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Friday, 10 August

22:27

Heroin "IndyWatch Feed National"

I dont use illicit drugs. Im 61. Age doesnt stop a lot of people in Bellingen, Northern Rivers, New South Wales Australia, where I live, from using illicit drugs, even heroin. Most whove used heroin for a long time are long dead.

No matter what I write, what Im writing wont stop people using illicit drugs.

But here goes

In 2010, I observed someone very close to me with very serious drug psychosis through the the window in a padded cell in the lock-up section for drug addicts and the mentally ill called Kiloh, the psychiatric ward at Prince Alfred Hospital in Randwick, Sydney. This person had been using multiple drugs in a serious drug binge lasting four months. They were mainly using very strong laced hydroponic marijuana. This type of marijuana, grown by bikies and other criminals in houses converted to drug labs, caves and the Australian bush, is at least thirty times stronger than the bush-grown marijuana we used to smoke in the 1970s back in New Zealand. Then it is laced with amphetamines or whatever these criminals have available.

I first observed someone using heroin in 1972 when I was 16. A friend has been doing a carpentry course in Huntley, near Auckland, New Zealand. He made friends with some teenagers aged about 16 from Auckland. I visited him at one of his friends houses in Remuera, Auckland, one of Aucklands most affluent suburbs. In a large bedroom on the basement level a young man was in bed resting. He got up sleepily, and injected himself with heroin, and lay back on the bed and fazed out, very high.

I was always scared of heroin and strong drugs. Many of my Auckland friends when the family moved there in 1974, used LSD. I never used it. I smoked a lot of weed (marijuana) from the age of 15 to 19, when I became a Christian. I was always Christian in a way, but I did the 70s counter-culture teen rebellion thing.

One of the home group leaders under my leadership at Christian Life Centre Darlinghurst, Sydney, the early name of Hillsong, in the 1980s, Michael Driscoll, suicided in the 1990s in Ireland. Michael went back on heroin, which he was on with his friend, the famous Australian painter Brett Whitely, and many other artists and their friends in Sydney in the 1970s, prior to Michael becoming a Christian. Jonathan Page and others helped Michael find Christ. Then in the 1990s he lost his way, moved to Ireland, went back on heroin, and suicided. I attended Michaels funeral in Neutral Bay in the 1990s.

20:40

Rep. Chris Collins is arrested for insider trading "IndyWatch Feed National"

Charges to three defendants also include wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and making false statements New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins was arrested and indicted on charges related to securities fraud Wednesday. The indictment is tied to securities of an Australian biotechnology company, Innate Immunotherapeutics where Collins has served on the board of directors. Collins' latest sale of Innate Immunotherapeutics holdings was on June 20, 2018 and valued between $15,000 and $50,000 according to House periodic transaction reports. He bought at least 4 million shares between 2016 and 2018, according to the reports. Collins' value in Innate went from $25,000,001 to $1,000,001, according to his most recent financial disclosure. He serves on the Health subcommittee of House Energy and Commerce. Last August, the House Ethics Committee took up an inquiry into Collins and allegations that he had shared nonpublic information about the company, in violation of House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law. Collins gained personal benefit and provided nonpublic information to his son Cameron Collins who sold nearly $1.4 million of Innate Immunotherapeutics shares, according to a complaint filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission. "Christopher Collins knew or recklessly disregarded that he breached his duty by disclosing this inside information to Cameron Collins," the SEC said.

20:07

Coral reefs since the age of dinosaurs "IndyWatch Feed National"

This May 2018 video says about itself:

The Coral Reef: 10 Hours of Relaxing Oceanscapes | BBC Earth

Sit back, relax and enjoy the colourful world of coral reefs as we take you on a journey through some of the most vibrant parts of our blue planet with this 10 hour loop.

From Penn State university in the USA:

Diverse symbionts of reef corals have endured since age of dinosaurs

August 9, 2018

Coral-algal partnerships have endured numerous climate change events in their long history, and at least some are likely to survive modern-day global warming as well, suggests an international team of scientists.

The teams conclusion is based on the finding that the relationship between corals and the mutualistic micro-algae that enable them to build reefs is considerably older and more diverse than previously assumed.

Past estimates placed the initiation of these symbiotic relationships at 50 to 65 million years ago, said Todd LaJeunesse, associate professor of biology, Penn State. Our research indicates that modern corals and their algal partners have been entwined with each other for much longer since the time of the dinosaurs, approximately 160 million years ago. During their long existence, they have faced severe episodes of environmental change, but have managed to bounce back after each one.

According to LaJeunesse, the micro-algae, commonly called zooxanthellae of the dinoflagellate family Symbiodiniaceae live inside the cells of corals, allowing them to acquire energy from sunli...

18:04

The Drama Surrounding My City Manager and Doug Mesner "IndyWatch Feed National"

I spoke to the Sheriff who has been working with me since I moved here with concerns to the break Ins and attacks and now I understand why things are playing out as they have.

First of all, let me say I trust this Sheriff and realize that my belief that they are working like the Algona WA police did is COMPLETELY unfounded.

Right when I moved to Earling I got threatening emails from Doug Mesner- bragging that he already had contacts in Earling who were going to get me. The Sheriff I spoke to HAS these emails and every other one I have recieved since coming here.

The city manager befriended me before I had even got to Earling- as we would have hours long conversations on the phone before I ever even left WA.

I trusted her so much that I gave her keys to my house and she was one of the witnesses on my Last Will and Testament.

During these constant break ins I was going through- she was telling me it was my neighbor- who she told me police were investigating for manufacturing meth in their basement, however today the Sheriff told me this wasnt true.

My neighbors were NEVER being investigated. Let alone for anything doing with narcotics.

At the height of all of this- the city manager gave me a photocopy of a check my neighbors had written the city for their water bill.

I didnt understand why but at the time I just thought, as my friend, that the city manager was just trying to help me.

Now- talking with the Sheriff for an hour today- I know this is FAR from the truth.

Today I learned that had I done ANYTHING with that check- like posted it on my blog- I could have faced criminal prosocution.

In doing so I would have gone to jail as that protection order would have put me in jail for a year. But all I did was throw it in a pile of stuff in my office- as it seemed useless to me, and- until just recently- forgot about it.

I went in search of it after realizing what had been stolen from my house and figuring out it was the City Manager. Consequently I notified my Sheriff AND my neighbor whos check was photocopied.

But this was a setup the entire time. Doug Mesner was directing it- my city manager was helping- and with the break Ins and threats- they thought I would be reactionary and do something stupid- which would have landed me in jail- thus allowing Mesner to follow through with his promise to have me murdered in jail.

As far as the dogs- the Sheriff informed me they have NEVER recieved any complaints about my dogs until this anonymous one that the city of Earling filed. However he told me that Earling is just following the direction of their city attorney and that they have the right to reject putting me on the agenda....

16:46

Can Taiwan counter Chinas mounting pressure? "IndyWatch Feed National"

As China increases its pressure on Taiwan, Taipei is taking countermeasures to promote itself as a regional haven for democracy and civil rights. But is it sufficient to deal with Beijing? William Yang reports.

    
President Tsai Ing-wen and President Xi Jinping (Reuters/T. Siu, picture-alliance/Xinhua/L. TAo)

On July 24, China successfully lobbied five other members of the East Asian Olympic Committee to revoke Taiwans right to host its first-ever East Asian Youth Games next year.

Recently, a group of Taiwanese LGBTQ activists accused Beijing of pressuring the organizers of the Gay Games in Paris into banning the display of Taiwans flag.

Also, a performance by a Taiwanese high-school choir at the UN Center in Vienna was reportedly canceled due to pressure from the Chinese embassy in Austria.

On July 25, four major US airlines complied with Beijings demand to alter Taiwans description on their websites, changing the destination to Taipei instead of Taiwan. The total number of international airlines that have so far caved in to Chinas demand is now 44.

Read more: Australia says China pressured Qantas over Taiwan status

China continues to lay claim to the island under its one China policy, which Taiwan rejects, and hostility toward Taiwan has only grown in Beijing since Tsai Ing-wen (Tsai pictured above, with Chinese President Xi Jinping) was elected as Taiwanese president in 2016.

Screenshot offizielle Website der Fluggesellschaft Delta (delta.com)China has forced a number of international airlines to use Taipei instead of Taiwan as their destination

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15:55

Australias Biggest Bank Launches Worlds First Blockchain Bond With World Bank "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia has maintained a Blockchain-friendly position with its government-backed exploration of Blockchain technology for various applications. Now, it is getting ready to issue the worlds first Blockchain bond upon being mandated by the World Bank.

