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23:58

Corrupt Queensland police still issuing fines despite faulty system "IndyWatch Feed National"


The level of corruption, deceit, false information and cover-ups from within the various tiers of government often goes beyond the comprehension of the general population, or as the legal fraternity put it the 'layman'.

A large problem is that the legal fraternity as a whole supports this corruption.

The Queensland government's cash cow a business called SPER (State Penalties Enforcement Registry, ABN: 90 856 020 239), falsely transfers  your unlawful (fine) automatically to a debt.

The best part about it is that they are fully aware of this fraud, yet still continue to enact on it, despite knowing full well that their actions will bring in more complaints.

See obtained document:


 In the words of Australia's ex Prime Minister Paul Keating;

FIGHT THE SYSTEM !


Just remember YOUR place in this (penal) colony.

21:32

XANEMR - KELHA BAZD "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

21:32

XANEMR - GULANA MI "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

21:32

XANEMR - AZADBE ROK and Band Introduction "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

21:32

XANEMIR - GIDEN KUSLAR "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

21:31

XANEMR - XOZAN DAX "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

21:31

XANEMR - SEYRAN MANG "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

21:31

XANEMR - ALAGYAS "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

21:31

XANEMR - NAZL "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

21:31

XANEMR - AGIR "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

21:31

XANEMR - HEKIMO "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

21:31

XANEMR - MEVANIM "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

21:28

Clinton, Trump Elections Sent Chilling Message to Sexually Abused Women "IndyWatch Feed National"

Harvey Weinsteins alleged sexual harassment and assault, as well as a tape in which he admits to groping a model, seem to have triggered something new in US society an awareness of the magnitude of what women face every day.

Why did it take so long?

One reason is partisan politics. Think about it: Two of the four men who have occupied the Oval Office in the last quarter century were allegedly serial sexual harassers/assaulters.

Bill Clinton was accused of rape by one woman, of exposing himself to another and of groping a third.

Donald Trump has been accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment by more than a dozen women. In addition, he has confessed on tape to having groped and kissed multiple women without their consent. Thats more than Weinstein has admitted to doing.

So what happened to Clinton and Trump after they were accused, by multiple women, of sexual abuse? They got elected to the most powerful office in the world and each of them had legions of supporters who made excuses for their behavior, dismissed the allegations and disparaged the women making them:

Its all just a witch hunt/right-wing conspiracy.

They were powerful men surrounded by beautiful women, why would they need to grope them?

These women are just trying to get famous or make money.

It was a different time when Bill Clinton was accused of these things.

Bragging of sexual assault is locker room talk.

In light of these widespread sentiments, and the fact that sexual assault and harassment are often incredibly difficult to prove, its no surprise that so many victims dont speak up.

What lessons did young women growing up in the 1990s learn from watching the news? What about girls whose parents made excuses for Trump last year?

Yes, there is a presumption of innocence that Trump and Clinton are entitled to, and neither has been convicted of anything related to these allegations. But lets be honest, who in their heart of hearts thinks that all of the accusations made against these two are made up?

And then there is this: One supporter of Trump was asked whether grabbing women by their pussy or kissing them against their will constitutes sexual assault. The answer: I dont characterize that as sexual assault. I think thats a stretch.

That person was Jeff Sessions, who now serve...

21:26

Chinese developers buy one-third of Australias sites in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Chinese developers bought almost 40 per cent of the total $5 billion spent on Australias residential development sites in 2016, with a clear trend towards buying up land in far-flung Sydney and Melbourne suburbs, new research shows.

Knight Franks report, The Rise of Chinese Developers in Australia, found Chinese developers bought $2.4 billion of residential development sites in 2016, or 38 per cent of the total value of sites sold.

n 2015, Chinese developers bought 12 per cent of the total value of sites, Knight Frank head of residential research Michelle Ciesielski said.

Overseas investment in Australian development sites has evolved away from high-rises and towards house and land estates. Photo: Supplied

Despite overall total sales falling during 2016, and sales to Chinese developers and investors still being 11.2 per cent lower than the market peak recorded in 2014, their influence has grown, she said.

Since 2012, the size of the average development site bought by a Chinese developer has increased more than 18 times to 21,045 square metres in 2016, largely due to developers moving into lower-density developments.

Chinese developers initially came into Australia looking at a similar product to what they built in China  high-rise developments  theres a perception that Chinese developers only build high-rise projects but were now seeing them buyin...

21:13

Indonesia to demand answers after military chief denied U.S. entry "IndyWatch Feed National"

Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) Indonesia intends to send a diplomatic note to the U.S. secretary of state and summon Washingtons deputy ambassador in Jakarta to explain why the head of its military was denied entry to the United States, an Indonesian official said on Sunday.

Indonesias Armed Forces Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo was about to board a flight on Saturday when the airline informed him that U.S. authorities had denied him entry, according to Indonesian media reports.

Nurmantyo was going to the United States at the invitation of General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and a former head of the U.S. Marine Corps, according to the reports. He was also due to take part in a forum organized by the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington on Monday.

Arrmanatha Nasir, a spokesman for Indonesias fo...

20:30

PR: Quicker, Safer, Cheaper: What Exactly Does Universa Blockchain Present? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sergey Chernov on Universa Blockchain

This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. Bitcoin.com does not endorse nor support this product/service. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release.

Universa Blockchain introduces an innovative technology, the technical details of which need to be explained, like mostly when it comes to brilliant ideas. Sergey Chernov, the technical director of Universa, answers the questions about Universa Blockchain.

Q-Sergey, how is the high speed of Universa Blockchain possible?
A-First of all, it is possible because the architecture of Universa is special, it has nothing in common with Bitcoin or Ethereum, for example. It was created for saving computing resources of the network and the storage for the ledger. There is no mining in Blockchain, the processes of keeping and performing contracts are taken from the nodes to clients.

Q-In what case can the network overload and slowing of the transactions be expected? Do you have a plan of action if that happens?
A-The network overload is possible primarily because of network channels overload and also if the nods platform equipment is not powerful enough. Three stages of upgrading the nodes in the network are provided, while the last stage assumes almost unlimited scaling on capacity. The network is scaled not by increasing the number of nodes but by enhancing each of the nodes, which can have a an arbitrary number of servers for the parallel processing of transactions.

Q-Lets suppose Blockchain was hacked, access to what information may be gained by a hacker?
A-In this case the hacker will only get information on signatures and their expiration dates for the last blocks in every certified chain and also to the last blocks of chains which have been processed recently or in the last few hours. Chains are not kept on nodes.
If the hacker has broken into the...

20:10

Two Brimob Personnel Injured During Crossfire in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


SUNDAY, 22 OCTOBER, 2017 | 09:54 WIB
Two Brimob Personnel Injured During Crossfire in Papua


TEMPO.COJakarta - Two members of Mobile Brigade (Brimob) were injured during a crossfire with an armed separatist group in Mt. Sangket area, Kalibua, Utikini village, Tembagapura, Mimika Regency, Papua Province on Saturday evening (21/10).
The crossfire took place as Brimob personnel led by First Inspector Taufik chased after an armed separatist group that shot two operational vehi...

19:58

Secret Service Guy Now Skeptical, 1851 "IndyWatch Feed National"

SeaShell Diamond Galleries, 808-338-9988, https://www.seashelldiamondgallary@gmail.com https://www.seashelldiamondgallary.com Good morning, Im still reporting on: Secret Service Guy Now Skeptical, 1851 Synopsis: Tucker Carlson had Dan Bongino, former NYPD and Secret Service agent on last night to discuss the latest with the Oct. 1 incident. A Clarke County, Nevada judge has ordered MGM International to preserve all evidence surrounding the shooting from the Mandalay Bay hotel for fear that MGM is now orchestrating everything about post-shooting events to its benefit and things we normally see after crimes like this is all the security camera footage, of which there is no doubt was plentiful, and since we havent seen it, it cant support this ludicrous timeline they keep adjusting to best suit their needs. [insert] Once again, focusing on the motives of Steven Paddock tends to ignore blaring evidence of at least two shooters, and possibly two more on the ground, and that apparently there was another person in Paddocks room that evening as evidenced by two dinner plates on the service cart on the hallway next to his room. This may have been the person dressed as a security person later spotted being chased by other security personnel through the adjoining casino after the crime. But you have to give Tucker credit, hes the only TV news personality still covering this event and its strange timeline and dozens of questions that dont add up. In my opinion, both Tucker and his guest are playing this waaayy on the conservative side lest the story gets spiked all together and disappears from TV land all together. [insert] Unfortunately, its obviously not nonsense, because it is the only answer that even comes close to making sense. Bongino has come a long way in how he views this crime. A week ago, he was totally buying the LVPD/FBI version. Now, his detectives deductive training has shown him that you cant paste these pieces together and get a sensible picture no matter how hard you try. Support Our Sponsors: - Nobel Gold & Silver: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 888-596-7916 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level cyber protection. https://www.jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Learn How To Generate Passive Income Using Bitcoins At: https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com Protect Your Information From Big Data - Click Here! https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill Use Promo Code: bill still for 20% OFF SeaShell Diamond Galleries, 808-338-9988, https://www.seashelldiamondgallary@gmail.com https://www.seashelldiamondgallary.com Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: https://plus.google.com/u/0/109353617116072656672 Get the word Out: Please LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE! Our website: http://www.b..........

17:57

Comedies of Errors and other random Mayhem "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tonight was a show straight out of the Twilight Zone. If anything could go wrong, it didbut laughter and good humor saw us through. Great call from Ken in Australia, David in Michigan and special thanks to NeSe for Co-co hosting for a good portion of the show. Good times, trying times and lotsa laughs

17:23

Populist billionaire Babis wins landslide in Czech Republics general election "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFP

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Michal Cizek, AFP | Czech billionaire Andrej Babis (L), chairman of the ANO movement (YES) and his wife Monika smile at ANO headquarter after Czech elections on October 21, 2017 in Prague.

Text by FRANCE 24 

Latest update : 2017-10-22

The centrist ANO movement led by populist Andrej Babis won the Czech Republics parliamentary election Saturday. The vote shifted the country to the right and paved the way for the euroskeptic billionaire to become its next prime minister.

With all votes counted, the Czech Statistics Office said ANO won in a landslide, capturing 29.6 percent of the vote, or 78 of the 200 seats in the lower house of Parliament.

Its a huge success, the 63-year-old Babis told supporters and journalists at his headquarters in Prague.

Babis is the countrys second-richest man, with a media empire including two major newspapers and a popular radio station.

Although he was a finance minister in the outgoing government until May, many Czechs see him as a maverick outsider with the business acumen to shake up the system. With slogans claiming he can easily fix the countrys problems, he is, for some, the Czech answer to U.S. President Donald Trump.

Since the leader of the strongest party usually gets to form a new government, Babis could be the countrys next leader despite being linked to several scandals, including being charged by police with fraud linked to European Union subsidies.

The charges will likely make it difficult for Babis to find the coalition partners he needs to build a parliamentary majority. He didnt immediately say which parties he preferred but has invited all parties that won seats in parliament for talks.

In a blow to the countrys political elite, four of the top five vote-getting parties Saturday had challenged the traditional political mainstream. Some have exploited fears of immigration and Islam and have been attacking the countrys memberships in the EU and...

17:00

The Weekend Quiz October 21-22, 2017 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Here are the answers with discussion for yesterdays 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:

A hallmark of the neo-liberal period has been the declining share of wages in national income which in part meant that economic growth became more dependent on credit to maintain growth in consumption spending. Increasing the wage share requires a faster rate of growth in real wages in the coming years.

The answer is False.

A faster rate of real wages growth is not even a necessary condition much less a sufficient condition for a rising wage share.

Abstracting from the share of national income going to government, we can divide national income into the proportion going to workers (the wage share) and the proportion going to capital (the profits share). For the profit share to fall, the wage share has to rise (given the proportion going to government is relatively constant over time).

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 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....

16:36

Protected: Its just not cricket: setting the tone on cyber abuse "IndyWatch Feed National"

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16:24

PERTH Blake Colman Remorseful For His Role In Violent Perth Street Attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Blake Colman Remorseful For His Role In Violent Perth Street Attack .

October 22, 2017 at 01:33PM .

According to Perth Now, the matter eventually went before Perth Magistrates Court, and on April 26 of this year, Colman entered a guilty plea, copping

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16:08

TATTOO Festival Arts Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Rites Of Passage Festival is an event that showcases tattoos as a form of art and self-expression. This years line-up features over 250 of the best tattoo artists from Australia and the world in an action-packed weekend of live tattoos, body art, food trucks and entertainment. Visitors can catch up with the latest trends, get inked on the spot, and shop for everything from tattoo supplies to the latest in street wear and alternative fashions. Tattoo competitions will see artists battling it out for points in the different categories, as well as the Miss Rites of Passage competition in which women of NSW compete for the Miss Rites of Passage title.

