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Thursday, 21 December


Review: The Beautiful Girls "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Photos by Stuart Bucknell Photography The Beautiful Girls, Animal Ventura & Mesmeriser The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW Saturday 16th December, 2017 In the sweltering Sydney summer, the ice cool reprieve of The Metro Theatres ample air conditioning was a welcome starter to an evening that promised rays of Morning Sun. To start the night off, []


2018 Numerology Personal Year "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine

Your 2018 numerology personal year number predictions. With the spiritual meaning of 2018. as channelled by psychic medium Ian Scott

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Car Ploughs Into Pedestrians in Melbourne, Injures at Least 14 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Australian police stand near a crashed vehicle after they arrested the driver of a vehicle that had ploughed into pedestrians at a crowded intersection near the Flinders Street train station in central Melbourne, Australia December 21, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Luis Ascui

Melbourne: A car deliberately ploughed into pedestrians at a crowded intersection in the Australian city of Melbourne ...


MACKAY Drunken attack: Sick thudding sound, like a loud crack "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY December 21, 2017 at 06:03AM ,

Drunken attack: Sick thudding sound, like a loud crack

December 21, 2017 at 06:03AM ,

Mayson James Doyle-Cavanagh continued to kick and punch him. The unprovoked assault ended when the victim rose to his feet and copped an unexpected blow, a king hit, from the 20-year-old apprentice fitter. Doyle-Cavanagh faced Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink from prison on Tuesday

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MACKAY Man pretends to be childrens hospital doctor "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY December 21, 2017 at 11:52AM ,

Man pretends to be childrens hospital doctor

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Shoplifter driven by ice habit released from prison Skye Louise Walton, 23, of Mackay was sentenced in Mackay Magistrates Court on a. Sobbed as magistrate offered her a reprieve before Christmas

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MACKAY Dumbest criminals caught on camera "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY December 21, 2017 at 03:03PM ,

Dumbest criminals caught on camera

December 21, 2017 at 03:03PM ,

Police have launched the Christmas Road Safety Campaign in a bid to stop stupid behaviour and reduce trauma on the roads. Commissioner Ian Stewart said this years campaign would involve a highly visible police presence and a series of targeted traffic operations across the state. Sadly 40 people

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A Prescription for Reducing Wasted Health Care Spending "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Earlier this year, the Gallup organization set out to identify the top concerns everyday Americans have about money. Researchers asked more than a thousand people across the country, What is the most important financial problem facing your family today? Their top answer: the cost of health care.

Increases in medical costs have substantially outpaced economic growth for decades. In recent months, ProPublica has shown that it doesnt have to be this way. Its been estimated that the U.S. health care system wastes about $765 billion a year about a quarter of whats spent. Weve identified ways that tens of billions of dollars are being wasted, some of them overlooked even by many experts and academics studying this problem.

Its possible to reduce or eliminate some of the waste, but there are also formidable forces that benefit from it. Excess spending generates revenue and profit for what some have called the medical industrial complex, said Dr. H. Gilbert Welch, professor of medicine at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice. There are a number of people who can imagine ways to solve things, Welch said of the wasted spending. But the political will and the forces at work can stop them pretty easily.

Still, wasting fewer health care dollars could drive down insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs and maybe even free up resources for education, retirement and wage increases, among other things.

Here are the ways ProPublica found the medical industry is needlessly gobbling up money, along with steps health care leaders or policymakers say we could take right now to reduce the waste.  

What Hospitals Waste

The nations health care tab is sky-high. Were tracking down the reasons. First stop: a look at all the perfectly good stuff hospitals throw away.

What ProPublica found: Hospitals routinely toss out brand-new supplies and gently used equipment. Most of it goes to the dump, but some gets picked up by nonprofit organizations that ship the goods to the developing world. 

Partners for World Health ships Americas unwanted medical supplies from their warehouse to countries with under-developed health care system...


Police Arrest Driver After Crashing Into Pedestrians In Melboune "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


"Man Gives the Shoes Off His Feet to Stranger in Need at Kentucky Chick-fil-A" "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

"Man Gives the Shoes Off His Feet to 
Stranger in Need at Kentucky Chick-fil-A"
by MSN

"Hallie Cassadys family eats at Chick-fil-A in Bowling Green, Kentucky at least once a week. But last weeks visit to their favorite restaurant wasnt like the others. Chowing down with her loved ones, the 13 year old witnessed a gesture of kindness that will alter her perspective forever. That day Hallie was one of many customers who noticed an old man in need of some help. His shoes were being held together with duct tape, the teenager recalled to WBKO.

Another diner noticed the man too, and Hallie says she watched as he looked in him the eye, took off his boots and handed them to him. The good samaritan, who was later identified as Mark Townsend of Scottsville, ate the rest of his meal wearing just his socks, then walked barefoot out into the cold.&nbsp...


U.S. Life Expectancy Drops for Second Year Amid Opioid Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

December 21, 2017, 12:01 AM EST
  • First time in more than 50 years that it fell twice in a row
  • Rate of deaths from opioid overdoses doubled from 2015 to 2016

Americans life expectancy at birth declined for the second year in a row in 2016 as the nation grappled with an opioid crisis, the first time thats happened in more than half a century.

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The overall decrease in longevity to an average of 78.6 years was driven by higher death rates among young and middle-aged Americans, even as older people are living longer. Fatal drug overdoses jumped by 21 percent, and the rate of deaths from synthetic opioids like fentanyl doubled from 2015 to 2016, the National Center for Health Statistics said Thursday.

Broad declines in life expectancy are unusual in modern, wealthy nations absent war or epidemics and the reversal in the U.S. has been years in the making. Americans have shorter lives than citizens of other rich nations like Japan, Germany or Canada, and the gap in lifespans has been increasing, according to a 2013 National Academies of Sciences report.

Weve been on a different trajectory from other high-income nations over two decades, said Laudan Aron, a demographer at the Urban Institute and co-editor of that report.

Still, the opioid crisis is part of the story in the most recent years. Accidental injuries, a category that includes drug overdoses, eclipsed respiratory disease to become the third-leading cause of death in 2016, accounting for almost 6 percent of all deaths. Only cancer and heart disease kill more Americans.

Life is Shorter

Life expectancy drops for the sec...


To Be a Latin-American Migrant in Madrid "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, Dec 20 2017 (IPS) If you are in Madrid and have some spare time, just go to an area which residents consider a high class neighbourhood situated in a district bordering Barrio de Salamanca, one of the richest areas in the Spanish capital.

In a main street between Plaza del Ecuador and Plaza de la Repblica Domenicana, in Barrio de Hispanoamrica neighbourhood, Madrid. Credit: IPS/Baher Kamal

There you will see relatively modern buildings next to old houses constructed under Francisco Francos rule (1939-1975) and sold to military officials at token prices.

You will also see many shops run by Chinese migrants, selling cheap but nice cloth in what used to be boutiques frequented by wealthy middle-aged women.

But what you will often see are old Spanish men and women, some of them in wheelchairs, who are patiently accompanied and taken care of by Latin American migrants, going for a walk, sitting in a small park to breath some fresh air and take the sun.

Before that, these very same migrants would have walked the dogs of the elderly persons for whom they work, went shopping for food, read books or newspapers to them, and helped them wash their faces before dressing them up to go out.

Back home, the accompanying migrants will clean the house, wash, iron, cook, give them their medicine, answer the phone calls of their very busy, very short of time working sons and daughters.

Good People

They are good people, all old people are good people, Nancy*, a 33-year old Ecuadorian migrant, told IPS. It is a tough job because they [the elderly] spend their time either complaining or saying confused...


Plum-headed Finch at Oxley Creek Common reported by Rae Clark on 21-12-2017 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Three birds seen near Jabiru Swamp. One had less colour and appeared to be imm.


PERTH Wild grand theft auto-style chase through Perth ends with arrest at Malaga Maccas "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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Wild grand theft auto-style chase through Perth ends with arrest at Malaga Maccas .

December 21, 2017 at 09:28AM .

Police had to call in additional crews, deploy a helicopter and a tyre deflation device to arrest two men after a wild chase through Rivervale after an allegedly stolen car on Wednesday night. Police spokesman Samuel Dinnison said about 8:20pm officers approached a BMW at the intersection of .


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Gautam Of Thrones: Adani In Australia Explained Through The House Of Lannister "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

If youre struggling to get your head around the fuss over Adani, the Indian mining company hoping to dig a giant hole in the ground in Queensland, it might help to explain it in terms people are more familiar with. Briana Charles takes up the cause.

Adani Corporations Ltd; a big industrialised fish in a big industrialised tank. Headed by Gautam Adani, a man heralded by some as one of the great rags to riches stories of India.

Now the 13th richest man in India, this entrepreneurial high school dropout wasnt born into the oligarchy that he is now the chairman of. Everybody loves a working class hero, or at least thats the half-baked sentiment here in Australia.

Personally I find comparing real life tycoons to fictional war lords satisfying. I like how fiction can grip at your emotions by creating a real life parody without it actually being real life. Alluring the consumer into a false sense of emotional security. All of a sudden youre crying over the death of a made-up fictional king in a land where dragon eggs are worth more than bayside property with a view of the opera house.


With 16 million people tuning into HBO to watch the season finale of Game of Thrones, its evident that this morally ambiguous fantasy land has created a tie that binds. Arguably, it could be useful to compare some of most notorious players of house lannister, Tywin and Cersai, with the big cahoonas of Adani Ltd, Gautam and Vinod.

Whatever you may or may not know about the Adani family, the proposed mine in the north of the Galilee Basin in Queensland is riddled with controversy, and the speculation into Adanis integrity as a business is more layered than a Shrek-like onion.

Despite the obvious contention points of a) the mine being built on the Great Barrier Reef, and b) projected carbon emissions equivalent to the city of Paris, there are less transparent players in this otherwise run-of-the-mill, corner shop multi-national.

Vinod Shantilal, Guatams older brother has chosen to hide his dirty laundry under a few waves of permanent residencies. He stands accused of wide ranging acts of trade-based money laundering, syphoning large amounts of money through ethereal tax havens in places such as the Cayman islands. Its a country that has so many businesses registered there, each citizen should technically be running two start-ups each to keep the place afloat.

Much like our esteemed Tywin Lannister, the father of House Lannister, Vinod has acted as the neck of operations, sometimes opera...


66% of the Economy is Already Electronic & 99% of Money is Electronic "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: I loved your mention of how our money is not printed. You are THE ONLY financial expert to mention this. And you cant understand our economy without understanding Electronic Money. I researched this 3 or four years ago and came up with, .003 physical currency vs the rest as Electronic Money. I later stumbled across an article on the same subject by an economics professor who put the ratio at .0003 physical. SO, who/where/how much/ and by whos authority is E money created? E money is how the economy is propped up, and the amount is in TRILLIONS UPON TRILLIONS.

ANSWER: That is about correct. However, it is actually much worse. About 40% of the value of the paper currency of the United States circulates outside the USA. In fact, about 40% of the debt is also held outside the USA.

Moreover, the bulk of the money is not just electronic already, but people failed to understand the change in the debt structure. Why do governments even borrow money when they have NO INTENTION of ever paying anything back? Once upon a time, before 1971 under Bretton Woods, it was illegal to borrow against government bonds. That was when the theory emerged that it was LESS INFLATIONARY to borrow than to print. The bonds were not part of the money supply. However, post-1971, you could borrow freely against government bonds. It no longer made any difference to print v borrow.



Cleaning Up: The NSW Governments Despicable Plan To Cut Wages And Conditions Of School Cleaners "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In this two-part special feature, Michael Brull looks at a plan by the NSW Liberals to undermine and slash the pay of school cleaners.

There are some 7,000 school cleaners in NSW. Their conditions and wages already not great have been protected under an award system and a relatively regulated system of limited contracts in the state.

The NSW Liberal government plans to abolish that system.

Companies will competitively bid for those contracts, then subcontract out to smaller companies to provide cleaning services. The result will be a less regulated system, cleaners being exploited, suffering underpay, job insecurity, and less entitlements.


We know this, because the system the NSW government wants to adopt was essentially the one adopted by Victoria. It was such a disaster that Victoria is currently in the process of transitioning into what was, until now, the NSW model.

In this article, I will review the threat to the conditions of school cleaners in NSW. In the next article, I will explore the debacle in Victoria under the system that NSW is moving to adopt.


7000 school cleaners forced to re-apply for their own jobs

The current system in NSW, with a small number of regulated contracts, has operated since 1994. Anna Patty reported for Fairfax that The NSW government put its cleaning services contract to tender for the first time in May with a new contract set to begin from July next year. A spokesperson for the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI) dismissed the current contract system as being based on an outdated, historical formula based on fixed hours at different locations It has not kept pace with industry best practice, which relies on a transparent, per square metre standard. That is, rather than paying cleaners based on hours worked, the work will be contracted out, with cleaners paid based on work done, measured in ground covered.

DFSI notified the union for cleaners, United Voice, that employment guarantees that have existed for school cleaners since 1994 will not be extended in the new contracts from 2018. As Fairfax observed in an...


The Coldest Winter 2017/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


QUESTION: Mr, Armstrong; You said this year your computer is forecasting the coldest winter in a long time. I assume this is cyclical. Is this due to the sun diming?


ANSWER: Yes, that is part of it. We look at correlations and what lines up with that is also a disruption in the Polar Jet Stream. That is how Ice Ages unfold. Pictured here is the normal picture of the Jet Stream. What correlates with the decline in the energy output of the sun appears to be the Polar Jet Stream plunges south even into Mexico.

This was what took place in early December. This will become a more common occurrence this year. Therefore, it will snow in the South and even into Mexico. Florida should escape the plunge, however, it will be unseasonably cooler by probably 10 degrees at the extreme points of reference.

So much for Global Warming. By the time we get to 2024, people will be willing to pay a tax to get warm.


Whitehaven coal Mod 4 Response to Submissions dodgy, dodgy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Whitehaven coal are seeking to delete sound power controls from s12(a) of the noise approval conditions for its opencut coal mine at Maules Creek;

(The proponent shall) ensure that all equipment and noise control measures deliver sound power levels that are equal to or better than the sound power levels identified in the EA, and correspond to best practice or the application of the best available technology economically achievable;

The community reacted strongly to this push to water down noise conditions. In all there were 116 submissions, 16 NGO, 97 public submissions and 3 government agency. All NGO and public submissions objected to the proposed sound power modification. The agency submissions made comment.