Australia to Create Distributed Ledger Bonds

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) will reportedly create, allocate, transfer and manage the bond using Blockchain technology. The $AUD Kangaroo bond, named bond-i, will be delivered on a private Ethereum blockchain being utilized by the World Bank and CBA in Washington and Sydney, respectively. The Blockchain platform has been designed and developed by the CBA Innovation Labs Blockchain Centre of Excellence and an independent review of its technical architecture, security and resilience has been conducted by Microsoft.

The initiative is a part of the World Banks mandate to reduce poverty and promote development, as a part of which, it issues bonds worth US$50-US$60 billion annually for encouraging sustainable development. The World Bank is focused on helping countries to leverage the technology for sustainable development, and it aims to explore disruptive technologies such as blockchain to expedite its progress towards the fulfilment of Sustainable Development Goals.

A media release on CBAs website states This collaboration built on the longstanding partnership between the two organisations, with the World Banks 70-year track record of innovation in the capital markets and CBAs globally recognised Blockchain Centre of Excellence combining to deliver the project successfully.

In 2017, the CBA had issued a prototype cryptobond for Queensland Treasury Corporation utilizing its capital markets blockchain platform, and become the first government entity both in Australia and in the world to do so.

The Australian government has also been proactive in investigating the technology for its efficiency gains and implementing it across a range of sectors. The country has signed a five-year $740 million deal with IBM to use crypto and other new technologies to enhance data security. Australias Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is researching the technology, hoping to apply it in international trade and supply chain management for better security and transparency. Another area where the country is aiming to implement the technology is for tracking the provenance of s...

14:58

What I Endure Trying to Get My Family Child Trafficking Mess Exposed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Right now I am fighting to keep my dogs based on anonymous lies that are negated by my neighbors signed declarations. Jan Gaul- Earling IAs acting mayor- sent me an email telling me I could not come to a public town hall meeting and plead my case.

The Sheriff s dept told me they have never recieved any complaints- esp of them running around in loose in town- although Sheriff Donovan- who delivered the order to me last Sunday- told me city hall said it had happened three times.

However- Earling IA is a tiny town with less than 400 people and had this EVER happened- the Sherriffs dept would have been flooded with calls.

My neighbors have said they rarely bark- that they are gentle and sweet- as did my vet who also declared they were current on their rabies shots.

The Sheriff read Jan Gails letter three times- told me he didnt understand it and ended up calling the county attorney for clarification- who didnt understand it either.

And I can PROVE this conversation with the Sheriffs dept because I have the entire conversation on video. (I have learned these many years NOT to trust the police).

I figure those I am fighting think that if I loose my dogs- Ill either commit suicide or they can make it LOOK as if I did. However- this will NEVER happen as it is against my faith and I will NEVER risk my soul regardless of how much pain I am forced to endure.

I am even expected to do the impossible and register my dogs- despite the fact Earling IA has no such thing in place on the books.

This is NOT the first time I have had to deal with things like this.

On the protection orders granted against me in Kent WA- it was put on the documents and even mentioned in court that I threatened the Algona WA police. However- had I actually done this- I would have gone to jail and since that never happened- it is obviously a lie.

And the Algona WA police knew this- as after the fact I told them every video listed on that protection order had NOTHING to do with the petitioners but ONLY and SOLELY dealt with Doug Mesner aka John Kilrush aka IEATBABIES aka Justin Sanity aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves and they responded with we know .

So they obviously had read the orders and knew the claim that I threatened them was a lie. And yet they delivered the order and I lost the case anyway.

These people will do anything they can to shut me up. And they will hurt me any way they can.

All to protect their secrets regarding child trafficking and pedophilia.

13:22

PERTH Swinging sex ring mother pleads guilty to abuse of daughter "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Swinging sex ring mother pleads guilty to abuse of daughter .

August 10, 2018 at 12:54PM .

The woman pleaded guilty when she appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court today via video link from Bandyup Prison. She spoke only to enter the

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-10/mother-guilty-of-swingers-party-sex-abuse-of-daughter/10106128&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNF0hudWwikSxpnIvlW9n6jp_9NMOQ

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

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PERTH Swingers mum admits WA child sex crimes "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Swingers mum admits WA child sex crimes .

August 10, 2018 at 05:41PM .

The 39-year-old woman, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday to 17 offences including sexual penetration of a

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/08/10/17/45/swingers-mum-admits-wa-child-sex-crimes&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFrBIYQwhLE1VEoHemeHe-6pGVhsg

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

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PERTH Extradition for historic child sexual offences, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Extradition for historic child sexual offences, WA .

August 10, 2018 at 03:15PM .

He is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow, Saturday 11 August 2018. The investigation is ongoing and Midland Detectives urge

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.miragenews.com/extradition-for-historic-child-sexual-offences-wa-3/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGoVjIqxHTgqgKhRRSibLZaPYyklQ

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

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PERTH Southern River self-defence trainer charged with sexually assaulting women "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Southern River self-defence trainer charged with sexually assaulting women .

August 10, 2018 at 11:07AM .

He will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today. The investigation is ongoing. If you are, or have been a victim of sexual abuse, or if you have

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.communitynews.com.au/comment/news/southern-river-self-defence-trainer-charged-sexually-assaulting-women&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEjhBOGHqPXNoxgGNj0IyQpZg1Alw

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

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PERTH Northam Drug Seizure "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Northam Drug Seizure .

August 09, 2018 at 04:46PM .

The man and woman were refused bail and have appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court. They are next due to appear in the same court on Monday

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.triplem.com.au/news/avon-valley/northam-drug-seizure&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNF5o1acBZR_f9uhq4Bw7-BtGRxEgQ

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

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PERTH Evil mother who pimped out her own young daughter at sick swingers parties cries as she pleads "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Evil mother who pimped out her own young daughter at sick swingers parties cries as she pleads .

August 10, 2018 at 02:24PM .

The stepfather, who appeared in Perth Magistrates Court in April, pleaded guilty to three charges of sexually penetrating a child who was a de facto

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6046085/Perth-mother-sexually-assaulted-child-pleads-guilty.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHP9QRaNuC16wC2Z69E3Sddnr9uIg

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

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13:22

PERTH Man charged over sexual assault "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man charged over sexual assault .

August 10, 2018 at 11:18AM .

The man, who was arrested by Armadale Detectives, will front Perth Magistrates Court on Friday over a string of alleged sexual based offences.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.coastlive.com.au/news/local-news/man-charged-over-sexual-assault/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNG7LLFwF9cPJAtq7fgwoDx7jAew5g

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

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12:18

Turnbull corruption and Murdoch "IndyWatch Feed National"

FILE This is a Thursday, May 4, 2017 file photo of Rupert Murdoch, right, Chairman of Fox News Channel, as he walks with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, left, to their table for dinner aboard the USS Intrepid, a decommissioned aircraft carrier docked in the Hudson River in New York.

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12:00

You Can't Have It All, but You Can Have Most of What Matters "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today, we are featuring a guest article by Karen Treanor, an author living in Tasmania, Australia, and the founder of Quenda Books.

Treanor stumbled upon our article (A Thousand Hidden Subsidies by Johnny Sanphillippo) about $700,000 mansions on semi-rural hilltops in California. She was struck by the dramatic contrast between the situation Johnny describedresidents seeking the best aspects of rural living but also demanding a full complement of urban servicesand her own experience living in rural Tasmania, where very little of the necessary infrastructure for a high standard of living is provided by the government. Rather, residents resourcefulness and initiative fill the gaps.


I'm a former New England Yankee who spent the best part of a decade in southern Africa and then settled in Western Australia with my family for many years before coming to roost in Australias smallest state, the island of Tasmania, which is about the size of Maryland. My husband and I came here in 2014, and rather than downsizing to a sensible suburban house with all the infrastructure most people take for granted, we found a large wooden cottage in the country. It has been a big change, going from a semi-suburban life with all the modern services at our doorstep to a rural existence with very few amenities.

We live on the edge of the d'Entrecasteaux Channel where the sunrises and sunsets are spectacular, and eagles and ospreys patrol the skies. At night you can see millions of stars because there is no light pollutionno street lights, no shops, no offices burning the midnight oil.  Just us and a handful of not very close neighbours. We are just about the same latitude South as our hometown in New England was North, so the quality of light and the weather are quite similarexcept the snow stays in the high country most of the time. The house sits on one corner of a ten-acre environmental block. You might think that sounds very green and responsible, but in practical terms what it means is you cant develop your property much beyond what you've currently got. No holiday chalets or granny flats can be built here, for instance. No commercial chicken farm can be established.

