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Friday, 19 October

23:36

Dear Wentworth Voters: Heres 93 Things Our Government Did To Refugees "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yesterday, we brought you a list of 123 things the Liberal Government did to tackle climate change. The list, compiled by Liam McLoughlin, was sparked by a ReachTel poll commissioned by Greenpeace Australia which found that for the voters of Wentworth former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulls old seat tackling climate change was their number one priority. The second priority for voters was immigration. As Wentworth voters head to the polls today, heres a list (which reads like an International Criminal Court charge sheet) of what the Liberal Government has done to asylum seekers over the past five years, and in many cases is still doing.

 

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott*

  1. Appoints Scott Morrison as Minister for Immigration and Border Protection 18 September 2013
  2. Launches Operation Sovereign Borders, a military-led plan to turn back all asylum seeker boats 18 September 2013
  3. Instructs public servants and detention centre staff to call asylum seekers illegals  20 October 2013
  4. Separates a refugee mother from her newborn baby  10 November 2013
  5. Hides information from the Parliament and the people about the Governments treatment of asylum seekers  13 November 2013
  6. Gifts two navy patrol boats to the Sri Lankan Government to stop asylum seekers fleeing the Sri Lankan Government  17 November 2013
  7. Disbands the independent Immigration Health Advisory Group for asylum seekers  16 December 2013
  8. Directs...

20:43

South American marsupials climb higher than thought "IndyWatch Feed National"

This February 2018 video from Chile is called Monito del monte (Dromiciops gliroides).

From the Ecological Society of America:

South American marsupials discovered to reach new heights

For the first time, scientists catch on camera a tiny marsupial climbing higher than previously thought in the forest canopy

October 18, 2018

In the Andean forests along the border of Chile and Argentina, there have long been speculations that the mouse-sized marsupial monito del monte (Dromiciops gliroides) climbs to lofty heights in the trees. Yet, due to the lack of knowledge about the regions biodiversity in the forest canopies, no previous records exist documenting such arboreal habits for this creature.

Some tree-climbing researchers are changing that.

Javier Godoy-Ginao and colleagues set motion-sensing camera traps in the tree canopy to capture photographic evidence confirming the high-climbing theories surrounding this miniature mammal. The findings are published in a new study in the Ecological Society of Americas journal Ecosphere.

The monito del monte (Spanish for little monkey of the bush, although not a monkey at all) is a small, inarguably cute marsupial that is found solely in the temperate rainforests of Argentina and Chile. It eats mostly insects with some fruit and seeds and nuts, and it also hibernates, which is unusual for marsupials. Females can carry up to five young in a pouch, and a prehensile tail makes it adept at climbing. It is listed as Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Researchers thought this marsupial may live in the canopy because of its mobility in the vegetation above the forest floor, called the understory. However, Godoy-Ginao writes, all previous studies on D. gliroides have been conducted from the ground, with no documentation of this species ability to climb trees, or how high they may reach. Following the clues from reported sightings, he and his colleagues found the mystery intriguing and decided it worth finding out first hand just how high they climb.

Along with Ivan Daz, professor in charge of t...

19:11

Facebook introduces a new device to monitor your movements in the privacy of your own home "IndyWatch Feed National"

You should know that Facebook and privacy do not mix, as your 'privacy' is against the company's prime objective.

In any event the global data sharing selling corporation has a product to enhance its communications surveillance capabilities.



If there is a time where your vote counts it is now, where you vote with your wallet, keeping your cash inside it, ensuring you do not support your family being monitored by one of the world's greatest fraudulent corporations.

Will you support the creep's peepers monitoring your family?

18:19

Construction worker drowns in water filled trench "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Western Australia

A man fell into a 4-metre trench at Perths Mosman Park yesterday and died. He was stuck and drowned in the water rising about half way up.

This was called an accident. But it begs the questions, why was the water there in the first place, and why immediate action to prevent an accident apparently not taken.  Is this a case of a safety n breach on the job?

One man did not get the opportunity to return home to his wife and kids. and it is not a once off.

It happens again and again around Australia, and in most cases, it is easily preventable.

In this case, it took eight hours to retrieve the body. Imagine the trauma to his workmates. They tried to get him out, as he screamed that his leg was stuck.When the water rose over his head, others at the scene passed him hose, to breathe through, as he went under water. In the end they couldnt save him.

A report is being prepared for the coroner. A report is being prepared for the coroner. This is all very good. But how many accidents, how many Worksafe investigations and coroners reports are needed, before something serious is done about preventable deaths in the workplace.

It is already known that many, if not most deaths at work occur because of unsafe conditions provided by the employer, or inadequate training. There are safety laws that spell out the minimum required. But when these are flouted, the penalty is no more than a slap on the wrist. An employer found guilty is fined. This is not much of a disincentive.

A major reduction in workplace deaths will only come about, if when they are found to be the result of negligence, whoever is responsible is convicted under an industrial manslaughter charge. This would mean the possibility of a prison sentence.

Safety should always come first.

 

 

The post Construction worker drowns in water filled trench appeared first on The Pen.

17:13

The Liberals Made Political Projections A Thing. Now Theyre Paying For It "IndyWatch Feed National"

Only a fortnight ago, the state of NSW was embroiled in a grand moll hoo-hah over NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian caving into shock jock Alan Jones bullying, and directing the Sydney Opera House to project ads for a horse race onto the sails of the Opera House.

And now, having put projections well and truly onto the political landscape, the Liberals are having to pay for it in NSW and beyond.

With the Wentworth by-election soon to kick off, Greenpeace decided to do some polling of the seat to determine what really mattered to voters. As it turned out, tackling climate change was top of their list (40%).

But Greenpeace also decided to get a little creative with their own campaigning and so they went full guerilla projections on the side of Westfield Bondi Junction, one of the busiest spots in the Wentworth election.

Enjoy the fruits of Greenpeaces labour, with kind the assistance of the Liberal Party and its seemingly endless capacity to screw things up.

The post The Liberals Made Political Projections A Thing. Now Theyre Paying For It appeared first on New Matilda.

16:37

I said Im in labour but no one listened "IndyWatch Feed National"

As a lead on the Birthing on Country Project, I have a chance to ensure no woman experiences what I endured.

