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Australia: Muslim who stabbed three while screaming Allahu akbar also set truck full of gas cylinders on fire "IndyWatch Feed National"

He wanted to implement the Quranic command to kill them wherever you find them (2:191, 4:89, 9:5) in a big way. Truck full of gas cylinders set on fire, three stabbed in Australia terror attack, by Tom Westbrook and Sonali Paul, Reuters, November 9, 2018: SYDNEY/MELBOURNE (Reuters) A Somali-born man set fire to a []

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Australian millennials in financial strife despite strong economic growth "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the third quarter of 2018, the Australian economy grew by 0.9%, stronger than the previous 0.7% forecast. The nations annual growth rate has reached 3.4% which will be music to the ears of the Reserve Bank and Treasury. New treasurer, Josh Frydenberg confirmed that these figures equate to the strongest growth since the height


Islam visits Bourke Street Mall again "IndyWatch Feed National"

Viewer discretion advised. Our own Bill Thompson was in the city and was confronted with this scene. From Prime Minister Morrison. Car bombing Jihadi came to peaceful Australia from war-torn Somalia in 1990s. - one of 300 persons of interest in Vic considered a potential security risk - passport had...


Police say stabbing attack in Australia linked to terrorism "IndyWatch Feed National"

 A knife-wielding man stabbed three people, one fatally, in Australias second-largest city on Friday in an attack police linked to terrorism.

The attack during the afternoon rush hour brought central Melbourne to a standstill. Hundreds of people watched from behind barricades as police tried to apprehend the attacker.

Police said the man got out of a pickup truck, which then caught fire, and attacked three bystanders with a knife. He also attempted to attack police who arrived on the scene before being shot in the chest by an officer.

The suspect died later at a hospital. One of the victims also died, while the two others were hospitalized.

Police said the attackers vehicle contained several barbecue gas cylinders in the back. A bomb squad rendered them safe without any exploding.

Victoria state police Commissioner Graham Ashton said the suspect, who was originally from Somalia, was known to police and the incident was being treated as terrorism.

From what we know of that individual we are treating this as a terrorism incident, Ashton told reporters, adding that the police counterterrorism command was working on the case, as well as homicide detectives.

Hes known to police mainly in respect to relatives that he has which certainly are persons of interest to us, and hes someone that accordingly is know to both Victorian police and the Federal intelligence authorities, he said.

The attack occurred on the eve of a busy weekend in Melbourne, with a major horse race scheduled for Saturday and a national league soccer match the following day. Sunday is also Remembrance Day, when memorial ceremonies for World War I are held.

Ashton said police were doing security reassessments of these events in light of whats occurred, but there was no ongoing threat were currently aware of in relation to people surrounding this individual...


Significant Earthquakes Strike NW of Jan Mayen, SW Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

KMPH 110902 Powerful earthquake occurs NW of Olonkinbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen Earthquake details: Magnitude: 6.8 mww Location: 71.623N 11.240W [119km NW of Olonkinbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen] Depth: 10.0 km Time: 2018-11-09 01:49:40 (UTC) Australia: Earthquake Strikes 64km ESE of Manjimup, Australia Earthquake details: Magnitude: 5.2 mww Location: 34.351S 116.839E Depth: 10.0 km []


Australia: Muslim migrant screaming Allahu akbar stabs three shoppers, murdering one "IndyWatch Feed National"

The 31-year-old and his family were known to counter-terror agencies at a state and national level and were believed to have ties with north African extremist groups. His passport was cancelled several years ago after he was noted as one of 300 potential security risks. So why was he still in Australia? Or would even []


Japan, US Prepare Plans for Conflict with China in East China Sea "IndyWatch Feed National"

In recent months, we have seen increased military provocations by the US on the edge of Chinas territorial waters. More worrying however, if the fact the US are attempting to drag Japan into their geopolitical chess match. In addition to this, British Royal Naval ships have also being used to provoke China in near the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea.

All of this is happening amid a backdrop of a new US-led international trade war, in which the Trump Administration is attempting to renegotiate the legacy system of globalization and multilateralism, and into a new phase of nationalist-oriented neomercantilism, and possibly new regional power blocks. For this reason, its difficult to know exactly how much of this sabre rattling is part of the the new realignment, and how much represents a genuine American thirst for a new world war.

Regardless, Japan remains the key power-balancer in the East Asia region, and which direction it swings will likely determine to over-arching direction of events. For this reason, its important to keep an eye on this recent development (see below).

Southfront reports

The US and Japan appear to be preparing for a conflict with China over the Senkaku Islands, according to News Corp Australia.

The tiny islands are located between the northern tip of Taiwan and the Japanese home islands and have been under dispute for a while, however they appear to be heating up.

Beijing claims that the islands are part of its historical inheritance. According to the Australian outlet, Chinese fishing boats are continuously performing aggressive incursions, in a way that they appear to be organized as a state militia. The Chinese coast guard was also recently militarized and is seeing tensions in the East China Sea.

Reportedly, Japan and the United States are drawing up battle plans to enable their forces to fight together against any Chinese incursion.

This is reinforced by...


PERTH Evade Police Caversham in Charges, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Evade Police Caversham in Charges, WA .

November 09, 2018 at 10:33AM .

He was refused bail and is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today, Friday 9 November 2018. The passenger, a woman in her 30s, .


PERTH Two woman charged after a string of retail thefts in Mandurah District "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Two woman charged after a string of retail thefts in Mandurah District .

November 09, 2018 at 10:56AM .

1 x count Possession of stolen or unlawfully obtained property. She is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today 9 November 2018. A 28 year .




NOTE: Australian media outlets & police have failed to mention that the attacker was of African appearance so I will do it for them, he was of African appearance. Read More


Coal Power Killing Australians. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi Keith,
We are pleased to announce that on Wednesday 21 November 2018, EJA will be releasing a report we commissioned into the health burden from air pollution due to electricity generation in NSW. 

This is the first report of its kind in Australia, despite decades of pollution belching from coal-fired power stations throughout Australia. The report has implications for millions of Australians.  
Be one of the first to hear about the findings direct from the author, Dr Ben Ewald an epidemiologist. During November, Dr Ewald will address a series of public forums in NSW. For details and to confirm youre coming, click on the links below.
Sydney, 21 November, 6:30pm Glebe Town Hall 
Lake Macquarie, 22 November, 6:30pm Club Macquarie  
Newcastle, 26 November, 6:30pm Newcastle Town Hall 
Lithgow, 28 November, 6:30pm Uniting Church Parish Hall Lithgow  
Central Coast, 29 November, 6:30pm Wyee Community Hall


Never again: the meaning of memorial "IndyWatch Feed National"

The visions of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon haunt me, more than a decade on. No glowing heroics, their battlefield a terrifying, futile sound-and-fury for these who die as cattle (as in Anthem for a Doomed Youth). Sassoons Counter-Attack is a disorienting frenzy of terror and violence, in a landscape rotten with dead. Owens hellish gas attacks in Dulce Et Decorum Est linger vividly: the white eyes writhing blood come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, obscene as cancer Considering the body-destroying horror of our technological advances in weaponry atom bombs, napalm, semi-automatic rifles Owens words ring out like an accusation, a trauma collapsing time.


