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Saturday, 16 September

00:30

Revitalising Corrimal "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Corrimal Public School students Aditi Ahmed and Matthew Walker play table tennis with Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery and Acting Inspector Charlie Hutchins. 

FRESH laneway artwork isnt the only new addition to Corrimals Town Centre this month.

Wollongong City Council has installed a permanent table tennis table and will be placing a Libraries Everywhere Box for the community to enjoy at Corrimals Memorial Park. These new instalments are part of Councils ongoing program to revitalise Corrimal Town Centre.

Corrimal Mens Shed and Corrimal Public School students were invited to give Council a hand in creating the Libraries Everywhere Box; Corrimal Mens Shed created and built the box with Corrimal Public School students putting on the final decorative touches.
The unleashing of colour in the laneway at 219 Princes Highway has been painted with colours of the rainbow by artist, Anthony Jones. The artwork is inspired by Streets Ice-cream, as the company was founded in Corrimal.

These new installations and the ongoing revitalisation contribute to the suburbs unique local character and vibrancy.

Council is always looking for new and innovative ways to enhance public spaces and make them more...

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Friday, 15 September

21:57

Apple Is Turning Its Stores Into Town Squares. Is This The Future Of Shopping? "IndyWatch Feed National"

What is a store for? Its definition appears to be changing, increasingly illusory, as consumers embrace digitalization and the virtual.

For many, running to the grocery store is replaced by ordering groceries on Amazon Fresh. While trips to the shopping mall are still relatively popular, depending on where one lives, many malls are now ghosts of themselves: empty holes of space, surrounded by a mass of unused parking lot.

As the world increasingly turns to computers for an easy shopping alternative, retail stores are attempting to reinvent themselves: to assert their usefulness and relevance in a digitalized economy. But many seem to be finding their answer to this dilemma not by burying into retail practices of the last several decades, but rather by reinventing their stores experience entirely. Take Nordstrom, for example.

A Nordstrom With No Clothes

Nordstrom just announced their creation of a store without merchandise last week: a 3,000-square-foot space called Nordstrom Local which would offer experiential amenities, such as a spa and a bar, hair salon and tailor.

Stylists will be on hand to guide shoppers to a personalized wardrobe, which customers can then order online to be delivered to the store that same day, reports the Washington Post. Or the stylists will visit one of the nine local traditional Nordstrom locations to retrieve the purchase. The idea is to keep shoppers from feeling overwhelmed by too much choice.

Its a fascinating idea, especially at a time when online retail stores offer a mind-numbing array of choices. We have more options than ever beforebut that doesnt mean shoppers are happier than ever before. We still have to return clothes that dont fit, dont work, or dont look like they were advertised. As people experience information overload online, they increasingly turn to expert curatorsvia newsletters, podcasts, and blogsto give them the most important information of the day. Maybe this is what shoppers want, too.

Retailers are, very consciously, promoting these in-store experiences, Joe Pinsker writes for The Atlantic. Its a reaction to the fact that buying is now something that can be done anywhere, and that reaction can be detected in a linguistic shift.

When A Store Becomes A Tow...

21:45

The Day of the Generals: Winning Armageddon "IndyWatch Feed National"

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In a room, somewhere deep inside the Pentagon generals and admirals met recently in order to prepare an assessment for the United States Senate Armed Services Committee. Present at the metering were General Mark Milley, the U.S. Armys Chief of Staff, the Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson, the Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert Neller, and U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General David L. Goldfein. At such a meeting theres no doubt that Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford attended seeing hes the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The agenda for this meeting was serious as a heart attack Americas most brilliant and powerful military men gathered that day to discuss Armageddon.

The minutes of this fateful meeting are top secret. Only a handful of people will ever know what was discussed. But the end result of the strategy session was revealed on September 15, 2017 before the people of the United States. The top generals of the most powerful nation on Earth advised congress that America could in fact win an all-out war with Russia and China. It must have been a scene right out of Director Stanley Kubricks classic Cold War film, Dr. Strangelove. I was not there, so I can only imagine the gathering of war hawks, the stoic expertise and military intellect, and the obtuse arrogance being conveyed across the congressional forum that day. The vision makes me wonder, Who in the hell ordered such an assessment in the first place? But I think we all know the answer.

General Milley expressed his only concern over World War III by citing the U.S. Armys lack of resources and training to execute Americas national security strategy without high military risk. Admiral Richardson agreed with Milley, but his level of confidence in the U.S. Navys dominance seemed somehow higher. Milley told committee:

I concur with Gen. Milley. If we get into one of those conflicts, well win, but it going to take a lot longer than wed like and its going to cost a lot more in terms of dollars and in casualties.

Marine General Neller parroted these opinions, only with a typical Jar Head obtuseness and psychosomatic bravado proclaiming America...

21:44

The Trump Administration Was Ordered to Disclose the Legal Basis for its Syria Strike. It Handed Over Squat. "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Alex Emmons, September 13, 2017, The Intercept.

In this image provided by the U.S. Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) launches a tomahawk land attack missile in the Mediterranean Sea in April.

After President Donald Trump launched a cruise missile strike against Syria in April, his administration struggled to justify the legal basis for the attack. For months, a watchdog group has hounded the Trump administration for its legal reasoning. Under court order, the government has finally produced documents that reveal little, if anything.

One document the administration saw fit to release is simply an aggregation of praise for Trumps strike from pundits, lawmakers, and world leaders. It was prepared by Trumps National Security Council.

On April 6, the United States fired 59 tomahawk missiles at Syrias Shayrat air base in response to the regimes use of chemical weapons in Khan Shaykhun, Syria, two days earlier.

The day after the missile strike, an advocacy group called the Protect Democracy Project filed a request with multiple agencies for documents that outline the administrations legal basis for the attack. After the Pentagon and State Department denied the groups request for expedited processing, a judge ruled in July that there was a compelling need for the information to get out and ordered the administration to provide answers as soon as practicable.

In response, the administration on Friday released nearly 60 pages of responsive documents, none of which contain any legal reasoning beyond what appears in the White Houses public statements. The Protect Democracy Project has published the documents on its...

21:43

Creative Rebellion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Date and Time: 
Saturday, October 28, 2017 -
3:00pm to 10:00pm

Join us and participate in a festival of creativity on Sat 28 October.

As part of Jura's 40th anniversary celebrations we would like to host a celebration of creative rebellion on Saturday 28 October. Were calling for proposals from musicians (acoustic), poets, actors, comedians, jugglers, video-makers, artists, DIYers, vegan cupcake bakers, and anyone else with creative talents, to be part of this participatory celebration.

The act of creating or performing something for our own pleasure and the enjoyment of our community can be a profound act of rebellion against the consumerism and commodification prevalent in contemporary society. We know that Juras community of supporters is full of talented people. We are seeking people to fill a 10 or 20 minute slot with something creative that can be shared with others. Why not join us on 28th October and share your creative spirit with like-minded people?

The festival is planned to run from the afternoon into the evening, with a presentation by Melbourne poet TTO as the anchor event in the evening. The purpose of inviting proposals is for programming. Apart from TTO, the program will depend on proposals received.

To get involved please email your proposal to jura@jura.org.au with these details:

  •     Your name & contact and names of any co-collaborators
  •     Type of creative activity (eg music, poetry, talk, video, workshop, etc)
  •     Time required generally a 10 minute or 20 minute slot, but we're flexible
  •     Any preferences you have for a timeslot between 1pm and 6pm
  •     Any special equipment / set-up you need, and if you can provide it yourself
  •     Any other details that may be relevant
...

Creative Rebellion "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Date and Time: 
Saturday, October 28, 2017 -
3:00pm to 10:00pm

Join us and participate in a festival of creativity on Sat 28 October.

As part of Jura's 40th anniversary celebrations we would like to host a celebration of creative rebellion on Saturday 28 October. Were calling for proposals from musicians (acoustic), poets, actors, comedians, jugglers, video-makers, artists, DIYers, vegan cupcake bakers, and anyone else with creative talents, to be part of this participatory celebration.

The act of creating or performing something for our own pleasure and the enjoyment of our community can be a profound act of rebellion against the consumerism and commodification prevalent in contemporary society. We know that Juras community of supporters is full of talented people. We are seeking people to fill a 10 or 20 minute slot with something creative that can be shared with others. Why not join us on 28th October and share your creative spirit with like-minded people?

The festival is planned to run from the afternoon into the evening, with a presentation by Melbourne poet TTO as the anchor event in the evening. The purpose of inviting proposals is for programming. Apart from TTO, the program will depend on proposals received.

To get involved please email your proposal to jura@jura.org.au with these details:

  •     Your name & contact and names of any co-collaborators
  •     Type of creative activity (eg music, poetry, talk, video, workshop, etc)
  •     Time required generally a 10 minute or 20 minute slot, but we're flexible
  •     Any preferences you have for a timeslot between 1pm and 6pm
  •     Any special equipment / set-up you need, and if you can provide it yourself
  •     Any other details that may be relevant
...

21:31

Seeing through all the noise "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ive mentioned this odd duck conference sponsored by Mythicist Milwaukee beforenow Martin Hughes clarifies what bugs him about it, too. The meeting has been doing some unusual things. Theyve been advertising some well-known attendees not speakers, just popular atheists who will be doing the hard work of showing up which is the first time Ive seen that.

On Saturday, September 30th, 2017, several atheist celebrities will be at the fourth annual Mythicist Milwaukee Mythinformation Conference. The more well-known names include Matt Dillahunty, Richard Carrier [Wait! I thought we destroyed his reputation and his career! At least, he claims we did that, and is suing us for one million dollars for it], Aron Ra [edit: Aron Ra has recently decided not to attend. His wife cited the reasons here), and Seth Andrews. Their presence at this conference is being well-publicized.

But the people coming to hear these people speak are going to be disappointed. Because none of them are giving a talk.

Which isweird. I mean, Matt Dillahunty, the one exception, will only serve as a moderator for a debate; hes not speaking.

Some of them, like Seth Andrews, have been awfully defensive (and offensive) about it, too. Im curious about a couple of things.

  • Are you being paid, or at least having your travel costs covered, to be an attendee and to promote the meeting?

  • Are you comfortable being window-dressing?

No condemnation if they were to answer yes to either of those questions its just that it would make me a little uncomfortable, and I wouldnt accept an invitation to a conference on those terms.

But then the next question is, when youve got Dillahunty and Andrews and briefly, Aron Ra, why are they being sidelined? Who are the even more brilliant speakers being showcased at this meeting?

Why, in a conference attended by so many shining stars of the atheist movement, arent any of the celebrities speaking?

Its a simple mystery. Heres the clue: All the speakers at this skeptic conference are anti-SJWs who, for the most part, havent had a prominent voice on the atheist conference scene before.

A bit of background: See, the three YouTubers speaking were not given opportunities to speak at VidCon 2017, the major YouTube conference. In spite of the fact th...

20:54

Energy and economics: @albericie Vs @chriskkenny Twitter battle @Qldaah #auspol "IndyWatch Feed National"

After Emma Alberici questioned Malcolm Turnbulls commitment to liberalism, Chris Kenny lept to the defence of the PM. So we now have a Liberal PM who's whacking a tax on banks, interfering in energy mkt & now using taxpayer $ to prop up commercial media Emma Alberici (@albericie) September 13, 2017 The green left []

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20:38

Were Firing Trillion Watt Lasers into the Sky: Top Scientist Admits to Weather Modification on CBS "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the aftermath of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Jose brewing in the Atlantic, many people are looking for answers as to the increasingly volatile weather being witnessed.

And while climate change is one potential cause, there are other lesser known activities that could potentially be playing a role in the manifestation of these weather anomalies.

While weather modification and geo-engineering are still somewhat taboo subjects to the mainstream, often considered to be in the realm of conspiracy theory, there is a significant body of academic research and science that confirms that these technologies not only exist but are being operationalized.

No, the Free Thought Project is not claiming the government, nor anyone else is making hurricanes or actively controlling the weather. We are only presenting this information because it exists and people should be aware that it exists.

In a segment aired on CBS in 2013, respected scientist Dr. Michio Kaku, a physics professor at City College of New York, discussed with Charlie Rose and Norah ODonnell the science of weather manipulation.

During the interview Kaku, in discussing the experiments with weather modification notes that Were shooting trillion watt lasers into the sky, referencing the use of lasers to induce changes to naturally occurring weather phenomena.

Later in the conversation, Kaku briefly touches on the history of weather modification that has been carried out for decades by the government with the CBS hosts quickly interrupting him to note these programs were only alleged.

Of course, these hosts must be ignorant of the declassified history of Operation Popeye, which was a weather manipulation program enacted during the Vietnam War as a means of creating ongoing monsoon conditions in an effort to impeded the Viet Congs mobility in the region.

This is no conspiracy theory.

In fact, research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences specifically notes that laser beams create plasma channels in air, which in turn, cause ice to form.

Professor Jean-Pierre Wolf and Dr. Jerome Kasparian, both biophotonics experts at the University of Geneva, actually organized a conference at the World Meteorolog...

20:21

After Cops Stole His Cash for Selling Unlawful Hot Dogs, The Internet Gave Him $70,000 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Berkeley, CA Berkeley police are in the spotlight this week after one of their officers not only cited a man for selling hot dogs to willing customers without a permit but then opened up his wallet and robbed him of his cash as well.

The entire robbery was captured on video and subsequently went viral. But that was only the beginning. Showing how much society respects hard working entrepreneurs while decrying the police state that robs them, a Go Fund Me for the hot dog vendor has raised over $70,000.

The Go Fund Me campaign was started by the person who was brave enough to question authority and film the road side robbery. According to the campaign:

The funds raised will be utilized to cover legal and personal loses. In addition, funds in excess are to cover other vendors who have been robbed of their hard earned living through citations and removal of their carts. It is my goal to locate Juan in Berkeley. Any and all help to support and locate him is welcome.

On Monday, the video became so viral that UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy had to issue a statement, in which he justified the theft of the hot dog vendors money.

While I cannot comment on the specifics of this particular case, our practice is to issue warnings before giving a citation, Biddy said. In a case such as this, it is typical to collect any suspected illegal funds and enter them into evidence.

According to NBC 5, UCPD officials said that three other people were warned about vending without a permit, but the vendor in the video was the only person who was given a ticket.

Perhaps it was because he had the thickest wallet.

Whether or not the money in the mans wallet was from selling unlicensed hot dogs remains to be answered. However, that was apparently of no importance to UC police officer Sean Aranas who found it necessary to confiscate it all.

Yes, selling food without first paying the government for permissionknown as a permitis against the law. However, this does not in any way justify this incident.

Thats not right man, thats not right, Martin Flores, the man who took the video, said as he used his phone to record Aranas issuing the hot dog vendor, Beto, a ticket.

Thats how it works, the male officer responded. Take it to a judge, and the judge can decide whether or not its right.

The officer then took the money out...

20:13

Andrew Bolt picks up a #GoldKenny award @Qldaah #auspol #qldpol "IndyWatch Feed National"

Andrew Bolt breaks Godwins Law in marriage equality campaign. The Mike Carlton inspired Gold Kenny award for this week has gone to Andrew Bolt for his column claiming that Labor will implement a gay gestapo.  Labor will pay a gay gestapo to hound you once its made gay marriage law, whatever the result of next months plebiscite: LABOR []

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David is a full time carer for his son and in quiet times contributes to NoFibs. More at: http://nofibs.com.au/meeting-david-marler-nofibs-twitter-activist-by-griffithelects

20:03

How Far Away is the Tipping Point To World Sanity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Note the curvature and the word flat has been blocked from this post

By Dee McLachlan

With the new website up, I reflected on why we keep chipping away. Why stay committed?

For a very long time humanity has been ruled by a small war-mongering elite, that have used violence and deception, including a debt based money system to controlling governments. They have also been using earths precious resources for created wars and they seem to have no regard for the planet, or its people. Please correct me if Im way off the mark.

So when will this madness end?

Mary Maxwell wrote an important article about two weeks ago. In Call To Action she concludes:

The hour grows late. We are making a huge mistake in tolerating the cabal, the evil ones, or whatever you want to call them.

Well if you read alternative sites, many declare that more and more people are waking up and that the world is undergoing a Paradigm Shift (towards a better world). For several years I had thought so, but sadly, I am not so sure. I do think a percentage of the population has had a huge awakening especially in the last decade (including myself) through accessing information through the internet.

But, for another percentage, it has had a devastating dumbing down effect. This is partly due to media control, and now how Facebook and Google algorithms serve up more of the same information.

...

19:22

$3.6 Billion in Injury Payouts Is Not Enough Reason to Debate Immunisation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Has Minister Jill Hennessy (L) seen the light? while Dr John Piesse (R) wonders why he can no longer provide Inform consent

by Dee McLachlan

Following allegations that Dr John Piesse had helped families avoid compulsory childhood vaccinations, his practice in Mitcham was raided last week by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and police officers last week. I wonder on what legal grounds?

