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Saturday, 11 August


Dying cancer patient, poisoned by the same weed killer found in Capilano Honey, awarded $A395M "IndyWatch Feed National"

A cancer patient in the US has been awarded $395 million Australian dollars ($US289 million) after a court found he got cancer from Roundup which Capilano Honey CEO Ben McKee admitted to beekeeper Simon Mulvany has also been found in Capilanos honey. Roundup is made by US agro-chemical giant Monsanto and there are hundreds more people []


Our ABC for us and ours! Well done to the ABC Local team!!!!!!! "IndyWatch Feed National"

The ABC Red Cross Appeal to help Australian farmers (since 5am 10 August) as of 6pm 11 August - TOTAL: $1,028,000. @RedCrossAU @ABCRural Jennifer (@JenIngall) August 11, 2018 UPDATE Maybe a word from the wise here - from our reader JM!!!! Glad the abc trusts the Red...


Pastor Keith Ainge in charge of protecting children at Hillsong headquarters at Baulkam Hills, Sydney, Australia, is a Pedophile Protector "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pastor Keith Ainge and his wife Sue

Pastor Keith Ainge and his wife Sue. Pastor Keith Ainge is a Pedophile Protector. Formerly at Desert Life Church Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia. Now in charge of Child Protection at Hillsong headquarters in Baulkahm Hills, Sydney, Australia- a real case of a perverse snake in amongst Hillsongs children.


Pastor Keith Ainge who was recently put in charge of protecting Hillsongs children is in fact a Pedophile who should be charged with not reporting a pedophile to the Police and for sheltering a pedophile. The pedophile being Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong.

Pastor keith Ainge is a Pedophile Protector, and now a crafty snake in charge of protecting Hillsongs Children.


Brendan Nelson - brilliant on Ben Roberts Smith VC MG. Well done Brendan. Lest We Forget. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian War memorial director Brendan Nelson has spoken about the claims made against Ben Roberts-Smith. #7News 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) August 11, 2018


Philippines: Drug Suspect Who Previously Surrendered To Police and Went To Rehab, Killed Gang Execution Style "IndyWatch Feed National"


Abraham Cabuena, 49, was driving his motorcycle in Barangay Cagayungan when he was shot at around 10 a.m.
Boy Santos
Raymund Catindig (The Philippine Star) August 11, 2018 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines A drug suspect in President Dutertes watchlist was killed by unidentified motorcycle-riding assailants in Barangay Nanguneg, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur on Thursday.

Abraham Cabuena, 49, was driving his motorcycle in Barangay Cagayungan when he was shot at around 10 a.m.

Police said Cabuena, who yielded under Oplan Tokhang in 2016, recently attended a community drug rehabilitation program.

Meanwhile, 21 sachets of shabu weighing 85 grams with an estimated street value of P1.2 million and 515 grams worth P6.27 million were recovered in drug raids in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

Earlier this week, more than six kilos of shabu worth P73.4 million were recovered in  drug busts in the cities of San Carlos and Bacolod. Police said it was the biggest shabu haul not only in the province but also in the entire Western Visayas.

In Bulacan, 44 sachets of shabu were recovered from 28 persons arrested during drug stings in the last two days, according to Senior Superintendent Chito Bersaluna, acting Bulacan police director.  Jun Elias, Ramon Efren Lazaro, Gilbert Bayoran





Australia - Oberon - Letter | We just want democracy when it comes to fluoride "IndyWatch Feed National"

ON Tuesday evening, July 17, I attended the Oberon Council meeting where the decision was made to fluoridate the town water supply. 
I had to leave the meeting prior to the vote taking place as I was leaving the next morning for a short holiday and I had yet to pack my bag.
Over the last few months there has been a gathering of how the people of Oberon felt about having their water supply fluoridated. We all respect that we may have different views, however the percentage of 69 per cent saying no is a significant number.
Democracy is what we ask from all levels of government: federal, state and local. Democracy is provided by allowing the community to have their say and representatives from all three levels of government should never forget the reason they have been elected. 
All we, t...


Homo erectus, extinct by laziness? "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2016 video is called HD Documentary: Becoming Human, Episode 2, Birth of Humanity (Homo Erectus).

From Australian National University:

Laziness helped lead to extinction of Homo erectus

August 10, 2018

New archaeological research from The Australian National University (ANU) has found that Homo erectus, an extinct species of primitive humans, went extinct in part because they were lazy.

An archaeological excavation of ancient human populations in the Arabian Peninsula during the Early Stone Age, found that Homo erectus used least-effort strategies for tool making and collecting resources.

This laziness paired with an inability to adapt to a changing climate likely played a role in the species going extinct, according to lead researcher Dr Ceri Shipton of the ANU School of Culture, History and Language.

They really dont seem to have been pushing themselves, Dr Shipton said.

I dont get the sense they were explorers looking over the horizon. They didnt have that same sense of wonder that we have.

Dr Shipton said this was evident in the way the species made their stone tools and collected resources.

To make their stone tools they would use whatever rocks they could find lying around their camp, which were mostly of comparatively low quality to what later stone tool makers used, he said.

At the site we looked at there was a big rocky outcrop of quality stone just a short distance away up a small hill.

But rather than walk up the hill they would just use whatever bits had rolled down and were lying at the bottom.

When we looked at the rocky outcrop there were no signs of any activity, no artefacts and no quarrying of the stone.

They knew it was there, but because they had enough adequate resources they seem to have thought, why bother?.

This is in contrast to the stone tool makers of later periods, including early Homo sapiens and...


Monsanto loses case against man dying from Roundup cancer "IndyWatch Feed National"

From CBS in the USA, 10 August 2018:

Monsanto Ordered To Pay $289M To Dying Groundskeeper Who Blames Weed Killer For Cancer

Dewayne Johnsons lawsuit was the first of hundreds of cases filed in state and federal courts alleging that Roundup causes non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

This 10 August 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Terminally Ill Man Awarded $289 Million After Jury Rules Weed Killer Roundup Caused His Cancer

A terminally ill California man won a milestone case against agricultural giant Monsanto after he claimed the companys weed killer, Roundup, gave him cancer.

Dewayne Johnson, 46, was awarded $289 million in damages on Friday after a jury ruled the companys product was the reason he developed non-Hodgkins lymphoma, according to the Associated Press. Monsanto denies the claims their product causes cancer and told the wire they plan to appeal the verdict.

Johnson, a former school groundskeeper, said he used the weed killer regularly while spraying it on the grounds he worked on in the San Francisco Bay Area school district. In one instance, the product left the father of two soaked after a hose broke in 2012, according to CNN.

He claimed he con...


Turnbull makes John Setka sound credible advising on corporate governance "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hey .@TurnbullMalcolm ! Maybe @unionsaustralia could run some good governance courses for the big banks. And to think your solution is to throw more money at them! Corrupt!#auspol John Setka (@CFMEUJohnSetka) August 11, 2018


Bluestone toilets in Frankston - Why this petition is important "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why do I think the preservation of a working fifty-year old bluestone toilet block, in the face of its unnecessary replacement by a production-line designed one, so important that I can bring myself to promote a petition to save it? Because somehow this blocky polylith has shown the capacity to unite us, where we can agree on little else. We live in a very atomised society, suburbanites here in Australia, victims of change and population engineering. People find it difficult to agree on complex politics, but the toilet block is an obvious example of something that does not need fixing, but that someone is fixing to fix. It should be too small for the council to fight us over it, but since the council intends to replace all bluestone blocks, stopping this would obviously frustrate a significant financial transaction. Someone is benefiting financially from this overkill, but not us.

Somehow the threatened removal of the sturdy bluestone toilets symbolizes important elements of our disempowerment. Some of these are our resentment at impermanence, our growing lack of local self-determination, lack of real consultation in favour of manufactured consent, industrial design over artisanship, synthetics over stone and trees, abuse of authority, planning facism, consumerism, delocalisation of decisions, spin replacing argument, and corporate beneficiaries taking over local employment and manufacture.

Our state-ruled local government has different values from many of the locals. These values are for the imposition of unnecessary new infrastructure of banal style and flimsy construction in place of something that anyone can see is durable and which has taken on the thermodynamic patina of age and locality a sign that it belongs. Somehow this toilet block seems the right place to make a stand. See the petition here or republished below.