Must watch for Bolshevism: the untold history of armistice "IndyWatch Feed National"

In 1918, after four years of slaughter, deprivation and hardship, the Central Powers of Austro-Hungary and Germany were rocked by strikes and mutinies. In February, a naval mutiny broke out at Kotor and sailors shot their officers; by October, the Austro-Hungarian army had collapsed from mass desertions and political upheaval. Soon afterwards a mutiny by German sailors at Kiel merged with other uprisings and quickly escalated into a full-scale rebellion against the imperial state, sparking the abdication of the German Kaiser and the proclamation of a workers republic on 9 November 1918.


Turnbull QandA appearance summed up in first audience question "IndyWatch Feed National"

Question from this guy...... ...starts with this, "Mr Turnbull thanks for your service to Australia, I didn't vote for you, but that's all good". Says it all about the media, lefty fascination with Turnbull. Here, if you must endure it, is His Loftiness sticking it in to the Conservatives he...


Trumps trade war has seen US imports of Chinese goods hit with the initial tariffs fall by 30% "IndyWatch Feed National"

Research from UBS shows President Trumps tariffs on Chinese goods are having a material effect on US-China trade.

China shipping containers

The analysts reviewed US import data for $34 billion of products that fell within the first tranche of US tariffs on July 6.


And the decline has been sharp and unambiguous:

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The modest uptick in September data, however, gives us hope that the adjustment period for these imports has now drawn to an end, UBS said.

It was a similar story for products in the second tranche of tariffs on an additional $US16 billion worth of goods, which was implemented on August 23.

US imports of those products fell by 32% in August and September. However, the figure is overstated because imports of those items jumped in July.

The fall relative to the May levels is a more modest but still large 20%, UBS said.

The results from the first round of tariffs raise an obvious question: what will happen to imports on the $US200 billion of additional tariffs that were implemented on September 24?.

Because of the more recent time frame, UBS said its too early to calculate what the negative effects are.

Read more: Goldman Sachs just named a new crop of partners. Heres a list of the bankers who joined one of the most exclusive clubs on Wall Street

The analysts noted that imports of the goods in those tranches accelerated sharply in the three months prior to implementation.

However, not all of that would can be attributed to customers stocking up before the tariffs came into effect. For one thing, imports were already picking up in July before the third tranche was announced.



The 17th November marks 10 years since the former Barnett Government lifted the ban on uranium mining in WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi everyone

The 17th November marks 10 years since the former Barnett Government lifted the ban on uranium mining in WA.   We are so delighted to say that there are still no uranium mines operating in WA.

You have been a big part of the campaign to keep WA nuclear free and today we can celebrate that there is still no operating uranium mines in WA. It is a massive thanks to you that WA remains clean from uranium mining and is still nuclear free.  We hope you can join us to acknowledge this great effort!

Please join us to celebrate on Saturday 17 November from 5.30pm at the Perth Waldorf School with jazz by Pete Jeavons Trio, food, drinks, and yellowcake (that is safe!) and pay tribute to the communities who stand strong, to the CCWA campaign and to the stunning country that remains nuclear free.  All welcome but please for catering purposes RSVP here. Or call 0401 909 332, or via email    More information here.



Freight train derailed remotely from hundreds of miles away "IndyWatch Feed National"




Mobile phone footage shows the two-kilometre wreckage of a deliberately derailed runaway iron ore train in Western Australias Pilbara region. The BHP-operated train, which included four locomotives and 268 wagons of ore, travelled 92km with no one on board before it was stopped after 50 minutes. The train was derailed remotely from  a Perth office 1,500km away


Public Meeting: Why nature-rich open space is so good for our health - 17 Nov 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dr Dimity Williams will speak at the Protectors of Public Lands Victoria (PPLVic) on 17th November 2018. Dr Dimity Williams is a medical doctor who is fascinated by the relationship between our health and nature, especially how time in nature nourishes the well-being of children. Dimity has been working in general practice for over 20 years and is the Biodiversity Convenor of Doctors for the Environment Australia. She is a co-founder of the Kids in Nature Network and Nature Play week, initiatives that promote the value of giving children the time and space to be in nature.

Protectors of Public Lands, Victoria Inc.

Annual General Meeting

Flemington Community Centre , 25 Mt. Alexander Road, Flemington 3031

Saturday November 17th 2018 at 2.00pm

With Guest speaker, Dr Dimity Williams

All are welcome to come and hear Dr. Williams will speak on

"Why nature-rich open space is so good for our health

Dr Dimity Williams is a medical doctor who is fascinated by the relationship between our health and nature, especially how time in nature nourishes the well-being of children. Dimity has been working in general practice for over 20 years and is the Biodiversity Convenor of Doctors for the Environment Australia. She is a co-founder of the Kids in Nature Network and Nature Play week, initiatives that promote the value of giving children the time and space to be in nature. 

Time will be allowed for brief reports of local issues and the meeting will be followed by afternoon tea. We look forward to seeing you there!

Contact: Jill Quirk 0409742927

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Early birds catch many prizes: thats right, its Subscriberthon 2018! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Folks, welcome to our annual, week-long Subscriberthon! It's a lovely time of year: there are so many marvellous prizes to be won! And a splendid magazine to support!


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trumps Policy Starts to Backfire on American Consumers, Companies Operating in China
By Wang Jiamei
Global Times
2018/11/8 23:28:41

US President Donald Trump may think a trade war will force manufacturers to move their production chains away from China. But in fact, his attempt will only come back to bite the US.

The damage the trade war between China and the US might do is starting to have an impact on US businesses operating in China. About 85 percent of US companies have been suffering trauma from the combined tariffs, according to the Special Report on the Impact of US and Chinese Tariffs conducted by the American Chamber of Commerce in South China between September 21 and October 10.

The study surveyed 219 companies from not just China or the US but also many other markets like Canada, the EU, Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Roughly 95 percent of the companies have operations in China. The damage is not just limited to US businesses. Nearly 80 percent of the respondents have experienced a serious impact or negative impact from the trade war on their business operations, with nearly half of them losing market share as a result, according to the study.

The Trump administration intends to hit the Chinese economy by forcing US manufacturers to retreat from the country and reconfigure their supply chains. The goal of disrupting production chains in China through a trade war is simply delusional.

For one thing, few companies would be willing to give up the Chinese market with its huge consumption potential. Giving priority to the Chinese market, most of the companies surveyed see the expansion of the Chinese market as one of the most important remedies for the additional tariffs, the study showed.

Moreover, for many businesses operating in China, the cost advantage of a mature and integrated supply chain, plus relatively low labor costs, is enough to offset the additional tariffs.

