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Thursday, 26 October

21:18

The 2004 'tic - tac' UAP "IndyWatch Feed National"

Introduction

Much has been written on the Internet recently, about an incident which reportedly happened in November 2004; which resulted in an encounter between US Navy aviators and a 'tic - tac' shaped UAP. The story which has emerged, has a lengthy history, which many of the current Internet accounts don't cover. For my blog readers, I will attempt to provide as much information as is currently available.


Back in 2007

On 3 February 2007, on the Above Top Secret website, someone using the username 'thefinaltheory' (which I will abbreviate to TFT), on a thread titled 'Observations of an Actual UFO' posted about what seemed to be an intriguing incident.

TFT stated that an incident had occurred in 2005 when they were on board an aircraft carrier, based on the West coast of the USA, off the coast of Mexico. TFT mentioned that they worked in 'the computer field' and had access to 'the top secret network onboard.'

The incident was described as follows - at 2300 the ship went into 'security alert' and TFT asked others what was happening? The response was that there was a UFO above the ship. TFT then said they had logged on to the ship's network and that they found 'many videos and powerpoint briefs' written reports and message traffic about the incident. TFT burned these to disk which was subsequently misplaced. TFT referred to the video as being taken from a cockpit camera, was black and white, and showed altitude, pilot's 'nickname' and other data. The UAP was floating stationary at 30,000 feet. It was disk shaped. The pilot tried to get a lock on it but couldn't. The UAP moved in a half circle upward and paused. There was a bright flash and it disappeared from sight.

Discussion then ensued in subsequent posts, questioning the veracity of TFT and the details which had been provided.

On 4 February 2007 TFT announced that 'I have the video and documents as I have previously described,' but asked that the ATS thread be erased before he proceeded further. TFT was apparently concerned over the possibility of being tracked down.

An ATS moderator entered the picture and 'trashed' the thread, but revealed that the initial two posts of this thread, allegedly from TFT and another individual came from the same IP address. Later this moderator 'untrashed' the thread, which can still be read in 2017. However, they did close the thread at that point.

Later on 4 February 2007, another ATS thread was commenced, titled 'Fighter jet UFO Footage: The Real Deal.' TFT posted the first piece and announced that 'The video you are about to see...' There is a click 'here' to view the video but today if you click the link you are advised that  www.vision-unlimited.de/extern/f4.mpg is not to be found on the...

21:15

Solving the Marathon Bomb Mystery, Part 9: What Is the Role of a Library? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Michele McPhees book. Imagine using a tender family photo in such a way.

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Dear Mr David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

Greetings!

From my youth I recall the ground floor of the BPL as a quiet, uneventful place. Today (October 23, 2017) it was all hells-a-poppin, especially thanks to the WGBH newsfeed, and activities for readers. Anyone would be uplifted just being there. Congratulations to you and your staff.

I walked over to the bibliographical assistance desk and asked the very helpful librarian four questions. First, Do you have a special section of books that deal with Nine Eleven,? and...

20:16

Ex-wife of paedophile reveals anguish of finding child exploitation images, slow police response "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you know anyone who is a pedophile, you should report them to the police.

There are police sex offenders hotlines or see detectives at any police station

ABC News Australia

Ex-wife of paedophile reveals anguish of finding child exploitation images, slow police response

25 October 2017
Desley Lodwick was living the high life. She was married to a man she loved and travelled the world with him as they ran a $7 million IT business together.

That all changed with the click of a mouse.

It was while staying in a Montreal hotel in June 2003 that Dr Lodwick innocently used her husbands laptop to check her email and uncovered a side to her then partner that she never expected.

I saw the history of what he had been visiting, she told 7.30.

There were some weird names and a website for RSVP, but RSVP for children in Russia and he was about to go to Russia.

I was in shock. I was numb.

Three weeks later, Dr Lodwick copied everything she could from the offending laptop to a hard drive and stored it in a bank safety deposit box.

She had uncovered thousands of illegal child exploitation images, which she went through to ensure none of her friends or familys children were in the photos.

It was horrendous, she said.

I dont tell people much about what I saw because if I did they would have to deal with it. It would change people.

I lost everything

19:26

Magnetic north "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Unemployment ticks down

No shortage of people on hand to announce that the end of the world is nigh for Sydney. 

No-one seems to have bothered telling the Greater Sydney economy just yet, though, as employment growth continues to surge and the city's annual average unemployment rate just keeps on falling and falling towards historic lows. 


There have also been notable improvements in the unemployment rate in Adelaide and Hobart lately.

Magnetic north

Perhaps the standout statistic from the detailed labour force figures, though, has been the synchronised upswing in Queensland employment. 

Now the monthly numbers are noisy, there's no question about that, but even when plotting the figures on an annual average basis you can't help but notice the rebound. 

Brisbane's employment growth has been punctuated by part-time jobs. 

But one pleasing thing to see is that the state's full-time employment rebound has been spread across the state from the Gold Coast, and Toowomba, and up to the Sunshine Coast, Mackay, Townsville, and Cairns. 

Queensland's regional employment growth is now tracking at levels not seen in a decade. 

18:30

According to CERN, Our Universe Shouldnt Even Exist "IndyWatch Feed National"

Perhaps the biggest mystery of all is our entire universe itself. Humans have been baffled and curious about the creation of the universe since the beginning of time, and even now scientists are amazed we even exist!

The more we discover about the creation of the universe and the genetic code of our cosmic existence, the more we discover that we are not even close to figuring anything out. The answer to one question leads to ten more questions! All in all, the universe we are apart of is amazing and were lucky to be here, according to nuclear scientists

Life is much more than luck of the draw and scientists researching the creation of the universe are amazed that we are even here. Why? Well, from everything we know about the actual creation of the universe and the way things work in space, scientists believe we should have ultimately destroyed ourselves in the process! According to the standard model of the universe, there are equal amounts of matter and antimatter, making scientists believe the two shouldve canceled each other out.

As reported by Cosmos Magazine, Christian Smorra, the author behind the study, said:

All of our observations find a complete symmetry between matter and antimatter, which is why the universe should not actually exist.

An asymmetry must exist here somewhere but we simply do not understand where the difference is. What is the source of the symmetry break?

Researchers set out to find some answers about how we ever made it out of the creation of the universe in a groundbreaking study! Researchers from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)  tested out different possibilities such as mass and electric charge when looking into the possibility that there was a difference in magnetism even though the matter and antimatter were thought to be identical. CERN uses the worlds largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter the fundamental particles. The research revealed that the two are actually much more symmetrical than we thought! 

CERN spokesperson Stefan Ulmer said:.....

18:00

NSW Bar Association Urges Victims Of Sexual Harassment To Come Forward "IndyWatch Feed National"

Victims of sexual harassment by members of the NSW Bar are being urged to come forward in the wake of explosive allegations levelled against prominent Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet earlier this week.

President of the New South Wales Bar Association, Arthur Moses SC told New Matilda his organisation urged any victims of sexual harassment by members of the NSW Bar to make a complaint to the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner so that it can be investigated and in appropriate cases report the behaviour to Police.

Mr Moses has also warned that barristers in NSW who engage in sexual harassment can be struck off and may face criminal charges.

Sexual harassment is not condoned in any manner by the NSW Bar nor is standing by and not intervening, he said.

Tough sanctions are in place regarding sexual harassment by legal practitioners. Rule 123 of the Legal Profession Uniform Conduct (Barristers) Rules 2015 provides that a barrister must not engage in conduct which constitutes discrimination and sexual harassment in the course of practice.

The NSW Bar Association has the power to intervene and investigate any complaints of sexual harassment. If a barristers conduct is found to constitute sexual harassment, they face serious consequences, including the loss of their profession.

The breach of Rule 123 can result in findings of unsatisfactory professional conduct or professional misconduct and an order that a barrister be struck off, Mr Moses said.

Conduct of this kind may also amount to a criminal offence, a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission or the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board.

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17:54

Sebastian Gorka: Lock Up!, 1861 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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17:47

Police Inquire Into Waterstreet Allegations, While University Bans His Job Ads "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pressure continues to mount on Charles Waterstreet the inspiration behind the popular ABC television drama Rake. Nina Funnell reports.

NSW Police began making inquiries this morning into allegations prominent Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet sexually harassed a young woman during a job interview at his Elizabeth Street offices in August this year.

On Tuesday New Matilda revealed explosive claims made by third year Sydney University law student, Tina Huang, alleging that Mr Waterstreet showed her nude images of women and a masturbation video during the one-hour job interview.

Ms Huang also alleged that Mr Waterstreet described how he liked to go to sex parties and enjoyed having women snort cocaine off his body, before revealing he preferred to hire pretty young things to work with him.

Today, Ms Huang was contacted by NSW Police. Her lawyer Michael Bradley, managing partner at Marque Lawyers said it took a lot of courage for my client to come forward publicly and I hope that other women will feel empowered to tell their stories too.

Ms Huang, 21, applied for the paralegal position after seeing the job advertised in Sydney Universitys CareersHub website.

Approximately 80 students gathered in a snap protest outside the new law faculty building at Sydney University at lunch time to demand Mr Waterstreets job ads are no longer promoted to students.

Protestors at Sydney University earlier today, in which they successfully demanded job ads from Charles Waterstreet be banned from the Sydney University online jobs forum.Protestors at Sydney University earlier today, in which they successfully demanded job ads from Charles Waterstreet be banned from the Sydney University online jobs forum.

A spokesperson for the university has confirmed the ban on job ads from Mr Waterstreet.

The personal safety of our students is of primary concern, a university spokesperson told Honi Soit.

The protest was organised by Sydney University Womens Collective.

It is incredibly brave for Tina to speak out about a situation where the power differential between Waterstreet and herself was staggering, a member of the Collective was reported as saying.

It is rare that a harasser is publicly accused. Powerful men like Waterstreet usually get to harass women with impunity, no matter how many people in their industry know about it, the Collective said.

In other developments, television and news media...

17:15

Government assures China over Adani mega- mine approvals "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

China has officially been informed the controversial Adani coal mine in Central Queensland has received all government approvals, Federal Attorney-General George Brandis has told Senate Estimates.

Senate crossbenchers have questioned officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Senate Estimates.

The questions were sparked by a Freedom of Information request to DFAT for documents relating to requests for foreign government financing for the controversial multi-billion-dollar mine and rail project.

While he did not confirm whether that had occurred, Senator Brandis said the Government had made representations to dispel misinformation about the Carmichael mine.

The Australian Government has written to the Government of China to confirm the project has received all necessary Queensland state government and Australian government environmental and mining approvals, he said.

Senator Brandis said he did not know whether the letter was sent on request by Adani, but department secretary Frances Adamson said she expected Adani did ask for the letter to be sent.

I would expect so because a letter setting out the status of the project would have been generated as a result of a perceived need for that I expect, Ms Adamson said.

Following a lunch adjournment, Ms Adamson revealed more details about the letter.

The letter was written by the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment and by the Deputy Prime Minister, she said.

It was a statement of fact where the project is up to and a statement of endorsement of support by the Australian Government.

Letter not an approach to a foreign agency

Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie asked why it was necessary to inform the Chinese Government about the project.

Has this got to do with money being lent from the Chinese? she asked.

Senator Brandis took the question on notice. He said it was not an approach to a foreign agency, rather it set out the facts of the project.

DFAT officials have told Senate estimates it was not the departments role to seek finance for the Adani project.

Responding to the delay in the FIO request, Ms Adamson said the fact it had captured several hundred pages of documents did not mean official approaches had been happening.

The fact that there are a significant number of documents that weve identified for review should not be read to imply that theres a significant amount of departmental activity, she said.

My understanding is there has not been a significa...

17:07

Researchers probe 'never-before-seen' influx of tropical pyrosomes off Alaska "IndyWatch Feed National"

Researchers at NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center are reporting a never-before-seen phenomenon in Alaska waters-an influx of strange organisms that resemble flattened, translucent sea pickles. It may sound like dj vu. A similar story made headlines along the West Coast last summer, but this is a new situation for Alaska. Scientists call these jelly-like organisms pyrosomes. The creatures typically live in tropical waters around the world, occasionally emerging a little farther north in sub-tropical waters. But no one has ever recorded pyrosomes as far north as Alaska. Pyrosomes were encountered in NOAA acoustic, surface, and bottom trawl surveys throughout the year from Kodiak to the offshore waters of southeastern Alaska. "Fishermen first observed pyrosomes in Alaska in early February in such high densities that the organisms clogged their fishing gear," said Jim Murphy, fisheries research biologist, Alaska Fisheries Science Center. "I was contacted by biologists at Alaska Department of Fish and Game who shared specimens with me and I identified the species." The big question is: Was this just an unusual year - a unique phenomenon - or does this reflect a lasting change that could have food web implications? Scientists across the surveys witnessed rockfish species and sablefish eating pyrosomes. Pyrosomes filter and ingest tiny plant and animal cells from the plankton and may compete with other small grazers that represent more preferable or more nutritious fish prey. At this point, there are more questions than answers.

17:02

#PizzaGate and #PedoGate Articles, News Updates for October 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

#PizzaGate #PedoGate Articles and News Updates for October 2017

Source: Ascension With Earth




October 25, 2017

Here are a compilation of news articles that are flooding the alternative news networks exposing the pedophile problem in Hollywood, USA. After this exposure we should see more disclosures and arrests taking place in other parts of the world. It is time to expose the pedophile and satanic ritual abuse which are supported by elite politicians, celebrities, and media personalities from around the world such as the UK, Australia, & Vatican.

The Next Big Hollywood Sex Scandal Is Already BreakingAt NickelodeonThe Harvey Weinstein scandal may have opened up a whole can of worms for Hollywood, but (to employ another metaphor) that is just the tip of the iceberg. The scandal is due to crack wide open any day now, and its not another Weinstein tale. Its worse.
https://www.redstate.com/kiradavis/2017/10/24/next-big-hollywood-sex-scandal-already-breaking...at-nickelodeon/

Hollywood is overcrowded with pedophiles and predators
When Corey Feldman declared in 2011 that The No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and isand always will bepedophilia, some people in the media didnt pay much attention to him because Feldman sounded like a conspiracy theorist. But as the years went by, Feldman was shown to be absolutely right.
https://www.veteranstoday.com/2017/10/25/hollywood-is-overcrowded-with-pedophiles-and-predators/

#PizzaGate #Pedogate Update - Corey Feldman Requests Support To Expose A Major Hollywood Pedophilia Ring
http://www.ascensionwithearth.com/20...

17:00

Did Ethereum ICO? Founder Joe Lubin Gives Uncertain Answer "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Quartz event on Tuesday saw a founding developer of the ethereum protocol answer high-level questions about the state of blockchain technology.

16:18

WATCH: Florida Deputy Breaks Into Elderly Mans Home and Robs Him "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Sputnik)  A Florida sheriffs deputy was recently arrested after home surveillance video showed him burglarizing the home of an elderly man who died after falling and gravely injuring himself during Hurricane Irma.

Deputy Jason Cooke was arrested last week on charges of burglary and grand theft with a firearm for allegedly stealing from 85-year-old Moe Rosoff.

The Palm Beach County sheriffs deputy reportedly found Rosoffs garage code in a dispatch log and used it to enter Rosoffs home 90 minutes after paramedics took the elderly man, who had fallen and hurt himself, to the hospital, where he died.

Rosoffs son turned in a video recorded by the homes motion detection system showing Cooke taking items from the home. According to Rosoffs family, Cooke stole money, jewelry and medications.

The family also accuses the Palm Beach police of dragging out the case and withholding important documents pertinent to Cookes arrest. The family reported the sheriffs deputy to the police eight days after he broke into the home, but Cooke was only arrested five weeks later.

Rosoffs relatives also claim that Cooke took a pill as he left the home. Medications were found in Cookes patrol car by investigators, but these were not Rosoffs medications, they claim. Rather, they say, this shows Cooke is on duty while impaired.

police tape

Image Source: Tony Webster, Flickr, Creative Commons

If Officer Cooke was operating in his official capacity under these medications, the family said in a statement, it is our belief that he may have posed a significant threat to the publics safety since just a few of the noted side effects of these medications include confusion, impaired thinking, impaired reactions, abnormal behavior, tremors, drowsiness, altered state of consciousness and anger.

In our opinion, had we not had this video, this cop would still be out there posing a threat of danger to the community he swore to protect and committing more crimes.

...

16:01

China Moving to Take the Lead in Technology "IndyWatch Feed National"

China is moving rapidly to advance and take the lead in technology from the United States and they will accomplish that in the years ahead. China is moving very fast on every front. China is moving faster on quantum communications and computing and they are embracing real Artificial Intelligence that is being ignored by the powers that be in the US government.

We were granted our business license in China BECAUSE of our technology while the USA keeps trying to suppress technology advancement in our field. That means the government even had to review the conflicts with the USA and dismissed them as all other nations as being stitched up as one put it in Europe.

The regulators in the USA have one policy if the big boys do it its OK. They are Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Jail, but big enough to hire government employees. Anyone else has to be regulated when the regulators do not even understand what they are doing. The bottom-line policy at the US regulators if they do not understand it, regulate it out of existence. You are not allowed to compete against New York City.

In the United States, there remains overregulation because the government is clueless about technology. The next crisis will be really worse than 2007-2009 because they have chased so many from the marketplace with fines and regulations that make no sense. The SEC has had to announce strengthing rules for their own people in trading on inside information. The more regulators we have the more corruption that exists. I have stated before, when I was managing positions for the Onassis estate in commodities, I had the larges physical position in Platinum. It took six months to get permission to trade at that level way beyond exchange limits and when I picked up the phone the first time, everyone already knew the size of my position. So much for regulators. Today, positions of managers over $100 million in assets must be reported to the SEC. You can bet that i8nfo is handed out under the table.

 

In quick succession, China in recent months has utilized a...

14:45

Stabbed, beaten, and robbed: refugees on Manus to be abandoned in danger "IndyWatch Feed National"

Todays report from Human Rights Watch lays bare the fear, cruelty and danger the refugees and people seeking asylum face on Manus Island.

