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Wednesday, 15 August

22:17

The NEG is a con that will deliver neither lower prices or cleaner energy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

A lot of people are talking about the National energy Guarantee (NEG). As Malcolm Turnbull and his government pursue it, the opposition grows.

On the one hand, there are those on who share Tony Abbotts view of the world, and see even a minimal relaxation of the pro coal policy as a sellout. As we saw, this brought some dissention into the Liberal Party room.

Then there is the much bigger number who regard the NEG as a betrayal of the governments responsibility to act appropriately on the threat of global warming and turn to alternative clean energy.

As the debate This debate unfolded, an unprecedented heat wave in the northern hemisphere was actually killing people and a large part of Australia was suffering from drought again. Findings from the Bureau of Meteorology, the CSIRO,  and other scientific bodies, makes it clear that more frequent and severe droughts, bushfires and floods are the consequence of rising global temperatures in australia are linked to a warming climate. Over the longer term, the southern half of our continent is drying up.

You would think that everyone would get the hint. But not so. Some have an amazing ability to not see what they dont want to see.

If truth is told, the NEG was hatched up as an intended publicity stunt, to win the government some much needed credibility.

Australia wants much more done to lower carbon emissions and a decisive shift to renewable energy. The idea is to make a show of working towards cleaner electricity. Never mind that the proposed target of a 26 percent reduction is not enough to even meet the governments existing Paris commitment, that it is based on continuing to boost rely on coal generation and investment on renewables is slashed. Few are being fooled by the pretence that the NEG is a genuine emissions reductions policy.

The other claim is that implementation of the NEC will lead to lower electricity prices. No, it wont, because the claim is made on the back of pretending that high prices are caused by supply problems.

Australias high energy prices are the result of the National Electricity Market, which is designed not only to privatise generation and distribution but allows the private providers to milk th...

22:00

Pastor Neville Johnson. Liked blow jobs from his three young AOG church secretaries. Academy of Light Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Former head pastor at Queen St Assemblies of God Church in Auckland New Zealand. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson today. Still an errant false prophet, liar and con-artist. Neville Johnson has conned many people out of large sums of money in Ponzi schemes in recent times. Angry victims are looking for his home address to recover their lost savings even asking me if I know where he lives. He lives in Maleny, Queensland. Its a small town so youll easily find him.

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson. Academy of Light Ministries, Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Liked blow-jobs from his three young church secretaries while praying to the Lord and fasting in Auckland, New Zealand motel rooms with them.

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19:56

Pennsylvania, USA priests marked children they abused with crucifixes "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 15 August 2018 video says about itself:

Catholic Church covered up sexual abuse of children by Pennsylvania priests | DW English

A grand jury in the US state of Pennsylvania has published its report on the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests. According to the report, the Catholic Church systematically covered up the rape and molestation of over 1,000 children over seventy years.

For more on this topic, go here: US grand jury: Predator priests in Pennsylvania had church protection.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Pennsylvania priests recognized abused children by their cross-chain necklaces

Yesterday it became known that in the United States state of Pennsylvania, at least a thousand children were abused by hundreds of priests. This happened for decades, because the [Roman Catholic] church covered up sophisticatedly. Priests were protected by the top levels in the Catholic church.

This is evidenced by research into criminal behavior in Pennsylvania state. The report of the investigation committee contains terrible examples of structural abuse. ...

19:43

Radioactive Sheep Prove Israel Illegally Tested Nuclear Weapons: Report "IndyWatch Feed National"

Radioactive Sheep Israel(MEMO)  A science journal has claimed that radioactive sheep found in Australia could prove that Israel tested nuclear weapons, an action which would be in contravention of international law. The study, which was published by Princeton Universitys Science and Global Security journal, claims that Israel conducted an illegal nuclear test on 22 September 1979 near Prince []

19:00

Restricting global warming to 1.5C would halve risk of marine heatwaves "IndyWatch Feed National"

Marine heatwaves could become 41 times more likely across the globe by 2100 than in pre-industrial times if little is done to stop greenhouse gas emissions, a new study finds.

Such a surge in heatwaves could push marine organisms and ecosystems to the limits of the resilience and even beyond, which could cause irreversible changes, the researchers write in the journal Nature.

However, limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels the aspirational target of the Paris Agreement could more than halve the rise in frequency and intensity of marine heatwaves, the lead author tells Carbon Brief.

Scorching seas

As with a heatwave on land, a marine heatwave is an extended period of unusually high temperatures.

Surges in sea temperatures can have large impacts on underwater ecosystems. The Great Barrier Reef, for example, has experienced four mass coral bleaching events caused by prolonged exposure to high sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the past two decades.

In 2010-11, a marine heatwave caused the loss of 36% of the seagrass meadows in Shark Bay in Western Australia an important refuge for dugongs, green turtles and manta rays.

The new research uses a combination of satellite data and modelling to investigate how climate change has influenced the frequency and severity of marine heatwaves to date. It then uses this information to, for the first time, make projections about how marine heatwaves are likely to change in the coming decades.

The results show that marine heatwaves have already become longer-lasting and more frequent, extensive and intense in the past few decades, says lead author Prof Thomas Frlicher, a researcher at the ocean modelling group at the University of Bern. He tells Carbon Brief:

If temperatures were to rise by 3.5C relative to pre-industrial levels as is...

18:58

'Vela incident': Radioactive sheep boost claims of secret Israeli nuke test 39 years ago "IndyWatch Feed National"

Radioactive isotopes discovered by scientists in Australian sheep have added gravity to longstanding claims that a mysterious flash above the Indian Ocean 39 years ago was actually an illegal Israeli nuclear weapon test. On September 22, 1979, US satellite Vela 6911 detected a 'double flash' near the Marion and Prince Edward Islands in the southern Indian Ocean. Ever since, there has been speculation that it was actually a nuclear weapon test carried out by Israel. According to the memoirs of then-US President Jimmy Carter, this was also the assumption of American generals who briefed him on the incident. The official position of the Israeli state is to neither confirm nor deny having a homegrown military nuclear program. Now a new paper, published in the Science & Global Security journal, says radioactive isotope iodine-131 had been discovered in the thyroids of Australian sheep in the month following the so-called 'Vela incident.'

