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Kymmy's Family Market "IndyWatch Feed"

Sunday 26th Jun, 9.00am Sunday 3rd Dec, 2.00pm, Cranbourne Public Hall

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Sunday, 12 November


Sunday Trading "IndyWatch Feed"

Sunday 12th Nov, 8.00am 3.00pm, Preston Market


Anarchism through the Silver Screen : Why Are Anarchists Suddenly Showing up in so many Korean Films? "IndyWatch Feed National"

A still from Anarchist from Colony.

This year, several major films from South Korea depict rebels or outright anarchists. Okja portrays the Animal Liberation Front; Anarchist from Colony tells the story of Park Yeol and Fumiko Kaneko, two anarchist nihilists who have become national heroes in Korea; A Taxi Driver dramatizes the Gwanju uprising of 1980. Why are anarchists suddenly appearing in Korean cinema? Whats the context behind these films? And how can they inform how we frame our own narratives in a time of resurgent nationalism and unrest?

South Korea, 2017. The new year arrived with a surge of demonstrations expressing disgust at the state of the nation. Is this a/our country? went a popular slogan. The state apparatus played for time by starting the impeachment process. Aspiring politicians worked hard to frame the events as a democratic revolution (what an oxymoron!) and the massive demonstrations were pacified, accepting the authority of the police and the ordinary violence of daily life under this system. Then, pro-regime reactionaries gained momentum fighting with the police in the name of law and order and patriotism. Nevertheless, perhaps fearing that the ruling order was becoming too unstable, the court announced the impeachment of the president, who is now facing charges. Elections took place, raising a new government to power.

Things are back to normal, it seems. However, the theater screens have been filled with more revolt than usual. Indeed, this summer, at the theater in my small Korean town, among the few movies presented, I could watch back-to-back two Korean movies featuring anarchists in the spotlight, preceded by a preview for yet another movie about the Gwangju uprising.

Whats going on? This is out of the ordinary. It probably reflects something happening in the popular consciousness on some level, but I see no anarchist surge in the streets. What do we do when anarchism is more visible on the screens than in the streets, when it is recuperated by production companies with budgets that dwarf our scant resources? To begin to answer these difficult questions, though I am hardly an expert on Korean cinema, Ill try to situate these recent movies in context to see what they reveal about how anarchism is perceived here today. As anarchism and nationalism have historically been closely intertwined in Korea, this also brings me to discuss nation as narration.


Okja portrays the relationship between a young Korean and a pig, which is interrupted by a multination...


PERTH Man charged after serious crash in East Perth, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man charged after serious crash in East Perth, WA .

November 12, 2017 at 10:00AM .

Major Crash investigators have charged a 48 year old Padbury man with Careless Driving Causing Grievous Bodily Harm as a result of their .


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PERTH Perth truckie charged over cyclist crash "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth truckie charged over cyclist crash .

November 12, 2017 at 12:15PM .

Police said on Sunday the truck driver had been charged with careless driving causing grievous bodily harm and will face Perth Magistrates Court on .


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Sunshine Turkish is a winner "IndyWatch Feed"

  Cafe Lakoza, G08/1 Foundry Road, Sunshine West. Phone: 0404 499 031 On the way to Cafe Lakoza, I attempt to get Bennie enthused about our impending lunch by indicating he will be free to order a halal snack pack. If he so desires. He doesnt. Im all done with halal snack packs, he says. []


15 Scientifically Proven Signs You Are Smarter Than Average "IndyWatch Feed National"

Have you always felt that your intelligence was superior to most people around you? Growing up our childhood is largely based on the concept of how smart we can demonstrate that we are, and how we stack up against our peers. This is enforced through test scores, school assignments and the quest to be accepted into our school of choice. We quickly learn to accept that our ability to memorize and recall information taught to us in classes is the true measure of how smart we are within our education system.

As we leave the world of academia and enter to the real world, we are introduced to the idea that the qualifications to be smart as were accepted in school no longer accommodate the true measure of intelligence. When aspects such as street smarts are added to the equation, one must look outside of the traditional testing process. We begin looking at a number of different factors such as curiosity, creativity, and emotional intelligence. This broader definition of the word smart can be hard to define and identify, however, there are signs that we can watch for.

Source: Indy100


Check out these 15 scientifically proven signs that you are smarter than average:

You are a procrastinator.

Experts say that many of the greatest minds of our time were found to be procrastinators. This may be due to a complete focus on one specific task, putting all others aside for the time being, or it may be a technique to tap into their deeper, creative side. One great example often found to procrastinate while working towards his next big innovation was Steve Jobs.

You are open to the opinions of others.

Psychologists have found that people who remain open-minded when presented with the opinions and views of others, actively seeking out new ways to approach a situation, score higher on intelligence tests than their closed-minded peers.



War Commemoration Porn: Remembrance Day Celebrations "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The officials are called one by one to lay wreathes, a ceremony of mechanical efficiency.  With each laying comes the sense of wonder at how this could happen.  Political figures are the first to vote in parliaments and side with the executive when it comes to wars.  The temptations of human drives to tempt, and then succumb to death, were there long before Sigmund Freud identified them.

In the Australian capital, there were many wreaths, so many uniformed, deodorised dignitaries distant from the cries of battle and the horror of engineered slaughter.  There were the expected, the usual, the normal: the most medalled of them all, the Governor General, the various Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force.

There was the Chief Justice of the Australian High Court making her appearance.  There was even the ceremonial didgeridoo player.  Various associations also featured: those dealing with the incapacitated; the matter of war widows, the issue of legacies.  It seemed like a vast whos who of the military complex, which is exactly what it was.

The Australian response here is, in some ways, more tragic than most.  Retained, generally white Ghurkhas for imperial causes (there were those of other races in the Australian armed forces at points), they flitted between theatres to be slaughtered at the behest of not-so-grand strategies that mangled the word freedom and confused it for politics. In battle, such a word has little meaning, about as significant, in fact, as a wreath.  What matters is survival.

Across media networks, the word freedom was uttered as an automatic response, a genetically programmed insistence that the deaths of the Great War had been somehow necessary and, importantly, productive.

That disposition was sown by such figures as King George V, who had issued a request to the people of the British Empire to suspend ordinary activities for two minutes on the hour of the armistice which stayed the worldwide carnage of the four preceding years and marked the victory of Right and Freedom.

In 1997, the Australian Governor-General, Sir William Deane, proclaimed that November 11 be deemed Remembrance Day, insisting that a minutes silence be observed at 11 am on November 11 each year, a pause to reflect, more broadly, sacrifices made by the Australian armed forces.

Modern representatives of this view abound, and they are, unsurprisingly, effusive in the veterans organisations.  There were the remarks, for instance, of Richard Embleton from the Geelong Returned and Services League, who reflected on the tens of thousands of wool poppies laid out before Melbournes Shrine of Remembrance.  You only have to look around Australia [to see] how free we are and how important it is.



Putin Says Alleged Manafort Russian Link Fabricated by Trump Opponents "IndyWatch Feed National"

US President Donald Trump ponders the answer to a question from a reporter en route to Hanoi, Vietnam, aboard Air Force One November 11, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

US President Donald Trump ponders the answer to a question from a reporter en route to Hanoi, Vietnam, aboard Air Force One November 11, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Danang, Vietnam: President Donald Trump said he believed President Vladimir Putin when he denied accusations that Russia meddled in last years US election, despite US intelligence agencies conclusion of Russian interference.

Trump made the comment after he and Putin met briefly at a summit in Vietnam on Saturday and agreed on a joint statement supporting a political solution for Syria, now in its seventh year of civil war.

It was the first encounter of the two leaders since July and came during a low in US-Russia relations and at a time when Trump is haunted by an in...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
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Westall, the Department of Supply and Mr 'X' "IndyWatch Feed National"


In a Facebook post dated 10 November 2017, and titled 'The troubled Public Servant,' Westall researcher Shane Ryan, reported that in 2010 he was contacted by a woman with some inside knowledge about the 1966 Westall, Melbourne incident, gained from her father.

In the post, Shane gave details of the contents of a number of emails from the woman (one from 2010, one from 2012) and her brother (one from 2012). The 2012 emails concerned the HIBAL hypothesis, but the important email is the 2010 one from the daughter, of the person I am choosing to refer to as Mr 'X.'

I have decided to annotate her words, rather than addressing points raised at the end of her text.

The email

'I am writing to you because I hadn't realised there were so many other witnesses to an event that my father was involved with in 1966. My father was the Assistant Controller of Aircraft, Weapons and Guided Missiles with the Department of Supply in Melbourne.

1. Shane found a Department of Supply Bulletin, in the National Library of Australia which confirmed that Mr X was indeed the Assistant Controller of the Aircraft, Guided Weapons and Electronics Supply Division of the Department of Supply in August 1967. We have not been able to confirm his position on 6 April 1966, the date of the Westall incident.

' He was a brilliant intellectual, Dux of High School, First class honours in Engineering and a science degree in Electronics all in 3 years. I mention this because he was not a fool, or someone who would dream up what he saw.

2. A check of the National Archives of Australia revealed Mr X's war records, which indicate he was an Engineer.

'I do not know how he was involved in the sighting of the object. He was, however told (by someone senior to him) that if he were to speak of this incident to anyone, he would lose his job.

3. A search of the Internet reveals that the immediate senior of the Assistant Controller of the Aircraft, Guided Weapons and Electronics Supply Division of the Department of Supply was in fact the Controller, of the Aircraft, Guided Weapons and Electronics Supply Division of the Department of Supply. On 6 April 1966, this was one Ian Bowman Fleming. He held the position between 1958-1967. Fleming was the director of the project which produced Australia's first unmanned target aircraft, Jindivik. Unfortunately, we are unable to seek any knowledge about Westall from Fleming as he passed away in 1993.

'He used to say that knew what he saw, he was very angry that this event was not seen as an opportunity. He was intimidated on a regular b...


Eat It - 12 November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

On a cracking Melbourne afternoon we spoke to Mitchell Horrocks about his time and work in Uganda. He first travelled to Africa in high school, and since then learned about their disease problems due to unclean drinking water. But every problem is a solution waiting to happen, so Mitchell has designed an apparatus that can sit on an existing cooking setup and purify water at the same time. Have a look at his crowd-sourcing page here.

Heston Blumenthal is one of the most influential chefs of our time, and his "right hand man" - and Dinner by Heston Executive Chef - Ashley Palmer-Watts joined us in the studio to talk about running restaurants in different continents. We spoke about his Fat Duck journey, the logistics of setting up Dinner in Melbourne, and the awesome gin they created based on a trip from Perth to Margaret River.


Despite a victory on IP, the TPP's resurgence hasn't cured its ills "IndyWatch Feed National"

Image: Chambosan/Shutterstock

Even so Canada's trade minister, Canada's trade minister, Francois-Philippe Champagne confirmed that the agreement is far from being finalised, recognising that more work was needed on some key issues. Meanwhile the TPP has been renamed as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the official Ministerial statement, including the schedule of suspended provisions, was released yesterday.

This article is by Jeremy Malcolm and Jyoti Panday, and was originally published on EFF's Deeplinks blog. It is republished here under a Creative Commons CC-BY licence and has been slightly edited for spelling and context. See the original article.

We now know that almost the entire Intellectual Property (IP) chapter that had been the source of some of the most controversial elements of the original agreement has been suspended. Back in August, EFF wrote to the TPP ministers explaining why it would make no sense to include copyright term extension in the agre...


Couples Wanted "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


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Several years back--in the pre-Trump era--a friend attended a forum at the Brookings Institution on the subject of US-Russian relations. During the question and answer portion of the event, she asked a question about American and European meddling in Ukraine,...


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I am the mother the Australian Government would rather forget "IndyWatch Feed National"

How do you follow a start to an article that says the following? From the Sydney Morning Herald comes this paragraph: I am the mother that the Australian government would rather forget. My daughter Mia was killed in a stabbing attack almost a year ago in a backpacker hostel in far north Queensland, while she []


A Gold Medal For Our Cider, A Brand New Beer And A Big Plug For Sarah "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its been a pretty big few months for Sparkke, Australias most political and socially progressive alcohol brand. And in case youve been living under a rock, New Matilda owner Chris Graham is a shareholder in Sparkke a socially progressive beverage company run, owned and conceived by a group of women from Adelaide. Hence the ongoing gratuitous free plugs.

Recently, Sparkke launched a new beer a New England Pale Ale called Whats Planet B? Obviously, climate change is the message.

Sparkke's latest addition, a New England Pale Ale called 'What's Planet B?'Sparkkes latest addition, a New England Pale Ale called Whats Planet B?

For beer lovers, heres the official guff on the new brew:

Our new juicy, hazy ale is zealously packed with 6 hop varieties mostly from the USA including 2 (!) dry hops for a generous fruity flavour and aroma. Tropical and tangy, expect notes of grapefruit, pineapple and tangerine and a sherberty, smooth and rich mouthfeel. Volume: 330mL. Bitterness: 20 IBUs. Colour: 12 EBC. Malt: Ale, Flaked Wheat, Oats, Carapils, Munich. Late Addition Hops: Flaconers Flight, Mosaic, Equinox, Eldorado. All natural ingredients, no preservatives, no concentrate and no sulphur.

You can read more about (and order) Whats Planet B? here.

Its the sixth new beverage in Sparkkes line-up earlier this year we launched Change The Date (a pilsner); Nipples are Nipples (a hard lemonade); Boundless Plains To Share (a ginger beer); Say I Do (a white wine bubbles); and Consent Cant Come After You Do (an apple cider).

On the latter, Sparkkes apple cider is kind of a big deal now.

Consent cant come after you do won a Gold Medal at the Australian Cider Awards last month, against a record 250 entries (all vying for a single gold medal).

You might want to read a review of Consent here, published last week in the Financial Review.

Its Sparkkes first year not just producing the cider, but producing anything (Sparkke only hit the streets in early 2017).

Agi Gajic (pictured above) is the brains and the brewer behind Consent.

Speaking of brains, Sarah Lyons Sparkkes winemaker was recently named by The Weekend Australia as one of the t....


Lessons From The Past, A Culture For The Future "IndyWatch Feed National"

The answer to many of the worlds challenges lies in the past, writes Teila Watson.

I was asked to talk about our culture and the planet in the last two years. I wanted to take the opportunity to not only look at what the last two years have been like, but also how things got this way and where we go from here. Ive realised in the last two years, how quickly two years can pass. How much can happen in two years and how important the next two years are.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250So I will start at the beginning, beyond 60,000 years ago, because that is still how many of us locate ourselves.

When I say I am Kungalu, I am acknowledging that for tens and tens and tens of thousands of years, one parent of every child in my bloodline, has come from that country. By identifying myself in this way, I locate myself and my children through my family, from now, since 60,000 years ago and into the future.

I am also acknowledging the relationship that we have with our country, a relationship that has grown and been sustained through highly sophisticated and refined forms of substantive eco-science, and of course many generations of eco-scientists, or Murris in our own terms. Because in all that time, we didnt just survive on or off our land, but we thrived with it, through a complex balance of relationships which ensured that our existence was sustainable and abundant.

new matilda, uluru(IMAGE: Joanna Penn, Flickr).

Furthermore it is safe to say, that prior to colonialism, every inch of this continent was regularly maintained sustainably, by First Nations groups, through similar relationships.

But it wasnt just our relationship with land, that was sustainable in this way. Our relationships required and thrived off social sustainability as well. Our boarders never changed, at times they may have been adjusted, because of the ice ages and such but there was never open warfare. The idea of stealing land, simply just didnt exist.

A lot can be learned in 60,000 years. Yet First Nations people continue to suffer from genocide in this continent, in the last two years, two hundred years and the last two weeks.

Two of the most productive methods of colonialism are myth making and dehumanisation, when we make someone the other it becomes acceptable to give them less respect, like we have been seeing happen in the public debates around same sex marriage.

Saying a...


Nuclear Powers Existential Crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nuclear power is dying a slow, painful and wildly expensive death, writes Jim Green.

This year has been catastrophic for nuclear power, and just when it seemed the situation couldnt get any worse for the industry, it did. There are clear signs of a nuclear slow-down in China, the only country with a large nuclear new-build program.

Shop-Sparkke-Consent-300-x-250Chinas nuclear slow-down is addressed in the latest World Nuclear Industry Status Report and also in an August 2017 article by former World Nuclear Association executive Steve Kidd.

Chinas nuclear program has continued to slow sharply, Kidd writes, with the most striking feature being the paucity of approvals for new reactors over the past 18 months. China Nuclear Engineering Corp, the countrys leading nuclear construction firm, noted earlier this year that the Chinese nuclear industry has stepped into a declining cycle because the State Council approved very few new-build projects in the past years.

Kidd continues: Other signs of trouble are the uncertainties about the type of reactor to be utilised in the future, the position of the power market in China, the structure of the industry with its large state-owned enterprises (SOEs), the degree of support from top state planners and public opposition to nuclear plans.

China's first experimental fast breeder reactor under construction in Tuoli, pictured in 2004. (IMAGE: Wikipedia)Chinas first experimental fast breeder reactor under construction in Tuoli, pictured in 2004. (IMAGE: Wikipedia)

Over-supply has worsened in some regions and there are questions about how many reactors are needed to satisfy power demand. Kidd writes: [T]he slowing Chinese economy, the switch to less energy-intensive activities, and over-investment in power generation means that generation capacity outweighs grid capacity in some provinces and companies are fighting to export power from their plants.