Was Dr Piesse just following the (Hippocratic) Oath he gave when becoming a doctor? Ill ask him next time I speak to him, whether he said, help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to injury

Then yesterday the Medical Board of Australia suspended Dr John Piesses registration making it illegal for him to treat patients.

The Herald Sun quoted Minister for Health Jill Hennessy:

The fate of Dr Piesse should stand as an example to rogue clinicians who tout lies about vaccination. This decision is long overdue It is completely irresponsible for clinicians entrusted with the health of our community to ignore the science and encourage parents not to immunise their children.

There is no debate around immunisation. The science is clear: vaccinations save lives,

Vaccination may save lives, but the real question in this debate is: Do vaccination cause injury?

Vaccine Injury

Why has $3.6 billion been paid out for injury in the US, if there is no debate?

...

19:10

Roundup 15 Sept "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The media watchdog. The cost, supply and use of power across the states. Check out the Coal Tracker especially Units Planned and Under Construction. China 583, India 217, Indonesia 145, Turkey 71, Vietnam 84, Japan 43, Australia 0. To a total exceeding 1500. Numbers subject to change.

Ideas at the Centre for Independent Studies. Fiddling the numbers for spending on education, Australias most expensive building (guess which state).

Books and Art. The fine art of business. Education. Accuracy in Academia, Berkeley faculty vs free speech. The university that has proudly proclaimed itself to be the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement may also become its graveyard.

Libertyworks. Further erosion of free speech and Finkels defective economics. Culture. Intellectual Takeout: Odds and ends of interest.

For nerds. How George Orwell become the prophet of our times. A Roundup from the past. Still of interest, see the piece on multiculturalism and the one on global warming.

18:21

Equality demands all or nothing on marriage question "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

MARRIAGE is like bankruptcy, childhood, insanity or being under sentence, and that is why I will be answering Yes in the absurd, unnecessary and costly statistical survey asking people whether they think people of the same sex should be able to marry. It is also why people of religious convictions whose religion holds that marriage is to be only between a man and a woman should do the same.

Let me explain. Being married, bankrupt, a child, insane or under sentence affects a persons legal status. The status makes them legally different from other people with different legal rights and obligations.

True, marriage is voluntary, whereas childhood, insanity and being under sentence are not. Bankruptcy often is not, though it can be.

But the important point is that changes in status happen through operation of law and events. The law should apply equally to all.

True, ministers of religion almost automatically get the power to solemnise marriages, but only if their religious denomination is recognised by the Marriage Act and they are on a register kept under the Act, and when they solemnise a marriage they must do so in accordance with the minimum requirements of the Act even if they add extra bits from their religion.

So all house-of-worship marriages in Australia are done by operation of law, not religion.

A minister may refuse to solemnise a marriage or make it conditional on the parties complying with religious tests (such as not being divorced), but it is always open to people who are refused a religious ceremony to have their marriage solemnised by a civil celebrant.

In France, the legal and religious are sensibly separated. You have to have a civil ceremony before a state official, however brief, before the law recognises you as married. After that you can have whatever religious ceremony you like.

When a person changes status from unmarried to married, a whole lot of legal rights and duties change, too those with respect to each other and those with respect to the couple and the world at large.

Many on the No side, such a Tony Abbott, have argued that there is no need for same-sex couples to get married because all the discriminatory legal provisions against unmarried couples (whether of the same or different sexes) have been removed.

These are things like access to a partners superannuation, their estate upon death, their financial support upon splitting up and so on. Lets call them couple right.

But the Abbott argument is not true. For a start, couple rights are creat...

17:59

Act Three: The Imminent Stockley Verdict "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Act Three: The Imminent Stockley Verdict appeared first on It's Going Down.

Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it

The tension mounting in the city is all too familiar, with politicians calling for peace, the federal courthouse scheduled to be closed tomorrow, and the Missouri National Guard on standby. Governor Greitens has been afoot, meeting with area clergy and holding a press conference this evening, echoing stagnant calls for peace and saying what the city needs now is love and compassion. Where was the love and compassion when Anthony Lamar Smith was murdered in cold blood by a foot soldier of the state? And why is it always after the state murders that its time for love and compassion and peace?

Ultimately, the question is who wants their peace anywaywhen their peace means acting as an occupying force, rolling like a gang, and murdering people at will? An oft-argued critique over the years of the SLMPD is the lack of accountability of the policethat theyve been answering to the state, not the city, for decades and that they only internally audit their shootings and murders. Some of this has changed, with the Circuit Attorneys office now reviewing all police shootings and with the control of the police department returning to the city from the state in 2013. And yes, the Board of Alders did pass a bill to establish a Civilian Oversight Board in 2015, an effort that activists have been working tirelessly at for years. But has anyone heard anything meaningful come of this board that is supposed to investigate complaints against officers, that has no actual power and can only make recommendations? Anyone, anyone, Bueller? No? Moving on.

You can put lipstick on a pig, but its still a pig

How can it be expected that an institution that has its roots in slave patrols ever be anything but? Lets step back in time, shall we?

A few years after Missouri officially became a territory, St. Louis formed its first quasi-steady police patrol, naming it the constabulary. It had four members drawn from a pool of all able-bodied white men over the age of 18. Another way of looking at this is the state saw white people as the potential watchmen of people of color. Constables were expected to serve for four months and then wer...

17:37

London Grenfell Tower disaster inquiry, false start "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 14 September 2017 video from London, England is called Grenfell Tower inquiry opens.

By Will Stone in Britain:

Judge snubs Grenfell survivors

Friday 15th September 2017

Inquiry chief walks out on residents lawyer in cold and clinical launch of fire probe

GRENFELL Tower survivors were left with little hope of justice yesterday after they were disrespectfully snubbed at the launch of the inquiry into the devastating inferno.

Inquiry chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick promised the packed gathering at Grand Connaught Rooms in Holborn, central London, that the probe can and will provide answers.

However the retired judge, who was once accused of social cleansing during a previous case, rejected calls for survivors to serve on the panel, claiming to do so would risk undermining my impartiality.

And he snubbed a request for lawyer Michael Mansfield QC to speak on behalf of the survivors he represents.

The barrister, who also represented the Hillsborough families, asked: Sir, before depar...

17:30

Gowdy: H.C.s Crimes are Much Worse Than Anyone Imagined "IndyWatch Feed National"





This actually answers the hard question.  Why are we not seeing real prosecutions?   Criminal activity and high crimes have taken place in broad daylight over many years no less.

In fact the Clintons set up Corruption inc in order to accommodate the whole political class for the purpose of accepting illegal bribes.  The idea was simple.  if everyone is on board then no one is able to blow the whistle.  This system would have drawn in almost every elected official top lobbyists and top civil servants as well.

Then they actually lost the cooked political war and we are seeing the desperate actions to destroy evidence and to obfuscate. 

Soon enough Trump will have a dossier on the high crimes of all these fine folks.  When that essentially includes everyone, both Democrat and Republican, it may be necessary to have a large retirement party just before the mid terms and 2020 to allow a whole new set of electors to come on board.


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17:30

A Forgotten Sphinx and Faked Cartouche: Changing the Course of Ancient Egyptian History? "IndyWatch Feed National"



 
This is interesting. I had never heard of a possible additional sphinx here.   It could be possible and again the whole complex demands extensive mapping with remote sensing tools along with serious imaging work.
 
 
In the meantime no one is able to confirm something  on the ground.
 
 
As i have posted, this is the most single important ancient site out there and it deserves complete excavation along with restoration..
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A Forgotten Sphinx and Faked Cartouche: Changing the Course of Ancient Egyptian History?
 
29 August, 2017 - 18:58 Malcolm Hutton
 
 
http://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-africa/forgotten-sphinx-and-faked-cartouche-changing-course-ancient-egyptian-history-021585


When Gerry Cannon invited me to co-author his forthcoming book, The Giza Plateau Secrets and a Second Sphinx Revealed, Im sure that neither of us could have foreseen the most explosive revelation in our subsequent hunt for answers from our discoveries.

An Unexplored Mound

Gerry already leaned towards a time frame for the building of the three large pyramids as well as the Sphinx as being many thousands of years older than many of us have been led to believe. He also discove...

17:04

Part 45: Australias irrelevant Crimes against humanity. High Court case 15/2017: Barnaby Joyce. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Below is the text of an emailed public submission to the High Court In the matter of questions referred to the Court of Disputed Returns pursuant to section 376 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth) concerning The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP

NOTE: The short link URL for this posting is:  http://wp.me/p1n8TZ-17D

Case No. C15/2017

 [My email to the High Court to be re-submitted as a formal document, with appropriate evidence, for consideration by the High Court.]

Re: MP dual citizenship hearings before the High Court as a Court of Disputed Returns.

A naturalized Australian citizen born in the United Kingdom of 17th May 1948, I am not eligible to stand for Parliament as I am officially a British Overseas Citizen under British nationality laws, policies and principles. On 20th May 1992, I married a 3rd generation Australian citizen, Leonie Jean Whitford. On 25th February 1997, our son Daniel Thane Medlicott was born in Adelaide. Approximately 6 years ago, my son Daniel used a certified copy of my birth certificate and applied for a British passport. Once the appropriate fees and security checks were completed, Daniel was issued with a British passport and subsequently toured Europe and Britain using that passport.

At this point in time, neither Daniel nor myself are eligible to stand for the Federal Parliament. The fact that the Australian Electorate Commission failed to verify the eligibility of candidates for previous federal elections, including the last election, which was held on 2nd July 2017, does not validate candidates who, by birth and right of heritage, do not qualify for election to the Federal Parliament. It would be Manifest Ostensible Bias for the High Court to validate the election of sitting Members, e.g. Barnaby Joyce, whilst people of British heritage, e.g. my son Daniel and myself, across Australia cannot stand as a candidate for the Federal Parliament until such time as we decide to formally revoke our British citizenship, pay the appropriate fees and due process of law occurs in Britain and the British Government achieves Functus Officio on the application to have British citizenship cancelled.

 Williams & Ors v Spautz is a July 1992 High Court decision that made it quite clear that when an abuse of process occurs, the Court has both a responsibility to protect its powers and to ensure justice is done by issuing a stay of proceedings. At paragraph 15 of the majority decision the High Court stated:  As Lord Morris of Borth-y-Gest observed in Connelly v. D.P.P. (7) (1964) AC, at p 1301. (A) court which is endowed with a particular...

16:30

The Weekend Quiz September 16-17, 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. When a sovereign government issues debt to match its fiscal deficit the debt adds to the financial wealth of the non-government sector.



2. Ignoring any reserve requirements that might be imposed, if the central bank pays a positive interest rate on overnight reserves held by the commercial banks then it may still have to conduct open market operations as a means of ensuring that levels of bank reserves are consistent with its policy target rate of interest.



3. If participation rates are constant, percentage unemployment will not change as long as employment growth matches the pace of growth in the working age population (people above 15 years of age).


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15:57

WALKING FISH: AFRO CATCHES "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

No stranger to Eastside Radio after guesting many times on programs like Vibez Brasil and The Vinyl Frontier, Alex Barry has an insatiable record collecting habit. Part of the Afrobrasiliana DJ collective where hes known as Walking Fish   when not playing records or trawling for more, Barry is immersed in the world of filmmaking. Below he tells us about combining both loves on a recent trip with a National Geographic film crew to Benin in West Africa, and shares five of his best catches. No doubt youll hear him spinning a few of them at Global Rhythms Festival on Sunday September 24th.

Alex Barry Walking Fish Afrobrasiliana

In 2016 I spent four months in Benin filming a documentary series about a medical charity. It was full on work that left me virtually no time to hunt for records, but I did manage to take two whole days off and undertake a whirlwind guided tour of the small handful of collectors and shops still selling vinyl in Benin. My guide was a Ghanaian guy called Augustin, who I am eternally indebted to. I would have been lost without him. I came home with about seventy LPs and thirty 45s. I love every single record, but here are 5 of the best.

Fela and Afrika 70 ALBUM: Sorrow Tears and Blood LABEL - Kalakuta Records 1977, Nigeria

Fela and Afrika 70   Sorrow Tears and Blood (Kalakuta Records, 1977 Nigeria)
Finding original Fela records in good condition in Africa is tough. European and American collectors have been cleaning out the continent for decades. I was lucky enough to be introduced to a collector who had the motherlode. Big Joe in Porto Novo hosted me in his home for a very long and hot, and rather overwhelming, day and night of manic digging. He had thousands and thousands of records. It was about 40 degrees. Local moonshine and pure joints were passed around on a seemingly endless rotation. It was hard to focus. After several hours I had selected about thirty LPs and ten 45s. There were some gems in there like William Onyeabor, Lijadu Sisters, African Brothers International, but no Fela. We negotiated a price for the lot and celebr...

15:50

Correspondence with industry: Australian Property Council "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear Ms Smith,

I am researching the impact of the national roll out of the cashless debit card on the private rental market. The reason I am concerned that a national roll out of income management in this form will impact on the private rental market is because the Conditions of Use clearly state that it can not be used to pay private rent or mortgage without special arrangements made by the card holder with Centrelink and Indue.

I am concerned that the initial trial areas are in locations that do not reflect conditions across the country in that I suspect that most working age welfare recipients in the existing trial areas of Ceduna and East Kimberly may be housed predominantly if not exclusively in public housing. At this stage this is just an assumption on my part as I am, at this time, seeking data that would either confirm or dispute this.

I am curious to know if the Property Council has this kind of information specifically, the proportion of the private rental market in Ceduna and the East Kimberly that house working-age income support recipients (i.e. cashless debit card trial participants) as I am keen to get an idea of how generalisable the experiences underpinning of the Final Report from Orima to the rest of the country?

While not commenting on potential impacts on the housing market, the Australian Banking Association did make a strong case in their submission to the Forrest Review that denying certain purchases while allowing a card to function like a normal bank card is technically unfeasible and it is not clear to me how the government has managed to get around the technical impracticalities identified by the ABA.

The ABA submission has since been removed from public view but is available at https://whistleblower.network/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/ABA_Submission_to_Forrest_Review.pdf

The Indue Conditions of Use are online at https://indue.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Conditions-of-Use.pdf

Final Report from Orima Research Cashless Debit Card Trial Evaluation https://www.mhs.gov.au/sites/g/files/net1006/f/cashless-debit-card-trial-final-evaluation-report.pdf

thanks

Rosie Wiliams

rosiewilliams.com.au

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14:56

New Gumshoe Website Check Back In A Few Hours "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is to alert subscribers and followers that the new website will be up and running in a few hours. Dont use this post link (as it wont exist) so CHECK BACK on  https://gumshoenews.com/ in a FEW HOURS. Update: We are now live so CLEAR YOUR CACHE Thank you for your patience and support.

14:43

Won Ton Noodle House ~ Dixon House Food Court - Chinatown "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

We've been revisiting the older school Cantonese stalls in Chinatown's food courts, because you just never know how long they will be around. This time we visit Won Ton Noodle House in Dixon House Food Court. A key feature of Won Ton Noodle House is the ever-smiling bob haired auntie at the front counter who has been there longer than we can remember. She is the hardest working front person in

14:40

Gallery: Unity, the Equality Campaign concert at The Enmore Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Unity: Marriage Equality Concert

A huge line-up of Australian music legends came together at the Enmore Theatre to show the love and raise funds for Marriage Equality. Sarah Blasko, Holly Throsby, Jack Colwell, Andy Bull, Mojo Juju, Lonelyspeck, The Jezabels, Killing Heidi and Frenzhal Rhomb provided live music for the event that showed support for the LGBTQIA community in the spirit of saying yes to equality.

All photos by Mikki Gomez, 12.09.17.

 

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14:38

Exciting News Chocoholics: Scientists Have Created a New Type of Chocolate! "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is believed that white chocolate was first invented in Switzerland in the 1930s. While some dont believe that it is real chocolate, as it doesnt contain the cocoa beans, Americans have embraced this third type of chocolate with all of its uses.

Since this time, we have seen many different variations of our favorite chocolates with the addition of nuts, caramels, fruit and so much more, however, everything came back to the same three basic types of chocolate: dark, milk and white.

Source: Confectioners News

 

Now, 80 years later, Switzerland has done it again, unveiling a brand-new type of chocolate Ruby Chocolate!

Chocolatier Barry Callebaut explained that the new chocolate is the result of several years of research and testing, looking for a solution to the shift in the declining chocolate market. The recent shift towards healthier living has hit the industry hard, however, the chocolatiers believe that ruby chocolate answers the desire for new, healthy options. Made from the Ruby cocoa bean, the product doesnt contain any flavoring or coloring. Its distinct pink coloring and fresh berry-fruitiness are all natural!

