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Monday, 17 December

21:39

Belgium: Thousands try to storm UN to protest migration pact "IndyWatch Feed National"

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel's stubborn endorsement of the UN Global Migration Pact has brought his government to its knees and caused massive demonstrations against the Pact in Belgium. Charles Michel now governs with a minority, because the center-right Flemish N-VA has walked out over the PM's move to have Belgium support a UN migration pact. The Prime Minister is now trying to govern with assorted and reshuffled Liberals and Christian Democrats. The upcoming Migration Pact has divided international alliances: Austria, Hungary, the US, Israel, Australia and several other states rejecting the accord. [1]Belgium's migration minister, Theo Francken, commented on Thursday, "It's way too pro-migration. It doesn't have the nuance that it needs to have to also comfort European citizens." He said that, although it was not legally binding, it was also not without legal risks. He said that wide interpretation of human rights laws in EU courts were "tying the hands of migration policy-makers." [2]

The Belgian government has split apart after Prime Minister Charles Michel ignored the objections of his ruling coalitions biggest party and insisted he would sign the UN migration pact.

The Flemish nationalist New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) party quit the government following crisis talks over the weekend, prompting Michel to announce he would travel to Marrakesh to sign the controversial compact representing a minority government.

Stepping down as interior minister on Sunday, the N-VAs Jan Jambon told local media I think that, formally speaking, we are stepping down. We said that if the coalition goes to Marrakesh, it will be without us.

The patriotic party had previously produced a list of 30 objections to signing the so-called Global Compact on Safe and Orderly Migration including a lack of differentiation between illegal and legal flows, and questions over whether the agreement, which declares mass immigration to be inevitable, desirable and necessary, could have a chilling effect on objective journalism.

Vice Prime Minister Alexander De Croo rebuffed the N-VA for branding the parties set to sign Belgium up to the UN document as a Marrakesh coalition, asserting that ministers will continue to have firm but humane migration policies because no one in this government want....

21:26

The Portal: Cobra's Update -- Yellow Vests and the Vortex of Paris "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Portal

The Intelligence Hub for the Victory of Light

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Yellow Vests and the Vortex of Paris

On November 10th, 1793, there was an activation of Goddess of Reason and Liberty in the Notre Dame church in Paris:

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/monkeymind/2017/11/goddess-reason-enthroned.html



That church was the location of the temple of Isis in Roman times:

https://gnosticwarrior.com/the-parisii-of-isis.html

Where initiates into the Goddess mysteries still meet today:

http://secretebase.free.fr/complots/edifices/paris/paris.htm

Exactly 225 years after the activation of Goddess of Reason, certain Goddess priestesses of the Resistance Movement came to the surface in Paris and did a special planetary kundalini activation.

The activation was taking place from November 8th to November 11th, 2018, during the meeting of the world leaders in Paris. The second basement DOES exist, although the waitress denied it.

This activation served as a trigger for planetary kundalini awakening where people will finally rise up against the oppression of the Dark forces.

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21:15

Hotels and apartments for illegal boat people medical treatment cost $1.4BN "IndyWatch Feed National"

This comes courtesy of the Daily Mail - the photos from Christmas Island came to us from Shaz of CI and were first published here on this website. I can think of at least one Australian war veteran who lives overseas but has to return for medical treatment who will...

20:51

Support for our website "IndyWatch Feed National"

As we move towards the end of 2018 - the 7th year I've been at this - I need your help to keep going more than ever. I wouldn't do it if I didn't think is was worthwhile. I wouldn't do it if I thought someone else would. And I...

20:37

Our post on CFMEU Hanna at the TURC - includes covert audio recording. "IndyWatch Feed National"

TURC hearing into CFMEU officials and their apparent destruction of evidence subject to TURC's Notices to Produce Monday, 21 September 2015 AT 2PM the Commission commenced its hearing, former National President of the CFMEU Dave Hanna in the witness box. Ms McNaughton opened by having Mr Hanna confirm the names...

20:33

20:15

CFMEU's Hanna guilty of destroying tonnes of evidentiary documents - walks free on bond "IndyWatch Feed National"

Unbelievable. Covered up the video cameras. Destroyed tonnes of documents as they were being called by the Royal Commission. Fought the charges, didn't cooperate, plea of not guilty. And walks free on a bond. An ex-union boss has avoided jail after being found guilty of dumping and burning tonnes of...

19:23

Geoffrey Rush and #MeToo, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why Yael Stone is terrified to talk about Geoffrey Rush.

By Bari Weiss

Ms. Weiss is a writer and editor for the Opinion section.

Yael Stone is scared.

We are in New York City, at a ramen place near her apartment in Astoria, Queens, and Ms. Stone, who stars in Orange Is the New Black, has barely touched her soup. She tells me she hasnt been sleeping for the better part of a year.

Its not just her 6-month-old baby whos keeping her up, but her decision to come forward for the first time and speak to me about her experiences with Geoffrey Rush, one of the most powerful actors in her native Australia.

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Geoffrey Rush

Most women who go public with #MeToo stories are fearful for obvious reasons. There is the pain of reliving traumatic experiences. There is the rage of not being believed. And there is sometimes the discomfort of admitting, as Ms. Stone readily does, that she didnt say no and at times even encouraged some of his behavior. She did so, she says, out of fear of offending a mentor and friend.

But Ms. Stone isnt just afraid of the emotional consequences of talking about her allegations against Mr. Rush, her onetime hero, including that he danced naked in front of her in their dressing room, used a mirror to watch her while she showered and sent her occasionally erotic text messages while she was 25 years old and starring opposite Mr. Rush, then 59, on stage in The Diary of a Madman in 2010 and 2011.

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19:04

Talking to Poland on aid, disaster capitalism and giving with purpose "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was recently interviewed by Polands biggest media organisation about my work around disaster capitalism (both the book and film). The conversation covered Afghanistan, Haiti, aid, US foreign policy, Trump and what journalism should be (hint: challenging those in power).

It was great to engage with an audience that in the West is increasingly viewed as conservative and intolerant. The Polish journalist told me that this view is inaccurate and public opinion is far more diverse on matters of immigration and refugees.

Heres the story (readers will have to use Google Translate): polishinterviewdisastercapitalism

19:00

Early Scottish immigrants . . . the joke is on me! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Early Scottish immigrants . . . the joke is on me!


All this powerfully supports our primary contention that the Bronze Age sea route in the Atlantic took the Gulf Stream from the latitude of Bimini/Georgia to the Latitude of the Isle of Lewis. Thus the populations of northern Ireland and Western Scotland in particular has to intermingle with populations in the SE USA.

The Atlantean fleet sailed every year for well over a thousand years at the height of the Bronze Age and the circle route sustained traffic after 1159 BC right past the Roman era into the Northern Iron Age in Europe.  Plenty of folks made that trip and it is reasonable to understand the populating of Eastern North America and plausibly into Mexico and the Andes in pursuit of metal as well as driven by this copper trade feeding Europe and the Mediterranean.  

Thus we have DNA identifiers of Northern Europe and the Levant but nothing unique to Eastern North America.   It is thus highly plausible that this human traffic has always been the big picture.

The actual transit before 1159 BC was close and obvious as well.  Even today it is a summer time trip westward in a large row boat as has been done.  Then you had Lyonese to get you half way there and the Azores as well and the Bahama Bank all above water.  These all were on the circle route as well.

Thus traffic starting over ten thousand years ago is completely reasonable and even likely as it was easy enough in the summer time.  The same held true for Australia and other supposed sea barriers.
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18:42

Cash being demonised for greater control of the serfs in the colony called Australia "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Governments and corporations are now demonising cash, under whatever pretext the corporations think of this month, in order to gain full access to the tax slaves movements, which then can be used to control their lives.

Apparently now, if you save money for a 'rainy day' (plenty of those in Melbourne), then you're branded with a negative connotation that being of a hoarder.

Many humans from the herd population love the (digital) slavery they're in, i.e. being a 'product' that gives data way to corporations for very little reward, like $2 for every 50 litres of fuel purchased, for surrendering their docket, which contains the purchaser's history within that docket.

