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Wednesday, 17 January

23:25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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22:11

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

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

21:55

Net neutrality "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

This is what's really happening;

21:33

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

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

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

21:31

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21:27

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

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

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

21:24

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

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

The post Patients breathe easier thanks to Esso/BHP Billiton appeared first on Foster Community Online.

21:12

Housing finance strengthens as FHBs return "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Housing finance higher

A strong result for housing finance, with total finance rising by +2.3 per cent to above $33.5 billion in seasonally adjusted terms. 

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

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

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

New dwelling surge

Rather than look through every number, a quick look at two trends in particular.

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


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

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


In New South Wales, first homebuyer numbers are at the highest level since 2011, and in the other two main states first homebuyer loans are at the highest level since 2009.......

20:00

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

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

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

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

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

From The Anti-Media:

Hawaiians Just Received Inbound Ballistic Missile Threat Emergency Alert

The Whole World Is Sick and Tired of US Foreign Policy

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

From Geopolitics Alert: 

Pakistan Ditches Dollar for Yuan Following Trumps Abusive Rhetoric

The Forgotten War: The US Destruction of The DPRK

China isnt Cheating: The Difference Between US and Chinese Investment

Also by Jim Carey relating to the topic:

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


SUBSCRIBE TO THE GEOPOLITICS ALERT NEWSLETTER

19:15

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

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

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

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

Here is the website she posts to: https://www.ouranimalsourearth.com/

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

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

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

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19:00

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


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

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




How The CIA Used Feminism To Destabilize Society

http://humansarefree.com/2018/01/how-cia-used-feminism-to-destabilize.html#more


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

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

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18:20

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

 

 

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

FREMANTLE

Thursday 25 January 12-2pm

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

Register here.

ADELAIDE

Monday 29 January 6-7:30pm

Gallery Yampu, 1 Jenkins St, Birkenhead

Register here.

MELBOURNE

Thursday 1 February 6-8pm

The Cube, ACMI

Register here.

HOBART

Friday 2 February 12:30-2pm

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

Free event. Register here.

SYDNEY

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17:41

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

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

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

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

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

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

At pre...

16:32

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

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

16:05

Euro Capital Flows or Speculation? "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

16:01

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

QUESTION: Martin,

I took your advice back in November about a potential January DJ high and it has paid off for me well.
I am a small-time personal investor and am wondering about the content of the Vertical Market Report is this something tailor made for the Professional / Hedge fund trader?
I am considering purchasing but given the price, I would like it to be beneficial given my situation.
Appreciate any further advice you can give,
Rgds
PR
ANSWER: That Report is NOT for in-and-out trading. It covers position investing so you do not have to be in and out. You are not trying to sell the precise high. You position trade this type of market and it tells you when to get out. However, the most important aspect is the report explains what is unfolding. You have to have CONFIDENCE in order to trade a market. If you understand what is unfolding, then you can trade it. If you lack the understanding, you will not be able to invest or trade.

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00007 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.35 AUD
Converter

15:56

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

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

January 17, 2018 at 02:07PM .

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

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/crime/australias-biggest-drug-bust-eight-accused-of-1-billion-meth-haul-face-court-ng-b88717061z&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNH_nrTzfP1iMYaFhjrUbd2SKgt9GQ

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

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

January 17, 2018 at 11:07AM .

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

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

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Forrestfield slingshot accused to appear in court next month .

January 17, 2018 at 02:18PM .

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

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.communitynews.com.au/midland-reporter/news/forrestfield-slingshot-accused-to-appear-in-court-next-month&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGr4d2fmFOaHOvnIIKwjnh91FmAJg

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

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

January 17, 2018 at 09:37AM .

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

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/crime/former-perth-catholic-school-teacher-on-historic-child-sex-abuse-charges-ng-b88716597z&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEHgRCTJarDHi3sMhnP7c8aAZcOEA

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15:47

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

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

15:18

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

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

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

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

Heres my answer to that question:

I love silver!

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

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

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

Silver and gold are both precious metals.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14:53

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

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

14:08

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

MACKAY January 17, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Woman pleads guilty to 21 charges

January 17, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

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

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14:08

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

MACKAY January 17, 2018 at 12:48PM ,

Woman, 27, punches and bites a police officer when she was caught nearly four times over the

January 17, 2018 at 12:48PM ,

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

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

MACKAY January 17, 2018 at 04:11AM ,

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

January 17, 2018 at 04:11AM ,

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

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

MACKAY January 17, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Fingerprint on keys could determine vehicle theft case

January 17, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

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

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13:41

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

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

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13:36

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

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

12:56

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

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

12:51

Rethinking our National Holiday "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Let's include First People:
We can find a better day
to celebrate national unity
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11:57

Lets work towards an inclusive Australia Day for all "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

The uninvited British arrival and encampment in...

11:53

Actor Jessica Falkholt dies in hospital "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jessica Falkholt. Pic Fox News

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

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

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

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11:42

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

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

11:20

A Global Problem of NOISE From Social Media to Missile Alarms "IndyWatch Feed National"

Missile alert in Hawaii created panic.

by Dee McLachlan

Society is being constantly bombarded and distracted.

The short term dopamine driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works: no civil discourse; no cooperation; misinformation; miss-truth. And its not an American problem. This is not about Russian ads. This is a global problem. So we are in a really bad state of affairs right now in my opinion. It is it is eroding the core foundations of how people behave by, and between each othe

10:59

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

By JOSEPH WANGUI

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

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

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

PRESIDENT

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

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

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

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

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

SENATOR

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

Not because I am not competent, experienc...

10:10

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

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

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

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

09:56

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

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

09:44

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

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

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

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

 

IrvMills

Irv Mills

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09:22

Cycle guide to north east Victoria "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

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

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

08:45

Cranberries singers death not suspicious "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

The post...

08:36

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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08:32

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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08:13

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

08:00

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



1810 - William Bligh arrived at Port Jackson from Hobart in HMS Porpoise.

1839 - NSW minimum price of Crown Land increased from 5 shillings to 12 shillings minimum an acre.

1843 - John Clements Wickham arrived in Brisbane as police magistrate. He was appointed Government Resident on 1st January 1853.

1852 - Sturt Light (Cape Willoughby Lighthouse), SA, first exhibited.

1852 - William Swan Urquhart completed his survey of the town of Ballarat, Victoria.

1859 - The railway line from Footscray to Williamstown Pier (Vic) opened.

1889 - A heatwave hit western New South Wales and pre-empted destructive bushfires.

1895 - Moolooloorun (Aboriginal male, no given surname) was Hanged on gallows constructed at Crescent Lagoon, NT in the presence of other members of his aboriginal community for the murder of an unnamed Chinese man near the Roper River.

1899 - A six foot tidal wave was noted at Charles Point, NT, origins unknown.

1900 - Lolli Kayser Singh was Hanged at Adelaide Gaol for the murder of Sunda Singh at Denial Bay.

1902 - The Richmond Vale Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1902 - The Stanford Merthyr Branch Railway line (NSW) was opened.

1911 - On this day Melbourne became the first district branch of the Australian Journalists Association ( AJA) to be approved.


1916 - The Linton to Skipton Railway line (Vic) opened.

1922 - Splashing a bit of paint around was profitable for William Beckwith McInnes who took home the very first Archibald Prize for portraiture.

1929 - 800 striking waterside workers rioted, attacking the non-union labour that was brought in to break the strike, with at least one (later) fatality arising from the conflict that of Mounted Constable Evans.

1930 - Australia signed an agreement with Germany regarding the liquidation of German property in Australia.

1941 - The religious group, Jehovah's Witnesses, were banned as a pacifist sect.

1944 - Meat rationing was imposed, allowing the purchase of meat with coupons within a weekly ration per person of up to 680g of high quality meat and 1.8 kg of lower quality meat.

1945 - A fire on the wharves of Fremantle, WA, destroyed many buildings and ships.

1959 - Tasmania's first shark attack in over a century took place at Port Arthur.

1962 - Bushfires surrounding Melbourne caused the loss of 8 lives and extensive property damage.
The media reported that bushfires had spread to the suburbs, coming within 19kms of the Melbourne CBD.

1968 - The rockin', rollin' riding group on the Mornin...

07:40

4 months' worth of rain in just 24 hours hit Perth, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Remnants of Tropical Cyclone "Joyce" brought record-breaking rain to parts of SW Western Australia on Monday, January 15 and Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The storm produced wind gusts up to 90 km/h (56 mph) and dumped more than 4 months' worth of rain in...... Read more

07:30

The State with the Sickest Children has the Highest Vaccination Rates "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mississippi-Infant-Motality-last-US

The Unhealthiest State in America Has the Best Vaccination Rate: Offits Orwellian Logic Fails to Connect the Dots

by the World Mercury Project Team

In a Daily Beast opinion piece on December 15, Paul Offitone of the vaccine industrys most strident ambassadorspuzzles over a seeming contradiction.

How, Offit wonders, could the state of Mississippi, which has the worst overall health in the nation, have used standout efficiency to achieve over 99.4% vaccine coverage in kindergartners?

Rather than seriously investigate this apparent enigma, Offit presents his ready-made answer and reveals his articles true purpose. According to Paul Offit, Mississippis high vaccination rates are due to the states 1979 decision to make the governmentrather than parentsthe primary vaccine decision-maker for children.

Reflecting on the Mississippi Supreme Courts 1979 elimination of that states religious exemption to vaccination, Offit applauds the Courts position, stating,

If a parent harbors a religious belief that contradicts a basic tenant [sic] of modern medicinethe state has a right to protect the child from the irresponsible acts of the parent.

Offitthough a parent himselftells readers that the state-determined duty to vaccinate supersedes other parental rights.

In short, Offit appears to believe that coercion is the name of the game, openly admitting that he disapproves of the 47 states that still allow parents in the U.S. to take religious, moral or personal beliefs into account when making vaccine decisions on behalf of their children.

The worst health in the nation

According to the comprehensive state-by-state...

07:23

The US Coalition-Financed Siege of East Ghouta Supported by BBC Propaganda "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jeremy Salt
AHT

Lies, deceit and forgeries have always been part of war, truth being the first casualty. But in the past two decades the falsifications of war have reached unparalleled heights, thanks to technology. The lies told by the American, British, Australian and allied governments ahead and during the attack on Iraq in 2003 reached heights which one would have thought could not be surpassed. 

But then came Libya and the black mercenaries, the soldiers fed Viagra, all lies. Topping this, for the past seven years, we have had Syria and its revolution, photo-shopped, faked and staged from beginning to end with the connivance of the mainstream media.

With isolated exceptions in the Anglo-American media (the US, Britain, France, Australia and Canada) there has been no reporting of the Syria crisis as such. There has only been propaganda, surging forward in wave after wave.  It is not enough to say that the credibility of the media has never been lower.  Insofar as these wars in the Middle East are concerned, with the exception of a tiny handful of correspondents who occasionally correct the imbalance, it has no credibility at all.

Relying on rebels and activists and refusing to air the perspective of the Syrian government the media has spun a web of deceit designed to justify and perpetuate western aggression against yet another Arab country, this time not through an open military attack, as in Iraq or Libya, but through armed terrorist proxies who have carried out a campaign of murder and mayhem across the country.

There are no moderates amongst these groups, not by any reasonable standards. The US Vice President Joe Biden let the cat out of the bag in 2014 when he said there were no moderates in their ranks. They might fight among themselves over territory, arms, money and control but they have the same ideology as the official enemy, of themselves and western governments, the Islamic State: extirpation of the Shia and the Alawi and the establishment of a takfirist Islamic regim...

07:13

Why Did Americans Pay Billions for a Drug Deemed Worthless in Other Countries "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Natural Blaze

Disease awareness campaignsare an effective way for companies to sell a disease to sell a drug.

Why did Americans pay more than $1.5 billion a year in 2016 alone for a drug that potentially does so little, and to treat a condition that many would not even consider to be a disease?

Why are Americans both as patients and taxpayers paying billions of dollars for a drug whose efficacy is so questionable that its not approved in the European Union, Australia or New Zealand?

Restasis is a blockbuster drug sold by Allergan to treat chronic dry eye. It has done $8.8 billion in U.S. sales between 2009 and 2015, including over $2.9 billion in public monies through Medicare Part D, according to a Dartmouth Institute.

Restasis and Allergan have been in the news lately due to the companys novel legal strategy of transferring their patents on the drug to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in order to stave off competition posed by generic drugs. Patents for Restasis were also recently expired so one wonders whether the door is now open for ineffective generics. Lets explain.