15:42

The Victorian Socialists fight for an alternative "IndyWatch Feed National"

An indication that something has gone awry for our rulers is the resurgence of interest in socialism, particularly among young people, that neoliberals worked so hard to make anathema. As with different leftist formations overseas, the Victorian Socialists are one attempt to respond to the world we now find ourselves in.

15:08

Charity advocacy laws still need improvement "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Human Rights Law Centre welcomed changes recommended by a Parliamentary Committee into proposed national electoral laws, which are a further step towards rolling back proposed legislation that would have stifled vital public advocacy by charities.

"Charities have enormous expertise to contribute, drawn from the work they do, whether its running a homeless shelter, addressing family violence or protecting the environment. When you sideline charities from public discussion, you silence the voices of marginalised people, undermine good law making and harm our democracy," said Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre Executive Director.

In December 2017, the Turnbull Government introduced a badly flawed bill, purportedly to address foreign influence in elections that would have stifled public advocacy by charities and other community groups. There was an outpouring of opposition to the reforms from charities, community groups, business groups, academics and more.

In September 2018, the Government proposed changes to address concerns. The Parliamentary Committee tasked with reviewing those changes released a report on Monday that accepts many of HRLCs recommendations regarding lingering problems with the bill. The worst aspects of the original bill will be avoided if these recommendations are adopted.

However there is still room for improvement. Significant ambiguity in the definition of what counts as election expenditure remains, leaving charities and community groups uncertain as to how to comply. HRLC is also concerned that the Bill seeks to override State electoral laws, which in many cases are more transparent than at Federal level.   

The Human Rights Law Centres submission on the original bill is here and our explainer on the original bill is here.

The HRLCs submission on the September changes is here.

For interviews and media enquiries please call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519

13:10

Hope, fear and Flight: telling stories that matter "IndyWatch Feed National"

Flight finishes in Melbourne on 21 October. But it is not the last time Australians will be presented with the lives, names, terrors and dreams of people seeking refuge. People like Aryan and Kabir, like Behrouz, like my family nearly 70 years ago.

13:05

Bring back man-sized Saladas, we can't handle man-sized Tissues. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I liked the world better when we had man-sized Saladas. Now we can't even handle man-sized Tissues to cry into. Kleenex is rebranding its 'mansize' tissues as 'extra large' after complaints of sexism (CNN)Kleenex is scrapping its range of "Mansize" tissues after 62 years, following complaints that the branding is...

11:56

Late Night Albo - now with some vintage Sir Les "IndyWatch Feed National"

They come and they go but I'm still here... pic.twitter.com/OHNcIRtQuv Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) October 18, 2018 As tired and emotional as a newt. Here's some vintage Sir Les now that Albo's got us in the mood. Not for the delicate! We are reminded by Truth Will Out that...

11:45

Australia and its Israel Embassy: What are they Thinking? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By James ONeill | OffGuardian | October 18, 2018 According to recent media reports, the Liberal candidate in the Wentworth (Sydney) by-election, former diplomat David Sharma said he was open to the idea that Australias embassy in Israel could be shifted from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In a separate tweet he went further and said []

10:58

Come on people, get behind this petition. Not everyone is a James Bond type!!! "IndyWatch Feed National"


More Attacks! What will it take to get more people to sign this petition?!



12-year-old girl slashed in the face 20 times
19 October 2018.
Hunt for attacker after 14-year-old schoolgirl dragged into bushland & sexually assaulted!
18 October 2018.
If these girls had been legally allowed to carry a pepper spray, they would have been able to protect themselves. 
The argument that pepper spray & tasers can be used against the vict...

10:34

Part 52: Australias irrelevant holocaust Ive called the cops:- the choice is arrest me for criminal defamation or investigate the Federal Parliament for genocidal crimes against humanity. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Commissioner Grant Stevens, the commander of South Australias police force should receive the following letter on Monday. Commissioner Stevens with have 2 basic options with this letter.

Stevens letter

NOTE: At the time of uploading this blog, the letter to Commissioner Stevens has not been posted. That will happen by 3.00PM local time today.

OPTION #1: Charge and prosecute me for Criminal Defamation for falsely accusing the Federal Parliament of committing genocide and crimes against Humanity on a holocaust scale.

OPTION #2: Investigate the complain and try and determine just how terrible are the secretly classified terrible human consequences that Senator Brandis mentioned during the ABCs #QandA broadcast on the 20th February 2017.

Note: the short-link URL for this posting is: https://wp.me/p1n8TZ-1ep

In addition to the text below and the appended documents mentioned in the text, the genocide complaint includes these 2 videos:

 

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09:07

Dear Wentworth Voters: Heres 123 Things Our Leaders Did To Confront Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed National"

A recent ReachTel poll commissioned by Greenpeace Australia found that for the voters of Wentworth former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulls old seat tackling climate change was their number one priority. With the Wentworth by-election to be staged on Saturday, Liam McLoughlin thought it timely to help the good voters of the eastern suburbs focus their minds on the Liberal Partys action on climate change over the last five years. Its a long list actually, its a long Shitlist.

 

Tony Abbott eats an onion. Just because.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott*

  1. Abolishes key ministerial positions of climate change and science  16 September 2013
  2. Abolishes the Climate Commission  19 September 2013
  3. Denies there is a link between climate change and more severe bush fires and accuses a senior UN official of talking through their hat  23 October 2013
  4. Abolishes the Antarctic Animal Ethics Committee which ensured research on animals in the Antarctic complies with Australian standards  8 November 2013
  5. Cuts 600 jobs at the CSIRO  8 November 2013
  6. Abandons Australias emission reduction targets  12 November, 2013
  7. Downgrades national environment laws by giving approval powers to state premiers  9 December 2013...

08:53

Lefty Loon Rosie O'Donnell wants to send the military to get Trump "IndyWatch Feed National"

Leftist Rosie ODonnell says she wants to send the military to get Trump pic.twitter.com/c90lgN9oo4 Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 18, 2018

07:57

Rank cynicism: Australian government dangled Jerusalem embassy move because it needs Jewish votes in crucial by-election "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dearest subjects of Her Majesty's Crumbling English empire: be warned! One of your brethren realms - namely, the Federation of Australia - is sliding away from the beloved civilising influence of Westminster, and is headed for utter chaos! On saturday 20th October, a by-election in the Sydney electoral division of Wentworth, the seat of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, will decide the fate of current caretaker prime minister Scott Morrison (affectionately, and not-so-affectionately, known as 'ScoMo'), whose Liberal-National Party coalition government is barely hanging on. With a single-seat majority in the House of Representatives, a failure to retain this critical piece of furniture will see the current parliament well and truly hung, thus opening the door to a (gasp!) Labour government. But never fear; loyalists have mobilised all available reinforcements to prevent such a disastrous outcome! The by-election conveniently falls on the same day that English-American royal...