Otherwise, it could be extremely challenging and time-consuming for companies to relocate manufacturing lines out of China and to find new suppliers that meet all their production requirements. Issues like that are also likely to raise costs.

But either way, industries...


Senator Jim Molan AO DSC sets the tone beautifully for this weekend "IndyWatch Feed National"

I will be kept fairly busy offline today so posts will be light. I want to thank Senator Jim Molan AO DSC for the tone he's set in observance of the centenary of the Armistice. Thank you General, everything about this photo is perfect. Checking out the thousands of handmade...


Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS) and Vallee's "Capella" Project "IndyWatch Feed National"


Twitter user @Jay09784691 keeps coming up with interesting information regarding Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS). His latest was contained in a tweet dated 6 November 2018.

"As far as I can tell there's a data warehouse from Bigelow called "Capella" (2008-2011). It's referenced in this Vallee presentation from 2014. Also BAASS ended in the 00's.Contained photos, radar data, recordings, videos, maps & satellite views."

Further information

I went to the slide presentation and the following are the three relevant slides:

Although these three slides do not state that the "Capella" Project belonged to BAASS, a fourth slide titled: "A brief history" (concerning data collection activities) lists NIDS and BAASS. In addition,  the 2008-2011 date range is indicative of the BAASS era, especially their contract with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) for work on the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program (AAWSAP.)

Another file 

I then found another PDF file which contained the text of Vallee's Paris presentation. Here, on page four there is:


Alfred Hitchcock or 5G? Birds are Dying Near Newly Installed Towers? "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee Mclachlan

5G in actie: mussen vallen dood van t dak..! Er lijkt zich echter een horrorscenario af te spelen, omdat er sprake is van dierensterfte in de buurt van in werking gestelde 5G-masten en zendtorens Een voorbeeld van deze 5G-mast op de hoek van de Hoefkade in Den Haag.

A reader has been pointing me to a couple of 5G articles in the last few days. The one was about birds with the above translation: 5G in action: Sparrows fall dead from the roof However, there seems to be a horror scenario playing out, because there are animals (birds) dying in the vicinity of deployed 5G masts and transmitting towers. An example, the 5G mast on the corner of the Hoefkade in The Hague (The translation says sparrows, but I believe they are European starlings.)

We have...


Scientists resurrect ancient enzymes "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the 1990 Michael Crichton novel Jurassic Park, scientists resurrect extinct species, with disastrous, page-turning consequences. But what if the scientists hadn't wanted to re-create whole organisms, just a part of their long-lost molecular machinery? This is in essence what real-life researchers report they have done in a new paper published online Oct. 22 in the journal Nature Catalysis. The molecular machinery in question are proteins called enzymes, and they are life's answer for how to speed up chemical reactions like the digestion of food or the breakdown of toxins. Engineers are interested in using these versatile natural machines to speed up industrial chemical reactions in environmentally friendly ways. Unfortunately, enzymes tend to unravel in the harsh conditions often used in commercial processes. In a quest for more robust enzymes, a team of researchers from Australia, Europe and China turned to an earlier page in life's history. Previous research from a different...


Screecher Pedalcycle "IndyWatch Feed National"

Excellent, one wonders why it has taken so long to make one of these?! When I was a kid they switched from horse drawn milk floats to electric milk floats, that was back in the 50s!!! Seems like no progress has been made since then. They had no solar back then, just batteries & the batteries were not as good as they are now; those milk floats covered a large area carrying a lot of weight! What happened from then until now???!!!



Noam Chomsky condemns Trump for pulling out of landmark nuclear arms treaty "IndyWatch Feed National"


President Donald Trump recently announced plans to pull the United States out of a landmark nuclear arms pact with Russia in a move that could spark a new arms race. President Ronald Reagan and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in 1987. The INF banned all nuclear and non-nuclear missiles with short and medium ranges. The treaty helped to eliminate thousands of land-based missiles. We speak to world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky about the significance of the INF treaty and the impact of Trumps plan to pull out.


Video from Democracy Now!


The post Noam Chomsky condemns Trump for pulling out of landmark nuclear arms treaty appeared first on The Pen.


The Happy-go-Lucky Girl I had Pre-HPV Vaccine is Gone Forever "IndyWatch Feed National"


Chelsea: HPV vaccine survivor from Scotland.

HPV vaccines: My daughters lost years

by Fiona Mackenzie, Cromdale, Grantown on Spey, Highlands of Scotland

Chelsea had 2 injections of Cervarix in the fall of 2012 before we went to Australia.

A few months after we returned, we took her in for the third jab.

The GP practice stated that they didnt stock Cervarix any longer, but would check whether they could use Gardasil to finish the series.

The next week in May 2013 she had her final vaccination, but it was Gardasil, not Cervarix.

I did not question this because I trusted the doctor to protect her health.

However, looking back I had so little information to go on at the time, I certainly should have questioned the decision to mix the two HPV vaccines.

Until after the third injection, Chelsea was a normal healthy girl.

In late August of the same year she started complaining of back pain.

At first, I discounted it but 3 weeks later it had become so serious we had to take her back to the doctor. She was referred for physio, but it did not help.

As time went on, Chelsea became increasingly disabled by her now constant back pain.

By late September she could not manage to get out of bed very often. School attendance became impossible as the pain spread to other joints in her body, mainly her neck, knees and legs.

We were now regular visitors to our local GP. Chelsea was referred for an urgent MRI. The results returned 5 days later showing mild oedema on her anterior spinal column.

Her GP suspected Lyme disease, but the test results came back negative.

On December 3rd 2013, Chelseas GP admitted her to the Childrens Ward. Her symptoms at the time were persistent pain in her back, lower and upper limbs, sleeping problems, loss of grip strength, paraesthesia (tingling, numbness) in her hands, intermittent tingling in her arms and legs, and no reflexe...


Time to be open about ethnic crime "IndyWatch Feed National"

As many people have found out over the years, getting your picture on the front page of The West Australian is not always a good thing.

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The Happy-go-Lucky Girl I had Pre-HPV Vaccine is Gone Forever "IndyWatch Feed National"


Chelsea: HPV vaccine survivor from Scotland.

HPV vaccines: My daughters lost years

by Fiona Mackenzie, Cromdale, Grantown on Spey, Highlands of Scotland

Chelsea had 2 injections of Cervarix in the fall of 2012 before we went to Australia.

A few months after we returned, we took her in for the third jab.

The GP practice stated that they didnt stock Cervarix any longer, but would check whether they could use Gardasil to finish the series.

The next week in May 2013 she had her final vaccination, but it was Gardasil, not Cervarix.

I did not question this because I trusted the doctor to protect her health.

However, looking back I had so little information to go on at the time, I certainly should have questioned the decision to mix the two HPV vaccines.

Until after the third injection, Chelsea was a normal healthy girl.

In late August of the same year she started complaining of back pain.

At first, I discounted it but 3 weeks later it had become so serious we had to take her back to the doctor. She was referred for physio, but it did not help.

As time went on, Chelsea became increasingly disabled by her now constant back pain.

