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Wednesday, 15 August

14:52

Reference to the Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program found in a 2018 issue of the US 'Congressional Record.' "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Background

In a blog post dated 28 June 2018, titled 'New US congressional hearings on UFOs?' I brought together several pieces of information which suggested that at least one US Congressional Committee (and maybe more than one) was looking at conducting hearings on the topic of UFOs, stimulated by the news about the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program/Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program (AAWSAP/AATIP.)

In that blog post, I suggested three possibilities for which committees might be involved:

1. The House of Representatives Armed Services Committee.

2. The House of Representatives Science, Space and technology Committee.

3. The Senate Armed Services Committee.

New research

Recently a group of collaborating researchers, composed of Roger Glassel from Sweden; Curt Collins from the USA; Paul Dean from Melbourne, Australia, and myself from Adelaide, South Australia, have been following up on this subject area. The group has found a very interesting item, in the US 'Congressional Record.' 

The 'Congressional Record' is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress, published by the United States Government Publishing Office.

Volume 164, Number 56, dated Monday, April 9, 2018 of the 'Congressional Record'  page H3062 included the following text:

'4381. A letter from the Chief, Congressional Relations Division, Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, transmitting a list of all products produced under the Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program contract for the Defense Intelligence Agency to publish; to the Committee on Armed Services.'

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11:53

Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang VH-KXM Pops into CQ Airports - Plus LifeFlight LearJet 45 VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" Back at Mackay Airport Twice More! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Monday 13 August and Tuesday 14 August, Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-KXM was back at various CQ Airports.  It has regularly been flying between Cairns and Vanrook Station on recent days after flying North from Bankstown during the latter part of July.

VH-KXM at Rockhampton Airport on a previous visit  (File photo)

On Monday, VH-KXM was noted arriving into Emerald Airport from Cairns before it soon departed to Vanrook Station.  Then on Tuesday, VH-KXM flew into Gayndah Airport from Vanrook Station.  After spending the day on the ground, it departed to Rockhampton Airport before later departing Rocky for the Sunshine Coast.

Meanwhile, after completing a couple of training flights to Proserpine Airport on Friday 10 August, the LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was back in CQ, completing what appeared to be a pair of medical evacuation flights out of Mackay Airport on both Monday 13 August and Tuesday 14 August.  On both flights, VH-VVI arrived into Mackay Airport from Townsville and departed to Brisbane.

Photo taken by IAD  

11:39

LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 Bizjet VH-VVI Does Training at Proserpine before a Midnight Med-evac Flight to Mackay Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Friday 10 August, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI was noted completing a pair of training flights around the Whitsundays, flying South on both occasions from to Townsville and eventually landing at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport both times for a short period of time.

File photo

After the second trip to Prosie and after it had returned to Townsville, VH-VVI then had a busy afternoon and evening operating a pair of medical evacuation flights first to Mount Isa and then to Mackay Airport where it then departed back to Townsville once again but now in the wee small hours of Saturday 11 August.  At this time, VH-VVI was again using its familiar radio callsign of "Ambulance 451".

09:46

Witness Statement by Satanic Ritual Abuse Survivor, Fiona Barnett "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

ITNJ Witness Statement

My name is Fiona Barnett. I was born Fiona Rae Holowczak, on 28 October 1969, in Sydney, Australia. I am a victim of CIA child trafficking, Luciferian ritual abuse, and Project MK-ULTRA.


Child trafficking is run as a single integrated world operation. This operation is coordinated by the CIA in collaboration with British and Australian intelligence services. Retired NYPD Detective James Rothstein was appointed to the first US taskforce to investigate this child trafficking operation which, he found, went all the way up to the Whitehouse. Detective Rothstein found that the CIA were behind a blackmail operation in which child prostitutes were used to honeytrap and compromise politicians, military brass, top businessmen, and key government officials. Rothstein, who arrested the key Watergate perpetrator, said Watergate solely concerned this human compromise racket, and specifically was an attempt to obtain a list of compromised pedophile VIPs and their proclivities that was held at the Democratic National Headquarters. I spoke with Rothstein who said he knew of an identical VIP pedophile ring that existed here in Australia, and that an Australian intelligence officer named Peter Osborne knew the details of this.
The Australian wing of this child trafficking operation is coordinated by ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation). During the 1970s and 80s, Labour Party politician, Kim Beazley Sr. headed ASIOs child trafficking operation. Under Kim Beazleys administration, I was prostituted, at age 6 years, to a pedophile orgy at Parliament House in Canberra, where I was r...

08:21

The Doorway To Resilience "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ditch striving for positivity and happiness. The positive thinking/happiness craze of more recent decades has morphed into something much better...

07:37

Melbourne and Adelaide have been Australia's most vulnerable major cities to killer heatwaves "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australian cities have been hit hard by severe heatwaves, according to recent research. What can be done to prepare vulnerable groups for the killer temperatures?