Retain & Refurbish Bluestone Toilets in Frankston



Construction Vibration Guide for Homeowners "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Those who attended the last ARAG meeting will be aware we discussed the Construction Vibration Guide for Homeowners, which promises that:

For residents and homeowners facing imminent large-scale construction, it provides detailed outlines on how to prepare for construction, how to document it, what to do if the home develops damage traceable to the construction, how to recognise damage, how to pursue a claim for repair reimbursement, relevant ground vibration standards, the impact pile-driving equipment that needs to be used to minimise cosmetic or structural damage to homes, the correct vibration monitoring equipment, and more.

A copy of the guide may be found here.


The Watchers News Brief: August 10, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Strong cold front hits Australia's southeast, one death, hundreds of emergency callsOne person was killed after a strong cold front hit Australia's southeast on August 10. The storm produced strong winds across Victoria, with gusts up to 125 km/h (78 mph),...... Read more


The bumpy road to think tank transparency in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

During the week I received a response to my enquiry to the ATO requesting a list of Approved Research Institutes (some of which are think tanks like the IPA) however, as you will see from the response at the foot of this post, the problem of think tank transparency in Australia has a lot of hurdles to overcome before we will be in a position to understand who is funding them.

Australian tax law prevents the disclosure of organisations with Deductible Gift Recipient status which would presumably affect transparency regarding Approved Research Institutes that have DGR status. Im not sure why I was not provided with a list of ARIs that do not have DGR unless every ARI in Australia also has DGR, thus preventing disclosure. Given the secrecy provisions, who knows? See the thread below for a discussion of the issues surrounding think tank transparency.

International debate leans toward expecting greater transparency from think tanks. Transparify recently released its annual report, rating think tank transparency around the globe, announcing that overall, funding transparency is improving.

A couple of Australian think tanks made the 4 star rating but the IPA does not rate a mention presumably because T...



Winter Washing of Fruit Trees "IndyWatch Feed National"

Although it may look like there is not much happening with your fruit trees over winter, the microscopic world of fungi is making plans, strategically laying in wait in the cracks and crevices of your trees until the weather warms up. The most prevalent fungus is Peach Leaf Curl, causing the disfigurement of leaves, and sometimes the fruit, on your peach, nectarine, apricots and even almonds. However there are many other fungal problems that may occur and winter spraying is a good way to help reduce the incidence of fungal problems.

Peach Leaf Curl will cause the lovely new growth on your trees to appear blistered and puckered and in severe cases it can cause pimples on fruit and premature fruit drop. In the cool moist weather of early spring the fungus will multiply and if the cycle is not broken your trees will continue to be infested year after year.

Other fungal diseases that may be dormant on stone fruit include Shot Hole, Freckle Spot, Rust and Powdery Mildew.
There are several things you can do to minimise the spread of Peach Leaf Curl and other fungal diseases in the garden.
Practise good garden hygiene. Pick up fallen leaves from the ground and avoid putting them in your compost. Remove damaged or rotten fruit and keep the tree pruned to an open vase shape to increase air circulation.

Plant your tree into well prepared soil in the right position with plenty of sun and good air circulation. Keep up a regular fertilising and watering schedule.

Spray your trees during winter with a low impact fungicide. Winter-washing helps to kill off any spores and can greatly reduce the incidence of Peach Leaf Curl and other fungal problems.

Winter Washing

The best spray to use is either copper oxychloride or lime sulphur sprayed in alternate years. The first spray should be in late autumn at leaf fall just before the tree enters its dormancy. Spray again at bud swell or bud burst in late winter or early spring. Once the leaves have opened out it is too late to spray for Peach Leaf Curl and many other fungal diseases. Safe and effective spraying can only be done at the end of the following summer.

When spraying fruit trees, be aware of the potential impact that spray drift may have on surrounding vegetation, soil micro-organisms, pets and humans. Spraying is usually done to the point of run-off, where the spray liquid has completely covered the tree surface and runs off on to the ground. It may be prudent to lay spra...


Heatstroke Comes in Handy: A Day in Bostoniensis "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chariots of Fire

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Two persons indisputably died as a result of the 2013 Marathon bombing: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, age 24 and Ibraghim Todashev, 27.  Another four reportedly died: Sean Collier, 27, Martin Richards, 8, Lingzi Lu, age 23, and Krystle Campbell.  Jahar Tsarvaev was convicted of the murder of each of those four. He is currently on Death Row.

I own up to being a partial...


CRIME CULTURE: Scrublands by Chris Hammer "IndyWatch Feed National"

CRIME CULTURE: A priest massacres members of his own church congregation in a drought-ridden New South Wales town. Charles Sturt University academic, Therese Taylor, explains why the newly released Scrublands is such a timely novel. [READ MORE]


Two months ago today, Officer Kevin Valencia was shot in the line of duty and remains in a coma. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Two months ago today, Officer Kevin Valencia was shot in the line of duty and remains in a coma. Today, his son Kaleb started kindergarten. Since his daddy couldnt be there, Kevins Squad & @ChiefJohnMina escorted Kaleb to his first day of school. Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) August 10,...


Department of Veterans Affairs and their mind-numbing bureaucracy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yesterday I was in an East Timor SASR veteran's home for a few beers along with some other diggers. Each man had several tales of woeful, bureaucratic indifference from Australia's Department of Veterans Affairs. These men wrote out a cheque to Australia made out to the value of their life...


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Australian media lies about record hot July and wheat crop wipeout "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trustworthy Australian media claims July 2018 as the hottest month ever in the country, but even the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says its 2nd warmest day time highs, and 5th warmest mean since records began. Australia's drought is set to significantly worsen as well based on past patterns of climate on longer multi-century and multi-millennia cycles. South America was below normal temperatures overall for July 2018. Sources


Heroin "IndyWatch Feed National"

I dont use illicit drugs. Im 61. Age doesnt stop a lot of people in Bellingen, Northern Rivers, New South Wales Australia, where I live, from using illicit drugs, even heroin. Most whove used heroin for a long time are long dead.

No matter what I write, what Im writing wont stop people using illicit drugs.

But here goes

In 2010, I observed someone very close to me with very serious drug psychosis through the the window in a padded cell in the lock-up section for drug addicts and the mentally ill called Kiloh, the psychiatric ward at Prince Alfred Hospital in Randwick, Sydney. This person had been using multiple drugs in a serious drug binge lasting four months. They were mainly using very strong laced hydroponic marijuana. This type of marijuana, grown by bikies and other criminals in houses converted to drug labs, caves and the Australian bush, is at least thirty times stronger than the bush-grown marijuana we used to smoke in the 1970s back in New Zealand. Then it is laced with amphetamines or whatever these criminals have available.

I first observed someone using heroin in 1972 when I was 16. A friend has been doing a carpentry course in Huntley, near Auckland, New Zealand. He made friends with some teenagers aged about 16 from Auckland. I visited him at one of his friends houses in Remuera, Auckland, one of Aucklands most affluent suburbs. In a large bedroom on the basement level a young man was in bed resting. He got up sleepily, and injected himself with heroin, and lay back on the bed and fazed out, very high.

I was always scared of heroin and strong drugs. Many of my Auckland friends when the family moved there in 1974, used LSD. I never used it. I smoked a lot of weed (marijuana) from the age of 15 to 19, when I became a Christian. I was always Christian in a way, but I did the 70s counter-culture teen rebellion thing.

One of the home group leaders under my leadership at Christian Life Centre Darlinghurst, Sydney, the early name of Hillsong, in the 1980s, Michael Driscoll, suicided in the 1990s in Ireland. Michael went back on heroin, which he was on with his friend, the famous Australian painter Brett Whitely, and many other artists and their friends in Sydney in the 1970s, prior to Michael becoming a Christian. Jonathan Page and others helped Michael find Christ. Then in the 1990s he lost his way, moved to Ireland, went back on heroin, and suicided. I attended Michaels funeral in Neutral Bay in the 1990s.


Rep. Chris Collins is arrested for insider trading "IndyWatch Feed National"

Charges to three defendants also include wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and making false statements New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins was arrested and indicted on charges related to securities fraud Wednesday. The indictment is tied to securities of an Australian biotechnology company, Innate Immunotherapeutics where Collins has served on the board of directors. Collins' latest sale of Innate Immunotherapeutics holdings was on June 20, 2018 and valued between $15,000 and $50,000 according to House periodic transaction reports. He bought at least 4 million shares between 2016 and 2018, according to the reports. Collins' value in Innate went from $25,000,001 to $1,000,001, according to his most recent financial disclosure. He serves on the Health subcommittee of House Energy and Commerce. Last August, the House Ethics Committee took up an inquiry into Collins and allegations that he had shared nonpublic information about the company, in violation of House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law. Collins gained personal benefit and provided nonpublic information to his son Cameron Collins who sold nearly $1.4 million of Innate Immunotherapeutics shares, according to a complaint filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission. "Christopher Collins knew or recklessly disregarded that he breached his duty by disclosing this inside information to Cameron Collins," the SEC said.


