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MACKAY Dogs rescued from cruelty recovered and looking for homes "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Dogs rescued from cruelty recovered and looking for homes

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A Kuttabul man, the original owner of the dogs, was convicted on 32 counts of breaching duty of care to an animal after pleading guilty in Mackay Magistrates Court. RSPCA inspector Frank Bebernitz said the dogs were reported to be living in squalid conditions with their previous owner, including a sixth

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Canberra Australia's Capitol "IndyWatch Feed National"

Did they make a mistake?

Was it a Freudian slip?

Did that American fella know something the Aussie serfs did not?

Birds of a feather flock together, in both colonies?

Anyone wanna play Jeff Hook, minus Jeff, but rather with capitol than the hook?

A 1911 design by Freemason Walter Burley Griffin's for Australia's Capitol hill.


Do Fewer Guns In A Country Mean Fewer Homicides Will Happen? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Like I said, gun control is NOT the answer. STOP punishing law abiding licenced gun owners in Australia & do something positive about crime!!!


The Weekend Quiz March 24-25, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

One interpretation of the sectoral balances decomposition of the national accounts, is that it is impossible for all governments (in all nations) to run public surpluses without impairing growth because it is likely that the private domestic sector in some countries will desire to save overall.

The answer is False.

The question has one true statement in it which if not considered in relation to the rationale for the true statement would lead one to answer True. But the rationale presented in the question is false and so the overall question is false.

The true statement is that it is impossible for all governments (in all nations) to run public surpluses without impairing growth. The false rationale then is that the reason the first statement is true is because it is likely that the private domestic sector in some countries will desire to save overall.

To refresh your memory the sectoral balances are derived as follows. The basic income-expenditure model in macroeconomics can be viewed in (at least) two ways: (a) from the perspective of the sources of spending; and (b) from the perspective of the uses of the income produced. Bringing these two perspectives (of the same thing) together generates the sectoral balances.

From the sources perspective we write:

GDP = C + I + G + (X M)

which says that total national income (GDP) is the sum of total final consumption spending (C), total private investment (I), total government spending (G) and net exports (X M).

Expression (1) tells us that total income in the economy per period will be exactly equal to total spending from all sources of expenditure.

We also have to acknowledge that financial balances of the sectors are impacted by net government taxes (T) which includes all taxes and transfer and interest payments (the latter are not counted independently in the expenditure Expression (1)).

Further, as noted above the trade account is only one aspect of the financial flows between the domestic economy and the external sector. we have to include net external income flows (FNI).

Adding in the net external income flows (FNI) to Expressio...


Australias Top End Americas 51st State "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Tony Ryan

The celebrated Arnhem Land aerospace project, rather than being all-civilian as the nation was media-led to believe, will have a US military component. This was admitted quietly in a hearing of a Northern Territory estimates committee on 28 November 2017 (P49).

A little bit military? This is like being a little bit pregnant. When military are involved this becomes, by definition, a military project with the usual tight security provisions; and the only kind of military rocket that makes sense in todays tense global context is an ICBM;...


Submissions to the Australian Senate Inquiry on siting federal nuclear waste dump- theme for March 18 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia    thats the title of the Senate Inquiry .  Begs the question, doesnt it ?  Why does it have to be assumed that its gotta be in South Australia?

Sounds damn silly to me   toting highly radioactive trash for 1700 km pretty much involving 3 States, all the way from Lucas Heights, Sydney, where it can be relatively safely kept until decades later when they might bury it permanently near to the nuclear reactor thats producing it.

But never mind.  These uninformed Senators need your submission. Theyve already got at least 5 ...


The truth behind the Nursing Code of Conduct lie "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post Thats how Today Tonight Adelaide began last night. Catch Up: Having to apologise for being white the controversial new code for nurses treating Indigenous Australians. #TTAdelaide TodayTonightAdelaide (@TodayTonightSA) March 23, 2018 It continued: Now, its the latest in a string of politically correct changes for the health industry, but this one has led to ...


Obisesan targets gold in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

National record holder in the hammer event, Queen Obisesan, has assured the country of a gold medal at the forthcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Cost, Australia. Obisesan who spoke during the Nigerian Athletics Golden League organised by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria said she was adequately prepared to win the gold medal. She said []

The post Obisesan targets gold in Australia appeared first on Newtelegraph.


Malaysias Mahathir raises remote takeover theory in MH370 mystery "IndyWatch Feed National"

Malaysias veteran ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad said Friday that missing flight MH370 might have been taken over remotely in a bid to foil a hijack, reviving one of the many conspiracy theories surrounding its disappearance.

The Malaysia Airlines plane disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people mostly from China on board while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

No sign of the Boeing 777 jet was found in a vast search of the southern Indian Ocean and the Australian-led hunt, the largest in aviation history, was suspended early last year.

Only three confirmed fragments of MH370 have been found, all of them on western Indian Ocean shores, including a two-meter wing part known as a flaperon.

The search restarted in January, in an area north of the original zone that scientists now believe is the likeliest crash site. A private research vessel is scouring the seabed, commissioned by Malaysia on a no find, no fee basis.

Mahathir, 92, who is leading an opposition bid to topple scandal-tainted Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in elections due this year, said he did not believe Kuala Lumpur was involved in any cover-up.

But he told The Australian newspaper in an interview that it was possible the plane might have been taken over remotely.

It was reported in 2006 that Boeing was given a license to operate the takeover of a hijacked plane while it is flying so I wonder whether thats what happened or not, said Mahathir, who ruled for 22 years. Its very strange that a plane leaves no trace at all.

The capacity to do that is there. The technology is there, he added of his theory.

You know how good people are now with operating planes without pilots. Even fighter planes are to be without pilots. Some technology we can read in the press but many of military significance is not published.

According to reports, Boeing in 2006 was awarded a US patent for a system that, once activated, could take control of a commercial aircraft away from the pilot or flight crew in the event of a hijacking.

But there is no evidence it has ever been used in airliners due to safety concerns.

The lack of a final resting place for MH370 has spawned numerous theories, including that it was a hijacking or terror plot.

The jets captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah also came under scrutiny, although investigations on him have turned up nothing.

An initial search focused on an area east of peninsular Malaysia, but attention soon shifted west when it emerged the plane had switched course and headed over the Indian Ocean just as its communications equipment was switched off.

Investigators later focused on an area t...


Metaphor in my muesli "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This morning I opened a pack of Trumps muesli, which had been gifted to me from a relative who is given them in her retirement home but doesn't eat muesli

I thought I could look beyond the name, which probably has little to do with the contentious figure.

Toasted muesli isn't normally my thing but free food is good food, right?

Then in the first mouthful I bit into a hardened piece of orange-coloured fruit that proved unpalatable.

The metaphor seemed too rich not to share it here.


bitARG denies reports of Yahoo! Japan buying 40 percent of its shares "IndyWatch Feed National"

BitARG, a Tokyo-based exchange company, refutes news reports that YJFX, a subsidiary of Yahoo! Japan which operates foreign exchange transactions services, was set to buy a 40 percent stake in the company next month. The report originally appeared on Nikkei []

The post bitARG denies reports of Yahoo! Japan buying 40 percent of its shares appeared first on The Global Mail.


Trump: Conflict Between His Words And Deeds "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bolton is the third national security adviser in 14 months. To Bolton, getting along with Russia requires Russia to be a US puppet state such as the UK, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, Japan, and all the rest. In other words, accept Washington's hegemony or we will bomb you into the stone age.


This terrible Russian youth "IndyWatch Feed National"

Generation Putin gives the West a boot Ivan Danilov for RIA NEWS Translation by Scott Humor Leading American, British, and Australian publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, the Australian,


March 24 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

You can all begin by raising a glass to John Busby who was whelped on this day in 1765, and who began the 10 year construction of Sydney's first regular water supply known as Busby's Bore on his birthday in 1827.

1796 - Bass and Flinders did not find Lake Illawarra but instead fell over a noisy skinny dipping pool party.
They declined the invitation to join in due to their mortal fear of verdigris.

1804 - And after a plethora of names such as Mulumbinba, Coal River, Hunter's River,Coal Harbour, and King's Town they finally settled on calling the damn spot Newcastle.

1810 - David Collins dropped off the perch rather suddenly...probably been over-doing the little blue "performance" pills again, randy bugger.

1854 - An Act to Establish a Constitution in and for the Colony of Victoria or more commonly the first 'Constitution Act' was passed in the Victorian Legislative Council. This set out the principles and methods for Parliament and would comprise two houses the Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly.

1862 - The Peeps in Power in NSW went completely nuts today when they madly threw open the Main North Railway Line from Lochinvar - Branxton.

1879 - The bridge at Murray Bridge in South Oz - as you can't have a Murray Bridge without a bridge - was opened for traffic. Playing catch up, as always, it was adapted for choo-choo's in 1886.

1883 - The Salvo's fish and chip wrapper newspaper Warcry was flogged sold for the first time in Sydney.

1890 - The train travellers were most pleased when the railway line from Burnley to Oakleigh (Vic) was flung open for intrepid tripsters.

1891 - Dr Richard Schomburgk, the Director of Adelaide's Botanic Gardens, suddenly dropped off the perch.
Read more about this former Prussian rebel who dreamt up fabulous flora for Adelaide that's still enjoyed to this day.

1891 - The peeps wot made decisions at that extinct beast Victoria Railways were sniffing some sort of adhesive when they closed the Dunkeld to Penshurst railway line.

1891 - But obviously not all of them at Victoria Railways were as high as Harry Highpants' Top Hat cos they opened the line from Fairfield Park to Riversdale.

1891 - They were on a roll when they opened the railway line from Maldon (Laanecoorie Junction) to Shelbourne (Vic).

1900 - In Queensland 1,280 acres were gazetted as an Aboriginal reserve at Barambah.

1907 - The world's first surf reel was dem...