The Response to Submissions (RTS) from Whitehaven can be found here.



When Tragedy Leads to Forgiveness "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Six weeks ago in Sydney, Australia, a mother parked her car in a primary school car park and accidentally hit the accelerator. The car crashed into a classroom full of []


Australia Post Claims Wrongly Delivered Mail Result of Nationwide Secret Santa Program "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Australia Post has been deliberately sending the wrong mail to people across the country for years as part of a top-secret nationwide secret Santa program, according to a statement released by the companys PR team today.

Weve been secretly bringing the magic of Christmas to people all throughout the year for as long as we can remember, the statement reads. Some people complain because they think were mixing up packages by accident, but we also get a lot of happy customers who love the surprises they receive.

The statement describes how one man whod been expecting a book from his mum called 12 steps to living drug-free was delighted when he instead received a box of MDMA from the dark web.

This man is just one of many winners, the statement says. We make a list of deliveries and check it twice, then we burn it and just send the parcels wherever we feel like taking them. Another thing we love to do is send Christmas presents out a few months late. Everyone gets presents on December 25 so its a lot more special and unexpected to instead get them in June.


Police 'lured' into Melbourne backstreet battles, internal memo shows amid fears of gang merger "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Heavily armed riot police had to be called in to break up a Werribee party after the first officers to arrive at the Airbnb house were pelted with rocks. Source: 7 News.
Gangs forming an alliance, where could this lead?
Our government has left us defenceless due to gun control legislation & anti-self defence laws. What choices are we left with for our own self defence & the protection of our families?!


Yet another broken anonymity promise "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

In 2016, the Australian government released, for research purposes, an extract of public health insurance data, comprising the 30-year billing history of ten percent of the population, with medical providers and patients purportedly de-identified. Melbourne University researcher Dr Vanessa Teague and her colleagues famously found quite quickly that many of the providers were readily re-identified.  The dataset was withdrawn, though not before many hundreds of copies were downloaded from the government website.

The governments responses to the re-identification work were emphatic but sadly not positive.  For one thing, legislation was written to criminalize the re-identification of ostensibly anonymised data, which would frustrate work such as Teagues regardless of its probative value to ongoing privacy engineering (the bill has yet to be passed). For another, the Department of Health insisted that no patient information had been compromised.  That was then.

It seems less ironic than inevitable that in fact the patients anonymity was not to be taken as read.  In follow-up work released earlier this week, Teague, with Dr Chris Culnane and Dr Ben Rubinstein, have shown how patients in that data release may indeed be re-identified.

The ability to re-identify patients from this sort of Open Data release is frankly catastrophic.  The release of imperfectly de-identified healthcare data poses real dangers to patients with socially difficult conditions.  This is surely well understood.  What we now need to contend with is the question of whether Open Data practices like this deliver benefits that justify the privacy risks. Thats going to be a tricky debate, for the belief in data science is bordering on religious.

It beggars belief that any government official would promise anonymity any more. These promises just cannot be kept.

Re-identification has become a professional sport.  Researchers are constantly finding artful new ways to triangulate individuals identities, drawing on diverse public information, ranging from genealogical databases to photos from celebrity gossip sites.  But it seems that no matter how many times privacy advocates warn against these dangers, the Open Data juggernaut just rolls on.  Concerns are often dismissed as academic, or being trivial compared with the supposed fruits of research conducted on census data, M...


TMRs Christmas Message to Millennials "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Merry Christmas Millennials!

Because Im such a nice privileged white male, Ive decided to give you some free advice. You may detect a common theme.

If you want to regularly buy smashed avocado on toast for $15 (or more!) and cant see how its a small symptom of a far bigger problem I dont care.

If you think life is all about experiences and not about substance I dont care.

If you didnt land your dream job after completing your arts degree in 15th century French lesbian poetry studies I dont care (H/T Adam Clarey).

If you dont like your immediate supervisor and think he or she is mean I dont care.

If you spend hours each day on on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media platforms, and dont use that time to make any money whatsoever I dont care. If you do this at work and think its an ethical and productive way to behave I dont care.

If you want to go out every Friday night and wake up at 2.00pm on Saturdays, only to do the same thing the next night I dont care. Please, keep wasting your time.

If you think a productive life involves going to a full time job and spending the rest of your time doing about half the chores you should be doing and hanging out with friends and nothing else (because youve earned it) youre an average, half-filled vessel and I dont care.

If youre constantly telling your friends how bad you are at adulting and think its cool I dont care.

If you dont use and value your time as much as other people use and value their own time I dont care. Please, keep wasting your time. It sustains me.

If you cant achieve social justice I dont care. By all means, keep trying.

If you think theres a housing crisis because you cant discipline yourself enough to save a deposit for a house in a realistic area relative to your income I dont care. Go ahead and keep renting that inner city apartment that costs 50% of your disposable income and keep buying coffees and deconstructed smashed avo sandwiches from that hipster cafe down the road.

Speaking of which, if you buy one or more coffees a day for $4 or $5 a cup (or more) and wonder why you dont have any money I dont care.

If youre earning an average graduate salary and take a holiday to Bali every year, just to hang out and buy drinks with the same Australians in the same types of pubs and c...


Is Cryptocurrency The Future, Or The Future New World Order Currency? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

There is a lot of debate around the intentions behind cryptocurrency, and in particular, Bitcoin itself. Some say that it is the answer we have been waiting for; the very thing that will allow us the freedom to finally side-step the centralized control of the State. While others feel that this is just another long-con []

The post Is Cryptocurrency The Future, Or The Future New World Order Currency? appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.


2017 Year Book: FBi Radios Most Played Tracks "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Here they are! Were super excited to share FBis 100 Most Played Tracks of the year.

As with our Most Played Artists of 2017, were proud to say that the playlist is stacked with plenty of local gems from our own backyard: delivering more than 50% Australian music, with (over!) half of that from Sydney.

Out of the top 100, 69 tracks are from Australian artists, with a massive 42 of those from Sydney including the entire top 10.

Follow the playlist on Spotify and discover all the tracks our presenters couldnt stop pressing play on. We cant wait to see what comes of 2018!



Special mentions to these jams, rounding out the top 100. Sydney tracks are starred*, Australian in green :

Chicanery Change*

Crooked Letter Heretics

Genesis Owusu Mamas Baby

Jacqui Lomas Silence


Jess Locke Bitter/Better*

Muscle Memory Punish Those Many*

(listen to this one via The Bridge Class of 2017)

Ravin Green Light*

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2017 Year Book: FBi Radios Most Played Artists "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

After rounding up our most played tracks of the year, we were pretty stoked to see so many local gems front and centre. Now weve tallied up our second end of year list for you FBis most played artists of 2017, and its a cracker.

Over-delivering on our promise of 50% Australian music (in green), with well over half of that from Sydney (starred*), this years local representation featured plenty of returning favourites alongside even more ones to watch. Here are the acts we havent been able to get enough of!

Special thanks to AMRAP (the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project) for the live playlists we use online. They support us every day in our effort to bring you great Australian music.


  • Sampa The Great*

  • Cloud Control*

  • Vince Staples

  • Methyl Ethel

  • Syd

  • Bonobo

  • Mere Women*

  • Corbin

  • Kendrick Lamar

  • Fishing*

  • Tornado Wallace

  • Kirin J Calinan*

  • Brockhampton

  • Death Bells*

  • PVT*

  • Julien Baker

  • These New South Whales*

  • Kelela

  • Gussy*

  • Gold Class

  • Thun...


12/20: ORDNUNG "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

There is a move being proposed for President Trump to create his own national security private police force that will be employed to investigate seditious Deep State operatives that are trying to destabilize our government. The creation of such a program raises the possibility for the development of an intelligence apparatus which would enforce Trumps political policies. If this comes to fruition, 2018 will be the year of more attempted coups, counter-coups, and a political police answerable to no one. On tonight's show, Clyde Lewis talks about ORDNUNG.

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The Black Arts after Fifty Years "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


This year marks the 50th anniversary of Richard Cavendishs classic study of the occult, The Black Arts. The year of Cavendishs book 1967  could be seen as a banner moment for the rebirth of occult and esoteric spirituality in the modern West.

In 1967, the toy giant Parker Brothers relaunched the Ouija Board, having bought rights the prior year from descendants of manufacturer William Fuld, and sold a record two million talking boards, surpassing sales of its leading game Monopoly, and installing the mediumistic device into playrooms across America.

As governor-elect of California, Ronald Reagan in January 1967 raised eyebrows by scheduling his inauguration at the perplexing hour of 12:10 A.M., prompting persistent questions which ran throughout his presidency over the extent of his and wifes dedication to astrology. Reagan would admit only that Nancy and I enjoy glancing at the daily astrology charts in our morning paper. At that time, about 1,250 out of 1,750 daily papers featured daily horoscope columns, a post-war high.

In 1967, The Beatles learned Transcendental Meditation (TM) from the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, indelibly marrying the youth culture to the pursuit of Eastern and esoteric wisdom. The following year, The Beatles famous sojourn to the Maharishis northern Indian ashram in Rishikesh resurrected the ideal of the Westerner seeking wisdom in the Far East, a template laid in the late 1870s by Russian-born occult explorer Madame HP Blavatsky, who left behind the relatively cushy environs of New York City to move to India, a place then as alien to most Westerners as the surface of another planet.

Also in 1967, the bestselling biography of psychic Edgar Cayce, Edgar Cayce: The Sleeping Prophet by tabloid journalist Jess Stearn, brought renewed attention to the early twentieth-century medical clairvoyant. Cayces popularity was followed by a wave of channelled literature Cayce first used the term channel in the mystical sense under the names of such other-dimensional entities as Seth, Ramtha, and Abraham.

This ferment of occult and mystical enthusiasm soon exploded across the culture as Americans were urged to be here now, try psychedelics to tune in to higher energies, use new practices in yoga and Zen, rediscover native shamanism (or varia...


Witchcraft Before Wicca: The Cunning Men and Wise-Women of Old "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Photograph of English cunning man George Pickingill, taken at the turn of the 20th century, in either the 1890s or early 1900s.

By MICHAEL HOWARD (19482015)

Today the popular image of witchcraft in the mass media and in books and magazines is largely defined by Wicca, a form of neo-pagan witchcraft created by a retired English civil servant called Gerald Brosseau Gardner (18841964) in the 1940s. It is now established worldwide as a post-modern, nature religion with a spiritual emphasis on Goddess worship. Modern witchcraft, however, did not begin with Gardner and it has a hidden history before Wicca. This history has connections with the famous occultist Aleister Crowley and also with Australia.

From the 1800s onwards there were several revivals of witchcraft in Britain based on historical precedents. These forms of pre-Wiccan witchcraft are variously known today as traditional witchcraft or Traditional Craft, the Old Craft or Elder Craft, the Sabbatic Craft, The Nameless Arte, and The Crooked Path. There is also plenty of evidence from historical sources, folklore accounts, court cases and, later, newspaper reports in Britain, of the activities of cunning folk and other practitioners of folk magic. In popular terminology and belief they were variously known as white witches, wizards, sorcerers, conjurors, pellars, planet readers (astrologers), and hedge doctors (herbalists). These magical practitioners operated widely in both the rural and urban areas of the British Isles and they were consulted by all levels of society from farm labourers to the owners of large country estates.

These cunning folk or white witches offered a wide range of services to their clients. They were popularly believed to possess the Sight (the ability to foresee the future and events at a distance, now called remote viewing by parapsychologists), exorcise ghosts and banish spirits and poltergeists, cast spells to attract love and money, locate lost or stolen property and missing people using divination or by consulting spirits, and heal the sick using the laying on of hands or herbal remedies. Most importantly, as far as their clients were concerned, they could counter the malefic spells cast by so-called grey or black witches. In some cases the cunning man or wise-woman acted for the general population and the authorities as unofficial witch-fin...


Marijuana Reconsidered: An Interview with Dr. Lester Grinspoon "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Dr Lester Grinspoon is associate professor emeritus of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. He researched the medicinal legitimacy of marijuana prohibition 45 years ago and discovered that an immense chain of lies served as a base for sending millions of people to jail. Since then hes became an advocate for telling the truth about marijuana.

PATRICK DEWALS (PD): Can you tell me how you became interested in marijuana?

LESTER GRINSPOON (LG): Well it began in 1966. During my anti-Vietnam activism I met Carl Sagan and we became very good friends. When I met Carl Sagan I was convinced cannabis was a very harmful drug. Going to his house one day I discovered that he smoked cannabis and so did many of his friends. Now these were not unsophisticated people and I tried to tell Carl that marijuana was harmful, but he joyfully responded that it wasnt harmful at all.

With this experience came the idea of writing a paper that summarised the medical scientific basis for marijuana prohibition. At that time [in the USA] marijuana prohibition was leading to the arrest of 300,000 people a year, mainly young people, 89% for simple possession. For me it became important this prohibition was justified. It was in the library of the Medical School I found out that I was completely wrong about the harmfulness of marijuana. Not only was it not harmful, it was remarkably nontoxic, and the drug itself was not causing harm to the user, unlike the policy of arresting people. Some went to prison for possessing it and others saw their career goals compromised.

I wrote an article about the subject and it was published in the International Journal of Psychiatry. One of the few people who read it was the editor of Scientific American. He asked me to reduce the article so it would fit in his magazine, to be published as the lead article in a coming issue. When my article was published in November 1969, it caused a huge tsunami so to speak that resulted in proposals from three different publishing companies for me to write a book about marijuana. Eventually I wrote my book, Marihuana Reconsidered, which came out in 1971, through Harvard University Press.

Doing the research for my book, I discovered marijuana was not harmful and I started to understand why people used it, what the attraction was. And I decided, at the age of 42, that I was going to use it as well. It was just too interesting an experience to let go. But I also knew that if the book was successful there...


Unity: The Remarkable Story of Charles & Myrtle Fillmore "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Charles Fillmore (18541948) & Myrtle Fillmore (18451931)


Myrtle Fillmore was in desperate straits in 1886. Sick from tuberculosis and malaria, her much-younger husband had managed to bankrupt himself in both the mining and real-estate industries. She was so weak that she was incapable of caring for her children, and her aged mother-in-law was added to an already impoverished household as cheap live-in care.

