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Monday, 18 December


Every 45 minutes, I was sold for $120 to $350: Former sex slave recalls brutal life in brothels "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

At 21, Shandra Woworunti was a financial analyst in her native Indonesia but in 1998, she lost her job in the Asian banking crisis. In 2001, at age 24, she answered an ad for a six-month seasonal job in the United States thinking she would work as a waitress in the hotel industry. She said a man named Johnny Wong picked her up at Kennedy Airport in Queens and delivered her to another man. "I saw the man hand a big envelope of money to Johnny Wong," Woworunti recalled. Woworunti was entering the world of human trafficking. She was turned over to other men and ended up at a house in Bayside, Queens, she said, where the owner put Woworunti and two other young women in the attic. She said he ordered them to undress to make sure they didn't have a skin disease. Woworunti said that when she refused, the man put a gun to her forehead. Woworunti said she quickly realized she would have to comply with the wishes of her customers. "Every 45 minutes, I was sold for $120 to $350," Woworunti said. "I was trafficked in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan. Up and down I-95. I used to get trafficked to Foxwoods Casinos." Woworunti fled ... and ended up on the streets until a sailor in the U.S. Navy noticed her and contacted the FBI. Woworunti told federal agents what she knew, and the FBI eventually raided the house in Sunset Park that she'd escaped from. Now, Woworunti is about to be honored for the organization she founded, Mentari, which helps trafficking survivors mainstream back into society.

Note: For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing sexual abuse scandal news articles from reliable major media sources.


Safe Arrival gets underway "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

police 5POLICE patrolling Lysaght Street Fairy Meadow have stopped a Honda Odyssey for a random breath test, finding the driver was disqualified until 2029.

The 40-year-old man was issued a court attendance notice to appear at Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday February 6.

Operation Safe Arrival, the States Christmas and New Year road safety campaign, got underway on Friday, and will continue until Monday January 1.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy of the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command said there are more police on roads targeting drivers for dangerous behaviours that may result in loss of life on our roads, including; speeding, drink and drug-driving, mobile phone use, and not wearing seatbelts, and double demerits apply throughout the duration of the operation.



Students build Bulli cabins "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery congratulates students Anthony Ellem, Alecksander Jaime and Lachlan Marshall at the new cabins at Bulli Beach Tourist Park.

THREE new cabins have been built at the Bulli Beach Tourist Park by Wollongong TAFE students as part of their certificate in construction course.

The 18 students constructed the cabins during 2017 as part of their prevocational course in construction.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the partnership to construct cabins is a great initiative for the students, TAFE and Council.

Council has been involved with this partnership for more than 13 years now and Im very proud of the fact that 48 cabins have been built in this time. And even more significantly Council has had a hand in training and finding employment for those students in the Certificate in Construction at TAFE in that time.

Construction is a major driver in our local economy and this is one way that Council is playing its part in developing skills in this area. This year 18 students began the course and by the end of it four of the students have found employment and have begun their apprenticeships. This is a grea...


The Australian Accused: A Complete List Of The #metoo Fall Out So Far "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hollywood and America are reeling and Australia is about to be. At least, thats been the growing expectation in Australian media for the last few months.

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations and the global #metoo campaign, more than 40 powerful American men have been outed as serial sexual harassers, abusers or rapists.

The dam, however, hasnt yet burst in Australia. So far, only five men a politician, two entertainers, a lawyer and a music producer have been publicly accused of sexual misconduct, and unlike the outpouring of apologies from Hollywood, in Australia four of the five have so far vehemently denied the allegations levelled against them.


Brief details of each case are printed below. Well keep updating this list as it inevitably grows.


Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet. He is the co-creator of the ABC series Rake, which is basely loosely on his life and career.CHARLES WATERSTREET, criminal barrister
New Matilda investigation, October 24, 2017

The Sydney barrister and the real-life inspiration for the popular ABC drama Rake is accused of multiple counts of sexually harassing women in his workplace.

New Matilda broke the story when 21-year-old University of Sydney law student Tina Huang went public to reveal Waterstreet played her a video of him receiving a handjob just 20 minutes into her August job interview.

Since then, a former staffer, Genevieve Wilks, has described serial sexual harassment by Waterstreet, and a second interviewee has alleged similar conduct to what Tina Huang endured.

For his part, Waterstreet continues to deny any wrongdoing. The New Matilda investigation is ongoing.


TV presenter and serial sexual harasser and bully, Don Burke.DON BURKE, former TV celebrity
Joint ABC-SMH investigation, November 27, 2017...


David Bidstrup: Its time we shot the horse. "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

There were 5 articles about electricity in my daily papers today, (18 December 2017).

The front page of The Australian tells us that Power bill relief is on the way, from the middle of next year.

Apparently this will be achieved by more renewable generation.

Here in the electric la-la land of South Australia, where cheap generation assets are demolished and more fans and batteries are added our average wholesale power price to date, (end November), in 2017 is $123 per megawatt-hour, (AEMO data).

In 2016 it was $90 and in 2015 it was $55, (AEMO data).

The change from 2015 to 2016 was +64% and the change from 2016-2017 was +37%.

The 2 year change is +124%.

2016 was the year Northern Power station closed and 2017 was the year Hazelwood closed.

Any analysis of price changes always show how prices have risen as the percentage of renewable generation increases but now it is going to be different.

We are told that 3,900 megawatts capacity of renewables will be added between now and 2019/20.

This will produce about 30% of rated capacity when the wind blows and nothing when it doesnt.

We will pay about $80 per megawatt-hour through the RET on top of whatever the generators get for their electricity.

While this happens the Yallourn power station in Victoria is soon to be another victim of the lunatic government in Victoria and the mob that is getting out of coal but isnt will soon consign Liddell to the same fate as Northern Power station.

The Advertiser heads its Editorial End power pain and makes the comment that Canberra showed poor leadership as a lost decade in climate and energy policy worsened the problem -really?

Add to that the terribly bad state governments we have, led by nincompoops, dreamers and political opportunists and I wonder why I bother writing this stuff.

The economic and social damage from this slavish attachment to saving the planet is immense.

People lose jobs, employers can no longer afford to operate their businesses and thousands cannot afford the ever increasing cost of electricity.

It is insane.

We have fastened the economic cart to the renewables horse and found out that we cannot control it.

We keep getting offered new horses but they are all expensive duds. No one in power is smart enough to see that the best solution is to shoot the horse, not get more of the same.

A couple of quotes from Bertrand Russell to finish off:

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whate...


Military investigators question Mayor Claar about UFOs (Fiction) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sources say military investigators questioned Mayor Roger Claar for about an hour about Clow UFO Base:

Many sources in Village Hall say the investigators were from the successor program to the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program.  They were investigating a UFO sighting in California.  These sources said the investigators considered Claar a person of interest because he has family in California, and because of the Babblers articles about Claar being the administrator of Clow UFO Base.

Clow is an airport, Claar allegedly replied.  It is not a UFO Base.  You cant believe anything you read in the Babbler!

Thats interesting, one investigator allegedly replied.  PZ Myers says the same thing about the Babbler. But we spoke with military personnel who used to be close to PZ, and they said you cannot believe anything PZ says.  So if PZ is saying

Oh, thats just great!  Claar allegedly snapped back.

Sources agree that the investigators showed Claar pictures of every UFO sighting in Illinois and California.

Claar, the sources say, was not happy with the questions:

Just because something is unidentified, does not mean it is from outer space!  It could be drones, clouds, or hoaxes.  Dont you guys read the Skeptical Inquirer?

Our superior officer says we shouldnt read articles by people who dont believe in UFOs.  They foster doubt about our mission.  If we doubt our mission, then we start doubting our superior officers.  If that happens, then who knows what would happen to the military.

I dont want to know.

Near the end, Claar pulled out his delegate card from the 2016 Republican Convention:

See this card. It means I voted for our President at the convention.  I was willing to stick with him no matter how many rounds of votes it took to give him the nomination.  I remained a supporter after he was elected.  I didnt distance myself from him during my last election.  As long as he doesnt try to remove me from office, I will remain loyal to him.  Our President rewards loyalty.  So with that in mind, what do you think he would say if I called him right now?

The investigators thanked him for his time and left.

When this reporter called for a comment, a receptionist answered the phone:

Roger is...


Melbourne, Australia: Sex Workers Sabotage Rad-Fem Office to Mark International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers "IndyWatch Feed National"

sw 17 dec

Received on 18.12.17:

As our contribution to a global campaign marking International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, activist whores in so-called Melbourne, Australia, undertook an action to raise awareness of the discrimination, marginalisation and criminalisation we experience.

Among other issues, our communities are susceptible to intersecting systemic marginalisation manifesting as:

assault and extortion by State institutions (police/ military/ judiciary);
stigma and discrimination from upright citizens (e.g. neighborhood vigilante groups);
ostracism which impacts upon those close to us (including our children and intimate partners).

Similarly, we are misrepresented in the mainstream media by stale narratives depicting us as hapless victims, softhearted and misguided Pretty Woman-esq naifs, gold diggers, or drug addled vectors of disease. With the exception of our own media, whores are never depicted as the loud, proud, strong, savvy, independent, and engaged people so many of us really are.

On whore instigated days of action such as 17 December, International Day to End Violence...


Exclusive: Interview With Australian Blockchain Startup Power Ledger Co-Founder Jemma Green "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Exclusive: Interview With Australian Blockchain Startup Power Ledger Co-Founder Jemma Green appeared first on CCN

Australian solar startup Power Ledger believes that blockchain technology can spur the energy industry to greater efficiency, reducing both distributor waste and consumer costs. Since completing its AUD $34 million initial coin offering (ICO), the company has participated in several high-profile blockchain trials, including one funded by the Australian government. Power Ledger was co-founded by Continued

The post Exclusive: Interview With Australian Blockchain Startup Power Ledger Co-Founder Jemma Green appeared first on CCN


Catholic Church Rejects Key Recommendation of Australian Child Abuse Inquiry "IndyWatch Feed National"

A senior member of Australias Roman Catholic Church has rejected a key recommendation of a five-year inquiry into child sex abuse. The Royal Commission has made more than 400 recommendations, including the creation of a new National Office for Child Safety and the requirement that members of the clergy report abuse confided in them during confession.


Shell Vice President Discusses Ethane Cracker Construction in Pennsylvania "IndyWatch Feed National"

The construction workforce will peak at 6,000. The landscape is rapidly changing.

Exclusive: Shells VP of Penna. Chemicals (Hilary Mercer) talks PE and construction

From an Article by Martina Asbury, Petrochemical Update, December 15, 2017

Construction at Shells world scale $6 billion petrochemical complex near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has begun, and as the first major U.S. project of its type to be built outside the Gulf Coast in 20 years, Shell is paving the way for a major Appalachia chemical region, industry analysts told Petrochemical Update.

When built, the facility will include an ethane cracker with an approximate annual average capacity of 3.3 billion pounds of ethylene; three polyethylene (PE) units with a combined annual production capacity of approximately 3.5 billion pounds; and power and steam generation, storage, logistics, cooling water and water treatment, emergency flare, buildings and warehouses.

Commercial production is expected to begin early in the next decade.

In an exclusive interview with Petrochemical Update, Hilary Mercer, VP Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals, shares her personal insights and reflections on her role in building Shells new PE business.

From game-changer to crisis manager through a variety of primarily Integrated Gas (LNG) projects and geographies across Shell, Hilary Mercers 30-year career trajectory has landed her as the recently named VP, Pennsylvania Chemicals. She joins this adventure from her project leadership role at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje, South Korea, contributing to readying Prelude, the worlds first floating LNG facility, for it sail away to gas fields off the coast of Western Australia.

First in Appalachia

Mercer radiates excitement and pride as she describes building the legacy she now leads with her General Manager of PE Marketing, the Asset Manager and the Project Director. As the Business Opportunity Manager (BOM) for the new asset, she describes so many firsts: Shell as a new entrant to the PE market, having exited it decades ago; the facility, a first of its kind in the Appalachian region.

As BOM, she describes her role as forging alignment between the PE Marketing, the Proj...


Tried But Not Trusted "IndyWatch Feed National"

Todays Guest Author is one of the brightest and most articulate young prospects to appear on the Scarborough & Whitby local politics scene in a very long tine HUGO FEARNLEY, local business owner and Chair of the Whitby Branch Labour Party who writes about trust and transparency and their absence at Scarborough Borough Council.


Tried But Not Trusted

How government is failing the many and weakening society

Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.

  William E. Gladstone

Whilst I cant say I agree with all of Gladstones  policies or statements, I think that in essence the quote above still rings true today.

Trust is a hugely valuable commodity which can only be sustained by reciprocal relationships, but appears to have been squandered by those organisations that rely on it the most. We are living in an age of unprecedented mistrust in our established institutions, with confidence in our press, the police, big business, banks and politicians at an all time low. For the purpose of this article I shall focus on the last group of people on that list, our elected government officials;  a group of people in this country who according to a recent study by the OECD now command the confidence of just 41% of the population to do whats right always or most of the time. For comparison, in India that figure is 73% and in Switzerland it is as high as 80%.

Having campaigned in 3 elections this year (County Council, General Election and Borough Council by-election), I have had the valuable opportunity to talk to a great number of local people on their own doorsteps and on their own terms. As you might imagine, their concerns ranged from dismay at the lack of action to fix our crumbling piers, to frustration that the local housing market was not working for them. I spoke to people who had been ground down by the continued squeeze on their wages and to people with chronic long term health issues that felt hopeless after seeing their disability payments slashed. I chatted with bright young people who saw no opportunity to build a career and start a family in the place where they were born.

The list of concerns was long and varied, but when it came to possible solutions the answer on the doorstep was often the same; We cant trust the politicians to sort this out.

And when it came...


Flume just dropped new music as part of a new Greenpeace video "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Considering that almost a year ago, Flume managed to top the 2016 Hottest 100 countdown, he wouldve been forgiven if he just decided to take a year off, playing the occasional show here and there. Instead, the Sydney muso has been hard at work, teasing collaborations with Gorillaz, and having just supplied the soundtrack for a new Greenpeace video.

As Pitchfork reports, Flume recently released a video onto YouTube simply titled Flume x Greenpeace. The video, a 1:31 second affair, is comprised of underwater images of the Great Barrier Reef and factories, along with some rather trippy video effects at times.

The music shows off the instrumental side of Flumes talents, showing a sound more reminiscent of work by acts such as Boards Of Canada, Aphex Twin, and others.

The video ends with the rather stark statement, climate change is wrecking the Great Barrier Reef, and provides a website address which gives users the chance to sign a petition to help stop the big polluters from destroying our climate.

As summer approaches, Flumes video reminds us whats at stake and why its so important that we get as many people as possible to join the fight to stop the expansion of the fossil fuel industry, the petition states. We are the last line of defence. And we can work together to stand up against big polluters and hold our governments to account.

If you havent been paying much attention to what Flumes been up to this year, he released the second volume in his series of companion EPs to his 2016 record Skin. The EP also contained Flumes most recent single, Hyperreal, which according to bookies, is in with a chance to chart in the 2017 Hottest 100.

Could Flume top the countdown two years running? Or could we see his Greenpeace collab entering as a late-entry? Only time will tell, but while you wait, dont neglect to sign the Great Barrier Reef petition mentioned above.

Check out Flumes Greenpeace video:


No EVMs Tampered With in Gujarat Assembly Elections: CEC "IndyWatch Feed National"

All arrangements have been made in Gujarat by the chief electoral officer of the state in view of the counting, A.K. Joti said.

Achal Kumar Joti

CEC A.K. Joti. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti on Monday said that no electronic voting machines (EVMs) had been tampered with as far as the Gujarat assembly polls were concerned, reported ANI.