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10:56

Donald Trumps war on American football, continued "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video from the USA about American football says about itself:

Philadelphia Eagles DeVante Bausby discusses decision to demonstrate during national anthem

9 August 2018

Philadelphia Eagles defensive back DeVante Bausby raised his right fist during the national anthem before the teams preseason opener on Aug. 9, 2018. He explains his decision to demonstrate alongside teammate Malcolm Jenkins here. (Video by Daniel Gallen/PennLive)

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

American football players demonstrate again during national anthem

Players from American football competition NFL have demonstrated during the national anthem again already during the first exhibition games of the season. At least two players knelt and three stuck their fists in the air. Players also stayed in the dressing rooms during the national anthem.

The protests during the national anthem are sensitive in the US. In 2016, quarterback (playmaker) Colin Kaepernick of San Francisco 49ers started kneeling during the national anthem as a silent protest against the racial inequality in the country, in his view.

Angry Trump

Kaepernick got more and more acclaim from colleagues after his protest, but also the anger of American president Donald Trump.

Trump campaigned strongly against Kaepernick and other athletes during his election campaign. He reproached kneeling players for a lack of patriotism and advocated sacking the sons of bitches.

As presi...

10:29

Coal Mining in Australia: Prospects for India "IndyWatch Feed National"

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By Taazakhabar News Bureau

Minerals are back-bone of Australias economy. Australia is leading producer and net exporter of minerals. More than 300 mines over Australia produce over 22 varieties of mineral ores. Mining has directly or indirectly touched the lives of people and contributed billions of dollars to Australias wealth. The industry has developed 26 towns, 25 airfields, 2,000 kilometers of railway and 12 ports besides upgrading the facilities in existing ports.

Mining industry has been a catalyst for Australias economic development and is the largest source of private employment. Around 167 000 people are directly employed and almost a similar number some 153 000 are indirectly employed by the industry. The industry also serves as a spring board to leverage a number of immigrants wanting to make a fortune.

It is said to be so important that when it sneezes the Australian economy catches a cold. The industry accounts for 7% of GDP, 20% of investments and 50% of exports of goods and services.

Minerals are Australias largest export. Coal and iron ore are two of Australias largest export earners. The two types of coal mined in Australia include high-quality black coal and the lower-quality brown coal. The Black coal is mined underground in Queensland and New South Wales, and is used for domestic and overseas power generation and industrial boilers. Brown coal found in Victoria and South Australia is of lower quality due a higher ash and water content. Australia holds 8 per cent of the worlds black coal resources and accounts for 6 per cent of world production. In terms of brown coal resources Australia represent 24 per cent of total world resources. Coal is Australias biggest export commodity. Australia accounts for around 34 % of world black coal trade54% of world metallurgical trade and 18% of thermal coal trade. Almost 75% of Australian black coal production is exported. Australia has one of the largest coal reserves (76200 million ton) almost 10% of the world total.

Coal also referred to as Black Gold accounts for 25% of Australias exports. Though Coal is mined in varying quantities in almost every state of Australia, New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland account for 97% of Australias production and almost its entire black coal export. Victoria has the largest reserves of brown coal, used exclusively for power generation. The brown coal deposits in Victoria with low mining costs is one of the worlds che...

10:21

Industrialism and ambivalence on the Queensland coast: Part II "IndyWatch Feed National"

Industrialism and ambivalence on the Queensland coast: Part II

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10:15

World Bank Picks Australias CBA to Deliver Worlds First Blockchain Bond on Ethereum "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), the countrys largest bank, has won a mandate from the World Bank to become the sole arranger of a bond exclusively created and managed on a blockchain. Dubbed bond-I Blockchain Offered New Debt Instrument- with a nod to Australias famous Bondi beach, the pioneering issue will be the Continued

The post World Bank Picks Australias CBA to Deliver Worlds First Blockchain Bond on Ethereum appeared first on CCN

09:52

China: Core Leader Xi Facing Rare Push Back People question Xis autocratic policies, manipulation and violations of the rule of law "IndyWatch Feed National"

Months after s campaign to consolidate power appeared to have reached its pinnacle with the announcement of the successful abolition of presidential term limits and an unprecedented government restructuring plan, there are growing signs of domestic dissent to Xis policies. A recent vaccine scandal, ongoing trade dispute with Washingtonembattled stock market, and international opposition to Beijings recent foreign policy assertiveness have emboldened some in China to voice their discontent.

Xi Jinping, center, during the National Peoples Congress in Beijing in March. Credit Fred Dufour/Agence France-Presse Getty Images

Last week at The New York Times, Chris Buckley reported on a wave of rare domestic reproach facing Xi:

People nationwide, including the entire bureaucratic elite, feel once more lost in uncertainty about the direction of the country and about their own personal security, and the rising anxiety has spread into a degree of panic throughout society, Professor Xu [Zhangran, a Tsinghua law professor] wrote in an essay that appeared on the website of Unirule Institute of Economics, an independent think tank in Beijing that was recently forced out of its office.

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09:16

World Bank Taps Australias CommBank to Issue Its First Blockchain Bond "IndyWatch Feed National"

The World Bank Group has partnered with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia to issue a bond with blockchain. The CBA, one of the four major commercial banks in Australia, stated in the issue on Friday that itd won a mandate from the World Bank to organize the issuance of the bond, which would be created, transferred and managed by means of a blockchain platform. The technology, already developed by CBAs in house blockchain laboratory, intends to get key parties at a bond issuance process like investors and banks to be participating nodes in the distribution of network.

World Banks chief info officer Denis Robitaille commented at the release: This pioneering bond is a milestone in our efforts to find out how we may advise our client nations on the opportunities and risks that disruptive technologies provide as we strive to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals. The ABC, who designed and developed the technology, said its a personal blockchain at the top of the ethereum network and had been examined by Microsoft regarding the systems architecture, safety, and resilience. The announcement follows the news in December 2017 that the CBA is developing a blockchain system for issuing bonds in cooperation with a major world issuer, whose name wasnt disclosed at the time.

Presently, several major financial institutions in the world, like JP Morgan, the Agricultural Bank of China, and BBVA, have already tested blockchain based systems for bond and loan issuance. World Bank picture via Shutterstock. The leader in blockchain information, CoinDesk is a media outlet that tries for the highest journalistic standards and adheres to a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.

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08:00

World Bank Taps Australia's CommBank to Issue Its First Blockchain Bond "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has been chosen by the World Bank Group to help issue a bond over a blockchain.

07:41

Australian prawn farmers claim biosecurity undermined by trade considerations "IndyWatch Feed National"

August 10, 2018: The ABC reports that until recently, Australia had been free of the deadly white spot prawn disease which is harmless to people but has the potential to wipe out both farmed and wild prawns. Quarantine border checks were intended to prevent the disease from being imported in raw prawns.

The ABC reports that, despite an outbreak of the disease in Queensland in 2016 documented by Four Corners, the Federal government had not revealed that two of 101 retail samples taken from Melbourne and Sydney retail outlets in May and June  2018 returned strong positives for white spot disease, while another four returned weak positives. In 2016, seven prawn farms at Logan, near the Gold Coast, had to destroy all their stock.

In contrast, when white spot was confirmed in 2016 in the wild in Moreton Bay, after quarantine regulations were tightened, the Queensland Government imposed a movement restriction order for raw wild caught prawns, crustaceans and marine worms between Caloundra and the New South Wales border.

In December 2017 a report by Australia's inspector-general of biosecurity, Dr Helen Scott-Orr, found a major biosecurity failure likely led to the 2016 outbreak. More than a $100 million of taxpayer money has since been spent on compensation, clean-up, monitoring and increased border security.

Containers of imported prawns are now required to be tested for the virus at the country of origin and again when they reach Australia, but the recent Melbourne and Sydney evidence shows this may not be effective.

The ABC reports that the Queensland Seafood Industry Association believes the differences between the response from the state and federal governments boiled down to international trade.

"Unfortunately our industry has been sacrificed on that altar of trade and it's never been good enough, said the Association spokesperson, Mr Eric Perez.

If we put restrictions on then suddenly, 'Oh well you export to our countries, what if we put restrictions on what you export out' so it is a trade issue," Mr Perez...

06:41

World Bank Mandates Commonwealth Bank of Australia to Issue Bond Using Blockchain Tech "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has received a mandate from the World Bank to create and issue a bond exclusively on a blockchain

06:29

From Embers: New Content from July "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post From Embers: New Content from July appeared first on It's Going Down.

From Embers podcast presents its episodes from July, covering a wide range of topics from an anarchist perspective.

From Embers is a regular anarchist podcast produced in Kingston Ontario. We produce a few episodes a month about actions and projects going on in so-called Canada that inspire us, or about topics that we think will be relevant to anarchists living north of the border.

Last month, weve come out with three original episodes. They are:

No Pride In Genocide

A post-Canada Day reflection on resistance to colonial celebrations.  Interviews with two Indigenous organizers, one about Canada Day here in Kingston, Ontario, and another on Australia Day, also known as Invasion Day, which meets massive protests across Australia each January.