By late September she could not manage to get out of bed very often. School attendance became impossible as the pain spread to other joints in her body, mainly her neck, knees and legs.

We were now regular visitors to our local GP. Chelsea was referred for an urgent MRI. The results returned 5 days later showing mild oedema on her anterior spinal column.

Her GP suspected Lyme disease, but the test results came back negative.

On December 3rd 2013, Chelseas GP admitted her to the Childrens Ward. Her symptoms at the time were persistent pain in her back, lower and upper limbs, sleeping problems, loss of grip strength, paraesthesia (tingling, numbness) in her hands, intermittent tingling in her arms and legs, and no reflexes.....


Adani water project bypasses full environmental impact assessment against advice "IndyWatch Feed National"

By the ABCs Specialist Reporting Teams Penny Timms and national environment, science and technology reporter Michael Slezak. This article explains, based on of documents obtained under Freedom of Information, that evidence pointing to reasons why Adani should not be given access to billions of litres of water was ignored by the government.

The Federal Environment Department ruled against the advice of the Governments own water experts when deciding Adanis North Galilee Water Scheme, in Central Queensland, did not require a full environmental assessment.

Documents obtained under Freedom of Information (FOI) and provided to the ABC by activist group Lock the Gate Alliance showed the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources wrote to the Environment Department suggesting the project could activate what is known as the water trigger.

The water trigger was established in 2013, specifically to ensure gas and coal mining projects likely to have a significant impact on the countrys water resources, underwent a full environmental assessment.

But in September, the Department of Environment ruled Adanis water project, which has plans to extract up to 12.5 billion litres of water a year from a river in Queensland to support the Carmichael coal mine, did not activate the trigger because it considered the water project separate to the mine.

The new documents show that conclusion was counter to the view of experts in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, which was expressed to the Department of Environment before it made its decision.

The Department of Environment initially refused access to the documents, only revealing them once Lock the Gate Alliance appealed against that decision.

The submission from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources read:

The department considers the proposed action could have significant impact(s) on a water resource, in relation to coal seam gas development and large coal mining development, protected under the EPBC Act.

According to the act, that description fits the requirement needed to activate the water trigger.

Warwick Giblin is managing director of consultancy OzEnvironmental and has worked in environmental management for decades.

Mr Giblin told the ABC the FOI document was important.

Its significant on a number of counts, he said.

It said the project could have significant impacts on the water, not just any impacts b...


Roads divide opinions along with forests, study finds "IndyWatch Feed National"

Politicians and planners often sell roads as wholly beneficial to communities. New arteries open up opportunities for employment, connections to markets and access to services such as health care, so the thinking goes. Despite these potential benefits, however, support for new roads isnt universal. Thats a key finding of a recent study of indigenous communities in Malaysia, published Oct. 10 in the journal Human Ecology. Members of the Jahai ethnic group in northern Malaysia. Image by Muhammad Adzha via Wikimedia Commons (CC 2.0). I did not expect such divided opinions, Gopalasamy Reuben Clements, lead author of the study and a conservation scientist who co-founded the research organization Rimba, said in an email. For example, indigenous people living further from the road had much stronger negative opinions of roads, Clements, also an associate professor in biological sciences at Malaysias Sunway University, said. I assumed that most of them would have wanted similar lifestyles of those living nearer to roads! Prior research has documented the environmental dangers that accompany road construction, from fractured wildlife habitats to altered water dynamics. Often, too, the promised social and economic benefits dont materialize the way theyre presented by project proponents. Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni) cubs playing. Image by Malcolm via Wikimedia Commons (CC 2.0). Studies in Latin America have shown that roads can dramatically alter the livelihoods of indigenous people once a road is built near them, said Clements, who led the research as a doctoral student at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia. I wanted to


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Port Macquarie pummelled by 'life-threatening' tennis ball-sized hailstones in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rollands Plains and Kundabung on the New South Wales mid-north coast were pummelled by "life-threatening" hailstones measuring up to 9 centimetres on Wednesday afternoon. Mark Wilgar from the Bureau of Meteorology described the hailstones as "extraordinary". "That's probably life-threatening at that size," Mr Wilgar said. "With an impact that would be like, somebody standing on a cloud and throwing a cricket ball at your head. "Unbelievable stuff, mother nature showing off again. It seems so outrageous."



PERTH Drugs located after traffic stop in Kalgoorlie, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Drugs located after traffic stop in Kalgoorlie, WA .

November 08, 2018 at 12:48PM .

Trafficable Quantity of Methylamphetamine with Intent to Sell or Supply it to Another. They are both next due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court .



PERTH Men charged over 165g meth seizure "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Men charged over 165g meth seizure .

November 08, 2018 at 12:48PM .

trafficable quantity of methylamphetamine with intent to sell or supply. They are both next due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on December .



Australian FM raises Xinjiang interment camps on China visit "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias foreign minister raised Chinas internment of Uighur minorities in Xinjiang at a meeting with her Chinese counterpart on Thursday as Beijing comes under increasing international scrutiny over its controversial security policy.

Marise Payne spoke after meeting with Chinas chief diplomat Wang Yi on the first visit to Beijing by an Australian foreign minister in nearly three years as both countries pursue a thaw in relations.

POOL/AFP | Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne (L) says she raised the Xinjiang internment camps in talks with Chinas top diplomat Wang Yi (R)

Earlier this week, Payne said she would register serious concerns over the huge facilities in northwestern Xinjiang region, where activists say up to one million Uighurs and other mainly-Muslim minorities are detained in political re-education camps.

We did exchange views on that matter, Payne said at a press conference alongside Wang, but she did not elaborate on what she had told him behind closed doors.

It is rare for foreign officials to publicly chastise China over its human rights record during a visit to the country.

Wang, who opened his statement by wishing everyone a happy Chinese journalists day, asked media to view the issue of Xinjiang from the perspective of combating terrorism.

China is firmly against terrorism, and will take strict precautions against the spread of terrorism domestically, Wang said. This is not only in accord with our own interests but the shared interests of the international community.

The United States and other countries called on China to release people held in the centres as the country faced a grilling at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday.

The Chinese delegation reiterated Beijings description of the camps as vocational training centres that were built to help people drawn to extremism stay away from terrorism and allow them to be reintegrated into society.

Payne visited Beijing for the Fifth Australia-China Foreign and Strategic Dialogue.

While China is Australias largest trading partner, ties between the two governments have been strained in recent years over allegations Beijing was interfering in domestic politics and using donations to gain access.

Australia has also barred Chinese telecom firms Huawei and ZTE from operating the countrys new 5G network a decision that has infuriated Beijing.

On Wednesday, Australia also blocked a bid of more than US$9 billion from Hong Kong giant CK Group for the countrys bigge...