Questions raised about EVM tampering had already been answered, Joti said, adding that voting had been conducted through voter verified paper audit trails (VVPATs) that enabled people to see who they had voted for. All arrangements have been made in Gujarat by the chief electoral officer of the state in view of the counting, he said.

Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam earlier in the day said that the Bharatiya Janata Partys victory in Gujarat was not because of the people of the state but because of EVMs. He termed EVMs a big threat to Indian democracy.

When the entire Gujarat was against the BJP and empty chairs could be seen du...


Chinas Foreign Ministry Initiated Upcoming Israeli-Palestinian Meeting in Beijing "IndyWatch Feed National"

In bid to raise countrys profile in Middle East, Chinas foreign minister, deputy to meet on weekend with teams led by Nabil Shaath, presidential adviser on international affairs, and Zionist Union MK Hilik Bar

BEIJING China will host a symposium for Palestinian and Israeli peace advocates in Beijing from Dec 21 to 22, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Friday (Dec 15) during a regular press briefing.

The symposium will be attended by Mr Nabil Shaath, foreign affairs adviser to the Palestinian president, and Mr Hilik Bar, Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, reported state news agency Xinhua.

Both men will lead delegations at the symposium, said Mr Lu.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will also meet the participants.

The peace symposium was one of the initiatives that Chinese President Xi Jinping said China would set up during his meeting with visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in July.

Then, Mr Xi affirmed Chinas support for a two-state solution to the Palestine issue, and for the establishment of an independent, fully sovereign Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

See also: Haaretz


Corporate Lobby Groups Censoring the Vaccination Debate in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

18 December 2017

On 20 November 2017 the City of Sydney Council removed the promotion of a presentation of university research on vaccination from the Sydney events page. This was done on the basis that they were making a judgement call for the health and well being of the population.

This is Orwellian because the opposite is true; denying the public a discussion of evidence-based research from a university is a danger to the health and well-being of the population. So is framing the debate as anti-vaccination instead of an assessment of the risks of a medical intervention

The Australian governments vaccination policies have removed human rights in Australia without public concern or acknowledgement because the risks of vaccines are being framed by powerful lobby groups as anti-vaccination.

In 2016 the religious freedom to refuse the use of 16 vaccines (~51 doses of vaccines) in children  a medical intervention in healthy people was removed (including conscientious and philosophical objection) for all Australians who rely on welfare benefits or access to childcare centres for early childhood education.

This policy that is not based on scientific evidence will soon be extended to all adults and recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register.

University research is by nature evidence-based information yet my PhD thesis on the control of infectious diseases has been the subject of a smear campaign in the mainstream Australian media and on social media.

This has been organised by subscribers/members of corporate lobby groups theAustralian Skeptics Inc (Stop the Australian Vaccination Network (SAVN)),Friends of Science in Medicine (FoSM) and the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA).

Here is a video of Richard Di Natale, the leader of the Greens Party in Australia, declaring his support for the Stop the Australian Vaccination Network (SAVN) in the Australian parliament.

The individuals he supports in this video were investigated by the police for sending abusive texts and phone calls to Me...


18 December REneweconomy News "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

  • Ramping and duck curves Grid reliability and flexibility in the NEM would be much of an issue for the next few years except for the fact that the coal generation fleet is getting very old.
  • New appointments to the clean energy finance corporation board
    The new appointments bring experience and skills in finance and investment, energy markets and corporate governance skills and add to the geographical diversity to the Board.
  • CWP Asset Management to provide asset management services to two new Wirsol Energy solar farms in Australia CWP Asset Management has been awarded contracts by Wirsol Energy to provide asset management services to two new...


Not from a university, this is news! From ABCNews today - "A Brief History of Attitudes to Women's Pleasure in Australia" "IndyWatch Feed National"

How is this news? Isn't this sort of stuff the domain of academia? Or does the ABC now have an open ticket remit to do whatever its staff want? Good afternoon, this is the ABC and here is the news. Historically, women's pleasure and reproduction were split. Women who felt...


Arrears down again "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

By default

S&P Global Ratings reported that Australia's prime SPIN 30-day delinquencies declined again from 1.08 per cent to 1.04 per cent in October 2017.

Declines were reported in all mainland states and territories. 

Western Australia continued to have the highest rate of 30-day arrears, declining from 2.21 per cent to 2.12 per cent. 

The lowest rate of delinquency was to be found in the ACT at only 0.58 per cent (Canberra has by far the highest incomes on the country). 

In New South Wales 30-day arrears fell from 0.79 per cent to only 0.75 per cent in the month.

Arrears were also below 1 per cent in Victoria and Tasmania. 

While risks remain, S&P Global commented:

"We do not expect arrears to increase much above current levels while benign economic conditions persist." 


Generic drugs billionaire with Clinton Foundation links and his wife found strangled in their home "IndyWatch Feed National"

Barry Sherman's pharma company Apotex was involved in the supply of generic pharmaceuticals under contracts with the Clinton Foundation most recently in Haiti and Rwanda. Pharmaceutical billionaire Barry Sherman and wife strangled Honey Sherman and Barry Sherman. PAUL VIEIRA Dow Jones 3:20PM December 18, 2017 Toronto police say Apotex founder...


George Brandis confirmed as next High Commissioner to UK - what a dismal record he leaves behind "IndyWatch Feed National"

I've had a fair bit to do with George Brandis over the years. He is the source of some of my most deep-seated disappointments. The Trade Union Royal Commission was put together by Brandis, who hand-picked Dyson Heydon and by extension Stoljar et al. Much of the tone and absence...


FixedIt: She wasnt shot by an invisible being, she was shot by a man. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian reported that a man shot a woman in Tasmania last week. Unfortunately they forgot to put him in the headline.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit or are accused of committing, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

But we are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron

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FixedIt: Children can havesex, not even with tourists "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Daily Telegraph reported on the laudable changes to the law that attempt to prevent paedophiles travelling overseas to rape and abuse children. Good story. But its not sex tourism. Its rape and abuse tourism.

Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the violence done to them, and who suffers for years, possibly decades, from the trauma caused by an adults choice to commit that violence.

That word choice is the key. Sex is a choice made by every person involved. Rape and abuse are a choice made only by the perpetrator. The victim has...


FixedIt: Child abusers dont get to set the headlines "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jeremy Lysaght pleaded guilty to using the internet to groom children for sexual abuse. The ABC reported on his sentencing hearing under a headline quoting his attempt to blame his wife for his choices to commit criminal offences.

Most of the article was devoted to his efforts to ascribe his crimes to alcohol, depression (self-diagnosed), anxiety (also self-diagnosed), his wife and his need for an ego boost. It should go without saying that many, many people like a drink, have (genuine) depression and anxiety, unsatisfactory marriages and fragile egos. These things do not cause child abuse. The choice to abuse children causes child abuse.

The articles third and second last paragraph reported a little of what the judge said in response.

Justice Maiden responded: You have a problem with sexualised fantasies about young girls.

The offender appears to have little insight into his offending behaviour.

Journalists cannot provide commentary on trials or hearing still underway and it is not their job to report on what the perpetrator should have said. They can, however, choose how they report on a hearing. A man who commits child abuse and is trying to persuade a judge to give him a light sentence is not the only voice in the court room and should not get to set the narrative of the story of his offending. Journalists can report on the hearing without accepting the offenders excuses and perpetuating the lies he tell himself.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron

Sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and support.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
Ph: 1800 737 732 

Suicide Call Back Service
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ph: 1300 659 467

Kids Helpline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1800 55 1800


6 Prescription Medications That Are Killing You, Not Healing You "IndyWatch Feed National"

People these days think that pharmaceuticals and drugs are the answers to all their problems, but in reality, they are the beginning of your problems! Its insane that the medicine prescribed to help us, actually causes much more damage yet its completely legal and happens everyday.

The best idea for achieving health should be by relying on natural ingredients. Foods, and herbs. However, in a world where holistic healing has been demonized, medicine has actually become a business and healthy people equal less money for the big guys and who wants that? Pharmaceutical drugs are actually designed to cause more problems than they fix because it ensures that youll keep coming back with your money! Humans have never had laboratory created drugs to depend on so why should we now? It is common sense to know that natural medicine is the only medicine that works! Just listen to the drug commercials when they read off the side effects


Some of the most commonly prescribed drugs are also the most deadly. People are getting addicted to medications more than ever and its not just a coincidence; These drugs are very addicting and our bodies come to depend on them. When theyre taken away, lots of things can go wrong. Anywhere from withdrawal symptoms to straight up heart failure, you certainly dont want to end up addicted to anything prescribed by a doctor. In fact, prescription drugs kill twice as many people as all street drugs combined Sit on that one for a minute.

If you are prescribed medications, I sure hope none of them are one of the six below. These drugs are some of the most dangerous drugs out there and ideally the most popular. If you have these in your medication cabinet, throw them out! They cause way more harm than good.


PPIs are also known as Proton Pump Inhibitors. They are mostly distributed for acid reflux and heartburn. You might know them by the more popular and friendly names like...


Churchill man charged following Morwell sexual assault "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

A 21-year-old Churchill man handed themself to police after an alleged sexual assault at a shopping centre in Morwell.


Mayor of Whittlesea City Council, Cr. Kris Pavlidis is the new ECCV Chairperson "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


18th December 2017

Mayor of Whittlesea City Council, Cr. Kris Pavlidis is the new ECCV Chairperson

The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) board of directors have elected Cr. Kris Pavlidis as Chairperson following the annual general meeting, which was held Tuesday 5th December 2017.
Outgoing Chairperson, Mr Eddie Micallef said I would like to congratulate Kris Pavlidis on her appointment. I know Kris will do great things, she has been a key contributor to the board. Cr. Kris Pavlidis brings years of expertise across the government and community sectors.

Cr. Kris Pavlidis was previously ECCVs Womens Policy Advisory Committee Co-Convenor. In this role she has been an influential advocate for women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Cr. Kris Pavlidis is currently the second term elected Mayor of Whittlesea City Council. After twelve years as an elected local government representative Kris steps into the position as ECCV Chair.

The ECCV office bearers and I will work to ensure ECCV continues to be the voice to Victorians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds across a broad range of policy areas including family violence prevention, employment and gender. We will continue to advocate as the active conduit between grassroots community and government.

I thank Mr Eddie Micallef for his work over the last four years and to our outgoing office bearers. I look forward to leading a new team in our work to support a diverse, harmonious and successful multicultural Victoria and Australia she said.

The new ECCV office bearers include: Chairperson Cr. Kris Pavlidis, Deputy Chairperson Dr. Sundram Sivamalai JP, Deputy Chairperson Peter Mousaferiadis, Secretary Marion Lau OAM JP, Treasurer Nalliah Suriyakumaran, Board Directors: Eddie Micallef, Joseph Caputo OAM JP, Jude Ogbeide Ediae, Parsu Sharma-Luital JP, Frances Prince, Bruna Pasqua, Zeynep Yesilyurt, Helena Trinnick, Jenny Semple.

The ECCV Board of Directors are scheduled to nominate a representative from the regional ethnic community councils.

For more information and/or media comment, please contact Leenie Fabri, Communications & Media Officer, / 0422 480 319


Why are black incarceration rates falling? "IndyWatch Feed National"

So it may come as a surprise to learn that for the last 15 years, racial disparities in the American prison system have actually been on the decline, according to a Marshall Project analysis of yearly reports by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics and the FBIs Uniform Crime Reporting system.

This story was published in collaboration with Washington Posts Wonkblog

Between 2000 and 2015, the imprisonment rate of black men dropped by more than 24 percent. At the same time, the white male rate increased slightly, the BJS numbers indicate.

Among women, the trend is even more dramatic. From 2000 to 2015, the black female imprisonment rate dropped by nearly 50 percent during the same period, the white female rate shot upward by 53 percent. As the nonprofit Sentencing Project has pointed out, the racial disparity between black and white womens incarceration was once 6 to 1. Now its 2 to 1.

As for potential answers:

1) Crime, arrests and incarceration are declining overall.

Those decreases benefit the most incarcerated group: African Americans. Crime rates have been on the decline since just after 1990, as have arrests. Given that both measures disproportionately affect the black community, one theory goes, the overall drop should shrink the racial gap in incarceration, too

2) The war on drugs has shifted its focus from crack and marijuana to meth and opioids

3) White people have also faced declining socioeconomic prospects, leading to more criminal justice involvement

4) Criminal justice reform has been happening in cities, where more black people live, but not in rural areas.

Here is the full piece by Eli Hager, via Anecdotal.

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Two blockades; New York and Yemen "IndyWatch Feed National"

On December 11, in response to the growing humanitarian crisis in Yemen, more than 50 concerned people including representatives of various peace, justice and human rights organizations and communities, gathered in New York Citys Ralph Bunche Park, across First Avenue from the United Nations. Our message, which was communicated on signs and banners and by []


Adani Drops Contractor for Controversial Australian Coal Mine "IndyWatch Feed National"

The company said it remained committed to the project, which has been delayed for years due to numerous court challenges from green groups.

A protester holds a sign as he participates in a national Day of Action against the Indian mining company Adanis planned coal mine project in north-east Australia, at Sydneys Bondi Beach in Australia, October 7, 2017. Credit: Reuters/David Gray

Melbourne: Adani said on Monday that it had canceled plans with Downer EDI Ltd to help develop and run its Carmichael coal mine in Australia after failing to secure a cheap government loan for the 13 billion dollar project.

The move marks the latest blow to the long-delayed Carmichael mine, which has yet to line up fina...


Trump Tax Plan to Allow Small Business to Expand "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Hello. You mentioned that the tax cut will allow many companies to expand and hire more staff. At a WSJ forum, Gary Cohen asked a group of CEOs if they would expand or hire more workers with the corporate tax cut and less than a dozen raised their hands. Some have commented that the savings will be used for stock buybacks and bigger bonuses instead. Which do you think will happen?

Thank you for your blog, it is very helpful.


ANSWER: The businesses that Cohen put that question to were big public business. The big public businesses only employ about 38% of the private sector workforce while small businesses employ 53% of the workforce. Indeed, over 99% of employing organizations are small businesses and more than 95% of these businesses have fewer than 10 employees.

I have probably advised more of the biggest corporations in the world than anyone. The bigger the business grows, the more it becomes like government. The boards are taken over by lawyers, accountants, and political tokens. The original entrepreneurs are usually expelled from boards because they are far too innovative than corporate America.

I had a front-row seat in Radio Corporation of America, where I began my career in computer engineering (software & hardware). Most people are unaware that RCA was a leader in computers. The board of directors thought the computer would be like the radio, which made the company. Everyone during the Great Depression wanted a radio to listen to FDRs Fireside Chats. Then, RCA ha...


Trump Tax Reform & Charitable Donations "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION:  Hi Marty,
I have been reading your blog daily for the last few years, as well as the archives. I just read your explanation of the difference between the house and senate versions of the tax cuts. The only thing that baffles me is not including charitable giving as a deduction. It seems to me that many people will stop giving what they cant deduct. Then all these charitable organizations will then end up hat in hand pleading funds from the government. I would think it would be less expensive to the government keep charitable deductions than not.
ANSWER: Both plans keep the charitable deduction and the property tax deduction will be capped at $10,000. Your assumption that people donate simply because they get a tax deduction is wrong. All the donations of the famous millionaires like Rockefeller were before the income tax. I personally bought computers for everyone at the grade school I went to and put in the necessary educational software. I never took a deduction because something that big ends up only causing an audit.

I have never known anyone to donate large sums only because they get a deduction. Donations are typically made because you have a passion for something not because you get the deduction. Under that theory, nobody would care who you gave money to. Even when we sold my mothers house, we donated most of the furniture and they give you a slip[ for a deduction, but its just not worth the hassle to use it.

The big donations that get written off are usually from estates.