07:48

Dinosaur age predatory fish discovery "IndyWatch Feed National"

This image shows a new piranha-like fish from Jurassic seas with sharp, pointed teeth that probably fed on the fins of other fishes. From the time of dinosaurs and from the same deposits that contained Archaeopteryx, scientists recovered both this flesh-tearing fish and its scarred prey. Credit: M. Ebert and T. Nohl

From ScienceDaily:

150-million-year old, piranha-like specimen is earliest known flesh-eating fish

October 18, 2018

Researchers reporting in Current Biology on October 18 have described a remarkable new species of fish that lived in the sea about 150 million years ago in the time of the dinosaurs. The new species of bony fish had teeth like a piranha, which the researchers suggest they used as piranhas do: to bite off chunks of flesh from other fish.

As further support for that notion, the researchers also found the victims: other fish that had apparently been nibbled on in the same limestone deposits in South Germany (the quarry of Ettling in the Solnhofen region) where this piranha-like fish was found.

We have other fish from the same locality with chunks missing from their fins, says David Bellwood of James Cook University, Australia. This is an amazing parallel with modern piranhas, which feed predominantly not on flesh but the fins of other fishes. Its a remarkably smart move as fins regrow, a neat renewable resource. Feed on a fish and it is dead; nibble its fins and you have food for the future.

The newly described fish is part of the world famous collections in the Jura-Museum in Eichsttt. It comes from the same limestone deposits that contained Archaeopteryx.

Careful study of the fossilized specimens well-preserved jaws revealed long, pointed teeth on the....

07:03

The peculiar role of spectators in baseball "IndyWatch Feed National"

I have expressed before my dislike of the fact that cheating in baseball by tricking the umpires is not only not punished, but the players and media gloat over their success in duping on on-field officials. That strikes me as disgraceful. Another thing I dislike is not cheating but involves the fact that spectators can, in some instances, interfere with the action. This can happen because spectators can sit right behind the wall that designates the boundary. So if a ball is hit over the wall, you can have a situation where the fielder leaps to catch it before, or even after, it reaches the wall, while spectators, rather than moving away and giving the fielder room to make the play, also try to catch the ball and interfere.

Here is one such incident that happened in a high-stakes playoff game yesterday and may have cost one team the win.

The astounding this is that this kind of thing is considered perfectly acceptable. If I were running the game, I would put a gap between the wall and the first row of spectators.

I am trying to think of other games where spectators can and do interfere with the play. In cricket, there is a huge distance between the boundary line and the spectators. So too in football and tennis and rugby. The only sport where spectators are so close to the playing area is basketball but I am not aware of fans trying to interfere with the game, though they could easily do so if they wanted. I suspect that they would be ejected from the arena pronto.

Adding to this problem is that in baseball, there is a peculiar mystique attached to catching a ball that goes into the crowd, and people who catch one seem inexplicably proud of having done so, even though what they caught can be bought cheaply in any sports store. They dont do this just for (say) some record-breaking event but even for run-of-the-mill games. This has even resulted in ugly fights among fans over ownership of a ball that falls among them. Adults will even snatch a ball away from small children and then gloat over doing so, as this video clip compiled by an Australian shows. (Language advisory)

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06:58

PERTH Children hidden and their identities changed by parent abduction ring "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Children hidden and their identities changed by parent abduction ring .

October 18, 2018 at 07:00PM .

A vigilante group that allegedly financed and assisted women in Australia to abduct their own children and keep them hidden in violation of family law

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.smh.com.au/national/children-hidden-and-their-identities-changed-by-parent-abduction-ring-20181018-p50ajl.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFpPeGjjMpotztoTW4yf93K0keCkA

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

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05:37

What is the importance of the Wentworth by-election? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Editorial comment

The Wentworth by-election has been dominating the news for weeks, as if its the be all and end all of everything. In truth, it is far from this. It has attracted unusual attention, because this was the seat of recently deposed prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, and it may even be lost to the Liberal Party.

There is a certain importance in that the Morrison government may lose its one seat majority, and this will add to the considerable factional warfare and instability already existing.

From this point of view, the loss of the seat to the Liberal Party would be the best outcome for Australia. It will help pave the way for the downfall of the government, and this is something Australia seriously needs at this juncture.

Even this, is a short-term need. More important is where we are heading to.  In a way, all the attention over Wentworth, has mostly turned away from this and set within boundaries around personalities and relative trivialities. A vision to where Australia should be heading is missing.

The field of 16 candidates is a statement on the state of Australian politics today. Disillusionment with political institutions traditional parties and politicians in general continues to grow.

Australia needs an alternative answer to the neoliberal economics, the lack of compassion for others and erosion of democratic rights that have been the hallmarks of government for far too long. In this, there is a desire for something different.

A big part of the reason for the limitation of the coverage, is the narrow scope for debate provided by the highly monopolised media in Australia. In Murdoch land there is little scope for new progressive ideas. This is something that really needs to be sorted out.

Far too many politicians have been sucked into the game and are too afraid to stray from the script. When sticking to the script promises personal rewards, it provides little comfort for everyone else. This is not an environment that easily generates leadership with the courage to forge a new direction.

Australia needs to build a vision, which is of a society that strives to build equality and empowers people.

This means building democracy. Not merely in terms of everyone being allowed to cast a ballot every few years. But a society where everyone has a voice in every aspect of life.  It means an effective voice in the workplaces and  neighbourhoods in which we live and an inclusive media. The decisions are no longer left in the boardrooms of big corporations. This is a society where everyone is properly rewarded for their contribution and all have freedom from poverty, adequate housing, equal, affordable and first rate health and education, which are the means for a decent life and to participate in mee...

05:19

Midnight Oil- When The Generals Talk "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of Australias greatest rock band, Midnight Oil. In terms of thinking mans Australian rock bands it is the greatest. Nick Cage is another.

In terms of stadium popular rock, AC-DC is the greatest Australian rock band, and rated the top in the world in that genre.