06:38

Radioactive sheep in Australia add evidence about Israeli nuclear bomb test "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Radioactive sheep shed light on secret nuclear weapons test, https://nypost.com/2018/08/14/radioactive-sheep-shed-light-on-secret-nuclear-weapons-test/ Christopher Carbone, Fox News, August 14, 2018 Newly discovered data from radioactive sheep provides strong evidence that a mysterious double flash detected almost 39 years ago near a remote island group was a nuclear explosion.

Ever since the flash was observed by a US Vela satellite orbiting above Earth in September 1979, theres been speculation that it was produced by a nuclear weapon test by Israel. International researchers in the journal Science & Global Security analyzed previously unpublished results of radiation testing at a US lab of thyroid organs from sheep in southeastern Australia in order to make their determination.

The flash was located in the area of Marion and Prince Edward islands, which are in the South Indian Ocean about halfway between Africa and Antarctica.

A new publication sheds further light on the Vela Incident of 1979, said Professor Nick Wilson of Otago University at Wellington, who highlighted the findings but was not involved with the study itself. [The research] adds to the evidence base that this was an illegal nuclear weapons test, very likely to have been conducted by Israel with assistance from the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Wilson, an epidemiologist and member of the Australia-based Medical Association for the Prevention of War, said the test would have violated the Limited Test Ban Treaty signed in 1963, and urged the United Nations to mount a full inquiry.

The researchers conclude that iodine-131, which is an unstable radioactive form of the element iodine found in the thyroids of some Australian sheep, would be consistent with them having grazed in the path of a potential radioactive fallout plume from a [Sept. 22, 1979] low-yield nuclear test in the Southern Indian Ocean.

Thyroid samples from sheep killed in Melbourne were regularly sent to the US for testing monthly in 1979 but also in the 1950s and 1980s, researchers say.

According to a report in the New Zealand Herald, the sheep had been grazing in an area hit by rain four days after the flash incident was observed, which would have been in...

06:09

What About Australia? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: It is clear our government seems to be going crazy. I know you use to live here in Sydney. We met many times when you did conferences here. I also know you once said you would like to retire in Australia. Has that changed?

Paul

ANSWER: Well, my dreams of retirement have not been working out. It seems the world is conspiring against me to go quietly into retirement. Yes, I love Australia. I have traveled all over and even went to Kakadu for two weeks and lived off the land fishing for Barramundi. I still keep a painting I love of the gum trees by a local artist. Here is me in the desert in Palm Valley. That was spectacular with herds of wild horses running free.

As always, there is a difference between the government and the people. There are socialists who support the government and others who are upset about stalking their children, creating their  Black Economy Taskforce to imposing the burden to collect Australian taxes upon companies mailing things to Australia. These are simply not NORMAL in a free society. No country can order others to collect their taxes and if someone is following your children, they are in plain clothes and readers have expressed concerns about how do you distinguish a pervert from a government agent?

No m...

05:15

Wages growth up at a glacial pace "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Wages growth a bit better

Wage prices increased by 0.6 per cent in the June quarter.

That was the best quarter since all the way back in March 2014, remarkably.

It was enough to pull annual wages growth reluctantly up to 2.1 per cent. 

Around the traps the best performers were Victoria and Tasmania at 2 per cent. 

And the worst performers were Western Australia and the Northern Territory at 1 per cent, reflective of the resources cycle.

Indeed, mining was the worst performing sector at 1.33 per cent, followed by retail at 1.46 per cent. 


The best performing sector was healthcare at 2.74 per cent.

Melbourne is set to be the best performing economy going forward, with construction and job vacancies exploding.

The above figures confirm that low wages growth is not just about immigration - in fact wages growth is higher where the migrants are heading (and vice-versa).

Low wages growth is rather a....

04:00

Turnbulls Lucky Windfall "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

You wont need to worry too much about Turkey for the time being.

US stocks closed up in overnight trade.

The markets judgement is clear: The bull market continues.

We can draw a similar conclusion for Australia. Despite the headlines, the S&P/ASX 200 still looks strong.

We can thank thermal coal for a good part of that.

Commodities across the board are taking a hit right now.

But shareholders in Whitehaven Coal Ltd [ASX:WHC] probably cant believe their luck. Thermal coal is at its highest Australian dollar price since July 2008.

Demand from Asia for power generation is driving this even as European use declines. And nobody wants to invest in coal anymore many banks wont even consider financing projects.

The Australian reported in April that the Treasury was anticipating a thermal coal price of US$85 in its estimates of company tax receipts.

Currently its just over US$120. If it continues to stay high, its going to pour more money into government coffers.

That could conceivably give Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull more ammunition to prop up his position through infrastructure spending in key electorates.