18:29

Work with us or die! Facebook threatens Australian press saying: 'Work with us or end up in a hospice' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Campbell Brown, Facebook's head of news partnerships, is said to have told a group of Australian media executives that their businesses would die without their help FACEBOOK has been accused of threatening media firms into working with them by saying their businesses would end up "in a hospice" if they didn't. Campbell Brown, Facebook's global head of news partnerships, is said to have told a group of Australian media executives that their businesses would die without their help, and that Mark Zuckerberg "doesn't care" about publishers. According to The Australian, as part of a four-hour closed-door meeting with Ms Brown, the top exec for the social media giant said: "We will help you revitalise journalism ... in a few years the reverse looks like I'll be holding your hands with your dying business like in a hospice." Five sources present at the meeting confirmed the comments.

17:24

17:24

PERTH Two men face court for a string of charges after Greenfields pursuit "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Two men face court for a string of charges after Greenfields pursuit .

August 15, 2018 at 11:07AM .

The Halls Head man is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday on the charges of: Two counts of fail to stop in circumstances

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.mandurahmail.com.au/story/5586962/two-men-face-court-for-a-string-of-charges-after-greenfields-pursuit/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNErdoDVpyWdpHeD82z0lngpTQ3ktg

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

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PERTH Pair charged after WA police cars rammed "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Pair charged after WA police cars rammed .

August 15, 2018 at 11:18AM .

A 28-year-old Halls Head man will front Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday after being charged with 11 offences including assaulting police,

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/aap/article-6061507/Pair-charged-WA-police-cars-rammed.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFBenXUyCjIJjHU5jjVCgeugN3gjA

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

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PERTH Two men charged over Mandurah pursuit "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Two men charged over Mandurah pursuit .

August 15, 2018 at 08:26AM .

The Halls Head resident is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today. A 27-year-old man from Coodanup has been summonsed on the

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.coastlive.com.au/news/local-news/two-men-charged-over-mandurah-pursuit/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHybbT8xvaeDVFhyirfWmTRngGMUw

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

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17:22

The plague is spreading! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who will be the next prime minister of Australia? Fraser Anning or Bob Katter? Anning made an open call to Australian racists, and as we Americans can tell you, thats politically potent.

Fraser Anning, from the conservative Katters Australian Party, called for migration bans on Muslims and others in his maiden Senate speech on Tuesday.

Political opponents denounced his speech as disgraceful. Mr Anning said he did not need to apologise.

Final solution was a term infamously used by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

In his speech, Mr Anning said the final solution to the immigration problem is a popular vote.

On Wednesday, lawmakers across the political divide moved to pass parliamentary motions censuring Mr Anning for his racist hate speech, noting in particular his use of the phrase final solution, and his false, misleading and hurtful statements about Muslim Australians and other immigrant groups.

The Australians, Im sure, are torn between indignation and amusement that these two flaming nutters and their party have even a remote chance of taking over the government, but we were laughing at Trump ten years ago, too.

The disease is spreading. I know the racism has been there all along, but the plague in this case is that so many awful people now feel emboldened to preach it openly.

15:44

Report: Radioactive Sheep Prove Israel Illegally Tested Nuclear Weapons "IndyWatch Feed National"

A science journal has claimed that radioactive sheep found in Australia could prove that Israel tested nuclear weapons, an action which would be in contravention of international law.

The study, which was published by Princeton Universitys Science and Global Security journal, claims that Israel conducted an illegal nuclear test on 22 September 1979 near Prince Edward Islands, located in the Indian Ocean off the southern tip of Africa. At the time, a double flash of light was recorded by an American satellite named Vela 6911, a sign thought to indicate that a nuclear test had taken place. Theories have speculated since that the flash could have been caused by natural phenomena, for example by a meteor shower, but the journals new study claims to have proof that this was not the case.

The new research, led by Christopher Wright of the Australian Defence Force Academy and Lars Erik de Geer, a former member of the Swedish Defence Research Agency, claims that a few weeks after the mysterious flash, traces of radioactive Iodine (I-131) had been discovered in several dead sheep in Australia. Samples from the sheeps thyroid glands were then sent for tests in the United States, but the tests results were never made public, Ynet reports.

It is thought that due to stormy weather at the time the double flash was recorded, the fallout from the alleged nuclear test was scattered throughout parts of Australia. The study believes the sheep in question may have eaten some grass in the affected area, causing them to become radioactive. If the journals theory is correct, this marks the most concrete evidence to date that Israel conducted illegal nuclear testing during the height of the Cold War. That this was done in cooperation with South Africa, at that time ruled by an Apartheid regime, will likely raise further eyebrows.

Israel has long sought to conceal its alleged nuclear capabilities, neither confirming nor denying its possession of nuclear weapons. However, it is widely believed that Israel possesses nuclear WMDs (weapons of mass destruction) and is one of four nuclear-armed countries not recognised by the international Non-Proliferation Treaty. The other three are India, Pakistan and North Korea.

Israels forays into the nuclear arena came under the spotlight in July when an expos by the Wall Street Journal(WSJ)...

15:24

Thanks Buzzfeed for this list of Senator Fraser Anning's huggers/kissers/etc "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here's a list of the politicians who shook hands / hugged / kissed Fraser Anning after his speech calling for an end to Muslim immigration. Minister Mathias Cormann Minister Bridget McKenzie Minister Nigel Scullion Minister Conchetta Fierravanti-Wells Minister Matt Canavan Assistant minister James McGrath Assistant minister Anne Ruston Steve Martin...

14:52

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

Background

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

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

1. The House of Representatives Armed Services Committee.

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

3. The Senate Armed Services Committee.

New research

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

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

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

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

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14:30

Surprising Discoveries About Real-Life Star Wars Midchlorians Previously Not Found in Nature "IndyWatch Feed National"

By The Daily Galaxy

Just as cars need fossil fuels to power their engines, the living cells that make up our bodies use food as a fuel source. To harness the energy in food every cell in our bodies contains microscopic biological machines, known as mitochondria, which convert food molecules into energy.

Researchers at The University of Western Australia and Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research have made a fundamental discovery about of the atomic structure and function of the biological factories in cells that make energy, providing a new means to target the machines within factories for drug treatments.

The research, published today in Nature, was led by Professor Nenad Ban from ETH Zurich in Switzerland, in collaboration with researchers from UWAs School of Molecular Sciences and Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research: Associate Professor Aleksandra Filipovska, Head of Mitochondrial Medicine and Biology, Associate Professor Oliver Rackham, Head of Synthetic Biology and Drug Discovery and their Ph.D. student Richard Lee.

Professor Filipovska said mitochondria were microscopic, energy-producing factories found in all eukaryotic cells, or cells containing a nucleus enclosed within membranes, representing all forms of life that are visible without a microscope.

