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Friday, 19 January


People Find Wild Lobster With Eeriest 'Tattoo' On His Shell "IndyWatch Feed National"

A lot of people have no idea just how much garbage there is in the ocean it tends to drift to the shores of distant islands, or merge in free-floating patches of tiny "microplastics"  but what a fisherman recently pulled out of waters near New Brunswick, Canada, made the sheer scale of ocean pollution impossible to ignore.

Karissa Lindstrand was loading trapped lobsters into a crate when she spotted something eerily familiar on one claw. 

I was like: Oh, thats a Pepsi can, Lindstrand, who drinks several cans of Pepsi per day, told The Guardian. It looked like it was a print put right on the lobster claw.

No one is sure exactly how the fragmentary image, which appears to be the top part of a can of Pepsi, got there but Lindstrand noted the pixels of the image and observed that it couldn't have come from cardboard packaging because paper would have disintegrated in the water. 

One thing is for sure: This tattooed lobster is, unfortunately, far from being alone in living among human trash. 

The Pepsi-tattooed lobster is an excellent example of just how polluted our oceans have become and how damaging trash can be to marine wildlife," Elizabeth Murdock, director of the Pacific Ocean initiative for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), told The Dodo. "Recent studies show that most sea turtles, albatross and other marine animals have ingested plastic, which can kill our beloved marine life."



Ein Polizist in Rheinland-Pfalz hat wegen eines Knllchens ... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ein Polizist in Rheinland-Pfalz hat wegen eines Knllchens ber 20 seinen Job verloren. Er hat das Verwarngeld von dem Autofahrer direkt vor Ort kassiert, eine falsche Quittung ausgestellt, und die Kohle eingesteckt.

Das Verwaltungsgericht attestiert dem Mann ein hohes Ma an Pflichtvergessenheit. Zwar sei der finanzielle Schaden gering, doch die Integritt und Vertrauenswrdigkeit des gesamten ffentlichen Dienstes werde durch solche Aktionen nachhaltig geschdigt. Hinzu kam noch, dass der Beamte schon frher negativ aufgefallen war. Unter anderem hatte er unberechtigt Daten aus den Polizeidatenbanken abgerufen.
Bei allem rger ber sich gegenseitig deckende Prgelcops: Auch den Fall gibt es, dass jemand im Dienst fr sein Vergehen bestraft wird.


Tennis great Margaret Court, a long-time Christian takes defiant stance against gay marriage "IndyWatch Feed National"

Margaret Court takes defiant stance



Lifeguard-piloted drone rescues teenagers from drowning in 'world first' (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed National"

A pair of teenagers, who got into difficulty while swimming off the Australian coast, were saved by a lifeguard-piloted drone in what is thought to be a world first. Pals Gabe Vidler and Monty Greeslade reportedly got into difficulty in a three meter (10ft) swell at Lennox Head beach, an area popular with surfers south of Brisbane, on Thursday. In a fortunate coincidence, lifeguards at the the beach were just then preparing for a training mission in the use of drones for rescuing stranded swimmers. At about 11:30am local time, a beachgoer noticed that the two 17 year olds were in trouble in the water and alerted lifeguards, who put their training into practice. Within minutes, they located the pair with the UAV and deployed the drone's rescue pod.


Tucker takes on illegal immigrant lawyer Caser Vargas(VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fox News' Tucker Carlson took on illegal immigrant lawyer Cesar Vargas Monday, and it didn't go great for Vargas. Carlson first asked Vargas, "Let me ask you a really simple question. If more immigration always makes the country richer, then why does the state with the most immigration, which is California, keep getting poorer? It now has more poverty than any state. One out of five Californians is poor. If immigration makes us richer, why is California getting poorer? What is the answer to that I wonder?" Vargas answered, "Well I would just say that California has a surplus of more than $10 billion into their state economy. Why? Because many factors. But, because it's a welcoming state..." "Wait a second. Wait a second," The Daily Caller co-founder replied, adding, "California's gotten poorer -- one in five Californians is poor. That was not the case when I grew up in California. It has the most immigration. So if immigration always makes us more prosperous, why is the opposite happening in California? It's a very simple question."


Did Bannon slip? Mentioned conversations about Trump Tower meeting to House Intel Committee "IndyWatch Feed National"

As discussed earlier, one of the major concerns about Steve Bannon's closed-door testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, is that he refused to discuss any of the things that were of biggest interest to his interrogators. As we reported, Bannon invoked executive privilege during his meeting to avoid sharing details about his time in the Trump administration, where he served as chief strategist, or during the presidential transition. In fact, Bannon reportedly stopped answering questions once his lawyers had alerted the White House that the scope of the House panel's questions would be expanded to include his time in the White House. However, as Axios reports, Bannon made one conspicuous slip up: he admitted that he'd had conversations with Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer and legal spokesman Mark Corallo about Don Junior's meeting with the Russians in Trump Tower in June 2016. As a reminder, this is the meeting that Bannon allegedly told Michael Wolff was "treasonous", and led to the violent fallout in relations between Trump and Bannon. This matters because the meeting - and the subsequent drafting of an allegedly misleading statement on Air Force One - has become one of the most important focal points of the Russia investigations, both on Capitol Hill and within Robert Mueller's team, as it provides the closest thing that exists to evidence that the Trump campaign was willing to entertain collusion with Russians, according to Axios' Jonathan Swan. Bannon immediately realized he'd slipped up and disclosed conversations he wasn't supposed to discuss, because they happened while he was chief strategist in the White House. Throughout the rest of the session, committee members - in particular Republican Trey Gowdy and Democrat Adam Schiff - hammered Bannon over the fact that he'd mentioned those conversations but refused to discuss anything else about his time in the White House. This is also why the pressure on Bannon to disclose all he knows will only grow, and also why Mueller will be especially interested in what he has to say.


Actor Josh Radnor & Musician Ben Lee: Material Success Is Not The Answer "IndyWatch Feed National"

You might be here because you are a How I Met Your Mother Fan, or maybe you have fond memories of blasting Catch My Disease in your car on a hot summer day. Whatever the reason may be, you are about to discover a lesser-known side to actor-writer-director Josh Radnor and Australian singer-songwriter Ben Leewho now form the musical duo Radnor & Lee.

In this very first episode of Uplifted Lifes new Redefining Success Podcast, Kosta Stoyanoff and I had the privilege of having a conversation with both of them over Skype only a few days before they left for their Brazil tour. We talked about their new musical venture, the effects of having achieved success and fame at a young age, what true success ought to be, spirituality, self-development and more! Playing the hosts was definitely out of our comfort zones but we are glad we did it and were able to extract some valuable insights from these two awesome human beings..

Our intention with the Redefining Success Podcast is to collect gems of wisdom from individuals who see beyond our cultures materialistic idea of success and have discovered a more fulfilling, whole and healthy view of what it means to lead a truly successful life. We believe that doing our part in helping rewrite the cultural story surrounding success can inspire a positive change in how we lead our livesfrom our relationships to the way we do business.

Like Uplifted Life for more uplifting content and stay tuned for more episodes!


Redefining Success: Josh Radnor & Ben Lee

You might know Josh Radnor from How I Met Your Mother and Ben Lee for his unforgettable hit songs, but do you know they also form the band Radnor & Lee and have a profound message to share with the world?Check out the very firs...


Fancy Bears leaks reveal WADA doping kits broke at Rio Olympics, offered athletes money to act as whistleblowers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Doping sample bottles used by the World Anti-Doping Agency at the Rio 2016 Olympics had a tendency to break when opened, a fresh batch of leaked emails, obtained by RT via the Fancy Bears hacking group, revealed. The Rio doping laboratory head, Francisco Radler de Aquino Neto, described a "weird situation" with the kits produced by Swiss company, Berlinger, in a July 2016 letter obtained by the hackers. "The Rio2016 [sic] Berlinger bottles seem not all to be standard and did not fit in the Berlinger openers. Forcing them resulted in breakage of the cap and sometimes it cannot [sic] be used to close the A bottle after aliquoting, e.g., photos in annex. Does Berlinger has a record of this kind of non-conformity?" The answer, if any was given, has not been revealed. This casts doubt on WADA's claims that Russian intelligence agents managed to swap samples during the home Sochi 2014 Games, getting away with only microscopic scratch marks on the bottles. That's what Richard McLaren, in charge of the investigation into Russia's supposed doping scheme, claims to have discovered to back up his accusations - while it now turns out that WADA officials, equipped with the patented tool for the job, can't open those same bottles without breaking them.


How the South Pacific Countries Are Selling Their Votes "IndyWatch Feed National"


Here it goes again! Several countries of Oceania (also known as South Pacific Nations), or however you want to call that vast, beautiful but thoroughly devastated part of the world, have voted for Israel, for the United States proposed resolution at the United Nations, and therefore, against Palestine.

As reported on December 22, 2017 by Al Jazeera:

The United Nations General Assembly has voted by a huge majority to declare a unilateral US recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital null and void.

At an emergency session of the General Assembly on Thursday, 128 countries voted in favour of a resolution rejecting US President Donald Trumps controversial decision on December 6.

Nine countries voted against, while 35 abstained.

Trump had earlier threatened to cut aid to UN members who would vote against his decision.

Did scarcely inhabited island-nations that are lost in the middle of a tremendous body of water, go crazy?

After all those horrific nuclear experiments committed there, against their people, by the United States, France and the UK; could local people sincerely believe that the truth as seen from Washington is the only legitimate truth on Earth?

After the naked modern day colonialism, which is being implemented by Australia, New Zealand, and France, and, of course, by the United States, have the people of Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia become blind?

After total dependency, after decades of humiliation and virtual slavery, do the inhabitants of Oceania believe that their fellow victims in Palestine do not have the right to live in their own state, without barbed wire; that they shouldnt have their own historical capital?

The answer to all these question is, actually: No.

They do what they are doing simply and only because they have no choice.


When working on my book Oceania, travelling all over the South Pacific, I visited a....


Details of Bannon's testimony to Mueller remain 'top secret' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is being questioned as part of the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, but few details of his testimony have been made public. Bannon reportedly struck a deal to testify before the staff of special counsel Robert Mueller, after the House Intelligence Committee slapped him with a subpoena over his refusal to answer a number of questions, claiming executive privilege. This is the second subpoena issued to Bannon following a reported summons from a Mueller-impaneled grand jury.


Election 2018: Stop the 'streamlining': Restore our city and our parks with public transport "IndyWatch Feed National"

VicRoads recently closed down Hoddle Street for a week to work on streamlining the corridor. The project is expected to continue for the rest of 2018.

"Streamlining" in this case is a euphemism for increasing the capacity of Hoddle Street for higher volumes of vehicle traffic every day. Whilst dedicated bus lanes are part of the project the Andrews government intends that the overwhelming future growth in traffic movements will be passenger cars.

The project was previously under serious consideration by the Brumby Labor government which lost office in 2010. It was sidelined by the incoming Baillieu government which, at least initially, sensibly "parked" the project with a view to, at last, building a rail line to Doncaster Hill instead. That did not materialise in the wake of an inadequate analysis that contemplated a rail line from Melbourne CBD, not to the major passenger destination of Doncaster Hill, but to the "Park and Ride" at the intersection of the Eastern Freeway and Doncaster Road in Doncaster.

The fact is that increasing road capacity at the expense of public transport, as the Hoddle Street streamlining project does, is far less space efficient than increased public transport capacity. One fully loaded train carries about as many people as one freeway lane occupied by passenger vehicles in a whole hour. The successor Napthine government's favourite, if critically flawed infrastructure project, the proposed East West Link, would have sacrificed significant open space, including much of the priceless parkland of Royal Park for a "spaghetti junction" with the Tullamarine Freeway in Parkville.

Importantly, it would have also absorbed the median strip on the Eastern Freeway between Hoddle Street and Bulleen Road for additional vehicle lanes. As this space has for years been earmarked for a rail line to Doncaster it would have dealt a severe, if not terminal, blow to the promise of an acceptable public transport service for residents of Melbourne's north eastern suburbs who have no tram or train services.

As we head into this 2018 election year we have a deep obligation to put a stop to this freeway madness and the serial sidelining of public transport by the major parties. There is no sign yet, though, that they have heard the message. If the status quo were to be maintained we also face the futu...


Black swan in the Netherlands "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 16 January 2018 video shows a black swan from the De Kluut hide at Hellegatsplaten in the Netherlands.

Black swans are originally from Australia.


Nuclear-capable B-52 bombers join B-2s, B-1Bs on Guam amid tensions with North Korea "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Jesse Johnson, January 16, 2018

From Japan Times

 The U.S. Air Force announced Tuesday that it has deployed six of its powerful B-52 strategic bombers to Guam amid tensions with nuclear-armed North Korea.

The six planes, accompanied by 300 airmen, join three of the air forces B-2 stealth bombers that were also recently dispatched to the U.S. island territory, home to Andersen Air Force Base, a key American outpost in the Pacific.

The base is also currently hosting several B-1B heavy bombers. While both the B-52 and B-2 are capable of carrying nuclear payloads, the B-1B has been modified to carry conventional ordinance only.

The deployment, conducted in support of U.S. Pacific Commands (PACOM) Continuous Bomber Presence mission, according to a U.S. Pacific Air Forces statement, is likely to raise eyebrows in North Korea, which last year threatened to fire missiles near Guam.

The B-52s were last deployed to the region in July 2016, during which they conducted a variety of joint and bilateral training missions with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Air Self-Defense Force, South Korean Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force.

The move, widely seen as a show of American military muscle, was likely intended to reassure Asian allies nervous amid the North Korean nuclear crisis.

The B-52Hs return to the Pacific will provide U.S. PACOM and its regional allies and partners with a credible, strategic power projection platform, while bringing years of repeated operational experience, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said in its statement.

This forward deployed presence demonstrates the U.S. continued commitment to allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region, it added.

It was unclear how long the base, some 3,400 km from North Korea, would play host to all three bombers.

Overflights of the Korean Peninsula by heavy bombers such as the B-52, B-2 and B-1B have incensed Pyongyang. The North sees the flights by what it calls the air pirates of Guam...


Who Really Defeated ISIS? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who Really Defeated ISIS?

EDITOR'S CHOICE | 08.01.2018

Who Really Defeated ISIS?

David William PEAR
Who defeated the Islamic State In Syria?
Before answering that question. What is the ISIS? Can the public overcome its chronic amnesia and think back to the sudden appearance of ISIS dressed in brand new black uniforms, gleaming white NIKE's and driving Toyota trunks? They seemed to appear out of nowhere in 2014. ISIS looked as if it were a mirage when it appeared, or more likely a CIA staged scene from Hollywood.
No sooner had ISIS appeared than it went on a head chopping binge that repulsed and frightened the US public. Washington officials, including Secretary of State John Kerryrang the alarm that this hoard of Islamic crazies wanted to invade the US and...


Aquatic life is at risk as carbon levels rise "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aquatic life is at risk as carbon levels 

Marine and freshwater fish could one day be in trouble as ever-rising levels of carbon dioxide affect aquatic life.
By Tim Radford

LONDON, 18 January, 2018
  New studies warn that global warming is not good news for aquatic life, putting at risk the creatures both of the seas and of inland waterways.
Experiments in Australia confirm that increased temperatures driven by ever-rising atmospheric levels of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide reduce the flow of energy up the marine food web, which would be bad news for the oceans top predators and some prized fish catches.
Another study finds that ever-greater levels of dissolved ...


NSW jobs growth on steroids "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Records blown up

Wow, another big beat for employment, increasing +37,700 to a fresh high of 12,440,800. 

