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Monday, 19 February

21:07

Salsa Dance Night! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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We are very excited to invite everyone to come along to our first Salsa Dance Night. 

The weather forecast is looking promising for an evening of outside dancing. 

All families welcome, prizes for best dressed, delicious food available to purchase and one of the best salsa bands in Melbourne is playing live. 

All dance moves taught on the night by the incredible Carlos.

It's going to be wonderful.



20:50

Rainbow Music Group "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Hello,

Im so pleased to let you know that the second Rainbow Music Group is now going ahead! It will start this Saturday 24th February.

Here is the link for re-booking for the rest of the term:

The Playgroup runs from 10-11am and then your music session is 11 12.

Please share around your networks as we still have a few places available.

Regards,

Liz Round.

20:48

International Women's Day "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Dear Friends,

You are warmly invited to participate in a free community event for International Womens Day on March 8. Please see the flyer below for information.

The evening will include activities and discussions on themes that will help us all, as one community proudly diverse, to make local advances on the international theme of Press for Progress. Please come and add your voice, connect with others and enjoy celebrating with your community.


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20:48

For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Books 2, 3 and 4 (Eldest, Eragon and Inheritance)  of Christopher Paolini's dragon series. 

Excellent condition hardbacks. 

$10 for the lot.

0405 180 639


20:44

Community Houses "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Hello Neighbours,

Were looking for your ideas to upgrade the outdoor space at East Coburg Neighbourhood House.

Please spare 1 minute to complete the survey!
Thank you

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20:43

Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Free if you can use em!

Can anyone use any of these? Cubby house maybe..? 


Sash windows, no frame, ropes broken.

 
Aluminium fly screens (fit half window in the red brick houses), one has small tear.

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20:07

MACKAY Moranbah man facing charges for alleged copper theft "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 19, 2018 at 06:03PM ,

Moranbah man facing charges for alleged copper theft

February 19, 2018 at 06:03PM ,

three counts of fraud dishonestly gain benefit/advantage, possess utensils or pipes and driving of motor vehicle without a drivers licence, licence suspended under s 79B. He appeared in the Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday and was remanded in custody until his next appearance on March 12.

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20:07

MACKAY Multiple charges, Moranbah "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 19, 2018 at 05:41PM ,

Multiple charges, Moranbah

February 19, 2018 at 05:41PM ,

Police have opposed the male persons bail and he is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court later today. Detectives are continuing to investigate a number of offences of copper theft that have occurred in Middlemount, Dysart and Moranbah. If anyone has any information they can contact Crime

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19:23

The Gender Wars: Stop Press. Mass Murderer Is A Man! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Another day, another mass shooting in the United States. Mental health has come up as a possible cause; extremist views; lax gun laws. But the elephant in the room, writes Ben Pennings is still not being discussed.

One essential ingredient has been ignored in the analysis of the latest U.S. school massacre. Again.

Nikolas Cruz is a man.

Cruzs mental health, ethnicity, political beliefs, school behaviour and access to weapons have all been critiqued. I have yet to see one politician, criminologist, law officer or media commentator highlight his gender.

This is despite 95 per cent of massacres in schools and universities having been committed by men, from Andrew Kehoe killing 44 people in a 1927 school bombing to the massacres at Montreal, Dunblane, Sanaa, Columbine, Osaka and Erfurt.

In fact, more than 90 per cent of mass murderers, serial killers, murderers, rapists, child molesters, and domestic violence perpetrators are male. The alarming level of mens violence towards women and children will not stop until men accept that it is their responsibility to prevent it.

If it was a woman who gunned down 17 people, her gender would be a central part of the narrative. How a woman ended up a killer, betraying the sex that gives life. Female violence gains added attention because it is an anomaly, not expected and therefore more shocking. Male violence gains less attention as it has become normalised, is expected, and on most occasions, fails to shock.

Imagine if our society had two equally represented ethnicities and one perpetrated more than 90 per cent of the violent crime. Would ethnicity be ignored as much as gender currently is?

In December 1989, Marc Lpine roamed through the buildings at the University of Montreal calling out, Bring me the women! I want the women! In each room he separated the men from the women and shot the women. He slaughtered 14 young women in total, and then killed himself. Australian singer/songwriter Judy Small wrote a powerful song about it that asks vital questions:

And dont you wonder why, as you try to make sense of this
Why is it always men who resort to the gun, the sword and the fist?
Why does gunman sound so familiar while gunwoman doesnt quite ring true?
What is it about men that makes them do the things they do?

So what is it about men? Why are they extremely more likely to rape women, children and other men, and to assault partners they are meant to love?

These questions lead to the age-old debate of nature versus nurture. Is masculinity and its associated behaviours socially constructed and changeable over time? Or are they bi...

18:58

A Question For Anthony Mundine: Am I Not Your People? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aboriginal boxing legend Anthony Mundine was recently reported as suggesting gay people should be put to death. Comedian Steven Oliver weighs in.

So, here I am writing an article which, again, finds me defending my sexuality. Im not sure how many times (this year alone) I have had to say or write something in response to a statement that is one of belief and not fact (and by belief I dont solely mean religion).

If being black and gay has taught me anything from the constantly repeated negative experiences underpinned by racism and homophobia, its that there are a lot of beliefs out there that are misguided, wrong or just fucked.

Some are from people who come to a conclusion after filling in the blanks they didnt have answers to. Some are from people who just believe anything theyre told and dont question the validity because its easier to just believe than understand. Some are from people who say they dont judge me but theyre instructed by an all-powerful being to say things that judge me and that, in the end, the all-powerful being will judge me (where Im sure my non-judgemental friend, will be saying I tried telling your gay black arse).

Some (this would be the fucked, well, more fucked kind) are simply made up because people have an agenda that usually comes from fear and/or a need to control.

Speaking of agenda, I suppose it only fair I outline mine. Basically, it comes from a need for the queer community to stop being treated like shit. Its a need to stop those constantly repeated negative experiences. Its a need to pay respect to all who stood proudly even when judgement turned to hate, and that hate turned to violence. To let them know the strength I recognised when they refused to turn hateful, as the ones they loved turned them away. That what is right, is the act of treating others right.

Anyway, Im guessing youre guessing that Im talking about Anthony Mundine. After all, I write this article not long after his death penalty comments. But in truth, it starts with a guy called Mick (though Ill get to Anthony, eventually). See, Mick is a nice guy. Met him a few years back through an organisation we both worked for. Wed chit chat and joke whenever he rang my office and always had a laugh.

Mick had property in Townsville that he said I could use whenever I was home, and though I never took him up on it, it was a gesture...

18:46

How much water do I need to drink per day "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

Water is important for vital body functions. It is important for runners to be able to take on enough water throughout their long and short runs. Or otherwise youll end up dehydrated or bonking.

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Most amateur athletes dont drink enough water. Most of them only drink about 1L.

You should drink enough water and water is free all over Melbourne. At many major events there is a water tank for people to fill up their water bottles. Whether itd be at home or at work. Or at uni. Do carry a 1L-2L bottle of water with you everywhere you go.

 

If you dont like water why not have aloe or Herbalifes tea? Or you can put fruits in it.

 

18:29

Coca Cola and why it is bad for you "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

The rate of obesity in Australia is about 70% and it is growing year by year. The health industry costs taxpayers a lot of money.

At the Royal Childrens hospital, there are lots of Coke products on sale. Here many patients, visitors and hospital staff all rely on Cola to keep them awake or cool on hot days.

Coca-cola has too much sugar and caffeine and that is not good for you. Why? Sugar is bad for your teeth and body and caffeine can keep you awake at night. Moreso too much caffeine is bad for the cortisol levels in your body leaving you higher and higher to stress. Too much of this with little or no exercise leads to the obesity problem.

Most people got diabetes from drinking too much every day

Experts say that it can cause weak bones. And for the ladies, it makes PMS worse.

If we were to use it for Ironman it would be ok as it gives the athletes a lot of energy and we need that energy. We need that sugar to keep us going. But for a regular, non-athletic person, drinking Coke all the time would be bad.

In short: please skip the Coke at the supermarket and instead drink plain water.

18:20

BEHIND BARS PART 3: Australias shocking cruelty to Aboriginal people with disabilities: Solitary confinement "IndyWatch Feed National"

The abuse of Aboriginal prisoners with disabilities in Australian jails is confronting, and ongoing. In Part 3 of this special series for New Matilda, Michael Brull looks at the use of solitary confinement against disabled Aboriginal prisoners, exposed in a report written by Human Rights Watch. You can read parts 1 and 2 here and here.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) observes that under international law, solitary confinement means confining a prisoner for 22 hours or more per day without meaningful human contact. Prolonged solitary confinement occurs when solitary confinement is extended past 15 consecutive days.

HRW documents in its report that various specialists on international law from various United Nations human rights organisations have found that under international law, it is unacceptable to impose solitary confinement on people with disabilities under any circumstances.

As noted by HRW, Juan Mendez, the United Nations special rapporteur on torture, argued that the imposition of solitary confinement of any duration, on persons with mental disabilities is cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. He has called on governments to abolish it for prisoners with psychosocial or cognitive disabilities. Mendez observed that the longer the duration of solitary confinement or the greater the uncertainty regarding the length of time, the greater the risk of serious and irreparable harm to the inmate that may constitute cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment or even torture.

Juan Mendez, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture.

Likewise, the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment has said that prolonged solitary confinement may amount to an act of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and recommended that solitary confinement should not be used in the case of minors or the mentally disabled. Rule 45 of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners pro...

17:20

Zero G - 19 February 2018 Episode 1172 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

ZERO-G #1172

Title: I PANTHER ABAMINYAM Podcast Title: Black Podther

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: Black Panther Special!

 

For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

http://www.rrr.org.au/program/zero-g/playlists

Follow @zerogrobjan on Twitter and Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ZeroGRadio

Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00007 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.40 AUD
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15:27

COVER UP! The dark past of disgraced Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle in The Valley of the Dolls "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

EXCLUSIVE: Having recently resigned as lord mayor of Melbourne following a number of sexual harassment claims, it can now be revealed that Liberal Party heavyweight Robert Doyle once got a teenage girl to sign a confidentiality agreement after she was sexually harassed by another sleazy politician who made crude remarks to her in person and over the phone. [READ MORE]

The post COVER UP! The dark past of disgraced Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle in The Valley of the Dolls appeared first on True Crime News Weekly.

13:56

Thando on Tour "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Melbourne-based musician Thando is making her way to Western Australia at the end of the month in celebration of her latest single Numb featuring Remi.

She jumped on the phone with Caitlin Nienaber on Breakfast to talk about chance collaborations, musical theatre and the importance of representation.

Play Thando Interview

13:45

Top athletes snub CWealth Games "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFN battles to get best available   may release team list today   There are strong indications that some of the countrys top athletes might snub the forthcoming Commonwealth Games scheduled to take place in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia from April 4 to 15. Reports have it that red-hot Divine Oduduru and Tobiloba Amusan are []

The post Top athletes snub CWealth Games appeared first on Newtelegraph.