France terror attack: Gunman kills three, takes hostages at supermarket "IndyWatch Feed National"

France terror attack: Gunman kills three, takes hostages at supermarket --The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the rampage near Carcassonne and the town of Trebes. | 24 March 2018 | A gun-wielding extremist unleashed bloodshed in a quiet corner of southern France, killing three people as he hijacked a car, opened fire on police and took hostages in a supermarket, where panicked shoppers hid in a meat freezer or ran through the aisles. The 26-year-old attacker was slain as police stormed the market with the help of a heroic officer who had switched places with a captive and suffered life-threatening wounds - one of 16 people injured in the day's violence. The attacker was identified as 26-year-old Redouane Lakdim, whom France's top counterterrorism prosecutor said cried "Allahu akbar" and claimed he was a "soldier of the Islamic State" as he stormed the supermarket wuth about 50 people inside.


70% crop losses due to extreme weather in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was always going to be a big ask for the nation's grain crop to reach last year's record breaker, but extreme weather events across the country have guaranteed the harvest is well down on last year. Some grain-growing regions have even reported a drop of more than 70 per cent on last year's harvest. In the north of the country grain farmers battled extreme dry, in NSW and Victoria a late frost and record rains damaged crops, and WA made a comeback late in the season with much-needed rain. Dry winter impacts yields For Matthew Dart who farms at Merriwagga in southern NSW it's a harvest he was happy to see the back of. "It was one of those years where any mistake in any given sequence you were penalised so heavily," he said.


Market Talk- March 23, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"


If you were in any doubt what Asia thinks about the possibility of a trade war, you saw the answer today. All major indices lower with losses between 2% and Japans Nikkei -4.5%. The Yen saw the flight to quality and even this evening is trading with a 104 handle. Market looks to have priced-in the worst but there is still a 30 day consultation period before enacted. Expect this uncertainty to last for a couple of weeks yet, so worth keeping a very close eye on the quarter end numbers. Shanghai and Hang Seng gave back 3.5% and 2.5% respectively with the Australian ASX off just 2%! The SENSEX held in reasonably well losing just 1.2% with the INR holding the 65 handle. SENSEX is not far from good support but the INR continues to look vulnerable.

Europe hit hard also and it was the DAX again that felt the brunt of the power. Closing down near 2% its the financials, autos and heavy manufacturing sectors where sellers are forced to drop offers to attract volume. DAX is now at levels similar to March and those of last summer, with crucial support for quarter end around the 11,400 level an important level to watch next week. Funny, doesnt seem that long ago there was only a 2k points between the DAX and DOW (actually, think it was 18 years ago)! The CAC also heavy and pretty much in line whilst the UKs FTSE demonstrated a little more sturdiness. Mid-session an Italian headline wobbled BTPs, which also shook other peripherals, but all managed to recover by the close with a little helping hand so went the rumour.

US (futures) traded weaker in the Asian time zone sympathising with local markets and was down almost 400 points at one stage, but recovered in European trading in-order for cash to open almost unchanged. Having rejected an early recovery we drifted for much of the time but finally rolled-over into the weekend. Closing off 400 points the fear remains weekend headlines and there is not a shortage of where they could appear from! Next week will be interesting to see where we finish for the month but is also quarter end. We have been targeting the week of March 19th for a while and now we know why. Many question, with all the uncertainty, why there is no signifi...


Student push for sensible gun control measures "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tomorrow (Saturday, March 24) is the day for the March For Our Lives rallies organized all around the country, with the main one being in Washington, DC. This was initiated by the students of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school students in Parkland, Florida where the February 14 mass killings took place, in which a 19-year old former student used a semi-automatic assault weapon to gun down 17 students. These students have managed to galvanize opposition to the easy availability of guns in a way that adults have not been able to. The Guardian newspaper has handed over oversight of the coverage of the event to the student journalists and editorial staff of the Eagle Eye, the student newspaper.

The student editors have published an editorial outlining the changes they wish to see. Ill just give the headlines, omitting the justifications and elaborations they provide for each one.

  • Ban semi-automatic weapons that fire high-velocity rounds
  • Ban accessories that simulate automatic weapons
  • Establish a database of gun sales and universal background checks
  • Change privacy laws to allow mental healthcare providers to communicate with law enforcement
  • Close gun show and secondhand sales loopholes
  • Allow the CDC to make recommendations for gun reform
  • Raise the firearm purchase age to 21
  • Dedicate more funds to mental health research and professionals
  • Increase funding for school security

When reading this, what struck me was how sensible and reasonable these suggestions were. When we were that age, my generation would have called for the burning down of all gun-making factories and the surrender of all such assault weapons that would then be piled high and made into a bonfire, like the draft card bonfires. Hell, even the Australian government did the surrender part after assault weapons were banned following a mass killing of 39 people in Tasmania by a lone gunman in 1996.

But despite the fact that these recommendations are so moderate, you can expect the NRA and the politicians it has purchased to try to paint these students as wild-eyed radicals who are too young to understand the realities of the world.

The students have also put out various other measures to promote this cause, such as this We See You video....


What cryptocurrency investors need to know about their gains and their tax liability "IndyWatch Feed National"

For most people, cryptocurrency taxes are often an afterthought, with some newer investors not even realizing that their gains are taxable. The general unawareness of tax liability among the general public has actually persisted for quite some time now, despite []

The post What cryptocurrency investors need to know about their gains and their tax liability appeared first on The Global Mail.


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

The writer Donald Elley

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

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

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

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

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


Africa Is Splitting In Two, At An Alarmingly Fast Rate "IndyWatch Feed National"

It may take another 10 million years, but the African continent is not going to remain in one piece. It is being split apart, with the larger continent on one side and parts of Ethiopia and Somalia floating off on the other.

Modern-day Africa was the keystone of Gondwana, the aggregated mass of southern continents that co-existed for nearly 400m years.

That supercontinent has since split apart, creating the land masses we now recognize as South America, Australia, India, Madagascar, Antarctica and, of course, Africa. And now, a new study published in Nature Geosciences is shedding light on how Africa is breaking up as well.

For the greater part of the Phanerozoic Eon,  500m years ago up to the current era, the Gondwana continents shared a common history and were populated by the same plants and animals. These continents were also marked by a climatic history that indicates the changing paleogeographic position (location of the continents over time) of this enormous landmass roughly twice the size of modern Eurasia.

Things began to change approximately 180m years ago as the modern South Atlantic Ocean, Southern Ocean, and Indian Oceans began to form. One by one, Africas Gondwanan partners began drifting away.

The modern-day East African Rift, an active tectonic plate boundary and one of the geological wonders of the world is the site of the most recent of these separations, and provides a glimpse of how continents break apart. This is the focus of the current paper in Nature Geosciences by sedimentologist Eric Roberts of James Cook University and colleagues at several Australian and American institutions.

The first stages in the splintering of a stable continent are marked by an increase in surface elevation. Like the proverbial floating iceberg, which is 90% underwater, the elevation of continents obeys the principle of isostasy: less-dense materials float on top of denser materials. The elevation of continents reflects the thickness of their crust, which is composed of less-dense material than the mantle rocks below. Mountains are high because of their thick root, which is approximately twice as thick as for the average continent. Southern and eastern Africa are different, as they have an ordinary thickness of crust, and yet are elevated by more than 1km above the average continent.



The importance of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit "IndyWatch Feed National"


Singapores Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, left, and Australias Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hold a joint press conference at the end of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, special summit, in Sydney, Sunday, March 18, 2018. Leaders attending issued a joint statement with Australia that also calls for non-militarization and a code of conduct in the contested waters of the South China Sea, where China has become increasingly assertive. AP/Rick Rycroft

Katrina Clemente-Lua ( March 23, 2018 3:06pm

On March 17 to 18, the Australian Government welcomed the leaders of the ASEAN member states for its first-ever special summit to be held in Australia. While the significance of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit cannot be discounted, it is puzzling that the meeting was not subject of a buzz.

More so, President Rodrigo Duterte skipped the special summit to attend the Philippine Military Academy graduation on March 18. As it was an opportunity for the president to have a dialogue with aspiring military officials, it was likewise of great consequence for the president to have attended the ASEAN-Australia as an indication of the countrys commitment to further its security and diplomatic ties with Australia.

Significance of ASEAN to Australia

Australia became a dialogue partner of the ASEAN in 1974. The summit, which signified the increasingly close relations of ASEAN and Australia, was an opportunity for both parties alike to demonstrate the value of each others cooperation and engagement.

Australia is among the major powers that have engaged with ASEAN as a bloc. Undeniably and as stated in Australias 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper, the stakes of Australia in the Indo-Pacific which encompasses the member states of ASEAN, are quite high.



Mass whale stranding at Hamelin Bay in Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some 150 whales were found stranded on a beach at Hamelin Bay in Western Australia on Friday morning, March 23, 2018. The event prompted major rescue effort, but only 15 of them remain alive. Only about 15 of the 150 short-finned pilot whales that stranded at...... Read more


Did John Bolton Defenestrate Anyone? "IndyWatch Feed National"

John Bolton. (Photo on left: On right: Youtube)

Editors Note: This article was originally published on April 21, 2005 at Online Journal with the title Did John Bolton Murder State Department Official John J. Kokal? It is reprinted here with permission of the author.

by Wayne Madsen

In a case eerily reminiscent of the death of British Ministry of Defense bio-weapons expert, Dr. David Kelly, an official of the State Departments Bureau of Intelligence and Research Near East and South Asian division (INR/NESA), John J. Kokal, 58, was found dead in the late afternoon of November 7, 2003. 

Police indicated he may have jumped from the roof of...


Trump Expands His Trade War to China "IndyWatch Feed National"


The Trump administration has announced plans to impose tariffs worth of $50 billion on Chinese imports, along with new restrictions on Chinese investment in the United States.

The move comes just weeks after Trump slapped blanket tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, angering allies in Europe and East Asia. Some of these concerns were allayed on Thursday when it was announced that Australia, Brazil, Canada, South Korea, and Mexico would be receiving a temporary exception.