00:49

Australias Familiarity With Chinese Influence Sounds Alarm for Canada "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Clive Hamiltons book Silent Invasion details communist regimes quest for control of Australia
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BY RAHUL VAIDYANATH, EPOCH TIMES
October 18, 2018 Updated: October 18, 2018   

OTTAWACanada risks becoming a client state of China unless it stops being nave to growing Chinese Communist Party (CCP) influence undermining its democracy and sovereignty. Thats the lesson from Clive Hamiltons new book, Silent Invasion, which details how pervasive Chinese influence has softened Australiaone of Canadas closest alliesinto becoming more supportive of Beijings mercantilist views.

Hamilton, a public ethics professor at Charles Sturt University in Canberra, laid it all out in frightening detailhow Chinas United Front work was infiltrating all aspects of Australian society so as to break up the America-Australia alliance.

He was one of four panellists at an event hosted by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI), a public policy think tank, in Ottawa on Oct. 16.

Silent Invasion details how China feels it has a right to take over the world and how it has re-characterized itself as a historical victim of other powers such as Japan and the United States.

Silent Invasion: China's Influence in Australia

The United Front, an arm of the CCP, works to influence the choices, direction, and loyalties of its targets by overcoming negative perceptions and promoting favourable perceptions of CCP rule in China, explained Hamilton.

His book almost went unpublished, as three publishers feared reprisals from China. It was eventually published this February.

The panellists focused on the first step for Canadas protection: greater awareness of the growing Chinese threat.

It really is fundamentally important that the nature of CCP influence activities in Canada be exposed over and ov...

00:00

Australia and its Israel Embassy: What are they Thinking? "IndyWatch Feed National"

James ONeill According to recent media reports, the Liberal candidate in the Wentworth (Sydney) by-election, former diplomat David Sharma said he was open to the idea that Australias embassy in Israel could be shifted from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In a separate tweet he went further and said Australia should consider recognising Jerusalem as Israels capital. The ostensible reason is that it would be following the lead of the United States. In separate reports, Prime Minister Scott Morrison is said to be making an announcement in Canberra on 16 October also suggesting that Australia should follow the US lead. Sharma did qualify his suggestion that Australias embassy shift to Jerusalem should be looked at in the context of a two-state solution (to Israel-Palestine). It is possible that both Sharma and Morrison have timed their statements to coincide with the by-election by making a pitch for the Jewish vote in that electorate. According to census data, Wentworth has 12.5 percent of its population professing the Jewish faith, a significant figure in electoral terms. That is the

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Thursday, 18 October

22:00

Software engineers live in Jira. Can Atlassian help them love it? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rather than competing with Slack, the multibillion-dollar software company focuses on modernizing its popularbut agingtask manager for programmers.

If youve heard about Australian software giant Atlassian latelyand youre not a programmerit may have been over the death of its group messaging app, HipChat. After years of trying to keep up with hot new rival Slack, Atlassian announced in July that it would close down HipChat and Stride, a year-old collaboration app it envisioned as the next step beyond HipChat.

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21:53

Victoria's worst child sex offender, Robert Gommeson is a copper "IndyWatch Feed National"

Victoria Police, keeping up with their "Code of Ethics"


From the article on 17 Oct 2018 by dailymail.co.uk:

Sex predator cop who raped children is finally unmasked after brave victim he impregnated at age eleven wins fight to lift gag order

  • One of Victoria's worst child sex offenders can now be named as order was lifted
  • Robert Gommeson, a former police officer, is serving minimum of 15 years in jail
  • Tracey May who was eleven when abused has been fighting to reveal his identity
A sex predator police officer who raped children has been unmasked after victims fought a court order that protected his identity.

Robert Gommeson, one of Victoria's worst child sex offenders, was convicted and sentenced for the abuse of nine children in 2016 but his identity has been protected by a suppression order.

Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg decided to revoke the order on Wednesday following mounting pressure from Tracey May, one of Gommeson's victims who has been fighting to reveal his identity since his conviction, the Herald Sun reported.  

Ms May had a miscarried Gommeson's child after she fell pregnant when he raped her when she was just eleven.

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21:23

UK vetoed plan for Assange to get diplomatic immunity in Russia, newly released files show "IndyWatch Feed National"

Newly published files confirm plan to move Assange to Russia Julian Assange: Hacker. Journalist. Diplomat? Newly released Ecuadorean government documents have laid bare an unorthodox attempt to extricate the WikiLeaks founder from his embassy hideaway in London by naming him as a political counselor to the country's embassy in Moscow. But the 47-year-old Australian's new career in international affairs was nipped in the bud when British authorities vetoed his diplomatic status, effectively blocking him from taking up the post in Russia. The files were made public late Tuesday by Ecuadorean opposition lawmaker Paola Vintimilla, who opposes her government's decision to grant Assange nationality. They largely corroborate a recent Guardian newspaper report that Ecuador attempted the elaborate maneuver to get Assange to Moscow just before Christmas last year.

21:08

Canadabis! Recreational Cannabis Use Now Legal in Canada "IndyWatch Feed National"

READ MORE AT REAL NEWS AUSTRALIA 

By General Maddox.

Canada has now awoken and the government there has finally ended the prohibition on smoking weed. Read More

17:38

Canadabis! Recreational Cannabis Use Now Legal in Canada "IndyWatch Feed National"

As of yesterday its now legal to purchase marijuana for recreational use in Canada as new laws come into effect ending the prohibition. By General Maddox. Canada has now awoken and the government there has finally ended the prohibition on smoking weed. There are of course still some restrictions and rules for pot smokers to []

17:24

BBC framing of Jerusalem embassy stories continues "IndyWatch Feed National"

On October 16th the BBC News website published a report titled Australia considers following US on Jerusalem embassy on its main homepage, its World page and its Australia and Middle East pages.

The Australian prime ministers statements were presented in its opening lines as follows:

Australia will consider recognising Jerusalem as Israels capital and moving its embassy there from Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says. []

Mr Morrison said Australia remained committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Political opponents said Mr Morrisons comments were a deceitful ploy for votes ahead of a crucial by-election.

Readers were also told that:

If acted upon, the move would follow a re...

17:19

Stoned and Paranoid in Vancouver: A Lesson From the Streets "IndyWatch Feed National"

I arrived in Canada to begin what was to become my fourth snow season, but my first long-term solo overseas trip. I had no job and vague intentions of making my way to Banff, but figured a few days in Vancouver would be a good time to start.

