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22:40

Ripples From Catalan Referendum Could Extend Beyond Spain "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Simon Tisdall for The Guardian - The Spanish governments attempted suppression of Catalonias independence referendum by brute force has raised urgent questions for fellow EU members about Spains adherence to democratic norms, 42 years after the death of the fascist dictator, Francisco Franco. Charles Michel, Belgiums prime minister, spoke for many in Europe when he tweeted: Violence can never be the answer! Madrids pugnacious stance, while widely condemned as a gross and shameful over-reaction, has nevertheless sent a problematic message to would-be secessionists everywhere. It is that peaceful campaigns in line with the UN charters universal right to self-determination, campaigns that eschew violence and rely on conventional political means, are ultimately doomed to fail. In other words, violence is the only answer. Sorry, Charles. Spains prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, did everything he could to derail a referendum that the courts had deemed illegal, but his pleas and threats were not persuasive. That is democracy. Rajoys subsequent choice to employ physical force to impose his will on civilians exercising a basic democratic right carried a chill echo of Spains past and a dire warning for the future. That is dictatorship. Surely no one believes the cause of Catalan independence will fade away after Sundays bloody confrontations that left hundreds injured.

22:35

OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #565 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Read Online Newsletter | #565 | Whats On this Week Welcome to Newsletter | #565 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 24th October 2017 to Monday 30th October 2017 Melbourne Halloween Guide Tuesday 31st October 2017 | Halloween is the eve of All Saints Day. Halloween Guide Spooktober | Halloween Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } Melbournes most freakishly scary Halloween event returns for its 5th year of screams and fears. Hurry - 5 days only! Friday 27th - Tuesday 31st October 2017 Spooktober | Buy Tickets Nick Barker and The Monkey Men play Rolling Stones .nobrtable br { display: none } Friday 27th October 2017 | A star-studded local band perform material from The Stones golden age and beyond. Nick Barker and The Monkey Men | Satellite Lounge | Buy Tickets Melbourne Warehouse Music Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } 8 concerts over one weekend | From Jack Jones to Hoang Pham Jacqui Dark and Kanen Breen it doesnt get any more Melbourne than this. Saturday - Sunday | 4th and 5th November 2017 Melbourne Warehouse Music Festival | Collingwood | Buy Tickets HiFi Show 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } The great home entertainment show is a weekend festival of Recorded Music, Sound, Vision, Vinyl and Lifestyle Technology. Melbourne HiFi Show 2017 | Buy Tickets | Pullman Albert Park Box Hill Record and Comic Fair .nobrtable br { display: none } 1000s of collectible records, rare cards, comics and lots, lots more. Sunday 29th October 2017 | Box Hill Record and Comic Fair Prahran Market Cheese Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } On Sunday 29th October 2017 Prahran Market will be transformed into a cheese lovers delight with delicious cheese offerings. Say Cheese! Prahran Market Cheese Festival The Village Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } The 12th annual festival at North Fitzroys Edinburgh Gardens from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October 2017 with music, performance, food and fun. The Village Festival 2017 Melbourne International Games Week .nobrtable br { display: none } Asia Pacifics largest digital games celebration featuring conferences events and activities including PAX Australia. Melbourne International Games Week 2017 Open House Ballarat 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } Explore some of Ballarats most significant buildings. 28 and 29 October 2017 | Open House Ballarat 2017 Spring Vegan Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } A day celebrating veganism, ethical shopping, vegan...

22:31

Australia to train Philippines in urban warfare "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFP

AFP | A military vehicle drives past destroyed buildings Marawi
CLARK (PHILIPPINES) (AFP)  Australia will train Filipino soldiers in urban warfare to combat the spread of Islamic extremism after months of fierce fighting against militants in the southern Philippines, it was announced Tuesday.

Canberra has since September been helping Manila battle local supporters of the Islamic State group in the southern city of Marawi, deploying two AP-3C Orion aircraft for surveillance while helping in information-gathering and analysis.

Defence chiefs in the Philippines on Monday declared victory after a five-month battle that claimed more than 1,100 lives and destroyed large parts of the city.

While the victory ended immediate fears that the Islamic State would establish a Southeast Asian base in Marawi, concerns remain about its longer-term intentions and capabilities for the region.

Australia has experience tackling the group in Iraq and Syria and Defence Minister Marise Payne said it was crucial the Philippines had the expertise to keep extremists at bay now that the key fight had been won.

She said Canberra would immediately send teams composed of 80 troops to provide urban warfare counter-terrorism training at Philippine military bases.

The practical training the Australian Defence Force will provide will ensure the Philippines defence force is better able to counter the brutal tactics being employed by terrorists, she told reporters on the sidelines of a regional security meeting in Clark, a northern Philippine city.

Globally we have seen the effect of extremist ideology and terrorist threats on millions of civilians and it is alarming to see this disruption come to our region.

Payne said the spread of Islamic State-inspired terrorism was a direct threat to Australia and its interests, and Canberra was determined it cannot establish a geographic foothold in the region.

Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana welcomed Australias invaluable support, saying the military would use the assistance to replicate the training locally.

While we need troops now to be trained on urban warfare, we also need to build our capacity to train our troops. Part of our programme that we are going to do in the near future is to build our urban (warfare training) centres, Lorenzana said.

The two...

22:07

5 Ways To Know If Weve Won The Culture War "IndyWatch Feed National"

After he forced something of a climbdown from the NFL on the national anthem protests, some were arguing that President Trump is winning the culture war.

But just because the other side is losing doesnt mean youre winning. Donald Trump versus the left strikes me as the Iran-Iraq culture war, in the sense captured by Henry Kissingers famous quote about both sides losing (which is, in fact, possible). Ben Domenech once described this as a post-apocalyptic culture war, in which Trump has been embraced by the increasingly large portion of evangelicals who believe the culture wars are over, and they lost. So instead of looking for someone who will set a positive example, theyll settle for an unprincipled blowhard who promises hes got your back on political correctness.

This may be a foolish and shortsighted approach, but it does raise an interesting question: what would winning in the culture war actually look like? The Rights embrace of Trump suggests they have lost sight of any such positive visionbut its hard to know whether youre winning or losing if you have no idea what winning would mean.

This isnt about everyone backing the particular political solutions I favor, because thats not what the culture war is about. Its a contest over broader and deeper issues that have, in many ways, a more direct effect on our happiness and wellbeingand establish the conditions for any kind of wide-ranging political victory. As Andrew Breitbart used to remind us, politics is downstream of culture.

Im not asking what it would mean to achieve a final victory in the culture war, because there is never a final victory. If we are no longer fighting a culture war over, say, gay marriage, I am sure we will be fighting over something else. But what would make us think that we were making progress?

I dont know what your answer to this question would be, and I suspect its different from mine. As a secular pro-free-marketer, I come from a unique perspective. But none of us can achieve anything in the culture war unless we know the direction we want to head. So here are my modest suggestions for the main points that would constitute progress in the culture war.

1. A Renaissance of Great Books Education

By the Great Books, I dont mean just a particular list of texts that convey important ideas. I m...

22:06

Trump Officials Luxe Travel Spending Makes Swamp-Draining Promises Look Like Hypocrisy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Have you given more to the economy than Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and his wife, Louise Linton? They pay more in taxes than you do, and sacrifice themselves for their country in ways you cant even imagine. Its a safe bet their taxes do more to help pay for government aircraft than yours do. If they want to use an Air Force jet to get around, they should be able to.

Reasonable, right? Linton certainly thought so!

The above excerpts a sensational Instagram reply in which the Treasury secretarys wife unleashed a torrent of condescension toward a commenter for questioning whether taxpayers should foot the bill for jet-powered Mnuchin getaways.

When Lintons comment began making waves, she turned her Instagram private, confirming that not even #tomford sunnieswhich were tagged in the postwere enough to block all the haters. But these are the Mnuchins. The others arent like them.

The Rules Are Different for People Like Us

Mnuchin, after all, repurposed a California bank as a foreclosure machine at the height of the housing collapse. A top-earning Goldman Sachs executive, Mnuchin also dabbled in producing Hollywood titles.