Conversation with an anarchist person of colour in Montreal

I talk to Rosa, a friend and anarchist person of colour living in Montreal, about racism, identity politics, identity-based organizing and projects shes involved with. Thanks to Rosa for the music selections!

Anti-fascism in Quebec

An interview with an anti-fascist based in Montreal. We discuss the history of the Quebec far right dating back to the 1930s, anti-fascist resistance in 1990s Montreal, and the contemporary context, including an important victory against La Meute on July 1, 2018.

You can tune in to From Embers in the Kingston area on CFRC 101.9 FM between 8 and 9 PM on Wednesdays. You can also stream episodes directly at fromembers.libsyn.com or subscribe and download them via any major podcatching app on your smartphone.

If you have feedback for us, or ideas for future episodes, please get in touch! You can email us at fromembers [at] riseup [dot] net

06:09

Australian Government Has Simply Lost Its Mind & Violates International Law "IndyWatch Feed National"

People who think that Trump alone embarked on protectionism, really need to look around the World. Australians have been blocked by Amazon from buying anything from their US site because the government has imposed effectively a tariff of 10% on anything an Australian may purchase under $1,000 from the internet overseas. The Australian government is violating international law demanding that anyone selling anything on the internet must collect a 10% tax from an Australian and pay it to the Australian government.

The Australian government has shifted a tax-collecting burden to the entire world. Amazon has now blocked Australians from buying from their sites outside of Australia. They correctly criticized Australia stating that delivery companies such as Australia Post should be made to collect the tax, not the stores. The Australian government is pretending this is to protect Australian companies. However, this applies to absolutely everything sent to Australia even if there is NO LOCAL competition.

We are looked at a naked greedy tariff. Simply s...

06:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

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04:55

One of the petitions setting out to destroy Sky News "IndyWatch Feed National"

Almost 30,000 signatures on this petition https://www.change.org/p/alan-joyce-qantas-get-sky-news-off-your-screens Qantas, get Sky News off your screens! Sleeping Giants started this petition to Alan Joyce Sky News is played prominently in Qantas lounges and on screens on their fleet of planes. But this channel eroded its dedication to news long ago, with a...

04:30

Hold Adani to account for pollution "IndyWatch Feed National"

Politicians are lying when they say a coal industry can co-exist with the Great Barrier Reef. Photo AAP Image/Supplied by Greenpeace, Dean Miller.

The Australian Marine Conservation Society is calling on the Queensland Government to hold Adani to account, following media revelations the company knew it would pollute the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area during Cyclone Debbie and breach their special licence to pollute by up to 900 per cent.

Dr Lissa Schindler, AMCS Senior Reef Campaigner, said: According to media reports Adani actually suspected that its water on site was more polluted than what was allowed to be released into our Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area during Cyclone Debbie. This demonstrates yet again that Adani cant be trusted with our Reef.

To knowingly allow this water to be released and pollute the area surrounding the Abbot Point coal terminal would be to recklessly risk the health of our threatened dugongs, turtles, snubfin dolphins and the nationally significant Caley Valley Wetlands.

How can Adani challenge its measly $12,000 fine and fight an environmental assessment of Abbot Point when it reportedly knew it would pollute the Reef and breach its licence before the cyclone hit?

This is blatantly unacceptable to everyone who loves the Reef, let alone depends on it for their livelihoods. The Queensland Government must fight for our Reef and hold Adani accountable for this coal pollution.

The post Hold Adani to account for pollution appeared first on Echonetdaily.

04:07

Meet The Man Nicknamed Angel Of The Gap Who Managed To Talk Hundreds Out Of Their Own Suicides "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: http://www.theharvestnews.org/

He didnt plan on making saving lives his life mission. But from the first time that he saw someone sad and lonely, ready to jump over the bridge notorious for suicides, he knew he couldnt sit back and watch. When Don Ritchie chose to live by The Gap, he couldnt have known that his life was going to take on a much bigger purpose.

See how one man bravely attempted to save hundreds of lives, many of which were successful, by literally talking them off the edge and into his home.

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Donald Taylor Ritchie, otherwise known to most as Don, had seen a lot in his 86-years of life. Born on June 9, 1925, Don was an Australian who was proud of his country and people. In 1939, when he was just a lad of 14, he took his place in the Royal Australian Navy as a seaman having lived through World War II.

03:48

Fairfax hatchet job on Ben Roberts Smith VC MG "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ben Roberts Smith VC MG is an executive with Channel 7. This hatchet job is courtesy of the newly minted Nine-Fairfax smear merchants. Here's a wordcount: allege - 24 allegation 23 claim - 13 sources - 8 You can read the entire piece here if you must. Here's an excerpt....

03:46

A new red scare? On the campaign against Chinese influence "IndyWatch Feed National"

What, if anything, does McCarthyism have to do with racism? Consider what happened to the Council on African Affairs, founded in 1937 with a slightly different name, and renamed in 1941. The CAA was a volunteer organisation which published a journal called New Africa. It campaigned against colonialism and apartheid, and publicised the activities of the South African ANC, the party of Nelson Mandela.

03:25

How The Left sees Chairman Mal's $.5BN gift to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Only a once-in-a-lifetime political tool could piss off The Left by gifting $500M in the name of the environment. That unique political tool is Chairman Mal. Absolutely bereft of judgement, tool-man has managed the feat of upsetting everyone over his $500M taxpayer money handover. Here's how The Left sees it.

01:00

Q Anon is Certainly a Phenomenon "IndyWatch Feed National"

(photo from CNET)

By Phil Hingston

Q Anon blasted on the scene on 28th October,2017 announcing that our favourite arch-criminal, Hillary Rodham Clinton would be arrested on Monday, 30th October, 2017 between the hours of 7.45 am and 8.30 am US Eastern Standard Time.

Oct 28 2017 14:33:50 (EST) >>146981635
Hillary Clinton will be arrested between 7:45 AM 8:30 AM EST on Monday the morning on Oct 30, 2017.

Further, it was stated that her passport would be flagged as of 12.01 am the same day to prevent her escape. Now dont get me wrong, but didnt we see the Hilldog on a speaking tour in A...

00:44

What is the national energy guarantee? video explainer "IndyWatch Feed National"

It's crunch time for the Neg, the Turnbull government's flagship energy policy. Guardian Australia's political editor Katharine Murphy looks at whether the plan is likely to succeed, who wins and who loses under it, and will it be worth the procedural pain Commonwealth and state governments deadlocked before Coag energy meeting Continue reading...

00:13

ABx Subsidiarys Aluminum Fluoride Technology To Be Licensed Globally "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Australian Bauxite Limited (ABx) announced to the market yesterday that its wholly-owned subsidiary ALCORE Limited will have the rights to employ ALCORE technology throughout the world.

In a press release issued yesterday, ABx said that the technology, which is used in producing aluminium fluoride (AlF3), will be available to ALCORE for utilization as it builds plants abroad. The process will yield more AlF3 at a lower cost in order to meet an ever-expanding demand, especially in the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries.

Plants utilizing the process have already begun construction, with groundwork laid on such a plant in New South Wales last month. Once commissioned, the plant will produce AlF3 for the production of Corethane, a pure hydrocarbon powder derived from coal that can be used either as thermal power or in high-efficiency batteries.

ABxs CEO Ian Levy greeted the news as a major advancement in the ALCORE project and the technology it utilizes.

Step by step, ABx is bringing ALCOREs powerful new bauxite refining technology closer to becoming an important domestic producer and supplier of key AlF3 products for the Australasian aluminium smelters. However, in the longer-term, these global technology rights allow ALCORE Limited to produce AlF3 in any location globally. Creating ALCORE Limited as a project-specific subsidiary is expected to unlock considerable value for shareholders in both the short and medium terms.

ALCORE Technology also produces several valuable co-products including silica fume for the cement industry and Corethane pure hydrocarbons for energy and fuel security. Upside potential includes production of pure AlF3 for Lithium-ion batteries, iron oxide pigments, titanium oxide pigments. Further potential exists for developing ultra-pure products such as high purity alumina (HPA) for the manufacture of scratch-resistant sapphire glass for phones and computer screens.

Based in Sydney, ABx conducts operations in Tasmania, Queensland, and New South Wales. The fir...

00:07

Alcore gets license to refine "IndyWatch Feed National"

AUSTRALIAN Bauxite-subsidiary Alcore will be free to produce aluminium fluoride anywhere in the world after securing global licence rights for bauxite refining using the Alcore technology.

The technology refines raw bauxite to produce aluminium fluoride and other valuable co-products such as silica fume and corethane.

The global licence will pave the way for Alcore to build multiple plants in any locations to meet growing demand for aluminium fluoride and associated co-products.