The China tariffs usher in a trade showdown that has been long expected by President Trumps base, whom were frequently told that China would be punished for its unfair trade practices during the 2016 presidential campaign. The $50 billion tariff package does just that, and perhaps more importantly for the long-term is that it shifts US-China relations to more openly antagonistic ground. Yet there are still concerns that tariffs arent the best tool available to President Trump if he wants to even the playing field of US-China trade.

The post Trump Expands His Trade War to China appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.


Researchers Claim Link Between Autism and Sun "IndyWatch Feed National"

A new study out of Perth, Australia claims that there is a link between sun exposure and autism. Researchers from the Telethon Kids Institute claim to have found that pregnant rats deprived of Vitamin D...

The post Researchers Claim Link Between Autism and Sun appeared first on Vaxxter.

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Friday, 23 March


True Love "IndyWatch Feed National"

Donald Trump mural believed to be the work of Australian graffiti artist Lushsux has popped up on Israels barrier in the West Bank, this time depicting the US president sharing a kiss with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu and Trump kiss in West Bank mural. (Credit: Ammar Awad/Reuters)Netanyahu and Trump kiss in West Bank mural. (Credit: Ammar Awad/Reuters)

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Standing against the backdrop of a cement section of the security wall in Bethlehem, his face hidden by a headdress, a man who identified himself as Lushsux said that he hoped his painting would draw attention to Palestinians stuck in an indoor prison.


More Than 130 Whales Die in Mass Stranding in Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

from The Guardian

One hundred and thirty-five whales have died after being washed ashore in Western Australia.

A rescue operation began on Friday morning in Hamelin Bay, on the states south-western tip, to save the remaining 15, with volunteers and vets trying to keep the surviving short-finned pilot whales alive before deciding when to herd them out to sea.

One witness described trying to steer one of the animals out to sea, only to watch it beach itself again.

Jeremy Chick, who is controlling the rescue attempt near the town of Augusta, said the main priorities were to ensure the welfare of the remaining live whales and the safety of everyone involved in the operation before any rescue attempt was made to herd the whales back out to sea.

The strength of the animals and the windy and possibly wet weather conditions will affect when and where we attempt to move them out to sea, he said.

People were asked to avoid the area because rescuers had enough staff there.

Authorities warned the public to take care near the water because the dead and dying animals could bring sharks closer to shore. A three-metre shark was seen in the bay within a few hours.

Hamelin beach is closed from Hamelin Caravan Park to North Point including Grace Road and Reserve Road, and a shark alert has been issued for the area.

The largest mass stranding of whales in WA happened in 1996 when 320 long-finned pilot whales stranded themselves in Dunsborough.

Short-finned pilot whales inhabit tropical and subtropical waters and may be seen in the hundreds but groups usually number fewer than 100.

On Friday, the whales were fir...


Reclaiming our narrative: WEAVE festival presents an immersion in culture "IndyWatch Feed National"

The WEAVE Festival has been running throughout the month of March at the Australian Museum, inviting a new interpretation of the large collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Pacific artefacts held by the Museum.


Central and northern New South Wales floods as 13 inches of rain falls in 48 hours in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

In just two days, more than 300 millimetres of rain has fallen in parts of eastern New South Wales, resulting in flash flooding. A low pressure trough moving slowly along the NSW coast brought persistent rain and storms to parts of the Hunter and lower Mid North Coast during the last 36 hours. The heaviest falls so far have occurred on the Barrington Tops, where a rain gauge at Careys Peak received 339 millimetres during the 48 hours to 9am today, Weatherzone recorded.


Sexual Assault in the Greens and the left "IndyWatch Feed National"

Recently sexual assaults within the Australian Greens have been gaining more attention. Jasmina Brankovich lives in Perth, Western Australia and has been following this issue closely.

In this interview we talk about sexual assault within the Greens and the lack of structures to deal with them.

In the second part we talk about this issue in the broader left and anarchist community.

[Part 1]

Jasmina: For the past few years especially last year I think weve had a number of allegations covering all shades I guess of a male sexual violence as I prefer to call it in the Greens, and its seemingly across all branches so I think that Ive heard about the New South Wales, Victoria, WA and at the very least those those main branches so what we had is basically a number of allegations across a number of branches portraying theres complete lack of interest in dealing with them, theres also lack of structures structure for instance a lot of branches and I know about WA one of those allegations arose do not have anything like the sexual harassment policy and processes to deal with them not-with-standing the fact that some branches and at them at the national level are developing their policy now.

These things were not in place when the allegations against the current Senator Senator Jordan Steele John published in the True Crime News Weekly so these allegations have been covered in the independent non mains stream press....


Stocks Slide as China-U.S. Trade Conflict Kicks Off "IndyWatch Feed National"

European and Asian markets fall amid escalating trade tensions

  • Japans Nikkei drops 4.5%
  • U.S. stock futures edge lower
  • Bonds gain, yen hits highest since 2016

The global equities swoon deepened Friday in Europe and Asia, as market participants dumped stocks amid escalating trade tensions.

The Stoxx Europe 600 fell 0.9% in the early minutes of trading, following a 4.5% drop in Japans Nikkei and declines of 2%-4% in Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia and Shanghai. Futures suggested U.S. stocks would open slightly lower with the S&P 500 poised to edge down 0.2% and the Nasdaq off 0.6%.

The jitters came after the Trump administration on Thursday said it would impose tariffs on tens of billions of dollars of Chinese imports on top of duties on steel and aluminum imports. Chinas commerce ministry responded Friday announcing it would levy tariffsagainst $3 billion worth of U.S. goods including pork and recycled aluminum.

The market is so fixated on the potential effects of tariffs that its overshadowing anything else thats occurring, said Brent Schutte, chief investment strategist at Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company.

Overall, I still think the risk of a large trade war, while probably bigger than a year ago, is still not large enough to derail the broader economic story, he said, but noted there would be a lot of guess work for some time about just how far trade tensions can go.

On Thursday the Dow industrials fell 2.9%, their biggest one-day percentage decline since Feb. 8, while the S&P 500 fell 2.5% to erase all gains for the year.

Although the import tariffs had been telegraphed for weeks, Thursdays package, covering about $60 billion in goods, sent investors into safe havens....


Mass stranding of over 150 pilot whales at Hamelin Bay, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A mass stranding of more than 150 pilot whales overnight has led to the deaths of most of those animals, in one of the largest beachings on Western Australia's southwest coast in several years. After being alerted by a fisherman early this morning, wildlife officers discovered about 75 short-finned pilot whales already dead, with around 50 still alive but beached on the sand at Hamelin Bay, 10km north of Augusta on the state's southwestern tip. But many whales have since died, according to senior marine operations officer for Parks and Wildlife John Edwards. At midday, volunteers and conservation officers were struggling to save 15 whales still swimming in shallow waters by guiding them back out to sea. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development issued a shark advice and warned people to avoid the area.


South African Politician Blasts "Racist" Australia For Harboring Fleeing White Farmers "IndyWatch Feed National"

In perhaps the most Orwellian statement of the day, the head of South Africas radical Marxist opposition party - who declared his party was "cutting the throat of whiteness" - called Australia a "racist country" for offering fleeing white farmers a refuge.
As we have detailed previouslylast month, South Africas parliament ...


Death and Impunity: Iraq Fifteen Years After "IndyWatch Feed National"

It might have made a bit more than a whimper had the US political scene not found itself in yet another paroxysm of the drama known as the Trump White House.  Fifteen years before, governments aligning with the dogs of war decided, in defiance of millions of protestors globally, to invade a sovereign state.  Papers cheered with blood lust; propagandists and public relations firms were hired to push the politics of regime change in a country that was already hemmed in by sanctions and surveillance.

The invasion of Iraq must, over time, be given its own specific criminal gravity.  It sundered the Middle East, it tore at the artificially imposed borders contrived by former colonial masters.  It emboldened new foes and generated further disagreements.  For generations, chaos will be guaranteed on the heaped folly of the 2003 decision.

The results are in, went a sombre Charles P. Pierce for Esquire. Iraq never recovered.  Syria devolved into civil war. We got closer than ever to the inhumane regime in Saudi Arabia, now engaged in mass slaughter in Yemen with weapons we supplied, because theres never been a problem with that before.

As Matt Taibbi reflected, the invasion had the element of awesome drama, made more thrilling by the seemingly obvious craziness of it all. The subtext was a lack of sensible reason, distorted by the mania that Iraq had somehow become a global threat with a trigger happy maniac. In place was ample hysteric delight, characterised by the opening phase of the campaign: Shock and Awe.

As with the Indochina War, the invasion mirrored an emerging malaise back home.  Invading Iraq was one of the great crimes of this or any age and destined to be a crossroads event in the history of Americas decline.  It was a cold, calculated, opportunistic power grab, aimed as much at future targets, and even our own population, as at the Iraqi enemy.

The US allies who, with unfazed enthusiasm went in with similar destructive intent, were also showing mixed degrees of reflection.  In Australia, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd saw a chance to chastise his predecessor, John Howard, for having joined the US-led enterprise.  John Howards decision to commit thousands of Australian troops to the invasion of Iraq 15 years ago, began his opening salvo, ranks as one of the two great failures of Australian foreign policy since the Second World War.

Rudd can show periods of sensible reflection.  The decision to invade Iraq had to also rank alongside another US-led mission that was doomed: the V...


South Africa: where Australia is code for racist "IndyWatch Feed National"

I am sitting down to write this on Human Rights Day, a national holiday commemorating the 1960 Sharpeville massacre. It is a day that evokes memories of state violence and institutionalised racism, of the apartheid governments determination to brutalise and dehumanise non-white South Africans, but it also points to more recent processes of nation-building and (as yet unrealised) healing.


Record number of U.S. Marines to train in Australia in symbolic challenge to China "IndyWatch Feed National"


SYDNEY (Reuters) The United States will deploy a record number of Marines to train in Australia, the Australian defense minister said on Friday, as Washington seeks to counter what it describes as Chinese aggression in the region.

