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Monday, 25 September

22:58

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

We finally got an answer !

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

by Sean Adl-Tabatabai

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

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

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

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

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22:21

Apps Are Reducing Depression "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

22:13

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

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

22:08

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

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

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21:22

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

Everything is fake

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

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

1. Fake News

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

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

21:02

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

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

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

The Associated Press

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

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

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

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

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

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16:57

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



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

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

Australia - The Concealed Colony

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

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

15:36

Identifying Complexity "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

15:35

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

This report is a PAID ADVERTISEMENT from Oilprice.com

video-gaming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15:33

Climate Change & Economic Activity "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Hi Martin,

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

Thank you in advance for your time.

MG

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

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All the great empires expanded during warming periods not cold.

14:49

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

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14:30

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

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

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

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

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


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14:14

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

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

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

Things went downhill almost immediately.

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

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

CALLER: Thats correct, yes

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

CALLER: Negro.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

13:45

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

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

Amit V. Masurkar. Credit: Facebook/Sunil Borkar

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

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


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

13:20

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

Contributed by Jim Hayes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13:17

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

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

It came, less out of the

13:16

Uber Red "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

12:28

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

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

The post Alleged $8.8m fraud: Lawyers tackle Lagos over notice of discontinuance appeared first on New Telegraph Online.

12:14

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

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

12:14

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

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

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

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

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

Victoria Police officers probed over over criminal and disciplinary sex offences

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11:48

Der imperiale Konsens "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

11:43

Mass extinction is a real possibility "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Extinctions

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

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

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

11:03

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

Credit: Direct Expose

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

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

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

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

10:51

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

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

10:51

Aussies kill Monster Crocodile "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

Sad ending for a magnificent animal

Sad ending for a magnificent animal

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

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

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

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

10:44

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

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

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

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

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

10:39

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

Contributed by Ugly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Esso took the matter to the court and...

10:31

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

"Why Not?"
by Chet Raymo

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

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

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

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

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

10:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:26

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

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

By Dee McLachlan

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

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

10:00

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

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

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

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

Falls Festival 2017 sideshows

LIAM GALLAGHER

Tickets

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

RUN THE JEWELS

Tickets

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

FOSTER THE PEOPLE

Tickets

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

DRAM

Tickets

Fri 5 Jan 170 Russell, Melbourne

THE KOOKS

Tickets

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

JUNGLE

Tickets

Wed 3 Jan Enmore Theatre, Syd...

09:56

Walsh wins through "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

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

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09:56

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

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

09:33

FixedIt: another invisible perpetrator "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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


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09:26

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

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

09:23

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

So Africa becomes the biggest loser.

Greed has really stifled progress in Africa.

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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09:07

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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09:05

Gay marriage support drops: Newspoll "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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09:02

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prime Mi...

08:59

Australia commits to space agency "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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08:55

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All are awaiting how special votes change election results.

That will be known by October 12.

Mr Peters is the kingmaker.

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

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

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

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08:46

Exploring Bangkoks Ghost Tower "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

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06:30

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

Source: Filming Cops

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

05:26

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

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

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

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

04:30

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

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

04:16

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

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

03:35

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

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

03:10

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But you should see the loo...

02:30

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

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

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

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

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

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02:22

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

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

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

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

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

The discussions among FOMC board members w...

01:40

Mainstream media lies on gay marriage 'vote' "IndyWatch Feed National"

The lies and deception from the people in government on the same-sex marriage 'vote' have been phenomenal.

The other problem is that the people in the media have not reported the truth either.

Australia's mainstream media has deliberately lied to the good people.




Australia's mainstream media has labelled a survey / questionnaire from a business called the ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics, ABN: 26 331 428 522) a vote which it is not.

The documentation given to the Australian people clearly states that it is a survey where there is no mention of it being an official government vote.

So, just in case you missed it this is how the survey form looks like, sans comments in red and blacked out 'confidential' personal identifiers:



The ABS has also ran a television advertisement promoting people to take an action in commerce i.e. to complete the survey form (which the ABS will sell for profit).

01:15

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

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

00:51

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

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

00:42

Catalonia police chief refuses to comply with Madrid's attempt to take over local police "IndyWatch Feed National"

Spain's central government plan to take direct control over the local police force in the autonomous region of Catalonia in a bid to halt the upcoming independence referendum, faced staunch resistance, with local officials denouncing it as "intervention attempt." On Saturday, the chief of the Catalan police, Jose Maria Romero de Tejada, was informed that both he and his officers have to answer to the Civil Guard and Interior Ministry commander Colonel Diego Perez de los Cobos. The Catalan police, Madrid claims, have not been complying with their instructions to clear protesters away from government buildings. Although de Tejada remains formally in charge, he must now take orders from Colonel Cobos, who has already deployed additional National Police and Civil Guard forces into the autonomous region. Video link:

00:23

Sandy OSullivan: An open letter to our community about Marriage Equality "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sandy OSullivan: Photograph: Supplied Share this Post Im exhausted. The constant background noise of the debate on Marriage Equality has had a toll on me and on a lot of queer Australians. As a member of a strong, but marginalised community, this debate has been devastating. As you probably know, theres a national survey on Marriage Equality, and voting is ...

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23:28

Great white shark attacks boat off Esperance, Western Australia; third such incident in a week "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anxious Esperance residents have pleaded for government help after a third attack on a boat by an aggressive great white shark this week. The incident occurred near notorious attack site Kelp Beds Beach. More untagged and aggressive great white sharks have been encountered by people in the past two weeks than the two sharks detected by Fisheries' new $100,000 VR4 receivers, installed on Esperance beaches in June. Fishermen Jacob Oversby, 25, and Luke Christian, 25, were fishing in Wylie Bay last weekend when their 6m boat was attacked by a 3.5m great white shark, the same aggressive shark they had seen two days earlier. After taking just 10 seconds of video of the attack, the fishermen fled. Margaret River surfer and animal behaviourist Neil Innes said the video showed the shark giving a warning slap of its tail, before trying to "kill" the motor.

23:01

Allan Clarke: Young Aboriginal LGBTI people are killing themselves. We need to protect them "IndyWatch Feed National"

Allan Clarke. Photograph: NITV Share this Post The small township of Bourke in far western New South Wales is a small speck of dust swimming in a vast ocean of ruby red dirt and is home to the Barkindji people since time immemorial. Every summer a wave of heat unfurls over the region, coming in from a flat scrub thick ...

22:49

Iran Nuclear Deal: Can The U.S. Walk Away? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Eric R. Mandel
The Jerusalem Post
September 23, 2017

The Iran deal is not a fair deal to this country US President Donald Trump,

September 14, 2017

What if the Trump administration comes to the conclusion that the Iran agreement (JCPOA ) authored by the previous administration has destabilized the Middle East and undermined American interests? Since it was signed, Iran has actively supported the ethnic cleansing of hundreds of thousands of Sunnis, while being complicit in Syrian President Bashar Assads genocide of his own people.

Can the US wash its hands of the agreement, or are we stuck with it? Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly asked President Trump to either amend or withdraw from the 2015 agreement. There is no doubt that president Barack Obama believed that he knew better than the Israelis what was in their best interest, but now there is a new sheriff in town, who for years has made it clear that he believes the Iran agreement is a danger to America.

