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Thursday, 25 January


Friend, not foe: Review highlights benefits of predators and scavengers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Predators help humans far more than theyre given credit for, despite the antagonistic nature of the relationship, according to a review of studies. While predators and scavengers are a large source of conflict, such as big cats in Africa and Asia or dingoes in Australia, there are many examples where they may provide benefits to humans, Christopher OBryan, an ecologist at the University of Queensland in Australia, said in a statement. Our paper identifies studies that have shown these benefits across a broad spectrum. If reintroduced in parts of the U.S., mountain lions could help keep the deer population in check, which would likely lower the number of deer-car collisions, one study found. Photo by Julia Larsen Maher/WCS. Predators are typically better known for harassing pets and livestock, or being a source of disease, than they are for the valuable and often less visible services they provide. But predator numbers are down around the world: Leopards are found in less than a quarter of their historical range, for example, and most vulture species numbers are sliding too. Those types of trends have scientists worried that we might not understand predators importance before its too late. So OBryan and his colleagues combed the scientific literature, searching for information about how these animals impact our lives. Their review uncovered many examples of documented benefits from predators, from mountain lions reducing deer-vehicle collisions and bats saving corn farmers billions per year by reducing crop pests, to vultures savings millions in livestock

Development and Adoption of Bitcoin Lightning Network is Reaching Critical Mass "IndyWatch Feed National"

With the median bitcoin transaction fee now well into two digits as of mid January 2018, it is becoming increasingly infeasible to continue using the cryptocurrency as anything but a store of value. The Lightning Network is a proposed solution []

The post Development and Adoption of Bitcoin Lightning Network is Reaching Critical Mass appeared first on The Global Mail.

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Wednesday, 24 January


The last post...for a while "IndyWatch Feed National"

This blog was initiated by Pauline Wilson, an Adelaide based UFO researcher, in 2009. When Pauline's interests moved on to other things, I took over the blog. Since 2009 there have been 896 posts; some short, and some thousands of words in length. Total hits on the site have exceeded 750.000.

Over my 51 years of interest in the subject, I have taken a number of breaks from my research. My shortest break was six months, and the longest was four years. I find these breaks from research to be very useful. It is too easy to get bogged down with keeping up to date; reading books; blogging one's research; answering questions from people who wish to know what it was that they have just seen in the sky; and keeping across some 45 Australian Face Book pages dedicated to hundreds of well meaning, but in the end, inane discussions on the topic. Enough becomes enough at some stage.

Despite all the current excitement about the formerly secret US Department of Defence Pentagon UFO program, it is time for me to take another break. At the moment I do not know how long the break will be.

I thank all my blog readers for sharing the journey so far.

Before I go, I'd like to recommend a new Australian website, called The Australian UFO Archives. It is only in draft form at the moment but it provides links to a large amount of factual, informative, Australian material. You will find it here.

So, this blog will see no new posts until I return from my 'holiday' from UFO research.

Signing off for now.


Keith Basterfield.


Horrifying Train Incident A Future Report and a Potential New Contract? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Richmond Station (photo SMH)

by Dee McLachlan

At Richmond station in New South Wales, a train failed to stop and crashed into the end-of-the-line buffer just before 10:00am on Monday 22/1/2017. To quote from an ABC article:

Around 16 people were injured when a train failed to brake and hit a barrier at Richmond Station in Sydneys north-west this morning, with one witness saying passengers were sent flying like Superman.

I would not normally write about an incident like this except that someone called me to say that they had heard about a potential train incident happening before it happened.

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In an interview for SBS a local witness, Noel Keogh, described how



Art in a basic income utopia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Because everyone would be assured a basic standard of living, a UBI would reduce incentives to undertake paid work. That is a feature of such a policy, not a bug. Most people would choose to allocate less time to income-producing activities (thereby reducing demand for a smaller pool of paid positions), and devote more time to other pursuits: charity and community work, leisure, caring, domestic work, education and art.


MACKAY Mum took pokies win that wasnt hers "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A MOTHER of five who was handed $1009 when a pokies attendant mistook her for another customer has been ordered by Mackay Magistrates Court to repay the sum. Rebecca Lee Warren, 40, of Mackay, pleaded guilty to a charge of dishonestly gaining funds and other charges yesterday. The court

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MACKAY Man who stole $40 worth of food spends night locked up "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man who stole $40 worth of food spends night locked up

January 24, 2018 at 06:48AM ,

Matthew Luke Mason, 29, pleaded guilty to two charges of stealing in the Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday. Mason stole a sandwich and approximately 10 chocolate bars, worth a total of $37, from the United Petroleum service station about 12.15am on October 16, the court heard. About a month later

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Adani trains stopped in their tracks again "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tayla Jay Haggarty suspended above the Aurizon rail line. Photo supplied

Front Line Action on coal has again halted coal trains running to Adani-owned Abbot Point Coal Port.

Tayla Jay Haggarty is currently suspended above train lines running to the port, with her suspension system attached to the rails.

The Brisbane student hoisted herself into position high above Aurizons coal railway in the early hours of the morning, and alerted authorities that she had blocked the train line.

I think its really sad but also interesting that for me, as a person, to peacefully occupy this tree is a crime, but the actions of corporations such as Adani who are profiting off the destruction of this beautiful country are not only accepted but encouraged by this government. said Ms Haggarty.

See also: Dispatches from the Adani frontline

Frontline Action on Coal has been active in Bowen and the Galilee region for almost six months now and has stopped work on the construction of a new rail line and operations at the Abbot Point coal terminal numerous times.

The group has already caused significant financial burden to the Adani and Aurizon companies through work delays, demonstrating a high level of risk to potential investors.

We expect that the Queensland government will adhere to their promise to not approve any public funds for Adanis disastrous coal mine, and veto any NAIF loan to Aurizon for a new rail line Ms Haggarty said. We will continue to use peaceful measures to disrupt any company that threatens the Galilee with dangerous fossil fuel projects.


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Dickhead Alt-Right Wankers - they walk amongst us! "IndyWatch Feed National"

The recent waffling bulltish in the mainstream media (MSM) about African gangs running riot through our streets and the Dunderhead Dickhead Dutton waxing lyrical on radio about how us Melbourne mob are too scared to go out at night for fear of the same African gangs has me mightily miffed.
Ok, alright.
I'm bloody pissed off.
What a load of crap.
There is a Neo-Nazi wanker floating around the south-east burbs with his Nazi arm band proudly displayed - albeit held on by a pair of rubber bands (such dedication!) - carrying a Confederate flag.
I witnessed this moron on Clayton station making many uncomfortable, standing amidst a sea of non-white faces who noticeably moved away from him.
I glared my anger at him but he played Mr Teflon and chose to ignore my blatant dislike.
We boarded the same train, we alighted at Oakleigh.
He was part-way down the ramp from the station when I made a point of standing on the station above him and GLARED again, catching his eye and this time he stopped.
He waited for me.
As I got closer he demanded,
"What's your problem?"
Well, dear reader, how could I refuse such a request?!
I let rip into him, how he was doing more harm than good, hurting people with his display of hatred - he interjected with waffle about how they do more for the community these days (insert much eye rolling and guffaws at this mind-bending bulltish) plenty of blather about the "blacks" coming into Oz, the Muslims, etc.
He tried to tell me that "The Jews" were responsible for WW2 due to the poor economy of Germany - I baffled the poor halfwit with history about how it was the combined signing of the Treaty at Versailles and the reparations demanded of Germany that had ruined the economy, thereby enabling the monster Hitler to rise and create WW2.
He dropped his eyes and couldn't cope with facts and history being thrown at him, instead he remarked on my shaved head, saying I should have more respect for myself, demanding to know if I was Jewish (I wear a pentacle around my neck, the idiot obviously couldn't tell the Star of David from a Wiccan symbol, such was the dedication to his cause...more sarcastic eye rolling).
I then began throwing song lines at him
"It;s hard to be humble, mate, when you're perfect in every way like me. I can't wait to look in the mirror cos I reckon I get better looking every bloody day"
He walked away, again remarking on my hair....
My final shot was,
"Hey, at least I don't have to grow my hair into a pony tail to cover up the male pattern baldness happening at the front - like you"
Didn't hear a peep from his departing back.
But it's the moronic MSM reports and the even more stupid remarks from parliamentarians who are giving carte blanche to these Neo-Nazi "patriot" scum who are uneducated and...


Michelle Kerrin: The toxicity of low expectations limits Indigenous students "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post As the government continues to talk about Closing the Gap, it is up to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities to instil extra support and create pathways for young Indigenous people. After working in these spaces, I can tell you it is not always easy. Often it involves entering an environment that has historically denied a place for ...


Rebranded TPP 11 deal: a mess of side deals with no detail, but ISDS and temporary migrant workers remain "IndyWatch Feed National"

Media release, 24 January 2018: The rebranded TPP 11 outcome announced today appears to be a mess of separate deals cobbled together to meet issues raised by Canada and others, which Trade Minister Steve Ciobo has described as 18 free trade agreements for Australia.

As usual, the government has released only positive information about possible market access gains from the deal, but the full text of the changes is not available for public scrutiny. The full text will only be released in March at the time of the signing of the deal, Dr Patricia Ranald, AFTINET Convener said today

Senior trade officials announced last night that the 11 countries in the rebranded progressive comprehensive TPP had reached agreement on the text to be signed on March 8 in Chile.  This follows further negotiations on issues raised by Canada, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.

It appears that there will be 11 new side letters between Canada and the other 10 countries on cultural issues, and new side letters on automobile industry car access between Canada and Japan Malaysia and Australia. There will also be new side letters between Vietnam and 10 other countries which appear to weaken obligations on labour rights issues, said Dr Ranald.

These changes are in addition to the 20 clauses which have been temporarily suspended pending the United States rejoining the deal. Other governments had only reluctantly agreed to US proposals on stronger monopolies on biologic medicines and stronger copyright monopolies to gain access to the US market.

The deal still contains special rights for foreign investors to bypass national courts and sue governments for millions of dollars in unfair international tribunals over changes to domestic laws, known as ISDS. It would also restrict future governments from re-regulating essential services lik...


The People Who Run The World Believe in Slavery The Digital Economy "IndyWatch Feed National"

The People Who Run The World Believe in Slavery Catherine Austin Fitts

Dark Journalist Daniel Liszt interviews Former Assistant Housing Secretary Catherine Austin Fitts about the perils and possibilities of the digital age, and digital slavery.

The post The People Who Run The World Believe in Slavery The Digital Economy appeared first on Gumshoe News.


Turnbull government is accused of doing too little to save reef "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Adam Carlton

The Turnbull governments $60 million grant for the health of the Great Barrier Reef has been widely dismissed as a stunt to gain a bit of lost credibility

Both environmentalists and scientists have said that it is insufficient and a waste of money.horns starfish and the rest to reduce runoff from nearby farming

The Reef is suffering from over population of the Crown of Thorns star fish, which eats the reefs polyps. What the government seems to miss is that this is related to both pollution and the warming of the water brought about by climate change.

This is what is putting large parts of the Great Barrier Reef under prolonged stress and a publicity stunt will not reverse this.

Jon Brodie, a Professorial Fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, said the funding would likely make little difference particularly if spent on programs already shown to be ineffective.

He said these included crown-of-thorns efforts that appear to have minimal impact on numbers despite removing 500,000 starfish, and whose full results were not being made public . This was reported last week in the media.

Dr Jon Brodie says that $1 billion in funding is needed over the next 10 years.

World Wildlife Fund has called for the government to commit $475 million a year for the next four years to improve water quality in key Great Barrier Reef catchments.

The funding announced today wont get us to the water quality targets we promised UNESCO to maintain the World Heritage status of the reef, Sean Hoobin, WWF-Australia spokesman said.

The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) haves welcomed the funding boost but said the biggest problem the Reef faces was climate change, any mention of which was conspicuously absent from the Governments announcement.



Teens glued to screens not happy: study "IndyWatch Feed National"

Overuse of smart phones and screens can lead to unhappiness.

Smartphone and social media overload may be contributing to teenage angst, new research suggests.

Teens who spend large amounts of time glued to phone and computer screens are markedly less happy than those who prefer real world activities, a study has found.
Psychologists in the US analysed data from the Monitoring the Future longitudinal study, a major survey looking at the lives of more than a million young people.
They found playing computer games, using social media, texting and video chatting were all associated with less happiness.
Adolescents who invested more time in non-screen activities such as playing sport, reading newspapers and face-to-face social interaction were significantly happier.
Lead scientist Professor Jean Twenge, from San Diego State University, said: Although this study cant show causation, several other studies have shown that more social media use leads to unhappiness, but unhappiness does not lead to more social media use.
The trend was reflected in historical records since the 1990s, said the researchers, whose findings appear in the journal Emotion.
Over time, the increasing proliferation of screen devices coincided with a general decline in reported happiness among American teenagers.
The life satisfaction, self-esteem and happiness of young people in the US plummeted after 2012, the year when the proportion of Americans owning a smartphone rose above 50 per cent.
By far the largest change in teens lives between 2012 and 2016 was the increase in the amount of time they spent on digital media, and the subsequent decline in in-person social activities and sleep, said Prof Twenge.
The advent of the smartphone is the most plausible explanation for the sudden decrease in teens psychological wellbeing.
Total screen abstinence was not a recipe for happiness either, the study found.
The happiest teenagers were those who used digital media a little less than an hour a day.
After a daily hour of screen time, levels of unhappiness rose steadily.


Mehajer spends night behind bars "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer. (AAP)

Controversial Sydney businessman Salim Mehajer will remain behind bars after a magistrate denied him bail, saying she considered the prosecution case against him to be quite damning.

The 31-year-old had applied for bail at Waverley Local Court on Tuesday after being accused of staging a car crash last year to avoid going to court for a separate matter.

But magistrate Jennifer Giles on Wednesday refused his application, saying Mehajers alleged crime struck at the very heart of the criminal justice system and he had not shown cause as to why his detention was unjustified.

The former Auburn deputy mayor was on his way to face court in October last year over his alleged assault of a taxi driver when his Mercedes AMG collided with a Mitsubishi Outlander at an intersection in Lidcombe.

He was freed by firefighters and taken to hospital, while his passenger and the occupants of the other vehicle two women aged 31 and 32 were uninjured.

The other driver admitted fault after the crash, the court heard on Wednesday.

Ms Giles said family members of the other driver were allegedly heard later in telephone intercepts to be claiming $10,000, saying they had helped Mehajer.

A police strike force investigated the crash, and on Tuesday morning Mehajer was arrested at a home in Vaucluse, while his associate Ahmed Jaghbir was also arrested at a Lidcombe property.

Both Mehajer and Jaghbir have been charged with perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to cheat and defraud.

Jaghbir, 28, is defending an unrelated murder charge following the shooting death in March last year of Sydney underworld figure Kemel Barakat.

Jaghbir allegedly said he was instructed to arrange the October collision to buy Mehajer some more time before his scheduled court hearing that day, the court heard.

Prosecutors allege Jaghbir was a middle-man between Mehajer and family members of the other driver, and that he texted Mehajer his bank details after the crash, the magistrate said.

She said Mehajers lawyers alternative explanation that he could be the victim of an extortion attempt involving the driver of the other vehicle was in no way any kind of reasonable hypothes...


Police to take time with new Beaumont dig "IndyWatch Feed National"

Beaumont children. Jane, 10, Arnna, 7, and Grant, 4. (wikipedia)

Preparations are under way to excavate a section of an Adelaide factory as part of a renewed investigation into the 1966 disappearance of the Beaumont children.

Police will converge on the Plympton Park scene within the next few weeks, but are determined not to rush it.

Detective Superintendent Des Bray says its important that detectives get the right people in place to do the job properly if they are to make a significant breakthrough in Australias most enduring cold case.

Attention will be focused on a three metre-deep hole dug on the site at the time the three children, Jane, 10, Arnna, 7, and Grant, 4, disappeared.

On Australia Day 1966, the children left their parents home to spend the day at Glenelg Beach but never returned and have not been seen since.

The Plympton factory first came to the attention of police in 2013 after two brothers told of digging a large hole at the request of the then-owner Harry Phipps.

An excavation was conducted but nothing was found.

Mr Phipps has long been a person of interest in the kidnapping and likely murder of the Beaumonts.

But Supt Bray said Mr Phipps, who died in 2004 and was first investigated in 2007, was not yet a suspect.

Police were prompted to return to the factory amid concerns the first dig was conducted in the wrong location and after analysis by scientists from Flinders University revealed signs of a hole being dug in another area.

Supt Bray said he didnt know what police may find but stressed there was nothing yet to suggest the hole contains the remains of the three children.

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Dispatches from the Adani frontline "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lisa, Danny and Ella made the pilgrimage from Mullumbimby. Photo Mia Armitage

Mia Armitage

Forget clicktivism, where concerned citizens take a stance through social media: anti-Adani protesters from all over Australia, millennial through to baby-boomer and beyond, are taking direct action.

Twelve environmental activists have returned to the northern rivers from Bowen, in north-central QLD, where they participated in a protest camp partly aimed at stopping the proposed Adani mega-mine.

The pilgrimage began in Coffs Harbour for some, before protesters from the Byron and Tweed shires climbed on board a repurposed yellow school bus last week destined for Camp Nudja, about eighty kilometres southwest of Adanis coal export port at Abbot Point.