Source: The Telegraph

 

Furthermore, the companys chief innovation and quality officer, Peter Boone, says that the chocolate appeals to the ever-growing niche of luxury products. The naturally smooth, berry flavor of the bean creates a chocolate that isnt bitter, milky or sweet. It is definitely its own, unique taste experience.  Revealed at an exclusive launch event in Shanghai, China on September 5th, the chocolate has already been tested by a number of global research agencies in the UK, US, China, and Japan.

Boone stated, Barry Callebaut has established itself as a pioneer and innovator in chocolate and cocoa, globally. Consumer research in very different markets confirms that Ruby chocolate not only satisfies a new consumer need found among Millennials Hedonistic Indulgence but also high purchase intent at different price points. Were looking forward to working with our partners on introducing this innovative breakthrough to the market and making the new Ruby chocolate category available to chocolate manufacturers and consumer around the wor...

14:31

Spring Update 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Were in a wild and windy start to spring. 25 degrees one day and snow flurries the next. Spring bursts through with every new bud, leaf and flower. Wheres mayhem at the Sydney airport, with planes unable to land. Up here in the gardens, the gardens have weathered conditions without any giant tree falls so far.

Hot sun followed by strong winds strip moisture from plants and soil alike.We do observe some petals turning brown at the edges and falling off quickly.  Is it sun damage, or wind?

Did the bees and other pollinators get into them or were they, like planes in Sydney been grounded?  Well look for signs of pollination in the coming weeks.

Blue mountains community gardens katoombaToday the breezes are mild, blossom flowers dance in our sharp bright sunlight. A perfect backdrop! Sarah fills up watering cans to haul up to the northern gardens, to replenish them after hot and dry conditions.
Blue mountains community gardens katoomba

Lets give the garlic a drink!

Getting water to plants at the north end of the garden has always been a hard slog here. Jeds working on putting in a small structure to collect water, so eventually, gardeners wont have to do the hard yards anymore.
Blue mountains community gardens katoomba

Spring blows in new flows of people to the gardens. Today, Tanya, works with Blue Mountains City Council, stopped by to say hello to garden volunteers. Shes pictured here with Fred and Sarah at the tea shed. Tanyas joined Landcare for the Blue Mountains working with Eric Mahoney. Tanya worked with community gardens in Hornsby before moving to the mountains. We hear theres a lovely community garden there. Perhaps worth a visit one day.

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14:30

Thank Folk Its Friday 15th September "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Bush music legends The Bushwackers released their new single Waltzing Australia featuring guest vocals from Sara Storer and John Williamson. Details here The Mullum Music Festival has announced the Mullum Music Festival Opening Night Gala lineup including Mama Kin, Harry James []

14:30

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0003 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 3.75 AUD
Converter

14:17

Burns Chronicles (1 of 9) The Unredacted Informant Articles archived in opposition to U.S. District Court Judge Anna Browns Order to Gary Hunt "IndyWatch Feed National"

Burns Chronicles No 40
Allen Varner (Wolf)

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Gary Hunt
Outpost of Freedom
November 15, 2016

When I wrote What is Brandon Curtiss?, I had nothing but gratitude for Wolf.  He had stepped up when I was faced with Brandon Curtiss and his goons.  His involvement allowed me to continue packing in order to leave Burns.  The above picture was taken during this event.

There were some unanswered questions from an earlier incident.  When the shootout occurred at Camp Lone Star, back on August 29, 2014, Varner was with Kevin KC Massey and John Foerster, on the Texas Border near Brownsville, when a Border Patrol (BP) Agent fired in the direction of Foerster.  (See The Arrest of K. C. Massey.)  Now questions arose as to Foersters role, but Varner appeared to be without sin.  Varner, however, was the first to offer his pistol, in his belt under his shirt, to the BP agent, which led to Massey then turning his pistol over to BP.  In hindsight, there were other questionable actions by Varner, though unrelated to the topic at hand.

Varner was quite cooperative in my interview with him and provided some information that only he had, which indicated that much of what BP did, out of sight of Massey, was not consistent with the testimony they offered in court.  This could be interpreted as an attempt to ingratiate himself to Massey and myself.

According to Massey, Varner left Camp Lone Star within a couple of days of the shooting.  He did not return until two days before Masseys arrest.  Was he there to report when Massey was going to spend the night in the motel room?  Only someone at Camp Lone Star would have that information.  At that critical time, Varner was at Camp Lone Star.

Now, often people have suspicion that someone could be an informant.  I may have reason to believe someone is an informant.  However, I will not write that someone is an informant unless I can prove that someone is an informant.  So, ironically, the person that helped me while I was in Burns is, well, an informant.

Lets get to the heart of the matter.  To do so, I will be referring to FBI documents that I have obtained.  They are marked, at the botto...

14:11

North Korea fires another missile over Japan; launch came from Pyongyang; landed in Pacific Ocean "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

North Korea fires another missile over Japan; launch came from Pyongyang; landed in Pacific Ocean

15 September 2017

North Korea has ratcheted up the tension in its nuclear stand-off with the US, firing a ballistic missile which flew over Japan before landing in the Pacific Ocean, 2,000 kilometres to the east of the country.

Key points:

  • The missile was launched from the Sunan district of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang
  • It landed in the ocean east of Japans north island of Hokkaido
  • Japanese Government told people to take shelter

These repeated provocations on the part of North Korea are not permissible and we protest in the strongest words, Japan Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

The missile was launched at 6:57am Japan time (7:57am AEST) and splashed down at 7:16 am (8:16am AEST), some 2,000 kilometres east of the northern islands Cape Erimo, Mr Suga said.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged China and Russia to take direct action against North Korea in response to its latest missile launch.

China and Russia must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own, Mr Tillerson said in a statement.

He said China supplied North Korea with most of its oil and Russia is the largest employer of North Korean forced labour.

14:06

Climate inaction has cost Australia 'thousands of jobs and billions of dollars' "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Taking action on climate change presents a huge opportunity to make society wealthier, healthier, and happier; but a failure by Australian politicians to lead on climate is costing the country, said experts at a recent event in Sydney.

14:02

When the Bankers Tremble at Artificial Intelligence "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Get used to hearing about machine learning and artificial intelligence. Theyre going to seep into everything.

Heres one example

Agricultural heavyweight Deere & Company is going to pay US$305 million to buy a tech company called Blue River Technology.

Apparently, Blue River has successfully applied machine learning to spraying equipment.

This means herbicides can be used in a more targeted way. One benefit is the reduced input costs for the farmer. Smart machines will help make decisions about every plant.

Blue River Tech happens to be based in Sunnyvale, California. House prices are skyrocketing there. If you think Sydney or Melbourne is going crazy, a place in Sunnyvale just sold for US$800,000 over the listing price.

Its nothing particularly flash, either.

But that whole part of California is so drenched in tech money that anything remotely near the offices and schools is pure gold for whoever owns the land.

And theres people out there who think the US economy is teetering.

Madness. The place is booming.

Anyway, more on machine learning

Artificial intelligence is coming to your workplace

The John Deere brand isnt alone investing in this space. Companies like Monsanto are teaching machines how to farm, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Apparently, computers helped choose corn plants growing in the US this year. These are the best strains in terms of yield and sturdiness. Algorthims are also analysing US weather data to anticipate crop threats.

Another handy tool is computers that can identify plant diseases early on, before they spread to the rest of a crop.

Its early days yet, but surely this can only get better.

Theres plenty happening right here in Australia, too. The Australian Financial Review says banks and law firms could save a fortune if they can teach algorithms to plough through all the paperwork they need to do.

Having said this, you have to stay wary of this kind of thing, too. A while back, investors were going nuts for companies involved in the cloud.

I cant help but feel that, very soon, every CEO will feel compelled to introduce some sort of AI strategy for their company, or will start spruiking it to give the share price a boost.

Investors will duly bid up the shares, probably u...

13:47

Stroke: No Postcode Untouched "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This report from the Stroke Foundation demonstrates the cities and towns where stroke is having its biggest impact, where the need for stroke survivor support is most urgent and where the future stroke hotspots are located. It contains federal electorate breakdowns of key information including the number of strokes, the number of stroke survivors living in the community and the leading risk factors for preventable stroke.

By looking at the No Postcode Untouched website you can see that the Electorates of Parkes and Calare have over 5800 people living with stroke. In 2017, 429 people in Calare and 421 in Parkes suffered a stroke.

Download the report: No Postcode Untouched: Stroke in Australia 2017.

13:38

WA Considers Separating from the Rest of Australia "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Western Australia has long debated whether to withdraw from federation, and the issue is once again on the agenda. At the WA Liberal party state conference on September 3, members voted in favour of a motion to investigate whether to secede from the rest of the country. The non-binding

The post WA Considers Separating from the Rest of Australia appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

13:34

Join Global Hobos Writing Workshops in Japan "IndyWatch Feed National"

Are you a wannabe travel writer or an aspiring journalist with itchy feet? Do you want to spend a month in the Land of the Rising Sun learning a language, studying with media industry pros and getting real-world writing experience?

Were on the hunt for a team of hobos who want to live, work and study in Tokyo one of the worlds coolest capitals. Over the course of four weeks, youll be living and breathing all of Tokyos quirks, attending daily writing workshops taught by passionate young people from the media industry and studying Japanese with a top language school. In your spare time, youll will be writing their butts off, preparing two pieces to be pitched and published online and putting together a comprehensive city guidebook in teams.

The course has been expertly designed to be a bridge between studying and entering the workforce as a freelance writer, starting a publication or transforming your own blog into a workable commodity. If youre a high-school leaver, its the perfect mini escape before you hit the books again next year. If youre...

13:30

IRMAGEDDON: Who Geoengineered Superstorm Irma and Why? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Geoengineers Expose the Globalist Agenda by Manufacturing Hurricane Irma

(State of the Nation) Make no mistake about it: Hurricane Irma was quite deliberately geoengineered as a highly destructive and deadly superstorm just as Hurricane Harvey was.

The NWO globalist cabal has ordered the geoengineers to fabricate this frankenstorm as a direct threat to President Donald J. Trump and his administration.

Even if Palm Beach does not take a direct hit from IRMA, Trump has been sufficiently threatened and warned by the shadow government.  His vacation home Le Chateau des Palmiers on the island of St. Martin now sits in the middle of a full-blown disaster area.


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13:29

Join Global Hobos Writing Workshops in Bali "IndyWatch Feed National"

Are you a wannabe travel writer or an aspiring journalist with itchy feet? Do you want to spend a month on an island paradise in Indonesia learning a language, studying with media industry pros and getting real-world writing experience?

Travel to the hip Balinese surf town of Canggu with Global Hobo. Over the course of four weeks, a team of word-savvy hobos will be given intensive writing and blogging tutelage focused on travel and digital media, as well as cross-cultural training with a local language school. In their free time, hobos will be exploring every nook and cranny of southern Bali so they can put together a comprehensive online destination guide in teams. Theyll also be producing two pieces to be pitched and published online either for Global Hobo or elsewhere  which will be heavily workshopped over the course of the program.

If youre a high-school leaver, this program is the perfect mini exchange to squeeze in before you hit the books again next year. If youre already in the throes of university and studying something like journalism or communications, you may even be eligible for a full subjects credit. And if youre not studying and youre just on the hunt for a sweet project that combines travel and writing, this is the ultimate opportunity to get some real-world industry experience.

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13:25

Intelligence sharing a threat to democracy: privacy and human rights organisations launch international campaign "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Government must ensure transparency of its intelligence sharing with other countries to safeguard Australian citizens' private information, a coalition of privacy and human rights organisations said with the launch of a new campaign.

An international coalition of 30+ organisations led by Privacy International (PI) have written to national intelligence oversight bodies in over 40 countries, including Australia, seeking information on the intelligence sharing activities of their governments.

Countries, including Australia, may be using secret intelligence sharing arrangements to circumvent international and domestic rules on direct surveillance. These arrangements can also lead to the exchange of information that can facilitate human rights abuses, particularly in countries with poor human rights records or weak rule of law.

National intelligence oversight bodies hold intelligence agencies accountable to the public by exercising scrutiny over the legality, propriety, effectiveness, and efficiency of the intelligence activities of their governments. Recently it was revealed that intelligence from the Pine Gap base in Alice Springs is being used by the US in its deadly, covert drone strike program that has caused significant civilian casualties overseas.

Specifically, organisations are seeking more information about whether these national oversight bodies:

  • Are informed about the intelligence sharing activities of their governments;
  • Can independently oversee the intelligence sharing activities of their governments;
  • Can access all relevant information about the intelligence sharing activities of their governments;
  • Can review decisions by their governments to share intelligence and/or conduct independent investigations into the intelligence sharing activities of their governments; and
  • Cooperate with other oversight bodies to supervise the intelligence sharing activities of their governments.

A deadline of 31 October 2017 has been given for each national oversight body to respond. PI has created an interactive map, which illustrates the countries included in the campaign and the national intelligence oversight bodies that have been contacted in each country. The map will be updated when responses are received.

PI has also provided national oversight bodies with a briefing highlighting the international human rights implications of intelligence sharing arrangements betwe...

13:00

ALBUM REVIEW: Daniel Romano Modern Pressure "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Shapeshifting songwriter Daniel Romano has covered wide stylistic ground, from his post-hardcore band Attack in Black through to his run of top-notch solo albums that take in classic country, folk and psychedelic variations of the aforementioned. Now with Modern Pressure hes consolidated his sound, corralling all those Americana variations into his consistently best album to Continue reading

12:55

There's a pattern here... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Breitbart Editor: Trans Activism a Plot Against Dumb People 

Two of the editors of Breitbart, Neil Munro and Alex Marlow, had a rather bizarre conversation on the Breitbart Daily radio show about transgenderism. They think that activism for trans equality is really about clever people making society too difficult to navigate for dumb people.

 Munro claimed the push for transgender rights is a preposterous effort by a small bunch of clever, ambitious, selfish people to rewrite the basic rules of society and that the effort is deeply damaging to ordinary and low-IQ people who suddenly find themselves without any social rules, without any voice in how people should behave in such a jungle where then only the strongest and cleverest can prosper"
Munro continued, Thats the goal in the end, to mess up society, to mess up tradition and practice roles for the advantage of the clever and few. Its a really rotten, rotten thing.
Source: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatches/2017/08/29/breitbart-editor-trans-activism-plot-dumb-people/#dj88PimuzSOHvIi1.99

Flat Earth Society Is Not A JokeIts Real And Its Growing 

Flat Earthers dont have a very clear idea why NASA would want to convince the globeor rather, worldof a lie. Its not about money, said Bob Knodel. They want complete mind control. They want to create two classes: the ultra rich and servants. At that point they wouldve taken over the world, and enslaved the population, and controlled everything.
Source: http://secondnexus.com/technology-and-innovation/flat-earth-society/

12:30

What is going on in academia? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

But what is going on?

In the last 24 odd hours, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University offered a visiting fellowship to Chelsea Manning:

the former military intelligence analyst who spent seven years in prison for leaking classified government secrets.

Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was convict and jailed under the US Espionage Act after leaking a quarter of a million documents.  Manning was sentenced to 35 years, but was released after around 5 years following a sentance commutation by President Obama.

Any other convicted criminals to be offered academic fellowships?  What is Manning expected to teach or advance knowledge in?

Follow I Am Spartacus on Twitter at @Ey_am_Spartacus

12:27

Watch the New Mitch Power Video Do It Till I Die "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Image Courtesy of Mitch Power Back at the start of August Melbourne based alt-country singer-songwriter Mitch Power released his live album That Live and Lonesome Sound. The album was recorded at the Amelia Shaw in Melbourne and was produced and engineered by Damian Cafarella and Lachlan Bryan. Mitch Power has been touring pretty solidly throughout []

11:56

Not disabled enough "IndyWatch Feed National"

I live with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), commonly referred to as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Far more of a handicap than commonly thought, it is a devastating invisible burden we know very little about. ME is an umbrella term simplifying a host of smaller conditions and symptoms. Coming wave after wave, they adversely affect the bodys systems, severely cutting ones ability to think, sleep, concentrate, work, exercise, filter toxins and fight infection.

11:54

New law for Centrelink to punish people for being unemployed "IndyWatch Feed National"

The administration of the penal colony called Australia can even use brute force against the tax slaves of this country.

What the people in government do, is import (more) slave labour who take jobs from Australians.

The Aussies that are 'forced' out of work, in order to apply for welfare, must do so with a company called Centrelink.

They are then being punished for being unemployed, a 'welfare problem' the people in government created in the first place.


Centrelink (together with a host of Job Network Agencies) has been 'punishing' people for being unemployed for quite some time, whereas now it's going to be 'legal'.

See article from 12 Sep 2017 by aimn.com.au of the headline:

The Jobless Did Not Ask For This!


Who is responsible for jobs? Should we punish the jobless? Is welfare a right or a privilege? These are the questions the Government is too gutless to ask. By accepting the Governments answers to these issues without question, it may be shaping a future we havent asked for. The Jobless didnt ask for this!