Thats one reason I dont buy into a real estate collapse scenario.

Here in Melbourne, a Brighton shop just sold for $3.2 million above its reserve.

But that look likes chump change compared to the $100 million a Chinese developer has paid for an apple orchard in Melbournes Wantirna South.

One wonders how the coal-producing regions of Australia are shaping up in terms of property. There must be plenty of money around.

In any case, the current bull market in coal also reveals that theres always opportunity in the share market, even when the overall index doesnt do much or the outlook doesnt appear particularly bullish.

I happen to think the current drawdown in commodities like oil and copper represents a buying opportunity. And Im not alone.

The Australian Financial Review reported yesterday that specialist resource investment firm Terra Capital is looking to raise $300$400 million to help fund its spending plans.

Its not as if the massive Asian market is going anywhere. That places Australia in good stead in the coming years.

A new chapter

The world and markets present opportunities all the time.

Thats one reason Im going to hand over the full Daily Reckoning Australia editorship to my good friend and colleague Shae Russell.

In turn, Ill....

03:26

03:25

Red-backed Kingfisher, possible Black Falcons at Maryborough - Hervey Bay Rd reported by Elliot Leach on 15-08-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

RBKF seen on powerlines two days in a row now near -25.3306, 152.7977. Just a bit further down the road towards Maryborough, where the big powerlines cross the road, I saw two falcons mating on the line above the freeway. Wrong giss for Brown Falcon; when the male flew off and the female followed they looked massive. Colouration and everything looked good but I couldnt stop to confirm.

03:24

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stolen Generations and descendants: numbers, demographic characteristics and selected outcomes [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The AIHW has released  a new report in collaboration with The Healing Foundation.

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stolen Generations and descendants: numbers, demographic characteristics and selected outcomes

 provides estimated numbers and demographic characteristics of the Stolen Generations and descendants using a series of ABS surveys.

 

It also presents a range of health and socioeconomic outcomes for the Stolen Generations and descendants, and differences with Indigenous and non-Indigenous comparison groups, to examine the effects of removal from families.

 

The findings in the report will be useful to assess the needs of the Stolen Generations and their families. 

 

'The data shows poorer health and social outcomes among this group of Indigenous Australians compared to those who were not removed from their families,' said AIHW spokesperson Dr Fadwa Al-Yaman.

'For example, Indigenous people who were removed from their families are more than 3 times as likely to have been incarcerated in the last 5 years, and 1.8 times as likely to rely on government payments as their main source of income and 1.7 times as likely to experience violence compared to those who were not removed.'   They are also more likely to have experienced discrimination, be unemployed or not own a home, and less likely to report good general health.

 

https://www.aihw.gov.au/getmedia/a6c077c3-e1af-40de-847f-e8a3e3456c44/aihw-ihw-195.pdf.aspx?inline=true   Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stolen Generations and descendants: numbers, demographic characteristics and selected outcomes

 

Media release: New report shows long-term disadvantage for Australia's Stolen Generations

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02:58

Join the Human Rights Law Centre team "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Human Rights Law Centre believes in a future where human rights are universally understood, upheld and protected. We secure law and policy change that eliminates inequality, abuse and injustice and builds a society grounded in decency, compassion and respect. We are currently recruiting for two people to join our diverse team who have a strong, shared commitment to creating a better, fairer Australia. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Lawyer, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Rights

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and collaborative lawyer to work as part of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples rights team. Our vision is that Australias laws and policies uphold and affirm Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples fundamental rights to equality, dignity and self-determination. Advancing the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is one of our nine key focus areas and is essential to our mission.

This is a 12 month full-time, fixed term position based in Melbourne. (We will consider Sydney also.)

Download a recruitment pack here.

Lawyer, Democratic Freedoms

This position will play a vital role in contributing to all aspects of our democratic rights and freedom work. This work is both responsive and agenda-setting, working closely with Australian civil society to identify and address systemic issues. We are seeking a highly motivated and collaborative individual to join our dynamic team.  

This is a full-time, ongoing position based in Sydney.

Download a recruitment pack here.

02:48

Victoria Police keen to promote new series of The Bachelor "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Don't forget to indicate when you're on the way home tonight to watch #Bachie. #DriveSafely #TheBachelorAu @TheBachelorAU pic.twitter.com/wsZ4849p5X Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) August 15, 2018

02:16

Adani knew about pollution risk and the Queensland authorities were aware of it "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed from Queensland

Not too much of a surprise really, but the revelation that  both Adani and the Queensland government were aware in advance, that polluted water could be released from the companys Abbot Point coal terminal during cyclone Debbie in 2017, has still sent a little shock wave around the country.

When it came, the Caley Valley wetlands near the Abbot Point terminal, were polluted.

The Adani licence was amended after the, fact, to allow more pollution in other areas, which includes the Great Barrier Reef world heritage area.