Protesters included a naturopath in her forties from Bangalow, a filmmaker and a worker, both in their twenties and from Mullumbimby, and a former schoolteacher and former builder in their sixties living in Pottsville.

Activists charged

Liisa Rusanen described herself as a mother of two from Coffs Harbour who had never locked on in protest before.

But last week she joined other anti-coal protesters to discreetly plan a very public anti-Adani protest: a temporary shutdown of the companys coal-export operations at Abbot Point.

We knew how to stop the conveying belts before we got there, said Ms Rusanen.

We were locked on for about six or seven hours in the end.

The first thing police did when they arrived was take our food and water, and they told us we were welcome to have food and water if we released ourselves, but they werent going to give it to us as long as we were locked on.

QLD police arrested Ms Rusanen and four other protesters locked to the conveyor belt on Thursday.



Controversial Pacific trade pact revived "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, which had been on life support since Americas withdrawal, has finally been resuscitated.

The 11 remaining countries are expected to sign a tweaked agreement on March 8 in Chile, Trade Minister Steve Ciobo has confirmed.

Canada threw a spanner in the works at the APEC summit in Vietnam last year derailing efforts to finalise the deal.Ottawa has since been coaxed back to the fold following lobbying efforts from Tokyo and Canberra.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland overnight, Canadas Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the agreement the right deal.

Canadas trade minister said in a statement it included an improved arrangement on autos with Japan and the suspension of intellectual property provisions that had been a concern.

Mr Ciobo said the deal would eliminate 98 per cent of tariffs in a marketplace worth close to $14 trillion.

It hasnt been easy but were finally at the finish line and Aussie businesses will be the big winners, he told AAP.

Under the deal Australian exporters will benefit from new trade agreements with Canada and Mexico and greater market access to Japan, Chile, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei.

Theres also a better deal for Australian cheese and beef exports into Japan and new quotas for rice and wheat.Australian sugar will also have better access to Japan, Canada and Mexicos markets.

Mr Ciobo, who is at the World Economic Forum in Davos, hailed the Turnbull governments persistence.

Labor and Bill Shorten declared this trade agreement dead and wanted to walk away, he said.

If it was up to them they would shut Australia out of this historic agreement and the big wins it delivers our farmers, manufactures and services providers.

He expects other countries may wish to join up once the agreement is in force.

There has been ongoing speculation Indonesia may be interested.

The agreement was finalised at a meeting of trade officials in Tokyo on Tuesday, something the Australian Industry Group welcomes.

Its very important this is achieved. Its a good breakthrough, chief executive Innes Willox told ABC radio.

He still hopes the US returns to the pact down the track.


* The TPP 11 is made up of: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

* US President Donald Trump pulled America out of the deal a year ago after describing it as a continuing rape of our country.

* It was a key policy of the Obama a...


Residents take over Townsville Council meeting "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Townsville

Yesterday (23 January), the Townsville City Council was shut down, in the face of angry residents, opposed to the decision to provide $18.5 million, in order to help billionaire coal miner Adani build an airstrip, at his Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin.

The protest was led by the activist organisation Front Line Action on Coal. Slogans were shouted from the public gallery and major Jenny Hill adjourned the proceedings. They were reconvened later on, with police blocking people from re-entering the building and making their way to the public gallery.

Elena Jeffrey, spokeswoman for the group and a local resident says that there is concern about the secrecy behind the deal.

I came because its Townsville Councils open day. Its the day when they are inviting Townsville residents to come and ask questionsand Im really concerned about the secrecy of the minutes and details of the $28.5 million contribution the proposed airstrip, she said.

Townsville Council has been an avid supporter of Adani all along, claiming that the alliance would bring benefits to the local economy. It claims that by now contributing to the airstrip, the city would be made into a hub for 900 first in first out (FIFO) workers at the Carmichael mine.

This is open to dispute and critics point out that the claimed benefit to the local economy is greatly exaggerated, and as far as becoming a FIFO hub, Townsville is competing with Rockhampton, which is also contributing a lot of money to the airstrip. The prize will not go to both. And there has been to answer as to why Adani has not agreed to use the already existing airport in Townsville for the project. It is an indication that the city might be bypassed.

Apart from all this, the destruction of farmland and the Great Barrier Reef from the Adani operations will take much more from the local economy than any minor benefits that might come out of the partnership with Adani.

Ms Jeffrey said, Its been three months since the decision was made and even separate to commercial in confidence, the council has to explain what the benefits are.

Federal MP Bob Katter has added his voice to those demanding an explanation.



January 24 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1777 - Capt. James Cook anchored the Resolution in Adventure Bay on his third southern expedition.

1788 - Playing tiggy is not the best thing for explorers hell bent on taking over the world as Jean La Perouse found when he popped into Botany Bay only to find Governor Phillip had pipped him at the post by 6 days.

1807 - John Kenny was Hanged and gibbetted at the scene of the crime in Parramatta for the murder of Mary Smith.

1807 - The first ship built in the colony by merchant Robert Campbell, the Perseverance, was launched at his shipyard on Sydney Cove. It sailed for China via Norfolk Island on 9th February.

1817 - Tinny bugger John Oxley got the lucky door prize of the first land grants in the Illawarra District. If he'd hung around he'd have seen Wollongong park itself on his bush block.

1822 - Macquarie visited the Native Village on the Richmond Road at Black Town on a tour of inspection with his successor governor, Sir Thomas Brisbane.

1828 - Governor Darling decided to pull the plug on the Sullivan Bay settlement at Westernport Bay so he sent the schooner - that's a ship not an Aussie beer glass size - to collect everyone.

1856 - Finally, something for those with small man syndrome to occupy themselves...the South Australian Jockey Club was formed.

1862 - Kewacan (Larry)  was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Charles Storey at Jacup.
1862 - Long Jimmy was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Charles Storey at Jacup .

1865 - The Confederate ship CSS Shenandoah steamed into Port Phillip Bay.

1865 - The SS Star of Australia left Sydney for Rockhampton and is never heard of again. 17 lives were lost.

1867 - The Illustrated Melbourne Post published a wood engraving by Samuel Calvert, titled "The aboriginal cricket match on the M.C.C. ground" with the following descrption,
A rare sight in 19th-century Melbourne - an Aboriginal cricket match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

1871 - The Plantagenet Road Board (WA) was gazetted on this day.

1883 - The bloke in charge of the native police in Cloncurry, Qld, Marcus de la Poer Beresford (try saying that mouthful with your back teeth floating in beer and no teeth in at all) and 4 police were ambushed and killed by Aborigines which caused more than a year of battles.

1895 - The first electric light illuminated Ballarat streets.

1903 - Kalgoorlie finally got a drop to wash their smalls (and bloodstains) when the 352 mile water pipeline opened.

1908 The Eastern Suburbs Rugby League Football Club, now known as the Sydney Roosters, are formed at Paddington Town Hall.

1916 - John Jackson was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Constable D...


Neil Diamond Parkinsons, Rosanne Lindsay, weaponizing healthy people, Venezuela drug shortage, Advanced Medicine Tuesday! Dr. Rashid Buttar, Willpower abundance, Elderly chronic disease, Flu science ignored, Liver cancer, spasmodic dysphonia and MORE! "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 23, 7-9PM ET

Tuesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:

Neil Diamond Parkinsons Diagnosis What Can He Do Now?

Diamond says he has Parkinsons, retires from touring Neil Diamond is retiring from touring after he says he was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease. Days shy of his 77th birthday, the rock legend is canceling his tour dates in Australia and New Zealand for March. He was on his 50th anniversary tour. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer offered his sincerest apologies to those who planned to go to his shows and says he plans to still write, record and work on other projects for a long time to come. Diamonds numerous hits include Sweet Caroline, America, Love on the Rocks and Hello Again. Diamond turns 77 on Wednesday and will get the lifetime achievement award at Sundays Grammy awards.

Special Guest Rosanne Lindsay

Rosanne Lindsay, ND, is a Naturopath, certified by the American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board, and a Tribal Healer with the Turtle Island Provider Network. She holds graduate degrees from Trinity School of Natural Health in Naturopathic medicine and from the University of Chicagos School of Public Health in Environmental Health Science.


Alexis Wright: Hey Ancestor! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post Hey ancestor, you talking to me?   Country time everyday. I know, I know, but wouldnt you know it, its the 26th of January again, old Whitefella Day.   Party time for some, sad day for others. Listen!  Cant you hear country keeping its peoples memories beating strongly, everybody heard?  Its the pulse of all our broken ...


Thoughts for The Week By Ron Owen. Firearms, The Law, & Equality "IndyWatch Feed National"

We all should question why over 2 million licensed shooters in Australia, people who are the pillars of our community, who have had the most stringent background checks, paid thousands of dollars for licences, safety courses, and security are the most bullied members of our community. ( page 132 puts us at 2.02 million licences with 6.03 million registered firearms)
If anyone is in doubt of this just check out the above website we are all listed and counted on the Australian Criminal Commissions Data Base, you can expect police inspections, you can be told that you have to attend more club shoots, you can be told to dispose of your property and when you want to purchase a firearm in Queensland and your waiting for a licence you can expect a response like this applications have dramatically increased and we are looking at 13+ weeks before anything is really done, call back in three months.
Not as prevalent, but same arrogant modus operandi Permits to Acquire are continually delayed for many weeks after the time st...


Mesoamerican Reef gets improving bill of health "IndyWatch Feed National"

A recent report tracking the health of the Mesoamerican Reef indicates that conservation efforts might be helping to turn the tide for the reef itself and the people who depend on it. Reefs face ever increasing stress which is outpacing that of our management actions, Melanie McField, an ecologist at the Smithsonian Institution, said in a statement. [The] measured improvement in reef health demonstrates our capacity to stem the trajectory of decline. McField directs a consortium of scientific, government, fishing and conservation organizations called the Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative, or HRI, that produces regular report cards on the health of the reef. The most recent one was released in early January and pulls together data from more than 300 sites on the reef that measure the reefs live coral, algae cover and fish populations. Parrotfish are herbivorous and can help keep fleshy green algae on reefs in check. Photo by Francesca Diaco, courtesy of Healthy Reefs Initiative. The Mesoamerican Reef, second in size only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, stretches through 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) of the territorial waters of four countries: Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras. Despite some differences in how sections of the reef are doing, the general health of the reef as a whole has risen from poor in 2006 to fair today. HRI shared the report just after Belize passed a moratorium on oil and gas exploration to protect its part of the Mesoamerican Reef in late December 2017. Although HRI says

Bei Technik (und auch sonstigen Lebensumstnden) habe ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bei Technik (und auch sonstigen Lebensumstnden) habe ich mehrfach die Erfahrung gemacht, dass es Dinge gibt, bei denen man nicht mehr gewillt ist, auf den alten Stand zurckzugehen, wenn man das einmal in ordentlich erlebt hat. Ich erinnere mich noch an den bergang von Rhrenmonitoren zu Flachbildschirmen, das war sowas. Oder wenn man zuhause mehr Internet-Bandbreite kriegt, dann fhlen sich so Hotel-WLANs pltzlich viel schlimmer an, geradezu unaushaltbar schlimm. Oder bei SSDs ist es auch so.

Wieso nutzen Firmen das eigentlich nicht aus? Firmen geben ein Heidengeld aus, um Mitarbeiter an sich zu binden, damit die nicht nach der Ausbildung woanders hin gehen. Aber bei Software tolerieren die Kreativitt- und Lebensfreude-vernichtende Krckenlsungen. Schlechte Sthle, schlechte Tische, Groraumbros, das hatte ich ja schon in meinem Antipatterns-Vortrag. Aber erweitert das mal auf Software und brokratische Prozesse. Stellt euch mal vor, in einer Firma funktionieren die Prozesse von alleine, vllig stressfrei. Du brauchst irgendwas? Die Dokumentation ist verfgbar und auffindbar, das Formular fragt dich nicht nach Dingen, die die Firma eh schon ber dich wei, du musst nicht Internet Explorer 8 benutzen, damit die Seite funktioniert, sowas.

Das erstreckt sich auch auf ganz praktische Aspekte bei der Softwareentwicklung.

Normalerweise, wenn ich zum Kunden gehe, vergeht der erste Tag damit, dass die ihre Brokratie auf die Reihe kriegen. Und das ist der gute Fall, nachdem die schon in Vorarbeit gegangen sind. Das ist nur noch sowas wie Badges abholen, Account aktivieren, Netzwerkzugang kriegen, Zugang zum Quellcode, etc. Aber ich habe einmal erlebt, bei VMware, dass dieser ganze Kram schon fertig war, bzw. "mal eben schnell geklickt wurde" in dem Meeting am Anfang. So ala "Was brauchen wir? Einen Server mit dem Quellcode? Braucht ihr den auf einer festen IP? Wollt ihr Windows mit Visual Studio? Eclipse? Linux? Alles einmal?" und whrend wir die Frage beantworteten, klickten die da kurz zusammen, Instanzen fuhren irgendwo hoch, und fertig war die Laube.

Na gut, denkt ihr euch jetzt vielleicht, das ist ja auch deren Kerngeschft. VMs hochfahren. Ja und nein. Ich habe schon Datenbankhersteller erlebt, wo es mehrere Tage dauerte, bis ein Account im System war, und dann nach Abholen des Badges dauerte es nochmal einen Tag, bis das Aktiv-Flag sich durchs System repliziert hatte und man sich auch einloggen konnte. Und das ist noch nicht einer der schlimmsten Flle. In den meisten Firmen da drauen ist die Infrastruktur in bemitleidenswertem Zustand, und die Leute arrangieren sich einfach damit.

Ich frage mich gerade, ob man das nicht ndern knnte, wenn man da blo aus einer anderen Perspektive draufguckt. Wenn man das als Manahme zur Mitarbeiterbindung sieht. Denn wer einmal in einer Firma war, wo so Lebensqualittsvernichtungs...


The secret House memo and rescue from above truth plus psyop By Jon Rappoport "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 23, 2018

The theme: Something starts off as fairly reasonable, and then is blown out of all proportion.

First, a brief recap on the secret House memonot available to the press or publicand the reaction to it.

Purportedly, the memo will reveal that Democrat operativessome inside the FBI and the DOJfeloniously used a fake and fabricated Trump dossier to obtain a warrant to spy on the Trump team during and after the 2016 presidential campaign.

The spying was then undertaken to hopefully a) gain information that would help defeat Trump in the election; and b) connect Trump to Russian efforts to influence the election in his favor.

Breitbart: Members of the House on Thursday said they viewed a shocking classified memo allegedly detailing abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by senior Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigations officials in relation to the investigation of the Trump campaign and called for it to be declassified and available to the public immediately.

The facts contained in this memo are jaw-dropping and demand full transparency. There is no higher priority than the release of this information to preserve our democracy, said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), a member of the Judiciary Committee, which oversees the DOJ and the FBI.

Another Judiciary Committee member, Rep. Steve King (R-IA), called what he saw in the memo sickening and said it was worse than Watergate.

From this platform, some people are expressing hope that the memo will achieve everything from jailing Hillary Clinton and James Comey to draining the whole swamp. They claim the memo contains the answer to who murdered Seth Rich, as well as the outline of a 16-year plan to destroy the US.

And at the extreme end of THAT scenariothere are friendly extra-terrestrials in the wings offering us help.

You can find such analyses sweeping around online.

Its called Rescue From Above.

It happens every time

In this case, what starts out as a possibly explosive secret memo, which could indict key members of the FBI and DOJ and DNC, including Hillary, and exonerate Trump from charges of Russian collusionbecomes a messianic mission from higher powers to save the country and the world.

And the key is: all people have to do is sit back and wait. Rescue will happen.

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New Crocodile Dundee movie - too much fun for censorious left "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here's the trailer for the new Crocodile Dundee movie - it looks like a bit of fun. Apparently too much fun for The Guardian's Luke Buckmaster. Here's a tip Luke. It's a movie mate. We can laugh at stuff in movies. Remember Planet of the Apes? Just because apes started...


From Cronulla to St Kilda? Australia/Invasion/Survival Day 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

This Friday, the racist methgoblins of the True Blue Crew, in conjunction with the neo-Nazi remnants of the United Patriots Front now known as The Lads Society, are holding a rally and BBQ at St Kilda Beach. This is both Continue reading


Neil Diamond retires from touring - diagnosed with Parkinsons - thanks for the memories of a lifetime! "IndyWatch Feed National"

For you dad. My dad loved Neil Diamond. This was the setlist from Neil's Sydney concert, 29 March 1996, the day of Dad's funeral. MAR 29 1996 Neil Diamond Setlist at Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia Edit venue & date Show all edit options Tour: World Tour 1996 Tour statistics...


Study: were going to miss (and overshoot) the 2C warming target "IndyWatch Feed National"

From the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON and the Well always have Paris department. Global temperature targets will be missed within decades unless carbon emissions reversed New projections by researchers from the Universities of Southampton and Liverpool, and the Australian National University in Canberra, could be the catalyst the world has sought to determine how best to meet


Invasion Day rallies and actions "IndyWatch Feed National"

We recognise 26 January as a day of protest against invasion and the violent legacies of colonialism. The Overland office will be closed this Friday while our staff attend Invasion and Survival Day actions across the country. We encourage our readers to do the same. #sovereigntyneverceded


Climate warming fightback advancing but challenges remain "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

The news coming in these days,  gives the clear  impression that around the world, people and even governments are starting to do more to cut back greenhouse emissions and prevent disastrous  global warming. Maybe its is not enough yet to stop the cthreat. But there is enough going on to give some confidence and  spur us to lift the game even further.