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There are no American inspectors anywhere in Iran, or anyone else inspecting military sites, where agreement-breaking nuclear weapons development may be taking place. Can America withdraw or amend the agreement if Iran technically adheres to its commitment according to the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), which refuses to confront Iranian intransigence on military inspections? Can Trump say sayonara, even if the other members of the P5+1 think it is not in their interest to leave the agreement? The answer is yes, but with a few caveats.

First, the Iran deal is not what it was presented by its authors to be. President Obama signed an agreement that betrayed his own words, promising to end their nuclear program. The agreement in fact guarantees an internationally accepted nuclear program in eight more years.

However, critics of withdrawal point out that despite the agreement having never having been signed, it is a commitment that was witnessed by five other major powers, and the consequences of America withdrawing would cast doubt on Western assurances in the future, undermining future negotiations.

The JCPOA is the most important American treaty of the 21st century, except that it was never submitted to the Senate for approval as a treaty.

According to Bruce Fein in The Washington Times, the JCPOA was intended to constrain Irans nuclear ambitions in exchange for a relaxation of sanctions, and must be construed a...

22:23

Tony Abbott head-butter Astro Labe left his mate for dead - Tasmania Coroner's report "IndyWatch Feed National"

Delightful creature. The failure of those other persons present when Mr Green suffered his injury to more positively act to assess his health state could well therefore have contributed to his death. Record of Investigation into Death Coroners Act 1995 Coroners Regulations 1996 Regulation 14 Form 4 I, Stephen Raymond...

22:00

Kaliya Identify Woman Young: Humanizing Technology "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kaliya Hamlin Young

Humanizing technology

Its easier to turn technology in the direction of democracy and social justice when its developed with social and emotional intelligence..

One key element of the answer to that question is to generate a digital identity that is not under the control of a corporation, an organization or a government.

I have been co-leading the community surrounding the Internet Identity Workshop for the last 12 years. After many explorations of the techno-possibility landscape we have finally made some breakthroughs that will lay the foundations of a real internet-scale infrastructure to support what are called user-centric or self-sovereign identities.

21:59

Trump at the UN and Team America "IndyWatch Feed National"

The late North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il (in puppet form).The late North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il (in puppet form). (Photo: Screenshot from Team America: World Police)

 

WARNING: This article discusses an R-Rated satire movie with crude sexual themes, violence, racism etc. If you are easily offended, please do not read this article.

This weeks news is almost identical to the plot of the 2004 smash hit movie Team America: World Police, made by the creators of South Park.

Dont believe me?

North Koreas program of weapons of mass destruction pose a threat to the lives of millions of people, not to mention the stability of the fragile international order. There is strong evidence they are cooperating with Islamist extremists in Iran to secure nuclear weapons capabilities for both countries. Left-wing activist movements with a strong media presence urge restraint and negotiations and blame American aggression for the crisis. An effete and ineffectual United Nations meddles and hand-wrings, but ultimately does nothing. Meanwhile erstwhile allies look on askance at what they see as Americas crass, boorish, cowboy approach, lamenting that force alone cannot solve geopolitical problems. Many are asking if ...

19:30

CIA files on Lee Harvey Oswald set to be released in October have gone missing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The official narrative, that a lone former Marine named Harvey Oswald assassinated him, is widely disputed. All available documents from all government entities are required by the Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act

19:18

Tanya Plibersek nervous no vote could win marriage equality campaign "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tanya Plibersek, Australian Labor Party Deputy Opposition leader:

But Tanya Plibersek sees apathy as the biggest threat to the yes campaign.

 Ive been nervous the whole way, she told ABCs Insiders. I think its going to be very interesting to see the level of turnout.

I think that the biggest threat to the yes campaigns success is people assuming that this is in the bag because they know that a majority of Australians support marriage equality and they think well, my vote wont matter, you know, everybody else will post back their yes vote.

The Guardian article below

 

The pro-gay marriage crowd in Australia keep saying that the majority of Australians support same-sex marriage but theres no solid evidence of this. Its just liberal pro gay marriage spin.

Christians should help the No vote by not being apathetic, not believing gay and liberal propaganda about the result, and tick the NO box on their ballot form and pop it in the post.

The Guardian

Tanya Plibersek nervous no vote could win marriage equality campaign

Deputy Labor leader says greatest threat to same-sex marriage is apathy, while rejecting claims the worst behaviour has come from the yes side

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18:40

Walkatjurra Walkabout: For country, against uranium. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi Everyone  This is taken from the amazing Laurens own blog..  (Thanks Lauren)

http://www.riverredgum.com/walkatjurra-walkabout-for-country-against-uranium/

 

*This is my first post in my Real Life Ideas area and I wanted to share this as an idea because what I experienced on over the last month really made me think about different types of activism, what the word really means and how we can connect to the planet in a spiritual way while involving ourselves in activism and campaigning. I also truly hope that the idea of a nuclear free world is one that will spread throughout the world before more beautiful beings are harmed by its dangers.

We sit, encircling a big, warm camp fire, enthralled by the entertaining Uncle Geoffrey Stokes, Wongatha elder as he tells us story after story from his vast deposit of life experiences. We gaze up to the starriest sky wed ever seen as he and Hannah and Zakquisha, Tjiwarl children from this land point out where the giant dark emu lies within the milky river above our heads and tell us t...

18:37

Their ABC - Tanya Plibersek defends YES spam text messages - "It's ridiculous" that people are upset "IndyWatch Feed National"

SSM: Tanya Plibersek defends Yes campaign after thousands receive same-sex marriage texts By political reporter Henry Belot Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek has defended an unsolicited text message campaign urging people to vote Yes in the same-sex marriage survey. Key points: Australian Marriage Equality says messages were sent using a...

18:34

International Permanent Peoples Tribunal Rules Rohingya Crisis as Genocide "IndyWatch Feed National"

The eyes of the world are on Myanmars shocking brutalisation and slaughter of a Muslim minority. Alister McKeith reports from Kuala Lumpur.

The Permanent Peoples Tribunal has ruled the current Rohingya crisis as unequivocally genocide, denouncing the United Nations use of the term ethnic cleansing as a euphemism with no basis in international law.

After a week-long hearing at the University of Malaya, Judge Daniel Feierstein stated that the Myanmar Government was guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

War crimes listed included arbitrary arrest and torture; enforced disappearances; rape; killing; confiscation of property; and internal displacement.

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The Tribunal also affirmed that the election of Aung San Suu Kyis National League for Democracy had only brought about an acceleration of human rights abuses, and in an attempt to turn Myanmar into a supreme Buddhist entity.

Throughout the week, expert witnesses and victims of human rights abuses testified to the Peoples Tribunal, which began a grass-roots initiative in 1979 to denounce crimes of Latin American dictators.

The Tribunal heard that ongoing human rights abuses have been committed not only against the Rohingya, but also other ethnic and religious minorities, including the Kachin and other Muslim groups.