The forcing of people to go cashless is not for the benefit to those people, but rather government and corporations, although there are many arguments put forward, where convenience is pushed as the main selling point.

Forget about the farcical excuse of security.

Going cashless gives rise to more credit card fraud as mentioned in mainstream media news articles;

You are demonised for hoarding cash, where you are told that it's fine being in the bank, but 'fine' for who?

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18:19

In which BBC Radio 4 re-divides Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed National"

Listeners to BBC Radio 4s Today programme on December 15th heard the following (from 05:06 here) in a news bulletin presented by Alan Smith. [emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]

Smith: Australia says it now recognises West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel but it wont be moving its embassy from Tel Aviv at this stage. The prime minister Scott Morrison has also acknowledged the aspirations of Palestinians for a future state with its capital in East Jerusalem. The divided city, where the Israeli parliament is located, is not internationally recognised as the countrys capital. Phil Mercer reports from Sydney.

Apparently BBC Radio 4 along with the BBCs correspondent in Sydney is so used to using the politically partisan term East Jerusalem that it has forgotten that although Jerusalem was indeed divided during the nineteen-year period of the unrecognised Jordanian occupation that began in 1948, it was ...

18:03

Scientist Accidentally Discovers How to Make Coral Grow 40x Faster "IndyWatch Feed National"

The news would have its readers believe that were in the end times that climate change has reached the point of no return and the world is on the brink of nuclear wear. Unfortunately the hopeful and inspiring stories tend to pass by far too quickly, but if you look for them, theyre always there. Some are the result of years worth of work, research and investments, while others come about simply by accident.

Take the Great Barrier Reef, for instance. Coral reefs account for a measly 1% of the entire ocean on planet Earth. Despite the miniscule amount of surface area they cover, coral reefs provide food and shelter to one quarter of all marine life. Reefs also support marine life that ends up in the human food chain, feeding a whopping one billion of us.

Thanks to a little thing called bleaching, about two thirds of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia has been killed off due to a rise in temperature, thought to have been brought on by global warming. The statistics are alarming.

Thankfully, and completely by accident, Dr. David Vaughan from the Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida, may have found a way to reverse that devastating loss.

Coral ordinarily takes 25 to 75 years to reach sexual maturity, meaning it can take up to six years to plant 600 coral. This fact alone is one reason the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef is so alarming. But thanks to Dr. Vaughan, we may be able to help coral grow forty times faster!

The Good News Network describes Dr. Vaughans accidental discovery:

He had been trying to remove a coral from the bottom of a tank when it broke into a dozen pieces. To his shock, all of the pieces regrew to the same size in just three short weeks, as opposed to the three years it had taken to grow the original coral.

The process of fragmenting coral to encourage regrowth is nothing new. In fact, the pro...

17:35

Support for conservative investigative journalism "IndyWatch Feed National"

This month the ACCC released a long-overdue report into the way Facebook and Google have changed the media in Australia and the world. Here are a few quotes: ...the impact of digital platforms (ie Facebook and Google) on the supply of news and journalism is particularly significant. News and journalism...

16:21

Measures of cultural distance "IndyWatch Feed National"

A new paper with many authors  most prominently Joseph Henrich tries to measure the cultural gaps between different countries.  I am reproducing a few of their results (see pp.36-37 for more), noting that higher numbers represent higher gaps:

Distance from the U.S.

Algeria: 0.15

Australia: 0.03

Brazil: 0.07

Canada: 0.02

China: 0.17

Ecuador: 0.12

Egypt: 0.24

Ethiopia: 0.14

Georgia [the country]: 0.15

Hong Kong: 0.09

Indonesia: 0.19

Japan: 0.11

Malaysia: 0.12

Nigeria: 0.15

Switzerland: 0.06

Egypt is the most distant, then Yemen, with Canada as the closest.

As for cultural distance from China, we have:

Great Britain: 0.20

Hong Kong: 0.09

Japan: 0.14

Russia: 0.09 (not *so* far away)

Taiwan: 0.10

Vietnam: 0.06

Overall the numbers show much greater cultural distance of other nations from China than from the United States, a significant and under-discussed problem for China.  For instance, the United States is about as culturally close to Hong Kong as China is.

 

The post Measures of cultural distance appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

16:08

What I Learned From My Shower Sex Injury "IndyWatch Feed National"

In hindsight, there were probably smarter places I could have travelled to escape my addictive personality than Eastern Europe. Especially when a recovering junkie can get given a script no questions asked for morphine.

I could see the sun beginning to rise on the horizon of the abandoned Templehof Airport in Berlin from the window of our Airbnb. It was a nice change from the dirty backpackers I had been staying in for weeks, which reeked of desperation and Lynx Africa.

I had just polished off my second bottle of cheap Merlot, and was having a shower with a male acquaintance I had picked up at my hostel two nights prior. The bathroom was thick with steam hovering above the polished tiles.

As we soon discovered, shower sex is not as comfortable or convenient as it appears in porn; we were both struggling to find a position without a plug or a tap poking into one of our backs.

I had the great idea to pop a leg out of the shower to give myself more wriggle room, only to glide along the wet floor and smack my foot into the glass screen. Feeling a shrapnel-like pain ricocheting through my leg, I looked down to realise that while two toes remained in place, three were dislocated and hanging sideways like limp biscuits.

In a state of shock and thankfully numbness from the amount of red wine I had consumed I let out a loud, Fuuuuuuuuck! and decided to Skype my mother for some free medical advice.

Youre going to have to crack them back in, and then go to the hospital, she said with panic in her voice.

My friends, both supportive and utterly disgusted, rolled me a joint for the pain and tried to convince me to go to the doctor for a proper examination. However, being a naive 18-year-old with pre-existing addiction problems, I figured shell be right and instead took a Valium and went to sleep.

Boarding a train to Prague the following morning, the weight of my 65L pack and relapse hanging heavy on my shoulders, I tried to disregard the internal throb that filled me when the crevices of plastic baggies had been licked clean.

After climbing 287 steps to the top of the Prague Castle, the external pain from the night prior had begun to sink in. This was quickly eradicated by a trip to the Absinthe Bar, where we sampled some Green Fairy, and the bud they sold us from behind the counter.

Three caps, two...

15:59

A youth activist on the climate crisis: politicians wont save us "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

 https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/dec/14/climate-change-young-people-cop24-conferenceAt the COP24 conference, leaders lack the urgency felt by communities on the frontlines of a global threat

As wildfires burn, as temperatures rise, as the last remaining old-growth forests in Poland are logged, world leaders are in Katowiceto negotiate the implementation of the Paris climate agreement. To outsiders, UN climate talks may seem like a positive step. Unfortunately, this is COP24.

For 24 years, world leaders have annually talked at each other instead of to one another in hopes of reaching an agreement on how to mitigate the climate crisis. In all that time, they have barely scratched the surface of an issue that the worlds top climate scientists say we now have 12 years to stop and that is an optimistic estimate.

Theres an urgency in my heart being...

15:56

From decorated war hero to Defendant in a murder trial over battlefield actions "IndyWatch Feed National"

At the request of many, I will be reviewing the case of a U.S. Military hero, Major Matt Golsteyn, who is charged with murder. He could face the death penalty from our own government after he admitted to killing a Terrorist bomb maker while overseas. @PeteHegseth @FoxNews Donald J....

14:19

(Video) X22 Report -- Episode 1742: Bringing the Fed Down with Gold | MSM Prepping for the Falling Hammer "IndyWatch Feed National"



Published on Dec 16, 2018

European auto resignations plunge, this is not a good sign, we are seeing auto sales in the US and Europe decline. Home prices in Australia, Canada and Europe are declining, the housing prices in the US are also dropping, bubble is deflating. Q posted how the Fed is going to be taken down by gold, Trump confirms this by his past comments on gold. The timing will be everything but the build up to contradict and bring the Fed down is in the works.