In a recently published article in JAMA IM, A Clear-Eyed View of Restasis and Chronic Dry Eye Disease, Lisa Schwartz and Steven Woloshin, physician-researc...

07:11

The Nuts and Bolts of Demand Response "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Basically demand response is the act of responding to fluctuations in energy demand in relation to the supply of power over brief periods of time. Currently this is almost exclusively either related to disruption in the conventional power system where supply drops for some reason or there are extremely hot summer afternoons where power consumption soars when we all turn on our air-cons. The conventional power source is unable to supply this extra electricity causing or threatening black-outs in some areas. By paying a sufficient number of consumers to stop consuming power, supply and demand can be balanced and grid operations maintained without disruptions.

An example of this was recently carried out with our power supplier Powershop called Curb Your Power  and this is how it worked. Firstly we accepted an invitation from them to participate in their demand response program. They then contacted us by text about one hour previous to requiring us to reduce our energy consumption by at least one third between the hours of 3.30 to 5.30pm. Before 3.30pm I wandered around our unit turning off all the unnecessary power consumers including the major one the air con but left 2 ceiling fans running as it was quite warm. Other power consuming actions such as cooking and clothes washing were deferred. A few days later the retailer rewarded us, and all other participants, with $10 on our account and conducted a survey to find out how we responded.

It later transpired that there was a power outage in the Lindenow area stretching across to places north of Bairnsdale in this case over 1000 customers were blacked out although the cause of this is not known. However we were experiencing hot weather and both our fans and air con were in operation when the request to reduce power consumption was received.

The demand response (sometimes called negawatts) process is simple. Sign up to a demand response program with your retailer and supply contact details to them. Then reduce your power consumption by a significant amount at the time and for the duration they request. Assuming this was successful your account will later be credited.

Almost certainly this was a trial run for our retailer as well. The next step is a refinement of smart meters (plus some computer software?) to calculate exactly how much power was reduced so that participants can...

07:10

The State with the Sickest Children has the Highest Vaccination Rates "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mississippi-Infant-Motality-last-US

The Unhealthiest State in America Has the Best Vaccination Rate: Offits Orwellian Logic Fails to Connect the Dots

by  the World Mercury Project Team

In a Daily Beast opinion piece on December 15, Paul Offitone of the vaccine industrys most strident ambassadorspuzzles over a seeming contradiction.

How, Offit wonders, could the state of Mississippi, which has the worst overall health in the nation, have used standout efficiency to achieve over 99.4% vaccine coverage in kindergartners?

Rather than seriously investigate this apparent enigma, Offit presents his ready-made answer and reveals his articles true purpose. According to Paul Offit, Mississippis high vaccination rates are due to the states 1979 decision to make the governmentrather than parentsthe primary vaccine decision-maker for children.

Reflecting on the Mississippi Supreme Courts 1979 elimination of that states religious exemption to vaccination, Offit applauds the Courts position, stating,

If a parent harbors a religious belief that contradicts a basic tenant [sic] of modern medicinethe state has a right to protect the child from the irresponsible acts of the parent.

Offitthough a parent himselftells readers that the state-determined duty to vaccinate supersedes other parental rights.

In short, Offit appears to believe that coercion is the name of the game, openly admitting that he disapproves of the 47 states that still allow parents in the U.S. to take religious, moral or personal beliefs into account when making vaccine decisions on behalf of their children.

The worst health in the nation

According to the comprehensive state-by-state...

06:59

Vacancies down in 2017; but not everywhere... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Seasonal vacancies

As usual vacancy rates were higher in the month of December at 2.5 per cent or 80,092 vacancies.

Despite the record high level of building, vacancies were considerably lower than a year earlier, when there were 89,721 vacancies according to SQM Research figures.

The year-on-year decrease reflects a combination of strong population growth and a very high volume of higher-density apartments still under construction, there being a lag in the completion of this dwelling type. 

Hobart has a record low vacancy rate for any capital city of an extremely tight 0.3 per cent, while Canberra (1.3 per cent) and Adelaide (1.5 per cent) remain tight rental markets. 

Asking rents have increased strongly in Hobart and Canberra accordingly over 2017. 

Perth and Darwin also seem to have turned a corner, with vacancy rates well down from a year earlier, while Melbourne's 2.1 per cent vacancy rate was also well down from 2.4 per cent in December 2016.

This downtrend wasn't the case everywhere however, with Sydney recording a multi-year high reading of 2.6 per cent in December, up from 2.3 per cent last year. 

The numbers can jag around a bit, but smoothing the figures on a 6mMA basis gives a sense of the relative condition of the rental market in each city and the prevailing trends. 


At the end of the 2017 financial year, New South Wales had a record 64,470 attached dwellings under construction, with the overdue flood of completions doubtless accounting for the jump in December. 

...

06:45

No joke! President John Tyler, born 1790, has two living grandsons "IndyWatch Feed National"

Okay, we know you aren't going to believe this, but it's true: John Tyler, the 10th President of the United States, has two grandchildren that are still living today. IT'S TRUE, WE SWEAR. Tyler served as President from 1841 to 1845 and has two grandchildren who are still alive some 173 years later. Matt Smethurst tweeted the fun fact on Tuesday: But how could this be possible? Well, it turns out the answer is simpler than you think. President Tyler just never stopped having children. When he died in 1862, he had 15 children. The youngest of those 15 kids remarried and had children late in their lives, which resulted in our current situation.

06:28

The Only Real Way To Deal With A Narcissist "IndyWatch Feed National"

Narcissists are not people we can merely avoid. There are plenty of them in this world and they are not just going to disappear.

Narcissism seems to be quite the epidemic in current times. We come across them almost daily whether they are our bosses, partners, or even people on the streets. While some believe there would be narcissists no matter what others blame our modern culture on the rise. That being said, the reason behind the rise does not matter as much as knowing how to deal with the narcissists in your life.

Well, to begin with, we need to be able to spot narcissists. They are good liars and are able to hide quite well behind their masks. The number one best way to deal with a narcissist once you have identified him or her is to cut ties. Completely refuse to engage. Do not try to fight fire with fire and do not try to win them over, those things will never work. The narcissist is not someone who can be swayed so easily and he or she is not someone who cares about other people.

When it comes to doing what is best for YOU, moving on is your literal BEST option. While this may not be the answer you were hoping for it is the best one I can offer to you. This is the only way to ensure you are one hundred percent out of their clutches and not dealing with their bullshit.

Narcissists feed off of us and when we cut the supply off we are allowing ourselves to become whole again. When I say cut ties I mean literally completely cut ties, NO CONTACT WHATSOEVER! Once the narcissist realizes you are not coming back he or she will seek their supply elsewhere.

They will move on quickly, whether you think they will or not. If you are dealing with a true narcissist they will find someone else to benefit from right off the bat. You have to be very strict with not speaking to or having anything to do with the narcissist as if he or she wants you bad enough they will try to draw you back in.

Narcissists are charming and kind at first but once they get you in their grasp they become manipulative and cause a lot of stress on us. Because of how their brains work it is almost impossible to make a narcissist truly aware that they are the problem within the relationship and while I hate to say it, it is pretty much impossible for them to change.

You may fall for the narcissists mask but once the mask comes off, everything will go to complete shit. You cannot fix this person and this person does not love you. Narcissists only care about themselves. Do what is best for you and cut ties with the narcissist....

05:18

4 months' worth of rain in just 24 hours saturates Perth, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The remains of ex-tropical Cyclone Joyce has dumped more than four months' worth of rain on Perth in less than 24 hours, leading to power blackouts, flooding and causing havoc for planes trying to land at the city's airport. The conditions were caused by the remnants of ex-tropical Cyclone Joyce, which pummelled Perth with heavy rain for much of Monday. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services received more than 330 calls for help, and Western Power said on Tuesday morning blackouts had affected about 1300 homes, with crews working throughout the night to repair damage to its network. A spokesman for RAC said the insurer had already received more than 670 claims as a result of the weather event. The city officially recorded 96 millimetres of rain - the wettest January day since 104mm fell on the city on January 22, 2000. The total is equal to the average rainfall for the city for December, January, February and March combined. It was also the the second-highest January daily rainfall ever recorded.

04:09

Our Modest Contribution to Sh*thole Theory "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our Modest Contribution to Sh*thole Theory
by Bill Bonner

"We recently had our DNA checked. Unsurprisingly, it showed that we are what we thought we were - Irish, English, and Scottish. But we are something more. In addition to the Irish riffraff, English aristocracy and Scottish bagpipers nesting in our family tree, there are, apparently, some Moors in there, too. North African is how Ancestry.com describes it. Where did that come from? we asked no one in particular. Some sh*thole country! came the answer. Here, developing like a photo in a darkroom tray, is our modest contribution to Sh*thole Theory.

All over the place: When we first caught wind of President Trumps sh*thole comment, we were outraged. We thought he was talking about our hometown. A family friend came to Baltimore for a visit last week: ...

04:08

MACKAY Ford Mustang theft accused flags guilty pleas "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 15, 2018 at 05:18PM ,

Ford Mustang theft accused flags guilty pleas

January 15, 2018 at 05:18PM ,

A MACKAY woman allegedly involved in stealing a new Ford Mustang muscle car from a dealership earlier this month has said shell plead guilty. Kerri-Ann Connolly, 31, has been charged with four counts of car theft, five counts of fraud, three counts of stealing after a previous conviction and one count

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02:20

The Unhealthiest State in America Has the Best Vaccination Rate: Offits Orwellian Logic Fails to Connect the Dots "IndyWatch Feed National"

By  the World Mercury Project Team

 

In a Daily Beast opinion piece on December 15, Paul Offitone of the vaccine industrys most strident ambassadorspuzzles over a seeming contradiction. How, Offit wonders, could the state of Mississippi, which has the worst overall health in the nation, have used standout efficiency to achieve over 99.4% vaccine coverage in kindergartners? Rather than seriously investigate this apparent enigma, Offit presents his ready-made answer and reveals his articles true purpose. According to Paul Offit, Mississippis high vaccination rates are due to the states 1979 decision to make the governmentrather than parentsthe primary vaccine decision-maker for children.

Reflecting on the Mississippi Supreme Courts 1979 elimination of that states religious exemption to vaccination, Offit applauds the Courts position, stating, If a parent harbors a religious belief that contradicts a basic tenant [sic] of modern medicinethe state has a right to protect the child from the irresponsible acts of the parent. Offitthough a parent himselftells readers that the state-determined duty to vaccinate supersedes other parental rights. In short, Offit appears to believe that coercion is the name of the game, openly admitting that he disapproves of the 47 states that still allow parents in the U.S. to take religious, moral or personal beliefs into account when making vaccine decisions on behalf of their children.

 

 

The worst health in the nation

According to the comprehensive state-by-state health rankings that Offit cites, Mississippi has remained squarely at the bottom of the nations overall health rankings for decades (Figure 1). The low ranking correlates, in part, with the states poverty statistics: one-third of Mississippis children live in poverty (the highest percentage of any state), and 87% of the states Medicaid enrollees are children. But from birth on, scattered health statistics suggest that Mississippis children and adolescents face other phys...

02:00

Claim: Aboriginals Torched the Australian Landscape Because of Sea Level Rise "IndyWatch Feed National"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Ship of Fools expedition leader Chris Turney shares more of his climate wisdom. Australias coastal living is at risk from sea level rise, but its happened before January 16, 2018 6.06am AEDT With global sea levels expected to rise by up to a metre by 2100 we can learn much

01:42

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

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U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber lands at Andersen Air Force Base on Guam on Tuesday. U.S. AIR FORCE photo

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STAFF WRITER

JAN 16, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

00:50

Prayer and Meditation for Wednesday, January 17, 2018 I come against you in the name of the Lord of hosts. With God All Things Are Possible "IndyWatch Feed National"

Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot
Lectionary: 313

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Reading 1  1 SM 17:32-33, 37, 40-51

David spoke to Saul:
Let your majesty not lose courage.
I am at your service to go and fight this Philistine.
But Saul answered David,
You cannot go up against this Philistine and fight with him,
for you are only a youth, while he has been a warrior from his youth.David continued:
The LORD, who delivered me from the claws of the lion and the bear,
will also keep me safe from the clutches of this Philistine.
Saul answered David, Go! the LORD will be with you.

Then, staff in hand, David selected five smooth stones from the wadi
and put them in the pocket of his shepherds bag.
With his sling also ready to hand, he approached the Philistine.