Emission Omission: We Cant Eat The #BeInconvenient Elephant In Al Gores Room "IndyWatch Feed National"

The former US vice presidents latest assault on climate change is welcome, but the movie is missing one major theme which is crucial to the survival of the planet, writes Cassandra Taylor.

Al Gores new film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, exposes the dire consequences of climate change and shows that, since his first film on the topic a decade ago, some of these problems have dramatically progressed.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250(HL)The film ends by calling upon the citizens of the world to #beinconvenient by using their choice to switch to 100% renewable energy, their voice to urge others to pursue climate solutions, and their vote to demand that their leaders take action.

But the documentary fails to mention that the best, and arguably simplest, way to be truly inconvenient, and make a difference to global warming, is to stop eating meat and/or dairy.

There is a general perception that most vegans and vegetarians do so out of a love for animals, or even for health reasons. However, there are a growing number of people making the change in a last ditch attempt to save our planet.

According to the UN, livestock emissions account for 14.5 per cent of all human-induced emissions. However, some studies estimate emissions from livestock to be much higher. As a comparison, all emissions from transport are estimated to be around 13.5 per cent.

These figures do not take into account the fishing industry, which also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and causes damage to the environment in other ways by impacting fish populations, water pollution and habitat degradation.

(IMAGE: Greg Goebel, Flickr)(IMAGE: Greg Goebel, Flickr)

Livestock agriculture contributes to global warming in a number of respects. At a basic level, it is logical that growing a crop and eating it produces fewer emissions than growing a crop, continuously feeding it to an animal so the animal can grow and then eating the grown animal.

On a more technical level, methane emitted from animals flatulence and manure accounts for 36% of all human-caused methane emissions. However, deforestation is the main contributor to livestock emissions, and raising livestock requires the clearing of larger amounts of land than producing vegetables and also requires more water. Cattle are by far the largest cause of livestock greenhouse emissions.

It is estimated that producing beef requires 28 times more land, 6 times more fertilizer and 11 times more water than pro...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lack of Imperialist War Records Reflect the Covering Up of Military Failures
Doctors without Borders (MSF) hospital bombed by the
Pentagon in Afghanistan.
A veteran laments the deletion and disorganization of records from Iraq and Afghanistan.

By John Spencer
Washington Post
November 10 at 11:11 AM
PANW Editor's Note: As this soldier laments in the Washington Post over the lack of record keeping in regard to the United States occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, the real reasons behind this phenomenon is the concerted efforts by the Pentagon to conceal the monumental failures of these operations. Millions of people in Afghanistan and Iraq have been killed, injured, impoverished and displaced as a direct outcome of these wars of regime-change. Since United States troops remain in both Afghanistan and Iraq, it is necessary for the Defense Department along with the complicity of the White House, Congress and the pro-war corporate media to repeatedly distract people's attention from the real reasons behind imperialist militarism. There were absolutely no sound explanations put forward about why it was absolutely necessary to invade Afghanistan and Iraq. Both countries remain unstable after more than a decade of interventions. Thousands of U.S. troops have been killed and maimed for no honorable purpose. Until the people of the U.S. put a stop to these horrendous genocidal wars the world will know no genuine peace.

I often wonder what people will say about the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan decades from now. What I will tell my children when they are able to understand the answers to questions about what happened over th...


Mikmaq First Nation files land claim for vast portion of New Brunswick "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Elsipogtog Mikmaq First Nation is laying claim to a large parcel of land in southeastern New Brunswick.

The land claim, filed in provincial court on Wednesday by first peoples lawyer Bruce McIvor, covers roughly one third of the province.

The Aboriginal title claim has been made on behalf of the entire Mikmaq first nation, and asks that the court confirm they hold the rights to the large portion of the province.

The land claim comes at a time when indigenous people are repeatedly raising concerns about government decisions pertaining to lands and water in Mikmaq territory.

Three years ago, violent protests erupted in the community over shale gas development. First Nations communities opposed to fracking felt they were not properly consulted.

During the time that Elsipogtog and surrounding areas decided that they did not want shale gas in New Brunswick, its essentially a continuation of that, Chief Arren Stock said Wednesday.

Kenneth Francis, who represents Elsipogtog on resource development, is heading up the land claim initiative.

There have been no real effort by the governments to engage us in these things, you say, how do we get them to the table? Francis said.

Global News reached out to...


Saudi purge may lift lid on mega arms deal "IndyWatch Feed National"


Saudi purge may lift lid on mega arms deal


Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has launched a major corruption crackdown.Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has launched a major corruption crackdown. Richard Spencer,Sean ONeill


Britains biggest-ever arms deal faces renewed scrutiny after Saudi Arabia placed it at the centre of an urgent criminal investigation as part of the kingdoms anti-corruption drive.

One of the hundreds of princes, ministers and businessmen held in the countrys unprecedented purge of senior figures is Prince Turki bin Nasser, the royal at the centre of the so-called al-Yamamah scandal, The Times has been told.

The Saudi decision to investigate the 43 billion pound ($AU74b) deal has created political pressure for Britain to re-open its investigation into al-Yamamah, which wa...


Trump Points To Falsehoods In "Russian Hacking" Claims - Media Still Ignore Them "IndyWatch Feed National"

During the flight of his recent Asia tour U.S. President Donal Trump held a press gaggle on board of the plane. Part of it were questions and answers about the alleged "Russian hacking" of the U.S. election. There is no...


Trump: I Really Believe Putin When he Told me 'I didn't Meddle in Elections' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trump: 'I really believe' Putin when he told me face-to-face 'I didn't meddle' in elections

Source: Fox News | By Joseph Weber

Russian President Vladimir Putin is steadfastly denying that his country meddled in the 2016 White House race, President Trump told reporters Saturday.

Trump and Putin briefly spoke several times while in Vietnam for a regional economic summit, as part of the U.S. president's 12-day trip to Asia.

"He said he didn't meddle, Trump afterward told reporters, aboard Air Force One. He said he didn't meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times. I just asked him again. He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did."

Putins words contradict U.S. intelligence community claims that Russia indeed tried to influence the election's outcome -- amid evidence that suggests Russian operatives hacked emails from Democratic Party leaders and tried to sway U.S. voters by purchasing ads of social media.

"Every time he sees me he says, 'I didn't do that,' and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it. But he says, 'I didn't do that.' I think he is very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country," also said Trump, who deflected answering a direct question about whether he believed Putin's denial.

Congress and Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller are each conducting investigations into whether Trump associates colluded with Russian in the 2016 campaign.

Trump and Putin were in together in Danang, Vietnam, for the 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. They have no plans to hold a formal meeting during Trumps five-nation trip the concludes this weekend.

Trump told reporters on the flight from Danang to Hanoi that he and Putin largely discussed Syria in their "two or three very short conversations."

At about the same time, the Kremlin issued a joint statement...


The Fiasco of Saudi policies toward Lebanon: has MbS ever succeeded in a war or a policy? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hoping to recruit some kids to demonstrate in support of Saudi regime policies towards Lebanon, this has become a national joke.  This is going viral: those kids were brought in by Saudi regime tool, Gen. Ashraf Rifi, to Beirut to support Saudi Arabia and protest against Hizbullah, were met with Lebanese correspondents who asked them why they were there and they could not answer. 


Q-Red List, Blue List, Black List, You List: Are You on the Jade Helm Red List? Will You have Time to Run? Jade Helm 15: Martial Law, Walmart and You "IndyWatch Feed National"

Taken at face value, it sounds incredibly sinister: members of the four branches of the US military operating within our borders, infiltrating the populations of seven states, moving covertly, deploying vehicles and aircraft, practicing their techniques for capturing and eliminating threats. There are mysterious meetings, strange maps, reports of missile batteries being set up and even the closing of stores and confiscation of private property. And all of it happening under the guise of a mysterious, sinister sounding code name: Jade Helm 15.

While all of that seems rather horrifying, the truth of Jade Helm 15 happens to be much more pedestrian. Its a military exercise being carried out by US Special Operations forces, running from July through September 2017, designed to train elite soldiers to deal with new threats and ensure their readiness to survive, react and carry out deep cover missions in hostile enemy territory. In that respect, Jade Helm is no different than the dozens of other military exercises the US has carried out all over the world in decades past, rehearsing everything from the D-Day landings to taking out enemy leaders.

None of what Jade Helm will be doing is new in fact, its quite old. Prussian military forces used war games and live exercises as far back as the 1700s, and theyve continued all the way through modern times. Since the advent of combined arms tactics in World War I, where infantry, artillery and airpower all worked together to achieve a common goal, coordinated training exercises have been vital to ensuring every facet of the operation was on the same page. If the guns and the planes and the tanks dont all know exactly where the infantry is supposed to be at the exact time theyre supposed to be there, people get killed and battles are lost.

The entire operation was publicly announced by the U.S. Army Special Operations Commands (USASOC) website in March, 2017. Soon enough, like clockwork, the conspiracy panic began. According to numerous awakened individuals, Jade Helm was not a military exercise at all, but a hiding-in-plain-sight plan to seed government troopers around the south, institute martial law in the United States, round up or kill dissenters, consolidate Barack Obamas plan for a third term as president, or even propagate a genocide of Christians and patriots.

A popular YouTube video called Jade Helm PROOF OF A MASSIVE MILITARY BUILD UP IN AMERICA. Another video, this one from Alex Jones, declares Military Lied! Jade Helm Is Training To Kill Americans Who Resist! Websites are practically breathless with pictures of FEMA death domes, claims of Muslim Brotherhood control of the plot, stories of UN troops and prison camps, and, worst of all, the closure of Wal Mart stores in Jade Helm states.

To get to the bottom of whats going on here, and what isnt, Ive put tog...


Are you only as happy as your unhappiest child? "IndyWatch Feed National"

An article published this week in the digital magazine Aeon carries the headline: "Kids? Just say no," which purports to make "the moral case against procreation". The author, a philosopher called David Benatar, claims that "coming into existence is always a serious harm". He describes himself as an "antinatalist". "Even if life isn't pure suffering," he ponders, "coming into existence can still be sufficiently harmful to render procreation wrong. Life is simply much worse than most people think." This is a point of view I find verging on the pathological, but it is true that the reasons not to have children are sufficiently numerous that it makes you wonder why so many people do it. Apart from anything else, people who don't have children are, according to numerous surveys, consistently happier. The moment you have children, you are burdened with worries and responsibilities for the rest of your life. You are only ever as happy as your unhappiest child. So, what is the motivation? The answer to this, as far as I'm concerned, is pretty much: "Well, what else are you going to do?" For me, life isn't the pursuit of happiness. Life is the pursuit of meaning.

Are you only as happy as your unhappiest child? "IndyWatch Feed National"

An article published this week in the digital magazine Aeon carries the headline: "Kids? Just say no," which purports to make "the moral case against procreation". The author, a philosopher called David Benatar, claims that "coming into existence is always a serious harm". He describes himself as an "antinatalist". "Even if life isn't pure suffering," he ponders, "coming into existence can still be sufficiently harmful to render procreation wrong. Life is simply much worse than most people think." This is a point of view I find verging on the pathological, but it is true that the reasons not to have children are sufficiently numerous that it makes you wonder why so many people do it. Apart from anything else, people who don't have children are, according to numerous surveys, consistently happier. The moment you have children, you are burdened with worries and responsibilities for the rest of your life. You are only ever as happy as your unhappiest child. So, what is the motivation? The answer to this, as far as I'm concerned, is pretty much: "Well, what else are you going to do?" For me, life isn't the pursuit of happiness. Life is the pursuit of meaning.


PERTH Perth baby death: Baby dies from injuries, man charged with murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth baby death: Baby dies from injuries, man charged with murder .

November 10, 2017 at 02:18PM .

Aaron Colin Martin, 35, said little as the charge was read to him in the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday morning. It is alleged that yesterday he .


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WATCH: Texas Deputies Detain PINAC Correspondent for Suspicion of Burglary while Video Recording Government Building from Sidewalk "IndyWatch Feed National"

A YouTube video shows Texas deputies detaining PINAC correspondent Phillip Turner for suspicion of burglarizing vehicles, and possibly plotting to help an inmate escape from jail in late September.

Their reason: Turner was video recording the City of Midland Police and Communication Center and Information Systems Department from the sidewalk.

That, of course, gave deputies the impression that Turner was plotting to bust someone out of jail, then break into cars right in front of the police station where seven cameras are mounted on the front of one building.

Not to mention capturing the evidence on his own camera for safe measure.

The Midland Police and Communications Center and Information Systems Department is described as a highly specialized unit of personnel which provides centralized communications service support to the Midland County Sheriffs Office, Midland Fire Department and the Midland Police Department.

Part of the communications center is located underground and is the Public Safety Answering Point for Midland County, according to its website.

The video begins with Turner walking down the sidewalk taking photos of vehicles and the building with several cameras.

How many cameras do they need? asks Turner, who frequently hears the same question from officers as he tours the State of Texas conducting similar audits.

Eventually, two sheriff deputies pull up in an SUV with their emergency lights lit up and approach Turner.

Hows it going? Im deputy Cook with the sheriffs office. Its just curious; somebodys taping around the sheriffs office. Im just trying to figure out whats going on.

Turner explains hes just taking pictures of vehicles and that he was attempting to locate the main building of the complex.

Do you have an ID or anything? Deputy Cook asks. To show who Im talking to.

I dont have one on me, Turner replies.

Whats your name, deputy Cooks asks, reaching for his radio to run Turners name through dispatch.

Uh, Id rather not give it.

Mkay, Cook says. Alright, any reason . . . video taping . . . just curiosity? Or what?

Im just gathering matters of public interest. Just a journalist, Turner replies.



Why Were Vatican And RC Church Hierarchies NOT Unnerved About Infertility Ingredients In WHOs African Tetanus Vaccine Campaign? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The Roman Catholic Church has strict rules and unyielding dogma regarding religious beliefs and congregants practices but, unfortunately, seems to turn a deaf ear and a blind eye and subscribes to going along to get along especially regarding the pseudosciences regarding GMO phood [1], and what the medical industry submits as gospel truth when it comes to pharmaceutical vaccines!

Regarding GMOs:

The same Congregation also decided that Eucharistic matter made with genetically modified organisms can be considered valid matter (cf. Letter to the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 9 December 2013, Prot. N. 89/78 44897). [1]

Relating to vaccines, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI (2005-2013), sent a request to investigate vaccines to the Sacred Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith in order to answer questions posed by Mrs. Debra L. Vinnedge, Executive Director of Children of God for Life, in Largo, Florida.

In June of 2005, Mrs. Vinnedge received a reply on the letterhead of the Pontificia Academia Pro Vito saying [5]:

On June 4, 2003, you wrote to His Eminence Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, with a copy of this letter forwarded to me, asking to the Sacred Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith a clarification about the liceity [sic] of vaccinating children with vaccines prepared using cell lines derived fro...


Pacific Rim states agree on core elements of TPP trade deal, without US "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries have reached an agreement on the core elements of the TPP trade pact, even with the US staying out of the deal. At the same time, Canada warned there was more work ahead.

Vietnam APEC meeting (picture-alliance/empics/The Canadian Press/M. Tsikas)

The representatives of the 11 Asia-Pacific countries, including  Japan, Australia, Canada, Malaysia and Mexico, have agreed to push ahead toward the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The decision comes after days of tense negotiations on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam.

In a joint statement early on Saturday, the trade ministers said they were pleased to announce that they have agreed on the core elements of the major trade deal, which aimed to slash tariffs across the Pacific region.

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The basic agreement would maintain the high standards, overall balance and integrity of the TPP while ensuring the commercial and other interests of all participants, they said.

APEC Conference gets underway in Vietnam

The statement marks an important breakthrough for the deal, which was on the brink of collapsing after President Donald Trump announced the United States would be leaving th.....


China Enlists Western Media to Spread Its Message "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tie-ups linked to propaganda arm aid mission to tell Chinese stories well

Women walk past a roadside poster of Chinese President Xi Jinping in October after the Communist Party granted him a new term and greater authority.Photo: GREG BAKER/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

Nov. 11, 2017 7:00 a.m. ET

BEIJINGXi Jinping wants the media to tell Chinas stories better. These days, he is increasingly finding willing partners abroad.

The Chinese leader has exhorted state media to do more to enable the world to see a multidimensional and colorful China and present his nation as a builder of global peace and help strengthen Chinas influence abroad.

China has for years placed paid English-language state-media supplements in Western newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and has placed similar advertorials with Australian, Indian and British media.

Under Mr. Xi, Beijing, which often calls Western depictions of its society unfair, has stepped up support for co-productions with foreign partners, including documentary tie-ups spotlighting the countrys culture, technological advancements and infrastructure projects.

One such feature is China: Time of Xi, a three-part documentary produced by Discovery channels Asia arm that was first broadcast in China in late October, shortly after Chinas Communist Party gave the leader a level of authority not seen here since Chairman Mao.

A Discovery Channels documentary, shown in this YouTube video, portrays the Chinese Communist Partys approach to development as a model for the world.

Interspersed in the production are admiring words for Mr. Xi and his policies from people such as Robert Lawrence Kuhn, a host for Chinas state broadcaster, and former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who says Xi Jinping is a leader who dreams very big dreams.

