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Friday, 17 November

02:38

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

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

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

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

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

In opining that talking t...

02:32

Anarchist Solidarity "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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Thursday, 16 November

23:29

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Among all the ot...

23:06

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

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

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

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

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

Prosecution Based on Anonymous Complaints

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

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

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

22:30

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

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

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

Join the Strong Towns Movement

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

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

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Here's a map of just our North American members. Put that image through your left/right, urban/rural, coastal/flyover preconception of the country.

It just doesn't compute with the way we think about America today. Especially when we think about people agreeing on complex and deeply personal issues.

These are our members and, each day that goes by,...

21:12

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

Front page of The Age 16/11/2017

By Dee McLachlan

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

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

21:04

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

 

copyright Des Pensable 2017

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

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

Interviewer: Is Des Pensable your real name?

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

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

Interviewer: Can you tell us a little about yourself.

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

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

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

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

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

Interviewer: What inspired you to write an epic fantasy?

Des Pe...

20:27

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

Mark Latham Sued for Defamation

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We know how the left in Australia hates free speech.They cant win arguments on the merits so they use political correctness, censorship and the outrage industry.
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20:16

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


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

20:10

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

Mark Latham of TheRebel.media on the rise of anti-white racism and terrorist plots in Australia, plus interviews with two lions of the Labor Left: Peter Baldwin and Peter Crawford.
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19:49

How Accurate Was The Same-Sex Marriage Polling? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The abrogation of responsibility and waste of resources that was the Marriage Law Postal Survey has now concluded with a Yes vote of 61.6%, based on a very high turnout of 79.5%.  Every Australian poll on same-sex marriage in the last ten years has shown more voters supporting same-sex marriage than opposed, with the exception of a single fledgling ReachTEL in 2011, so this has been seen initially as another good result for Australian polls.  In contrast, non-polling "big-data" approaches based on social media analytics failed completely, with the EqualityPulse site mostly favouring the No vote until after the polls had closed and a Griffith University study bombing embarrassingly.  (Be wary of anyone who claims their methods predicted Trump would win - most who predicted him to win did so because they wrongly expected him to win the popular vote.)

This is being taken as another strong result for Australian polling, but the reality is not so snazzy, and more consistent with experience elsewhere.  Below are all the final poll results by each pollster that I could find.  (Some pollsters conducted several polls, typically finding little variation through the survey period.) The polls vary in methods - some asked about results based on those who had voted, some asked about the votes of those who intended to vote and some just asked a basic question about support or opposition to same-sex marriage.  One (Ipsos) appears to have asked about voting intention among those certain to vote only.  In many cases, inadequate public documentation means that it is not entirely clear what the pollster did.



The polls that allowed responses other than Yes and No allowed a range of non-responses.  Morgan seems to have included panelists who didn't respond to the survey invitation at all in this category.  Essential allowed respondents to say they preferred not to say how they had voted.

I've included two different ReachTELs that were reported at around the same time.  I've excluded Coalition for Marriage internal polling because no evidence has been provided concerning the pollster involved or the methods used (other than sample size) and hence I cannot even say for sure that their results were based on polls at all.

Here's the table:

19:49

Not-A-Poll: Best Prime Minister Of The Last 45 Years: Round 3 "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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"The Honourable Leader of the Opposition, Sir Billy Snedden, has broken his promise: the promise he made to me before the election. He promised not to tell any lies about me, if I didn't tell the truth about him."*




A month ago I started a multi-round Not-A-Poll to determine this site's visitors' choice for the title of Best Prime Minister of the Last 45 Years.  The idea is that each month the Prime Minister in last place is eliminated and the rest continue until someone gets over 50% and wins.  There are rules permitting multiple exclusions in certain cases, to speed up the process a bit.  Each round runs for a month, so you can vote for different candidates from round to round if you want to. Multiple voting is in theory banned and adjustments may be made if I detect it, but there will probably be a lot of low-level multiple voting I can't detect or prevent. Comments about the merits of the contestants are welcome.



The winner of each round gets their photo and a quote at the top of the article, except in the final round when photos of both candidates will go on top.

Round 2 Results 
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16:32

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

Maybe some Corinthian once said something along the lines of ;

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

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

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



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


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

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

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

16:01

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

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

Cant wait for next year!

Thank you for opening my eyes.

LW

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

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 0.95 AUD
Converter

14:30

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

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

...

14:22

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That didnt make any sen...

13:52

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

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

 


13:36

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13:27

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

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

I was interviewed by the Guardian about my suggestions:

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

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

13:18

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

My following article appears in Australian news outlet, Crikey:

Lets talk about boycotting Australia.

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

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

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

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

13:04

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

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

12:34

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

Amanda Froehlich, The Mind Unleashed
Waking Times Media

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

12:31

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

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

12:12

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

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

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

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

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

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

11:55

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

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

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

11:24

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

[UPDATE: And yet another woman has come forward.

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

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

]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:18

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

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

10:46

Australian Constitution gives us the right to bear arms "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Constitution, a 116 year old law, that has made its way into the hands of the herd population and literally immortalised itself in pop culture ever since the dual citizenship saga hit the mainstream media.

Ever since then any serf may reckon they're a "Constitutional Lawyer" where the worst part about it is that they have a voice on social media that can lead other members of the herd population off a cliff, as depicted below.


A 'luser' (pronounced loser, with reference to a loser user) by the name of Lyn Bennetts stated;

"Australia's Constution also gives us the right to bear arms, it doesn't matter if you like it or not it is our right"

WHILE referring to ... wait for it .... the
"2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America"

as shown in the screen capture below:

Now, for the record, we ain't no "Constitutional Lawyer" (LOL, PMSL, etc, etc),
but can someone PLEASE tell us where does it say that the serfs have to right to firearms in the
Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 ??? !!! ???

The document is available for your perusal below:



Note to self:
The Constitution is a document that people in government must follow,
therefore there is no reference (and never was any) as to the serfs bearing arms.

10:25

Homeland Security to Release Chemicals into the Air to Simulate a Biological Terror Attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Jay Syrmopoulos

A planned simulation of a chemical and biological attack has people questioning the impact of the drill on human and environmental health.

Newkirk, OK The Department of Homeland Security plans to conduct chemical and biological testing near the border between Kansas and Oklahoma in January and February, and again in June and July, to determine how much protection people would receive from being inside a house or an apartment in the event of a biological terrorist attack, according to a statement on the Homeland Security website.

The DHS press release notes:

The study is part of the Departments ongoing commitment to preparedness and the shared responsibility of protecting the nations critical infrastructure. The purpose of this study is to gather data that enhances our predictive capabilities in the event of a biological agent attack.  Specifically, this work will help in predicting the extent to which an intentional release of a biological agent may penetrate single family and multi-family structures. These tests will release inert chemicals and biological materials that will be used to measure the amount of material that penetrates the buildings under varied conditions.

   SEE: Australia Thunderstorm Asthma Symptoms Persist: Looks Like Biowarfar...

10:17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10:09

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

09:57

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

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

09:55

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

Australias greatest rock band AC-DC

 

 


09:31

Eligibility doubts about two Nationals MPs "IndyWatch Feed National"

High Court of Australia. (Wikipedia)

High Court of Australia. (Wikipedia)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The post E...

09:27

Assisted dying supporters rally in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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09:17

Should I stay, or should I go: is U.S. facing a climate scientist brain drain? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fire races through Klamath National Forest in 2014. This years Northern California wildfires burned through thousands of acres, leaving death and destruction in their wake. The fierceness of the flames is being tied to climate change, and the study of that link by U.S. climate scientists is vital to understanding destructive wildfires in the American West. Photo by Kari Greer / U.S. Forest Service via Flickr CC BY 2.0 via Flickr U.S. climate researchers, facing an uncertain future under a presidential administration known for its hostility to science, had a potential way out: answer a few questions on a website run by the French government, draw up a project proposal, and then maybe get offered a position at a French university, supported by enough cash for the duration of a stay there. The scientists spouse, could come too, and work if they pleased. A lucrative and attractive deal that has yielded a strong response. After President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement in June, Frances Emmanuel Macron responded with a clarion call to Make Our Planet Great Again. He aimed part of that message directly at U.S. climate scientists with a sales pitch inviting them to avoid draconian U.S. budget cuts and hostile Trumpian rhetoric by seeking haven in France. This wasnt hype: the French government was serious and has since set aside 30 million euros to facilitate the immigrants. The program closed several months ago having netted a couple of hundred applications, with hundreds more researchers requesting additional

08:52

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

08:35

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

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

08:32

The Warrior Within "IndyWatch Feed National"

I have always been a firm believer in being kind to everyone you meet, because everyone has a story. Things happen in our lives that help shape us: mould us gently, or sometimes not-so gently, into the person we are today.

I have a story. It has affected me in ways big and small every single day since it happened eight years ago, and I will probably think about it for the rest of my life. It has taken me a long time to speak up and share it. I have been scared of judgement, embarrassment, vulnerability and pity, but those things no longer worry me. I am strong, I am brave and if I can help even one woman, then it has been worth it.

Three days after my 13th birthday, I stood in front of the fire at my family home, gasping for air as the man who had been married to my mum for 10 years relentlessly beat me with a piece of wood. He beat me until I was in so much shock that I physically could not scream and could not move. He moved on to beating the other side of my body before the adrenaline kicked in and I realised I needed to run away.

I bolted to the kitchen, a dead end. My eight-year-old brother and four-year-old sister watched on as their father stood with his hands clasped around the neck of their eldest sibling, with no sign of letting go. I screamed, genuinely scared for what might come next, and they screamed too, in utter disbelief and terror, when all of a sudden he let me go. He threw me to the ground, got in his car and drove away.

What came next was a blur of interviews with police, forensics in white suits taking photographic evidence of my legs that were black from my hip to my knees on both sides, tears and fear. The boys at my school asked why my body was covered in bruises and I would lie, telling them that I fell down the stairs, covering up the abuse I had been subject to only days earlier by a man I had trusted. I was urged to press charges, to make him pay for what he had done, but I was too scared of the repercussions.

Instead of dealing with what had happened to me in a healthy and productive way, I let it eat away at me like an angry cancer. I hated him, I hated myself, I hated what he had done to me and I hated how I felt. I convinced myself it was my fault. If I didnt have an attitude, perhaps it wouldnt have happened. If I hadnt provoked him, it wouldnt have happened.

I started to believe that I was to blame and that I was unworthy of being treated with kindness and respect. My self-esteem crumbled and every relationship I had with men suffered.

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08:23

Practice Manager "IndyWatch Feed National"

Federal Court of Australia

08:21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Australian-miners

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

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

There is currently a six-pronged a...

08:19

08:07

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

Editorial comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

08:04

Jonathan R Wain Chairman Dilworth School and Brisbane barrister part one why Im no longer friends with Jonathan Wain Jonathan R Wain was dishonest, deceptive and disloyal to me "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jonathan R Wain a student at Dilworth School, Auckland New Zealand in the early 1970s- now a Brisbane barrister. Pictured as I knew Jonathan in the 1970s before he was corrupted and lost his Christian character

Chairman Dilworth School

Jonathan R Wain, Chairman

Barrister
Dilworth Old Boy

 

I knew Jonathan R Wain, Chairman of Dilworth School and Brisbane barrister in the 1970s in Te Atatu in Auckland, New Zealand. I write with sadness what Im about to write, because 20 years ago Jonathan Wain behaviour led me to terminate an extremely close friendship. I have no regrets in cutting my friendship and ties with Jonathan. In 1997, I decided he is capricious, dishonest, unfaithful, an adulterer and not honest with money.

I have had no contact with Jonathan since 1997, except briefly at my son Josephs wedding 3.5 years ago, and cannot speak for his character, honesty or loyalty to friends since 1997.

In 1989, Jonathan Wain was my best man at my first wedding and soon after I was Jonathans best man at his wedding to Kaylene, his long-time wife.

I met Jonathan R Wain in 1974 at Rutherford High School in Te Atatu, Auckland, New Zealand. I was only at the oppressive, bland, boring Rutherford High School for one year. The best thing about Rutherford High School was leaving i...

08:00

Misrepresentation, deception, lies and fraud "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Despite the expense neither the Department nor their collaborators the Invasive Animals CRC were able to confirm the existence of any live foxes in Tasmania. Beginning in 2014 independent peer-reviewed research demonstrated that the physical evidence gathered in Tasmania was unsound and to date neither organisation has chosen to vouch for their data or justify the expenditure of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars trying to eradicate an animal they could not locate Premier Bacon literally head-hunted journalists he wanted from the local newspapers, commercial TV and the ABC and paid them far more than they could ever earn in the private sector. In this way local media was tamed to play along with Government policy. Twenty years on and arguably there are more journalists now employed inside government to fend off the public interest than exist outside to defend it. Moulding public perception is now a bog-standard skill of government with little regard for truth

07:59

PERTH Three charged over $33m drug bust in WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Three charged over $33m drug bust in WA .

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Two of the men, aged 23 and 27, appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday and had their cases adjourned until next week. Another 27-year-old

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07:36

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

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

07:00

America's economic problems demand a radical solution. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our cities are failing. People are hurting... If we dont attack this problem in a radically different way, its going to overwhelm us.
Charles Marohn

In this podcast episode, Chuck breaks down Strong Towns' core insight about the American growth model what's wrong with it and why it's bankrupting our country then talks about how this movement responds to that problem in a thoughtful, non-partisan manner. There are no simple answers.

Success for our country will not come from the federal government or the corporate sector and trickle down to our communities. Rather, when we focus on the struggles of real people and make small, incremental investments over a period of time to improve them, that's when we'll see broad prosperity in our nation. That's when we'll be building Strong Towns.

Listen to the episode

Together, we can revolutionize our approach to growth and development. We can make our places stronger than they've ever been. Join the movement that's changing the world.

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06:52

Exercise increases the size of the hippocampus in humans "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aerobic exercise can improve memory function and maintain brain health as we age, a new Australian-led study has found. In a first of its kind international collaboration, researchers from Australia's National Institute of Complementary Medicine at Western Sydney University and the Division of Psychology and Mental Health at the University of Manchester in the UK examined the effects of aerobic exercise on a region of the brain called the hippocampus, which is critical for memory and other brain functions. Brain health decreases with age, with the average brain shrinking by approximately five per cent per decade after the age of 40. Studies in mice and rats have consistently shown that physical exercise increases the size of the hippocampus but until now evidence in humans has been inconsistent.

06:30

Why are politicians are so cheap to buy? "IndyWatch Feed National"

That politicians can be bought by rich people, businesses, and lobbyists is no secret. What is surprising is how cheap they are. Sometimes it seems like all you need to do is give them a vacation or even just an expensive meal with plenty of alcohol to get them to do your bidding. The latest example of this are the charges brought against Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara who seem to be not only cheap to buy but extremely brazen about the fact that they are for sale.

The Australian casino owner James Packer and the Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan probably never imagined they would be running a free drinks delivery service for the Israeli prime minister and his wife.

But when Sara Netanyahu called an assistant of the two men to say the drinks had run out, it was the signal for Packer and Milchan to renew the supplies of champagne, courtesy of their own wallets and a private driver, according to alleged testimony in an investigation into sleaze claims against Benjamin Netanyahu.

The claims, widely reported in the Israeli media on Tuesday, are the latest leaks from a police investigation into the Netanyahus. If true, they would illustrate how brazen the couple were in demanding favours.

According to the reports, first carried by Israels Channel 2 and Channel 10 on Monday night, Hadas Klein, an assistant to both Packer and Milchan, has given evidence describing how the Netanyahus would routinely call demanding cigars, champagne and even that the bill be paid for a building inspector.

While the Israeli prime minister has repeatedly denied the items represented anything more than goodwill between friends, the leak suggests that the Netanyahus always initiated the favours.

The article goes on to list other items demanded by the Netanyahus.

The Netanyahus have already been criticized for living the high life and charging it to the taxpayers. They are true grifters. What keeps their abuses from getting too much coverage in the US and the UK is the Israel lobby that works behind the scenes in both countries to keep the coverage of that country positive. Jonathan Cook says that the recent resignation of a UK Minister Priti Patel over secret meetings with Israeli officials including Netanyahu has shone some light on the workings of the lobby and the power it wields over the Conservative party.

The honorary president of Conservative Friends of Israel, Lord Polak has recruited four-fifths of Conservative....