Testimonies included harrowing eyewitness accounts of mass rape of Rohingya women and the systemic slaughter of Rohingya men and boys. This included the massacre at Tula Toli, a Rohingyan village near the border of Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Myanamar has been directly accused of genocide against the Rohingya population within its borders. Pictured is a visiting delegation To Rakhine from the European Commission, in 2013. Rakhine says ECHO DG (IMAGE: Christophe Reltien, EU/ECHO, Rakhine State, Flickr)Myanamar has been directly accused of genocide against the Rohingya population within its borders. Pictured is a visiting delegation To Rakhine from the European Commission, in 2013. Rakhine says ECHO DG
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Razia Sultana, a Rohingyan lawyer based in Chittagong, showed video interviews conducted with women from Tula Toli. In one, a Rohingyan woman tearfully described the massacre, explaining that the villagers were told by authorities not to leave Tula...

18:23

Society under Surveillance "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

 
At 9pm on Thursday 22 June at Bankstown station I was taken off the train to Liverpool by police. They searched my bag and me. Reason? They said a guard saw someone of my description put something down the front of my pants. 
They took away my backpack and an officer put it on a seat on the platform and looked inside. Meanwhile they took me up in the lift into a room on the station concourse. About six of them surrounded me, ready to jump on and subdue me at the first sign of resistance.  They asked whether I was wearing underwear, before making me undo my pants so that they could have a bit of a look.  (What the guard had probably seen on the train's surveillance camera was me putting something, my wallet or handkerchief perhaps, in my pocket, at the front of my pants.) 
 
They did a cursory rather than thorough search, suggesting that they didn't expect to actually find something, such as an illicit drug, weapon or explosive, but rather were carrying out routine harassment and humiliation. They were responding to a report rather than acting on their own initiative.  It was a quiet night. Not many people around.  They were probably bored.  In my hand I had a copy of The Match! - an anarchist journal from the US, that I'd been reading on the train. That issue happened to contain a letter to the editor from me critical of NSW Police!  I put it on the table so that I could undo my pants as they ordered. 
 
"What are you reading?" one cop asked. "A magazine," I replied, stating the bleeding obvious. They didn't look at it or pursue the line of questioning. 
 
"Where did you catch the train?" 
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17:43

The Masters of Gary Renard "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gary Renard

By RICHARD SMOLEY

Around Christmas of 1992, a man named Gary Renard, living in the remote backwoods of Maine in the northeastern corner of the US, came out of a meditation to find two stylish, good-looking people, a man and a woman apparently in their thirties, sitting on his couch. He had never seen them before and had no idea of where they had come from.

There was nothing threatening about them, Renard would later recall; in fact, they looked extraordinary peaceful, which I found reassuring. Looking back on the event I would wonder why I had not been more fearful, given that these very solid-looking people had apparently manifested out of nowhere. Still, this first appearance by my soon-to-be friends was so surreal that fear somehow didnt seem appropriate.

The man and woman called themselves Arten and Pursah. They said they were ascended masters who had come to teach Renard some lessons about life, the universe, and Jesus Christ.

So began a strange series of episodes that would continue off and on for the next nine years and would culminate in Renards first book, The Disappearance of the Universe, published in 2003. The story would grow stranger. Arten and Pursah soon identified themselves as later incarnations of the two disciples of Jesus that we know as Thaddeus and Thomas respectively. They began to tell Renard about the true nature of the teaching of Jesus, whom they call J.

The portrait of J and his times as drawn by Arten and Pursah will be more or less familiar to readers who have some familiarity with the historical Jesus as unveiled by scholarship over the past 200 years. The Gospels were not written by Jesus disciples or indeed by anyone who knew him personally (the one exception, Arten and Pursah say, is Mark, who met the master as a small child). The Gospels, composed some forty to eighty years after Jesus time, contained some authentic sayings and deeds of his as well as many admixtures and alterations to suit the developing Christian theology. Dont you find it a little strange that not one complete original copy of Js own words in his own language survived the rise of Christianity? Pursah asks.1 Do you really think that was an accident?

Pursah is of...

17:43

The Kali Yuga: Dicing with Death "IndyWatch Feed National"

By GWENDOLYN TAUNTON

One of the most well-known cultural imports from India that has exerted an influence on Western thought is that of the Kali Yuga. This topic has been particularly dwelt upon by the Perennialist School, which includes authors such as Ren Gunon and Alain Danilou. The reason for the popularity of this subject in the West is two-fold: Firstly, the Kali Yuga can be used to explain a number of political, economic, and environmental problems which currently face humanity. Secondly, the Kali Yuga and whole concept of cyclic time is not entirely foreign. The theory of time as non-linear and not always progressive is a very ancient one, rooted in our own past. A similar cycle of Ages is present in Greek history, notably within the works of Hesiod, where he speaks of a fall from a Golden Age towards an apex of decline in the Iron Age. This cycle is also found in the Volusp of the Poetic Edda which outlines Ragnark and a Wolf Age (the equivalent of the Kali Yuga/Iron Age).

The four Yugas (Satya, Treta, Dvapara, and Kali) have two standards of measurement, the chronological and the ethical. The chronological approach is based on astronomical positions and mathematical calculations. The stars and planetary positions have long been thought of as capable of influencing human behaviour via astrology, so from this viewpoint the cosmos itself would be the cause of the Yugas. Joscelyn Godwin brings the astronomical perspective to the fore when he states that one of the recurrent themes of the Golden Age is that during it the earths axis was perpendicular to the ecliptic If this were so there would be no seasons, but equal day and night throughout the year.1 The influence on time would therefore be direct and visible. The symbolism used to portray the Golden Age often implies an alteration to time, as major planetary conjunctions are said to occur at the end of the Kali Yuga and they are permanent conjunctions, which strongly implies time itself ceases.

However, the majority of issues which arise in the Kali Yuga can also be attributed to a decline in human morality and ethics, so many of the problems could be entirely man-made. The imagery of time, the ultimate horror for all sapient life, could simply have been added as a metaphor for a more psychologically healthy state, wherein man no longer feels enslaved by others from the cradle to the grave, enjoying the spontaneous nature of life in a seem...

17:43

The Cathars & Their Modern Day Revival "IndyWatch Feed National"

By ANDREW PHILLIP SMITH

Most forms of spirituality or religion look back to the past in some way. The past is a source of origin, tradition, revelation, and inspiration. For the medieval Cathars the most distant past was, as it is for most religions, the time in which the mythic foundation of the world was established. More recent developments, such as the coming of Jesus, brought the story forward to a new chapter. The Cathars believed that their initiation rite, the consolamentum, was the result of an unbroken tradition stretching back to Jesus himself.

Aspiring modern Cathars look back to the myths of the original spiritual realm, the fall of Satan and the angels, and the creation of the material world in which souls reincarnate until they can escape. They also look back to the historical groups and individuals who were involved with the development of this worldview in the first place. Modern esoteric lineages typically derive not from antiquity but from revivals that occurred in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Thus when exploring movements like the Gnostics of antiquity or the Cathars of the Middle Ages, the modern spiritual seeker is often presented with a melange of spiritually-unsympathetic popular history, obtuse scholarly research, and a revivalist esoteric tradition that often has little to do with critical history.