One evening she went along to see a visiting faith healer, something she always did in the vain hope there might be some way of remedying her situation. Sitting in the lecture hall she heard Dr. E. B. Weeks say something that would change her life forever: I am a child of God and therefore I do not inherit sickness.

Her cure seemed to happen from the moment of hearing this affirmation, and she went home and spent some intense time in meditation and prayer, day after day repeating this simple sentence. Soon she was cured of her illness, and her previously agnostic husband Charles became convinced there was something in this mind-cure business. Together they would go on to form one of the most established and long-lived of the New Thought religious organisations, the Unity School of Christianity.

Charles himself had been an invalid since he was a small boy. Having fallen on the ice and dislocated his hip as a child, he had been lame ever since. The injured leg was shorter than his other leg, and his hip was frozen in place, incapable of movement. The combined injuries caused him chronic pan, which he bore with great fortitude. It wasnt, however, until he began to follow his own wifes lead that he managed to find some degree of relief from his lifelong physical handicaps. He set himself his own regimen of intensive prayer, meditation and affirmation, booking an appointment between himself and God every night that he observed scrupulously. This effort soon bore fruit, and Charles Fillmore could later boast of his own cure through the application of New Thought methods.

Dr. E. B. Weeks, the metaphysical lecturer who had been Myrtle Fillmores unexpected saviour, was a student of Emma Curtis Hopkins, one of the most influential New Thought teachers in history. Hopkins had been a close confidante of Mary Baker Eddy, but had eventually, almost inevitably, fallen out with that strong personality. She re-located to Chicago in 1886 and quietly proceeded to influence generations of writers, teachers and spiritual leaders. Even now, thos...


REVIEW: Sealing Of The Five Senses "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sealing Of The Five Senses: Advanced Practices For Becoming A Taoist Immortal
By Mantak Chia & William U. Wei

176 pages, paperback

Published by Destiny Books

For those new to Mantak Chias work, his Universal Healing Tao system is founded on meditation techniques and breathing exercises. Diet, sleep patterns and general lifestyle choices are also addressed for the betterment of health. As the subtitle suggests, the system includes exercises passed down by Taoist practitioners through the ages, however many of the basic concepts will be familiar to students of yoga and the Asian martial arts.

It would be too easy to summarise the Universal Healing Tao System as merely breathing exercises and meditation; the system presupposes a paradigm shift on a spiritual level and creates awareness in the individual as to his or her position in the grand scheme of our natural and supernatural world and beyond. One may notice similarities between Mantak Chias system and the classic esoteric work, Secret of the Golden Flower: those acquainted with this text will be at home with some of the more unusual concepts tackled by Wei and Chia (like the forming of the Immortal Child).

Books of the previous systems were co-written with fellow Universal Healing Tao instructor Andrew Jan while this new publication is co-authored by William U. Wei (who co-wrote four other titles with Master Chia). As always, there are numerous diagrams and images explaining the best approaches to exercises and the aims of each. While many of the concepts can be difficult to grasp in the literary sense, the imaginative conceptual illustrations assist greatly: some of the pictures can appear strange because they illustrate concepts showing both the physical and ethereal bodies. They make the conceptualisation much easier and results can be obtained quicker and with a broader understanding due to their simplicity.

Indeed, an important consideration when discussing Chias publications is his ease in communicating some very complicated and often obscure spiritual or esoteric concepts with historical references, astronomical and astrological observations, ancient legends and modern anecdotes that outline the ideas in a concise manner. So, whilst there is no formal narrative, one is progressively learning through Chias dissemination of Taoist esoteri...


REVIEW: The Secret Teachings Of The Tao Te Ching "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Secret Teachings Of The Tao Te Ching
By Mantak Chia & Tao Huang

256 pages, paperback

Published by Inner Traditions 

The Tao Te Ching is arguably the worlds most profound and empowering spiritual classic. It has played a critical role in defining the unique character of East Asian spirituality.

It has also contributed to an ethos that has seen authorities in China protect their spiritual traditions from the institutional interests that have advanced political interests by imposing faith, dogma and false prophets on the legacy of Jesus Christ.

The Tao Te Ching has nurtured a sensitive, intuitive, practical and resilient partnership between humankind and nature. Except for the past 200 years, this spirit has generally led the West in innovation while it has disdained the type of Western scientific ambition that has sought the conquest of nature.

It would be hard to find a better qualified interpreter of this classic than Mantak Chia. He deserves to be recognised as one the great figures in 20th and 21st century communication across health, spiritual and cultural boundaries.

The author of over twenty books published in numerous languages and available in printed, eBook, DVD and other forms, he has made accessible a wide range of ancient Daoist physical and spiritual wisdom.

This latest work, The Secret Teachings of the Tao Te Ching, is written jointly with Tao Huang, the author of Laoism: The Complete Teachings of Lao Zi. It offers meditations, interpretations and energy cultivation practices that give immediate practical application to many of the words of the Tao Te Ching.

Perhaps, initially it is important to explain the only serious criticism that this reviewer has of the book. This is a tendency to blur the unique and distinctive character of Taoist spirituality. This directs reverence to the nourishing quality of riddles, contradictions and mysteries in the natural world, whether human or not, and instils a liberating form of humility.

The problem arises in the authors use of words like God and faith, which bring comfort to many Western readers. These words, unfortunately, tend to distort and distract from the essential qualities of the Tao Te Ching and Asian spirituality.

The Tao Te Ching warns in many ways that language, concepts, rational structures and scientific theories are...


Medieval Magic & Pharmacy: Not Just Flying Ointments "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


When I first started my investigation into the so-called witches ointment of the early modern period I was looking for a specific kind of ointment that caused a specific kind of experience a flying experience, as recognised in contemporary popular culture.

But to delve deeper into the trial records, popular sermons, demonology texts, and medieval pharmacy one will discover not just a flying ointment, but a host of uses for these ointments. Therefore, a more neutral term, like psyche-magical (psychedelic + magical) is useful to convey the breadth of experiences available through these concoctions.

Such magical drug practices (veneficia) included (but were certainly not limited to) entheogenic uses (generating the divine within), bewitchment, prophecy, Christo-pagan medical magic, transformations, recreation, and, of course, flying. In short, to address only flying ointments in early modern Europe would be akin to referring to all cars in Australia as Hondas. Medieval veneficia was just as various as the cars we see on the roads every day. In point of fact, people didnt even use just ointments: they also employed powerful potions, powders, and fumigations as drug delivery vectors.

To be sure, people did use these ointments as flying ointments. However, a further breakdown of even the flying ointment is possible. There is strong evidence to suggest that some magical practitioners used these flying ointments in ways that had nothing to do with entheogenic experiences and also in ways that had everything to do with entheogenic experiences! In still other cases, these magical ointments were used entheogenically that had nothing to do with flying. For example, while Dominican theologian Johannes Nider (c. 13751438) described a flying ointment used for entheogenic purposes, we must mark that against a report from Abraham of Worms (c. early to mid-15th century) who tells of a Linzian witch who used her flying ointment as a way to astral project leagues away to Abrahams home town. There is not a trace of entheogenism in Abrahams chronicle of the event. As further evidence that mindset and drug-use went hand in hand, it is perhaps no surprise that Niders description of a witch using an entheogenic flying salve included magical songs and chants, while Abrahams report of a non-entheogenic use included no magical accoutrements beyond the powerful ointment itself.

Moreover, entheogenic experiences didnt just take the form of spiritual flying; in some instances, according to tales from Northern Germany,...


Eaten Fish has been freed from Manus detention "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

It is a great thing that refuge at Manus Island and talented cartoonist Ali Dorani has been offered refuge in Northern Europe.

Dorani was best known at Eaten Fish, and his cartoons over more than four years in detention, did a lot to alert the world to the plight of those locked up in this hellhole, which is best described as a prison camp. He by chronicled his life, depicting life under detention and watching his friend Faysal Ishak Ahmed die.

Eaten Fish received wide spread acclamation for his work and was published around the world. Cartoonists Rights Network International awarded him its Courage in Editorial Cartooning award in 2016.

An international network of cartoonists and artists gave gave support to the quest to Free Eaten Fish.

Ali Dorani took the moniker, after being rescued from the ocean, when he first arrived in an unseaworthy boat.

During his detention he suffered physically and fell into the grips of serious depression. This experience brought great power to his cartoons.

He was eventually freed through the efforts of the International Cities of Refuge Network, which offers long-terms residencies for writers and artists facing persecution because of their work. Victorian poet and refugee advocate Janet Galbraith, played an important role in this.

Ali Doran left Papua New Guinea last week. His simple message is I am thinking about my friends in Manus Island and Port Moresby. Thank you to my supporters and people who worked to make this journey happen.

There are many of us who would like to thank him for what he has given us and wish him well for the future.

We all know that although Ali is now free, there are many others who remain prisoners and victims of a government who carries out this atrocity in our name. Activists working to bring an end to it, will not rest until this has been finally achieved.




Armed conflict was not always good for preventing deforestation in Colombia (commentary) "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The peace deal last year in Colombia has elicited a variety of opinions. One of the loudest comes from some environmental conservation advocates who fear that it will exacerbate deforestation and shrink further the area for endangered species. Whys that? Armed conflict is good for preventing deforestation, as a tweet from Rainforest Foundation, quoting Pablo Negret, a doctoral researcher at the University of Queensland, said a few days ago. Negret spoke with Mongabay for an article on the Blue-billed Curassow a Critically Endangered bird that can only be found in the Colombian forests and its chances of survival in the wake of the peace accord between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, that was struck last year. I too used to be part of the camp that worried about the implications of the peace accord for the forests of Colombia. I used to think that the armed conflict did indeed contribute to forest conservation full stop. Today, I have a different view. And I would go even further: I think it is rather misleading to make an umbrella statement that armed conflict is good for preventing deforestation in Colombia. Im saying this after doing in-depth studies on the relationship of armed conflict and deforestation in the Latin American country. I, together with my research partners, found that several factors determine the extent of deforestation in Colombia. In one study, we found that forests served certain purposes for armed groups in Colombia,


Hayne denies US rape allegation "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

NRL star Jarryd Hayne is vehemently denying allegations he raped a drunk woman in the United States during his time as a professional gridiron player for the San Francisco 49ers.

A woman has filed a civil complaint in California which alleges Hayne took her back to his San Jose home after a 49ers game and raped her when she was drunk in 2015.

Documents lodged in a County of Santa Clara court state the woman had previously met some of Haynes friends when working at a restaurant and a group went out drinking after the December 20 game.

According to court documents Hayne admitted he hooked up with the woman.

But Haynes Sydney lawyer Ramy Qutami said in a statement his client unequivocally and vehemently denies the allegations of rape.

The victim says she was a virgin at the time of the alleged attack.

Her lawyer, John Clune, said that at the time his client was so intoxicated she was unable to consent to sexual intercourse.

The woman is seeking monetary compensation for emotional pain, anguish and severe distress.

A month after the alleged incident the woman reported the matter to police but, after an investigation, the Santa Clara County district attorneys office told her there was not enough evidence to prove the crime of rape beyond a reasonable doubt.

Haynes NRL club, Parramatta, said they were unaware of the allegations until Wednesday.

As with any legal matter it is important we follow due process and ensure we review all relevant information available, including giving Jarryd the opportunity to respond, the club said in a statement.

The NRL said the organisations integrity unit would monitor Haynes case.

We note the police in the United States did not proceed with any criminal proceedings but we will review the information available and continue to monitor the civil case, a spokesman said.

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Researchers Improve Background Noise Filtering for Quantum Sensors "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

New Quantum Trick Blocks Background Noise in Sensing Devices

A team of researchers from the University of Sydney has managed to solve a common problem in quantum sensing devices that are used in biomedical imaging and defense applications.

[...] A team led by Professor Micheal J. Biercuk from the University of Sydney, in collaboration with Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, has developed quantum control techniques that enable a new generation of ultra-sensitive sensors that can identify tiny signals while rejecting background noise to theoretical limits. "By applying the right quantum controls to a qubit-based sensor, we can adjust its response in a way that guarantees the best possible exclusion of the background clutter - that is, the other voices in the room," said Professor Biercuk, a chief investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems.

The devices themselves have improved, but the measurement protocols that are used to capture and interpret signals have lagged behind. Because of this, quantum sensors often have fuzzy results, which complicated interpretation of the data through a phenomenon called, "spectral leakage". This is kind of like being distracted by the wrong voices in the room. The University of Sydney research demonstrates control protocols that help take advantage of improved sensor hardware. The experiments used trapped atomic ions, and they have reduced spectral leakage by many orders of magnitude over the conventional methods. According to Professor Biercuk, in certain circumstances, these new methods are up to 100 million times better at excluding the background.

Application of optimal band-limited control protocols to quantum noise sensing (open, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-02298-2) (DX)

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December 21 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1817 - Macquarie had an ear for names and thought the title Oz-stray-lia was simply spiffing and would suit this new pile of dirt down to its little cotton socks.
Aren't we all relieved he didn't settle on Large Island of Flies?!

1835 - Protector of Aborigines George Augustus Robinson noted in his journal of the conditions for the Tasmanian Aborigines at Flinders Island: it is cruel not to provide abundantly for this remnant of the aboriginal race having placed them on an isolated spot. The least we ought to do is to abundantly supply their wants.

1836 - George Stevenson, on board the ship Buffalo en route to South Australia, wrote in his journal;
"We lay to atabout seven leagues from the shore instead of standing in for a start in the morning so that there is no chance of doing any thing unless the breeze should freshen. A far more magnificent & glorious sky
to-night than ever we saw or conceived. A double rainbow with the full moon rising in the centre; clouds of violet & silver: on the opposite side the sun setting in majesty mid clouds of every hue, from darkest
masses to the scarcely perceptible shade. These are thy works Parent of Good."

1837 - Eyre attempted the first overlanding venture from Sydney to South Australia.

1838 - You cannot overrate the solicitude of H.M. Government on the subject of the Aborigines of New Holland. It is impossible to contemplate the condition or the prospects of that unfortunate race without the deepest commiseration. Still it is impossible that H.M. Government should forget that the original aggression was ours. Lord John Russell to Sir George Gipps.