Published on Dec 16, 2018

Texas Judge rules Obamacare is unconstitutional. Robert Mueller gives the 302's to the Judge. Clinton answers questions under oath and can't remember 20 of them. The MSM is preparing for video and other news by telling everyone do not believe what you see or hear. Anons explains whats coming up.

13:34

Labor National Conference has raised some very important matters "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

As Australia goes to the dogs under the Morrison government, the Australian Labor Party had its national conference in Adelaide this last weekend.

Many were looking forward to this marking, not only a decisive break from the policies of the Coalition, but the bipartisanship of the past that has brought to Australia neoliberal economics and crueler government.

Some welcome policies were announced. Among them promises to take on more refugees, impose greater penalties on employers who steal super from their employees, talk with first Nation Australians about constitutional recognition and build 250,000 new affordable homes over ten years and something was said about reducing negative gearing. The conference adopted a policy that will stop selling arms to Israel.

But on many big ticket items, little or nothing was said. This conference had the air of a stage managed affair, with unity built on saying as little as possible. It held onto a strategy of keeping low and allowing Scott Morrison to hang himself.

Critics have pointed out that this strategy risks failing to inspire people. The risk is real.  Although the polls suggest Labor will rock in next year, they also show that Labor leader Bill Shorten is not particularly trusted.

Australia shares the worldwide phenomenon of a growing part of the population not trusting politicians of the major parties. It has its own particular causes here. The Coalition is suffering the most, and  it also is affecting Labor. Unless it can show that it is sufficiently different, Labor stands to suffer extensively when it government. We have seen this happen to social democratic governments in Europe. It will happen here too.

We are no longer in times where business as usual is good enough.  There must be an acknowledgement that most are becoming worse off, our rights are going, the First Nations are moving towards Treaty as the road to equality and self-determination. Public opinion has shifted is calling calling for decisive action on tackling carbon emissions and an end to offshore detention. Australia wants greed of the banks taken on in earnest, corruption seriously tackled.

This is what is being called for. We saw groups make a noise about certain issues that we important to them at the Conference. They are not alone.

These are the issues where a clear stance is needed, to mobilise popular enthusiasm and ensure a solid base of support for changing Australias direction. Getting people on side depends on building trust  and not merely slanging off at the other side.

No commitment was given to basic matters such as, raising reversing the fall in the wages share of national income, the minimum wage, putting into place a new an...

13:22

Featured Dish: Babajan "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Featured Dish: 24hr Braised Lamb Shoulder Babajan is a modern Turkish and Middle Eastern eatery situated in Carlton North. Their new summer lunch and dinner menu have a host of sharing and small plates, including Warm Olives, Baba Ganouj with Crispy Sucuk, Pickled Octopus with Marash Chilli & Oregano and Saganaki with Pears. Or head []

The post Featured Dish: Babajan appeared first on The NORTHSIDER.

13:16

4:30pm Dec 19 | Save Hakeem Urgent Protest "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

When: 4:30pm 19th December 2018 Where: Australian Federal Police, 383 LaTrobe St, West Melbourne, VIC Facebook event here Bahraini refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi, a permanent Australian resident living in Melbourne, is being held in Thailand and faces deportation back to the threat of torture in Bahrian. He fled Bahrain because of persecution and torture due to(...)

13:14

Featured Dish: Queen Vees "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Featured Dish: Jerk Chicken Queen Vees has just taken over the old Hanoi Hannah venue on High St. Big shoes to fill? Indeed. You might wonder what kind of tactic a restauranteur might deploy to when entering iconic grounds. The answer here is quite clearly to run a mile from any overlap. Caribbean cuisine shares almost []

The post Featured Dish: Queen Vees appeared first on St Kilda News.

12:58

George D Hathaway - his work and research findings "IndyWatch Feed National"

Danny Silva

The other day, US researcher Danny Silva tweeted about a new blog post he had written, concerning Hathaway Research International. 

Danny mentioned that Hathaway Research International was established by George Hathaway, a Canadian engineer, who authored two of the 38 Defense Intelligence Reference Documents, under the EarthTech International sub-contract to the main Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program contract.

At one point in his blog, Danny also mentions that on the Hathaway Research International website there is an area titled "Our past research projects." Among the listing are three of particular interest:

1. "1992-1994 Field investigations of anomalous aerial phenomena for private research institute."

2. "1997 Field investigations of anomalous aerial phenomena for private research institute."

3. "2012 Analysis of material allegedly from anomalous aerial phenomena for private research institute."

Digging deeper

Intrigued, by this material, I decided to undertake some further research on George D Hathaway, his work and his research findings.

Back to 1989

I recalled a blog post I had written in July 2017 about the UAP interests of Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein. In that post I cited the following extracts from Jacques Vallee's "Forbidden Science: Volume three."

"Hyde Street Thursday 18 May 1989.

Crown Prince Hans-Adam von Liechtenstein was in town yesterday with his consulting engineer from Toronto, a man named George Hathaway who helps him study the phenomena with the hope of discovering new forms of energy production..."

Hyde Street Monday 22 June 1989.

George Hathaway, the Canadian engineer who works with Liechtenstein, tells me he has been making contact with all leading UFO researchers who had ideas about energy or propulsion systems at the request of the Prince, who is also sponsoring studies on abductions...He gave me some insight into his (and the Prince's) theory there is an extraterrestrial force that is monitoring and controlling man's drive into space. "It's a question of how far we'll be allowed to go before some other entities put the lid on what we do with our little rocket firecrackers. We ha...

12:53

The legal clause which could allow Adani to sue Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

17 December 2018: AFTINET convener Dr Patricia Ranald writes in the Guardian on the risk that Adani could sue our government for millions through Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), should their mining licence be cancelled by a future government. 

Yet another example of why Labor should implement its policy against ISDS in all trade agreements, and remove it from current deals like the TPP.

12:01

What our readers, contributors & editors loved (or didnt love) in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

We asked Overland contributors, volunteers, staff and editors to share their highs and lows of 2018.

10:29

POSK: Amy "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

It wasnt long after my pup Rosie got her final vaccinations that we both braved the winter weather and took our first trip down to the dog beach in Brighton. Beforehand we were strolling down Acland Street checking out the sights and smells of a mostly busy Saturday afternoon filled with pedestrians, pets, and other []

The post POSK: Amy appeared first on St Kilda News.

10:11

Victoria 2018 mapping the state "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

I have just finished my collection of election data for the Victorian state election.

This collection features the full list of booths with location information, the full list of candidates, primary vote and 2CP voting figures by booth, and voting figures by electorate and region as well.

Ive been able to use this data (as well as the swing data from Poll Bludgers excellent results site) to produce a series of maps, the first of which I will be publishing today.

These maps show the two-party-preferred vote by booth for the 77 seats which held Labor vs Coalition booth counts. This includes the 76 seats where those parties came in the top two, plus Benambra where the 2PP count was finished despite the change in the top two in the final distribution.

If youd like to check out this data, its now available for download on my maps page, along with thirteen other collections from recent state and local elections. Older data (including the 2014 Victorian results) are available to Patreon donors.

First, this map shows the two-party-preferred vote by booth for every booth in the 77 seats where we have a 2PP booth count. This excludes six inner-city seats where the count included the Greens, as well as four regional and one suburban seat where an independent made the final count.

You can also toggle that map to show the swings by booth. Youll see that most areas swung to labor, but there was a particularly strong swing in the inner south-east of Melbourne, where Labor tended to cross 10% on the election-night vote.

Ill be back tomorrow with more maps created from this dataset.

09:51

Hundreds protest ALPs support for fossil fuel industry "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sundays (December 16) protest outside the ALP National Conference. Photo supplied

A coalition of environment, unions and faith groups protested outside the Labor Partys national conference in Adelaide on Sunday, calling for the party to stop the expansion of the fossil fuel industry.

On the plus side, EDO NSW has endorsed the partys commitment to create a national Environment Protection Authority.