Mitochondria contain a set of genes that are used to make key protein building blocks that enable mitochondria to produce energy, she said. These proteins are essential for energy production however little is known about how they are made. The recent discovery of the atomic structure of the machine that makes these proteins (the mitochondrial ribosome) has revealed how they are made.

Surprisingly, this machine blocks itself from making the proteins until it is precisely located where these proteins are required within mitochondria. This is highly unusual and previously not found in nature.

Professor Filipovska said as well as providing a new means to target this molecular machine for drug treatments, the discovery also demonstrated the power of cutting-edge technology to reveal how living systems had evolved to function under different energy requirements.

Defects in mitochondrial function underlie many common diseases such as neurodegenerative, metabolic and heart diseases, cancer, diabetes and ageing, she said. Therefore molecular discoveries provide the much-needed knowledge that enables us to make the leap to disease treatments and drug discoveries.

The next step was to delve deeper into the role of the mitochondrial...

11:50

MIT computer model from the 70s predicts end of civilisation by 2040 with major change in 2020 "IndyWatch Feed National"

An apocalyptic computer model, processed by one of the world's largest computers in 1973, has predicted the end of civilization by 2040. The prediction came from a programme nicknamed World One, which was developed by a team of MIT researchers and processed by Australia's largest computer. It was originally devised by computer pioneer Jay Forrester, after he was tasked by the Club of Rome to develop a model of global sustainability. However, the shocking result of the computer calculations showed that the level of pollution and population would cause a global collapse by 2040. This shows that the world cannot sustain the current level of population and industrial growth for more than two decades. Australian broadcaster ABC has republished its original report from the 1970s, since there is just two years until a major change is expected according to the computer model.

10:32

$11 Million: Identitii Launches Australias Second ASX Blockchain IPO "IndyWatch Feed National"

Identitii Limited, a blockchain-based digital identity management innovator, has launched an $11 million IPO on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). The Australian company aims to sell 14.6 million shares at the rate of 75 cents per unit. The proceeds will be used for the additional development and marketing of Identitiis anti-money laundering solution, Serra. The

The post $11 Million: Identitii Launches Australias Second ASX Blockchain IPO appeared first on CCN

10:17

Steve Keen, "Oz economy no more diverse than Uganda's" - Boom Bust interview "IndyWatch Feed National"

Interview begins around 9.40 minutes into the show.Gung-ho interviewer, Bart Chilton, apparently hoping to recommend investing in Australian stocks, found out that Australia's economy is about as diverse as Uganda's and Ethiopia's, that it consists of holes and houses, and that Australian governments have stupidly marketised energy, making costs too high for Australian manufactures. "Energy and telecommunications are both being disastrously mishandled." Banks and mines dominate the Australian stock exchange, which reminds Keen of when they dominated the Japanese stock exchange - just before the 1990 bubble burst, with no important banks situated in Japan anymore. Our stock market is trivial compared to our bond market. Dr Keen also mentions the , which is worth a look.

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09:46

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

ITNJ Witness Statement

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


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

08:31

Necrophilia is harmless: Greens candidate calls for legal sex with corpses in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tom Raue, who was pre-selected by the Greens for the seat of Summer Hill last week, also wrote an article for a student newspaper in 2012 campaigning to change the law to allow bestiality. But he now claims he also was just joking when he wrote an article

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08:28

Shortlist for the 2018 VU Short Story Prize "IndyWatch Feed National"

While wed like to thank all 863 entrants who worked hard to submit this year, the four judges for the 2018 competition writer Sarah Schmidt, writer and editor Michelle Cahill, writer and VU academic Tom Clark, and writer and Overland fiction editor Jennifer Mills have now decided on a shortlist of thirteen outstanding stories.

08:23

The devil is in the detail of government bill to enable access to communications data "IndyWatch Feed National"

READ MORE AT THE CONVERSATION

The Australian government has released a draft of its long awaited bill to provide law enforcement and security agencies with new powers to respond to the challenges posed by encryption. Read More

08:22

Karen Wyld: Put away your ball, this is not a game "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fraser Anning's "Final Solution" speech, demonstrates that the close minded and ignorant have more to learn from the world, than the world has to learn from them.

08:17

Radioactive sheep boost claims of secret Israeli nuke test "IndyWatch Feed National"

http://scienceandglobalsecurity.org/archive/sgs26degeer.pdf Russia Today with Supporting Material: Radioactive isotopes discovered by scientists in Australian sheep have added gravity to longstanding claims that a mysterious flash above the Indian Ocean 39 years was actually an illegal Israeli nuclear weapon test. On September 22, 1979, US satellite Vela 6911 detected a double flash near the Marion and Prince []

06:09

What About Australia? "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

Paul

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

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

No m...

06:01

Bundesbank Demands Explanation for Requests for Cash "IndyWatch Feed National"

The German central bank, the Bundesbank, has significantly expanded its ability to control and access cash transactions in the hunt for taxes. They have required statements and assurances from cash-demanding commercial banks for the purpose of the intended business requiring cash. The Bundesbank has declined to comment on the new policy. The Federal Association of German Banks has also refused to explain. What is clear is that we are witnessing a growing trend to reduce cash and like Australia, just adopt the position that cash is for criminals.

05:42

Bill Shorten lecturing on "Good Australians" and presumably "Bad Australians" "IndyWatch Feed National"

What makes a good Australian? pic.twitter.com/BNChXHNNu4 Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) August 15, 2018

05:36

ADF's report into the beheading and burial of Sergeant Leonard Siffleet - Lest We Forget "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lest We Forget our heroes. Aussie commando sergeant Leonard Siffleet and his fiancee Clarice - and below, 2 years later in the hands of the Japanese. ADF report on the execution and burial of Sergeant Leonard Siffleet by Michael Smith on Scribd

04:36

The final solution "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is no amount of legalese at ones disposal that could possibly obscure the coded messages that so often come rising to the surface in the Australian Parliament.

04:04

MSMs Fake War, Part 3: Corralled Journos and Hunting Packs at Port Arthur "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan

This Part 3 of this Fake Media War series was inspired by comments from yesterdays article, and refers back to the reporting of the Port Arthur massacre. Ill assume that the reader has some familiarity with the case, but if not please see my short video below.

If we have fake news today, it must be because the media has been rehearsing for decades. Today, if journalists did what they did at Port Arthur, we would recognize it immediately as blatant fakery, but in those days 1996 Australians were innocent.