Kevin Mack, Director of Australian Tattoo Events, is my guest today.

The Rites of Passage Festival: Friday 27th Sunday 29th October 2017

Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park

More Info: www.ritesofpassagefestival.com

Soleil-Megan Allard

Soleil-Megan Allard

Megan Allard is a Canadian custom tattoo artist who specialises in black-and-grey, realism, and watercolour. Megan incorporates her formal training and skills in painting and fine arts into her tattoo designs. Megan Allard is currently working at The Tattoo Movement in Sydney and is a celebrated artist. Megan is commissioned by individuals and institutions across the world and her artworks and fine art prints are held in Australian and International collections.

Megan Allard, custom tattoo artist, is my guest today.

16:00

Try This Comforting Keto-Friendly Cabbage and Bacon Soup Recipe "IndyWatch Feed National"

Recipe by Pete Evans

 

Im sure that many of you have already read my latest book, Fat for Fuel if you havent yet, I encourage you to pick up your copy now, as it is one of the most important health books you will read in your life and youre determined to incorporate the ketogenic diet into your lifestyle. Now the challenge is: How can you make sure that the meals you prepare are keto-friendly? Well, you dont have to worry weve made it easy for you!

 

Im excited to announce that renowned Australian chef and restauranteur Pete Evans and I are releasing the Fat for Fuel Ketogenic Cookbook: Recipes and Ketogenic Keys to Health from a World-Class Doctor and an Internationally Renowned Chef November 14. This fantastic resource offers a wide array of delectable recipes from appetizers to main courses to snacks and sweet treats that all follow the principles of the ketogenic diet.

 

I am thrilled to have Pete onboard this project, not only because of his amazing palate and creativity in the kitchen, but also because his dedication to eating healthy, fat-burning foods is on par with my principles of achieving nutritional ketosis in order to reach optimal wellness.

 

To give you a taste of what our cookbook will offer, Pete has shared one of his healthy recipes below. It combines the freshness of leafy greens with the rich taste of bacon, plus spices, to make a comforting and hearty soup that you can sip when the weather turns chilly. Try it today!

 

Ingredients:

2 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 onion, chopped

1/2 pound silverbeet, leafy green part and stems separated, trimmed and chopped

1/2 pound green cabbage, shredded

1/4 pound rindless bacon

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

6 cups organic chicken broth

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A Body in Motion Stays Healthier Longer "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Dr. Mercola

Getting consistent movement into your daily life is a profoundly powerful intervention for health and longevity. Five years ago, I interviewed Joan Vernikos, Ph.D., on this topic. She's a true pioneer in this field and was one of the first professionals to understand the value and importance of regular movement, not exercise, for the preservation of health and prevention of disease.

Vernikos was hired by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1964, five years before Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. She served as director of the Space Life Sciences at NASA from 1993 until 2000, and has written over 200 scientific papers. Her new book, "Designed to Move: The Science-Backed Program to Fight Sitting Disease and Enjoy Lifelong Health," is the sequel to her previous book, "Sitting Kills, Moving Heals."

Health and Fitness Supersedes Age

Her latest book is dedicated to John Glenn, the first American astronaut to do an orbital flight and a U.S. Senator. He died last year at the age of 95, but made headlines when he flew back into space at the age of 77. Vernikos was instrumental in helping him get back into space.

"When he first came up with this suggestion, everyone thought, 'You can't send an old man up in space. What if something happens to him, then how do we explain it?'" Vernikos says. "The oldest person at that point was Musgrave at 52 Glenn wanted to fly again because John F. Kennedy had prevented him from going to the moon.

He was a national hero and it wouldn't be politically pleasant if something happened to him, so he was forbidden from flying again ... Then one day, as senator, he arrived at NASA. My administrator said, 'What do you think? Should we let John fly again?' I said, 'Arbitrarily, why not? But let's do some homework with the National Institute on Aging.' We started asking questions of] experts. The answer came back. 'Well, there is no reason to exclude him, as long as he is healthy and fit'

[Glenn] was extraordinary. My concern was not that anything would happen to him during the flight, but how would he recover or would he recover? He came back, of course We had a session at the National Institutes of Health on the results, which...

15:00

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

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

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

The post Documentary Just Released Online Blows Lid Off Hollywood Pedophilia: This Is The Tip Of The Iceberg appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

15:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 0.75 AUD
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14:34

Kosciuszko invaded by Orange Hawkweed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Walkers to the Kosciuszko National Park are presumed to have inadvertently introduced seeds of Orange Hawkweed, an evasive and noxious weed that has devastated ecology in New Zealand and the United States. Orange hawkweed has become a noxious weed in Kosciuszko National Park, threatening Australian native plants and biodiversity. The orange hawkweed control programme by []

14:27

Government Refuses to Pay Victims of Police Brutality "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

  By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The Western Australian government has been criticised for appealing a District Court decision to award $1.1 million in damages to a couple who were illegally Tasered, wrongfully arrested, unlawfully detained and maliciously prosecuted by police after they stopped to help a stranger. The incident Catherine Atoms and Dr

The post Government Refuses to Pay Victims of Police Brutality appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

11:57

Solving the Marathon Bomb Mystery, Part 7: So Many Sins "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Jonathan Edwards was a famous preacher in Massachusetts Bay Colony. In 1741 he preached a sermon entitled Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. He begins it with a quote from Deuteronomy 32:35, Their foot shall slide in due time. Edwards theory of the fate of the wicked is that The sword of divine justice is every moment brandished over their heads, and it is nothing but the hand of arbitrary mercy, and Gods mere will, that holds it back.

I do not relate to that theology. Maybe their foot will slide in due time. But why wait? It seems we have waited a long time for Henry Kissingers foot to slide. Better to attend to the problem of evil ourselves. Lets attend to the Marathon.

The Verdict in 2015: Jahar Guilty, Guilty, Guilty, Etc

Dzhokar Tsarnaev was found guilty on each of 30 separate counts by a unanimous jury. As you read the counst, you can say Guilty after each one, meaning some hu...

11:01

This Japanese Cube Test Will Reveal Things About Your Subconscious You Would Never Have Guessed "IndyWatch Feed National"

The cube test is a personality test like nothing else. It gives you a much more realistic look at who you really are.

This test is more-so a mental exercise than a test, but still is puzzling all the same. You can use this to find out just about anything in regards to your personality. If your imagination works properly then this test should be fairly easy for you.

It was first developed by Japanese psychologists in the year 2000, and was published in the book Kokology. This book was written by Tadahiko Nagao. In case you were not already aware, it is filled with psychological games and tests designed to help people learn more about themselves. This test is actually one of the most popular exercises from the book.

I came across this test not too long ago, and I actually was able to learn quite a bit about myself. If you think you may be ready to give it a go check out the video below. Sure, to begin with these questions will seem odd, but in the end everything will make a lot of sense. Remember your answers as you go along and pay attention to what they reveal about you in the end. Enjoy!

10:42

Sex and gender "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is based on a comment I made here.

If you think the bodies are sexed (clearly true) and psyches are sexed (a bit murkier, but broadly true) then it is easy to get more than two genders.

Male (male in body and psyche)

Female (female in body and psyche)

Third (body and psyche dont match).

Plenty of human societies have worked on that basis.

You can even work on a simple matrix and get four genders (male-male, female-female, male-female, female-male). But third gender classification (really other) is more common.

And some societies, without going all the way to third gender, have operated on sub-genders (e.g. males held to belong to a separate category because, hey, not sexually interested in girls). Western notions of sexuality are a way of modifying gender identity.

Sexuality or gender?

Back in the C19th, with the intersection between growing anthropological awareness of other societies takes on gender with a critical mass of urbanisation, secularisation and communication making gender/sexual minorities more able to begin to organise, there was an argument in Western circles about whether queer folk should be treated as third gender. The notion of homosexual (and its derivatives, heterosexual and bisexual) won out, as it seemed more scientific and less of a shift of basic presumptions.

What we are seeing is a revisiting of that debate. Unfortunately, it is turning up on the wrong side of postmodernism, so rather than being grounded in ethnography and empiricism, it is all about feelz and discourses. Hence the ludicrous explosion of genders.

Bio-error

What has not helped is that feminism has tended to talk so much about the penis & vagina, which actually do not mark the differences between males and females nearly as much as people think, as they both perform the same functions (bring gametes together, provide sexual pleasure). Ones an innie (so receives) and the others an outie (so penetrates), but they otherwise perform the same functions. If you take that as the key distinguishing feature between male and female, then, if one surgically turns one into the other, you have changed sex.

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10:30

The Difference Between Empaths and Lightworkers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lightworkers and empaths are very similar, and yet also very different. While empaths and lightworkers work well together they are not the same thing.

Empaths are people who can absorb and truly feel the emotions of others. While they do enjoy healing/helping others, this does not make them a lightworker. However, I am sure there are some people who can be both just that not all are both.

A lightworker is someone who is working to save the planet. Someone who was sent here for that purpose. Lightworkers are extra sensitive and often can be quite receptive to any energies they come in contact with.

See? Not the same thing, but they are still quite similar. The empath will become overwhelmed in crowds, and can tell when someone is being dishonest whereas the lightworker likes to be out and about for the most part and is not quite intuitive. Below you will find lists of the characteristics of each of these two things.

Regardless of which of these two you are, you are wonderful. If you are an empath or a lightworker you need to work to control your gift. There is nothing worse than an uneducated individual with a skill like this.

Empath Characteristics:

  • Always standing up for the underdog
  • Absorbs other peoples emotions
  • Loves nature
  • Gets bored easily
  • Drawn to healing
  • People come to them with problems
  • They are usually exhausted
  • They love adventure and freedom
  • Great listeners
  • Can seem shifty at times
  • Will not tolerate narcissists
  • Is always looking for answers

Lightworker Characteristics:

  • Sensitive to energies
  • Feels the need to heal those in need
  • Feels compelled to teach
  • Has been through a lot in life
  • Wants to save the world
  • Has experienced a strong awakening
  • Loves animals

Take a look at the video below for more information. While you may have thought you were one thing before this article, chances are you are in a very different mindset now. You are in control of your own mind. Be true to yourself.

09:00

Ritual Spirit, White Rabbit Gallery, Chippendale "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Im always a bit conflicted when I post photos that Ive taken at the White Rabbit Gallery. On the one hand, I really want to encourage everyone in Sydney who has an interest in contemporary Chinese art to visit, and I dont want my photos to gazump the magic of seeing an incredible piece for []

08:43

Man in Hospital After Early Uber Arrival Forces Him to Skol 400 Beers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

UberDrunk

A Sydney man is in hospital with chronic drunkenness pains after the Uber he ordered to take him to the pub arrived four minutes early, forcing him to drink 400 of his 680 pre-drinks beers in under 30 seconds.

A government health spokesperson has slammed Uber, calling for an urgent review of the ride-sharing service.

What a horror story. My thoughts and prayers are with this man who was trying to do the right thing by not driving after 680 beers and avoiding arriving at the pub feeling a bit awkward because he hadnt consumed a sufficient amount of alcohol, he said. Its irresponsible of the Uber to put people in this position and its happening far too often. Punctuality can be deadly.

The victims friends, who are also in hospital recovering from the evening, said they werent concerned when the man failed to turn up at the pub.

Hes a light drinker anyway so we thought he simply skipped the pre pre pre pre drinks. Who would have thought the poor bloke had to drink 400 beers in under 30 seconds? one friend said. I know that doesnt sound like much, but 400 beers has a lot of sugar and that cant be good for you.

A NSW taxi spokesperson said this was just another example of the way Ubers consistent over performance was dangerous.

If you book with a taxi, you can be confident well be late or not come at all, so youll always have plenty of time to finish your pre-drinks drinks, he said. Were proud of our motto, Better late or never.


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07:57

Over 80 seabirds found dead on beaches in Albany, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

More than 80 sea birds have washed up dead on Albany beaches, according to the Conservation Council of WA. The flesh-footed shearwaters were found washed up dead on Goode and Fisheries Beach on the western side of King George Sound, south of Albany. Conservation Council of WA Nic Dunlop said the kills may be caused by purse-seine fishing. "The timing of this Shearwater kill is unusually early, but in every other respect fitted the now familiar pattern of these seabirds being drowned in the purse-seine nets used by the Albany-based South Coast Purse-seine Fishery," Dr Dunlop said. "The Flesh-footed Shearwater is a species that has recently shown a dramatic decline in all three of its populations. The species is known to be particularly susceptible as bycatch in a variety of commercial fisheries, to the ingestion of plastics, and to changes in marine climate.