Former Australian Cricket Star Receives Criticism for Endorsing ICO "IndyWatch Feed National"

A former Australian cricketer has received criticism over his decision to publicly endorse an initial coin offering (ICO) platform. Michael Clarke tweeted his support for Brisbane-based Global Tech earlier this week.

Clarke Should Buy Sandpaper Instead of Endorsing ICOs

Two days ago, the former Australian cricket team captain took to Twitter to promote a company looking to create a platform described by SmartCompany as part social network, part cryptocurrency exchange.

In the tweet, Clarke included the message, exciting times ahead along with a marketing image from Global Tech. The image depicts the former cricket star with the quotation:

I am really excited to be involved with Global Tech. Their ambition and drive is something that I resonated with straight away and I cant wait to learn more about blockchain technologies.

Since posting the image, Clarke has received an intense backlash from both the cryptocurrency community and fans alike. Many questioned why someone with little to no prior experience in the tech industry would risk their reputation on an ICO given the funding methods track record for fraud and failure.

One particularly amusing response to the endorsement was from John Hempton. The prominent investor suggested to the former cricketer that sandpaper would be a better investment. He was, of course, referencing the recent Aussie cricket scandal in which members of the national team had been found using...


Coral reefs since the age of dinosaurs "IndyWatch Feed National"

This May 2018 video says about itself:

The Coral Reef: 10 Hours of Relaxing Oceanscapes | BBC Earth

Sit back, relax and enjoy the colourful world of coral reefs as we take you on a journey through some of the most vibrant parts of our blue planet with this 10 hour loop.

From Penn State university in the USA:

Diverse symbionts of reef corals have endured since age of dinosaurs

August 9, 2018

Coral-algal partnerships have endured numerous climate change events in their long history, and at least some are likely to survive modern-day global warming as well, suggests an international team of scientists.

The teams conclusion is based on the finding that the relationship between corals and the mutualistic micro-algae that enable them to build reefs is considerably older and more diverse than previously assumed.

Past estimates placed the initiation of these symbiotic relationships at 50 to 65 million years ago, said Todd LaJeunesse, associate professor of biology, Penn State. Our research indicates that modern corals and their algal partners have been entwined with each other for much longer since the time of the dinosaurs, approximately 160 million years ago. During their long existence, they have faced severe episodes of environmental change, but have managed to bounce back after each one.

According to LaJeunesse, the micro-algae, commonly called zooxanthellae of the dinoflagellate family Symbiodiniaceae live inside the cells of corals, allowing them to acquire energy from sunli...


The Drama Surrounding My City Manager and Doug Mesner "IndyWatch Feed National"

I spoke to the Sheriff who has been working with me since I moved here with concerns to the break Ins and attacks and now I understand why things are playing out as they have.

First of all, let me say I trust this Sheriff and realize that my belief that they are working like the Algona WA police did is COMPLETELY unfounded.

Right when I moved to Earling I got threatening emails from Doug Mesner- bragging that he already had contacts in Earling who were going to get me. The Sheriff I spoke to HAS these emails and every other one I have recieved since coming here.

The city manager befriended me before I had even got to Earling- as we would have hours long conversations on the phone before I ever even left WA.

I trusted her so much that I gave her keys to my house and she was one of the witnesses on my Last Will and Testament.

During these constant break ins I was going through- she was telling me it was my neighbor- who she told me police were investigating for manufacturing meth in their basement, however today the Sheriff told me this wasnt true.

My neighbors were NEVER being investigated. Let alone for anything doing with narcotics.

At the height of all of this- the city manager gave me a photocopy of a check my neighbors had written the city for their water bill.

I didnt understand why but at the time I just thought, as my friend, that the city manager was just trying to help me.

Now- talking with the Sheriff for an hour today- I know this is FAR from the truth.

Today I learned that had I done ANYTHING with that check- like posted it on my blog- I could have faced criminal prosocution.

In doing so I would have gone to jail as that protection order would have put me in jail for a year. But all I did was throw it in a pile of stuff in my office- as it seemed useless to me, and- until just recently- forgot about it.

I went in search of it after realizing what had been stolen from my house and figuring out it was the City Manager. Consequently I notified my Sheriff AND my neighbor whos check was photocopied.

But this was a setup the entire time. Doug Mesner was directing it- my city manager was helping- and with the break Ins and threats- they thought I would be reactionary and do something stupid- which would have landed me in jail- thus allowing Mesner to follow through with his promise to have me murdered in jail.

As far as the dogs- the Sheriff informed me they have NEVER recieved any complaints about my dogs until this anonymous one that the city of Earling filed. However he told me that Earling is just following the direction of their city attorney and that they have the right to reject putting me on the agenda....


Can Taiwan counter Chinas mounting pressure? "IndyWatch Feed National"

As China increases its pressure on Taiwan, Taipei is taking countermeasures to promote itself as a regional haven for democracy and civil rights. But is it sufficient to deal with Beijing? William Yang reports.

President Tsai Ing-wen and President Xi Jinping (Reuters/T. Siu, picture-alliance/Xinhua/L. TAo)

On July 24, China successfully lobbied five other members of the East Asian Olympic Committee to revoke Taiwans right to host its first-ever East Asian Youth Games next year.

Recently, a group of Taiwanese LGBTQ activists accused Beijing of pressuring the organizers of the Gay Games in Paris into banning the display of Taiwans flag.

Also, a performance by a Taiwanese high-school choir at the UN Center in Vienna was reportedly canceled due to pressure from the Chinese embassy in Austria.

On July 25, four major US airlines complied with Beijings demand to alter Taiwans description on their websites, changing the destination to Taipei instead of Taiwan. The total number of international airlines that have so far caved in to Chinas demand is now 44.

Read more: Australia says China pressured Qantas over Taiwan status

China continues to lay claim to the island under its one China policy, which Taiwan rejects, and hostility toward Taiwan has only grown in Beijing since Tsai Ing-wen (Tsai pictured above, with Chinese President Xi Jinping) was elected as Taiwanese president in 2016.

Screenshot offizielle Website der Fluggesellschaft Delta ( has forced a number of international airlines to use Taipei instead of Taiwan as their destination


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Australias Biggest Bank Launches Worlds First Blockchain Bond With World Bank "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia has maintained a Blockchain-friendly position with its government-backed exploration of Blockchain technology for various applications. Now, it is getting ready to issue the worlds first Blockchain bond upon being mandated by the World Bank.

Australia to Create Distributed Ledger Bonds

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) will reportedly create, allocate, transfer and manage the bond using Blockchain technology. The $AUD Kangaroo bond, named bond-i, will be delivered on a private Ethereum blockchain being utilized by the World Bank and CBA in Washington and Sydney, respectively. The Blockchain platform has been designed and developed by the CBA Innovation Labs Blockchain Centre of Excellence and an independent review of its technical architecture, security and resilience has been conducted by Microsoft.

The initiative is a part of the World Banks mandate to reduce poverty and promote development, as a part of which, it issues bonds worth US$50-US$60 billion annually for encouraging sustainable development. The World Bank is focused on helping countries to leverage the technology for sustainable development, and it aims to explore disruptive technologies such as blockchain to expedite its progress towards the fulfilment of Sustainable Development Goals.

A media release on CBAs website states This collaboration built on the longstanding partnership between the two organisations, with the World Banks 70-year track record of innovation in the capital markets and CBAs globally recognised Blockchain Centre of Excellence combining to deliver the project successfully.

In 2017, the CBA had issued a prototype cryptobond for Queensland Treasury Corporation utilizing its capital markets blockchain platform, and become the first government entity both in Australia and in the world to do so.

The Australian government has also been proactive in investigating the technology for its efficiency gains and implementing it across a range of sectors. The country has signed a five-year $740 million deal with IBM to use crypto and other new technologies to enhance data security. Australias Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is researching the technology, hoping to apply it in international trade and supply chain management for better security and transparency. Another area where the country is aiming to implement the technology is for tracking the provenance of s...


What I Endure Trying to Get My Family Child Trafficking Mess Exposed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Right now I am fighting to keep my dogs based on anonymous lies that are negated by my neighbors signed declarations. Jan Gaul- Earling IAs acting mayor- sent me an email telling me I could not come to a public town hall meeting and plead my case.