1840 - Four Aboriginal people were shot by J.F. Francis in the Pyrenes, according to George Robertsons listing of Aborigines Outrages Against in the 1879 Australian Dictionary of Dates and Men of the Time.

1853 - Freeman Cobb had a spare hour or two so he began a coaching service in Melbourne called Cobb & Co.

1853 - Gladstone in Qld was gazetted as a town site, which was handy for those already living there!

1855 - Victoria's Haines Government resigned over a secret ballot motion moved and carried by William Nicholson, however Nicholson was unable to form a government, so William Haines was reinstated.



Jobs for the boys "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

More jobs growth ahead

Skilled vacancies rose for the 13th consecutive month in November 2017, which is the first time that's happened since 2011 according to the Department of Employment. 

The trend index now sites +8.5 per cent above the level recorded a year ago and some +27.3 per cent (or +38,200 advertisements) above the October 2013 nadir, so the recovery gathering momentum nicely.

That's bullish for more jobs growth in 2018, coming off the back of a behemoth 2017 for employment gains

Interestingly the resources states are now forging ahead, with substantial year-on-year increases in Western Australia (+18 per cent), Queensland (+15 per cent), and the Northern Territory (+16 per cent) in seasonally adjusted terms.

The male-dominated occupational groups dominated the annual increase, including technicians and trades workers, and machinery operators and drivers. 

What a year lies ahead for Queensland, such an....


Malcolm Turnbulls silence on the Nobel Peace Prize win he is an international embarrassment "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

PM silent on Nobel prize when world needs him to speak up, PETER BOYER, Mercury, December 19, 2017 Malcolm Turnbull is rarely stuck for words, but the award of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to an organisation founded in Australia has left him speechless.


The real significance of Strzok's "insurance policy" and the FBI plot to stop Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The last few days the media has been buzzing with speculation about the precise meaning of a text message sent by the sacked FBI investigator Peter Strzok to his lover FBI lawyer Lisa Page on 15th August 2016. I am puzzled by this speculation. I don't think there is any mystery at all about this text. There is no doubt it refers to the Russiagate investigation and its meaning is perfectly clear. Let's look first at the text itself I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy's office that there's no way he gets elected - but I'm afraid we can't take that risk. It's like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you're 40.... "Andy" is FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. "He" is Donald Trump. If that was not so someone by now would have said so. The text shows Strzok and Page took part in a discussion in McCabe's office in which Donald Trump and the election were discussed. Over the course of this discussion Page expressed the view - commonplace in August 2016 - that Donald Trump had no prospect of winning the election. She therefore counselled that the proposed Russiagate investigation was unnecessary. Strzok responded that the FBI had no choice but to proceed with the Russiagate investigation because of the risk of not doing so was too great. The Russiagate investigation is obviously the "insurance" Strzok is talking about. Nothing else makes sense. Does the text message tell us anything else? The short answer is it does, and it is important.


Australian governments hugely disappointing  Climate Policy Review "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

(picture at left apologies to frogs there is no truth in the story that they will stay in heating water)

The federal Climate Policy Review: a recipe for business as usual  The Conversation Rebecca Pearse
Lecturer, University of Sydney, December 20, 2017
 The federal governments newly released Climate Policy Review is hugely disappointing, but far from surprising. It does not depart from what the Turnbull government has been saying for some time: it plans to loosen compliance obligations for emissions-intensive companies even further, reintroduce international carbon offsets, and implement the planned...


NSW coal fleet feels the heat, with state at risk of system black RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

NSW grid at risk of blackout from soaring temperatures despite, and possibly because of, the state relies on coal generation more than any other grid in the world.

via NSW coal fleet feels the heat, with state at risk of system black RenewEconomy


Purslane? Yes, please! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Common purslane turns out to be exceedingly tasty in a toasted sandwich


Santa Claus looks fabulous sporting the top menswear fashion of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Santa Claus isnt known for his fashion sense. Hes been wearing the same red-and-white suit for centuries. But who knows, he might actually look pretty fly in designer streetwear. Alvanon, which uses data to improve the way apparel fits, just gave Santa a designer makeover. The company commissioned Brooklyn-based artist Leland Foster to create a

Santa Claus isnt known for his fashion sense. Hes been wearing the same red-and-white suit for centuries. But who knows, he might actually look pretty fly in designer streetwear.

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New research indicates retiring early just might kill you "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Collecting Social Security at age 62 may not be a good idea Will the Baby Boomers Ever Retire? We already know you're better off financially the later you begin claiming Social Security. Now it seems there's another reason to hold off on collecting those checks: If you retire early you're more likely to die early as well. A new study from Maria Fitzpatrick at Cornell University and Timothy Moore at the University of Melbourne shows a striking correlation between Social Security claims for early takers and a jump in mortality.


GMO Bananas Not The Answer: Ugandas Biodiversity is Solution to Countrys Food Problems "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In Uganda, Slow Food continues to embrace, implement and disseminate agroecological practices as the legitimate solution to the problems of the current food system; it works on initiatives that defend the non-renewable wealth of food biodiversity under threat from GMOs, says Edie Mukiibi, president of Slow Food Uganda and vice-president of Slow Food International. To ensure that future generations can benefit from Ugandan food biodiversity, farmers all over the country must support, preserve and defend their local food cultures from the invasion of patented genes, an invasion which would turn independent farmers into the unwilling customers of a few powerful agri-business corporations.

The introduction of GM varieties compromises local control of the food system and limits the exports of Ugandan fruit and vegetables to markets where GMOs are banned. In addition, the Bill is silent about how these GMO products will be labelled, while it should impose heavy penalties for false information packages.

Uganda could soon become the second African country to open its market to GM food, without any guarantees of the safety of this new technology for the environment and human health. At present, the only African country to grow GM food is South Africa, which allows for the cultivation of GM corn and soybeans, while two other African countries (Egypt and Sudan) cultivate GM cotton, together with South Africa.


Lets take the example of bananas, a staple food in the country. Several multinationals are working to create a super GM variety loaded with vitamin A, zinc and iron, and resistant to the most common widespread diseases (such as wilt diseasenematodes and weevils). The stated aims are to improve nutrition in Africa and avoid economic losses for small farmers.

The Slow Food response to this new genetically modified super banana is simple: the local food biodiversity already prese...


Worlds First Flying Car Race Could Predict The Future of Sports "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

after two years of development in a secret location in sydney, australian start-up alauda reveals the airspeeder mark 1, a new class of airborne racing vehicle a flying car that could predict the future of sports. the companys turning to kickstarter to not only help build the final product but the beginnings of a community that could usher in a new age of sport.

future of sports flying car alauda the body is modelled after a 1960s Formula V images courtesy of alauda.

coining it airspeeder sport, the alauda is hoping to push the technology to the mainstream whilst looking ahead to their first official test race which will see two of their vehicles racing against one another next year. in the lead-up alauda has test raced with drones, developing a flight-control system before creating their much larger speeders.


De Gallo. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Pardon the title, this was to avoid Cock. Most below the fold, because this does go on. And on.

Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KB, KA 16, Folio 88v.

Text Translation:

Of the cock The cock, gallus, gets its name from the act of castration. For alone among other birds its testicles are removed, and the ancients called castrated men galli. As from the lion the lioness gets her name leena, and the she-dragon dracena from the dragon draco, so the hen gets her name gallina from the cock. People say that the cocks limbs, if mixed with liquid gold, are consumed by it. The crowing of the cock at night is a pleasant sound, and not only pleasant but useful; like a good partner, the cock wakes you when are asleep, encourages you if you are worried, comforts you if you are on the road, marking with its melodious call the progress of the night. With the crowing of the cock, the robber calls off his ambush; the morning star itself is awakened, rises and lights up the sky; the anxious sailor sets aside his cares, and very often each tempest and storm whipped up by evening winds moderates.

At cockcrow the devout of mind rise eagerly to pray, able once again to read the office. When the cock crowed assiduously for the last time, Peter himself, the rock of the Church, washed away his guilt, which he had incurred by denying Christ before cockcrow. With the crowing of the cock, as with the words of Jesus, hope returns to everyone, the troubles of the sick are eased, the pain of wounds is lessened, the raging heat of fevers is moderated, faith is restored to those who have fallen. Jesus watches over those who falter, he corrects those who stray; in short, he looked at Peter and immediately his sin went away, his denial was put out of mind, his confession followed. This reading of the text teaches us that things do not happen by accident but by the will of our Lord. Again of the cock, this time from Saint Gregory Who gave the cock its understanding? That is the question: who endowed it with understanding? But this question is answered if you listen to the words of the blessed Gregory on the subject of morality. The cock gets its understanding, says Gregory, so that it can first dispel the night-time hours, then at last utter the cry that awakes, in the same way that a holy preacher first considers the circumstances of his congregation, and only then develops a preaching style suitable for instructing them. Deciding how si...


Welcome to Cold War 2.0: the China Version "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Donald Trump is ready to introduce Cold War 2.0 to the world, with a bigger, better adversary:  China!  Its going to start with an expansion of the Australian war against Chinese influence to the US of A.  Before we put on that welcoming parade, lets look at the truly ugly Deep State gains the Australian campaign brings in its wake with new foreign interference law.  And a special look at foreign influence here, in the United States.  Guess what.  If were going to have an honest discussion about foreign interference in US politics that reaches all the way into the White House, its not China.  Or even Russia.  Right, Nikki Haley?  Watch the experts show us how to run a high-quality duck-based anti-China witch hunt.  Also a quick look in at the Korean peninsula and Goongate!

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The Social Network of the New Generation HeartBout with a Decentralized Reward System of Users Activity Conducts Pre-ICO "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Today it is obvious that there is a worldwide growth in the comprehensive popularity of social networks among users around the world. As a consequence, the time that people spend in social networks during the day, is constantly growing. Have you ever wondered how much time you devote to social networks? An average user spends about two hours a day on social networks, which is equivalent to five years and four months over a lifetime. Quite a significant number! How to make it so that the user would spend this time with the benefit and interest for himself, showing maximum activity, and turn the social network into an effective large-scale platform for advertisers? The HeartBout project will answer this question.

Introduction to HeartBout

HeartBout is a social network of the new generation with a decentralized reward system based on a blockchain technology. HeartBout is not an ordinary social network, but a kind of forward step in this area, because the users activity here is no longer limited to the usual likes. Users directly take a part in the creation of the content and get the reward for this in the form of HBC cryptocurrency. The more often people use HeartBout social network, the more they can get HBC. Thus, the idea of the HeartBouts creators is to monetize the users activity for publication, voting or comment. In addition, they plan to ensure the issue of HBC tokens with the advertising capabilities of the social network.

Key functions of the HeartBout social network

With the help of hot hearts, the so-called likes, and cold hearts, a kind of dislikes, users of the HeartBout social network assess its content. The social network contains the feed, which allows the user to create publications and leave comments, assess publications and comments with hot or cold heart. The content in HeartBout, including publications and comments, is filtered by categories hot, new, best, not sure. The category that a publication or comment is put into depends on the user reaction to it, i.e. the number of hot and cold hearts. In addition, the user can independently create categories by interests in his feed and fill them with the desired tags. The users profile will reflect all the necessary information about him, including his subscriptions and subscribers, the number of HBC tokens he holds. Unlike other social networks, HeartBout will allow users to issue a Challenge for another person having specified a rate in HBS tokens, due to which publication will compete with the post of the user to whom the Challenge was thrown. Other users will vote for the post they like. As a result, the winner of the Challenge gets his/her rate and the opponent&...


Top 6 questions for 2018 and a few predictions just for fun "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Steve Brawner

2017 by Steve Brawner Communications, Inc.

What might happen in Arkansas and national politics in 2018? Asking questions is easier than making predictions. So lets ask, in the order theyre likely to be answered.

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Breaking: Gunnedah Shire Council votes to fluoridate town water "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

GUNNEDAH Shire Council has approved plans to fluoridate the towns water supply on the back of overwhelming community support.

But in a packed council chambers on Wednesday night, councillors voted in favour of requesting approval from NSW Health to commence fluoridation of the Gunnedah water supply.

Opponent Wendy Carpenter, who co-ordinated the Its OK to Say NO to fluoride in Gunnedahs water campaign, addressed the meeting, stating 97 per cent of western world countries dont fluoridate their water.

It is a waste that is too toxic to be allowed into the air, the soil and the water, she said.

It is mass medication without consent.

Dont be known as the councillors who consented to put poison in our water.

Cr Murray OKeefe, who moved the recommendation, conceded it was the most publicly-debated issue as a first-term councillor, and that hed stop counting the number of people whod asked him why Gunnedah doesnt have fluoridated water.

Its best practise for our shire, he said.

Cr Rob Hooke spoke in favour of the very emotive debate.

In my capacity, I have a bachelor of applied science, majoring in biochemistry, human physiology and neurology, and some of the findings brought forward from the anti-fluoride camp I found alarmingly questionable, he said.

By saying no to fluoridation, its like were refuting what the health experts and peak bodies are saying. None of us are experts in the room.

Cr Gae Swain said shed received correspondence and spoken to many people who supported fluoridation.

Overwhelming, my community has told me as a council rep, just get on with it and do it, she told the meeting..........


After some R & R American Registered LearJet 36A Bizjet N82GG Departs Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

After arriving on the weekend and seemingly not moving at all, on Wednesday 20 December, the visiting American registered and privately operated LearJet 36A bizjet N82GG departed Rockhampton Airport for the Gold Coast.  It then headed further South, reportedly to Melbourne (Essendon).

As shown in the photo above (and in previous photos posted on the CQ Plane Spotting Blog during its visits in 2015 and 2016) the LearJet has a camera on the forward-starboard side of the fuselage and is again in Australia once again completing aerial survey flights.  I have been informed that N82GG may be operating aerial mapping sorties for Google.

Meanwhile, a couple of other bizjet movements in CQ occurred on Tuesday 19 December when Shortstop Jet Charter Dassault Falcon 900C VH-OAA made yet another visit to Hamilton Island Airport.  It arrived once again from its Melbourne (Essendon) base.  At the time of writing, VH-OAA is due to return to Essendon on Thursday 21 December.

Also on Tuesday 19 December, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" arrived into Mackay Airport from Cairns.  It looked to be operating a medical retrieval flight and later departed to Brisbane.

