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Tuesday, 22 January

07:21

Solomon Islands province bans logging in bid to protect environment "IndyWatch Feed National"

Central Island province in the Solomon Islands has blocked new logging and mining operations in an apparent attempt to halt the degradation of the archipelagos sensitive ecosystems. With timber on the islands harvested at a hugely unsustainable rate, this is an important first step, the London-based watchdog organization Global Witness tweeted on Jan. 14. Timber accounts for nearly one-third of the Solomon Islands exports, according to a 2013 study by the World Bank. In October 2018, Global Witness reported that companies were cutting down the countrys trees at a rate that was 19 times what could be considered sustainable. An aerial view of the Solomon Islands. Image by Jim Lounsbury (Copyrighted free use) via Wikimedia Commons. The organization also found that more than 12,600 kilometers (7,800 miles) of logging roads snake through the countrys land area. Central Island province, also called Central Islands or just Central province, is home to Tulagi, the colonial capital of the Solomon Islands, a group of islands stretching east of Papua New Guinea across 1.34 million square kilometers (520,000 square miles) of the South Pacific. Central Island province is home to megapodes, or brush turkeys, like the Melanesian megapode (Megapodius eremita) pictured here. Image by Joseph Smit (Public domain). The national government holds the power to permit logging in the country, Patrick Vasuni, the provinces caretaker premier, told ABC Radio Australia. (Vasuni is officially a caretaker until the upcoming elections, expected in 2020.)  But companies must also obtain business licenses from provincial governments before they

00:30

All-time high temperature records broken in parts of Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Parts of Australia are enduring extreme heatwave conditions which already broke numerous all-time temperature records. An unusual extended period of heatwaves over much of Australia began in early December 2018 and continued into January 2019. The Australian mean...... Read more

00:29

MACKAY Stolen fuel costs twice as much after court appearance "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Stolen fuel costs twice as much after court appearance

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Prosecutor Brandon Selic told Mackay Magistrates Court Shaw had stolen 167 litres of fuel worth $270.52 from two Mackay businesses. The first

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Monday, 21 January

23:14

PERTH Lakelands crime spree: Mandurah man charged with threatening police and residents "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Lakelands crime spree: Mandurah man charged with threatening police and residents .

January 21, 2019 at 11:52AM .

A Mandurah man will face as string of charges in court after he allegedly threatened police officers, local residents and pedestrians with a stolen golf

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23:14

PERTH Man armed with golf club arrested after Lakelands rampage "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man armed with golf club arrested after Lakelands rampage .

January 21, 2019 at 10:45AM .

armed in a way to cause fear, criminal damage and breach of bail. He was refused bail and is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today.

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22:47

Rupert Murdoch media anti-Chinese xenophobia "IndyWatch Feed National"

This March 2017 video about the USA says about itself:

The Chinese students fighting racism BBC News

Last month Chinese students at Columbia University in New York City were targeted by racist vandals who ripped the name tags bearing their Chinese names off dorm doors. So they made a video about what their Chinese name means to them. They explain how it went viral. Filmed by Max Toomey and edited by Joshua Lim.

By John Harris in Australia:

The [Rupert Murcoch owned] Australian newspaper targets Chinese university students

21 January 2019

The Australian began the year with an article attacking Chinese students and warning of Beijings growing influence at university campuses.

The article, which did not provide any evidence for its claims, signals that 2019 will be marked by an intensification of a xenophobic anti-Chinese campaign. This is aimed at intimidating anti-war opposition and legitimising Australias central role in a massive US military build-up throughout the Asia-Pacific region directed against China.

The stoking of anti-Chinese xenophobia over the past two years was invoked to justify the passage of draconian foreign interference laws by the federal Coalition government and the Labor Party opposition last June.

The legislation potentially criminalises internationally-coordinated political activity. Its passage followed unsubstantiated claims from the media and political establishment that the activities of Chinese businessmen, students and community organisations were part of a sinister plot hatched in Beijing. Australian politicians and corporate figures with interests in China have similarly been accused of advancing the interests of the Chinese regime.

The article in the Australian indicates that having secured the passage of the foreign interference laws, sections of the ruling elite are anxious for them to be tested out.

The Ja...

22:23

US channel The Real News Network interview on Israel profiting from occupation "IndyWatch Feed National"

The New York Review of Books recently published my investigation into Israel profiting from decades of occupation. US channel The Real News Network interviews me about the story:

21:33

Floorboard tabletops "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


Woodchips and a tabletop with filling


The same table after a sand, with pasteup dining table behind


A tabletop of many colours, kauri and other pines, red gum(?), assembled and sanded and waiting to have the cracks filled

 

Before sanding - floorboard crescent (its held together by...

21:02

Victorian Government must act on shocking stories of police misconduct "IndyWatch Feed National"

PRESS CONFERENCE

WHO: Darren Lovett, the uncle of police brutality victim Tommy Lovett, will speak on behalf of Tommy's mother Doreen Lovett
Lawyers and advocates Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, Robinson Gill, Human Rights Law Centre, Police Accountability Project (Flemington & Kensington Community Legal Centre)
DATE: Tuesday 22 January, 2019
TIME: 11AM EST
WHERE: Victorian State Parliament Steps, Spring St, East Melbourne VIC 3002
CONTACT: John Kelly 0407 071 703

Shocking stories of police brutally, misconduct and malicious prosecution revealed over the past 48 hours show the need for immediate action to hold Victoria police to account.

Lawyers and advocates will hold a press conference to demand the Andrews Government take action to reform the police complaint system and implement the IBAC Committees recommendations without delay.

In 2018, Victorian Parliaments IBAC Committee recommended sweeping reform of the police complaint system following its inquiry into the external oversight of police corruption and misconduct in Victoria.

Media stories that continue to emerge reveal deep systemic problems within Victoria police and show that police cannot be trusted to investigate themselves for misconduct. Independent investigations will enhance both police and public safety.

To date media reports have revealed:

  • A young Aboriginal man beaten, arrested and wrongfully charged,

  • A Geelong man who was brutally assaulted while in police custody,

  • A female doctor who was punched in the head and had her leg broken when she tried to help a homeless person who was being targeted by police.

Too often when police investigate police they find their colleagues have done nothing wrong, creating a culture of impunity. Victorians should be able to feel safe in their interactions with police.

Media contact: John Kelly 0407 071 703

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20:20

Dundee University study: How improving oral health habits is getting to the root cause of dental decay at Perth Prison "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ahead of a Dundee University talk, Michael Alexander discovers how improving oral health habits is helping to rehabilitate prisoners at Perth.
Tackling the causes of the causes of health inequalities associated with social deprivation in Scotland is the key to solving some of the countrys most pressing public health problems.
That is the view of Professor Ruth Freeman from Dundee Universitys School of Dentistry who said a health coaching initiative developed in Tayside has led to a significant shift in the behaviour and wellbeing of prisoners at Perth Prison.
The team from the universitys Dental Health Services Research Unit (DHSRU) within the School of Dentistry, developed the People in Prison, Health Coaching for Scotland (PeP-SCOT) programme to provide health coaching training for inmates.
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19:53

Australian cuttlefish video "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 20 January 2019 video says about itself:

Jonathan and the whole family head to Australia to dive with the worlds largest cuttlefish spawning aggregation near Wyalla, South Australia. These are some huge cuttlefish!

JONATHAN BIRDS BLUE WORLD is an Emmy Award-winning underwater science/adventure series featuring underwater cinematographer/naturalist Jonathan Bird.

19:46

Murder accused Codey Herrmann's court appearance - and recordings of his "music" "IndyWatch Feed National"

I note you are an Aboriginal person and you may be vulnerable because of your age and appearance, this being your first time in custody, Magistrate Klestadt said. No-one was there last week to note the vulnerability of the young Israeli woman he is alleged to have murdered. Investigators asked...

19:34

PPIPA turns 21: should we celebrate? "IndyWatch Feed National"

If 21 is the age at which a person is considered to have matured, what are we to make of a law when it turns 21?

2019 marks the 21st birthday of PPIPA (aka the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998), the key privacy statute in my home state of NSW.  After such a long infancy, it seems an appropriate time to reflect on the laws effectiveness.

Does PPIPA deliver the goods?  After 21 years, I tend to wonder: do the good people of NSW actually enjoy a greater degree of privacy protection than, say, their cousins in WA who by contrast have no equivalent privacy law covering their state government agencies, local councils or public universities?

I have reason to doubt it.  Several reasons, in fact.  There are the problems with disturbing loopholes in the legislation, which I have written about before; details like the fact that the maximum compensation payable to a person who has suffered significant harm is set too low and hasnt been increased in 21 years; and the continued under-resourcing of the NSW Privacy Commissioners office.

But today I am more concerned about a really fundamental question.  Given PPIPA is recognised has having both a beneficial and a normative purpose in other words, the legislation as drafted was intended to set new standards across the public sector, to the benefit of individuals privacy is it working?

Agencies not embracing Privacy by Design

For years, advocates of the idea of Privacy by Design have asserted that it is better to design privacy in from the start, and to have pro-privacy settings as the default, than to try and retro-fit a system later.

The on-going Opal Card system design is the perfect illustration of the wisdom of that theory.  Over some years, privacy advocate Nigel Waters argued that the collection of data about his travel history his physical movements was in breach of the collection limitation principle (known in other jurisdictions as data minimisation), IPP 1, because knowing information about his movements as a passenger was not reaso...

18:03

Police bust Australia-China baby formula crime ring "IndyWatch Feed National"

Six people have been charged after Australian authorities uncovered a multi-million-dollar crime syndicate stealing baby formula and vitamins from major retailers across Sydney for shipment to China, police said Monday.

Four members of one family and two other men have been arrested and charged over the organised criminal group that New South Wales Police believe has operated for several years.

Were thinking this is quite an expansive criminal group that was exploiting an overseas market at the disadvantage of the Australian public, NSW Police Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty told reporters in Sydney.

Premium baby milk formula, vitamins and honey from Australia are highly sought after in China

Premium baby milk formula, vitamins and honey from Australia are highly sought after in Ch...

17:25

New year, less you tools for more secure activism "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of our New Years Resolutions is to encourage the progressive and radical movements on the Australian continent to get better at digital privacy and security essentially putting less of ourselves out into the interwebs for our opposition for free.

Government and private companies collect data on activists this has been demonstrated many times over the years. Activists working against fossil fuels are an example of people that have been targeted innocuous peaceful activities have been reported on by expensive contractors, we have been spied on, had groups infiltrated by police and corporate spies. In the UK, long term undercover policing resulted in women having long term relationships and even children with police spies. Whilst we are not aware of such extreme cases in Australia, it is not something to take lightly, but its also not something that should stop us from acting for social and environmental justice.

The most successfully disruptive aspect of surveillance is encouraging paranoia and making life hard for activists, so dont let em stop you you can be the proud owner of an ASIO file along with so many other awesome folk. Guaranteed every high profile activist you have looked up to was probably monitored by the government!

So lets get the new year off to some good security habits. Here is a quick rundown of some tools that will assist your communications to be more secure. The catch nothing is fool proof, but getting into good habits, makes for a healthier group culture.

What is security culture simply a set of practices that limits the ability for government or opponents to find out more information about you and interfere with or monitor your group. Weve given you some tools to minimise this.

Tech is ever evolving but these are top picks for 2019

17:23

US TV station fires editor who doctored Trump White House address video "IndyWatch Feed National"

TV station Q13 in Seattle broadcast the altered video in the clip below. The Trump Derangement was very deep in this one! Thanks to Underminder for the tip!

17:22

Reform: Pay the Rent "IndyWatch Feed National"

We cannot mature as a country if we do not acknowledge this damage and the responsibility of the nation to implement reform that encompasses restitution.

16:39

Gutless Greens MP wants honesty in drug debate - won't be honest about her own usage. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I don't see how Ms Faehrmann can continue in her job as a NSW Legislator after so stridently and publicly admitting to breaking the law - without saying when and where she did it. Her attempt to avoid the specific questions do her no credit - she comes across as...

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00020 BTC
0.00100 BTC = 5.00 AUD
Converter

15:50

RISE : Refugee Survivors and eX-detainees Invasion Day Solidarity Statement 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Chinese Translation

RISE: Refugees, Survivors and eX-detainees the FIRST self-determined advocacy and welfare organisation in Australia run by Refugees for Refugees makes a public call for a boycott of Australia Day, for the seventh year in a row.

We eX-detainees, Asylum Seekers and Refugees from RISE condemn any group or individual who claims to be pro-refugee but celebrates Australia Day on the 26th of January 2019. Instead, RISE encourages all Refugees, eX-detainees, Asylum Seekers and allies to support First Nations peoples in their actions against Australia Day.

RISE represents over 30 refugee community groups in Australia and is the first (and one of the few) self-determined, registered, non-profit refugee organisations in Australia governed and managed by eX-detainees, Asylum Seekers and Refugees. As eX-detainees, Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Australia, we acknowledge that the land we seek protection on is the land of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples whose sovereignty was never ceded. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

We believe the systemic abuse of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a result of over 200 years of discrimination as part of the white colonial genocide strategy that continues to this day and this template is now being used against our own refugee communities. How can we dismantle the white Australian governments refugee torture camps built within and outside its colonial borders without addressing the root cause of this criminal abuse?

RISE fully supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples sovereignty and self-determination and stands in solidarity with them every day in our commitment to fighting for justice on this land on their terms.

Nationwide actions are being organised by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Activists. Below are the list of actions happening around Australia:

15:47

Julie Bishop, "People are defined by what they wear". "IndyWatch Feed National"

The story behind the most famous footwear in #auspol pic.twitter.com/5GiSHZbvHm ABC Politics (@politicsabc) November 28, 2018

15:39

Julie Bishop on 2019 election, I am pre-selected, it is my intention to run. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sam Maiden has the story - the electors in Curtin have the challenge. It is my intention to run: Julie Bishop wont quit | The New Daily https://t.co/1RdXAHf8UW (@samanthamaiden) January 21, 2019 Here's the former minister for foreign affairs in yacht racing attire.

15:25

Massive Darling River Fish Kill Caused By Mismanagement, Not Drought Claims Report "IndyWatch Feed National"

The unprecedented Baaka/Darling River fish kill which claimed more than one million fish earlier this month including countless giant Murray Cod estimated to be decades old was caused by mismanagement of the Menindee Lakes system, with drought playing only a minor part, according to one of the nations top research think-tanks.