As a veteran of three seasons in Australia, I thought this big adventure would be a cake walk. But after immediately getting lost and having to trek across the whole city with a snowboard bag and a 70-litre backpack to find to my hostel, it was obvious that there was some knowledge I was yet to acquire. Turns out I was to learn more in the next 24 hours than I had in the last three years.

Too many beers at the hostel bar, a sleepless night and a bunkmate who insisted on having the loudest sex imaginable left me feeling like a shell of the human I normally am. As a result, I dedicated the following day to getting as stoned as possible on some of BCs finest. I found the dispensary and nervously fumbled my way through buying some legal weed for the first time, then headed downtown to the New Amsterdam Caf and Smoking Lounge to burn one down.

Im not normally prone to panic attacks or being a paranoid stoner, but god-fuckingdamn. The combination of jetlag, sleep deprivation, a hangover and the reality that this particular strain of weed was the strongest shit Id smoked in my life all resulted in a crippling wave of anxiety that hit me like a bus. I had no idea how long Id spent in the smoking lounge. Everything was beginning to close in on me, so I packed my shit and got out of there. Once outside, I felt much worse; at this point, the buildings were too big and I, too small.

I wandered the streets looking for my hostel. I froze when I felt my passport in my pocket. My mind flooded with stories of people being pickpocketed. Walking like a madman, I buried my hands deep in my pockets to try and fight the fact that I was experiencing a pretty gnarly panic attack. People tried to talk to me to see if I was okay; it was obvious that I wasnt. For all I knew, they just wanted to lure me into a false sense of security and steal my passport.

Lost and confused, I pulled out my phone to maps my way back to the hostel. It was dead. At this point, I was practically immobile this episode had rendered me completely useless.

Accepting my fate, I found a quiet spot in an alleyway and tried to calm myself. That was until a voice from the dark asked, What are you doin in this alley? Youre not from around here, eh bud?

A homele...

17:06

Scott Morrison channels Alexander Downer's The Things That Matter "IndyWatch Feed National"

The things that matter. pic.twitter.com/OoKGJ0Zwx4 Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) October 18, 2018

16:49

Operation Noetic AFP Arrests Patrick ODea and Dr Pridgeon for Child-stealing. Really? "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFP arrests, Pat ODea is in the red shirt

by Dee McLachlan

My introduction to the Family Court was in Adelaide in mid-September. I met Darlene (a protective parent) and was horrified by her story.

After we published a few articles detailing some of the failings in the Family Court system I was inundated with calls from desperate parents, grandparents and a few legal people. The accounts only got worse.

One of these calls was from a South African/Australian, Patrick ODea. He seems to have dedicated his life to helping keep children safe, so we chatted for some 30 minutes and I offered to write, in the future, about any miscarriages of justice (understanding the restrictions of section 121).  Thats what we do at Gumshoe: write about the wrongs being done to the people of Australia or anywhere else for that matter.

Then yesterday, in Grafton, NSW, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers arrested Patrick ODea, and William Russell Massingham Pridgeon, a physician.

As far as...

16:33

PERTH Southern suburbs man charged with indecently dealing with a child "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Southern suburbs man charged with indecently dealing with a child .

October 18, 2018 at 02:18PM .

The 53-year-old man from Willetton has been charged with Indecent Dealing with a Child and is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.coastlive.com.au/news/local-news/southern-suburbs-man-charged-with-indecently-dealing-with-a-child/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEQBCDs-ygWrpJb1n8so5giUPDvJA

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

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16:33

PERTH Wedding photographer snapped with fine "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Wedding photographer snapped with fine .

October 18, 2018 at 03:03PM .

The Perth Magistrates Court has ordered a a wedding photographer and videographer to pay more than $10,000 in fines and compensation to three

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.coastlive.com.au/news/local-news/wedding-photographer-snapped-with-fine/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFgMejApPFyFEiuOiz2ztltd8T0gQ

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

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16:33

PERTH Joyride from Kal ends near Tammin "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Joyride from Kal ends near Tammin .

October 18, 2018 at 09:15AM .

Story via WA Police. A 50-year-old man has been charged after a vehicle was stolen from a car yard in Kalgoorlie on Tuesday morning, 16 October

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.triplem.com.au/news/goldfields/joyride-from-goldfields-to-wheatbelt&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFyWxtUaaoaL0ADx8zTY0CNjOZjbQ

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PERTH Enchanted wedding photographer fined in WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Enchanted wedding photographer fined in WA .

October 18, 2018 at 03:15PM .

Mohammad Amir, trading as Enchanted Films and Dyno Media, pleaded guilty in Perth Magistrates Court to four counts of accepting payment for work

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

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14:35

A feminist ethics of care "IndyWatch Feed National"

Theres an emphasis on self-empowerment within contemporary feminism which I think is hugely important. But I also think that the idea of self-empowerment can become tangled up in capitalisms consumer culture, and social media-driven narcissism, in ways that can warp it into an aggressive individualism. The kind of thinking Im referring to privileges the right to do whatever one wants to do for themselves over anything resembling genuine and thoughtful care for other people.

14:00

Blockchain Technology Adopted for Land Registry and Sea Trade "IndyWatch Feed National"

Blockchain technology is rapidly being adopted for public purposes. New South Wales plan to fully digitize property transactions and Abu Dhabi Ports test to improve cargo visibility and streamline trade flows are two new examples of the disruption taking place today.

New South Wales Partners with ChromaWay to Digitize Property Transactions by July 2019

As the Australian state of New South Wales prepares to digitize property transactions by July 2019, the recently privatized Land Registry Services has announced a blockchain-based proof of concept (PoC) for electronic property conveyancing in partnership with Stockholm-based startup ChromaWay.

The firm will leverage proven approaches from implementations in Sweden and India.

Under blockchain models, the data in a registry will remain secure and immutable, while also being accessible and searchable. It will provide an incontrovertible chain of ownership. It also has potential to transform land planning and development processes with a simplified, more efficient approach that removes burdensome paper-based processes and duplicated work that is currently the norm.

When the Australian state finally moves to eConveyancing in July 2019, all paper certificates of title will be canceled. All land registry will be lodged electronically with a comprehensive view of rights, restrictions, and responsibilities, according to Adam Bennett, CEO of the land registry service.

Rapid and far-reaching technology change is impacting traditional approaches to land dealings registration and general business operations around the globe. NSW LRS is embracing this new world by conducting a series of targeted experiments with globally-recognised technology companies.

