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Sunday, 29 October


Farmers Market Wayville "IndyWatch Feed"

Adelaide families now have the opportunity buy fresh food directly from producers from all over SA at the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market. The 20,000 strong crowd that turned up for the farmers market which formed the centrepiece of the 'Go Organic Festival' in September in 2005 encouraged the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society (RAHS) to back the foundation of a permanent farmers market by a not-for-profit community organisation. The market opened on October 1st 2006 with a massive crowd of 10,000 shoppers and runs each Sunday (apart from the weeks of the Royal Show) from 9am-1pm.

In the tradition of farmers markets, it is a food market at which both food producers and consumers can get a fair price for food produced in SA and support regional and sustainable land use. The market guarantees that you buy direct from the producer and is known for its strict adherence to the ethics of farmers markets which now number in their thousands worldwide as families seek to avoid overstored food from major retailers who pass on meagre prices to farmers. In Australia, the farmers market movement is represented by the Australian Farmers Market Association and SA's peak body, the SA Farmers Market Association, will soon be launched.

The Adelaide Showground location is superb, with a major bike trail, the Glenelg tram line, a major rail line, numerous bus routes all converging to make it one of the most accessible sites in Adelaide. Parking is also easy and cheap.

120 producers offer their extraordinarily diverse products (everything from oysters to almonds and bread to boysenberries!). It is accessed from the car parks at the Leader Street (southern) end of the Showgrounds.  

Becoming a member brings with it 10% discount on all purchases as well as a right to vote in the management of the market. Details and memberships are available at

The Food Forest is a foundation stallholder at the market and presents a wide range of foods, always including its signature specialty - organically certified pistachio nuts. We are there on alternate weeks (we run short courses on the other weekends).

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Saturday, 21 October


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr Lin boils it down to four v...


AYCC grossly understates livestocks climate and reef impacts "IndyWatch Feed"

The latest campaign by Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) maintains the groups almost complete lack of interest in the massive contribution of animal agriculture to: (a) climate change; and (b) destruction of Great Barrier Reef corals.

The latest campaign

Title: For the love of the reef

The campaign is being run in conjunction with an AYCC branch known as SEED, which describes itself as Australias first Indigenous youth climate network.

Related campaign

Title: The 3 degree challenge

While also focusing on the Great Barrier Reef, the page...


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

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


Marriage Equality Rally "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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


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



20 October 2017

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What could go wrong?

There are many unknowns.

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



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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tales of Yankee Power "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

When Jackson Browne released Lives in the Balance in 1986, critics reckoned that its contemporary content, the USAs bloody meddling in Central America, limited its appeal and long-term significance. And yet, here in the early twentieth first century, with the wars of the Arab Dissolution dragging the world into its vortex, the Great Power politics and proxy wars that taxed intellectual and actual imaginations in that seemingly distant decade jump back into the frame like some dystopian jack in the box. As Mark Twain noted, history doesnt repeat itself, but it does rhyme.

Lives in the Balance was certainly a record for and of its times. Months before the Iran-contra scandal broke, Browne sang I want to know who the men in the shadows are, I want to hear somebody asking them why. They can be counted on to tell us who our enemies are but theyre never the ones to fight or to die. After the arms for hostages deals hit the news, increased public awareness of the US secret and dirty war in Nicaragua inspired him to produce a video for the title track well after the album had passed its sales peak.



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Australias $1 billion loan to Adani is ripe for a High Court challenge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australias $1 billion loan to Adani is ripe for a High Court challenge

Brendan Gogarty, University of Tasmania

Indian mining giant Adanis proposal to build Australias largest coal mine in Queenslands Galilee Basin has been the source of sharp national controversy, because of its potential economic, health, environmental and cultural risks.

These concerns were amplified this week when Indias former environment minister Jairam Ramesh told the ABCs Four Corners:

My message to the Australian government would certainly be: please demonstrate that you have done more homework than has been the case so far.

Its a valid warning, considering that a Commonwealth investment board is considering loaning Adani A$1 billion in federal money to assist the development of mining infrastructure.

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

The loan, expected to be announced any day now, will no doubt agitate further political controversy..........


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

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

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

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

Source: Brainwave Power Music


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

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

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


Adani gives itself the green light, but that doesnt change the economics of coal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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Is it nearly the end of the road for coal?

Samantha Hepburn, Deakin University

Indian mining firm Adani yesterday announced that its board had approved plans to proceed with the controversial Carmichael coal mine in Queenslands Galilee Basin.

But it is still far from clear whether Adani has actually obtained the finance to proceed with the A$16.5 billion project, or whether it has secured the necessary A$1.1 billion loan from the governments Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility needed for the mines railway.

Tony Abbott created the NAIF prior to losing leadership

Ministerial responsibility for the NAIF lies with the Hon Barnaby Joyce, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia. NAIF is led by an independent board chaired by Ms Sharon Warburton (WA) who is joined by:

  • Mr Barry Coulter (NT)

  • Mr Justin Mannolini (WA)

  • Mr Khory McCormick (QLD)

  • Mr Bill Shannon (QLD).........



Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE URGENT NEED FOR HUMAN RIGHTS OBSERVERS TO GO TO MANUS NAVY TAKE-OVER OF MANUS WILL PUT LIVES AT RISK Refugees and asylum seekers in the Manus detention centre have been given individual notices that declares that the centre will be taken over by the PNG navy after 31 October. The(...)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Pumped hydro "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In my Conversation article on the Turnbull governments plan to keep coal-fired electricity alive, I said that most of the opportunities for hydro-electric power had already been exploited. I was thinking of primary power generation, and in this respect, I maintain my view. However, I neglected the option of pumped storage, where water is pumped uphill when excess electricity is available, then run downhill through turbines to (re)generate the electricity when it is most needed.

My old university friend, Andrew Blakers, now with the Research School of Engineering at ANU emailed me to point out this study, looking at the large number of sites potentially available in Australia, more than enough to backup all the renewable energy we will be generating in the foreseeable future.

This isnt just a theoretical proposition. The Kidston hydro storage project in the advanced stages of planning, will offer 2000MwH of storage combined with a co-located 270MW solar PV project. The same report mentions some big wind + storage projects.

Still, if Labor is silly enough to endorse Turnbulls NEG idea, its hard to see any more progress being made.


start - [Talks] "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

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

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

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



A treasured clients six eights Ring collected today "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bh commission Asymmetric oval saddle ring with narrow band has centre pav set with x 6 diamonds, x9 sapphires, x2 aquamarines and a further x3 of her own diamonds. Ring is 18ct yellow gold with gems set into 18ct palladium white gold with 18ct yellow gold edging. Matt and burnished finish to ring with fine chiseled texture to the white gold setting. Size R1/2. Including a few versions to view 1 2


Brisbane Supporters Brave The Rain To March For Marriage Equality "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Steady rain wasnt enough to deter around 300 marriage equality supporters from marching through Brisbane on Saturday afternoon. The Equality Campaigns Shirleene Robinson told the crowd gathered at Queens Park that the group had seen support for marriage equality all over the state. We heard from a young gay man in Bundaberg who works as ...

The post Brisbane Supporters Brave The Rain To March For Marriage Equality appeared first on QNEWS.


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

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

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

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

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

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


Six Middle Eastern Countries Ban Glyphosate Herbicides over Probable Carcinogen Fears "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Omans Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed that six Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman have banned the use of glyphosate herbicides since last year, after reviewing IARCs classification of glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen.

Map of Saudi Arabia.

Map of Saudi Arabia.

You can read the article in Sustainable Pulse (October 13th) here.

The post Six Middle Eastern Countries Ban Glyphosate Herbicides over Probable Carcinogen Fears appeared first on Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare .


Glyphosate Damages Soil-Friendly Bacteria "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Considerable research establishes that glyphosate adversely effects soil microbial species and communities, including nitrogen-fixing species and fungal populations. This new study by researchers at Cornell University looks at the response to glyphosate of soil bacteria (Pseudomonas spp) which produce a range of antibiotic compounds, iron-scavenging molecules (or siderophores), and plant growth promoters. Several species are effective biocontrol agents which protect plants against pathogens and promote plant health.

As this October 7th article in Sustainable Pulse points out As farmers battle in their above-ground war on weeds using glyphosate-based herbicides, they may inadvertently create underground casualties unintentionally attacking the beneficial bacteria that help crops guard against enemy fungus.

You can read the full article here.

The post Glyphosate Damages Soil-Friendly Bacteria appeared first on Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare .


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 0.80 AUD


Monsanto banned from European parliament "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Monsanto lobbyists have been banned from entering the European parliament after the multinational refused to attend a parliamentary hearing into allegations of regulatory interference. Reported in the Guardian on September 28th.

It is the first time MEPs have used new rules to withdraw parliamentary access for firms that ignore a summons to attend parliamentary inquiries or hearings.

Monsanto officials will now be unable to meet MEPs, attend committee meetings or use digital resources on parliament premises in Brussels or Strasbourg.

The new rules for procedures of the EU Parliament were set in January 2017 and allow the Parliament to withdraw or deactivate temporary access where there has been a breach of the Code of Conduct for Registrants, where they have been guilty of a serious breach of the obligations, or have refused to comply with a formal summons to attend a hearing or committee meeting or to cooperate with a committee of inquiry, without offering a sufficient justification.

You can read the full article here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Another Teen Dies After HPV Vaccine The Science Speaks For Itself "IndyWatch Feed"

I remember the moment I got the HPV vaccine. I was a young, impressionable teenager, and my mother was concerned about me being sexually active and the potential risks of HPV and cervical cancer. Like any concerned mother, she turned to a doctor, who of course recommended the HPV vaccine, Gardasil.

Now, this was years ago, so there wasnt as much information available to the public regarding this vaccines potential risks.

Im telling you this because, had I known the potential risks, I definitely would not have agreed to have the vaccine. Im sure Im not the only person to say this, as thousands of teenagers have experienced detrimental health effects as a result of the HPV vaccine.

Despite all of the current controversy surrounding the HPV vaccine and the known potential risks (including death), thousands of girl still receive this vaccine every single year.

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Residents of the reeds "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A tiny patch of habitat at Joyces Creek is a nice illustration of how small can be beautiful.

Largely consisting of Common Reed Phragmites australis, it sits on the eastern bank of the storage just as you turn off the highway. The patch is no more than 0.1 hectares and yet each spring it provides breeding habitat for Australian Reed-warblers and Superb Fairy-wrens. The warblers arrive in September, just as the Common Reed is sending up new shoots amongst the previous seasons dead thatch. At least half a dozen warblers spend the summer here raising families. The surprise was a fleeting glimpse of a Little Grassbird, not spotted here previously. This other denizen of the reeds is a district resident that moves around locally, especially when the wetlands are full. It spends much of the year along the Loddon River where you can often hear their distinctive calls from deep in the riparian habitat from which they rarely emerge for photographers!

Common Reed @ Joyces Creek, 20th October 2017



Roundup marks 2nd V-Strom group birthday "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Australian V-Strom Riders group AuStrom is celebrating its second birthday with a roundup event in motorcycle-friendly Crows Nest, South East Queensland, in March 2018.

Organiser Graham Strang says the group has more than 800 members around Australia and New Zealand and he is hoping to attract the biggest single gathering of V-Stroms in Australia yet.

Crows Nest was selected as the roundup destination in a members vote.

We selected three motorcycle friendly locations in Queensland, and Crows Nest won out 49 votes to the nearest town of 25 votes, Graham says.

V-Strom roundup marks 2nd birthdayGraham and Teela Strang at the first AuStrom roundup in Walcha

The town has been sensational to us, and are going to put on a good show for us.

Last year 40 attended the first birthday roundup in Walcha, NSW. Graham says they already have 47 riders confirmed for the Crows Nest event with 61 more saying they are planning to attend.

The Crows Nest roundup event from March 16-18, 2018, includes a Friday and Saturday dinners, and rides on tar and dirt circuits on the Saturday.

V-Strom roundup marks 2nd birthdayDirty route options

Major event sponsor Suzuki Motorcycles Australia will have four demo V-Stroms available to tes...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Why are we still pursuing the Adani Carmichael mine?

Michael West, University of Sydney

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

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

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

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

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


Another 1000 Queenslanders To Get Free Access To PrEP "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Another 1000 Queenslanders will get access to PrEP medication to help them reduce their chance of contracting HIV. PrEP, which stand for pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a once-daily pill that has been found to dramatically reduce the risk of HIV transmission in HIV-negative people, in conjunction with other safe sex measures. In early 2016, Health Minister ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

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

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


US Deep State burning houses in California? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The video above is a VERY important video with eyewitness testimony proving HAARP EMP weapons being used to start California fires. Some witnesses saw blue sparks and flashes in the sky that were NOT lightning! Some felt a weird energy in the air that made their heart palpitate! Some felt an energy vortex move through their homes!

A firefighter known by one of the guests on Scott Bennetts radio show on the Rense Radio Network told some shocking details on the air! He said a cop went and knocked on the door of a house and told them they had to be out of there in one hour. The fire was nowhere around the home at that point and thats why they had an hour. The policemen came back to that same house in 5 minutes and the house was fully engulfed in flames! No way the fire would have moved from nowhere around there to fully engulfing the house in 5 minutes! Sorry that just cannot happen!

I think they might be turning up the HAARP toys to a high level that can cause spontaneous combustion of trees or structures. All trees and structures are now covered with nano particles of aluminum. What happens when you put aluminum foil in a microwave? You get massive heat, sparks and things combust spontaneously! I think this is whats happening! They are starting and intensifying these wildfires with microwave energy from their HAARP toys. Thats why so many fires are starting at one time and this means not enough firefighters to fight the fires.



A Report and Photos from The Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Singapore Armed Forces largest training activity has just wrapped up with over 4 000 personnel and 400 platforms from the Singapore Army and Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) training as part of Exercise Wallaby 2017.  This is the 27th time Exercise has taken place and was held in three phases once again in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA), North of Rockhampton.



A Trio of Bizjets Spotted - Plus Royal Australia Navy (RAN) Hydrography Dash-8-200 VH-LCL - All Spotted at Mackay Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

While at Mackay Airport this week I was fortunate enough to spot a nice trio locally based corporate bizjets.

On Thursday 19 October, the Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP Bizjet VH-SGY visited for part of the day arriving from and later departing back to Brisbane.

Of interest, VH-SGY also called into Gladstone Airport this week, arriving from Brisbane on Tuesday 17 October and departing back there on Wednesday 18 October.

And the Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ was noted visiting Bundaberg Airport on Wednesday 18 October also from Brisbane.

Also visiting Mackay Airport on Thursday 19 October was Special Mining Services / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-PWX which popped in for a short time from Bankstown.

And the locally-Airport based Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ was spotted departing Mackay Airport for Brisbane also on Thursday 19 October.


Mining companies links with politicians susceptible to corruption report "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Transparency International Australia says particular corruption risk in regard to infrastructure approvals in Qld and WA

A new report shines a critical light on the links between mining companies, lobbyists and politicians, pointing to the Indian mining giant Adani as an example of how a company with a questionable record overseas can still gain mining approval in Australia.

It warns the political mining complex in Australias two biggest mining states, Western Australian and Queensland, is susceptible to corruption due to key weaknesses in their approvals regimes, including inadequate due diligence investigation into the companies and individuals applying for mining leases.

It also criticises the revolving doors of personnel between government and industry broadly, and political donations regimes.

The report, published by Transparency International Australia (TIA), Corruption Risks: Mining Approvals in Australia, was released on Wednesday.

Its authors conducted 47 interviews with experts from government, industry, civil society, academics, Indigenous traditional owners and consultants in Perth and Brisbane to gather its evidence. Its list of key weaknesses i...


Qld Budget data visualisation from Truii "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brisbane-based data visualisation company Truii has produced an impressive data visualisation of the 2015-16 Queensland Budget:

Queensland Government finance data 2015-16


The data visualisation uses open data from the Queensland Government, including a comprehensive data set on contracts and grants. By linking to open data, the Truii site allows analysts to uncover an even greater range of insights than are available from Truiis data visualisations alone. To illustrate, one can compare the performances of the big four professional services firms in winning Queensland Government work (see my chart below). It appears 2015-16 was a very good year for KPMG!



What stories do you want Mountain Journal to cover? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Wow. Another winter done. Which means I have to post some stuff thats not just about snow. Ive been getting quite a lot of emails lately from people with suggestions about topics to cover on Mountain Journal, which is great. Id always welcome people writing pieces, as there are only so many hours in the day and lots of good and significant things go un-reported simply because of time constraints. Please feel free to send stories.

But these emails have got me thinking about the overall balance of topics covered in MJ. You feedback (via email or the poll below would be most welcome.

PS: if youre interested in whats popular, I do an annual summary of most visited stories here. The overall most popular stories are: the sidecountry guide to the Mt Hotham area, the backcountry film festival and (interestingly) the trail notes to the Ducane traverse in central west Tasmania.



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

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


ANSTO calls High Level Nuclear Waste Intermediate Level fooling the public "IndyWatch Feed"

Steve Dale Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia  21 Oct 17 Lest we forget. The ore we dig up from Roxby has a radioactivity of about 80 Becquerels per gram. The vitrified waste we received back from France has a radioactivity over one Billion Becquerels per gram (one GigaBq/gr). France considers this High Level Waste but our political system has allowed this to be defined as Intermediate incompetence? corrupt? I will let you decide. (image from



Business South Australia a strident pro nuclear lobbyist -ruled to not be a charity "IndyWatch Feed"

Business SA loses legal fight to prove it is a charity for tax purposes, Andrew Hough, The Advertiser, August 31, 2017 THE role of the states peak business lobby group has been called into question after a judge ruled its dominant purpose was not to advance trade and commerce in South Australia.


Business South Australia still a strident voice for the nuclear lobby "IndyWatch Feed"

Nuclear fight isnt over, vows Business SA, Business SA has vowed to continue the nuclear waste dump fight after the next election, with boss Nigel McBride slamming the states politicians for killing off the debate because of populist politics,In Daily, Tom Richardson, 19 October 17 . 

The recommendation received majority support, with Labor, Liberal and Greens MPs backing it and the Australian Conservatives MLC dissenting.

Greens MLC Mark Parnell went further, pushing to reinstate laws that would prevent any Government consulting publicly on the merits of a nuclear waste storage.

But McBride today hit out at the political consensus, warning it set a dangerous precedent of shutting down mature debate on complex issues.

He said the state had already spent at least $14 million of taxpayers money on the Royal Commission let alone subsequent community consultations

he reserved particular scorn for Weatherills bid to hasten the decision process through a series of citizens juries.

McBride was among those who spoke at the jury sessions, and described the jurors as intelligent, thoughtful, questioning, decent members of the public..

Despite being a long-time advocate for exploring nuclear waste storage in SA, McBride was among the first proponents to declare the plan dead after the state Liberals last year withdrew bipartisan support.....


Horse's Rear of the Year "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Anthony John Tony Abbott
Liberal Member for Warringah & sacked former Australian Prime Minister
On the subject of the 2017 Same Sex Marriage national voluntary survey


Environmental pollution is the biggest killer of all "IndyWatch Feed"

World pollution kills more people annually than wars, disasters, hunger, ABC News, 21 Oct 17 Environmental pollution from filthy air to contaminated water is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.

Key points:

  • One out of every six premature deaths in 2015, about 9 million, was due to toxic exposure
  • The financial cost of pollution-related death, sickness and welfare is $5.9 trillion annually
  • The worst affected countries are in Asia and Africa, with India topping the list

One out of every six premature deaths in the world in 2015 about 9 million could be attributed to disease from toxic exposure, according to a major study released on Thursday in The Lancet medical journal.

The financial cost from pollution-related death, sickness and welfare is equally massive, the report said, costing some $5.9 trillion in annual losses, or about 6.2 per cent of the global economy.

Theres been a lot of study of pollution, but its never received the resources or level of attention as, say, AIDS or climate change, Dean of global health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, and the lead author on the report, Phili...


The Space Cowboy at the Byron Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2 SHOWS: 3pm & 5.30pm October 29

Sideshow celebrity, The Space Cowboy is a truly unique artist from Byron Bay Australia. A natural performer, he started presenting his unusual skills at the local markets at the age of eight, now he has shocked and amazed audiences in 40+ countries at festivals, events and in sold out venues around the world and made numerous television appearances that have earned him his fame.

The Space Cowboy is a highly skilled and diverse performer who currently holds over 40 Guinness World Records, the most records ever held by an Australian!

The Space Cowboy is back to perform his new show at the Byron Theatre. Dont miss out.

Learn more and buy tickets at

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


A Few Recent Out and Abouts "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Warneet.
Spider-orchid, Morwell
Great Egret, Tooradin.


Cosmic Queries - Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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


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




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

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

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

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

Who? When? Why? How?

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


Killing whales ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Speech this week on whaling by Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson Few environmental issues unite, not divide, Australians more than whale conservation and opposition to continued barbaric whaling practices in our Southern Ocean. While previous governments have made Australias opposition to Japanese whaling clear and have successfully pursued Japan in international courts, ultimately this has not ended Japanese whaling. In fact, recent legislation in the Japanese parliament suggests it has only spurred them on to greater efforts to legitimise and defend their whaling interests


Atheist Cake! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

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

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


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

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

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

Kristin Clulow

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

Health Impact News Editor Comments

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

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

Sacrificial Virgins Part III: A Penny for Your Pain


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

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

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

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


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

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


Foreign Investors Jittery Amid Myanmars Rohingya Crisis "IndyWatch Feed"

Western companies have been slow to exploit opportunities in Myanmar, especially as the Rohingya crisis worsens.


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

Kristin Clulow

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

Health Impact News Editor Comments

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

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

Sacrificial Virgins Part III: A Penny for Your Pain


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Scanty Gela


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

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

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

1. Who is your personal hero?

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

Until now.

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

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

Joseph Langston ARC Affiliate/Web Admin

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

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


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

The short answer is yes

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

You cant make this stuff up folks.


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Paul Fassa, Real Farmacy
Waking Times Media

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

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

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

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

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

[Health professional version]

Their Report on Cannabis Antitumor Activity

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

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


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

Jesus Campos

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

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

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

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

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

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



Stop the boats, save the goats! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

cartoon of climate change denialist and sacked former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott, who on 9 October 2017 told the world: "Primitive people once killed goats to appease the volcano gods, we are more sophisticated now but are still sacrificing our industries and our living standards to the climate gods to little more effect"


Believe it or not tweet "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


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

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

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

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

Via Daily Caller

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Inner West Tool Library "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SydneyLETS <3 Inner West Tool Library

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Distributed via Jakarta

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

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

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

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bi.....


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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the full story at the 
Asia Times.



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

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

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

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

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

Stretched to the Breaking Point

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Terminal Illness Diagnoses Are Sometimes a Mistake

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

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

Fortunately, my mother, who o...


Introducing Pirates Without Borders "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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


Volga-Dnepr Antonov AN-124 RA-82047 Returns to Rockhampton Airport To Take Two RSAF Boeing CH-47SD Chinook Helicopters Home "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Early in the morning on Thursday 19 October, Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124-100 RA-82047 returned to Rockhampton Airport, touching down from Johor Bahru Senai International Airport (Malaysia) as VDA4053.