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Pre-Budget Submission for 2018-2019 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Just Reinvest NSW has developed a Pre-Budget Submission for the NSW Budget 2018-2019.

We are calling on the NSW Government to:

Adopt a new model of investment to reduce the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prison population

  1. Invest an additional $60 million over 2 years into early intervention, prevention and diversionary programs (an upfront investment of the amount of savings that will be generated as a result of a 5% reduction in the prison population a conservative estimate of the reduction in the prison population as a result of criminal justice reforms).
  2. Adopt and implement policy and legislative reforms recommended in the Just Reinvest NSW Policy Paper #1: Smarter Sentencing & Parole Law Reform to immediately reduce the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prison population in NSW and free up resources for reinvestment.
  3. Report annually on the impact of reforms to the criminal justice system (implemented under the Criminal Justice Reform Package and as recommended by Just Reinvest NSW) and the savings generated as a result of those reforms, and from 2019-20, annually reinvest a portion of those savings into a justice reinvestment fund for early intervention, prevention and diversionary programs to reduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offending, reoffending and imprisonment.
  4. Allocate sufficient resources to community-based programs and supervision particularly in regional and remote areas, to ensure that reforms aimed at increasing the use of community- based orders and decreasing the rate of breaches of sentence and parole conditions are effective in reducing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment and reoffending rates.
  5. Allocate $6.35 million over 5 years for a Justice Reinvestment Framework for NSW as part of the Department of Justices strategy to address the overrepresentation of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system (currently in development).

Provide $6.35 million over 5 years to establish a framework for community-led justice reinvestment in NSW

  1. Invest $900,000 in existing community-led justice reinvestment trials.
  2. Provide $200,000 over 2 years for community engagement and scoping work to assess and prepare other communities for justice reinvestment trials.
  3. In 2019-20, invest $1.5 million over 5 years to establish a non-government justice reinvestment coordination and oversight body to coordinate and support community-led justice reinvestment....


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00004 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 2.50 AUD


Do we not laugh? On the continuing obsession with Merchant of Venice "IndyWatch Feed National"

This brings us back to the question posed whenever a production of The Merchant of Venice is mounted: is this an antisemitic play, or a play about antisemitism? Indeed, if we need Shylocks Hath not a Jew speech to remind us that Jews are, in fact, human too, then we are dealing with a much larger cultural problem that productions of The Merchant of Venice play into.


Ed Kueppers The Aints announce new studio album of lost songs "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

He kicked off his career as one of the most influential punk guitarists of all time, and after a year which has seen a Brisbane park named after him, and a revival of one of the loudest rock bands of the 90s, Ed Kuepper has announced that The Aints are set to record a brand new record their first since 1992.

Ed Kuepper first rose to prominence in the 70s as the lead guitarist of Brisbane punk rock group The Saints. Often called one of the first punk bands in the world, The Saints made a name for themselves both locally and internationally for their raw, primal sound, and intense live shows. After three records with the group, Kuepper left the group to perform with The Laughing Clowns, eventually embarking upon a solo career.

In the early 90s, Ed Kuepper began The Aints, a cheekily-titled reimagining of The Saints, whose goal was to recapture the energy of his band back in the 70s. Following the release of two albums in quick succession, The Aints decided to lay low for quite some time, before re-emerging a few years back, and heading out on a national tour with Peter Oxley from the Sunnyboys and Paul Larson of The Celibate Rifles.

Clearly re-energised by the reception from this latest touring cycle, the band have decided to release a brand new album, comprised of songs written by Kuepper during his 1973-1978 period in The Saints.

As The Music reports, the new album, titled The Church Of Simultaneous Existence, is set to be recorded by the band following a run of shows in March of next year.

Things had started to move fairly quickly once The Saints recorded (Im) Stranded in mid 76. We recorded three albums over the next two years as well as doing a fair it of touring, and for a while things were looking very promising, however, business problems, compounded by personal and artistic differences meant the band didnt get around to recording all the material I had lying around, Kuepper explaind.

So forty odd years later it occurred to me that these songs might well have made up a hypothetical 4th album. Performed in much the way they would have had the band not split up in 1978.

The band are also set to play two shows in Melbourne and Sydney next year. Tickets to those shows go on sale 9am on Thursday, December 21st, so be sure to get in early to catch Ed Kuepper and co. paying homage to the legacy of The Saints.



Housemates Urged to Aim for Poo Stains Before Xmas Guests Arrive "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Male housemates in a share house in Sydney have been urged to aim for the poo stains built up inside their toilet, in an effort to make the dunny look respectable before guests arrive for Christmas catch-ups.

The man who came up with the idea said the toilet currently looked like they borrowed it from a three-day musical festival.

I started to use the servos shitter across the road as even it was cleaner, he said. It was time to take action, and if we all do our part and focus our streams towards the offending chunks, well soon have a Facebook chair sparkling like the eye of a pensioner hitting a 60-cent feature.

Other housemates werent as optimistic about the plan.

Look, its hard enough aiming inside the toilet let alone aiming for strategic targets within it, one man said. I think wed be better to just chuck the whole thing out and buy a new one. It even smells dead.

Another housemate said it would be better just to board up the bathroom door and make guests feel at home by inviting them to piss in the sink.


The Continuing Bias of the Mainstream Media Threatens Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

by James ONeill*

Foreign news coverage just in the past week illustrates the point. All of these stories have been around all year, but the preferred narrative remains constant. I use the ABC, SBS and Fairfax newspapers for the following illustrations.

Russian Interference in the US Election....


Hunting Amber Harrison: Great If Youre A Lawyer, Sucks If Youre A Channel 7 Shareholder "IndyWatch Feed National"

2017 was the Year Of The Vendetta. There was Tony Abbotts pursuit of Malcolm Turnbulls job; everything that The Australian wrote about anything; New Matildas public comments about the Daily Mail (not to mention our private ones); and the Australian Christian Lobbys hate affair with same-sex marriage.

But by far the Vendetta of the Year has to go to Channel 7, who have re-ignited a year-long battle with single foster mum Amber Harrison, all because she said some harsh (but true) things about the company.

This morning, exactly one year to the day when the former 7 executive personal assistant went public with revelations of a long-running affair with CEO Tim Worner (plus an additional joint love affair with bucket loads of cocaine, about which Worner remains eerily quiet, and 7 even more eerily uninterested), Channel 7 have dragged Harrison back into the NSW Supreme Court.


Her offence? Six benign tweets Harrison recently sent from her personal account total followers 4,586 which mentioned Channel 7.

Thats right, mentioned.

Unlike a year ago, on this occasion Harrison didnt reveal any corporate secrets (like that one time Seven appeared to lie about paying the Corbys for an interview). Instead, she was simply commenting on the ongoing saga that is the treatment of women by one of the nations most powerful and, arguably, misogynistic media organisations. Because, you know, the treatment of women has been in the news quite a bit lately.

The problem Harrison has is she is the subject of an extraordinary (and probably unprecedented) gag order issued by the Supreme Court in favour of a company which claims to uphold free speech as one of the basic principles of its operation.

Harrison is not allowed to comment publicly on anything to do with Channel 7. Literally, anything.

But Channel 7 and its directors are allowed to say as much as they like about Harrison and as you might expect, thats exactly what Seven West director and police identikit photo in human form Jeff Kennett did earlier this year, immediately upon gaining the court-ordered silence of Harrison.



Imminent logging of Granite Mountain old growth "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Old growth forest on Granite Mountain in far East Gippsland is under imminent threat. VicForests has listed coupes 889-506-0032 and 889-506-0017 as "Harvest Pending", a sign that logging coupe commence any day.

We conducted  a half day survey of the old growth forest in the coupe and documented many very large old growth trees. We've submitted this report to the environment department and Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio calling on them to protect this area.



Origins of philosophy "IndyWatch Feed National"

This very short post by philosopher Stephen Hicks states that:

*Metaphysically*, philosophy was born with Thales and the Milesians. *Epistemologically*, it was born with Parmenides and the Eleatics.

The Milesian school began around 600 BCE on the coast of Asia minor. The Eleatic school began around 500 BCE about 1100 kilometers west in the southern Italian peninsula.

He also has a nice post on what distinguishes philosophy from pre-philosophic thought.

There are three original cultures with serious philosophical traditions Greece, northern India and China. Their philosophical traditions all started in periods of small, competing polities sharing a common language and culture: the Archaic Period in Greece (776-480 BC), the Srmana Period in northern India (700s-332BC ) and the Spring and Autumn Period in China (771-456BC).

The contiguous time periods are very noticeable. One can see why German philosopher Karl Jaspers came up with the notion of an Axial Age. As for what they have in common, one is that they all had contact with the militarised pastoralist societies which developed as a result of the invention of the composite recurve bow and effective deployment of mounted archers. They were periods of increased urbanisation (particularly noticeable in India but also in the Hellenic world.) They were all places that developed coinage but that was after philosophy and is a natural response by urbanised trading polities to intense inter-polity competition.



Video Two Skulls: Unlike Any Found on this Planet "IndyWatch Feed National"

Two Skulls: Unlike Any Found on this Planet

By David Bradbury

This discovery of two skulls that have no less than half a dozen features that either have no precedence or are the first time seen anywhere, have to rewrite history and all theories of human evolution.

Read more here:-

Before Their Beginning: New Unknown Hominids Found in Australia


Many Birds in and Four Eagles out: New Unknown Hominids Found in Australia


Campbell Newman Joins Coal Is Good For Humanity Club With Predictable Results "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Can-Dos very public dummy spit in favour of Big Coal went about as well as you might expect. Chris Graham explains.

In the political world, Campbell Newman is poison. An exceptionally popular Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Newman turned out to be desperately unpopular Premier of Queensland.

After arriving in a blaze of glory into state politics with a routing of Anna Blighs Labor government Newman delivered a record 78 seats to the LNP in a parliament of just 89, reducing Labor to just seven seats (theres more ministries than that) four years of office saw Newman spectacularly reverse the LNPs fortunes to deliver one of the most stunning defeats in Australian political history. Seriously, how do you blow a lead that big?



As it turned out, CanDo Campbell couldnt but now, almost three years after his defeat, it appears he still cant cop the loss on the chin and move on.

Last week, Newman lost his shit on Twitter over the National Australia Banks recent (somewhat contestible) announcement that it would no longer finance new coal projects. Of course, itll continue to finance old coal projects, but thats another story for another day.

Newman was outraged by the decision, describing it as contemptible. Heres the tweet.

The key phrase here appears to be leadership elite of which, it appears, Newman is still pissed that he is no longer a member. The other key phrase is Lets (sic) turn our back on everything that has generated prosperity for 50 years.

Wild exaggerations aside (we havent turned our back on solar, for example, an industry worth tens of billions in investments) its suspiciously close to Tony Abbotts claim during his short-lived stint as Prime Minister that coal is good for humanity.



Super funds can be used to benefit working Australians "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Glen

I must admit, Im no fan of whats called Industry Superannuation (Industry Super). It was brought in as part of the social wage under the ALP-ACTU Prices and Incomes Accord. Its basically about privatising your pension.

As the French Maoist philosopher Alain Badiou says, one divides into two. Industry superannuation is a form of financ capital. Despite its intent, and the obvious limitations, its something we can use to our advantage.

In Australia a culture of scandal is appearing in the Retail Superannuation sector, with the role of the Banks being particularly criticised. The banks are accused of not acting in the best interest of their consumers.

In this context Industry Super funds are considered better investors/managers of our money. Yet the banks have friends in high places, with the Federal Government only too happy to assist them in maintaining their power and influence.

The Federal LNP Coalition Government has decided to attack the Industry Super funds.

On the guise of making them more transparent, they seek different governance structures. The desire for an independent chair, and a 1/3 of the board seats being given to independent directors, is about taking away the role of employee representation: Unions.

This is part of their obsession to destroy organised labour, in any of its guises. It is likely they will get what they want, in having independent directors on the boards. Independent in this context meaning people drawn from within, the finance sector, including the very same banks, criticised for not putting consumers first.

While we have employee representation on these boards, lets have them acting not just to produce a return for the fund, but to act on behalf of working people. Lets get our representatives acting on behalf of us, the workers whose value from our surplus labour ends up in these schemes.

Weve seen the Industry Super funds constantly getting a better return than their retail competitors. For example, CBUS got a return of 11.85% over the 2106-17 financial a year.

Weve recently heard that Industry Super funds in the United States of America have invested $1billion, for building houses., as they give a better return for their members. Building houses creates jobs and homes for those who need them.

Recent figures indicate there are 105,237 homeless Australians. With the cost of housing being considered the biggest contribution to poverty in Australia we need to do more.  Maybe the money in Industry Super can be used to build homes and create jobs here, instead of primarily using workers money for speculating, focusing in shares.

What about trying to re frame the way Industry Super is used, to help...


Suicidal Tendencies have dropped Download Festival sideshow dates "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

One punks most intriguing and enduring acts, Suicidal Tendencies have announced a slew of Download Festival sideshows, to ensure youre kept out of mosh retirement in 2018 for as long as possible.

The string of sideshows will see the iconic band hit huge venues around the country with tickets going on-sale this Wednesday, the 20th.

The band last hit our shores in 2012 with fellow So-Cal punk legends, Unwritten Law who are also bringing their unadulterated bad-ass punk sound and ferocious live show to Aus in 2018 as well. Ah, the smell of sweet nostalgia.

Suicidal Tendencies 2018 Download Festival Australia Sideshows

Pre-sale begins 9am Tuesday, 19th December

Tickets on sale to the general public 9am Wednesday, 20th December

Wednesday, 21st March
Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast
Tickets: Metropolis Touring

Thursday, 22nd March
Metro Theatre, Sydney
Tickets: Metropolis Touring

Friday, 23rd March
Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane
Tickets: Metropolis Touring

Monday, 26th March
The Gov, Adelaide
Tickets: Metropolis Touring

Tuesday, 27th March
Capitol, Perth
Tickets: Metropolis Touring


Iraq Mark II: The Fatal Flaw In The Case For War Against North Korea "IndyWatch Feed National"

The case for a war against North Korea does not stack up, particularly not in the face of US-led aggression, writes Max Atkinson.

That North Korea is one of the most brutal regimes to have emerged from World War 2 was recently highlighted by the tragic story of US student Otto Warmbier and the bizarre murder of the Presidents estranged half-brother, with strong circumstantial evidence of the regimes complicity.

There was also the 2014 Report by the UN Commission of Inquiry into North Korea. In the words of its chairman, the distinguished Australian law reformer and former High Court judge Michael Kirby, the regimes methods were strikingly similar to the crimes of Nazi Germany he likened prisons to the concentration camps in which millions of Jews, gypsies and political prisoners were exterminated.


But these facts, appalling as they are, do not justify a war likely to kill thousands of innocent men, women and children. We should have learned this lesson from the Iraq War, when a US-led coalition invaded another brutal regime in a war which cost between 100,000 and 1 million Iraqi lives, and was later found to rest on fabricated evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction which posed an imminent threat to Western nations.

Former US president George W Bush declares 'victory' in the illegal war against Iraq. (IMAGE: Peter Stevens, Flickr).Former US president George W Bush declares victory in the illegal war against Iraq. (IMAGE: Peter Stevens, Flickr).

While the US blames the crisis on the regimes commitment to a nuclear defence, and the media focuses on its reckless missile tests and intransigence, little attention is given to a proposal by China and Russia, and supported by Germany and others, for a UN-supervised peace in which the North would end tests with a view to phasing out nuclear weapons in exchange for the US ending its own military exercises and phasing out trade sanctions.

But to better understand the Norths actions we need to go back to 1958, when the US installed nuclear missiles in South Korea in breach of the Armistice Agreement. They remained secret until 1974, when then US Army Chief General Creighton Abrams testified to Congress that the US had deployed a tactical nuclear weapon, the Lance missile, in readiness for a limit...