06:16

One of the Funniest Shows in Modern Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of the Funniest Shows in Modern Capitalism
by Bill Bonner

"On Monday, Caracas rolled out the red carpet - literally. In one of the funniest shows in modern capitalism, bondholders were invited to a special meeting in the Venezuelan capital. A few turned up. They wanted to know what to expect. The country is going broke - fast. Oil output is at a 28-year lowcash is disappearingchaos is spreading. When would Venezuela default on its bonds? The meeting lasted 30 minutes. No questions were allowed. And then, less than 24 hours later, investors got their answer: today!

Rendezvous with glory: Hold on Were back in good ol Baltimore. Theres nothing quite like it. Thank God. Every place has its own character, its own style, and its own life...

05:52

GMOs Are Not The Answer To Citrus Greening Disease "IndyWatch Feed National"

What are five things you think of when you imagine Florida? More than likely, beyond alligators and sun, you probably think of citrus. Whether you live in or visit Florida, theres often a place where you can get locally grown citrus in season: grapefruits, tangerines, tangelos, honeybells and so many more varieties. But, the citrus industry has been in a rapid decline over the last 15 years, vastly in part due to diseases such as Huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening as well as Citrus Canker and Citrus Tristeza virus. Each of these reduce crop production sizes.

The article below claims that genetically engineering citrus is faster than conventional methods in fending off HLB, but as Center For Food Safety has pointed out, testing of disease prevention through GE techniques have been attempted since the 90s with minimal success, in large part due to the complexities of the diseases:

engineering plants with toxins that provide resistance to one pathogen sometimes results promotion of a different disease as a result of poorly understood interactions between plant defenses and the specific pathogens In the long run, even if some of the GE experiments do eventually result in commercial plantings, solutions to the current diseases of citrus that involve adding one or a few genes to a trees genome are unlikely to provide more than fleeting relief to an industry plagued by one new epidemic after another.

Non-GE solutions are actively being sought out from groups such as Florida Organic growers and UF as well. Matts Organics has been producing delicious organic juices since the...

05:22

CIAs Wikileaks Narrative Dominates Coverage of Trump Jr. Correspondence "IndyWatch Feed National"

The CIA contends WikiLeaks is not a media organization but rather a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia. Response by the U.S. press to a report from The Atlantic on correspondence between WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr. wholly adopted the CIAs narrative, even though the public still lacks proof of such cooperation.

Moreover, although The Atlantic report merely shows communications between a Trump campaign official and WikiLeaks, it was treated as significant confirmation of Russian collusion.

Former CIA director Leon Panetta appeared on CNN and said the correspondence was another additional piece of evidence related to the activities of either [Trump] family members or members of his campaign working with the Russians in one way or another. Panetta maintained there was no question WikiLeaks was a cutout for the Russian government.

The basic message that should have gone out to all campaign individuals is do not interact with the Russians, Panetta added, when asked what the Trump campaign should have done when contacted by WikiLeaks. Do not interact with a foreign adversary that could very well come in and try to influence this election.

Watch Panettas CNN interview:

This is yet another level interest by the campaign in foreign assistance and not just any foreign assistance but foreign assistance tied to the Kremlin, Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN.

When host Wolf Blitzer asked Schiff to be precise on the relationship between the Kremlin and WikiLeaks, Schiff answered:

Well, the Kremlin, well, was certainly using WikiLeaks to publish these documents. I think it gave them a certain level of deniability that the more direct cutouts like Guccifer 2.0 or DCLeaks that could be traced right back to the Kremlin would ultimately not provide them. But nonetheless, WikiLeaks is a sophisticated actor.

I fully believe that they knew exactly where they were getting this information about and were more than happy to coordinate with the Russians. I dont think that this is an issue so much of theyre being useful idiots as opposed to witting participants. There is a division of opinion, I think, among members about just how witting or useful they were. Nonetheless, the fact of the matter was this was clearly one of the outlets the Russians were using for publication.

Tony Blinken, a former deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama, also appeared on CNN....

05:15

Jail Time and Debt Recovery using the powers vested in Senator Ryan, then Special Minister of State "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

It appears from the statements issued by a Senator Scott Ryan, then Special Minister of State, and Antony Green, the ABC guru on election matters, and Senator George Brandis, the Attorney-General, that they all consider those who fail the dual nationality test are liable to repay their salary and entitlements. This is hardly surprising since that is the law ! ABC: Citizenship saga: Why disqualified MPs and senators wont have to repay their salaries But how is it fair when taxpayers are forced to repay welfare debts all the time? That is a fair point. With eight MPs ensnared in the crisis, and possibly more to come, the government could in theory claim back millions of dollars in salaries

05:00

Germany reveals the total amount of its arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Egypt "IndyWatch Feed National"

The German government has revealed that the total value of its arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Egypt in the third quarter of 2017 has quintupled in comparison to the same period last year. The news provoked a wave of outrage from the opposition. While Egypt and Saudi Arabia are engaged in a long-running bombing campaign in war-torn Yemen, Riyadh and Cairo appear to be among the top clients of the German arms industry. The money spent is also on the rise. The numbers have been disclosed in the Economy Ministry's answer to an information request filed by Left Party MP Stefan Liebich. According to the data, Egypt has taken first place with some 300 million ($352.5 million), skyrocketing from 45 million in the same period last year. Riyadh is also showing quite an appetite for German arms, importing 148 million ($173.9 million) worth of military equipment, going up from 41 million.

04:27

JFK files reveal CIA blocked access to Jim Angleton's files, obscuring CIA crimes and possible assassination info "IndyWatch Feed National"

The CIA delayed responding to requests for information about its longtime counter-espionage chief, James Angleton, as it tried to minimize the disclosure of his activities related to Soviet defectors and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, newly released documents show. "Don't answer his initial request any sooner than necessary," said a May 31, 1979, internal CIA memo about a Freedom of Information Act request from author David Martin, who is now a CBS News correspondent. "When we do, deny release of any of the information, maintaining it is still classified and involves protection of sources and methods." Martin was seeking information about the agency's handling of Yuri Nosenko, a former KGB agent who defected to the United States in 1964. Angleton and some of his colleagues in the CIA and FBI considered Nosenko a possible double agent. The CIA memo was one of dozens about Angleton included in the 13,213 files released last week by the National Archives. They show the concerns and frustrations about the work Angleton did during his CIA tenure and the difficulty investigators had in getting access to his files at the agency. Angleton was the agency's main conduit of information to the Warren Commission, the seven-member panel appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to investigate the assassination. Angleton did not tell the commission about the CIA's involvement in attempts to overthrow or kill Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro, which factored into later conspiracy theories.

03:47

Unicorn Riot to Premier Black Snake Killaz: A #NoDAPL Story "IndyWatch Feed National"

for Earth First! Newswire

Minneapolis, MN Unicorn Riot premieres its first full-length documentary Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story on November 17th, 2017.

November 14th, 2017: Unicorn Riot will hold a theatrical premiere of the non-commercial creative commons documentary film Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story on November 17th, 2017 at The Parkway Theater 4814 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417. Doors will open 6:30 PM and the film will start at 7:30 PM. The premiere will be followed by a question and answer session with members of Unicorn Riot.

An after-party at The Red Sea, 320 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, MN begins at 11:00 PM and lasts until bar close. Performances by various artists, include Minneapolis Punk Folk Ungrateful Little String Band, followed by Indigenous hip-hop artist Alas, and DJ MTHERRSA.

On November 18, 2017, Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL Story will be made available online, for free, at https://www.unicornriot.ninja/black-snake-killaz-2017/

Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story (120 mins) chronicles the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline from April 2016 through March 2017. The film highlights actions taken by water protectors to stop the construction of the oil pipeline and investigates actions taken by law enforcement, military, and corporate mercenaries to quell the months-long protest. Black Snake Killaz timelines the historical events
that unfolded in Standing Rock and brings you a raw front line experience of direct actions. Although the Dakota Access Pipeline was completed, the impact of the resistance movement will be long-lasting.
The importance of the water protectors story grows as fossil fuel extraction projects continue to impact some of the most vulnerable communities throughout the world.

Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story is one of the many stories that has emerged from the #NoDAPL movement. Unicorn Riot offers Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story as a public resource to provide a concise...

03:27

Mysterious Murder in Mali "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friendly Reminder That Jeff Bezos is Trying to Take Over the Universe (Jimmy)

Caitlin Johnstone writes on Medium, The richest man in the world did not purchase the Washington Post because he believed newspapers were about to enjoy a lucrative resurgence, and he certainly didnt purchase it to ensure the production of high quality journalism. He bought it so that hed have a trusted mouthpiece through which to lie to you about what is happening in the world in a way that will benefit his empire.

Hannity to Moore: Clear Up Allegations, Or Get Out (Dan)

Arguably TVs most culturally conservative voice has lost patience with Roy Moore. Will the controversial Senate candidate dropout after even more women have come forward claiming sexual advances at a young age?

Australias Citizen Crisis (Reader Steve)

Australias immigration policies are mirroring Trumps in the US. In some ways, theyre worse. Australias constitution prevents foreign nationals, as well as those with dual citizenship, from holding elected office  unless they renounce their former citizenship. The provision was largely ignored until recently, with an uptick of diverse backgrounds in Australias elected leaders.

The J20 Investigation (Dan)

Trumps inauguration day featured many skirmishes between the DC police and anti-fascist protestors organized under the J20 banner. The investigation has been growing some time, including with the DOJs now-infamous move of requesting IP addresses that visited the J20 website. Now theres another strike against the protesters: the group investigating police actions has a history of siding with the police.

Freelance Journalist Arrested During Riot Still Facing Serious Charges (Chris)

The trial of Alexei Wood begins today in DC. The defendant, a photojournalist who took pictures of anti-inaugural demonstrations in January, is accused of several felonies, incl...

03:26

Mystery Alabama Boom Rattles Twitter Theorists, NASA Unsure of Origin "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Witnesses across Alabama reported a mysterious boom that rocked their counties on Tuesday evening. NASA said the origin of the blast remains unclear as social media went awash with conspiracy theories and even devoted a song to the unexplained event.

The sound blast could have been generated by a bolide, large supersonic aircraft or a ground explosion but wasnt caused by a Leonid meteor, NASA said, as cited by meteorologist James Spann from the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The unknown event was reported by the National Weather Service in Birmingham, as well as St. Clair and Blount Counties.

Alabama residents flocked to Twitter, with many saying the event even shook their homes. The boom was detected on a seismograph in Cleburne County, according to meteorologists from the local TV stations.

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03:05

Roy Moore caught up in Hollywood Weinstein Hysteria "IndyWatch Feed National"

Roy Moore is the first DC fish to be caught in the shrieking net of Hollywood Weinstein Hysteria. It didn't take long to get the answer to the question-what's with the Hollywood Weinstein hysteria all of a sudden? Why are the Powers That Be throwing scrubby ol' Harvey and other Hollywood icons under the bus after all these years? Many of Harvey's string of accusers were compensated with a lot more than a coke- dusted hundred dolla bill. They enjoyed starring roles and a lucrative career. Some were tragically abused and derailed. Either way, their stories ironically provide the toolkit to commit political rape. For the Globalists there's a lot more at stake than some pop culture propaganda and box office ticket sales. Their pimped out entertainment icons are expendable. The epic money and power grab of a One World Government is all that matters now. Roy Moore is in the throes of the outrage-boomerang.

02:40

Video: Brisbane musicians rework Nick Cave classic to demand he cancel Israel show "IndyWatch Feed National"

Phil Mansour passed along this video with the note, Brisbane musicians rework Nick Caves classic ballad The Ship Song calling on him to cancel his upcoming shows in #Apartheid #Israel and respect the Palestinian picket line. #BDS

02:16

There Probably Isnt A Special Counsel Coming For Hillary, Comey Or Uranium One "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd sent a letter to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Monday, indicating that career prosecutors at the Department of Justice would review controversies arising from the Clinton Foundation and former FBI Director James Comeys handling of the Clinton email investigation.

The letter prompted speculation that DOJ was assembling a predicate for a criminal investigation and the appointment of a special counsel. President Donald Trump himself has publicly encouraged the attorney general to pursue a criminal probe of matters relating to the Clinton Foundation, amplifying speculation that his longtime ally would acquiesce to the pressure in a bid to revive his strained relationship with the president.

The text of the letter doesnt quite bear that reading.

As a preliminary matter, the letter was sent to House Judiciary one day before Sessions was scheduled to testify before the panel. Committee Republicans have twice sent letters to Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein urging an investigation of a barrage of Clinton shenanigans as well as Comeys alleged politicization of Bureau investigations relating to the Clintons. Those letters, dated July 27 and Sept. 26, both appear to have gone unanswered. Therefore, it is not unusual that the Justice Department would send its response to the Committee the day before Sessions was slated to appear, as DOJs silence on the request would otherwise have been a point of conflict.

The letter itself reveals little. It reiterates the Departments commitment to provide timely and accurate informationin a non-political matter, before informing Committee Republicans that Sessions had referred their concerns to senior career prosecutors, who would consider the matter and then make a recommendation to DOJ leadership as to how they should proceed.

Consistent with DOJ policy, the letter does not confirm the existence of an investigation, nor does it promise an investigation is forthcoming. Rather, it is simply a courteous disposition of a request...

01:27

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

Amidst numerous unanswered question, the Las Vegas mass-shooting has curiously faded from the headlines. Is this a deliberate silence?

01:00

CIA Narrative on WikiLeaks Dominates Media Coverage of Trump Jr. Correspondence "IndyWatch Feed National"

(SP The CIA contends WikiLeaks is not a media organization but rather a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia. Response by the U.S. press to a report from The Atlantic on correspondence between WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr. wholly adopted the CIAs narrative, even though the public still lacks proof of such cooperation.

Moreover, although The Atlantic report merely shows communications between a Trump campaign official and WikiLeaks, it was treated as significant confirmation of Russian collusion.

Former CIA director Leon Panetta appeared on CNN and said the correspondence was another additional piece of evidence related to the activities of either [Trump] family members or members of his campaign working with the Russians in one way or another. Panetta maintained there was no question WikiLeaks was a cutout for the Russian government.

The basic message that should have gone out to all campaign individuals is do not interact with the Russians, Panetta added, when asked what the Trump campaign should have done when contacted by WikiLeaks. Do not interact with a foreign adversary that could very well come in and try to influence this election.

This is yet another level interest by the campaign in foreign assistance and not just any foreign assistance but foreign assistance tied to the Kremlin, Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN.

When host Wolf Blitzer asked Schiff to be precise on the relationship between the Kremlin and WikiLeaks, Schiff answered, Well, the Kremlin, well, was certainly using WikiLeaks to publish these documents. I think it gave them a certain level of deniability that the more direct cutouts like Guccifer 2.0 or DCLeaks that could be traced right back to the Kremlin would ultimately not provide them. But nonetheless, WikiLeaks is a sophisticated actor.

I fully believe that they knew exactly where they were getting this information about and were more than happy to coordinate with the Russians. I dont think that this is an issue so much of theyre being useful idiots as opposed to witting participants. There is a division of opinion, I think, among members about just how witting or useful they were. Nonetheless, the fact of the matter was this was clearly one of the outlets the Russians were using for publication.

Tony Blinken, a former deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama, also a...

00:28

Lawmakers urge EU probe in Malta after journalist killed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Reuters

STRASBOURG (Reuters) European Union lawmakers adopted a resolution on Wednesday calling on the EU executive to investigate Maltas adherence to the rule of law and European values following the murder of a campaigning journalist.

The non-binding resolution, backed by most parties and adopted during a plenary session in Strasbourg, also voiced the legislatures serious concerns about the police independence and over international money-laundering on the island.

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MEPs barrage of criticism against Malta met with caution by European Commission

Malta compared to cocaine-and-guns bonanza Narcos by one MEP

Mr Timmermans knees at a candlelight vigil for Ms Caruana Galizia held in Brussels. Photo: Reuters

Mr Timmermans knees at a candlelight vigil for Ms Caruana Galizia held in Brussels. Photo: Reuters

Updated 7pm

A barrage of criticism about Malta was met with some cautionary words by European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans today, who urged MEPs to not play judge and jury when assessing the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

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Daphne Caruana Galizia

Speaking at the end of a European Parliament debate about the rule of law in Malta, Mr Timmermans acknowledged concerns raised by MEPs but felt some were jumping the gun.

Let the investigation run its full course, he said, telling MEPs that their questions would be answered. What is not on is to start with a conclusion and look for facts to support that conclusion.

He also twice called on the Maltese government to join a planned European Public Prosecutors Office, saying doing so would be a strong signal of intent.......