07:56

Report Proves "No Bad Whore, Just Bad Laws" "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

Report released today by Curtin University

proves what the sign says

"No Bad Whores, Just Bad Laws"

 

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07:49

1)Police investigate shooting incident near Freeport "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) Freeport vehicles shot at by unidentified assailants
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1) Police investigate shooting incident near Freeport

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Timika, Papua (ANTARA News) - The police is investigating a shooting incident of an operational car of PT Freeport Indonesia in Tembagapura, 67.5 mile point, on Saturday morning.

The joint team of security personnel of police and Indonesian Military was on the lookout for the armed crime group, the Head of Timika Resort Police, Adjunct Senior Commissioner Victor Dean Mackbon stated here on Saturday.

"The shooting damaged the front window and right front door of the car," Mackbon noted.

The security officers found a bullet projectile in the area, he added.

"We will investigate the evidence and the type of weapon used," Mackbon remarked.

The incident occurred when a car driven by Jamil Lampung down the hill was shot at. Additionally, another car, driven by Joe Hatch, was also shot on the left side.

Jamil continued to drive his car to Tembagapura hospital to get medical treatment. According to police, Hatch was not injured. (*)
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07:00

Italy, its woven into my heart beat "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

              I needed to go back and to find a piece of my heart. It was still there where I knew it would be, I just needed to go back and find it again.  Continue reading

06:46

Gizza job! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

How low can you go?

The New South Wales economy has added a stunning +123,800 full-time jobs over the past year.

And how low is the New South Wales unemployment rate now?

The answer is: very low at 4.6 per cent.

That's now equal to the lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in 9 years for the Premier State.

And the way things have been tracking, it may not be all that long before the unemployment rate across across the state approaches the lowest level on record, across decades of data.


In February 2008 the state's unemployment rate fleetingly plummeted to just 4.2 per cent, if only for a month.

Casting one's mind back, that was an extraordinary time in Sydney's labour market.

With the mining boom in full swing, there was such a shortage of skilled labour that it felt at times you could get paid a bonus just for turning up to work, so fearful were employers of losing qualified staff.

Certainly pay rises were expected for tenure, while employees could easily leave a job in the full expectation of sourcing another position comparatively easily.

We're not seeing conditions anything like that just yet.

However, the Jobs Vacancies figures for New South Wales recently soared to the...

06:44

"Source" tells NBC Niger ambush was result of "massive intel failure" "IndyWatch Feed National"

A senior congressional aide who has been briefed on the deaths of four U.S. servicemen in Niger says the ambush by militants stemmed in part from a "massive intelligence failure." The Pentagon has said that 40 to 50 militants ambushed a 12-man U.S. force in Niger on Oct. 4, killing four and wounding two. The U.S. patrol was seen as routine and had been carried out nearly 30 times in the six months before the attack, the Pentagon has reported. The aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly, said the House and Senate armed services committees have questions about the scope of the U.S. mission in Niger, and whether the Pentagon is properly supporting the troops on the ground there. There was no U.S. overhead surveillance of the mission, he said, and no American quick-reaction force available to rescue the troops if things went wrong. If it weren't for the arrival of French fighter jets, he said, things could have been much worse for the Americans. Congress also has many unanswered questions about what happened, he said, including about the specifics of the mission that day and the accounts lawmakers have been given about the timeline of the attack and rescue.

06:13

Whistleblower calls OSCE "most dysfunctional entity" he's worked with, exposes deceit, corruption, use of brothels in occupied Lugansk "IndyWatch Feed National"

On October 19th, 2017, the OSCE reported that its mandate at two Russian Checkpoints had been extended to the end of January, 2018. The Mission's mandate in Ukraine itself on March 16th was extended by one year - to 31st March 2018. This, of course, is normal considering the fact that the deployment of the OSCE in order to monitor the ceasefire is one of the points of the Minsk Agreements signed by OSCE representative Heidi Tagliavini, Ukrainian representative Leonid Kuchma, Russian representative Mikhail Zurabov, and the leaders of the DPR and LPR leaders Aleksandr Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky back in 2015. Over the course of the mandate of the OSCE its work has been both critically and positively evaluated, some saying that the Mission's aim is to simply obfuscate the source of shelling, others saying that the employees of the Mission deeply care about the situation and try their best to separate fact from fiction. Looking at the situation objectively and within the framework of proportionate perspective, it does seem that there are more questions than answers concerning the Mission's work in Donbass. The blowing up of a OSCE vehicle earlier in 2017 certainly sent shockwaves around the organisation, putting into question the safety of its monitors in the Republics. Since then the OSCE has refused in many cases to document the results of shelling, citing their willingness to drive along roads that have not been previously declared as safe for travel. This, of course, is a convenient excuse when the culprit of the shelling of civilian areas is the Ukrainian Armed Forces. But excuses such as the example stated above are only necessary when information about events, such as shelling on residential areas (also known as war crimes), becomes known to the public. But what about events that are not reported by any media or press office? At the disposal of Stalker Zone is information about such an unreported event: the existence of a brothel in the settlement Severodonetsk on the territory of the Lugansk People's Public occupied by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

05:57

Questions Out Of A Hat "IndyWatch Feed National"

WhiteCrow will be answering questions that he has been asked by many listeners and friends. He has gotten lots of emails with similar questions so he will be answering some of them on the show. They will all be taken out of his hat at random so who knows what will pop up. Maybe a

05:21

John Pilger: Clinton, Assange and the war on truth "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 16 October, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation aired an interview with Hillary Clinton: one of many to promote her score-settling book about why she was not elected President of the United States. Wading through the Clinton book, What Happened, is an unpleasant experience, like a stomach upset. Smears and tears. Threats and enemies. "They" (voters) were brainwashed and herded against her by the odious Donald Trump in cahoots with sinister Slavs sent from the great darkness known as Russia, assisted by an Australian "nihilist", Julian Assange. In The New York Times, there was a striking photograph of a female reporter consoling Clinton, having just interviewed her. The lost leader was, above all, "absolutely a feminist". The thousands of women's lives this "feminist" destroyed while in government - Libya, Syria, Honduras - were of no interest. In New York magazine, Rebecca Trainster wrote that Clinton was finally "expressing some righteous anger". It was even hard for her to smile: "so hard that the muscles in her face ache". Surely, she concluded, "if we allowed women's resentments the same bearing we allow men's grudges, America would be forced to reckon with the fact that all these angry women might just have a point".

05:19

Anna Von Reitz -- Conference Ends, Mountain Moving Begins "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Conference Ends, Mountain Moving Begins



Source: Paul Stramer

By Anna Von Reitz

I arrived home to a mountain of mail and the need for many, many donations to fund the private work that we, at The Living Law Firm, are doing-- and the costs of travel and lodging and supplies and everything else for our conference these past ten days. It took three days longer than anticipated, and we all went home with additional homework. It has been very intense, and very fruitful.

First, some thoughts about the donations I receive and what strikes me about them: they come from all over, all fifty states. They come from people of all ethnic and racial and working backgrounds. They come in small amounts and large. And they come from all over the world, too.

It's stunning when I think about the people who keep us going and make the research and other actions possible. We are a family scattered from Alaska to Beijing, from Patagonia to Queensland, from New England to Salzburg. We are all seeing the same things, all waking up at the same time.

The view, at the very least, is alarming; and that brings me to my second rumination for the night.

Even though I have been in these trenches for most of my life---- even I am shocked by all the things that have surfaced this past week, and I am left feeling like Moses--- "Who? Me, Lord? You gotta be kidding.... I stutter! I stammer! I can't possibly do this...."

The most stunning thing for me is that none of the suffering so many of us endure is necessary. That is now completely, absolutely clear, obvious, and proven.

No need for poverty. No need for war. No need for debt. No need...

04:38

Tajikistan: Business Rival of Presidents Son-in-Law Neutralized "IndyWatch Feed National"

The owner of a leading chain of gas filling stations in Tajikistan is reportedly facing criminal prosecution, thereby clearing the path for a commercial rival who happens to be the son-in-law of President Emomali Rahmon.

Things started looking grim for Radjabali Odinayev, founder of gas retailer Umed-88, on October 14, when Rahmon singled him out for criticism during a meeting with local businessman.

Rahmon grumbled that Umed-88 had some years ago been been granted a 170 million somoni loan ($19.3 million at the current rate) at 18 percent interest with facilitation from the Finance Ministry, but that the company had failed to pay the money back. That interest rate is considered relatively preferential compared to what is offered by Tajik banks.

Sixty million somoni of this money [Odinayev] owes have gone to paying off debts to Tojiksodirotbank, and 25 million has gone to Amonatbank. The rest he just spent for his own needs. He should answer before the law. Government money is the money of the people, Rahmon said.

After the president made his remarks, workers started to take down Umed-88 signs across the country. All the companys 70 or so filling stations have been formally liquidated.

Odinayevs whereabouts were not entirely certain as of October 21. Asia-Plus cited people close to the businessman as saying that he had fled the country with his family and was now in Dubai. But Prague-based news website Akhbor has reported, again citing unnamed sources, that he has been placed under arrest. 

Akhnor had previously reported that anti-corruption officials intended to charge Odinayev on four counts tax evasion, smuggling, forging documents and fraud.

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04:14

Trump-dossier firm Fusion GPS asks court to stop House from seeing bank records "IndyWatch Feed National"

On the same day, Oct. 4, that the House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed three employees of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS to testify in the Trump dossier investigation, the committee also subpoenaed TD Bank for Fusion's bank records. Now, according to a source familiar with the situation, Fusion has asked a U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., judge to prevent the bank from complying with the subpoena. The move comes just days after two of those three Fusion employees asserted their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination rather than answer questions about the dossier. A third subpoenaed Fusion employee, founder Glenn Simpson, has not yet appeared before the House. The committee's intention in sending the subpoena to TD Bank is to see if Fusion's bank records shed light on who financed the Trump dossier. That is one of the two most important questions in the dossier investigation -- the other being whether any U.S. intelligence or law enforcement agencies used the unverified dossier as a basis for surveillance applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

02:30

Bitcoin Hits $6000 Australia Changes Bitcoin Tax Russia Creating CryptoRuble (Video) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bitcoin Hits $6000 Australia Changes Bitcoin Tax Russia Creating CryptoRuble Video The Money GPS Video Source

The post Bitcoin Hits $6000 Australia Changes Bitcoin Tax Russia Creating CryptoRuble (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

02:17

Clinton, Assange And The War On Truth "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

In The New York Times, there was a striking photograph of a female reporter consoling Clinton, having just interviewed her. The lost leader was, above all, absolutely a feminist. The thousands of womens lives this feminist destroyed while in government Libya, Syria, Honduras were of no interest.Wading through the Clinton book, What Happened, is an unpleasant experience, like a stomach upset. Smears and tears. Threats and enemies. They (voters) were brainwashed and herded against her by the odious Donald Trump in cahoots with sinister Slavs sent from the great darkness known as Russia, assisted by an Australian nihilist, Julian Assange.

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

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

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

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

As Secretary of State, she approved the worlds biggest ever arms sale to her benefactors in Saudi Arabia, worth more than $80 billion. Thanks to her, U.S. arms sales to the world for use in stricken countries like Yemen doubled.

This was revealed by WikiLeaks and published by The New York Times. No one doubts the emails are authentic. The subsequent campaign to smear WikiLeaks and its editor-in-chief, Julian Assange, as agents of Russia, has grown into a spectacular fantasy known as Russiagate. The plot is said to have been signed off on by Vladimir Putin himself. There is not a shred of public evidence.

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02:00

Satoshi Revolution- Chapter 2: Currency Creates Freedom and CivilizationOr Oppression (Part 4) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Currency Creates Freedom and Civilization...Or Oppression

The Satoshi Revolution: A Revolution of Rising Expectations.
Section 1: The Trusted Third Party Problem
Chapter 2: Monetary Theory
by Wendy McElroy

Currency Creates Freedom and CivilizationOr Oppression (part 4)

Historically, money was one of the first things controlled by government, and the free-market revolution of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries made very little dent in the monetary sphere. So it is high time that we turn fundamental attention to the life-blood of our economymoney.
Murray Rothbard, What Has Government Done to Our Money?

Currency Creates Freedom and CivilizationOr Oppression

I was seven years old when I realized my parents did not understand some of the most important dynamics of life. I was riding in the back seat of the car with a bag of candy purchased from a roadside store which was supposed to keep me quiet. It didnt work. A thought tumbled out of my mouth. Why do we pay for anything? I asked. Why dont people just go into stores and take what they need?

My mother replied, It is wrong to steal.

I explained, I dont mean stealing. I mean why do we give people money instead of sharing everything? My parents fell silent.

When I asked again, my mother shot back over her shoulder, Dont ask stupid questions!