13:44

$195 for "An evening with Hillary" Clinton in Sydney. Want more? Pay more..................... "IndyWatch Feed National"

$195 the cheapest seats for Hillary Clinton in Australia Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will visit Australia in May. AAP 12:43PM February 19, 2018 Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is coming to Australia to talk about her future plans after losing the 2016 US election to Donald Trump. Mrs...

13:32

The Grapevine - 19 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

This week Kulja and Dylan speak with Dr Sarah Hayes Research Fellow in Archaeology and History at La Trobe University about the history of prostitution in 19th century Melbourne.

Then, author and humanitarian aid expert, Dennis Dragovic, comes onto the show to discuss his new book No Dancing, No Dancing: Inside the Global Humanitarian Crisis.

Finally, former Australian Children's Laureate, Leigh Hobbs returns with Sally Rippin for the Reading Room.

 

13:12

MACKAY Dysart man snaps after stolen car smashes into his ute "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 19, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Dysart man snaps after stolen car smashes into his ute

February 19, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

But there was no proof the people McCann attacked had anything to do with the car theft or subsequent crash, Mackay Magistrates Court was told on Wednesday. McCann, 43, appeared in the court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to two counts of common assault. Magistrate Mark Nolan was provided

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12:50

See (hear) CC:Disco "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Melbournes very own CC:Disco has teamed up with label legends Soothsayer to bring a collection of new music from emerging and underground artists across boogie, balearic, funk, disco and house. Talking about her passions of community radio and getting Australian artists out there in the international music sphere. CC:Disco Firstlight compilations.

Play Vishnu x CC Disco 16.02.18

 

12:05

Doctors not convinced on medical cannabis "IndyWatch Feed National"

Doctors have been warned against rushing to prescribe medical cannabis despite Australians acceptance of its use. To date, the evidence on the effectiveness of medical cannabis remains limited, write Jennifer Martin and Associate Professor Yvonne Bonomo in an editorial for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).

Published in the Medical Journal of Australia, they say the usual regulatory processes designed to protect patients from potential serious harms caused by medicinal cannabinoids must be adhered to.

The pace and scale of the introduction of medicinal cannabis are unprecedented and have raised challenges for health professionals, not so much because of its known addictive and psychoactive properties, but because its introduction has not followed the usual research-based safety and effectiveness processes, they wrote.

They argue there is a need for stronger and more streamlined guidelines in administering and supplying medical cannabis

.In Australia, medicinal cannabis is legal but patient access is still very difficult.

The Therapeutic Goods Administrations (TGA) Special Access Scheme (SAS) provides patient access to cannabis on compassionate grounds without the usual quality and safety data requirements.

This means approval is granted on a case-by-case basis provided the correct documentation is given by the prescribing doctor, says Dr John Lawson, a paediatric neurologist and conjoint senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales.

The prescribing medical practitioner has several responsibilities, including providing informed consent and a treatment plan and monitoring, and complying with reporting requirements including reporting any adverse event to the TGA, Dr Lawson said.

In the case of a child with epilepsy, this means that general practitioners or paediatricians can only successfully apply via the SAS scheme with supporting documentation from a paediatric neurologist.

He says there needs to be a balance between compassion and careful assessment for patients for whom cannabis products might be beneficial.

Already there is a body of evidence to support the use of medicinal cannabis for those suffering from chemotherapy-induced nausea, epilepsy, MS and Parkinsons disease.

A recent trial published in The New England Journal of Medicine, led by Australian neurologist Professor Ingrid Scheffer, found cannabidiol one of at least 113 compounds found in the cannabis plant significantly reduced the severity and frequency of seizures in children with a rare, yet devastating form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome.

Last year, the Medical Cannabis Council called for more robust research to be done to ensure patients greater acc...

11:57

FixedIt: Sexual assault is not sex "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yahoo reported on a sexual assault allegation against Devin Patrick Kelley, the man who shot and killed 25 people in a church in Texas.

The woman who reported the sexual assault was not given a forensic examination and little effort was made to contact her after she gave her statement. When detectives did eventually speak to her, four months after she made the statement, they claimed they couldnt find Kelley and let the case drop.

In her signed statement the woman said, he told me would hurt me when I didnt do what he said. The records also include a statement from Kelleys first wife, Tessa Brennaman, who said the alleged victim told her about the incident a day later.

By the time of the shooting, Kelley had been court-martialed and removed from the Air Force on allegations that he abused his then-wife and a child. The following year, deputies were called to his home to investigate a domestic violence complaint, and he was accused of misdemeanor animal cruelty in Colorado.

All of this goes to show the strong connection between men who commit violence against women and men who commit mass shooting in America. It also demonstrates the casual approach law enforcement has to mens sexual crimes against women. And for the FixedIt project, it is yet another example of sexual assault being misnamed as sex.

Its almost like theres a relationship between all these things.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron


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11:49

Leith van Onselen tackles the growth lobby monster - by Leith van Onselen "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tonight, [Feb 18, 2018] I appeared on the ABCs National Wrap to debate the Migration Councils CEO, Carla Wilshire, on Australias mass immigration program. Below are notes from the debate explaining my position and refuting Ms Wilshires key lines of argument.

By Unconventional Economist in Australian Economy at 11:01 pm on February 18, 2018. First published at https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2018/02/leith-van-onselen-tackles-growth-lobby-monster/.

Economic modelling on immigration is unflattering and does not reflect real life:

During the debate, we got into an exchange over the purported economic benefits of immigration, as noted by the various Productivity Commission (PC) modelling.

Ms Wilshire argued the modelling shows unambiguous benefits to Australians because GDP per capita is increased, whereas I argued that incumbent Australian workers are made worse-off from falling wages (let alone broader impacts like congestion, higher infrastructure costs, smaller and less affordable housing, etc).

At the outset, it is important to note that economic modelling around immigration is inherently limited and often does not reflect real life.

First, it is generally assumed in these models that population ageing will result in fewer people working, which will subtract from per capita GDP. However, it is equally likely that age-specific workforce participation will respond to labour demand, resulting in fewer people being unemployed, as we have witnessed in Japan, where the unemployment rate is below 3%.

Even if this assumption holds true, the benefit to GDP per capita would only be transitory. Once the migrant workers grow old, they too will add to the pool of aged Australians, thus requiring an ever increasing immigration intake to keep the population age profile from rising.

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11:37

FixedIt: Who tried to sexually assault a teenage girl? "IndyWatch Feed National"

ITV News reported that a young man followed a teenage girl, filmed or photographed her and attempted to sexually assault a her on the grounds of Cheadle Hulme High School.

Once again, the man who alleged committed crimes against a woman is erased from the headlines.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.

Also, most people dont consume news by reading a print newspaper from cover to cover. Only some people go directly to the home page of a news outlet. Most people get news links from social media, and the most likely source is Facebook. But regardless of the source, we see far more headlines than we click on.

Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.

The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.

Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive voice and unclear reporting on violence against women stands out so much.

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

We are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

Headlines matter and this is why FixedIt exists.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider...

11:31

FixedIt: Another headline, another invisible perpetrator "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Fraser Coast Chronicle reported that a 46-year-old man has been charged with one count each of grievous bodily harm, suffocation strangulation in a domestic relationship, threatening violence and wilful damage. The woman he allegedly assaulted was hospitalised with fractures to her face.

Once again, the man charged with crimes against a woman is erased from the headlines.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.

Also, most people dont consume news by reading a print newspaper from cover to cover. Only some people go directly to the home page of a news outlet. Most people get news links from social media, and the most likely source is Facebook. But regardless of the source, we see far more headlines than we click on.

Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.

The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.

Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive voice and unclear reporting on violence against women stands out so much.

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

We are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

Headlines matter and this is why FixedIt exists.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a m...

10:51

In Our Names: The West Has Slaughtered 329 People In The Orient Every Day For The Past 27 Years "IndyWatch Feed National"

As a scientist, its Jakob Reimanns job to calculate things. But learning to calculate the reaction kinetics of enzymatic processes, while obviously challenging, is nothing compared to adding up the number of people killed in our name. Get ready for your safe western bubble to be burst.

 

The Gulf War 1991

In the Iran-Iraq War (First Persian Gulf War) between 1980 and 1988, Saddam Hussein was a close ally of the West, even when he was conducting genocide against the Kurds in northern Iraq with poison gas made in Germany.

However, when he subsequently raided oil-rich Kuwait, he became persona non grata and provoked a massive US bombing campaign where over 110,000 air strikes against Iraq have been launched in 43 days, destroying vast quantities of civilian infrastructure big-time. Welcome to Operation Desert Storm, the Second Gulf War.

In the single most lethal incident for civilians in modern air warfare, US stealth bombers dropped two laser-guided smart bombs on a protective bunker in Baghdad on the night of February 13, 1991, killing 408 civilians.

The US government refused to investigate the victim statistics of the Gulf War. We have no way of knowing precisely how many casualties occurred, Defence Secretary Dick Cheney said after the war, we may never know.

Former US president George W Bush declares victory in the illegal war against Iraq. (IMAGE: Peter Stevens, Flickr).

However, Beth Osborne Daponte, a young demographer with the University of Chicago, compiled these very numbers for the US Census Bureau and was eventually fired from public service due to her results.

In her solid scientific study, Daponte assessed data from UNICEF, the US State Department, and Harvard University among others and concluded that 205,500 people were killed, including 74,000...

10:32

Words are cheap "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Interventions promise to improve the lives of children and young people in remote Aboriginal communities has resulted in exactly the opposite, and now children are being taken away at a rate higher than during the Stolen Generations. The Intervention era has produced a three-fold increase in children in out-of-home-care in the NT.

10:03

A renewable energy jobs boom is sweeping across regional Australia "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Renewable energy: powering Australia in more ways than one http://www.examiner.com.au/story/5229330/renewable-energy-is-powering-jobs-in-the-regions/?cs=97 James Wright  18 Feb 18  A jobs boom is sweeping across regional Australia and theres one industry to thank the renewable energy sector. From places like Gordon in southern Tasmania to Pindari in north-east NSW, new solar installations, windfarms, battery arrays, solar towers and pumped hydro facilities are springing life into regional towns. How are they doing this? By injecting desperately needed investment and job opportunities into remote locations.

09:46

Ten years on: The fraud of Australian parliaments stolen generations apology - World Socialist Web Site "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ten years on: The fraud of Australian parliaments stolen generations apology - World Socialist Web Site: By Mike Head
17 February 2018

Hypocrisy abounded inside Australias parliamentary great hall this week when about 300 politicians and indigenous representatives gathered for a breakfast event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the former Labor governments national apology to the stolen generations of Aboriginal children who were forcibly removed from their families.

Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who delivered the nationally-televised apology on the floor of the parliament in February 2008, was feted as a visionary who had offered an historic statement acknowledging the crimes committed against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population since the British conquest of the continent in 1788.

One shocking statistic points to the monumental political fraud involved in the apology and its ongoing acclamation as a landmark event. Today, more than 17,000 indigenous children are living in out-of-home care, compared with about 9,000 a decade ago. In other words, a new stolen generation is being created, with the numbers of children taken from their parents almost doubling in 10 years.