That makes 2017 the biggest year on record for employment growth at +403,700, with the survey recording 15 consecutive monthly gains for the first time in four decades. 

Better still,  of the growth was in full-time jobs. 

Annual employment growth was the biggest ever for a calendar year, then, while in percentage terms the growth rate just rounded down to +3.3 per cent, absolutely miles above the 20-year average of +1.9 per cent. 

Female participation rose to the highest level on record, while the participation rate snapped higher to 65.7 per cent, the highest since March 2011. 

The trend unemployment rate was 5.44 per cent, the lowest since January 2013.

A terrific set of numbers, it must be said, with the Coalition now having overseen emp...


Did the World Just Avoid Two False Flag Attempts Designed to Start World War III? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Trump phenomenon is picking up steam, not just in America, but internationally. Worldwide people are rejecting the globalists. The reason for this phenomenon is because freedom and the subsequent development of an internal locus of control is an innate trait.

In a stunning example of this rejection of globalism is exemplified by North and South Korea. Here are two nations, with a common heritage, on the verge of nuclear war with each other, and they have for the time being, rejected the globalist move towards World War III.  The two Koreas are going to march together in the Olympics. The two Koreas are going to form on joint olympic hockey team. This is significant beyond belief. In the chaos leading up to WW III, the people and the leadership of the two countries are telling the globalists where to go and what to do when they get they get there. This announcement is a stunning rebuke of globalist goals. It further demonstrates that war is an unnatural act. The Hopis have a saying that no tree is so foolish to have branches so stupid to attack themselves. We are the only species on the planet that engages in this insane behavior we call war. The desire for war, especially a war that could wipe out the bulk of humanity is so insane that both North Korea and South Korea have rejected the move. I have one caveat for the wonderful Korean people, beware of false flags at the Olympics because one does not say no to the globalists with impunity. 

Mounting a Defense Against Humanitys Right to Self-Determination

In many ways, Trumps election was a kind of Magna Carta and a Declaration of Independence all in one fell swoop and now the globalists are trying to find ways to fight back and their efforts are falling on deaf ears. Here in Arizona, Senator Jeff Flake(y), has announced that he is not running for re-election. Why? Because Flake cannot defeat any number of challengers to his seat (eg Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Congresswoman Sinema). Why is Flake so unpopular in Arizona? The answer is painfullly obvio...

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Thursday, 18 January


#Australia: Hunger strike over Detention Visit Restrictions Continues "IndyWatch Feed National"

Around 160 detainees at Villawood in Sydney are continuing their hunger strike now in its fourth day. (Thursday, 18 Jan), over the draconian restrictions to visiting.


Image: Villawood detention center in Sydney. Image by Insurrection News.

Originally published by Refugee Action Coalition Sydney.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of  these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Australia: Hunger strike over Detention Visit Restrictions Continues

Around 160 detainees at...


MACKAY Dangerous operation of motor vehicle and assault charges, Moranbah "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 18, 2018 at 12:03PM ,

Dangerous operation of motor vehicle and assault charges, Moranbah

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The man is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court today. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day. You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer

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MACKAY Violent alleged service station attack lands man in court "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 18, 2018 at 02:07PM ,

Violent alleged service station attack lands man in court

January 18, 2018 at 02:07PM ,

was intercepted. The man was arrested and transported to Moranbah Police Station where he was charged with two counts of assault, and one count each of unlicensed driving, public nuisance, and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. The man is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court today.

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PERTH Medina grow house uncovered in police raid "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Medina grow house uncovered in police raid .

January 18, 2018 at 06:26PM .

fraudulent appropriation of power and unlawful possession. A 22 year old man of St James was also charged with cultivating a prohibited plant with intent to sell/supply and fraudulent appropriation of power. Both appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court earlier today with their next court appearance on .



A Deep Dive Into the Conspiracy Theory That Governments Are Controlling Us with Fluoride "IndyWatch Feed National"

Is flouride in our water the biggest public health cover-up of our times, or just "truthers" having a rant? Wake up, sheeple!

On the World Wide Web, there are few black holes more enticing to fall down than the great fluoride conspiracy. Some would call it the ramblings of paranoid truth gurus who spend too much time maintaining their dreads and making YouTube videos about Atlantis. Others insist that it's the largest mass control experiment of our times.

Where does the truth lie in an argument taken up by both sides with near religious conviction? It's almost impossible to decipher. Perhaps it's somewhere between the two.

The idea, in a nutshell, is that governments put fluoride in our water supply in order to negatively affect huge populations, for their own financial gains. That fluoride is actually a strong tranquilliser in disguise. That the US want their citizens to be zombies. That Kellogg's, Nestle, Crest and other food companies known as "The Fluoride Mafia" are all in on it. That fluoride dumping is secretly wrapped up in Illuminati interests.

If you dig into why water fluoridation began, you find a convoluted, suspicious mess. According to the conspiracy theory, the name of the company with the biggest profit to be made from water fluoridation was ALCOA. The ALCOA Company had an unlimited supply of toxic waste a byproduct of aluminium, AKA fluoride. At their lab, an ALCOA-sponsored biochemist did a test on rats that showed cavities were reduced with the fluoridated water and concluded that: "The case should be regarded as proved." In this historic moment in 1939, so the story goes, the first public proposal that the US should fluoridate its water supplies wasn't made by a doctor or a dentist, but an industry scientist working for a company that was also threatened by fluoride damage claims.

Another part of the theory is that, during the Second World War, industrial fluoride pollution increased because of the production and extensive use of ALCOA aluminium in aircraft manufacturing. It was after the Second World War that many governments began to put fluoride in our water supplies to protect people against cavities. Coincidence!?

Currently, about 372 million people (around 5.7 percent of the world's population) receive artificially fluoridated water in about 24 countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, the US and the UK. Since the 1950s, there has been relentless debate over whether there's any real reason to do this. Early conspiracy theorists declared that it was a communist plot to weaken American public health. Many have argued from a moral and ethical view that the public haven't chosen to be consuming it and so it's against individual will. From an economic standpoint, public money is being used on something without definitive proof of benefits. Some dentists and medical professionals...


Sydney, Australia: Hunger Striking Detainees at Villawood on Lockdown & Denied Visits by Border Force "IndyWatch Feed National"


18.01.18: Around 160 detainees at Villawood in Sydney are continuing their hunger strike now in its fourth day. (Thursday, 18 Jan), over the draconian restrictions to visiting.

In an attempt to break the hunger strike, Border Force has locked down the striking compounds. All visits have been banned. Activities and appointments have been suspended. Border Force has also threatened to cut medications because you are not eating.

On Tuesday night (16 January), a Fijian diabetic detainee was rushed to hospital after collapsing inside the centre after 48 hours of hunger strike and lack of medication.

Border Force officers held meetings, today (Thursday, 18th) with the striking detainees inside the Villawood detention centre after admitting to representatives of the hunger strike two days ago that there had been no consultations before the announced changes.

But with the visiting restrictions still in place, the hunger strike continues.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713



Father Follows Intuition, Hires Helicopter and Finds Injured Son in Crash "IndyWatch Feed National"

When an Australian father went to the police about his missing son, they assured him that he was simply overreacting but it's a good thing that he didn't listen to them, because he turned out to be correct.


Fox launches 7 part series "Scandalous" - on Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton's impeachment and disbarment for perjury "IndyWatch Feed National"

NEW SERIES: Fox News Channel launches Scandalous." The first seven-episode installment chronicles the events that ultimately led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton during the 1990s. Don't miss the premiere Sunday, January 21st at 8p ET! Fox News (@FoxNews) January 18, 2018


The Hanseatic League: An "Empire" of Commerce "IndyWatch Feed National"

This took honor of place from around 1250 through the sixteenth century.  Now add in the additional great circle route between North America, originally out of Bimini and then out of Georgia and anchored in Scotland and the Mediterranean and you have a vast sea operation all operated by independent merchants mostly never disclosed.

As you are aware we have been digging this all up and the scale of the Georgia mining operation both Bronze Age and surely through Contact as well.

 I do think that the Knights Templar operated the Great Atlantic circle Route and transitioning into the Hanse when the Order was attacked makes perfect sense...

The Hanseatic League: An "Empire" of Commerce


Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna

Once upon a time there was a northern, medieval phenomenon as much the subject of universal myth and curiosity as that of the enchantress city-republics flourishing down south: the Hanseatic League of the mid-13th to 16th centuries. The Hansa (old German for associations) or The League, as it was known, began as a treaty between Lbeck and Hamburg to clear the road of pirates and robbers between the Elbe and the Trave [a river in northern Germany with its delta at the Baltic sea]. It gradually increased to add Cologne and Bremen, later expanding to Gdansk, Riga and Novgorod, finally incorporating Bruges, Brunswick, and many satellite-cities throughout Scandinavia. The main goal of this expansion was to keep the herring fisheries of the Baltic in the hands of the merchant-princes of Lbeck and decidedly out of the hands of Frederick II Hohenstaufen, stupor mundi extraordinaire, who, in 1226, decreed that lovely, gothic-gabled town an Imperial City. Then, too, routes to capture the salt trade to Cyprus were critical. Soon, The League was dominating commercial relations with the Levant, Venice, Spain, France and England in timber, fur, grain, honey, Scandinavian copper and iron, in return for spices, medicine, fruit and wine and cotton. Such is how this loose coalition of.....


Warragul toilet loiterer concerns police "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Police are advising people stay away from a man seen loitering around the Civic Park toilets in Warragul.


blue camo legging Surf Tank, Hoodies and more Localish Surf Apparel "IndyWatch Feed National"

Localish offers wide range of surf apparel including surf leggings, womens surf t-shirts, mens surfing t shirts, mens surf apparel, womens surf apparel, mens sweatshirt hoodie, surf tank tops for men, surf tank tops for women, and many more.


FBI Investigating Millions Of Mishandled Dollars Funneled From Australian Govt To Clinton Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

The FBI has asked retired Australian policeman-turned investigative journalist, Michael Smith, to provide information he has gathered detailing multiple allegations of the Clinton Foundation receiving tens of millions of mishandled taxpayer funds, according to LifeZette.  I have been asked to provide the FBI with further and better particulars about allegations regarding improper donations to the CF funded by []

The post FBI Investigating Millions Of Mishandled Dollars Funneled From Australian Govt To Clinton Foundation appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.


Commercial Kitchens Shopsteel Sheet Metal & Stainless Steel Fabrication "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shopsteel is a sheet metal and stainless steel fabrication company with years of extensive experience in the metal fabrication industry.


Fluoride-related question slated for Parry Sound voters ballot "IndyWatch Feed National"

Upgrades to the plant needed for fluoride to come back

PARRY SOUND The fluoride topic is back in Parry Sound.

This time its a question on the fall municipal election ballot.

Nearly two years ago, the Town of Parry Sound overturned its June 2015 resolution for improvements to the Tony Agnello Water Treatment Pant; the upgrades were necessary to continue fluoridating the municipal water supply.

When the original report came to council in 2015, upgrades to the plant were in the neighbourhood of $250,000. The Town had been fluoridating its water since the 1960s.

After a lengthy period of debate that included a campaign by a group of concerned citizens, Parry Sounders for Progressive Water Management, fluoridation of the towns water ended temporarily on March 18, 2016, under the condition that the question be posed on the 2018 municipal election ballot, asking Parry Sound ratepayers whether they want the town to continue to fluoridate their water.

A resolution was passed to put the question on the ballot during a January 2016 council meeting.

On Monday, Jan. 15, the town announced the date for the legislated public meeting that needs to be held prior to the passing of the bylaw.

The question slated for the ballot that falls under the Fluoridation Act, the question is already in the act, we dont get to figure out what (the question) is, they tell you what to ask. And that question will be answered and binding based on more than 50 per cent of the people who voted, depending on what the outcome is for that, said town clerk Jackie Boggs during the Jan. 16 council meeting.

The question is, Are you in favour of the discontinuance of the fluoridation of the public water supply of this municipality?

If it turns out that more than 50 per cent of voters are not in favour of the discontinuation of fluoride, there is a chance it could be put back into the water supply, but not before the necessary upgrades are made to the water treatment plant.

Peter Brown, town director of public works, said today the costs are likely significantly more than the original $250,000 estimate.

I suspect it will (cost) considerably more than that because the piping has sat stagnant for a couple of years and prices are always changing and going up as far as equipment goes. The cost of fluoride may have gone up, I dont know, Brown said. We havent really invested any time and energy into the consideration of bringing it back, because there was no indication that there was. Fast forward to 2018 and we have an election coming up I guess were going to have to sta...


The death of a child by suicide "IndyWatch Feed National"

The death of a child is always heartbreaking but when it is by suicide it is as devastating as it gets, with long term psychosocial effects. There is a whole different level of anguish and grief. However the majority of child suicides can be avoided. Each year, I support and am in contact with hundreds []


Does the Govt Seek to keep the public Blind, Deaf, and Dumb? "IndyWatch Feed National"

COMMENT: I watched the Forecaster after ordering the DVD from Amazon. Aside from the fact that it brought tears to my and my wifes eyes, your forecasts on this year being exceptionally cold, your forecast of Brexit, Trump, the Dow and countless other things, it is not hard to see why the government wanted your model. My heating bills have almost doubled this year. How can your computer forecast such a trend years in advance when they cant do more than 10 days?

Quite frankly, they do not want a system that can do all these things public. Thats why the New York Times or Bloomberg will never even mention what you have accomplished. It is all about keeping the public blind, deaf, and dumb.

God be with you and your family


ANSWER: I do have to admit many people have expressed that view. To do the Forecaster, they had to have insurance against slander and libel. To get that insurance, the...


The Cycle of Disease Its Just our Time "IndyWatch Feed National"


Its interesting, since your post on Madagascar and the pneumonic plague, I have Surveilled a site dealing with medical news once a week. Whats really interesting is the resurgence of older well-known entities such as cholera

Zambia has been hard hit with over 2000 cases of cholera with close to 50 deaths. The university is closed as well as other institutions. It has migrated from the urban areas to the suburban areas. The armed forces have been called out to help. Tanzania has shut its borders with Zambia due to this. Kenya has had 4 kid cases of hospitalization.

ProMED-mail post

Influenza strains are hitting geographic regions. The H3n2 is has hit Australia very hard and is currently hitting the UK. The US is also being infected. India has the H1N1 variant hitting them hard.

The avian flu has led to the culling of birds in the Middle East particularly Egypt and Iran. Saudia Arabia just had 6 new cases. Russia and Swiss poultry also have cases.

China has Influenza B hitting them hard but cannot confirm type nor number of cases and comparison numbers.

When it rains. it pours.

Keep up the good work


REPLY: The influenza virus changes its genetic makeup every year and complies with guess what cyclical analysis! This constantly changing virus presents a cyclical challenge to medical science, and consequently, this makes it impossible to create a single vaccine to prevent the disease for life. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) monitor each new strain of influenza virus as it appears. They gather data and then try to predict which may be the predominant virus in the following years flu season.  Scientists then use this data to develop a vaccine each year against the specific virus th...


FDLTCC Hosts Third Annual Beekeeping Workshop "IndyWatch Feed National"

Published January 18, 2018

CLOQUET, MINNESOTA  Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, in partnership with the Northeast Minnesota Beekeepers Association, is hosting a day-long workshop called Beekeeping and More! on Saturday, February 17, 2018, for anyone interested in learning about beekeeping as a hobby or as a commercial enterprise. The Symposium will open at 8:30 a.m. and classes run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. starting in the college commons. Pre-registration is encouraged. The first Beekeeping and More workshop held in 2016 drew in more than 150 beekeepers and the event has kept growing, making it one of the largest beekeeping workshops in northern Minnesota.