The Sheriff s dept told me they have never recieved any complaints- esp of them running around in loose in town- although Sheriff Donovan- who delivered the order to me last Sunday- told me city hall said it had happened three times.

However- Earling IA is a tiny town with less than 400 people and had this EVER happened- the Sherriffs dept would have been flooded with calls.

My neighbors have said they rarely bark- that they are gentle and sweet- as did my vet who also declared they were current on their rabies shots.

The Sheriff read Jan Gails letter three times- told me he didnt understand it and ended up calling the county attorney for clarification- who didnt understand it either.

And I can PROVE this conversation with the Sheriffs dept because I have the entire conversation on video. (I have learned these many years NOT to trust the police).

I figure those I am fighting think that if I loose my dogs- Ill either commit suicide or they can make it LOOK as if I did. However- this will NEVER happen as it is against my faith and I will NEVER risk my soul regardless of how much pain I am forced to endure.

I am even expected to do the impossible and register my dogs- despite the fact Earling IA has no such thing in place on the books.

This is NOT the first time I have had to deal with things like this.

On the protection orders granted against me in Kent WA- it was put on the documents and even mentioned in court that I threatened the Algona WA police. However- had I actually done this- I would have gone to jail and since that never happened- it is obviously a lie.

And the Algona WA police knew this- as after the fact I told them every video listed on that protection order had NOTHING to do with the petitioners but ONLY and SOLELY dealt with Doug Mesner aka John Kilrush aka IEATBABIES aka Justin Sanity aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves and they responded with we know .

So they obviously had read the orders and knew the claim that I threatened them was a lie. And yet they delivered the order and I lost the case anyway.

These people will do anything they can to shut me up. And they will hurt me any way they can.

All to protect their secrets regarding child trafficking and pedophilia.


The Book Group and Gerald Murnanes Collected Short Fiction "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Gerald Murnane, Collected Short Fiction (Giramondo 2018) Before the meeting: Gerald Murnane has been described as Australias most distinguished unread writer. His most recent novel, Border Districts, is shortlisted for this years Miles Franklin Prize. He is the author of seven other novels, two Continue reading


PERTH Swinging sex ring mother pleads guilty to abuse of daughter "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Swinging sex ring mother pleads guilty to abuse of daughter .

August 10, 2018 at 12:54PM .

The woman pleaded guilty when she appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court today via video link from Bandyup Prison. She spoke only to enter the .


PERTH Swingers mum admits WA child sex crimes "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Swingers mum admits WA child sex crimes .

August 10, 2018 at 05:41PM .

The 39-year-old woman, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday to 17 offences including sexual penetration of a .


PERTH Extradition for historic child sexual offences, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Extradition for historic child sexual offences, WA .

August 10, 2018 at 03:15PM .

He is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow, Saturday 11 August 2018. The investigation is ongoing and Midland Detectives urge .


PERTH Southern River self-defence trainer charged with sexually assaulting women "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Southern River self-defence trainer charged with sexually assaulting women .

August 10, 2018 at 11:07AM .

He will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today. The investigation is ongoing. If you are, or have been a victim of sexual abuse, or if you have .


PERTH Northam Drug Seizure "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Northam Drug Seizure .

August 09, 2018 at 04:46PM .

The man and woman were refused bail and have appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court. They are next due to appear in the same court on Monday .


PERTH Evil mother who pimped out her own young daughter at sick swingers parties cries as she pleads "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Evil mother who pimped out her own young daughter at sick swingers parties cries as she pleads .

August 10, 2018 at 02:24PM .

The stepfather, who appeared in Perth Magistrates Court in April, pleaded guilty to three charges of sexually penetrating a child who was a de facto .



PERTH Man charged over sexual assault "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man charged over sexual assault .

August 10, 2018 at 11:18AM .

The man, who was arrested by Armadale Detectives, will front Perth Magistrates Court on Friday over a string of alleged sexual based offences. .



Turnbull corruption and Murdoch "IndyWatch Feed National"

FILE This is a Thursday, May 4, 2017 file photo of Rupert Murdoch, right, Chairman of Fox News Channel, as he walks with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, left, to their table for dinner aboard the USS Intrepid, a decommissioned aircraft carrier docked in the Hudson River in New York.

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You Can't Have It All, but You Can Have Most of What Matters "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today, we are featuring a guest article by Karen Treanor, an author living in Tasmania, Australia, and the founder of Quenda Books.

Treanor stumbled upon our article (A Thousand Hidden Subsidies by Johnny Sanphillippo) about $700,000 homes on semi-rural hilltops in California. She was struck by the dramatic contrast between the situation Johnny describedresidents seeking the best aspects of rural living but also demanding a full complement of urban servicesand her own experience living in rural Tasmania, where very little of the necessary infrastructure for a high standard of living is provided by the government. Rather, residents resourcefulness and initiative fill the gaps.

I'm a former New England Yankee who spent the best part of a decade in southern Africa and then settled in Western Australia with my family for many years before coming to roost in Australias smallest state, the island of Tasmania, which is about the size of Maryland. My husband and I came here in 2014, and rather than downsizing to a sensible suburban house with all the infrastructure most people take for granted, we found a large wooden cottage in the country. It has been a big change, going from a semi-suburban life with all the modern services at our doorstep to a rural existence with very few amenities.

We live on the edge of the d'Entrecasteaux Channel where the sunrises and sunsets are spectacular, and eagles and ospreys patrol the skies. At night you can see millions of stars because there is no light pollutionno street lights, no shops, no offices burning the midnight oil.  Just us and a handful of not very close neighbours. We are just about the same latitude South as our hometown in New England was North, so the quality of light and the weather are quite similarexcept the snow stays in the high country most of the time. The house sits on one corner of a ten-acre environmental block. You might think that sounds very green and responsible, but in practical terms what it means is you cant develop your property much beyond what you've currently got. No holiday chalets or granny flats can be built here, for instance. No commercial chicken farm can be established.

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Rainwater storage tanks



1) Deiyai youth figures talk about a year after bloody Oneibo case "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

1) Deiyai youth figures talk about a year after bloody Oneibo case
2) Papua pastor a ray of light for HIV patients

1) Deiyai youth figures talk about a year after bloody Oneibo case

Published 10 hours ago on 10 August 2018

Illustration of human rights. ...


Donald Trumps war on American football, continued "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video from the USA about American football says about itself:

Philadelphia Eagles DeVante Bausby discusses decision to demonstrate during national anthem

9 August 2018

Philadelphia Eagles defensive back DeVante Bausby raised his right fist during the national anthem before the teams preseason opener on Aug. 9, 2018. He explains his decision to demonstrate alongside teammate Malcolm Jenkins here. (Video by Daniel Gallen/PennLive)

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

American football players demonstrate again during national anthem

Players from American football competition NFL have demonstrated during the national anthem again already during the first exhibition games of the season. At least two players knelt and three stuck their fists in the air. Players also stayed in the dressing rooms during the national anthem.

The protests during the national anthem are sensitive in the US. In 2016, quarterback (playmaker) Colin Kaepernick of San Francisco 49ers started kneeling during the national anthem as a silent protest against the racial inequality in the country, in his view.

Angry Trump

Kaepernick got more and more acclaim from colleagues after his protest, but also the anger of American president Donald Trump.

Trump campaigned strongly against Kaepernick and other athletes during his election campaign. He reproached kneeling players for a lack of patriotism and advocated sacking the sons of bitches.

As presi...


Celeste Liddle: Comedian makes fun of Indigenous women and gets away with it "IndyWatch Feed National"

Racially and sexually objectifying Aboriginal women reflects a long practice in Australia and abroad.


Coal Mining in Australia: Prospects for India "IndyWatch Feed National"

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By Taazakhabar News Bureau

Minerals are back-bone of Australias economy. Australia is leading producer and net exporter of minerals. More than 300 mines over Australia produce over 22 varieties of mineral ores. Mining has directly or indirectly touched the lives of people and contributed billions of dollars to Australias wealth. The industry has developed 26 towns, 25 airfields, 2,000 kilometers of railway and 12 ports besides upgrading the facilities in existing ports.

Mining industry has been a catalyst for Australias economic development and is the largest source of private employment. Around 167 000 people are directly employed and almost a similar number some 153 000 are indirectly employed by the industry. The industry also serves as a spring board to leverage a number of immigrants wanting to make a fortune.