Prior to his confirmation as Treasury secretary, at an event in which he was asked about his movies, Mnuchin had the legal awareness to deflect those questions with this answer: Well, Im not allowed to promote anything that Im involved in. So I just want to have...

22:06

Is Your Kid A Cowboy For Halloween? Social Justice Warriors Already Hate Him "IndyWatch Feed National"

Americans celebrate a lot of holidays. Ever the wet-blankets, social justice warriors will take any opportunity to demonstrate their virtue and accuse others with tiresome, baseless epithets like racism, sexism, and cultural appropriation. As Halloween approaches, SJWs and professional nags will be on the attack.

One school in Walpole, Massachusetts has canceled its annual Halloween costume parade. The school principal said, the costume parade is out of our ordinary routine and can be difficult for many students. Also, the parade is not inclusive of all the students and it is our goal each and every day to ensure all students individual differences are respected.

The school will instead have an after-hours Orange and Black Spirit Day. How festive. What the principal isnt saying is that they dont want to deal with angry parents who complain about offensive costumes. Can you blame him? Unfortunately, the vague statement doesnt say what everyone is thinking: SJWs are stealing kids fun (and, most likely, candy).

You People Are Why We Cant Have Any Fun

Of course there have been instances of offensive costumes. Theyre almost always on a website and not actually worn by a child. A legitimate case can be made regarding the recent news of an Anne Frank Costume for Girls that was marketed on the European, Canadian, Australian, and British versions of the website HalloweenCostumes.com.

In the United States the costume was marketed as WWII Costume for Girls. After a link to the site circulated around Twitter and people registered their disbelief and outrage, the company put out the following statement:

We sell costumes not only for Halloween, but for many uses outside of the Halloween season, such as school projects and plays. We offer several types of historically accurate costumes from prominent figures to political figures, to television characters. We take feedback from costumers very seriously. We have passed along the feedback regarding this costume, and it has been removed from the website at this time. We apologize for any offense it has caused, as thats never our intention. If you have additional questions or concerns, please let us know.

The company has a reasonable explanation for carrying the costume. Their decision to remove it is also reasonable. Unfortunately, this isnt the last of the discussion on outrageous costumes. Fox News reported recently that Party Citys The Wall costume also enraged Twitter users. One person called it directly racist. Another said If I see anyone wearing a The Wall costume, fair...

22:02

Classic Who: GHW Bush and the JFK Assassination "IndyWatch Feed National"

The highly anticipated release of long-withheld US government documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is scheduled for this Thursday, October 26. In anticipation, the media has devoted more attention to this history-altering political murder than at any time since the hoopla surrounding Oliver Stones 1991 film JFK.

On Saturday, President Trump tweeted:

Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.

This sounds like good news, although it remains to be seen whether some files will continue to be withheld by the president.

As the main outlet probing this and other transformative cold cases,  WhoWhatWhy has pointed out that many questions remain unanswered and many key issues unresolved. Once the documents are released, well turn loose our crack team of document analysts and report back our findings.  

WhoWhatWhy Staff


What possible connection could there have been between George H.W. Bush and the assassination of John F. Kennedy? Or between the CIA and the assassination? Or between Bush in the 1960s and the CIA? For some people, apparently, making such connections was as dangerous as letting one live wire touch another. Here, in anticipation of the forthcoming final release of long-classified JFK assassination records, is an excerpt from WhoWhatWhy editor Russ Bakers bestseller, Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, Americas Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years. The story is a real-life thriller.

Note: Although these excerpts do not contain footnotes, the book itself is heavily footnoted and exhaustively sourced. This article first appeared 9/16/2013.


Poppys Secret

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When Joseph McBride came upon the document about George H. W. Bushs double life, he was not looking for it. It was 1985, and McBride, a former Daily Variety writer, was in the library of California State University San Bernardino, researching a book about the movie director Frank Capra. Like many good reporters, McBride took off on a slight, if time-consuming, tangent spending day after day poring....

20:20

the end of the fourth trimester "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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To celebrate the end of the fourth trimester, Marigold has started rolling and squawking and squealing and giggling.

Im not sure how we got here so fast birth, newborn, six weeks, three months; a beautiful blur.

This stage is always a bit tricky for me and these past few days have been an exhausting, slightly depleted mess of juggling and planning.

Because when the fourth trimester ends youre essentially in the depths of new motherhood without the newborn lifeboat to save you.

Life is well and truly back to normal except its a new kind of normal. Everything is leaping forward for me and Marigolds ready to get going; shes a little more wakeful, shes moving and demanding attention.

This new stage requires a new rhythm and Im still trying to figure it out. A decent sleep would help in this department but sleep is not in abundance at the moment. Ironically, Marigold is the only one sleeping. Last night we were calming a child who had dreams of giraffes looking in the window and explaining to a toddler that 3am is not a good time to paint his bed. Tonight? Lavender oil, happy bedtime stories, lullabies.

As spring creeps towards summer and the calendar fills with rehearsals, concerts, deadlines and end-of-year celebrations, Im wary of establishing some semblance of rhythm to carry me through the days. Creating fluid boundaries will make sure I dont fall apart.

So what does this rhythm look like?

Well, its

  • a load of washing on by 7am (I can load the machine and set the timer the night before)
  • ideally washing out before the school run b...

20:13

Iraqi PM slams US call for Iranian militias to quit Iraq Nobody has the right to interfere in Iraqi affairs. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Iraqi prime minister has challenged US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over his comments on Iranian militias in Iraq. Tillerson had called on the militias to go home as the fight against IS was ending.

Fighters of the Popular Mobilization Forces (picture-alliance/dpa/C. Petit Tesson)

Fighters of the Hashed al-Shaabi, also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), are Iraqis who have fought terrorism, defended their country and made sacrifices to defeat Islamic State, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a statement.

On Sunday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for Iranian and Iran-backed Shiite militia in Iraq to either return to their
homes, integrate into the Iraqi army or leave the country, as the fight against the Islamic State (IS) was ending.

Those fighters need to go home, Tillerson said. Any foreign fighters need to go home.

Read more: Tillerson tries to undercut Iran in Saudi Arabia summit

The 60,000-strong Hashed al-Shaabi was cobbled together from Iranian-backed militias in 2014 after IS took over large parts of northern Iraq. It is answerable to the prime ministers office, and parliament has voted to integrate it into state forces.

Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fire against Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Tal Afar, Iraq in August REUTERS/StringerPMF fighters have taken on Islamic State militants in the battle to reclaim Iraqi territory

The Hashed is an institution that depends on the Iraqi state and the constitution does not allow the presence of armed groups outside the law, Abadi said. The cabinet added that nobody has the right to interfere in Iraqi affairs.

Critics allege that visits by Irans Major General Qassem Soleimani, a commander of Irans Revolutionary Guards who advises the PMF, re.....

19:44

Saving Australias endangered mountain pygmy possums "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2015 video is called Mountain Pygmy Possums Endangered Species Edit.

From the University of Melbourne in Australia:

Genetic rescue boosts recovery of Australias endangered mountain pygmy possums

October 23, 2017

For the first time, a breeding technique known as genetic rescue has been shown to increase population numbers and survival rates of the endangered mountain pygmy possum, now at their highest numbers since 1996.

The study was conducted by a team from the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, CESAR, Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management, and the University of New South Wales.

Dr Andrew Weeks from the University of Melbourne led the project, published in the international journal Nature Communications.

Genetic rescue was used to introduce male mountain pygmy possums, Burramys parvus, from a healthy population at Mt Hotham, to a recipient group of females at Mt Buller. The two groups had become physically isolated from each other over 20,000 years.

This isolation had led to inbreeding and a lack of the genetic variation that is essential for overcoming disease and ensuring the ability to thrive.

Dr Weeks says that since the genetic rescue program began in 2011, the possum population has gone through rapid growth and is now larger than when the population was first discovered in 1996.