09:42

UN Security Council Imposes Sanctions on a Helpless Population with Nod from Russia and China! "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Harvester in Illinois, and (R) harvesting in North Korea (Photo credit L, Jim Young, R, NK News)

By Carla Stea

[Editors Note; This article first appeared at Globalresearch.ca, on December 12, 2017 with the title Day of Infamy for the UN Security Council: Triggering a Devastating Humanitarian Crisis in North Korea] 

In view of the collapse of the DPRKs socialist economic system these sanctions are intended to provoke, the ultimate question remains why China and Russia failed to veto these sanctions, while they have the power to prevent this catastrophe. What arrangements were made? Has the U.S. juggernaut succeeded in inducing the short-sighted submission of Russia and China, who must certainly anticipate the horrific results of a collapse of the DPRK, which will le...

09:39

Lets put an end to the battery cage "IndyWatch Feed National"

With the release of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry draft, we're encouraging all members to speak up and have their say on Australias continued use of battery cages. The opportunity to ban or phase out battery cages is now, and may not return for another decade.

These draft Standards will have a lasting impact on the future of the poultry industry. We believe all poultry producers voices should be heard in the debate on battery cages, just as many would remember from the free-range labelling debate in 2015 to 2016.

Put the pressure on Agriculture ministers and your local members, especially in states where the proposal has yet not seen governmental opposition such as Queensland and NSW. Victoria and WA are already on board with the development of better welfare standards than those proposed.

Write to your local member of parliament and tell them what you think about the draft Standards. Some key points to include are:

  1. The Proposed Australian Animal Welfare Draft Standards and Guidelines for Poultry should include a 3-year phase out of battery cages to be considered as providing a responsible solution to consumer and animal welfare demands.
  2. The current proposal provides Options that are inadequate in terms of improving animal welfare because the soonest Australia could see a phase out of battery cages is in 10 years. The entire European Union announced it would phase out cages in 1999 and did so by 2012. If an entire political continent can shift its production methods in less than 13 years, then it should be feasible for Australia to attempt a shorter phase out period of much less than 10 years. Countries in the EU such as Sweden responded immediately by banning the use of cages in laying production from 1999.
  3. More research should be done by the Government on alternative production systems such as pasture-based poultry management systems and regenerative agriculture systems including poultry.

Include further reasons

in your submission as summarised by RSPCA at...

08:58

Barnaby Joyce should resign: Newspoll "IndyWatch Feed National"

A majority of Australians believe embattled Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce should resign following his affair with a staffer, the latest Newspoll shows.

Up to 65 per cent of voters across the country believe the deputy prime minister should resign with a third of those also believing Mr Joyce should quit federal parliament.

Newspoll quizzed 1632 voters across Australia including those in regional areas and cities for the findings released on Sunday.

Of the voters who want Mr Joyce gone, 29 per cent believe the New England MP should step down as the Nationals leader but remain on the backbench while 21 per cent believe he should step down and not recontest the next election.

A quarter of regional voters wanted to see Mr Joyce resign from parliament immediately because of the love-child scandal, with just 20 per cent of city voters wanting to see him go.

Meanwhile Malcolm Turnbulls personal approval ratings fell, dropping five points to 40 per cent, leaving only a seven point margin between the Liberal leader and Labor leader Bill Shorten as preferred prime minister.

The coalitions primary vote also fell two points to 36 per cent, one point behind Labors which remained unchanged.

The two-party-preferred vote has returned the coalition to the position it held in December trailing Labor 53 per cent to 47.

The post Barnaby Joyce should resign: Newspoll appeared first on Echonetdaily.

08:56

Greens, activist refer MP over gun post "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Facebook post from MP George Christensen. supplied

Federal Greens leader Richard Di Natale says he has referred a disgraceful Facebook post by MP George Christensen to federal police.

Mr Christensen posted a photo of himself pointing a hand gun and the comment you gotta ask yourself, do you feel lucky, greenie punks?.

Saturdays post drew widespread attention and the Queensland Nationals MP was accused of being insensitive in the wake of last weeks high school shooting in the United States.

Senator Di Natale reported the image to the Australian Federal Police, saying Mr Christensen was giving licence to people to behave in a violent way towards others with a different view.

Its disgraceful, irresponsible, its shameful, he told ABC radio on Monday.

Anti-Adani protestor Ben Pennings confirmed on Sunday he had added Mr Christensens post to a complaint he filed on Thursday with Queensland police after receiving over 100 death threats online.

George Christensen is an appalling example to his constituents and should be ashamed of himself, Mr Pennings said.
When tensions are high, threats of physical violence to peaceful protesters are particularly unacceptable.

Mr Christensen later amended his post to read You gotta ask yourself, do you have a sense of humour, greenie punks? Obviously not.

Queensland police said on Sunday night no offence had been committed.

Liberal MP Ian Goodenough, a member of the parliamentary friends of shooting group, said it appeared Mr Christensen was making a lighthearted reference to the Clint Eastwood movie Dirty Harry.

In this case I do not believe that George is making an actual threat against any particular person, he said.
But Mr Goodenough conceded it was an off-colour attempt at humour.

On Monday morning Mr Penning said that after being contacted by concerned gun owners and police officers he has asked the Queensland Police Service to investigate:

  • Whether George Christensen has a licence to fire that specific concealable semi-automatic handgun
  • Given his threatening social media posts and attitudes to weapons, whether George Christensen is a fit and proper person to hold any gun licence
  • Whether this and previous social medi...

08:51

Joyce affair undermines Turnbull and weakens the government "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contribution by Jim Hayes

The Barnaby Joyce saga has undergone a new twist in the last few days. The turmoil around it has been such that it has pushed Malcolm Turnbull from playing the role as supporter, to having a public slanging match with his Deputy Prime Minister.

This is typical of Turnbulls swaying with the wind style.

Mishandling the situation with the so-called ban the bonk directive, he ordered ministers not not have sex with their staffers. This was to show that he was doing something and to take the heat off him personally. He had to do something. Barnaby Joyce is being a public relations disaster, making Turnbulls remaining friends in the government nervous, and providing his enemies with a new opportunity to undermine him.

The ban was inept, because he has opened himself to accusation of unwarranted interference in the bedroom. But it is the implied criticism of Barnaby Joyces character and what National Party politicians see as an attack on their party that has bounced back to bite Malcolm Turnbull.

Now he finds himself squaring off, not only against his deputy, but against his Coalition partners. His intention may not have been to do this. But that doesnt matter anymore.

In effect, he has thrown Barnaby Joyce a lifeline, and he has taken it up. Before last Friday, he was looking beaten. Barnaby is now fighting back with renewed vigour and called Turnbulls  comments inept and unnecessary.

Instead of taking the spotlight off himself, Turnbull has managed to turn up the light and make his own position even less secure. At worst, this has the potential to bring down the government and his prime ministership. At best, it will leave his enemies wringing their hands in glee. Malcolm Turnbull has taken another step to become a dead man walking.

Turnbull has another problem. He is due in Washington to meet Donald Trump next week, and could be heading there as a bit of a lame duck. His problem is that Washington exerts a great deal of political weight on Australias parliament, and especially Coalition parties.

As Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull is seen as a useful to American interests in Australia and Washingtons global strategy. A lame Prime Minister no longer trusted to do the job can be undermined.

Turnbull must also realise that while he is away, his enemies could act against him. And this is likely to have been the motivator to deny Barnaby Joyce the role as acting Prime Minister.

All this has considerable importance. T...

08:32

Michael Brull // BEHIND BARS PART 2: Australias Shocking Cruelty To Aboriginal People With Disabilities; In Their Own Words - New Matilda "IndyWatch Feed National"

BEHIND BARS PART 2: Australias Shocking Cruelty To Aboriginal People With Disabilities; In Their Own Words - New Matilda: Sexual abuse

I was going in to take a shower, and I saw three male prisoners. I sensed trouble and I started backing out. But one of them ran towards me. The other two held me down and they made me kiss his penis. I tried to run away. [Tried] to get help and shout out to the prison guards. But they were too far. I could not do anything because I would be labeled a dog [traitor].

When I finally managed to find someone to tell and the guards found out, they put me in the punishment unit. I was told it was for my safety. And there was nowhere else they could put me. And then the guards on call taunted me. All night I could not sleep. I could just hear the guards giggling outside. I had to wait for a couple of days before I was transferred to another prison. I am suffering from depression. I get no support.

Man with cognitive disability

08:30

Barnabys Problems Were Personal. Now Hes A Problem For The Government. "IndyWatch Feed National"

An old-fashioned sex scandal has exposed deep rifts within the Coalition. The long-term results do not augur well for our democracy, writes Ben Eltham.

Even for someone accustomed to the rough and tumble of politics, the past fortnight has been a dispiriting spectacle. The dissolution of a family and the further debasement of political standards was never going to make for happy travels, but something about the Barnaby Joyce scandal has been especially disheartening.

By now the sordid details are well known: Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, after pursuing an affair with his former staffer Vikki Campion, has left his wife Natalie and is now living with Campion in a rent-free townhouse in Armidale, provided by a political donor. Campion was moved from Joyces office after the relationship became obvious to other staffers and political insiders, and given a succession of highly paid jobs in the offices of other National Party politicians.

The bare bones of the scandal, thus laid out, hardly suggest the orgy of prurience that has engulfed the Australian political and social media since the Daily Telegraph broke the news of the affair last week. At every stage, the controversy has shown us base motivations, dishonesty, self-interest, and political expediency.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull addresses media shortly after the announcement of the marriage equality postal plebiscite result.

By the end of the week, the scandal had exposed deep rifts in the federal Coalition, with the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister at each others throats in dueling media conferences. The extraordinary scenes recalled the darkest days of the Gillard government, when factional politics and personal hatreds tore a sitting government apart, souring voters views on Australian democracy in the process.

There can be no doubt that this scandal has destroyed Barnaby Joyces political career. While he has tried to dig in and ride out the controversy, it seems highly unlikely he can continue as the leader of the Nationals in the long term. Even if Joyce can limp on in the role, he has been gravely wounded. Joyces most valuable political asset his knockabout personal popularity in regional Australia has surely been dealt a crippling blow.

Conservative politics is a t...

08:00

February 19 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

1804 - David Collins decided to up sticks and shift his non-Corey Worthington organised party to Sullivan Cove in Tassie.

1810 - Edward Luttrell Jnr, a ships officer and son of Surgeon Edward Luttrell, shot Pemulwuys son Tidbury (Tedbury or Tjedboro) in the face during an argument at Parramatta.

1836 - British Parliament officially proclaimed the colony of South Australia and formally defined its boundaries.
King William IV recognised the continued rights to land for Aboriginal people in South Australia's founding document, the Letters Patent. It was the first ever recognition of Aboriginal rights granted in Australia's colonial history. But the promise of legal entitlement to the land was never kept.

1852 - That glittery gold stuff that gets the population so excited was tripped over in Beechworth.

1856 - Exotic dancer (that's exotic NOT erotic you smutty minded people) Lola Montez - who was neither Spanish nor a trained dancer -was greatly displeased with a bad review written by the editor of the Ballarat Times, Henry Seekamp, about her.
So she took to him with a horse whip.
Totally justified, Your Honour...!

1863 - Thomas McGee was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Alexander Brown at Maiden Gully.

1865 - The tender was issued for work on Parliament House for the construction of the Legislative Council foundations.

