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Friday, 22 September

05:38

FixedIt: Men paying to rape children is not the childrens fault "IndyWatch Feed National"

TVNZ, undoubtedly with the best of intentions, ran a story about men paying to rape children. They framed it as a story about children selling themselves.

The children in this story are not the problem. If they are 12 and 13 year olds as the story claims, they cannot make the choice to have sex with adults.

If men in New Zealand are paying for the opportunity to rape children, even in the unlikely event that they are paying the children themselves, the problem is not what the children are doing. Its what the adults are doing.

If children are receiving money from men who rape them, the issue is how they ended up in a situation where they had no other alternatives than to accept money under such circumstances.

There are a lot of different issues here, all of them serious and deeply concerning. But the children involved are the victims not the perpetrators of crimes.

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


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05:33

On-the-ball AG George Brandis QC says Tony Abbott's "YES" badge-wearing assailant had nothing to do with "YES" campaign "IndyWatch Feed National"

Oh, except for the "YES" badge. And attacking a prominent "NO" advocate. But other than the badge, and the attack on a leading figure in the "NO" campaign, there was absolutely nothing to do with the same sex marriage issue. A-G George Brandis: this 'deplorable' man had nothing to do...

05:12

FixedIt: Women are not responsible for men choosing to commit crimes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Really?

19 counts of fraud, four counts of enter premises to commit an indictable offence, six counts of receiving tainted property and a single count of possessing dangerous drugs.

But hes not responsible for any of these crimes, its all his girlfriends fault. Because she was allegedly cheating on him.

His lawyer might have been trying it on as a last ditch attempt to garner sympathy from the Magistrate but what is the Sunshine Coast Dailys excuse for buying into this?

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


1800 RESPECT
Sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and support.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
Ph: 1800 737 732
www.1800respect.org.au 

Suicide Call Back Service
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ph: 1300 659 467
www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

Kids Helpline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1800 55 1800
www.kidshelp.com.au

MensLine Australia
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1300 78 99 78
www.mensline.org.au

Child Wise National Abuse Helpline
Mon-Fri: 9 am 5 pm
Ph: 1800 99 10 99

 

04:39

The struggle for a democratic internet "IndyWatch Feed National"

The problem is less that these new ways of organising society have been radically successful than theyre being run in a way which is exploitative and undemocratic. Since 2008, Scholz has been considering the ramifications of the internet for labour. As the trends to platforms became more pertinent, he shifted his focus from cognitive work to labour in the more traditional sense. In the United States in 2016, 24% of workers had worked on some kind of platform. Every third person is a freelancer fifty five million people. How do you make an intervention in this kind of work?

04:30

Why Has the BRICS Failed to be an Effective Force? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The promise of BRICS was that it would usher in a new approach to development. But after meeting annually for the last nine years theres no sign that the old order has been challenged.

Brazilian President Temer, Russian President Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Africas President Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Modi. Credit: Reuters/Kenzaburo Fukuhara

Brazilian President Temer, Russian President Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Africas President Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Modi. Credit: Reuters/Kenzaburo Fukuhara

The formation of the BRICS the bloc made of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa was supposed to be the harbinger for a new approach to global economic governance. The leading emerging markets and developing countries were becoming major players in the global economy. And they expected to play a commensurate governance role.

BRICS leaders have now been meeting annually for nine years. They recently met for the ninth BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China. They have positioned themselves as a force for transforming global economic governance so that its more responsive to the concerns of developing economies. They are seeking a more just and equitable global economy.

The question is: how effective have they been in reforming global economic governance and the fairness of the global economy?

The honest answer is that as a group, BRICS hasnt been an effective force at all. This is for a number of reasons.

Whats not happened

The following examples illustrate the point.

At least formally the G20, which consists of 20 major economies including the five in BRICs, has supplanted the G7, made up of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US, as the premier forum for global economic governance. But the agenda in these meetings is still largely set by the most powerful countries which now include China but not the other BRICS.

The IMF and World Bank have both changed their voting arrangements to give a louder voice to developing economies and emerging economies. This has particularly benefited China...

04:30

Why Are So Many Young Africans Risking Their Lives to Flee Their Homes? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Will the G20s new Compact with Africa succeed in combatting poverty and climate change and deter the exodus of African economic migrants?

Young African migrants seek opportunities abroad as the World Bank projects that the worlds extreme poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa. Credit: Ilaria Vechi/IPS

Young African migrants seek opportunities abroad as the World Bank projects that the worlds extreme poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa. Credit: Ilaria Vechi/IPS

Sydney and Kuala Lumpur: Not a single month has passed without dreadful disasters triggering desperate migrants to seek refuge in Europe. According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), at least 2,247 people have died or are missing after trying to enter Europe via Spain, Italy or Greece in the first half of this year. Last year, 5,096 deaths were recorded.

The majority including economic migrants, victims of people smugglers, and so on were young Africans aged between 17 and 25. The former head of the British mission in Benghazi (Libya) claimed in April that as many as a million more were already on their way to Libya, and then Europe, from across Africa.

Why flee Africa?

Why are so many young Africans trying to leave the continent of their birth? Why are they risking their lives to flee Africa?

Part of the answer lies in the failur...

04:27

Is Tony Abbott Lying About Getting Head-butted For Marriage Equality? "IndyWatch Feed National"

UPDATE: ABC is reporting a man has been charged in relation to the alleged assault. His motivation remains unknown.

Tony Abbott is many things to many people. Leader, man-spunk, hunka-hunka-speedo-love inveterate liar.

And the latter one is on everyones lips today, after Abbott got his own lips nailed he claims yesterday by a mystery marriage equality supporter who went to shake his hand in the street, and delivered a Liverpool Kiss instead.

Abbott has been clamouring for media attention ever since and using it to boost the No vote against marriage equality.

So did it happen? Is Tony a victim? Police are investigating, but we may never know, because theres no footage of the incident.

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What we do know is that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, and on that front there are so many videos on Youtube of Tony Abbott lying, that, well this one is our favourite.

This one is pretty good as well.

But without question, this one is the best, because Abbott actually gets caught out lying while hes talking. Over to Tony Jones

We may never know the truth about whether Abbott was head-butted by a Yes voter but what is certain is that the alleged offender almost certainly didnt jail men, women and children seeking asylum; he didnt send troops to foreign countries to carp...

04:13

Hritier Lumumba On White Fragility, White Supremacy, And Waleed Aly "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hritier Lumumba the man at the centre of the AFLs never-ending racism scandal speaks out about his fight for compassion and equality, and the silence and complicity of the people who turn away. This story can also be read on Lumumbas personal website.

It has been one week since I left Australia, and just over a week has passed since an interview I did with The Project was aired on TV. The interview was conducted by the host of the program, Waleed Aly.

During the interview, Aly quoted the 19th-century Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, and I took note of it. He said, Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards. And it is in the spirit of a new level of understanding, that I feel compelled to write about my experiences.

Firstly, I would like to let it be known that I appreciate the profound impact that Alys presence, in Australian media, has on society. His brilliance is evident and I am grateful that our paths crossed, for iron sharpens iron. I value his humanity, I wish that peace be unto him, and I see him as my brother who shares a divine connection to the same source of creation.

Regrettably, I made the error of going into the interview with the preconceived idea that we would both see eye to eye on the basic truths of racism/white supremacy. It pains me to admit, that my expectations of him were derived by his highly acclaimed career as an academic and journalist, his ethnicity, and his faith in Islam.

I made the assumption that he would skillfully deliver an objective, unapologetic stance in the face of racism. However, it is now very clear to me, that he and I have fundamental differences in our understanding of what racism/white supremacy is, and how it should be effectively dealt with.

Upon reflection, I should have been far more aware of our fundamental differences going into the interview.

After the death of Muhammad Ali, his portrayal of Ali as a black supremacist highlights the enormous discrepancy we have in our understanding. Waleed Alys non contextualized perspective of the separatist movement in the USA, of which Muhammad Ali was a part of, is void of highlighting the socio-political backdrop of white supremacy that pervaded Muhammad Alis life. By failing to point out that Muhammad Ali was socialized in a white supremacist society and world, responsible for a genocide that has spanned over 500+ yea...

03:26

MACKAY 49 charges include explosives and shortened guns "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 22, 2017 at 07:11AM ,

49 charges include explosives and shortened guns

September 22, 2017 at 07:11AM ,

Maximillian Voss, 27, from Mackay had 49 allegations listed on Thursday in Mackay Magistrates Court, where he appeared via videolink from prison.

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03:26

MACKAY Post-funeral family feud leads to serious assault allegations "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 22, 2017 at 07:00AM ,

Post-funeral family feud leads to serious assault allegations

September 22, 2017 at 07:00AM ,

likely plead guilty to entering premises and committing an indictable offence on April 27 in South Mackay, his lawyer told Mackay Magistrates Court.

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03:16

Indias Republic Of Fear And Loathing: The Assassination Of Gauri Lankesh "IndyWatch Feed National"

A prominent Indian journalist was assassinated in early September, sparking outrage and protest around the country. Harsha Prabhu reports.

It was Shehla Rashid Shora, former Vice President of the Jawaharlal Nehru University student union, who nailed it. Speaking outside the Delhi Press Club at a pop-up action to protest the killing of Gauri Lankesh, she said: This bullet was meant for each of us.

The bullets that took the life of journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh were fired at her while she alighted from her car at her home in Bengaluru, Karnataka, late on Tuesday, 5th September.

While the case is still under investigation, Lankeshs murder appears to point to a criminal, terrorist conspiracy whose likely origins lie in the climate of hate and division engendered by the Hindutva right wing forces in India.

 

Climate of hate

This was a theme echoed by many at the action to protest Gauri Lankeshs death at the amphitheatre in Mumbais suburb of Bandra last Wednesday.

Activist Teesta Setalvad said: Along with remembering the murders of freethinkers, well also have to remember those who were murdered by gaurakshaks (cow-protectors). Be it bullets or lynchings, its the same crime. This is the result of the work of those who spread hate and poison. All Indians live in fear today. Whether on a train or a bus, they cant speak freely, cant eat or drink what they want. All this is being done in an organised manner, so we need to have a collective response.

Feroze Mithiborwala, secularist and convenor of Bharat Bachao Andolan (Movement to Save India) said: When I heard about the attack, the first thing that came to my mind was Teesta Setalvad. Testa, we are with you today.

Teesta Setalvad had invited the Modi governments wrath by being an indefatigable fighter for the rights of those affected by the Gujarat 2002 pogroms against Muslims. She has pursued cases on behalf of the victims that have resulted in the conviction of BJP and Hindutva functionaries. The Modi government has responded by registering cases against her NGO, a Ford Foundation-supported charity that publishes an online magazine whose motto is Hate Hurts, Harmony works.

One of the protests earlier this month over the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh. One of the protests earlier this month over the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.

Mithiborwala said: Are we very clear we stand against all forms of religious fascism? All forms of communal violence? Be it Hindu or Muslim fanatics, we stand against them all?

The assembled crowd of several hundred...

02:50

The Case For Euthanasia: Legalising The Last Resort "IndyWatch Feed National"

What can Australia learn from other countries in legalising physician assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia? Jessica Qi takes up the cause.

In his famous work On Liberty, John Stuart Mill proposes that if a person is observed preparing to cross a bridge that you know to be dangerous, you may intervene to inform them of the risk of the bridges potential collapse should they continue, but you must ultimately move aside as only they know the importance of crossing and balancing that against the comparative risks. Philosopher Peter Singer draws on Mill to propose that this same right to autonomy extends to the euthanasia debate. Indeed, at the crux of the pro-euthanasia argument is the notion, that it is individuals who represent the best guardians of their own interests.

Support for autonomy in end of life decision-making is now eschewed by the majority of the Australian public. A 2016 survey of over 200,000 Australians garnered an approval rate of 75% for euthanasia.

Despite such support, Australia currently lacks jurisdiction that legally permits either voluntary euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide (PAS). Euthanasia is where the physician administers the lethal dose whereas with PAS, the physician provides the prescription that is the means of death but does not directly administer it.

The growing trend towards the legalisation of euthanasia or PAS in countries worldwide, means that Australian legislators will continue to face mounting pressure and will need to carefully consider the issue.

One of the major concerns for opponents is that the legalisation of euthanasia is a slippery slope. There is a fear that vulnerable people will be pressured into consenting, as they are perceived as a nuisance by their families or because of cost-cutting measures by their health providers. However, does citing examples of the abuse of a legal right provide sufficient cause to justify withholding that right?

To answer this, Benatar in his article disputing the slippery slope argument, makes an analogy to driving. People will always drive faster than they should; run traffic lights; drive vehicles that are un-roadworthy and often choose to drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Despite all this, few people would then accept the argument that driving should be outlawed altogether.

The answer must not be to deny a right, but instead to regulate and implement safeguards to mitigate the risk of abuse. This has been demonstrated in the numerous jurisdictions where legalisation has occurred, with little evidence of abuse emerging.

A...

02:47

FixedIt: No fix required "IndyWatch Feed National"

FixedIt is almost always about the media getting it wrong. When they get it right they dont usually appear on my radar. Which isnt really fair because there are a lot of good journalists and publication who do great work of reporting terrible crimes.

This one on The Canberra Times today is a good example. An article about a mans conviction for child abuse put the perpetrator at the beginning of the headline and was clear about the crimes he intended to commit.

The only time his intentions to abuse children was referred to as sex was in reference to the charge, which is specifically named in the ACT criminal code as sexual intercourse with a child. Every other description of his actions and intentions calls it abuse, sexual abuse or rape.

Sitting in court listening to the details of these cases can be gut-wrenching. Reporting it succinctly, accurately and responsibly is difficult as page after page of FixedIt proves.

The big win here is that this man was caught, charged and convicted before he was able to rape and abuse children. The police who investigate such crimes and have to trawl through truly revolting material to ensure child rapists are caught and incarcerated do an incredible job. And they pay a high price for it. Their work deserves to be recognised and applauded.

But The Canberra Times and Megan Gorrey deserve kudos here too. This is how you report sexual abuse of children. This is how you keep the public informed and show respect to the victims. This is how easy it is to do an incredibly difficult job properly.

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


1800 RESPECT
Sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and support.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
Ph: 1800 737 732
www.1800respect.org.au 

Suicide Call Back Service
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Ph: 1300 659 467
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Kids Helpline
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Phone: 1800 55 1800
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...

02:32

Yankton Sioux Tribe Wants Answers for Tasing of Tribal Elder by South Dakota Police "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yankton Sioux Tribal Elder Raymond Cournoyer Sr. beat and tased by South Dakota law enforcement. Photos from Facebook

Published September 21, 2017

WAGNER, SOUTH DAKOTA The Yankton Sioux Tribe, based in Wagner, South Dakota, is seeking answers as to why one its elders was beaten and tased by South Dakota law enforcement last weekend.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, September 17, 2017, one of the Yanton Sioiux tribal elders, Raymond Cournoyer Sr., was rushing to be at his mothers side as she was making her journey to the spirit world.  Mr. Cournoyer never made it to share her final moments.

South Dakota law enforcement captured beating tribal elder.

Instead, he was stopped by South Dakota Highway patrol officer, Fisher, along with City of Wagner Police Officer, Eli Kuhlman, as soon as he arrived at the Good Samaritan Center. Although Mr. Cournoyer verbally informed officer Fisher of his intentions to see his dying mother, he was only able to take a few steps before Fischer grabbed him from behind and pushed him against the vehicle. By this time officer Eli Kuhlman arrived on the scene where he then grabbed Mr. Cournoyer slammed him to the ground face first and tased him. Both officers then placed him in handcuffs.

Mr. Cournoyer is a 64-year-old Army veteran who has been drug and alcohol free for over 30 years.  He is a widely respected member of both Yankton Sioux and Wagner communities. He posed no threat to anyone.

The tribe calls this type of excessive forces was uncalled for. There are available pictures from the Cournoyer family that show the physical aftermath of Officer Kuhlmans use of force upon Mr. Cournoyer.

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02:27

Why Im not coming out this survey "IndyWatch Feed National"

All my doctors counsel me against being open about having a serious mental illness. Finding ways to massage the truth to people and explain away periods of absence from the workforce has become second nature to me. But, as a gay man who has been open and proud about his sexuality, I cant help but feel a bit conflicted. Is the counselling to stay secret actually denying people their proper supports in society and jeopardising mental health?

02:12

FixedIt: Serial DV offender is not invisible "IndyWatch Feed National"

The West Australian reported on Atinae Afamilionas brutal attack against his wife by erasing him from the headline.

Afamiliona has multiple convictions for domestic violence offences against his wife and children. This attack occurred after she suggested a separation. His response to his wife making choices about her own life was to pick up a machete and hack at her with it at least 10 times. He severed two of her fingers and toes, and left her with deep scars on her arms and legs.

Acting Judge Grogin described the attack as a, brutal, unprovoked, unabated, unrelenting, vicious attack on the victim who at the time was trying to protect herself and trying to escape the perpetrator by crawling under the car.

Afamiliona had three previous domestic violence offences on his record, including slapping a five-year-old girl across the face and dragging her by her ponytail, throwing a beer bottle at his wife and threatening her with a knife and breaching a Apprehended Violence Order by going to his wifes home against court orders.

All these facts were reported in the article and yet Afamilionas very existence didnt make it into the headline.

Erasing violent men from headlines about their crimes does a grave disservice to victims and to the public, who depend on journalists to tell them the truth about what is happening in their society.

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


1800 RESPECT
Sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and support.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
Ph: 1800 737 732
www.1800respect.org.au 

Suicide Call Back Service
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ph: 1300 659 467
www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

Kids Helpline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1800 55 1800
www.kidshelp.com.au

MensLine Australia
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1300 78 99 78
www.mensline.org.au

Child Wise National Abuse Help...

02:09

Head-butt? Marriage Equality Broke My Arm And My Man-Love For Israel Folau "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tony Abbott claims to have been head-butted for his stance against marriage equality. Josh Dabelstein supports same-sex marriage and he took a much bigger hit than that.

I got into an argument with a couple of lads during my brief attempt at a law degree at the Australian National University in Canberra a few years ago.

I was with a girl who I had decided, that night, was the love of my life. Duly responding to the soft lefts beau de jour a love-token for my heterocrush I might have over-asserted my man-legiance to the whole gay marriage thing. My vague memory of the incident insists that this over-assertion of said man-legience was directed at two blurred and suited figures smoking cigars out the front of the Jolimont centre on Northbourne Avenue.

They made a homophobic jeer at a couple of blokes holding hands walking past, and I said something (Im told) like theyll be married before you two cunts.

I was out cold long before I hit the pavement. Two simultaneous punches to the face had my arm crumble beneath the weight of the rest of me.

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My mother continues to remind me of the eleven-thousand-dollar prosthesis that holds the radius and ulna together on my right arm, like I chose the extent to which medical insurance covers the miracles of modern science (without which Id never hand write or masturbate with the only hand good enough to get the job done. The rest Ill save for my therapist.

The point is that there are so many ways you can express your hatred of hatred, or what most people arent afraid of calling love. Dont be afraid to call a spade a spade. But most importantly, pick your battles. Trust me, pick your battles well and they wont cost your mum an arm or a leg.

Also while Ive got the microphone, Id like to say hello to Israel Folau.

Being the victim to your own youth and cultural values is not an excuse, when it comes to ex...

01:45

Jackie Chans dad was a spy in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

 Jackie Chan attends a press conference to promote his new movie

Jackie Chan attends a press conference to promote his new movie The Foreigner in Qingdao city, east Chinas Shandong province, 19 September 2017.

LOS ANGELES  [AAP]

Jackie Chan offers up a startling confession soon after he sits down for a chat.

I am Australian, Chan, the legendary 63-year-old Hong Kong-born martial arts star, told AAP last weekend while promoting his new animated family-comedy film, The Lego Ninjago Movie.

Its the first of numerous startling insights into Chans little-known and influential years growing up in Canberra and the long connection his parents, Charles and Lee-Lee Chan, have with Australia.

Both were buried in Canberra.

Known worldwide as Jackie Chan after making more than 100 Hollywood and Asian films including the Police Story and Rush Hour franchises, Shanghai Noon and The Tuxedo, Chan has had a few different names several from his time in Australia.

If it wasnt for Australia the world would not know him as Jackie.

When he attended the ACTs Dickson College he was known as Steve.

Around the US Embassy in Canberra where his parents worked he was known as Pao.

When I go to try to learn English at school they call me Steve, Chan said.

I tried to find a job.

A guy said Whats your English name? and I said I dont have one.

My friend was a driver for the embassy.

His name was Jack so it was, Ok, call him Jack.

Oh yeah.

Chan offered another interesting tidbit his dad was a spy.

Chan Sr was hiding out at the US Embassy in Canberra because he was a Chinese nationalist agent who originally fled China to Hong Kong to avoid being captured by rival Communists.

My father was spy hiding in Hong Kong and hiding in Australia at the American embassy for so many years, Chan said....

