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Friday, 25 August

01:43

Egyptian Pyramid near Cairns "IndyWatch Feed National"

Walsh's Pyramid (pictured), located outside Cairns in north Queensland, is reportedly the site of a man made pyramid that was built by a group of Egyptians who visited Australia in 3000BC

Interesting report providing further support of the local traditional stories of long term interaction with the Egyptians.


Filed under: Culture Tagged: Australia, Culture, Kuranda

01:35

Closed Friday 25 August "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jura will be closed on Friday 25th August due to illness. Sorry for any inconvenience.

00:28

Dual citizen MP hearing due in October "IndyWatch Feed National"

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and four senators will face the High Court in October. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and four senators will face the High Court in October. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

The dual citizenship debacle that has engulfed Australian politics will be back before the High Court in Canberra for a hearing in October.

Four senators and deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce were referred to the court earlier this month after it was revealed they did not meet the sole citizenship requirement of section 44 of the constitution.

South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon and NSW Senator Fiona Nash will also be referred to the court over their British citizenship by descent when federal parliament next sits in September.

At a directions hearing held in Brisbane on Thursday, Chief Justice Susan Kiefel set the matter down for a three-day hearing in Canberra from October 10.

One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts remains the most at risk of being disqualified from parliament as he may have officially renounced his British citizenship after his nomination, the court heard.

Solicitor-General Stephen Donaghue QC said there was a clear demarcation line between the politicians those who had known they were a citizen of a foreign power and those who did not.

Under section 44 of the constitution a person is incapable of being elected to the parliament if they are a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power.

Mr Joyce has been found to have been a New Zealand citizen by descent but the government has advice this isnt enough to unseat him.

If the court finds him to be ineligible, it will trigger a by-election in his NSW seat of New England, and potentially put at risk the governments one-seat majority in the lower house.

The court will also examine stood-aside cabinet minister Matt Canavan, who has Italian heritage on his mothers side.

Like Senator Roberts, former Greens senators Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam were also born overseas.

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00:24

Pyne slams red herring marriage claims "IndyWatch Feed National"

The postal vote for gay marriage will take place in mid-September. file pic)

The postal vote for gay marriage will take place in mid-September. file pic)

A senior Liberal has warned opponents of gay marriage to stop making red herring arguments against change as enrolments for the postal vote closed.

Enrolments closed at midnight on Thursday with both sides of the debate from politicians to celebrities making a last ditch plea for people to get involved.

Survey papers are expected to start hitting mailboxes in mid-September.

Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne hit out at no campaigners who claim the survey is about freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

He said the only question was whether two members of the same sex could marry and any questions about protections for religious freedom would be dealt with by legislation if a majority of Australians voted in support of marriage equality.

It is a complete red herring, he told ABC TV.

So, lets keep it simple and try to not muddy the waters, as some people do, which is quite frankly a campaigning tactic.

It followed warnings by the Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart that future gay marriage laws could infringe rights of freedom of religion and conscience.

It could result in restrictions on the right of ministers of religion and religious bodies and organisations having the freedom to teach, preach and speak about marriage between persons of the same sex being contrary to their religious or conscientious beliefs, he wrote in an open letter.

Archbishop Hart urged Catholics to vote against change for the health and future of society.

But he insisted the debate needed to be respectful, with both sides expressing their ideas with conviction instead of creating a campaign of hate.

Mr Pyne said any colleagues who insisted on opposing gay marriage in parliament despite a yes vote would have to explain themselves to their electorates.

I certainly wouldnt be thumbing my nose at the will of the Australian people, he said.

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00:24

Final results of the 2017 VU Short Story Prize "IndyWatch Feed National"

Overland, Victoria University and this years four judges Frank Moorhouse, Enza Gandalfo, Ian See and Rachael McGuirk are very pleased to announce the winners of the Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers.

00:18

MPs caution against burqa ban despite poll "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian MPs are against banning the burqa. (pic supplied)

Australian MPs are against banning the burqa. (pic supplied)

Senior MPs from both sides have cautioned against a push to ban the burqa despite a poll showing half of Australians would support the move.

A Sky News/ReachTEL found 44 per cent of people strongly supported banning the burqa in public places, while a further 13 per cent supported it.

Of the more than 2800 people surveyed, 19 per cent strongly opposed a ban, 12 per cent opposed, while the rest were undecided.

Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne said his concern about the burqa was that it isolated women from society.

I think that is a dangerous thing, he told Nine Network on Friday.

Its nothing to do with it being Muslim or any other kind of religion for that matter.

Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese conceded to being uncomfortable when the burqa was worn in public.

I think people who arent from that culture are uncomfortable with it, he said.

But he also warned bans doesnt work.

Theres a whole range of behaviour from people that have different cultures, different ethnicities, different religions that people might not be comfortable with. But that doesnt mean you go about banning it.

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, who wore a burqa into the Senate last week, seized on the poll.

Perhaps while the government are conducting their plebiscite on same sex marriage, we include the question as to whether Australians want to ban all full face coverings in government buildings and public spaces, she told News Corp.

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00:14

Revenge porn now a crime in NSW "IndyWatch Feed National"

Revenve porn is now an offence in NSW. Photo http://cyberbullying.org

Revenve porn is now an offence in NSW. Photo http://cyberbullying.org

Revenge porn is now a crime in NSW, with offenders facing up to three years behind bars.

The state government announced the start of the new laws on Friday, which make it an offence to intentionally record or distribute an intimate image of a person without their consent.

Offenders who do so not only face jail time, but also risk an $11,000 fine.

The laws also make it an offence to threaten to distribute intimate images, to protect victims against controlling behaviour in abusive relationships.

The new laws shift the power away from vengeful ex-partners and manipulative predators and help victims regain privacy and dignity, Attorney General Mark Speakman said in a statement.

An offender who fails to take down material could face an extra two years in jail and a $5500 fine.

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Thursday, 24 August

23:53

When the Police Knock on Your Door : Your Rights and Options: A Legal Guide and Poster "IndyWatch Feed National"

If the police knock on your door

In cooperation with legal counsel, our comrades have prepared a poster explaining how to handle visits from law enforcement. This includes any agent from any law enforcement agency, regardless of whether they are local, state, or federal, including the FBI, ATF, and ICE when they are working as law enforcement, uniformed or not. Consider putting a copy of this poster by the doors of your residence and familiarizing yourself with the information. These days, no matter who you are or what youre doing, you never know when you might receive an unwelcome visit.


Click the image above for downloadable PDF.

Say No, you cannot come in. I do not consent to a search.

Keep the outer gate or door chain locked. If you must, step outside and close the door behind you. Better yet, speak through the door.

Say No, I will not answer your questions.

You can also say I have been advised to not answer questions. If you leave a card, a lawyer may contact you. The police are trained to intimidate. Dont let them bully you! Regardless of what they say, remember that you are never required to answer anything they ask. Your responsibility is to your conscience and your community, not to the police or their investigation.


Research the legal resources available in your area. Keep the phone numbers accessible for the local National Lawyers Guild hotline, the local hotline to report ICE raids, and any contacts you have for legal support or raising bail money. Agree on a response plan with those you share this home with! Keep in mind that the phone numbers you have written out in your home may be discovered by police.


Do not sign anything you are given without seeking advice from a lawyer first.

Lying to police may result in criminal charges. The safest thing is to not engage with them at all.

Rehearse the phrases on this poster. That way, when the time comes, you will feel confident enough to deny them entry, access, and information.


If They Want to Conduct a Search

Ask if they have a search warrant that is signed by a judge. It must be no more than ten days old. If they do not have a search warrant:

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23:25

Video: Wangaratta council workers walking off the job "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wangaratta council workers are taking strike action today, for the first time since the 1990s, in order to defend themselves against moves to set back their working conditions. There will be gather a BBQ and drinks at Ovens Street (1 to 3 pm) to show support for the  council workers.

Video from the Australian Services Union (ASU) Victoria/Tasmania branch

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Stay strong Wangaratta!

Workers at Rural City of Wangaratta are forced to take industrial action to protect their conditions from going backward. Industrial relations laws in this country are broken. #changetherules

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The post Video: Wangaratta council workers walking off the job appeared first on The Pen.

23:11

Proof of $50 per Hour Soros Paid Protesters at the Phoenix Rally "IndyWatch Feed National"

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There is more but you get the idea. Here was my answer to the mentally ill liberals who continue to try and conceal the truth from the American public.

 

 

 

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22:58

Low pay and unemployment benefits not enough for even frugal existence "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

A study funded by the Australian Research Council, Catholic Social Services Australia and, United Voice and the Australian Council of Social Service, has come along with a better way to determine the level of income necessary to ensure everyone, a fully healthy life.

The study, carried out by Professor Peter Saunders and Megan Bedford of the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of NSW, has just been launched and it contains budget standards for unemployed and low paid Australians, based on a basket of goods and services for different sized families at these income levels, without allowance for modest luxuries and wastage kept at a minimum. Only what is required for basic needs is considered.

The unemployed are not even considered as needing to own a car.

To achieve this level of income, a single adult would need to spend $600 a week. A couple with no children would need $830. Add a child of six and that rises to $970. Add a second child, of 10, and its up to $1170. A sole parent working part-time, with a child, would need to spend $830 a week.

Lets take a couple with two children. Their biggest expense would be rent, $460 a week for a three-bedroom unit in an outer suburb. Then $200 for food, $140 for transport, $140 for household goods and services, $80 for recreation (swimming lessons; bit of sport for the kids), $60 for education, $40 for personal care, $30 for clothing and footwear and $20 a week for out-of-pocket healthcare.

The budget standards for unemployed families are, perforce, a lot tighter.

Whereas the low-paid were assumed to shop at Woolworths and Kmart, unemployed people in the focus groups used to check the realism of the standards said they couldnt afford such stores and went to Aldi and discount stores. They chase specials and collect discount vouchers, make things last longer and waste nothing.

Even with this frugality, an unemployed single adult needs $430 a week. A couple without children needs $660, but that rises by $110 to $770 with one child, then by a further $170 to $940 with a second child. An unemployed sole parent with one child needs $680 a week.

According to the study, those on Newstart receive an income that is nowhere near the measure. This can be extended to those on other Centrelink benefits.

Singles who have jobs, but are on minimum wages, barely scrape past the miserly minimum living standard. Those with families fall below.

This study shows that a lot of Australians are not doing too well at present and his contradicts the notion of a fair go nation.

It also answers the claim made too often by politicians and the plainly ignorant that the unemployed are livi...

21:53

Usually when he comes for a visit, he stops by the front door first and gives one or two polite barks. If no one answers the front door, he will either try to go through the garage or go around through the backyard." "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tommys family adopted him from a shelter when he was around a year old. Initially, the family had been looking for a girl dog and had set up meetings with a few potential matches. While they waited for those dogs to arrive from their foster homes, one of the staff members asked if the family would like to meet Tommy in the meantime. It was love at first sight for both the family and for Tommy. 

When it came time for him to go back out, he laid down on the floor trying his best not to leave us; she had to literally drag/slide him on his belly out of the room, Jenna Termolen, Tommys mom, told The Dodo. He had chosen his new family and was not willing to give us up. After meeting the other dogs, the boys all decided that he was the one. 

Credit: Jenna Termolen

For most of his life, Tommy lived with his family in Illinois, until 2015, when they moved to a neighborhood in upstate New York. Tommy had a lot of dog friends back in his old neighborhood, and seemed to be missing them after the move until he met Jackson. 

About a week after the family moved into their new home, Termolen was out running errands when she got a text from her youngest son saying that a very large, very shaggy dog with no tail had suddenly appeared inside their house. 

I immediately called him to see if everything was OK, Termolen said. He relayed that Tommy and the dog were getting along just fine; the dog seemed friendly, and Tommy was taking him on a tour of the house.

Credit: Jenna Termolen

After finally locating the dogs collar under all his fur, they discovered that his name was Jackson, and he lived right down the street. Termolen and her son walked Jackson home, and while his family was embarrassed that he had somehow found his way into someones home, they were not at all surprised that he was out and about trying to make friends. Termolen and her son said goodbye to Jackson and headed home and soon realized that Jacksons visit that day had certainly not been his last. 

Now, Jackson comes over to visit Tommy almost every day. The first few times, Termolen and her family walked Jackson back home, but have since realized that he totally knows the way on his own. If the familys garage door is open, then Jackson just lets himself into the house, and no one in the family is ever surprised to see him anymore. ...

21:45

Piperlongumine inhibits TGF--induced epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Eur J Pharmacol. 2017 Jul 19. Epub 2017 Jul 19. PMID: 28734931 Abstract Title:  Piperlongumine inhibits TGF--induced epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition by modulating the expression of E-cadherin, Snail1, and Twist1. Abstract:  Cancer is a life-threatening disease, and the occurrence of metastasis, which increases the lethality of primary tumors, is increasing. The epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a biological process by which epithelial cells lose cell-cell adhesion properties and acquire mesenchymal properties, including motility and invasiveness. EMT is considered an early stage of metastasis; therefore, inhibiting EMT may be an effective anticancer therapy. In the present study, the antimetastatic effect of piperlongumine (PL) was assessed in human cancer cells. PL is a single component isolated from long pepper (Piper longum) and it has been studied for its antibacterial, antiangiogenic, and antidiabetic activities. Migration assays (wound healing assay) and transwell invasion assays showed that PL inhibited the migration and invasion of cancer cells. Western blotting and immunofluorescence imaging showed that TGF- upregulated the transcription factors Snail1 and Twist1 and downregulated E-cadherin, a marker of epithelial cells, inducing EMT. PL might inhibit TGF--induced EMT by downregulating Snail1 and Twist1 and upregulating E-cadherin in cancer cells. In summary, PL might inhibit TGF--induced EMT, suggesting that it is a promising anticancer agent.

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20:47

MACKAY Mount Pleasant woman arrested, accused of dealing meth "IndyWatch Feed National"

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20:42

Why Steve Jobs Didnt Let His Kids Use iPads (and Why You Shouldnt Either) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Parenting is facing its biggest challenge to date technology. Children used to go to their parents for everything from questions that needed answering, to comfort, to simple entertainment. Any parent (and even grandparent) can attest and relate to the apparent reality of iPhone Facetime versus real, eye-to-eye face time....

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The post Why Steve Jobs Didnt Let His Kids Use iPads (and Why You Shouldnt Either) appeared first on Healthy Holistic Living.

20:01

Die EASA hat eine Explosionswarnung fr Airbus A350-941 ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Die EASA hat eine Explosionswarnung fr Airbus A350-941 rausgegeben.

Danach besteht bei einer Verkettung von Fehlern ein Risiko, dass sich das Kraftstoff-Luftgemisch im Treibstofftank entzndet.

19:29

Germany will not automatically side with US in war with N. Korea "IndyWatch Feed National"

Berlin will not automatically side with the US should it face an armed conflict with North Korea, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said.

Merkel believes the North Korean crisis cannot be resolved through military means

The German chancellor was speaking at the Deutschland Live event organized by national newspaper Handelsblatt, where the ongoing North Korean crisis was among the key topics addressed.

When asked about the worst-case scenario, namely an armed conflict between Washington and Pyongyang, Merkel said that Germany would not necessarily back America.

READ MORE: US nuclear arms should be removed from Germany chancellor candidate

No, not automatically. I do not see any military solution to [the crisis with] North Korea. I think it is wrong, Merkel said.

The German leader called for a peaceful resolution to tensions, insisting that diplomatic means have not been utilized in full.

Merkel has rejected any military option for North Korea, while Washington and Pyongyang continue to be embroiled in a war of words. At the height of recent tensions, US President Donald Trump promised to meet any further threats from North Korea with fire and fury, while the North threatened to strike a US base in Guam.

Germany will be intensively involved in any non-military solutions, Merkel said. But an escalation of rhetoric is the wrong answer.

In light of Merkels comments, RT looks back at other points of contention between the US and European nations.

Meanwhile, Berlin has also voiced support for the Russian-Chinese initiative for a double freeze to resolve the Korean crisis. The plan involves simultaneously stopping missile tests by North Korea and halting South Korean drills with the US.

Washington rebuffed the calls, however, and is currently holding the large-scale Ulchi-Freedom Guardian exercises on the Korean Peninsula with Seoul. Despite the US saying that the drills are designed to enhance readiness and protect the region, Pyongyang sees them as a dir...

19:28

Central Bank of Papua New Guinea Adopts Blockchain Technology "IndyWatch Feed National"

Central Bank of Papua New Guinea Adopts Blockchain Technology

The number of countries with banks experimenting with blockchain technology is growing rapidly. The Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea (PNG), north of Australia, has joined the movement with its own central Bank of Papua New Guinea running blockchain trials.

Central Bank Governor Loi Bakani, known as a champion of new technologies as a way to enable financial inclusion, recently hosted a conference to showcase his countrys commitment to blockchain technology, with participants from at home and around the world, including Abt Associates, Paycase, Othera, IDbox, Pacific Markets, UCash, Seso and ADCCA.

At the conference, Bakani described the blockchain trials underway at the Bank of PNG and introduced the PNG Digital Commerce and Cryptocurrency Association for the growing number of Papua New Guinea tech entrepreneurs and businesses interested in blockchain technology.

Bakani said, This will allow PNG to join the Global Blockchain Forum, which gets PNG a cutting edge in discussions about Blockchain at a global level, along with Australia, Canada, U.S.A., Dubai, UK and Japan. There is no reason why PNG cant be a leader for emerging markets.

There are already central banks experimenting with blockchain technology around the world, including Bank of America, HSBC, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Bank of England, People's Bank of China, Bank of Canada, the National Bank of Cambodia, and the Central Bank of India.

Elizabeth Genia, Assistant Governor of the central Bank of PNG said, It is the new innovations that can change peoples lives almost 85 percent of our people live outside the banking system.

According to Abt Associates Jane Thomason, who helped manage the conference, 85 percent of PNG has little or no access to banking services and accounts, and the island is among the most expensive remittance corridors in the world, with nearly 10 percent of all funds transferred going to fees alone.

Thomason told the conference that blockchain-based technologi...

19:25

You Can Hurt As Many Children as You Can and Nothing Will Happen to You "IndyWatch Feed National"

Oh- and this argument that I am just saying this because when my dad died my stepmother and her children got everything- perhaps you should check out the Nebraska laws in 2006. We- as the FIRST family- and blood- actually had PRESIDENT over my fathers money. In fact- we could STILL make issue out of it and probably still win- because legally- we were ENTITLED, since our father DID NOT legally disown us. So it NEVER HAS BEEN about money- it has been about justice. If it HAD just been about money- we could have had it MUCH EASIER than what I have had to go through reporting my father and his third families murderous activities.