The Cathars are best known not for what they did but for what was done to them. The Albigensian Crusade, launched in 1209 on the authority of Pope Innocent III, laid waste to the Languedoc in the south of France. The Inquisition was subsequently founded to root out and eradicate what remained of the Cathar heresy. Books on the Cathars focus on the relentless march of the crusading army as it moves from castle to castle, siege to siege, atrocity to atrocity. Or historians weigh up the influence of the Inquisition, a ruthless bureaucracy that survived into the nineteenth century. Tourists visit the Languedoc, now branded as Cathar country, for the fairytale citadel of Carcassonne, restored in the nineteenth century, for the wild ruins of medieval castles on challenging hilltops, and for the relaxed locals, good weather, cheap food and wine.

The reader of a history of the Cathars encounters a list of atrocities so numbingly extensive she is at risk of experiencing compassion fatigue. After the crusaders ended the siege of the city of Bram, 99 men had their noses and upper lips cut off, were blinded, and were...

17:42

What Are Humans Made Of? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By RICHARD SMOLEY

The figure seems to hover around 95 percent. Thats the proportion of the universe that consists of dark matter and dark energy entities that are only dimly and indirectly perceived by scientific apparatus.

This fact has gotten wide attention lately, but one implication has gone unnoticed: if this is the case for the physical universe, it must also be the case for our own bodies. Therefore 95 percent of your body is made up of matter and energy about which nearly nothing is known.

This makes the ancient dictum Know thyself somewhat harder to satisfy than one might have thought.

What, then, is the body made of? It is a question that conventional thought cannot answer and for the most part cannot contemplate. This leads us to consider views of the body in the worlds esoteric traditions. As in most areas, they dont agree on all points, but the similarities are more striking than the differences.

The first thing we have to acknowledge is that the body, taken as a purely physical entity, has no structure or coherence whatsoever. This is a strange claim to make, but we can see the truth of it simply by contemplating the difference between a living body and a corpse. The living body has coherence; it is capable of motion and activity, and can sustain itself for several decades. The corpse lacks all such features. It will rot to pieces in a very short time.

There must, then, be an organising structure that holds the physical body together during earthly life. One common name for this, which comes out of early twentieth-century Theosophy, is the etheric body, sometimes known as the etheric double. (I will be mostly using Theosophical terms in this article not because they are necessarily any better, but because they are the most commonly used ones in New Age contexts.)

Thus, for our discussion, we have to redefine the word body. From an esoteric point of view, a body can be described as a vehicle for structuring experience at a particular level of existence.

So what is this etheric body? Here is a firsthand observation. The American writer Rosanne Daryl Thomas describes the death of her cat:

He was leaving us. I held him. He pushed his head under my arm, purring as I stroked him and spoke softly, wanting to fill him with love. And then suddenly his face grew sharper and thinner. Hi...

17:14

GCR/RV Intel SITREP: "Healing the Soul of the World" -- September 24, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"



Source: Dinar Chronicles

Well, another Saturday night is upon us is it coming and going? At this point we don't know.

There was no Church Bank call tonight because we were asked not to go on the air.

There is no advanced intel tonight because we were asked to put any out. Especially about Trump, Mueller, North Korea, Israel or Kurdistan.

There is however USN replacing USD that we can assure everyone happened as of 12:01am EDT. Hallelujah!

As such, we're waiting to release the website until we know when the RV release will be forthcoming.

We're just not sure how or when they're going to roll it out today, Sunday.

The RV could come literally at any second Sunday. Anytime.

That is the problem, we have several windows to choose from. Who knows which one is accurate.

And since we're in truth a post RV website at heart, it only makes sense for us to wait a little longer and aspire to release the Human Angel Services post RV www.humanangelservices.com.

We currently have 55,000 sign ups and will be over 60,000 at this rate before October 1, 2017. Again, thank you for your overwhelming support in rounding up all the Human Angels. It's truly been a humbling experience for Showme and I to watch all of you Human Angels answer the Clarion Call.

Amazing.

We thought we have another week just to put everything....

17:12

Tribal Elder Beating and Tasing by Police Unacceptable: Cause for Firing! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tribal Elder beat and tased by South Dakota law enforcement. Photos from Facebook

Commentary

Published September 24, 2017

A week ago, late Saturday night, 64-year-old Yankton Sioux tribal elder Raymond Cournoyer, Sr. received word his mother was going to make her journey to the spirit world. As any concerned and loving son would do, he attempted to rush to her deathbed at the Good Samaritan Center in Wagner, South Dakota.

Sadly, he never made it to her side before she walked on.

Unfortunately, for this tribal elder, he was driving while American Indian, in Wagner. Apparently, too fast. Upon arrival at the Good Samaritan Center, he was approached by two police officers who had followed him into the parking lot of the nursing home. He tried to explain his sense of urgency to get to his mothers side. He proceeded to walk towards the entry to the nursing home to be with his mother. The officers told him to stop. He said told them: No.

The two officers involvedone a Wagner Police officer and the other a member of the South Dakota Highway Patrolapparently did not believe Cournoyers story. One of the officers proceeded to slam Cournoyer to the ground, while the other opened fire on him with a taser gun. He was immediately handcuffed.

Some 45 minutes went by as the officers detained the tribal elderall the while his mother passed away inside the nursing homeso the Wagner Police chief could arrive to figure how to charge Cournoyer.

Photographs of the tased tribal elder were posted by his daughter on social media. The disturbing photographs showed numerous places on Cournoyers body where he was injured by the taser gun and the excessive force of the officers.

As do other Americans who read about the national epidemic of police brutality, I often try to give the law enforcement officers the benefit. However, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to do so. I know American Indians, on a per capita basis, are more likely to die as the result of law enforcemen...

14:33

Stomp Dance Kicks Off Chickasaw Annual Meeting & Festival "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chickasaw Nation stomp dance troupe members, from left, Buddy Parchcorn, Cotie Poe and Jesse Lindsey sing and stomp dance at a recent demonstration. Everyone is welcome to join dancers Sept. 29 at Kullihoma to kick off the 57th Chickasaw Annual Meeting and 29th Festival.

Published September 23, 2017

ADA, OKLAHOMA The Chickasaw Nation will host a community stomp dance Sept. 29 at Kullihoma to kick off the 57th Chickasaw Annual Meeting and 29th Festival. The celebration begins at 7 p.m.

Festivities will continue throughout the week at various locations throughout the Chickasaw Nation culminating with Gov. Bill Anoatubbys annual State of the Nation address. It will be held 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Fletcher Auditorium on the Murray State College campus.

Visitors may also enjoy a social stickball game at Kullihoma Sept. 29. Stickball has been played by Native Americans for centuries and is the forerunner of lacrosse.

Stomp dances are open to the public and include traditional song and dance, food and fellowship amid the natural and historic beauty of Kullihoma.

Stomp dancing has deep roots in the Chickasaw culture.

LaDonna Brown, director of research and cultural interpretation for the Chickasaw Nation, explained dances were often connected with spiritual, ritual, ceremonial or social events, such as a spring harvest celebration or fall festival.

There are still different dances for various occasions. The Chickasaws remember dances for their spiritual nature, yet they have become predominantly social in modern times. No matter the type of dancing, it is always an opportunity to come together as a community and guest participation is welcome and encouraged.

Men sing stomp dance songs in a call-and-answer format, following a male song leader, who often sets the dance rhythm using a handheld turtle shell shaker.