Other land sector actors, including Property Exchange Australia, may benefit from the increased transparency and reduction of data duplication as the business settles property transactions online. Pending regulatory approval, the changes to NSW LRS core systems, and core and non-core services are expected to smooth functioning of local and national property markets.

Ports in UAE and Belgium Test Blockchain Pilot to Streamlin...

12:52

Malcolm Turnbull publicly lends his support to Kerryn Phelps campaign "IndyWatch Feed National"

A couple of hours ago a Kerryn Phelps campaigner published this to Twitter. Eagle-eyed John Ruddick caught and screen captured Malcolm Turnbull "Liking" the publication. Its true ... Malcolm Turnbull has liked this tweet. He has now joined his kids and put it on the record that he is anti...

12:40

The Guardian publishes ASIO's advice on Islamist threats to Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Guardian newspaper has obtained and published this ASIO advice describing the usual reaction by Muslims who don't get what they want. The Guardian cut the memo off at that point, but in the further text revealed that ASIO advised Israeli and Jewish interests remain: ....an enduring target of extremists...

12:34

Coal seam gas needs tighter controls in NSW "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Greens have condemned the paltry fine given to gas company Santos for not having appropriate approval for using treated coal seam gas water and called for an increase in penalties for breaches of licences or misconduct.

NSW Greens MLC and Resources spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham said, Santos has today received an inadequate fine for using treated water from its Narrabri coal seam gas operations for irrigation at Leewood without the appropriate approval.

In practice, a $1,500 fine is a slap-on-the-wrist for a big gas company like Santos who see the weak penalties for breaches as merely another cost of doing business.

AGLs attempts to irrigator saline treated coal seam gas water at Gloucester ended in failure. The Santos attempts, even if legalised, will also end in failure.

In the United States, they call irrigating land with coal seam gas water land farming. They basically contaminate the land and let salt tolerant weeds grow.

There are serious questions that remain unanswered about the use of coal seam gas in NSW. The safe disposal of the large amounts of salt and wastewater generated by coal seam gas operations is a massive issue and one companies like Santos have yet to be resolved.

The regulation of coal seam gas is not up to scratch in NSW, with this breach at Narrabri the latest in a long line of breaches and pollution incidents involving various coal seam gas projects.

The Greens call on the Government not to grant any approval for the use of treated coal seam gas water until it can be proven safe and for an increase in penalties for breaches of licences or lack of appropriate approvals, he said.

The post Coal seam gas needs tighter controls in NSW appeared first on Echonetdaily.

12:15

Happy 50th birthday to the Australian Army Aviation Corps. Vigilance. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today the Australian Army Aviation Corps will celebrate their 50th Anniversary with a Parade in Oakey. To all our, current and former serving Aviation Corps members thank you for your service. pic.twitter.com/Z4QPlXQc0E Australian Army (@AustralianArmy) October 18, 2018

12:14

Client Services Officer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Taxation Office Adelaide,  Brisbane & Gosford

12:11

Client Services Officer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Taxation Office Hobart, Melbourne & Sydney

12:04

Greens Takedown Their Own MP Jeremy Buckingham Over Multiple Defamation Threats "IndyWatch Feed National"

Greens NSW has issued a rare public rebuke to one of its own elected members amid revelations the MP has directed multiple legal threats against party members, despite publicly calling for defamation laws to be reformed so that politicians cant abuse them.

In 2015, Greens MLC Jeremy Buckingham and radio shock-jock Alan Jones were sued by then Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner for comments they made in the course of anti-coal seam gas campaigning.

The lawsuit was eventually dropped, prompting Mr Buckingham to publicly call for sweeping changes to defamation laws.

Australia is a robust democracy and criticism of public representatives is an important part of our democratic system. There should be a much higher bar set for politicians to sue for defamation, such as what exists in the United States, he said at the time.

Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham, pictured with Sydney shock-jock Alan Jones. Both were the subject of a defamation action launched by Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner in 2014.

But since then, Mr Buckingham has issued legal threats against at least four current or former members of his own party, three of which are centred around recent allegations that Mr Buckingham sexually assaulted a former Greens staffer, Ella Buckland in 2011.

Mr Buckingham strongly denies the allegations, although Ms Buckland is standing by her claims.

One of those being sued is Tom Raue, the Greens NSW candidate for the seat of Summer Hill. It appears to be unprecedented in NSW political history for a member of a political party to be suing colleagues in the shadow of an upcoming state election.

The fourth legal threat issued by Mr Buckingham just over a year after his public criticisms of defamation laws was against a teenager who described Mr Buckingham as a massive fucking hypocrite in a closed Facebook forum...

10:28

Royal Flush: Rain Soaks Drought Tour As Dubbo Cops Try To Shield Prince From Embarrassment Of Our Cruel Immigration Policies "IndyWatch Feed National"

He may be a direct descendant of the family that created the first wave of boat people to Australia, but according to Dubbo Police, Prince Harry shouldnt have to read about Australias cruel and inhumane immigration policies. At least not in the form of a protest banner in the main street of a country town. Chris Graham reports.

Dubbo is perhaps best known internationally for its world class open plains zoo. But yesterday, the eyes of the globe were on the iconic Australian country town for an entirely different reason the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (also known as Harry and Meghan) as part of their Royal Tour of Australia to support the Invictus Games (helpfully sponsored by major weapons manufacturers).

The newly wedded couple were in Dubbo to see first-hand the effects of the drought gripping large parts of NSW. That was somewhat spoilt by an untimely downpour, although in a few weeks time Dubbo and surrounds will likely be back where they started before the Brits brought the rain.

Even so, the wet didnt dampen the spirits of Dubbo residents (from an official population of 39,000, an estimated 30,000 turned out for a community barbecue). That job, at least in the minds of Dubbo Police, was left to local resident Laura Volkofsky, who decided to mark the visit by reminding local residents the Royal Tour probably wasnt going to extend to other parts of the Pacific namely Manus Island and Nauru. You know, where we jail men, women and children seeking asylum. Indefinitely.

A screen cap of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, pictured in Dubbo yesterday as part of their Royal Tour.

And thats how Ms Volkofsky came to hang a protest banner from her apartment window in the main street of Dubbo, only to have local police arrive and ask her to take it down. Because, while it may still be legal in Australia to express a political opinion, the Royals shouldnt have to read about it. Right?