Finally, a couple of corporate turboprop movements this week have included Pegasus Air / Agile Aviation (of South Australia) Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-TCP departing Hamilton Island Airport for Charleville and its Adelaide base on Wednesday 20 December.  It had arrived direct from its Adelaide base over the weekend.  And The Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ visited Gladstone Airport from Brisbane on Tuesday 19 December.

Photo taken by Don Williams 


The Trump Doctrine: American Interests Come First "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

US President Donald Trump speaks about his administrations National Security Strategy at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC, Dec.18, 2017. (AFP)

By ARTHUR HERMAN December 19, 2017 2:55 PM


The president recognizes important new realities in world affairs. Ever since Donald Trump took office, Americans have wondered if he has a coherent vision of Americas place in the world, or if he sees foreign affairs the way he sees Twitter: as a space where emotion and instinct roam free from the restraints of rational discourse. Now we have an answer.

The speech he gave Monday at the Reagan Center was the curtain-raiser for his new National Security Strategy, a 55-page document that gives us more insight into Trumps view of the world than has any text since his speech to the U.N. in July and a far more comprehensive insight than weve ever had before.

The Trump Doctrine can now be summed up as follows: America and American interests will always come first, globalist agendas second. But dont think you can cross us, or our allies, with impunity. Americas not looking for trouble, but if you come after us or them, we will hurt you like hell.


Many have further highlighted the presidents concept of principled realism in foreign affairs: realist because it acknowledges the central role of power in international po...


In rush to launch service on a new, faster Amtrak route; Amtrak didnt wait for system that couldve prevented wreck "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Associated Press

The rush to launch service on a new, faster Amtrak route near Seattle came at a deadly cost critical speed-control technology that could have prevented a derailment was not active before the train set off on its maiden voyage.

Work to install the sophisticated, GPS-based technology known as positive train control isnt expected to be completed until next spring on the newly opened 15-mile (24-kilometer) span where the train derailed, according to Sound Transit, the public agency that owns the tracks.

The train was going 80 mph (129 kph) in a 30 mph (48 kph) zone Monday when it raced off the rails as they curved toward a bridge, hurtling train cars onto a highway below, investigators said. Three people were killed, and dozens were injured. Federal investigators say they are looking into whether the engineer was distracted.

A positive train control system could have detected the speeding and automatically applied the brakes to stop the train, said Najmedin Meshkati, a University of Southern California professor who has studied the technology for three decades.

It is another layer of safety, he said.

The head of the railroad safety program at the University of Delaware describes how Positive Train Control, technology that can automatically slow or stop a speeding train, could have prevented the deadly Amtrak derailment in Seattle. (Dec. 19)

Amtrak and the Washington Department of Transportation started publicizing the switch to the new route in October. Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson said that no one wants PTC more than me but would not directly answer questions about why it is taking so long to get the speed-control technology up and running across the board.

Im a huge believer in positive train control, he said at a news conference Tuesday evening. It just makes so much scientific sense.

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Anderson said the companys safety culture can continue to improve and said the crash should be seen as a wake-up call.

Its not acceptable that were involved in these types of accidents, he said.

Railroads are un...


Severe thunderstorm hits Victoria, leaving 100 000 homes without power "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A quick-moving severe thunderstorm accompanied by destructive, golf-sized hail and strong winds hit Victoria, Australia on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, leaving 100 000 homes without power. The Victoria office of Bureau of Meteorology said an extraordinary amount of...... Read more


The White House will take its petition site offline at midnight "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The We the People section of the White Houses website was launched in 2011 by the Obama administration, where it pledged to answer any petition that garnered over 100,000 in 30 days. Under the Obama administration, over 200 such petitions met those requirements and were answered. Things changed when Trump entered the White House, however.

The We the People section of the White Houses website was launched in 2011 by the Obama administration, where it pledged to answer any petition that garnered over 100,000 in 30 days. Under the Obama administration, over 200 such petitions met those requirements and were answered. Things changed when Trump entered the White House, however. Since then 17 such petitions have met the requirements, but all have remained unanswered, reports the New York Times. And now the paper is reporting that Trumps White House will take down the We the People section of the website at midnight tonight with a promise to relaunch it in January as a new site. Trump officials promise that when the new site is relaunched, all petitions that have met the requirements will be answered. We for one cant wait to see how they reply to the successful petition calling for Trump to release his tax returns.

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Amazontube might be about to take on YouTube "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Amazon has filed two trademarks requests with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for something called Opentube and  Amazontube, reports TV Answer Man. The trademark requests describe the services as non-downloadable pre-recorded audio, visual, and audiovisual works via wireless networks, suggesting that they are similar to Googles YouTube. The trademark requests came on the same

Amazon has filed two trademarks requests with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for something called Opentube and  Amazontube, reports TV Answer Man. The trademark requests describe the services as non-downloadable pre-recorded audio, visual, and audiovisual works via wireless networks, suggesting that they are similar to Googles YouTube. The trademark requests came on the same day that Google announced it was removing YouTube from Amazons Echo Show, which suggests that Amazon may think it more prudent to start a rival video service than coax Google back onto its platform.

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Erdogan rival vows to overturn executive presidency "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Turkeys Iyi (Good) Party chairman Meral Aksener answers questions during an interview with AFP in Ankara, in this December 15, 2017 photo. (AFP)

ANKARA: A dissident Turkish nationalist who founded a new political party and is now viewed as a possible rival to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to scrap her opponents vision of a super-presidency if elected.

Meral Aksener, 61, Turkeys first...


Michael Knox on why the RBA wont hike interest rates any time soon "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

In todays Financial Review, economics correspondent Jacob Greber observed:

The RBA has gone more than seven years now without raising interest rates, the longest span since the official cash rate was introduced in the early 1990s.

Indeed, on Melbourne Cup day in 2010, the RBA Board surprised the market and decided to lift the banks cash rate target to 4.75 percent, but since then it has had to progressively cut the cash rate target, which is now at 1.5 percent. You can see how the cash rate target has changed over time at the RBA website.

According to one prominent Brisbane-based market economist, we may not see the wage and CPI inflation that would prompt the RBA to raise rates until at least the second half of 2019, when he projects the Australian unemployment rate will finally fall below its long-run natural rate of around 5 percent. Morgans Chief Economist Michael Knox has written an excellent note on Why the RBA wont hike rates any time soon. He notes:

Why is it that the decline in Australian unemployment is so slow? One reason might be the high level of under-employment. The ABS tells us that when we include the number of people in part-time employment who want full-time jobs, then their estimate of underemployment in November 2017 rises to 8.3%. As employment grows, there is an additional source of supply of labour from this pool of under-employment. This acts to slow the decline in unemployment. It also acts to slow the increase in full time wages.

The national (seasonally adjusted) underemployment rate of 8.3 percent identified by Michael Knox adds to the unemployment rate of 5.4 percent to give a total labour underutilisation rate reported by the ABS of 13.7 percent. This underutilisation rate is significantly higher in Queensland at 14.5 percent (see charts below). Underutilisation of the labour force has been a persistent concern in Australia since the financial crisis, and it may indeed take some time yet for the economy to return to more normal rates of labour utilisation.



Watzal und Dershowitz "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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By Gilad Atzmon

Two days ago, I revealed that Ludwig Watzal, a  supposedly  pro Palestinian German  writer, attempted to defame me and my work by doctoring my words and fabricating quotes.

Some of my supporters who follow Watzals work approached Watzal and asked him for clarification.

Watzals initial response was to dismiss their questions.

This is all trash written by a Zionist agent, Watzal answered.

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 So again, I have been labeled a Zionist agent, just for pointing at the depth of duplicity in the midst of the Palestinian Solidarity Movement.

But then Watzal was shown screen shots from my book The Wandering Who? that proved that he had completely invented my words. The German disinformation merchant changed his tune.

Watzal had to admit that he had lifted the quotes from no other than ethnic cleanser advocate, Prof.  Alan Dershowitz. You may ask why a Palestinian solidarity activist would turn to Dershowitz as an authority. You would expect Watzal to know that Prof. Noam Chomsky described Dershowitz as a remarkable liar and slanderer.

But our story doesnt end there. Watzal, the hapless imbecile managed  to dig an even deeper hole. Watzal wrote to a respected solidarity activist who had q...


Port Campbell Group rejects DELWP's 'Smart Planning' "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

"The proposed Smart Planning must not proceed in its current form. The Group does not support fast tracking development, weakening permit or planning triggers or referral requirements, or permit exemptions, or the removal of appeal rights." Inside find Port Campbell Community Group Inc's submission to the Victorian Planning Provisions Discussion Paper.

Port Campbell Community Group Inc. A0051688U
Submission to DELWPs Smart Planning November 2017

In the interests of balancing the present and future interests of all Victorians (g) that Smart Plannings so-called Key Benefits must better align with the P&E Acts Objectives which requires all development (f) to foremost meet (a), (b), (c) and (d):
(a) to provide for the fair, orderly, economic and sustainable use, and development of land;
(b) to provide for the protection of natural and man-made resources and the maintenance of ecological processes and genetic diversity;
(c) to secure a pleasant, efficient and safe working, living and recreational environment for all Victorians and visitors to Victoria;
(d) to conserve and enhance those buildings, areas or other places which are of scientific, aesthetic, architectural or historical interest, or otherwise of special cultural value;
(e) to protect public utilities and other assets and enable the orderly provision and coordination of public utilities and other facilities for the benefit of the community;
(f) to facilitate development in accordance with the objectives set out in paragraphs (a), (b), (c), (d) and (e);
(g) to balance the present and future interests of all Victorians.

Community Expertise

Community members and groups are crucial for their local knowledge and expertise which, if listened to, would save the State and public millions of dollars in wasted time and energy considering flawed planning proposals.
The Group has taken part in in many planning consultations see Appendix A.

Four instances of poor planning decisions are listed below, some current:

The Southern Ocean Beach House
A major motel, retail development and excavation within meters of major caverns on Port Campbells fragile limestone headland cliffs.
The University of New South Wales Law Journal published a special...


Severe thunderstorms hit Victoria, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Victorians are cleaning up after severe thunderstorms swept across the state, bringing strong winds and rain that has damaged houses and uprooted trees. The State Emergency Service (SES) said they had received hundreds of calls for assistance after storms brewed on yesterday afternoon. A severe thunderstorm warning for damaging winds, heavy rain and large hailstones remains current for much of the state. More than 30,000 homes properties are still without power, down from about 100,000 around the state last night. Power was also out in parts of suburban Melbourne but the impact was far less significant. The weather bureau's Dean Stewart said Melbourne received 20 millimetres of rain within 15 minutes, causing flash flooding in many suburbs. "The highest wind gust in the state was up at Kilmore Gap to the north of Melbourne - 117 kilometre per hour - but a lot of towns reported gusts over 100kph, [followed by] Wangaratta with 113kph, Bendigo 111kph, Mangalore 107kph, Laverton 98kph," he said.


Swiss Market Index Third Time a Charm? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I attended your 1992 Zurich Institutional Seminar when the Swiss Market Index was trading just below 200. You gave your projection for the high in 2007 would be 9500.0. We sold that high at the bank and the market peaked at 9548.1. The market rallied back to 9537.9 in 2015 and we sold it again. I left the bank as you know and have retired with your turn in 2015. You have always said that if a market knocks on the door 3 times, it is going to go through. My question is, do you think this will hold true in Switzerland?

Keep up the excellent work. The world really needs you.


ANSWER: Yes. The next resistance target will be 11000-11200 level if we break through the 2007 high. Enjoy your retirement. Of course we never really stop thinking about the markets and the world. I suppose it is a curse of the trade.

As far as The world really needs me; thats what I am afraid of. Getting drafted at my age is not exactly my idea of retirement. So I hope you are wrong on that forecast.

Good fortune.


MACKAY Violent Mackay crook pleads guilty to new charges "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY December 20, 2017 at 06:03AM ,

Violent Mackay crook pleads guilty to new charges

December 20, 2017 at 06:03AM ,

A VIOLENT crook previously convicted of taking part in an armed home invasion, among other crimes, has admitted to a string of new offences. Clinton James Kissier, 31, of Slade Point, remains behind bars after the crime spree, between July 18 and September 21. Kissier faced Mackay Magistrates

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MACKAY Police charge Eimeo woman over repeat noise complaints "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY December 20, 2017 at 01:56AM ,

Police charge Eimeo woman over repeat noise complaints

December 20, 2017 at 01:56AM ,

it is important for police to remind residents that compliance with noise abatement directions linked to excessive noise complaints is expected always, he said. Call your local police station for inquiries about registering parties. The woman is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on January 16. 0.

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MACKAY WATCH: Axe wielding man guilty of Mackay altercation "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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WATCH: Axe wielding man guilty of Mackay altercation

December 20, 2017 at 11:27AM ,

officer-in-charge Detective Senior Sergeant David Tucker later described Santo as very aggressive and said officers feared injury, given it was a full-size axe. Santo, 25, faced Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink from jail on Tuesday, pleading guilty to going armed as to cause fear on October 21.

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In Gujarat, BJP Has Consistently Delivered on One Front Instilling Fear Among Its People "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

After 22 years of BJP rule in the state, two fears have become evident of going against it and of the other.

BJP supporters in Gujarat. Credit: PTI

BJP supporters in Gujarat. Credit: PTI

Not all elections are equal. But the difference between the Bihar assembly election and UP and on this day, between Gujarat and Himachal is this some elections are the nerve centre of our body politic. And sitting in the heart of that nerve centre in Gujarat. I ask myself, what is the job of a political reporter? If I look at the way in which people are increasingly disdainful of the media and exit polls, I would say the answer is this: it is a barren and hollow place to be if it meant sticking a mike in the face of a BJP or Congress party spokesperson to extract one homily after another. Weve won although weve lost, or We may have lost ground but weve won. Because in all the hype and hyperbole, the real story never gets asked. What does all of this mean for the people? That as I see it is the job of every political reporter to answer. Feet in mud, noses in vada pav stalls and the sweat and the blood of the people.

Here is what the report from the trenches looks like. The one you wont hear about on television or read in the more arithmetic of politics type of writing. The palpable fear in the eyes of a tribal farmer who works seasonally at a construction site a hundred kilometres away. One who sacrificed two days of daily wages plus spent on bus fare and food to get to his village and vote. This is a man who earns 250 rupees in a day and cann...