As if this was not enough, Adani was caught breaching the new licence by more than 800 percent. It forced the authorities to issue a penalty notice.

All this was in emails obtained by the Mackay Conservation Group, under Queenslands right to information laws, and reported by the ABC last week. Adani unsuccessfully fought the release of the emails.

Particularly sinister, is that Adani knew that its contaminated water was well above the total suspended solids (TSS) normally allowed is 30mg/L and Adanis special conditions, which allowed up to 100 mg/L. The fact that the water contained in the range of 500 to 900 mg/L, was communicated to the department that administers the licence on 28 March.

There was a clear breech and Adani was fined the $12,190. For a multi-billion-dollar company this is nothing and makes a mockery of the law. At the very least, the licence should have been suspended.

Adani fought the fine and release of the emails, because of the fear that they would damage the companys reputation.

Peter McCallum, coordinator of the Mackay Conservation Group, said the emails show the company knew the pollution could occur.

These documents that Adani didnt want released to the public show they were fully aware there was a high concentration of pollutants in the water that would be released, he said.

A company proved to disregard the conditions of its licence is only encouraged, if allowed to effectively get away with it. The Queensland government promised safeg...

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Tuesday, 14 August

23:27

Federal integrity commission needed: Labor "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Justine Elliot MP for Richmond, Mark Dreyfus QC MP and Craig Elliot, NSW Labor candidate for Tweed. Photo supplied

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus QC stopped by the region last week to spruik Labors plans to establish a National Integrity Commission (NIC).

While NSW has its own independent integrity commission ICAC the federal government does not.

Federal member for Richmond Justine Elliot said, In recent years there has been a loss of faith in the ability of politicians and the public service to properly represent and serve the public interest.

All Australians deserve to have confidence in the integrity of their government, their parliament, the public service and our public institutions.

While there is not substantial evidence of widespread corruption at a federal level, that is not a reason to do nothing.

A bipartisan Senate inquiry has shown that Australias current federal anti-corruption framework is uncoordinated, inconsistent and confusing. While many agencies have some partial responsibilities in this area, their work is haphazard and overlapping.

Its clear we need to strengthen and simplify our anti-corruption framework to weed out serious and systemic corruption, promote integrity, and restore the trust of the Australian people in their representatives and institutions.

Local residents can show their support for the National Integrity Commission by signing Labors petition at: www.alp.org.au/support_the_nic.

The post Federal integrity commission needed: Labor appeared first on Echonetdaily.

18:39

MACKAY Ordered to pay up for punching a pub door "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY August 14, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Ordered to pay up for punching a pub door

August 14, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Mackay Magistrates Court was told he opted out of a fight at the tavern and took out his frustration on the door. Dwyer told the court he attempted to

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18:39

MACKAY Two men charged with threatening residents in Sarina street "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY August 13, 2018 at 12:15PM ,

Two men charged with threatening residents in Sarina street

August 13, 2018 at 12:15PM ,

TWO men from southeast Queensland have been charged after allegedly brandishing weapons in Sarina on Sunday. Sarina police were callted to

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MACKAY Men allegedly bore knives and pickets on Sarina St "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY August 13, 2018 at 01:00PM ,

Men allegedly bore knives and pickets on Sarina St

August 13, 2018 at 01:00PM ,

He refused the opportunity for legal advice and pleaded guilty to all matters before him. The pair will reappear in Mackay Magistrates Court today for

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MACKAY Triple the limit in drink-driving crackdown "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY August 14, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Triple the limit in drink-driving crackdown

August 14, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

AN Eimeo man was found to be three times (0.169) the legal blood alcohol level while driving through Beaconsfield at the weekend. Kurtis William

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18:39

MACKAY Two men charged following serious street disturbance, Sarina "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY August 13, 2018 at 08:52AM ,

Two men charged following serious street disturbance, Sarina

August 13, 2018 at 08:52AM ,

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16:00

Platypus rescue and release "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

George was seen at a riverside holiday park struggling to climb the bank of the river, and those watching knew he was in trouble so they immediately called WIRES. 

WIRES volunteer, Tracy says the first priority was to get him warm and dry, as saturation of the thick pelt can be very detrimental to a platypuss health. He was very thin, lethargic and with almost no body fat and he was infested with ticks.

The development stage of his spurs indicated he was a young male. He was offered fluids and luckily he took to this quite well after some initial reluctance. He was kept warm and monitored overnight and although he was more alert and had definitely improved a little by the morning Tracy says he was clearly still in very poor health. She knew his survival was uncertain, and that the best chance for him would be to be in a specialist facility, so she contacted Taronga Zoo wildlife hospital and was able to take him there for long-term care, rehabilitation and ultimate release.

