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Thursday, 19 April

18:30

Bitcoin money laundering claims largely overblown says Quebec chief scientist "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bitcoin has been touted as the go-to for criminals in their illegal activities, such as money laundering, but Quebec Chief Scientist Rmi Quirion says that claim is blown out of proportion. Earlier this year, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said []

The post Bitcoin money laundering claims largely overblown says Quebec chief scientist appeared first on The Global Mail.

15:01

Australia: Muslim husband tells wife Im allowed to marry four women. You have to change your Western mentality. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The words of an abusive Muslim husband, sanctioned by Islamic law to be ruler over his wife and to beat her if she is disobedient: Im allowed to marry four women, he told her. You have to change your Western mentality. Muslim women in Australia are stuck with violent husbands as they fight to get []

14:00

Research problems at Australian university hit the news "IndyWatch Feed National"

A university in Australia thats made headlines before over allegations of research misconduct has found itself in the news once again. Last week, the University of Queensland (UQ) announced some of its authors were retracting a paper after discovering data were missing. Just days later, the university made headlines over an investigation into three papers Continue reading Research problems at Australian university hit the news

13:18

Chief of Army bans "death symbology/iconography". What's a rifle for General? ICB? Crossed swords??? "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is crazy. A soldier's job is to close with and kill the enemy. Death goes with the territory. Soldiers need to be very good at bringing death to the enemy. This badge is American but it'll give you the idea as to what the Chief of Army wants to...

12:16

Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, EOS, IOTA and Litecoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

It"s simple to acknowledge the sweet fact that Bitcoin and other altcoins might be finally turning the corner and pointing to different technical metrics. With Bitcoin looking like it is hauling altcoins with it in the right direction. Despite shedding []

The post Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, EOS, IOTA and Litecoin appeared first on The Global Mail.

11:51

2018 dates confirmed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi everyone and sorry for not getting an update out to you all a bit sooner!!!

We have set the dates for the 2018 Walkatjurra Walkabout and the bus will be leaving Fremantle on the 5th of August, returning on September 3rd.

You can register here
More info at www.walkingforcountry.com

For those of you that have been on the walks over the last 7 years, or have been on one of the many road trips that the Bardi Bus has taken, we are reaching out to you to GIVE SOME LOVE TO THE BARDI BUS.

We have just got back from Western Australias first radioactive exposure tour and the Bardi Bus needed some new bearings, Tyres and a few minor repairs. We also had to put her in for an inspection and pay the insurance and registration. This all came to around $4,000 and we are a little bit short!!!

You can make a donation to the Bardi Bus at Bardi Bus needs some Loving

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10:19

Gillard, Wilson and Slater & Gordon's dealings with money set aside for widows and orphans "IndyWatch Feed National"

Around August 1995, when Bruce Wilson and Julia Gillard came unstuck Slater and Gordon gradually ceased acting for the AWU. Over the next year or so the firm progressively sent its AWU client files to the AWU's Sydney offices. Here's an original record showing each file, colour coded to show...

09:42

Educate yourself, then educate others: WAR, Invasion Day and treaty "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Naarm, and in other cities on Aboriginal land, the steadily growing number of attendees at Invasion Day rallies both Indigenous and settler is clear evidence that more people are rethinking their relationship to Australia Day, and by extension, their position within ongoing colonisation. Supporters of Invasion Day must take some time to learn about treaty, follow the politics, and take a position.

09:27

Ive been sharing my bedroom with two people for three weeks "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ive had a couple of backpacking Aussie guests staying with me for the last few weeks. Theyre itchy-ass feet are doing a year-long stay-cay in the UK. And because theyre pretty much family I offered them a place to crash while they drifted through the city of ridiculous accommodation prices that is London. In fact,...

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The post Ive been sharing my bedroom with two people for three weeks appeared first on Comfort is for Wimps.

08:21

Facebook will exclude 1.5 billion users from new data privacy protections "IndyWatch Feed National"

Next month the European Unions General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect, which will give European Facebook usersand any users of Facebook who are subject to Facebooks terms of services in Irelandmuch more control over what data Facebook can access and store about them. Right now, all European Facebook users and Facebook users in

Next month the European Unions General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect, which will give European Facebook usersand any users of Facebook who are subject to Facebooks terms of services in Irelandmuch more control over what data Facebook can access and store about them. Right now, all European Facebook users and Facebook users in Africa, Asia, Australia, and Latin America are governed by the TOS with the companys international headquarters in Ireland. That means 1.5 billion users of Facebook who live outside Europe would nonetheless be protected by the GDPR.

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07:43

Corporate tax, inequality & bastard banks "IndyWatch Feed National"

Corporate tax is a hot topic in Australia with major corporations lobbying hard for a cut in the tax rate even while the business practices of Australias banks are revealed to one and all as little better than criminal. Aware of the rising inequality driven by multi-national tax minimisation and avoidance, many Australians are justifiably angry.

AusGov.info contains Australias top-earning companies (including the likes of Google, Apple, BHP, Glencore & ExxonMobil). In fact, theres a tonne of information at AusGov.info so I thought Id break out a guide for how to search some of the datasets. Ill start with the recipients data.

This data includes the following datasets:

  • AEC political donations data receipts to & from political parties
  • ACNC charities register ABN, address, beneficiaries, electorate
  • ACNC Annual Information Statements Assets, Liabilities, Income, Expenses, Grants/...

07:29

Western Civilization Awakes From Its Slumber "IndyWatch Feed National"

Supporters of French President Macron celebrate his victory (Illustrative photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)(Illustrative photo from France: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

This article was republished with permission from the Middle East Forum

Victor Orbns landslide electoral victory on Sunday, gaining 134 seats out of 199 in Hungarys parliament, increases his governing supermajority and endorses his tough policy of excluding illegal immigrants, especially from the Middle East. His success dramatizes a new reality across Europe and in Australia: a novel kind of party has emerged, disturbing the political scene and arousing impassioned debate.

Examples of this phenomenon include the other three members of the Visegrd group (Poland, Czechia, and Slovakia) as well as Austrias four-month old government. Geert Wilders, leader of the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands, sees western Europe following the Visegrd group: In the Eastern part of Europe, anti-Islamification and anti-mass migration parties see a surge in popular support. Resistance is growing in the West, as well.

In France, the National Front emerged as the second strongest party in last years presidential elections, in Italy, a muddled situation could lead to an Orbn-like government, while Cory Bernardis Conservatives and Pauline Hansons One Nation have made their mark on the Australian scene. Indeed, like-minded parties have quickly become a significant force in some twenty countries.

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06:44

Jack Latimore: Big questions remain over the police treatment of Aboriginal protest group at Games "IndyWatch Feed National"

Stolenwealth Games protestors prepare for a march into Surfers Paradise during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games this month. Photo: Supplied Stolenwealth Games protestors prepare for a march into Surfers Paradise during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games this month. Photo: Supplied Share this Post While theres been plenty of questions over decisions regarding the entry of athletes in Sunday ...

06:29

Congratulations Bernard Gaynor - Full Bench of the High Court ruling in Bernard's favour on free speech issue "IndyWatch Feed National"

God only knows how Bernard Gaynor keeps on keeping on - quite literally! Bernard has been tied up with constant court battles for years, all because he speaks his mind about his Christian beliefs. It's cost him his job in the Army. It's cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars....

06:01

MACKAY Off-duty Mackay officer allegedly assaulted by gang "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 10:11AM ,

Off-duty Mackay officer allegedly assaulted by gang

April 19, 2018 at 10:11AM ,

A 36-year-old man has since been charged with assault occasioning bodily arm and is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on May 8. Police believe the incident may be linked to an altercation at a licensed venue on Malcolmson St, Mt Pleasant, about the same time. One person was taken to

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06:01

MACKAY Alleged kidnap victim ran screaming for help to stranger "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 05:36AM ,

Alleged kidnap victim ran screaming for help to stranger

April 19, 2018 at 05:36AM ,

EXCLUSIVE: BATTERED and bruised, a 39-year-old woman ran along a Bakers Creek road screaming for help, 40 minutes after she was allegedly kidnapped and then tortured. Pete Harold heard the calls for help as the woman entered his Connors Rd property on Sunday afternoon. I was going to

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MACKAY Confessed boy lover breaches sex offender conditions "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Confessed boy lover breaches sex offender conditions

April 19, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Clifford John Byrne, 55, avoided jail-time when he was sentenced for failing to comply with reporting conditions in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Byrne whose reporting obligations have now expired was ordered to pay a $5000 fine, out of a possible maximum penalty of five years jail, or a

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MACKAY Assault charge, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 10:33AM ,

Assault charge, Mackay

April 19, 2018 at 10:33AM ,

A 36-year-old McEwans Beach man has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm in company and is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on May 8. A 24-year-old Mackay West man has been charged with trespass and is also due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on May

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MACKAY Stalker free on bail, awaits sentencing "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Stalker free on bail, awaits sentencing

April 19, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

A LANDSCAPER from West Mackay who stalked his ex-partner by harassing her with hundreds of calls is a free man, for now at least. Michael Liam Saylor, 31, applied for bail in Mackay Magistrates Court in late April. He was subsequently released from prison, despite opposition from the prosecution.

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06:01

MACKAY Woman kidnapped, tortured, raped for 10 days in outer Delhis Sultanpuri "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY April 18, 2018 at 10:45PM ,

Woman kidnapped, tortured, raped for 10 days in outer Delhis Sultanpuri

April 18, 2018 at 10:45PM ,

He is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court today. Lois Reiss vanished after her husbands body was found, and her trail went cold until Pamela Hutchinson, 59, of Bradenton, Fla., was discovered dead. There was no ID on her whatsoever, charge cards, anything, Vincent Watts, Hutchinsons

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MACKAY Marian man charged after fatal rollover at Eungella Dam "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

Marian man charged after fatal rollover at Eungella Dam

April 19, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

A MARIAN tradesman has been charged after a 20-year-old Mirani man died in a ute rollover at Eungella Dam late last year. Zachary Ty Gaston, 20, faced Magistrate Mark Nolan in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Police allege Gaston dangerously operated a vehicle causing death or grievous

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06:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00009 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.05 AUD
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Syria - Who Is Stalling The OPCW Investigation In Douma? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why has the fact finding mission (FFM)of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) not visited Douma? The OPCW inspectors are held up by the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) which has a say about any movement of UN aligned organizations in areas that might be dangerous. The UNDSS is led by an Australian police / intelligence officer. The holdup seems to be intended.

04:54

More delays for Sydneys light rail "IndyWatch Feed National"

Workmen walk past the George St Sydney CBD Light Rail Project construction site in Sydney, Friday, April 13, 2018. The subcontractor building the Sydney light rail is seeking an extra $1.1 billion, claiming the NSW government induced it to enter the agreement on a false premise. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas.

SYDNEY AAP

A 12-month delay to Sydneys troubled light rail project to the eastern suburbs is unacceptable and the contractor needs to accelerate, the NSW Transport Minister says.

Light rail consortium ALTRAC has reportedly told the state government trams wont be operating until March 2020.

Unfortunately, in this case, we have one sub-contractor who is playing the game and we are not interested in their games, we are interested in their work and they need to get on with it, Andrew Constance told ABC radio on Thursday.

We want to see it (the project) delivered in 2019 as per the project deed. It is vital that ALTRAC accelerate and get on with their program. We have businesses and residents being hurt by their actions and inactions, he later told 2GB.