A global spike in aluminium smelter production and the use of aluminium fluoride in lithium ion batteries is boosting demand for the product.

Site construction work for the first stage of Alcores pilot project at Berkeley Vale on New South Wales Central Coast began in July.

The first stage is designed toproduce aluminium fluoride test samples and produce corethane, which is pure hydrocarbon powder refined from low-value coals

*A subscription is needed to access the full article at https://www.miningmonthly.com/operational-excellence/news/1344248/alcore-gets-license-to-refine

 

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22:47

11 Surreal Scenes Showing Fires Are Unleashing Hell on Earth in California "IndyWatch Feed National"

california fires(ANTIMEDIA)  Wildfires in California are burning hundreds of thousands of acres as tens of thousands of firefighters, some who have traveled from as far as Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand work to contain the blazes. Even prisoners have been enlisted to fight the fires (at a rate of $1 per hour plus $2 per day). Though much of the []

22:27

Big finance and big media are behind the new rise of fascism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The way big commercial media reports on what is happening has narrowed down considerably in recent times.  This is evident across most developed countries, and in Australia, this is even more true than in most.

Promotion of race-based bigotry is now the masthead. None represent this more clearly than the Murdoch media empire. Take the present sky controversy, involving the Blair Cottrell interview. He is a self-confessed Nazi, propagating white supremacy, anti-Jewish, anti-black and anti-Asian and anyone else he can turn his hateful attention on. Cottrell argues that schools should teach, what he calls the truth about Germany under the Nazis and that Hitlers book Mein Camp should be issued to every student.

It is bad enough that he is provided a platform to broadcast his hate. But when the interviewer is seen to sympathise with what Cottrell has to say, bad is taken to another level. One could not have imagined something like this happening just a few years ago. Millions died, including Australians, populations suffered horrendously, because of what Blair Cottrell represents.

Because of the uproar it caused, Skye management has since apologised, . Not because they are repentant. This can be said with confidence, because the Cottrell Affair is not a one off. It represents a pattern that has become only too clear and is being replicated across the Murdoch stable, in every country in which it operates.

The Tommy Robinson affair is a current case in the United Kingdom. Robinson has been portrayed as a hero of free speech and lifted to celebrity status. What did he do? He went into a court and filmed defendants. This is not the first time, and the judge jailed him for contempt of the court. Although he has got off because of a technicality, it remains that Tommy Robinson promotes the same political views as Cottrell.

Robinson supporter Steve Bannon is an American counterpart. And he was until recently Donald Trumps right-hand man.

All of them fit into a big media driven campaign to promote anti-Islam and anti-immigrant feeling. The three mentioned, and others of as similar kind, serve as a manufactured public face. In this respect at least, there is some connection between Blair Cottrell and Pauline Hanson.

This tells us that the problem is much bigger than a handful of distasteful individuals. More powerful forces are behind them.

As a society, we must also come to terms over why this is happening.

Yes, a factor has been the rise of the Murdoch juggernaut, with its defined political objectives. As much as Rupert and his empire are a problem, it is more than this too. Other big media is also mired in the muck, being either part of it, or failing to challenge the narrative.

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20:43

MACKAY Stunning discovery by police as home-made weapon unearthed "IndyWatch Feed National"

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any time of the day or night and it is time for them to change their behaviour. He is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on September 17.

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17:22

Rep. Chris Collins Indicted on Insider Trading -- First Unsealed Indictment? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rep. Chris Collins Indicted on Insider Trading: First Unsealed Indictment?

August 8, 2018

Source: Golden Age of Gaia | By Steve Beckow



Some are describing this as the first unsealed indictment. Time will tell. Thanks to John.

New York Rep. Christopher Collins indicted on insider trading charges

Andrew OReilly, Fox News, Aug. 8, 2018

New York Republican Rep. Christopher Collins has been indicted on insider trading charges, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

These charges are a reminder that this is a land of laws and that everyone stands [equal] before the bar of justice, Geoffrey Berman, an attorney for the U.S. Southern District of New York, said during a press conference on Wednesday.

The indictment also names the congressmans son, Cameron Collins, and Stephen Zarsky, the father of his sons fiance. The fraud counts relate to securities of an Australian biotechnology company called Innate Immunotherapeutics, where the 68-year-old congressman served on the board.

Christopher Collins, the defendent, violated the duties he owed to Innate by passing material; nonpublic information regarding the Drug Trial results to his son, Cameron Collins, the defendent, so that [his son] could use that information to make timely trades in Innate stock and tip others, the indictment states. Cameron Collins traded on the inside information and passed it to Stephen Zarsky.

Among the charges, the defendants are accused of multiple counts of securities fraud, along with one count of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count each of making false statements.
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15:28

Humans Have Damaged Most of the Seas, Apart From Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed National"

Humans huddle on a small part of the Earths surface, but our activity on the rest will leave our descendants only diminished oceans. Thanks to us, the wilderness of the worlds wide seas has shrunk drastically.

Earth is a waterworld: 70% of it is swept by ocean. And 87% of this waterworld has been to some degree fouled, polluted, poisoned or impoverished by the actions of one almost entirely terrestrial mammal. That is, according to a new survey, only 13% of the high seas can now be considered true wilderness.

Terrestrial life is smeared thinly. It is concentrated almost entirely in an altitude bounded by tree roots and canopy. But all the ocean is habitable, from the tidal shallows to the abyssal plain. It is home to the greatest mountain chain on the planet and to the deepest chasms, and in all it makes up 99% of the living space on Earth.

Researchers who looked at 16 different kinds of watery realm and tested them for 15 different kinds of human impact among them commercial shipping, sediment and fertiliser run-off, and overfishing report in the journal Current Biology that humans had left their mark almost everywhere.

We were astonished by just how little marine wilderness remains, said Kendall Jones, a researcher at the University of Queensland in Australia, and also of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Huge extent

The ocean is immense, covering over 70% of our planet, but weve managed to significantly impact almost all of this vast ecosystem.

The surviving watery wilderness is estimated at an area of 54 million square kilometres. Although this is seemingly an enormous tract think of the land areas of Russia, China, Canada, the US and Australia rolled up together it is still less than a seventh part of the sea surface.

Most of this untouched ocean is concentrated in the Arctic, the Antarctic, and around the more remote Pacific islands. Hardly any marine wilderness survives along the continental coastlines.

The study comes only weeks after a survey of land conservation areas once again, led by researchers from the University of Queensland and the Wildlife Conservation Society found that even those stretches of mountain, savannah, forest and wetland formally recognized by governments as nature reserves or conservation zones were in many cases significantly disturbed or degraded by human intrusion.

The plight of the high seas has b...

13:59

Bermuda fireworms, why they glow "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 18 December 2012 video from the American Museum of Natural History in the USA says about itself:

Glowing in the Ocean

Learn about bioluminescence in this sing-along animation featuring three glow-in-the-dark creatures: the anglerfish, a Bermuda fireworm, and a blue-ringed octopus.

Only the top layer of the ocean gets a lot of sunlight. Many marine animals arent in the dark, however, because they make their own light.

Some animals, like the Bermuda fireworm, use a process called bioluminescence. Chemicals in their bodies mix together to produce cold light, which doesnt give off any heat.

Some bioluminescent animals, like the anglerfish, get their glow from tiny microbes that live inside special light organs in their bodies.

The blue-ringed octopus uses fluorescence, another process that can cause things to glow. When disturbed, blue circular rings flash all over its body. Instead of making their own light, they can absorb and re-emit light from outside their bodies.

From the American Museum of Natural History:

Study illuminates genes behind beautiful glow of Bermuda fireworms

Unique enzyme powers bioluminescent worms mating swarm

August 8, 2018

A new study led by researchers at the American Museum of Natural History looks at the genes behind an incredible, luminous seasonal mating display produced by swarms of bioluminescent marine Bermuda fireworms. The new research, published today in the journal PLOS ONE, confirms that the enzymes responsible for the fireworms glow are unique among bioluminescent animals and entirely unlike those seen in...

12:16

This Organized Pedophilia is NOT a Partisan Issue "IndyWatch Feed National"

There seems to be this push to make this organized Pedophilia about either the Democrats or Republicans. One or the other.

But this is disingenuous and a lie at best, as it is BOTH. What we are fighting is not based on one political party- but the SYSTEM as a whole.

There simply are no more Mr. Smiths in Washington any more.

This world is pretty much evil in my opinion. Not that there isnt good in it- but often you have to look REALLY hard for it. And those who serve this Master will throw up anyone they can to serve and promote their house.

I am not political really as I dont much care for either side. There are two times I refused to vote in my adult life- the first was when Obama ran against Mitt Romney. I disliked them both.