If you, or someone you know would like to receive rescue stories about wildlife directly to your inbox please register for our enews

The beautiful image of 'George' was taken after his release by Kaleb Amos


09:10

Finland just might have the answer to our growing homeless crisis "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 

An article by Isabelle Lane (The New Daily 11August 20108), looks at the experience of Finland, which found an answer to a serious problem of homelessness, and this is to provide people with a permanent home, so that they can get on with the task of building their lives and contribute to society. Maybe this is something other countries should take on.

Australias homelessness and affordable housing crisis is worsening. But there may be a solution from a rather unlikely place.

Finland has the distinction of being the only European country where homelessness has decreased in recent years, and the rest of the world is starting to take notice.

Between 2008 and 2016, long-term homelessness in Finland was slashed by a staggering 35 per cent.

By contrast, homelessness in Australia rose 13.7 per cent over the five years to 2016, according to census data.

A decade ago, Finland decided to tackle chronic homelessness by providing permanent housing individual apartments rather than temporary shelter accommodation to rough sleepers and others in the grip of long-term homelessness. Its success has been remarkable.

The model is known as Housing First.

One of Finlands biggest advocates of Housing First is Juha Kaakinen, CEO of Y-Foundation, a social housing organisation which has provided more than 6000 homes to former rough sleepers, and 10,000 homes to low-income families and individuals.

Housing is the foundation for solving other issues. That was the change in thinking, Mr Kaakinen said.

You dont need to be housing ready, its not a reward after youve solved your issues. Its the basis for solving them.

The program has been both a social and economic success.

Providing a homeless person with permanent housing in a supported housing unit saves the government approximately 15,000 ($23,400) per person per year, according to an evaluation of the program by the Technical University of Tampere, with savings mainly coming from reduced use of health services and institutional care.

 Could Housing First work in Australia?

In Australia, funding for social housing has failed to keep pace with the countrys growing population.

Just 3.3 per cent of the population was accommodated in social housing in 2016, compared wit...

07:11

Sustained decline in Brisbane rental vacancies "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Vacancies decline

Despite the high rates of apartment construction, strong population growth continues to absorb the rental stock.

The total number of rental vacancies in Australia has declined over the past year from 75,733 to 72,748, according to the latest figures from SQM Research.

This represents a decline from in the national vacancy rate from 2.4 per cent to 2.2 per cent - while construction is now set to slow.

SQM reported that Brisbane continues to experience a sustained 2018 decline in vacancy rates from 3.6 per cent in December to 2.9 per cent by July.

And this will likely continue as apartment construction falls away and migration from interstate picks up. 

Perth is also now through the worst with vacancy rates trending down (from 5.2 per cent to 4 per cent over the past year) and the oversupply of rentals easing a bit, after several years of rental price declines.

Meanwhile Adelaide tightened again into just 1.3 per cent - getting pretty tight down there now! - and Canberra...well, Canberra is heading for zero at this rate.

Sydney indigestion

In Sydney number of vacancies was down from 19,572 to 19,114 in the month - a tight rental market would be represented by more like 12,000 vacancies or fewer - but year-on-year the vacancy rate is considerably higher at 2.8 per cent. 


Sydney tends to be a much busier place in summer these days, so this trend will be one to watch with interest.

06:38

The fight for womens refuge "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The first womens refuge in Melbourne opened in 1974. According to the Womens Liberation Halfway House Collective (WLHHC), the need for a Halfway House had been discussed for a long time in the Womens Liberation Movement, as the Womens Liberation Centre constantly received calls from women needing somewhere to stay for awhile, often in desperate circumstances. In April 1974, a meeting was called to discuss the setting up of a halfway house a halfway point for women between their old lives and new ones.

06:25

Asian Markets Steady, Oil Up Turkeys financial crisis causes traders to remain nervous "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Turkeys lira remained under pressure in Asian trade Tuesday but markets in the region enjoyed a little more stability after the previous days turmoil.

Nervous investors are keeping an eye on developments in Ankara after Mondays bloodletting that saw the lira hit record lows against the dollar and euro, and equity markets go into freefall on concerns Turkeys financial crisis could spread globally.

In early Asian trade the Turkish unit was at 6.91 to the dollar and 7.89 to the euro, well off the 7.24 to the dollar and 8.12 to the euro seen Monday but still uncomfortably high. The unit is down about a fifth against the greenback since Friday.

AFP | The lira continues to face pressure as central bank measures were met with disappointment

The crisis has been sparked by a series of issues including a faltering economy the central bank has defied market calls for rate hikes and tensions with the United States, which has hit Turkey with sanctions over its detention of an American pastor.

There was some optimism from news that Donald Trumps national security advisor John Bolton met Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kilic to discuss the detention of the pastor.

Traders remain nervous, though, and the central banks announcement that it would provide lenders with liquidity and lower the amount of cash they needed to keep in reserve largely disappointed as it made no clear promise of rate hikes, which is what most economists say is needed.