Women enhance the rhythms with shakers worn on their legs. These shakers are often made of turtle shells or deer hooves. As traditional box turtles are endangered, women fill milk cans with river stone to mimic the rhythms produced by authentic turtle shell shakers.

Social dances often have animal-themed names, like the snake dance and the raccoon dance. Each social dance has a fun and unique technique.

On Saturday, Sept. 30, visitors are....

14:13

Junket - South Korea and Japan in crisis - urgent call for Bill Shorten and Penny Wong to sort out mess "IndyWatch Feed National"

.@billshortenmp and @SenatorWong are flying to South Korea and Japan today for crisis talks. #NorthKorea #7News pic.twitter.com/7q2scny4zD 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) September 23, 2017

13:31

(Video) The Afterlife Exists, What Really Happens When We Die? "IndyWatch Feed National"



Published on Sep 20, 2017

This video details the whole process of crossing into the next life, from the journey home, to adapting to new living conditions in the afterlife, and even delving into what kinds of activities will be available there, and how we can be prepared for our own personal journey.

What happens when someone dies? What does it feel like? What exactly is the light at the end of the tunnel? Is reincarnation real? And if so, do spirits have any influence over their lives to come? Based on his own amazing experiences communicating with those who have passed over, Barry Eaton answers these questions about the spirit world, and many, many more. Taking the reader on a journey through the realm of the spirit.

13:11

From Great Wars, Come Great Consequences "IndyWatch Feed National"

[Editors Note: Below are two extracts from Greg Mayburys in-depth article on his website here]

By Greg Maybury

Germanys unforgivable crime before the second world war was her attempt to extricate her economic power from the worlds trading system and to create her own exchange mechanism which would deny world finance its opportunity to profit. Winston Churchill to Lord Robert Boothby, quoted in the Foreword, Propaganda in the Next War (2/e),...

12:47

Video Shows Timothy Davis Being Carried Into Jail, Unconscious, In His Underwear After Cops Viciously Beat And Stripped Him. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Columbus, Ohio cops have held true to their tradition of brutality and unethical tactics in the case of Timothy Davis.

Daviss mother believes video released by the Franklin County Sheriffs Office Tuesday proves her son was so badly beaten by Columbus Police that he was unconscious and couldnt even walk.

Davis case gained national attention after cell phone video showed him being stripped and viciously attacked by a gang of cops on September 1st:

The jail video, provided by NBC4i,  shows Davis being carried into the Franklin County Jail by law-enforcement by his hands and feet. In the video, Davis has been stripped of his clothes with only his boxers partially on.

Davis mother, Valerie Johnson, was clearly upset after seeing the video which shows police treating her son like an animal.

I wouldnt even, thats like an animal, this is like an animal. This is not like my son. This is not a human being, said Johnson.

He was so badly beaten that my child couldnt even walk. Look at this video. My son naked, my son carried in face down. My son was unconscious. My son told me when he woke up he was laying in there naked in the cell, said Johnson.

The Franklin County Sheriffs office told NBC4 it was working to get answers about why Davis was carried into the jail to be booked. Columbus Police did not respond to NBC4is inquiry about the new video.

The Franklin County Sheriffs Office alleges Davis was never denied medical care. He spent three days in the hospital after the brutal beating by police, and has been seen multiple times by jail medical staff since he was booked on September 1st.
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12:36

Sustainability & Long Term Survival. "IndyWatch Feed National"


Sustainability. 
Sustainability/sustainable means lasting  for a long time, or, the ability to make something last for a long time.
If in our preparations for survival we are considering that we may need to live long term in a wilderness situation, then we need to make sure our equipment is sustainable. We also need to make sure that the lifestyle we have chosen is sustainable. In other words, if our equipment is not sustainable, then neither is our lifestyle.

If one has not had the experience, then at least most people can use their imagination to help them see & understand. For instance; lets say our country is attacked & the enemy uses an EMP to knock out the electricity grid. What will this mean for those living in towns & cities? It will mean that there will be no electricity, no water, no sewage control so no toilets. We all know what else will happen dont we, looting, supermarkets will be raided for all the food. Chemists looted, gun shops looted, Medical facilities will be hampered. Some people will want what you have, so it will not be safe for you to cook outside or in fact to go outside at all. Your house could be raided, if you manage to repulse an attack, then the attackers may well fire your house or drive a Mack truck through it. Does this make any sense to you?
Now you may say that you must bug in because you simply would not know how to survive in the bush. Well my reply to that is, learn. Get the skills you will need & go bush & get some experience before the shtf....

11:36

David Wilcock -- Personal and Global Attacks Become Lethal: Is the Disclosure War Reaching a Climax? (Part 1) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Personal and Global Attacks Become Lethal: Is the Disclosure War Reaching a Climax? [Part I]

by David Wilcock
September 23, 2017, 12:12 pm



Unprecedented solar emissions. Huge wildfires smoking out the US. Massive earthquakes. Three different monster hurricanes that steered perfectly into Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico.

Damages to the already fragile US economy could easily exceed 1 trillion dollars -- at a time when there is nothing left to restore it with.

Within the UFO / Seeking Truth community, we saw the tragic deaths of Jim Marrs and William Tompkins -- as well as the possible attempted murders of Graham Hancock and David Wilcock, as we will discuss in Part Two.

David's insider 'Paul' had everything he owned stolen from him, as well as serious death threats. Pete Peterson's house has now been emptied to the bare walls and his trailers, packed with priceless classified items, are under imminent threat.

A massive, coordinated online attack against Corey Goode, including the destruction of his business and the expected loss of his children, was intended to lead to a fake, staged 'suicide', made believable by his overall anticipated collapse.

This all occurred shortly after Ancient Aliens, a top History Channel show, featured Corey Goode and William Tompkins' Secret Space Program testimony in an episode entitled "The Majestic Twelve", which aired on July 7, 2017.

So much has happened since our last update a month ago that it is difficult to summarize everything. Are these events interconnected? The answer definitely appears to be yes.

Since I am still on vacation, we will break this up into two di...

10:40

Is Blockchain Technology Really the Answer to Decentralized Storage? "IndyWatch Feed National"

While the Blockchain is certainly changing the world, its not a jack-of-all-trades. Have you heard of chain washing?

10:30

Moving Data to/from the Cloud "IndyWatch Feed National"

Warning: Sexual practices, bodily fluids

Theres an old USENET dictum: never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of magnetic tapes. (corollary: yeah, but the latencys killer)

What do you do when you need to move a whole lot of data into the cloud? Lets say a petabyte? (a million gigabytes) Assuming you can get 50% saturation out of a gigabit link thats about 500 years transfer-time. And, if youre like me and you live in Verizons metered LTE cloud, where every gigabyte over 30gb costs $15, itd cost a bit less than $1 million. This is a real question, though, for organizations that are moving video archives (think: all the cop-camera footage in a major city) (heh, Im kidding, major cities dont keep that stuff!) or libraries, or genomic databases; what do they do?

Amazon has an answer! Its a truckload of tapes! Things start small with the Snowball appliance an armored box for data. Its pretty cool: you set it up on your network, copy your data to it, you ship it to amazon and they offload it into S3, and your data is in the cloud!