On January 7, the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) confirmed more than a million fish had died in a small stretch of the Lower Darling region, around the Menindee Lakes system. DPI blamed the ongoing drought, and a cold snap which killed toxic blue-green algae. DPI says a massive bacterial bloom feeding on the algae caused oxygen levels in the water to drop, leading to the fish kill.

But according to a report produced by The Australian Institute a Canberra-based research organisation the fish kill simply came down to poor water management by the NSW Government, with the lakes system drained twice in recent years, while inflows to the system were inadequate.

 

Key findings of the report

Maryanne Slattery, a Senior Water Researcher at The Australia Institute (TAI) argues that the Menindee Lakes were drained in 2016-17 at a time when downstream areas did not need water.

South Australia was experiencing flooding and all Murray irrigation demand was met, The TAI writes.

The Lakes were drained by the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA), which is directed by the state governments.

The water level in the Lakes is not being replenished by regular smaller flows. While large floods still reach Menindee, regular small-medium flows have decreased dramatically.

A graph included in the report reveals that the Menindee Lakes system has only been emptied twice in recent decades once in 2003, at the height of the Millennium drought, and then again in 2013-14, after the formation of the Murray Darling Basin Authority, which was formed to better manage water flows.

Ms Slattery said that her research revealed irrigation development in the north of the Murray Darling basin which stretches as far as central Queensland played a key role in reducing these smaller, regular flows, along with drought and climate change.

It is clear what has caused the Darling River fish kill mismanagement and repeated policy failure, Ms Slattery said in a written statement.

To blame the fish kill...

15:19

Why are these kids being hung out to dry? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Completely different angle. I'm sorry for judging this kid. pic.twitter.com/1WXz2s2Nhw Sandy (@RightGlockMom) January 20, 2019 Julie Borowski 10 hrs Yes, on first glance, the picture of the MAGA hat wearing high schooler and the Native American elder looks terrible. The teenager looks smug and disrespectful. But after viewing...

15:07

Health Benefits of Going On-Country "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Going On-Country is expected to have many benefits for the physical, social, emotional and cultural wellbeing of Aboriginal people living in remote areas. Whilst there is evidence that Caring for Country programs can improve Aboriginal health, there has been little consideration for the potential benefits of self-initiated activities when On-Country. This research was therefore aimed at finding out if self-initiated On-Country activities are an important source of health benefit for the Anindilyakwa people of Groote Eylandt.

 

Whilst there are several barriers to going On-Country, the study suggests it is an important source for improving health. In particular, the evidence shows that collecting traditional foods is a culturally inclusive activity that is self-initiated and commonly performed On-Country, which in turn can have several health benefits.

 

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15:05

Phillipa McGuinnesss Year Everything Changed "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Phillipa McGuinness, The Year Everything Changed: 2001 (2018) Phillipa McGuinness reminds us in her preface to The Year Everything Changed that in 1988, the bicentenary of James Cooks visit to Australias east coast, a number of substantial books called slice histories were published: Continue reading

14:44

the final year of primary school "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This year I send Che, my firstborn, into his final year of Primary School. Im in total dismay that all those years have passed by.

I vividly remember the lead up to his first day; I would get teary every time we drove past the school gate. I was comforted by the fact that he was ready eager to learn and make new friends but my mother grief was strong.

The first week was a whirlwind of tears (mine, not his), school notes, exhaustion and new faces. The anticipation had subsided and was promptly replaced with the stark reality of the school routine; an unrelenting and tiring one that would take me months to get used to.

In retrospect I was grieving the loss of those languid, spontaneous pre-school days and simultaneously attempting to accept that this was our new normal; for me and for every sibling after him.

I felt like his first five years went fast but the years that have followed have been a wild, speedy ride. How on earth were here, on the other end of Primary School, baffles me. But weve both learnt a lot and as a parent I have much more faith in the public school system than I did back then. A few things Ive gleaned along the way:

  • Building a rapport with your childs teacher is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. Keeping the line of communication open builds a respectful relationship and fostering it throughout the year ensures that any issues that arise can be dealt with quickly and, hopefully, effectively. That said, there will be some teachers that you, or your child, may not get along with and in these instances Ive always reminded myself that this is real life; were not all going to get along but we can be kind.
  • Do whats sustainable for your whole family. Kindergarten, especially, requires a lot of parents physically and emotionally. We want to ease our children into each new stage of school hence we feel like we need to volunteer and be present at every single event. Truth is, you dont. And in most cases, you cant. Because if youre working and/or juggling younger children, its incredibly difficult to volunteer amidst the babys nap, work calls and day-to-day errands. Do what you can and only whats best for the whole family.
    Class/grade Facebook groups are a fabulous resource for parents to keep up to date with school reminders and events. Theyre also a giant comfort for those of us that think were the only ones forgetting important information, because you can guarantee that at least once a week someone is asking: Is it sports uniform tomorrow? Did anyone get the note about the fundraiser? What constitutes crazy hair? and my personal favourite: So what exactly IS the homework this week?

Most importantly Id tell you to scrap the homework for an afternoon at the beach, recognise the value...

14:26

Australia bakes as record temperatures nudge 50C "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Its like hell here: Australia bakes as record temperatures nudge 50C , Fears rise for homeless and vulnerable people as communities brace for another week of relentless hot weather , Guardian, Naaman Zhou,  @naamanzhou, Sun 20 Jan 2019
It was 48.9C last Tuesday in Port Augusta, South Australia, an old harbour city that now harvests solar power. Michelle Coles, the owner of the local cinema, took off her shoes at night to test the concrete before letting the dogs out. People tend to stay at home, she said. They dont walk around when its like this.Its easy to see why: in the middle of the day it takes seconds to blister a dogs paw or childs foot. In Mildura, in northern Victoria, last week gardeners burned their hands when they picked up their tools, which had been left in the sun at 46C. Fish were ...

14:23

Australia faces new normal of year-round bushfires "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Australia faces new normal of year-round bushfires ,Greg Mullins, Daily Telegraph

Extreme bushfire conditions in Australia are becoming worse, fires are burning in areas that should never burn at times when there should not be fire, former Fire and Rescue NSW commissioner Greg Mullins says to describe our now unpredictable fire seasons.. (subscribers only)

13:49

Job Vacancy - exciting opportunity for an experienced graduate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Job Vacancy Trade Justice Analyst/Campaigner

The Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) is a network of community groups and individuals that campaigns for fair trade based on human rights, labour rights and environmental sustainability (see www.aftinet.org.au).

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced graduate passionate about global justice. The position is for 28 hours per week, on a fixed-term contract, with ongoing employment dependent on funding. Remuneration including leave loading is $42.22 per hour, plus 9.5% superannuation.

The focus of the campaigns is the social impact of trade agreements, including bilateral agreements, regional agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), and World Trade Organisation agreements.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The trade justice analyst/campaigner reports to the Convener and the management committee. Key tasks of the role include to:

  • assist with analysis of the text of trade agreements for submissions to DFAT and to parliamentary inquiries.
  • circulate draft submissions to members, incorporating feedback
  • attend meetings with DFAT negotiators
  • organise meetings with politicians when required
  • organise public events
  • speak at public meetings and meetings with member organisations when required
  • monitor media on trade negotiations and write media releases, website posts and social media posts as required
  • write and distribute regular bulletins
  • organise monthly committee meetings
  • maintain membership records, organise membership subscriptions and renewals and assist with fundraising activities

SELECTION CRITERIA

The successful applicant should have a degree in a relevant area of study and must be able to demonstrate:

  • commitment to human rights and trade justice principles
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • ability to represent agreed polic...

13:11

Frances Yellow Vest rebellion is still going strong "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

This last Saturday at least one hundred thousand Yellow Vests, Gilets Jaunes in French, marched through the streets of Paris. Marches also ocurred in other cities and regions throughout France.

It was the tenth consecutive weekend of protests, and the embattled president is still hearing the shout; Macron resign.

Video by Ruptly

Yellow Vest protests hit Paris for the tenth week in a row.

Battles with the police continue, although many of the same police and the police union have sympathy for the protesters. Just like most French people do.

Video by Global News

Police attack the protesters again

Although the rebellion began over fuel tax hikes, to soon became much bigger than this, morphing into a movement rejecting government in the hands of an elite.

Video by Andrew Bowen

French firefighters join the yellow vests

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12:15

One Year On Save UNE Habitat Trees! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Thursday, 24 Jan; 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. ] Commemorate the first anniversary of the Save UNE Habitat Trees campaign achieving the temporary stopping of the chopping. Please bring your friends and join us for a picnic lunch near one of these rare, precious and beautiful trees still standing - one that is still designated for destruction! Thursday 1-2pm 24th January Manna Gum, near Mary White College [...] full article 

12:00

What a Waste: The Challenge of Food Loss & Waste "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Wednesday, 6 Feb; 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. ] A global town hall meeting to advance, demonstrate, network and act Lunch & refreshments provided Wednesday 6 February 2019, 8am-4pm, Armidale Town Hall Goals Advance measurement of food loss and food waste, so what gets measured can be managed Demonstrate current project success Network to share expertise and technology for local, national and global impact Act by identifying projects for [...] full article 

11:51

Woman Imprisoned for False Sexual Assault Allegations "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A former police worker has been sentenced to a minimum of two years behind bars after she pleaded guilty to falsely accusing her ex-partner of sexual assault. 28-year old Sarah-Jane Parkinson entered pleas in November last year to two counts of making a false accusation to police and two of public mischief, after claiming to

The post Woman Imprisoned for False Sexual Assault Allegations appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

11:40

The Offence of Threatening to Distribute Intimate Images in NSW "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

National Rugby League (NRL) player Paul Carter has strenuously denied allegations that he leaked intimate images of former Sydney Roosters teammate Dylan Napa as part of an extortion campaign. It has been reported that Mr Napa and his lawyers met with the NRL Integrity Unit to discuss information that Carter received threats by way of

The post The Offence of Threatening to Distribute Intimate Images in NSW appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

11:28

Sign the PETITION against damaging clauses in the RCEP "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sign the PETITION to the Senate against damaging clauses in the proposed RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) and in favour of enforceable workers' rights and environmental standards.

The RCEP is a massive trade deal being negotiated in secret between Australia, New Zealand, China, India, South Korea, Japan and the ten member countries of ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations). The proposed RCEP would cover half the world's population.

In the lead up to the 2019 Federal Election, we need to tell all political parties not to agree to damaging clauses in the negotiations.

See more information, including a printable flyer, here.

Print off a hard copy of the Petition here.

11:14

1) Concern for villages amid conflict in Papuan Highlands "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

1) Concern for villages amid conflict in Papuan Highlands
2) Revenue increase forecast from West Papua mine
3) Indonesian students protest Papua military action
4) Attorney says Skrypski forced to attend the trial



1) Concern for villages amid conflict in Papuan Highlands

From Dateline Pacific, 5:03 am today 

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua says it's deeply concerned about the welfare of innocent civilians in Papua's central Highlands....

10:13

Sydney Criminal Lawyers Weekly Rundown Articles from 14 to 20 January 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

In case youve missed any of them, heres a rundown of the past weeks articles: Renewed Calls for Wage Theft to be Criminalised Revelations that the ABC underpaid up to 2,500 casual staff over 6 years has led to fresh calls for wage theft to be criminalised. Click here to read the article Man Acquitted

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09:13

The Power of Sharing: A Night in County Tipperary "IndyWatch Feed National"

Quiet now, Samantha has something shes going to share with us.

Every eye in the room turns toward me: the outsider lurking in the entrance.

Standing in this doorway, looking out over a tightly packed room of musicians and appreciators, I realise how much Ive been taught to be overly modest and not share my talents unless in the exact right time and place.

Most pubs I frequent here are home to the iconic Irish music scene a small band of musicians playing in the corner, predominantly drowned out by the chatter, but being appreciated by those listening in.

Ive made a close friend Caoimhe (Queevah); shes one of these musicians. Being Australian, Im expecting the classic modest downplaying of talents, so her response to the What do you play? question is unexpected and refreshing:

Mostly guitar and fiddle, and Ill sing a few tunes and play tin whistle if the whistle player cant make it, and if theyve got a spare bodhrn, Ill take my turn on that.

No unnecessary modesty or beating round the bush simply an awareness of the skill she has. Its an attitude of unashamedly sharing that delights me.

County Tipperary is the quintessential image of Irish countryside rolling green hills, quaint houses dotted along the winding roads and friendly locals who greet you with an accent almost too thick to understand. Id been told about this night by Caoimhe the first day we met, and now, here I am: engrossed by the most marvelous melodies floating through the room.

The place is called Jim O the Mills; its Jims home an old millers house situated somewhere along a long country road lined with hedges and lacking anything resembling a streetlight. Jim opens up his house once a week; the crowd is predominantly local regulars, all greeting each other with warm hugs and smiles upon arrival.

Jims wife had been buttering pieces of home-cooked brown bread, which we had stopped to help with whilst having good catch-up yarn. This was currently being passed around the room with a small slice of black pudding atop each piece.

Theres an easy 50 people packed into Jims converted living room the rickety stools face the front, where a row of musicians sit before the open hearth. They morph from one folk tune to another, following suit from whoever knows the tune best.

The mu...

09:13

Woodford in a Nutshell "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Photos by Stuart Bucknell, full album on our Facebook page Timber and Steel loves a good festival, and Woodford is no exception. The premiere Folk Festival is forever growing and developing to highlight and showcase both the beauty of the natural surrounds, and a diverse array of musical greats and emerging artists. The beauty of []

08:50

Detention protest spreads nationally "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Hundreds of immigration detainees in detention centres across the country have begun a hunger strike protest this morning, Monday 21 January.

Detainees in the Villawood, Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation (BITA) and Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) detention centres began their protest this morning, joining the detainees at Yongah Hill in Western Australia who are into the eighth day of protest.

Detainees at Villawood issued a statement with a list of human rights concerns addressed to the Department of Immigration and Australia Border Force.

The national protest comes as more video footage from MITA revealing brutality and intimidation at the hands of Serco guards.

The unaccountable use of force, arbitrary punishment, and the use of handcuffs (detainees are even handcuffed to hospital beds) rank among the major concerns of the detainees alongside the deliberate placement of detainees away from their families and the indefinite detention powers of the Minister to over-ride court and Tribunal appeal decisions.