Still, Ray Attrill, head of foreign-exchange strategy at National Australia Bank, was hopeful the crisis will not spread.

Its a large local difficulty, but so far the contagion has been relatively limited, he told Bloomberg Television.

Were seeing a little bit of signs of contagion within the eurozone, within the spreads of those government bonds in countries where the banking sector appears to have the biggest exposure as far as Turkey is concerned. Youd have to say that Turkey is relatively contained.

Combative mood

On equity markets Tokyo ended the morning 1.2 percent higher as the safe haven yen eased against the dollar, providing some support to exporters.

Sydney added 0.8 percent and Seoul was 0.1 percent higher, with Wellington and Taipei also up.

Shanghai was flat but Hong Kong slipped 0.6 percent.

Emerging market currencies, which took...

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04:40

'A Call to the Stars" by Beatriz Copello "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Introduction

Recently my attention was drawn, by an overseas researcher, to a 2016 ebook titled 'A Call to the Stars' by Australian author Beatriz Copello. Up until that point, I must admit, I had not heard of the book.

The Smashwords website, carried the following synposis of the book.

'A Call to the Stars tells the fascinating experiences of Alicia (Nor her real name), a woman, who established a relationship with aliens. The experiences are told through a serious of interviews with a fictitious psychologist. Alicia studied psychology to assure herself that she was not mad, that she really had been abducted by extra-terrestrial beings who also communicated with her telepathically.

Alice (sic) after many years of studying became a psychologist and built a successful career. Having worked closely with other psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and other professionals no one ever doubted her sanity.

Alicia tells us about the nature of the aliens and their concerns about the way in which we treat our planet. Our destruction will, become a reality if we do not stop our wars and the causes of climate change. This (sic) messages commenced in 1967.

Alicia underwent a series of hypnosis regressions by the well known but sadly now deceased Leslie Bullock. He said: "I will always remember the first interview I had with a very charming, well dressed, obviously very intelligent woman who came along with an amazing story of a lifetime of having been contacted by extra-terrestrial beings. She had obviously come to the wrong person. I was a complete cynic about such things and had never read a book about the subject. I had been using hypnosis for over 50 years, and had been in full time practice as a professional hypnotist for more than 30 years. During 40,00 hours spent in personal consultations with clients with a wide range of problems, I had never encountered anything like this."

Who is Beatriz Copello?

The same Smashwords website has the following:

'Dr Betariz Copello is a psychologist, a poet and a fiction writer. Copello's poetry has been published in many journals and literary magazines. Her book of lesbian poetry Women Souls and Shadows, Bemac Publishing, 1992 was highly commended in the Wild and Wooley, 1993 awards. In November 1997 she received from the Australia Council, Literature Fund, and Emerging Writers Grant for Poetry. Her book of poetry Meditations At the Edge of a Dream was published by Interactive Publications - Glasshouse books, 2001, receiving excellent reviews. In 2003 she was awarded a Doctor of Creative Arts Degree (Creat...

04:30

The Cable Car (2) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Hag doesnt like the cable car. It would immensely spoil what remains of the ambience of Hobbit, she says ...

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NEW SUNSHINE COAST STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR A MOMENT IN TIME CAST IN STONE "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Stallholder Profile for A Moment In Time Cast In Stone



Your name: Michelle Horne

Your business name and facebook/website name and link:
A Moment in Time
My website domain is not yet working but a link to the current website can be found on my facebook page. 

The suburb/town you live in now:
I live in Tewantin, I will be moving to Southside (Gympie), once our house is built. 
...

01:30

Audio reveals creepy details of UFO mystery "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Ally Foster

In 1966, over 300 children and staff from a Melbourne school reportedly witnessed multiple UFOs silently flying through the sky before landing in a nearby field.

It is the largest mass UFO sighting in Australia, yet hardly anything was reported on it at the time.

Over the years, there have been differing reports about the details of what happened on April 6 at Westall High School, such as people claiming there were three saucerlike objects, while some thought there was just one.

In the 52 years since, there has been wide speculation about what people saw, with some believing it was an alien encounter and others pointing the finger at the government testing new technology.

Throughout all the years of speculation, however, one particularly interesting piece of audio has been greatly overlooked.

An American physicist known for his research into UFOs, Dr. James E. McDonald, conducted an interview with a science teacher from the Westall school, Andrew Greenwood, who witnessed the event.

He then recorded himself describing their meeting and the creepy details Mr. Greenwood gave about his experience. Greenwood told me the UFO was first brought to his attention by a hysterical child who ran into his classroom and told him theres a flying saucer outside, Dr. McDonald said.

He thought this child had become deranged or something so he didnt take any notice, but when the child insisted that this object was in the sky he decided to go out and have a look for himself.