Last week, Premier Gladys Berejiklian insisted it was her intention to have the light rail running some time in 2019, despite a messy contractual dispute and looming court battle.

A Spanish subcontractor responsible for building the project claims Transport for NSW engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct in relation to the contract for the 12-kilometre network from Circular Quay to Kingsford and Randwick.

In its statement of claim filed last Friday in the NSW Supreme Court, the company Acciona Infrastructure Australia is seeking more than $1....

04:50

Five Eyes demand action on Russia hacking "IndyWatch Feed National"

British prime minister Theresa May. Photo EPA/Will Oliver

LONDON AAP

Russias cyber warfare attacks on the United Kingdom and its links to chemical weapons have prompted four countries in the Five Eyes security alliance to demand action.

The prime ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK met in London to discuss cyber security, and Russias attacks in particular.

The cooperation between our nations allowed us to trace Februarys NotPetya hack to Russia, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said in the meeting on Wednesday local time.

Russia is using cyber as part of a wider effort to attack and undermine the international system.

Its interference over the past year has included attacks on the public sector, media, telecommunications and energy sectors.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said illegal conduct from Russia cannot be tolerated.

Whether it is a chemical attack in Syria, the use of a nerve agent on British soil, or the expanding cyber attacks across the internet these must be resisted, they must be protected, they must be identified, Mr Turnbull told the meeting.

Mrs May said Russia is using disinformation campaigns to distort the truth of what happened in chemical weapons attacks in Salisbury and in Syria.

I have been clear to Russia that we know what it is doing. And we should be in no doubt that such cyber warfare is one of the great challenges of our time, she said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the four nations, who along with the United States make up the Five Eyes security alliance, stood in solidarity with the UK.

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04:46

Govt open to extending banks commission "IndyWatch Feed National"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

CANBERRA AAP

The Turnbull government would be open to extending the banking royal commission if it is requested by the man overseeing it.

The inquiry heard what senior ministers described as disturbing revelations this week, including that AMP had been charging clients for advice they never received and then repeatedly lied to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

If the royal commissioner says to us that there is more work to be done, that he needs more time, then obviously the government would act on that, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann told 2GB radio on Thursday.

The post Govt open to extending banks commission appeared first on Echonetdaily.

04:27

Hibiscus Legging Localish Surf Apparel "IndyWatch Feed National"

Localish offers wide range of surf apparel including surf leggings, womens surf t-shirts, mens surfing t shirts, mens surf apparel, womens surf apparel, mens sweatshirt hoodie, surf tank tops for men, surf tank tops for women, and many more.

03:57

Statistics show cost of Northern Territory Governments failure to keep election promise "IndyWatch Feed National"

Statistics released this week reveal the Gunner Government is sending more men and women to prison than ever before a direct result of Chief Minister Gunners failure to repeal mandatory sentencing laws.

The Corrections Departments figures for April 2018 reveal 1,833 prisoners were locked up across the Territory. The situation is dire in Alice Springs, which has capacity for around 500 people but currently has 642 prisoners - 142 more than there is room for. The Northern Territory has by far the highest rate of imprisonment in Australia.

Shahleena Musk, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that the numbers show a grave crisis of mass-imprisonment that the Gunner Government can and should commit to fixing.

These terrifying statistics paint a picture of an unfair and damaging criminal justice system that is geared towards separating families and communities and locking people up in dead end prisons. With the stroke of a pen the Gunner Government can begin to turn the tide on this crisis by repealing mandatory sentencing laws, said Ms Musk.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are locked up at significantly higher rates than non-Indigenous people in the NT. Just last month the Australian Law Reform Commissions report on the over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples found that laws like the Northern Territorys mandatory sentencing are disproportionately used against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Mandatory sentencing forces people into prisons even where this defies common sense. There is no room for mandatory sentencing in a modern and fair justice system. The Gunner Government can today choose to cut the number of people, particularly Aboriginal people, being siphoned into the quicksand of the criminal justice system by wiping these unfair laws from the statute book, said Ms Musk.

The statistics also show an increase in women being forced into prisons, the majority being mothers. Alarmingly, women are being held in small units inside the over-crowded and male-dominated prisons.

Most women in prison have children and locking them up causes profound upheaval broken families, children moved into child protection, and the loss of housing and employment. Locking women up in male prisons is...

03:44

The CIA Poisoned the Skripals with Psychotoxin BZ "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Adapted photo credit (L) Ben Birchall)

by G5

The Skripals absolutely insignificant in the overall have been variously elevated to a greater importance for both political and commercial gains.

They were poisoned by the US produced Psychotoxin BZ administered in Zizzis restaurant by a CIA Op. The objective was an Anti-Russian False Flag, to damage a consortium of opposing interests. An operation not well thought or planned. They are similar to The False Flags of Litvin...

02:34

Polymath and its POLY token: A starters guide "IndyWatch Feed National"

Commonly referred to as the SEthereum of security tokens, Polymath is developing a standard for creating and distributing securities class cryptocurrencies. The Polymath platform allows businesses to register on their platform, require their desired level of KYC compliance, and allow []

The post Polymath and its POLY token: A starters guide appeared first on The Global Mail.

02:17

FixedIt: Child abuse charges are not a sex case "IndyWatch Feed National"

The UK Business Insider reported on the closing remarks in the Melbourne Magistrates Court hearing on the child sexual abuse charges against Cardinal George Pell and described the case as asex case.

Cardinal Pell strongly denies the charges against him. This commentary has nothing to do with his guilt or innocence, which must be determined by the court. This is only about how the charges are described in the media.

Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the violence done to them, and who suffers for years, possibly decades, from the trauma caused by an adults choice to commit that violence.

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02:10

FixedIt: A woman, a man and a baby were murdered "IndyWatch Feed National"

Queensland Times reported that a man who impregnated his then 18 year old daughter murdered his duaghter, their baby and her adoptive father before killing himself. Not only does the man who committed all these murders not even get a mention in the headline, the murders themselves arent even there.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.

Also, most people dont consume news by reading a print newspaper from cover to cover. Only some people go directly to the home page of a news outlet. Most people get news links from social media, and the most likely source is Facebook. But regardless of the source, we see far more headlines than we click on.

Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.

The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.

Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive voice and unclear reporting on violence against women stands out so much.

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

We are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

Headlines matter and this is why FixedIt exists.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider...

02:05

Why Blue Shirt is a Dickhead and Im Better at Pub Crawls Than You "IndyWatch Feed National"

Duuuude, the craziest thing happened the other day, Blue Shirt said in his typically slow and monotoned voice, before proceeding to tell the most un-crazy story in human history.

It was day two, and Blue Shirt had already made himself out to be a huge tool. Throughout Europe, Ive found hostels will often give a free room and board to fun, outgoing individuals in exchange for their smile, natural friendliness and good humour. Sometimes, if the hostels offer one, these are the people who will lead the pub crawl. This is based on the premise that the chosen ones will generally increase the vibe within the hostel and make it others time there more enjoyable. This is a premise that I agree with, and people who do this job can make a travel experience phenomenally better.

Blue Shirt was one of these types, except, he had been there for one week and he sucked at his job. Ive never understood people who are tight with other peoples money. I dont mean stealing from your employer and dishing it out to your friends; I mean like Blue Shirt, whose job it was to walk around giving out watered-down shot glasses full of vodka and some godforsaken fruit juice.

Never before has a glass 1.5 fl oz cylinder yielded someone so much faux power. Blue Shirt thought he had control over the Seven Kingdoms as he strutted from dorm to dorm dishing out the sweet syrupy concoction. He would look at us with a contemptuous face, refusing us a second shot, despite having done the rounds of the dorms and returning to the common room with a half-full tray still left.

Its a phenomenon my mate Andy calls the BNOC. It stands for the Big Name On Campus, which I guess is ironic because people who are dubbed the BNOC are likely to have never been big name on any campus at any point in their lives. The sudden and minor power gifted to Blue Shirt by way of his hostel volunteer position had given him some sense of self-importance far beyond its reality.

He was in stark contrast to the volunteers I had met in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania: people who engaged and talked to the fresh faces entering the common room and made everyone feel accepted and welcome. It wasnt until I first hit the road myself that I realised so many introverts travelled. The ability for one outgoing person to reach out to others can lift the mood of a room tenfold, whether its a time-passing game of cards or beers in the kitchen.

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02:01

FixedIt: Allegedly punching a woman in the head is not just a legal issue "IndyWatch Feed National"

ESPN reported that the Santa Clara County District Attorneys Office announced last Thursday that it was charging Reuben Foster with felony counts of domestic violence with an allegation that he inflicted great bodily injury, forcefully attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime and possession of an assault weapon. He allegedly punched his girlfriend in the head between eight and ten times.

Foster played football for the San Francisco 49ers. He has reportedly been suspended until the charges against him are heard in court. It is reasonable for a sports report to include or even lead with this. Theyre reporting on sport not crime. It is not reasonable to completely erase the nature of his alleged crimes from the headline.

Professional athletes have been protected from consequences for violence against women for a long time. As a New York Times article from 2003 pointed out, The difference in these results for athletes and non-athletes indicates something is working to the advantage of the athletes over their accusers. The athletes social environment provides him with both protection and support. Accused athletes have money, powerful lawyers, public relations specialists, high-profile coaches and other popular personalities to come to their defense.

Hiding the crimes footballers are accused of is part of the culture of protecting these athletes.

This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.

Also, most people dont consume news by reading a print newspaper from cover to cover. Only some people go directly to the home page of a news outlet. Most people get news links from social media, and the most likely source is Facebook. But regardless of the source, we see far more headlines than we click on.

Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.

The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.

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01:51

We Need A New Sacrifice To The Aussie Altar Of Anzac Honesty "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its that time of year again, Anzac Day, when mainstream media, politicians and shock jocks find a whole new expression of honesty to be outraged at.

A couple of days ago, New Matilda journalist Ben Eltham sent out this tweet:

As most will recall, we have a brief but impressive history of flogging people for expressing truthful statements that dont align with the official Anzac myth. It all began in 2015 with the heinous anti-Australian Australian, Scott McIntyre, a former journalist with SBS who tweeted about atrocities committed by Anzacs during the war.

Remembering the summary execution, widespread rape and theft committed by these brave Anzacs in Egypt, Palestine and Japan, McIntyre accurately and outrageously wrote to his Twitter followers.

And then this: Not forgetting that the largest single-day terrorist attacks in history were committed by this nation & their allies in Hiroshima & Nagasaki.

A nation lost its shit, and McIntyre lost his job. As an aside, he had another crack in 2016.

In 2017, we found a whole new target controversial journalist Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who used April 25 to tweet: Lest. We. Forget. (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine.)

Abdel Magied wasnt just hounded out of her job she was hounded out of the country (and last week deported from the US for having the wrong visa).

But the woman Australia apparently most loves to hate appears not to have learned her lesson, if her response to Elthams tweet this week is anything to go by.

Abdel-Magieds response sparked this thoroughly...