They didnt know the answer; I recognized this immediately. And their inability to explain why we needed money disturbed me because they discussed money constantly. How to make more, was there enough to repair the car, could they afford to replace the roof, someone needed dental work, what was the spending cap on Christmas? Concern about mone...

01:52

Australian Government to blame for the latest 'hack' "IndyWatch Feed National"


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00:48

After six tests, the mountain hosting North Koreas nuclear blasts may be exhausted "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Portals at North Koreas Punggye-ri nuclear test site. (Courtesy of 38 North/Airbus Defense & Space/Spot Image)

By Anna Fifield
The Washington Post

Tokyo: Have North Koreas nuclear tests become so big that theyve altered the geological structure of the land?

Some analysts now see signs that Mount Mantap, the 2200-metre-high peak under which North Korea detonates its nuclear bombs, is suffering from tired mountain syndrome.

The mountain visibly shifted during the last nuclear test, an enormous detonation that was recorded as a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in North Koreas northeast. Since then, the area, which is not known for natural seismic activity, has had three more quakes.

What we are seeing from North Korea looks like some kind of stress in the ground, said Paul G Richards, a seismologist at Columbia Universitys Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

In that part of the world, there were stresses in the ground but the explosions have shak...

00:43

Im Just a Scientist Maybe I See Things Different to You "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Des Pensable copyright 2017

Im just a scientist maybe I see things different to you. So Im going to tell what I see.

When I walk into a forest I dont just see trees. I see individual living creatures different from us but living none the less.

I see them constructed of leaves that harvest the sunlight, turning it into sugars that they use to grow and form their structure which is their flesh. I understand that they dont need to move as everything they need it supplied free where they live.

When I see a leaf I think of the complexity of the chemical factories in it producing the sugars. I can take a leaf and break it and smell the aroma that it gives and immediately have an idea of the chemicals it has produced. I think of how the chemicals change between night and day and between seasons and whether it is sunny or wet or cold and whether there are more or less of some important trace mineral in the soil.

If it was a gum leaf I can smell the eucalyptus and it reminds of camping when I was a child.  I remember the characteristic smell of the smoke of burning eucalyptus leaves. It also remind me of bush fires and how the burn very hot with the eucalyptus oils.  I remember that the blue haze we see when we look at the Blue Mountains near my home in Sydney is from the eucalyptus oil vapour above the trees.

I look at the leaf and see it has a circular piece cut out. I imagine what sort of insect had eaten that piece of leaf. I wonder why it didnt eat all the leaf. Was it a bird that came along and ate the insect or was it that the eucalyptus oil was toxic to the insect and it fell off to die and be eaten by another creature or did it just lie there dead until a fungus grew over it and it was absorbed into the earth.

I think about all the hundreds of insects that live in and on the trees bark. Families of them live their whole lives on the tree. I think of the lizards and spiders that prey on the insects and the birds that prey on the lizards,  spiders and insects.

I think of the trees flowers that produce the nectar to attract the birds and insects that help the plant spread its seeds so that other trees may have life and those trees will give life to other insects, and spiders and birds and lizards.

I think of the tree breathing in carbon dioxide, using the carbon to construct its body and breathing out oxygen that all animals need for life. I see an intricate we...

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23:22

Clinton, Assange and the War on Truth "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

Wading through the Clinton book, What Happened, 

22:17

Want clean teeth? Eat butter and salami! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian dentist Dr Steven Lin has claimed that brushing and flossing is not enough to stave off cavities. He says that eating certain foods - including salami - is crucial for healthy teeth (file photo)Dentist claims brushing and flossing are not enough to prevent tooth decay - you need vitamins from these unexpected foods
Australian dentist Dr Steven Lin is warning that brushing and flossing are not enough to keep your teeth healthy In addition to following your dentist's recommendations, you have to make sure you are getting enough of four essential vitamins
Dr Lin says this explains why people who practice good oral hygiene still get cavities
By Maggie O'Neill For Dailymail.com

No matter how thoroughly you clean your teeth, you are probably still exposing yourself to tooth decay, according to one dentist speaking out about oral care. Dr Steven Lin from Australia claims that meticulously brushing and flossing the way your childhood dentist taught you to is not enough to prevent cavities and harmful levels of tooth enamel.

The answer? Your diet, according to Dr Lin. He claims that maintaining good eating habits is the only way to stave off weak, unhealthy teeth. Dr Lin says that incorporating four crucial vitamins into your diet will do worlds of good for your oral health, and he cautions the hygiene habits you have learned to develop since birth are not sufficient when it comes to caring for your teeth.

 He says that eating certain foods - including salami - is crucial for healthy teeth
Australian dentist Dr Steven Lin has claimed that brushing and flossing is not enough to stave off cavities. He says that eating certain foods - including salami - is crucial for healthy teeth (file photo)

Dr Lin is the author of The Dental Diet, which is expected in 2018, and he also blogs about common misconceptions concerning oral health. 'I'm about to say something that might surprise you. Your toothpaste isn't that important. In fact, compared to proper dental nutrition, even brushing and flossing arent as important,' Dr Lin says.

He writes that this explains why some people still experience tooth decay even if they follow their dentist's recommendations. 'Then theres people who brush and floss religiously who are confused as to how they keep getting cavities no matter how many toothpaste brands and techniques they try.'

The problem comes down to the nutrients these people are consuming, he says.

Dr Lin boils it down to four v...

21:11

A Matter of Fifty Degrees: Climate Change in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A country baked to the core, its citizens roasted, an electricity grid battered to its limits.  Capital cities trapping scorching heat, toasting its citizens and assaulting the young, the elderly, the infirm with temperature fluctuations.  This is the vision of 

20:50

Marriage Equality Rally "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Hows it going for you at the moment?, a friend asked me, as we sat under a tree in Victoria Park, and waited for speeches at todays marriage equality rally. The last time Id seen her was at the last marriage equality rally Id attended, about a month ago. Shes a heterosexual woman with a []

20:35

John Pilger on Hillary Clinton and Assange "IndyWatch Feed National"

CLINTON, ASSANGE AND THE WAR ON 

TRUTH

20 October 2017

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


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


In The New York Times, there was a striking photograph of a female reporter consol...

20:23

Millions caught in South Africas cyber breach Called the worst data breach in history "IndyWatch Feed National"

  • 20 October 2017
Photograph of local website running cyber breach articleSouth Africa has been hit by what is described as the worst data breach in history

Authorities in South Africa are investigating a data breach which has seen the personal details of more than 30 million citizens leaked on the internet placing them at risk of identity theft.

The information contained in a 27GB file was discovered by Australia-based internet security expert Tony Hunt earlier this week.

It contains their names, full identity numbers, income, gender, employment history, contact numbers and even home addresses.

South Africas population is about 54 million, so more than half of the country is affected by what has been described as the countrys worst leak of private data.

The countrys State Security Agency (SSA) would not be drawn into discussing the implications of such a breach and whether it could threaten security.

We are looking in to the matter. There is an investigation. We are obviously very concerned, SSA spokesperson Brian Dube told the BBC.

Its important to us to get to the bottom of this, see how it came about and do whatever we have to do, to deal with it, he said.

Local newspaper, The Times, is reporting that the breach has even reached senior politicians, including President Jacob Zuma, but this has not been confirmed.

What could go wrong?

There are many unknowns.

According to Mr Hunt, the file dates back to April 2015 but it is not clear how long the information was on the internet prior to his find.

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20:15

As governments begin to create sovereign cryptocurrencies, is the Fedcoin going to be the U.S.s answer to Bitcoin? "IndyWatch Feed National"

As governments begin to create sovereign cryptocurrencies, is the Fedcoin going to be the U.S.s answer to Bitcoin? by Ken Schortgen The Daily Economist Over the past 10 days, two of the largest financial and industrial economies in the...

The post As governments begin to create sovereign cryptocurrencies, is the Fedcoin going to be the U.S.s answer to Bitcoin? appeared first on The Daily Coin.

20:09

Leaked document reveals UK plans for wider internet surveillance "IndyWatch Feed National"

The UK government is soliciting feedback from a handful of internet providers, but isn't consulting the tech industry or the public.



The UK government is planning to push greater surveillance powers that would force internet providers to monitor communications in near-realtime and install backdoor equipment to break encryption, according to a leaked document.

A draft of the proposed new surveillance powers, leaked on Thursday, is part of a "targeted consultation" into the Investigatory Powers Act, brought into law last year, which critics called the "most extreme surveillance law ever passed in a democracy".

Provisions in proposals show that the government is asking for powers to compel internet providers to turn over the realtime communications of a person "in an intelligible form," including encrypted content, within one working day.

To that end, internet providers will be forced to introduce a backdoor point on their networks to allow intelligence agencies to read anyone's communications.

This "backdoor" capability was heavily criticized last year when it was floated as part of the draft law's proposal. Apple chief executive Tim Cook last year warned of "dire consequences" if the legislation required internet providers or companies to put backdoors into their systems. The provision would effectively prohibit companies operating in the UK from introducing end-to-end encryption, a feature now commonplace in many messaging apps, including Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Apple's own messaging platform iMessage.

But it's not clear exactly how the provision would be enforced -- or if it would only affect companies operating or based in the UK.

Similar questions arose when a committee of UK lawmakers criticized the original Investigatory Powers Act prior to it becoming law late last year.

Jim Killock, executive director of Open Rights Group, who obtained the document, said in an email that the proposals, if passed, would "make security products much easier to break into, and means that companies may be obliged to lie to their customers about the privacy and security that is applied to their communications."

The draft document also asks for the capability to realtime intercept data on one out of 10,000 citizens at any given time, allowing the government to wiretap over 6,500 citizens at any given tim...

18:02

Experts Have Discovered the First Lucid Dreaming Technique to be Independently Verified "IndyWatch Feed National"

The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind. Sigmund Freud

The act of lucid dreaming is one that has fascinated experts for decades, presenting the idea one can remain consciously aware while dreaming, activity observing and controlling the outcome of ones dream. It takes the idea of dreaming, an experience that could be compared to sitting back and watching a movie, and turns it into an interactive experience, more like a video game.

This not only provides you with the ability to have the opportunity to influence the outcome of your dream, but it also improves your ability to recall that with you are dreaming. Often when we wake up from a dream the details are fuzzy at best, which makes it difficult to analyze and interpret that which we have dreamed. Lucid dreaming puts us actively into the dream in a heightened state of consciousness. For this reason, we awake remembering details of the dream vividly.

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There has been written reference to the act of lucid dreaming dating back as far as 1000 BC, included among the spiritual lessons, proverbs and philosophies that have been handed down through the Hindu traditions. Since that time, it has been actively practised in a number of Hindu and Buddhist teachings, however, it was not recognized in the scientific community until 1978.

Since its acceptance, experts have spent countless hours studying, analyzing and assessing the concept and practice of lucid dreaming. Their interest has been further heightened by the reported increase in people reporting experiencing lucid dreams. Mark Blagrove, a psychologist and dream researcher at the University of Swansea, reports that the increase in lucid dreaming experiences may be between 10 and 40 percent since the 1980s.

A new study has accomplished that which many have attempted over the last 4 decades, independently verifying the act of lucid dreaming for the first time. The studys 169 participants were asked to take part in a technique called Mnemonic Induction of lucid dreams (MILD). Each participant would set an alarm to wake them up after a period of 5 hours and then they would say The next time I am dreaming, I will remember that Im d...

17:15

The Trans-Tasman Spat Show: New Zealand-Australian Tensions "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was an awkward moment for Australias foreign minister, Julie Bishop. News had arrived that a New Zealand government had been formed after a lengthy period of deliberation.  (The election took place on September 23.)

Veteran maverick and occasional political suicide Winston Peters of the New Zealand First party had played the familiar role of kingmaker, picking the New Zealand Labour party to form government.  The 37 year old leader, Jacinda Ardern, was evidently too good to fob off.

This placed the Australian government in a prize pickle.  Australian ministers had more or less designated the NZ Labour party persona non grata after questions were asked, in the NZ parliament, about matters of that countrys citizenship.

These queries all seemed provincial and inconsequential, but had potential consequences for Australias own deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce.  Joyce, it seemed, had been a New Zealand citizen when elected to the Australian parliament, thereby rendering him ineligible to sit.  (The High Court will, in time, rule on that point.)

Ardern had her own description of the events.  Yes, someone from the ALP put some legal question to [NZ Labour frontbencher Chris Hipkins] around citizenship.  No mention was made of anyones name, no rationale for any particular case being pursued was ever raised.

Bishop proceeded to have a distinctly anti-diplomatic meltdown.  Culprits were needed, scalps sought.  New Zealand is facing an election.  Should there be a change of government, I would find it very difficult to build trust with those involved in allegations designed to undermine the government of Australia.  This was particularly so given that members of a political party [] had been used by the Australian Labor Party to seek to undermine the Australian government.