1947: The Year that Changed Everything 70 Years On "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

1947 was a year of infamy in terms of the New World Order agenda. 1947 was the time when profound events were taking place: the birth of the horrible US MIC (Military Intelligence Complex), the probable continuation of the Nazi regime and likely ET visitation.

As the year 2017 comes to an end, and we close out the 70 year anniversary of the year of 1947, it is worth briefly looking back on that momentous year at some of the events that transpired then which still have a profound effect on our world today.

1947: Operation Highjump

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water no, Im not referring to Jaws, but rather the US-UK-Australian military expedition led by Admiral Richard Byrd in January and February of 1947. He thought it would be safe to go down to Antarctica, but he was overpowered and beat a hasty retreat.

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How to Manage Your Anger Based on Your Zodiac Sign "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Were all extremely different from each other no doubt, but we also share common traits and characteristics. After all, we are all human! Sometimes the best way to understand your personality is your zodiac sign, and it might even help you control your anger too!

While lots of people are still skeptical of astrologys accuracy, but you cant deny that it can accurately describe real-life dilemmas and scenarios based on our individual personality type. Well probably never have the answers to the cosmos, but we are sure of one thing! The stars, the sky, and the universe have a very weird way of working things out and they have a much greater influence on us than we think. We might not understand it fully, but its there! We can use our zodiac sign to better understand lots of aspects regarding personality, behavior, and energetic influences! It can even correlate to aural readings!

Our zodiac sign might help us better understand our emotions and additionally help us react better to the unpleasant ones, like anger. Anger is a difficult and confusing emotion that experience and it always shows up somehow! Heres what astrology has to say about how to deal with it!

1. Aquarius

Aquarius is very level headed and despises arguing. They will participate in a good debate but when things get heated ad childish theyre automatically out. Aquarians deal with anger better when thought of from a logical point of view.

2. Pisces

Pisces is very deeply rooted in emotions. They feel things very vividly and get drastically upset about things. They get very fired up about people being inconsiderate and get heated quickly. However, they always calm themselves down and make things right afterward.

3. Aries

As a fire sign, Aries can get very furious from time to time. Because you te...


Free Sydney Music Compilation: The Bridge Class of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Stuff your stocking with 100% Sydney music, curated by The Bridge.

Our Sydney music nerds have put together a little Christmas pressie, made up of their favourite home-grown tracks of the year. Presenters Ryan Saar, Lachlan Wyllie and Tia Newling have rounded up their top picks of the year from right across Sydney. The best part? Its free! (Or name-your-price, if youd like to contribute a donation to at FBi Radio.)

Get it for yourself via bandcamp and read through a track-by-track run down from each presenter below.

Artwork by the excellent Russell Fitzgibbon.

The Bridge Class of 2017 by FBi Radio


Ryan Saar

Georgia June Cool

Before Georgia June released her debut track Cool in September, shed already lived the life of a rock star. Under a mentorship with Billboard Magazine, June moved to New York and recorded her first tracks with Passion Pits Ayad Al Adhamy, the result being the nugget of pop-rock perfection that is Cool. Its a song that bursts with Junes infectious personality, wry wit and a foot-stomping chorus sure to put holes in your floor. Shoutouts to the time my housemate caught me singing Cool into a mirror with a hairbrush for a microphone.


Moody Beach Vanilla

Vanilla is impossibly chic, the audio equivalent of whatever French New Wave film is currently getting all the arts students in a frenzy. Vanilla cruises on guitar and synth lines with breezy confidence, Melissah Maries vocals hovering above her distinct brand futuristic pop with otherworldly magnetism. Every time I listen to Moody Beach, I cant help but feel Ive stumbled upon one of the best (and effortlessly cool) secrets in local music.


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Keating Speech the starting point for moving forward "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sunday 10th December marked 25 years since the landmark Keating Redfern Speech. It was a speech that told the truth.

Coming from a Prime Minister, it was a truth that could not be unsaid, a truth that formed the foundation for moving forward together on the journey towards a reconciled nation. He said:

"Because, in truth, we cannot confidently say that we have succeeded as we would like to have succeeded if we have not managed to extend opportunity and care, dignity and hope to the indigenous people of Australia - the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people. 

It has been ANTaRs firm belief since we came together 20 years ago, that without an acknowledgement of the truth of our shared history, we could not develop a stronger relationship based on trust, understanding and empathy.

This is a message we need to share as we head towards Survival Day 2018. You can help by signing our Sea of Hands pledge.

As Patrick Dodson said in the forward to last years State of Reconciliation Report:

Disturbingly, the Report reveals the schism between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australias understanding and perspectives of how our nations history has shaped the contemporary circumstances of Indigenous communities, and their relationship with the Australian State. There is a discernible lack of appreciation by settler Australia about the grievances and sense of historical injustice that Indigenous people feel. This must be addressed for Australia to be reconciled.Pledge to think differently about January 26

An understanding of the truth of our history, will tell you that January 26 - the day the First Fleet invaded Gadigal land (in what is now known as Sydney Cove) - is not a day that includes Australias First Peoples in a national celebration.

It is asking First Peoples to celebrate the onset of invasion of the lands, and the history of dispossession that came with that invasion as so clearly ar...


On fetishising busyness and tiredness "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Busyness has become a competition, a Victorian Cross or Legion of Merit for running ourselves into the ground. It speaks to our self-worth and dedication to our crafts. An overloaded lifestyle, rather than a quieter one, has become an aspirational status symbol. We venerate industry, even when it culminates in something lesser than the sum of its effort.


OIT: Tim Kelly Interviews Ryan Dawson- Michael Flynn/Israel Gate & War Profiteers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 This is a far reaching interview. I think it's worth the time.
With thanks to Tim Kelly from Our Interesting Times  (always linked in the side bar) for making this freely available

 "Ryan Dawson returns to Our Interesting Times to discuss the recent guilty plea by Michael Flynn and how the mainstream media has largely ignored the Israeli angle to the story. We also talk about his upcoming documentary "The 'Jewish State': How Terrorists Formed a Nation" and the lecture he delivered in Sydney, Australia in December, 2016."

Hoping to have some newsy type posts up soon. I'm busily baking :)


The revolving door between the corporate world, government and fossil fuels "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Contributed from New South Wales

It is no secret that far too many of Australias politicians and key political advisors, build unhealthy relationships with powerful big businesses interests that have an incentive to influence the political process and government.

Australias disclosure laws are grossly inadequate to bring out more than a small portion of what is going on. Most Australian do not like it and they recognise that favours are handed out only because those handing them out expect something in return.

This is the definition of corruption and if this is occurring in Australia on a large scale, it means that the political system is corrupt. It also means that many of our leaders are sacrificing the interests of those they claim to represent for personal benefit. We deserve much better than this.

Corruption can take the form of cash payments to individuals and political parties. We are seeing quite a few exposures of this practice right now. And it is becoming clearer that what is declared is only a small part of the total. Payers have devised many ways, to create convoluted routes to get the money to where it is intended.

The offering of other incentives is just as corrupt. Leading politicians get to mix with and know powerful people, who may let it be known that an opportunity will come their way, if they do the right thing. The growth of the corporate lobbying industry has increased the opportunities for understandings to be struck.

Politicians and especially ministers, will influenced to consider their personal interest in the making of decisions. Pressure is on to recruit selected individuals into senior ministerial and senhior staff positions.

It is customary to follow a political career by sitting on one or more company boards. The reason why companies put former politicians and former advisors of politicians on their boards, is so that they can use the network established during their political career, to provide benefits for the company.

Greater transparency is needed. Measures should be in place to detect and outlaw conflicts of interest. It should be illegal to transfer form a political career to positions that can use former politicians and senior political staff to further corrupt political processes.

Of course, it is unlikely that a corrupt political system will willingly clean itself up. This mean that exposing what is going on is important.

NSW Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham has posted the following on social media and it should be spread as widely as possible. It is only a small part of the problem. At the same time, it warrants special attention, at a time when the problem of global w...


MYEFO. More money, but nowhere near enough to fund tax cuts "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Scott Morrison wants you believe the budget's strong enough to fund tax cuts.

It isn't, and the update makes that clear.

As it is required to do, it spells out the stated aim of the budget - what the Coalition has pledged to achieve since its election - on page 31.

The aim is to "deliver sustainable budget surpluses, building to at least 1 per cent of GDP, as soon as possible, consistent with the medium-term fiscal strategy".

That's a surplus of 1 per cent of gross domestic product, as soon as possible, consistent with quality spending and economic growth.

After a boost to the budget of about $10 billion over four years, what has it been left with?

A budget surplus of just one half of one per cent of GDP by the end of the four year projection period.

It's an improvement. The May budget pencilled in 0.4 per cent. But it's nothing like the 1 per cent of GDP the Coalition itself adopted as a target to be reached "as soon as possible". And beyond those four years the graph in the update shows the surplus staying put at half a per cent of GDP right out to 2027.

Weakening that budget position by giving some of it away, as the Prime Minister and Treasurer are hinting they will in next May's budget, would be a further abrogation of a pledge the Coalition hasn't come near fulfilling ever since it made it in 2014.

Improving the budget, certainly improving it by the billions that would be needed to fund reasonable tax cuts, is hard. Almost all of the $10 billion improvement this time came came from (generally mining-related) higher company profits and superannuation earnings, as well as lower than expected payments to Australians who are out of work. Government actions improved the outlook by about half a billion. It won't be enough.

In The Age and Sydney Morning Herald


Fresh push for company tax cuts as economy lifts budget $10 billion

Treasurer Scott Morrison has signalled a fresh push to get the government's $50 billion package of company tax cuts through the Senate, saying that US President Trump is forcing his hand and that the changing composition of the Senate gives him a chance.

Higher than expected company tax receipts helped improve the budget position by $10 billion in the update released on Monday, improving the outlook for 2017-18 by $5.8 billion.

"The Trum...


What a Handy Term Radicalized Muslim Flexible, Global, Machine-Washable "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Top row: Flags of France, UK, Indonesia, Bottom: Germany, Australia, and US

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

What do the countries whose flags are shown above have in common? They have all been violently attacked by Muslims.

Or so they say.

Here is a list in chronological order of six violent attacks. (This is a very select list; scores of other similar incidents have occurred):

In Bali, three Indonesian men bombed a club frequented by Australian holiday-makers (2002).

In London, a Jamaican and three Pakistani friends bombed Tube stations and a bus (2005).

In Boston, two Chechen brothers allegedly bombed the finish line of the Marathon race (2013).

In Sydney, the Iranian Man Haron Monis killed two of his 18 hostages during the siege of the Lindt Caf (2014).

In Paris, two Algerian Kouachi brothers allegedly killed several people in the office of the magazine known as Charlie Hebdo (2015).

In Berlin, a Tunisian man allegedly drove a truck into a Christ...


Ask your doctor about Sleep Drunkenness Disorder "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

As many as one in seven people may be affected by 'sleep drunkenness disorder' soon after they've woken up or during the morning, a new study finds. Sleep drunkenness disorder involves severe confusion upon wakening - way more than just the usual morning grogginess - and/or inappropriate behaviour: things like answering the phone instead of turning off the alarm. Confused awakenings can happen to people when very short of sleep or jet-lagged, but are regular occurrences for those with the disorder. Following a forced awakening, the disorder may even lead to violent behaviour and then complete amnesia about the event.


NSW unprepared for major blackout "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The states chief scientist has warned NSW could be plunged into chaos in the event of a large-scale black system power outage, similar to the one that debilitated South Australia last year.

While finding it was highly unlikely NSW would fall victim to a blackout of that scale, a report released by the Energy Security Taskforce has found NSW was nevertheless ill-prepared.

Taskforce chair and chief scientist Mary OKane says the state government needs to adopt a more proactive approach to managing short- and medium-term risks, including during prolonged periods of extreme heat.

The government must be alive to risks over coming years so that it can manage emerging risks proactively when needed, Prof OKane said in a statement.

For Sydneysiders, the report found up to 10,000 people on underground trains would need to be evacuated in the event the state fell victim to an outage.

Meanwhile, public hospitals only have six hours worth of fuel in their back-up diesel generators, the report released on Tuesday, found.

As we saw in the South Australian event, sometimes these can go on for a while and there is reason to think it would be quite some time in a black event like that for Sydney to come back up, Ms OKane told ABC Radio on Wednesday.

The report found the system was vulnerable in times of extreme weather events and made nine recommendations to shore it up.

The next decade will be a period of transition and disruption for the National Energy Market, and with that comes opportunities for innovation to increase the future reliability and security of the states electricity system, Prof OKane said.

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Aussie claims Bali drugs arrest ridiculous "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

An accountant and one-time federal election candidate facing drug charges in Indonesia has been rushed to hospital after being paraded before the media.

Isaac Emmanuel Roberts, 35, was arrested following his arrival in Bali from Bangkok on December 4.Hes accused of carrying 19 grams of amphetamine and ecstasy pills in his luggage.

On Tuesday, Bali police paraded Roberts, dressed in orange prison garb and a balaclava, to journalists.

He was later taken hospital, after being shocked by the media attention.

He got sick. He was shocked after the press conference today. Maybe he never thought that he will be in the press conference, his lawyer Deni Sedana told The Daily Telegraph.

Earlier, Roberts had angrily suggested hed been set up by Indonesian authorities.

I was invited to this country. I was working with a Customs officer and they knew I was going to bring something, he said.

Im just a f***ing addict, they want to waste their resources on addicts. They want to punish addicts, this is ridiculous. What about the f***ing importers? I wasnt going to sell it to anyone here, no one was going to use it here.

Indonesian customs officials claimed the drugs were hidden in a plastic bottle and another container in his luggage.

Based on the results of the inspection, our officers found five packages containing clear crystals weighing 19.97 grams and 14 tablets weighing a total of 6.22 grams, Bali Airport customs office chief Himawan Indrajono said in a statement.

An accountant formerly based in Brisbanes Fortitude Valley, Roberts business website hasnt been updated since 2015 when he faced the professional conduct tribunal of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

The tribunal decided on November 15 of that year that Roberts had failed to reply to correspondence, issuing him with a reprimand and fining him $3100.