01:51

Sketches In Australia By George Whitelaw, 1857-1864 "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was sort of watching an old episode of Antiques Roadshow ("watching" = noise in the background while I researched Oz history) when I heard the above title mentioned.
Now, poor George was a consumptive bloke ( he was quickly fading away from TB) so he had a little time to fill in.
The sketches in his book aren't fabulously long-lost works of art BUT they are observations of people and Aboriginal people in and around the small settlement of Melbourne; rudimentary ink drawings show mia-mias (huts) and Aboriginal figures with notes on the back of the sketch detailing how they lived.
He also sketched figures waltzing off to the goldfields, showing the various classes by their dress, with the usual accoutrements of digging in their hot little hands.
In short,  rare wonderful glimpses of history.
After the value was given by the Antiques Roadshow expert, with comments that it would garner high interest in the Aussie market, the owner stated he wouldn't be selling.
Now, doing my sums that episode was from 2009 (I told you it was an oldie) so I had a quick Gurgle to see if the sketchbook ever made its way to The Fair Isle of Oz - and, yes, it did!
Mossgreen Auctions in Armadale, Vic, auctioned it last May; how much or who bought it I have not the foggiest, I can only hope it or a facsimile eventually finds its way into the National Library or into print for schools or some such.

You can read a lengthy description by the auction house of George's sketch book  HERE


You can read the transcript of the AR ep HERE.

01:46

FixedIt: allegations of sexually abusing children is not swinging "IndyWatch Feed National"

Channel 9 News reported that two men charged over sexually abusing children in WA have had further charges of raping, sexually abusing and exploiting children added to the litany of charges against them 112 charges in total between the two of them.

Channel 9 described the case against the two men as a swinging case.

Swinging is a consensual act between adults and there is no reason at all that loving responsible parents cant participate in swinging.

This case is not about swinging. The charges against the adults relate to sexual abuse and exploitation of children. The children in this case are between 4 and 6 years old. A 14 year old girl is also one of the alleged victims. They were not and could not be involved in any swinging activity. If the charges against the adults are proven, these children were raped and exploited by adults who were responsible for their well-being. Describing the charges as a swinging case is misleading, inaccurate and dangerous.

The charges against these men will be heard by the court, this commentary is not about their guilt or innocence, it is about how the charges against him are described in this headline.

Its important to remember how much words matter, both to victims and to public understanding of the nature, cause and effect of sexually abusing children.

Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious e...

01:42

Donald Trump scrubs the TPP again "IndyWatch Feed National"

US president Donald Trump. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

LOS ANGELES AAP

US President Donald Trump has again turned his back on the Trans-Pacific Partnership after just days ago raising the prospect he might consider rejoining the massive free trade agreement with Australia, Japan and nine other allied nations.

Mr Trump, at the end of a two-day visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, told reporters he was now actively pursuing a bilateral deal with Japan.

The US is committed to free, fair and reciprocal very important word trade and we are committed to pursuing a bilateral trading relationship that benefits both of our great countries, Mr Trump told Wednesdays press conference.

Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, Brunei, Peru, Vietnam, Chile, Malaysia and Mexico moved ahead on the TPP without the US and in March had a formal signing ceremony for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), also known as TPP11.

Mr Trump also told reporters on Wednesday he was looking forward to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in coming weeks in the hope of ridding the rogue nation of its nuclear weapons.

Hopefully that meeting will be a great success, Mr Trump said.

The post Donald Trump scrubs the TPP again appeared first on Echonetdaily.

01:21

Meeting 6pm Tonight: Independent and Peaceful Australia Network - War on Syria contingency meeting 19 April "IndyWatch Feed National"

Invitation to a meeting to coordinate contingency plans for an emergency rally in the event of war breaking out or bombing resuming in Syria/Middle East or on the Korean Peninsula.

Thursday 19 April
6pm
Level 4
Trades Hall
(Please note that we have changed to a larger room)

The global situation is unpredictable and inflammable.

The peace movement needs to come together to make contingency plans in advance to mobilise mass protests and rallies in the event of war breaking out.

A contingency plan and a broad coalition is needed to mobilise a wide range of people, organisations and contacts at a very short notice.

A co-ordinating group will be set up.

If you want to find out more or be a contact for your organisation or community but unable to come this Thursday, please reply to this email or phone 0417456001.

Shirley Winton
IPAN-Victoria
Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

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00:56

PERTH Man fined $3500 for firing at a motorist with a toy Nerf gun thought the charges were a joke at first "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man fined $3500 for firing at a motorist with a toy Nerf gun thought the charges were a joke at first .

April 18, 2018 at 03:22PM .

A Perth motorist has been charged thousands of dollars for shooting a Nerf gun at someone driving in another car. Christopher Ron Grimshaw, 23, was fined $3500 and ordered to pay $190.85 costs for shooting foam Nerf projectiles at a fellow motorist while they were driving down Marangaroo Drive in

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5628083/Perth-man-charged-thousands-dollars-firing-Nerf-gun-fellow-motorist.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEpsBpJUwBSGMhFd8vxVvzNlSiE2Q

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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PERTH WA swingers party dad admits child abuse "IndyWatch Feed National"

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WA swingers party dad admits child abuse .

April 18, 2018 at 12:48PM .

The man appeared in Perth Magistrates Court via video link from Casuarina Prison on Wednesday and admitted sexually penetrating one of his stepchildren three times and encouraging the same child to engage in sexual behaviour in 2015. His partner, a 39-year-old woman, has been charged with 93

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/04/18/12/52/wa-swingers-party-dad-admits-child-abuse&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGC38z88UgGzwM6IAIJKk1mjcXWGQ

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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00:56

PERTH Swinger admits sexually abusing his stepdaughter "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Swinger admits sexually abusing his stepdaughter .

April 18, 2018 at 11:52PM .

The man entered the four guilty pleas when he appeared yesterday in Perth Magistrates Court via video link from Casuarina Prison. His partner, the 39-year-old mother, also appeared in court from Perths Bandyup womens prison, and was remanded in custody until May 11. The woman is accused of

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/swinger-admits-sexually-abusing-his-stepdaughter/news-story/bcb1fb68685917e0fb08b373cc330a95&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEruPTWbUphLiEDkAxmcX5CSeC8qw

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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00:52

SICK OF DYING (PART 1): How The Health Community Is Failing Julian Assange, The Victims Of The Douma Attacks, And Three Women Struggling To Feed Their Kids "IndyWatch Feed National"

Around the world, people are getting sicker, and more and more are dying from entirely preventable causes. We have the answers to why, we just dont have the will to stop it. In the first of a two part series, Dr Lissa Johnson looks at the greatest cause of global illness and death.

The Lancet recently published an article identifying the single most important action that health professionals can take to promote health for all. The articles recommendations draw on the findings of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO), which has pinpointed the most pervasive cause of ill-health worldwide.

However, scarcely a mainstream health professional in the Western world has heeded the advice of The Lancet or the WHA, which is curious. The Lancet is described by its publisher as the worlds leading independent medical journal. The papers author, David McCoy, is Professor of Global Public Health at Queen Mary University London, ranked as one of the top universities in the UK. The WHA is widely regarded as the highest health policy-setting body in the world.

When three leading medical institutions come together to deliver an important message to health professionals, regarding the most powerful antidote to the leading global cause of ill-health, why wouldnt we prick up our ears? What kinds of illnesses and remedies are The Lancet and the WHA talking about? And what has it got to do with Wikileaks and Julian Assange?

Three womens stories hold some clues. The United Nations International Childrens Emergency Fund writes, 32-year-old Fatime Hayel wakes up at 6 am every day and sends her husband to fetch water using their three 20-litre jerry cans. After that, I send my kids to garbage dumps and restaurants to search for food and bring it to us for breakfast, she says.

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00:43

ACOSS launches campaign to increase Youth Allowance and Newstart "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

A week ago, the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) launched a campaign to raise the Youth Allowance and called for an increase in Newstart. Its called Raise the Rate.

This comes after comments by Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan, Minister for Jobs and Innovation Michaelia Cash, and Minister for Human Services Michael Keenan, about changes to Australias welfare system brought in by the passing of the Welfare Reform Bill on 16 March.

ACOSS chief executive Dr Cassandra Goldie said Newstart had not increased in real terms since 1994.

At just $278 per week, people trying to survive on Newstart while looking for work are having to make really tough choices between paying a bill and eating a meal, she said.

According the official government line, the change will be simpler and provide greater encouragement for people to move from welfare into work. The truth of the matter is that this is about making it harder to get on benefits and stay on them, while at the same time denying services that will help people find real work.

The idea is that desperate people will do anything to survive. Even take on work that is unsuitable to their needs, demeaning and dangerous, at a fraction of the normal wage and no protection.  And this is to be achieved by not only making welfare harder to obtain. But by keeping benefits so low that they are not enough to cover even basic needs.

Australias job market is depressed and there are more people looking for work than there are available jobs. It only makes sense, if the purpose is to use the unemployed to replace those already in secure work. And this can only be achieved, if the pay and conditions are cut down.

Government policy is therefore a means to create a more effective source of cheap labour, to further undermine the pay and conditions of the whole workforce.

In this context, the ACOSS campaign is timely. Forcing the government into making substantial increases to the Youth Allowance and Newstart will not only protect those on these benefits. It will defend the position of the whole workforce.

 

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April 19 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1623 - After kidnapping an Aboriginal bloke the previous day it wasn't surprising that the Dutch sailors of the Pera were then greeted by over 200 angry and hostile Aboriginals in North QLD.

1770 - Lieut Zachary Hicks eyeballed the point of land which now bears his name as Point Hicks (Cape Everard).

1805 - Aboriginal people defending their land managed to kill several colonists which resulted in a Government Order today to Captain William Bligh to send soldiers to protect the settlers.

1818 Phillip Parker King discovers Port Essington , later one of the first British settlements in what is now the Northern Territory.

1831 - The Sydney Gazette reported that: - Elizabeth Smith, an importation by the Earl of Liverpool, who made her first appearance ashore on Friday last was charged with insolence to her mistress. It appeared that the prisoner was assigned direct from the ship, to the service of a gentleman in Sydney, to whose house she was sent on the day she landed. In the afternoon obtained permission of her mistress to go out, on some business of her own, for a limited time, which she exceeded, and on being reprimanded on her return home, told her mistress she was " a-good-for nothing hussy," and that she (Elizabeth) " knew by the cut of her jib" that the service would not answer her. The bench sentenced her to the third class in the Factory for three months. Elizabeth Smith had been assigned to William Foster in Sydney on arrival.

1836 - Governor Bourke visited Newcastle on the Ceres. He inspected the site for the New Military Barracks and other buildings which were to be erected at Newcastle, proceeded overland to Brisbane Water and returned to Sydney.

1856 - Stoke up your boiler, Aunty Maud, the first steam railway from Adelaide to Port Adelaide started chuffing along.

1876 - Those erstwhile Fenian convicts all gallivanting aboard the whaling ship Catalpa were called to hove to by the armed guards aboard the Georgette after they'd fired a shot across her bow; the master of the Catalpa claimed they were in international waters, inquiring would the Water Police Superintendent J. F. Stone like to trigger An Incident?
As Britain had just then lost a 3 million pound case in similar circumstances Stone decided his wage didn't quite stretch far enough to cover his backside so he let the Catalpa go sailing off into the sunset with the escaped political prisoners.

1877 - The Main Western Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Blayney to Orange.

1900 - Tired of twiddling their thumbs after the Sunday roast the Victorian pollies dreamt up a Royal Commission on local government laws.

From 1911 until 1916 today was proclaimed to be Discovery Day to celebrate the day on which Jimmy Cook tripped over some great lump of dirt now known...

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23:54

Funfair and its FUN token: A starters guide "IndyWatch Feed National"

FunFair is a blockchain-based platform for online casino gambling that is intended to be used by independent operators under a licensing scheme. The company claims its system will have provably fair gambling, a streamlined currency deposit and withdrawal system and []

The post Funfair and its FUN token: A starters guide appeared first on The Global Mail.