A journey through a land of extreme poverty welcome to America "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Guardians Ed Pilkington, accompanied the United Nations Philip Alston on a two-week mission into the dark heart of the worlds richest nation. After this hew [published the flowing story and says, Philip Alston wants to know why 41 million Americans are living in poverty.
Los Angeles, California, 5 December

You got a choice to make, man. You could go straight on to heaven. Or you could turn right, into that.

We are in Los Angeles, in the heart of one of Americas wealthiest cities, and General Dogon, dressed in black, is our tour guide. Alongside him strolls another tall man, grey-haired and sprucely decked out in jeans and suit jacket. Professor Philip Alston is an Australian academic with a formal title: UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.

General Dogon, himself a veteran of these Skid Row streets, strides along, stepping over a dead rat without comment and skirting round a body wrapped in a worn orange blanket lying on the sidewalk.

The two men carry on for block after block after block of tatty tents and improvised tarpaulin shelters. Men and women are gathered outside the structures, squatting or sleeping, some in groups, most alone like extras in a low-budget dystopian movie.

We come to an intersection, which is when General Dogon stops and presents his guest with the choice. He points straight ahead to the end of the street, where the glistening skyscrapers of downtown LA rise up in a promise of divine riches.

Then he turns to the right, revealing the black power tattoo on his neck, and leads our gaze back into Skid Row bang in the center of LAs downtown. That way lies 50 blocks of concentrated human humiliation. A nightmare in plain view, in the city of dreams.

So begins a two-week journey into the dark side of the American Dream. The spotlight of the UN monitor, an independent arbiter of human rights standards across the globe, has fallen on this occasion on the US, culminating on Friday with the release of his initial report in Washington.

His fact-finding mission into the richest nation the world has ever known has led him to investigate the tragedy at its core: the 41 million people who officially live in poverty.

Of those, nine million have zero cash income they do not receive a cent in sustenance.

Alstons epic journey has taken him from coast to coast, deprivation to deprivation. Starting in LA and San Francisco, sweeping through the Deep South, travelling on to the colonial stain...


Mixed Outcomes from the 11th WTO Ministerial Meeting "IndyWatch Feed National"

The 11th Ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (MC11) finished in Buenos Aires this week without a formal agreed Ministerial statement. Here is a link to the remarks by the Director-General. This means there are no formal mandates for new WTO negotiations. The main debate was between developing countries which want the WTO to address their specific development needs identified in the Doha Development Round, including addressing unfair agricultural subsidies in the US and EU.

Industrialised country governments like the US, EU Japan and Australia, wanted to avoid this agenda and instead want the WTO to focus on new issues like e-commerce and investment.

There were some positive outcomes. Despite some pushback from the US on behalf of its pharmaceutical industry, the moratorium for non-violation cases under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) has been extended for another two years. This will ensure millions of people in the poorest, least developed countries can continue to get exemptions from medicine patents and pay lower prices for lifesaving medicines.  Rules that allow public stockholding of food to increase food security for developing countries have also been extended.

There was agreement to continue to discuss WTO rules on fishing subsidies, after developing countries objected to a draft statement which they argued would favour global fishing corporations and disadvantage local fishers in smaller developing countries. They want to ensure that developing countries retain the right to manage their fishing resources.

Thanks to strong campaigning by civil society groups and resistance from developing country governments, the push by technology corporations like Microsoft, Google and Facebook to expand their control of global e-commerce via WTO rules was not supported by the majority of WTO members. Most developing countries want more time to assess the ways in which they can use e-commerce for local development before agreeing to rules that they believe would entrench the dominance of existing global firms.

A proposal for WTO investment facilitation negotiations was also resisted by most developing countries which want priority given to development issues identified in the Doha Development Round.

This means that new WTO negotiations on e-commerce and investment facilitation were not approved. However a minority of mostly industrialised country governments will...


Bin Chickens: The Sadder Side Of Guardians Almost Bird Of The Year "IndyWatch Feed National"

A competition to find Australias favourite feathered friend helped unite bird lovers and newbies alike. But theres a serious side to it as well, writes Catherine McLeod.

Is there one bird that reigns supreme in the hearts and minds of the public? was the question posed by the Guardian Australia to its audience. The publication, in partnership with BirdLife Australia, sought this year to discover Australias favourite bird by way of an online poll that attracted 150,000 votes. The magpie emerged victorious, but the surprising runner up should be celebrated; the Australian white ibis.

Australia has an abundance of beautiful, native birds, many of which conjure fond memories; looking up at sulphur crested cockatoos perched on a ghostly eucalypt branch against an azure sky, or at the lorikeet-filled plane trees on a suburban street. Watching in wonder as a resplendent king parrot chose your small hand to eat seed from. Hearing the croak of a galah, the cackle of a kookaburra or the warbling of a magpie.


From a shortlist of 51 finalists, the public could vote to determine the ultimate favourite. Candidates included the aforementioned, as well as stalwarts like the emu, little penguin and wedge tailed eagle.

The beloved Australian magpie. (IMAGE: Steve Bittinger, Flickr)The beloved Australian magpie. (IMAGE: Steve Bittinger, Flickr)

The people spoke, and the magpie won, with 19,926 votes. Each contestants tally was obscured during the final week of polling, though before the counters were hidden the Australian white ibis had been the frontrunner. The widely slandered bin chicken took an unexpected early lead, but ended up coming in second at 19,083.

Those who had supported the ibis and rallied behind the TeamBinChicken hashtag were understandably disappointed, but for the maligned ibis to beat over 50 other birds and come runner up by only 843 votes is still impressive.

The system of voting was simple, participants could vote once via a singular click, after reading a short bio of each of the contenders. If there was a particular favourite that did not appear on the li...


SA Electricity Price Decreases Beat National Average "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 18 December 2017

The South Australian Council of Social Service today welcomed news from the Australian Energy Market Commission that residential electricity prices are likely to decrease over the next two years.
The price decreases are due to falling wholesale costs driven by:


No Typo: The Median Net Worth of Black Bostonians Really is $8 "IndyWatch Feed National"

The median net worth for non-immigrant African-American households in the Greater Boston region is $8, according to The Color of Wealth in Boston, a 2015 report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Duke University, and the New School. This Spotlight seven-part series which began Sunday tackles the citys most vexing question: Does Boston deserve its racist reputation? And to answer just that question, the Globe Spotlight Team analyzed data, launched surveys, and conducted hundreds of interviews. The Color of Wealth in Boston report, which is part of a five-city study looking at wealth disparities among communities of color, was one piece of information that Spotlight examined.


Bright Mountain Film Tour. December 28 Jan 6. "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The Bright Mountain Film Tour (BMFT) is a celebration of mountain culture and those who embrace it. Over five nights, the best adventure films from around the world are showcased amongst the alpine communities of North East Victoria.

This year BMFT2 will feature some epic, home-grown, Aussie adventures and some awesome female adventures, recognising the diversity in adventure sports.

There are five shows over the Christmas/ New Year period.

The organisers say

Bright has become the epicentre of mountain sports with visitors from around the world enjoying everything the town and surrounding area has to offer. The BMFT is not just a film festival, its a community celebration. The films are handpicked by a panel of local enthusiasts, all experts in their related fields of filmmaking, mountain sports and tourism.

The BMFT will include a screening of The Blade, about a winter ascent of the famous Blade Ridge on Federation Peak in south west Tasmania.


Bright (DEC 28)

Mt Beauty (DEC 30)

Dinner Plain (JAN 4)

Harrietville (JAN 5)

Bright (JAN 6)

Tickets (and details on time and venue) are available here. Ticket costs are kids $15, adults $30, family $80.


Adani scraps Downer deal after loan veto "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Stop Adani rally at Byron Bays Main Beach made a clear point. Photo Orion Sturch

Adani has scrapped a $2 billion agreement to outsource the operation of its controversial Queensland coal mine after the state government killed off a taxpayer-funded loan.

The Indian miner says it will now develop and operate the Carmichael project on an owner-operator basis after reaching an agreement with contractor Downer EDI to abandon the deal, which was reportedly worth around $2 billion.

Adani said the decision was about lowering production costs and was made after the Palaszczuk government blocked a $1 billion loan to the Indian miner from the federal Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund.

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2017 with Murrumbidgee Landcare "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Here's a reflection as I end 2017 as the Local Landcare Coordinator for the Irrigation areas north and south of the Murrumbidgee River specifically the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area and the Coleambally Irrigation Area

Its a region that stretches from Coly up to Rankin Springs, and from Narrandera to somewhere west of Griffith.

Much like you I expect, the start of a new year is greeted with a sense of disbelief and a few of those awkward moments when writing the date requires a correction.

Its also a time of reflection as Ive been in this role for less than a year.

My first day with Landcare was spent at the Riverina Field Days in Griffith, where I found familiar faces from my time with the Murrumbidgee CMA as well as an opportunity to hear about the interests of landholders in the region.

It was heartening to hear from those wanting to establish native gardens, as well as those sharing their observations of the native birds they knew from their gardens and farms.

These themes continued when I attended the Henty Field Days more recently.

There in the Landcare shed I hung posters to promote the various groups I support, while taking the opportunity to research ideas from my colleagues and, again, hearing all you switched-on and passionate community members discuss the achievements and challenges across the region.

It really is inspiring to meet and hear your enthusiasm to improve our landscapes.

Another part of my role has been convening the Landcare Irrigation Area Collective, which is an informal gathering held a few times a year where various stakeholders share news of their programs, network and brainstorm ideas based on their shared responsibilities in the region.

Our most recent Collective meeting, for example, revealed many synergies in ideas for programs to develop for the Smart Farming funding round.

It will be exciting to see these come to fruition in 2018.

Another part of my role has been acquitting projects developed by my predecessor Kerri-Anne, including speaking as a sponsor of the Drone and Technology Day held in Yenda. In the picture by Hannah Higgins I am with Regional Landcare Facilitator Julie Bellato.

She ran a couple of well...


Opposition to the redevelopment of Victoria Market is growing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Last Saturday (16 December 2017), opponents to the Melbourne City Councils proposed redevelopment of the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne, gathered there. Speeches were made, and messages read out from high profile supporters like Barry Humphries and Paul Kelly. There was a call to step up resistance to the project, including the building of as large and ongoing community blockade, to prevent construction.

Speakers included Phil Cleary and Mary-Lou Howie from Friends of Queen Victoria Market. Phil Cleary, who ran against Lord Mayor Robert Doyle last year, condemned the redevelopment plans as an act of vandalism. Actor Michael Caton was there to say his bit as were fellow actor Sigrid Thorton. Father Bob Maguire was there too. Five of the traders gave the reasons why they are opposed to the development the loss of livelihood and the community that has been built over many years.

A section of those who turned up to oppose the market develoment

Well known identity Well known identity Phil Cleary has a go at the Council and political cornyism

The Councils plan is to replace the existing market with a $550 million project dominated by a modern style shopping complex akin to those operated by Westfields and a high residential tower. Family stallholders, many of who have been there for generations, will be pressured out and replaced by the retail chains. A semblance of a market will be relocated underground, near the new underground parking area. Above ground will be dominated by the usual fast food chains and...


The Bumpy Road Down "IndyWatch Feed Vic"



Irv Mills

The term bumpy road down refers to the cyclic pattern of crash and partial recovery that I believe will characterize the rest of the age of scarcity and make for a slow step by step collapse, rather than a single hard and fast crash. Indeed, that is where the step-by-step in the title of this series of posts comes from. And yes, many of the individual steps down will happen quite quickly and seem quite harsh. But it will likely take many steps and many decades before we can say collapse is essentially complete, and between those steps down there will (in many areas) be long periods when things are stable or even actually improving somewhat.

The fast collapse is a favourite trope of collapse fiction and makes for some exciting stories, in which stalwart heroes defend their group from hungry hordes and evil strong men. And if the story happens in the U.S. the characters get to do their best to stop a whole lot of ammunition from going stale. But it seems to me that in most parts of the world things will progress quite differently when disaster strikes. Indeed there is a branch of sociology which studies how people and societies respond to disaster, and it has identified a set of incorrect beliefs, known as the disaster mythology that much of the general public ho...


PERTH Teen charged over three car pile-up in WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Teen charged over three car pile-up in WA .

December 17, 2017 at 02:07PM .

All three drivers, including the accused, and a passenger were taken to Royal Perth Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. The teenager will face Perth Magistrates Court later on Sunday on charges of reckless driving, two counts of aggravated dangerous driving causing bodily harm, .


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"That Bleak And Ultimate Question..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yet now, as he roared across the night sky toward an unknown destiny, he found himself facing that bleak and ultimate question which so few men can answer to their satisfaction. What have I done with my life, he asked himself, that the world will be poorer if I leave it?
- Arthur C. Clarke, Glide Path


Soul-Catching Net: Are We Recycled at Death to Remain in the Matrix? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Is there a Reincarnation Trap or Soul Net which recycles our souls after death to keep us trapped in the Matrix? Evidence from various sources indicates so.

The idea of a soul-catching net or soul net that awaits us at death and keeps us in the Matrix is a grim and highly disturbing notion, but one which I believe has to be considered by all serious researchers of the worldwide conspiracy.

True free thinkers want to know exactly where the conspiracy rabbit hole ends. Just how far does the suppression go? Past this lifetime? Past this planet?

Well, the answer may well be yes to both. After you spend years of research going through the many layers of political corruption, corporatocracy, surveillance, false flag attacks, central banking, GMOs, geoengineering, Zionism, Illuminati bloodlines, the radiation agenda, UFOs and ETs, alien intervention and more, you come to realize that the true source of the suppression is at the intersection of consciousness and conspiracy.


Because the conspiracy is all about suppressing your idea of Who You Are. Its about convincing you that you are nothing, no one. Its about convincing you that you are just a biological machine, fit to serve as no more than a cog in a machine or as Pink Floyd put it just another brick in the wall.

Mainstream science to this day still denies the existence of consciousness just because it cant get a handle on it with the 5 senses. Its simplistic solution is to disregard anything it cant measure.

There are many researchers who will be unable to contemplate this topic, or refuse to go there, because it clashes with their belief systems, such as religious belief systems (the afterlife is either Heaven or Hell, or 100 virgins, but not a soul net), scientific/materialistic belief systems (there is no such thing as a soul or consciousness) or various other belief systems (there are no such things as aliens or extraterrestrials, etc.).

If you have read this far, you probably are ready to go beyond those belief systems, having realized they are set up to...


Zionist Wars for a Greater Israel "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Most timid Americans would avoid any serious discussion on the true causes of a continuous failed foreign policy that only benefits Israel while costing our own country any chance of real national security and a prosperous society. The mere mention of the term Jew is usually enough for being banded to the back of the room and shunned as one of those haters. Unfortunately, President Trump has succumbed to this fallacious political correctness. In order to correctly understand the framework of the detrimental circumstances that propagate the decline of the American Empire, the clear-headed observer must confront why the United States remains a vassal to the Zionist myth that Israel is a valuable ally to our country.

Essentially the question boils down to a sober outlook. Does one place the interests of the foreign agents that swear allegiance to Israel above that of America, or are you content to bow to the dictates of Zionism, especially when they directly conflict with the betterment of our own people?

A genuine America First mindset rejects both attitudes and rests upon a basic non-interventionism whenever possible. In the case of Israel, there is no germane special interest that places their objectives above ours. Yet, the facts of the matter are that the practical reality in domestic politics has a virtual Jewish veto factor that makes wimps out of even the most courageous warriors. At the end of the cultural and governmental administration process; the influence of the pro-Zionist media, legal and court system, the Wall Street cabals of Banksters, socially progressive academia, culturally correct government schools, Big Corporatist Business and Christian-Zionist apostates all promote and perpetuate that Israel is a friend.