The second was this last time with Trump and Clinton. Basically it was the same situation. In the end I decided I didnt hate my fellow man enough to vote for either of them. And I wasnt alone as the majority of Americans followed the same suit.

In the end I couldnt decide who was the lesser evil and either way it was a vote for evil- as BOTH camps were running as false prophets- claiming to be mankinds savior.

The SYSTEM is the Devils house. It does not, has not, and never will offer redemption. Nor will those who serve that house.

Voting for the lesser evil is STILL a vote for evil in my opinion.

And it is the SYSTEM that is behind this pedophilia, as it offers amazing amounts of money and power- and worst of all- gives the finger to our Father.

And no one who serves the System can fight the System.

Our salvation resides in our Father and serving the Word. And our Father doesnt vote.

So I am neither against Republicans nor Democrats- but rather the SYSTEM BOTH serve.

You can only serve ONE master- and there are only two to choose from.

Ive made my choice.

11:52

Australia Could See First Solar-Powered Bitcoin Mining Farm in Coal Town "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Australian data center operator and its cryptocurrency subsidiary are developing what they describe as the countrys first behind-the-grid data center powered by renewable energy. Situated in the coal-mining town of Collie, some 200km south of Perth, the new facility is being developed by data center operator DC Two and subsidiary D Coin and will Continued

The post Australia Could See First Solar-Powered Bitcoin Mining Farm in Coal Town appeared first on CCN

10:59

Industrialism and ambivalence on the Queensland coast: Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Industrialism and ambivalence on the Queensland coast: Part 1

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09:30

Report: 15,000 Twitter Crypto Scam Giveaway Bots "IndyWatch Feed National"

15,000 Twitter Crypto Scam Giveaway Bots: Duo Security

This week, researchers uncovered empirical data confirming what most in the crypto Twittersphere already know the space if flooded with scam bots: 15,000 of them to be exact, according to Duo Security.

Also read: Queensland, Australia Invests Portion of its $6.1Mil Ignite Ideas Fund in Crypto Startup

Researchers Find 15K Twitter Crypto Scam Giveaway Bots

Dont @ Me: Hunting Twitter Bots at Scale by Duo Securitys Jordan Wright and Olabode Anise is 46 pages of intense fine-tooth combing of data related to the phenomenon of Twitter bots. Social networks allow people to connect with one another, share ideas, and have healthy conversations. Recently, automated Twitter accounts, or bots, have been making headlines for their effectiveness at spreading spam and malware, as well as influencing this online discussion, the authors began.

Over three months on their way to present findings at Black Hat USA 2018, researchers detail how they identified botnets, including a spam-spreading botnet case study, Mr. Wright and Mr. Anise explain, though they specifically looked for automated accounts, not necessarily malicious automated accounts.

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09:27

Its OK To Be Right, But Careful What You Wish For Lauren Southern "IndyWatch Feed National"

The alt-rights never-ending assault on feminism is more than misdirected its one of the great examples of cutting your nose off to spite your face. Dr Petra Bueskens explains.

Serena Joy from Handmaids Tale hit the streets and stages of Australia last month in the form of Lauren Southern, a right wing activist who advocates for traditional values on gender and sexuality among several other alt-right platforms.

Among her achievements at the age of just 23 are several years as a journalist at The Rebel Media (an alt-right media site), a YouTube channel with upwards of 580,000 followers, numerous videos and lectures, activist political theatre (most New Matilda readers would find repugnant) and a moving, if sensationalist, film about the plight of South African farmers. 

Southern arrived in Australia wearing an Its okay to be white t-shirt, designed purely to stir controversy and point out what she identifies as an asymmetrical discourse on race. Her core message on this tour is that multiculturalism doesnt work, with little attention to the fact that colonial settler societies like Australia (like her home country of Canada) were built on immigration. 

She joined fellow alt-right Canadian YouTube star Stefan Molyneux in an Australian speaking tour geared around defending the west against the barbarian hordes which include a polyglot of Islamic invaders, social justice warriors, feminists, those on th......

09:00

Australia's most populous state suffering worst drought in more than 50 years "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia's most populous state is now "100 percent" in drought following the most intense dry spell in more than 50 years. New South Wales officials released figures on Wednesday showing that every part of the state is affected, with almost one-quarter classified as being in "intense drought". Less than 10 millimetres of rainfall has been recorded in the 800,000-square kilometre state over the past month. "There isn't a person in the state that isn't hoping to see some rain for our farmers and regional communities," Niall Blair, minister for primary industries, said in a statement. Dry conditions are expected to continue for the next three months. Farmers are among the hardest hit by the drought, which is the driest and most widespread in the state since 1965.

08:30

PERTH Meth and heroin seized off regional roads "IndyWatch Feed National"

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29-year-old Victorian woman were charged with possessing prohibited drugs and were refused bail when they appeared in Perth Magistrates Court.

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08:30

PERTH Belmont: man arrested after WA Police dog Mako gets involved "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Belmont: man arrested after WA Police dog Mako gets involved .

August 08, 2018 at 08:30AM .

A MAN has been charged with a string of offences after WA Police dog Mako was deployed to apprehend him in Belmont overnight. About 10.20pm

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07:55

China to Airbnb: You cant sleep on the Great Wall "IndyWatch Feed National"

Airbnb has been forced to cancel a contest that would have allowed a lucky user to stay in one of the Great Wall of Chinas guard towers.

Airbnb has been forced to cancel a contest in China that would have allowed a lucky user to stay at a Great Wall Wonder housein other words, one of the Great Wall of Chinas guard towers. Airbnb was forced to withdraw the promotion after state regulators rejected it, Reuters reports. The Yanqing District cultural commission said Airbnbs promotion was not in line with the conservation plans for the wall, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Airbnb says its now working on a range of other experiences and initiatives that showcase China as a destination. The company is also continuing with similar promotions in other countries, including ones that let people stay overnight at Australias Great Barrier Reef, Bostons Fenway Park stadium, and the Paris Catacombs.

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07:47

FixedIt: Brock Turner, rapist. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Reuters reported that a court has rejected Brock Turners appeal against his felony sexual assault conviction. As has happened so many times before, the most important thing they think people should know about Brock Turner is not that he was convicted of raping a woman, but that he had some success as a athlete.

Turners hobby is not relevant to his conviction. If he collected Pokemon cards or  built model trains or photographed birds in his spare time, none of these things would rate a mention at the bottom of an article, let alone be the defining word in the headline. But an athlete? Thats a Big Deal and it shouldnt be.  It does not excuse him, it does not make what he did worse or better.

His actions towards the woman he raped, his refusal to take responsibility for it and his utter dismissal of her experience are what makes his actions during and since the rape so reprehensible. That he used to splash about in a pool has no place in a headline about a court upholding his conviction.

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06:13

Industrial fishing fleets traveling farther to reel in fewer fish "IndyWatch Feed National"

Industrial fishing fleets are traveling ever-farther across the globe in pursuit of a dwindling haul of fish, a new study finds. Researchers with Sea Around Us, a research initiative spearheaded by the University of Western Australia (UWA) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada, produced high-resolution maps of fish catches between 1950 and 2014 in order to examine the geographic expansion of industrial fishing. Their results were detailed in the journal Science Advances last week. According to the study, the average distance industrial fishing fleets travel from their home ports to fishing grounds is twice what it was in the 1950s, expanding the total area of the worlds oceans that are fished from 60 to 90 percent. Despite ranging farther afield and fishing in new waters, however, the fleets of the top 20 fishing countries collectively responsible for 80 percent of the global industrial fishing catch are hauling in far smaller amounts of fish. Today, about 7 metric tons of fish are caught per 1,000 kilometers (about 621 miles) traveled by those 20 countries fleets, less than a third of the more than 25 metric tons they caught per 1,000 kilometers traveled in the 1950s. Noting that global industrial fishing hit peak catch in 1996 and has continually declined in productivity since then, the researchers write in the study that the worlds industrial fishing fleets might be in danger of running aground on a hard barrier to meeting future demand: The trends in the spatial expansion

06:00

France reopens MH370 investigation amid claims of Malaysian cover-up "IndyWatch Feed National"

FRANCE has reopened its investigation into the fate of missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 after Malaysias long-awaited final report failed to provide an explanation for the aircrafts disappearance. French newspaper Le Parisien reports that investigators are keen to verify data from Inmarsat the British operator of a global satellite network which tracked the aircrafts pings to the southern Indian Ocean off Western Australia, where it is believed to have crashed.

05:56

AATIP documents found on US website "IndyWatch Feed National"

Introduction

On the morning of 7 August 2018 my attention was drawn to the existence of a number of documents, and videos about the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP.) The story broke when Twitter user @Jay09784691 posted several tweets about them, thus placing them in the public domain.