Before 2010, there was thought to be only a handful of individuals at Mt Buller, Dr Weeks...

19:20

Fat of the land "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Land prices soar

Land is arguably the most important part of any property investment.

It can't be removed, relocated, destroyed, or replaced. 

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) reported today that Australia's median lot value rose by +8.5 per cent in the 2017 financial year to a record high of $256,683.

This came in spite of about a 9 per cent year-on-year decline in turnover, suggesting that supply may still be struggling to keep up with demand. 


All land is not created equal, of course, even within cities.

It's considerably scarcer in 'landlocked' locations in the capital cities than it is out on the city fringe. 

In Melbourne the median lot value exploded by +19.6 per cent over the financial year. 

In Sydney the median price of vacant land also rose by +9.8 per cent. 

Sydney's lot sizes have been shrinking over the years, too.

Indeed, the price of vacant land per square metre in Sydney increased to beyond $1,000 for the first time.

At the national level, land values have increased by about 35 per cent since the 2012 financial year.

...

18:19

AWU statement after its offices were raided by Federal Police today "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Workers Union Statement Comment from Daniel Walton, AWU National Secretary This is an extraordinary abuse of police resources and taxpayer funds by a desperate government. It is clear the ROC has been established not to promote good governance, but to use taxpayer and police resources to muckrake through historic...

18:05

Haryana Governments Recruitment Exam Asks Candidates About Baba Ramdev, Other Babas "IndyWatch Feed National"

Defending the questions, BJP spokesperson says these are related to the social fabric of the state that should be known by the aspirants of government jobs.

Baba Ramdev

Baba Ramdev. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in Haryana in 2014, candidates aspiring for government jobs have had to spruce up their knowledge about Baba Ramdev and other such cult-like figures. Here are some sample questions that have figured in the general knowledge category of the states competitive exams for government recruitment:

  1. Where is the dera of Kali Kamali Baba located in Haryana? (For Shift Attendant, 2016)
    Answer: Kurukshetra
  2. Who is the guru of Baba Ramdev? (For Haryana Parwari Exam, 2016)
    Answer: Acharya Baldev
  3. On which part of the body is the ornament chalkada worn? (For Haryana Police Constable, 2016)
    Answer: Leg
  4. Which occasion is also know as Basodha? (For Police Constable, 2016)
    Answer: Nirjala Ekadashi
  5. Which place in Haryana is related to Kapil Muni? (For Haryana Statistical Assistant, 2016)
    Answer: Kalayat

Not surprisingly, candidates appearing for these exams, as well as social activists, are questioning the logic behind these questions.

Alok Kumar, who took the exam in the category of police constables and bus conductors this year said, We dont find some of these questions in any book. But after coming across such questions repeatedly in the...

18:00

Physicists send particles of light into the past, prove time travel is possible "IndyWatch Feed National"


It is good to see us progressing on this problem.  I actually suspect that it will be solved easily and much sooner than anyone anticipates.

The reason i say all that is because i do have reports that could only be of the end of a temporal wormhole and likely come from the near future.  The physical nature conformed to my informed expectations and were not identified as such in the reports.  These were robust structures as well.

Add in the very real expanded presence of UFOs that appear to be popping in and out of time as well and the future is spending a lot of time watching us and gathering data without actually incurring paradox problems.

Real progress though will demand working with my Cloud Cosmology..

Physicists send particles of light into the past, prove time travel is possible



https://www.topbuzz.com/article/i6473528439419699722


Scientists from the University of Queensland, Australia, have used single particles of light (photons) to simulate quantum particles travelling through time. They showed that one photon can pass through a wormhole and then interact with its older self. Their findings were published in Nature Communications.


The source of this time travel conundrum comes from what are called "closed time-like curves"(CTC). CTCs are used to simulate extremely powerful gravitational fields, like the ones produced by a spinning black hole, and could, theoretically (based on Einstein's theory of general relativity), warp the fabric of existence so that space-time bends back on itself - thus creating a CTC, almost like a path that could be used to travel back in time.


According to Scientific American, many physicists find CTCs "abhorrent, because any macroscopic object traveling through one would inevitably create paradoxes where cause and effect break down." 

Others disagree with this assessment, however; in 1991, physicist David Deutsch showed that these paradoxes (created by CTCs) could be avoided at the quantum scale because of the weird behavior of these fundamental particles that make up what we call matter.


It's well known that at the quantum scale, these particles do not follow the rules that govern classical mechanics, but behave in strange and unexpected ways that really shouldn't even be possible.


Welcome to the world of Quan...

17:45

Patrick Tomlinson v. Ben Shapiro, men attempt abortion logic "IndyWatch Feed National"

Charlie Rae weighs in on the conversation on abortion between Tomlinson and Shapiro.

Patrick Tomlinson, a sci-fi writer and a political conservative, posed a thought-experiment on twitter the other day to prove the point that anti-abortion campaigners do not consider an embryo equal to a child. To whittle it down, hes asking: if you had to choose between saving one child or a thousand or even a million embryos, which would you pick? He thinks that the answer is quite simple, and human instincts tell all of us to save the child. If someone thought that an embryo was the same as a child, it would be difficult for them to even answer this question.

Ben Shapiro, an anti-abortion conservative, disagrees that its an open and shut case. His argument was summed up on The Daily Wire:

Shapiro, who answers directly that he would and should save the 5-year-old childs life, lays out four reasons that Tomlinsons supposedly original thought experiment, while interesting, is ultimately worthless. Shapiro argues that 1) moral instinct does not always mean correct moral decisionmaking; 2) the pro-abortion thought experiment does not reveal the value of embryonic life; 3) most pro-lifers freely admit the supreme value of already-born human life, but that doesnt make prenatal life valueless; and 4) the whole thought experiment simply isnt reality: the case of pro-abortion advocates isnt a choice between a five-year-old and a thousand fetuses. Its a case of killing a fetus, by itself.

I think this response only frustrated Tomlinson, who feels that Shapiro both proved his point but completely missed it at the same time. He chose not to respond, and I dont blame him. Shapiro makes hearty attempts at logic, I will give him that, but he pre-empts them by calling his opponents douches and calling their thoughts worthless. But I thought I would step in and offer not only a female perspective but a more rigorously logical one as well.

.........

17:09

People happy with Turnbull's NBN failure "IndyWatch Feed National"



The government can hide plenty from the masses, but it's difficult to hide this huge failure called the NBN (National Broadband Network).

It seems that whatever the people in government touch becomes a failure, where it is clear that they are incompetent and incapable of making decisions that are of benefit to the community.

With all these obvious failures the community seems very happy with the actions of the people in government.

How can one deduce that the people are happy?
- Because they are not protesting in the streets that they are unhappy.
Remember; Silence is acquiescence?

With the advent of a government tool (the interwebs) seeping into the hands of the plebs, any drunk sitting in his outhouse in the back of a Queensland property in the 'sticks', can have access to Australia's  founding legal document called the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 (Imp) or the 'Constitution' for short.

These serfs will quote the words "Whereas the people" (from the Constitution) implying that they have some sort of 'authority' probably also referring to a quote somewhere along the line of "The people are the ultimate authority of the land", forgetting that it was the landowners who had a say in the shaping of the Constitution.

Maybe the serfs do have a say, as according to the people in government, the mass population 'voted' (in reality responded to a survey) supporting homosexual marriage, but that topic is covered elsewhere in the blog.

Currently Australia, apparently a first world country, has an internet speed slower than a second world country, Kazakhstan and just above Guam (third world?).

It's seems that the all powerful herd population will change the marriage law (based upon a survey) with regards to homosexuals (you know poofs and lezzos) marrying, but...