This article will mainly quote from sources that reflect on the reporting of the massacre, plus a personal reflection from ABCs Judy Tierney. As I rummaged through these sources I thought How could dozens of journalists have been herded through a tour of the crime...

03:14

02:58

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

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

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

Lawyer, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Rights

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

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

Download a recruitment pack here.

Lawyer, Democratic Freedoms

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

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

Download a recruitment pack here.

02:48

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

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

02:38

Turnbull, Shorten, Burke and others on behalf of Muslims against Senator Anning "IndyWatch Feed National"

Well said Alan. https://t.co/x9EyJpcYw9 Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) August 14, 2018 The disgraceful and divisive comments by Senator Anning yesterday were a low point for our parliament. But this morning's contribution from @SenatorWong is a reminder that there is plenty of good in this place. Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) August...

02:16

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

Contributed from Queensland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

02:08

Malaysian insiders call for graceful exit from TPP-11 "IndyWatch Feed National"

August 15, 2018: Professor K S Jomo, a member of new Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamads Council of Eminent Persons, has publicly called for the new government to decline to ratify the TPP-11, officially titled the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Writing in The Star, Professor Jomo said, With negligible real trade gains from the original TPP, the US withdrawal has made benefits from the regional agreement even more trivial, with advocates becoming more desperate for US participation.

Thus, its current proponents are using the CPTPP to try to re-engage the US as hegemon in the region.

He argued that the TPP-11 has committed Malaysia to further trade liberalisation, accelerating de-industrialisation, besides constraining the growth of modern services, development finance and policy space.

Malaysia can eventually opt out of the CPTPP simply by not ratifying it. Such a diplomatic approach should not embarrass Japan, Australia, Singapore and others remaining for geo-strategic or other pretexts, Prof Jomo wrote.

On the same day, the Straits Times published a longer commentary on the TPP-11 by Martin Khor, adviser of the Third World Network, also arguing against Malaysias ratification of the TPP-11.

Khor explained that the TPP-11 obliges Malaysia to abide by many new rules that are not about trade, and would intrude into the freedom and space of the country to formulate and implement policies, laws and regulations. He highlighted the new rules on investment policy.

Conditions that are sometimes imposed on investments, such as technology transfer and use of local materials, are disallowed or restricted. The foreign investor must be treated at least equally as locals, Khor said.

The foreign investors can also sue the government in an international tribunal (usually the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes in Washington DC) if they feel they are not given fair treatment.

This covers claims that they would lose future revenue and profits if government policies are changed or if contracts are re-negotiated, or if the investor claims his bid for government projec...

01:43

New report highlights ripple effects of the Stolen Generations "IndyWatch Feed National"

Stolen Generations and their descendants have been telling us for many years about the extent of trauma caused by the forced removal of children from families. Today we publish statistical evidence of that lived experience and the pain our people have had to endure over a lifetime.

01:41

Chairman Mal says electricity industry want less revenue "IndyWatch Feed National"

Does anyone believe the electricity generation industry wants lower profits and less revenue? Listen carefully to what this lying ego-in-a-suit says.

01:28

Senator Fraser Anning's first speech - quotes Churchill - gets canned by almost everyone "IndyWatch Feed National"

It's not a bad indication of how far we've fallen. This appears to be the bit of his speech that has upset the usual suspects: In order for us to remain the nation that we are now, those who come here need to assimilate and integrate. Those who are most...

00:15

Authoritarian Revocations: Australia, Terrorism and Citizenship "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contrary to any popular perceptions of Australias legal system, a dislike of rights reigns with pious conviction on both sides of the political aisle.  Rights are the stuff of nonsense and nuisance, revocable for those deemed undesirable. The Australian constitution, a heavily dull document, remains silent on many important liberties; the common law is relied upon to fill in gaps (think of that conjuration known as the implied constitutional right to freedom of communication on political subjects). Parliament, mystically wise, is meant to be the grand guardian.

In terms of citizenship, Australias parliament has been rather cavalier on the idea of citizenship, exploiting the absence of any specific reference to the term in the arid document that grants it legislative powers.  In 2015, national security considerations became the basis for legislation stripping individuals of citizenship in certain instances where terrorism was an issue.  While citizenship can be lost in certain instances common to other countries, the arbitrary revocation of citizenship via executive fiat is possible under the Citizenship Act 2007 (Cth).

The relevant minister, goes the wording of s. 35A, may determine in writing that a person ceases to be an Australian citizen in various instances involving convictions for certain offences, including terrorism.  But convictions might not be necessary; the minister might deem it against the public interest for the person to remain an Australian citizen. This is all made ever vaguer on the issue of what constitutes recruitment and the status of foreign fighters.  We remain at the mercy of security considerations.

Parliament did stop short of rendering citizens stateless, making the provisions apply to dual nationals.  But it yielded two outcomes: that the relevant minister would be effectively governed by the consideration that the Australian citizen might have citizenship of another country, however tenuous that link would be, and that any powers to deprive that person of Australian citizenship could be exercised to limited review.

This curiously venal formulation was always problematic; for one, such laws are not, specifically, with respect to aliens or with respect to immigration, terminology that is to be found in the constitution.

Khaled Sharrouf became the debutant to lose his Australian citizenship under the amendments, his reputation marked by a spectacularly gruesome display of images sporting his son holding a severed head.......

00:00

Radioactive Sheep, an Anomalous Flash, and a Nuclear Mystery "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Brett Tingley

With as many nuclear weapons as there are out there in the world, its amazing there havent been more mishaps, accidents, or rogue detonations. While there have been a few close calls like the 1961 Goldsboro B-52 crash in my home state of North Carolina, so far weve been lucky not to have any major incidents. That we know of, that is.

Although its kind of hard to hide a mushroom cloud. Unless its underground or underwater

While a nuclear weapon detonation would be pretty difficult to conceal, unexplained clouds of radiation circling the globe over the last year or two might suggest that someone is testing weapons on the sly. While in this most recent case theres little to go on other than anomalous radiation detection, a still unexplained incident from 1979 came complete with an unidentified double flash of bright light. The American-operated Vela Hotel satellite detected two anomalous bright flashes of light near the Prince Edward Islands off the coast of Antarctica. It was determined at the time that the flashes likely came from a secret nuclear detonation yet the perpetrator remained unknown.