The term welfare is often touted as synonymous with the word problem. The question we are not asked is, Is welfare a problem?

The Government is asking us to argue vehemently over answers to a question they are too gutless to ask. We should ask the Government questions.

Welfare Reform is a complex issue. However, the wider narrative has a huge impact on how we address reform in this space.
Welfare Reform

The Welfare Reform Bill currently before the house, is focused on using punishment as a blunt force to solve the welfare problem. The Government is quite brazen in no longer hiding punishment as a measure.

One system of punishment is a demerit point system. Another is drug testing. Therefore, the Government has predetermined, that the jobless do the wrong thing.

The Liberal National Coalition have successfully chipped away at society, along with the opposition in some respects. That is, to create a sub-human welfare class who society appears comfortable to punish.

Punishment sits well with a large section of society. This is due to continuous stigma aimed at the jobless. In the words of Erving Goffman, we have actively inflicted upon the jobless a spoiled identity.

The Labor opposition opposes these measures. However, since the late 1980...

11:31

Birthday Boy Gives Guests Biggest Gift by Cancelling Party at Last Minute "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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The guests of a man who was set to celebrate his birthday tonight are quietly rejoicing after he sent out a group Facebook message announcing hed cancelled the party.

A party always sounds like a great idea when its a few weeks away but, inevitably, on the day it finally rolls around, I never feel like going, one would-be guest admitted. Im looking forward to heading straight home after work for a quiet night on the couch with a case or two.

Another guest described the birthday boy cancelling as the best-case scenario for everyone involved.

Its a universally acknowledged law that its a dick move to cancel on someone elses birthday but this is a game-changer, he said. This legend has not only been thoughtful enough to invite us all to his party so we could impress people with talk of our cool Friday-night plans, but then to take the extra step of cancelling at the last minute so we dont actually have to follow through its just next level, he said.

In his message cancelling the event, the birthday boy explained that hed only organised the party in the first place because he felt obliged and hed decided to call it off after realising he was getting too old for this shit.


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11:24

Violence Against Women Is The Greatest Hurdle To Genuine Equality "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gender equality cannot be achieved until woman and girls everywhere are freed from sexual violence, writes Olivia Wells.

At a higher rate than ever, 1 in 3 women and girls in Australia will experience sexual violence. Numbers are higher in young women and higher still in our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

Anecdotal evidence demonstrates a major portion goes unreported and its prevalence has been unbroken and intensified through the decades. It is an intergenerational issue.

Working with families and communities I see the damage it causes every day. It is difficult to describe its crushing impacts on children, on women and men, on families on entire communities day after day, year after year.

Eliminating sexual violence is unlikely until we genuinely, as a whole community, address how we respond to it. I remember the speech by UN Goodwill Ambassador and actor Emma Watson to the UN. Parts of the HeforShe campaign she championed, imperfect as it was, are integral to how we respond to violence against women.

Emma Watson. (IMAGE: Marco Bond, Flickr)Emma Watson. (IMAGE: Marco Bond, Flickr)

HeforShe urges boys and men to take up the cause of feminism and advocate for womens rights. Its language inspired a global movement of young and old in what many felt was one of the first campaigns to invite boys and men to participate in the fight for gender equality.

Watson raised important truths about the state of gender equality, and the disempowerment felt to change its trajectory. That is, no country in the world can boast gender equality and conversations around it have become preoccupied with semantics. Despite its achievements as a movement, feminism is a word that many women and men no longer use nor identify with.

Anti-feminists have dubbed those who identify with the word as aggressive and man-hating and those who write or campaign in its name are often described as too divisive or impassioned to be effective. Because of this, the effort to achieve gender equality has been hijacked and used to attack those who speak in favour of it.

True gender equality, globally, may not be inevitable. In the age of Trump, the reproductive rights of women are consistently challenged and in the USA, just this year, severely compromised. Many ultra-conservative leaders and the policies they enact, sanction sexual violence.

People in the western world who describe themselves as neo masculinists actively advocate for the legalisation of rape on private property, within a marriage or to any woman without the protection of a man. One such person, pro-rape American blogger Daryush Valizadeh, perpe...

11:14

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Speaking Notes at the Young Communist League Ruth First Memorial Games by SACP Central Committee Member & Former National Secretary, Buti Manamela
27 August 2017

Had she been alive, Ruth First would have been 93 years old in 2017. As a struggle veteran, a senior citizen, a mother, a communist, a gender activist, a promoter of youth development - what would Ruth First make of South Africa today?

Would she be proud of the South African society that we have created? Would she understand the modern day struggles of this middle-income developing country? What would she think of the situation of the most vulnerable in our society - children, youth and women. As the former National Secretary of the Young Communist League, what advice would Ruth First give to us?

Unfortunately, we cannot get direct answers to these questions because a bomb by apartheid assassins murdered our comrade. They took away her life but her voice still lives on. It still speaks to us. We can indeed know what Ruth First would think about South Africa today because of her writings, the causes that she fought for, the positions she adopted on key issues and the information that we attained from comrades who worked closely with her.

For those who are not familiar with Ruth First, allow me to present a short biography of our struggle icon.

Ruth First was born into the politically conscious home of Jewish immigrant parents, Julius and Matilda First, in Johannesburg in 1925. Her father was a founder member of the Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA), later known as the South African Communist Party (SACP). Her home was regularly visited by political activists of all races who discussed and debated the apartheid State. This left an immutable political impression on the young Ruth in shaping her ideas on race, class and gender.

She graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies in 1946. Her studies deepened her insight into the nature of political societies in general, and the political system in South Africa in particular.

Spurred by her political vision of a just society, she helped found the Federation of Progressive...

10:45

Samsung wont partner with Korindo following outrage over forest destruction in Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"




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10:45

Lack of Treatment Leads to Reoffending "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Victorian prisoner population has been on the rapid increase since the late 1990s. In July 1998, there were 2,876 adult prisoners in the states correctional facilities, whereas in July this year, there was 7,152 inmates, according to Corrections Victoria figures. This marks a 148 percent increase over a 19-year period. And over recent years, this

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10:02

Civil Society Calls for Agroecology not GMOs at FAO Meeting in KL "IndyWatch Feed National"

Following is the final statement made by civil society organisations at the recent FAO meeting in Kuala Lumpur:

FAO Regional Conference on Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition in Asia-Pacific

13 September 2017

Civil Society Statement

 If we see biotech as part of a small farmer's 'toolbox', then we must ask what it is we are 'fixing':

  • Ensuring resilience in the face of climate change
  • Ensuring smallholders livelihoods are maintained & promoted
  • Ensuring everyone has access to nutritious and culturally-appropriate food produced in ethical and ecologically sound ways, and their right to democratically determine their own food and agriculture systems.

The focus of our discussion here was proposed to be on sustainable food systems for small farmers not high yield to generate more money from small pieces of land. And yet the meeting has presented many solutions that are still in the lab, and products with very initial results. The current supply of food already exceeds demand but there are serious issues around good governance and equitable distribution of food. Merely securing a high yield of a few select crops does not solve the problem of hunger nor secure livelihoods for smallholders, and leads to high levels of post-harvest spoilage and food waste.

There has been a lot of discussion about what we mean by biotechnology, and yet the majority of the focus of the conference has been on GMO products. It is malicious and deceptive to refer to GM crops as "biotech crops".

Those technologies that manipulate DNA artificially increase corporate control over seeds, diminish rich, diverse diets of local communities, promote monoculture, increase biosafety risks to health and environment, and need high investment and complicated regulatory frameworks which many countries lack. We ask those from the private sector who are calling for international acceptance of their products once approved in one country whether they are prepared to accept global liability for their products once disseminated?

Wed like to remind the group that 80% of the worlds food is produced by small farmers and farmer autonomy is critical to maintaining current and future food security and food sovereignty for everyone. We reject solutions that increase the cost of production for farmers due to the high cost of inputs from transnational corporations. We respect farmers as true in-situ innovators and not as passive consumers of the biote...

09:58

Watch the New Angus and Julia Stone Video Chateau "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Image Courtesy of Angus & Julia Stone Angus & Julia Stone have just dropped the latest video from their new album Snow, the dreamy Chateau. The video is set in Mexico City and features Australian actors Courtney Eaton and Dacre Montgomery. Check out the video for Chateau below: The upcoming tour from Angus & Julia []

09:55

Baw Baw Food Security Coalition "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Food security is an individual or communitys ability to access healthy, affordable and appropriate food.  Food insecurity can therefore be defined as having limited or irregular access to safe and secure nutritional food from a non-emergency source.

Food insecurity has been prioritised in the Central West Gippsland region in 2007. Subsequently, research and food system mapping was undertaken, which showed that the individuals found to be most affected by food insecurity in Central West Gippsland include the people on low incomes, older people, young people and people living in isolated areas.  The result of this research was a Food Security Recommendation Report which was published in 2012 and provided guidance on the types of interventions that the CWGPCP and its partners could implement in order to tackle food insecurity.  The Baw Baw Food Security Coalition was then developed to lead this work in the Baw Baw Shire."

Read more about the history and impact of the Baw Baw Food Security Coalition.

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09:43

Ali Alizadehs Last Days of Jeanne dArc "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Ali Alizadeh, The Last Days of Jeanne dArc (Giramondo 2017)

jeanne.jpgI have a number of St Joans in my head.

Joan of Arc was one of the array of saints who populated my Catholic childhood. She did stand out from the crowd, but I dont remember being much impressed that she was a cross-dressing, gender-bending, sword-wielding, authority-defying young woman  her armour was no odder than the flowing robes of many male saints, her defiance of authority was mild compared to Jesus, and even her death was no more terrible than, say, St Laurence roasted on a spit or St Maria Goretti stabbed 14 times when she rejected a young mans sexual advances.

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09:36

FixedIt: What if women arent the problem? "IndyWatch Feed National"

From Yahoo UK: In women only, low interest in sex was linked to having three or more partners in the past year, having children under five in the household, and not sharing a partners sexual preferences.

Women whose general interests differed from those of their partners also experienced a lack of sex drive.

Hey, what if women arent the problem here?

09:31

Aust Catholic Church lags on child safety "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Catholic Church in Australia lags behind other countries when it comes to safeguarding children. Photo: Shutterstock

The Catholic Church in Australia lags behind other countries when it comes to safeguarding children. Photo: Shutterstock

The Australian Catholic Church lags behind rather than leads other countries in protecting children from sexual abuse, research into the global tragedy of immense proportions has found.

The Australian church has been pushed into acting and still has much to do to catch up to the likes of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States, the researchers say.

It has lagged significantly behind other comparable countries in developing policies and protocols to safeguard children and vulnerable adults, the study of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church worldwide has found.

While many steps have been taken to address the problems associated with abuse, the Australian Catholic bishops have not, despite proclamations to the contrary, been in the lead in implementing child protection measures, the report by Melbournes RMIT University said.

Any suggestion that the Catholic Church in Australia has led the way in child protection is not sustainable in face of the initiatives in other countries nor has there been much accountability or evaluation in Australia.

The researchers said there would most likely have been minimal movement on the part of the official church if not for the work of the child abuse royal commission, state inquiries, the media and the determination of abuse survivors themselves supported by their families and advocacy groups.

The report, released on Wednesday, said the Australian Catholic Church has not imitated the preventative measures of other countries.

These include regular audits, putting safeguarding mechanisms in every parish, better monitoring and training mechanisms and initiatives such as hotlines or helplines.

Report authors Professor Des Cahill and Dr Peter Wilkinson, both ordained Catholic priests who resigned from the ministry in the 1970s, noted there has been a substantial decline in clergy child abuse worldwide since the 1980s.

They warned this did not apply in developing countries where the veil of secrecy has not been lift...

09:30

LOA Today 09.14.17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Were up to Chapter 4: How Can I Get There from Here? This chapter answers one of the most common questions asked by new practitioners of the Law of Attraction: Why is it taking me so long to get what I want? It has nothing to do with not wanting it enough, not being intelligent enough, not being worthy, or ...

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09:28

Aussie space centre captures Cassinis end "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dusk at the south polar vortex on Saturn's moon Titan. Image from the Cassini probe saturn.jpl.nasa.gov

Dusk at the south polar vortex on Saturns moon Titan. Image from the Cassini probe saturn.jpl.nasa.gov

Canberras deep space station is on a countdown to begin beaming live footage of the final hours of NASAs Cassini spacecraft before it burns up in Saturns atmosphere.

The Deep Space Communication Complex will train its massive antenna dishes on the NASA spacecraft from about 1.15pm (AEST) on Friday, for the final hours of its 20-year mission to study the ringed planet and its nearby moons.

Live data will be streamed for the first time from Cassini via Canberra to the world in the early evening before the bus-sized spacecraft uses its last drops of fuel to manoeuvre directly into Saturns atmosphere and begins its expected disintegration.

Travelling at more than 110,000km/h, scientists expect it will only take minutes for Cassini to break apart and melt at about 10pm.

The Canberra space complex was given the key role of transmitting Cassinis final images of Saturn because the planet will be hovering above Australia on Friday.

Other space stations in Madrid and California will also help monitor Cassini.

The $US3.26 billion ($A4.06 billion) mission has given scientists vital information about two of Saturns moons, Titan and Enceladus, as well as the planet itself and its icy rings.

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09:25

Alternative detention for men on Manus "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hundreds of detainees on Manus Island could soon be moved to alternative detention options as existing compounds are demolished.

A March 21, 2014 file image of Asylum seekers staring at media from behind a fence at the Manus Island detention centre, Papua New Guinea. AAP Image/Eoin Blackwell.

A March 21, 2014 file image of Asylum seekers staring at media from behind a fence at the Manus Island detention centre, Papua New Guinea. AAP Image/Eoin Blackwell.

Roughly 800 men remain on the island six weeks out from the closure of its immigration detention centre, with several buildings already dismantled.

About 100 men have applied to return to their country of origin, while talks are still under way to determine how to handle 200 others found not be refugees.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says they could be moved to alternative places of detention away from the regional centre, given they have no lawful claim to be in Papua New Guinea.

There is capacity at an East Lorengau transit centre to accommodate about 400 people.

We will work with the PNG government in helping them provide the services to those people, Mr Dutton told parliament on Thursday.

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09:13

Transactivists attack feminists at meeting in London "IndyWatch Feed National"

Charlie Rae covers the dark side of transactivism once again in this story of violence.

On September 13th, a feminist meeting was supposed to take place at New Cross Learning. The meeting was called What is gender? and was led, in part, by a transwoman, Miranda Yardley. When transactivists learned about this talk, a group called Action for Trans Health London created an event on Facebook to attack the free speech of feminists, and physically attack feminists themselves. This was allegedly organized by Goldsmith Student Union President Eva Crossan Jory who has not responded to The Fifth Column for comment.

In footage that was uploaded today to youtube, you can witness first-hand the unprovoked attack on a 60 year old grandmother and Humanist Maria Mac. She was punched by young, male transactivists. Notice how transactivists chant when TERFs attack, we fight back, but are clearly the ones doing the attacking. They believe in self defense from non existent threats, but not that attacking people unprovoked is this same threat they invented to oppose. This is Orwellian doublethink: the acceptance of or mental capacity to accept contrary opinions or beliefs at the same time, especially as a result of political indoctrination.

This violent rhetoric coming from transactivists is not new, but they vehemently position themselves as victims when transactivists calls for violence against women are rampant.

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09:04

MACKAY News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 15th September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 15, 2017 at 05:07AM ,

News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 15th September 2017

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The accused is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court this morning. Almost double the number of offenders in Mackay are breaching domestic

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09:04

MACKAY $100k haul of stolen cars, property and weapons uncovered in raid "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 14, 2017 at 05:07PM ,

$100k haul of stolen cars, property and weapons uncovered in raid

September 14, 2017 at 05:07PM ,

Police will allege the break-and-enters had occurred for a number of months. The man is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on Friday

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09:03

MACKAY Ice addict blamed domestic violence on sex games "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 14, 2017 at 07:11AM ,

Ice addict blamed domestic violence on sex games

September 14, 2017 at 07:11AM ,

But he had a different story when facing Mackay Magistrates Court, pleading guilty to contravening a domestic violence order earlier this year.

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09:03

MACKAY Ice addict, burglar released from prison on probation "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Ice addict, burglar released from prison on probation

September 15, 2017 at 06:06AM ,

Benjamin James Ostwald was placed on probation in Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday, despite committing some crimes while already on

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08:56

FixedIt: Trent Thorburn did not have sex with Tiahleigh Palmer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trent Thorburns sexual abuse of Tiahleigh Palmer and her subsequent alleged murder have been widely covered in the Australian press.

Tiahleigh was 12 years old when her 18 year old foster brother committed the crime of incest against her, for which he pled guilty yesterday. He also pled guilty to perjury and pervert the course of justice and was sentenced to four years jail.

The Guardian reported that Tiahleigh Palmers foster brother confessed to having sex with the 12-year-old.