Ask yourself, exactly what did America gain by our involvement from decades of Middle East conflicts or from the trillions of dollars spent on bribes or military campaigns and deployments? The honest answer is nothing. We have been under the yoke of...


SOTT FOCUS: Nutritional Research Has a 'Consensus': Use Bad Science to Damage People's Health "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nothing can be more aggravating for me than seeing a headline, about nutrition, or eating, or food in some form or other, that I know from the get-go is wrong, but then watching as it gets traction beyond what it should, given that it's wrong. Although it is fun to tear these things apart from time to time, the fact that researchers, journalists or government institutions can get away with this stuff is frustrating. That's why it's always fun to see someone in a high-standing position, like an actual scientist, rip on the corrupt state of nutritional science. As luck would have it, just such a scientist - two of them actually - have stepped up to the plate. Get yer popcorn, folks. Edward Archer, the Chief Science Officer of EvolvingFX and Carl "Chip" J. Lavie, the Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Preventive Cardiology at Ochsner Clinical School of the University of Queensland School of Medicine, have penned an open letter to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The letter, published on Real Clear Science's website, is essentially a complaint against the Academies for ignoring the problematic nature of the data collection methods used in their report "Redesigning the Process for Establishing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans". Those sentences were a mouthful, so let's just say some hardcore science guys are ripping on some 'Ministry of Truth' guys.


Harry interviews Obama for BBC radio "IndyWatch Feed National"

Prince Harry has interviewed Barack Obama for BBC Radio 4s Today program.

The interview is part of Harrys guest editorship of the program and features the former US president sharing his memories of the day he left office and his hopes for his post-presidential life.

Kensington Palace said the interview was recorded in Toronto in September during the Invictus Games and will be broadcast on December 27.

Today tweeted a video clip showing Harry and Obama warming up ahead of the chat, with the former president joking: Do I need a British accent?

Harry told his interviewee that if he used long pauses between answers he would probably get the face.

When Harry showed him what he meant, Obama said: I dont want to see that face.Twiddling a pen, Harry tells Obama: Youre excited about this, Im nervous about this, thats whats quite funny.

Obama replies: Ill interview you if you want.

But Harry was not keen and said: No, no, lets keep it this way.

The palace said the conversation features Obama talking about his plans to focus on cultivating the next generation of leadership through the Obama Foundation.

Harry, who was recently at the inaugural summit of the Obama Foundation in Chicago, has forged a strong bond with the Obamas through his work with servicemen and his trips to America.

At this years Invictus Games, Obama reportedly quizzed Harry on his romance with Meghan Markle as they watched the wheelchair basketball.

Obama was among those to congratulate Harry and Meghan on their engagement, writing on Twitter: Michelle and I are delighted to congratulate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their engagement.

We wish you a lifetime of joy and happiness together.

The palace said the full interview will be made available as a podcast.

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Labor leads coalition despite scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

The passing of laws on gay marriage, a win in the Bennelong by-election and the Sam Dastyari scandal have failed to deliver a bounce to the coalition, with Labor still ahead on a two-party preferred basis, the last Newspoll for the year shows.

Labor leads the coalition by 53 per cent to 47, representing a national swing against the government of three per cent.

The poll of 1669 voters across the country, conducted exclusively for The Australian over the weekend, shows the coalition has made no ground in the past two weeks with Labor maintaining a one-point primary vote lead of 37.

The coalition is still seen the better manager of the economy and on national security and border protection, but Labor for the first time is seen as best placed to deliver on relief from cost of living stresses.

The Greens remained steady on 10 per cent while One Nation dropped a further point to seven per cent.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull maintained his narrow lead over Opposition Leader Bill Shorten as preferred prime minister, lifting two points to 41 per cent while the opposition leader himself went up a point to 34 per cent.

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Doctors call for national care system "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian healthcare professionals have drafted a blueprint they say will revolutionise a system that is fragmented and deliver value-based care.

The blueprint, called Healthy people, healthy systems, makes four recommendations the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association says will take the politics and finger-pointing out of reform.

The first recommendation is to set up an independent national health authority that reports directly to the Council of Australian Governments or the COAG Health Council.

This would allow for a nationally unified and regionally controlled health system, AHHA chief executive Alison Verhoeven said in a statement.

The others are requiring all government-funded health providers to provide data on patient outcomes to help gauge performance, creating a national health workforce strategy that looks at roles and responsibilities rather than location, and maintaining Commonwealth funding for public hospitals but with a mixed funding formula.

Over the past nine months Australian health leaders mapped out how to transform our healthcare system into a fit for purpose 21st century system that will meet the needs and expectations of Australians, Ms Verhoeven said.

Healthy people, healthy systems is a solid blueprint with a range of short, medium and long-term recommendations on how to reorientate our healthcare system to focus on patient outcomes and value rather than vested interests.

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Qld MYFER should factor in population growth pick up "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Higher coal royalty revenue associated with higher coal prices will be the big story coming out of Queenslands Mid Year Fiscal and Economic Review, to be released today, but there should be some other important variations to note. Population growth is one of the important parameters I expect the Queensland Treasury will have revised. At State Budget time in June, the Treasury forecast 1.5 percent population growth over 2017-18 and 2018-19, but 2016-17 data from the ABS suggest 1 percent is now probably a better forecast. The June 2017 ABS population estimates released last week revealed Queenslands population growth rate has recovered slightly and is once again above that of the rest of Australias, and Queensland has regained third position in population growth rates among States and Territories, after Victoria in 1st place and ACT in 2nd (see charts below).


Queenslands current population growth rate is still relatively low in historical terms, but it is encouraging in that it suggests the state is rebounding from the post-mining investment boom slump better than previously expected. In the MYFER forecasts, higher population growth should be associated with slightly higher employment and economic growth. My colleague Nick Behrens observed last week that the pick up in net interstate migration, one of the contributor...


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

1791 - A number of Marines including Maj. Robert Ross (Officer of the Marines, and Lieut-Gov),Capt Watkin Tench and Lt. William Dawes left the colony and returned to England aboard HMS Gorgon. On 11th March, the ship arrived at the Cape of Good Hope where Mary Bryant and her group of escaped convicts, along with a number of Bounty mutineers were taken on board for the return journey to England.

1805 - The powers that be started giving away the plots of dirt in Tassie, including 10 acres to that tipsy Rev. Knopwood.

1816 - Gov. Macquarie called a Public meeting for subscribers to open a bank.

1838 - The seven stockmen found guilty of the murder of an Aboriginal child during the horrific Myall Creek Massacre were hanged. For only the second time in Australian history white men were punished for murder of Aboriginal people.

1850 - The first Australian branch of the YMCA formed in Adelaide, SA.

1865 - The Chinese bushranger known as Sam Poo was stretched by the neck by a noose in Sydney.

1872 - Opals discovered at Listonel Downs, Qld.

1875 - The Paddle Steamer Wendouree was launched on the lake of the same name in Ballarat.

1880 - Stanthorpe OConnor, a retired sub-inspector of police, recounted a story in The Queenslander narrated to him by a mob residing on the Laura (Kennedy) river, of how a white man had sneaked upon a blac...


The physicist's physicist ponders nature of reality "IndyWatch Feed National"

Among the brilliant theorists cloistered in the quiet woodside campus of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, Edward Witten stands out as a kind of high priest. The sole physicist ever to win the Fields Medal, mathematics' premier prize, Witten is also known for discovering M-theory, the leading candidate for a unified physical "theory of everything." A genius's genius, Witten is tall and rectangular, with hazy eyes and an air of being only one-quarter tuned in to reality until someone draws him back from more abstract thoughts. During a visit this fall, I spotted Witten on the Institute's central lawn and requested an interview; in his quick, alto voice, he said he couldn't promise to be able to answer my questions but would try. Later, when I passed him on the stone paths, he often didn't seem to see me. Physics luminaries since Albert Einstein, who lived out his days in the same intellectual haven, have sought to unify gravity with the other forces of nature by finding a more fundamental quantum theory to replace Einstein's approximate picture of gravity as curves in the geometry of space-time. M-theory, which Witten proposed in 1995, could conceivably offer this deeper description, but only some aspects of the theory are known. M-theory incorporates within a single mathematical structure all five versions of string theory, which renders the elements of nature as minuscule vibrating strings. These five string theories connect to each other through "dualities," or mathematical equivalences. Over the past 30 years, Witten and others have learned that the string theories are also mathematically dual to quantum field theories - descriptions of particles moving through electromagnetic and other fields that serve as the language of the reigning "Standard Model" of particle physics. While he's best known as a string theorist, Witten has discovered many new quantum field theories and explored how all these different descriptions are connected. His physical insights have led time and again to deep mathematical discoveries.


Cabbage Beats Chemo for Cervical Cancer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cabbage Beats Chemo For Cervical Cancer
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Mainstream medicine's cancer treatments of radiation and chemotherapy are far from a cure.  In fact, they can make cancer more deadly.  But new research shows some common vegetables may be more effective in battling cancer.
Why?  The answer has to do with cancer stem cells (CSCs) that chemo and radiation can't touch.
In a study published in the journal Cancer, UCLA researchers showed that radiation actually makes breast cancer cells MORE malignant.[i]  They found that radiation kills about half of the tumor cells treated. 
But radiation also transforms other cells into "induced breast cancer stem cells." Though cancer stem cells make up less than 5 percent of a tumor, they can regenerate the original tumor.  In fact, these new stem cells are up to 30 times more likely to form tumors compared to cancer cells that didn't get radiation. CSCs can also migrate through blood vessels spreading cancer to secondary locations.
Chemo works the same way.  It kills only the less harmful cancer cells. The cells that are left are more the lethal CSCs that are resistant to traditional treatments.

Now researchers from South Dakota State Univer...


UK government refuses to say whether proclaiming divinity of Christ is a hate crime "IndyWatch Feed National"

The question was: Will they confirm unequivocally that a Christian who says that Jesus is the only son of the one true God cannot be arrested for hate crime or any other offence, however much it may offend a Muslim or anyone of any other religion? The answer: My Lords, I am not going to []


Open thread for episode 21.49: Tracie and Don "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today on TAE, Don discusses category errors in the Bible, and then he and Tracie take viewer calls.

The Atheist Experience is a production of the Atheist Community of Austin, a Texas nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the separation of church and state and promoting positive atheist culture.

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Independent Artist of the Week: Sex Tourists "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydney three-piece Sex Tourists create dark synth pop for your head, your heart & your feet. Built on drum machines and post-punk vocals, theres a pulsating sense of intrigue throughout.

Made up of Ewan Finley, Nicola Babbage and Darius Ottignon, the trio have developed a truly unique sound, having released their excellent self-titled debut LP via Paradise Daily Records just last month. Its intense, vulnerable and pretty damn captivating. While some tracks explore more negative life experiences like shame and loneliness, it also features light-hearted moments of lyricism too. Vulnerable and ominous, Sex Tourists makes for a charming listen.

Their recent track Disconnect is a doomy, upbeat number, drenched in synth with a persistent drum beat thats sure to get you moving. Put this one on repeat and keep your fingers crossed for a Sydney show real soon, to experience the full Sex Tourists effect.


Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!

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James & Kirsty Greenshields- "IndyWatch Feed National"

On todays show we catch up with our dear friends James & Kirsty Greenshields from Australia overlooking Byron Bay. James & Kirsty, along with their beautiful daughters Abigail & Penne, have been living their passion helping one person at a time in Oz. Some of the topics we discuss today include getting in touch with


Light entertainment "IndyWatch Feed National"


Nothing to do with BBC bias really (well not much), but I read a couple of comments at Biased BBC this afternoon concerning the dastardly anti-Brexit activities of "My Lord Matlock Brown". 

I scratched my brains for a while, having never heard of him, and then Googled around and found it was actually the infamous Lord Malloch Brown, of Gordon Brown Era 'fame'. (Oh, I remember that bounder all too well!). 

My well-scratched brain then set about thinking how that particular Freudian slip on the B-BBC commenter's part might have come about.

So, Kelly Holmes-like, I donned my deerstalker, reached for my magnifying glass, called Nigel Bruce (rather than Martin Freeman any day), and set out (over 1500 m) in hot pursuit of the answer. 

I recalled that Mark Steel's latest (very funny) episode of Mark Steel's in Town came from Matlock/Matlock Spa, and it all then became elementary. 

Yes, that B-BBCer must have heard that very edition of Mark Steel's in Town, and it must still be fresh in his mind. 

I further deduced that that B-BBC commenter must be a closet Mark Steel fan - though I....


Chicago commissioner calls on the UN to help combat the city's violence "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chicago is plagued with violence that long pre-dated the Supreme Court's decision in McDonald vs. Chicago that repealed many of the city's draconian gun laws. It's truly a problem, to be sure. Now, a Cook County commissioner wants the United Nations to step in and help. Yes. Seriously. Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin headed to the United Nations in New York Thursday to ask for help fighting violence in Chicago. "I'm hoping to appeal the UN to actually come to Chicago and meet with victims of violence and maybe even possibly help out in terms of peace keeping efforts," Boykin said. Boykin boarded a plane to New York City for a meeting with an Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations. It's a meeting that's been planned for more than a month and stems from disconcerting violence numbers seen this year in Chicago. Violence which is felt particularly hard in many African American communities. "We've had over 600 people killed by gun violence already this year alone. That is a huge number, in my community of Austin we've had 450 people shot and 80 people killed this year alone 18 so we have to do more to protect these communities," Boykin said. The mayor's office says the call for UN peacekeepers is a political stunt. The police superintendent said it's a nice idea, but it's not the answer to Chicago's violence. "I appreciate the commissioner's energy and his anxiousness to help reduce the gun violence in Chicago, I really do commend that, but at the end of the day the UN has no jurisdiction here, they really have no jurisdiction in this country," Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said.


Required Reading "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Ron Mueck, an Australian artist known for his hyperrealistic figural sculptures, has created this installation iat the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, titled Mass. It consists of 100 over-sized human skull forms. (via Colossal)

Lionized in bronze and lauded for his accomplishments, without any acknowledgement of the brutal exploitation that made them possible, Sims is the quintessential white man on a pedestal. With her sculpture PONEROS (2017), artist Doreen Garner provides an essential corrective: This man doesnt have blood just on his hands, but all over him.

That may sound heavy-handed, but it doesnt feel that way in person. PONEROS is part of White Man on a Pedestal, a duo show featuring work by Garner and the artist Kenya (Robinson) at the arts nonprofit Pioneer Works. (Robinson), whos forty and grew up in Gainesville, Florida, and Garner, a 31-year-old Philadelphia native, both live in New York City, where theyve exhibited art together before though never in such a potent combination. Garner takes a visceral approach: In Pioneer Works vast, industrial gallery, the disgust underpinning PONEROS is bolstered by the abstracted, evocative horror of the artists flesh-like creations. Black womens body parts are cast in silicone, stapled together, and studded with steel pins; their blood, tissue, and muscle are represented by agglomerations of foam, fiberglass insulation, glass beads, and pearls. In the stunning Rack of Those Ravaged and Unconsenting (2017), these bulges hang under fluorescent lights, like pieces of meat awaiting the viewers inspection. Garner has sharpened her style of grotesque beauty for several years, and the effect is deeply disquieting.

  • Audrey Wachs asks, ...


Twitter censorship: PJ Media Editor removed from Twitter without cause or explanation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last week PJ Media D.C. editor Bridget Johnson was suspended from Twitter with no warning or explanation. It's been nearly a week now and thus far Twitter has yet to offer a reason for the suspension. According to Twitter's Help Center, there are two types of suspension - a temporary timeout that results in reinstatement in a matter of hours, and a second, much more serious "permanent" suspension. Bridget's appears to be the latter. The company did not flag a particular tweet that was problematic and her request for an appeal has gone unanswered.