01:24

Divers Are Stunned By Weird Tube-Like Sea Creatures Lurking Below The Oceans Surface "IndyWatch Feed National"

Divers off the coast of Australia spotted a giant translucent tube with a strange pink sheen on its skin. Initially uncertain about the 10-meter-long creature, they approached it with caution. As animal gently glided toward them, they decided to reach out and touch it. It felt like a soft, jelly-like substance and it didnt really []

01:18

Bindaree's Chinese investors plan to develop northern WA cattle assets "IndyWatch Feed National"

20 Sep 2017 | Beef CentralHong Kong based investors who recently took a 51 percent stake in northern NSW export beef processor, Bindaree Beef have plans to further develop their Western Australian grazing property investments, purchased in April last year.

01:08

China bans Bitcoin executives from leaving the country "IndyWatch Feed National"

http://www.trustnodes.com/2017/09/19/china-bans-bitcoin-executives-leaving-country-miners-preparing-worst

Chinese media is reporting executives of crypto exchanges have been ordered to not leave the country with a very rough translation stating:

A number of informed sources say the executives of special currency trading platforms are not allowed to leave Beijing to cooperate with the investigation. In accordance with regulatory requirements, trading platform shareholders, the actual controller, executives and financial executives need to fully cooperate with the relevant work in the clean-up period in Beijing.

Australias Financial Review (AFR) says the above has been confirmed with them by a source close to one of the biggest exchanges, Huobi, which told them its founder, Li Lin, was required to report to the authorities and cooperate with their work at any time.

The draconian measure is undertaken following a decision by Chinas Communist Party to close down all crypto exchang...

01:04

A Grower's Guide to Cultivating Chinese Water Chestnut in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Grower's Guide to Cultivating Chinese Water Chestnut in Australia

00:57

Australia backs Trumps North Korea sanctions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Minister for foreign affairs Julie Bishop. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Minister for foreign affairs Julie Bishop. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

LOS ANGELES  [AAP]

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop has welcomed US president Donald Trumps harsh new round of sanctions against North Korea.

Ms Bishop, speaking to reporters at the United Nations in New York on Thursday, said Australia will continue to review the autonomous sanctions it has on North Korea to ensure the rogue regime is compelled to return to the negotiating table and halt its nuclear and missile program.

Mr Trump announced a new executive order granting the US Treasury Department increased authority to punish North Korea with economic sanctions and target foreign companies, including banks, airlines and shipping companies, that do business with the Asian nation.

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00:52

Cypherium Announces Development of a Scalable, Hybrid Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cypheriums talented team is building a double-chained infrastructure for the future. September 21, 2017 New York, NY Although the development of efficient blockchains has come a long way since 2009, scalability remains to be a major issue within blockchain. While many companies are actively working on a wide variety of technical answers to Continue reading Cypherium Announces Development of a Scalable, Hybrid Blockchain

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00:38

John Pilger: The Killing Of History "IndyWatch Feed National"

The winners get to write history, they say. And yet America which has started and lost many wars is still talking and spinning its way to a deafening silence. John Pilger explains.

One of the most hyped events of American television, The Vietnam War, has started on the PBS network. The directors are Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Acclaimed for his documentaries on the Civil War, the Great Depression and the history of jazz, Burns says of his Vietnam films, They will inspire our country to begin to talk and think about the Vietnam war in an entirely new way.

In a society often bereft of historical memory and in thrall to the propaganda of its exceptionalism, Burns entirely new Vietnam war is presented as an epic, historic work. Its lavish advertising campaign promotes its biggest backer, Bank of America, which in 1971 was burned down by students in Santa Barbara, California, as a symbol of the hated war in Vietnam.

Burns says he is grateful to the entire Bank of America family which has long supported our countrys veterans. Bank of America was a corporate prop to an invasion that killed perhaps as many as four million Vietnamese and ravaged and poisoned a once bountiful land. More than 58,000 American soldiers were killed, and around the same number are estimated to have taken their own lives.

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I watched the first episode in New York. It leaves you in no doubt of its intentions right from the start. The narrator says the war was begun in good faith by decent people out of fateful misunderstandings, American overconfidence and Cold War misunderstandings.

The dishonesty of this statement is not surprising. The cynical fabrication of false flags that led to the invasion of Vietnam is a matter of record the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964, which Burns promotes as true, was just one. The lies litter a multitude of official documents, notably the Pentagon Papers, which the great whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg released in 1971.

There was no good faith. The faith was rotten and cancerous. For me as it must be for many Americans it is difficult to watch the films jumble of red peril maps, unexplained interviewees, ineptly cut archive and maudlin American battlefield sequences.

In the series press release in Britain the BBC will show it there is no mention of Vietnamese dead, only Americans. We are all searching for some meaning in this terrible tragedy, Novick is quoted as s...

00:37

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Military Ideas and Theories
The DPRK upholds the man-centred military ideas and theories that embody the Juche idea and the Songun idea created by President Kim Il Sung (1912-1994), founding father of socialist Korea.

These ideas and theories consist of the principles that will serve as guidelines in carrying on different types of revolutionary wars, army building and military actions, and also the theories and methods to be applied in crushing the enemies that are boasting of their numerical and technological edge, by dint of politico-ideological, strategic and tactical superiority, in conformity with the characteristics of modern warfare and the actual conditions of the country.

They are Juche-oriented military ideas and theories that enable the Korean people to develop their self-defensive military capability by themselves in line with the requirements of the Korean revolution and the specific situation in the country, and they constitute an encyclopedia giving comprehensive and scientific answers to all the theoretical and practical problems arising in army building and military actions in the present era.

Since they have been guided by these original military ideas and theories, the Korean army and people won the fierce wars against the US and Japanese imperialists that were incomparably superior in numerical and technological terms, and have achieved one victory after another in the decades-long military confrontation with the United States.

00:35

Australias Dubious Role in Syria: an Ongoing Saga "IndyWatch Feed National"

RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets refuelling from a KC-30A en route to the Middle East (adapted photo SBS, AAP)

by James ONeill*

In August 2015 the government of then Prime Minister Tony Abbott, with Julie Bishop as Foreign Minister announced that they were considering Australia having a role as part of the US coalition engaged in the war in Syria. They said that no decision would be made until they had received legal advice as to whether or not Australias intervention would be legally possible.

What Mr Abbott and Ms Bishop failed to disclose was that the government had solicited an invitation from the Americans to participate in the Syrian war. According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, the government had pushed for Washington to request that Australia expand its air strikes against Islamic State from Iraq into Syria.

Exactly what form that push had taken has not been disclosed, either to Parliament or elsewhere.  Similar...

00:32

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sinister Intention of US to Re-deploy Tactical Nuclear Weapons into S. Korea Disclosed
A spokesman for the Institute of American Studies under the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA on September 15 as regards the fact that the Trump administration is publicizing through the media the possibility of re-deploying tactical nuclear weapons into south Korea and developing an up-to-date miniaturized nuclear bomb of low-intensity:

Recently, NBC  and other  American press reported that the  Trump  administration is currently examining various plans  for  developing  an  up-to-date  miniaturized  nuclear  bomb  of  low-intensity  to  deal  with nuclear threats posed by the DPRK,  Russia and  other countries, and that it would  not  rule out  the  option for re-deploying tactical nuclear weapons into south Korea in case the south Korean regime so requests.

The fact that the deliberate leakage of the information about tactical nuclear weapons by the Trump administration coincides with its moves to impose heinous sanctions and pressure and intensify military threats against the DPRK, raises an alarm at unleashing an actual nuclear war by the US on the Korean peninsula.

The US has generated the nuclear issue of the Korean peninsula by deploying more than 1 000 nuclear weapons in south Korea from the 1950s and turning it into an outpost for a nuclear war, and has posed constant nuclear threats and blackmail to the DPRK.

In the early 1990s, as the international support for the just anti-nuclear, peace policy of the DPRK and its sincere efforts increased, the US declared the withdrawal of nuclear weapons from south Korea, but it has never stopped threatening and blackmailing the DPRK with various nuclear assets.

Explicitly speaking once again, the continuous nuclear threats and blackmail and vicious hostile policy of the US towards the DPRK are the very reason the DPRK gained access to nukes and strengthened its nuclear force for self-defense.

Besides, the re-deployment of tactical nuclear weapons, which are meant to be used for actual warfare beyond the purpos...

00:02

The bully showed up at the wrong playground Trumps misguided address at the United Nations "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Patrick T. Hiller, September 21, 2017, PeaceVoice.

It was the wrong speech, at the wrong time, to the wrong audience, Swedish foreign Minister Margot Wallstrm expressed about what global and U.S. audiences helplessly had to endure during President Donald Trumps September 19, 2017 address to the United Nations General Assembly. President Trump acted like a bully, but unaware that he showed up at the wrong playground.

The United Nations was founded after World War II to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind. There is no doubt that the United Nations has never fully reached its potential, and without fundamental reform it never will. The spirit, however, is laid out clearly in the UN Charter. While being center stage at the United Nations General Assembly, an assembly where global collaboration is emphasized, Trump bragged about the United States, fueled division, and threatened other nations. The threat to totally destroy North Korea is beyond any form of acceptability, regardless if it is rhetorical or real. It is therefore important to challenge Trumps own words. We must not forget that he is the Commander-in-Chief with the authority to launch nuclear weapons.

Trump: Rogue regimes represented in this body not only support terror but threaten other nations and their own people with the most destructive weapons known to humanity. The U.S. has 6,800 nuclear weapons with the capacity to destroy human life on the planet many times over....

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23:43

Abbott allegedly head-butted by same sex marriage campaigner "IndyWatch Feed National"

 A mural depicting former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a wedding ceremony where he is both the groom and bride is displayed on a cafe wall in Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

A mural depicting former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a wedding ceremony where he is both the groom and bride is displayed on a cafe wall in Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Liberal backbencher Tony Abbott was head-butted by a man he claims was a same-sex marriage supporter in Hobart on Thursday. But his tough old nut survived.

He himself admitted he only received a very, very slightly swollen lip but the incident has made great fodder for the Murdoch media.

Mr Abbott said he was walking toward his waterfront hotel when he was approached by a man.

A fellow sung out at me Hey Tony. I turned around. There was a chap wearing a Vote Yes badge, Mr Abbott told Macquarie radio.

He says I want to shake your hand. I went over to shake his hand then he head-butted me, the former pugilist told the radio station.

He wasnt very good at it, Ive got to say, but he did make contact.

The only damage was a very, very slightly swollen lip.

A staffer from Mr Abbotts office tussled with the man before he ran off swearing his head off.

Its just a reminder of how ugly this debate is getting, Mr Abbott said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull phoned Mr Abbott when he heard about the attack and also discussed the matter with AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin.

An Australian Federal Police spokesman said the agency doesnt comment on protection arrangements for individuals.

Mr Abbott is in Tasmania campaigning for the no vote in the national same-sex marriage survey along with Liberal party colleague Senator Eric Abetz.

Senator Abetz said it was disappointing a yes campaigner would try to assault a former prime minister.

Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne said no one should be attacked for having a different view on marriage.

It is an un-Australian thing to do and I hope that Tony is okay, he told the Nine Network.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten described the attack as unacceptable.

Violence like this is never acceptable. Im gl...

23:00

Video: Yanis Varoufakis talks about a world in trouble "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek Syriza Minister of Finance, reflects about the needs of our time on an independent Russian television channel

Video from Dozhd

The post Video: Yanis Varoufakis talks about a world in trouble appeared first on The Pen.

22:51

How the Mineral Boron found in Common Borax Helps Arthritis and Other Health Problems "IndyWatch Feed National"

Boron-Borax

How To Make Borax Solution. See video below.

by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News

Most of us are familiar with fluorides toxicity and capacity for negative effects, ranging from lowered IQ to  more serious neurological diseases and greater cancer risk. The type of fluoride added to our municipal tap water supplies is considered toxic industrial waste that the EPA banned from being dumped into our waterways and inland dumping sites.

Various health forums or chat sites discuss using the trace mineral boron as a solution for the fluorides in our bodies, but this health journalist didnt immediately trust using off the shelf Borax, a green cleaning solution, as a source of boron.

I was not willing to discuss this topic until I stumbled upon a more reliable, scientifically credentialed source, Dr. Newnham, PhD, DO, ND, who used boron to resolve his longstanding arthritic condition. His arthritic condition is not the only ailment addressed successfully using boron from Borax.

The Boron Revelations of Rex Newnham, PhD, DO, ND

Dr. Newnham was originally a professor of soil science and agricultural botany. After enduring the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs without improvement of his arthritic condition for years, he realized he needed to understand nutrition better to heal himself. So he earned degrees as an Osteopathic Doctor (DO) and Naturopathic Doctor (ND) with a Ph.D. in nutrition.

That training combined with his background in soil science led him to discover a trace mineral lacking in most food, due to poor soil conditions from modern farming methods. This trace mineral healed his arthritis boron.  In Australia where he lived and worked, natural boron compounds werent banned, but they were labeled as a poison.

Newnham argues that it is the amount that determines toxicity, not the compound itself. He used oxygen as an example. Breathing with 100 percent oxygen is rarely achieved, even so, too much oxygen well beyond the normal 21 percent we normally breathe for extended periods can actually kill. (Source)

After determining the toxicity zone....

22:38

Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi: 'American Jews drive America's wars' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shouldn't they recuse themselves when dealing with the Middle East? I spoke recently at a conference on America's war party where afterwards an elderly gentleman came up to me and asked, "Why doesn't anyone ever speak honestly about the six-hundred-pound gorilla in the room? Nobody has mentioned Israel in this conference and we all know it's American Jews with all their money and power who are supporting every war in the Middle East for Netanyahu? Shouldn't we start calling them out and not letting them get away with it?" It was a question combined with a comment that I have heard many times before and my answer is always the same: any organization that aspires to be heard on foreign policy knows that to touch the live wire of Israel and American Jews guarantees a quick trip to obscurity. Jewish groups and deep pocket individual donors not only control the politicians, they own and run the media and entertainment industries, meaning that no one will hear about or from the offending party ever again. They are particularly sensitive on the issue of so-called "dual loyalty," particularly as the expression itself is a bit of a sham since it is pretty clear that some of them only have real loyalty to Israel.

22:34

Never again to tyranny and dictatorship in the Philippines "IndyWatch Feed National"

 Contributed by Migrante Australia

Today (21 September 2017), we commemorate the 45th year of Martial Law declaration with a sense of dj vu with the transformation of President Duterte into a despotic ruler now almost complete.

So as a Dutertian dictatorship looms in the horizon and as tyranny rears its ugly head, those of us living and working abroad are called upon to stand together with our freedom-loving Filipino sisters and brothers to stop the dawning of another long and dark era of more unprecedented killings, massive destruction of our resources and unimaginable human rights atrocities. We in Migrante Australia say enough is enough! We may be overseas but our families, our friends our communities are not spared by this cruel government. We cannot remain silent about the killings and oppression surrounding us!

The senseless killings of small-time drug users and pushers including innocent people to draw attention away from the big and powerful drug pushers and to give police extraordinary powers to kill must stop. We demand an end to extrajudicial killings and mass murder in the name of the Duterte regimes war on drugs and war on terror!

The indiscriminate aerial bombings, artillery fire and other destructive military operations that target civilian communities like Lumad and Moro communities, especially residences, schools, farms and commercial/business establishments must stop. We demand the military to pull out of communities and leave the people in peace!

The practice of filing trumped-up charges against activists and government critics, thus accumulating political prisoners must end. We call for the release of all political prisoners!

 The undermining and pressure put unto the very institutions that exist as a check and balance to his powerful office, including the Supreme Court, Congress, the Office of the Ombudsman, and the Commission on Human Rights must be reined in. We demand respect for these institutions, that they be allowed the unbridled execution of their tasks to the nation.

The constant flogging of the mass media for its critical reports of his administrations unfavourable policies and pronouncements must stop. The Filipino people deserve an honest media. We demand respect for the media!

The nonchalance with which he treats the sanctity of upholding the human rights of the people is totally unacceptable. We demand a stop to goading the police, military and paramilitary groups to violate human rights as we demand a stop to inciting state security forces to commit willful violence against the people while assuring them of protection from investigation, prosecution and punishment.

Let us break the silence, fear and acquiescence that have afflicted man...

22:22

Tony Abbotts disruption is raising question about where will it end "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by journalist Michelle Grattan (The Conversation 21 September 2017), gives an idea of how the gang behind Tony Abbott is campaigning against the Liberal Party leader and Prime Minister Malcolm Turn bull. It also provides an indication of how Turnbull is playing into their hands, by putting himself in the worst position to come out a winner.

Even in todays often bizarre political environment, Tuesday nights encounter between Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin and Alan Jones on Sky News was surreal.

Ms Credlin, Mr Abbotts former chief of staff, now works for Sky, where she more often than not is a sharp critic of the Turnbull Government. Jones, a highly opinionated voice on 2GB who has a weekly Sky program, spruiks for the former prime ministers return to the leadership.

Mr Abbott is running a jihad against renewables, increasing the pressure on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as the Government struggles to bring together an energy policy.

It was a cosy threesome, and the off-air chit-chat would have been gold.

Among the on-air gems was Ms Credlin asking Mr Abbott whether he trusted Mr Turnbull, because you know and I know what happened in 2009. What they both knew, according to Ms Credlin, was that Mr Turnbull ordered one line to be taken in negotiations over an emissions trading scheme while telling the partyroom something completely different.

Ms Credlin wondered: Do you trust the Prime Minister is going to do the right thing or is he going to sign you up to a clean energy target without proper debate?

Mr Abbott said the important thing was that the decision would have to go through the partyroom where there were extremely serious reservations about this clean energy target.

Mr Abbott has poked and prodded at Mr Turnbull on a range of fronts for two years, steadily raising the heat in recent months.

Now his disruption has reached a new level so much so that one wonders how it can go on without coming to a blow-up.

Abbott also campaigning hard on same-sex marriage

Constantly out in the public arena, Mr Abbott currently is upping the ante over energy policy, and campaigning hard for a No vote in the same-sex marriage postal ballot.

On the latter Mr Turnbull, a strong Yes advocate but leading a Government split on the question, is in the hands of those who chose to vote in the voluntary survey. On the former, hes ultimately in the party rooms hands. On both issues, these are uncomfortable and risky places to be.

Mr Abbotts onslaught against renewables is more than just disgruntlement from a man deposed. Its a well-honed attack. Just like the one he and...

22:21

Cops Kidnap 8yo Boy for Acting Out in School, Put Him in Restraints, Force Inject Him with Sedatives "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: The Free Thought Project  By: Matt Agorist

In a police state, innocent 8-year-old boys with severe learning disabilities and diagnosed behavioral issues are not safe from the violent hand of the states enforcers. A mother has learned the hard way just how unsafe a child can be when the state gets involved after her 8-year-old son was kidnapped by police, put in restraints, and forcefully injected with a sedative after acting out on his first day of school.

Debbie Kiroff is now looking for answers after her son endured horrific abuse at the hands of those who claim to protect.

They know hes a runner, she told CBC Toronto. When I first brought him to the school, I said to them, He likes to run. Thats his release.

Earlier this month, the principal at Holland Landing Public School called her to let her know her sons behavior was escalating. However, she never expected what came next.

He usually runs to the same spot near the little forest that they go to for day trips, Kiroff said of the place her son runs to find his peace. This time, however, after he ran off, the police were called in.

According to Kiroff, she says it all began over an argument with another boy about who should be able to use a computer.

Hes running around right now, hes got a ruler, hes climbing this, climbing that, Kiroff says the principal told her, asking her to come pick her son up.

Kiroff, who works for the Canada Post, couldnt leave work, so she sent her daughter to pick him up.

By the time she got to the school, however, it was too late. Cops had snatched him up after he allegedly tried to run off school property.

Mom, theyve already got him in the police car. Theyre taking him to the hospital because hes too angry, she says her daughter told her on the phone.

When they got to the hospital...

22:10

Bi Any Means Podcast #116: When Colorblindness Isnt the Answer with Anthony Pinn "IndyWatch Feed National"

My guest for today is Dr. Anthony Pinn. He is a professor, author, and public intellectual working at the intersections of African-American religion, constructive theology, and humanist thought. Pinn is also the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University. He has a new book called, When Colorblindness Isnt the Answer: Humanism and the Challenge of Race. Today were going to talk about the book and how humanists can be better advocates for racial justice.

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21:37

Edir Macedo of Brazil the wealthiest Prosperity Gospel pastor in the world worth US$1.1 billion. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bishop Edir Macedo, the head of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, preaches at a rally in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Samuel Martins/AP

Bishop Edir Macedo, the head of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, preaches at a rally in Rio de Janeiro. 

 

In March 2013 Macedo was on the Forbes billionaires list with a reported US$1.1 billion. That makes him by far the richest pastor in Brazil and the world.

Wikipedia article below

 

Edir Macedo is the Brian Houston of Brazil.

Edir Macedo like Brian Houston of Hillsong Global Church based in Sydney, Australia is a Prosperity Gospel Church.

Like Hillsong, Edir Macedo has a strong emphasis on tithing.

Is it right and Ok for a Christian pastor to have a net worth of $1.1 billion earned from the tithes of very poor superstitious Brazilians?

This is plain exploitation of the poor and needy.

Brazil has a population of 220 million, by far the largest Portuguese speaking country in the world. It is a country of vast urban and rural poverty.

 

The Guardian London

Brazilian evangelical leader charged with fraud

Bishop Edir Macedo of the Unive...