16:34

Miners Dispensary is your partner in health "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Miners Dispensary in Wonthaggi is more than just a pharmacy. It is your partner in health, with a focused and trained team of professionals who can improve your health and wellbeing in many different ways.
With summer coming up it is appropriate we consider the damage the sun can do to our skin.
We are running a Sun Awareness Clinic on Wednesday, November 15.  In a one-on-one consultation, a specialist nurse will assess photograph and analyse your face using sophisticated UV photography and RBX technology, and provide valuable information on reducing risk factors and effective use of sunscreens, including providing a personalised take-home skin analysis report.
The clinic is very reasonably priced at just $15 for a consultation (members price $10). Bookings are essential and numbers are limited.
Our pharmacists can also assist you in reviewing your medications through a MedsCheck.  MedsCheck is ideal for anyone who takes five or more prescription medications or has had a recent significant medical event.
These are a free one on one in store consultation with your pharmacist to review and discuss the best ways to manage and the get the most out of your medicines.
It focuses on education and self management and aims to give you a better understanding of your medication and assist in making sure it
We also offer on demand flu and Boostrix injections. If you are expecting a new baby in your family, a Boostrix injection, which helps prevent the spread of Whooping Cough, should be considered.
Whooping cough is always in our community, and everybody who may be in close contact with your newborn can and should be vaccinated to help protect themselves and your baby.
Whooping cough vaccination is quick, simple and available at the Miners Dispensary.
And we are also very proud to announce the arrival of the Impromy Weight Loss program to Wonthaggi.
Developed in collaboration with CSIRO, the Impromy program focuses on improving health through weight loss and good nutrition.
It comprises nutritious and great tasting meal replacements along with high protein meals and ongoing support by trained pharmacy staff.
The key elements of the program include;
a clinically tested program developed in collaboration with the CSIRO;
high protein meals and nutritionally enhanced meal replacements;
personalised meal plans and cookbook;
free Impromy Health consultations and regular health reviews;
smartphone app to track weight loss and provide support between visits; and
phoneline support by a trained dietitian.
Our pharmacists will become part of your weight loss journey, providing real support with regular health reviews and reports.
Health reviews are conducted throughout the program and measured at day one; one month; three months; six...

16:31

Tourism mentees announced for South Gippsland "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE future of the tourism industry in South Gippsland is in good hands.
The 2017-18 participants in the Ken Hore Tourism Mentoring Program were announced recently.
The program promotes skills and excellence among young people and new entrants into the tourism industry, extends their tourism networks, and provides a broader understanding of the industry, while contributing to the growth of tourism in Gippsland and Phillip Island.
The 2017-18 participants who are sponsored by their employers are: Nick Stephens  of Phillip Island Designated Driver, owner of his own small business; Jaci Hicken of Jacican Food Studio at Mirboo North, owner of small business; Jie Liu of Latrobe City Council and works in international relations and is keen to expand tourism knowledge; Cageon Loy of Bass Coast Shire Council Visitor Information Centre; and Dena Waters of South Gippsland Shire Council Visitor Information Centre.
Participants attend local conferences, spend a day with tourism leaders on Phillip Island and in Gippsland, and then spend a day in Melbourne meeting with Visit Victoria and Victoria Tourism Industry Council.
They will then undergo a six month mentor program with an industry leader who can provide insight into their area of interest.
The program is presented by Destination Phillip Island, Destination Gippsland and Bass Coast Shire Council.
The program honours the contribution made by the late Ken Hore to the Gippsland and Phillip Island tourism industry.
Mr Hore worked at Bass Coast Shire Council and had a long association with the Gippsland and Phillip Island tourism industry. He encouraged business and personal development with his generous support and commitment to others.

Going places: from left, Cageon Loy of Bass Coast Shire Council, Jie Liu of Latrobe City Council, Jaci Hicken of Jacican at Mirboo North, Nick Stephens of Phillip Island Designated Driver, and Dena Waters of South Gippsland Shire Council will take part in the Ken Hore Tourism Mentoring Program.

16:30

Galloping in for horse expo "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE inaugural Gippsland Horse Expo was held at the Mirboo North Shire Hall recently.THE inaugural Gippsland Horse Expo was held at the Mirboo North Shire Hall recently.Horse lovers from as far away as Bairnsdale, Melbourne and even Tasmania flocked to the hall to check out the many stalls inside. Local businesses, as well as many from further afield, offered a range of equine products and services, including equipment, clothing, training, health, alternative therapies, promotional products, customised gifts and even bespoke artwork.  Representatives from Tarwin Veterinary Group fielded questions and educated horse owners on equine first aid, preventative health care and changes in treatment.  Project Hope Horse Welfare Victoria also attended. The not-for-profit organisation was established in 1973 and is run entirely by volunteers, relying on the support of members care for horses in need across Victoria. They contribute to the health and welfare of horses by helping horse owners care for their animals, rehabilitating surrendered horses that are abandoned, sick, injured or mistreated, and educating owners and the community alike on horse welfare. They also lease rehabilitated horses at no charge to caring homes.Berrys Creek artisan Olivia OConnor attracted a lot of attention for her hand-crafted heirloom rocking horses.  Using Australian materials and traditional techniques, Olivia works tirelessly on her bespoke creations as well as restorations. She also runs classes at the Leongatha Mens Shed on hand carving your own rocking horse.All businesses in attendance were delighted with the turnout, not only engaging with existing and new clients, but also networking with each other throughout the day.Optimistically hoping for an attendance of 1000 on the day, organiser Grace Belton was delighted to see far more than that flooding through the doors. Taking five months to organise, the event was self-funded and the first of its kind, not only for Mirboo North, but for the whole of Gippsland.  Overjoyed with the success of the expo, Grace already has big plans for next year, with ideas for a larger venue, educational talks, demonstrations and even a whole weekend event.The catering was supplied by the Boolarra Pony Club. In the future, Grace hopes the success of the expo will enable money to be put back into the community as a whole.

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16:25

Three new faces join GippsDairy board "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THREE new directors were appointed to the GippsDairy Board at last Thursdays annual general meeting.
Korumburras Michelle Axford, Glen Alvie dairy farmer Shiona Berry and Neerim Souths David Johnson were formally announced in their new roles at the AGM in Traralgon.
The meeting also saw Grant Williams, a dairy farmer from Hallora, and Lauren Finger, a dairy farmer from Yannathan, reappointed as chair and deputy chair respectively. Denison dairy farmer Brad Missen was elected secretary.
Gardiner Foundation hosted a post-AGM dinner, where results of a comprehensive feed-base study were released.
Mr Williams said the three new directors would bring a variety of skills to the board table.
Davids business experience, Michelles knowledge of genetics and Shionas background as a ruminant nutritionist mean we have added a huge bank of knowledge to the board, he said.
All three are also dairy farmers, so they understand the industry and what farmers are having to deal with in any given season.
DataGene evaluation manager Michelle Axford said joining the board was a good fit after two decades of working in the dairy industry.
I have broad interests in dairy, outside of my paid job, having been involved in Cows Create Careers and the Young Dairy Development Program when it was just getting off the ground, she said.
Ive been working in parallel to GippsDairy for most of my 20 year career in dairy, so Ive always been interested in what GippsDairy has been doing.
Michelle, who milks 250 cows with husband Michael at Korumburra, said she would like to use her on-farm experience and knowledge of genetics to help GippsDairy deliver better outcomes for the regions farmers.
We are fortunate to have some really good research outcomes that are still yet to be taken up by a broad spectrum of farms, she said.
For some farms that may be doing something different in the genetics space, for others it might be doing something different in the pastures space.
Glen Alvie dairy farmer Shiona Berry wants to encourage innovation during her time on the GippsDairy board.
Milking 750 cows with husband Caleb on hilly country, Shiona can see huge potential in digital developments like virtual fencing.
I love a bit of innovation, so Id like to bring that discussion to the table, she said.
Im a bit in love with virtual fencing at the moment. I can really see the benefits of it, especially in hilly land.
Virtual fencing sees cows wear a collar that tells them when they are approaching a GPS designated line by issuing a buzz so the cows learn to move away from the line. A farmer can make fences at home on a computer and can herd cows into the shed.
Shiona, who has a background as a ruminant nutritionist, said innovative thinking could change the way the Gippsland industry l...