A few local plane spotters, along with other members of the public, were on hand again as the giant Russian aircraft touched down o...


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Jeff Sessions and Dianne Feinstein

Find Consensus

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

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

Citing a New York Times article, Opioid...


Pinochet torturers sentenced in Chile "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

Ex-cops jailed for disappearance

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

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

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

See also here.



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

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


Aircraft and Helicopters Involved in Search for Missing Trawler and Fishermen off the Fraser Coast This Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

With the hopes fading of a positive outcome from the search for a missing fishing trawler and five missing fishermen this week, here is a quick summary of some of the local and visiting helicopters and fixed wing aircraft that have been involved with the search

Over the course of Tuesday 17 October and Wednesday 18 October Aerorescue (AMSA - Australian Maritime Safety Authority) (Cobham Aviation) Bombardier Challenger CL-600-2B16 bizjet VH-XNE "Rescue 330" was believed to be coordinating the search off the Fraser Coast.

On Wednesday 18 October it landed at Rockhampton Airport for fuel and was photographed by local plane spotter IAD.


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

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

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

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

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

Attraction of Australian assets

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

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

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

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

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

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

Second investment

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

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

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


Bill Clinton sought States permission to meet with Russian nuclear official during Obama uranium decision "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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The Hill

As he prepared to collect a $500,000 payday in Moscow in 2010, Bill Clinton sought clearance from the State Department to meet with a key board director of the Russian nuclear energy firm Rosatom which at the time needed the Obama administrations approval for a controversial uranium deal, government records show.

Arkady Dvorkovich, a top aide to then-Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and one of the highest-ranking government officials to serve on Rosatoms board of supervisors, was listed on a May 14, 2010, email as one of 15 Russians the former president wanted to meet during a late June 2010 trip, the documents show.

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In the context of a possible trip to Russia at the end of June, WJC is being asked to see the business/government folks below. Would State have concerns about WJC seeing any of these folks, Clinton Foundation foreign policy adviser Amitabh Desai wrote the State Department on May 14, 2010, using the former presidents initials and forwarding the list of names to former Secretary of State Hillary Clintons team.

The email went to two of Hillary Clintons most senior advisers, Jake Sullivan and Cheryl Mills.

The approval question, however, sat inside State for nearly two weeks without an answer, prompting Desai to make multiple pleas for a decision.

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Dear Jake, we urgently need feedback on this. Thanks, Ami, the former presidents aide wrote in early June.

Sullivan finally responded on June 7, 2010, asking a fellow State official Whats the deal w this?

The documents dont indicate what decision the State Department finally made. But current and former aides to both Clintons told The Hill on Thursday the request to meet the various Russians came from other people, and the ex-presidents aides and State decided in the end not to hold any of the meetings with the Russians on the list.

Bill Clinton instead got together with Vladi...


New butterflyfish discovery in the Philippines "IndyWatch Feed National"

Roa rumsfeldi, Credit: 2017 Luiz Rocha and the California Academy of Sciences

From the California Academy of Sciences in the USA:

Surprise new butterflyfish from the Philippine twilight zone

October 19, 2017

A newly described species of brown-and-white Philippine butterflyfish the charismatic Roa rumsfeldi made a fantastic, 7,000-mile journey before surprising scientists with its unknown status. Live specimens collected from 360 feet beneath the oceans surface in the Philippines Verde Island Passage escaped special notice until a single black fin spine tipped off aquarium biologists back in San Francisco. Deep-diving researchers from the California Academy of Sciences Hope for Reefs team with genetic sequencing help from a parent-son team share their discovery of a fifth species of Roa this week in ZooKeys.

We named this reef fish Roa rumsfeldi because, as

former United States Secretary of Defence War, torture enabler and Iraqi archaeological treasures looting enabler

Donald Rumsfeld once said, some things are truly unknown unknowns, says senior author Dr. Luiz Rocha, Academy curator of ichthyology and co-leader of its Hope for Reefs initiative to research, explore, and sustain global reefs. This fish caught us completely off-guard. After traveling from...


A new government of Western Australia from the 18th of October 2017? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sometimes it can be hard to keep up with what's going on within government.

You know there's these things called Bills and Acts that sneak past the plebs.

In the corporate world it's also hard yakka, as amalgamations, 'hostile' takeovers, and other business deals are a plenty.

So, what's been happening in Australia's largest state, the state of Western Australia?

What happened on their morning of the eighteenth day of October in the year of our lord two thousand and seventeen, while the rest of the country was still sleeping due to the time difference of the circular globe spinning around on its axis?

Well from what we are told, Clause 61 of an old Imperial law called the Magna Carta was used to oust the two lawful tiers of government.

That's a bit of a bugger for them !!!

Please Note:
We have a spare room for any Western Australia politician who has no where to sleep as a result of this action.

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Apparently the post was NOT posted by the real Wayne Glew.


Waratahs and Rain! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Today it is raining! After months of serious dry we are receiving our first truly soaking rain. It feels magic.

This morning we got together with many of the other landcare groups in the Katoomba catchment for morning tea and a bird watching walk led by the incredible artist Fiona Lumsden  and Jill Dark. While we didnt spot too many birds in the mist, we did hear a few, and found the waratahs on the bush corridor above the garden are in full, glorious bloom! Afterwards we headed to the National Parks office for morning tea and a chat about the fantastic work that all the different groups in the catchment have been doing.  The council and the local community have just received an award for their work on the waterways leading into Minnie Haha Falls. Big congrats to everyone involved!



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

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

Veteran maverick and occasional political


Australian Government criticised on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights at UN "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Yesterday the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva took aim at the Australian Governments treatment of sexual minorities.

The comments came in the same week Australia was elected to the UN Human Rights Council.

Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said Australia should be concerned about its international legitimacy so soon after its appointment to the UN Human Rights Council.

"The UN rightly recognised Australias considerable progress for equality and removing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people in recent years, but questions remain unanswered on Australias commitment to human rights for all when it comes to marriage equality, transgender people accessing birth certificates and protecting intersex people from harmful medical procedures," said Ms Brown.

Sterilisation of intersex children in Australia

Following concern from Australian NGOs about the human rights impact of forced medical interventions on young children justified by gender stereotypes, the Committee raised the recent Family Court decision of Re Carla which found that surgeries performed on a young child needn't be approved by the Court.

"This is the first time the UN Human Rights Committee has highlighted the human rights abuses intersex people face in Australia. We call on the Australian Government to urgently address medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children to safeguard their human rights into the future," said Ms Brown.

Non-compliance with international human rights recommendations

Australia has received two adverse decisions from the UN Human Rights Committee in the last six months and has not yet responded to recommendations to address these issues at home.

In one case, the UN Human Rights Committee found the Australian Government violated a married transgender womans right to privacy and family and her right to be free from discrimination in not allowing her to obtain a birth certificate consistent with her gender identity unless she divorced her spouse. In another case the Committee found that a law in NSW violated a married womans right to be free from discrimination by not providing a mechanism for same-sex couples who marry overseas to obtain a divorce in Australia.

UN Human Rights Council Vice Chair Yuval Shany said it was "unacceptable" for Australia to "pick and choose" which human rights to respect and to "routinely reject" the UN Human Rights Committees views. Australias lack of implementation of the Committees recommendations was "completely off the charts" and incredible for a c...


PERTH Perth man fined for importing gun silencer "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Salvatore Granato pleaded guilty to importing a prohibited item into Australia and was fined in Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday. On Friday .


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PERTH WA cop faces court on child sex charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A police sergeant has appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court accused of using Facebook to send a child an indecent video and then encouraging .


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Morris Davis: Here's why I resigned as the chief prosecutor at Guantanamo "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 I do not understand torture outside the tactical emergency where it can justifiably be applied.  Any information then is immediately testable and actually valuable.

That time window is extremely small with rare exceptions such as a known intelligence gold mine whose cooperation must be coerced and worked by a skilled interrogator.  So far we have justified the process for a couple of captures.

Otherwise it makes zero sense as a policy. It has been well shown that a skilled interrogator can do wonders mostly because neither the victim or the interrogator actually know the right answers or the right questions as often as not.  Discoveries are made with brush strokes.  It should be applied only by presidential approval outside a real tactical situation.

That Obama failed to address this is idiotic.

Trump loves to tell his audience what they want to hear because it was never a real promise.  Good policy may ensue.  After all who is there to negotiate with?

Morris Davis: Here's why I resigned as the chief prosecutor at Guantanamo

Ten years ago today, I informed Gordon England, then the Deputy Secretary of Defense, that I could no longer serve as chief prosecutor for the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay. I requested immediate reassignment to another post and, within an hour, my request was approved. Soon after, I received an order not to speak to anyone about why I quit.

Heres why I quit. Earlier that day, I had been handed an order, signed by England, that reorganized the chain of command, effective immediately. The order had placed Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Hartmann above me, and it had placed William J. Haynes II, the general counsel of the Department of Defense, above Hartmann.


Haynes, you might recall, signed the infamous torture memo the one authorizing enhanced interrogation at Guantanamo that was approved by former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. It was in the margin of Haynes memo that Rumsfeld scribbl...


Rain records smashed in parts of Queensland, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

PARTS of Queensland have seen the heaviest ever October rainfall and things are only going to get worse. HORRIFIC rainfall is set to continue in Queensland which has seen its wettest October on record. It's only the very beginning of the wet season in the Sunshine State but in some towns the rain is the worst it has been in years. Up to 400mm of rain was dumped in parts of the state since Saturday, and it has led to flooding and even a death. A 67-year-old man has been found dead inside his car after being swept away by floodwaters near Gympie last night. Tom Saunders, the chief meterologist at Sky News, said the sheer amount of rainfall is unprecedented in some parts of Queensland for this time of year.


Coal not likely to benefit from Turnbulls new energy plan "IndyWatch Feed"

But heres the real kicker: all currently available information suggests that the reliability obligation will all but explicitly rule out coal.

The Energy Security Boards letter to the government says the reliability obligation will require retailers to buy a minimum amount of flexible dispatchable capacity. But most coal power plants are very inflexible unable to turn on or off quickly

Why Turnbulls new energy plan may not be so good for coal   explainerGuardian, Michael Slezak, 21 Oct 17

There is very little reason to think that coal will benefit from the reliability guarantee in the governments national policy, 
The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has no doubt been selling his new national energy guarantee to many of his colleagues by arguing it will be good for coal power.

Green groups are protesting the policy on the same basis, calling it a dirty energy target.

Even Origin Energy has told its shareholders that the Neg means it might need to keep the largest coal-fired power station in Australia open for longer.

The basic idea is that alongside the emissions guarantee there will a reliability guarantee. Retailers will be forced to buy power that has a relatively low emissions profile, but also buy enough reliable power so that they can keep the lights on.

And almost everyone is assuming that reliability guarantee will subsidise coal (as well as gas and and other dispatchable generators).

But looking at the information available with the very big caveat that there is not much information available there is very little reason to think that coal will benefit from the reliability guarantee.

There are two big reasons to be sceptical.

First, coal is just not particularly reliable. In fact, the security of the entire grid is designed around the possibility of a large coal generator dropping out unexpectedly which they regularly do.

Second, all indications are that the reliability guarantee will just be regulation of the existing capacity market, where retailers pay dispatchable generators to be on standby in case they need them. And coal very rarely is able to sell those c...


CIA director warns that North Korea soon able to launch nuclear weapon at USA "IndyWatch Feed"

North Korea could launch nuclear weapon at the US within months, CIA director warns

THE CIA director has issued a scary warning on rogue states intentions as Russia urges not to back North Korea into a corner. 21 Oct 17, Debra Killalea@DebKillalea NORTH Korea is just months away from perfecting its nuclear weapons capabilities and could strike the United States within months.

That is the grim warning given by CIA Director Mike Pompeo who said the secretive state was getting closer to achieving its nuclear ambitions.

Mr Pompeo told a national security forum in Washington that US needed to behave as if we are on the cusp of them achieving their objective of being able to strike the United States.

When youre now talking about months, our capacity to understand that at the detailed level is in some sense irrelevant, he said.

Whether it happens on Tuesday or a month from Tuesday, we are at a time where the president has concluded that we need a global effort to ensure that Kim Jong-un doesnt have that capacity.

However he said theres a difference between having the ability to fire a single nuclear missile and the capability of producing large amounts of material and developing an arsenal of such weapons.

During the same conference, US President Donald Trumps National Security Adviser HR McMaster said the country was in a race to resolve the crisis.

We are not out of time, he told the forum, organised by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank.

But we are running out of time, he said.


It comes as Russia called for support for a plan between Moscow and Beijing to end US and South Korean military drills in exchange for North Korea halting its missile testing.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a dialogue would prevent a huge humanitarian, economic and ecological catastrophe in the region.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has also repeated his calls for calm.

While condemning Pyongyan...


To October 21 Nuclear News Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I know that its becoming a tedious subject, but, unfortunately, the risk of war, a nuclear war, is creeping up inexorably. The general consensus of expert opinion is that North Koreas Kim Jong Un does not want, or intend to start, a war. His quite rational aim is the ability to deliver a nuclear weapon to the USA. and thus prevent an American attack, and ensure the survival of his regime.  Russia and China, have achieved this ability, and USA and the world have learned to live with this reality.

Expert opinion seems completely confused as to the real aims of USAs Donald Trump, and this is making for a scary scene.  And, it is hard to dismiss the opinion of the 27 psychiatrists who warned  about Trumps mental state.

2017 a catastrophic year for the nuclear industry downturn in China, USA, and globally.

High Court found that Tasmanian anti-protest laws invalid on the basis they infringe the implied constitutional freedom of political communica...


Legalising the Inaccessible: An Interview with Medicinal Cannabis Advocate Dr Teresa Towpik "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A medicinal cannabis bill that would make it easier for terminally ill patients to access imported cannabis medicines passed through the Senate on Thursday. However, its expected the Turnbull government will vote it down in the lower house. This really isnt surprising, as for some reason the federal government has been preventing terminally ill patients

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Battle Against Tranquillisers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Battle Against Tranquillisers is an organization created to lessen the harm caused by benzodiazepine and Z drug tranquillisers and sleeping pills. The organizations stated aims are:

  • To help those who are addicted to benzodiazepines, tranquillisers and sleeping pills, and drugs with similar effects, and who wish to withdraw from them, to do so as comfortably as possible, and to help them to make the changes necessary in life after withdrawal.
  • To educate and inform all those who may come across the problem of BZ etc. addiction, either personally or professionally, towards an understanding of the difficulties caused by the drugs action and the compounding of these difficulties in withdrawal.
  • To influence services in their prescribing, managing and supporting of clients who take/want to withdraw from benzodiazepines and similar drugs.

Battle Against Tranquillisers provides direct services to users and carers through local support groups, drop-ins, home visits, a peer support line, and technical support for agencies and workers. They also provide public education through presentations and their website.

The websites About Benzos section includes information about a variety of topics related to benzos such as withdrawal symptoms, dependency, the history of benzos, and benzos and driving. The I Need Help section describes the organizations direct services in depth and provides information about how to access those services. The section also includes client stories and testimonials.

The website also answers some frequently asked questions about benzodiazepines, such as how long withdrawal symptoms typically last and how to taper from tranquillisers.


Tony Abbott: Daring to Doubt "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Here is the full text of his presentation which is extraordinary, especially when you think how almost unique his views are among political leaders. And as long as you may think this excerpt is, you really should go to the link and read it all, or just watch it all.

To a greater or lesser extent, in most Western countries, we cant keep our borders secure; we cant keep our industries intact; and we cant preserve a moral order once taken for granted. Eventually, something will crystalize out of this age of disruption but in the meantime we could be entering a period of national and even civilizational decline.

In Australia, weve had ten years of disappointing government. Its not just the churn of prime ministers that now rivals Italys, the internal divisions and the policy confusion that followed a quarter century of strong government under Bob Hawke and John Howard. Its the institutional malaise. We have the worlds most powerful upper house: a Senate where good government can almost never secure a majority. Our businesses campaign for same sex marriage but not for economic reform. Our biggest company, BHP, the worlds premier miner, lives off the coal industry that it now wants to disown. And our oldest university, Sydney, now boasts that its mission is unlearning. . . .

Since the Global Financial Crisis, at least in the West, growth has been slow, wages stagnant, opportunities limited, and economic and cultural disruption unprecedented. Within countries and between them, old pecking orders are changing. Civilizational self-doubt is everywhere; we believe in everyone but ourselves; and everything is taken seriously except that which used to be.

Just a few years ago, history was supposed to have ended in the triumph of the Western liberal order. Yet far from becoming universal, Western values are less and less accepted even in the West itself. We still more or less accept that every human being is born with innate dignity; with rights, certainly, but were less sure about the corresponding duties. . . .

Climate change is by no means the sole or even the most significant symptom of the changing interests and values of the West. Still, only societies with high levels of cultural amnesia that have forgotten the scriptures about man created in the image and likeness of God and charged with subduing the earth and all its creatures could have made such a religion out of it.

Theres no certain way to regain cultural self-confidence. The heart of any recovery, though, has to be an honest facing of facts and an insiste...


Victoria's energy future secured as Andrews govt's Renewable Energy Target becomes law "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In a historic moment for Victoria's energy future, the Victorian Renewable Energy Target today passed the upper house in state Parliament and will become law.

This is a historic day for Victoria's energy future, and a victory for the community who have long made the case for the Victorian Renewable Energy Target said Pat Simons, Friends of the Earth's renewable energy spokesperson.


The success of the Victorian Renewable Energy Target is thanks to communities, businesses and workers from Portland, to Geelong, Yackandandah, Macedon and Melbourne

Friends of the Earth congratulates Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister Lily D'Ambrosio, and the Labor government, branding its energy policy achievement an act of national leadership.

The Andrews government is leading the nation with a vision for jobs and investment in renewable energy, said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth spokersperson.


Space Dominance, Moon Rocks, the Van Allen Belt, and Blowing a Hole in the Ozone Layer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tim Peake (UK) relaxes in space, reading cosmonaut Yuri Gagarins autobiography. (photo: ESA, Nasa)

By G5

There is a simple little video [here] of British Astronaut/Cosmonaut Tim Peake, returning to Earth on 18/6/2016, after 186 days on the ISS [International Space Station]. The three were returned by a Soyuz and landed in Kazakhstan. Two Russian Cosmonauts, including the one to his left, spent over 800 days on the ISS.

Not a Space Shuttle in sight. Another great technological Hoax, perhaps. [Video on Soyuz]

The UK paid The Russian Space Agency [RSA] some 80 million to have one of theirs in space. Questionable PR value, even though he conducted some 250 experiments of soughts whatever that means. 

NASA quietly pays the sanctioned [sic] RSA some $70 million per ride, to and from the ISS. While Elon Musk is touting domestic rocket journeys, within seven years, he and Branson are signing up imbeciles for M...


The WEC & How to Trade a Vertical Market "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Will this WEC include a training section on how to trade a vertical market?

Thank you

ANSWER: Yes. We are embarking on what will be probably the most difficult trading opportunity of several generations, not merely a lifetime. You will have to grasp how markets act and understand that fully to make sure you do not buy the high and sell the low as most people will do.


Every week, Turnbulls government becomes more Trump-like "IndyWatch Feed"

MALCOLM Turnbulls government grows more Trump-like every week. Last weeks health-insurance announcement and this weeks energy announcement illustrate the point.

President Trump is fond of describing his policies in exaggerated terms that if achieved would be good for the mass of Americans, but the detail of the policies reveal that they would do exactly the opposite.

He said his repeal and replacement of Obamacare would deliver better health insurance to Americans. In fact all his and the Republican Partys proposals would have stripped up to 22 million Americans of their cover.

Last week, the Turnbull Government said its new proposals would make private health insurance simpler and more affordable. In fact they will just add to the insurance companies bottom line.

And the policy missed the essential gripe about private insurance it is not just the cost of the premiums, it is also the shocking out-of-pocket costs that patients get hit with when they use the insurance. The Government did not address that.

This week the Government described its new energy policy as a credible, pro-market policy that delivers lower electricity prices. It means no subsidies, no taxes, no trading systems.

In fact, the Government provides the fossil-fuel industry with about $11 billion in subsidies a year, according to environmental analysts Market Forces which also says that 57 fossil fuel companies operating in Australia and making a total of $60 billion a year paid no tax in 2013-14 or 2014-15.

We are subsiding old technology when the way to cheaper electricity is obviously through renewables.

The Turnbull Government has other Trump-like qualities.

Like Trump, it has swallowed the voodoo economics of tax cuts for the rich. The theory is that the tax cuts trickle down into more jobs and higher pay for workers. In fact, the tax cuts will just add to corporate profits. There is only one thing that trickles down from the boardroom above to the workers below, and it isnt money.

The Turnbull Government wants to cut the corporate tax rate at a cost of more than $50 billion over 10 years. As the experience of the Reagan presidency tells us, that will just add to the deficit which will ultimately mean fewer services and lower welfare.

The Turnbull Government also lowered income tax for people on higher incomes. The top rate went from 47% to 45% and the threshold for moving into the...


Bitcoin Surging Means New Storage Fears as Users Take Extreme Measures "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Bitcoin Surging Means New Storage Fears as Users Take Extreme Measures

Bitcoin millionaires are now a thing, and so are thousandaires. Its been a good, good year for users of the worlds most popular cryptocurrency. With sums exceeding expectations by a lot, problems arise. Keeping it all on a smartphone no longer seems reasonable. Exchanges prove insolvent. And so storage has become an obsession, leading to interesting extremes and hardware innovations. 

Also read: Preparing for the Bitcoin Hard Forks: A Step-by-Step Walkthrough

Swiss Mountain Storage

This is not a race. It is a chess game, Xapos head of security, Carlos Rienzi, warns. You have to think about the opponents next movement. You can never relax.

Xapo was born ultimately from its founders trials in his native Argentina. Known as its Great Depression, it lasted half a decade, decimating peso holders, wiping out savings. CEO Wences Casares home country contracted nearly thirty percent; poverty and indigence rates combined to include seventyfive percent of its population.

He would later explain finding bitcoin to be something of a revelation, and a potential answer to persistent emerging economic regions plights.



AFSA National Committee 2018 Nominations "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

AFSA's Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 24th October to finish up the Food Sovereignty Convergence in Canberra. Below are the nominations for AFSA's 2018 National Committee.


President- Tammi Jonas

Current AFSA President Tammi Jonas is re-nominating for President in 2018 to continue to lend her strong female farmers voice to the fight for food sovereignty in Australia.

Along with her hypercompetent husband and three #orsmkids, Tammi raises rare breed Large Black pigs and cattle in central Victoria at Jonai Farms & Meatsmiths. A former vegetarian academic, Tammi now does whole-carcass butchering on the farm (thanks to two successful crowdfunding campaigns to build a boning room, commercial kitchen, & curing room), and sells their ethical pork and beef predominantly through a thriving CSA (community-supported agriculture).