An independent review of immigration detention is urgently necessary. The Minister of Home Affairs and the Minister for Immigration preside over a system within a system without checks and balances. Natural justice is suspended behind the fences of the detention centres; Ministers and guards are a law unto themselves, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

There is no justification for holding these people in detention. It is a product of mandatory detention and draconian powers handed to the Minister to cancel visas. People are being held in detention for periods longer than the sentence imposed on them by the courts.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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08:36

The crisis of the Murray-Darling river system must be properly addressed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

The sudden appearance of a mountain of blue green algae poisoned dead fish at Menindee in the north west New South Wales part of the Darling, has brought to public attention yet again, the fact that Australias biggest water system is very sick.

Video from 7 News Sydney

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Dead fish in the Darling River at Menindee

Menindee: "It's not drought, unfortunately it is man-made. And I think someone needs to stand up and take accountability for what's happened. We've spoken to a lot of locals already today, and we've seen them crying" Tolarno Station farmer Kate McBride. "The Menindee lakes is like a nursery for these fishthey stock the Murray (River) as well." Tonight on 7 News at 6pm, the NSW Minister for Regional Water Niall Blair MLC speaks to us after his tour of the Darling River. www.7plus.com.au/news #Menindee #DarlingRiver #7News

Posted by 7 News Sydney on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

This is not a new problem. We have known for years, that way too much water is being  pumped out. The problem has been continuous mismanagement. There have been other warnings, like the previous blue-green algae blooms and the drying up of the mouth near Adelaide in South Australia.

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06:00

Lawyers call for police complaints system overhaul as shocking new reports of police abuse emerge "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lawyers, advocates and victims of police abuse are again calling on the Andrews Government to take action and introduce an independent body to investigate police misconduct, as horrific new cases of police brutality come to light.

In April 2016 Tommy Lovett was set upon by plainclothes detectives from Darebin Police. He was seriously assaulted, capsicum sprayed and ultimately hospitalised for his injuries. Police were looking for a suspect described as an Aboriginal male, aged in his 40s with a goatee and red hat. At the time Tommy was 18, wearing a black hat and riding a scooter on the way to visit his grandmother.

He was subsequently charged by police with resisting arrest, however the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service had those charges withdrawn when statements from uniformed officers at the scene surfaced, including from one officer who wrote: I did not understand why I was being directed to arrest this male as he didnt match description.

Wayne Muir, CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, said until there is a proper independent police complaints system we will continue to see these injustices against Aboriginal people.

This shocking case highlights the failings of a system where police investigate police. A perfectly innocent 18-year-old Aboriginal boy brutally beaten by police. This boy is no longer the same. He is still recovering from this traumatic event years later, and that is the fault of the police who did this.

Why shouldnt the police who did this be criminally charged for their actions? The current system is utterly ineffective and raises serious questions of bias with police investigating their own. This will keep on happening until there is real independence and accountability.

In 2018, Victorian Parliaments IBAC Committee recommended sweeping reform of the police complaint system following its inquiry into the external oversight of police corruption and misconduct in Victoria.

Jeremy King, Principal Lawyer at Robinson Gill Lawyers, who acts on behalf of Tommy, said the Andrews Government must reform the police complaint system and implement the IBAC Committees recommendations without delay.

Tommy Lovetts case is yet another example of unchecked police misconduct. Police members described their colleagues treatment of Tommy as notnecessary and disturbing, yet the perpetrating members have faced no known consequences for their actions. Victoria needs an independent body to hold police accountable. Police should not be allowed to act with impunity.

Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre, said that the current system is broken and the ball is squarely in Premier Andrews court to fix it.

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05:44

Clashes and extensive use of tear gas at Macedonia rally, 44 injured (videos) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Macedonia protesters clashed with riot police outside the Greek Parliament on Sunday during the big rally against the Prespes Agreement. Armed with sticks a group of men tried to break the police cordon and enter the Parliament building in downtown Athens.

The reaction by riot police was prompt with extensive use of tear gas to disperse the crowd.

The office of Prime Minister accused members of Golden Dawn of trying to force their way into Parliament and beating police officers with clubs. A total of 25 police officers were injured.

Thousands of people had arrived in Athens from across Greece to participate in the big rally against the Prespes deal. Among the participants were also diaspora Greeks from far away Australia and the US.

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04:42

Daily Digest 1/20 - The Gilets Jaunes Are 'Unstoppable, Has the Gov't Legalized Secret Defense Spending? "IndyWatch Feed National"

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00:25

March for Life and March for Women - which one caught our media's eye? "IndyWatch Feed National"

This timelapse video tells a remarkable story about the March for Life held in Washington DC over the weekend. And this magnificent speech from Ben Shapiro should give us all a very good reason to sit and ponder the wonder and pricelessness of humanity. I am in awe of Shapiro's...

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23:54

Gasolne pipeline explosion in Mexico on Friday night "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video was recorded in Hidalgo, Mexico two days ago - a gasoline pipeline ruptured and rather than avoid it, hundreds of locals converged on the scene to knock off some free juice. As night fell the inevitable happened - at least 73 are dead and a similar number wounded....

23:53

Palestinian Authority spends 6 x more on terrorists than its own needy - DFAT aid aligns with their agenda "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Palestinian Authority spends 6 times more on bonuses and support payments to Jihadi terrorists and their families than it does on its own needy. Each year, Australia sends $43M in taxpayer funds to support the Palestinian cause. Our money frees up money from the Palestinian Authority's budget - which...

22:35

The Daily: Coinspot Launches OTC Desk, Bitdeer Expands in Eastern Europe "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Daily: Coinspot Launches OTC Desk, Bitdeer Expands in Eastern Europe

Crypto exchange Coinspot has launched an over-the-counter trading desk in Australia and youll find more about the platform in this edition of The Daily. Elsewhere, computing power-sharing platform Bitdeer.com is focusing on Eastern Europe through a partnership with the largest digital asset trader in the region, Exmo. And in the U.S., expired Mccoins will get you a Big King.

Also read: Sapphire Develops GPU for Grin, TSMC Sees Drop in Mining Revenue

Crypto Exchange Coinspot Offers OTC Services to Australian Traders

Australian cryptocurrency exchange Coinspot has announced the launch of its dedicated over-the-counter (OTC) trading desk. The platform will be able to process high-volume transactions for its members without the need to use the traditional public order books.

The idea behind the project is to solve problems of liquidity for traders who want to deal in larger quantities. The company believes the OTC desk will reduce their exposure to fluctuations on the crypto markets. Lock-in pricing is expected to eliminate slippage and minimize the risks associated with high-volume trading.

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22:06

Sapphire Wind Farm Community Investment NOW OPEN! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

CWP Renewables and Partners Group (a global private markets investment management firm which is also the majority equity investor in the Sapphire Wind Farm) seek to share the benefits of what is now a wind, solar (more details below) and battery project with the local communities which hosts the project. CWP and Partners Group are pleased [...] full article 

22:00

Grounded Gathering 2019 at Deepwater "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Monday, 18 Mar to Sunday, 24 Mar. ] Grounded Gathering is back for it's 4th edition. This time we will gather in Ngarabal country, just outside of Deepwater (NSW). Our annual Gathering is split in to two parts. The first is a five-day, hands-on, workshop program for a small group of participants (we call them 'sprouts') ready to invest in their future through practical [...] full article 

21:51

Vickery hearing postponed due to unprecedented community interest "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Independent Planning Commission has postponed a preliminary hearing on a coal mine project in the states northwest due to unprecedented community interest. A last-minute surge in registrations has resulted in a record number of speakers for the preliminary stage of the multi-stage public hearing. Eighty-three people had been registered by the Commission to have their say [...] full article 

20:02

Even by union standards, this post is unforgivable "IndyWatch Feed National"

Union News Australia is "A place for Unionists, Activists and the general rank and file to post, debate and read the very latest in Union news." And this is the "very latest in Union news". UPDATE I don't know whether Doug Cameron or Sally McManus decided to "associate" themselves with...

19:26

Hillsong scandals and improprieties. Part 35. Pastor Joel ABell Head pastor Hillsong Australia living the Houston lifestyle of luxury and extravagance. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The writer of this blog-site Donald Elley of Bellingen.

 

I first wrote this article and published it on this, my personal blog-site, on 1 November 2015. There has been quite a lot of interest in it since Joel ABell head pastor of Hillsong Australia announced he is leaving Hillsong.

Joel ABell announced on Twitter on 28 November last year that Joel and his wife Julia are leaving Hillsong.

19:08

The one word missing from the Israeli election: occupation "IndyWatch Feed National"

My report and analysis for global broadcaster TRT World on the upcoming Israeli election:

JerusalemDuring a recent conference organised by Women in Green, a Zionist, pro-settler group dedicated to applying Israeli sovereignty across the entire, occupied West Bank, Likud politician and Minister of Aliyah and Integration, Yoav Galant, explained what his country had to achieve.

From the hills of Samaria, I say clearly, No to a Palestinian state, he argued. Its impossible to establish more than one state west of the Jordan. This is the place of the Jewish, Zionist and democratic State of Israel.

Other senior politicians at the event agreed including Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, Deputy Minister for Diplomacy (and former Israeli ambassador to the United States) Michael Oren and Welfare Minister Chaim Katz.

Israels general election in April sets the scene for ferocious months of campaigning and yet all the major Israeli political parties agree on one thing; no end to the more than 50 years of occupying Palestinian territory in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.

The ruling Likud party, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, voted in a non-binding resolution in late 2017 to apply sovereignty over the West Bank, rendering millions of Palestinians second-class citizens in perpetuity.

The resolution barely caused a ripple because its become an increasingly mainstream view across the Israeli, Jewish public.

Netanyahu is embroiled in countless corruption scandals, mainly revolving around the alleged receiving of favours and gifts from wealthy patrons and friends. The Times of Israel asked in late 2018: Is Israel about to re-elect a corrupt prime minister?

Netanyahu remains a popu...

19:00

The forgotten Iranian refugees trapped on Nauru "IndyWatch Feed National"

Investigation in the Sydney Morning Herald/Melbourne Age co-written with Saba Vasefi (with more details, photos and letters):

On the first day of the year in Nauru, Iranian refugee Bita* sent a damning letter to the Australian Border Force (ABF) accusing it of barbarism. She had been refused resettlement in the United States and demanded an end to being held indefinitely on the Pacific island.

Im fed up and Im not going to beg for settlement in Australia or reunion with my brother [in Australia] any more, she wrote to the ABF. Please let me know when would you let me seek asylum in another country which cares about humanitarian [sic].

The ABF is the government agency responsible for onshore and offshore border control.

Bita, a 30-year-old woman from an Arab minority in Iran, asked the agency why it refused to treat her depression, anxiety attacks, hand pains and sciatica. Was this a way of abusing her, she wondered? If so, please let me know when you are planning to stop harming and punishing me, she wrote.

Bita has sent a stream of increasingly anguished correspondence to the ABF for years, pleading for intervention. Medical specialists on Nauru have acknowledged her long mental decline. There is very little life in her, one International Health and Medical Services (IHMS) counsellor reported.

Bita was transferred to Nauru in 2014 after fleeing Iran due to state and family violence and travelling by boat from Indonesia to Australia. After more than five years in detention she lives without hope of immediate resettlement.

Testimonies of refugee women on Nauru show an acute situation of untreated illnesses, sexual abuse and degradation.

To what scripture have you taken oath, that I was bleeding from a dog attack, yet like a bloodthirsty monster you were smelling my blood? wrote Iranian refugee Sahar* to IHMS this year. You kept telling me my wounds were not serious Your oath is to the devil, not to God.

In 2017 Sahar was attacked by a dog in a Nauruan detention camp. After being bitten, her anxiety wors...

18:44

Some Compliments Are Better Left Unsaid "IndyWatch Feed National"

I cough and gag one final time, elbows leaning on the porcelain with my hands folded into the bowl. My eyes burn as the tears slide down my face, mingling with the foul remnants surrounding my mouth. My stomach feels as though someone has wrung me out from the middle and the back of my throat burns from the acid forcing its way unnaturally upwards.

I feel like every single drop of energy has been sucked out of me and I wonder how Im supposed to stand to flush. Tiny black pinpricks are dotting my tear-blurred vision as I sit here hunched over the bowl. I feel completely empty. An emptiness that extends beyond the hollowness of my stomach and settles as a dull, lifeless ache in my chest. I am a failure.

Just as I begin to tell myself that this bullshit routine isnt worth it, the voice in my head pipes up in a sickly-sweet whisper: Thats one step closer to being good enough.

I remember the way my boyfriend traced my flattened stomach with his hands. Youre looking good, Han, hed said, with a hint of pleasant surprise.

I remember the way Mum paused the cooking as I strolled through the kitchen in gym tights and a sports bra, my bare middle exposed, begging for attention. Youre looking fit, darlin, she smiled fondly at me, unwavering kindness in her eyes.

I remember the way my friend sized me up as I squeezed into her size 8 denim overalls. Wow, you have lost weight! she exclaimed, beaming as her wide eyes slide up and down, taking in the shape of my new body.

Their praise sings through my head, playing on a self-indulgent loop, sending pride buzzing through me. Suddenly energised, I shove myself up from the bowl, flush, and set about cleaning myself up. My resolve has been strengthened. The shame of an inglorious vom is quickly overshadowed by the joy that swirls through me.

One step closer.

Id always been uncomfortable receiving compliments, but now I found myself confused by them. Here I was, in the midst of an eating disorder and people were excitedly telling me how fit I looked, how slim I was getting. Words drenched in positive connotations seemed to jar with the abuse I was subjecting my body to. But maybe they were right? According to the BMI scale, I was actually progressing towards a healthier weight range. So why did I feel so conflicted when these labels were attached to me?

On the outside, I was transforming into a thriving and...

16:19

Meet the Gay Penguin Couple Raising Their First Baby "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shortly after Australia emerged from a big battle about the legality of gay marriage, two Gentoo penguins, unaware of the potential political controversy surrounding their relationship, became a national symbol as they successfully brought a baby penguin into the world together.

Not only did the unlikely pair hatch and raise a baby penguin together, they did so far better than any other penguin pair in their colony. Gentoo penguins Sphen and Magic are part of a relatively young colony living in Australias Sydney Aquarium.