21:26

USDOJ Refuses to Allow Journalists into Jeff Sessions Press Conference Fearing Negative Coverage "IndyWatch Feed National"

The United States Department of Justice says it welcomes all journalists into their press conferences as long as they follow a short list of criteria listed on its website.

However, that turned out to be a lie as a pair of Portland journalists learned earlier this week.

The journalists were from Flossin Media, a black-owned, Portland-based digital magazine founded in 2004 that covers social justice issues as well as other general interest issues.

On Tuesday, they were trying to enter a press conference in Portland where United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions was going to denounce sanctuary cities like Portland who have refused to cooperate with federal officials in deporting undocumented immigrants.

Flossin Media journalist Michele Darr said she emailed Sessions press secretary, Devin OMalley, a day earlier to RSVP for the press conference.

And OMalley responded by asking Darr a series of questions about what type of stories they have published during the previous six months, she said in a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime.

Darr told PINAC that she asked other Portland media outlets if they had to answer similar questions, but was told no, that they only had to RSVP.

However, Darr was under the impression that Flossin Media would be placed on the list because she complied with the following guidelines listed on the USDOJ website, emailing OMalley the required information.

 

However, when Darr tried to enter the press conference, Homeland Security officers said they were not on the list as you can see in her video.

Flossin Media photographer and videographer Hailei Aberson-Holford was also denied access to the press conference.

Meanwhile, countless other journalists were being allowed inside as Darr remained professional but persistent while standing in the rain.

According to its website, Flossing Media owns and operates within print, video, epic events, street teams, graphic...

21:10

Market Talk- September 21st, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

After the unchanged call from the Federal Reserve, within hours we hear the same from the Bank of Japan. Asian equity markets drifted broadly lower with profit-taking the main reason behind many of the moves. The Nikkei continues slightly under recent highs with another small gain (+0.2%) to add to recent advances and was helped by a 0.4% inflation print. The Yen was little changed on the day, having been back to the 112 figure but eased again as we approached the end of the US trading hours. Both the Shanghai and Hang Seng closed only marginally weaker even with rumours of a China downgrade floating around. The Australian ASX closed weakest of the crowd closing down almost 1%. It did bounce off of earlier lows but still finished the day weak.

It was the UKs FTSE that bucked the winning trend in Europe with a small decline of just -0.1%. Other core markets (DAX and CAC) both closed around +0.35% whilst the IBEX managed just +0.05%. Talk is investors are nervous with ongoing uncertainties and even with geopolitical concerns rising again in North Korea. What may be even more surprising is that the events in Catalonia are failing to have an impact of Spanish government debt. Under normal market conditions yields would need to back-up to attract capital, but if the ECB continues to buy even month why bother to back it off? Other big market talk today was the discussions surrounding the possible merger of Commerzbank, BNP Paribas with possibly a little bit of UniCredit thrown in to the mix! Late in the day both the Euro and GBP rallied on the back of consumer confidence number but then US stocks were looking a little vulnerable as Europe closed.

It is quite unsettling to veteran players in the markets that volume are so low. Again today, we saw only a fraction of what we would normally see this time of year, without considering the potential geopolitical concerns, end of QE, rates edging higher, possible signs of inflation edging off the floor and US markets at historical highs. Into the close we did start to drift lower but even then the volume did not increase. Financials did hold-in marginally better than most other sectors, but then this time of year you just expect a wild swing occur for n...

20:43

Saudi regime shamed at UN Human Rights Council - why does Australia bother with joke UN institutions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yesterday, the Saudi regime was shamed at United Nations HUMAN Rights Council for INHUMANE treatment of its own citizens. #FreeRaif pic.twitter.com/pjgo7sq2ou ExMuslim TV (@ExMuslimTV) September 20, 2017

19:43

President Trump and the Geopolitical World Order: East Asia "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

What remains of the Asia Pivot?

President Obamas defining policy sought to open markets via the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and park a large portion of the US Navy in Chinas backyard. The idea was to pull Asian economies toward the United States, away from China, and to build US force projection capabilities, thus assuring allies in the region that US power was in East Asia for the long run.

Fast-forward to the Trump administration and we see a very different situation: mercantilism is on the rise, allies and would-be allies like South Korea, Australia, the Philippines, and Vietnam are striking out on their own with more independent foreign policies, and US military power is being openly challenged by North Korea and, to a lesser extent, by China in the South China Sea.

Much of the geopolitical groundwork predates President Trump, so its unfair to the blame at his doorstep. Yet Trumps governing philosophy will only accelerate these trends going forward.

Is the era of US primacy in East Asia drawing to a close? And if so, what comes next?

 

The post President Trump and the Geopolitical World Order: East Asia appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.

19:42

Trauma Bonding: The Stockholm Syndrome of Abusive Relationships "IndyWatch Feed National"

For many, the very notion of staying in an abusive relationship is absurd. However, despite that, people continue to stay in abusive relationships all the time, leaving many to wonder why.

While there are many answers to this question, the answer, in short, is quite simple: trauma bonding. Trauma bonding is what takes place when a person is in an abusive relationship and somehow becomes bonded to their abusive partner through their abuse. Think about it: bonding occurs when two people spend time together, however, it doesnt matter if these times are good or if they are bad.

Regardless, you become bonded.

And bonding is much different than love, trust, or attraction. Instead, bonding is something that cannot be lost. It is a physiological reaction that takes place within the body that is similar to an addiction. What adds, even more, fuel to this fire is the fact that many people may not even realize they are being abused, due to the fact that our culture conditions us to believe that abuse is only physical, when it is much more than that.

Of course, physical abuse is a serious problem, but mental abuse is just as bad. Actually, many could consider it to be even worse, mostly because it can be harder to recognize.

Shannon Thomas, a therapist, and author of Healing from Hidden Abuse explains this quite eloquently by comparing psychological abuse to a slow, yet poisonous IV drip. It may start off as small as an insult, causing the victim to merely brush the incident off. However, as time progresses, the abuse becomes more and more clear to the victim. Yet, they may still grapple with themselves over the situation because abusers arent so obvious.

Instead, many abusers will love-bomb their victim after the abuse to leave them shattered and confused. Not only have they destroyed their victim, but now, they have bombarded their victim with affection leaving them to think maybe the situation isnt so bad. But it is. And this back and forth cycle fuels the addiction like trauma bonding that takes place.

With that being said, there are a number of signs that trauma bonding has occurred.

  1. Your partner has promised to change, yet continuously failed to fulfill this promise. However, you still believe they will change.
  2. While other people may become disturbed by your partners behavior, you merely brush it off as nothing.
  3. You have the same fight over and over again, and no one ever wins...

19:13

CIA Agents Arguing Over Bathing In Champagne Is What We Want In Our Spies "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Bathing in champagne was a major topic of debate among CIA agents in the 1950s.

Recently released memos from 1952 show agents debating whether or not champagne from California is suitable enough to bathe in, and its a fascinating discussion.

CIA 1 (Credit: CIA Publicly Released Documents)

CIA 1 (Credit: CIA Publicly Released Documents)

CIA 2 (Credit: CIA Publicly Released Documents)

CIA 2 (Credit: CIA Publicly Released Documents)

CIA 3 (Credit: CIA Publicly Released Documents)

CIA 3 (Credit: CIA Publicly Released Documents)

The British might have James Bond, but has he ever showered or bathed in champagne? The answer is no. Our spies are so elite that they turn their noses up at the idea of bathing in California champagne. They need the real stuff. They need the bubbly straight out of France.

I also want my spies to be spraying champagne everywhere. Its obviously the best way to get information out of people. Nobody is going to get their secrets once our spies spray a little champagne, throw a little money around and bring around some women. Of course, if the champagne, cash and strippers fail, our spies can always turn to the gun.

I just hate making messes, and why shoot people when you can instead pop champagne and party?

I also cant imagine what CIA gatherings much have been like in the 1950s. I have a strong sense its a lot like all those secret societies we always hear about. Just crazy stuff happening left and right, and nobody speaks of it outside of the room. Thats the America I want to live in.

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19:07

MACKAY Miner caught with haul of drugs, weapons "IndyWatch Feed National"

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MACKAY Banned clubber kicks off thongs, flees cops, dives in river "IndyWatch Feed National"

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18:54

JUST IN: PDP suspends Ubah, queries Kashamu "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended Dr Ifeanyi Ubah for his disparaging statement against the partys leadership and the panel that conducted the Anambra state governorship primary. The party also issued a query to senator representing Ogun East senatorial district, Senator Buruji Kashamu for allegedly taking the party to court. National Publicity Secretary of the National Caretaker Committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye said Ubah was suspended for one month and his case referred to the National Disciplinary Committee after he failed to answer a query issued to him by the...

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18:00

To My Friends In Australia: The Vaccine War Deepens "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Jon Rappoport

The string of abuses laid on citizens of Australia by their government grows almost week by week.

Now, parental rights to raise children, without interference from the State, is under a new form of attack. This must be resisted.

Schools are bringing doctors on board, as a permanent feature. Young children will be subjected to medical diagnoses and treatment, without consent or approval from parents, even if those parents actively object. The State is stealing the role of guardian.

The Herald Sun reports. Read carefully:

DOCTORS will have the power to treat students as young as 12 in schools even if parents refuse their consent.

GPs will consult at 100 Victoria high schools for up to one day a week as part of a $43.8 million program.

Guidelines released on Thursday show that even if a parent expressly states that a doctor should not [examine] their child, the GP can if they deem the teen mature enough.

Any student who wants to see the GP will be permitted to make an appointment, the policy said.

The GP will decide if the young person is mature enough to provide consent to any medical treatment for the prevailing issue.

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17:37

To my friends in Australia: the vaccine war deepens by Jon Rappoport "IndyWatch Feed National"

September 20, 2017 NoMoreFakeNews.com

The string of abuses laid on citizens of Australia by their government grows almost week by week.

Now, parental rights to raise children, without interference from the State, is under a new form of attack. This must be resisted.

Schools are bringing doctors on board, as a permanent feature. Young children will be subjected to medical diagnoses and treatment, without consent or approval from parents, even if those parents actively object. The State is stealing the role of guardian.

The Herald Sun reports. Read carefully:

DOCTORS will have the power to treat students as young as 12 in schools even if parents refuse their consent.

GPs will consult at 100 Victoria high schools for up to one day a week as part of a $43.8 million program.

Guidelines released on Thursday show that even if a parent expressly states that a doctor should not [examine] their child, the GP can if they deem the teen mature enough.

Any student who wants to see the GP will be permitted to make an appointment, the policy said.

The GP will decide if the young person is mature enough to provide consent to any medical treatment for the prevailing issue.

A young child giving consent? This is supposed to be informed consent when facing off with an adult doctor?

The handwriting is on the wall. Multiple vaccines will be given, to bring children up to State standards. This whole operation is, in fact, a front for forced vaccination. Thats the goal.

But it doesnt stop there. The covert plan will eventually, if not sooner, include psychiatric diagnoses of so-called mental disorders. ADHD, clinical depression, bipolar, and so on. Followed by toxic drugs. Ritalin, Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Lithium. Its a parade of toxicity.

I have demonstrated, over and over, that NONE of these so-called mental disorders are based on diagnostic lab tests. Theyre pseudoscience.

I would be quite willing to show this and debate this with any Australian doctor or bureaucrat. Head to head, live on Skype.

Is that a challenge? You bet.

The whole medical takeover of parental roles in Australia is on the move. This is naked State force. Nothing less.

Doctors in schools is a wedge, a first step in the door, a first boot on the face.

The propaganda is: We doctors know best. We have the science. Parents are ignorant. We must protect the children....

17:05

7 Common Phrases Chronic Liars Use to Deceive and Manipulate "IndyWatch Feed National"

A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar. Mark Twain

 Every one of us lies at one time or another, be it a small white lie designed to protect those around us or a much larger lie with the purpose of manipulating and controlling life around us. There are times that these lies are easy to spot, so incredibly over the top that they cant possibly be the truth, however, there are also many times that we may find ourselves confused, questioning whether the words that we hear are rooted in truth or fiction.

Source: conservativereview.com

 

There is no official diagnosis for those that engage in the act of compulsive lying. Instead, those who actively partake in this habit are often found to be suffering from conditions for which the compulsive lying is merely a symptom, such as narcissistic, antisocial and borderline personality disorders. When asked to describe compulsive liars Charles Ford, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Alabama Birmingham said, words seem to follow out of their mouths without them thinking about it. This is not a conscious decision for most of these individuals, but rather something that seems to come to them naturally without consideration.

How, then, are we expected to know who we can trust, and who we cannot? How can we spot a compulsive liar?

Watch for these 7 common traits used in communication by compulsive liars

 

  1. They keep their answers short

When directly asked a question, compulsive liars will make a point of answering in short, simple answers. They believe that doing so will allow them to avoid revealing too much, thus avoiding the chance of accidentally exposing their lies.

 

  1. They include a great deal of detail in their explanations

In an attempt to make their li...

16:31

Police Arrest 8 Year Old Boy Put Him in Restraints and Inject Him With Sedatives On First Day of School "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Toronto-area mother is searching for answers after she says her son was taken to a hospital alone in the back of a police car, placed in restraints and injected

The post Police Arrest 8 Year Old Boy Put Him in Restraints and Inject Him With Sedatives On First Day of School appeared first on Filming Cops.

16:27

Nursing Home Where 9 Died In Scorching Heat Was Just Shut Down By The State "IndyWatch Feed National"

[MH] The Hollywood Hills nursing home that became a sweltering deathtrap for nine seniors after Hurricane Irma was shut down Wednesday.

A statement released by the Agency for Health Care Administration said the centers license was suspended, and unveiled new details about the nursing home, which has a history of poor inspections by state regulators.

Hurricane Irma knocked out power to the facilitys central air-conditioning on Sept 10. Three days later, police and fire rescue evacuated the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, located next door to Memorial Regional Hospital, after they got received several distress calls about the patients. All told, nine people from the nursing home died.

AHCA outlined how tthe nursing home administrators added several late entries to patients medical records.

This includes a facility nurse recording a patients temperature at 101.6 degrees, but the patient was actually no longer at the facility, and had a recorded temperature 108.3 by the hospital. In a second, and very egregious case, a late entry was added that stated the patient was resting in bed with respirations even and unlabored, however, this resident had already died before this entry was made, said AHCA in a statement.

The agency said that several residents suffered respiratory or cardiac distress, and at least eight of those patients ultimately died as a result of not receiving the proper medical attention, the agency noted.

Prior to Wednesdays move, AHCA had already ordered a moratorium on new patients and suspended its participation in Medicaid and Medicare, the financial lifeblood of most long-term care facilities.

The more we learn about this facilitys reckless behavior, the more concerning it becomes that the Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation Center made the decision not to immediately call 911 or evacuate to one of the states largest hospitals located across the street which never lost power, said Florida Gov. Rick Scott in a statement Wednesday. We will not stop demanding answers to these questions on behalf of every family who lost a loved one.

The nursing home filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the state, appealing its suspension from Medicaid and requesting an injunction.

Calling the home devastated by the lives lost, the Rehabilitation Center asked a judge in Tallahassee to prevent health regulators from halting new admissions, and a suspension of the rehab centers reimbursement under Medicare and Medicaid, federal insurance programs for elderly and poor people.

Dawn Schonwetter stops to look at a memorial of flowers and messages left on the sidewalk of the Rehabi...

16:08

Bega Valley: Fluoride deferral applauded as new reports presented to council "IndyWatch Feed National"

There were cheers and applause in council chambers on Wednesday as councillors agreed to defer the vote on whether to fluoridate Bega Valley Shire water supplies.

The motion to defer followed three passionate presentations supported by community members in the gallery and included information on fluoride use in other countries.

Rob Slazenger, of Bermagui provided data relating to the use of of fluoride in a number of western industrialised countries which he said showed some of the the  non-fluoride users had better dental outcomes than those who did use it.

He also produced records from NSW Health of councils water fluoridation dosage data. There are four water supply systems in the Bega Valley Shire, Tantawanglo-Kiah, Brogo-Bermagui, Bemboka and Bega-Tathra. Fluoride has been added to the Bega-Tathra water supply system since 1963 and council is now considering adding fluoride to the Tantawanglo-Kiah and Brogo-Bermagui water supplies.

The data supplied by NSW Health appears to show gaps in record keeping and an extended period of overdosing between March and May 2010. A dose of 1 part per million (ppm) in water is recommended but overdosing varied from 30 to 97 per cent in the figures given to Mr Slazenger.

All presentations referenced the possibility of council referring the decision to NSW Health with speakers reminding council that it should be councillors own decision.

Greg Ferguson, of Pambula said a transfer of the decision to NSW Health would be a mockery of the democratic process.

Council would be tainted as gutless. The whole process has been a sham, Mr Ferguson said adding that the use of Hunter H2O as a community consultant was a gross conflict of interest.

It was a point not lost on councillor Russell Fitzpatrick who said he felt no obligation to transfer the matter to NSW Health.

I totally agree its a decision of this council. No way should there be an abrogation of our authority on this matter, Cr Fitzpatrick said to applause from the floor.

Director transport and utilities Terry Dodd mentioned the voluminous nature of material presented.

Given the number of comments it would be unreasonable to try and digest these today, Mr Dodds said and asked for time to review them.

*Original article online at http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/4938818/fluoride-deferral-applauded-as-new-reports-presented-to-council/

14:00

This 1-Acre Permaculture Farm in Australia Can Feed 50 Families "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Amanda Froelich

By 2050, the worlds human population is expected to reach 9.7 billion. Considering 795 million people still go to bed hungry each evening, this is concerning. Fortunately, sustainable solutions exist, and they include vertical gardening and permaculture farming  among others. The latter has been employed on a one-acre farm in Australia and reportedly works so well, enough produce is grown to feed 50 families.

The Limestone Permaculture Farm may be minute in size, but it produces enough produce to feed dozens of families. Started when wife Nici developed an illness, the farm now educates the local community about permaculture and even offers internships.

TreeHugger reports that the Coopers have been farming for close to a decade. At Limestone Permaculture Farm, they grow organic produce, raise sheep goats and chickens, keep bees, and even build with recycled materials. Much of the farm is powered by energy from wood, water, and the sun.

The premise of permaculture is to mimic the social design principles observed in natural ecosystems. Opposite of large-scale mono-cropping (growing one crop at a time), permaculture farming creates symbiosis so a variety of plants may thrive. Some of the permaculture principles implemented by the Coopers include swales, a chicken tractor and even self-seeding edible ground cover.

Credit: Limestone Permaculture Farm

Reportedly, husband Brett discovered permaculture over a decade ago. He told the Newcastle Herald,

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14:00

Welcome to Australia where its always warmer somewhere! "IndyWatch Feed National"

(and other nonsense from Australias Bureau of Meteorology, the University of Melbourne and The Conversation). Dr. Bill Johnston[1] Main points. Australias Bureau of Meteorology and climate scientists at the University of Melbourne should know that nowhere on planet-earth could rainfall be less than none! The Bureaus latest Seasonal Summary (winter 2017) spuriously claims rainfall is

13:30

Ken Burns New Vietnam War Documentary Speaks For Silent Soldiers Like My Father "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ken Burns much anticipated, newly released Vietnam War documentary is receiving high praise from practically everyone, including George Will, who has called it a masterpiece and a fine example of how to calmly assess episodes fraught with passion and sorrow.

Thus far through the series, I have certainly been inspired to contemplate many of our contemporary culture war battles through the lens of Vietnam. But the documentary especially makes me think of my now-deceased father, who was himself a Vietnam War veteran.

Why My Father Fought

My father grew up practically at ground zero of the 1960s southern segregation fight, desegregation coinciding with his junior year at Huntsville High School in Alabama. He was disgusted by the racism pervasive among his many white classmates, and became a liberal hippy, experimenting with drugs, drinking with Black Panthers, and loudly vocalizing his opposition to the Vietnam War. Yet in order to help pay for college at Auburn University, he joined the universitys ROTC program.

He ultimately dropped out of Auburn, only to have his draft number called. He promptly answered, and spent four years as a U.S. Army medic, two of which were spent serving in South Korea, including participating in the medevacs to retrieve and care for soldiers wounded in Vietnam. In the few anecdotes he told about his experience in that theater, I never got the impression that his liberal politics obstructed his ability to serve his country, the country his father and grandfather had also served in World Wars I and II.

The virtue of patriotism also stands out in my knowledge of my fathers service. He remained adamant throughout his life that Vietnam was the wrong war: a tremendous waste of life, money, and American goodwill. But this never meant he wasnt proud to serve. Every 4th of July at our church, the pastor would ask military servicemen to stand during the services national anthem. My dad reluctantly but dutifully stood, his head held high. His personal political opinions never obstructed his patriotism, his love for his country, or his loyalty to the flag and what it stood for. He remained ever proud to be a U.S. Army medic.

Grappling With Grief

My fathers military service was also marked by an intense suffering and isolation. He loved to tell stories about his wayward youth, but offered few details about his war experience. A close family friend died from cancer when I was in eighth grademy mother and father were both there at her deathbed. Afterwards my mother wept, but my father never shed a tear. I asked him why. Ive seen too much death in my life, he replies. I dont think Im capable of crying anymore.