U.S. Marine Pfc. Reuschel Ortiz (left) directs the distribution of ammunition at Freshwater Beach, Australia, during amphibious assault landing operations of Exercise Crocodile 99 on Oct. 1, 1999. Exercise Crocodile 99 is a combined U.S. and Australian military training exercise being conducted at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, Australia.  DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel E. Smith, U.S. Navy.

The U.S. military plays a vital role in underwriting security and stability across the Indo-Pacific, and the Force Posture Initiatives will be an essential component in preserving stability and security over the coming decades, Defence Minister Marise Payne said in a statement.

Payne said 1,587 U.S. Marines will spend six months training in Australias remote north, an increase of nearly 27 percent on its 2017 rotation for the program known as the Force Posture Initiatives.

The deployment, first introduced in 2011 as part of a U.S. pivot to Asia, has emerged as a key indicator of Washingtons commitment to the region under U.S. President Donald Trump and his willingness to counter Chinese influence in a region where tensions have spiked amid disputes over the South China Sea.

China claims most of the South China Sea, an important trade route that is also believed to contain large quantities of oil and natural gas, and has been building artificial islands on reefs, some with ports and air strips.

In a move likely to irk Beijing, the U.S. Marines will train with personnel from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, some of which also have claims in the South China Sea.

China will monitor whatever the U.S. does and it would prefer that the United States not work with the Asian countries included in these exercises, said Euan Graham, director of the international security program at Australian think tank the Lowy Institute.

Beijing would like to deal one-on-one with Southeast Asia nations that have counter claims, he said.

The U.S. Marines will also bring additional military equi...


Vietnam Courts Closer Ties with Australia to Check China "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Ralph Jennings

Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc participates in a signing ceremony with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at Australia's Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, March 15, 2018.
Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc participates in a signing ceremony with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at Australias Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, March 15, 2018.
Vietnam is edging closer to Australia as it seeks broader international help in checking Chinas expansion in the disputed South China Sea.On March 15, the two countries signed a strategic partnership to increase high-level dialogue, marking an upgrade to other partnerships in effect since 2009, the Australian foreign affairs department says. The partnership includes pledges to address security threats, and work together on maritime policymaking.

Australia and Vietnam reached the agreement as Vietnam seeks wider help in keeping the more powerful Beijing in check in the contested South China Sea. Australia is also looking for more inroads into Southeast Asia, where it has security and business interests.

To the extent theyre both concerned about especially things like freedom of navigation and the East (China) Sea they have a shared interest with Vietnam in keeping the sea lanes open, said Frederick Burke, partner with the law firm Baker McKenzie in Ho Chi Minh City.

Converging maritime interests

China and Vietnam dispute sovereignty over parts of a resource-rich sea that stretches across 3.5 million square kilometers from Hong Kong to Borneo. Taiwan and three other Southeast Asian countries have claims in....


The Weekend Quiz March 24-25, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blogs I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. One interpretation of the sectoral balances decomposition of the national accounts, is that it is impossible for all governments (in all nations) to run public surpluses without impairing growth because it is likely that the private domestic sector in some countries will desire to save overall.

2. A rising government deficit will always allow the private domestic sector to increase its saving in nominal terms.

3. A rising government deficit indicates an expansionary shift in policy and the challenge is to calibrate that expansion to ensure nominal demand growth does not exceed the real capacity of the economy to respond by increasing real output.



How to save a life "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


Its been four weeks since How Now arrived at Edgars Mission, dangerously thin, too weak to stand, eat or drink, yet somehow still miraculously clinging to life. During her initial veterinary exam, it soon became clear what had led to this dear girls shocking condition when x-rays revealed two metal nails inside How Nows gizzard. The gizzard is an essential component of a chickens digestive tract, where hard stones and grit reside to grind down seeds. The presence of the nails in How Nows gizzard had hindered this crucial digestive process and, even worse, one of the nails had begun to work its way through the thick muscular lining of the gizzard. The diagnosis was in- the foreign material needed to be removed and there was little time to spare.nails 20180314 how now (2)

After gaining a little strength in our care, How Now was soon in the expert hands of our trusted veterinary team, who skilfully carried out lifesaving surgery to remove the nails, along with two other pieces of metal debris that were uncovered during the procedure. With the surgery complete, we knew it was still a long road to recovery for How Now with even more questions looming before us. Could her body recover from this? Had she found her way to us too late? And did she still have it within her to keep up her fight?

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One thing certainly is not in question is the incredible...


A response to Joe Hildebrand's article 'Immigration debate is just left wing racism' "IndyWatch Feed National"

'Immigration debate is just left wing racism', according to the headline of Joe Hildebrand's latest article at He then goes on to assert that questioning our rate of immigration is an ideology confined only to the far right and the far left. Really? I would like to take this opportunity to re-assure readers that it is in fact a concern for Australians from all political backgrounds and walks of life and we ignore this at our peril.

This is why it was actually the duty of every media outlet from the Herald Sun to the 'quintessential progressive media double act of Fairfax and the ABC' to bring this conversation into the public realm. Bearing in mind that our cities will need to have a further 1.5 trillion dollars of infrastructure investment by 2045 just to keep up, this sudden interest from the ABC was, in fairness, a bit late in coming. Even Tony Jones acknowledged the sheer amount of concern that there is on this issue during a Q&A special on whether or not we are ready for a Big Australia.

So comparing all lefties who question our current rate of immigration with the kind of mindset that sparked the Cronulla riots is very problematic. The truth is that unless you are an advocate of open borders, there comes a point whereby everyone has a limit to what they think our annual rate of migration should be. In other words, according to Hildebrand, there comes a point whereby everyone becomes a racist.

Then there are those who do want to see a policy of open borders but that would do absolutely nothing to resolve the very issues that are pushing people to leave their homeland in the first place. In other words it does nothing to help the vast majority of people who, for one reason or another, would be left behind.

This is why a proactive measure such as foreign aid as opposed to a reactive measure such as unlimited migration can help communities on the ground to better manage their environment while providing increased access to education and family planning. That, in combination with much improved urban and regional planning at home, is the ONLY way that we can collectively reduce habitat loss and s...


Ai Weiwei Highlights Treatment of Global Refugees in Human Flow Documentary and Sydney Biennale Installations "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

My latest post for Global Voices:

During a visit to Australia, Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has blitzed the media with his concerns about the global treatment of refugees.

He is the headline artist with two major installations at the Biennale of Sydney that runs until June 2018. One, called The Law of the Journey located at the Cockatoo Island, features a black rubber, inflatable boat and figures. They were made with the same material used to produce the hazardous boats that some asylum seekers and migrants travel in while attempting to cross the Mediterranean.

...Ai also spoke at the Cinema Nova for the Melbourne opening of his documentary Human Flow, which features the stories of refugees in 23 countries in 2016.

...Kon Karapanagiotidis from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre conducted a live interview on Facebook and Twitter that has since attracted nearly 10,000 viewers.

More: From Sydney Biennale Installations to Film Screenings, Ai Weiwei Highlights Treatment of Global Refugees


No State Project ep 55 Cop Charged with Murder in Minnesota "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its rare, but a cop was charged with murder in Minnesota.

Spoke with Chris in Kansas about defending against a parking ticket.  Witt from Gilbert, Arizona, takes issue with this.

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John Horgan-Once Gaining Power Veers NDP Party To Right-Abandons Grassroots-Rolls Electoral Dice-Can Horgan Garner BC Liberal(Conservative) Voters to Make up for Losing BC's Progressive "Activist" Support "IndyWatch Feed National"

Updated March 22/ written below, everything I said has come true...any shred of the BC NDP pre-election 2017 is now gone.....Horgan sold out the province and the people....Horgan gave the LNG industry PST exemption(read HST in a new form) long til all industry demands a HST tax regime....Horgan exempted LNG industry from the carbon tax....Horgan also removed BC's LNG taxation framework...a tax that started at 7%....then BC Liberals slashed that tax to 1.5%....Today John Horgan slashed that taxrate to ZERO %.....and with $billions in unclaimed(as of yet) deep-well drilling credits.....Corporate welfare on steroids....we have officially entered into the Australian like LNG taxation zone....meaning BC we never see any revenue from LNG......and with that...adios BC NDP....hope some of you cross the floors, I'd hate to see all you MLAs look like word salad idiots and Party Root any of you NDP MLAS have any honour, morals or backbone...Probably not!....

It's far worse people...because today in Ottawa(March 22nd 2018) several northern BC Mayors pleading for the federal Government, pleading to Trudeau to REMOVE IMPORT DUMPING DUTIES ON ASIAN STEEL COMPONENTS....because as you know, LNG Canada is having the entire natural gas liquefaction plant built in S Korea and barged to B.C.....along with Korean workers to reassemble what THEY built....that's how it is, Trudeau has Horgan by the balls....Horgan begging to remove import duties....Trudeau wanting Horgan to get out of the way of Kinder Morgan....this is a twofer, and it's coming.....Horgan has already made a deal with it is....(BC Government after studying Ottawa's and industry's spill response have determined that Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion is safe to proceed) ...Horgan will boast.. that in return he got import duties removed too...

Horgan campaigned left and now governs far right....what a dishonest bunch BC NDP are..

Bottom line for LNG Canada and their project....They are PST carbon LNG tax...royalties will be next to none as there are $billion in dri...


Hard science can be undertaken on 'anomalies.' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear readers,

I note that tomorrow, Sydney researcher Bill Chalker and abductee Peter Khoury are speaking in my home town of Melbourne at a VUFOA sponsored event. I am looking forward to going along as a silent observer. I am hoping that the duo may be providing some updated information about the physical evidence aspects of Peter's experiences. For readers who may be unaware of these details, which involve DNA analyses here is a link.

The 'Ata' anomaly

Coincidently, DNA analyses of an apparently anomalous skeleton, which some have suggested is extraterrestrial, features in a US CNN report dated 22 March 2018. 