1877 - A few glasses and stumps were raised when the patent for the stump-jump plough was registered in South Oz.

1879 - The foundation stone for Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building was laid.

1883 - Sir William Robinson was having a bad hair day so he decided to cover it up by popping on the South Oz Governor's hat.

1892 - Eileen O'Connor, the next possible Aussie saint, was delivered by the stork in Richmond (Struggletown), Melbourne.
She was yet another ballsy gal who took on Rome to establish Our Lady's Nurses For The Poor.

1894 - Steam trams began chugging their way to Bondi; getting a full head of steam up they could gallop along at 65km/ph, birthing the saying "to shoot through like a Bondi tram".

1894 - The Sydney Anarchy Trial found several well-known chappies were a bit naughty for flogging editions of the anarchist newspaper Hard Cash that cast aspersions upon trustees of the Savings Bank of NSW. Tsk tsk tsk. Because banks are always so trust-worthy during a depression... aren't they?
Of course 2 chappies in particular were let off the hook...future NSW Premier Jack Lang and future Prime Minister Billy Hughes.

1912 - Royal Commission into the claims arising out of the contract entered into between Peter Rodger and the Victorian Railways Commissioners for the erection of Flinders Str...

08:00

WHY PLANT BASED AND VEGAN? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Rene McCready shares why she sees a plant-based, or vegan, diet as so important for a personal and more global sustainability.

The post WHY PLANT BASED AND VEGAN? appeared first on The NORTHSIDER.

07:20

Dont Tell Me Not to Travel Alone "IndyWatch Feed National"

I recently booked a return flight to South America. Im flying in and out of Peru, but the country I am most anticipating is Colombia and no, not for the reasons youre assuming. I want to trek through the Amazon jungle in the same country as I can lie on a sugary-white Caribbean beach. I want to salsa in vibrant cities and drink a hot cup of coffee freshly brewed from the best beans in the world. I want to explore a country that isnt on the well-trodden backpacker path, because experience tells me that these are the countries that will last in my mind most vividly after the fact. I am, in a word, excited.

So excited, that I havent stopped raving about it to my friends.

I live in a small country town, and my closest friend here is my neighbours son. My neighbour is well-intentioned, but he is from another time. He openly yearns for the good old days when women stayed inside the home and couldnt open a bank account without a mans permission. When I moved into the little block of flats he is the landlord of, he gave me the easiest car space to park in, explicitly because Im a young girl. He is anti-abortion. We get along, but he has taken it upon himself to act as my personal guardian and boundary-setter while Im here, despite the fact that I am well into my twenties and that we have no relationship beyond landlord-tenant. There is nothing I can do that is not his business. Seemingly, he thinks I am too stupid to accomplish basic tasks myself, or that if I cant do something theres no need for me to learn how, because men should be doing it for me.

Naturally, when he learned I was planning to travel to Colombia, he was unable to keep his opinions to himself.

Frances, I hear youre planning on travelling soon! he began. I responded enthusiastically and we talked harmlessly for a few sentences. Then he arranged his face into an expression of pious condescension and plunged in with what he had clearly opened the conversation to tell me. In the tone of a parent telling an over-enthusiastic child that they arent allowed to stay up with the adults after dinner, he said, Now, I dont think you should travel to Colombia alone.

The following is obviously not an exact transcript of his reasons why, but the gist was, I know youre excited, little girl, but what you dont seem to realise is that the world is dangerous! Bad things can happen to you in a place like Colombia. You are very sweet, but you dont know about the world. I do. Let me fulfil my role to protect you, because I am equipped to do that, and you are not equipped to protect yourself.

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06:33

Rhianna who has cystic fibrosis and needs a lung transplant denied support by Centrelink "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Queensland

Rhianna Johnson lives in Bundaberg in Queensland and she is one in the long list of sick people denied a disability pension by Centrelink. They say she is not sick enough.

The 24-year old is suffering from cystic fibrosis and and two years ago, after a lengthy stay in hospital, she was told that she needed a double lung transplant.  She has been on the waiting list since then.

I was first sent to the Prince Charles Hospital in December 2016. I was in hospital for about three months. My lung function dropped to just 23 percent which was really scary.

I was on oxygen for a week and I honestly thought I wasnt going to come off it.

At this time, she returned to Centrelink, in a wheelchair and pushed by her father, to be told that at best she will have to wait for months, before any decision was made.

She was eventually sent home from the hospital, because there was some improvement in her state of health. Unfortunately,  she began to deteriorate again after a while.

Rhianna tried to keep on working, but it was too much and she had to resign. Her condition made it too exhausting. Not being able to breath properly and absorb sufficient oxygen to maintain an active life is hard. It drains strength and demands rest periods.

I dont see my friends anymore and I dont have much energy. When I get up in the morning and Ive done all my treatments its pretty much time for a nap, she says.

For Rhianna, it has meant being on the waiting list for her life saving operation. It will not cure her cystic fibrosis. Not having the operation means that she will die soon. By having it, her life can be extended in terms of `both time and quality.

This means shifting to Brisbane, where she can get the treatment she needs, especially in the follow up time after the operation. This costs money.

But according to Centrelinks criterion she is not sick enough to deserve disability support.

Rhianna has chosen to speak out, because she does not want others to go through what she has had to put up with.

The problem is that applicants must meet specific criteria that are designed to rule out many who dont fall within the very narrow definitions set out on a table. This is not a clinical assessment. To get the points, the person must show virtually complete incapacity to look after oneself. Ability to work is not a consideration.

Meeting the table criteria may not be enough, because Centrelink still demands that the condition must be permanent. In Rhiannas case, it may be deemed that because a transplant is possible, she may be able to return to work one day. This means that her condition is not permanent.

...

06:00

Independent Artist of the Week: Milan Ring "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Producing, engineering, singing, writing and heading up her own label: Milan Ring does it all. Now, the eclectic R&B fruits of her labour are coming into their own.

As a multi-instrumentalist obsessed with constructing idiosyncratic sounds, Milan Ring has really found her groove first with 2017s largely instrumental beat tape Venus Fly Trap and now, with Unbounded, the Sydneysiders first single of 2018.

Playing by her own rules, Milan heads up new collective MXMAY a newly formed creative house producing music, fashion, art, poetry, design and film. Having independently released her own music through the label, shes had a stellar start to the year. From an appearance at Melbournes Sugar Mountain festival, through to supporting Kardajala Kirridarra and Tokimonsta, Milan Ring is making serious moves for 2018.

 

 

Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!

The post Independent Artist of the Week: Milan Ring appeared first on FBi Radio.

04:00

Emissions increases approved by regulator may wipe out $260m of Direct Action cuts "IndyWatch Feed National"

Exclusive: Nearly 60 industrial sites get green light to increase emissions, cancelling out cuts paid for by Coalition using public moneyNearly 60 Australian industrial sites have been given the green light to increase greenhouse gas pollution, potentially cancelling out hundreds of millions of dollars of public spending on emissions cuts under the Coalition's Direct Action climate policy.The increases have been quietly approved under the safeguard mechanism, which was introduced as [...]

03:45

Another Guy Just Like Doug Mesner "IndyWatch Feed National"

Just not near as bad

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/scientist-unmasked-as-darkweb-sex-fiend-evilmind-90kwvj0zh?shareToken=6acca2aadadb866687e23b4b4055709a

But claiming people like this and Mesner dont exist is just deluding yourself

But Mesner likes to murder people- which is why he likes to use the name John Killrush- as he gets a rush from killing.

01:23

Top 5 Brawls on Carnival's Fun Ships "IndyWatch Feed National"

Carnival Cruise BrawlCarnival Cruise Line characterized the recent brawl on the Carnival Legend as limited, isolated and unprecedented. But anyone who follows the cruise industry knows that these type of fights which occur on Carnival ships are hardly rare. 

There literally are dozens of videos on YouTube of fights which have erupted on cruise ships over the years. The vast majority of these brawls occur on Carnival ships. 

There are reasons for this problem, in my opinion:

The "wider audience:" Cruising is now more popular than ever. The cruise line's trade organization, CLIA, says that over 27 million passengers will take a cruise this year.  Cheaper fares have attracted what Carnival Corporation chairmen Micky Arison characterizes as the "wider audience." Eight years ago in an article titled Cruise Ship Brawls - A Problem that Will Get Bigger with Bigger Ships, I wrote about CEO Arison discussing potential issues associated with cheap cruise tickets and a more diverse group of passengers.

Cruise executive Arison said: cruise ships are a microcosm of any city or any location and stuff happens . . . The negatives of discounting might be less commission for agents and less revenue for us but the positive is it opens up the product to a wider audience. I mentioned that the "wider audience" will undoubtedly include a younger crowd from a different demographic, including what I call the hard partying "Bud Light - tank top" crowd.

Too much alcohol on increasingly gigantic ships: Cruise lines aren't profitable based solely on their cruise fares. Of all "onboard purchases," including casino sales, shore excursions, specialty restaurants and gift shops, alcohol sales are the key to keeping the tax-free foreign flagged cruise ships profitable.  Pushing alcohol sales are a key part of Carnival's fun ships. Carnival collects literally Carnival Cruise Brawlhundreds of millions of tax-free dollars a year selling booze on the Carnival Cruise Line fleet. Bartenders, who make a earning solely on gratuties and tips, are often prone to over-serve guests. 

Ill trained and and insufficient number of security guards: A common complaint we hear from passengers is that ship security does not intervene at an early stag...

00:15

Yoda: Australian Archbishop Says Pedophilia (Sodomy of a Child) is A Spiritual Encounter with God "IndyWatch Feed National"

Catholic Archbishop Says Pedophilia Is Spiritual Encounter With God

Archbishop Hart . . . insisted that sexual abuse was a spiritual encounter with God through the priest and was of a higher order than criminal law.

As the law currently stands, clergy are not legally obliged to report crimes to the police and disciplinary proceedings for criminal activity by members of the Catholic Church are handled internally by Canon law, which operates independently of the regular legal procedure.

Robert David STEELE Vivas

ROBERT STEELE: While the Catholic Church is just one of many global institutions that has an active pedophile population of perhaps 10% (and a murderous pedophile population that I estimate is on the order of 2% of all priests up to and including the Pope), it now enjoys diplomatic immunity (a priceless asset for the smuggling of gold, guns, drugs, cash, and small children). I believe as a starting point all government should end diplomatic immunity for the Vatican, and also end all exemptions of religious organizations with respect to criminal prosecution.

See Especially:

Pedophilia & Empire: Satan, Sodomy, & The Deep State (free online)

See Also:

Jesuit @ Phi Beta Iota

Pedophilia @ Phi Beta Iota

Vatican @ Phi Beta Iota

 

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23:25

White Night Melbourne 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

If you were an alien arriving last night in Melbourne to see how it functions, you would get a very different image of the city to its usual self.  White Night is an annual night when Melbourne is lit up to reveal wit, wonder and secrets that are hidden in the usual humdrum of everyday.  Streets are closed to traffic and filled with the curious, images are projected onto buildings, and everyone seems very convivial.

After missing last year, I summoned the energy to go along and was thrilled by the creative images on offer, despite the crowds and queues.  I managed to get along to the Exhibition Buildings and the State Library.  Here are some of my snaps of the video projections.