18:29

Worlds Biggest Single-Tower Solar Thermal Energy Farm Is Under Construction In South Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

http://newatlas.com/solar-reserve-thermal-power-south-australia/50896/#gallery

Artist rendering of proposed S. Australia site. Source: SolarReserve via New Atlas

A new major renewable energy project, headed up by Solar Reserve, is expected to generate power for 90,000 homes across South Australia. The Aurora Solar Energy Project, located 30km north of Port Augusta, will harness solar energy and store it using molten salt thermal storage. This important initiative in the history of Australia will require no fossil fuels and produce zero carbon emissions.

http://newatlas.com/solar-reserve-thermal-power-south-australia/50896/#gallery

Source: SolarReserve

The U.S. Energy Information Administration explains, Solar thermal power generation systems collect and concentrate sunlight to produce the high-temperature heat needed to generate electricity. All solar thermal power systems have solar energy collectors with two main components: reflectors (mirrors) that capture and focus sunlight onto a receiver.

http://newatlas.com/solar-reserve-thermal-power-south-australia/50896/#gallery

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17:46

"Just Where You Begin Again..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

"When we're headed toward an outcome that's too horrible to face, that's when we go looking for a second opinion. And sometimes, the answer we get just confirms our worst fears. But sometimes, it can shed new light on the problem, make you see it in a whole new way. After all the opinions have been heard and every point of view has been considered, you finally find what you're after - the truth. But the truth isn't where it ends, that's just where you begin again with a whole new set of questions."
 - "Meredith", "Grey's Anatomy" 

17:41

The State, last episode. "IndyWatch Feed National"

This blog has kindly given itself permission to address matters other than BBC bias, although (arguably) much of our grumbles can be traced back to the BBC.
So, unapologetically, this is another post about The State. Yes, it was shown on Channel 4. If youre looking for BBC-only content, you need to take a right at the crossroads and straight on - you cant miss it.

There has been quite a lot of coverage of Peter Kosmisnkys four part series about British would-be jihadis and jihadi brides.  Opinion is divided, but one particular complaint was unanimous. Most critics thought that the drama needed a back story. What, they wanted to know, led these particular characters to radicalisation? 
If youre looking for answers, Peter Kosminsky isnt going to be providing them. 

Kosminsky has been telling the media that he and his team spent eighteen months trawling through reams of testimony and guidance from witnesses and experts on Islam.  
(Otherwise how could a 61 year old middle-class Bafta-winning film-maker justify making a ground-breaking film about the subject?)

Im sure he believes he knows enough - at least enough to take a selection of interesting anecdotes and string them together into a gritty award-winning work.

As human beings were all capable of holding dozens of contradictory beliefs and opinions at once. Cognitive dissonance, isnt it?  

Here, the script delivered, and we were expected to swallow, leading characters so full of cognitive dissonance that the finished product came across as a string of anecdotes cobbled together - thatll do - and very heavy reliance on the acting and Kosminskys cinematographic expertise to see it through. 

One example of what seemed to be an isolated  interesting factoid thrown in for the sake of it, was protagonist Jalal being advised to speak Arabic, not English, because the particularly volatile knife-wielding psychopath and beheader-in-chief had a thing about Brits. I can almost hear Kosminskys team saying Thats interesting, well use that one.  
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16:47

Asteroid Florence Will Fly By Earth September 1 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The largest object to skim past our planet since NASA began recording such events, will fly by on September 1. Asteroid Florence measuring 2.7 miles across will safely pass by 4.4 million miles.

In no way should this be alarming and it isnt an apocalyptic event by any means. But it does show just how irrelevant Earth and its inhabitants are in the grand scheme of the infinitely massive universe. If nothing else, it should put things into perspective.

Named after Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, the asteroid will be the biggest to pass by earth this closely since NASA started tracking these types of near-Earth asteroids, an agency official said. While many known asteroids have passed by closer to Earth than Florence will on September 1, all of those were estimated to be smaller, Paul Chodas, manager of NASAs Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) at the agencys Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a statement.

Astronomer Schelte Bobby Bus first spotted asteroid Florence in 1981 at Siding Spring Observatory in Australia. The flyby on September 1st is the asteroids closest approach since 1890 and it wont get this close to Earth again until after 2500, according to the statement.

As asteroid Florence passes by Earth, astronomers will take the opportunity to capture radar images to learn more about the asteroids exact size and detailed surface features. Amateur astronomers will be able to view the asteroid using small telescopes as early as late August, when Florence begins to brighten in the night sky and streaks through the constellations Piscis Austrinus, Capricornus, Aquarius, and Delphinus....

16:24

Veteran confronts Ohio Police Chief & Mayor after cops killed unarmed man (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tensions among police and citizens in Euclid, Ohio have come to a head recently after police killed an unarmed 23-year-old man for unknown reasons and officers were seen on video pulverizing another man over a suspended license. A video uploaded to Facebook captured an articulate rant by a military veteran about these recent events, directed at the police chief and mayor, which epitomized these tensions perfectly. In March of this year, a Euclid police officer, responding to a call about a man sitting in his vehicle, shot and killed 23-year-old Luke Stewart. The police department and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation have yet to give any reason for the shooting, and an investigation would later reveal Stewart was unarmed. Naturally, the citizens of Euclid are upset and want answers. The family and citizens demanding answers as to why these recent events unfolded like they did came to a head this week as dozens of people took over a Euclid City Council meeting.

16:20

Another Revealing Interview With Robert Kennedy Jr. On Vaccines "IndyWatch Feed National"

ROBERT-759x420Watch New and Very Informative Documentary: The Truth About Vaccines

A recent interview was conducted by STAT News reporter Helen Branswell with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. from The World Mercury Project, an organization whose mission is to raise public awareness of the dangers and sources of mercury, with the ultimate goal of banning all uses of mercury on a global level. They believe the public desperately needs  accurate information about the sources and dangers of mercury, as this will allow them to better protect themselves and their families from the potentially devastating effects of this potent neurotoxin.

They emphasize:

The average person does not know that mercury is the second most toxic element on the planet, nor do they know that it is an incredibly potent toxin even at small exposure levels. Once in the body, mercury has a high affinity for moving into the brain where it can become trapped for decades. Once in the brain, mercury causes a chronic inflammatory process in the tissue which has been connected to autism, Alzheimers, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrigs disease) and many more adverse health consequences.

When it comes to vaccines in particular, contrary to popular belief, many vaccines still contain unsafe levels of mercury. The flu and tetanus vaccine, for example, still contains 25 mcg of mercury. Mercury has also seeped into the food chain and hundreds of other medical pharmaceutical products, along with dental fillings.

None of these preservatives have ever been proven safe by science, so what is going on here? Why do we continue to allow this to happen?

This is precisely why Kennedy, along with several other supporters, held a press conference offering $100,000 USD to any scientist or journalist who could provide evidence showing it is safe to inject mercury into babies. While doing so, he presented approximately 100 studies that proved it is unsafe to do so.

Despite their long use as active agents of medicines and fungicides, the safety levels of these substances have never been determined, either for animals...

16:13

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

THERE ARE SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITHIN SAA LEADERSHIP
Scopa chairperson Themba Godi says there are serious problems within SAAs leadership, but cannot say if the departure of Dudu Myeni would improve the situation.

Masego Rahlaga

JOHANNESBURG - Parliaments Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) chairperson Themba Godi says there are serious problems within South African Airways (SAA)s leadership, but cannot say if the departure of the airlines board chair Dudu Myeni would improve the situation.

Scopa on Wednesday interrogated the irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure racked up by the airline during the past financial year.

During a question and answer session with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in Parliament, claims emerged that government plans to sell off its stake in Telkom to raise an R10 billion bailout for SAA.

Godi says finances at SAA need to be sorted out.

From our discussions on Wednesday, its clear that there are a number of problem areas, but of course leadership is one of the critical issues, whether from the board or management, I think there are serious challenges that need to be corrected.

Meanwhile, transport economist Joachim Vermooten says the problems at SAA are caused by the carrier wanting to do too much while it cannot afford to.

At the moment, it has a broad mandate and I think its just too wide. And its expanded on its activities instead of contracting that. So, you really need to make a change in direction to actually reduce the last lay-offs."

16:09

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

'PLAN TO SELL TELKOM SHARES TO RAISE R10BN TO BAIL OUT SAA JUST AN OPTION'
Eyewitness News has had sight of the document which includes a draft bill for the appropriation of the R10 billion.

Gaye Davis
Eye Witness News

PARLIAMENT - The Ministry of Finance says the plan to sell off governments stake in Telkom to raise an R10 billion bailout for ailing national airline South African Airways (SAA) is just one option being considered.

Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentarian Alf Lees stunned MPs when he told Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday that he had a Cabinet document containing Finance Minister Malusi Gigabas detailed proposal for the move.

Ramaphosa, who was answering MPs questions in Parliament, neither confirmed nor denied the plan, saying that governments strategic assets remained under review.

Eyewitness News has had sight of the document which includes a draft bill for the appropriation of the R10 billion.

Lees questioned whether it was a good idea.

Honourable Deputy President, do you support a sale of a good asset to save a bad asset?

The Economic Freedom Fighters also challenged the move.

The document values governments nearly 40% shareholding in Telkom at more than R14 billion and notes it will cost the fiscus R800m in annual dividends.

Lees revelation came just hours after Deputy Finance Minister Sfiso Buthelezi told Parliaments Standing Committee on Public Accounts that SAA would not be allowed to go under and would not be privatised.

Finance ministry spokesman Mayihlome Tshwete has confirmed the document is a Cabinet memorandum.

But he says it is one option among others that the government is considering assisting the cash-strapped SAA and that nothing has yet been finalised.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

16:00

Atlassians New Diversity Report Shows You Cant Make Progress Without Transparency "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian tech company hasnt been shy about where its fallen short.

Transparency is a tricky thing. Its easy to shine a light on what youre proud of when things are going great, and a lot harder to put on display anything that isntespecially when it comes to diversity and inclusion. To its credit, Atlassian just released a diversity report that isnt all As.

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15:52

Dont Feed The Trolls How To Combat The Alt-Right "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Kazu Haga for Waging Nonviolence - Nazism and white supremacy are forms of violence. Lets start there. The constitution does not protect violence, and Im happy to see that the California chapter of the ACLU has taken a stand against protecting the free speech of hate groups. But with or without marching permits, it is clear that public displays of hatred are a growing trend in the United States. And as much as I dont want to give these groups more attention, it is also clear that simply ignoring them is not going to make them go away. So what do we do? Many communities seem to have embraced the militant tactics of Antifa, so much so that it seems like its already an expectation that every alt-right rally will turn into a violent battlefield. Yet I cant help but wonder if these tactics are giving the alt-right exactly what they want. Is it possible that we could be winning small battles while losing the war? Is it possible that as we celebrate Nazis getting punched, their numbers are growing as a direct result of it? I dont pretend to have all the answers. I would even admit that a portion of the blame for the rise in violence has to go to those of us committed to nonviolence for our failure to come up with the type of assertive response necessary in these urgent times.

14:58

Harvard-Trained Brain Researcher Has a Stroke and Figures Out The Mystery of Life "IndyWatch Feed National"

This Harvard-trained brain researcher had a stroke and while she lost half of her brain she survived and came back with some amazing information. Learning from an experience like this is truly inspirational, to say the least.

She is Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor and is a published Neuroanatomist. She was able to experience firsthand what it means to only have access to the right hemisphere of her brain. While it has been quite a few years since her ordeal the story she has to offer is one we should all take the time to hear.

She has shared her amazing story on the TED stage and answered the biggest question of all, what is the mystery of life? The state of being in which Bolte Taylor says she experienced is one I cannot fathom. She was given an incredible opportunity through having a stroke.  It seems we are the lucky ones in this, as we get to hear the story of a brain scientist who could articulate the experience that she has gone through.

We are energy-beings connected to one another through the consciousness of our right hemispheres as one human family. And right here, right now, we are brothers and sisters on this planet, here to make the world a better place. And in this moment we are perfect, we are whole and we are beautiful.

While it took Bolte Taylor eight whole years to completely recover from her stroke she is now able to share her story with the world and from her experience we have much to learn. We are separated when it comes to the left hemisphere of our brains the right hemisphere truly is a place of deep inner-peace.

So who are we? We are the life-force power of the universe, with manual dexterity and two cognitive minds. And we have the power to choose, moment by moment, who and how we want to be in the world.

I strongly recommend that you take the time to truly listen to the TED talk below where Bolte Taylor tells her truly inspirational story and really let it sink in. We are destined for so much more in this life. We must really take the measures needed to get where we need to be in life.

14:57

The Rise of the Killer Robot "IndyWatch Feed National"

As companies building the technologies in artificial intelligence and robotics that may be repurposed to develop autonomous weapons, we feel especially responsible in raising this alarm. Open Letter to the UN on Autonomous technology, August 2017, Melbourne

Do you

14:47

More PA incitement the BBC will not report "IndyWatch Feed National"

As has been noted here on many occasions, the BBC serially avoids any serious reporting on the issue of Palestinian Authority incitement including that relating to the sensitive issue of al Aqsa mosque.

For some years now the PA has been exploiting the anniversary of an incident that took place in 1969 when a mentally ill Christian Australian tourist set fire to the mosque. As the Times of Israel reported, this year was no exception....

14:36

Nine dog attack fatalities recorded in 2016 for South Africa; more than the total for the preceeding 9 years "IndyWatch Feed National"

Man's best friend is more likely to turn on him in South Africa than anywhere else in the world. According to law firm DSC Attorneys, the country has the highest incidence of dog attacks on humans than any other in the world. The firm is advising people on their rights and possible claims stemming from dog attacks. Kirstie Haslam, a partner in the firm, said dog bites account for tens of millions of injuries annually, and in South Africa dogs account for 76 percent to 94 percent of animal bite injuries, and dog bite fatalities are higher because of lack of post-exposure treatment and appropriate access to healthcare. In the US, the figure is three percent to 18 percent and also lower in Australia, Canada and France. "There were nine dog attack fatalities in 2016, more than the total number in the nine years from 2006-2015, and so far in 2017, reported dog attack fatalities and injuries are a daily occurrence. With high crime rate, large breeds of dogs are popular and many dogs are trained to be aggressive for security purposes. Source: Cape Argus

14:30

When the Bullin Shrieked: How Aboriginals Recorded Volcanic Activity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Indigenous peoples records can help us date natural events in the past and are legitimate sources of scientific information.

Mount Gambiers Blue Lake is in a volcanic crater. Credit: Pierre Roudier/flickr

Mount Gambiers Blue Lake is in a volcanic crater. Credit: Pierre Roudier/flickr

Other than it had a fearful shriek, guaranteed to put the fear of God into anyone who heard it, history appears silent about the nature of the bird that aboriginal Australians once named bullin. Yet its shriek portended danger, apparently the approach of the evil spirit Tennateona, but more plausibly an imminent eruption of one of the young volcanoes in the Newer Volcanics Province of southern Australia.

Compared to similar-sized Europe or the continuous US, Australia is remarkably benign volcanically. Volcanism has generally not occurred in Australia since it was first inhabited, perhaps 65,000 years ago, but there are two exceptions. In southern Australia and northern Queensland, volcanic activity likely happened within the past 10,000 years.

More remarkably still, the precise cause(s) of the volcanic activity in these areas remains somewhat elusive. For all that, there is no doubt that volcanic activity occurred here.

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13:44

How One Lucky Man Escaped From Hipster Hell Thanks To Australian Burger King "IndyWatch Feed National"

This new Hungry Jacks ad says you definitely do NOT want that kale smoothie.

What: A new ad from Hungry Jacks (what Burger King calls itself Down Under) that shows one mans escape from the hipster matrix.

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12:05

NYP: Appeal re Teenage Girl Sexually Assaulted in Scarborough Town Centre "IndyWatch Feed National"

NYP: Appeal re Teenage Girl Sexually Assaulted in Scarborough Town Centre

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses and information about a sexual assault that occurred on York Place, outside the Brunswick Centre in Scarborough, at around 4.20pm on Tuesday 22 August 2017.

The victim, a 17-year-old girl, reported that she had been touched on her body by a man who walked past.

The suspect is described as black, aged in his 20s, about 5ft 9in tall, short black hair with a large/broad build.

We are conducting enquiries and are requesting the publics help to establish full circumstances surrounding the incident.

In particular, we are appealing for information from anyone who observed the incident or recalls seeing the man.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for David Hinchliffe. You can also email David.Hinchliffe@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12170149734

Contact details:

David Hinchliffe #0336

David.Hinchliffe@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk | 30336

Incident reference:
12170149734

11:47

Explainer: Marriage Equality Postal Plebiscite High Court Challenge "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Human Rights Law Centre has taken urgent legal action in the High Court on behalf of Australian Marriage Equality and Senator Janet Rice against the Australian Government to stop the marriage equality postal plebiscite.

We want marriage equality

All Australians should have the same opportunities for love, commitment and happiness. All Australians should be able to marry the person they love. We have been working closely with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) community for years to achieve marriage equality.

In 2014, we represented Australian Marriage Equality in a High Court case on ACTs marriage laws, and helped to convince the court to rule that the Australian Parliament has the power to pass laws to achieve marriage equality.

This is how marriage equality can be achieved in Australia with a simple vote right now by our elected Members of Parliament. The majority of the nation backs this straightforward reform. But the Coalition Government refuses to allow this vote to happen without a plebiscite first

We dont need a marriage equality plebiscite

A plebiscite is a vote by the public to decide a particular issue. Legally, we dont need a plebiscite to achieve marriage equality. But the Coalition Government decided that it wants to run a plebiscite on marriage equality. The decision to push for a plebiscite was a tactic by MPs opposed to marriage equality.

Parliament doesnt want a plebiscite

The Government twice asked the Parliament to approve laws to allow the plebiscite to happen. Twice the Parliament rejected these laws in August last year and again in August this year.

So whats the postal plebiscite?

Because Parliament refused to approve laws for a plebiscite, the Government has tried to sidestep Parliament by asking the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to run what the Government has called a postal plebiscite.

Postal plebiscite is unnecessary, divisive and harmful

10:52

Gold "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong, looking at the analysis of Socrates on gold we see that the Momentum is bullish, trend is bullish, cycle trend is bullish, but Long term is bearish, how does that square with your call that Gold is going up to $5,000.00 when the long term is bearish.