We can take comfort in the recognition that change has become unstoppable.

More than 30 countries have come together to phase out coal by 2030. They are adopting clean energy targets. Alternatives to fossil fuel, solar, wind and battery, are now cost effective and this is gong to provide a hip pocket incentive to switch over.

In Australia too, a mighty movement of people is making it increasingly difficult for major polluters to continue in the same way and to an extent that could not have been imagined, only a few years ago. The Australian population is demanding change and governments that are still hell bent on continuing in the old way, are finding themselves in a difficult place.

The tide has not turned yet. But it is obvious that the power to do this is in our collective hands. We just have to push a little harder. There are the battle grounds concerning the Adani coal mine and against coal seam gas, to name the two best known ones. There are others. Together they have built formidable organisation on the ground, involving thousands in taking collective action, to an extent that has not been seen for a very long time. This has created the basis for even more possibilities in the coming times.

The Climate Councils Cities Power Partnership has involved 70 regional and metropolitan councils, covering 7.5 million Australians, in implementing clean energy solutions. South Australia has just installed the biggest battery storage facility in the world and there are more projects in the works.

Unfortunately, even with all this, Australias carbon emissions have gone up for the third year in a row and the Turnbull government is set on helping its fossil fuel mates, no matter what, even in the face of overwhelming opposition from the population.

This is one of the reasons why it is moving to defund community organisations that do not do as they are told. The government...


MACKAY Credit card knife at airport sets man back $300 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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AN ANDERGROVE man has been spared a conviction after he was caught with a credit card knife at Mackay Airport on Boxing Day. Mark Neill Holman, 54, pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful possession of a Category A, B or M weapon when he faced Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday.

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MACKAY Local News Headlines Mackay and The Whitsundays, 23rd of January, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Shes been bailed and will appear in the Mackay magistrates court in February. Frank and George Vella will not be forgotten in Sarina. The two brothers laid to rest after being found in a molasses tank they were cleaning only a week ago.Locals attending their funeral yesterday to say goodbye to them.

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Ahed Tamimi will not be made to disappear "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is not the stones Palestinian children throw or their threats to armed military personnel that motivate arrests. Their arrests are a sign of what Israel will not countenance, of why Israel cannot countenance Ahed Tamimi. These are children who have lived their lives under a violent military Occupation in which Palestinian lives are curtailed in every imaginable way. And the message sent in each small act is that they do not accept it; that they will continue to wrest agency from its oppressive and victimising reign.


Safety for some: those left behind on Manus and Nauru fearful and despairing "IndyWatch Feed National"

After nearly five years of fear and violence on Manus Island approximately 40 men are today flying to safety in the United States as part of the US resettlement deal. For the people left behind in Australian Governments offshore processing regime, hope is running out.

More than 2000 people, including more than 150 children, remain in desperate and dangerous conditions on Manus and Nauru in what the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has called a humanitarian crisis of Australias own making.

Behrouz Boochani, a journalist who has been held on Manus Island for almost five years said, Its a great feeling when you see the faces of the people who were under torture for years who have gotten freedom. On the other hand it's very sad when you see the faces of people who are still living in an uncertain situation and dont know anything about their future.

Over the weekend, the UNHCR reported on a worsening sense of helplessness and hopelessness among asylum-seekers and refugees at all facilities on Manus Island. 

Amy Frew, Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said, A handful of people have today found relief and hope. The men currently flying to the United States will finally be able to rebuild their lives in safety. But the tragic reality is over two thousand people still remain trapped in endless despair.

This is the second group of refugees to be given safety under the fraught deal, originally struck between Australia and the US under the Obama administration. The agreement, which President Trump called dumb shortly after he first took office, has been dogged by delays and confusion.

More than 1600 refugees have formally expressed interest in being resettled in the US, and the UNHCR have endorsed applications for over 1200 men, women and children. It has widely been reported that only 1250 places will be offered. It's also been reported that a group will shortly depart from Nauru to the US but it is unknown exactly if or when others will follow and what the Australian Governments plan is for those left behind.

There are many questions around the deal, we dont know how many people will be included. But the main question is that what will happen for the people who remain? The Government has not given any details, said Mr Boochani.

Hope for some does not solve the humanitarian disaster the Australian Government has created. This chapter does not end until every last man, woman and child is safe and able to rebuild their lives. Whatever the situation, deliberate cruelty to innocent people is never the answer, said Ms Frew.

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The leap in the number of billionaires in Australia is not good news "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The news that last year saw the largest increase of billionaires in Australia ever, is making the rounds. Their number has more than doubled over the past decade and was up by a third last year alone. The the like of it has never been seen before.

Many people consider this unfair, especially when wages growth is stagnant and the gap between the haves and have nots is widening. The perception is justified. When this happens at a time of almost no economic growth, something must be wrong. The money must still be coming from somewhere, and the only other option is that others are going without. The rest of us are paying to make existing billionaires wealthier and for the creation of new billionaires.

This is not about innovation and creating something new. It is about income redistribution.

Major contributors have been the reorganisation of work through casualisation and the massive corporate tax evasion system. Both have blown out in recent times and have seen seen the big shareholders in major companies receive higher dividends as a result. Then there is the property bubble.

These three contributors have been around for a long time, and although they are important, there must be even more,  to explain why the sudden jump last year. The best place to look for an explanation for this is to follow the money trail.

A big part went to the mining industry. This is curious, because global ore prices are depressed and the sector is in decline. So what is going on?

A study commissioned by GetUp, resulted in a new paper from the Australia Institute. It reveals that the industry has enjoyed $4 billion in tax breaks each year and this is likely to be a significant under estimation.  Not all all if the information is available. Nor does not include what is being given to the non-fossil fuel mining industry.

The generosity is not being used to produce more output. According to Trading Economics, there was only...


FixedIt: A well overdue thank you "IndyWatch Feed National"

I know many of you are not in a position to give financial support so you do it in other ways. Thank you. I dont want anyone to feel obligated but I do want to let the people who are able to help know how much it matters.

Its well overdue, but I wanted to take a moment to thank all the people who are able to support FixedIts Patreon account and explain how much your support for FixedIt matters.

Im often asked to name the worst headline Ive ever fixed. My answer is always the same: all of them, because they are all about a person. One of the reasons I never lose sight of that is the number of times Ive fixed a headline and then been contacted by the person the article was written about. They tell me their stories and what it felt like to see those headlines. Children who were abused see headlines that dismiss their trauma as sex. Women whove been assaulted see their abuser erased from the abuse they suffered. People torn apart by grief read sympathetic article about the man who killed a person they love. These people are very real and the effect of having their suffering presented to the world as their own fault is indescribable.

Those people are why FixedIt matter so much. Them, and the ones yet to come. We already know that around eighty women will be killed in Australia this year by a man who claims to love them. We wait and watch and hope, but still those headlines roll out, week after week. Hundreds of thousands more will be are being abused by their partners. Others will be assaulted by men who will not accept that womens bodies are not just objects to be taken at will. Eventually some of those people will make it into the news. And the unspoken collusion of patriarchy will continue to render the abusers invisible and the victims blameable.

As much as I wish it wasnt true, the need for FixedIt is not going to disappear any time soon. I also wish time and money were not the greatest barriers to keeping it going but landlords dont accept activism in lieu of rent and you cant buy food with Facebook shares. I want you all to know that without your support I would not have been able to pay rent this month. When finances are that tight I wouldnt be able to spend time on FixedIt, Id have to use that time finding other ways to pay rent.

In a very real way you are the only reason I can keep FixedIt going.

I know times are tough. I know many of you are struggling and have to give up something else to give your support to this. I grateful to every single one of you for what you do to keep it going.

The best day FixedIt will ever have is when I can tell you we dont need it any more. Until then, all I can say is thank you.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of i...


Media-Boosted Racist Sells House To Fund Legal Loss. Guess Whos Trying To Buy It "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of Great Britains best known xenophobes has been forced to sell her house after losing a major defamation case. And inevitably, a crowdsourcing campaign has sprung up to try and raise enough money to buy it, and then gift it to an organisation to house you guessed it, refugees.

Its a well-worn path. Someone achieves fame via reality television. They turn out to be a redneck, and disgrace themselves publicly. Repeatedly.

Courtesy of a particular hatred for migrants and asylum seekers whom she describes as cockroaches and feral humans Hopkins soon found herself a darling of the British press. In the past decade, Hopkins has appeared on and worked for most of the major networks, including the BBC, and was given a column for the odious MailOnline, along with The Sun.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250(GB)And then gradually, as she continued to spew hate everywhere, it inevitably led to this headline in the UK Independent: Katie Hopkins has just written a piece so hateful that it might give Hitler pause why was it published?

The answer to that question is simple: Mainstream media in Britain has the same problem as mainstream media in Australia they dont hate naked bigotry as much as they hate not getting traffic to their site (see The Age and Herald Suns coverage of African youths in Melbourne for more local examples). Because clickbait.

Having created Hopkins, the media is now feasting on her rotting corpse. And still getting the clicks. But as you might expect, people who find fame on the back of their ignorance, arent necessarily interested in facts and so Hopkins is getting plenty of other attention as well. Of the legal variety.

From Hopkins Wikipedia page: In 2016, Mail Online was forced to pay 150,000 to a Muslim family whom Hopkins had falsely accused of extremist links; and in a 2017 libel case, Hopkins was personally required to pay 24,000 in damages and 107,000 in legal costs to Jack Monroe after making defamatory remarks on Twitter. Later in 2017, Mail Online was forced to pay substantial damages and legal costs to a teacher about whom Hopkins had made false claims.

Its the Monroe legal case that has finally led to her apparent financial downfall.

Last year, Hopkins used her Twitter account which has over 800,000 followers to attack Monroe, a journalist...


Fire ban declared as Royal National Park blaze continues "IndyWatch Feed National"

Firefighters conducting backburning operations in the Royal National Park, south of Sydney, on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Crews worked through the night to contain a bushfire burning out of control in the area. Photo NSW RFS


Firefighters hope to contain a blaze that has burnt through more than 2,000 hectares of land in the Royal National Park in Sydneys south as temperatures in much of NSW continue to soar.

Smoke from the fire along Sir Bertram Stevens Drive, which is believed to have been deliberately lit on Saturday, blanketed southern Sydney and the NSW south coast on Monday afternoon as strong winds fanned the blaze.

Firefighters have been trying to gain an upper hand on the fire and worked through the night to strengthen containment lines in the hope the blaze will be contained on Tuesday.

The park will remain closed all day.

Firefighters are also battling with a bushfire thats destroyed more than 54,000 hectares of land in the Pilliga Forest between Coonabarabran and Narrabri in NSWs north west.

The fire is burning on multiple fronts but no homes are under threat and firefighters with the support of water bombing aircraft are working to slow the spread of the fire.

Another blaze at Bannaby in the Southern Tablelands is burning out of control with more than 1880 hectares of land destroyed.

The fire burning near Wombeyan Caves has forced the closure of the caves and the Wombeyan Karst Conservation Area to visitors.

Firefighters are keeping a close eye on bushfires across NSW with two regions the Southern Ranges and Southern Slopes subject to total fire bans on Tuesday.

Fire bans

Outback NSW wont reach the blistering temperatures experienced at the weekend but the mercury is forecast to remain at 40C for most of the week.

After a hot weekend and even higher temperatures on Monday, the temperature is expected to remain at or above 40C for central NSW for the rest of the week.

Temperatures on Tuesday are forecast to reach 45C in the states west and 43C in Wilcannia in the northwest.

After reaching 43.2C on Monday, Penrith in western Sydney will see some relief with the mercur...


Butler issues Labor Party reform plea "IndyWatch Feed National"


Outgoing ALP president Mark Butler. Photo AAP


Outgoing ALP president Mark Butler has hit out at the backroom buffoonery of factional warlords in his own party and launched a fresh push for reform.

Addressing the Victorian Fabian Society, Mr Butler warned Labor is treading water with falling numbers and only 50,000 members out of a country nearing 25 million.

The rank and file needs to be given more input, he says.

Im sorry to say that ours remains a party that gives ordinary members fewer rights than any other Labor or Social Democratic Party I can think of, he said in the speech on Monday night.

Mr Butler says many of the reforms discussed at the national conference in 2015 have been blocked by factional leaders.

It is time to issue a strong call for the conference in Adelaide this July to grasp the nettle and to give ALP members the range of democratic and participatory rights that members of our sister parties across the world take for granted, he said.

Mr Butler also pushed for a new category of member, called a registered supporter, who could vote in leadership ballots.

The president cited British Labours recruitment of 35,000 new members in four days after the 2017 election, taking its body up to 550,000.

Our members here in Australia are hardworking, motivated believers in the Labor mission but as a group we are not representative of the broader Australian population, he said.

While Labor can come together for election campaigns, there isnt the army of supporters to organise beyond them and it cant compete with the likes of GetUp, Mr Butler said.

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Sydney train crash investigation under way "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sixteen people were injured when this train crashed into a barrier at into a barrier at Sydneys Richmond Station on Monday (January 22).


Authorities are investigating what caused a Sydney passenger train to plough into a rail barrier at a train station, injuring more than a dozen people.

The train smashed into the end of the line at Richmond Station on Monday morning, crushing the bumper and causing part of the train to lift on impact.

A total of 16 people, including the driver and two other staff members, were treated at the scene.

Fifteen people were taken to various hospitals for treatment, including a 21-year-old man with a suspected broken leg and an elderly woman with a fractured collarbone.

Most of the injured were discharged from hospital by Monday evening; however, several were still being treated.

Three women aged 77, 69 and 60 and a 22-year-old man remained in stable condition at Westmead Hospital while two men aged 59 and 32 were also stable at Nepean Hospital.

Witnesses described the incident as insane.

Passenger Jaiden Ruttley, who was towards the back of the train, said it felt like the whole train had lifted up in the air.

Sydney Trains boss Howard Collins said it was too early to speculate about the cause but from what he had seen, the buffer stop worked effectively.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau, Office of Transport Safety and the Office of National Rail Safety Regulator are investigating the incident.

The post Sydney train crash investigation under way appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Eugenia Flynn: Abolish Australia Day changing the date only seeks to further entrench Australian nationalism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post We cannot seek an end to the oppression of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by cajoling the broad majority of Australians with soft entreaties of change the date. As rightly pointed out by many, changing the date of Australia Day without the achievement of social justice or legal restitution in the form of Land Rights ...


January 23 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1788 - Gov Phillip and his men were warned away from the southern end of Botany Bay by Aboriginal People with spears shouting, Wirra, Wirra! . Later that arvo one of Phillip's men was ordered to drop his dacks to answer questions the Indigenous People had about the sex of these white people.

1790 - Fletcher Christian, that dashing daring dude made a BBQ of The Bounty to stop any mutineers from changing their minds....yep, that'll do it Fletcher!

1796 - Blasphemy!!! A general order was issued in the colony that prohibited all distilling of spirits.

1803 - Charles Grimes (Chas to his mates) led a party of sight-seeing tourists from the ship Cumberland, who were exploring the far reaches of Port Phillip Bay, when they decided to climb Arthur's Seat.
Because it was there and they could.

1806 -  George Caley and Daniel Moowattin returned to Sydney from Van Diemens Land.

1825 - Martin Benson was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his master John Brackfield at South Creek near Windsor.
1825 - Eliza Campbell was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of her master John Brackfield at South Creek, near Windsor.
1825 - James Coogan was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his master John Brackfield at South Creek, near Windsor.
1825 - Anthony Rodney was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his master John Brackfield at South Creek, near Windsor.
1825 - John Sprole was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his master John Brackfield at South Creek, near Windsor.

1833 - And they say those colonials had no sense of fun in the old days....Bathurst was gazetted as a town.

1834 - Patrick Gallagher was Hanged at Sydney for the rape of Ellen Walsh.

1837 - Brisbane Water settler Willoughby Bean was arrested, put in irons and sent to Sydney on the Betsy. Later tried and acquitted of cattle stealing

1839 - Rev. Dr. Lang returned to England and notorious swindler Henry Turner Harrington attempted to escape his creditors on vessel Roslyn Castle.

1855 - The effects of a tsunami, that originated in The Shaky Isles aka Aotearoa aka NZ, was felt in Tassie with a very sudden rise and fall of the Derwent river noted as far as New Town Bay.

1879 - The NSW Government was the first to introduce laws restricting Chinese immigration.

1884 - Henry Benjamin Haynes was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of his wife Mary Ann Haynes.

1908 - Balmain Rugby League Club was launched into the world today.

1922 - The Rozelle - Darling Harbour Goods Line (NSW) was opened from Balmain Road Junction - Darling Island.

1938 - William Cooper urged Christian or...


All Speech Is Created Equal But Some Speech Is More Equal Than Others "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you think the right to free speech in Australia is equal, youd be wrong. And if you think the people banging the free speech drum dont know that, youd still be wrong. Dominic Keenan explains.

In the past 18 months, there has been burgeoning debate surrounding free speech. Its come in many forms calls to reform 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, same-sex marriage legislation, and an increasing culture of political correctness.

Throughout these discussions notions of free speech are often invoked to argue against progressive politics. The reasoning is always the same: dont stop me discriminating, thats against my free speech.