Human Rights Watch visited Manus in September and spoke to dozens of men about their fears, including those who have been stabbed, beaten, and robbed when theyve left the guarded centre. Some men were too scared to leave the centre to meet with the HRW team. The Australian Government intends to push a further 600 men towards this danger when the guarded centre is closed in six days.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who has been to Manus three times to speak with the men there, said:

"Today Human Rights Watch calls Manus a dangerous failure. Last week the UN called it a humanitarian disaster. These men have had four years of their lives ripped away from them. Theyve been beaten. Theyve been shot. And theyve suffered the sheer torment of not knowing if or when their ordeal would ever end.

"After four years of fear, violence and suffering, these men deserve a future. But instead our Government is trying to bludgeon them into returning to persecution or moving from one dead end camp to another. Its the height of cruelty," said Mr Webb.

A notice posted inside the Manus Island detention centre last week warned refugees that from the 31 October 2017, all food, water and electricity will be disconnected, protective fences will be removed and the facility will be handed over to the PNG Defence Forces.

On Good Friday this year, drunk soldiers from the PNG Defence Forces attacked the centre, ramming the centre fence with a vehicle to try to gain entry and firing over 100 shots, including from an M-16 Assault Rifle, into the centre where hundreds of refugees feared for their lives.

"It beggars belief. PNG military personnel have attacked these men before. Now our Government is tearing down the fences and putting them in charge. Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull can't just sit back and wait for further bloodshed. Every single man on Manus must be immediately evacuated to safety in Australia," said Mr Webb....

14:02

2017 Chinese Australian Hometown Heritage Tour "IndyWatch Feed National"

In March 2017, we Kate Bagnall and Sophie Couchman hosted our inaugural Chinese Australian Hometown Heritage Tour to Hong Kong and Guangdong. The tour ran for ten days, from 22 March to 31 March 2017, and visited Hong Kong, Jiangmen, Kaiping, Taishan, Xinhui, Zhongshan and Zhuhai. We were joined on the tour by sixteen

13:25

Freedom is relative "IndyWatch Feed National"

The demolition of the Manus Island centre is set to begin in one week, which means the water supplies are steadily decreasing, resources are diminishing, and power is being progressively shut off. The men are being smoked out, but they dont plan on leaving. As Aziz (Abdul Aziz Muhamat) said in a recent mini-episode of The Messenger, we are determined to go ahead with our resistance and we are not going to give up.

13:03

The AWU WA Branch paid for Bruce Wilson's rented love-shack in inner-city Melbourne - where'd the bond go Bruce? "IndyWatch Feed National"

This episode doesn't involve a great deal of money - but it does give us an insight into Bruce Morton Wilson and the way he operated. On Monday 29 June 1992 Bruce Wilson was appointed acting Victoria Branch Secretary. On Friday 3 July he was back in Perth to get...

12:44

Amokachi backs Unsworth for Everton permanent job "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former Everton striker Daniel Amokachi has called on the club to appoint David Unsworth as permanent manager. Unsworth who is the clubs Under-23 manager was placed in temporary charge on Tuesday, a day after Ronald Koemans dismissal. He is somebody who is willing to die for the team, Amokachi told BBC World Service. Once a blue, always a blue. I would love to see him appointed. He has all the qualities to take Everton to the next level. Amokachi, who featured for Nigeria at the 1994 and 1998...

The post Amokachi backs Unsworth for Everton permanent job appeared first on New Telegraph Online.

12:14

Resolution 50: War Is Not the Answer "IndyWatch Feed National"

October 25, 2017

WHEREAS, in 2005, the AFL-CIO Convention passed a historic resolution calling for the rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, and an end to the countrys occupation; and

WHEREAS, in 2011, the AFL-CIO Executive Council declared that American troops must be brought home from Iraq and Afghanistan, and that the militarization of our foreign policy has proven to be a costly mistake; it is time to invest at home; and

WHEREAS, now 75% of Americans believe the result of the war in Iraq was not worth the loss of American lives and other costs; and

WHEREAS, the eventual cost to taxpayers for the Afghanistan and Iraq wars will top $4 trillion; and

WHEREAS, since 2001 the United States has used military force in numerous countries, leading to the death of an untold number of civilians, the destruction of infrastructure, a massive number of refugees and the destabilizing of sovereign nationsthere are now military threats directed against Iran and North Korea, with a potential death toll in either country in the millions and which, in the case of North Korea in particular, involve the threat of nuclear war; and

WHEREAS, while the United States ranks first by far in military spending, it ranks 7th in literacy, 20th in education, 25th in infrastructure quality, 37th in quality of health care, 31st in life expectancy, and 56th in infant mortality; and

WHEREAS, 6,831 United States military personnel have died in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and about one million have been injured. There are over 39,000 homeless military veterans; on any night, more than 1.4 million are at high risk of homelessness, of which 9% are women, and 20 military veterans/active duty military take their own lives each day; and

WHEREAS, it is vital that the workers and our unions promote a foreign policy independent of the political interests and foreign policy of Wall Street and corporate America;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the AFL-CIO pro...

11:59

Researchers Study the Best Way to Induce Lucid Dreaming "IndyWatch Feed National"

To many of us, being the masters of our own dreams is of great interest, and numerous techniques have been devised to enable individual dreamers to induce a state of lucid dreaming, wherein the dreamer realizes that they're in a dream-state, and can thus take control. But, as it is with many other phenomena, different lucid dreaming techniques will deliver varying levels of effectiveness, so what technique will produce the most consistent results? A new study on the subject pitted a number of these different methods against one another in an attempt to answer that question.

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11:56

Building conservations brain trust in Madagascar "IndyWatch Feed National"

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar Nothing says patience quite like tromping around wet woods in the middle of the night to collar bats and track them back to their daytime roosts. And creativity certainly played a role in a recent study tracking the bushmeat trade by scouring urban dumps for tortoise shells. Julie Hanta Razafimanahaka was a co-author of each of those efforts. But ask her what it takes to become a field biologist in Madagascar and youll get a different answer altogether. Well, Razafimanahaka said, you have to be very lucky: thats the first thing. And it helps to be friendly too. That doesnt mean theres no chance, it means you really have to talk with many people, she added especially researchers with foreign passports. Razafimanahaka got involved in the research project that led to her masters thesis not because she was particularly interested in bats, she recalled, but because she was able to finagle a meeting with a Welsh researcher doing fieldwork in her favorite part of Madagascar the castle-like limestone formations of Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park. Nearly fifteen years later, she can trace the arc of her career back to that first meeting. The fieldwork in Tsingy de Bemaraha was part of a series of projects run by scholars at the University of Aberdeen with backing from the British government aimed at building up the CVs and skill sets of a new generation of Malagasy biologists to work on bat conservation. Yet when the fieldwork wrapped

11:49

Glenorchy: What Happens If Most Of A Council Quits While It's Suspended? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Welcome to Glenorchy City Council.  You can be checked out any time they like, but you can never leave.

That was the vibe following recent developments in an already strange and long-running Tasmanian local government dispute, one that is daily creating newer and more exotic flavours of political-law popcorn for electoral ambulance-chasers like me.  My sympathies are with the poor ratepayers of Glenorchy, who are becoming literally poorer ratepayers as they are required to support this niche entertainment as it drags on into season after season.

To begin partway through about book six of Glenorchy Game of Thrones, the GCC has long been wracked with factional strife and hackery (which has often crossed state party lines in odd ways) despite having, at times, some very well regarded Mayors.  The 2014 election saw a team headed by then one-term alderman Kristie Johnston run on an agenda to "clean up Glenorchy and clean out the council".  They were endorsed by Denison federal independent MP Andrew Wilkie - not normally one to put his name to anybody else's bid - who denounced the existing Councillors in no uncertain terms.

Johnston thrashed incumbent Mayor and long-term alderman Stuart Slade with 58.3% to Slade's 22.7% in one of the state's most sensational mayoral wins on record.  Former federal MP Harry Quick was elected Deputy on Johnston's ticket, and two incumbent Councillors were shown the door with miserable primary vote shares.  However, Daenerys and her dragons had no sooner claimed the Iron Throne than her problems began.  Johnston's team had been a small one, and not all of them had won seats, so Johnston arrived as Mayor without the numbers.  This is a common problem with directly elected mayors, the common problem with indirectly elected ones being murky backroom Rats In The Ranks shenanigans, as on display this week in WA.  A similar situation to Glenorchy was also seen on the now-dismissed Huon Valley Council, though their Mayor was much more narrowly (and quite surprisingly) elected, and had nothing resembling the scale of Johnston's mandate.

Johnston's term has therefore been dominated by conflict between supporters and opponents of her reform attempts, and also by conflict between the Mayor and General Manager (a standard feature when the Mayor doesn't have the numbers).  It didn't help her that despite running with Johnston at the 2014 election, Quick has from the start been far from a consistent supporter of her on Council voting, and has fallen out with his endorser Wilkie during the term. I know nothing of the causal issues there.

Councillors all vote independently to some degree, as on Hobart Council, and a lot of motions are unanimous.  Yet a quick browse of the Minutes at various times through the Council's term shows that Glenorchy Council's defining voting pattern on divided votes is a 7-3 lineup with Ma...

11:29

Brisbane Public Transport Has Decreased in Cost and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Public transport fares in Brisbane have decreased by 11.3 per cent in the past year, however, other major cities across Australia are dealing with an increase in costs. (Image Resource: Wikimedia Commons)

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics the costs of the public transports has increased by 4 per cent in Melbourne, 3.8 per cent in Perth, 6.4 per cent in Sydney, 2.2 per cent in Adelaide and 3 per cent in Hobart.

Deputy Premier and Transport Minister Jackie Trad said the Palaszczuk governments Fairer Fares program influenced Queenslands drop in public transport costs.

 

City cycle scheme $12.8 million in the red

11:26

What No One Tells You About Treating Your Mental Illness With Pharmaceuticals "IndyWatch Feed National"

You know, there are so many things that we hear these days about taking pharmaceuticals for mental illness. We hear how it works, how there is no way that it could work, how its only meant to be a crutch, etc., etc. However, I can assure you that what I am going to say is not something you hear often.

I have battled with depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder for quite some time. Depression came first, though, which led to me being an expert guinea pig for my doctors to experiment on with their medications. And while I have let them intermittently pump me full of drugs, it never lasts very long.

The first time, I was around seventeen. And all I can remember thinking as the doctor changed my prescription each week, is that it didnt seem like the doctor took anything very seriously. Especially my health. I mean, I am not an expert by no means, but it cant be healthy for a teenager to be taking a new anti-depressant each week. The last straw for that stint was wanting to commit suicide more strongly than I ever had after that very same doctor gave me the maximum dosage of Zoloft.

After that, for years I just stayed away from the stuff. Yet, I continued to suffer through my symptoms with no help. By 21 I was ready for round two, and by the time I was 24 I was on eight different medications. Unfortunately, where that landed me was to a state of medically induced mania that almost ruined my life.

Now, dont get me wrong. Im not saying that drugs dont help. What I am saying, is that I couldnt agree more with the actor Jim Carrey when he commented on his Prozac use.

It feels like a low level of despair you live in where youre not getting any answers but your living ok and you can smile at the office, but its a low level of despair. Jim Carrey said regarding Prozac.

Carrey put it like a true pharmaceutical veteran. And it really got my wheels turning. Especially, now that I am on Prozac. And it helps, but its more of a crutch. Its something that pushes me out of the bed each day, but only so I can make it through. I had to wonder to myself, how on Earth did Carrey find the courage to get off the drugs for good? What pushed him to that point?

In his own words, I realized that everything was just okay.

At first glance, or upon hearing this for the first time, I was outraged. How dare he. The Prozac and Abilify cocktail I take each night saved my life. But did it really? Or will it eventually ruin my life, when the health repercussions finally catch up to the rest of my aging body?

Who knows?

With that being said, I truly thought about his words. What a madman. I thought.

However, after thinking about it for some time, and considering...

11:20

MACKAY Shoal Point teen faces court on long list of charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 26, 2017 at 07:22AM ,

Shoal Point teen faces court on long list of charges

October 26, 2017 at 07:22AM ,

Caitlin Schimke, 17, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday on the charges which also include stealing, shoplifting, possessing tainted

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MACKAY Former truck driver faces four charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 26, 2017 at 05:52AM ,

Former truck driver faces four charges

October 26, 2017 at 05:52AM ,

Hodgetts case was mentioned by defence solicitor Antoinette Morton, Fisher Dore Lawyers, in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Ms Morton

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MACKAY Crocodile was spotted at Harbour Beach yesterday "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 26, 2017 at 05:41AM ,

Crocodile was spotted at Harbour Beach yesterday

October 26, 2017 at 05:41AM ,

Mackay residents are calling on the Council to install swimming enclosures after a 2 and a half metre long crocodile was spotted at Harbour Beach

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MACKAY News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 26th October 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 26, 2017 at 05:00AM ,

News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 26th October 2017

October 26, 2017 at 05:00AM ,

The local man appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court charged with grievous bodily harm. A new map has been released that combines all the rules

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11:15

QLD federal redistribution draft released "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Ive been quite busy recently and hadnt had time to deal with the recent draft released for the Queensland federal redistribution.

To be honest its the least interesting redistribution Ive encountered in the nine years I have written for this blog. Queensland is maintaining its 30 federal electorates after a series of rapid redistributions which repeatedly increased its seat numbers. Twelve electorates were left entirely untouched, and most of the others underwent very minor changes.

Antony Green has analysed the boundaries and made estimates for the electoral boundaries. No seat flipped party, although a few have a changed margin.

You can now download my boundary map for this draft proposal.

I have also recently updated a number of other maps: the final Tasmanian federal map, the final NSW local government boundaries as of 2017, and the New Zealand electoral map updated to reflect the results of the 2017 election. You can download them all from the maps page.

11:02

We are being lied to about poverty its grim "IndyWatch Feed National"

A TRAGIC INDICATOR of increasing poverty and unemployment is the suicide toll. Another indicator is an increasing prison population. Another indicator is the widening gap between the average worker and the top one per cent of earners. Another indicator is the many more hours people have to work to make ends meet. Another indicator is []

11:02

Attack on GetUp and the Australian Workers Union is a set up "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

The raid on the Melbourne and Sydney of the Australian Workers Union is a disgrace that has the stink of a hatched government plot, to use a strong arm to deflect attention from its own failures.

Thanks to an error made by someone in the minister Michaelia Cashs office, it is known that the raid was known about before it took place and it looks like the media was deliberately notified for the purposes of a photo shoot.

The error was not in doing it, but in admitting that it has happened.

It is a direct violation of what is supposed to be a separation between government and the forces of the law and some serious questions need to be answered. If these answers are not forthcoming, the minister and her government must be held to account for what can only be described as a gross violation of democratic rights.

As it is, the targeted union is being tried by media. This is not the first time this has occurred, and it is a sad commentary on the degeneration of the Australian political process in recent times.

Senator Cash has been exposed as a liar, after having denied any prior knowledge, before undeniable proof that this is unlikely was put before her.

She had to back down by saying:  I have just been advised that, without my knowledge, one staff member in my office in the course of discussions with journalists indicated that he had received information that a raid may take place.

This is not good enough. The incident deserves a thorough public investigation. Without this, people are going to rightly consider that a cover up is taking place.

Whether one is for them or not, it doesnt take all that much to realise that a desperate attempt to smear Bill Shorten and the Labor Party is taking place.

It also throws into relief the effort being made to destroy GetUp, by creating a picture that ties in the accusation that the organisation is a political tool being used by Shorten and Labor, not on the back of evidence, but by creating a media.

The second violation of democratic rights that has occurred is that the charge is made first and then action is taken to make sure it sticks. It is a reversal of just and fair legal process that created a very dangerous precedent.

The Australian Workers Union was selected because Bill Shorten was once its secretary.

GetUp is being attacked and had its office raided as well, because of its campaigns have proved to be a thorn in the governments side. To run these campaigns, it receives donations from many places. This does not compromise its independence.

To suggest otherwise is to target all organisations that rely on public donations.

The union...

11:01

Assistant Directors "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

11:01

NSP Live Ep 39 Gotta Role-play to Prep for Court "IndyWatch Feed National"

Spoke with Moses in Colorado and Andreas from Adelaide, Australia.  Prepping for court requires role-playing, Andreas didnt and is going to court right after the show.

Infamous Witt from Gilbert, Arizona called about the good things governments do, such as the Hoover Dam.

The post NSP Live Ep 39 Gotta Role-play to Prep for Court appeared first on MarcStevens.net.

11:00

Dr Paul wins Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford in England "IndyWatch Feed National"

WIRADJURI woman Dr Claudia Paul has become the third Australian Indigenous person to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, having been named the 2018 Rhodes Scholar for South Australia. Dr Paul, 24, an Adelaide University medical graduate from Broken Hill, will use her scholarship to undertake a Masters of International Health and Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford, England, next year. One of the worlds most prestigious scholarships, the Rhodes recognises outstanding academic achievement, character, leadership, and a commitment to community service. I had a dream to study overseas but I didnt think it would ever happen, Dr Paul said. The Rhodes is something I never imagined applying for until fairly recently. Right now, its a little overwhelming, but exciting.

10:52

When Government Wanted To Prosecute Tribune Reporter For LeakBut Feared Public Just Wouldnt Get It "IndyWatch Feed National"

Newly published documents by the National Security Archive reveal why a grand jury refused to prosecute a Chicago Tribune reporter during World War II for a leak.

Correspondent Stanley Johnston was accused of revealing the United States cracked a Japanese code, which alerted the military to Japanese war plans before the Battle of Midway. A Tribune editor attributed the source of information to naval intelligence.

A prosecution was contemplated under the Espionage Act, but the government backed off because they feared what may happen if a trial publicized that the U.S. compromised the Japanese code.

The Justice Department under President Barack Obama fought against a lawsuit filed by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. It lost when a district court ruled in 2015 that disclosure would result in a more complete public record of this historic event and affirm the government is open, in all respects, to scrutiny by the people.