A mummified skeleton was found 15 years ago in the Atacama Desert in Chile. The recent Dr Steven Greer documentary 'Sirius' which featured this skeleton, strongly proposed that the skeleton was of an extraterrestrial 'alien.' 

However, an article just published in the scientific journal 'Genome Research' reveals that this unusual skeleton is actually human, with multiple bone disease-associated mutations, thus giving it a very unusual appearance. Here is hard science at its best.

The 'Starchild' skull

A second recently published hard science analysis, including DNA work, reports on an unusual 900 year old skull found in the 1930's in Mexico. US researcher Lloyd Pye initiated work on this skull between 1999 and 2014 looking for evidence as to the possibilit...


Therapeutic Albo says Victorian Ombudsman Labor rorts report "an enormous beatup" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vic Labor rorts a 'beat-up': Albanese 23 Mar 2018, 3:36 a.m. Anthony Albanese says Victorian Labor's rorts-for-votes scandal is an "enormous beat-up". The discovery Victorian Labor wrongly spent almost $400,000 of taxpayers' money by redirecting electoral staff to work in the 2014 election campaign is an "enormous beat-up" says Anthony...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

China Has Various Options for Hitting Back at US on Trade
By Wang Weiwei
Global Times
Published: 2018/3/22 21:53:40

US President Donald Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on imports from various countries, but has granted Canada, Mexico and Australia immunity. The tariff order also allows any country with a security relationship with the US to hold discussions, with the possibility of further exemptions. But Trump has been more and more aggressive in his trade measures toward China.

Earlier this month, the Trump administration asked China to cut its trade surplus by $100 billion. Several days later, Trump talked of a $60 billion annual tariff plan for Chinese products. The US leader's tendency to tie economic interests and security together to exert pressure on China is becoming clearer. But China can deal with the US measures and the threat of a trade war in various ways.

The first would be to increase imports and exports between the two countries in order to use cooperation to resolve the various issues. Exports were one of the main drivers of China's economic recovery in 2017 and an important source of employment. China's exports will be affected in the short term by the escalation of US trade sanctions, which will impact the Chinese economy. China could use cooperation to defuse the conflict by increasing trade between the two countries, for instance by expanding its opening-up in services, manufacturing and commodities. And the US could relax its controls on exports of high-tech, high-value-added products to China.

Second, multilateral organisations and a dispute settlement mechanism could be used to put pressure on the US. China can improve regional economic cooperation via the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), while countering the US within the framework of the WTO.

China could also set up an international dispute settlement mechanism to resolve trade rows. With the expansion of China's trade and investment, the country's economic development has become more integrated with the world economy, and a dispute settlement mechanism could help in solving any problems.

Third, there is the issue of security. The US uses its national security as....


RAP Project Officer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Murdoch University Perth, Western Australia


Video: The man who refused to leave the children behind "IndyWatch Feed National"


In 1942, a man led 192 children to the gas chambers 80 years later, he is still celebrated for his act. His name was Janusz Korczak.

Lets never forget the heroes who stood up in the name of humanity.


Video from HSA Holocaust Social Archive


In 1942, a man led 192 children to the gas chambers 80 years later, he is still celebrated for his act!In memory of the Holocaust, let's never forget the heroes who stood up in the name of humanity HSA Holocaust Social Archive

Posted by Meirav Kaye on Sunday, March 18, 2018


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All-Energy Australia 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Taking place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, this free-to-attend, business-to-business conference and exhibition is the largest of its kind in Australia.


Make America Great Again by Making America Moral Again. "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Colin Powells Presentation to the UN Security Council On Iraqs WMD Program, (R) Congress

by G5

If Trump wants to Make America Great Again, he first has to Make America Moral Again.

In all the annals of stupidity, someone forgot to tell America, that people will say anything to stop the torture not any Truth. And deli...


Tropical Cyclone "Nora" forms near Northern Territory, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tropical Cyclone "Nora" formed in the Arafura Sea, Australian Northern Territory, on March 22, 2018 and is expected to intensify into a severe system over the weekend. This is the 9th cyclone of the 2017/18 Australian region tropical cyclone season....... Read more

AirAsia airline considering ICO "IndyWatch Feed National"

AirAsias CEO, Tony Fernandez, is a businessman known for taking risks, and hes about to take another one as hes considering an initial coin offering (ICO) for his low-cost airline. Launching the ICO is part of an agenda to push []

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What I Know About These Directed Energy Weapons "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the time that I have been attacked by these directed energy weapons- this is what I know.

These weapons prevent one from being able to sleep. Years ago- I made a video talking about not being able to sleep for three weeks when I was being attacked. This is that video

At the same time this was happening, I discovered that the President of Iran- Mahmud Ahmadinejed- was experiencing the same thing. He had been unable to sleep and was so weak that he needed help to walk- so before I decided to go to the hospital I went online and found the email of every Iranian official I could find and emailed them- explaining what I knew and alerting them as to what to look for- as they seem to need fairly close proximity in order to use their directed energy weapon.

A week after I got out of the hospital it was reported on the news that Iran had found and executed a spy.

Suddenly Mahmud Ahmadinejed was fine- as he still is today. Coincidence? Maybe- but if what I reported helped it would suggest Iran is well aware of a weapon that our government pretends doesnt exist.

But then that is difficult when NBC reported that the Air Force told Congress about the fact that they had this weapon in 2006 and that were planning to use them on American citizens to show the rest of the world they were safe. Not to mention the official Air Force documentation.

Before this last attack that began last March in 2017- I interviewed a targeted individual whos name is Spence Everson who detailed what he knows about these weapons. Here is that interview

Last April and May I lost over a hundred pounds. However I was told to look for rocks in my yard. At first I believed this to be ridiculous but after being pushed to do so I discovered that twelve large rocks had been planted in my yard. I had mowed this yard for three years and knew these rocks had been placed in my yard as they hadnt existed before.

Mesner and his band will dismiss this- claiming they were talking rocks- but it wasnt the rocks that were the issues but rather the mold that was on the upside of the rocks that were above ground.

I found this SAME grayish black mold on the top of the vents of an air conditioner in my bedroom- although it was neither on the bottom of the vents nor was it inside the air conditioner itself but looked as if it had been painted on.

After discovering this- I was no longer being microwaved and gained the weight back almost immediately.

These weapons are being used to murder people q...


Scared Koala Who Lost Her Forest Clung To Power Pole For 2 Days "IndyWatch Feed National"

A wild koala is finally safe after spending two days clinging to a power pole in sweltering heat. 

The poor girl had climbed up the pole in the city of Toowoomba, in Queensland, Australia, probably thinking it was the trunk of a eucalyptus tree then couldn't get down.

She was stuck hovering above rushing traffic and barking dogs, probably terrified.

Credit: Clare Gover/Return to the Wild

Once the koala was spotted, Clare Gover, a wildlife rehabilitator and founder of Return to the Wild, and a crew of electricians with a cherry picker came to her rescue.

Credit: Clare Gover/Return to the Wild

The crew managed to coax the scared animal off the pole and safely into a net.

Gover found that the koala was dangerously dehydrated as well as very stressed. 

"We gave her fluids, a fresh leaf, and held her overnight for a rest," Gover told The Chronicle. "She started eating straight away."

The next day, the wild koala seemed like herself again, and so she was released back into the forest but the future of koalas in the region is uncertain...


2018 Chinese Australian Hometown Heritage Tour "IndyWatch Feed National"

In January 2018, Sophie Couchman and I hosted our second Chinese Australian Hometown Heritage Tour to Hong Kong and Guangdong. The tour ran for eleven days, from 14 to 24 January 2018, and visited Hong Kong, Jiangmen, Kaiping, Taishan, Xinhui, Zhongshan and Zhuhai. We were joined on the tour by seventeen guests, from New South Wales,


At the hotspot #3 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Here are the results of some armchair birdwatching at my latest hotspot. It is always a thrill to catch a glimpse of a Chestnut-rumped Hylacola and that is usually all you get. This area is one of the few reliable spots for this species in the Muckleford bush and this inquisitive male posed momentarily before running off mouse-like as is its habit.

The Rainbow Bee-eater was photographed the previous evening, one of a small flock of six hawking round the dam. I heard them again in the distance last night. Also of note was Diamond Firetail, Black-chinned Honeyeater and Tree Martins chasing insects above the water.

Eastern Yellow Robin, South German Track, 22nd March 2018


Solar energy poised to take off in a big way in New South Wales "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

NSW, the sleeping giant of rooftop solar, is about to awake   By Giles Parkinson on 22 March 2018 


Where & why population growth is accelerating (& declining) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Population growth up again

Figures out yesterday showed employment growth tracking at record levels, with a stunning +420,700 year-on-year increase in employment, including an eye-watering +166,200 increase in New South Wales.

I took a look through those numbers in a bit more detail, including at the state level, here.

Population growth tends to be pro-cyclical, and over the year to September 2017 the annual growth in Australia's estimated resident population picked up to +395,600, for the quickest annual increase since 2013 in absolute terms, if not in percentage terms.

The estimated rate of population increase through net overseas migration is a bit faster than might be implied by the issuance of permanent residency visas, with the growth international students accounting for some of the difference.

I'll take a look below through where and why that's happened in 4 short parts.

Part 1: By natural causes...

As the population grows and ages the number of deaths each year tends to climb steadily, now up to +161,100 over the year to September 2017.

The trends for births are a bit more complicated, and often vary quite significantly around the regions of Australia and by culture.

Generally speaking, we're still having babies, but on average we opt to do it later in life than was the case in preceding decades.

I'm not a bad case study myself for Australia's population trends, being a capital city immigrant to Sydney that worked in professional services, then mining, then real estate, relocated to Brisbane, and left having children about as late as nature would allow.

You might say I'm following the herd, but in actual fact, my plan has been to be ahead of the herd on all fronts, and indeed with the benefit of hindsight I probably got out of the mining industry a few years too soon (bubbles can have a second wind and run for much longer than you think they will...but you live and learn!).