There are two major problems with this view, and the first is rather large.

Freedom of speech does not strictly exist in Australia our right to free speech is a longstanding misconception. What we actually have is an implied freedom of political communication a more nebulous concept that protects speech and acts surrounding political participation.


This fact largely discredits any opposition by free speech advocates to anti-discrimination legislation and progressive politics. If a comment or action falls within the scope of political participation, no law can restrict it. That would be unconstitutional and stuck down by the courts. Also susceptible to such restrictions are acts and speech intended primarily to hurt others, which dont fall within the scope of legitimate political participation.

But even if we somehow manage to get over that hurdle, a second problem remains. Proponents of free speech are not talking about universal free speech, but their free speech. So should they be taken seriously? Are we okay with the promotion of free speech for some (an already privileged group) but not others?

A prime example of this problem are the offensive language laws found in each state and territory, which make it an offence to use offensive language in a public place.

In 2002, Lance Carr, a young Indigenous man, was arrested for saying Fuck you, I didnt fucken do it to a police officer while being questioned for a crime he didnt commit. This scenario is typical of offensive language c...


Dare to compare: The advantages of everyday Russian life compared to the US "IndyWatch Feed National"

Two powerful countries with different views and approaches to many issues, Russia and the U.S. have always been compared to each other. Putting politics aside, Russia Beyond analyzes Reddit and posts about the advantages of everyday Russian life compared to American and gives a brief outline. Over the last couple of years, Russia has definitely been attracting Westerners' attention and not only in terms of hacking rumors and every other scandal under the Sun. The way ordinary Russians live and cope with their problems is also interesting, especially in comparison to the West, the U.S. in particular. On Jan. 15, 2017 a user going by the alias ajl1239 posted a question on Reddit: "As a so-called 'Westerner,' I'd like to know what are some things that you absolutely think Russia does better than the West (i.e. U.S./EU)?" Six months ago almost the same question appeared on "In what ways is Russia better than the United States?" We've studied the most popular answers, compared them with what we see in Russia, provided information from some other sources - and made a list of what Russia excels at. Here we go.


MACKAY News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, Tuesday 23rd January 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, Tuesday 23rd January 2018

January 23, 2018 at 04:33AM ,

Shes been bailed and will appear in the Mackay magistrates court in February. Frank and George Vella will not be forgotten in Sarina. The two brothers laid to rest after being found in a molasses tank they were cleaning only a week ago. Locals attending their funeral yesterday to say goodbye to them.

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MACKAY West Mackay garage ransacked as resident was gardening "IndyWatch Feed National"

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West Mackay garage ransacked as resident was gardening

January 22, 2018 at 08:30AM ,

A KELSO man has been slapped with multiple charges after allegedly ransacking cars in a West Mackay garage as the homeowner was gardening. It is understood the resident of the Nebo Rd home was gardening in their side garden at 9.40am on Saturday when the man allegedly snuck into the open

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Utter And Complete Panic Over FISA Abuse Memo Roils Democrats "IndyWatch Feed National"

Game Changing Proof Of Brazen Plot To Frame An Incoming President With A False Russian Conspiracy

Democrats Caused Government Shutdown To Distract Public From #ReleaseTheMemo Campaign

By Susan Duclos

Democrats in utter and complete panic decided to force a government shutdown onto America to distract the publics attention from the classified four-page House Intelligence Committee memo which details  Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses by the Obama administration and Intelligence agencies like the FBI and DOJ during his presidency.

In the first article of the #ReleaseThe Memo series we at ANP detailed a House Intelligence Committee vote where every single Democrat on the committee voted against releasing a four-page memo which details FISA abuses, under the Obama administration, to the full 435 members of Congress. Republicans approved it in a party line vote, allowing access only in the secure room because of classified information contained within the document.

We asked in that initial article  What are Democrats so scared of?

In part Two of the #ReleaseTheMemo series, that question was answered as members of the House that entered that private room and read the details of the corruption and politicization of the intelligence community, came out and went on camera, visibly shaken over what they had read, with one Representative even comparing those rampant abuses by the Obama administration to actions used by the KGB. Every member that saw the memo came out with demands that the House Intelligence Committee declassify the document and release it to the public at large.

In the midst of the public outcry where millions of Americans called Congress to demand the release of the memo, Democrats in the Senate, in a blind panic over the upcoming release of the memo, took a calculated risk to shutdown the government, with the liberal mainstream media playing their part by focusing their headlines on the issues causing the government shutdown. This also allowed the MSM to avoid finally informing their audience that the Independent Media was correct over the last year in asserting the whole Russia collusion with Trump storyline, and the Mueller investigation, was nothing m...


University Paradoxes: A Decent Degree And No Job; A Job And No Degree Of Decency "IndyWatch Feed National"

Every first-year Philosophy undergraduate learns how to recognise a paradox, and there are two basic types.

The first is a proposition that is made on the basis of apparently sound reasoning from acceptable premises, but leads to a false conclusion. The classical example is the liars paradox.

A liar who says I am lying makes an apparently sound claim on the basis of an apparently sound premise the fact that they are a liar. But it turns out that it is impossible for this statement to be either true or false: either way they cannot really be a liar.

The second type of paradox is when a seemingly absurd or contradictory proposition on closer investigation turns out to be true. So for instance the counter-intuitive idea that particles can be in two places at once turns out to be true once we familiarise ourselves with the laws of quantum mechanics.


Paradoxes of both types can be observed in the UK and Australian higher education sectors this week.

On this side of the world, we can see of evidence of a type-1 paradox: lets call it, the graduate labour market paradox.

On 8 January, Quality Indicators for Teaching and Learning (QILT) published the results of the 2017 Employer Satisfaction Survey. The survey stated that 84% of employers were satisfied overall with the skills of the university graduates they employed, with 93% saying that the graduates they employed were prepared very well, or well for their current employment.

Federal Minister for Education, Simon Birmingham.Federal Minister for Education, Simon Birmingham.

Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham released a statement on the survey, saying that these results were encouraging because they allow students to compare how courses are viewed by their prospective employers as part of a clearer picture of our higher education system. According to Senator Birmingham, the survey will allow students to make better decisions when considering the courses and careers they choose to embark on.

However, as QILTs...


Canadian billionaire couple linked to Clinton Foundation found dead in double murder - Update: Crime was 'contract killing' "IndyWatch Feed National"

The owner of the Canadian pharmaceutical giant Apotex, Barry Sherman, and his wife were found dead at their home under suspicious circumstances. Reports say their bodies were "hanging side by side" next to their pool. The bodies of Bernard Sherman, 75, also known as Barry, and his wife, Honey, 70, were found around Friday noon in their mansion in the North York district of Toronto by the police, who arrived in answer to a 911 call. Police did not say who made the call, while the National Post reported that the bodies were initially discovered by a real estate agent, who came to the couple's luxury mansion, which is currently up for sale. The paper also said that the bodies were "found hanging side by side next to their indoor pool," something that other Canadian outlets later repeated, citing police sources. Local media also said police were looking into whether it was a murder-suicide.


How to Spot a Psychopath On Your Facebook Friends List "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fact: A psychopath is born every 47 seconds. Kent A. Kiehl, The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without a Conscience

Its a staggering statistic if you really stop and think about it, the idea that there is a new psychopath brought into this world once every 47 seconds. In fact, it is estimated that 1% of the population meet the diagnostic criteria for psychopaths. If you previously believed that you have never met one, think again!

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The term psychopath is largely misunderstood. Due to their portrayal on television and in Hollywood, many Americans immediately think of criminals, inmates, and those who can be described as nothing short of evil. The truth is far muddier, causing us to overlook many of the psychopaths that we have encountered in our lives. While the personality traits associated with psychopathy can greatly increase ones likelihood to commit a crime, not all psychopaths are criminals. Instead, the term refers to a specific set of personality traits which can be seen in many of the worlds most famous criminals but also may be seen in your co-worker, neighbor or family member.

Psychologists determine whether or not someone meets the criteria for psychopathy by assessing their personality, looking for a specific set of traits including callousness, superficial and shallow emotion, irresponsibility, lack of remorse or guilt about harming others, lack of empathy and the tendency to exploit, manipulate and engage in predatory behavior towards others.

While there are some signs that we can watch for in person, such as the facial expression and body language when someone is speaking if they are smirking while they are saying the right things about how sorry they are that they hurt someone, this may be a red flag the anonymity of the internet provides for a platform to share their thoughts and feelings without being as readily identified. That being said, it isnt impossible!



32 Toxic Behaviors to Eliminate From Your Life Immediately "IndyWatch Feed National"

The place you are at in your life is largely determined by the decisions you make, the way you treat others (and yourself) and the energy that you welcome into your life. Choosing to engage in toxic behaviors will create an environment in which this type of thinking is considered to be normal or welcome, inviting similar energies from those that meet. There is good news this IS a choice.

Its not always easy to step back and genuinely reassess the decision that you are making, however, taking an honest, hard look at your life may empower you to turn the tides on negativity creating a happy, successful and joyous environment. The power is in your hands and your hands alone.

Source: Hey Sigmund


Eliminate these 32 toxic behaviors from your life for a happier, successful future:

#1 Negative Self Talk

Stop for a second and seriously think about the way you talk to yourself. Would you use that language on a friend, co-worker or family member? No? Far too many of us allow permit toxic, hurtful, degrading and self-depreciating self talk, tearing ourselves down rather than taking the steps to build ourselves up and prepare ourselves for success. Turn that conversation around you deserve far better!

#2 Not Speaking Out

Dont sit back in the role of bystander in your life. If you dont agree with something that someone else is doing, or if you need something more from them then speak up. You ultimately run your own life, and you know what you want and need most. Dont shy away from voicing your opinion, even if it may be difficult to say.

#3 Arrogance

Always believe in yourself, a lesson that we are first taught as children and carry into our adult lives. There is, however, a point where you can believe too much in yourself, which leads to a lack of compassion and understanding of those around you. You dont always have the best answer, so be open to hearing the opinions of others.

#4 Holding on to Loss

It is through some of the most challenging and trying losses in our lives that we learn valuable lessons and grow into the person that we are meant to be. Loss is inevitable, whether it is the result of loss of life of someone we c...


Diseases Caused By Food And Water Contamination "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Doom And Bloom) The primary necessity for survival is the availability of air. Once you have air to breathe, water, food, and shelter become the next requirements for your continued existence on the planet; that is, clean water and properly prepared food.

Even in normal times, there are many instances where an outbreak of infectious disease occurs due to water of poor quality. Ingesting food that was incompletely cooked caused the deaths of medieval kings in medieval times and may even have sparked the Ebola epidemic in 2014.

Epidemics caused by organisms that cause severe diarrhea and dehydration have been a part of the human experience since before recorded history. If severe enough, dehydration can cause hypovolemic shock, organ failure, and death. Indeed, during the Civil War, more deaths were attributed to dehydration from infectious diseases than from bullets or shrapnel.

Off the grid, water used for drinking or cooking can be contaminated by anything from floods to a dead opossum upstream from your camp. This can have dire implications for those living where there is no access to large amounts of IV hydration.

Therefore, it stands to reason that the preparation of food and the disinfection of drinking water should be under supervision. In survival, this responsibility should fall to the community medic; it is the medic that will (after the patient, of course) be most impacted by failure to maintain good sanitation.

Many diseases have disastrous intestinal consequences leading to dehydration. They include:

Cholera: Caused by the marine and freshwater bacterium Vibrio cholera, Cholera has been the cause of many deaths in both the distant and recent past. It may, once again, be an issue in the uncertain future.

Cholera toxins produce a rapid onset of diarrhea and vomiting within a few hours to 2 days of infection. Victims often complain of leg cramps. The body water loss with untreated cholera is associated with a sixty per cent death rate. Aggressive efforts to rehydrate the patient, however, drops the death rate to only one per cent. Anti...


Organizing resistance to Internet censorship "IndyWatch Feed National"

The matter is urgent; voices must be raised!

Documentarian John Pilger issues statement of support for January 16 webinar, Organizing resistance to Internet censorship

11 January 2018
The following statement was sent by award-winning Australian journalist and documentarian John Pilger in support of the upcoming webinar, Organizing resistance to Internet censorship: An online discussion with Chris Hedges and David North. Pilgers documentaries include The Quiet Mutiny (1970), Year Zero (1979), Utopia (2013) and, most recently, The Coming War on China (2016), on US aggression in Asia.
The webinar featuring Hedges and North will be held Tuesday, January 16, at 7:00 p.m. EST. For more information and to register, click here.
As a journalist and filmmaker who has long navigated the mainstream, I offer my support to this important discussion between Chris Hedges and David North.
Something has changed. Although the media was always a loose extension of capital power, it is now almost fully integrated. Dissent once tolerated in the mainstream has regressed to a metaphoric underground as liberal capitalism moves toward a form of corporate...


The UGC hub at the BBC builds trust with readers by involving them in the reporting "IndyWatch Feed National"

The BBC's user-generated content (UGC) hub began using a tool called Hearken in September 2016 to get an idea of the type of stories people were interested in even outside the news agenda. The aim was to build trust with the audience by answering their questions and including them more in how the news gets made. Hearken is a platform and framework focused on public-powered journalism. Various news organisations around the US have been using it to get their readers more involved in the stories that are being reported, from the pitching stage to publication. In this week's episode, we speak to Andre Massiah, senior broadcast journalist at BBC News, and the UGC hub's Hearken lead, about how people have been using the feature, and the type of stories they have helped shape.


Why is the Israeli army finally worried that Gaza is on the brink of collapse? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last week Israeli military officials for the first time echoed what human rights groups and the United Nations have been saying for some time: that Gazas economy and infrastructure stand on the brink of collapse.

They should know.

More than 10 years ago the Israeli army tightened its grip on Gaza, enforcing a blockade on goods coming in and out of the tiny coastal enclave that left much of the 2 million-strong population there unemployed, impoverished and hopeless.

Since then, Israel has launched three separate major military assaults that have destroyed Gazas infrastructure, killed many thousands and left tens of thousands more homeless and traumatised.

Gaza is effectively an open-air prison, an extremely overcrowded one, with only a few hours of electricity a day and its ground water polluted by seawater and sewage.

After a decade of this horrifying experiment in human endurance, the Israeli army finally appears to be concerned about whether Gaza can cope much longer.

In recent days it has begun handing out forms, with more than a dozen questions, to the small number of Palestinians allowed briefly out of Gaza mainly business people trading with Israel, those needing emergency medical treatment and family members accompanying them.

One question asks bluntly whether they are happy, another whom they blame for their economic troubles. A statistician might wonder whether the answers can be trusted, given that the sample group is so heavily dependent on Israels good will for their physical and financial survival.

But the survey does at least suggest that Israels top brass may be open to new thinking, after decades of treating Palestinians only as target practice, lab rats or sheep to be herded into cities, freeing up land for Jewish settlers. Has the army finally understood that Palestinians are human beings too, with limits to the suffering they can soak up?

According to the local media, the army is in part responding to practical concerns. It is reportedly worried that, if epidemics break out, the diseases will quickly spread into Israel.

And if Gazas economy collapses too, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians could be banging on Israels door or rather storming its hi-tech incarceration fence to be allowed in. The army has no realistic contingency plans for either scenario.

It may be considering too its image and defence case if its commanders ever find themselves in the dock at the International Criminal Court in the Hague accused of war crimes.

Nonetheless, neither Israeli politicians nor Washington appear to be taking the armys warnings to heart. In fact, things look set to get worse.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netany...


Operation Olive Branch Continues as Turkish Troops Push into Syria "IndyWatch Feed National"

Turkish troops began crossing the border near Afrin on Sunday as a part of a campaign deemed Operation Olive Branch.

After over a week of cross-border shelling by Turkish artillery and then a flurry of airstrikes that allegedly took out 153 Kurdish targets, Turkey has finally begun sending ground troops across the Syrian border into Afrin. Afrin is currently under the control of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a group primarily led by the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG).

Turkey has framed the Operation Olive Branch as having two objectives:

  • To end the threats posed to Turkey by the YPG and their allies in the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
  • To aid Turkeys allies in the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in capturing territory from the Kurds.

The Turkish backed factions of the FSA began moving reinforcements towards Afrin late last week and now claim to have 25,000 fighters in the area. According to Ankara the aim of the operation is to create a safe-zone in northern Syria between the Kurds and Turkey with the FSA rebels holding the captured region.

Turkish President Recep Erdogan spoke on the operation on Sunday, saying:

Our jets took off and started bombing. And now, the ground operation is underway. Now we see how the YPG are fleeing in Afrin, and that the Turkish military will chase them. God willing, we will complete this operation very quickly.

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Lessons from training hundreds of community journalists in 25 countries over four months "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hashtag Our Stories, co-founded by husband and wife duo Yusuf and Sumaiya Omar, aims to encourage the creation of mobile storytelling communities around the world, enabling people to talk about the issues that don't make the mainstream news. The team has travelled to 25 countries in the last four months, engaging with niche communities in India, Australia, Norway and Indonesia, to name a few. The idea is that anyone with a smartphone, journalist or not, can tell their story to the world using social media platforms such as Facebook and Snapchat. Speaking at last week's Building the Future of Community Journalism conference in Cardiff, Yusuf Omar explained why he believes community journalism may be the future of news, and detailed the lessons they have learned over the past few months for anyone looking to start their own teams.