Parenting hasnt been the forte of most of the penguins in the young colony of 33. Most of them, despite having laid eggs, repeatedly found themselves too tempted by the desire to swim or play that their neglected eggs never hatched. While this behavior isnt unusual for inexperienced penguins, one pair stood out from the crowd.

Not only were Sphen and Magic the only gay pair in the colony, they were the only pair exhibiting signs of being prepared for parenting. All signs pointed to the pair being diligent and careful parents. In fact, they had already build a nest together and were sitting on it constantly.

In response to this extraordinary behavior, aquarium staff gave the couple a dummy egg. Sphen and Magic took to it immediately, giving the staff all the proof they needed to know these two were ready for the real thing. And so, the next time a heterosexual couple appeared poised to neglecting yet another egg, it was transferred to the care of Sphen and Magic.

An Unlikely Pair

Sphen, at 6-years-old, is elder of the two and hails from SeaWorld. Hes a quiet and serious male, less interested in playing with toys and humans than his counterparts. Magic was born in captivity at the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium. At a playful 3-years-old, hes a regular aquarium star excitable and playful and greets visitors as he plays.

The two make an unlikely pair, but aquarium staff and penguin keepers cannot say what makes one penguin choose one mate over another. Whatever it may be that brought Sphen and Magic together is the real deal.

On a summer day at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, the two met and, in typical Gentoo form, the two began to bow to each other. Their relationship progressed as they began to bring carefully selected pebbles to each other, perfect for nest building. This act is a form of consent. If one penguin were not interested in the other, they would simply reject the pebbles by pushing them away with a beak. Instead of rejected the pebbles, they admired them.

Before long, Sphen and Magic began to sing. The two sang...

16:00

Smithsonian map shows US Military operating in over 40% of world's countries "IndyWatch Feed National"

Less than a month after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, U.S. troopswith support from British, Canadian, French, German and Australian forcesinvaded Afghanistan to fight Al Qaeda and the Taliban. More than 17 years later, the Global War on Terrorism initiated by President George W. Bush is truly global, with Americans actively engaged in countering terrorism in 80 nations on six continents.

15:11

Images of briefing slides for the Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program revisited "IndyWatch Feed National"

A "lapse in security"

On 7 August 2018, a story broke*, that there had been a "lapse in security" on a certain US website maintained by a team member of the To The Stars Academy (TTSA). This "lapse" meant that a number of  images of documents relating to the Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program (AATIP) were publicly available for a period of time. These documents included an interview with one of the pilots (not Dave Fravor) involved in the 14 November 2004 USS Nimitz encounter; and a series of "briefing slides," concerning the AATIP.

Are they genuine?

How do we know these were genuine documents? Firstly, the website they were on, was verified as belonging to a TTSA team member. Secondly, the pilot's interview had already appeared on the TTSA's own website; minus the identifying names, phone numbers, emails etc of the crew members of the three aircraft involved, which were shown in  the "lapse" documents. Thirdly, the "security lapse" was rapidly fixed and the documents were removed from that website.

The purpose of this blog post is to take another look at the "briefing slides" and their contents; and provide images of them for others to debate and discuss.

Briefing slides

There were seven jpeg files, each labelled as "aatip-brief-pdf-original," numbered 1-4 then 6-8. Missing is a jpeg file number page 5. When opened the slides are numbered 1-4, then 7-9. Slides numbered 5 and 6 are missing. The contents of the slides are as follows:




Slide 1 above - Title page - "Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program (AATIP)."

15:03

New Zealand Assemblies of God was run by three pedophiles for forty years- Frank Houston then Jim Williams then Wayne Hughes "IndyWatch Feed National"

The writer of this blog-site Donald Elley of Bellingen.

 

The fruits of Frank, Brian and Joel Houston, the leaders of the three generations of the extremely corrupt Hillsong Pentecostal dynasty based in Sydney, Australia are the heretical Prosperity Gospel, pedophilia, cover-ups of pedophilia, serial adultery, acceptance of homosexuality and unrepentant homosexuals in their midst, rampant deceptions and financial pillaging of the Blessed Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, through out Australian, New Zealand and all other the world, where they have established churches in prominent cities.

These locations include London, New York City and Los Angeles, where many celebrities and unrepentant gays attend their churches.

 

15:00

Pastor Jim Williams. Multiple child sex offences against girls. House of Praise Springwood, Queensland. Former Superintendent of the New Zealand Assemblies of God 1977 to 1985 "IndyWatch Feed National"

The writer of this blog-site Donald Elley of Bellingen.This article was written by me and first published on this site on 21 October 2015.

 

This article was written by me and published on this, my personal blog-site, on 21 October 2015.

 

12:49

So what caused the heat wave 80 years ago? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Roads melted across Australia as temperatures soared into the 100s for the fifth consecutive day amid a record-breaking heatwave that has broken records

From The Daily Mail: more pseudo-evidence of global warming. Heres the start but read the whole thing. You would not want to live in Australia after what it says.

Roads melt and animals drop dead as Australia suffers through its most significant heatwave for 80 YEARS and temperatures top 120F

  • Australia is baking amid record-breaking heatwave with temperatures soaring as high as 120F in some towns
  • Town of Noona, in New South Wales, saw an overnight minimum temperature of 96.6F an Australian record 
  • Central Sydney saw fifth consecutive day above 86F for first time in eight years, while Canberra also baked 
  • Roads melted and animals dropped dead as fire crews fought more than 60 blazes across New South Wales 

12:26

11:52

Their ABC News - drop pork and beef from your diet, replace meat with insects and bugs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Would you ever replace your beef or pork with bugs? They're good for you and the environment - and can actually taste pretty good! pic.twitter.com/5iSrlRWI7q News Breakfast (@BreakfastNews) January 18, 2019

10:44

January 20 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"


1803 - Seems Charlie Grimes popped into Port Phillip (which wasn't Port Phillip at the time but probably labouring under its own moniker now long lost in the mists of time), cast his pithy baby blues over the Mornington Peninsula and declared, "I am soooo not redecorating this place!" before tattling to Gov King how he just didn't do sandy soil for settlements.
The lack of fresh water may have had some bearing on it, too.
Best not let on to the swarms of tourists and residents of the Mornington Peninsula that its unsuitable for settlement!

1803 - Louis Freycinet, in his ship Casuarina, sailing up the larger of South Australia's two gulfs, was in the vicinity of what is now called Moonta Bay.

1841 - Jorgen Jorgensen, The Convict King and claimant to the throne of Denmark and Iceland, popped his clogs, as all men do, in Hobart.

1842 - Tunnerminnerwait was Hanged at Melbourne for the murder of two whalers at Cape Paterson.
1842 - Maulboyheenner was Hanged at Melbourne for the murder of two whalers at Cape Paterson.
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner were the first people to be hanged by the Government in the District of Port Phillip and were buried in an unmarked grave on the site of the now Queen Victoria Market, where there have been numerous reports of sightings of their ghosts.

1849 - The good ship...no,not Lollipop but Fortitude parked in Lower Level 2 space 3a at Morton Bay QLD with its cargo of 245 immigrants from Britain for Rev John Dunmore Lang's Cooksland cotton growing scheme. Its temporary headquarters were set up at Fortitude Valley, named after the ship which brought them there.

1854 - Fire destroyed a city block in Hobart, Tas.

1858 - The Wesleyan Chapel in Lydiard St , Ballarat, opened for business.

1863 - James Whyte replaced T.D. Champman as Premier of Tasmania.


1869 - Frederick Alexander, inventor of the Alexander Technique which takes too long to explain here in 25 words or less, was hatched in Tassie.

1880 - Andrew George Scott, better known as bushranger Captain Moonlite, was hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol.

1880 - Thomas Rogan (Bushranger) A member of the Moonlite Gang, was hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol for the murder of Constable Webb-Bowen at Wantabadgery.

1881 - Bushfires caused extensive damage to properties at Rookwood and Lidcombe in suburban Sydney.

1891 - Western Australia's first parliament opened under responsible government.

1898 - Patrick Durack, one of the Kings in Grass Castles, passed into the great beyond at Freo, Western Australia.

1898 - They had a proper knees up, Mother Brown at the Melbour...

09:24

Peak Stuff "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Ive had an epiphany, and its making me uncomfortable. At 53, Ive reached peak stuff. And my backup plan for downsizing donating it to charities has hit a hurdle. They dont want most of my stuff. It all started with our holiday viewing of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix. The show []

08:52

Indonesian military officer shot dead in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

1) Indonesian military officer shot dead in Papua
2) The story of Nduga refugees: Mother died while giving birth to her 
3) Current conditions of Nduga refugees: getting sick, trauma and injuries
4) Rev. Nataniel Tabuni asks Military Spokesman to clarify his statement
5) Indonesias Rights Struggle: Deciding Which Candidate Is the Lesser Evil



1) Indonesian military officer shot dead in Papua
Reporter: Antara...

07:58

Holidaying "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I have been off on a too short weekend trip to Sydney. That was last weekend and I am just catching up here now. Holiday mode and a heat wave are my reasons for not checking in sooner. Tim went back to work today after a month of leave and Hope will be back at school at the end of the month. Then it is back to routine. School has been a backbone of my routine since 1999 so it will be strange next year not to have that as Hope finishes school in October and she is my baby.

Darling Harbour

Anyway, onto the holiday. We had some great family time. Visiting with our son and his love. Got to see their new flat all decked out how they want it. Last time we saw it, it was a work site. Looks good now.

Had a wonderful evening with my sister, brother in law and my two nephews. They visited us last month so our turn this time. Darling Harbour was the backdrop and it didn't disappoint. I would rather it was less crowded but with the draw of fireworks, everyone wants to be there.

Forster

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05:30

Independent Artist of the Week: Makeda "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Photo by Hyun Lee 

Makeda brings an avant-garde sensibility to underground club music with Me, First, the lead single off an upcoming EP which explores the colonial histories of Australia and the UK

Melbourne-based musician, DJ and artist Makeda creates imaginative dance music with a left-field sonic palette and an implicit social commentary. Taking a holistic approach to her artistic undertakings, Makeda brings an avant-garde sensibility to underground club music. Her dedication to experimentation and storytelling have seen her perform at Dark Mofo, Soft Centre, Vivid and Next Wave alongside artists like Oscar Key Sung and Air Max 97.

Drawing on her familial connection to Londons Afro-Caribbean community, Makedas indebtedness to jungle, breakbeat and bass music is on display in Me, First, the murky first single off her upcoming EP Lifetrap. At the same time, Lifetrap represents an estrangement from that heritage. I was fascinated by how I was connected to the community at the same time as feeling really isolated from it. Im coming at it like an alien she says of the project, and this sense of alienation comes through on Me, First.  The track, released on Melbourne label Nice Music, deploys techno textures and a deep low end to maximum effect.

 

Check out Me, First below:

 

 

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01:59

It's like hell here': Australia bakes as record temperatures nudge 50C "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fears rise for homeless and vulnerable people as communities brace for another week of relentless hot weatherIt was 48.9C last Tuesday in Port Augusta, South Australia, an old harbour city that now harvests solar power. Michelle Coles, the owner of the local cinema, took off her shoes at night to test the concrete before letting the dogs out. People tend to stay at home, she said. They don't walk around when it's like this.It's easy to see why: in the middle of the day it takes [...]

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23:03

The global movement toward dismantling colonisation. "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Aboriginal flag engulfs a large stone, twine securing it in place, that lays beneath a fishing pontoon, at the bottom of the sea. My cousin sunk it there on the day of my brothers funeral. We scattered Waynes ashes off that pontoon, the place he use to fish almost every day. I recall the significance of what my uncle ...

22:52

Australian High Court to hear allegations of paedophile and bribe taking NSW Supreme Court judges "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Friday (18/1/19) I filed a Special Leave to Appeal application with the High Court of Australia which re-agitates unchallenged allegations of paedophile and bribe taking judges in NSW. They are allegations that numerous judges of the NSW Supreme Court worked to have suppressed for over 18 months and even while I was in jail []

21:14

PERTH Woman, 24, is jailed for six months after biting police officer while being removed from a popular "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Woman, 24, is jailed for six months after biting police officer while being removed from a popular .

January 19, 2019 at 09:36AM .

Ms Lowoja appeared at Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday and was found guilty of assaulting a public officer and common assault. Its a great

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21:14

PERTH Woman jailed for biting WA officers arm "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Woman jailed for biting WA officers arm .

January 18, 2019 at 05:37PM .

She appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday where she was sentenced to the mandatory six months and made eligible for parole.

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17:51

TAKE ME TO TAMWORTH TOWN "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Take Me To Town, the 3CD, 47 track compilation of contemporary Australian alt-country music is heading to Tamworth 2019, with a very special showcase gig featuring an all-star line-up of Ben Leece & Left Of The Dial, Katie Brianna, The Weeping Willows, Hana & Jessie-Lee, Lachlan Bryan, Jen Mize and Mitch Power. If you are Continue reading

17:00

The Weekend Quiz January 19-20, 2019 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:

If economy-wide average nominal wages fail to keep pace with the inflation rate then it means the profit share in GDP is rising.

The answer is False.

We also have to consider productivity movements.

The wage share in nominal GDP is expressed as the total wage bill as a percentage of nominal GDP. Economists differentiate between nominal GDP ($GDP), which is total output produced at market prices and real GDP (GDP), which is the actual physical equivalent of the nominal GDP. We will come back to that distinction soon.

To compute the wage share we need to consider total labour costs in production and the flow of production ($GDP) each period.

Employment (L) is a stock and is measured in persons (averaged over some period like a month or a quarter or a year.

The wage bill is a flow and is the product of total employment (L) and the average nominal wage (w) prevailing at any point in time. Stocks (L) become flows if it is multiplied by a flow variable (W). So the wage bill is the total labour costs in production per period.

So the wage bill = W.L

The wage share is just the total labour costs expressed as a proportion of $GDP (W.L)/$GDP in nominal terms, usually expressed as a percentage. We can actually break this down further.

Labour productivity (LP) is the units of real GDP per person employed per period. Using the symbols already defined this can be written as:

LP = GDP/L

so it tells us what real output (GDP) each labour unit that is added to production produces on average.

We can also define another term that is regularly used in the media the real wage which is the purchasing power equivalent on the nominal wage that workers get paid each period. To compute the real wage we need to consider two variables: (a) the nominal wage (W) and the aggregate price level (P).

We might consider the aggregate price level to be measured by the consumer price index (CPI) although there are huge debates about that.