Session topics include equipment, general troubleshooting, queen biology, risks to native pollinators, varroa mites, gentle beekeeping, and the challenges of overwintering honeybees in northern climates. Hands-on activities are also a part of the program, during which attendees can learn practical applications for products from the hive.

Experts from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, the Northeastern Minnesota Beekeepers Association, and the Xerces Society will present the sessions and answer questions throughout the workshop. Informational displays, vendors, and door prize drawings will also be a part of the third annual event.

This will be a great day of learning and information sharing for both novice and experienced beekeepers, said Courtney Kowalczak, Director of the Environmental Institute at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. There will be plenty of time to meet other beekeepers, ask for advice, get questions answered, and share ideas.

Opening speaker Roy Ober of the Northeastern Minnesota Beekeepers Association will introduce...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00007 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.45 AUD

FBI Investigating Millions Of "Mishandled" Dollars Funneled From Australian Govt To Clinton Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

The FBI has asked retired Australian policeman-turned investigative journalist, Michael Smith, to provide information he has gathered detailing multiple allegations of the Clinton Foundation receiving tens of millions of mishandled taxpayer funds, according to LifeZette. 


Microsoft demands your mobile number for Windows 10 setup "IndyWatch Feed National"

Microsoft wants your phone number when you set up their Windows 10 (build 17063) Operating System.


A part of the global surveillance policies in 'force'.

Your phone number is a piece of data that is tied in to your 'person's' name.

Your person's name is the most important piece of information in a legal matter for without that there can be no 'accused'.

Is this a step towards where every 'person' on the internet is 'guilty' until proven otherwise, with their alleged actions?

We do not recommend the purchase of products that contain Microsoft's Operating System


Getting Naked With Japanese Businessmen "IndyWatch Feed National"

A sea of flaccid penises seemed to stare at me as I undressed before the parade of predominantly middle-aged men. Its not often someone gains my admiration while emerging naked in a locker room, but there I was, commending their courage to let it all hang and not give a shit. Perhaps its a little easier for the Japanese to be comfortable in their own skin given their culture is based on mutual respect and their country has an obesity rate a quarter that of Australias.

As a westerner, the level of nudity definitely caused some discomfort; even years of being in the swim team didnt prepare me for the onsen changing room during peak hour. The Japanese are, however, courteous, meaning fortunately, there was no towel slapping from testosterone-fuelled teens.

For the uninitiated like myself, an onsen is a Japanese hot spring bath, often public. Onsen are believed to host a number of medical properties, including assisting with fatigue, digestion and muscular pain. They are an integral part of Japanese culture, and are often associated with peacefulness and purity. Japan is steeped in tradition, and its onsen are no exception.

Against my self-consciousness, I removed my yukata and placed all but my modest towel into my basket. I awkwardly danced to the public showering area in an attempt to prevent unnecessary flashing and avoid locking eyes with anyone longer than necessary. This was not the time to be asserting dominance.

My ass cheeks were greeting by a pleasantly (yet equally disturbingly) warm stool as I sat in the corner of the traditional open-plan Japanese shower room. Never in my life has a feeling of inadequacy crossed my mind over my ability to shower, but in a city of high-tech toilets and non-existent body odour, there was valid reason to believe the Japanese held superiority over ones cleanliness. If Japan has instructions on how to sit on a toilet, why dont they have one on how to take a shower? The absurdity of that thought didnt take long to become apparent. I did my best to follow suit with the other men without appearing like a pervert, dried myself off and prepared myself for the grand finale.

Much like trains of Tokyo, the idea of personal space in the onsen appeared to differ greatly from my own. A quick exchange of nods confirmed my acceptance, with two kind men making room for a boy about to undergo his rite of passage. From the moment my foot broke the water, a feeling similar to the pain of grabbing a nuked frozen meal from the microwave engulfed my foot.

I was faced with quite the dil...


From Central Cell-Block to Guantanamo "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Thursday, January 11, the sixteenth anniversary of the opening of the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba was marked by a coalition of 15 human rights organizations gathered in Lafayette Park, across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House in Washington, DC. An interfaith prayer service was followed by a rally featuring song []


Rereading The River Ophelia in the era of #MeToo "IndyWatch Feed National"

When published in 1995, Justine Ettlers debut novel The River Ophelia received a lively critical reception. For some, the book exemplified a genre of gritty, in-ya-face writing then known as grunge lit, named after the contemporaneous music movement from Seattle (think Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam).


Letter accompanying my 1st criminal complaint to the FBI re Clinton Foundation and Australian taxpayer funded donations "IndyWatch Feed National"

Director Christopher Wray Director - FBI FBI Headquarters 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20535-0001 Dear Director Wray, I write to report apparently serious criminal offences committed by US nationals and others involving the Clinton Foundation. Since 2006 the Clinton Foundation has directly solicited more than AUD $88 Million in...


A Break-Up Letter to Booze "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear Alcohol,

Ive been thinking a lot about our relationship lately. Im not very happy, and no its not me; its you.

Most of the time, I am an interesting, composed young adult. But all it takes is a small dose of you, and my hidden feelings are aired out for display. I then look like a blubbering idiot, and wake up choking on my regret.

This happened more than once throughout my 18th year, but I was buoyed by the support of my fellow binge-drinkers, convinced that having fun meant playing Kings Cup before waltzing up to a bouncer to advise him that I was sober and he should indeed let my friends and me in. You were also a critical element to my job in hospitality, and I invested much of what should have been my life savings on your liquid form. I found myself at countless bars across Brisbane, and even at a beach party in Thailand under a full moon, convinced that this was definitely living, Barry.

At 20, I decided I needed to focus on other goals. My relationship with you deteriorated as I realised I didnt really need you. I became stronger on my own and could talk to other humans without needing the warm sedation you provided. I went about my daily hobbies and found my sober interactions far more fulfilling than the half-remembered conversations with Steve or Nick or whatever his name was. You fell by the wayside, but every month or so, Id allow you to make a casual appearance.

Soon enough, my appetite for you increased once more, and I began party-hopping for the Year of the 21st. I still pursued my hobbies, however, and you were my second choice: waking up for swimming training in the mornings did not leave room for any trace of a hangover. I focused on my sporting goals, and this satisfied me more than any night dancing to Kanye and telling boys I was too good for them (though that was pretty fun).

But your presence was never obsolete. The after-parties to any sporting event were based on the...


MACKAY Repeat drink-driver ignored alcohol interlock condition "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Clifford Paul Giblett, 41, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, and pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle without a prescribed interlock device. Police were patrolling the Bruce Highway near Rockhampton on November 26, 2017 when they pulled Giblett over, prosecutor Shelby Larcombe told the

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MACKAY Sick and tired of this violence: Guilty of pub attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Sick and tired of this violence: Guilty of pub attack

January 18, 2018 at 05:06AM ,

A DRUNK machine fitter launched an unprovoked attack on a bouncer who escorted him from a Dysart pub, headbutting and punching the man. Scott Lesley Williams ambush on the security guard landed him in Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday. He pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily

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MACKAY Under the influence and in charge of a motor vehicle, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Under the influence and in charge of a motor vehicle, Mackay

January 18, 2018 at 09:15AM ,

The driver was arrested and charged with being under the influence of liquor and in charge of a motor vehicle. The woman will attend to the Mackay Magistrates Court on February 6 to have the matter heard. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the

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Adanis coal mine shut down for second time this week "IndyWatch Feed National"

Adani protestor who has chained themselves to coal loading infrastructure at the Adanis Abbot Point coal terminal north of Bowen. Photo supplied.

Adanis coal mine has been shut down for second time this week by five peaceful activists chaining themselves to safely to coal loading infrastructure.

The Galilee Basin defenders put their bodies on the line in a continued effort to put pressure on both Adani and the ALP in the lead up to the first sitting of Queensland Parliament on Monday where the Labor government will decide on funding for a billion dollar loan towards infrastructure in support of low quality thermal coal expansion in the Galilee Basin.

Protester Megan Armstrong, a 47 year old Townsville resident, stated she was here to represent all the people who are against monstrous new open cut thermal coal projects and tell ALP that they need to stick to their word by vetoing a NAIF loan to Aurizon and any other interested parties. 

Mother of two, Liisa Rusanen, said,  Im taking action for my children, who face the collapse of water, food and climate systems in their lifetime.

Queensland Labor initially vetoed Adanis application for the loan however, the government has not ruled out allowing other companies, such as rail company Aurizon, the loan required to make Adanis mine and the opening of the Galilee coal basin financially viable. 

John Ross, a 68-year-old Nurseryman from Coramba, expressed concern saying We are facing a climate emergency with catastrophic disruption to human societies and our planets ecosystems to open up massive new Galilee Basin coal is an unconscionable betrayal of future generations. The ALP need make it clear that NAIF loans to any party that will further the Adani coal mine project, including Aurizon, will be ruled out.

 According to Frontline Action on Coal following the protests that shut down the coal port last Thursday Adani promised to increase security and made unsubstantiated accusations of violen...


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We are not updating this blog at the moment so if you want to know what's happening with the Helmeted Honeyeaters and the Friends group then look us up on facebook or go to our Website.


Why Wait? Wikipedia and Google Accidentally Declare Putin the Winner of March 2018 Presidential Elections "IndyWatch Feed National"

Putin accidentally declared winner of the 2018 presidential elections by Google // Screenshot by Christopher Moldes

(GV) Russias presidential elections are two months away, and while there are multiple contenders, the expectation is that Vladimir Putin will secure a fourth term handily.

On January 15, in what looked like an effort to save time or skip the nail-biting drama of counting votes on election night, Google declared Putin the winner of the March 2018 election.

A Russian-language Google search of elections 2018 resulted in the usual snapshot of the analogous Wikipedia article. Under winner there appeared a portrait of Vladimir Putin, as seen above.

This curious error came about thanks to Googles search result technology, which sometimes features information that is intended to help answer the users query. With searches like this, such information typically comes from either Wikipedia or official state government websites that Google deems to be reliable.

But in this case, the Russian Wikipedia article on the 2018 elections was anything but.

Stanislav Kozlovsky, the director for the Russian department of Wikimedia, Wikipedias parent company, explained the error in a comment to RBC, a Russian business news website:

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Someone added Putins name to the preamble of the article on the elections, after which the search engine indexed it and reflected the new variant in its results.

Wikipedia is known for its crowd-sourcing model, through which volunteer users can make substantive contributions after completing a vetting process. While they can vary from language to language, all Wikipedia sites have standard procedures in place to prevent inaccuracies like this one. But it appears that these procedures were not followed for the Russian version of the page. Whether the error was intended as a joke, or as a political move,....


What is Lorem Ipsum? Test 1 No sidebar "IndyWatch Feed National"

What is Lorem Ipsum?

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industrys standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

Why do we use it?

It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using Content here, content here, making it look like readable English. Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model text, and a search for lorem ipsum will uncover many web sites still in their infancy. Various versions have evolved over the years, sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose (injected humour and the like).

Where does it come from?

Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC. This book is a treatise on the theory of ethics, very popular during the Renaissance. The first line of Lorem Ipsum, Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.., comes from a line in section 1.10.32.

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Extreme heat prompts calls for bill relief "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 18 January 2018
As South Australia braces for two days of extreme heat, SACOSS (the South Australian Council of Social Service) is today calling on all parties to commit to urgent reform of the energy concession to help with the high cost of electricity and so that households can afford to pay the cost of running air-conditioners when needed.


Councils caught up in allegations over Carmichael airport "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Queensland

The Adani controversy has thrown up another scandal. This time it involves allegations for new corruption and publicity that are engulfing to regional Queensland councils.

Townsville and Rockhampton Councils have put up more than $34 million, for the building of an airport hundreds of kilometres away, at the Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin.

It is part of the funding deal made with the mining company. The given justification for this is that the airport will provide for thousands of jobs by making the two cities hubs for a fly in fly out (FIFO) workforce at the mine. Critics have long suggested that the project would create relatively few jobs, in an operation that will be highly capital intensive. Critics have also challenged the claim that the project will be a boon for the local economies.

And it has also now come to light that that the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission is looking into the matter for alleged corrupt conduct. It seems that the tendering process for a contractor has been somewhat less than proper.

A Toowoomba based company,  called Wagners, got the contract for the airport and this was not declared in the public list. Both had councils had said that the airport would be owned by the councils. But when Townsville businessman Philip Batty made the complaint before the Commission, the councils turned around and said that the land and  airport project were owned by Adani will not own the land and airport, which have been handed over to Adani.

The complaint was dismissed on this technicality. By not being the owners, the councils are not responsible for
contracting and the procurement process.

trhisd ruling does not mean that proper process was not followed, and it looks like there could be even more going on below the surface.

The Adani companies have a long history of corrupt practices in the countries in which they operate and there is a list of gifts and other inducements provided in Australia to decision makers. The affair over the airport certainly needs further investigation. So do Adanis other activities. Corruption is a poison that needs to be weeded out.

The post Councils caught up in allegations over Carmichael airport appeared first on The Pen.


Tenants Demand Nuspor Investments drop Rent Increases "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Tenants Demand Nuspor Investments drop Rent Increases appeared first on It's Going Down.

This morning a group of our neighbours from 1251 King, along with members of Parkdale Organize, travelled together from Parkdale to the uptown offices of the landlord, Nuspor Investments. We came to demand Nuspor drop the above guideline rent increase at the building. We also brought a stack of requests for repairs that have gone long neglected in tenants units.

On a Wednesday morning during business hours we arrived to find the office door locked. Our calls to the Nuspor office phone extensions went unanswered. Rather than hear from their tenants, Nuspor decided to close their office altogether.

In the lobby of Nuspors office we met and discussed next steps for escalating action against the landlord. If recent organizing by working class people in Parkdale is any indication, Nuspor will not be able to evade its tenants for long.


Are You As Smart As A President? "IndyWatch Feed National"

During his annual physical, Trump petitioned for, and got, a test of his mental abilities. The doc says he got a perfect mark. Lets set aside that he also makes some questionable claims about Trumps shape, and accept that part as accurate. The president himself is glowing about the high marks he got.

With North Korea persisting as the major global challenge facing Trump this year, the president cast doubt on whether talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be useful. In the past he has not ruled out direct talks with Kim. Id sit down, but Im not sure that sitting down will solve the problem, he said, noting that past negotiations with the North Koreans by his predecessors had failed to rein in North Koreas nuclear and missile programs.

He blamed his three immediate predecessors, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, for failing to resolve the crisis and, a day after his doctor gave him a perfect score on a cognitive test, suggested he had the mental acuity to solve it.

I guess they all realized they were going to have to leave it to a president that scored the highest on tests, he said.

As luck would have it, the test Trump took has both a work sheet and instructions available online. I recommend you spare a moment for it, but as a teaser Ill share a few questions.

  • Indicate the right third of the space and give the following instructions: Draw a clock. Put in all the numbers and set the time to 10 past 11.
  • The examiner gives the following instructions: Tell me the date today. If the subject does not give a complete answer, then prompt accordingly by saying: Tell me the [year, month, exact date, and day of the week]. Then say: Now, tell me the name of this place, and which city it is in.
  • Beginning on the left, point to each figure and say: Tell me the name of this animal.
  • The examiner gives the following instructions: I am going to read you a sentence. Repeat it after me, exactly as I say it [pause]: I only k...