With his shield bearer marching before him,
the Philistine also advanced closer and closer to David.
When he had sized David up,
and seen that he was youthful, and ruddy, and handsome in appearance,
the Philistine held David in contempt.
The Philistine said to David,
Am I a dog that you come against me with a staff?
Then the Philistine cursed David by his gods
and said to him, Come here to me,
and I will leave your flesh for the birds of the air
and the beasts of the field.
David answered him:
You come against me with sword and spear and scimitar,
but I come against you in the name of the LORD of hosts,
the God of the armies of Israel that you have insulted.
Today the LORD shall deliver you into my hand;
I will strike you down and cut off your head.
This very day I will leave your corpse
and the corpses of the Philistine army for the birds of the air
and the beasts of the field;
thus the whole land shall le...

00:47

Santiago, Chile: Noise Bombs Detonated in Solidarity with the Anarchist Comrades Detained in Villa Francia "IndyWatch Feed National"

NOISEBOMB

We are still the same, but more violent

On Saturday, January 6th, we went out to the street aimlessly.  Together with our partners in crime, remembering old and good  times. Every step of the way through this damn city we faced the imposed reality and inevitably our answer was vandalism. We
reclaim our lives whenever we mock authority. Everyone has their own way of seeing things, whether they agree with each other or  not, but even so, with us, disorder has always been where we meet, a point where emotions come to life. This is what we like,
what we want and what we look for, always with an idea behind it.

We placed three powerful noise bombs, inside a dumpster in a public square, under a car and inside a gym; setting off alarms and attracting the attention of the citizens and the despicable police. The streets of Santiago at night are ours when we decide to indulge in the luxury of vandalizing its symbols.

And so the days go by and we continue to plan and put into action new ways to cause disturbances with rocks, sound bombs, fireworks, graffiti etc.

Anarchy and Chaos are our expressions of Struggle and of Life....

00:45

The Healing Powers of Sweet Potatoes According To The Medical Medium "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Alanna Ketler

Have you heard of the Medical Medium? CE has covered this man and his miraculously simple approach to fighting and curing many of the so-called mystery illnesses that are plaguing humanity today. Anthony William is the man who channels a being known as Spirit, but to the public, this being is known as the Medical Medium. In depth, he explains what is causing these illnesses, what they actually are and how to treat them, without the use of any prescription medicine.

The Medical Medium has the answers and the treatments, he insists that a whole foods plant-based diet is the secret to treating the majority of the illnesses that we are suffering from today including the ones that doctors themselves are unable to diagnose and treat. Finally, there has been hope for hundreds if not thousands of people who have tried everything else or have been told that their illnesses are psychosomatic simply because the doctor does not know what the illness is in the first place or how to effectively treat it. All this can be treated by eliminating certain items from your diet and adding in an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs thats it, and its worked for many. 

In one of his recent books, Medical Medium Life Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables, you will find an index of a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs with an in depth explanation of each ones capacity to heal.

Each food listed comes with a set of conditions and symptoms that it can treat, how the food can support you emotionally, and the spiritual lesson that the food can offer you. The book also provides a simple, healthy, whole food, plant-based recipe that you can make with it.

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00:41

The Exquisite Book Cover for Rebecca Roanhorse's TRAIL OF LIGHTNING "IndyWatch Feed National"

Books by Native writers have given me moments where a phrase so perfectly reflects my experience, that I exclaim aloud, with joy, 'YES!' Illustrations can do that, too, and once in a great while, a book cover will have that effect.

Last week, Barnes and Noble did the cover reveal for Rebecca Roanhorse's Trail of Lightning. Rebecca is Ohkay Owingeh (the tribal nation my mom is from) and African American. When I saw the cover, my heart swelled. I wanted everyone in my Native networks to see it! The art is by Tommy Arnold.

So, I shared it widely and others did, too. It had the same kind of impact on Native people. Tiffany Midge, for example, said she wanted to make it into a poster. Tiffany is Hunkpapa Lakota. She's a writer, too. Look for her in #NotYourPrincess. Pernell Thomas is Navajo. On Twitter, he said:

This! This! This! Seeing a powerful Din woman on the cover of a book like this is so inspirational and life changing. I can't help but think how many young Din children will be empowered by this imagery. The k ntsaa!!! ahx'h

Trail of Lightning isn't a book for kids but I have no doubt that they'll see teens and parents reading it. And feel empowered. Some of you may be wondering why we're having this reaction. We all probably see the power that the lightning imparts, but some of us saw Maggie's mocs. Some of us saw the truck we (or someone in our family) drives on the reservation. But there are things that are not there that make the cover powerful in other ways.

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Tuesday, 16 January

23:06

How Michael Larson Exploited A Loophole To Win A Game Show Fortune "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Sunday, the Game Show Network (GSN) aired a special whose title referred to the scandal on the 1980s hit game show Press Your Luck. Promotions for the documentary even referred to the incident as the greatest scandal in game show history.

But compared to the quiz show controversies of the 1950sin which producers rigged outcomes by giving contestants answers prior to show tapingsthe Press Your Luck scandal qualifies as nothing of the sort.

On Press Your Luck, the contestant in question merely used knowledge of the game to increase his odds of winning. As with a blackjack expert at counting cards who takes a casino to the proverbial cleaners, his actions neither violated the law, nor any standards that would warrant the ignominy that the scandal moniker connotes.

Doing Game Show Homework

Press Your Luck, which premiered in September 1983, featured players taking turns at a game board filled with various cash amounts, prizes, and the dreaded Whammywhich, when landed upon, took away all a players money. Players answered questions to earn spins, which each gave a contestant one chance to control the game board. With each spin, contestants would either win the cash or prize they landed on, or, in the case of a Whammy, lose their winnings to that point.

When CBS, which broadcast Press Your Luck, first premiered the game, it only used a handful of computer-generated sequences to randomize the indicator on the game board that the contestant stopped to determine the prize he or she would receiveor, on an average of one in six spins, a Whammy. A technological marvel for its day, the boards computing power proved primitive by twenty-first-century standards. But at the time, CBS and Bill Carruthers, the shows creator, felt that the handful of sequences would represent a sufficiently complex and random pattern that contestants could not decipher it.

Unfortunately for them, however, Michael Larson, an Ohio ice-cream truck driver with a proclivity for get-rich quick schemes, took both the time and energy to do so. Armed with a video cassette recorder, he recorded episodes of the show, watching in slow-motion to discern the patterns, and even using the pause button to mimic the shows spins.

While learning the pattern of sequences, Larson discovered two other key facts: Two squares on the 18-square game board never contained a Whammyand, in the shows second round, always contained additional spins.

With these three pieces of information, Larson had the ability to turn Press Your Luck into a real-life ATM. By understanding the seemingly random, but in reality quite predictable, game board patterns, Larson could use every spin to win dollarsand additional spinsa...

23:00

How To Talk About The Gap In Your Work History "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sometimes, addressing it directly can be your best option.

Whether youre gearing up for a triumphant return to the workforce or grappling with the best way to explain a recent gap in your employment history, addressing time away from the professional world can be a daunting task. Given that a glaring hole on your resume will likely be a red flag to prospective employers, youll want to take steps to proactively answer questions they may have.

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22:41

Google Plans to Expand Huge Undersea Cables to Boost Cloud Business "IndyWatch Feed National"

The search company hopes to lure customers from Amazon and Microsoft with new fiber-optic lines

A Google data center in Iowa.
A Google data center in Iowa. PHOTO: CONNIE ZHOU/GOOGLE/ZUMA PRESS
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Jan. 16, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET

Google is expanding its sprawling network of undersea cables to plug into new regions around the world, in a bid to speed up its cloud-computing business and catch up to rivals Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc.

The search-engine operator has plans to build three new underwater fiber-optic cables lining ocean areas from the Pacific to the North Sea, extending its private data network to regions competitors havent touched with similar projects.

The cables, expected to be finished in 2019, are designed to speed the transfer of data and reroute users to servers around the globe if a region fails or gets overloaded.

Google said t...

21:42

Save University of New Englands habitat trees "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Wednesday, 17 Jan; 1:00 pm; ] Dear All, The University of New England (UNE) is currently destroying some of its greatest assets. These are the hollow-bearing trees, habitat for gliders, parrots and koalas. Planning and implementation of tree removal has been kept secret. From 8 January 2018, contractors started removing the first of 78 trees from the UNE campus. During the week, it [...] full article 

20:49

#7SummerOfNazis : The True Blue Crew & Co. Go Hunting Blacks While Channel 7 Cheers "IndyWatch Feed National"

img via The Simpsons against the Liberals [UPDATE (January 17, 2018) : See also : How do you solve a problem like the African Gang Crisis?, Cam Smith, Overland, January 17, 2018.] For those of you coming in late, on Continue reading

20:37

"The Wit Of Ashleigh Brilliant" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"An optimist thinks that this is the best possible world.
A pessimist fears that this is true."

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately
explained by incompetence."

"My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right."

"I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met."

"A chicken and an egg are lying in bed. The chicken is smoking a cigarette
with a satisfied smile on its face and the egg is frowning and looking put out.
The egg mutters to no one in particular, I guess we answered THAT question."

Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."

- Ashleigh Brilliant

20:35

University of Wollongong Research shows Australias Vaccination Policies are Harming Human Health "IndyWatch Feed National"

Newsletter 187 University of Wollongong Research shows Australias Vaccination Policies are Harming Human Health

12 January 2018

The proof that vaccines have not been adequately tested for safety and efficacy is provided in my PhD thesis published by the University of Wollongong (UOW). Read More

19:51

PERTH Cannabis under Police guard goes missing "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Cannabis under Police guard goes missing .

January 16, 2018 at 11:07AM .

Internal Affairs Unit have both launched investigations over the theft. Organised Crime is also looking into a range of serious drug offences linked to the property. The two men charged in connection with the growing of cannabis were remanded in custody and will front Perth Magistrates Court today.

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19:51

Max Igan on The World You Dont Know "IndyWatch Feed National"

 



"The illusion of freedom will continue for as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will take down the scenery, move the tables and chairs out of the way, then they will pull back the curtains and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater." - Frank Zappa

"Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past." - George Orwell

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader. - Plato

"I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned. - Richard Feynman
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19:48

#Australia: Hunger Strike starts Over Immigration Detention Visits Restrictions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribyrnong in Melbourne, have declared a hunger strike in protest at visiting restrictions recently announced by Border Force. The detainees have been on hunger strike for more than 24 hours, since the morning of Monday 15 January.

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

Originally published by Refugee Action Coalition Sydney.

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

Australia: Hunger Strike starts Over Immigration Detention Visits Restrictions

Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribyrnong in Melbourne, h...

18:57

The last post...for a while "IndyWatch Feed National"

This blog was initiated by Pauline Wilson, an Adelaide based UFO researcher, in 2009. When Pauline's interests moved on to other things, I took over the blog. Since 2009 there have been 896 posts; some short, and some thousands of words in length. Total hits on the site have exceeded 750.000.

Over my 51 years of interest in the subject, I have taken a number of breaks from my research. My shortest break was six months, and the longest was four years. I find these breaks from research to be very useful. It is too easy to get bogged down with keeping up to date; reading books; blogging one's research; answering questions from people who wish to know what it was that they have just seen in the sky; and keeping across some 45 Australian Face Book pages dedicated to hundreds of well meaning, but in the end, inane discussions on the topic. Enough becomes enough at some stage.

Despite all the current excitement about the formerly secret US Department of Defence Pentagon UFO program, it is time for me to take another break. At the moment I do not know how long the break will be.

I thank all my blog readers for sharing the journey so far.

So, this blog will see no new posts until I return from my 'holiday' from UFO research.

Signing off for now.

Regards,

Keith Basterfield.

18:57

How to research the UFO phenomenon and stay sane "IndyWatch Feed National"

People have asked me how I have kept my interest alive across a 50 year time span of research?  I thought about this again recently and came up with a few ideas which Id like to share with you.



Have some guiding principles

One of my main guiding principles has been, to simply 'follow the facts.' If a UAP case turns out to have a mundane explanation, then I say so! I believe that UAP investigators should weed out as many identified cases as possible, leaving only good quality unknowns to work with.


I have found this consistency of approach to be invaluable. It can however, lead to differences  of opinion with other UFO researchers who have a non-negotiable belief system.