Now the nominal wage (W) that is paid by employers to workers is determined in the labour market ...

16:54

1) Rights groups urge police to drop rebellion charge against KNPB activists "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


1) Rights groups urge police to drop rebellion charge against KNPB activists 

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Human rights groups have called on the Papua Police to immediately and unconditionally drop the rebellion charge against three activists from the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) and release them.
Amnesty International and Yayasan Pusaka issued a recent statement saying that the activists "were prisoners of conscience" who had not employed violence or hatred, and were imprisoned solely for expressing their political views in a peaceful manner.
The Indonesian authorities have used Article 106 of Indonesias Criminal Code, along with Article 110, to criminalize dozens of peaceful pro-independence political activists with the charge of rebellion in the last decade, said&nbs...

16:47

Climate change, Fish Die-offs, algal blooms, drought and water mismanagement in the Murray Darling Basin "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Rob McBride and Menindee resident, Dick Arnold stand in the Darling river, holding Murray cod that have lived through decades of droughts and floods, but could not survive this human-made disaster. Image: Kate McBride NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair revealed the latest fish die-off has occurred at Lake Hume on the NSW-Victorian border. The numbers of dead fish are much smaller than at

15:48

Consumer market phone duopoly to rule the world? "IndyWatch Feed National"

14:45

Holocaust Revisionism, Part 5: The Angel of Death in North America "IndyWatch Feed National"

Train arriving at Auschwitz Photo: Wikipedia/Commons

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Parallel universes, again.  The official record of Josef Mengele is one thing; the on-the-ground sightings of him in the US and Canada is another. I suppose it would be considered too revealing of the CIAs business to come out and say that Mengele had business to perform in the United States. His business was mind-control.

That he was at Auschwitz during 1943 and 1944 seems to be accepted. That he performed medical experiments on twins, using especially Jews and Gypsies is not doubted. His misdeeds were recounted at the Nuremberg Trials...

11:11

Indigenous Affairs is not so black and white. "IndyWatch Feed National"

When reflecting on my time working in Indigenous affairs, my good memories are often trumped with the bad. Like most young Indigenous people in their early twenties, I believed that I could change Australia and subsequently the world. I wanted to tell the good stories, share the beautiful things about Indigenous culture and shift the racist paradigm plaguing the nation. ...

10:08

January 19 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"


1790 - The Second Fleet decided to play follow the leader with The First Fleet and, dragging 1,006 convicts along for the ride, set off on a Sunday sail from England.


1800 - John Washington Price, recently arrived on the ship Minerva, observes that Pummil-woy (who frequents Sidney & Paramatta) is known to say that no gun or pistol can kill him He has now lodged in him, in shot, sluggs [sic] and bullets about eight or ten ounces of lead, it is supposed he has killed over 30 of our people, but it is doubtful on which side the provocation was given.


1835 - The "last remaining" Tassie Aborigines were rounded up and put onto Flinders Island.
Apparently all those others in Tassie were figments of our imaginations.


1846 - Charles Sturt's 18 month expedition to open up inland Australia came to a crashing halt (coz the Simpson Desert and a severe drought just wouldn't play ball), so he took his bat and ball home to Adelaide.


1850 - Australian Philosophical Society (late the Royal Society of NSW) was formed in Sydney.


1863 - The Main Western Railway Line (NSW) was flung open for business from Kingswood to Penrith.


1869 - Ida Stanley, the first female school teacher in Alice Springs who was loved by both Europeans and Aborigines, was born.


1873 - Henry Burrell, known as The Platypus Man for his extensive research and study of our shy monotreme, was hatched.


1877 - Hmph! They didn't ask my permission...Construction began on the great hall and vestibule in the Victorian Parliament, costing 37,500 pounds.


1877 - Robert Kaleski, bushman and dog breeder who drew up the breeding standards for the Blue Heeler, Kelpie and other Aussie breeds, was pupped.


1886 - Australian wharf workers went back to work after an 18-day strike over wages.


1887 - Dust off your travelling rug and pick up your gloves Aunt Mildred...Victoria and South Australia were finally joined by rail when they finished their tea break and completed a section of track from Dimboola to Seviceton.


1887 - The railway line from North Creswick to Rocky Lead (Vic) opened.


1897 - The Sunday Times was first published in Perth, WA


1900 - Sydney excitedly discovered its very first case of the plague; in the following 8 months 103 people were carried off this mortal coil from the disease.


1906 - William Kidston became the Premier of Queensland.


1907 A tropical cyclone hit Cooktown, Queensland, killing six.


1925 - The Molong -Dubbo Railway...

09:07

Melbourne Tribute | 9 News Perth "IndyWatch Feed National"







Possessing any object specifically for the purpose of self-defence, lethal or non-lethal, is a criminal offence in Australia!!! There are many women, raped and/or murdered, who would have been liable to prosecution had they been carrying anything that might have saved them.






Common assaults are up by 28 per cent, sex offences by 33 per cent while home invasions have soared by 43 per cent. That means a home invasion occurs every two hours, 28 minutes and 37 seconds.

PLEASE, sign this petition if you really do care.
https://www.change.org/p/committee-secretary-standing-committee-on-petitions-po-box-6021-parliament-house-canberra-act-2600-the-legal-right-to-self-defence-in-australia

07:58

In which the pond heeds the sage advice of Polonius ... "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

  

The pond should start off by noting that it hasn't taken long for the reptiles to get back into peak form, rather like the Australian cricket team it's never too early in the year to get the fear-mongering into gear, what with an election just around the corner ...

A SPECIAL INVESTIGATION? Wouldn't it be simpler to run a story, WHATEVER YOU DO, DON"T VOTE FOR COMRADE BILL, THE SKY WILL FALL DOWN

And as sure as there's a heatwave, the reptiles will just as surely wheel out Bjorn, full of bland reassurance


There were other sightings too, the dog botherer was out and about and Helen of Dale was given a spot, but here's the thing

The pond has decided it wants a dollar each time that 'leets are mentioned, and two dollars when said perfidious 'leets cop a caning, in a rag flung together in the heart of Sydney town

There was the dog botherer railing at the 'leets at the end of his piece

07:00

Navigating My Mori Identity: Its More Than Skin Deep "IndyWatch Feed National"

You know when youre a kid and someone says to you, I bet I can beat you to that tree! so you break into a sprint and run like your life depends on it, just to prove them wrong?  My sprint towards proving my identity started well before I could tie my shoelaces.

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Look at us, a bunch of white girls living in Bali, laughed the woman with her legs in the pool next to me. It was my first day of a month-long writing retreat on the Indonesian island, and a group of us were sitting around getting to know each other.

It took me a moment to realise that, yes, to her I did sit in that category of white girl.

I plunged in to a self-reflective state. Why did I feel so irked by this comment? Something in the pit of my stomach began to churn.

It was a harmless enough thing to say, but when someone calls me white it reminds me of how I spent the better half of my life trying to prove Im not.

What is a white girl anyway? Someone who is Caucasian? Of European descent? Someone who lives by western standards? I dont know the answer, but these are questions I ask myself all the time.

My family and I are New Zealanders. My dad is Mori, and my mum is of European heritage. I was raised in a khanga reo, which is a preschool held in a Marae (traditional house); I was taught Te Reo Mori (Mori language) from the age of three. I then went to kura kaupapa, a full-immersion Mori school, where we spoke Mori all day.  I learned maths in Mori, to read and write in Mori, all our sports were done in Mori you get the gist, I was raised in Mori culture. As far as I knew, I was as Mori as they get. Whats weird is that I never felt I belonged to it.

I got my mothers genes. My skin is pale. My brothers got my dads genes, and people are always so quick to point out the difference. Finding my place in primary school was pretty shit. I was constantly bullied for being white. Kids used to say to me, Go to a normal school, this place isnt for you your people stole our land! At the age of seven I didnt understand. How could my people, steal your land? Arent we of the same people?

From here, I was hell-bent on proving people wrong. At 13, I started high school and sat all three of my Mori exams in just two years something most people take three years to achieve and dont start until the age of 15.

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03:03

Huobi Resumes Operations in Japan as a Fully Regulated Exchange "IndyWatch Feed National"

Huobi Japan.jpg

Huobi is back in Japan, this time as a fully regulated exchange under Japan's Financial Services Agency (FSA).

Following its merger with BitTrade, Huobi Japan Holding Ltd. is now among the first batch of 17 to receive registration under the FSA and is able to relaunch Huobi Japan.

Leon Li, Huobi Group founder and CEO, called the launch an important milestone in a statement, adding that the Japanese market remains important to the group and that working with its regulators is a longstanding priority for Huobi Group.

Japan's financial regulator had directed all cryptocurrency exchanges not registered as a licensed exchange with the agency to cease operations in 2017.

Huobi had left at the time, hoping to merge with SBI Virtual Currency, but that deal fell through.

Following Coincheck's hack in January 2018, the FSA had ramped up requirements for exchanges, with 160 applicants waiting in line for approval as of October 2018. Unable to get approval, Huobi acquired a majority stake in Japanese-licensed operator BitTrade, as it prepared to stage a comeback into the market.

At the moment, Huobi Japan will offer trading of bitcoin, ripple, ether, bitcoin cash, litecoin and monacoin, traded against the Japanese Yen. The exchange is also offering zero-fee transactions during the launch period.

Livio Weng, CEO of Huobi Global, told Bitcoin Magazine that Huobi Japan would draw on the expertise of the group to operate an exchange that offers better liquidity, with a strong focus on the safety and security of customer's funds.

In addition to now offering our users a fully regulated and compliant place to trade digital assets, Huobi Japan also brings with it Huobi Groups half-decade of experience in cryptocurrency and blockchain.

Currently ranked as the sixth largest crypto exchange platform in the world, Huobi Group was founded in China back in 2013. The company maintained its headquarters in Singapore after the Chinese government initiated a crackdown on domestic cryptocurrency exchanges in 2017.

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02:11

Manuka Honey: Improves Sleep, Boosts Immunity, Prevents Cancer, and Is a Natural Antibiotic "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: Manuka Honey: Improves Sleep, Boosts Immunity, Prevents Cancer, and Is a Natural Antibiotic For more content like this visit REALfarmacy.com.

Manuka honey is produced by bees that forage on the nectar of Leptospermum Scoparium, or New Zealands Manuka bush, as well as tea trees, native to Australia and New Zealand only. This remarkable type of honey not only effectively kills bacteria, but none of the bugs killed by it have been able to build up immunity. []

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01:29

The Weekly Times TWT 16th January 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Weekly Times - TWT - is a campaigning, crusading, truth-seeking, death defying, Aussie battler-aligned, one-eyed-Tiger-led news organisation dedicated to Sydney's north west. This flip book - or digital edition/replica - is the 16th January 2019 edition of TWT. #TWT160119

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Friday, 18 January

21:03

US Blunders have made Russia the Global Trade Pivot "IndyWatch Feed National"

The year 2019 had barely begun before news emerged that six Russian sailors were kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Benin. It was perhaps a foretaste of risks to come. As nations reel from deteriorating economic conditions, instances of piracy and other forms of supply chain disruptions are bound to increase.

According to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), 107 cases of piracy were noted during the first half of 2018 vis--vis 87 throughout 2017.  The 2018 tally included 32 cases in Southeast Asian waters and 48 along African shores representing 75% of the total. To put this figure into perspective, Asian behemoths India and China despite their vast shorelines recorded only 2 cases of piracy each during the study period. Russia had none. In terms of hostages taken, the IMB tally read 102 in H1 2018 vs 63 in H1 2017.

Piracy adds to shipping and retail costs worldwide as security, insurance and salaries are hiked to match associated risks in maritime transport. Merchant vessels will also take longer and costlier routes to avoid piracy hotspots.

A United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report in 2016 sums up the perils ahead:

As over 90% of global trade is carried out by sea, the economic effects of maritime crime can be crippling. Maritime crime includes not only criminal activity directed at vessels or maritime structures, but also the use of the high seas to perpetrate transnational organized crimes such as smuggling of persons or illicit substances.  These forms of maritime crime can have devastating human consequences.

Indeed, cases of human trafficking, organ harvesting, and the smuggling of illicit substances and counterfeit goods are proliferating worldwide in tandem with rising systemic debt and suspect international agendas.

Australia offers a case in point. While it fantasizes over a Quad of allies in the Indo-Pacific to save Asians from China criminal elements from Hong Kong, Malaysia to squeaky-clean Singapore have been routinely trafficking drugs, tobacco and people right into Sydney harbour for years, swelling the local organised crime economy to as much as $47.4 billion (Australian dollars presumably) between 2016 and 2017.

With criminal...

19:16

Pub sign "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

I'm making a hanging sign for the front of a pub out of some floorboards in a frame. 


The proof of the stencil to cut by one means or another, hopefully a laser



With a coat of blue


Assembled 

Router wasn't a goer sothe circular saw and a chisel had to make do.

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18:48

The Problems With Brexit: Time For A Fresh Vote On How To Move Forward "IndyWatch Feed National"

The United Kingdom and Europe are entering uncharted waters with the impending Brexit. Ilan Salbe suggests everyone take a breath, and have a rethink.

There needs to be a peoples vote on Brexit, one deciding between (1) remaining, (2) a no deal exit, and (3) the proposal that will emerge from the negotiations on the framework for a future relationship.

Keeping the three options alive respects the will of the people expressed in the 2016 referendum, acknowledges the irrational mess of where Brexit presently sits and still provides the opportunity for government to bed down a future relationship proposal.

A fly in the ointment is how to delay any irreversible decision on Brexit for the two years it will take for the future relationship negotiations to come to fruition. A solution possibly lies in either exploiting the recent European Court of Justices Article 50 ruling or with EU co-operation on a redraft of Article 50.

A short rehash of the Brexit process is a prerequisite to expanding on the flaws in the logic of its architecture and how they can be repaired.

Withdrawing from the EU is a muddled bureaucratic process. Its a reflection of the nature of the institutions involved and that theres been no prior experience to learn from. When Theresa May notified the EU on 29 March 2017 that the UK wanted to exit under the terms of Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union it was a first for the EU.

Article 50 requires the drawing up of a withdrawal agreement that, critically in this context, needs to give regard to a future relationship framework. It also requires withdrawal to happen two years after notification of an intent to exit or earlier if an agreement is signed-off.