My first port of call was the Exhibition Gardens - an easy walk from the State Library.  I got there half through a cycle, watched another full one while taking photos and watched another while taking no photos.  So I sat through two pauses between cycles.  The countdown was helpful and the way the sections of the buildings moved about gave an indication the messing with our minds that was to come.

The actual cycle through the video was fast, moving along to pulsing insistent dance music with lots of colour and movement.   There is a dome behind the two towers but I guess logistically it was hard to include it.

22:04

About The EMF in My House and the Reason Why "IndyWatch Feed National"

EMF stands for electro magnetic frequency which is what these DEW weapons (Directed energy weapons) that the Air Force told Congress about- affect and control. A normal safe level is under 50 but, as you can see, the levels in my house FAR exceed that.

These are the same weapons that were used in our Cuban embassy- although our media pretends not to know what they are even though again our Air Force went in front of Congress in 2006 and not only talked about these weapons but said they were going to use them on Americans citizens to show the rest of the world they were safe.

Considering that was in 2006 and it is now 2018- and they are still secret- obviously they are NOT safe. And they are using them to quietly and secretly kill anyone they feel is a threat.

Im a threat to them because I am telling the truth about my family being involved with a group that was abducting, trafficking, and slaughtering children in Omaha in the 80s- which is why Mesner and his band of rabid wolves have spent years trying to discredit me. This group- according to our national media at the time- went straight to the George Bush Sr. White House and included many members of the GOP as well as a slew of Democrats.

It also included the rich of Omaha- like Warren Buffet- Willie Theison (the founder of Godfathers pizza), PJ Morgan (Omahas real estate dude), Peter Keiwit (top building cons...

21:56

Admiral Harris Issues Disturbing Warning About Chinas Military Intentions "IndyWatch Feed National"

The esteemed Admiral Harry Harris, recently nominated for the ambassadors position in Australia, has issued a strong warning about Chinese military intentions. This is the stuff that World War III is based upon.

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21:29

Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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My daughters have moved out of home and left behind lots of no longer wanted stuff from the last several years, which I'd love to find new homes for.

There's a friendship bracelet kit, balloon animals, chocolate fountain, range of stationary items including good quality colour pencils, cork board,  pink wooden heart, door hanger, selection of A4 folders, folder paper, dividers and document wallets, collection of make up purses, skipping rope - see photos below.

I'll leave it all out on our nature strip at 10 Rasmussen Court Coburg for the next few days (weather permitting) so come and help yourself to anything that takes your fancy!


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20:20

Florida school massacre survivor against Trump, NRA "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 17 February 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who survived Wednesdays mass shooting, gave a blistering speech at an anti-gun rally on Saturday about the politicians complicit in the murder of her classmates.

It was yet another reminder that the teenagers and children who grew up in the shadow of school shootings (and the 150,000 who survived one) are more practicaland less tolerant of empty rhetoricthan the adults who are supposed to protect them.

Gonzalez had no use for crocodile tears from President Trump, who was in Florida on Friday to offer his condolences (and, reportedly, to drop by a Studio 54 theme party at Mar-a-Lago):

If the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy, and how it should never have happened, and maintain telling us how nothing is going to be done about it, Im going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association. But hey, you want to know something? It doesnt matter, because I already know: $30 million. To every politician who is taking donations from the NRA, shame on you!

Florida teen Emma Gonzalez called out Trumps cozy relationship with the NRA. Not long after, Trump threw another Twitter tantrum, blaming Democrats for gun violence...

20:03

PERTH Perth woman suffers critical head injuries "IndyWatch Feed National"

snip .

Perth woman suffers critical head injuries .

February 17, 2018 at 09:18PM .

5.15pm on Saturday, where they found the woman with severe head injuries. The woman remains in Fiona Stanley Hospital in a stable condition. The man has been charged with committing an act intended to cause grievous bodily harm and will appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/wa/perth-woman-suffers-critical-head-injuries-ng-b88748453z&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGF2gEUziAZ0bxuiXW8DQK1ABdiPQ

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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17:48

Become a Travel Writer in Japan With Global Hobo "IndyWatch Feed National"

Are you a wannabe travel writer or an aspiring journalist with itchy feet? Do you want to spend a month in the Land of the Rising Sun learning a language, studying with media industry pros and getting real-world writing experience?

Were on the hunt for a team of hobos who want to live, work and study in Tokyo one of the worlds coolest capitals. Over the course of four weeks, youll be living and breathing all of Tokyos quirks, attending daily writing workshops taught by passionate young people from the media industry and studying Japanese with a top language school. In your spare time, youll will be writing their butts off, preparing two pieces to be pitched and published online and putting together a comprehensive city guidebook in teams.

The course has been expertly designed to be a bridge between studying and entering the workforce as a freelance writer, starting a publication or transforming your own blog into a workable commodity. If youre a high-school leaver, its the perfect mini escape before you hit the books again next year. If youre already in the throes of university and studying journ...

17:48

Working in Asia: Real Life on Easy Mode? "IndyWatch Feed National"

14-hour work week, why would I ever want to leave this glorious life? *crying laughing emoji*

I met this guy on Tinder, and this is how he described his job as an English teacher in Shanghai. Because, spoiler alert: basically every white guy living in China is teaching English in some capacity.

Know why? The salary is enough to cover living expenses, and the exchange rate makes money from home all-the-more useful.

And while Mr. English Teacher is living his luxury 14-hour work week, the Chinese kids he teaches are in for years of stringent study, desperate to rise to the top of an overwhelming population pool.

The university entrance exam, or (GaoKao) is a grueling two-day exam that covers a range of subjects, and is known for being one of the hardest tests in the world. These exams are lauded over kids from primary school, and the stress and pressure of performing well means ambulances are parked outside of exam halls in case students collapse.

I cant help but feel like something is off when a white man can waltz into China with no relevant qualifications (he graduated with a mathematics degree) and find a fairly comfortable life off the merit of his native English, white skin and maybe a TEFL certificate. Meanwhile, migrants venture into the West only to work twice as hard to get half as far.

Well, something is off: its called colonialism.

Dont get me wrong. Theres nothing wrong with wanting to live in another country. I mean, obviously: Im a second-gen migrant. And the fact the country you move to has a lower GDP than your native one isnt inherently insidious.

But I have a sneaking suspicion that this guy wouldnt have moved to China if there wasnt a red carpet rolled out for him.

The whole idea that life in Asian or developing countries is real life on easy mode really rubs me the wrong way. Its like those men who only date Asian women because feminism ruined white women, as if were the second choice when our Western counterparts dont work out.

It reinforces the very colonial idea that Asia exists purely for the West to invade, exploit and profit off. News flash: Asia doesnt exist so white people can play millionaire for a day.

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17:46

Tourists on Scooters: Why So Many Dickheads? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Terima kasih. Terima kasih, I repeat over and over, till my throat goes dry and the Indonesian words of gratitude become a meaningless, Australian-flavoured gibberish.

I wince. And fiddle with the label of the plastic water bottle that Ketut pressed gently into my hands. Made chucks me a toothy grin and tells me to breathe as he treats my left leg with Betadine. His hands, baked golden by years of sun with deep ridges of age, dance softly along my calf, imploring my body to express where it hurts. Through salty, wobbly vision, the faces of concerned onlookers swim in and out of focus.

A cat smelling of something rotten, with sticky, sweat-saturated fur, stares at me through a nearby bush. He cocks his head and twitches his nose as I squeeze my eyes shut. Taking off my grit-stained glasses, I rest my head in my hands.

This scene is the result of 19 years of unawareness, and borderline carelessness, of my own mortality. Well, thats not entirely true. In fact, as a rule, I refuse to eat anything past its use-by-date and never leave home without a thick sheen of SPF50+. Yet, somehow, last month I found myself crumpled on the edge of a T-junction with my ankle wedged tightly beneath a freshly-rented scooter.

Its a common enough story for young travellers.

Let go of your inhibitions! they say. Be free, wild and adventurous!

Sure. Fuck yeah! I can do that.

It seems that most Westerners become well acquainted with the hot sting of gravel-grated flesh when scooter-venturing through Southeast Asia. Particularly in Bali, where a culture of helmetless, Aussie Bintang fiends thrives despite the barrage of figures released by the Department of Foreign Affairs each year.

An Australian dies in Bali every nine days.

For me, upon arrival on this beautifully balmy island, and with my parents more concerned about angry Mount Agung, the volcano, than the mortality rate of scooter-loving tourists, the statistics faded into white noise and felt about as sobering as Melbournes Dumb Ways to Die campaign. Like thousands of other Western travellers, I felt as if death from misadventure just wasnt me.

As night falls, illuminated by the ever-faithful florescent glow of 24/7 convenience stores, the main streets of Kuta come alive with the shouts of young travellers. Men and women with fre...

17:16

George Brandis, the Rule of Law and Populism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nothing stimulates frankness like an imminent departure from politics.  From the deceptions, dissimulations and general obtuseness offered by the political craft, a person appointed to a diplomatic position can be reassured to lie in a different way.  Mendacity is less taxing and always more civil, away from the dirt and dust of political tussling.  Views can be expressed with more sophistication and, even occasionally, candour.

Senator George Brandis, Australias conservative Attorney-General, was one such creature.  A political beast given to punching holes in the law, he has been given a chance to pursue the Sylvan fields in London as Australian High Commissioner.  He will be suitable for this station, a period of easy living in London lubricated by the Australian tax payer.  As an ideological hard knocker in the Liberal Party, he has earned his stripes.

His valedictory speech to fellow parliamentarians should have created more waves than it did.  Australian journalists and commentators tend to nod off on such occasions.  A man without glamour, a product of the law, will never stir the heart.  But his words were worth noting on several levels.

Brandis has witnessed, during his tenure, a greater centralisation of security matters in the form of a Home Affairs ministry overseen by Peter Dutton, a ruffian immune to the finer points of jurisprudence.  In his farewell speech, thinly veiled swipes were taken against various figures of his own side of politics, notably those to the Right. Interestingly enough, Brandis was leaving as a self-described moderate, a champion of some holy middle ground.

Brandis noted what should be a common place assumption: that the attorney-generals duty is to defend the rule of law, even from political colleagues who fail to understand it, or are impatient of the limitations it may impose on upon executive power.  The senator had not disguised his concern at attacks upon the institutions of the law the courts and those who practice them.  To attack those institutions is to attack the rule of law itself.

His own awkward positioning as defender of the law and doyen of propriety, doesnt survive closer scrutiny.  He cites several robust occasions where he supposedly took issue with recalcitrant colleagues.  One such occasion was the stance taken on stripping those convicted of terrorism charges of sole Australian citizenship.  That decision would lie with the Immigration minister, a certain Dutton.

Despite backing the authoritarian suggestion, then Prime Minister Tony Abbott met resistance from cabinet colleagues.  Brandis is reputed to have said at one meeting concerning the draconian proposal that, as attorney-general, it was his job to stand for the rule of law.  But in all fairness, he was hardly a voice in the wilderness, keeping company with a host of other c...

17:15

The website of Victorian UFO Action "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear readers,

The family is out for the day, so it's now my time to indulge in my hobby - UFOlogy. 