Jonai Farms is an ethically viable no-growth model Tammi often says we need to multiply our farms, not scale them, to support more people working the land fairly and to revive rural communities and local food economies. Jonai Farms features in Australias first food politics documentary Fair Food, and Tammi also has a chapter in the anthology Fair Food, published by UQ Press.

Tammi has been writing about food culture, ethics and politics since 2006 at her blog Tammi Jonas: Food Ethics, and speaks regularly on food sovereignty at public events, on radio, and in print media. She is also a founding member and inaugural Chair of Fair Food Farmers United (FFFU), the producers' branch of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA).

As President over the past three years Tammi has worked solidly for fair and consistent regulation of farming and food production and distribution, and led the process to establish a Legal Defence Fund to protect and promote the right of people to determine their own food and agriculture systems.

She has helped AFSA establish its voice and authority on a range of issues and secured frequent meetings with a number of politicians to lobby for significant reform, as well as leading the process for submissions to government inquiries, including the Productivity Commissions inquiry into the impact of regulation on agriculture, and the Victorian Governments Animal Industries Advisory Committee, and she is now leading the campaign to protect free-range farming in Victoria in the face of the Governments proposed revisions to the planning provisions.

Tammi has also had the privilege to attend a variety of meetings of the global food sovereignty movement, including meetings of: the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC), Urgenci: the International Network for Community-Supported, Slow...


No food. No water. No safety: Refugees on Manus to be abandoned in danger "IndyWatch Feed National"

A threatening notice posted inside the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre (RPC) today has warned refugees detained there for the last four and a half years that from the 31 October, all food, water and electricity will be disconnected, the fences will come down and the facility will be handed over to the PNG Defence Forces.

The notice was posted in Farsi. The Human Rights Law Centre has had parts of the notice translated. It reads:

After 31 October, the RPC Site will not have the following:
-       Power or Running Water
-       Food and Drinking Water
-       Sewage Facilities
-       Complete External Fence
After 31 October, all PNG and Australia service providers and personnel will abandon the RPC, and measures will be in place so that the RPC can again be taken over by the PNG Defence Forces.

The notice has left the men terrified for their safety. On Good Friday this year drunk soldiers from the PNG Defence Forces went on a rampage, tried to crash a vehicle through the detention centre fences and fired over 100 shots, including from an M-16 Assault Rifle, at the refugees detained inside.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who has been to Manus three times to investigate conditions on the ground, said:

PNG military personnel have attacked these men once before. Now our Government is tearing down the fences and putting them in charge. The UN has already called this a humanitarian disaster. It could be about to turn into a bloodbath, said Mr Webb.

The notice is the latest move by the Australian Government to pressure the 750 men inside the Manus camp to return to danger in their home countries, face hostility and conflict in the Manus community or transfer to the Australian Governments other offshore facility on Nauru.

This absolutely beggars belief. Most of these men were assessed as refugees years ago. Theyve had four years of their lives ripped away from them. Theyve been beaten. Theyve been shot at. Theyve suffered the sheer torment of not knowing if or when their ordeal would ever end.

After four years of fear, violence and suffering, these men deserve a future. But instead our Government is trying to bludgeon them into returning to persecution or moving from one dead end camp to another. Its the height of cruelty, said Mr Webb.

The move comes just three days after the Australian Government was handed a seat on the UN Hu...


Kids stand up to show respect "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School held a Respect Day today.
The day was organised as part of the schools involvement in the Respectful Relationships project.
Students held an assembly where parent Alex Terhorst sang and awards were handed out to students who displayed respect towards others.
Students then participated in activities designed to foster respect and co-operation.
A parent session was held and the day culminated in a Respect Walk where familes tied a ribbon around some pledges that students designed.
Students embraced the concept and particpated enthusiastically to forge a link to respectful relationships.

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Miss World Australia Comes Out In Support Of Same-Sex Marriage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Beauty queen Esma Voloder can make a world of difference. The reigning Miss World Australia has voiced her support for marriage equality, saying she believes being Australian means respecting and accepting everyone. I think it is Australian culture to have acceptance and these are the things we should continue to focus on and continue to ...

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Australias Citizenship Bill Fails "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is a government that takes pride in its hard headedness and faux populism.  Knowing it would have to brave a sceptical, even baffled Senate, Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, resembling a bit dictator struggling for traction, decided to ignore the signals.

What was required, claimed Dutton, were tougher citizenship laws to govern Australia, an ironic state of affairs given the number of Australian parliamentarians facing the High court over their eligibility to sit in the chambers of Canberra.

The proposed legislation, titled the Australian Citizenship Legislative Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill, would be given a good serving against large swathes of the immigrant community.

It would have required the applicant for Australian citizenship to pass a stand-alone English test involving reading, writing, listening and speaking and show a minimum permanent residency requirement of four years.

Not feeling those measures to be suitably onerous, Dutton insisted on slipping a few other measures into the package: a limit, for instance, to the number of times the language test could be taken (three); and steps demonstrated by the applicant to show forms of integration into the Australian community.  (The fumes of charred meat on an Australian sausage sizzle come to mind.)

The reasons for these changes, outlined in the governments shoddy paper Strengthening the Test for Australian Citizenship (April 2017), reads like a stream of propaganda consciousness. Platitudes spring up from the pages like fretful children: the idea of Australia being the country of a fair go for all; the most successful multicultural society in the world; shared values.

Then comes the cutting and suspicious undertone, the irresistible resort to a security rationale that casts any doubt aside. This is a government that cant trust prospective citizens.  Nor will it.  The weeds shall be found, the pretenders rooted out.  The Australian Government places the highest priority on the safety and security of all Australians.  Global terrorist concerns had caused concern in the Australian community.

This point has always had one glaring weakness: terrorist attacks across European capitals tend to take place from European-born citizens rather than applicants.  The point is conveniently missed for matters of rhetorical effect, dividing Australian residents into the anointed and the discarded.

Opponents to the changes, among them the Nick Xenophon Team, Labor, and the Greens, did give Dutton some breathing space: a Wednesday night deadline to reach some accord and soften the hammering blo...


Heritage Open Day Mosques and Gurdwara Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As part of Sheppartons Heritage Open Day, the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District will conduct a tour of places of worship. The tour will visit several mosques and the Sikh Gurduara. The tour is free and a lunch will be provided. Bookings are required.   Greater Shepparton Heritage Open Day Greater Shepparton City Council, ... Read more...


MACKAY Scaffolder with history of drunken violence back at it again "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Coalcliff death not suspicious "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

POLICE will prepare a report for the Coroner after a man was found dead at a home in Coalcliff earlier this week.

About 7.15pm on Wednesday Wollongong police were alerted after a home owner in Coalcliff found a dead man in the rear of the premises.

A vehicle stolen earlier in the day was found a short distance away and has been seized for forensic examination.

The death of the 27-year-old man is not being treated as suspicious.


5 new AIHW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 reports "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released 5 new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 reports today which can be accessed by clicking below.

These reports give the latest information on how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in each state are faring according to various measures of health status and outcomes, determinants of health, and health system performance.
Indicators are based on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework.
The reports highlight the main areas of improvement, and continuing concern.

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All reports are available to purchase hard copy, AIHW catalogue numbers at links above.


New biodegradable dog bag dispensers for Anglesea "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As an environmentally focused organisation, Great Ocean Road Coast is committed to sustainability and doing our part to minimise any adverse impacts on the environment.

In an effort to reduce our environmental footprint, GORCC has installed six new biodegradable dog bag dispensers across three locations in Anglesea.

The dog bag dispensers are conveniently located near existing rubbish bin sites at Point Roadknight car park, Four Kings car park, and also at the back of Anglesea Family Caravan Park.

As Anglesea is a plastic bag free town, all dispensers will use a landfill-friendly biodegradable bag alternative.

We encourage responsible pet ownership and ask that the community please clean up after their pets by making use of the bins provided.


Navy take-over of Manus will put refugee lives at risk "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Refugees and asylum seekers in the Manus detention centre have been given individual notices that declare that the centre will be taken over by the PNG navy after 31 October.

The notice (pictured) says that after 31 October, every worker will leave the detention centre; that electricity, water, food, drinking water will be cut off; and the fences removed.

The Australian government is creating an impossible situation on Manus and putting refugees lives at risk. The letters are a direct threat against the refugees, says Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

They are leaving refugees defenceless against the navy the people who shot into the detention centre last Easter; while trying to force them into a dangerously insecure situation near Lorengau, some of which is not even open yet.

We are calling for the Australian and PNG governments to cease their reckless moves to close the Manus detention centre. No provision has been made for their safety, their security, health care or their future.

The idea that a clinic at East Lorengau can deal with the complex physical and mental issues among the refugees is worse than ridiculous. The government knows that this wont work.

We are urgently requesting human rights observers be sent to Manus immediately to oversee the situation on Manus and ensure that the Manus refugees lives are not put in danger...


Tiny Island Makes Huge Decision On Same-Sex Marriage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A tiny island has just made a huge decision to legalise same-sex marriage. The change in law on the Channel Island of Alderney was voted through at a States meeting this week. There are approximately 2000 people who live on the island, which is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, a British Crown dependency. ...

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Brandis Rebukes Dutton Over Un-Australian Lawyers Remarks "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Back in August, Australian immigration minister Peter Dutton caused a furore when he accused lawyers who represent asylum seekers on a pro bono basis of being un-Australian. The backlash from inside and beyond the legal profession was widespread. Now, it seems Australias chief law officer wants his colleague to pull his

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Thank Folk Its Friday 20th October "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was The National Folk Festival revealed its first six artists including Faustus, Belshazzars Feast, Katey Brooks, Mick Thomas and The Roving Commission, 19-Twenty and Frumious. Details here Folk music super group Haas Kowert Tice have added mandolin player Dominick Leslie to their []


Australian University Allows Students to Earn Ethereum from Campus Purchases "IndyWatch Feed"

Researchers will be studying student behavior to determine if Blockchain-based rewards programs are more effective than traditional ones.


WA Government Defensive Over DNA Fiasco "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim An inquiry into government pathology service, PathWest, has found 11 anomalies in the forensic testing of samples relating to six of the 19 criminal cases examined. The revelations have put the state government on the back foot, with health minister Roger Cook claiming the abnormalities did not contribute to the defendants

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Who can save Israel now? Labor leader emulates Netanyahu "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Last summer liberal Zionists heralded the newest Labor leader in Israel, Avi Gabbay, as a dynamic Mizrahi who might revive the party. Ehud Barak called Gabbays selection a revolution, and the New York Times said the self-made millionaire represented electrifying liberal forces in opposition to conservative Likud.

Gabbay had brought a new spirit to the party, the Timess Isabel Kershner said. While Gabbay declared, [T]o all those who thought the Israeli citizens had lost hope in change, to all those tonight is the answer.

Well, in the last few days Gabbay has done his best to imitate Benjamin Netanyahu by saying he would never evacuate settlements and never form a governing coalition with Palestinians.

Gabbays comments are a good sign of just how far right the Jewish Israeli polity has gone today. The American press has largely ignored the news, typically, but liberal Zionists have condemned him. For instance, Daniel Seidemann tweeted,

Bad news: head of our moderate opposition is a racist, political invetebrate. Good news: he speaks English, so youll hear it yourselves.

Heres the news. Six days ago Haaretz quoted Gabbay saying that he would never form a governing coalition with the Joint List, which is mostly Palestinian. But he would make a coalition with rightwing Jews.

We will not share a government with the Joint List, period, Gabbay said at a political forum in Beer Sheva. Let that be clear.

Gabbay didnt reject the possibility of being part of a governing coalition alongside Kulanu, Yisrael Beiteinu and the ultra-Orthodox parties

The leading Palestinian politician in Israel, Ayman Odeh, said Gabbay was no different from Netanyahu.

Someone who doesnt view Arab citizens and their elected representatives as a legitimate group, doesnt present a real alternative to the right, he said.

Since the days of Ehud Barak, the Labor Party has strived to be a pale replica of the right and the citizens always choose the original. To be drawn into the delegitimization campaign led by the prime minister against Arab citizens is a huge gift to the far-right coalition headed by Netanyahu and the settlers.

Two day...


Friday, 20 October 2017 - 12:42pm "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

When you don't have a job, it's particularly annoying to see so many people who can't do theirs:


The psychology of sex predators "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Hollywood is in a tailspin over how Harvey Weinstein concealed sexually abusive behavior from friends, colleagues, and perhaps an entire industry for decades. But while the investigation into Weinstein continues, recent research offers clues into why so many stars are prone to exploiting others. London - The Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal shows no sign of winding down. Just the opposite: police in the United Kingdom are now investigating several allegations involving the Oscar-winning film producer. While Weinstein has "unequivocally denied" allegations of non-consensual sex, and no arrests have been made, more than two dozen women - including the actors Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Rose McGowan - have publicly accused him of harassment. The allegations stretch over nearly three decades. Hollywood is struggling to explain how one of its most visible figures could have gotten away with such behavior for so long. Woody Allen offered an important clue. Despite working with Weinstein on several films, he claims that no one ever brought allegations of abuse to his attention. "And they wouldn't, because you are not interested in it," Allen told the BBC. "You are interested in making your movie." Others who worked with Weinstein over the years have made similar statements. Is this the Hollywood equivalent of a police officer's "blue wall of silence," or is there something more clinical at work? One possible answer may be found in the results of recent psychological research. According to scientists in the United States and Israel, there are certain personality traits - the "dark triad" of narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism - that are more commonly associated with sexually abusive behavior. One intriguing finding from this research, published in 2016 in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, is that personality traits associated with a proclivity for harassment may be "specialized psychological adaptations" that allow individuals to exploit "niches" in society. In other words, some sexual predators may seek careers in particular industries that allow them to exploit others.


Russian Collusion over Uranium is Boomeranging Back onto Democrats But No Reports in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Dee McLachlan

For nearly a year the Democrats have been bleating that Trump has colluded with the Russians. But now the FBI have revealed that before the Obama administration approved a controversial Russian uranium deal in 2010. They had gathered evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaging in bribery, extortion, kickbacks, and money laundering designed to grow Russias atomic energy business inside the US.

I never knew Russia had any atomic energy business in the US. But it seems that Russia bought into a US uranium and mining company, Uranium One. And with the company controlling one-fifth of uranium mining capacity in the US, the FBI reports suggested that maybe it wasnt such a good idea to let Russia in.

On the 17th of October, The Hill reports,

They also obtained an eyewitness account backed by documents indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clintons charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told

Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating for nearly four more years essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark.

But it seems the mainstream media in US, and here in Australia, are not reporting much of this. They prefer to comment on Trump, and so this was in The Sydney Morning Herald five days ago,

US President Donald Trumps re-election committee paid almost $US238,000 ($300,000) to the law firm representing his son, Donald Trump Jnr in connection with ongoing investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 election [about] a 2016 meeting he had with a Russian lawyer while seeking damaging information about Democrat Hillary Clinton.

They keep on about Trumps link to the Putin but Clinton and the Democrats are now possibly going to face the...


Dr Google Makes Record Number of Cancer Diagnoses "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Dr Google is being recognised as the worlds most efficient medical professional, after figures were revealed indicating it has diagnosed more cases of cancer than all other doctors combined.

Patients, who have been diagnosed with various types of cancer after researching symptoms such as a mild headache, unwanted erection or hangover, say conventional doctors just cant keep up.

One man, whose Dr Google diagnosis came nine years before any other doctors spotted signs of anything wrong, described the search engine as a marvel of modern medicine.

I was just trying to look up the method for boiling an egg when Dr Google told me I had cancer, he said. Ive been trying to convince other doctors ever since and no one would listen to me, but theyve finally just spotted a suspicious-looking tumour in my left nut, so whos laughing now?

People diagnosed with cancer by Dr Google have been advised that the best treatment method is posting a brave yet raunchy photo of yourself along with 1 like = 1 prayer on Facebook.


Collusion between politicians and scientists on dangers of nuclear radiation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The 1985 Royal Commission report into British Nuclear Tests in Australia discussed many of these issues, but never in relation to the proximity and timing of the 1956 Olympic Games. Sixty years later, are we seeing the same denial of known hazards six years after the reactor explosion at Fukushima?

Australias nuclear testing before the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne should be a red flag for Fukushima in 2020,, The Conversation, Susanne Rabbitt Roff. Part time tutor in Medical Education, University of Dundee, 20 Oct 17,  The scheduling of Tokyo 2020 Olympic events at Fukushima is being seen as a public relations exercise to dampen fears over continuing radioactivity from the reactor explosion that followed the massive...


The economic collapse of the nuclear industry "IndyWatch Feed"

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists 17th Oct 2017, Mark Cooper: In 2008, the nuclear renaissance hype was in full swing. South Carolina was one of the first states to hop on the bandwagon. Public
and investor-owned utilities rushed to sign a contract for two new reactors at the V. C. Summer nuclear station before the design for the Westinghouse AP1000 reactors was finalized, to avoid the price run-up that was expected to occur when orders for dozens of reactors were signed.

There was no rush of orders, but there were 17 formal revisions before the design was
finalized, and perhaps many hundreds more made in a more informal manner.

Adecade later, the nuclear industry is in shambles. Billions of dollars were spent on the two now-abandoned reactors at V. C. Summer, and only two other reactors remain under construction, at a plant in Georgia. The South Carolina reactors were so far behind schedule and over budget that they
triggered the bankruptcy of the reactor vendor (Westinghouse), the near-bankruptcy of its corporate parent (Toshiba), and the resignation of the CEO of the utility (Santee Cooper) that owns 45 percent of the V. C. Summer project.

The nuclear industrys collapse is stunning, but it should come as no surprise. This is exactly what happened during the first round of nuclear construction in the United States, in the decade between
1975 and 1985. History is repeating itself because of a dozen factors and tren...


Palaszczuk Government resume Emerald farmland for Adani rail link "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE State Government has resumed 3568ha of agricultural land for Adanis rail line from the planned Carmichael Mine to Abbot Point.

The decision was Gazetted last week and has angered a farm group partly backed by the Tim Flannery-led Climate Council.

Land resumptions are a normal part of any infrastructure project and Adani said it has paid tens of millions of dollars to land owners affected by the resumptions who must agree with the conditions.

Land owners have not made any case about the compensation or resumption with the Land Court.

But the Farmers for Climate Action claim it is another hand out for Adani which has so far received a State Government royalties deferment scheme and will receive funding from the Rockhampton and Townsville councils for its mine site airport.

It could also receive Federal Government funding from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility for its rail line.

Its shocking that the Queensland Government thinks its fair to compulsorily acquire 3568 hectares of land from farmers to stitch up a special deal for Adanis private rail line, said fifth-generation grazier William Graham, who runs beef cattle on 50,000 hectares at Withersfield Station near Emerald.



One-punch killer jailed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Luke Voogt

Ocean Grove father-of-three Richard Andrew Vincec will spend at least five years behind bars after killing a 22-year-old man with a single punch.
Supreme Court Justice Peter Riordan sentenced Vincec to eight years in prison with a non-parole period of five years after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Thursday.
Vincec punched Jaiden Walker in the left cheek outside Cherry Bar in Melbournes CBD on 6 May, causing him to fall back and hit his head on the ground, the court heard.
Mr Walker died in hospital on 12 May after suffering a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain.
As a result of your actions, a fine young man has been deprived of the rest of his adult life, Justice Riordan said.
One hopes that the intensity of the pain (Mr Walkers family feels) will be reduced in the passage of time, but it will never be completely resolved.
On the day of the manslaughter Vincec had been drinking and took drugs in the toilet of the bar.
Security camera vision played in court showed Vincec kissing a woman outside the bar who Mr Walker had been in a sexual relationship with.
After two minutes, the woman pushed Vincec away. Vincec offered to shake Mr Walkers hand, who ignored him and moved away.
You moved towards Jaiden, insisting that he shake your hand and you escalated the situation by saying shake me hand, c***, Justice Riordan said.
The two eventually shook hands aggressively. (You) said grab my hand like that and Ill hit you, Justice Riordan said.
Friends tried to restrain the two men for 15 seconds before Vincec moved around them and punched Mr Walker in the left cheek.
As you ran away from your mortally injured victim, he lay on Russell Street and was unconscious when attended to by passing doctors who did their best to preserve his life until emergency services arrived, Justice Riordan said.
You were intercepted by police elsewhere in the city and you initially denied any involvement in a fight however, in your formal interview, you admitted your wrongful conduct.
Vincec wrote to Mr Walkers family accepting full responsibility for his death and rang police every day until his victim died, the court heard.
Justice Riordan took the guilty plea into account when handing down the sentence and said Vincec had shown genuine remorse.
Vincecs prospects of rehabilitation were good due to his supportive partner, stable employment, determination to support his children and compliance with bail conditions, Justice Riordan said.
The court heard Vincec had previous convictions for violent offending.

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BCL appoint war cabinet for new Bougainville onslaught "IndyWatch Feed"

In the race to reopen the Panguna mine, against the will of landowners, BCL is now appointing a war cabinet.

Having already appointed Director, Sir Rabbie Namaliu, a man who was Prime Minister when his governments security forces committed crimes against humanity on Bougainville, BCL has now appointed two new Directors, Mel Togolo and Peter Graham.

Togolo was a provincial administrator during the crisis. He was infamous for his support for an Australian backed military blockade, that denied his own compatriots basic medicines. Togolo also worked alongside Jim Griffin an Australian government spook, responsible for intelligence analysis on Bougainville. More recently Togolo has become known for his role in deep sea mining, which threatens to inflict another environmental catastrophe on the region.

Peter Graham is the General behind ExxonMobils PNG LNG operation, a project that gives new meaning to pipe dreams. More recently he has acted as ONeills right hand man at Ok Tedi.



North Korea lashes out verbally against USA-South Korea military drills "IndyWatch Feed"

North Korea warns US of unimaginable nuclear strike, North Korea is warning that the United States will face an unimaginable nuclear strike for conducting ongoing joint naval drills with the South Korean military on the Korean peninsula.

The U.S. is running amok by introducing under our nose the targets we have set as primary ones, the state-controlled news agency KCNA warned Thursday, Newsweek reported. The U.S. should expect that it would face unimaginable strike at an unimaginable time.

KCNA also reportedly blamed the U.S. for creating tension on the eve of war by participating in civilian evacuation drills in South Korea over the weekend.

The remarks come amid escalating tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.

President Trump has recently stepped up his rhetoric against North Korea and leader Kim Jong Un, whom hes dubbed Little Rocket Man.

During his first address to the United Nations General Assembly last month, Trump threatened to totally destroy North Korea if it continued to threaten the U.S. and its allies.

The high-stakes war of words comes after North Korea conducted a series of intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear tests to display its progress toward developing a nuclear missile capable of striking the U.S.