It is said to be so important that when it sneezes the Australian economy catches a cold. The industry accounts for 7% of GDP, 20% of investments and 50% of exports of goods and services.

Minerals are Australias largest export. Coal and iron ore are two of Australias largest export earners. The two types of coal mined in Australia include high-quality black coal and the lower-quality brown coal. The Black coal is mined underground in Queensland and New South Wales, and is used for domestic and overseas power generation and industrial boilers. Brown coal found in Victoria and South Australia is of lower quality due a higher ash and water content. Australia holds 8 per cent of the worlds black coal resources and accounts for 6 per cent of world production. In terms of brown coal resources Australia represent 24 per cent of total world resources. Coal is Australias biggest export commodity. Australia accounts for around 34 % of world black coal trade54% of world metallurgical trade and 18% of thermal coal trade. Almost 75% of Australian black coal production is exported. Australia has one of the largest coal reserves (76200 million ton) almost 10% of the world total.

Coal also referred to as Black Gold accounts for 25% of Australias exports. Though Coal is mined in varying quantities in almost every state of Australia, New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland account for 97% of Australias production and almost its entire black coal export. Victoria has the largest reserves of brown coal, used exclusively for power generation. The brown coal deposits in Victoria with low mining costs is one of the worlds che...


Industrialism and ambivalence on the Queensland coast: Part II "IndyWatch Feed National"

Industrialism and ambivalence on the Queensland coast: Part II

brendan 10th August 2018
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World Bank Picks Australias CBA to Deliver Worlds First Blockchain Bond on Ethereum "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), the countrys largest bank, has won a mandate from the World Bank to become the sole arranger of a bond exclusively created and managed on a blockchain. Dubbed bond-I Blockchain Offered New Debt Instrument- with a nod to Australias famous Bondi beach, the pioneering issue will be the Continued

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China: Core Leader Xi Facing Rare Push Back People question Xis autocratic policies, manipulation and violations of the rule of law "IndyWatch Feed National"

Months after s campaign to consolidate power appeared to have reached its pinnacle with the announcement of the successful abolition of presidential term limits and an unprecedented government restructuring plan, there are growing signs of domestic dissent to Xis policies. A recent vaccine scandal, ongoing trade dispute with Washingtonembattled stock market, and international opposition to Beijings recent foreign policy assertiveness have emboldened some in China to voice their discontent.

Xi Jinping, center, during the National Peoples Congress in Beijing in March. Credit Fred Dufour/Agence France-Presse Getty Images

Last week at The New York Times, Chris Buckley reported on a wave of rare domestic reproach facing Xi:

People nationwide, including the entire bureaucratic elite, feel once more lost in uncertainty about the direction of the country and about their own personal security, and the rising anxiety has spread into a degree of panic throughout society, Professor Xu [Zhangran, a Tsinghua law professor] wrote in an essay that appeared on the website of Unirule Institute of Economics, an independent think tank in Beijing that was recently forced out of its office.



3 Friday nuggets from the SOMP "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Statement on Monetary Policy

A sumptuous SOMP from the Reserve Bank of Australia today.

Particularly of interest were some useful explanations of bank funding costs, which are up a bit, if not a lot. 

Melbourne on fire

A couple of other interesting things jumped out to me. 

Firstly, we already knew that job vacancies are very healthy in Sydney and Melbourne.

In fact I was just down in Melbourne for a couple of days, and it looked to me like the economy is absolutely screaming along down there. 

I couldn't even make the weather look nice with an Instagram filter, but to witness the consumer economy down their in full swing is something else. 

It's almost as though Melbourne has been sucking the energy out of a number of the second tier capital cities in recent times, and jobs vacancies in Victoria are rapidly approaching the highest levels imaginable. 

With half of the state seemingly now getting under construction it's very much a case of full employment here we come for Melbourne. 


World Bank Taps Australias CommBank to Issue Its First Blockchain Bond "IndyWatch Feed National"

The World Bank Group has partnered with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia to issue a bond with blockchain. The CBA, one of the four major commercial banks in Australia, stated in the issue on Friday that itd won a mandate from the World Bank to organize the issuance of the bond, which would be created, transferred and managed by means of a blockchain platform. The technology, already developed by CBAs in house blockchain laboratory, intends to get key parties at a bond issuance process like investors and banks to be participating nodes in the distribution of network.

World Banks chief info officer Denis Robitaille commented at the release: This pioneering bond is a milestone in our efforts to find out how we may advise our client nations on the opportunities and risks that disruptive technologies provide as we strive to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals. The ABC, who designed and developed the technology, said its a personal blockchain at the top of the ethereum network and had been examined by Microsoft regarding the systems architecture, safety, and resilience. The announcement follows the news in December 2017 that the CBA is developing a blockchain system for issuing bonds in cooperation with a major world issuer, whose name wasnt disclosed at the time.

Presently, several major financial institutions in the world, like JP Morgan, the Agricultural Bank of China, and BBVA, have already tested blockchain based systems for bond and loan issuance. World Bank picture via Shutterstock. The leader in blockchain information, CoinDesk is a media outlet that tries for the highest journalistic standards and adheres to a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.




Dave Sweeney urges Federal government to pause and consider, rather than rushing into nuclear waste dumping in Kimba "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Slow down nuclear process: Sweeney, Whyalla News, Louis Mayfield 7 August 18  An environmentalist is urging the federal government to slow down their site selection process for the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility as a community vote looms for Kimba and Hawker.


The Weekend Quiz August 11-12, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

1. Which scenario represents a more expansionary outcome:

(a) A fiscal deficit equivalent to 5 per cent of GDP (including the impact of automatic stabilisers equivalent to 2 per cent of GDP).

(b) A fiscal deficit equivalent to 4 per cent of GDP (where the automatic stabiliser component is zero).

(c) A fiscal deficit of 2 per cent.

(d) You cannot tell because you do not know the decomposition between the cyclical and structural components in Option (c)

The answer is Option (a).

The question probes an understanding of the forces (components) that drive the fiscal balance that is reported by government agencies at various points in time and how to correctly interpret a fiscal balance.

In outright terms, a fiscal deficit that is equivalent to 5 per cent of GDP is more expansionary than a fiscal deficit outcome that is equivalent to 3 per cent of GDP or 4 per cent of GDP, irrespective of the cyclical and structural components and irrespective of the presence of the automatic stabilisers.

In that sense, the question lured you into thinking that only the discretionary component (the actual policy settings) were of interest.

To see the why Option (a) is the best answer we have to explore the issue of decomposing the observed fiscal balance into the discretionary (now called structural) and cyclical components. The latter component is driven by the automatic stabilisers that are in-built into the fiscal process.

The federal (or national) government fiscal balance is the difference between total federal revenue and total federal outlays. So if total revenue is greater than outlays, the fiscal position is in surplus and vice versa. It is a simple matter of accounting with no theory involved. However, the fiscal balance is used by all and sundry to indicate the fiscal stance of the government.

So if the fiscal position is in surplus it is often concluded that the fiscal impact of government is contractionary (withdrawing net spending) and if the fiscal position is in deficit we say the fiscal impact expansionary (adding net spending).

Further, a risi...


The Weekend Quiz August 11-12, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blog posts that I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. Which scenario represents a more expansionary outcome: (a) A fiscal deficit equivalent to 5 per cent of GDP (including the impact of automatic stabilisers equivalent to 2 per cent of GDP). (b) A fiscal deficit equivalent to 4 per cent of GDP (where the automatic stabiliser component is zero). (c) A fiscal deficit of 2 per cent. (d) You cannot tell because you do not know the decomposition between the cyclical and structural components in Option (c)

2. When the government matches an increase in its deficit spending with debt issued to the non-government sector, the immediate stimulus to aggregate expenditure is less than would be the case if the government didn't borrow at all.


World Bank Taps Australia's CommBank to Issue Its First Blockchain Bond "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has been chosen by the World Bank Group to help issue a bond over a blockchain.


Australian prawn farmers claim biosecurity undermined by trade considerations "IndyWatch Feed National"

August 10, 2018: The ABC reports that until recently, Australia had been free of the deadly white spot prawn disease which is harmless to people but has the potential to wipe out both farmed and wild prawns. Quarantine border checks were intended to prevent the disease from being imported in raw prawns.

The ABC reports that, despite an outbreak of the disease in Queensland in 2016 documented by Four Corners, the Federal government had not revealed that two of 101 retail samples taken from Melbourne and Sydney retail outlets in May and June  2018 returned strong positives for white spot disease, while another four returned weak positives. In 2016, seven prawn farms at Logan, near the Gold Coast, had to destroy all their stock.