He also unsuccessfully ran for former Liberal treasurer Peter Costellos Victorian seat of Higgins in 2009 as a Liberal Democratic Party candidate.

The seat was won by current federal government minister Kelly ODwyer.

There are concerns Roberts could face execution in Bali if convicted of drug trafficking.

In 2015, convicted traffickers and Sydney men Andrew Chan, 31, and Myuran Sukumaran, 35 were executed by firing squad.

They had been arrested in 2005.

The executions strained relations between Jakarta and Canberra and prompted Australia to temporarily recall its ambassador in protest.

Indonesia is facing a drug crisis with an estimated 6.4 million drug users in a country of 250 million people.



George Brandis shift to UK not his idea "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Outgoing Attorney-General George Brandis has admitted that leaving politics to become Australias High Commissioner in London was not his idea.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will formally propose Senator Brandis for the new role early next year after calling time on 17 years as a Queensland senator.

After conceding the appointment was Canberras worst-kept secret, Senator Brandis denied he was told his time was up due to poor ministerial performance.

I wouldnt say it was my idea, Senator Brandis said on the ABCs 7.30 report on Tuesday night.

It was something that developed in discussion and it was something that I was attracted to.

Senator Brandis said he did not believe colleagues were plotting to push him out of parliament when discussions about taking up the diplomatic position started earlier in the year.

It is a post that I have often thought would be a post for which I would have certain suitabilities, he said.

Mr Turnbull paid tribute to the former cabinet minister, who will replace one-time federal Liberal leader Alexander Downer in London, where he has spent three years as High Commissioner.

It is a very, very important time in the history of the United Kingdom and there is a lot at stake for Australia in our relations with the UK, Mr Turnbull said in announcing a cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday.

Senator Brandis, a key advocate within the coalition for legalising same-sex marriage, leaves parliament after seeing the law passed on his final day in the Senate.

Mr Turnbull said the historic change happened in no small measure to to his eloquent advocacy.

The prime minister also praised Senator Brandis over a national security review which resulted in foreign interference legislation which is before the parliament.

The most sweeping reforms ever made to keep us safe from hostile foreign interference are his handiwork and will be an important part of his legacy, Mr Turnbull said.

In 2014, Senator Brandis famously declared people had the right to be bigots during a debate on changing racial discrimination laws.

The Queens Counsel last year had a high-profile bust-up with former solicitor-general Justin Gleeson, who subsequently resigned over the pairs broken relationship.

The 60-year-old entered parliament in 2000 and was made arts and sport minister in 2007 under John Howard.

When the Tony Abbott-led coalition came to power in 2013, Senator Brandis became attorney-general and arts minister.

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December 20 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1811 - Gov Lachlan Macquarie began humming a Rod Stewart number when he sailed from Port Dalrymple in the Lady Nelson for Port Stephens.

1813 -A public meeting was held in Sydney to form a society to protect Pacific Island natives.

1825 - The new Legislative Council of New South Wales was sworn in.

1826 - Convicts sailing for the tropic climes of Norfolk Island threw a hissy fit, took control of the ship Wellington and set off for NZ....where they were nabbed by the whaling ship Sisters.

1836 - The Executive Council of NSW cleared Major Thomas Mitchell of responsibility after his expedition killed a large number of Aboriginal people on the Murray River.

1836 - Journal entry for Mary Thomas -
This day William, then a boy of fifteen, completed an oven which he made of iron hoops fixed in the ground in a half-circle and covered with a thick coating of clay, afterwards burned. It answered exceedingly well and we not only baked bread in it but pies and puddings, and occasionally fresh meat, when we could get it, but that was seldom. This oven was the first constructed in the colony, and remained in its primitive state, as I was told, long after we quitted Glenelg.

1842 - The brand spanking new Melbourne Council took over from the Market Commissioners who'd been running the shooting match till then....but strangely there was no demand that Swanston Street be turned over to penny-farthing bone-shaker dare-devil racers.

1848 - Constitutional Association formed in Sydney to effect electoral and land reforms.

1859 - Manhood suffrage and secret ballot granted in Qld.

1870 - Victoria became the first state to allow women to own personal property (wages and dividends etc.) independent of their husbands. It followed the passing of an Act of Parliament in Britain earlier in the year.

1879 - Flinders St. to Spencer St. was connected via a road level tramway in consequence of Victoria Railway's purchase of Melbourne & Hobsons Bay United Railway Co's lines radiating from Flinders St.

1889 - Despite the plan of the Queensland government to outlaw the importation of Pacific Island labour after 1890, a Royal Commission reported on this day the labour was essential. It stated that if all coloured labour be withdrawn from the plantations the extinction of the sugar industry must speedily follow.



"The Sociopath Next Door" "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

"The Sociopath Next Door"
by Martha Stout
"Imagine - if you can - not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, no limiting sense of concern for the well-being of strangers, friends, or even family members. Imagine no struggles with shame, not a single one in your whole life, no matter what kind of selfish, lazy, harmful, or immoral action you had taken. And pretend that the concept of responsibility is unknown to you, except as a burden others seem to accept without question, like gullible fools.

Now add to this strange fantasy the ability to conceal from other people that your psychological makeup is radically different from theirs. Since everyone simply assumes that conscience is universal among human beings, hiding the fact that you are conscience-free is nearly effortless. You are not held back from any of your desires by guilt or shame, and you are never confronted by others for your cold-bloodedness. The ice water in your veins is so bizarre, so completely outside of their personal experience, that they seldom even guess at your condition. In other words, you are completely free of internal restraints, and your unhampered liberty to do just as you please, with no pangs of conscience, is conveniently invisible to the world.

You can do anything at all, and still your strange advantage over the majority of people, who are kept in line by their consciences will most likely remain undiscovered. How will you live your life? What will you do with your huge and secret advantage, and with the corresponding handicap of other people (conscience)? The answer will depend largely on just what your desires happen to be, because people are not all the same. Even the profoundly unscrupulous are not all the same. Some people - whether they have a conscience or not - favor the ease of inertia, while others are filled with dreams and wild ambitions. Some human beings ar...


"Psychopathic Predators, Human Prey" Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

"Psychopathic Predators, Human Prey" Part 1
by Maasanova

Note: The following is largely extracted from two articles: "Twilight of the Psychopaths," by Dr. Kevin Barrett and "The Trick of the Psychopath's Trade" by Silvia Cattori.

"I make the effort to share this information because it gives me, at last, a plausible answer to a long-unanswered question: Why, no matter how much intelligent goodwill exists in the world, is there so much war, suffering and injustice? It doesn't seem to matter what creative plan, ideology, religion, or philosophy great minds come up with, nothing seems to improve our lot. Since the dawn of civilization, this pattern repeats itself over and over again. The answer is that civilization, as we know it, is largely the creation of psychopaths. All civilizations, our own included, have been built on slavery and mass murder. Psychopaths have played a disproportionate role in the development of civilization, because they are hard-wired to lie, kill, cheat, steal, torture, manipulate, and generally inflict great suffering on other humans without feeling any remorse, in order to establish their own sense of security through domination. The inventor of civilization - the first tribal chieftain who succes...


They grow them big in the Far North! Police discover five-metre long python blocking road in Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Police in Australia joked they were "going to need a bigger ladder" after encountering a five-metre long python blocking the road. Queensland Police officers encountered the amethystine python, also known as a scrub python, near the small community of Wujul Wujul, located 345km north of Cairns. Officers on a night patrol had to wait for the slithering reptile to cross the road, giving them enough time to capture a photo which has racked up over 50,000 shares and likes on Facebook. "They breed them big in the Far North!" explained Senior Constable Heidi Marek.


Bitcoin Price Watch; Heres Whats On Tonight "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The bitcoin space is taking something of a hit at the moment and price is suffering as a result. Things arent moving as long-term holders might like them to and the implications of this longer term are pretty uncertain; can we hold above the recent broken levels and in turn can things recover above and beyond the 20,000 level that looked almost certain to be taken out just a week or two ago.

These are all questions that we dont know the answer to, of course, and that were going to have to wait to find out.

As we noted this morning, however, none of this matters for our intraday strategy. Weve got a standard approach to the markets and it doesnt matter whether price goes up or down. So long as things are moving and weve got our predefined levels in place, weve got a chance to profit from wherever things go.

So, with this all said, lets get said levels set up.

As ever, take a quick look at the chart below before we get started so as to get an idea whats on and where we are looking to jump in and out according to the rules of our intraday strategy.

The chart is a one-minute candlestick chart and its got our key range overlaid in green.

As the chart shows, then, the range we are looking at this evening is defined by support to the downside at 17901 and resistance to the upside at 18174. If we see a close above resistance, well get in long towards an upside target of 18225. Conversely, a close below support will have us in short towards a downside target of 17820.

A stop loss on both trades will ensure were taken out for just a small loss if things turn against us.

Lets see what happens.

Charts courtesy of Trading View



JUSTICE FOR SALE! The Real Costs of Going to Jail "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Victorian Government has announced it will spend $345 million over three years on almost 500 new cells to deal with the states overcrowded jail system and increasing prison population. True Crime News Weekly correspondent Gary Johnston wonders whether throwing hundreds of millions of dollars into a failed system is a wise move. * *

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The Holy Spirit what the Holy Spirit means to me part 13 The Holy Spirit and the founder of Hillsong the pedophile Frank Houston "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

When I started attending Hillsong in 1981 in Sydney, Australia, I was perplexed by what was going on. I didnt travel to Australia from the country of my birth and upbringing, New Zealand, to be involved in Hillsong. I was in Sydney, and I went there to check it out because a friend of mine at the time from New Zealand, Paul Cain, was attending there.

Hillsong was called Christian Life Centre Darlinghurst or CLC Darlinghurst for short in those days. Or CLC Darlo, even shorter. Australians like to abrogate and shorten names, terms and sentences. For example, Im gonna check-out me mates this arvo, means Im going to visit my friends this afternoon. Every nation and people-group has their sayings and terms. Me mates is a bit bogan (think cockney or red-neck) and this is how many people talk in Western Sydney where Brian Houston has been so successful. I dont think Brian could have pulled the wool over the eyes of educated Sydney people, and robbed them of their cash, in the way he has done in Western Sydney.

Now Hillsong is more sophisticated, people have a lot more trouble figuring out what is going on at Hillsong. Many are deceived and join them.



The WWII baby-in-a-box mystery: Genetics testing and detective work find abandoned baby's family, over 70 years later "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Robin was 13 when he found out he was adopted. Later he was told he had been abandoned - left in a box on London's Oxford Street. Now 74, he has spent most of his life wondering who left him and why. But thanks to DNA, and the dogged detective work of one of his daughters, he finally has some answers. When Robin King discovered he was adopted he ran away from home. He had been snooping around his parents' bedroom when he came across his adoption papers in a holdall. He fled to a friend's house and the pair then cycled from London to Southend where they slept in a tent until they were picked up by the police a few days later. "My friend's mum had to pay for us to come back on the train," Robin recalls. At home, no-one ever mentioned the subject of his adoption. "I was afraid of raising it as I didn't want any confrontation. I think it affected me deep down," he says.


A Few Thoughts "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Range Training

Sometimes training doesn't take (VIDEO HERE), even at the Fort Worth, TX Police Dept.

Typical Muslim Activity

(Sweden) Muslim migrants gang-raped a 17-year-old girl, then poured lighter fluid in her vagina and set it on fire. The answer of the Swedish government is to caution women not to go out at night. It's Sweden, they can do what they want. In another place you might have people making head shots of military age Muslim males who are accosting women. Of course, I would NEVER encourage that. And in a land of law abiding people where firearms are illegal, it would never happen. They're rely on the police to protect honest, law abiding people from the savages that their government let into the country.

Chinese Patroling

On 18 December, the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MOD) Joint Staff issued a press release on the flights of six Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft near southern Japan. 

The map graphic was released by the Japanese Ministry of
Defense on 18 December. The flight paths
are as plotted by the Air Self-Defense Force.


All The Skulls! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

image by sean fennessey.

image by sean fennessey.

image by sean fennessey.

Beginning december 15, 2017, the inaugural National Gallery of Victoria Triennial will open its doors to the work of over 100 creatives from 32 countries. Among the artists, designers, technologists, architects, animators, and beyond is Australian hyper-realist sculptor Ron Mueck, who is presenting his largest ever work to date. Mass is an installation of 100 individual human skull forms piled up on the gallery floor, each which engage with the architecture of the site.

Amazing! I want those as furniture. You can read and see much more at design boom. You can see more of Ron Muecks amazing work here this is one of my faves:

Angel, 1997
Mixed media
Figure: 110 x 87 x 81 cm / 43 1/2 x 34 1/4 x 31 7/8 in
Stool: 60 x 40 x 38 cm / 23 5/8 x 15 3/4 x 15 in.


Thankyou guyz ... The Chrissy shutdown ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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Greetings from the Tarkines elusive waterfalls ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Hidden deep in the remote enclaves of the Tarkine await new discoveries. Seek and ye shall find Sometimes I go searching for them, and sometimes they appear through serendipity. Regardless to what eventuates, the cascade of water amidst rainforest is one of the most splendid sights to behold


100 Gigantic Skulls Spill Through the Vast Halls of a Museum "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Ron Mueck Australia contemporary art

Installation view of Mass by Ron Mueck, 2017 on display at NGV Triennial at NGV International, 2017. (Photo: Sean Fennessey)

Australian artist Ron Mueck has unveiled his largest installation ever with Mass, a collection of 100 monumental hand-cast skulls. Commissioned specially for the National Gallery of Victoria's International Triennial, the imposing and ominous skulls pour through the galleries, each skull artfully placed into a tumbling mass.

Mueck, known for his hyperrealistic sculptures, forgoes his typically obsessive detail in bringing to life his hyperrealistic sculpture by focusing on what remains long after our bodies have decayed. Mass intrudes into the 18th Century Galleries like a glacier inching across a landscape, crowding out the powdered, bewigged lords and ladies, a reminder of all our fates, the artist shares.

And with this, the contemporary sculptor plays off memento mori, the medieval Christian theory and contemplation of mortality that has long fascinated artists, from 17th-century sculptors like Bernini to painters like Picasso. The impressive scale and size of the sculptures dwarf visitorseach skull measures about 5 feet in height and the installation weighs a total of 5.5 tons. Engulfed in the sea of skulls, it's impossible to avoid the contradiction between the beauty of their form and the intensity of their significance.