Another Bee and Saying Goodbye to Donald "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Just a reminder about our next working bee for spring this Sunday 10am in the garden. We usually go for a couple of hours and have cuppa and cake in there somewhere. Tasks this time will include some actual planting and harvesting! Also Donald, the Anglican Church Minister, will be retiring. The congregation are holding Continue reading Another Bee and Saying Goodbye to Donald


Works will end storm woes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Justin Flynn

The stormwater drainage problems at Collendina that resulted in the severe April floods will be fixed by the council in March next year.
Some Collendina residents awoke last week to works being conducted at the drainage site at Pembroke Road, believing that repairs had finally commenced, but the council told the Voice that it was not the case.
Council installed a footbridge and the works that some residents saw were a tidy up of that area, a City of Greater Geelong spokesperson said.
The council will begin fixing the stormwater drainage problems next March.
The council spokesperson said the repairs would involve concreting the drain channel and vegetation offset.
The work is expected to take around six weeks.
Collendina resident Veronica Fleming contacted the Voice to express her delight that the council had finally started fixing the drainage problem that saw dozens of houses severely damaged during the April flood.
Ms Flemings house was inundated by the stormwater and she and her husband had to seek temporary accommodation for six weeks.
I just dont want to go through that again, she said.
Weve had a few close shaves.

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South Korea developing missiles to destroy North Korea nuclear facilities "IndyWatch Feed", By Elizabeth Shim   South Korea is preparing for full-scale war with North Korea by developing missiles that could destroy North Korea nuclear and missile facilities in the event of a conflict.

Gen. Kim Yong-woo, chief of staff of the South Korean army, said a plan to reduce to ashes North Koreas weapons facilities, has been created, local newspaper Segye Ilbo reported Thursday. Kim, who submitted his report for an annual parliamentary audit by the National Assemblys defense committee, said the objective of the plan is to decimate Pyongyangs weapons of mass destruction while minimizing casualties.

We will develop the concept of operations that suppresses North Koreas weapons of mass destruction in the early stages, while minimizing damage, Kim said Thursday.

The concept of operations includes the development of three types of all-weather, ultra-precise, high-power missiles, the formation of a special maneuvering unit, a combat bot and drone system, and game changers or cutting-edge military systems.

The three types of missiles include a tactical surface-to-surface missile, the Hyunmoo-2, and the Hyunmoo-4 missiles, according to local news network YTN. The Hyunmoo-4, capable of carrying a 2-ton nuclear warhead and of targeting North Koreas underground military facilities, will begin development once U.S.-South Korea missile guidelines are revised.

Included in the plan is an air-ground task force that includes airborne and mechanized troops, that would be deployed to make a push into enemy territory and to neutralize nuclear and missile facilities, Seoul said.

In a separate statement on Thursday, the South Korean navy said the Korea-based three-axis system that includes Kill Chain, Seouls pre-emptive strike system, is under review.



Turnbull lies calling coal a dispatchablepower source "IndyWatch Feed"

The new policy redefines coal as dispatchable, despite it having the opposite technological characteristics.

This is not an entirely new approach. Before the government decided to abandon the proposed...


New Zealand has a new government where to now? "IndyWatch Feed National"

These unusual circumstances reflect the difficulty our political system still has in adjusting to mixed proportional representation a difficulty echoed by todays Australian headline NZ shock: losers take power. We are a full 21 years and eight elections into the current constitutional arrangements, but the thought that the party with the second highest vote might be better placed to form the government still baffles some.


Queensland government to take over agricultural land for Adani coal mine rail line "IndyWatch Feed"

Government resume land for Adani
A FARM group partly backed by the Tim Flannery-led Climate Council has hit out over the State Government resumption of agricultural land for the Adani rail line.


Playboy Magazine Reveals First Transgender Playmate "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mens magazine Playboy has broken new ground with a nude transgender centrefold in its November issue. Ines Rau, a French fashion model who was featured nude in a 2014 issue of Playboy, is the first transgender model to appear as a centrefold in the magazines 64-year history. Rau hopes it will pave the way for ...

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AIATSIS to work with National Museum of the Native American "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and the Smithsonians National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Washington DC today. AIATSIS chief executive Craig Ritchie said both organisations are dedicated exclusively to the histories and cultures of indigenous peoples. This agreement to collaborate in areas of mutual interest and concern means we can learn from each others strengths and expertise, and continue to build our capabilities in a relationship of shared commitment and two way exchange, he said. The NMAI is part of the Smithsonian in the USA, the worlds largest museum, education, and research complex, with 19 museums and a zoo. The NMAI is devoted exclusively to the history and art of cultures indigenous to the Americas and holds one of the most extensive collections of Native American arts and artefacts in the world.


Townsville and Rockhampton councils could pay at least $31 million for Adani coalmine airstrip "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queensland councils to pay at least $31m for Adani coalmine airstrip
Townsville and Rockhampton councils may pay millions more if companys bid to sew up deal with traditional owners fails, Guardian, 
Joshua Robertson, 20 Oct 17, Two local councils are paying $31m to build an airstrip for Adanis Queenslandcoalmine and could fork out millions more if the energy giants bid to sew up a deal with traditional owners hits a stumbling block.

Townsville and Rockhampton councils last week announced they would spend $15.5m each on the airport hundreds of kilometres away in a deal to secure Adanis guarantee of 2,200 construction jobs for their residents.

And Townsville has agreed to pay up to $18.5m if the airport is shifted to a second location outside Wangan and Jagalingou land, where Adanis right to build Australias largest coalmine is tied up in a drawn-out legal battle with a traditional owners group.

Rockhampton, which originally put up $20m for the airport in a bid to gain Adanis guarantee, may also invest up to $18.5m but this has not been made clear.

Despite the Carmichael mine having broad support in both communities, there is some backlash to ratepayers providing infrastructure for a transnational corporation.

 An online petition by a Townsville ratepayers group member, Peter Newey, calling for council to scrap its decision, has garnered about 3,700 signatures in a few days. Cathy OToole, the federal MP for Herbert in Townsville, has also flagged local concerns about giving ratepayers money to a multinational.

Councillors from both cities voted in favour of paying for the airport for Adanis workforce in closed discussions of confidential reports, recorded in minutes that did not mention the company.

Rockhampton councillors met on 26 September for a confidential discussion about economic development opportunities and an update from councils gene...


Rodrigo y Gabriela Announce 2018 Australian Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Rodrigo y Gabriela Mexican instrumental virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela return to Australia next year for a series of dates, including an appearance at the 2018 WOMADelaide festival. Rodrigo y Gabriela are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their self-titled breakthrough release so these shows are bound to be full of energy. Check out []


Disease beaten but effects live in "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Groves Barbara Hamann was infected with polio in 1955, at 12 years of age.
She was put in an isolation ward due to fear of transmission, and her right arm and left leg were paralysed. After a near full recovery at the age of 15, Barbara lived an independent and productive life. She married, had four boys, worked in hospitals and as a bridal dressmaker, and was very active in her spare time. Now, the independence she fought so long and hard for is now being challenged by the debilitating effects of Late Effects of Polio (LEoP).
The LEoP can cause new muscle weakness and atrophy, chronic fatigue, pain, and respiratory problems. As polio is a disease of the past in Australia, there is little knowledge of the LEoP in the health sector today. Those living with the condition are often faced with exorbitant medical expenses to diagnose and manage the symptoms, as well as the cost of mobility aids and equipment to help maintain their quality of life.
Barbaras ability to age with dignity is compromised due to a lack of knowledge of the LEoP among health care professionals and lack of understanding from others. Barbara echoes the experience of many polio survivors.
The hardest thing for me, personally, is that I dont have a visible disability, and people dont accept that I am struggling with the Late Effects of Polio, she said.
A recent grant from the Department of Health to fund a LEoP Clinical Practice Workshops Program has brought that goal much closer. Over the next three years, Polio Australia plans to upskill up to 3600 health practitioners across Australia in how to best manage the LEoP for their clients.

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Clubs back on course "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Grove Golf Club has unveiled its new course.
For around 30 years, the course was 12 holes, but the new course is nine holes.
President Peter Cullen said the club faced some backlash from members at reducing the number of holes on the course, but the end result was worth it.
We had a problem with balls going over the road on the Wallington Road side, he said.
We faced some bumps along the way with some members opposing it, but in the end weve finished up with a pretty good golf course.
Mr Cullen said the course had been improved.
At the end of the day people who play there will think its a nice course, he said.
Weve improved the course with some holes being longer and the majority of members have endorsed it.

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Popped Creative presents HUSTLE. Second speaker announcement. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Popped Creative presents HUSTLE.
Friday 3 November 2017 // Thom Gallery, Byron Bay
Second speaker announcement:
Elizabeth Abegg (SPELL) + Ali Klinkenberg (MONSTER CHILDREN)
+ More to be announced!

//4 industry leaders will share their Big Ups and Fucks Ups AKA their greatest tips & biggest regrets
//Live music, great food & cocktails
//Creative hustle on tap

Prepare to be inspired.
On Friday 3 November Byron Bays premier events agency Popped Creative returns with the first of a four-part series designed to connect, inspire and entertain the local community: HUSTLE.

HUSTLE. is a series of panel discussions featuring the best and brightest in creativity, entrepreneurship and boldness in our local region, where industry leaders share stories of their greatest success and failures on their path to achieving their goals.

Popped Creatives Creative Director Abbie Gibson says HUSTLE. was created as an opportunity for the creative industries community and local businesses in Byron Bay and surrounds to share ideas and professional experiences A place to celebrate those people creating influential and inspiring projects which contribute positively to our growing economy.

We are proud to announce our first speakers for the event; Talented, accomplished, and full of stories about The HUSTLE:

ELIZABETH ABEGG, CBO, Spell + The Gypsy Collective
Elizabeth Abegg is one half of sister-duo that makes up Byron Bay fashion brand Spell and the Gypsy Collective. With a background in video editing and a lot of gut instinct, Elizabeth drove the label into a global business by embracing the blogging and online shopping world. Since this time, the brand has grown from strength to strength, employing over 50 women in Byron Bay, stocked in American online retailers and gaining over 1 million followers across their social media platforms.
Spell & the Gypsy Collective was awarded the 2016 Australian Business of the Year at the National Telstra Business Awards and are nominated for the Cosmo Women of the Year Awards in the Designer Category. Elizabeth has finally titled herself this year after years of growing with her business herself as CBO Chief Brand Officer and she will be focusing on heading up Spells main focus of making the company sustainable, continuing to create better lives for our global team producing garments as well as oversee the overall marketing strategy of Spell.



Watch the New Nahko Video Dragonfly "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Nahko Roots singer-songwriter Nahko has just released his new video Dragonfly from his upcoming solo album My Name Is Bear (due out today). The video features Nahkos close friend Paris Jackson and is already causing quite a stir. I specifically wanted to capture this young womans natural beauty and focus on what []


High Court rules Tasmanian anti-protest law unconstitutional "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Dr Caroline Henckels

In January 2016, former Greens Senator Bob Brown was filming an anti-logging video in Tasmanias Lapoinya Forest when he was directed by a police officer to leave the vicinity. He was arrested and charged for failing to comply. Tasmanian nurse Jessica Hoyt was charged on a separate occasion for returning to the forest after having previously been directed to leave. Both challenged the Act as unconstitutional, and on Wednesday, the High Court ruled 6:1 that certain provisions of the Act, as they pertained to protests in forestry areas, violated the implied freedom of political communication protected by the Australian Constitution.

The Tasmanian legislation

The Act, an election promise on the part of the Tasmanias Liberal government to rebuild the logging industry, introduced several offences targeting protest activities and giving the police broad powers to prevent or disband protests. A police officer had the power to direct a protestor to leave an area if the officer reasonably believed that protestors were preventing, hindering or obstructing access to business premises (including forestry land) or a business access area (including roads and public places). A direction could also be issued to a person who was preventing, hindering or obstructing business activities. The power also applied where police believed that such acts had been or were about to take place.

After receiving a direction to leave, a protestor could not return to the location within four dayseven where returning was not for the purpose of protesting. Police could also direct a person not to return to the location for up to three months. Failure to comply with a direction was an indictable offence, with fines of up to $10,000 and a four-year term of imprisonment for repeat offences.

The implied freedom of political communication

The Court found that the Act clearly burdened the implied freedom of political communication (implied freedom) by giving police the power to dissolve and effectively prevent political protests. Laws that burden the implied freedom are valid only if the laws objective is compatible with the maintenance of the constitutionally prescribed system of representative and responsible government and the law itself is reasonably appropriate and adapted to achieve that objective (Lange). The purpose of the Actto protect businesses and their operations (here, forest operations) from serious interference caused by certain types of protest activitypassed the first hurdle. However, the Court held that the operative provisions of the Act went too far.

In a joint judgment, Kiefel CJ, Bell and Keane JJ were concerned about the vague concepts of business premises and business access area as they relate...


Pacific Islands forum supports calls to phase out coal "IndyWatch Feed"

Sikeli Qounadovu | The Fiji Times | October 19, 2017

THE Pacific Islands Development Forum fully supports the call by Canada and the UK to phase out coal.

PIDF secretary general Francois Martel urged other developed nations to unite and implement the transition from unabated coal fired electricity and support the Pacific call to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.

We congratulate Canada and the United Kingdom for championing a global alliance on coal-phase out and encourage other developed countries such as Australia to support this initiative, he said.

On one hand, we need to provide support to Pacific countries to ensure they can reach the targets set in the Paris Agreement, on the other hand, we need to pursue advocacy and engagement to ensure that what fell off the negotiations in Paris to achieve the main targets of 1.5 degree Celsius are now fully addressed.

Mr Martel said much fa...


After Priscilla "IndyWatch Feed National"

Darl. My boyfriend says darl a lot. Hes older than me. In his 40s. Twice my age, in fact. He jokes about us getting married and he flutters his eyelids and I say by the time this vote is over, youll probably be dead, and I accept his proposal. To him, Priscilla acts as a marker for how his life, and the lives of the queer people around him, changed. His life can be divided neatly into periods of before Priscilla and after Priscilla.


Nimbin wants medical cannabis amnesty and trial "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A workshop in Nimbin in November will update people on medicinal cannabis. (file pic)

A workshop in Nimbin in November will update people on medicinal cannabis.
(file pic)

A workshop in Nimbin will update people on medicinal cannabis. (file pic)

A workshop in Nimbin will update people on medicinal cannabis.
(file pic)

Medicinal cannabis advocates in Nimbin want the Lismore City Council to contact the State Government asking for an amnesty and a trial to take place in the village.

For many years, Nimbin has been at the forefront of the push to recognise cannabis as medicine, and regularly holds workshops to provide people with information about the many uses of cannabis.

Another workshop will be held on November 11  at the Bush Theatre in the old Nimbin butter factory.

Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone said the recent announcement that a Canadian company wanted to set up a medicinal cannabis facility on land supplied by the Richmond Valley Council was seen as ironic by people in Nimbin.

The irony of Casino getting this huge crop is not lost on anyone in Nimbin, It also adds to a situation which is very confusing for everyone, Mr Balderstone said.

Every announcement from the government gives people the impression that medical cannabis is legal and as a result Nimbin has been flooded with people searching for medicine.

Nimbin has become like an outdoor cannabis hospital which is why we need some sort of amnesty to stop the confusion for the people, and the nine police patrolling the village.

Mr Balderstone said Lismore City Council was in the box seat to argue the c...


Labor calls for probe into Larrys lobbying for big coal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Larry Anthony denises he has a conflict of interest in being National Party president and head of a consulting firm acting for big energy and mining.

Larry Anthony denies he has a conflict of interest in being National Party president and head of a consulting firm acting for big energy and mining interests.

By Luis Feliu

Richmond MP Justine Elliot has joined her federal Labor colleagues in calling for an investigation into National Party president Larry Anthonys lobbying firm, which profits from big energy and mining firms.

Mr Anthony, the former MP for Richmond toppled by Mrs Elliot in 2004, hit national headlines recently when it was revealed his SAS Consulting Group acted for companies with major stakes in coal and gas, as his former colleagues in government considered major energy policy decisions.

The call for a probe into the alleged conflict of interest comes as prime minister Malcolm Turnbull announced this week the National Energy Guarantee policy, which the Greens says amounts to subsidies to the coal industry.

Labor has called for the investigation over what they say is a clear conflict of interest while the Greens have urged for a major overhaul of the rules governing lobbying.

A Fairfax Media report has revealed Mr Anthonys firm represented big energy companies such as Santos and Delta Electricity while the government debated important energy policy decisions, yet he is not an officially registered lobbyist.

Mr Anthony dismissed the report, telling the news group he was not directly a lobbyist and didnt blend commercial and political interests

But Mrs Elliot said  Mr Anthony had a clear and unacceptable conflict of interest as director of lobbying firm SAS Consulting Group and in his position as National Party president.

There must be a thorough investigation into all government contracts awarded to organisations represented by Mr Anthonys lobbying firm, she told Echonetdaily.

Another of SAS Consulting Groups clients, Indue, runs the contentious cashless welfare card program.

Indue has already been awarded tens of millions of dollars worth of government contracts and a group of Nationals MPs is pushing for a major expansion of the welfare card program. Mr Anthony was also deputy chairman of Indue u...


Bahai Celebrations "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Spiritual celebrations are now coming to a peak across Australia as thousands of families, individuals and communities mark a special anniversary. From Tasmania to Thursday Island, from Sydney to Broome, members of the Australian Bahai community are holding festivities to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahaullah (1817-1892), the Prophet-Founder of the Bahai ... Read more...


(Video) Enlighten Up -- Chakras, Sex, Energy & DNA Floaters "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Published on Oct 19, 2017

Ever wonder what happens on the energetic level when you have sex with someone? Did you know that if after the fact, you never see that person again...they are connected to you forever?

Find out how sex creates an energetic cord between 2 people that directly influences how you feel, the thoughts in your mind, and the way you live your life. It's not just STD's you need to be worried about. How would you feel if you knew that someone else's DNA has been found to be floating in your brain? Think it's crazy? Yes, so do we...but studies are finding this to be the case.

Jump into episode 016 to find out what all of this means and more!

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And don't forget to follow us on Instagram, FB, Twitter, and Youtube for show updates as well as upcoming short videos from us.


Gallery: Tracks at Blacktown Arts Centre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TRACKS returned to Blacktown Arts Centre for round two, hosting a music industry Q&A and live music showcase. To kick things off, Western Sydney artists Izzy and Rebecca Hatch jumped up on stage, before some of the brainiest in the biz Thelma Plum, Frank Trotman-Golden (Koori Radio), Sally Coleman (Coda Conduct), Dobby and Izzy shared music-making tips for emerging artists. Ones-to-watch Nooky and Dobby closed out the all indigenous music lineup.
Presented with Music NSW and Blacktown Arts Centre.

Tracks | 13.10.17 | Photos by Gerrie Mifsud




No one is happy with the NBN "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

Every day, more people are complaining about the National Broadband Network (NBN). And why shouldnt they? It is a joke.

The new network was supposed to deliver a faster and more efficient service. But the whole thing got so watered down by the Turnbull government that it has failed, before it even got up.

Expert advice that said mixing fibre optics with copper was not going to provide what was claimed, because the copper part slows down speed and losses information, exactly what the NBN was supposed to overcome.

All the talk about having the best of both worlds is rubbish. There is only one system and all those on the old, will eventually be cut off it.

The inefficiency of the new system is behind its failures, which have already generated 27,195 complaints in the last financial year in relation to delays in setting up and operation, compared to 10,487 for the previous one. Quite an achievement in such a short time. This is a 160 percent markup.

More and more users of the National Broadband Network (NBN) are unhappy with their service and are protesting in record numbers.

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network said the massive increase in complaints showed consumer safeguards needed updating.

Australia is still left with a substandard network that ranks among the worst in the world. This means that billions will soon have to be spent on building its replacement. So much for the claim that what we have was a means to save money.

The price must to pay as Australian citizens is not just that we are saddled with a lemon. The inferior system is going to cost the economy and hurt international trade, because Australia will be hard put to compete on the more advanced global network that transmits information more quickly and accurately than Australia can compete with.

It is a scandal


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Back from a break "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

After a brilliant trip away it was nice to head out to familiar haunts yesterday afternoon. A Great Crested Grebe at Picnic Point was the highlight along with a cooperative Australian Pelican.

Great Cormorant with Little Black Cormorants, Cairn Curran, 19th October 2017


The People of Bougainville have been Profoundly Misled Official Records Show Rio Tinto Still Controls BCL "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Press Release from Special Mine Lease Osikaiyang Landowners Association Inc. (SMLOLA)
19 October 2017

  • According to IPA records; Rio Tinto still controls BCL.
  • ABG has no shares in BCL.
  • No Prior Written Consent by ABG.
  • BCLs registered office is still Rio Tintos HQ in Melbourne.

The Chairman of the SMLOLA, Phillip Miriori said today that,

Rio Tinto advised the Australian Stock Exchange on 30 June 2016, that it had transferred its 53.8% of BCL shares to a trust company for distribution to the governments of PNG and ABG, resulting in each holding 36.4% of BCL yet they are still listed as the shareholders what are the real facts here, is Rio actually gone or not? Once again, we are not being given all the facts yet we are being asked to consent tosupport the return of BCL. What does that actually mean, who will our partner actually be if the ABG gets their way?

The purported Rio Tinto transfer of 53.8% of BCL shares to the trust company did not have the legally required prior written consent from the ABG. In fact, as far as we have been told, the ABG was not infor...


20 October latest REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed"

  • Graph of the Day: What we need, what were getting
    How Turnbulls National Energy Target will be worse for the renewable energy sector than no policy at all.


Rising soil temperatures cause release of carbon, increasing climate change "IndyWatch Feed"

Warming soils release carbon to further accelerate climate change, Independent Australia  Climate News Network 19 October 201726-year study find rising temperatures could cause soils to release carbon on a scale with the potential to accelerate climate change even further. Tim Radford reports.

As the worlds soils warm, they may surrender potentially dangerous amounts of carbon to the atmosphere. Rising temperatures could mean rising levels of carbon dioxide respired by the microbes underfoot.

The worlds longest-running soil-warming experiments deliver no easy assurances forests will continue to absorb atmospheric carbon that pours from vehicle exhausts, power stations and factory chimneys as humans burn fossil fuels, raise greenhouse gas levels and send the planetary thermometer ever higher.

The conclusion is based on a set of experiments described in the journal, ...


More techno Utopia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It never ceases to amaze what people will do in the name of sustainability  or even believe that what they are doing is sustainable. An article from The Daily Times turned up in my newsfeed that everyone who read it thought was fantastic because it included the words sustainable, solar, and desalination.

Hope in Jordan is taking the form of a cucumber in the desert. It is not a mirage. Some say it is the future. In the arid southern desert of Wadi Araba, where scorching temperatures and dust devils leave scant signs of life, a team of environmental engineers is working on a solution for countries on the front lines of climate change, facing drought and rising temperatures.

The engineers say they are designing a sustainable farm that uses solar power to desalinate seawater to grow crops in regions that have been arid for centuries, and then use the irrigation runoff to afforest barren lands and fend off desertification.

As I continually say with fossil fuels, you can do anything.

Even more frustrating, the article continues with..

Similar ventures have had success in neighbouring Israel, but it remains to be seen whether a fully sustainable farm can breathe life into the Jordanian desert and offer a model to a country that cannot spare a drop of its dwindling water resources.