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23:35

Biden: Hero Who Stopped Texas Church Shooter Was Wrong To Have A Gun "IndyWatch Feed National"

During a question and answer session on NBCs Today show, former vice president and rumored presidential 2020 contender Joe Biden said the hero who stopped the Texas church shooter earlier this month should not have been allowed to carry an AR-15.

With the tragedy that just happened in Texas, how do you justify the Democratic view on gun control when the shooter was stopped by a man who was legally licensed to carry a gun? a young woman in the audience asked Biden.

Well first of all, the kind of gun being carried he shouldnt be carrying, Biden said. I wrote the last serious gun control law . . and it outlawed assault weapons and outlawed weapons with magazines that held a whole lotta bullets so you could kill a lot of people a whole lot more quickly.

Assault weapon is a nonsense term not usable in legislation, since it could apply to any object used to attack another person. An assault rifle generally means a select-fire or automatic rifle with an intermediate cartridge designed for military use. The AR-15 is not an assault rifle, most clearly because it is semiautomatic. Civilians are already banned from owning automatic weapons.

The Texas man who stopped the shooter from killing more people used an AR-15 to confront the alleged murderer, who wore a ballistic vest and was armed with tactical gear and a rifle of equal firepower.

If I had run out of the house with a pistol and faced a bulletproof vest and kevlar and helmets, it might have been futile, Stephen Willeford told CRTV in an interview last week. I ran out with an AR-15 and thats what he was shooting the place up with.

Biden apparently doesnt think guns are useful for self-defense and protecting others, even though police and soldiers cant stop bad guys without guns, and neither can private citizens. Public records are replete with instances of private citizens enjoying protection against evil when armed.

Its just rational to say certain people shouldnt have guns, Biden insisted, however. The fact that some people with guns are legally able to acquire a gun and they...

23:31

Poll Roundup: Citizenship Chaos Sends Government To New Term Low "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

2PP Aggregate: 54.2 to Labor (+1 point in a week) - highest reading of term
Labor would win election "held now" with a large margin
Government has lost majority (for now) with two MPs recontesting their seats in by-elections

This week we've seen a highly unusual event in Australian political history: a federal government has lost its majority partway through a term.  This last happened in 1931.  The one-term Scullin government began its term with a robust 46 seats out of 75, but a by-election loss and defections to the opposition UAP and the Lang Labor split saw it whittled down to 35, following which it collapsed before the year was out.  What has happened to the Turnbull government, so far, is much less dramatic - two of its seats are vacant pending by-elections, and the government will recover majority status if Barnaby Joyce is returned, although it would then lose it again if John Alexander is defeated.

However, as the Section 44 eligibility issues continue to unfold (with the tabling of required evidence by December 1 expected to be the next step), we could well see more by-elections early next year in some much more difficult government seats.  The prospect of the government slipping into permanent minority, or perhaps even losing enough seats that it can no longer govern, is a real one.  There may also be by-elections in Labor and crossbench seats, but no incumbent government has gained a seat from an opposition in a federal by-election since 1920 so there would not be too much optimism regarding chances of gaining seats there.  My legally unqualified view, incidentally, is that the "hesitators" (those who filed to renounce UK citizenship too late for the process to complete by the close of nominations) are in trouble.  The references in previous cases to the taking of all reasonable steps as sufficient refer to a context in which a member cannot reasonably renounce an overseas citizenship, not one in which a candidate was needlessly slow about it.

For the time being, the government faces two very unpleasant sitting weeks in which, by vice of it holding the Speakership, it has a floor minority (73-74) compared to the combined forces of Labor and the crossbench.  That is, assuming Bob Katter shows up!  The non-Coalition forces won't be able to suspend standing orders, but they will have extensive control over other operations of the House and should be able to use that to inflict pain.  As noted in my New England preview, it's not likely Barnaby Joyce will spring back into parliament on the Monday after the by-election, and the 17-candidate circus announced for his seat won't help expedite matters there.

I may have a Bennelong preview later, but that sea...

23:30

Pembroke By-Election: Live And/Or Post-Count "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

CALLED: Reliable scrutineering reports on Sunday that Siejka (ALP) will win easily with Walker narrowly beating Chipman for 2nd.

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Analysis: Still awaiting margins for the two scenarios. As Brad Stansfield has said on Twitter, it's a bit much to be saying first that the Liberals' attack on Chipman wouldn't work at all, then after the result that it worked too well. But if working means getting near winning, it was only a pyrrhic success. It seems that far from generate a sympathy vote for Chipman, the tactic actually worked in driving votes away from him and to Walker, but at the cost of driving Chipman preferences (in droves as predicted by Pete Lawler on Twitter last night) and possibly primaries to Siejka. The Liberals needed to make the final two to have any on-paper chance, but did they cause enough voters to switch their preference from Chipman ahead of Siejka to the other way around to the extent that they caused Siejka rather than Chipman to win ? 


The result has major impacts as the left (4 ALP and four left-leaning indies) will gain an outright majority.  A White Labor government will start with a workable upper chamber while a returned Hodgman government will have great difficulty doing much.




Reports from scrutineering - Chipman prefs did not break to Walker and Siejka is going to win! TEC figures have Chipman missing second by just 200 votes - the remaining votes to be added will change little there.  However, Chipman was too far back to win from 2nd and would have fallen about 1000 short.  Having Chipman out first will pad Siejka's margin, it is going to be a solid win.


I have managed to get online with much difficulty.  Currently Willink, Di Falco and James have been provisionally excluded.  Chipman got a massive boost off James and can still catch Walker if his share of Harvey prefs is 27 points higher. That seems unlikely, but if he could get very close there are also nearly 400 outstanding votes.  

Walker's share required hasn't changed much - he still needs 58% off Harvey and Chipman assuming he stays second and ignoring exhaust.

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23:27

New England By-Election: Prospects And Polls "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Seat: New England (Nat vs Ind 8.5%, Nat vs ALP 16.5%)

By-Election 2 Dec 2017
Incumbent: Barnaby Joyce (Nat)
Main opponents likely to include Rob Taber (IND) and ALP candidate
Former incumbent and 2016 opponent Tony Windsor (IND) not contesting
Outlook: High chance of comfortable Nat retain

With the date of the New England by-election set it's time for a general prospects and polls post that I will update through the campaign as opportunities arise.  I may be pretty slack about this as Queensland will be a higher priority and I have a lot of other stuff on at the moment.  I won't be doing live coverage on the night because of previously booked air travel, but there will be a postcount thread if it is needed.

Circumstances and history

The New England by-election follows the disqualification from office of incumbent Deputy Prime Minister and National Party leader Barnaby Joyce, who was found to be in breach of Section 44 of the Constitution because he was a dual citizen of New Zealand by descent, despite having been born in the electorate of New England.


New England has had a mostly conservative history.  It was last won by Labor (then spelled Labour, see comments) in 1910 and Labor has not been competitive in it since the 1980s.  Beyond that, in the last 104 years the rule of conservative parties was interrupted only by the 2001-2013 tenure of independent Tony Windsor, and also briefly by the 1922 expulsion of the sitting member from the Country Party.  Windsor himself was considered fairly conservative until he backed Labor to form government in 2010.  

In the 2013 election, Barnaby Joyce contested New England to shift from the Senate to the House of Representatives and Windsor did not stand. Windsor contested in 2016 and a close contest was generally expected but a mutually vicious campaign did not go well for him and in the end Joyce won convincingly.

The contest is of special interest because the government will lose its majority if it loses the seat.  (It has not, contra to what you may read in many papers and hear ad nauseum from Labor, lost it yet.)

Typical swings in government by-elections

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23:26

Section 44 Strikes, But The Government Hasn't Lost Its Majority Yet "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Many news sites have now claimed that, in light of today's dramatic Section 44 disqualification of Barnaby Joyce from Parliament by the High Court, the beleagured Turnbull government has now lost its majority.

This is an exciting claim, but it isn't actually correct.

Pending the holding of a by-election for the seat of New England, the government will, when the House of Representatives next sits, hold 75/149 seats, with one vacant.  74 seats will be held by other MPs.  75 is larger than 74.  75 is larger than half of 149.  75 divided by 149 is 0.5033557... .  It is more than 0.500000.

The government's new and very temporary position is no different mathematically to that of the Cook Liberal government in 1913, which won 38/75 seats.  The Cook government is widely referred to as having had a one-seat majority.



Its previous position (76/150) is no different to that of the Menzies government in 1961, which held 61/120 seats with voting rights.  The Menzies government is widely referred to as having had a two-seat majority.

Certain Australian state governments have held one-seat majorities in parliaments with odd numbers of members.  In my own state, an example is the Nielsen/Lowe government from 1976-1979, which held 18 seats out of 35.  Such governments are invariably considered to have been majority governments.  The Goss government in Queensland lost a majority of one when one of its members was disqualified, and failed to regain it (and as a result lost office) at the subsequent by-election. The  Beattie government in Queensland and current Weatherill government in South Australia both gained a majority of one at by-elections.

Should New England be lost at the by-election, the government will hold 75/150 seats, which is exactly half the parliament, and is not a majority.  At that point the government will have lost its majority.

Various conventions are used for calculating the majority.  One, which I think is the better one, calculates it as the number of government MPs minus the number of other MPs.  On this convention, the Turnbull government has had a two-seat majority until now.  The Abbott government had a 30-seat majority.

The other, which seems to have taken over in Australia since the last election, calculates it as the number of government MPs minus half the parliament.

75/149 is a majority whichever way it is sliced.  On the latter reading, it is a half-seat majority, which is one of the reasons why the latter reading is a silly.

What the vacating of New England does is takes away the government's "floor majority", on the assumption that the Speaker will vote to maintain the status quo.  However, it is only a convention that the Speaker votes that way, and...

22:45

Volvox design studio "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Volvox is a popular name. Add to the list of non-Chlorophyte uses Atelier Volvox (Volvox Workshop), a design studio in Switzerland. They seem to sell mainly accents and small furniture, such as Brderchen:

Brderchen

Brderchen by Sophie Liechti. The function of a Mute Servant is to accept clothes and keep them ready for the next use. But who wants a servant in the bedroom? With a little brother you invite a friend, a little deer, who brings in a room the clarity of design and the magic of a fairy tale. Bruderchen is made by hand from solid walnut or ash. Two end pieces made of brass serve as a place to hang hangers.

Please forgive my Google translation. 640 Swiss Francs (about the same in dollars) seems a bit steep to me, but what do I know; Im still sitting in my Pong. Not everything is that expensivethe Kerzenstnder is only 39 Francs:

Kerzenstnder

Kerzenstnder by Lea Gerber, Sophie Liechti.

Okay, I thought that was for the set. Its just the smallest one. The whole set would run you 137 Francs. So Atelier Volvox is not for plebs like me. Nice stuff, though. They do need a better picture of Volvox for their logo; maybe Ill offer them one.

So for the record, heres the list to date:

22:20

Midnight Oil US Forces "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of Australias greatest rock bands who are completing a world tour with their second concert in Sydney this Friday Midnight Oil

 

 


22:13

BON SCOTT LIVE LET THERE BE ROCK "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia where I live our greatest rock band ACDC otherwise known as Acca Dacca

 


22:01

Living samples of planet's oldest life forms found in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Living specimens of stromatolites - the oldest evidence of life on Earth - have been found deep within a remote, protected World Heritage Area in Tasmania, Australia. Stromatolites date back some 3.7 billion years and are regarded as a crucial piece of the puzzle that make up Earth's geological history - thanks to their layers of cyanobacteria, which comprise biofilm. These trap sediment and minerals from the water and cement them in place. The stromatolite layers then painstakingly build up overtime to form rock structures.

22:00

This Is How To Respond To A Question You Dont Know The Answer To "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sometimes, I dont know or Let me get back to you just doesnt cut it.

No matter what your job or level, your work life is always throwing questions at you. Some of them are easy to answer with a confident yes, no, or a well-reasoned explanation. Others arent. Most of the time its no big deal when you dont have a solid answer right away. But sometimes a question can really stump you, and defaulting to I dont know or Ill get back to you, can risk diminishing your credibilityespecially if those are your go-to responses every single time youre put on the spot at work.

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21:22

The Honest Ads Act: "Fundamental Rights," Real and Imagined "IndyWatch Feed National"

There's a right to speak. There's a right to listen or not listen to what someone says. There's a right to ask who's saying it, and to condition one's belief or non-belief on the answer. But that answer may be "none of your business," and there's no right to forcibly dictate otherwise.

21:15

India Keeps Options Open at US-led "Quad" Roadshow "IndyWatch Feed National"

On the eve of the East Asia Summit now under way in the Philippines, diplomats from the United States, Japan, Australia and India met in Manila on Sunday to discuss the issues of security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region.

20:54

Love Our Streets West Hobart "IndyWatch Feed Tas"


Great news - from November 2017 to April 2018 the City of Hobart is working with the community in West Hobart, designing creative activities to enhance walkability and bring the streetscape to life with colour and fun.  All community members are invited to join in to design and implement this project.

The project is designed to show people driving through our suburb to realise that - hey!  there are people living here!

We can share our ideas online about what we and our friends could do to activate the street, or look for other people to join in a project, or suggest something that the Council could coordinate.  Just go to  the Council's Your Say Hobart webpage.   Log in (or register if you haven't been in there before) and then go to the LoveOurStreetsWestHobart page.


Community-based activity is important to increase walking in local areas. When residents feel socially connected to their neighbours and part of a strong community they are more likely to walk and spend time in their street.
With the community activating West Hobart, through events, activity and art, the traffic travelling along the streets should slow down.
Even the everyday way that front yards are used can contribute to street activation. Simple ideas could include planting a vegetable plot in your front yard, or having dinner on your front verandah (and perhaps inviting the neighbours!).

Rossmoyne Street in Thornbury (Victoria) is a great example. The community hosted a scarecrow competition in their street which helped to slow down traffic - and the residents got to know each better!

The first idea to hit the streets is a Sea of Sunflowers.  Packets of sunflower seeds are being distributed to residents - just sow them in your front yard!  Soon we will see splashes of colour all along our streets.

The first community gathering is a Fence Weaving party.  On 30 November, at West Hobart's Train Park between 3:30-5.30pm, be there and join in the fun!

20:52

Soviet Union of America - Rt debate on growing media suppression in US "IndyWatch Feed National"

We live in increasingly 'interesting' times. US Journalists and government employees are afraid to criticise their government's outrageously authoritarian move against one media outlet, because they are afraid of being harassed themselves. According to the US Department of Justice, RT is an agent of a foreign, even hostile, power. All the while, the United States Department Of Justice refuses to explain why this is the case or even cite what laws RT may have broken. But something else is in play: critics warn RT is a test case for a wider campaign of media suppression. The UK is following suit, with parliamentarians attacking journalists who write against its illegal foreign wars, because they are afraid of being pursued one day for war crimes. Julian Assange has rightly described Australia as being governed by Washington, so we Australians had better look out and stand up and defend RT and anyone who writes a different point of view.

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20:47

Humanity In Crisis, Part 8: Missing Shoals, and the Blob "IndyWatch Feed National"

Huge Herring catches are unloaded from a fishing boat in Rockland. New England, 2015. Conservation groups are worried that huge catches change the entire food chain in those areas

By Dee McLachlan

My late Dad was a keen fisherman and, as a nine-year old, Id be dragged out of bed at 4.00 am, to then walk in the dark to some distant rocky point. Then, at dawn, lines would be cast out. Within an hour, enough fish had been caught for almost the entire holiday. You couldnt catch too much, as you had to carry it all back.

It only took about a decade for all that to change. In my twenties and thirties, when holidaying at the same place on that southern coast in S...

19:59

PERTH Major drug bust: More than 30 kilos of ice found in Perth raids "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Major drug bust: More than 30 kilos of ice found in Perth raids .

November 15, 2017 at 04:56PM .

Both men were refused bail and appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday. They are due to face court again next week. A 27-year-old man

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19:59

PERTH Perth prison escapee faces court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth prison escapee faces court .

November 15, 2017 at 03:03PM .

Sedman appeared via video link in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday and insisted on having his five charges read out to him. He had his case

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PERTH Prison escapee: Perth man, three other charged over Fremantle van escape "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Prison escapee: Perth man, three other charged over Fremantle van escape .

November 15, 2017 at 11:01AM .

who facing charges of forcibly rescuing offenders, assaulting a public officer and making threats to kill has appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court.

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PERTH Fremantle: police charge four people over alleged violent prisoner escape "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Fremantle: police charge four people over alleged violent prisoner escape .