Ardern was left puzzled, offering to placate the indignant, glacial Bishop. I will not let false claims stand in the way of that relationship.  She would have called the irate Australian foreign minister to chat about matters, but did not have her personal number.

Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, offered an analysis that was not much better. The issue was less with Ardern than the conduct of the Australian Labor Party, filled with its fifth columnist apparatchiks.  Its leader, Bill Shorten, had been willing to interfere in the political system of a foreign country.  Shorten was no less than a conspiratorial thief hoping to, in Turnbulls words, steal government in collusion with a foreign power.  Foreign, conspiracy, stealing all words fashioned from the modern news desk of insurgent politics and....

17:00

The Weekend Quiz October 21-22, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

1. A hallmark of the neo-liberal period has been the declining share of wages in national income which in part meant that economic growth became more dependent on credit to maintain growth in consumption spending. Increasing the wage share requires a faster rate of growth in real wages in the coming years.



2. In a stock-flow consistent macroeconomics, the sectoral balance stocks all sum to zero.



3. Public spending can "crowd out" private spending.





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15:42

Pavan Varma: EC Hasnt Given Credible Answer on Gujarat; BJP Wrong to Use Religion to Polarise "IndyWatch Feed National"

In an exclusive interview to The Wire, the Janata Dal (United) spokesman-turned-dissident takes on the Election Commission, Amit Shah, Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath.

Janata Dal (United) leader Pavan Varma has broken ranks with his party to publicly question Narendra Modis handling of the economy, Yogi Adityanaths politics of religious polarisation and the Election Commissions decision to delay the announcement of Gujarats elections.

In an interview with Karan Thapar for The Wire, the former JD(U) spokesman insists he reflects the real ideology of the party but says his political fate lies in the hands of his leader, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. Excerpts.

Karan Thapar: Hello and welcome to this special interview with politician-author Pavan Varma for The Wire. In recent days, Pavan Varma has tweeted, written articles and commented, raising some worrying and serious questions on the handling of the economy by the Modi government as well as policies followed in Uttar Pradesh by Yogi Adityanath. He has also talked about what he called the damaging and deteriorating social mood of the country. These questions have raised two very critical questions in return Is he about to reestablish his political credentials, perhaps change their complexion? More importantly, is he about to break relations with his party, the JD(U), and leave the side of his mentor? We will talk about these questions as well as his statement and the future of Pavan Varma himself.

Pavan Varma, in recent days, as I have already mentioned, you have publicly questioned Narendra Modis handling of the economy and you have publicly questioned the policies followed by Yogi Adityanath in UP; more importantly you have talked about the deteriorating and dangerous mood of the country. And in a very interesting article published in the Times of India you have talked about, and I am quoting you the cumulative impact of demonetisation, the consequences of the less than adequately planned GST, the youth have been looking for jobs they cant find and farmers have been living under unrelenting agrarian distress. There are a lot of area...

15:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

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14:24

Sydneys new trains will be built in China in a $1.7 billion deal "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

New trains for Sydneys rail work will be built in China under a $1.7 billion contract.

Engineering group Downer EDI Ltd announced today that it had been awarded the Sydney Growth Trains contract by Transport for New South Wales.

Downer shares were up 2.2% to $5.79 in early trade.

The contract includes 24 double-deck trains of eight cars each, with options for another 45, and maintenance for 25 years.

Downer EDI was also responsible for the troubled $3.6 billion Waratah trains project, which arrived 18 months behind schedule in 2011, as well as over budget. It cost the company dearly, and the delays were partly blamed on the Chinese contractor.

The 626 Waratah carriages, which now make up about half of the Sydneys rolling stock, were delivered by Downer and Hitachi for Reliance Rail. The 2006 deal was the largest single train procurement in Australian history. The last carriage was delivered in June 2014.

The new trains will be built by CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles under a sub-contract arrangement with Downer.

The project is part of plans by the NSW government to spend $41.5 billion on transport capital works over the next four years.

Downer CEO Grant Fenn says this latest contract will build on the success of the Waratah trains.

The Waratah trains have achieved exceptional availability and reliability in fact they are the best performing train in the world, he says.

Importantly, they are also very popular with commuters and train drivers.

The new trains will have 90% in common with the Waratah design. All major sub-systems are the same, including traction, brakes, doors, train information systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

The Sydney rail network carries more than 1 million passengers each business day.

Source: https://www.businessinsider.com.au/sydneys-new-trains-will-be-built-in-china-in-a-1-7-billion-deal-2016-12

Source: http://trainingahead.com.au/china-take-sydneys-newest-rail-project/


12:33

#MeToo: Trauma Triggering Or Trigger-Happy? "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the good old days raising awareness about violence against women looked very, very different. Dr Liz Conor explains.

She ran a feather boa between her thighs. Channel 7 was advertising some smut guff. The male voice-over wheezed: Shes Hot Sexy and Seductive. The Madmans Perfect Victim.

A little kilanova imploded in my chest. Some victims of male sexual violence are better than others, are they? Some women are perfect for rape are thefuck they?

At the time I was counselling in a regional sexual assault center. In one disclosure from a satellite township a pedophile ring of bikies was gang-raping their daughters as young as 2 years. But they were white, so no emergency intervention army was sent in. No-one at all was sent in. Another disclosure was by the granddaughter of a retired senior police officer.

And it is policing, the sexual violence perpetrated by men. Our internal sensors monitor every movement. We scan and sniff, count how many in the parked car, clench keys, chart safe houses, resolutely ignore cat-calls. Our radar extends further into space than Hubble. We brace. We look out for men on the look out.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250And thats just for strangers, outdoors. The statistically more likely threat is from the sexually violent men we live with, from the liberties taken with consent, like an expressly unwelcome anal jab, to the imprisonment of contused intimacy.

As I increasingly stomped through rural peace and into the centre each morning, the picturesque cottages seemed to house a morass of male sexual violence. I already knew from taking units in criminology that rape was systemic, pervasive, insidious, and yet cossetted by laws that effectively put women and their sexuality on trial instead of their offenders.

What I learnt in the counselling sessions however, and by accompanying women to police, hospital and court, is how utterly tragic, debilitating and life-thwarting are the impacts. We called them survivors, we emphasised their bravery and resilience. But many came back, washed up on a new tide of trauma triggered by birth, or some witless Channel 7 show, or cat-caller, or workplace grope.

The #MeToo campaign has been hailed as exposing to view this ubiquity of mens predatory sexual behaviors. It has also been sneered at with way to trigger Guys. But if were talking about trauma, triggers already lie in wait, every...

12:29

Why is The Conversation still pursuing the Adani Carmichael Mine? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Why are we still pursuing the Adani Carmichael mine?

Michael West, University of Sydney

Why, if Adanis gigantic Carmichael coal project is so on-the-nose for the banks and so environmentally destructive, are the federal and Queensland governments so avid in their support of it?

Once again the absurdity of building the worlds biggest new thermal coal mine was put in stark relief on Monday evening via an ABC Four Corners investigation, Digging into Adani.


Read more: Adani gives itself the green light, but that doesnt change the economics of coal


Where the ABC broke new ground was in exposing the sheer breadth of corruption by this Indian energy conglomerate. And its power too. The TV crew was detained and questioned in an Indian hotel for five hours by police.

It has long been the subject of high controversy that the Australian government, via the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF)that is still contemplating a A$1 billion subsidy for Adanis rail line, a proposal to freight the coal from the Galilee Basin to Adanis....

12:10

John Pilger On Hillary Clinton, Julian Assange And The ABCs War On Truth "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC journalist Sarah Fergusons recent interview with Hillary Clinton was almost as devoid of journalism as it was of reality and facts. John Pilger reports.

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

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

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250In The New York Times, there was a striking photograph of a female reporter consoling Clinton, having just interviewed her. The lost leader was, above all, absolutely a feminist. The thousands of womens lives this feminist destroyed while in government Libya, Syria, Honduras were of no interest.

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

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

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

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

One email, in 2014, sent by Clinton to Podesta soon after she stepped down as US Secretary of State, discloses that Islamic State is funded by the governments of Saudi Arabia...

12:08

Solving the Marathon Bomb Mystery, Part 5: Tears in Richard DesLauriers Eyes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Laurel St, Watertown, after the FBI bombing of the Boston Marathon, 2013

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

The above photo accompanies an April 1, 2014 article in National Geographic magazine. No photo credit is displayed. For a moment, I thought it had come from the movie Patriots Day. However, on the left side of the photo we see the same house in Watertown that appears in the prosecutor-presented photo of the shoot-out. Because were told that the people of Watertown did not allow director Peter Berg to film Patriots Day onsite, I guess this must be a real shot of the cops, on Laurel St (or somewhere), taken in the wee hours of April 19, 2013.

The Marathon affair is right up there with Bin Laden ran the 9/11 hijackings from a cave. The more you look at the story of the capture of the baddies (i.e., the innocent Tsarnaevs) the funnier it gets.  The National Geographic article, reprinted below, says, straight-faced that when DesLauriers & Co saw the surveillance video of the bombers: It brought tears to our eyes each time we watched it. Um. Would that be like the tears DesLauriers is going to be crying (Mommy! Mommy! Help me!) when we finally...

07:49

Clinton, Assange and the War on Truth "IndyWatch Feed National"

By John Pilger | CounterPunch | October 20, 2017 On 16 October, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation aired an interview with Hillary Clinton: one of many to promote her score-settling book about why she was not elected President of the United States. Wading through the Clinton book, What Happened, is an unpleasant experience, like a stomach upset. Smears []

07:48

Astragaloside IV inhibits breast cancer cell invasion. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Int Immunopharmacol. 2017 Jan ;42:195-202. Epub 2016 Dec 5. PMID: 27930970 Abstract Title:  Astragaloside IV inhibits breast cancer cell invasion by suppressing Vav3 mediated Rac1/MAPK signaling. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Astragaloside IV (AS-IV), the major active triterpenoid in Radix Astragali, has shown anti-tumorigenic properties in certain cancers; however, its role in breast cancer remains unclear. The present study investigated the effects of AS-IV on breast cancer in vitro and in vivo and examined the underlying mechanisms.METHODS: The effects of AS-IV on MDA-MB-231 cell proliferation, migration, invasion and metastasis were investigated by MTT and Transwell assays, and western blotting. In addition, an orthotopic mouse tumor model was established for in vivo experiments.RESULTS: AS-IV inhibited the viability and invasive potential of MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells, suppressed the activation of the mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) family members ERK1/2 and JNK, and downregulated matrix metalloproteases (MMP)-2 and -9. The effects of AS-IV were mediated by the downregulation of Vav3, a guanine nucleotide exchange factor, leading to decreased levels of activated Rac1, a Rho family GTPase. Vav3 overexpression promoted cell proliferation and invasion in vitro, whereas Vav3 silencing had the opposite effects. AS-IV suppressed orthotopic breast tumor growth and metastasis to the lungs, whereas ectopic expression of Vav3 reversed the inhibitory effect of AS-IV on cell viability, invasiveness, MAPK signaling and MMP expression.CONCLUSION: The present results provide a mechanistic explanation for the antitumor effects of AS-IV and suggest its potential in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer.

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07:45

Gaze Coin Launches Worlds First Blockchain Gaze Control/Eye Tracking Monetization Platform For VR/AR, Announces ICO "IndyWatch Feed National"

SYDNEY, Australia, Oct. 18, 2017 Blockchain VR/AR monetization platform Gaze Coin today announced its launch of the worlds first blockchain token for VR/AR based on gaze control/eye tracking and plans for a public Initial Coin Offering November 28. Gaze Coin is a breakthrough monetization, adtech and DRM solution for VR/AR, measuring and employing user gaze Continue reading Gaze Coin Launches Worlds First Blockchain Gaze Control/Eye Tracking Monetization Platform For VR/AR, Announces ICO

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07:36

Clinton, Assange And The War On Truth "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

07:06

Cosmic Queries - Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bill Nye is back to lead the fight against climate change and answer questions about the future of climate science. Hes joined by Columbia University climate scientist Dr. Radley Horton, and comic co-host Chuck Nice. NOTE: StarTalk All-Access subscribers can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free: https://www.startalkradio.net/all-access/cosmic-queries-climate-change/

06:45

Record rain wreaks havoc across Queensland, affects food supply "IndyWatch Feed National"

Record-breaking rain and flooding it caused wreaked havoc across Queensland, Australia during the past 7 days, forcing evacuations, causing power outages, road closures, and widespread crop losses. At least 1 person has been killed and six are missing. For farmers,...... Read more

06:21

MYSTERY: Ancient structures found at the gateways of dozens of volcanoes across the Middle East nobody knows what theyre for "IndyWatch Feed National"

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( by:   Natural News) Scientists have discovered around 400 stone structures in Saudi Arabia that appear to have been built thousands of years ago, and now they are trying to solve the mystery of why they were built. These structures have been dubbed gates on account of their resemblance to field gates when viewed from above.