Sometimes my mother would ask me to wake my father from his weekend naps. I was terrified to do it. If I came too clo...

13:29

Watching The 1950s Whats My Line? Will Challenge Your Assumptions About Humanity "IndyWatch Feed National"

The popular guessing game Whats My Line? ran from 1950 to 1967, and most episodes are now available for free on YouTube. The format is simple: four show-business panelists meet three or four guests and are challenged to guess what each does for a living (their line, you see).

They can only ask yes-no questions, and the guest earns $5 for every no answer. If he gives ten no answers, or if enough time goes by without the panel guessing it, he wins. Each episode also has a special mystery guest, where the panel dons blindfolds and tries to guess the identity of a celebrity contestant, who often disguise their voices in humorous ways (have you ever wanted to see Ronald Reagan talking in a goofy doofus voice? You do now).

The game part of the show was very loosely enforced: half the time moderator John Daly would give the contestant the whole $50 on some pretext just for coming onto the program. The panelists often engaged in humorous debates with Daly, or disputations about how their questions ought to be taken. It was less about winning or losing than entertaining the audience.

Its All in Good Fun

The whole thing was a lot of fun. Since the audience is told upfront what the contestants line is, the panelists searching questions often create unintentionally hilarious images. For instance, when a woman who repairs zippers was a contestant, the panel asked such unfortunate questions such as Would one or more of this product be found in a well-equipped office? and Would an efficient secretary know how to operate one?

This shows just how misleading their questions can be, since, of course, the answer to both those questions would be yes. This prompted the follow-up, When you reach the end, does a bell ring? which nearly brought down the house.

The show opens with the panel introducing each other, usually ornamented with numerous compliments about their accomplishments, talents, and (in the case of the women) beauty. They frequently banter amid the segments, playfully teasing one another and cracking jokes while they try to figure out their guests line, all with the air of genuine affection and mutual respect. The effect is more like watching a group of friends playing games at a party than a real serious competition.

Adding to the charm is that the whole point of the show is looking at different types of people doing different types of jobs, many of which you would never guess from simply looking at them. An ordinary-looking little man turns out to be the voice of Donald Duck. A beautiful blonde young woman turns out to be a rocket scientist. A handsome, well-dressed man cleans sewers. Many of the jobs are things you would never even think of, such as a man who fits mens corsets, or a girl who does stunts on the wing of a plane.

All diffe...

13:00

Australia Cites Blockchain In 'Digital Economy' Strategy Launch "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is plotting an ambitious new Digital Economy initiative and blockchain is part of the plan, a new paper reveals.

12:28

Heaps Cooked: Brisbanes First Cookluck Club "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dinner with Matt Golinski of Ready Steady Cook, in celebration of a food culture of cooking with what youve got.

12:27

New Matilda Is Going To Hell (Where There Are No Breasts) For Revealing Christian Lobbys Reply Paid Glitter Service "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is NOT fake news because frankly there isnt sufficient weed on the planet to unleash enough creativity to come up with a story like this.

Okay, so this gets a little weird. Youve been warned.

A few weeks ago, New Matilda stumbled across a tweet from the head of the Australian Christian Lobby, Lyle Shelton, objecting to people sending him nasty letters about Adolf Hitler.

Lyle, while light-heartedly noting that people were mailing him lots of glitter, took a sterner tone towards the Nazi stuff, and included a picture of what hed received replete with the envelope which revealed that the ACL has a Reply Paid postal service.

And so naturally, New Matilda published details of the Reply Paid service, and urged our readers to send glitter, which Lyle would actually have to pay for.

The story went viral, and I think we can all agree well played New Matilda. #yourewelcomelyleshelton

However, since then, weve been getting all sorts of random emails warning us that were going to hell. Make that Hell with a capital H.

This afternoon, a man named Fade Nissan reached out, to let us know that the devil is very smart. Fade Nissan, of course, sounds like a character from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, a movie full of false idols ipso facto we reminded Fade that in all likelihood, he would probably be joining us.

 

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Undeterred, Fade referred us to the video below, in which a clearly delusional man, Mario Martinez, claims to have been to Hell, survived, and is now back to tell us what its like.

Long story short, its apparently quite warm.

The video is 31 minutes long (so, you know, spark one up before you sit down to watch it) and includes this especially excellent description: Mario Martinez grew up in the projects on the east side of Los Angeles. His father was a drunkard.

 

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12:15

What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning? Finding Your Reason for Being "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ikigai: Finding your Reason for Being

By Chip Richards

What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning?

When asked what is the single most powerful contributing factor to ones health and vitality, integrative medical doctor Oscar Serrallach answered without hesitation: having a sense of purpose. Serrallach went on to describe that while some of his patients have developed great regimes of nutrition, lifestyle activities and movement to support their wellbeing; those without a clear sense of purpose in their life experience continuing struggle with physical health issues. The distinguishing quality of many of his healthiest patients  those who  transcend common health challenges despite not having lived by the book, in terms of healthy lifestyle factors is that they seem to be the most aligned or called towards some primary focus of meaning in their life.

Japanese culture actually has a word which addresses this focus. The word is ikigai and translates simply as, reason for being.

What is Your Reason for Being?

According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai. To find it often requires deep enquiry and lengthy search of self a search which is highly regarded.

Four primary elements of ikigai

The term ikigai is composed of two Japanese words: iki referring to life, and kai, which roughly means the realisation of what one expects and hopes for. Unpacking the word and its associated symbol a bit further, ikigai is seen as the convergence of four primary elemen...

12:03

Psychiatry Ignores an Elephant in the Room "IndyWatch Feed National"

Large cohort studies of people with a first-episode psychosis provide a unique opportunity for finding out why so many young people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders die at a young age. However, it seems that those psychiatrists who have access to the mortality data generally do not want the facts to come out. In published cohort studies, there is virtually always too little information or no information at all about the causes of death.

In 2012, Hegelstad et al. published 10-year follow-up data for 281 patients with a first-episode psychosis (the TIPS study). 1 Although their average age at entry into the study was only 29 years, 49 patients (17%) had died in less than 10 years. The authors detailed article was about recovery and symptom scores and they took no interest in all these deaths, which appeared in a flowchart of patients lost to follow-up and were not commented upon anywhere in their paper. In the text, however, they mentioned only 28 deaths (11%), so it is difficult to know how many died.

On March 5th 2017, I wrote to the first author: In your interesting study from 2012, Long-Term Follow-Up of the TIPS Early Detection in Psychosis Study: Effects on 10-Year Outcome, 28 patients died of 281. Do you have the causes of death, which would be very interesting to know about? I noticed that most patients were still on antipsychotics 10 years after they started (table 2). I consider this very frightening, e.g. around half of them will have tardive dyskinesia (which is often masked by ongoing treatment) and many, if not all, will have developed permanent brain damage at this point, to mention just two of the important harms of long-term treatment. In contrast, only 17% of patients in Lappland were still on antipsychotics 5 years after their first episode (compared to 75% in Stockholm).

I sent a reminder ten days later and was told I would get an answer shortly. On May 10th, I wrote again: It is now another two months. You did an important study and it is important for the world to know what 10% of your very young patients died from in just 10 years. It is a frightening death rate. Do we need to file a Freedom of Information request to get this information?

Hegelstad replied that, We are preparing a manuscript detailing the information you are asking for. It will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. When published the information will be readily available to all.

The preparation of the manuscript and its publication were very fast. Already in June, the paper was out, in World Psychiatry.2 With this record speed, I wondered what the peer r...

12:01

Coroner Finds Anti-Smoking Drug Contributed to Mans Suicide "IndyWatch Feed National"

From ABC: A Queensland Coroner has found that the anti-smoking drug Champix played a role in the suicide of a 22-year-old man, Timothy John, who died in April 2013.

Article

11:52

China Begins Rounding Up And Detaining Bitcoin Executives "IndyWatch Feed National"

China has begun rounding up and detaining Bitcoin executives who run exchanges in the country, amid a huge crackdown against cryptocurrencies. 

As the war on Bitcoin continues, Chinese media is reporting that executives who operate Bitcoin exchanges are being told they are not allowed to leave Beijing whilst the government conducts an investigation.

A number of informed sources say the executives of special currency trading platforms are not allowed to leave Beijing to cooperate with the investigation. In accordance with regulatory requirements, trading platform shareholders, the actual controller, executives and financial executives need to fully cooperate with the relevant work in the clean-up period in Beijing.

Trustnodes.com reports: Australias Financial Review (AFR) says the above has been confirmed with them by a source close to one of the biggest exchanges, Huobi, which told them its founder, Li Lin, was required to report to the authorities and cooperate with their work at any time.

The draconian measure is undertaken following a decision by Chinas Communist Party to close down all crypto exchanges, with trading volumes in the country dropping considerably.

Chinese trading volumes now account for only around 5% 10% of bitcoins or ethereums global trading volumes. With price there significantly lower. Leading CoinMarketCap to exclude them from calculations of average prices.


11:43

Poor Orphan Crops So Valuable, So Neglected "IndyWatch Feed National"

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Sep 20 2017 (IPS) When think-tankers in the mid-1990s formulated their famous think global, act local slogan, they probably did not expect humankind to require a couple of decades to implement such practical advice.

A group of people heading towards Mangoky River (Madagascar) past Baobab trees. Baobab leaves and fruits are sources of food for people and fodder for animals. Credit: FAO/Aris Mihich

At least this has been the case for the so-called neglected, under-utilised, minor or promising crops, which have been forgotten over the last century.

Now scientists and policymakers are beginning to recognise the value of these colourfully dubbed orphan crops, affirming what local communities have already known for generations.

What Are They?

But what are they all about? The United Nations leading food and agriculture agency provides the answer with some specific examples the African Yam Bean and the Desert Date, and Ber, a stocky tree with a vitamin-rich berry.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) explains that the African yam bean, cultivated mainly for home consumption, is planted for its seeds, which are high in protein and low in calories, and are often eaten after being dried and ground into flour or simply boiled and seasoned.

The starch-rich, tuberous roots, similar to spindly sweet potatoes in shape, are consumed either fresh, cut into strips in salads, or dried and ground into flour. The leaves can also be cooked and eaten much in the same way spinach is.

The crop seems to be little affec...

11:41

The Smog Chancellor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who is the worlds leading environmental vandal? The answer may surprise you.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 20th September 2017

Which living person has done most to destroy the natural world and the future wellbeing of humanity? Donald Trump will soon be the correct answer, when the full force of his havoc has been felt. But for now I would place another name in the frame. Angela Merkel.

What? Have I lost my mind? Angela Merkel, the climate chancellor? The person who, as German environment minister, brokered the first UN climate agreement, through sheer force of will? The Chancellor who persuaded the G7 leaders to promise to phase out fossil fuels by the end of this century? The architect of Germanys Energiewende its famous energy transition? Yes, the very same.

Unlike Donald Trump, she has no malicious intent. She did not set out to destroy the agreements she helped to create. But the Earths systems do not respond to mission statements or speeches or targets. They respond to hard fact. What counts, and should be judged, as she seeks a fourth term as German Chancellor in the elections on Sunday, is what is done, not what is said. On this metric her performance has been a planetary disaster.

Merkel has a fatal weakness: a weakness for the lobbying power of German industry. Whenever a crucial issue needs to be resolved, she weighs her ethics against political advantage, and chooses the advantage. This is why, in large part, Europe now chokes in a fug of diesel fumes.

The EU decision to replace petrol engines with diesel, though driven by German car manufacturers, pre-dates her premiership. It was a classic European fudge, a means of averting systemic change while creating an impression of action, based on the claim (which now turns out to be false) that diesel engines produce less carbon dioxide than petrol. But once she became Chancellor, Merkel used every conceivable tactic, fair and foul, to preserve this deadly cop-out.

The worst instance was in 2013, when, after five years of negotiations, other European governments had finally agreed a new fuel economy standard for cars: they would produce an average of no more than 95 grammes of CO2 per kilometre by 2020. Merkel moved in to close the who...

11:40

US dollar shines, Asia shares slip after Fed signals December rate hike "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen

TOKYO (REUTERS) The US dollar shone while Asian shares slipped on Thursday (Sept 21) after the US Federal Reserve announced a plan to start shrinking its balance sheet and signalled one more rate hike later this year.

European shares are expected to benefit from a fall in the euro against the dollar with spread betters looking at a higher opening of 0.5 per cent in Germanys DAX and Frances CAC.

Japans Nikkei gained 0.2 per cent as a rise in US bond yields lifted financial shares, while the yens fall against the dollar after the Feds decision helped exporters.

The Bank of Japan, as widely expected, left its policy settings unchanged, with markets awaiting a news conference by its governor later in the day.

MSCIs broadest dollar-denominated index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.5 per cent, with Australian shares among the hardest hit with fall of 0.8 per cent.

Major US share indexes recovered quickly from initial losses following the Feds announcement, with the S&P 500 ending slightly higher, helped in part by gains in financials and energy shares.

While a rate hike is negative, the fact that the Feds confidence in the economy is strong enough to expect a rate hike can be taken as supportive of market sentiment, said Soichiro Monji, chief strategist at Daiwa SB Investments.

The Feds view also prompted a rotation from tech shares into financial shares, which benefit from higher interest rates, he added. In a way, what the Fed did was not much of a surprise. From now, the markets will be focusing on individual earnings rather than macro themes, said Hisashi Iwama, senior portfolio manager at Asset Management One.

As expected, the Fed said it would begin in October to trim its massive holding of U.S. Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities acquired in the years after the 2008 financial crisis.

The Fed signalled it still expects one more interest rate hike by the end of the year, despite a recent bout of low inflation, but ratcheted down its long-term interest rate forecasts.

Fed fund rate futures are now pricing in about a 65 per cent chance of a rate hike by December compared to around 50 percent before the latest meeting. Markets expect the Fed move to coincide with revisions of its economic projections.

The yield on two-year US Treasury notes jumped to 1.451 per cent, its highest level since November 2008 late on Wednesday. The 10-year US Treasuries yield rose to 2.278 per cent, briefly hit...

09:37

Tiahuanaco: Gateway to the Gods "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gateway to the Gods
by Dan Eden

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"Ask most people who are the oldest civilization or where the oldest civilization lived and you'll hear answers like Mesopotamia (Iraq), Egypt or Iran. While these cultures can be traced back to 4000 B.C., the mysterious ruins of Tiahuanaco, in Bolivia, could be 14,000 years old! If you think the Great Pyramid in Egypt is a technological marvel, wait until you see what artists and engineers were doing in Tiahuanaco. This culture thrived at the breathless, oxygen deprived elevation of 13,000 feet. They managed to somehow move stones weighing up to 200 tons and invented modular building techniques that would even today, be cutting edge.
The most famous icon of the archaeological site at Tiahuanaco is the Sun Gate. This structure has been described as a "calendar" almost as long as the monolithic gateway has been known to exist; thus the Sun Gate has also been called 'the Calendar Gate'. This calendar sculpture, though it undoubtedly depicts a "solar year," cannot however be made to fit into the solar year as we divide it at present. The calendar has only 290 days, divided into 12 "twelfths" of 24 days each, plus 2 intercalary days.

Some researchers have attempted to explain this as being a ritualistic calendar while others have claimed that, 14,000 years ago, the length of a year was somehow different from today. Still others believe that it may represent a year on some another planet. Extraterrestrial connections were first suggested by Eric von Danken and have been perpetuated by discoveries of the apparent advanced knowledge that Tiahuanacan engineers seemed to possess - thousands of years ahead of other cultures....

09:30

US NSA Spying On India's Nuclear Weapons, by Shelley Kasli "IndyWatch Feed National"

Several Top Secret documents, sourced from Edward Snowden's files, have recently been published, revealing how the National Security Agency (NSA) spied on India's ballistic missiles systems and nuclear weapons. The NSA did so using its interception programme, Rainfall, via its bases in Australia and Thailand. These Top Secret documents make it more plausible to view two events with suspicion: the death, allegedly accidental, of Homi J. Bhabha, the father of Indian nuclear power, and also, the deaths of 11 scientists, that occurred during Obama's first term in office.

08:25

Australia must abandon racially discriminatory remote work for the dole program UN told "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Government is denying access to basic rights to equality, work and income for people in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, through its racially discriminatory remote work for the dole program.

In a joint statement lodged with the UN Human Rights Council, the Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT and Human Rights Law Centre urged the Council to abandon its racially discriminatory Community Development Program and replace it with an Aboriginal-led model.

John Paterson, a CEO of the Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT, said that the Governments program requires people looking for work in remote communities to work up to 760 hours more per year for the same basic payment as people in non-Indigenous majority urban areas.

The program discriminates on the basis of race, with around 83 per cent of people in the program being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. This is a racially discriminatory program that was imposed on remote communities by the Government and it's having devastating consequences in those communities, said Mr Paterson.

Adrianne Walters, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that the program is also denying basic work rights to many people in remote communities.

Some people are required to do work that they should be employed to do. Instead, they receive a basic social security payment that is nearly half of the minimum wage in Australia. People should be paid an award wage and afforded workplace rights and protections to do that work. said Ms Walters.

The statement calls for the Federal Government to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on a model that treats people with respect, protects their human rights and provides opportunities for economic and community development.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote communities want to take up the reins and drive job creation and community development. Communities need a program that sees people employed on decent pay and conditions, to work on projects the community needs. Its time for Government to work with us, said Mr Paterson.

The Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT has developed an alternative model for fair work and strong communities, called the Remote Development and Employment Scheme, which was launched in Canberra two weeks ago with broad community support.

The new Scheme will see new opportunities for jobs and community development and get rid of pointless administration. Critically, the Scheme provides incentives to encourage people into work, training...

07:28

The Human Race is Quickly Evolving Into A New Kind of Human "IndyWatch Feed National"

Life is a crazy roller coaster full of ups, downs, and twist and turns. Im sure everyone will agree with me when I say that life is confusing. But its okay because you are rapidly transforming into a new human being. Youre not supposed to understand it all.

We all try our hardest to understand life and make sense of things. There are so many questions to be answered about life like how we got here, what put us here, and what were truly supposed to be doing. However, life wouldnt be life if you understood it. Its weird how nothing makes sense at all, yet it all does at the same time.

Everything is interdependent on each other and if one component of life were to disappear it would bring all of society to a crumble. Its okay that you dont understand everything or anything about life itself. None of us really do, but thats because we are rapidly changing into new human beings. Even more rapidly than youd think.

We are constantly evolving as time goes on. Humans are forever growing and so is our universe. Everything continues and time goes on, and we are rapidly growing, changing, and essentially transforming as it all happens before our very eyes. If you stop to pay attention you would notice how fast everything changes even yourself. Everyday you live you are creating new memories of new experiences and forming new interests and opinions on everything you come into contact with. One memory possessing brain cell dies and another is born. We are constantly in a state of evolution.

Everything about life is a learning experience. None of us are placed on Earth knowing anything. We are informationless fragile creatures who grow everyday. Growing physically and mentally as we create new brain cells, memories, experiences, and feelings. Everyday we grow something is changing. When you wake up in the morning you are essentially a new person by the time you lay your head down at night. Every day is a learning experience and we grow more wisdom as we go throughout life.

You are becoming more aware of your own spir...

07:11

MACKAY Man allegedly caught with 1kg of ice facing more charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 21, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

Man allegedly caught with 1kg of ice facing more charges

September 21, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

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MACKAY Mega fail: Wanted mans escape plan goes down the drain "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Mega fail: Wanted mans escape plan goes down the drain

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07:01

Louvre Accord v Plaza Accord "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: I notice you often cite the *Plaza Accord* when on the topic of central bank currency manipulation. That accord was signed in 1985 with an aim to devalue the USD. Could you write a little on the *Louvre Accord signed just two years later, in 1987, with an aim to reverse the unwanted effects of the *Plaza Accord*. Thanks cheers,

TGM

ANSWER: The Louvre Accord was an agreement, signed on February 22, 1987 in Paris, that aimed to stabilize the international currency markets and halt the continued decline of the US Dollar caused by the Plaza Accord. The agreement was signed by France, West Germany, Japan, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. Italy declined to sign the agreement.

The G7 meeting of central bankers and finance ministers in Paris announced that the dollar was now consistent with economic fundamentals. The announced that they would only intervene when required to ensure foreign exchange stability. The objective was then to manage the floating currency system. Democrats gained control of Congress in 1986 and immediately called for protectionist measures. The dollar depreciation agreed to in 1985 at the Plaza Accord, failed to really improve the trade perspective. In 1986, the trade deficit actually rose to approximately $166 billion with exports at about $370 billion and imports at about $520 billion. The object of manipulating currency to try to create jobs and alter trade flows proved to be completely false.

My concerns warning that volatility would increase made back in 1985 were materializing. What they did not understand was the lowering the dollar in value also led to a shift in capital flows and the selling of US assets. Foreigners were suffering loses by financing U.S. trade through purchasing United States Treasury bonds in an attempt to ease the trade deficit criticism. We were advising Japanese to buy gold on the New York COMEX, export it, and then resell which would also make it appear that the US exports were increasing. H...