Well excuse me, but, there actually exists a fully sustainable farm [that] can breathe life into the Jordanian desert and offer a model to a country that cannot spare a drop of its dwindling water resources, and it wasnt done with complicated technology that wont be able to be fixed in ten years time, it was done with good old fashioned Permaculture Principles.

I will leave it up to you the reader to decide which way is actually the more sustainable.


Townsville and Rockhampton councils to pay over $31 million for Adani coal mine airstrip...and more zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image source: Lock the Gate Alliance/Flickr Townsville and Rockhampton councils are paying $31 million for an airstrip for Adanis Queensland coal mine hundreds of kilometres away from both towns, and could see costs rise if a deal between the energy giant and traditional land owners fails to be met.

Townsville and Rockhampton have agreed to spend $15.5 million each on the airport in a deal to secure Adanis guarantee of 2200 jobs for residents.

Townsville has also agreed to pay up to $18.5 million if the airport is shifted to a location outside Wangan (wang-gern) and Jagalingou land, where a traditional owners group is currently battling Adanis plans to build Australias largest coal mine.


Turnbulls National Energy Guarantee works against battery energy storage "IndyWatch Feed"

Battery storage proponents despondent about future under National Energy Guarantee,, ABC Rural, By Babs McHugh, Some in the fledgling tech-metals mining and processing industry are dismayed that the Federal Governments new energy policy does not appear to support renewable energy storage such as batteries.

Australian Vanadium chief executive Vincent Algar said the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) unfairly pitted the batteries and renewable energy storage sector against fossil fuel electricity producers such as oil and gas.

With coal and gas considered a dispatchable energy source under the NEG, what incentive will there be to source dispatchable energy from a battery? he said.

Dispatchable power can be turned on and off and used immediately as needed.

The NEG will mandate that energy retailers need to buy a certain amount of energy from dispatchable sources, which include coal, gas, and pumped hydroelectricity storage.

Lower cost makes coal and gas more attractive

Mr Algar, whose company will mine and process vanadium, as well as promote vanadium battery technology, believes pure economics dictates that energy retailers will go to the much cheaper coal and gas producers.

If a company is building a renewable energy project, what incentive will there be for them to put that dispatchable energy in the form of a battery? he said.

On top of that is the removal of subsidies for renewable energy, and no clean energy target, so it further reduces any incentives.

Battery storage, which is in the early stages in Australia, is expensive, especially from an energy point of view. So its just too easy to go back to diesel, coal and gas.

Mr Algar is also concerned the NEG will bring to a halt the research and development of advanced renewable energy and battery technologies.



Las Vegas Shooting Witness Who Identified Multiple Shooters, Found Dead "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kymberley Suchomel died suddenly after giving statement exposing multiple gunmen

Kymberley Suchomel was a key witness who had identified multiple shooters during Las Vegas attack A key witness in the Las Vegas shooting attack, who identified multiple shooters, has been found dead at her home.28-year-old Kymberley

Suchomel managed to escape the massacre, at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, uninjured but made a public statement describing the attacks and how they were carried out by multiple gunmen that were firing weapons into the crowd.Her post on Facebook quickly went viral as it confirmed what many had already suspected:

The mainstream media official narrative that Stephen Paddock was a lone wolf gunman was false.Kymberley gave a detailed account of her horrific experience a few days after the event as she said she had struggled to think of the words to describe the nightmare she had been through.She said multiple gunmen were not only firing weapons in the crowd but chasing people and gunning them down.

She described how she was chased by one of the shooters: We were rounding some sort of corner maybe- and I looked to the right and I saw this large cowboy sitting down with his legs spread, holding a blood-soaked woman. I thought to myself we NEED to hide, but as I looked quickly for somewhere to go, the gunfire once again got closer and closer. We couldnt hide because they (and I do mean THEY) were chasing us.

I kept looking back expecting to see the gunmen- and I say MEN because there was more than one person. There was more than one gun firing. 100% more than one.She also stated that what was being reported by the mainstream news networks didnt match the events that actually took place, saying: I have bene [been] watching the news non-stop since I arrived back home to my family.

And it just doesnt make sense.The story that are feeding everyone doesnt add up to our eyewitness accounts. There is something wrong with what they are saying & the evidence seems fake if you ask me.There are multiple people stating that there was a lady towards the beginning of the evening who had made her way up to the stage warning people that we were all gunna die- her and her boyfriend were escorted off the premises.Why has she not been mentioned by authorities? Every single survivor I have talked to also remembers multiple shooters, and at least one from the grou...


FACT CHECK: Did Hillary Clinton Tell FBIs Mueller to Deliver Uranium to Russians in 2009 Secret Tarmac Meeting? "IndyWatch Feed"

Did Hillary Clinton Tell FBIs Mueller to Deliver Uranium to Russians in 2009 Secret Tarmac Meeting? Snopes, 19 October 17, 

Hyperpartisan web sites mischaracterized a State Department cable alerting the U.S. Embassy in Russia of a transfer of criminal evidence obtained in a sting operation.

CLAIM:  Then-Secretary of State Clinton ordered then-FBI Director Robert Mueller to deliver highly enriched uranium to the Russians in a secret plane-side meeting in 2009.

WHATS TRUE:  On behalf of the U.S. government, Robert Mueller delivered a sample of highly enriched uranium confiscated from smugglers in Georgia to Russian authorities for forensic examination in 2009.

WHATS FALSE:  There was nothing nefarious in the transfer of the ten-gram sample, which was done at the request of Russian law enforcement and with the consent of the government of Georgia, whose agents had participated in its confiscation.

ORIGIN: In May and June 2017, a number of hyperpartisan news and opinion web sites published articles reporting that former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller, who in mid-May was named special counsel in the Justice Departments investigation into alleged ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian officials, was himself enmeshed in secret dealings with Russia related to his 2009 delivery of a sample of highly enriched uranium (HEU) to Moscow ordered by Hillary Clinton.

The conspiracy web site Intellihub noted that the transfer was revealed in a WikiLeaks release of a classified State Department cable:

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton facilitated the transfer a highly enriched uranium (HEU) previously confiscated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) during a 2006 nuclear smuggling sting operation involving one Russian national and several Georgian accomplices, a newly leaked classified cable shows.

So-called background information was provided in the cable which gave vague details on a 2006 nuclear smuggling sting operation in which the U.S. government took possession of some HEU previously owned by the Russians.

The secret action request, dated Aug. 17, 2009, was sent out by Secretary...


Does Western Australia need its own renewables target? "IndyWatch Feed"

National Energy Plan: Does WA need its own renewables target?, ABC, By Nicolas Perpitch, 19 Oct 17 The Federal Governments flagship new energy plan was signed off by the Coalition partyroom this week with great fanfare but theres growing uncertainty about what it means for WA.

The McGowan Government has not yet received a briefing on the national energy guarantee (NEG) policy, which is designed to operate through the National Energy Market.

WA is not a part of this market.

The new policy will see the Clean Energy Target and subsidies for renewables cut in 2020, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says there will be an opportunity to import the principles of the new system into the WA market.

While the general consensus including from Energy Minister Ben Wyatt is that there will be no immediate impact on WA, some in the states energy sector are concerned.

Solar may still need boost

Solar panel distributor and managing director of BayWA Renewable Energy Durmus Yildiz said the Government had not considered whether the fledgling solar industry was able to compete with other providers

Energy Minister Ben Wyatt  has already flagged the possibility of WA following other states and setting its own renewable energy target (RET) once the Clean Energy Target is cut.

Sustainability Energy Now WA chairman Ian Porter said such a move would provide certainty to the market.

It provides an indication to investors that their policies are favourable to x amount of generation being put into the system via renewables, Mr Porter said. It provides certainty. Investors want certainty. People know then the target is set and they can bid for it.

Murdoch University Engineering and Information Technology School lecturer Tania Urmee said it would replace lost federal incentives.

The cost of renewable energy technology is going down, so if the states have their own policy and their own trigger for renewable energy, that will be really good, Dr Urmee said.

And I think that keeps (investment) going..



Why the High Court shut down Tassies anti-protest laws in Bob Brown case "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Michael Bradley
The High Court has given judgment in Bob Browns case against Tasmanian anti-protest laws, and found the laws invalid on the basis they infringe the implied constitutional freedom of political communication.. (subscribers only )


The stupidity of green power "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

from Viv Forbes, Science Writer

Daring to Doubt
by Tony Abbott:
Climate change is by no means the sole or even the most significant symptom of the changing interests and values of the West. Still, only societies with high levels of cultural amnesia could have made such a religion out of it. Beware the pronouncement, the science is settled. Its the spirit of the Inquisition, the thought-police down the ages. Almost as bad is the claim that 99 per cent of scientists believe as if scientific truth is determined by votes rather than facts.
Tony Abbott, 2017 Annual GWPF Lecture, London 9 October 2017

 Escaping the Renewable Energy Trap
by Alan Moran:

 The Paris Agreement
by President Donald Trump
What he really said.

Serious Defects in Australias Energy Policies

Donald Trump:

As President, I can put no other consideration before the wellbeing of American citizens.  The Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers who I love and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic production.

Thus, as of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris Accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country.  This includes ending the implementation of the nationally determined contribution and, very importantly, the Green Climate Fund which is costing the United States a vast fortune.......


Watch Im With Her Cover Adeles Send My Love (To Your New Lover) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Im With Her Folk super-group Im With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife ODonovan), have just released the live video for their brand single, a cover of Adeles Send My Love (To Your New Lover). With nothing but bass (courtesy of Punch Brothers Paul Kowert) and their amazing voices, Im With Her []


Pneumonia Dangers the Elderly Face "IndyWatch Feed"

Lucy Wyndham

According to the Lung Foundation of Australia, the number of Australians between the ages 50 and 80-years-old infected with the pneumonia virus rises every year. Its currently at around 200 per 100,000. Many older Australians dont realise how urgent it is to get the appropriate vaccinations to protect them from this possibly fatal infection.

Equally concerning is that the elderly often wont develop the same symptoms as younger people who get pneumonia; their bodies are ill-equipped to handle the infection and it will take longer for them to get over the infection than it does for younger people. Read on to discover how pneumonia affects the elderly in more detail.

What is Pneumonia?

Several types of lung infections caused by malignant organisms can cause pneumonia. Your lungs process nitrogen, oxygen and other nutritive gasses for your body to use. When your lungs are compromised, several other areas of your health are compromised as well.

In addition, the viruses and bacteria that cause pneumonia are contagious. However, not everyone exposed to a pneumonia causing bacteria or virus will get pneumonia. Healthy people or those whove been properly immunised typically wont get pneumonia.

  • Bronchial/Lobular pneumonia is an inflammation of the bronchi,
  • Lobar pneumonia is an infection of the lung lobes, and
  • Double pneumonia is an infection present in both lungs.

The Symptoms of Pneumonia and the Elderly

Typical symptoms of pneumonia include a rattling, phlegmy cough; shaking; the chills; feeling a worst flu after an initial cold or flu; a fever of over 102 degrees; shortness of breath and other breathing issues; chest pain; nausea; diarrhea and vomiting.

However, elderly people typically wont experience a fever. Many of them experience low body temperature as a sign of pneumonia infection. They will also begin to behave differently, experiencing altered mental states. Many will start to appear unaware of their surroundings.

Changes in the Body

As the human body ages, the systems begin to breakdown. Many senior citizens have multiple chronic diseases making their immune systems weaker. The body also experiences physiological changes like:

  • Weakening of the respiratory muscles and cough reflexes,
  • Loss of lung elasticity, and
  • Decrease in mucociliary clearance, (the coughing mechanism a...


New board, new name, new energy: Former power workers join cooperative factory in Morwell "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On the 22nd of September, organisers of our worker-owned solar hot water manufacturing cooperative in the Latrobe Valley met to elect a new board of directors and to discuss strategy for the project. The AGM at the factory in Morwell marked an important step in Earthworkers aim of establishing a community-owned enterprise that will create []


Man, 28, arrested after alleged rape of disabled woman "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Queensland man was arrested five days after he allegedly raped a woman with a cognitive impairment twice last month in the Lismore area.

Benjamin Koim appeared in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday and was represented by solicitor Rachel Thomas.

The 28-year-old is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault victim with cognitive impairment.

Police allege Mr Koim first had non-consensual sex with the woman at a Lismore address on September 29, between 9.10pm and 11.20pm.

Then it is alleged the man again raped the woman, this time at an East Lismore address, between 11.30pm and 11.45pm on the same night.

Following complaints to police by the woman, an investigation into the alleged incidents was launched and a warrant for the arrest of Benjamin Koim was issued on September 30.

The Gatton resident was arrested on October 4 in the Lismore area and taken to Lismore police station where he was charged and refused bail.

On Tuesday, Magistrate R Denes heard the brief of evidence against Mr Koim was outstanding and an interpreter was required so he could be understood.

Magistrate Denes ordered the brief of evidence to be served on the defence by November 21, and adjourned Mr Koims matters until that date.

She also noted on court documents an interpreter fluent in languages of Papua New Guinea was required.

As Ms Thomas did not apply for his bail, Mr Koim remains behind bars until that date.


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Real blackfellas dont complain "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Letter to the editor, Daily Telegraph

On 26 January 1788 when the First Fleet ships unloaded their c1200 convicts, Royal Marine guards and officials not a shot was fired.
As they looked around whats now Circular Quay they saw nothing other than bush.
Not a single building, planted field, domesticated plant or animal nothing at all. It was the same across the continent.
It was terra nullius a vacant land.

There was no Aboriginal Army to defeat in battle. There was nothing to claim as the spoils of victory.
There was just wild bush. The few Aborigines who came out to have a look at these strange people were completely illiterate and innumerate
and those on the south side of the harbour spoke a language completely unintelligible to those on the north side of the harbour and theyd been constantly at war with each other for as long as anyone can remember.
There was no invasion.

Captain Phillip was instructed by the government in London to treat the natives with amity and kindness and he did.
No Aborigines were shot; no platoon of Marines fixed their bayonets or loaded their muskets or took a shot at anyone who emerged from the bush
to see what was going on. Instead they offered them gifts and friendship.

Most people now identified as indigenous like myself and my children and grandchildren have European mostly British ancestry to a greater or lesser extent.
I recently had a DNA test done that shows Im 48% Irish, 20% English, 30% Scandinavian, 1% Spanish and 1% Aboriginal.
The absurdity is that, in this time of identity politics, I am an Aborigine by virtue of the fact that one of my Irish ancestors married an Aboriginal woman 6 generation ago.

There is no reason to change Australia Day. It was the day Australia came into being and had it not been for those British coming ashore on 26 January 1788

I wouldnt exist and neither would Mr Mundine.
The name Mundine is as English as a cold pork pie or fish-n-chips wrapped in newspaper.
Its time for all indigenous people take a spoonful of cement, harden up and to get over what happened 229 years ago and stop playing the victim.

Editor: If it were not for the Australian, American and New Zealand soldiers, sailors and airmen defending Australia from the swarming Japanese in 1942, there would be no Aborigines living in Australia today. The black power mob should be holding street rallies to thank ordinary Aussies for keeping them alive today in more ways than one. We owe them nothing!



Queenslanders to benefit HIV Drug Trial and more zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An extra 1000 Queenslanders will be given access to a potentially life-saving HIV medication trial. (Image Source: Flickr)

Announcing the increase today, Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick said the extra places would mean 3000 Queenslanders could now have access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, a drug which dramatically reduces the risk of HIV transmission in HIV negative people.

The announcement came after 80 clinicians and community leaders gathered in Cairns earlier this week to share insights on ways to improve sexual health within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.


Tony Abbott just keeps on playing the same organ "IndyWatch Feed"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Tony Abbott is a disgrace and as each day passes, he looks even more ridiculous. But it would be a mistake to just laugh at him. What he does has serious consequences.

This is because what he says is used by some very powerful people. They are pulling the strings and using him, an an instrument to push a political agenda. If it were not for this, he would be ineffectual.

Abbott might look like a man whose own hurt and ambitions play their part in his eager willingness to be the spoiler against the man he has a score to settle with Malcom Turnbull. This is undoubtedly part of it. There is also more.

There exists a section of Australian society that is very accustomed to enjoying greater privileges than others have, and a sizable part of it is worried that this is under threat. Its aspirations and fears are bundled in a mixture of a specific view of Anglo and Christian traditions, utmost faith in the market as a regulator of society, small government and opposition to what regarded as a waste of resources on those regarded as good enough to be counted in their society.

It is a well-documented reality, permeating Australian history and alive and well today. Abbott resonates with this section of Australian society.

This is where Abbott has resonance. He speaks for them. This is what gives him his importance.

Nowhere else, is this born to rule mentality better expressed than through News Corporations tabloids, television radio stations. They raise Tony Abbott of national and even international significance and at the same time chip away at the leadership of Malcolm Turnbull, suggesting that he is not decisive and militant enough to deliver.

There is a major block within the parliament and the Coalition parties,  representing this elite section of Australian society. It is backed and is the political centre of gravity for the creation of a political movement around the Rupert Murdoch view of the world.

One thing the born to rule element has learned over the generations, is that dividing society into hostile blocks is a good way to keep control a fear of others. This is the underlying foundation principle behind the politics of hate that has bubbled up in the last few years.

All this has a lot to do with what Abbott says and why he gets so much attention. He waded in on the side of climate deniers, for example. Now he is putting effort into opposing marriage equality and  there is  the ongoing crusade against Islam.

Putting forward an opinion is one thing. But when it comes to Tony Abbott, there is much more to it.

The bigger picture is that he is playing a role in the process of creating the new political movement of the privileged, drawing c...


"Why the Imp in Your Brain Gets Out "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"Why the Imp in Your Brain Gets Out
by Benedict Carey

"The visions seem to swirl up from the brains sewage system at the worst possible times - during a job interview, a meeting with the boss, an apprehensive first date, an important dinner party. What if I started a food fight with these hors doeuvres? Mocked the hosts stammer? Cut loose with a racial slur?

That single thought is enough, wrote Edgar Allan Poe in The Imp of the Perverse, an essay on unwanted impulses. The impulse increases to a wish, the wish to a desire, the desire to an uncontrollable longing. He added, There is no passion in nature so demoniacally impatient, as that of him who, shuddering upon the edge of a precipice, thus meditates a plunge.

Or meditates on the question: Am I sick? In a few cases, the answer may be yes. But a vast majority of people rarely, if ever, act on such urges, and their susceptibility to rude fantasies in fact reflects the workings of a normally sensitive, social brain, argues ...


Murwillumbah murder accuseds fate in jurys hands "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The fate of Michael Martin, who allegedly murdered his father in 2014 to claim $2.5 million in life insurance, rests in the jurys hands after they retired to deliberate their verdict yesterday following an eight-week trial.

Michael Martin jnr is charged with the murder of his father, Michael Martin snr on June 13, 2014.

He is also charged with the attempted murder of his father and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to his fathers friend Edmund Manning, following an attack on the pair in April 2014.

The jury of 12 people now must consider their verdict on each charge based on the  evidence they heard during the trial.

Before the jury retired just after 11am on Thursday, Justice Peter Hamill, in summing up the case, said the issue of provocation must be considered.

He said if the deceased committed a serious indictable offence toward the accused, causing the accused to lose control, it could be considered extreme provocation.

Extreme provocation, Mr Hamill said, could be considered if conduct occurred years before the actions which killed a person.

Justice Hamill said this was particularly relevant in the Martin case as the jury heard evidence about Mr Martin snrs abusive upbringing by his father.

He told the jury they had three options to consider when deliberating the murder charge against Mr Martin jnr: guilty, not guilty and guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

The lesser charge of manslaughter may be considered if the jury decide Mr Martin jnr was involved in the killing but was acting under extreme provocation.

Michael Martin jnr has previously pleaded not guilty to his fathers death and denied any involvement.

The jury must consider whether the crown had proved Mr Martin jnr was involved in events leading to his fathers death.

The be guilty, Justice Hamill said Mr Martin jnr must have been present at the scene and playing a part in the violence.

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STRANGER THAN FICTION: Why Is Foundation of Vegas Shooting Survivor Sponsored By DHS Linked Firm? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Shawn Helton
21st Century Wire

When looking at the deeply entangled mystery surrounding the Las Vegas mass shooting, theres been no shortage of questionable details and information that just doesnt add up.

You know the old adage, truth is often stranger than fiction 

VEGAS QUESTIONS Whos behind the scenes concerning the High Desert Phoenix Foundation? (Photo illustration 21WIREs Shawn Helton)

The shooting involving the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Resort and Route 91 Harvest Festival, has ushered in the brutal return of politicized mass tragedy in America. The dramatic nature of the surreal as of yet still motiveless crime, only adds to a traumatic event that is now being described as the 9/11 of Mass Shootings.

Similarly, over this past week, a story of concerning the sudden tragic death of a Las Vegas shooting survivor sent shock waves through both mainstream media and alternative media alike.

As a chorus of gripping media reports detailed the unexpected death of 28 year-old Kymberley Jo (Synder) Suchomel (left photo Daily Press) in the days after the Las Vegas mass shooting, those still in search of answers in the aftermath of the tragedy were left captivated by her tale.

By now, many may al...


Malaysia in talks to resume MH370 search "IndyWatch Feed National"

Malaysia is negotiating with US-based seabed exploration firm Ocean Infinity to resume the search for Malaysia Airlines MH370, which vanished three years ago in the southern Indian Ocean with 239 people aboard.

The disappearance of the aircraft en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur ranks among the worlds greatest aviation mysteries after Australia, China and Malaysia ended a fruitless $200 million search effort in January.

This week, Malaysia said it had received proposals to continue the search from Ocean Infinity, Dutch firm Fugro and an unidentified Malaysian company.

Ocean Infinity beat out the competition and the government has begun negotiations with it, Malaysias deputy transport minister Aziz Kaprawi said on Thursday.

Yes, we are negotiating with Ocean Infinity, but the agreement has not been finalised, he told Reuters, but declined to comment on the potential reward for the planes discovery.It was an offer on an open basis, that we will only honour if the aircraft is found.

The firm had made an offer on a no-cure, no-fee basis, according to a letter, seen by Reuters, that was sent to passengers families on Thursday.Australia and China were informed of the negotiation process, but only Australia had informally agreed to Malaysias choice, Aziz said.

It is still under discussion with China, he added, but declined to elaborate on Chinas possible concerns.

Ocean Infinity could not confirm the award of a contract, but good progress has been made, a spokesman said in a statement.

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Liquid metal discovery ushers in new wave of chemistry and electronics "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have used liquid metal to create two-dimensional materials no thicker than a few atoms that have never before been seen in nature.

The incredible breakthrough will not only revolutionise the way we do chemistry but could be applied to enhance data storage and make faster electronics. The once-in-a-decade discovery has been published in Science.

The researchers dissolve metals in to create very thin oxide layers, which previously did not exist as layered structures and which are easily peeled away.


Ardern promises `government for all "IndyWatch Feed"

Jacinda Ardern, the new prime minister of New Zealand.

Jacinda Ardern, the new prime minister of New Zealand.

Jacinda Ardern, promising to lead a government for all New Zealanders, will soon be sworn in as the next prime minister.