In contrast, when white spot was confirmed in 2016 in the wild in Moreton Bay, after quarantine regulations were tightened, the Queensland Government imposed a movement restriction order for raw wild caught prawns, crustaceans and marine worms between Caloundra and the New South Wales border.

In December 2017 a report by Australia's inspector-general of biosecurity, Dr Helen Scott-Orr, found a major biosecurity failure likely led to the 2016 outbreak. More than a $100 million of taxpayer money has since been spent on compensation, clean-up, monitoring and increased border security.

Containers of imported prawns are now required to be tested for the virus at the country of origin and again when they reach Australia, but the recent Melbourne and Sydney evidence shows this may not be effective.

The ABC reports that the Queensland Seafood Industry Association believes the differences between the response from the state and federal governments boiled down to international trade.

"Unfortunately our industry has been sacrificed on that altar of trade and it's never been good enough, said the Association spokesperson, Mr Eric Perez.

If we put restrictions on then suddenly, 'Oh well you export to our countries, what if we put restrictions on what you export out' so it is a trade issue," Mr Perez...


The inherent radicalism of Tasman Keith "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Photo by Tom Black, styling by Asia Carino

  • Tasman Keith :: Interview with Maia Bilyk on Lunch
Days after dropping new single My Pelopolees, Tasman Keith swung by to chat with Maia Bilyk on Lunch.

An ode to his Uncle Spits, and grandfather Billy Jack, My Pelopolees reflects the strength of Tasman Keiths ancestry, his community and the role of hip-hop intertwining. Keith references the interconnectedness between the future and past, wields his personal triumph to motivate other Indigenous people, and inspired by artists like Outkast bringing southern slang into hip-hop he incorporates mission slang out if his home town in Bowraville.

Keith is the son of Wire MC one of the most prolific voices in early Indigenous hip-hop. Keith recounts growing up, the similarities between their music, and the environment that was forged for future musicians, paved by pioneers like his father.

I thought everyones dad was a rapper.. that was just normal to me

Keith touches on the inherent radicalness of Indigenous people taking up space in the public sphere.

Straight up, waking up and being black, no matter whether you like it or not, its political. Being a black man on a stage on this land that was stolen and we were supposed to be wiped out is crazy enough

With an EP coming down the pipe, expect massive things from TK in the second half of 2018.

Listen to the whole chat above, get out to the Botany View this Saturday for the launch of My Pelopolees + check out the hauntingly beautiful visuals from Bowraville in the vid below.


WHAT: My Pelopolees Single Launch (fb event here)
WHO: Tasman Keith with Slim Set,...


World Bank Mandates Commonwealth Bank of Australia to Issue Bond Using Blockchain Tech "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has received a mandate from the World Bank to create and issue a bond exclusively on a blockchain


From Embers: New Content from July "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post From Embers: New Content from July appeared first on It's Going Down.

From Embers podcast presents its episodes from July, covering a wide range of topics from an anarchist perspective.

From Embers is a regular anarchist podcast produced in Kingston Ontario. We produce a few episodes a month about actions and projects going on in so-called Canada that inspire us, or about topics that we think will be relevant to anarchists living north of the border.

Last month, weve come out with three original episodes. They are:

No Pride In Genocide

A post-Canada Day reflection on resistance to colonial celebrations.  Interviews with two Indigenous organizers, one about Canada Day here in Kingston, Ontario, and another on Australia Day, also known as Invasion Day, which meets massive protests across Australia each January.

Conversation with an anarchist person of colour in Montreal

I talk to Rosa, a friend and anarchist person of colour living in Montreal, about racism, identity politics, identity-based organizing and projects shes involved with. Thanks to Rosa for the music selections!

Anti-fascism in Quebec

An interview with an anti-fascist based in Montreal. We discuss the history of the Quebec far right dating back to the 1930s, anti-fascist resistance in 1990s Montreal, and the contemporary context, including an important victory against La Meute on July 1, 2018.

You can tune in to From Embers in the Kingston area on CFRC 101.9 FM between 8 and 9 PM on Wednesdays. You can also stream episodes directly at or subscribe and download them via any major podcatching app on your smartphone.

If you have feedback for us, or ideas for future episodes, please get in touch! You can email us at fromembers [at] riseup [dot] net


Thank Folk Its Friday 10th August "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Releases This Week Sunday Morning Cinema Dan Parsons Bandcamp Meet Me at the River Dawn Landes Bandcamp Timber and Steel Recommends Go To This Gig Julia Johnson w/ Clarissa Mei, Emily Stewart, Rosanna Stevens Friday 10th August 107 Projects, []


Australian Government Has Simply Lost Its Mind & Violates International Law "IndyWatch Feed National"

People who think that Trump alone embarked on protectionism, really need to look around the World. Australians have been blocked by Amazon from buying anything from their US site because the government has imposed effectively a tariff of 10% on anything an Australian may purchase under $1,000 from the internet overseas. The Australian government is violating international law demanding that anyone selling anything on the internet must collect a 10% tax from an Australian and pay it to the Australian government.

The Australian government has shifted a tax-collecting burden to the entire world. Amazon has now blocked Australians from buying from their sites outside of Australia. They correctly criticized Australia stating that delivery companies such as Australia Post should be made to collect the tax, not the stores. The Australian government is pretending this is to protect Australian companies. However, this applies to absolutely everything sent to Australia even if there is NO LOCAL competition.

We are looked at a naked greedy tariff. Simply s...


One of the petitions setting out to destroy Sky News "IndyWatch Feed National"

Almost 30,000 signatures on this petition Qantas, get Sky News off your screens! Sleeping Giants started this petition to Alan Joyce Sky News is played prominently in Qantas lounges and on screens on their fleet of planes. But this channel eroded its dedication to news long ago, with a...


Hold Adani to account for pollution "IndyWatch Feed National"

Politicians are lying when they say a coal industry can co-exist with the Great Barrier Reef. Photo AAP Image/Supplied by Greenpeace, Dean Miller.

The Australian Marine Conservation Society is calling on the Queensland Government to hold Adani to account, following media revelations the company knew it would pollute the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area during Cyclone Debbie and breach their special licence to pollute by up to 900 per cent.

Dr Lissa Schindler, AMCS Senior Reef Campaigner, said: According to media reports Adani actually suspected that its water on site was more polluted than what was allowed to be released into our Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area during Cyclone Debbie. This demonstrates yet again that Adani cant be trusted with our Reef.

To knowingly allow this water to be released and pollute the area surrounding the Abbot Point coal terminal would be to recklessly risk the health of our threatened dugongs, turtles, snubfin dolphins and the nationally significant Caley Valley Wetlands.

How can Adani challenge its measly $12,000 fine and fight an environmental assessment of Abbot Point when it reportedly knew it would pollute the Reef and breach its licence before the cyclone hit?

This is blatantly unacceptable to everyone who loves the Reef, let alone depends on it for their livelihoods. The Queensland Government must fight for our Reef and hold Adani accountable for this coal pollution.

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New Foreign Interference Laws Are Aimed at Stifling Dissent "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Donald Trump has insisted throughout his presidency that there was no collusion between his election campaign and the Russian government. Just hours before his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was set to go on trial for tax and bank fraud charges, Mr Trump and his lawyers changed their tune.

The post New Foreign Interference Laws Are Aimed at Stifling Dissent appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Meet The Man Nicknamed Angel Of The Gap Who Managed To Talk Hundreds Out Of Their Own Suicides "IndyWatch Feed National"


He didnt plan on making saving lives his life mission. But from the first time that he saw someone sad and lonely, ready to jump over the bridge notorious for suicides, he knew he couldnt sit back and watch. When Don Ritchie chose to live by The Gap, he couldnt have known that his life was going to take on a much bigger purpose.

See how one man bravely attempted to save hundreds of lives, many of which were successful, by literally talking them off the edge and into his home.

Donald Don Ritchie


Donald Taylor Ritchie, otherwise known to most as Don, had seen a lot in his 86-years of life. Born on June 9, 1925, Don was an Australian who was proud of his country and people. In 1939, when he was just a lad of 14, he took his place in the Royal Australian Navy as a seaman having lived through World War II.


Diary of Death: August 10 August 17 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

A life threatening list of imminent events happening in Sydney and surrounds, selected weekly by Jack Shit.