Now, new research conducted by scientists at the Otago University at Wellington add to the suspicion that the Vela incident was indeed a nuclear detonation. The researchers examined previously unpublished studies of sheep thyroid glands conducted by U.S. military researchers in Australia following the incident and discovered abnormally high levels of iodine-131, a byproduct of nuclear weapons. According to their publication, these findings support the theory t...

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23:27

Federal integrity commission needed: Labor "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23:06

300 Pennsylvania, USA, priests abused at least 1,000 children "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 14 August 2018 CBS News video from the USA says about itself:

Live: Dioceses of Pennsylvania | Grand Jury Report on Catholic Church Priest Abuse Released

Pennsylvania officials have released a landmark grand jury report that identifies more than 300 predator priests who molested children in six dioceses. It also accuses church leaders of taking steps to cover up the abuse. The report emerged from one of the nations most exhaustive investigations of clergy sexual abuse. The report echoes the findings of many earlier investigations of the church around the country in its description of widespread sexual abuse by clergy and church officials concealment of it.

Read more here.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Report: 300 priests in Pennsylvania have abused over a thousand children

Authorities in Pennsylvania have published a court investigation revealing that 300 priests in six dioceses have abused more than a thousand children. Its about victims who have been proven to be abused by clergymen. Probably there are many more cases.

The report, over the period since the mid-1950s, also shows t...

22:37

Real Unemployment accounts for over 18 percent of the workforce "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

According to the latest statistics from Roy Morgan, unemployment stood at `10 percent in July. The Morgan rate differs from the 5.4 stated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for June, because it considers all those who would work, if they had the opportunity, and does not consider one hour of work during the survey week as being employed. The Roy Morganram is therefore much more accurate.

Part of the reason, is that the size of the workforce has increased by 167,000. But Far more important, has been the growth of underemployment to 1,350,000 Australians. It accounts for 8.6 percent of the workforce. Ans uinderemployment at a given time is only a small part of the scale of precarious work existing today in Australia.

Roy Morgan considers part-time work separately. There are 4,256,000 working part-time. If this is included in the calculation, the real level of unemployment is even higher.  The real total number of people looking for work now stands at around 18.6 percent of the workforce, or 2.48 million Australians.

If all this is not considered and just the overall statistic is used, it is possible to claim that the number of real jobs has increased over the last year by 167,000; something that the Turnbull government has been quick to claim. The whole picture makes it clear. The claim is a lie.

Australia has a significant problem in finding enough work for those who need it, and that there should be a constructive approach to dealing with the problem.

This is not happening, because government policy is to leave it to the forces of the market. The markets response has been to not only fail to provide enough work, but to utilise the fact, to create precarious work. Unemployment pressures existing working conditions downward. This may suit employers in the short-run, but it is disastrous for the economy and society.

To boost its assistance to the market, the Turnbull government has been busy vilifying those who are out of work, blaming them for their situation, systematically punishing and cutting away services. In doing this, it is assisting the creation of a source of cheap labour.

This comes together with the reality of stagnant wages overall.

If Australia is going to move in the opposite direction, a real job creation program is required. Government intervention is needed,  through enough works programs, designed to build a better foundation for the economy. More infrastructure is called for. For instance, people could be put to work in building new clean energy sources, to help the growth of a new sustainable economy.

The government could grow new manufacturing industries. Greater attention could be paid to cutting down waste and improving the supply of water. Better t...

18:39

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

MACKAY August 14, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Ordered to pay up for punching a pub door

August 14, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

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

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18:39

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

MACKAY August 13, 2018 at 12:15PM ,

Two men charged with threatening residents in Sarina street

August 13, 2018 at 12:15PM ,

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

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

MACKAY August 13, 2018 at 01:00PM ,

Men allegedly bore knives and pickets on Sarina St

August 13, 2018 at 01:00PM ,

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

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

MACKAY August 14, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Triple the limit in drink-driving crackdown

August 14, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

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

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18:39

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

MACKAY August 13, 2018 at 08:52AM ,

Two men charged following serious street disturbance, Sarina

August 13, 2018 at 08:52AM ,

Both men will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court later today, August 13, to have the charges heard. If you have information for police, contact

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18:29

Facebook Exec Threatens News Outlets in Private Meeting "IndyWatch Feed National"

During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice.

Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg, the social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated.

Mark doesnt care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes, Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. We will help you revitalize journalism in a few years the reverse looks like Ill be holding hands with your dying business like in a hospice.

As The Guardian reported on Monday, Facebook is vehemently denying the veracity of the comments as reported by The Australian, referring to its own transcript of the meeting. However, Facebook is refusing to release its transcript and tape of the gathering.

Browns warning about the dire prospects for news outlets that dont get on board with a future in which corporate giants like Facebook are the arbiters of what is and isnt trustworthy news comes as progressives are raising alarm that Facebooks entrance into the world of journalism poses a major threat to non-corporate and left-wing news outlets.

As Common Dreams reported in July, progressives fears were partly confirmed after F...

17:25

In Private Meeting, Facebook Exec Warns News Outlets To Cooperate Or End Up Dying In Hospice "IndyWatch Feed National"

During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoth's efforts to "revitalize journalism" will leave media outlets dying "like in a hospice." "We desperately need to develop alternative delivery mechanisms to Facebook."  Judd Legum, ThinkProgress. Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read "Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg," the social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated. "Mark doesn't care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes," Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

17:09

Cooperate Or Die: In Private Meeting, Top Facebook Exec Threatened News Outlets "IndyWatch Feed National"

Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice.

By Jake Johnson and cross-posted from Common Dreams

 

During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice.

Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerbergthe social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated.

Mark doesnt care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes, Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. We will help you revitalize journalism in a few years the reverse looks like Ill be holding hands with your dying business like in a hospice.

As The Guardian reported on Monday, Facebook is vehemently denying the veracity of the comments as reported by The Australian, referring to its own transcript of the meeting. However, Facebook is refusing to release its transcript and tape of the gathering.

Browns warning about the dire prospects for news outlets that dont get on board with a future in which corporate giants like Facebook are the arbiters of what is and isnt trustworthy news comes as progressives are raising alarm that Facebooks entrance into the world of journalism poses a major threat to non-corporate and left-wing news outlets..........

17:05

With their cultural center bombed, Gazas artists are now picking up the pieces "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Amjad Yaghi

For the past 15 years, famed Gaza director Ali Abu Yassin has headed dozens of theater productions at Al-Meshal Cultural Center. Among them were classics such as Anton Chekovs The Bear, while others focused on childrens rights, womens rights, and the right to education.