Shell be in charge of a coalition government with NZ First, and Winston Peters will almost certainly be her deputy.

Mr Peters announced on Thursday night his party had decided to join Labour, ending Nationals nine-year reign.

There will be four NZ First cabinet ministers and one under-secretary.Labour and NZ First dont have enough seats for a majority so they need the Greens, who are supporting the coalition government on confidence votes.

The Greens, for the first time since they came to parliament 21 years ago, will have three ministers outside cabinet.

Ms Ardern, and Nationals leader Bill English, learned of NZ Firsts decision at the same time when Mr Peters announced it at a Beehive press conference.

Mr English, the caretaker prime minister, called Ms Ardern to congratulate her.

He told reporters whether he remained leader of his party was something that would be discussed in the next few weeks.

National has more seats than any other party, and its the first time a party in that position hasnt formed a government after an election.

Mr English said it would regroup and fight on.

For a party thats going into opposition, were in the best shape youve ever seen, he said.

Mr Peters said NZ First chose Labour because New Zealand needed change to face the future with confidence.

The people want change, and its going to happen, he said.

The blunt reality is that far too many people are doing without.

Ms Arderns first job will be to select her cabinet, which includes handing out positions to NZ First MPs and the Greens.

James Shaw, the Green Party leader, said his party was in a very good position outside the coalition.

He expected it would be in charge of the areas that most concerned it, and that the new government would get on with addressing climate change, restoring forests and rivers, and having a real crack at ending poverty in New Zealand.



Diwali in Delhi "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In contrast to my experience at Madrid Airport the other week (where I made it through security in less than five minutes), it took much, much longer at Delhi Airport. The man at airport security looked me up and down several times, and asked me the same questions over and over. Even with documentation, he []


REGENERATE "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


New free therapeutic program for survivors of domestic violence: 
REGENERATE - Recovery through Bush Adventure.

Regenerate provides free therapeutic outdoor experiences in small groups. Created by women for women, and women with children who are survivors of family violence.

Could this be for you? Have your support worker send through a referral form.

Do you work for an organisation that works with women and children who are survivors of Family Violence?  REGENERATE staff are happy to come out to your organisation to chat and/or present the program to you.  Contact us for a referral form - or download one from our website (up soon).



North Korea implores Aust to ditch Trump "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

U.S. President Donald Trump, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. AP Photo/Richard Drew.

U.S. President Donald Trump, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. AP Photo/Richard Drew.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has revealed North Koreas letter to the Australian government, urging the country to turn away from US President Donald Trump.

Fairfax Media reports that Ms Bishop confirmed the September 28 letter from North Koreas Foreign Affairs Committee arrived via the countrys Jakarta embassy.

The letter lashes President Trumps nuclear threats, saying his approach to foreign policy is the height of American way of thinking that it is the best if the US is well-off at the expense of the whole world.

If Trump thinks that he would bring the [Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea], a nuclear power, to its knees through nuclear war threat, it will be a big miscalculation and an expression of ignorance, the letter reads.

North Korea believes countries loving independence, peace and justice will be vigilant against the heinous and reckless moves of the Trump administration trying to drive the world into a horrible nuclear disaster.

Ms Bishop told Fairfax it was the first time Australia had received a letter from North Korea, which typically communicates through its state-run news agency KCNA, as it did on the weekend.

On Saturday, Pyongyang, via KCNA, again called out Australia for its outspokenness in calling for an end to its nuclear weapons program, warning it if it continues Australia will not be able to avoid a disaster.

At the time Ms Bishop, who was in South Korea with Defence Minister Marise Payne for talks with their South Korean counterparts, hit back and said Australia was not a primary target.

North Koreas threats only strengthen our resolve to find a peaceful solution to the rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula caused entirely by North Koreas illegal, threatening and provocative behaviour, Ms Bishop told reporters in Sydney on Sunday.

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1) Gas poisoning suspected to cause death of Freeport worker "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

3) Raja Ampat promotes underwater beauty at marine festival

Jayapura | Thu, October 19, 2017 | 05:23 pm
Another mining accident occurred at the gold and copper mine belonging to mining giant PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) in Tembagapura, Mimika, Papua, on Wednesday.
The accident, that took place in the Biggossan area at 00.20 a.m, left Hendry Munardi, 50, dead and two other employees in critical condition.
The victim allegedly died because of inhaling poisonous gas. The other two workers, Nofi Rizal Fachrudin and Sri Giri Dino Haryanto, are in a stable condition, Mimika Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Victor D Mackbon told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.
"But we have to wait for further investigation to find out the exact cause [of the accident], he said.


Aust treatment of refugees shocking: UN "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

Australias treatment of refugees has been slammed as disturbing and shocking by the UN Human Rights Committee. Australia was grilled by the Human Rights Committee in Geneva for a second day on Thursday following its election to the Human Rights Council on Tuesday.

During the first day of questioning vice chair of the Committee Professor Yuval Shany slammed Australias chronic non-compliance with international human rights laws, saying it was off the charts.

On the second day of grilling Prof Shany focused on Australias detention of asylum seekers.

I hear a rumour Australia doesnt like to be lectured by the UN, so I will try to suppress my professorial instincts, Prof Shany said, as he detailed concerns about detention of asylum seekers.

The question is: How does the state justify treating migrants as criminals?

Committee member Sarah Cleveland described Operation Sovereign Borders and Australias offshore processing of asylum seekers as shocking.

I find the legal regime in place quite shocking for this state, particularly for a state that holds itself as broadly human rights compliant, she said.

Its very disturbing both from the perspective of respect international law and humane protection of persons and from the model it suggests for other states.

The criticism comes as the UN warns of a looming humanitarian crisis when Australia closes the offshore immigration detention centre on Manus Island at the end of October.

On Wednesday the UN High Commissioner for Refugees expressed serious concerns about detainee health, welfare and security with local services overstretched.

During the opening day of examination the committee noted Australias generally strong record, but queried fo...


Push for Senate probe into Crown casino "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The lure of the pokies. Photo AAP/Mick Tsikas

The lure of the pokies. Photo AAP/Mick Tsikas

Crossbench senators and the Greens are pushing for an independent inquiry into allegations Crown casino rigged pokie machines and let gamblers get around money-laundering laws.

Independent MP Andrew Wilkie is demanding a probe into whistleblowers allegations the gaming giant modified machines to boost gambling losses, ignored drug use and domestic violence, and allowed gamblers to get around money laundering laws at its Melbourne precinct.

The allegations that I tabled (in parliament) yesterday were most serious and a parliamentary inquiry is needed to get to the bottom of them, Mr Wilkie said on Thursday.

That the Labor party and the Liberal party are both sidestepping the issue shows that they continue to grovel to the poker machine industry.

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon and the Greens have indicated they will table a request in November for an independent inquiry.

Mr Wilkie said he had written to the Australian Federal Police and also wanted a criminal investigation.

Crown strongly denied the allegations and urged Mr Wilkie to take any evidence to police.

The MP on Wednesday used parliamentary privilege to table a video containing allegations by the whistleblowers, who also said the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulations oversight of Crown had been inadequate.

This claim has previously been backed up by the Auditor-General, which in February found the regulator wasnt focusing enough on serious risks at Crown.

Its the Victorian gambling regulator that stands accused of either complicity or incompetence, Mr Wilkie said.

Gamblers lost $1.55 billion at Crowns Southbank casino in the 2016/17 financial year, while the casino paid $207 million in tax, the VCGLRs annual report released on Thursday revealed.

The report also revealed the regulator had failed to meet its annual metro venue inspection target.VCGLR, which has been ordered to conduct an investigation, said it took the allegations levelled against Crown extremely seriously.

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Keating urges Vic MPs to kill Die bill "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Former prime minister Paul Keating . AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

Former prime minister Paul Keating . AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

Former prime minister Paul Keating has urged Victoria to abandon its euthanasia bill, describing it as bald utopianism that wont protect the most vulnerable in society.

The federal Labor icon has described an upcoming state parliament vote on the bill as a threshold moment for the country.

No matter what justifications are offered for the bill, it constitutes an unacceptable departure in our approach to human existence and the irrevocable sanctity that should govern our understanding of what it means to be human, Mr Keating wrote in an opinion piece published in Fairfax media on Friday.

Politicians had missed the point as they debate the legal conditions and situations under which a person may end their own life, Mr Keating said, while warning of future liberalisation if the laws pass.

What matters is the core intention of the law. What matters is the ethical threshold being crossed. What matters is that under Victorian law there will be people whose lives we honour and those we believe are better off dead, he said.

In both practical and moral terms, it is misleading to think allowing people to terminate their life is without consequence for the entire society.

Mr Keating says too much of the Victorian debate has been about the details and conditions under which people can be terminated and too little about the golden principles that would be abandoned by our legislature.

Describing it as alarming, he has criticised MPs focus on the technical aspect of euthanasia, as the Victorian parliament continued its mammoth debate on Friday morning.

This claim exposes the bald utopianism of the project the advocates support a bill to authorise termination of life in the name of compassion, while at the same time claiming they can guarantee protection of the vulnerable, the depressed and the poor, Mr Keating said.

No law and no process can achieve that objective. This is the point. If there are doctors prepared to bend the rules now, there will be doctors prepared to bend the rules under the new system.




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Support the Yes vote and enjoy a special screening of Priscilla "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Showing support for a 'Yes vote, with the rainbow banner outside the Tweed Heads Administration Building are (from left): Deputy Mayor, Cr Reece Byrnes, Mayor Cr Katie Milne, Cr Ron Cooper and Cr Chris Cherry. Photo supplied.

Showing support for a Yes vote, with the rainbow banner outside the Tweed Heads Administration Building are (from left): Deputy Mayor, Cr Reece Byrnes, Mayor Cr Katie Milne, Cr Ron Cooper and Cr Chris Cherry. Photo supplied.

It is time to get those votes for amendments to the marriage act in the post so that your vote can be counted.

The Tweed Shire council is inviting everyone to a special screening of Priscilla will be at Murwillumbahs Regent Cinema on Friday, 27 October at 6.30pm. Entry is by donation, with funds going to youth mental health service, Headspace.

Having successfully moved a motion in support of changes to the marriage act to include all members of the LGBTQIA community a subsequent motion to remind this support was lost.

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne said all levels of government, business and the community had a role to play when it came to human rights.

The same sex community really needs our help so its vital that you get your vote in by 7 November, Councillor Milne said.

As the Mayor I care deeply about our diverse community so I am so pleased we have been able to support this very important cause.

Some people have questioned whether Council should have made a stand on this issue, but the most important thing to me is who is hurting the most from this situation and  to show compassion to those who are suffering.

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Weve heard the Moreland community tell us we need to look again at how Council engages with and consults the community. Your Council believes that all people should be able to contribute to their community and city, and working together we will do better.

Moreland is looking for 12 community members to be part of a reference group with Councillors and staff to re-think how we go about this.Members will work together to identify strengths and issues and recommend principles and changes to build greater understanding and involvement.Candidates will be selected to represent Morelands diverse communities and suburbs.



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Tarkine Creative Incubation Lab "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Keeping the ancient trees in the ground! Can you help? 

We are seeking people with creative vision, skills, insights, passion to be part of a creative incubation lab for the Tarkine! 

The Tarkine is a large temperate rainforest in Tasmania, ancient systems like you have never seen...we need it to be a national park for the sake of the planet!...If you have ever wanted to be part of a global project of enchantment and protection, come along to this event in Carlton.


Woorayl Ladies in the Pink "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WOORAYL Golf Club was certainly In the Pink on Monday, October 9, for their annual Girls Day Out event. October is all about pink, as it is the breast cancer awareness month, and, in keeping with this, players dressed accordingly. Even the flagsticks flew a pink flag, joining the clubhouse decorations and the food which also took on the colour theme. The funds raised for this event are donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation.
Sponsors for the day were A W Smith & Sons, and Harvest Laneway, who provided the winners prizes, and The Perrett Group who donated the on course goody bags. Shirley Thomas, Woorayl Club President, thanked these businesses for their continued support for the club and also acknowledged Col James, Sue Hemming, Heather Sullivan, Rusty Windmill, Wendy Parker and Julie Howard, who provided lucky ticket prizes on the day.
South Gippsland has certainly had its share of wet weather, and on the players arrival rain was falling. However, after a few showers the skies relented and left the ladies with overcast, but dry, conditions. The sun even made an appearance early in the afternoon! Preferred lies tee to green were allowed and the course was in excellent condition for the days play.
The format of the Irish 4 Ball four person stableford teams event suited the combination of Ann Poole (Woorayl) and her three team members from Mirboo North, who were her sister Chris Gunn, together with Lia Brent and Amy Wilson. They posted a great score of 98 points and were clear winners on the day. The runners-up, with 91 points, were Heather Sullivan (Woorayl) and her fellow teammates, from Drouin, which also included her sister Karen Adams, along with Marg Purcell and Marg Rowe. Balls down the line went to the team of Sue Wakefield (Woorayl), Veronica Park (Meeniyan), Colleen Touzel (Leongatha) and Trish Owen (Leongatha), with 90 points, the Wonthaggi team of Anne Walker, Maree Anderson, Leonie Bentick and Jan Jeeves, with 89 points, and the Meeniyan team of Heather McCaughan, Dot Christie, Nancy Hammet and Sue Straw, with 89 points. The day was a bright, fun and enjoyable one of golf and friendship.
Nearest the pins were Trish Latch (Welshpool), on the 8th, Lia Brent (Mirboo North), on the 11th, and Glenda Burley (Welshpool),on the 17th.
Straight drives, on the 13th, were awarded as follows: A Grade, Marg Purcell (Drouin); B Grade, Jenny Riseley (Woorayl); C Grade, Robyn Cornell (Phillip Island).
Anne Walker Team Manager for Country Teams also spoke and thanked all of the clubs in South Gippsland for their support and best wishes for the team, which were, truly appreciated by all involved.

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Nostalgia for the car industry wont bring it back: domestic market too small, labour costs too high "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It is the last day of car manufacturing in Australia today, with the final Holden cars to be manufactured at the soon to be shut Elizabeth plant in SA, as reported in the Courier-Mail. It is awful that thousands of people have lost their jobs, but the industry was never viable without the very high tariffs we once had (see chart below), which cost Australian consumers thousands of dollars on every car imported. High tariffs had been replaced by direct industry assistance from taxpayers but, even though it had amounted to in the order of $10,000 per annum per job protected, it was insufficient to save the industry. PMVtariff

There was no legitimate economic case for protecting the car industry, and national defence arguments were spurious. Could we seriously expect a plant once producing Commodores to be rapidly converted to one producing modern fighter jets such as the Joint Strike Fighter? Alas, over the years automotive workers have been given false hope by government policies that had promised to transform and reinvigorate the car industry. Given the small scale of Australias domestic car market, which was too small to provide a base level of demand to domestic manufacturers that could support the large capital investments they needed to make, as well as our relatively high labour costs, the shut down of the...


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American tourist suspects he was hit by similar invisible 'attacks' in Cuba, years before US government workers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Chris Allen's phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana's Hotel Capri. Allen's friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before. The tourist from South Carolina had cut short his trip to Cuba two years earlier after numbness spread through all four of his limbs within minutes of climbing into bed at the same hotel where the American government workers were housed. Those weren't the only parallels. Convinced the incidents must be related, Allen joined a growing list of private U.S. citizens asking the same alarming but unanswerable question: Were we victims, too? It may be that Allen's unexplained illness, which lingered for months and bewildered a half-dozen neurologists in the United States, bears no connection to whatever has harmed at least 22 American diplomats, intelligence agents and their spouses over the last year. But for Cuba and the U.S., it matters all the same. It's cases like Allen's that illustrate the essential paradox of Havana's mystery: If you can't say what the attacks are, how can you say what they're not?


What would Satan do if he ran America? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Preston James, Ph.D

Note: The question was posed to me, what is behind all this evil that grips America and Planet Earth? This article is an attempt to answer that question by identifying the root cause. Obviously this is not going to a popular article, but it is written to present truth as I can best determine.

It is like Jesus said when he verbally indicted a crowd of Pharisees who were after him:


Some years back, it was a fad in Christian churches for kids to wear bracelets that carried the message: What Would Jesus Do? The idea was that when in doubt, kids should act in ways that would please God Almighty by considering what Jesus would do in such situations based on his two final commandments: Love God with all your heart and love your fellow man as yourself.

Now we have a situation in America where our leaders and the folks that run the six Major Mass Media are acting as if their secret motto was What Would Satan Do? and then they do it. And they seem apply this modus automatically by instinct or inclination to in any situation they encounter. And they sure seem to follow Satans will. But of course, they continue to say all the right things and deceptively present themselves to the public as righteous folks, serving constituents, when that is just a false front.

They do this because they are caught in the inescapable World Zionist human-compromise occult trap a trap that if they tried to break out of, they would be immediately smeared in the media, and would lose their elected office and most of their millions of dollars gained while in office....


Red List, Blue List, No List-What List Are You On? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



What list are you on? Being able to answer that question is essential to your health and well-being.  The video below discusses how Americans are categorized.

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NEVER STOP In Bringing Doug Mesner/ Satanist Lucien Greaves to Justice "IndyWatch Feed National"

NEVER STOP In Bringing Doug Mesner/Satanist Lucien Greaves to Justice

Lucien Greaves: Ted Gunderson, Death of a Public Paranoid (part 1)

@46:31 Doug Mesnar basically, well literally says that a father putting his private in a babys mouth INSTEAD of its feeding bottle is NOT traumatic and abusive to the baby BECAUSE it has no cognizant idea of what is happening

Coming Clean With My Investigation into the Murder of Lori King

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Baicalin has the potential to be used in novel anti cancer therapeutic formulations for treatment of ovarian cancer. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

PMID:  Mol Med Rep. 2017 Oct 10. Epub 2017 Oct 10. PMID: 29039573 Abstract Title:  Antitumor effects of baicalin on ovarian cancer cells through induction of cell apoptosis and inhibition of cell migration in vitro. Abstract:  Baicalin, an active flavone isolated from Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi, has been demonstrated to induce various beneficial biochemical effects such as antiinflammatory, antiviral, and antitumor effects. However, the antitumor mechanism of baicalin is not well understood. In the present study, baicalin was demonstrated to inhibit the viabilityand migration of a widely used ovarian cancer cell line, A2780, in a dosedependent manner. MTT assays revealed that cell viability significantly decreased in ovarian cancer cells treated with baicalin compared with untreated cells, without effect on normal ovarian cells. Flow cytometric analysisindicated that baicalin suppressed cell proliferation by inducing apoptosis. The underlying mechanisms involved were indicated to be downregulation of the antiapoptotic protein Bcell lymphoma 2 apoptosis regulator and activation of caspase3 and 9. In addition, wound healing and transwell assays revealed that cell migratory potential and expression of matrix metallopeptidase (MMP)2 and MMP9 were significantly inhibited when cells were exposed to baicalin, compared with untreated cells. The present study therefore suggested that baicalin has the potential to be used in novel anticancer therapeutic formulations for treatment of ovarian cancer.

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Corruption that kills "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Mr Coal Josh Frydenberg, calculates that $3 billion in subsidies to renewable energy amounts to a subsidy of $66 billion up to 2030. He claims he is removing subsidies to make Renewables operate on a level playing field John Biggs in Comments: It is blindingly obvious that the fossil fuel industry is receiving massive financial support from the government. It is good to see the figures here to substantiate the figures involved. Frydenburg (and Turnbull and all the rest of them) are either incompetent or blatant liars to talk of a level playing field. What astounds me is that they are allowed to get away with such criminal dishonesty


The latest on coal ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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British establishment child abuse cover-ups "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video from Britain is called Jimmy Savile and Tony Blair.

By Peter Frost in Britain:

The right royal cover-up continues

Thursday 19th October 2019

Edward Heath, Cyril Smith and an ex-archbishop of Canterbury are just a few of those exposed as part of the great abuse cover-up. PETER FROST worries the full the truth will never come to light

HARDLY a day can go by without another revelation about another Establishment figure being a child abuser or worse.

The latest story reveals that MI5 knew the countrys chief prosecutor had covered up a sex abuse inquiry into Cyril Smith but did nothing because it was not its job to expose paedophiles.

The files released by the intelligence agency show it was aware that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had lied to a newspaper over its decision not to prosecute Smith. But MI5 decided not to make the information public because its duty was to defend the realm rather than to expose a prominent politician accused of being a paedophile.

Another similar case has seen ex-Tory prime minister Edward Heath named by Wiltshire police who tell us far too late of cours...


Catalan Leader Fails to Meet Madrids Deadline "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont addresses to the media after a ceremony commemorating the 77th anniversary of the death of Catalan leader Lluis Companys at the Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. [image: AP/Manu Fernandez]

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is more equivocator than decider, failing to formally declare independence from fascist Spain the overwhelming will of the autonomous regions voters.

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy gave him until 10:00AM Monday local time to say yea or nay on independence, nothing in between.

Instead, Puigdemont in a letter to Rajoy said (o)ur proposal of dialogue is sincere and honest. Thus, for the next two months, our main objective is to urge dialogue and that all those international, Spanish and Catalan institutions and personalities who have expressed their will to open a path to negotiations have the chance to explore it.

My governments priority is to intensively seek the path to dialogue. We want to talk, just as strong democracies do, about the existing problem that the majority of the Catalan people want to continue the path as an independent country in the European framework.

(W)ith good will, recognizing the problem and looking each other in the face, I am sure we can find a path to the solution.

Spains Justice Minister Rafeal Catala called Puigdemonts response invalid.

Deputy PM Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said (t)he government regrets the fact that the President of the Generalitat has decided not to reply to the request formulated by the government last Wednesday.

It wasnt very difficult to say yes or no to the question of whether he had declared independence.

I dont think it was a very complicated answer. All...


Is Hollywood sitting on a pedophilia scandal? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry

The flurry of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein confirms an unsettling truth that deep down we already knew. Theres a reason casting couch has become a grotesquely ubiquitous term. We have long quietly assumed that big-time movie producers exploit their power to sexually exploit women. We should have heeded the warning signs. The smoke has been there for a long time. Of course the faint plumes were evidence of a fire raging, a fire we both did not imagine and yet knew was burning.

How could we have been so blind?

The answer to this question will also give you the answer to the next question: Can we seriously doubt that Hollywood is also turning a blind eye to a very real child sex-abuse scandal?

The evidence is there, just as it was in the cases of Bill Cosby or Harvey Weinstein. In 2011, former child star Corey Feldman warned that pedophilia in Hollywood was the big secret and the number one problem. Feldman alleged that he was abused and that his friend was raped on a movie set at the age of 11. But he didnt just talk about instances of abuse. In a later interview, he described a system whereby young children were groomed by powerful older men who formed an organized network, with publicists providing cover. He would love to name names, but feared the legal risks, he said.

Precisely such an organized system for grooming and abusing children is described by a documentary; one molester described in the film pleaded no contest to two counts of child molestation, but the rest of the network has never been named, let alone investigated or charged. The title of the documentary? An Open Secret.