An insight into why no charges have been laid in Victoria over the Gillard AWU Scandal. Yet. "IndyWatch Feed National"

These pages are from the most recent annual report of Victoria's Office of Public Prosecutions. Yes John Cain Jr - now the man responsible for deciding what cases go to court and what crooks can walk away. With their 90% conviction metric it's now apparently the OPP rather than juries...


Charles Ortel with Utrice Leid on radio PRN in New York - indictments brewing in the Clinton Foundation crimes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today with the GREAT @Utrice_Leid @csthetruth Charles Ortel (@CharlesOrtel) January 17, 2018


What it really means to be Australian "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

As 26 January approaches each year, the argument over whether this day is the appropriate occasion to commemorate Australias nationhood rises. This year is no exception

Over recent times, the number of Australians calling for debate and questioning official ceremonies has been growing. There are those who feel threatened by this and dismiss any questioning as un-Australian and divisive. There is reason behind this and I will dome to this presently.

The bottom line is that if there was no problem there would be no argument.Being unprepared to accept that there is a problem is to silence a significant part of Australia. It is inherently undemocratic and divisive.

One does not have to be a dyed in the wool supporter of the Greens, to realise that the vendetta being waged against Adam Band, is part of this silencing of opinion. Last year the Yarra City Council in Melbourne got a beating for transferring its citizen ship ceremony to another date. Two other councils did the same and got similar treatment.

By standing up and breaking the orthodoxy, Bandt and the councils have spoken for many who tre being denied a voice. Throwing mud at them has been a way to avoid mentioning the real issues. It is sad that in the vindictive atmosphere, so many of our political leaders are either joining in the name calling or hiding under the nearest rock.

By the same token, those who dismiss the other important part of Australia, which is at present uncomfortable with the debate, are also wrong. We are in this together. Arriving at a solution requires the answering legitimate concerns.

What is needed is discussion on what it means to be Australian. We nee to talk about a concept of  Australian nationhood that brings ordinary Australians together and we need a vision of where we are heading to.Through resolving these issues, we will gain together, a better understanding about the appropriateness of  26 January as Australias national day.

However the date is of secondary importance. It is important because it is symbolic. Attention must be paid to what is being symbolised.

Some things need to be appreciated. The present day Australian population is made up of many parts. Even if some are challenged by the notion, the reality is that this is a land of peoples originating from many parts of the world bringing in their own cultures and traditions into the mix. Australia is...


Article: The dilemma of being sexy over the age of 45 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Maybe the Search for a Silver Fox show will challenge the young, slim, white, pretty conventional idea of beauty.

The dilemma in it is that it both challenges that idea and conforms to it by collecting people who largely fit all those requirements but with a single noticeable difference. They are predominantly white, slim, conventionally attractive and the marketing hook is that theyre older than traditional models. It could be a challenge to convention or it could just be what first year marketing students are taught to call a Point of Difference. A selling point aimed at the grey dollar.

Then we have to decide whether a clever marketing ploy cancels out the genuine benefit of making invisible people visible.

Full article here


In reclaiming our history of resistance, we can also revitalise decimated languages "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia callum indigenous xOn the bicentenary of the colonisation of New England, IndigenousX host Callum Clayton-Dixon reassesses the frontier wars


Govt slammed for NSW coal mine approval "IndyWatch Feed National"

Community groups have slammed the governments decision to approve the controversial Wallarah 2 coal mine on the NSW Central Coast, claiming they wont cease fighting to stop its development.

The underground coal mine, to be developed near Wyong, plans to extract up to five million tonnes of thermal coal a year under the Wyong River catchment which feeds the Central Coast water supply.

In its approval of the proposal, the NSW Planning Assessment Commission said the environmental impacts, including subsidence and decreased water levels, could be managed and minimised to an acceptable level.

The coal mine was first proposed in 2006 but was refused in 2011 by the then NSW planning minister Tony Kelly because of its possible effects on water quality in the region.

Anti-mining group Lock the Gate spokesman Steve Phillips says the approval proves the system is broken and has called for changes to the mining laws.

This is a risky, unwanted coal mine that threatens the safe drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of people, Mr Phillips said in a statement on Wednesday.

The mine has been knocked back by a previous state government for those very reasons. How is it possible that the mine is now approved?

Community group Australian Coal Alliance said it would consider every option available to stop the project going ahead, including going to court.

Since 2011 the application has undergone several reviews and modifications with the approved proposal including an agreement from the mine operator to provide at least 300ml of treated water annually into the catchment as compensation for any drops in water levels.

Despite saying the mine will economically benefit the community, the commission acknowledged the future of thermal coal was uncertain and unplanned early mine closure would have socio-economic and possible environmental impacts.

The commission has conceded subsidence will occur above the extraction area and the change in ground level has the potential to flood property and emergency access routes and impact built structures.But, the commission is satisfied the impacts on the surface and groundwater resources can be acceptably managed.

In addition to potential subsidence and water effects, the mine requires the clearing of 43.4 hectares of potential habitat for the vulnerable spotted-tail quoll.

NSW Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham called the decision a disgrace and said the Greens would stand with the community in opposing it.

NSW should not be approving any new coal mines, let alone coal mines that threaten vital water catchments, Mr Buckingham said in a statement.

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Japan, Australia to ramp up defence ties "IndyWatch Feed National"

Malcolm Turnbull and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe are set to bond over blast-resistant military vehicles made in country Victoria as the pair forge ahead with closer defence ties between Canberra and Tokyo.

The prime minister flew into Tokyo on Thursday morning for the annual leaders talks.Mr Turnbull is expected to visit a Japanese Self Defence Forces base outside of Tokyo, where hell inspect Bushmaster vehicles, made by Thales in Bendigo, Victoria.

Japan has already purchased four Bushmasters and four more have been ordered representing Canberras biggest defence export to Tokyo.

During the visit, Mr Turnbull and Mr Abe are likely to make progress on finalising a visiting forces agreement which will be signed later this year.

The agreement sets out the legal status for military personnel visits, moving equipment and weapons.Under the deal Japanese troops could conduct military exercises out of Darwin almost 76 years after Japans air force bombed the city in World War II.

North Koreas nuclear weapons program is also expected to be canvassed during the bilateral meeting.North Korea fired two ballistic missiles over Japan last year.

Mr Turnbull is adamant economic sanctions remain the best prospect for a peaceful resolution of tension on the Korean peninsula in the near term.

Those economic sanctions are starting to bite, Mr Turnbull told reporters in Geelong on Wednesday ahead of the visit.

Trade and investment are also a key focus of the trip.Mr Turnbull and Mr Abe have been champions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, which was thrust into limbo when President Donald Trump withdrew the US.

There were hopes the agreement could be revived at the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in Vietnam last year, without the US.

However, Canada threw a spanner in the works at the last moment when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau failed to show up to a critical meeting.

Im hopeful that the work that our officials are doing, that we can get Canada to the finish line, in the not too distant future, Trade Minister Steve Ciobo told

ABC Radio on Wednesday.

But getting Canada to return to the TPP party just got more difficult as Canberra uncorks a wine war with Ottawa.

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Bannon under subpoena, refuses to talk in Russia probe "IndyWatch Feed National"

U.S. President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon has refused to comply with a subpoena ordering him to answer questions from a congressional committee investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. After Bannon initially refused to answer questions at an hours-long private meeting with the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on January 16, legislators said the committee's chairman Devin Nunes authorized a subpoena during the meeting to force Bannon to respond. Even then, Bannon refused to answer questions after his lawyer conferred with the White House and was told to refuse to answer questions about the transition period after Trump was elected in November 2016 and before he took office in January 2017, or about Bannon's time at the White House, according to Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee. "This was effectively a gag order by the White House," Schiff said. A spokeswoman for Bannon did not respond to requests for comment.

Bannon under subpoena, refuses to talk in Russia probe "IndyWatch Feed National"

U.S. President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon has refused to comply with a subpoena ordering him to answer questions from a congressional committee investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. After Bannon initially refused to answer questions at an hours-long private meeting with the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on January 16, legislators said the committee's chairman Devin Nunes authorized a subpoena during the meeting to force Bannon to respond. Even then, Bannon refused to answer questions after his lawyer conferred with the White House and was told to refuse to answer questions about the transition period after Trump was elected in November 2016 and before he took office in January 2017, or about Bannon's time at the White House, according to Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee. "This was effectively a gag order by the White House," Schiff said. A spokeswoman for Bannon did not respond to requests for comment.


Palestinian-American businessman, 57, is arrested by ICE in Cleveland, shocking supporters "IndyWatch Feed National"

When Amer Othman Al Adi arrived at Clevelands federal immigration offices on Tuesday morning for what he thought to be a routine check-in, agents with the Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE) agency immediately detained him, wrenching him from the arms of Fidaa, his wife of 29 years.

Today, the 57-year-old Palestinian-American business owner sits in the Geauga County jail awaiting deportation the first time Adi has seen the inside of a jail cell in his three decades living in the United States.

[ICE] arrested him like he was a criminal. Usually criminals have to do something wrong, Lina Adi, the second oldest of the familys four children told me.

No charges have been filed to warrant his arrest and Khaalid H. Walls, ICE spokesperson for the Northeastern region, which includes Ohio, would not say on what grounds he was detained nor the anticipated length of Adis incarceration.

Less than two weeks ago, Amer and Fidaa had been preparing to voluntarily leave the country for Jordan, cooperating with a January 7 deadline issued by immigration authorities in September. As we reported, Adi received a last minute stay of deportation much to the relief of his family and community.

In the following days, the Mayor of Youngstown declared January 6th Amer Al Adi Othman Day in recognition of his years of dedicated service to the city; Congressman Tim Ryan, who has supported Adis fight to remain in the country by introducing a private bill into Congress on his behalf every year since 2013, celebrated what appeared a victory along with friends and family at Adis Downtown Circle Hookah Bar.

Since Adis arrest, his family and supporters have scrambled for answers and fervently advocated for his release.

Speaking to reporters outside the immigration facility, immigrant rights lawyer David Leopold said he could hardly believe what had just happened.

This is a man who has played by the rules ever since he arrived in the United States. In the last several years, he has jumped through every hoop that ICE asked him to jump through. He came voluntarily to the ICE office today, accompanied by Rep. Ryan and myself, for what was supposed to be a routine check-in, only to be thrown into a jail cell and told he would be deported by force, Leopold said.



Former Twitter Engineer: Twitter Colludes With Foreign Governments To Ban Users "IndyWatch Feed National"

A former Twitter engineer suggested Twitter works with foreign governments to ban users in their country, shows undercover footage from Project Veritas released Wednesday.

The man identified as former engineer Conrado Miranda tells an undercover journalist working for James OKeefe the company is bombarded by requests from the Chinese government, in particular, to ban users for one reason or another. He stopped short of explicitly saying Twitter complies with these requests, but the totality of the footage released makes this pretty clear.

Does the Chinese government or anybody, like, do you think they call Twitter and be, like, You need to ban anyone thats on Twitter thats from China? the journalist asks in one of two snippets of conversation released. Do they do that?

Miranda is coy, but strongly hints the answer is yes.

I cannot disclose that information, he replies.

What? Why? she asks.

I cannot disclose that information, he repeats.

Thats crazy, she says. So, that means yes?

Smiling, he replies: I did not say that.

In a second bit of conversation, Miranda appears to say outright that Twitter bans users who violate the terms of agreement, if the government puts up enough of a fuss. The terms are different in every country in which Twitter operates, he adds.

Normally does Twitter, like, say if someone in Iran calls and is, like, Hey, in our country we need these people banned so that theyre not seen,' the journalist says.

Yeah, Miranda replies.

That happens? she asks.

Yeah. We do that a lot for China, he says, adding: We are actually under constant attack from the Chinese. Like, both Chinese hackers, like, good guys and from Chinese government.

Wow, the journalist remarks.

Because sometimes they ask us to take down an account, and we dont take it down, because were, like, at the end of all it, like, anybody say, he says. And then the Chinese government, like, starts to try and hack us, and sometimes they point someone, or like yeah, we actually violated blah, blah, blah. And then, the good guys from China start attacking us. Its a mess.

Remarking on the varying terms of agreement in each country, the journalist asks, So, Twitter doesnt necessarily offer free speech around the world?



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1863 -The Sydney to Parramatta railway extended to Penrith.

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

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

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

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

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

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

1947 - Former war artist William Dargie won his fourth Archibald Prize for a portrait painting.

1963 - A 5.4 earthquake occurred...


Company to probe for minerals close to Mekong River dolphin habitat "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Australian mining company aims to begin searching for minerals, as well as oil and gas, next to part of the Mekong River in Cambodia where the endangered Irrawaddy river dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) lives. The Phnom Penh Post reported the venture today. An Irrawaddy dolphin in the Mekong River by Dan Koehl (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.Medusa Mining is wrapping up terms of a partnership agreement with several Southeast Asian companies to invest $3 million over the next four years to explore for gold, copper, oil, natural gas and precious stones, according to a Jan. 10 statement from the company. The plan is for crews to set up in tributaries in the Prek Kampi commune of the province of Kratie, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) from the Mekong, the Phnom Penh Post reported. These small little streams are nowhere near the river, Medusas managing director, Boyd Timler, told the Post. We are aware of dolphins in that area of the river, Timler added. A dolphin in Cambodia. Photo by Stefan Brending via Wikimedia Commons. Only about 80 Irrawaddy river dolphins survive in the 4,350-kilometer (2,700-mile) Mekong River, according to WWF-Cambodia, but thats still the largest subpopulation of the species. Four other discrete groups live in river systems throughout South and Southeast Asia. Recent surveys by WWF have shown that Irrawaddy dolphin numbers in the Mekong have increased since 2010, and deaths are down in the past several years. However, gillnets for fishing, dams and boat traffic all


Market Talk- January 17, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"


Given yesterdays sudden reversal in US and the accompanying 20% decline in BITCOIN, Asian markets traded nervously as one would expect. Most core opened lower but that proved to be the days lows. The Hang Seng spent 95% of the day in negative territory but then in the final minutes managed a +0.25% positive close. The Shanghai index displayed a better performance intraday but also closed up +0.25%. The Nikkei could not get away from the negative sentiment even with better Machinery Orders data (+5.7%) and eventually closing -0.4%. Commodities markets but namely energy weighed on the Australian ASX forcing both a -0.55% decline in stocks but also a near +0.2% depreciation in the currency.

European markets struggled across the board. Briefly we saw a small positive print in the CAC intraday but if you had blinked you probably missed it. One common theme did emerge in that the final few minutes of cash trading, all markets declined under selling pressure. FTSE and CAC ended around -0.5% lower, whilst the DAX lost -0.65% on the day. Media and banks stocks were some of the largest decliners as many start to ponder next weeks ECB meeting in Frankfurt. Concerns surround that chances of the ECB withdrawing from their bond purchases, or at least cutting them once again by September, but looking at todays demand for Greek paper the fears look a long way off. Consumer inflation data dropped slightly (1.4% from 1.5%) has helped demand from fixed-income.

The US markets were strong already but the Beige Book highlighting almost every sector and region are pulling their weight. The concern rumoured is what the FED is hearing about inflation. There are market rumours we may see a hike this month if the stocks market continue at their current rate. Goldman was a disappointment at the open and we saw the stock down 3% at one stage. Tomorrow we will start to see some earnings report from the Technology which after Apples announcement of share offers for staff, many expect some very encouraging numbers. Apple also said they would be bringing overseas money ($245bn) back onshore ($38bn tax payment) together with adding additional jobs. Stock loved this announcement and added an additional 100 points to the already 20...