Protesters demanded a stop to oil drilling in the Great Australian Bight, preventing Adani and other coal mines in Queenslands Galilee Basin and an end to fracking and gas exploration, in the Northern Territory, Western Australias stunning Kimberley and the Pilliga Forest in NSW.

The Wilderness Societys South Australia director, Peter Owen, said it was, insane Australia is opening up new oil, gas and coal frontiers when we know we need to stop burning fossil fuels.

Height of irresponsibility

Expanding the fossil fuel industry is the height of irresponsibility and not an option if we are to have any chance of providing our children with a liveable climate

Its also concerning that many of these fossil fuel frontiers are in pristine areas such as the Great Australian Bight, Western Australias stunning Kimberley and NSWs biggest inland forest, the Pilliga. The Great Australian Bight whale nursery is a completely inappropriate place for risky deep-sea oil drilling, especially as we hurtle towards catastrophic climate change.

We now know we must act immediately to avoid locking in catastrophic climate change. Allowing the fossil fuel industry to expand would negate Labors good work in promoting renewable energy. Its time for the Labor Party to show national leadership and commit to stopping the expansion of the fossil fuel industry when it sets its election platform at this national conference.

Philippa Rowland, president of Multifaith SA, said, people of faith in Australia feel the urgent need for an ethical response to threats posed to vulnerable communities from escalating climate impacts across our region all climate policies must include a rapid transition away from fossil fuels.

Youth fired up

Australian Youth Climate Coalition Campaign...

09:48

Frances Yellow Vests rebellion has gone on for more than four weeks and shows no sign of ending "IndyWatch Feed National"


Contributed by Joe Montero

Yellow vests protest continued throughout France for the fifth week over the weekend. This is despite some concessions made by President Macron. This has not been enough. They want him to resign.

This movement has evolved into much more than a protest against a tax on fuel, to become a force calling for a major change. Perhaps this is best summed up in that there is a call for an end to government for the rich, to government for the majority. Ordinary people are seeing their living standards declining and dont want this to continue

French President Emmanuel Macron announces a series of financial measures including a rise in minimum wage to appease the Yellow Vest protesters after four weeks of nationwide demonstrations.

Video from TRT World

A new feature is that the Yellow shirts have inspired similar movements through Europe Belgium and as far away as Canada and Israel.

Video from the BBC News

Back in France, police have continued try to break up demonstrations with tear gas, water cannon, rubber bullets and flash bombs. Side street approaches, Metro rail stations and freeways leading into Paris were blocked, in order to prevent protesters from joining the main group.

The following shows protesters kneeling with hands over their heads last week, being suddenly attacked by police. This adds credence to the allegations that the riots have been sparked off by the police.

Video from the South China Morning Post

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09:12

Israel signals displeasure at Australia's mistaken West Jerusalem move "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Australia reaffirmed support for Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem under two-state peace deal

08:59

Liberty Links 12/16/18 Johnson & Johnson Knew for Decades That Asbestos Lurked in Its Baby Powder "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Johnson & Johnson Knew for Decades That Asbestos Lurked in Its Baby Powder (Reuters)

Every Moment of Every Day, Mobile Phone Apps Collect Detailed Location Data. (Totally out of control, The New York Times)

Australias Horrific New Encryption Law Likely to Obliterate Its Tech Scene (The Next Web)

Amazons Disturbing Plan to Add Face Surveillance to Your Front Door (ALCU)

Bitcoin is a Decentralized Organism (Mycelium)(This is one of the most enjoyable and informative articles I've read all year, by Brandon Quittem)

Joe Rogan Experience #1035 - Paul Stamets (If you liked the above article, you'll love this, YouTube)

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08:35

08:17

Charles Ortel explains the US Congressional hearing on The Clinton Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

A very personal message from Charles before today's show. My ex-wife resolutely said frequently: "The Show MUST Go On", whatever the adversity. Yesterday, she succumbed to rampaging cancers, losing a battle begun in June 2012. The title of this presentation certainly does not refer to her. But I will share...

07:46

Israelis, Palestinians upset by Aussi recognition of only W. Jerusalem: 'We expected more' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Palestinian and Israeli officials were oddly united in expressing bitter disappointment in Australia's 'half-way' decision to recognize West Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state, and the move also faced criticism at home. Canberra is to open a defense and trade office in Jerusalem after it formally recognized West Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Saturday. Relocating the country's embassy, however, will only take place after a two-state solution is reached. Until then, Australia will hold off on its decision to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. The Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister immediately rejected and condemned the decision, accusing Morrison of a "total bias" towards Israel and seeking to "appease the Zionist lobby" in Australia. "The recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel's capital must be accompanied by recognition of East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine," Riad al-Maliki said. The same...

06:56

467 ways to die on a warming planet "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A new study published in Nature has found evidence for 467 ways in which climate hazards due to global warming are making life on the planet harder for humans. It confirms that we are witnessing a shift in the functioning of the Earth system as a whole, a shift to a new state that is unsympathetic to the continued flourishing of human life.

A changing climate is only one feature of a warming globe. Human activity has bounced the Earth into a state that has no equivalent in its 4.5 billion year history.

Clive Hamilton

The Earths new trajectory as it spins into the future has led scientists to tell us we have entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. We have crossed a threshold and the geological clock cannot be turned back. The disruption we have caused is increasingly unpredictable and uncontrollable, and it has no endpoint.

There are, therefore, two questions humankind must face. What must we do to prevent serial disasters becoming existential catastrophe? And how can we make our social and economic systems flexible enough to cope with the new dispensation?

There are several reasons an international agreement has proven so hard. The leading one is sabotage by climate science deniers. Ca...

04:43

Bitcoin Bomb Threats, Romanian Fraud Arrests, Bitcoin Cash Continues to Plummet, Coinbase Integrates Paypal and More: This Week in Crypto "IndyWatch Feed National"

Several Notches Above Ransomware An extortion scheme which sought to terrorize people into paying over BTC made global headlines over the course of the week. The threats happened worldwide, at a minimum being reported in the US, New Zealand, and Australia. The bomb threats demanded $20,000 in BTC in exchange for the terrorists to give

The post Bitcoin Bomb Threats, Romanian Fraud Arrests, Bitcoin Cash Continues to Plummet, Coinbase Integrates Paypal and More: This Week in Crypto appeared first on CCN

04:34

Muslim cleric calls for murder of reformist imam, says those who insult Muhammads companions must be killed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here is yet another installment in our ongoing series, Why We Dont See More Sincere Islamic Reformers. A death Fatwa was issued against me: Australian imam of peace goes into hiding after Islamic preacher from Pakistan calls for him to be killed, Daily Mail Australia, December 16, 2018: A fake Australian imam has claimed an []

04:05

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes off the coast of Western Australia, no threat of a tsunami "IndyWatch Feed National"

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck 203 kilometres north-west of Carnarvon in the state's north-west on Sunday night, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake occurred at a depth of 10 kilometres and struck at 10.26pm local time.

03:53

Having It All Ways: Australias Prime Minister Scott Morrisons Jerusalem Compromise "IndyWatch Feed National"

The pieces were already put in place during the Wentworth federal by-election, a hopeless, needless gambit that reduced the Coalition governments majority whilst giving the outgoing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull a crack at some vengeance.  His successor, Scott Morrison,

The post Having It All Ways: Australias Prime Minister Scott Morrisons Jerusalem Compromise appeared first on Global Research.

03:29

No-brainer: German cyber watchdog BSI says no evidence that Huawei spies "IndyWatch Feed National"

Germany's cyber security authority says claims that Huawei is spying on customers are not backed up by evidence and has urged caution before boycotting the Chinese telecommunications giant. "For such serious decisions like a ban, you need proof," head of Germany's Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) Arne Schoenbohm told Spiegel. Comment: Actually, you don't. Just ask America... or the UK. Proof is an out-of-date concept for these people. All you need is allegation. Huawei is accused of having ties to Chinese intelligence, and countries like the US, Australia and New Zealand have recently blocked it from being part of building their 5G internet networks. According to Der Spiegel, the US is pressuring other countries like Germany to do the same. In March, Schoenbohm told telecommunications company Telekom there were "currently no reliable findings" to back up US security agencies' warnings about Huawei. Germany's main mobile network operators, Vodafone, Telekom and...

