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Saturday, 18 November

00:49

NNTT Danggan Balun (Five Rivers) People "IndyWatch Feed National"

National Native Title Tribunal File QC2017/007 available here entered on the Register 14/9/2017.

The attachments are as follows :-
Register extract available here
Attachment C - Map of Area available here

The apical ancestors appear in the following extract

"The native title claim group on whose behalf this application is made is the Danggan Balun (Five Rivers) People who are the biological descendants of the following people-

Sarah Warri/Warru Clarke
George Daramlee Drumley
Jack Slab/Slabb Snr (husband of Lizzie Waggil Slabb & father of Charlotte, Frank, John/Jack Jnr, Olive & Victor)
Kitty Blow (wife of Joseph Blow & mother of Frank Blow & Hughie Blow)
Jackey Jackey aka Bilin Bilin aka Bilin aka John 'Johnny' Logan
Kipper Tommy Andrews (father of Lizzie Malay (nee Tommie)
Julia Sandy (wife of Arthur Ford);
Billy Terribah/Didiba Andrews (father of Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Boyd (nee Andrews);
Mary Ann Mitchell (mother of Mary Ann Drumley (nee Sandy), Ida Bell (nee Sandy), Norman Sandy Snr & Lindsay "Billy" Sandy);
Unnamed mother of Matilda 'Mittie' Fogarty (nee Sandy) and Lizzie (mother of William 'Billy' Brown);
Alice Edwards (nee Coolwell) (mother of Jack Jnr, Florence, Minnie, Eva, Eileen, Maud, Catherine, Evelyn & Julia);
Coolum (husband of Nancy Culham (nee Coolwell) & father of Joseph 'Joe', Maude, Lucy & Lena);
Unnamed mother of Nancy Culham (nee Coolwell) (wife of Coolum & mother of Joseph 'Joe', Maude, Lucy & Lena);
Yarry (father of Frederick 'Fred' Yarrie/Yarry);
Joseph Coolwell (husband of Polly Allen/Dalton & father of Alfred, Eva, Edward, Rose, Campbell, Michael & Andrew);
Polly Allen/Dalton (wife of Joseph Coolwell & mother of Eva, Edward, Rose, Campbell, Michael & Andrew);
Elizabeth Wheeler/Tomes;
Jim Edwards Snr (husband of Topsy (of Ipswich) & father of Jimmy Edwards Jnr).
William Williams (Snr.)

 

00:18

Committee members of the VFSRS/VUFORS : 1959 - 1972 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Introduction

Between 1959 and 1972, there were over thirty individuals who served on the committee of the Victorian Flying Saucer Research Society/ Victorian UFO Research Society. In this post I identify these individuals and the committee positions which they held, and provide information about a number of them which will be new to most blog readers. 

Some individuals such as Peter Norris; Paul Norman and Judith Magee, played a major role in the development of the society during these years. Others came and went. Sadly, I am aware of a number of such people as Judith Magee, William (Bill) Stapleton, and Paul Norman who are deceased.

Judith Mary Magee



Committee, Dec 1959 Nov 1962; Vice President  & Programs Officer, May 1964 Dec 1965; Secretary, Dec 1966 Dec 1967; Vice President, Oct 1968 Dec 1972.

Vice President: Mrs Judith Magee has been a member of the V.F.S.R.S. since 1958 and a committee member since 1959. She completed a secretarial course at Brighton Technical School and worked in a Melbourne radio station and bank prior to joining the Womens Royal Australian Naval Service in March 1944. After demobilisation in 1946 she joined Australian National Airways as an air hostess and in 1947 became the only woman finalist in the Sun flying scholarship. Since her marriage in 1948 she has worked as a diathermy operator, mannequin and saleswoman.

Mrs Magee believes that flying saucer research should take a middle-of-the-road attitude and be accurately presented to the public in a factual manner.

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Friday, 17 November

22:44

5 Superhuman abilities of Indigenous people "IndyWatch Feed National"

cleverman superhuman traits abilities indigenous people

Youve probably heard that Indigenous people have some of the oldest living cultures on earth This didnt happen by accident. Superhuman traits have seen them live successfully through ice ages, adapt to tropical, polar, coastal, arid, desert & even alpine regions.

Here are 5 superhuman abilities that many indigenous folk are still blessed with today.

 


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22:32

"At Least My Generation Will Have Our Revenge On The Millennials" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"At Least My Generation Will Have Our Revenge On The Millennials"
by Kurt Schlichter

"With all the awful things happening now the discord, the anger, the stupidity at least those of my generation can rest easy knowing that the Millennials are going to suffer after were gone. Sure, Im going to die a lot sooner than them unless someone invents some sort of expensive life extension potion that I can buy but they cant because they will still be paying off their degrees in Oppression Studies and Virtue Signaling Arts until the year 2083. But at least Ill know that we left them a suitably terrible world, since they are a terrible generation.

Millennials are the spawn we deserve annoying, posturing, and frequently pierced. They are utterly convinced of their own moral superiority, and yet they dont even believe in morals. Well, thats not quite true they just confuse morals with the increasingly bizarre patchwork of taboos and fetishes of the social justice weirdos they use as their moral compasses. When you ask people, Whats the worlds biggest problem, and they answer, The structural paradigm imposed by cisgender Western males, and you reply, How about, I dunno, ISIS? and they answer Well, who are we to judge their culture? its slappin time.

We warned them to stay off our figurative lawns, and now its time to figuratively tackle them like Kentucky libertarians.
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22:30

Sane Progressive on Censorship, Duopoly, False Flags, Truth to Power "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debbie addresses the items in the title and more. Despondency and silence are not the answers. She discusses the actual censorship ongoing and getting rapidly worse, and also shows how we inadvertently feed into "the system." I appreciate many a writer on various sites, but DL seems to cover facts and overal context like no one else.

22:19

The Stanford Prison Experiment Abuse and Power "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Stanford Prison Experiment, 1971. Does this image look familiar? Abu Ghraib? (photo psych205.com)

By Dee McLachlan

I watched the movie a Stanford Prison Experiment this week (trailer below). The movie is based on a real experiment conducted at Stanford University between August 1420, 1971 by a research group led by psychology professor Philip Zimbardo, using college students and paying them $15 a day.

The experiment, which seemed highly unethical, was an attempt to investigate the psychological effects of perceived power, with the interaction between prisoners and prison officers. It was conducted in a small section of a basement of Jordan Hall, the psychology build...

21:13

Episode-2115- Expert Council Q&A for 11-17-17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tweet Today its Friday so its time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Expert in the subject line. Today the expert council answers questions on permaculture, SEO, boosting energy, cryptocurrency, diet, tree propagation, nut harvesting, vehicles, cooking, the pharmaceutical industry and more. In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air. I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but cant always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between. To get more information on our Expert Council visit our Meet the Expert Council Page to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise. Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss The path to being an agent of change in permaculture Geoff Lawton The skinny on top level domains and SEO Nicole Sauce Boosting energy levels Doc Bones Will ethereum be able to scale to meet future demands Brandon Todd Is fermented dairy better than standard dairy products Garry Collins Starting butternut and walnuts from seed Nick Ferguson Processing black walnuts Ben Falk Why some vehicles have two batteries Steven Harris Cooking leg of pork Keith Snow Why millions of Americans now have high blood pressure Jack Resources for todays show Join the Members Brigade Join Our Forum The Year 71 Walking To Freedom TSP Gear PermaEthos.com TspAz.com support TSP when you shop on Online Grandaddys Gun Club Bullhead Fishing Information Dot Com, Dot Net and Negative Greed The Nut Wizard Paint Mixer I Use for Projects Master Cracker Order Form Master Cracker on Amazon New blood pressure range means half of Americans have hypertension Why your blood pressure readings may be higher than your actual blood pressure Why millions are misdiagnosed with high blood pressure, they dont like doctors! If I Could Be Anywhere Jackson Brown Websites of the Expert Council Members MT Knives GrassFedHomestead.com CryptoSkim.com Humble Mechanic Living Free in Tennessee Harvest Eating Old Grouch Military Surplus Steven1234.com Permaculture Classroom A Bee Friendly Company Investable Wealth NW Edible Permies.com Primal Power GeoffLawton.com DarbySimpson.com Whole Systems Design Doom and Bloom HaloBySue.com Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one mans opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air. Join the MSB Today Want Every Episode of TSP Ev....

20:42

Scientists Have Sent A Message Into Space, And Hope to Get An Answer Back Within 25 Years "IndyWatch Feed National"

This project is known as Sonar Calling GJ273b and was led by the Sonar organization. With the help of METI, as well as the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia, their goal was to get a message to a planet far away.

This group of scientists sent out batches of transmissions on October 16th, 17th, and 18th of this year using the EISCAT (European Incoherent SCATter Scientific Association) antenna in Norway. That being said, those transmissions were not announced until recently. These messages were sent to the exoplanet GJ 273b which for those who do not know is a super-Earth almost three times the size of our planet. This one orbits in the star known as Luytens Stars habitable zone.

These are the first ever messages sent by METI but come on the anniversary of the famous Arecibo Messages that were sent out 43 years ago. If there is Alien life out there, we could expect to get a reply in roughly 25 years. This star was selected specifically because it is visible from the northern hemisphere and is known for having a potentially habitable exoplanet in orbit.

President of METI Douglas Vakoch actually told IFLScience the following:

This project tests the Zoo Hypothesis, which says that perhaps extraterrestrial civilizations are much closer than wed imagined, perhaps even around the nearest stars, but theyre watching us like we watch animals in the zoo.

The messages sent included 33 musical pieces as well as mathematical and scientific tutorials created by METI that is supposed to help show our intelligence. The plan is to send out another message in April of 2018 with more information about our scientific understanding and at the end include a clock time that tells any life listening in when we would be expecting to hear back from them.

According to Newsweek when deciding what to say in the message or better yet what language to say it in the following conclusion was met:

Extraterrestrials wont speak English or Spanish or Swahili. So we need to look for a truly universal language. Our message is written in the language of math and science. Over the centuries, scientists and mathematicians have repeatedly taken a vote on the most essential concepts needed to explain the nature of the universe. Those are the ideas that are at the core of our message.

These group...

19:40

Carbon dioxide and climate change "IndyWatch Feed National"

Strap yourself down - a puzzle you never knew existed has finally been solved! Nov 16, 2017: Scientists Solve 22 Million-Year-Old Climate Puzzle -"Paleoclimate Events Can Predict Earth's Future" Solved yesterday, settled today! That's a rapid fire consensus... (they actually use the word "settled" in the title of the paper) Study Settles prehistoric puzzle, confirms modern link of carbon dioxide and global warming Finally poor Miocene researchers can sigh with relief as the first study in years shows what they *knew* was the right answer and now they can issue press releases, rest their weary minds, and stop trying to think of excuses as to why their results didn't fit with The Climate Model Testaments. Who knew there were large discrepancies and carbon dioxide did not fit the temperature theory for a million years or so? Not the public. Where were the press releases? Research Shows A High Temperature World Had Nothing To Do With CO2 Study shows temperatures fell dramatically, CO2 stayed the same Study shows models have no freaking clue what controls the climate Exactly, never.

19:18

LVMPDs explosive breach of adjoining door in Paddocks room proves involvement of more than one gunman "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who locked the adjoining door to room 134? More importantly, who rented the room?

LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB)  Anyone who has been closely following the Las Vegas shooting investigation knows that Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, for whatever reason, has not been fully forthcoming about all of the events which took place on the night of October 1.

One glaring detail that throws a wrench in the entire Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Departments official story in which authorities claim Stephen Paddock acted alone is the fact that the door which adjoins rooms 135 (Paddocks suite) and 134 (a queen suite next to Paddocks) was locked and had to be breached by SWAT after Paddocks suite was secure.

If the adjoining door was locked and Paddock was already dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, then who locked the adjoining door to room 134 where the second window was broken out?

If SWAT had to breach the door it had to be locked from the opposite side. If thats the case, then who rented room 134? Did they exit into the hallway Campos was in?

More importantly, who put the cart in front of the door which leads from into room 134 from the hallway and who ran the wires from the camera on the cart into room 134 under the door?

Keep in mind, as of yet, we do not know exactly who rented room 134. Although an Austrailian man by the name of Brian Hodge reportedly told The Courier-Mail that he was staying in room 32134 he may have been mistaken because receipts obtained by journalists after the fact reveal that Hodge was staying in room 32143, and not room 32134.

Was someone firing from room 32134?

As you may already know, on Nov. 1 Intellihub was the first to publish the precise video timestamp and a screenshot of what appeared to be a single muzzle flash emitting from the room adjacent to Stephen Paddocks 32nd-floor Mandalay Bay suite but now an independent ballistic analysis confirms the flash was, in fact, actual gunfire.

In the video, a flash can clearly be seen (at the 6:52-second mark) coming from room 32-134.

You can best view the flash by enlarging the video to full screen.

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19:00

For The Fifth Time, Colliding Black Holes Have Been Reported "IndyWatch Feed National"

blackholescollide

Spacetime ripples from black holes colliding have been detected once again. For a fifth time, scientists have reported the detection of two colliding black holes via their gravitational waves, tiny vibrations that warp the fabric of spacetime.

Unlike previous gravitational wave detections, which were heralded with news conferences often featuring panels of scientists squinting at journalists under bright lights, this was a low-key announcement. According to Science News, the event, caught on June 8, 2017, by the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, LIGO, was unceremoniously unveiled in a paper published online on November 15 at arXiv.org.

With masses 7 and 12 times that of the sun, the pair of black holes was the lightest LIGO has spotted so far. Scientists are now aiming to collect data from many black hole crashes. That data can be analyzed to answer questions about the population as a whole, such as how two black holes get paired up in the first place.

A computer simulation (above) shows the collision of two black holes, a tremendously powerful event. This simulation shows how the merger would appear to our eyes if we could somehow travel in a spaceship for a closer look. It was created by solving equations from Albert Einsteins general theory of relativity using the LIGO data.

The lack of fanfare over this detection signals a shift, said Science News. It almost seems as though its expected news, which could be great for astronomy overall.

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18:41

Pennsylvania Cops Terrorize Elderly Couple After Confusing Hibiscus Plants for Marijuana "IndyWatch Feed National"

Armed with assault rifles, Pennsylvania cops forced a 66-year-old woman out of her home, handcuffing her in her underwear while ransacking her home, looking for marijuana.

They ended up finding only hibiscus plants.

Buffalo Township police also handcuffed her 69-year-old husband at  gunpoint after he arrived home and finding a dozen cops rummaging through their home, looking for the non-existing marijuana plants.

Edward and Audrey Cramer tried to explain to the cops that they were only hibiscus plants, but Buffalo Township Police Sergeant Scott Hess refused to believe them, informing them he had expertise in identifying marijuana plants.

Buffalo Township police officer Jeffrey Sneddon also claimed to have expertise in identifying marijuana when he obtained the search warrant last month, according to the Tribune-Review.

Now the couple is suing the police department along with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., whose representative took photos of the hibiscus plants and sent them to police, informing them that they were marijuana plants.

It all started on October 5 when insurance agent Jonathan Yeamans entered the Cramer property to investigate a claim that a neighbors tree fell on their property in September.

While investigating the claim, Yeamans spotted the hibiscus plants and surreptitiously photographed them, sending the photos to police, claiming the Cramers were involved in an illegal marijuana growing operation.

Two days later, a dozen cops arrived at the home, banging on the door, pointing their assault rifles at Audrey Cramer who answered the door wearing only underwear, a bra and a t-shirt.

The cops claimed they had a search warrant, but refused to show it to her. They also refused to allow her to put on shoes or pants.

According to the Tribune-Review:

The suit claims Cramer asked if she could put on a pair of pants next to her, and was told in no uncertain terms that she could not.

 

She was placed under arrest and read her rights.

 

The complaint alleges that she was walked outside and made to stand handcuffed, in her underwear and without shoes for 10 minutes.

 

The suit claims that Hess refused her request to get sandals. Police walked her down the gravel driveway, barefoot, to a police car.

 

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17:58

The Chillie Group, Neutral Bay, Sydney How The Chillie Group treat their staff and clients with usury, deception and contempt "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Paul Kelly Design designed interior installed by The Chillie Group wall fabric designed by the iconic Australian designer Florence Broadhurst long deceased since the 70s, but whose art and designs live on in her wallpaper and fabric designs.

Im a builder project manager with 45 years construction experience. Ive did a three month stint recently for The Chillie Group based in Neutral Bay, Sydney, Australia.

Firstly, let me clarify, The Chillie Group comprises two men Graham Wem and Paul Milton. There is one part-time mother, Bec, who helps out with administrative duties. I was the only experienced full-time project manager and builder working there and since I left there is no full-time support staff.

Graham Wem is an interior designer by background a failed architect and Paul Milton is a trade carpenter. Despite their lack of building qualifications and management experience, these two Sydney men have combined to do well, on a very limited scale, in the Sydney pub and club industry.

Being a two-man band with two full-time carpenters, they have very limited reach, low level management and personnel skills and experience, and should only be trusted with small projects to say $1.5 to $2 million contract value. Th...

17:38

So much for "new kind of politics": Theresa May's husband linked to Paradise Papers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Theresa May's husband has been linked to the Paradise Papers after his company was accused of arranging investments in tax havens. Thousands of documents have exposed how Britain's mega rich invest their money abroad to legally avoid paying hefty tax bills. Although not illegal, they are depriving the Treasury of juicy tax revenues at a time when many Britons are having their welfare payments slashed, and the National Health Service (NHS) faces a yawning budget black hole. Philip May, the PM's husband, is a relationships manager for investment-management firm Capital Group. His is the latest big name to be associated with the papers. According to the documents, Capital Group allegedly used offshore-registered funds to make investments in a Bermuda-registered company. Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party wants to 'flush Phil' to answer some questions.