Solar Power Plant Being Built in Chernobyl "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: Truth Theory | by Fattima Mahdi

What was once a fallout zone, after the catastrophic explosion had plagued the Ukrainian atmosphere, has now become the site for an Ukrainian-German renewable energy project called Solar Chernobyl. It will be a 1MW (megawatt) plant, with 3,800 photovoltaic panels. The structure spans two football pitches in size,"This solar power plant can cover the needs of a medium-sized village", said Yevgen Varyagin, head of Solar Chernobyl.

The company already has a 4.2MW plant in the Republic of Belarus, a neighbouring country, however, their latest Chernobyl project is one of 60 proposals recognised by the Ukrainian government since the land around the destroyed nuclear power plant was made safe for such developments. A steel shelter was constructed around the infamous nuclear plant in 2016 to contain further fall-out. In fact, Solar Chernobyl's panels had to be installed on concrete slabs as the soil is still contaminated, making drilling and digging into the ground forbidden. Despite the extra measures, building at the site proved convenient for Solar Chernobyl, as they were able to utilise the nuclear power plant's already established connection to the power grid following completion of their structure. "Bit by bit we want to optimise the Chernobyl zone," Said Yevgen Varyagin. "It shouldn't be a black hole in the middle of Ukraine."

Other companies and authorities in the Ukraine are also looking to take advantage of the wide expanse of land that was once quarantined.

Read More: South Australia Is Building The World's Largest Thermal Plant

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Folks, There is Some Effed Up Stuff Going on Right Now "IndyWatch Feed National"

These were also called meteors by the Pentagon. Folks, THIS IS F*****ING Independence day stuff.

By Jim Stone

January 17, 2018

Too many meteors

There is something going on in space. This morning there was a video of what the Pentagon declared to be a meteor, and it was obviously spacecraft flying back and forth. It was caught on a security camera a woman had set up at her house. I dont know why I did not save it, and now the video is gone from Youtube.

All I can do is describe it. There were five different spacecraft that appeared to be friendly to each other flying back and forth at about the same altitude. They appeared to be above the atmosphere at night, with the sun reflecting off of them brightly. They faded in and out, which would indicate that they were doing manouevers in space with the craft reflecting more or less sunlight depending on which way they were turned. It was OBVIOUS UFO activity. I did not think the video would be banned, but it got banned. I did not save it. Too bad.

The bottom line is that all the reports of meteors, where everything, no matter how much it cant be a meteor being called one, have to be B.S. There is something going on in space right now, and Id bet it is related to the missile alarm in Hawaii. That particular event is too well documented to have been anything other than a sub based missile launch, my question is, how exactly did the missile (or missiles) actually get destroyed?

Due to the fact that I dont have an answer for exactly how the missiles were shot down, Im not going to make any statements, but I will say there is without question open and active UFO activity going on right now that needs to be looked into. They could be ours. We all know a lot of tech is hidden but the behavior of the UFO&#821...


Sheriff Lombardo plans to encrypt all LVMPD radio traffic to block public monitoring "IndyWatch Feed National"

Laura Loomer has learned that Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo is planning to encrypt the radio communications for LVMPD in an effort to block the public from monitoring and recording transmissions

According to a source within the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), Sheriff Lombardo discussed his plans to encrypt LVMPD police radio transmissions during a recent meeting with top Metro law enforcement officials, noting the need for Metro to change their radio transmission system in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting on October 1st, 2017.

During the Las Vegas shooting, recordings of police transmissions uploaded online were essential to the publics independent investigation and understanding of the attack, as well as the corroboration of information being reported by city officials in the few press conferences held by LVMPD and FBI in the days following the shooting.

On the night of the Las Vegas shooting, people from all around the world tuned into Broadcastify, the worlds largest source of public safety, aircraft, rail, and marine radio live audio streams to listen to the horror unfold live as police and emergency services responded to the scene of the Route 91 country music festival. By listening to the Broadcastify transmissions of the LVMPD police radio, citizens and journalists were able to post live updates of the shooting on social media when authorities could not give immediate answers to the public about what was taking place inside the concert grounds and the Mandalay Bay Resort. Hundreds of videos on YouTube have since been posted by MSM news outlets, independent journalists, and intuitive citizens that document and examine the police scanner audio from the night of the shooting.

The motive behind Lombardos recent interest in encrypting Metros radio transmissions is questionable since these discussions come only three months following the worst mass shooting in U.S.history.

I wouldnt be surprised if the Las Vegas casinos are pressuring Lombardo to encrypt the radio systems since on the night of the Las Vegas shooting, the public heard officers on the scanners saying there were multiple shooters at other casinos. This is now impacting the publics perception of the Las Vegas shooting investigation and the reputation of some Las.........


Travel Loan Make Your Dream a Reality "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Have you been dreaming of your dream holiday for years? The sunny beaches of Hawaii, the busy streets of Paris, the quaint villages of Italy? A romantic Caribbean cruise or guys-only fishing expedition? Maybe you long to rekindle the romance without the kids at your honeymoon spot. A place of love and sweet memories from years gone by that now seems like only a distant memory.  Saving for travel can be tough with kids, mortgages and everyday life weighing you down. Most people begin saving slowly and for some reason or another never seem to reach their target.

Have you considered a travel loan?  A travel loan well let you live your dreams while making repayments. The travel loan may be a financially smart move. It can be affordable by permitting you to create monthly payments on your vacation that are suited to your budget. Cashfloat is just the company to make this a reality.

Travel on Any Budget

Travel loans or vacation loans can have you travelling sooner rather than later on nearly any budget. You can apply for a Travel loan in any amount you feel comfortable with. The loan can be used not just for airfares and train tickets, it can pay for the kit and kaboodle. Meals, tours, souvenirs and maybe even a new wardrobe to on your trip.

Avoid Dipping Into Savings

Most people WHO travel would love to travel a lot typically, and therefore the travel loan makes that goal easily reachable. Ordinarily, travellers use small and large chunks of their savings to finance their journeys. Sometimes the smart choice is a loan compared to cashing in shares, bonds and raiding term deposits. This can and will cause you to lose out on the interest your savings would have generated over time. Another choice many typically turn to in desperation is using credit cards. Credit cards can and will be the most expensive debt that you simply will have. The interest paid on a credit card far outweighs the amount you will pay on a travel loan. Dont get caught in the high-interest credit card cycle that can be hard to get on top of.

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There are currently several online specialists WHO service vacation loans. You will find favourable terms and conditions. Its a hassle free process to apply for your travel loan. straightforward re-payment terms that you will be arranged that can suit your budget. The online application method is extremely straightforward and efficient. You visit the website of the holiday loan compa...


Steve Bannon hat anscheinend die Aussage verweigert ... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Steve Bannon hat anscheinend die Aussage verweigert bei seiner Befragung. Das ist bemerkenswert, weil das keine Anklage ist, eher eine Zeugenbefragung. Da ist nicht vorgesehen, dass man die Aussage verweigert. Und er verweigerte sie auch nicht, um sich nicht selbst zu belasten, sondern weil das Weie Haus ihm angeblich die Aussage verboten hat.

Das ist aus meiner Sicht eine offene Kriegserklrung des Weien Hauses an das Mueller-Team. Die Subpoena gegen Bannon bleibt bestehen.

Update: Das war ein parlamentarischer Ausschuss, der hatte nichts mit der Mueller-Befragung zu tun. Die kommt noch.


New study reduces uncertainty for climate sensitivity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Scientists have presented a new, narrower estimate of the climate sensitivity   a measure of how much the climate could warm in response to the release of greenhouse gases.

The latest assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that climate sensitivity has a likely range of 1.5 to 4.5C.

The new study, published in Nature, refines this estimate to 2.8C, with a corresponding range of 2.2 to 3.4C. If correct, the new estimates could reduce the uncertainty surrounding climate sensitivity by 60%.

The narrower range suggests that global temperature rise is going to shoot over 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, the lead author tells Carbon Brief, but we might be able to avoid 2C. Meeting either limit will likely require negative emissions technologies that can remove CO2 from the atmosphere, he says.

The new estimate is another brick in the wall of scientists understanding of climate sensitivity, another scientist tells Carbon Brief, and the best-informed views will be reached by multiple lines of evidence.

Sensitive matter

Climate sensitivity is the amount of warming that can be expected in response to the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere reaching double the level observed in pre-industrial times.

The research makes a new estimate of the equilibrium climate sensitivity (ECS)  that is, the amount of warming expected to occur once the full impact of the extra greenhouse gases release has played out. This measure includes the impact of warming on long-term climate feedback loops, which can take decades, or even centuries, to materialise.

The value of ECS is one of the big climate change questions that scientists are still trying to address.

It is important because understanding how sensitive the Earth is to CO2 could help us to estimate how much the planet could warm in response to greenhouse gases, explains Prof Peter Cox, lead author of the new paper and a climate scientist at the University of Exeter. He tells Carbon Brief:



Australian Detective: Clinton Foundation Stole Millions Of Aussie Tax Money "IndyWatch Feed National"

The FBI is investigating details involving multiple allegations against the Clinton Foundation corruption and mishandling tens of millions of dollars of Australian tax payers money, according to an investigative journalist who is a retired police [...]


Black Ops Agent Claims He Was Paid To Bomb OKC in the 1990s By Deep State; Hours Later Has A Car Crash "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Aaron Kesel

Former independent Black Ops Contractor Robert Cody Snodgres took to the airwaves early last month to allege he was offered a massive $1 million dollar paycheck from the CIA to bomb the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City prior to the mysterious deadly explosion in the 1990s, hours later he was in a serious car accident according to reports.

The 1990s 9/11, so to speak, where evidence doesnt add up was originally and officially blamed on fertilizer bombs perpetrated by Timothy McVeigh and his accomplice Terry L. Nichols.  Its a weaved web of deceit; the investigation was a cover-up in every sense of the word, and may finally get wings for exposure.

The question is why if there is nothing to hide? That question may finally be answered with Snodgres, a career Independent Contractor.

Further false flag attacks may be prevented with his stepping forward to blow the whistle on how ICs are approached to carry out these heinous acts against the American people in exchange for large sums of cash. According to Snodgres, he believes McVeigh and Nichols were patsies. (And as you will see later evidence collaborates this assertion.) Snodgres told Jeff Rense:

For over 20 years, I was an Independent Contractor (IC), specializing in sensitive, covert assignments, as well as bodyguard work. In 1994 I was given the task to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City.

This job came from an x-US military man, who told me he worked covertly for CIA. I refused on moral grounds. My strong opposition to attacking U.S. citizens on our own soil changed my status from a CIA asset into a liability, a private, Independent Contractor who knew too much,

Snodgres appeared on Jeff Renses radio show on December 4th and 5th, giving his shocking testimony stating he refused the offer to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Ironically, hours after Snodgres did the December 5th interview he was in a near-fatal car accident.
Snodgres left an audio message after the crash with further details on the incident.

Further, Snodgres discussed both the Clintons and Bushes involvement in drug trafficking, Iran Contra, and numerous other corruption by the fe...


WATCH: President Trump Explains Why He Doesnt Get the Flu Shot "IndyWatch Feed National"

Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer
Waking Times

They are calling this the worst flu season in 13 plus years and hospitals around the country are reportedly overloaded. At the same time, this years flu vaccine is said to be only 10-30% effective, depending on who you ask, and, right about half of American adults get flu shots, and around 60% of children take the annual jab.

There is international hysteria about the flu at the moment, and major news sources are reporting that more strains are the way, as the death toll rises.

If theres one thing media is good at, its creating hysteria.

Investigative journalist Jon Rappoport asks some important questions about this years flu season. Firstly, how do we know that people with the set of symptoms were calling flu, really have an influenza virus in their body? Next, is the media hype surrounding the flu more of a PR campaign than a legitimate public health warning?

when health officials begin waving red flags and raising alarms about a current viral flu outbreak, it would be more than reasonable to demand they answer questions about their past lies and deceptions. ~Jon Rappoport

Unless youre totally committed to the flu hyste...


White House official: House intel panel broke an agreement on limiting scope of questions for Bannon "IndyWatch Feed National"

  • The White House believed it had an agreement with the House Intelligence Committee to limit questions for Steve Bannon only to events on the presidential campaign, a White House official told CNBC.
  • According to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, staffers for the committee and the White House on Friday discussed the parameters of Bannons testimony.
  • Asked if negotiations over Bannons testimony are ongoing as of Wednesday morning, the official said: Theres no negotiation now, they havent engaged with us.
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Former White House strategist Steve Bannon leaves a House Intelligence Committee meeting where he was interviewed behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Washington.

The White House believed it had an agreement with the House Intelligence Committee to limit questions for Steve Bannon only to events on the presidential campaign, and not during the ousted former chief strategists time in the Trump administration, a White House official told CNBC.

According to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, staffers for the committee and the White House on Friday discussed the parameters of Bannons testimony. The White House emerged from that conversation believing it had an agreement to limit the questioning of Bannon just to events during the campaign, and not during the transition period or his time in the White House.

Then, hours into Bannons closed door testimony, Bannons lawyers informed the White House from Capitol Hill that the questions would extend be...


Housing finance strengthens as FHBs return "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Housing finance higher

Well, it was a strong result for housing finance overall, with total commitments rising by +2.3 per cent to above $33.5 billion in seasonally adjusted terms. 

Investor loans were up +1.5 per cent in the month to $12.2 billion, but remain in a medium-term downtrend.

In original terms the total finance for all dwellings was above $37 billion only for the second time ever.  

At the state level, Victoria had the strongest trend in homebuyer commitments.

New dwelling surge

Rather than look through every number in tedious detail, let's take just a quick look at two trends in particular.

Firstly, homebuyers financed more new dwellings in November than in any month since 1978 as the new stock is absorbed domestically.

And secondly, as expected, the number of first homebuyers continued to surge up to 11,091, to sit at comfortably the highest level since the financial crisis stimulus. 

There has been a 60 per cent increase in activity in this cohort since concessionary measures were introduced in July 2017.

Indeed, if you add in first-time investors, it's possible (if not likely) that first time buyer activity is now tracking at above historic averages. 


Documentary Just Released Online Blows Lid Off Hollywood Pedophilia: This is the Tip of the Iceberg "IndyWatch Feed National"

The documentary delves into the firsthand accounts of former Hollywood child actors to show the systemic grooming that lets pedophilia run rampant.

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

With the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal blowing the doors off the open secret of Hollywood pedophilia, a documentary titled, An Open Secret, which premiered a few years ago to mass publicity but failed to gain digital distribution, has been officially posted online for the first time by the producer in the wake of recent events.

Its so funny to keep seeing headlines about how Harveys abuse was an open secret in Hollywood, and thats the name of our film, producer Gabe Hoffman told The Hollywood Reporter.

Harvey Weinstein, by the way, is not the only one who has used confidentiality settlements. Thats why more of Hollywoods behavior hasnt been exposed. This is the tip of the iceberg,Hoffman said.

Since putting the film online for free, An Open Secret has become a viral internet sensation.

The meat of the hard-hitting documentary are the personal testimonies of five former child actors/models, as they recall in vivid detail the terror and horror of being victimized by trusted confidantsincluding managers, agents, and publicists. The victims voice the confusion they felt after unknowingly being groomed for years, by the men guiding their careers, in an effort to gain the trust of the children and their parents.

The familiar face of Corey Feldman appears in archival footage speaking out against the Hollywood pedophiles who molested him and the late Corey Haim, as detailed in his 2013 memoir.