MACKAY Mackay woman arrested over $1.7M business fraud "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Mackay woman arrested over $1.7M business fraud

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DETECTIVES have swooped on a Mackay woman who allegedly embezzled $1.7 million while working for a local industrial business. Mackay Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Tucker said a six month investigation into the major fraud culminated in the arrest of a

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Donald Trump Is A Symptom Of A Greater Evil: The Rotten Core Of The Republican Party "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is a disease at the heart of the GOP, and its name is not Donald Trump. Despite Trumps inadequacies, he represents the symptom, a grotesque, malignant symptom, but a symptom, nonetheless, not the disease. This cancer is systemic. The true sickness has been lurking in the shadows for far longer than the period of Trumps candidacy and presidency. Stephen Keim SC and Luke Craske explain.


The Disease

There was once an era when it meant something to be a Republican. It meant to embrace the open market and defend ones principles. This is not to say that the GOP of old was some shining beacon on a hill. Of course not: there are very real problems which arise from an uninhibited devotion to neoliberalism and, obviously, not everyone adheres to the same values. But the GOP stood for something. Beyond that, it admired intellectualism, fought for the rule of law, and respected the truth.

Donald Trump during his first address to the US Congress.Donald Trump during his first address to the US Congress.

Those days are gone. Long gone is the party of Lincoln. Gone too is the party of Reagan and Bush. That GOP is dead. Now, it is the party that accepted and endorsed Trump. And for that party, free trade is deeply suspicious, principles are a commodity, intellectualism is deplorable, the rule of law is a threat, and the truth and those who report it are the enemy.

The Republican Party stands for two things now: cowardice and winning. The former is the last refuge of the Republican Old Guard, the so-called establishment. The latter is the singular pursuit of the new Trumpist faction, which wants nothing more than to start winning again in this world it thinks rightly or wrongly has left it behind.

These phenomena did not emerge overnight. They are the product of a long campaign by billionaires who, through financing radical right-wing groups, ideas and ways to incorporate them into mainstream politics, seek to shift public discourse to their benefit.



If the world has been shocked by the advent of Trump, it is disturbed by the lack of resistance within the Republican establishment to him. During the GOP Primaries race, partisan heavyweights lined up to denounce the seemingly unhinged businessman. Once Tr...


PEAK DEATH: Murder For Hire In The Oil Fields Of Colombia "IndyWatch Feed National"

2017 saw a stepping up in the systematic murder of human rights defenders across Latin America for standing up to multinationals and local oligarchs. New Matildas Michael Gillard reports from Colombias oil fields, where death is a regular outcome for standing against the powerful.

The sombre guitar of Mauricio Jimenez cast an embracing shadow over the mausoleum of Daniel Abril Fuentes as the singer soulfully rendered two songs on the anniversary of his assassination.

Mi Viejo, a lament for a lost friend, and A Quien Enganas Abuelo, a tale of corrupt politicians promising bridges where there are no rivers, caressed the ears of mourners gathered around the fallen campaigners tomb in Trinidad, Casanare.

The 38-year-old is one of an alarming number of Latin American environmentalists who are being cut down like young trees in the struggle for land, justice and reparations from international energy companies and their backers in tailored suits and combat fatigues.

The killers of dangerous ideas are drawn from Colombian state security forces, their paramilitary allies, private security companies and freelance sicarios. The intellectual authors, however, are much harder to identify.

The Abril Fuentes family at prayer. The Abril Fuentes family at prayer. (IMAGE: Michael Gillard, New Matilda)

At the tomb, a priest with his hands raised gave a roll call of other local martyrs. He pleaded for peace in Colombia and an end to the killings by all armed actors that has seen at least 220,000 murders and more than six million displaced over the last 50 years of permanent but low intensity conflict.

The oration ended with the same uplifting chant that moments earlier had echoed on the march to the cemetery past disinterested locals kicking back with a Sunday beer.

Trinidad, after all, has a significant paramilitary presence, whose well-armed thugs conduct a dirty war with state backing to cleanse Casanare of unarmed social movements and individuals they regard as guerrilla fronts or sympathisers.

Damaris Fuentes, sister of the now silent campaigner, fronted the march dressed in white, while campesino leader, Martin Ayala, who had bravely picked up the bloodied baton of an assassinated predecessor, led the call and response.

Daniel Abril Fuentes!
Presente! Presente! Presente!
Hasta Cuando?
Hasta Siempre!

Damaris told the assembled crowd that her brother was smiling in heaven. Then she did something remarkable and asked God to forgive the gunm...


Fatherland "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is so cold in Istanbul that it cramps my spine. Hiding my face from the cutting air, I see an old lady chopping painted doorframes small enough for a stove or a fireplace, bracing herself for winter. She is too poor to have the choice of not breathing toxic fumes until spring.

Childhood memories, from before I was five, of a pulsating jasmine scent and sweat-glazed skin made me leave my jackets at home. Now, its not only the seasons that are different. In squares that throw space between mosques sit army tanks, there to deter riots and protests to the government, Daesh is only one problem.

Mere days ago, a prim voice on the phone had asked, Are you sure you want to go to Turkey? 159 people died there last year (2016).

I cut her off: My family is from there. 

Palpable embarrassment lay in between a stuttered apology before she gave me what I called for a quote for my tickets.

Returning to Turkey divides all my half-siblings differently. We are four: two boys bookended by me and another girl. By accident, I have become the oldest child and an abla: the oldest sister. My brother, Bahar, now that he is beyond 20 years old, cannot enter the country for fear of conscription. His exile will last another 20 years at least unless he pays $11,841AUD, a legal bribe that is hard to accept with our shared principles.

Our other brother Aslan, or Abi (oldest brother), for it can also be used as a name, refuses to return to mounting lethal statistics and a dwindling secular culture in exchange for European liberties. Only my sister and my own mother will join me. Somewhere between naivety and an acknowledgement of lifes impermanence, we have agreed that we cannot be afraid of the wrong place at the wrong time. Each one of us yearns to go back, but have different weights of shame, pride and love for our Fatherland.

We are all struggling for more freedom. My brothers manhood lies in the soil between Edirne and Van, and their quandary is in deciding which traditions to inherit: should their sisters bare shoulders be considered provocative, or should they keep encouraging our youngest to prioritise university before boyfriends? For my sister and I, we wrestle to be heard as we champion feminist liberations. Being the oldest automatically earns respect, but there are opinions I suspect my brothers are tempted to counter.

Our father died four years ago: the man responsible for my Turkish blood....


Daily Sabah: Exclusive interview with Gilad Atzmon "IndyWatch Feed National"

I left Israel because I didnt want to live on someone elses land.

I left Israel because I didnt want to live on someone elses land.


Gilad Atzmon In an interview with Daily Sabah's editor Burak Altun digging into  the current crisis in the Middle East

Burak Altun: Mr Atzmon, you are one of the most gifted jazz musicians around. In addition, you  are actively engaged in peace in the Middle East and criticize the state of Israel  within that context. I can see two separate identities here - you are a musician and a political activist. At the social and political level, you complain about identity politics in the West. What is it all about?

Gilad Atzmon: To start with, you are very kind in your description of me, but let me correct you. I am not a political activist, I have never been involved in politics and I prefer to stay away from the so called activist community. The reason is simple. Activists always know the answers. I am a philosopher. My task is refining the questions. I can easily live in peace with more than one answer and even with competing and contradicting  answers. 

However, let me address your question regarding identity politics. In the world in which I grew up the role of the political and especially Left politics was to point at that which unites us. Our left icons insisted that it didnt matter whether one is a Muslim, Black, Jew or Woman, we were all united against the mammonites, those capitalist plunderers in the City. But this has  changed. At a certain stage the Left decided to embrace new tactics. We were taught how to speak as a: as a woman, as a Jew, as a Black, as a gay and so on. Instead of being united we were set up to fight each other. In this New Left/progressive universe, we the people are divided by our biology yet the global market is united in its war again...


Antony Hampel Alive Events Agency "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Event Management Company in Sydney, Melbourne, and Australia wide. Specialises in brand activation, retail activations, experiential marketing and many more. Events produced by Antony Hampel of Alive Events Agency. "


Why were crossbows not used in the 19th century? "IndyWatch Feed National"

A great question and there is your reason.  Gunpowder may well have been weak, but a slug or even a charge of nails would do great damage in close quarters and obviously they were able to hang onto this against its recoil.

The cross bow is operating at medium range and this would be closer targeting armor.  It would also be excellent in support of pike-men against heavy cavalry.

Except with the English, the long bow was not often deployed, and its advantage was in range.  It could imposes rapid plunging fire on a charging body of men.  I actually do not think that the long bow was ever fully exploited.  In combination with a pair of horses, the second carrying a bundle of arrows, you have the capacity to close on a group and hurt them at a substantial distance that would be comparable to Mongol ability who used a smaller but stronger bow....

Why were crossbows not used in the 19th century, even though they could be reloaded way faster than the infantry guns of that period? 

A lot of good answers here, so let me tell you a history lesson on the first army that came to this conclusion: the Spanish Tercios. 

It was the XVI century and the Great Captain, Gonzalo Fernndez de Crdoba, was tasked by Fernando and Isabel, the Catholic Kings of the newly formed Kingdom of Spain, with the mission to go to Italy and defeat the superior....


Facebook says it has a moral duty to understand how it affects democracy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Writing in a blog post, Facebook civic engagement product manager Samidh Chakrabarti dressed many of the criticisms launched against the company regarding its effect on democracy. From foreign government interference to the spread of fake news and the echo chamber effect, Chakrabarti said many of the issues people raise over these concerns dont have clear

Writing in a blog post, Facebook civic engagement product manager Samidh Chakrabarti dressed many of the criticisms launched against the company regarding its effect on democracy. From foreign government interference to the spread of fake news and the echo chamber effect, Chakrabarti said many of the issues people raise over these concerns dont have clear answers. However, Chakrabarti says that doesnt mean the company doesnt have a moral duty to look into them:

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Why is the Israeli Army Suddenly Concerned About Gaza? "IndyWatch Feed National"

More than 10 years ago Israel tightened its grip on Gaza, enforcing a blockade on goods coming in and out of the tiny coastal enclave that left much of the two million-strong population there unemployed, impoverished and hopeless.

Since then, Israel has launched three separate major military assaults that have destroyed Gazas infrastructure, killed many thousands and left tens of thousands more homeless and traumatised.

Gaza is effectively an open-air prison, an extremely overcrowded one, with only a few hours of electricity a day and its ground water polluted by seawater and sewage.

Last week Israeli military officials for the first time echoed what human rights groups and the United Nations have been saying for some time: that Gazas economy and infrastructure stand on the brink of collapse.

After a decade of this horrifying experiment in human endurance, the Israeli army finally appears to be concerned about whether Gaza can continue coping much longer.

In recent days it has begun handing out forms, with more than a dozen questions, to the small number of Palestinians allowed briefly out of Gaza mainly business people trading with Israel, those needing emergency medical treatment and family members accompanying them.

One question asks bluntly whether they are happy, another whom they blame for their economic troubles. A statistician might wonder whether the answers can be trusted, given that the sample group is so heavily dependent on Israels good will for their physical and financial survival.

But the survey does at least suggest that Israels top brass may be open to new thinking, after decades of treating Palestinians only as target practice, lab rats or sheep to be herded into cities, freeing up land for Jewish settlers. Has the army finally understood that Palestinians are human beings too, with limits to the suffering they can soak up?

According to the local media, the army is in part responding to practical concerns. It is reportedly worried that, if epidemics break out, the diseases will quickly spread into Israel.

And if Gazas economy collapses too, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians could be banging on Israels door or rather storming its hi-tech incarceration fence to be allowed in. The army has no realistic contingency plans for either scenario.

Nonetheless, neither Israeli politicians nor Washington appear to be taking evasive action. In fact, things look set to get worse.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last week there could be no improvements, no reconstruction in Gaza until Hamas agrees to give up its weapons the only thing, in Hamass view, that serves as a deterrent against future Israeli attacks.

Figures show Israel...


'Deplorable' Professor Fights Back Against Campus Totalitarians "IndyWatch Feed National"

'Deplorable' Professor Fights Back Against Campus Totalitarians --An interview with the 'Anti-PC NYU Prof' | 22 Jan 2018 | "In the fall of 2016," New York University professor [and CLG Founder] Michael Rectenwald recently told The Daily Caller, "I was noting an increase of this social justice ideology on campuses, and it started to really alarm me. I saw it coming home to roost here at NYU, with the creation of the bias reporting hotline, and with the cancellation of the Milo Yiannopoulos talk because someone might walk past it and hear something which might 'trigger' them." Rectenwald, himself a leftist, created an initially anonymous Twitter account, @antipcnyuprof, to speak out against that ideology and the "absolutely anti-education and anti-intellectual" classroom indoctrination he was witnessing, as well as the collectivist surveillance state that the campus was becoming, as students were urged to report each other for the sin of committing microaggressions...Recently Rectenwald even filed a lawsuit against NYU and four of his colleagues for defamation. He consented to answering some questions for FrontPage Mag about his conflict with the NYU ideologues.


Bombing at market in Thai/Malay border region this morning - 3 killed, 22 wounded "IndyWatch Feed National"

RT sunaibkk: Breaking! 22/01/18 Separatists detonated motorcycle-bomb at Pomonchai Market in downtown Yala this morning. At least 3 civilians were killed, many were wounded. #Thailand #DeepSouth #insurgency (@nakrkdu14) January 22, 2018 Motorcycle bomb in southern Thailand market kills 3, more than 20 wounded BANGKOK: A motorcycle bomb...


Do Commitment of Traders & Inventories Really Matter? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Do you think that the Commitment of Traders and reported inventories are relevant to gauge market performance?

ANSWER: The oldest game in town is manipulating inventories. Commodities can be stored at many places, but only selected facilities are on the reporting list. During the famous Buffet Silver scandal of 1997-1998, to justify taking silver up in price they had to make the inventories appear to decline. The easy way to do that was simple. Buffet bought the silver but in the London market not COMEX. Thus, the silver was moved from New York to London and then everyone touted silver was in short supply as if it had been consumed like wheat.

Phibro had one of their paid analysts to call the Wall Street Journal to try to stop me from warning clients that silver was being manipulated. Their mistake was getting mainstream media involved. Once the Wall Street Journal reported I said silver was being manipulated, the CFTC had to call me. I can write on this blog whatever. As long as it does not appear in the mainstream press government can ignore it.

The CFTC called me and asked me where the manipulation was taking place. I told them it was out of their jurisdiction in London. They said they could make a call and I s...


Central Bank Reserves The Rise of the Yuan "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I understand that your model shows that China will become the dominant economy post-2032. The IMF added the yuan to their SDR basket. Are central banks starting to use the yuan in reserves in a major way yet?


ANSWER: Yes. The ECB (European Central Bank) converted a half-billion euros to yuan. So that is not what you would call major. This is a first step in the true internationalization of the yuan. The Bundesbank has also converted a small portion of their reserves. So it is starting. Reports that China was selling off US debt are false. The U.S. debt to China is $1.2 trillion as of October 2017. Thats 19% of the $6.3 trillion in Treasury bills, notes, and bonds held by foreign countries. The rest of the $20 trillion national debt is owned by either the American people or by the U.S. government itself. What China and most governments have been doing is reducing their holding in maturity from 10 years down to 5 years or less.

Despite what everyone may believe, the ECB reserves rank only number 30 on the list among central banks with just 75.1 billion. China has the biggest reserves of all followed still by Japan. Other than Switzerland, no European country ranks in the top ten. This is a reflection of their status in world trade as well. It only follows reason that the Chinese yuan will become a wider used reserve currency as it also dominates trade.


Why the Dollar is the Mainstay of the World Economy "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: A friend told me the one pound coins I have from a trip to Britain last year were canceled. How can a government simply cancel its money?


ANSWER: Oh yes. Britain canceled the one pound coins last October. They estimated that 400-450 million pounds became worthless overnight. Europeans routinely cancel their currency. This is another reason why the US dollar is the RESERVE CURRENCY in the world. While you have these people who hate the dollar all the time in the USA, outside, it is the mainstay. The dollar is used worldwide because it is trusted while other countries routinely cancel currencies. India made headlines last year cancelling their high denomination notes overnight. This may force people to pay their taxes and prevent them from hoarding cash. But it is also why the US Treasury and Board of Governors staffs estimate that nearly 60% of all U.S. banknotes in circulation, or close to $500 billion, is held outside the United States. There are more dollars outside the USA than inside. This is also why the USA is not pushing the electronic currency as hard as you see in Europe. There, they just want to cancel all the currency to get more taxes.



Working offline today. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I'm doing a fair bit of work offline at the moment - getting constant attacks when online, and so are some of the advisors/people I deal with regularly. Again!


Low Confidence: theres no DNA test for culture "IndyWatch Feed National"

My father is from southern Louisiana and my mother is from Invercargill (on the southern tip of Aotearoa New Zealands South Island). I have never met another person with this combination of cultural groups in their immediate background and I think it unlikely I ever will. I had a DNA test done because I thought it would be interesting and my mother said shed pay for it as a Christmas present.