17:37

Family Wants Answers From California Highway Patrol After Man Hit With Taser Dies "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kristina Compher worries that her three children are not the same people they were a year ago, before their father Christopher Murphy died after an auto accident and subsequent encounter

The post Family Wants Answers From California Highway Patrol After Man Hit With Taser Dies appeared first on Filming Cops.

17:20

Man dies after being attacked by a swarm of bees in Victoria, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A man has died after being stung by a swarm of bees on a farm in country Victoria. The 30-year-old man came under attack about 10am while working on a property on MacArthur Street, at Dunkeld, in western Victoria. It is understood the man was working at the property as a gardener. Worksafe officers attended the scene and a report is being prepared for the coroner.

17:04

China's space odyssey: Beijing reveals ambitious goals for its space exploration program "IndyWatch Feed National"

China has revealed its long-term roadmap for the country's space exploration program, including some extraordinarily ambitious goals set between now and 2045. Some magnificent milestones appear on that trajectory. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), China's answer to SpaceX, hopes to have fully developed its expendable, low-cost, 'Long March' rocket series by the end of the decade. It released the details in a statement on state news channels Thursday. Long March 5 and 7 are almost fully operational, but CASC hopes to have its #8 rockets carrying out full-scale commercial missions by 2020. The 8 will be the company's springboard towards competing in the commercial space sector, by providing launch services to trade partners.

16:54

Disregard for human life: Video released of staff laughing at WWII veteran as he dies, screams in pain "IndyWatch Feed National"

A World War II veteran confined to a nursing home died while his calls for help went unanswered- and the whole thing was caught on hidden camera. The incident took place at a Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation in 2014 , but the footage has only recently been made public by the family as part of a lawsuit. 89-year-old James Dempsey -who served his country during World War II- called for help six times, saying he couldn't breathe. When he finally became unresponsive, former nursing supervisor Wanda Nuckles approached the scene after being notified by another nurse.

16:35

European Royals Killing Naked Children for Fun at Human Hunting Parties? "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Child Abuse Recovery) : European royals killing naked children for fun at human hunting parties : 

This is one in a series of articles taken from eyewitness testimony before the International Common Law Court of Justice in Brussels.

Five international judges are examining evidence of child rape, torture, murder and kidnapping allegedly done by global elite members of the Ninth Circle Satanic Child Sacrifice Cult network.

Regular Ninth Circle child sacrifices were said to take place in the catacombs of Catholic Cathedrals, the Vatican, on private estates and groves and government military bases in Belgium, Holland, Spain, Australia, Ireland, France, England and the US.

At least 34 child mass grave sites were identified in Ireland, Spain and Canada and refused excavation by the respective governments, Crown of England and Catholic Church. Named as present in Ninth Circle activities were Pope Francis, former Pope Ratzinger;Anglican, United Church of Canada and Catholic Church officials including Cardinals; members of European royalty including Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip; officials of the Canadian, Australian, UK and US military and governments including the USAs CIA, plus prominent government ministers, judges, politicians and businessmen from the US, Belgium, Holland, Canada, Australia, France, Ireland and the UK.

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15:29

No Support for Climate Change Victims as Fiji Sides With Historical Polluters "IndyWatch Feed National"

By not giving decisive actions that prioritised vulnerable people a permanent place on the agenda, along with the expertise and the means to do so, the Fijian Presidency has failed in its mandate.

An installation of a life-sized polar bear in copper impaled six metres above ground on an oil pipeline shaped like a carbon dioxide graph, by Danish artist Jens Galschiot. Credit: Aruna Chandrasekhar

An installation of a life-sized polar bear in copper impaled six metres above ground on an oil pipeline shaped like a carbon dioxide graph, by Danish artist Jens Galschiot. Credit: Aruna Chandrasekhar

Aruna Chandrasekhar is a researcher and photojournalist working on issues of development, land alienation, indigenous rights and corporate accountability in India for the last six years. She tweets at @aruna_sekhar.

Bonn: In a huge blow, the Conference of Parties (COP) at the UN climate talks adopted a decision with no concrete support for victims on the frontlines of climate change in developing countries, after strong lobbying by developed countries.

The decision was adopted after the US, Australia, Canada and the European Union (EU) aggressively blocked financial support for impacts that the developing world cant yet cope with or adapt to. As of now, the extremely weak text only offers encouragement for countries to mobilise public funds to deal with the most catastrophic disasters of our times. In its adoption, the COP presidency has yielded to the pressures of negotiators from...

13:50

"I'd like to hear an example of a country where Corbyn and McDonnell's ideas have worked" "IndyWatch Feed National"


The bald man in the BBC Question Time audience demanded answers from the Labour shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, but he wasn't remotely interested in what she had to say, because he'd already diligently rote learned his political opinions from the right-wing media.

When he said "I'd like to hear an example of a country where Corbyn and McDonnell's ideas have worked" you might have imagined that he was interested in listening to the answer, but when Thornberry replied "most of central Europe" and when pressed to name specific countries she said "Germany" and "Sweden" he sneered derisively as if she was the delusional one.

Thornberry's response elicited cackling and sneering from the Tory tribailists in the BBC audience, but that just goes to show how these people have been led like sheep into believing that Jeremy Corbyn is some kind of terrifying left-wing extremist, rather than a centre-left democratic socialist who is proposing economic policies that are perfectly normal across Europe and the rest of the developed world.

Of course there is no country on Earth where a government has come to power and enacted absolutely everything in the Labour Party manifesto, but significant elements of Labour's economic policies are absolutely commonplace across the developed world.

One of Jeremy Corbyn's most prominent headline policies is the abolition of  tuition fees (which should more accurately be described as Aspiration Taxes) and making university education free. University education is free (or very low cost) across most of Europe, including Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and let's not forget Scotland either. If Ger...

13:32

Are Red States Tax Takers And Blue States Tax Makers? "IndyWatch Feed National"

With every debate on taxing and spending in Washington comes inevitable references to which states send more in taxes to the federal treasury than they receive in benefits for their citizens. The figures thrown around are sourced differently and vary widely, but the point of it all is for Democrats to point at poor, Republican states and call them hypocrites for doing exactly what Democrats say they should: taking money from richer places.

But how much of it is true? An op-ed in The New York Times this week accuses Republicans of favoring red states over blues ones in their plans, while repeating the old lie that small states equal representation in the Senate favors Republicans (the ten smallest states are currently represented there by nine Republicans, nine Democrats, and two independents who caucus with the Democrats; the ten largest states are represented by nine Republicans and eleven Democrats).

What kind of spending are they talking about? And what is behind these claims, which pit one part of the population against the other?

Who Pays More Taxes?

Lets start with the taxes paid. In fiscal year 2016, the Internal Revenue Service collected a record $3.3 trillion in taxes nationwide. That money came from a total population of 312,471,695, according to the most recent census (for this article, the figures will only include the 50 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico). That gives us a national average of $10,622 in taxes for each American.

Even that figure is a little misleading, because the taxes collected include estate taxes, unemployment taxes, business taxes, and excises, which cannot be accurately attributed to one person. If we want to talk about individual income taxes only, the figure is a slightly lower $9,216 per person.

So do blue states pay more than red ones? Again, defining terms is important in answering the question. For this article, well call states that voted for the Democratic candidate for president in 2008, 2012, and 2016 blue states. Those that voted Republican all three years are red, and those that shifted in different elections are purple.

The result: Democrats are correct on this fact. The blue states did pay more per capita in federal taxes than the red did. The $12,648 per capita taxation there is 118 percent of the national average. The purple states fell in between the two, slightly below the national average.

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13:31

Reports Of Small-Town Americas Death Are Greatly Exaggerated "IndyWatch Feed National"

In a recent article for Politico Magazine, Michael Kruse takes readers on a ghastly tour of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, past the neighborhoods marked X for demolition, to the house where a baby starved to death, and onward into the living room of a woman whose son overdosed last year. The place emerges as a gray hellscape soaked in fentanyl and the fumes of closed mines, where hollow-eyed retirees shuffle past shuttered diners in a trance of bitter grief.

The retort from Johnstowns city leaders is crisp, devastating, and will sadly never have the readership of Kruses original narrative. Simply put, they write, Johnstown was just the convenient backdrop Politico needed to validate its storyline.

Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Or Silent Hill?

Kruses article is bad journalism, factually and spiritually, but it is simply the latest and sloppiest entry in a growing genre: the new American Gothic. The scene is buzzing with activity. Mark Zuckerberg has just returned from Trumps America and he cannot hide his tears. J.D. Vance is serenading the lecture circuit with his hillbilly elegy.

Charles Murray and Robert Putnam have delivered door-stoppers on the unravelling American fabric, and The Economist recently revisited its cheery 2012 meditation, The sadness of Scranton, with an essay on globalizations losers that begins, Even before the disaster, Scranton had been having a poor century.

Separately, these are all outstanding analyses by serious people, and there are many other fine writings in this vein. But taken in their totality, one could be forgiven for thinking that (1) most of America is hurtling towards sodden annihilation, with northeast Pennsylvania at the helm, or (2) that writing an unsparing (read: brutal) profile of an American town or city is a rite of passage for participation in the public sphere. At the very least, one would conclude that the news-reading public has an insatiable appetite for images of wet mobile homes and disused barns.

These Reports Are Greatly Exaggerated

Singular as these times we live in may be, it is worth pausing to ask why these gloomy narratives are having such a moment in the sun. A thirst t...

13:31

The Philippines President Spurns The U.S. To Flirt With China "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Trump administration needs to start asking an important question: What should it do with the Philippines? One of Americas oldest Asia-Pacific allies, as well as its former colony, the Philippines seems to be daily drifting toward China. This was abundantly clear this week as the ASEAN and APEC summits came to a close and President Trump headed home after his 12-day trip to Asia.

On Tuesday, the day Trump left town, the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, raved about Chinas willingness to begin talks on establishing a code of conduct for the South China Sea, going so far as to call the Chinese gracious.

Gracious, indeed. China has already run roughshod over the half-dozen countries that have claims in the strategically significant waters of the South China Sea, where China has laid claim to an expanded maritime border along its notorious nine-dash line. In recent years, Beijing has been constructing man-made islands in the South China Sea and expanding islands that already exist, equipping them with strategic military bases that include radar sites, aircraft hangers, and runways. Not only would these islands allow China to control some of the worlds busiest international shipping lanes, it would also give Beijing a huge strategic advantage should the United States and China ever go to war.

Beijings South China Sea shenanigans are all part and parcel of Chinas goal of becoming a regional military powerhouse, ruling over a Chinese sphere of influence that stretches from Japan to Australia. Duterte, in paying homage to the new king in town, is hoping he can somehow appease his way into relative peace with Beijing.

Making Overtures to China

The Philippine leader has made it clear since first running for president that, if elected, he wouldnt challenge China like his predecessor did, despite a 2016 United Nations tribunal ruling in the Philippines favor in a dispute with Beijing over the South China Sea. Now, this code of conduct agreement has emerged as a way for Duterte to get a little piece of the pie while letting China take pretty much everything it wantsthat is, if China even agrees to any such code, which is unlikely.

Trump offered his deal-making skills to help resolve the simmering conflict over the South China Sea, but it seems dubious whether China and the Philippines will take him up on that offer. America is being squeez...

13:30

Why Amazon Is Buying Up All Those Cryptocurrency URLs "IndyWatch Feed National"

People really want Amazon to get into cryptocurrency. Amazon-watchers have shivered with anticipation as the company bought web domains like amazonbitcoin.com, even though the site has never done more than redirect to Amazons main page. But a new wave of purchases has observers keyed up all over again. This time the acquired URLs are amazonethereum.com, amazoncryptocurrency.com, and amazoncryptocurrencies.com. Whats going on?

The easy answer is brand protection. Anyone whos worked on a political campaign knows the virtue of over-hoarding web addresses that could be used in any conceivable way to tarnish, mock, or otherwise weaken the candidate and his or her public image. Amazon can certainly afford to collect as many potentially brand-diluting or revenue-reducing domains as seems reasonable. With cryptocurrency now penetrating the consciousness of ordinary people, now is a decent time as any to scoop up a few more destinations would-be customers might go.

The sexier answer is Amazon wants to be ready to jump with a moments notice into accepting Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin, you name it. Now that cryptocurrencies have made a pretty good claim to durabilityeven if their prices might fluctuate speculativelythe next big economic question is which institutions are going to muscle in first, if any.

Cryptocurrency Isnt a Good Platform for Commerce

Wall Street is too divided on the wisdom of crypto. Sovereign wealth hasnt shown enough interest. As far as we can tell, the financial powers that be are not going to transform the status and usefulness of Bitcoin and company anytime soon.

That leaves the playing field open for significant private entrants. Here you have your ideological benefactors, heavyweight speculators, bitcoin miners, and your international renegades, building up sudden, significant wealth they want to keep relatively free from global or national regulatory systems.

But there are limits to what cryptocurrency can do for the people poised to wield the most outsized control over it. Bitcoin, for instance, is a kludgy way to pay for most goods and services. Its much better and more conveniently used as a place to park wealth (assuming those exchange rates stay high). Its also a stupid way to try to participate in off the grid commerce. Thanks to the blockchain, you do not want to try paying for that suitcase full of heroin you bought on the dark web using Bitcoin.

So even though cryptocurrency is destined to remain an above-board commercial platform, its not a very good platform for commerce as currently structured. That means its not terribly attractive to a heavyweight company like Amazon that could freely wade into the status quo crypto space. So, again, whats going on?

Or Maybe Theyre Serious

Cryptocurre...

13:12

Apple wont launch its HomePod speaker this year after all "IndyWatch Feed National"

Back in June, Apple took the unusual step of announcing its HomePod connected speaker six months in advance. Now, Apple says it needs more time, and it will delay its answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home into early 2018. When it launches, the HomePod will cost $349, with a focus on streaming high-quality

Back in June, Apple took the unusual step of announcing its HomePod connected speaker six months in advance. Now, Apple says it needs more time, and it will delay its answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home into early 2018.

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12:20

Gulf oil minister: Saudi Arabia's Aramco will go public in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saudi Aramco's plan to take a portion of its business public next year will go ahead as scheduled in 2018, Oman's oil minister told CNBC Monday. At an energy industry conference in Abu Dhabi, Oman's Mohammed bin Hamad al-Rumhi was pressed for a definitive answer regarding his expectations over Saudi Aramco's potential IPO next year. He replied: "If CNBC says yes, then I say yes." The initial public offering (IPO) for the world's largest energy company is expected to take place in the second half of 2018. However, recent reports have suggested Saudi Aramco could move to delay its IPO into 2019 or even shelve the exercise altogether in favor of selling private shares to sovereign wealth funds.

12:02

Consciousness Began When the Gods Stopped Speaking "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this piece for Nautilus, Veronique Greenwood discusses the legacy of Julian Jaynes, a psychologist best known for theorizing that consciousness was a cultural development resulting from the existence of language.

Its a remarkable thesis that doesnt fit well with contemporary thought about how consciousness works. The idea that the ancient Greeks were not self-aware raises quite a few eyebrows. By giving consciousness a cultural origin, says Christof Koch, chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, Jaynes disavows consciousness as a biological phenomenon.'

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11:00

Explainer: Questions the Modi Government Needs to Answer on the Rafale Fighter Jet Purchase "IndyWatch Feed National"

Breaking down the details of the defence contract and key political debates around it.

A Dassault Aviation logo is pictured on the company booth during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) at Cointrin airport in Geneva, Switzerland, May 24, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Denis Balibouse/Files

A Dassault Aviation logo is pictured on the company booth during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) at Cointrin airport in Geneva, Switzerland, May 24, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Denis Balibouse/Files

New Delhi: Listen, all of you keep asking me so many questions and I happily answer them. I want to ask why dont you question the prime minister over the Rafale deal. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi...

10:05

Julie Bishop is a dangerous, lying, neglectful crook who has put Australia at risk through her knowing support for Islamists "IndyWatch Feed National"

I've just been sent this clip from 7 news. You think I'm a bit angry? It's apparently now "news" that Australian aid went to terrorists. 18 months ago I wrote both personally to BISHOP and to her department. Home Archives Profile Subscribe Search Request for comment from DFAT on new...

10:04

PERTH Balga murder: Third man charged over Dejan Dimitrovski death "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Balga murder: Third man charged over Dejan Dimitrovski death .

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A 30-year-old man from Carlisle has been charged with murder and will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday. Earlier this year, Amirali

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10:01

Armidale, Australia : Shopping Center Intervention in Solidarity with Refugees on Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed National"

November 13th: People in So-Called Armidale, NSW, staged interventions in the towns commercial hubs during peak afternoon shopping hours, using a megaphone to project statements and extracts of articles from Iranian refugee, Behrouz Boochani, who has been detained on Manus Island since 2014.

While hundreds of men are facing starvation, thirst and threats of violence on Manus Island, the interventions disrupted the everyday monotony and insulation of our daily routines. These actions aimed to amplify the voices of refugees that are silenced, distorted and disregarded in our society.

In solidarity with refugees in their fight for total freedom.