As The Free Thought Project reported, Feldman has spent years attempting to blow the whistle on pedophilia and child abuse in Hollywood, much of which has fallen on deaf ears. Finally, the statements Feldman has made in the past are being viewed in a different light.

The Number one problem in Hollywood was and always will be pedophilia, Feldman said.

READ MORE:  Veterans Wounded in the Line of Duty Find New Mission Hunting Pedophiles


Rare iridescent rainbow cloud spotted above Darwin, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

We've heard of clouds having silver linings, but Northern Territory locals have been treated to the sight of clouds with a stunning rainbow lining. On Sunday, just before a storm hit Darwin, several clouds began to shimmer with a multicoloured glow. Those who saw it took to social media to try and describe the phenomenon. One called it an "ice prism," another a "cloud bow" due to its resemblance to a rainbow. "It's incredible," said an Instagram user. "I'm totally not doing this justice".


Steve Bannon Subpoenaed by Mueller and House Committee "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mr. Bannon goes back to Washington. President Donald Trumps disgraced former chief strategist has been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury on links between the Trump campaign and Russia. Its the first time Muellers gone after a close associate of Trump with a grand jury subpoena. On Tuesday Bannon testified before the House Intelligence Committee, but refused to answer questions under instructions from the White House. That spurred the committee to issue a subpoena, but Bannon, apparently invoking executive privilege, says hell stay mum.




Police Interrogation Backfires: Joey Carbstrong From Criminal To Vegan Activist "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

Our past doesnt matter. All that matters is the life we choose to lead in the present.

Joey Carbstrong is a 29 year old Australian Activist for the rights of animals everywhere, including those slaughtered for human consumption. His mission is to educate the masses on our own hypocrisy regarding the irrational difference between ours views towards the animals we keep as pets and the animals were fed.

Just four years ago this man was living his life in a criminal gang, consuming copious amounts of drugs and alcohol. Hed even served time in prison. However, sobriety opened his eyes to the world hed created for himself, at which moment he chose to embark on a journey toward delivering a true service to society. I was sober, having this massive realization about all of the things that Ive done., he said in an interview with internet magazine LIVEKINDLY. His time in prison allowed him to reflect on his past actions and his introspection gave birth to a new mindset.

Today, he runs a YouTube channel with a series called Joey vs the Public. Inspired by raw foodist Dan McDonalds preachings, that eating death manifests itself in ones body as disease, in the Youtube series, Joey heads to the streets to hold constructive discussions with members of the general public on meat consumption. Occasionally, hes been met with resistance (or, at the very least, cynicism) but his calm, laid back and diplomatic appr...


New Details Emerge in Statue of Liberty Bomb Plot "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Statue of Liberty in New YorkThe Statue of Liberty in New York (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

New details emerged about the ISIS plot to blow up the Statue of Liberty from recently-filed court documents.

The perpetrators of the foiled attack, Munther Omar Saleh, 21, and Fareed Mumuni, 22, both from New York, pleaded guilty to conspiring to support ISIS and plotting the bombing in February 2017.

Ahead of Salehs sentencing, scheduled for February 8, 2018, court filings show that the pair received instructions on how to build the pressure bomb they had planned to use from Junaid Hussain, a top ISIS recruiter and hacker from the UK.

Hussain, who was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Raqqa, Syria in 2015, directed fellow ISIS militants in the U.S. to behead counter-jihad activist Pamela Geller and was linked to the attack on her in Garland, Texas. Hussain was also thought to be responsible for publicizing a list of addresses and photos of U.S. military personnel.

Hussain, 21 at the time of his death, was listed as number three on the U.S. Islamic State hit list and was linked to 30 jihadi plots around the world.

Another key jihadi involved in the plot was Australian ISIS kingpin Neil Prakash, considered one of the most dangerous ISIS terrorists. Prakash, 26, is currently in Turkish custody awaiting possible extradition to Australia.

Saleh was in contact with Prakash (also known as...


Whats wrong with colonialism? "IndyWatch Feed National"

I remember many years ago sitting through a seminar at Macquarie University in Sydney during my Honours studies in Politics. That particular seminar focused on Western colonialism in the South Pacific, and modern Western imperialism in general. I remember one thing vividly from that class that remained etched into my mind. It was a question that the lecturer asked us repeatedly and insistently. Why is it so important for indigenous people to maintain their identity? What is so bad with a particular way of life or culture disappearing?

At the time I could not think of an answer. In fact none of us was able to answer it. I remember feeling like a rabbit in the headlights. Every bit of me told me this was very wrong, but I couldnt explain why. It was the mid-nineties, and only four years after I had moved to Australia from Israel. I was ignorant about what colonialism or settler-colonialism are, and their legacy. I was still blind to the Zionist settler-colonialism in which I grew up, and did not register the fact that by virtue of being white, I automatically embraced the settler-colonial power structure in Australia too.

The entire topic was taught in a sanitised way, and in what I now recognise as an apologist Western attitude with a strong white Western bias. That lecturer did not ask his question to get us to think critically about colonialism. He really meant for us to consider that there is nothing wrong with cultures disappearing and being replaced with other cultures, not by a natural, organic process of social and cultural evolution, but by force and coercion employed by someone coming in from elsewhere.

I didnt understand at the time that the disappearance of a culture by force is always in the context of psychopathic control, that it is in effect a rape, an exercise of pure power; that it is always in the service of, and for the benefit of the colonisers ruling classes. Colonialism is never for the benefit of the colonised, and it is always carried out in the context of a system of violence, control, and domination.

Colonisers do not knock on the door of the colonised, and ask politely if it is OK to borrow a cup of sugar and a couple of eggs. There is no equality of power, and the colonised cannot respond politely that they have nothing to give, or alternatively choose to offer the cup of sugar and two eggs. The key factor here is choice. The colonisers step in with superior weaponry, efficient bureaucracy and organisation, all supported by an ideology of superiority and entitlement, and they take. Its theft of land, resources, culture. It is rape on every level. It is taking what isnt theirs without asking permission, and without concern for the impact that this has on the ones from whom they are taking.

Colonisation is an exercise in objectification. Others exist only as a resource for the coloniser, not....


PERTH Ex-teacher indecently assaulted boys at school camps, police say "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Ex-teacher indecently assaulted boys at school camps, police say .

January 17, 2018 at 10:56PM .

Arthur Frank Mowle was due to face the Perth Magistrates Court on eight child sex charges yesterday but he was in hospital. He was not required to enter a plea and the case will resume on February 22. Mr Mowles two alleged victims, now 43 and 51, were both 13 at the time he is alleged to have .



PERTH Police win extra time to prepare $1bn meth case "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Police win extra time to prepare $1bn meth case .

January 17, 2018 at 06:37PM .

Perth Magistrates Court heard that prosecutors needed 10 more weeks to prepare a brief on the case, which allegedly involved a 16m fishing charter vessel collecting 1.2 tonnes of methamphetamine from a mother ship. Eight men were arrested and charged over the operation, which culminated in a .



Donald Trumps Greatest Gift Is His Enemies "IndyWatch Feed National"

Every morning, it seems, Donald Trumps most determined opponents awake to find out what sort of obnoxious, fact-challenged, puerile, norm-breaking thing the president has offered that day, and say to themselves, Oh, thats nothing. We can do something dumber than that!

So the nation wades from one bizarre and nonsensical controversy to another. As I write this, I cant even recall what topic we were debating last week, but Im certain it was idiotic. Part of the problem is that those who drive coverage of Trump are obsessed with the president in unhealthy ways; ways that have absolutely nothing to do with policy or governance.

For a couple of weeks now, our self-styled guardians of democracy have engaged in a concocted controversy about the presidents mental state. It wasnt only liberal columnists plying their readers with this wishful thinking, but the entire city of Washington, according to Politico, was consumed with using the Twenty-Fifth Amendment to remove the president. It was a major topic of conversation on the Sunday shows. Former Trump-booster Joe Scarborough squeezed a week of coverage out of it.

So when the presidents physician, Ronny Jackson a man who has been the White House doctor for six years  explained yesterday that Trump was, in fact, very healthy and has incredibly good genes and excellent cognitive health, the White House press corps was in disbelief. I mean, Michael Wolff had told us the opposite was true. One reporter asked why Trump appeared to slur his words at a recent press conference. Another reporter asked why Trump had the sniffles. Everyone was worried about his insalubrious meal plans. Is he limited to one scoop of ice cream now? a real reporter asked the presidential doctor.

Jonathan Karl of ABC asked, and I kid you not, Can you explain to me how a guy that eats McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken and all those Diet Cokes, and who never exercises, is in as good of shape as you say hes in? Jackson, confirming what everyone in the world who eats right and exercises daily and still struggles to keep his weight down already knows, answered: Its called genetics.

More importantly, the doctor also said Trump had passed an extensive cognitive exam that tests for all those...


Scotts answer to an email from a Grid Dynamics employee "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Scott Humor After my research Grid Dynamics connects wars in Ukraine and Syria with Soros Open Russia, Sobchak and snipers in Saratov was published, I received a reply from


'Made in America': El Salvador's mass graves are the worst "shitholes" "IndyWatch Feed National"

My journalist's hiking boots still have leftover feces and dirt from the ultimate shitholes of El Salvador: its mass graves. Many of the thousands of graves that my sources there have mapped were dug by U.S.-trained and funded security forces in the 80s. Most of the rest were dug more recently by L.A.based-gangs steadily deported to El Salvador by U.S. immigration authorities since the 90s. President Trump's characterization of Africa, Haiti and El Salvador as "shitholes" disturbed me, but I wasn't sure why. The comments were made during a discussion about the temporary protected status for hundreds of thousands of Salvadoran, Haitian and other immigrants Trump had just rescinded. In search for an answer, I went home and pulled out and studied my boots , which were tattered after too many visits to mass graves, mass graves with the remains of Salvadorans-in El Salvador, in Mexico and in the deserts of south Texas. Wearing my hiking boots during visits to numerous sites along this chain of devalued life led me to the conclusion that mass graves were the ultimate shitholes.

Wednesday, 17 January


Bass Coast names Citizen of the Year for 2018, and the winner is "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

THE Bass Coast Shire Council put the spotlight firmly on Australia Day celebrations locally when they named their top citizens for 2018 ahead of the big day next Friday week, January 26.

And the one to emerge from the six finalists presented at an awards night in the Old Wonthaggi Post Office on Wednesday night, January 17 this week was Wonthaggi Baptist Church Pastor Brendan Smith.

In accepting the award, Mr Smith was humble, paying tribute instead to the other five finalists saying that Bass Coast was all the richer for their volunteer contributions and those of the other members of the local population who volunteered their time regularly.

Volunteerism was a consistent theme throughout the presentation night, hosted by Bass Coast Mayor Cr Pam Rothfield who said Bass Coast citizens were punching above their weight when it came to volunteering, with 22% of Bass Coasters volunteering against a national average of 19%.

Other worthy nominees for the Citizen of the Year award were Editor of the Bass Valley News Roger Clark, Winter Festival organiser John Curran, Lions Club volunteer Sam De Pasquale, Wonthaggi Anglican Church weekly meal organiser Wendy McBurnie and San Remo Op Shop President Marj Powell.

But ultimately it was Brendan Smith who received the shires highest individual honour.

In four short years locally, his credits include the renovation and expansion of the church buildings which are available to the public, mentoring 75 people and involvement in a wide range of local events including free family fun days for the Wonthaggi community, The Dollar Club to support families in crisis situations, the Gravity family social club, encouraging visiting nursing homes, food hampers for the disadvantaged, youth programs, support for the annual Carols by Candlelight in Wonthaggi and more.

He serves on the Wonthaggi Primary School Council. among other things.




Democrats Dont Actually Want A DACA Compromise "IndyWatch Feed National"

According to Democrats, they want nothing more than to fix the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which President Donald Trump rescinded in early September due to it being unconstitutional. The registration program was a temporary fix to one of the countrys many significant immigration problems. It supposedly deferred immigration actions against people brought into the country illegally as minors but who have been here for quite some some time.

But it was a bad fix because of how it was done via executive action instead of the legislature. Courts had already determined similar program for different classes of immigrants to be unconstitutional. According to the U.S. Constitution, presidents are to execute the laws passed by the legislative branch.

When Trump rescinded the program and told Congress to do its job of passing legislation to address the problem, Democrats screamed. President Obama wrote a dramatic Facebook post that didnt address the little problem that his supposed temporary fix wasnt a great solution. Months later, there is still no resolution.

Democrats claim to want amnesty for DACA recipients. At least some Republicans claim to want to fix the problems that lead to never-ending streams of non-citizens clamoring for amnesty, such as a porous border and irregular enforcement of the law. The Trump administration and some Republicans seek to end an incoherent immigration policy that is unbound to the needs of the country, particularly the needs of the non-elite portions of the country. All of these competing desires make now seem like a prime opportunity for an immigration compromise.

Early last week, President Trump hosted a cordial negotiation that made the compromise seem possible. But is it true that Democrats are willing to work toward a DACA compromise? They were unwilling to offer any concessions to get it no wall, no drawdown of random visa lotteries, no de-emphasis on chain migration, no move to a Canadian- or Australian-style merit immigration system. In fact, one of their proposals would actually expand chain migration, by which family members can get an easier path to U.S. residency and citizenship than other applicants.

Also, that refusal to make concessions was before Sen. Dick Durbin blew up negotiations by leaking an out-of-context mean word about countries from which the United States brings in winners of random visa lotteries. If Democrats truly wanted to fix the problem of adults who arrived in the country illegally as minors, they probably would have passed something early in the Obama presidency when they also controlled the House and Senate. They had from 2008 to....


10 Of The Dumbest Questions Reporters Asked During Trumps Health Press Conference "IndyWatch Feed National"

White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson told reporters on Tuesday that President Trump is in excellent health and has no cognitive or mental issues whatsoever. But that didnt stop the press corps from asking a lot of really stupid questions. Heres a sampling.

1. One reporter asked the White House physician how Trump can become as fit as Obama who struggled to kick a smoking habit. He then proceeded to whine that the press office doesnt keep a tally of how much time Trump spends on the golf course and asked if Jackson could help them with that.

2. CNNs Jim Acosta asked Jackson if a cognitive exam is the same as a psychiatric one. The answer is no.

The Washington Posts Jennifer Rubin is on the case!

3. At one point a reporter asked about Trumps dietary habits citing the oft-reported anecdotes of the presidents Diet Coke addiction and frequent trips to McDonalds and demanded an explanation for how a man who likes fast food so much could be in good health.

Its called genetics, Jackson replied.

4. Another asked about Trum...


Yet More Subby Stuff "IndyWatch Feed National"

Researching a bit about the Mizar, I stumbled across an account of the NR-1, written by one of its officers. [nr-1] If youre interested in cold war exploration stories, and going to sea in very awkward ships stories, its pretty good.

NR-1 docked

I had heard of Trieste and Alvin, naturally, they appear from time to time in National Geographic. The NR-1 doesnt its existence was mostly classified. For one thing, it was a highly unusual ship while most deep sea exploration ships were small and cramped, NR-1 had a 145+ foot-long hull for a crew of 11, and was powered by a small nuclear reactor. NR-1 was a special project started by Admiral Hyman Rickover, the brains behind the US nuclear navy a spec sheet for the NR-1 is on the Federation of American Scientists site [fas] like everything Rickover built, it was amazing.