07:00

The Making of Monsters "IndyWatch Feed National"

10-year old Yusuf, an American boy who appeared in an ISIS video threatening Trump and the U.S.10-year old Yusuf, an American boy who appeared in an ISIS video threatening Trump and the U.S.

 

SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq When a little boy who looked and sounded American appeared in propaganda video put out by the failing Islamic State this week, threatening Trump: puppet of the Jews, it caused a sensation as, of course, it was meant to do.

How can a group make a child into a monster? we ask.  Yet the answer comes to us in the voices of numerous ISIS defectors and prisoners who tell us precisely how ISIS takes the blank-slate minds of children and fills them with poisonous ideologies alongside dreams of Paradise.

Children are powerful tools in the hands of groups like the so-called Islamic State, as weve learned after interviewing 63 ISIS returnees, defectors, and prisoners.

Trained at Cubs of the Caliphate camps in both Iraq and Syria, children are indoctrinated to hateand to kill all others who do not adhere to ISISs strict, brutal and intolerant views of Islam. They are also taught to give their own lives in acts of martyrdom. \

I saw them train young kids to blow things up. From my camp, 15-year-and-younger kids went on bombing missions.  They tell us they are going to go to Paradise, 15-year-old Syrian Ibn Omar told researchers for the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism.

Ibn Omar ran off to join ISIS at age 13 after having his head filled with dreams from the preachers who took over his mosque when ISIS overran his region. Impoverished and young enough to be drawn in, Ibn Omar was motivated by the income he could bring home to his unsuspecting parents, and the promises of cars and other material rewards.

In the first days, the brothers also appeared to be real Muslims, preaching the real Islam. Little did he know.

I liked them [ISIS] a lot in the beginning, but laterThey taught us about God, the Prophet and our religion. We spent just one...

07:00

What Can Sweet Fennel Oil Do for Your Health? "IndyWatch Feed National"

What Is Sweet Fennel Oil?

Sweet fennel oil comes from crushed fennel seeds (Foeniculum vulgare). The plant, which is a part of the Apiaceae family including carrots or parsley, 1 has an herby, slightly spicy smell that resembles aniseed. It is native to Southern Europe, but is also now grown in parts of Northern Europe, Australia and North America. 2

Uses of Sweet Fennel Oil

Fennel was used in various ancient civilizations by the Egyptians for food and medicine and by the Chinese as a remedy for snake bites. During the Middle Ages, it was hung over doorways to drive away evil spirits.

In present times, sweet fennel oil is used mostly for medicinal purposes, such as killing parasitic worms and their spores in the intestines and excretory tracts and as a laxative with no side effects. It is also used for cosmetic purposes, especially as an ingredient in massage oils,3 perfumes, toothpastes and soaps.4

Composition of Sweet Fennel Oil

The chemicals found in sweet fennel oil include anethole, fenchone, estragole, a-pinene and -pinene, a-phellandrene and -phellandrene, a-Terpineol, myrcene, campfer and para-Cymol.5

Benefits of Sweet Fennel Oil

Sweet fennel oil acts as a stimulant for the nervous, digestive and excretory system and the endocrine and exocrine glands. It helps relieve dizziness, fatigue and exhaustion.6 Other benefits you can get from using sweet fennel oil include:

Carminative: eases indigestion and stomach pain

Diuretic: removes excess water, sodium, uric acid, bile salts and other toxic elements

Splenic: protects....

06:04

Climate Change Primer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Illustrations by JON HAN

Once again we thank NYTimes Science writer Justin Gillis for this primer on a complex and politically weighty issue.

Climate Change Is Complex. Weve
Got Answers to Your Questions.

We know. Global warming is daunting. So heres a place to start: 17 often-asked questions with some straightforward answers.

1.Climate change? Global warming? What do we call it?

Both are accurate, but they mean different things.

You can think of global warming as one type of climate change. The broader term covers changes beyond warmer temperatures, such as shifting rainfall patterns.

President Trump has claimed that scient...

06:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 4.60 AUD
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Scientists Used Cellphones and Sewage to Pinpoint Neighborhoods With Drug Users "IndyWatch Feed National"

It's entirely possible to analyze literal shit to estimate drug use patterns of whole cities. In fact, as I've reported before,wastewater drug analysissampling raw sewage for traces of illicit substancesis common practice in many parts of the world, including Europe, Australia, China, and parts of the United States.

05:19

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Merkel Slams Trumps Threat to Destroy North Korea
Wed Sep 20, 2017 07:56PM
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses an election campaign rally of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Kappeln, northern Germany, on September 20, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says US President Donald Trumps threat to totally destroy North Korea is wrong, citing economic pressure and diplomacy as the only "appropriate" ways to resolve the conflict.

I am against such threats, Merkel told the Deutsche Welle channel. We consider any form of military solution as totally inappropriate and we insist on a diplomatic solution.

From my point of view sanctions and their implementation are the right answer. But I consider everything else concerning North Korea as wrong, she added. And that is why we clearly disagree with the US president."

The German chancellor made the remarks in reaction to Trumps debut speech at the United Nations General Assembly, where he said Tuesday that the US was ready to destroy the North to resolve the ongoing standoff over the countrys ballistic missile and nuclear weapons program.

"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea," he said.

"It is time for North Korea to realize that its denuclearization is its only responsible future," he added.

The Trump administration has been pushing for greater international pressure on North Korea through the UN and by pressuring China, Pyongyangs main trade ally.

The pressure peaked in early September, when the North announced that it had successfully exploded a hydrogen bomb, its sixth overall thermonuclear test.

The UN Security Council adopted new sanctions against the North as a result, a move that Pyongyang warned would not go unanswered.

Germanys role

Merkel said in her interview that Germanys strong ties China, Japan, South Korea and the United States puts it among the few countries that co...

05:13

ALERTA! Stop fascists rallying @ LGBT Holocaust Memorial, Sydney : Saturday, September 23, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

This post is dedicated to the memory of Willem Arondeus, the gay Dutch resistance member executed by the Nazis in July 1943 and Righteous Among the Nations. This Saturday in Sydney, Nick Folkes and his Party for Freedom (PFF) are Continue reading

05:09

The hate that dare not speak its name: @burgewords comments on #VoteNo to #MarriageEquality "IndyWatch Feed National"

It would make for a better, fairer and more entertaining match if #TeamNo owned the term homophobes. AUSTRALIA is fighting a very old battle. Its been Trojan-Horsed into every household in the form of the Turnbull Governments postal survey on federal marriage law. Like all wars, the propaganda is rife. Were being asked to vote []

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04:49

The art of misdirection: NZ Labour and xenophobia "IndyWatch Feed National"

At the start of the election campaign, the Labour Partys position on immigration was clear. Armed with a raft of new policies and an inflammatory vow to stop tens of thousands from coming to New Zealand, Labour signalled loudly that reducing migration was one its key electoral pledges. With the recent turnover in leadership and accompanying guarded sound bites on immigration, one could be fooled into believing that the party has softened its stance.

04:25

Low concentration of quercetin antagonizes the invasion and angiogenesis of human glioblastoma U251 cells. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Onco Targets Ther. 2017 ;10:4023-4028. Epub 2017 Aug 11. PMID: 28860810 Abstract Title:  Low concentration of quercetin antagonizes the invasion and angiogenesis of human glioblastoma U251 cells. Abstract:  Glioblastoma is the most aggressive type of brain tumor with a very poor prognosis. Therefore, it is always of great importance to explore and develop new potential treatment for glioblastoma. Quercetin, a flavonoid present in a variety of human foods, has been shown to inhibit various tumor cell proliferation. In this study, we found that treating human glioblastoma U251 cells with 10g/mL quercetin for 24 hours, a concentration that was far below the IC50 (113.65 g/mL) and at which quercetin failed to inhibit cell proliferation, inhibited cell migration (30%) and cell invasion as examined by wound scratch assay and transwell assay, respectively. We further showed that 10 g/mL quercetin inhibited cell migration and tube formation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells induced by the conditioned medium derived from U251 cell culture. The inhibitory effect of quercetin on migration and angiogenesis is possibly mediated through the downregulation of protein levels ofVEGFA, MMP9, and MMP2 as detected by Western blot. Our findings demonstrated that low concentration of quercetin antagonized glioblastoma cell invasion and angiogenesis in vitro.

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04:00

Refugees, Dreamers, and Sanctuary Cities "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell

When my paternal grandparents arrived at Ellis Island in the 1890s, from Ireland, they did not have to fit into any particular category of immigrant, as it was only in 1914 that nations started to require pass-ports. Before that, anyone could wash up on the shores of a foreign country. A refugee is one who enters the host country in a particular category, legally, often under the auspices of a charity group. (At present I am residing in a large apartment complex where the majority of residents are refugees.)

I notice that my fellow Americans seem to be unclear as to how they should regard immigrants nowadays. Should they welcome them with open arms? or criticize them for being a drag on the welfare budget? or fear them as people who may cause trouble?  This article aims to clarify just a bit of the recent talk about immigrants that is appearing in the news, specifically about DACA and sanctuary cities.

The DACA Program

A DACA immigrant is one who entered the US as a child and has only known the US as his or her home country. The acronym stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Deferred action as opposed to what?  As opposed to immediate deportation. Some of these persons are now in their thirties.

They arrive...

04:00

The Best Bad Guys Money Can Buy: Radical Islamic Terrorists "IndyWatch Feed National"

Radical Islamic Terrorists are everywhere, it seems. Theyre all over Syria and Iraq. Theyre in Libya and Nigeria too. 

They attacked the former Soviet Union from Afghanistan and modern day Russia from Chechnya. Weve seen them in the Philippines. They attacked an Australian cafe in Sydney, so we were told.

Recently theyve been in Myanmar (Burma). Theyve infiltrated Europe and are behind various attacks in London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona, so we were told.

Theyre even in China (Uyghur/Xinjiang). And of course, they paid a grand visit to the US on 9/11 in 2001, right?

Youre told radical Islamic terrorists are the root of all evil in the world. But have you taken the time to peel back the layers? You may be surprised

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03:57

Strong and deep M6.4 earthquake hits Vanuatu "IndyWatch Feed National"

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Vanuatu at 20:09 UTC on September 20, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 200.2 km (125 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 204 km (126 miles). According to the USGS, the...... Read more

Historical nautical maps show coral loss more extensive than previously believed "IndyWatch Feed National"

A team of researchers based in Australia and the United States have used historical nautical maps to determine that coral reef loss in the Florida Keys is much more extensive than previously understood. The British empire began mapping its overseas territories in the 18th century, and coral reefs in particular were quite thoroughly documented given the danger they posed to wooden-hulled ships. In the process, these imperial cartographers unwittingly provided a source of high-resolution spatial data on coastal areas that, as it turns out, can still be useful today in establishing historical baselines for the extent of coral reefs and assessing changes to those reef systems over the ensuing centuries. The degree of biologically relevant information recorded varied by cartographer, but the best of these British maps describes the depth, shape, and color of shallow-water corals and distinguishes them from other hard structures such as rocks, the authors of a study published in the journal Science Advances earlier this month wrote. The researchers used nautical charts dating from the 1770s to help quantify changes in the coral reefs of the Florida Keys over the past 240 years. The maps were essential to expansion of the British Empire, and luckily for us, they also included a lot of useful ecological information, according to Benjamin Neal, a postdoctoral researcher at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine and a co-author of the study. Loren McClenachan, a professor at Colby College in Waterville, Maine who led the study, said that,

03:47

Are you Australias next Community Garden great? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Now here's an opportunity for your community garden being featured on the front cover of  your local phone book.

03:22

Disabled 8-Year-Old Put In Restraints, Forcibly Injected On First Day Of School "IndyWatch Feed National"

An 8-year-old school kid from Toronto was put into restraints and forcibly injected against his will, according a complaint by his mother.  Debbie Kiroff says she is looking for answers after she found out her [...]

03:21

Judge supports drink driving with get out of jail free card? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian 'authorities' (you know, the people actually in government and not the masses according to the Constitution) are full of sayings.

"Nothing to hide nothing to fear", right?
(Please note this does NOT apply to the people in government, as many of their documents are sealed never to be released to the public).

How about "Do the crime do the time"?

Unless you've been a 'free man' traveler in the Australian outback, where the mainstream media radio waves cannot reach your television or radio, you would know that the authorities advertise that drink driving is not acceptable behaviour.

Well one New South Wales 'judge' doesn't seem to think so.





Paul Conlon (pictured above) reckons that if you're a "person of good character", where you've been sentenced before to a 6 months prison term for drink driving, he will get you out of gaol (proper Australian term for "jail').

Apparently a Brazilian national Arthur Rohsig (pictured centre) was drink driving in Australia, where he accumulated 36 demerit points and his blew a breath test reading of 0.172.


The police have stated that he had no regard for Australian law and was a danger to himself and others, but (naturally) the police were unable to revoke his Brazilian licence.

As a result of his 'crime' he was sentenced in July to serve six months in the slammer but good ol' Paul Conlon got him out.

As a consolation prize though drink driver Arthur will be apparently deported.

So the message is loud and clear from (judge) Paul Conlon, if you want to drink drive and your a "person of good character" (whatever that means) he'll let you off the...

03:06

Pet chihuahua in Australia chews off owner's toes "IndyWatch Feed National"

A man has had to have his toe amputated after his hungry pet Chihuahua started eating it while he slept. Former AFL star Campbell Brown told the gruesome tale of his father-in-law Tom Johnson's ordeal with his dog Sable on SEN. The dog was hungry enough that two years ago it ate Mr Johnson's right big toe. "It's too good of a story not to give to the public domain," The former Hawthorn and Gold Coast star said. "My father-in-law Tom Johnson has got diabetes so he hasn't been able to feel his feet too well for many, many years. They just got cute pet Chihuahua called 'Sable' that sleeps on the end of the bed.

02:25

The Conflict of Congressional War Powers "IndyWatch Feed National"

The line drawn between Presidential and Congressional war authority

      When the US Constitution gives the rights of a power, theoretically, to two branches, where does the line get drawn? Within the Constitution, Congress is the only body that is given the clear ability to declare war, however, if the President is considered the Commander-in-Chief does he also hold this right? This is the foundation of the debate over Constitutional War powers, a debate of interpretation not fact, and is essential to the understanding of one way in which war works politically.

What exactly are the sides and why is it such an inconclusive issue?

 

      Ironically, the source of information for both sides of the argument is the Constitution, its merely the interpretation that differs. On one side, people believe that the President should have no power in declaring war, a right only specifically stated to be given to Congress, and that Commander-in-Chief is only applicable once in the war itself. On another, people believe that the President, as the Commander-in-Chief, withholds the right to declare war at any time and, with hi title, lead the armies during the war. While many people fall to either extreme and not a middling view, the agreement made was called a Resolution (as neither of the extreme sides agree with the outcome, they merely settled for the best they could get).

    

      The issue with this argument is that in no way can a law be set on something as immaterial as interpretation without some foundation of facts. The way in which we interpret words is not a valid way to decide what is and is not included in a document written over 200 years ago. As a result, this issue doesnt necessarily have a straight answer. While I personally believe in the idea that a President should be able to take charge and lead his military in a time it is needed without some sort of approval, I recognize the issue of a dictatorial rule using military if it would be unchecked. However it is equally reckless to say that any and all military actions, even in immediate threat, should be taken through bodies of government before the President has any authority. While neither extreme is perfect, the individual is given a chance to decide which of the t...

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02:04

PERTH Its lucky you didnt kill someone: Ben Cousins slammed by judge after crashing into a truck while "IndyWatch Feed National"

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01:51

Media reforms to benefit major players "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rupert Murdoch is increasing his political-influence footprint in Australian. Photo supplied.

Rupert Murdoch is increasing his political-influence footprint in Australian. Photo supplied.

Veteran journalist Alex Mitchell has condemned the Turnbull governments new media legislation, saying it represented a sweeping victory for the major media owners.

Mitchell will be appearing at the September 27 Politics in the Pub event at the Mullum Court House with Walkley award winner Chris Graham, editor of New Matilda.

They will discuss the establishment and the role of the media.

Mitchell told The Echo, The big players have been given the ability to concentrate their ownership of newspapers, television and radio in the major metropolitan markets.

They have been lobbying for a multimedia monopoly for two decades and the Turnbull coalition has given it to them.

There will be scramble for major media assets in the next six months and I predict we will see single private owners controlling major media in our capital cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Darwin and Canberra.

Fewer voices

When media plurality is diminished, and we have few voices, then it is clear that the rich and powerful steal an advantage, and accountability and transparency suffers.

Mitchell was scathingly critical of the concessions to Senate crossbenchers Nick Xenophon and Pauline Hanson. Spin doctors from the coalition and the major media are working overtime to convince people that the new legislation is fair and reasonable when in fact it strengthens private monopoly control.

The $60 million fund to support small publishers is loose change when compared to the billions of dollars that the private investors and hedge funds will make from concentrating media assets and future profits.

Good luck to the small publishers who apply for a Xenophon grant, but I bet most of them will be allocated to loyal proprietors in National Party territory.

As for the official inquiry into...

01:39

'Brains' of the plant world: Tree roots can probe hundreds of feet deep in search of water "IndyWatch Feed National"

Searching for water, some tree roots probe hundreds of feet deep and many trees send roots through cracks in rocks, according to a new study led by a Rutgers University-New Brunswick professor. Moreover, the depth of plant roots, which varies between species and soil conditions, will play a key role in plants' adaptation to climate change, said Ying Fan Reinfelder, a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Department of Environmental Sciences. "Charles Darwin once wrote, in effect, that the tips of plant roots are like the brains of plants," Reinfelder said. "Roots sense the environment. They sense the water, where there's more nutrients, and they go for these resources. Roots are the smartest part of the plant." Reinfelder and colleagues published their findings online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study demonstrated the relationship between plant roots and water availability. It shows, through observations and modeling, that soil hydrology is the key force driving local and global patterns of root depths.

01:37

Thorntons Sweet Country wins prizes at international film festivals "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABORIGINAL director Warwick Thornton and his film Sweet Country have had a major win at the Toronto Film Festival in Canada. It came just days after taking the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival in Italy. Sweet Country was named as the Toronto Film Festivals Platform winner, a prize championing directors from around the world. The film is set in the Northern Territorys MacDonnell Ranges in the 1920s and stars Hamilton Morris as an Aboriginal stockman who kills a white station owner (played by Ewen Leslie) in self-defence. The cast also includes Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Natassia Gorey-Furber and Matt Day. Sweet Country was written by Alyawarra man David Tranter and Steven McGregor, who made the documentary Servant or Slave. It will premiere in Australia next month at the Adelaide Film Festival ahead of a planned national release next year.

01:12

"Questioned By Life..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

"It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life - daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual...

There is also purpose in life which is almost barren of both creation and enjoyment and which admits of but one possibility of high moral behavior: namely, in man's attitude to his existence, an existence restricted by external forces. When a man finds that it is his destiny to suffer, he will have to accept his suffering as his task. He will have to acknowledge the fact that even in suffering he is unique and alone in the universe. No one can relieve him of his suffering or suffer in his place. His unique opportunity lies in the way in which he bears his burden...

What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general, but rather the specific meaning of a person's life at a given moment...

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to...

00:51

Julie Bishop meets charming, delightful Ivanka "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (L) meeting with Ivanka Trump (R) at the United Nations, Thursday, September 21, 2017. (AAP Image/ Andrew Kelly/DFAT)

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (L) meeting with Ivanka Trump (R) at the United Nations, Thursday, September 21, 2017. (AAP Image/ Andrew Kelly/DFAT)

LOS ANGELES  [AAP]

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is becoming well acquainted with the Trump clan.

Ms Bishop, who is leading the Australian delegation at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull opted not to attend, has had multiple discussions with US President Donald Trump and sat down for a meeting with first daughter Ivanka Trump on Wednesday.

Ms Bishop also posted a photo on Twitter with herself, partner David Panton and Mr Trump and first lady Melania Trump together at a UN event.

The foreign minister and Ivanka Trump, who holds the official title of senior adviser to the president, originally met at the UN on Tuesday at events to combat human trafficking, forced labour and modern slavery. They then decided to follow up with a sit-down meeting on Wednesday to gauge if there were opportunities for Australia to partner with Ms Trump and her foundation.

Shes charming, delightful, very intelligent and a committed young woman and Im very pleased to get to know her and to be part of opportunities her foundation and the US administration more generally may have in working with Australia on these issues of ending modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking, but also more positive areas like promoting female entrepreneurship, Ms Bishop told reporters.

Ms Bishop will deliver Australias address to the UN General Assembly on Friday (Saturday 2am AEST).

The foreign minister said she spoke to Mr Trump at a UN luncheon in New York...

00:45

NSW to consider assisted dying laws "IndyWatch Feed National"

NSW Nationals MP Trevor Khan, who is introducing assisted dying legislation into the state parliament. Photo NSW Nationals

NSW Nationals MP Trevor Khan, who is introducing assisted dying legislation into the state parliament. Photo NSW Nationals

SYDNEY  [AAP]

Terminally ill NSW residents aged over 25 would be able to end their own lives with medical help under legislation bound for state parliament.

Nationals MP Trevor Khan is one of the key figures behind a cross-party voluntary assisted dying bill to be introduced on Thursday.