One example of this, occurred after I appeared on an ABC television program, which discussed various medical issues. I suggested on the show that some UAP abductions have their roots in terms of 'sleep paralysis.' A well known Victorian UFO researcher took me to task for daring to suggest an alternative explanation to the 'Grays.' I had, after all, only based my opinion on personal research, while his views arose from armchair research. 

Another example, based on exhaustive research, was my suggestion that the 1988 Mundrabilla car encounter had an alternative non-extraterrestrial explanation. Some American researchers took a dim view of this suggestion, even though they had conducted no first hand investigations.

I have now undertaken over thirty cold case reviews of Australian events. Some of these reviews have suggested alternative, m...

17:12

Letter From Birmingham Jail "IndyWatch Feed National"

Canadians are, like, half-American, right?

Its Martin Luther King Jr. Day down South, which means theres also a flurry of white-washing. So I thought Id help out the counter-effort and present MLK Jr.s words in the raw. My source for the text is a mix of this and that, plus I should add that Wikipedia has more context (and a summary). Ill bold the passages that resonated with me.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Birmingham City Jail
16 April 1963

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My dear Fellow Clergymen:

While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities unwise and untimely. Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and that your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I want to try to answer your statement in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms.

I think I should indicate why I am here in Birmingham, since you have been influenced by the view which argues against outsiders coming in. I have the honor of serving as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization operating in every southern state, with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. We have some eighty five affiliated organizations across the South, and one of them is the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. Frequently we share staff, educational and financial resources with our affiliates. Several months ago the affiliate here in Birmingham asked us to be on call to engage in a nonviolent direct action program if such were deemed necessary. We readily consented, and when the hour came we lived up to our promise. So I, along with several members of my staff, am here because I was invited here. I am here because I have organizational ties here.

But more basically, I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their thus saith the Lord far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried th...

16:40

Around the Bay 16/01/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Not to be outdone by his younger brother Sam from last week, Oli got the spinning rod and the soft plastics out and managed to catch himself a quality flathead this week. I think there will be plenty of competitions between the two brothers over the next few years.

By Craig Edmonds of Jims Bait and Tackle, San Remo

FOR the last two years on every Sunday I have sat down and written a fishing report, and then on a Monday I send it out to 100s of people via email and to the newspapers.
And except for a handful of customers, I dont really know who reads it, and it still surprises me, at this time of the year especially, that so many visitors come down from all regions of Melbourne and engage in a conversation with me in response to my report that they have somehow managed to get their hands on.
If you are coming down at any time, even if you do your tackle shopping somewhere else, please call in and say hi and we will help you out with the latest reports.
We try to make our reports more than just a list of points. They are stories about your experiences, with lots of pictures, and we thank everyone for all the comments we have had over the last few weeks regarding the way the reports are written.
We often get asked about whether they are genuine, because we dont mention names, but I can assure you the reports we do are all based on what we are told over the counter with most asking us not to mention names, which we respect.
However, while we try not to push too many agendas there is the odd occasion that I will write about something that creates a bit of conversation, and this week is one of those weeks.
A couple of weeks ago there was a very large blue marlin caught in Exmouth, in Western Australia, which is a record capture for that state.
This capture caused a lot of conversation from both sides of the fence with some of the social media conversation becoming heated at times.
Over this Christmas holiday period I dont remember ever having in the past so many people telling me about all the fish that are being caught that are either too big or too small.
Many of the conversations that are put up against catches, big or small, are of an ethical or moral, call it what you want, type of argument which is not a problem, but it is just that we have a thing called the law t...

16:07

Is Climate Change a Tool to Eliminate Democracy? "IndyWatch Feed National"

COMMENT: Your view on denying climate change is supporting the capitalist model. This shows you have no credibility.

OD

REPLY: Climate is changing and it is part of the normal cycle not human-induced. You are actually correct that I support capitalism and freedom and am against authoritarianism and totalitarian systems. What you fail to understand is that climate change is an agenda to eliminate your freedom. The entire argument is to support a move toward an authoritarian state. You better wake up. This is not truly about the climate change, it is all about controlling society, eliminating democracy, and changing the entire economic model that changes society. There is far more st stake here than most people realize.

Here is a piece that appeared in the Weekend Australian.


Its a well-kept secret, but 95 per cent of the climate models we are told prove the link between human CO2 emissions and catastrophic global warming have been found, after nearly two decades of temperature stasis, to be in error. Its not surprising.

We have been subjected to...

16:02

Can Government Really Prevent War? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Martin,

So much common sense from you. But, re the almost total corruption of government, could this be the ONLY practical solution?

That is:
1. Elect Politicians directly, at random, from the general, law abiding population for a fixed term with no possibility of re-election
2. Pay them well, with jobs/careers guaranteed and severe prison time for any corrupt activity

Of course, lots of other issues, all surmountable but these principles are sacrosanct.

Could it be any worse than the current appalling corrupt situation?

Regards
IW

PS I understand this system was tried in ancient Greece and Italy around WW1. We might be better at the logistics now?

ANSWER: No there is no other choice. Thrasymachus (c 459-400BC) put it best: all forms of government become the same as they all act in their own self-interest. We really need a bureaucracy to run, but they MUST be accountable to elected people who are by NO MEANS career politicians. The European Project and the entire theory of federalizing Europe has been to supposedly prevent war by devolving everything to a single government. If there are no career politicians, then this will do far more to reduce the threat of war than any other step we can take toward securing our future.

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16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00007 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.40 AUD
Converter

15:50

Gardner and Short top scorers in Big Bash League "IndyWatch Feed National"

Two Aboriginal cricketers DArcy Short and Ashleigh Gardner hold the records for the highest individual scores in the history of crickets Big Bash League (BBL). Northern Territorian Short blasted 122 not out off 69 balls including eight sixes and eight fours as he steered the Hobart Hurricanes to a last-ball BBL win over Brisbane at the Gabba on January 10. Sydneysider Gardner opened the Womens Big Bash League (WBBL) competition with 114 off just 52 balls for the Sydney Sixers against the Melbourne Stars at Wollongong on December 9.

15:32

AFSAs Submission re: NSW Proposed Planning Reforms "IndyWatch Feed National"

View AFSA's Response to the Proposed State Environmental Planning Policy (Primary Production and Rural Development) and related planning reforms, submitted 15 January 2018 and prepared by Sarah de Wit, Katie Johnston, Tammi Jonas, Penny Kothe, Anthony Wilson & Courtney Young.

Summary of Recommendations

Recommendation 1: That the Government foster NSWs food security and strengthen its efforts to identify Food Sheds by consulting with shires and taking into consideration research by UTS and SPUN in relation to peri-urban planning.

Recommendation 2: Create more flexibility for the construction of dwellings built in support of the agricultural purposes on farms, while maintaining and strengthening guards against converting farms to purely residential, lifestyle properties.

Recommendation 3: Amend the interpretational inconsistency by classifying operations below the thresholds as extensive agriculture so that the definition for extensive agriculture can include pasture-based pig farms and poultry farms.

 Recommendation 4: That all shed based pig farms be included in the feedlot definition and that pastured pig farms be included in the extensive definition.

Recommendation 5: That the trigger to judge a pastured pig farm intensive be set at more than 25 SPU/Ha, subject to meeting minimum standards.

Recommendation 6: That all shed based poultry farms be included in the feedlot definition and that pastured poultry farms be included in the extensive definition.

Recommendation 7: That the trigger to judge a pastured poultry farm as intensive be set at more than 450 birds/Ha, subject to meeting minimum standards.

Recommendation 8: That all pastured livestock are defined under extensive agriculture, but that the term be changed to Pastured Animal Production.

Recommendation 9: That where feeding infrastructure is mobile, a setback from neighbouring dwellings, waterways or environmentally sensitive areas be set at no more than 20m.

Recommendation 10: To formulate...

15:20

Australia: Over 200 Detainees in Immigration Detention Commence Hunger Strike in Protest Against New Visit Restrictions "IndyWatch Feed National"

villawood

16.01.18: Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribyrnong in Melbourne, have declared a hunger strike in protest at visiting restrictions recently announced by Border Force. The detainees have been on hunger strike for more than 24 hours, since the morning of Monday 15 January.

Posters declaring the changes would apply after 22 January went up unannounced in the centres, last week. Detainees only found out about the policy when told by their visitors.

Under the restrictions, visitors will have to give five days notice of any visit, fill in a five-page form, with actual visits restricted to one on one. Visitors will also be required to have 100 points of ID when they attend the detention centre to visit.

The restrictions will hit families especially hard. Visiting minors will also now need identification.

These restrictions come on top of recent moves by Border Force to restrict what food can be brought into the detention centre and the attempt to ban mobile phones.

The moves, dressed up as security measures, have nothing to do with security and everything to do with moves to militarise the detention centres under th...

15:15

Loyas Death Was Premeditated Murder, Says Late Judges Friend Uday Gaware "IndyWatch Feed National"

At a public meeting, Gaware said many of Loyas friends, including judges, had had their suspicions when the CBI judge died of a sudden heart attack.

The story of Loyas death has assumed greater proportions in light of the recent historic press conference by four Supreme Court judges. Credit: The Caravan

New Delhi: Justice BH Loyas friend from law college, Uday Gaware, while speaking at a public meeting organised by the All India Peoples Forum, an association of different civil society and political groups, stunned everyone when he said that the judges death was premeditated murder.

The meeting, held at at New Delhis Indian Social Institute, was called Suspicious Death of Judge: Implications for Democracy. It was addressed by Caravan Magazines Niranjan Takle, the journalist who broke the story, the magazines political editor Hartosh Singh Bal, former judge of the Bombay high court BG Kolse Patil, senior advocate Indira Jaising and Gaware, who is a member of Latur bar association.

Speaking in front of a packed house, the speakers demanded a probe and raised concerns over whether the executive was trying to influence the judiciary in any way.

The series of events

Loya, who in official records...

14:59

Invasion Day Hawaii 17 January "IndyWatch Feed National"

While the people of Australia are debating the 26th of January as Invasion Day rather than Australia Day,

where a lesser known fact is that this is when Martial Law was officially installed on the land,

and another lesser known fact is that on the 28th of April 1770, the land of Australia became a 'possession' of the UK in the name of then Monarch King George III,

spare a  thought for the good people of Hawaii.

'Big Business' from the United States f_cked over the good people and the Queen of Hawaii on the 17th of January 1893, and installed military rule on the people of the islands.


Those rascal colonialists.

14:04

Who Wrote The Dead Sea Scrolls. Skeletons May Identify Authors "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls? That question may be one step or one skeleton closer to being answered after archaeologists announced last week that skeletons found in the cemetery of Qumran the city where the caves containing the scrolls are located date to the time they would have been written. []

14:03

Party Drugs: Whos Really Paying the Ultimate Price? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Party drugs like ecstasy, ketamine and cocaine find their way into the pockets of festival, concert and couch-session attendees, making them as common as a can of warm beer in an Aussie summer. Hipsters, uni-students and full-timers all enjoy the occasional line, but most rarely think about the history of the drug further than their dealers back pocket.

Unfortunately, though, the popularity of recreational drugs is mirrored by human rights abuse, health crises and social instability in their countries of origin.

More cocaine passes through Mexico than any other country in the world. Each year, roughly 8,000 deaths occur in the country as a by-product of the thriving drug trade.

What ends up as a neat white line on top of someones phone has often made a messy, sometimes bloody journey to get there. Illegal drugs are produced at the expense of fragile communities in a process that disregards human rights. The massive profit margins enjoyed by cartel head-honchos hugely overshadows those who work for them, meaning that substances such as cocaine and ecstasy are far from fair trade.

Fairtrade coffee, tea, tobacco, chocolate and clothing are all part of the status quo in fact, there are over 2,500 products on the Aussie market that sport the Fairtrade insignia.  More than one in five of us 11.2 percent, in fact adopt a vegetarian lifestyle to help minimise negative impacts on the environment and less-fortunate communities. So why do we lose our concern when it comes drugs? Is it because since we are already doing something that is generally considered wrong, so we forget about other moral standards?

Australians are no strangers to regular drug use, with almost 16 percent of people over the age of 14 admitting to using an illegal drug in the last year. Aside from marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy tie for second-most used illicit drugs. This love affair with recreational narcotics reflects many young peoples casual relationship with using, with most believing its no big deal.  We know that drugs are bad for us. But a lot of the substances that make their way into your system are seriously bad for a lot of other people too.

The United Nations has recently acknowledged that the production of illicit drugs is linked to rural poverty in developing countries. The intervention of state forces against narco-traffickers in countries like Mexico have been labelled a drug war, where an estimated over 120,000 people have perished between...