Hopeful and warning signs from Alabama "IndyWatch Feed National"

As I said, it is unwise to draw sweeping conclusions from the shocking win by Democrat Doug Jones over Republican Roy Moore in the senate race in the deep red state of Alabama. It may well be that that election was sui generis because of the extreme views of Moore and the sexual abuse allegations against him and the revelations of his creepy obsession with teenage girls..

But there are some indicators that are worth highlighting as can be seen from this chart from Kevin Drum using exit polls to compare voting patterns between this race and the 2008 Alabama senate race.

One is that the while the share of the black vote was the same this time as in 2008 (about 29% even though they make up only 26% of the population), even though Barack Obama was running then, the percentage that went to the Democrat rose from 90% to 96%. Given that the Democratic partys record in improving the conditions of black America has been less than stellar (their welfare reform and crime and drug war policies have been positively harmful), black enthusiasm for voting Democratic has been declining. So are black voters now American giving the party another chance to get its act together or was this an anomaly caused by Jones Moore wistfully longing for a return to the days of slavery? To answer that question, we may have to wait for another election that does not have the unique features of this one.

A less noted feature is the white vote. Again, the overall white share of the vote remained stable at a little over 60% but the Democratic share of that vote shot up from a measly 11% to about 30%. This ties in with other reports that said that the rural parts of the state, deep red Trump and Moore country, voted in lower numbers this time around. Was this a sign of general waning enthusiasm for the Trump agenda or was this again unique to Moore, that there were some things that even white conservative Republican evangelicals, the most die-hard of Republican supports, could not stomach? Again, we will have to wait for another, more ordinary election to determine this.

The third feature is that younger voters aged 18 to 29 went for Jones by....


From out the SilenceLight "IndyWatch Feed National"

Something silent this way comes
What ancient angles call out the angels?
What sacred shapes complete the cycle?
This gray world is seeking its shine
crying out for color
Stain these windows
Paint these walls
Sing these hymns
and pray for the light at the end
of the tunnel
to pierce through a breaking fog
Weve been left in the dark too long

Stoic statues waiting on a miracle
Seeking some corporate master to save the day
when the answers lie not in concrete pavement
and flashing neon billboard advertisements
selling the sickness unto our death
but in the subtle shades of green
still alive and breathing
in an open park where trees are vibrant
and persistent grass pushes up through cracks
A fountain of youth
in the center of gravitys rotation
A tower to Heaven
we can climb once were ready
Unbound of these earthly shackles
Prepared for a higher destiny
moving hand-in-hand toward something more

A cleansing tide is coming soon
Who will be stuck in the oil spill?
Who will build their Buddha raft
and set sail atop the high peak wave?
A God sent ark built with
our own two hands and conscious ingenuity
Every problem has a solution
once the ways of old perception are smashed
with a hammer designed to demolish false idols
The Kingdom has been here all along
Time now to see who chooses
to unlock the pearly gates within
so the New Age can come in peace


Perth transfers: the only way is up "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Taking stock

Australia's total dwelling stock value was pretty much flat in the September quarter 2017, rising only by about $15 billion to at $6.78 trillion, as Sydney's median dwelling price was stopped in its tracks by tighter lending standards.

The number of dwellings now sits just shy of 10 million, while the value of the dwelling stock has in aggregate increased by more than 50 per cent since September 2012.

It's worth having a look at where the increase in stock value has happened over that past five-year period.

To some extent stock values at the state level will follow the population growth, largely into Sydney and Melbourne.

But even after accounting for the increase in the number of dwellings, the two most populous states have seen a combination of rising prices and a growing population make them become effectively too big to fail.

Policy makers now cannot afford to ignore housing market corrections in Sydney and Melbourne, for to all intents and purposes these two cities have become Australia's housing market.

This alone may represent a strong argument for investors and developers playing in the bigger ponds.

Over the past decade Sydney and Melbourne have added a combined 1.75 mil...


Christmas Island wildlife threatened by mining "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

10 November 2011

A short video of Christmas Island and its unique wildlife. Truly one of the most beautiful places in Australia.

From BirdLife:

15 Dec 2017

Dont Ruin Christmas: mining threatens wildlife haven Christmas Island

Home to a unique and rich diversity of life including five bird species found nowhere else charmingly-named Christmas Island is one of natures greatest presents to Australia and the world. But new phosphate mining proposals threaten devastation. The Australian Government must choose to conserve this incredible biodiversity hotspot.

Around 1,500 kilometres north-west of the Australian mainland, the limestone-capped peak of an ancient volcano rises 5000 metres from the floor of the Indian Ocean. Closer to Java and Singapore than to Australia, Christmas Island has never been connected to any other landmass. This isolation fostered the evolution of a truly unique diversity of life. The island is home to 254 wildlife taxa and is recognised as a Key Biodiversity Area critical for conserving life on earth.

Internationally renowned for its spectacular annual Red Crab migration (rated as one of the top ten wildlife experience by Sir David Attenborough), Christmas Island is also home to five bird species and six subspecies that breed nowhere else on the planet. Out of all of them, the islands two endemic seabirds are the most threatened.

One of these birds, the Abbotts Booby Papasula abbotti, is a curious and distinct seabird of ancient lineage and, with its long ungainly wings and massive beak, it has been likened to the pterodactyl. Abbotts Boobies are now only found on Christmas Island. But past clearing for the phosph...


Are We Ready for Truth and Reconciliation Around Sexual Violence? #MeToo "IndyWatch Feed National"

December 18th, 2017 By Lissa Rankin Guest writer for Wake Up World A teenage Icelandic woman is raped by her Australian boyfriend after she"s had too much to drink. In his own immature, conditioned teenage mind, he doesn"t call it rape. Because the media and pornography and the way fathers raise sons and bro"s egg on bro"s, []


Cabbage Beats Chemo For Cervical Cancer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cabbage Beats Chemo for Cervical Cancer

Mainstream medicine's cancer treatments of radiation and chemotherapy are far from a cure.  In fact, they can make cancer more deadly.  But new research shows some common vegetables may be more effective in battling cancer.

Why?  The answer has to do with cancer stem cells (CSCs) that chemo and radiation can't touch.

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SUNDAY SCREENING: Dope: The New Proxy War (2017) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Russian doping: sports scandal or political game? US officials seem to be driving this latest effort to ban Russian athletes from competing in the Olympic Games.  US operatives are claiming that Russia was guilty of a state-sponsored doping program before and during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, as well as prior to the Rio Olympics in 2016. Now US operatives appear to have been successful in banning Russia from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang.

On July 18, 2016, the release of the McLaren Report on alleged Russian sports doping rang out like a canon shot aimed directly at Russia, blowing the Olympic dreams the countrys athletes to bits. Targeting an entire country was unusual, so why Russia? Testimonies from former world-class athletes and hacked information from the opaque World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) show the answer may lie more in politics than the urine jar. Watch:

Run time: 27 minutes
Directed by Aleksandr Avilov
RT Documentaries (2017)



Gaza and Sderot are extras in the governments horror show "IndyWatch Feed National"

Even the members of Netanyahus government acknowledge that what Israel is doing in Gaza is folly, yet there is no one to stop it. 

By Avi Dabush

Woman near shattered window caused by a Hamas rocket on July 15, 2014 in the town of Sderot, Israel. (Photo by

Woman near shattered window caused by a Hamas rocket on July 15, 2014 in the town of Sderot, Israel. (Photo by

Lets start with a quiz. Who said the following: We are marching a march of foolishness when it comes to Gaza. The government has no policy or strategic decision-making. Each day moves from combat to crisis humanitarian or military and sometimes both together.


The answer, you see, is none other than senior minister and member of the security cabinet Yisrael Katz. His solution to Gazas problems, by the way, is a port and a comprehensive peace agreement. Who else supports building a port in Gaza? Minister of Education Naftali Bennett.

Herein lies the essence of the tragedy: this is not a matter of intense disagreement between right and left, only a march of folly led by Netanyahu and his government. There will be those who say this was a matter of cynical policy and those who will speak of leadership without a long-term vision. The results are essentially the same.

I recently moved to Sderot from nearby Shaar HaNegev....

Sunday, 17 December


ACHTUNG! SIEG HEIL! Santa celebrates with kids & swastikas at Fourth Reich Christmas party in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: If he was making a list, he perhaps did not check it twice to see who has been naughty or nice after shocking photos reveal Santa Claus was the star attraction at a childrens Christmas party for a controversial Australian outlaw motorcycle gang which celebrates Nazi symbols and counts a notorious paedophile as a

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Judge Elizabeth Gaynor supports refugees committing crimes against Australians? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Victorian County Court judge Elizabeth Gaynor (pictured above) 'supported' the actions of a criminal involved in Melbourne's notorious Apex gang, where he was spared a gaol sentence and allowed a ticket out of this country.

Judges are fully aware of community standards / expectations, where their sentences reflect what the community expect from this beast called 'Common Law'.

Akon Mawien, a vile piece of human excrement imported by the Australian Government from Sudan decided to commit criminal activities against the good people of Australia, where he was linked to jewellery store heists worth approx. $200,000 while on the drug ice.

How can a judge be called your 'honour' if the judge deliberately erodes or goes against the community standards?

In Australia, if you do not pay a fine, which has hurt no 'man', you can end up in gaol for longer than someone who has committed murder / manslaughter.

Will you call her "your honour' in your matter??? !!! ???

See article from 14 Dec 2017 by of the headline:

Melbourne Apex gang linked man allowed travel overseas

Apex gang-linked thug, 20, spared jail despite terrifying series of ice-fuelled jewellery heists told he can go on HOLIDAY to Sudan while on bail

  • Akon Mawien was high on ice when he robbed a number of jewellery stores 
  • But the 20-year-old has won the freedom to travel to Sudan while on bail 
  • His victims are furious they will be repairing businesses while he is overseas



Vaccination Exemption Form "IndyWatch Feed National"

Physician's Warranty of Vaccine Safety

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University of New South Wales: Chip Design Will Allow Quantum Calculations to be Performed Using Silicon "IndyWatch Feed National"

Disclosure: I have invested in technology related to quantum computing. Via: zdnet: A team of engineers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has unveiled the design of a working chip that can integrate quantum interactions. According to UNSW, the design, which can be manufactured using mostly standard industry processes and components, comprises a []


MACKAY Man charged after Owens Creek raid "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man charged after Owens Creek raid

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possession of dangerous drugs, unlawfully supplying dangerous drugs, three counts of unlawfully possessing weapons, unlawfully possessing drug utensils which had been used and also unlawful possession of ammunition. The man will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on January 10, 2018.

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MACKAY Multiple charges follow search warrant seizure, Finch Hatton "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Multiple charges follow search warrant seizure, Finch Hatton

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He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on January 10, 2018 to have the matters heard. Police encourage anyone who may have information linked to drugs offences to contact crimestoppers any time of the day anonymously to share what they know. You can contact crimestoppers on 1800 333

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Sydney, Australia man charged with being economic agent for North Korea "IndyWatch Feed National"

BBC News

A man with a blurred face is led away by police officers following his arrestImage copyright  AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE HANDOUTIt is the first time anyone has been charged under Australias Weapons of Mass Destruction Act

A man has been arrested in Sydney for allegedly acting as an economic agent for North Korea, Australian Federal Police (AFP) have said.

Chan Han Choi, 59, has been charged with brokering illegal exports from the country and discussing the supply of weapons of mass destruction.

Police allege he has broken both UN and Australian sanctions.

The case against Mr Chan, who has lived in Australia for more than 30 years, is the first of its kind in the country.

It is the first time anyone has been charged under the countrys 1995 Weapons of Mass Destruction (Prevention of Proliferation) Act.

Police say there was evidence that Mr Chan had been in contact with high ranking officials in North Korea.

They allege he had brokered services related to North Koreas weapons programme, including the sale of specialist services including ballistic missile technology to foreign entities, in order to generate income for the North Korean regime.

Mr Chan also was charged with brokering the sale of coal from North Korea to groups in Indonesia and Vietnam. He is facing six charges in total after being arrested at his home on Saturday night.

Man in custody is led down a corridor, but his and officers face is blurred.The arrest was made in the Eastwood area of Sydney on Saturday. AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE HANDOUT

In a Sunday news...

Australia reckons with the national tragedy of child sexual abuse "IndyWatch Feed National"

A national tragedy. Thats how the Australian prime minister characterized the findings, released Friday, of a five-year investigation into child sexual abuse. Malcolm Turnbull on Friday extended his gratitude to thousands of survivors who were brave enough to tell their stories.


China Faces Pushback in the UN on Belt-Road Initiative, Retreats Quietly "IndyWatch Feed National"

Diplomatic sources say China didnt want to answer questions on transparency and environmental standards.

China's Ambassador to the United Nations Liu Jieyi speaks at a news conference at UN headquarters in New York City. Credit: Reuters/Carlo Allegri

Chinas Ambassador to the United Nations Liu Jieyi speaks at a news conference at UN headquarters in New York City. Credit: Reuters/Carlo Allegri/Files

Washington: Chinas efforts to project its One Belt One Road as the panacea for the world faced a serious setback this week at the United Nations, when a coalition led by India and the US pushed back and forced Beijing to retreat.

The laudatory language about OBOR inserted last year by hyperactive Chinese diplomats was dropped as more and more countries asked for details on Chinas financing mechanisms and environmental standards in pushing the gargantuan scheme.

The hard work of coalition building over the last two months was done by a team of young Indian dipl...


Arctic permafrost thawing faster than ever, US climate study finds "IndyWatch Feed National"

Climate change/Global warming is fast becoming the world's biggest survival threat. Wake up Australians before we have to start living underground! What sort of a life would that be?!


Frederike Geerdink - Rojava - the most feminist revolution in history "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

International guest speaker: Frederike Geerdink, Dutch journalist, was based in Turkey from 2006. In 2015, while reporting on the war between the Turkish army and the Kurdish resistance forces, Geerdink was detained by the Turkish police and then expelled. Kurdish women gained international prominence during the siege of the north Syrian town of Koban in 2014-15. Their heroic frontline role in the resistance to the brutal, women-hating Islamic State gangs produced both widespread admiration and curiosity which has continued to this day. But as necessary and attention grabbing as the military struggle is, it is not the most important thing. In the liberated zones of northern Syria, women are playing a leading role in building a new kind of society one which is marked by a radical grassroots democracy, ethnic and religious inclusivity, and by an unprecedented effort to empower women. Arguably this is the most feminist revolution in history. For all those interested in womens rights, jineology and progressive social change, this experience is worthy of both serious study and our practical solidarity and support. Organised by Sydney University Resistance Club, Rojava Solidarity (Sydney), Democratic Kurdish Community Centre of NSW, Sydney University Wom*ens Committee, Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association


Freedom of Religion under Attack by Australian Govt "IndyWatch Feed National"

OK, believe it or not, the Australian government wants sweeping changes in the Catholic Church and other organizations, including making celibacy voluntary for clergy, but the real kicker is that they want priests to report people who confess sins in church. Politicians no longer have respect for religion or the beliefs of people. To them, there is no God, only their power. This is getting really insane.


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00004 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 2.45 AUD

Michigan State University scholars find $21 trillion in unauthorized government spending; Defense Department to conduct first-ever audit "IndyWatch Feed National"

Earlier this year, a Michigan State University economist, working with graduate students and a former government official, found $21 trillion in unauthorized spending in the departments of Defense and Housing and Urban Development for the years 1998-2015. The work of Mark Skidmore and his team, which included digging into government websites and repeated queries to U.S. agencies that went unanswered, coincided with the Office of Inspector General, at one point, disabling the links to all key documents showing the unsupported spending. (Luckily, the researchers downloaded and stored the documents.)