MACKAY Man allegedly shone laser in eyes of pilot landing in Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 22, 2018 at 09:48AM ,

Man allegedly shone laser in eyes of pilot landing in Mackay

January 22, 2018 at 09:48AM ,

A MOUNT Pleasant teenager has been charged with threatening the safety of persons on board an aircraft after allegedly pointing a laser light in the eyes of a pilot landing at Mackay Airport. Police allege at 8.20pm on Friday, the pilot of a plane carrying 80 passengers was in the process of landing when

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MACKAY West Mackay garage ransacked as resident was gardening "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 22, 2018 at 08:30AM ,

West Mackay garage ransacked as resident was gardening

January 22, 2018 at 08:30AM ,

police officer in the performance of their duty, unlawfully possessing dangerous drugs, unlawful possession of a knife in a public place, possess tainted property and failing to take reasonable care and precautions in respect of a syringe. He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court later this morning

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MACKAY Charges follow aviation incident, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 22, 2018 at 09:37AM ,

Charges follow aviation incident, Mackay

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He is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on February 5. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day. You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community

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MACKAY Man assaulted pair at servo, followed them in his car "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 22, 2018 at 05:30AM ,

Man assaulted pair at servo, followed them in his car

January 22, 2018 at 05:30AM ,

Justin Dean Jones appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court from the dock, after being brought up from Mackay Watch-house. The 26-year-old, who had no address listed with Mackay Courthouse, pleaded guilty to five charges dated to Wednesday, January 17. That included two counts of common assault

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MACKAY Multiple charges follow investigation into West Mackay burglary "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 22, 2018 at 08:07AM ,

Multiple charges follow investigation into West Mackay burglary

January 22, 2018 at 08:07AM ,

He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court later this morning to have the charges heard. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day. You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered

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Does Melbourne Australia Have an African Gang Problem? (2018) "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian government has left citizens defenceless through it's policy of unarmed self defence. It is illegal in Australia to purchase or posses anything specifically intended for self defence or defence of one's family, this includes no capsicum sprays, no tasers, no guns, no anything! This is backed by the UN Human Rights committee! I see this as a crime against the people, the government is putting our lives at risk in a society where home invasions & attacks on the streets appears to be on the increase. The Australian government appears to put the welfare of criminals far above the welfare of the common people.


Centrelinks Robo-Debt system is still firing at the vulnerable "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

Anyone who might have thought that Centelinks Robo-Debt cruelty is over has been mistaken. The government  agency has been caught once again, ripping off from thousands of Australians.

Managers are telling staff to keep on chasing debts that are known to be false. The order comes from high up and is consistent with all that is going on across the system.

The serious allegation that these debts are being chased, comes from Liberal party backbench Senators who are incensed enough to break ranks and openly criticise what is going on.

They are getting their information from whistleblowers within Centrelink, who are leaking out insider information, despite having being threatened with the sack if caught. It gives an inkling of the dissatisfaction existing within the system, felt by those who are being forced to administer what they consider a  disgraceful policy. A policy aimed at waging a deliberate war against the most disadvantaged Australians the unemployed, single parents, the disabled and age pensioners.

The Robo-Debt system is no accident. It comes together with a range of other punitive measures, including extending the time of non-payment, for breaches that do not have to be backed up with proper evidence. It is always the victims obligation to disprove a Centrelink claim, and this can be difficult, given that Centrelink will often refuse to provide relevant information.

The cruelty comes form the hardly hidden rational that the role of Centrelink, is primarily to reduce the numbers on the books by any means. It is not about providing the best outcome for those forced by circumstances, to ask for help. It is about making signing onto Centrelink and staying there as difficult as possible, to force people to find another means of survival.

If this was not what its about, something would have been done by now to fix up the built in unfairness. Instead, the Robo-Debt system continues to be used. Debt collection has been privatised, with bonus payments to provide incentive to aggressively collect debt, even even in the most dubious circumstances.

Online help services are also being privatised, as assistance provided by local Centrelink offices is cut back.

While this is going on a smoke screen is being created, to paint all those on benefits as thieving malingerers that needed to be denied a free ride.

It justifies cutting government expenditure and handing over a larger slice of the pie to the richest individuals in Australian society and major overseas shareholders.

The attacks on Centrelink recipients is connected to the governments efforts to destroy decent full time work and pull down wages and working conditions, based on the false argument that if y...


Matt Heffernan: Sky News, just stahp. Youre doing yourself zero favours. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Photo credit: Amy Hetherington Photo credit: Amy Hetherington Share this Post Recently, a wonderful story hashtag-restored my faith in Australias mainstream media.  For once it was talking somewhat positively about the homeless Indigenous people of Darwin.  A toddler had through freak chance wandered from the family home and was found on the street by a group of Indigenous homeless as they ...


What We Can Learn 100 Years After the Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918 (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed National"

What We Can Learn 100 Years After the Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918 (VIDEO) | Capture3 | General Health Multimedia Special Interests

It has been 100 years since the Spanish flu infected 500 million people around the globe and wiped out an estimated 20 million to 50 million of them. (source)

And here we are, potentially on the cusp of another influenza pandemic. H3N2, or the Australian flu is making the rounds this year and has spread to the UK, among other countries. This map from the UK Sun shows the spread and the potential for a pandemic.

This flu is particularly deadly. 745 people died from it in Australia in late 2017.



The Gang In Blue Is The Real Menace In Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed National"

As politicians and media play racialised politics with the lives of Melburnians, Michael Brull urges people not to forget the history of the police in how we actually got here.

Ever since the Victorian Liberals started ramping up the demonisation of African gangs in Melbourne with the Federal Racist in Chief Peter Dutton quickly joining in the response of progressives has been critical, but partly defensive.

The defensiveness has come in the form of conceding that yes, people of African descent are over-represented in some sorts of crimes in Victoria. However, the general crime rate is falling, and the over-representation is more or less accounted for by socio-economic disadvantage.

So take the standard statistic. People of Sudanese and South Sudanese background in Victoria make up 0.14 percent of the population, but are about 1.5 percent of the criminal population. It is concluded from this that Sudanese and South Sudanese immigrants are about 10 times more likely to commit various crimes.

A file image of Victorian police.A file image of Victorian police.

Similar conclusions could be drawn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They make up some 2 percent of Australians over 18, but 27 percent of people in prison. In this case too, part of the over-representation can be attributed to socio-economic disadvantage. But the crime statistics themselves arent neutral. They are reflective of oppressive and discriminatory policing habits.

When people see that Sudanese people are over-represented in crime statistics, a red flag should go up that another racial minority is being heavily policed. We cannot know the extent to which the statistics are influenced by the nature of how police interact with Sudanese immigrants. But it is irre...


The Daily "Near You?" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Robertson, New South Wales, Australia. Thanks for stopping by!


Hassan Nasrallah answers Trump on Hezbollahs drug trafficking "IndyWatch Feed National"

Speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on January 19, 2018, on the occasion of the commemoration of the death of Fayez Moghniyeh, father of martyrs Jihad, Fouad and Imad Moghniyeh In case this video is censored by Youtube, find it on Dailymotion, Vimeo or Rutube. See Kafka 2.0: How Youtubes Political Censorship is []


Consumer Protection Association Slams Bank for Blocking Transfers to Bitcoin Exchanges "IndyWatch Feed National"

Consumer Protection Association Slams Bank for Blocking Transfers to Bitcoin Exchanges

From Israel to Australia, commercial banks in various parts of the world have tried preventing people from entering the cryptocurrency market by blocking money transfers to bitcoin exchanges. Now the largest consumer association in Portugal has called out a local bank for trying to do the same.

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Canada has paid out nearly $220 million under NAFTAs ISDS, think tank reveals "IndyWatch Feed National"

22 January 2018: A report published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) last week has revealed that Canada has paid out nearly $220 million in losses under the NAFTA investor-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS), and $95 million in legal fees defending against ISDS claims.

CPPA is calling on Canadas trade negotiators to agree to the Trump administrations proposal for an ISDS opt-in option in a renegotiated NAFTA. They argue that ISDS not only imposes huge costs but also can lead to regulatory chill, where governments shy away from public policy decisions due to fears that they will be sued by foreign investors.

There have been 41 ISDS claims made against Canada, 23 ISDS claims made against Mexico and 21 made against the US. Canada has been sued 15 times since 2010. In the report, CCPA suggests that the Canadian governments commitment to ISDS and compliance with the scheme encourages investor-state claims against itself.

Canadas chief negotiator, Steve Verheul, has said that if an ISDS opt-in clause was added to NAFTA then all three parties to the deal would opt out. Negotiators are meeting in Montreal this week for the sixth round of talks.


Womens marches across the United States fight loss of rights "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from New South Wales

Huge numbers of women took part in street marches over the weekend and this signaled a new rise in the movement for equality. Wearing pink (Pussy) hats, they took to the streets, to show they were prepared to fight against that threaten to set back advances women have achieved over recent times. Estimates of the number have ranged to the hundreds of thousands claimed by the establishment, to the millions insisted by others.


Video from ABC News (US)

Most important is that the number of Americans who are angry about what is going on cannot be ignored.
Women took to the streets in many American cities and more than 600 locations. Support rallies took place across Europe, South America Asia and Africa and in Australia as well.
Gender equality is in the centre stage, because the Trump administration is moving to increase inequality. This also relates to Trumps own public performance and released tapes about his ugly attitude towards women. There is no doubt that the recent campaign outing sexual predators (#Me Too) in the workplace and has netted some high profile identities, has helped to put womens rights at the political centre.It was also fueled by the overall reaction against the Trump political direction that is hurting working Americans, the marginalised and poor. A political direction that is fanning race hate and is intended to divide ordinary Americans and favour the wealthiest Americans at the top. These issues were raised over the weekend.An important development is that the womens marches were not called in the form of opposition against Trump, but as an expression of what participants want to achieve. Rather than calling on political leaders to turn away from what they are doing, the emphasis was on what those who want to bring about change are going to do.Considerable attention has been put on the mid-term elections for the House of Representatives coming up this year, where there is a gearing up for a host of woman candidates to stand. A formidable number of celebrities attended the marches. Some of them were speakers.The electoral strategy is not all. The key is motivating ongoing activism and organising at the grass roots.

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Conservation groups slam govt nature plan "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia could soon have the worst mammal extinction rate in the world because of the federal governments nature strategy, conservation groups warn.

The draft strategy for 2018-2030, reviewed by federal and state governments, has been slammed by conservation groups who claim it includes a lack of action to protect Australias biodiversity.

This lack of any real action will all but guarantee Australia continues to have the worst mammal extinction rate on the planet, Wilderness Society national nature campaign manager Suzanne Milthorpe said in a statement on Sunday.

The document supports a national approach to conserve nature and includes goals to reduce threats to protected areas and improve the conservation management of Australias landscapes and seascapes.

The strategy suggests imposing an action inventory to show how each government is tracking in reaching its targets but offers no other plan outlining how the goals will be reached.

The Places You Love alliance, which features several Australian conservation groups, said the plan was a global embarrassment which lacked measurable targets and concrete commitments.

The government has served up simplistic and unmeasurable dot points that are an embarrassment on the global stage and fall far short of the international commitments to conserve biodiversity we have made at the United Nations, Humane Society International Australia head of programs Evan Quartermain said.

Other groups feared the lack of action would result in dying wildlife, environmental destruction and greater threats to survival for Australias threatened species.

The draft document is open for public consultation until March 16.

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PM to give $60m to save Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed National"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is to unveil a multi-million-dollar plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef against mass bleaching.

The plan, to cost about $60 million over the next 18 months, will include funding farmers to reduce sediment run-off and innovative research, The Courier-Mail says.

Mr Turnbull is expected to announce the plan in Townsville on Monday, supported by leading scientists.

Last week, the federal and Queensland governments issued an open call to the worlds top scientific minds to help save the reef.

The governments have launched a $2 million challenge to find novel ways to restore reefs and lift coral abundance.

This is an open invitation to our greatest scientific minds, industry and business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs to develop innovative solutions which will protect corals and encourage the recovery of damaged reefs, said Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg.

The reef is the planets greatest living wonder. The scale of the problem is big and big thinking is needed, but its important to remember that solutions can come from anywhere.

The Great Barrier Reef is still reeling from back-to-back coral bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, while authorities are also dealing with a crown-of-thorns starfish outbreak in southern parts of the reef.

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Doctors warn of rural mental health crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is warning there is a mental health crisis in rural and remote parts of the country.

The services chief executive Martin Laverty says five times as many people in cities are accessing mental health services compared to those in remote Australians .

If thats not a crisis, I dont know what a crisis is, he told ABC radio on Monday.

The service saw 24,500 people to provide mental health counselling last year.

We could double or triple that service tomorrow and still not touch the surface, Mr Laverty said.

Health Minister Greg Hunt acknowledges there is a very significant challenge with mental health in the regions.

He said the government is working to provide additional services in the area such as rural Headspace, telehealth and online services.

Because no matter where you are, in the middle of the night, if its 3am and there is a dark, dark moment you need to be able to speak to somebody or you need to get help, he said.

Efforts are also being made over coming months to create a program of incentives to encourage more medical workers to move to the bush.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78.

Multicultural Mental Health Australia

Local Aboriginal Medical Service details available from

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European women join chorus for change "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thousands of people on two continents have picked up the baton from the US and rallied in solidarity with women demanding equality, justice and an end to sexual harassment.

Demonstrations in London, Paris, Sydney and other European and Australian cities on Sunday followed much larger womens marches held on Saturday across the US to mark the anniversary of President Donald Trumps inauguration, as well as the protests it inspired.

In the British capital, demonstrators carried placards reading We Are Powerful and Times Up and chanted outside Prime Minister Theresa Mays office as they raised grievances ranging from workplace inequities to misogynistic abuse on social media.

Today is a call for action to bring about change, London protest co-organiser Shola Mos-Shogbamimu said.

This is so much more than Trump.

The London event drew thousands of people despite sleet and snow.

Heavy rain fell on the protesters who gathered near the Eiffel Tower, which could have been a factor in the small number of participants compared with the US marches on Saturday.

It doesnt matter if the weather is like this, Maggie Kan, who was one of the more than 100 people who didnt let the rain and cold deter them.

Were still coming together, and were going to still fight against Trump and his agenda.

The international events come at a time of reckoning for many men in Hollywood, the media and other industries as women speak out about sexual misconduct and inequity in general.

More are scheduled to take place in the US on Sunday.

They will culminate in a Las Vegas rally that will launch an effort to register a million voters and target swing states in the US midterm elections later this year, which could shift control of congress.

I think last year was that watershed moment of President Trumps election, said Melissa Goffin, the march organiser in Melbourne.

Its a new era of feminism.

Those who took part in this years events said they were galvanised by an avalanche of political and gender issues over the past year, as well as the (hashtag) MeToo movement, which has been credited with countering widespread sexual abuse and misconduct.

Trump dismissed the suggestion that his presidency has been bad for women.

He tweeted on Saturday that it was a perfect day for women to march to celebrate the economic success and wealth creation of his first year in office.

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Republicans, Democrats dig in on shutdown "IndyWatch Feed National"

Republicans and Democrats appear to be hardening their positions as both sides hunker down for what could be a prolonged fight, with a US government shutdown in its second day.

Democrats demanded that US President Donald Trump negotiate on immigration issues as part of any agreement to resume government funding.

They accused him of reneging on an earlier accord to protect Dreamers, illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children, from deportation.

I hope it is just a matter of hours or days. But we need to have a substantive answer, and the only person who can lead us to that is President Trump. This is his shutdown, Dick Durbin, the second ranking Democrat in the Senate, said on the CBS Face the Nation program on Sunday.

Republicans were just as adamant, saying they would not negotiate immigration or other issues as long as all but essential government services remain shuttered.

Speaking to US troops at a military base in the Middle East, Vice President Mike Pence said, Were not going to reopen negotiations on illegal immigration until they reopen the government and give you, our soldiers and your families, the benefits and wages youve earned.

A bipartisan group of senators met on Sunday in a Senate office building, searching for ways out of the crisis.

Moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins said a group of as many as 22 senators were discussing alternatives, though the details were in flux.

After funding for federal agencies ran out at midnight on Friday, many US government employees were told to stay home or in some cases work without pay until new funding is approved.

The shutdown is the first since a 16-day closure in October 2013.

Trump said on Sunday that if the stalemate continued, Republicans should change Senate rules so a measure could be passed to fund the government.

Current Senate rules require a super-majority of three-fifths of the chamber, usually 60 out of 100, for legislation to clear procedural hurdles and pass.

If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51 percent (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget, Trump said on Twitter.

But Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, from Trumps own party, rejected the idea.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate.The Senate will vote early on Monday on whether to advance a measure to fund the government through February 8, unless Democrats agree to hold it sooner, McConnell said on Saturday.

The level of support for the bill was uncertain, but given Democratic leaders public statements, it seemed unlikely the measure would receive the 60 votes required to advance.



January 22 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1787 - Oh how simply marvelous old chap, a spiffing good idea for the British Parliament to start a penal colony in that far off land Or-stray-lia.

1809 - Lieutenant William Lawson proceeded to Newcastle on the Estramina to take over the settlement as Commandant. He was accompanied by Charles Throsby.

1836 - A town began to grow, throwing out its tendrils of commerce, when the first land sales were held at Singleton in NSW.

1836 - The South Australian Company was constituted.

1848 - It cost over 2,000 pounds and took a year to complete but they built a powder magazine in the side of Batman's Hill. I'm guessing it's no longer there...