Thank you.

ANSWER: Looking very long-term is different from the relevant time frame. Gold has not broken out and I have given the number where that becomes a possibility. We are not yet there. Events on the horizon are the critical issue. The world is not ready yet and the stock market also reflects this pending threshold. Socrates comment is thus concerned with the immediate outlook and until gold gets through key points, there is no breakout. The extreme target is not due on this cycle but the next.

09:44

Wisst ihr noch, als ich davor gewarnt habe, Nazi-Webseiten ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wisst ihr noch, als ich davor gewarnt habe, Nazi-Webseiten zu zensieren, weil wenn man erstmal anfngt mit dem Zensieren, dann sind bald auch linke Webseiten dran?

Nun, es ist soweit.

Oh und der aktuelle Stand von Zensur auf Youtube ist: Youtube verhngt einen "Community guideline violation strike" gegen Account wegen eines Interviews bevor das berhaupt auch nur aufgenommen wurde. Weil es um Gamergate ging, und das wei doch jeder, dass jeder, der das Wikipedia- und Medien-Narrativ zu Gamergate nicht fr die ganze Wahrheit hlt, automatisch ein Masku-Arschloch und Frauenhasser ist. Auch wenn die Interviewerin eine Frau ist. Der Link geht brigens auf eine Seite, die aussieht, als sei ihr Ziel, alle negativen Stereotypen ber misogyne Gamer zu besttigen. m(

09:44

Australian Lawyer Jane Connors, Appointed as First UN Rights Advocate for Victims of Sexual Exploitation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Human Wrongs Watch

23 August 2017 United Nations Secretary-General Antnio Guterres has appointed Jane Connors, Australian law professional and long-time human rights advocate, as the first United Nations advocate for the rights of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse.

Jane Connors, newly-appointed Victims Rights Advocate for the United Nations. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferr

The appointment is in line with the Secretary-Generals pledge made in his report on Special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse: a new approach that the UN will put the rights and dignity of victims at the forefront of its prevention and response efforts.

Connors, currently International Advocacy Director, Law and Policy, for Amnesty International in Geneva, brings to the position a long and multi-faceted career in human rights advocacy, as well as human rights and humanitarian assistance in the academic, UN and civil society spheres.

As Victims Rights Advocate, Connors will support an integrated, strategic response to victim assistance in coordination with relevant UN system actors.

She will work with government institutions, civil society, and national and legal and human rights organizations to build networks of support and to help ensure that the ful...

09:38

Schromen-Wawrin, Wojnowski talk about issues at Port Angeles council candidate forum "IndyWatch Feed National"

PORT ANGELES Two candidates vying for a seat on the Port Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday the city should eschew second-class status and encourage economic development and weighed in on an avigation easement for William R. Fairchild Memorial Airport.

Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin and Artur Wojnowski disagreed on how to answer a Nov. 7 advisory vote on fluoridated drinking water, annexation and other issues during a Port Angeles Business Association forum at Joshuas Restaurant.

Schromen-Wawrin and Wojnowski are running in the November general election for Port Angeles City Council Position 3, a four-year nonpartisan position held by Mayor Patrick Downie. Downie is not running for re-election.

Schromen-Wawrin, a Port Angeles native and a lawyer, was a Democratic Party precinct committeeman and recent president of the Clallam County Bar Association.

Wojnowski, a Chicago native who was raised in a Polish household, is maintenance manager for the Dungeness Meadows Home Owners Association.

I dont believe that we should be fluoridating the water, Wojnowski said.

The City Council voted 4-3 last August to stop adding fluoride to the municipal water supply, ending a 10-year-old practice.

Downie, who voted in December 2015 to continue fluoridation, cast the deciding vote last summer.

I believe that we dont know how much [fluoride] we all need to intake, Wojnowski said.

And given the fact that none of us really know how much is required, personally I dont think we should just be blanketing it. But again, thats for everyone to decide on their own.

Schromen-Wawrin said he had a more nuanced view on fluoride, saying the chemical has been shown to improve oral health and that he uses fluoride in his daily dental regime.

Schromen-Wawrin said he would personally vote no on the advisory vote but listen to the will of the voters and act accordingly, provided he has assurances that the city would not put lead and arsenic in the water.

Weve been gridlocked for too long and we need to move on from this issue, Schromen-Wawrin said.

I think at this point this issue has been tossed to the will of the people, which is not necessarily the best way to decide public health matters.

So in that regard, I think Id vote with what the voters said, with my caveat that Im not go...

09:09

US State Department Science Envoy Resigns After Trumps Charlottesville Response "IndyWatch Feed National"

US President Donald Trump answers questions about his response to the events in Charlottesville as he talks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, US, August 15, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

US President Donald Trump answers questions about his response to the events in Charlottesville as he talks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, US, August 15, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Washington: One of the US State Departments three science envoys publicly resigned on Wednesday, the latest in a wave of defections over President Donald Trumps response to a white nationalist rally in...

08:59

Victoria Police states while assaulting a minor "I can do whatever I want" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Victoria Police have been trained that the law that applies to the herd population does not apply to them or the 'administration'.

This is the result of their training;


Source: Supplied.

08:25

PERTH Trust servant faces theft charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Trust servant faces theft charges .

August 23, 2017 at 06:15PM .

A 52-year-old woman from the northern Perth suburb of Landsdale is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court next month on two charges of stealing

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://nit.com.au/trust-servant-faces-theft-charges/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHQfJLX2OF3KLmkk9SZmXnzWt5igQ

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

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08:25

PERTH Shaun Davidson: Tracking Australias most notorious jailbreaker "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Shaun Davidson: Tracking Australias most notorious jailbreaker .

August 24, 2017 at 02:05AM .

In January 2015, Davidson failed to appear at Perth Magistrates Court to answer to those charges and absconded to Bali on a one-month tourist visa.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-41009878&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGiMDwUuYH_7G1vVeDj4GiP_iuCBg

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

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07:51

These are the 7 Types of People You Need to Cut Out of Your Life Immediately! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Toxic people are everywhere, these toxic people have an extremely negative impact on our lives. We need to make sure to identify these toxic people and cut them out of our lives before they sink their teeth into our well-being.

Getting rid of toxic people can and will mean kicking friends out of your life, romantic partners, and in some cases family members. Unfortunately, sometimes it is something that has to be done. If you have ever gotten rid of a toxic person before you know how relieving it is. The following types of people are the most common types of toxic people but some people will fit into more than one of these categories.

I am more than aware that it can be hard to exile people who you care about, but when they are negatively impacting your life and refuse to stop you need to do something. Cutting ties is sometimes the best answer and you should never feel bad for doing so. You have to put yourself first no matter the situation.

7 Types of People You Need to Get Out of Your Life:

1. The Antisocial Personality

This person takes advantage of you and can sometimes become violent. While he or she may care about you to an extent they are not worth the trouble they put you through. These people are what most call sociopaths. If you know anything about sociopaths you know there is no place for them in your life.

2. The Critic

This person judges you all the time. He or she makes you feel as if you are not good enough in all aspects of life and enough is enough!

3. The Arrogant Prick

This person is annoying and intimidating; they are someone you already do your best to avoid. Cutting him or her out of your life only makes sense! People who make you uncomfortable to this extreme extent are not people you need to be around.

4. The Passive Aggressor

This person will always keep you waiting and in some cases make you late to most of your appointments. He or she will never truly allow you to understand what point it is that they are trying to get across, and you will forever be walking on eggshells around them.

5. The Narcissist

While a narcissist can sometimes be an arrogant prick they are usually a bit worse than that. He or she thinks that the world revolves around them, and you dont really mean anything to them anyway. They will look down on you and manipulate you so that they can get...

07:46

I Went to a Balinese Trance Ceremony "IndyWatch Feed National"

An unanticipated phone call in the afternoon alerts me that a Daratan ceremony is taking place in a matter of minutes at Pura Dalem Agung, a Hindu temple in the coastal mountains of Seraya Berat. Suddenly, I am beaming; I have been waiting to attend one of these ceremonies for years.

I uncurl from my stupor in the hammock and dash to my bedroom as if I am Beyonc running late for the Met Gala. I plough through the cupboards for my ceremonial get-up, find my udeng (ceremonial hat) and slap it atop my frazzled hair at a crooked angle, throw a sarong around my waist and neglect to put underwear on a favourite new trend of mine. I then dive into the car and haul-ass up a serpentine trail filled with potholes, frightened chickens and topless Balinese women.

I make it just in time.

The banten (offerings) have gone out to the gods; sembahyang (Balinese-Hindu prayers) have just ended; bakso (traditional Balinese soup) has been slurped; the local men have smoked their gudang garum cigarettes. I am the only foreigner present.

It all happens so fast. Drumming erupts and suddenly the Balinese villagers, hundreds of them, are scurrying atop the meadow grass towards the front of the temple a towering structure of carved volcanic rock contorting skyward all cheering and chanting as mankus (Balinese priests) stand atop the cracked cement steps, flicking holy water over the crowd with their bamboo sticks. I follow en masse, pretending I know whats going on. Those of us who receive a douse of the cleansing liquid clamber backwards against the oncoming tide of villagers.

As I back away, an elderly woman catches my gaze. A cheeky grin of knowingness sweeps across her face, and Im mesmerised as she moves into the centre of the field to join the other dancers. The crowd expands around the procession of dancers floating into the centre of the ringed space as the smoke from hundreds of incense sticks swirls into the air. The dancers begin moving their bodies to the riveting sound of 30 men bashing away at drums and gongs as the hubbub stirs through the crowd, leading to an eruption of cheers. The dancers hands twist in the air, their bodies twirl in a dream-like dance and their eyes goggle towards the heavens.

The drumming and cheering amplifies throughout the arena, the temple vibrates with energy, and darkness descends upon the crowd as the horizon flutters in a fiery haze from the dying sunset.

Then th...

07:31

Building (Only) Toilets Isnt Always the Answer to Ending Open Defecation "IndyWatch Feed National"

In north Bihars Kosi, groundwater is very close to the surface, so people prefer to have their toilets farther away from home or they think defecation will contaminate their drinking water supply.

A boy standing near a river channel in Saharsa district, Bihar. Credit: Ranjeet Kumar Sahani

A boy standing near a river channel in Saharsa district, Bihar. Credit: Ranjeet Kumar Sahani

Ranjeet Kumar Sahani is a PhD student at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bengaluru.

In a speech in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, We are living in the 21st century. The poor womenfolk of the village wait for the night, until darkness descends, to defecate in the open. Cant we make better arrangements of toilets for the dignity of our mothers and sisters? Two months later, he launched a campaign called Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to end open defecation throughout the country by 2019, together with the construction of 75 million toilets.

It is important to discuss Swachh Bharat Abhiyan now because the deadline of the mission is not very far. Also, the recent trend in terms of open defecation has been not-so-satisfactory for the ambitions of the mission started in 2014. This is because its success rate seems to be very low even though the program is supported by central and state...

07:01

It is Always a Matter of Capital Flows "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Do you use astrology as one of your inputs as to cycles? There are, as you most likely know, financial astrologers who have tracked the patterns of planets that co-incide with market movements.

ANSWER: No. I am fully aware that some people use that and I have been told sometimes it lines up with our targets once in a while. Our model is strictly correlating hard data nothing subjective. Following the movement of capital is the breadcrumbs through the forest.

My personal goal is to step back and let the computer write the reports and forecast the world.

06:31

#freeisnotfair: a response from the Copyright Agency "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias copyright system can continually be improved. But there are better ways to do it than merely importing a controversially complex copyright approach from the US. Our system needs to be more nuanced than that and there is scope for the government to facilitate discussions aimed at reasonable, sensible reforms.

06:28

The Pineal Gland, Higher Self Protection & Geomagnetic Field Correlations w/ Heather Sartain "IndyWatch Feed National"

010 The Pineal Gland, Higher Self Protection & Geomagnetic Field Correlations w/ Heather Sartain

by: Enlighten Up

We welcome Heather Sartain to our show today who is a professor at the University of Houston, has a degree in Geophysics and Astronomy, is an expert on the pineal gland, and was recently on Cosmic Disclosure with David Wilcock and Corey Goode. She is currently working on 3 books, one which is called The Devolution of the Pineal Gland. She will be sharing with us some information that isn't even published yet so we are excited to have her on the show.

Topics discussed:

What is the pineal gland? What is its purpose? What is the connection to pineal gland calcification and fluoride? Why is fluoride being added to our water supply? Does fluoride really prevent cavities and if so, do we really need it?

How does fluoride effect our spiritual connection? What are the ways we can decalcify our pineal gland? What will happen to us spiritually when we do? What is the relationship between the pineal gland and 'crossing over' to the other side when one passes?

Is there a correlation to the energy field of our pineal glands and the geomagnetic field? What does this mean and do humans have an influence on this? Do we as humans possess a much stronger power than we're lead to believe?

Plus a bonus introduction to E.Ts! Heather's father worked for NASA and Lockheed Martin as an aerospace engineer before passing away in 2013. Before he did he shared with her some interesting information about UFO's and their technology found in the infamous Roswell crash as well as others. Does some of our communication technology actually come from recovered and reverse engineered UFO technology found?

Find all of this out and more in episode 10!

https://youtu.be/XCML4IIvO0o



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06:21

Hillary Clinton's book sounds like a rip-snorter! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Remember that little number Hillary! Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones call for destruction of Bill Clinton statue AUGUST 17, 2017 BY KYLE OLSON Why does America honor an accused rapist? Thats what Juanita Broaddrick wants to know. Speaking exclusively to The American Mirror, Broaddrick denounced the lack of efforts to uproot...

06:00

Trump Plans Permanent Occupation of Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed National"

On my first reporting trip to Afghanistan, I was surprised to find that so many people supported the US invasion. They loved President George Bush because he got rid of the hated Taliban regime. But when I asked what should the US do now, most answered go home. That was in January 2002, just three Continue reading "Trump Plans Permanent Occupation of Afghanistan"

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05:53

Yoda bat happy to be recognized as new species "IndyWatch Feed National"

The character Yoda, the venerable Jedi Master from the Star Wars franchise, may have come from a galaxy far, far away, but his face seems to pop up a lot here on Earth. Earlier this year, two new species of tarsier were described by scientists. Tarsiers look so much like Yoda that they inspired an unconfirmed rumor that the character was based on the small but surprisingly capable creatures from the island nations of Southeast Asia. A new fruit bat species found in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea and described in the Records of the Australian Museum this month also resembles Yoda closely enough that it has actually been referred to simply as the Yoda bat at least until now. Since most remote Papuans have never seen Star Wars, I thought it fitting to use a local name: the Hamamas meaning happy tube-nosed fruit bat, Nancy Irwin, an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Biology at the University of York in the UK and author of the study describing the species, said in a statement. Irwin explains why the happy moniker seemed an appropriate choice: The species is very difficult to tell apart from other tube-nosed bat species. Bat species often look similar to each other, but differ significantly in behaviour, feeding and history. Most of the morphological characteristics that separate this bat from other species are associated with a broader, rounder jaw which gives the appearance of a constant smile. The Hamamas (happy) tube-nosed

Ein bemerkenswertes Comeback "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Eigener Bericht) - Angesichts der Aufstockung der US-Truppen in Afghanistan warnen Experten vor einem neuen Stellvertreterkrieg zwischen der NATO und Russland am Hindukusch. Wie Beobachter einhellig erklren, hat Russland seinen Einfluss in Afghanistan in den vergangenen Jahren deutlich ausbauen knnen. Zudem hat das erbrmliche Resultat des beinahe 16 Jahre whrenden NATO-Krieges das Ansehen des Westens in dem Land ganz erheblich beschdigt; Moskau knne sich das inzwischen zunutze machen und sein Prestige aufbessern, wird berichtet. Ein einstiger Spitzenfunktionr der US-Geheimdienste urteilt, fr den russischen Prsidenten Wladimir Putin sei Afghanistan heute "ein weiterer Hotspot, um Einfluss auszuben" und um Moskau "als Problemlser und Friedensbringer darzustellen". Falls die NATO und Russland sich am Hindukusch mit unterschiedlichen Krften zusammentten, drohe dort - wie in Syrien - ein Stellvertreterkrieg.

05:48

ZAP's Mid-Week Report -- August 23, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Subject: The Mid Week by ZAP from "The Office of Poofness''
From: "The Office of Poofness" <<a href="mailto:2goforth@humanus.ca">2goforth@humanus.ca>
Date: Wed, August 23, 2017 9:50 pm

Zap Says 


HI ALL

MANY CHANGES AFOOT. WE ALREADY KNOW THE RV IS IN FULL SWING, AND THIS WEEK HAS BEEN HUGE FOR CLOSINGS. WE KNOW THAT BIG FILES HAVE BEEN DISPOSED OF, AND THEY ARE GEARING UP THE SPEED THAT THESE THINGS ARE BEING DONE.

I HAVE TALKED WITH A COUPLE OF LAWYERS DIRECTLY INVOLVED AND THEY HAVE STATED THAT THEY HAVE CLOSED AND PEOPLE PAID. WE DID NOT HEAR MUCH ON THE OTHER END, SO I ATTRIBUTE THAT THAT TO STRICT NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS.

SO TO ANSWER A FEW OF YOU, YES IT IS ALL COMING TRUE. THERE WILL BE FUNDS ON A LARGE SCALE COMING OUT TO YOU AND THE ECONOMIES.

THIS IS THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF THE RELEASES. WHAT OTHER WAY CAN YOU GET TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS OUT INTO THE ECONOMIES SAFELY IN A MEASURED WAY SO AS NOT TO CREATE CHAOS AND RUIN PEOPLE.

NOW THAT IS THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN AS THE LOTTERY MENTALITY WILL BE VERY STRONG IN MANY PEOPLE. YOU GET A FEW MILLION, AND GO NUTS, AND A YEAR LATER YOU ARE IN WORSE SHAPE THAN WHEN YOU STARTED.

I CAN NOT STRESS ENOUGH THE IMPORTANCE OF CLEAR THINKING AS OPPOSED TO MUDDY THINKING. BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU RECEIVE LARGE MONEY. DO NOT LET YOUR ELATION GOVERN YOUR PRACTICALITY. DO WISE THINGS. ONLY THIS WAY WILL YOU BE OF USE TO YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY, AND THE PROJECT YOU HAVE UNDERTAKEN TO DO TO HELP OTHERS AS WELL AS YOURSELF FOR THE LONG TERM.