23:09

NEO, EOS, Litecoin, IOTA and Stellar: Technical Analysis April 19, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nothing major from the news and today I would like us to check NEO. As we can see from the charts, buyers are rejecting lower prices and like EOS, there is accumulation going on. I will look for buy opportunities in these two pairs and trade according to our previous altcoins price forecast.

Lets have a look at these charts:

XLM/USD (Stellar Lumens)

It appears that after everything, Stellar Lumens needed all but a small nudge. It did came and the result? Well, as hard statistics shows, Stellar Lumens is one of the top performers gaining 10% in the last 24 hours. With this, it means its market cap grew to $6.4B cementing its spot at number 8. Besides the ever vibrant SE Asia liquidity and huge trading volumes, news of Novatti Payment integration was a boost. I really think Stellar Lumens buyers can build on from here.

22:32

Sean Hannity- Seth Rich- and Hannitys Focus on Clinton "IndyWatch Feed National"

With everything that is happening in our government right now esp with this Cohen guy- I have started to wonder if there is something more with this thing concerning Sean Hannity and his reporting on Seth Rich.

Hannity reported constantly that Hillary Clinton and the DNC was behind the murder of Seth Rich- but here is the thing. Seth Rich was born and raised in Omaha NE.

People in Omaha know what happened in Omaha in the 80s. It isnt a secret to anyone who has lived in Omaha . And since Rich was raised and grew up in Omaha- chances are he heard about it. We ALL have who have lived there. I mean Omaha is a small place and other than drink and eat- there really isnt much to do but talk.

Back in the 80s our national media reported that this child trafficking went straight to the Bush Sr./Reagan White House. This would have been damaging to the Republicans had this come out again during the election.

My point is that maybe the reason Hannity focused on Clinton concerning Seth Rich was maybe to deflect from the fact that there was a good chance that it was the Republican party that had more of a reason to kill Rich than the Democratic party.

Not saying that Hillary and the pedophilia crap with Podesta isnt real but believing that the Republican party- who were called out in the 80s for being involved simply turned their cash cow completely over to the Democrats is ridiculous.

And all of these people are known for pitting the population against each other. We are so used to choosing the lesser evil that I think they count on it. So maybe the whole thing was an elaborate ploy to discombobulate the issue to keep everyone from focusing on the child trafficking issue.

Pointing fingers at each other kept the population from focusing on the real issue behind the murder of Rich. And if it WAS about child trafficking considering that Rich was FROM Omaha- that could point more to the Republicans than the Democrats. Or perhaps a few of each were involved. Who knows? At this point no one does.

The fact that Rich was murdered and no one knows the facts surrounding his murder is undisputed. Nor is the fact that Sean Hannity focused on it with regards to the Clinton camp- esp considering Richs parents are suing him for that fact. And Trump and Hannity are connected through Cohen. And neither camp is unknown to murder, considering the Clinton kill list and Trump bragging he could murder someone on 5th Ave in public and no one would do anything.

Has anyone ever considered that this is all connected as are all the people involved? Epstein- the Clintons- and Trump are all friends- or were. I mean they have all flown on the Lolita Express and stayed on Epsteins island. With all this considered obviously they werent always in opposing camps...

22:20

Religious leaders say no Adani "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Queensland

More than 50 religious leaders have banded together to urge Adani to abandon its Queensland coal project and invest in renewable energy instead.

The group includes Christian ministers, rabbis, nuns, ordained Buddhists and imams from across Australia. They have put their names to a letter that has been delivered to Adanis headquarters in Townsville.

Signatories include Muslims Australia President Dr Rateb Jneid, Anglican Dean of Brisbane Dr Peter Catt and Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black.

Adanis $16.5 billion coal mining and rail project has generated widespread opposition, because of its contribution to carbon emissions, destruction of Aboriginal land and farming, impact on the water supply, and the significant threat it poses to the Great Barrier reef.

Regardless of all this, the Australian government has Given Adani the go ahead.

Protecting our common home and all those who live here is an essential part of each of our faiths,said the letter to company chairman Gautam Adani.

The leaders oppose all new coal mining in the Galilee Basin, with fears it could impact on water supplies, climate change and the Great Barrier Reef.

Adani has argued the $16.5 billion Carmichael mine would be a boon for jobs in struggling areas of regional Queensland. This is hotly disputed by opponents, who argue that it will damge other parts of the economy and that the number of promised jobs is greatly exaggerated, because this is a capital intensive industry.

The religious leaders said they also supported local jobs and has called for an increased investment in renewable energy like solar, saying Coal communities need serious investment to make the transition from the dirty energy of the past to the clean energy of the future.

The religious leaders said they also supported local jobs and has called for an increased investment in renewable energy like solar. Coal communities need serious investment to make the transition from the dirty energy of the past to the clean energy of the future, the letter said.

 

 

 

 

The post Religious leaders say no Adani appeared first on The Pen.

22:18

British Propaganda and Disinformation: An Imperial and Colonial Tradition "IndyWatch Feed National"

British Propaganda and Disinformation: An Imperial and Colonial Tradition

WAYNE MADSEN | 16.04.2018 | WORLD / EUROPEMIDDLE EAST

British Propaganda and Disinformation: An Imperial and Colonial Tradition

When it comes to creating bogus news stories and advancing false narratives, the British intelligence services have few peers. In fact, the Secret Intelligence Service (MI-6) has led the way for its American cousins and Britains Commonwealth partners from Canada and Australia to India and Malaysia in the dark art of spreading falsehoods as truths. Recently, the world has witnessed such MI-6 subterfuge in news stories alleging that Russia carried out a novichok nerve agent attack against a Russian migr and his daughter in Salisbury, England. This propaganda barrage was quickly followed by yet another the latest in a series of similar fabrications alleging the Syrian government attacked civilians in Douma, outside of Damascus, with chemical weapons.
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21:39

Paul Craig Roberts: Truth is no longer important to a complicit media willing to parrot imperialist lies "IndyWatch Feed National"

I wonder how many people, not just Americans but those in other countries, have come to the conclusion that the United States today is a less free and less aware society than the societies in the dystopian novels of the 20th century or in movies such as The Matrix and V for Vendetta. Just as people in the dystopian novels had no idea of their real situation, few Americans do either. What are we to make of the extraordinary war crimes committed by the United States in the 21st century that have destroyed in whole or part seven countries, resulting in millions of dead, maimed, orphaned, and displaced peoples? Consider, for example, the latest Washington war crime, the illegal attack on Syria. Instead of protesting this illegality, the American media egged it on, cheering impending death and destruction. During the entirety of the 21st century, Israel, Washington's only ally-as contrasted with the European, Canadian, Australian, and Japanese vassal states of Washington's empire-has continued with Washington's support, protection, and encouragement the genocide of the Palestinian people. Essentially, all that is left of Palestine is a ghetto concentration camp known as Gaza which is routinely bombed by Israel using weapons and money supplied by Washington. When a bombing of Gaza is announced, God's Chosen People take their lawn chairs and picnics up on a hill overlooking Gaza and applaud as the Israeli military murders women and children. This is America's only ally.

20:27

Cryptocurrency exchanges probed by New York attorney general "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thirteen cryptocurrency exchanges are now under the microscope of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has launched an inquiry into their policies and practices, according to a statement released by his office. Schneidermans office sent letters to Coinbase, []

The post Cryptocurrency exchanges probed by New York attorney general appeared first on The Global Mail.

19:00

Great Barrier Reef at unprecedented risk of collapse after major bleaching event "IndyWatch Feed National"

The record-breaking marine heatwave in 2016 across the Great Barrier Reef has left much of the coral ecosystem at an unprecedented risk of collapse, research shows.

A new study published in Nature finds that the surge in sea temperatures during the 2016 bleaching event led to an immediate and long-lasting die-off of coral.

This, in turn, led to vast swathes of the reef being transformed into highly altered, degraded systems, which are now vulnerable to total ecological collapse, the authors conclude.

The large-scale loss of coral is a harbinger of further radical shifts in the condition and dynamics of all ecosystems, they add, if global action on climate change fails to limit warming to 1.5-2C above the pre-industrial baseline.

Turning white

The Great Barrier Reef is the worlds largest coral reef, stretching 2,300km from Papua New Guinea to the coast of Queensland, Australia. Over the past two decades, the Great Barrier Reef has seen four mass bleaching events, most recently in 2016 and 2017.

Coral bleaching is primarily caused by prolonged exposure to high sea temperatures. Under continued heat stress, the corals expel the tiny colourful algae living in their tissues known as zooxanthellae leaving behind a stark white skeleton.

The algae provide the corals with energy through photosynthesis. Without them, the corals can slowly starve. Healthy corals can live from two to several hundred years.

The mass bleaching event of 2016, which took place in the summer months of February, March and April, was the most devastating on record, affecting 94% of reefs surveyed...

19:00

The Californians Are Coming! "IndyWatch Feed National"

I got a phone call a few months back from a woman in Arizona who sought my advice. Her town was receiving an influx of new residents from out of state and it was obvious the trend was accelerating. The resulting growth and economic distortions caused by an expanding population, more traffic congestion, less open space, stresses on municipal services, and higher home prices would (all together now) change the character of the community. She was an earnest woman who genuinely cared for her town and was in search of tools to manage the inevitable in the best way possible. But I had to smile when she announced, The Californians are coming! in a thick Chicago accent. How long had she been in Arizona?

I rented a house here in California to a Canadian couple for four years. They relocated to take advantage of career opportunities in San Francisco. They owned a condo in Vancouver which they rented out while they were living here so it was a financial wash for them. When a great job presented itself in Kelowna, B.C. the couple returned to Canada.

But the timing was rough. The city of Vancouver had recently enacted a tax on foreign property investors meant to cool the overheated real estate market. One side effect was a 25% price spike in Kelowna in a single year as hot money found the next sweet spot. In Vancouver, the tax induced a brief lull in the property market for a few months, but then prices resumed their upward trajectory as pools of international funds kept searching for a safe haven. Whats an extra 15% if youre already paying cash for a $1.2M condo? Was there anything Kelowna could have done to alter that trajectory? Friends in Australia tell me Hobart, Tasmania is seeing significant home value increases as people from Melbourne migrate to second and third tier cities in the provinces...

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17:46

Vaccine companies recruiting pregnant women for experiments "IndyWatch Feed National"

Perth, Australian moms-to-be are needed for a world-first vaccine trial, aiming to protect their unborn babies from a deadly virus. In other words, the vaccine industry is recruiting pregnant women to participate in vaccine experiments....

The post Vaccine companies recruiting pregnant women for experiments appeared first on Vaxxter.

17:03

Suicide pod makes its debut at Amsterdam funeral show "IndyWatch Feed National"

A controversial suicide pod that enables its occupant to kill themselves at a press of a button went on display at Amsterdam funeral show on Saturday. Called the "Sarco", short for sarcophagus, the 3D-printed machine invented by Australian euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke and Dutch designer Alexander Bannink comes with a detachable coffin, mounted on a stand that contains a nitrogen canister. "The person who wants to die presses the button and the capsule is filled with nitrogen. He or she will feel a bit dizzy but will then rapidly lose consciousness and die," said Nitschke, who has been dubbed "Dr Death" for his work to legalise euthanasia. The "Sarco" is a device "to provide people with a death when they wish to die," Nitschke told AFP.