In German

09:58

Israel May Demand Iran Leave Southern Syria, but Russia Sets the Rules of the Game "IndyWatch Feed National"

For Moscow, the presence of Iranian troops is legitimate Assad himself invited them

Amos Harel Nov 17, 2017 8:13 AM
Haaretz

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Russian President Vladimir Putin greets his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad upon his arrival at the Kremlin in Moscow, October 21, 2015. AFP

A single brief statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday cleared up the strategic picture in southern Syria and the entire region. Three days after the signing of the agreement between Russia, the United States and Jordan about the cease-fire arrangements there, Lavrov disavowed the section of the accord that says foreign forces will be kept out of Syrian territory. Irans presence in Syria is legitimate, he said, and therefore Russia did not promise to compel the Iranians to withdraw their forces from the country.

This claim by Moscow, which also applies to the Russian forces there, rests on Iran and Russia having been invited into Syria by the Assad regime. This invitation by the Syrian sovereign ostensibly bestows legitimacy on the presence of these countries military forces in Syria, even with Russia conveniently ignoring the ongoing atrocities the Assad regime has been committing against its own citizens for the past six and a half years.

The only thing the Russians agreed to was a stipulation that the Iranians and the Shiite militias that answer to them would be kept five kilometers from the lines of contact with the rebels. For Israel, this means that the Iranians will be on the Golan Heights, just five to 10 kilometers from the border, depending on what areas are held by the rebels. This is the reason for Israels disappointment with the agreement, a feeling that has only intensified in the wake of Lavrovs statement.

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The Russian foreign ministers statement contained another hidden message: Moscow will be the one that decides what happens in Syria. The total lack of an American response to Lavrovs comments, so soon after State Department officials boasted at a press briefing about the section of the agreement regarding the withdrawal of foreign forces, proves yet again whos really running the show in Syria.

The reason for Russian support of Iran, despite Russias generally close and positive ties with Israel, is simple: The Iranians, and especially their Hezbollah proxies, are providing the Russians and the Assad regime with the ground forces upon which the regimes survival hinges. Keeping the current regime in power is mission number one for the Russians, because that way they can maintain all the advantages an image of....

09:47

Trauma must not become your injurious oppressor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our days on this earth are not many and what we do with our days matters, not only for us but for those around us and for those whom we leave behind. Trauma is a part of life, few are unscarred. However for far too many, trauma overwhelms them and subsumes their personality. Trauma becomes []

09:47

10 Compelling Reasons Why the Vegas Shooting Has Disappeared from Headlines "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following article by Jay Syrmopoulos was originally published at The Free Thought Project

Las Vegas, NV With the 24/7 news cycle constantly in full swing, important stories at times get lost in the constant onslaught of non-stop information. The mainstream media gatekeepers essentially dictate what social and cultural memes are injected into the public consciousness, what topics are discussed, and which cases are given publicity and thoroughly investigated with journalistic rigor.

With such oligarchical control of the mass media the media gatekeepers of information decide what stories stay in the glare of the public spotlight, and which ones are allowed to fade from the headlines.

Without question, one would reasonably expect the most deadly mass shooting in recent American history, which took place in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, to maintain a strong presence in the headlines especially given the lack of answers surrounding the case.

The scant information released by investigators indicates that Stephen Paddock, 64, who by all accounts was independently wealthy and a Vegas high-roller, opened fire on a music festival from a 32nd-floor hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Casino.

The massacre left 58 dead and 546 injured, yet one and a half months later and there are still few answers even to the most basic of questions.

Now, a month and a half later, there are few answers to the most deadly mass shooting in recent U.S. history and perhaps even more strange the case has been jettisoned from the 24/7 mainstream media cycle, despite the fact that the most basic of questions have yet to be answered.

One would assume that such a high-profile case would garner widespread interest from investigative teams across the spectrum of major broadcast mass media and cable news, and yet, there are no penetrating journalistic investigations delving into the many unanswered questions.

In fact, coverage and investigation into the highly dubious shooting are virtually non-existent outside of online alternative news media.

Here are the few facts that we know thus far, and they seem to raise more questions than answers:

1. The official timeline of the mass shooting has been...

09:38

GOP closer to big win with House tax vote; Senate unclear "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) Republicans have stretched closer to delivering the first big legislative victory for President Donald Trump and their party, whisking a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House. Thorny problems await in the Senate, though.

The House passage of the bill Thursday on a mostly party-line 227-205 vote also brought nearer the biggest revamp of the U.S. tax system in three decades.

But in the Senate, a similar measure received a politically awkward verdict from nonpartisan congressional analysts showing it would eventually produce higher taxes for low- and middle-income earners but deliver deep reductions for those better off.

The Senate bill was approved late Thursday by the Finance Committee and sent to the full Senate on a party-line 14-12 vote. Like the House measure, it would slash the corporate tax rate and reduce personal income tax rates for many.

But it adds a key feature not in the House version: repeal of the Affordable Care Acts requirement that everyone in the U.S. have health insurance. Elimination of the so-called individual mandate under the Obama health care law would add an estimated $338 billion in revenue over 10 years that the Senate tax-writers used for additional tax cuts.

U.S. President Donald Trump has emerged from a meeting with House Republicans on Capitol Hill, telling reporters on his way out, the tax is going very well. (Nov. 16)

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has projected that repeal of the mandate would result in 13 million more uninsured people by 2027, making it a political risk for some lawmakers.

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08:40

MACKAY Special delivery: Mackay woman caught posting drugs to ex "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 17, 2017 at 08:52AM ,

Special delivery: Mackay woman caught posting drugs to ex

November 17, 2017 at 08:52AM ,

Day, 21, faced Magistrate Damien Dwyer in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to supplying drugs on May 22. Day had no prior

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MACKAY Alleged: Mackay man accessed 1000s of child porn images "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 17, 2017 at 04:45AM ,

Alleged: Mackay man accessed 1000s of child porn images

November 17, 2017 at 04:45AM ,

Terrence Bell, 68, remains on bail after fronting Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday, unrepresented by a lawyer. Hes been charged with

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08:40

MACKAY Burglar, car thief didnt feel safe in home after break-in "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 17, 2017 at 07:33AM ,

Burglar, car thief didnt feel safe in home after break-in

November 17, 2017 at 07:33AM ,

Mitchell Francis Callaghan, 22, from Mackay faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to two counts of car theft, stealing and

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06:05

Remaining EU Member will have to pay 15% More upon BREXIT "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; All the news here in Britain is always how bad it will be if we leave the extortion ring in Brussels. You have mentioned that we are the biggest market for German cars. What will Brexit do to the EU?

Thanks

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ANSWER: Once the British exit from the EU extortion ring as you call it, the remaining nations will have to pay more than an additional 10 billion euros to keep Brussels floating in jobs and exorbitant pension. Besides the German auto-industry being clipped for political reasons as the EU punishes Britain to act as a deterrent to prevent others from leaving, Germanys proportion of making up the shortfall from BREXIT will be almost 4 billion. With BREXIT, everyone will have to contribute an additional 15% so they can do nothing but make it more miserable for Europeans.

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani calls for a doubling of the budget of the European Union. We need twice as much money as today, so 280 billion euros instead of 140 billion euros per year, said Tajani the spark newspapers.  Since the EU cannot issue debt, that means the doubling of the EU budget should not be financed by additional transfers from the Member States, but by the introduction of taxes.

This will require new EU own resources, such as a financial transaction tax on stock exchanges, Tajani said. The President of the European Parliament justified his initiative with the costs of dealing with the refugee crisis and the fight against terrorism, as well as the increased need for investment. Europeans must invest more in energy and digitalization of the economy in the future, the Italian said. Only in this way could the EU compete with the US, China, India or Russia in global competition.

The EU Parliament is currently negotiating with the finance ministers of the EU governments for the Community budget for the year 2018. The EU parliament demands funds of 146.7 billion euros for the coming year 2.3 billion euros more than the finance ministers want to make available.

Almost 80 percent of the EU budget is cov...

06:04

Is the Dollar Really a Petrodollar anymore? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I want to thank you so much for shedding light on what can only be deranged forecasts on the dollar and gold and never change regardless of how much money they lose people year after year. I received this email with the headline How Much Longer Can the Petrodollar Survive? They claim that now adversarial nations like China, Russia and Iran are threatening the petrodollar hegemony by establishing their own trading and banking infrastructure that excludes dollars for trade. Suddenly Iran is now a world power and as you said at the conference, the dollar support is not trade or oil, but where big money parks.

My question is, just how can these people sleep at night putting out false information all the time? Isnt that what the investment banks pled guilty to putting out false forecasts to support their own positions during the Dotcom bubble?

ANSWER: Yes, you are correct. It is one thing to put out analysis that is unbiased and it is raw corruption to put out forecasts that support your own investments creating a conflict of interest. It would not be a criminal act as long as they disclose what their portfolio is. Only the government gets a free get out of jail card for fake forecasts.

The decline in commodities was was due to a number of factors, including an economic slowdown in China, a severe recession in Brazil, with falling prices for oil and other commodities, and exchange rate volatility that saw the dollar rise. Despite positive growth in trade volume terms, the current dollar value of world merchandise exports declined by 14% in 2015, to US$ 16.0 trillion, as export prices fell by 15%. Even the dollar value of world commercial services exports also fell 6% in 2015 to US$ 4.7 trillion, although the decline was less s...

06:00

Phil Pringle Head Pastor of C3 Church. False prophet of the Prosperity Gospel. Part one. Meeting Phil Pringle for the first time in 1982 "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Dr Phil Pringle of C3 Church Eric Clapton hair cut or is it a topaz? And 70s glasses dont believe a word Doctor Phil Pringle says Like Brian Houston of Hillsong, its all spin and con

 

The first time I met Doctor Phil Pringle was in 1982.

I was a builder working at Christian Life Centre Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia CLC Darlo for short. CLC Darlinghurst was the second location and second name for Hillsong Global Church.

The lifelong secret pedophile and child rapist Pastor Frank Houston, the founder of  Hillsong Global Church was showing Phil Pringle my handiwork. This is before he acquired his doctorate from an unknown theological college overseas in the early 1990s and announced to his C3 staff and the world, Call me Dr Phil Pringle from now on.

I still remember the day very clearly when I first met Phil.

The party of pastors arrived with a young Phil Pringle boasting to his spiritual father, the lifelong secret pedophile and child rapist Pastor Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong Global Church, about his amazing vision for the lost of Sydney and how he was going to build a mighty church in Sydneys Northern Beaches with a massive Bible College etc etc.

I was watching and listening and thought this guy is full of himself.

 

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06:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 1.05 AUD
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04:28

Heres what the OAIC had to say about *THAT* video "IndyWatch Feed National"

Remember that video, the one Twiggy Forrest commissioned via his charity, Minderoo to tout his policy of cashless welfare? Featuring CCTV footage taken from remote Indigenous communities in WA, the video was bandied about the media and taken to Canberra to guilt-trip MPs into ignoring the human rights implications (and rise in violent crime) that came out of the initial trials of blanket income quarantining.

In order to inform evidence in my submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Cashless Debit Card Bill (which closed on Monday), I was curious to know if the evidence being touted by Twiggy Forrest (from the CCTV video) was from the period before or after introduction of the cashless welfare card as this would seem to bear on the effectiveness of the card to stop violence if, in fact, the incident occurred during the trial itself.

But how could I determine when the imagery was recorded? I needed to know who owned the CCTV camera which recorded it- which brought up a whole host of new questions about their right to share it with Andrew Forrest or any of his many minions in the first place?

I wondered if the camera was owned by the local council or private interests and I wondered what is permitted to be done with such footage and whether the use of it in lobbying and the media is permitted under the Privacy Act?

I shot off a quick email -included at the foot of this post- to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (which administers the Privacy Act).

After what the OAIC admits is an extended delay, I received a response this week. Interestingly, the OAIC does not address whether it is legal for Minderoo to have obtained the footage in the first place under the Privacy Act in order to create the video to feed to the media, but has limited their response to the power of the Privacy Act over media organisations- which is interesting enough in itself.

According to information filed by Minderoo with the ACNC, Minderoo is listed as a small charity with a revenue of $250k. Whether their turnover is above or below the $3million required for it to be...

04:03

Marriage Equality: the victory and the aftermath "IndyWatch Feed National"

At my sisters twenty-first a few weeks ago, right in the middle of the postal survey, my cousin sat beside me and asked, Have you voted yet? He must have known where I stood on the question: Ive spent this year travelling to different university campuses around the country launching the yes campaign, running enrolment stalls, and building on-campus demonstrations.

03:57

Clone of End Incarceration for Unpaid Fines "IndyWatch Feed National"

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03:44

How Google Is Revolutionising Research "IndyWatch Feed National"

Googles omnipresence in the lives of people has led to a wealth of information on what people think, want and desire. Such data is being used by researchers to understand human behaviours and psyche.

Credit: Digitalpfade/pixabay

Credit: Digitalpfade/pixabay

Aneree Parekh is a research assistant at the department of psychology, Monk Prayogshala, Mumbai.

The Internet was started as a haven a place where people could connect across nations, where they could get answers at the click of a button. And in 2017, the Internet has become life itself and Google the preferred navigator for most people in the world. A little more than a decade ago, Google was created to organise the worlds data and its success is well documented, not in the least by the fact that google has now become a common verb in many languages. Looking for a place to eat nearby? Google it. Whats the weather going to be like today? Google it. Show timings for a new movie? Google it. Is that weird mole on your back cancerous? Oh my god, google it!

The ubiquitous use of Google to find answers to questions big and small has provided unique and unprecedented knowledge about human behaviour patterns and psyche. Like a trail of breadcrumbs, the trails of internet searches we leave behind reveal our deepest fears, desires and secrets, and researchers are beginning to follow them.

Most people in the developed world, and an increasing number of people in the developing world, turn to Google for information on consumer products like cars and mobile phones, health, politics, entertainment and even love. This creates a wealth of information about what people want. The availability of s...

03:31

Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides may act as a tumor suppressor with applications in the treatment of prostate cancer. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Mol Med Rep. 2017 Oct 26. Epub 2017 Oct 26. PMID: 29115463 Abstract Title:  Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharide inhibits prostate cancer cell migration via the protein arginine methyltransferase 6 signaling pathway. Abstract:  Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of malignant tumor of men worldwide and the incidence and mortality rate is gradually increasing. At present, the molecular mechanisms of growth and migration in human prostate cancer have not been completely elucidated. Studies have demonstrated that Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides (GLP) can inhibit cancer. Therefore the present study investigated the effect and molecular mechanism of GLP on cell growth and migration of LNCaP human prostate cancer cells. LNCaP cells were transfected with either a protein arginine methyltransferase 6 (PRMT6) overexpression plasmid or PRMT6 small interfering (si)RNA. The cell growth and migration, and the expression of PRMT6 signalingassociated proteins, were investigated following treatment with 5 and 20 g/ml GLP. The results demonstrated that GLP inhibited cell growth, induced cell cycle arrest, decreasedPRMT6, cyclindependent kinase 2 (CDK2), focal adhesion kinase (FAK) and steroid receptor coactivator, (SRC) expression, and increased p21 expression in LNCaP cells, as determined by using a Coulter counter, flow cytometry, and reverse transcriptionquantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blotting, respectively. Furthermore, GLP significantly inhibited cell migration, as determined by Transwell migration and scratch assays, and altered CDK2, FAK, SRC and p21 expression in LNCaP cells transfected with the PRMT6 overexpression plasmid. By contrast, PRMT6 knockdown by siRNA reduced the effect of GLP on cell migration. These results indicate that GLP was effective in inhibiting cell growth, the cell cycle and cell migration, and the suppressive effect of GLP on cell migration may occur via the PRMT6 signaling pathway. Therefore, it is suggested that GLP may act as a tumor suppressor with applications in the treatment of prostate cancer. The results of the present study provide both the preliminary theoretical and experimental basis for the investigation of GLP as a therapeutic agent.

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03:21

Westall, the Department of Supply and Mr 'X' - a short part two "IndyWatch Feed National"

Background

In a previous post I discussed what we know of a tantilising story from the son and daughter of a high official in the former Australian Department of Supply, in relation to his knowledge of the 6 April 1966 Westall incident.

New material

Over my years of searching government archive material held by such agencies as the National Archives of Australia (NAA) and the National Library of Australia (NLA) I have learnt that these organisations are constantly making new material available. I thought it would be worth my while, spending some time, doing yet another search for any further material on Mr 'X.' This search proved to be very fruitful.

I now have found new material which:

1. Provides his University results from the years 1930-1934, when he attended University in Sydney and completed both a Bachelor's degree in Engineering (1st class honours) and a Bachelor of Science degree (2nd class honours.)

2. Gives a photograph of him in 1935. I have used a number of web based reverse image sites to check if it is possible to determine the source of this image and thus reveal his identity. I was unable to find Mr X's real name from this image, and this is why I provide the photograph here. If you use "copy image address" you will only get "Capture_Photo_1935.JPG."



3. Advises that he was appointed as an Engineer in the Postmaster General's Department in 1937.

4. Shows that he moved to the Department of Civil Aviation in 1946, and became a Senior Airways Engineer.

All of this is consistent with the account of his career as conveyed in 2010 by his daughter.

5. I have also found some leads concerning positions within the general area of what became the Aircraft, Guided Weapons and Electronics area of the Department of Supply in 1967. In 1963 it appears to have been titled Aircraft and Guided Weapons Supply Branch, Department of Supply. Unfortunately, the archive material for this era, is currently not yet available. I have submitted a request to be advised when this material becomes publicly available. Hopefully, this will conf...