Former child star Elijah Wood made global headlines after saying in an interview last year that there was something major in Hollywood. It was all organized, he said. There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind. There is darkness in the underbelly, adding that Hollywood ca...


Is it normal for kids to be mean? "IndyWatch Feed National"

On re-reading Australian test cricketer Usman Khawajas article about the racism he encountered in Australia as a young boy of Pakistani descent that I wrote about recently, I noticed that he tossed out a statement almost in passing, that Kids can be mean and that is normal.

The statement is a little ambiguous in its meaning. He says that kids can be mean, which can be taken to mean that only some choose to be mean for some of the time. That is unexceptional. But then he adds that it is normal, which suggests that he thinks pretty much every child tends to do it. It is the latter interpretation that I have some issues with and served as the spur for this post.

Is it really normal for kids to be mean? By normal, I mean that it is some kind of development stage that all children pass through. I find that hard to believe because I see no reason as to why it should be so. Why would our developmental stages require a period of meanness? What purpose would it serve? Speaking purely on the basis of personal experience, I lived as a child in England and Sri Lanka and went to school in both places. I had had polio as a child and thus was physically very different from others, the usual reason for being targeted by mean kids. But it was only in England that I encountered a few kids who were gratuitously mean. And they were mean to others too, not just me, so their behavior wasnt necessarily driven by skin color but more by a bullying culture that permitted the existence of a hierarchy with the bullies being allowed to dominate whoever did not toady to them and was weaker. I dont recall ever experiencing that kind of meanness and bullying in Sri Lanka.

Khawaja wrote about the racist slurs that he and other players of color experienced as part of this meanness. I think the problem is deeper that racism and lies in a culture that accepts bullying as normal. Bullies will use any weapon at their disposal to emphasize their dominance and race is as good a weapon as any. For example, racism is pervasive and deeply embedded in Sri Lanka, going back a very long time, leading to vicious and bloody civil wars periodically erupting but as a schoolboy, I do not recall overtly racist taunts being used because the bullying culture that would make them normal was not there. Individual children might well have harbored racist views but using them as a taunt would have been highly unusual.

So I dont accept that meanness is normal, in the sense of something that all children go through, all over the world. I think it is cultural, something that is inculcated in some children by their families and the immediate environme...


Walsh to run pokies? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A pitch to the Good Citizens of Pembroke: Mints, Water and Competence Yes I know it, as an Uber driver without political party support I stand a snowflakes chance in hell of beating the high profile candidates for this years Pembroke by-election. None the less here is my pitch to Tasmanian Times readers living on Hobarts eastern shore, a pitch that hopes to communicate that there is more to this particular Uber driver than free mints and water


Do I have a snowflakes chance in hell ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A pitch to the Good Citizens of Pembroke: Mints, Water and Competence Yes I know it, as an Uber driver without political party support I stand a snowflakes chance in hell of beating the high profile candidates for this years Pembroke by-election. None the less here is my pitch to Tasmanian Times readers living on Hobarts eastern shore, a pitch that hopes to communicate that there is more to this particular Uber driver than free mints and water


And the Man Booker goes to ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

And the Man Booker goes to ... Guardian here Three years since the Flanmans triumph ... and HERE Hadleys Hotel, Oct 23, 6pm: Seasonal Poets


Australias Citizenship Bill Fails "IndyWatch Feed National"

Featured image: Immigration Minister Peter Dutton

This is a government that takes pride in its hard headedness and faux populism. Knowing it would have to brave a sceptical, even baffled Senate, Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, resembling a bit


MACKAY Armed robbery accused to remain in prison for now "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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MACKAY Hairdresser fined for punching bouncer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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LOA Today 10.19.17 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

We spend more than half the show talking about wins for the week and answering a listeners question. But its well worth it when we finally talk about Chapter 9 of Ask And It Is Given which is subtitled, The Hidden Value Behind Your Emotional Reactions. Its the emotions that give us our steering wheel in life, and learning to ...

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Jacinda Ardern to Be New Zealands Next Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed National"

The outcome caps a remarkable rise for the 37-year-old, who only took over the Labour Partys top job in August, and spells changes for the economy and immigration.

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New Zealand Labour leader Jacinda Ardern speaks to the press after leader of New Zealand First party Winston Peters announced his support for her party in Wellington, New Zealand, October 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Charlotte Greenfield

Wellington: New Zealand will get its youngest prime minister in more than 150 years after the small, nationalist New Zealand First Party agreed to form a new government with Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern, ending the National Partys decade in power.

The outcome caps a remarkable rise for Ardern, 37, who only took over the partys top job in August, and marks another victory for a youthful global leader promising change, with big implications for the worlds 11th most traded currency, the central bank, immigration and foreign investment.

Labour had an even chance as National to form a government after inconclusive elections on September 23 gave neither party enough seats to form a majority in parliament.

Their tighter immigration proposals and more restrictive housing policy all suggest economic growth could be a little bit weaker than the Nationals policy, Paul Dales, chief Australia and New Zealand economist at Capital Economics, said of Labour.

The chances of a sharper slowdown are higher under Labour.

The announc...


Soul Contracts: The Outline of Your Life "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Each time we die, we are reconnected to the source. Our soul itself goes to a place where it can prepare for the next life.

During this time, while elsewhere, our soul has a lot of things to do. Before we are reborn or born at all, our soul has to make an outline of what our life is meant for. We must write our purpose. Sure, we dont remember these things once we are born but our spirit guides do. They follow us and help to ensure the path that we laid out is the one we travel.

This path will include things like major life changes, lessons, and anything that can and will help you grow in order to achieve a higher level of consciousness into the next life. We all want to achieve that end goal where we no longer have to return to this world. This outline holds all of the answers to our lifes challenges and our guardians hold it close to them.

That being said, when a soul contract is made, it is still able to be changed. We do still have free-will. This is where things get a little tricky. While we were the ones who laid the path out for ourselves sometimes it looks much better on paper. We cannot always handle what we set out to do when this happens our guides change our outline a little and make a note to add that thing back in when we are ready.

Your spirit guide will not force you through something if you cannot handle it, so if you are led to it, there is a reason. I assume you are wondering why negative things happen if we are planning our lives for ourselves. Well, to be completely honest, for the most part, we grow the most through negative experiences. We are the source and the source is us. Our outline is a soul contract. It is an agreement with the source to better yourself so that someday you can remain there in all of its glory.

If we remember our soul contracts, we cannot truly learn from the experiences placed before us. I know this may sound a bit confusing but take a moment to check out the video below. Things will all fall into place sooner or later.

Dont be afraid of this sort of thing. A soul contract can never be a bad thing. Growing and becoming the best versions of ourselves that we can be will result in the most amazing sense of peace we could ever imagine. Sure, the idea is a bit overwhelming at first but as you become more conscious and reach higher levels everything will begin to make more sense.


Interview 1310 Ernest Hancock on Pirates Without Borders "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

[audio mp3=""][/audio]James joins Ernest Hancock on Declare Your Independence to discuss "Why Big Oil Conquered The World." When the topic of solutions comes up, they discuss Ernest's and the above-the-grid answers to the oiligarchs' plans.


The SAA Deir-Ezzor Euphrates River Battle: a Tactical Review "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


The beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning, the Middle East war enters a new phase Gordon Duff

Most of us who have watched the SAA crawl back from the edge of defeat, after the Russians joined the Hezbollah and Iranian forces already there, have cheered their westward advance to recapture the huge central area of the country under ISIS control. When Veterans Today traveled to Syria in the fall of 2015, where one of the briefings was on the ISIS complete order of battle, we could never have foreseen what has taken place.

We later saw Palmyra recaptured, only to be lost again after an assault with ISIS foreign allies major involvement, and then recaptured. We worried as Damascus supply lines got stretched further and further, which invited the inevitable supply-line attacks to slow down the SAA advance upon ISISs Euphrates river bastion.

The well-executed combined operations attacks broke the ISIS siege of the airport, and Deir-Ezzor was put under siege. But then their momentum lost its steam, as the SAA force was divided into multiple combat operations with units bled off for supply line security; others headed north to hook up with the hard-fighting Syrian units that had gotten bogged down at Madan, where the eastern flowing Euphrates turns southwest. Damascus made a strategic decision to secure all of the western Euphrates north of Deir-Ezzor first, and that move will be debated long after the war is over.

Another SAA force was tasked with widening the airport perimeter to a distance outside mortar and rocket barrage so it could become a tactical combat base for critically needed supplies and helicopter operations. But despite all of the success from the bombing of ISIS command centers and ammo dumps, the Syrian offensive stalled, with the battle lines around the ISIS-held part of the city being static for a month, while the Kurdish SDF swept down from the north to confiscate Arab tribal lands and oil.

The SAA divides its forces and loses its punching power

What happened? With ISIS reeling after its defenses were penetrated, why wasnt the city rolled up faster to avoid getting caught in a drawn-out siege? The answer was both obvious, and then not. Getting control of one of the main bridges over the river does no...


Department of Anarchism "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In solidarity with The Juice Media who have been threatened by the Australia Government  with legal action over their Honest Government Aderts, weve created the Australia Department of Anarchism.

Although this is a fictitious department we could still be jailed for five years if the proposed changes to the Commonwealth Criminal Code are passed.

Have a listen to the show to find out more, plus Franklin Lopez talking about fascism. And Bad Cop No Donut, and the return of Jepanarchy!!!





UN takes Australia to task over archaic fines laws that resulted in Ms Dhus death in custody "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Australian Government was again grilled last night at the United Nations in Geneva with the Human Rights Committee taking aim at the failure to scrap the cruel fines laws that resulted in Ms Dhus tragic death in custody.

Ms Dhu, a young Yamatji woman from Geraldton, died a cruel and inhuman death in 2014 after being locked away in a South Headland police cell for three days because she couldnt pay fines she received as a teenager.

Nana Carol Roe, Ms Dhus grandmother, said she was still waiting for truth and justice.

Australia needs to answer for everything that they have done to my people and especially for how they treated my granddaughter. Australia must be held to account, said Ms Roe.

Related: Shocking and disturbing:  Australian Government slammed for its cruelty to refugees at UN hearing

Ruth Barson, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said at the conclusion of the coronial inquest into Ms Dhus death, the Coroner recommended that the Western Australian Government reform its fines laws to get rid of automatic imprisonment for fine default.

Last night Australia was shamed on the worlds human rights stage because of Western Australias dangerous practice of locking up people who cannot afford to pay their fines. Its been three painful years since Ms Dhus tragic death. There is no justifiable reason for delay its time for bipartisan support for these archaic laws to be scrapped, said Ms Barson.

In the past few weeks Western Australias unfair fines laws have seen a breastfeeding mother put behind bars, and a heavily pregnant woman at risk of being jailed because she couldnt afford to pay her fines.

A promise to lead on Indigenous peoples rights was a central pillar to Australias successful bid to gain a seat on the UN Human Rights Council earlier this week.

Michael Coughlan from Indigenous Peoples Network Australia, who is currently in Geneva, said that the fine laws are a driver of the appallingly high rates at which Aboriginal people are over-imprisoned.

We know these laws are harmful and we know they unfairly trap too many Aboriginal people. They belong in the garbage. Nobody should be subjected to the indignity and dangers of prison simply because they cannot afford to pay a fine, said Mr Coughlan.


Due to growing internet access the child porn industry is spreading in Southeast Asia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The spread of internet use in Southeast Asia is fueling the creation and spread of child exploitation - and experts are warning that children are being coerced into creating the material themselves. Internet availability across Southeast Asia currently sits at about 50 percent, according to a recent study. However, in the Philippines and Thailand, countries where sexual abuse is a significant problem, the rate reaches 58 percent and 67 percent respectively, Reuters reports. Jon Rouse of Taskforce Argos, an Australian police unit that targets online child abuse networks, said that the problem of child porn is only going to get bigger.


Killary kept her private computer server for nearly two years after leaving State Dept - who let that happen? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Hillary Clinton's email activity has been subject to intense scrutiny (perhaps more so by the media than the FBI) and yet we still haven't received the answer as to who allowed the former Secretary of State to keep her computer server nearly two years after leaving government. Hedge fund manager Charles Ortel posed the question during an interview with Russia Today. From RT: RT: What do you make of this latest revelation on the Clinton email investigation? Charles Ortel: I think it is a very dangerous sort of revelation. I would implore people to understand the real issue is not whether or not Hillary Clinton and others had classified information on this private server. The real issue is who allowed Hillary Clinton, while secretary of state, and the various cronies associated with her and employees and contractors, to operate this private server during her entire tenure and then to let her and her team continue to operate, and hold all of the contents that were on this server for almost two years after she had left the post. This is akin to deciding that what you are going to do is to take Air Force Two after you leave, and use it for 18 months and then give it back to the government at the end of the day. It is very damaging information. Despite overwhelming evidence of Hillary Clinton mishandling classified information, the FBI and Department of Justice refuse to prosecute the former Secretary of State. As The Gateway Pundit previously reported, former FBI Director James Comey drafted a memo exonerating Clinton before the Bureau's investigation was complete.


US President Trump says he is proud to be among so many friends in October 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Donald Trump became the first sitting US president to attend and give a keynote speech at the annual Values Voter Summit which this year was held in Washington DC on 12-15 October.

This event included at least nine other misogynistic, anti-Muslim and/or anti LGBTI speakers -  six of whom belong to hate groups listed by The Southern Poverty Law Centre - as well as a three-hour long  Values Voter Summit Activist Training workshop for attendees.

Trump previously spoke at this far-right Christian summit in 2015 as a candidate and then in 2016 as the Republican presidential nominee.

Excerpt from the White House transcript of Trumps 13 October 2017 summit speech:

We believe in strong families and safe communities.  We honor the dignity of work.  (Applause.)  We defend our Constitution.  We protect religious liberty.  (Applause.)  We treasure our freedom.  We are proud of our history.  We support the rule of law and the incredible men and women of law enforcement.  (Applause.)  W...


Tony Abbott will never stop until he has destroyed Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

the shame and humiliation of losing high office drives him on, with the thinnest of rationalisations for his actions [Judith Brett]

La Trobe University Emeritus Professor Judith Brettwriting in The Monthly, August 2017:
Once again Tony Abbott has wrecked the chances of Australia achieving a bipartisan policy on emissions reduction. When, at the end of 2009, he successfully challenged Malcolm Turnbull for leadership of the Liberal Party, the catalyst was Turnbulls co-operation with the Rudd government over the introduction of an emissions trading scheme. Winning by one vote, Abbott immediately announced a secret ballot on whether the party should support the Labor governments legislation. The result, 54 against to 29 for, spelled the end of the Oppositions co-operation with the government on its Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. When the scheme reappeared in 2011 as a price on carbon under Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her climate change minister, Greg Combet, Abbott made this great big new tax on everything the centrepiece of his campaign against the government. And when he won the election in 2013 he repealed the legislation.
To be sure, others have also contributed to the long-running disaster of Australias climate policies: the Greens under Bob Brown, who, in a fit of self-indulgent high-mindedness, refused to support Labors legislation in the Senate; Kevin Rudd, who walked away from the great moral challenge of our generation when the going got tough; and Julia Gillard, with her culpable naivety in promising that there would be no carbon tax in a government she led, and then agreeing that the scheme her government introduced could be called a tax. But it has been Abbotts continuing belligerent prosecut...


Freewallet is the First Service Provider to Enable Bitcoin Gold Support "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Bitcoin Gold is by far one of the most suspicious Bitcoin hard forks to date. With very little to no support from the community and service providers, a lot of questions remain unanswered. However, it seems we now have at least one wallet supporting BTG. Freewallet will support this upcoming hard fork, which is rather Continue reading Freewallet is the First Service Provider to Enable Bitcoin Gold Support

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Australia ends insurance subsidies for naturopathy, homeopathy, and more "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian government has eliminated the insurance subsidy for 17 alternative health practices due to a lack of evidence for efficacy. This is a win for medicine and Australian taxpayers.


Shocking disturbing: Australian Government slammed for its cruelty to refugees at UN hearing "IndyWatch Feed National"

For the second day running, Australian Government officials have endured an uncomfortable grilling by the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva.

Just one day after condemning the Australian Governments chronic non-compliance with international human rights laws, in a further hearing overnight the expert Committee honed in on the Governments cruelty to refugees and in particular its offshore detention regime. The Human Rights Committee described the policies as shocking and disturbing.

The strong rebuke comes just two days after Australia was handed a seat on the UN Human Rights Council and just one day after the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) delivered an extraordinary statement warning of an imminent humanitarian crisis and a "looming humanitarian emergency" on Manus Island.

Amy Frew, Lawyer with the Human Rights Law Centre who is in Geneva for the hearings, said that it is clear that the UN is deeply concerned by the Australian Governments deteriorating human rights performance, especially in the areas of refugee policy, the over-imprisonment of Indigenous peoples and the erosion of democratic freedoms.

Our Government is just two days into a three-year term on the Human Rights Council and already its clear they will be constantly haunted by their own cruelty to refugees. Our Government can sit at the table and blow its own trumpet all it likes. But its crystal clear that for as long as our Government continues to warehouse 2000 innocent men, women and children on Manus and Nauru it will lack credibility and moral authority on human rights, said Ms Frew.

Related: UN takes Australia to task over archaic fines laws that resulted in Ms Dhu's death in police custody

Remarkably, during the questioning, the Australian Government suggested it did not have a policy of mandatory and indefinite detention of people seek...


Malaysia chooses American company Ocean Infinity to search for MH370 "IndyWatch Feed"

The Malaysian government has chosen an American private seabed exploration firm, Ocean Infinity, to resume the search for MH370, which disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board.

It is now negotiating terms with Ocean Infinity, and will make an official announcement once those terms are agreed.

The underwater search in the southern Indian Ocean was suspended on January 17 this year. The tripartite decision to suspend the search was made by Malaysia, China, and Australia.

In an email to the next-of-kin of the passengers and crew of those on board MH370, the Malaysian government said: Please be informed that the MH370 Response Team has received several proposals from interested parties to search for MH370.

These proposals included an offer by the company Ocean Infinity, which offered to search on a No Cure No Fee basis, the Malaysian government said.

These offers have been thoroughly assessed by the team and the governments of Australia and China have been informed of this in line with the spirit of tripartite cooperation.

In this regard, the government of Malaysia has given the permission for the response team to proceed negotiating the terms and conditions with Ocean Infinity.

The Malaysian government said that once n...


#HandsOffCorey: Support #Charlottesville Defender Corey Long "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Solidarity Cville for Medium - Corey Long turned himself in this past Friday after the white supremacists who attacked Charlottesville swore out a warrant against Corey for disorderly conduct and assault and battery. Corey is beloved in his community, known for taking care of others. Now he is known nationwide for a photograph of him with an ignited spray can shielding an elderly man from a group of white nationalists swinging flags at them. This photo emerged as one of the most powerful images of community defense and guardianship against the intimidation, extreme force and brutality that neo-Nazis perpetrated as promised against Charlottesville residents. Shortly after that photo was taken, a Nazi fired a gun at Corey. Corey Long, a 23-year-old elder care worker, was arrested for answering the call to defend his community against the imminent siege of terror that both Mayor Mike Signer and UVA President Teresa Sullivan told the residents of Charlottesville to outright ignore.


The Worlds Oldest Tortoise Is Gay, And He Has A Younger Lover "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The worlds oldest tortoise is in a relationship with a younger reptile, who vets recently discovered is a male. Jonathan (pictured) is 186 years old and believed to be the worlds oldest living land animal. He lives on St Helena, a British Overseas Territory 1,200 miles off the coast of southern Africa, and hes such ...

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'Lawrence Park' "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Learmonth family of squatting fame first arrived in Australia in the 1830s when Thomas Learmonth Senior established himself as a merchant in Hobart Town. In April, 1837 his sons Thomas and Somerville were amongst the first squatters to take up land in the newly-established Port Phillip District of New South Wales. As members of the Port Phillip Association (later the Derwent Company), they occupied land along the Barwon River up to its confluence with the Leigh River, beating out their competition in the form of the Clyde Company under the management of George Russell.
With their preferred land on the Barwon unavailable, the Clyde Company instead set up operations along the Moorabool River, north from Fyansford and west across to the Leigh River at Shelford. However, the Port Phillip Association once again got the jump on the Clyde Company when the first land sales were held for the parish of Gherineghap in February, 1839.
The Association disregarded the gentleman's agreement which prevented squatters from purchasing the land on which other land holders were squatting. Outbidding their rivals at the Sydney auction, they snapped up much of the land from Fyansford to the future site of Gheringhap along the Moorabool where George Russell was squatting and along the Barwon as far as Bruce's Creek.  Their success however, came at a cost. Philip Russell (half brother of George and shareholder in the Clyde Company) was able to force the sale price up to 28 shillings per acre. The Russells meanwhile, quickly stripped the land of the improvements they had made - huts, stockyards, tents, even a wool shed - and retreated to what had until then been their outpost on the Leigh River.

Google Earth map showing the boundaries of the 1839 land purchases of the
Port Phillip Association and the Learmonths as shown on the Gherineghap
Parish Survey Maps
Amongst the members of the Port Phillip Association was Thomas Learmonth Sr who is widely reported to have taken up the land after purchase before passing it to his youngest son Dr John Learmonth. In addition, the parish survey map shows that 6...


In Wake Of Equifax Hack, Its Time For The U.S. To Create A National ID Card "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Identity theft has been a growing problem for years, but the recent Equifax hack has raised the issue in peoples minds again. Equifax may be the biggest security breach of personal information, but it is not the first and will not be the last.

Americans continue to rely on antiquated methods of identification, the most prominent of which are Social Security numbers. Forcing the Social Security number to act as a secure means of identification asks more of the nine-digit combination than was ever intended.

Last week, reports emerged that the Trump administration was considering the problem of SSNs. They should be. The cobbled-together identification system has been failing for years and will continue to do so unless it is replaced by a secure method of documenting Americans identities. We need a better answer to the problem of identifying oneself and protecting that identity from fraud. We need a national identification card.

A Long Time Coming

This is not a new issue. That we do not have a national ID card yet should be chalked up as a victory for two groups: federalists and privacy advocates. For the former group, the idea of the federal government taking over one of the duties of the statesissuing primary identification documentswould continue the troubling trend of concentrating power toward Washington, away from the people. For the latter, giving the government access to and control over our personal information would necessarily degrade our personal autonomy and force people deeper into a system of which some of them want no part.

Neither is a bad position, but their proponents make the mistake of comparing a world with a national ID to one where perfect conditions of federalism and privacy prevail. Thats not a world that exists now, if it ever did.

Federalist opponents of the national ID should consider that we are presently living in a system where the federal government already is deeply involved in tracking everyones identity. We have SSNs, as well as passports, and the coordination of state IDs through the REAL ID Act of 2005, among other things. That makes for a hodgepodge of barely functional federal documents combined with federal coercion of the states regarding their own IDs. One federally issued, a secure identification system would simply improve the existing federal IDs while obviating the need to force the states into line on their own. National ID doesnt bring the feds into the equation: they are already there.

The way things stand now is also unacceptable from a privacy standpoint, as the Equifax hack shows. No matter how careful you are with your own documents, unless you live in an off-grid, cash-only ec...