They were found in Harrat Khaybar, a volcanic area in the west-central part of Saudi Arabia. According to University of Western Australia Professor David Kennedy, who is part of the team that discovered the gates using satellite imagery, they are low and appear to have been roughly made. Theyre believed to be the oldest man-made structures in the area.

The gates range in size from 43 feet to as long as 1,699 feet, and they are found in inhospitable fields of lava that lack water and vegetation. Some of them are draped across lava domes, which are mound-shaped areas of dried lava. It is believed that the volcanoes were active when the structures were constructed; some of the structures walls have been covered with newer flows, which indicates they predate some of the areas volcanic flows.

Most of the gates appear in clusters of two or more. Interestingly, the spacing between the gates varies significantly, with some nearly touching and others situated tens of miles away from their closest neighbors.

Who? When? Why? How?

There are plenty of mysteries surrounding these structures. Scientists have failed to come up with an explanation of the purpose of the gates, nor can they say who built them, what they mean, or how old they are. They dont appear to have been built for retaining...

05:59

Atheist Cake! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sorry, no cake at all. (Hey, you should know the cake is a lie!) If you can help out the Atheist Research Collaborative with a survey on how you arrived at atheism, youd certainly be deserving of cake. Or pie. Or anything nice. I took it, doesnt take long at all.

The Atheist Research Collaborative is conducting a new survey study on how and why people become atheists. Freethought Blogs has been asked to publicize the survey to our readers, so we are posting about it in case participating in this research project might be of interest to you. From the researchers:

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

05:55

Astragaloside IV inhibits metastasis in hepatoma cells through the suppression of epithelial-mesenchymal transition. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Oncol Rep. 2017 Mar ;37(3):1725-1735. Epub 2017 Jan 19. PMID: 28112375 Abstract Title:  Astragaloside IV inhibits metastasis in hepatoma cells through the suppression of epithelial-mesenchymal transition via the Akt/GSK-3/-catenin pathway. Abstract:  Our previous studies demonstrated that traditional Chinese herbal medicine 'Songyou Yin' inhibited the growth and invasion of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells, and altered epithelialmesenchymal transition (EMT) markers in oxaliplatintreated HCC tissues and cell lines. In the present study, we aimed to explore whether astragaloside IV (AS-IV), a component of 'Songyou Yin', can affect the growth and invasion of HCC cells and the underlying mechanism involved. Human HCC celllines Huh7 and MHCC97-H, with low and high metastatic potential, respectively, were treated with increasing doses of AS-IV. The Cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK-8), plate clone formation, Transwell, wound healing and immunofluorescence assays were used to investigate the effects of AS-IV on HCC cell proliferation, migration and invasion. The protein expression levels were analyzed by western blotting and immunofluorescence assay. The CCK-8 and plate clone formation assays showed that AS-IV had little effect on the proliferation of HCC cells in vitro. However, the Transwell and wound healing assays demonstrated that AS-IV inhibited the migration and invasion of HCC cells in a dose-dependent manner and the morphology of HCC cells was altered from spindle into oval shaped in the AS-IV pretreated groups. The upregulation of E-cadherin and downregulation of N-cadherin, vimentin, -SMA and Slug were also observed in the AS-IV pretreated groups. Additionally, AS-IV treatment resulted in a profound decrease in the phosphorylated forms of Akt and GSK-3, which in turn inhibited the expression of -catenin. Thus, we conclude that AS-IV attenuates the invasive and migratory abilities of HCC cells through the inhibition of EMT by targeting the Akt/GSK-3/-catenin pathway.

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05:54

Sacrificial Virgins: HPV Vaccine Documentary Reports Lawsuits from Japan to Colombia Increase Worldwide "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kristin Clulow

Australian Kristin Clulow, injured following treatment in 2008: I would like to say to them that what they are doing is unethical. They need to research their product they need to take it off the market and research it because what they are doing is hurting people this is a permanent brain injury that Ive had to live with for nine years.

Health Impact News Editor Comments

While lawsuits against the manufacturers of the HPV vaccine for injuries and deaths due to the HPV vaccine increase, there are none in the U.S., as vaccine manufacturers have legal immunity from lawsuits due to injuries or deaths from their vaccine products.

In addition, the mainstream corporate media in the U.S. censors anything negative related to vaccines, so one must look outside of the U.S. to fully understand the devastating consequences of this vaccine.

Sacrificial Virgins Part III: A Penny for Your Pain

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Manufacturers of the controversial HPV vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix routinely administered worldwide despite widespread calls for withdrawal on safety grounds will soon be sued in courts across the globe.

The topical film A penny for your pain that launched on October 18, (2017) on YouTube, describes how patients as far apart as Japan and Colombia are set to sue pharmaceutical giants Merck and GlaxoSmithKline for damages, following serious adverse reactions, with patient groups in the US, UK and Spain closely following the cases and Australian legal attention focused on prescribing doctors.

In A penny for your pain, eminent Japanese neurologist Dr. Hirokuni Beppu says:

At present about 120 persons are making law suits against pharmaceutical companies. It is now going on in eight cities in Japan and other additional people are also thinking to start.

05:16

McCain threatens to subpoena White House for info on Niger attacks "IndyWatch Feed National"

Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) says that he will subpoena the White House for information regarding the recent attacks in Niger, which killed four US servicemen. The issue could become a new bone of contention in McCain's ongoing feud with President Trump. McCain told reporters Thursday that the Senate Armed Services Committee, which he chairs, has been told "very little"about the operations in Niger that left four US soldiers dead and two wounded. He added that the committee may have to take legal action to get answers from the White House. "There's a mindset over there that they're a unicameral government," McCain said, according to the Washington Post. He added that "it was easier under Obama" to get information about military operations.

04:54

Sacrificial Virgins: HPV Vaccine Documentary Reports Lawsuits from Japan to Colombia Increase Worldwide "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kristin Clulow

Australian Kristin Clulow, injured following treatment in 2008: I would like to say to them that what they are doing is unethical. They need to research their product they need to take it off the market and research it because what they are doing is hurting people this is a permanent brain injury that Ive had to live with for nine years.

Health Impact News Editor Comments

While lawsuits against the manufacturers of the HPV vaccine for injuries and deaths due to the HPV vaccine increase, there are none in the U.S., as vaccine manufacturers have legal immunity from lawsuits due to injuries or deaths from their vaccine products.

In addition, the mainstream corporate media in the U.S. censors anything negative related to vaccines, so one must look outside of the U.S. to fully understand the devastating consequences of this vaccine.

Sacrificial Virgins Part III: A Penny for Your Pain

LONDON, UK.

Manufacturers of the controversial HPV vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix routinely administered worldwide despite widespread calls for withdrawal on safety grounds will soon be sued in courts across the globe.

The topical film A penny for your pain that launched on October 18, (2017) on YouTube, describes how patients as far apart as Japan and Colombia are set to sue pharmaceutical giants Merck and GlaxoSmithKline for damages, following serious adverse reactions, with patient groups in the US, UK and Spain closely following the cases and Australian legal attention focused on prescribing doctors.

In A penny for your pain, eminent Japanese neurologist Dr. Hirokuni Beppu says:

At present about 120 persons are making law suits against pharmaceutical companies. It is now going on in eight cities in Japan and other additional people are also thinking to start.

04:48

North Korea's letter to Australia was an opportunity to start a dialogue that Canberra decided to ignore "IndyWatch Feed National"

North Korea's Foreign Affairs Committee has authored an open letter addressed to the government of Australia, in what many are calling an unprecedented direct appeal to a US ally in the wider Pacific regions. A summary of the letter's contents, as relayed by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the DPRK, is reproduced below:

03:54

Senate Investigates Russia, Hillary Clinton, Obama, Uranium And Bribes And Its About Time "IndyWatch Feed National"

Obama Scandals: We now know, thanks to an investigation by The Hill, that the Russian scandals roots go far deeper than first thought, extending all the way to the start of the Obama administration. Many people seemed to know about it: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Eric Holder and, even, President Obama himself. Now, a Senate committee wants to know how much they knew, and why no one stopped the criminal behavior.

The scandal over Russia has suddenly, weirdly morphed from being about Russian meddling in the 2016 election to actual criminal behavior by Russian nuclear industry officials who were involved in bribes, extortion, kickbacks and money laundering here  in the U.S.  all part of Russian leader Vladimir Putins efforts to elbow his way into the U.S. uranium market.

Its finally dawning on people: The Russian nuclear racketeering was an Obama administration scandal, which Congress ignored and the Justice Department investigated but did nothing to stop. Justice looked into the Russian crimes in 2009 and 2010, but waited until 2014 to do anything about it. And even then, it didnt answer any of the larger questions. It cant be ignored any longer.

According to government documents and recent news reports, the Justice Department had an ongoing criminal investigation for bribery, extortion, money laundering, into officials for a Russian company making purchase of Uranium One, said Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. That purchase was approved during previous administration and resulted in Russians owning 20% of Americas uranium mining capacity.

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As Grassley noted, the Russian takeover of a significant portion of our uranium assets took place despite what appears to be Russias blatant criminal conduct conduct more befitting of an organized crime syndicate than representatives of a responsible national government.

For the record, as has been extensively documented, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seems...

03:45

Mandalay Bay's owner insisted security guard Jesus Campos appear ONLY on Ellen Show "IndyWatch Feed National"

Feared grilling by TV hardhitters fearing his answers to timeline questions could result in massive lawsuits from victims of the massacre Mandalay Bay shooting hero Jesus Campos was pressured into giving his only interview to Ellen DeGeneres because the giant company that owns the Las Vegas casino feared he would spill the beans about the shooting timeline if he was grilled by real journalists, DailyMail.com has learned exclusively. MGM is worried that families of the 58 people murdered as well as many of the 546 injured in the Mandalay Bay massacre will launch lawsuits potentially worth billions of dollars against the company, sources tell DailyMail.com. And they thought Campos might not keep his story straight under the pressure of the TV lights and tough questioning. That is why Campos, 25, appeared on a daytime chat show hosted by a fast-talking, dancing comedienne, rather than take questions from TV hardhitters such as Fox News' Sean Hannity, NBC News or ABC News.

03:40

Coverup Questions Emerge Over Vegas Security Guards Ellen Appearance "IndyWatch Feed National"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

Following his sudden re-appearance on The Ellen Show after vanishing for 6 days, numerous questions remain unanswered about Mandalay Bay shooting hero Jesus Campos timeline and perhaps more concerning still is that The Daily Mail reports that he was pressured into giving his only interview to Ellen DeGeneres because the giant company that owns the Las Vegas []

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03:07

Reveal Someones True Personality With These 6 Psychology-Backed Questions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is. Mae West

 Everywhere that you go in life you are presented with the opportunity to meet new people. Whether you are out shopping at the mall, waiting in line for your morning coffee, or taking a walk through the local park you are surrounded by new, interesting people at every turn.

Consider this almost every person who holds meaning in your life today was, at one time, a stranger. Thats right! Your friends, your coworkers, your neighbors There was a time when you knew nothing about each of these people. You stepped out of your comfort zone, taking the opportunity to get to know them, and in doing so they became a part of your life as you know it.

Its not always meeting and getting to know people, even for those who arent shy. When you do manage to convince yourself to make the effort you may find that the person you meet isnt someone that you connect with at all. Personalities can click, but they can also clash!

Source: Scanty Gela

 

Wouldnt it be great if there was some trick to truly knowing someones personality prior to putting the effort forward? Imagine walking into your next business networking event or party and having the power to pick out who in the room you would get along with best.

Good news With these questions, you can! Each of these questions is designed to reveal important aspects of ones personality, giving you a sneak preview of who the person genuinely is. Starting your next meeting with these questions is like running a preliminary interview, separating those with a potential to truly fit into your life from those that just wont work out.

Use these 6 questions to reveal the personality of someone you first meet:

1. Who is your personal hero?

There are a lot of hidden revelations in the answer that someone provides to this question. First, it will share a lot about their values as they are likely selecting their hero due to the fact that they aspire to have some...