Yet, the government appealed, and it was not until September 2016, when the appeals court ruled against the governments claim that a federal court had no jurisdiction to order the release of transcripts, that an effort to keep 75 year-old documents secret came to an end.

During World War II, the U.S. military expected journalists accredited as war correspondents to submit stories prior to publication for censorshipor what the Pentagon may now refer to as prepublication review. Johnston was accredited by the Navy at Pearl Harbor.

In grand jury testimony from August 18, 1942, Johnston indicated that he knew he was to submit for the purpose of censorship all written or photographic material, either private correspondence, or anything for publication, released with the Navy or after my return. Letters or dispatches were even to be subjected to censorship like any person in the military forces.

Johnston, who was Australian but recently obtained U.S. citizenship, also testified, I have a son twenty years of age. The last word I had from my mother was that he had gone with the Australian Army to the war front. He is probably somewhere up there now where they are fighting.

If you think that I would do anything that would hurt the men in the United States Navy, or my son, there is nothing that I can do about it, Johnston added. If I am indicted in this case here, I know I havent done anythingthere has been no intent, and they tell me there has to be intent. And if there is anything I have done, and I am indicted on this, it will wreck me forever. I know that in court it will be....

10:48

Top US trade official says no to ISDS in NAFTA as ISDS critics grow across the political spectrum "IndyWatch Feed National"

October 26, 2017: US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said publicly last week that the US wants to opt out of ISDS in NAFTA, because of the risk and costs of US governments being sued by foreign corporations, and despite corporate lobby groups pushing to retain ISDS.

Speaking in a press conference, he said Ive had people come in and say, literally, to me: Oh, but you cant do this: you cant change ISDS. You cant do that because we wouldnt have made the investment otherwise. Im thinking, Well, then why is it a good policy of the United States government to encourage investment in Mexico?  The bottom line is, business says: We want to make decisions and have markets decide. But! We would like to have political risk insurance paid for by the United States government. And to me thats absurd. You either are in the market, or youre not in the market.

This week rejection of ISDS was reinforced across the political spectrum from  the US  National Conference of State Legislatures and state attorneys general to small business organizations and unions to  hundreds of the nations leading legal and economics professors, who released a letter calling on the administration to remove ISDS from NAFTA. Stark criticism of ISDS has come from voices as disparate as U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and pro-free trade think tanks such as the Cato Institute to U.S. Sena...

10:04

Why GumshoeNews Does Not Advocate Fair and Balanced Reporting "IndyWatch Feed National"

The media are waiting when the plainclothes Australian Federal Police arrive (photo AAP, Julian Smith)

by Dee McLachlan

Mainstream media personnel are no more than political lackeys and this includes, of course, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). In my young days in South Africa, during the apartheid regime (which ended in 1990), the press was censored and dictated to by government. How is that different from Oz today?

The Media Henchmen

We can refer to some journalists as media henchmen. Workplace Relations Minister, Senator Michaelia Cash, has admitted that her staff tipped off journalists ahead of raids by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) on the Australian Workers Union (AWU) headquarters in Sydney and Melbourne.

Huffpost writes,

The revelation has fueled Labor...

10:02

MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS: Was Sandy Hook Shooter Known to FBI Prior to School Massacre? "IndyWatch Feed National"

21st Century wire says

The FBI recently released new documents regarding the bizarre and still forensically critiqued Sandy Hook elementary school shooting tragedy.


SANDY HOOK Many questions still remain in this perplexing case.  (Photo Illustration 21WIREs Shawn Helton)

KEY POINT: Its important to remember that even though the events at Sandy Hook were said to have been carried out by that of a deranged lone gunman named Adam Lanza, initial reports on several CBS and ABC affiliates following the Sandy Hook mass shooting stated there was a second shooter who was apprehended at the scene.

We should also be reminded that mainstream media reportage of the Sandy Hook tragedy took audiences down several rabbit holes of their own making, eventually implicating an unlikely suspect (left photo) with Aspergers syndrome, in an apparently motiveless crime.

Not since the forensically questionable Columbine High School ...

09:51

Methodologist "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

09:40

"Dont Worry, Everybody Else is Crazy Too" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Dont Worry, Everybody Else is Crazy Too" 
by David Cain

"Human beings make a big deal about being normal. Were probably the only species for which its normal to think youre not normal. Every society operates under thousands of unspoken rules, and when you break them people get nervous. There are acceptable and unacceptable ways to stand in line at the bank, order at restaurants, and answer the phone. There are appropriate and inappropriate birthday gifts, wedding toasts, and hugging styles.

Every type of social situation has its own subsection of laws and procedures. You can make everyone around you instantly uncomfortable just by facing the back wall while riding an elevator, or asking a fellow bus passenger if they want to hear a story.

Miraculously, most of us have learned most of these rules by the time we become adults, at least enough to fulfill our basic responsibilities without causing a scene. The moment kid...

09:38

First Jurassic ichthyosaur discovery in India "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video about ichthyosaurs is called Sea Reptile Birth Walking with Dinosaurs in HQ BBC.

From PLOS ONE:

First Jurassic ichthyosaur fossil found in India

The fish-like reptile was over five-meter long, likely ate ammonites and other crunchy prey

October 25, 2017

A new near-complete fossilized skeleton is thought to represent the first Jurassic ichthyosaur found in India, according to a study published October 25, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Guntupalli Prasad from the University of Delhi, India, and colleagues.

Ichthyosaurs, literally fish lizards in Greek, were large marine reptiles which lived alongside dinosaurs in the Mesozoic Era. While many ichthyosaur fossils have been found in North American and Europe, in the Southern Hemisphere, their fossil record has mostly been limited to South America and Australia.

Now, the authors of the present study report what they believe to be the first Jurassic ichthyosaur found in India, from the Kachchh area in Gujarat. The near-complete skeleton, nearly 5.5m long, is thought to belong to the Ophthalmosauridae family, which likely lived between around 165 and 90 million years ago. It was found among fossils of ammonites and squid-like belemnites, and its tooth wear patterns suggest it predated such hard, abrasive animals.

While the authors have not yet been able to pinpoint the ichthyosaurs species, they believe that a full identification could inform on possible ophthalmosaurid dispersal between India and South America. They hope that unearthing more Jurassic vertebrates in this region could provide further insights into the evolution of marine reptiles in this part of the globe.

Lead author Guntupalli Prasad notes: This is a remarkable discovery not only because it is the first Jurassic ichthyosaur record from India, but also it thr...

09:37

Morrisons Corporate tax cut drive is wrong "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Treasurer Scott Morrison is calling for the company tax rate cut to be fast tracked, claiming that this is the only way to get the Australian economy moving.

Scott Morrison is dead wrong about this.

It is important to get past the hype that this tax will encourage investment and that Australia needs to follow company tax cuts in the United states and Great Britain to be competitive.

While it is true that the amount of investment in Australia is currently going down and that this is important, this should not blind one from realising that the forms that this investment takes is just as important, if not more so. Failure of the government to take this into accoun,t can only lead to improper policy.  And this is exactly what is happening.

The best explanation for the failure is that sectional interests of some of the biggest backers of the Coalition parties are writing the policy and the politicians are following the script.

Jim Miinifie, in his report for the Grattan Institute, Stagnation Nation: Australian investment in a low growth world (2017), suggests that a major factor is that investment in mining has fallen 15 percent since 2015 and 12 percent in the last year alone, and occurring within the context of a sluggish global economy and changing demand and price patterns. It makes intuitive sense and is also backed up with evidence.

Past over-investment in the industry is also a problem, because sooner or later, later a crunch was bound to come to pull down the excess.

Even more important. is that the structure of investment is changing, and this change is already pronounced. According to information from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), non-mining investment has risen 5 percent in the last year. This is not as much as it looks, because it has risen from a low base. Nevertheless, it is a rise.

Much of it has been taken by investment in telecommunications and most of what is left over is accounted for by the growth in in the selling of goods and services, continuing the shift away from traditional industries.

A marked characteristic of the services sector, in the periods following the introduction of computerisation, is that it is much less capital intensive than mining and manufacturing. What this means is that starting up, operating and expanding economic activity requires less investment in technology and processes and is much more labour intensive. A higher labour intensity  is a big reason why this is the major growth area for new jobs, whether full time or casualised and from where the biggest pressure for cutting the cost of labour is coming from....

09:18

Students To Protest Sydney Uni Funnelling Young Women Into Charlies Web "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sydney University students have launched a petition and have called a snap rally for 1pm today on the lawns outside the new law school to demand the University stop promoting jobs at prominent barrister Charles Waterstreets chambers in Sydney. It follows explosive revelations published by New Matilda on Tuesday, that Sydney University law student, Tina Huang had experienced serious sexual harassment by Waterstreet, who allegedly showed her images of nude women and a masturbation video during a job interview. Waterstreet denies the allegations. Anna Hush, Sydney Universitys 2016 Womens Officer explains why students are angry.

Charles Waterstreet is the flamboyant darling of the Sydney criminal law scene. Hes also an old boy of Sydney University, with a storied history from his time at college.

In the 1960s he attended St Johns College at Sydney University for one year, after which he was reportedly expelled and excommunicated by Cardinal Gilroy. Reflecting on his time at Johns in The Age, he wrote: When men are gathered together in living quarters as boys, when their hormones are raging against the night, fuelled by Fosters and unlimited liquor, in an atmosphere that winks at shows of bravado and rebellion, then the consequences are predictable. Someone is bound to go too far because the boundaries are so blurred.

Ah, those familiar blurred lines.

For what else is a boy to do, when his hormones are raging and the beer is freely flowing?

In his memoir, he writes jovially about spying on nurses at the adjacent hospital as they undressed after their shifts (calling it a vital part of a freshers duty). Waterstreet also fondly recalls having kissed the bottom of every girl at Womens [College, a female dormitory], running from room to room flinging the bedclothes off and lifting their nightdresses up and plastering a wet one.

Charming.

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And what better way to show off your bravado and rebellion than by entering womens rooms during the night and removing their clothes without their consent?

Waterstreet refers to this incident as a mere stunt. For the college women, however, this would be a terrifying invasion of privacy. One also wonders how safe they would f...

09:01

India responds to calls to resist medicine monopolies in RCEP "IndyWatch Feed National"

October 26, 2017: MSF (Doctors without Borders) has called for India and other countries to block RCEP proposals from Japan and South Korea that would allow pharmaceutical companies to have stronger monopolies, prevent competition and keep medicine prices high. They added that it was time to end the push for ever-higher levels of monopoly control of medicines through free trade agreements . RCEP negotiators are meeting in Incheon, South Korea this week.

The Wire reports that a spokesperson for the Indian government has responded that this is a 'red line' for India and some other countries, and they would not agree to any proposals that would prevent competition and threaten Indias ability to continue to be a supplier of cheap generic medicines.

Other major disagreements are reported on tariff levels, investor rights to sue governments, electronic commerce, trade in services and government procurement.

08:56

Manus Island refugees fear for lives "IndyWatch Feed National"

A trip to the supermarket can be an exercise in dicing with death on Manus Island, according to a new report.

An Iranian asylum seeker claims to have been attacked by local men who left him unconscious after fracturing his skull with a metal rod as they robbed him of his mobile phone and money.

He was flown to Brisbane for treatment.

The incident is highlighted in a report by Human Rights Watch, which interviewed 40 refugees and asylum seekers who live at the Manus Island immigration detention centre or in the community.

The detention centre is slated for closure on Tuesday and more than 600 people are refusing to leave over safety fears.

The report claims young intoxicated local men have been robbing and attacking refugees and asylum seekers using sticks, machetes, rocks, knives and screwdrivers.

A Bangladeshi asylum seeker claimed a man put a knife to his throat when he went to the nearby Lorengau township to buy a chicken.

He required medical evacuation to Port Moresby.

A Rohingya refugee from Burma told the rights group he was too scared to leave the detention centre compound.

The locals have no understanding of people from other countries, he said.

We are walking around in nice clean clothes with mobile phones. The locals dont know what it means to be a refugee. They only know we are prisoners. They were told we are bad people.

The report says refugees have stopped informing police because incidents are not investigated or they are arrested for disturbing local people.

The Australian government insists arrangements are in place to accommodate all refugees and asylum seekers at nearby Lorengau after Tuesday.

Services including mental health services will continue to be provided at the alternative accommodation.
The immigration department has previously insisted any allegations of refugees and asylum seekers being victims of crime on Manus Island are a matter for the PNG police and government.

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08:53

Medicinal cannabis forum set for Brisbane "IndyWatch Feed National"

A workshop in Brisbane on Thursday will update people on medicinal cannabis. (file pic) www.flickr.com/people/90809455@N00

A workshop in Brisbane on Thursday will update people on medicinal cannabis.
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A Queensland mother whose ill son became the first person in the state to be given the right to medicinal cannabis will address a forum on drugs policy.

Lanai Carters son Lindsay, 19, has a brain tumour and suffers from epilepsy.

He was recommended cannabis oil and dried flowers as part of his treatment by doctors in the US, but the family has not been able to obtain the same product in Australia.

Thats due to the complexities of importation laws, production licences and the availability of supplies and it has left Ms Carter worried about the treatment available for her son.

At Lady Cilento Childrens Hospital a trial using CBD cannabinoid products is underway, but research from Israel shows oils containing THC work better for people with epilepsy and brain tumours, Ms Carter said.

Theyre already starting to narrow what can be prescribed, she told AAP.

Its very frustrating.

Ms Carter said some states in the US had an effective, tailored approach to medicinal cannabis and fears Australian regulators will create a less effective pharmaceutical method with a limited range of products.

The compassionate access available to a very limited number of pediatric epilepsy patients, 30 in this state, which has cost taxpayers $6 million, is only supplying a single-molecule product, she said.

(It) has had limited success compared with full plant extracts, which include the full spectrum of cannabinoids.

Ms Carter and Dr Alex Wodak are due to speak on the issue at a forum in Brisbane on Thursday evening.

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08:47

Ministers standing by embattled Cash "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Turnbull government is resisting Labor calls for the resignation of cabinet minister Michaelia Cash after she admitted to misleading a Senate committee.

Instead the government is blaming a serious lapse of judgement by her senior media adviser for the minister wrongly telling the committee none of her staff informed journalists about federal police raids on the Sydney and Melbourne offices of the Australian Workers Union on Tuesday.

Labor says Senator Cashs later explanation, in which she continued to deny prior knowledge of the raids, defied belief.

The government on Thursday sent out senior ministers Christopher Pyne and Christian Porter to defend their cabinet colleague and dismiss calls for her resignation.

We are not going to be lectured by the Labor Party about the Westminster system of government, Mr Pyne told reporters in Canberra.

The reality is Michaelia Cash told the Senate the truth and as soon as she found out shed been misled, she corrected the record.

Mr Porter said Senator Cash did not knowingly mislead parliament.

Michaelia Cash says that she did not know about the actions of her staff, she is absolutely to be believed, he told ABC TV.

Labor is not convinced.

Michaelia Cash has to go and the prime minister is up to his neck in this, opposition frontbencher Tony Burke told Sky News on Thursday.

He said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull either didnt ask or knew not to quiz Senator Cash and adviser David de Garis about the tip-off when he met with them on Wednesday.

Michaelia Cash misled the Senate five times on what she herself said was a very serious allegation that she was offended to hear, Mr Burke said.

Were meant to believe her office watched her do that and didnt tell her what happened.

Crossbench senator Nick Xenophon is prepared to take Senator Cash at her word.

In my dealings with Senator Cash shes always been pretty straight up and down with me, he told ABC radio, adding the Labor call for her resignation was not reasonable.

But he said an independent inquiry was needed to determine how information about the raids was leaked.

The Australian Federal Police raided the AWU offices after the Registered Organisations Commission gaineda warrant from a magistrate amid concerns documents could be destroyed.

Following a referral by Senator Cash, the commission has been investigating the legitimacy of the AWUs $100,000 donation to activist group GetUp! in 2005 when Labor leader Bill Shorten ran the union.

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08:20

Brits heading to US face questioning BEFORE flying out , Trump introduces tougher security measures tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

How NOT to get into America.do your brains work? yes or no?

n-400shotHas the applicant ever been involved in, supported or encouraged terrorist activities in any country?

Thoughts of the public re Uncle Sam

In order to become a U.S. citizen, one has to complete the Immigration and Naturalization Services Form N-400.

How long do you think it has been since someone answered yes to question 12(c) in part 10(b):

Between March 23, 1933, and May 8, 1945, did you work for or associate in any way (either directly or indirectly) with any German, Nazi, or S.S. military unit, paramilitary unit, self-defense unit, vigilante unit, citizen unit, police unit, government agency or office, extermination camp, concentration camp, prisoner of war camp, prison, labor camp, or transit camp?

This has gotta be the stupidest, most idiot question on earth

Did you work for Hitler youth in a flak battery or panzerfaust unit?

Do you indulge in Bratwurst or visit the Munich bierfest. if so be pr...

08:12

Surgeon Comforts Orphaned Wombat In The Middle Of The Night "IndyWatch Feed National"

A little wombat lost everything along a road in Australia after her mother was hit and killed by a car but now she's getting the love and comfort she needs. 

"That is a common reason for wombats and other species coming into care," Dr. Howard Ralph, a veterinary surgeon who founded Southern Cross Wildlife Care (SCWC), told The Dodo. "Rosie came to us because she had been hiding in her dead mothers pouch for several days and the carer rightly felt that Rosie was very unwell and was not interested in drinking a bottle."

Credit: Howard Ralph

It was the early hours of the morning when Dr. Ralph comforted Rosie, giving her treatment for severe dehydration and pneumonia. This is often the life of a wildlife veterinarian so devoted his patients.

"We often are involved in late night care of patients," Dr. Ralph said. "The need is enormous ... The days are usually consumed by the urgent matters that often continue into the night and early morning with intensive care." 

Credit: Howard Ralph

Credit: Howard Ralph

Dr. Ralph has been helping wildlife for many years even as a kid he was fascinated by wild animals. Later, he knew he wanted to become a veterinarian.