November 15, 2017 at 11:08AM .

The four charged people will appear in Perth Magistrates Court today. The 33-year-old prisoner faces charges of forcibly rescuing a sentence offender,

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18:48

MACKAY Bike wedged under car, on fire: Sarina womans wrong turn "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Jane Margaret Perry (Langdon), 51, from Sarina faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to driving without due care and attention

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18:13

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

Received on 15.11.17:

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

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

 In solidarity with refugees in their fight for total freedom.


18:03

Gay marriage bill introduced to parliament "IndyWatch Feed National"

Attorney-general George Brandis. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Attorney-general George Brandis. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

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Same-sex marriage is on track to be legalised before Christmas after draft laws were introduced to the Senate.

Liberal Dean Smiths private senators bill hit parliament on Wednesday after the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced a 61.6 per cent yes vote in support of changing the Marriage Act.Attorney-General George Brandis expects the Senate to deal with the bill by the end of the next sitting week on November 30, with debate to get under way on Thursday.

Senator Brandis said he will move amendments to extend exemption for religious ministers to civil celebrants and ensure people can legally have any view on same-sex marriage.

There should be strong protections for religious freedoms and freedoms of conscience, Senator Brandis told parliament.

Liberal senator James Paterson foreshadowed his own private bill earlier in the week which sought to extend religious protections to allow businesses that provide services to weddings the right to refuse service to gay couples.

But on Wednesday, Senator Paterson conceded the Smith bill had majority support.

He released a statement vowing to work with parliament on amendments to ensure the strongest possible protections of freedom would be in the final legislation.At last, same sex couples will be able to get married, as I have long advocated, Senator Paterson said.

Senator Smiths bill, which had cross-party support, will allow religious ministers to refuse to marry a couple.

This bill gives effect to the view that all Australians should have equal access to Australias marriage laws, Senator Smith said.

Extending marriage to same-sex couples will strengthen and not diminish marriage in Australia.

Labor senate leader Penny Wong, who was overcome with emotion when the survey results were announced, it was time for parliament to act.

I believe the Australian people voted to remove discrimination and I trust the bill will reflect that, Senator Wong said.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale warned opponents against amendments which would have discriminatory impacts.

Think very, very carefully about entrenching dis...

17:39

Love Wins; Hate And Dutton And Shelton And Abbott And Bernardi Et Al Lose "IndyWatch Feed National"

The marriage survey result showed that Australia is better than our politicians give us credit for, writes Ben Eltham.

The crowd gathered at the rally outside Melbournes State Library was predominantly young, but not completely. There were many families and clearly many straight people wanting to show their support. Inevitably, there was a babadook.

On the train in to the city this morning, I stood next to a middle-aged mother and her two daughters wearing rainbow ribbons. It was clear that this was a moment of great emotional importance to them as a family.

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The mood was nervous but expectant. On Swanston Street, I watched two young lesbians embrace excitedly, arm in arm, as they ran into the throng. I ran into respected arts journalist Richard Watts. Watts has a long commitment to queer campaigning. I didnt expect to be this nervous, he told me. The shame is that even if we win, it wont mean anything legally, unlike in Ireland.

Marriage is a very old custom, but in many ways a modern construction. As many have pointed out, the current law dates back only to 2004, when a cynical John Howard amended the Marriage Act to mandate heterosexuality, and to outlaw same sex marriages overseas. It was an act of political opportunism that has set the tone for the way both major parties have treated the issue ever since.

At the Melbourne rally, a glitchy link made statistician David Kalischs comments largely unintelligible. When the decision came through there was an initial pause, then a tremendous rush of emotion as people cheered and clapped.

ABS Chief Statistician David Kalisch announces the results of the marriage equality postal plebiscite in Canberra on November 15.ABS Chief Statistician David Kalisch announces the results of the marriage equality postal plebiscite in Canberra on November 15.

There were tears, too: lots of them, particularly from some of the older people present, some who perhaps remembered a different Australia, one where open displays of same-sex affection were greeted with violence rather than celebration.

And, of course, there were selfies. So love wins, deadpanned one young man to his boyfriend, as they took a selfie together. It was a remark that seemed to sum up the bittersweet nature of the moment.

The marriage equality campaign has been...

17:25

Tribal Community Deserves Real Answers as to Why Officer was Trigger Happy in Death of Bad River Teen "IndyWatch Feed National"

Commentary

Published November 15, 2017

Shortly before noon, one week ago, 14-year-old Jason Ike Pero, a tribal citizen of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe, was shot and killed by Brock Mrdjenovich, an Ashland County sheriffs deputy, who has been an officer for about a year.

The incident became one more tragedy for an American Indian family. The incident became one more time an officer killed an American Indian.

The number of American Indians killed by police has more than doubled between 2015 and 2016. Sadly, the Center of Juvenile and Criminal Justice reports on a per capita basis, American Indians are more likely to be killed by police than any other racial/ethnic group in the United States.

In the immediate days after the killing Peros family demanded answers from law enforcement about the death of their son and grandson.

Levi Rickert

On Saturday, the Wisconsin Department of Jusitce provided an updated the day the family was hosting ceremonies to bury their dead teen. Not surprsing, the report provided a very one-sided account about what happened on last Wednesday morning.

A portion of the report reads:

Pero approached Deputy Mrdjenovich with a large butcher knife and he refused numerous commands to drop the weapon. On two occasions, Pero lunged at the deputy while the deputy was attempting to retreat. Deputy Mrdjenovich fired his service weapon at Pero, striking him twice. Life-saving measures were initiated however, Pero was pronounced dead at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland. DCI has determined Jason Pero was the same person that called 911 reporting a man with a knife, giving his own physical description. Initial information indicates that Pero had been despondent over the few days leading up to the incident and evidence from a search warrant executed on Peros bedroom supports that information. 

Some eyewitnesses are reportedly disputing Pero had a knife. So...

17:22

Your Silence On Manus And Nauru Is Your Complicity "IndyWatch Feed National"

What Australia has done to people seeking asylum is the responsibility of all Australians, writes Lauren Bull.

If you dont exercise your democracy, youll lose it. Its as simple as that. What is happening on Manus right now is the direct result of decades of silent acquiescence, of politicians being emboldened by a public who dont hold them to account, and of the normalisation of cruelty.

We have known about the realities of mandatory detention for decades. We have seen how mandatory detention unfairly punishes people, causes deterioration in peoples mental and physical health and in some cases, results in death.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250(GB)We knew so intensely that offshore processing was brutal that for a brief period a decade ago, these centres were actually closed.

But we have normalised cruelty. We have normalised it to a point where it has become a given that both of our major political parties and most of the minor ones would not even think to stand up and demand policy change. They ignore hundreds of investigations, inquiries, testimonies, photos and videos which clearly show that Australia has contributed to the illness and death of thousands of people since the 1990s.

Despite knowing all of this, Australians continue to vote for politicians who uphold these systems. And after they are voted in, Australians click their tongues over articles about what happens on Manus or Nauru, maybe share one on Facebook or Twitter, and then go about their day.

The Nauru files a cache of 2,000 documents containing accounts of horrific conditions should have brought masses of people to the streets. Every single death in offshore detention should have brought masses of people to the streets....

17:14

Moonee Ponds (Melbourne): Husk Collective "IndyWatch Feed National"

Statement from Husk Collective, active since August 2017.

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Originally published by squat.net.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of  these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Moonee Ponds (Melbourne): Husk Collective

We acknowledge that we are occupying land rightfully belonging to the Wurundjeri-willam of the Woiwurrung language and belief group. we pay respects to Elders past and present and would like to express gratitude for the knowledge that has been shared with us. this land is stolen. sovereignty never ceded.

We continue to benefit from colonisation and genocide which are ongoing to this day. we also acknowledge the combined effects of colonisation, racism, patriarchy and the western binary gender system.

We take our lead from the struggles and resistance of Koorie people and invite everyone to join us to work towards undermining colonisation through learning, listening and contributing to the resistance.

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17:12

Australian Government oppressing the people with regards to technology "IndyWatch Feed National"

It seems that the administration of the colony called Australia really hate their (tax) slave population where the sheeple are not allowed new technology that is available elsewhere.

Why would there be such an oppressive policy against the convict population?

It's not as if they are going to build a computer controlled rocket and blow up parliament house in the nation's capital, as it already has a fence (with other high tech surveillance) around it to keep the herd out.

Apparently a policy exists, where the serfs have no access to it(?), with regards to restricting new technology being imported into Australia.

We're not talking about the latest and greatest Android slab (phone) which is a great self sponsored government / corporate surveillance tool, as they're all for that, it's about the 'other' technology that is available to other inhabitants of even less fortunate nations than the people of Australia.

See article from 11 Nov 2017 by news.com.au of the headline:

How Australians are beating tech restrictions, importing the best gadgets not available Down Under



Liam, 20 months old, tries an Amazon Echo device with his parents. The device is one of many Australians cannot buy locally. Picture: Ian CurrieSource:News Corp Australia

PLANES cross the Pacific Ocean every single day, and the world has never seemed smaller or easier to access. 

Despite this, some of the best technological creations still dont reach as far as Australia, and many dont arrive in stores for months after their worldwide release.

These failures to launch affect everything from smartphones to computers, cameras to virtual reality gaming equipment, with notable holdouts including Google Glass, Amazon Echo smart speakers, and the much-hyped Essential smartphone that can still only be ordered in the United States and Canada.

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16:51

Unmasking The Reality Behind The Racism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Racism is not really a thing, at least not in the sense that its an actual thing. It is a problem though. Douglas Ross explains.

You terrorist. You little monkey.

Surely if Sam Dastyari were six foot five and had spent the past six months in an aggressive workout routine, arming himself to the bone for a new role in what could be a potential new Wolverine series, those dickheads last week might have refrained from using the word little.

Common sense would have prevailed in that case.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250But he hasnt been working out as much as Hugh Jackman. Hes a mild mannered and average heighted politician. The blokes dressed up in their everyday-Australian Toll uniform took advantage of that and implied a threat of physical violence in their bigoted catcalls.

There is no excuse for the actions of the men who accosted Sam Dastyari in a Melbourne pub. Their attitudes are depressing and if they lose their jobs over the incident I doubt few would rush to their defence. We all can feel that sick feeling Sam must have felt in the bottom of his stomach the first moment he realised an antagonistic voice was directed at him.

It is an awful feeling that nobody should have the displeasure of ever experiencing.

However, there is a reason for that misdirected, ignorant, angry, inexcusable and just face-palm inducing confrontational behaviour. In fact, there are several lives worth of reasons that culminated in an alcohol-fuelled series of racist taunts by a group of men to an Iranian-born Australian.

To state a philosophical argument that is going to make many groan and rustle up a host of perfectly valid arguments against me: racism isnt, by reasoning, real. It cant be. It doesnt exist. Dont quote that on its own; youre not allowed. To continue my point: it is not to say that the realities that stem from the irreality of prejudice arent real. The results of a bigoted mind are as real as each new day but the place from which they stem is a misnomer. It cannot be real.

Racism is a cover for something else, or usually a host of something elses. It has to be. An overdue electricity bill. A hungry family. A job lost because you were late to work once. An addiction to gambling. An over-reliance on alcohol. A mother who left when...

16:47

Kristina Keneally's naive apologia for Islam should be in every Bennelong letterbox "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kristina Kenneally is a pleasant woman. She was great fronting Basketball Australia and often good on Sky News. She's a polished spokesperson who dresses well and has a reliable repertoire of social-justice-warrior lines. But she's also easily led and given to helping dangerous people like Eddie Obeid, Joe Tripodi, Ian...

16:06

Middle East Who is Who? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I am confused. On the one hand, you said the Saudis could be sued for 911 and that they have been funding ISIS with the USA. Then Iran is supposed to be a terrorist state. Who is who?

Thanks

KW

ANSWER: It is confusing. Bin Laden was Suni, not a Shia, and he considered Shia Muslims were in the same class as heretics, America, and Israel. He believed these were the true enemies of Islam. So there have been terrorists on both sides of the religious issue. They are not one group compared to another. I was merely explaining the major religious battle. Each side has its extremes just as do the Jews and Christians. Bin Laden subscribed to the Athari school of Islamic theology which believes in the STRICT interpretation of the Quran. That would be the same as the Born-Again Christians and the Hasidic Jews who also subscribe to the strict interpretation of the Bible be it New or Old Testament respectfully.

The USA was funding ISIS because they wanted to support Qatar trying to get a pipeline through Syria to compete with Russia. That is why Russia went into Syria. It was the Obama Administration that was giving the blessing to terrorism to overthrow Syria.

15:54

7 Horrifying Visions From Near Death Experiences In Hell "IndyWatch Feed National"

Throughout all of mankind and humanity, people have searched for an answer for why we are here, what was supposed to be doing, and what happens after we die. While this mystery has yet to be solved, some people have some interesting stories as to what they experienced in near death.

Ah, death; its been the scariest thing to think of since we are children. We all wonder what happens when we die. It really might come down to what religion you practice or believe in when it comes to where you think youre going after death. Science has even studied this on multiple different occasions, and while researchers believe they have proved consciousness moves on after death, people are still far from being comforted especially after thee stories. While I typically write about the more comforting aspects of spirituality, in the spirit of Halloween, youll surely enjoy these visions of hell after death.

When it comes down to it, everyone probably envisions the same basis. After death, you are greeted by either a man with a red face and some eerily tall gates entering the land of despair, or youre met with a wise man dressed in a white robe with a long white beard in front of a pretty ornamented gate made of pure gold.Which one you go through is determined by the character you displayed in your life good or bad?

People these days are having a much harder time believing in the karmic justice of being a bad person following you into the afterlife. However, many people have experienced near-death phenomenon in which they actually went to hell and made it back to the physical world. Even well-known atheists were met with powerful realms of darkness, repentance, and eternal torment unless they were to preach the name of God. What do you think? Check out the stories below.

1. Matthew Botsford, Gun Shot Victim

everything changed on one March night in 1992. Matthew and two sales associates were in Atlanta on business. They had just left a restaurant and had gone outside to catch a taxi, when suddenly Matthew and the others never saw it coming. Behind them, several men were arguing when three of them pulled out guns and started shooting. One of Matthews friends took a bullet to the head and died instantly. The other was unharmed. Matthew was also shot in the head, and he too died.

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15:38

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15:11

Not Every Tragedy Has a Political Solution "IndyWatch Feed National"

(FEE)  It only took a few hours after the news of the Texas massacre for the New York Times to start its gun-control incantations again. Republicans leaders in Congress do nothing, the paper writes. Or, really, so far theyve done the same thing they have always done: offered thoughts and prayers.

But here is a truth. Not every tragedy has a political solution.

The shooter in Texas was possessed by an evil longing to cause mass death, and his weapon of choice was a gun. It appears that his desire to kill even more was thwarted by a gun in the hands of Stephen Willeford and Johnnie Langendorff, both heroes who risked their lives to stop the bloodshed.

More gun control would very likely have done nothing to stop the killer but might have prevented law-abiding citizens from coming to their neighbors aid. No one who pushes gun control can credibly promise otherwise.

One indisputable result will be the monopolization of weaponry in the hands of the police unions and public-sector security officials. But recent events such as the Las Vegas shooting should give no one confidence that this would be a step toward safety. What we saw, in this case, was typical: the people charged with preventing violence and protecting the public were hamstrung by their own caution, guidelines, and chains of command.

Those who advocate gun control are reluctant to admit what they are really pushing: gun monopolization by the state.

Its Not Guns

These tragedies are made worse by the inevitable politicization that starts the instant that the news hits. Everyone wants to know: what was the race of victims? The religion of the victims? Was this a hate crime, as if killings on this scale could ever happen in absence of hate? Most of all: what is the race and religion of the killer?

People wait with bated breath to hear the answers. A white man killing black people, a Muslim killing Christians, a Nazi slaughtering Jews? The reverse in each case?

As we saw in the case of the New York killer (who used a weapon that no one can control), the answers to these question truly do matter. Its all about which party, which tribe, which narrative, will be...

14:55

Sharks and sovereignty "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 4 September, workers in Dili were busy erecting a series of congratulatory billboards one featured a stock photo of Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to celebrate the conclusion of maritime boundary negotiations with Australia in The Hague. Later that day, feted leader Xanana Gusmo was paraded through the streets as he returned home from his role as head negotiator.

14:49

Milo Yiannopoulos And How The Media Boosts Fascists And Bags Its Opponents "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Australia, people who oppose fascism are considered extreme by mainstream media. But the people who promote it theyre funny and quirky and bankable. Michael Brull explains.