Anyway, back to the demographic statistics, there was previously a bit of a blip in the births figures - the error was administrative and related to slow record-keeping rather than babies actually popping out - but the backlog now seems to be fixed and total births have stabilised at around +306,500.

Thus, the natural increase in Australia's population over the year to September was +145,500, a bit....


Family members give evidence in Pell case "IndyWatch Feed National"

Relatives of people who have accused Cardinal George Pell of historical sex offences are due to give evidence at a Melbourne court hearing.

Pell, 76, is facing a committal hearing at Melbourne Magistrates Court that will determine if he stands trial over multiple historical sex offences involving multiple complainants.

People related to the complainants, neither of whom can be named for legal reasons, are due to give evidence via video link on Friday.

The complainants have already given evidence in closed court, as required by law in sex offence cases.

The court has not released any details about the charges.

On Thursday, a witness told the court he believes Pell would not have been able to remove the ceremonial robes he was wearing on the day he is accused of committing a sex offence.

The parish staff member also said he does not believe the alleged incident occurred based on his knowledge of a churchs layout.

The defence has cross-examined several witnesses about their interactions with Pell at a swimming pool, cinema, and a lake in rural Victoria, and other locations.

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Labor marine park warning disingenuous "IndyWatch Feed National"

Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has savaged Labor claims that new boundaries for marine park reserves will put the Great Barrier Reef at risk.

The federal government this week introduced changes to the regulation of 44 Australian marine parks, reducing green conservation areas around the reef from 50 to 25 per cent.

Labor is warning the changes will remove more areas from conservation than any other government in the world.

Its disingenuous in the extreme for the Labor Party to talk about cutting protections, Mr Frydenberg told ABC radio on Friday.

They introduced draft management plans back in 2012 that due to their chaotic approach never got implemented.

The minister said there would be an extra 200,000 square kilometres of protection for the sea floor under his plans, and greater safeguards for hundreds of key conservation features like reefs, sea mounts and canyons.

They will now have the highest level of protections more so than under the Labor Partys plans, he said.Mr Frydenberg insisted he was striking the right balance between fishing and conservation.

Were allowing some of Australias five million recreational fishers to get access to more of the marine park, he said.

As well as ensuring the livelihoods of our commercial fishermen and the strength of coastal communities by allowing them to engage in sustainable fishing practices.

Labor will move to disallow the changes in both houses of parliament.

The opposition will need crossbench support for its disallowance motion to succeed, with independent senator Derryn Hinch concerned about changes affecting the Coral Sea.

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Blackout risk without better power plan "IndyWatch Feed National"

NSW is at risk of long-term blackouts unless energy company AGL firms up its commitment to replace the Liddell coal-fired power station, the federal government has been advised.
The Australian Energy Market Operator said in a report released on Friday an extra 850MWs of power are needed to ensure reliability in NSW following the closure of Liddell.
It noted that if all three stages of AGLs proposed post-Liddell plan are delivered the resource gap will be eliminated.
However, given that AGL has only firmly committed to installing 100MW of additional generation there remains a significant resource gap of 850MW.
AGL welcomed the confirmation from AEMO that its NSW Generation Plan addresses the potential shortfall after the closure of Liddell.
AGL is already implementing our NSW Generation Plan, which proposes a mix of high-efficiency gas peakers, renewables, battery storage and demand response as well as the efficiency upgrade at Bayswater Power Station, it said in a statement on Friday.
Decisions for the investments are staged to enable flexibility to respond to the changing needs of the market and improvements in technology over the next five years.
In December last year, AGL outlined plans at the request of the prime minister to address a predicted 1000MW gap in electricity capacity following the closure of the 1970s-era power station in 2022.
The plan would be delivered over three stages and includes the 100MW Bayswater upgrade, and a mix of solar, wind, pumped hydro and battery storage, as well as gas peaking plants.
AGL says this will cost $1.36 billion and provide electricity at $83/MWh for up to 30 years.
By contrast, keeping Liddell open for just five years would cost $920 million and provide electricity for $106/MWh.AEMO chief Audrey Zibelman said in her review of the plan, if only the first stage of AGLs proposal was delivered there would still be a gap of 590MW exposing the power system to a high risk of involuntary load shedding.
AEMO can only include those resources for which there is a clear commitment to construct, she wrote.
She said the solution lay in the federal, state and territory governments reaching an agreement on the national energy guarantee by the end of 2018.
However, if the national agreement could be not reached a specific market mechanism should be put in place, in consultation with the NSW government, to find enough generation to replace Liddell via other projects.
Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg said it would be preferable for AGL to commit as soon as possible to stages two and three of its plan.


Waiting forever at Footscray "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

We in public transport circles often lobby for more frequent services, better-connecting services, and more consistent stopping patterns. There's a lot of theory behind why these are good ideas - but in a practical sense, what does it mean to the average person?

I'm currently planning a trip which is proving to be a good example. I need to get from Ballarat to Castlemaine, to attend a meeting at 1pm on a Saturday afternoon, and it's proving surprisingly difficult to do it without a ton of waiting around.

Castlemaine Station (via Wikipedia)

The problems

There is a coach that goes from Ballarat to Bendigo via Castlemaine which I could use. But there's two issues with this - it doesn't run at all on weekends, and even on weekdays it only runs once a day - much too late to be useful for a 1pm meeting. So that's out.

The next most obvious option is to take a train from Ballarat to Footscray, then another train from Footscray to Castlemaine. If you plug this into Google Maps or the PTV Journey Planner, it gives you this:

Journey Plan (via Google Maps)

So basically, the whole journey takes three and a half hours - but that includes a 59-minute wait at Footscray.



ISDS tribunal awards $24 million to mining company that ignored Indigenous land rights "IndyWatch Feed National"

March 23, 2018: An international investment tribunal has compensated a mining company that ignored Indigenous land rights in a case heard under the Investor-State Dispute Settlement provisions of the Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement.

The tribunal ordered the government of Peru to pay Bear Creek Canadian mining company  $18.2 million in compensation and $6 million in legal costs because the government cancelled a mining license after the company failed to obtain informed consent from Indigenous land owners about the mine, leading to mass protests.

A dissenting minority judgement about the costs noted that Bear Creek had failed to implement provisions of the ILO Convention on Indigenous Peoples to which Peru is a party, and which it had implemented through national laws.

This is a very dangerous precedent which may encourage other mining companies to use ISDS provisions in agreements like the CPTPP in the Australian context. Although there are some exemptions in parts of the CPTPP for laws relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, there is no general exemption which would totally exclude a similar ISDS case. The only total exclusion is for tobacco regulation. The reference to the importance of indigenous rights inserted by Canada into the preamble is not legally binding, unlike the rest of the agreement.

The CPTPP includes Canada, Japan, Malaysia and other countries which may have companies that invest in mining and other developments requiring consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. ISDS could be used if companies could argue that a legal or policy outcome harmed their investment.  Some Australian state governments are currently negotiating treaties with Indigenous communities, which might result in legal changes that could be subject to ISDS cases.


March 23 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1789 - London: The first news from Botany Bay hit Londons newspapers the following day.

1789 - Shipping more convicts one thousand (1,000) males and  three hundred (300)  females to Australia had been held up because, not until the Prince of Wales a returning First Fleet transport reached Falmouth on 23 March 1789, could anyone in England be certain any of the  First Fleet Robinson Crusoes marooned 13,000 miles (21,000 km) from their homeland since 1788 were still alive.

1790 - Norfolk Island: HMS Sirius, had successfully discharged her evacuees and most cargo, when she ran aground. Stuck fast in pounding surf on every side Sirius broke up over a number of days; happily, however captain Hunter and every other person belonging to her were saved.

1791 -  Tahiti: Edwards reached Tahiti but by then Fletcher Christian, who always knew the Navy would come after him, had fled. Eight (8) crew members and their Tahitian wives sailed with him to Pitcairn Island where the Bounty was scuttled.
Captain Edwards arrested fourteen (14) mutineers who had settled happily on Tahiti. Some had married into local families, two (2) had fathered a child and resisted arrest. Others, among them William Morrison and midshipman Peter Heywood, surrendered willingly but Edwards treated both groups with savage brutality.

1795 - The first cargo exported from Oz to India, of cedar logs and mahogany (you can drop some off at my joint, thanks!) was launched in the bath tub today.

1803 - Patrick Gannon, Hanged at Castle Hill for rape, attempted murder and robbery.

1803 - Francis Simpson, Hanged along with Patrick Gannon at Castle Hill for robbery.

1827 - Governor Darling  posted off a few notes on a forest of paper to Under Secretary Hay dealing with several matters in The Fair Isle of Oz, one being the rumoured murder of an Aboriginal in police custody...
"The circumstance of the Native shot at Wallis's Plains... has occasioned infinite trouble , without the possibility of coining satisfactorily at the facts. The case is briefly this. A Native, who was supposed to have been concerned in the murder of a Stockman, was seized and delivered over to the Mounted Police at Wallis's Plains under Lieut. Lowe of the 40th Regt. It was rumoured that the man had been taken out and shot in cold blood. Orders were immediately sent to the Magistrates to investigate the matter. The report of their proceedings was unsatisfactory; and they were reprimanded by my directions for not having taken the necessary steps to ascertain the facts referred to them. Conceiving it would be unavailing to employ them further in this matter, the Chairman of the Quarter Sessions was directed to proceed to Wallis's Plains and pursue the enquiry. He was wrecked on the Coast, and obliged to return to Sydney. The Acting Attorney General...


Video: Lock The Gate holding massive rally in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed National"


In New South Wales, the Lock The Gate Alliance, Is stepping up its effort to put an end to coal seam mining in the state. To build the campaign top the next level, the alliance is holding a massive rally to be held at Martin Place in Sydney at 12pm on Saturday 24 March.

Meet the Nannas there, bring a snack, a placard, some water and your walking shoes.


No one says 'no' to their Nanna. That's just another great reason to RSVP now for the #Time2Choose rally this Saturday in Sydney. Meet the Nannas at the top of Martin Place at noon. Bring a snack, a placard, some water and your walking shoes. Cause it's #Time2Choose!