Today's post is continuing my look at websites of Australian UFO groups. After several years away from the topic of UFOs, this is one way to re-acquaint myself with today's UFOlogy. So after looking at New South Wales and Queensland it is time for my home state of Victoria, and the sole UFO group website I could find, that of Victorian UFO Action.

A few general observations

Interestingly unlike UFO Research (NSW) Inc. and UFO Research (Qld) Inc. VUFOA does not have the word 'research' in their name. I was therefore interested to see just what it is that the group does?

I mentioned in previous posts that I don't usually bother about the appearance of a site, being more interested in the content. However I am going to make an exception for the VUFOA website. It is cluttered; and visually overwhelming to my eyes. It scrolls down and down and down, unlike most website home pages which are short and to the point. Coloured letters and lots of icons don't make for a good first impression with me.

Tabs

There are nine tabs along the top of the home page,  'Home;' 'About us;' 'donations;' 'members pages;' 'search VUFOA;' 'guestbook;' 'report a sighting;'seek support' and 'more.'

'Home' of course is the home page.

'About us' opens up into 'contact us;' 'team members' and 'media releases.' 

'Contact us' brings up a preformatted form which asks for your name, and email address and allows you to send an inquiry to VUFOA.

'Team members' fi...

16:41

Uncomfortable Truths "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who would have thought an analysis of corporate tax policy would set so many pulses racing? Perhaps it was a form of group therapy for the nation after weeks of seeking to shut out images Read more

15:36

For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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I have a few things I'd like to sell. 

Make me an offer - anything considered! 

Pick up or view in Coburg North (Newlands Estate). 

Gretchen 0427 203 030. 


15:33

Asa's Totally Rad and Narly Exhibition "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Hello friends,

I'm having my first solo exhibition in about 15 years and would love to see you all there to help me consume a shitload of FREE Hawkers beer and DeBortoli wine! 

It's kid friendly! 

March 2nd 6.30pm at 550 Swan St Richmond.


14:52

UNDEAD MAGIC USER HAS A BANDCAMP "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

"Its not a quick listen, its not an easy listen. But it is a must listen." - Resounding Footsteps


Roll the dice!  After wowing Resounding Footsteps a while back with their debut release on Rotten Shape "Master of Dungeons", Undead Magic User has finally got themselves a proper BandCamp Portal - and some new pieces of sprawling atmospheric blackened dice-core.   Improvised atmospherics and painfully-stretched drones meet, with a +5 darkness modifier.

Feel the infinite loneliness and meaningless pomp of being the ceremonial Caretaker of Hell with And Upon That Terrible Throne

Sense the cold and saving-throw-against-frostbite menace of The Cursed Amulet of Ice and Snow.

Or simply armour up, throw caution to the wind, and toss 2d10 to Dispel Magic - it's all up to you.

Some more review quotes to convince you further:

"Undead Magic User creates the most dreadful atmosphere with drones that seem to echo on and on endlessly, giving the listener the feeling that the world they are in is vast beyond comparison but so dark at the same time that they cant see two inches from their face. Its a terrifying feeling that Undead Magic User uses wields with absolute supremacy."

"The listener travels down in the dark, but to what point and purpose? Do they succeed? Do they succumb to the madness and terror that dwells hungrily in the dark? If the track titles are any indication, I dont think the listeners are meant to make it out alive in this one. Its a depressing tale of glory seeking fools who rush into the abyss without realizing the abyss has been waiting for them."

"I love dark fantasy and th...

14:21

BEHIND BARS PART 2: Australias Shocking Cruelty To Aboriginal People With Disabilities; In Their Own Words "IndyWatch Feed National"

The abuse of Aboriginal prisoners with disabilities in Australian jails is confronting, and ongoing. In Part 2 of this special three part series for New Matilda, Michael Brull gives voice to the victims detailed in a report written by Human Rights Watch.

In my first report on Human Rights Watchs report on Aboriginal people with disabilities in prison, I summarised some of the findings, particularly relating to abuse and bullying. In this article, I want to provide some of the testimonials provided in the report by those incarcerated. Warning: many of the reports are distressing. HRW protected the anonymity of all of those mentioned.

 

Sexual abuse

I was going in to take a shower, and I saw three male prisoners. I sensed trouble and I started backing out. But one of them ran towards me. The other two held me down and they made me kiss his penis. I tried to run away. [Tried] to get help and shout out to the prison guards. But they were too far. I could not do anything because I would be labeled a dog [traitor].

When I finally managed to find someone to tell and the guards found out, they put me in the punishment unit. I was told it was for my safety. And there was nowhere else they could put me. And then the guards on call taunted me. All night I could not sleep. I could just hear the guards giggling outside. I had to wait for a couple of days before I was transferred to another prison. I am suffering from depression. I get no support.

Man with cognitive disability

 

I got hit on sexually by officers quite regularly, even though Im old. Male predators work in that jail [a womens prison]next to young vulnerable girls. They catch you when youre working by yourself and touch your boobs, bum, or put a hand around your waist. Or they make stupid comments like, Youve been here a while, you must be horny.

Woman with psycho-social disability

 

[I] was sexually assaulted. It happened in my room. He [the perpetrator]was my cellie. Afterwards, he told me to kill myself. So I cut myself.

Prisoner with a cognitive disability

 

It was a few guys. I know at least one of them raped me, but I kind of blacked out. I was bleeding, I still bleed sometimes. I reported it the same day to two of the superintendents, I filled out the medical request form. They told me if I report it, I would go to the DU [detention unit]for...

14:05

Madge Digest #149 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Many thanks for your submissions on WAs Farmer Protection Legislation and for signing Stop GM Golden Rice letter asked for in the previous digest. They make a huge difference!

  1. Your help is needed again to get new GMOs regulated by this Wednesday 21st Feb. 

  2. GMO food labelling a possibility in South Australia!

  3. Keep yourself grounded and happy with others who care.

1)Your help needed again to get new GMOs regulated by this Wednesday 21st Feb

Put in a brief submission by Wednesday 21st February (suggested content below). Some scientists and industries see New GM as a bonanza for their careers and profits although it is only five years old and has no history of safe use. We suggest mentioning:

  1. The techniques (CRISPR, RNAi, gene drives and all other new techniques mentioned in this Friends of the Earth GM 2.0 Australian Regulators Engineering the Truth report) are GM.
  2. The new  GM techniques need safety assessments, regulation, labelling and monitoring. The developers of these techniques must be fully liable, including financially, for their products and actions.
  3. The Australian Department of Health has advised the World Trade Organisation* of its proposal to change the Gene Technology Act. I am concerned this may remove the opportunity to acknowlege these new technologies are GM and will close down public discussion of precaution and alternatives. 

If you add a sentence or two of your own it gives your submission much more power.

GM, old and new, thrives on secrecy, manipulation of science, exclusi...

13:28

Eat It - 18 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Have you ever heard of a condition called Orthorexia? We hadn't until recently, so we chatted to Dr Rosemary Stanton about what it is (a compulsion to only eat "clean" food) and how it's developed since the 1990s.

Victor Persinette is man who spends a lot of time underground at the Spring Street Grocer's cheese room. He popped in to speak about how to best mature cheese, how blue cheese is formed, and some of the history of various cheese varieties.

To finish today's show we spoke to the man behind Duckboard Place's Lee Ho Fook, Victor Liong. Originally from Sydney we chatted about how Melbourne is perhaps more open to progressive intepretations of Chinese cuisine, and also how he cooks his simple (but delicious) egglant dish.

13:08

PERTH Magistrates court perth "IndyWatch Feed National"

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February 18, 2018 at 11:15AM .

For more information about how to contact the various courts and the State Administrative Tribunal, see the The Perth Drug Court operates in the Perth Magistrates Court, and is aimed at breaking the cycle of drug related offences. The Magistrates Court < Back to list. wa. Courts in Perth Amboy on YP.

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https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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12:14

Letter | We should be looking closer at fluoride facts "IndyWatch Feed National"

FELLOW residents, Im a little worried. Having waded through the National Health and Medical Research Councils (NHMRC) much-touted cornerstone documentation into fluoridation, Ive gone on to research a highly critical review of that reporting prepared by Merilyn Haines of Fluoride Action Network (FAN) Australia. Her review, written in August last year, has identified over 20 major issues that bear greater scrutiny if this 2017 reporting by the NHMRC is be taken seriously by decision-makers. FAN is publicly calling for a Royal Commission into the NHMRC as a result. Dont shoot the messenger.

If these NHMRC products are what state health, the Oberon Health Council and other parties are relying on to push the fluoridation agenda, then I feel there is good reason to worry.  Ignoring established and new scientific data because it fails to pass obviously restrictive entry criteria only fuels the counter-narrative and adds to suspicion; particularly when it is irrefutable data that does not support the official agenda. Theres something definitely not right about this whole affair and decision-makers should carefully consider their next move. The legal repercussions alone should cause concern. If you can chew through it, Mr Mills, and find me a reason not to worry, Ill buy the first two rounds.

The old paradigm of innocuously adding a heavily propagandised industrial waste product to the water supply to medically treat the unwitting population has clearly run its course; as it already has for arsenic, mercury, barium and lead (all of which comes with industrial grade fluoride). The official product S6 Fluorocilic Acid [H2SiF6] and DiSodium Hexafluorosilicate [Na2SiF6] should not be in our bodies at any level. Its useful on the teeth as pharmaceutical grade fluoride only, then spat out! Thats it! (Hint: Poison warning on tube.) Trace amounts, dear people. It accumulates. Nothing nutritious or good about any of these waste products in the body. Time for us all to collectively face the music. Arent we sick enough? When we dwell in truth things only get better.

Chris Freeman

*Original letter published online at https://www.oberonreview.com.au/story/5227594/letter-we-should-be-looking-closer-at-fluoride-facts/

11:33

Wolltet ihr schon immer mal wissen, was passiert, wenn ... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Wolltet ihr schon immer mal wissen, was passiert, wenn auf einem Kreuzfahrtschiff eine italienische Grofamilie zu randalieren und rumzuprgeln anfngt?

Hier ist eure Chance!

Update: Es gibt ein Video.

10:29

The Russian Probe: Mueller Oversees a Grand Jurys Indictment of 13 Ham Sandwiches "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Hilary and (R) the Kremlin

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

When I ran for US Senate in 2017, I did not seek, or receive, any donations. When I ran for US House of Representatives in 2006, I did receive donations but was not allowed, by law, to accept any from foreigners. At that time it did not occur to me that the potential foreign donor would also be breaking the law. Like what law? If he is a citizen of, say, Uganda, how can he be subject to American law? Maybe I do not understand extra-territorial jurisdiction. In any case, lets go through the indictment of February 16, 2018.

I have mercifully abridged it by about a third, where it was repetitive, and bolded whatever looks interesting.  There are...