How does the media deal with supporters and opponents of fascism? You would expect and hope that people who support fascists and neo-Nazis would be stigmatised and marginalised by the biggest and most prominent outlets of the corporate media.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250(GB)Contrarily, one might think that opponents of fascists would be given a balanced reception. As some of them engage in violent confrontations with fascists, their tactics might be subjected to critical scrutiny, but their opposition to fascists would be regarded with something approximating sympathy.

At times when fascists were resurgent, one might expect these trends to be particularly strengthened. That is, if fascists were gaining strength, responsible media might highlight opposition to fascists, whilst generally denying a larger platform to fascists. If they were allowed to present their views to the public, it would be balanced with harsh questioning, and voices to expose their hateful agendas.

This is what one would hope for. But Australia is a different type of country.

 

Media on the pro-fascist: Milo

So let us consider this question through the prism of Milo Yiannopoulos, the former writer at Breitbart.

Milo is known for being casually outrageous in the nasty things he says about women, Muslims, black people, trans people and other minority groups. At college lectures he has singled out trans people for ridicule, and encouraged the audience to Purge the Illegals (that is, report them to the government so that they can be deported).

He says feminism is cancer, birth control makes women ugly, and theyd be happier in the kitchen.

In a speech about why he hates Islam, he said, If you give them an inch, theyll take a mile, and rape everything inside it. He went on to quote Andrew Bolts criticisms of the Australian Grand Mufti.

In October, Buzzfeed published an important expos on Milo and Breitbart. It showed that Milo used as passwords references to Nazi landmarks, such as Kristallnacht, the Knight of Long Knives, and also the year 1290, when Jews were expell...

11:44

BEST OF THE WEB: Questioning gender fluidity has become the new blasphemy "IndyWatch Feed National"

The capitulation of the establishment to the politics of transgenderism has been astonishing. I'm struggling to remember any other time when a new and contested ideology has been so uncritically embraced by the powers-that-be. We have a Tory government pushing a Gender Recognition Act that would allow anyone to change his or her gender without so much as popping a hormone pill. An established Church which yesterday issued guidelines to its schools encouraging them to let kids 'explore gender identity'. Police forces exchanging helmets for caps because 'gender-based headgear' is disrespectful to trans people. And of course a university system - the nurturer of future leaders - in which women's colleges are throwing themselves open to people who were born male, students are told to use gender-neutral pronouns, and anyone who says 'Men cannot become women' can expect to be hounded off campus. From the stuffy Tories to the armed wing of the state to the actual Church of England, one by one the core institutions of the nation have accepted an idea that we really should have more debate about, no? Namely that gender is fluid. And that children should be allowed to decide if they're male or female. And that men who transition into women are actual women - full-on, legally recognisable, going-into-women's-changing-rooms women - rather than transwomen, as they were respectfully referred to for many years. Anyone who claims that trans politics is edgy is kidding themselves: it is one of the most established, protected ways of thinking of our time.

11:31

Some Things to Think About When Choosing Your First Handgun "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some Things to Think About When Choosing Your First Handgun | guns | Preparedness\Survival Special Interests

Whenever I write about firearms, there are lots of technical questions. And because Im no expert, I often turn to you, the readers, to help answer them. A member of our community volunteered to write a series to help folks who are choosing their first handgun. There are a lot of things to think about when making that decision, so for the next month, Monday will be Gun-Day here at The Organic Prepper blog.

Please offer a warm thank you to Steve Candidus for the first post in this excellent guest series. ~ Daisy

Some Things to Think About When Choosing Your First Handgun

by Steve Candidus

This article is specifically for anyone that might be considering acquiring their first handgun but is unfamiliar with the myriad types and offerings. This should be a good basic guide to get you started. You can always further your knowledge over time and in future articles posted here on The Organic Prepper.

First of all, a handgun is very much a personal weapon. What is best for one person might not be best for another. Although you might choose the same handgun that someone else has you should do so for the same reasons that they did rather than just because they did.

A quick handgun glossary

Some of the things that you will need to consider when choosing a firearm are:

  • Intended Use: The first thing you need to consider is the purpose that you intend the handgun. Do you want one for day-to-day or occasional concealed carry or do you intend it strictly for home defense?
  • Revolvers Versus Semi-Automatics: Do you want a revolver or a semi-automatic? A revolver, sometimes called a wheel gun, has a cylinder typically holding five or six rounds. They are not called bullets, that is what comes out of the end of the bar...

11:28

AWU seeks documents showing collusion between government and supposedly independent agency "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from New South Wales

The recent Federal Police raid on the Sydney and Melbourne offices of the Australian Workers Union (AWU), is regarded by opponents of the Turnbull government, to be a politically driven assault on the union and activist group GetUp, which also experienced a raid on its offices.

The raid took place to find evidence that the union donated to GetUp in the past.  The idea is that if a donation by an affiliate of the Labor Party is found, it is evidence that there is a connection between GetUp and the Labor Party, which must be disclosed under law. If established, this means that GetUp has unlawfully failed sign up with and inform the  Registered Organisation Commission.

Critics point out that this is stretching too far and would apply to any organisation that is dependent on public donations.

It is no secret that GetUp has been a thorn in the governments side, through its connection with community campaigns that run counter to its policies. Many of these campaigns have been successful.

From the governments side, there is a clear incentive to silence the group and there is an increasing tendency to use policing methods, as a means of clamping down on alternative opinion and hold back community action that is not approved of.

That the raids were set up as as media stunt. Reporters were there before the police and it was immediately clear that there was a connection with the office of the Employment Minister, Michaelia Cash. A senior media advisor resigned after admitting he had contacted the media.

The union has subsequently applied to the Federal Court for the release of all correspondence, between the Registered Organisation Commission and the ministers office , suggesting that  there is an improper relationship with the body set up at the start of this year.

AWU National Secretary Daniel Walton said there are deep Liberal Party connections. And we know the ROC was established by the Turnbull Government specifically as an attack dog on unions and Labor politicians who had served in unions, He suggests.

Adding to the case of political collusion is the seconding to the Registered Organisation Commission, by the Fair Work Ombudsmans office, a former staffer of Liberal Party Senator Nick Minchin.

 

 

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11:00

Australia: Yes' Vote to Marriage Equality "IndyWatch Feed National"

Expand Marchers hold signs and banners as they participate in a marriage equality march in central Sydney, Australia on October 21, 2017. 2017 Reuters (Sydney, November 15, 2017) The Australian government should introduce marriage equality legislation without delay, following results of the national postal survey in favor of marriage equality, Human [...]

10:44

Russia, China and others boycott U.S. meeting at U.N. on Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Russia, China, Egypt and Bolivia have boycotted a United States instigated United Nations Security Council meeting, to discuss the political situation in Venezuela.

The representatives of these nations told reporters that the Security Council does not have the right to interfere in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation.

Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said: The issue is about meddling with the internal domestic affairs of Venezuela.

The boycott has signalled that any proposal for intervention is not going to get past the Security Council and if the United States wishes to continue it will have to do so without a United Nations mandate.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley countered by telling those who did attend the meeting:  The fact that the (Venezuelan) government would go so far as to try and get people not to show up to a meeting is guilt. And thats unfortunate. No evidence was provided to back up the claim that this had occurred.

Not everyone who attended agreed with the United States position. For example, Uruguays Deputy U.N. Ambassador Luis Bermudez said his country did not believe the situation in Venezuela was a threat to international peace and security.

Venezuelas U.N. Ambassador Rafael Dario Ramirez told reporters that the meeting is a hostile and clearly interfering act of the United States that undermines the principle of sovereignty of a member state of the U.N.We condemn this act of political manipulation.

The Latin American country is suffering from a harsh economic crisis, which its government claims has been severely aggravated by a combination of economic pressure form the United States, systematic sabotage committed by its allies in Venezuela and the sharp fall in the price of oil, a commodity that the country has been over dependent on for a long time.

Opponents are accusing he Maduro Venezuelan government of using systemic violence to clamp down on opposition an...

10:28

Australians say Yes to marriage equality "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australians have overwhelmingly voted Yes to the question of whether LGBTI Australians can marry the person they love. 61.6% of people who voted in the marriage equality postal survey voted Yes. 133 out of 150 electorates voted Yes.

Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre and Co-Chair of the Equality Campaign, said it was incredible to see such strong support for marriage equality and a fair go for all LGBTI Australians right across the nation.

The nation has put its heart into winning this survey. LGBTI Australians, their friends and families will be celebrating. All Australians should have the same opportunities for love, commitment and happiness. All Australians should be able to marry the person they love. This result confirms that the majority of Australians absolutely agree, said Ms Brown.

12.7 million Australians returned their surveys in the optional postal survey, representing 79.5 per cent of voters.

Lee Carnie, lawyer with the Human Rights Law Centre, said it was incredible to see such a high level of turnout right across the nation.

Australians have responded to the postal survey in numbers that are overwhelming and with efforts that are both touching and beautiful. This result shows how important this issue is to Australians and the urgency with which we expect Parliament to pass a fair bill to ensure all Australians are treated equally.

The journey to marriage equality will not end with todays announcement of the survey result; legislation will still need to be passed by Parliament.

The country and the world will be watching our Parliament closely. Todays strong Yes result should put an end to politicians in Canberra playing games with the lives and dignity of same-sex couples across Australia. It is an opportunity to pass marriage equality to bring great happiness to so many Australians and it takes from no one, said Lee Carnie.

Australians have done their job, now it's time for the politicians to do theirs and vote through a fair bill that delivers marriage equality this week. This is about everyday Australians our families, friends, neighbours, colleagues and teammates who should very soon enjoy the same status and dignity as every other Australian. Achieving marriage equality will be a unifying moment for the nation. Lets get on with it, said Anna Brown.

For media inquiries and interviews:

Michelle Bennett, HRLCs Director of Communications: 0419 100 519

10:10

Yes! By Over 60 Per Cent! There Goes $122 Million And Three Months Of Our Lives, But At Least Its Done "IndyWatch Feed National"

The people have spoken. Marriage equality in Australia is long overdue. Chris Graham reports.

The marriage equality postal vote has delivered a stunning victory for same-sex attracted couples around the nation, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics announcing the results a short time ago.

Marriage-equality-graphicYes votes 61.6% (7,817,247); No votes  38.4% (4,873,987).

Every vote and territory in Australia voted in favour of marriage equality, and the participation rate nationally was 79.5% a high result for a non-compulsory vote. All age groups had high participation rate turnouts.

The ACT delivered by far the highest Yes vote, with 74%. NSW delivered the lowest, with 57.8%.

Thus, attempts by ultra-conservative and religious groups in Australia led by political pundits such as Tony Abbott, Cory Bernardi, Eric Abetz and the Australian Christian Lobbys Lyle Shelton to divert debate to issues like gender education and political correctness did not confuse the Australian public.

The result has weakened further an already flailing Turnbull Government, which has been down in the polls for the majority of the year.

The marriage equality postal vote was conceived by Liberal minister Peter Dutton, in an attempt to delay or weaken the push for same-sex marriage.

It has failed, and spectacularly so.

It was a high-stakes, $122 million gamble for Dutton. If Australians voted no, or even if the result was close, Dutton would have been a hero of the extreme right, and strengthened his run for the Prime Ministers job in the process.

Instead, Australians have delivered a stunning rebuke to Dutton, and Malcolm Turnbulls government.

What Dutton has also done has polarized even further a nation of voters with deep antipathy towards a government which, since July 2, 2016, has lurched from disaster to disaster, and everything in between.

ABS Chief Statistician David Kalisch announces the results of the marriage equality postal plebiscite in Canberra on November 15.ABS Chief Statistician David Kalisch announces the results of the marriage equality postal plebiscite in Canberra on November 15.

Duttons play helped add an additional 90,000 voters to the electoral roll, all of whom joined prior to the plebiscite, presumably to vote on marriage equality.

Based on the result, the majority, obviously, wanted it.

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10:05

Overwhelming Yes vote in marriage equality survey "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has announced the result of the national marriage equality postal vote survey.

Australian Statistician David Kalisch made the announcement in Canberra this morning at 10am AESDT.

Yes responses were 61.6 per cent of clear responses (7,817,247 votes).

No responses were 38.4 per cent of clear responses (4,873,987 votes).

Just 0.2 per cent were unclear (36,686 votes).

Every state and territory recorded a majority Yes result.

All were over 60 per cent, except NSW with the lowest result 57.8 per cent.

The highest was the ACT with 74 per cent.

Some 64.9 per cent of Victorians voted and 60.7 per cent of Queenslanders voted Yes.

A majority Yes outcome was recorded in 133 of the countrys 150 commonwealth electorates. A majority No outcome was recorded in only 17 electorates.

Some 59.7 per cent of respondents in the seat of Page was 57.9 per cent. Participation was 71.3 per cent.

Participation in the survey was over 70 per cent in almost all but four commonwealth electorates. Of those, it was over 60 per cent in three and over 50 per cent in the remaining one.

There was a response rate of 79.5 per cent or more than 12.7 million people.

More than 70 per cent of each age group voted.

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09:48

CIA Narrative On WikiLeaks Dominates Coverage Of Trump Jr. Correspondence "IndyWatch Feed National"

The CIA contends WikiLeaks is not a media organization but rather a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia. Response by the U.S. press to a report from The Atlantic on correspondence between WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr. wholly adopted the CIAs narrative, even though the public still lacks proof of such cooperation.

Moreover, although The Atlantic report merely shows communications between a Trump campaign official and WikiLeaks, it was treated as significant confirmation of Russian collusion.

Former CIA director Leon Panetta appeared on CNN and said the correspondence was another additional piece of evidence related to the activities of either [Trump] family members or members of his campaign working with the Russians in one way or another. Panetta maintained there was no question WikiLeaks was a cutout for the Russian government.

The basic message that should have gone out to all campaign individuals is do not interact with the Russians, Panetta added, when asked what the Trump campaign should have done when contacted by WikiLeaks. Do not interact with a foreign adversary that could very well come in and try to influence this election.

This is yet another level interest by the campaign in foreign assistance and not just any foreign assistance but foreign assistance tied to the Kremlin, Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN.

When host Wolf Blitzer asked Schiff to be precise on the relationship between the Kremlin and WikiLeaks, Schiff answered, Well, the Kremlin, well, was certainly using WikiLeaks to publish these documents. I think it gave them a certain level of deniability that the more direct cutouts like Guccifer 2.0 or DCLeaks that could be traced right back to the Kremlin would ultimately not provide them. But nonetheless, WikiLeaks is a sophisticated actor.

I fully believe that they knew exactly where they were getting this information about and were more than happy to coordinate with the Russians. I dont think that this is an issue so much of theyre being useful idiots as opposed to witting participants. There is a division of opinion, I think, among members about just how witting or useful they were. Nonetheless, the fact of the matter was this was clearly one of the outlets the Russians were using for publication.

Tony Blinken, a former deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama, also appeared on CNN and stated, WikiLeaks was basically a cutout. That is, everything that was exfiltrated from the DNC to the Clinton campaign was apparently passed on to WikiLeaks and WikiLeaks put it out. So this...

09:48

Trump Appointee Resigns After ProPublica Report "IndyWatch Feed National"

A senior official in charge of a federal loan guarantee program resigned after ProPublica reported his prior role in obtaining a guarantee under the same program as part of a deal that failed.

The official, Gavin Clarkson, stepped down Monday as deputy assistant secretary for policy and economic development in the Interior Departments Bureau of Indian Affairs. He was appointed in June and his position did not require Senate confirmation.

At the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Clarkson supervised a program that provides loan guarantees to Indian businesses. As ProPublica reported, in his previous role as a businessman and academic, he had arranged financing and a $20 million guarantee, under the same program, for a loan that helped an Indian tribe buy a Wall Street brokerage.

The loan did not appear to meet the departments guidelines for a guarantee but one was approved anyway. The brokerage ultimately went bankrupt and the loan was defaulted on. The department is still fighting that liability in court. (Even though the loan went sour, Clarkson and his company were paid $327,500, according to a filing in a related lawsuit.)

The transaction was criticized by the Interior Departments internal watchdog in two separate reports this year. In a report this March, the inspector general found that the loan guarantee Clarkson arranged departed from guidelines and raised several red flags that made it particularly risky. The IG didnt find any criminal violations, and a related grand jury investigation did not return any indictments.

In a second report, which was released yesterday, the IG said the loan program lacked adequate controls.