"During my time at university studying veterinary medicine, it became apparent to me that wildlife generally did not receive the degree of respect that was due and that existed for other species such as domestic patients," Dr. Ralph said. "During my childhood and later as a teacher in Papua New Guinea I had regular contact with wild creatures so that a certain rapport became established early. After graduation the contact with wild patients gradually increased until eventually I undertook post graduate study in wildlife medicine."

Now that he founded and runs SCWC, he gets to spend much of his time helping all kinds of animals who live...

07:20

Marc Faber, Freedom of Speech & Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Marc Faber, Freedom of Speech & Capitalism Author Jayant Bhandari  Acting Man Political Correctness Hampers Honest Debate What would the world be like today had Europeans never colonized Americas, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, and South Asia?  ...

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06:50

Minutes of the Victorian Branch AWU Executive meeting that appointed Bruce Wilson - with Bill Ludwig's "help" "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 29 June, 1992 - just five days after the AWU Workplace Reform Association Inc was incorporated - Bruce Wilson was installed as acting state secretary of the Victorian Branch of the AWU. Just prior to that meeting a standard branch executive meeting took place. The minutes show that AWU...

06:04

It is not Illegal for NYPD Cops to have Sex with Handcuffed Women they Arrest. One Politician is Trying to Change that "IndyWatch Feed National"

A New York City politician is trying to make it illegal for cops to have sex with citizens they arrest, insisting that a citizen in custody is incapable of consenting.

Currently, it is only a violation of departmental policy, which means if a cop rapes a woman in handcuffs, then claims it was consensual, he may end up suspended with pay.

Or at worst, charged with a misdemeanor of official misconduct, which can mean anything and everything.

Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Brooklyn) is drafting the legislation after two NYPD cops were accused of raping a handcuffed 18-year-old woman last month, then claiming it was consensual.

New York City police officers Edward Martins and Richard Hall have been stripped of their badges and guns, but they are still getting paid for working desk duty.

While that might seem like a slap on the wrist, cops tend to view it as prison, according to a 2008 New York Times article.

Some monitor surveillance cameras in housing projects. Others escort prisoners to court or check in patrol cars. And some, true to the police lingo, really do sit behind a desk, shuffling papers and answering phones.

 

These jobs are known as desk duty, a generic phrase in the Police Department for a range of jobs to which hundreds of officers have been reassigned over the years.

 

Pulled off the streets, stripped of guns and badges, kept inside four walls and away as much as possible from the public, officers who are put on desk duty because their conduct is under investigation find themselves far from the enforcement activities they signed up to do.

 

We like to call it the cellblock because it is like you are in prison, said an officer who spent more than 18 months watching surveillance video while authorities investigated an accusation that he had struck a suspect.

Treyger, who represents the district where the woman said she was raped, was outraged to learn there is no law stating there is no consent between a police officer and a person they arrested considering the power dynamics of the interaction, writing the following on...

05:30

An apocalyptic future ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

After some three years of frustration with Forestry Tasmania, the Forestry Practices Authority and the Minister, I penned the post below to describe in my words and indeed those of TS Eliot and his poem The Hollow Men

05:19

Why "Centrists" Will Sink the Democrats, If They Haven't Already "IndyWatch Feed National"

The bipartisan, centrist political consensus is breaking down. That's not an accident, and it's not an injustice. It's the result of repeated failures, both abroad and at home. The question is, what will replace it: something better, or something worse? If Democrats continue to follow the losing ways of the past, we probably won't like the answer.

04:54

Australia: Millionaire Muslima ripped off taxpayers for 18 years, finally kicked out of government-funded home "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rebecca Khodragha no doubt considered these welfare benefits to be her due, in lieu of the jizya that the Quran says that Muslims should collect from subjugated non-Muslim People of the Book. In Islamic law, it is the place of non-Muslims to turn over their funds to the Muslims. Fight those who believe not in []

04:47

Das Freihandelsabkommen zwischen Kanada und den USA ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Das Freihandelsabkommen zwischen Kanada und den USA hat auch Schiedsgerichte, und das hat sich bisher richtig gelohnt fr die USA!

Mehr als 215 Millionen US-Dollar an Schadenersatz habe die Regierung bereits an klagende Unternehmen ausgezahlt, allein etwa 80 Millionen US-Dollar seien an Rechtskosten angefallen, berichtet CCPA. Acht Klagen habe der kanadische Staat verloren oder sie in einem Vergleich abgeschlossen, neun Verfahren wurden gewonnen.

Dagegen htten die USA bisher keinen einzigen von 20 gefhrten Fllen verloren, schreibt CCPA weiter. Kritiker monieren, das knne daran liegen, dass der Sitz des Schiedsgerichts in den USA liege. "Es ist zumindest aus statistischer Sicht uerst merkwrdig und wahrscheinlich, dass die Politik hier Einfluss nimmt. Fr die USA scheinen andere Regeln zu gelten", sagt Trew.

Ach nee! Na das ist ja mal ein bemerkenswerter Zufall!

Update: Der Kurier schrieb letztes Jahr sogar, dass die USA noch nie vor ihrem Schiedsgericht verloren haben.

03:40

Ten People Face Court Over Efforts to Stop Adanis Dangerous Coal Mine "IndyWatch Feed National"

from Frontline Action

Bowen, 24th October: Ten people will face court in Bowen and Townsville today for participating in peaceful civil disobedience to stop mining giant Adani building their mega coal mine in Central Queensland.

Three people are facing charges of failure to move on after they peacefully occupied Adanis Townsville Headquarters, five people are facing trespass charges for blockading the road into Adanis Abbot Point coal port and two women are facing railway interference charges after they blocked the rail line into the port.

Speaking about why he occupied Adanis offices, grandfather and former business-man Garry Kelly said:

I must do whatever I can to ensure my children and grandchildren arent forced to endure a future that has been wrecked by the corporate greed of the fossil fuel industry.

Joel Rosenzveig who occupied Adanis headquarters said:

The approval of and taxpayer loan to the Adani mine speaks to a corrupt, impotent and irrelevant political class wholly compromised by the fossil fuel lobby. I stand by my actions in Townsville, but regret that they seem the only avenue left in helping to protect our national interest. I hope that history will reveal who are the real criminals in this struggle.

Emma Briggs, who blocked the rail line into Abbot Point, said:

Australia and the world cannot afford to allow Adanis coal mine to go ahead and it has been left to the ordinary citizens of this country to show our leaders the way forward to a sustainable existence on this planet.

John Ross, a nurseryman from Coramba, near Coffs Harbour, said:

India and the world do not need or want Adanis coal and the majority of Australians do not want this disastrous mine. I am...

03:30

The Universe Is Steadily Deteriorating And So Is The Human Race Why Is This Happening? (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Universe Is Steadily Deteriorating And So Is The Human Race Why Is This Happening? (VIDEO) | milky-way-universe-human-race | Multimedia Science & Technology Sleuth Journal Society Special Interests

Did you know that scientists have come to the conclusion that the universe is slowly dying?  In fact, they have found that the universe is only producing about half as much energy as it once did, and they have also found that the level of energy is continuing to fade.  Not only that, our sun also appears to be dying.  Solar activity has slowed down to a level not seen for about 100 years, and scientists are not quite sure what to make of it.  Pretty much all scientists agree that the sun will die one day, but could it be possible that it is happening faster than any of them ever imagined?  In addition, in this article I will include information about how the human race itself is deteriorating.  There is a common misconception that humanity has been constantly improving and getting better, but scientists have discovered that the exact opposite is actually true.  So why is this happening?  Why is everything steadily decaying and deteriorating?

These are questions that our scientists dont really have quality answers for.  But what they can see is that things are slowing down all around us.  Just this week, there were headlines in mainstream news sources all over the planet that were proclaiming that the universe is dying.  Here is one example

...

02:31

Mother seeks answers after discovering her newborn baby's coffin was empty 40 years after his death "IndyWatch Feed National"

A mum is demanding new DNA tests after she discovered her son's coffin was empty when it was exhumed decades after the tot died. Lydia Reid has been pushing for answers for more than 40 years and is now demanding that tissue taken from her son, Gary Paton, shortly after he died be analysed to confirm they really were his remains in the first place. Lydia Reid gave birth to her son in July 1975, with the tot dying seven days later. But the distressed mum said she believed she had been handed the wrong baby at Scotmid Co-operative Funeral. The mystery deepened when she successfully campaigned to have his body exhumed decades later - only to find in September this year that the coffin had been buried with no body. She said: "My son wasn't there. Someone stole the body of my son. I had buried my empty coffin."

02:21

Migrant drug activity turns part of Cologne into a 'no-go zone'; mayor says police have given up "IndyWatch Feed National"

German quality newspaper "Die Welt" published an article about a "no go-zone" in the centre of Cologne. Is it really that bad? When Cologne's mayor says "police have given up on the area", the answer is probably yes. We're talking about the "Ebertplatz" here, an inner city square at the heart of Cologne that connects several streets. According to German newspaper "Express" the place is a popular location for African migrants who live nearby to deal drugs. The police call it a hotbed of crime as several police interventions didn't change a thing. Some of Cologne's inhabitants even call it an "angstraum", a fearful place. A week ago a young African man was stabbed to death at the place by fellow Africans. Earlier a TV-production had to be cancelled because the crew was threatened by drug dealers. One of Sony's producers said that "young girls were especially scared and serious threats were disrupting the scenes".

01:35

If the occupation is permanent, is an ethical Jewish future possible? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following lecture was given on October 24, 2017 at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Marc Elliss book Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation. To read Elliss Exile and the Prophetic feature for Mondoweiss visit the archive page.

For the last week, I have been teaching and touring in the Old City of Jerusalem. Much has changed in the forty plus years since I first arrived in Jerusalem. It was 1973, six years after the 1967 Arab-Israeli war in October; the 1973 war began while I was here. In the ensuing years, I traveled here many times and written many words that emerged from experiences in Israel-Palestine. During this time I have pursued a vision that came to me early on that the future of the Jewish people is bound up with the fate of Palestine and Palestinians.  On this, the 30th anniversary of my book, Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation, I offer the following fifteen short meditations on where we have arrived and where we are heading, Jews and Palestinians together.

1. Thirty years ago, in Jerusalem, at the Shalom Hartman Institute and the Tantur Ecumenical Institute, and in my book Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation, I raised an unprecedented challenge to Jewish theologians, Jews interested in spirituality broadly speaking and Jewish seekers of justice from any perspective, whether articulated or not: What does it mean, after the Holocaust, for empowered Jews in America, for empowered Jews in the state of Israel, for empowered Jews in the United Kingdom, in Argentina and wherever Jews live, to come into solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle to be free in their own homeland? It has been many years, truly a lifetime it seems, and the answer did not arrive.Now I ask a second, related challenge, thirty years later, again in Jerusalem, at Tantur and now at the Jerusalem School of Theology where I am teaching these weeks, to Jewish theologians, Jews interested in spirituality broadly speaking and to Jewish seekers of justice from any perspective, articulated or not: What does it mean after the Holocaust and after Israel, meaning by that after what Israel has done and is doing to the Palestinian people, for empowered Jews in America, for empowered Jews in the state of Israel and wherever empowered Jews live around the world, to understand that the occupation of Palestinians and Palestine is permanent and that, therefore the possibility of an ethical Jewish future is foreclosed?

2. I will return to the challenge of solidarity and a permanent occupation in a moment.  First, though, a rehearsal of what has occurred between the time I spoke in Jerusalem thirty years ago and this evening, again in Jerusalem, as I speak. There are many, many details and more than a few seminal events to....

01:28

America Dashes for Its China Dead EndWill the World Follow? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hot takes on the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.  Takes so hot theyre probably melting throughto Chinaas we speak.  Also the maybe most important and consequential story of not just of the week but of the year: the United States officially climbs into bed with India as a key strategic partner.  And China is listening anxiously for the creaking bedsprings, not just in Beijing but also down in Pakistan on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.  And China is now officially an enemy of the liberal international order.  Is that good?  Is that smart?  Well

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01:19

01:07

MACKAY Multiple charges, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 25, 2017 at 09:16AM ,

Multiple charges, Mackay

October 25, 2017 at 09:16AM ,

The 24 year old male is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court later this morning to have the charges heard. If you have information for police,

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01:06

MACKAY Man to face court on charge linked to serious assault "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 25, 2017 at 11:56AM ,

Man to face court on charge linked to serious assault

October 25, 2017 at 11:56AM ,

A man is expected to face Mackay Magistrates Court this afternoon on a charge linked to an alleged assault at a South Mackay unit complex.

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01:05

MACKAY Mackay top cops make an unexpected arrest "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 25, 2017 at 03:03PM ,

Mackay top cops make an unexpected arrest

October 25, 2017 at 03:03PM ,

A 24-year-old Mackay man was then arrested by City Insp Haughton and was due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. It would be

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01:05

MACKAY Update: Assault, South Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 25, 2017 at 02:18PM ,

Update: Assault, South Mackay

October 25, 2017 at 02:18PM ,

A 22-year-old South Mackay man has been charged with grievous bodily harm and is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court this afternoon.

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00:58

Woman killed by her own pit bull terrier in Canberra, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The dog that horrifically mauled its owner to death in Canberra early on Wednesday morning was known to the authorities and had attacked before, it has been revealed. Tania Klemke was reportedly killed by her dog, while trying to save a male visitor the animal was attacking, around 4am in the suburb of Watson in the city's north. Police were forced to shoot and kill the dog after it attacked them when they were working to save the life of the woman aged in her 40s. A man who was visiting the house is being treated in hospital for bite wounds sustained in the rampage. ACT City Services Minister, Meeghan Fitzharris, told the ABC the dog was known to the Territory Government. "On one previous occasion (Domestic Animal Services) did attend that household at the request of ACT police," Ms Fitzharris said. The previous attack reportedly happened in August.

00:36

Australia: Muslim accused of using disability pension to fund the Islamic State "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mr Beveredige revealed the suspect receives a disability pension, which could possibly have been used to fund his donations. Non-Muslims paying for the upkeep of Muslims is a Quranic dictate: Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor []

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22:21

How My Four-Year-Old Helped Me Appreciate Good Music "IndyWatch Feed National"

Those who parent or spend much time around little children know that they are capable of teaching their elders valuable lessons. Its now clich. The Internet is full of reflections on how kids can teach us to be fearless, to be lighthearted, and to live in the moment, among many other exhortations stemming from the innocent, active characters and imaginations of youth.

This is all well and good, though usually a bit fluffy. A question my four-year-old often asks me suggests the lessons of youth can be far more intellectually stimulating and penetrating.

What is this song about, daddy? My daughter routinely asks me this when we listen to music driving in the car, while cooking dinner, or while relaxing on Sunday afternoons. If it is pop music, or any music with words that tell a story, the answer is pretty easy. Its about love. Its about a break-up. Its about something silly. Those three answers probably encapsulate the entirety of Taylor Swifts musical repertoire.

Yet when were listening to classical music, or other instrumental music like jazz or blues, the answer is a bit more complicated. What are J.S. Bachs violin concertos about? Or Ludwig von Beethovens Ninth Symphony? Or Frederic Chopins Polonaise N6 lheroique? Sometimes there is an answer. Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovskys Nutcracker Ballet tells a story, as does other instrumental music. In most cases, however, there is no simple answer as to what the composer or even the musician(s) playing the music is thinking or seeking to communicate.

Breadth Versus Narrowness In Music

What is music about? The very nature of the vast majority of popular music, with its lyrics, stories, and brevity, reduces songs to a fairly limited horizon. A pop musicians songs are fundamentally about him: his love life, his break-ups, his efforts to redefine himself. We can often relate to these things. Who hasnt been in love, had a bad break-up, and subsequently sought to revise ones image? But thats about the extent of it. One may connect such music to a particular location or moment in ones life, but it is still that place or time I connected with that pop song about _____.

Composers like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Joseph Haydn, and Johannes Brahms created music that speaks much deeper to our souls, capable of elevating them to a million different vistas. This has been borne out by the research: studies have suggested that classical music expands the brain...

22:17

Botanical garden autumn leaves, flowers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Oriental sweetgum, 22 October 2017

On 22 October 2017, to the botanical garden. Close to the entrance were these autumn leaves of an oriental sweetgum tree.

A ring-necked parakeet in a tree. Jays.

In the tropical hothouse, both adult and young giant prickly stick insects from Australia were still present. They lay many eggs here.

...

20:46

Are you an atheist who used to believe in God? Take this survey! (Out of character) "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you used to believe in God, and have about 30 minutes to spare, you might want to take this survey by the Atheist Research Collaborative:

The study is open to those who are at least 18 years of age, and those who once believed in god(s) but do not now; this means you are not eligible to participate if you have always been an atheist/nonbeliever. The survey is a maximum of 76 questions, and a minimum of 64 questions.  On average, the survey should take 20 to 30 minutes to complete, although individuals may find that it takes them more or less time than this, depending on their answers. The survey can be found here.

Joseph Langston ARC Affiliate/Web Admin

its not hard, but remember to keep an eye out for the trick questions.

19:38

antifa notes (october 25, 2017) : #lulz w Shayne Hunter + "IndyWatch Feed National"

Briefly: 1) In a BiZaRR0 interview with news dot com dot au, local comic Shayne Hunter has announced his retirement as CEO of ANTIFA (I established a terror movement in Australia, and I quit, Shayne Hunter, as told to Corrine Continue reading

19:14

CECs Explanation on Not Giving Up Gujarat Govt Accommodation Doesnt Match the Paper Trail "IndyWatch Feed National"

A.K. Joti has said that he vacated the Ahmedabad house in October 2016, but his clarifications still leave many questions unanswered about his own actions and those of the Gujarat government.

Chief election commissioner A.K. Joti. Credit: PTI

Chief election commissioner A.K. Joti. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The explanation that chief election commissioner A.K. Joti has provided to the Times of India in response to The Wires story on the retention of Gujarat government accommodation by him in Ahmedabad even after he had moved to the Election Commission in Delhi does not square with the official paper trail.