In one episode, economist Dambisa Moyo praises Mr. Xis signature Belt and Road initiative as one of these incredibly transformative ideas.

The documentary mentions some of Chinas challenges, such as pollution. But there is no mention of more controversial aspects of Mr. Xis tenure, such as his crackdowns on speech and dissidents or his moves toward one-man rule.

Its not our place to sort of comment on or provide the good and the bad. We dont look at it that way, said Discovery representative Karun Arya. Were....


MACKAY Hospital calls police over toddlers injuries "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 10, 2017 at 07:56PM ,

Hospital calls police over toddlers injuries

November 10, 2017 at 07:56PM ,

A CHILD was allegedly tortured and sexually assaulted and left in a critical condition after police say she was set upon by her mothers boyfriend in a

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Melbourne, Austrlia: Relatos sobre o Dia de Ao para xs Refugiadxs na Ilha de Manus "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

08.11.17: RISE: Refugee Survivors and ex-Detainees pediram um Dia de Ao, em 07 de novembro, em solidariedade com xs mais de 600 refugiadxs que atualmente so presxs dentro do antigo centro de deteno do governo australiano na Ilha Manus, em Papu Nova Guin. O governo australiano prendeu xs homens em Manus como parte de sua desprezvel poltica de deteno obrigatria para todos xs refugiadxs que tentaram entrar nos territrios australianos por barco.

O centro de deteno foi oficialmente fechado pelo governo australiano e todos os servios essenciais foram cortados, incluindo gua e eletricidade. A polcia e os militares de Papu Nova Guin tm impedido que alimentos e outros itens essenciais entrem no centro de deteno. O governo australiano est se recusando a assumir qualquer
responsabilidade ou obrigao de cuidar dxs refugiadxs e bloqueou ativamente outros pases de aceit-lxs, insistindo que xs homens devem se deslocar para um novo centro que foi construdo em Manus. Este centro no seguro nem est equipado para atender s necessidades dxs refugiadxs que tm medo de serem atacadxs por pessoas que no querem xs refugiadxs em suas comunidades. Como resultado desta situao, xs 600 homens se recusam a deixar o centro de deteno australiano e pediram comunidade internacional para intervir e ajud-los. As condies dentro do centro de deteno so sombrias sem comida, sem gua, sem esgoto, sem eletricidade e sem instalaes mdicas.

O Dia de Ao foi convocado para 07 de novembro para coincidir com a anual Melbourne Cup, um evento de corrida de cavalos internacional de alto padro, para gerar a mxima publicidade. Em Narrm/Melbourne, xs ativistas responderam ao chamado com uma srie diversificada de aes


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NESTING MOORHEN 2 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

A few weeks ago I posted some photos of nesting moorhens. This week, I revisited the same nest and was happy to see that fledglings have been leaving the nest and under the supervision of the moorhen nannies they can swim in the pond, and then make their own way back to the nest. I counted five moorhens sharing mothering duties in the same nest. As you can see, they must have all laid eggs in the same nest as some eggs are still unhatched and are being incubated, while there are also nestlings and fledglings.

As I said before, during breeding season, the Dusky Moorhen forms breeding groups of two to seven birds, with all members defending territory, building nests and looking after young. The shallow platform nests are made of reeds and other water plants over water, among reeds or on floating platforms in open water. Two or more females will lay their eggs in the same nest and all members of the group help to incubate the eggs and feed the young.

This post is part of the Weekend Reflections meme,
and also part of the Saturday Critters meme,
and also part of the I'd Rather Be Birdin' meme,
and also part of the Camera Critters meme.


Johnnie Walker, the Corruption Purge, and Saudi Arabias Preparation for War "IndyWatch Feed National"

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, also minister of defense, has a big vision called Saudi Arabias Vision 2030

By Dee McLachlan

When I try to understand what is happening in Saudi Arabia it is like working out an impossible math formula. But Im going to try make some sense of it, as it seems Saudi Arabia is gearing up for war.

Corruption Purge and a Hotel Prison

Over the last few days there are reports of a purge against CORRUPTION, with the Saudi Authorities detaining 201 Saudi princes and businessmen. As...


An overcast day, storm clouds at dusk, and A.K. A weekend away... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

An overcast day, storm clouds at dusk, and A.K.

A weekend away at a friends property in country Victoria



TPP 11 need for further talks show flaws in the deal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Media Release November 11, 2017: TPP 11 leaders meeting in Da Nang Vietnam have agreed on some elements of a possible deal without the US, but have not succeeded in their aim of finalising the text. The talks have only been salvaged by an agreement to rename the deal, suspend some of its most controversial clauses and to have further talks over several months on issues raised by Canada and other governments, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.

See links to the leaders statement and list of suspended provisions.

The failure to conclude the deal shows that some governments still oppose provisions demanded by the US which they only reluctantly agreed to gain access to the US market. The renaming of the deal as the Progressive Comprehensive Trans-Pacific Partnership, insisted on by Canada, seems to be an effort to distance governments from the original TPP, said Dr Ranald.

AFTINET welcomes the suspension of some proposals for stronger medicine monopolies, including those on costly biologic medicines, which would delay the availability of cheaper versions of those medicines, and which were strongly opposed by public health and other community groups. But we believe there should have been deleted altogether rather than suspended pending a possible US return to the deal.

The proposed deal still contains special rights to foreign investors to bypass national courts and sue governments for millions of dollars in unfair international tribunals over changes to domestic laws, known as ISDS. It would also restrict future governments from re-regulating essential services like energy or financial services, despite demonstrated market failures, and it would result in more vulnerable temporary migrant workers, without testing if local workers were available, said Dr Ranald.

Australia has nothing to gain from a revived TPP. Australia already has free trade agreements with the US and all but three of the other ten TPP countries, (Peru, Mexico and Canada). This meant the TPP delivered minimal extra market access for Australia. Studies showed the TPP with the US would deliver...


How Facebooks Anti-Revenge Porn Project Really Works "IndyWatch Feed National"

The scope is limited to specific photographs, but the technology could empower people to keep intimate images off Facebook altogether.

In an announcement that raised plenty of eyebrows, Facebook said this week that it wants to help potential revenge porn victims keep intimate images of themselves off the social network by uploading the images via Facebook-owned Messenger. The effort, which is being rolled out in an initial test in Australia, is an extension of existing Facebook tools for identifying and removing revenge porn imagery. The goal of the new tool is to allow Facebook to create digital fingerprints of images that could be used to block photos subsequently posted for revenge porn purposes.

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PERTH Man appears in #Court charged with murder of #Baby #Girl in Brookdale, south of Perth #NEWS "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man appears in #Court charged with murder of #Baby #Girl in Brookdale, south of Perth #NEWS .

November 10, 2017 at 07:49PM .

A man charged with murdering a baby girl has made a brief appearance in the Perth Magistrates Court but they would not confirm the nature of their .


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How to make a Loch Ness Monster cake "IndyWatch Feed"

When it came to making a birthday cake for Alex and Ian this year, the issues to take in to consideration were a serious lack of energy (mine) and a serious desire for doughnuts (Sylvia's).  A Loch Ness Monster cake seemed to please everyone.  Easy enough for me, doughnuts for the monster for Sylvia and Scottish enough for E.  I didn't have any grand plans and did some learning as we went but it was a fun cake that impressed our guests.

The doughnut theme actually helped make the cake seem possible because we were one step ahead with doughnuts in the freezer ready to be baked.  Right from the beginning I knew the sturdier yeasted variety would work far better as decorations than the more delicate baking powder doughnuts.  They weren't quite as smooth as the first batch of doughnuts but it was close enough for jazz.  As I usually try to do, we started the day before.

We looked online at some Nessie cakes and decided to just make a green icing and dunk the doughnuts in it.  I didn't really think this through.  Ideally I should have used an icing sugar and water or milk icing that would have set m...


Come join us for the launch of David Mahlers new comic... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Come join us for the launch of David Mahlers new comic collection Junior Catharsis! Over 300 pages, about 6 years of comics collected in one chunky volume - laughs, thrills, poetry, stoner jokes and introspective reflection xox

Launching on Friday 17th November from 5-7pm at Sticky Institute, followed by drinks at some bar maybe.

Facebook event here.


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 0.80 AUD

Trump Points To Falsehoods In "Russian Hacking" Claims - Media Still Ignore Them "IndyWatch Feed National"

During the flight of his recent Asia tour U.S. President Donal Trump held a press gaggle on board of the plane. Part of it were questions and answers about the alleged "Russian hacking" of the U.S. election.


PERTH Man Charged With Murder Of Six-Month-Old Girl "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man Charged With Murder Of Six-Month-Old Girl .

November 10, 2017 at 02:07PM .

charged with murder. An investigation is currently underway, and the man has been refused bail. He will appear in Perth Magistrates Court today. .


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PERTH Accused killer of six-month-old baby in Brookdale faces court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Accused killer of six-month-old baby in Brookdale faces court .

November 10, 2017 at 02:18PM .

Aaron Colin Martin, 35, said little as the charge was read to him in the Perth Magistrates Court this morning. It is alleged that yesterday he murdered .


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PERTH Perth father accused of murdering his six-month-old baby daughter "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth father accused of murdering his six-month-old baby daughter .

November 10, 2017 at 04:45PM .

A father who allegedly murdered his six-month-old daughter at home in Perths southeast has appeared in court, looking sleepy-eyed and dazed. .


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PERTH Father charged with murder of baby girl in Brookdale, south of Perth "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Father charged with murder of baby girl in Brookdale, south of Perth .

November 10, 2017 at 08:49AM .

A father charged with murdering his baby girl last night has made a brief appearance in the Perth Magistrates Court. Aaron Colin Martin, 35, was .


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PERTH Perth father charged with infants murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth father charged with infants murder .

November 10, 2017 at 02:34PM .

Arron Colin Martin only spoke to confirm his name and looked sleepy-eyed when he appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday. He did not react .


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In Flanders Fields the Poppies Blow "IndyWatch Feed National"

Poppies for Armistice Day. 11am on 11/11/. Ninety nine years ago today (photo Cater News Agency)

by Mary W Maxwell

We are the Dead /  Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow /
Loved and were loved, and now we lie/ In Flanders fields.

If ye break faith with us who die / We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

(John McCrae, In Flanders Fields)

Today is Veterans Day here in the US. My local restaurant was packed with families taking their favorite veteran to lunch. I think it is time we started to do the right thing for the veterans of the Vietnam war, and for ourselves.

John Judge, who seems to me honest and dedicated, reports that his mother was in charge of troop projections for many years. She had to estimate 5 years in advance how ma...


Fixations of Propriety: The Manus Closure Scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

When confronted with the spectacle of the malnourished, the impoverished, the famine stricken, and the desperate, the Australian political instinct is simple: Why did these poor fools get themselves into this mix?  With each wave of refugees arriving in the countrys young history, the cold shoulder has mixed with the lukewarm welcome.

At no points have refugees been welcomed so much as grudgingly accepted.  Australia, after all, has a humanitarian intake, and boasts about it like a vulnerable child who feels her grades the best in class.

Like a necessary pantomime, Australias distant, estranging middle-class tediousness treats human rights as the necessary costume at the international human rights party.  To be such an international citizen, conventions are signed, and modestly implemented. Some are even abused with a degree of legalised gusto.

In a country with no bill of rights, it can hardly be any other way.  The rights culture, it can be said, is one of smugness and suspicion.  Supremacy resides with Parliament, and a misplaced belief that the executive will somehow be compliant.

The sentiment towards refugees and asylum seekers taking the sea route hardened after the 1990s, when the means of arrival became an issue in Australian politics.  (You cannot be punished or discriminated against on the manner of travel under the Refugee Convention, but the lawyers were obviously napping at stages.)  Decent people, after all, took planes, and if they did arrive by boat, would surely do the appropriate thing and fly a decent class.

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, the issue of pressing concern was the arrival of Vietnamese boat people fleeing the Communist Republic.  Then, as now, the issue of how these people were arriving bothered certain Australian figures, most notably John Howard.  Aqueous borne arrivals, notably of the Asiatic sort, terrified him.

The currently broken, and easily refutable theme in the practiced inhumanity against those now defiantly assembled on the closed Manus processing facility at the Lombrum Naval Base, is that of the market model.  Refugees and asylum seekers should never partake in a system of exchange.  Money for passage is a smutty exchange best stamped out.

To that end, refugee and asylum seeker policy in Australia resembles that of a tax meeting or Reserve Bank board gathering.  The agenda never changes: what markets are appropriate, and which ones are not?

The market that encourages the pursuit of the Refugee Convention, its articles, its spirit, is discouraged by the denizens of propriety.  To flee persecution, harm and mortal risk, forms the quintessence of international refugee law, but best take a number and wait your turn.

The problem with this approach is simple: awaiting that....


Why We Need Devin Patrick Kelley to be Crazy "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Why We Need Devin Patrick Kelley to be Crazy appeared first on It's Going Down.

Saying the Unsayable Every Time

When the unspeakable occurs, where do we turn for answers?

Whenever a politician or pundit the two rusty gears of the great national blah-blah-chatter-machine informs us that a shooting is an inarticulable tragedy an unspeakable event one can be sure this statement will be followed by excessive explanation.

In the wake of yet another mass shooting event in the US, journalists struggle to find answers as to how or why these keep occurring. Perhaps too many people have guns, or America is too violent, or maybe weve just lost our faith in God.

Through all this chatter, one answer is consistently appealing to all sides: the killers are crazy, psychos, lunatics, deranged, deluded, psychotic, mentally ill, Mad. Trump only said what everyone was thinking: Devin Patrick Kelley is another symbol of a national mental health crisis.

CNN reporters Emanuella Grinberg and Eliott C. McLaughlin believe thatthe warning signs were there. [1] Which warning signs? Domestic violence. Sexual assault accusations. Animal cruelty. Escape from a mental health facility. Threatening text messages. An obsession with guns and mass shootings they tell us.

This continued obsession in the biographical, the subjective, or the personal, means that the systemic and the historical will once again be swept aside. Hegemonic normative systems can only reproduce themselves if they can prove that the incident of extremity and ultra-violence are explainable solely by reference to the particular and not an expression of the system itself, even if it is an extreme one.

With this in mind, there is something profoundly disturbing about that list from CNN above. Each characteristic is listed as if we the readers ought to register them as Other, as abnormal and incorrect.

Their statement contains two dangerous errors in this regard: 1. none of these forms of ultra-aggression and terror are outside to Western values, rather, they are integral to them; and 2. escaping from a mental hospital does not belong on a list of assaults....


MACKAY Court case puts bullying in schools under the spotlight "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 10, 2017 at 08:30PM ,

Court case puts bullying in schools under the spotlight

November 10, 2017 at 08:30PM ,

A MOTHER has been found guilty of threatening to produce a gun while trying to protect her daughter from bullying at a Mackay high school. However

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Australian UAP from earlier years "IndyWatch Feed National"


From time to time, I am contacted by individuals who tell me of UAP sightings from earlier years. Other people send me newspaper accounts of such events. These are all most welcome, as they add to our knowledge of previously unreported observations. This post describes two such recently submitted items.

Sighting from the destroyer 'Anzac'

A long time friend of mine, who lives in Tasmania, sent me a clipping from 'The Advocate' newspaper, Tasmania, dated 21 October 2017, and titled 'Possible Experience of UFO.'

This 'Letter to the Editor' read:

'Growing up I didn't believe in aliens, but that belief changed in a flash.

In the 1970's I was sitting out on deck of the destroyer Anzac just after sunrise, getting fresh air before duty. We were heading to a destination in the South Pacific, doing about 18 knots.

The sea was as smooth as glass and no-one else was on deck. A strange feeling suddenly came over me. I looked up and above the funnel was a shimmering mass the size of a medium car, making no sound. It looked like it was generating great power.



Court dismisses Evans application to quash kidnapping charge "IndyWatch Feed National"

    Trial fixed for Dec 15     Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of a Lagos High Court in Igbosere has dismissed an application by the suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a Evans, to quash the charge of kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms slammed on him and one other person by the Lagos State Government. The next trial date has been fixedfor December 15. In dismissing the application, Justice Taiwo held that there was a compelling need for the two accused persons to answer to the charge. I have read the...

The post Court dismisses Evans application to quash kidnapping charge appeared first on Newtelegraph.


Forgotten heroes and sacrifices on Remembrance Day "IndyWatch Feed National"

Although we commemorate those who died on Remembrance Day 11 November, the courage and sacrifice of those who fought to prevent World War One from ever happening and who tried to remove from power the criminals who had caused that war, and others that followed, is never acknowledged.

On Remembrance Day, 11 November Australians and people from some of the countries of the previous Britsh Commonwealth of nations, commemorate the courage and terrible sacrifice of those who fought in the war of 1914-1918. In that war, 18 million died, including 60,000 Australians, Back then that war was referred to as the "War to End War".

Those who labeled the First World War the "war to end war"were clearly naive at best. Barely 20 years later 60 million more people were to die in yet another even more horrific world-wide conflagration. Many other wars occurred right up to Remembrance Day 2017 and are continuing.

The courage and sacrifice of those who fought to prevent World War One from ever happening and who tried to remove from power the criminals who had caused that war, and others that followed, is never acknowledged.