Clarkson faced pressure to resign because he hadnt disclosed his role in the scandal, according to a department official.

A department spokeswoman declined to comment, and Clarkson didnt answer requests for comment.

09:44

Naked people terrorize Missouri town, synthetic drug flakka suspected "IndyWatch Feed National"

Several people went on a rampage in a small Missouri town that included barking like dogs, yelling, breaking into buildings and showering naked in soda water. The incident is being blamed on a synthetic drug that often causes extreme behavior.

Police believe the man-made drug Flakka was the cause of the behavior, which left the town of Sullivan in eastern Missouri reeling and searching for answers, the Kansas City Star reported.

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Two people were arrested in relation to the incident, while several were treated at the hospital. The drugs recovered have not yet been tested, but police think the users mixed methamphetamine with flakka.

We had multiple incidents this past weekend of people on some kind of substance acting out of their minds, Police Lieutenant Patrick Johnson said, according to the Sullivan Independent NewsBarking like dogs, running up and down the street entering peoples homes, breaking into a business, yelling outside of local businesses.

One business owner described a theft that took place during the incident.

My dad came in Saturday morning ready to open the place (up) and noticed that the doors by the machine area were opened up and came in and noticed one of our cash registers was knocked over on the floor, Alec Ockrassa, the general manager of Sullivan Bowl, told...

09:15

Dog Is So Obsessed With Her New Rescue Turkey "IndyWatch Feed National"

Minnow the dogs first feathery love was Chickpea, a tiny rescue chicken whom Abbie Hubbard brought home earlier this year.

He would sleep in Minnows tail, Abbie Hubbard, deputy director at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, told The Dodo. They were really cute together.

Credit: Abbie Hubbard

Hubbard initially believed that Chickpea was a female. But as Chickpea started to crow, Hubbard discovered that she was a he.

Hubbard lives in a townhouse in suburban Virginia, and the local county doesnt allow residents to keep roosters. So Hubbard made the difficult decision to rehome Chickpea at Burgundy Farm Country Day School, which has a small sanctuary for rescued farm animals.

Credit: Abbie Hubbard

Giving Chickpea up was such a hard thing it felt like ripping my heart out, Hubbard said. On the other hand, hes so happy there. I visit him every week, and I get pictures from the caretakers on a daily basis. Hes living the best life ever, but I was totally missing him.

Hubbard wasnt the only one to miss Chickpea Minnow did as well. So when Hubbard got a call from a fellow rescuer, asking if shed be interested in fostering a turkey named Blossom, Hubbard answered with an enthusiastic yes.

Credit: Abbie Hubbard

Blossom had been rescued from a factory farm in West Virginia. When she was about 5 weeks old, farm workers went to move Blossom and other turkeys to a grow house, a facility that holds the turkeys while they fatten up in preparation fo...

09:15

ALP, Greens, NXT respond to latest TPP-11 news "IndyWatch Feed National"

November 15, 2017: TPP-11 talks have been salvaged for now. The unpopular trade agreement has been rebranded the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). It still contains special rights for foreign investors to sue governments (ISDS), and controversial clauses have been suspended rather than deleted. The deal would restrict future governments from re-regulating essential services, and result in more vulnerable temporary migrant workers.

Below is a summary of responses from the ALP the Greens and NXT.

Labors Jason Clare MP, Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment, said the delay in finalising a deal is an opportunity for the Turnbull government to fix flaws in the TPP. He called for investor dispute settlement clauses (ISDS) to be renegotiated), and reiterated Labors recent calls for the Productivity Commission to conduct independent economic modelling of the deal.

On the issue of vulnerable temporary workers and  labour market testing, he said: In the TPP Turnbull waived labour market testing for six countries - Canada, Peru, Mexico, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam Turnbull should put Australian workers first and reinstate labour market testing in the CPTPP for those countries.

Greens Trade spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said Australians have been let down by the Turnbull government as it attempts to resurrect the fraught TPP.

"While Canada and New Zealand's Prime Ministers have stood up for their local communities and economies Malcolm Turnbull was prepared to trade away our democratic rights, letting multinational corporations power to sue our governments and taxpayers. The insidious ISDS clauses are threat to community action and progressive government and policy reform.  These anti-people, anti-environment clauses will allow big corporations to weaken our environmental, labour and cultural rules and protections. The Turnbull Government must stop trading away our democratic and cultural assets and instead get on with reforming the treaty negotiation process, so Australians can have confidence these deals are being done in their interests.

NXT spokesperson, Nick Xenophon, said:

09:12

Vaccination papers, please: Cops harass mom at bus stop and grill her on son's immunization status "IndyWatch Feed National"

A particularly disturbing video was submitted to the Free Thought Project this week showing the Orwellian implications of state-mandated vaccination laws. Porsha Rasheed was simply walking her six-year-old son to the bus stop last week when she was approached by a Claremont police officer and a representative of the school district and harassed in an attempt to find out the vaccination status of her child. Rasheed, who appears to be well-informed of her rights, did the right thing and filmed the interaction and also refused to answer their questions. However, it does not take away from the sheer ominous nature of this type of activity. On June 30, 2015, California governor Jerry Brown signed SB 277 effectively stripping the personal and religious belief exemptions for parents who choose not to vaccinate their children. The law went into effect in 2016 and required that all children entering daycare, kindergarten, or 7th grade to be vaccinated unless they have a medical exemption. Now, it appears that the enforcers of this recently enacted law are going to extreme lengths to do their job of forcing compliance-up to and including staking out parents as they drop their kids off at the bus stop. In true Stasi-esque fashion, the officer and the school official approached Rasheed and demanded she show them her papers.

09:00

Detectives in Kansas City Release Man who Answered Interrogation Questions by Passing Gas "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Kansas City man facing potential federal drug and weapons charges flexed his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent during a police interrogation by passing passing gas instead of answering questions.

A detective interrogating 24-year-old Sean A. Sykes Jr. decided to cut him loose after holding him for possession with intent to sell cocaine, possession of marijuana and two handguns.

One of the stolen guns was a .357 Magnum found inside Sykes vehicle.

During the interrogation, Sykes denied knowing anything about the guns or drugs he was accused of possessing.

The detective questioning Sykes noted in his report that when he asked for his address Sykes leaned to one side of his chair and release a loud fart before answering.

A federal detectives questioning Sean Sykes Jr. on gun and drugs charges ended his interrogation after Sykes continued to break wind violently instead of incriminating himself by answering his questions.

According to the Kansas City Star, Sykes continued to be flatulent and the detective ended the interview prematurely.

Mr. Sykes continued to be flatulent and I ended the interview, the detective noted in his report.

Sykes was in a car that police searched on September 1 where they found a backpack containing the drugs.

After being taken into custody, Sykes farts managed to bring the interrogation, and charges against him, to a halt.

Charges related to the September 1 drugs and weapons charges were never filed.

However, Sykes luck apparently ran out when he was pulled over by police on November 5.

Kansas City police officers searched Sykes vehicle again and reportedly found crack cocaine, marijuana and a stolen handgun.

After being caught for the second time, Sykes is now being held in custody on possession charges.

The detectives report surfaced when Mr. Sykes made an initial court appearance on Monday, November 6.

He remains in custody pending a future hearing where his bond amount will be determined.

Hes currently charged with being a felon in possession of three firearms and possession with intent to sell cocaine.

According to the...

08:53

TPP 11 critical analysis from experts and Fairfax media "IndyWatch Feed National"

15 November, 2017: The Conversation features critical analysis from Pat Ranald, Deborah Gleeson,  Belinda Townsend  and others  about what has and hasnt changed in the TPP11 after the ministerial meetings last week. See also Peter Martin's article in Fairfax media.

 

 

08:39

Aust to help lead aid efforts for Rohingya "IndyWatch Feed National"

More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar have fled to Bangladesh, following military atrocities that the United Nations has dubbed a text book case of ethnic cleansing.

Myanmars army has released a report denying all allegations of mass rape and killings by security forces.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull held private talks with Myanmars de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the margins of the East Asia Summit in Manila.

Later during an address to assembled leaders he expressed concerns for the welfare of victims of the violence.

Its understood he told leaders he welcomed Ms Suu Kyis efforts to resolve the crisis and heaped praise on Indonesias diplomacy efforts.

A Nobel Peace Prize winner, Ms Suu Kyi has come under fire from the international community over her handling of the crisis.Myanmar is predominately Buddhist and Rohingya people do not have citizenship and the government considers them as illegal migrants from Bangladesh.

The country is making a rocky transition to a civilian government after 49 years of military rule.

The Turnbull government last week announced a four week fundraising campaign for aid agencies responding to the humanitarian crisis.

The government will match public donation of up to $5 million to the Australian Red Cross and the United Nations refugee arm.

The government has pledged $30 million in emergency funds since September.Australias military is continuing defence cooperation with Myanmar despite the United Kingdom and United States issuing a ban.

Military assistance is worth almost $400,000 and involves training in humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, peace keeping and English classes.

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08:36

NZ to give $NZ3m to Manus, Nauru refugees "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jacinda Ardern, the new prime minister of New Zealand.

Jacinda Ardern, the new prime minister of New Zealand.

New Zealand will spend $NZ3 million ($A2.7 million) to provide essential services for refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru while still putting pressure on Australia to accept an offer to resettle 150 people.

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealed the spend after a second conversation in two days with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over Canberras handling of the issue.

Meetings have also been held by officials from both sides and the Kiwis will begin work to expedite processing if and when the offer is taken up.

That is more progress than New Zealand has seen on the offer, first made by former prime minister John Key four years ago, in some time, Ms Ardern said.

But its still expected to take around five months to process and resettle any refugees sent to New Zealand and there remains a need to care for those on the islands in the interim, she said.

We intend to work with Papua New Guinea and other agencies like the International Red Cross to financially support them with any additional needs that they may need to be met while those refugees remain on the island, she announced in Manila late on Tuesday night (local time).

Australia is aware of that spend and Ms Ardern said she imagined they would be pleased rather than embarrassed to see New Zealand stepping in to assist with a resolution.

Meanwhile New Zealands offer has strong support from within the parliament.

The Senate passed a motion on Tuesday afternoon calling on Mr Turnbull to accept New Zealands offer.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has also urged Mr Turnbull to reconsider.

Ms Ardern has spoken to Mr Shorten about the offer, most recently in passing several weeks ago.

Ive seen public statements from him so Ive seen his position on it but obviously were working with the Australian government on the issue, she said.

The offer was first made to Labor prime minister Julia Gillard, who rejected it.

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08:33

Keating warns of China-US relationship "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former prime minister Paul Keating. AAP Image/POOL/Mick Tsikas

Former prime minister Paul Keating. AAP Image/POOL/Mick Tsikas

Paul Keating warns Australias greatest challenge will be determined by how the relationship between China and the United States plays out over the next 20 years.

For Australia, there is no bigger threat than a breakdown of co-operation between the US and China, the former prime minister told the annual Committee for Economic Development of Australia dinner in Sydney on Tuesday.

We must do all we can to resist such an impasse, he said referring to escalation in tension between the two superpowers.

America is still and will remain our security alliance partner, the worlds predominant military power and a great democracy.

He told diners Australia had an overwhelming interest in making sure the two powerful states co-exist harmoniously.

Mr Keating said he believed the recent meeting between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping to have been encouraging.

During this meeting Mr Trump referred to President Xi Jinping as a great friend and said the Chinese people should be proud to have him as their leader.

Despite the appearance of a growing bromance, Mr Keating said there was no real evidence of progress on the key issues of the USs massive trade imbalance or North Koreas nuclear program.

He said Australia had no interest in publicly or privately encouraging the US or China down the path of crude economic nationalism.

Mr Keating said in government he had been committed to market reforms but always alongside the economic and social imperatives of inclusion and justice.

However the US lacked this balance.

We can see in America today what the loss of these balances means, watching the extremes of income and wealth rip at the fabric of American society.

As time has passed we can see how superior Australias model under Labor has been.

However Mr Keating added despite Australias prosperity he had a growing concern for income distribution is becoming more unequal and our wealth distribution much more so.

The post...

08:29

Vaccine could give hope to cancer patients "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian researchers are working on a revolutionary vaccine to help people in their fight against breast and gastric cancer.

The vaccine, developed by Melbourne-based biopharmaceutical company Imugene, is designed to treat patients with higher-than-normal levels of the HER2 protein which can cause cancer to become more aggressive.

Imugenes chief scientific officer Ursula Wiedermann said the vaccine helps stimulate a patients immune system to fight the cancer and could in future be used in combination with chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments.

Repeated doses of the vaccine would continue to be given to patients to help keep cancer at bay.

Its like tetanus, you need a booster vaccine to keep the memory of the immune system activated, Prof Wiedermann told News Corp.

The HER-vaxx is currently being trialled among gastric cancer patients in Asia.

The HER2 protein, also known as human epidermal growth factor receptor 2, helps cells grow and divide.

But when too much of the protein is produced in the body it can cause cancer to grow faster and spread.

About one in five people have HER2-positive breast cancer.

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08:10

Market Talk- November 14, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

All core markets finished lower in Asia today, with the possible exception of the Nikkei that closed almost unchanged. The Hang Seng closed small down but was Shanghai that lost -0.5% which after the data was actually not that bad! Today we saw Industrial Production, Retail Sales and Investment Spending and it was the talk for the day as it appears the government crack-down on debt is well underway. Industrial Production fell 0.1% short of expectations at 6.2%, Retail Sales at 10% and Investment from 9.2% down to just 5.6 in October. However, even given todays data releases China will comfortably meet the governments 6.5% projections. The Resources decline hindered the Australian ASX with a near 1% fall on the day. The SENSEX did open better but was pulled lower by all other markets. Eventually, after a brief attempt to rally mid-afternoon, the index closed on its days low -0.3%.

Early talk was of the declining price of cable, trading around 1.3050 (-0.5%) at one stage after UK inflation data was released. A 3% print is not matching the scare that the BOE warned may print, but I guess it saves on the price of a postage stamp! Sterling did recover towards the end of the day after rumours that BREXIT offers may require approval but also US tax delays could hinder dollar strength. The Euro traded well all day after German GDP rose 0.8% , well above the 0.6% forecast. This figure however did not help Europes core equity indices however, as both DAX and CAC saw declines of around -0.4%. FTSE finished almost unchanged whilst Spains IBEX closed the weaker of the bunch down -0.6%.

GE was again the headline conversation for US markets with an 8% decline yet again today. The days lows were hit early and the remainder a result prices actually recovered. It did look scary at one stage mid morning but the worst was over. There is still uncertainty surrounding tax proposals and its this lack of clarity that markets fear. The Producer Prices were a welcome sign and again this encourages more curve flattening.

2s closed 1.69% (+1bp), 10s 2.38% (-3bp), 30s 2.83% (-4bp), Bunds 0.39% (-2bp), France 0.75% (-3bp), Italy 1.81% (-1bp), Greece 5% (+2bp), Turkey 11.98% (u/c), Portugal 1.95% (-1bp)...

07:35

Twitter colludes with Dems, leaks Trump Jr./Wikileaks DMs - Trump Jr. responds by releasing the whole exchange, proving there's nothing to it "IndyWatch Feed National"

Twitter continues to show its liberal left teeth, undermining its own terms and privacy in an effort to derail Trump's presidency. The Atlantic published private messages between Wikileaks and Trump Jr. under the headline and excerpt... "The Secret Correspondence Between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks" The transparency organization asked the president's son for his cooperation - in sharing its work, in contesting the results of the election, and in arranging for Julian Assange to be Australia's ambassador to the United States. The Atlantic notes that, "The messages, obtained by The Atlantic, were also turned over by Trump Jr.'s lawyers to congressional investigators."

07:32

Another False Flag Shooting In California-The Official Narrative Is Already Changing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Another False Flag Shooting In California-The Official Narrative Is Already Changing

Question:  Psst, How do you know the Californial school shooting is a false flag?
  Answer: Because the story keeps changing and now we know there is only one shooter when it was clearly reported it was two shooters.

My heart goes out to the people of Corning, California, the victims and their families for yet another horrific event involving mass murder.

After the Vegas Massacre, I predicted we were going to see false flag events involving (1) malls, (2) churces and (3) schools. Since that prediction just over a week a go, we have had mass murder events perpetrated at two of the three venues.

After the false flag in Sutherland Springs, TX., Paul Preston of Agenda 21 Radio accurately predicted that the next event would be at a California school. Unfortunately, Paul was correct.