14:00

Piece by Piece, the Political Privatisation of Air India is Underway "IndyWatch Feed National"

The incremental approach towards the divestment is obviously aimed at ensuring that non-controlling partial ownership doesnt fall into undesirable hands.

Credit: PTI

Air India is valued at around $10 billion (excluding land). Disinvesting halfway will likely fetch the government $5 billion (upwards of Rs 30,000 crore). Credit: PTI

The government has taken one more small step in coming to grips with one of the most difficult parts of giving a decent burial to the Indian public sector privatising Air India. It has allowed foreign airlines to own up to 49% of the national carrier. A year ago, it had announced its decision to strategically divest its stake in the carrier.

This puts Air India at par with other Indian carriers in which foreign airlines already have the liberty to own up to 49%. But the government has not gone the whole hog. Indians will still need to hold effective control over the company. Furthermore, the investment will have to come in via the approval and not automatic route.

Why an entity or a group with 49% stake in the company will be happy not to exercise control is not clear. The likely answer is that any investment coming in now will be with an eye on being ahead of other aspiring stakeholders while waiting for further relaxation of norms.

The one s...

13:56

3-month-old and 5-year-old girls rescued in sex trafficking crackdown "IndyWatch Feed National"

Two sisters, one 5 years old and the other 3 months old, were rescued in Denver by undercover agents during this year's FBI-led sting operation against sex traffickers, officials said. The alleged trafficker, a friend of the children's family, made a deal to sell them for sex for $600, the FBI said. The friend communicated with an undercover agent, the FBI said in announcing details of Operation Cross Country XI. 82 other juveniles were rescued during last week's nationwide sweep. Some 120 people were arrested. On October 13, the second day of the operation, a minor was rescued by the FBI in El Paso, Texas, when a 16-year-old female victim was advertised online for "entertainment," officials said. The girl was accompanied by a 21-year-old female who offered an undercover agent sexual intercourse with both her and the underage victim for $200. According to the FBI report, the woman as well as the driver, another female, who took the minor and 21-year-old to the undercover officer's location, were arrested. Among the recovered victims across the country was one from Russia. Local and state agencies were involved in the operation, as were police as far away as the Philippines and Thailand. The average age of the victims recovered from this year's operation is 15, the FBI said.

Note: Watch an excellent segment by Australia's "60-Minutes" team "Spies, Lords and Predators" on a pedophile ring in the UK which leads directly to the highest levels of government. A second suppressed documentary, "Conspiracy of Silence," goes even deeper into this topic in the US. For more, see concise summaries of deeply revealing sexual abuse scandal news articles from reliable major media sources.

13:47

British Army recruitment ads focus on women, the physically unfit, the "emotional", LGBTI and Muslims. Compare with China! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Meanwhile in China......... And thanks to Alan RM Jones for pointing out this letter to the editor:

13:44

How Anti-Fascists Won the Battles of Berkeley : 2017 in the Bay and Beyond: A Play-by-Play Analysis "IndyWatch Feed National"

Black Bloc in Berkeley, August 27, 2017.

The perilous politics of militant anti-fascism defined 2017 for the anarchist movement in the United States. The story in the Bay Area mirrors that of the country at large. Its a narrative full of tragedies, setbacks, and repression, ultimately concluding with a fragile victory. Yet there was no guarantee it would turn out this way: only a few months ago, it seemed likely we would be starting 2018 amid the nightmare of a rapidly metastasizing fascist street movement. What can anti-fascists around the world learn from what happened in Berkeley? To answer this question, we have to back up and tell the story in full.

Fascists chose Berkeley, California as the center stage for their attempt to get a movement off the ground. The advantage shifted back and forth between fascists and anti-fascists as both sides maneuvered to draw more allies into the fight. Riding on the coattails of Trumps campaign and exploiting the blind spots of liberal free speech politics, fascists gained momentum until anti-fascists were able to use these victories against them, drawing together an unprecedented mobilization. As we begin a new year, anti-fascist networks in the Bay Area are stronger than ever. Participants in anti-fascist struggle enjoy a hard-earned legitimacy in the eyes of many activists and communities targeted by the far right. By contrast, the far-right movement that gained strength throughout 2016 and the first half of 2017 has imploded. For the time being, the popular mobilization they sought to manifest has been thwarted. The events in the Bay Area offer an instructive example of the threat posed by contemporary far-right coalition buildingand how we can defend our communities against it.

2016: A New Era Begins

Clashes escalate outside a Trump Rally in San Jose on June 2, 2016.

The clashes between far-right forces and anti-fascists that gripped Berkeley for much of 2017 were the climax of a sequence of events that began a year earlier. On February 27, 2016, Klansmen in the Southern California city of Anaheim stabbed three anti-racists who were protesting a Ku Klux Klan rally against illegal immigration and Muslims. The rhetoric of the Klan echoed the same vulgar nationalism that the Trump campaign was broadcasting. Under the banner of the alt-right, many white supremacist and fascist groups began to use the campaign as an umbrella under which to mobilize and recruit. They aimed to build an ideologically diverse social...

13:06

Hopium at its best.. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

I have a lot of fun on Farcebook and you come across some really interesting people.  Because I wrote a long reply to a certain person who will remain nameless, I thought Id turn it into a post for you guys to read. I know youll have a laugh too..

It all started with someone posting this article about what Australia will look like in 2049. Why 2049 you ask?  You tell me.  anyway, you can guess already, I was hardly going to agree with anything it said..!

Initially, someone wrote The part of this alleged futuristic vision that infuriates me the most is the food aspect. They flippantly claim that households of the future will be fed nutrient-rich food from indoor greenhouses. Now take a close look at the artists impression of said greenhouse and tell me how much nutrient-rich food you can see growing in there. These people have never contemplated the land requirements of our nutrition.

It also completely neglects the plight of low-income people by painting a vision that only the richest few % might be able to afford. I guess everyone else will be working on degraded farmland growing food to make up for the nutritional deficiency left by the rich peoples indoor greenhouses

So far so good.  who could disagree? I replied TOTALLY agree without fossil fuels, it is IMPOSSIBLE to feed the world as we do now. Most land is marginal and only capable of grazing animals. Those futuristic visions can only happen with fossil fuels. In fact, this world we currently take for granted is 100% only here thanks to fossil fuels, and yet the masses are rising to abandon them, not realising their lives are literally at stake

And yet they must go.. because our lives are at stake.

Talk about a rock and a hard place.

Yes, civilisations conundrum again.

But then this guy came back with a link and: There is a group in the US called Ecology Action that has attempted to find the minimum possible land area to grow a nutritionally complete diet without fossil fuels (all hard yakka). Growing a fairly small set of ingredients for a simple (but balanced) vegan diet, coupled with their extremely labour-intensive (but very high-yielding) farming technique, they claim to deliver a full diet for one person on circa 400 square metres. This seems to assume a favourable climate and does not explicitly consider the sustainability of the irrigation applied.
...

13:04

Two exciting opportunities to join the Human Rights Law Centre "IndyWatch Feed National"

We currently have two roles available in the Human Rights Law Centre's (HRLC) Asylum Seeker and Refugee Rights Unit. 

The HRLCs Asylum Seeker and Refugee Rights Unit (ASRRU) was established in 2015 to deepen our work protecting and promoting the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum. The Unit is both responsive and agenda-setting, receiving requests for assistance as well as working with asylum seeker advocacy and casework organisations to address significant systemic human rights issues.

Senior Lawyer

We are seeking a highly motivated, dynamic, skilled and collaborative individual. This position will work alongside the Units Director and two Lawyers and will play a vital role in contributing to all aspects of the Units work. People who have a refugee background are encourage to apply. This position will be based in Melbourne. It is a full-time position for a 12 month fixed term.

The closing date for this position is Sunday 28 January 2018. Click here to download a recruitment pack.

Lawyer

This position will work alongside the Units Director, Lawyer and a new Senior Lawyer, and will play a vital role in supporting the ongoing work of the ASRRU.

We are seeking a highly motivated, dynamic and collaborative individual. This position is aimed at lawyers with 1-2 years post-admission legal practice experience. People who have a refugee background are encouraged to apply. This is a full-time position for a 12 month fixed term based in Melbourne.

The closing date for this position is Sunday 28 January 2018. Click here to download a recruitment pack.

13:02

FixedIt: he didnt resign because of sex, he resigned because of sexual harassment allegations "IndyWatch Feed National"

Once again, Yahoo is having trouble differentiating between consensual sex and non-consensual assault and harassment.

Trond Giske didnt resign because of sex claims. Six different women have alleged that he sexually harassed or assaulted them. Sex is not the same as sexual harassment.

Sex happens between people who can and do consent to everything they do with each other. If one person did not give consent it is not sex. It is abuse, assault, harassment or rape.

These women are not alleging that consensual activities took place. In fact they are saying the exact opposite.

Calling them sex claims implies the allegations involve a consensual act (sex) rather than a non-consensual act (in this case assault or harassment).

The allegations need to be tested in court but when the media is reporting them they need to report the facts. The facts here are that Giske was accused of sexual harassment, not sex.

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12:52

FixedIt: sexual assault allegations are not sex claims "IndyWatch Feed National"

Conductor Charles Dutoit has been accused of one count of rape and several sexual assaults against nine different women. This is not the same as sex.  Something Yahoo appears to have some trouble understanding.

Sex happens between people who can and do consent to everything they do with each other. If one person did not give consent it is not sex. It is abuse, assault, harassment or rape.

These women are not alleging that consensual activities took place. In fact they are saying the exact opposite.

Calling them sex claims implies the allegations involve a consensual act (sex) rather than a non-consensual act (assault, harassment or rape).

The allegations need to be tested in court but when the media is reporting them they need to report the facts and the facts here are that Dutoit is accused of rape and sexual harassment, not sex.

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12:29

FixedIt: sexual abuse and harassment of a child is not sex messages "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Border Mail reported that a 42 year old man sent sexually explicit text messages to his partners 15 year old daughter that left her feeling disgusted and sick. Despite him asking her to not tell her mother, she did, and her mother called the police.

This was not sex messages. It was abuse and harassment. He was an adult in her home. He was in a relationship with her mother. She was a child. Nothing about this had anything to do with sex. Misnaming it as sex diminishes his responsibility for his crimes and the damage he did to an innocent child.

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12:16

Why the media is losing its mind over DACA "IndyWatch Feed National"

The MSM's attempt to slam the President over alleged language covers up the real matter that Democrats offered a bum solution for immigration reform For three days now, the MSM has been screaming bloody murder about an alleged (and denied) vulgarity spoken by President Trump in a closed-door meeting about immigration reform and DACA. We have covered this media meltdown extensively in pieces you can link to here and here. But now, let's have a look into what the REAL news about DACA is, and we might even understand why the MSM is having such a meltdown. On January 12th, the American radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh noted during his program that although there was not any detail about this known yet, the apparent issue was that President Trump was outraged over the Democrats trying to hand him a total nothing-burger deal about immigration. We have to remember that one of President Trump's wishes is to get the United States to adopt a "merit based" immigration position, where the US screens people who want to come to live in the USA in regards to what they can and will contribute to the well-being of this nation. This is not a strange or barbarous position to take on immigration. Canada does it. Australia does it, Germany, Hong Kong, Denmark, New Zealand and other nations in the world probably do it as well. In fact, the United States itself ran with such a system up until the year 1952. Such a vetting process may go far in reducing the chance that elements who get in to a given nation will then attack it and its people.

12:13

FixedIt: yet another invisible alleged perpetrator "IndyWatch Feed National"

My GC reported that a 34 year old man has been charged with multiple domestic violence offences, including enter dwelling with intent by break, wilful damage and grievous bodily harm.

But he does not appear 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.

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12:09

FixedIt: another invisible perpetrator allegedly stabs and assaults a woman "IndyWatch Feed National"

Another invisible perpetrator. The Courier Mail reported that a 25 year old man has been charged with  one count each of grievous bodily harm, wounding, deprivation of liberty, and contravention of a domestic violence order. But he does not appear 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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12:05

FixedIt: a violent man threatening to kick a 16yo is not turning his attention to her "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Morning Bulletin reported that a 26 year old man pleaded guilty to multiple charges in relation to two violent assaults on his partner.

A 16 year old girl tried to stop the second assault after he punched his partner, lifted her up out of a chair, pulled her shoulder back and bit it, let her go and as she attempted to run away, he tackled her to the ground and punched her in the back many times.