Astronaut captures image of orange light enveloping Earth during rare airglow "IndyWatch Feed National"

An eerie, marmalade-colored light show made Earth look like a gigantic orange lollipop, prompting an astronaut aboard the International Space Station to snap a photo of it on Oct. 7. And yesterday, NASA shared the glorious shot with Earthlings down below. The enveloping orange hue is known as airglow - a mesmerizing luminescence caused by chemical reactions high in Earth's atmosphere, NASA reported. This ghostly glow usually happens when ultraviolet radiation from sunlight energizes molecules of nitrogen, oxygen, sodium and ozone in the atmosphere. These energized molecules then bump into each other and lose energy as they collide, resulting in a faint but spectacular afterglow, NASA said. Airglow is best seen at night, as it's 1 billion times fainter than sunlight, NASA said. This particular photo was taken at an altitude of more than 250 miles (about 400 kilometers) above Australia. The radiating blush, also known as chemiluminescence, is comparable to glowing chemical reactions...


Luke Foley's "Allegations are false but I'm resigning anyway" video. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Just a few hours ago he was still spruiking a Foley Labor Government.


A bit of background on Malcolm "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

I put this up on line back in February 2015 just as Malcolm was about to lead the knifing of Tony Abbott. Title turned out to be wrong I did vote for him but the post was extraordinarily mild given what we now know: I would never vote for a Coalition led by Malcolm Turnbull. A few things to keep in mind if you have the strength and fortitude to watch him on Q&A tonight.

Andrew Bolt says that Malcolm Turnbull is about to have his final go at taking over the leadership of the Liberal Party by Tuesday, so that it is now or never to make our views known (see here and here).

When I used to work in Canberra, our offices backed onto the Liberal Party headquarters, and I was asked one time, even before Malcolm entered Parliament, what I thought about him. My answer was that if I was in the constituency that would decide the fate of the next election, and my vote was the one that would put him in or out, that I would hesitate about which way to go. That was then. Today I would have no doubt. The reasons.

Peter Wright For me, national security is the ultimate issue in any election. There are always international issues that matter, and they weigh heavy with me. All but forgotten today, The Spycatcher Trial was one of those moments I do not forget. Wright was an MI5 agent who set out to write a tell-all/reveal-all of the English intelligence service. Margaret Thatcher sought to prevent the publication of his book, and the final determination was in a court in Tasmania, in which Malcolm Turnbull sought to defend Wright and ultimately was successful in allowing the book to be published worldwide because it could be published in Australia. I was told then that everyone deserves the best defence and etc etc, but if Malcolm has ever said that he defended Wright even though he was treasonous scum, I havent heard it. I would never trust Turnbull on any national security issue, and there is nothing more important at the present time.

Hes a Warmist Anyone soft-headed enough to take in the Global Warming scam without at least some doubts is not a possessor of the shrewd, sensible, incisive mind I am looking for in a leader. He lost the leadership on this one issue at the time because there are people like me who would never line up behind anyone who believes this stuff needs trillion dollar government solutions...


MACKAY Drink-driver hauled from vehicle on busy Mackay street "IndyWatch Feed National"

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MACKAY Drunk rail worker turns on stranger, abuses police officers "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Drunk rail worker turns on stranger, abuses police officers

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Chase Dylan Marshman faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday. The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to a public nuisance offence, which occurred

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MACKAY Passenger dodges serious injury after fall from back of ute "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Passenger dodges serious injury after fall from back of ute

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Moses Wailu, 44, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. He pleaded guilty to driving without due care at Mer Island (Murray Island) in the

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MACKAY Drug charges, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Drug charges, Mackay

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Detectives have charged a man with drug offences following the execution of a search warrant at a residence in East Mackay yesterday. Around 2pm it

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MACKAY Blacks Beach man flags guilty pleas on several dozen charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Blacks Beach man flags guilty pleas on several dozen charges

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Tesla names Robyn Denholm as its new chairwoman, replacing Elon Musk "IndyWatch Feed National"

The SEC gave Musk a deadline of November 13 to step down from his role of chairman of Tesla.

The electric vehicle maker has announced that Denholm will head the board of the companyand one of her primary roles will be to oversee Elon Musk, the Wall Street Journal reports. Denholm is best known for her role as the chief financial officer of Australian telecommunications company Telstra, though she isnt a newcomer to Teslashes served on Teslas board since 2014.

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Brian Houston head pastor of Hillsong sisters Beverly Houston and Maureen Bradshaw comment on this my blog-site "IndyWatch Feed National"

The writer Donald Elley

The writer of this blog-site Donald Elley of Bellingen, Northern Rivers, New South Wales, Australia.

The following comments were made by Beverly Houston and Maureen Bradshaw, Brian Houston the current head pastor of Hillsongs sisters, on this, my personal blog site, on 18 and 19 September 2014.

These comments were made just prior to Brian Houston and other Hillsong and Australian Christian Churches (ACC) leaders appearing at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney Australia in October 2014.

The Australian Christian Churches (ACC) was called the Australian Assemblies of God (AOG) until 2007, when Brian Houston renamed and reincorporated it. The Royal Commission accused Brian of doing this to try to evade paying any compensation to the boy sex abuse victims of his father Frank Houston, the lifelong secret pedophile founder of Hillsong.

Maureen Bradshaws comment on 18 September 2014 about my article, R...


Statement from the ABC re Luke Foley allegations "IndyWatch Feed National"

8 November, 2018 STATEMENT BY THE ABC In response to media reports and comments made in the NSW and federal parliaments about an incident in November 2016 involving an ABC journalist and the NSW Leader of the Opposition, Mr Luke Foley, the ABC makes the following statement. The ABCs first...


Frederic Manning and the greatest war novel of all time "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian writer Frederic Manning wrote what many considered to be the best narrative of the Great War. For Ernest Hemingway, The Middle Parts of Fortune was the finest and noblest book of men in war, period. Its a bold and arresting claim that calls for a quick look, if not a deeper dive, into Mannings enigmatic life and work. This is particularly pertinent in light of the centenary of the Armistice this month.


Six Horses Have Died At This Famous Race In Just 5 Years "IndyWatch Feed National"

When the race began, horses barrelled down the track. Their jockeys who were riding on their backs urged them forward with whips. But one horse fell behind  5-year-old Cliffsofmoher broke his shoulder, and his jockey had no choice but to pull him off the track.

Shortly after that, race organizers shielded Cliffsofmoher from the spectators with a green tarp, and he was euthanized right on the field.

Cliffsofmoher is the sixth horse to die in the last five years at the Melbourne Cup, a famous race that takes place each November in Melbourne, Australia. In 2013, a horse named Verema was also euthanized due to a race-related injury, and two horses, Admire Rakti and Araldo, died in 2014. In 2015, a horse named Red Cadeaux was killed after shattering his leg, and Regal Monarch died at last years race after breaking down on the track.

All of these deaths, including Cliffsofmohers, could have been prevented, according to the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses, a horse advocate organization based in Australia.