Most of the deep sea exploration and recovery ships in the 60s and 70s depended on a surface tender; theyd dive down in the morning and come back up for air and resupply in the evening. That meant that they couldnt go far from the tender, and they had to head to port in bad weather. The NR-1 didnt have that problem it could stay under for 45 days, if necessary. Apparently the main constraint on its dive-time was the size of the brown mountain in the sanitary tank. The author reports one encounter at sea:

The subs crew members who had gone aboard the tow ship took turns dropping their empty beer bottles into the churning wake so the glass containers would drift back and knock against the bobbing submarine, irritating whoever was standing watch on the bridge.  But having been kept in the Azores until it was too late to avoid the North Atlantic storm season, the Mizar was soon barely able to make headway in the strong seas with the NR-1 in tow, so the ocean tug USS Kiowa was summoned to take over.  The Kiowa was used to rescuing huge vessels like battleships and messaged her first question, How much diesel fuel do you have?

None, came the answer from the NR-1.

Well, how long can you keep your power on?

Twenty years.......


DC high school grads all got diplomas without meeting basic requirements, Mayor investigates "IndyWatch Feed National"

Residents in Washington, D.C. are still baffled over how every single student at Ballou High School got their diploma, despite many of them not even showing up to class. It wasn't just one school. Students across the city graduated despite having missed more than 30 days of school in a single course, findings from the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent investigation found. The investigation is still ongoing, but parents' demand for answers prompted city officials to share some initial findings. The city wide audit came after an initial investigation by WAMU and NPR at Ballou, in which they discovered a high rate of unexcused absences. An investigation by WAMU and NPR has found that Ballou High School's administration graduated dozens of students despite high rates of unexcused absences. We reviewed hundreds of pages of Ballou's attendance records, class rosters and emails after a district employee shared the private documents. Half of the graduates missed more than three months of school last year, unexcused. One in five students was absent more than present - missing more than 90 days of school.


Net neutrality "IndyWatch Feed National"

Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication.[4] For instance, under these principles, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content.

This is what's really happening;


Proposed Port Welshpool marina in the wrong place "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

OVER 100 people turned up to voice their concerns about the draft proposal to build a Marina on the west end of Port Welshpool next to the Long Jetty. The []

The post Proposed Port Welshpool marina in the wrong place appeared first on Foster Community Online.


The Antitrust Case Against Facebook, Google and Amazon "IndyWatch Feed National"

Facebook, Google and Amazon dominate their worlds just as Standard Oil and AT&T once did. Critics say they should get the same treatment. The answer to the antitrust question depends on a narrow test:

By Greg Ip
The Wall Street Journal
Jan. 16, 2018 11:52 a.m. ET


Standard Oil Co. and American Telephone and Telegraph Co. were the technological titans of their day, commanding more than 80% of their markets.

Todays tech giants are just as dominant: In the U.S., Alphabet Inc.s Google drives 89% of internet search; 95% of young adults on the internet use a Facebook Inc. product; and Inc. now accounts for 75% of electronic book sales. Those firms that arent monopolists are duopolists: Google and Facebook absorbed 63% of online ad spending last year; Google and Apple Inc. provide 99% of mobile phone operating systems; while Apple and Microsoft Corp. supply 95% of desktop operating systems.

A growing number of critics think these tech giants need to be broken up or regulated as Standard Oil and AT&T once were. Their alleged sins run the gamut from disseminating fake news and fostering addiction to laying waste to small towns shopping districts. But antitrust regulators have a narrow test: Does their size leave consumers worse off?

By that standard, there isnt a clear case for going after big techat least for now. They are driving down prices and rolling out new and often improved products and services every week.

That may not be true in the future: If market dominance means fewer competitors and less innovation, consumers will be worse off than if those companies had been restrained. The impact on innovation can be the most important competitive effect in an antitrust case, says Fiona Scott Morton, a Yale University economist who served in the Justice Departments antitrust division under Barack Obama.

Google which has spent the past eight years in the sights of European and American antitrust authorities, is hardly a price gouger. Most of its products are free to consumers and the price advertisers pay Google per click has fallen by a third the past three years. The company remains an innovation powerhouse, investing in new products such as its voice-activated assistant Google Home.

Googles booth at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

Yet Googles monopoly means some features and prices that competitors offered never made it in front of customers. Yelp Inc., which in 2004 began aggregating detailed inform...


Locals support development of the Hoddle Mountain Trail "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

A meeting in Fish Creek last week to support the development of the Hoddle Mountain Trail attracted more than 20 locals, with another 15 sending their apologies. Many of the []

The post Locals support development of the Hoddle Mountain Trail appeared first on Foster Community Online.


Patients breathe easier thanks to Esso/BHP Billiton "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

WITH the generous support of joint venturers, Esso/BHP Billiton, South Gippsland Hospital has been able to purchase a new Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) machine for use in the Urgent []

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DoorDash Is Now Using Its Algorithm To Deliver Extra Food From Restaurants To Food Banks "IndyWatch Feed National"

When youre already delivering food, an extra stop to bring leftovers to the needy isnt that difficult.

Its the end of the day at Bodhi Bowl, a vegan restaurant in downtown L.A., and the chef has eight pounds of leftover rice. By law, it cant be served again the next day in the cafe. When the restaurant first opened in 2017, that extra rice would have been thrown outowner Alison Cruddas couldnt find a place to donate it. Now, however, she can use an app to contact the meal delivery company DoorDash whenever food is ready. A driver shows up and takes the food to the nearby shelter, Midnight Mission, to feed the homeless.

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Listen: Geopolitics Alert Editor Jim Carey on The Anti-Media Radio "IndyWatch Feed National"

Detroit (GPA Listen to Geopolitics Alert editor Jim Careys appearance on January 15ths episode of The Anti-Media Radio.

In the January 15th episode of The Anti-Media Radio, Geopolitics Alert editor Jim Carey calls in to talk to The Anti-Medias Nick Bernabe about several key events of the past few weeks.

Jim and Nick touch on subjects ranging from the accidental emergency alert received by everyone in Hawaii of an impending nuclear holocaust to the failure of the Western-led global financial system and its impending death. The conversation begins in Hawaii and then moves on to the potential war with North Korea and the role China is playing, not just in the Korean conflict but in the greater world.

Below are some links to read as a primer relating to the topics discussed in the show and a youtube link to listen to the episode

From The Anti-Media:

Hawaiians Just Received Inbound Ballistic Missile Threat Emergency Alert

The Whole World Is Sick and Tired of US Foreign Policy

Tillerson and Mattis Holding Trump Back From Launching Attack on North Korea

From Geopolitics Alert: 

Pakistan Ditches Dollar for Yuan Following Trumps Abusive Rhetoric

The Forgotten War: The US Destruction of The DPRK

China isnt Cheating: The Difference Between US and Chinese Investment

Also by Jim Carey relating to the topic:

Who and What Will AI Serve? US and China Give Very Different Answers



Novotel construction coincides with skyrocketing Spectacled Flying fox casualties in Cairns Library Colony "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wildlife rescuer and carer, Rebecca Koller, has observed an unprecedented number of Spectacled flying fox casualties in a traditional breeding site located near a new hotel construction in Cairnes. The spectacled flying fox is a threatened species.[1] Despite many attempts to get the Australian government to investigate and or intervene, the government has failed to get back to her. This is even though the problem has received extensive publicity and the species is about to have its threatened status upgraded from vulnerable to endangered. The source of this article is correspondence between Ms Koller and The Australian Wildlife Protection Council.

On Wed, 3 Jan 2018 at 11:51 AM, Rebecca Koller wrote to Craig Thomson, the president of the Australian Wildlife Protection Council (AWPC), asking for his advice and or assistance based on his knowledge of our government and wildlife protection.

Ms Koller is a flying fox carer from Far North Queensland and the Wildlife advisor of the Cairns Flying Fox advisory board.

Here is the website she posts to:

She has been documenting the Spectacled flying fox deaths and orphans at the Cairns Library flying fox colony. Despite numerous attempts, she had received no communication from the Australian federal government regarding her requests for it to intervene or investigate the unprecedented number of pups from this breeding season found dead or orphaned.

The camp referred to carries about 4000 flying foxes. Ms Koller says that this is a huge reduction on previous seasons. Since September 15th 2017, there were 898 flying foxes dead or orphaned from this one camp, compared with 366 last season. In her opinion and that of other wildlife carers, the increased casualties are attributable to the construction work directly across from the roost trees.

Listen to a really informative ABC FM interview with Rebecca Koller on the flying foxes:



How The CIA Used Feminism To Destabilize Society "IndyWatch Feed National"

 The CIA has a lot to answer for.  I personally never guessed that this is part of the CIA Gestalt.  It makes me extremely angry.

Let me tell you why.  Deleterious social changes have been ongoing during my entire lifetime.  I had presumed rather naturally that they were driven by natural causes that simply were not been addressed.   Unfortunate but then we live in an age of rapidly changing data flow and experimentation.

How The CIA Used Feminism To Destabilize Society

"In the 1960s, the elite media invented second-wave feminism as part of the elite agenda to dismantle civilization and create a New World Order."

Since writing these words last week, I have discovered that before she became a feminist leader, Gloria Steinem worked for the CIA spying on Marxist students in Europe and disrupting their meetings.



The Peace Boat is on its way to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"



Right now, the Peace Boat is on its way to Australia. The Making Waves speaking tour will feature second-generation nuclear test survivor Karina Lester, ICAN Ambassador Scott Ludlam, hibakusha from Hiroshima and Nagasaki and former dairy farmers from Fukushima, all travelling aboard the floating international peace village. Join the tour and help us amplify the call for Australia and Japan to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.


Thursday 25 January 12-2pm

Foley Hall, Mouat St (between High St and Croke St) at Notre Dame University

Register here.


Monday 29 January 6-7:30pm

Gallery Yampu, 1 Jenkins St, Birkenhead

Register here.


Thursday 1 February 6-8pm

The Cube, ACMI

Register here.


Friday 2 February 12:30-2pm

Parliament Lawns, Salamanca Place. In the event of wet weather, we will move the event into Parliament House.

Free event. Register here.




Renewable Energy: the mad saga continues "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) lobbies hard for renewable subsidies and estimates global clean energy investment at $333 billion. This excludes hydro-electricity other than Politically Correct small hydro.  Some 85 per cent of expenditure is in wind or solar with the rest including biomass, electric vehicles and waste-to-energy.

In a press release of 16 January, BNEF includes the following graphic of Australian renewable investment trends.

To recap, in Australia electricity from subsidised renewable energy and wind is the cheapest of those sources costs three times as much as energy from coal.  It is viable only because the government requires increasing proportions of energy it designates as renewable to be incorporated in our supply and therefore in our bills.

This results in a subsidy, which at present is $85 per MWh for wind and large scale solar, and $40 for rooftop solar.  Those sums are on top of the market price all energy receives.  That market price used to be around $40 per MWh but, as a result of closures caused by subsidised wind forcing increased costs on coal and gas generators, it is now around $90 per MWh; research conducted by the Minerals Council puts new build for coal at under $50 per MWh, costs that are consistent with those estimated for the thousand plus coal generators being built, mainly in Asia.

The upshot is a double whammy we replace low cost highly reliable electricity with supplies that are three times as expensive and which are highly unreliable and we call that progress!!  The $9 billion of subsidy-induced malinvestment in renewables last year alone would have been sufficient to finance over 4,000 MW of new coal plant more than double the capacity of the now closed Hazelwood station, even if it is in fashionable but high cost low emissions plant.  That would have returned prices to their 2015 level,  half those now prevailing, and given us the reliability that is now a wistful nostalgia.

At pre...


Australian university is world's first to go fully solar-powered "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In a move that will make the Sydney institution the world's first university to be energy carbon neutral, the University of New South Wales has inked a deal to meet all its electricity needs with solar energy from next year onwards.


Euro Capital Flows or Speculation? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Is the euro really going up on capital inflows or speculation leverage?

ANSWER: We are not picking up any real net capital outflows from the USA to Europe. It appears to be speculation on the currency markets in anticipation of higher interest rates coming down the line. But real capital has not begun to move and will not seriously move in until there are higher positive rates.

More concerning has been net outflows from the USA to emerging market debt. This has been a trend led by pension funds trying to earn higher yields. They need higher returns to try to cover net losses in interest income because of the lower rates. This is very dangerous for when the dollar reverses and rises into 2021, that emerging market debt will go into default. This will only further the Monetary Crisis we see coming in the 2020-2021 time period. Meanwhile, Excess Reserves at the Fed rose during 2017 up from the low in 2016. European banks have been parking cash at the Fed since 2016 to avoid the negative rates at the ECB. We need to see that rate rise a...


To Trade anything You Must Understand What is Happening "IndyWatch Feed National"


I took your advice back in November about a potential January DJ high and it has paid off for me well.
I am a small-time personal investor and am wondering about the content of the Vertical Market Report is this something tailor made for the Professional / Hedge fund trader?
I am considering purchasing but given the price, I would like it to be beneficial given my situation.
Appreciate any further advice you can give,


ANSWER: That Report is NOT for in-and-out trading. It covers position investing so you do not have to be in and out. You are not trying to sell the precise high. You position trade this type of market and it tells you when to get out. However, the most important aspect is the report explains what is unfolding. You have to have CONFIDENCE in order to trade a market. If you understand what is unfolding, then you can trade it. If you lack the understanding, you will not be able to invest or trade.


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00007 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.45 AUD


PERTH Australias biggest drug bust: eight accused of $1 billion meth haul face court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Australias biggest drug bust: eight accused of $1 billion meth haul face court .

January 17, 2018 at 02:07PM .

Perth Magistrates Court was told that a mini-brief of evidence was being prepared by the Commonwealth prosecutors, which it is hoped will be handed to various defence lawyers in the coming weeks. The cases of all eight men were transferred to the Supreme Court and adjourned until March. .


PERTH A Former Perth High School Teacher Is Facing Child Sex Abuse Charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A Former Perth High School Teacher Is Facing Child Sex Abuse Charges .

January 17, 2018 at 11:07AM .

A former Perth Catholic School teacher has been charged with multiple accounts of child sex charges, dating as far back as 1979. The unnamed man was a teacher at Catholic schools in Bedford and Tuart Hill where Police alleged he assaulted boys and a man. The Royal Commission allege the man .


PERTH Forrestfield slingshot accused to appear in court next month "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Forrestfield slingshot accused to appear in court next month .

January 17, 2018 at 02:18PM .

He was scheduled to appear in Perth Magistrates Court today over the charges, however he failed to appear. The case was adjourned until February 28. Police officers also arrested and charged Charles Edward Richard Ducker with 18 criminal offences on November 14, 2017 in relation to the attacks. .


PERTH Former Perth Catholic school teacher on historic child sex abuse charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Former Perth Catholic school teacher on historic child sex abuse charges .

January 17, 2018 at 09:37AM .

occurred when the man was a teacher at a Catholic College in Tuart Hill. He will appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday. The investigation is ongoing and detectives urge anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at .



End logging's legal exemption - RFA NO WAY "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

For twenty years the native forest logging industry has been exempt from complying with Federal environment laws. The exemption is granted through the Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs).


Gold & Silver: The Once and Future Money "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

With so much talk about bitcoin lately, I want to talk about another traditional form of money that most people have completely forgotten about

If youre a regular Daily Reckoning reader, you know I write and speak frequently on the role of gold in the monetary system.

But when I speak in public about gold, I inevitably get one question from the audience: What about silver?

Heres my answer to that question:

I love silver!

Some assume I dislike silver as a hard asset for your portfolio because I usually focus on gold. But thats simply not true. I own silver and recommend it to investors.