ON OUR SIDE, WE ARE ALMOST THERE. WE WERE TO GET OUR FIRST FUNDS YESTERDAY (YES I CAN TALK A LITTLE NOW). HOWEVER, THE TYPHOON HATO IN HONG KONG CLOSED THE BANKS AND DELAYED USAGAIN. AND THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO ABOUT IT. THAT ONE WAS A FORCE 10 WITH MAX WINDS AT 223 KPH. IT CAUSED OVER 8 BILLION IN DAMAGE IN HONG KONG (PRELIMINARY TALLY).

WE WERE ALL COUNTING ON THESE FIRST FUNDS TO GIVE US RELIEF UNTIL THE MAJOR PROJECT FUNDS HIT, BUT AGAIN THE FORCES OUT THERE DECIDED WE HAVE TO GRIT OUR TEETH A LITTLE BIT MORE. IT IS SOO DIFFICULT TRYING TO MAINTAIN STABILITY AND KEEP EVERYBODY ON THE TEAM FED AND UNDER A ROOF. FEW PEOPLE HAVE ANY IDEA HOW HARD THAT IS.

WE HAVE ALSO RECEIVED EMAILS FOR GIVING HELP RATHER THAN RECEIVING IT, AND YES WE WILL HELP SHORTLY. I HAVE ANSWERED A FEW OF THESE AND REST ASSURED THAT THE MOMENT WE HAVE ANYTHING, WE WILL SHARE. THIS IS WHAT WE ARE GEARED FOR AND THIS IS WHAT WE DO.

THE RUMORS OF OUR DEMISE ARE KINDA WRONGWE ARE NOT GOING AWAY THERE IS TOO MUCH WORK TO DO. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR SUPPORT FOR WHAT WE DO.

IN EXTENDED GRATITUDE.

LOVE AND LIGHT
IN OUR SERVICE
ZAP
GOD IS; I AM; W......

05:00

Why Its Important to Understand the Different Types of Floods "IndyWatch Feed National"

Recognising the different kinds of floods helps in understanding the various factors and forces at work, based on which remedial steps can be taken.

People travel on a boat as they move to safer places through a flooded road. Credit: Reuters

People travel on a boat as they move to safer places through a flooded road. Credit: Reuters

As vast areas in India are again submerged by floods, the priority at present is to intensify the rescue and relief effort. However, sooner rather than later, we also have to confront and attempt to answer uncomfortable questions regarding why the vast investments towards flood-control efforts have not yet yielded any significant results. Expenditure incurred in various plan periods on floods adds up to around Rs 1,50,000 crore at 2010-11 prices. Over 35,000 kms of embankments have been built. However, the area classified as flood-prone has increased from around 40,000 million hectares in 1980 to around 50,000 million hectares at presen...

04:59

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

US and S. Korea Launch War Drills against DPRK
The US imperialists and the south Korean war maniacs on August 21 launched Ulji Freedom Guardian joint military drills aimed at making a preemptive attack on the DPRK, according to CBS of south Korea.

Despite the repeated warnings served by the DPRK, they kicked off the war rehearsal under the pretext of resolutely "countering" the "provocation by the north." This is aimed at igniting a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula at any cost.

What is more serious is the fact that brass hats of the US military including the commander of the US forces in Pacific and the commander of the Strategic Forces visited south Korea on the eve of the rehearsal, the number of the GIs involved in the drill far outnumber the one in the last year and even mercenaries from seven vassal countries including Australia and the UK have joined them.

The situation on the Korean peninsula has plunged into a critical phase due to the reckless north-targeted war racket of the war maniacs.

KCNA

04:49

Government of Turnbull recognises organised crime in media release - won't do anything about known cases "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last year the Government of Turnbull told us the same thing it's telling us this year. George Brandis QC identity theft - legislation & warrants signed may be worthless Monday, 21 November 2016 Front page of AG Dept website UPDATE - to an original report I made to the Attorney...

04:47

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Quest of the New
The Sungni Senior Middle School in Rangnang District is known across Pyongyang as one whose students are bright at their lessons. When I visited the school to know its secret, headmaster Kim Sok Ryol, Labour Hero and Peoples Teacher, was examining the contents of the teaching program of physics. He showed the program to me. The teaching program of last year was filled up closely with new notes leaving no blank, whereas the new teaching program was clean, edited from last years program. Its fuzzy pages are eloquent of the painstaking efforts of teachers to find out a new teaching method, writing in notes about the questions brought up in class.

Here is a note jotted down by a teacher in the space of his program of instruction:

The lesson went on by questions and answers and the students who answered my questions gratified me. But when I posed a problem relevant to the subject of the lesson, many of them failed to solve it. This was because I did not take into consideration their difference in ability. So, poor students feeling small in the presence of bright students remain dumb in class. I think it is required by the present-day education to enhance the average capacity of the students to nurse them into a large force of talent.

To give the different-levelled students enough time for thinking, the teacher cut the time of explanation in the lessons on condition that they prepare enough for the lessons, while letting them settle simple problems by means of discussion among each study group. Then he made it a rule to conduct a lesson where detailed explanation is given only about a difficult problem when it came hard for all students to understand and rewrote the teaching program accordingly. This enabled the weak students to have more opportunity to have their say and give full play to their latent faculties and encouraged all students to devote themselves to studies with greater zeal. His experience was generalized in the school, bringing forth various new teaching methods, and this resulted in a new school-years teaching program for every subject which was just like an essay.

While making much account of the teachers fluent speech in conducting classwork by the heuristic method, the school jud.........

04:41

The journalists union tells an entire industry how it thinks on a very personal matter "IndyWatch Feed National"

The MEAA released this statement today. The union's a bit up itself speaking on behalf of an entire industry. I know many performers who don't feel the same way as the MEAA tells us they do. But whether they agree or not, members money is spent to promote same sex...

04:35

It Could Be Cheaper To Leave The US Navy in the Docks "IndyWatch Feed National"

By G5 The McCain suffered a steering failure as the warship was beginning its approach into the Strait of Malacca, causing it to collide with a commercial tanker, The USN 7th Fleet is currently in operational pause. Does that mean that Russia, China, or North Korea are going to misbehave while the policeman is out of []

04:22

MACKAY Thief ripped off Mackay businesses, then lost her cool "IndyWatch Feed National"

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04:07

Stealthing, by any other name "IndyWatch Feed National"

While the term stealthing may not be preferential, it isnt the first time that movements have had to reclaim terminology in order to initiate their own conversations. From the feminist pop culture magazine titled Bitch, to The Vagina Monologues acrostic classic Reclaiming Cunt, to the now common usage of the term queer in the LGBTQI community as Paul Baker, a professor of English Language at Lancaster University in the UK says, control language and you control the society.

03:57

Cape Cod Shark Cull Lunacy "IndyWatch Feed National"

I am livid after reading the County Commissioner of Barnstables stupid shark cull proposal for Cape Cod. He has proposed what he calls a localized shark hazard mitigation strategy that would involve luring and killing sharks that lurk too close to the Capes popular swimming beaches. Tagging the sharks and studying them is all well and good, Ronald Beaty said by phone. But when the day comes an innocent child is eaten or maimed for life by the time somebody is killed by a shark here, its too late.

South Australia's Shark Cull has been widely ridiculed by Scientisits

South Australias Shark Cull has been widely ridiculed by Scientisits

Beatys language just wreaks of jaundiced PR spin. Terms like Innocent child maimed for life pulls at our heart strings. Then for sharks he portrays them as evil with terms like lurking too close to shore, as though the sharks shouldnt even be there. The trouble is this is just persuasive language that totally ignores the facts.

For example, since 1937 not a single person has been killed by shark attack in Massachusetts, yet over 20,000 people have died by murder or car accident. Each year in Massachusetts alone, around 26 people drown for goodness sake. And 10 people die by falling out of bed. If Beaty, a convicted felon I might add, is so worried about the lives of his constituents, perhaps he should be legislating on bed heights, guns, beach swimming and road safety, rather than going after the poor old sharks that have been falsely maligned ever since Jaws came out.

Beaty made a few other crazy statements as well. His proposal, he claimed, is modeled after the successful baited drum line techniques used in South Africa and Australia. This is more bullshit. The program in South Australia was a dismal failure, and has now been abandoned after their EPA ruled it never made the beaches any safer, while killing a large number of non-target animals.

And dont get me started on South Africas cull, which has been ridiculed by Scientists for decades. I witnessed it first hand last year and it is a disgrace They parade dead sharks in front of school groups and tourists, trying to justify their cull, but in reality the program has simply evolved into a cushy employment program that exploits animals, and benefits corrupt officials. There is no scientific evidence supporting the cull in South Africa or Australia, nor in Cape Cod.

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03:11

Suong Nguyen was scared of woman in niqab before racist attack, court told "IndyWatch Feed National"

August 14 2017 5:53PM
Stephanie Gardiner

Suong Nguyen was scared of a woman wearing a niqab when she banged on her car door, told her to take off her mask, and called her a terrorist.

The victim, Semaa Abdulwali, filmed the racist attack in the car park at Macquarie University on January 20, and the footage was watched by millions of people when her husband Ramzy Alamudi posted it online.

Nguyen was on Monday handed good behaviour bonds and a fine, after pleading guilty to intimidation and causing damage.

Magistrate Suzanne Seagrave said Nguyen displayed an unexplainable prejudice that has no place whatsoever in our multicultural society.

 

Suong Thao Nguyen during a racist rant outside Macquarie University in January 2017.

Suong Thao Nguyen during a racist rant outside Macquarie University in...

03:00

Filled With Blood And Drugs, These Delivery Drones Are Saving Lives In Africa "IndyWatch Feed National"

You might still be waiting for pizza delivery by air, but in Rwanda (and soon in Tanzania) drones are already in the air, and doing much more important work.

Inside a drone delivery center in Rwandathe first in the world to make medical deliveries at a national scalestaff answered an emergency call in July. A hospital needed blood for a 24-year-old woman who had just given birth by caesarian section. The hospital had transfused her with two units of blood. But she bled out of those units in 10 minutes.

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02:15

FixedIt: Child abuse is not a sex scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Mercurys front page yesterday called one of Tasmanias worst cases of child sexual abuse a sex scandal. Why? Because a powerful white man (former state MP Terry Martin) was found guilty of raping the 12 year old and taking pornographic images of her.

As a 12 year old girl and ward of the state, she was sold to up to 200 men by her mother and stepfather.

Only one man was charged with the rape and abuse of this child because police either could not identify the rapists or could not prove beyond reasonable doubt that the men who paid money to rape her couldnt tell the difference between a 12 year old and an adult woman.

This is not a sex scandal. It was a monumental failure of state care in looking after a vulnerable child. It was grotesque abuse of a helpless girl by her mother and step father. It was revolting choices by the men who raped her to pay money to rape and abuse a 12 year old girl.

The victim in this case is not a disgraced former MP, its the child who was abused so terribly.

The men who colluded with her step father and mother to abuse her were not committing sex acts they were committing rape and sexual abuse of a child.

And describing it as renting the girl is obscene. She was not an apartment or a car, she was a person and a child who had no ability to consent to what was done to her and no one to help her make it stop.

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01:38

Popeye on The Malliard Report (08-15-2017) "IndyWatch Feed National"

(POPEYE) Conspiracy an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons; plot. A word that has become quite a regular staple to the vocabulary of listeners of The Malliard report, and this weeks guest is certainly no stranger to this rule. Awakened, red-pilled, truther, or whatever moniker you want to give this weeks guest, one thing for sure is that he is no stranger to venturing down the rabbit hole. On this episode Jim welcomes the one that helped push him into the realm of the shadowy cabal, and that is none other than Popeye of Down the Rabbit Hole Radio and Federaljack.com. Popeye joins up with the report to discuss geo-engineering, 9/11/, the right/left paradigm, unrest in the US, the bastardization of the word conspiracy and much more. So go ahead and press play, and take a step through the looking glass and venture down that hole

Just try and scroll through a news website, or turn on a channel without seeing something about the mass unrest that is transpiring not only in the south eastern states, but across the nation. Alt-Right, ANTIFA, Neo-Nazis, Far Left, social justice, (insert group here) lives matter, us-vs-them. As it was once stated: In times of trouble, everyone joins a team. No one waves a flag for all human beings. No ones excited unless they are divided. Someones going to have to give in While the perceived chaos seems to be spreading at an exponential rate, one cant help but to stop and ponder at the possibility of this being a contrived epidemic.

When the idea of induced civil unrest is brought up, the first notion is to question why such a thing would even happen in the first place. While a simple answer may appear difficult to convey at first, four little words may be able to explain everything: order out of chaos. It is far simpler to gain control of a situation or a people when things are completely out of order. The authoritative figure almost appears as a savior of sorts. By turning people against each other in an asymmetrical warfare fashion, this allows the powers...

01:18

Hassad Australia sells Clover Downs Station for $27M "IndyWatch Feed National"

24 Jul 2017 | GAIHassad Australia, a $469 million farming company and wholly owned subsidiary of Qatar's sovereign wealth fund has sold the Clover Downs Station located in Queensland, Australia, to farmer Bill Zell for $27 million.

00:55

UK backpackers warned of Aust exploitation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mia Ayliffe-Chung

Mia Ayliffe-Chung

On the anniversary of the death of a young English tourist in Queensland, British backpackers have been told to contact their government if their working conditions in Australia are unsafe.

The advice, posted online by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Wednesday, warns tourists heading to Australia on working-holiday visas that while most enjoy their holiday, occasionally issues can arise.

In the first year of their trips, backpackers can choose to do 88 days of regional work, usually agricultural, so they can get a visa to stay in Australia for a second year.

But there have been reports of travellers being underpaid, or not at all, lured to places without work, having their passports taken and having to work in unsafe conditions.

The foreign office says young Britons can contact the UKs National Crime Agency office in Canberra directly on a special email to report any illegal behaviour by an employer or accommodation owner.

The advice comes a year after the death of British backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung who was killed in a frenzied knife attack which also left fellow Briton Tom Jackson dead at a north Queensland hostel.

French national Smail Ayad has been accused of their murders.

He is being held in a mental health facility.

Since her death, Ms Chungs mother Rosie Ayliffe has campaigned to expose what she says is rife exploitation of young travellers in Australia.

In a blog post marking the anniversary of her daughters death, Ms Ayliffe claims her daughter was working in unsafe conditions at the hostel Home Hill, which she calls a Hell Hole.

The UKs Foreign Office said travellers must do their due diligence before going to stay with a stranger in a remote area, let family know where they were going, and remember phone and internet signals are not always available in remote parts of the country.

It also reminded travellers of their workers rights and that the Fair Work Ombudsman can provide them with advice on their rights.

Tourists who may have been exploited and are actively helping an investigation will not lose their visas.

The post...

00:48

US Navy removes admiral after collisions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin. (Wikipedia)

Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin. (Wikipedia)

The US Navy has relieved Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin of his duties after two fatal collisions involving warships in Asia in less than three months.

Admiral Scott Swift, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet, relieved Aucoin from duty at the US Navys Yokosuka naval base in Japan, a US Navy spokesman said.

Rear Admiral Phil Sawyer, the deputy commander of the Pacific Fleet, will assume command immediately, he added.

A pre-dawn collision between a guided-missile destroyer and a merchant vessel east of Singapore and Malaysia on Monday was the fourth major incident in the US Pacific Fleet this year .

The decision to relieve Aucoin was made due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command, the spokesman said.

Aucoin was due to step down next month.

An international search-and-rescue operation involving aircraft, divers and vessels from the United States, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Australia is looking for the 10 US sailors missing since Mondays accident.

On Tuesday, US Navy and Marine Divers found human remains inside sealed sections of the damaged hull of the USS John S McCain, which is moored at Singapores Changi Naval Base.

The Navy has not yet announced the identities of the bodies discovered.

The US Navy is also working to identify a body found by the Malaysian navy about eight nautical miles northwest of the collision site.

The latest collision has already prompted a fleet-wide investigation and plans for temporary halts in US Navy operations.

The USS John S. McCains sister ship, the USS Fitzgerald, almost sank off the coast of Japan after colliding with a Philippine container ship on June 17.

The bodies of seven US sailors were found in a flooded berthing area after that collision.

The USS John S. McCain and the tanker Alnic MC collided on Monday while the US ship was approaching Singapore on a routine port call.

The impact tore a hole in the warships port side at the waterline, flooding compartments that included a crew sleeping area.

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00:44

SBC: Mulgrave By-Election Hustings "IndyWatch Feed National"

SBC: Mulgrave By-Election Hustings

  • a brief  In My View report by NIGEL WARD.

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This evening, Wednesday 23rd August 2017, I attended a hustings for the by-election to be held on Tuesday 29th August 2017 for the Mulgrave ward of Scarborough Borough Council .

The turn-out, as far as members of the public were concerned, was good, with all seats occupied I would estimate around 30-40 people.

Before the hustings began, I learned from the general conversation that two of the four candidates had tendered their apologies and would not be attending the Conservative candidate Marion WATSON apparently had a more pressing appointment, and the Independent octogenaraian candidate John ARMSBY (a former member; he lost this seat in 2015), who had apparently indicated that his electors knew perfectly well who he was; he needed no further introduction, thank you.

A third candidate was also absent. Lee Francis DERRICK for the Yorkshire Party, had apparently not responded to his invitation.

This latter, in particular, came as no surprise to me. I had written to the Yorkshire Party on 1st August 2017 requesting a little background and a picture of the candidate. No response. I must take that as an indication of the kind of representation Mr DERRICK would offer his electors were there even a hope in hell of him being elected.

This left Hugo FEARNLEY [Labour], the sole attending candidate, to accept the Chairs suggestion that the session could best be salvaged by an open Question & Answer session.

Hugo FEARNLEY introduced himself with a brief resum of his life in the environs of Whitby. He explained the special significance of this particular by-election, that it provides an opportunity to negate the present Tory majority at SBC.

The Question side of the dialogue was hogged by two ladies of a certain age who, whilst professing to be apolitical and impartial, used the opportunity to bombard Mr FEARNLEY with increasingly hostile questions, some ranging far beyond the remit of whichever candidate achieves election to a seat on a Borough Council. That, and singing the praises of paedo-apologist Councillor John NOCK [Con.], who, with his c...

00:38

Roll set to close ahead of marriage survey "IndyWatch Feed National"

The electoral commission has made more than half a million changes to the voter roll ahead of the close of enrolments for the same-sex marriage postal survey.

Australians have until midnight on Thursday to enrol, with survey papers expected to start hitting mailboxes in mid-September pending a High Court challenge.