The Common Sense Show is calling on authorities across the nation to recognize that our nation is at war with domestic terrorists. Every school, mall and church needs to be guarded by people who are armed. 

We know that the Vegas Massacre was carried out by more than one shooter. We know that the Texas church shooting was carried out by more than one shooter. We know that the recent California school shooting was carried out by 2 men. However, in each case the federal authorities are attempting to control the narrative and falsely report that the presence of one shooter for each of the evvents. Why? Because two or more shooters implies a conspiracy. A conspiracy would be tied to a motive and the true motives behind these events must remain hidden for the events to have their desired effect. What effect would that be? These events are being inspired and executed by forces formed by George Soros. The purpose is to create so much chaos, that the UN, as Fox News reported, would be allowed to police America in this time of national chaos.

If we ever allow this to happen, this would be the death blow to this country and its citizes.

Please note below from this first report from the scene of this afternoons shooting that 2 men were involved.

The Changing News Accounts...

07:12

The Gary Null Show 11.14.17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today is November 14th and like always The Gary Null Show is here to inform you on the best news in health, healing, the environment and all things political around the world. On this episode Gary has elizabeth on the phone to answer all of your health questions you have been emailing in to prnstudio@gmail.com. Gary also has a commentary from ...

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06:56

Mass Shooters are Disproportionately US Veterans "IndyWatch Feed National"

Editorial Are veterans of the U.S. military disproportionately likely to be mass killers in the United States? Asking such a question is difficult, first because of concerns of profiling, discrimination, etc., and second, because its hard to answer.

Its important to answer because its important for us to know whether military training is contributing to this epidemic, a fact that (one must rush to say) would not somehow eliminate the roles played by gender, guns, mental illness, domestic violence, a violent culture, the mass media, economic inequality, or anything else.

Looking at this list of mass shootings in the United States, one notices the following:

  • ninety-eight percent of the shootings were done by male shooters;
  • the vast majority had mental health problems;
  • the racial breakdown looks roughly equivalent to that in the population as a whole;
  • the creators of the list have not bothered to create a thorough record of which shooters had been in the military.

Beginning to sort out an answer, one quickly discovers that many mass-killings by veterans have been excluded from this list. World War II veteran Howard Barton Unruh killed 13 people in 1949 in New Jersey, but that was too early to make it onto this list. Persian Gulf veteran Timothy McVeigh killed 168 in Oklahoma City in 1995 but didnt use guns. Persian Gulf veteran Robert Flores shot his three nursing professors in Tucson, Arizona, in 2002, but only killings of four or more have been included. The same restriction keeps out U.S. Marine Corps veteran Radcliffe Haughtons killing of three women in Wisconsin in 2012. Even the D.C. sniper, Persian Gulf veteran John Allen Muhammad, who killed 17 in the Washington, D.C., area in 2002, with a partner, and using guns, is not included perhaps because he didnt kill all of his victims at once.

Proceeding with this list nonetheless, we should be able to determine what percentage of the shooters on the list are veterans, and then compare that to the general population. But how exactly do we do that? It would be crazy to look at figures for the general population as opposed to those for men only, because the percentages of men and of women who are veterans are very different. And even looking at men only, the percentage who are veterans in the U.S. population varies dramatically by age group. Almost all of the shooters are men, and almost all of them are between ages 18 and 59. Above age 59, the percentage of men in the general population who are veterans leaps up dramatically. Between 18 and 59 by averaging the percentages for each age year about 1...

06:55

Study Shows: One Natural Practice Prevents SIDS in Over 60% of Cases. Yet No Country is Following These Guidelines "IndyWatch Feed National"

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SIDs or sudden infant death syndrome is a devastating tragedy in the family: a perfectly healthy baby dying unexpectedly; and no scientist has so far being able to find a reason why. There are many theories that are being discussed, immunizations being one of them, but no conclusive answer has been discovered so far.

While the scientific community is looking for answers, SIDs continues to be the leading cause of deaths of children below the age of one; and every year, about 2,000 babies in the U.S. die from SIDS. In most cases, SIDS happens between the ages of two and four months.

What if many of these cases can be easily prevented?

A new study published in Pediatrics looked at over 2,200 SIDs cases and found out that it can be prevented in over half of the cases by doing what nature intended us to do breastfeeding.

Study: Reduce the Risk of SIDs by 64%

Scientists at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, examined 2,267 SIDs cases, along with 6,837 healthy babies, and found that SIDs can be prevented by breastfeeding alone.

By breastfeeding the baby for just two to four months, you may cut the risk of SIDs by 40%; for four to six months by 60%; and longer than 6 months by 64%.

The study also found that the amount of breastfeeding is irrelevant. Breast feeding can be supplemented by formula when needed, but researchers do encourage mothers to breastfeed exclusively for six months if possible.

Unfortunately, the United States has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world, while New Zealand, the home of this study, has one of the highest.

But whether high or low rates, there is another guideline that not a single country in the world is following.

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Not a Single Country in The World Follows The WHO Guideline

The WHO confirms how important it is to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months, and with food supplementation for at least two years, and calls it a natural vac...

06:44

Talk Nation Radio: War Stories "IndyWatch Feed National"

The late Eduardo Galeanos forthcoming book, Hunter of Stories, has five or ten sentences on each page each page a tiny story, their combination engaging and powerful. Galeano includes the story of a war resister who chose to die rather than kill, and that of an Iraqi who foretold and pre-grieved the 2003 looting of the National Museum, also the story of former drone pilot Brandon Bryant who quit after killing a child and being lied to that the child had been a dog, not to mention the story of the World War I Christmas truces. These are all true stories, some new and some familiar, all well documented elsewhere, but Galeano doesnt bother with the documentation here. He simply tells the stories extremely simply, he tells the stories. He inspires me to offer the following, and to search for more. If you have ideas for the very best incidents to recount that fit into the following pattern, please let me know. The stories here are meant, not to depict every aspect of war or peace, much less to cover the entire history of war and peace. Theres no need to send me the full list of thousands and millions of stories not included here. The stories below are meant to encourage questioning of war-thinking. Send me the best anecdotes that further that project please.
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06:43

MACKAY Drunken pie run lands man in court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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06:26

Australias same-sex marriage postal survey: 61.6% YES, 38.4% no live "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Read here Andrew Wilkie: Community says YES to same-sex marriage While the LGBTI community should never have been subjected to this costly and divisive postal vote in the first place, Im delighted that a yes vote has been returned, Mr Wilkie said. This is a win for those whove worked tirelessly to end the discrimination in the Marriage Act. Its also a win for the thousands of same-sex couples who just want to have the same rights as everyone else. But the fight isnt over. Malcolm Turnbull must reject the disgusting bill being circulated by some conservative members of the Liberal Party, which would entrench new forms of discrimination and bigotry in Australian law Rodney Croome: Love wins the day as Tasmanians and Australians vote for equality

06:26

Do they do the "perp walk" in Israel? "IndyWatch Feed National"

"The Australian casino owner James Packer and the Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan probably never imagined they would be running a free drinks delivery service for the Israeli prime minister and his wife. But when Sara Netanyahu called an assistant of...

06:15

The Quest for Security: Is it rational? has it actually made us safer? At what cost? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Download address to the Royal Society of Tasmania, by Saul Eslake, Independent Economist, and Vice-Chancellors Fellow, University of Tasmania, Government House, Hobart, 14th November 2017  

06:07

Major Projects Legislation will fast-track the cable car, skyscrapers and resorts in reserves "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The Tasmanian Conservation Trust puts the Liberal and Labor parties on notice about the dangers of the State Governments Draft Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment (Major Projects) Bill 2017(Major Projects Legislation), which will soon be tabled in the state parliament. The Major Projects Legislation is unacceptable and, if the state government insists on introducing it, the Legislative Council should refuse it, said TCT Director Peter McGlone

06:06

Antisemitism bill hearing reflects disagreement in Jewish community over dual loyalty "IndyWatch Feed National"

On November 7, the House Judiciary Committee held hearings over the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, a bill that would broaden the definition of antisemitism to include criticism of Israel. If passed, the legislation would instruct the Department of Education to consider the State Departments definition of antisemitism when investigating educational institutions for discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. The House Judiciary Committee heard testimonies in support of the bill from individuals representing institutions such as the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Those who argued against the bill were Jewish Studies professors and representatives of advocacy groups.

During the question and answer portion of the hearing, an exchange between Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Dr. Barry Trachtenberg, the Chair of Jewish History at Wake Forest University, was revealing and rooted in American Jewish history. Trachtenberg argued that the State Departments definition of antisemitism was deeply flawed because it defines all accusations of American Jewish dual-loyalty as inherently antisemitic. By these standards, the ideas of Theodor Herzl could be defined as antisemitic. Herzl argued that because Jews represent one people, it is useless for them to be loyal to any other state but the proposed Jewish State. Rabbi Cooper seemed to misunderstand the argument, reflexively accusing Trachtenberg of providing cannon fodder for antisemites.

It is noteworthy that, in many ways, the exchange between Cooper and Trachtenberg mirrored the first time an American Jewish organization broached the topic of dual-loyalty after the establishment of Israel. The year 1949 marked United Jewish Appeals ingathering of the exiles campaign. This Zionist philanthropic effort aimed at supplying the new state of Israel with American Jewish immigrants. In response to these calls from American Zionists and Israeli leaders, the American Council for Judaism, a group of anti-Zionist German-American Reform Jews, stated that these calls could bring up the question of dual-loyalty among antisemites. In response, virtually every major American Jewish organization, acting through an umbrella organization called the National Community Relations Advisory Committee, accused the ACJ of fueling antisemitism. Virtually every major English and Yiddish language periodical in the American Jewish press ran the NCRAC condemnation of the ACJ. By 1950, the ACJ found itself blacklisted.

Why, after six years of relative tolerance of similar ACJ members statements, did American Jewish organizations react in such a way? I argue that during the height of the McCarthy era of American politics, the dual-loyalty charge took on added sensitivity for American Jews. Beyond the accusati...

06:00

Idiot Voters and Trolling the Internet: Russia, Social Media Giants and US Elections "IndyWatch Feed National"

The program usually pokes fun, riddles and irks a fourth estate that has long given up the chase for verity.  Media Watch, after years of weather beaten but reliable service, remains Australias only real source of genuine critical comment about journalistic practice and its poorer practices. Over the years, it has exposed fictions, unearthed myths and lampooned incompetence.

Not, however, on this occasion. The November 13 program seemed to swallow the gruel on Russian interference in the US elections of 2016 with an un-ironic, unflinching insistence. Political figures from Congress and testimony from the Senate Judiciary Committee.  And, most of all, the US voter was made to look the fool.

Paul Barry, the host, explained that Russians were spreading dirt on Hillary Clinton, using stolen Democratic Party emails, which Russian intelligence offered to the Trump campaign in 2016.  Nothing is mentioned about any internal Democratic grievance, or dimension, that would have also fed this, not to mention the compromising accuracy of those emails.

What this program persistently emphasises is dirt more appropriately gold dust, be it to elector or Trump supporter that placed Clinton in a poor light.  Barry runs segments featuring a concerned Representative Adam Schiff, who claims to now know as a result of the guilty plea by Trump campaign foreign policy advisor, George Papadopoulos, that the Russians approached the Trump campaign as early as April of 2016, to inform them that they were in possession of dirt on Hillary Clinton in the form of thousands of stolen emails.

It soon becomes clear that Barry, and, in fact, the individuals he cites, consider the means of obtaining such material more significant than what it discloses.  Why, after all, bother about the awe inspiring deficiencies of the Democratic campaign, with its tarnished leader?

It then follows that what was also used in the US election was a grand binge of misinformation, which the US voter, scented ignoramus, is supposedly incapable of discerning.  In the two months up to polling day, Barry advances, Russian Twitter accounts put out 1.4 million tweets that were viewed 288 million times.  What influence, albeit unmeasured and ungauged!

Facebook, claims the grave Barry, also featured, with the company admitting to the Senate that between 2015 and 2017 one single Russian troll factory put out 80,000 Facebook posts that reached 126 million Americans.

Barry does, at the very least, note the minute portion of Russian sponsored ads on Facebook some 0.004 percent, though he goes on to claim, without any verifiable basis, that this was enough to stitch the election, given that Trump won the presidency by a handful of votes......

05:00

Why support Strong Towns? 6 members give their answers. "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are so many ways to apply Strong Towns principles and we see our members putting them into action across the country every day. Our members sit on city councils, they make planning decisions for their towns, they step up on behalf of their neighborhoods... In short, our members are involved in building strong towns at every level.

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Planners and engineers say they value Strong Towns' commitment to questioning the status quo and inspiring leaders in the field.

"I work as a planner, and I believe planners should always be in the habit of observing, questioning, and finding truth, in an arena often dominated by politics and ideology. Strong Towns keeps me observing and questioning."  ~ Chuen Ng, Lancaster, CA

"In my professional work, making cities more walkable, Strong Towns is a consistently excellent resource.  From the Black Friday parking lot photos, to No New Roads, the Growth Ponzi Scheme and the Curbside Chat.  It is helpful to have access to the resources, helpful to point other people to those resources, helpful to see what is happening across the country, and helpful to have such consistently excellent thought leadership." ~ Heyden Walker, Austin, TX


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04:24

Humanitarian Crisis Escalates at Australias Refugee Detention Centre in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed National"

(GV)  A fully blown humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Papua New Guinea at the recently decommissioned Manus Island Regional Processing Centre, the much-criticised detention facility where for years Australia sent asylum seekers who had arrived to its shores by boat.

The centre was officially shut down at the end of October; in April 2016 the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court had ordered its closure after finding that the detention of asylum seekers there was illegal.

However, 600 asylum seekers have refused to be relocated to other facilities, citing fear of violence and distrust of authorities, and the same court has rejected an application to restore services such as electricity, health, food and water.

There are growing concerns for their safety:

There have been many incidents of violence against detainees including shots being fired into the camp, allegedly by members of the Papua New Guinea military.

The refugees have no reason to trust the Australian government

As explained in earlier Global Voices posts about the issue, Australias controversial policy deals with asylum seekers who arrive by boat by:

[] housing them in offshore detention centres on either Nauru or Papua New Guineas Manus Island, and turning those headed to Australia back. Those who are detained and their asylum claims accepted...

04:24

Activists Barricade #Perth Border Force Office in Solidarity With #Refugees on #Manus "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today members of the Refugee Rights Action Network and Whistleblowers Activist Citizens Alliance Western Australia (WACA WA) have barricaded the doors to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Perth in solidarity with the men on Manus who have barricaded themselves inside the detention centre on Lombrum Naval Base in PNG.

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Activists Barricade Perth Border Force Office in Solidarity With Refugees on Manus

Australia. Today members of the Refugee Rights Action Network and Whistl...

03:48

Brian Houston of Hillsong will come out if Australia votes yes for gay marriage "IndyWatch Feed National"

GAY LORD POPE BRAIN HOUSTON OF HELL$ONG: Please note. Its sad how people IMITATE ME and other well known pastors to RIP OFF very good people. BEWARETODAY IS A NEW DAY PRAISE THE LORDAND AMEN AND AMENIF THE POPULACE OF THE GREAT NATION OF TERRA AUSTRALIS VOTES YES FOR GAY MARRIAGE THEN THIS IS THE GAY AND HAPPY DAY ILL FINALLY COME OUT

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03:48

The Revolutionary University: Remembering Communiqu from an Absent Future AB "IndyWatch Feed National"

Recently, Antifas presence on campusmilitantly battling fascistic speakers and influenceshas given rise to key questions. How can we continue to radicalize the university? How can we turn it into an engine for revolutionary experimentation and coordination on a mass scale?

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Recently, Antifas presence on campusmilitantly battling fascistic speakers and influenceshas given rise to key questions. How can we continue to radicalize the university? How can we turn it into an engine for revolutionary experimentation and coordination on a mass scale?

To answer these questions, one of the most important things we can do is to retrieve from...

03:24

This seems like a big deal "IndyWatch Feed National"

The folks at Big Science are again putting humanity on blast. Twenty-five years ago, they issued a dire warning, one that hasnt resulted in sustained, meaningful results:

Twenty-five years ago, the Union of Concerned Scientists and more than 1700 independent scientists, including the majority of living Nobel laureates in the sciences, penned the 1992 World Scientists Warning to Humanity (see supplemental file S1). These concerned professionals called on humankind to curtail environmental destruction and cautioned that a great change in our stewardship of the Earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided.