02:49

Australias Prime Minister announces move of embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed National"

Malaysia and Indonesia tried to strong-arm Australia into calling this off. So it is good of Morrison to stand up to this intimidation and not give in to it, as all establishment counterterror analysts would have recommended. After months of conjecture Scott Morrison makes announcement on embassy in Israel, News.com.au, December 15, 2018: Prime Minister []

02:38

Snow in Amsterdam zoo "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Artis zoo in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, animals can choose themselves whether they want to stay inside or go outside on wintry days.

This 16 December 2018 video shows four animal species going outside: Hudson Bay wolves from Arctic Canada; Eurasian cranes; Bennetts wallabies from Australia; and scimitar oryxes, originally from North Africa.

02:38

Another tool in the trade war: China to introduce low glyphosate residue limits in food imports "IndyWatch Feed National"

China is set to introduce maximum residue limits (MRLs) of 200 parts per billion (ppb) or lower for glyphosate in all imported final food products and raw materials including grains, soybeans and other legumes before the end of 2019, according to Sustainable Pulse sources. The Chinese introduction of low MRLs, which are officially based on health concerns following the classification of glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen in 2015 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, has been expected by both U.S. and Australian farming organizations for some time. China's action would likely decrease the global use of glyphosate as a desiccant. The practice, known as desiccating, pre-harvest spraying or crop topping, is favored by many 'conventional' farmers as a way to hasten the even ripening of grains, such as wheat, oats and barley, as well as legumes and other crops such as sunflowers and potatoes, even though it is not a recommended use of the increasingly controversial...

02:37

Parents at their wits end trying to stop sons gaming "IndyWatch Feed National"

For parents enduring daily fights with their sons about video games, the chilling video of Western Sydney man Luke Munday allegedly hitting his partner as she begged him to stop playing Fortnite was a manifestation of their worst fears this week.

Violent and aggressive reactions in children as young as eight when they are asked to stop playing are not uncommon, said Game Quitters founder Cam Adair.

Addiction to video games is forcing thousands of people into rehab clinics.
Addiction to video games is forcing thousands of people into rehab clinics.

Its unfortunately not uncommon, violence and aggression are quite frequent reactions of people who are made to stop, he said from the Chang Mai outpost of Sydney addiction centre The Cabin.

We speak to a lot of parents who are at their wits ends, they dont know how to make their sons stop.

Mr Adair estimates that there are 10 to 50 million gaming addicts across the globe, with that number set to rise.

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The volume of people seeking help is double or triple what it was a year ago, and I think itll keep going up. Australia is a really significant market for gaming companies, and thus fertile ground for a video game addiction. Lots of people are suffering.

Beginning in childhood, an addiction to video games can have devastating consequences.

Last month, Sydney man Daniel Chapman, 22, was convicted of fatally stabbing his father Steven Chapman with a 14cm blade when the pair began arguing about Daniels refusal to stop playing computer games and come to the dinner table in October 2016.

Luke Munday live-streamed the alleged assault of his pregnant partner.
Luke Munday live-streamed the alleged assault of his pregnant partner. CREDIT:AAP

A harrowing video of Luke Munday, 26,...

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01:07

Australian bettongs and fungi "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video from Australia says about itself:

Endangered northern bettong crucial to the survival of Queenslands tropical ecosystem

6/12/2018 The five-year WWF-Australia-funded project which tracked the northern bettong found there had been a 70 per cent decline in the marsupials population in the past 30 years.

Read more here.

By Laurel Hamers, 1:21pm, December 14, 2018:

Endangered northern bettongs arent picky truffle eaters

The marsupials varied diet could help safeguard some of Australias fungi and forests

A small endangered marsupial with a taste for truffles may be a linchpin in one kind of Australian forest and the evidence is in the animals poop.

Northern bettongs feast on truffles, the meaty, spore-producing parts of certain fungi. Plenty of animals eat a selection of these subterranean orbs from time to time. But analyses of the scat from northern bettongs (Bettongia tropica) reveal that the marsupials eat truffles from a wider diversity of fungi species than other critters, including some that no other animals appear to favor, researchers report November 22 in Molecular Ecology.

Thats an important role because these truffle-producing fungi form beneficial relationships with tree roots, helping trees pull nutrients and moisture from soil. Theres been a whole raft of published studies showing that those fungi give plants an edge, says Andrew Claridge, an ecologist for the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service in Queanbeyan who wasnt part of the study.

Australias eucalyptus forests host hundreds, or possibly even thousands, of truffle fungi species, says study coauthor Susan Nuske, an ecologist at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Ume. Different species seem to be specialized to associate with particular trees or perform certain roles, so maintaining that diversity is key. By spreading truffles spores via scat, bettongs help keep the fungal community diverse and, by extension, the forest healthy, say Nuske and her colleagues.

But...

00:40

After YouTuber Successfully Completes Flat-Earthers $100,000 Challenge, Flat-Earther Refuses to Pay "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Mandy Froelich / Truth Theory

Science may confirm that the Earth is, in fact, a sphere and not flat, but there are still hundreds of thousands of people who believe otherwise. For this exact reason, Australian YouTuber Wolfie6020 started his channel.

Though Wolfie6020 has created many videos explaining why the flat Earth movement is nonsensical, there are some Flat-Earthers who believe they can convince him otherwise. Recently, fellow YouTuber Flat Out Hero presented Wolfie6020 with a $100,000 challenge. Because he had nothing to lose, Wolfie6020 accepted it.

As can be viewed in the video below, Flat Out Hero explains that the challenge is to fly from point A to point B to point C, and then back to point A, with the distance between each point being the same. A 90-degree turn must also be taken at every point. The bet was worth $100,000. Boasted Flat Out Hero, Its impossible, but dont tell the globetards that! This is the final nail in the ball Earth coffin, and I am happy to be the one to hammer it in!!!

As IFLScience reports, the described shape is impossible on a flat plane because an equilateral triangle would not have angles bigger (or smaller) than 60 degrees. But on the surface of a sphere, it is perfectly feasible.

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20:37

Are Huaweis Global Ambitions Seriously Damaged? Is Made in China 2025 On Hold? "IndyWatch Feed National"

While a Huawei executive faces possible U.S. charges over trade with Iran, the Chinese tech giants ambition to be a leader in next-generation telecoms is colliding with security worries abroad.

Australia and New Zealand have barred Huawei Technologies Ltd. as a supplier for fifth-generation networks. They joined the United States and Taiwan, which limit use of technology from the biggest global supplier of network switching gear. This week, Japans cybersecurity agency said Huawei and other vendors deemed risky will be off-limits for government purchases.

None has released evidence of wrongdoing by Huawei, which denies it is a risk and has operated a laboratory with Britains government since 2010 to conduct security examinations of its products. But the accusations, amid rising tension over Chinese technology ambitions and spying, threaten its ability to compete in a sensitive field as carriers prepare to invest billions of dollars.

Huawei (Reuters/H. Hanschke)

This is something thats definitely concerning Huawei at this stage, because there is a political angle to it and a business angle, said Nikhil Bhatra, a senior researcher for IDC.

Huawei is no ordinary electronics supplier. The company founded in 1987 by a former military engineer is Chinas first global tech brand and a national champion at the head of an industry Beijing is promoting as part of efforts to transform this country into a technology creator. It has Chinas biggest corporate research-and-development budget at 89.7 billion yuan ($13 billion) in 2017 10 percent more than Apple Inc.s and foreign customers can draw on a multibillion-dollar line of credit from the official China Development Bank.

That puts Huawei at the heart of strains over the ruling Communist Partys technology aspirations, competition with Western economies and ties between companies and government, including possibly spying.

A European Union official, Andrus Ansip, expressed concern that Chinese rules requiring telecom equipment suppliers to cooperate with intelligence services would involve possible mandatory backdoors in computer or telecom systems.