10:28

Greek street food on the street "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

  Greek Gypsy, 545 Macaulay Road, Kensington. Phone: 0423 709 769 We are eating from yucky polystyrene and its all our fault. Well sort of. If wed made clear our eating intentions to have our dinner right there, beside the food truck that is Greek Gypsy wed have been provided proper crockery. []

09:40

The Scientific Reason You Keep Finding Spiders In Your Car "IndyWatch Feed National"

WHEN buying a new car people usually take into account certain factors like price, kilometres and fuel economy but it turns out there is one crucial element that is being overlooked and could leave you constantly fighting off swarms of spiders. A Queensland researcher has found that the vibrations given off by certain cars can []

08:00

February 18 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1793 - The first school in the new colony began thumping learnin' into young heads in an unfinished church building in Sydney with the first teacher being one Mr Stephen Barnes.

1796 - One of the Scottish martyrs, Thomas Muir, did a bunk and successfully escaped on an American ship Otter.

1804 - The first Russian to become an Aussie resident - before we were known as Aussies - was John Potocki who was given the Grande Tour of Tassie as a transported convict.

1815 - George Wood and others were lost en route from Illawarra to Shoalhaven to pick up cedar.

1844 - The foundation stone of the monument to Surveyor-General Colonel William Light, over his grave in Light Square, was laid on this day.

1856 - A bovine lad by the name of King Oscar was pupped on this day; being of a lowly state his fate was in the hands of others and, thus, he was sold to Mr Broadie and travelled to Oz where he spent the remainder of his days.

1858 - The HMS Sappho may have been armed with sixteen cannon but she still managed to disappear on her voyage from England ; she was last sighted a few miles off Cape Otway, Vic, on this day and then not seen again. Despite an extensive search in Bass Strait and a report that the masts of a ship were seen protruding from the sea near Wilsons Promontory, no definite trace was ever discovered.

1862 - Margaret Coghlan was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol, Tassie, for the murder of her husband.

1865 - John McDonald was another Melbournian who chose to chance it aboard the CSS Shenandoah; he popped out of his hiding place after the ship had sailed, becoming another of the OZ & NZ veterans of the American Civil War.

1869 - A transported Fenian, JB O'Reilly, took his unlawful leave from Fremantle in the American whaling ship Gazelle and sailed off into the sunset for USA.

1874 - Little Nell was a steam launch whose boiler exploded during a race with the tug Tamar, off Coulson, Tasmania.  In an attempt to beat the powerful tug, the safety valve of the launchs boiler was clamped down and more fuel thrown on the fire. Eleven on board; the river cutter Margaret rescued three passengers, one dying a few days later, the other two badly scalded.

1874 -  I say, What!
That earnest explorer chappy Ernest Giles was nearly killed by one of his horses when he was thrown and dragged along, only narrowly escaping being killed.

1883 - Jessie Litchfield, a fantastically inspirational woman, was found in the tulip patch. She was an author, poet, Aussie and international journalist and editor of a NT newspaper, who helped push tourism in the Top End.

1893 - The Marlborough Express succinctly stated how both Tamworth and Toowoomba were out of railway and telegraph communicat...

08:00

Cost of tax breaks soars on profits selling homes "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Government spending on tax breaks is set to hit a record $170 billion this year, largely as a result of an explosion in the value of concession for the family home.

Treasury's Tax Expenditures Statement required under the Charter of Budget Honesty and released quietly after the close of business on Thursday puts the value of the exemption from capital gains tax for owner occupiers at $74 billion this financial year, up from $66.5 billion last financial year, which was itself $5 billion more than Treasury had forecast.

Four years ago, before house prices shot up, it was worth $46.5 billion. Treasury says by 2020-21 it will be worth $91 billion.

The exemption releases owner occupiers from the obligation to pay capital gains tax on profits made from the sale of their primary residence. Those profits have soared in recent years as prices have climbed, especially in Sydney and Melbourne. Investors pay capital gain at half the income tax rate, a concession the Treasury costs at $10 billion, up from $4.4 billion four years ago.

The cost of tax expenditures is tabulated so that the government can compare the budgetary impact of direct spending in the form of grants with indirect spending in the form of tax breaks.

The government costs assistance to the aged at $64.3 billion and assistance to the unemployed and the sick at $10 billion.

The concession tax treatment of superannuation contributions is costed at $16.9 billion. The concessional treatment of super fund earnings is costed at $19.25 billion. The two figures can't be added together to get a total for super tax concessions, because if contributions were fully taxed the funds would earn less.

The exemption of so-called fresh foods from goods and services tax costs $7 billion per year. Among the items exempt because they are used to prepare food at home is sugar, although commercially prepared products containing sugar such as soft drinks are subject to the GST.

The GST exemption for education services including private school fees will cost $4.55 billion in 2017-18 and $5.65 billion in 2020-21. The exemption for medical services costs $4.1 billion.

The cost of the farm management deposit system, which gives tax advantages to qualifying farmers, is is expected to double from $245 million in 2016-17 to $560 million in 2017-18.

The figures come as the government attempts to find savings to fund personal income tax cuts in the May budget and reduce the deficit of $21.4 billion.

 

Tax Break Top 10

The 10 biggest tax expenditures identified by the Treasury

Revenue...

07:30

US Pacific Command Admiral prepared for war with China, hopes it won't happen "IndyWatch Feed National"

The next US ambassador to Australia and the current Pacific Command (PACOM) Admiral Harry Harris addressed Congress with a hardline proposal to deter China's growing influence in the Asia-Pacific region. In his speech, Harris commended regional non-NATO ally Australia for its role as a hub for PACOM's military prowess in the Pacific Ocean. "Australia is one of the keys to a rules-based international order," he asserted, signaling that the country would play an increasing part in America's new doctrine. "China's ongoing military buildup, advancement, and modernization are core elements of their strategy to supplant the U.S. as the security partner of choice for countries in the Indo-Pacific, but China also holds clear global ambitions," Harris continued. "At the end of the day the ability to wage war is important or you become a paper tiger. [We will] cooperate where we can, but remain ready to confront where we must," he remarked. "I'm hopeful that it won't come to a conflict with China, but we must all be prepared for that if it should come to that." However, Harris' rhetoric may not be so well-received, as Canberra's interests remain intrinsically linked to the Chinese.

06:58

Gina Rineharts son petitions for Barnaby Joyce to stop wearing Akubra "IndyWatch Feed National"

The writer of this blog-site Donald Elley of Bellingen

Akubra hats are fantastic hats the best you can buy in Australia, and possibly the best in the world. These rough tough Aussie hats, which you can crunch up in a bag and theyll bounce back (better not to), go through a rainstorm and theyll dry out (theyll shrink a fraction) and keep the blazing sun off your fair Anglo-Saxon skin, are great hats.

I see people wandering around Bondi with trendy caps, straw hats, Panama hats and floppy hats, but nothing beats the Akubra.

As for Barnaby Joyce I hope he stays on as Australian Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Nationals. Barnaby is a goof-ball, thick as a brick, self-serving and possibly corrupt. But hes O so entertaining please stay on Barnaby Joyce purely for your unique highly entertaining out-there personality, and nothing else please stay

As for cheating on his wife and getting his much younger female staff member pregnant only Barnaby Joyce could do itgo Barnaby.

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06:35

ICO Craze Lures Australian Investors "IndyWatch Feed National"

ICO Craze Lures Australian Investors

The hype surrounding the profit-potential associated with initial coin offerings (ICOs) is continuing to attract participation from Australian investors. Despite the potential to incur fast losses just as easily as fast profits, many Australians appear to be dabbling with casual cryptocurrency investment.

Also Read: US Regulator Warns Against Pump-and-Dumps and Advises How to Buy Crypto

Australian Investors Seek ICO Exposure

ICO Craze Lures Australian InvestorsInitial Coin Offerings are attracting investment from ordinary Australians, with a recent report by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation describing the experiences of many investors actively trading the ICO markets.

Warren Stokes, a 58-year-old casual crypto investor, recounts being in...

05:52

NASA Explains What Would Happen If Earth Stopped Spinning "IndyWatch Feed National"

The good news is that if the Earths rotation stopped, we wouldnt fall off. With water pushed to the poles, we could walk on land around the entire equator, but it would be a very inhospitable place.- Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki 

It is common knowledge that the Earths rotation has been gradually slowing down with time, but what would happen if our planet suddenly came to a dead stop?

The world would shift into two very different environments, both resulting in devastation. Half of the earth would continuously face the suns fiery rays, while the other would remain in the depths of icy darkness. Though there would be a minimal twilight zone offering the best possible living conditions, it would in fact slowly creep around the earths circumference over the span of a year due to the suns natural orbit.

Assuming that the oceans were to remain intact and did not ice-over or vanish they would still experience the centripetal force. The fluidity and abnormal elevation of the earths body of water would increase.

The oceans would gradually migrate towards the poles. Eventually, there would be a huge mega-continent wrapped continuously around the Earth at the equator. You could travel around the Earth on the equator and stay entirely on dry land.  The waters would shift into two very disconnected polar oceans on each side of the equatorial mega-continent.

In the north, Canada would be entirely underwater. And roughly following the line of the border of current-day USA and Canada, all of Greenland, as well as the northern plains of Siberia, Asia, and Europe would be underwater. But Spain would mostly stay above water.

On the other side of the equator, the new southern ocean would start roughly on a line running through current-day Canberra. Africa would be joined to Madagascar, while Australia would be joined to New Guinea and Indonesia.

It turns out that the underwater basin around the South Pole is much bigger than the one around the North Pole.

So the new southern ocean would be lower. Because its a bigger bowl with a greater capacity, its sea level would be about .86 miles lower than the sea level of the new northern ocean.

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05:39

Teenager in Western Australia gets his jaw broken by kangaroo he was attempting to hunt "IndyWatch Feed National"

A hunter who had a kangaroo in his gun's crosshairs had his jaw broken when the animal launched a pre-emptive strike. Joshua Hayden, 19, was out with his brother looking for wild animals to shoot in Western Australia when the attack happened, according to Australia's ABC News. The pair initially spotted three kangaroos, but one disappeared and the teenager put his head out of the window of the moving car to target the other two. The animal that had vanished then reappeared, charged at the car and attacked, reports said. "It actually collided with the side of the car and smashed the front window," Mr Hayden told ABC. "Then it bounced back onto me and headbutted me straight in the jaw."

03:20

Sale of $5bn lithium stake to test electric car hype "IndyWatch Feed National"

PotashCorp plans to sell a big stake in Chiles SQM, a key supplier of the metal

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Henry Sanderson

Financial Times (FT)
February 16, 2018

When Canadian fertiliser company PotashCorp acquired shares in Chiles SQM almost 20 years ago, the latters lithium business appeared an afterthought.

Controlled by Julio Ponce, the well-connected son-in-law of Chiles former dictator, Augusto Pinochet, SQM was known as a fertiliser company. However, the then obscure lithium business is why the 32 per cent stake is now valued at $4.7bn.

Lithium has hitched a stunning ride on the wave of interest in electric cars, making it one of the worlds hottest commodities. SQMs lithium business generates about 60 per cent of the profits for the company, which is in talks with Elon Musks Tesla over a deal to supply lithium, a key ingredient in electric car batteries.

It is against this backdrop that Potash is being forced by regulators to sell the stake as a condition of its merger with rival Canadian fertiliser producer Agrium. While only a handful of companies are likely to compete for the stake, the eventual price will be an important measure of how seriously the hype around electric cars is being taken.

