and adequate medical care. On July 3, he turned 47-years-old, enduring conditions that the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention condemned as deprivation of liberty, a violation of his human rights and tantamount to torture.

05:09

MACKAY Two arrested over McDonalds attempted armed robbery "IndyWatch Feed National"

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04:37

Serena Williams Tweet About Missing Her Childs First Steps Shows How To Accept Trade-Offs Of Modern Motherhood "IndyWatch Feed National"

This week, Serena Williams was in London training for Wimbledon when her 10-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia took her first steps. Williams missed them. She tweeted about it.

The response was almost uniformly positive and kind to Williams, with many working parents celebrity and civilian alike offering support and stories of their own missed firsts. My favorite was this little bit of mommy rationalization, which I may have used in my own life.

Its not new for Williams to be open and sometimes vulnerable about her journey into motherhood. She famously won the Australian Open while several months pregnant, then told her traumatic birth story to Vogue shortly after Olympia was born.

If I recall correctly, I missed the first steps of my second daughter, but I was the first to capture them on video, and everyone knows it doesnt count until its Facebook official.

But heres the thing. I dont actually recall, and thats okay. These moments are important, but they are also just moments in a full life. A full life does not allow for a mom to be with every child in every conceivable moment. Some moms are there more often than others are, some have more children than others do. Some dont work outside the home, or work but dont travel for work, or work but arent historic, world-class professional tennis players.

There are a thousand reasons for missing one of your kids firsts. Some moms may have just been in another room making breakfast when it happened. It doesnt feel great, but its not the end of the world. Williams seems to get that. Her next tweet is this one:

04:30

Jon Rappoport -- Australian Anti-Vaxxers Provide New Model for the World "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian anti-vaxxers provide new model for the world

By Jon Rappoport

As the Australian bureaucrats double-down on their de-facto forced vaccination schemes (see ZeroHedge's latest article "Australia Will Now Fine Parents Twice a Month If They Don't Vaccinate Their Kids"), I'm re-posting this piece I wrote in March as it is a testament to all those throughout the western world who fight for health freedom...