When he went outside, he noticed a group of children looking toward the northeast area of the school grounds and as he approached them he claims he saw a UFO hovering close to the powerline.

Mr. Greenwood described it as a round, silver object about the size of a car with a metal rod sticking up in the air.

According to Dr. McDonald, the teacher then told him five planes came and surrounded the object as more people began gathering to watch the scene before them.

He called it the most amazing flying he had ever seen in his life, Dr. McDonald said.

The planes were doing everything possible to approach the object and he said how they all avoided collision he will never know.

Every time they got too close to the object it would slowly accelerate, then rapidly accelerate and then move away from them and stop. Then they would take off after it again a...

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Lack of clarity on due diligence for GBR Foundation grant is a major concern "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Todays Courier-Mail includes opposing opinion pieces on the Turnbull governments controversial $444 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, which according to the author of the first opinion piece, Foundation Managing Director Anna Marsden, is the lead charity for the reef. The opposing opinion piece by Simon Black of Greenpeace Australia summarises the legitimate concerns that have been expressed over the wisdom of granting so much money without a tender process to a small not-for-profit, one which at the time had around six full-time and five part-time employees. Black reminds us that Foundation MD Anna Marsden once compared the grant to winning lotto. While the government rightly observes that it isnt the first government that has granted such a large amount of money without a competitive process, that of course doesnt excuse it. It is akin to the young childs defence that whatever he or she did is OK because Jack or Sally did it also.

Moreover, I am particularly concerned that the grant appears to have been inserted into the budget process late in the day, and was not subjected to several months of scrutiny from central agencies (Treasury, Finance, Prime Minister and Cabinet) and Expenditure Review Committee ministers. A strong giveaway of the lack of appropriate scrutiny given to the grant is the obfuscation in the answers provided in the Senate Budget Estimates hearings in May. NSW Senator Jenny McAllister asked very pertinent questions of Finance Minister Cormann at Estimates, which the minister had to take on notice (see Question on Notice 23 May 2018):

Senator McALLISTER: I might pick up on some of those issues around the payment to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. When was Finance first consulted on the proposal?
Senator Cormann: This is a proposal that is part of the budget process. Im quite happy to take on notice consideration of the date as to when this was first considered. But you would, of course, appreciate that, consistent with convention, Im not going to be at liberty to reveal the content of cabinet deliberations or deliberations of cabinet subcommittees.
Senator McALLISTER: Would it first have been brought to the Department of Finances attention before Christmas, as part of the portfolio budget submission?

McAllister was rightly trying to determine whether the grant would have been subjected to several months of rigorous scrutiny, or due diligence you may say, that many other budget proposals would have been subjected to. The answer eventually provided to the question Min...

23:00

The sounds of the Silent Majority ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Silent Majority. I have always found these silent sounds quite elusive; from the deafening sounds of foreign policy to the environmental chants, the social policy swing and now the planning polka

22:46

Great Barrier reef money and the stink of corruption "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed by Adam Carlton

The Turnbull government has handed over $444 million to a shonky outfit, which falsely claims that it works for the preservation of the Great Barrier Reef, and this has bounced back to hit the government in the teeth.

The longer this saga goes on, the more is exposed. The Great Barrier Reef Foundation did not even have to go through a tender process to get the money. It turns out that it is a private organisation employing only six people and is supported by major mining corporations like BHP and Rio Tinto, as well as Orica, and Google.

The government has  defended the money was provided and has  the method used, because this organisation was in line with government policy. This is corrupt, because money was handed over in the expectation of procuring an advantage.

Malcolm Turnbull first rubbed shoulders with the corruption industry as a young 29-year old lawyer, shutting down the Costigan royal Commission for media tycoon Kerry Packer, after it had turned its investigation towards corporate crime and Packers role in it.

This was not to be the end of the story. Todays Australian prime minister has something of a track record. A few examples can be mentioned. We will stick to the more recent ones.

Arrangements between the Turnbull and Murdoch families have seen millions of dollars passing hands.

Earlier this year, the Export and Finance Industry Corporation got a taxpayer increase in funding, to the tune of 400 percent. This is $3.5 billion, to use for funding the creation of a weapons industry. The argument is not that government money went into building industry , just who it went to and for what type of industry.

There is the implication that deals have been made here. This is a world dominated by a handful of well-resourced companies operating from a very few rich countries, with far reaching connections. To get into the game of arms exporting, Australia would have to get into bed with them, and second to none, they are up to their necks, in using corruption to grease the wheels of doing business. Something smells here.

Then Turnbulls association with Andrew Goodwin, who is among those alleged to have been involved in international graft and the payment of bribes, while working on the Snowy 2.0 project, has thrown up questions that have still not been answered. The...