Toxic Firefighting Chemicals Most Seminal Public Health Challenge "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Christopher Knaus for The Guardian - A top United States environmental official has described the contamination of drinking water by toxic firefighting chemicals as the most seminal public health challenge of coming decades. The US, like Australia, is still grappling with how to respond to widespread contamination caused by past use of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (Pfas) in firefighting foam. The manmade chemicals share a probable link with cancer, do not break down in the environment and have contaminated groundwater, drinking water, soil and waterways. The Australian government has continued to maintain there is no concrete evidence of a link between the chemicals and adverse health impacts, but has been criticised for the inadequacy of its response. The governments stated position sits in stark contrast with a view expressed this week by a senior official in the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a government agency and the countrys leading public health institution. Patrick Breysse, director of the CDCs National Centre for Environmental Health, described the chemicals as one of the most seminal public health challenge for the next decades, according to the Bloomberg news agency.


Australia Officially Ends Double Bitcoin Tax "IndyWatch Feed"

From July 2018, Australians will no longer have to pay GST on their cryptocurrency purchases, following the passing of new legislation today.


Trump targeted by the shadow government "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Left-wing corporate foundations like W.K. Kellogg and Ford are sending millions of dollars to organizations such as the Center for Community Change (CCC) with the express purpose of targeting Donald Trump and his Presidency.

And worse, George Soros the Godfather of the Left-wing movement to overthrow President Trump is also pouring millions of dollars from his Open Society Foundation into groups like CCC.

US President Donald Trump is being targeted by Kellogs and Ford trying to oust him from the presidency

In fact, the Executive Director of CCC is also on Soros Advisory Board of Directors! The tentacles of the Left are vast, very well-funded and increasingly more dangerous. And Im counting on your help to expose this threat and fight back.

You see, groups such as CCC are funding direct attacks on the Trump Administration with one goal in mind: To delegitimize his authority as President. For long time readers of my work and that of the Freedom Center, none of this will be surprising. Weve reported on the connections and networks of the Left for three decades now.

But never before has the threat loomed so large. Never before have they worked to overthrow a sitting and freely elected President of the United States. And never before have they launched a shadow g...


Paul Keating: Voluntary euthanasia is a threshold moment for Australia, and one we should not cross "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

  • By Paul Keating

There is probably no more important issue in contemporary bioethics or a more serious ethical decision for our parliaments than that raised by the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 being debated this week in the Victorian Parliament.

Under this bill, conditions and safeguards are outlined that will allow physicians to terminate the life of patients and to assist patients to take their own life. This is a threshold moment for the country. No matter what justifications are offered for the bill, it constitutes an unacceptable departure in our approach to human existence and the irrevocable sanctity that should govern our understanding of what it means to be human.

The justifications offered by the bills advocates that the legal conditions are stringent or that the regime being authorised will be conservative miss the point entirely. What matters is the core intention of the law. What matters is the ethical threshold being crossed. What matters is that under Victorian law there will be people whose lives we honour and those we believe are better off dead.

In both practical and moral terms, it is misleading to think allowing people to terminate their life is without consequence for the entire society. Too much of the Victorian debate has been about the details and conditions under which people can be terminated and too little about the golden principles that would be abandoned by our legisl...


The Man Who Called Donald Trump a Moron "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Rex Tillerson has reportedly called Donald Trump a moron. And, in the interest of accuracy and completeness, NBC amended that to a f*cking moron.

But what epithet might apply to Rex Tillerson?

For many years, Tillerson headed ExxonMobil, a company that he knew was contributing to global warming. And nothing changed under his leadership with devastating and possibly irreversible results.

Recently, the Los Angeles Times released a detailed report on the extent to which ExxonMobil misled the public, for decades, on what it knew about how it was affecting the climate:

Reviewing 187 ExxonMobil documents, we found that 83% of peer-reviewed papers authored by ExxonMobil scientists and 80% of the companys internal communications acknowledged that climate change was real and human-caused.

For a closer view of this phenomenal deception, and one of the people responsible for it, please see the following story, which we first posted earlier this year.

WhoWhatWhy Staff

Rex Tillerson likes his privacy. Career diplomats working in the same building with him were given special instructions: Do not try to make eye contact with him, and do not speak to him directly.

On his first three trips abroad, Tillerson did not even meet with State Department employees in their embassies. Nor did he allow the usual press corps to accompany him on those trips. He took along only one reporter, one who was from the conservative website, Independent Journal Review. He does not like to answer questions.

To many, appointing the former CEO of Exxon as Secretary of State was about as appropriate as putting Bernie Madoff in charge of the treasury....


List of Property owned by the Trust. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Request to Sydney Harbour Federation Trust by Damien Butler. Annotated by Locutus Sum on October 19, 2017.
The Trust has provide links to a web-site where the information is publicly available. and http://www.cockatooisla...


Tony Abbott To Address US Anti-Gay Group Again "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Prominent no campaigner and former Prime Minister Tony Abbott is reportedly set to address a US organisation that has been condemned for its extreme, anti-LGBTI views. Abbott will speak to the conservative Christian group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) about his opposition to marriage equality later this month, Fairfax Media reported. According to the Human Rights ...

The post Tony Abbott To Address US Anti-Gay Group Again appeared first on QNEWS.


A 10 Step Survival Guide for The Dark Night of the Soul "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In the dark night of the soul, bright flows the river of God.

St John of the Cross

By Caroline Diana


It is the foundation upon which every aspect of our world is built.

Family. Society. Education. Industry. Commerce. Judiciary. Government.

You get the idea.

And like cogs on a wheel, your outer public face is made up of grooves  the labels and approved personal characteristics, traits, and hats you wear that synchronize perfectly with these external wheels and keep you in good standing in the world.

But, heres the thing

On their own, these external structures hold you to a limited view of yourself and way of being, in exchange for the validation, approval, and longing most of us subliminally crave.

They overlook to a large extent the unique individual you are. And from personal experience and the past 15 years of working closely with clients, here is what I have come to know:

As self-aware human beings, we are connected to a higher intelligence. Some call it Source, Universe, or collective consciousness, and still others, God.

Your connection with higher intelligence is the means through which you are able to access your innate intuition, gifts, skills, and information the stamp that makes you, YOU.

Being able to express these fully and uncensored by lifes external structures is what ultimately enables you to feel truly happy, successful, and fulfilled.

And that is not to say that you should disregard familial, societal, or cultural modes and norms. Rather, I believe that it can only positively impact your happiness and wellbeing levels when you can identify and embrace your enormity and uniqueness, beneath the status quo.

So what does structure have to do with the dark night of the soul? The answer is absolutely everything.

There are two major contributing factors to a dark night of the soul:

When an individual a) is not cognizant of themselves as distinct individuals from the external labels and constructs that qualify and give meaning to their lives, and b) has not been getting their deep, soul-level needs met, life in collaboration with this higher intelligence will often orchestrate the perfect set of conditions to awaken them to a gre...


The Psychedelic Renaissance is Here. Will it Last This Time? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

From Massive: Increasing evidence suggests that psychedelics may revolutionize mental health care. In order for this psychedelic renaissance to last, scientists and citizens will need to combat preconceived notions about psychedelic drugs formed as a result of the cultural war on drugs.

Although many of these studies are still in their early phases, the preliminary data overwhelmingly supports the use of psychedelics as targeted medicines, specifically in conjunction with psychotherapy. So why is there such intense skepticism about this group of drugs in particular? Why is it that cancer chemotherapies with significant mortality rates and harsh side-effects will readily move through the clinical trial phases and directly into use, but LSD, which has nearly zero recorded overdoses, rarely even achieves study approval?

The answer is likely buried under 50-plus years of drug prohibition and abstinence-only education in the United States and around the world, a culture that has shaped the negative stigma of all psychedelics. Instead of re-litigating this past, though, researchers in the field are posed at the precipice of progressing forward with revolutionary studies, and may conscientiously move our culture forward with them. But moving the culture will require awareness and action from scientists and citizens.



Gunnedah Council and the NSW Department of Health to consult Gunnedah shire community about water fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The fluoride debate is back on the agenda with Gunnedah Shire Council once again considering whether or not to add fluoride to the shires water supply.

At its monthly meeting held at the Kelvin town hall on Wednesday night, council heard the NSW Department of Health had put forward a motion to consult with the community about water fluoridation.

Gunnedah is one of the last remaining areas in the state that doesnt have fluoride added in the towns water supply, with the controversial issue last rearing its head in 2014-15.

During the discussion at the council meeting, councillor Owen Hasler said surveying the entire community was pivotal before making a decision.

I would feel more comfortable with a survey of the whole community, Cr Hasler said.

Council voted in 2014 to seek funding from the health department to investigate the installation of fluoride in the water supply and the costs involved.

I think this is where we need to stand up and be counted, Cr Ann Luke said.

Councillor Gae Swain said it has been a very contentious matter over many years.

This is the communitys chance to make a decision one way or another, she said.

The motion was approved by council. Now the Department of Health will consult with the public and submit a report to council at its December meeting about the progress of public consultation.

A website made by the department will also be launched in early-November to give residents more information about fluoridation.

Links to the site will also be available on the Gunnedah Shire Council website along with a fact-sheet to all ratepayers in early-November.

In February, 2018, the department will report to council with recommendations based on public consultation.

The recommendations will assist council in making the final decision, to either not accept fluoridation or to seek approval from NSW Health to commence fluoridation.

*Original article online at


Albatrosses eat jellyfish, new research "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This video says about itself:

8 April 2014

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic guests land at Steeple Jason Island in the Falklands to see the impressive wildlife, including the worlds largest colony of black-browed albatross. Video by Mark Coger.

From the University of Tasmania Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies in Australia:

DNA tests on albatross excrement reveal secret diet of top predator

October 18, 2017

A study that used DNA tests to analyse the scats of one of the worlds most numerous albatrosses has revealed surprising results about the top predators diet.

DNA analysis of 1460 scats from breeding sites around the Southern Ocean has shown that the diet of black-browed albatrosses contains a much higher proportion of jellyfish than previously thought.

The finding, in a study led by IMAS researcher Julie McInnes and published in the journal Molecular Ecology, is important because top predators such as the albatross are used as indicators of the health of the broader marine ecosystem.

Ms McInnes said jellyfish have traditionally been regarded as an unlikely food source due to their poor nutritional value, although sightings of albatross eating jellyfish are occasionally made.

We need to understand what albatross eat so we can identify how marine ecosystems might be changing in response to pressures such as climate change or fishing, Ms McInnes said.

Past studies of albatross diets relied largely on analysis of their stomach contents, with jellyfish found in less than one in five samples and then only in low volumes...


Species-ism: a displacement attitude to racism? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The other day whilst walking on a quiet bush track with a friend, we came across a magpie standing on some grass surveying the scene, including the pair of us. My friend said rather scornfully "I don't like those birds!" People who would never dream of vilifying a group of people on the basis of their race seem to have no compunction in vilifying members of an entire species often on the basis of nothing. Comments may seem harmless enough at first but on further reflection one realises they can be an incitement to harm. Is there a moral difference between racism and "species-ism"?

Magpie maligned!

The other day whilst walking on a quiet bush track with a friend, we came across a magpie standing on some grass surveying the scene, including the pair of us. My friend said rather scornfully "I don't like those birds!" I felt anger rising and I asked her why she didn't like them. She said "because they are big. I like little birds" Then she added "They're everywhere!" (We had seen 4 in about half an hour.) I felt really troubled. Someone who says this about a creature and all the other members of the species will shoo the birds from her garden with impunity. I felt that her dislike threatened the birds. I tried to educate her, alerting her to the magpie song, telling her who it belonged to as we heard it amongst numerous bird calls. She was not interested. She was looking for a rare wildflower, not s creature that was "everywhere". I was annoyed and worried by her prejudice.

...and the wattle birds!

Similarly I feel very irritated when I hear people saying that they don't like wattle birds because of the sound, one which is hard to describe but which I hear only rarely where i live. I would love to have wattle birds in the garden and have tried to grow flowering native plants without much success due to insufficient sunlight.

..and the black swans!

Strolling in the Melbourne Botanic Gardens recently I could not see any of gardens' signature black swans. Instead I saw punts on the lake with people aboard. The gardens were extremely busy with functions, picnic-ers and a new kind of sport looking a bit like croquet with square hoops embedded in the lawn. I said to the people I was with "Can't see any swans!" "No" one of them said "perhaps the...


Australia - Gunnedah Council and the NSW Department of Health to consult Gunnedah shire community about water fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

OPEN FOR DISCUSSION: The Gunnedah Shire Council October council meeting was held at the Kelvin Hall on Wednesday. One of the major topics discussed at the meeting was water fluoridation. Photo: Billy Jupp OPEN FOR DISCUSSION: The Gunnedah Shire Council October council meeting was held at the Kelvin Hall on Wednesday. One of the major topics discussed at the meeting was water fluoridation. Photo: Billy Jupp...


When the Melt-up Melts down "IndyWatch Feed"

Editors Note:
We are very privilaged here at The Daily Reckoning Australia to have exclusive access to a wide and diverse range of resources and connections with our partners in the States. When I see one of our global analysts on the ground offering valuable insight, well share it. Heres my colleague Greg Guenthner on why the market could go parabolic.

Greg Guenthner


Barrons is trying to ruin the bull markets positive vibes.

Last months dreary bull skull cover story threw some serious shade at stocks, followed by a laundry list of scenarios that could halt this bull market in its tracks.

This weeks edition takes that idea to the next level. It tackles the biggest one-day market meltdown in history: Black Monday. Even worse, the hypnotic cover story forecasts computer-driven trading programs will cause the next terrifying market crash

The proliferation of computer-driven investing has created an illusion that risk can be measured and managed, the article explains.

But as Marketfield Asset Management CEO Michael Shaoul says, The system is more fragile than people suspect.

This week is the 30th anniversary of Black Monday: 19 October, 1987. Fair warning: You wont be able to avoid the endless 1987 coverage this week. The financial media is already bombarding us with stories of the Dows soul-crushing 22% drop.

The hubbub is also giving the crash-callers one more reason to invoke the ghosts of

Black Monday in their spooky market predictions

Back as early as 2013, the doom brigade contended that the market was headed toward another abrupt crash much like we experienced in late 1987. The stock market has paid no mind to these dreary prognostications. While stocks have experienced the occasional hiccup over the past five years, nothing close to the Black Monday rout has reared its ugly head.

The major averages are back to their old tricks in 2017. Stocks are marching higher in lockstep formation without a hint of worry from the herd. The S&P 500 hasnt produced a measly 5% pullback in more than a year.

With the market ripping highe...


Drama Detox Unit open for Business "IndyWatch Feed National"


A Cautionary Tale Dedicated to the recovering Dramaholic in all of us.well many of us. This is a fictionally true transcript from Dramaholics Anonymous, held at a venue ~ and a venyou ~ nearby.


Trouble ~ Hi my name is Trouble and I am a Dramaholic.

Person A ~ Hi Trouble
Person B ~  Welcome Trouble
Person C ~ Just nods head slightlydoesnt like to welcome Trouble anymore

Group Leader: Welcome Trouble. It is so good you have decided to come along and wed appreciate it if you would tell us a bit about yourself

Trouble: Well I was born into Trouble. My mama was a Drama Queen and my daddy was nowhere to be seen.
Mama modelled Drama to us kids very well.

She taught us to always pick the wrong kind of guy, make sure there was lots of chaos in our life before getting rid of him and then go out and find another one and get on with the whole dang thing again!. Now I look for trouble and draaama everywhere and in everything people say and do. And I sure am good at finding it!

Person A~ Praise the Lord I think we had the same mama
Person B~ Heavens aboveI think I might be your mama
Person C~ longer even looks Trouble in the eye

Group Leader:  So what has made you decide to come to Dramaholics Anon and apply to stay in the Draaaama Detox Unit Trouble?

Trouble:    Well there I was in the midst of wagging my finger at yet another person who seemed to just want to make my life more latest boyfriend who proved to be just like the last three and all of a sudden I looked up and saw my mama standing there in front of me

Group Leader:   Why was this a problem?

Trouble:   Well she has been dead for ten years but I tell you when I looked up in that bathroom mirror and saw my mamas familiar weary face and angry brow and recognised that disappointed look in her eye, barely concealing those unshed tears.I KNEW I was in big Trouble!
I stood there looking in the mirror and remembered all the times I had fleshed out arguments in my life.
How many times I found myself bickering with people cause they were so wrong and I was so right and I KNEW I needed to make them see my point of view. How many times  I tore peoples words apart so I could find the perfect one to be offended bytoo many times to count over the years!

After all the Trouble in me had a very strong calling to point out to others their failings and how to correct their words and behaviors so they would be just like me.
Then I remembered how many times I would get to a peaceful place and...


Volvo: The Next Communist Takeover "IndyWatch Feed"

All eyes are on China right now for the Communist Partys 19th Congress. But thats not all thats happening up there

Volvo revealed a hot new electric car model that takes a direct shot at Tesla (no jokes about Volvo drivers please). The car is from a subsidiary brand called Polestar designed to be a premium electric brand.

You might not know that Volvo committed to only making electric or hybrid vehicles earlier this year, and set the date for the total switch in 2019.

The car will be manufactured in China. The plan is rolling out now.

Chinas the place to be if you want to sell electric cars. China has made no secret that it wants to be the leader here.

And it works for China in two ways

A no-brainer solution for a huge problem

It allows China to build up a domestic car manufacturing base without taking on the established players in their core territory. Its a new field, and everyones a lot closer to each other in the electric space.

By 2025, China wants 70% of cars sold in the domestic market to be Chinese brands.

In the short term, by inviting international brands like Tesla to manufacture in China, it can probably establish the key global supply chain for the whole industry in time.

Volvo has a Chinese parent company. China is already the world leader in producing the batteries the car needs. Not only that, but Chinas pollution is so bad that it simply cannot continue as is.

The healthcare costs from Chinas skyrocketing cancer rates let alone simple quality of life make it a no-brainer to pour every cent it can into solving this.

Petrol cars are a big part of the problem.

This is the way the world is going. You dont have to take my word for it, either. Last week, oil giant Shell announced it was taking over a company called NewMotion.  NewMotion owns one of the largest networks of electric charging stations in Europe.

In fact, this whole theme is getting bigger than cars

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing recently announced a takeover of its own. It bought an aviation research firm called Aurora Flight Sciences, which specialises in unmanned flight. This follows on from Boeings venture capital arm investing in a start-up trying to build a commercial electric plane.

The world sits still for no one. If the aviation gurus of the world can crack some of the big technological problems around the range electric cars planes fly, it could dramatically lower the costs of flying.

Imagine that for a moment an unmanned plane with an electric motor flying you some...

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Fluoride, voter districts top Buda forum "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Single member districts, fluoridation and management of growth were a handful of topics candidates vying for a pair of Buda city council seats took on in Mondays forum held at City Hall.

The event, held by the Buda Area Chamber of Commerce, featured candidates Jose Montoya and Paul Dagereau, who are vying for the unexpired Place 4 seat, and candidates Remy Fallon and Clark Beach, who seek the Place 5 seat.

Also answering several questions was Evan Ture, who is running unopposed for the Place 6 seat, as well as current city council Place 4 member George Haehn, who is running unopposed for mayor.

Each candidate was asked about the possibility of transitioning to single member districts and their views on water fluoridation, as well as what their first actions would be if elected to the council. They were also asked what their visions of Buda are for the next 20 years.

Fallon, Beach and Montoya were all in favor of single member districts in order to ensure more adequate representation across the city. Daugereau felt Buda was not yet ready for single member districts using the two uncontested races as evidence of his views.

Fallon, Beach and Daugereau agreed that fluoridation was an unnecessary cost to the city, while Montoya remained neutral on the subject.

When asked about future business growth in Buda, as well as incentives offered to incoming businesses, Beach and Daugereau opted for targeted incentives.

Montoya maintained a conservative approach to incentives and Fallon urged more incentives to small, local Buda businesses.

All candidates said if elected they would focus primarily on seeing the 2014 bond projects completed as well as other specific areas of concern. Those extended to roads, the Main Street program and establishing the citys new unified development code.

Early voting for the Buda city council elections begin Oct. 23. Election Day is Nov. 7.

*Original article online at

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SydneyLETS is part of a global network "IndyWatch Feed"

SydneyLETS is part of an internatiol network of local trading groups called Community Exchange System. Our online trading system allows us to can with members around Australia and the world. To keep up with the latest news check out CES Australia on Facebook.

Check out this map of CES groups around the globe. Click on a group to find out how many active members, and how many trades in the last 12 months.

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Wednesday, 05 July


Vision Board Workshop "IndyWatch Feed"

Sat 5 Aug, 2pm

A Vision Board is a collage of images that represent whatever you would like to be, do, have or give in your life. Creating a vision board helps you get in touch with your dreams and desires, clarify your goals and helps to provide motivation as you work towards your dreams becoming a reality.


In this workshop, run by LETS member Wendy Burgess, you will create your own Vision Board. The Vision Board could be about your life in general or it could focus on a specific area of your life such as health, relationships, career, finances, spirituality, leisure, travel or any other area you would like to explore.

After you create your Vision Board time will be spent learning and working with tools to set intentions, create affirmations and work out goals and action steps based on your Vision Board.


All materials will be provided

A3 sized coloured cardboard
lots of magazines
Activating your Vision Board


Bottle of water
Any images you would like to use on your Vision Board

2-4pm Please arrive ten minutes early as the workshop begins with a short visualisation at 2pm


Hornsby library, (Esther Waite Meeting Room) 28 George St Hornsby

Hornsby is a 5 minute walk from the train station. Hornsby is 35 minutes from Central if you catch the Central Coast express service which leaves from the country trains platform. Parking is available in the Hornsby Westfield carpark. The closest Westfield carpark to the venue is the one in Burdett St. COST 5 operas and $5 (to cover the cost of room hire)


You are welcome to bring any friends along as long as Wendy knows they are coming so she can bring along enough materials. The cost for non-LETS members is $10.

Contact Wendy Burgess (SYCE1311)

Let your friends know about this event by sharing the Facebook event.

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SydneyLETS picnic & trading day "IndyWatch Feed"


Hi All !!

We are going to have a LETS picnic/trading day on May 29 from 1pm onwards at Enmore Park in Marrickville. This will be a great opportunity to meet other LETS members.

If everyone could bring some food to share that would be awesome and dont forget to also bring your skills and goods to trade.

Any new members can join on the day so please invite your friends who are not yet LETS members.

We look forward to seeing you there. In the meantime you can follow the Event on facebook:

Tuesday, 20 November


2012 National LETS Conference Notes "IndyWatch Feed"

Notes on the 2012 National LETS Conference have been posted on the Eastern Suburbs Warranwood LETS  site.

63 LETS members & friends attended the Melbourne Conference at the gorgeous Upper Plenty Conference Centre.  From the feedback we have received it was a fun and inspiring weekend.  A special thanks to Howard & Wendy Stokes, our hosts, who provided wonderful accommodation with amazing views, yummy food and a gorgeous environment.

Full conference wrap up >>

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