16:43

Once Upon A Time Long Ago Truth Was Important "IndyWatch Feed National"

I wonder how many people, not just Americans but those in other countries, have come to the conclusion that the United States today is a less free and less aware society than the societies in the dystopian novels of the 20th century or in movies such as The Matrix and V for Vendetta. Just as people in the dystopian novels had no idea of their real situation, few Americans do either.

What are we to make of the extraordinary war crimes committed by the United States in the 21st century that have destroyed in whole or part seven countries, resulting in millions of dead, maimed, orphaned, and displaced peoples? Consider, for example, the latest Washington war crime, the illegal attack on Syria. Instead of protesting this illegality, the American media egged it on, cheering impending death and destruction.

During the entirety of the 21st century, Israel, Washingtons only allyas contrasted with the European, Canadian, Australian, and Japanese vassal states of Washingtons empirehas continued with Washingtons support, protection, and encouragement the genocide of the Palestinian people. Essentially, all that is left of Palestine is a ghetto concentration camp known as Gaza which is routinely bombed by Israel using weapons and money supplied by Washington. When a bombing of Gaza is announced, Gods Chosen People take their lawn chairs and picnics up on a hill overlooking Gaza and applaud as the Israeli military murders women and children. This is Americas only ally.

The crimes committed by the US and Israel are horrific, but meet with little opposition. In contrast, an alleged attack in which 70 Syrians are alleged to have died sets in motion the wheels of war. It makes no sense whatsoever. Israel routinely bombs Syrian targets, killing Syrians, and the US arms and supports the rebels that the Obama regime sent to overthrow Assad, resulting in large numbers of dead Syrians. Why all of a sudden do 70 Syrians matter to Washington?

According to the Washington authorities, or to the presstitutes reports of their statements, two or three alleged Syrian chemical weapons facilities were destroyed by Washingtons missile attack. Think about this for a minute. If Washington bombed or sent missiles into chemical weapons facilities, a vast cloud of lethal gas would have been released. The civilian casualties would be many times higher than the claimed 70 victims of Assads alleged and unsubstantiated chemical attack used as the pretext for the Trump regimes war crime against Syria. The...

16:42

BP Claims Oil Spills Are Socially Acceptable and Boost Local Economies "IndyWatch Feed National"

BP Oil Spills(TIM)  British Petroleum, better known as BP, sought to convince the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) of Australia that a potential oil spill off the countrys coast would provide a welcome boost to local economies. BP made the claim in 2016 in an environmental plan written to convince NOPSEMA to approve the companys bid []

15:21

PERTH WA man pleads guilty to child sex abuse charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

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WA man pleads guilty to child sex abuse charges .

April 18, 2018 at 01:56PM .

The father entered guilty pleas when he appeared today in Perth Magistrates Court via video link from Casuarina Prison. His partner, a 39-year-old woman, also appeared in court from Perths Bandyup womens prison, and was remanded in prison until May 11 while she seeks legal advice. The woman

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15:21

PERTH Child sex ring: Perth father pleads guilty to abuse charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Child sex ring: Perth father pleads guilty to abuse charges .

April 18, 2018 at 05:18PM .

The stepfather, who appeared in Perth Magistrates Court this morning, pleaded guilty to three charges of sexually penetrating a child who was a de facto relative, and one count of encouraging a child who was a relate to engage in sexual behaviour. Yesterday, the man was charged with a further 65

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PERTH Father charged over alleged child sex abuse ring admits abusing stepdaughter "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Father charged over alleged child sex abuse ring admits abusing stepdaughter .

April 18, 2018 at 02:28PM .

The stepfather pleaded guilty in the Perth Magistrates court to three charges of sexually penetrating a child who was a de facto relative, and one count of encouraging a child who was a relative to engage in sexual behaviour. The man was charged on Tuesday with a further 70 offences alleging other

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15:21

PERTH Swingers child sex abuse club: father pleads guilty to four counts of abusing stepdaughter "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Swingers child sex abuse club: father pleads guilty to four counts of abusing stepdaughter .

April 18, 2018 at 01:45PM .

A MAN alleged to have been part of a swingers club which sexually abused a string of children in Perths northern suburbs has pleaded guilty to four counts of abusing his stepdaughter. The 45-year-old man, who appeared in Perth Magistrates Court this morning, admitted that three days after Christmas

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PERTH Swingers club paedophile dad, 45, admits to abusing his stepdaughter and faces another 75 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Swingers club paedophile dad, 45, admits to abusing his stepdaughter and faces another 75 .

April 18, 2018 at 06:28PM .

A 45-year-old man accused of sexually abusing children during swinging sex parties in Western Australia has pleaded guilty to four of his 83 charges. The man appeared in Perth Magistrates Court via video link from Casuarina Prison on Wednesday and admitted sexually penetrating one of his

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15:13

Should Trump Launch Missile Strikes on England and Australia? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Kent Heckenlively, JD I say this in jest, but I believe my logic is sound.  You decide. Would you agree with me that any country which interferes in our democracy should fear not just economic sanctions, but military action as well? Okay, talk among yourselves for a minute. It looks like we have a Continue reading Should Trump Launch Missile Strikes on England and Australia?

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14:10

Market Talk- April 18, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wall Streets euphoria spilled-over into Asia with many markets making gains. The one outsider today was the SENSEX which closed marginally lower -0.2%, breaking its recent winning streak. We continue to see the INR trade weaker against the dollar and now is heading for levels not seen since late September 2017. The majority of the day traded in positive territory and was the last hour that saw some profit taking into the close. However, away from India we saw healthy gains for Japan, China, Australia and the KOPSI after news of constructive North/South talks. The Nikkei gained +1.4% following a weaker Yen helping exporters, but to be fair did see a broad based rally. A healthy +0.75% days return for both Shanghai and the Hang Seng following yesterdays RRR rate reduction but also aided by positive sentiment coming from a strong US session.

Europe was a mixed bag today with the DAX barely managing to break into positive ground, whilst the CAC and FTSE increased +0.5% and +1.25% respectively. Economic data helped some whilst hindering others. The Auto sector was a real drag for Germany (lowest in 5yrs), but commodity rallies helped the FTSE. GBP had a poor day after inflation numbers dropped from the 2.7% down to 2.5% and Sterling broke below the 1.42 level resulting in a near 1% fall from yesterdays highs. European numbers actually beat forecasts, but failed to break the previous release. Energy prices were a huge boost today especially when we saw gains in-excess of 3%.

Although futures indications were positive ahead of the opening bell, values took a while to actually see the DOW make ground. The NASDAQ and S+P both were prepared to run but the large industrials were not convinced. Earnings have been releasing better than expected, but the currency increasing is having a marginal tug on equity gains. Confidence is improving as noted by the FEDs Beige book even after the IMFs warning of global growth announced yesterday. The DXY is holding recent gains which is supporting the talk of capital flowing into the US.

Japan 0.03%, US 2s closed 2.43% (+4bp), 10s 2.87 (+4bp), 30s 3.06% (+4bp), Bunds 0.53% (+3bp), France 0.74% (+1bp), Italy 1.71% (-4bp), Greece 3.95% (-2bp), Turkey 12.32% (-35bp), Portugal...

13:56

MACKAY Sarina man who ran stop sign caused fiery intersection smash "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY April 18, 2018 at 05:30AM ,

Sarina man who ran stop sign caused fiery intersection smash

April 18, 2018 at 05:30AM ,

A SARINA father of four who drove through a stop sign and t-boned another car, causing his ute to burst into flames, has described himself as a little old woman driver. David Ian Glendinning, of Sarina, faced Mackay Magistrates Court more than three years after a collision at Palmyra on February 21,

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13:56

MACKAY Drug trafficker faces sentence for ice driving "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY April 18, 2018 at 07:11AM ,

Drug trafficker faces sentence for ice driving

April 18, 2018 at 07:11AM ,

A GLENELLA woman convicted of drug trafficking has faced court from prison to be sentenced for an outstanding drug-driving offence. Allana Reumer appeared before Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink on Monday, without a lawyer. The 33-year-old pleaded guilty to driving with methamphetamines

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13:15

Philippine President says he ordered the Bureau of Immigration to detain, investigate Australian nun, advocate for the poor "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

President Duterte said that he ordered the detention of Patricia Fox, 71, for her supposed vocal criticism of the government.

The STAR/Miguel De Guzman

 

(philstar.com) April 18, 2018 6:40pm

MANILA, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday blasted an Australian nun for her supposed vocal criticism of the government and said that he was the one who ordered the Bureau of Immigration to detain her.

Particia Fox, 71, an Australian nun who has been advocating land reform and rights of farmers in the Philippines, was detained from Monday to Tuesday for her supposed violations of an immigration order banning the involvement of foreign nationals in the partisan activities and political assemblies.

Duterte said that the only reason Fox was released was she was not caught in the act of berating the government.

Bureau of Immigration lawyers, in a two-page note with recommendation to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente prior to her release, said that while Fox was alleged to have taken part in protest actions by farmers in the past, she was not doing so at the time when BI operatives served her the mission order.

The Philippine leader made the statement after Fox, in a television interview, said that the military might be behind her detention at the office of the Bureau of Immigration.

It was not the military who arrested the Catholic nun. It was upon my orders implemented by the Bureau of Immigration, and I take full responsibility, legal or otherwise, for this incident, Duterte said during his remarks at the turnover ceremony at the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Camp Aguinaldo.

I ordered her investigated not arrested, for a disorderly conduct, the president said.

According to a Law professor who agreed to give input on condition of anonymity, as a general rule, arrests can only be made if a judge has issued a warrant after a criminal case has been filed or if a crime is committed in the presence of law enforcement. In which case, an inquest proceeding must be held immediately to determine if charges sh...

12:43

Raw And Uncut: Inside Australias live, Long-Haul Animal Exports "IndyWatch Feed National"

Days after a whistleblower exposed the extreme suffering of sheep on-board live export ships new footage reveals what happens to the animals who survive.
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12:31

The Hannity Case Demands a Boycott of His Advertisers "IndyWatch Feed National"

The problems at Fox News go way beyond Sean Hannity. But he is a major problem. For him to go on air and defend attorney Michael Cohen numerous times without so much as mentioning that Cohen is his legal adviser is the height of journalistic corruption.

Nor is it only Fox that hides the financial and personal interests of its celebrity commentators from the public.

In 2008, in a story that is unremembered and unheeded, The New York Times blew the whistle on a Pentagon scam to place ex-officers on CNN as Iraq War and security commentators, while never disclosing their ongoing ties to the U.S. military or their ties to companies making money off the war. There is no reason at all to believe that CNN has cleaned up its act. Fox is guilty of the same sort of interlocking directorates strategy in news provision.

The information system in the United States is mostly broken. Twenty-four hour cable news is just a pretext for earning advertising dollars and therefore mostly presents infotainment or cheap panel debates (mostly by partisans or people without any obvious credentials or special knowledge).

A handful of corporations own all of the major television news outlets. Even at the level of more trusted local stations, Sinclair [Broadcast Group] has been buying them up and using onerous contracts with the anchors to force them into reciting pro-Trump propaganda.

Fox News is a project of far right-wing Australian-origin billionaire Rupert Murdoch to push television news in the United States in the direction of white nationalism, white grievance, romanticism about the business class, defense of neocolonialism and punitive attitudes toward workers and the dissident middle class. It has a firm editorial line, which is sent in explicit memos to on-screen presenters. Its stars have been serial sex abusers like Roger Ailes and Bill OReilly. Hannity has emerged as the last Great White Hope among the bullies of cable news, and that he is corrupt and dishonest should come as no surprise.