Credit: Instagram/Animal Liberation

Horses are pushed too hard and too young, a spokesperson for the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses told The Dodo. As a 5-year-old, he would only just be becoming skeletally mature, yet he was being forced to race since he was 2 years old. Additionally, if whips, possibly spurs and even tongue ties were not being used, [he] would be less likely to be pushed beyond his physical limits and therefore less likely to sustain injuries like so many others also do.

Georgie Dolphin, program manager for animal welfare at Humane Society International (HSI) in Australia, holds a similar view.

The tragic death of Cliffsofmoher in this years Melbourne Cup horse race was both sickening...


Texas Takes Action Against Crypto Company Promising 200% Profit "IndyWatch Feed National"

Texas Takes Action Against Cryptocurrency Mining Company Promising 200 Percent Profit

The Texas State Securities Board has issued an emergency cease and desist order to an Australia-based cryptocurrency mining company and its affiliates. According to the order, the company represents that investments in its mining contracts are guaranteed to 200% profit.

Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space

Cease and Desist Order

Texas Takes Action Against Cryptocurrency Mining Company Promising 200 Percent ProfitThe Texas State Securities Board on Tuesday issued an emergency cease and desist order to Sydney-based Aws Mining Pty. Ltd. and nine other respondents affiliated with the company. The entities named are Automated Web Services Mining (Aws Mining), Mycoindeal, Aws Elite, and West Texas Oilfield Cloud Miners Club.

Sydney-based Mycoindeal provides wallet services for investments issued by Aws Mining. Aws Elite is a multi-level marketing o...


Proven Benefits and Uses of Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca Oil) Science Based "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tea tree oil has been used for centuries due to its amazing medicinal and therapeutic properties. The antimicrobial compounds in tea tree oil have many uses and benefits. You can use tea tree oil to cure fungal infections, help cuts to heal quickly, get rid of dandruff, and treat nail infections.

To use tea tree oil on your skin, scalp, or feet, you can add it to a carrier oil and apply to your body. On small areas of skin, tea tree oil can be used as a spot treatment on acne pimples or to disinfect small cuts. You can even add a few drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo if you want to use tea tree oil to soothe an itchy scalp.

In this article, you will learn about the many uses of tea tree oil and why it is one of the best antimicrobial essential oils you can use. At the end of the article, you can find out about precautions to take when using tea tree oil for medicinal purposes.

What is Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca Oil) and Where It Comes From

Tea tree oil (also called melaleuca oil) comes from extracting oil from the leaves of the tree Melaleuca alternifolia that grows in Australia. The tea tree plant looks like a tall shrub but can grow into a moderate sized tree.

The journal Clinical Microbiology Reviews reports that tea tree oil contains a number of medicinal compounds. The most prominent antimicrobial compound in tea tree oil is terpinen-4-ol. To use tea tree oil for its therapeutic benefits, tea tree oil should contain at least 30% terpinen-4-ol. (1)

According to research published in 2018, recent scientific studies have confirmed many of the medicinal uses and benefits of tea tree oil. Research has shown that tea tree oil can be used for its antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antioxidant properties. (2)

Some scientists have found that tea tree oil is even powerful enough to be effective against many drug-resistant strains of fungi and bacteria. (1, 3)

What is Tea Tree Oil Good For?

The powerful healing compounds of tea tree oil mean that it is useful in addressing a number of health concerns.

As well as containing terpinen-4-ol, researchers have identified a number of other beneficial chemicals in tea tree oil. These include 1,8 cineole, limonene, linalool, and terpineol.

How can you use tea tree oil to treat many ailments? Because tea tree oil is antifungal and antibacterial (...


People Notice A Tiny Face Peering Up Out Of Old Mineshaft "IndyWatch Feed National"

An old abandoned mineshaft in Victoria, Australia, ended up swallowing a very scared wild animal who probably would have died without the determined help of some kind people.

"The shaft was in poor condition with much evidence of erosion and cave-ins," Manfred Zabinskas, cofounder of Five Freedoms Animal Rescue (FFAR), wrote on Facebook earlier this week. "Timber supports were rotted and a ladder laying on the ground had lost most of its rungs through years of deterioration."

Credit: FFAR

Despite the dangers, Zabinskas knew he would have to go down there.

Someone had alerted him to a trapped animal who had taken a wrong step or, rather, hop. And Zabinskas has devoted his life to helping in such cases. 

Credit: FFAR

When Zabinskas arrived at the scene, over an hour away, he peered down the shaft and caught a glimpse of the animal one of Australia's iconic species

"There was a poor little kangaroo peering up at us with an expression of desperation and fear. Heavy rain was minutes away and this was not a shaft I wanted to be down once the heavens opened up," Zabinskas wrote. "This was an urgent rescue."



Peter McIntyre, Ex-Director of the Government NCIRS Promoting False Information about Judy Wilymans Vaccination Research "IndyWatch Feed National"

Professor Peter McIntyre, ex-director/deputy of the NCIRS for 20 years, has provided false information about my health qualifications obtained at the University of Wollongong (UOW). This false information is being used to prevent the scientific evidence presented in my PhD thesis from being debated in public forums on vaccination.

Here is the false information that he provided in the mainstream media in January 2016 in an article in the Australian News Ltd Newspaper titled WHO expert withdraws offer of advice to anti-vaxer by Kylar Loussikian Jan 13 2016 just 3 days after my PhD was approved and published by the University of Wollongong (UOW):

  1. He claims that all of my research was conducted outside Health Sciences and Public Health. This is not true. I completed my Master of Science degree (Population Health) whilst enrolled in the School of Public Health and the Faculty of Health Sciences at UOW. I received my Master of Science degree with Distinction with a Major Project on the use of whooping cough vaccine in Australia with High Distinction in 2007. The fact that it was in the Health Sciences at UOW is stated on the publication of my major project on the whooping cough vaccine for this degree.
  2. When I completed this degree, Professor Heather Yeatman was the head of the School of Public Health (as she still is today), and I asked to continue my research with a PhD investigating the governments vaccination program in the school of Public Health.
  3. Professor Heather Yeatman informed me that I would have to do this research in the School of Social Sciences because the control of infectious diseases is a political topic.
  4. The control of infectious diseases is described as social medicine. Infectous diseases were controlled in the early 20th century by economic and political decisions regarding the installation of public health infrastucture to change environmental and lifestyle characterisitcs. These factors are determinants in the outbreaks of infectious diseases in communities. In 2014 the UOW moved the School of Public Health into the Faculty of Social Sciences for this reason.
  5. In 2009 I sent a summary of my whooping cough vaccine research to the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) for publication in their newsletter. The PHAA asked Peter McIntyre to write a response to my article and both were published (side-by-side) in the PHAA newsletter April 2009. However, this newsletter doe...


Sokal squared and the absence of academic time "IndyWatch Feed National"

Readers may be familiar with the Sokal squared hoax that was revealed a few weeks back. It basically involved a trio of US researchers publishing articles on deliberately outlandish topics rape culture and queer performativity at urban dog parks, for example in prestigious journals. The hoaxers claimed their actions were motivated by a desire to expose what they regard as an unhealthy fixation on academic grievance studies.