Its a good barometer of where lithium is today, Simon Moores, founder of London-based consultancy Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, says. Anyone investing $5bn has to invest for the long term, on a 10- to 20-year horizon, and so theres no doubt you have to be extremely bullish on lithium.

The appeal of owning the stake is clear. It offers the buyer significant exposure to one of the lowest-cost producers of lithium in a country with the largest reserves of the metal in the world. Sociedad Qumica y Minera de Chile (SQM) accounts for more than 20 per cent of the worlds lithium supply, making it one of five companies that dominate the global market alongside Chinas Ganfeng, Tianqi Lithium, FMC and Albemarle.

What is more, last month SQM and the Chilean regulator reached a deal that allowed it to more than quadruple its output by 2025, breaking with a previous practice in which SQM had to pour lithium-rich brine back into the desert to avoid exceeding its quota.

Those with a potential interest include Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto, according to people familiar with the matter. Chinas Tianqi Lithium, which snapped up a 2 per cent stake in SQM for $38 a share in 2016, has also shown interest, they said. Chilean pension funds could also buy some of the shares, according to analysts.

However...

02:48

PERTH WA woman stole $1.9m from law firm "IndyWatch Feed National"

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WA woman stole $1.9m from law firm .

February 17, 2018 at 10:00AM .

A WOMAN has been charged with stealing more than $1.9 million from the Perth law firm that employed her. WA police say the Kalamunda woman was a legal practitioner at the city firm when she allegedly stole the money from a solicitors trust account, including funds held for distribution to

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.centraltelegraph.com.au/news/legal-employee-steals-19-million-including-from-de/3337882/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNG-0g5N_wVPjcI7zUAt_7z92ERoWQ

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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01:19

Massive explosion caused by lightning strike shakes Sunshine Coast, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A massive explosion caused by lightning hitting powerlines on the Sunshine Coast has been caught on dashcam. Higgins Storm Chasing shared the video overnight. "Watch this absolutely CRAZY explosion from a lightning strike hitting power lines during the height of our storm chase!" the post reads. "It was so blinding it took us a while to work out what had actually happened.

00:59

Judge: Australia under attack from Muslims wanting to kill as many unbelievers as they can "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia has been under attack from a group of Muslim men wanting to kill as many unbelievers as they can for about 15 years, a Supreme Court judge has said. Justice Desmond Fagan added that their goal was to impose the Sharia. He referred to verses in the Quran that he said described the duty []

00:55

Designer Collaborates With Aboriginal Weavers to Produce Eco-Friendly Lamp Shades "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Woven Plastic Waste Lamps By PET Lamp

In response to the plastic waste issue in the Colombian Amazon, Spanish designer Alvaro Cataln de Ocn began the PET Lamp Project in 2011a design venture with the aim to reuse PET plastic bottles. Over the last five years, the eco-conscious designer has worked with traditional craft communities from all over the worldincluding Colombia, Chile, Japan, and Ethiopiato turn plastic waste into a growing collection of beautiful, handmade PET Lamps. Inspired by Aboriginal art, Cataln de Ocn recently traveled to Arnhem Land in Australias Northern Territory, to work with eight indigenous Yolngu weavers.

As with his previous projects alongside traditional crafts people, Cataln de Ocn arrived to BulaBula Arts Centre in Ramingining without a predetermined plan for how the lamps would look. Instead, he gave freedom to the talented weavers who began to produce large structures inspired by traditional Yolngu mats. Made from naturally dyed pandanus fibers, the resulting suspension lamps with characteristic fringes incorporate the PET plastic bottles as the center points of their circular woven designs.

The vibrant, sunshine hues were made from boiling natural ingredients and pigmentssuch as ash and eucalyptus barkand then leaving the dyed leaves to dry in the sun. Each individual mat was then woven together into two larger lampshades, mirroring the bond between people of the same clan. Cataln de Ocn explains, The two masterpieces turn into a complex, harmonious merge between Aboriginal kinships, weaving technique, topographic elements, and design.

If youre in Australia, you can see the the latest PET Lamps for yourself at the National Gallery of Victoria Triennial, on display until April 15, 2018. You can also find out more about the project via the PET Lamp website.

In collaboration with traditional craftspeople from around the world, the PET Lamp Project was founded by designer Alvaro Cataln de Ocn.

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00:35

The Simple Truth that Is For All of Us "IndyWatch Feed National"

The basic premise of worshipping the devil is exactly what Allister Crowley said Do as thou whilst for the devils followers have deluded themselves into believing that they are gods. That they have the true power and that they are in contol- which is laughable because their power and influence has always been derived from a force outside themselves.

Thus their need for rituals, covens, and sacrifices. They murder children because it has always been said that children are our Fathers favorites. Not Christians, not Muslims, not Jews- but CHILDREN. And devil lovers stand against our Father.

These followers of the devil will claim that our Father is unworthy considering he is supposed to be loving- which in their minds is a contradiction considering the concept of Hell, but let me explain.

It is the first rule of physics that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. And Heaven only serves to bless us with that which we work for and desire. So if you worship the darkness- serving solely yourself-desiring complete separation from God- which they do- then that is what you will be blessed with.

You can only serve ONE master- and there are only two to choose from- so unless you serve the Word- and love all that you can- you are NOT serving our Father. And the time has come where only one Master can rule.

This group is about to be given the chance to prove their godly powers. But gods stand alone- with no group and no weapons except that which lies within themselves- thus each of them will face this war with Heaven they have spent their lives pinning away for alone- each by themself- so that they are able to show their power.

We ARE in a matrix of sorts- but it isnt computer based but rather is a spiritual matrix. After mankind acquired the knowledge of good and evil- it needed to be ascertained as to which one we would choose. And now Heaven stands ready to bless us with whatever we have chosen.

Those who choose the darkness of separation from our Father stand to be blessed with their hearts desire- where they will be blessed with the same amount of mercy they have given- which of course is none. The ascension is upon us- and those whose hearts are not filled with love- which is what our Father has commanded- will be blessed with the darkness that lies within their hearts.

And we ALL die- even Jesus Christ himself could not avoid this truth. Delude yourself all you want against this inevitability but I assure you- you will fail. No one lives forever- NO ONE. Not in this realm anyway.

So I do not fear- and I will endure faithfully what I must- knowing that my heart belongs to our Father- as does my soul. But the question for the rest of you should not be where I stand- but where each of you stand. You will do as we have we all have...

00:00

Review: EPIDEMIC Americas Trade in Child Rape "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lori Handrahan, PhD

5 Stars Compelling Overview of Government-Approved Child Abuse

I am a Commissioner on the treaty-mandated Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Child Sex Abuse.  I was not able to get the Commission to drop the Sex word because it is too limiting. Child abuse includes not only kidnapping and slavery and sex as well as physical abuse, but also torture, ritual murder, casual murder, and the harvesting of child blood, bone marrow, and body parts. This is the first book I have found that does three things:

01 Paints a compelling picture of how pervasive child rape and abuse are across the USA.

02 Makes it crystal clear that all of this is approved by the government (local to national).

03 Repeatedly makes the point that we have failed to document all of these instances there is a massive cover-up of the known facts and a deliberate attempt, led by the FBI (in my view) to not collect the data, not process the data, not publish the data.

Since this is precisely what the Commission I am serving intends to do, starting with the USA and the Commonwealth countries, among whom Australia is second only to England for its judicial and political pedophiles in number, I gladly recommend this book to every citizen with a conscience who wants to understand that at root, the government is quite fine with pervasive child abuse.

The author does superbly in making the case that child abuse including not only the rape of children (including bestiality I speculate that my Marine Corps returned from Afghanistan with both a taste for children, and dogs trained in Afghanistan to rape children for brutal voyeurism) but the broad sharing of child pornography including brutality and murder (snuffing), starting with new-born babies as the new new thing, is prevalent across all elements of the US national security community as well as down into local law enforcement and particularly including police chiefs and sitting judges, some of whom have been caught masturbating to child pornography being watched in the middle of an adult murder trial.

I dont make this stuff up. Pages 52-53 of this book are missing, I believe deliberately, those appear to be the pages that discuss the authors marriage, her discovery that her husband was raping her child, and the pathos of a US judicial system that would not bring him to justice.

Among highlights of the book, which is carefully documents at a post-PhD level...

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10:54

Sulfuryl Fluoride: Car dealers versus the stink bug "IndyWatch Feed National"

Note from FAN: Sulfuryl Fluoride is a highly neurotoxic fumigant (see health effects). The molecular formula is:

Tauranga MP and National Party leadership prospect Simon Bridges has been called on to tackle the nasty brown marmorated stink bug.

The bug has spread to the United States and Europe from Asia. Theyre hard to see, hard to kill, travel far and breed fast.

The Ministry of Primary Industries considers them to be a damaging economic pest and a significant household nuisance.

Now the stink bug is threatening to bring the New Zealand used Japanese car trade to its knees. Jono Allen of Tauranga Cars says compliance shops are empty with staff standing around and panel and paint shops, vehicle groomers, car stereo installers are all similarly affected.

This affects hundreds if not thousands of businesses nationwide and is costing the country huge amounts of lost revenue every day.

After the discovery of the brown marmorated stink bug, four ships carrying used cars from Japanese have been turned away from Ports of Auckland.

These boats have several thousand Japanese used vehicles on-board destined for New Zealand marketplace. They are currently in limbo as Australia has refused them to berth to have Fumigation with Sulfuryl Fluoride performed. Because of this the industry is grinding to a stand-still.

And Jono Allen has told Simon Bridges that the industry needs his help.

We need immediate action from the Minister of Primary Industries to allow Sulfuryl Fluoride to be used in New Zealand ports to treat these boats, says Jono.

There are many other vessels on their way from Japan and they will probably be affected too.

He has told Simon Bridges that every day that goes by means lost incomes, lost revenue and potentially lost jobs.

This is a serious national issue which requires your immediate attention. Please support our local motor industry.

The bug can be eliminated with heat treatment but thats not practicable with the volume of cars involved. Jono says the only other solution is to fumigate with Sulfuryl Fluoride.......

10:28

Miss Australia Left Disfigured Because Police Threw A Flashbang Grenade Into Her Bed As She Slept "IndyWatch Feed National"

While sleeping in bed with her fianc, a former Miss Australia awoke to a police flashbang grenade disfiguring her face and melting her hand. Although she required immediate medical attention, paramedics did not arrive at the scene until 40 minutes later. Crowned Miss International Australia in 2013, Felicia Djamirze was asleep in bed with her []

08:29

Tropical storm Ten is forecast to strike Australia as a tropical cyclone at about 06:00 GMT on 18 February. - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thomson Reuters FoundationTropical storm Ten is forecast to strike Australia as a tropical cyclone at about 06:00 GMT on 18 February.Thomson Reuters Foundation... says many aid organizations hid misconduct Cyclone wreaks havoc in Tonga's capital, parliament flattened, homes wrecked Tonga braces as powerful Cyclone Gita bears down Original. Don't give up on tackling disaster risk in war zones - U.N ...and more 

Friday, 16 February

22:11

A FAMILY BEACH HOLIDAY "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

A family beach holiday ....

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22:10

VISITOR POEM (LOOK HOW FAR YOUVE COME) "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Her voice still low and loyal, her courage still alight

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