Where is the commmoration for those sailors of the German Navy who rebelled against the German government on 3 November after being ordered to sail on a last suicidal battle against the British Navy? (See Where is the commemoration of all thoser German workers who rose up in many parts of Germany over the next few days, making it impossible for the war to continue? Where is the commemoration of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebkencht who opposed the war at its outset? They were to lead the Spartakist uprising in Berlin from 1918 until when it was crushed by Freikorps mercenaries, many of whom were later to don the Nazi swastika. Where is the commemoration of their sacrifice?

Where is the commemoration of those French soldiers who were court-martialed and executed in 1917 for their mutiny against the war? Where is the commemoration of Australians and British who blocked their governments' plans to introduce conscription? Where is the commemoration of those German Communists who fought from 1919 until 1923 to wrest from power those who had led their country into war?

Clearly the ruling elites and their newsmedia only want us to commemorate the sacrifice of those who were duped into fighting and dying to further the selfish interests of those elites who sent them to war.



Ned Kelly: The Rebel and Nolans Muse "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Ned Kelly one day before the execution. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

On the 11th of November 1880, Ned Kelly, an Australian bushranger, was hanged in Melbourne. At the time of his death he was only 25 and already a legend. By some perceived as a criminal and villain, by others as a rebel or even an Australian equivalent of Robin Hood, Kelly was anstill is one of the most controversial figures in the history of Australia.

He was sentenced to death for the murder of three policemen, numerous bank robberies and the murder of his estranged gang member, Aaron Sherritt. The list of his crimes was much longer, but he denied some of them and claimed to be the victim of false accusations. Always on a run with his fellow gang members, Kelly was  captured eventually after the Glenrowan shootout on the 27th of June 1880. Prior to this event, the Kelly gang had equipped themselves in characteristic iron armour that repelled bullets; yet, it did not protect their legs. This turned out to be fatal in consequences, as Kelly was shot in the left foot, left leg, right hand, left arm and twice in the region of the groin (The Argus, 29 June 1880). His fellow gang members did not survive the shootout.

Ah, well, I suppose it has come to this (The Argus, 12 November 1880), were Kellys last words, with the rope already around his neck. But the words Kelly is best remembered for are included in his famous Jerilderie Letter, written to the police to clarify and justify various incidents leading him to becoming an outlaw. The letter made of him an illiterate (he dictated the letter to his friend) literary phenomenon. The language in the letter has got an unavoidable roughness to it, yet it is colourful and full of metaphors, testifying Kellys eloquence and intelligence.



Friday Funny: Bill Nyes ask me anything explodes in his face "IndyWatch Feed National"

Redditers Rip Apart Bill Nyes Totally Incoherent Answers In AMA By Mike Bastasch at the Daily Caller Redditers were not fans of the answers Bill Nye the science guy gave in an AMA, grilling the former childrens show host for dodging questions and giving inaccurate answers. Nye held the AMA on Wednesday to promote his


De-briefing Ethereums Parity Predicament: Whats Next? "IndyWatch Feed National"

De-briefing Ethereums Parity Predicament: Whats Next?

After an unidentified actor accidentally triggered a series of bugs that destroyed approximately $150 million worth of digital currency, the world waits for a substantive answer is this vulnerability an anomaly? An I told you so? Or a humbling opportunity to secure the Ethereum network?

What Happened?

On November 6, Devops199, an alleged amateur programmer, set off a chain of bugs on Parity, a popular digital wallet for Ethereum. These bugs affected multisignature, or multisig, accounts wallets that require multiple users to sign off with their keys before funds can be transferred.. The place these wallets connect to is known as a library contract.

  1. According to Parity, an attempt to fix a vulnerability that allowed hackers to steal $32 million from multisignature wallets in July of 2017 inadvertently created a second vulnerability in the library contract. This allowed Devops199 gain sole ownership of the library that every multisignature wallet used for their code.

  2. After Devops199 realized what had happened, he killed (deleted) the code. Unfortunately, this locked all funds into multisignature wallets permanently, with no way to access them.

  3. Because of the functionality of the current blockchain, $150 million worth of ether (ETH), the tradable currency that fuels the Ethereum platform, is now effectively d...


Counihan Politics and Protest "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Thursday evening as I am going to the Counihan Gallery on the tram along Sydney Road. I am thinking about the theme of the exhibition: people politics protest and Noel Counihan in a cage demonstrating the lack of free speech in 1933. Thinking that if I dont see the police, or ultra-conservative demonstrators then the art isnt great protest art and then I saw the sandbag barricade out the front of the Brunswick town hall. Have the battle lines been drawn? Has Moreland seceded from Australia?

Rushdi Anwar

Rushdi Anwar, Art Like Morality, Consists of Drawing a Line Somewhere is it?

Too good to hope for; the barricade were just an art installation. It wasnt even part of the inaugural Noel Counihan Commemorative Art Award. It was Kurdish Australian artist Rushdi Anwars Art Like Morality, Consists of Drawing a Line Somewhere is it? and it was part of Morearts 2017, the annual temporary art exhibition. It made me consider the possibility that the best art about people, politics or protest in Moreland was possibly not in the Counihan Gallerys Moreland Summer Show.

Perhaps, the most best protest art this year in this local came, not from artists but from the Moreland City Council. This year has been a turning point in Australia as sections of society, represented...


On This Day (11 November 1880) "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Australian Bushranger and outlaw Ned Kelly is hanged at Melbourne Gaol



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Dispatches from Puerto Rico: Front Line Relief "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Dispatches from Puerto Rico: Front Line Relief appeared first on It's Going Down.

Our current Mutual Aid Disaster Relief team in Puerto Rico has concentrated efforts mostly on HIV/AIDS prevention, safe water outreach/education, breastfeeding in disasters and also is addressing other health needs with our team of nurses, a lab chemist, lactation counselors and a medic.

We provided health education materials, triage, screening, and assisted 100 patients one of the first days we were here, based out of a little church 1/2 way up a mountain in a little community called Quebrada Prieta. This community lacks potable water: one woman was using the water from her pool to wash and clean, most are drinking from the river that drains from the rain forest. We were able to provide lab testing, exams, and assist a home bound, double amputee diabetic patient with a host of diabetes supplies.

Another day we were in Vega Baja, close to the ocean. We saw 89 patients in a pop-up clinic inside of a restaurant called El Right Field de Tommy. Since the storm, this restaurant has been providing free rice and beans every Tuesday to residents of this severely affected neighborhood. Yet another example of mutual aid in practice. Many of the folks seen had just got water back in their homes, but were unsure if it was safe to drink and some only had a steady drip coming out of the tap, insufficient for a days water needs. And yet others noted that some days the water worked and other days nothing came out of the taps. So we discussed ways to make water potable, such as boiling for 2 minutes if they have a gas stove or using a bleach + water recipe to make it safer to drink.

With so many people saving rainwater, we also talked about ways to safely store it and how to prevent mosquitoes. Very few in this community had generators. However we did do a home visit with a bedridden, oxygen dependent patient in which the generator was running outside of her bedroom windows. When we walked in we could smell it in her bedroom. We talked about the impact of carbon monoxide on her lungs and helped her husband move the generator to a safer spot, further away from his wifes windows. We also got to do some more breastfeeding education as there were a lot of moms with babies and toddlers. Many of the moms were happily breastfeeding their babies. We were able to answer their questions and provide support and encouragement that they were doing the right thing.

Still another day, we saw 54 patients at a community Center in Los Naranjos, a community that saw flooding up to peoples necks during the storm. Most lost a lot, some lost everything, most have no potable water, none have electricity. All are helping each...


99th commemoration of the The Great War Armistice - Remembrance Day, 11AM, 11 November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

These photos were colourised and published for the first time this year for Remembrance Day. New Zealand troops. Not hard to see the joy! A 75 metre shell crater in Ypres. Nuns, part of an order of nurses tending to graves. And finally today, here's my granddad Percy Leo Smith...


Youve Never Tried This: Spaghetti Squash Nests Topped with Meatballs (100% Grain-Free) "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article is shared with permission from our friends at Paleo Hacks. Put a fun twist on pasta night with these mini spaghetti squash nests filled with meatballs! If youre craving spaghetti and meatballs, these portion-sized nests made in a muffin tin are your guilt-free answer. Drizzled with low-sugar Paleo marinara sauce and garnished with fresh basil, these... View Article

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Switching to Non-GMO Diet Led to Impressive Recovery From Health Problems "IndyWatch Feed National"

non-gmo diet health problems

By Heather CallaghanEditor

Great news! A peer-reviewed survey showed that digestive problems, obesity, allergies and fatigue cleared up for a bulk of the people who switched to non-GMO food.

When youre the worlds most recognized GMO expert but mainstream science still fawns over GE crops what can you do to warn people about health hazards of eating improperly tested GMOs? To Jeffrey Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology, the answer is clear demonstrate what life can be like without them.

He is constantly getting feedback from doctors who put their patients on GMO-free diets. Notice we didnt say organic diets. No, were just talking a diet free from genetically engineered ingredients not an easy feat, we understand. It requires eschewing most packaged foods, restaurants and making your own condiments, since most of these products include ingredients derived from soy, corn, dairy/meat from GMO-fed cows, sugar and more. Even table salt can have GMOs!



STINKY PICNIC AT MAKE IT UP CLUB! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

On Tuesday, everyone's favourite father and daughter experimental outsider-pop duo STINKY PICNIC will be bringing their loop-layered pop-noise extravaganza to the MIUC stage for the very first time!  So, in preparation, here are a bunch of songs they made up a few days ago. 

STEP ONE: One of the would come up with an adjective, the other a noun, and a song title was born. 
STEP TWO: Play that song.

Hear the magic here!


And see the magic next Tuesday... although it will be completely different magic, of course.


"Don't Quit!" "IndyWatch Feed National"

'When Things Go Wrong"
by Zen Gardner

"Things going wrong arent easy tasks to handle, for sure. No matter how much we prepare for or try to avoid seeming wrong eventualities, they happen. It can be anything, from a wrong turn to lost or stolen items or nagging financial matters. It can be a health issue or a serious accident. Shift happens. Its part of life.

Handling these matters is nothing new as life progresses, but they can set you back and even throw you off, some times a lot more than others. Clearly conscious awareness must prevail to see beyond the circumstances and the way bigger picture to keep the full perspective. Trying harder is not necessarily the answer to anything, but the down to earth unpleasant realities still need to be dealt with. When thinking about this the following classic inspirational poem came to mind. May it be an encouragement to you. Keep on keeping on!"


Just-Rescued Elephant Happily Wags Her Tail On Way To Sanctuary "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are thousands of Asian elephants languishing in trekking camps attractions where the animals are harshly trained to become tame enough to give rides to tourists. But one elephant just got away. 

At age 40, Gan Da (also known as Darling) likely has little memory of a life before working in the trekking camp, since she's spent most of her life there. She was likely trained using the same harsh tactic as all the others, a practice called "crushing." 

Credit: WFFT

Credit: WFFT

"Thailand currently has a captive population of over 3,500 individuals and a wild population of approximately 3,200," Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT), which runs an elephant refuge for animals like Gan Da, wrote. 

So it was no small cause for celebration when an Australian woman agreed to sponsor Gan Da's rescue and relocation to the refuge so she could finally get a taste of freedom. 

Credit: WFFT

Credit: WFFT

"We were contacted by her owner who wanted to retire her from the tourism industry," Tom Taylor, manager of the Wildlife Rescue Center & Elephant Refuge for WFFT, told The Dodo. "Luckily we had a recent fundraiser for elephants in Sydney, Australia, which allowed us to rescue her."

So this week, Gan Da's chains were removed and she was led onto a transport truck bound for a new, exciting chapter in her life. ...


More on money and the economy "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Articles that, as far as I am concerned, confirm my desire to print local money are coming into my newsfeed thick and fast. This latest one, from the consciousness of sheep, claims the UK economy is as good as finished.

I dont agree with everything in it, but bear with me..

This article also ties in with the looming oil problems. Of course, with the North Sea oil fields depleting in double digits figures, and the UK being as good as out of coal and gas, its no wonder an English website would be expressing concern. Make no mistake though, with Australia importing well over 90% of all its liquid fuel requirements, we are in no better shape, really.

Inflation says the author results in the appearance of rising prices; but is actually the devaluation of money. In my opinion, this is one of the biggest mistakes of economics. Money has no value. Its for trading and spending. When we sold our house a couple of years ago, we were suddenly the owners of $400,000 instead of a house. Were we rich? I dont think so.  not until we spent it on a farm, a couple of utes, a bunch of tools, building materials, livestock, soil improvers, earthworks, concrete and now most of the money is gone, I feel richer than ever, because I have the things I need to face our uncertain future. No Ill take that back, the future is certain, it will be bad!

There are, however, other reasons for rising prices [than money printing].  And unlike monetary inflation, these are self-correcting.  For example, global oil prices have begun to break out of the $40-$60 goldilocks band in which consumers and energy companies can just about keep their heads above water.  Most economists believe this to be dangerously inflationary.  Indeed, almost all previous recessions are the result of monetary tightening (usually by raising interest rates) in response to an upward spike in oil prices.  Since oil is used to manufacture and/or transport every item that we buy, if the price of oil increases, then the price of everything else must increase too.

But the price of oil is not increasing in response to money printing.  Rather, it is the result of declining inventories which point to a global shortage of oil early in 2018 traders are currently bidding up the price on futures contracts to guarantee access to sufficient oil to meet anticipated demand.  Since oil is considered inelastic (we have little choice but to pay for it) the assumption is that rising wholesale prices will be passed on to consumers, causing general inflation.  Frank Shostak from the Mises Institute challenges this assumption:......


12 Year Old Boy Transitions To Female Then This Happens Just Two Years Later "IndyWatch Feed National"

With guidance from medical professionals and his own mother, a 12-year-old Australian boy suffering from gender confusion began to transition into a female. Just two years later, the young man told his mom he felt like his born sex again, and is now in the painful process of transitioning back, which includes surgery. Patrick Mitchell []


Trump environment nominee struggles to answer basic climate questions  video "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kathleen Hartnett White struggles to answer basic questions posed by the Senate committee on environment and public works on Thursday. Hartnett White, Trump's nominee for the environmental quality council chair, had difficulty answering questions from Senators Ben Cardin and Sheldon Whitehouse on green house emissions and climate science  Continue reading...


The Mozart family's music - Leopold, Maria Anna and Wolfgang Amadeus "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

On 11th of October each year, the United Nations celebrate International Day of the Girl Child, emphasising the needs and challenges that girls face. So this year I was interested in looking over my own posts on Fanny Hensel (180547), Felix Mendelssohns sister, composer and under-valued musical advisor. Unfortunately I didnt find very much.

However it did get me onto a totally different search: for Maria Anna Mozart (17511829) aka Nannerl, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91)s older sister. They were the children of musician and composer Leopold Mozart and Anna Maria Pertl of Salzburg.

Maria Anna was taught harpsichord by her father Leopold. So they enjoyed a great childhood, indulging their musical creativity and creating their own musical world. In fact Leopold took the two children to tour the most cultural cities across Europe, performing together as child prodigies. According to all reports, the youngsters impressed both audiences and critics.

But it was possible that the Mozart girl was really the better musician. Leopold Mozart confirmed it in writing, saying My little girl plays the most difficult works which we have with incredible precision and so excellently. What it all amounts to is this, that my little girl, although she is only 12 years old, is one of the most skilful players in Europe.

Wolfgang and Nannerl Mozart
by Eusebius Johann Alphen
portrait miniature on ivory, c1765

Birthplace Museum, Salzburg

As Nannerl and Wolfgangs musical talents developed, her adoring younger brother loved her work. At a concert, when Wolfgang announced that the piece he has just played was written by his sister, Leopold was furious. He ordered Nannerl to never compose music again!

Clearly Nannerl must have composed. Note in 1762 when the two children played for aristocrats in Munich, Count Karl von Zinzendorf wrote: The little child from Salzburg and his sister played the harpsichord. The poor little fellow plays marvellously. He is a child of spirit, li...


Children are Being Educated in School to Obey the Governments Vaccination Agenda "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Christina England, BA Hons

Children around the world are being taught in school from an early age to believe that vaccines are safe and effective as part of their education. Not only is there evidence to support this fact, but there is also evidence that many children are being regularly brainwashed to believe that if they do not receive their vaccinations, they could get ill and die from vaccine-preventable diseases.

The Learning Network, which works in conjunction with The New York Times, lays out a series of lesson plans for teachers in the US, including a lesson titled Fighting Disease: Researching the History and Biology of Vaccines. This lesson in particular should interest the many parents who are unaware that their children are being brainwashed to think in a particular way when they send them to school. [1]

Overall, there are a total of six different quizzes covering various topics, including the following: the immune system, vaccines today, vaccine safety and vaccines in history.

In quiz number one, the students were asked to evaluate the following six statements to determine whether or not they believe them to be true or false:

  1. Vaccines often cause serious illness and death.
  2.  Vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and chicken pox cause only mild illness, so there is no real benefit to vaccination.
  3.  Vaccinating a large group of people helps keep those who havent yet been vaccinated, like young infants, healthy.
  4. Its better to catch a disease like the measles than to receive a vaccine for it.
  5. Vaccine-preventable diseases are now so rare, theres no longer a need to vaccinate against them.
  6. Research has shown a clear and consistent link between vaccines and autism.

The quiz was presented to the students electronically, and after they had provided a true or false answer, the...