In the Snowball appliance, the truck is FEDex or UPS, or maybe your system administrator has to drive it somewhere in the back of their car. I have scary memories of when I was a young pup at Digital and our RA-81s moved from one facility to another in the back of my little Honda CRX. Nowadays most people dont even understand I put a VAX 11/750 rack in the back of a Honda CRX and recognize that for the herculean feat it was. I also dropped a VR/219 monitor down a flight of stairs in the process; it survived.

If the armored box of hard drives doesnt work for you, theres the Snowmobile:

Amazon snowmobile 40,000lbs of lock in

The Snowmobile is what youd use if you had an Exabyte of data: its a small convoy of semitrailers full of hard drives. I wonder whether the NSA had an armed midnight run from Ft Meade, MD to the new data center in Utah, or were they just cross-syncing the data all along? Theres a cool plot in there for a cyberpunk adventure: someone thinks theyre about to knock over a truck full of iPhones but accidentally they get a petabyte of CIA data; hilarity and body-count ensue.

But, none of that was what....

09:33

When I Dance My Shadow Dances Too "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

We all know the feeling of discovering parts of ourselves that we may have suspected but didnt know existed. Some of these parts come from the shadow self. The psycho-spiritual notion of []

08:51

MACKAY South Mackay man faces court on animal cruelty charge "IndyWatch Feed National"

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07:32

Abang Johari coy over Dr Ms entry into the state "IndyWatch Feed National"

The state government has yet to confirm if Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would be allowed into Sarawak today. The former prime minister is expected to speak during the opposition alliances event here tonight. Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg did not give a clear cut answer on whether the former []

05:41

Clapper: His non-denial denials revisited "IndyWatch Feed National"

The former intelligence chief never actually refuted Obama administration spying on Trump. It would be peculiar if, as he now claims, James Clapper did not know about the Obama administration's monitoring of Paul Manafort. At the time, which appears to have been the autumn of 2016, Clapper was Obama's national intelligence director. The (dubious) raison d'tre of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) - a post-9/11 layering of yet more bureaucracy atop bureaucratic sprawl - was to ensure efficient information flow through the "community" of U.S. intelligence agencies. That said, it is a gross exaggeration to contend, as some are doing, that new revelations about the surveillance of Manafort, the former chairman of the Trump campaign, show that Clapper lied in a March 2017 interview by NBC's Chuck Todd. Instead, what we now know proves what I warned at the time of the interview: It was a mistake to construe Clapper's answers to Todd as a blanket denial of Obama spying on the Trump campaign. Carefully parsed, Clapper's comments left open the possibility - which some of us regarded as a high probability - that Manafort and other Trump associates had been under Obama-administration surveillance.

Clapper: His non-denial denials revisited "IndyWatch Feed National"

The former intelligence chief never actually refuted Obama administration spying on Trump. It would be peculiar if, as he now claims, James Clapper did not know about the Obama administration's monitoring of Paul Manafort. At the time, which appears to have been the autumn of 2016, Clapper was Obama's national intelligence director. The (dubious) raison d'tre of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) - a post-9/11 layering of yet more bureaucracy atop bureaucratic sprawl - was to ensure efficient information flow through the "community" of U.S. intelligence agencies. That said, it is a gross exaggeration to contend, as some are doing, that new revelations about the surveillance of Manafort, the former chairman of the Trump campaign, show that Clapper lied in a March 2017 interview by NBC's Chuck Todd. Instead, what we now know proves what I warned at the time of the interview: It was a mistake to construe Clapper's answers to Todd as a blanket denial of Obama spying on the Trump campaign. Carefully parsed, Clapper's comments left open the possibility - which some of us regarded as a high probability - that Manafort and other Trump associates had been under Obama-administration surveillance.

05:33

This article is creating a firestorm in the US now "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bill Kristol Neocon Jew is an outspoken supporter of the state of Israel.

By Philip Giraldi

We dont need a war with Iran because Israel wants one and some rich and powerful American Jews are happy to deliver. Seriously, we dont need it.

I spoke recently at a conference on Americas war party where afterwards an elderly gentleman came up to me and asked,

Why doesnt anyone ever speak honestly about the six-hundred-pound gorilla in the room? Nobody has mentioned Israel in this conference and we all know its American Jews with all their money and power who are supporting every war in the Middle East for Netanyahu? Shouldnt we start calling them out and not letting them get away with it?

It was a question combined with a comment that I have heard many times before and my answer is always the same: any organization that aspires to be heard on foreign policy knows that to touch the live wire of Israel and American Jews guarantees a quick trip to obscurity.

Jewish groups and deep pocket individual donors not only control the politicians, they own and run the media and entertainment industries, meaning that no one will hear about or from the offending party ever again. They are particularly sensitive on the issue of so-called dual loyalty, particularly as the expression itself is a bit of a sham since it is pretty clear that some of them only have real loyalty to Israel.

Most recently, some pundits, including myself, have been warning of an impending war with Iran. To be sure, the urging to strike Iran comes from many quarters, to include generals in the Administration who always think first in terms of settling problems through force, from a Saudi government obsessed with fear...

05:02

What Is The Longest Straight Line On Earth You Can Walk "IndyWatch Feed National"

What is the longest straight line on Earth you can walk without getting your feet wet in a lake, sea or ocean? Someone has finally produced an answer to that question and heres the map that shows you how to go. Start in Shitangzhen, a Chinese coastal city just south of Shanghai. March inland, []

04:57

Chuck Hagel, James Fanell, and the new strategy to target China via Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The dismissal of an unwilling Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense in 2014 was, I think, a watershed in the fortunes of the China hawks, both in the Pentagon and at Pacific Command. Perhaps because it is bad form to explore the possibility that Hagel was purged for insufficient enthusiasm for a pro-active China confrontation agenda, nobody went there. But I did. Natch. In 2015, I buried my analysis in a tediously long piece that was meant to give an overview of the evolution of US China policy, and provide a corrective to the "Chinese aggression" meme that China hawks like to lean on. The narrative of escalating Chinese aggression is central to the China hawks' thesis that we need an escalating response. Rather interestingly, today a lot of this narrative is coming out of Australia. Google "Chinese influence Australia" and you'll get an idea of the barrage of local and global coverage keying on the skillfully shaped message that Chinese influence--though it is not illegal--must be feared. I've recently come to the conclusion that spate of panic stricken reports emerging from Australia concerning the China menace in economics, politics, and academics are a belated and improvised substitute for what was supposed to be the real deal: a pivot from Obama namby-pambyism to steely Clinton resolve to confront China in 2016.

Chuck Hagel, James Fanell, and the new strategy to target China via Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The dismissal of an unwilling Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense in 2014 was, I think, a watershed in the fortunes of the China hawks, both in the Pentagon and at Pacific Command. Perhaps because it is bad form to explore the possibility that Hagel was purged for insufficient enthusiasm for a pro-active China confrontation agenda, nobody went there. But I did. Natch. In 2015, I buried my analysis in a tediously long piece that was meant to give an overview of the evolution of US China policy, and provide a corrective to the "Chinese aggression" meme that China hawks like to lean on. The narrative of escalating Chinese aggression is central to the China hawks' thesis that we need an escalating response. Rather interestingly, today a lot of this narrative is coming out of Australia. Google "Chinese influence Australia" and you'll get an idea of the barrage of local and global coverage keying on the skillfully shaped message that Chinese influence--though it is not illegal--must be feared. I've recently come to the conclusion that spate of panic stricken reports emerging from Australia concerning the China menace in economics, politics, and academics are a belated and improvised substitute for what was supposed to be the real deal: a pivot from Obama namby-pambyism to steely Clinton resolve to confront China in 2016.