As of Wednesday the Australian Electoral Commission had added 54,545 names to the roll since August 8 and made 577,879 updates.

The survey itself is being run by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Jonathan Palmer, the senior ABS official in charge of the survey, has urged all Australians to ensure they are correctly enrolled ahead of the deadline.

Voters can go online at www.aec.gov.au to enrol, or pick up a form at a post office or AEC office.

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00:34

High Court kicks off MP citizenship cases "IndyWatch Feed National"

The High Court will give a clearer picture on how long it will take to consider the futures of five MPs when it holds a directions hearing in Brisbane.

It is also expected former independent MP Tony Windsor will seek to make submissions on Thursday in the case of his former rival, Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says hes very confident the court will find in favour of MPs such as Mr Joyce, who recently discovered they are dual citizens by descent.

Attorney-General George Brandis has recommended to the court a hearing by the full court be held on September 13 and 14.

He said in a submission to the court there is a compelling public interest to determine the cases as soon as possible.

Under section 44 of the constitution a person is incapable of being elected to the parliament if they are a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power.

Mr Joyce, the deputy prime minister, has been found to have been a New Zealand citizen by descent but the government has advice this isnt enough to unseat him.

If the court finds him to be ineligible, it will trigger a by-election in his NSW seat of New England, and potentially put at risk the governments one-seat majority in the lower house.

The court will also examine stood-aside cabinet minister Matt Canavan, whose mother over a decade ago signed him up to be an Italian resident abroad.

In the cases of One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts and former Greens senators Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam, they were born overseas.

If any of the senators are disqualified from parliament their seat will go to the next person on their parties respective Senate tickets from the 2016 federal election.

Two other senators, Fiona Nash and Nick Xenophon, will soon also be referred by parliament to the court over their UK citizenship by descent.

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson defended the fact that taxpayers were funding the cases.

Its a shame it has got to this and its being challenged, she said, when asked about Senator Roberts situation.

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00:31

NSW students taught the wrong maths "IndyWatch Feed National"

Students at a regional high school have been taught the wrong maths. (file pic)

Students at a regional high school have been taught the wrong maths. (file pic)

Senior students at a regional NSW high school are preparing for their HSC exams after being taught the wrong maths course for several months.

The states education minister is furious at the bungle and has launched an investigation, while parents want staff to be disciplined.

Five year 11 and two year 12 students at Coonamble High School were taught Maths General 1 instead of Maths General 2, a spokesman for the education department told AAP in a statement on Wednesday.

Maths General 2 counts towards a students ATAR, which allows them to enter university, while Maths General 1 does not.

Students and their parents have met with a department representative and were subsequently advised to do their best in upcoming exams with the help of additional tutors.

Its bad timing and the scary thing is it could have been worse, P&C president and parent of one affected year 11 student, Lee OConnor, told AAP.

NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes said the proposed solution was not acceptable.Im angry on their behalf if this was my child I would be furious, he told 2GB on Wednesday.

What the school has come up with, in my view, is not acceptable.

Mr Stokes has instructed a representative of the NSW Education Standards Authority to find a solution and investigate the event.

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00:27

Bali escapee says hes safe on the run "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shaun Davidson is still on the run.

Shaun Davidson is still on the run.

Bali escapee Shaun Davidson insists hes safe from authorities as an international manhunt continues for the West Australian.

Davidson, or someone purporting to be him, has again taken to social media to taunt police and suggest he could have fled as far afield as the Caribbean.

His most recent Facebook posts show him checking in at Cafe Luna in Oistins, Barbados on Wednesday AEST saying dinner time Im starving.

A separate post about an afternoon training session was from the citys First Fitness Gym.

Bali police on Tuesday said they were focusing their search for Davidson along the border between Indonesia and East Timor.

Theyre searching a few 1000 ks I think I safe, he told his 4800 Facebook friends.

But some of Davidsons Facebook followers have pointed out how easy it is to appear to be anywhere in the world simply by updating Facebook status settings and using location changer apps.

In a message sent to News Corp via Facebook, Davidson said he would have been shot if he had been caught on the run in Indonesia, and that he had no faith in the Australian justice system.

Them still thinking Im in Indonesia is the best thing for me so they can keep looking and thinking Im there, Ill only be shot if I get caught inside Indonesia by Indonesian police and resist arrest none of those things will happen, Im not Indonesia so thier (sic) police cant and when and if ever Interpol come knocking Im not gonna resist Ive never resisted arrest, he said.

I just want to live the rest of my life happily Ive retired and arnt doing anything that affects anyone else badly Im living a normal life in a new place and am happy doing so.

Davidson said he wasnt bothered if people believed his social media posts or not.

Ppl believe it its very entertaining that I can post my locations for real and everyone believes its not real including police haha, he said.

Davidson, 33, from Perth has been the subject of a manhunt after he and three others escaped Balis Kerobokan prison on June 19.

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23:36

People who think punitive measures help drug addicts havent seen what I have "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following article was written by Alex Wodak, who is president of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation and perhaps Australias leading expert and advocate for a different approach to dealing with harm full drug use issues. It was published in the Australian edition of the Guardian (22 August 2017). This is worthwhile reading and the points he raises deserve serious consideration, in any attempt to find answers to what is a complex problem that must ultimately be seen as a health issue. Wodak points out that penalysing the user has brought harm to those targeted and failed to reduce harmful drug use.

Drug testing trials for people on income support have been trialled and abandoned in a few countries. In addition to causing significant harm to affected people and the wider community, they came at an enormous cost to the taxpayer.

In 1986 I was part of a group that resorted to civil disobedience to get needle syringe programs started in Australia. HIV had begun spreading among people who injected drugs in Sydney with a real concern of a major national epidemic. But the NSW government refused to allow even a pilot program. From our office near Sydneys Kings Cross, we handed out clean needles. Breaking the law and helping to halt an epidemic was better than waiting till the government agreed and risking a nasty epidemic in the meantime.

Fast forward 30 years and I had hoped Australia would have adopted a more compassionate, evidence-based approach to drugs where illicit drugs were seen as mainly a health and social problem rather than just a criminal justice issue. And where governments stood up to the drinks industry. But things arent looking good with the government today announcing the first trial site for a new drug testing regime for welfare recipients.

In the May 2017 budget, the Turnbull government handed down a number of changes to our income support system. People with alcohol and drug problems were directly targeted. Plans included stripping people off their disability pensions, removing certain protections for people with alcohol and drug problems, and perhaps most controversially instituting a drug testing trial for new income support recipients.

The objective of these policies is as clear as mud. Malcolm Turnbull claimed it will help people get the treatment they need, saying its a policy based on love. The social...

23:20

Watch: Veteran owns police chief and mayor after cops killed unarmed man "IndyWatch Feed National"

After citizens took over a city hall meeting to hold police accountable for a recent killing and subsequent beating, a veteran epitomized the situation perfectly

Euclid, OH Tensions among police and citizens in Euclid, Ohio have come to a head recently after police killed an unarmed 23-year-old man for unknown reasons and officers were seen on video pulverizing another man over a suspended license. A video uploaded to Facebook captured an articulate rant by a military veteran about these recent events, directed at the police chief and mayor, which epitomized these tensions perfectly.

In March of this year, a Euclid police officer, responding to a call about a man sitting in his vehicle, shot and killed 23-year-old Luke Stewart. The police department and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation have yet to give any reason for the shooting, and an investigation would later reveal Stewart was unarmed. Naturally, the citizens of Euclid are upset and want answers.

The family and citizens demanding answers as to why these recent events unfolded like they did came to a head this week as dozens of people took over a Euclid City Council meeting.

As FOX 8 reports:

The protesters are also calling for a comprehensive investigation into the policies, practices and tactics of Euclid Police.

They point to a recent traffic stop captured on video that shows a Euclid patrolman using his closed fists to strike 25-year-old Richard Hubbard numerous times in the face and head.

Officer Michael Amiott contends that Hubbard was resisting arrest. Amiott, who resigned from the Mentor Police Department in 2014 after his superiors accused him of being dishonest about a traffic stop, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

On Monday night, protesters confronted Euclid city officials about what they perceive as a disparity in justice. A member of Black Lives Matter said, Your officers are backing each other after they hit black people, not just hit, beat.

During the meeting, Euclid Police Chief Scott Meyer announced the suspension of the officer who beat Hubbard, noting that he will be suspended for 15 days without pay the maximum number of days he could give officer Michael Amiott due to department rules.

After the announcement, one of the people attending the meeting, Damien Parker, confronted the police chief and the mayor to address the serious problem of corruption and brutality within their department. His well-word...

23:18

Commbank faces money laundering class action "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

In the wake of the recent money laundering scandal, where Commbank has been caught allowing its payment machines to channel proceeds from illegal activities to other accounts, Australias biggest bank faces what could prove to be the largest scale class action in Australian history.

Commbank is to be taken to court by legal firm Maurice Blackburn, on behalf of a large number of shareholders. The case is expected to cost the bank more than $100 million.

The proposed action will allege CBA breached its obligations by failing to inform the market about the money-laundering allegations when they were first made in 2015.

The CBA [Commbank] admitted in an ASX announcement on 9 August of this year that it was aware of its failures in relation to the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing legislation in the second half of 2015, Maurice Blackburn national head of class actions Andrew Watson told a news conference on Wednesday.

But at that stage, it made no announcement to shareholders of its awareness of those breaches. In fact, on the contrary, it said nothing for nearly two years, Andrew Watson said.

Worse, on its website and in repeated statements to the market, it asserted its compliance with that legislation. The truth is it was not in compliance.

There are more than 800,000 small shareholders, who have suffered a significant share price drop, in the wake of the launching of procedures in the Federal Court by AUSTRAC. They fell by 3.9 percent in one day. If multi-billion dollar penalties are incurred, share prices will fall further.

Public anger against the Commbank is rising and is likely to cause a considerable loss of business. Its recent announcement of a record full year profit of $9.8 billion has not helped. Alleged illegal activities, other questionable practices and record profit together and it spells out what looks like out of control greed and the pressure is on the government to do something to bring this and the other major banks to account.

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22:57

Newstart is not enough for basic needs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Western Australia

David Ciady reported on the ABCs PM radio that Australians on Newstart, Centrelinks unemployment benefit,researchers at the University of New South Wales say that current payments are not enough to meet basic necessities,

The key points they found are:

  • Payments fall short of basic standard of living cost by $47 to $126 per week.
  • They suggest introducing minimum wage-style mechanism for Newstart allowance
  • Newstart hasnt been increased in over two decades in real terms.

Researchers at the university have calculated weekly budgets for a range of living situations, working out the minimum required to ensure both material and social needs are met.

Among their findings, are that the welfare payment for a single, unemployed person as stated on Centrelinks  Welfare table, needs to increase by $96 a week to $433, while an unemployed couple with no children should be provided $107 more than they do currently, just to get them up to the poverty line.

Peter Saunders, who led the research, said the findings suggest a change is needed in how Newstart payments are determined independent of government.

We should be looking at whether or not its time to introduce a mechanism, a bit like the minimum wage process, for Newstart allowance and possibly for other social benefits, Professor Saunders said.

These are very tight budgets to achieve what we call a healthy standard of living, so that all the family members are healthy in terms of what they eat, they do, [and whether they] exercise.

Newstart recipient Johnny Windus, from the Perth suburb of Kemscott, has been out of work for two years and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

I basically receive a Newstart allowance, which is $580 a fortnight. Nothing in life is free so you do your necessities in a budget, but its all the extras that come into it that drive you under every week, he said.

You end up having to forfeit food, or putting your electricity bill off for another fortnight and it just goes on and on.

Mr Windus said he needs to pay between $30 and $50 a month for internet access to aid his job search, and his phone service drops in and out according to what he can afford.

Everythings going backwards, so I cant see any way out of it basically, unless some bloke walks up to me [with a job], Mr Windus said.

Advocacy groups are calling on the Government to use the so-called budget standard measurements to set welfare payments in the future.

Cass...

22:37

Thoughts For The Week. Battle for the Mind. Gun Control. "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Thoughts For The Week.

Battle for the Mind.

In his essay Politics and the English Language, George Orwell observes that political language serves to distort and obscure reality. Orwells description of political speech in 1940 was prophecy he used the words doublespeak, Newspeak and doublethink words that define our 21st century political information.

Orwell said political language can be designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

The current issues we are confronted with every day are filled with doublethink and doublespeak we have to investigate, sift, and research in our quest for reality.

What is really important to the social engineers that form our New World of doublespeak is the ability to lie, whether knowingly or unconsciously, and to get away with it; and the ability to use lies and choose and shape facts selectively, blocking out those that dont fit with their agenda or program.

The purpose of propaganda is to narrow and limit human consciousness, confuse human conscience, and control and narrow the range of thinking. As all students of Orwellian literature will recall, Squealer, the propagandist porker in Animal Farm, can turn black into white and is expert in new belief.

Examples of the structural nature of the use of doublespeak have been made by modern scholars. Noam Chomsky argues in Manufacturing Consent, The Political Economy of the Mass Media that people in modern society consist of decision-makers and social participants who have to be made to agree. According to Chomsky, the media and public relations industry actively shape public opinion, working to present messages in line with their economic agenda for the purposes of controlling of the public mind.

When the state loses the bludgeon, when you cant control people by force and when the voice of the people can be heard, you have to control what people think. And the standard way to do this is to resort to what in more honest days used to be called propaganda. designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an app...

21:49

FLASHBACK: Is Putin rebuilding Russia according to Solzhenitsyn's design? "IndyWatch Feed National"

During an informal question-and-answer session at the pro-Kremlin Seliger youth camp on August 29, a young woman expressed concern about the "growth of nationalism" in Kazakhstan. The woman wondered if a "Ukraine scenario" was possible there if longtime Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev left office -- and asked what the Kremlin's strategy was for dealing with this eventuality. "What are the chances of Eurasian integration?" she asked. Putin stressed Kazakhstan's importance as an ally and lavishly praised Nazarbaev as a wise leader dedicated to the welfare of his country. He said Nazarbaev was perhaps the most capable of all the leaders of post-Soviet countries. However, part of his answer raised alarm bells in the Central Asian country.

21:44

No more excuses "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its time to march on DC and just throw the rascals out.

Charles Pierce is having no more of these Trump supporters.

Before we get to the other stuff, and there was lots of other stuff, Id like to address myself to those people represented by the parenthetical notation (Applause) in the above transcript, those people who waited for hours in 105-degree heat so that they could have the G-spot of their irrationality properly stroked for them. Youre all suckers. Youre dim and youre ignorant and you cant even feel yourself sliding toward something that will surprise even you with its fundamental ugliness, something that everybody who can see past the veil of their emotions can see as plain as a church by daylight, to borrow a phrase from that Willie Shakespeare fella. The problem, of course, is that you, in your pathetic desire to be loved by a guy who wouldnt have 15 seconds for you on the street, are dragging the rest of us toward that end, too.

A guy basically went mad, right there on the stage in front of you, and you cheered and booed right on cue because youre sheep and because he directed his insanity at all the scapegoats that your favorite radio and TV personalities have been creating for you over the past three decades. Especially, I guess, people like me who practice the craft of journalism in a country that honors that craft in its most essential founding documents. The President of the United States came right up to the edge of inciting you to riot and you rode along with him. Youre on his team, by god.

Sasha Abramsky is wondering what he is: a bumbling dolt out of his depth, an opportunist riding the gravy train, or is he actually, deep down, a genuine Nazi, a white supremacist.

The third possible reason is that Donald Trumpthe son of KKK-supporting Fred Trump, the pupil of Joe McCarthy henchman Roy Cohnactually is, to the very core of his being, a white supremacist, a man who always has and always will divide humanity into hierarchies based on race, ethnicity, and religion. Trumps almost pathological inability to do what ought to be the simplest thing in American politicsissue a clear, unambiguous, eyes-looking-straight-at-the-camera denunciation of swastika-waving, weapons-toting Naziscertainly raises this as a strong possibility. He has certainly never needed Steve Bannons or any other advisers encouragement to spout his bigoted obscenities. So Bannons recent ouster, however welcome, will not address the key problem were facing.

I can answer that! We know, and its never been the slightest...

21:40

Foreign ministry: 'No doubt' US will try to meddle in 2018 Russian presidential election "IndyWatch Feed National"

Moscow has long been used to Washington's interference in its domestic affairs, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said, adding that "there is no doubt" the US will try to meddle in the 2018 presidential election. "We are used to American interference, we live with it. It's the same as wire-tapping by US secret services. Someone who doesn't assume it, is an absolutely naive person living on a different planet," Sergey Ryabkov said in an interview with Chinese and Japanese media. Answering reporters' questions, the deputy foreign minister said that "of course there will be interference" from the US in Russia's 2018 presidential election. "There is no doubt about that." Meanwhile, Moscow keeps "hearing accusations" that it attempted to affect last year's presidential election in the US, not only through alleged hacking, but also through contacts with some US citizens. Evidence to support the allegations has not been presented, Ryabkov pointed out.

20:10

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

China Urges US to End Sanctions on Chinese Firms it Suspects of Dealing With North Korea
By Zhang Xin
Global Times
Published: 2017/8/23 18:40:27

China's foreign ministry on Wednesday urged the US to end its sanctions on Chinese individuals and companies which the US claims are helping North Korea's nuclear program.

"China is opposed to unilateral sanctions outside the UN Security Council's framework, especially countries which interfere in accordance with their own laws on Chinese companies and individuals," Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters at a regular briefing on Wednesday.

"China's efforts to fully and accurately implement UN resolutions and to fulfill its international obligations are there for all to see. If any Chinese company or individual violates the UN resolutions, we will handle and punish them in accordance with our laws and regulations," she said, adding that the US action will not help solve the problem, and may damage mutual trust and cooperation with China.

AFP reported that the US on Tuesday imposed sanctions on 16 Chinese and Russian individuals and companies, accusing them of supporting the North Korean nuclear program and attempting to evade US sanctions.

20:06

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

China Slams US Sanctions on Firms
By Chu Daye
Global Times
Published: 2017/8/23 20:48:39

US ignores China's peninsula initiative

China has expressed strong opposition to unilateral sanctions by the US on Chinese companies and individuals for allegedly assisting North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The US Treasury Department announced on Tuesday that it has listed 10 firms and six individuals from China and Russia for allegedly facilitating North Korea's weapons programs.

China is opposed to unilateral sanctions outside the UN Security Council's framework, especially countries which interfere in accordance with their own laws on Chinese firms and individuals, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Wednesday.