He told the teenage girl he would kick you in the c box.

Turn his attention? Like he looked at her? Offered her a cup of tea? He was in the middle of a violent assault, the second one she witnessed, and he threatened to kick her. This is minimising male violence to an astonishing degree and that has no place in reporting on mens violence against women.

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11:52

FixedIt: Tinder is not the problem. Rape is the problem. "IndyWatch Feed National"

If a man and a woman meet on Tinder and the man later is accused of violence against the women, you can guarantee Tinder will be the first word in the headline of any article about that accusation.

Channel 7 News is not the only one and wont be the last one.

If they had met at a church group or a book shop or over cabbages in Coles, it wouldnt even rate a mention at the bottom of the article.

But Tinder creates a frenzy because violence is the expected consequence for women who actively and confidently pursue sex. Nice girls wait passively for men to want them, they are the objects of desire. Bad girls feel desire and act on it. And we all know what happens to bad girls.

Its an insidious and persistent form of victim blaming. It implies Tinder is the problem, not the men who commit violence against women (in this case allegedly his case has not yet been tried).

Tinder has nothing to do with the choices men make. How two people met is irrelevant to the violence men choose to commit against women.

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11:48

FixedIt: A case is not accused of stabbing a woman "IndyWatch Feed National"

Another invisible alleged perpetrator, this one in the Toowoomba Chronicle.

A 34 year old man was charged with entering a premises with intent to commit an indictable offence, wilful damage and causing grievous bodily harm after he allegedly forced his way into a womans home and stabbed her.

He does not get a mention in the headline. If all you read was the headline you wouldnt even know he existed.

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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11:46

Emergency rush "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

PARAMEDICS were busy across South Gippsland last week, with the Air Ambulance called to numerous incidents.

A man was flown by air ambulance to The Alfred Hospital from Mirboo North in a serious condition with a leg injury, on Thursday.

A young woman was taken by Air Ambulance to The Alfred Hospital in a serious condition after collapsing at a home in Cape Paterson, on Thursday.

The same day, a man in his seventies was taken by Air Ambulance to The Alfred Hospital after suffering serious arm and leg injuries after a quad bike rollover in Ryanston, north of Wonthaggi.

Last Thursday at Venus Bays beach five, a man managed to make his way to sand bar and did not receive emergency care.

Paramedics were called to the beach after receiving reports of a man being swept out to sea.

11:45

Marys Monday Metazoan, for real: Turtles are achieving the feminist ideal! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its true. 99% of the hatching Pacific Green Sea Turtles are female, thanks to rising temperatures, since sex determination is temperature dependent in these species.

Will the feminization of the oceans be the change that finally persuades Republicans to do something?

PS. Feminists dont really want to get rid of males. Well, not all of them. Not all of the time.

11:43

FixedIt: alleged rape of a 6 year old is not sex "IndyWatch Feed National"

The South Coast Register reported that a 68 year old man was in court over multiple charges of allegedly sexually abusing a six year old girl. In an utterly staggering headline, they described the alleged rape of a little girl as the 68 year old man having sex with her.

She was six years old. Six years old. A little girl. In what possible thought process could anyone call an alleged rape of a six year old child sex?

To be clear, the case has not yet been heard by the court, therefore this commentary is nothing to do with the accuseds guilt or innocence, it is entirely about the way the charges against him are described in the media.

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 perpetrate...

11:41

Rail trail ready to roll "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

 

THE members of the new Great Southern Rail Trail Committee of Management met last week to discuss their plans for the regions iconic tourism attraction.

New chairman Ken Myors of Korumburra said the committee would continue to ensure the trail meets the regions recreation and economic needs.

The amount of people who go in and out of these towns would not be there if it was not for the rail trail, he said.

Little maintenance has been undertake on the trail over the past eight months following the retirement of the previous committee, largely due to age. Now the new committee is preparing to prune trees and undertake other tasks.

Mr Myors said the committee aims to re-engage the expertise of the volunteers of the Friends of the Great Southern Rail Trail.

Other new committee members are secretary Jack Pearce of Fish Creek, treasurer Laurie Martin of Leongatha, Stephen Sully of Leongatha, Greg Goss of Leongatha, Danny Drummond of Leongaths South and Kee Chian of Leongatha.

The committee meets in Meeting Room Two, Leongatha Memorial Hall Complex, Michael Place, Leongatha, on the first Monday of the month at 6pm. More members are welcome.

To find out more, phone Mr Myors on 0419 388 860 or Mr Pearce on 0429 997 882, or see the website www.gsrt.com.au

Ready to serve: from left, the members of the new Great Southern Rail Trail Committee of Management are: Greg Goss, secretary Jack Pearce, chairman Ken Myors, Laurie Martin, Danny Drummond, Stephen Sully and Kee Chiam.

11:38

Boaters fined during safety blitz "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

FISHERIES and police officers issued five infringement notices to boaters during an operation at Welshpool recently.

The Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) conducted an operation targeting those fishing recreationally in South Gippsland.

The joint operation with Victoria Police ran over two days and temporary road blocks were put in place at Welshpool on January 10 and December 15, 2017.

Recreational fishers who had been fishing around Port Welshpool were checked to ensure they held recreational fishing licenses, were using the correct equipment and following the legal fishing limits.

As part of the VFAs role in promoting responsible fishing, fisheries officers in Victoria are also appointed as transport safety officers and may inspect vessels and operators to ensure they are complying with marine safety regulations to ensure fishing is carried out safely.

Overall, fisheries compliance was good, with five infringements issued for marine safety non-compliance relating to personal flotation devices and flares.

Senior fisheries officer Joel Sedgwick said the aim of the operation was to make contact with as many fishers as possible and promote public awareness of fisheries regulations.

It was great to see that the vast majority of fishers were doing the right thing and that no fisheries offences were detected, he said.

Fisheries officers will be out and about all summer at various times of the day and night, in uniform and plain clothes to ensure fishing is carried out in accordance with the rules.

Anyone who sees or suspects illegal fishing is urged to call the 24-hour reporting line 13FISH (133474), anytime.

11:32

MEDIA RELEASE 16/01/18 | HUNGER STRIKE STARTS OVER IMMIGRATION DETENTION VISITS RESTRICTIONS "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

REFUGEE ACTION COALITION MEDIA RELEASE Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribynong in Melbourne, have declared a hunger strike in protest at visiting restrictions recently announced by Border Force. The detainees have been on hunger strike for more than 24 hours, since the morning of Monday 15 January. Posters declaring the(...)

11:30

Retailers relish holiday rush "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

 

SOUTH Gippsland shoppers backed local businesses over Christmas after being lured to the regions towns by new initiatives from business and tourism associations.

From traditional promotional posters to modern social media, commercial associations worked hard to entice festive shoppers.

Korumburra Business Association president Noelene Cosson said businesses encouraged people to spend locally by putting up posters in shop windows, which resulted in a great start to the holiday season.

Overall, there was a positive feel throughout Korumburra. It was great to see so many people in the street, she said.

Association secretary Shirley Arestia said although there may not have been any increase in trade, the Korumburra Christmas party laid down the foundation for trade to improve in the coming years.

People came out for the activities and music, and some stopped for a coffee or to do a bit of their Christmas shopping, she said.

There were a lot of numbers and the town was busy in the lead up to Christmas. However, the feedback has been that it didnt pick up over the New Year period.

We have a lot of new people coming into the town who havent yet discovered what we have to offer. They are still in the habit of ordering online or travelling to bigger department stores.

Its just a matter of building up our encouragement for local support and helping everyone get a feel for whats here to adjust the ways people do their Christmas shopping.

Ms Arestia said there was a lot of positive feedback about the festive vibe in Korumburra, with residents and visitors enjoying the towns Christmas decorations.

The Inverloch Tourism Association turned to social media to help promote local businesses over the holiday period.

Association president Dom Brusamarello said members had been encouraged to post promotions through social networking sites, and they had received positive comments and results.

We are grateful to the community for supporting our traders and the shop local movement, he said.

As for the summer trade, Mr Brusamarello said it seemed similar to previous years, but it was too soon to tell.

If the weather in the next couple of weeks is conducive for the beach, we will see an increase in trade. If it rains, people are more likely to travel, he said.

What we are seeing this year is more people using their holiday homes. The community had noticed a rise in local tourists.

Wonthaggi Business and Tourism Association president Dee Connell said there had been a definite increase in Christmas and New Year trade.

More people are p...

11:27

Brown water flows from taps "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

KORUMBURRA residents have turned on their taps only for brown water to flow, over summer.

South Gippsland Water has attributed the discoloured water to the presence of the naturally occurring mineral manganese.

Over the past month, changes to pressure and flows within the Korumburra system have caused sediments to be stirred up and enter the flow to customers taps.

The manganese sediments tend to give the water a yellow through to brown or dirty appearance.

South Gippsland Water is acting to remove the discoloured water.

Manganese is not toxic when consumed at the concentrations typically present in tap water, however, South Gippsland Water advises people not to drink water that is badly coloured.

South Gippsland Water managing director Philippe du Plessis said manganese was present in all systems.

However, normally manganese sediments settle to the bottom of the pipe reticulation network where they dont cause problems for customers, he said.

The best way to clear manganese from the system is to flush it out.

South Gippsland Water began flushing last Wednesday to release the coloured water and sediments from the system.

Customers can also assist by running the garden tap for 15 minutes if they experience manganese. The cost of doing so will be approximately 50 cents.

These summer conditions have presented a range of challenges for water treatment in Korumburra, Mr du Plessis said.

Please be assured the water is safe to drink, and South Gippsland Water field officers are working hard to ensure maximum possible removal of manganese at the treatment plant and cleaning or flushing of the system around the township.

This naturally occurring mineral will continue to occur while the system is sourced from local catchment areas.

Customers who experience coloured tap can call South Gippsland Water on 1300 851 636 to report the issue.

Clearing the system: Todd Lomax from South Gippsland Water flushes out pipes in Korumburra after many reports of brown water in residents homes.

11:25

Leongatha cheer "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

THE State Government is being urged to ensure Leongatha receives adequate funding for its future infrastructure requirements.

The call comes in the wake of a prediction the towns population is expected to grow to 7476 people by 2031 a massive rise of 30 per cent on the most recent population count in 2016.

By 2031, Leongatha is expected to have 3343 homes, up from the 2560 homes that existed in 2016.

The predicted population growth in the 2016 Census will drive demand for improved infrastructure and facilities in the town, and broader community.

Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien called on the State Government to give Leongatha the attention it deserves.

There are plenty of local projects the Labor Government could get on with to help stimulate the local economy including the Leongathas Bair Street upgrade, he said.

There is frustration in South Gippsland at the millions being spent in the Latrobe Valley while the rest of Gippsland gets very little.

We appreciate that Latrobe Valley is going through a significant and protracted transition period, but the government needs to be aware there are other parts of Gippsland that are also doing it tough and ensure its attention is on places like South Gippsland as well.

From The Nationals perspective, we are finalising our policies for the 2018 election now and will be putting forward a strong plan to revitalise our country towns and rural areas.

South Gippsland Shire Councils planning manager Paul Stampton is not surprised by the predicted growth of Leongatha the shires main commercial and residential centre.

Leongatha is a very attractive town and regional centre identified, with Korumburra, as the places where large population growth should occur, in the Gippsland Regional Growth Strategy adopted by the State Government, he said.

It is usual, and sensible planning for population growth to be encouraged in larger centres with diverse infrastructure such as hospitals, ambulances, schools, roads and businesses.

Mr Stampton said council is preparing for the growth by identifying growth areas and land for development, with well over 100ha of prospective land earmarked for housing.

Of course it is up to landowners and developers to actively pursue the development of their own land, he said.

Council has identified large areas to the west and south for the next stages of town development that are currently in a number of different ownerships.

Mr Stampton said council plans covering community infrastructure plan for the towns future.

Mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt said council was helping to drive the town into the futur...

11:23

China's Rifa boss to lead $1b Canadian ag portfolio in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

15 Jan 2018 | Farm OnlineOne of the people most active in driving Chinese investment in Australian farmland, David Goodfellow, is switching camps to help build a $1 billion Canadian investment portfolio.

11:22

Change The Date: Tony Abbott Finally Rejects A Three-Word Slogan "IndyWatch Feed National"

Never before has so little been done by so few to advance bugger-all in the way of common sense and healing. Michael Bradley explains.