UK Priti Patel Scandal is the Tip of the Israel Lobby Iceberg "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Priti Patel affair is an insight into the power of the Israel lobby to influence the British political system.

But it is only a symptom of the rot. The exaggerated power of corporate and states lobbyists to influence government policy is a concern far bigger than one crooked minister.

Patel, who was the minister in charge of international aid, was forced to resign after it came to light that she had held 12 meetings with Israeli political and business leaders during what she later claimed was a family holiday.

The ministers code of conduct dictates that official meetings with foreign leaders should be attended by UK officials so they can be properly documented. Patel was forced to resign on Wednesday when it came to light she had not told even her own department about the meetings.

While British civil servants were not present, leading Israel lobbyist Lord Stuart Polak was. A long-standing leader of Conservative Friends of Israel, Polak also has outstanding connections with rich Tory donors.

Anonymous ministers speaking to the BBC accused Patel of seeking to curry favor with rich, pro-Israel Tory donors who could potentially fund a future campaign for leadership of the party.

As Labour Party backbencher Naz Shah put it in Commons questions to Patels deputy, it seems that British foreign policy on Israel and Palestine is being run by a Conservative-linked lobby group rather than by an independent civil service and an elected government.

As Patel was drafting her resignation letter on Wednesday, Polak was dodging cameras in Jerusalem. Channel 4 News sent a stringer to ask him why he had set up the meetings. He didnt seem too keen to answer, and told staff to remove the press.

There are still many questions that the British political establishment has to answer about the affair. What was Patel promised by he...


Cosmic Queries Live: Galactic Gumbo Edition "IndyWatch Feed National"

Explore relativity, panspermia, Van Goghs Starry Night, the multiverse, tachyons, marijuana legalization, and more with Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Chuck Nice as they answered questions in front of a live audience at Sessanta and on Facebook Live. NOTE: StarTalk All-Access subscribers can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free


The Council of 12: UFO's and the Bible Code -- Humanity Awakening "IndyWatch Feed National"

UFOs And The Bible Code Humanity Awakening A Message From The Council Of 12

November 10, 2017

Source: In5D

Spread the LOVE!

by Paranormal Now

What have several passages from the bible, Chinese creation myths, the phoenix lights, the Rendlesham forest incident, UFO sightings in Kent, and a 1950s sighting in a stadium in Florence Italy have in common. The answer is a connection to the awakening of humanity and an extra terrestrial council of 12, a seemingly enlightened group of beings that have been protecting planet earth for centuries, whilst helping us to advance spiritually.

Throughout 2017 we have been broadcasting a series of live streams on YouTube to connect with the spirit world, using several inter trans-communication devices or as their more commonly known as Ghost Boxes, devices that use the manipulation of radio signals and other such audio input to give direct spirit communication.

When conducting these live streams we were expecting to get responses from loved ones connected with either the investigation team or those watching at home. Instead we have consistently over 8 sessions, received information of a profound nature coming from beings that claim to be representatives of an extra terrestrial Council of 12.

The video below is taken from our Now Investigations 6 live streams where after receiving several communications from these beings we set out with the intent to contact them directly. As up until this point it was unclear who we were speaking with. It was during this live stream that they identified themselves through the device.

Here is a brief summary of some of the things they have told us during this particular session.


Research Shows Switching to Non-GMO Diet Can Reverse These 28 Conditions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Phillip Schneider, Staff Writer
Waking Times

GMOs are ubiquitous throughout the United States and many other nations, making them difficult to avoid. Although presumed safe or GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) by governmental authorities and GMO manufacturers, studies have shown that a number of problems can occur in animals as a result of eating a GMO diet, including physiological issues and excessive cell growth in stomach or intestinal lining. Digestive issues typically improve when GMOs are removed from the diet, but nonetheless GM foods can negatively affect digestion which is key to the bodys overall health.

An astonishing 85% of respondents reported improvements in their digestive problems, the ailment most commonly cited. Of these respondents, 80% said their digestive issues were significantly improved, nearly gone, or completely recovered. Jeffrey M. Smith

New research from the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine shines light onto the health benefits associated with changing to a non-GMO diet. The survey accounts for 3,256 people who have seen major improvements with 28 different health conditions. If youve ever wondered about whether switching to an organic diet would be worth it, maybe these new findings will give you the answer youve been looking for.

28 Conditions Reversed with Non-GMO Diet

After analyzing the data, it becomes evident that the research is consistent with reports by physicians in regard to improving patients health by switching to largely non-GMO and organic diets. A few of the most common conditions which typically see improvement ar...


Attwaters girlfriend stands by him after he was convicted of rape and manslaughter of Lynette Daley "IndyWatch Feed National"


The brutal death of Daley, an Aboriginal woman, and the reluctance of officials to prosecute the white suspects, has highlighted a deadly racial divide in Australia


Despite police charging Attwater and Maris in 2011, and a coronial inquest in 2014 recommending charges be laid, the Director of Public Prosecutions twice refused to bring the case to court.

After intense media attention and an independent review, the men went on trial in the NSW Supreme Court in July 2017.

At the end of a seven-week trial it took a jury just 32 minutes to find them guilty.

ABC Australia second article below


This is a very sad case, and one cant help feel for Lynette Daley, deceased at such a young age (33). The pain is so great for her family. Lynette has seven children. One night of folly ended in a tragedy on a remote beach in Northern New South Wales.


Attwater spat on in prison

In an affidavit from Attwater that was submitted to the court, he described the hard time he was having in the Grafton Correctional Centre.



Hidden designs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mark Easton gets bogged down

Last night's main news bulletins on BBC One (News at Six and News at Ten) featured a report by Mark Easton, the BBC's home editor:
Newsreader: Now, do you feel like your part of the UK is a green and pleasant land or a concrete jungle? It obviously depends on where you live, and what you see around you. But how many of us have an accurate picture of how much of the UK is actually developed? Using the most detailed satellite and mapping data, the BBC has produced a land-use map for every local authority - and the results may surprise you. Here's our Home Editor, Mark Easton.  
Mark EastonThe concrete jungle. Roads, buildings, stone and tarmac with barely a blade of grass. In geography jargon, this is called 'continuous urban fabric', where more than 80% of the ground is covered by artificial surfaces. So how much of the UK do you think is classified as continuous urban fabric? Have a guess. The answer is on the other side of this card. I'll reveal all in a minute. Using high-definition satellite images and detailed local maps, the land use of every corner of the UK is revealed. The City of London, for example, is 98% continuous urban fabric, and perhaps that comes as no surprise.  
Prof. Alasdair Rae, Sheffield University...


Children are Being Educated in School to Obey the Governments Vaccination Agenda "IndyWatch Feed National"

Children around the world are being taught in school from an early age to believe that vaccines are safe and effective as part of their education. Not only is there evidence to support this fact, but there is also evidence that many children are being regularly brainwashed to believe that if they do not receive their vaccinations, they could get ill and die from vaccine-preventable diseases.

The Learning Network, which works in conjunction with The New York Times, lays out a series of lesson plans for teachers in the US, including a lesson titled Fighting Disease: Researching the History and Biology of Vaccines. This lesson in particular should interest the many parents who are unaware that their children are being brainwashed to think in a particular way when they send them to school. [1]

Overall, there are a total of six different quizzes covering various topics, including the following: the immune system, vaccines today, vaccine safety and vaccines in history.

In quiz number one, the students were asked to evaluate the following six statements to determine whether or not they believe them to be true or false:

  1. Vaccines often cause serious illness and death.
  2.  Vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and chicken pox cause only mild illness, so there is no real benefit to vaccination.
  3.  Vaccinating a large group of people helps keep those who havent yet been vaccinated, like young infants, healthy.
  4. Its better to catch a disease like the measles than to receive a vaccine for it.
  5. Vaccine-preventable diseases are now so rare, theres no longer a need to vaccinate against them.
  6. Research has shown a clear and consistent link between vaccines and autism.

The quiz was presented to the students electronically, and after they had provided a true or false answer, they were given a score with the correct answer along with an explanation. The answers to the above questions were as follows:

  1. False. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, serious side effects or complications from vaccines are exceedingly rare; most vaccines cause only mild side effects like soreness at the injection site.
  2. False. Diseases like measles and chicken pox not only cause discomfort during the illness, but also can have complications like pneumonia or other bacterial infections.......


This Photo Depicting Life for Elephants in India Will Break Your Heart "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this chilling photo, we see just what terror these animals are facing. As you can see the back legs of this helpless baby elephant are consumed by fire as it chases after its mother screaming.

This photo was snapped by Biplab Hazra and is titled Hell Is Here. As you can see it shines a bright light on some of the darkest moments in regards to overlap between humans and elephants in India. While lots of things about this photo are unanswered, we can see that there is a flaming ball of tar as well as a few hurled firecrackers frozen in the air.

Hell Is Here (Biplab Hazra/Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards)


In Hazras entry to Sanctuary Wildlifes Photography awards, he described just what was happening in this photo as the mob met these large beautiful and misunderstood creatures. I am in tears.

The calf screams in confusion and fear as the fire licks at her feet. Flaming tar balls and crackers fly through the air to a soundtrack of human laughter and shouts. In the Bankura district of West Bengal this sort of humiliation of pachyderms is routine, as it is in the other elephant-range states of Assam, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu and more.

His photo won the top prize at the Sanctuary awards and as you can see, it highlighted cruelty in a deep way. While many are lashing back at Hazra for not helping and merely standing by taking photos there was likely not much he could have done in that moment, and bringing awareness is better than most would have done. More than 60 percent of the worlds Asian elephants live in India and as the human population grows animals will be falling.

According to the Hindustan Times, almost 30 people were killed by elephants in the Bankura District last year, this meaning the coexistence between human and elephant is not peaceful, to say the least. Hazra faults the Indian government for not doing enough in regards to confl...


Pastor Brian Houston head pastor of Hillsong Global Church. Australian Royal Commission recommends Pastor Brian Houston be charged with pedophile protection crimes "IndyWatch Feed National"

In 1999 and 2000, Pastor Brian Houston and the National Executive of the Assemblies of God in Australia did not refer the allegations of child sexual abuse against Mr Frank Houston to the police. In 1999 and 2000, Pastor Brian Houston had a conflict of interest in assuming responsibility for dealing with AHAs allegations because he was both the National President of the Assemblies of God in Australia and the son of Mr Frank Houston, the alleged perpetrator. In 1999, members of the National Executive who attended the Special Executive Meeting of the Assemblies of God in Australia did not follow the National Executives policy for handling allegations of child sexual abuse against pastors and failed to recognise and respond to Pastor Brian Houstons conflict of interest.

Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Findings (Report and Recommendations). October 2015.



Please listen to Johnny Cash singing Gods gonna cut you down.


Pastor Brian Houston Head Pastor of Hillsong Global Church: waiting to be charged for pedo...


Hollywood implodiert gerade unter sexuellen Missbrauchsvorwrfen. ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hollywood implodiert gerade unter sexuellen Missbrauchsvorwrfen. Harvey Weinstein ist beruflich vllig weg vom Fenster, Kevin Spacey ist so am Ende, dass er sechs Wochen vor der geplanten Premiere aus einem Film herausgeschnitten werden soll, in dem er die Hauptrolle spielte. Und der Nchste auf der Liste ist Louis CK.

Also mal abgesehen davon, dass das wie eine 1a Hexenjagd aussieht, bin ich ja ziemlich schockiert, dass die anscheinend alle ihren Schniedel nicht in der Hose lassen knnen. WTF? Wie notgeil kann man denn bitte sein? Diese Menschen sind alle stinkreich in Geld und Einfluss, die knnen keine normalen Sexpartner finden!?

Oh und nicht nur Hollywood. Hier geht es noch um einen Richter.

Oh und Der US-Senat fhrt jetzt verpflichtendes Sexual Harassmant Training fr Senatoren mit Mitarbeiter ein. Das muss ja eine hochgradig toxische Arbeitsumgebung sein da berall. Weia.

Update: Sogar in der Hotelbranche brodelt es.


EUs Barnier gives Britain two-week Brexit deadline "IndyWatch Feed National"


AFP | The EUs chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said Britain needed to increase its offer on its exit bill

BRUSSELS (AFP)  EU Brexit chief Michel Barnier on Friday handed Britain a two-week ultimatum to make concessions on a divorce agreement if it wants to unlock the next phase of talks in December.

Frenchman Barnier said it was vital for Britain to increase its offer on its exit bill a figure senior EU officials put at up to 60 billion euros to open up talks on a future trade deal.

The fate of the border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland has also thrown an unexpected spanner into the works, with British negotiator David Davis ruling out the EUs preferred solution.

My answer is yes, Barnier told a press conference at the end of the sixth round of talks in Brussels, when asked if he would need concessions from Britain within the next two weeks to move on.

On the financial settlement, this is absolutely vital if we are to achieve sufficient progress in December. It is just a matter of settling accounts, as with any other separation, the former European commissioner and French foreign minister said.

Barnier added that he was following attentively the political situation in Britain where a series of government resignations has further weakened the government of Prime Minister Theresa May.

No new border

EU leaders decided at their last summit in October that there was insufficient progress on three main divorce issues the bill, Northern Ireland and the rights of three million Europeans living in Britain to move on to the next stage.

They said they hoped to open talks on future relations and a post-Brexit transition period at their next meeting on December 14-15, but officials have warned that could now slip to February or March.

Hopes of a breakthrough at this weeks Brussels talks the first since mid-October were so low that they were cut to just one-and-a-half days from the normal four days.

Northern Ireland has reared its head in the discussions, with an internal EU paper for the talks suggesting that it should remain in the EUs single market and customs union after Brexit to prevent a hard border with Ireland.

Davis insisted Friday that any Brexit deal cannot create a frontier between Northern Ireland, where a 199...


Chris Hedges and Pankaj Mishra discuss the global shift to Authoritarianism "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the year since the election of Donald Trump, many have attempted to answer why modern societies are increasingly turning to "strongmen" and explain why authoritarian movements are increasing in popularity. Author Pankaj Mishra examines this problem in depth in his latest book, "Age of Anger: A History of the Present," and shares his theories with Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges. Mishra explains that resentment is taking many different forms around the world, from jihadism in the Middle East to the rise of white supremacist movements in America. "We have to look at the underlying sources of [this resentment], which is this enormous process of dispossession, of dislocation, and psychological and spiritual disorientation," Mishra says. "People who, now desperate for meaning, bond together in these forms of negative solidarity."


Women's Health? This is not a sick joke - this is "feminism" 2017. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Feminist hero bakes sourdough bread using her own vaginal yeast: Women's Health (@WomensHealthMag) November 9, 2017

Friday, 10 November


Whale washes up on Dalmeny Beach, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A morning walk delivered more than sunshine and surf for a Eurobodalla couple on Friday. Jacinta Ryan and Mark Dudley, of Dalmeny, found the carcass of a whale they believe was mauled by a shark or sharks on November 10. The couple found the remains on rocks at the north end of Dalmeny Beach. "It is a walk we like doing when we can," Ms Ryan said. The couple spotted something large on the rocks. "I know the rocks pretty well, and I thought originally it was a dead seal, but when we got closer, we realised it was a lot bigger," Ms Ryan said.


SUMMER SUN "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

The temperature are beginning to climb in Melbourne as Summer draws nearer. We shall have a very warm, fine weekend and next week summery weather again. We were rather displeased with the cool weather and grey days of Spring, but now as the mercury begins to rise, we shall start complaining about the heat...

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme,
and also part of the Friday Photo Journal meme

and also part of the Weekend Green meme.


Australias First Vaccine Magazine Applauded for Championing Freedom of Speech and Creating a Platform for Open Debate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vaccines California

As a brutal shock to Big Pharma, Australias first vaccine magazine- Vaxxed Inc. launched in late September has been received with outstanding support and massive global demand.   Read More




Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE MORE INHUMANITY ON MANUS AS IMMIGRATION EMPTIES DRINKING WATER The Manus siege was tightened another notch this afternoon, (Friday 10 November) when PNG police and immigration officers entered Oscar and Delta compounds of the Manus detention, and began emptying the tanks and turning over the water bins being used by(...)


Energy Efficiency: the foundation of the climate transition "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Energy efficiency: the foundation of the climate transition, REneweconomy, By Andrew McCallister on 10 November 2017  Im preparing for a trip to your fine nation later this month to speak at the National Energy Efficiency Conference in Melbourne, so Ive been reading up on Australian energy policy debate. Its been fascinating.

I still have a lot to learn about your energy system, but so far one thing stands out: the discussion in Australia seems overly focused on the transition underway on the supply side of the market.

Dont get me wrong the decarbonisation of the worlds energy supply is crucial, and you wont find a stronger advocate for renewables than me. Way back in the 1990s, I installed many small, remote PV and wind systems with my own two hands, and trained others to do the same.

More recently I ran two of Californias signature renewables programs the California Solar Initiative and Self-Generation Incentive Program.

However, focusing solely on the move to low carbon generation without pursuing demand side opportunities in an ambitious, systematic way actually makes the transition harder.

Energy efficiency and demand response are just as important to the energy tr...


Propaganda for Regime Change in Syria "IndyWatch Feed National"

The book Dear World: A Syrian Girls Story of War and Plea for Peace was published in October 2017. It is purportedly written by a Syrian girl, Bana Alabed, with the help of her mother and an editor. The book is being prominently promoted in the US and UK and is anticipated to be a big seller this coming Holiday Season.