03:13

Chilean prisons: Concerning the juridical situation of our comrade Marcelo Villaroelor how the revenge of the State is perpetuated in silence "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last September, at the 4th Military Prosecutors Office in Santiago, the refusal of the petition to prescribe the sentences made by our comrade Marcelo, several months ago was notified.

Immediately, Marcelo appealed to this refusal, leaving the resolution of the appeal in the hands of the Martial Court, where it was reaffirmed in the first days of October.

These condemnations correspond to some causes originated by actions framed in his old militancy at the Mapu-lautaro, organization in which our comrade was an active fighter since a very young age and of which, while imprisoned, in 1995, he was expelled because of anarchist deviations.

Marcelo served his sentence without interruption for 11 years, two months and fifteen days from October 13, 1992 until December 28, 2003, remaining only his night prison until March 2005, when he granted the so-called probation, which obliges him to sign a document every week until completing 20 years of penitentiary control.

The first days of November 2007 for Marcelo are marked for him by his participation on the Bank Security robbery, along with other other comrades, action in which a cop died and that caused an answer from the State without precedents. Marcelo decides to assume clandestinity, and in February 2008, in his absence, he has his probation revoked.

In March 2008, he is detained in Argentina and in September 2014, he is sentenced to 14 years for 2 bank robberies.

In that same period, as penalties related to old causes emanated from the always sinister Military Justice were revised, the condemnation remained as it follows:

Illicit terrorist association: 10 years and 1 day.

Damage to a cop car with serious injuries to carabineers: 3 years + 541 days.

Co-author murder qualified as terrorist: 15 years and 1 day.

Theft with intimidation, Law 18.314: 10 years and 1 day.

Explosive attack against the embassy of spain: 8 years.

In total, these old convictions compute 46 years, establishing its end on February, 2056.

There are a number of irregularities in this math, and although the legal issue is not our focus it never was, we believe that it becomes urgent and necessary to face this situation that at all lights represents a clear revenge against a comrade who holds high subversive autonomous and libertarian convictions, a comrade who has never abandoned the direct confrontation for total liberation, nor has it ever reno...

02:57

Compare Andrew Hastie MP's principled magnanimity with Turnbull's triumphalism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Good on you Andrew Hastie. Yesterday Chairman Mal told us people who voted like him on changes to the Marriage Act apparently received different survey papers from those who voted no. The Chairman and friends had a paper which also included a vote for Fairness. It included a further vote...

02:21

Pope: Thou shalt do less MSG, more MDG, and fat cats will happily pay "IndyWatch Feed National"

Many complain about failing to think outside of the box, about the world of unmet needs, about inequities... When out-of-the-box solutions are offered, how many do something to implement the answers? What do you do? Do you believe the solutions offered here are too far out of the box?

02:12

NT Royal Commission: Fixing our broken youth justice systems "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today governments across Australia were handed a comprehensive roadmap to fix our broken youth justice systems and stop the abuse of children in youth jails. 

After a year of hearing evidence, the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory delivered its historic report.

Shahleena Musk, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, who previously worked as a youth justice lawyer in Western Australia and the Northern Territory and represented many children in Don Dale, welcomed the Royal Commissions recommendations and said now is the time for decisive action.

The Northern Territory Government must commit to implementing each and every one of these recommendations and the Federal Government needs to back them with funding. The children who suffered in Don Dale and all Australian children need a guarantee that our governments will do everything they possibly can to stop this happening again, said Ms Musk.

The Royal Commission made a range of recommendations to keep children safe and reshape youth justice in the Northern Territory. The full report can be downloaded here

Ms Musk said there are five key recommendations that will transform youth justice systems, which should be adopted by all states and territories:

1. Raise the age of criminal responsibility to at least 12 years in keeping with international law

Its unacceptable that primary school-aged children are getting stuck in the quicksand of the criminal justice system. Currently in all Australian jurisdictions 10-year-olds can be charged, hauled before the courts and locked up. All states and territories should raise the age of criminal liability to at least 12 years, said Ms Musk

2. Close the Don Dale 'super max' prison and invest in small, home-like facilities close to community

Prisons dont work they fail our children and they fail our communities. All children should have the opportunity to grow up safe. Evidence shows that secure facilities which reflect normal life as much as possible are more effective. Were talking about small, home-like facilities located close to the communities where kids come from, said Ms Musk.

3. Ban solitary confinement beyond 24 hours in all cases

Solitary confinement is cruel and harmful. Rather than denying children access to family, peers, teachers and doctors, we need to support and help them get their lives back on track, said Ms Musk.

4. Cut the number of childr...

02:01

Jonathan R Wain Chairman Dilworth School, Auckland, New Zealand and barrister in Brisbane, Australia part two Jonathans estrangement from his mother and his father issues "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jonathan R Wain as I knew him in the 1970s Jonathan pushed his mum too far about the reasons for her divorce from his father in the late 1979s, and his mother disinherited him.

 

Jonathan R Wain was raised by his mother in Te Atatu, Auckland, New Zealand. Mrs Wain was estranged from Jonathans father.

Mrs Wain was a pleasant laconic woman, who was always welcoming and friendly to me. Jonathan has a younger sister Lindsey, and an older sister whose name I cant recall. His older sister in 1974 when I met Jonathan, was estranged from her mother, primarily due to her involvement in a Christian cult it may have been the Children of God I cant recall. It wasnt the Moonies.

In 1976-77, Jonathan located and spent some time with his long-lost father. Armed with a dubious raft and bad stories about Mrs Wain from his father, and an assemblage of bitter allegations, Jonathan started to press his mother barrister-style for more information about why his parents had separated. Jonathan has always had an unnerving ability to ask people very personal questions often with hardly knowing them, and invading peoples personal space by standing too close to them invading their aura.

Mrs Wain had always blamed her former husband for the marital issues and Jonathan, being a bu...

01:51

Compilation of Victoria's TAC road safety commercials dating back to 1989 - quite confronting "IndyWatch Feed National"

This might be a bit much for lots of people - approach it with a bit of caution particularly if you're carrying a few memories.

01:42

The unions are in the Turnbull governments sights "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Anyone following developments can not help but be aware that a central plank of the governments agenda, is to eliminate trade unions, and if this is not possible, to render them totally ineffective.

Ever since the Howard government and the Hawke days before that,  step by step, a noose has been tightened around the Australian union movements neck.  It has fought back, but eventually compromised at each point. It now finds itself weaker, less organised,  its officials no longer have the right to visit members at the workplace and what they can be concerned with has narrowed down over time.

Arguably, there is much more than coincidence between this and the significant fall in the wages share of national income, the generally deteriorating conditions of employment and the rise of the casualised economy. Weaker unions is not the only cause. The weaker state of the economy is important. But weaker unions have ensured that the position of the worker has deteriorated more than it would otherwise have been the case.

Within the union movement has been an expectation of further blows. It is no secret that the government and employers behind it are out to do everything they can, to move as close as possible to creating an industrial relations landscape with no unions.

A worsening economy and the growing militancy of big business, shared by the Coalition, have come together to result in a series of try ons,  which have been aimed at imposing major wage cuts through further casualisation of their workforces.  Last years battle at Carlton and United in Melbourne last year marked a turning point. Although the unions won this battle, the war has continued, with other large employers taking their turn at doing the same.

This is more than separate and unlinked individual workplace battles. They make up parts of a national strategy to force a breech that can be spread across the whole of the Australian workforce, to crush it into obedience and the acceptance of less reward for work.

Despite being in a weaker position now, the unions still remain the barrier to achieving this goal. This is the reason why they are being targeted.

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash has been particularly zealous and biting at the bit for her chance at unions jugular. She is also in urgent need of a distraction from the fallout of the GetUp and Australian Workers Union fiasco. It has the potential of knocking her out of her job.

She stood with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a press conference a week ago, where a commitment was made to take o...

01:04

Subscriberthon Day One: Early birds catch many prizes! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Subscriberthon 2017 is here! So many marvellous prizes to be won and a splendid magazine to support!

Anyone who subscribes, resubscribes or donates over the next week goes into the draw to win some spectacular prizes, including holidays, bikes, Nintendos, original artworks, locally roasted coffee, wine, workshops and piles of books and subscriptions.

00:56

Commbank is ditching coal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

A year of campaigning and more than 100,000 people signing a petition, Commbank has finally decided to phase out investment in coal and this move the bank closer to turning away from fossil  fossil fuels altogether

Protests outside branches of the bank and bad publicity had an effect.

It came to a head at the banks annual general meeting in Sydney, where the Chair, Catherine Livingstone announced the new policy. No more coal projects will be funded.

The bank has made a commitment remove its existing $6 billion investment in this carbon emission producing industry.

This is a major change for the better.

Anti-coal campaigners know that it is not enough to leave it at this and that the pressure will have to be kept on Commbank to do what it says it is going to do.

At the same time, this success will be used as leverage to induce other banks into going down the same road.

The banks are aware of how unpopular they are, and their advertising campaigns are geared around each of them telling the public that they are different to the others. They know they are vulnerable to losing customers. This is the reason why Commbank recently dropped its ATM charges and was followed by the other banks in a very short time.

The unpopularity of the banks has provided campaigners with an unusual opportunity to be effective and win significant concessions. With these under the belt, greater pressure can be put on politicians to make them act decisively, to stop support for fossil fuels and promote renewable alternatives.

Australia needs this to move towards a modern, sustainable economy.

There is still along way to go to make this a reality and it wont be easy to get there. But every win takes us another step down this road.

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00:28

VIDEO: Malcolm Turnbulls Joint Party Room, If It Were A Pet Show "IndyWatch Feed National"

Politics is a complex business at the best of times. But Liberal-National Party politics, after they just lost a national vote on marriage equality well thats a whole new clusterf*ck.

Internal ructions within the party are likely to erupt over the coming Christmas break. Or not. Who knows? They might implode. They might all sit in a circle, hold hands and sing Kumbaya.

But whatever happens, its helpful to understand how the LNP operates, what you can expect into the foreseeable future.

With that in mind, New Matilda has prepared a simple video which explains all you need to understand about the LNP, and in particular what happens when the Liberals and the Nationals come together for their regular joint party meetings.

In the following video, LNP Senators and MPs who are being expelled from parliament amid the section 44 crisis are represented by the animals falling off the table.

Malcolm Turnbull is obviously represented by the strange dude with the glasses. Hes also the cockatiel at the beginning, whose head ends up in the mouth of a monkey. Tony Abbott is the monkey. Abbott is also the puppy at 1:28, and Turnbull is the turtle. Eric Abetz (and LNP policy)  is represented by the inevitable outcome of filling a television studio with semi-wild animals ie. think an absence of butt plugs (which dont appear in the video, and thus represent Barnaby Joyce).

Happy Friday.

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00:26

12 Common Habits of People With Hidden Depression "IndyWatch Feed National"

Depression is a very serious mental illness that often goes unnoticed for years. People with concealed depression are battling demons within themselves all on their own. They are not sharing their struggles and do not want to burden those around them.

You see, for most people wounds are not something we are open about. We tend to bottle things up and attempt to remedy them on our own. If you are reading this then you must know someone who you feel you need to better understand or you relate to this yourself. The following 15 habits are some of the most common I have noticed in people dealing with concealed depression.

1. The are often quite talented and very expressive.

A lot of famous people have suffered from mental illnesses, and this suffering gives them deeper emotions. If you really think about it, this is in some form a source to their greatness. While we cannot always see it, their struggles are often reflected in their works. These people are able to bring something beautiful out of the darkness that consumes them.

2. They tend to search for purpose.

We all need a purpose in this life. We want to be sure that we are in some form doing meaningful things. People suffering from hidden depression are not exempt from this. They too want to know the reason for their existence. They are much more susceptible to feeling things like inadequacy and anxiety which leaves them searching for something they can never seem to achieve in their own minds.

3. Sometimes they make muted cries for help.

Sometimes we all need help. When we are not expecting someone to feel weak or to be down in the dumps, we dont see their cries for help. However, if you notice their cries and can help them in any way, you are creating a very close and trust filled bond with them.

4. They interpret substances differently.

Someone who is dealing with depression usually knows what it is they can take to ease their pain in a sense. They know that caffeine and sugar will raise their mood and that some medicines can help them. They actually have to put a lot of effort into feeling better, unlike most people. It is not as simple as taking a Tylenol when you have a headache.

5. They often have a very involved perception of life and death.

People suffering from depression often face their own mor...

00:23

HR manager among those penalised almost $400,000 for "systematic" exploitation at restaurant "IndyWatch Feed National"

An example of the effect of the liberalisation of labor laws combined with massive increase in economic immigration in Australia. See more about how this came about in Australia. The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured almost $400,000 in penalties against a company and three individuals including an HR manager for systematically exploiting overseas workers at a Chinese restaurant in NSW and fabricating records to try to cover it up. The penalties have been imposed in the Federal Court after 85 employees at the New Shanghai Charlestown restaurant at Charlestown were underpaid a total of $583,688 over a 16-month period in 2013-2014. Justice Robert Bromwich has imposed a $54,672 penalty against the mastermind of the exploitation, restaurant owner Zhong Yuan John Chen, and penalised his company NSH North Pty Ltd a further $301,920. Justice Bromwich imposed a $18,496 penalty against restaurant manager Jin Xu for her involvement in the exploitation and in addition, imposed a $21,760 penalty against the restaurants HR manager Ting Sarah Zhu, dismissing her argument that her culpability was greatly reduced because she had been following her bosss orders.

The penalties are the result of an investigation and legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman. Fair Work inspectors found that many workers at the restaurant mostly visa holders from Asia were paid as little as $10 an hour.

Under the Restaurant Industry Award at the time, most were entitled to be paid more than $20 an hour for ordinary hours and between $24 and $45 an hour for weekend, public holiday and overtime work. One employee was underpaid more than $33,000.

When the Fair Work Ombudsman began its investigation, NSH North provided fabricated records to inspectors that purported to show staff had been paid correctly.

The company later provided the true employment records, only after the issue was raised with them by the Fair Work Inspector and a further Notice to Produce issued, showing the unlawfully low, flat rates the employees were actually paid.

Justice Bromwich found that the contraventions involved serious and premeditated conduct and encompassed a widespread, systematic and prolonged failure to accord employees their basic entitlements.

NSH North has rectified more than $450,000 of the underpayments and is attempting to locate the employees who....

00:10

COP23: U.S., wealthy nations curtail climate aid for developing world "IndyWatch Feed National"

A platform of climate protest signs on the grounds of the U.N. campus at COP23 in Bonn, Germany. Photo by Justin Catanoso BONN, Germany An anxious uncertainty hung in the air at the start of the 23rd annual United Nations climate summit two weeks ago: what role would the small U.S. negotiating team play in the era of Donald Trump, a climate denier who has forced the United States to become the only country on earth to reject the Paris Agreement? As the gavel falls ending COP23 on Friday, 17 November, the answer to that question will be apparent for all to see: obstruction. Obstruction by the worlds richest nation and the planets second-worst greenhouse gas emitter. For two weeks, the U.S. delegation has, by all accounts, worked to deny developing nations vulnerable to, and victims of, global warming the financial pathway they need to adapt to climate change or recover from climate-related losses and damages. Other wealthy nations, so-called developed countries, struggling with their own economic worries, immigration crises, or controversial energy dilemmas, have apparently followed the U.S. lead and fallen in line. At stake is the wide gap between the billions raised by developing nations and the billions more needed for developing countries to endure and adapt to global warmings dire impacts roughly $10.3B billion in cash has been raised so far toward a pledge of $100 billion a year starting in 2020, along with a pledge for access to financing from global banks.

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23:58

Injured workers will lose compensation the day after Christmas "IndyWatch Feed National"

Emma Reynolds (news.com.au 9 November 2017)writes about the impact that the change to workers compensation in New South Wales will have on injured workers, who face the prospect of of losing income support.

Its going to be a bleak Christmas for thousands of injured employees who are set to be thrown off workers compensation support on Boxing Day.

For Anthony McGarrell, 54, it is the final insult after a decade of agony. He has no idea how he will survive after that, and is set to lose his rented home, his car and his dignity again.

Mr McGarrell, from Sussex Inlet on the New South Wales south coast, used to work in the entertainment industry, until he suffered a double hernia while moving a piece of staging for Channel 9 in 2007.

He now endures chronic pain and cannot walk without a frame. He typically wakes every two hours at night, and even sitting down sends sharp pains through his pelvis and spine.

I have bladder and bowel damage, he told news.com.au. I have to be careful getting into bed.

I get severe pain attacks that literally cripple me to the ground.

Despite that, Mr McGarrell has tried many times to return to work in the entertainment industry, spending time after his injury in an office job organising studio rostering and satellite play-out services.

The 54-year-old lives with chronic pain and has had multiple surgeries.Source:Supplied

But steady work has proven out of reach for the former scriptwriter, with repeated surgery defeating his efforts. If you want to know how hard it is to return to work, get injured, he said. By the time Id had seven hernias, no one would touch me with a barge pole.

Im unemployable.

As a result of 2012 reforms in NSW, injured workers will lose their entitlement to compensation once they have received 260 weeks of payments, whether consecutive or not, if their injuries are assessed to be less than 21 per cent.

Many will also lose medical benefits. Under the old laws, they would have had support until the age of 65.