Mr Khans motivation is a personal one, having watched his father die after suffering a stroke.

I thought what he went through isnt necessarily what others should have to go through, Mr Khan told AAP on Wednesday.

A raft of safeguards have been added to the bill after a public consultation received 72 substantive submissions.

Some of those safeguards include an external assisted death panel to review all cases put forward, as well as the requirement of a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist to oversee the process to prevent elder abuse.

In the face-to-face forums we have held the primary concern received is that the bill doesnt go far enough, Mr Khan told AAP.

This is nothing like the European model, what we are proposing is much more conservative.

But its better to get 70 per cent of something than a mouthful of ashes.

Various state and national public polls reflect strong community support for an appropriate assisted dying bill but several key politicians will not support the legislation.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian continues to oppose the bill, describing voluntary euthanasia as a difficult issue.

I personally havent been able to bring myself around to supporting the bill, Ms Berejiklian told reporters on Wednesday.

Victorian MPs are also debating voluntary assisted dying legislation, which would apply to adults with a terminal illness and life expectancy of less than 12 months.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the legislation, introduced to the states parliament on Wednesday, contained strict and guidelines and strong p...

00:34

Video: People hitting the streets in Barcelona in support of Catalan independence "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Thousands of protesters are taking to the streets in Barcelona against the raid on Catalan officials and the repression by the Spanish state of a Catalan independence referendum. This is happening right now.

Video from  teleSUR English

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LIVE | Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Barcelona against the raid on Catalan officials and the repression by the Spanish state of a Catalan independence referendum.

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00:33

Powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake quake hits island in Vanuatu archipelago; 4th major quake in 24 hours "IndyWatch Feed National"

The US Geological Survey said it struck in the centre of Erromago An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale has struck off the Vanuatu archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. The US Geological Survey said it struck in the centre of Erromago, the fourth largest island, which has a population of just under 2,000 people. However, its depth of 124.4 miles would have dampened its effect, it said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake did not pose a tsunami threat Situated to the east of Australia, the island chain is in the so called "Ring of Fire", which is prone to earthquakes.

Powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake hits island in Vanuatu archipelago; 4th major quake in 24 hours "IndyWatch Feed National"

The US Geological Survey said it struck in the centre of Erromago An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale has struck off the Vanuatu archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. The US Geological Survey said it struck in the centre of Erromago, the fourth largest island, which has a population of just under 2,000 people. However, its depth of 124.4 miles would have dampened its effect, it said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake did not pose a tsunami threat Situated to the east of Australia, the island chain is in the so called "Ring of Fire", which is prone to earthquakes.

00:04

Prehistoric frog ate dinosaurs "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2014 video about Beelzebufo ampinga is called Prehistoric News : Devil Frog had Spikes and Armor.

From Sci-News.com:

Giant Prehistoric Frogs Ate Small Dinosaurs, Claim Scientists

Sep 20, 2017

Exceptionally large individuals of Beelzebufo ampinga, an extinct species of frog that lived in Madagascar during the Late Cretaceous epoch, about 68 million years ago, were capable of eating small dinosaurs, according to an international research team led by California State Polytechnic University scientists.

This conclusion comes from a study of the bite force of extant South American horned frogs (genus Ceratophrys).

Unlike the vast majority of frogs which have weak jaws and typically consume small prey, horned frogs ambush animals as large as themselves including other frogs, snakes, and rodents, explained co-author Dr. Marc Jones, from the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Museum.

And their powerful jaws play a critical role in grabbing and subduing the prey.

Dr. Jones and co-authors from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia found that small horned frogs, with head width of about 1.8 inches (4.5 cm), can bite with a f...

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23:56

To my friends in Australia: the vaccine war deepens "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Jon Rappoport

September 20, 2017

The string of abuses laid on citizens of Australia by their government grows almost week by week. Read More

23:55

Major Bank to Governments: Go on, Give us your Carbon Tax Money "IndyWatch Feed National"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Banks have become remarkably coy about demanding carbon tax cash, in return for support for climate investment, but at least one major bank wanted to make sure readers got the hint. Banking on climate change 19 Sep 2017 Andrew Cornell Leaving aside that the energy debate in Australia is almost

23:04

Madrid raids Catalan government to stop independence referendum "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

In the lead up to the intended 1 October independence from Spain referendum  in Catalonia, police have raided the Catalan governments offices of the departments for Economic Affairs, Foreign Relations and the Presidency and arrested officials, including the junior economy minister, Josep Maria Jove.

The day before, a trove of documents were confiscated from the private delivery company Unipost in the Catalan city of Terrasa.

This followed last Fridays announcement by the Conservative Mariano Rahoy government in Madrid that it was taking over control of the Catalan governments finances, a move designed to hinder the carrying out of the referendum. It has also taken over the payment of public sector workers, effectively making them employees of the central government.

The Catalan government will lose funds to provide for such things as healthcare, education and public infrastructure.

In addition, the banks have been instructed to control all movements of cash in the accounts and credit cards of all Catalan leaders.

The pro-independence parties won the 2015 regional election and were able to form a coalition government between them, with 72 seats in the 135-seat parliament.

This government has accused Madrid of a totalitarian attitude and unlawful arrests and is challenging its actions in Spains Supreme Court, although the court has already announced that it would not intervene until it had made a ruling.

Catalonias pro-separatist government challenged Madrids actions in Spains Supreme Court, but a court spokeswoman said it was in force and would not be suspended while judges rule on its legality.

Despite the barriers set up, the Catalan government remains defiant and determined to press ahead with the referendum. At least 70 percent of the 7.5 million people living in Catalonia behind this.

For Madrid, the move looks like desperation and it will have repercussions, not only in Catalonia, but in the other regions also seeking their independence. It will also impact across a Spain, where much of the population has turned away from the traditional political parties and politicians and demand a new course for the country.

 

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22:52

Big Corps Selling Lower Quality Foods To Poorer East EU Nations "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Heather CallaghanEditor

A Slovenian and an Australian sip a Coca-Cola at the same time, although worlds apart. The latter enjoys a typical formula. But the formers is exploding with elevated sugar content and fructo-glucose. The Coke in Prague might dance a more muted jig on the taste buds than the one in London. What happened?

People have suspected double standards on the part of Big Food corporations and their goods in different countries for decades now. Turns out, they were on to something.

Vra Jourov, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, stated that multinational food companies are selling vastly different products to different countries, but use identical branding on their packaging.

She says that many foods sold in Eastern Europe by Western multinational corporations are significantly inferior to the same brands product sold in Western Europe.

She voiced the exasperation of the Eastern European people who feel the need to buy things abroad in order to have fish fingers that will contain fish meat, or orange juice that will contain oranges.

The frustration is growing and we should do something against it, she told The Guardian.

However, aside from the Coca-Cola, Sput...

22:51

Half of All Men Cant Answer this Insanely Basic Question About Womens Anatomy, According to Survey "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article is shared with permission from our friends at IFL Science. A new poll from The Eve Appeal, a cancer research charity, has revealed that 50 percent of men are unable to point to the vagina on a diagram. The survey of 1,000 men came out just before Septembers Gynaecological Cancer Awareness...

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22:46

'City'-like area constructed by octopuses discovered in Australian bay "IndyWatch Feed National"

The discovery of an underwater city built by octopuses, dubbed Octlantis, has led researchers to conclude the mysterious mollusks aren't the loners we thought they were. Octopuses have long been thought solitary creatures, with mating typically the only meeting between the two sexes. The creatures always go their separate ways afterward. However in Jervis Bay, off the coast of New South Wales, Australia, researchers recently discovered a 'city' built by octopuses on rocky outcrops using piles of old shells.

22:17

Mother Demands Answers After Son, 8, Put in Restraints and Injected on First Day of School "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Toronto-area mother is searching for answers after she says her son was taken to a hospital alone in the back of a police car, placed in restraints and injected with a sedative because he was acting out on the first day of school.

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22:17

7 Ways to Take Care of Yourself When You Are in A Dysfunctional Relationship "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dysfunctional relationships can make life a lot more difficult than it has to be. In the modern day society, we are forced to have many different relationships through work, school, and our personal lives!

Society has forced us antisocial introverts into forming relationships and dealing with other people on the regular. Typically when one hears of a dysfunctional relationship they are thinking of an intimate one or with family members. However, dysfunctional relationships can take on many forms! You know that coworker that is always giving you hell for no reason? Exactly. We all know life would be easier without them in our ear, but we dont really get to pick and choose everyone we have in our lives. However, there are many different tips on managing a dysfunctional relationship.

1. Dont Enable Them

One of the easiest ways to take back control of a dysfunctional relationship is by not enabling them. If you have an alcoholic family member that is causing you grief it would be a much better idea not to leave your wine out in front of them. If a boss is always picking on you then assess the issues of your own job description and nothing more.

2. Try to Understand

Everything we do is a chain reaction from a reaction we had to something else. Everyone does everything for a reason, even if they arent positive things. If you have a dysfunctional relationship with someone try to tap into their own issues. Figure out what is provoking your boss to pick on you.

3. Dont Feed It

When that person starts doing acts that cause even more tension between the two of you simply refuse to feed into it. When they start bickering at you do not bicker back. Two wrongs dont make a right.

4. Be Realistic

When dealing with an extremely stressful dysfunctional relationship your brain will start to try and find possible solutions. It looks for any possible outcome to escape the grief of the relationship. Dont let yourself make answers and solutions for the other person. Dont expect them to automatically change. This mindset will cause you to become confused.

5. Empathize

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22:09

Dont go to work if you are sick "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Glen

Access to Sick leave as part of your employment, is something every Australian worker should be entitled to.

Yet many of us dont take our sickies. Is it because were pressured by the employer to turn up to work regardless of how whether we feel well or not?

Many years ago, Egyptian workers building pyramids for their pharaohs were entitled to sick leave. Somehow over the lengthy passage of time, sick leave for workers disappeared.

Paid sick leave is not something Australian workers have always had. At the turn of the twentieth century, access to sick leave was contained under common law, making it a difficult area for workers to obtain their rights.

The effort put in by workers and their unions, began making inroads into this area. In Australia paid sick leave was introduced back in 1907, when the Shearers Award allowed a shearer to take a sick day if he was unwell.

In 1922 the Engineers Award had a sick leave provision included allowing up to a weeks sick leave. By the end of the 1920s sick leave provisions appeared in most Awards. In the next fifty years Australian workers became entitled to 10 or so sick days per year.

As the gains of previous generations are being taken from us, new challenges arise.

A problem now prevalent is called presenteeism, with many workers going to work even though they are unwell. Often sick workers attend work, spreading germs amongst their colleagues.

Youll often hear the boss whingeing how much your sickie costs them, but do they tell you the cost of presenteeism?

In 2014, it has been estimated, presenteeism cost Australian businesses $24. It seems the bosses are so blinkered, they dont even acknowledge it costs them more to have a sick worker on site!

Work can make you sick. Sick leave is yours. Take it.

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21:54

Brian Houston of Hillsongs sisters Beverly Houston and Maureen Bradshaw comment on my blog-site "IndyWatch Feed National"

The writer Donald Elley

The writer Donald Elley

 

The following comments were made by Beverly Houston and Maureen Bradshaw, Pastor Frank Houston the founder of Hillsongs older daughters, on this blog site on 18 and 19 September 2014.

These comments were made just prior to Brian Houston and other Hillsong and Australian Christian Churches (ACC) leaders appearing at the Royal Commission into Institutional Respines to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney Australia in October 2014.

The Australian Christian Churches (ACC) was called the Australian Assemblies of God (AOG) until 2007, when Brian Houston renamed and reincorporated it. The Royal Commission accused Brian of doing this to try to evade paying any compensation to the boy sex abuse victims of his father Frank Houston, the lifelong secret pedophile founder of Hillsong.

 

Maureen Bradshaws comment on 18 September 2014 about my article, Pastor Frank Houston. part 1. Franks Houston...

21:44

Australia has just had the driest winter ever "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

In Australia, we have just experienced warmest winter on record, with average maximum temperatures reaching nearly 2C above average. Rainfall has also been very low. Who can now deny our weather is changing?

This record-breaking winter heat has set the scene for a dangerous bushfire season, which is starting earlier than normal in many parts of the nation.

Extreme weather is occurring and creating havoc around the world, including huge cyclones hitting the Caribbean and United states and South Asia. Millions of people have being displaced and it is only going to get worse.

Its not only this year. Everybody knows that the weather patterns have been different in every part of Australia for over 10 years.

One of the great wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef is dying, as the temperature of the ocean begins to rise.

Even in the face of this. Our reliance on burning up fossil fuels and sending greenhouse gases into the air continues. Many people are campaigning for change. Unfortunately, our government is not listening and continues to bow down before the fossil fuel industry.

The question is, when will we no longer be able to grow enough food to feed ourselves, if we continue the same course? This is already a dry land. Crops depend on water.

Australia is already the land of bushfires and as these become more frequent and severe, people are put at risk, as well as our native animals and plants.

It is time Australia did much more about it. If our politicians continue to drag their feet over this, they deserve the boot. We are the ones who must do it.

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20:54

Why didn't Florida's power company do more to prepare for Irma? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Four days after Irma, millions of Floridians are still stuck without power in the sweltering summer heat. Those outages have now killed eight elderly people trapped in a Hollywood nursing home without air conditioning, due to circumstances that FPL was warned about at least two days before the tragedy. Many of those powerless residents are now asking hard questions of the area's power monopoly, which has spent millions of dollars fighting policies that would have strengthened the grid in the event of a major storm like Irma and, more broadly, stemmed the carbon-fueled climate change likely fueling monster storms. "I am one of the many that has now been without power for more than two days as a result of Hurricane Irma," Elise McKenna, a West Palm Beach resident, told New Times via email. "My confusion came when so many of us lost power during the early hours of the storm that basically avoided us. We've been told time and time again that rate increases were to help prepare us for future storms." McKenna is far from alone. FPL's workers on the ground seem to be doing all they can to fix downed lines and restore power to homes, and they deserve huge credit for working around the clock in awful conditions. But the company's corporate and government-relations wings have serious questions to answer this week after quashing regulations that could have made the energy grid stronger at a slight expense to FPL's billion-dollar bottom line.

20:36

How Graham-Cassidys Funding Formula Gives Washington Unprecedented Power "IndyWatch Feed National"

The past several days have seen competing analyses over the block-grant funding formula proposed in health-care legislation by Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA). The bills sponsors have one set of spreadsheets showing the potential allocation of funds to states under their plan, the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has another, and consultants at Avalere (funded in this case by the liberal Center for American Progress) have a third analysis quantifying which states would gain or lose under the bills funding formula.

So whos right? Which states will end up the proverbial winners and losers under the Graham-Cassidy bill? The answer is simple: Nope.

Policy-makers arguing over minute intricacies of the funding formula miss the fact that the bill gives the executive virtually unlimited discretion to change that funding formula. Whether the statutory formula benefits a given state could well matter less than what federal bureaucrats want to do to tilt the formula in favor of, or against, that state.

While the bills proponents claim the legislation will increase state authority, in reality the bill gives unelected bureaucrats the power to distribute nearly $1.2 trillion in taxpayer dollars unilaterally. In so doing, the bill concentrates rather than diminishes Washingtons powerand could set the course for the mother of all backroom deals to pass the legislation.

A Complicated Spending Formula

To start with, the bill repeals Obamacares Medicaid expansion and exchange subsidies, effective in January 2020. It then replaces those two programs with a block grant totaling $1.176 trillion from 2020 through 2026. All else equal, this set of actions would disadvantage states that expanded Medicaid, because the Medicaid expansion money currently being received by 31 states (plus the District of Columbia) would be re-distributed among all 50 states.

From there the formula gets more complicated. (You can read the sponsors description of it here.) The bill attempts to equalize per-person funding among all states by 2026, with funds tied to a states number of individuals with incomes between 50 percent and 138 percent of the poverty level.

The bill would adjust the funding formula to reflect both risk adjustment and actuarial valuein laymens terms, it would work to ensure tha...

20:10

Experts Say People Who Talk to Themselves Arent Weird They Are Actually Smarter! "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is a stigma in todays society that suggests that talking to oneself is actually a sign of mental instability. The action is often portrayed in movies and television as the act of a serial killer or psychopath, someone who is ultimately dangerous, unstable and should be locked up for the safety of all those around them. New research suggests, however, that this couldnt be further from the truth.

Lets start by admitting it we have all talked to ourselves at one time or another. It could be in the process of completing a DIY project, walking through the steps that need to be completed or simply expressing frustration out loud when things in life appear to be going a little off from what we were hoping.

Daniel Swingley at the University of Wisconsin and Gary Lupyan at the University of Pennsylvania set out to better understand this habit and the implications that it has on our mental state in a recent study. The two asked participants to identify a number of familiar objects in illustrations, including items like a balloon, a guitar, and a purse. The first time through the exercise the instructors were delivered as a written message, asking them to locate an object while they were timed. The second time they were asked to repeat the item that they were searching for over and over out loud as they were looking.

Source: Simplemost

 

The results provided insight into the way that talking to ourselves can actually improve upon our overall mental performance. In the study, the authors wrote, speaking the name of the target immediately prior to the search display made search significant faster and more accurate.

They then took this information and decided to further test their theory, sending the participants to the grocery store in search of specific items. This second leg of the study turned up the same results, with the participants finding the item that they seek faster and more accurately when they were repeating the item out loud to themselves while browsing the aisles of the store.

Experts speculate that this experience occurs due to the fact that speaking to ourselves allows us to view the situation objectively. We are stepping outside of the situation and removing the distractions that would normally hinder our ability to think through our actions. Ethan Kross, a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan explains, Language provides us with this tool to gain distance from our own experiences...

20:03

The Demise of Civic Journalism: The Xenophon-Turnbull Deal "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was never spectacular, but the Australian media scape is set to become duller, more contained, and more controlled with changes to the Broadcasting Services Act.  In an environment strewn with the corpses of papers and outlets strapped for cash, calls for reforming the media market have been heard across the spectrum.

The foggy deception being perpetrated by the Turnbull government, assisted by the calculating antics of South Australian senator Nick Xenophon, is that diversity will be shored up by such measures as the $60 million innovation fund for small publishers while scrapping the so-called two-out-of-three rule for TV, radio and press ownership. Such dissembling language is straight out of the spin doctors covert manual: place innovation in the title, and you might get across the message.

As Chris Graham of New Matilda scornfully put it, The Turnbull government is going to spend $60 million of your taxes buying a Senators vote to pass bad legislation designed to advantage some of the most powerful media corporations in the world.

Paul Budde of Independent Australia was similarly excoriating. To increase power of the incumbent players through media reforms might not necessarily have an enormous effect on the everyday media diversity, but it will allow organisations such as the Murdoch press to wield even greater power over Australian politics than is already the case.

As the statement from Senator Xenophons site reads, Grants would be allocated, for example, to programs and initiatives such as the purchasing or upgrading of equipment and software, development of apps, business activities to drive revenue and readership, and training, all of which will assist in extending civic and regional journalism. The communications minister Mitch Fifield went so far as to deem the fund a shot in the arm for media organisations, granting them a fighting chance.

The aim here, claims the good senator, is to throw down the gauntlet to the revenue pinchers such as Facebook and Google while generating a decent number of recruits through journalism cadet-ships.  Google, claimed Xenophon in August, are hoovering up billions of dollars or revenue along with Facebook and that is killing media in this country....

18:45

Homeless Man Finds 40K, Youll Never Guess What He Does With It "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you came across a backpack stuffed with $40,000, what would you do with it? For Glen James, a homeless man in Boston, the answer was simple. James is a resident of a Boston-area homeless shelter. On Saturday, Sept. 4, under the canopy at the T.J. Maxx store in the nearby town of Dorchester, James []

18:45

Whens The Best Age To Get Married, According To Science? "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you ask friends, family, or a random stranger when the best time to get married is, youll get a range of answers, ranging from right now to never. Really, if marriage is on the mind, you should get it done whenever you and your partner want but what does science have to say []

18:40

Lee Harvey Oswald CIA Files, Ordered For Oct Release, Gone Missing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some things never change. Just as concerned citizens searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, believe they are getting closer to the truth, the lawless [...]

17:05

Australia's Securities Watchdog Might Run Its Own Blockchain Nodes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia's securities markets regulator is weighing the use of blockchain as part of broader data strategy.

16:57

Right Now as ever "IndyWatch Feed National"

Join Adrian, Paul and Happy for 2hrs of relief from the non stop madness. We are joined by Australian author Oli Doyle you can find his work on I tunes as pod casts The truth can be painful make this you Wednesday relief website: www.olidoyle.com

16:21

FBI Seeks to Question A Minor in Western North Carolina "IndyWatch Feed National"

from Its Going Down

On September 8, 2017, an FBI agent attempted to visit a comrade in western North Carolina. They visited a house, and the person there stepped outside to talk to the agent, who repeatedly asked if the comrade in question lived there. The person at the house did not engage with those questions, and instead insisted on a card from the agent that a lawyer could call later. The agent said it was regarding a case being handled by another office.