Bana Alabed is an 8-year-old Syrian girl who rose to fame in 2016 when a Twitter account was set up in her name and she started tweeting in fluent English from east Aleppo as it was under bombardment by Syrian and Russian forces trying to dislodge insurgents.

The first tweet in Banas name appeared on 24 September 2016. It simply read, I need peace. The Twitter account soon had tens of thousands of followers, among them J. K. Rowling, the author of Harry Potter. It was later observed in a video that 7-year-old Bana knew very little English and was being prompted or told what to say.

Bana and Anne Frank?

The book begins with a quote from The Diary of Anne Frank, thus inferring that there are parallels between Bana and the famous Dutch Jewish girl who was forced to hide from the Nazis in the Second World War. If Bana is meant to represent Anne, then presumably the Syrian and Russian governments are meant to represent the Nazis. This is misleading. Several brave Dutch people hid the young Anne and her family from the Nazis. In Syria, Islamist militants, such as those in east Aleppo have targeted Syrians simply because they belonged to minorities. Australian anthropologist Dr. Fiona Hill described how her adoptive Syrian brother, a Sunni, risked his life to rescue three Alawi families from the Free Syrian Army and inevitable summary murder at their hands.

Bana and Malala?

Dear World is published by Simon & Schuster, part of the CBS media empire. It was edited or perhaps ghost written by senior editor Christine Pride who sees Bana Alabe...


People with dirt on Clintons have 843% greater risk of suicide! Source: The Internet "IndyWatch Feed National"

It's on the internet - so it must be right. Right? CDC: People With Dirt On Clintons Have 843% Greater Risk Of Suicide November 9, 2017 ATLANTA, GA According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control released on Thursday, people with inside, compromising knowledge of Bill...


#Australia: Refugee Supporters Barricade Border Force HQ in Solidarity With the Men on #Manus "IndyWatch Feed National"

A group of refugee supporters have barricaded the entrance to Customs House, 1010 LaTrobe Street, Docklands, where the Australian Border Force is headquartered. The action is in support of refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island who have barricaded themselves into the immigration detention centre since its closure on October 31.


Image by Twitter account @akaWACA

Submitted to Enough is Enough.

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.

Read all the Enough is Enough reports about Manus; here.

Australia: Refugee Supporters Barricade Border Force HQ in Solidarity With the Men on Manus



NZ PM learning her lines from Kevin Rudd 10 years ago "IndyWatch Feed National"

Magnificent work here from the small but perfectly formed New Zealand prime minister. (BTW when translated from the New Zealand to English via Google "Everyone must address climate change" means "Everyone must do what I say". "Always".) Everyone must address climate change: Ardern Updated: 7:35 pm, Friday, 10 November...


Assam Police Arrests 14 APSC Officers for Involvement in Cash-For-Jobs Scam "IndyWatch Feed National"

The 14 officers included those from Assam Police Service, Assam Civil Service and allied services posted in various districts.

Credit: PTI

Guwahati: Assam Police on Wednesday arrested 14 officers recruited by the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) for their alleged involvement in a cash-for-jobs scam amid indications that another 11 officers will be arrested soon.

The 14 officers included those from Assam Police Service (APS), Assam Civil Service (ACS) and allied services posted in various districts. They were picked up from different locations early on Wednesday, the police said.

Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal commended the police for the achievement against corruption and said none of the officers who had secured jobs through bribery would be spared.

Our government has adopted a zero-tolerance policy against corruption and the fight against corruption will continue, he said.

We had recovered the fake answer scripts of some candidates from the APSC office last year. In June this year, we summoned 25 of the officers selected by the APSC for matching their handwriting with the fake answer scripts.

The arrests were made after the forensic laboratory matched their handwriting with the fake answer scripts, said director general of poli...


U.S. Air Force Responds to Congressional Criticism "IndyWatch Feed National"


Exposing the SPACE FENCE Connecting the Surveillance and Transhumanist Agendas "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Space Fence is a massive, planetary-wide, space surveillance system currently being constructed that aims to monitor you all the way down to your DNA.

Officially, the Space Fence is, according to Wikipedia, a 2nd generation space surveillance system being built (started in 2014) by the US Air Force and Lockheed Martin to track artificial satellites and space debris.

Its budget is US$1.594 billion, its expected to be operational in 2019 and the Space Fence facility will be located in the Marshall Islands along with an option for another radar site in Western Australia.

The Space Fence is a resurrection of a program started by Reagan in the 1980s called SDI (Strategic Defense Initiative), commonly known by its nickname Star Wars. However, like many exotic weapons of the New World Order, it has a cover purpose and a real purpose.

The Space Fence is not just to track and catalog space debris. Its an overarching program that connects the geoengineering, surveillance and transhumanist and AI agendas.
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Adanis Australia Story: As Financial Concerns Mount, A Fierce Battle for Funding is Underway "IndyWatch Feed National"

Even as China has swooped in to save the day, critics claim that the project is financially unsustainable and will only work if the risk is shifted onto Australian taxpayers.

Adanis quest to secure funding is a bit of a litmus test for global investor appetite when it comes to coal projects. Credit: Reuters

Note: This is the fourth story in a five-part series that examines how the Adani and Carmichael coal mine has divided the Australian public and in the process, sparked fierce debate on issues such as coal-based energy, energy financing, jobs and the rights of indigenous people. Read the firstsecond and third parts

In August 2010, the Adani group bought from the Australian energy comp...


Couple Proves That Facebook Is Listening In On Our Conversations With Simple Experiment (Video) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Allegations against Facebook have been coming up for quite some time now in regards to whether or not they listen in on what we are saying to one another even while not on the app. Sure, Facebook denies this, but it seems this experiment may prove that they are.

Have you ever noticed strange ads come up on your Facebook after talking about something? I know I have a time or two. These things seem to just come out of nowhere and are, as it seems, perfect for you. Coincidence? Probably not.

If you have the Messenger app your phone very well might be sending facebook your information daily. The YouTube user Neville conducted a very simple experiment on this and actually got some pretty interesting results. Neville and his wife spend some time talking about cat food although they do not have cats at all and claim just two days later sponsored ads for cat food came up on his feed.

He claims to have never even searched for cat food or cats online and says there was no other way this could have came to his timeline. He and his wife merely had a few conversations about cat food with his phone nearby, and he says it seems Facebook took it and ran. They plugged in advertisements for cat food on his account quite quickly.

For most this is a bit terrifying. Considering so many people use the Messenger app who knows what all they have heard and will most likely continue to hear. Since Facebook has made it impossible to read messages without the Messenger app from your mobile chances are it wont be dying down. Facebooks terms state that Facebook can record audio with the microphone at any time without your confirmation as well as a lot of other things that seem to cross a line, you can learn more about this in the video below.

Please check out the video below to see Nevilles experiment and let us know if you decide to give it a try yourself. What do you think about all of this? I for one am sure this kind of thing is only going to get worse.


Catalan Parliament Speaker, Four Lawmakers Freed by Spanish Supreme Court "IndyWatch Feed National"

Protesters occupy the train station and block the tracks of the high speed AVE train during a partial regional strike in Girona, Spain, November 8, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Albert Gea

Protesters occupy the train station and block the tracks of the high speed AVE train during a partial regional strike in Girona, Spain, November 8, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Albert Gea

Madrid: A Spanish judge on Thursday freed on bail the Catalan parliaments speaker and four lawmakers while authorities continue to investigate their roles in Catalonias banned independence drive.

The Supreme Court had summoned them to answer charges of rebellion after...


Part 46D Australias irrelevant crimes against Humanity. Surfing isnt just surfing and Burking isnt just burking. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Burt versus Titlow is a US Supreme Court case that provides some insight into Australias Burking policies and practices.

The short list URL is

Over time words change or grown broader in meaning: Surfing isnt just surfing and Burking isnt just burking.

For example, the word Surfing originally meant the recreational sport of surfing the waves but today people surf the Internet or surf radio and television broadcasts. We may also surf the shops when looking for a bargain whilst some people crowd surf for the purpose of making a casual acquaintance .

In a similar manner, Burking originally meant the crime of murdering a person, ordinarily by smothering, for the purpose of selling the corpse. The term originally derived its name from the method William Burke and William Hare, the Scottish murder team of the 18th century, used to kill their victims during the West Port murders. They realized that they could provide fresher bodies to medical schools for research by taking people who were intoxicated and suffocating them because they could not resist.

Source: USLegal:

On 24th December, 1828, the High Court of Justiciary, sitting at Edinburgh in Scotland, heard a case brought by the Crown Prosecutor against William Burke for the alleged murder of Margery Campbell. William Burke was found guilty of this murder charge and just 5 weeks later on 28th January 1829, he was executed by hanging. The text of the 1828 trial of William Burke can be found at this URL:

Fast forward in time to November 5th 2013 and another burking murder trial, i.e. the United States Supreme Court sat in judgement in Burt v. Titlov:

 Supreme Court of the United States No. 12414 [November 5, 2013] Sherry L. Burt, Warden Petitioner v. Vonlee Nicole Titlow. [An appeal of Titlow v. Burt, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111459 (D. Mich. 2010)]

 Basic facts of this case:

A Michigan state court jury convicted Titlow of second degree murder for assisting his aunt, Billie Rogers, in killing his uncle, Donald Rogers, in August 2000. Titlow had been living with Billie and Donald Rogers at the time of Donalds death.   On August 12, 2000, police officers arrived at Donalds house and found him dead on his kitchen floor wit...


The EFA has established a Data Ethics Working Group to fight for your privacy "IndyWatch Feed National"

This week, The Mandarin reported on David Kalischs push to use information gained during last years census (under questionable legal and governance processes) to join the data held on us by different government agencies into a panoptic data integration projects. Colmar Brunton who were contracted to carry out focus groups to figure out how to sell this scheme to the public described this project as making a movie of your life.

Census data is not collected for the purpose of administering a specific service to us and it can not be used for law enforcement purposes as is the case with administrative data. It is collected to create statistics only, which is why it has a specific Act (the Census and Statistics Act) that the government must put through parliament if it wants to change how census data is used.

Forcing our name, address and birth date from us under pain of unlimited fines to create a key to mix our census information with administrative data for research and/or law enforcement is actually the biggest change to the census in its entire history. I wrote about it here based on former ABS Head Dennis Trewins comments when he decided against the very same proposition ten years ago.



Coast committee is back "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The Barwon Coast Committee of Management was recently reappointed and some new recruits are among the eight-person committee.
Ben Carter, Graeme Hanel and Sharon Lewis (deputy-chair) join ongoing committee members Phil Emery (chair), Sandy Gatehouse, Shelly Fanning, Elisa Zavadil and Peter Rankin.
We have gained some enthusiastic new members who will bring their skills and experience to our team, Barwon Coast Committee of Management chair Phil Emery said.
Mr Emery said the committee was looking forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead for the Barwon Coast.
Climate change and rapidly increasing population and user pressures are the big challenges for us, he said.
We are already experiencing damage to infrastructure such as access stairs, sea walls and our sand dunes due to increasing frequency and severity of storm surges. The rapid increase of numbers of users places ever more demands on many things we manage such as car parks, public toilets, tracks and access points as well as ever more dogs.
Over the next two to three years, in addition to our normal operations, we will have major expenses associated with the redevelopment of the Ocean Grove Surf Beach complex and the redesign and replacement of the main Ocean Grove beach ramp.
These will be very rewarding and exciting major projects benefitting tens of thousands of visitors and regulars for years to come.
New committee member Ben Carter was inspired to join by his long personal association with Ocean Grove.
I was taught to swim at Ocean Grove beach and now that I have my own family I am teaching my son to enjoy and respect this same stretch of coastline, he said.
My position on the committee gives me the opportunity to work with the community in ensuring the ongoing sustainable use of this stretch of coastline. I feel it is the equal of any in the world.
The Barwon Coast is the stretch of coastline that centres on the townships of Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads. The Victorian Government appoints the Barwon Coast Committee of Management under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978. The committee is selected through a public skills-based expression of interest process and oversee the business operations of Barwon Coast.

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Britain is very weak: EU and UK politicians planning for imminent May government collapse "IndyWatch Feed National"

Theresa Mays government could topple at any moment, according to the Labour Party, which is becoming increasingly convinced that it will soon be taking the place of Theresa Mays Tories.

Jeremy Corbyns deputy Tom Watson has written to the prime minister to demand answers about what she knew in relation to Priti Patels secret meetings while on holiday in Israel.

The now former international development secretary met with Israeli politicians without declaring the engagements to the foreign office beforehand, or reporting them in the usual way.

Her embarrassing downfall came in the same week as Sir Michael Fallons resignation over the Westminster sex scandal, Boris Johnsons gaffe landing a British woman in an Iranian court, and close ally Damien Green being accused of having porn on his computer.

The chaos surrounding the government was highlighted by the appointment of Gavin Williamson, former chief whip, as defence secretary. The young man has political sway but no experience in the field, yet insiders say he was able to force his way into the position without Theresa May having much choice.

Priti Patel has been replaced by Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt. Ironically, it was Mordaunt who was tipped to take over from Fallon. The Royal Navy reservist was the first female minister for the armed forces in 2015, five years after her election in 2010. The Brexit-backing 44-year old is a former work and pensions minister, who is reportedly popular among the party.

Tom Watsons comments coincided with reports that EU leaders are also getting ready for a UK-government collapse.

Speaking to The Times, an unnamed EU leader said the union is keeping a close eye on the cabinet chaos.

There is the great difficulty of the leadership in Great Britain, which is more and more fragile, they said. Britain is very weak and the weakness of Theresa May makes negotiations very difficult.

Citing the article, Watson said he could only agree. It does seem to me that we are in a very unstable situation at the heart of government and that random events could bring the government down, he told The Independent.

We are ready with our manifesto, we would be prepared to go into a general election with a bold set of policies, he added.

However, if May falls, there would need to be another general election for Labour to come into power, as she could be replaced as prime minister by another Tory politician. The party could....


Chinese and Russian Perspectives on Non-nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Weapon Entanglement Risks "IndyWatch Feed National"

Above-largest mobile ICBM in Russia is SS29


The risk of an inadvertent nuclear war is rising because of the entanglement of non-nuclear weapons with nuclear weapons and their command-and-control capabilities.
  • Published November 08, 2017


The entanglement of non-nuclear weapons with nuclear weapons and their enabling capabilities is exacerbating the risk of inadvertent escalation. Yet so far, the debate about the severity of this risk has been almost exclusively limited to American participants. So Carnegie teams from Russia and China set out to examine the issue and answer two questions: How serious are the escalation risks arising from entanglement? And, how do the authors views compare to those of their countries strategic communities?

Defining Entanglement

Entanglement has various dimensions: dual-use delivery systems that can be armed with nuclear and non-nuclear warheads; the commingling of nuclear and non-nuclear forces and their support structures; and non-nuclear threats to nuclear weapons and their associated command, control, communication, and information (C3I) systems. Technological developments are currently increasing the entanglement of non-nuclear weapons with nuclear weapons and their enabling capabilities.


Entanglement, driven by technological and doctrinal developments in both Russia and the United States, is giving rise to the risk that a non-nuclear conflicteven a local onemight escalate rapidly and unintentionally into a global nuclear war. This danger is underestimated by politicians and m...


Peru FTA includes investor rights to sue governments, but no text available for independent assessment "IndyWatch Feed National"

Media Release, November 10, 2017: The announcement of the completion of the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement at the APEC meeting in Vietnam without access to the text again demonstrates the flaws in the secretive trade agreement process, in which governments announce agreements without making the text public and without independent assessment of the costs and benefits, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.

As usual, the government has announced the completion of the agreement, but the actual text is still secret, and is not available for media and public scrutiny. There is only a selected public relations summary of the content, and it is not clear when the full text will be made available. But the devil is always in the detail of the text, and the governments claims of benefits can only be assessed when the full text is available. We call for full independent economic social and environmental assessments of the text before it is signed, said Dr Ranald.

Dr Ranald said the agreement includes special rights for foreign investors to bypass national courts and sue governments for millions of dollars if they can argue that a domestic law or policy has harmed their investment.  This is known as Investor-State Dispute Settlement or ISDS, and was used by the Philip Morris tobacco company in its attempt to sue the Australian government over public health and plain packaging legislation.

Australian  opinion polls and numerous submissions to parliamentary inquiries have shown strong opposition to ISDS across the spectrum, ranging from the Productivity Commission and former High Court Chief Justice French to public health...


Bad River Band seeks answers after police officer shoots and kills 14-year-old boy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tribes are reaching out to the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa after a 14-year-old citizen was shot and killed by a police officer in Ashland County, Wisconsin.


Exporting "Information" Arms "IndyWatch Feed National"

November 10, 2017 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - Nations like Russia and China make billions of dollars a year in the arms industry. Their arming of other nations with the latest in defence technology is not only a means of supporting their respective economies, it also fits into a diplomatic and national defence strategy of their own.

As information technology increasingly shapes the future of economics, society, politics and even warfare, the export of "information arms" appears to be an emerging opportunity not only for a nation's economy, but also in enhancing a global balance of power that may help guard against rogue global super powers.