The Wire story noted the possible conflict of interest involved in an individual holding a critical constitutional position being obliged to a state government or political party for his personal accommodation.

I was allocated a house in Delhi only after one year of being appointed in the EC. I requested the Gujarat government to allow me to keep possession of the house in the Dafnala area of Ahmedabad as I could not have lived with my wife for a year in Delhis Gujarat Bhavan. I have paid the rent as per Gujarat government norms, he...

19:00

This Former Tesla Recruiters Most Revealing Interview Question "IndyWatch Feed National"

One candidates answer involved a motorcycle hed converted to be 100% electric. Anothers involved a plastic pen cap. Guess who did better.

In my five years as a recruiter at Tesla Motors, I interviewed over a thousand job candidates, many of them for competitive technical roles. But no matter what the position, there was always one simple question that would trip them up more than any other:

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18:31

Lebanon Faces France in Rugby League World Cup Debut "IndyWatch Feed National"

The 2017 Rugby League World Cup kicks off on October 27 and Lebanon will kick off his campaign against France at Canberra Stadium. The final game in the group stage will be against Australia, which marks the first time since the Cronulla riots that Lebanon and Australia have played one another in a major competitive match in Sydney.

Knowing that most of the players on the team are Australian-Lebanese, this is a historic opportunity to represent Lebanon and play together one last time, especially Robby Farah and Chris Saab. Heres an article by [TheGuardian] on the Lebanese team and the important of this World Cup to all the players.

Our current sporting systems are all politically based, he said. In soccer, all the teams are linked to political groups and sects, whereas Lebanese rugby league isnt. We are 100% sport we dont care what politics or religion you come from. Our president is a Muslim, our general secretary is an Armenian. All our players are mixed. Our motto is basically the best players should represent our country, regardless of what their background is. We want the strongest possible team out there to play for us.

I have no idea if BeIN or one of our local channels will be covering the games but heres the schedule for those interested.

18:08

Blockchain Explained: Bitcoin, Smart Contracts, Smarter Contracts "IndyWatch Feed National"

blockchain explained

If you have heard about Bitcoin, youll most likely have heard about Blockchain technology. In fact, every investor or trader worthy of the name would have heard about Bitcoin and its underlying Blockchain technology. You cant claim to be an investor/trader and be oblivious to the fact that Bitcoin has delivered more than 500% gain in the year-to-date period. However, the fact that people have heard about Bitcoin doesnt necessarily mean they understand how the underlying Blockchain technology works.

In fact, someone could have profited from the 500% gains in Bitcoin just because they were comfortable with taking speculative risk without necessarily being an adopter of Bitcoin and Blockchain technology. This piece provides straightforward explainer on how Blockchain works. Ill also provide insights on the simplified everyday uses of Blockchain technology.

Blockchain explained

Query What is Blockchain? on Google and youll get at least 31.8 million hits explaining Blockchain technology. The problem however is that the answer to your query is buried in a maze of technical jargon that doesnt mean much to a guy that wants to beat the returns from the S&P 500 on Wall Street. Youll begin to see words like decentralized, distributed, retroactive, alteration and collusion of the network among others.

In simple terms, Blockchain is technology that you can use to maintain agreements automatically and without the efforts of a central authority. Now, lets assume that Peter, James, and John pledge $250, $150, and $100 respectively in a common purse for TGIF hangouts. They can have a ledger in which the amount deposited by each individual is recorded, Peter can be in charge of keeping the accounts.

If on Friday the three friends spend $253 on beer, Peter will need to note all the beer...

16:46

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Europe We Can Believe In? Unbelievable
By Sun Keqin
Global Times
2017/10/24 21:47:03

The Paris Statement recently attracted attention inside and outside Europe. Written by 10 European conservative scholars and intellectuals, "A Europe We Can Believe In" demonstrated that some conservative members of the European elite and their Euroskeptic partners revel in populism. Beset by crises, Europe faces challenges of belief and theory. Debate over European integration has entered a crucial stage.

Though contradictory, opinions in the statement come from a clear basic standpoint. They negate two things: first, the achievement of European integration. They argue that "a false Europe threatens us," "it will confiscate our home." "The false Europe praises itself as the forerunner of a universal community that is neither universal nor a community," the statement reads.

Second, multiculturalism. "Multiculturalism is unworkable. They ignore, even repudiate the Christian roots of Europe. At the same time they take great care not to offend Muslims, who they imagine will cheerfully adopt their secular, multicultural outlook," these scholars state.

Next they put forward their own propositions for Europe: the hope of returning to the nation state, emphasizing a Christian spirit, opposing Muslim immigrants and showing sympathy for populism.

Europe's dilemma revealed in the Paris Statement has foundations. Globalization, the continuous extension of the EU, multicultural policies and the neoliberal governance pattern have challenged Europe. Western diplomacy aggravated these challenges. Populist Euroskepticism has gorged on the 2009 European debt crisis, the Ukraine crisis, the refugee crisis, terrorism, fragmentation of society, Brexit and the internal contradictions of EU members. Disagreement and arguments raged among European elites. In this context, the statement hardly surprises anyone at all.

It is easy to complain and rake up faults. To get out of a predicament and predict the way forward takes courage, tolerance and boldness of vision. The 10 intellectuals hoped to find answers in the old world, the nation state and the Christian order. This is their fatal flaw.

Europe can never go back, nor is it necessary.

Fir...

16:02

Hillarys What Happened She Lost & It Was Her Fault! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hillary is running around pitching her book What Happened. Of course, we all know the answer she lost. The problem is that she takes no blame for that and like a fool who buys the market at the top, they come up with conspiracy theories to blame everyone else for their failed investment.

The four people she is blaming all have to do with the leaked emails, none of which has she EVER claimed they were fake or altered. So her whole argument is that someone leaked the truth. Her own staff said she set up a private server so she could be free from a FOIA request. If she did not do that, Comey would not have had to investigate.

The last on the list is Richard Murdock. One member of the press who was against her when she had everyone else in her pocket from the New York Times to CNN, seems a bit absurd. The press was biased in her favor not Trumpss.

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16:01

Saudi Arabia in Search of Cash "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: I read your blog about the Saudis potentially selling a large private equity position from China in Aramco rather than accessing the public markets. You have pointed out the need for the Saudis to modernize their economy to be less dependent on oil income and to monetize that resource for capital improvements/diversification, but how do they do that without giving away to much control over their oil resources to China?  Wouldnt a single significant stake by a private investor (country in this case) give up to much control over their single greatest resource (at least for the immediate future)?  Im thinking of the disaster that is Venezuela as an example of the poor employment of foreign investment.

 

ANSWER: I fully understand your point. However, the Saudis need money. They spent too much money expecting oil to be $200 forever. They are now starting to issue bonds. Saudi Arabia has peaked economically and looks at UAE and sees the diversification. Here is a picture I took on the beach in Abu Dhabi. They are tolerant of Western Culture. You cannot create a world economy without separation of church and state.

Saudi Arabia is introducing a free zone like UAE. They are introducing an Industrial section by the Red Sea. So they are trying to move forward away from just oil.

Venezuela has always been a ruthless dictatorship. The wealth from oil never made it to the people.

15:51

Northwest Weather Believe It o Not! "IndyWatch Feed National"

There has been a lot of precipitation during the past two weeks and the impacts may surprise you.

Question 1:  The cumulative precipitation at Seattle Tacoma Airport over the past six months has been:

1.  Way below normal
2.  Normal
3. Way above normal

The answer, shown by the plot of cumulative precipitation, is ALMOST EXACTLY NORMAL.  Our spring was wetter than normal, then almost no precipitation in July and August, followed by roughly five inches since mid-October.

Question 2:  The cumulative precipitation at Yakima, WA for the past six months was:

1.  Way below normal
2.  Normal
3. Way above normal

The answer is ALMOST EXACTLY NORMAL.
Question 3:  The precipitation for the past year at Seattle-Tacoma Airport was

1.  Way below normal
2.  Normal
3. Way above normal
4.  Slightly above normal
5.  Moderately below normal

The answer:  slightly above normal.
The lesson in all this is that one can get drier and wetter than normal periods, but often it all comes out in the wash if one considers a long enough period.

Now you want want to see something that is really amazing?  Here is the upper level (500 hPa) map forecast for Thursday at 11 PM.  A HUGE ridge of high height (or pressure).  Expect temperatures i...

15:35

Bodies in Trouble: on sexual violence and the problem with hashtags "IndyWatch Feed National"

Earlier this year I was part of a process that detailed three incidents of sexual harassment perpetrated by a fellow poet. The incidents involved three women writers who all experienced similar harassment on the same night by the same man at a literary event. Had these incidents occurred in isolation and the four of us not spoken and mobilised, these incidents would not have been reported.

15:20

So-called Australia: First Edition of Anti-Prison Zine Paper Chained Now Available Online "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Note from Insurrection News: The first edition of Paper Chained is now available online to read or download, paper copies are also available upon request. Paper Chained is a journal of writings and artistic expressions from individuals who are facing or have faced incarceration.Paper Chained is compiled by the Running Wild anarchist collective from So-called Australia. Check it out!

25.10.17:  Its finally here! Click HERE to read the first Issue of Paper Chained online, or read below for other access options.

HOW TO ACCESS

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15:03

Apparently you're a nutter if you think you're being watched by government "IndyWatch Feed National"


So it looks like the corporate media are on a government propaganda binge where anything outside of sanitised information  is a 'conspiracy theory' or even a character assassination on you where you're a tin foil hat wearer or nut case.

On the topic of surveillance, according to the mainstream media mutts, you've got some sort of newly classified (keeping psychiatrists in the job) e-Personality disorder.

So, according to bbc.com there were approximately  4 - 6 million CCTV cameras in 2015, in the United Kingdom alone.

The Australian government has been keeping all your (meta)data for a period of time, where it has been doing this since day dot, but only now it's been enshrined in statute law.

The Snowden leaks have exposed government policy of global mass surveillance, literally unfathomable to the layperson.

Every person's smartphone has data harvested  from it, unbeknown to the user.

Smart meters installed forcibly in people's homes monitor their movements

Smart air conditioners are now supported by government so that the electricity companies can switch off your appliance whenever it suits them under whatever pretext, e.g. not enough electricity supply.

It has been confirmed that Samsung's Smart TVs 'listen in' to you in the privacy of your own home.


So when one talks about "they're watching us" is that really paranoia or just being a realist?

14:47

Gardner fires in Ashes opener to help Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

ITS been a big month for Indigenous cricketer Ashleigh Gardner, with the allrounder starring for Australia in the opening Womens Ashes match against England and being named One to Watch award in the Health Women in Sport Awards. A thrilling cameo from Gardner carried Australia to an exciting win over England in the first one-day Ashes match at Allan Border Field, Brisbane. Gardner struck two thrilling sixes in her 18-ball innings of 27. Australia won with five balls to spare.

14:39

SHOCKING! Australias Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce alleged to have stalked & molested teen girl and young woman "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: Fresh from revelations that Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce has been hypocritically conducting a sexual affair with a junior employee for close to a year despite being married and claiming to uphold 'traditional family values', True Crime News Weekly can now reveal that Mr Joyce is at the centre of serious sexual harassment and molestation claims dating back to 2012 and involving multiple women, including a 17-year-old teenage girl.

14:24

Teen Reports Chilis Manager For Sexual Harassment And Receives Horrible Response "IndyWatch Feed National"

Emily Houser was 16 when she started working at the Chilis restaurant in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. Her manager, Josh Davidson, 24 at the time, immediately took interest in her. During the years that followed, Davidson relentlessly pursued Houser, refusing to take no for an answer.

Over a two-year period, it just kind of escalated into him providing me with gifts of significance and money and flowers and cards and things that I wasnt really accepting of, things that made me extremely uncomfortable because I was not sure what he expected of me from these gifts, Houser told Buzzfeed News.

His abuse hit a peak on her 18th birthday, when he showed up at her school and asked her to officially be his girlfriend, in front of a group of students.  I said no, and he replied in a very pompous way, saying he didnt care if he got fired if we were together, and he didnt care if he lost his job because he just wanted to be with me.

In the months that followed, Davidson reportedly switched his focus to another new young Chilis employee. It was at this point that Houser decided to put in her two weeks notice and report Davidson officially, to prevent another teen girl from suffering his abuse. Considering her report, Chilis upper management decided to transfer Davidson to a restaurant in another city.

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14:16

I Was Workplace Bullied at an Australian Radio Station "IndyWatch Feed National"

I want you to fuck off and never come back.

These were my male superiors last words to me.

I always knew workplace bullying existed, but I assumed adults would not resemble those bigger kids who pick on the small kids in the school garden. Turns out I was wrong. It was exactly the same, except without the swings and slides.

It was the day I finished university, and I can still remember the jitters of hearing the words: Youre hired! Flying from Melbourne to a country town in a different state did not seem like a varied transition in the beginning, but I left the job feeling mentally and emotionally broken in just three months from workplace bullying.

When I touched down in what was to be my new home, it was freezing, mid-June; the air was frosty, but clearer than home. The first few weeks as a radio producer seemed like a dream: calling the Prime Minister for interviews, speaking to media advisors and getting to know the locals.

Six weeks in, I made my first error, which would be the beginning of my downfall. Footsteps pounded down the hallway and stopped right outside my studio door.

Meeting! Now! my boss shouted, pointing at me.

There I found myself facing a jury of three stern, middle-aged males shaking their heads at me. I had made a spelling mistake in a social media story headline, which sparked some online controversy. My hostthe one harassing mewas the eldest of the three; he had squinty eyes that were magnified through his clear-rimmed glasses and his wrinkly skin was a nasty shade of yellow. He puffed at his beloved e-cigarette and looked at me.

What do you have to say for yourself? my host snapped.

Im sorry I had to get the story out quickly and I missed that error. It wont happen again.

You know my reputation is on the line and you are fucking it up big time, was the response.

I nodded, but my lip trembled uncontrollably and I could feel my emotions rising to the surface.

Dont nod at me, he spat, saliva frothing at the creases of his mouth. You must think its easy not having your name plastered on the brand!

The power of his intimidation quickly ruptured my already...

14:00

Premiere: Sydneys Bad Pony deliver the soulful party-starter Half Blood "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Sydneys Bad Pony have been doing the round for a few years now, but now as we get closer and closer to the new year, the group have decided to gift fans with a brand new single, the exhilarating Half Blood.

Bad Pony have had a pretty stellar year so far, with showcases at Canadian Music Week, and shows in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New York City. Now with a brand new single behind them, the group are all set to head in 2018 with a bang, with Bad Pony already set to represent Australia at South By Southwest next year.

Bad Ponys new single, Half Blood, is another banger from the group. Filled with soulful vocals, tasty riffs, pounding drums, and a brilliant chorus that will definitely see the track quickly become a fan favourite at upcoming shows.

The tracks accompanying video manages to perfectly capture the sort of artists that Bad Pony are. Showing the group performing the track live, the video provides a snapshot of the ferocity, energy, and dedication that every single member of the band puts into their craft.

The way we play live is pretty unique and we have a shitload of fun doing it, said Jarred Young, the bands vocalist and drummer. We wanted to make sure that came across with Half Blood.

To add to the news of the brilliant single and video, the group have also just been named as recipients of the Australian Music Weeks 301 Music Prize. This of course means big things for Bad Pony, who are set to record a brand new single at Studios 301 as part of the prize.

Were really, really stoked, said Jarred excitedly. As a band that usually self-produces it will be a great experience to get into 301 with a producer for our next single too.

Bad Pony are set to head out on an east coast tour soon, giving fans a chance to devour their new single. Kicking things off at the Australian Music Week festivities next week, the band will hit up Tasmania, Victoria, and revisit New South Wales before the tour wraps up.

With the bands reputation for delivering an absolutely stunning live show, this is going to be one you wont want to miss.

Check out Bad Ponys brand new single, Half Blood, below.

Bad Pony Half Blood Tour

Thursday, November 2nd
Australian Music Week, Cronulla, NSW

Saturday, November 11th
Band Meeting Festi...

13:50

States foreclose more borrowing "IndyWatch Feed National"

FG, states, LGs share N558.082bn State governments yesterday, ruled out the option of seeking external borrowing to meet their pressing financial obligations. Instead, they elected to step up their Internally Generated Revenue ( IGR) and other sources at various states disposal to bridge their funding gaps. Chairman, States Commissioners of Finance Forum, who doubles as Adamawa State Commissioner of Finance, Mr Mahmood Yunusa, disclosed this to journalists yesterday during the question and answer session at the plenary session of monthly Federation Account Allocation Committee Meeting (FAAC) meeting. Responding to question...

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13:20

Elena Kats-Chernin "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

On Arts Wednesday 25 October 2017, Sylvias guest was acclaimed and beloved composer, Elena Kats-Chernin, who turns 60 next month. The conversation looks back over Elenas career and the sheer exuberance of her personality makes for compelling listening.

By way of introduction, we listened to Lullabye for Nick from the CD Butterflying. Elena composed the piece when she was five years old and reworked for her youngest son. The music is performed by Tamara-Anna Cislowska and the CD is published by ABC records:

Here is Part 1 of the conversation:

We then listened to the very popular Eliza Aria from Wild Swans, a ballet choreographed by Meryl Tankard and scored by Elena. This recording is also from ABC and features Jane Sheldon with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Now for Part 2 of the conversation:

The next piece of music comes from the Hush Music Foundation, Hush Vol 13: The Magic island. Elenas composition is called The Dance of the Paper Umbrellas, performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra:

Now for Part 3 of the conversation:

This next piece of music is Russian Rag, the all-time favourite from her CD Ragtime and B...