1853 - The Act to establish our own University of Melbourne, for all our clever clogs born in the colony, was passed along with the prunes by the Victorian Legislative Council and Queen Vicky gave it the royal nod.

1866 - James Martin (Premier) and Henry Parkes formed a coalition in NSW.

1870 - The Central Market in Adelaide was officially opened on this day At the early hour of seven in the morning the Mayor and Councillors were at the market when, after a short speech by the Mayor to the assembled crowd of growers, stall holders and citizens, the market was declared open for the sale of produce, marketable commodities, hay and wood. After the formalities the representatives of the Corporation adjourned to the Metropolitan Hotel nearby for breakfast where several toasts were proposed. The Artillery Band provided entertainment throughout the proceedings.

1882 - Royal Commission on employees in shops (Vic) was established.
To ask questions like,
 "Shop employees, can we eat them on Fridays?"
"Do these employees come in other colours to match my haberdashery?
"Can we sell them in pet shops?"

1889 - Louisa Collins was Hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol for the poisoning of her husband at Botany.She was the last woman hanged in New South Wales.

1891 - St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne was officially consecrated.

1899 Leaders of six Australian colonies met in Melbourne to discuss confederation.

1900 - The Rozelle - Darling Harbour Goods Rail Line (NSW) was opened.

1907 - Cooktown, Qld, was devastated by a tropical cyclone.

1910 - Flinders Street Station that we know and love was officially opened.

1919 -The state of Victoria was declared infected by Spanish Influenza and placed in quarantine. Public meetings were prohibited, travel in long-distance trains was restricted, the NSW government closed the border with Victoria and public buildings were shut. Around 12,500 Australians mostly young, healthy adults died from the highly infectious virus....


Do We All Really Want Whats Best For The Kids? "IndyWatch Feed National"

As evidence against charter schools increases, charter school supporters have started to assert more frequently that charter schools are not a panacea, they cannot fix everything. And even though they have many problems, they should always be supported nonetheless. Charter schools are said to be a viable option for some and people should have choices.

After all, at the end of the day, we are all supposedly working for the same thing, we all want what is best for the kids. That is what is important according to charter school advocates, not all the serious problems plaguing charter schools and the harmful effects these schools are having on education and society. Both supporters and critics of charter schools supposedly want what is best for the kids. They allegedly do not have profoundly different and irreconcilable visions of education and society. If anything, they have only reasonable and harmless differences of opinion over secondary issues.

This is straightforward disinformation, which is more harmful than misinformation or hype. Charter school supporters do not want the same thing as supporters of public schools. Proponents of public schools and champions of charter schools want different things because they have different aims and interests. They are on different planets as the saying goes. They do not actually share the same interests.

Among other things, charter school promoters never offer any deep analysis of education, social relations, and social conditions. They seldom investigate fundamental questions about the nature of education in a modern society based on large-scale industrial production. Disciplined intellectual inquiry into major concepts and their meaning and significance are routinely avoided by charter school supporters.

Instead, charter school supporters continually overwhelm people with facile answers, ready-made views, and self-serving tautologies that block discussion, elaboration, and analysis. Anti-consciousness prevails. All sorts of irrational assertions are made about families, students, education, and society by charter school supporters in order to hide the privatization, marketization, and corporatization of education. Such assertions usually involve buzz phrases with words like parents, kids, innovation, or choice in them. Charter school supporters even characterize evidence against charter schools as propaganda. For charter school supporters, everything rests on an expedient capital-centered approach to education and society.

More than a century of study of social class relations, and life itself, confirm that there are antagonistic and irreconcilable class interests in society, and that these historically defined incompatible interests are often self-servingly concealed by those who have usurped power by force so as to create the illusion that we are one nat...


NRA-ILA | Australia: Queenslands Labor Party Government Targets MP for Gun Control Heresy "IndyWatch Feed National"

NRA-ILA | Australia: Queenslands Labor Party Government Targets MP for Gun Control Heresy: The sorry state of gun politics in Australia was put into stark relief recently, after Liberal National Party (LNP) Queensland Legislative Assembly MP Anthony Perrett took a principled stand in favor of his constituents gun rights.


Meria Heller Awaken with Meria and Monnica 01.21.18 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Awaken with Meria & Monnica. Meria and Monnica Sepulveda take you on a spiritual journey. Intuition is a gift we all have, exercise it and use it; everything is an exchange of energy; feel your own answers; your inner genie; research and development;only one truth; dont hesitate to make changes or leave it to someone else; divine order; challenges dont have to get the ...

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After disturbing tour of Hebron, Roger Cohen takes a step away from Zionism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yesterday in the New York Times, Roger Cohen published a column from Hebron titled Holy City of Sterile Streets that lots of people are talking about, and which I see as distancing the columnist from Zionism: 1, It states bluntly that the Israeli goal of sterilizing Hebron streets by emptying them of Palestinians is reminiscent of anti-semitic rhetoric and actions; 2, It says the occupation has never ended and it is being done in the name of the Jews and is getting worse every time he sees it; 3, It urges people to put the disputed claims of the past behind them and look to the future.

The last message is a memo to Cohen himself. He has repeatedly cited the Jewish history of persecution to justify the existence of a Jewish state he chooses not to live in but to defend. That justification gets a lot slimmer in this piece. The Jewish history of persecution turns out to produce Jewish monsters. And Cohen surely recognizes that it is cruel to revisit such a place and only see the conditions get worse, and mouth liberal Zionist pieties as an answer.

Some excerpts. First, the endless occupation and the anti-Semitism echo:

The occupation of the West Bank is a half-century old. Thats a long time. Jews did not go to the Holy Land to deploy for another people the biological metaphors of classic racism that accompanied their persecution over centuries. But the exercise of overwhelming power is corrupting, to the point that sterile streets, presumably freed of disease-ridden natives, enter the lexicon.

Next, in this passage Cohen identifies the occupation as inherently Jewish in Zionist eyes, and rejects that strategy as oppressive.

[Yehuda Shaul of Breaking the Silence] remembers a mission statement on a wall: To protect and defend the inhabitants of the Jewish community of Hebron. He was ordered to fire a grenade machine gun into a heavily populated Palestinian residential area. He saw a Palestinian medical clinic destroyed. Doubts grew.

Its not defense, or prevention. Its offense against Palestinian independence. That is the mission, Shaul says. The view is that between the river and the sea there is room for one state only, so it better be us. Inevitably, the settlers, however extreme, become a vehicle of this strategic aim.

Here is the part where Cohen urges everyone to escape their nationalist narratives and look ahead:

To settlers, this is the first Jewish city in the biblical hills of Judea. To the Palestinian majority, this is their centuries-old home under relentless Israeli military occupation.

Like every Israeli-Palesti...


Karen Wyld: What kind of morality do they want us to celebrate on That Day "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post That Day was once Many Days, as each state held their foundation days at different times of the year. The cry for a national day on 26 January came from the Australian Natives [sic] Association. Being vocal supporters of the White Australia policy, this Associations membership was exclusively Australian-born white men of European descent. Their vision was ...


Hes calculated and manipulative, a predator: Craig McLachlan accused of indecent assault "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sydney Morning Herald

Hes calculated and manipulative, a predator: Craig McLachlan accused of indecent assault

Kate McClymont
  • Kate McClymont

For the past 25 years Craig McLachlan has been the golden-haired boy of the Australian theatre and television industry.

But now the Gold Logie award-winning actor famous for his starring roles in the Doctor Blake Mysteries, Neighbours and Home and Away stands accused of indecent assault, sexual harassment, exposing himself and bullying female colleagues.

A major investigation by Fairfax Media and the ABC can reveal that a number of female cast members of the 2014 Rocky Horror Show have alleged they were abused, harassed or assaulted by McLachlan, 52.

Two cast members have lodged a complaint with Victoria Police, alleging that a number of actresses in the show were subjected to McLachlan touching their genitals, groping their breasts, exposing himself and pressing his penis against them.

Complaints to the production company, the Gordon Frost Organisation, fell on deaf ears, they say.

Hes really calculated and very manipulative, a predator, said model and actress Erika Heynatz, one of those who have gone to the police....


Craig McLachlan set to fight misconduct allegations in court "IndyWatch Feed National"

Im not sure how wise Craig McLachlan is to launch defamation actions.

After all, at least two female alleged victims of his behaviour have gone to NSW Police and complained about Craig McLachlans alleged sexual behaviour.

It sounds like there is substance to these ladies claims why would so many ladies have come forward to media and told their stories are they making these salacious, scandalous allegations up? I think not.

Id say Craig McLachlan is going to get himself deeper and deeper into trouble by not owning his errant behaviour, apologising to the alleged victims, and getting off his high horse.

If NSW Police charge him during the defamation proceedings, which will take a long time, his defamation action will go down in flames.

The only parties to benefit from this saga now are the media and lawyers.

Daily Telegraph Sydney

Craig McLachlan to launch defamation proceedings

Craig McLachlan set to fight misconduct allegations in court



Hillsong founder child rapist Pastor Frank Houston. Part One. Pastor Frank Houstons pedophile activities "IndyWatch Feed National"

Apostle of Greed Hillsong Head Pastor Brian Houston about to embark on a 26 American city tour with Hillsong band to promote his new book, There is More.

Hillsong Founder Frank Houstons confession to being a lifelong secret pedophile

A two-year investigation of pedophile allegations going back to the 1960s, ordered by his son, Pastor Brian Houston, at the time head of the Australian Assemblies of God, and conducted by a prominent Australian AOG clergy on the AOG national executive, , Pastor John Lewis, found that the allegations were true. Frank Houston was banned for life from ever ministering in the AOG in Australia and New Zealand in December 1999 aged 77.

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Indias Tax Authority Continues to Hound Bitcoin Investors "IndyWatch Feed National"

Governments all over the world are seemingly cracking down on cryptocurrency activity. In India, things are slowly evolving in such a direction. Not only are banks closing bank accounts related to cryptocurrency activity, but the tax authority is getting involved as well. More specifically, a fair few speculators do not declare their investments on tax returns It is not an illegal activity by any means, but it does raise some questions which need to be answered. All affected investors have received an official tax notice as a result.

India is a very important country when it comes to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Local exchanges generate a high amount of trading volume, which is a positive sign. Unfortunately, local banks have begun freezing exchanges assets for the time being. There is no indication as to why this is happening or when things will return to normal. To make matters even worse, the Indian income tax department in now probing cryptocurrency investors as well.

Indian Tax Authority Wants to Tax Bitcoin

More specifically, the Indian tax authority has sent notices to cryptocurrency investors. This includes all speculators not including their investments on the recent tax returns. Although India has no official cryptocurrency regulation or taxation guidelines, this development raises some questions. It is unclear what the tax authority is looking for exactly at this point. We do know all local exchanges were surveyed in the process. This seems to indicate the local authorities want to curb cryptocurrency trading in one way or another.

Whether or not this means India will tax capital gains through cryptocurrency, remains to be seen. It would not necessarily be in their best interest to do so. At the same time, taxing Bitcoin grants the cryptocurrency more legitimacy as well. It is a fine line to walk for the tax authority right now. Especially when considering how the government still mulls over cryptocurrency regulation. Taxation guidelines are a part of regulation, in a way. How all of this will play out, remains to be determined.

It is evident the Indian tax authority would like to collect such capital gains tax. A notice was sent out to investors last month regarding this particular development. It seems a lot of people ignored this request, which shouldnt come as a big surprise whatsoever. Investors are not interested in sharing their cryptocurrency gains or losses with the government. After all, there is no l...


Bitcoin Futures: A Way to Control Cryptocurrency Markets? "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Can Wall Street investors manipulate the cryptocurrency markets via Bitcoin futures? Based on the recent fall in the markets during the week of January 15th, it seems that yes is the answer to that question. During the market slump last week, there was some banter on Reddit that the crash was going to end Wednesday, Continued

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Nothing is Impossible: Rediscovering The Kybalion "IndyWatch Feed National"


And with the wish the energy was born
Corpus Hermeticum, book I

I once regarded The Kybalion as little more than a novelty of early twentieth-century occultism. I considered the book a faux-antique work of mind-power philosophy, dressed up in pseudo-Hermetic language and offering a handful of serviceable but not greatly significant ideas of practical spirituality.

I was wrong.

This enduring work, which appeared on the American occult scene in 1908 under the mysterious byline Three Initiates, has earned its posterity. The book serves as something close to what it claims to be: a Great Reconciler of metaphysical, transcendental, and New Thought philosophies.

Although some of The Kybalions reference points and formulations are plainly modern, the book can justly be defended as an authentic retention of certain ancient Hermetic ideas. Its author about whom Ill say more in a moment drew upon elements of the Hermetica, a late-ancient collection of Greek and occasional Latin writings attributed to the mythical man-god Hermes Trismegistus, or thrice-greatest Hermes. This was a Greek appellation for Ancient Egypts god of writing and intellect, Thoth, whom the Greeks venerated above their own Hermes or Mercury. Using Greek literary form, the various and unnamed authors of the Hermetic tracts, not always agreeing among themselves, codified fragments of immeasurably old oral precepts from Ancient Egypt.1

I should have listened more closely when, almost twenty years ago, a respected religious philosopher, who himself had translated some of the core Hermetic writings, told me of The Kybalion, with his voice low and a gleam in his eye: There are some good ideas in that little book.

Indeed there are and it took me a long time to rediscover them. It is not always easy to say exactly what brings us back to a book or an idea. I had always orbited around The Kybalion, albeit tentatively; I admired or grew friendly with some of its acolytes and with cultural figures influenced by it; and, finally, in 2017, I returned to the book in full. It was as though a light went on. Maybe my journey is an example of the books dictum: When the ears of the student are ready to hear, then cometh the lips to fill them with wisdom.

Before saying more about the value of The Kybalion, let me address the question of its authorship. The identity of the Thre...


PERTH Two men charged over Manning assault on bowling club cleaner "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Two men charged over Manning assault on bowling club cleaner .

January 21, 2018 at 02:41PM .

TWO men have been charged over an alleged assault that left a cleaner at a Manning bowling club with serious head injuries. The men, aged 39 and 44, have both been charged with grievous bodily harm and were set to appear in Perth Magistrates Court today. The cleaner, who had worked as a .



Alzheimers Disease Audio Bite #18 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Listen to Dr. Sebis tone as he answers a womans question about Alzheimers. It is a tone representing the determination to reveal to people just how easy it is to overstand disease. There is only one disease! Dr. Sebi would always say. The only other source for disease that he Continue reading


Aleister Crowley & The Book of the Law: A Magical Encounter in Egypt "IndyWatch Feed National"

Stele of Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu


Aleister Crowley (18751947) is remembered as a libertine, philosopher, mountaineer, magician, and supposedly the wickedness man in the world. He wrote bad poetry, pornographic books, novels and a vast array of literature.

He is best known as being an infamous occultist and the scribe of The Book of the Law, which introduced Thelema to the world. Crowley was an influential member of several occult organisations, including the Golden Dawn, the A..A.., and Ordo Templi Orientis.

One of the most enigmatic aspects of Crowleys life was his receipt of what he believed to be a document dictated by a praetor human intelligence known as Aiwazz.

Crowley studied ceremonial magic for many years, but he felt he had not found the success he was searching for. He and his wife Rose travelled to Egypt where they spent a night in the Kings Chamber of the Great Pyramid. Rose became clairaudient and began to repeat the phrase They are waiting for you. Crowley was bemused as Rose was not known for her interest in magic or occultism, and hitherto had shown no signs of psychic ability. But she was insistent, and perhaps more to humour his young wife Crowley invoked the god Thoth and asked a number of test questions.

Surprisingly, the answers were way beyond his wifes understanding and showed a level of sophistication that piqued Crowleys interest, to say the least. The final test involved an image of Horus at a local museum. He asked the communicating being to identify it. Rose very quickly identified various images of Horus, but it was the stele of Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu that she was most drawn to, an artefact known as inventory number 666 (Crowleys personal number as The Master Therion). The being not only identified Horus on the stele but caused Rose to explain that the intelligence attempting to communicate was not Horus himself but his representative Aiwazz.

On 8 April 1904, between noon and early in the morning, Crowley experienced a dark and overwhelming presence behind him. It communicated through him a bit like automatic writing and dictated over three days what became known as Liber AL vel Legis or The Book of the Law. The Book of the Law offers a new revelation and the revival of the Egyptian cult...


Egypt in the Western Occult Tradition "IndyWatch Feed National"

Egyptian god of knowledge, wisdom & magic, Thoth, carved on the back of the throne of the seated statue of Rameses II. It was believed Thoth was the original source of important spiritual knowledge which was preserved in the Corpus Hermeticum.


O Egypt, Egypt, of your reverent deeds only stories will survive, and they will be incredible to your children! Only words cut in stone will survive to tell your faithful works, and the Scythian or Indian or some such neighbour barbarian will dwell in Egypt.

This haunting passage comes from the Corpus Hermeticum, the celebrated Hermetic body of writings, believed to go back to Hermes Trismegistus himself, a semidivine figure associated with the Greek god Hermes and his Egyptian equivalent, Thoth.

These texts go back no further than the early centuries of the Common Era. The passage above hints at their purpose: to preserve something of the knowledge of Ancient Egypt as its civilisation began to decay. Here is a good place to start when looking at Egypts role in the Western occult tradition.