Trust Tony Abbott to sum it up. There is no social issue so complex, so fraught with nuance, that Tony cannot effortlessly reduce it to a short phrase which lays bare what were really talking about.

So it is with Australia Day. Cutting right through the debate about foundation vs. invasion, celebration against retraumatisation, Tony tweeted his considered view:

Brilliant in its misleading simplicity, this tweet is the whole argument in a nutshell. The immediate provocation was Greens leader Richard di Natales declaration of full-on support for the Change the Date movement, which kicked off seriously last year and is getting exponentially more attention this time around.

You can always tell how triggered conservatives are by the violence of their response. Malcolm Turnbull, the former progressive, has even issued a special video in which he Malsplains to us why we should switch back to the cricket and leave such important questions to his infinite wisdom.

Bill Shorten, as usual, rushed to his support for fear of being wedged. Pathetic.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten, pictured on ABC's Four Corners program.Opposition leader Bill Shorten, pictured on ABCs Four Corners program.

Still, nobodys going to voluntarily watch Malcolm (or Bill) talking, so we need the big guns: Abbotts been unleashed, John Howard cant be far behind.

The rationale for changing the date of Australia Day (which, disclosure, my law firm supported last year and will this year by opening for business on 26 January) is a simple proposition: the current date marks the arrival of the First Fleet, with which commenced the forced colonisation of Australia by Great Britain and the subjugation and dispossession of its Indigenous population without negotiation, treaty or compensation.

Whatever you think about how it all turned out, most Indigenous Australians alive and dead are unlikely to agree that it has been a good thing for them. You can hold the view that theyr...

10:29

Japan's push for stronger monopolies resisted in TPP-11 and RCEP "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 16, 2018: Bloomberg reports that Japans income from monopolies on brands, patents (including medicines) and copyright has jumped by 74% over the past five years to a record high. That is why Japan has replaced the US as the major champion of stronger medicine and copyright monopolies in the TPP-11 and RCEP negotiations.

But the report notes that other TPP-11 governments demanded that some of the worst proposals on medicines and copyright be suspended from the deal and implemented only if the US re-joins. They know that stronger medicine and copyright monopolies reduce access to affordable medicines and increase the rights of copyright holders at the expense of consumers.

Most RCEP governments, led by India, are also resisting Japans push for TPP-like proposals on medicines and copyright for the same reasons.

AFTINET and community groups in other countries will continue to pressure governments to oppose stronger monopolies that will increase profits for global companies at the expense of most people. Using so-called free trade deals to increase monopolies is a travesty.

10:29

FixedIt: he was arrested and charged not hit by allegations "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Courier Mail reported that Damien Duncan Hooper allegedly kidnapped a woman, held her for two days, threatened her with a knife, strangled her, punched her in the face, burned her with a cigarette, pushed her out of a car, drove the car over her legs and threatened a child.

He was arrested and charged with deprivation of liberty, assault occasioning bodily harm, dangerous driving and other domestic violence charges, including wilful damage and strangulation.

The headline implies its horrifying he was subjected to these allegations, that he is the victim. He was hit by allegations, not arrested and charged after an allegedly monstrous assault on a woman and child.

It might be bad sentence construction. It might be that whoever wrote the headline wanted to make a pun about a boxer being hit (Domestic violence is so hilarious we need a pun in the headline? Really?). It might just be carelessness. Whatever reason for this travesty of a headline, it is inexcusable to imply a man charged with such an allegedly long and violent assault is the victim. Hes not.


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10:23

Luke Cage: a view from Harlem "IndyWatch Feed National"

With the expansion in cable television, and the even more recent rise of online television, we live in a golden age of television. The range of TV series, including high quality TV series, available is unprecedented.

Marvel v DC

I have a weakness for police procedurals, crime shows and superhero shows (though not the animated versions). Among the big two comic conglomerates, DC comics has had a longer record of TV success than Marvel, though Marvel has started to expand its television presence. DC is doing particularly well in TV series at the moment. From the success of Arrow (2012-), DC has spun off The Flash (2014-), Legends of Tomorrow (2016-) (the core of the so-called Arrowverse) plus creating Constantine (2014-15) and Supergirl (2015-). From the DC imprint Vertigo Comics comes Lucifer (2015-), which is the most wickedly funny of the various current set of comic series (as is only proper).

DCs most iconic comic characters are Superman (1933) and Batman (1939). In terms of current TV series, Supergirl is, of course, Supermans cousin while Gotham (2014-) is the story of the path, starting with the death of the Mr & Mrs Waynes, of Bruce Wayne to becoming Batman. The previous great C21st DC superhero TV success being Smallville (2001-2011), the story of Kal-El/Clark Kents path to becoming Superman.

Outside the Christopher Nolan Batm...

09:53

Wayward wallaby hops across Sydney Harbour Bridge "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Police responded to an unexpected call for assistance this morning after a wallaby was spotted crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Officers from Harbourside and North Shore local area commands were called to the bridge just before 5am Tuesday (January 16) after the marsupial was spotted in lane eight on the northern side of the bridge.

Traffic controllers from the Transport Management Centre monitored the wallaby as it hopped across to lane one and, without indicating, exited onto Cahill Expressway then to Macquarie Street.

Officers took the startled macropod into police custody near the Conservatorium of Music, with the Police Mounted Unit arriving on scene soon after to take it to the zoo for veterinary assessment.

Its thought the wayward wallaby might have made its way to the bridge from a golf course in Cammeray.

A wayward wallaby was taken into police custody after hopping across Sydney Harbour Bridge without indicating this morning (Tuesday, January 16). Photo NSW Police

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09:52

BBC Betrays the Most Basic Journalistic Principles When It Comes to Syria "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Jeremy Salt | American Herald Tribune | January 15, 2018 Lies, deceit and forgeries have always been part of war, truth being the first casualty. But in the past two decades the falsifications of war have reached unparalleled heights, thanks to technology. The lies told by the American, British, Australian and allied governments ahead []

09:15

Close The Military Bases! A Conference in Baltimore "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Elliot Swain, January 15, 2018

On January 13-15, 2018, a conference in Baltimore on US foreign military bases brought together anti-war voices from all over the world. Speakers identified the many threats posed by United States military presencefrom national sovereignty to the environment and public health.

US military outposts in foreign nations are vestiges of a shameful history of US imperialism dating back to the Spanish-American War and subsequent US colonization of the Philippines and Cuba. Many more bases were built during World War II and the Korean War, and still exist today. The closure of these bases could signal the twilight of a long history of bloody, costly foreign wars while affirming the principle of self-determination for all peoples. Voices from Japanese, Korean, African, Australian and Puerto Rican resistance movements came together at the conference to draw these connections and plan a peaceful future.

Fittingly, the conference marked the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Demonstrators gathered outside the White House on January 11 to demand the release of the 41 prisoners still detained without charges in the prison that former President Obama had promised to close. But as co-chair of the National Network on Cuba Cheryl LaBash said, Guantanamo is more than a prison. In fact, the Guantanamo military base is the oldest outpost of the United States military on foreign soil, with permanent control ceded in 1901 under the neocolonial Platt Amendment.

The campaign to shutter the illegal and abominable Guantanamo prison coincides with the more protracted fight to return the bay to the people of Cuba. The history of Guantanamo shows how the barbarism of the modern war machine follows the dehumanizing logic of a century of US imperialism.

The conference also devoted a plenary to the abysmal impact of both domestic and foreign military bases on the environment and public health. According to professor of environmental health Patricia Hynes, the majority...

08:55

Discuss Crypto While Promoting Peace Have Lunch in Paradise with Roger Ver "IndyWatch Feed National"

Have Lunch in Paradise with Roger Ver, Discuss Crypto While Promoting Peace

CEO of Bitcoin.com Roger Ver, popularly referred to as Bitcoin Jesus for his dogged advocacy of censorship resistant currency, is an oft-sought advisor and speaker for his insights on the ecosystem and its future. Hes auctioning off time to the highest bidder in an effort to support a pro-peace website, Antiwar.com.

Also read: Ditch University and High Transaction Fees

Roger Ver, Paradise, Crypto, and Peace

What was it like to be there at the relative beginnings of bitcoin? Why did you decide to invest in something like bitcoin businesses at a time when no one knew what it was? Do you really think bitcoin cash is the real bitcoin? With the right bid, a lucky reader might get some candid answers to these questions from one the original bitcoin pioneers, Roger Ver.Have Lunch in Paradise with Roger Ver, Discuss Crypto While Promoting Peace

The meeting is organized by the online auction platform Charitystars,...

08:39

What MLKs Letter from Birmingham Jail tells us about Ahed Tamimi in a cold Israeli cell "IndyWatch Feed National"

In recent weeks, several people have said that the liberal indifference to Ahed Tamimis detention in an Israeli prison for slapping an occupying soldier on December 15 is reminiscent of the white liberals in Martin Luther Kings Letter from a Birmingham Jail, written in 1963. Today, you can give yourself no better political lesson than rereading that inspiring document of the American movement  for freedom.

Kings letter is an explanation of the need for direct political action. King addresses a group of white liberal ministers and rabbis who have said theyre against segregation but times are changing, so why do extremist black clergy have to risk a backlash with provocative demonstrations? King answers that time is neutral and wont do anything on its own; blacks have waited for hundreds of years for some modicum of justice and learned that the privileged will never give up privilege without pressure. White businesses promised to remove humiliating signs directing blacks to segregated water coolers and bathrooms and never followed through, and meantime anti-colonial struggles in other countries have outpaced American change, and inspired blacks to dream of an equal future.

King

We need to ratchet up political tension so as to precipitate a crisis, King explained:

[T]here is a type of constructive nonviolent tension that is necessary for growth. . . . we must see the need of having nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men to rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood. So, the purpose of direct action is to create a situation so crisis-packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation.

Liberal ministers and rabbis were a bigger obstacle to this process than outright racists, King said, because they defused that tension among progressives with lukewarm a...

08:37

Common Ground: Steven Oliver On Changing The Date Of Australia Day "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aboriginal or Australian or Aboriginal Australian, we all have a lot more in common than we think, writes Steven Oliver.

As I type this first line, I have to admit Im not exactly sure what path this article is going to go down. I just know I had to write it because I find myself being bombarded with thoughts that I have to put on paper so I can gain a clearer picture of what it is I need to actually think about.

See, writing has always eased my mind in the sense that I find it a process of elimination. For me to reach a conclusion about something that I find extremely serious or confronting then Im going to have to think about that shit in order to know what it is I actually think about it.

I write, I read, I edit, I rewrite then I conclude. Yes, I know thats slow and who has time to sit around writing about shit that people are fighting about on Facebook right now? Lucky for me, Im a freelance writer (note to self: my managers name is Lance, think of a free Lance (freelance) joke for next conversation because itll make him giggle and then Ill giggle at him giggling and well be a pair of giggling idiots).

Speaking of giggling, Im hoping that what Im currently writing is going to give people a giggle or two while at the same time, give food for thought about some stuff that I find quite serious.

It seems that nowadays, if a discussion doesnt come with threats, absolutes, blame, falsehoods, fear or guilt then its not a discussion. A notion that could even be said for having a debate. A notion that for many reasons is problematic (like all out, one time, proppa ways problematic).

So, whats wrong with using threats, absolutes, blame, falsehoods, fear or guilt? I could attempt to break each action down and give my particular (some might say, peculiar) thoughts but that would bore the shit out of most people so Im just going to focus on one point that encompasses all.

People dont learn anything beneficial to the betterment of all and so it becomes us and them and neither side ever actually sees where the other side was coming from and therefore never works out a resolution that couldve ended any feeling of ill will. If we continue down this path, we will be having discussions that never end and the big discussions are already going to take long enough as it is.

Aboriginal writer and performer, Steven Oliver.Aboriginal writer and performer, Steven Oliver.

When people end up more confused and resentful towards one another, instead of gaining some common ground, they only end up further apart. Thats not to say they shouldnt be discussed because the truth of it is, theyve beco......

08:32

M1 reopens after fatal tanker explosion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Supplied image of smoke from a tanker explosion on the M1 motorway at Cooranbong, south of Newcastle, NSW, Monday, January 15, 2018. Photo Westpac Rescue Helicopter

SYDNEY   [AAP]

The M1 has reopened in both directions south of Newcastle after a fiery collision between three trucks and a car that killed a tanker driver.

The crash occurred around 1pm on Monday causing an explosion and then a bushfire after one of the trucks clipped a tanker laden with ethanol, NSW Police say.