Do we have to be worried about Huawei and other Chinese companies? Yes, I think we have to be worried, said Ansip, the trade blocs vice president for a digital single market.

The company says it is employee-owned and operates independently. It denies it designs equipment to allow eavesdropping or that it is controlled by the Communist Party a stance critics including some U.S. senators say is doubtful in Chinas state-dominated system. The company notes it uses the same global components suppliers as Western manufacturers.

Not a single shred of evide...

20:35

PERTH Two more charged over Kym Taylors murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Two more charged over Kym Taylors murder .

December 16, 2018 at 11:18AM .

He was refused bail and is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today. On Monday December 10, a 27-year-old woman was charged with

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20:35

PERTH Police charge two more people over the murder of Perth woman Kym Taylor "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Police charge two more people over the murder of Perth woman Kym Taylor .

December 16, 2018 at 12:06PM .

Daniel Paul Ogilvie made a brief appearance in the Perth Magistrates Court today and was remanded in custody. A 27-year-old woman has also been

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19:34

Bahrain defends Australias recognition of West Jerusalem as Israeli capital "IndyWatch Feed National"

After Arab League lashes out at Canberra, Manamas FM says its comments are irresponsible and asserts move does not hurt Palestinians

 

Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheik Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa speaking with journalists at a conference focused on combating international terror financing in Manama, Bahrain, on November 9, 2014. (photo credit: AP/Hasan Jamali)
Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheik Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa speaking with journalists at a conference focused on combating international terror financing in Manama, Bahrain, on November 9, 2014. (photo credit: AP/Hasan Jamali)

As Palestinians and the Arab League on Saturday condemned Australias recognition of West Jerusalem as Israels capital, the move was somewhat surprisingly defended by one Arab nation Bahrain.

The Arab League in a statement said it strongly condemns Australias move which it called irresponsible and biased and contrary to international law. It warned that the decision would only encourage the occupation to continue its aggression, arrogance, settlement and defiance of international resolutions and added that the move could have serious ramifications for Arab-Australian relations.

But Bahrains Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa took issue with the statement, saying in a tweet: These are irresponsible statements. Australias position does not hamper the legitimate demands of the Palestinians and first and foremost East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital. It also does not contradict the Arab Peace Initiative.

Israel and Bahrain do not have diplomatic relations, but are said to have solid clandestine ties. Both countries see in Iran a strategic threat.

Earlier this month Al Khalifa tweeted support for Israels operation to expose and destroy Hezbollahs cross-border tunnels and in May said the Jewish state...

18:27

Execution of McCain: Nothing Succeeds Like Success? And the Hamdan Ruling "IndyWatch Feed National"

Guantanamo Bay prison (adapted photo from Los Angeles Times)

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

I dont know for sure that McCain was tried and executed or even that he was murdered by lethal injection.   I suspect the story is true. The source I got it from (G5 at Gumshoe) seems to be ex-CIA and has provided mostly very believable stuff.  The smallness of the job (I mean, come on, the guy was old and was presumably unarmed) adds to its credibility, since, for an element of the CIA to have done such a job is not just tiny, it is nano-tiny.

They kill people all the time who arent usually targets as soft as McCain. The...

18:18

Murder Of A Holocaust Survivor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Related Videos Palestine news March for Right of Return: 120 civilians injured in this weeks demonstration Palestinian Think Tank receives 2018 Liberty Award from the Atlas Network Ashrawi and Erekat condemn Australia policy change on Jerusalem IOF blow up family home in Amari camp in Ramallah Palestinian teen killed by Israeli forces during Ramallah protest []

18:01

BBC News continues to sell audiences short on Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed National"

Following the December 15th announcement by the Australian prime minister the BBC News website published an article titled Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israeli capital.

As has been the case in several previous articles relating to recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital, a problematic backgrounder video by Yolande Knell dating from December 2017 was promoted in this latest report. 

Also in common with similar previous reports, rea...

16:17

Anarchy : Deep in the Woods "IndyWatch Feed National"

I recently read this rather interesting article Children of Ted: The Unlikely New Generation of Unabomber Acolytes (John H Richardson, New York Magazine, December 11, 2018) which left me feeling curious as to what is, in fact, the Continue reading

13:57

Response to the WA Governments Proposal to Introduce No Jab No Play Legislation in 2019 "IndyWatch Feed National"

On the 14 December 2018 as parents were preparing for the Christmas holidays the WA government informed the community that they would be introducing the No Jab No Play legislation into the parliament in early 2019. This legislation is designed to exclude unvaccinated children from childcare centres and kindergartens with the stated purpose of putting an end to the States low child immunisation rates.

Please note that the government has not claimed that this policy is to improve the health of children. This is a serious omission because health policies should only be implemented if they are demonstrated to be improving health. Roger Cook cannot make this claim about the current vaccination schedule because childrens health has significantly declined as the vaccination rates have increased over the last two decades. There has been a 5-10 fold increase in these preventable chronic illnesses as the emphasis on vaccines has increased.

This is a direct correlation to the expanded vaccination program and the chronic diseases that are increasing have been listed as being associated with vaccines for six decades by the pharmaceutical companies. In addition, the toxins in vaccines are a plausible cause of the illnesses increasing in children yet doctors are not informed about these ingredients in their education and therefore they are not fully informing parents about this medical intervention.

The government is misusing the word unvaccinated in its No Jab No Play policy. By unvaccinated the government does not mean those who do not receive any vaccines. In 2018 unvaccinated means anyone who does not use all of the 16 or more vaccines that the government has arbitrarily recommended on the national program. This means all adults under this definition have been unvaccinated for decades but this has not been a problem in the community and there is no increased threat from these diseases in 2018.

The No Jab No Play policy that Roger Cook wants to implement will prevent healthy children who have not received the full schedule of 16+ vaccines from enrolling in pre-schools and receiving an early childhood education. In addition to this discrimination based on injecting toxins into healthy people, it will put a huge burden on parents who need childcare facilities in order to go to work and earn a living.

This discrimination is being introduced without any public scrutiny of the science and...

13:53

Church Times UK- Cardinal Pell convicted in child-abuse case "IndyWatch Feed National"

Church Times UK

Cardinal Pell convicted in child-abuse case

14 DECEMBER 2018

REUTERS

Cardinal Pell leaving Rome in July 2017 to face charges in Australia

THE most senior Roman Catholic figure in Australia, Cardinal George Pell, has been found guilty of five incidents of historical sexual abuse of choirboys in the 1990s. Cardinal Pell had denied the charges.

The unanimous decision in the Victorian County Court came after the jury in a previous hearing was unable to reach a verdict. He will be sentenced in February.

The decision cannot be published in any Australian media because of a suppression order. Various media outlets are currently contesting the ban, imposed by Judge Peter Kidd on the grounds that coverage could prejudice other legal actions involving the Cardinal.

Cardinal Pell faces a trial in March next year on separate child sexual-abuse charges relating to the 1970s. However, the courts verdict has been widely disseminated in Australia through internet sites and soc...

13:26

EU boss "Junkets" Juncker tired & emotional as a newt again "IndyWatch Feed National"

EU leader Juncker had a few drinks again.. pic.twitter.com/QeKdMEWWea Voice of Europe (@V_of_Europe) December 14, 2018 Thanks to GOM for the tip!

10:35

A new age of diplomacy Australian politics live podcast "IndyWatch Feed National"

This week Katharine Murphy talks to Menna Rawlings, the outgoing British high commissioner to Australia, who manages the close relationship between the two countries. They delve into the highs and lows of her time in Australia, including the challenges of navigating diplomacy in the age of WikiLeaks, our complicated relationship with climate change and the positive impact of migration Continue reading...