Peru FTA is first test of Labors new trade policy and should not be ratified says AFTINET "IndyWatch Feed National"

Media Release 8 November 2018: AFTINET welcomes the Labor Opposition initiative to revisit the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement (PAFTA) because it includes foreign investor rights to sue governments (ISDS) which the Shadow Trade Minister has pledged to oppose in all trade agreements, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.

Dr Ranald explained that this pledge arose out of the fierce debate on Labors support for the TPP-11, which contains ISDS and other clauses contrary to Labor policy and which Labor has now pledged to ban in foreshadowed legislation. Labor has initiated this second review of PAFTA by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT), on which the government has a majority and which previously approved the agreement. However the deal has not yet been ratified, and the committee could recommend against ratification.

Dr Ranald is giving evidence at the JSCOT public hearing in Melbourne today.

Dr Ranald said:

 AFTINETs submission  to the JSCOT makes three main points:

  • PAFTA is unnecessary because Peru is a member of the TPP-11, and a second trade deal with the same country would add to the confusing noodle bowl of overlapping bilateral and regional agreements;
  • PAFTAs inclusion of ISDS is unacceptable because ISDS enables global corporations to bypass national courts and sue governments for millions of dollars in unfair international tribunals over health, environment, indigenous rights and other public interest regulation;


Who is Matthew Whitaker? The Clintons worst nightmare. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who is Matthew Whitaker? Here is a flashback to 2016. Former U.S. Attorney Matthew Whitaker: Enough Evidence to Have a Special Prosecutor Investigate Clinton Foundation Kambree Kawahine Koa (@KamVTV) November 7, 2018


Saudi regime survives but enters the Time of troubles (MK Bhadrakumar) "IndyWatch Feed National"

07/11/2018 - In a sensational disclosure quoting intelligence sources, former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer wrote in the Financial Review newspaper on Sunday that the Saudi journalist ...


Good Bye America. The Forthcoming Decades are for Entertainment Only "IndyWatch Feed National"

[Editors note: Id say the winners of the midterms are Google, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, et al. They managed to eliminate (ban) conservative voices right off their platforms. The MSM had free reign. Welcome to the future. And now for a satirical reflection from G5.]

by G5

I am reminded that the mascot for the Democratic Party was the Donkey.

Their committed followers certainly lived up to that casting in the current Mid-Terms Winning [sic] the House, as America lost its direction and future.

A flicker indicated what the People had lost by November 2016. But the revelation did not endure to November 2018. Trump has nothing to concede. America LOST....


Democrats midterm election win has some importance for Australia too "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Some may wonder what the relevance of the US midterm elections is to Australia. Unfortunately, Australia is so tied hand and foot to the American political system that whatever happens there, has an impact here. It is unfortunate, because the effect has often not been a positive one.

The rise of Trump had an impact. Whatever he says, is echoed here from some quarters. In recent times, the United States has played an important role, although not the only one, in the return of the scourge of the fascist way of looking at the world. The Klan and groups holding up Nazi swastikas and other similar symbols have been an integral part of the Trump phenomenon.

Photo from USA Today: An unhappy Donald Trump after the election result. He says it was not his fault.

The rest of us must come to terms with the reality that the rise of this obnoxious ideology is no accident. It is being pushed by the doyens of Wall Street and a major part of the monopoly media, as exemplified by Skye and other Murdoch owned outlets. Trump belongs in their world.

There is a close association between economic and political power.

The midterm elections and the subsequent loss of a majority of seats in the Congress, is a setback for the bandwagon.  Although the Democrats, who now hold the numbers, are notoriously unreliable, they now have the opportunity to use their newfound position to launch legal action against Donald Trump and his administration over their most glaring breaches of legal niceties, the inhumanity, the harm created to American society and bringing the threat of war to the world.


Yes Yes No: Why The History Of Marriage Equality Must Be Told Accurately "IndyWatch Feed National"

A recent book, Yes Yes Yes, on the marriage equality debate on Australia erases the past, and fails to spell out the dangers for the future. Founder and national director of Australian Marriage Equality Rodney Croome explains.

The means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.
Martin Luther King Jnr

The new marriage equality book by Alex Greenwich and Shirleene Robinson could have been a valuable history of a great Australian social movement. Instead, it is an unsuccessful attempt to vindicate the Equality Campaigns approach in the last two highly-contested years of the marriage equality campaign.

The details of hundreds of meetings and motions, rallies and rivalries, phone conferences and plane flights give the impression the book is comprehensive. The immense number of people mentioned gives the impression it is inclusive. But in fact, the book obscures more than it reveals, glosses more than it explains.

The avalanche of little facts diverts the readers attention from important questions, themes and ideas the authors dont want to deal with.

For clarity, Australian Marriage Equality is the group formed in 2004 to campaign for marriage equality. The Equality Campaign formed in 2016 when AME joined Australians 4 Equality to win a plebiscite. The Equality Campaign was one of the main drivers of the Yes campaign during the postal survey.


Credit where it is due

The first thing anyone with a passing knowledge of the marriage equality campaign will notice is that Yes, Yes, Yes is disproportionately about the final phase, the build up to and aftermath of the public vote between August 2015 and December 2017.

Less than half the book is devoted to the preceding 11 years of tough, constant and critically-important campaigning.

Some of the key change-makers like Peter Furness, Shelley Argent, Ali Hogg, Anthony Wallace, Ivan Hinton-Teoh, Sharon Dane and Ben Cooper are mentioned for speaking at this rally or attending that meeting. But they are mostly add-ons to other peoples initiatives. Their own agency, creativity, determination, years of hard slog and sacrifice vanishes. The fullness of their often-immense contribution is obscured and lost.

For me at a personal level, it is particularly painful that Yes Yes Yes obscures the contributions of Shelley Argent and Ivan Hinton-Teoh. Because I worked with them so closely for so long I know that without them Australian Marriage Equality would never have achieved what it did, and may not even have continued to exist.

Then there are those important groups and individuals who arent mentioned at all. Take Clergy for Marriage E...


US Attorney General on Clinton Foundation - "Enough evidence for special prosecutor" "IndyWatch Feed National"

From the True Pundit website In August 2016, Matthew Whitaker, the new interim U.S. Attorney for the United States who has replaced feckless and fired Jeff Sessions, told SiriusXM host Matt Boyle of Breitbart News Daily that he has always believed this pay-to-play, Clinton Foundation, State Department situation is much...