Jack Off with Jack Shit airs Saturday arvos between 3 and 5PM



  Frenzal Rhomb, Shaky Hands, Legal Aliens Marrickville Bowling Club SOLD OUT
Lo Carmen Camelot Album launch. Two sets
Noize Disorders 1st Birthday: Mistortion, Lilith, The Smasher, Toon & Raziel, Aus Industrial Militia, Passenger of Shit, Hedonist, Scatterlie, Severe, Mixen Vixen, Mantello, Convict, Toza, Jawcep, Barbz, Red Hot, Trireme, Kombat, Miss Temper, KinSkiez, Mirvcore, Audiophile; MC Instinct Candys Apartment
Jack Shit Palmer and Co 5 til 8PM FREE
Magpie Diaries, Baghead Music, The Lyle Dennis Express, Nicholas Connors, Byren Customs House, Newcastle
Moaning Lisa, Cry Club, Sports Bra Waywards
Kaki King (US) Factory Theatre
Hideous Sun Demon, C.O.F.F.I.N, Sook, Sloshpit Rad, Wollongong
Kaiden Kreeps, The Snake Girl & The Silver-Haired Witch (1968), Tokaido Yotsuya kaidan (1959) Pink Flamingo Cinema 7pm Donations encouraged.



  Fix NSW Transport City Lantern Walk Town Hall 5.30 til 7.30PM FREE (Protest)
The Bamboos Oxford Art Factory


Fairfax hatchet job on Ben Roberts Smith VC MG "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ben Roberts Smith VC MG is an executive with Channel 7. This hatchet job is courtesy of the newly minted Nine-Fairfax smear merchants. Here's a wordcount: allege - 24 allegation 23 claim - 13 sources - 8 You can read the entire piece here if you must. Here's an excerpt....


A new red scare? On the campaign against Chinese influence "IndyWatch Feed National"

What, if anything, does McCarthyism have to do with racism? Consider what happened to the Council on African Affairs, founded in 1937 with a slightly different name, and renamed in 1941. The CAA was a volunteer organisation which published a journal called New Africa. It campaigned against colonialism and apartheid, and publicised the activities of the South African ANC, the party of Nelson Mandela.


Israel Constitutionally Enshrines Its Apartheid System "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

On 19 July, the Knesset the Israeli parliament  passed the Nation-State Law, which officially relegates Palestinians in Israel to the rank of second-class citizens. This has effectively enshrined Israels decades-old system of apartheid in the nations Basic Laws: its de facto constitution. The legislation stipulates that only Jewish people have the right to self-determination

The post Israel Constitutionally Enshrines Its Apartheid System appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


How The Left sees Chairman Mal's $.5BN gift to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Only a once-in-a-lifetime political tool could piss off The Left by gifting $500M in the name of the environment. That unique political tool is Chairman Mal. Absolutely bereft of judgement, tool-man has managed the feat of upsetting everyone over his $500M taxpayer money handover. Here's how The Left sees it.


Citizens Group to Fight Police Corruption "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Many believe the culture of misconduct in the Queensland Police Force (QPS) is worse than ever before, even poorer than prior to the states 1987 Fitzgerald Inquiry into police corruption. Despite recommendations for better accountability mechanisms, police in Queensland and indeed across Australia have largely been left

The post Citizens Group to Fight Police Corruption appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


NEWS: Ben Leece Announces Album and New Label "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Newcastle singer/songwriter Ben Leece has had a big year with a nomination for the inaugural Australian Americana Music Prize and winning Alt-Country Song of the Year award at the 16th annual Independent Music Awards with his song Trace. Now hes adding a brand new album to those achievements, with the announcement that the Shane Nicholson-produced No Continue reading


Q Anon is Certainly a Phenomenon "IndyWatch Feed National"

(photo from CNET)

By Phil Hingston

Q Anon blasted on the scene on 28th October,2017 announcing that our favourite arch-criminal, Hillary Rodham Clinton would be arrested on Monday, 30th October, 2017 between the hours of 7.45 am and 8.30 am US Eastern Standard Time.

Oct 28 2017 14:33:50 (EST) >>146981635
Hillary Clinton will be arrested between 7:45 AM 8:30 AM EST on Monday the morning on Oct 30, 2017.

Further, it was stated that her passport would be flagged as of 12.01 am the same day to prevent her escape. Now dont get me wrong, but didnt we see the Hilldog on a speaking tour in A...


What is the national energy guarantee? video explainer "IndyWatch Feed National"

It's crunch time for the Neg, the Turnbull government's flagship energy policy. Guardian Australia's political editor Katharine Murphy looks at whether the plan is likely to succeed, who wins and who loses under it, and will it be worth the procedural pain Commonwealth and state governments deadlocked before Coag energy meeting Continue reading...


ABx Subsidiarys Aluminum Fluoride Technology To Be Licensed Globally "IndyWatch Feed National"


Australian Bauxite Limited (ABx) announced to the market yesterday that its wholly-owned subsidiary ALCORE Limited will have the rights to employ ALCORE technology throughout the world.

In a press release issued yesterday, ABx said that the technology, which is used in producing aluminium fluoride (AlF3), will be available to ALCORE for utilization as it builds plants abroad. The process will yield more AlF3 at a lower cost in order to meet an ever-expanding demand, especially in the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries.

Plants utilizing the process have already begun construction, with groundwork laid on such a plant in New South Wales last month. Once commissioned, the plant will produce AlF3 for the production of Corethane, a pure hydrocarbon powder derived from coal that can be used either as thermal power or in high-efficiency batteries.

ABxs CEO Ian Levy greeted the news as a major advancement in the ALCORE project and the technology it utilizes.

Step by step, ABx is bringing ALCOREs powerful new bauxite refining technology closer to becoming an important domestic producer and supplier of key AlF3 products for the Australasian aluminium smelters. However, in the longer-term, these global technology rights allow ALCORE Limited to produce AlF3 in any location globally. Creating ALCORE Limited as a project-specific subsidiary is expected to unlock considerable value for shareholders in both the short and medium terms.

ALCORE Technology also produces several valuable co-products including silica fume for the cement industry and Corethane pure hydrocarbons for energy and fuel security. Upside potential includes production of pure AlF3 for Lithium-ion batteries, iron oxide pigments, titanium oxide pigments. Further potential exists for developing ultra-pure products such as high purity alumina (HPA) for the manufacture of scratch-resistant sapphire glass for phones and computer screens.

Based in Sydney, ABx conducts operations in Tasmania, Queensland, and New South Wales. The fir...


Alcore gets license to refine "IndyWatch Feed National"

AUSTRALIAN Bauxite-subsidiary Alcore will be free to produce aluminium fluoride anywhere in the world after securing global licence rights for bauxite refining using the Alcore technology.

The technology refines raw bauxite to produce aluminium fluoride and other valuable co-products such as silica fume and corethane.

The global licence will pave the way for Alcore to build multiple plants in any locations to meet growing demand for aluminium fluoride and associated co-products.

A global spike in aluminium smelter production and the use of aluminium fluoride in lithium ion batteries is boosting demand for the product.

Site construction work for the first stage of Alcores pilot project at Berkeley Vale on New South Wales Central Coast began in July.

The first stage is designed toproduce aluminium fluoride test samples and produce corethane, which is pure hydrocarbon powder refined from low-value coals

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11 Surreal Scenes Showing Fires Are Unleashing Hell on Earth in California "IndyWatch Feed National"

california fires(ANTIMEDIA)  Wildfires in California are burning hundreds of thousands of acres as tens of thousands of firefighters, some who have traveled from as far as Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand work to contain the blazes. Even prisoners have been enlisted to fight the fires (at a rate of $1 per hour plus $2 per day). Though much of the []


Big finance and big media are behind the new rise of fascism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The way big commercial media reports on what is happening has narrowed down considerably in recent times.  This is evident across most developed countries, and in Australia, this is even more true than in most.

Promotion of race-based bigotry is now the masthead. None represent this more clearly than the Murdoch media empire. Take the present sky controversy, involving the Blair Cottrell interview. He is a self-confessed Nazi, propagating white supremacy, anti-Jewish, anti-black and anti-Asian and anyone else he can turn his hateful attention on. Cottrell argues that schools should teach, what he calls the truth about Germany under the Nazis and that Hitlers book Mein Camp should be issued to every student.

It is bad enough that he is provided a platform to broadcast his hate. But when the interviewer is seen to sympathise with what Cottrell has to say, bad is taken to another level. One could not have imagined something like this happening just a few years ago. Millions died, including Australians, populations suffered horrendously, because of what Blair Cottrell represents.