Do you have a torch, spare batteries and some duct tape stashed away for home emergencies, like power outages or cyclones? Of course you do.

How about 100 ounces of silver coins? If not, you should.

Silver and gold are both precious metals.

From an investment standpoint, silver is more difficult to analyse than gold because gold has almost no uses except as money.

(Gold is widely used in jewellery, but I consider gold jewellery a hard asset; what I call wearable wealth.)

Silver, on the other hand, has many industrial applications.

This means that the price of silver may rise or fall based on industrial utilisation and the business cycle, independent of monetary factors such as inflation, deflation and interest rates.

More importantly, silver, like gold, is a form of money.

Why its actually silver that has
a wider use throughout world history

Gold may have a higher valuation by weight and be scarcer than silver, but silver has seen much wider usage as money throughout world history.

And in an extreme social or infrastructure breakdown in which banks, ATMs and store scanners are offline silver coins might be the only way to buy groceries for your family.

A gold coin is too valuable to exchange for a basket of groceries, but a silver coin or two is just about right.

Bitcoin, which depends upon a normally functioning grid, certainly wont get you anything you need when theres no electricity. Good luck trying.

If a failure happens and dont believe for a second that it couldnt shortages will appear and the price of silver could soar to $60 per ounce or higher, a roughly 250% gain from current levels of about $17.50 per ounce.

Beyond the real possibility of emergencies, my expectation is that as savers and investors lose confidence in central bank money, they will increasingly turn to physical money (gold and silver) as stores o...


"How Is One To Live?" "IndyWatch Feed National"

How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in ones culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.
- Barry Lopez


MACKAY Woman pleads guilty to 21 charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

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GUILTY PLEAS: Mindy Ann Henderson, 33, from North Eton pleaded guilty to a long list of charges in Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday. Facebook. Use this content. Luke Mortimer. by Luke Mortimer. Luke Mortimer. Full Profile Login to follow. A WOMAN from North Eton has pleaded guilty to an

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MACKAY Woman, 27, punches and bites a police officer when she was caught nearly four times over the "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A 27-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to punching and biting a police officer after she was arrested for drunk driving. Tiffany Justine Sara Courtenay was stopped by police last year in Mackay, north of Brisbane, after an officer watched her park her car unevenly, according to the Tweed Daily News.

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MACKAY She bit a police officer on her way to the watch-house "IndyWatch Feed National"

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She bit a police officer on her way to the watch-house

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When told shed be taken to Mackay Watch-house, Courtenay lashed out, prosecutor Sheena Hayes told Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday. Courtenay fronted the court pleading guilty to serious assault of police and driving under the influence on December 3, 2017. Ms Hayes said Courtenay broke

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MACKAY Fingerprint on keys could determine vehicle theft case "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Fingerprint on keys could determine vehicle theft case

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A FINGERPRINT on a key could determine whether a Mackay woman is ultimately found guilty of vehicle theft. Amanda Leigh Banks, 29, was released from prison on bail recently, after being charged with two counts of stealing vehicles. Banks faced Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink from prison

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Talk Nation Radio: Jackson Lears on the Russiagate Religion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jackson Lears is the Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University. Lears is the editor of the journal Raritan: A Quarterly Review. His books include: Something for Nothing: Luck in America and Fables of Abundance: A Cultural History of Advertising in America. He recently wrote an article called What We Dont Talk about When We Talk about Russian Hacking for the London Review of Books.

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Aussie complaints headed to FBI on Clinton Foundation's dealings Down Under "IndyWatch Feed National"

Retired Australian police detective Michael Smith has accumulated startling evidence of millions of dollars mishandled An Australian investigative journalist who is a retired police detective said Tuesday he has been asked to provide the FBI with details about multiple allegations of mishandling millions of dollars contributed to the Clinton Foundation by the Aussie government. "I have been asked to provide the FBI with further and better particulars about allegations regarding improper donations to the CF funded by Australian taxpayers," Michael Smith told LifeZette.


How do you solve a problem like the African Gang Crisis? "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is no doubt that the formation of racist street patrols is newsworthy, however we may never know why Channel Seven felt the need to woo these neo-Fascists with such soft balls. Possibly it was in the interests of keeping them sweet to guarantee that next exclusive interview, maybe it was to keep things interesting for their next awful Underbelly knock-off.


Rethinking our National Holiday "IndyWatch Feed National"

Let's include First People:
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Lets work towards an inclusive Australia Day for all "IndyWatch Feed National"

Momentum for changing the date of Australia Day from January 26 has made its way to Canberra this week. Just yesterday, the Greens committed to campaign on the issue both at a Federal and local government level.

ANTaR has been campaigning for changing the date for a number of years now, and heres why.

For anyone familiar with Australian history, the arrival of the British in Sydney Cove on January 26, 1788 did not set off a peaceful 200 years of coexistence based on agreement to hand over land, resources and the system of law/lore.

For the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation, whose land it is that the British took that day, a foreign people had arrived and proceeded to steal their land in Sydney Cove. The colonists planted a flag, cut down trees, and took what space they needed to establish their camp.

Please help Australia come to terms with what January 26 represents to First People, please sign our Sea of Hands Pledge.

Thinking of how to mark the day? We've collated some of the events and rallies led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that are being held on the 26 January. View the list here.
Interested in volunteering with ANTaR on Survival Day at Yabun Festival in Sydney? Find out more here.

Not long after, there was armed conflict, commencing years of frontier conflict, massacres, forcibly stealing other First Nations land, moving them off it, stealing vital food resources, and smashing the way of life that had been lived for thousands of years in those places.

The uninvited British arrival and encampment in Sydney Cove January 26 1788, was both a staging post, and the start, of a long invasion of First Peoples land.

An invasion of a continent that was home to 250+ nations of Australias First Peoples, inter-connected by trade, sharing knowled...


Actor Jessica Falkholt dies in hospital "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Home and Away actor Jessica Falkholt has died in hospital a week after a funeral was held in Sydney for her sister and parents following a horror Boxing Day car crash.

The 29-year-old had been in a critical condition in St George Hospital after being pulled from the wreckage on December 26 the NSW South Coast along with her 21-year-old sister Annabelle, who later died.

Jessica died in hospital at 10.20am on Wednesday, the hospital says.

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Bannon refused to answer House panel's questions about time in White House "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bannon refused to answer House panel's questions about time in White House | 16 Jan 2018 | President Donald Trump's former adviser Steve Bannon refused to answer questions Tuesday from the House intelligence committee about his time in the White House, prompting panel members to subpoena him on the spot, according to a person familiar with the interview. Bannon appeared before the committee as part of its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, speaking just weeks after a falling-out with Trump over comments he made in an explosive new book. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) confirmed Tuesday that he issued a subpoena for Bannon.


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Uhuru Meets Kenyan-born Australian Senator Gichuhi
 Kenya Daily Nation
President Uhuru Kenyatta with Kenyan-born Australian Senator Lucy Gichuhi, who paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi on January 16, 2018. PHOTO | PSCU

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He said the exchange of ideas should also apply at the professional and cultural levels.
Right from her campaign, the senator said she wanted to set an example for her children.


When her family left for Australia at a time when they and the country were facing a difficult period, not much had prepared Lucy Gichuhi for her life right now.

At, 55, she is the first senator of African descent in the Australian Senate.

Ms Gichuhis story is that of a foreign country that opened its arms to her raw dream, and consistent effort at getting involved in politics and wanting the best for herself and her children.


On Tuesday, Ms Gichuhi was hosted by President Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi, and was given the honour of a foreign dignitary something she could not have imagined when her family left for Australia in 1999.

During the meeting, President Kenyatta said he was particularly keen to see a regular exchange programme that would facilitate sharing of ideas between Kenyan and Australian people.

He said the exchange of ideas should also apply at the professional and cultural levels among other areas of mutual benefit.

The Head of State said Kenya could learn a lot from Australia which has been a democracy for 200 years.

The meeting was also attended by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, Principal Secretary Monica Juma and High Commissioner to Australia Isaiya Kabira.


Speaking on he journey to becoming a senator, Ms Gichuhi in an interview last week at her home in Hiriga Nyeri County said: My toughest moment was getting to the point where I would have lost going to the Senate.

Not because I am not competent, experienc...


Kennt ihr den schon? Die Weltbank reagiert auf die ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kennt ihr den schon? Die Weltbank reagiert auf die neue linke Regierung in Chile mit Abwertung im Ranking? Weil, das wei doch jeder, Linke haben keine Ahnung von Wirtschaft!1!! Die machen immer nur alles kaputt, indem sie ganz viel neue Schulden aufnehmen! (Ich erwhne das deshalb, weil Trump gerade ber eine Billion Dollar neue Schulden gemacht hat).

Nun, das war nicht diese Tage, die Regierung regiert schon eine Weile in Chile, und mit der Wirtschaft ging es trotz der Sabotage durch die Weltbank nicht schlechter als vorher.

Der Weltbank-Chef zeigt daher heute ein bisschen Reue. Wie? Nein, nicht, dass er das getan hat. Er bereut, wie das jetzt aussieht. Bedauerliches Misverstndnis!1!


Ira Magaziner, Chair CF CHAI, "We can't deal with risk averse donors. We can't honestly say we're not going to waste some money". "IndyWatch Feed National"

We cant deal with risk-averse (donors). We cant honestly tell people were going to succeed and not going to waste some money. Ira Magaziner, Chairman, Clinton Foundation HIV/Aids Initiative Inc - May/June 2005 You are right to wonder why we needed the Clinton Foundation when Australian governments are so good...


The Bumpy Road Down, Part 3 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Irv Mills has now published the third episode in his Bumpy Road Down series. Its gotten a lot of interest on Facebook, and I think his own blog is getting a lot of hits too, as the interest in collapse ramps up everywhere as more and more people are waking up to the fact most things are going awry in the world.

Ive already told him I disagree with his collapse diagram. For starters, the carrying capacity line is neither straight nor flat. So much farm land, particularly in India and North America has been decimated by fossil fuled fertilisers, that re-instating them to their former organic glory will be a huge challenge that will require a long time during which a lot of people will unfortunately starve. On top of this, we have wrecked global fisheries, which were an important pre FF source of food  My best take on this is Paul Chefrukas diagram which I published with his article here  It too shows a bumpy road down, and no carrying capacity limit. I think the post FF carrying capacity will be the same as the pre FF carrying capacity, only worse thanks to the ecological damage our insane use of FFs has caused. How one quatifies this, I dont know, but Im sure it would take a lot of research.

Anyhow, enjoy the read, and make sure you comment, Im always interested in what you think. Leave comments at Irvs site too.  Im sure hed like the feedback!



Irv Mills



Cycle guide to north east Victoria "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

This is another great guide to north east Victoria. Like the Walk and Trails guide, the Bright and Surrounds cycle guide provides a fantastic introduction to all types of riding in the area from Myrtleford to Mt Beauty and Falls Creek to Dinner Plain.

It includes easy, family friendly riding, road riding options and the many shared trails (including the popular Rail Trails) plus details on Mountain bike riding. It is produced by the Alpine Shire. You can get free copies in local tourist information centres or download it as a pdf here.


Cranberries singers death not suspicious "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dolores ORiordan of The Cranberries performs live in concert at F1 Rocks at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, Australia. (

The death in London of Cranberries lead singer Dolores ORiordan is not being treated as suspicious, police say, as tributes flow for one of Irelands most successful artists.

ORiordan, 46, was found dead in a London hotel on Monday morning during a recording trip to London ahead of a planned tour, her publicist said. No cause of death has been given.

London police said in a statement that a 46-year-old woman was discovered at a hotel in Londons Park Lane early on Monday and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The death is not being treated as suspicious, the statement said.

ORiordan was catapulted to fame as a shy 22-year-old in 1993 when songs from her debut album were picked up by MTV. The band, whose hits included Linger and Zombie went on to sell over 40 million records to become Irelands second-best-selling rock band after U2.

She struggled at times with the bands success, dropping out of a tour in 1996 citing exhaustion and disillusionment and later leaving her native Ireland for several years to avoid the spotlight.

After she pleaded guilty to headbutting and spitting at an Irish police officer in 2014, she told an interviewer that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was struggling with the breakdown of her marriage.

Irelands Prime Minister joined a chorus of praise for ORiordans work, describing her as the voice of her generation.

U2 said in a tweet that they were floored by the news of her death.

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Kids newspaper cant afford to stay open "IndyWatch Feed National"

A national Childrens newspaper is set to fold because of a lack of funds.

National paper for children Crinkling News says its being forced to fold eight months after a crowd-funding campaign to keep it publishing.

The weekly newspaper says its made the $212,303 raised in May stretch as far as it possibly could and doesnt have the resources to continue.

It was obviously a really, really tough decision and were obviously devastated, editor Saffron Howden told AAP on Tuesday.

The paper began nearly two years ago. It was written by adults, and children contributed opinion pieces, reviews and acted as junior reporters.

Weve done a new type of journalism at a very high standard where were involving our readers and helping them understand how news and journalism works, Ms Howden said.

We hope that we have got some momentum going in this space are there other people with deeper pockets who can continue it?

Crinkling News said it would refund readers the remainder of their subscriptions.

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NSW hazardous surf, hot weather warning "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rock fishermen are being urged to stay safe, with hazardous surf predicted for today. Photo Shutterstock

Beachgoers in NSW have been warned to be aware of hazardous surf conditions across the states coastline.

While there wont be a repeat of the damaging surf conditions which closed most of the patrolled beaches on Tuesday, the surf will still be large and powerful on Wednesday, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

Hazardous surf is large and powerful and dangerous for typical coastal activities especially rock fishing, duty forecaster Andrew Haigh told AAP.

Temperatures across NSW are also forecast to start heating up with parts of the state expected to reach 40C on Thursday.

Wentworth in the states far south west is forecast to reach 42C and Broken Hill in the far west of NSW is expected to reach 40C on Thursday.

The high temperatures will continue into the weekend as Penrith is forecast to reach 42C on Friday and Saturday and the mercury is set to reach 44C in Ivanhoe in central NSW on Saturday.

The NSW Rural Fire Service has warned residents to prepare for the high temperatures and increased fire danger.

Temperatures will reach the mid-40s in a number of areas and the Bureau of Meteorology forecast indicates there is little relief in sight, with little to no rain forecast during the coming hot spell, NSW RFS commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said in a statement.

The forecast heatwave will elevate the risk of fire and total fire bans are likely to be declared for some areas, so I urge landholders, homeowners, businesses and holidaymakers to consider how they will be impacted and begin making their preparations today.

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The Ocean City Lawsuit Explained, a Bit. "IndyWatch Feed National"

OC Blog photo 2018Ocean City, Maryland, Spring 2017. This photo was taken just before the Town of Ocean City passed the emergency ordinance addressing the panic officials claim bare-chested women would create on the beach.


So after a summer of patient deliberation turned into an autumn of patient deliberation, we have finally filed our civil rights complaint against the Town of Ocean Citys unconstitutional ordinance banning female, but not male, bare-chestedness.

Rather than rehash the story, which is easy enough to find on this blog and through a simple Google search, I thought I would instead do an FAQ about topfreedom and what parts of this lawsuit I can speak to for the benefit of supporters and detractors checking in here as a result of the recent news coverage regarding our lawsuit.

Please understand that I cannot answer certain questions, mostly the ones that require me to make legal arguments.  Lawyers are involved now finally.  Thank goodness.  So with that said, welcome, or welcome back.  Im excited to have this underway.

Q:  There are so many bigger concerns in the...

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