04:44

Bali issues travel warning as Mount Agung volcano threatens to erupt "IndyWatch Feed National"

Holiday plans are in limbo for thousands of Australians after the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued a new travel warning for Bali because of fears of a volcano eruption on the popular tourist island. Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level for the Mount Agung volcano to the highest classification, meaning an eruption could be imminent. On Saturday, the Indonesian Department of Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics said there had been five small eruptions detected coming from the mountain, and an ash column as high as 1000 metres had been observed. There had been a "tremendous increase" in volcano activity. They said locals and tourists should be 12 kilometres away from the crater in some areas.

Bali issues travel warning as Mount Agung volcano threatens to erupt "IndyWatch Feed National"

Holiday plans are in limbo for thousands of Australians after the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued a new travel warning for Bali because of fears of a volcano eruption on the popular tourist island. Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level for the Mount Agung volcano to the highest classification, meaning an eruption could be imminent. On Saturday, the Indonesian Department of Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics said there had been five small eruptions detected coming from the mountain, and an ash column as high as 1000 metres had been observed. There had been a "tremendous increase" in volcano activity. They said locals and tourists should be 12 kilometres away from the crater in some areas.

04:18

A Brief Encounter with 'Today' "IndyWatch Feed National"



I thought I might actually listen to an edition of Today in its entirety today, following yesterday's post about its 'dumbing-down'. 

It was disappointingly political and hard-news-focused, with lots on Mrs May's speech and Moody's downgrading and Rohingyas and Uber and capitalism and universities and undocumented migrants. 

There wasn't a single science story on it and the only arts bit was James Naughtie interviewing a children's author. 

There was, however, the new Nature Notes section - something I wholly approve of. 

Today's Nature Notes featured Charles Smith Jones of the British Deer Society answering elementary-level questions from Mishal Husain that any Autumnwatch viewer would have been able to answer. Still, Mr Smith Jones volunteered the interesting fact that some stags are known to travel up to 50 kilometres to join in the rut. (After Brexit can we go back to miles please?)

Plus the programme ended with Simon Jenkins and Mr Bruce the Station Master plugging Simon's new book on English railway stations. I liked that. (And I like Simon's highly judgemental books on buildings). Near to me is Carnforth Station where Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson shared a Brief Encounter to the strains of Rachmaninov. The ticking clock is still there, and it's usually working

My highlight though was Today's Matthew Price, that ultra-emoter, doing a....

03:18

Where has JonDon gone? "IndyWatch Feed National"


Regular readers of this blog will, perhaps, be interested in the latest Jon Donnison news. 

I just heard him on PM reporting on the Uber story.

Yes, the great man has abandoned his beloved Gazan shore and his far-from-beloved Australian shore and been posted back to Blighty. 


I'm sure he'll be his usual 'impartial' self in London (and, yes, that's sarcasm). 

02:55

Buy A Bucket of Yuck, and God Refills for Free! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Oh, Jim Bakker is going a bit nuts with his yuck in a bucket, insisting that everyone buy, and that all those filthy rich people, well, they should buy a million dollars worth, really! Why? Because end times, thats why, and money will be useless. Of course, ol Jim still seems to want piles of that useless stuff.

Guest John Shorey told viewers to stock up on Bakkers food buckets and not to worry about running out because God will miraculously refill them as needed.

When you empty a bucket of food, Shorey said, trust God to refill it.

Thats right nifty. Pity Jehovah cant see fit to just provide food directly, without the need to pour money into Bakkers pockets. Im sure they are counting on the rubes not giving this any thought, nor the fact that when the food bucket is empty, it will most certainly stay that way. I will admit, its hard to imagine one of them getting emptied in the first place.

When Shorey told those who have the means to buy 100 buckets of food to buy 100 buckets of food and give them to local churches, Bakker chimed in to urge millionaires to buy as much food as they can afford.

Do a million dollars worth of food, Im serious, Bakker said. If theyre rich, their money is going [away] anyway, John. Its not going to be worth anything. The crash is coming, so why not sow it into the Lord?

Shorey agreed, adding that those who dont use all their money to buy as much food as they can will have to answer to God.

Right, money is going to be absolutely useless, so why in the name of your psychogod arent you giving the stuff away? Wouldnt that be the godly thing to do? Oh, theres a tonne of irony comin up, folks

The Bible says that our riches will be a witness against us, Shorey said. When the time comes that youve left money in the bank that could have been used to help people, to help feed people and all you did is you just kept all your riches for yourself, it will be a witness against you. You will stand before God and he will say, Why didnt you do more to help the needy?

:head goes bang bang bang on the desk: Right. Lets see your bank books, boys. Then well talk.

Via RWW, theres video at the link.

02:32

I Believe Trump WAS Directed by Heaven- But NOT for the Reasons We Believe "IndyWatch Feed National"

With regards to the two asteroids I was speaking about 2006 VW139

Those who CAN hear WILL hear- those who CANT- WONT. And they WILL be held accountable for their CHOICES

02:01

The Parsons Green bombing 1 week later: What do we now know? "IndyWatch Feed National"

A week has passed since the terrorist attack on Parsons Green tube station in West London, but police have offered few definitive answers at this stage. RT rounds up what we know so far. Although no one was killed in the blast, 30 commuters were injured when an improvised explosive device (IED), planted towards the rear of a District Line train, partially detonated during morning rush hour. The official terrorism threat level in the UK has returned to 'severe', meaning an attack is highly likely, but no longer imminent, having been raised to 'critical' in the aftermath of the blast. Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility for the bombing via its Amaq news agency. As Londoners try to return to life as normal, RT sums up everything we know so far about the attack and the ongoing police investigation.

The Parsons Green bombing 1 week later: What do we now know? "IndyWatch Feed National"

A week has passed since the terrorist attack on Parsons Green tube station in West London, but police have offered few definitive answers at this stage. RT rounds up what we know so far. Although no one was killed in the blast, 30 commuters were injured when an improvised explosive device (IED), planted towards the rear of a District Line train, partially detonated during morning rush hour. The official terrorism threat level in the UK has returned to 'severe', meaning an attack is highly likely, but no longer imminent, having been raised to 'critical' in the aftermath of the blast. Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility for the bombing via its Amaq news agency. As Londoners try to return to life as normal, RT sums up everything we know so far about the attack and the ongoing police investigation.

01:26

Polls "IndyWatch Feed National"


"According to recent polling, if a referendum were held today Britain would vote to stay in", Anita Anand told us on Any Answers today

And she didn't fail to repeat the point either. 

How much recent polling has shown that or whether (as I suspect after Googling around) it's actually just that one single BMG poll for the Independent (showing 52% for Remain, 48% for Leave) I can't say for sure but, regardless, our Anita was certainly making the most of that 'recent polling' today.