On the twenty-fifth anniversary of their call, we look back at their warning and evaluate the human response by exploring available time-series data. Since 1992, with the exception of stabilizing the stratospheric ozone layer, humanity has failed to make sufficient progress in generally solving these foreseen environmental challenges, and alarmingly, most of them are getting far worse.

Is it too much to ask our beloved leaders to respond to this in a meaningful way? Lets say the media actually does this. In this dream scenario, they could really hold their feet to the fire be tenacious, refuse to accept non-answers, point out conflicts of interest, refute illogic, etc. It seems pretty important:

To prevent widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss, humanity must practice a more environmentally sustainable alternative to business as usual. This prescription was well articulated by the worlds leading scientists 25 years ago, but in most respects, we have not heeded their warning. Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory, and time is running out. We must recognize, in our day-to-day lives and in our governing institutions, that Earth with all its life is our only home.

None of this should be news to readers of this site. But the paper appears to be exceptionally noteworthy:

We have been overwhelmed with the support for our article and thank the more than 15,000 signatories from all ends of the Earth (see supplemental file S2 for list of signatories). As far as we know, this is the most scientists to ever co-sign and formally support a published journal article.

Worth pondering is what to do when legal means of halting our death march continue to fail. Sure there are small victories here and there for example, the article notes the decline in the manufacturing pf ozone depleting substances. B...

03:08

Open Letter to the Director of United States Department of State "IndyWatch Feed National"

Submitted to Operation Disclosure

To: Director of United States Department of State Seattle Passport Agency 2nd letter November 8, 2017 first letter dated October 21, 2017 and attached.

RE: 532552066 COPIES WILL BE SENT TO SEVERAL CORPORATE GOVERNANCE OFFICES.

Notice to the agent is notice to the Principal and so forth. I do lawful not legal and this is my best effort.

A reply to a communiqu from your department dated 10/31/2017 a trick or treat response that does not provide due process.

Take heed. It is on the record in Federal District Court Portland, Oregon that I am an American State National an Oregonian. A non US citizen. Un-rebutted on the record stands as fact.

Thank you for the return of my birth certificate. I was born on Nevada, currently an Oregonian, being denied a non US citizens passport. I deny there is any evidence to justify withholding my passport... Whoever issues passports; assumes the obligation to abide by governing law, not quote a Nationality act dated 14 years after my birth on Nevada. Your word art is expos facto. I was a US citizen during my hitch in the U.S. Navy. 3 years, 11 months and 28 days. I loved it. That was a temporary situation. I also applied for and obtained a US citizen type passport and used it for many years. In Europe and all over the Americas, it has expired. I even answered up in court to RONALD CHARLES VROOMAN are you a citizen of the US?.. Yes your Honor.

What about my right to expatriate?

I discovered the fraud and I am taking all the bastards to court. The Portland court cannot provide an Article III court. I moved my cases to district court DC. A minion or robot of yours sent to me an unsigned letter addressed to me and I received it. I have rebutted it. One cannot un-ring the bell.
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You will comply with your Constitutional oath and provide me with a passport as an Oregonian, a born national state man with bloodlines from the Revolution, as a direct descendant from a Father and Son they fought for New York. Bloodline landed on America 1664; from the several states.
You may also state your evidence of due cause to deny me due process. I deny you have any such evidence.

You have 21 days from the date of this letter to respond with a passport. With full faith and credit. This is an enumerated responsibility.

Should you choose to ignore my lawful demand? I will obtain your name and make you a defendant in....

03:04

Duterte berates Canadas Trudeau at end of Philippines summit "IndyWatch Feed National"

MANILA (Reuters) Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte attacked Canadas Justin Trudeau at the end of a summit of Asian and Western nations for raising questions about his war on drugs, a topic skirted by other leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump.

At the traditional news conference by the host nation at the end of the summit on Tuesday, Duterte was asked how he had responded to the Canadian prime minister raising the issue of human rights and extra-judicial killings in his anti-drugs drive.

I said I will not explain. It is a personal and official insult, the Philippines president said in the course of a rambling answer, although he did not refer to Trudeau by name.

I only answer to the Filipino. I will not answer to any other bullshit, especially foreigners. Lay off.

Earlier in the day, Trudeau told a news conference that during his meeting with Duterte the president was receptive to my comments and it was throughout a very cordial and positive exchange.

Human rights activists had been hoping that leaders at the summit, including Trump, would raise the issue of the thousands of users and small-time pushers killed in the campaign that was launched by Duterte after he took office in mid-2016.

His government says the police act in self-defense during drug-busts, but critics say executions are taking place with no accountability.

There was no pressure from Trump on the drugs war when he met Duterte on Monday and the U.S. president later said the two had a great relationship.

A joint statement after the meeting only said the two sides underscored that human rights and the dignity of human life are essential, and agreed to continue mainstreaming the human rights agenda in their national programs.

Duterte cursed Trumps predecessor, Barack Obama, last year for raising concerns about the war on drugs and he subsequently declared that he was breaking ties with the United States, a close ally of the Philippines since World War Two. The relationship appears to have got back on track after the bonhomie between him and Trump.

Trudeau also said that he raised the issue of the exodus of Rohingya during a meeting with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, another sensitive topic bypassed by most other leaders, although he did not mention the Muslim minority by name.

This is a tremendous concern to Canada and to many, many countries around the world, he said.

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The government in mostly-Buddhist Myanmar regards the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and does not recognize the term.

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02:45

LAVROV says    RUSSIA NEVER PROMISED U.S.A and  ISRAEL THAT IRANIAN FORCES would  WITHDRAW FROM SYRIA "IndyWatch Feed National"

So what is Saudi Arabia on about???

Why she they withdraw.they beat ISIS out of there fair and squareso whats the problem?????

Russia has never promised the US and Israel a withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced on November 14. He added that the presence of Iranian forces in the country is legitimate.

Thus, the Israeli media reports about some Russian-Israeli-US deal on the issue appeared to be fake news as it had been expected.

Lavrov directly denied reports that the once again announced US-Russian ceasefire agreement in southern Syria included a Russian commitment to ensure that Iranian-backed forces would be withdrawn from Syria.

The minister stated that the Iranian presence in Syria is legitimate and added that the United States posed the biggest threat in Syria.

If you look at who is the greatest danger, its just the wards of the United States, various foreign terrorists, militants who are attached to those groups of armed opposition that the US supports, Lavrov said.

Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Israeli side has informed the Russians and the Americans that Israeli forces will continue to take action in Syria according to its interests despite any ceasefire. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman also promised to destroy the alleged Iranian military base, which is under construction in Syria. However, its clear that Tel Aviv will not get a Russian support in its efforts to limit the Shia influence in the country.

The video below was originally released on March 28, 2017. However, it still provides a comprehensive answer why the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance remains strong.

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02:41

Novice Surfer Masters a pro Move: Punching a Shark to Escape "IndyWatch Feed National"

A novice surfer mastered a pros move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws.

The attack Monday afternoon off the Australian coast left Charlie Fry with superficial puncture wounds on his right shoulder and upper arm.

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01:34

How a Failed Drug War Will Defeat Trumps Afghanistan Adventure "IndyWatch Feed National"

After nine months of confusion, chaos, and cascading tweets, Donald Trumps White House has finally made one thing crystal clear: the U.S. is staying in Afghanistan to fight and so they insist win. The killers need to know they have nowhere to hide, that no place is beyond the reach of American might, said the president in August, trumpeting his virtual declaration of war on the Taliban. Overturning Barack Obamas planned (and stalled) drawdown in Afghanistan, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced that the Pentagon would send 4,000 more soldiers to fight there, bringing American troop strength to nearly 15,000.

In October, as that new mini-escalation was ramping up, the CIA leaked to the New York Times news of a complementary covert surge with lethal drone strikes and highly experienced Agency paramilitary teams being dispatched to hunt and kill Taliban guerrillas, both ordinary fighters and top officials. This is unforgiving, relentless, intoned CIA Director Mike Pompeo, promising a wave of extrajudicial killings reminiscent of the Agencys notorious Phoenix Program during the Vietnam War. CIA paramilitary officers, reported the Times, will lead Special Forces operatives, both Afghan and American, in expanded counterterrorism operations that, in the past, have been accused of indiscriminately killing Afghan civilians. In short, its game on in Afghanistan.

After 16 years of continuous war in that country, the obvious question is: Does this new campaign have any realistic chance of success, no less victory? To answer that, another question must be asked: How has the Taliban managed to expand in recent years despite intensive U.S. operations and a massive air campaign, as well as the endless and endlessly expensive training of Afghan security forces? After all, the Afghan War is not only the longest in U.S. history, but also one of the largest, peaking at 101,000 American troops in country during President Obamas surge of 2010-2011.

 

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01:16

Indonesian Instagrammer Faces Prison Time for Meme "IndyWatch Feed National"

(HRW)  Dyann Kemala Arrizzqis Instagram feed is filled with her travel photos, demonstrations of her prowess at traditional Balinese dance poses, and wry memes. But now the content of her Instagram feed may get her sent to an Indonesian prison.

Thats because police in Jakarta arrested her last week for posting an Instagram meme in September that purportedly violates the defamation article of Indonesias Internet Law and the Criminal Code, which allows for prosecution under criteria including ruining ones good name. The meme in question was a photoshopped picture of Setya Novanto, the speaker of Indonesias House of Representatives and chairman of the powerful Golkar party, showing him in a hospital bed hooked up to a respirator and heart monitor.

The Novanto meme is one of several that have circulated on social media in Indonesia that publicly ridicule the speakers reaction to corruption allegations leveled against him involving a massive graft case concerning US$175 million of lost state revenues. Suggesting that Novanto was unfit to be the target of the corruption probe, Golkar circulated a photo of him in a hospital bed suffering from apparent heart and kidney problems. That initial image has now sparked a host of copycat memes mocking the speaker.

Although a Jakarta court dismissed the corruption charges against Novanto last month, he has continued to respond to these memes by reporting a total of 68 Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter account holders for criminal defamation, including Arrizzqi. If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of four years in prison. Police have yet to file charges against other individuals who Novanto has reported.

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Longest sauropod dinosaur trackway discovery "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

3 September 2012

Huge sauropods footprints from the late Jurassic plus tridactyls trackways Plagne, French Jura150 millions years ago!

From CNRS in France:

Worlds longest sauropod dinosaur trackway brought to light

November 13, 2017

In 2009, the worlds largest dinosaur tracks were discovered in the French village of Plagne, in the Jura Mountains. Since then, a series of excavations at the site has uncovered other tracks, sprawling over more than 150 meters. They form the longest sauropod trackway ever to be found. Having compiled and analyzed the collected data, which is published in Geobios, scientists from the Laboratoire de Gologie de Lyon (CNRS / ENS de Lyon / Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University), the Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans (CNRS / Universit Clermont Auvergne / Universit Jean Monnet / IRD), and the Pterosaur Beach Museum conclude these tracks were left 150 million years ago by a dinosaur at least 35 m long and weighing no less than 35 t.

In 2009, when sauropod tracks were discovered in the French village of Plagne near Lyon the news went round the world. After two members of the Oyonnax Naturalists Society spotted them, scientists from the Paloenvironnements et Palobiosphre research unit (CNRS / Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University) confirmed these tracks were the longest in the world. Between 2010 and 2012, researchers from the Laboratoire de Gologie de Lyon supervised digs at the site, a meadow covering three hectares. Their work unearthed many more dinosaur footprints and trackways. It turns out the prints found in 2009 are part of a 110-step trackway that extends over 155 m a world record for sauropods, which were the largest of t...

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Srimonti Sarkar, an Evolutionary Cell Biologist Fascinated With a Peculiar Microorganism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cell biologists like Sarkar are fascinated by Giardia, not only because it is pathogenic but also because of the toolkit it uses to go through life.

Srimonti Sarkar

Srimonti Sarkar.

Animals such as mice, monkeys and humans are commonly termed by scientists as higher organisms, owing to their apparent complexity when compared to the lower micro-organisms like bacteria, viruses and protozoa. This is one of Srimonti Sarkars biggest pet peeves. I dont like the term higher; we use it only because those are the systems we are more familiar with, said the evolutionary cell biologist at Bose Institute in Kolkata. Her annoyance is unsurprising.

Giardia  fears and fascination

The small size of microbes makes them anything but inferior. The fact that they are are able to do so many life processes with so little frames, answers the questions behind most of the worlds cell biology research. For example, why does Giardia lamblia, Sarkars organisms of choice, have two nuclei?

Giardia infection is one of the leading causes of protozoa-caused diarrhoea in the world, even more than an amoeba. At any given time, 200 million individuals on Earth are infected, said Sarkar. But cell biologists like Sarkar are fascinated by Giardia, not only because it is pathogenic but also because of the toolkit it uses to go through life. This protozoan is made of just one cell (humans have trillions) and it lacks c...

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Anatomy of a CIA Assassination: The Chase "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who killed President John F. Kennedys mistress, and why?

In searching for the answers to this mystery, author Peter Janney came upon what seem to be the jagged fragments of an even bigger picture.

Previously, we posted excerpts from Janneys remarkable book on the murder of Kennedys mistress, Mary Pinchot Meyer Marys Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace: Third Edition (Skyhorse Publishing, 2016). The excerpts were from Chapter 2, which we broke up into three parts, here, here, and here.

We now present the first of two more excerpts, taken from Chapter 12 (but with added subheading).

In this installment, Janney describes the amazing things he hears during his search for the killer, and his frustrating attempts to substantiate these stories. They are fascinating though unproven.

But the essential parts of the story are proven fact.

And, by the way, the assassination of Kennedy the crime of the century seems connected to Meyers murder.

WhoWhatWhy Introduction by Milicent Cranor


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With New England blanketed by a winter blizzard in early 2004, I found myself stranded in Santa Monica, California, when my return flight to Boston was canceled. Rescheduling at a local travel agency, I ran into Hollywood actor Peter Graves.

Graves, readers may recall, was one of the stars of the 1966 television series Mission Impossible. The show was a fictionalized chronicle of an ultra secret team of American government agents known as the Impossible Missions Force. Peter Graves played the part of Jim Phelps, the team leader who began each episode selecting a cadre of skilled contract agents to accomplish the assigned clandestine mission.

Each week a new episode followed the exploits of the elite Impossible Missions Force as it employed the latest technological gadgets and state-of-the-art disguises in an effort to sabotage unfriendly governments, dictators, crime syndicates any enemy of American hegemony. The organization that master...

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How The Free Market Promotes Tolerance, Diversity, And Inclusion Far Better Than Socialism Does "IndyWatch Feed National"

It may be said with confidence that ones personal values guide his political opinions. We all carry within ourselves a certain code of ethics that reinforces how we interpret the issues of the day. Indeed, studies have shown that liberals and conservatives weigh the importance of moral concerns differently, and that this manifests in their policy preferences.

When one thinks left-wing moral priorities, things like compassion and equality are probably the more enduring values. Yet tolerance, diversity, and inclusion seem to be the values du jour for modern liberalism today.

Coinciding with the ascension of these values has been the rise of socialism within the Democratic Party. It is no coincidence that the tolerance, diversity, and inclusion crowd, colloquially known as Social Justice Warriors, hailed the socialist Bernie Sanders as a political messiah. Arguably, if it hadnt been for Democratic National Committee bias, Sanders might have earned the partys 2016 presidential nomination. The social justice value system, and the socialism that goes with it, are the face of todays Democratic Party.

Much has been written about the utter hypocrisy of tolerant liberals refusing to allow conservative voices to be heard, and of how the Left promotes a diversity of superficial features over a diversity of thought and ideas. However, less has been written about the hypocrisy of socialism being promoted as the economic manifestation of tolerance, diversity, and inclusion. When looked at honestly, it becomes clear that the free market better promotes these three values.

How Markets Promote Tolerance

Lets first start with tolerance. Tolerance may be the most cherished value of the modern liberal. By this framework, everything is relative and therefore equal in worth and validity (unless its at all conservative or Christian). This postmodern outlook has yielded absurd claims of cultural and moral relativism. The connection between tolerance and postmodernism has been recognized for some timeas G.K. Chesteron said, Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.

Despite such criticism, a level of tolerance is good in society, especially when there are countless types of people. So which economic model better promotes tolerance, socialism or the free market?

To answer this question, the most sensible approach may be to look at how capitalist societies treat their socialist minority, and how socialist societies treat their capitalist minority. After all, what is tolerance if not the treatment of those outside the status quo?

To start with, lets look at how a capitalist society treats a socialist minority. The best case study for this is likely Israel. Israel has a capitalist, free-marke...

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