Because of the uproar it caused, Skye management has since apologised, . Not because they are repentant. This can be said with confidence, because the Cottrell Affair is not a one off. It represents a pattern that has become only too clear and is being replicated across the Murdoch stable, in every country in which it operates.

The Tommy Robinson affair is a current case in the United Kingdom. Robinson has been portrayed as a hero of free speech and lifted to celebrity status. What did he do? He went into a court and filmed defendants. This is not the first time, and the judge jailed him for contempt of the court. Although he has got off because of a technicality, it remains that Tommy Robinson promotes the same political views as Cottrell.

Robinson supporter Steve Bannon is an American counterpart. And he was until recently Donald Trumps right-hand man.

All of them fit into a big media driven campaign to promote anti-Islam and anti-immigrant feeling. The three mentioned, and others of as similar kind, serve as a manufactured public face. In this respect at least, there is some connection between Blair Cottrell and Pauline Hanson.

This tells us that the problem is much bigger than a handful of distasteful individuals. More powerful forces are behind them.

As a society, we must also come to terms over why this is happening.

Yes, a factor has been the rise of the Murdoch juggernaut, with its defined political objectives. As much as Rupert and his empire are a problem, it is more than this too. Other big media is also mired in the muck, being either part of it, or failing to challenge the narrative.



1) Vanuatu appoints special West Papua envoy "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

1) Vanuatu appoints special West Papua envoy
2) Indonesia: speaking for rights
3) Australia ramps up arms exports to Indonesia
4)Soedarmo: Papuan Coffee promoted in Boston and Paris

1) Vanuatu appoints special West Papua envoy

6:48 pm on 9 August 2018 

The Vanuatu government has appointed Laura Lini as special envoy for West Papua.
Ms Lini is the daughter of Wal...


MACKAY Stunning discovery by police as home-made weapon unearthed "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY August 09, 2018 at 08:07AM ,

Stunning discovery by police as home-made weapon unearthed

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Stunning Drone Photos Capture the Hidden Patterns of Our World "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Drone Photography of the Australian Forest

Though he only picked up a camera six years ago, Indonesian photographer Demas Rusli has quickly developed the skills to take stunning imagery. His drone photography offers a particularly artistic look at the landscape of Australia, where Rusli is based. Squeezing in time outside of his full-time job as an architect, Rusli travels in and around Sydney and uses a DJI Phantom 4 Pro to capture breathtaking views.

Rusli was first inspired to pick up a camera after helping his cousin, who is a professional photographer, with a photo shoot. Inspired by the interaction he saw between his cousin and the clients, he bought his first DSLR a week later. He also got an Instagram account and began posting his work. The interaction and feedback he received pushed him to keep going, and now he has over 100,000 followers.

Rusli's training as an architect is immediately evident when looking at his work. The harmony of lines, use of geometry, and symmetrical compositions all speak to his profession. My photos are always heavily influenced by leading lines, geometry, symmetry and balance and I always try to put a human figure in my photos to give the image a sense of scale and relate-ability, Rusli tells My Modern Met. This is something I learned from architecture school.

While we see a lot of drone photos, Rusli's stand out from the crowd for their crisp compositions and his ability to capture that unknown patterns that make up our world.

Architect Demas Rusli is passionate about photography and takes incredible drone photos to capture a unique perspective on the world.

Drone Photography by Demas Rusli...


Rep. Chris Collins Indicted on Insider Trading -- First Unsealed Indictment? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rep. Chris Collins Indicted on Insider Trading: First Unsealed Indictment?

August 8, 2018

Source: Golden Age of Gaia | By Steve Beckow

Some are describing this as the first unsealed indictment. Time will tell. Thanks to John.

New York Rep. Christopher Collins indicted on insider trading charges

Andrew OReilly, Fox News, Aug. 8, 2018

New York Republican Rep. Christopher Collins has been indicted on insider trading charges, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

These charges are a reminder that this is a land of laws and that everyone stands [equal] before the bar of justice, Geoffrey Berman, an attorney for the U.S. Southern District of New York, said during a press conference on Wednesday.

The indictment also names the congressmans son, Cameron Collins, and Stephen Zarsky, the father of his sons fiance. The fraud counts relate to securities of an Australian biotechnology company called Innate Immunotherapeutics, where the 68-year-old congressman served on the board.

Christopher Collins, the defendent, violated the duties he owed to Innate by passing material; nonpublic information regarding the Drug Trial results to his son, Cameron Collins, the defendent, so that [his son] could use that information to make timely trades in Innate stock and tip others, the indictment states. Cameron Collins traded on the inside information and passed it to Stephen Zarsky.

Among the charges, the defendants are accused of multiple counts of securities fraud, along with one count of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count each of making false statements.

Thursday, 09 August


Humans Have Damaged Most of the Seas, Apart From Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed National"

Humans huddle on a small part of the Earths surface, but our activity on the rest will leave our descendants only diminished oceans. Thanks to us, the wilderness of the worlds wide seas has shrunk drastically.

Earth is a waterworld: 70% of it is swept by ocean. And 87% of this waterworld has been to some degree fouled, polluted, poisoned or impoverished by the actions of one almost entirely terrestrial mammal. That is, according to a new survey, only 13% of the high seas can now be considered true wilderness.

Terrestrial life is smeared thinly. It is concentrated almost entirely in an altitude bounded by tree roots and canopy. But all the ocean is habitable, from the tidal shallows to the abyssal plain. It is home to the greatest mountain chain on the planet and to the deepest chasms, and in all it makes up 99% of the living space on Earth.

Researchers who looked at 16 different kinds of watery realm and tested them for 15 different kinds of human impact among them commercial shipping, sediment and fertiliser run-off, and overfishing report in the journal Current Biology that humans had left their mark almost everywhere.

We were astonished by just how little marine wilderness remains, said Kendall Jones, a researcher at the University of Queensland in Australia, and also of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Huge extent

The ocean is immense, covering over 70% of our planet, but weve managed to significantly impact almost all of this vast ecosystem.

The surviving watery wilderness is estimated at an area of 54 million square kilometres. Although this is seemingly an enormous tract think of the land areas of Russia, China, Canada, the US and Australia rolled up together it is still less than a seventh part of the sea surface.

Most of this untouched ocean is concentrated in the Arctic, the Antarctic, and around the more remote Pacific islands. Hardly any marine wilderness survives along the continental coastlines.

The study comes only weeks after a survey of land conservation areas once again, led by researchers from the University of Queensland and the Wildlife Conservation Society found that even those stretches of mountain, savannah, forest and wetland formally recognized by governments as nature reserves or conservation zones were in many cases significantly disturbed or degraded by human intrusion.

The plight of the high seas has b...


Bermuda fireworms, why they glow "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 18 December 2012 video from the American Museum of Natural History in the USA says about itself:

Glowing in the Ocean

Learn about bioluminescence in this sing-along animation featuring three glow-in-the-dark creatures: the anglerfish, a Bermuda fireworm, and a blue-ringed octopus.

Only the top layer of the ocean gets a lot of sunlight. Many marine animals arent in the dark, however, because they make their own light.

Some animals, like the Bermuda fireworm, use a process called bioluminescence. Chemicals in their bodies mix together to produce cold light, which doesnt give off any heat.

Some bioluminescent animals, like the anglerfish, get their glow from tiny microbes that live inside special light organs in their bodies.

The blue-ringed octopus uses fluorescence, another process that can cause things to glow. When disturbed, blue circular rings flash all over its body. Instead of making their own light, they can absorb and re-emit light from outside their bodies.

From the American Museum of Natural History:

Study illuminates genes behind beautiful glow of Bermuda fireworms

Unique enzyme powers bioluminescent worms mating swarm

August 8, 2018

A new study led by researchers at the American Museum of Natural History looks at the genes behind an incredible, luminous seasonal mating display produced by swarms of bioluminescent marine Bermuda fireworms. The new research, published today in the journal PLOS ONE, confirms that the enzymes responsible for the fireworms glow are unique among bioluminescent animals and entirely unlike those seen in...


France reopens MH370 investigation amid claims of Malaysian cover-up "IndyWatch Feed National"

FRANCE has reopened its investigation into the fate of missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 after Malaysias long-awaited final report failed to provide an explanation for the aircrafts disappearance. French newspaper Le Parisien reports that investigators are keen to verify data from Inmarsat the British operator of a global satellite network which tracked the aircrafts pings to the southern Indian Ocean off Western Australia, where it is believed to have crashed.

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