12:50

MACKAY Smashed into business on parole, gets community service "IndyWatch Feed National"

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12:31

November In Your Patch "IndyWatch Feed National"


Were always being told to eat more fruit and veggies and get more exercise with this diet or that exercise program. If the thought of donning the Lycra and heading to the gym has you reaching for the chocolate cake, what about green gym? Get out into your sustainable garden for your daily workout. Sustainable gardening is not only good for the planet; its good for your health. There are more and more people using their gardens and growing fruit and veggies to help manage chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Think about all the weeding, digging, mulching, planting, and raking you can do in your garden. Wow, what a workout. Not only that, your sustainable garden is a great mood booster, so its good for your mental health as well.

Make November your month to start your green gym in your patch!

Warm Areas

Frost free or occasional light frosts (North from about Coffs Harbour and all the way across to the west to Geraldton)

  • Herbs are not only great to grow, theyre great for you! Get out and plant some basil, parsley, coriander, thyme and rosemary. Dont forget to mulch them well. Good for your plants and helps you to burn some extra calories.
  • Get into the veggie patch and plant lettuce, silver beet, tatsoi, climbing beans, zucchini, pumpkin, carrot and beetroot. Dont forget theres still time to get your tomatoes in.
  • Garlic should be ready to harvest by now look for leaves yellowing and beginning to die off.
  • Need to eat more fruit? Plant passionfruit, pawpaw, pineapples and for a potassium hit, some bananas.
  • How about adding some pretties to the garden: marigolds, verbena, petunias, cosmos, sunflowers and dianthus. Theyll not only add colour and interest to your patch, the beneficial insects will love them.
  • Your patch looking a bit tired and worn out? A green manure crop could be the lift it needs. At this time of year, try millet, lablab, or cow pea. Your soil will be alive and nutritious, next seasons veggies will love you.
  • Another great job to give you and your patch a good workout, top up the mulch on all of your garden beds. Make sure you choose sustainable, low environmental impact mulch, thatll enrich your soil as it breaks down.
  • How about making some shade cloth tents. They dont have to elaborate, just a simple, moveable structure that you can pop over the top of some of the sun sensitive veggies as it gets hotter. Think of it as slip, slop, slap fo...

12:30

Growing Little Learners The Benefits of Gardening with Children "IndyWatch Feed National"

We sometimes think of gardening as an adult activity, and sometimes especially for older people This can get reinforced when we give in to our childrens wishes to watch screens of some sort instead of being outdoors. But gardening is actually a wonderful way for children to have fun and, at the same time, gain important knowledge and skills.

Renowned Russian psychologist, Lev Vygotsky, introduced the theory of unstructured, open-ended play based learning to the educational and social world. He promised that it held untold benefits for children, including:

The development of confidence and independence
The development of resilience
The development of problem-solving and critical thinking skills

Its often difficult to find space in education to allow children the freedom to truly play. We face a very structured curriculum that leads our children, often quite quickly, through a series of skills that dont often reflect their actual interests.

Offering children the chance to be involved in nature play, particularly in their own backyards, provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to allow time and space for this wonderful learning to take place.

How can my Garden become a Classroom?

Any outdoor space that you have be it a big backyard or an apartment balcony is the perfect breeding ground for learning.

Children are born curious. They love to learn about new concepts and approach the natural world with wonder and awe. Allowing them space in your home to garden, care for plants, learn about sustainability and take on new projects will both tap into this natural sense of wonder and instil in them the importance of caring for their environment.

Applying Vygotskian theory means that you will provide the parameters for learning and then allow children to take over. They will become so immersed in their project, and so full of spontaneous joy at creating and exploring, that their little minds will happily forge connections to extend their learning beyond the school classroom.

What are some Garden Projects I can do with my Child?

These ideas will depend, of course, on the age of your children, the amount of space you have and your budget.

You could
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12:29

7 Ideas for Designing and Landscaping a Backyard Naturescape Playground "IndyWatch Feed National"

The concepts of sustainability and providing a better future for our younger generations are intertwined with physical and mental health. We can design and landscape our gardens to be both sustainable and engaging for our children by creating a backyard naturescape playground. This can encourage your children to value, learn about and engage with their natural environment in their garden naturescape wonderland.
Article written by Dan Nitsche https://www.tradesmannow.com.au/landscapers/nsw-landscapers/landscaper

1. Child Friendly Design

The first step is getting your child involved in the design. Whether you hire a landscaper to do the work or you do it yourself, this is an opportunity to talk about the importance of sustainable concepts and how these can be incorporated into your design. You may like to have an overall vision of how the finished garden will look, but it is important to get your little ones to also give you ideas of how they want to use this outside space. They may like to have quiet areas for building an outdoor cubby house or a messy mud kitchen for creating some culinary master pieces. Part of the design is to also ensure that all aspects are accessible but that there is also an element of adventure. This means considering the height and depth of any raised garden beds and also ensuring that the design is flexible enough to let your childs imagination run wild. One day they could pretend they are captaining a tall ship, the next creating culinary masterpieces in their own outdoor kitchen. Letting your childs imagination run wild will show them that they can have even more fun engaging in unstructured play with natural elements than simply playing on plastic playground equipment. By including your childs design ideas they will be more likely to be intrinsically motivated to spend time playing, exploring and learning from the natural world. Fostering an appreciation of the natural world from an early age will lay the foundation for sustainable practices throughout your childs life.

2. Construct with the Kids

Once a design developed, its time to get constructing. Getting your children involved in this will give them greater understanding of sustainable building materials such as recycled timbers, straw bales, recycled and repurposed plastics as well as fallen branches and leaves from already established plants and tree...

12:28

Lawn Alternatives "IndyWatch Feed National"

Escape the mundane uniformity of an artificial vegetative mat and enjoy some of the visual and aromatic delights the natural world has on offer!

Less maintenance

Mowing, edging, fertilising and weeding of a lawn requires more time and maintenance than well chosen ground covers or garden beds / pavers.

A well selected group of ground covers are less prone to pest attack and diseases than a single lawn species.

Less water

A mulched garden bed with well chosen plants requires less water to look good year round than even the toughest lawn species.

Increase biodiversity

Larger garden beds allow for tiered plantings of increasing heights, which in turn creates a greater sense of depth and space to a garden.

Attract native wildlife into your garden with many butterfly, bird and insect attracting varieties available.

Reasons you may not need a lawn at all

  • Shady dry areas under trees
  • Areas unlikely to be walked over
  • Small or awkward areas
  • Areas with significant slopes

Lawn Alternatives

If you like the open feel of a lawn but dont want the maintenance or water requirements. Consider the following options

No Traffic

No traffic open spaces allow for some of the greatest flexibility in style and plant choices. Areas that are traditionally difficult to establish lawn perform well with many alternatives. Regions such as under large trees of near eves can be given a new lease of life with the addition of low water and light requiring lawn alternatives.

Light Traffic

In areas of light traffic it is necessary to choose plants that are tolerant of small levels of disturbance. Plants that are used should be flexible low lying. This will allow them to bounce back when trodden on. For Heavy Traffic use the same varieties as those for areas with light traffic, but with the addition of stepping stones.

Meadow Lawn areas

A mixture of grass, lilies, wildflowers and ground covers. Dont mow often. To encourage flowering and growth of the meadow it is recommended that the area be cut twice a year using a brush cutter. The optimal times to cut the meadow is in early summer after spring flowering and late autumn. The cut material should then be removed and composted.

No Traffic

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12:25

"Very Few Beings..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

 "Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Mortal or immortal, 
few really ASK. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the 
answers they have already shaped in their own minds."
- Anne Rice

12:16

Dont Call the Cops If Youre Autistic, Deaf, Mentally Ill, Disabled or Old "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anyone who cares for someone with a developmental disability, as well as for disabled people themselves [lives] every day in fear that their behavior will be misconstrued as suspicious, intoxicated or hostile by law enforcement.

Steve Silberman, The New York Times

Life in the American police state is an endless series of donts delivered at the end of a loaded gun: dont talk back to police officers, dont even think about defending yourself against a SWAT team raid (of which there are 80,000 every year), dont run when a cop is nearby lest you be mistaken for a fleeing criminal, dont carry a cane lest it be mistaken for a gun, dont expect privacy in public, dont let your kids walk to the playground alone, dont engage in nonviolent protest near where a government official might pass, dont try to grow vegetables in your front yard, dont play music for tips in a metro station, dont feed whales, and on and on.

Heres another dont to the add the growing list of things that could get you or a loved one tasered, shot or killed, especially if you are autistic, hearing impaired, mentally ill, elderly, suffer from dementia, disabled or have any other condition that might hinder your ability to understand, communicate or immediately comply with an order: dont call the cops.

Sometimes its dangerous enough calling the cops when youre not contending with a disability.

For instance, Justine Damond called 911 to report a disturbance and ended up dead after police dispatched to investigate instead shot the 40-year-old yoga instructor. Likewise, Carl Williams called 911 to report a robbery and ended up being shot by police, who mistook him for a robber in his own home.

Unfortunately, the risks just skyrocket when a disability is involved.

Nancy Schrock called 911 for help after her husband, Tom, who suffered with mental health issues, started stalking around the backyard, upending chairs and screaming about demons. Several times before, police had transported Tom to the hospital, where he was medicated and sent home after 72 hours. This time, Tom was tasered twice. He collapsed, lost consciousness and died.

The Schrocks are not alone in this experience.

Indeed, disab...

12:00

Todd Fernando: As Indigenous people we exist outside of sporting arenas and welfare dependency "IndyWatch Feed National"

Most Australians, and our international visitors, first learn about Indigenous people through conversations that are often grounded in disadvantage Photograph: IndigenousX Most Australians, and our international visitors, first learn about Indigenous people through conversations that are often grounded in disadvantage Photograph: IndigenousX Share this Post Indigenous and mainstream Australians often have very different ideas about the concept of success. For ...

11:23

Environmental Protest: Bob Brown wins in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Environment activists and watchers will be detaching themselves briefly from their various points of resistance to observe the implications of a High Court decision in Australia that was handed down last week. The decision found that various anti-protest provisions of the Tasmanian parliament found in the Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Act 2014 were invalid. The

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11:10

Australia Looking to Impose Strict Regulations on Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia Looking to Impose Strict Regulations on Bitcoin from Schiff Gold Australia is moving toward regulating cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum under new anti-money laundering legislation. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Parliament will vote on the measure this week....

The post Australia Looking to Impose Strict Regulations on Bitcoin appeared first on The Daily Coin.

10:56

Bitcoin Digits Coming Under Strict Regulation In Australia: Getting Off The Ship While You Still Can "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is moving toward regulating cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum under new anti-money laundering legislation. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Parliament will vote on the measure this week. If it passes, it will place Bitcoin and other cryptos under the auspices of Australias financial regulatory agency. If the new laws are passed, the financial []

09:07

Trade for the People a new video "IndyWatch Feed National"

October 25, 2017: IBON International has released a powerful new video, Trade for the People, which looks at how the neoliberal trade regime has delivered for transnational corporations at the expense of the global South. From agreements brokered at the World Trade Organisation to free trade agreements (FTAs) like the TPP and RCEP, industrialised countries and global corporations have pursued their interests at the expense of human rights and genuine development. 

'What is important is to make sure that trade is for the benefit of the people and their development Antonio Tujan Jr, Director IBON International

 

08:51

Grocons construction licence cancelled in Queensland "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Melbourne based developer, Grocon, has just taken a hit in Queensland, with its licence suspended by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC), as an investigation into its finances continues.

It seems that the company has made a big loss on the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village and apparently, they are $16.7 million in the red over two other projects, valued at more than $1 billion. The QBCC is not satisfied that the business is viable enough to merit taking on more jobs.

The political establishment has reacted to this with a wall of silence. If it had been anyone else, especially unions in the industry, the resulting condemnations would have driven many of them  hoarse within hours. In this case, the apparent laryngitis, comes from the habit of harbouring this and some other similar construction companies as allies.

Construction companies donate significant amounts to political parties and have therefore established useful political links. Grocon has relied quit a lot on building its links through a war against construction unions., which has germinated into a cosy alliance with the federal and state governments. Canberras industry code brought benefits, in terms of legal assistance to push down wages and conditions, punish workers and unions acting on this and providing government contract rewards, through the building industry code measures that a that bars employers reaching better agreements with their own workforce.  Industry  safety conditions  and public safety have been  major casualties.

Grocon has a track record in cutting corners and this has more than once exacted a heavy price on others. In August this year VicRoads sued for damage caused in Elizabeth Street in Melbourne. In 2013 there was the Swanston Street wall collapse that killed three young pedestrians, over which it faced criminal charges.

These are two examples of cases of a long list of cases that have attracted a slap on the wrist at most.  Will it be the same for the Elizabeth Street incident? This was...

08:48

BREAKING: FBI Releases Docs On Sandy Hook Showing Feds Visited Shooter BEFORE Massacre "IndyWatch Feed National"

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On December 14, 2012, the world watched the news with horror as they heard the story of 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shooting 20 children between six and seven years old, as well as six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Since that fateful day, conspiracy theories have abounded from whether or not the shooting actually took place to what Lanzas motive was.

Adam Lanza is believed to have shot his mother, Nancy Lanza, in the head at her home in Newtown, Connecticut, around 9 a.m. on December 14, before taking her car and driving approximately five miles to the Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he would slaughter the children and teachers.

According to reports, most of the shooting occurred in two of the schools first-grade classrooms; 14 students in one classroom, and six in the other, were murdered. Only two of the victims who were shot by Lanzaboth teacherssurvived the attack.

Now, the documents which could lay to rest many of these conspiracy theories have been released by the FBI. At 10:00 AM EST, on Tuesday, the FBI, without any notice, took to Twitter to post the link to over 1,500 pages of documents from their investigation and subsequent findings.

In general, the FBI does not comment on the content of the files released through [Freedom of Information Act], and lets the information contained in the files speak for itself, said Charles Grady, a community outreach specialist for the FBI based in New Haven. This is a routine FOIA release nothing more, nothing less.

While we would expect that the names, addresses, and contact information be redacted throughout the documents, it appears that entire pages were wiped out.

Just as Americans thought they may be getting some answers as to why this 20-year-old went on a shooting rampage, killing innocent children, it appears we may now have more questions than answers.

One such question that arises from our brief combing of the documents is how Lanza, who only weighed 85 lbs, according to the report, was able to carry such heavy weaponry and ammo and shoot with such deadly accuracy.

...

08:42

Senator Canavans ambitious plan for a State of North Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Senator Matt Canavan, a friend of mine from my Canberra days, is not wasting any time while he is temporarily out of the Cabinet. He is making plans for a new State of North Queensland. With his background as a Productivity Commission economist and as the former Minister for Northern Australia, Senator Canavan has the expertise and experience to come up with a credible and convincing plan for a new State of NQ. The Senator made some very interesting observations to the Townsville Bulletin last Friday:

Ive often said were big enough and strong enough and wealthy enough to represent ourselves, he said.

I reckon wed get more things going if we didnt have the handbrakes put on us by Brisbane and Canberra.

Senator Canavan said Tasmania had 12 senators with 500,000 people but North Queensland has only two and we have more than one million people.

I utterly reject any notion that we couldnt stand on our own two feet, he said. Our average per-person economic output in North Queensland is 30 per cent higher than in southern Queensland. All the money seems to get spent in Brisbane.

Senator Canavan is absolutely right about NQs higher economic output per capita (see chart below based on the most recent official estimates from Qld Treasury), although this is a result of the disproportionate contribution of mining to NQs economy. A lot of the income generated in NQ is earned by mining companies, and the bulk of it ends up leaving NQ, with a good proportion of it going overseas. The average NQ resident does not earn a higher income than the average SEQ resident. That said, the large economic contribution of mining (e.g. around two-thirds of North West Qlds economy, half of Mackays, and one-third of Fitzroys) means that a new State of NQ would earn healthy royalty revenues. Of course, as currently happens with Queensland, this healthy royalty revenue would count against NQ in the distribution of GST revenue.

While I concur with the Senator that a State of NQ would be economically viable, Id be careful about rushing into it. The set up costs would be large, and there may be trouble filling senior public service positions, given the vast majority of current Queensland public service SES positions are in Brisbane. Also, as Ive posted on previously, Im unsure NQ gets such a raw deal from Brisbane (see my post Is NQ under-funded relative to SEQ?). That said, I am v...

08:39

Message to Mr Wolfgang Schuble "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Dear Wolfgang,

I read carefully and listened your recent statements in response to journalistic questions emanating from my recent book Adults in the Room relating to our conversations during the first half of 2015.

I have a proposal for you. Instead of vague statements and personal put down lines, I invite you to point out specific pages and paragraphs in my book where I misrepresented something that you told me during that period (e.g. your expressed view that the 3rd Greek Loan and accompanying Memorandum of Understanding that I refused to sign, and which was signed after my resignation, would be bad for Greece; or, even more strongly, your view that, had I signed it, I would have to answer to my people).

Sincerely

Yanis Varoufakis

08:29

Letters to the Editor: National gun amnesty By Ian Walmsley Glen Innes NSW. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The types of guns handed in with the National Amnesty shows what happens when honest citizens are declared criminals overnight by Politicians with knee-jerk reactions.

08:11

Power plant sale incompetent or worse "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Vales Point Power Station. (wikipedia)

The Vales Point Power Station. (wikipedia)

The sale of a state-owned power station for $1 million that went on to skyrocket in value in private hands smells of government incompetence or something worse, the NSW Opposition leader says.

The Vales Point power station was sold by the Baird government in November 2015 for $1 million but has now been revalued at $739 million by Sunset Power International.

NSW Labor leader Luke Foley on Tuesday accused the government of fleecing taxpayers of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Youve got to assume its incompetence on a grand scale from Ms Berejiklian and her colleagues, or something worse, Mr Foley told reporters.

You couldnt find a privation deal more contrary to the public interest.

However, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who was treasurer at the time of the sale, stood by the transaction, saying its benefits could not be quantified in cash returns.

I am confident that every decision weve taken is in the taxpayers best interest and weve reduced debt in all transactions, Ms Berejiklian told reporters on Tuesday.

You have to look at how its taken debt away from government which allows us to invest in hospitals and schools.

In 2015 Ms Berejiklian said the plant had been sold above its retention value, with the state no longer exposed to significant liabilities such as costs associated with decommissioning.