All that came to a halt last Thursday, when the Israeli Air Force bombed Al-Meshal, one of the Gaza Strips most important cultural facilities. They claim that the building  which comprises of two theaters, three large halls, and a department serving the Egyptian community living in the Strip was being used by Hamas internal security services. The attack was condemned by various Palestinian NGOs operating in Gaza.

Upon seeing Al-Meshals destruction, Abu Yassin was crushed. This center has been our home for years. We have lost the only home for artists in Gaza, he said.

Gaza director Ali Abu Yassin sits among the ruins of Gaza's Al-Meshal Cultural Center, which was bombed by Israel on August 8, 2018. (Mohamed Al Hajjar)

Gaza director Ali Abu Yassin sits among the ruins of Gazas Al-Meshal Cultural Center, which was bombed by Israel on August 8, 2018. (Mohamed Al Hajjar)

Since its establishment in 2004, Al-Meshal served as a home for hundreds of plays, ceremonies, exhibits, musical performances, and national ceremonies. The idea for a cultural center began in 1996 with Said Al-Meshal, a Palestinian businessman living in Australia, who sought to bolster culture and science in Gaza. The cen...

15:43

In Private Meeting, Facebook Exec Warns News Outlets to Cooperate or Die "IndyWatch Feed National"

During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice.

Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg, the social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated.

Mark doesnt care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes, Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. We will help you revitalize journalism in a few years the reverse looks like Ill be holding hands with your dying business like in a hospice.

As The Guardian reported on Monday, Facebook is vehemently denying the veracity of the comments as reported by The Australian, referring to its own transcript of the meeting. However, Facebook is refusing to release its transcript and tape of the gathering.

Browns warning about the dire prospects for news outlets that dont get on board with a future in which corporate giants like Facebook are the arbiters of what is and isnt trustworthy news comes as progressives are raising alarm that Facebooks entrance into the world of journalism poses a major threat to non-corporate and left-wing news outlets.

As Common Dreams reported in July, progressives fears were part...

14:06

Good to see Australia's senior infantry soldiers celebrate being soldiers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Served with Shane Caughey at the beginning of his career 30 odd years ago in 2/4 RAR. He was good to his men,good at his job and we had no doubt he would go all the way to the top. Hope Shane goes into public life. Australian asset. Good luck...

13:14

Daniel James: Put your dog whistles away, the final solution is here "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fraser Anning's speech is the latest step in a downward spiral towards blatant racism and intolerance in Australian politics.

13:02

Their Game is to Present People and Situations That Can be Discredited to Discredit Everything as a Whole "IndyWatch Feed National"

It isnt a new game as it has been used extensively and has worked very effectively in the past.

In the 80s, in the US, it was McMartin- which, at the time, was the longest and most costly court trial in US history. Resulting in zero convictions- it was the case that shut everything down.

Along with FBIs Kenneth Lannings report stating there was no evidence of Satanic Ritual abuse.

Now, in the UK- the Hampstead case is being used the same way. It even has a website connected to it called Hoaxtead Research which is solely based to close down whistle-blowers of this mess like Melanie Shaw and Hollie Gregg- whose claims preceeded Hampstead.

Of course they avoid cases like the childrens group home Shirley Oaks as it is hard to attack and dismiss 100s of survivors who have come together:

https://www.shirleyoakssurvivorsassociation.co.uk/

But the game has always been to prevent exposure by offering up people who make outrageous claims that end up getting discredited in order to completely discredit the situation as a whole.

Like Hamstead- where I am on record saying the ONLY thing real about that case were the children. But they needed this case when it came out that the UK covered up its allegations that came out in the 80s (at the same time the same allegations came out in the US and Australia).

History doesnt so much repeat itself but rather echoes itself and what is different this time is that we have the Internet. Pizzagate was the US attempt to curtail these allegations as well, in the belief that it would be discredited and that people would throw the baby out with the bathwater and turn away as they have historically always done.

But, for a large part, that didnt happen. In fact- it seems just the opposite has occurred.

Now they are throwing out fake advocates and sometimes victims to try and achieve what they have failed to do so far- who throw out accusations they realize will be able to be dismissed. Their game is to discombobulate and confuse the issues to such a degree that people will lose interest.

However, this time it is feeding the situation- peaking more and more peoples interest.

Thus Q anon and rumors of 45,000 pending indictments are being used in hope of placating people. But something tells me this is not going to be all that effective.

It is my opinion that God is fulfilling Heavens promise that all that has been hidden is being brought out into the light.

And it makes no difference how bad one believes themself to be- how much money they have- or how much perceived power they believe they have- NO ONE not man nor angel- has the ability to thwart the Will of God.

S...

09:10

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

The model is known as Housing First.

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

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

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

The program has been both a social and economic success.

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

 Could Housing First work in Australia?

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

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

07:26

The Travellers Sacrifice "IndyWatch Feed National"

I just missed another friends wedding. A friend I have known since the age of 10. She sent me the invite months ago.

Absolutely no pressure if youre not, but do you think youll be in Australia in June? We have booked the date and I would love you to be there.

When she asked, I didnt even know where I was spending the next two weeks, let alone what country I would be in six months from now. So I had no choice but to decline.

This is a pretty regular occurrence when you are often jumping from one country to the next. Weddings, birthdays, baby showers. But as I dive shipwrecks in Egypt and hike mountains in New Zealand, I look around and, Ill be honest, I am not thinking of Kellies 25th that I clicked cant attend on the Facebook invite.

Sometimes though, constantly being on the road can be a bit of a lonely existence.

Dont get me wrong. I have made friends all over the world. There are many people whom I spent just a few days with in some foreign country that I still consider close friends today thanks to that wonderful thing called the internet coupled with the relative ease of international travel when you come from a country of first-world privilege.

But when you are not there for event after event, there is only so much that Skype and Facebook messages can do. The distance and time definitely taking a toll on the strong bond you once shared with travel friends and high school friends alike.

 Romantic relationships are difficult for the same reason. When youre doing long distance, eventually, all that chemistry is forgotten. I speak from experience. And when you dont know your own future plans, how do you add another persons into the mix? You meet someone you like. You end up dating. You stay long enough to build a routine a life with the person. Then you get restless. Your feet begin to again tingle with that familiar travel itch. So you eventually tell them it is goodbye. Because you choose travel every single time.