Posted by Lock The Gate Alliance on Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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Rising African Political Star Criticises "Poor" Australia: "No Black People To Exploit" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rising South African political star Julius Malema has criticised Australian Home Minister Peter Dutton for offering white South African farmers a place of refuge from racism in their home country. Malema insisted Australia lacks the necessary amount of exploitable black people necessary for white farmers to avoid poverty. Malema offered the following concerns with respect to the plight of his white agragrian countrymen:

If they want to go, they must go. They must leave the keys to their tractors because we want to work the land, they must leave the keys to their houses because we want to stay in those houses.

Dont make noise, because you will irritate us. Go to Australia. It is only racists who went to Australia when Mandela got out of prison. It is only racists who went to Australia when 1994 came. It is the racists again who are going back to Australia.

They are rich here because they are exploiting black people. There is no black person to be exploited in Australia, they are going to be poor.

They will come back here with their tail between their legs. We will hire them because we will be the owners of their farms when they come back to South Africa. As to what we are going to do with the land, its our business, its none of your business.

We want Africa back. Africa belongs to our people. (archived)


Malema is the major opposition figure to South African president Cyril Ramaphosa who last month pushed through measures to allow white African land to be taken without compensation.



Truth is the first casualty in war - especially in cold war "IndyWatch Feed National"

I don't know why everyone's so hard on Putin these days. I mean, the Russian president is so kind and considerate that he waited until ex-spy Sergei Skripal had been strategically irrelevant for many years before poisoning him, and did so in a way that both failed to kill the target and strongly indicated that Russia was responsible for the attack. While other nations use highly trained killers to assassinate critical targets and make it look like a suicide, the Kremlin had the decency to use an attack that was simultaneously both ineffectual and the forensic equivalent of issuing a press release on RT saying "Yeah we totally poisoned that guy" for no conceivable benefit to itself. You can't buy that kind of charity from other western regime change targets. This is why Australians don't like Brits; they're such ungrateful whingers. The furor over the alleged Skripal poisoning has fit snugly into the pattern we've come to expect in the western empire's continual campaign to psyop the public into believing that escalations with a nuclear superpower are in their best interests. We're seeing the typical lack of evidence for the accusation, the typical one-sided reporting from all mass media outlets collaborating to weave the illusion of unanimous agreement about the accusation, and the typical escalation in cold war tensions as diplomats are thrown out, communications cut off, and European Union collaboration sought for tougher action against the Russian Federation.


New York BitLicense may soon be reworked after years of public backlash "IndyWatch Feed National"

The future of New York"s much-criticized BitLicense is uncertain amidst mounting public pressure. Several concerns have been raised over the inherently intrusive nature of the program, with some even believing that a complete overhaul is in order. More recently, a []

The post New York BitLicense may soon be reworked after years of public backlash appeared first on The Global Mail.


Letter to Jeff Sessions about Robert Mueller and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Best Man Jahar Tsarnaev and friends (R) US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Dear Mr Jeff Sessions, United States Attorney General,           March 21, 2018

One of the nice things about being American is freedom of speech. In many ways its the Big One. With words you can accomplish just about anything.

Imagine yourself being Dzhokhar (Jahar) Tsarnaev today. There is so much he could do, if he could write to various people. H...


Victorias bushfires reveal a failure to maintain electricity delivery system "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

The flames have hardly gone out in the Victorian bushfires, and a pattern is emerging, around claims that faulty electrical infrastructure is to blame. This is raising some serious questions about the conduct of the supply companies and the nature of the Victorian government subsidies to these companies.

At Tathra, according to investigators with the Rural Fire Service, the fire was caused by faulty infrastructure in the electricity transmission network run by Essential Energy.

The Electrical Trades Union (ETU) has blamed funding cuts, which have led to a reduction of maintenance. Assistant secretary Justin Page said the union had long been concerned about a backlog of maintenance to clear bush around electrical poles, and the union was not surprised at the cause, and that the State Government and national energy regulator needed to explain why they cut funding to the network.

Justin Page said,

The Australian Energy Regulator cut the funding in the order of 40 per cent that Essential Energy are able to use for tree-trimming and clearing for powerline infrastructure.

The investigators found that the problem on Reedy Swamp Road was the likely cause of the bushfire on Sunday, which wiped out 68 homes.

Essential Energy has denied its responsibility in a carefully worded statement.

Preliminary internal enquiries indicate network protection equipment activated as it is designed, it said.

An initial review also indicates that asset and vegetation inspections and maintenance in the vicinity of Reedy Swamp Road are up to date and in accordance with prescribed standards.

At the Garvoc fire, where 18 houses were destroyed  along with 52 sheds, and at least 14,000 hectares of land was burnt, the cause was a faulty power pole that snapped during fierce winds.

Brendan Pendergast from Maddens Lawyers in Warrnambool, who is representing a class action being made by residents against Powercor, told the ABCs Statewide Drive, This pole has obviously been identified as being structurally compromised.

It had been patched up by attaching semi-circular sleeves to the pole. So that is sort of a band-aid means of extending the life of the pole.

Jack Kennawho lives at the Sisters near Terang,  said the blaze started on his farm.

The pole that snapped off was supported by two steel props, so obviously there had been a problem with the pole in the past and I suppose they wanted to get a bit more life out of the pole.

At Gazette, a bluegum limb in a plantation fell onto powerlines...


MACKAY Crimestoppers lead police to Rural View drug bust "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Crimestoppers lead police to Rural View drug bust

March 22, 2018 at 07:56PM ,

processing and paraphernalia for consumption of the dangerous drug. Senior Sergeant Adrian Rieck thanked the public for their help. A 27-year-old Rural View man was charged with producing dangerous drugs and possession of utensils and is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on April 11.

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This study estimates there are more than 5 trillion plastic pieces weighing over 250,000 tons afloat at sea. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  PLoS One. 2014 ;9(12):e111913. Epub 2014 Dec 10. PMID: 25494041 Abstract Title:  Plastic Pollution in the World's Oceans: More than 5 Trillion Plastic Pieces Weighing over 250,000 Tons Afloat at Sea. Abstract:  Plastic pollution is ubiquitous throughout the marine environment, yet estimates of the global abundance and weight of floating plastics have lacked data, particularly from the Southern Hemisphere and remote regions. Here we report an estimate of the total number of plastic particles and their weight floating in the world's oceans from 24 expeditions (2007-2013) across all five sub-tropical gyres, costal Australia, Bay of Bengal and the Mediterranean Sea conducting surface net tows (N=680) and visual survey transects of large plastic debris (N=891). Using an oceanographic model of floating debris dispersal calibrated by our data, and correcting for wind-driven vertical mixing, we estimate a minimum of 5.25 trillion particles weighing 268,940 tons. When comparing between four size classes, two microplastic4.75 mm, a tremendous loss of microplastics is observed from the sea surface compared to expected rates of fragmentation, suggesting there are mechanisms at play that remove

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The Top 10 Safest Places To Be In the World If Nuclear War Breaks Out "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our world is on the verge of World War III with ensuing terrorism covering over half of the globe, depletion of natural resources; such as water, oil, influentially biased and war-minded leaderships of the superpowers; And the uprising tensions between countries such as Russia and Ukraine, North Korea and South Korea, India and China.

Despite this, there are some highly neutral countries which might be left alone if World War III ever breaks out.

These are 10 Safest Countries:


Despite being in the heart of Europe, picturesque Switzerland has long maintained its tradition of neutrality. Thanks in part to being surrounded by mountains, Switzerland has largely been able to keep to itself through Europes darkest moments. Its refined population is well armed, and they dont rely so much on their government.


Havent heard of Tuvalu? I dont think youre alone in that, but if a war broke out, it would bypass this island nation where the 10,000 inhabitants can live in a self-sustainable fashion if need be. Tuvalu is situated halfway between Australia and Hawaii. It has more concerns about the effects of the possibility of rising sea levels due to climate change than a war.

New Zealand

Great place made super famous thanks to the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, plus its rugby team the All Blacks. Isolated, good agricultural land, and inhabited by a friendly bunch of people who are very capable of looking after themselves if the rest of the world went to war. New Zealand was ranked fourth in the 2015 global peace index.


Despite being wedged between India and China, Bhutan could see out a world war easily. It has had some border issues with communist-ruled China though. Protected by the Himalayan Mountains, Bhutan has historically been isolated, and its another place that could function without the need for the outside world and its conflicts. Just keep away Beijing! It has also been rated as one of the happiest places on Earth.


With its long coastline and friendly people, you dont need to have a world war as a reason to move to Chile, which is one of South Americas most stable and prosperous nations. Having an abundance of fresh water and clean air also makes Chile a good place to be if the world went to hell in a handbag. The country is also protected by the Andes mountain range.




Warning of power shortfall risk after closure of Liddell plant "IndyWatch Feed National"

NSW will need extra generation capacity unless AGL rolls out all three stages of its transition Australia's energy market operator says an additional 850 megawatts of dispatchable generation capacity will be needed in New South Wales after the closure of the ageing Liddell power plant if AGL Energy fails to complete all three stages of its transition plan.Last December AGL confirmed it would close Liddell in 2022 and replace the coal plant with a mix of renewables, gas power for peak [...]


US: EU, 6 other economies exempt from metals tariffs for now "IndyWatch Feed National"


POOL/AFP/File | US trade representative Robert Lighthizer announces temporary exemptions on metals tariffs for the EU and six other economies

WASHINGTON (AFP)  The European Union and six other economies will be exempt at least temporarily from the harsh steel and aluminum tariffs President Donald Trump has imposed, a top US trade official said Thursday.US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told a Senate committee that Trump authorized a pause in the imposition of the tariffs, which take effect Friday, while talks are underway to find a more permanent solution.

Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and South Korea will also be exempt from the penalties of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum, along with the EU, he said.