Defending Information Space 

Russia and China also have begun developing infrastructure, platforms and indeed, entire strategies for defending their information space as well as their physical territory and their economic interests. These include information technology alternatives to large, predominately United States-based technology corporations and the products and services they provide.

In addition to the economic benefits of a large, popular social media platform being based in Russia, VK allows the Russian government and the Russian people to decide how social media is used within their borders rather than such decisions being made in California, or less desirably still, in Washington.

Yandex is Russia's answer to Google. An Internet search engine, e-mail host, cloud service and...


MACKAY Man who kicked police officer in head back in court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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MACKAY Mackay teen charged with burglary, car theft "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 10, 2017 at 05:52AM ,

Mackay teen charged with burglary, car theft

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Jayden Nicholas Finney, 18, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday from custody. He has not entered pleas to his long list of charges, which

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MACKAY Mackay woman, burglary accused, facing fresh charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 10, 2017 at 09:03AM ,

Mackay woman, burglary accused, facing fresh charges

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She faced Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink from custody on Thursday represented by solicitor Antoinette Morton, of Fisher Dore Lawyers for

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The Illawarra Mercury is Misinforming the Public about University Research (Agron Latifi, 2 November 2017) "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 2 November 2017 my supervisor at the University of Wollongong (UOW), Professor Brian Martin, was awarded a prestigious Emeritus Professorship for his dedication to academic integrity and freedom of speech. Brian Martins dedication to freedom of speech ensures that all scientific issues can be debated, including vaccination, but the Illawarra Mercury journalist describes this behaviour by a professor as controversial.

On the contrary, it is controversial for the media to attempt to prevent the science from being scrutinised not for an academic to present the science for debate in a PhD. This is why UOW academics and the UOW Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings, are standing by this research.

The Illawarra Mercury journalist claims that my PhD thesis is anti-vaccination instead of informing the public that it provides the scientific evidence for the risks of vaccination that need to be assessed to determine the benefits of this procedure in healthy people. The newspaper also misinforms the public about the faculty in which my research was completed.

This is significant because it has been used as a way of attempting to discredit the scientific arguments I have presented.

My whooping cough research was completed in a Master of Science (Population Health) degree in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences in 2007. However, the University of Wollongong would not allow me to continue my PhD research in the faculty of health because of the politics of this issue. Hence it was directed to the humanities in the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts.

The Illawarra Mercury journalist claimed my research was completed in the Faculty of Social Sciences  this is untrue. This faculty was not established until 2014 when public health was moved from the Faculty of Health to this new faculty. This was after my research was almost completed in the Faculty of Law. Humanities and the Arts.

The journalist also suggests that my research claims there is a vast conspiracy between global health agencies to push immunisation. This statement is misinforming the public about my academic research. My thesis provides the evidence that the World Health Organisation (WHO) is breaching its charter o...


A high HELP repayment threshold increases pressure to restrict or deny access to HELP "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Department of Education and Trainings 2016-17 annual report announced the first public use of a project to link up the ATOs HELP repayment data with the Departments enrolment data:

In 201617 the department worked with both the Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Government Actuary to create a database that links education courses with
income and occupation information. In 2018, the QILT website will publish graduate income data sourced from this database, which will inform students of the earning potential in their study area.

This will, of course, be very interesting, and could include income by university attended, as well as by study area. This has been done in the UK, although their QILT equivalent does not use it at this point.

But this data linking work is being done to better understand HELP debt and which factors affect repayment. It has potential uses well beyond student advice, uses that would fit a pattern of the government trying to reduce its risk of bad HELP debt.

The most obvious of these is to restrict access to courses with high rates of non-repayment. This was a feature of the VET Student Loans reform so that

loans are only being provided for courses that are closely aligned to the skills employers need in their workplace, thereby enhancing the opportunities for graduates to work, and to repay the money lent to them by taxpayers. [emphasis added]

VET is, of course, different to higher education. It is supposed to have strong vocational links, while higher education can be about knowledge for its own sake. But the government has already tried to cross this line with its now-blocked reform to higher education sub-bachelor courses, so there is no guarantee that it wont try again with some data to highlight the problem. There are some higher education disciplines, especially the humanities and creative arts, that on other data sources look like they will have high bad debt.

With more than...


The original certificate of incorporation for Thiess Contractors - "Snowy Dirt-Balls" Pty Ltd "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nestled among the hundreds of thousands of pages slowly drowning me is the original certificate of incorporation for Thiess Contractors Pty Ltd. Our criminal law provides that a corporation can be a victim of crime. Like its employees, the entity can also be a criminal defendant or perpetrator. For the...


Australians you are all racists Maley @ Fairfax says so "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

It is a lovely sunny day in Sydney.  The temperature is a benign low 20 something.  People are out at lunch.  Happy and smiling.  But underneath it all, there is a dark undercurrent of racism, misogyny and homophobia.  Not to mention any other pejorative -ism and -phobia.

Apparently though, we all hate everyone else, and if not for government, the law and the moral left, we would all be killing, vilifying and stealing from everyone else.  At least Jacqueline Maley from Fairfax media would have you believe.

In her latest Sydney Moralising Herald contribution to the public discourse, Ms Maley writes:

Wake up Australia: the Sam Dastyari incident proves youre racist

There you go.  Ms Maley is of the view that the actions of a couple boof heads in Melbourne translate to the guilt of every man, woman and child in Australia.  And herself also presumably.  Vicarious guilt that would be.  The guilt of one is the guilt of all.

One must wonder if Ms Maleys writings qualify as Maley Bull S**t?

Not only does the High Priestess Maley declare all Australias are racists, she also incriminates the staff at the bar where Senator Dastyari was accosted:

And on Dastyaris face, the uneasy calculations of the victim: Can I laugh this off? Can I ignore them? Will anyone step in to help?

The bar staff didnt, but Dastyaris fellow Labor MP Tim Watts was nearby, ducking in and out of the shakily-filmed video.

The bar staff didnt help she declares!  High Priestess evidence?  The bits of the video where there were no bar staff recorded.  Was Maley there?  Did Maley speak to witnesses?  That requires work.  Moral patronising, especially at Fairfax, is apparently easier and better remunerated.

But also to call Senator Dastyari a victim.   Yeah right.  Maybe he can make an inappropriate video bagging his harasssors and get his daughters to do the speaking for him.  But Priestess Maley goes on:

In any other country, if a dark-skinned man is called a monkey, the person labelling him that doesnt get a platform on which to further publicise his moronic views.

Really?  Has she watched any Palestinian television when that and worse is hurled against Jews and Israelis?  Perhaps not.  That would be contra to the narrative that only white ang...


PERTH Brookdale: Police charge man with murder after baby death "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Brookdale: Police charge man with murder after baby death .

November 10, 2017 at 09:03AM .

paramedics transported her to Armadale Hospital. The 35-year-old man was charged with murder and will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court .


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: australia, crime, perth


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

Amanda Froelich, The Mind Unleashed
Waking Times

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

Its a valid question one the Oregon-based cannabis delivery service Briteside asked. Because no team member could come up with a convincing answer, the company decided to produce an SNL-style parody video that largely mocks the lame commercials most prescription drug companies pump out on a near-daily basis.

Brightside partnered with Sandwich Video to produce the parody video which depicts two frazzled adults finally getting the help they need, in the form of some sweet, sticky kush.  The video begins just like an average pharmaceutical advertisement. However, it takes a provocative turn as the voice-over recommends the dank herb.

Briteside offers an extensive menu of strains and products to meet your needs, the narrator says. Choose the experience you want, and well send you the dankest herb. The real sticky icky If you like what we send you, keep the whole jar. Well even include some nugs for you to blaze.

Potentially awesome side-effects are listed, and they include euphoria, increased appetite, uncontrollable giggles, elevated sensitivity to musical dopeness and reduced anxiety.

Watch the hilarious ad below:



A sex workers consent: solidarity, not sanctimony "IndyWatch Feed National"

I am still learning how to protect my own consent sometimes the hard way but I am grateful for the ways in which doing sex work has helped me to clarify and articulate my boundaries, at work and beyond. I wish I could share what I have learned with 16-year-old me. I would tell her that refusing to partake in sexual acts is an inalienable right that requires no explanation. I would tell her that for someone to deny your right to consent whether it be through physical force, guilt, or discriminatory laws is indefensible.


Operation Parachute Prepare For a Hard Landing, Mr Weinstein "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Best to open your parachute Harvey!

By Dee McLachlan

Weinstein hired the Israeli firm Black Cube on October 24, 2016, to carry out the covert operation. Allegedly, this was internally called Operation Parachute by the operatives that included ex-Mossad agents.

Many years ago (before Gumshoe News) I met someone who said he was on the payroll of Deloittes the prestigious accounting firm in Melbourne.  After a glass of vino he told me his job: to dig up dirt on people for their clients. He was an inves...


3CR summer wine fundraiser "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

It's time for some summer wine. After the success of our fundraiser last year we are once again selling some delicious Yarra Valley wine generously donated by 3CR supporter Luke Lambert. Available for order from 3CR from 10 November all wine must be collected by 12 noon on 22 December from our studios at 21 Smith St Fitzroy. You will be getting a good bargain at $17.50 per bottle. You can snap up even more of a bargain by buying in dozen or 1/2 dozen lots. Order now online or phone the station on 03 9419 8377 during b/hrs. 


CERES wins Premiers Sustainability Award "IndyWatch Feed"

Media Release: Cath Newell

CERES has won the Education category in this years Victorian Premiers Sustainability Awards for their 35 year commitment to community-based learning and action.

CERES is the largest deliverer of environmental education in Australia. Programs benefit participants, their families, the community and the environment based on the adoption of sustainable practices, behaviour change and sustainable career choices.

For many years, CERES has been a place for community-based learning and action that creates environmental, social, economic, and cultural benefits and enhance nurturing ways of living together.

Driven by a passion to educate for sustainability and the need to act now, CERES educators impart skills in living sustainably within and beyond their demonstration site an urban oasis in Melbournes East Brunswick.

Melbourne company, eWater Systems, won the nights top honour the Premiers Recognition Award for developing water splitting technology which is used to clean and sanitise facilities such as hospitals, schools, manufacturing businesses and restaurants chemical free....


Photo of This Frog Goes Viral, Experts Say Its 1 In A Billion "IndyWatch Feed National"

A new image coming out of Australia is causing fright all over the world. This is a carnivorous tree frog. And in the picture you can see the snake it is devouring sliding into the frogs stomach. The image was shared on Reddit where it quickly went viral. As you can see, it is a shocking []


The Mad Merry-Go-Round Of Starving Welfare Recipients Off Drugs "IndyWatch Feed National"

The best research available does not support the Turnbull Governments get tough on welfare drug users approach, writes Bill Bush.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250(HL)You have to admit that having a go at drug users is enticing politics. What pushback could there be against introducing drug testing of welfare payments for those who are likely to use the money to support their habit? The spongers! Impecunious drug users themselves are only too familiar with such negative attitudes.

The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) commissioned research that confirmed the negative stereotypes:

The dominant personality traits of a person who injects drugs are seen to be selfishness, unreliability, dishonesty and untrustworthiness. The expectation is that as drugs are the focus of the persons life, they are selfish in all the actions they undertake and do not consider the impact of their actions on others. It is expected that they would do anything to get drugs, due to being addicted, so are unable to be trusted as they are not able to control themselves from acting on impulses.

What better therapy than a dose of honest hard work as Thomas Malthus prescribed in 1798. To Malthus, poor relief destroys the work ethic, it reduces productivity and maintains the causes of poverty. Poverty should be tackled through shame and a withdrawal of assistance from able bodied workers. Thus, the Prime Minister calls for incentives and penalties carrots and sticks to ensure we help those who need it but dont stand by while people who could work, choose not to.

Will the shock of withdrawal of benefits be enough to transform drug users into responsible citizens? Every dependent drug user I have met wants to be free of addiction and the hundreds of parents I have spoken to have expressed their desperation at the absence of drug treatment, not next month, not next week, not tomorrow but today, when their child has summoned the resolution to submit themselves to it.

We dont leave accident victims writhing in agony on the road for want of hospital beds. It is said that Australia has only half the number of treatment slots that are needed. Willingness to go through with treatment predicts success; evid...


Several Women in This Rural Town Say They Were Stalked by Drones "IndyWatch Feed National"

A group of women living in a rural setting near Port Lincoln on South Australias Eyre Peninsula have been woken at night by a drone looking into their homes. Police are yet to find the offender, and some of the women have told the ABC they are living in constant fear of another visit which []


Very Important Message from former Premier Gordon Brown "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear friends ,

as British Prime Minister and Chairman of the G20, I tried eight years ago to put an end to tax havens worldwide. However, as the latest data leak called Paradise Papers shows trillion are still hiding in the farthest corners of the world economy to avoid taxes.

It is one of the greatest injustices of our time: The richest are allowed to disengage while the rest of us pay for health care, education and protection of the most vulnerable in our society.

But now we can stop that with an international agreement banning tax havens and imposing sanctions and prison sentences against tax evaders. The G20, the biggest economic powers in the world can implement that.

Also you sign this open letter to Argentine President Mauricio Macri, the chairman of the G20  if a million of us join in, I hand him personallyand ask him and other heads of G20 countries to act urgently to bring to an end, what we started in 2009. Subscribe with just one click:



To President Mauricio Macri and all heads of G20:

Global inequality is frightening: Eight people have so much wealth as half of the world.

And the gap is widening more and more, not least because of the shadowy world of global tax havens in which trillion in offshore accounts can be parked away from the Treasury. The rich are getting richer while the rest of us pay.

Eight years ago, the G20 countries have agreed to put an end to these tax practices. It is time to fulfill the promise. Please contact immediately for the closure of tax havens and make sure that those who operate and exploit, be held accountable.

No one should be able to escape the obligation to pay taxes for the public good. Your responsibility is to see to that. As citizens from around the world, we call that is traded.

With sincere regards,

What you need to know about the Paradise Papers (Spiegel Online)


Harvey Weinsteins Israeli spy was music video vixen and Israeli air force officer, with Holocaust backstory "IndyWatch Feed National"

This week the story of Harvey Weinsteins spectacular downfall took an unexpected twist into the secretive world of former intelligence agents employed by private entities when New Yorker reporter Ronan Farrow related that he showed actress Rose McGowan, who had accused the film mogul of rape, a surveillance photo of a woman she had considered a friend.

This friend, thin and blond, went by Diana Filip. She had a European accent and presented an offer of $60,000 in cash if McGowan would be the public face of a womens rights campaign Filip said she was launching for the firm Reuben Capital Partners. Except Filip was no friend, she was an operative working for the Israeli security firm Black Cube, hired by Weinstein in an effort to smear McGowan and suppress coverage of the allegations of serial sexual assault.

Oh my God, McGowan wrote in an email to Farrow, published in the New Yorker. Reuben Capital. Diana Filip. No fucking way.

That shock must have been similar for reporters at the Wall Street Journal, who soon put it together that the Diana Ilic their paper found in July on CCTV footage then apparently trying to undermine reports critical of AmTrusts accounting practices with false promises to an author of those reports was the same woman as McGowans Diana Filip.

With pictures of the spy exposed, it was only a matter of time that her identity would come to light. The Daily Mail published her name yesterday: Stella Penn, or Stella Penn Pechanac, along with biographical details taken from a web page for the group Recalculating the Educational Route, an organization for first generation Israelis/immigrant Israelis. Stella is listed on the who are we page

Stella Penn Pechanac 

Stella immigrated to Israel in 1994 from Sarajevo in the former Yugoslavia. Since the age of 15, she has been traveling to the US and Australia as a speaker for fundraising campaigns and advocacy conferences in Jewish communities. Stella served as a lieutenant in the Israeli Air Force and in 2010 graduated in theater arts and performance studies from the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio. At IDC, she participated in the Ambas...


Refugees to take your homes in Victoria the new Communist state? "IndyWatch Feed"

Many a layperson may have an opinion about the law where they put it out on social media where others mistake it as actual facts.

Unfortunately to the novices this can lead them up the garden path, so to speak.

So, let's get a couple of 'facts' out the way with regards to the shenanigans of people in power in Victoria.

Very Briefly;

1). The lawmakers in Victoria can make whatever laws they so desire,
- even for example some far fetched idea as a law to kill babies born with blue eyes.

2). This is done 'legally' via Section 16 of the Victorian Constitution (or the Constitution Act 1975).

3). The 'Victorian Constitution' is an unlawfully enacted law.

4). No one in Australia is a "land owner", where you actually purchase the right to use the land however you see fit, to a degree.

 Problem Reaction Solution

The people in government create a 'problem' where they already have the solution where they put the 'problem' out into the community so that the solution can be implemented.

The 'problem'

The people in government created a 'problem' called housing shortage.

During something called natural growth a country's people do not experience a 'housing shortage'.

The people in the Victorian government import approximately 1500 slaves refugees per week into Melbourne.

This creates a real problem for the infrastructure as it is not built for the sudden (herd population) increase.

The government created problems burden the people with high traffic, no jobs for 'Australians' and the topic at hand - housing.

So the people with very low qualifications in government have thought of the bright idea to tax their slave / serf population for having vacant houses.

Once again under whatever 'Bill' or amendment to whatever current Act they decide to stuff it under, you can bet your (Victorian) 'Constitution' that the law is unlawful.

Will this give the policy enforcers the right to break into your home to see if you live there?

Under communist rule, if....