While your friends from your hometown progress in their career and save for houses, you work three-month contracts until youve saved enough for your next plane ticket. The idea of me ever owning a home is currently laughable. Sometimes, I find myself tempted by cute trinkets but then reality kicks in. Where am I going to put a lamp?

These things can get to a person sometimes. As I prepare to a...

06:38

The fight for womens refuge "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

06:25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Combative mood

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

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

Shanghai was flat but Hong Kong slipped 0.6 percent.

Emerging market currencies, which took...

06:00

Prison watch dog finds WA Government likely in breach of Torture Convention "IndyWatch Feed National"

Human rights lawyers are calling on WA Corrective Services Minister, Francis Logan, to categorically prohibit solitary confinement for children, in the wake of a report by the Independent Inspector of Custodial Services into alleged ill-treatment at the notorious Banksia Hill Youth Detention Centre.

While the Inspector found that not all allegations of ill-treatment were proven, he found that two of the young men who were subjects of the inquiry were probably held in solitary confinement and if so the Department was in breach of the Convention against Torture. The Inspector described conditions amounting to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. For around ten days in 2017, the boys:

  • Did not get even one hour out of their cells every 24 hours;
  • Had extremely limited contact with peers and other people; and
  • Had virtually no access to television, radio, or reading and writing material.

Minister Logan earlier this year denied that children had been held in solitary confinement.

The Inspector concluded that the laws governing isolation practices are obsolete, outdated and inconsistent and that they fail to meet international minimum standards.

Shahleena Musk, senior lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, who has been a youth justice lawyer for children in both Banksia Hill and Don Dale youth jails, said that solitary confinement has absolutely no place in a fair and humane youth justice system.

Children should never be exposed to abuse or the trauma of solitary confinement. Todays report should act as a wake-up call for Minister Logan. It is clear that Western Australias laws are perilously broad and put children at risk of harm. The Minister must immediately heed the Inspectors calls to tighten the laws so that this mistreatment never happens again, said Ms Musk.

In calling for legislative reform to isolation practices, the Inspector found that improved legislation, that is anchored in international standards, will improve legality, clarity and consistency and that without [reforms], it will be hard to distinguish the lawful application of separation practices from abuse.

International law prohibits the use of solitary confinement on children because of the proven psychological, emotional and physical risks. International law defines solitary confinement as a person being locked alone in a cell for 22 hours or more a day without any meaningful human contact.

In the wake of the horrors exposed at Don Dale and the recommendations of the Northern Territory Royal Commission, the NT Government earlier this year passed new, landmark laws explicitly prohibiting solitary confinement and strictly regulating the use of separation.

Ms Musk said th...

06:00

Nuclear fallout detected in Australian sheep in 1979 has been attributed to a covert nuclear test "IndyWatch Feed National"

A RADIOACTIVE dust cloud swept over Western and South Australia. It wasnt the British. Nor the US or French. A new study says it was probably a covert test by Israel. IN 1979, a strange double flash was observed by a satellite as coming from between South Africa and Antarctica. It was a telltale cue. That kind of flash was usually a nuclear explosion. Almost 39 years later, there appears to be fresh evidence thats exactly what it was.

05:18

Cooperate or Die: In Private Meeting, Top Facebook Exec Threatened News Outlets "IndyWatch Feed National"

Facebook(CD)  During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice. Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg, the social media giant has []

04:58

America on trial "IndyWatch Feed National"

Originally posted on Jon Rappoport's Blog:
by Jon Rappoport August 13, 2018 (To join our email list, click here.) These wordsSocialism and Globalismare a mystery to most people. What do they mean? Why do they matter? They matter because, behind the mask, they indicate massive centralized power at the top of the food chain.

04:40

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

Introduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who is Beatriz Copello?

The same Smashwords website has the following:

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

04:15

Columbia University study finds ISDS costs outweigh benefits for many governments "IndyWatch Feed National"

August 14, 2018: A recent study published by the Columbia University Centre for Sustainable Investment evaluates the costs and benefits for states of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions in trade and investment agreements. It concludes that expected benefits in terms of increased levels of foreign investment have not clearly materialized, whereas the costs have been unexpectedly high.

ISDS claims brought under international investment treaties have risen steeply to over 800 known cases, with a broadening set of claims against public interest laws, and often seeking millions or even billions of dollars in damages for alleged breaches of fairly open-ended treaty standards.

The study shows that many governments around the world are thinking critically about their international investment treaties and international investment policy. States are considering whether any potential benefits in terms of investment flows outweigh the costs of these treaties in terms of litigation expenses, potential liability, reduced policy space, or other considerations; and whether there are other policies that are better tailored to meet their investment attraction and development objectives.

South Africa, India and Indonesia have cancelled many existing investment treaties. Brazil, which has attracted high levels of foreign investment without investment treaties, has developed an investment promotion strategy which does not include ISDS.

02:50

AGL, with its record $1.58 billion dollar profit, received $225 million in government grants in the last year "IndyWatch Feed National"

The grant came from Turnbull's Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF). Isn't it lovely for some?

02:40

ABS Field Interviewers "IndyWatch Feed National"

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02:28

Benjamin Netanyahu condemns Jeremy Corbyn over Palestinian terrorist wreath "IndyWatch Feed National"

The laying of a wreath by Jeremy Corbyn on the graves of the terrorist who perpetrated the Munich massacre and his comparison of Israel to the Nazis deserves unequivocal condemnation from everyone left, right and everything in between Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) August 13, 2018

02:25

Good night nurse, hello Jesus. God bless our nurses. "IndyWatch Feed National"

A now viral video of a Nashville nurse singing to a dying patient has touched the hearts of millions. Remember: Nurses, Doctors, Law Enforcement, EMT's, Dispatchers, and others. pic.twitter.com/bjzeRyZXNx Michael Moates (@freedom_moates) August 12, 2018

02:12

Police state laws, a long time in the planning "IndyWatch Feed National"


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01:34

World Bank appoints CBA for first bond deal on blockchain "IndyWatch Feed National"

https://www.afr.com/business/banking-and-finance/financial-services/world-bank-appoints-cba-for-first-bond-deal-on-blockchain-20180809-h13qji

The World Bank has turned to Commonwealth Bank of Australia to issue a bond using blockchain technology, in a deal that suggests a more transparent and lower-cost process for debt capital issuance is just around the corner.

Reflecting its antipodean roots, the innovative security is being referred to as a bond-i (blockchain offered new debt instrument). The World Bank says it is a world first for using blockchain to create, allocate, transfer ownership and manage a live bond deal.