02:53

Bill Clinton sought permission to meet with Russian nuclear official during infamous uranium deal decision "IndyWatch Feed National"

As he prepared to collect a $500,000 payday in Moscow in 2010, Bill Clinton sought clearance from the State Department to meet with a key board director of the Russian nuclear energy firm Rosatom - which at the time needed the Obama administration's approval for a controversial uranium deal, government records show. Arkady Dvorkovich, a top aide to then-Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and one of the highest-ranking government officials to serve on Rosatom's board of supervisors, was listed on a May 14, 2010, email as one of 15 Russians the former president wanted to meet during a late June 2010 trip, the documents show. "In the context of a possible trip to Russia at the end of June, WJC is being asked to see the business/government folks below. Would State have concerns about WJC seeing any of these folks," Clinton Foundation foreign policy adviser Amitabh Desai wrote the State Department on May 14, 2010, using the former president's initials and forwarding the list of names to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's team. The email went to two of Hillary Clinton's most senior advisers, Jake Sullivan and Cheryl Mills. The approval question, however, sat inside State for nearly two weeks without an answer, prompting Desai to make multiple pleas for a decision. "Dear Jake, we urgently need feedback on this. Thanks, Ami," the former president's aide wrote in early June. Sullivan finally responded on June 7, 2010, asking a fellow State official "What's the deal w this?"

00:53

Behold my magnificent and selfless sacrifice FOR SCIENCE: posting a survey link on my blog. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Full disclosure: I dont have anything close to a scientific background. I majored in Theatre ferchrissakes, and graduated with my B.A. a few credits shy of a minor in Philosophy. Unfortunately I had crappy science teachers in high school, and as an undergrad I managed to dodge rigorous science classes by meeting my degree requirements with shit like Meteorology 101 and whatnot.

Years later however, I fell deeply and madly in love with the sciences in general, and with evolutionary biology in particular. (In the credit-where-credit-is-due department, that doucheweasel Dawkins books contributed in no small part to my intoxicating enlightenment; also, Neil Shubins Your Inner Fish remains one of my favorites reads of all time. Mind: blown.) So although I can spot a cumulonimbus cloud along with the best of em, during my formal education I missed out on so much cool science stuff (OMG astronomy! Geology! Marine biology!!!).

My worst regret about all of this is that I have contributed nothing of any significance to the truly amazing troves of knowledge humans have acquired via the scientific method.

Until now.

I am thrilled to announce that the Atheist Research Collaborative is conducting a survey study on how and why people become atheists. FreethoughtBlogs has been encouraged to publicize the survey to our readers, so I am posting about it in case participating in this research might be of interest to you godless heathens out there. From the researchers:

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

Joseph Langston ARC Affiliate/Web Admin

Phew! Wow. Doing this science stuff sure is exhilarating and exhausting! I had no idea.

Well Im sure we can all agree that Ive stepped up in a REALLY BIG WAY and done my part for SCIENCE. And that obviously I deserve at least a co-author credit on any published research that comes from this survey data. And of course the best part is this:.....

00:47

Is California a liberal lunatic wasteland beyond saving? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The short answer is yes

(INTELLIHUB) Youtuber Mark Dice explains the latest liberal lunacy in California.

You cant make this stuff up folks.

#LiberalLunacy 

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00:30

Fact Check: Is Indias Declining Cash to GDP Ratio an Indicator of Progress? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The governments attempts to reduce the CIC-GDP ratio by merely reducing currency in circulation without the necessary structural reforms are likely to have deleterious consequences.

The latest claim made by the government, in a series of alleged benefits from the demonetisation of November 2016, is the drastic reduction of cash to GDP ratio from 12% to 9%. Our prime minister had made this claim while addressing a gathering of company secretaries at a programme to mark the golden jubilee year of Institute of Company Secretaries of India in Delhi on October 4, 2017.

It is a moot question whether a lower currency in circulation-GDP (CIC-GDP) ratio is a sign of a more developed economy or not. Before venturing to find its answer, let us examine certain facts.

Let us compare our CIC-GDP ratio from FY 2009-10. The CIC-GDP ratio of 12.3% in 2009-10 saw a gradual reduction to 11.6% in 2013-14, when Manmohan Singh relinquished his office. Under the leadership of Narendra Modi, by 2015-16, it had shot up to 12.2%, and then witnessed a drastic, if disruptive, reduction to 8.8% in 2016-17.

Our prime minister conveniently overlooked or glossed over the fact that this apparently lower ratio was arrived at based on Rs 13.353 lakh cror...

00:17

National Cancer Institute Quietly Confirms Cannabis Can Cure Cancer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Paul Fassa, Real Farmacy
Waking Times Media

Apparently the left hand of this government doesnt know what the right hand is doing, or more likely doesnt want to know. With the easy prey of grabbing marijuana users in most states and locking them up in prisons for cheap labor while destroying families, theres little motivation to curb that racket by dropping marijuana out of its DEA Schedule 1 Controlled Substance rating.

Schedule 1 includes drugs that are dangerous, addictive, and without any medical merit. The DEA needs to justify its budgetary funding and the FDA prefers rubber stamp approving pharmaceutical drugs that are far more dangerous than marijuana and far less effective. The FDA has to oblige their corporate clients to keep their licensure payments from Big Pharma rolling in.

The unpublicized studies that prove cannabiss medical merits are referenced within the NCI (National Cancer Institute). Though they are pre-utical drugs to enhance chemo or suppress some of chemotherapys terrible side effects, there are many, many actual case histories of curing cancers with cannabis.

Of course those are dismissed as anecdotal and not paid any attention by government agencies and the mainstream media. People who are cured by cannabis doesnt satisfy medical science. It has to have a chance to disprove it and carry on with business as usual.

Nevertheless, the following list is excerpted directly from one of the NCI Question and Answer pages about cannabis:

[Health professional version]

Their Report on Cannabis Antitumor Activity

Studies in mice and rats have shown that cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow. Laboratory and animal studies have shown that cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells.

A study in mice showed that cannabinoids may protect against inflammation of the colon a...

00:16

Coverup Questions Emerge Over Vegas Security Guards Ellen Appearance "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jesus Campos

Following his sudden re-appearance on The Ellen Show after vanishing for 6 days, numerous questions remain unanswered about Mandalay Bay shooting hero Jesus Campos timeline and perhaps more concerning still is that The Daily Mail reports that he was pressured into giving his only interview to Ellen DeGeneres because the giant company that owns the Las Vegas casino feared he would spill the beans about the shooting timeline if he was grilled by real journalists.

As we detailed previously, Campos had originally agreed to do five interviews, all on Thursday last week, but suddenly went missing, his union boss, who was helping set up the deal, told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview. David Hickey, president of the Michigan-based International Union, Security Police and Fire Professionals of America, would not confirm that MGM was behind the decision, but said the company certainly influenced Campos.

I was in a meeting with MGMs upper management and they were definitely concerned about how tough someone like Hannity would be on him and they voiced their opinions, Hickey said.

He said all sides had agreed parameters for the interviews. Everyone knew he wasnt to talk about security protocols, staffing or training or give out names of employees.

But he said the company that, like most of Vegass casino industry, obsessively controls what employees are allowed to say to the media was pressuring Campos not to give too much away.

I thought they were being negative, telling him that someone was going to be tough and how they were worried about his health it wasnt the thing he needed to hear four hours before the interviews were going to begin.

......

00:07

McCain denies he was BuzzFeeds Trump dossier source "IndyWatch Feed National"

The number of people who could have provided BuzzFeed News with a copy of the infamous Trump dossier is vanishingly small. Only a few people had access to the full document, which consists of 17 memos dated between June 20, 2016 and Dec. 13.

I gave it to no one except for the director of the FBI. I dont know why youre digging this up now, McCain said during a testy exchange with The Daily Caller on Wednesday.

McCain was asked whether he was BuzzFeeds source after the Republicans office declined to answer direct questions on the matter.

Via Daily Caller


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Friday, 20 October

23:52

Inner West Tool Library "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

SydneyLETS <3 Inner West Tool Library

Were pretty excited to hear about the Inner West Tool Library! Most of the tools we only get used a couple of times a year (or ever!). We waste money buying them, then they sit around taking up space. Why not take out a membership with your local tool library to get access to more tools for WAY less money.

The Tool Library is currently in the process of looking at potential sites, but also looking for general interest from the community.

If anyone is keen to find out more, becoming a part of the founding team, donating skills/tools/time/space, being a member or a supporter please contact iwtoollibrary@gmail.com 

Like the facebook page for updates fb.me/iwtoollibrary

23:50

Cover-up questions emerge over Vegas security guards Ellen appearance "IndyWatch Feed National"

Following his sudden re-appearance on The Ellen Show after vanishing for 6 days, numerous questions remain unanswered about Mandalay Bay shooting hero Jesus Campos timeline and perhaps more concerning still is that The Daily Mail reports that he was pressured into giving his only interview to Ellen DeGeneres because the giant company that owns the Las Vegas casino feared he would spill the beans about the shooting timeline if he was grilled by real journalists.

As we detailed previously, Campos had originally agreed to do five interviews, all on Thursday last week, but suddenly went missing, his union boss, who was helping set up the deal, told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview. David Hickey, president of the Michigan-based International Union, Security Police and Fire Professionals of America, would not confirm that MGM was behind the decision, but said the company certainly influenced Campos.

I was in a meeting with MGMs upper management and they were definitely concerned about how tough someone like Hannity would be on him and they voiced their opinions, Hickey said.

He said all sides had agreed parameters for the interviews. Everyone knew he wasnt to talk about security protocols, staffing or training or give out names of employees.

But he said the company that, like most of Vegass casino industry, obsessively controls what employees are allowed to say to the media was pressuring Campos not to give too much away.

I thought they were being negative, telling him that someone was going to be tough and how they were worried about his health it wasnt the thing he needed to hear four hours before the interviews were going to begin.

Hickey said he met with the MGM executives at a location in Las Vegas where Campos was staying. They met in the living room but he wanted a word with some of the management team in private so they went into the bedroom.

When they returned, Campos had gone, and Hickey said he hasnt seen or heard from him since. The next thing he knew the security official had bailed on....

23:42

New initiative brings Australia a step closer to zero food waste "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A team of sustainability advocates and a Sydney-based caterer that wants to be Australia's first "zero waste" food business have launched a start-up with a mission: To help the catering and hospitality industries end food waste.

23:33

Episode-51- TSP Rewind All About Ballistics and Ammunition Components "IndyWatch Feed National"

TweetToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes. Todays episode was originally, Episode-382- All About Ballistics and Ammunition Components and was originally published on February 19, 2010. I get a very large number of questions about ballistics terminology, cartridge specific questions and a lot of questions from very new or even aspiring first time gun owners. Well today I am going to help you with the ballistics code so to speak. Often you can hear a conversation between two experienced rifleman and it sounds almost like a foreign language. So today I will tell not just what many of these terms mean but why they matter and even why some dont matter that much at all. Tune in Today as we Discuss What is bullet vs. what is a cartridge vs. what is a case What is trajectory What is ballistic coefficient Why more velocity or a lighter bullet is often not the answer What is sectional density What is expansion, why does it matter What is a magnum round vs. a non magnum round What do all the numbers mean Why is a 38 Special a special How can a 38 Special be the same caliber as a .357 magnum What is necking up or necking down How are most new rifle rounds created How can a short 308 be almost as powerful as a 30-06 Additional Resources for Todays Show Members Support Brigade TSP Gear Shop Join Our Forum My Favorite Ballistics, Ammo and Reloading Resources (forum post) Ron Hoods Survival.com Magazine Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one mans opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

23:19

North Korea rant letter shows sanctions are biting "IndyWatch Feed National"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called a North Korean letter to parliament basically a rant against Donald Trump. Turnbull praised China, saying the letter showed that fresh sanctions were hitting Pyongyang hard.

Australien Li Keqiang, Malcolm Turnbull (picture alliance/dpa/AP Photo/M. Tsikas)Turnbull, pictured here with Chinas Li Keqiang, praised Beijing for piling the pressure on Pyongyang

Turnbull heaped praise on China, Australias largest trading partner, on Friday, saying Beijings involvement in the latest set of UN Security Council sanctions was helping to squeeze North Korea into dropping its nuclear threats.

China, notwithstanding its very close history with North Korea, had become part of global sanctions, especially by restricting oil exports into North Korea, Turnbull told Melbourne 3AW radio.

China, according to US estimates, controls 90 percent of North Koreas external trade. Russia also has considerable influence in Pyongyang. The latest sanctions particularly target the import of crude oil and natural gas products, and North Koreas textile exports.

Distributed via Jakarta

The letter entitled Open Letter to Parliaments of Different Countries was sent by North Korea from its embassy in Jakarta to the Australian embassy in Indonesia.

Its basically a rant about how bad Donald Trump is, Turnbull said, referring to recent verbal exchanges between the US President and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Nordkorea Diktator Kim Jong-un (Reuters/KCNA)North Koreas Kim Jong Un celebrates September test

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bi.....