16:21

Solving the Marathon Bomb Mystery, Part 8: What Can We Do Now? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dancing to Strauss Tales from the Vienna Woods

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

You wont believe me, but Lex semper dabit remedium. Yep, its true. The law will always furnish a remedy. In Part 7, which started with Sinners in the hand of an angry God, I consulted federal law in search of remedies. We saw various punishments meted out for the crimes of conspiring, murder, violence under color of law, obstruction of justice, treason, misprision (my fave), and terrorism.

Meted out? Well, the punishments exist on paper they only get meted out if something happens, like a grand jury indictment, a bench warrant, a box of matches, or a wrongful-death lawsuit. Where does justice reside? It can only reside in the human heart.  It is not a force out there.  Here in Part 8, the task is to inventory all available means for converting peoples sense of justice legally into consequences. American history is replete with examples of this being accomplished beautifully.

The context in which I am writing this is the context of the FBI having gotten away with many crimes related to the Marathon bombing, including probably the bombing itself.  (Note: even if they werent the bomber, they must have conspired with the bomber, and as we saw that makes them equ...

16:21

Burra Foods cut costs "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

BURRA Foods is moving forward, turning sustainable and cost efficient by installing 100 kilowatts of solar energy to the front warehouse roof at its Korumburra site.
Like the everyday household, Burra Foods is struggling with the ever increasing costs of energy and must do something about it, Glenn Falcke of Burra Foods said.
Our energy costs have more than doubled over the last three years and this increase is hurting the business.
Our starting point, which began last year, was to replace all lights to LED. Our program has us about 50 percent of the way at present.
The second step for Burra Foods was to install 100 kilowatt of solar energy to the front warehouse roof, and with the assistance of Sustainability Victoria, the company will undergo a level two energy efficiency audit.
A specialist third party audit team will identify areas where Burra can reduce its energy requirements.
From this audit and the imminent energy management system installation, we have targeted a reduction in energy volume of less than 10 percent, Mr Falcke said.
The State Government has paid for around 45 percent of the project.

Environmentally friendly: from left, Burra Foods electrical services coordinator Adam Maffei with Burra Foods contractors Pierce Sheahan and Brendan Reed in front of the 100 kilowatts of solar energy panels recently installed on top of Burra Foods front warehouse roof at Korumburra.

16:19

Balers pose fire danger "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

EACH year we hear about hay stack fires in sheds and in paddocks and the financial loss of outside haystacks, sheds and unfortunately, equipment.
However, not so commonly known is that there are also many baler fires that start while baling, many of which could have been avoided or at least, with much reduced damage.
Not only are balers often burnt in these fires, but sometimes the tractor is also partly or completely destroyed, neither cheap pieces of machinery.
No doubt there are other unreported costs such as paddock fires caused by the baler fire spreading into nearby windrows and surrounding dry paddocks, especially if there is wind.
There is always the dangerous prospect of serious burns to the operator. Then there is the potential loss of animal production due to the delay in baling, until another baler is put into action and worse if it rains beforehand, causing substantial loss in nutritive value of the hay.
Most baler and tractor fires are caused by over-heating of, usually, damaged bearings and often not noticed until the hay bale and baler are well alight, unless the operator just happened to turn around when fire first started.
What should be well known by farmers and contractors is that it is compulsory by law in Victoria for all tractors to have a water extinguisher with a minimum nine litre capacity attached to the tractor during the fire restriction period.
This can be either a pressurised water extinguisher or a knapsack, although the latter is difficult to attach on many late model tractors. This simple tool is a no brainer when operating equipment with hot bearings in hot dry, windy conditions in very dry flammable grass.
The CFA also recommends carrying a minimum two kilogram dry powder extinguisher. These are useful for electrical and hydraulic oil fires, often starting as a result of the baler fire melting wires or hydraulic hoses.
Embers often are blown into nooks and crannies around and under the tractor cabin and other hard to get at places.
Spraying water into these spots sometimes does not reach all crevices or deep enough where dust and loose dry material has built up. The water can sometimes evaporate before extinguishing the fire in some locations.
However, a powder extinguisher will spread further and is more effective in these scenarios than water. Electrical shorts can also start fires and even though the electrics are usually automatically shut down on many of the latest model tractors, fires can sometimes short circuit this safety process. Water wont extinguish this fire.
Farmers and contractors are urged to clean the tractor each day to minimise build-up of flammable material.
Over time, dust and loose dry grass builds up in nooks and crannies and can lodge near hot tractor parts such as the engine manifold, exhaust and turbocharger.
Get a handle on the normal o...

16:16

Race president reflects on great year "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

STONY Creek Racing Club held its 2017 annual general meeting to report on its activities over the preceding 12 months.
Those members attending the dinner meeting at the Meeniyan Hotel also heard an entertaining talk from Dr Michael Bourke, a highly respected club life member.
It was also confirmed that retired champion jockey Peter Hutchinson will be guest speaker at the clubs cocktail evening to launch the 2017/18 season on November 24.
This evening, free for members and guests, runs from 6 to 8pm.
At the meeting president Paul OSullivan reflected on another great year for the club.
The 2016/17 racing season has been very rewarding for the club, with five race meetings held on a good racing surface, with total attendances of nearly 8000 people. Most race days were fully sponsored and membership numbers, bucking industry trends, increased slightly, highlighting the great support the club receives from the local community, he said.
Industry distributions from Country Racing Victoria also helped to give the club a solid financial base on which to operate in coming years.
Paul acknowledged the wonderful efforts of Sarah Wolf and Cindy Logan in their roles as CEO and track manager, as well as committee members.
Their combined efforts helped Stony Creek be nominated as one of the finalists in CRVs Country Racing Club of the Year award for 2016/17.
The club is proud to make a positive contribution to the local community in many ways. Through its operation it provides employment and strong economic activity in the area, as well as entertainment for locals and visitors. It provides fundraising opportunities for local sporting and community Clubs with around $16,000 being distributed for their race day help this year, and over $1300 was raised for the Foster and Leongatha Hospitals on our Publicans race day, Mr OSullivan said.
Sponsorship income is vital for the Clubs success and Paul thanked the clubs many supporters, in particular Ladbrokes.
Club elections saw four Committee members retire, and Paul thanked John Cooper, Jenny McFadden, Brian Cantwell and John Lamont for their contributions.
These vacancies were filled by Michael and Tanya Darmanin, Stephen Bradford and Tony Cantwell. Paul OSullivan was re-elected as president with Graeme Walsh taking the vice presidents role and Graeme Ward re-elected as treasurer.
After dinner, Dr Bourke entertained the audience with fascinating and humorous memories of the clubs history, and his role as medical officer on race days.

16:15

AFL 9s hits Wonthaggi "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

FOOTBALL season is officially over but why not keep active with AFL 9s in Wonthaggi?
GippSport have partnered with Wonthaggi Power Football Netball Club, Bass Coast Breakers Womens AFL team and AFL Gippsland to offer a six week social AFL 9s program at Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve every Monday from November 13 to December 18.
Its a fast, fun, free-flowing game that involves nine players on each team playing on a smaller field.
Best of all, its touch football with no tackling or bumping, making it suitable for everyone.
The program at Wonthaggi will offer a separate female and male category with timeslots from 6pm to 7.40pm.
GippSport Program Coordinator Gene Parini is extremely excited by the new initiative.
Its a great opportunity for people to get active outside of the traditional structure of sport. Social sport is becoming more popular and the aim is to establish the program this year and make it a permanent one for future years.
The local program has been specifically structured to engage teenagers from 14 years of age to adults.
Due to it being non-contact it provides a level playing field for all ages.
It will provide an environment whereby players in the U16s to U18s boys teams and Youth Girls teams can combine with senior players in a fun social setting.
The male category will consist of teams of x3 U16s, x3 U18s and x3 seniors whilst the female category will consist of half U18 youth girls and half senior women.
Players and clubs outside Wonthaggi Power and Bass Coast Breakers are encouraged to register and individuals are all welcome, no previous experience is needed.
This is a great opportunity to get active, get a taste of AFL and if you are not already involved in local footy possibly find a team to play with for season 2018.
The cost is $40 per player for the six week program.
To watch the short video three minute video explaining AFL 9s go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-y2A-QTo0QY
To register or to find out more information please contact Gene Parini at GippSport at gene@gippsport.com.au or 5674 6004.
There are limited team entries, so be quick.