Murdoch at risk of losing control over his empire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Rupert Murdoch and his empire has been caught in Saudi Arabias purge of members of the royal family, government ministers and officials.

Although the move is described an anti curruption purge by the dominant faction in the kingdom, around crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, is really a political battle secure the crown. Although the son of the present King Abdullah , under the complex family arrangements, he is not first in line according to tradition. This falls to cousin Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and it is those around him who are in the firing line.

Mohammed bin Nayef is the son of the present Kings half brother King Fahd,  who died in 2005. Soon after taking the crown, the new king replaced his successor with his own son. This has divided the royal family and the 32 year old Salmans reputation, for wanting to modernise Saudi society has raised the ire of traditionalists.

This is a big family,  which includes an army of princes. Eleven of them have been caught up in the purge and arrested, along with four ministers and dozens of ex ministers. All are being held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in the diplomatic quarter of the capital city, Riyadh.

One of these princes happens to be  Alwaleed bin Talal.  He is a billionaire in his own right. His net worth is estimated at $22 billion and his share portfolio includes major stakes in Apple, Twitter and Citigroup, Saudi lender Banque Saudi Fransi and Frances Credit Agricole. He owns the Savoy Hotel in London.

He also owns a share in the Murdoch empires parent company 21st Century Fox. This is important, because the Murdoch family only own 14 percent of the shares, and are dependent on key allies to maintain control against hostile takeover bids. This is despite a voting system that ensures Murdoch control over the decision making, through the division of shares into voting and non-voting. The family therefore have direct control over more than one third of the votes. But because this is less than half, they also depend on a block of allies.

This is where Alwaleed bin Talal comes in. He holds 5 percent of the shares and this is enough to ensure Murdoch dependency on the princes vote.

The strength of the princes position was shown when it was reported that during the UK phone tapping scandal, the Prince demanded a head or two. Murdoch subsequently sacked a few of his closest aids.



A Night in a Bangkok Brothel "IndyWatch Feed National"

To know a place is to know the people. This is why I check Grindr in every location.

Grindr is far nicer to use in Bangkok than Australia. Where Im from, the app is known for its racism, fem-hating and body-shaming rather than its welcoming queer community.

We were in Bangkok to visit an old friend, and seeing as Bangkok is in Thailand, the heart of the gender-bending world, we had to see a drag show.

On our last night, I took the crew to a bar I blearily recalled from previous escapades.

Not only were the girls giving some of the best face from the upstairs stage-balcony, they did a mean lip synch to Dont Cry For Me Argentina no easy feat even when English is your first language. They looked 100 per cent woman, unlike on the Australian drag scene, where you see men in dresses.

One of the people in charge, Boy, recognised me from my antics the night before. He was super cute, so I told him as much. We leaned in towards each other, but I was pulled away by my mates before we could have a Disney-like pash. They were in desperate search of Go-Go Boys: hot guys dancing on stage who wanted our cash apparently queens like Boy just didnt cut it for my d-hungry friends. I resisted their tugs for a minute and stayed trading pics with Boy on Instagram, mentally planning to surprise him with plane tickets to Sydney for the Mardi Gras celebrations in 2018.

After wandering through the Silom sidestreets, we end up at a dodgy looking establishment suitably named Dream Boys. The voluptuous drag queen outside, Natalie, gave us free entry. Initially delighted, we were then shocked to find that the drinks cost us a good 400 Thai baht each (longnecks of trendy beer from the 7/11 are only 60). Still, we decided to roll with it and let ourselves be ushered into a three-tiered amphitheatre surrounding a stage.

Once wed ordered drinks and lit a ciggie, it hit me: there were some 30 guys lined up on stage in matching white underwear. Each was adorned with a white badge featuring a number in bold red sans serif, and every minute or so, a man would take a step forward and rotate.

We were in a brothel.*

A change in music signalled the start of the show, and the lads jumped off the stage. It was much raunchier than anything Id seen the night before. One boy in a jock strap pushed a couch out and took a seat as soft music played (Enriq...


Market Talk November 9th, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Finally we saw a little profit-taking in the Nikkei today, after having touched 26 year highs in earlier trade. The sell-off was not so much but felt more after spending the majority of the day in positive territory. The Yen moved stronger but that was later in the trading day after news of possible delays to 2019 for the US Tax plan. The China cash market struggled for much of the day but recovered towards the close to record a +0.4% increase on the day. The Hang Seng closed up +0.8% after a brief dip around midday. ASX in Australia was also strong following commodity and exporters. The A$ traded heavy most of the day and looks to be heading for the mid 0.75 weekly level.  The SENSEX also gave-up early gains drifting into negative territory by mid-afternoon, but did manage to pop just at the close.


The US news of a possible delay in Tax Reforms certainly hit an already nervous European market today. The core markets were already trading down but this news and surprised poor earnings really shook confidence. The DAX and CAC both closed around -1.4% whilst the FTSE and IBEX both lost -0.8% on the day. Its worth noting that the IBEX futures has fallen further and is in late trading around -1.3% on the day. Almost all indices closed on their days lows as traders looked for an early exit. Interesting that although the nerves appeared in equity markets we did not see the run for bonds! Actually, both core and peripherals were sold on the move. Even though many have been looking for this weakness for a while, traders end up selling what they can and not what they should.


All core US markets close around -0.5% lower across the board but many are happy purely that they managed to bounce from opening levels. Having seen the DOW off over 200 points, a 100 point decline actually felt like a relief! Industrials took the markets lower, having heard the likelihood of the Tax delay. Interesting that fixed-income also pressured values but the talk was that it was the High Yield debt that leads market declines, with people hitting any bids they could see. Looking back this year the NASDAQ has rallied over 35% this year so is probably not a surp...


Sick Passenger Medevaced from Grandeur of the Seas "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Medevac CruiseAccording to Florida Today, aircrews from Patrick Air Force Base medevaced an ill passenger from the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas yesterday.

The Grandeur was en route to to Baltimore, Maryland when the air force base was requested to assist in evacuating a passenger reportedly suffering from appendicitis on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship. The cruise ship was approximately 690 miles off of Cape Canaveral, according to the article. (Although the video information suggests that the ship was about 500 miles from Brevard County). 

The long-range rescue "involved HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters and 2 HC-130 aerial refueling aircraft" to reach the cruise ship vessel, according to representatives of the 920th Rescue group.

The U.S. Coast Guard was not involved in the operation, according to Coast Guard officials.

According to the article, the passenger was accompanied by his spouse aboard the rescue helicopter, and flown to Holmes Regional Medical Center, in Melbourne Florida, where he reportedly is recovering,

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November 10, 2017 Update: How the Air Force Carried Out a Daring Rescue of an Ailing Cruise Ship Passenger


Photo credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice via Florida Today.     



You may be sick of worrying about online privacy, but 'surveillance apathy' is also a problem "IndyWatch Feed National"

Do you care if your data is being used by third parties? Image:

We all seem worried about privacy. Though its not only privacy itself we should be concerned about: its also our attitudes towards privacy that are important.

When we stop caring about our digital privacy, we witness surveillance apathy.

And its something that may be particularly significant for marginalised communities, who feel they hold no power to navigate or negotiate fair use of digital technologies.

This article is by Siobhan Lyons, from Macquarie University and was originally published on The Conversation. It is republished here under a Creative Commons CC-BY-SA licence. See the original article.

In the wake of the NSA leaks in 2013 led by Edward Snowden, we are more aware of the machinations of online companies such as Facebook and Google. Yet research shows some of us are apathetic when it comes to online surveillance.

Privacy and surveillance

Attitudes to privacy and surveillance in Australia are complex.

According to a major 2017 privacy survey, around 70% of us are more concerned about privacy than we were five years ago.



Did they know? Competence of UK intel questioned over Priti Patel Israel drama "IndyWatch Feed National"

Following the resignation of UK minister Priti Patel over undisclosed secret meetings with key Israeli politicians and officials, several questions about the competence of British intelligence have surfaced. UK security analysts spoke to Sputnik, giving contrast answers. Ms. Patel resigned on November 8, possibly before being sacked by UK Prime Minister Theresa May over a serious breach of the ministerial code, having held a string of undisclosed meetings with key Israeli government figures during a family holiday in August, without informing the appropriate authorities, including the UK Foreign Office. A leading intelligence expert has questioned whether UK PM was intentionally not informed and kept in the dark about Ms. Patel's undisclosed series of meetings, including with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, by the British intelligence services.


Little Girl Gets Best Surprise Ever After Her Puppy Was Stolen "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

You cant put a price tag on love.

At least, that is what one sorry thief realized after absconding with a Melbourne, Australia, familys 8-week-old puppy, Sasha.

The adorable yellow Labrador was snatched from the Hood familys home in Croydon Hills Monday morning, along with a number of items including a laptop, iPads, passports and jewelry.

But the family knew that no matter how important some of the stolen items seemed to be, Sasha was irreplaceable.

No one felt the loss quite as keenly as the puppys littlest owner, 4-year-old Maia, who was left heartbroken.

Before the robbery, Maia and Sasha had formed an unbreakable bond, spending every second together. The two were so close that Maia would forgo her own comfy bed to sleep in the dog bed with Sasha every night.
In an effort to appeal to the better nature of the person or persons who took the defenseless puppy, the Victoria police commissioner, Graham Ashton, and Maias father, Ryan Hood, directly addressed the thieves in a Facebook video.

Hood spoke candidly about the pain his...


Japans whaling fleet leaves for Antarctic "IndyWatch Feed National"

Three dead minke whales lie on the deck of the Japanese whaling vessel Nisshin Maru. (AP Photo/Tim Watters, Sea Shepherd Australia)

Three dead minke whales lie on the deck of the Japanese whaling vessel Nisshin Maru. (AP Photo/Tim Watters, Sea Shepherd Australia)

Japanese whaling vessels departed on Thursday for the Antarctic to hunt hundreds of minke whales for research purposes.

The Fisheries Agency said the fleet was going to hunt up to 333 minke whales for what they called scientific research in the Southern Ocean until March.

In 2014, the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled that Japans research whaling was not scientific, leading Tokyo to halt whaling for a year.

Tokyo resumed whaling in the Antarctic in the fiscal year 2015-16 after slashing the number of planned hunts of minke whales to about one-third of what Japan used to kill.

Japans environmental organisations and civic groups criticise the government for putting more taxpayers money into the whaling program despite dwindling catches.

Most Japanese consumers do not eat whale meat, but critics say vested interests continue to run the loss-making operation.

Japan officially halted commercial whaling in 1987, complying with a 1986 moratorium.

Critics say, however, that the country has used a loophole to continue to kill whales under the premise of scientific research.

The post Japans whaling fleet leaves for Antarctic appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Coal companies revealed in investor list "IndyWatch Feed National"

A coal train.

A coal train.

A new list of companies operating across all aspects of the coal industry aims to shed light on where people wanting to make environment-based investments should and shouldnt send their money.

The Global Coal Exit List, released on Thursday at the UN climate conference, has more than 770 companies on it, including 71 Australian companies, with power company AGL and miner BHP Billiton the biggest.

The hundreds of companies account for nearly nine in 10 of the worlds coal mines and power stations, along with exploration businesses, specialist machinery suppliers and coal power-plant manufacturers.

It also looks at these companies plans for new coal mines and power stations, revealing some businesses which havent traditionally been in coal, but plan to invest in coming years.

Heffa Schuckling, from project leader German environmental group Urgewald, said it wasnt always easy for investors to know who was involved in the coal industry.

Shes hoping the list will give individuals and more importantly big investors like superannuation funds the information they need to work out where to send their money.

Urgewald started compiling the list after working with two of the worlds largest investors, the Norwegian government pension fund and Allianz to divest their coal interests.

However, Ms Schucking said while they have looked at future expansions, they didnt take into account plans for companies to get out of coal, such as AGLs widely publicised efforts to close power plants by 2050.

The database is full of hard data not soft data, she told reporters on Bonn.

AGL, right after they bought assets which led a huge increase of their coal-fired capacity, they said, oh and by the way were getting out of coal by 2050. Thats not so credible.

AGL has come under fire from the Turnbull government for its intention to close the ageing, dirty Liddell power station in 2022.

The power company has promised to give the government in early December its plans to replace the generators capacity, expected to include renewables, gas-fired power and batteries.

The coal exit list also highlights that resources-rich Australia is also a prime target for foreign coal companies, with 32 having operations in Australia.

These include eight out of the top 20....


PM acting like tinpot dictator: Labor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Malcolm Turnbull is setting the scene for a chaotic end to the parliamentary year and a round of by-elections in 2018 as he moves to take control of the citizenship crisis engulfing federal MPs.

From Vietnam, where he is attending the APEC summit, the prime minister has threatened to use the governments slim majority in the lower house to refer to the High Court any MP whose eligibility to sit in parliament is in doubt because of their dual citizenship status.

Whether theyre on the government side, the Labor side, or on the crossbenches if there are substantial grounds to believe they are not in compliance with the constitution, Mr Turnbull told reporters in Da Nang.

Thats brought an angry response from Labor, which faces the prospect of four of its MPs Justine Keay, Madeleine King, Susan Lamb and Josh Wilson being disqualified from parliament.

Opposition Senate leader Penny Wong accused Mr Turnbull of behaving like a tin-pot dictator.

This is really a very desperate and diminished prime minister weve seen, she told 5AA radio in Adelaide on Friday.

I think Australians, who are rightly sick of this, want it resolved.

Mr Turnbull has told independent MP Rebekha Sharkie she may have to refer herself to the High Court over the timing of her renunciation of British citizenship before the 2016 election.

On the government side, there are reports Liberal backbencher John Alexander could quit his Sydney seat as early as this weekend because he believes he is a British citizen by descent.

Mr Turnbull is in Asia until next Wednesday after being unable to broker a deal with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten over a citizenship disclosure scheme.

Before he left the prime minister accused the Labor leader of not being fair dinkum about reaching a bipartisanship agreement.

Mr Shorten argued for a December 1 deadline for MPs to lodge their documents and provide High Court standard details of their family history and renunciation steps.

He also called on Mr Turnbull to follow th...


Pyne refuses to budge on Manus refugees "IndyWatch Feed National"

Federal Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne. Photo AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Federal Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne. Photo AAP Image/Lukas Coch

The 600 refugees waiting it out in squalid conditions at a mothballed detention centre on Manus Island are effectively squatting, federal cabinet minister Christopher Pyne says.

Water, electricity and food supplies were cut to the centre more than a week ago and the Papua New Guinea government has on Thursday told the men to prepare to leave immediately.

Mr Pyne says they have refused to take other options available, including access to new accommodation facilities or returning to their country of origin.

All those people in Manus Island who are at that detention centre are effectively squatting there, Senator Pyne told Nine Network on Friday.

Activists in Australia telling them to stay there and they will get to Australia are lying to them and that is unfortunately the situation.

Federal Labor MP Anthony Albanese says the government hasnt provided third party country settlement options for the refugees.

New Zealand have made an offer and the government rejected it. They would rather have this stand-off and it is time that the politics ended, Mr Albanese told the Nine Network.

Mr Albanese said the centre was supposed to be a processing centre, but instead became a place of indefinite detention.

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Dastyari attackers face legal action "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sam Dastyari

Sam Dastyari

Right-wing nationalists who attacked Labor senator Sam Dastyari face joint legal action from two entertainment companies over the groups name, Patriot Blue.

Streaming service Stan and Roadshow Productions will launch action against the men, which includes convicted stalker and racial vilifier Neil Erikson, who have set up Facebook groups under the Patriot Blue name.

But Patriot Blue is also the name of a group in the entertainment companies upcoming fictional drama series Romper Stomper, based on the 1992 Australian film starring Russell Crowe.

The group involved have misappropriated the name of the fictional group from the series, Stan and Roadshow said in a joint statement.

Stan and Roadshow Productions today instructed law firm Gilbert and Tobin to take appropriate legal action in relation to the infringement of the Patriot Blue trademark, and use of the Stan name on Facebook.

Iranian-born Senator Dastyari was ambushed at Footscray bar VU on Wednesday night, the group taunting the Senator with You terrorist. You little monkey.

Senator Dastyari on Thursday said politics in Australia was heading to a very, very ugly place and attacks like the one he was subjected to makes me feel small, makes me feel horrible, it makes you feel kind of terrible and thats what they are designed to do.

He is also considering legal action.

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The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "Sunset" "IndyWatch Feed National"


"Slowly the west reaches for clothes of new colors
which it passes to a row of ancient trees.
You look, and soon these two worlds both leave you,
one part climbs toward heaven, one sinks to earth,
leaving you, not really belonging to either,
not so helplessly dark as that house that is silent,
not so unswervingly given to the eternal as that thing
that turns to a star each night and climbs
leaving you (it is impossible to untangle the threads)
your own life, timid and standing high and growing,
so that, sometimes blocked in, sometimes reaching out,
one moment your life is a stone in you, and the next, a star."

~ Rainer Maria Rilke


FAIL: Antarctic research station wind turbine crashes, diesel to the rescue "IndyWatch Feed National"

From the ABC Australia, video follows. Proof of something weve always said: You need a fossil fueled backup generator for any greenwind/solar power project. Mawson Antarctic research station relying solely on diesel after wind turbine crashes to ground By Harriet Aird An Australian Antarctic research station is now relying solely on diesel power generation after a

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