22:52

Malaysia gives Pyongyang a pass on Kim Jong-nam murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ongoing trial of two women accused of killing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother will ultimately not convict the assassination's true plotters


The trial of two women charged with assassinating the North Korean leaders estranged half-brother Kim Jong-nam has raised as many questions as proceedings have so far answered about a bizarre crime few independent observers doubt Pyongyang ordered and executed.

Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong, 28, are charged with murdering Kim Jong-nam at the Kuala Lumpur International airport in February by smearing his face with a highly toxic VX nerve agent. Four suspects on the lam mentioned in the prosecutions charge sheet are presumed to be North Koreans who have fled the country.

Raja Subramaniam, a Malaysian government chemist, has testified he found around 1.4 times the lethal dosage of VX nerve agent on the victims body and detected the substance on the clothes both women wore on the day of the attack. Experts have been confounded at how the women managed to handle the chemical without causing harm to themselves.

Four North Koreans are widely believed to have arranged and coordinated the hit, including the recruitment, handling and providing the chemical components of nerve agent to the two accused women. VX is a controlled substance banned by international treaties and classified by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction.

Read the full story at the 
Asia Times.

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22:34

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Gerrymandering "IndyWatch Feed National"

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Gill v. Whitford, a case about gerrymandering in Wisconsin. The topic of gerrymandering has been around for as long as there have been legislatures, and not just in the United States. Good government crusaders have always lamented that politics gets so political (which usually means that they dislike the results,) and this is especially true these days in gerrymandering.

What has changed lately is that, instead of trying to win over the voters, the losers of political fights now declare the game is rigged and plead for courts to grant them the victory they could not achieve on Election Day. Suits like this one have attempted to entangle the federal courts in redistricting decisions and, in Gill, Wisconsin Democrats hope they will at last get their way.

What courts should remember is that the gerrymandering fight is not new, nor are the circumstances now so different from those that have existed since the republics early days. The answer then, as now, was that gerrymandering cannot defeat a public sufficiently aroused against it.

Moreover, the more extreme the gerrymander, the more likely it is to crumble and even to benefit the other party. The courts need never get involved in a political gerrymandering fight because gerrymanders are inherently self-defeating.

Stretched to the Breaking Point

For an example of how this works, lets look back to last decades congressional districts in a state that is widely reviled by reformers obsessed with gerrymandering: Pennsylvania. In 1994, Republicans won complete control of the Pennsylvania state government and maintained that hold, if narrowly, through the 2000 elections. This let the GOP guide the redistricting process that followed the 2000 census, when Pennsylvania lost two seats in the federal House, dropping from 21 to 19.

At the time the lines were drawn, Republicans held 11 of the states 21 House seats. They sought to increase that advantage through the arcane arts of redistricting. While maintaining the two majority-minority seats demanded by the Voting Rights Act, the legislature worked to squeeze Democrats every other way they could.

In two instances, two Democratic found their homes redrawn into the same districts. In another part of the state, a new district was designed so that it would be easy for a Republican state legislator to win.

These were age-old tactics, helped by advances in computer-aided map-making. They came up with this map:

This was done, as in all such cases, through packing and cracking. Packing ent...

22:34

We Asked Every Democratic Senator If Menendez Should Resign. Not A Single One Said Yes "IndyWatch Feed National"

An overwhelming majority of Sen. Bob Menendezs constituents (84 percent) want the Democratic senator to resign from office if hes convicted of the federal bribery and corruption charges hes currently facing in court alongside his deep-pocketed benefactor. Democratic senators, however, arent willing to say whether their colleague should go if convicted.

Menendez faces a whopping 14 counts of corruption charges. He allegedly traded luxury vacations, campaign donations, and trips on a cushy private jet from co-defendent Dr. Salomon Melgen for personal favors like securing visas for Melgens foreign girlfriends.

Menendez claims he is innocent, and apparently has no plans to resign. He even seems to be contemplating re-election. New Jersey voters are obviously concerned about these corruption charges, but his fellow Democrat senators are refusing to say if Menendez should go.

A couple of weeks ago, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) gave a non-answer to this question when he said, Sen. Menendez is issuing a spirited defense, and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) refused to answer when a reporter asked if a convicted felon should stay in the Senate.

This week, we called every Democratic senators office to ask whether Menendez, if convicted, should resign. Not a single one said yes. All but one refused to comment. From Sen. Ben Cardins (D-MD) office, we learned that the senator is not going to speculate on anything as the trial is still in progress. Helpful.

It seems the senators would rather keep a card-carrying Democrat, even a corrupt one, over the alternatives. If Menendez is convicted, there will likely be major public pressure to expulse him, which would need the support of two-thirds of the Senate.

But if Menendez resigns, New Jerseys Republican Gov. Chris Christie would likely chose a Republican to replace him. This would affect political makeup of the Senate, which is currently comprised of 46 Democrats, two Independent senators who caucus with the Democratic Party, and 52 Republicans. If the trial drags on and Menendez does not budge, Democrat Phil Murphy may be elected as governor when Christie leaves office. A Democrat successor would likely give Menendezs sea...

22:33

7 Years Ago, Doctors Gave Mom Days To Live. Assisted Suicide Would Have Made That True "IndyWatch Feed National"

I will never forget it. I answered the phone one June morning in 2009. The voice on the phone said, If you want to see your mother alive, you will come see her in the next few days.

A doctor was calling from Washington state and explained that my mother, who was in her 60s, was in the final stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He gave her literally days to live.

Two days later, I was on a plane from New York to Tacoma. I went to see my mom, who was still in her apartment, since she said she wanted to die at home. She rallied while I was there, and was almost her normal self. A few days later, I went home, but asked her doctor and home health agency to keep in close contact with me.

About a month later, her health took a downward spiral. Her doctor was convinced she was definitely in the process of dying, so we agreed to put her in a hospice facility, since she could not receive hospice care in her own place. Mom was put on painkillers to make her comfortable. I expected that she would be there for a short time, then die peacefully.

That did not happen. Each time her grandchildren came to see her or I called and talked with her, she rallied again. Staff were amazed. Still, after six months, moms health did indeed take a turn for the worse and the doctor again said her body had begun the process of dying. My mother decided to go back home to Colorado to die. With agency help, we found her a place and she took the train, which is amazing given how ill she was.

Back in Denver, mom settled in and waited to die. But an odd and wonderful thing happened she did not die. She eventually found a doctor who adjusted her medications and oxygen and took her off of all of the heavy pain meds. She got a new wheelchair and began to venture out into the community. Before long, she was back doing what she lovedvolunteering to advocate for people with disabilities. Weeks after her return home, she traveled to Washington DC to help fight for disability rights.

Terminal Illness Diagnoses Are Sometimes a Mistake

My mothers story illustrates how doctors can and do make mistakes when they determine that someone is terminally ill. More than seven years have passed since that morning in June when I was first told my mom was dying. Happily, she is still alive. Her health isnt the best, but she is still in her own place and still reasonably active in the community.

What happened to my mom happens far more often then we realize. Its one reason assisted-suicide laws are so dangerous. Eligibility for assisted suicide typically depends on a doctors prediction of death within six months. Distress over receiving that kind of bad news could lead someone to make a hasty exit and, potentially, miss good years of life.

Fortunately, my mother, who o...

21:59

Introducing Pirates Without Borders "IndyWatch Feed National"

James joins Ernest Hancock on Declare Your Independence to discuss "Why Big Oil Conquered The World." When the topic of solutions comes up, they discuss Ernest's PiratesWithoutBorders.com and the above-the-grid answers to the oiligarchs' plans.

21:02

Heres Why I Wouldnt Use the Mental Health System "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this piece for The Spinoff, Graham Panther, a consultant in Australias mental health system, speaks to some of the shortcomings of mainstream mental health support. He introduces a new project he is starting, The Big Feels Club, on online peer support network.

What many people dont realise is there isnt just one way of talking about crisis and distress. Theres certainly one dominant way: the diagnostic model, in which doctor knows best. But there are a hundred other ways of making sense of bewildering, distressing experiences. Existential therapy, Intentional Peer Support, humanistic psychology, you name it. Many of them are much more optimistic about the value of human distress as part of a good life. I didnt know about any of these for years, and I didnt learn about them from the mental health system, I learned about them from other people going through it.

Thats why I want to make it much easier for people to find their tribe. I want people to have access to more ways of thinking about their big, uncomfortable feelings, so they can find what works for them. I want to create a resource that Id actually want to use!

21:00

Trumps Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Bitcoin is a big problem "IndyWatch Feed National"

President Donald Trumps Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, testified before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. The committee is given rather broad powers concerning federal criminal law and internet privacy. During a quick exchange, hours into the hearing, Mr. Sessions was asked about the dark web. His answers might foreshadow whats ahead for digital privacy and bitcoin users.

Also read: Two U.S. Senators Submit a Bill to Investigate Digital Currencies

Jeff Sessions and Dianne Feinstein

Find Consensus

Upon returning from morning recess, a skeletal assembly remained in the Senate hearing chamber. Even a sizeable number of the committees own members bailed.

At three hours, forty three minutes and thirty seconds into his testimony, ranking member Mrs. Dianne Feinstein, Democrat from California, announced her line of questioning would focus on the dark web.

Citing a New York Times article, Opioid...

20:29

Pinochet torturers sentenced in Chile "IndyWatch Feed National"

This Spanish language 15 December 2016 video is about a commemoration in Chile of the kidnapping, disappearance, torture and murder of five months pregnant Reinalda del Carmen Pereira Plaza by the secret police of dictator Pinochet.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

Ex-cops jailed for disappearance

CHILE: A judge sentenced 35 former agents of General Augusto Pinochets secret police on Wednesday for the 1976 kidnapping and torture of a pregnant Communist Party member who was never seen again.

Judge Miguel Vazquez sentenced Pedro Espinoza, Juan Hernan Morales and Ricardo Victor Lawrence to 10 years in prison. The 32 others received seven-year jail terms for their part in the crime or four years as accessories.

Five-month-pregnant medical technician Reinalda Pereira, who aided dissidents resisting the dictatorship, was kidnapped on December 15 1976.

See also here.

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20:16

Six cattle killed by lightning strike in Malanda, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A dairy farmer is counting his losses after six cows were killed by suspected lightning strikes at his Far Northern property. Malanda cattleman James Johnston was searching for his missing cattle before milking when he stumbled on the carcasses on yesterday morning. "They just looked like a dead cow, but I didn't cut them open. Dad said the insides would have been cooked," he said. "We just found them dead in the paddock and we just kept milking. There was quite a lot of lightning around." The four Illawarra and two Holstein cows were found within about five metres of each other. Mr Johnston said lightning was the only explanation.

20:01

Chinas state power grid sinks $5bn in Jemena tests Australias receptiveness to Chinese government-backed takeovers "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A $5 billion-plus investment by Chinas state power grid into Australian electricity and gas assets is set to test the countrys receptiveness to Chinese government-backed takeovers and could pave the way for larger acquisitions.

State Grid Corporation of China , the worlds biggest utility, said on Friday it would take a 19.99 per cent stake in Singapore Powers listed SP AusNet for $824 million, and 60 per cent of its unlisted Jemena assets.

The Jemena portfolio, which includes a chunk of Victorias power and NSWs gas grids, was valued at $9billion in its most recent accounts, signalling the deal is worth more than $5billion in total, including debt.

The transactions, revealed early Friday on afr.com and confirmed later by the companies, are subject to approval by the Foreign Investment Review Board and Chinas National Development and Reform Commission. Initial talks have already taken place.

Attraction of Australian assets

FIRB approval is likely to be the most sensitive, given State Grid would get control over part of Melbournes electricity network and of the NSW gas distribution grid, as well as of the main gas pipeline from the Bass Strait to Sydney,

State Grid wants to invest up to $US50billion by 2020 in overseas assets, building them up to account forup to 10per cent of its business, general manager Liu Zhenya said in January.

Assets in Australia are attractive because of the relatively stable regulatory framework and their returns.

They do the capacity to put sizable money in a business which they think is attractive, said Sajal Kishore, Fitch Ratings utilities director in Sydney.

The regulatory framework is quite good, especially if you compare it to whats around in Asia.

Lazard and Credit Suisse are advising Singapore Power. Macquarie Capital and Goldman Sachs are advising State Grid, whose networks cover about 88per cent of China and yield revenues of about $US300billion ($305billion).

Second investment

Singapore Powers stake in SP AusNet will fall from 51per cent to 31.1per cent, and in Jemena to 40per cent. The 49per cent of SP AusNet that is publicly listed will be unaffected.

The investment is State Grids second within a few months in Australia. It bought a 40per cent interest in South Australias ElectraNet network late lastyear for $500million. It is also thought to be on the shortlist to buy a stake in New Zealand distributor Powerco.

The acquisitions mark a new stage of maturity in Chinas offshore investments beyond deals to s...

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