22:15

Reefgate or reefport? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Reefgate should be Malcolm Turnbulls Watergate, but probably wont be

22:00

Get glyphosate off our globe "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A California jury has awarded school groundsman Dewayne Johnson $289 million for his terminal non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The jury found, on all the scientific evidence uncovered during the month-long trial that his exposure to Roundup weedkiller caused Mr Johnsons cancer. The Johnson judgement raises thorny questions for Australians too, says Gene Ethics Director, Bob Phelps Anthony Amis: Friends of the Earth reaction to Glysophate court case Friends of the Earth Australia today welcomed a decision in the Supreme Court of California to award school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson US$289million in damages after Johnson took legal action against pesticide company Monsanto. Johnson was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2014. His lawyers argued that Johnsons regular use of Glyphosate, which he used up to 30 times a year in his work, caused the disease. Monsanto is facing 5,000 similar lawsuits across the United States. The jury in the Johnson case deliberated for 3 days before deciding the verdict

21:53

Woodchip fan-girl gets real "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As a special guest of dishonour, the Hag attended the Private Forestry Tasmania forum last week at the main bar at the Hobart Showgrounds. With the vibe of half Gothic hipster mock-but-real 1980s hostelry, half abandoned low-rent truck-stop, 40 or so grizzled, hard-bitten and wary foresters gathered to discuss one thing: How the fuck to make cash out of trees these days

21:45

Gingivitis Boiling the Gum in Tasmania "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I have started to notice on my property here at Bentley in northern Tasmania a large number of dead trees having the sap running out of the trunks like blood from a wound and then turning the bark ginger in colour

21:15

Women call for review to sex discrimination laws "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Women Speak Tasmania is calling for uniform changes to federal and state anti-discrimination laws

18:47

Stone tools provide new clues to Easter Island's statue builders "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The remote Easter Island, known locally as Rapa Nui, lies 2,300 miles off Chile's Pacific coast, a mysterious place best known for its giant stone statues. The common narrative states that the enormous heads were built by Polynesian seafarers who, the story goes, then brought about the demise of their own society through internal squabbles and draining of the island's natural resources. However, a new study published in the Journal of Pacific Archaeology suggests the true story of early civilisation on Polynesia's easternmost outpost is more complex. Archaeologists found evidence of a sophisticated society where the people shared information and collaborated, by analysing the chemical make-up of the tools used to build the sculptures. "For a long time, people wondered about the culture behind these very important statues," says Laure Dussubieux, one of the study's authors and a scientist at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History. "This study shows how people were interacting, it's helping to revise the theory." "The idea of competition and collapse on Easter Island might be overstated," adds lead author Dale Simpson, Jr., an archaeologist from the University of Queensland. "To me, the stone carving industry is solid evidence that there was cooperation among families and craft groups."

14:09

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01:46

Media Release: Refining the definition of wilderness "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 

A new book published by Bob Brown Foundation is a timely reminder that Tasmania is a world leader in wilderness philosophy if not action, Environmentalist Bob Brown said on the eve of the books launch.

A group of Tasmanian researchers has recommended that Australian and international governments and conservation agencies adopt a new definition of wilderness.

 

00:55

Geelong Star & Basslink ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

An inconvenient truth Part Three The balance of probability ... ?

Sunday, 12 August

23:36

NATION: Turnbulls leadership a sham. Seeks to evade GBRF scandal, climate change with NEG "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Our efforts to deal with climate change have been betrayed by a lack of leadership, a political cowardice, the like of which I have never seen Malcolm Turnbull 2010 Crikey Worm: Turnbull under siege Guardian: Great Barrier Reef Foundation not aware of due diligence for $444m grant Foundations managing director appears to contradict Frydenbergs assurance that extensive due diligence took place Sign a Petition HERE

23:15

EXCLUSIVE: The case of the missing Beach judgment: NAB vs Lawrence "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The National Australia Bank fights dirty. So does its lawyers

23:07

Future of the East Coast "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

1.10pm sharp to 2pm Tuesday 21 August 2018: Hobart Town Hall, 50 Macquarie Street

23:00

Swift parrot the loser with Tassals east coast gill disease dam ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A proposed dam that would suppy fresh water to treat gill disease in Tassals controversial Okehamption Bay fish farm will destroy critical habitat for the swift parrot, acknowledged by the proponent and experts as a significant impact under federal law Vica Bayley: Spotlight on Hodgman Government over swift parrot habitat loss ... includes where you can watch a LIVESTREAM ...

22:45

Michael Ferguson referred for Code of Conduct investigation "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Labor will formally request Premier Hodgman stage a Ministerial Code of Conduct investigation into Health Minister Michael Ferguson over his role in the Cricket Australia scandal Crikey: Health Minister implicated in Cricket Australia sacking has pro-life history Tasmanian Health Minister Michael Ferguson has been fighting against abortion in the Apple Isle for years.

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