Ms Volkofsky who lives above a florists shop in Talbragar Street in the CBD hung the offending sign up on Tuesday night. It read, ARE MANUS AND NAURU ON THE ROYAL ITINERARY? BLOOD ON OUR HANDS. By Wednesday morning, local police were on the case.

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09:37

AFTINET disappointed at Senate majority approval of TPP-11 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Media Release 17 September 2018 

AFTINET is deeply disappointed that the Senate looks set to pass the TPP-11 implementing legislation, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.

Progressive civil society groups, including public health, environment, aid and development groups, churches and unions have played a leading role in exposing the dangers of the TPP-11 in what has been an eight-year public debate.

This has been reflected in the opposition to the TPP-11 from the Greens and Centre Alliance, ALP policy against many TPP-11 provisions, and a fierce internal ALP debate. We thank all parliamentarians who have spoken out against the TPP.

We remain deeply disappointed that the ALP caucus majority decided to support the TPP-11 implementing legislation." 

The TPP-11 is not mainly about traditional trade issues like tariffs. It has an unprecedented 30 chapters, including ones on temporary workers, trade in services, financial services, telecommunications, electronic commerce, competition policy, state owned enterprises and regulatory coherence. Most of these treat regulation as if it were a tariff to be frozen and then reduced over time, and not to be increased.

This structure suits global companies but restricts future governments from regulating in the public interest. Our experience of the global financial crisis, the banking royal commission, escalating climate change and the exploitation of vulnerable temporary workers tells us that governments need to have the capacity to change regulation in the public interest.

The TPP-11 also includes special legal rights for foreign investors to bypass national courts and sue governments in unfair international tribunals if they can argue that a change in law or policy harmed their investment, known as Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).

The agreement will also mean increased numbers of vulnerable temporary migrant workers from six TPP countries without first testing if local workers are available.

We recognise...

08:38

Simultaneous co-detection of wild-type and vaccine strain measles virus using the BD MAX system. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Pathology. 2018 Jun ;50(4):450-454. Epub 2018 May 8. PMID: 29752126 Abstract Title:  Simultaneous co-detection of wild-type and vaccine strain measles virus using the BD MAX system. Abstract:  Despite the reported elimination of measles virus in Australia, importation of cases from endemic countries continues to lead to secondary local transmission and outbreaks. Rapid laboratory confirmation of measles is paramount for individual patient management and outbreak responses. Further, it is important to rapidly distinguish infection from wild-type virus or vaccine strains to guide public health responses. We developed a high throughput, TaqMan-based multiplex reverse-transcription-polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay using the BD MAX platform (Becton Dickinson) that simultaneously detects measles virus and differentiates between wild-type and vaccine strains without the need for sequencing.

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08:22

The criminalisation of women seeking abortion to end in Queensland, but still a reality in NSW "IndyWatch Feed National"

Queensland women will finally have the freedom to decide what is right for their bodies with the passing of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill in the Queensland Parliament last night.

The new law decriminalises abortion and respects the right of every person to decide what is right for them in consultation with their doctor up to 22 weeks of pregnancy. Thereafter, two doctors will need to consider an abortion appropriate. Safe access zones around abortion clinics will also become law and protect the dignity, privacy and safety of women seeking reproductive healthcare. 

Adrianne Walters, senior lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre commended the MPs who voted in support of equality, dignity and reproductive freedom.

Every single one of us should have the freedom to decide what is right for our bodies and lives. Its fantastic to see the Queensland Parliament make that a reality in law for women across the state. We congratulate the Queensland Government for driving this critical reform, said Walters

New South Wales now remains the only state that has not reformed its abortion laws in over 100 years. Abortion sits in criminal laws written in 1900.

NSW now stands shamefully alone in failing to reform its abortion laws. Every day, women in NSW are treated as second class citizens when it comes to accessing healthcare by the criminalisation of abortion, said Walters. 

Politicians across the divide should take notice  abortion laws in NSW defy community values, undermine modern medical practice and are hopelessly out of step with common sense. They must be modernised, said Walters. 

For interviews call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519

08:10

Declaration from the 2018 Food Sovereignty Convergence "IndyWatch Feed National"

We representatives of small-scale farmers, fishers, agricultural workers, indigenous peoples, women, youth, eaters, and NGOs came together from across Australia to meet on the traditional lands of the Ngunnawal, Ngambri, and Ngarigu peoples, paying our respect to elders past and present. At the 2018 Food Sovereignty Convergence we celebrated the opportunity to meet each other to continue weaving alliances, building solidarity, and strengthening our commitment to defend our right to democratically participate in food and agriculture systems.

We recognise the Original Owners and their role in caring for this land for over 60,000 years, their long history of growing food in ethical and ecologically-sound ways, and their careful maintenance of biodiversity before and since Invasion. We re-affirm our support for the Uluru Statement from the heart, which asserts that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes were the first sovereign Nations of the Australian continent and its adjacent islands, and possessed it under their own laws and customs.

We affirmed our commitment to food sovereignty, which promotes everyones right to access culturally-appropriate and nutritious food grown and distributed in ethical and ecologically-sound ways, and our right to democratically determine our own food and agriculture systems.

The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) today celebrates an historical achievement as we unanimously voted to amend our constitution to make AFSA explicitly farmer led. While in practice we have for some years been an alliance of farmers and allies with a clear focus on radically transforming the food system from the ground up, the new constitution gives farmers control of decisions that have a material impact on their efforts to grow food ethically and ecologically. If youre not a farmer, you must be an ally, and if youre not an ally you have to ask yourself why not? AFSAs farmers are not interested in the old silo mentality we work in solidarity with the full range of other actors in the system for the radical transformation so desperately needed.

Agroecology is recognized by the UN as the best way to feed the world. In Australia, regenerative farming is on the rise, and AFSA hopes to support an evolving conversation that acknowledges agroecologys potential to extend the movements progress on ecological improvements to farming to also include social and economic improvements embedded in the principles and practices of agroecology.

Small-scale farmers are struggling to maintain access to critical supply chain infrastructure that is owned by a shrinking number of corporations. AFSA is committed to supporting communities to take control of the means of production, and are helping farmers and allies to network and develop cooperative model...