And, for all the latest on Australian medical tyranny and more, it's imperative you go to "Crazzfiles [dot] com". The talks from "The 2018 Sydney Vaccination Conference - The Censorship of the Vaccination Debate in Australia" are now posted there.

~~~

March 4, 2018

Out of the ashes of government tyranny comes a solution.

In the Australian state of Queensland, childcare facilities can refuse to allow unvaccinated children to attend, so...

Parents there have formed their own community, which has already grown to 800 members. As ABC (Australia) reports:

"Sunshine Coast vaccine refuser and leader of the Natural Immunity Community, Allona Lahn, said her anti-vaccine network had grown to 800 members and was becoming stronger since the regulations were introduced."

"'Out of sheer necessity we've created a community base to support families - we've had no choice other than to start our own social services'."

"Ms Lahn said the network with like-minded families included their own childcare, schools and health services away from the mainstream."

"'We organise group childcare arrangements and we're now devising our own combined homeschooling system,' she said."

"'We use health practitioners within the anti-vaccine networks around Australia and 'anti-vaccination-friendly' doctors in the community'."
...

04:08

#Unity4J Online Vigil in support of Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was honoured to take part in the third online vigil for Julian Assange. Hes been shut off from the world since March 22nd. No internet, no phone calls, no visitors. Not even family or friends. Its torture.

Much thanks Kim Dotcom and the tech team, and congratulations to Suzie Dawson @Suzi3D and Elizabeth Lea Vos @ElizabethleaVos from disobedientmedia.com for organising these outstanding events. HT to their knowledge of the subject matter, insight and passion. They brought out the best in their guests, as well as the best of expert opinion. Likewise cheers, to Cassandra Fairbanks and Tim Foley, who held the fort while the girls were getting a bit of shut-eye.

There may have been other helpers. I havent got through it all yet. The first vigil was 10 hours; the second 25; and the third 35, so a few more binge-viewings to go. The plan is to continue the series until Julians human rights are restored; once a month and they keep getting longer. This is what I had to say as a citizen journalist.

But what a line-up of distinguished guests! Daniel Ellsberg, Slavoj Zizek, John Kiriakou, William Binney and Ray Mcgovern have all come forward to share their perspective on this development, and plead the case for Assange and Wikileaks. Likewise, comedian-journalists Jimmy Dore and Lee Camp; Australian political advisor Felicity Ruby, Australian citizen-journalist Caitlin Johnstone, former British Ambassador Craig Murray, British politician George Galloway, legendary activist Cairon OReilly and the unforgettable, former US congresswoman, Cynthia McKinney.

Weve also heard from former workers in the intelligence community; journalists; historians and academics, including a professor of propaganda! The series of one-hour interviews has been as emotionally charged as it has been enlightening. As one viewer aptly commented:

So many astute obse...

03:17

Pycnogenol may be an important option for self-management of benign prostatic hyperthrophy in otherwise healthy men. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Minerva Med. 2018 Aug ;109(4):280-284. PMID: 29947491 Abstract Title:  Benign prostatic hypertrophy: Pycnogenol supplementation improves prostate symptoms and residual bladder volume. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of Pycnogenol supplementation in terms of safety and tolerability in the setting of preclinical or borderline, initial symptoms of benign prostatic hyperthrophy (BPH), in otherwise healthy subjects, using Pycnogenol over a period of 60 days.METHODS: Seventy-five healthy men with symptoms and signs of initial BPH were included. The subjects were divided into three groups: 1) control group using only the standard management (SM); 2) a group using SM plus Pycnogenol 150 mg/day; 3) a group using standard pharmacological management.RESULTS: BPH symptoms like emptying, frequency, intermittency, urgency, weak flow, straining, nocturia, were all significantly improved with Pycnogenol (P

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02:54

ABC: Viagra reducing fetal distress during hospital trial on women in childbirth "IndyWatch Feed National"

The drug Viagra, commonly used for erectile dysfunction, is currently being tested on women giving birth as a way to reduce fetal distress. And just like with preemies, the results are encouraging. A preliminary trial has been underway for 18 months in Brisbane, Australia with the drug Sildenafil (which dilates blood vessels in the pelvis). University of Queensland []

The post ABC: Viagra reducing fetal distress during hospital trial on women in childbirth appeared first on Health Nut News.

02:44

New Book: The End of Ice coming to a planet near you! "IndyWatch Feed National"

New book available December 2018

The End of Ice Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption

The Author is Dahr Jamail, The New Press, Available December 2018

The author who Jeremy Scahill calls the quintessential unembedded reporter visits hot spots around the world in a global quest to discover how we will cope with our planets changing ecosystems

A superb journalist, in the most honorable tradition of that craft. Howard Zinn

After nearly a decade overseas as a war reporter, the acclaimed journalist Dahr Jamail returned to America to renew his passion for mountaineering, only to find that the slopes he had once climbed have been irrevocably changed by climate disruption. In response, Jamail embarks on a journey to the geographical front lines of this crisisfrom Alaska to Australias Great Barrier Reef, via the Amazon rainforestin order to discover the consequences to nature and to humans of the loss of ice.

In The End of Ice, we follow Jamail as he scales Denali, the highest peak in North America, dives in the warm crystal waters of the Pacific only to find ghostly coral reefs, and explores the tundra of St. Paul Island where he meets the last subsistence seal hunters of the Bering Sea and witnesses its melting glaciers. Accompanied by climate scientists and people whose families have fished, farmed, and lived in the areas he visits for centuries, Jamail begins to accept the fact that Earth, most likely, is in a hospice situation. Ironically, this allows him to renew his passion for the planets wild places, cherishing Earth in a way he has never been able to before.

Like no other book, The End of Ice offers a firsthand chronicleincluding photographs throughout of Jamail on his journey across the worldof the catastrophic reality of our situation and the incalculable necessity of relishing this vulnerable, fragile planet while we still can.

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See also: Area of Global Dead Zones Doubling Every 10 Years, Dahr Jamail, Truthout, June 25, 2018

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23:43

Australian anti-vaxxers provide new model for the world "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Jon Rappoport

July 9, 2018

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As the Australian bureaucrats double-down on their de-facto forced vaccination schemes (see ZeroHedges latest article Australia Will Now Fine Parents Twice a Month If They Dont Vaccinate Their Kids), Im re-posting this piece I wrote in March as a testament to all those throughout the western world who fight for health freedom

And, for all the latest on Australian medical tyranny and more, its imperative you go to Cazzfiles.com. The talks from The 2018 Sydney Vaccination Conference The Censorship of the Vaccination Debate in Australia are now posted there (see here and here).


March 4, 2018

Out of the ashes of government tyranny comes a solution.

In the Australian state of Queensland, childcare facilities can refuse to allow unvaccinated children to attend, so

Parents there have formed their own community, which has already grown to 800 members. As ABC (Australia) reports:

Sunshine Coast vaccine refuser and leader of the Natural Immunity Community, Allona Lahn, said her anti-vaccine network had grown to 800 members and was becoming stronger since the regulations were introduced.

Out of sheer necessity weve created a community base to support families weve had no choice other than to start our own social services.

Ms Lahn said the network with like-minded families included their own childcare, schools and health services away from the mainstream.

We organise group childcare arr...

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