Solidarity via Grand Jury: Can You Help Martin Bryant and Jahar Tsarnaev? "IndyWatch Feed National"

A grand jury can meet anywhere and should!

by Mary W Maxwell

As our readers know, GumshoeNews has been dabbling in articles, petitions, Fringe plays, a song, attempts to reach the guardianship board, and whatever else we can do to find ways to get the conviction of Martin Bryant turned around.

Many Australians are aware of the falseness of the case that was presented in court in Tasmania in 1996, but many others are still going on the official story that Bryant was the gunman in the Port Arthur massacre.

This article was prompted by Mal Hughes comment to my article Hands Across the Ocean Against Fake Terrorism. Mal pointed out that few people know the truth about Port Arthur. I recall that in the Foreword to our book, Port Arthur: Enough Is Enough, Dee McLachla...


Chickasaw Nation Releases Resourceful App Specially Made for Parents "IndyWatch Feed National"

Published December 16, 2017


ADA, OKLAHOMA The Chickasaw Nation created a mobile application that offers mothers, fathers and other caretakers a new resource in the palm of their hands.

The MOMents app, now available to the public at no charge through the Apple App Store and Google Play, provides tips and advice through every step of a childs development. Topics include eating, breastfeeding, sleeping and playtime, among others.

Also included in the app are links to helpful resources and information all in one spot to help parents find answers for everyday questions quickly and easily.

The Chickasaw Nation has been developing the application for three years. This last summer, a major update went live which aligns the resource more closely to the feedback of mothers who had used the app.

A search tool is included to help users locate knowledge and information contained in the application. Kids in the kitchen videos provide quick and easy recipes including ideas from moms who enjoy cooking with their children. And for continually updated advice and inspiration, there are daily moments messages and an in-app blog.

The app can be found on the Apple App Store or Google Play by searching MOMents by MomCircle.

For more information, call the toll-free number 855-559-0985.

The post Chickasaw Nation Releases Resourceful App Specially Made for Parents appeared first on Native News Online.


Australian man allegedly acting for North Korea charged over weapons of mass destruction, breaching UN sanctions and arms sales "IndyWatch Feed National"

From the AFP - some heavyweight charges. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has arrested a 59-year-old Sydney man for allegedly acting as an economic agent for the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Government (North Korea) in Australia, in breach of both United Nations (UN) and Australian sanctions. Notably, the man...


Mount Buller 100 Megalitre dam planned call for public comments "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Since at least 2014, there has been a proposal to construct a 100 Megalitre dam near the summit of Mount Buller.  The official title of the project is Mt Buller Sustainable Water Security Project.  The project involves the destruction of about 5 hectares of treeless alpine native vegetation, and subtracts about 10 hectares from the existing downhill skifield on Mount Buller.

Federal legislation requires a period of time to allow interested people and organisations to comment. Submissions are due by 22 December.

The following information comes from Friends of Mount Stirling.

If approved, the proposal requires the creation of an offset, that is, a larger area with the same natural values as the area destroyed.  The offset is to be protected in perpetuity.  As the area to be destroyed is a very rare ecosystem in Victoria, there are few places where such an offset could be declared.  It is proposed that the offset would be 262 hectares around the summit of Mount Stirling.

Due to the environmental sensitivity of the project, it is not only subject to State regulations, but also the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act.

A notice calling for public comments under the EPBC Act was published in the Herald Sun newspaper earlier this week.

Official documentation can be found here

More documentation can be found here

What area will be affected?

According to the report prepared for Mt Buller, most of the area to be destroyed is alpine grassy heathland.

The Project is within the Victorian Alps Bioregion. Field assessments indicated that three remnant vegetation Ecological Vegetation Classes (EVCs) are currently present within the Project Construction Footprint (PCF):

Alpine Grassy Heathland (EVC 1004)

This is the most abundant EVC across the PCF, covering a total area of 5.832 ha.

This EVC is a high altitude open heathland dominated by tussock grasses and a range of forbs. It occupies a wide range of habitats generally on slopes above 1,400 m where exposure and frost are limiting to tree growth. Graminoids and forbs are abundant and vary in cover depending on shrub density.

Sub-alpine Wet Heathland (EVC 210)

Sub-alpine Wet Heathland is highly localised within the P...


8 Ways to Overcome Spiritual Exhaustion "IndyWatch Feed National"

At one point or another, we have all been exhausted. That being said, sometimes this exhaustion is stemming from a place we usually would not expect it to.

Spiritual exhaustion is a thing and it can and will affect you big time after going through a spiritual awakening. These feelings are not pleasant and can leave you feeling like complete shit. If you are experiencing spiritual exhaustion dont worry, you can overcome it and it will pass with minimal efforts. Below you will see a list of the best things to do to help kick yourself in gear.

8 Ways to Overcome Spiritual Exhaustion:

1. Surround yourself with those who care.

When you are at your worst you need support to help get back on track. Just being around the people who care can and will make a difference. Even when you feel like you want to be alone dont hesitate to have a close friend by your side to lean on.

2. Let go of anything holding you back.

If something is bothering you deal with it. Dont let things keep weighing you down. You can overcome any obstacle if you believe in yourself.

3. Spend some time in nature.

Spending time in nature always helps. Really take in your surroundings. Let mother nature nurture you in her way.

4. Meditate as much as possible.

Meditation will help rid you of stress and bring you to a more clear point of view. Even if just for 20 or 30 minutes a day you will notice a difference. Dont bottle things up.

5. Get rid of negative people in your life.

If someone is pulling you down, dont let them drown you. Let go of toxic people and move forward with your life. Life is too short to spend it wasting time and energy on those who do not truly care.

6. Live in the moment.

Be in the moment a much as you possibly can. While this is one of the hardest things on the list you will benefit greatly from it. Stop being stuck in the past or worrying about the future. Now is all we are promised.

7. Stop letting fear drag you down.

Dont be afraid of anything. Running away is never the answer. Take a closer look at the things you are afraid of and overcome that fear.

8. Remind yourself that positivity can be found in the most unexpected places.

Positivity can be found in every single situation. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Do not let yourself give up hope. Maintaining a positive minds...


It is now time for a royal commission into Australias world record high rate of child removals "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last week I reunited a 14 year old girl with her biological mother. She had been removed from her mother at 12 months of age. Children removed from their biological parents are among the most elevated risk groups to serious aberrant behaviour and to suicide. On the day of her reunification she called me to []


FedCourt file re Gillard slush fund part of NSW Casino Control Authority investigation into Leighton Holdings "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 13 June 1995 Bruce Wilson deposited a $20,160 cheque from Thiess (a wholly owned subsidiary of Leighton Holdings Ltd) into the Melbourne based slush-fund that would lead to the discovery of his corrupt network. The $20,160 was one of about 40 secret commission payments corruptly made by Thiess executives...


Whatever Christmas is about, it should be about much more leave no-one behind "IndyWatch Feed National"

November has seen more people lost to suicide than in any other month this year. More than a quarter of the suicides are of persons born overseas, with a significant proportion relatively newly arrived. The grim reality is that the end of year and the beginning of the new year are an elevated risk period. []


The $4,000,000,000.00 compo scheme where the bloke behind the counter decides there's a "reasonable likelihood" you deserve the money "IndyWatch Feed National"

Most compensation schemes require fairly rigorous testing of your case, particularly if you're after a big payout. My mates who deal with the Department of Veterans Affairs tell me stories of endless medico-legal interviews, reams of paperwork and cascading hoops to jump through - and that's after their war service...


COVER-UP: Court Seals Evidence of Israels Weapon Exports to Rwanda During Genocide "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is no terrible regime Columbia, Guatemala, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile during the time of the colonels, Burma, Taiwan, Zaire, Liberia, Congo, Sierra Leone there is not one that does not have a major military connection to Israel.
Jeff Halper, 2003 

If the details in this court report were allowed to be made public, it would no doubt be extremely embarrassing to the state of Israel, who relies on maintaining the status of eternal victim in order to side-step dozens of UN resolutions regarding its illegal land annexations and human rights abuses against the native Palestinian population who have been under violent Israeli military occupation for over 50 years.

Question: why have the Israeli Courts ruled to cover-up these important details about Israels own role in helping to facilitate a genocide in Africa?

Their answer: The release of information would undermine state security and international relations.

According to reports, Israels arms exports to Rwanda were in violation of international law.

Israel has also been caught numerous times before, including recently being exposed in a UN report after supplying Israeli weapons in the Sudan conflict, and again, with the US protecting the rogue state, Israel continues to act with impunity.

Similar reports have also emerged about Israeli arms and other Israeli military equipment.

And this is what US politicians continuously refer to as the only democracy in the Middle East.

More from Tel Aviv

The Independent

Documents detailing Israels alleged defence exports to Rwanda during the countrys civil war and genocide in the 1990s are to remain sealed, the countrys Supreme Court has ruled.

Two years ago Professor Yair Auron and attorney Eitay Mack submi...


Murder-suicide? Canadian billionaire couple die in suspicious way, bodies found 'hanging side by side next to pool' "IndyWatch Feed National"

The owner of the Canadian pharmaceutical giant Apotex, Barry Sherman, and his wife were found dead at their home under suspicious circumstances. Reports say their bodies were "hanging side by side" next to their pool. The bodies of Bernard Sherman, 75, also known as Barry, and his wife, Honey, 70, were found around Friday noon in their mansion in the North York district of Toronto by the police, who arrived in answer to a 911 call. Police did not say who made the call, while the National Post reported that the bodies were initially discovered by a real estate agent, who came to the couple's luxury mansion, which is currently up for sale. The paper also said that the bodies were "found hanging side by side next to their indoor pool," something that other Canadian outlets later repeated, citing police sources. Local media also said police were looking into whether it was a murder-suicide.


East Gippsland Shire Council signs TAKE2 Climate pledge "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The following is taken from the Shires recent EnvironmentConnect publication:

At the November 21 meeting, Council resolved to pledge its support for the Victorian Governments TAKE2 initiative as follows:

East Gippsland Shire Council is committed to tackling climate change. We have a role in maintaining, protecting and enhancing the regions environment. We do this by using our resources more efficiently, by reducing our everyday impacts, planning for changing conditions and encouraging the people of East Gippsland to do the same.

TAKE2 has been developed as a part of the Victorian Governments commitment to climate change. It is a collective pledge and community awareness program to help Victoria reach zero net emissions by 2050 to keep global temperature rise to below two degrees.

There is already strong community support for the TAKE2 initiative with businesses and individuals across East Gippsland already participating in the initiative. Across East Gippsland 93 pledges have been made, giving East Gippsland the highest number of pledges across the Gippsland region. With the top three pledge actions being: buy products that include recycled content; install insulation in ceilings, walls and/or floors; and install solar photovoltaic panels.

We encourage East Gippsland individuals, business, government, educational and community organisations to visit the TAKE2 website, make the pledge and make a difference to help Victoria reach net zero by 2050.

The Take2 pledge is a small step in the right direction. It is a recognition that climate change exists, is a problem and that something must be done about it. As usual there was opposition from some members of this very conservative body to take this small step. Until Labors election in 2014 local government was the leader in climate action a role that has largely been taken over by the State of Victoria.

The Bairnsdale Advertiser (1.12) noted Cr Ben Buckley questioned the fear factor of the pledge although he did not elaborate on what this factor was. Ben is of the school that current climate change is a natural phenomenon and not induced by human activity demonstrably untrue as I hope to show in a later blog. He is certainly not alone in this as almost half the population of Gippsland incorrectly at...


Listen up. The jobs boom is real. And for once, government can take the credit "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Bureau of Statistics has produced some shockers wildly inaccurate employment statistics it has had to disown. But not this time.

An apparent employment surge in one month might be a statistical fluke, the result of a dodgy sample or flawed bad seasonal adjustment. But not a near-record surge that goes on for month after month, 14 of them in a row.

Over the past year a near-record 383,300 more Australians have been funnelled into employment, all but 87,700 of them full-time. In the past month (acknowledging the usual caveat) 61,600 were funnelled into work, all but 19,700 of them full-time.

We won't get the detailed breakdown until next week, but a look at the latest detailed breakdown we do have, for the year to August, shows that almost all of the jump in employment of 324,900 was in two industries: 'healthcare and social assistance' (130,600) and construction (104,400).

On Monday, Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas said the state was in the midst of a construction boom not seen since Premier Henry Bolte in the 1960s and 1970s. It's getting hard to find the right workers and hard to find steel and cement.

Much of it is the result of government road and rail projects, as in NSW. Much of that is due to the previous Australian treasurer Joe Hockey, who in 2014 awarded incentive payments to states that "recycled assets", selling roads and other things they owned in order to build new ones. Victoria and NSW started early, recycling some of their assets before the Commonwealth incentives.They made use of the riches that had been flooding in to their treasuries as Sydney and Melbourne property prices pushed stamp duty takings sky high.

Once it was thought that government investment "crowded out" the private sector. Not at the moment. It's because of the government investment programs that the private sector is investing too, building projects on contract, handing them over to state governments (which will later sell them) and then starting on the next one. The known pipeline stretches out beyond 2...


There is No Lawful Order "IndyWatch Feed National"

Should the US military launch nuclear weapons, if Donald Trump orders a first strike?


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Now, lets flesh out that answer a bit. The premise of the way the US National Command Authority (NCA) is set up, is to centralize control of the US nuclear arsenal, ostensibly for defensive reasons. Recent discussions about Donald Trumps unsuitable command temperament did I put that delicately enough? have swirled around the idea that Trump might order a strike, and the military might ignore NCAs directive as not lawful.

Im sorry sir, that is not a lawful order, is what they trained us, over and over, to say in the muggy June evenings in Ft Dix, NJ, in 1983 when I went through basic training. At that time, the US Army of the 1980s was still reeling from its self-inflicted morale damage following the ignominious defeat in Vietnam. Included in that ignominy was the institutional awareness that the US military had taken things way across the line: the carnage at My Lai was bad, but it wasnt really any worse than what the US Marines did at Hue. Or the US Air Force did during Operation Linebacker, when politician-to-be John McCain dropped bombs on a defenseless city of civilians. My Lai had become the tip of an iceberg, that the US planted a flag upon, trying to say, this atrocity was special. These atrocities are not us. So those of us being absorbed into the big green machine sat, using our M-16 rifles as props to support our weight, and took a few classes on what constituted lawful and unlawful orders. We were told, dont shoot prisoners. And then we were told, dont shoot someone who is trying to surrender. And we were told dont shoot civilians, although your first responsibility is to your mission and your fellow soldiers so if youre fired upon, return fire. And we were told, Im sorry, sir, that is not a lawful order, was our duty to say to an unlawful command; we were to accept that wed be relieved of duty and might be put on a barracks detail, until the chain of command determined whether we were wrong, or right, and everything got sorted out.

Of course none of that is how it ever happens. There is no perceptible shortage of people in the military who are comfortable (indeed, gleeful) with orbiting a Mdecins Sans Frontires hospital in Kandahar and raining...


Low wage rises have become routine. Here's why "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

An entire year without a pay rise? Prepare for another one, next year.

Wage rises used to be an annual phenomenon. The Bureau of Statistics says on average we got one every year. But since 2012 the length of time between them has almost doubled. The average has become once every 1.75 years. For every person that gets a wage rise more often than that, there will be someone who gets one less often.

And when the increases are delivered, they are smaller. If you get one after waiting almost two years, it is more likely to be 2 per cent than the average of 3.6 per cent that prevailed when they were handed out annually.

Back then three in 10 wage rises exceeded 4 per cent. Now it's less than one in 10. And the wage rises that are over 4 per cent are smaller: typically 5.75 per cent, down from 7.5 per cent.

It's an understatement to say it's caught the experts unawares. The employment minister has an entire department to proffer advice. Within months of taking office in as Tony Abbott's employment minister, Eric Abetz warned of a wages explosion. In Abbott's first budget and his next, and in Turnbull's first budget and his next, the Treasury forecast a wages takeoff. Not only did wage growth not climb as forecast, it fell further in each of those four years despite repeated predictions to the contrary.