What to do about all this? Most of the people reading this dont watch Fox anyway (and by the way, there are some excellent reporters employed by this corporation and the local stations are often quite good).

The only thing that has been shown to work is a consumer boycott of advertisers. That is what got rid of the odious OReilly.

Note that I am not calling for a boycott of Hannity advertisers because I dislike him personally or because I disagree with his politics.

He has revealed himself to be corrupt and dishonest with his viewers on a basic level that should be unacceptable even in a generally corrupt co...

12:11

Flesh-eating disease Buruli ulcer increasing at alarming rate in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A flesh-eating disease known as the Buruli ulcer, which is usually found in West and Central Africa, has been increasing at an alarming rate in Australia over the past two years, especially in the state of Victoria. A report published Tuesday in the Medical Journal of Australia describes the disease as a "worsening epidemic, defined by cases rapidly increasing in number, becoming more severe in nature and occurring in new geographic areas."

11:41

Brian C Houston of Hillsong on Twitter: Good morning @hillsong Australia. Im missing you all "IndyWatch Feed National"

11:20

Sketches found from a 1956 Australian abduction case "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi all,

I have been continuing my examination of the electronic files of former US researcher Dr. Michael Swords, who kindly provided me with a copy of these extensive files. There are numerous Australian cases amongst this material, which I have slowly been going through.

This post examines an apparent abduction experience, one of the reported earliest for this country. For a comprehensive catalogue of Australian abduction accounts, take a look here.

The source for this particular early Australian abduction account comes from Sydney researcher Bill Chalker, who included it in a piece he wrote for Australian "Penthouse" magazine of November 1989, page 37.

The account

The event took place near Hughenden in Queensland, see the Google map below.


It involved a then twelve year old girl, given the alias of Miss L. She was crossing a paddock on the family farm when she felt a strange force upon her, and she heard a "humming" sound. She felt as if she was being lifted off the ground and fainted.

She awoke to find herself in a large, strange room. The room was not furnished. She noticed an arched doorway leading into a corridor; that there were porthole-like windows along one wall, and that the room had no joins or seams.

After surveying the room, which featured a coloured galaxy display on one wall, the girl felt enormous pressure and again lost consciousness.

She found herself back on the farm, but in a different paddock, with a huge saucer shaped object j=hovering above her, before it rapidly ascended to the west. The girl believed that two hours had elapsed since she initially lost consciousness.

VUFORS material

It was therefore with some surprise that I found that amongst the Swords' material were three pages of documents related to this case.

Document one was headed "UFO 1956 Cressy Station, Hughenden, Australia" and a signature which looks like "F Jedlicko." This appears to be a plan of the object as seen from above.

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10:29

Dad "IndyWatch Feed National"

It's coming up to Dad's 7th anniversary of shedding his husk and flitting off into the aether.
I'm a tad teary.
Having a few G & T's to toast the old bugger, wishing I'd asked some more direct questions about his fathers Aboriginal mother, ignoring his firm "do not pass go, do not collect $200 " tone of voice which always ALWAYS slammed that door closed on further queries.
Still missing his humour, knowing he'd have loved Think Tank quiz show, he'd be hankering for the new Doctor Who series, he'd be looking forward to the new Miss Phryne Fisher Murder Mystery movies and books, watching The Drum and arguing with the idiots or telling Shaun Micallef how brilliant he is, each week.

10:15

Yoga Leggings Localish Surf Apparel "IndyWatch Feed National"

Localish represents the feeling of belonging to the areas and communities, whether youre a native, part-time resident, or just visiting by. Inspired by this idea, Localish apparel is made with original designs made somewhere between Hawaii and California. Localish offers wide range of surf apparel including surf leggings, womens surf t-shirts, mens surfing t shirts, mens surf apparel, womens surf apparel, mens sweatshirt hoodie, surf tank tops for men, surf tank tops for women, and many more. Yoga and Surfing leggings of Localish include the following: ocean camo leggings hibiscus leggings sup leggings women's surf leggings digi camo leggings sunset leggings camouflage legging / camo leggings surf capri digi camo leggings sup yoga leggings blue camo leggings upf leggings mens surf tank tops surfing t shirts surf tank top men's tanks surf capris Visit the website https://livelocalish.com/ to see all products. Order now!

07:53

Antifa is liberalism, feminism is cancer, and Im a monkeys uncle "IndyWatch Feed National"

My first reaction on reading Marianne Garneaus essay Antifa is liberalism (Ritual, April 11, 2018) was: lolwut. The second was to be reminded of Ward Churchills essay Pacifism As Pathology: in particular, his being at pains to distinguish between, on Continue reading

06:38

Chemical agents, flash grenades and laser-sighted shot guns unleashed on children in Western Australias youth jail "IndyWatch Feed National"

A report released by the Independent Inspector of Custodial Services has detailed horrific conditions and treatment in Western Australias only youth jail, Banksia Hill. The Inspector has called on the McGowan Government to take urgent action.

The report shows that in 2016 and 2017 children in Banksia Hill were:

  • Subjected to chemical agents, flash grenades and laser-sighted shot guns;
  • On an average day, forced to spend more time locked in their cells than outside;
  • Forced to undergo thousands of strip searches;
  • Exposed to prolonged solitary confinement;
  • Denied proper education; and
  • Denied proper health care.

Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that the findings were jaw-dropping and that the McGowan Government must overhaul Western Australias decaying youth justice system.

Its mind boggling to think that while the Northern Territory Royal Commission into the abuses in Don Dale was turning over every stone to make sure such cruelty never happened again, just across the border in Western Australia, children were being subjected to similar brutality, said Ms Barson.

In the report, the Inspector says that he has a depressing sense of dj vu and that for the nine years he has been in the job Banksia Hill has lurched from crises to partial recovery and then back into crisis. 

The Inspectors report builds on five previous reports which have shown a pattern of abuse and neglect in Banksia Hill. The Inspector has previously called Banksia Hill a failure and recommended it be closed, in favour of smaller, home-like facilities.

Banksia Hill is Western Australias only youth jail and is over-capacity due to Western Australias excessive and punitive laws. There are currently around 170 children in Banksia Hill, some as young as ten, including young girls and children on remand who have not been found guilty of an offence.

Ms Barson said that Western Australias youth justice system is cruel and antiquated and in desperate need of repair. 

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06:07

CBA gets gold medal for charging fees for no service "IndyWatch Feed National"

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). Image contributed

The Commonwealth Bank wins the gold medal for charging customers fees for financial advice they never received, the banking royal commission has heard.

Australias largest bank has charged more fees for no service than other other financial services entity in the country, counsel assisting the royal commission Mark Costello said.

It would be the gold medallist if ASIC was handing out medals for fees for no service, wouldnt it, the barrister asked on Wednesday.

Linda Elkins, the executive general manager of the banks wealth management arm Colonial First State, replied yes.

Commonwealth Bank has refunded $118.5 million to customers who were charged fees for advice they did not receive.

Thats more than half the $219 million compensation paid by the big four banks and Australias largest wealth manager AMP over the last decade to more than 310,000 financial advice customers charged fees for no service.

Clients of CBAs Commonwealth Financial Planning, BW Financial Planning and Count Financial businesses were charged ongoing fees for financial advice where no advice services were provided, mainly during the period July 2007 to June 2015.

Mr Costello questioned whether Colonial First State had taken any action over fees deducted from client accounts it managed where no advice service was provided by the CBA entities.

Ms Elkins said Colonial was satisfied with the investigations and remediation undertaken by the advice businesses and CBA.

I can certainly assure you, as the product issuer, I was very unhappy with what was happening, but I did believe that allowing Commonwealth Financial Planning to investigate and carry out their remediation was going to get the best outcome for customers, she told the commission.

Ahead of this weeks royal commission hearing, CBA and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission announced an agreement over an advice refund program involving two bank subsidiaries.

Commonwealth Financial Planning and the now-closed BW Financial Advice have paid $88.6 million in compensation to 31,500 customers who did not receive an annual review as part of their financial advice service pa...

06:06

Lines of disorder "IndyWatch Feed National"

The woman I knew best, of course, was my own mother. I could see my hips, legs and breasts becoming hers, and I heard her every self-abasement as my own. Shed take up walking regimes, or cut out bread for a month, and then on weeknights Id come into the kitchen to find shed caved and drunk an entire bottle of white wine. It was a cliche, a stock-standard Electra complex, but there was no way in hell I was going to become her.

04:39

The Daily "Near You?" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Robertson, New South Wales, Australia. Thanks for stopping by!

04:24

Meet Our New National Director! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hello ANTaR friends!

It is an honour for me to have joined ANTaR,  a respected and important advocacy organisation for the rights of First Peoples, and I look forward to joining with you all to continuing fighting for the justice, rights and respect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia.

I come, most recently, from helping run the Close the Gap Campaign and also managing the secretariat support for the National Health Leadership Forum which sees the peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations collaborate together.

At the Close the Gap Campaign, I saw first hand the value, dedication and commitment of ANTaR in helping to support the pursuit of justice and self-determination for Australias First Peoples. So it gives me a lot of pride to be given the opportunity to help continue to build the legacy of ANTaR into the future.

The reality is, organisations like ANTaR and the campaigns it supports such as Close the Gap, Change the Record and the Redfern Statement Alliance (amongst others) are still necessary to hold governments to account for their obligations to First Peoples.

Persistent gaps in life expectancy and health outcomes, world-beating (and shameful) rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incarceration, and rates of child-removal that are greater now than at the time of the Bringing Them Home Report (LINK). We must do better to support our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family, friends, colleagues and fellow citizens to enjoy full, free and healthy lives in one of the richest nations on Earth.

We are entering another crucial period for advocacy and we need your help now more than ever. (LINK)

A Federal Election will be held within 12 months, the latest government process (LINK) to establish another Joint Select Committee in Parliament on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples we must make it clear to the next Federal Government that Constitutional Recognition can no longer be put off.

In Uluru last year, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from across Australia made a direct and powerful statement on their aspirations for true recognition in Australias Constitution.
In calling for a Voice in the Consti...

04:22

Scientists march for science and action on global warming "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

On Sunday 15 April, protectors of the critical role of science in our lives gathered in eight cities across Australia, to call on the government to support evidence-based decision making, and to support the bringing back of a ministry of science.

It was the second annual March for Science, and this years rally featured speeches by a range of experts.

Vivien Thomson is a farmer and a firefighter, and one of the only women to win the Australian Fire Service Medal for distinguished service. She says science underpins all her work, not only on the farm but also fighting fires.

Ive never seen fires be so hard and so fast and harder to put out the climate surrounding our firefighting capacity is really affecting our ability to put those fires out, she said.

Its like the natural phenomenon are on steroids.

Science based evidence tells us that human activity is resulting in a greenhouse effect that is causing global warming. Vested interests and those who are misled by them, are waging a ceaseless campaign against science to discredit the overwhelming evidence, and this has encouraged a rise in disrespect for science.

Nevertheless, everyone is experiencing the increasing intensity of heatwaves, floods and droughts. These effects are being felt in Australia.

As Australia experiences one of its hottest Aprils on record, demonstrators called on the government to give greater support to scientific research to tackle climate warming.

The jury is in, its indisputable human impact on the current warming climate and also the jury is in on how quickly we need to act, said Spencer, Sydney University Ambassador for mathematics and science.