This comes at a time when anarchists have been standing up to a grand jury and other FBI harassment across the state of North Carolina. The person who the FBI agent was seeking secured legal representation. On September 13, 2017, their lawyer called a number the agent wrote down, and the FBI specified that they were actually looking to speak with the persons child, a minor. The FBI said that they were seeking the original person because a legal guardian had to be present for the agent to talk to the minor. During that call the agent stated she wanted to ask about graffiti on a car related to a case being investigated by the FBI Field Office in Raleigh, NC. The minor in question has now secured legal representation. Nobody above is speaking to the FBI.

We cannot just hope that harassment like this stops. Get educated on how to protect yourself if the FBI shows up. If you are approached by the FBI, refuse to answer their questions. Know your rights! Please read If An Agent Knocks for more information. We cannot let them intimidate us and raise fear and distrust.

If An Agent Knocks: https://ccrjustice.org/if-agent-knocks-booklet

[Earth First! Newswire editors note: The FBI appears to have taken a special interest in North Carolina activists lately. See this article and the articles it links to for more information.]

16:20

AUDIO TRIBUTE: Remembering Syrian Victims of U.S. Coalition Massacre at Deir Ezzor "IndyWatch Feed National"

On September 17, 2016, the US-led Coalition launched a brutal sneak attack which slaughtered some 80 plus Syrian soldiers on the ground who were fighting ISIS near the city of Deir Ezzor.

In one of the biggest diplomatic failures of all-time, a cowardly US US Secretary of State John Kerry rendered no explanation as to the sustained attack by US and Australian aircraft. However, the motive was clear: as it turns out, the US strike helped ISIS advance against the Syrian Army and hold territory for the next 12 months, until the terrorist cohort was finally dislodged by Syria and Russia last week. According Syrian and Russian officials reporting at the time, Straight after the coalitions strikes, IS militants launched an offensive, adding that fierce fighting against the terrorists ensued nearby.

If these strikes were due to an error in the target coordinates, that would be a direct consequence of the US refusal to coordinate with Russia its fight against the terrorist groups in Syria, said the Russian military at the time.

Listen to this moving audio tribute which was broadcast LIVE during Episode #202 of the SUNDAY WIRE radio show. This memorable clip includes testimonials from Syrians as well supporters of note from Lebanon, Europe and Australia:

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16:13

Melbourne: Rival groups face off as police test new anti-mask laws "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hundreds of opposing protesters have been kept apart in central Melbourne as police test new powers to prevent violence by masked offenders. Right-wing Jewish activist Avi Yemini attracted about 50 people for a Make Victoria Safe rally outside Victoria's Parliament, while at least three times that number gathered opposite a police barrier. Police arrested at least one person from each opposing group, and one protester taking part in the "anti-racism" march was taken away for wearing a mask. The two groups used loud speakers and chanting in a futile effort to drown each other out. Mr Yemini said his protest was rallying against violent crime.

16:08

Equal Love 4 All "IndyWatch Feed National"

Theres a lot of talk about equality lately, in Australia the same sex marriage postal plebiscite vote survey is causing a lot of discussion hate speech and harm to LGBTIQA+ people.

This really is turning into a survey on acceptance not just marriage. And will having same sex marriage mean all LGBTIQA+ people reap the benefit? We speak to Nick a genderqueer activist from occupied Wurundjeri land, so-called Melbourne. (41mins in)

Also Peter K our ephemeral anarchist commentator gives a talk on a number of current issues which involve equality. (5 mins)

And who are Chumbawamba and what are they all about?

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15:48

The Demise of Civic Journalism: Australias Xenophon-Turnbull Deal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Featured image: Senator Nick Xenophon (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

It was never spectacular, but the Australian media scape is set to become duller, more contained, and more controlled with changes to the Broadcasting Services Act.  In an environment strewn with

15:46

La La Land: Morgan Freeman and Hollywood demand that Trump 'tell us the truth' about "Russian election interference" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Veteran actor Morgan Freeman appeared in a political video published Monday, in which he demanded President Donald Trump speak directly to the American people about the extent of Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. While insisting that the Kremlin's election interference is "no movie script," Morgan said, "we need our president to speak directly to us and tell us the truth." Comment: Trump already did tell the truth. That Morgan Freeman and many others don't accept the answer is the problem. They can't help but continue to hate on Trump (and Russia) and believe the lies told to them by the incredibly propagandistic and deceptive US media. "We need him to sit behind the desk in the Oval Office and say, 'My fellow Americans. During this past election, we cam under attack by the Russian government," Freeman demands Trump to say, adding, 'I've called on Congress and out intelligence community to use every resource available to conduct a thorough investigation to determine exactly how this happened.'"

15:35

To my friends in Australia: the vaccine war deepens "IndyWatch Feed National"

To my friends in Australia: the vaccine war deepens

by Jon Rappoport

September 20, 2017

The string of abuses laid on citizens of Australia by their government grows almost week by week.

Now, parental rights to raise children, without interference from the State, is under a new form of attack. This must be resisted.

Schools are bringing doctors on board, as a permanent feature. Young children will be subjected to medical diagnoses and treatment, without consent or approval from parents, even if those parents actively object. The State is stealing the role of guardian.

The Herald Sun reports. Read carefully:

DOCTORS will have the power to treat students as young as 12 in schools even if parents refuse their consent.

GPs will consult at 100 Victoria high schools for up to one day a week as part of a $43.8 million program.

Guidelines released on Thursday show that even if a parent expressly states that a doctor should not [examine] their child, the GP can if they deem the teen mature enough.

Any student who wants to see the GP will be permitted to make an appointment, the policy said.

The GP will decide if the young person is mature enough to provide consent to any medical treatment for the prevailing issue.

A young child giving consent? This is supposed to be informed consent when facing off with an adult doctor?

The handwriting is on the wall. Multiple vaccines will be given, to bring children up to State standards. This whole operation is, in fact, a front for forced vaccination. Thats the goal.

But it doesnt stop there. The covert plan will eventually, if not sooner, include psychiatric diagnoses of so-called mental disorders. ADHD, clinical depression, bipolar, and so on. Followed by toxic drugs. Ritalin, Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Lithium. Its a parade of toxicity.

I have demonstrated, over and over, that NONE of these so-called mental disorders are based on diagnostic lab tests. Theyre pseudoscience.

I would be quite willing to show this and debate this with any Australian doctor or bureaucrat. Head to head, live on Skype.

Is that a challenge? You bet.

The whole medical takeover of parental roles in Australia is on the move. This is naked State force. Nothing less.

Doctors in schools is a wedge, a first step in the door, a first boot on the face.

The propaganda is: We doctors know best. We have the science. Parents are ignorant. We must prot...

15:23

Bega Valley: Fluoridation vote deferred as opponents make fresh plea "IndyWatch Feed National"

Council has chosen to defer the vote on whether to fluoridate its water supplies after hearing passionate presentations supported by community members in the gallery at the council meeting Wednesday.

All presentations referenced the possibility of council referring the decision to NSW Health with speakers reminding council that it should be councillors own decision.

It was a point not lost on councillor Russell Fitzpatrick who said he felt no obligation to transfer the matter to NSW Health.

I totally agree its a decision of this council. No way should there be an abrogation of our authority on this matter, Cr Fitzpatrick said to applause from the floor.

Director transport and utilities Terry Dodd mentioned the voluminous nature of material presented.

Given the number of comments it would be unreasonable to try and digest these today, Mr Dodds said and asked for time to review them before the matter came back to council.

There are four water supply systems in the Bega Valley Shire, Tantawanglo-Kiah, Brogo-Bermagui, Bemboka and Bega-Tathra. Fluoride has been added to the Bega-Tathra water supply system since 1963 and council has looked at adding fluoride to the Tantawanglo-Kiah and Brogo-Bermagui water supplies.

The fluoridation question has been the source of much concern by the community and there has been a concerted effort by anti-fluoride campaigners during the public submission period. Council received a total of 332 valid submissions and of these 86 per cent were against fluoridation. This represents about one per cent of the 29,000 people, to whom council supplies water.

The 14 per cent that supported fluoridation mostly cited dental health benefits. Submissions against fluoridation cited a number of reasons including fluoride being toxic, being against mass medication, being against forced medication, not believing that fluoride reduces tooth decay and not wanting chemicals added to drinking water.

*Original article online at http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/4938047/fluoridation-vote-deferred-as-opponents-make-fresh-plea/?cs=509

14:51

Australia Ends Double Taxation of Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bitcoin and other cryptos are no longer double taxed in Australia

14:30

What Amit Shahs Testimony in the Maya Kodnani Trial Means "IndyWatch Feed National"

Manoj Mitta, author of The Fiction of Fact-finding: Modi and Godhra, and Siddharth Varadarajan discuss Amit Shahs testimony in defence of Maya Kodnani, and the 2002 riots.

Siddharth Vardarajan: Welcome to this Facebook live video at The Wire with Manoj Mitta, author of The Fiction of Fact-finding: Modi and Godhra. Mittas is arguably one of the most comprehensive books to emerge out of the 2002 Gujarat massacre. It is unique because it comes at the end of the process of investigation and prosecution and is essentially a critique of the special investigative teams efforts in probing the Gujarat violence in general, and in particular the manner in which it discharged its duty on the task of ascertaining whether the then chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, along with 60 plus other political and state officials, had a case to answer for when it came to their alleged complicity in the 2002 violence.

The immediate peg for our discussion is the testimony that Amit Shah, the BJP president, gave on September 18 in the trial court for the Naroda Gam massacre case. This was testimony he was asked to give as a defence witness for Maya Kodnani who, at the time of 2002 massacre, was simply a BJP leader. She was elevated to cabinet by Narendra Modi in 2007. Even though there were allegations in the previous five years of her involvement in the Naroda Patiya massacre for which she has since been convicted and Naroda Gam, Modi took her in and she resigned only after she was convicted by the trial court in the Naroda Patiya massacre for playing a central role in directing the mobs and being part of the conspiracy to massacre over 90 people. She was sent to jail and she is out on bail right now. The issue at hand is her alleged involvement in the Naroda Gam case. She had earlier complained to the court that she had been unable to reach Amit Shah, and finally Shah was summoned and then he appeared. There he corroborated her claim, that at two moments in the morning, around 8 to half past 8 and at 11 am, Amit Shah corroborated her claim that she was in the first instance in the assembly building and in the second instance in the hospital with her. Some eyewitnesses say she was at Naroda Gam around those times. So Manoj, start by giving us your assessment  about the significance of Shahs testimony in the context of what she has been saying and in the context of the Naroda Gam case itself.

Manoj Mitta: As you said this is something that happened rather belatedly and since it is in the run up to the Gujarat elections, it has raised eyebrows. It trigg...

13:42

Donald Trump took aim at North Korea, terrorism, China and Iran in blunt United Nations speech "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Zoe Daniel  Analysis
ABC News (Australia)

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The United Nations General Assembly has been given a double dose of Donald Trump unfiltered.

Yes, the tone was relatively measured, but the language used was characteristically blunt.

Its something rarely seen in the centre of global diplomacy, and while several people would have helped write the speech theres no doubt it reflected the Presidents core views.

Our Governments first duty is to its people, to our citizens to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values, he said, pushing US sovereignty.

As President of the United States, I will always put America first.

And then he went on the attack.

The scourge of our planet today is a small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle on which the United Nations is based, Mr Trump told the UN.

First in his sights, North Korea

The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea, Mr Trump said.

Kim Jon...

13:14

13 Questions About The Wiretapping Of Paul Manafort "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mondays CNN exclusive detailing that former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was wiretapped by the government is a bombshell that raises many questions about the motives and method of such surveillance.

We know that Manafort has reportedly been the focus of Robert Muellers investigation for some time, including details of a dawn raid reported in the New York Times. What is less clear is the exact nature of this wiretap, the time period that it was running on Manafort, the justification by which it was restarted after a reported gap, and the identities of othersincluding potentially the then-president-electcaught up during this surveillance period by the government.

Yesterday, Manaforts spokesman released the following statement:

If true, it is a felony to reveal the existence of a FISA warrant, regardless of the fact that no charges ever emerged. The U.S Department of Justices Inspector General should immediately conduct an investigation into these leaks and to examine the motivations behind a previous Administrations effort to surveil a political opponent. Mr. Manafort requests that the Department of Justice release any intercepts involving him and any non-Americans so interested parties can come to the same conclusion as the DOJ there is nothing there.

Now lets be clear about what this doesnt mean: if the institutional firewalls function as intended, being surveilled by the FBI and being surveilled directly by the Obama administration are different things. This does not confirm a wiretap of Trump as the presidents now-infamous tweet read. But as weve seen with the case of Susan Rices potentially unjustified unmasking of Trump transition officials, thats something where skepticism is certainly warranted.

Here, though, are 13 questions that I have, given the CNN report and others that have emerged about this surveillance of Manafort, in no particular order. I believe these questions deserve to be answered, in front of Congress or in the public square:

1. When, exactly, was Paul Manafort wiretapped by the government?

2. Did the wiretap cease when Manafort became Trumps campaign chairman in March 2016, and did it resume after he ceased to have this role in August 2016, or did it overlap?

3. Was the FBI wiretap steady in the months before March 2016, before he had any official affiliation with the Trump campaign, during which time he was reportedly talking regularly with Trump and living in Trump Tower?

4. Given that Manafort lived there, did the wireta...

13:13

Ben Shapiro Is Wrong About Prosecuting Women Who Get Abortions "IndyWatch Feed National"

A young, self-identified liberal woman presented this question to Ben Shapiro during the Q&A following his much anticipated speech at the University of California at Berkeley last Thursday: Do you believe women who get abortions even when their lives or the childs life isnt in danger, should be put on trial for murder?

No, I think abortionists should be put on trial, Shapiro replied.

I dont think that women should be put on trial for a couple different reasons. One is, I dont think it is effective in deterring abortion for women to be put on trial for the killing of the unborn. The second reason is because unfortunately I think that we as a society have gotten to such a point that an entire generation have been indoctrinated to believe that a baby is a polyp and so when they remove it, Im not sure theres the necessary mens rea, the criminal intent necessary for prosecution. The typical pro life position is that the women is a victim in abortion nearly as much as the baby is. There is an entire abortion industry that is geared toward teaching women that babies are not babies and that getting a baby aborted is in fact a betterment of their life. So no, I am not in favor of prosecuting women for abortions.

The student pressed the issue, saying that some women do have intent.

Youd really have to show me a case of a woman who went [into the abortion clinic] and said, I know this is a baby, cut its brains out, Shapiro answered. Like, if thats happening, that is infanticide. Shapiro then presented the hypothetical of a mother of a one-day-old infant who asked for it to be killed. Wouldnt you put her on trial? he asked.

Shapiro may have a point that prosecution wouldnt be an effective deterrent, but deterrence is not the main reason we prosecute. We seek justice for the victims, and that should remain the chief goal of the courts. The pursuit of justice is worthwhile in itself, and I would argue, a moral imperative.

Pro-Lifers Cognitive Dissonance

His second reason is also extremely weak, and it gets to the heart of a deep-rooted hypocrisy within the mainstream prolife movement. Shapiro says these women dont have the mens rea (Latin for guilty mind), or intent, that the prosecution must demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt. Is that really the case? Most states use the Model Penal Code to determine mens rea. Its first classification of intent is acting purposely where the defendant had an underlying conscious object to act.

Obviously, if abortion were to be legally categorized as murder, a mother who orders the hit on her preborn child fits this definition of intent. A mino...

13:01

Jill Hennessy Pushes Failed & Dangerous Flu Vaccines Onto Children "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias chief medical officer says there has been a significantly higher number of flu cases than normal in people who have been vaccinated.  Read More

12:52

Worried Sick "IndyWatch Feed National"

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My stress levels have been through the roof.
I have lost count of the sleepless nights I have suffered since this whole farce began and whilst I am 100% convinced I have done nothing wrong I cant stop worrying about it.

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12:13

The persistence of (belief in) socialism "IndyWatch Feed National"

I find the persistence of belief in socialism surprising (an example here), particularly given that Venezuela and North Korea both, in their different ways, display, yet again, the disastrous results in poverty, human misery and tyranny of actually existing socialism: that is, state domination of the economy. The lesson of Venezuela is, if anything, even stronger, as it is an example of the democratic path to socialism.

Now, it is possible that by socialism such folk mean something other than a state-run and dominated economy, but if they do, they need to pick a different term because that is what, socialism, in practice, means. Trying to get it to mean something else this late in its history is not practical. And using socialism as a placeholder term for some unspecified system of common ownership is empty moral self-indulgence parading as political commitment.

Recently, I had drinks with a very well-read friend who grew up in the Soviet Union and so has some lived insights into this. He made two very cogent points:

(1) What other language of justice-inspired of major social change is there? There remain all sorts of reasons to be morally repelled by aspects of contemporary society: what is the alternative political vision for a post-capitalist society? If there isnt any, then socialism wins by default, as it has no effective competitor in the moral marketplace.

(2) For the Left, history is not the past, its the future. For folk like my friend and I, history is what happened in the past, from which we can learn and draw lessons. For the Left, history is what is going to happen, it is what has an arc that bends towards justice while the past is something to be judged, censored and transcended.

(As an aside, it is a nice illustration of a wider tendency for secular appropriation of religious ideas that Barack Obama liked quoting Martin Luther King who was quoting Theodore Parker on the arc of history bending towards justice, but turned what was a kingdom of God religious point into a very different secular claim.)

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12:00

Is your state road system broke? Then hit up the Prius drivers! "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Last week, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced they were considering a proposal to raise the plate registration costs on fuel efficient vehicles. To many people, this move might seem, frankly, a little insane, and more than a little regressive. If we subscribe to the basic economic principle that societies should leverage taxes and fees to make things we want to see less of more expensive for people to buy, and things we want to see more of less expensive, whats the logic behind taxing the odd Tesla or Prius or even just a fuel-efficient Toyota?

If what we want are safe roads that we can afford to repair, why on earth would we incentivize drivers to buy gas guzzling vehicleswhich skew towards the heaviest vehicles most capable of causing extensive road damagerather than light, fuel efficient vehicles that might help keep that pavement intact for longer?

The answer, of course, is because Missouri doesnt really want to maintain their roadsor at least, they might say they do, but their actions and policies speak otherwise. What Missouri wants is what most states in America want: endless growth in the form of endless road construction.

For context for those who live outside the state, Missouri has the 7th largest number of highway miles in the nation and the 46th lowest revenue per mile for maintenance, mostly because our largest source of funding depends on a bottom-of-the-barrel gas tax of just 17 cents per gallon. Thats an amount, by the way, that hasnt been increased since 1996. Again, context: I am in my thirties now. This is what I was reading in 1996. It was a simpler time.

Last year, Missouris DOT released a Citizens Guide to Transportation Funding to explain all of this to people like you and me. He...

11:31

Donald Trump UN speech: Typical rhetoric raises tensions with North Korea and Iran Presidential rhetoric scholars evaluate "IndyWatch Feed National"

In his first UN address, US President Donald Trump has mocked North Koreas leader and threatened to totally destroy his country. He also took aim at Iran, but left one key question open. Michael Knigge reports.

US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York (Getty Images/AFP/T.A. Clary)

When President Donald Trump is on the speakers roster, the audience can be pretty sure it will get a solid dose of his famous rhetoric and manner regardless of the location and the nature of the address.

And Trumps much anticipated maiden speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New Yorkdid not disappoint. The president delivered several lines of what can only be described as typical Trumpisms.

The one that will likely be quoted most is calling North Koreas leader rocket man, like he had done previously in one of his Twitter tirades. He further asserted that Kim Jong Un was on a suicide mission. Trump also threatened to totally destroy North Korea if it continued with its nuclear arms development.

In a manner not common for a US president, he went on to tell the assembled global leaders that some parts of the world are going to hell.

I have not heard a president referring to a foreign leader with a phrase like rocket man, said Mary Stuckey, a presidential rhetoric scholar at Pennsylvania State University. This is concerning, she noted, especially since it was said in conjunction with a threat to annihilate North Korea at the main body devoted to international cooperation, the United Nations.

Out of place

It was indecorous on Twitter and it is even more out of place in the UN General Assembly, said Jennifer Mercieca, who studies presidential rhetoric at Texas A&M University.

Whats more, noted Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center and a presidential rhetoric exper....

11:28

Said I was working for months I wasn't "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Spoke to 5 people kept passing me on no one providing me accurate information.

11:00

Fossil discovery in Indonesia reveals lost world of beasts "IndyWatch Feed National"

As recently as a few thousand years ago, the Indonesian island of Sumba was home to miniature elephants, giant rats and dragons, according to fossil discoveries reported in a scientific journal last month. The expedition marks the first discovery of a Komodo dragon fossil outside the islets off of Flores, an island east of Bali, prompting one scientist to wonder if the creatures might be reintroduced in Sumba. The report, published last month in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, described fossils of dwarf elephants (Stegodon florensis insularis), rodents as big as cats, and the worlds largest living lizard, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), the only one of the group that still exists. The island of Sumba in eastern Indonesia. Image by Gunkarta via Wikimedia Commons. Some of these species are estimated to have inhabited Sumba as recently as 12,000 years ago, according to the paper. The expedition took place in 2011 and 2014 when scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) collected fossils from several deposits on Sumba, part of a group of islands tucked between the continental shelves of Asia and Australia. The archipelago, known as Wallacea, was named in honor of the biologist Alfred Russel Wallace, who first identified the borders of species distribution across the region in the 19th century. The region received global attention in 2004 when a group of archaeologists described fossils of an extinct tiny human, dubbed the hobbit, or Homo floresiensis, on Flores, just north of Sumba. The discovery of

10:31

Waiting For The Moment The Demolition of Building 7 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Building 7 Seconds from free-fall

By Dee McLachlan

A Gumshoe reader, Jaz, has sent us what seems to be unreported background audio, from a video that has been viewed over 146,000 times. He was supposed to have a meeting in Manhattan on 9/11, but his work called to changed the venue. He describes the moment the first tower fell, and that he knew the world would never be the same.