The items

Below, I present a summary of the items. I have chosen not to post any of the images in this post, as some provide personal information about certain individuals. I will however use the names of individuals who have self identified themselves as members of the To The Stars Academy. 

An image of a package

There is an image of a white padded bag with www.securityBag.com on it. It has 'To: L. Elizondo handwritten on it in blue and 'Department/Mail Station.' It is 'From: [handwritten name I choose not to type here]'in blue ink,  then 'Date/time' printed on it. Below all of this is handwritten 'Chris Mellon 1600 9/7/17.'

Comment: This is suggestive of an internal DoD security package delivering items from [Unnamed] to Luis Elizondo, which then was delivered to Chris Mellon at 1600hrs on 7 September 2017.


An image of four coloured compact discs

There is an image of four green coloured compact discs. These are labelled 'Disc 1 of 4;' "Disc 2 of 4;' 'Disc 3 of 4;' Disc 4 of 4.' All of the CDs have printed on them 'This medium is Unclassified US Government Property.' By the printed word 'Date' appears the characters 9/5 handwritten.

Comment: If 9/5 is a date, meaning 5 September (2017?) then this fits in with the white package date shown as 7 September 2017.


AATIP brief

There are seven jpeg files, each labelled as aatip-brief-pdf-orig, numbered 1-4, then 6-8. Missing is a jpeg file number page5. When opened, the files appear as a series of briefing slide, labelled 1-4, then 7-9. Slides numbered 5 and 6 are missing. The contents of the slides are as follows:

Slide 1 - 'Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program.'

Slide 2 - 'Purpose'

* Inform the Deputy Secretary of Defense of ongoing activities relating to AATIP

* Request establishment of a Restricted Special-Access-Program with a Bigoted Access list for specific portions of AATIP

* Re-assign billets, resources, and recommended personnel to a dedicated DoD AATIP support office

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05:36

Ancient megashark Victoria's surf coast - fossil find exhib opens today "IndyWatch Feed National"

A jaw-full of mega shark teeth rare evidence that a shark twice the size of a Great White stalked Australia's ancient waters is to be unveiled at Melbourne Museum on today, Thursday 9 August. Usually shark teeth are found singly, but this time they have the whole set for the gigantic Great Jagged Narrow-Toothed Shark.

A prehistoric shark feast, the 9m long Great Jagged Narrow-Tooth Shark becoming a meal for several Sixgill Sharks. Credit: Peter Trusler / Philip Mullaly, the local Ocean Grove resident who found the mega shark teeth with Dr Erich Fitzgerald. Credit: Museums Victoria

Victorian Fossil Find Uncovers Prehistoric Leftovers of Colossal Shark Feast

A visit to his local beach will never be the same again for Philip Mullaly. The keen-eyed fossil enthusiast has found an extraordinary set of shark teeth - evidence that a shark nearly twice the size of a Great White once stalked Australias ancient oceans. The citizen scientist made the find in Jan Juc, a renowned fossil site along Victorias Surf Coast.

I was walking along the beach looking for fossils, turned and saw this shining glint in a boulder and saw a quarter of the tooth exposed. I was immediately excited, it was just perfect and I knew it was an important find that needed to be shared with people, recounts Mr Mullaly.


Up to 7 cm long, the teeth have been identified as being from an extinct species of mega-toothed shark - the Great Jagged Narrow-Toothed Shark (Carcharocles angustidens) - which could grow to more than 9-metres long, almost twice the length of todays Great White Shark.

This shark stalked Victorias ancient sea ap...

05:17

#MyIDMyIDentity: New campaign for transgender equality goes live "IndyWatch Feed National"

A new nationwide campaign My ID, My Identity is calling on states and territories to support trans and gender diverse people to be recognised as who they are. Currently in some states, people can only change the gender on their birth certificate if they are unmarried, if theyve had invasive surgery on their reproductive organs and are over 18. And the gender options of female and male also might not describe their gender identity.

My ID, My Identity is calling on all Australian states and territories to remove the unnecessary and discriminatory barriers that currently prevent trans and gender diverse people from updating their ID. Without updating these laws, trans Australians and their partners will continue to be pushed through a process of forced divorce, stopping Australia from achieving full marriage equality.

For most people, updating their birth certificate is simple. But for trans or gender diverse people, updating a birth certificate so it correctly reflects their gender, can be almost impossible, said Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre.

Being forced to use ID that doesnt match your identity can create daily problems when applying for a job, going to Centrelink or enrolling to study.

Since the passage of marriage equality last year weve been working closely with transgender communities and state governments to update discriminatory birth certificate laws so trans and gender diverse people can live with dignity, said Ms Brown.

Prior to the marriage equality legislation of 2017, trans people were required to be unmarried before they were able to legally change their ID. This pressured many couples into forced divorce so a trans partner could be recognised as their true gender.

All states are now required to update their birth certificate laws by 9 December so that trans people no longer need to be unmarried. While SA and ACT laws were already compliant, the changes to federal law mean states also have an opportunity to update other out-dated birth certificate laws.

Governments across the country should be updating their birth certificate laws to reflect the values of fairness and equality that Australians stood up for in the postal survey last year, said Ms Brenda Appleton, Chair of Transgender Victoria. 

In many states and territories people are still required to undergo invasive surgery before they can change their legal sex. For some people surgery is impossible or simply unwanted. Much more reform is needed to bring birth certificate laws across Australia in line with best practice worldwide," added Ms Appleton.

Kate Toyer, a trans woman, who has been married to her wife for over 21 years was able to change her gender marker after welcome reform in NSW.

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05:14

A Legal Point for Voodoo Doughnuts: Contra Spoliatorum, Omnia Praesumunter "IndyWatch Feed National"

Port Arthur guards, 1866 (atus.edu.au)

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Every now and then we find the smoking gun or the item that will assure a win for our side.  And then it slips away. Fiona Barnetts new article about a doughnut shop, whose real merchandise is children, is a good example.

You recall we had Pizzagate, where it was revealed that US politicians emails had made reference to hot dog,  cheese pizza and other ordinary terms that are known to investigators to be code words for underage sex.  But the Voodoo Doughnut material is graphic and indisputable.

The customers seem to have had the audacity to order online so there must be an extremely incriminating database of their names an...

04:58

Hardship Is Not A Competition: Supporting Our Farmers Doesnt Mean We Cant Support Our Neighbours "IndyWatch Feed National"

With all of NSW now drought declared, and other states fast heading in the same direction, calls for more support for farmers is welcome. But slashing spending to help neighbours weve abused for decades is not the way to get there, writes Hayley McQuire.

I support Australian Farmers. What I dont agree with is the constant argument about Why are we giving so much in foreign aid yet not supporting our farmers?

This is a common theme that arises whenever there are a group of Australians in crisis.

Why are we giving so much in foreign aid while there are so many homeless? Why are we giving so much in foreign aid while our old people are on a horrible pension? Why are we giving so much in foreign aid when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People..

Okay, admittedly, it doesnt seem to appear when First Peoples are in crisis. But for the record, the majority of our Foreign Aid budget is spent with our neighbours in the Asia Pacific.

Lets keep in mind our history with countries in this region.

A large amount of our aid goes to our closest neighbour Papua New Guinea, with $546.3m allocated in the 2017-2018 budget.

The Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea. (IMAGE: Drew Douglas, Flickr)

Every ANZAC Day we celebrate our partnership with Papua New Guinea and how they saved our arse on the Kokoda Track. However, we conveniently forget the fact that PNG was under Australias colonial rule as one of our territorys up until 1972. We conveniently forget how Australia has exploited PNG for their natural resources (heres looking at you Rio Tinto Bougainville Copper Mine).

Australia also gives aid to other Pacific countries like Vanuatu ($69.8m in 2017-2018) and Solomon Islands ($146m in 2017-2018).

So, I guess some are forgetting the time Australia STOLE people from their homes and forced them into indentured labour and built an entire sugar industry off the back of black bodies.

I sho...

04:48

Yanny, Laurel or a thought experiment in empathy "IndyWatch Feed National"

The internet was divided recently when a short audio clip repeating a two-syllable word caused an outpouring of confusion. Do you hear Yanny or Laurel? everyone asked. Within hours it became team Yanny versus team Laurel, both groups lambasting one another over Twitter and Facebook. I hear Laurel. I am a thirty-year-old deaf woman.

03:39

Our DFAT FOI - no record of Bishop's claims about Korean War MIA "representations" "IndyWatch Feed National"

DFAT has responded to our FOI request for: all documents associated with the "numerous representations" made by Minister Bishop to "the North Koreans" on the issue ofAustralian servicemen Missing In Action in North Korea or the DMZ after the Korean War. The shocking truth: The Department holds no documents in...

