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Saturday, 21 October

18:31

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

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.......

17:26

MEDIA RELEASE | URGENT NEED FOR HUMAN RIGHTS OBSERVERS TO GO TO MANUS NAVY TAKE-OVER OF MANUS WILL PUT LIVES AT RISK "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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(...)

17:00

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

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

1. 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.





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15:42

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

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...

13:00

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

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...

12:29

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

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....

11:25

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

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.






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11:18

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

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.

10:57

Qld Budget data visualisation from Truii "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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

Queensland Government finance data 2015-16

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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!

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08:48

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

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

07:48

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

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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07:45

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

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

The post Gaze Coin Launches Worlds First Blockchain Gaze Control/Eye Tracking Monetization Platform For VR/AR, Announces ICO appeared first on NEWSBTC.

07:06

Cosmic Queries - Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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: https://www.startalkradio.net/all-access/cosmic-queries-climate-change/

06:15

Killing whales ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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

05:59

Atheist Cake! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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.

05:55

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

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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05:16

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

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.

03:54

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

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...

03:45

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

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, DailyMail.com 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 DailyMail.com. 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.

03:40

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

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

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 []

The post Coverup Questions Emerge Over Vegas Security Guards Ellen Appearance appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

03:07

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

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...

02:53

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

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?"

00:53

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

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:.....

00:47

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

The short answer is yes

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

You cant make this stuff up folks.

#LiberalLunacy 

Featured Image: torbakhopper/Flickr
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00:30

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

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...

00:17

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

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...

00:16

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

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 DailyMail.com 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.

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00:07

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

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


Featured Image: Department of Defense

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23:52

Inner West Tool Library "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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.

If anyone is keen to find out more, becoming a part of the founding team, donating skills/tools/time/space, being a member or a supporter please contact iwtoollibrary@gmail.com 

Like the facebook page for updates fb.me/iwtoollibrary

23:50

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

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 DailyMail.com 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....

23:42

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

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.

23:33

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

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 Survival.com 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.

23:19

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

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.....

22:52

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

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.

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22:34

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

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...

22:34

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

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...

22:33

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

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...

21:59

Introducing Pirates Without Borders "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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 PiratesWithoutBorders.com and the above-the-grid answers to the oiligarchs' plans.

21:29

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

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...

21:00

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

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...

20:06

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

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.



20:00

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

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BY JOHN SOLOMON AND ALISON SPANN  

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...

18:25

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

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...

18:00

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




 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?

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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...
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17:54

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

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.

17:40

To October 21 Nuclear News Australia "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nhoGIvOKJU

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...

16:31

Battle Against Tranquillisers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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.

16:02

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

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.

16:00

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

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.

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15:45

AFSA National Committee 2018 Nominations "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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...

14:33

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

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14:30

Coalcliff death not suspicious "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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.


14:24

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

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.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 report: New South Wales<<a href="https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/indigenous-health-welfare/health-performance-framework-2017-nsw/contents/table-of-contents">https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/indigenous-health-welfare/health-performance-framework-2017-nsw/contents/table-of-contents>

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 report: Queensland<<a href="https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/indigenous-health-welfare/health-performance-framework-2017-qld/contents/table-of-contents">https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/indigenous-health-welfare/health-performance-framework-2017-qld/contents/table-of-contents>

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12:44

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

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...

12:33

The psychology of sex predators "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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.

12:22

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

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...

12:08

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

DrGoogle

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.


12:08

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

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,  https://theconversation.com/australias-nuclear-testing-before-the-1956-olympics-in-melbourne-should-be-a-red-flag-for-fukushima-in-2020-85787, 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...

10:24

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



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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10:21

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


 
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

 

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10:14

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

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...

09:55

More techno Utopia "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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.


09:45

Why the High Court shut down Tassies anti-protest laws in Bob Brown case "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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 )
https://www.crikey.com.au/2017/10/19/high-court-shuts-down-tassies-anti-protest-laws-in-bob-brown-case/


09:14

New board, new name, new energy: Former power workers join cooperative factory in Morwell "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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 []

09:00

"Why the Imp in Your Brain Gets Out "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

"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 ...

08:32

STRANGER THAN FICTION: Why Is Foundation of Vegas Shooting Survivor Sponsored By DHS Linked Firm? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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...

08:22

Liquid metal discovery ushers in new wave of chemistry and electronics "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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.

08:13

North Korea implores Aust to ditch Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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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08:07

Push for Senate probe into Crown casino "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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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08:03

Keating urges Vic MPs to kill Die bill "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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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07:01

Nostalgia for the car industry wont bring it back: domestic market too small, labour costs too high "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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...

06:29

Top 6 Ways to Heal Thyroid Disease "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Top 6 Ways to Heal Thyroid Disease

Posted on: Thursday, October 19th 2017 at 7:30 am

Discover protocols that could lead you into thyroid disease remission.
I didnt always want to be a thyroid pharmacist!  In fact, I didnt have much interest in the thyroid until my own thyroid diagnosis in 2009. This diagnosis came after almost a decade of some pretty life-altering symptoms. I was so fatigued I had to sleep for 12 hours each night just to feel human. My sharp mind that kept me on the honor roll during my doctorate program studies was not so sharp anymore! I began to have brain fog and started being forgetful and then there was the intense anxiety
I remember levels of anxiety so bizarre that my husband couldnt go for a jog without me thinking hed been hit by a car or left with some woman!
I was in pain pretty much everyday, and I ended up being diagnosed with carpal tunnel in both arms. I wore braces on my arms and eventually had to resign from my job because it involved too much computer time. I had irritable bowel syndrome and acid reflux and went to so many doctors, I felt like I had more doctors visits than visits with friends!
Some doctors told me that there was nothing wrong with me, other doctors said it was all in my head and suggested antidepressants, other doctors told me that everyone was tired and stressed. One of the most amusing answers I got from a health care professional was Youre just getting older.
Did I mention that I was only 25 years old at the time?
When I first got my diagnosis, I finally felt validated, but sadly, the doctors still didnt have many solutions for me. I was prescribed .........