The wheels of the UK government and the EU have turned and two documents produced to satisfy the requirements of Article 50.

The first, ticked-off on the 14 November 2018 by UK and EU negotiators, was a weighty 585-page draft withdrawal agreement that will come into force if approved by the UK parliament.

The second, agreed on the 22 November 2018, was the companion political declaration on the formulation of a future relationship. In a less weighty 26 pages, it spells out broadly agreed aims in the areas of a hard border on the island of Ireland, trade in goods and services including tariffs and a single customs territory, workings of financial markets, mobility of people and a fair bit more.

The release of the withdrawal agreement and political declaration had bared the Brexit devil in the detail. Precious little time, just 127 days before the Article 50 two-year deadline would be reached, was given for the parliamentarians to absorb it all and decide what to do about it.

Being fair, the...

18:45

Thank Folk Its Friday 18th January "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Releases This Week Nightingale Jess DeLuca iTunes Rattlesnake Neyla Pekarek iTunes Remind Me Tomorrow Sharon Van Etten iTunes Hillbilly Synthesiser The Pigs iTunes Timber and Steel Recommends Go To This Gig Illawarra Folk Festival Thursday 17th to Sunday []

17:37

Vale Mary Oliver "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

The poet Mary Oliver died yesterday, aged 83. Ive only blogged about one of her books, here, and didnt say much about it. But every time Ive read one of her poems in a book lying around in a Continue reading

17:07

Solution to ABC budget cuts "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Here is an idea for how the ABC might deal with the inevitable round of cuts next Budget.

Clever bureaucrats when faced with funding cuts go for the jugular. They attack some popular vote-sensitive function and announce it will be cut. The backlash often results in a funding rethink.

The ABC has lost $330 million in annual funding in the eight years to 2018, about a third of its 2010 budget.

In 2017-18 it was down to $865 million or just 9.5 cents per person per day, down from 19 cents a day in 1987.

If you convert the figures to 1987 dollars you get the famous 8 cents a day of the 1987 campaign compared to 4 cents a day (in 1987 dollar terms) today.

In short, the ABC has lost half its funding over the past 30 years. Small wonder it is full of cheap panel and cooking shows and overseas drama series.

Nonetheless, it does a pretty good job.

As my mother said to me years ago in her nursing home communal lounge where the TV was locked permanently on to a commercial channel: Crispin, can you imagine life without the ABC!

Most of the funding cuts were accommodated through efficiencies, but now all fat, duplication and waste is gone. Any more cuts will have to go to core production.

So here is the big idea. Instead of salami slicing and hurting every area of ABC endeavour, why not go for the jugular. The ABC should announce that it is ending all coverage of sport.

The savings would go to meeting the cut first and any left over go to Australian drama and documentaries. SBS should do the same.

The screams from the politicians, particularly the Coalition ones, would be loud indeed. But the ABC could quite reasonably argue that conservative commentators have long called for the ABC not to replicate what the commercials can do. 

Of course, that commentary has been directed at news and current affairs, but the fact is the commercials do not do news and current affairs the way the ABC and SBS do concentrating on news of consequence; investigating matters of public importance and exposing malfeasance.

However, the ABC sports coverage is little different from the commercial coverage. Further, sport is a spectacle and a result. Bias and error are rare and quickly correctable, unlike political coverage.

Further, there is little of public importance in sport. It does not matter one whit whether NSW or Queensland wins the State of Origin or whether Australia o...

17:01

Aboriginal suicide prevention. Where is the funding going? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs has recently shared that the Commonwealth Government has allocated $134M of funding into Indigenous suicide prevention. If you look at the current suicide statistics this crudely translates to $248,000 per suicide death annually - without adding State funding into the mix. We have enormous amounts of funding injected into this critical area; yet, suicides continue ...

17:00

WHEN GOOD SAMARITANS GO WRONG! How two idiots unwittingly led to police brutally manhandling Sydney icon Danny Lim "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: A woman who mocks the poor and thought the elderly man near the escalators was in the way, so called the police. A middle-aged man who works for a global management consulting firm and self-identifies as "politically incorrect" but nevertheless believed there was a "crazy Asian guy" nearby, and so he wrote about it to police over social media.

17:00

The Weekend Quiz January 19-20, 2019 "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. If economy-wide average nominal wages fail to keep pace with the inflation rate then it means the owners of capital are enjoying an increasing share in GDP.



2. Assume that a nation is continuously running an external deficit of 2 per cent of GDP. In this economy, if the private domestic sector successfully saves overall, we would always find:




3. Assume that the inflation and nominal interest rates both zero and constant. Consider a country with a public debt to GDP ratio of 100 per cent, which the mainstream economists consider to be dangerously high. The mainstream prescription is to run primary fiscal surpluses to stabilise and then reduce the debt ratio. Under the circumstances given, this stra...

16:35

Back to those 38 Defense Intelligence Reference Documents (DIRDs) "IndyWatch Feed National"

KLAS-TV report

In a KLAS-TV news report, on 25 July 2018, journalists George Knapp and Matt Adams published a list of the 38 DIRDs generated under a contract with the Defense Intelligence Agency, for the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program (AAWSAP.) Although the source of the list was never revealed, former program manager, Luis Elizondo, confirmed that the list was genuine.

That list was as follows:

1. Inertial Electrostatics Confinement Fusion, Dr George Miley, Univ. of Illinois.

2. Advanced Nuclear Propulsion for Manned Deep Space Missions, Dr F Winterberg, Univ of Nevada-Reno.

3. Pulsed High-Power Microwave Technology, Dr James Wells, Northrop Grumman.

4. Space Access, Dr P Czysz, HyperTech.

5. Advanced Space Propulsion Based on Vacuum (Spacetime Metrics) Engineering, Dr Hal Puthoff, EarthTech International.

6. Biosensors and BioMEMS, Dr Bruce Towe, Unic of Arizona.

7. Invisibility Cloaking, Dr Ulf Leonhardt, Univ of St Andrews.

8. Wormholes in Space Time, Dr Eric Davis, EarthTech International.

9. Gravity Wave Communication, Dr Robert Baker, GravWave.

10. Superconductors in Gravity Research, Dr George Hathaway, Hathaway Consulting.

11. Antigravity Studies, Dr Eric Davis, EarthTech International.

12. Field Effects on Biological Tissues, Dr Kit Green, Wayne State Univ.

13. Positron Aerospace Propulsion, Dr Gerald Smith, Positronics Research.

14. Vacuum Energy Applications, Dr Eric Davis, EarthTech International.

15. Improved Statistical Approach to Drake Equation, Dr Claudio Maccone, International Academy of Astronautics.

16. Maverick vs Corporate Research Cultures, Dr George Hathaway, Hathaway Consulting.

17. Biomaterials, Dr Bruce Towe, Univ of Arizona.

18. Metamaterials, Dr G Shvets, Univ of Texas-Austin.

19. Warp Drives, Dark Energy, and Dimensions, Dr R Obousy, Obousy Consultants.

20. Brain-Machine Interfaces, Dr R Genik, Wayne State Univ.

21. Material for Advanced Aerospace Platforms, Dr J Williams, Ohio State Univ.

22. Metallic Glasses, Dr T Hufnagel, John Hopkins Univ.

23. Programmable Matter, Dr W McCarthy, Programmable Matter Corporation.

24. Metallic Spintronics, Dr M Tsoi, Univ of Texas-Austin.

25. Laser Weapons, J Albertine, M.S., Directed Technologies.

26. Quantum Entanglement Communication, Dr J Cramer, Univ of Washington.

27. Aneutronic Fusion Propulsion, Dr V Teofilo, Lockheed Martin.

28. Cockpits in the Era of breakthrough Flight, Dr G Millis, Tau Zero.
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16:14

Keep Poppers Legal: An Interview With the Nitrite Groups Paul Kidd "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) released an interim decision last year that would see amyl nitrite and other alkyl nitrite inhalants banned. This means these substances popularly referred to as poppers would be moved into schedule 9 of the Poisons Standard along with drugs like heroin. The use of nitrite inhalants is popular amongst gay and bisexual

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16:03

Position Vacant "IndyWatch Feed National"

Events & Membership Coordinator

  • Start your New Year with an organisation that makes a difference
  • Permanent part-time role (0.6)
 
 
Want to organise events that make a difference in the world?
Skilled in promoting membership growth, retention and engagement?
 

15:00

Aboriginal Elder Strip Searched on Busy Sydney Road "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission announced at the end of October that it was launching an investigation into the use of strip searches by NSW police. The inquiry is in response to growing allegations that officers are abusing their powers. This was against a backdrop of a growing awareness that strip search use is increasing in

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14:43

Babies, Students & Migrants New Laws for 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

At the start of every year, new state and federal laws come into effect across the nation. This year, babies, students, migrants, politicians and credit card users are amongst those most affected by laws which came into effect earlier this month. Heres a quick rundown of the new laws. Foreign political donations New laws have

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14:12

PERTH Two charged, two sought after high-speed Rivervale, Burswood incident "IndyWatch Feed National"

snip .

Two charged, two sought after high-speed Rivervale, Burswood incident .

January 18, 2019 at 12:37PM .

omission with intent to harm and criminal damage or destruction of property, and is next due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on January 24.

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PERTH Girl spared jail over WA meerkat theft "IndyWatch Feed National"

snip .

Girl spared jail over WA meerkat theft .

January 16, 2019 at 04:11PM .

A woman who kept a one-month-old meerkitten stolen from Perth Zoo in her bedroom for two days until she was caught by police has cried in court but

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14:00

Preventing Violence Against Women: An Interview With Girl Geek Academys Sarah Moran "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Last year, 69 women were killed violently across Australia. This brings the murdered women death toll in this country since 2012 to 506, according to Counting the Dead Women Australia project researchers from gender equality group Destroy the Joint. And in the overwhelming majority of these cases, the perpetrators were men who were known to their victims. The

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13:58

Singing helps brain injury sufferers with aphasia learn to speak again "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A Queensland choir is using music therapy to unlock language problems and in turn, help sufferers learn to speak again after a brain injury.A person with Aphasia loses the ability to speak following a brain injury like a stroke, but the music therapy bypasses the injured brain cells using rhythm and memory to prompt the words.

Band manager Peter Stuart has mild aphasia and said it sometimes feels like the word he wants to say is on "the tip of his tongue" but he just cannot get it out.

Read more at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-18/singing-helps-brain-injury-sufferers/10723084

13:58

MACKAY Cranky dog thief pays price "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 18, 2019 at 04:22AM ,

Cranky dog thief pays price

January 18, 2019 at 04:22AM ,

Hodges faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to one count each of stealing (the dog), and dangerous operation of a vehicle

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13:58

MACKAY Big breakfast not enough to stay under the limit "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 18, 2019 at 06:03AM ,

Big breakfast not enough to stay under the limit

January 18, 2019 at 06:03AM ,

A MOTORCYCLE rider who faced Mackay Magistrates Court after blowing over the limit at a roadside breath testthought he would be fine to drive

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13:52

Been there before: Mental Health peer workers make recovery their Mission "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The seven new workers are part of a new Mission Australia program to help alleviate the stigma and trauma from mental illness at Bloomfield by having people who have lived experience  either themselves or from close family members  dealing and coping with mental health.

Read more at: https://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/story/5856344/been-there-before-mental-health-peer-workers-make-recovery-their-mission/?cs=103

13:35

January 18 On This Day in Australian Histor "IndyWatch Feed National"


1788 - The first English settlers arrived in Australia's Botany Bay to establish a penal colony. They found the location unsuitable and Capt. Arthur Philip moved on to Sydney Cove. England sent the first sheep along with convicts to Australia.
Yep, somewhere between today and the 20th them wot wasn't invited rocked up and crashed the party.
NOT on the 'precious' 26th.

1794 - Members of the NSW Corps rioted on Norfolk Island following a play held for the Queen's Birthday.

1815 - A residential school for Aboriginal children was opened at Parramatta with six boys
and six girls.

1816 - The ship Fanny arrived at Port Jackson with 171 convicts and news of the Battle of Waterloo.

1818 - The Great Western Road between Parramatta and Emu Ford (Plains) opened.

1825 - Hume and Hovell returned from their successful exploration overland to Port Phillip.

1830 - James, James, Morrison, Morrison commonly known as Jim...er, James Knight got hitched to 'is swee'heart called May Smith, going down in Oz History as the first married Europeans in the Colony of Westralia.
Aww, bless.
With or without the golden gown at the other end of the town.

1849 - Australia's first Prime Minister, Edmund Barton, was dropped off by the stork in Glebe, Sydney.


1851 - The Union Bank of Australia opened in Lyttelton, NZ.

1863 -The Sydney to Parramatta railway extended to Penrith.

1878 - Get your backs into it boys! The Ghan Railway construction was begun.

1883 - William Burns was Hanged at Adelaide Gaol for the murder of Henry Loton at sea.

1901 - Jimmy Governor was Hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol for the murder of Helen Josephine Kerz at Breelong, on 20 July 1900. In the same incident he and Jackie Underwood also killed Mrs. Sarah Mawbey, Grace Mawbey, Percival Mawbey and Hilda Mawbey. Jimmy and his brother Joe also killed Alexander McKay near Ulan on 23 July, Elizabeth O'Brien and her baby son at Poggie, near Merriwa, on 24 July, and Keiran Fitzpatrick near Wollar, on 26 July.

1911 - A worldwide competition to design the national capital was announced.

1933 - The Aussie Cricket Board of Control was feeling slightly out of spin when they cabled the MCC to protest at the unsportsmanlike head-hunting bodyline bowling that "was likely to upset friendly relations existing between Australia and England".


1934 - Qantas Empire Airways was formed.
QANTAS Limited and Britain's Imperial Airways (a forerunner of British Airways) formed a new company, Qantas Empire Airways Limited (QEA).

1947 - Former war artist William Dargie won his fourth Arc...

13:27

Is the heatwave climate change in action? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Drought conditions have seen farmers struggling to feed their animals over the last few months. File photo

Climate change is here, independent NSW MP Jeremy Buckingham has warned.

The current record-breaking heatwave is a preview of more frequent and more extreme temperatures expected due to climate change and a wake up call for urgent action. It is melting our roads and buckling train tracks, changing our weather patterns and putting pressure on nature and agriculture. The increase in heatwaves alone will literally kill more of us.

Buckingham has said that the heatwave and other extreme weather events are sending a clear message that we need urgently mobilise for climate action.