For Mr McGarrell, who has been assessed at wildly different levels by various doctors, this is simply a way for insurance companies to avoid paying up. Instead, he will have to turn to Centrelink, who are likely to refer him on to Disability Support Pension.

When his current payments are terminated, Mr McGarrell will lose up to 66 per cent of his income. Whats left will barely cover his rent or lifelong medical expenses. Right now, he doesnt know what future lies ahead after Christmas.

The unpredictability of it makes life...

23:37

Young Mother In California Threatened With Arrest At A Bus Stop For Not Vaccinating Her Children "IndyWatch Feed National"

Young Mother In California Threatened With Arrest At A Bus Stop For Not Vaccinating Her Children | Young-Mother-Threatened-With-Arrest-Facebook | Civil Rights Government Government Control Losing Rights Medical & Health Parental Rights Sleuth Journal Special Interests Vaccines

Could you imagine being threatened by law enforcement authorities over vaccine records as you are waiting with your children for the school bus?  This is something that literally just happened to one young mother down in California.  One morning she walked her kids to the bus stop and she was approached by an official from the Claremont school district and a police officer.  In very intimidating fashion, they began questioning her about whether or not her children had been vaccinated.  When she refused to answer and started recording the interaction they walked away, but that wasnt the end of it.  Later she called the police department and explained what was going on, and she was told that she could be arrested for refusing to vaccinate her children.

You can see the video for yourself on Facebook right here.  It has already been watched more than 159,000 times, and we need to get this out to as many people as we possibly can.  The following is the description that Porsha Rasheed posted along with the video

Please watch this Video and share I am. I am being set up by the Claremont school district to be arrested and they are trying to force me to give my child immunization shots! I woke up this morning and walked my kids to the bus stop like I always do. Guess who was waiting the Claremont police department along with another man asking me about my childs shots! I called the police department to make a complaint for harassment and was told by the sergeant, that me not giving my kids shots is a criminal act and that I will be arrested. This is why they were at the bus stop to try to in...

23:25

Four Steps Australia Must Take To Address Ethnic Cleansing In Myanmar "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias response to the genocide in Myanmar is untenable, particularly in light of our place on the Human Rights Council, write Catherine Renshaw, Ronan Lee and Joshua Roose.

In September 2017, the United Kingdom announced that it was suspending its program of defence cooperation with Myanmars military. The UKs decision was unsurprising. Myanmars military had just completed a clearance operation in northern Rakhine state, home to the countrys minority Muslim population, the Rohingya.

The operation included the torching of Rohingya villages, the murder of Rohingya men, women and children, and the rape and torture of Rohingya women. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fled across the border to Bangladesh, or died trying to.

There were credible reports that Myanmars military was laying landmines on the Burmese side of the border to deter their return. UN Secretary-General Guterres called it ethnic cleansing and referred it to the Security Council. President Macron of France called the militarys actions genocide.

Australia, however, decided to maintain its defence cooperation program with Myanmars military. The program, which is low-level and small budget, primarily involves training and assistance around humanitarian relief and disaster management.

Australia also decided to maintain its current level of foreign aid to Myanmar, worth around $78 million per annum. Australias economic engagement in Myanmar, including the development of potentially lucrative gas projects, remains on foot.

The Australian government has been circumspect in its criticism of Myanmars government, referring simply to challenging security, human rights and humanitarian issues in Rakhine state and noting the complexity of the issues.

The Australian government appears to be following the advice of academic commentators and policy advisers who see engagement as potentially more productive than sanctions and criticism. After all, Myanmar was isolated and subject to sanctions for 20 long years of military dictatorship, with no observable effect.

Keeping the lines of communication open, so the argument goes, is more likely to produce positive change than censuring.

Aung San Suu Kyi delivers an address to British parliamentarians and guests in Westminster Hall in 2012. (IMAGE: UK Parliament, Flickr).Aung San Suu Kyi delivers an address to British parliamentarians and guests in Westminster Hall in 2012. (IMAGE: UK Parliament, Flickr).

Human rights organisations hold a different view. To most human rights organisations, speaking the truth about atrocities matters; condemnation has effect; severing ties with human...

23:24

"A Look to the Heavens" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Have you ever seen the Milky Way's glow create shadows? To do so, conditions need to be just right. First and foremost, the sky must be relatively clear of clouds so that the long band of the Milky Way's central disk can be seen. The surroundings must be very near to completely dark, with no bright artificial lights visible anywhere. Next, the Moon cannot be anywhere above the horizon, or its glow will dominate the landscape. Last, the shadows can best be caught on long camera exposures.
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In the above image taken in Port Campbell National Park, Victoria, Australia, seven 15-second images of the ground and de-rotated sky were digitally added to bring up the needed light and detail. In the foreground lies Loch Ard Gorge, named after a ship that tragically ran aground in 1878. The two rocks pictured are the remnants of a collapsed arch and are named Tom and Eva after the only two people who survived that Loch Ard ship wreck. A close inspection of the water just before the rocks will show reflections and shadows in light thrown by our Milky Way galaxy."

22:58

Bitcoin Uncensored about the global war on drugs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Im currently working on a new, investigative book on the global war on drugs covering vast parts of the world consumed by the drug war (from Honduras to West Africa). Itll be published by Scribe in Australia, the UK and beyond in 2019.

This week I was interviewed by the US podcast, Bitcoin Uncensored, on this book, what my research has taught me so far, what legalisation/decriminalisation looks like etc. And yes, the words are out of sync (technical issues):

22:57

NSW assisted dying bill: fight goes on "IndyWatch Feed National"

A voluntary euthanasia bill has been voted down by one vote after a marathon late night sitting in the NSW upper house, but the fight isnt over yet.

The parliamentary vote came at the end of an emotional day on Thursday as MPs made pleas for and against the draft bill, which was eventually defeated by 20 votes to 19.

Nationals MP Trevor Khan introduced the private members bill, which would have provided patients 25 years or older, whose deaths are imminent and are in severe pain, a choice to end their lives.

(Well) never give up the fight, an exhausted and disappointed Mr Khan told AAP on Friday.

Youve just got to pick yourself up and look at how you move forward otherwise youre not doing the right thing by the people youre trying to help, he said.

We knew it would be close it was a matter of where some of the undecided fell and they didnt all fall the way we wanted them to.

He said most criticisms of the bill during the debate were on a philosophical basis as opposed to the structure of the bill.

We will look at the bill to see if there are any improvements, Mr Khan said, noting he would watch what happens in Victoria where MPs are also in the middle of a marathon debate over the voluntary assisted dying laws.

Mr Khan said the Parliamentary Working Group on Assisted Dying would not be folding up.

Weve put so much effort in now, so many people whove relied upon it that well continue.

He said it was a time to regroup before re-introducing another draft bill before the next state election in March 2019.(We will) go back and see if theres anything different we could have done.

However, even if the proposed legislation had passed the upper house, it likely would have failed in the lower house where coalition Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Labor Opposition Leader Luke Foley have previously stated their opposition to any such legislation.

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22:54

Same-sex marriage debate takes a week off "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lismore shows its heart following the Yes vote. (supplied)

Lismore shows its heart following the Yes vote. (supplied)

The same-sex marriage bill will be at the top of the Senates agenda when parliament next sits, with MPs set to work overtime to legislate before Christmas.

There was an emotional start to the debate of Liberal senator Dean Smiths private bill on Thursday.

Politicians on both sides of the argument expressed their good wishes to couples who would be able to marry when the law is changed.

Debate will resume on November 27 with the Senate to sit until legislation clears, paving the way for a late-night session to push it through the upper house.

The bill can then be sent to the House of Representatives for debate, likely to start in the first week of December.

Attorney-General George Brandis believes the bill will pass the lower house before December 7, the last scheduled sitting day for the year.

Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm has proposed amendments which will allow civil celebrants to refuse to wed same-sex couples.

Lets forge ahead and make the freedom to marry a reality but in a spirit of tolerance, understanding and personal liberty, Senator Leyonhjelm said.

He also wants to ensure government employees cannot refuse to solemnise marriages and give businesses the right to refuse to service weddings.

Prominent no campaigner and conservative crossbench senator Cory Bernardi has conceded the marriage law will be changed.

But he urged the parliament to consider concerns over freedom of speech and religion.

You guys have the numbers to do whatever you want with this bill to go forward. I would only ask that you consider some of our concerns, Senator Bernardi told parliament.

Matt Canavan said he was hopeful he will be able to vote for an amended bill, with added protections for religious freedoms.

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22:51

Mungo Man laid to rest after 42,000 years "IndyWatch Feed National"

The remains of Mungo Man will at last be returned to their ancestral homeland in remote western NSW.

The oldest known human being in Australia will be repatriated at a ceremony on Friday with an indigenous music festival to follow in Mildura on the weekend.

Researcher Jim Bowler first discovered remains on the shore of the ancient and long-dry Lake Mungo, 750 kilometres west of Sydney, in 1968.

He and an Australian National University team initially unearthed the remains of Mungo Lady, whod been cremated then buried more than 40,000 years ago.

Then, in 1974, Dr Bowler discovered further ochre-adorned remains from a similar period.

They become known as Mungo Man.

In 1992, after decades of campaigning by local communities, the Ladys remains were returned to Lake Mungo.

But its taken 25 years for Mungo Man, along with the remains of 100 other ice-age people removed from the land, to make the long journey from Canberra back to the lake.

The remains had been transported to Canberra following their excavation, where they were held by both the ANU and then the National Museum for study by scientists.

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22:47

Court overturns one Rolf Harris conviction "IndyWatch Feed National"

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris has had one of 12 indecent assault convictions overturned by the Court of Appeal.

Three judges in London ruled that the conviction was unsafe.But they rejected applications by Harris, 87, to challenge 11 other indecent assault convictions.

The judges announced their decision on Thursday.

The artist and musician was convicted of 12 indecent assaults at Londons Southwark Crown Court in June 2014, one on an eight-year-old autograph hunter, two on girls in their early teens, and a catalogue of abuse against his daughters friend over 16 years.

Harris, a family favourite for decades, was jailed for five years and nine months after being convicted of assaults which took place between 1968 and 1986.

The Australian-born television presenter has since been released from that sentence.

He was not in court for the ruling by the appeal judges.

The prosecution did not seek a retrial on the one count and the judges agreed that a further trial would not be in the public interest.

The quashed conviction related to an allegation that Harris indecently assaulted an eight-year-old girl in 1969 when she attended an event at a leisure centre in Portsmouth.

But the judges refused Harris permission to appeal against the rest of the 2014 convictions.

They ruled that stepping back and looking at the totality of the evidence on those remaining counts we find nothing that causes us to doubt the safety of those convictions.

Stephen Vullo QC, for Harris, had presented four grounds of appeal at a recent hearing, which Harris attended.

One ground was that there was fresh evidence which supported Harriss case, and complaint was also made about a direction given to the jury by the trial judge relating to the credibility of complainants.

In May this year Harris was formally cleared of unconnected historical sex offences, which he had denied.

He was formally cleared of four counts of indecent assault against girls as young as 13 after a retrial ended with a hung jury.

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22:43

Who Said Australia Doesnt Love Change? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The claim that Australians are conservative and opposed to change has been turned on its head by the Yes vote, writes Douglas Ross.

Both preceding and in light of Australias postal vote, there has been a repeated phrase from columnists such as David Marr and Sean Kelly that rings like the platitude youd hear on a TV drama set in the American south. Spitting a wet gunge of tobacco into a tin pan, some wise local states that, Yesmyou know those Australians, well theres one thang we always say about them, yes maam. They dont like change, much. No they dont, nossir.

Who held it to be a truth self-evident that Australians dont like change? The postal vote is a clear-as-day affirmation of our willingness to embrace the new and the different. There would have been even more evidence of this warmth had we not had to suffer through months of vitriolic messaging from the Australian Christian Lobby, who successfully managed to confuse a great number of people who would otherwise have been perfectly happy to tick yes to gay marriage.

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You cant start denigrating members of the public for being weather vanes and stating that theyre all recalcitrant bigots just because theyre simple enough to allow their minds to be changed by scaremongering. Scaremongering wouldnt be scaremongering if it didnt scare a few million people. Just give them a little nudge back towards us, well welcome them back.

Economist Ross Garnaut wrote a few years back in his Dog Days: Australia After the Boom that the increasing power that specialist groups have when lobbying against policy changes has been a festering thorn in the side of Australias ability to wrench itself out from an economic attitude that Garnaut labels as The Great Australian Complacency.

Ever fed your dog and then tried to take away its bowl mid-feed? Some dogs will let you, because you might have previously returned it with some steak off-cuts mixed into their usual meal. Others will growl that adorable but still menacing warning that if you touch their food they will be, well, disappointed. Other mutts will just take your hand off right then and there.

Well that more psychopathic dog took the form of the mining industry in 2010 when it lobbied harder than the NRA on a good day against any further tax hikes to its industry from the...

22:33

All-Time High: Bitcoin Shrugs Off the Competition Once Again "IndyWatch Feed National"

The price of a single Bitcoin exceeded its previous all-time high again today. Seemingly shrugging off doubt over its position as top-dog in the cryptocurrency world, the going rate of each unit of the digital currency reached an unprecedented 7,794 according to market price watch website, Coinmarketcap. This puts it ever-closer to the next major psychological milestone of $8,000.

Bitcoin has had a turbulent month thus far. Its previous run up in price was brought to a sudden end following the news that the planned hard fork to introduce larger blocks to the main chain would not go ahead. Many believed that the fear and uncertainty created during the confusion over the planned upgrade known as Segwit2x meant that wed seen this years all-time high for the currency last week and it would struggle to surpass this level again in 2017. However, as is often the case with Bitcoin, the doubt was short-lived. The price rebounded fast from its monthly low point on Sunday of around $5,580 back to record-breaking highs in just four days.

As youd expect, the all-time highs in price coincide with an all-time high in interest in the digital currency. Google Trends shows that online searches for the term Bitcoin follows the price chart rather closely with spikes in interest this year at the end of May, beginning and middle of August, mid-September, and of course, throughout October and into November. Meanwhile, a look at which regions are searching the most for the term Bitcoin probably invites more questions than it answers. The top five areas that searched for the term Bitcoin from highest downwa....

22:30

Weatherwatch: La Nia strikes out on its forceful voyage round the globe "IndyWatch Feed National"

Unusually cold patches of the Pacific ocean are again on the move, threatening to disrupt weather patterns worldwide A gigantic blob has surfaced in the Pacific, a monster of unusually cool water stretching out from South America across the equator. This is La Nia and it could send the world's weather haywire over the next few months. Its impact could even be felt in Britain. Seven years ago one of the most powerful La Nias on record led to catastrophic floods in Queensland, Colombia, [...]

22:18

Britt McHenry Talks Colin Kaepernick, Roger Goodell, And Sports Media "IndyWatch Feed National"

Britt McHenry, sports journalist and Federalist contributor, joins Federalist Radio to discuss Colin Kaepernick being named GQ Magazine Citizen of The Year, as well as the NFL owners disputes with Commissioner Roger Goodell.

I dont think Kaepernick has done even to bridge the divide. I think hes continually deepened the divide, McHenry said.

Its seems like every sports talk show these days is based around hosts yelling at each other. How did this happen? Its archaic and stereotypical. An easy answer thoughits cheaper to produce, she said.

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21:18

Corruption Trial Against Sen. Bob Menendez Ends In Mistrial "IndyWatch Feed National"

After six days of jury deliberations the felony corruption trial against Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) has ended in a mistrial.

U.S. District Judge William Walls declared a mistrial Thursday afternoon after the jury passed him a note saying that they could not reach a unanimous decision. One juror said the jury was deadlocked with 10 jurors who wanted to acquit the Democratic senator and two who thought he was guilty, according to ABC News.

Prosecutors say Menendez accepted bribes from his co-defendant, a wealthy eye-doctor and deep-pocketed benefactor who was convicted of Medicare fraud earlier this year for over billing the U.S. government and taxpayers up to $105 million. Justice Department officials allege that Menendez lobbied the State Department to get visas for his married friends alleged mistresses and pushed top officials to drop the fraud investigation. In exchange, Menendez allegedly received luxury vacations, trips aboard a private plane, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from his co-defendant, Salamon Melgen.

On the first day of deliberations, a juror asked Walls: What is a Senator? The judge refused to answer. On Monday, a juror who was dismissed from the trial told media outlets that the jury was deadlocked, with a majority of the jurors leaning towards an acquittal. She also told reporters she thought it would result in a mistrial. As it turns out, her prediction was spot on.

The DOJ will likely refile charges against Menendez, putting him on trial again. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) has called for an ethics investigation into the New Jersey senators actions that led to the indictment.

In a press conference following the news of the mistrial, Menendez said he would not forget those who he says tried to use the trial against him in order to gain his Sen...

21:16

Jewish identity politics gone crazy: "Anti-Semitism" bill could equate criticism of Israel with racism - Jewish community split over implications for dual-loyalty "IndyWatch Feed National"

On November 7, the House Judiciary Committee held hearings over the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, a bill that would broaden the definition of antisemitism to include criticism of Israel. If passed, the legislation would instruct the Department of Education to consider the State Department's definition of antisemitism when investigating educational institutions for discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. The House Judiciary Committee heard testimonies in support of the bill from individuals representing institutions such as the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Those who argued against the bill were Jewish Studies professors and representatives of advocacy groups. During the question and answer portion of the hearing, an exchange between Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Dr. Barry Trachtenberg, the Chair of Jewish History at Wake Forest University, was revealing and rooted in American Jewish history. Trachtenberg argued that the State Department's definition of antisemitism was deeply flawed because it defines all accusations of American Jewish dual-loyalty as inherently antisemitic. By these standards, the ideas of Theodor Herzl could be defined as antisemitic. Herzl argued that because Jews represent one people, it is useless for them to be loyal to any other state but the proposed Jewish State. Rabbi Cooper seemed to misunderstand the argument, reflexively accusing Trachtenberg of providing "cannon fodder for antisemites".