07:10

Shame on Germany, and Who Needs Flu Shots? "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Does everybody have to get into the act?  How is Deutschland involved in the law enforcement aspect of 9-11? Im printing below, in full, the news release from Associated Press about one of the 9-11 suspects (no, not Dick Cheney, sorry) being sent, in the Year of Our Lord 2018 (or, if you prefer, 2018 CE), to Morocco from a German prison.

You dont really need to read it, as it contains nothing of interest other than the fact that media around the world will carry it. (Gee I wish theyd carry yesterdays Gumshoe spectacular on the Family Law Court.)

There is an upside to it.  Just as we need to get booster shots every decade or so to keep up the Oswald-shot-Kennedy myth, the MSM apparently feels its time for a generic booster on the 9-11 affair.  So long as the article contains a few words like court the attackers or Mohammed Atta, the medias expectation is that...

06:55

Hail storm kills 400 kangaroos and 150 goats in New South Wales, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A flash storm that ripped through parts of drought ravaged Far West New South Wales has left a trail of death and destruction for two grazier families. Up to 400 kangaroos were found dead on Avondale station near Broken Hill, with the neighbouring property left to clean up over $20,000 worth of dead stock. Tegan Langford said what began as joy and elation over the much-needed rain, later turned into utter disbelief. "It was very eerie down there. It looked like something out of a movie where they say the world is going to end. Everything was just dead."

04:53

Assange to get internet service restored "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

According to a statement issued by the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Sunday, Julian Assange may have his internet connection restored in part.

According to WikiLeaks, this came about after a meeting in Ecuador between the countrys president Lenin Moreno and two senior United Nations officials, the Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye.

There is little doubt that the enormous international movement in support of Assange has been a major factor, which is making the matter quite awkward for the Moreno government.

The move against Assange was influenced by a combination of Morenos policy to get closer to Washington, and pressure applied by Spain over Julian Assanges comments over the Catalan independence movement.

Restoration of internet access, even if it is with restrictions is a significant victory for Assange and WikiLeaks. He will also be allowed to have visitors. Personally, this restores connection with colleagues, parents and children.

The down side is that what might be considered political comments are not allowed. How this is going to pan out is not known yet.

Washington is showing no indication of giving up its eight-year effort to get Assange on what are widely regarded as fabricated charges of espionage.

Assange gained refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy, after the British government moved to have him extradited to Sweden for questioning over sexual assault allegations that have since been dropped. Assange and his advisors strongly believed that this was a mechanism to have him rendered over to the United States.

The Australian government, setting its working relationship with Washington as its first priority, refused and continues to refuse to act for Assange, who is an Australian citizen. Not good enough. It is  a serious dereliction of duty. Every citizen would expect that our government would intervene to make sure that there is no violation of basic human rights and there is proper legal process. When this gives way to political expediency, something is terribly wrong.

It is no secret that Julian Assange is being sought for the exposure of inconvenient truths, like the scale of political corruption and the massive corporate global tax avoidance system. This should never be forgotten.

Donate to the WikiLeaks legal defence fund.
Shop at the official WikiLeaks shop.
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04:29

Australian govt lambasted after supporting 'It's OK to be white' 4chan meme as policy "IndyWatch Feed National"

A 4chan meme nearly became official Australian policy after the country's ruling party backed a motion that declared "It's OK to be white." The government claims it mistakenly supported the resolution and called for a re-vote. Some 23 members of the ruling Liberal-National Coalition, including several cabinet members, voted in favor of a motion introduced by Senator Pauline Hanson - the leader of the anti-immigrant One Nation party - which lamented the "deplorable rise of anti-white racism and attacks on Western civilization," while stressing that "It is OK to be white." The Senate ultimately voted 31 to 28 to reject the motion - but the ruling coalition's support for the failed declaration sparked condemnation from opposition parties and commentators, who claimed that the term "It's OK to be white" is a popular slogan used by white supremacists and neo-Nazis. The government immediately went into damage control, claiming that it had mistakenly supported the resolution and agreed to...

04:20

Probably the Most Controversial Interview I Have EVER Given "IndyWatch Feed National"

This interview is about Ted Gunderson, John DeCamp, and a lot of things Franklin Credit

02:03

Israeli effort to punish BDS activists for Lorde cancellation is backfiring "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last year the New Zealand pop star Lorde cancelled her performance in Israel due to the persuasion of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activists (BDS), sparked by a letter written by New Zealand activists Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab, who are respectively of Israeli-Jewish and Palestinian background. Sachs was offered the full kapo (Nazi-traitor) treatment in the Israeli press .

Meantime, Israeli lawfare organization Shurat Hadin, an NGO, carried out a legal crusade to sue the activists, even though they were not in Israel when they penned the letter, and even though Lorde made up her own mind and was neither forced to perform nor to cancel. Shurat Hadin represented three teenage girls, demanding damages be paid by the activists for bringing about the cancellation.

Lorde at the 2014 St Jeromes Laneway Festival in Sydney, Australia (Photo: Annette Geneva/ Wikimedia)

Last week an Israeli court ruled that Sachs and Abu-Shanab must pay damages to Israeli teenagers Shoshana Steinbach, Ayelet Wertzel and Ahuva Frogel totaling more than NZ $18,000 ($11,700). The court found the two New Zealand women damaged the artistic welfare of the three Israeli teenagers, and perpetrated damage to their good name as Israelis and Jews.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, president of Shurat HaDin, who filed the suit called the ruling precedent-setting:

This decision makes it clear that anyone who calls for a boycott against the state of Israel could find themselves liable for damages and need to pay compensation to those hurt by the boycott call, if theyre in Israel or outside it. 

But Shoshana, Ayelet and Ahuva, whose artistic welfare and good name are now damaged beyond recognition, can apparently go and cry themselves a river because Justine and Nadia are...

Wednesday, 17 October

21:52

YouTube service goes dark worldwide, users begin to lose their sanity "IndyWatch Feed National"

YouTube has suffered a massive outage, with users from all across the globe rushing to alternative social media platforms to vent their frustration and seek psychological support from fellow victims of #YouTubeDOWN disaster. The video-sharing website experienced a service disruption across the northeastern United States, as well as parts of the West and East Coasts. Users in Australia, Mexico, Brazil and the EU have also been affected, according to thousands of reports on the Down Detector monitoring site. YouTube videos began returning errors around 9pm EST. The site infrastructure was still loading for users, but the videos themselves did not play and were replaced by error messages imploring users to "please try again later."

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