Great opportunity: Chelsea Caple (AFL Gippsland), Ella Angarane (Bass Coast Breakers AFL Womens)...

16:12

Knights celebrate amazing season "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

LEONGATHA Knights Football Club players and supporters gathered on October 14 to celebrate another wonderful season.
The juniors enjoyed a short presentation followed by the traditional barbecue and parents vs. players match.
The Seniors presentation night was held at the Daker Centre with decorations by Jess Odgers, lights by Chris Gale, beautiful tunes from Marty Box and a wonderful buffet from Kooks Catering.
The club celebrated the U16s participation in the semi finals, the Reserves runners up win and the Lady Knights grand final win.
Award winners are as follows;
U12s best and fairest  Juan Lacanaria; coachs award Montana Krane; coachs award Kody Chalmers.
U14s best and fairest Eddie Colwill; coachs award Brianna McNaughton.
U15s best and fairest- Evie Bath; coachs Award Louise Coldwill.
U16s best and fairest- Curtis Rintoule; coachs award Jyhe Biggs; best and fairest runner up Malik Phillips.
Reserves best and fairest Stuart McNaughton; runners up best and fairest Brian Gannon; coachs award Shem Murphy.
Womens best and fairest Kathy Zacharopoulos; runners up best and fairest Marissa Preston; coachs award Lorena OConner.
Senior mens best and fairest Fergus Warren; runners up best and fairest Blake Moscript; coachs award Charlie Dougherty.
Don Morris Perpetual Award for best club person: Bethany Milkins.

Seniors: best and fairest Fergus Warren, best and fairest runners up Blake Moscript, senior mens coach Glenn Bainbridge and coachs award recipient Charlie Dougherty.

16:12

Town, Glen Alvie on the board "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

LEONGATHA Town and Glen Alvie have broken through to claim first wins of the season after claiming Round Three one day matches in A1 cricket on Saturday.
Town secured its win with a lively innings by Matt Davies with 91 not out coming after losing his opening partner Jack Hume LBW for a duck.
Davies hit nine 4s and one 6 as he combined with Matt Smith for a 124 run partnership. Smith hit an entertaining 55 runs including five 4s and three 6s. Town finished on 5/210 after batting first for its 40 overs.
In reply Korumburra made a steady start with openers Kallan Rigby hitting 21 and Iian Osman 51. Matthew Houston was aggressive too and smashed 51, nine fours being belted in his total.
The Burra edged closer but Town was able to claim wickets at strategic times to go on and win by just 14 runs. Madura Weerasinghe Silva claimed 3/30 while Darcy Hume took 2/24.
Glen Alvie 9/176 snared a narrow win over Kilcunda Bass with just one wicket and one over to spare chasing Kilcunda Basss 6/174.
Ashley Larcombe was heading towards a century before the Killy Bass opener was runout for 80. Joe Hewison backed this up with an impressive 48 but the Glen Alvie bowlers were able to keep the screws on and keep the total within reach. Hewison completed a great match with bat and ball, claiming 4/25.
Inverloch 5/158 completed an impressive win over OMK 7/155 in an enthralling match.
Inverloch made a modest total which featured top scorers Tim Thornby 48 and Kit Rotthier 26 run out for an opening stand of 51. Runs were hard to get as OMK used a number of bowlers in the attack.
Inverlochs luck came early in the bowling when Daniel Mock was out for a rare duck, caught off the bowling of Ben Thomas.
Despite this the Diggers knuckled down with Tom Wyatt scoring 49 and Jason Wilson 47 to push the score along but OMK lost three wickets in the space of nine runs to put it on the back foot. Chasing runs the Diggers lost two for run outs including Daniel Lloyd for 31.
Phillip Island 160 lost its game in a top of the table clash against Wonthaggi Club 9/201.
Club batted first and it was the middle order in Ryan G Thomas who stepped up with 63 and James Sherrin 41.
Eli Richards set the Island alight with 76 but a latter order batting collapse saw the Island exposed. Thomas completed a good game taking 3/19, with Alex Geyer 3/36 and James Sherrin too amongst the highlight reel taking 2/17 including the wicket of Richards.

16:03

What Comes After the High "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Marty, we are living in Austria and we try to grasp what will come after the Dow reached the mid 30.000s or even the 40.000s in 2019/20 and the dollar went up too? what goes up must come down. it would be good to know how to prepare oneself for the everyday life as we cant do big jumps with our little money. what economic scenarios do we have to expect here in Europe around 2020/2021?

Reading your blog since 2015 every day and even started to read your older blogs too.

thanks very much for helping us small people with painting pictures of the future. so even we can prepare in some ways.

 

GB

 

ANSWER: Oh yes. What goes up must come down. However, that is the case ONLY when the currency remains equal! We are looking at a new monetary system. That is when the currencies are reset. They need to explain away the failure of Socialism the pension ponzi scam.

Some people also ask if the arrival of cryptos will be the reset. In order for the cryptos to make it past the DOT.COM Bubble syndrome, there has to be a major technological advance in society around the world. That is not likely.

This is why I just finished The Coming One-World Currency report. This deals with what is coming for the reset AFTER the chaos unfolds.

16:02

Go Fund Yourself "IndyWatch Feed National"

The past year or so, Ive seen an influx in my Facebook feed of people beseeching their friends to fund their various lifestyle activities. Shamelessly begging your social networks for money is speedily becoming normalised in todays society, with a plethora of causes being championed on the regular from overseas travel to university courses.

So is it really socially acceptable to outright ask your friends for money?

Theres no doubting that crowdfunding websites like GoFundMe have done wonderful things for many worthy recipients, such as cancer patients who cant afford treatment, parents who are struggling to provide medication for their sick children and travellers injured overseas without adequate insurance. Im not writing off the positives crowdfunding platforms can provide for communities to rally behind their own, but where do we draw the line?

Imploring for money to be donated so that you can travel the world is something I cannot endorse. I find it hard to believe that these leisure crowdfunders would feel comfortable asking their friends for money in a face-to-face situation. I know I couldnt even look a girlfriend in the eye if I was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy (mainly due to my obsession with avo on toast) and asking for even just $1! Why should she sacrifice being a buck short just so I can be a dollar closer to hashtagging #wanderlust at the top of Machu Picchu?

Crowdfunding forums give leisure beggars a shield to hide behind so they can pledge their causes to an online audience filled with family, friends, acquaintances and people they drunkenly added in the bathroom that one time. The thing is, if you are privileged enough to live in a developed country with wages as high as ours, your inability to save up for a trip overseas is most likely due to your personal lifestyle choice rather than any actual challenging circumstances. Grow some proverbial balls, suck it up and work to earn your own money like the rest us. Whatever you do, dont ask your online community which is full of people aware of how educated and able to work you are to earn your money for you.

Im not saying I dont understand the frustration that kicks in when your account hits minus and youre dreaming of sinking overpriced bevs whilst wearing sailor hats in Croatia. But before your trigger finger gets dangerously close to the share button on your GoFundMe, ask yourself: would I pester my mates for money in real life?

If the answer is no, its probably not something you should be doing on...

15:30

EXCLUSIVE! MARRIAGE HYPOCRITE! Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce cheats on wife with long sexual affair with staffer while lecturing public on gays ruining marriage "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: Embattled Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, has been conducting a clandestine sexual affair with a female staffer for up to 10 months this year while at the same time grandiosely lecturing the Australian public about how gay people wanting to get married threatens the institution of marriage.