21:11

Netanyahu Facing Indictment? "IndyWatch Feed National"

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An earlier article explained hes being investigated for alleged bribery, fraud, breach of trust and money laundering serious accusations.

He could be charged in so-called Cases 1,000 and 2,000 the first on suspicion of inappropriately or illegally receiving lavish gifts from wealthy supporters, amounting to possible bribery.

The second case involves him getting caught red-handed on tape, negotiating a quid pro quo with Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes for more favorable broadsheet coverage in return for legislation prohibiting distribution of the free daily Israel Hayom, YAs main competitor, owned by Netanyahu supporter Sheldon Adelson.

Netanyahu reportedly agreed to a quid pro quo deal, enough under Israeli law to hold him accountable for bribery even if no follow-through occurred.

Last summer, police recommended indicting him. On Sunday, Israeli police said they have enough evidence to indict him for bribery.

According to Israels Channel 10 News, he accepted gifts worth hundreds of thousands of shekels from wealthy supporters. A dollar is worth about four shekels.

Prosecutors havent decided whether to charge him. Hes been questioned five times in the case, further interrogation coming.

It involves billionaire motion-picture producer Arnaud Milchan. Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer was questioned about Netanyahu asking him to expedite his US visa request.

Another issue is whether Netanyahu tried aiding Milchans interests in Israeli media, including the sale of Channel 10 to billionaire investor Len Blavatnik in 2015, named Britains richest man with an estimated 17 billion pound net worth.

Its believed Australian billionaire James Packer gave Netanyahu gifts worth thousands of dollars. Hes yet to be questioned by police.

Netanyahu lawyer/confidents David Shimron and Isaac Molho were questioned four times about alleged misconduct in connection with Israels purchase of nuclear submarines from Germany.

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20:50

London Grenfell disaster, many people want justice "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video from London, England says about itself:

Lily Allen is incredibly moving on the horror of Grenfell Tower fire and the need to find answers

31 October 2017

In our most unfiltered episode so far, Lily Allen talks to James about the right-wing tabloids, phone hacking, womens sexuality, Grenfell, and the Harvey Weinstein allegations, as well as her life growing up and making it in the music business.

Full episode here.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Hundreds to participate in Grenfell fire inquiry

Thursday 16th November 2017

Unprecedented number of applications to probe catastrophic safety failings

NEARLY 400 individuals and organisations will be core participants in the Grenfell Tower inquiry after an unprecedented number of applications, the inquiry announced yesterday.

This could allow them the right to provide opening statements, suggest lines of questioning, or highlight evidence relating to the fire on June 14 that tore through the residential council-owned block, which killed at least 80 people and left hundreds homeless.

A total of...

20:34

Space Fence: Connecting the Surveillance and Transhumanist Agendas "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The Space Fence is not just to track and catalog space debris. Its an overarching program that connects the geoengineering, surveillance and transhumanist and AI agendas.

The Space Fence is a massive, planetary-wide, space surveillance system currently being constructed that aims to monitor you all the way down to your DNA. Officially, the Space Fence is, according to Wikipedia, a 2nd generation space surveillance system being built (started in 2014) by the US Air Force and Lockheed Martin to track artificial satellites and space debris. Its budget is US$1.594 billion, its expected to be operational in 2019 and the Space Fence facility will be located in the Marshall Islands along with an option for another radar site in Western Australia. The Space Fence is a resurrection of a program started by Reagan in the 1980s called SDI (Strategic Defense Initiative), commonly known by its nickname Star Wars. However, like many exotic weapons of the New World Order, it has a cover purpose and a real purpose. This article exposes the grander implications of the Space Fence and how it connects to other technology that could be used to enslave you.

What is the Space Fence?

Although the USAF and Lockheed Martin tell us that the purpose of the Space Fence is to detect, track and catalog space debris, we must acknowledge that the MIC (Military Intelligence Complex) is at the helm of the New World Order and is routinely engaged in psychological operations against the rest of the population. The Space Fence is the answer to the prayers of a control-freak conspiratorial class. It will have the capacity to surveil everything on Earth. Like Skynet in the fictional Terminator films, it could become surveillance beyond comprehension. How? Th...

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Almost summer snow in Australia with giant hail, record cold for Boston and NYC "IndyWatch Feed National"

Unusual almost summer snows in NSW Australia along with "gigantic hail" as it was described. This is expected in a grand solar minimum where extremes in heat and cold effect crop production, we saw this in the USA over the last week as well. Record cold in Boston and New York breaking records back to 1903. Interestingly the record cold in NYC article never listed the temperatures that were broken. Sources

16:38

Are the Powerful Likely To Collapse? "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

In a recent article I reported a very positive development at least it seems positive, and its definitely not negative regarding my new-found ability to get a foot in the door at Boston federal court. (That is, for the appeals case of the Marathon non-bomber, as an amicus curiae.)

In my heart of hearts, I feel that nothing can transpire that would free Jahar Tsarnaev, or even allow me to talk to him, as that would bring down the throne and we cant have that.

But now Im thinking Why stay in that mental trap? Why not look around and see what the prospects are?

In opining that talking t...

16:36

Bega Valley. COMMENT: Greed, stupidity and mismanagement destroying Sapphire Coasts gems "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tathra local Greg Otton spoke out at the recent council meeting against the fluoridation of the shires water supplies, but also what he sees is the destruction of the regions pristine natural gifts. An excerpt of an opinion piece he has submitted is below. Gregs views  do not necessarily represent those of Fairfax, but we put this forward as a topic for readers to discuss. 

There are so many precious gems that the Sapphire Coast provides us with. Especially the life giving pristine water supplies of the Kiah, Tantawangalo, Brogo Dam catchments and the Bega Aquifer. The many natural gifts of this area are all being destroyed, mismanaged or are under threat by the bureaucratic decisions usually in the name of the dollar, progress, growth or just pure greedy stupidity.

Let me list the gems I have personally seen decimated by humanitys greed, lust and plain stupidity. I lost over 50% of my oyster leases to siltation yet my voice went unheard, I was ridiculed by successive councillors of this shire.

I have worked for over 35 years in the once lucrative abalone industry. Worth at one time $35million to the Far South Coast. A line in the sand on Cape Howe divides a 22 tonne Victorian quota from a 2 tonne NSW quota, same water, same seasons, just different management.

The tuna industry was decimated in a few years by greed and mismanagement.

The timber industrys once thriving saw mills all but gone. The chip mill is in its death throws after destroying the south-east forests and silting up major rivers and coastal estuaries.

The famous Pambula river mouth surf break is all but gone due to development of its catchment.

The millions of dollars spent by the dairy industry on noxious weeds and pests within the shire.

The decimation of migrating birds from the other side of the world by foxes and cats along our local beaches.

How much do we pay for Bega Cheese with irrigation draining our rivers, nutrient runoff and toxic chemicals used by farming?

The 15km of gravel shire roads that are graded each day using dubious practices with limited siltation runoff protections.

The wanton development of coastal villages. Do they end in the next town or the next shire?

What is the exact purpose for the shark buoy in Merimbula bay? Does the government think this will really help the shark menace that is rapidly escalating along our coast?

More attacks will come just as I predicted and warned the swimmer that was taken in Tathra. Do not call her death the result of a three metre Bronze Whaler. It was an eight to nine metre Great White that killed....

16:32

Anarchist Solidarity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jock Palfreeman has been in jail in Bulgaria for about 10 years. Inside the prison he set up the Bulgarian Prisoners Association and campaigns for human rights inside the countries harsh prisons. We interview two anarchists who work to support Jock and keep his case in the public eye.

Bad Cop No Donut begins with a funny issue Victorian police are having with their uniforms, and we discuss the on going situation in Australias offshore detention centre on PNGs Manus Island.

And the big announcement that we are now part of the Channel Zero Network of anarchist podcasts.

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16:31

UN diplomat falls to his death from balcony after 'trust game' goes awry "IndyWatch Feed National"

A game of "trust" took a deadly turn for an Australian diplomat, who plunged to his death from his Manhattan balcony early Wednesday during a night of boozing with friends and his wife, police sources said. Julian Simpson, 30, fell from the seventh floor to a second-floor landing at the Clinton Street building where he lived on the Lower East Side around 1:35 a.m., the sources said. Simpson was playing a "trust game" with a male pal when he accidentally took the fatal fall, a source said. "I will prove it that you can trust me. Let's play the trust game," Simpson said to the 24-year-old man just moments before he slipped and fell, sources said.

16:11

10 Compelling Reasons Why the Vegas Shooting Has Disappeared from Headlines "IndyWatch Feed National"

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With the 24/7 news cycle constantly in full swing, important stories at times get lost in the constant onslaught of non-stop information. The mainstream media gatekeepers essentially dictate what social and cultural memes are injected into the public consciousness, what topics are discussed, and which cases are given publicity and thoroughly investigated with journalistic rigor.

With such oligarchical control of the mass media the media gatekeepers of information decide what stories stay in the glare of the public spotlight, and which ones are allowed to fade from the headlines.

Without question, one would reasonably expect the most deadly mass shooting in recent American history, which took place in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, to maintain a strong presence in the headlines especially given the lack of answers surrounding the case.

The scant information released by investigators indicates that Stephen Paddock, 64, who by all accounts was independently wealthy and a Vegas high-roller, opened fire on a music festival from a 32nd-floor hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Casino.

The massacre left 58 dead and 546 injured, yet one and a half months later and there are still few answers even to the most basic of questions.

Now, a month and a half later, there are few answers to the most deadly mass shooting in recent U.S. history and perhaps even more strange the case has been jettisoned from the 24/7 mainstream media cycle, despite the fact that the most basic of questions have yet to be answered.

One would assume that such a high-profile case would garner widespread interest from investigative teams across the spectrum of major broadcast mass media and cable news, and yet, there are no penetrating journalistic investigations delving into the many unanswered questions.

In fact, coverage and investigation into the highly dubious shooting are virtually non-existent outside of online alternative news media.

Here are the few facts that we know thus far, and they seem to raise more questions than answers:

1. The official timeline of the mass shooting has been changed at least three different times.

2. Paddock wired $100,000 to an account located in...

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15:56

In Falling Birthrates, Japan Faces an Existential Crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Under the weight of an alarming decrease in its population, Japan has now shifted its focus toward developing a new generation robots that can substitute human beings for maintenance, management, and the renovation of infrastructure, and also act in the event of a disaster. Put simply, this phenomenon of a rapidly dwindling population is the most serious challenge that Shinzo Abe will face in his third-term as the prime minister of Japan.

Yet this phenomenon is certainly a direct outcome of the development model Japan has chosen for itself, one where a great majority of the countrys women have lost the urge to have a healthy sex life and rear children. By the end of the previous decade, Japans population had peaked at the whopping 128 million mark. But by 2015, the country had lost one million people, and in 2016, Japan recorded less than one million new births for the first time in its history.

This decline is no sudden development: the country now has 40 percent less newborn children than in 1949.

With an average life expectancy of 87 years, Japan is now the most senior citizen of the world. But it has been estimated that with its low birth rate, the population of the country could drop to as low as 80 million by 2060. This is sure to have a catastrophic bearing on the national economy and finance as social security has already been consuming one-third of budget spending and public debt has reached a level of more than double of Japans GDP.

But why is the population of Japan shrinking so rapidly? The simple answer is that a large number of Japanese males and females are not interested in sex at all, which is otherwise part and parcel of the life of a normal human being. This is a direct outcome of the high-speed capitalist development model that Japan has adopted since the end of WWII. Too much workload, fatigue, and very little social security have resulted in men and women losing the will to procreate.

As a corollary to this, the institution of family has come under threat. Various other social and psychological factors are also standing in the way of population increase. According to a survey report of Japans National Institute of Population and Social Security Research (NIPSSR) released last year, 70 percent of unmarried men and 60 percent of unmarried women in the 18-34 age group are not in any kind of romantic relationship. Moreover an earlier NIPSSR survey reveals that 90 percent of Japanese women want to stay single. The figure becomes more revealing when one takes into account that 70 percent of women leave their jobs after the birth of their first child. Not that the Japanese ladies do this gladly. But they have to accept such an eventuality because they get very little maternity security raising their child, from neither the state nor their employers. So they are gradually losing th...

15:44

New Alzheimers Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.

Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive function in Alzheimers patients.

If a person has Alzheimers disease, its usually the result of a build-up of two types of lesions amyloid plaques, and neurofibrillary tangles. Amyloid plaques sit between the neurons and end up as dense clusters of beta-amyloid molecules, a sticky type of protein that clumps together and forms plaques.

14:57

Hamas alleges Israeli spies used Bosnian passports for assassination "IndyWatch Feed National"

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AFP | Members of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, attend a memorial for Tunisian engineer Mohamed Zouari in the Gaza Strip on January 31, 2017

GAZA CITY (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES) (AFP)  Hamas on Thursday alleged Israeli spies used Bosnian passports to enter Tunisia and assassinate one of its drone experts as the Palestinian movement announced details of its probe into the December incident.

Tunisian engineer Mohamed Zaouari was shot dead in his car in December 2016 by unknown gunmen, with Hamas accusing Israel of responsibility at the time.

Senior Hamas figure Mohamed Nazzal made the allegations on Thursday in a statement and at a press conference in Beirut.

He said an investigation concluded a number of agents from Israeli intelligence agency Mossad had operated in Tunisia over several months, including pretending to be foreign journalists in order to get close to Zaouari.

The main two assassins who entered the country before the killing were using Bosnian passports, Nazzal said.

Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon declined comment. Israel also had not previously commented on the killing.

Israel has previously faced criticism after its agents reportedly used British, Irish, Australian and other passports to assassinate a Hamas leader in the United Arab Emirates in 2010.

That led to Britain, Ireland and Australia expelling some Israeli diplomats in protest.

Zaouari, 49, was murdered at the wheel of his car outside his house in Tunisias second city Sfax on December 15 last year.

The engineer and drone expert had worked for a decade with Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, the group said at the time.


14:52

How the BBC outsources its complaints system "IndyWatch Feed National"

Towards the end of last month, one of our readers referred in the comments section to an article by Peter Hitchens concerning the BBCs complaints system:

I have many times battled my way through the futile outer defences of the Corporations complaints system. This was long ago outsourced to an outside contractor, Capita.

I get the strong impression that Capita is there solely to soak up the anger of viewers and listeners. I can get no straight answer from the BBC about whether complaints made to it are even passed directly to the programme-makers involved.

For those unfamiliar with the background, Capita plc is a London-based business process outsourcing and professional services company. In 2009 the BBC announced that Capita had been re-appointed as the service partner that will deliver the Corporations Audience Services....

14:30

Tamil Nadus MGNREGA Workers Left in the Lurch Due to Delayed Wages, Unused Funds "IndyWatch Feed National"

In 2016-17, pending payments under the employment scheme in the state amounted to a whopping Rs 5,571 crore.

Representative image of MGNREGA workers. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Representative image of MGNREGA workers. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Tiravur, Tamil Nadu: I could kill someone, said Janaki Chinarasu in early June at her home in Tiruvarur, protecting her forehead from the heat with her hands askew. Its like the sun god has conspired with the rain god to punish us.

Chinarasu is a frail, strong-witted woman with a five-year-old on her lap and a husband hovering around, looking for a washcloth to go out to work. She fantasised about her life as a farmers wife in the past before the unforgiving drought struck in the summer of 2016. How we used to accidentally drop rice and then just clean it up. Now we have to eat it from the floor even if a few grains drop, she said, feet gliding across the red oxide floor of her hut to turn off the gas stove.

Tiruvarur, among other drought-hit districts in Tamil Nadu, is uniquely miserable for holding the position of the district closest to the Cauvery delta. Here, the people are especially bitter owing to the Cauvery water crisis that reached a crescendo last year.

In August 2016, protests erupted in Tamil Nadu after Karnataka did not release Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu. In October, the Karnataka government, backed by a state asse...

13:29

U.S. seniors struggle more to pay for healthcare compared to other countries "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay News  |  Nov. 15, 2017 at 9:57 PM

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 A new report finds the availability of health care for U.S. seniors lags behind that of other affluent nations.

Access to insurance isnt an issue, because all Americans 65 and older are covered by Medicare. But Americas seniors are still sicker than the elderly in other countries and are more likely to go without essential care because they cant afford it, according to the Commonwealth Fund study.

Our Medicare is not as generous as comparable insurance in other countries, fund President Dr. David Blumenthal said during a media briefing on Tuesday.

In other countries, government health insurance is not restricted to the elderly, but covers everyone, he said.

The United States is complacent about the value and benefits associated with Medicare, even though its a universal system, Blumenthal said.

We do know that we, as a country, do tolerate higher levels of inequality. Thats most evident in the fact that we underinvest, compared to other countries, in social services and overinvest, despite the lack of generosity of our insurance, in health care, he said.

Providing more social services to the elderly might help reduce the inequality of care, Blumenthal said.

For the study, researchers surveyed older adults about their health care. Participants came from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Almost one-quarter of U.S. seniors didnt go to a doctor in the past year when sick or they didnt get a recommended test or fill a prescription because they couldnt afford it.