The video (below) is noted as the Westside Highway CBS Camera Angle and seems to run continuous...

10:26

Debt Rattle September 20 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Edward Hopper Automat 1927   Australia: A Delusional, Stuffed, Basket Case, Bubble, Third World Economy (MB) With QT On The Way, This Market Is Headed For A Brick Wall (Boockvar) Where Deutsche Bank Thinks The Next Financial Crises Could Happen (CNBC) Just 4% Own Over 95% Of Bitcoin (HowMuch) MPs

The post Debt Rattle September 20 2017 appeared first on The Automatic Earth.

10:10

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF HELPING AUSTRALIA STAY NUCLEAR FREE "IndyWatch Feed National"

Members from the Western Australia Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA) have returned home this week from a weekend in Adelaide on Kaurna country for the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance annual conference to debrief and strategise for the struggles ahead.
At the core of Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) are Aboriginal people living with nuclear projects on their lands, including uranium mines and the toxic legacy of nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s and 60s, and others trying to stop new uranium mines or nuclear waste dumps being imposed on their country.
This year marked the 20th annual conference; reflecting on the (many) wins of the past, the continued impact of nuclear projects past and present, and strategising on the future directions of the movement.
WANFA has come back from Adelaide, stronger, keener and more connected to continue fighting proposed uranium mines on their land.
We will take what we have learnt from ANFA back into our communities so we can keep WA uranium free.
We made a strong commitment over the weekend along with many other people from around this country to;
* recognise that everyone has the same issue when dealing with the nuclear industry and we are committed to supporting traditional owners and communities on country; and
* we are going to keep fighting against uranium mining at Kintyre, Wiluna, Yeelirrie and Mulga Rock until we get a permanent ban on mining uranium in Western Australia.
We have upcoming events organised so please keep in touch.
Call 0401 909 332 for more information.

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10:09

Video: Inequality is hurting Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

As a society we need to acknowledge that inequality is growing in Australia and this is the first step towards doing something about it.  We need to decide on whether we want an Australia where the gap between the a few at the top and the rest of us is getting bigger, or one that values equality  and go for it.

Video from Australian unions

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Inequality is Hurting Australia

Unions are critical in addressing inequality. Attacking unions makes inequality worse.

Posted by Australian Unions on Monday, September 18, 2017

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09:27

Privatising universities places individual corporate interest above societys needs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Ross Gittens article (The Pen 19 September 2017) about the backdoor privatisation of Australian universities has prompted the following comments. To begin with, he is right to suggest that government defunding is causing university administrations to turn towards establishing special relationships with corporations and that this is compromising them as institutions of higher learning.

One can take issue with his favourable comments on the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (which puts students into long-term debt) and the growing shift towards recruiting overseas students. But they are secondary issues to the central one of defunding and turning universities over to corporations.

University education is often thought of as a means, to expand knowledge. After all, individuals attend to gain expertise and those who progress to academia, are supposed to contribute to the expansion of collective knowledge in their chosen field.

A more basic reason for universities to exist, is to train the next generation as the providers of specific forms of labour required by the economy. Australias economy is capitalist and this means, for the most part,  meeting the requirements of privately owned enterprises. From this direction, the push is for a quite narrow set of skills and applied knowledge that is specific to the demand of the corporate world.

To expand knowledge, universities must break new ground and stretch the field of theory, as well as pass knowledge to the new generation. They must go beyond immediate economic application and embrace a whole of society approach. Doing these things does not mesh well with the demands of the current market.

In theory and policy,  neoliberalism is driving the present changes. This comes from the corporate world and filters through government, seeing that whatever doesnt serve the bottom line of the corporate world is a waste of resources that must be eliminated as much as possible. This outlook is closely tied to the mantra of small government, which has become a cover to divert funds to raise corporate subsidies and other related expenses. Removing funds from universities is part of the package.

Neoliberalism is not a new idea. It is applied orthodox economics in times of relative economic downturn. At these times, the rate of return in investment is in decline, even if the absolute return isnt. It provides incentive for the corporations to socialise costs as much as possible. In every-day language this means to transfer costs to the rest of society.

The means to do this is to raid the public purse. Spending on government services goes down, alongside company tax and personal tax on the wealthiest. At the same time as corporate welfare in the forms of grants, contracts and privatisations and o...

09:05

Help Dave get his guns back "IndyWatch Feed National"


David Dunstan is a farmer from the NSW town of Bungowannah.

At 3:30am on Thursday 14th September, a man armed with a knife and piece of wood knocked on his back door.

David grabbed his unloaded 22 rifle to confront him - aware that the man had earlier confronted one if his neighbours who scared him off with a hockey stick. Dave managed to convince the man to sit in his car and drive him to the police station, while his wife called the police.

The police met David halfway down his driveway and placed his unwelcome guest under arrest.

The problem is, the police paid David another visit later in the morning to take his guns off him!

We've been working with David to try and see what can be done.  So we're starting this campaign to help him hire a lawyer who specialises in NSW firearms legislation to get his guns back.

We'd like to go further - we reckon he should be compensated for the loss of his firearms, not for his benefit, but to make a stand against this type of treatment by NSW Police.

So please help our campaign to help David get the legal representation he needs - and score a win on behalf of all shooters.
Help spread the word!

09:00

Mystery of the slimy brain-like 'alien blobs' found in a Canadian lagoon that appear to be SPREADING "IndyWatch Feed National"

They might look like props from a low-budget horror flick, but these mysterious slimy blobs are actually colonies of hundreds of tiny creatures. The pond-dwelling jellies were recently spotted for the first time in Canada

  
I have seen this before in fossil form in photographs from Australia.  It happens to be just about the oldest possible fossil.  So here we have a life form we know has been with us for almost 500,000,000 years..

It is even nearby to me.  However is do suspect this is far more common than imagined.  After all it likes muddy pond water and likely deep as well.

It is neat to see it though in the living form.

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Mystery of the slimy brain-like 'alien blobs' found in a Canadian lagoon that appear to be SPREADING

The jellies were recently spotted for the first time in a park in Vancouver, Canada 

The creatures, known as bryozoans, have been around for millions of years 

But the species found...

08:36

Entirely New Communication Channels Conducting Light Found in the Brain "IndyWatch Feed National"

Over the past Century of scientific study of the brain, it was discovered that mammalian brains produce a type of faint light, known as biophotons.

First observed in rats, the biophotons appear within the visible spectrum very faintly, ranging from near-infrared to the violet end of the spectrum (between 200 and 1,300 nanometers.)

To this day, scientists dont know what they do, and that touches on the reality that science itself is never going to be the one, overarching way of analysis that is going to provide us with the answers to the nature of our existence.

While the scientific method (true science, not the dogma of science), is an essential method of distinguishing reality from illusion, there comes a point in a scientific analysis where it is time to enter the realm of the spiritual, of the potential, while recognizing that the conclusions drawn may not be as 100% tangible as a conclusion reached through the scientific method.

Scientists recently published a paper suggesting that the biophotons produced by the brain may actually be part of another optical communication system. It is unknown what this biophoton communication system would do, or what thoughts, feelings, or things it might communicate.

The paper is titled Are there optical communication channels in the brain?, and you can find it at Cornell University library at this link.

According to Big Think:

The team wanted to know whether or not there existed an infrastructure over which light could travel from one place to another in the brain across the distances required, focusing on myelinated axons. Axons are the fibers that carry a neurons electrical signal outward; myelinated axons are covered in myelin, a fatty substance that electrically insulates the axon.

The scientists modeled axons, calculating how light would react as the fibers lost or gained thickness in the biophoton, or bent. They modeled how they might absorb myelin coating, or how theyd behave when crossing each other.

They concluded that light conduction across the myelinated axons is in fact possible.

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08:33

The Ultimate Way to Cure Anxiety: Why are We All Addicted to Something? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why are we all addicted to something? Why do human beings in our culture have this nagging, constant insatiability? What are we searching for, why do we feel like we are lacking, and why do we seem to be constantly trying to cure ourselves of restlessness, boredom, or anxiety?

I dont know the answer to that question one hundred percent, but I have some theories currently, with the level I am at in understanding this issue myself. This question is the type that you ask yourself over the course of your entire life: the answer is ever-changing, growing as a person personally learns how to be happy in life without seeking so many external things.

As children, we are always searching for some kind of gratification. In children it can be observed that the more entertainment they are given, the more candy, television, toys, ect, the less satisfied they are with what they have. Children want more when they have more, and in places where children dont have many things, they seem to have less insatiability.

However, which child is actually happier or more at peace? A child with almost nothing, or a child with any indulgence they want? Its a complicated question, and the answer probably lies somewhere in-between.

Adults are absolutely no different from children in this respect, and sometimes they are worse: especially the way people live today.

Adults seek long-term, extremely taxing, ambitious pleasures that are often unattainable. When accomplished, these things often dont actually made the adult happy. For example, a person might aspire to make $100,000 a year, have a nice car, a nice house, ect.

But when they get all the material pleasures they want, they meet the grim realization that it doesnt feel any different: and now, theyre probably dependent on spending all their time slaving away for money to maintain that lifestyle that isnt as satisfying as previously thought in the first place.

When I was younger and had to be homeless at the age of 17, I noticed I was just as happy if not happier while not having a home as I was when I did: I called this phenomena the Euphoria Shelf: feeling as happy as I did without a home, as I did with one, despite the discomfort of having to camp outside and struggle to support myself.

Heres another thing: people are suffering from anxiety, depression, and other terms we give to the feelings we have. People rely on substances and pleasures every day to get themselves through doing jobs they dont like for a living, to come home and barely enjoy the small amount of time they have left.

People drink coffee and many are severely dependent on it, using it to work their day jobs and to function in life generally when it is a much more unsafe habit than they ever realize.

Cannabis...

08:09

US Defence Firms Want Control Over Tech in Make In India Plan "IndyWatch Feed National"

Companies do not want to be held liable for defects in products manufactured in collaboration with local partners under the Make in India drive to build a military industrial base.

A U.S. naval F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft takes off from the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier during wargames between navies of India, Japan, Australia and Singapore in the Bay of Bengal September 7, 2007. Credit: Reuters

A US naval F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft takes off from the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier during wargames between navies of India, Japan, Australia and Singapore in the Bay of Bengal, September 7, 2007. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: US defence firms offering to set up production lines in India to win deals worth billions of dollars want stronger assurances they wont have to part with proprietary technology, according to a business lobby groups letter to Indias defence minister....

08:07

5 Spiritual Facts That Scientists Are Finally Able to Understand "IndyWatch Feed National"

We all try to come up with the best most realistic answers to why reality is the way it is, but sometimes the answers dont have to be so clear. There are some things that can be explained much easier than others and there is nothing wrong with not knowing to an extent.

Of course, we have been learning so much throughout the years that now lots of things we used to consider unreal or even outlandish are normal. Below you will find a list of things in regards to spirituality that have not been understood on such a deep level until now. We can only hope that as time progresses things will become more clear, and all the while we will understand that nothing is ever certain. Some things were not meant to be understood by everyone.

5 Spiritual Truths That We Are Finally Beginning to Understand:

1. We can create a reality for ourselves through thought.

If you know anything about the Law of Attraction then this should be easy to understand, Thought power is the key to making the reality that you want for yourself. This whole world we live in is a reflection of your inner world and thoughts. If you learn to control your thoughts you can make a world that fits you perfectly.

You see, if you are realistic in this and work hard while controlling your thoughts you will be able to attract all of the things you want in life.

2. Ascension does not involve going anywhere.

Ascension is not about leaving the planet or even getting out of bed (of course, I recommend getting out of bed). It is a conscious choice to engage in evolution. You see when we focus on being aware and convert to this state of being we reach a higher vibrational frequency. For a more in-depth explanation of ascension check out the video below.

Video Via. Spirit Science.

3. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.

While we do live in these physical bodies they are not who we are. We are energy, life is not what it seems. There is so much more buried away. While we do not have a full scientific explanation for this sort of thing right now this is becoming easier to understand.

4. Our souls never die.

People die all the time and lots of them are either brought back or come back. If you take the time to look over what these people experienced in their time while being...

07:48

Australia rejected CIA request to open embassy in North Korea "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia rejected a secret request by the United States Central Intelligence Agency to open an embassy in North Korea, which the Americans hoped to use as a base from where to collect intelligence on the communist state.

07:29

Are Uber Drivers in Bali an Endangered Species? "IndyWatch Feed National"

300,000 rupiah, the taxi driver said, claiming that the ride home would be twice as much as what it cost to get there. Scooters whizzed past as we haggled on the side of the road.

300,000 is my final price.

I pulled out my phone and clicked on the Uber app. There were four cars in the area. The taxi driver peered over my shoulder, then took a hasty step back.

You cannot take Uber in this country! he shouted. Uber drivers get decapitated here.

My widened eyes exchanged anxious looks with the people I was travelling with. With shaking hands, and disinterested in watching our Uber driver potentially getting pounded, we began to negotiate a price with the taxi.

On the drive home, we noticed several worn out banners reading, NO UBER.

I later found out that our driver that night wasnt alone in his hatred for ride-hailing services.

In 2016, Balinese man Ida Kadek Anom was ambushed by a group of taxi drivers. Kadek was on his way to pick up his Uber customer when a mob stopped in front of his car and demanded he pay a fine of 375 000IDR ($37.50AUD). Kadek called his boss, who agreed to hand over the money, but as Kadek tried leaving the scene to collect it, he was chased down the road and beaten up until he needed to be hospitalised. His white Toyota minivan was then vandalised with bricks and sticks.

Competition ignited by technology has the market for conventional ride services hard. Ever since ride-hailing services like Uber and Grab became a trend, taxi and private car drivers have found it difficult to make adequate earnings especially in Indonesia. A violent protest occurred in Jakarta, the countrys capital, in March 2016 that saw bus, car and scooter drivers rally against illegitimate driving services, claiming mobile apps like Uber and Grab werent registered as public transport. Their expression of anger rallied thousands of armed police, and in response, Indonesias ministry of transport...

07:17

MACKAY Man punches kid in face as neighbourhood dispute escalates "IndyWatch Feed National"

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07:09

Enlightenment or Just Waking Up? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION:  I have a couple of questions for Martins blog if of any interest;

1. Did the challenges of the justice system in his case over those years contribute towards some kind of enlightenment? What I am asking is have you reached the state of enlightened?

2. Do your models envisage a large uptake of the Socrates service to a point where it actually effects the market? I cant help but feel that only certain people that have been searching will actually be able to accept the concepts, kind of dyslexic qualities. Ive tried to steer loved ones towards some of the concepts but cant even keep them on topic for a few sentences. There is a lot of resistance.

Much appreciated,

JC

ANSWER: I can saw that probably like most, I assumed what was taking place in the legal system was at least ethical. I confess I did not look closely. Once entangled in their web, you suddenly see that those attracted to such a profession are usually the worst bullies you will remember from high school. They are typically angry at the world and view everyones success but theirs is the result of some corruption. So it is always get even for their own short-comings.

They will also NEVER admit a mistake because it would ruin their personal career. There is so much evidence in so many cases that innocent people are knowingly put to death to save the career of a prosecutor. Even the famous trial of the Rosenburgs for being spies, the prosecutors charged his wife knowing she was not involved to put pressure on him. They then lie to juries and withhold evidence so the jury found her guilty, the judge sentenced her to death, and the prosecutor celebrated with a good night out on the town. Those in that trial were as guilty as any murderer.

I would say if you call it enlightenment waking up and viewing just how corrupt the legal process is, then yes it was the completion of my educate. It is now apart of me and I would not change that. As far as being given the strength to stand up, everyone has a different threshold where the breaking point is reached. They would put me into the hole locked down all the time where most suicides take place. Of course they then pronounce the person was guilty and had remorse so that was the reason for the suicide. The typical cover your a...

07:04

Cycle of Knowledge "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Hello,

I am a French Astrophysicist and I end up watching with great interest a TV story about Martin Armstrong. As a scientist I am really curious and keen to build new connection between our way of describing the Universe and the bias introduced by our own vision and history. Hence I was wondering if the algorithm that Martin has developed was ever tested on human knowledge discovery or if this is something that could be interesting to do.

Kind Regards,

IA

ANSWER: Absolutely. There is cycle to knowledge that I have also encountered and found fascinating. We reach period of knowledge and then we seem to lose it all and reboot. Society before the Dark Age knew the Earth was round and not flat.  For example, if we look at the ancient Greeks, the knew the Earth was round and not flat. They burned people like Giordano Bruno (15481600) alive at the stake for claiming the world was round and it revolved around the sun instead of the other way around. The Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BC) argued in his writings that the Earth was spherical, because of the circular shadow it cast on the Moon, during a lunar eclipse. Another reason was that some stars visible from Egypt are not seen further north. Aristotle wrote:

 The evidence of the senses further corroborates this. How else would eclipses of the moon show segments shaped as we see them? As it is, the shapes which the moon itself each month shows are of every kind straight, gibbous, and concave but in eclipses the outline is always curved: and, since it is...

07:03

Dark Age v Renaissance "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Hi Martin,

Thank you for everything that you do.  Concerning the post, The Long-Term Cycle of Monetary Crisis, you describe the corruption of power that leads to monetary crisis and the subsequent reform: the thread that repeats throughout history.

I was wondering if you could contrast this with the periods of history where there is a renaissance/age of enlightenment, and the common tread there (is it the people revolting, which is the only way that corruption of power is defeated?).

Many Thanks Again,

Danny

ANSWER: Oh yes. This is part of the Cycle of Civilization but now you are at the 309+ year level where major change begins to appear. The big one comes on the Sixth Wave of the 309.6 Year level. This is the only reason I do what I do. I have written many times that when this wave peaks in 2032, when we come to a crossroads. We either regress contracting into authoritarianism, then break-up into a fragmented feudal type system of local tribes basically, or we can perhaps crash and burn, but then see the light and we make a major technological leap forward.

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06:46

countless sleepless nights "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$7200
Date debt issued: 
Thursday, 16 February 2017
Period debt occurred: 
February 2017 to September 2017
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

It has given me countless sleepless nights an at one stage I contemplated suicide.

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 

They could not have handled it any poorer if they tried.
Total incompetence and a disturbing indifference...

06:00

Why the Battles Against Liberalism, Globalism and the New World Order Are All Related "IndyWatch Feed National"

Do you love liberty and freedom? If you ask that question to people randomly on the street, you are going to get the same answer over and over again. 

Everyone wants liberty and freedom, but what they dont understand is that there is an inverse relationship between the size of government and the amount of liberty and freedom that we get to enjoy.

Every time a new law, rule or regulation is established, our liberties and our freedoms are restricted in some way. So the bigger government becomes, the less liberty and freedom we actually have.

On the federal level, there are now literally hundreds of thousands of laws, rules and regulations.


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04:16

Mandatory Over-Vaccination - The Australian Experience "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Elizabeth Hart Recently there have been calls for mandatory vaccination in the UK, as discussed by Tom Moberly, UK editor of The BMJ, see UK doctors re-examine case for mandatory vaccination. The United States and Australia are at the...

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21:01

Family films three kangaroos 'squaring up and hitting each other' in neighborhood garden "IndyWatch Feed National"

The family came across the three roos as they drove down a quiet street in Australia at night A brawl of the marsupial kind has been caught on camera on somebody's front lawn. A family came across the three kangaroos apparently fighting as they drove down a quiet street in Australia at night.Footage shows the group of animals squaring up to each other in the battle, which took place in the front garden. The family stayed safely inside their car as they spotted the trio of raging roos on the other side of the road. Two of the animals appear to box in slow motion as the video starts, jumping and slinging their arms. The third then gets involved, and they push one another before one kicks out with its powerful back legs.

20:01

Turkish President Erdogan slams US for 'arming terrorists' after Washington cancels $1.2mn Turkey weapons deal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has responded to Washington's decision to pull out of a $1.2 million arms deal for his security guards, accusing the White House of instead choosing to supply weapons to terrorists in Syria. In an interview with PBS on Monday, Erdogan referred to Syrian Kurds as "terrorists," saying "we need to fight these terrorists with the United States." "And when we are not able to acquire those weapons from the United States, why are you giving those weapons to terrorists? It's a question that we ask our friends in the United States. And when these questions are not answered, we're feeling sorry, as the strategic partners to the US," he continued. Erdogan was referring to Washington's decision to arm Syrian Kurds fighting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), a step which the White House believes is key to seizing the last major IS stronghold of Raqqa.

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