15:10

Is Communism Really dead? an Answer "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Jimmie Moglia After reading the Sakers article, I had to walk back and forth for some time, partly to digest its content, and partly to determine why I found

15:00

Australian health expenditure-demographics and diseases [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In 2012-13, hospital admitted patient expenditure was estimated at $45.0 billion, and accounted for almost one third (31%) of total health expenditure. Expenditure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was estimated at $2.1 billion. Expenditure was highest in older age groups, but grew for all age groups from 2004-05 to 2012-13 (45.5%). Cardiovascular diseases were the largest disease contributor at $5.0 billion (11.1%), followed by injuries at $4.1 billion (9.0%).

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14:46

MACKAY Axe accused hurls foul abuse, calls magistrate maggot scum "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 24, 2017 at 05:53AM ,

Axe accused hurls foul abuse, calls magistrate maggot scum

October 24, 2017 at 05:53AM ,

TYRONE Joel Santo hurled abuse at Magistrate Damien Dwyer and his defence barrister Phillip Moore in Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday.

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14:46

MACKAY Burglar left pool of blood at scene of business break-in "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 24, 2017 at 05:41AM ,

Burglar left pool of blood at scene of business break-in

October 24, 2017 at 05:41AM ,

He appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday with a heavily bandaged arm, having cut himself on the smashed glass on the way into the

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14:00

Combined Art Societies Art Trail Exhibition "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Combined Art Societies of Sydney will stage their 6th CASS Art Direct Open Studio Art Trail throughout November. Visit exhibitions by local artists from Drummoyne Art Society at its Gallery, corner Wellbank Street & Clermont Avenue, Concord from Friday November 3 to Sunday November 26 between 10am and 4pm each day. Artwork on display will []

13:00

Thanks for the Tank, Landcare "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Thanks to Newstead Landcare Group for the lend of their water trailer, Lyn, Julia and I were able to give the fundraising garlic a big, thousand litre, drink this morning.  We got a good drink too thanks to barista Ron. The garlic is looking pretty good, given that was the first (and will be the Continue reading Thanks for the Tank, Landcare

12:47

Hidden Danger of Ecological Collapse "IndyWatch Feed National"

A recent landmark study that investigated alarming loss of insects is leaving scientists dumbfounded, deeply troubled, potentially the biggest-ever existential threat, risking ecosystem collapse too soon for comfort.  In contrast to global warming, this may be much more imminently dangerous across-the-board to terrestrial life. An enormous loss of insect population, almost decimation in some parts of the world, threatens the life-giving structure of the ecosystem. This is a deadly serious problem!

If we lose the insects, then everything is going to collapse there has been some kind of horrific decline. (Prof Dave Goulson, Sussex University). According to the new study, insect abundance has fallen by 75% over the past 27 years.1

Horrific decline may serve as a gross understatement because any time a key component of life on Earth declines by 75% in less than three decades, big-time-huge trouble is right around the corner. Theres no other way to look at it. Hopefully, the study is flawed. Time will tell, assuming there is enough.

The study utilized carefully controlled scientific protocols, but consider this: Even anecdotal evidence for the Average Joe tells the story: It wasnt too many decades ago, 1950s-70s, that cross-country trips in the family car hit bugs, lots of em, squashed on windshields and lodged within front bumper grills. No more.  And, kids no longer frolic about chasing fireflies in back yards at night.

Insects make up about two-thirds of all life on Earth [but] there has been some kind of horrific decline, said Prof Dave Goulson of Sussex University, UK, and part of the team behind the new study. We appear to be making vast tracts of land inhospitable to most forms of life and are currently on course for ecological Armageddon. If we lose the insects then everything is going to collapse.2

The loss of insects casts a very long dark shadow over the 21st century. Consider: First, global warming and now massive insect decline at a heart-stopping rate of decline. Is human society, en mass, committing suicide? The answer could be yes, humankind is committing harakari in the wide-ope...

12:40

Senate scuttles sensible immigration motion - Article by Leith Onselen "IndyWatch Feed National"

"All sensible stuff [...]. No reference to irrelevant issues like race or culture. Just a sensible focus on Australias extreme immigration levels and their various deleterious impacts on ordinary Australians living standards. Sadly, while the speech reads like something that should have come from the Left, it instead came from One Nations Pauline Hanson. And because of this, it was blocked without debate by the Senate." (Article by Leith van Onselen)


On Thursday evening, the following motion was read in the Australian Senate:

I move:

That the Senate

(a) notes that Australia has the largest per capita immigration program in the world; and

(b) calls on the Government to address the extremely high, unsustainable immigration intake, including from both permanent and temporary residency visas, that:

(i) impacts on local, state and Federal Government delivery and planning for the supply of water, power and gas, and the protection of arable land for food production,

(ii) overburdens infrastructure, including roads and transport, telecommunications, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, sewerage, government welfare and services, and

(iii) has put a strain on available residential land, affordable housing, standard of living and employment prospects, including under-employment.

Notice given 18 October 2017

When it comes to immigration and population policy, the other parties are like drunken fools pouring petrol onto a bonfire. Unless we put a stop to this madness, it is going to blow up in our faces. It is time for the adults in the room to speak up and call them out because, otherwise, the idiots with the petrol can are going to burn the economy to the ground. Of course, it is difficult for anyone to question the level of immigration without being called a racist because it has always been seen as a legitimate tactic to label....

12:21

Documentary Just Released Online Blows Lid Off Hollywood Pedophilia: This Is The Tip of The Iceberg "IndyWatch Feed National"

As people try to wrap their minds around the horrid nature of rampant sex abuse in Hollywood, the accusations continue to flow but we are still left with little answers. However, Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Amy Berg has named names and delves into the systemic grooming of child actors in an eye-opening exposwhich includes a shocking []

12:18

Fashion for a cause "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A CAPACITY crowd filled the Cape Paterson room at Inverlochs RACV Resort for the Inverloch Pink Ribbon Fashion Parade last Thursday, October 19.

An enthusiastic audience looked on as six local women modelled clothing, jewellery and accessories from Bliss in Inverloch. Outfits ranged from casual and beachy through to day wear, race wear and after five.

With a variety of styles and sizes on show, there was something to interest everyone.

The fundraising committee was thrilled with the success of this years event, held to aid the Cancer Council in its fight against womens cancers.

Over $3500 was raised and we are grateful for the support of local communities and particularly to the RACV Resort and Bliss for the major roles they played, organising committee member Rosemary Perry said.

The committee is also appreciative of donations from local traders for the raffle and door prizes.

Once again Inverloch has shown its willingness to support a good cause and enjoy itself in the process.

Looking lovely: back, from left, Robin Smith, Helen Arnold and Karen Orford, and front, from left, Rosemary Perry, Lyn Shaw and Mary Butcher modelled clothing and items from Bliss in Inverloch at the Pink Ribbon Fashion Parade held at Inverloch RACV Resort last Thursday.

12:14

Children taste college life "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MARY MacKillop Catholic Regional College in Leongatha opened its doors to Grade 5 students from across the district on Thursday.

Discovery Day is a coordinated program of activities that introduces Grade 5 students to the college.

Children participated in walking tours, woodwork, food technology, science, drama, music and robotics, and met students from other schools feeding into Mary MacKillop College.

We were thrilled to welcome almost 150 Grade 5 students from across South Gippsland to our annual Discovery Day, Mary MacKillop College principal David Leslie said.

The day aims to provide an experience of what secondary school is like.

Our transition program commences with Grade 5 Discovery Day which aims at introducing the students to the college slowly so that by the time they commence Year 7 they are familiar with the grounds, and have met other students and teachers.

Students travelled from as far as Koo Wee Rup, Phillip Island and Foster to be part of the experience.

Master chefs: Leongatha Primary School student Zavier and St Laurences Primary School student Don baked delicious choc chip muffins during Mary MacKillop Colleges Grade 5 Discovery Day on Thursday.

12:09

Turning three is fun "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

 

THE Alison Lester Gallery and Bookshop in Fish Creek turned three on Sunday and celebrated with a party.

There was cake, a sausage sizzle run by the Fish Creek Primary School and Alison Lester was signing books on the day.

Kids also had the opportunity to have their face painted and read some of Alisons most loved stories.