07:45

Australia has recognized West Jerusalem as the Israeli capital "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that his government will recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. However, he said Australia's embassy would not move from Tel Aviv, until a peace settlement was achieved. He added Australia also recognised the aspirations of the Palestinians to a state with a capital in East Jerusalem. The status of Jerusalem is one of the most contested issues between Israel and the Palestinians. Opposition Labor party leader Bill Shorten said he would reverse the decision if he won next year's elections. US President Donald Trump drew international criticism last year when he reversed decades of American foreign policy by recognising the ancient city as Israel's capital. The US embassy was relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May.

07:13

All very BBC "IndyWatch Feed National"



Dear readers. If you want a Christmas present for yourself, I'd recommend treating yourself to David Sedgwick's BBC: Brainwashing Britain? (hot off the presses).

I'm just a few pages away from the end of a first read-through and I've enjoyed every page of it.

It's the book about BBC bias that I've been waiting for, and I wish I'd written it myself.

It covers a lot of ground (from Antifa to Israel, from Grenfell Tower to Owen Jones), with a good deal on the BBC's biased Brexit coverage, though its recurring focus is on the BBC's hostile coverage of the Trump presidency.

And I think it absolutely nails the BBC, again and again and again.

(I'll be bringing you endless highlights from it over the coming weeks).

Admirers of Monkey Brains' fabulous Festive Fifty will also find fascinating examples of various 'bias by...' types detailed therein.

And, pausing to listen to tonight's PM on Radio 4, I now hear it through David's book:

First, as the BBC presenter put it, "no one said that saving the planet would be easy". Yes, it was global warming, and an interview with the right kind of BBC guest for this issue: the intensely activist former Tory minister John Gummer (Lord Deben). He wants the present (centre-right) Australian government chucked out because of its policies on climate change. The BBC presenter didn't defend the Australian government or challenge His Lordship.

Second, delaying Brexit and that 'second referendum', and an interview with Brexit-disliking Stephen Bush of The New Statesman, who very much talked the BBC talk on the matter and was treated as if he were an impartial sag...

03:33

London Grenfell fire disaster, 18 months ago "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 13 December 2018 video from Britain says about itself:

Celebrities join Grenfell United in call for national change, marking 18 months

Eighteen months on from the Grenfell tower fire that killed 72 people in central London, stars including Stormzy, Adele, Marcus Mumford and Akala have joined with Grenfell United, the survivors, and families bereaved by the fire in an appeal for national change.

Latest stats from Government show 441 buildings still have dangerous Grenfell-style cladding on them and there have been no reforms to social housing after residents concerns about safety were ignored by the local council and social housing provider in the years leading up to the fire.

Karim Mussilhy, vice-chair of Grenfell United said: We are approaching the second Christmas since our loved ones died at Grenfell but weve seen little change on the ground and people around the country are still living in buildings with dangerous cladding. Too often, people in social housing are treated with indifference by people who have a duty to care for them.

Dangerous cladding needs to be taken off buildings and we need a new regulator for social housing to reform the system so people are listened to and treated with respect. ...

03:17

Bush, Clintons, Vatican, Royals, Hollywood, CIA, UK PM, Baptists into Pedophilia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bush, Clintons, Vatican, Royals, Hollywood, CIA, UK PM, Baptists into Pedophilia

https://beforeitsnews.com/v3/celebrities/2018/2475542.html

Praises filling the airways about President HW Bush were a little hard to stomach during his funeral on Dec. 5. Bush helped form the CIA which after World War II, brought Nazi Mind Control experts into the US, Australia and Canada to torture and kill an estimated thousands of children bred for the purpose. CIA/Vatican Torturing and Trafficking of Children

Bush was also said to be behind the murder of President John Kennedy after he went after the CIA and tried to return the US dollar to a gold standard. I have been told by two CIA sources that G.H.W. Scherff (Bush) was actually indicted on Sept. 10, 2018 for crimes against humanity, child trafficking, sedition and treason said Whistleblower Benjamin Fulford. He allegedly plea-bargained a deal with the military tribunal hearing his case, to be executed/suicided to keep his legacy intact for his family and the sheeple. Trump was said to have signed the death order.

Bushs death has in no way solved the child exploitation problem. Even today the CIA was believed to use US Taxpayer dollars to fund an international Vatican-run Child Sex Trafficking, Gun and Drug Running Ring in order to gain power over world affairs through blackmailing political elites. http://beforeitsnews.com/contributor/pages/243/590/stories.html

President Trump began a war against this child exploitation when he paid a visit to CIA Headquarters the morning of his inauguration. Now two years later Trump has been able to accomplish what Kennedy was denied: within the next couple of weeks mass arrests were expected on 63,233 federal indictments against political and global elites that have been filed in federal courts across the nation just this year. Most were said to involve charges of pedophilia done under funding of the CIA and Bush Cartel.

Just in the few days since the Bush funeral Trumps War Against Pedophilia was found to extend worldwide. On Dec. 9 a Pedophile Ring was busted in Canada. Police referred to the massive bust as...

03:15

No, the Price of Bitcoin Didnt Drop Because of Bomb Threats "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Friday, as the Bitcoin price fell by around six percent against the U.S. dollar, several reports claimed that the dominant cryptocurrency dropped in value due to bomb threats. One report from Business Insider Australia, for instance, stated that following an email blast of bomb threats in New York, the price of the crypto asset

The post No, the Price of Bitcoin Didnt Drop Because of Bomb Threats appeared first on CCN

02:39

The Intifada of the Century: Sami Klaib "IndyWatch Feed National"

Related Videos Related Articles Martyr Saleh Barghouthi The Occupation Deprived Him of His Father as a Child and Killed Him as a Young Man Martyr Ashraf Naalwa The Fidai Legend Who Puzzled The Occupation Hassan Al-Laqqis: The Man Who Flew Over Palestine Palestinian Leadership Slams Australias Move on Jerusalem Islamic Jihad: Israeli demolition []

00:47

Flash floods cause havoc in Melbourne, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Flash floods have caused havoc for some in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon, with flash flooding turning backyards, suburban streets and ponds into gushing rivers. A Christmas party at a Pakenham housing estate in the city's outer southeast was called off Saturday afternoon when heavy rainfall halted celebrations. Organiser Samantha Thorpe said a little pond nearby became "like a raging river". "It has never happened like this before."

00:16

Parts of Victoria in Australia hit with a month's worth of rain in a day as cyclone menaces north "IndyWatch Feed National"

Seventeen people have been rescued by helicopter and 100 people are stranded in their cars on a flooded Hume Highway in northeast Victoria. With more than a month's worth of rain already fallen across parts of northeast Victoria as wild weather rages across the state, authorities say some people have not heeded warnings about driving into floodwaters. "We've seen people that have had to be rescued from the roofs of their cars, 17 people in total, and 100 people have been stranded just to the south of Wangaratta," Victoria State Emergency Service chief officer Tim Wiebusch told reporters.

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23:32

Sydney and Melbourne join Powering Past Coal Alliance at COP24 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Powering Past Coal Alliance announced on Friday that Sydney and Melbourne had joined the Alliance at an event: Accelerating the global coal transition. This follows the Australian Capital Territory joining in September 2018. Other states and businesses that joined at COP24 included Israel, Scotland, Senegal, and Scottish Power. The Alliance, formed in Bonn in 2017 at COP23, now includes 80

22:04

PERTH Not the ice they were expecting! Tourist is caught trying to smuggle four kilograms of meth hidden "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Not the ice they were expecting! Tourist is caught trying to smuggle four kilograms of meth hidden .

December 15, 2018 at 12:48PM .

The Malaysian national appeared at Perth Magistrates Court on Friday, charged with allegedly importing of 3.9kg of methylamphetamine on October

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16:15

That time of the year again, and a milestone "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"


The last twelve months have been somewhat tumultuous to say the least, with the relocation of the family and the layout. Yet here we are staring down another Christmas, so as per usual, here is this years Christmas card.


There is also another celebration with Victoria Street, this one in cricket parlance, one would raise their helmet and bat towards the sheds to honour the achievement. Here, I just sampled a beer and pointed to the (somewhat surprised) bride that there must be a fair few similar like minded modellers who actually look at the blog. 

Yes, there have been an odd 100,000 plus 'fares collected' on Victoria street. 