03:35

Qantas must not take part in the forced removal of people whove sought asylum "IndyWatch Feed National"

Qantas participation in the Australian governments refugee and asylum seeker policies is under increased scrutiny with a group of shareholders considering formal AGM action.  

This follows the release of an expert statement signed by a number of business, human rights and union groups and individuals, which notes that airlines should engage a heightened due diligence process to ensure they do not contribute to human rights abuse by facilitating deportations, removals and transfers. Signatories to the statement include Janet Holmes Court, barrister Jennifer Robinson, Thomas Keneally AO and Professor Gillian Triggs.

Australias current refugee policies allow refugees and asylum seekers to be sent to serious danger, or held in detention indefinitely. This system has been rightly condemned by multiple UN bodies for failing to uphold international human rights standards.

Brynn OBrien, Executive Director, Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR) said: We will be calling on Qantas to commit to ending its involvement in the toxic refugee policies of Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull. Virgin Atlantic has already indicated their cessation of deportation activity in the UK and we are hopeful that Virgin Australia will follow suit.

Shareholder action is under active consideration and we are recruiting Qantas shareholders to join us. Institutional shareholders are interested in and closely following this issue, and we expect a strong vote if it goes to resolution at the Qantas AGM this year.

Business relationships that associate a company with the abuse of refugees and people seeking asylum constitute material legal, reputational and financial risk. The large percentage of Australians who believe that human rights obligations should be complied with is a core customer base which no reputable airline can afford to ignore.

Investor and community sentiment has mobilised before against companies who make it their business to profit from the governments brutal policies. One need look no further than the fate of detention contractor Transfield to see the negative effect that commercial involvement in human rights abuses can have on a companys ability to attract investment, finance and contracts.

We are not talking about business as usual here. We are talking about airlines facilitating, for profit, a system which is out of step with international law and exposes men, women and children to persecution and violence.

For a company like Qantas whose brand is so material to its value, it is extremely risky to take on contracts that expose its brand to association with a system that violates human rights.  

Keren Adams, Director of Legal A...

03:23

A search for Congressional AAWSA/AATIP documents "IndyWatch Feed National"

Background

The 'New York Times' article dated 16 December 2018, which broke the story about the Pentagon's, then secret Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), mentions the support from three former US Senators. These were Senators Harry Reid (now retired); Ted Stevens (deceased 2010), and Daniel K Inouye (deceased 2012.)

So, one of my research projects has been following up the possibility that we may be able to obtain some AAWSA/AATIP documents, outside the FOIA.

Senator Reid's papers

I first focused on the Congressional records of former Senator Harry Reid. I found that his Congressional papers had been sent to the University of Nevada -Reno for preservation there, in the Special Collections and University Archives in the Matheson-IGT Knowledge Center. Over a period of time in July, I communicated with the Harry Reid Archivist, Ian M McGlory. McGlory was very helpful and advised me that '...the Senator's collection is very large - over 1000 boxes of material. Typically, when we receive collections of that size we often have a poor idea of its contents - which happened to be the case with the Senator's papers. While work on processing his paper has been moving forward, we currently wouldn't be able to find something as specific as what you are looking for.'

In addition, McGlory advised me that under the terms of the donation of papers, hard copy documents will not be available for 10 years after the date of the document, and that electronic communications will remain unavailable for 20 years.

So, all in all, an unsuccessful search.

Senator Inouye's papers

I found that the Congressional papers for former Senator Daniel K Inouye are now archived at the University of Hawaii.  As he unfortunately passed away in 2012, the University has had more time to process his papers than the University of Nevada has to process Senator Reid's papers. Thus my hopes were higher that I might find some AAWSA/AATIP papers at the University of Hawaii.

The University's Congressional papers archivist is Rachael Bussert. I communicated with Rachael a few days ago. As with my request re Senator Reid's papers, I described the AAWSAP/AATIP...

02:59

Assange to Testify Before Congress "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: Dinar Chronicles

The US Senate has called on Julian Assange to testify. As Jordan Sather says in his latest video (at 6'): 'Boom! This is huge news...'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySSnEYdnsEM



I agree with Great Awakening Board Anon RickFishbournefromOz (shout out to my Aussie neighbor!)...'The day he (Julian) takes the stand in Congress will be a day we'll remember all our lives...' Exactly.

Check out Jordan's video at 2' 25" - he talks about President Trump's recent tweet '5 for 5'. As Jordan says, we Q followers immediately recognized this tweet as a message for us. Trump/Q has posted 5:5 several times in the past. We translate it to read: 'Message understood loud and clear'. It is military jargon.

One Great Awakening Anon surmised that '5 for 5' could also refer to the five servers. Q has often said regarding the evidence against the cabal contained in those servers: 'We have it all...'

Finally, the main Q website is down. As Jordan says, it could be a direct attack from the cabal - they know how close they are to total destruction. Jordan lists alternative sites for following Q posts (although there are no new posts).

The action is definitely heating up. Julian Assange standing before Congress will be the sweetest sight in the world. I can't wait!

Where We Go One We Go All.

Love and Light
Sierra (NZ)

02:47

Global support for Peruvian Indigenous leader following ISDS case against indigenous land rights "IndyWatch Feed National"

August 9, 2018: The Canadian mining company Bear Creek recently won an ISDS case against Peru and was awarded US$37 million in compensation and costs. The government had refused a mining license because the company had not sought full and informed consent from indigenous people, resulting in mass protests against the mine in 2011. AFTINET has been using this case as an example of how ISDS can undermine indigenous rights.

The protests were led by local indigenous leader Walter Aduviri, who was sentenced to 7 years in jail and a heavy fine. Human rights groups are supporting his appeal against the sentence to the Peruvian Supreme Court.

Following a request from the Peruvian human rights and environmental organization DHUMA, together with international organizations such as The Democracy Centre and Mining Watch Canada, 50 organisations, including AFTINET, have signed a letter asking the Peruvian Supreme Court to overturn the jail sentence and fine.

The letter also makes more general criticisms of ISDS and calls on mining and other international companies to respect indigenous rights.

During the 2011 conflict, communities from the district of Puno took action against the Santa Ana mine, a project owned by Bear Creek, after the company failed to obtain their informed consent to the mine as required by Peruvian and international laws on indigenous land rights. The people demanded the cancellation of the project due to the risks of water contamination including the water of Lake Titicaca which straddles Peru and Bolivia. They also called out the lack of consultation of communities, the illegality of the project as well as the lack of transparency and bad faith in which Bear Creek acted in relation to the communities.

The protest was at first fiercely repressed by the Peruvian State but, ultimately, the mine project was cancelled. However, the Puno District Prosecutor initiated criminal charges against the protest spokespersons, and Walter Aduviri the main spokesperson was charged with crimes for which the penalties were 7 years in prison and fined 2 million Soles (approximately US$600,000, the equivalent of 2,500 minimum wage...

Wednesday, 08 August

22:14

Market Talk- August 8, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

The news mid afternoon that President Trumps trade restrictions could be increased and a retaliatory Chinese tariff increase all coupled with latest China/US trade numbers turned most core indices. Following yesterdays strong Shanghai performance we saw some retracement of Tuesdays gains with the index closing down 1.25%. Although the Hang Seng index was also hit upon the figures release, it did manage to re-climb into the close ending the day higher at +0.4%. Energy, banking and real estate led the bounce, but thats probably the benefit of having a separate currency. The Nikkei ended the day almost unchanged, as it too was hit mid-afternoon which also saw a resurgence in the Yen. Encouraging signs in Australia as commodities found support and so A$ and ASX found renewed buyers. The SENSEX and INR had an extremely dull day even as the index managed a +0.6% return whilst currency played in a quiet tight range.

Europe just seems to be meandering in the middle as trade talks are hurdled from side to side. One of the key headlines making news in Europe is the UKs possible No Deal BREXIT. Sterling is starting to price this event, as today we saw another -0.6% decline taking it to the lowest level in almost a year (1.2855). The decline in cable was good news for the stock market and we saw a +0.7% rally in todays FTSE. Most core and non-core markets closed almost unchanged, but we did start to see a further re-pricing in the bond market, especially as many players are away on vacation.

US were expecting a slightly weaker opening following the lead made by futures, but this was to be only temporary. One of the most impressive performances today was led by the Russell 2k, which reversed early steep losses to end the day just off of its all-time highs. That is what is impressive of both the DOW and the S+P as both are within inches of their own historic records. Still we are seeing record revenue and expectations that are beaten almost daily. Cash looks to have finally decided it can no longer sit on the side-lines and is starting to find its way back in. The USD remains the key as DXY improves yet again. Energy is losing much of the fear factor bid, as crude lost over 3% as demand and supply appear at odds.

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