The coming years are critical in the fight to protect the people we love and our planet from dangerous climate change, he said.

Climate and energy policy will be at the top of the NSW state election agenda, including in many regional seats where farmers are seeing first-hand the impacts of climate change on the land and are frustrated the Nationals have failed to do something about it. 

The next NSW government can either fiddle while the climate heats beyond our control, or they can transform our community, economy and natural world by phasing out coal and powering our world by 100 per cent renewable energy.

This transformation will bring with it great opportunities for new jobs and innovative technologies across the state. Australia can transition away from being a quarry and lead the way on renewable innovation, exporting our science, know-how and clean solar power to the world.

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12:01

Chaao Thai Siam ~ Thai - Haymarket / Chinatown "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

If it's one thing that gets our stomachs excited it is the thought of a restaurant hiding up a flight of stairs and serving up Thai food unlike most places in Sydney. Chaao Thai Siam ticks all those shiny, happy boxes. Walking through a Thai sweets shop, narrow and stacked high with plastic tubs of mango sticky rice and fire laden Thai dips, could be enough to get us excited. Heading

11:56

RFAs a go ahead for species extinction "IndyWatch Feed National"

Environmental groups, including The Wilderness Society, are saying the new NSW Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) will drive more native species to extinction and ensure the collapse of NSW forests.

This follows briefings between Commonwealth and NSW governments. The group is claiming that the Commonwealth have accepted at face value the assurances given by NSW in relation to protecting threatened species when they should be ensuring no more species become extinct.

The process is completely broken, said Peter Robertson of The Wilderness Society.

Were in a terrible new reality where no-one is taking responsibility for our natural heritage and theyre passing the buck between each other. The RFAs are, pure and simple, a licence to destroy our forests with impunity. We urgently need better laws that can protect nature.

The group, that also includes the National Parks Association of NSW, North East Forest Alliance (NEFA), the North Coast Environment Council and the South East Regional Conservation Alliance, are also saying that the Commonwealth government has failed to challenge NSW on cherry picking research in regards the impact of logging on carbon stores despite its own documents stating that logging reduces the carbon stores of forests.

Dr Oisn Sweeney, Senior Ecologist with the National Parks Association of NSW said, Its painfully clear that no concrete data was used to assess the impacts of the last 20 years of logging before committing to another 20. There has been a complete failure on the part of the Commonwealth to discharge its duty to protect matters of national environmental significance. That is simply inexcusable.

The next Murray-Darling

They point out that the lack of accountability of governments, and their overriding drive to maintain wood supply to industry, makes a MurrayDarling Basin scenario of ecosystem collapse almost inevitable for NSW forests.

The unfolding ecological catastrophe we are witnessing right now in the Murray-Darling shows what happens when the Commonwealth fails to hold the states accountable and step in to protect the public interest, said Susie Russell of the North Coast Environment Council.

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11:46

Yongah Hill hunger strike protest continues into fifth day "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Around 350 immigration detainees are into their fifth day of hunger strike protest at Yongah Hill detention centre.

A list of demands was released by the Yongah Hill protesters on Monday, 14 January (see below).

The detainees will hold a protest in the yard of Hawke and Falcon compounds at 11.30am Perth time. The protesters have asked the media to come to Yongah Hill to see the protest and talk to the detainees themselves.

We want to show the media that Border Force is lying when they say there is no protest at Yongah Hill. We have been asking Border Force why we have been detained so long; what is happening to our cases, but they have no answers, one detainee told the Refugee Action Coalition.

A room search conducted this morning at 7.00am Perth time was just another way to try and intimidate the protesters.

The hunger strike protests last week at the MITA North and now at Yongah Hill have exposed the conditions inside the onshore detention system, and the routine abuses arbitrary arrest and punishment, use of handcuffs, lockdowns, assault that detainees are exposed to.

The government has tried to maintain a wall of silence around the onshore regime. There is no independent oversight of onshore immigration detention. Border Force and Serco guards act with impunity, said Ian Rintoul , spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

There are fundamental injustices associated with the use of immigration detention and Ministerial power that have to be addressed. Ministerial power to over-ride court decisions are a denial of natural justice and would not be acceptable in the criminal justice system. Border Force and the Minister are laws unto themselves.

The detention centres are a crime. They should be closed.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

Demands of the hunger strikers at Yongah Hill detention centre

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11:02

Heat wave prompts extended hours at Wollongongs northern beaches "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

lifeguard beach

LIFEGUARDS will extend their beach patrol hours today (Friday January 18), to provide swimmers additional time to cool off safely.

Hours at 9 of Wollongongs 17 patrolled beaches will be increased, with flags up until 7pm at Stanwell Park, Austinmer, Thirroul, Bulli and Corrimal. The flags will go down at Sandon Point at 6pm.

Wollongong Councils Beach Services Manager, Paul Dreghorn said while the Illawarra has escaped the worst of the heatwave conditions in comparison with the rest of the state, the region remains hot and lifeguards will work extra hours to enable people cool off safely in the surf.

Thats why weve asked our lifeguards to remain on duty beyond the usual flags down time to give people the chance for a swim, he said.

We just ask people to visit one of the nine beaches with additional hours and to remember if there are no flags up, then theres no swim.

The beaches with additional hours are:

Stanwell Park to 7pm

Austinmer to 7pm

Thirroul to 7pm

Bulli to 7pm

Corrimal to 7pm

Nth Gong to 7pm

City Beach to 7pm

Pt Kembla to 7pm

Sandon Point to 6pm

 

10:39

Media Release: The Economy Made Easy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Real estate cycle expert Bryan Kavanagh says turnover and price declines in Sydney and Melbourne during 2018 indicate an economic recession in the 2019-20 financial year. The 2018 Kavanagh-Putland Index, released today, shows the total value of Australian real estate sales to GDP. Mr Kavanagh said the $50 billion pumped into markets by the Rudd-Swan []

10:13

Fkn Straya Day "IndyWatch Feed National"

We dont need to change the date. We need to #changethenation.

09:33

Trumps Pelosi Payback: He May Be A Man-Child But It Was Still An Inspired Response "IndyWatch Feed National"

Donald Trump may be a terrible president and an even worse human. But you have to hand it to him on the payback front. Chris Graham reports.

As the partial US Government shutdown enters its fourth week a consequence of Trump refusing to sign spending bills until the Democrats give him $5 billion to build his wall across the Mexican border the Democrats have been holding fast, and looking for ways to frustrate the worlds most powerful man.

Enter Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Congress, a Democrat, and the most powerful woman in the American political system.

Two days ago, Pelosi used her powers to cancel Trumps scheduled State of the Union address to Congress, the presidents annual address where he outlines his achievements and his future plans.

Pelosi said the Trump-engineered partial government shutdown which has led to more than 800,000 government workers being furloughed indefinitely means that security at Congress was stretched, and the safety of the president couldnt be guaranteed.

So she cancelled his speech, the first time in US history a sitting president has been prevented from delivering the State of the Union.

It was a shrewd move, and sparked reams of copy in American press lauding Pelosi as finally getting the better of the president. Even conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin was celebrating the move, noting that Pelosi had worked out the best way to deal with Trump like you would a child having a tantrum.

Trumps response overnight, however, was you have to admit inspired.

Pelosi had this morning been due to fly on a junket to Europe, the Middle East and Afghanistan with a host of Democratic colleagues to visit the troops. One problem she was planning to fly courtesy of the United States Air Force.

Donald Trump is the Commander-in-Chief of the US military. So Donald Trump cancelled her flight, an hour or so before it was scheduled to leave.

A deadpan White House press secretary Sarah Sanders released Trumps letter to Pelosi on her Twitter account.

09:32

New standard contracts big boost for SA not-for-profits "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 18 January 2019

The not-for-profit (NFP) sector is set to receive fairer funding terms and easier-to-use templates when applying for grants and procurement of services.

By standardising contract templates, NFPs will benefit by saving time and money on what was an inconsistent and often onerous process.

09:30

1) Inalum target US$1.8 revenue from Freeport in 2022 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


1) Inalum target US$1.8 revenue from Freeport in 2022
2) A Highway Megaproject Tears at the Heart of New Guineas Rainforest
3) Rights lawyers challenge Indonesia detention of 3 activists
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1) Inalum target US$1.8 revenue from Freeport in 2022
Jakarta   /  Wed, January 16, 2019  /  12:34 pm
State-owned mining holding company Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum) president director Budi Gunadi Sadikin has said the revenue that the state will rec...

04:59

Genocide and Palestine "IndyWatch Feed National"


What the Irish famine genocide teaches us about Palestine

 
 on January 15, 2019 



A few evenings ago I watched the 2018 film, Black 47. It tells of the Irish Famine through the story of one traumatized Irish returned soldier. The main character, Martin Feeney (played by the young Australian actor James Frecheville), returns to Ireland from India (another British colony) after fighting for the Empire, only to find the devastation brought on Ireland by the British colonizers, enforced by the very same army he fought for.
...

03:39

MACKAY Truck driver fined $7000 for heavy load breaches "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 16, 2019 at 10:03PM ,

Truck driver fined $7000 for heavy load breaches

January 16, 2019 at 10:03PM ,

Magistrate stresses importance of keeping roads safe for everyday drivers Maxine Baldwin Neville Ernest Greskie Mackay Magistrates Court

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21:03

Israel and the Golan Heights: A Wider Geopolitical Game "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the recent autumn session of the United Nations General Assembly a number of resolutions involving the Syrian Golan Heights occupied by Israel came up for debate and voting. A familiar pattern emerged. The first of the votes to be noted was UNGA Resolution A/C.4/73/L.20. The wording of this resolution was that the general Assembly reaffirmed that Israels settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories including East Jerusalem are illegal and an obstacle to peace and social development.

The second resolution, A/C.4/73/L.22 said that the General Assembly determines that all legislation and administrative measures taken by Israel, the occupying Power, that purport to alter the character and legal status of the occupied Syrian Golan Heights are null and void.  The wording of this resolution echoed the wording of United Nations Security Council resolution 497 of 17 December 1981, which was 37 years previously. That earlier resolution was passed unanimously; i.e. the United States included.

The third resolution, L/73/L.30 expressed the General Assemblys deep concern that Israel has not withdrawn from the Syrian Golan, which has been under occupation since 1967 (i.e. 51 years).

The voting on each resolution respectively was 154 in favour (with 6 No votes and 15 abstentions; 149: 2: and 22; and 99: 10: 66.

The United States, which was part of a unanimous Security Council vote in 1981 condemning Israels actions in the Golan Heights as null and void was one of the two No votes in the second resolution referred to above. The other No vote, unsurprisingly, was Israel. The United States and Israel both voted No to the other two resolutions as well. Australia abstained in respect of each of the three votes.

This voting pattern and the debate that surrounded them is significant for a number of reasons.

The first reason is that it unequivocally demonstrates that where Israel is concerned there is a different standard applied by the United States (and Australia) where breaches of international law are concerned.

It is indisputable that land occupied by conquest cannot be returning by the occupying power, much less incorporated into the administrative regime of the occupying power. Yet this is precisely what Israel has done, first by maintaining its occupation post the 1967 Six Day War, and then in 1981 purporting to incorporate the Golan Heights into its own administrative territory.

It is not difficult to envisage the rhetoric from the United States if Russia or China had made any similar moves. One has only to recall the incessant barrage of propaganda from the United States and its allies about Russian aggression when Crimea was reincorporated into the Russian Federation following an overwhelming popular vote.

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18:07

Papuan villagers in Nduga being protected, says TNI "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Papuan villagers in Nduga being protected, says TNI

RNZI 4:20 pm today 
Papuan civilians in troubled Nduga regency are returning to their villages after recent conflict in the area, according to Indonesia's military.

Since late last year, a large joint operation by military and police has been underway in this Highlands region in pursuit of the West Papua Liberation Army.
The Liberation Army ...

17:38

Ngurrparringu (Forgotten) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Irriti ngurra Warumpila ngayulu nyinapayi. Pulinguru walpangku ngyunya yunpa pampunu. (A long time ago, I lived on the land of my people, Warumpi. From the mountains, the wind would blow and caress my face.)

17:11

The year of Truth Telling "IndyWatch Feed National"

Happy 2019! It is going to be a very big year for the affairs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and ANTaR is ready to do all we can to make sure it is momentus for the right reasons.

Eleven years ago now, after the National Apology to the Stolen Generations, the Rudd Government held the Australia 2020 Summit which brought together hundreds of prominent and community delegates to think big about what Australia could be like by 2020 and beyond.

One of the 10 key policy challenges focussed on at the convention was Options for the Future of Indigenous Australia. The delegates invited to think on this topic came up with 49 ideas for government to consider implementing in order to build a reconciled, happy and healthy Australia that celebrated its ancient history and the abiding culture of its First Peoples.

There has been a lot of water under the bridge since the 2008 Summit and much of what was envisioned has been forgotten or pushed away as our governments have gone through one of the most divisive and flailing periods since Federation.

It feels like 2019 is offering a new chance for Australia to think big about correcting the historical wrongs made against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; to revisit our thinking about Constitutional reform, closing the gap in health, education, employment and housing outcomes and to place truth-telling and reconciliation at the centre of the national conversation.

Next month our sixth Prime Minister in 10 years will be providing the annual Closing the Gap report with promises of a refreshed Closing the Gap Strategy that will be designed in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. We already have a Parliamentary report o...

17:06

Junior Lawyer Imprisoned for Multi-Million Dollar Fraud "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Ugur Nedim and Sonia Hickey Sydney lawyer Brody Clarke came from a privileged background, benefited from a stellar education and was employed by investment banks Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan before turning his hand to law in his early thirties. But it all came undone when the now 36-year old engaged in an unsophisticated scheme

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15:16

Alexis Wrights Tracker "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Alexis Wright, Tracker: Stories of Tracker Tilmouth (Giramondo 2017) This is a book of yarns. Ill start this blog post with one of them. In the mid 1990s at the Gulf of Carpentaria, Murrandoo Yanner was involved in negotiations with Ian Williams, the general Continue reading

15:02

Brett Lackey // Girl aged just 12 becomes the fifth indigenous child to take her own life in nine days | Daily Mail Online "IndyWatch Feed National"

Girl aged just 12 becomes the fifth indigenous child to take her own life in nine days | Daily Mail Online: Indigenous lawyer Hannah McGlade has advised the UN High Commission for Human Rights in Geneva and said there is a clear link between child sexual assault, family violence, and the high levels of indigenous girls and women who were taking their own lives.