President Trump lets AG Jeff Sessions go "IndyWatch Feed National"

....We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date. Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018 Kawasook (@kawasook) November 7, 2018


'The capability': Australia's vast new facial imaging system risks 'profound chilling effect' on dissent "IndyWatch Feed National"

Civil rights groups have warned a vast, powerful system allowing the near real-time matching of citizens' facial images risks a "profound chilling effect" on protest and dissent. The technology - known in shorthand as "the capability" - collects and pools facial imagery from various state and federal government sources, including driver's licences, passports and visas. The biometric information can then rapidly - almost in real time - be compared with other sources, such as CCTV footage, to match identities. The system, chiefly controlled by the federal Department of Home Affairs, is designed to give intelligence and security agencies a powerful tool to deter identity crime, and quickly identify terror and crime suspects. But it has prompted serious concern among academics, human rights groups and privacy experts. The system sweeps up and processes citizens' sensitive biometric information regardless of whether they have committed or are suspected of an offence.


Australian school students are going on strike to speak out against climate threat "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

Hundreds of school students around the country are expected to take part in a strike on 28,29 and 30 November.

A prominent environment organisation, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, is erncouraging participation.

The idea for the strike originally came from the Castlemaine (Victoria) students, who have already been protesting outside the offices of their local representatives and built a core group of a bout 50 local students.

This is now becoming a nationwide movement,  as more young people around Australia get involved.

They are deeply concerned about global warming, and what they see as the failure of politicians to date, to do enough about it. They want urgent action about what they say is a climate emergency.

By taking part they are learning how to organise, building a social media network, and therefore, becoming a voice to be heard.

Fourteen-year-old Fort Street high school student, Jean Hinchliffe from Sydney said,

Weve got involved because at this stage we cant vote, were not politicians and we want to make a difference, she said. We cant stand around waiting.

I think its because climate change is scary seeing that its our future. This is a fact and not to be debated.

Fifteen-year-old Greta Thunberg, a Swedish student, who has been sitting outside the parliament in central Stockholm to draw attention to the fears younger generations hold about the global climate crisis and the failure of countries to take urgent action, has been a major inspiration, and Australian students are now in regular contact with her.

Some schools, like Bendigo High School last week, have already had walkouts.

It must be remembered, these young people face considerable pressure not to do what they are doing. That they are prepared to push on anyway, indicates the strength of their resolve.  They know that they are the ones who will inherit the legacy of what the present older generation does.

In discovering their own voice and using it, they set a good example for all of us.


The post Australian school students are going on strike to speak out against climate threat appeared first on The Pen.


Oldest rock art possibly discovered in Borneo cave "IndyWatch Feed National"

Artwork discovered on the walls of a limestone cave in Borneo's East Kalimantan province might just be the oldest figurative painting ever discovered. In a paper published in the journal Nature, Maxime Aubert from Australia's Griffith University, reveals the red-orange painting - faint now, and depicting an animal that is not readily identifiable - as one of many put onto the walls of the caves in an area known as Lubang Jeriji Salh, on island's Sangkulirang-Mangkalihat Peninsula. After conducting uranium-series analysis of calcium carbonate deposits that have accreted on top of the painting, the scientists concluded that the minimum age for it was 40,000 years. This is, write the researchers, "currently the oldest date for figurative artwork from anywhere in the world". As well as many other depictions of animals, the caves also contain scores of "hand stencils" - art created by placing a hand on the wall and then covering it with pigment, resulting in a negative rendition.


Filming in the Most Depressing City on Earth Jakarta "IndyWatch Feed National"


It stinks, it is the most polluted city on earth, but that is not the most terrible thing about it.

You can drive for ten or even twenty kilometers through it, and see only ugliness, fences and broken pavements. But there are many miserable cities on this planet, and I have worked in almost all of them, in 160 countries.

So why is Jakarta killing me, why am I overwhelmed by depression, whenever I decide to film here, or to write about the state in which its citizens are forced to live? Why, really, do I feel so desperate, so hopeless?

I am tough. I hardly succumb to depression even in such places like the war-torn Afghanistan, Iraq, or in the middle of the toughest slums of Africa.

So, what is it, really, about Jakarta?

Here, I often speak about immorality, but again, what do I mean by this term? I am not a moralist, far from it. I have no religion, and I very rarely pass moral judgements, unless something truly outrageous unveils in front of my eyes.

So why, as so many others, do I land in this city in good spirits, and leave one or two weeks sick, broken, literally shitting my pants, full of wrath, despair?

Why? The Western mass media and local servile sheets are constantly bombarding the world, describing Jakarta as a sprawling metropolis, or to use the terminology of the Australian National University, as a normal city.

But it is not. In fact, it is the most immoral place on earth that I know. It is one enormous monument to fascism, intellectual collapse, Western neo-colonialism and turbo-capitalism.

This time, right here, I will explain, briefly and determinately, why!


You can actually avoid feeling this way, if you decide to land in Jakarta, work for a week or two surrounded by local elites (usually shameless thugs), sail through life here with half-closed eyes. Or if you get paid well not to see. You can also be a Western journo who lives in one of high-rise condominiums, gets himself local bimbo for a girlfriend, and collects his news from official briefings and press conferences.


Wednesday, 07 November


The Mobbing Game "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Klaus Abbink and Gnl Dogan have a horrific new paper. Horrific because despite being in a safe, experimental setting the results are all too realistic:

We introduce the experimental mobbing game. Each player in a group has the option to nominate one of the other players or to nominate no one. If the same person is nominated by all other players, he loses his payoff and the mob gains. We conduct three sets of experiments to study the effects of monetary gains, fear of being mobbed, and different types of focality. In the repeated mobbing game, we find that subjects frequently coordinate on selecting a victim, even for modest gains. Higher gains make mobbing more likely. We find no evidence that fear of becoming the victim explains mobbing. Richer and poorer players are equally focal. Pity plays no role in mobbing decisions. Ingroup members introduced by colours are less likely to be victims, and both payoff difference and colour difference serve as strong coordination devices. Commonly employed social preference theories do not explain our findings.

In short, the authors give experimental participants an opportunity to nominate a victim and redistribute towards themselves. Willingness to do this is common even in cases where the victims lose a lot and the bullies gain only a little. In some cases, the redistribution increases social welfare but these are also the cases where the bullies get a lot. Overall, its pretty clear that motivation is greed rather than increased social welfare but it would have been good to have an experiment that distinguished better the greed and social welfare cases. Importantly, distinguishing one of the players by making them poorer/richer/yellow also increased mobbing of that player.

I loved this footnote:

The labels [M,T, G, P] are also a hidden homage to the inmates Mather, Travers, Greenhill and Pearce, who escaped from a Tasmanian prison camp in a group of eight in 1822, only to get lost in the forest. When food ran out, the four conspired to apply the Custom of the Sea to the others. When no-one else was left, they turned to killing and eating one another, until only Pearce survived. All victims were chosen in decidedly non-random ways. This story is one of the great Australian foundation myths, and it was an inspiration for this study (for a dramatic reconstruction, see Van Diemens Land (2009)). We are confident that none of our Northern European subjects made that connection.

Hat tip: Rolf Degen.

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Hpv presentation Rye NY

You're invited to meet the authors of this important book from Skyhorse Publishing called HPV Vaccine on Trial this Thursday, in Rye New York.

A Groundbreaking Expos to the HPV Vaccine and the Science, Safety, and Business Behind It

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