The Brisbane Times reported he was sentenced after confessing to having sex with the 12-year-old.

The ABC reported Thorburn had sex with Queensland schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer before her alleged murder.

The Australian reported Thorburn had also admitted his sexual relationship with Tiahleigh in a Facebook Messenger conversation with his cousin.

The Courier Mail reported Trent Thorburn was 18 when he became sexually involved with his young foster sister.

Yahoo 7 reported hed had a sexual encounter with 12-year-old Tiahleigh.

Other variations of this reporting happened in The Daily Mail, The Queensland Times, News Mail,...

08:30

A Lesson on Bodies From a Sex Show in Amsterdam "IndyWatch Feed National"

In a dimly-lit basement under the streets of Amsterdam, I sat, surrounded by people I barely knew, watching a woman pull an impossibly long string out from her vagina. I clutched my vodka cranberry tightly in my hand, fighting the urge to look away. What seemed like an age later, all the string was out, and the woman bowed and strutted off the stage. I clapped along with the crowd and sighed a breath of relief. Maybe this wouldnt be so bad.

Ive always had a slightly awkward relationship with my body, with bodies in general. Its not that Im majorly unhappy with the way I look. Im just not super comfortable exposing myself to people. Blame my conservative upbringing, my problem with intimacy or just the Western attitude towards public nudity (strip down in public as an adult and youre doomed to forever wear the label of attention-seeker, hippie or slut).

The same extends to other peoples bodies: theyre great, Im sure, but ask me to look at them and Ill turn into a blushing, uncomfortable mess. So when a sex show, of all things, was suggested as a (non-officially sanctioned) group activity to mark the final nights of our tour through Europe, I was a little concerned.

There was a significant amount of umming and ahhing, but eventually, FOMO won out against the potential embarrassment. Cut to two nights later, and I sat in a room bathed in purple light, heart thumping in time with the royalty-free EDM track playing in the background, waiting for the show to start. I had been lucky enough to score a front-row seat, with my boyfriend on one side and a rich stockbroker in his mid-30s on the other. The room definitely wasnt spacious enough to fit a group of 25 people, so we were jammed in, shoulder-to-shoulder.

Problems with intimacy and physical contact? Dont worry about it.

Soon enough, the lights went out, the music was turned up and string-vagina lady, clad in purple leather, strutted onto stage, a wicker box of props under her arm like an erotic magician. And in a way, she was. The ability to write legibly on a mans bare chest with a Sharpie held in their nether regions has to be some kind of witchcraft.

By the end of the first performance, my heart had stopped pounding, and I was actually having a decent time. The next half an hour was a blur of impressive pole tricks, impossibly high stilettos, and a surprising amount of banana consumption.

Finally, a couple was announced. Apparently, the sex part of the sex show was about to begin....

08:14

Im Going to Strip You Naked and Whip You Like the Slave You Are: Man Sends Racist Messages Before Killing Innocent Black Man "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: The Root

An innocent black man was shot in the face and killed on Labor Day after attempting to keep an angry, racist white man from entering his home and confronting his roommate, according to reports from local law enforcement in Fort Worth, Texas.

Sammie Jones, 28, answered a knock on his door to find 38-year-old Kevin Ashley Parnell standing there angry and looking for Jones roommate, Jordan Briggs, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

An arrest warrant affidavit says that Parnell, who is white, was angry that his stepdaughter had been arrested for prostitution, and he blamed Briggs for it, but police say that Briggs denies having anything to do with the stepdaughters arrest.

According to the Star-Telegram, Parnell allegedly sent several racist messages to Briggs via Facebook, calling him the n-word, threatening to hang him and saying, Im going to strip you naked and whip you like the slave you are.

Briggs told police that a couple of hours later, Parnell showed up in a white pickup truck at the home that Briggs shared with Jones and began banging on the door.

Briggs told the Star-Telegram that he warned his roommate not to answer the door, then went to the back of the house and hid himself.

Briggs said he then heard Parnell ask for him, and Jones telling Parnell that Briggs was not there. It was then that Parnell went on a racist tirade against blacks.

Jones reportedly apologized and attempted to calm Parnell down. Briggs told investigators that Parnell then said, You know what kind of gun this is, boy? It is a Glock 40.

This was followed by the sound of a gunshot that both Briggs and a neighbor reported hearing. The neighbor also reported seeing a white man with a gun walking to a pickup truck and speeding off....

07:51

Thank You: An Open Letter To Hritier Lumumba "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Projects inability to grasp the message Hritier Lumumba is trying to deliver has not gone unnoticed, anymore than the courage of the man himself. Yassir Morsi pens an open letter.

Thank you.

I do not know you. But I am urged to tell you. I saw your interview on Channel Tens The Project. It drove me to grimace, caused me to look away, made me pause, draw courage, and look again.

I guess, my double take works as a metaphor to further explain the root of my gratitude. Its so easy to look away when racism confronts us. Especially for those who think it is largely a thing of a past Australia. So, thank you for giving a face, a name, a body and a pain to say: look again.

It was more than your words. It was a tone that caught me. A defiant and brave vulnerability came through saying what you said. Especially, towards the end, especially about how we must say it and say it out loud.

But I write too for I suspect many suffer in the silence you wish to break. Although as a non-black person of colour my experience is not yours. Yet, I have chosen silence more often than not. I write this for as a writer I know no other way than to commit to paper my double take.

I could be wrong, so forgive me if I am, but I also write because you might be in the usual place of self-doubt right now. For racism always hit backs the moment you say its name. You might be where many anti-racists live when they put their face to its cause. It is a space where we search for internal strength with question marks. It combines well wishes from friends and the hateful comment of others. A place where fingers point at you. Your character, your mental health, your supposed motives become their debate.

They keep asking: Are you sure? Are you sure its not you thats the problem? Like when Waleed Aly asked you: Isnt it (Collingwood) just an organisation that doesnt know how to deal with this?

From Nicky Winmar to Eddie McGuire, if Collingwood does not know how to address this then it is, as you say, an indictment. It is proof. How many times does it have to happen to the same club?

I felt Aly was putting you on the spot, as many others do. We must prove racism is, prove its experience as if its some rare bird. We always hear about it but cannot see it. To ask whether you had considered the clubs difficulties is the sad state of where we are at.

This country does not stare at racism long enough. We always talk about racism without talking about it. Its an excellent way to hide it. Hiding it through saying everything but nothing of what it is. Like a TV with white noise, the conversation is always on, but nothing is showing.

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06:53

There is conflict of interest in the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Queensland

The revelation that three out of the six board members of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (Naif) are tied to mining. Australian governments have a long tradition of appointing corporate representatives onto bodies dealing with the concerned industry.

The exposure by Joshua Robertson   in the Australian edition of the Guardian (13 September 2017), raises the existence of conflict of interest. No argument. There certainly appears to be, when Naif is there to hand out up to $5 billion.

One example is Balla Balla Infrastructure Group (BBIG), which reportedly sought a  loan to help with its $6 billion Pilbara iron ore venture. Naif chair, Sharon Warburton, happens to be a director of this company. She is also a director of Fortescue Metals, which also mines iron ore in the Pilbara.

Another Naif director is Justin Mannolini. He is a partner in law firm Gilbert and Tobin, which has been working for BBIG to secure an agreement with the Western Australian government. He is also chair of Jindalee Resources, another Pilbara company. The third is Karla Way-McPhail. Her businesses provide services to the mining industry.

These three individuals play key roles in determining who gets access to taxpayer funded money. By any definition, there is a clear-cut conflict of interest. They should stand down or be removed. This is especially so, when it is claimed that Naif is an independent body.

Nor is it reasonable to pass this off as an accident. Appointments like this are not made so lightly. One justification that could be put forward is that these people bring knowledge of the industry. Perhaps. But this can be accessed if they are appointed as advisors. They should never be given the power to give money to ventures that they have a personal interests in.

Making it all the worse, is the lack of transparency over who makes specific Naif decisions. Warburton is reported as saying that directors had significant experience in deciding whether their personal circumstances give rise to an actual, apparent or potential conflict of interest, and that it is appropriate for them to be the ones to decide when to or when not to stand aside form specific cases.

At this point, there is no move by the government to change anything. Given this, Naifis poised  to blow out to a new headache for Turnbull to deal with.  More so, with an application coming in from Adani, asking assistance for the Carmichael venture in Queenslands Galilee Basin.

In May, there was the revelation that there is a connection between possible co...

06:46

Baking Company Ordered To Pay $60,000 To Mom Fired While On Maternity Leave "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Ashley Ruiz-Lopez with her children. Source: NJ.com

In Vineland, New Jersey, the Office of the Attorney General has ordered the contract bakery Omni Baking Company to pay $60,000 to defendant Ashley Ruiz-Lopez. Omni violated state law by firing Ruiz-Lopez while she was on maternity leave.

Ruiz-Lopez had worked as a receptionist at Omni Baking Company since June 2014. Despite giving clear notification and communication regarding her planned start and end dates, the company fired her while she was on leave.

The totality of the circumstances, including her submission of medical certificates showing her expected recovery dates, repeated visits to the office, repeated attempts to reach (the HR manager), and the nature of her leave, was sufficient to trigger Respondents legal responsibility to engage in the interactive process, said Division of Civil Rights director Craig T. Sashihara in a release.

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Omni facilities. Source: Omni Baking Company

Ruiz-Lopez submitted a claim for temporary disability benefits when she started leave at the end of January 2016. She also submitted paperwork that including a doctors note stating her due date of Feb. 27th, and expected return date in mid-April.

According to Ruiz-Lopez, she made multiple attempts in person and over the phone to contact the companys human resource department but never received an answer. The bakery fired her o...

06:45

FTs coming of age? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Extract from an article by John Lawrence published in the Mercury Tuesday, 16 June 2015 John Lawrence in Comments HERE: Claire (#6) its not a lease. Its worse than that. Its a forestry right pursuant to the Forestry Rights Registration Act 1990. The Cayman Islanders get the right to use 29,000 hectares of land for 99 years. They dont pay rent. The upfront fee gives them the rights to the existing timber plus use of the land rent free for 99 years. Gordon at #2 is wrong, I think, they will pay rates.  When youre paying $2k per hectare for a right to use land for 99 years rent free you are, in effect, paying about $1,500 per hectare for the land. Think of it as prepaying rent for 99 years.  In $ terms a 99 year right is not much different to a freehold interest. That leaves $500 per hectare for the trees, average age over 10 years, which would have had an establishment cost of $3k per hectare plus the holding and maintenance costs since then. Guy Barnett argues its a good deal. Actually FT or STT or whatever its now called doesnt own the land so only $15 million (or 25%) of the sale price belongs to it. Thats $15 million for a crop that probably cost $100 million to establish. Guy wont tell you exactly. The original cost has been lost in the system.The remaining 75% is for the disposal of an interest in crown land. If it ends up being left in STT its a defacto subsidy. The government has disposed of a non STT asset, in this case a 99 year interest in Crown land, and will put the proceeds , or most of it back into STT. Thats a subsidy. And a 99 year forestry right is for all intents and purpose the disposal of freehold crown land. Only the sanctimonious would argue otherwise. Guy Barnett: Plantations sale a huge winner for health, jobs and the economy Mercury: Big blue as Tasmanias pulpwood forestry plantations sell for $60m A DEAL to sell Tasmanias 29,000ha of pulpwood plantations for $60.7 million has been described as a strong outcome by the State Government and a fire sale and rip-off by opponents. Questions have also been raised about the company, which Parliament heard had been registered only two months ago and had a parent company listed in the Cayman Islands. The long-awaited deal was announced via a Facebook post by Resources Minister Guy Barnett, who was criticised by the ALP and Greens for not fronting the media to answer questions Labor: Government spinning hard on dud timber deal Guy Barnett: Government invests in health while Labor wants more forest subsidies YESTERDAY on Tasmanian Times ... Vica Bayley Media Release: Plantation fire sale a short-sighted subsidy for Hodgmans native forest logging

06:42

1) Fallout from Indonesian officials confronting media "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

1) Fallout from Indonesian officials confronting media
2) 2017 Pacific Forum summit quieter
3) A wrap up of the 48th Pacific Island Forum Leaders meeting
4) More of the same: human rights in West Papua, July-September 2017
5) Papuas last Dutch pastors
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1) Fallout from Indonesian officials confronting media
From Dateline Pacific, 3:03 pm on 14 September 2017...

06:42

Hollows As Homes "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Local Landcare Coordinator Jason Richardson has been visiting schools in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area to promote the role of tree hollows as habitat.

Did you know that it takes around 300 years for nature to provide a home for an owl? Its even longer for possums.

There are no animals that are able to create tree hollows, such as the woodpecker in North America, so hollow creation is a slow process that relies on fungus to eat away at the tree.

In urban and agricultural areas throughout Australia, hollow-bearing trees are in decline.

In New South Wales, species that rely on tree hollows for shelter and nesting include at least 46 mammals, 81 birds, 31 reptiles and 16 frogs.

Forty of these species are listed as threatened with extinction in New South Wales and the loss of hollows has been listed as a key threatening process.

As part of Landcares visits primary school students learned how contested hollows can be, particularly in urban settings where hollows can be considered a public risk.

Jason spoke of his experience observing ringneck parrots intimidate grass parrots from returning to their nest.

The children were fascinated to handle the skull of a grass parrot chick.

The students then had an opportunity to assess school grounds and the surrounding area for hollows and observe local bird life using binoculars.

05:55

Is Corbyn a Marxist? "IndyWatch Feed National"

This answers the question on where Corbyn stands on various issues very well. It was posted on Reddit.com by gamas a Labour Member

If we intend to have a proper discussion on this, it depends on what we mean by Marxism.
If by Marxist, we mean he supports Marx's ideas that:
  • Capitalism leads to the alienation of groups of people
  • That, under capitalism, segments of society exploit other segments of society
  • That capitalism cannot maintain the living standards of the population
  • That industry should move towards co-operative ownership
  • That the country should focus more on what satisfy human needs rather than on private profits.
Then yes, Corbyn is a Marxist, as is Liz Kendall, as is Yvette Cooper, as is Andy Burnham, as is over half the Labour party.
(Of course, classical Marxism also advocates the idea that socialism is inevitable and that the proletariat will rise up in revolution. I have omitted this because a) We can all agree Corbyn isn't trying to be a revolutionary and b) Marx suggested this before universal suffrage became a thing, and he believed that as the upper classes controlled the government, there was no hope the governments would look after the working-class. Later in his life, he rescinded this view, noting how society had changed towards universal suffrage and came round to the belief that socialism could come about through democratic reform)
Now if you mean Leninism/Marxism-Leninism (i.e. the political ideology that the Soviet Union said is the only legitimate development of Marxism), then that depends on the particular aspect. If we take the social aspects of:
  • Support for a universal social welfare system.
  • Improving public education and health systems
  • Provision of child care
  • Provision of benefits
  • Ending the exploitation of women
Then Corbyn supports those as does the entire Labour party and some members of the Tory party... If we mean the social aspects of
  • abolition of private property
  • The use of propaganda to teach people to abide by the ideals of communism
Then he does not support these.
If we take the economic aspect of Marxism-Leninism that:
  • Market forces should be replaced with scientific planning
  • That the value of a good or service sh...

05:45

Were Firing Trillion Watt Lasers into the Sky: Top Scientist Admits to Weather Modification on CBS "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: The Free Thought Project   By: Jay Syrmopoulos

In the aftermath of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Jose brewing in the Atlantic, many people are looking for answers as to the increasingly volatile weather being witnessed.

And while climate change is one potential cause, there are other lesser known activities that could potentially be playing a role in the manifestation of these weather anomalies.

While weather modification and geo-engineering are still somewhat taboo subjects to the mainstream, often considered to be in the realm of conspiracy theory, there is a significant body of academic research and science that confirms that these technologies not only exist but are being operationalized.

No, the Free Thought Project is not claiming the government, nor anyone else is making hurricanes or actively controlling the weather. We are only presenting this information because it exists and people should be aware that it exists.

In a segment aired on CBS in 2013, respected scientist Dr. Michio Kaku, a physics professor at City College of New York, discussed with Charlie Rose and Norah ODonnell the science of weather manipulation.

During the interview Kaku, in discussing the experiments with weather modification notes that Were shooting trillion watt lasers into the sky, referencing the use of lasers to induce changes to naturally occurring weather phenomena.

Later in the conversation, Kaku briefly touches on the history of weather modification that has been carried out for decades by the government with the CBS hosts quickly interrupting him to note these programs were only alleged.

Of course, these hosts must be ignorant of the declassified history of...

04:35

Making Money With Cryptocurrencies "IndyWatch Feed National"

Making Money With Cryptocurrencies

Dear Reader,

Yesterday, I attended a blockchain conference in Houston, Texas. Its focus was on how to implement blockchain technology into energy businesses.

I heard from data scientists and engineers from Exxon Mobile, Chevron, BHP Billiton, Halliburton, and Microsoft.