Sunset Power International, which trades as Delta Electricity, on Tuesday declined to comment.

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08:06

Energy costs to stoke inflation rate "IndyWatch Feed National"

New inflation figures are expected to show the biggest quarterly jump in almost four years as a result of rising energy costs.

If that happens it will be a harsh reminder for households already struggling with slow wage growth and high debt levels.

Treasury boss John Fraser and his department can expect to be grilled about price pressures and the economic outlook more generally when he faces a Senate hearing on Wednesday.

There are also likely to be questions about the Turnbull governments national energy guarantee, a plan that is being promoted as providing a reliable source of electricity while cutting household bills by as much as $115 a year.

No modelling to back such claims has been released.

Economists expect the consumer price index rose by around 0.8 per cent in the September quarter, the largest inflation rise since December 2013.

Such an increase would lift the annual rate to the bottom end of the Reserve Banks two to three per cent inflation target band from 1.9 per cent previously.

The more interest-rate sensitive underlying measures of inflation which smooth out volatile price swings are expected to average a rise of 0.5 per cent.

This would produce a 12-monthly rate of around two per cent and of little immediate threat to the interest rate outlook.

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08:04

Whale, calf freed from Gold Coast shark nets "IndyWatch Feed National"

UPDATE: A whale and calf that were trapped in shark nets off a Gold Coast beach have been freed.

Seaworld experts helped free the mother and baby about 7.30am (AEST), roughly an hour after reports they had become ensnared about 200 metres off Nobby Beach.

Animal activists have again condemned the use of the shark nets, with World Animal Protection describing them as indiscriminate death traps.

ORIGINAL: A whale and a calf are trapped in shark nets off a Gold Coast beach and experts from Sea World will soon begin trying to free them.

The mother and her baby are stuck about 200 metres off Nobby Beach.

Marine rescue experts from Sea World will try to free them this morning.

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07:58

Aus must reply to Indonesian children case "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian government has been ordered to reply to a case involving Indonesian children allegedly locked up in Australian prisons, sparking hopes they will be forced to answer the case in a Jakarta court.

Australia has repeatedly maintained it is protected from the $103 million compensation claim because it has sovereign immunity, meaning its agencies are not subject to the jurisdiction of the Jakarta court.

But local lawyer Lisa Hiariej is pushing ahead with the suit on behalf of 115 Indonesians, who she says were children when they were held in Australian jails and detention centres between 2008 and 2011 for alleged people smuggling offences.

Last month the Australian government was ordered to enter mediation with Ms Hiariej but Central Jakarta District Court heard that the process had failed.

Chief Judge Ibnu Basuki Widodo ordered lawyers for the Australian government to return with a reply to the claim on November 14, warning them not to take more than three weeks to prepare their defence.

I feel that because the judges continue the matter, they feel there is a case to answer to, Ms Hiariej told AAP outside of court.

Muhammad Rasid, who was 15 when he was jailed at Sydneys Silverwater prison, said he was certainly very happy the matter was proceeding.

Im sorry I cant come to court on the 14th, I still need to work to earn money, the 23-year-old added.

The case has been launched against four Australian government agencies: the AFP, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and the Attorney-Generals Department.

It comes off the back of a 2012 Australian Human Rights Commission report into Indonesian youths held in Australian adult correctional facilities, which found the use of X-rays to determine age; a disregard for the childrens testimony about their age; and inadequate steps to verify their date of births resulted in dozens of Indonesian children being locked up between 2008 to 2011.

Our demand is not something that has come from thin air. It was based on something clear, factual, undeniable and it was from Australian itself, from Australian Human Rights Commission that there was a violation against these kids, lawyer Hendra Kusuma Jaya said.

Lawyers for the Australian government would not comment.

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07:25

Escaping The Smart Grid: A Conversation with the InPower Movement "IndyWatch Feed National"

Max Igan Surviving the Matrix

Episode 311
American Voice Radio
October 6th, 2017

The illusion of freedom will continue for as long as its profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will take down the scenery, move the tables and chairs out of the way, then they will pull back the curtains and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater. Frank Zappa

Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past. George Orwell

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader. Plato

I would rather have questions that cant be answered than answers that cant be questioned. Richard Feynman

I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens. Ive been knocking from the inside. Rumi

Universal Law/sovereign law trumps all others.

1. No man or woman, in or out of government shall initiate force, threat of force or fraud against my life and property and, any and all contracts Im a party to not giving full disclosure to me whether signed by me or not are void at my discretion.

2. I may use force in self-defense against anyone that violates Law

3. There shall be no exceptions to Law 1 and 2.

TURN OFF YOUR TELEVISION! THROW AWAY YOUR SMART PHONE!

07:05

Gowdy enters the fray: Opens investigation into DOJ's exonerating Killary and other 2016 decisions "IndyWatch Feed National"

House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte announced Tuesday morning they have officially opened a joint investigation into decisions made at the Obama Justice Department surrounding the FBI's criminal investigation into former Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. They also want to know why the FBI kept quiet about ongoing investigations into members of the Trump campaign, like Paul Manafort, while publicly discussing the Clinton probe. "Our justice system is represented by a blind-folded woman holding a set of scales. Those scales do not tip to the right or the left; they do not recognize wealth, power, or social status. The impartiality of our justice system is the bedrock of our republic and our fellow citizens must have confidence in its objectivity, independence, and evenhandedness. The law is the most equalizing force in this country. No entity or individual is exempt from oversight," Gowdy and Goodlatte released in a statement. "Decisions made by the Department of Justice in 2016 have led to a host of outstanding questions that must be answered."

06:16

Whats Going On With Bob Corker, Steve Bannon, And The Virginia Governors Race? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Alex Isenstadt, a national politics reporter at Politico, addresses the questions surrounding Senator Bob Corker, tax reform, and the anger coming from GOP donors on this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour. Isenstadt and Domenech also discuss the Viriginia gubernatorial race and how Trump effects state elections.

Clearly, Corker is aligned with a broader, establishment wing of the Republican party that is really upset right now, not just with Trump, but Steve Bannon too, Isenstadt said.

What happens to Republican primary races as Mitch McConnells support shrinks, and Steve Bannons endorsements grow? Its easy to say I oppose Mitch McConnel. Its hard to answer Well who do you support instead? Domenech said.

Listen here:

06:07

Adani posts weird video to fend off Carmichael criticism "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

The following article by Michael Slezak and Nick Evershed (The Guardian 21 October 2017) is about Gautam Adani and his social media blitz to counter the massive opposition he is facing in Australia, over his controversial Carmichael coal mine in Queenslands Galilee Basin.

The Adani Group has promoted a bizarre video advertisement on Facebook, in which the Indian company responds to revelations its Australian coal operations face growing financial risks.

The video, targeting people in Melbourne, flashes up text on the screen, backed by fast and upbeat percussive music. It displays allegations, which are labelled as lies, followed by attempts to set the record straight. It also misspells Abbot point, its coal terminal.

The video was uploaded along with a long post that contains strange defenses of its operation, including the false claim that the entire allegations about the company are based on just one screenshot of random text.

The Facebook post had more than 580,000 views on the video statistics at the time of writing.

Tim Buckley, a financial analyst at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, made many of the allegations Adani was attempting to refute. Aired in an episode of ABCs Four Corners program, the institute claimed Adanis operations in Australia were unprofitable and required the Carmichael mine to bail them out.

Buckley described the video as a desperate attempt to try and counter some of the facts with loud music and flashing lights and a sign that the campaign against Adani in Australia is having an impact.

In one respect it shows that Adani is taking it seriously, Buckley said. The whole campaign in Australia is doing enormous damage to the social license to operate of Adani.

Facebook ads are sponsored posts that an advertiser has paid to push into the news feed of a specifically targeted pool of people. Unless the ad appears in your feed, there is no easy way to determine that a post has been sponsored. This makes it difficult to keep track of political advertising on the social network.

Facebook advertising is considered effective because it allows...

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06:00

The exotic plantation curse: an environmental and fiscal catastrophe ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Almost 3 decades ago the Tasmanian Greens advocated the growing of plantation-sourced timber as a means to supply future demands and encourage a transition out of logging native old growth forests. With specifically native timber species in mind, this was viewed by the Greens as a move towards a more sustainable industry. Since then Tasmania has become the plantation isle and what we see now is horizons of ubiquitous exotics, and disturbingly very little of it is owned within the state these days ! Steven kons in Comments: Interesting ... The Greens worked hard and effectively to destroy Gunns And Forestry Tasmania. The success has led to more wood chips and whole logs leaving the state and very limited downstream processing. Congratulations to the Greens Party. Before I get bashed as being anti Green Party I am just expressing an observation

05:30

The BBC apologises "IndyWatch Feed National"


The BBC has apologised for a breach of impartiality and accuracy on the Today programme.

BBC complaints director Colin Tregear wrote to one of the complainants saying, "I hope youll accept my apologies, on behalf of the BBC, for the breach of editorial standards you identified". 

So can you guess what the BBC is apologising for?

I won't spoil it for you by giving you the answer...cough, cough, Lord Lawson, climate change cough, cough...You'll have to click on this link to the Guardian to find out.

05:26

Founder Confesses: Soros Wanted Antifa More Dangerous Than ISIS "IndyWatch Feed National"

The founder of domestic terrorist organization Antifa has admitted that George Soros helped turn them into terrorists more dangerous than ISIS. Shayne Hunter, the founder of Antifa Australia, says he quit the radical far-left group [...]

05:25

Former Weinstein assistant breaks NDA to speak up about sexual harassment and assault cover ups "IndyWatch Feed National"

Zelda Perkins, who worked as Weinstein's assistant in Miramax's London office, claims in a new interview with Financial Times that her boss sexually harassed her and assaulted her female colleague, leading them to a settlement and strict NDA. Dozens of women have come forward in recent weeks with claims against Harvey Weinstein, accusing the veteran film mogul of sexual assault, harassment, misconduct and rape. Many of their stories carry the same details - from hotel rooms and manipulative behavior to intimidation tactics and aggressive cover-ups - while provoking the same questions: How much did his assistants know, how tightly wound were their non-disclosure agreements and where are they now? Zelda Perkins, who worked for Weinstein during his tenure running Miramax Films, has just answered all three in a bombshell of an interview with Financial Times. In doing so, Perkins becomes the first former staffer to come forward and publicly denounce an NDA, shedding light on how Weinstein relied on a network of lawyers to help prevent staffers from speaking out about his alleged bad behavior. She also claims that there were clauses in her contract that could have led to Weinstein's dismissal nearly two decades ago.

05:06

Kuwait emir warns of GCC collapse and crisis escalation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Al Jazeera

'History and the future generations of Arabs will not forget those who contributed to the escalation of the conflict and caused the destruction of the Gulf,' the emir cautioned [Getty Images]
History and the future generations of Arabs will not forget those who contributed to the escalation of the conflict and caused the destruction of the Gulf, the emir cautioned [Getty Images]
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Qatar-Gulf crisis: Your questions answered

The emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, warned of the collapse of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) an alliance of Gulf countries should the crisis with Qatar remain unresolved.

In a statement at a Kuwaiti parliament session on Tuesday, the emir warned GCC leaders of the potential dangerous military and political interven...

04:11

South China Sea Defense Chiefs want Freedom of Navigation, Rules-Based Approach in Resolving Conflict "IndyWatch Feed National"

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said none among ADMM Plus member-states Australia, China, India Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the US as well as defense ministers from all ASEAN-member states, opposed the declaration. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, File

MANILA, Philippines The South China Sea issue was highlighted at yesterdays ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM Plus), with participating states declaring support for freedom of navigation and non-militarization as well as observance of a rules-based approach in resolving the conflict.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said none among ADMM Plus member-states Australia, China, India Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the US as well as defense ministers from all ASEAN-member states, opposed the declaration.

A majority of countries declared to continue to use the South China Sea the waters and air as they have been using it in the past decades without interference from anybody, Lorenzana said, without naming these countries.

Even Beijing, Lorenzana said, did not oppose the position taken by participating ADMM Plus states.

Even China did not oppose all of those statements. So I think its OK for China because its supposed to be an open water, Lorenzana said.

With this development, the defense chief said its now u...

04:03

The Sacrifice Zones of Hurricane Harvey "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this second installment of special coverage Hurricane Harveys aftermath, Abby Martin explores how the petrochemical industry dominates the city and why its low-income, Black and Latino areas are in the highest-risk areas for flooding and pollution, earning them the name sacrifice zones.

Abby explores Houstons unique lack of zoning and regulations that maximized the impact of the storm, the fence-line communities deliberately put in harms way, inhumane treatment of incarcerated people in the disaster, and how the ownership of the city by Big Oil puts thousands of lives in peril.

Featuring interviews with Dr. Robert Bullard, professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University; Azzurra Crispino, co-founder of Prison Abolition Prisoner Support (PAPS); and Yvette Arellano of the Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Series.

The Sacrifice Zones of Hurricane Harvey

In the first installment in a series on Hurricane Harvey recovery, Abby Martin introduced viewers to a neighborhood ignored by both state and national officials during and after the hurricane. It quickly became clear that the neighborhoods Abby drew attention to, specifically Lake Forest Park, were home to working class Houston residents of a lower socioeconomic status, many of which are Black or Latino. Was it a simply a coincidence that these neighborhoods were affected by the deadly flooding more than others? Is it by chance that these neighborhoods are now receiving far less attention than those filled with middle to upper class white Houstonians?

According to the evidence presented in the second installment in the series on Hurricane Harvey, the answer is a very clear no there was no coincidence and nothing was left to chance. In fact, these very neighborhoods are referred to as sacrifice zones, having numerous shortcomings in addition to the tendency to flood.

Houston is unique in that it lacks zoning laws. It is also overrun with petrochemical corporations operating with few rules and regulations. Neither of these things lend to a safe and healthy city for those with few resources. Houston has a high amount of residential segregation and housing discrimination which forces residents seeking affordable housing into marginalized areas where they are exposed to higher amounts of pollutants, less access to amenities, and are often at a higher risk of flooding. Abby spoke with Dr. Robert Bullard, Professor of Urban Planning at Texas Southern University, about these issues including Houstons history, gentrific...

03:30

Coup DEtat in Catalonia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Coup DEtat in Catalonia | Spain-Catalonia-independence-dictatorship-809267 | Special Interests World News

Self-determination is a universal right.

On Saturday, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy suspended Catalan self-governance extrajudicially, a coup by any standard, stripping the region of autonomy, annulling its executive and parliamentary powers, imposing fascist Madrid rule with full EU and US support and encouragement.

Sometime this week, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and parliamentarians will meet to discuss how theyll respond to Rajoys action, Puigdemont saying:

I ask the parliament to meet in a plenary session during which we, the representatives of the citizens sovereignty, will be able to decide over this attempt to liquidate our government and our democracy, and act in consequence.

Catalan institutions cannot accept this attack by SpainLong live Catalonia.

Regional parliament Speaker Carme Forcadell rejected Rajoys action, saying he wants the parliament of Catalonia to stop being a democratic parliament, and we will not allow this to happen.

One option is defying Madrid by declaring regional independence, announcing the formation of a new Catalan republic what should have happened straightaway after overwhelming October 1 referendum day voting, calling for separation from Spain.

Puigdemont pledged it within 48 hours. Its now 22 days later. His call for dialogue with Madrid fell on deaf ears. Brussels spurned him.

Last evening, he addressed hundreds of thousands of Catalans massed in Barcelona, protesting Madrids action, explaining his multiple calls for dialogue with Madrid got the same answer silence of repression.

He called imposition of direct rule over the region the worst attack on the institutions and the people of Catalonia since the decrees of the military dictator Francisco Franco.

Spain under Rajoy is a political dictatorship at war with its own people, exploiting and repressing them nationwide.

He acted to eliminate Catalan institutions, said Puigdemont, stressing if European values are at risk in Catalonia, they will also be at risk in Europe.

Rajoys action...

02:57

Project Censored 10.24.17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Historian and author Andres Resendez speaks about the other slavery the enslavement  of millions of Native Americans from the time of Columbus to the 1900s, a subject often overlooked  in history curricula. Resendez spoke in Berkeley, CA in April 2017; Mickey Huff was the host of that event.  This program includes Resendez speech, and part of the question-and-answer period ...

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02:44

Elie Wiesel accused of groping woman "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, more and more women feel confident to come forward with their own stories of being sexually harassed, groped, and raped where once they chose to remain silent because their attackers were powerful people and they feared being shamed and retaliated against. Some of these things happened years ago. One of latest allegations comes from Jennifer Listman who is now an anthropological geneticist working at New York University. In a detailed blog post, she describes how in 1989, when she was 19 years of age, she was shocked when she was groped by Nobel peace prize winner Elie Wiesel during a photographing at a public charity event. Wiesel died in 2016 at the age of 87.

When I was nineteen years old, Elie Weisel grabbed my ass. It was a calculated act and worse than you think; he mistook me for an ultra-religious underage girl who was unlikely to tell anyone about it. In other words, he purposefully chose to molest someone who he assumed was a minor and who would be compelled into silence.
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The photographer was about to take the photo when Elie Wiesel yelled, Wait!!. He then lunged (this is not an exaggerationhe looked as if he was performing a fencing move) out of the middle of the arrangement, across the line of family members, towards his right, towards me. Pushing with his hands, he shoved me and my boyfriend apart, inserted himself between us, placed one arm over each of our shoulders, and then gave a nod to the photographer and said, Ok.

Weird.

The photographer re-focused his lens, which took some time. The hand on my right shoulder moved a few inches down my back to be on my shoulder blade. Maybe his hand had been uncomfortable in its original position. Although, how could it be more comfortable now that it was not resting on top of something? I didnt have an answer for myself. The hand moved lower. It moved again. This happened slowly, over a period of seconds; a physical impossibility that is possible under such circumstances. I was in disbelief.

That cant be what hes doing. That cant be what hes doing. That cant be what hes doing.