The Corpus Hermeticum was brought to Italy in the mid-fifteenth century by Greeks fleeing the collapsing Byzantine Empire. The great patron of the arts, Cosimo de Medici, had these texts translated into Latin almost immediately. Because scholars thought they went back to Hermes Trismegistus, believed to be a contemporary, and perhaps a teacher, of Moses, they were held in the highest esteem for almost two centuries. When their true date was discovered, they lost much of their prestige, and they have never quite regained it. Nevertheless, they have shaped the Western esoteric tradition in innumerable ways.

Consider Athanasius Kircher, a seventeenth-century Jesuit who, in the subtitle of Joscelyn Godwins recent book about him, was the last man to search for universal knowledge. Part of the knowledge he sought was the meaning of the hieroglyphs. Kirchers interpretation, created out of his own imagination, was almost entirely wrong. But his mistakes are instructive.

The symbol that he regarded as the key to this knowledge is a human-headed scarab from a bronze tabletop known as the Bembine Table of Isis. The body of the scarab, Kircher says, is the Earth; its wings are the airy sphere; several concentric ovals set in the place of the shoulders ar...


Modern Medicine: The New World Religion "IndyWatch Feed National"


East Asia and possibly South Asia have strong traditions that offer insight into Western medical and scientific follies, but many parts of the developing world are much more vulnerable. The French author, Olivier Clerc, in his 2004 publication, Modern Medicine: The New World Religion has exposed the complex and confused mix of Christian and Enlightenment forces unleashed on many communities without effective traditional spiritual and scientific defences.

It is perhaps no accident that Clerc comes from a nation that, like those of East Asia, has sought ways to defend traditional agricultural and food cultures from the dictates of Anglo-American free trade and market forces. France is also a nation with a uniquely strong administrative tradition capable of exercising authority over corporate interests.

Clerc offers a unique and powerful insight into the way in which contemporary life and thought in developing nations have been perverted by a wicked mix of the power of corporate marketing, the mystique of science and the superstition of religion. He shows how illusion operates at many levels in society and how medicine and religion become entangled and almost inseparable in popular faith.

The following summary is derived from an outline on the web of Clercs book. He shows that illusion and faith are central qualities of Western civilisation, which are distinguished with difficulty. They are capable of destroying spiritual and health wisdom wherever they are found.

Clerc remarks on how Christian missionaries of the last three or four centuries sought to evangelise primitive people by destroying or burning the various cult objects of these people in order to eradicate their religions, superstitions and customs.

Yet, whether it was conquistadors stamping out Inca culture, the Inquisition stamping out European heresies, or Christian missionaries stamping out Voodoo or other African and Asian religions, the destruction of objects of worship did not prevent the continuation of strongly rooted inclinations, albeit with different qualities.

Clerc shows that the supposed secularisation of present day society is also just an illusion, with the beliefs and superstitions of Judeo-Christian culture remaining deeply embedded in the modern Western subconscious, becoming identified with many secular aspects of daily lives without people realising it.

The daily evening television news bulletins, the stars of...


The Magus Was A Spy: Aleister Crowley and the Curious Connections Between Intelligence and the Occult "IndyWatch Feed National"

A war time photo of Aleister Crowley imitating Britains Prime Minister Winston Churchill, for whom he claimed to have invented the V for Victory hand sign.


In Magick Without Tears, Aleister Crowley observed a fundamental similarity between the Secret Chiefs, the invisible and inaccessible Masters to whom he professed obedience, and Captain A. and Admiral B. of the Naval Intelligence Service. Both, he noted, keep in the dark for precisely the same reasons; and these qualities disappear instantaneously the moment They want to get hold of you.1

Crowley, arguably the most famous or infamous occultist of the last century, spoke from personal experience. Throughout his career, Mr. Crowley, aka The Great Beast 666 and the Wickedest Man in the World, maintained some kind of connection with one or another aspect of British intelligence, most notably the Admiraltys Naval Intelligence branch. His case is by no means exceptional. Many of his associates in the occult realm, among them Everard Feilding, Theodore Reuss, Hanns Heinz Ewers, and Maxwell Knight, also had links to one spy agency or another.

The inter-connection of occultism and espionage goes back at least to the Elizabethan intrigues of Dr. John Dee, and certainly is much older than that. For Crowley, Dr. Dee was a role-model in more ways than one. Occult orders and spy agencies do share much in common. Both are focused on the acquisition and safeguarding of specialised knowledge and embrace secrecy as a cardinal virtue. They are selective in recruitment and members are bound by oaths of silence and loyalty. They operate, so much as possible, outside public view or even public awareness. The pursuit of occult knowledge provides an excellent training ground for espionage and kindred intrigue, and vice versa. As Crowleys literary creation Sir Anthony Bowling put it, investigation of spiritualism makes a capital training ground for secret service work, one soon gets up to all the tricks.2

What follows is a selective and inevitably brief survey of various persons who were involved in intelligence work and occult pursuits. The common denominator and main object of attention will be Crowley himself.

Crowley makes scattered allusions to intelligence work in his autobiographica...


Alchemy The Art of Transformation: An Interview with Cherry Gilchrist "IndyWatch Feed National"


Cherry Gilchrists book on the history and interpretation of alchemy has remained a classic since its first publication in 1984. Alchemy, the Great Work: A History and Evaluation of the Western Hermetic Tradition will be published in a new edition by Weiser Books, with an introduction by Mark Booth, in June 2015.

Her book on alchemy as a system of self-development, drawing on the Twelve Gates of George Ripley and alchemical imagery, is Everyday Alchemy, published by Rider in 2002.

She has appeared on radio and TV on various occasions to discuss alchemy, most notably on Stephen Hawkings World, in an episode filmed in Owlpen Manor in Gloucestershire, UK, home and haunt of an eighteenth-century alchemist.

Cherry also draws on her knowledge of the Tree of Life, astrology, and divination in her writings on alchemy. She has studied these subjects since her student days at Cambridge, from which she graduated with a degree in English literature and anthropology. Following the line of oral traditions and wisdom, she has also written about Russian folk traditions, ancestry, personal life stories, and myths and legends from different cultures. Cherry is at present writing a book on the traditional Tarot trumps for Quest Books. For details of her work, see

Other interests include singing early music, and travel. Places visited such as Easter Island, Siberia, and the Silk Road have given her inspiration for her books, and insight into ancient cultures.

Cherrys own philosophy is that the Hermetic work can be passed down through a genuine line of teaching, and that it needs to find different forms in new generations. She was a founder member of Saros, the Foundation for the Perpetuation of Knowledge, an organisation headquartered in the UK which took on those aims.

Cherry lives in Exeter, UK, with her husband, artist Robert Lee-Wade.

Richard Smoley (RS): Maybe we could start by a brief definition of what you think alchemy is.

Cherry Gilchrist (CG): Alchemy is about transformation. In its most basic definition, its the transformation of base material or metal into gold. However, that is too simplistic, according to the ways in whic...


Hashimoto's and Melasma Gateway Diseases "IndyWatch Feed National"


How does a good question on the forum lead to a better answer to modern disease?

There is no trophy in health without a racefor a new truth.

With many of you gathering with family this holiday weekend here is my little gift for you.  These two diseases just puzzle and confound many.  In this blog you will see a new way to look at these diseases.

Melasma is one of the most common problems millions of women face and they spend millions of dollars with cosmetics and dermatology consults to try to get rid of the problem.  Melasma is particularly common in women, especially pregnant women and those who are taking oral or patch contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) medications.  It is also common in women who go through an early and fast paced menopause.  They also tend to have poor sleep as a stereotype for a deep reason.
If you ask any dermatologist, if they are honest they will tell you it is one of the toughest 3 things they try to treat.  The main reason it is a tough disease is because we are not thinking about the pathway that forms pigmentation in humans correctly using normal environmental signals.  This pathway is tied to many of the blogs I have already written.  The pathways all tie back to the 3 legged stool of life I wrote about in Energy and Epigenetics 4.  These 3 are,  the photoelectric effect, water chemistry, and the electromagnetic force.
Most women who have melasma have a history of taking oral birth control pills or exogenous sources of estrogen.  Oral contraceptives deplete nutrients more than any othe...


Web Exclusive: Illuminati investigates Clow UFO Base following Womens March in Chicago (Fiction) "IndyWatch Feed National"

After 300,000 people attended the Womens March Chicago, the Illuminati announced it was launching an investigation into security at Clow UFO Base.

We cannot believe that more humans attended this years march than last years march, said Mu, an investigator aligned with the Illuminati.  We think most of the marchers were aliens, and that means there was a serious security breach at Clow UFO Base.  We also think the New World Order bussed in aliens to Chicago from their base in Rochelle, IL.  We are going to get to the bottom of this, starting with Clow.

Clow officials denied any security breaches at the base.

The base is still locked down, said an official who asked to remain anonymous.  There are no flights to Clow, and we are keeping a close eye on flights leaving Clow.  To the best of our knowledge, none of our visitors went to the Chicago march.  Mayor Claar made it very clear that we were to do everything in our power to keep visitors away from the march.  If you ask me, I think a lot of people just hate President Trump and his administrations treatment of women.  Thats why the marches were so popular.  But you didnt ask me.

Other officials said they would cooperate with the Illuminati, but did not believe any aliens from Clow attended the march.

Clow UFO Base is under the jurisdiction of the Illuminati following Mayor Roger Claars defection from the New World Order in 2016.

Thomas Xavier, an administrator for the New World Order, says only ten aliens were authorized from Hub 35 in Rochelle to attend the march and believes others watched from orbit.

We did not use our visitors to inflate the numbers of marchers in Chicago.  The public is rejecting the chaos sought by the Illuminati and will turn to the order and stability we will offer them.  The tide is turning.

A phone call to Claar was answered by a receptionist, who said he was busy and could not be disturbed.

In the background, a man who sounded like Claar said, Charline, I just found out that my slide on the racial demographics of Bolingbrook is wrong.

You approved it.

You messed it up.

I didnt mess it up.  I did it on purpose.


I was sending a subliminal message to the Trump supporter...


Adding Copernicus "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ive added the Copernicus ERA-Interim global temperature series to all of the global temperature plots. (You may need a browser refresh to see the latest version.)

Global monthly temperatures since 1850 -- instrumental estimates plus Copernicus

Global monthly instrumental temperatures since 1850 instrumental estimates plus Copernicus

Copernicus is the new name for the European Unions earth observation programme. The climate component, Copernicus Climate Change Service is run by European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, operators of the world-leading global weather model that we call ECMWF. Starting in late 2014, much of the climate change programs emphasis has been on reanalysis.



Reanalysis is the stuff of re-assimilating weather data into a global weather model to produce a fine-scale, time-varying representation of the system across the full length of the data record. Thats essentially just a data tracking model, but at extraordinary sophistication. ERA-Interim, published in 2009, is what ECMWF calls a fourth-generation reanalysis product. (Meteorologists have been at this thing for a while; Copernicus has now started publishing its fifth-generation product.) has this summary:

ERA-Interim was originally planned as an ...


WooCommerce Store Owners Will Soon get Another Plugin to Accept Bitcoin Cash "IndyWatch Feed National"

Altcoins often struggle in the retailer adoption department. That is only normal, as most retailers want nothing to do with cryptocurrency. Especially complicated solutions are absolutely unacceptable in this regard. Anyone with an interest in Bitcoin Cash can soon accept such payments through a new WooCommerce extension. It is not the first of such plugins, but more competition can only be considered to be a good thing.

Integrating cryptocurrency payments into WooCommerce has become a lot easier in recent years. Various plugins exist to do so when it comes to Bitcoin. For altcoins, there is a bit more work involved in most cases. A new extension for Bitcoin Cash payments will come to market in the next day or so. It offers a lot of functionality for e-commerce store owners to benefit from. There are other plugins which offer similar functionality, though. It never hurts to check out different solutions which try to achieve the same goal.

More Ways to Accept Bitcoin Cash Payments

This new plugin offers an API to take orders paid in Bitcoin Cash. It works similar to using PayPal or BitPay, as store owners will be notified if the transaction is confirmed. It is possible to set up zero-confirmation transaction times. That is always somewhat risky, but the extension can be fully customized in this regard.. Moreover, the merchant will see all orders in the backend as they are placed in real-time. It is a valuable addition to promote Bitcoin Cash adoption among WooCommerce users.

Whether or not a lot of retailers will use this solution, has yet to be determined. There is certainly a lot of positive momentum for Bitcoin Cash as we speak. Its a cheaper and more efficient form of Bitcoin. Moreover, it is also a rather valuable altcoin, which makes it rather appealing to accept as a payment method. This plugin is seemingly the first which has a native callback for transaction confirmations as well. An interesting development, as improvements like these are always welcome.

It would be great to see more merchants experiment with different cryptocurrencies. This ecosystem is about so much more than just Bitcoin or even Bitcoin Cash. With global availability and rather fast payments -in most cases cryptocurrencies should be preferable compared to payment cards. Right now, that is not the case. Plugins like this one may help turn the tide in the long run, though. An interesting future lies ahead for Bitcoin Cash, that much is certain.



January 21 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1788 - Governor Phillip accompanied by officers set off in three open boats to examine the coast in the hope of finding a more suitable site for settlement than Botany Bay. Finding in a cove of 'this noble and capacious harbour' a sufficiency of water and soil, he returned to Botany Bay after an absence of 3 days and gave
directions for immediate removal to Port Jackson.
Phillip was impressed by the "confidence and manly behaviour" of a group of aborigines in the northern reaches of the harbour. As such they called the place "Manly Cove".

1793 - French exploer Bruny d'Entrecasteaux anchored his two ships in Recherche Bay, Van Diemen's Land, and in so doing, became the first person to circumnavigate Australia.

1801 -  Port Jackson was graced with the presence of the US ship Follensbe but as she was weighted down with that demon drink Governor King refused to give it permission to touch his pure-as-the-driven-snow shore.

1805 - The Lady Barlow left Port Jackson with the first all-colonial cargo (sealskins, seal oil, and timber) to be shipped directly to the United Kingdon, in defiance of the East India Company's monopoly .
Oooo, you rebels, you!

1813 - John McCabe , John Townshend  and Peter Gory were Hanged at Hobart for robbery of Wm Parish .

1815 - Get out the goat cart Uncle Horatio, the road over the Blue Mountains was finished.

1846 - Wellington, NSW, was gazetted as a village.

1860 - The first trotting horse race meeting was held in Melbourne but despite overwhelming demand, no 2 legged nags were entered.

1863 - Poor silly old Robert O'Hara Burke and John Wills were given their final resting place in the Melbourne General Cemetery with all the pollies having a half-day holiday and joining in the funeral procession.

1863 - Parliament adjourned for the day and joined the long funeral procession to lay Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills in the Melbourne General Cemetery.

1868 - Prince Alfred, the Duke of Edinburgh, arrived in Sydney for a visit to NSW.

1870 - The first European settlers dropped into Darwin, pitched a tent and sang 'Home Sweet Home' .

1887 - Brisvegas was showing off again when it received a daily record of a mere 465mms (18.3 inches).
Of rain.
Inside one day.

1904 Henry Northcote, 1st Baron Northcote was appointed the third Governor General of Australia.

1918 - The Holsworthy Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1931 - Bust out the streamers and honk your horns...Isaac Isaacs became the first Australian-born Governor-General.

1938 - Will Dyson, world renown political cartoonist and Australia's first war artist, died...


What do the Ice Core Bubbles Really Tell Us? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Guest Opinion: Dr. Tim Ball At a recent public presentation titled Whither the Weather the most frequently asked question popped up once gain. How do they know the temperatures from thousands of years ago, as in the Antarctic ice record. I gave the standard answer about layers of ice, extraction of air from trapped bubbles


The Satoshi Revolution Chapter 4: Is Privacy Possible in the Digital Era? (Part 3) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Is Privacy Possible in the Digital Era?

The Satoshi Revolution: A Revolution of Rising Expectations.
Section 2 : The Moral Imperative of Privacy
Chapter 4: When Privacy is Criminalized, Only Criminals will be Private
by Wendy McElroy

Is Privacy Possible in the Digital Era? (Chapter 4, Part 3)

Recent inventions and business methods call attention to the next step which must be taken for the protection of the person, and for securing to the individual the right to be let alone Numerous mechanical devices threaten to make good the prediction that what is whispered in the closet shall be proclaimed from the house-tops.

Louis Brandeis

What is privacy? Simple images come to mind, like slamming a door in the face of a census taker, but the question unlocks a complex issue.

Perhaps the most famous answer comes from an article by the American attorneys Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis, which appeared in a 1890 issue of the Harvard Law Review. It was one of the most influential articles in the history of legal theory. The Right to Privacy is considered to be the first prominent call for privacy as a concept to be cemented into law. It opened: THAT the individual shall have full protection in person and in property is a principle as old as the common law; but it has been found necessary from time to time to define anew the exact nature and extent of such protection. Elsewhere, privacy is defined as the right to be left alone.

The article argued for privacy as a foundational or basic human right, upon which all other rights depended. The right of property in its widest sense including all rights and privileges, and hence embracing the right to an inviolate personality, affords alone that broad basis upon which the protection which the individual demands can be rested. No right is more basic than pri...

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Written By: Larry Malerba, DO It is becoming increasingly clear that the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine is failing to live up to its alleged preventative benefits. Weve already seen small outbreaks of measles in the U.S. and now mumps appears to be making a comeback. And even though homeopathy is an effective alternative treatment for mumps, mainstream

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