Each hand-finished skull, cast in resin, is also a tribute to Mueck's artistic dedication to precision. The slight variations in form individualize each of the 100 skulls, adding his signature realistic touch to the surreal installation. Mass is just one of the pieces in the inaugural Triennial, which is hosting 100 artists from 32 countries. Twenty of the pieces, including Mueck's, were commissioned specifically for this ambitious exhibition, which runs through April 15, 2018.

Ron Mueck's Mass is his largest installation ever, composed of 100...


What is Ethereum and how is it different from Bitcoin? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

What is Ethereum and how is it different from Bitcoin? by Vincent Briatore, CEO QUORA Originally Answered: How does Ethereum differ from Bitcoin technically? Click here to sign up for The Daily Coin FREE newsletter covering precious metals, war, health and prepper suggestions! Ok, Lets...

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Alex Tsakiris interviews Stanton Friedman on Jacques Vallee and UFOs/Consciousness "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Now, when we talk about augmented reality, there are three important use cases that we think about... --Mark Zuckerberg, CEO Facebook That's Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, spreading Facebook's Brave-New-World-Gospel re the merging of consciousness and computing. He's actually taking his foot off the pedal a little bit with this group of developers. If you search for some of his more freewheeling discussions he straight-up talks about mind reading, telepathy and even mind control. It's all part of Facebook's glorious future. And, you know what? He might be right. Skeptiko has always been about controversial science and spirituality related to consciousness, but if we're going to be honest, we have to accept that technology has a role to play in cutting through some of the philosophical bullshit that sometimes dominates these discussions. I mean, when mind reading is another app you can download on your iPhone 20, some of the "spiritual" questions surrounding consciousness will be answered. Same goes for UFOs. The main question that's dominated the UFO field for the last 10 years is whether we should remain focused on nuts-and-bolts technology related questions/issues, or shift the focus to experiences and experiencers. Jacques Vallee has been a leading thinker in this area linking modern UFO encounters extended consciousness phenomena. I've covered this topic in my recent interview with him and my interview with Robbie Graham. But since we had not heard from anyone in the nuts-and-bolts camp, I decided to turn to Stanton Friedman for this episode.


Massive 'balloon' of hot rock is building up under America's Northeast "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A vast mass of hot rock is welling up underneath Vermont and extending into other subterranean regions below New England, new research shows. Scientists used a network of thousands of seismic measurement devices in the largest geological study of its kind, detecting the enormous blob upwelling under Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts - and possibly elsewhere. "The upwelling we detected is like a hot air balloon, and we infer that something is rising up through the deeper part of our planet under New England," says geophysicist Vadim Levin from Rutgers University - New Brunswick.


Young Earth creationist argumentative strategy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I came across this interesting blog post by someone named Jaybird (whose gender is not specified and I will refer to as a he) who had been a young-Earth creationist. He was taught that it was vitally important to defend the idea of a young Earth because that was based on a biblical chronology and if that was taken as metaphorical, then that would open the floodgates for thinking that everything, even the resurrection of Jesus, as metaphorical, and that would be the end of everything. He describes the rhetorical tricks that he was taught to enable people like him to defend that position and get the better of their more-scientifically-minded critics.

[T]hey trained a bunch of kids how to argue in service of Young Earth Creationism and they gave us a very interesting (to my mind, anyway) bunch of tools to use when we went out into the world to spread the word.

The main thing that they taught us was that most people dont know a whole lot about biology. Most people just take what is taught them and they regurgitate it for a test in the classroom without ever thinking about what theyve regurgitated.

We had to learn, by memory, the differences between (deep breath) Piltdown Man and Nebraska Man and Java Man and Peking Man and we had to have these facts at our fingertips. (Keep in mind: This was before Smartphones were a thing.) We had to be able to argue this stuff at a moments notice because . . .

Well, the people we were arguing against usually werent that well-versed in it. They took a year of biology in high school and they probably memorized stuff just long enough to get past the test and then promptly forgot it.

Ask them questions about how come your professors never told you about Nebraska Man? (and never mind that the answer was they had to cover everything from the Krebs Cycle to Photosynthesis to Reproduction to a section involving dissecting a (not yet extinct) fetal pig and there wasnt really time for that sort of thing if there were only 175 days of school.)

One interesting thing was that they were told that they were not interested in their critic so much as whoever was observing the exchange. (This is something that I agree with. It is the audience that you should target, not the person you are arguing with.) They were taught to try and get under the skin of their opponents and make them angry. Why? Because science and scientists are supposed to be cool and rational. If you can remain cool and calm and your opponent got angry and emotional, then you came out appearing as the scientist in the eyes of observers.



Prayer and Meditation for Wednesday, December 20, 2017 The virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall name him Emmanuel "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent
Lectionary: 196

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Paintings of Mary of Nazareth, mother of Jesus. The Annunciation, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Reading 1 IS 7:10-14

The LORD spoke to Ahaz:
Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;
let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!
But Ahaz answered,
I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!
Then Isaiah said:
Listen, O house of David!
Is it not enough for you to weary men,
must you also weary my God?
Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:
the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and shall name him Emmanuel.

Responsorial Psalm PS 24:1-2, 3-4AB, 5-6

R. (see 7c and 10b) Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory.
The LORDs are the earth and its fullness;
the world and those who dwell in it.
For he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.
R. Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory.
Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
or who may stand in his holy place?
He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
who desires not what is vain.
R. Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory.
He shall receive a blessing from the LORD,
a reward from God his savior.
Such is the race that seeks for him,
that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.
R. Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory.


R. Alleluia, alleluia.
O Key of David,
opening the gates of Gods eternal Kingdom:.....


Saakashvili Refuses To Be Questioned By Ukraines Prosecutor-General "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Mikheil Saakashvili speaks with protesters in their tent camp near of Parliament building in Kiev (picture-alliance/NurPhoto/S. Kharchenko)

Former-President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili

Last Updated: December 18, 2017 14:58 GMT

Ukrainian opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili appeared at the Prosecutor-Generals Office in Kyiv on December 18 but refused to answer questions from investigators.

Ukrainian authorities have accused the former Georgian president and ex-Ukrainian governor of abetting an alleged criminal group led by former President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled to Russia after his ouster in February 2014. They also have suggested that protests led by Saakashvili are part of a Russian plot against Ukraine.

Saakashvili has strongly denied all the charges.

Outside the Prosecutor-Generals Offic....


Another piece that places the blame squarely on the science establishment, as it should "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

For years weve been seeing women rise through the training ranks of academic science, experiencing fearsome attrition, but we said that men were also being weeded out by grad school and post-doc positions and the harsh competition to land a tenure-track position. And then we noticed that a smaller proportion of women were actually getting those jobs, so we mostly shrugged our shoulders and said, well, its a painful grind to get there, so it must be fair (how intolerable it would be if we all suffered unnecessarily, after all), and so the ladies must simply be less capable of handling the rigors of a career in science said rigors being the same obstacles that the Men of Science created and put in place. We talked about estrogen and nurturers as if those were inimical to doing science, instead of irrelevant (although I try to imagine a culture of science that were more nurturing and supportive and cooperative, and cant help but think that that would be so much better). We try to pretend that hey, these differences in outcomes are purely biological or genetic or hormonal, and gosh, _()_/, maybe well answer the question of how it happens later, if we just throw more men at the analysis.

I think the question has been answered repeatedly. People have written at length about the answer. It seems that every month theres another piece that summarizes the real source of the problem the latest, and its a good one, is in Marie Claire magazine. The answer, as always, is the same.

Male scientists are the product of a misogynistic culture, and they like to pretend that theyre objective, self-aware participants in that culture, even when theyre oblivious, and see exploitation of women as their due. Its droit du seigneur for the 21st century. Were not going to fix it until more men wake up, or, since thats unlikely, more women crack the ranks of science and slap the men awake.

Or we can just wait for the old male scientists to die off.

Tuesday, 19 December


MACKAY Noise complaint leads to court appearance, Eimeo "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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Noise complaint leads to court appearance, Eimeo

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A 28-year-old female Eimeo resident will be appearing in the Mackay Magistrates Court following an alleged incident of disobeying a police direction linked to an excessive noise complaint. Its alleged that police attended at a Gans Court, Eimeo address at about 3.45 pm on December 18 in response to

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Top 4 Anti-LGBT Myths Of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In a year of nonstop crisis, scandal, violence, and political unrest, it is easy to understand how many people across the country feel on edge. As we well know, fear is often an effective tool to motivate the masses in a desired direction.

LGBT media would have us all believe that LGBT people are in a near-constant state of danger in the United States and under assault from the police, Republicans, and the president himself. But a closer inspection tells us this simply isnt true. Lets take a look at the top anti-LGBT myths of 2017.

1. 2017 Was the Deadliest Year for Transgender People

If you have been paying attention to the media, you will have noticed a series of headlines stating, Transwoman is the 17th19th22ndmurdered so far this year! The dramatic statement with an escalating victim count gives the impression that transgender people, specifically transwomen of color, are being intentionally targeted for hate crimes across the country. The panic of each news story validates feelings of victimhood and fear and causes those scrolling by to believe in an epidemic of violence.

This narrative inspires government policy and initiative to curb the violence and demands to demonstrate intolerance for hate crimes. In September, Rep. Keith Ellison introduced a congressional resolution titled Recognizing the violence and other challenges faced by transgender women of color in America.

Ellison and several other congressional leaders signed a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions in March pleading for him to do something about transgender murders. The letter stated, We write to urge you to investigate the recent murders of multiple African-American transgender women around the United States. Transgender women are over four times more likely to be murdered than the general population of all women, and 2017 is on track to be the most deadly year for transgender women, particularly those who are African-American.

In 2017 has been the best year for trans people; its also been the worst, Salon wrote, According to sociologist Nielan Barnes, a professor at California State University, Long Beach, the very visibility and increasing acceptance that helped lift Roem [the first openly transgender to win state office in America] and others into office may lie at that heart of what can feel like a deadly backlash. More attention is directed to the LGBT population, and transgender individuals, because theyre non-gender-conforming, and theyre far more visible, tend to...


Its High Time To Cut U.S. Funding For This Troubled International Cancer Agency "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Since Donald Trumps election, international bureaucracies that receive U.S. tax dollars have been on notice that our unchecked government largess to them is about to end. The World Health Organization is one example of a bloated, inefficient agency that is ripe for reform.

As Jeff wrote in June, WHO is plagued by persistent wasteful spending, utter disregard for transparency, pervasive incompetence, and failure to adhere to even basic democratic standards. The United States has failed to hold the WHO accountable for the nearly $2 billion in U.S. funding WHO receives each year.

WHOs new director-general is Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian doctor who served as a top official in that countrys ruling Marxist government. In October, Ghebreyesus laughably appointed now-deposed Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe as a good will ambassador. (He later rescinded the appointment amid widespread condemnation by member states and donors.) According to an Associated Press investigation earlier this year, WHO spends as much on travel expenses each year as it does on programs to fight AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.

Congress has recently begun asking oversight questions about potential misconduct at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a WHO affiliate based in Lyon, France. But IARC has been snubbing its nose at requests for information. Now, the committee doing the investigation, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, is threatening to cut off federal funding until it gets answers. House leadership must recognize that this move comes not a moment too soon, and it must be prepared to back up the threat if necessary.

Cancer, Cancer Everywhere

IARC convenes a working group each year to evaluate the cancer-causing potential of chemicals, food, personal habits, and environmental factors. Out of the more than 1,000 hazards IARC has analyzed over the past 50 years, only one has been deemed non-carcinogenic.

IARCs alarmist reports occasionally smack of propaganda intended to advance a wider political agenda. As we wrote in November 2015, the agencys flawed study that said bacon and red meat might cause cancer was likely tied to the United Nations climate change goal to slow global meat consumption because farm animals purportedly contribute to global warming. Others panned IARC for doing a poor job of communicating risk by failing to explain the difference between absolute and relative risk.

While risk communication should be a core competency of IARC, they are now in hot water for something that suggests a more si...


Bitcoin Price Watch; Riding Out The Uncertainty "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

There exists a substantial degree of uncertainty in the bitcoin space right now. Things have been pretty volatile over the last few days as far as the bitcoin price is concerned and exactly how the fundamentals of the space scaling, transaction fees, that sort of thing are going to play out going forward is the question everybody wants to know the answer to.

From a long-term holding perspective, this makes things pretty tough.

With that said, of course, we have maintained our intraday strategy from as far back as when price was trading in and around a couple of hundred dollars and just because there is correction risk right now doesnt mean we are going to alter the way we approach things.

So, lets keep our cool and push forward into the European morning session today. As ever, take a quick look at the chart below before we get started so as to get an idea where things stand in the bitcoin price right now and where we are looking to get in and out of the markets according to the rules of our intraday strategy.

The chart is a one-minute candlestick chart and it has our primary range overlaid in green.

As the chart shows, the range we are looking at for the session today comes in as defined by support to the downside at 17803 and resistance to the upside at 18318. Thats a pretty wide range so we can be relatively liberal with our risk management placements.

In line with this, if we see a close above resistance, we will enter long towards an immediate upside target of 18400.

Conversely, a close below support will have us in short towards a downside target of 17720. A stop loss on both trades around $20 or so just the other side of the entry will ensure we are taken out of the positions in the event that things turn against us.

Charts courtesy of Trading View



Passenger Medevaced From Carnival Spirit "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A Westpac rescue helicopter medevaced a passenger from a Carnival cruise ship off the coast of New South Wales (NSW), Australia yesterday .

The 40-year-old passenger was reportedly suffering a stroke on the Carnival Spirit cruise ship about 50 miles from Port Macquarie on NSW's mid-north coast. The rescue helicopter winched the passenger from the Spirit and airlifted her to Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital for further treatment.

There have been a number of medevacs from the Carnival Spirit cruising around Australia in this past year. 

A Westpac helicopter flown by the NSW Ambulance and Australian Maritime Safety Authority reportedly medevaced a 32-year-old male passenger from the Carnival Spirit a week ago.

Photo credit: Carnival Spirit - coffscoastadvocate.

Carnival Spirit


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