His hand is still in a normal position. It is still in a normal position, now. Even now, it is still in a normal position.

The photographer snapped the photo. Simultaneously, Elie Wiesels right hand had reached my right ass cheek, which he squeezed. The photo was over, the photographer leaned back from crouching over his camera, the group separated, smiling at ea...

01:42

Bombing of the US Marines barracks in Beirut "IndyWatch Feed National"

1) I read that Trump mentioned Hizbullah in this matter.  I asked once Hasan Nasrallah about that and he says that his party does not claim responsibility for the bombing and that the party had not formed by the time of the bombing and that it formed later.
2) Why does US media always refer to this bombing as a terrorist bombing when the target was a military target?  I remember once at a conference at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University,  I asked University of Chicago professor, Robert Pape about why he just referred to this bombing as a terrorist bombing when the target is a military one.  I will never forget his answer. He said: because everyone considers it a terrorist bombing.  I said: should we as academic not try harder?
3) Media never mentions what the US marines were doing in Lebanon and that their mission was the support of the right-wing death squads of the Phalanges who were installed in power by the Israelis.

01:38

Unanswered Questions from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Review of Compensated Cases of Vaccine-Induced Brain Injury

Is the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims a fair forum? This is not a trivial question as it is the only forum in which parents may bring claims for vaccine injury to their children.

The post Unanswered Questions from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program appeared first on World Mercury Project.

01:00

Farmer Wants a Revolution: How Is This Not Genocide? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Farmer Wants a Revolution: How Is This Not Genocide? | plant-sprouting-1170x696 | Agriculture & Farming Special Interests

(THE GUARDIANHealth comes from the ground up, Charles Massy says yet chemicals used in agriculture are causing millions of deaths. Susan Chenery meets the writer intent on changing everything about the way we grow, eat and think about food

The kurrajong tree has scars in its wrinkled trunk, the healed wounds run long and vertical under its ancient bark. Standing in front of the homestead, it nestles in a dip on high tableland from which there is a clear view across miles and miles of rolling plains to the coastal range of south-east Australia.

Charles Massy grew up here, on the sweeping Monaro plateau that runs off the eastern flank of Mount Kosciuszko, an only child enveloped by the natural world, running barefoot, accompanied by dogs and orphaned lambs. Fifth generation, he has spent his adult life farming this tough, lean, tussock country; he is of this place and it of him. But when his friend and Aboriginal Ngarigo elder Rod Mason came to visit he discovered that a lifetime of intimately knowing the birds, trees and animals of this land wasnt significant at all.

The tree is probably a lot older than 400 years. Rod told him that when the old women walked their favourite songline tracks they carried seeds of their favourite food and resource plants, and sowed them at spirituality significant camping places. His front garden was one such ceremony place there would have been a grove planted, and the women had stripped the bark from the tree to make bags and material. This old tree represented a connection to country deeper than we can imagine, and linking us indivisibly with the natural wor...

00:03

On the Mogollon Rim "IndyWatch Feed National"


Is it made from real wolves? Are girl scout cookies made from real girl scouts? You may have your answer.

I have never eaten wolf chili, but I'm sure that it's good since our fellow blogger, Juliette, recommended it.

After having kicked some rocks, tossed the runes and flicked some beads on the abacus, I think that I have a better grip on Phase 2 development at the White Wolf Mine. It will include a barn, solar panels, a green house and a well/pump room, and it will be on the Southern Property rather than there with the hovel. Once complete, I'll begin contemplating Phase 3.

No, excavation has not begun yet (wince), but you can see the stakes in the ground for the footings and for some digging that needs to take place (in the photos below).

Things have been going slower than anticipated because, as was pointed out to me, elk season is still underway. I saw two white tail deer on the property. A buck and a doe made an appearance. Arizona white tail deer are a subspecies, the Coues deer. I've seen mule deer up on the property, but the Coues deer are about half the size of a respectable mule deer. Larger than a German Shepherd, but not that much larger.

Elk season has driven some big horn sheep into the area. A neighbor complained that there were two dozen on his property last week. Big horn sheep are just one more wild species that is common to the Mogollon Rim area in the Arizona highlands.

The weather was spectacular with highs in the 70's. The night was chilly, but not cold.


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00:03

Australia Expands Security Assistance to Philippines to Combat Islamist Militants "IndyWatch Feed National"

FILE PHOTO: Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne shakes hands with her Filipino counterpart Delfin Lorenzana, before their meeting to discuss military strategy and assistance in the Philippines' fight against Islamist militants in Marawi, at Villamor Air Base in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines, September 8, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Erik De Castro/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne shakes hands with her Filipino counterpart Delfin Lorenzana, before their meeting...

Tuesday, 24 October

23:56

Employee resignations rise to five-year high ! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Heres why

One in seven (15.5 per cent) employees resigned from the job in 2016, according to the latest data from XpertHR. Labour turnover statistics from 288 organisations show that the resignation rate has increased steadily since 2012, when it stood at 10.6 per cent.

The occupation groups with the highest numbers of employees that have resigned from their job are distribution at 12.4 per cent, publishing and events at 12.3 per cent, the voluntary sector at 8.8 per cent and HR at 8.2 per cent.

Using an alternative measure that tracks voluntary turnover at the midpoint or median, resignations have increased from 8.9 per cent to 13.1 per cent over the same period.

Trainers are often big~headed and not shy about coming out with really unreasonable conditions

another student said.

Total labour turnover (which covers all types of departures, including voluntary resignations, redundancies, dismissals and retirements) stands at an average 23 per cent and a median of 19.4 per cent, a modest increase from 2015 when the average was 21.5 per cent and the median 18.5 per cent.

For the different occupation groups, labour turnover is highest amongst staff working in publishing and events at 17.7 per cent, followed by distribution at 13.5 per cent, HR at 12 per cent and the housing sector at 11.6 per cent.

Staff turnover among employees with less than 12 months service

For the first time, XpertHR has also recorded turnover rates among employees with less than 12 months service. Monitoring resignation rates and total turnover among this group is important due to the high costs and implications of recruiting and onboarding.

The data shows that one in 10 (10 per cent) new starters resigned before completing a years service with total turnover for all reasons at 11.4 per cent.

Companies in the services sector had the highest rate of attrition among new starters. On average, 11.6 per cent new employees left voluntarily in their first year, with total labour turnover at 13.1 per cent.

Corporations and large companies are so demanding and one~sided offering low pay its made working for them worthless

said a recent graduate, who wanted to be anonymous

XpertHR senior HR practice editor Noelle Murphy, said:

Monitoring staff turnover is important for all organisations so that they can respond quickly when levels reach a point that is damaging to the business. Our data on turnover rates among those with less than 12 months service shows just how important it is for HR to look carefully a...

23:45

A Complete Detox Program To Cleanse Your Body, Help You Lose Weight & Boost Your Health "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Arjun Walia

Disease has been on the rise for multiple decades. It seems quite clear that things arent really getting any better, and with a growing population, the rate of chronic illness seems to be getting worse. On top of that, we have a medical industry full of good-hearted people who want to help people, and are helping people, thats plagued by fraud and deception. One that is not really interested in healing people, but rather, in profiting off of their sickness. There are countless instances of this. For example, a study that was published last week in the British Medical Journal by researchers at the Nordic Cochrane Center in Copenhagen showed that pharmaceutical companies were not disclosing all information regarding the results of their drug trials. You can read more about that and access the study here.

The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think its disgraceful. Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), Harvard Professor of Medicine and Former Editor-in-Chief of the New England Medical Journal

The above study is one of many examples, with various medications for various diseases. This is extremely concerning, especially given the fact that various experts estimate more than 100,000 people die every year in the United States alone from prescription drug use. (source)

There doesnt seem to be much attention paid to the environment we choose to surround ourselves with, the foods we eat, and detoxifying our bodies. The answer to everything from the world of medicine seems to come in the form of drugs, which is not always the best option depending on your situation.

Ask yourself: why are so many people getting sick all the time? Why is disease constantly on the rise? One explanation that many experts are putting forth is the environment. We live on a planet where si...

23:35

Environmental Protest in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Environment activists and watchers will be detaching themselves briefly from their various points of resistance to observe the implications of a High Court decision in Australia that was handed down last week. The decision found that various anti-protest provisions of

23:25

How Bitcoin Broke Australian Mans Debt Cycle, Liberated Him From Banks "IndyWatch Feed National"

Breaking the banks hold: how Australian man has liberated himself economically through Bitcoin

22:40

Ripples From Catalan Referendum Could Extend Beyond Spain "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Simon Tisdall for The Guardian - The Spanish governments attempted suppression of Catalonias independence referendum by brute force has raised urgent questions for fellow EU members about Spains adherence to democratic norms, 42 years after the death of the fascist dictator, Francisco Franco. Charles Michel, Belgiums prime minister, spoke for many in Europe when he tweeted: Violence can never be the answer! Madrids pugnacious stance, while widely condemned as a gross and shameful over-reaction, has nevertheless sent a problematic message to would-be secessionists everywhere. It is that peaceful campaigns in line with the UN charters universal right to self-determination, campaigns that eschew violence and rely on conventional political means, are ultimately doomed to fail. In other words, violence is the only answer. Sorry, Charles. Spains prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, did everything he could to derail a referendum that the courts had deemed illegal, but his pleas and threats were not persuasive. That is democracy. Rajoys subsequent choice to employ physical force to impose his will on civilians exercising a basic democratic right carried a chill echo of Spains past and a dire warning for the future. That is dictatorship. Surely no one believes the cause of Catalan independence will fade away after Sundays bloody confrontations that left hundreds injured.

22:31

Australia to train Philippines in urban warfare "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFP

AFP | A military vehicle drives past destroyed buildings Marawi
CLARK (PHILIPPINES) (AFP)  Australia will train Filipino soldiers in urban warfare to combat the spread of Islamic extremism after months of fierce fighting against militants in the southern Philippines, it was announced Tuesday.

Canberra has since September been helping Manila battle local supporters of the Islamic State group in the southern city of Marawi, deploying two AP-3C Orion aircraft for surveillance while helping in information-gathering and analysis.

Defence chiefs in the Philippines on Monday declared victory after a five-month battle that claimed more than 1,100 lives and destroyed large parts of the city.

While the victory ended immediate fears that the Islamic State would establish a Southeast Asian base in Marawi, concerns remain about its longer-term intentions and capabilities for the region.

Australia has experience tackling the group in Iraq and Syria and Defence Minister Marise Payne said it was crucial the Philippines had the expertise to keep extremists at bay now that the key fight had been won.

She said Canberra would immediately send teams composed of 80 troops to provide urban warfare counter-terrorism training at Philippine military bases.

The practical training the Australian Defence Force will provide will ensure the Philippines defence force is better able to counter the brutal tactics being employed by terrorists, she told reporters on the sidelines of a regional security meeting in Clark, a northern Philippine city.

Globally we have seen the effect of extremist ideology and terrorist threats on millions of civilians and it is alarming to see this disruption come to our region.

Payne said the spread of Islamic State-inspired terrorism was a direct threat to Australia and its interests, and Canberra was determined it cannot establish a geographic foothold in the region.

Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana welcomed Australias invaluable support, saying the military would use the assistance to replicate the training locally.

While we need troops now to be trained on urban warfare, we also need to build our capacity to train our troops. Part of our programme that we are going to do in the near future is to build our urban (warfare training) centres, Lorenzana said.

The two...

22:07

5 Ways To Know If Weve Won The Culture War "IndyWatch Feed National"

After he forced something of a climbdown from the NFL on the national anthem protests, some were arguing that President Trump is winning the culture war.

But just because the other side is losing doesnt mean youre winning. Donald Trump versus the left strikes me as the Iran-Iraq culture war, in the sense captured by Henry Kissingers famous quote about both sides losing (which is, in fact, possible). Ben Domenech once described this as a post-apocalyptic culture war, in which Trump has been embraced by the increasingly large portion of evangelicals who believe the culture wars are over, and they lost. So instead of looking for someone who will set a positive example, theyll settle for an unprincipled blowhard who promises hes got your back on political correctness.

This may be a foolish and shortsighted approach, but it does raise an interesting question: what would winning in the culture war actually look like? The Rights embrace of Trump suggests they have lost sight of any such positive visionbut its hard to know whether youre winning or losing if you have no idea what winning would mean.

This isnt about everyone backing the particular political solutions I favor, because thats not what the culture war is about. Its a contest over broader and deeper issues that have, in many ways, a more direct effect on our happiness and wellbeingand establish the conditions for any kind of wide-ranging political victory. As Andrew Breitbart used to remind us, politics is downstream of culture.

Im not asking what it would mean to achieve a final victory in the culture war, because there is never a final victory. If we are no longer fighting a culture war over, say, gay marriage, I am sure we will be fighting over something else. But what would make us think that we were making progress?

I dont know what your answer to this question would be, and I suspect its different from mine. As a secular pro-free-marketer, I come from a unique perspective. But none of us can achieve anything in the culture war unless we know the direction we want to head. So here are my modest suggestions for the main points that would constitute progress in the culture war.

1. A Renaissance of Great Books Education

By the Great Books, I dont mean just a particular list of texts that convey important ideas. I m...

22:06

Trump Officials Luxe Travel Spending Makes Swamp-Draining Promises Look Like Hypocrisy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Have you given more to the economy than Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and his wife, Louise Linton? They pay more in taxes than you do, and sacrifice themselves for their country in ways you cant even imagine. Its a safe bet their taxes do more to help pay for government aircraft than yours do. If they want to use an Air Force jet to get around, they should be able to.

Reasonable, right? Linton certainly thought so!

The above excerpts a sensational Instagram reply in which the Treasury secretarys wife unleashed a torrent of condescension toward a commenter for questioning whether taxpayers should foot the bill for jet-powered Mnuchin getaways.

When Lintons comment began making waves, she turned her Instagram private, confirming that not even #tomford sunnieswhich were tagged in the postwere enough to block all the haters. But these are the Mnuchins. The others arent like them.

The Rules Are Different for People Like Us

Mnuchin, after all, repurposed a California bank as a foreclosure machine at the height of the housing collapse. A top-earning Goldman Sachs executive, Mnuchin also dabbled in producing Hollywood titles.

Prior to his confirmation as Treasury secretary, at an event in which he was asked about his movies, Mnuchin had the legal awareness to deflect those questions with this answer: Well, Im not allowed to promote anything that Im involved in. So I just want to have...

22:06

Is Your Kid A Cowboy For Halloween? Social Justice Warriors Already Hate Him "IndyWatch Feed National"

Americans celebrate a lot of holidays. Ever the wet-blankets, social justice warriors will take any opportunity to demonstrate their virtue and accuse others with tiresome, baseless epithets like racism, sexism, and cultural appropriation. As Halloween approaches, SJWs and professional nags will be on the attack.

One school in Walpole, Massachusetts has canceled its annual Halloween costume parade. The school principal said, the costume parade is out of our ordinary routine and can be difficult for many students. Also, the parade is not inclusive of all the students and it is our goal each and every day to ensure all students individual differences are respected.

The school will instead have an after-hours Orange and Black Spirit Day. How festive. What the principal isnt saying is that they dont want to deal with angry parents who complain about offensive costumes. Can you blame him? Unfortunately, the vague statement doesnt say what everyone is thinking: SJWs are stealing kids fun (and, most likely, candy).

You People Are Why We Cant Have Any Fun

Of course there have been instances of offensive costumes. Theyre almost always on a website and not actually worn by a child. A legitimate case can be made regarding the recent news of an Anne Frank Costume for Girls that was marketed on the European, Canadian, Australian, and British versions of the website HalloweenCostumes.com.

In the United States the costume was marketed as WWII Costume for Girls. After a link to the site circulated around Twitter and people registered their disbelief and outrage, the company put out the following statement:

We sell costumes not only for Halloween, but for many uses outside of the Halloween season, such as school projects and plays. We offer several types of historically accurate costumes from prominent figures to political figures, to television characters. We take feedback from costumers very seriously. We have passed along the feedback regarding this costume, and it has been removed from the website at this time. We apologize for any offense it has caused, as thats never our intention. If you have additional questions or concerns, please let us know.

The company has a reasonable explanation for carrying the costume. Their decision to remove it is also reasonable. Unfortunately, this isnt the last of the discussion on outrageous costumes. Fox News reported recently that Party Citys The Wall costume also enraged Twitter users. One person called it directly racist. Another said If I see anyone wearing a The Wall costume, fair...

22:02

Classic Who: GHW Bush and the JFK Assassination "IndyWatch Feed National"

The highly anticipated release of long-withheld US government documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is scheduled for this Thursday, October 26. In anticipation, the media has devoted more attention to this history-altering political murder than at any time since the hoopla surrounding Oliver Stones 1991 film JFK.

On Saturday, President Trump tweeted:

Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.

This sounds like good news, although it remains to be seen whether some files will continue to be withheld by the president.

As the main outlet probing this and other transformative cold cases,  WhoWhatWhy has pointed out that many questions remain unanswered and many key issues unresolved. Once the documents are released, well turn loose our crack team of document analysts and report back our findings.  

WhoWhatWhy Staff


What possible connection could there have been between George H.W. Bush and the assassination of John F. Kennedy? Or between the CIA and the assassination? Or between Bush in the 1960s and the CIA? For some people, apparently, making such connections was as dangerous as letting one live wire touch another. Here, in anticipation of the forthcoming final release of long-classified JFK assassination records, is an excerpt from WhoWhatWhy editor Russ Bakers bestseller, Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, Americas Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years. The story is a real-life thriller.

Note: Although these excerpts do not contain footnotes, the book itself is heavily footnoted and exhaustively sourced. This article first appeared 9/16/2013.


Poppys Secret

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When Joseph McBride came upon the document about George H. W. Bushs double life, he was not looking for it. It was 1985, and McBride, a former Daily Variety writer, was in the library of California State University San Bernardino, researching a book about the movie director Frank Capra. Like many good reporters, McBride took off on a slight, if time-consuming, tangent spending day after day poring....

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Ongoing saga "IndyWatch Feed National"

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