And it did something remarkable. It's not unusual for the budget to forecast one thing and for reality to deliver another. A lot can happen over two years. But it is highly unusual for the budget to forecast the present and get it wrong.

The budget is delivered each May. The budget forecasts are finalised a few weeks earlier. The forecasts for the wage growth cover the year ahead to the next June quarter, and the year to the June quarter after that. As a point of reference, they also include a forecast of growth in the year to the present June quarter, the one the budget is in. In other words, they forecast the present.

Extraordinarily, in three of past five years the budget has got the present wrong. Wage growth was lower than the printed forecast, even while the forecast was being printed.

So concerned has been Treasurer Scott Morrison that he ordered a special report from the Treasury, one released only this month after Labor submitted a freedom of information request. It says while wage growth has dived in the mining industry (as would be expected, after the boom) it has also plunged everywhere else, as well as overseas. The dive can't be explained by lower productivity growth. It's been pretty stable at about its...


Coldest summer for 100 years in Queensland, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

While sweat and Queensland summer go hand-in-hard, people in the state's west are reaching for cardigans as overnight December temperatures break record lows. From Birdsville to the Gulf of Carpentaria, temperatures dropped to 11 degrees Celsius below average - a phenomenon forecasters describe as "very unusual". "I've been forecasting for a few decades now and I can't really remember anything quite this spectacular as far as dry and cool at this time of year," said Bureau of Meteorology forecaster David Bernard. "It's the sort of thing we often see in winter which usually leads to really cold winter nights, but we don't often see it in December."


December 17 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1794 Acting Governor of New South Wales Francis Grose flounced away from New South Wales for England.

1803 - On his way to England on the Cumberland, Matthew Flinders was forced to stop at Mauritius after his ship sprung a leak. He arrived just three months after Nicholas Baudin arrived and died there, also on his way home after exploring the Australian coastline. Flinders refused an invitation by Governor Captain-General De Caen to dine with him. Insulted by the rejection, De Caen accused Flinders of violating neutrality by entering Mauritius without authority and placed him under house arrest. Flinders remained there until June 1810 when the British blockaded the island, and De Caen released him.

1825 - Gov Ralph Darling arrived at Port Jackson in the Catherine Stewart and took over the reins from Sir Thomas Brisbane as Governor (19th December).

1833 - First professional theatrical performance held in Hobart at the Freemasons Tavern. The performance was of the farce, The Married Bachelor.

1845 - After a gruelling journey of 4827km, Leichhardt reached Port Essington in Australia's north.

1858 - Being drowned out by the loud snores from the public gallery the Victorian Parliament passed "An Act To Shorten The Duration of The Legislative Assembly" inflicting members of the Legislative Assembly on the public for only 3 years instead of the original 5.
And we all partied...

1859 - James Boor, a shepherd, is credited with the discovery of copper minerals at Wallaroo, South Oz on this day.

1872 - The Education Act was passed by the Victorian Government setting up an Education Department and guaranteeing children 'free, secular and compulsory education'.

1875 - A new ironworks blast furnace at Lithgow, NSW, fired up for the first time.



Eyewitnesses Testify Vatican, Drug Cartels are Trafficking Children to Satan Worshipping Pedophiles Elites "IndyWatch Feed National"

Eyewitnesses Testify Vatican, Drug Cartels Trafficking Children to Satan worshipping pedophiles of royal families, corporate heads, politicians

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 By Judy Byington


According to victims and for big bucks, the Catholic Church and drug cartels regularly funnel children through international pedophile rings to Satan worshipping businessmen, politicians and members of European royal families.

Since May 2014 more than 34 eyewitnesses have given depositions to the International Common Law Court of Justice in Brussels about this childhood sexual abuse and forced participation in child sacrifices by these global elites of the Ninth Circle Satanic Child Sacrifice Cult.

Five international court judges have considered evidence against Ninth Circle Cult members including the trials chief defendant, Pope Francis, plus former Pope Ratzinger and Queen Elizabeth. In 2013 the ICLCJ Court found Queen Elizabeth and Pope Ratzinger guilty of Crimes Against Humanity and issued arrest warrants against them.

A European mafia known as Octopus or Ndrangheta, was said to make considerable money by securing drugs and children for the upper echelons of Pope Francis Catholic and Queen Elizabeths Anglican Churches, royal family members and European, Canadian, Australian and US politicians and corporate heads. The Catholic Church is clearly the largest baby trafficker in human history, making billions each year by selling Catholic newborns to orphanages, foster agencies and undisclosed parties Antonio Barrero testified before five judges of the ICLCJ Court. In Spain alone between 1940 and 1980, the Catholic Church reaped over $20 billion by trafficking more than 300,000 children.

The now Pope Francis organized the marketing of those more than 30,000 children of Argentine political prisoners according to a ICLCJ Court witness identified only as Number 32. In the 1970s-1980s the witness was a former Argentine civil servant who was present in meetings between the now-Pope Francis and the Junta Military during Argentines Dirty War.

The Court r...


Trump Federal Judge Nominee Cant Answer Basic Legal Questions "IndyWatch Feed National"

This truly shocking video of one of President Donald Trumps judicial nominees has been making the rounds and it raises a lot of troubling questions.

Foremost among them is, why would someone be nominated to a lifetime appointment on the influential US District Court for the District of Columbia who doesnt recognize some basic legal terms.

Just as importantly, why did nominee Matthew Spencer Petersen not prepare? A week-long cram session should have allowed any law school graduate to knock these softball questions out of the park. The fact that he apparently failed to do this raises the troubling possibility that Trumps nominees, no matter whether they are qualified or not, expect to be confirmed by the Republican majority in Congress.

And, what is most disturbing is that, in many cases, they might be right.

Trump is appointing and the Senate is confirming judicial nominees for circuit court positions at a record pace. As a result of these lifetime appointments, it is fair to say that Trumps legacy will continue to be felt long after his presidency ends.

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Raging Granny Ruth takes on the GOP tax bill "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Sarah Freeman-Woolpert

Ruth Zalph at a tax bill protest on Capitol Hill on December 5. (WNV/T.W. Collins)

In recent weeks, 87-year-old Ruth Zalph has been repeatedly arrested in Washington, D.C. for protesting the GOP tax bill and advocating for health care coverage in Washington, D.C. Known as Raging Granny Ruth, Zalph is a founder and member of the North Carolina chapter of the Raging Grannies, a group that uses song and street theater to advocate for justice and equality, particularly in the realm of voting rights and fair political representation.

Before the Raging Grannies, Zalph already had an extensive history of activism and community organizing, including countless arrests protesting nuclear weapons during the Cold War, as well as leading a portion of the 860-mile NAACP Journey for Justice march in 2015. She has also conducted many actions as part of the Delray Citizens for Social Responsibility and the Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice.

I recently met up with Zalph at a sit-in against the tax bill, where she joined disability rights activists and faith leaders in civil disobedience actions on Capitol Hill. She told me about her early anti-nuclear activism, her current involvement in the movement for health care and political equality, and how the Raging Grannies have evolved over the years.

You started out as an activist protesting nuclear energy and nuclear proliferation. Why was the anti-nuclear movement so important to you?

I traveled to Kazakhstan and Ukraine when they were part of the Soviet Union. In Ukraine, I interviewed a dying victim from the Chernobyl disaster. The government didnt have to answer to them. Those facilities were thought to be fail safe. So, for example, when Duke Energy announced plans to store nuclear fuel waste at the Shearon Harris plant in 2000, I went with a group of people to their offices to demand a public hearing. We wanted to deliver a letter to the CEO, but werent permitted. So we stood downstairs [and refused to leave]. They arrested us for trespassing, and the case went all the way up to the North Carolina Supreme Court. I read a testimony in court, and I explained that the nuclear waste storage project posed a great safety hazard to the general public. So, our actions were done...


"My people are still suffering from secret nuclear testing ": Australian aboriginal activist Sue Coleman-Haseldine "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the 1950s, areas known as Emu Fields and Maralinga were used to test nine full-scale atomic bombs and for 600 other nuclear tests, leaving the land highly radioactive. We weren't on ground zero, but the dust didn't stay in one place. The winds brought the poison to us and many others.

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Heart of Mind Radio 12.16.17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

On todays Heart Of Mind Radio, host Kathryn Davis speaks to Olympia LePoint, about her new book, Answers Unleashed: The Science of Unleashing Your Brains Power Music featured on todays program: Frog Dancing by David Anthony Clark Olympia LePoint Countless books have been written about the process of healing the brain from traumatic situations. But Answers Unleashed: The Science of Unleashing Your Brains Power by Olympia LePoint is the first self-help ...

The post Heart of Mind Radio 12.16.17 appeared first on Progressive Radio Network.


What Happened to Samantha Folsom? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The day Samantha Folsoms parents were supposed to take her to a facility for drug rehabilitation she did not show. They repeatedly called her phone and did not receive a response. They went to her apartment, at Place Ste. Marie, on Oxford Street, in Lewiston. There was no answer. Folsoms father asked the landlord if []

The post What Happened to Samantha Folsom? appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.


Flat as a tack "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Attachment disorder

Some unusual commentary and conclusions were drawn about the price of flats this week, derived from an Urbis survey of unsettled off-the-plan prices each quarter (which alas does not compare like-for-like sales). 

Apparently apartment prices boomed in Gold Coast and Melbourne, but nosedived in Brisbane, in just three months. 

Or not. 

In reality what tends to happen is the first user of a new apartment or townhouse pays a newness premium, which may be eroded on resale, especially in a soft market. 

For all the talk of property booms and unsustainable prices, median price growth in established apartments has, on average, been pretty muted outside Sydney, despite low interest rates. 

When you look at the last ten years of official figures from the ABS you'll find that only Sydney has recorded strong growth in the price of attached dwellings (and even this came off the back of nearly half a decade of flat or falling prices). 

Hobart has gone on a bit of a run over the past couple of years, the tight market sending the median asking price for a unit above $300,000 for the first time.

Melbourne's attached dwelling price index recorded a compound annual growth rate of 4 per cent over the decade to September 2017.

All other capital cities have only seen moderate price growth over the past decade - hardly a bubble looking set to burst - though if you wound the clock back to 2003 the growth rates would be considerably stronger in Pert...


Palestinian billionaire Masri detained in Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed National"


AMMAN (Reuters) Sabih al-Masri, Jordans most influential businessman and the chairman of its largest lender Arab Bank, was detained in Saudi Arabia for questioning after a business trip to Riyadh, family sources and friends said on Saturday.

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Sabih al-Masri

Masris arrest, which follows the biggest purge of the Saudi kingdoms affluent elite in its modern history, has sent shockwaves through business circles in Jordan and the Palestinian territories, where the billionaire has major investments.

A Saudi citizen of Palestinian origin, Masri was detained last Tuesday hours before he was planning to leave after he chaired meetings of companies he owns, according to the sources.

He is the founder of Saudi Astra Group, which has wide interests in diversified industries ranging from agro-industry to telecommunications, construction and mining across the region.

Masri was heading to the airport and they told him to stay where you are and they picked him up, said a source familiar with the matter who asked not to be named.

He canceled a dinner in Amman on Wednesday that he had invited board members of Arab Bank and business associates to attend on his return.

Masri could not be reached for comment. The Saudi authorities did not respond to requests for comment.

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Confidants said Masri had been warned not to travel to the Saudi capital after mass arrests of Saudi royals, ministers and businessmen in early November.

He has been answering questions about his business and partners, said a source familiar with the matter who did not elaborate nor confirm he was held.


Reasons for Masris detention were not clear but political sources said the Saudis might have used him to put pressure on Jordans King Abdullah not to attend a Muslim summit last week to discuss U.S. President Donald Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital.

The Jordanian monarch attended the Istanbul summit, however. He is a custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem and has been vocal in criticizing Trump over his decision on Jerusalem.

Saudi Arabia, whose relations with the United States have warmed with Trump taking a harder line against its arch-ri...


100 Fiberglass and Resin Skulls Fill a Room at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Ron Mueck, an Australian artist known for his hyperrealistic figural sculptures, has created his largest work to date. His installation Mass contains 100 human skulls which are scattered and stacked throughout a gallery at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.

The individual forms are created from fiberglass and resin, and when stood upright, rise to approximately three feet tall. In some areas of the installation piles reach five skulls in height, while in others visitors can approach individual works resting on the gallerys floor. Placed amongst gilded paintings the works offer a somber reality, a morose peek into what physically relates each of us.

Mass opens December 15, 2017 as a part of the inaugural National Gallery of Victoria Triennial. Mueck is one of 100 international creatives that has contributed work to the exhibition which will run through April 18, 2018. (via Designboom)



Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

They gathered by the doors at University of Johannesburgs Soweto campus where registration for the national conference is taking place.

ANC delegates sing and dance outside the plenary at ANCs 54th national conference. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

Masego Rahlaga
Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG ANC delegates from the North West and Mpumalanga say they are ready to approach the courts because they are seeing names of people they don't know being registered to vote under their regions and wards.

They have gathered by the doors at University of Johannesburgs Soweto campus where registration for the national conference is taking place.

This follows ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashes announcement on Saturday morning that that all provincial structures nullified by the courts would not be allowed to vote at the party's national conference.

It means that some delegates from Kwazulu-Natal, North West and the Free State will not be allowed to vote at the national conference.

Mantashe announced: The decision taken there is that its the Free State, its KwaZulu-Natal and then Bojanala. All the structures that are nullified will not be voting delegates at the conference. Were not going to try any idea that will actually contaminate the conference.

A police officer told delegates that he would be closing the doors, but disgruntled members from wards in Mpumalanga and the North West approached the entrance and demanded to be let inside.

However, none of them could enter.

Dumisani Masina, from ward seven in the Ekangala branch in Mpumalanga, says they are angry because no one is explaining why there are people registered under their area that they don't know.

We asked our regional secretary as to what happened now. She couldnt answer. We went to the provincial secretary, Mandla Ndlovu, and he couldnt answer.

Mogapi Marumo, from ward 24 in the Matlosana sub region in the North West, says they are ready to take this matter....


A One-State Solution with Equal Rights is the Only Answer to Trumps Jerusalem Declaration "IndyWatch Feed National"

JERUSALEM (Opinion)  Jerusalem was an Arab and Muslim city for close to 1300 years. Like other parts of Palestine, it was a harmonious mosaic. But, though there was always a Christian and Jewish presence both of people and of monuments it was predominantly a Muslim city.

This was violently disrupted twice: first in the year 1099, from which for a period of 88 years the city was occupied by the Crusaders, and then again in 1948 when the newly created Jewish State took the city and made Jerusalem its own. When the State of Israel took the western part of the city in 1948, in violation of a United Nations Resolution, it destroyed its Arab and Muslim character and then declared it as the capital city of the Jewish people.

Claiming that Jerusalem and indeed all of Palestine belongs to Jews only is not only morally wrong, but also short-sighted and unsustainable. In Jerusalem, as in the rest of historic Palestine, Israelis and Palestinians today, despite living in close proximity to each other, are completely segregated by a system of apartheid,. The two communities live in one state, governed by the same government, but in completely different realities and under different laws resulting from Israels apartheid legal system.

If the United States truly cares about democracy, the answer to this is not for Washington to legitimize Israeli claims to exclusive sovereignty but rather to support work towards a democracy where everyones rights are respected and guaranteed under the same law.


A modern history of conquest and oppression

A group of struggling Arab refugees walk along the dusty road from Jerusalem to Lebanon, carrying their meager belongings with them, Nov. 9, 1948. The Arabs have been driven from their homes by Jewish attacks in Galilee. (AP/Pringle)

A group of struggling Arab refugees walk along the dusty road from Jerusalem to Lebanon, carryi...

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