Commonwealth Bank has been appointed sole lead arranger for the Kangaroo bond offer, which will launch on Friday and could raise around $50 million, part of the World Banks global funding program. It will mostly be marketed to Australian-based investors who have been working with CBA to understand the system, also referred to as distributed ledger technology (DLT).

The banks have created an automated processes for buying and transferring securit...

01:30

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

By Ally Foster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

00:41

MSMs Fake War, Part 2: Pullitzers, Walkleys, Ankle-Biters, and Foot-Shooters "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Russian soldier guards the fake news factory, the Boston Globe (photo manipulation by DM)

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Editors note: This article continues the series that I began yesterday as a counterattack on the proposed national effort scheduled for August 16, 2018 in the US. There, the mighty powers of the press will turn their guns on the president for having accused them of creating fake news.

In a Comment, yesterday, to Dee McLachlans article, I stated that the press...

00:29

Peter Nathan: Self-determination is community control "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pita Pita man and Save the Childrens Domestic Campaigns Co-ordinator writes, many Aboriginal organisations are raising the bar (and their voices) to ensure community-controlled services are not just a pipe dream, but rather the preferred model. This is self-determination.

00:28

One in seven students are literally starving to study "IndyWatch Feed National"

One in seven university students are going without food to complete their study. File photo

One in seven university students regularly go without food and other necessities because they cannot afford them, the latest national financial survey of Australian university students has found.

This rises to one in four Indigenous students and almost one in five students from the poorest quarter of Australian households, including those who are also shouldering the costs of raising children.

The Universities Australia Student Finances Survey 2017 released today surveyed more than 18,500 university students about their cost of living and day-to-day financial reality.

While the financial circumstances of students overall appear to have improved slightly since the last survey in 2012, this is because students are spending less while their incomes have stalled.

A significant proportion are still doing it tough with students from poorer backgrounds, Indigenous and regional students hardest hit.

Universities Australia Chief Executive Catriona Jackson said financial hardship is hurting students education, with many students deferring studies or reducing their course load for financial reasons.

Students studying full-time are only living on $18,000 a year thats well below the poverty line, Ms Jackson said.

Education is meant to come first when you are studying, but we know that for some groups of students who live life on the financial edge, thats just not their reality, she said.

Many students are trying to get rent and bills paid, and some are trying to keep food on the table for their own children, while juggling paid jobs and their studies.

Our students should have the basic financial security and stability to perform at their best. Yet thats simply not the case for many students from disadvantaged groups.

National Union of Students President Mark Pace said there were countless students who forfeit food or experience homelessness while they study.

One in a million students choosing between food on the table and their education is too many, let alone one in seven, Mr Pace said.

There hasnt been an increase to Newstart in real terms for 24 years. The single rate of Newstart is $278...

00:05

Man awarded $289 million after court found Roundup caused his cancer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dewayne Johnson in court. (Josh Edelson/Pool Photo via AP, File)

A California jury has awarded former school groundsman Dewayne Johnson $289 million for his terminal non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

The jury found, on all the scientific evidence uncovered during the month-long trial, that his exposure to Roundup (glyphosate) weedkiller caused Mr Johnsons cancer.

Roundup manufacturer Monsanto, the defendant in the case, has said it will appeal the ruling.

But if the jurys decision is upheld, thousands of other victims of Roundup are waiting to have their cases heard.

Another case already in the US courts alleges that adverts for Roundup falsely claimed the mixture does not impact human health but glyphosate residues harm human gut bacteria on which our health depends.

The UNs International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found in 2015 that Roundups active ingredient glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen. But Monsanto sought to discredit the committees members and their findings about the worlds most used agricultural chemical.

Bob Phelps, the director of Australian anti-GM group Gene Ethics, said the Johnson judgement raises thorny questions for Australians too.

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) rejected IARCs findings and judged Roundup to be safe, if the label guide is followed. Yet Roundups label says nothing about safe use, health impacts, or the need for safety protection, Mr Phelps said.

After the IARC report, the insurance and work safe industries issued warnings that employers using Roundup, such as farm owners, local councils, LandCare etc. may be liable if the health of workers, volunteers or the public is affected. These organisations should now cease their weedkiller use or risk being sued for breach of care to workers and citizens.

There are safe alternatives to kill weeds.

Roundup is available from most hardware shops and supermarkets. Retailers should review their liability for selling an unsafe product and take it off their shelves.

Farmers, land managers, gardeners or citizens exposed to Roundup or its residues who now suffer non-Hodgkins lymphoma may also have a strong case for compensation.

Farm use of Roundup, especially as a pre-harvest crop spra...

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22:46

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

Contributed by Adam Carlton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22:39

US Supplying Massive Amounts of LNG Gas to Europe is More Hot Air than Reality "IndyWatch Feed National"

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In his latest effort to present himself as bigger than better than all other presidents combined, in stark contrast to the likes of George Washington, Donald Trump has announced that the US will build more than 10 liquid gas ports in the EU. The trouble is, even if he did this, it would not be possible to sustain such a program.

What escapes critical attention is that the US does not have a large enough fleet of special ships to provide liquid gas to Europe. Even under the best scenarios, by the end of the decade the US will have not more than five major LNG export projects operational. Trumps claims are merely political rhetoric designed to keep the uninformed, and thus deprive them of the informed choice which is the fundamental component of democracy.

The LNG export market to Europe is dominated by Qatar and Australia, who are still serving their existing clients. The US needs long term contracts and economies-of-scale which will match price with continuity of supplyto deliver on Trumps promises. Those customers with real interests are already locked into long-term deals, and either currently have the necessary facilities for unloading and storage or are building them to meet price and real demand.

Yes, Europes consumption of natural gas is increasing, and domestic production is falling. Its imports have risen sharply in recent years, and will most likely continue to do so. But supplying gas from the US is easier said than done, and despite Trump saying that America has plenty of it to, the sea has lots of water, but can you drink it?

And where is the money coming from? Too many names are already in the hat for large-scale energy and port projects in the region. Ukraine is interested in maintaining and modernizing its own gas transport system and needs approximately 80 billion USD for reconstruction. This is small potatoes compared to what the US would need to spend to construct an alternative network, and Trump wont pay for that for ideological reasons. So which project would those with the cash rather invest in?

The US does know that all of this is just political promise and counter promise. Others are playing the game too: Jean-Claude Juncker has promised Trump that the EU will buy significant amounts of US gas as part of an....

18:47

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

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

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