Hua said the US action will not help solve the problem and enhance mutual trust and cooperation with China, and urged the US to correct it.

Chinese experts said on Wednesday that the US sanctions are part of its belief that China is responsible for North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and that it would have a negative impact on bilateral trade.

Calls to Dandong Zhicheng Metallic Materials Company, JinHou International Holding Company, and Dandong Tianfu Trade Company, all identified by the US Treasury Department, went unanswered.

A person at Dandong Rich Earth Trading Company declined to comment.

L Chao, a researcher on North Korea at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences, said that the US action, which cites US law but is outside the UN framework, is utterly inappropriate and infringes on China's sovereignty.

"China's sanctions on North Korea are consistent with the Security Council's resolution. If Chinese companies and individuals violate the sanctions, it's the Chinese government's responsibility to act on them," L told the Global Times on Wednesday.

"If there were such violations, the US should inform the Chinese government through the UN. The US' 'long-arm jurisdiction' is unacceptable," L said.

Starting from August 15, China has banned imports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lea...

19:55

Examining the Princess Diana conspiracies that just won't die "IndyWatch Feed National"

With the 20th anniversary of her death approaching, the rumors of dark forces conspiring to kill Diana, Princess of Wales, have far from abated. Twenty years ago this month, Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris' Pont de L'Alma tunnel. Her death was the subject of an exhaustive inquiry in the British courts, which ultimately concluded that Diana's "unlawful death" was caused by the reckless driving of limousine driver Henri Paul and the paparazzi pursuing Diana and Dodi Fayed through the streets of Paris. The inquest heard that the driver, Henri Paul, was driving at an excessive speed and had five times the legal limit for driving of alcohol in his system. It was also also suggested that Diana and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, may have survived the crash if they had been wearing seatbelts. Over the years, the findings of the inquiry have been presented as the definitive answer to Diana's death. However, the official explanations have notably failed to convince an army of Diana conspiracy theorists who believe that the death was actually engineered by the British establishment, and that the malfeasance was then covered up. The reasons for the suspicion are not hard to fathom, starting with motive.

19:13

Leftists Respond To Charlottesville: A Field Guide For Anti-Fascist Organizing "IndyWatch Feed National"

The violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, including an attack by a neo-Nazi that resulted in 19 injuries and the death of Heather Heyer, brought into focus the danger of white supremacy. It reminded Americans of the legacy of slavery and racism in the United States.

It also catapulted resistance to white nationalism into the limelight, resistance which has taken many forms: Black Lives Matter; INCITE!; subdivisions of socialist organizations; Refuse Fascism, sponsored by Revolutionary Communist Party organization, and leftist parties like Workers World Party and the Party for Socialism and Liberation.

Each has worked tirelessly to resist not only physical displays of racism but systematic abuses perpetuated by the state.

I spoke to members of the Workers World Party, the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Democratic Socialists of America, and Refuse Fascism about the ongoing struggle against a system that actively seeks to further marginalize a number of communities, and destroy a growing left movement. They outline not only what a leftist response to white supremacy should look like but also why white nationalist groups will not simply crumble and disappear if they are ignored.

Democratic Socialists of America Jewish Solidarity Caucus (JSC)

Lane Silberstein, 29-years-old

NYC; member of DSA JSC, and IfNotNow

Emily Lever, 24-years-old

NYC; member of DSA JSC, and the Socialist Feminist Working Group

Chamseddine: After Charlottesville and other efforts by white supremacists to mobilize, do you believe that anything has changed in terms of the lefts response to their violence?

Silberstein: The JSC believes in self-defense, direct action, and materialist analysis. Howeverand this might be a dissatisfying answerthe JSC also comes together with liberal Jewish groups to form coalitions against fascism. The left will have to really think about when and how to organize alongside liberal groups, but not be afraid to call them to task. DSA is holding rallies with [International Socialist Organization], [Industrial Workers Of the World] and [Movement For Black Lives], et al, in attempts to unite the left; but JSC exists in part to radicalize liberal Jews and inform them of Jewish socialist history and praxis [which is enacting or putting theory into practice].

Lever: There is even more of a sense of urgency than there was before and a renewed understanding that the left needs to set aside ideological differences and pull together. DSA may be the largest socialist organization in the country, but 25,000 members is still tiny in the grand scheme of things.

The left needs to both grow, including by calling to action pr...

18:41

Mudslide "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sometimes helplessness is a blessing. Poetry rarely has any answers. But there is some solace in metaphor when the misery of others is overwhelming.

18:33

James Gilliland Q&A on the As You Wish Talk Radio -- August 19, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"



Published on Aug 22, 2017

James Answers questions from a live audience

18:26

Nobody Can Force All the Taliban Factions To the Negotiating Table "IndyWatch Feed National"

[Fighting the Taliban to force them to negotiate for peace requires levels of force equal to those used against Taliban and Qaeda in their Tora Bora holdout.  Does Trump really intend to inflict wholesale slaughter from the air of sufficient intensity to make them beg for their lives?  Can anyone fight all 20 of those recognized terrorist groups at once, or even just those who answer to the Quetta Shura (Mullah Mansour group)? Does Trump understand the militant on militant action going on right now, the Mansour Taliban against the Mullah Rasoul Taliban, the Syrian/Iraqi ISIS Caliphate against the Taliban Islamist Emirati, or other warlord on warlord fighting?

Somehow, I doubt that he can make any difference.]

Trumps Afghanistan war strategy: Use

military to force peace talks with

Taliban

 

18:12

Australia: Jihad plot to blow up plane with bomb hidden in Barbie doll "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lebanons interior minister has claimed a terror cell attempted to blow up a flight from Australia with bombs hidden in a Barbie doll and a meat grinder.Amer Khayyat planned to detonate an improvised explosive device 20 minutes into an Abu-Dhabi bound flight with 400 passengers onboard. The Islamic State is said to have been involved []

17:37

Former U.S. Attorney On Awan Indictment: There Is Something Very Strange Going On Here "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Zero Hedge

Weve written frequently over the past couple of months about the litany of unanswered questions surrounding the mysterious case of Debbie Wasserman Schultzs (DWS) IT staffers.  Why did DWS seemingly threaten the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police with consequences for holding equipment that was confiscated as part of an ongoing legal investigation?  Why did DWS keep Awan on her taxpayer funded payroll all the way up until the day he was arrested by the FBI at Dulles airport while trying to flee the country to Pakistan?  What, if anything, does the Awan family know about the DNC hacks that may have caused DWS to act in this way?

Now, Andrew McCarthy III, the former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York who led the prosecution against Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman and eleven others for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, says there is something very strange about the recent indictment filed against Imran Awan and his wife Hina Alvi in the District of Columbia.

In a National Review article, McCarthy points out that its not whats in the indictment that is necessarily surprising but rather what is seemingly intentionally omitted.  For instance, McCarthy points out that the indictment appears to go out of its way not to mention that Imran was apprehended while in the process of fleeing the country, a fact that would seem to be the best evidence available to prove the fraud charges.

Lets say youre a prosecutor in Washington. You are investigating a husband and wife, naturalized Americans, who you believe have scammed a federal credit union out of nearly $300,000. You catch them in several false statements about their qualifications for a credit line and their intended use of the money. The strongest part of your case, though,...

16:42

Wayne Rooney: England striker retires from international football "IndyWatch Feed National"

Englands all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney has retired from international football after turning down the chance to be part of the squad for next months World Cup qualifiers.

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The Everton striker was asked by England boss Gareth Southgate to be involved against Malta and Slovakia.

Every time I was selected was a real privilege but I believe now is the time to bow out, said the 31-year-old.

The former Manchester United captain scored 53 times in 119 internationals.

Rooney, overlooked by Southgate for matches against Scotland and Francein June, made his England debut in February 2003, in a 3-1 defeat by Australia at Upton Park.

He made his major tournament debut as an 18-year-old at Euro 2004, and his last international appearance was as captain in last Novembers 3-0 victory over Scotland at Wembley.

...

16:37

UN atomic chief briefs USs Haley on Iran deal "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFP

MEHR NEWS/AFP/File | US President Donald Trump repeatedly threatened to tear up the nuclear deal during his campaign, and it has come under mounting pressure after Tehran carried out missile tests and Washington imposed new sanctions

VIENNA (AFP)  The head of the UNs atomic watchdog met US President Donald Trumps UN envoy Nikki Haley on Wednesday to brief her on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, as concerns grow about the accords future.

Reports by the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have shown Iran to be in compliance with its landmark agreement with six major powers.

The deal saw Iran shrink its atomic activities and submit to closer IAEA inspections in order to make any dash to make a nuclear bomb extremely difficult.

Most UN and Western sanctions on Iran were lifted in return, but others related to non-nuclear issues have remained in place or been ratcheted up.

With Trump slamming the terrible 2015 deal, tensions have risen between the two long-time foes, with both accusing each other of not adhering to the spirit of the accord.

President Hassan Rouhani said last week that Iran could walk away within hours, accusing Washington of constant and repetitive breaking of its promises under the deal.

Haley responded that the new sanctions are related to Irans support for worldwide terrorism and other behaviour, and that Iran cannot use the nuclear deal to hold the world hostage.

Trump is due in October to certify to Congress whether Iran is sticking to the deal.

In July he told the Wall Street Journal he would be surprised if they were in compliance.

Haley made no comment to reporters on Wednesday as she arrived for her talks with IAEA chief Yukiya Amano.

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Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano of Japan

The Washington Post on Tuesday quoted her as saying her talks were to answer US questions about the watchdogs inspections and monitoring.

We have no decision made about whether to scrap the deal, Haley was quoted as saying.

What we are doing is trying to find out as much information as we can.

The Trump adm...

16:27

USS John S. McCains presence undetectable before tragedy of collision struck "IndyWatch Feed National"

SINGAPORE Singapore authorities did not detect the presence of US warship John S. McCain before its collision with an oil tanker in Singapore waters on Monday (Aug 21) morning, surfacing a possible cause for the accident.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) told The Straits Times that its Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS) had detected only the presence of the tanker, Alnic MC.

The monitoring system detects and tracks vessels via their radar or the Automatic Identification System (AIS) signals, which all commercial ships have to switch on but warships are exempt from doing so.

MPA said: The international convention (SOLAS) for mandatory carriage of AIS is not applicable to ships of war and troop ships. In this case, MPAs VTIS and radar only detected the presence of the tanker.

The incident occurred in Singapore waters in the Traffic Separation Scheme in the Singapore Strait. Investigations are ongoing.

The collision in the Singapore Strait left 10 naval sailors missing and five injured. The US Navy said on Tuesday that the remains of some sailors have been found.

It is unclear why the system did not detect the US warship, but military experts say it is not uncommon for na...

16:05

Bannons GoneBut China War Is On! "IndyWatch Feed National"

This week on Newsbuds China Watch with Peter Lee: Bannons gonebut China War is on!  Goodbye ethno-nationalism, hello economic nationalism.  And it looks like lawfare is out-- and warfare is in--as the uniformed military looks to apply its gray zone conflict toolkit to China.   And look out Australia!  Theres a new threat from China and its down underDown under!

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Steve Bannon, Unrepentant

Bannons departure has huge implications for the U.S.-China relationship

Trump Administration is Said to Open Broad Inquiry Into Chinas Trade Practices

Carpio to Duterte, Cayetano: Protest China Invasion

Does the U.S. Have a Legal Obligation to Defend the Scarborough Shoal for the Philippines?  Not until It Decides Who Owns It.

China a threat to Australias Antarctica claim

China sneaking onto A...

15:14

Will the Real Donald Trump Please Stand Up-You Cant Make Deals with the Mentally Ill Left "IndyWatch Feed National"

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America has become a sick nation, a nation characterized by mass hysteria and widespread mental illness. Donald Trumps campaign promised to restore some of the sanity lost to the Neocon George Bush and Marxist/Communist former President Obama.

How is America doing? We have to look no further than ESPN and their mentally ill, Deep State philosophies to answer that question.

ESPN Has Lost Their Mind

I interviewed former all-star pitcher, Curt Schilling, on my radio show after Schilling was fired by ESPN for declaring that America was in danger due to the radical terrorism, many of whom were Muslim. Schilling was correct. We sacrificed the 1st, 4th and 5th Amendments to the Constitution due to Bushs promise to keep us safe from radical Muslim terrorists after 9/11.

Curt Schilling stands as a symbol that the lunatic leftist media who would not let one of their employees stand up to one of the most dire threats to the peace and security of this nation, namely ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood.

If you thought ESPNs attack upon Curt Schilling was bad wait until you hear about what they did to one of their play by play announcers who was scheduled to broadcast the Virginia University football game.

Whites are White, Blacks are Black, Latinos are Latino, but at ESPN Asians are NOT Asian. They are white supremacists. The Deep State network of ESPN confirmed last night (August 22) that it had decided to pull an announcer from calling a University of Virginia football game because his presence behind the microphone could prove offensive to certain groups. The announcer that was pulled is Asian. His name happens to be, Robert Lee, Robert Lee is Asian, but in the eyes of ESPN he is a white supremacist. Lee is an Asian name. ESPN needs a quick and accurate history lesson. How many slaves did Asians own in 1861? But dont confuse ESPN with the truth and a sportscaster, because he bears an Asian...

15:06

Port Angeles: Council Candidates Discuss Fluoridation Issue "IndyWatch Feed National"

PORT ANGELES Two candidates vying for a seat on the Port Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday the city should eschew second-class status and encourage economic development and weighed in on an avigation easement for William R. Fairchild Memorial Airport.

Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin and Artur Wojnowski disagreed on how to answer a Nov. 7 advisory vote on fluoridated drinking water, annexation and other issues during a Port Angeles Business Association forum at Joshuas Restaurant.

Wawrin and Wojnowski are running in the November general election for Port Angeles City Council Position 3, a four-year nonpartisan position held by Mayor Patrick Downie. Downie is not running for re-election.

Schromen-Wawrin, a Port Angeles native and a lawyer, was a Democratic Party precinct committeeman and recent president of the Clallam County Bar Association.

Wojnowski, a Chicago native who was raised in a Polish household, is maintenance manager for the Dungeness Meadows Home Owners Association.

I dont believe that we should be fluoridating the water, Wojnowski said.

The City Council voted 4-3 last August to stop adding fluoride to the municipal water supply, ending a 10-year-old practice.

Downie, who voted in December 2015 to continue fluoridation, cast the deciding vote last summer.

I believe that we dont know how much [fluoride] we all need to intake, Wojnowski said.

And given the fact that none of us really know how much is required, personally I dont think we should just be blanketing it. But again, thats for everyone to decide on their own.

Schromen-Wawrin said he had a more nuanced view on fluoride, saying the chemical has been shown to improve oral health and that he uses fluoride in his daily dental regime.

Schromen-Wawrin said he would personally vote no on the advisory vote but listen to the will of the voters and act accordingly, provided he has assurances that the city would not put lead and arsenic in the water.

Weve been gridlocked for too long and we need to move on from this issue, Schromen-Wawrin said.

I think at this point this issue has been tossed to the will of the people, which is not necessarily the best way to decide public health matters.

So in that regard, I think Id vote with what the voters said, with my caveat that Im not going to be putting lead and arsenic in the water supply in a knowing and intentional way.

Wojnowski said he will oppose fluoridation regardless of the advisory vote.

People can voice their opinion vot...

14:56

Terrorism Starts in the Classroom: Lessons from Romania "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

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Why?

The real answer is very intricate, but we can grasp part of it if by knowing more about Arab communities and their educational systems in non-Arabic countries.

Unlicensed institutions, centers and imams in Europe ruin the future of the immigrants. They teach in isolation. Bodies grow in Romania and minds grow in strange lands! Unlicensed institutions become social and religious extremism-generating environments, says Mazen Rifai, a Syrian journalist naturalized in Romania in 1990. Rifai also serves as secretary of the League of Syrians in Romania, and is generally very well informed about the situation of immigrants across Europe.

He believes he has found the essence of a failed approach to integration in non-Arab countries. His basic idea is that part of the immigrants failure to find their place in Europe is the educational system implemented by Arabs in non-Arabic countries. A schizoid manner of teaching them about their identity and purpose in life results into breaking their personality, instead of making them strong and genuinely proud to live in their new country.

Mazen Rifai performs a critical X-ray of this Arabic educational system in non-Arabic countries: The Arabic educational system is isolated from the surrounding community. It happens also in Romania, schools with Arabic educational curricula!

Mr Rifai explains that students in those schools mentally belong to socially, politically, and economically underdeveloped countries and intellectually, they are forced to understand the mindset of other countries, so they learn curricula that are unrelated to the society which they actually live in, and unrelated to science. Their brains are stuffed with information that doesnt interest them and they wont use.

Unlicensed institutions, centers, and imams in Romania build walls separating their students from the society in which they live and develop a schizophrenia inside their students, forcing them to live in two different and contradictory societies, says Mr Rifai. To compensate for the emptiness caused by these discrepancies between two societies and two cultures, Arabic schools educate on a nervous tendency and imaginary superiority over their community. Their thoughts and beliefs contribute in building hatred and seclusion tendencies and a sense of injustice and oppression among their students, so that their loyalty is aimed at a state outside their state, and a community outside their community. They look with a contemptuous eye and sometimes with hatred at their surroundings.

This educational curricula and method leads to loneliness, isolation, fear, anxiety, and social contradictions, foste...

14:48

A Comment on Dual Citizenship and Obedience, or Adherence to a Foreign Power "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan The list of politicians holding dual citizenship has been growing. The first casualties were the Greens. Scott Ludlam quit after realising he had citizenship of New Zealand, then Larissa Waters, born in Canada, did not check the Canadian changes in the law and thus did not renounce her dual citizenship when running for office. []

14:40

Oppose Fascism of the Right and the Left "IndyWatch Feed National"

Following the recent clashes between the alt-right and the group antifa, some libertarians have debated which group they should support. The answer is simple: neither. The alt-right and its leftist opponents are two sides of the same authoritarian coin.

The

13:43

Meet The Conservative Trying To Unseat Joe Manchin And Redden The Senate In 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its a remarkable quirk of our federal republic that U.S. policy often hinges on local races. Regional personalities and issues, emerging from places coastal elites have never visited, will play a significant role in next years midterm electionsmost crucially, the battle for the U.S. Senate.

At stake is not just which party controls the upper chamberthe rough number of blues versus redsbut how faithful senators will be to their governing philosophies. As the dust settles from 2018, will Washington be more conservative? More liberal? More functional? Local politics will determine many of these answers.