On this humble occasion, I again thank all of those who read the blog and encourage those others to post all about their trials and tribulations of their layout, along with their stories and the 'fun' of modelling.


"Little did Edna know that she was the surprise lucky punter that was the 100K fare on Victoria Street, yet she still insisted to pay her fare with five cent pieces."

All the best for the season with the usual warnings about excess and remember it's all about creating great memories for the kids. 

Merry Christmas from under a somewhat busy set of cross suburban wires. 

Glenn. 

16:00

Super Injunction Silences News About Vatican Official's Child Molestation Conviction, And That's Bullshit "IndyWatch Feed National"

We've written in the past about things like "super injunctions" in the UK and elsewhere that often put a huge and near absolute gag order on writing about a famous person enmeshed in some sort of scandal, and apparently Australia has such a thing as well -- and it's now scaring off tons of publications from writing about the fact that George Pell, the Vatican's CFO and often called the "3rd most powerful person in the Vatican" was convicted on all charges that he sexually molested choir boys in Australia in the 1990s. However, the press is barred from reporting on it based on one of those gag orders. The Herald Sun in Australia did post a brilliant, Streisand Effect-inducing front page display about how it was being censored from publishing an important story...

11:30

Good gravy, Paul Kelly braved the rain for a stunning Melbourne performance "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Review: Paul Kellys Making Gravy at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, December 14th, 2018

For many Melburnians, unpredictable weather is just part and parcel of living in the Victorian capital. However, when an amazing concert is planned for a Friday evening, and nature attempts to quite literally rain on our parade, it can turn the night into something that no one would have expected.

Such was the case on Friday night, when Paul Kelly kicked off his 2018 Making Gravy concert series against a backdrop of flash-flooding, stormy weather, and one of the most resilient crowds hell ever witness.


As dedicated Paul Kelly fans made the trek through the CBD to Melbournes Sidney Myer Music Bowl, many felt they were fighting a losing battle. With rain pouring down with unprecedented ferocity, visibility was limited to about two feet in front of people, and legions of soaked music lovers stumbled around the hilly entrance to the venue.

As these fans slowly made like the rain and poured into the Bowl, they were met with the soulful sounds of Melbournes Mojo Juju, who soundtracked a frenzied attempt by those in the audience to occupy the sheltered, seated section.

Despite the inclement weather, Mojo Juju powered through an all-too-brief set, managing to get the crowd moving with a short collection of immersive, catchy tunes.

Sadly, irony was not absent from the evening, with a performance of Dont Stop Me Now being cut short due to safety issues with the stage. Urging the audience to swim between the flags, Mojo Juju left the stage, only moments before the entire stage monitor system fell to the ground, ostensibly ruining the equipment due to its impromptu swim in the slowly-flooding venue.

Check out Mojo Jujus Dont Stop Me Now:

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For most of the next two hours, punters were left in a state of confusion about what was set to occur for the rest of the evening. After evacuating the audience from the seated area to the grass, the audience waited patiently for further information about the nights proceedings.

As those behind the scenes worked defiantly to drain the flooded stage, security valiantly kept the crowd informed to the best of their ability, undoubtedly hampered by a po...

06:00

Budapest was called the spa capital of the world. "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

It wasnt until the Turkish occupation of Buda in the C16th that the ancient Roman springs were brought back to their former glory. In the Turkish era, three thermal baths were re-developed, connected to Pasha Sokollu. He led Buda for 12 years and wanted to make the city a stable military centre and a liveable Turkish city. These well-known springs were used for bathing, or for hospitals.

Massages and the use of different creams and oils were an essential part of Turkish baths, and eventually Hungarians were happy to enjoy the same treatments. But because only the Turks were allowed to use the baths in the day, Hungarians could visit only after hours.

I have selected just one baths complex. From 1868 it took 10 years for Vilmos Zsigmondy (1821-88), the Hungarian engineer who specialised in geo-thermal well drilling, to find the waters under the City Park! The hot spring water supply came from the artesian well which was drilled 970 ms deep. Thus the underground waters rich in minerals could flow spontaneously from the great pressure, like a fountain.


Thermal baths

Front entrance, main building with three domed pavilions

Once the deep hot spring wells were drilled under the Heroes Square, Budapest became the spa capital of Europe. The first late C19th b...

00:26

Abstract Paradigms Podcast - December 2018 w/ Jonathan Griffiths + Gig Guide! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

http://podcast.abstractparadigms.com.au/e/edition38/

The end of another year is upon us, but don't fret. There's a whole slather of new music to get you through the silly season, plus an interview with close friend Jonathan Griffiths - an emerging composer and percussionist experimenting with using compositional techniques from Balinese Gamelan in Afrobeat. There's some hot exclusive tracks here - don't miss out.

Get it here: http://podcast.abstractparadigms.com.au/e/edition38/
Get Jonathan's recital here: https://jonathangriffiths.bandcamp.com/album/jg-honours-recital

Tracklist:
J. McFarlane's Reality Guest Do You Like What I'm Sayin? [Hobbies Galore, 2019]
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00:15

WILD WEATHER AGAIN "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Severe thunderstorms and wild weather batter the eastern side of Australia as cyclone 'Owen' hits the north. In Melbourne, the CBD recorded more than 32mm of rain yesterday, which led to flash flooding. Today, rainfalls were not as extreme in the morning, but in the afternoon the heavens opened again! Melbourne copped another soaking of rain, as workers ended the working week. Heavy rain, lightning and thunder rolled through the city at about 5pm, with persistent rain continuing into the evening. That's about a whole month's of rain in two days!

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



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14:57

The David Bowie written musical Lazarus is coming to Australia in 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Fans of David Bowie and musical theatre rejoice! It has been confirmed that the late singers musical Lazarus will make its way to Australia next year. The musical written by Bowie and Enda Walsh is set to have its Australian premiere in Melbourne next May.

The musical will be produced by Melbournes The Production Company and will run at the Arts Centre Melbourne from May 18 to June 9. You can join a waitlist for tickets on the official website.

Related: A David Bowie exhibition is being reimagined as a smartphone app

Lazarus is based on the Walter Tellis novel The Man Who Fell To Earth, Bowie also starred in the 1976 film adaptation of the book. There are 18 Bowie tracks in the musical, many of which have been rearranged/rewritten to work into the story.

Since debuting at the end of 2015 in New York 0ff-broadway, the show has been performed in London, Bremen, Dsseldorf, Vienna, Linz and Hamburg. The Melbourne debut is just one of several new destinations for the musical in 2019. There are also plans for it to show in several new European cities including Amsterdam.

Related: David Bowies first-ever demo has been rediscovered in an old bread basket

Details including cast and ticketing for the musical will be released on February 19th 2019. Check out footage of the Lazarus cast performing Life On Mars by David Bowie below.

Watch: Life On Mars from Lazarus

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14:05

An ever so subtle hint about BUY MY BOOK! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Isn't it just awful how Christmas become so commercialised? On an unrelated note, my book would make a great Christmas present for everyone you know, and the link to buy it is right here.

In conclusion, here is a photograph of my cat with the book. Which you can buy. But not the cat. She's staying right here.

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Thursday, 13 December

23:34

LOMANDRA "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Lomandra (also known as mat rushes) is a genus of perennial herbs in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Lomandroideae. There are 51 species, all of which are native to Australia; two of them also extend into New Guinea and New Caledonia. It has formerly been assigned to the family Dasypogonaceae, Xanthorrhoeaceae or Liliaceae. They are generally tufted deciduous perennials with long narrow blade-like leaves that arise from a central stemless base and have thick woody rhizomes and fibrous roots.

The plant is often used for revegetation and erosion control. The starchy, fleshy bases of the leaves are edible, tasting of raw peas. Even when the roots are exposed it will cling tenaciously in poor soils. Indigenous Australians ground the seeds for use in damper, and the long, flat, fibrous leaves were used for weaving. The base of the leaves contains water, and was chewed by those in danger of dehydration.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.


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