In 2012, we profiled Bitcoin at $13. I remember attending a few conferences that year. At the time, it was a bunch of geeks and libertarians, and here I was in 2017, surrounded by Fortune 500 companies talking about Bitcoin and Ethereum.

By the way, I should take a moment to address this Jamie Dimon (JP Morgan) comment yesterday. Him calling Bitcoin a fraud was hilarious to me, and it shows you just how ignorant the mainstream media is about this entire space.

Jamie Dimon has been hating on Bitcoin since it was $50 its now $4,000.

His company, JP Morgan, is one of the principal investors in Ethereum, so what you really have here is a competitor of Bitcoin doing some trash talking.

The blockchain is the most certain investment Ive ever been a part of, and people like Jamie Dimon know it, which is why they are heavily investing into it both through blockchain implementation and Ethereum.

As of June 2017, there is now more money heading into this space than there is venture capital thats invested in other non-blockchain tech companies.

The U.S. Department of Defense is planning to use blockchain technology for secure communications.

Homeland Security even helped seed four security companies that will be using blockchain technology.

In Australia, Japan, Germany, Canada, and even here in the U.S. with the NASDAQ, all are either running prototypes or trial runs to do commodity and stock trading using blockchain technology.

The blockchain reduces costs, self-validates, is unhackable, secure, and eliminates settlement risk.

Here is a screenshot of some of the companies that are using the Ethereum blockchain platform.

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04:31

Christy Clark's LNG Sham Turns To Pixie Dust--2017 B.C. Election Edition "IndyWatch Feed National"


September 14th 2017....Aurora LNG officially pulled plug on BC LNG proposal for Ridley Island Prince Rupert.....read what I reported on CNOOC and Aurora LNG proposal in below post.

The Straight Goods NAILS it again

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Written by Grant G
It's time for a B.C. LNG update...what's going on with LNG in British Columbia....The answer is nothing but meaningless staged photo-ops and gobbly goop press releases churned out by Christy Clark's 220 member gang of public affairs propagandists...Christy Clark is still trying to sell a promise of untold riches deriving from technologies of the past....The riches from LNG will never come to B.C....even if a LNG plant is built the riches won't accrue..
Before I get started on B.C.,,,this is where the future is going, renewable power, solar power, wind power, geothermal power.....LNG, the big fraud will not be the promised bridge fuel, as of today, the LNG industry is mired in a 15 year glut of supply....With massive gas discoveries everywhere..
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03:34

Australian ski fields and thundersnow: Global cooling has started "IndyWatch Feed National"

Twisting weather in Australia sees record heat one day followed 18 hours later by snow in the same location. Snow pack for Australian alps at five year highs and more late Spring snow coming through the next week. Tasmania late season snows down to 100 meters, nearly on the beaches in spring, unheard of. Australian MSM claims warmest winter ever, but we all know how the BOM rigged temperature stations to stop registering temperatures cooler than -10.3C, so is this truly the warmest or were the records falsified? Sources

03:23

Brave Australian Doctor Attacked After Telling Truth About Vaccines "IndyWatch Feed National"

A brave Australian doctor has penned an extraordinary open letter, published in the nations largest newspaper, taking the sword to Big Pharma and the culture of mainstream media deception fueling the vaccine debate.  Australia has [...]

03:09

Dear Jamie Dimon: Predict the Crash that Takes Down Your Produces-Nothing, Parasitic Bank and Well Listen to your Bitcoin Prediction "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear Jamie Dimon: quick quiz: which words/phrases are associated with you and your employer, J.P. Morgan? Looting, pillage, rapacious, exploitive, only saved from collapse by massive intervention by the Federal Reserve, the source of rising wealth inequality, crony capitalism, privatized profits-socialized losses, low interest rates = gift from savers to banks, bloviating overpaid C.E.O., propaganda favoring the financial elite, tool of the top .01%, destroyer of democracy, financial fraud goes unpunished, free money for financiers, debt-serfdom, produces nothing of value to society or the bottom 99.5%.

Jamie, if you answered all of them, youre correct. The only reason you have a soapbox from which you can bloviate is the central bank (Federal Reserve) saved you and your neofeudal looting machine (bank) from well-deserved oblivion in 2008-09, and the unprecedented, co-ordinated campaign by global central banks to buy trillions of dollars of bonds and stocks.

Central Banks Have Purchased $2 Trillion In Assets In 2017

This 8-year long central bank intervention has:

1) transferred billions in what were once interest payments earned by savers and pension funds to banks such as J.P. Morgan

2) boosted your sales by flooding the financial system with low-cost credit

3) lifted your stock far above its value in an unmanipulated market and thus

4) awarded you immense stock-option and bonus-based wealth for doing nothing but letting the central banks enrich J.P. Morgan and its peers.

In other words, your claim of financial genius is based solely on central bank intervention. J.P Morgan would have done very well in the past eight years if theyd replaced you with a crash-test dummy. In fact, the shareholders would have done much, much better if the crash-test dummy had a Post-It note on its chest reading buy bitcoin.

Compare the return for an investor who believed your shuck-and-jive claim to financial ge...

02:44

They Bring Up Something that Happened 37 Years Ago While Demanding Results from a Baby Rape Study "IndyWatch Feed National"

Obviously they have an issue with self perception- but I am dealing with the stuff left this morning about me

01:54

Damaging Damages: Australias Actress Rebel Wilsons Defamation Case "IndyWatch Feed National"

Featured image: Rebel Wilson (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

There is very little to be gained pondering whether celebrity journalism should be protected with the zeal that some of its advocates do. A person with the dirt-directed fanaticism of a Piers Morgan

00:52

The Criminal Injustice System: Beyond Platitudes and Bleeding Hearts "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aotearoa (New Zealand) has a lot of serious problems. Neoliberal reforms have been imposed against the will of the people here and it is only our pride and our racially informed sense of kinship with imperial power that keeps us from recognising that we are a neocolony a privileged neocolony perhaps, but a neocolony nonetheless.

Recent decades have been an affront to our sovereignty and our progressive and socialist history. We were the first country with a 40 hour working week, the first to allow women to vote, the second to have a comprehensive public health system, and the first welfare state. It cuts against the grain, therefore, that in 30 years we have gone from a country with no poverty or unemployment and near the worst income inequality in the OECD (7th worst in 2014). With relatively low wages and one of the highest costs of living in the world, neoliberalism is ripping apart our social fabric. We have a housing crisis that is worse than those hitting the US, UK, Australia and Canada, but it is even more of a shock because 30 years ago the idea of homelessness and of people begging in the streets was simply alien to us.

Make no mistake, neoliberalism has fucked this country, and I do blame the US and the UK along with those traitor scum politicians who serve the empire and not their own people. But in one key respect, neoliberalism was pushing against an open door. Neoliberalism seeks to shrink the social support offered by the state but it also seeks to grow the coercive powers of the state the police and the prisons. The latter harmonises much more easily with traditional Aotearoan values. We are a punitive people. We are not ruled by fear of malefactors to the extent that the US seems to be, but we still have a strong attraction to law-and-order.

Our prison population has traditionally been high, but as incarceration rates have grown in other countries we have kept our place in the leading pack (excluding the US which is in a league of its own). We imprison people at nearly twice the rate of Canada; 45% hi...

00:36

Were Firing Trillion Watt Lasers Into The Sky: Top Scientist Admits To Weather Modification On CBS "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the aftermath of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Jose brewing in the Atlantic, many people are looking for answers as to the increasingly volatile weather being witnessed. And while climate change is one potential cause, there are other lesser known activities that could potentially be playing a role []

00:12

With China in Mind, Japan, India Agree to Deepen Defense Ties "IndyWatch Feed National"

GANDHINAGAR, India The leaders of India and Japan agreed on Thursday to deepen defense ties and push for more cooperation with Australia and the United States, as they seek to counter growing Chinese influence across Asia.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived this week in his counterpart Narendra Modis home state, skipping the tradition of visiting the capital of New Delhi, for the tenth meeting between two leaders since Modi came to power in 2014.

Image result for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in india, photos

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Relations have deepened between Asias second and third largest economies as Abe and Modi, who enjoy a close personal relationship, increasingly see eye-to-eye to balance China as the dominant Asian power.

Almost everything that takes place during the visit, including economic deals, will in part be done with China in mind, Eurasia analysts said in a note.

Abes visit comes days after New Delhi and Beijing agreed to end the longest and most serious military confrontation along their shared and contested border in decades, a dispute that had raised worries of a broader conflict between the Asian giants.

In a lengthy joint statement, India and Japan said deepening security links was paramount. This included collaboration on research into unmanned ground vehicles and robotics and the possibility of joint field exercises between their armies.

There was also renewed momentum for cooperation with the United States and Australia. Earlier this year, India rejected an Australian request to be included in four-country naval drills for fear of angering Beijing.......

00:05

Canadian coyote survives being stuck on car "IndyWatch Feed National"

Coyote stuck on car

After the snowy owl and the Australian koala stuck in a car grill now, by Georgie Knox, from Alberta, Canada:

9 September at 12:13

Last week on my way to work in the early morning, a coyote darted in front of my car and I hit it. I heard a crunch and believed I ran over and killed it. Upon stopping at a traffic light by my work, a construction woman notified me that there was in fact a coyote still embedded in my car.

When I got out to look, this poor little guy was looking up and blinking at me. I notified Alberta fish and wildlife enforcement right away who came to rescue him. Miraculously, he was freed and had minimal injuries despite having hitched a ride from Airdrie to Calgary at highway speeds! Their biologist checked him over and gave him the good to go. They released him in Kananaskis. Clearly mother nature has other plans for this special little guy!


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Thursday, 14 September

23:49

If Psychiatrists Took Truth Serum, What Would They Say? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Do you know a psychiatrist/pediatrician who has treated half the kids in your town for ADHD for the past 20 years? Is there now a heroin epidemic in your town? If so, you may want to talk to him or her about his/her possible role in it. Before you do, you should know that psychiatrists dont use the same language that others do the meaning of what they say isnt always so clear. I can translate psychiatrist speak, since practicing within the field for over 30 years enabled me to gain easier insight than most people into understanding what their words really mean. Here are 13 examples:

If a psychiatrist says: Your son has a brain disease called ADHD. Its like having a Ferrari with bicycle brakes, he/she really means: Your son is perfectly fine; he just hasnt been raised yet. Its me who is sick. I suffer from EDHD (Ethical-Deficit Hypersedativity Disorder). I only told you that because a mechanic just told me that my Ferrari has CNSD (Car Not Starting Disorder), so I need money for a new one.

When psychiatrists say: We now know that childrens emotional/behavioral problems are not due to anything parents do or do not do, they really mean: We now know that we can make more money by lying and telling parents what they want to hear than by telling them the truth.

When a psychiatrist says: Your kid has a brain hard-wiring defect which impairs his/her ability to learn how to manage his/her temper/impulses, it really means: Of course your child can learn to alter his/her behavior; even simple animals like mollusks can. You shouldnt trust me so much.

When psychiatrists say: Kids with ADHD do better in school once they are treated, they really mean: We have managed to change Americas school motto from: If at first you dont succeed, try, try again to If at first you dont succeed, give up and get accommodations such as: Fewer correct answers may be required in order to achieve a test grade if a child has an ADHD diagnosis.

When psychiatrists say: ADHD symptoms will greatly improve with medication, and the earlier treatment begins, the better the outcome, they really mean: Weve succeeded in tricking parents into replacing child-raising with sedation from age six on, and are trying to get them to begin even earlier. We hope to someday tell pregnant moms whose babies kick a lot: Your fetus has ADHD.

When psychiatrists say: We now know that ADHD persists to adulthood, they really mean: We now know that treating ADHD effectively creates lifelong clients, since kids who are shot with daily tranquilizer darts never really mature; their wildness returns each time they awaken from it.

When psychiatrists say: You have a chemi...

23:45

Watch As No-Nonsense Dad Calmly Shuts Down Daughters Temper Tantrum "IndyWatch Feed National"

When it come to parenting, there are often are no easy answers. Most parents say theyve learned the best parenting techniques that work for them by trial and error. They learn as they go along. While one approach might not work for every parent, one dad found an effective way to handle his daughters tantrums []

23:21

Greens Senator "I have never been more angry" over laughter at motion to honour climate scientists "IndyWatch Feed National"

I've never been more angry in the Senate than this. The govt openly laughed at my motion praising climate scientists. pic.twitter.com/dNQMwPSeBy Peter Whish-Wilson (@SenatorSurfer) September 14, 2017

22:41

Apple phones designed to only last one year "IndyWatch Feed National"


How 'dodgy' is the company Apple?

It manufactures its phones to only last a year so that the herd population can fork out another fist full of dollars ($AU1800).

No multi billion dollar class action lawsuit to teach the fraudsters at Apple a lesson ??? !!! ???

Please note: 
We do not recommend the purchase of Apple phones or other products.

See article from 13 Sep 2017 by thesun.co.uk of the headline:


DIE PHONE

The iPhone is only guaranteed to last for one YEAR, Apple admits in bombshell court documents

Do you remember the good old days were the appliances and gadgets you bought were meant to last a lifetime?


APPLE has revealed that its iPhones are only guaranteed to last for one year.

The tech giant said its warranty only covers iPhones for 12 months of use, meaning that anyone whose device fails outside this window will have to stump up repair costs unless they have paid for an extended warranty.



Smug Samsung, Motorola, HTC and OnePlus fans will be pleased to hear the news about Apple's short life expectancy

Apple prides itself on quality, design and value for money.

But it turns out the exact guaranteed life expectancy of an iPhone is a lot shorter than you'd hope - especially if you're planning on forking out 1,149 for its top range iPhone X.

Apple says that it is only responsible for ensuring the phones last just one year - the default warranty you get upon purchase.

The details were revealed thanks to a class action lawsuit that was launched after several iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones began suffering from "touch disease".

Touchscreens on tens of thousands of the phones stopped working - and three law firms have taken Apple to court over it.

Publically, Apple h...

22:16

This Apple fanboy set up camp outside Apple store to be the first one to buy iPhone X "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This man in Australia has been camping outside Apple Store for 10 days, wants to be the first to buy new iPhone X

Apple fanboys have a reputation for being very, very loyal to Apple and iPhone. But do Apple fanboys really just buy anything Apple sells or they just make noise? Do they sing the praise of anything and everything Apple does?

Apparently, the answer to all the above questions is yes. Over the years since Apple introduced its first iPhone, we have had news of Apple fanboys doing amazing things to get their hands on the latest Apple product and 2017 September is no different.

This years Apple iPhone X launch saw one such Apple fanboy, Mazen Kourouche from Australia. Mazen owns a YouTube channel which has videos of various Apple products. This year as Tim Cook was launching iPhone X (pronounced iPhone Ten) in Cupertino, Mazen was doing something absolutely unbelievable. Mazen has been perched outside Sydneys flagship Apple store for a whopping 10 days to lay his hands on the new iPhone when it goes on sale on September 22 in Australia.

Mazens craziness about laying his hands on the new Apple iPhone 8 or iPhone X can be deduced from the fact that he refused $50,000 to give his perch to another Apple fanboy. Yes, Mazen refused $50,000 to give his seat in the line outside Apple Flagship Store in Sydney as he wants to ensure that he is the first customer not only in Sydney but in the world to buy the newly launched iPhone

What is more, Mazen has been live streaming his stay outside the Apple Flagship store on his YouTube channel.  He is also being helped by two of his friends who are making sure that Kourouche doesnt lose his spot as the first customer in line.

Yes, likes of Mazen do exist. Such is their love for Apple products that Samsung built a marketing campaign that portrayed iPhone users as mindless idiots. There is even a phrase Apple sheep used for Apple fanboys by Android users. Even Merriam-Webster got in on the action earlier this year when it used Apple fans as an example to illustrate the definition of the word sheeple.

We wish Mazen the Sheeple best of luck for his endeavor.

The post This Apple fanboy set up camp outside Apple store to be the first one to buy iPhone X appeared first on TechWorm.

22:14

SSM: John Howard criticises Malcolm Turnbull over handling of same-sex marriage postal survey "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard makes a good point in the Same Sex Marriage debate.

The point John Howard makes is that Australians dont know what theyre voting for, because the Australian government hasnt revealed details of what legislation would consist of, if there is a Yes vote.

If in doubt vote No.

All true Christians should vote No to gay marriage because gay marriage is against the teachings of the Holy Bible.

ABC NEWS Australia

Same Sex Marriage: John Howard criticises Malcolm Turnbull over handling of same-sex marriage postal survey

14 September 2017

 

Former prime minister John Howard has criticised the Turnbull Governments handling of the same-sex marriage survey, calling for the details of any bill to be released before the vote.