In tiny Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, around 100 local Republicans recently gathered for one small episode in that larger drama. Most people arrived from work, still in business attire, but a few were more expressively dressed: T-shirts emblazoned with Dont Tread on Me or West Virginia Citizens Defense League. As volunteers scrambled to bring in additional chairs, and the air conditioning struggled to keep the temperature comfortable, West Virginia attorney general Patrick Morrisey entered the room. Attendees held signs declaring the reason for the gathering: Patrick Morrisey for U.S. Senate.

It was the official kickoff for a campaign that has long been expected in West Virginia. Incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin, one of the few remaining moderate Democrats in the upper house, is widely viewed as vulnerable in the 2018 election. While Manchin walks a tightrope in a state that grows more Republican every year, he has often angered both West Virginians on the one side, and national Democrats on the other. Hes even drawn enough ire to attract a long-shot primary opponent to his Left.

On the GOP side, the field for Manchins seat is even more crowded. While Politico reports that national GOP recruitment for the Senate is slow-going, West Virginiathe reddest state on the electoral map last yearappears to be the exception. Donald Trump won every county here in 2016, trouncing Hillary Clinton by a 42-point margin. Trump is such a dominant figure on West Virginias political landscape that the newly elected Democrat governor put his finger in the wind and announced he was switching parties.

In this promising climate, three Republicans to date have cast their hats into the ring: Morrisey, Rep. Evan Jenkins, and Bo Copley, a political newcomer.

A Record of Fighting Hard Battles

Of these three, only Morrisey has been elected statewide. He first won the attorney general spot in 2012, then was reelected last year. His initial run was something of a David-and-Goliath story: not only was he the first Republican elected attorney general since 1933, he also unseated a 20-year incumb...

13:03

The State (episode 3) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Isnt it odd that as soon as you realise that someone who youve admired is a run-of-the-mill antisemite your admiration instantly slams into reverse?
For example I used to like Brian Sewells acerbic critiques of pretentious art until he said something about Manchesters greedy Jews. I mean how many of Manchesters greedy Jews would a self-regarding old queen who makes a living out of sneering actually know? See what I mean? One minute you like, next you dont.

Anyway, this might apply to me and Peter Kosmisnsky. I have to admit his films have their good points. Like Ken Loach, perhaps. But having seem the third episode of The State Im wondering if Ive been over-estimating him.

Yesterday I gave the film credit for aiming beyond the superficial message, its so awful no-ones gonna want to run away and join Isis. I put forward the hypothesis that he was sending a more ambitious and perhaps subliminal signal, i.e., ISIS has got (the real) Islam all wrong; true Islam is peaceful.

Maybe, after all, he is only saying is that joining Islamic State is less romantic than running away to join the Foreign Legion, (isnt that what the disenfranchised used to do?) so dont do it. 

Anyway the drama slid into farce during last nights episode. Two scenes in particular were positively cartoonish. Number one was a slave market where the histrionic sobbing and cowering reminded me of a rather sophisticated sixth-form production of Les Mis.

Number two. The prize for the most implausible scene showed our feisty female heroine, the doctor (no, not that doctor) risking death by making a clandestine, unchaperoned visit to the only nice man shed come across since she arrived, a doctor colleague at the hospital. She had a cunning plan. To avoid becoming the second wife of a horrid scary man, she proposed marriage to her  unmarried colleague, only to deduce from his momentary hesitation a deadly secret that no-one else had ever spotted. Are you gay? (He was.) I cant be the only one who found that scenario particularly laughable. 

There are several other unanswered questions, too numerous to list, though I would quite like to know what happened to the defiant...

12:12

MACKAY Woman accused of dealing ice in the Mackay region "IndyWatch Feed National"

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12:10

Bob Katter to meet with Tony Abbott when parliament returns "IndyWatch Feed National"

It would appear to be, as they say in the political genre, on. Katter seeks meeting with Abbott Updated: 7:50 pm, Wednesday, 23 August 2017 Crossbench MP Bob Katter says he will seek a meeting with Tony Abbott when parliament returns. Key crossbench MP Bob Katter has thrown a political...

12:00

North Korea Wont Negotiate Nuclear Deal With Hostile US "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pyongyang (TLS) Pyongyang said as long as the hostile U.S. policy and nuclear threat remains unchallenged, it wont eliminate its nuclear deterrent arsenal.

North Korea, or the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, DPRK, will not take its self-defensive nuclear deterrent arsenal to the negotiating table, a Pyongyang envoy has said.

The measures taken by the DPRK to strengthen its nuclear deterrence and develop inter-continental rockets is a justifiable and legitimate option for self-defense in the face of such apparent and real threats, Ju Yong Chol, a DPRK diplomat, said at a U.N.-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.

As long as the hostile U.S. policy and nuclear threat remains unchallenged, the DPRK will never place its self-defensive nuclear deterrence on the negotiating table.

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RELATED: Why the DPRK Needs a Nuclear Deterrent

Jus comment comes after U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood told the same forum that U.S. President Donald Trumps top priority was to protect the United States and its allies against the growing threat presented by the DPRK.

The path to dialogue still remains an option for Pyongyang, Ju added.

Delegations from about 20 countries spoke at the four-hour U.N. session, including the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Japan and South Korea.

The DPRK has pursued its defensive weapons programs in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions and successfully tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July. It also threatened to fire...

11:55

Philippine Police do house-to-house drug testing, but no law allows it Government coercion Poverty is root of drug problem "IndyWatch Feed National"

Police officers from QCPD Station 6 knock on a makeshift gate in Lupang Pangako, Payatas as they conduct drug testing operations. VERA Files/Luz Rimban

MANILA, Philippines (First published Aug. 22 at 3:31 p.m.)  What would you do if a group of policemen showed up at your doorstep and asked you to pee into a plastic cup for an on-the-spot drug test that could reveal whether or not you had taken shabu or marijuana in the last seven days?

That is the question residents of Lupang Pangako in Barangay Payatas have been grappling with since June when groups of policemen started going house-to-house, armed with do-it-yourself drug testing kits that show, within seconds, that a person is either positive or negative for the use of those banned substances.

Answering the question is not easy, even if you were clean and had nothing at all to fear.

One 19-year-old man who was asked to take the drug test in place of his brother who was the person the police were actually looking for, had no choice but agree to do it.

Yet he could not get himself to pee, possibly out of fear, despite two tries and the police telling him to drink water.

In another home, the police went looking for a woman, but also did not find her there.

Instead, it was her grandmother who opened the makes...

11:01

James Clapper: I Question Trumps Fitness For Office, Wonder If He Is Looking For A Way Out "IndyWatch Feed National"

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CNN contributor James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, said after watching President Trumps Tuesday night rally in Phoenix he questions his fitness for office. Clapper said Trump seems to be looking for a way out of the presidency.

I really question his ability, his fitness to be in this office and I also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it, Clapper said. Maybe he is looking for a way out.

I do wonder, as well about the people that attracted to this to this rally as others. You know, what are they thinking? Or why am I so far off base? Because I dont understand the adulation. Of course, thats why I think he gravitated to having this rally as ill-timed as it is, Clapper said.

You said you questioned his fitness. Is he a threat to national security? The president? Lemon asked.

Well, he certainly could be. Again, having some understanding of the levers that a president can exercise, I worry about, frankly, you know, the access to the nuclear codes, Clapper answered.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/08/22/james_clapper_i_question_trumps_fitness_wonder_if_he_is_looking_for_a_way_out.html


10:34

The US Has Shown Its Teeth With Trumps Afghanistan Policy, but Can It Bite? "IndyWatch Feed National"

If implemented, the new policy will likely lead to confrontation with nuclear-armed Pakistan, but that does not mean the US should shy away from holding Islamabads feet to the fire.

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US President Donald Trump announces His Afghanistan Policy. Credit: Reuters

Donald Trump, the 45th US president and the third one to preside over its war in Afghanistan, has finally outlined his much-awaited Afghan policy. The wounded giant has bared its teeth but will it bite? At least thats the question the Pakistani military planners are trying to answer in the immediate aftermath of Trumps speech, which has put that country on notice. In a calculated departure from his predecessor Barrack Obamas Afghan policy speech at the West Point Military Academy in 2009, Trump has vowed to score a military victory in Afghanistan. The words victory or win were conspicuously absent from Obamas address. Trump also underscored that what stands between the US and victory in Afghanistan, inter alia, is the Pakistani support to the Afghan Taliban. And he is spot-on.

There is no way that the Taliban could have waged a relentless war against the Afghan state and people without its leadership enjoying sanctuary in Pakistan. The demise of the Taliban emir Mullah Omar, killing of his successor Mullah Akhtar Mansoor and the selection of his replacement Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhunzada, all inside Pakistan, show that while the Talibans tentacles may be in Afghanistan, its nerve centre remains on Pakistani soil. The Talibans sword arm, the so-called Haqqani Network (HQN), remains the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, the ISIs veritable arm. The HQNs key financial lynchpin,...

10:29

Father bashed unconscious while daughters hid in bathroom during Melbourne home invasion "IndyWatch Feed National"


The Australian Government has banned the right to obtain, carry & use anything for the sole purpose of self defence, & this is the result. Australian homes & law abiding citizens are left defenseless. NO guns, NO pepper spray, NO tasers, NO anything!!! One would have thought that it was a human right to defend oneself & ones family!!! NOT IN AUSTRALIA IT ISN'T!

09:56

More Firearms Restrictions! Further Licensing Issues Police Policy "IndyWatch Feed National"


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We are encountering issues regarding property letter sizes.  Specifically, a change in policy within Police Licensing Services (PLS) on what are adequate property sizes for certain calibre firearms.  A client recently had a firearms license application refused for a shotgun on 6 acres.

The PLS maintain they have a duty of care and responsibility to ensure license applicants have access to a property to safely shoot a firearm on.  Property size has a large part to do with this.  They do this by applying arbitrary rules, that do not exist in legislation, to decide whether or not a certain license application should be granted.  PLS will not officially release these figures.  Subsequently, acceptable property sizes change periodically without consultation with the industry or even a warning.

These changes make it particularly hard for firearm dealers to advise clients on suitable firearms for their requirements.  While a certain caliber would be needed to humanely kill certain pests or to engage in a certain style of recreational shooting, there is no certainty that PLS will approve that caliber.  This results in license applications being refused, when similar applications were granted only weeks prior.  Firearm Dealers and license applicants lose money and considerable time is needlessly wasted.  The Police Licensing Services claim to assess applications individually and consider other factors we do not accept this.  Our experience is that little other than property size is considered by assessors in the application process.  License applicants are usually forced to fight to get applications approved, often explaining relatively simple realities of pest eradication to assessors with seemingly little training.

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09:06

Profit over people "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$4100
Date debt issued: 
Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Period debt occurred: 
July 2014
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes & I won
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

In November 2015 I made a very serious attempt on my life and ended up in hospital for a period of time.
This wasn't the first attempt. It was simply the most serious.

It was by the doctor's recommendation that I spend a couple of months on a hiatus with my family where I could be monitored, seek counseling and eventually, when ready, move back into normal life.
I was working a casual job in Sydney at the time, living alone in a studio apartment and my family lived 7 hours away.
I did as the doctor suggested (I would not have been allowed out of hospital if I hadn't) and I stayed at my family's house for 3 months - du...

08:46

Don't try to revive the zombie TPP "IndyWatch Feed National"

Don't revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Use our online form to send a message to the Trade Minister now!

...

08:36

When are we Australians? Xenophon, Australian born and bred "IndyWatch Feed National"

Racism is a beast that threatens those whom it stares downs and regularly mauls its prey. This beast remains at all times as a firmament in the institutions of this so-called Australian nation. Racism has many veils and layers, institutional and structural and copiously pollutes the overarching documents that define this nation. The citizenship crisis []

07:48

Google has been recording you without your knowledge "IndyWatch Feed National"

07:39

Why I Still have Faith in Ogeros New Management "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ive been following up on the internet situation ever since I started blogging and it saddens me to say that nothing much has changed ever since. Its been 7 years now and were still being promised fiber optics but in reality, internet is shit and if it wasnt for 3G/4G connections, half the country would have been running on a 2Mbps connection, if not less.

The MOTs 2020 plan that was announced with Minister Harb made us all believe change is coming. I remember I was so excited back then I wrote the blog post around 4AM from the hospital the same day my wife was giving birth. Unfortunately, the plan was flushed down the drain and what followed was the downfall of the man responsible for the crappy internet situation we are in, a certain Abdel Menhem Youssef.

With Youssef out and Imad Kreidieh in, we were promised once again better internet within months and PM Hariri even went as far as promising a twenty-fold increase in internet speed, which obviously did not happen yet.

However, Ogeros head is making changes and the #UnleashTheSpeed campaign was a success followed by the open speeds plans announced for those living close by to the Ogero stations. New plans were announced with higher speeds and cheaper prices and Fiber Optics plans were listed for the first time ever.

Ogero head went live to answer peoples questions back in April

Is that enough? Of course not. Because unless ALL people get better internet and theres a serious plan to deploy fiber optics, this is what we call Ter2ee3 and will eventually lead to more fail...

07:37

As 19 Pro-Dhinakaran AIADMK Leaders Meet TN Governor, DMK Demands a Trust Vote "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Dhinakaran faction in the AIADMK has made it clear that they intend to remove chief minister Palanswami from his post and put forth their own candidate.

T.T.V. Dhinakaran being greeted by supporters. Credit: PTI/Files

T.T.V. Dhinakaran being greeted by supporters. Credit: PTI/Files

New Delhi: As political turmoil within the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu continues, 19 pro-T.T.V. Dhinakaran MLAs reportedly met with the states governor on Tuesday and asked that he take action against chief minister E. Palanaswami (known popularly as EPS) for abuse of power, corruption and favouritism.

..the present situation has arisen that the governance of the state cannot be carried on in accordance with provisions of the constitutionI request you Excellency Governor of Tamil Nadu to intervene and institute the constitutional process as constitutional head of the state the document submitted by the MLAs to governor Vidyasagar Rao was quoted by India Today as saying.

Speaking to a television channel, Sasikala-Dhinakaran loyalist Thangathamizh Chelvan said, We have told the governor that we will be taking steps to change chief minister Palaniswami.

According to an...

07:08

The Rising Trend of Civil Unrest "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; You said that this civil unrest will continue to escalate and that the left is attempting to just suspend government until 2020. It does seem that every possible issue is always turned into an anti-Trump issue from vocal threats against North Korea that seems to have worked and protests against any company trying to work with the White House because they claim Trump is now a White Supremacist.  It seems to me that there have been a lot more leftist protests than alt-right. I think Charlottesville was the first. It is very strange how the left burn cities but thats ok and it is not attributed to Democrats. Is this the root cause of the escalation in civil unrest ahead?

Thank you for really offering a fair vie of things.

SE

ANSWER: Correct. The list of leftists protests far outnumber anything of the alt-right has dome so far. This is why the violence will continue and escalate into some very bloody events going into 2020. Here are the list of the leftist protests:

  • 2009 Oakland, Akron, Pittsburgh
  • 2010 Santa Cruz, Oakland, Los Angeles,
  • 2011 Oakland
  • 2012 Chicago, Anaheim
  • 2013 Brooklyn
  • 2014 Ferguson, New York City
  • 2015 Baltimore
  • 2016 Anaheim, Chicago, St Paul, Milwaukee, Charlotte, Standing Rock, Oakland, Portland
  • 2017 Washington DC, Berkeley, Anaheim, Berkeley (again), Berkeley (again), Olympia, Portland, New York City, Boston, Hot Springs, Ark., Portland, Houston, Memphis, New Orleans

You can see that there has been a stark increase with the Trump election.

07:04

Chairman Mal's bollard video "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi XXXXXXXX Yesterday I released Australias Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism and I wanted to briefly tell you why this strategy is such an important part of our plan to keep Australia safe. This strategy was developed in close partnership with the states and territories, local government, police...

07:00

New Research Reveals Why Avoiding Tuna Is Still a Good Idea "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Dr. Mercola

Fish has always been the best dietary source of the animal-based omega-3 fats EPA and DHA. While your body may be able to produce some of these fats, the process is relatively inefficient, so they are considered conditionally essential.1 This means to acquire sufficient amounts for optimal health, you need to consume the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA from your food.

Unfortunately, as the levels of pollution in the oceans have increased, so have the toxins you consume. If you arent choosy about where your fish is harvested, the pollutants in the fish may outweigh the benefits of the healthy fats. At the same time, many fish species have been overfished and dangerously depleted. Orange roughy is one example. A slow growing, deep water fish, they dont usually reproduce until age 20 and may live up to 149 years.2

In the 1980s the popularity of orange roughy exploded and led to driving it almost to extinction. In some areas, fishing for roughy has been restricted and scientists expect it to take many years for the population to recover, if it ever does. Farm-raised fish are also not the answer as they present problems for both the environment and the consumer.3

Raising fish in a confined area results in the same kind of waste pollution problems as land-based factory animal farms struggle with. Fish farms also reduce biodiversity, spread disease and sea lice, and contaminate water with pesticides. It is important to consider not only your health but also the impact on the environment when choosing seafood for your family.

Why Tuna Is Best Avoided

Historically, tuna has been a very popular fish, and among the most widely consumed. They are known for a distinctive flavor and versatility in the kitchen. There are at least 15 different species,4 but only five are commonly fished and eaten. Depending upon the species, the adults can weigh from 10 pounds up to 500 pounds. The largest is the Atlantic bluefin tuna that is migratory and can travel at great speeds o...

06:48

Framing Commonwealth offences - including guidelines on when criminal charges should be preferred "IndyWatch Feed National"

https://www.ag.gov.au/Publications/Pages/GuidetoFramingCommonwealthOffencesInfringementNoticesandEnforcementPowers.aspx The guide can be downloaded through the links below: A Guide to Framing Commonwealth Offences, Infringement Notices and Enforcement Powers [DOC 7543B] A Guide to Framing Commonwealth Offences, Infringement Notices and Enforcement Powers [PDF 1.32MB] Principle in relation to criminal charges A criminal offence is the ultimate sanction for...

06:43

Something linear "IndyWatch Feed National"

The first time I fall in love it is with a girl. She tells me if you were a boy you would be my perfect person. You, as a boy. I smile and nod. I say, Ill keep a lookout for a boy like me, for you. I work early mornings at a caf. On the bus home at 11.30am I think about this and lean my head against the white-lit windowpane and cry because I know shes not wrong, but shes not right either. I get breast cancer. They cut off my breast and immediately make moves to replace it.