The denigration of science holds back urgent action on the threat of global warming. This is bad enough on its own and underlines the importance of defending it. But it doesnt stop here. Science and its growth are essential to civilisation. Our standard of living, health and many other important aspects of our lives depend on it.

Science has from time to time been used for purposes that have resulted in negative consequences. But its positive contribution has been overwhelming and changed the way we look at ourselves and the world we live in. Our understanding of how nature works, capacity to find solutions to problems is enhanced with it. The application of scientific method, that is relying on observation, testing, drawing up an understanding of what is going on, observing and testing again, on an ever-going cycle, provides the means to new discoveries.

The war against science denies all this and threatens to plunge us into an age of ignorance. Science needs to be defended, and an important part of this is th...

04:19

Meet Our New National Director "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Meet Our New National Director
Hello ANTaR friends!
It is an honour for me to have
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important advocacy organisation!
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04:13

Flawed & dangerous debt recovery system "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$10000
Date debt issued: 
Sunday, 15 October 2017
Period debt occurred: 
June 2010 to July 2013
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Youth Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes & I won
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

So, i was told i had a debt of nearly 10 grand, for a three year period beginning eight years ago.
I was applying for Newstart at the time of discovering this information so i was understandably upset.

I was wracking my brains at just how in the world that would have happened, but obviously being so long ago, and over a three year period, it's impossible to recall.
For portions of those years, I was studying(austudy) & also briefly on Newstart. Through worry & tears, i got in touch with my previous employer & luckily they sti...

03:50

Little Girl Spots Something Unusual While Out For A Walk "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anja Boot, her daughter and a few friends were hiking through Cradle Mountain National Park in Tasmania, Australia, a couple weeks ago when they encountered something quite unusual a baby wombat hitching a ride on his moms back.

It was actually Boots 11-year-old daughter, Ruby, who first spotted the wombat duo.

Ruby called out to me, Mum, there's a wombat here on top of another one, Boot told The Dodo. I must admit, I had no idea what she could have been meaning as I had never seen this before.

Credit: Anja Boot

When Boot went to have a look, she was pretty surprised.

"I saw Mama wombat about 10 meters [32 feet] away from us, with her baby trying to keep its balance on her back, Boot said. I had one of those overwhelming feelings of the wonder of nature. It was just so special  I've never seen anything like that before.

From a safe distance, they watched the wombat pair crawl through tufts of grass for several minutes while Boot snapped a few photos. Mama wombat would take a few steps to a new patch of grass and the baby would just manage to stay on, Boot said.

Credit: Anja Boot

But when the mother wombat decided to leap over a stream, the baby wombat ran into a touch of trouble.

There had been a huge amount of rain the week before, and the baby literally did a somersault in the air and landed down in the water, Boot said. I stood anxiously on the track waiting to see baby reemerge. The mama in me needed to see that baby back with its own mama.

The mother wombat didnt seem overly concerned about her baby she was too busy munching on grass. But perhaps the mother knew she didnt have to worry.

...

03:21

Janet Albrechtsen on the Turnbull Government's determination to let the ACTU get away with whatever it wants "IndyWatch Feed National"

Janet Albrechtsen brings us a stunning expose of ACTU chief Sally McManus and her fantasy world in The Australian today. The Australian's headline and promotion of the article don't really do Janet's content and research justice: In fact the article is aimed squarely at the Turnbull Government which should have...

03:11

PERTH Father involved in alleged child sex abuse ring charged with 79 more offences "IndyWatch Feed National"

snip .

Father involved in alleged child sex abuse ring charged with 79 more offences .

April 17, 2018 at 03:22PM .

Consensual sex, group sex between consenting adults is not a crime and this is all about protecting our most vulnerable in the community, so I would say they can give us this information anonymously, they can ring Crime Stoppers. The two men are due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on

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03:11

PERTH Father accused of sexually abusing young daughters and stepchildren "IndyWatch Feed National"

snip .

Father accused of sexually abusing young daughters and stepchildren .

April 17, 2018 at 10:45PM .

Both men are scheduled to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Taskforce Mirzam was launched to investigate an alleged child sex ring in WA. Source: File/AAP. A woman, who is in a relationship with the 45-year-old man, is accused of abusing her son, eight-year-old daughter and a

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01:42

HARDER- a short film about domestic abuse "IndyWatch Feed National"





Domestic abuse is rife in Australia, please help STOP domestic violence.

01:35

Melbourne Town Hall meeting launches battle to take on industrial relations system and more "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Contributed by Joe Montero

By any account, yesterdays (17 April) meeting of union delegates at the Melbourne Town Hall, was an impressive launch to an active major campaign to bring about an end to what is now widely regarded as an unfair industrial regime in Australia.

The official seating capacity of the hall is 1,500. But many more squeezed in.

Representatives from the Longford Esso-Exxon picket were there. The event marked 300 days they have been out of work, because management is trying to cut their wages by almost 50 percent. Troy, one of the union delegates spoke to the delegates and received a standing ovation.

The main thrust of the meeting was to gain the support of delegates for the Change the Rules campaign and participation to move it forward.

A section of the delegates at the meeting and some of the union banners displayed

Determination to win overwhelming public support and willingness to fight hard, spells serious trouble for the Turnbull government was evident. The emerging battle was expressed in terms of not only bringing an end to this government. But to ensure that the existing industrial relations regime will be replaced by one that is much fairer to all workers, whether they are members of unions or not.

One part of the strategy is to win over the support of the Labor Party, the Greens and other members of parliament. At the same time, it was understood that victory will depend on the ongoing activity on the ground.

Mention was made of the fact that the problem is not one just made by the current government, but one that has been gradually unrolled over at least 30 years. There is an implied criticism of Labor for having played a part in it, although it was acknowledged that the Howard and now Turnbull government have taken it much further.

Speakers referred to the need to confront and ensure the greed of big business is taken on. Big business avoids paying tax with government assistance, while the wages share of the wealth of Australia is reduced, and the richest one percent hold nearly three quarters of it all.

It was also said that this is a political battle, which must be won in the workplaces, in the streets and the neighbourhoods.

Nor was it left at saying that the rules are broken. Solutions were put forward, such as, the n...

01:33

Correspondence: Institute of Public Affairs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear Mr Mulholland

In 2003, Mike Nahan stated in the SMH that the IPA would publish your list of your financial supporters in your next annual report:

Accountability should be important for think tanks, says Nahan, which is why he says the IPA intends for the first time to publish a full list of sponsors and contributions in next years annual report.

I have viewed both the annual reports from 2003/4 and 2004/5 and can not see any such list. I have also done a search of the IPA website but have not found this list. Can you please point me to the url or send it to me via email.

Thank you
Rosie Williams
AusGov.info

01:26

hello "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sorry I don't chatter much these days on here, or on Facebook lately, but I've been madly crocheting rugs and ponchos and beanies (oh, my!) for remote Indigenous communities.
The temps drop below freezing in the desert areas and many of our Elders need warm clothing, blankets, the usual Winter basics to survive.
I won't go into detail about the shockingly over-priced "shops" in some towns but there are Indigenous communities who have started up their own op shops, domestic abuse refuges, fabric making/printing workshops, children's libraries, etc, with a little help from peeps around Oz donating items.
No, I won't share any postage details on here as some ultra-right wing arseholes send abusive crap through the post and we won't be encouraging any of those twat-waffling scum.
One thing that has pissed me off this week - and last week - was the police targetting Dylan Voller at the Commonwealth Games.
They managed to seriously injure a female Elder, also, during a peaceful protest.
Police in Victoria are under the spotlight, too, for some really questionable tactics.
Fellas, do yourselves some favours and boot the bastards out of the force, they are giving the rest of you cops a bad name.
There are some decent police, I've engaged with them in the past, but the mongrels who think the uniform gives them carte blanche to savage people in any situation need to be treated like any person breaking the law.
Well, I'm off now, like a bucket of prawns in the noonday sun, to continue crocheting winter woollies.
By the by, Victoria Parliament Library - PLEASE update your "On this day" site; shit tonnes happened in the Colony of Vic, find it !
Also, NSW, QLD, WA, SA, NT & Tassie parliaments?
Create an On This Day searchable database on your parliament websites, ffs.
Hello to the City of Melbourne person who pops over for a regular read!

01:23

Terra Firma seeks premium for 'Project Ribeye' Australian farm sale "IndyWatch Feed National"

13 Apr 2018 | ReutersWith first round bids due imminently, the high expectations could leave foreign bidders in the box seat, testing the government's appetite for foreign ownership of sensitive assets less than two years after it rejected China-led bids for a major energy grid and agricultural company.

01:08

Karen Wyld: Aboriginal health services have been around since the 1970s, and the sky hasnt fallen yet "IndyWatch Feed National"

Over the past few months, some mainstream media outlets have attempted to stir up a hornets nest about health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; Karen Wyld explains.

00:44

Many pink octopuses discovered in deep sea "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

7 April 2017

Scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) discovered a rare sight in the deep ocean a giant octopus eating a jellyfish and possibly using the stingers as a tool. The species, Haliphron atlanticus, is rarely seen alive and most of its life is a mystery to researchers. Females can be up to 13 feet in length and 165 pounds, while the males only grow to about 12 inches. Researchers think the octopus might use the jellyfishs poisonous stingers as a tool for defense or to capture other prey.

From the Field Museum in the USA:

Giant group of octopus moms discovered in the deep sea

April 17, 2018

Summary: At the bottom of the ocean, scientists discovered hundreds of small pink octopuses and their eggs. The colonies were in warmer water than is healthy for octopuses, which means that they probably wont survive. That makes the scientists think there are probably even bigger colonies thriving in the cool rock crevices nearby.

We know more about the surface of the moon that we do about the bottom of the ocean. The sea floor is an alien landscape, with crushing pressure, near-total darkness, and fluids wafting from cracks in the Earths crust. Its also home to some weird animals that scientists are only just getting to know. Case in point: deep-sea expeditions and drones have revealed a giant group of octopuses and their eggs in a place where they shouldnt be able to survive.

When I first saw the photos, I was like No, they shouldnt be there! Not that deep and not that many of them, says Janet Voight, associate curator of zoology at the Field Museum and an author of a new study on the octopuses...

00:35

Sir John Monash Centre - "Tony Abbott's finest vision for Australia" - to be opened next week. Lest We Forget "IndyWatch Feed National"

Paul Kelly was a member of the panel advising Prime Minister Abbott on how best to commemorate the centenary of Australia's engagements on The Western Front during WW1. He's written a great piece on the opening of The Sir John Monash Centre next week - "one of Tony Abbott's finest...

00:31

Telecom, internet complaints soar nearly 30% "IndyWatch Feed National"

Complaints to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman in the last six months of 2017 soared almost 30 per cent compared to the same period the previous year, the ombudsmans report reveals.

Australian residential consumers and small businesses made 84,914 complaints to the ombudsman between July 1 to December 31, 2017.

Ccomplaints about landline, mobile and internet services, increased by 28.7 per cent compared to the same six month period in 2016.

Publishing the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsmans Six Monthly Update today (Ombudsman Judi Jones said The telecommunications industry in Australia continues to experience significant change. An increasing range of products and services are being offered to consumers, expectations for the quality of phone and internet services are high, and the rollout of the National Broadband Network is changing the way we use telecommunications services.

However, consumers still seem to be facing the same problems, particularly with their bills and the customer service they receive. Confidence in services being updated or transferred reliably, faulty equipment, and poor service quality were also recorded as key issues. Additionally, the wider issues relating to phone or internet problems such as debt management are concerning.