In France, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, no more than 5 percent of older adults skipped care because of costs, the researchers found.

In the United States, 22 percent of seniors spent $2,000 or more on out-of-pocket costs during the past year. The only country with higher out-of-pocket costs was Switzerland, with 31 percent spending more than $2,000 out of pocket.

Among all the ot...

13:06

Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill To Codify Obama-Era Sex Assault Policies "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Massachusetts State Senate has passed a bill that would essentially codify the harmful campus sexual assault policies written into federal regulations under President Barack Obama. California Gov. Jerry Brown recently vetoed a similar bill.

The Massachusetts bill isnt much different than policies the Obama administration enacted in 2011 and have since been rescinded by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. These guidelines enshrine unfairness for students accused of sexual assault. While colleges were told what they must provide for accusers, they werent told what they needed to provide for the accused, other than a fair proceeding. This led to remarkably unfair playing fields for both parties.

The Massachusetts bill simply restates most of the Obama-era guidance, that both sides need equal access to an advocate or lawyer and presenting evidence. The problem is that under the Obama rules there were no repercussions for schools that only allowed accusers these resources, unless the accused student could afford to sue the school.

The bill also provides some things for accusers that it does not for the accused, such as a confidential resource officer who will tell the accuser about counseling and accommodations. These accusations can be extremely stressful, especially for an innocent person. Many accused students have needed counseling (and have attempted or committed suicide).

Prosecution Based on Anonymous Complaints

The part of the bill that hurts due process the most, however, is allowing accusers to report anonymously. Unless a school only provides accommodations for the accuser (which may be the case), it should not be able to prosecute an accused student without him or her even knowing what the accusation is or who is making it.

Regarding Browns veto, he wrote he was not prepared to codify additional requirements in reaction to a shifting federal landscape, when we havent yet ascertained the full impact of what we recently enacted. He was referring to Californias adoption of a yes means yes definition of consent for sexual encounters, which basically turns sex into an impossible question-and-answer session. That, coupled with the campus culture the Obama administrations rules fostered, made it more likely that a false accusation would occur and an accused student would be railroaded.

If Massachusetts enacts this bill, it would be disastrous for students in the state. Considering...

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This is what a movement for change looks like. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today is the fourth day of our member drive. On Monday I shared our passion for this message and showed what a huge demand there is for our work . On Tuesday I explained the problem we're trying to solve; the need to change our cultural conversation around growth and development. Yesterday, I talked about how we're taking that on, how our focus on growing a movement of people is the only approach that measures up to the challenge we face.

I am going to ask you today, once again, to join us. Become one of the first 2,000 members of Strong Towns, one of the #2000Strong. But first, let me show you what our change movement looks like.

Join the Strong Towns Movement

Here are the 1,750 members we have as of yesterday. This is where they live. These are the communities they care about. This map blows me away.

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To be clear, this map shows that we have members in every U.S. state. We have members across Canada, Europe, Australia, Mexico and even one member in Southeast Asia (you are awesome, by the way). This is not our readership. This is not our podcast listeners. These are the people who have said: The Strong Towns message is so important, I want more people to hear it and so I'm going to become a member. These people are the reason I get up every day excited about what we do.

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11:12

Australia Celebrates the YES Vote But I Feel Conned "IndyWatch Feed National"

Front page of The Age 16/11/2017

By Dee McLachlan

I voted Yes in Australias Same-Sex Marriage survey. I probably wont be using the proposed legislation, but I am very happy for friends, who feel they have been liberated given a gift, and a ticket to happiness. And I am also sad for others who feel their world is eroding before them. I just have a wish that all live happy lives.

I did not watch the live announcement, but when I listened to the news, and read the papers this morning, I was stunned by the impact the outcome had on the population. The MSM focused on Penny Wong, the first openly gay politician, as she broke down in tears, and there were ma...

11:04

An interview with Writer Des Pensable About his Divinity Seeds Trilogy "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

copyright Des Pensable 2017

Since everyone cant attend the book release heres what you might expect if you were there.

Interviewer: Des Pensable has just published the third and final book of his Divinity Seeds trilogy, Edge of Chaos. Were going to find out a little about him and his story.

Interviewer: Is Des Pensable your real name?

Des Pensable: No. I learnt many years ago that people judge others by the origin of their name. I wanted people to judge me only on the quality of what I write. So I chose a pen name.

The word pensable comes from the French meaning thoughtful. The word dispensable generally is taken to mean something that can be discarded. So Des Pensable is a play on thoughts and concepts that can be used or discarded if you dont like them.

Interviewer: Can you tell us a little about yourself.

Des Pensable: I was born in Sydney Australia and have lived there for most of my life. I was married and have two children and four grandchildren. I went to a public high school; I am a scientist. Ive worked in a range of science jobs in private enterprise and government; Ive travelled extensively around the world and spent considerable time camping and walking in wilderness areas.

Interviewer: You write on a wide range of topics. What is your favourite?

Des Pensable: I have written a lot on the issues surrounding Global Warming lately as I see it as the largest and most serious threat that our civilisation has ever faced. I have researched the data thoroughly and believe the science is correct. Im convinced that if we continue as normal our civilisation will collapse and the survivors will live in a very inhospitable world for centuries to come.

I was pretty fired up on the subject a couple of years ago so I went to Canada and did one of Al Gores Climate Change leadership courses. It was a lot of fun and I met some great people. Since then Ive concentrated on writing short stories, poems and satire about fracking, coal mining, climate change activism, protests and of course global warming politics.

However, my favorite project has been my epic fantasy trilogy Divinity Seeds which has been an epic journey in itself. Its about half a million words long and was written over several years. The third part of the story has just been published.

Interviewer: What inspired you to write an epic fantasy?

Des Pe...

10:27

Mark Latham sued for defamation by journalist Osman Faruqi "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mark Latham Sued for Defamation

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We know how the left in Australia hates free speech.They cant win arguments on the merits so they use political correctness, censorship and the outrage industry.
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10:16

Delta Govt Frees 26 Awaiting Trial Inmates "IndyWatch Feed National"


LAGOS NOVEMBER 16TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The Delta State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro has released 26 inmates awaiting trial in at Agbor Prison.
Justice Umukoro secured the release of the inmates during the ongoing prisons visit, which commenced on Wednesday.
Most of the inmates whose ages range from 19 to 30 years old were released on the grounds of ill health, want of diligent prosecution, inordinate long detention in prison custody and on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution that some of them have no case to answer.
The Chief Judge who granted the release of the 26 inmates out of the 397 cases reviewed stated that the exercise was not meant to throw the gates of prisons open to accused persons awaiting trial for various criminal offences but to ascertain the validity of their detention, ability to withstand trial and whether their cases were going on progressively.
While commending some members of the lower Bench (Magistrates) for their hardwork, diligence and dexterity in handling matters brought before them, Justice Umukoro however decried obvious lack of seriousness exhibited by some, saying that since they were the ones to inherit the institution of justice at the higher Bench they needed to be more serious and prove their mettle.
The Assistant Controller of Agbor Prison, Mr Emmanuel Ozili, commended the State Chief Judge for religiou...

10:10

Mark Latham accuses Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied of anti-white racism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mark Latham of TheRebel.media on the rise of anti-white racism and terrorist plots in Australia, plus interviews with two lions of the Labor Left: Peter Baldwin and Peter Crawford.
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06:32

Commercial Lien How well did it go for you? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Maybe some Corinthian once said something along the lines of ;

"Just because you can, doesn't mean you should",
where with regards to many people, breeding comes to mind first and foremost.

Some people have read about an apparent silver bullet called a Commercial Lien, which they may think is justifiable especially when the authorities have hindered a "free-man".

So, quoting some 'Common Law' let's look at a fella's success with regards to his "Commercial Lien" as seen from within paragraph 58 as shown in illustration below;



It's really really refreshing to know that law gurus communicate with mere mortals on the interwebs, where they share their out of mind experience, as shown in example below:


How well did this fella go with his "Commercial Lien"?

Which court approved it ??? !!! ???

Note to self:
Always a good idea, in the "remedy" section, to put in a few e.g. 10,000 troy ounces (over a quarter of a tonne) of not just pure silver but 'betterer' to use gold.

06:01

The Most Befuddling Investment Decision is Currency FIRST! "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I want to thank you for a spectacular WEC. I was amazed at how many pension funds were there. They were some of the biggest and we hear that they are listening to you and had shifted into equities. Some were talking at the cocktail party how you have really helped them even selling the strategy to their boards. The ones who were there were from Europe, Japan, and Canada. Do any American pension funds listen to you?

Cant wait for next year!

Thank you for opening my eyes.

LW

ANSWER: I am not at liberty to discuss who are clients and who are not. It is true, that our biggest clients in pensions are ALL outside the USA. They see the world from an international perspective more so than American firms who still do not understand currency. We have been the currency specialists since the 1970s. Consequently, non-Americans have been a major component of our global business. American funds tended not to understand or even consider currency risk. To this day, schools do not teach hedging currency risk. It is not even discussed.

06:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 1.05 AUD
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04:30

Adanis Australia Story: A Crucial Ideological Battle Over the Politics of Coal and Jobs "IndyWatch Feed National"

While support for the controversial mine exists in rural areas where the narrative of jobs finds resonance it is opposed in metropolitan centres where a more definitive acceptance of the threats from climate change defines attitudes.

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04:22

IWW Picket Met with Violence in Portland: Solidarity and Calls Needed "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post IWW Picket Met with Violence in Portland: Solidarity and Calls Needed appeared first on It's Going Down.

The following report comes from the Burgerville Workers Union, who has launched a campaign in the Portland area for higher wages and job place improvements. Less than a week ago, the corporation hired anti-union thugs to attack and harass picketing workers. Solidarity is needed, and people are being asked to call in and demand that this harassment and intimidation end and the corporation negotiate with the union. 

On the night of Friday, November 10th, a private security firm hired by Burgerville physically assaulted workers and their supporters standing up for their rights during a peaceful union picket at the Convention Center location. This security firm not only created an intimidating atmosphere through acts and threats of violence but actively and recklessly endangered the lives of everyone who stood up that night for the rights of workers.

Apparently Burgerville thinks its okay for people they hire to assault their workers, says Burgerville worker Mark Medina. The guards, he says, dont care about our rights, dont care about our civil rights, dont care about us as human beings.

The picket itself was part of a long unionization campaign at Burgerville, which has met with intense union busting from corporate. Workers are fighting for living wages, affordable health care, reasonable scheduling, and basic dignity. These demands, however, were answered by Burgerville with violence.

As documented in the video interview above, filmed immediately after the events of November 10th, Burgervilles private security guards used force to stop a worker at the Convention Center Burgerville, Chris Merkel, from entering his own place of work.

One of these big burly men, says Chris, ran back behind me and bumped me really hard, and I stumbled forward.

Chriss manager and a security guard also accused him of trespassing, despite Convention Center being his workplace and despite him being in the store not a half hour before the action.

That didnt make any sen...

03:52

ITS A LONG WAY TO THE TOP (IF YOU WANNA ROCK N ROLL) AC DC "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias premier rock band in Adelaide, South Australia, in the 70s at their best.

 


03:36

Introducing John Pilger into the Melbourne Press Club Hall of Fame "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Melbourne Press Club periodically inducts journalists into its Hall of Fame.

I was asked to write the profile and be interviewed about John Pilger, one of Australias most famous journalistic exports:

During his acceptance speech for the Sydney Peace Prize in 2009, Australian journalist, author and film-maker John Pilger articulated a worldview that he has vociferously opposed during a career spanning more than 50 years. Democracy has become a business plan, he said, with a bottom line for every human activity, every dream, every decency, every hope. The main parliamentary parties are now devoted to the same economic policies socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor and the same foreign policy of servility to endless war.

Pilgers decades-long work in print and television has transformed him into one of the most successful and awarded Australian journalists in the modern era, yet this has not brought him universal praise from his media colleagues or a profession that often prefers safe insiders and embedded realities. Pilger is too confrontational towards state power and his industry to be widely adored and he embraces being the eternal dissident.

In the introduction to a 2004 collection of fine investigative journalism from around the world, Tell Me No Lies, edited by Pilger, he warned that the proliferation of public relations forced reporters to take an even more adversarial position towards governments and corporate power. Political and historical context is everything and Pilger rightly demanded more discussion about the hundreds of illegal [American] covert operations, many of them bloody that have denied political and economic self-determination to much of the world.

Pilger has spent years visiting the sites of these often silent wars, genocides and occupations from East Timor to Palestine and Australia to Vietnam. He has never been a cheerleader for our side and his journalism is stronger because of it.

In his classic 1986 book, Heroes, Pilger wrote that he had grown up in one of the most fortunate cities on earth. Born in Sydney in 1939 to socialist parents Elsie and Claude, he was brought up in Bondi and developed a love of swimming that continued his entire life. With a working class background, his journalism career began as a copy boy on the now defunct Sydney Sun newspaper.

As a cadet on Sydneys Daily Telegraph, Pilger soon discovered what he viewed as the dark heart of modern journalism. Writing in Heroes, he explained that writing one thing and believing another was the way the system worked and to do otherwise was...

03:27

Imagining a sporting/tourist boycott of Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

After 25 years of increasingly extreme Australian policies against asylum seekers both onshore and offshore, perhaps its time to think about more active measures to change course.

I was interviewed by the Guardian about my suggestions:

The author and journalist Antony Loewenstein is attempting to open up another front in the campaign against offshore detention. He has argued for some time that an international boycott of Australia over Manus is a key way to pressure the government. He wants to see a sporting and tourism boycott, and a boycott of companies profiting from onshore and offshore detention.

Protest is vital but the old methods have failed to change decades of bipartisan support for mandatory detention of asylum seekers and other human rights violations, Loewenstein told the Guardian.

03:18

Is it time to boycott Australia over its refugee policies? "IndyWatch Feed National"

My following article appears in Australian news outlet, Crikey:

Lets talk about boycotting Australia.

Australias war on asylum seekers at Manus Island, Nauru and other privatised detention facilities on the Australian mainland is seemingly unstoppable by traditional means. While condemned by every human rights organisation in the world, Canberra is unmoved. The demonisation of (mostly) brown and Muslim individuals is an effective tool for politicians as well as many in the Murdoch and tabloid press to whip up fear and aggression against outsiders. And its been working for 25 years with Australia now inspiring hardline European policies.

When politics and international law fail to intervene if abuses occur, alternative tactics are required. Supporting a tourist and sporting boycott is one way to draw local and international attention to Australias mistreatment of refugees. It would inevitably lead to a hardening of views among some Australians, and vicious opposition by many in the media who would label it unrealistic or extreme but thats exactly the point. Business-as-usual ideas have failed for more than two decades. Its time to try something new.

Back in 2014, I wrote in The Guardian that the United Nations should impose sanctions on Australia over its asylum seeker policies. Then and now it was a highly contentious view, and the UN is a deeply flawed and corrupt body itself, but my aim was to make Australians realise that turning a blind eye to what was happening on Manus Island and elsewhere should come with a tangible, economic price. In other words, lets turn capitalism against a rich, capitalist country.

In 2015, I wrote in The Guardian again about boycotting companies, and divesting from them through shareholder activism, that financially benefited from Australias refugee policies. This included Serco, G4S and International Health and Medical Services. Earlier this year, when I raised the idea...

03:04

Vanessa Berrys Mirror Sydney: An Atlas of Reflections "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this book we are shown perspectives of lesser-known places on Sydneys suburban fringes such as Hornsby, Warragamba and Turramurra; sleepy shopping arcades in Penrith; an abandoned theme park in Lansvale and a 1970s floating restaurant slowly disintegrating in Snails Bay. What emerges in these deftly observed urban essays is far more than a simple description of urban space and reminiscence.

02:34

Weed Company Mocks Big Pharma Ads In Genius Parody Video [Watch] "IndyWatch Feed National"

Amanda Froehlich, The Mind Unleashed
Waking Times Media

Its 2017, and cannabis is legal for medicinal use in 27 US. states. This said, why are people still reaching for prescription drugs when they have access to a plant that has killed 0 people in the history of Earth and is proven to deliver numerous benefits

02:31

Top 11 Countries In Which Bitcoin is Banned "IndyWatch Feed National"

Countries around the world have a wide ranging view of the digital currency bitcoin or a virtual currency. Western superpowers like the United States and United Kingdom have shown a positive attitude towards the new technology. Some countries like Canada and Australia are still deliberating on what to do about Bitcoin, legally. Bitcoin Digits Coming []

02:12

City of Adelaide is 10th council to support raising Newstart "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Will the LGA follow suit and vote 'Yes' this Thursday?

Anti-Poverty Network SA and SACOSS (SA Council of Social Service) congratulate the City of Adelaide which last night voted to support an increase to Newstart Allowance, the Centrelink payment for job-seekers.

Over the past three months, 10 SA Councils representing 580,000 South Australians have added their voices to the chorus of business, union, and welfare groups calling for Newstart to be raised.

Adelaide has joined the following 9 Councils that have advocated for a raise to Newstart: Clare and Gilbert Valley, Copper Coast, Kangaroo Island, Mount Gambier, Onkaparinga, Playford, Port Adelaide Enfield, Salisbury, and Streaky Bay. 