Key points:

  • PM has said Marriage Act will change before the end of the year if there is a Yes vote
  • Howard says Turnbull needs to spell out the details
  • Urges Government to protect parental rights and religious freedoms

In a statement, he said the Government was washing its hands of any responsibility to protect religious freedoms should the survey come back with a majority Yes vote.

Malcolm Turnbull has repeatedly said the Parliament will change the Marriage Act before the end of the year if there is a Yes vote, but hasnt provided any more details.

Liberal senator Dean Smith and a number of backbenchers have prepared a private members bill, but it is not confirmed whether this is the bill that would be in...

22:13

Gay marriage vote removes your rights as a mother or father "IndyWatch Feed National"

If passed through, the rights of 'parents' i.e. a mother (woman) and father (man) WILL be removed, and your son or daughter which at law are an entity called a 'child' will no longer exist.

You will no longer be a mother or father, son or daughter but rather 'people'.

What would be 'interesting' is seeing the writ for the vote.

Anyone care to grab a copy ??? !!! ???

See 'Exposure Draft' for the new (unlawfully enacted) law to be;


and can be downloaded directly from the link:

Exposure Draft - Marriage Amendment

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21:56

Reminder: Susan Rice Lied About Her Role In The Obama Admin Unmasking Scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

On March 22, Rep. Devin Nunes made his ham-fisted disclosure that the Obama administration had conducted incidental surveillance collection and unmasking of Trump administration officials. It was a revelation that ignited widespread criticism from nearly every corner of Washington

I have seen intelligence reports that clearly show that the president-elect and his team were, I guess, at least monitored, the House intelligence chairman said at the time. It looks to me like it was all legally collected, but it was essentially a lot of information on the president-elect and his transition team and what they were doing. Nunes went on to claim that the information was spread across a number of agencies and had little or no apparent intelligence value.

Perhaps Nunes reasons were partisan. Perhaps his framing was exaggerated. Well see. But if CNNs reporting is correct, everything Nunes claimed that day was basically true. Which is a lot more than we can say for others.

On the same day, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice was interviewed by PBSs Judy Woodruff and asked to respond to Nunes accusation that she had unmasked those Trump officials in the waning days of the Obama administration. Here is the exchange:

Woodruff: Weve been following a disclosure by the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, that in essence, during the final days of the Obama administration, during the transition, after President Trump had been elected, that he and the people around him may have been caught up in surveillance of foreign individuals in that their identities may have been disclosed. Do you know anything about this?

Rice: I know nothing about this. I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today.

As we now know, Rice wasnt surprised. At all. Wednesday, CNN reported that Obamas former national security adviser told House investigators that she had unmasked those senior Trump officials in an effort to understand why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates was in New York late...

21:40

And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda ~ John Williamson "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is my favourite rendition of this song, although quite a few country musicians have had a go, even Joan Baez.

Eric Bogle composed it.

I think it sounds best sung by an Australian, given its an Aussie song about Gallipoli our most famous war battle, which we lost to the Turks.

The colonials of Australian, New Zealand and Canada were sent as canon fodder by the British commanders up hill against the Turks 250,000 casualties on either side. Allied forces 46,000 casualties. Turks 65,000 casualties.

In all, some 480,000 Allied forces took part in the Gallipoli Campaign, at a cost of more than 250,000 casualties, including some 46,000 dead. On the Turkish side, the campaign also cost an estimated 250,000 casualties, with 65,000 killed.

A large number of men fighting in a relatively small area. Ive visited Gallipoli sombre and sad place.

 


21:26

Redgum I Was Only 19 (1983) "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is one of Australias most famous anti-war songs 1983.

Written ten years after the end of Vietnam.

My age group of Australian and New Zealander males born after 1955 dodged a bullet.

 

 


21:20

Midnight Oil US Forces "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aussie Rock 1985 songthe band disbanded while its lead singer Peter Garrett tried being a Federal politician (badly)Theyve reunited and are currently on a world tour.

 


21:17

Burning Seed "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"



Only a bit over a week away now!

21:15

Solid Rock by Goanna "IndyWatch Feed National"

80s Aussie Rockplay loud

Song about Australia and its vast Outback as large as US mainland and hardly inhabited cos its too harshand the ancient people who lived in the vast Australian wilderness for 80,000 years undisturbed, living off the landuntil the white sails camewhite men..white lawwhite guns

There were genocides of Aboriginal all over Australia, in a similar fashion to America.

In Tasmanian they were wiped out and relocated to an island off Hobart where most died.

Goanna the bands name is after the monitor lizard called Goanna, an Aboriginal name. They grow to 1.8 metres and are found in Australia and parts of SE Asia.

 


21:07

How Much US Aid Pledged to Syrian Kids Didnt Arrive? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Schoolgirls just outside Damascus, SyriaSchoolgirls just outside Damascus, Syria (Photo: SAMEER AL-DOUMY / AFP / Getty Images)

 

Millions of dollars of aid money bound for Syrian child refugees has vanished, says Human Rights Watch (HRW).

A large chunk of that is likely to be from American taxpayers and others in the West.

The money, pledged in 2016, was bound for schoolchildren living in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, but much of it never arrived, came late or remains untraceable because of poor reporting practices.

What is not clear from HRWs 55-page report is whether the donor states paid out the money in full or whether some of the cash simply disappeared en route.

More than half-a-million children had no schooling last year in large part because there was insufficient money available to pay for their education.

The US Agency for International Development reported that it provided development aid of US$248 million for education in Jordan, but its own aid tracking database only accounted for US$82 million, and a Jordanian government database listed only US$13 million received for education from the US in 2016, the HRW report states.

And that is just one example.

Human Rights Watch suggests much of the money pledged is simply not paid but also points to the lack of cohesive accounting of the entire system, including governments, aid agencies and others.

Despite global concern about Syrian refugee children, it is still impossible to find answers to basic questions about whether their key educational needs are being met, said Simon Rau, Mercator, a fellow at HRW. Donors should fix the transparency deficit that is undercutting their own support for Syrian chil...

21:02

Unseasonal snowfall continues at alpine resorts in Victoria, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Traditional springtime weather is yet to reach the snowfields, with snow still falling across alpine resorts. About 30 centimetres of snow was predicted across Thursday, Friday and into Saturday at Falls Creek. The resort received eight centimetres in 24 hours before Thursday, with average snow depths of 190cm. Mount Hotham received 15 cm in the 24 hours before Thursday morning with natural snow depths of 175 cm.

20:48

Four plot structures "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I. The Babadook
II. The Big Lebowski
III. Thelma and Louise
IV. Barton Fink

20:26

Governments hack your computer through Microsoft's vulnerabilities "IndyWatch Feed National"


Forget Russian children breaking out of kindergartens or hacking election results.

It's your 'friendly' federal governments that (unlawfully) hack into your PC, where they may even get a bit of help from the software manufacturers with the advent of back doors or even exploitable vulnerabilities.

It is only when they are 'busted' that a patch comes out in order to give the masses a sense of privacy, until the next vulnerability is detected (by those Russians?).

See article from 13 Sep 2017 by motherboard.com of the headline:

Researchers Catch Microsoft Zero-Day Used To Install Government Spyware


A cybersecurity firm has discovered yet another unknown vulnerability used to install government spyware. The vulnerability has now been patched.

Government hackers were using a previously-unknown vulnerability in Microsoft's .NET Framework, a development platform for building apps, to hack targets and infect them with spyware, according to security firm FireEye.

The firm revealed the espionage campaign on Tuesday, on the same day Microsoft patched the vulnerability. According to FireEye, the bug, which until today was a zero-day, was being used by a customer of FinFisher, a company that sells surveillance and hacking technologies to governments around the world.

Read more: For 20 Years, This Man Has Survived Entirely by Hacking Online Games

The hackers sent a malicious Word RTF document called ".doc" to a "Russian speaker," according to Ben Read, FireEye's manager of cyber espionage research. Read said FireEye doesn't know who t...

20:12

Is it OK? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

My friend Alex posted this chart on Facebook and asked if the RU OK? suicide prevention campaign might be ineffective.

The RU OK? day has been running since 2009 and the chart doesn't seem to make a conclusive link.

However there are plenty of studies that show copycat suicides are a phenomena.

Does talking about suicide contribute to it?

19:39

1) Apia confrontation highlights sensitivity over West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) Special Autonomy provides for rights justice, says Papuan legislator
3) Churches unimpressed by Indonesias comments on West Papua
4) SOLOMON ISLANDS: PUSH FOR WEST PAPUA RIGHTS RECOGNITION SUCCESSFUL
5) THE DEFENDANT OF BURNED SCRIPTURE INCIDENTS ASKED TO BE RELEASED
6) POLICE DEMOTE OFFICERS WHO FIRED AT PAPUAN CROWD
7) Gama Plantation: Building on deforestation and conflict
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19:37

Philippine President Duterte Has a Problem With Women More women turn against Dutertes war on drugs Were running a nation on Viagra, police killings a dreams of a better Marcos "IndyWatch Feed National"

DAVAO, Philippines/MANILA Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has a problem with women, says the woman who has known him longer than perhaps any other: his sister Jocellyn.

Hes a chauvinist, she told Reuters in a recent interview. When he sees a woman who fights him, it really gets his ire.

Then Jocellyn ran through a list of Dutertes female critics that included his vice president, a prominent senator who is now in jail and the head of the Philippines Supreme Court.

All three have sparred with Duterte after denouncing his brutal war on drugs, which has killed thousands of people in the Asian nation since he took office in June 2016.

Duterte has joked about rape, insulted the Pope and baffled friends and foes with often contradictory public statements. Neither this, nor his profanity-laden reactions to women critics, seem to have dented his popularity among Filipinos.

The 72-year-old president is a self-confessed womanizer who once told a large gathering of local officials, I cant imagine life without Viagra.

On the campaign trail last year, he joked about the gang rape of an Australian missionary who was killed in a prison riot. Speaking to Philippine troops in May, he said he would take responsibility for any rape they might commit.

But womens rights advocates also praise him for handing out free contraceptives in his hometown, Davao City, where he was mayor for 22 years, and for championing a reproductive health bill opposed by the countrys influential Catholic Church.

In a recent statement, even Human Rights Watch a fervent critic of the drug war acknowledged Dutertes strong support for legislation aimed at protecting and promoting women.......

18:41

Channel 7 Is Threatening To Sue New Matilda Because We Called Today Tonight Trashy "IndyWatch Feed National"

NOTE TO READERS: Weve launched a fundraising appeal to take on Channel 7 (and then media who target Muslims if Channel 7 doesnt proceed). Details here.

If media outlets were magnets for defamation lawsuits, then New Matilda would be a super conductor.

In less than 12 months, weve had seven defamation threats, including one from a Rabbi who publicly argued that same-sex attracted people should consider killing themselves, rather than engage in sex. He objected to us describing him as homophobic.

You cant make this stuff up.

A few months ago, we had four law firms pursue us over a single story an investigation into a Kazakhstan company that paid a British intelligence firm to spy on anti-asbestos activists around the world, including in Australia. Three of those law firms were from the United Kingdom. One of them was from Australia. Were investigating an official complaint against the latter for bullying more on that later.

And now, Channel 7 is threatening to sue. Yes, Channel 7. You might remember them from such recent headlines as Were seeking legal costs against a woman we tried to gag who had sex with our CEO for a couple years, and snorted a whole pile of cocaine with him.

New Matildas alleged offence? Columnist Michael Brull wrote this article in March, in which he trashed Today Tonight (yes, remarkably, they remain on the air in South Australia and WA) and its reporting around Muslims who are trying to take over the world or at least our small corner of the world.

Long story short its time to draw a line in the sand. Its hard enough running a tiny independent publication, let alone dealing with legal threats from organisations who should know better. And Im not referring to Channel 7 there why would anyone think they would know better?

As is New Matildas stated policy, we publish threats of defamation for our readers to behold. With that in mind, below is the concerns notice sent to us by Channel 7s lawyers. Below that is my reply. Admittedly, I was a little emotional when I wrote it.

As always, well keep you posted.

In the interim, weve launched a...

18:36

Donald Trump, top Democrats agree on deal to protect Dreamers, but no funding for wall "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

Donald Trump, top Democrats agree on deal to protect Dreamers, but no funding for wall

14 September 2017

 

 

US President Donald Trump has struck an immigration deal with opposition Democrats to protect thousands of younger immigrants from deportation but his much-vaunted border wall will not be part of the equation.

Key points:

  • New deal protects so-called Dreamers immigrants who were brought illegally into the US as children
  • Donald Trump bypassed Republicans to deal with Senate Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer
  • DREAM Act will provide eventual citizenship for young Dreamer immigrants

The agreement, brokered with top Senate Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, protects immigrants brought illegally into the US as children, the so-called Dreamers.

But it specifically does not include Mr Trumps long-sought border wall.

The deal would enshrine protections for the nearly 800,000 immigrants who benefited from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, created by former president Barack Obama, which Mr Trump announced he was ending.

The agreement was announced in a joint statement from Ms Pelosi and Mr Schumer following a dinner the pair had with Mr Trump at the White House.

It marks the second time in two weeks that Mr Trump has bypassed Republicans to deal with Ms Pelosi and Mr Schumer.

Mr Trump had given Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix before the statuses of Dreamers begin to expire.

We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a pac...

18:08

"Nothing Pains Some People..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

 "Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. 
There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. 
Nothing pains some people more than having to think."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

17:42

Canada - Moncton council to decide on whether to restore water fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed National"

MONCTON, N.B. Despite pleas from dentists to restore fluoride to the water supply in Moncton, N.B., at least one city councillor says he'll vote against it when council meets to make a decision next week.

Moncton ended fluoride use in 2011, and local dentist Suzanne Drapeau-McNally says she has seen a dramatic increase in tooth decay among young children ever since.
"Children who previously had no cavities, all of a sudden come in and have a higher number of decays," Drapeau-McNally said.
Moncton city council was supposed to make a decision this spring, but Coun. Shawn Crossman asked that the decision be delayed until Sept. 18 to gather more information.
Crossman said he spent the last seven months reading studies and listening to the public, and hasn't seen any evidence to prove that fluoride prevents tooth decay.
"There's nothing there that says fluoride is stopping tooth decay, absolutely nothing," he said.
"There's a much bigger picture here. Sugar is a factor, what do our diets look like, what is the person's overall health? There are other factors that contribute. Fluoride is not going to solve everybody's problems."

Crossman said in fact he has seen information that fluoride can be harmful to very young children.
Drapeau-McNally said fluoride is a natural element that protects tooth enamel against the acids that cause tooth decay, and she's seen no studies to show negative impact of 0.7 parts per million of fluoride in public water supplies.
"We have public health across the world and none have found evidence that community water fluoridation is harmful to health," Drapeau-McNally said.
"I remain solid that the scientific studies show the results are conclusive it is a win situation to add fluoride to our Moncton water," she said.
Last year, New Brunswick's chief medical officer of health and the New Brunswick Dental Society's board both came out in support of fluoridation.
"The value of water fluoridation should not be underestimated. The studies are clear and unequivocal and the benefits of fluoridation are well documented for all individuals in the community regardless of age, education, or socio-economic status," they wrote in a joint statement.

While federal and provincial governments set guidelines for fluoridation, the decision to use fluoride is left up to municipalities.
Brantford, Ont., became the first Canadian community to add fluoride in 1945, and many others followed. Health Canada reported in 2009, the last time it counted, that about 45 per cent of the population was drinking fluoridated water.
Big cities including Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Halifax and Winnipeg fluoridate. Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver don't, along with Waterloo and Windsor in southern Ontario.
City council in Saint John, N.B., voted against fluoride....

17:30

3,700-year-old Babylonian tablet rewrites the history of maths "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another take on this important artifact which also confirms my own speculations. What is described is a practical trig for builders in the form of useful ratios.

Recall that the lack of the zero made the use of ratios mandatory.  Thus such a trig table was inevitable.

 all good stuff.  At least it shows us a little of how it was all done.  I haveactually reconstructed much of all this but it is nioce to see confirmation.



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3,700-year-old Babylonian tablet rewrites the history of maths - and shows the Greeks did not develop trigonometry

The tablet is broken and probably had more rows, experts believe Credit: UNSW 

Sarah Knapton, Scie...

17:26

Evidence of volcanic eruptions under Antarctic Ice "IndyWatch Feed National"

In August, researchers at Edinburgh University announced that frigid West Antarctica is home to at least 138 volcanoes, all concealed within an ice sheet that's up to two kilometers thick in some places! The finding left Robert Bingham, one of the study's authors, with an urgent question. "The big question is: how active are these volcanoes? That is something we need to determine as quickly as possible," he told The Guardian. "If one of these volcanoes were to erupt it could further destabilise west Antarctica's ice sheets. Anything that causes the melting of ice - which an eruption certainly would - is likely to speed up the flow of ice into the sea." Luckily, Bingham didn't need to wait long for an answer. A team of scientists from New Mexico Tech, Dartmouth College, and Vermont Technical College has uncovered evidence of volcanic eruptions in ice cores taken from the West Antarctic ice sheet (WAIS). A paper describing their findings has just been published in Scientific Reports.