01:06

Sydney, Australia: Report-Back from the Straight Lives Matter Counter-Demo "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFA_Sydney

23.09.17: We had many more people, we sang and we danced and we laughed and we loved but most of all we told the fascists to get the fuck out. We did not let them anywhere near the Queer holocaust remembrance memorial and we created great bonds of solidarity and friendship. There were some young Queer people who came, and it was their first rally an they said it was a fantastic experience.

For all of the liberal wah-wah about how we would destabalise the marriage equality debate, weve actually done nothing of the sort. Instead we have continued the spirit of queer resistance and we have given the next generation their first taste of the struggle.

Today was a big positive for anti-fascists, however it would be wrong of us not to mention the role of the Liberal Party in laying the groundworks for the Party for Freedom hate rally today. This is all a direct consequence of their stupid fucking plebiscite.

(via Anti Fascist Action Sydney)


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Saturday, 23 September

23:50

Exit From The Dark Trap (Jon video included) "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Jon Rappoport

September 23, 2017

You can watch me talk about my collection, Exit From The Matrix, here:

In the long run, most Western and Eastern traditional metaphysics turn out to be a distraction away from The Individual. (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

The night is long, and the search is weird. Clues appear, and yet they unendingly point to other cluesand what is the real shape of the expedition? Is it a trap? Do the markers on the road produce nothing more than a closed circle?

The Outsider is an individual who looks at the complexity of events in todays world, as he decides WHAT TO DO.

These events can seem to form a labyrinth. Theyre connected in ways that bind them to each other. One path leads to another, and eventually, the individual finds himself back where he startedbut not before going on a long strange trip in the maze.

During that trip, he loses contact with his own deep desires, because is fascinated and exhausted by the details of the labyrinth.

An apt analogy would be a treasure map. It promises victory and triumph, but as the seeker follows the thread, he enters a realm of cognitive dissonance, a dance in which he seems to be coming closer and yet moving further from the ultimate prize.

Authors and researchers have offered their interpretations of the nature of the trip: there are false trails; the mystery of life will always remain a mystery; the invisible rulers know how to hide themselves from the seeker

Leaving these conclusions aside, I find that the individuals true desire can be summarized in the question: WHAT DO I WANT TO CREATE?

Answering that question, and acting on the answer with full commitment, energy, determination, and power eventually, casts a bright light on the maze and reveals its patterns and its tricks.

In other words, there is a foundation from which the individual can launch his future, and that foundation is within his graspas Ive just indicated.

Moving out from that platform, he gains new perspective. He sees the world in a new way. He stays outside the labyrinth, and he is able to act on it.

Otherwise, he sinks into it.

What Im talking about here is more than advice. Its a different slant on metaphysics. Traditionally, metaphysics concocts a picture of Reality in an ultimate formand a cursory scan of Western philosophy reveals that every philosopher paints a...

22:31

Australia and U.S. Joined at the Hip: Wheres the Benefit? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has on two recent occasions referred to Australia being joined at the hip to the United States on its defence and national security policies. That phrasing invited some critical commentary, but conspicuously, there was no demurral from the official Opposition Labor Party. To all practical intents and purposes the Liberal National Coalition and the Labor Party are indistinguishable on matters of defence, foreign policy and national security.

Turnbulls remarks, as with the election of the erratic and clearly unfit Donald Trump as US President, should have presented an opportunity for a critical reappraisal of Australias position viz a viz the United States. It did not happen, not least because a supine mainstream media sees no reason to question the fundamental assumptions underlying Australias defence policies since at least the fall of Singapore to the Japanese in January 1942.

Prior to that seminal event, Australia had never challenged its role as a colonial appendage to the British Empire. That status had led Australia into a series of wars, which in common with just about every other military misadventure before and since had only the vaguest connection with Australias national interest, if any.

Australian troops fought the Russians in the Crimean War of the 1850s (the rich irony of which is lost in the current propaganda war waged against Russia for its annexation of Crimea.) Australian troops were slaughtered in large numbers in World War 1, a war planned at least since the 1890s to counter any German challenge to British imperial supremacy (Docherty & Macgregor Hidden History, 2013)

Although Prime Minister Hughes refused a British request to formally join British forces fighting in the Russian civil war 1917-21 against the Bolsheviks, Australian troops nonetheless joined the North Russia campaign as volunteers. A Royal Australian Destroyer HMAS Swan also undertook intelligence operations in the Black Sea in late 1918 directed against the Bolshevik forces.

With the rout of the British forces in 1941-42 by the Japanese, it was obvious to Australian politicians that a new protector was needed, and the Americans required no encouragement to assume that role. The marriage of convenience that occurred in 1942-45 may have suited Australia in its perception of an imminent Japanese invasion, but then, as now, the brides dowry should have be...

21:44

Sen. McCain praised by liberals over health care bill opposition "IndyWatch Feed National"

The liberal establishment, with help from Hollywood, is showering turncoat Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) with praise after his stunning announcement that he would once again go directly against his own campaign promise and oppose the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill.

McCain made the announcement in a statement Friday, saying that he could not in good conscience vote for the repeal of a law that he ran against during his last campaign.

I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried, McCain declared.

Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will effect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it, his statement continued. Without a full CBO score, which wont be available by the end of the month, we wont have reliable answers to any of those questions.

After the announcement the liberal media immediately went to work praising the senator, with multiple news outlets spending considerable time painting McCain as some sort of hero standing up to the forces of Trump when in reality he is nothing more than an establishment puppet working for the very same masters who control the mainstream press.

Unsurprisingly, numerous Hollywood celebrities also chimed in with praise for McCain throughout Twitter, with multiple openly anti-Trump Democrats responding joyfully to the senator once again turning on not only his party, but the people who voted for him in the first place.

Some of the more pointed Tweets included:

https://twitter.com/cher/status/911298814748721152

21:04

The Australian Safe Schools Program and La Trobe University "IndyWatch Feed National"

Unsafe Schools

In October 2010 La Trobe Universitys Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) launched an Australian Safe Schools program.

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20:53

NSW Police Given Power to Kill with Impunity "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Berejiklian government has continued on in the Coalitions tradition over recent years of enacting laws that increase police powers, whilst whittling away at civil liberties, all in the name of a perceived terrorist threat.

Read More

20:51

Queensland police get new powers to tackle terrorism "IndyWatch Feed National"

New Queensland laws to help police fight terrorism, including powers to turn phones, high-tech fridges and other devices into surveillance tools, have passed Parliament.

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16:14

Do all the right things and get shafted. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$4120
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
I don't know how to
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

Was reporting my earnings to my job provider with pay slips now im stuck with a huge amount.

Have paid some off but feel terrified and scared

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 

Scary . Unknown.
Do all the right things and get shafted.

14:13

Can't believe this is happening. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$1022
Date debt issued: 
Friday, 8 September 2017
Period debt occurred: 
June 2014
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Parenting Payment
Appealing Debt?: 
I don't know how to
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

Anxiety. Totally stressed about the debt. Can't believe this is happening.

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 

Don't think they handle it very well at all.
I can't believe this goes back 2013/14 financial year after reporting my earnings every fortnight and they are only picking it up now.
Glad I no longer need to report earn...

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