Washington already had announced that major metals exporters Canada and Mexico would be exempt as talks continue to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement.

And this week EU and US officials issued a joint statement saying they were working towards a solution to avoid tariffs on the trading bloc.

The idea that the president has is that, based ona certain set of criteria, that some countries should get out, Lighthizer said in testimony before the Senate Finance Committee.

There are countries with whom were negotiating and there will be a pause in imposition of tariffs with respect to those countries, he said.

Many countries, including the EU, have warned the White House that they will retaliate forcefully if they are face with tariffs on metals products.

The Trump administration has stressed that the primary target is China, which has long had massive overproduction that has impacted the global market for steel and aluminum, which poses a national security threat to the US economy.


ICO Trackers Are the New Gatekeepers of Crowdsales "IndyWatch Feed National"

ICO Trackers are the New Gatekeepers of Crowdsales

The burgeoning ICO industry has spawned a lucrative business for tracker sites that monitor and review the latest projects. Not only do these sites earn lucrative sums for their featured reviews, but the largest have the power to make or break ICOs. Tracker websites have become the unofficial gatekeepers of crowdsales.

Also read: Joystream Test Drive How To Get Paid Bitcoin Seeding Bittorrent Files

ICO Trackers Are Growing Stronger Every Day

Safe Haven is an ICO addressing the problem of digital inheritance. The project is seeking to devise a means of passing on private keys to relatives so they can access your crypto wealth when youre gone. Halfway down the Safe Haven homepage, three logos are displayed prominently, prefaced by the words As seen in: ICO Daily, ICO List, and Coin Schedule. Its the same story with Nauticus, an Australian crypto exchange launching in mid-2018, also via an ICO. It proudly displays the ICO sites its featured on and their corresponding ratings out of five: Wiser ICO (4.5), ICO Marks (4.45), ICObench (4.7) and Trudex (4.15).

12 months ago, many of these review sites didnt exist. The proliferation of ICOs has resulted i...


Pastor Pat Mesiti. Domestic Violence Conviction 2016. Adulteries 1998-2016. Hillsong and C3 Pastor. Visited prostitutes on his Hillsong credit card. Hillsong Youth Pastor. Youth Alive evangelist. Fell from grace and restored by Dr Phil Pringle head pastor of C3 Church. How the corrupt priests of Pentecost sowed devils on each other. Part 8. Australian and New Zealand errant Pentecostal pastors who couldnt keep it in their trousers or sexually abused little kids "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Pastor Pat Mesiti, a restored pastor of Hillsong and  C3 Church an adulterer, visited prostitutes using his Hillsong credit card, cheated on two wives, anti-domestic violence crusader, marriage counsellor, professional wealth and motivation speaker, and now a Millionaire Mindset Club wife basher.

On New Years Eve 2015 Pat Mesiti was charged by the NSW North-West Police with bashing his wife.

Today he was convicted at Parramatta Court Sydney with one count of common assault for actual physical assault on his second wife Andrea- in a fit of rage while heavily intoxicated. He awaits sentencing. article below




Ihr wisst ja, wie das ist. Kaum guckt man mal genauer ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ihr wisst ja, wie das ist. Kaum guckt man mal genauer hin, findet man berall Korruption und Kriminalitt. Heute: Die Australische Bank-Branche.

Research by the investment bank UBS has estimated that up to $500bn in mortgages could consist of so-called liar loans, or nearly one-third of all mortgages.
Money Quote:
There is evidence to suggest regular and widespread criminality has been committed by industry since the 1980s.
Ich wei! Kriminelle Banker?! Hold the presses!!


Local Government Lies - No Through Road "IndyWatch Feed National"

It's not enough that the good subjects of Her Majesty in the Commonwealth of Australia a being lied to by their so called representatives, the Mutts in Parliament (MPs).

It's not enough that the good people are being defrauded and lied to by the (Daniel) Andrews government, where even when caught the fraudsters still retain their jobs, salaries and superannuation (try that trick with the social security business called Centrelink).

Now the 'local' fraudsters in your friendly city council are delivering false information to drivers.

In the below photograph, a road contains a sign that says NO ENTRY (no need for concern with what's written underneath that).

Another sign underneath states that it's a NO THROUGH ROAD.

So with reference to the "NO THROUGH ROAD" a driver would comprehend that the road does not continue for automobiles.

This could be because the road is actually a court, or either through a natural obstruction,  like a mountain, or something a bit more subtle - a rockery with trees planted in the middle of a previously drive-able road that a hipster engineer decided to plan as a result of the global warming officer's advice.

The driver in this case knows that the city councils with their alleged third tier of law making ability can go screw themselves, and proceeded down this "NO THROUGH ROAD".

To the absolute astonishment of the driver and no doubt through a Moses like miracle, the road less traveled had no dead end, even though it was far from the dead sea, it was very passable, as seen in photo of biblical proportions.

All that matters is that you get fined for going through the (false info) sign.

But what are the penalties for your members of your 'local government' lying to you?

Uuummm, about the...

Thursday, 22 March


Country Vic businesses left high and dry by contractor on state government project "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

SIXTY-ONE  small Victorian rural and regional businesses have accused the State Government of turning its back on them as they seek to recover almost $1 million from a contractor on the GMW Connections project.

Businesses in Cohuna, Swan Hill, Shepparton and Geelong are owed tens of thousands of dollars each from contractor Aqua Infrastructure, which went into liquidation this month while working on the Governments $2 billion irrigation modernisation project. The irrigation modernisation Connections project is overseen by the Victorian Government, but State Water Minister Lisa Neville has so far refused to offer any support to small businesses.

Among those owed money by Aqua Infrastructure are: G &M Poly Irrigation of Cohuna $130,898; Elliot Excavation of Gunbower $101,502;K.L Cooke and Sons of Cohuna $132,456;Swan Hill Hire $40,159;Swan Hill Primary Care $20,200; LandManagement Surveys of Shepparton $50,022; Holmes Rural Fencing of Cohuna $47,831; Game Traffic & Contracting of Shepparton $36,380.

Business owners contacted by The Weekly Times say they feel like the Government has just rolled the issue under the carpet. But none are willing to speak out publicly against the Government or project manager Chinese -owned John Holland for fear of missing out on future work. Some say the sums owed equate to the profit they would make in a year.

Opposition water spokeswoman Steph Ryan said she was bitterly disappointed for subcontractors who worked in good faith for the Victorian Government and were now been left thousands and thousands of dollars out of pocket.

John Holland was asked why it had brought Queensland firm Aqua Infrastructure in on the Connections Project, when its general manager, Noel Smyth, was publicly listed as a director of another company, Setlow Constructions, that went into receivership in 2011.

Chinese owned John Holland refused to answer the question, with a spokeswoman stating it: was aware that one of our subcontractors Aqua Infrastructure has gone into external administration.

Ms Neville said the matter needed to be resolved through the appropriate creditors process.

I expect GMW to direct John Holland to do everything they can for the best outcome for those owed money, Ms Neville said.

Some $200 million of further works will be carried out through the Connections Project in the next 12 months the affected contractors can apply for that work.



MACKAY Manslaughter charge after Mackay woman allegedly attacked "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY March 22, 2018 at 04:33PM ,

Manslaughter charge after Mackay woman allegedly attacked

March 22, 2018 at 04:33PM ,

THE MAN who allegedly pushed an elderly woman in her South Mackay unit during an argument, causing her to fall and sustain fatal injuries, has had his charges upgraded to manslaughter. It will be alleged Jeremy Aaron Brown, 22, of South Mackay, pushed his neighbour Shirley Page, 72, at her

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The paper-thin veneer of Kevin-The-Expert Rudd "IndyWatch Feed National"

This week John Garnaut, an Australian expert on China affairs, gave an address to the US House Armed Services Committee in Washington. He spoke on how China brazenly manipulated Australian society to tilt the political and strategic landscape to its advantage. Compare this address to the US Committee with...


Thomas Mayor: We wont give up on the Uluru Statement "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post Prime Minister Turnbulls dismissal of the key Uluru Statement claim for a constitutionally enshrined Voice to parliament should not deter us from that aspiration. His ignorance should invigorate us because the dismissal demonstrates the importance. The eminent 19th century African American human rights leader, Frederick Douglas, once said, to identify the vanguard of your movement, you need ...


Britain Introduces Crypto Task Force To Foster Fintech Innovation "IndyWatch Feed National"

UK Treasurys new crypto task force will collaborate with Australia for fintech innovation discourse. #NEWS


From this day backwards: @burgewords on the long journey to Australias first lesbian marriage "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Here we were on the other side of the world not being able to have clarified which of our relationships was valid. WHEN Australian same-sex couples were finally granted equal access to the Marriage Act in December 2017, the widespread expression of relief was tempered by a growing awareness of a legal minefield. Brisbane couple Elaine Crump and Sharon Dane let the emotions in, but the status of their long-term relationship remained in limbo. Like many same-sex couples seeking legal documentation during the interminable wait for Australia to pass marriage equality, Elaine and Sharon had already taken their chances in countries where equality was accessible. The pair first solemnised their []

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Sam Rollings Talks Jazz Guitar "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sam Rollings talks about his Jazz guitar class at Conservatorium Open Academy in this short video. Autumn Term starts in May. BOOK HERE

The post Sam Rollings Talks Jazz Guitar appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.


Most recent signature bracelet commission Bh 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Practically every new client makes contact through a friend who is a client or via a positive piece of feedback. Sue G is a long time friend of Fiona K and mentioned the locket commission when she first made contact. We were in Sydney for another event and met up with her at the AGNSW restaurant where all her sentimental family material was pulled out and spread across the table. As usual we documented each piece and Barbara and Sue continued their communication via emails and phone calls. We also documented each stage of the process from metal melt to gems reset. We even posted the final piece as a movie on Instagram for the client view. Rather than send in an express post trackable satchel, Sue is waiting to collect her new bracelet when she visits us in Brisbane (with another couple of tasks). Lovely material lovely client lovely outcome (same old story) . . .

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