06:25

Notes from focus group and strategy discussion pro-gay marriage activists in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of our readers was sitting next to a group of gay marriage activists in an inner-Sydney cafe. They were talking strategy and focus group outcomes and our reader made some notes: Campaign needs to: - inject more guilt - "guilt will win this for us" - push polling -...

06:01

Danya Pigeon crowned 2017-18 Junior Miss Cherokee "IndyWatch Feed National"

2017-18 Junior Miss Cherokee Danya Pigeon receiving her crown from 2016-17 Junior Miss Cherokee Lauryn Skye McCoy.

Published August 23, 2017

TAHLEQUAH Sequoyah High School senior Danya Pigeon, of Hulbert, was crowned the 2017-18 Junior Miss Cherokee during the 26th annual leadership competition on Saturday.

For the next year, Pigeon will act as a goodwill ambassador for the tribe, promoting the government, language, history and traditions of the Cherokee people.

Cherokee Nation Deputy S. Joe Crittenden, 2017-18 Junior Miss Cherokee Danya Pigeon and Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker.

Three teens competed for the honor at the Tahlequah Armory Municipal Center in three categories: a cultural presentation, an impromptu question-and-answer, and a speech on their respective platform. Pigeon, 18, earned her crown and sash after giving a special presentation on Sequoyah and the Cherokee syllabary, giving her opinion on connecting citizens inside and outside of tribal jurisdiction, and speaking on her platform, alcohol abuse.

It has been a dream of mine to be Junior Miss Cherokee, and I would like to thank God for giving me this opportunity to serve the Cherokee Nation, Pigeon said.

Pigeon is the daughter of Tammy West and Walter Pigeon. She previously served in the Cherokee National Youth Choir and is currently a member of the Harvest Time Tabernacle youth group.

The Junior Miss Cherokee competition is held each year in conjunction with the Cherokee National Holiday. The 2017-18 Miss Cherokee competition is slated for 6 p.m....

06:00

Former U.S. Attorney On Awan Indictment: "There Is Something Very Strange Going On Here" "IndyWatch Feed National"

We've written frequently over the past couple of months about the litany of unanswered questions surrounding the mysterious case of Debbie Wasserman Schultz's (DWS) IT staffers.  Why did DWS seemingly threaten the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police with consequences for holding equipment that was confiscated as part of an ongoing legal investigation?  Why did DWS keep Awan on her taxpayer funded payroll all the way up until the day he was arrested by the FBI at Dulles airport while trying to flee the country to Pakistan?  What, if anything, does the Awan family know about the DNC hacks that may have caused DWS to act in this way?

05:15

The Benefit Of The Doubt: Try It Some Time, My Fellow Facebookers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Passion is a good thing. Flogging someone to death (virtually) online probably isnt. Nelly Thomas wishes for a gentler conversation.

For those of you who are politically inclined (Im looking at you New Matilda readers) passions run deep. Most of us actually do sincerely care about the issues we fight and agitate about, and for many of us, the issues are personal.

This is both an asset and strength.

If you dont care about an issue, whats the point thats just ego or grandstanding (and yes, we all know people for whom this is true).

If you do care, youre likely easily triggered by the issues and passionate discussion can quickly lead to no discussion at all.

I had one of those experiences recently on Facebook where I was accused of a prejudice I dont believe I hold. Nothing unusual there Ive only been on Facebook for about a month but Ive been in public life for 15 years and know its par for the course to be misunderstood and/or misrepresented.

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And I can tell this is even more likely on Facebook where tone and nuance are lost and where theres no conch to pass to piggy. No benefit of the doubt is given and theres little room for good intentions or mistakes. But nonetheless, it made me think.

The world feels like it has gone mad.

I know every generation has said that, and Ive always thought there were mostly wack-a-doodles running the joint, but at the moment I feel genuinely scared. We are facing deep and serious problems and the debate seems to be getting ever more polarised.

Lots of people are talking, not many seem to be listening.

And when I say listening, I mean being fully present with two ears open and one mouth closed. When I think of this particular moment in history, I think of children shouting into the wind.

A few things for us, as activists, to consider. One is that being an activist is bloody tiring. Theres the necessary thinking, reading, volunteer work and the like, but theres also the energy it takes to live your principles day-to-day and, to remain civil in the face of what can feel like incomprehensible stupidity.

It also absolutely necessary.

Yes, theres a time and place for fighting extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, but this must be the last resort. Wherever possible, I do believe opposing points of view should be debated respectfully if we want a better world. In short, pick your battles...

04:51

Bullying on the Australian Independent Media Network "AIM" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Michael Taylor, co-owner of The AIM Network, and his on-line associate, Kate Lee, have wrongly and publicly accused me of promoting on the AIM Network site the argument that Martin Bryant was unfairly convicted of the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre, using this to characterise me as a 'conspiracy theorist'. My commenting ability was terminated as Taylor was publicly accusing me of lying and insisting on a response. To me, this was clearly an attempt to shout down views that were against their preferred argument and, when that failed, they cut me off. Even if I had written a piece about Martin Bryant and even if it it had been proven to be rubbish, this should not come into an argument about something entirely unrelated - population numbers. For this reason I am publishing this abreviated record of our exchanges, and commenting on the behaviour others have also encountered on this so-called 'alternative media' site. I think it is important to warn people of how they may be treated on the AIM Network, because of the importance of providing respectful true alternatives to the Mainstream Media (msm). The AIM Network purports to be independent media, but many of its articles seem to mirror the propaganda attitudes of the mainstream news. The AIM site seems to be dominated by a socialist alliance brigade that has attempted to take over every indymedia site in Australia.

Other examples of the bullying behaviour include the treatment of an excellent AIM author, Sean Stinson, whose work can be read at https://theaimn.com/author/sean-stinson/. His article, "Aleppo has been liberated, so why isnt anyone talking about it?"(December 15, 2016). This was the article that first attracted me to the site. I made comments on it, but the aggressive trolling drove me away. There were over 200 comments on that article, but Stinson's latest article, July 1st, "When Governments Lie: Humanitarian intervention from Serbia to Syria and beyond," has only 21 comments, and similar trolling. Have the trolls destroyed Stinson's readership? To one of the trolls, Sean says, "Honestly, the level of petty tribalism I see here does my head in some times." And, you will see in the extracts of comments from my own recent experience of the AIM Network, that the co-owner of the site, Michael Taylor, and his on-line-associate, Kaye Lee, blithely malign Stinson with the description of 'conspiracy theorist', which is such a gratuitous insult....

04:19

The ACTU - the harder you fight us, the more you teach us "IndyWatch Feed National"

A few weeks ago the ACTU boss Sally McManus gave this speech to commemorate the anniversary of the great strike by trade unions in Sydney during the height of World War one. You can never crush a belief - the right to be treated equally & fairly - the act...

02:02

Ting sues Sarawak minister, publisher over bankrupt claim "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon is suing Sarawak International Trade and E-Commerce Minister Wong Soon Koh and the publisher of the Borneo Post over allegations that he was a bankrupt in Australia. According to The Malay Mail Online, Tings lawyer Wong King Wei said the DAP representative had filed a defamation suit over Soon []

02:02

Pujut rep sues Sarawak minister, publisher over bankrupt claim "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon has filed a defamation lawsuit against Sarawak International Trade and E-Commerce Minister Datuk Sri Wong Soon Koh and the publisher of a regional newspaper over allegations he was made a bankrupt in Australia. Dr Ting, whom the High Court reinstated as lawmaker following his disqualification by the state assembly, []

01:30

Everybodys Got a Marathon Story "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell My beautiful book, Marathon Bombing: Indicting the Players, is not yet mentioned on Worldcat.org.  It does sell at Amazon for $9.95, but Im unable to buy a copy to send to Library of Congress as I have no fixed address to tell to Amazon. Near the Texaco Station on Interstate 65 []

01:13

Afghan decision may increase US air power "IndyWatch Feed National"

A file image of Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) members in Afghanistan. AAP Image/Corporal Chris Moore

A file image of Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) members in Afghanistan. AAP Image/Corporal Chris Moore

The US Air Force may intensify its strikes in Afghanistan and expand training of the Afghan air force following President Donald Trumps decision to forge ahead with the 16-year-old war, its top general says.

Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein told Reuters, however, he was still examining the matter, as the US militarys top brass had only begun the process of translating Trumps war strategy into action.

Asked whether the Air Force would dedicate more assets to Afghanistan, where the United States has been engaged in its longest military conflict, Goldfein said only: Possibly.

Its actually too early to tell what this will mean in terms of plus-ups and reductions, he said in a joint interview with Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson.

Still, he acknowledged that the Air Force was absolutely examining the possibility of increasing air power, including to support US ground forces, following Trumps promise of a stepped-up campaign against Taliban insurgents, who have gained ground against US-backed Afghan government forces.

In a speech on Monday night, Trump appeared to answer a call for thousands of more troops to break a stalemate with Taliban insurgents, on top of the roughly 8400 now deployed in Afghanistan.

Trump said the United States would not disclose troop numbers, but one US official told Reuters they could start moving quickly.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday he would set troop levels following the review by military chiefs.

During the administration of Trumps predecessor, Barack Obama, US military officials privately expressed frustration about their inability to strike at many Taliban targets including training camps unless they could show a direct threat to US forces or major impact on the Afghan state.

Wilson said Trump appeared to be giving greater flexibility to strike insurgents.

Obviously the Joint Chiefs will work through their plans and make proposals, but I think the guidance was pretty clear from the preside...

01:09

Chris Hemsworth is Austs $31 million man "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chris Hemsworth as Thor. (AAP)

Chris Hemsworth as Thor. (AAP)

Donning a cape and saving the universe continues to be good for Chris Hemsworths bank account.

The former Home and Away TV soap star turned Marvel superhero Thor earned $US31.5 million the past year, although he almost looks poor next to another Hollywood action star, Mark Wahlberg, who was the highest paid actor with $US68 million.

Wahlberg proved you can collect big bank by making critically panned films like maligned sequels Transformers: The Last Knight and Daddys Home 2.

Markie Mark is officially Richie Rich, Forbes announced on Tuesday with the release of its annual Hollywoods highest-paid leading man list.

The Boston-born former rapper edged out last years king Dwayne The Rock Johnson, who came in second with $US65 million for Baywatch, the Ballers TV series and upcoming re-make Jumanji.Melbourne-born Hemsworth was the 12th highest paid actor.

Vin Diesel, on the back of the Fast and Furious and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises, took third with $US54.5 million.

Notable Aussie leading men who didnt make the top 20 include Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Hemsworths little brother, Liam.

Forbes tally does reflect the major upheaval underway in Hollywood, with the growing dominance of the Chinese and Indian film markets and the move away from the big screen to the small screen and online streaming by the likes of Netflix.

It also confirms it literally pays to be a Marvel superhero.

Joining Hemsworth on the list are other Marvel mates including Iron Mans Robert Downey Jr (6th with $US48 million), Deadpools Ryan Reynolds (15th $US21.5 million), Jeremy Renner (17th $US19 million), Chris Evans (18th $US18 million), Chris Pratt (19th $US17 million) and Mark Ruffalo (20th $US13 million).

The Chinese box office powered Jackie Chan to fifth place with $US49 million while Bollywood trio 8th Shah Rukh Khan $US38 million, 9th Salman King $US37 million and 10th Akshay Kumar $US35.5 million pushed most of Hollywoods biggest names out of the top 10.

Adam Sandler may have stunk up the box office in recent years but Netflixs gamble to sign the comedian up to a multi-movie deal landed him in the fifth position with $US50.5 mill...

01:05

Warm ocean takes toll on undersea forests "IndyWatch Feed National"

When diving in the Gulf of Maine a few years back, Jennifer Dijkstra expected to be swimming through a flowing kelp forest that had long served as a nursery and food for juvenile fish and lobster.

But Dijkstra, a University of New Hampshire marine biologist, saw only a patchy seafloor before her. The sugar kelp had declined dramatically and been replaced by invasive, shrub-like seaweed that looked like a giant shag rug.

I remember going to some dive sites and honestly being shocked at how few kelp blades we saw, she said.

The Gulf of Maine, stretching from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia, is the latest in a growing list of global hotspots losing their kelp, including hundreds of miles in the Mediterranean Sea, off southern Japan and Australia, and parts of the California coast.

Among the worlds most diverse marine ecosystems, kelp forests are found on all continental coastlines except for Antarctica and provide critical food and shelter to myriad fish and other creatures.

Kelp also is critical to coastal economies, providing billions of dollars in tourism and fishing.

The likely culprit for the loss of kelp, according to several scientific studies, is warming oceans from climate change, coupled with the arrival of invasive species.In Maine, the invaders are other seaweeds.

In Australia, the Mediterranean and Japan, tropical fish are feasting on the kelp.

Most kelp are replaced by small, tightly packed, bushy seaweeds that collect sediment and prevent kelp from growing back, said the University of Western Australias Thomas Wernberg.

Collectively these changes are part of a recent and increasing global trend of flattening of the worlds kelp forests, said Wernberg, co-author of a 2016 study which found that 38 per cent of kelp forest declined over the past 50 years in regions that had data.

Kelp losses on Australias Great Southern Reef threaten tourism and fishing industries worth $US10 billion ($A13 billion).

Die-offs contributed to a 60 per cent drop in species richness in the Mediterranean and were blamed for the collapse of the abalone fishery in Japan.

You are losing habitat. You are losing food. You are losing shoreline protection, said University of Massachusetts Bostons Jarrett Byrnes, who leads a working group on kelp and climate change.

Kelp is incredibly resilient and has been known to bounce back from storms and heat waves.

But in Maine, it has struggled to recover following an explosion of voracious sea urchins in the 1980s that wiped out many kelp beds.

Now, it must survive in waters that are warming faster than the vast majority of the worlds oceans most likely forcing kelp to mi...

00:48

Julian Assange Confirms Bernie Sanders Was Threatened To Drop Out "IndyWatch Feed National"

During a recent interview with Australian journalist John Pilger, Assange said that Bernie Sanders was forced to drop out of the race due to threats from the Clinton campaign.

Assanges admission appears to substantiate claims by the Kremlin who revealed they had evidence that Jane Sanders was physically threatened in order to get Bernie on board with Hillarys campaign.

Trueactivist.com reports:

Pilger, who is working on a documentary about Assange, asked:

Julian, we cut you off earlier when you were talking about what you felt were the most significant emails that you have released. Is there any last one that youd like to mention? And also, do you have any thoughts on Bernie Sanders? I mean what is your opinion why Bernie Sanders drop out of the race?

Assange responded:

Look, I thinkyou know, we know how politics works in the United States. Whoeverwhatever political party gets into government is going to merge with the bureaucracy pretty damn fast. It will be in a position where it has some levers in its hand. And Bernie Sanders was independent candidate trying to get the nomination trough the Democratic Party and if you ask me he did get the nomination, but he was threatened to drop out.

Again, Assange has promised to release incriminating emails which are sure to result in Clintons indictment. He says he has evidence that Hillary made deals with an alleged Islamic state sponsor, as well as damning information about the Clinton Foundation.

The Clinton campaign knows hes on to her, too, which is why a strategist called for an assassination of Assange on TV.

Of course, were very interested in revealing the truth about any candidate and yes we have some material about Bernie Sanders that will be published, Assange added.

Source: True Activist

00:46

Family Partnership Worker "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program

00:27

Update: Why is My Post Moderated or Filtered? "IndyWatch Feed National"

THE EXACT REASON: The short answer is that we don't know.  It isn't necessarily a swear word. Comment moderation is a very complex and

The post Update: Why is My Post Moderated or Filtered? appeared first on Giza Death Star.

Tuesday, 22 August

23:33

Australia, you have a problem with Islamophobia | Middle East Eye "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia, you have a problem with Islamophobia | Middle East Eye:

While Brandis strong condemnation of Hanson is to be commended, it does leave one question: where do the vast majority of Australians stand on the spectrum that spans the gamut between multicultural tolerance and extreme anti-Muslim bigotry?

Alarmingly, a slew of data points to a conclusion that Australia is one of the most Islamophobic countries on the planet.

Consider: while only 41 percent of Americans support a temporary ban on immigrants from a handful of Muslim majority nation states, a plurality of Australians (49 percent) support a permanent block on Muslims entering the country.

23:30

"Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish."
- Steve Jobs, 
Commencement Speech, Stanford University, 2005

"When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
...

23:25

Former U.S. Attorney On Awan Indictment: There Is Something Very Strange Going On Here "IndyWatch Feed National"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

Weve written frequently over the past couple of months about the litany of unanswered questions surrounding the mysterious case of Debbie Wasserman Schultzs (DWS) IT staffers.  Why did DWS seemingly threaten the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police with consequences for holding equipment that was confiscated as part of an ongoing legal investigation?  Why did DWS []

The post Former U.S. Attorney On Awan Indictment: There Is Something Very Strange Going On Here appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

22:21

Consciousness is the Key to World Change "IndyWatch Feed National"

Paul A. Philips, Guest
Waking Times

Those craftily manipulating and enslaving us are caring less and less about whether or not we buy into their carefully cultivated 5-sense, 3D reality, played out in the world theatre of illusion.

The enslavers are caring less and less about the fact that in this theatre of illusion, we the audience, increasing in numbers, are detecting the gaps in the falling apart scenery once believed to be real, as the brick wall behind is exposed. Then theres more and more of us in the audience detecting the strings attached to the stage puppets, such as the puppeteered politicians: Many of us can now see their strings getting pulled by the puppet masters who are no longer hidden in the shadows

To an extent, our enslavers dont care that the theatre of illusion that has deceived us since time-immemorial with all its fallacies of freedom is being exposed and falling apart: The whole false pretence, the set-up, both the stage and the auditorium has been energy draining and costly for them to maintain. Now, in their arrogance, the enslavers consider themselves to be in such a position that our increasing resistance is futile: Is it only a matter of time before the theatre of illusion will be redundant as they are becoming more and more confident that they will achieve their planned complete world takeover?

-Having found out about their planned world takeover, there inevitably follows the questionwhat can we do about it?

Sure, from a left brain point of view; through analyzing, rationalizing and reasoning theres been quite a lot of talk in terms of possible answers on how to deal with this situation. There have indeed been some good responses with many practical insights

-However, this alone is not the real solution. The bottom line of bottom lines is that the real solution lies in a shift in consciousness.

Our overwhelming uncontrollable mass awakening is what the worlds ruling elite fear the most. Since we greatly outnumber them and their associates...

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