Its believed another truck was swerving to avoid hitting an abandoned car on the side of the motorway.

Emergency services were called to the southbound lanes of the M1, about 1km south of the Freemans Drive interchange, about 12.50pm Monday (January 15).

The male driver of a semi-trailer, died at the scene. He is yet to be formally identified.

The driver of a stationary semi-trailer, a 34-year-old man, was uninjured and taken to John Hunter Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

The driver of a B-double fuel tanker, a 67-year-old, was uninjured and taken to Wyong Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

The driver of a Holden commodore suffered minor burns and was taken to Wyong Hospital.

The truck fire also sparked a bush fire north of the crash scene which NSW Rural Fire Service officers responded to.

Officers from the Crash Investigation Unit examined the scene and will investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.

One northbound lane opened at 6.30pm on Monday, with all lanes on the M1 reopening at 3.45am Tuesday following an extensive salvage operation and clean-up operation.

A 200-metre exclusion zone had been enforced due to concerns the tanker could explode.

About 15 hectares of bushland was burnt....

08:30

The Emotional Maturity Test: Donald Trump v Banjo, Our Neighbours Dog "IndyWatch Feed National"

Is Donald Trump more or less emotionally mature than Banjo, the neighbours dog? Dr Stephen Scher, Senior Editor of the Harvard Review, might be onto something.

Our next-door neighbour has a three-year-old border collie with blonde fur, very roughly the same colour as Donald Trumps, only it actually came that way.

But a similar hair color is where the similarity ends.

Banjo, for example, respects the law. He knows that hes not permitted to come inside our house. He tried once, was gently scolded, and now stays outside no matter how much he wants to come in.

The above example is instructive. It demonstrates the following:

  1. Banjo listens.
  2. Banjo learns from experience, and learns quickly.
  3. Banjo actually remembers what he has learned.
  4. Banjo is capable of self-control.

Banjo has a mature understanding and acceptance of what can be changed and what cant. He never whines about what he cant have, and he never pesters or intrudes in an effort to get his own way.

Banjo does not bite.

Banjo does not get into fights and conflicts. It is not that he is conflict averse. He simply treats other creatures, canine or human, with respect.

By the same token, Banjo is not a racist. In his treatment of dogs and humans, he makes no distinctions between colors, sizes, national origins, or beliefs.

Banjo uses harsh words barks, for him only when necessary, as in the case where he scared away burglars when he was alone in the house.

Banjo takes good care of himself. He eats only good food (no McDonalds), sleeps regular hours, and gets plenty of exercise.

Banjo is receptive of the care and support he receives. He patiently accepts the daily grooming required by his long coat, and he repays the attention with constant affection and a playfulness that lifts the spirit.

Banjo has an attention span of at least 40 minutes. Just last night, and for that long, he was raptly engaged in a game (with my wife) where he dropped a ball (from his mouth) and then raced against my wife to see whether he could pick it up again before she could kick it away.

Now, if a dog has that sort of attention span and capacity to focus intensely on a single activity, and if thats about the same as for a school-age child, one can only imagine, but not know, what has happened to a grown man that has left him incapable of concentrating on anything of any substance, but only on cable TV, for more than a minute.

Trump vs. Banjo? No contest.


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08:23

Ecomomists in agreement: Trump, not Obama, gets credit for the booming economy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who deserves credit for the booming economy? This is not a petty argument. How voters answer the question could well determine whether Democrats retake the House of Representatives come November. Trump and Obama (and their admirers) are slugging it out, both claiming that it is their policies that have led to the ongoing economic expansion, steady job growth and higher stock prices. Happily for President Trump, the pros agree with him. A recent survey of economists suggest it is President Trump, and not Obama, who should be taking a bow. The Wall Street Journal asked 68 business, financial and academic economists who was responsible for the strengthening of the economy, and most "suggested Mr. Trump's election deserves at least some credit" for the upturn. A majority said the president had been "somewhat" or "strongly" positive for job creation, gross domestic product growth and the rising stock market. The pros cite the White House's push for lighter regulation and the recent tax bill as critical to a pro-growth environment; more than 90 percent of the group thought the tax bill would boost GDP expansion over the next two years.

Economists in agreement: Trump, not Obama, gets credit for the booming economy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who deserves credit for the booming economy? This is not a petty argument. How voters answer the question could well determine whether Democrats retake the House of Representatives come November. Trump and Obama (and their admirers) are slugging it out, both claiming that it is their policies that have led to the ongoing economic expansion, steady job growth and higher stock prices. Happily for President Trump, the pros agree with him. A recent survey of economists suggest it is President Trump, and not Obama, who should be taking a bow. The Wall Street Journal asked 68 business, financial and academic economists who was responsible for the strengthening of the economy, and most "suggested Mr. Trump's election deserves at least some credit" for the upturn. A majority said the president had been "somewhat" or "strongly" positive for job creation, gross domestic product growth and the rising stock market. The pros cite the White House's push for lighter regulation and the recent tax bill as critical to a pro-growth environment; more than 90 percent of the group thought the tax bill would boost GDP expansion over the next two years.

08:18

The stateless man held without trial by Australia for eight years "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Ben Doherty  (The Guardian 15 January 2018), is about Said Imasi, who a United Nations body has said should be released from detention and compensated, but is still in what is potentially permanent detention. Australias treatment of refugees has become an international scandal and the government is refusing to listen and insists on continuing its inhuman treatment, on the back of peddling fear of an invasion. Said Imasis story is one more story that puts the human face on what is going on.

Said Imasi is a man without a past: a man, it seems, without a future.

He doesnt know where he was born, or when. He has few documents to demonstrate who he is or where he comes from.

He believes, but cannot prove, he was born in Spains Canary Islands, to a mother from Western Sahara a barren, contested wedge of land in north-west Africa. He knows nothing about his father.

Orphaned as a child, he was trafficked into mainland Europe where he was kept as a house slave in Belgium before escaping, living on the streets of Paris and Frankfurt, and falling in with criminal gangs in Norway.

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He has lived a life on the peripheries of every society he has known and concedes that includes an existence sometimes outside of the law. He admits to travelling on false passports, he says, because it is impossible for a person without a country to gain one legitimately.

Imasi arrived in Australia by plane and intending only to pass through in January 2010.

Said Imasi has been held in immigration detention by Australia without allegation, charge or trial for almost eight years.

But he has been detained in this country without allegation, charge, or trial for...

08:01

January 16 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1793 - Today saw the first free settlers from Europe - as opposed to those first free settlers that arrived in Oz about 60,000 odd years ago - wash up at Port Jackson on the ship Bellona, along with a whole 17 convict women.
And lo; the male convicts did behold them in a radiant light *ahem*..

1796 - The first Aussie theatre was opened and entertained the masses in Bligh Street, Sydney with 2 plays - "The Hotel" and "The Revenge". Somehow I feel the playwrights drew on their surrounds for inspiration...

1805 - Governor King recommended settling the "country about Shoalhaven".

1816 - George Johnston was promised 1500 acres at Illawarra; Andrew Allan promised 700 acres; James Neale granted 60 acres at Illawarra.

1857 - Charles Gavan Duffy was appointed by a Victorian Government select committee to inquire into the federation of the Australian colonies.

1865 - The Geelong Advertiser noted that the fishermen of Port Phillip Bay were made up of "Italians, Dutchmen, French, Chinese, Maori and others" ...the 'others' were not alien life forms but Americans, British, Greek, Swedes, German and Aboriginal fishermen.

1888 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Wondabyne - Gosford and from Tenterfield - Wallangarra.

1889 - Cloncurry in Banana Bender country - that's Queensland to you OS folks - baked a little in the 53.1 degrees C temp of the day.

1890 - The Sydney suburban railway line between St Leonards and Hornsby opened.

1896 - A record heat wave in Broken Hill caused 10 deaths.

1897 - NSW took over the government of Norfolk Island.

1900 - A patrol of combined NSW Lancers and the Australian Horse were ambushed at Slingersfontein, Cape Colony,  during the Boer War.

1909 - In a bid to get away from the searing heat Mawson, Mackay and David did a May Pole dance around the Magnetic South Pole.

1921 - Patrick Short becomes the fifth Police Commissioner to the QLD Police.

1939 - Saw the passing of Miriam Bebe at Farina; born in France as Desiree Ernestine Adrienne Lesire alias Violet Debreuil she came to Oz as a governess and a brothel...

07:45

Cocaine testing welcome but RDT scheme flawed: Greens "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cocaine has been added to the list of drugs tested for in NSW roadside drug tests but not benzodiazepines. File Photo

The Berejiklian governments announcement that cocaine will be included in the roadside drug testing scheme is a welcome change to a deeply flawed scheme. It comes after years of campaigning for this change by the Greens NSW.

However until adequate tests are in place for prescription drugs such as benzodiazepines and the scheme is testing for impairment rather than just the mere presence of drugs the scheme will not make  our roads safer.

Greens police and justice spokesperson, David Shoebridge, welcomed cocaine being included in the roadside drug testing scheme.

He said its original exclusion, and the continued exclusion of benzodiazepines, shows how skewed the drug driving policy of the NSW government is, focusing more on a handful of illegal drugs rather than keeping drug affected drivers off the road.

For years the Greens NSW have been calling for cocaine to be included in RDT however the fact it is normally used by those with more wealth and political power means it has been left out of police testing until now, Mr Shoebridge said.

Even with the inclusion of cocaine, the roadside drug testing scheme remains deeply flawed.

Not testing for impairment

Unlike breath testing for alcohol, it does not test for impairment, just the presence of a substance, he said.

Cannabis consumed days, or even a week, ago can still trigger a positive test.

In one case a person was charged after having consumed cannabis a full nine days before driving.

If the goal of the testing program is road safety and punishment, why are cases like this occurring? Mr Shoebridge queried.

He added that police are testing and charging people who smoked a joint last week but letting drivers impaired by benzodiazepines slip through tests undetected.

Benzodiazepines are present in almost a third of drivers involved in drug-related crashes and their misuse puts other road users at risk.

War on drugs

In its present form the roadside testing program is an expansion of the failed war on drugs.

When a magistrate cant tell whether a person...

05:02

Possible nova in southern Constellation Musca "IndyWatch Feed National"

Following the posting on the Central Bureau's Transient Object Confirmation Page about a possible Nova in Musca (TOCP Designation: PNV J11261220-6531086) we performed some follow-up of this object through a TEL 0.50-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD + focal reducer from MPC Code Q62 (iTelescope Observatory, Siding Spring). On images taken on January 15.57, 2018 we can confirm the presence of an optical counterpart with R-filtered CCD magnitude ~6.3 at coordinates: R.A. = 11 26 14.95, Decl.= -65 31 24.1 (equinox 2000.0; Gaia DR1 catalogue reference stars). This transient has been reported to CBAT/TOCP by Rob Kaufman, Bright, Victoria, Australia. Discovery image (taken with Canon 650D & 55mm lens) is available here. He also posted a low-resolution spectrum that "shows strong hydrogen emissions as well as FeII lines": Below you can see our confirmation image (single 30-sec exposure through a 0.43-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD), click on it for a bigger version:

04:21

Thunderstorms, hail and summer snow in parts of Tasmania and the Australian Alps "IndyWatch Feed National"

A series of thunderstorms moved through the eastern half of Tasmania on Friday, January 12 and Saturday, January 13, 2018, producing notable amounts of hail on its southeastern coast. At the same time, Tasmania's highest peaks and parts of the Australian Alps...... Read more

03:53

Are You Experiencing Ringing in Your Ears? This May Be a Sign of Spiritual Awakening "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you have experienced a ringing in your ears you may be looking for an answer or solution. Ranging from a minor background notice to an incredibly annoying sound, interfering with your ability to focus and carry out your regular day to day living. You may hear ringing all the time, with no relief, or it may come and go intermittently. The explanation for this sensation may be more interesting than you could have imagined.

Source: RemedyTip

 

Physical Causes

Ringing in your ears, also known as tinnitus, may be explained by a physical cause or source. To begin with, think back to the last time that your ears were properly cleaned. If you are experiencing a wax build up, blocking your ears, it may be causing your problem. If, however, you have cleaned your ears recently and are still suffering from this irritating condition, its time to look into other potential explanations.

One common cause is exposure to loud sounds. This may come from playing your music too loudly or working with noisy equipment such as chainsaws and jackhammers. Consider your daily activities, looking for situations in which you may have exposed yourself to noise at levels high enough to trigger this effect.

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