17:13

Whats So Great About Traditional Marriage Anyway? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dr Monica Campo sits firmly in the Yes camp, but that hasnt stopped her wondering what all the fuss is about marriage in the first place.

The No campaign and most notably ex PM Tony Abbott argue that same sex marriage will change the basis of traditional marriage, which will in turn fundamentally alter the foundations of family and of our society.

Take a closer look at those foundations of marriage and family, however, and there is not much to celebrate.

Marriage (in the West) had nothing to do with love, but was historically a state-based contract to enable men to gain control and rights over women and children, to secure property, create strategic allegiances between powerful families, and to ensure reproduction of workers for the burgeoning capitalist economy. Indeed, early laws against sodomy in Europe were not based on morality or religion, but instead on the economics of reproduction. As Sophie Monk and Joni Pit argue compulsory heterosexuality is one of the techniques of bourgeois power deployed to ensure the proletariat reproduces itself.

Sparkke-Shop-Say-I-Do-New

Second wave feminists were critical of marriage arguing that it was the cornerstone of patriarchy, rendered women reliant on men for their livelihood, and, as Carol Pateman argued, a form of sexual servitude. Until fairly recently, it was legally impossible for a husband to be convicted of raping his wife because marriage was seen as contract that obliged sex to ones spouse. In Australia, rape in marriage was legal until 1994 (in the Northern Territory, though other states criminalised it earlier).

With some notable exceptions, few contemporary feminists remain openly critical of marriage. Meagan Tyler argues that in the current climate of choice feminism, being critical of the institution of marriage is construed as an attack on womens rights to make individual choices. The context of these choices (patriarchal capitalism) is forgotten, ignored or decried as outdated and given over to a view that marriage c...

16:53

Im fine, Tonys here "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Possibly the most misunderstood person in politics today: Hunter Valley Bushfire: Hunter Valley homes at risk, Tony Abbott joins fire fight.

Tony Abbott has been hailed as a hero after saving a house from ember attack while battling a bushfire burning near his Sydney northern beaches electorate of Warringah.

This afternoon embers from the Beacon Hill bushfire ignited local resident Barry Cafes fence.

Mr Cafe told local paper the Manly Daily that it wasnt every day that a former prime minister saves your home.

I told everybody, Im fine, Tonys here, he said.

Hes a top bloke We couldnt do without them (the Rural Fire Service).

16:38

Gillard's x partner Bruce Wilson linked to murder - .357 Magnum round left on car "keep your mouth shut or you'll get one of these" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bruce Morton WILSON, Julia Gillard's lover and partner for at least 4 years - in action outside the Trade Union Royal Commission. Former union boss linked to murder The Australian 3:16PM September 14, 2017 WA Chief Reporter Perth @AndrewBurrell7 Julia Gillards ex-boyfriend, former union boss Bruce Wilson, has been sensationally...

16:30

The Internet Is The Next Frontier In Making The World Accessible To All "IndyWatch Feed National"

As the Trump administration and Congress push to limit the Americans with Disabilities Act, others are pushing to expand the acts provisions to the entire web.

Passed 27 years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act mandates equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. Title III of the ADA specifically mandates that all public and private institutions and spaces render themselves accessible to those with sensory, cognitive, and physical limitationsthink of Braille on store signs, sound-enabled walk signals, on-ramps carved into sidewalks. But over the past year and a half, a string of lawsuits filed on behalf of people with disabilities against companies indicates that one crucial space has been bypassed in effectively interpreting the purpose of the ADA: the internet.

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16:29

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cuba Says Good Health in Bad Weather
Instructions for the National Health Service were clear: ensure the necessary conditions to continue providing medical services across the entire country, and protect material resources in hospitals and healthcare institutions

Lisandra Farias Acosta | lisandra@granma.cu
September 13, 2017 13:09:19

Firefighters working to clear water from the basement area of the Ameijeiras Hospital. Photo: Nuria Barbosa

Its just after 6pm on September 11, and theres an unusual sense of calm at the normally busy Hermanos Ameijeiras Hospital.

There are currently no patients at the health center, located only a short distance from Havanas waterfront Malecon.

The Ameijeiras, hard hit by Irma, has been completely evacuated.

Its difficult to picture the reception area empty, except for one staff member at her work station graciously answering every phone call; explaining to the population why the hospital is closed, telling them to call back for updates.

I hope she knows that we have come to report on how one of the countrys principal health institutions is coping after Hurricane Irma. She stops answering calls for a moment to tells us that in the 19 years she has worked at the hospital, she has never experienced a situation like this before, and much less one that has caused the center to close. This is a first.

According to damage reports by the Ministry of Public Health, the basement of the building is flooded with one meter 20 centimeters of contaminated water, too much to pump out and affecting nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, clinical-laboratory, x-ray and out-patient surgery services.

The record level of sea water, caused by storm surges the principal cause of damage, even more than the wind to have penetrated the hospital since it was founded, was one meter 12 centimeters. But Irma surpassed all predictions. According to our most recent estimates, there is currently one meter 50 centimeters of water. The basement area is still completely flooded, and the polyclinics are practically inaccessible, stated Dr. Rigoberto Garca Gmez, deputy director of teaching and research at the Hermanos A...

16:28

Premiere: Pastel shades and declarations of love in Felix Lushs Juliette video "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Photo by Alex Wall

Since his time in Bearhug and Claire & the Cops, Felix Lushs bedroom-pop has recieved big love. With his new material, he continues to take us into an 80s synth pop dreamworld. This is on full display in his new video for Juliette, which were stoked to be premiering here.

Returning after his 2016 debut EP State of Mind, this wonderfully romantic synth jam sees Felix Lush get sentimental with a mega-sweet ode to his love for IRL girlfriend and the songs namesake.

Of the new track, he says:

The song is my love song dedication to my girlfriend. Sometimes I think people are worried about being outright about love but its important to tell that special someone how much they mean. Juliette is for every dorky kid out there who just wants to tell their partner how much they mean to them.

*heart eyes*

Featuring Felix Lush together with Juliette herself, the accompanying video, directed by Courtney Brookes, is a pastel-filled visual delight. It flicks us through channels featuring other, slick looking familiar faces of local music, including Hamish Dobinson of Flowertruck, David Gauci of Death Bells and Spike Vincent. This is put together with darling couple montages and florals out of some kind of candy coloured daydream.

We definitely feel the love, and think you will too.

Felix Lush is on the road supporting The Creases in Melbourne and Sydney and is set to tour with I Know Leopard and These New South Whales. Check out the video and tour details below.

WHO: The Creases with Felix Lush
WHERE: The Lair at The Metro Theatre Sydney
...

16:16

The Fleurieu Folk Festival Announces Headliners for 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Image Courtesy of Co-chel South Australias premiere folk festival, the Fleurieu Folk Festival, has announced a bunch of really exciting headliners for its 2017 event. This years Fleurieu Folk Festival will feature Kristina Olsen (USA), Ken Nicol (UK), Greg Champion, Co-chel (above), The BordererS, Tom Richardson, Alan Gogoll and Fiona Ross (UK). There obviously a []

15:36

German Hyperinflation & What They Do Not Teach in School "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Dear Marty

Following your blog is a good way to counter the propaganda in our society.

Today you stated:

This was the fate of the hyperinflation in Germany. It was NOT the Quantity of Money theory, it was the fact that there was a 1918 Communist Revolution in Germany where they had even asked the Communist Russians to take over Germany. It was the collapse in CONFIDENCE that led to the hyperinflation.

Living in the UK, with German friends, I do not know any person who is aware of this and they would not believe that Germany nearly became communist if I told them. This is not taught at school anywhere.

Can you point me to some literature or other sources where we can find out more about what happened with the communists in Germany and elsewhere in Europe? I know they are making a resurgence at present (Think the EU!)

Thanks for all you do

SP

Wilheim II (1914) 20 mark

ANSWER: Curious. I know that in Germany they do not really teach the details of the rise of Hitler. But he was the ultimate reaction to the events of the 1920s. There is a good book on the subject, but it is in German ...

15:35

Mens cricket squad gearing up for next years tour of England "IndyWatch Feed National"

AUSTRALIAS most promising Indigenous male cricketers have just completed an exhausting series of matches in Brisbane and the Queensland Sunshine Coast. The national Indigenous mens squad played matches over eight rounds, playing against Queensland, Papua New Guinea, Victoria and the national performance squad. Missing from the Indigenous squad was international Dan Christian. He has been busy overseas, first helping Notts win the NatWest T20 final in England, and then being drafted by the Tinbago Knight Riders, who won the Carribean Premier League (CPL). Christian next year will lead an Indigenous Australian team on a tour of England to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Aboriginal team that became the first sporting team from Australia to tour internationally.

15:31

The Bank that was Small Enough to Jail "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Marty; there is another documentary on the Abacus Bank and how they were singled out and charged for the 2007-2009 crash. While they said this was a tiny banks for immigrants that was too  Small Enough to Jail, I found this offensive that they said it was the first bank to be indicted since 1991. Not even Matt Taibbi ever would report on your case and your film was blocked in the USA because it opened the door to political intervention into Russia by the banksters. I believe HSBC and Republic Bank were charged criminally in your case so there was another bank charged after 1991 but nobody will report it. Am I correct? Has Steve Jame or Matt Taibbi  ever contacted you?

ANSWER: As far as I am aware, neither Matt Taibbi  nor Steve Jame ever contacted me. You have to look at what and how the government prosecuted the bank in my case. The bank did not plead guilty, it was the holding company that owned the bank Republic New York Corporation. Then they steered the case to the only Federal Judge who was blind Richard Casey (who died shortl...

15:03

Brian Houston on Twitter: I will be voting Yes and No in the upcoming Australian postal vote on gay marriage "IndyWatch Feed National"

BIG AUSTRALIAN GAY MAN: POPE BRAIN OF HELL$ONGWILL YOU BE VOTING YES OR NO IN THE UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN POSTAL BALLOT ON GAY MARRIAGE

14:30

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 4.10 AUD
Converter

14:23

Dear Jamie Dimon: Predict the Crash that Takes Down Your Produces-Nothing, Parasitic Bank and We'll Listen to your Bitcoin "Prediction" "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the begging-for-the-overthrow-of-a-corrupt-status-quo economy we have thanks to the Federal Reserve giving the J.P. Morgans and Jamie Dimons of the world the means to skim and scam the bottom 95%.
Dear Jamie Dimon: quick quiz: which words/phrases are associated with you and your employer, J.P. Morgan? Looting, pillage, rapacious, exploitive, only saved from collapse by massive intervention by the Federal Reserve, the source of rising wealth inequality, crony capitalism, privatized profits-socialized losses, low interest rates = gift from savers to banks, bloviating overpaid C.E.O., propaganda favoring the financial elite, tool of the top .01%, destroyer of democracy, financial fraud goes unpunished, free money for financiers, debt-serfdom, produces nothing of value to society or the bottom 99.5%.
Jamie, if you answered "all of them," you're correct. The only reason you have a soapbox from which you can bloviate is the central bank (Federal Reserve) saved you and your neofeudal looting machine (bank) from well-deserved oblivion in 2008-09, and the unprecedented, co-ordinated campaign by global central banks to buy trillions of dollars of bonds and stocks.
...

14:06

Chair "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Press Council

13:37

Sparkling sun halo seen over central Queensland "IndyWatch Feed National"

Agnes & 1770 residents were left marveling at a strange weather pattern which formed a "halo" around the sun over the Discovery Coast yesterday. Ruth Geck took these photos and shared them on Facebook, prompting excited reactions from others who had seen the phenomenon. Some blamed it on "geo-engineering" - but meteorologist Annabelle Ford, from the Bureau of Meteorology's Brisbane office, confirmed it was an entirely natural effect. "This is a good example of a 'halo'," Ms Ford told The Observer after seeing the pictures.

13:31

Tim Wilson MP wrote to me this morning after I criticised his colouring-in book. Here's my response. "IndyWatch Feed National"

(digital reconstruction from original elements in Tim's book) Tim Wilson MP, Liberal MP for Goldstein wrote to me and some of our readers this morning. DM me your address and I'll send you a copy. I think you'll find they are quite good. pic.twitter.com/QFrIXGrt1A Tim Wilson MP (@timwilsoncomau) September...

13:30

Monsantos GMO Harm and Corruption is Abominable "IndyWatch Feed National"

The decision to eat or not eat GMOs is only a small reason behind why I vehemently support the labeling of genetically modified foods and hold deep contempt for the biotech industry as a whole.

Monsanto and the rest of the land rapers have desecrated the islands of Oahu and Molokai so far. I recently spoke with friends on the island of Kauai who have expressed grave concern.

People there are getting sick and many believe that their sickness is being caused by impacts of growing GMOs.

Yet, when asking Monsanto and the like to disclose what chemicals and in what quantities they are spraying, their answers are vague, if at all.


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12:46

The Dark Side of the Same Sex Marriage Plebiscite "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Global Freedom Movement.

Is the same sex marriage plebiscite what its cracked up to be? Australia, if the plebiscite is supposedly about marriage equality for same sex marriage (gay marriage which most of us are fine with and couldnt care less about), why are they planning to LEGISLATE for ALL of the dozens of invented gender fluid []

The article The Dark Side of the Same Sex Marriage Plebiscite appeared first on Global Freedom Movement.

12:45

Listen to the New John Butler Trio Single Bully "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Image Courtesy of John Butler Trio The John Butler Trio recently released their latest, stand-alone single Bully. The track was recorded back in 2016 and was released as the John Butler Trio work on their new album. In the wake of the recent deplorable and gut wrenching event in Charlottesville, Virginia USA and Australias []

12:36

earthcore in the park nsw crew takeovers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Our first earthcore in the park 2017 NSW crew stage takeover announcements are in!

boss bass

Introducing Boss Bass who will be hosting the Basscore 2017 in the NSW Courtyard! Best known for their 5 year strong monthly Chinese Laundry Friday night residency, Boss Bass have hosted some of the biggest and best names in the business.
read on

hypnotic events

Known for their large scale indoor events and previously unattainable lineups, Hypnotic Events follow on from Zac Slades highly successful brand Sydney Trance offering the Sydney club scene a taste of psychedelic music, lifestyle & culture.
read on

The post earthcore in the park nsw crew takeovers appeared first on earthcore.

12:34

Say Hello to the Collective Shaman (Hint: You Are Part of It) "IndyWatch Feed National"

The role of the Shaman in the original peoples is to resolve issues of the tribe that other members were unable to rectify themselves. They heal, they influence, they transform, otherwise known as the art of magic. Traditional and contemporary shamans do this by consciously venturing into the non-physical realm a practice called journeying to dance with the spirits of their ancestors and their land to find answers to their current affairs, and assist the energetic rivers to flow in more desired directions.

Entire cultures progressively lost their connection to themselves, each other and nature, as well as their personal exploration of esoterica. The war on metaphysics advanced. A philosophical disease called materialism took a toxic grip after industrialisation, consumerism and the technological explosion saturated peoples minds and hearts with predominately mundane and destructive conceptions of reality.

Communities were now highly fragmented and the majority of people were sucked into urbanised enslavement.

But then the internet was created. An unprecedented moment occurred in humanitys (known) history where information was being shared instantaneously to all areas of our planet, resulting with a significant amplification of cross-cultural ideas and behaviours.

A human culture, not an ethnic or regional one, was being birthed (or simply remembered).

...

12:22

Pushing the audience: the Sydney Underground Film Festival "IndyWatch Feed National"

SUFF seeks to program independent international and local films that wont make it to a cinema. But this does not mean that they are all low-budget, lo-fi or unheard of. Weve had films from Cannes, weve had films from Berlin and South By Southwest these are films that have played at major world festivals its not the sideshow part of the film festival. Here, they are marginalised.

12:18

MACKAY Airlie painter spat half-eaten sandwich at hospital worker "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 14, 2017 at 08:07AM ,

Airlie painter spat half-eaten sandwich at hospital worker

September 14, 2017 at 08:07AM ,

Keith Stephen Johnson, 38, from Airlie Beach faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to serious assault of a public officer.

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MACKAY Woman accused of making, sharing child exploitation material "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 13, 2017 at 05:41PM ,

Woman accused of making, sharing child exploitation material

September 13, 2017 at 05:41PM ,

The 40-year-old, who we cannot name to protect the identity of others involved, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. She appeared via

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12:12

Sydney Fringe Festival 2017 Interview with Betty Grumble "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Performance Artist Betty Grumble joined Bibi & The Big Blue to talk about her recent tour of International Fringe Festivals around The Globe. They also discuss the wider Global Community in relation to Australia; our development as a modern society reflecting and practicing equality & a Fair Go for All Citizens Betty & Bibi touch on the contrasts in our local societywhere the old conservative ideas are currently reflecting a fear of change.

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