Jones added, Complaints about services delivered over the National Broadband Network continued to increase compared to the same six month period in 2016. This indicates the consumer experience is still not meeting expectations for all. Recent changes to regulation and an increase in our powers to resolve complaints are positive steps that will help improve the consumer experience.

Breakdown

  • 84,914 total complaints were received
  • 74,729 complaints (88 per cent) were from residential consumers
  • 9,947 complaints (11.7 per cent) were from small businesses
  • 9,447 complaints (11.1 per cent) were recorded about landline phone services
  • 24,923 complaints (29.4 per cent) were recorded about mobile phone services
  • 23,785 complaints (28 per cent) were recorded about internet services
  • 26,112 complaints (30.8 per cent) were recorded about multiple services*
  • 647 complaints (0.8 per cent) were recorded about property*
  • Charges and fees, unsatisfactory response from the provider (provider response), and poor service quality were the most common issues

Small Businesses

Between 1 July and 31 December 2017 complaints from small businesses increased 15.6 per cent to 9,947 compared to the same period in 2016.

  • Complaints from S...

00:00

April 18 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"


1623 - Dutch sailors from the ship Pera, with instructions to kidnap "full-grown persons, or better still,
. . . boys and girls, to the end that the latter may be brought up here and be turned to useful purpose in the said quarters when occasion shall serve " , landed in North Queensland where a large number of Aborigines approached them with no sign of fear, handling the muskets and showing interest in iron and beads. The Dutch took this opportunity and 'seized one of the blacks by a string which he
wore round his neck, and carried him off to the pinnace'.

1831 - Australias oldest newspaper, the Sydney Morning Herald, was launched.

1834 - Hobart had it's knickers in a right Royal twist when Messrs. Attorney and Solicitor General Stephen and M'Dowall avowed that they have prepared an Act of Council limiting the number, and restricting the qualifications of juries here.

1843 - The Southern Australian newspaper was bemoaning the fact that "...The simplicity of their wants, and of their lives, is another great barrier : their whole attention seems devoted to the providing of food, and other animal enjoyments : their motto literally is, eat, drink, and be merry, for to-morrow we die ; and any principle beyond that, they, and their fathers, have not known or regarded...."
qualifications of juries.

1864 - Sharpen those fish knives and flush out the fish kettles, ladies, the HMAS Victoria parked its bow in Hobart, having on board 100,000 salmon and 3,000 trout googie eggs bound for Tassie's first fish hatchery.

1872 - Oh you great sodding bastards.
To think ... we've been deprived of the chance to catch a train from the oh-so-gorgeously titled Schoolhouse Lane train station, which happened to open on this day as the terminus of the North East Railway line from Essendon.
May your chooks turn into emus and kick your dunny door down.

1875 - Fire destroyed the photographic studio of Townsend Duryea. His entire collection of 50,000 negatives was destroyed - a tragic loss for him and for South Australia.

1882 - Tenders for the construction of the Port Milang Railway lines (SA) were called on this day and Walke and Swann were successful in obtaining the joint contract for a price of 143,678.

1890 - The West Melbourne Cable Tram Line (VIC) began trundling about the streets via Spencer St and Flemington Rd, with the powerhouse located at the south-west corner of Queensberry Street and Abbotsford Street.

1902 - One-time hubby of the aforementioned Dame Daisy Bates, Breaker Harry Morant, had been court martialed in secret (against regulations) and shot in February, but despite the court transcripts conveniently going missing a summary of the trumped up nonsense appeared in the London Times today.
...

Tuesday, 17 April

23:38

Jo Riley Cairns North DoCS Manager Corrupt - Another Staff Member Speaks Out "IndyWatch Feed National"

Now it's not every day that I talk to a DoCS worker and on this occassion I could not resist the temptation to press record on my phone. We spoke about his position at Cairns North Department of Community Services (DoCS), about how many children he removes from their homes a week, what the main problems were with parenting up in the North of Australia where he conducts his line of profession.... Removing children. I also had to touch onto the subject of Jo Riley who I know to be a corrupt DoCS manager down at Cairns North.

I have dealt with Jo Riley, now a manager at DoCS Cairs North, and I found her to be the worst DoCS worker I have ever dealt with. She was rude, condescending, impudent and she had a look of evil permanently etched into her face. I begged her to give my son back. A visit supervisor went straight back to her after supervising one of my visits and demanded that my child be returned to me, it was obvious I was a great father and the love that my son and I shared was immeasurable.

I begged her and the then manager of  DoCS Cairns North Pat Anderson to get him out of that house where he was in obvious danger and where he would come to his demise. A house with a 74 year old carer who already had five foster children in her care. It was obvious to everyone I rang desperately trying to get him out of that house that this was not a good situation but it all came down to corrupt team leader Jo Riley, and she would rather my son be dead than with his loving father.

The video can be viewed at the link below....

https://www.facebook.com/LukesArmy/videos/1716446461747419/

Or you can listen to the mp3 which is attached to this blog.

Above is the recording of the conversation between myself and t...

22:32

Save Our Sons Easter and the Fairlea Five in 1971 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Glen Davis
Due to accident, this short article turned up a little late. It recalls an event that occurred during Easter, nearly 50 years ago. The Vietnam War was still going on and the massive movement to put an end to it was reaching its peak. This is an important part of our history, worth recalling and learning from its lessons.

As we move on from another Easter lets cast our minds back to this time in 1971, when five members of Save Our Sons, were jailed for 14 days during the Easter.

Their heinous offence was sitting in the offices of the then Federal Department of Labour and National Service, handing out leaflets opposing conscription for the unjust,

undeclared war in Vietnam.

Just to recall who they were; Save Our Sons was formed back in 1965 to oppose the conscription of young men to fight and die in war. Throughout the next few years they were active and prominent in the anti-conscription and anti-war campaigns.

When arrested they were charged under the Summary Offences Act; legislation put in place by the Bolte state Government (Victoria). Their court case was finally heard late in the afternoon of Holy Thursday.

The presiding magistrate jailed them for 14 days, with no option of paying a fine. Thus Jean McLean, Joan Coxsedge, Irene Miller, Chris Cathie and Jo Maclaine-Cross, were locked away.

As we know, the Easter long week end is a quiet time, people go away, services close down, it can be very isolating.  Nonetheless, support for them was quick and strong.

They became known as the Fairlea Five. Large demonstrations were arranged outside the Womens prison, and around 800 people attended the ongoing vigil outside.

Maritime workers stopped work in support of the Fairlea Five. After 11 days of organised support for them, they were released, to reacquaint with their families.

Their fight was part of the broader peoples struggle against the unjust, undeclared war in Vietnam.

 

The post Save Our Sons Easter and the Fairlea Five in 1971 appeared first on The Pen.

22:26

MACKAY Meat thief tosses loot when cops catch up with him "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY April 17, 2018 at 02:36PM ,

Meat thief tosses loot when cops catch up with him

April 17, 2018 at 02:36PM ,

A MACKAY meat thief with a shocking criminal record stole meat from Coles and pitched his haul over a fence when confronted by police. James Joseph Percival Cotton, 32, was sentenced by Magistrate Damien Dwyer in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday. He pleaded guilty to stealing meat from

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MACKAY Mackay Sugar facing charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY April 18, 2018 at 04:30AM ,

Mackay Sugar facing charges

April 18, 2018 at 04:30AM ,

MACKAY Sugar Limited, the countrys second largest sugar milling company, has been hit with a string of charges it caused environmental harm and breached conditions. The company faces four charges before Mackay Magistrates Court. That includes three counts of wilfully contravening a condition of

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22:18

Trump Welcomes Abe, Gives Blessing to Koreas Peace Talks "IndyWatch Feed National"

PALM BEACH, Fla. President Trump on Tuesday gave his blessing for North and South Korea to discuss ending their decadeslong war and said that without his help, the two countries wouldnt be discussing anything.

At Mar-a-Lago with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump confirmed that the two Koreas are negotiating an end to hostilities ahead of a meeting between the Norths Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in next week. The meeting will be the third inter-Korean summit since the Koreas 1945 division.

They do have my blessing to discuss the end of the war, said Trump, who welcomed Abe to his Florida resort on Tuesday.

The White House has said Abes visit will give the leaders an opportunity to discuss Trumps own upcoming summit with Kim, which the president is looking to hold in the next two months. Trump said the U.S. and Japan are very unified on the subject of North Korea, though privately Abe is expected to raise Japans concerns about the potential summit.

Trump said five locations are under consideration for the summit but offered no further details.

Trump took credit for the inter-Korean talks, saying, Without us and without me, in particular, I guess you would have to say, they wouldnt be discussing anything.

The Abe summit will also serve as a test of whether the fond personal relationship the two leaders have forged on the golf course and over meetings and phone calls has chilled following Trumps recent moves, including his decision not to exempt Japan from new steel and aluminum tariffs.

White House officials suggested that Trump was open to acceding to Abes hopes to obtain a waiver to the protectionist measure, which went into effect last month. Most other key U.S. allies, including Australia, Canada, the European Union, and Mexico, have been granted exemptions.

Issuing Japan the waiver to the Trump-ordered sanctions or opening negotiations on a new trade agreement with Japan are all on the table, Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, said Tuesday. Thats why this is such an important meeting.

The official visit began Tuesday afternoon as an honor cordon of uniformed service-members lined the palm-fringed drive to the club. Trump greeted Abe at the red-carpeted door of the mansion as the pair posed for photos ahead of a planned one-on-one meeting. It will be followed by a small group discussion with top national security officials focused on the Kim summit. The president and first lady Melania Trump will also have dinner with Abe and his wife.

Trump welcomed the two days of meetings at his Mar-a-Lago club. Its an honor to have you in Florida with us, Trump said.

On Wednesday, the agenda will broaden to include other....

19:37

Mysterious Flesh-Eating Ulcer Epidemic Cases Have Increased by 50 Percent "IndyWatch Feed National"

Something quite strange and yet terrifying is happening in Australia at the moment and it has doctors of all kinds baffled. As this epidemic grows, many are wondering: What can be done?

Cases of Buruli ulcer, a skin disease most commonly found in Africa have literally surged by four hundred percent in the last four years. Doctors do not have a clue how to prevent this disease which is caused by bacteria that basically breaks down tissue. Last year there was a 51 percent increase in cases of this infection when compared to 2016.

This skin disease is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium ulcerans. It emits toxins that work to destroy skin cells, fat, and blood vessels. This eventually forms ulcers and causes skin loss. It tends to affect the arms and legs, but depending on the person and severity, it can also be found on other parts of the body including the face.

One of the most terrifying things about this skin disease is that no one knows how it is transmitted to humans and some believe it is possible that mosquitoes can carry the bacteria. Please prepare yourself for the image below as this is not a pretty sight at all and is still even a more mild case.

Ella Crofts/BBC

 

Dr. OBrien co-author of the call for government funding to research this disease told BBC as follows:

No one understands whats happening and whats driving this epidemic. We can offer clues but not definitive advice. Its a mystery.

The problem is, we dont have the time to sit around and pontificate about it the epidemic has reached frightening proportions.

These ulcers are not easy to deal with and come with a recovery period of anywhere between six months to one whole year. Many people who come down with this skin disease end up having to undergo reconstructive surgery as it literally eats away the skin.

A study published just days ago in the Medical Journal of Australia cautions of thi...

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