01:55

Bad fairy at the wedding: @burgewords on the curse of #MarriageEquality activism "IndyWatch Feed National"

ID like to briefly hold your attention in this short period before marriage equality is legislated in Australia, because nobody will ever give a second thought to the years of struggle that led to this weeks resounding public vote for same-sex dignity. The concept of marriage equality first hit me like a bullet in 2004, in the moment I realised Id been completely and utterly duped by this lucky country. My partner Jono had died suddenly just weeks before, and I was struggling with acute, identity-killing grief. I had no idea that this profound amputation would come to be treated as though it was a paper cut. Unbeknownst to me, []

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Michael is an author and journalist who lives on Ngarabal country in the NSW Northern Tablelands. He has had enough of writing about marriage equality.

01:24

Two more women come forward about Roy Moore "IndyWatch Feed National"

[UPDATE: And yet another woman has come forward.

Gene Richardson, 58, alleges Mr Moore called her at her high school to ask her out. She rebuffed his offer, but said she felt pressured to go out with him after he allegedly asked again at the Gadsden Mall, where she worked. She claims the date ended with a forceful kiss.

Becky Gray, who was 22 at the time, also worked at the mall and said she complained to her manager about Mr Moores behaviour. She alleges the manager told her it was not the first time he had a complaint about him hanging at the mall.

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As is often the case with sexual abuse, once the floodgates open, more and more people come forward with stories about the perpetrators that they had long suppressed thinking that they were alone or that no one would believe them. That is what is happening with Roy Moore as two more women come forward with stories that Moore is a creepy guy.

Tina Johnson recalled how in 1991 when she was 28, she went with her mother to Roy Moores law office to get some custodial papers for her son signed. She said that Moore flirted with her the whole time making her uncomfortable and then as she was leaving the office, he came up behind her and grabbed her buttocks. She told her sister about it years later and her sister recalls the conversation.

In 1982, 17-year old Kelly Harrison Thorp was working as a hostess in a Red Lobstr restaurant when she encountered Moore who as a county assistant district attorney in his thirties.

Thorp said Moore asked her if shed go out with him sometime.

I just kind of said, Do you know how old I am?' she recalled.

And he said, Yeah. I go out with girls your age all the time.

Thorp said she turned him down and told him she had a boyfriend. She said he then walked away.

Thorp said she later told a family member but did not tell the story publicly. She moved away from Gadsden the following year, and has just recently moved back.

Thorp knows one of Moores accusers, Leigh Corfman, who told The Washington Post that Moore had a sexual encounter with her when she was 14. Thorp believes Corfmans story and said she is proud of her for telling it publicly.

Although Thorps story does not involve sexual assault, it adds to the evidence that Moore was constantly on the prowl for teenagers.

Moore seems to be still holding up in the polls. One of his mo...

01:18

Brownes dairy sold to Chinese firm Shanghai Ground Food Tech "IndyWatch Feed National"

14 Nov 2017 | ABCOne of Western Australia's most recognised household dairy names the 130-year-old Brownes Dairy has been sold to a Chinese firm.

00:17

Communities and their libraries being short-changed throughout the state "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kathleen Howard of Tweed Heads South browses the Richmond Tweed Mobile Library collection. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Kathleen Howard of Tweed Heads South browses the Richmond Tweed Mobile Library collection. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Death by a thousand cuts may be an old saying but it is particularly relevant to todays NSW libraries as they fight to retain funding from the NSW state government.

The NSW public library association (NSWPLA) is the peak body for the  for support and advocacy of the states 368 libraries and their Councils and is holding its annual WITCH Conference commences on Wednesday 22 November 201. It is using the conference to both challenge traditional thinking in the library sector but to also highlight the contingency funding cuts the library system is facing.

The NSW state government provides the lowest per capita funding for libraries of all states and territories in Australia, said NSWPLA President, Councillor Dallas Tout.

State funding represented just 7.5 per cent of the total operating costs of NSW libraries In 2015/16, a significant reduction compared to the 23.6 per cent state contribution in 1980.

The ongoing decrease in state funding is now resulting in the attrition of staffing, opening hours, services and programs in the NSW public library network as local government struggles to meet the funding shortfall.

NSWPLA is extremely concerned about the state governments lacklustre attitude to the NSW public library network, which continues to experience growth for the broad range of physical and virtual services that our libraries offer at no charge to residents across the state.

It is ironic that NSW the state that provides the lowest per capita contribution of all  established a Library Act in 1939 to ensure the prosperity of its libraries and to encourage local councils to provide them to their communities Cr Tout commented.

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00:09

Ageing homeless population set to soar as property prices bite "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Christopher Knaus (The Guardian 15 November 2017) is a damning piece about how older Australian are being treated by the Australian government. The number finding themselves sleeping in the street is growing.

Mission Australia calls for 60,000 additional social housing dwellings to be built for older people

Henry Wilson, 73, slept rough at Sydneys Central Station for several months. Homelessness is growing among older Australians, experts warn.

Not long ago, Henry Wilson, 73, could count his worldly possessions on both hands.

He was sleeping rough at Sydneys Central Station. With him, he had just a sleeping bag, shoes, joggers, socks, pants and a jacket.

Wilson didnt drink. He didnt gamble. He was simply forced to leave a toxic living environment, and was rendered homeless by Sydneys stratospheric property prices.

Wilson spent several months on the streets. He remembers the passersby that turned their noses up. He could hear them mutter under their breath.

It was hard, but I just sort of took it, and moved on, he said.

Wilson remembers going to sleep in a state of hypervigilance, always ready for an unpredictable threat or opportunistic theft. One night, he let his guard down. He was assaulted and robbed of his meagre possessions.

You were fighting to go to sleep because you didnt know what was going to happen. It was scary, he said.

As soon as I sensed someone was near, I used to wake up. But then one night I didnt, and my things got taken.

Henry Wilson at his new accommodation in Sydney. Wilson slept rough at Sydneys Central Station for several months.

Wilson is one of the many older Australians facing homelessness. Its a problem that will only get worse. Two distinct social trends an ageing population and rising property prices  are combining to drive concerns that more older Australians will find themselves homeless.

Mission Australia this week released a report on the issue, collating data on ageing and homelessness to paint a worrying national picture. The number of older Australians is set to double between 2010 and 2050.

The most recent census figures available on homelessness, from 2011, show...

Wednesday, 15 November

23:57

Quantum Methods & CERN Is A Quantum Computer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anthony Patch joins me on KBS as we get even deeper into quantum computing, CERN & more. We often cite D-Wave and their various quantum machines, which utilizes quantum annealing or quantum tunneling to go to mind boggling numbers of parallel dimensions in search of answers. However, there are other techniques/methods when it comes to

23:55

AC/DC Let There Be Rock "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias greatest rock band AC-DC

 

 


23:31

Eligibility doubts about two Nationals MPs "IndyWatch Feed National"

High Court of Australia. (Wikipedia)

High Court of Australia. (Wikipedia)

Two more Turnbull government MPs could be tripped up by the High Court after it ruled a Liberal candidate was ineligible to take the Senate seat of former cabinet minister Fiona Nash.

Ms Nash was disqualified by the High Court on October 27 because she held dual citizenship, in breach of section 44 of the constitution.

Hollie Hughes was the next candidate on the NSW coalition Senate ticket at the 2016 election behind the then-Nationals deputy, and was due to take Ms Nashs seat following a court-ordered special count.

However, the court on Wednesday ruled Ms Hughes could not take up the seat because she was also disqualified.

Ms Hughes was appointed a part-time member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on July 1 this year, which the government admitted to the court was an office of profit under the Crown.

The ruling has heightened concerns inside the government that assistant minister David Russell who is facing his own High Court battle and Nationals colleague Barry OSullivan might be disqualified for similar reasons.

Attorney-General George Brandis wouldnt be drawn into speculation about the pairs future until the courts reasoning in the Hughes case is made public.

Let us see, let us see what the High Court says, he told Sky News on Thursday.

In the Hughes case, the government argued Ms Hughes did not hold the AAT position at any time between her nomination for election and the declaration of the election result in 2016.

However the court heard the fact she held the AAT position between September 4-5, when the Senate resolved to refer the Nash case to the court, and October 27, should render her ineligible.

The NSW Liberal Party is awaiting further direction from the court, but commended Ms Hughes for seeking clarification of her status.

It is expected if there is another special count the seat could go to Liberal candidate, Major General Jim Molan, a key ally of Tony Abbott.

Labor senator Penny Wong said it was a humiliating defeat for the government and showed it could not be trusted.

The post E...

23:27

Assisted dying supporters rally in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed National"

Supporters of assisted dying will take their message to the steps of NSW Parliament House ahead of the opening debate. Dying with Dignity NSW and its supporters will gather at 9am on Thursday to show their support for the Draft Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill.

We are joining together in anticipation of an historic victory for compassion and recognition of the rights of the terminally ill to choose how and when they end their lives, says vice president Shayne Higson.

The bill will be debated in the states Upper House from Thursday with scores of terminally ill anxious to learn whether theyll be granted control of their own destiny.

We are pleased to see our parliamentarians engaging with this important issue, given the high levels of community support for legalisation of voluntary assisted dying, Ms Higson said in a statement on Thursday.

For many, the debate is purely political but not for Scott Riddle.

The father of three with stage four bowel cancer says the prospect of choosing how to die is calming in what is otherwise a scary scenario.

The private members bill, if passed, will provide patients 25 years or older, whose deaths are imminent and are in severe pain, a choice to end their lives.

Two doctors and a psychiatrist or psychologist would also need to determine whether theyre fit to do so.

Nationals MP Trevor Khan, who introduced the bill to parliament, says most supporters of voluntary assisted dying have seen a bad death first hand.

My father died a particularly long and difficult death over some three and a half years and theres no doubt that thats an influence, he told AAP.

While the bill has support from Liberal, National, Labor and Green MPs, the opposition is similarly diverse.

Neither Premier Gladys Berejiklian nor Opposition leader Luke Foley will support the bill if it makes it to the lower house.

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22:52

The Adani Carmichael Coal Mine: Introduction To A Special Five-Part Series "IndyWatch Feed National"

Per head of population, Australia is already one of the worlds worst carbon polluters. Despite this, our two major political parties Labor and the Liberal-Nationals are pushing ahead with the approval of a coal mine in Queensland that will exponentially increase our carbon emissions. The Carmichael mine, proposed by Indian mining giant Adani, will be the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere and annually produce more carbon emissions than a small country. In this special five-part New Matilda series, researchers from the University of Queensland, along with the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council, and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights look at the who, what, when, where and why of the proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine, its impact on Traditional Owners, the terrible economics that surround it, and our inexplicable march towards climate oblivion. This first introductory piece the first in our series is written by University of Queensland researchers Kristen Lyons, Morgan Brigg and John Quiggin.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250The controversial proposed Adani Carmichael coalmine commands diverse media headlines, but the untold story is about Indigenous rights and, in particular, the resistance of Wangan and Jagalingou people to the expropriation of their lands.

Theres been much said about the controversial and politically divisive Adani Carmichael mine the environmental costs of this ticking carbon bomb, Adanis international track record of human rights abuses and environmental harm, lies about employment figures, the failed economics of the project, and the revolving door between Adani and government staffers and lobbyists.

Kicked off in a big way by the Newman Government, its a major headache for the Palaszczuk government whos determined backing of the project has surprised and angered many of its supporters.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. (IMAGE: NREL, Flickr)Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. (IMAGE: NREL, Flickr)

Labors decisive announcement, at the end of week one of the election campaign, to veto Adanis requested $1 billion loan from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), demonstrates the volatility of this mi...

22:35

Dream on! Mattis claims UN let US intervene in Syria, but never did "IndyWatch Feed National"

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has recently claimed that Washington received a mandate to operate in Syria from no less than the UN itself. The problem is the UN never did any such thing as it does not even have any legal capacity to do so. The UN cannot sanction a foreign invasion of Syria or any other country because it is absolutely impossible under international law, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said, commenting on the issue. "The UN cannot do such things," he told the Russian media. He went on to say that "Syria is a sovereign independent state," adding that "only the Syrian government can invite armed forces of the third countries onto its territory" while "the UN has no such right," as reported by Rossiyskaya Gazeta daily. The diplomat also said that "the fight against terrorism does not give any states or coalitions a free hand to establish their presence on Syrian territory." International law indeed envisages no way for the UN or any other international body to sanction an invasion of one state's armed forces on the territory of another state. In fact, such actions are regarded as aggression under international law and are strictly prohibited. UN General Assembly Resolution 3314 on the definition of aggression explicitly states that an "invasion or attack by the armed forces of a State of the territory of another State" as well as "any military occupation, however temporary" or "bombardment by the armed forces of a State against the territory of another State" is what particularly constitutes aggression. However, all these facts did not prevent Mattis from claiming that it was the UN that sanctified the presence of the US troops on the Syrian territory without the consent of the Syrian government. "You know, the UN said that ... basically we can go after ISIS. And we're there to take them out," the US defense secretary said, referring to the US actions in Syria as he answered a journalist's question on Monday.

22:23

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22:21

Climate Clock Ticking: Its Time BHP Stopped Funding Deniers, Says Bill McKibben "IndyWatch Feed National"

As the Great Australian prepares for its AGM this morning, legendary climate activist and founder and senior adviser for 350.org Bill McKibben pens a passionate plea for the mining giant to get out of the abusive relationship its in with another not-so-great-Australian.

If BHP had a personal Facebook page, its relationship status would be its complicated.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250BHP and the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) have been in a long-term relationship for some time, but its pretty evident to anyone watching that BHP is now on the verge of a break up. And the MCA, bitter and frustrated with BHPs growing distance and more than a passing interest in climate change action is sulking.

Years ago when they first got together, BHP and the MCA wanted the same things a glorious, shared future based on their mutual love of fossil fuels, especially coal. But the world has changed and now BHP and the MCA want different things.

The MCA is desperate to hang on to BHP, its biggest funder. Feeling threatened and jealous, the MCA is lashing out in the only way it knows how, taking out its frustration on another target the environmental groups that it worries would woo BHP away to supporting climate change action.

BHP, embarrassed by the stance of its erstwhile partner, feels held back by the relationship. Its only a matter of time before they split.

Australian-miners

The timing is right for BHP to break from the Minerals Council pro-coal agenda and it should move swiftly. The company has already distanced itself from the lobby groups attacks on Australian charities.

This witchhunt seeks to pressure the government to legislate how charities operate, rendering many of them ineffectual. As David Crosbie, chief executive of the Community Council for Australia said recently, this would mean groups would be picking up the dead fish instead of advocating to stop the poisons going into the stream.

There is currently a six-pronged a...

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Marriage equality is supported by the Australian community "IndyWatch Feed National"

Editorial comment

The release of the of the massive yes vote for marriage equality, by David Kalisch, the chief statistician of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, was the signal for the outbreak of spontaneous celebrations around the country.

Nearly 13 million Australians took part in the Marriage Law Survey and 61 percent declared their support for equality for same sex couples. It is beyond question now. The Australian community wants change and expect that the parliament will deliver. There can no longer be any excuse for the dithering that has been characteristic up to now.

Australia wants to move forward to build a more tolerant and accepting society and the politicians now have an obligation to respect this and move quickly to make it a reality.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had promised that in the event of the yes vote, the Coalition will facilitate a private members Bill to make same-sex marriage legal before the end of the year. The time for promises has gone and it is now time deliver and it needs t happen during the parliamentary debate will begin on 27 November.

It will not be plain sailing. As it stands, two different bills Were to be presented and there is a danger that the debate will be seriously limited.

One of them is from Western Australian Liberal Senator James Paterson, which contains provision that exempts ministers of religion and celebrants on the grounds of conscientious,  guarantees  freedom of speech on paper and allows parents to opt their children out of school classes that conflict with their values. In the wake of the strength of the Yes vote Paterson withdrew his bill and and has joined those who wish to make sure the alternative comes as close to it as possible.

Two things are wrong with the Paterson bill and is it worthwhile commenting on it.

Any conscientious objection provision needs to be restrictive enough not to become and under the counter means to legitimise discrimination. The same applies to the vague notion of guaranteeing free speech. The right to peddle hate that brings harm to others because of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and other differences has nothing to do with free speech. Everyone should have the right to express their opinion, so long as it is within the context of honouring their repo9nsibity to not use this to harm others. Those at the recieving end have a right to protection.

It is now becoming clearer that some of the forces behind the No vote, are seizing the opportunity to to destroy the Equal Opportunity Act, by piggy backing into the Marriage Act a legal right to discriminate. Expect some vigorous campaigning on this score.

Pinning  education into a change in the Marriage Act is wrong. It has nothing to do with it and lends...

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Those Magical, Fantastical Russians vs. U.S. Empire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Glen Ford in Black Agenda Report: This induced state of emergency is designed to prepare the American public, politically and psychologically, to maintain the momentum of the U.S. imperial offensive in the world. The only people that can make Russiagate fade away are the ones that invented it in the first place: the spooks, Wall Street Democrats and institutional servants of capital that gathered in Hillary Clintons overstuffed campaign tent, last year, to plot the next moves of a beleaguered U.S. empire. Although a Bernie Sanders upset in 2016 had always been a statistical impossibility, Donald Trumps capture of the Republican Party machinery had destabilized the duopoly political system at a time of great stress for U.S. imperialism. The previous year, the Russian military had set up shop in Syria, blocking U.S.-backed jihadists from ousting the secular, Arab nationalist government of Bashar al Assad. It was Vladimir Putins answer to the global military offensive launched by Barack Obama in 2011, with NATOs overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, followed immediately by the jihadist push into

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