05:50

American tourist suspects he was hit by similar invisible 'attacks' in Cuba, years before US government workers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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?

05:45

What would Satan do if he ran America? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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:

YOU BELONG TO YOUR FATHER, THE DEVIL, AND YOU WANT TO CARRY OUT YOUR FATHERS DESIRES. HE WAS A MURDERER FROM THE BEGINNING, NOT HOLDING TO THE TRUTH, FOR THERE IS NO TRUTH IN HIM. WHEN HE LIES, HE SPEAKS HIS NATIVE LANGUAGE, FOR HE IS A LIAR AND THE FATHER OF LIES. (JOHN 8:44 NIV)

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....

05:44

Red List, Blue List, No List-What List Are You On? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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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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05:03

Baicalin has the potential to be used in novel anti cancer therapeutic formulations for treatment of ovarian cancer. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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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05:00

Corruption that kills "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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

04:30

The latest on coal ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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04:18

Catalan Leader Fails to Meet Madrids Deadline "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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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...

04:15

Is Hollywood sitting on a pedophilia scandal? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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...

04:00

Walsh to run pokies? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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

04:00

Do I have a snowflakes chance in hell ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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

03:45

And the Man Booker goes to ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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03:05

MACKAY Armed robbery accused to remain in prison for now "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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MACKAY Hairdresser fined for punching bouncer "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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03:00

LOA Today 10.19.17 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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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02:35

Soul Contracts: The Outline of Your Life "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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.

02:29

Interview 1310 Ernest Hancock on Pirates Without Borders "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2017-10-18%20Broc%20West.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 PirateWithoutBorders.com and the above-the-grid answers to the oiligarchs' plans.

02:03

The SAA Deir-Ezzor Euphrates River Battle: a Tactical Review "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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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...

00:44

UN takes Australia to task over archaic fines laws that resulted in Ms Dhus death in custody "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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.

00:25

Killary kept her private computer server for nearly two years after leaving State Dept - who let that happen? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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.

00:00

Freewallet is the First Service Provider to Enable Bitcoin Gold Support "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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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23:22

#HandsOffCorey: Support #Charlottesville Defender Corey Long "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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.

22:16

In Wake Of Equifax Hack, Its Time For The U.S. To Create A National ID Card "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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...

22:04

Paul Keating: Voluntary euthanasia is a threshold moment for Australia, and one we should not cross "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

  • 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...

22:03

The Man Who Called Donald Trump a Moron "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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....

21:30

A 10 Step Survival Guide for The Dark Night of the Soul "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In the dark night of the soul, bright flows the river of God.

St John of the Cross

By Caroline Diana

STRUCTURE.

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...

21:01

The Psychedelic Renaissance is Here. Will it Last This Time? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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.

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20:13

Gunnedah Council and the NSW Department of Health to consult Gunnedah shire community about water fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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 http://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/4999824/should-fluoride-be-added-to-the-towns-water-supply-poll/

19:58

Albatrosses eat jellyfish, new research "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

This video says about itself:

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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...

19:14

Species-ism: a displacement attitude to racism? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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...

18:41

Australia - Gunnedah Council and the NSW Department of Health to consult Gunnedah shire community about water fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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...

01:00

Debt bondage for workers in Australian horticulture akin to slavery, inquiry hears "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Papua New Guineans shouldn't be easily lured into slavery overseas, as Paul was in the article below. We should work our own land and reap the benefits, the true value of our land, instead of looking for fast/easy money.

They say our customary land is idle, undeveloped, a wasted resource because it has no value. A LIE ! Our customary land sustains over 7 million people in thousands of communities. Our land supports an economy worth K40 BILLION a year and provides jobs and cash incomes for our people who work it. It is the resource on which we must build our development on.

Source: ABC Rural

Australia is being urged to take steps to stamp out farm labour conditions described as being akin to modern slavery, with the horticulture industry thought to be most ripe for exploitation.

An Australian Parliamentary Inquiry has been told that consistent cross-border regulation of labour hire contractors should be adopted across industries.

It also heard that broader investigative powers should be granted to the Fair Work Authority.

The inquiry is investigating the United Kingdom's lead in adopting a Modern Slavery Act and is nearing completion with the one and only regional hearing at Mildura, Victoria, to be held on October 30.

A report is slated for release next month.

Escaping slavery in Cairns to land in danger in Mildura

"Paul" was lured to Cairns from Papua New Guinea, with the promise of a TAFE education and good work but was conned by a Far North Queensland banana farmer.

"I was working 6:00am to 6:00pm driving tractors and eating bread and cordial for breakfast and lunch, and boiled mince meat for dinner. I lived in the shed with a dog," he said.

He did not see a cent in pay and instead, when Paul asked the farmer for his pay, he was told it was being saved up to pay for the TAFE course.

After six months Paul discovered dozens of other foreign workers on the farm in the same trouble.

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Wednesday, 18 October

20:16

Fluoride, voter districts top Buda forum "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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 https://haysfreepress.com/2017/10/18/fluoride-voter-districts-top-buda-forum/

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