'Last year the UN highlighted the level of violence against indigenous women and girls in Australia and called for a specific national action plan,' Dr McGlade told The Australian.

14:08

NNTT Djungan People #5 Native Title Claim "IndyWatch Feed National"

National Native Title Tribunal File QC2018/005 available here entered on the Register 9/11/2018.

The attachments are as follows :-
Register extract available here
Attachment B - Map showing Boundaries of the Area Covered by the Application here
Attachment C - Map of the Claim Area here

The claim area is roughly west of the Hann Tableland National Park.

The Djungan People native title claim group is comprised of the descendants (including through adoption or raising up in accordance with traditional laws and customs) of the following apical ancestors:

Tommy and Topsy Wason
John Wason
Dinah [Richards]
Jessie Wason
Jack O'Neil and his spouse, Flora Richards
Peter Ray Burns
Jimmy Kingsburra and Lizzie Kingsburra (including the descendants of Joe Sands)
Charles James Archer (Senior)
Lucy [Burns]
Pluto [Brumby]
Mollie and her spouse, Bert Gordon
Mick Richards

Some notes

Peter, of Yarrabah, Bachelor, born Cooktown, aged 18 years, parents Fred and Topsy and Jessie Wason, of Yarrabah, Spinster, born Mareeba, aged 16 years, parents Fred Wason and Dinah married 28. 4.1910 at St Alban's Church, Yarrabah by G W Morrison, C of E             
Children (some?) recorded at Yarrabah
Catharine Mona, parents Peter Underwood F/B and Jessie Wason H/C, born 30.12.1910
Eric Peter, parents Peter Underwood F/B and Jessie Wason (Black mixed (Chinese and Aborigine)) , born 8. 4.1913
Vincent Noland, parents Peter Underwood F/B and Jessie Wason H/C, born 3. 2.1915
Agnes Lorna, parents Peter and Jessie Wason , born 16. 8.1916
Ralph Emmanuel Peter, parents Peter Underwood F/B and Jessie Wason H/C, born 20. 4.1919
Maxwell Horace Alton, parents Peter Underwood and Jessie Wason, born 3. 3.1924

John Wason H/C of Yungaburra, born Kingsborough near Thornborough c1895 married
Lucy Cunningham H/C of Yungaburra, born Mulgrave River married 18.10.1916
Registered 2009/N/5074

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13:30

Chinas Slowdown Hits Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Australia is referred to as the Lucky Country, and with good reason.

It has a relatively small but well-educated population and is endowed with abundant natural resources including iron ore, copper, gold, water, farmland, moderate weather and protected port cities.

Australia also earns huge amounts from foreign tourism.

The country has a solid rule of law, which makes it an attractive destination for direct foreign investment.

Australia has not had a recession since 1990 (the US has had three recessions in the same period).

Even the global financial crisis of 2008 did not slow the Australian economy enough to trigger a technical recession.

jim

Your strategist at Sydney Harbour during a recent visit Down Under.

But the Australian economy does have an Achilles heel that is already causing a slowdown and may even tip Australia into its first recession in decades.

That weakness is Australias close and highly concentrated trading relationship with China.

Aussies hitched their wagon to the Middle Kingdom

Australia has been well positioned to be a major provider of natural resources to Chinas industrial and manufacturing juggernaut.

Australia supplies iron ore, bauxite and copper needed to build critical infrastructure and the ghost cities that dot the Chinese landscape.

Australia also exports liquid natural gas (LNG) to fuel Chinas voracious appetite for energy to keep its factories humming and keep the lights on.

At the same time as China is importing natural resources from Australia, it is exporting capital to purchase residential and commercial properties there.

Such interdependence is a boon when China is growing and Australia is booming to meet Chinese demand. But it is a headwind to growth when the gears are thrown into reverse.

Growth in the Chinese economy is dropping sharply.

This is due to a combination of excess debt, trade wars with the US and an overpriced Chinese yuan.

Reduced demand by China for resources needed for building (iron ore, copper, bauxite) as well as agricultural goods has been felt in Australia.

Even more damaging is the drying up of Chinese capital investment in Australian real estate. This has led to steep declines in Australian property prices.

These declines have not yet hit bottom because of a pipeline of pending projects...

12:25

Coal transport halted in protest against Adani "IndyWatch Feed National"

Romaan successfully halted coal transport to the Abbot Point Coal Terminal from a treesit 20 meters off the ground. Photo supplied.

Keeping the pressure against the proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin 25 year old Romaan halted coal transport to the Abbot Point Coal Terminal from a treesit 20 meters off the ground attached to the Newlands Rail line.

Adani has declared that it is ready to start work on the proposed mine once given the go-ahead by the Queensland government. The international conglomerate is still waiting on two approvals from the state government relating to their ground water management plan and the preservation of the ecosystem of the endangered Black-throated Finch.

Romaans protest is the second of its kind this year and one of a long series of nationwide demonstrations against the proposed mine. These actions are in response to growing concern about the impacts that the proposed coal mine will have on the regions environment and the climate of the globe.

I felt inspired by the students who put their lives on hold during the School Strike for Climate to make the government listen to their concerns for the state of the climate and its implications for our future, said Romaan

The fact that our government is not taking the threat of climate change and resulting climate catastrophe seriously is deeply disturbing. We cannot allow the greed of a small minority jeopardise the livelihood of the whole planet. We, the people, need to stand up in community and take action into our own hands.

It is possible for humankind to become carbon-neutral in this lifetime and that is what we have to aim for if we intend to preserve our planet and all life on it. The building of the Carmichael mine will open up the potential for seven more coal mines in the Galilee Basin, effectively ending our chances at carbon neutrality. This is madness given the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2018 report, states that we now have less than 12 years to to act on climate change to keep the increase of average global temperature within 1.5C and avoid extreme heat, drought, sea level rise and food scarcity. Even if the temperature rises 1.5C this still has major implicati...

11:34

If Yellowstone erupts where should I go? What will happen? Why should I be worried now? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Have you ever wondered what will happen if the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts? Think about it. What would you do? Where would you go? Is your family prepared? What about your pets?

A new mini-documentary film posted to the Team Life Hack Youtube channel on Sunday titled Yellowstone Volcano Eruption Where to Find Safety? reveals the brash reality of just how unprepared Americans really are for such an event. Keep in mind, if Yellowstone were to erupt the massive explosion would mark its fourth major eruption throughout earths history. Scientists believe the last eruption took place about 640,000 years ago which goes to show how the caldera is somewhat overdue for another.

As I have reported in the past, contracts between the U.S. government and other world governments to house a displaced citizenry already exist and total tens of billions of dollars. After all, why would the U.S. government solicit and pay other countries tens of billions of dollars per year for an entire decade to house displaced U.S. citizens specifically between the years 2014 and 2024 unless officials know for sure that some type of major disaster or possibly even an extinction level event was going to occur within that specific ten-year timeframe? Do you see? Thus within itself shows how officials likely know more then they are telling the general public at this time and so the question remains: Would the U.S. government warn the general public in advance? If so, how many months, weeks, days, hours, or minutes in advance would the citizenry receive such a warning? Would a warning even work or would a warning just cause more chaos?

In the Team Life Hack video, the narrator says that he doubts that the federal government would even tell Americans about an upcoming eruption at all and even if they do the narrator feels that riots could still ensue.

So what would happen?

If the eruption were to occur an unbelievable amount of ashfall would consume the land which would likely cause a nuclear winter-type scenario and make it extremely hard if not impossible for crops to grow and would ultimately cause loss of both human and animal life. The stock market would crash and money would become worthless. Hundreds of thousands of people would likely die as forecast by the Dea...

11:31

Australian Government Causing Death and Disability with Mandatory Vaccination Policies "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Judy Wilyman

Important information in this newsletter:
1) A US CDC government medical expert confirms the causal link between vaccines and autism (video 11 mins) by Sharyl Attkisson
2) Healthy Triplets All Autistic within Hours of Vaccination (video 12 mins)
3) A US CDC scientist confirms the causal link between vaccines and autism was suppressed by the CDC and US government in the study that was published in 2004.(video 2 min)
4) Mary Holland JD, a human rights campaigner exposes the true story behind the media smearing of Andrew Wakefields research showing a link between MMR vaccine and autism.

Welcome to the first newsletter for 2019. I started these newsletters in 2012 when the mainstream Australian media started presenting false and misleading information about my university research to the public. This was a result of the Australian Skeptics Inc lobby groups and their offshoot SAVN and the Friends of Science in Medicine deceptively named well-funded lobby groups that are promoting pharmas interests in government vaccination policies (astroturfing).

If this wasnt the case in Australia then the government would not need to suppress my academic research from public debates and discussion and from court cases on vaccination. For those of you who have missed this suppression here is the conference that was held on the 30 June 2018 in Sydney titled The Censorship of the Vaccination Debate in Australia.

I would highly recommend that you listen to Elizabeth Harts presentation, Jamie McIntyres presentation and.........

11:00

No Mining on the Liberated Territory of Xolobeni: African People Have Spoken! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Burning Spear News Xolobeni stands as one of few liberated African territories standing against the mining of their mineral resources. Members of the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) vow to never stop fighting against mining This article is based on the ongoing struggle in the Eastern Cape where our people are fighting a company from Australia,...

10:39

High Court Justice Tells Prosecutors to Appeal Lenient Sentences "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim High Court Justice Virginia Bell ended 2018 on an incendiary note, when she publicly implied that some sentences being handed down are clearly too light, and the Crown should be appealing them rather than exercising the restraint that has been applied over recent decades. The comments were made during

The post High Court Justice Tells Prosecutors to Appeal Lenient Sentences appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

10:18

There is More To the Story of Whats Happening in Earling IA "IndyWatch Feed National"

I havent mentioned that the city clerks son is on the city council- and that her sons mother in law owns almost all the business real estate in town.

The Des Moines Register the largest newspaper in Iowa- did a report in their watch dog section on Earlings city attorney Clint Fischer that was quite telling

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/investigations/readers-watchdog/2015/02/13/readers-watchdog-avoca-fichter/23389525/

Considering what they are doing to me- and esp. what they did to Vaughn Gross who put a gun in his mouth this past Christmas- it is my opinion there is more going on in this town that what people know.

What happened to Vaughn was wrong. What is happening to me is wrong as well. But Vaughns experience tells me there is some sort of weird land grab going on.

The city clerk has lived here for three years- yet few in this town of 300 know who she is. However- as I have said- she befriended me even before I left Seattle last January.

My question is why.

As Ive said- the city council approved of my dogs last January- but eight months after they tried to convict me of a crime for having them- despite the fact that a business owner in town ALSO has a pit mix that bit a neighbors dog- requiring the injured dog to require twelve stiches- and yet he has not been required to get rid of his dog.

In fact he STILL isnt having any issues. So I guess the towns ordinances only apply to those the city council wants to target.

Although, of course, Vaughn Gross didnt have a dog. Just a house they seemed to want.

Considering I was fighting against Nazis in Washington State- which is why I moved- and Iowa just reelected a white supremist (Steve King) in SW Iowa- which is where Earling is located- it isnt a huge leap to think it may all be connected in some way to some sort of weird Nazi agenda.

At least in the way of their tactics anyway.

Just how this is all connected I am unsure of. However- if this all continues- something tells me it wont stop with me.

And they have already pushed a man to commit suicide.

I, however, will NEVER hurt myself but will fight until I am no longer able. And exposing this is something I am compelled to do.

And this type of situation is not new to me. Here is the type of stuff I have dealt with in the past

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10:11

Leading economist slams TPP-11 as Malaysia reviews ratification "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 17, 2019: While the TPP-11 came into force on December 30, 2018, with six of the eleven signatories ratifying, the new Malaysian government has not ratified the TPP-11 and is seriously reviewing their entire approach to trade and investment agreements.

A key economic adviser to the new government, Jomo Kwame Sundaram, wrote on January 8 that the rebadged Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership had much more to do with US geopolitical goals than improving trade, and that as TPP-11 the possible economic gains from it are really derisory.

Some minor changes were made to the TPP agreement for the CPTPP. Several onerous provisions were amended, and some others suspended, leaving most unchanged. Only a few CPTPP governments secured side letters, exempting them from some specific clauses.

Thus, most onerous TPP provisions remain. The CPTPP has committed Malaysia to further trade liberalization, accelerating deindustrialization, besides constraining the growth of modern services, development finance and policy space.

Jomo called for a turn away from bilateral and regional free trade agreements, towards a revival of the multilateral World Trade Organisation. At the national level, developing country governments should amend legislation and policy in line with their needs, especially for development, not at the behest of corporate lobbyists or geostrategic priorities, he concluded.

10:00

The Real Gilead Australias Family Court and Their Handmaids Tale "IndyWatch Feed National"

Handmaids Tale (photo MGM Television)

by Dee McLachlan

As I head to Adelaide for the fifth time to continue filming my documentary, and to deal with Family Court criminality, I reflect on parallels of the hit TV series, HANDMAIDS TALE. I am hoping many readers have seen it. (It was on SBS once.)

Based on Margaret Atwoods best-selling novel, it is essentially a view into the totalitarian society of Gilead, where handmaidens are enslaved to produce children for the elites. Their children are then removed from them so that elite couples (who have become sterile) have a chance of mother and father...

09:33

Chilli cucumber pickle "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I like this recipe for a summer salad that also tastes good in stir-fries and soups

Take six of the Lebanese variety or around three of larger varieties, score their outsides with a fork and then cut in half or quarters (original recipe says to scoop out seeds but it seems a waste of water), then marinate for at least an hour with red onion (and chopped chillis if you're inclined) in a quarter cup of white vinegar with a tablespoon each of sugar and sweet chilli sauce.

Original recipe suggests adding coriander and roasted peanuts prior to serving.

08:31

What lies beneath the cracks in Opal Tower and buildings across Australia "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Cracks in the compact city

The saga of Opal Tower, the 36-storey Sydney apartment building evacuated on Christmas Eve after frightening cracking, has helped to expose the deep cracks in Australias approach to building apartments.

The big lesson from Opal Tower is that badly built apartments arent only an issue for residents

Laura Crommelin, UNSW; Bill Randolph, UNSW; Hazel Easthope, UNSW, and...

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