Happy birthday: on Sunday, the Alison Lester Gallery and Bookshop in Fish Creek celebrated its third birthday with a huge cake. Pictured are Alison, her granddaughter Trixie Maher from Melbourne and Lucy and Ben Cooper from Traralgon.

12:08

Trash and treasure at Chairo "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

CHAIRO Christian School held a successful market and boot sale at its Leongatha campus on Saturday.

Despite occasional rain, the event was a huge hit.

The schools goal was to promote the reuse and recycling of resources, and to ensure resources do not end up in landfill before their time.
The sale offered many preloved and recycled goods, and free activities for children including face painting, jumping castle, popcorn and fairy floss.

Great sale: Vince and Laura Brennan from Leongatha enjoyed the opportunity to sell goods at Chairo Christian Schools market and boot sale in Leongatha on Saturday.

12:03

Boggs is back "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

LEONGATHA Lyric Theatre is pleased to announce that after nearly eight years, the Boggs show is back to entertain and delight South Gippsland audiences.

The end of year travelling show which dates back more than 30 years, is affectionately known as the Boggs show.

This time around the show is back with many of its favourite cast members, including Nicole Cooper, Alison McIntyre, Terry Lay, Barb Fleming and Brad beach who will be joined by new members Adrian Darakai and Laura Mauraty.

The Boggs is Back show is two hours of hilarious fun coupled with a little cross dressing, funny jokes, fantastic comedy sketches and heartfelt songs.

The show is designed to allow audiences two hours to escape and have a great time with friends.

Over the past 30 years, the Boggs show has often been seen as the best end of year fun you can have with friends laughing while having a few drinks.

This years show features songs some serious, some comedic a bit of dance, a range of skits some original, some adapted -from well loved TV shows and is promising to be one of the best Boggs yet.

The adults only show, which is never crude but often naughty, promises to provide audiences with many laughs.

In addition to the fun, the show is also an opportunity for audiences to hear amazing performances from fantastic singers who will provide highly impressive musical moments. It includes some of Lyrics best performers.

If you like comedy, great singing or both, make a point of coming to see Boggs is Back.

With three shows only, hosted by the Mirboo North Swimming Pool, Dumbalk Hall and Korumburra Italian Club, seats will be limited so book early.

The name hails back to the Boggs family who provided a long and rich tradition of music hall entertainment in South Gippsland.

Ebeneezer Boggs (or Genghis as he is affectionately known), and wife Sybil Sidebottom-Boggs created the lineage which has now extended over three generations and has spread to include children, cousins, nieces, in-laws and outlaws.

Originals such as Donald McDangle Boggs, Dan Druff (or Woody) Boggs and Ernestine Boggs have seen the family grow to include the ever increasing Hills, (or Boggs-Hills, or to be completely accurate, Sidebottom-Boggs-Hills), family, some of the more recent of whom are appearing for the first time in this show.

Shows are:

  • Dumbalk Hall, Friday, November 10. Bookings to Bev Hanley on 5664 4344 or Jan Stirling on 5664 4396 or 0488 445 153;
  • Grand Ridge Brewery, Mirboo North, Friday, November 24: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=318251; and...

12:00

Theatre group is officially home "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Wonthaggi Theatrical Group (WTG) has a history of being without a home, so last Sunday marked a special occasion for the group, with the official opening of its very own space.

Affectionately known as The Shed, the building at the State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi was officially opened by Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing and WTG life member, 90 year old Gwen Derrick.

In 1968, Ms Derrick was coming home from a Lyric Theatre production in Leongatha and wondered why Wonthaggi didnt have a theatre group of its own.

She said despite some naysayers within the community who said the idea would never work, it was something Wonthaggi needed.

We proved the community of Wonthaggi needed a theatre group and proved them wrong, she said.

In 1970, the group took over the lease of Wonthaggis Union Theatre, but had to compete with other user groups for the space, which became particularly difficult at rehearsal time.

Ms Derrick said sometimes the group did not have a performance venue at all.

We performed on the tray of a truck once; mind you it was a warmer weather, summer project, she said.

In 1975, the group managed to purchase the Union Theatre for $15,000, but the euphoria of having a permanent home was short lived.

Because of the poor state of the building, in 1978 the group offered the building to the former Borough of Wonthaggi council for $5000.

In early 1980, the sale was finalised with the provision the space must be kept for the arts in perpetuity, before disaster struck.

I woke up and thought why is it daylight and went outside and saw the flames coming from Graham Street, Ms Derrick said.

I sat in the gutter and watched the theatre burn.

After the fire, the group went into recess. Eventually, the group secured land on Baillieu Street, which was sold 20 years later and provided the seed funding for The Shed.

We wouldnt have thought of starting this project without that seed funding, group vice president Wayne Moloney said.

In 2010, Ms Derrick was awarded the Edith Harry Award for outstanding contribution to musical theatre.

There one constant throughout WTGs history is Gwen Derrick and we wouldnt have that history without her, Mr Moloney said.

Ms Shing praised Ms Derricks determination to start the theatrical group and said it was that sort of persistence that has the group where it is today.

11:58

Year 12s celebrate "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

 

MARY MacKillop Year 12 students took a break from their studies for the last day of school celebrations on Friday.

Lots of fun costumes were on show to commemorate students final day of their secondary schooling.

Now the class of 2017 has to knuckle down for exams, starting with English on Wednesday, November 1.

Looking good: Rani Knight dressed as singer Katy Perry at Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional Colleges last day for Year 12s last Friday.

11:57

Every child is our child Australias abomination, a crisis among children "IndyWatch Feed National"

Three children together attempted to end their lives. Such was the despair they felt from a sense of hopelessness in an Australian community where no one completes school. Three children, aged six, eight and ten climbed a tree. Older children saw them and ran to them and held them up and saved their lives. What []

11:56

Lennies tale keeps on enthralling "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE legendary tale of Lennie Gwyther and Ginger Mick continues to feature on the national stage.

Media coverage of the statue unveiled in the pairs honour in Leongatha recently spread around Australia, as again the nation was captivated by how the nine year old boy from Koonwarra rode his pony Ginger Mick to Sydney and back in 1932, to witness the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Last Tuesday, October 17, McMillan MP retold the story in Federal Parliament.

Congratulations to Leongatha on the presentation and unveiling of the statue to Lennie Gwyther and his horse Ginger Mick. Lennie had a dream at nine years of age to ride from Leongatha/Koonwarra to Sydney for the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. At nine years of age, he did that after his father gave him permission, he said.

In attending the function, there was his sister Beryl Ferrier, sister Leta Gardenal, daughter Mary Gwyther, granddaughter Sally Gwyther, sister-in-law Shirley Gwyther and brother Keith, and many other relatives and friends from near and far.

Bob Newton, a local councillor and former mayor, had a dream that he would like to see a statue of Lennie Gwyther in Leongatha.

Along with his committee members, the Leongatha Chamber of Commerces Peter Watchorn, Brenton Williams and Glenn Wright, Gordon Morrison, along with the Leongatha Historical Societys Robert Sage, Peter Farrell, who did the concrete with Jim Newton, the McDonald brothers, who did the lighting, C&L Stainless, who did the plaque and helped with the lighting, and T&M Southern Craneseverybody got into it from Leongatha and supported this tremendous opening.

Probably the highlights of the day were the shire brass band. Certainly Jessica Stein and the children from the Leongatha Primary School were an absolute highlight of the event and they should be congratulated for their presentation. It was a most memorable day in the heat and I think Im still sunburnt from the day because in the end we werent undercover.

Huge congratulations go to Leongatha. Lennie Gwyther actually shook the hand of the Prime Minister on his way through from Koonwarra. He was attacked by vagabonds and he survived a bushfire. You can imagine the rain and hail and slush he went through, and he arrived to great accolades at the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Theres a photograph of Lennie Gwyther, nine years of age, riding his horse Ginger Mick across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was most amazing. A lot of the kids on Saturday had the Lennie Gwyther storm hat on that he had worn all that way. I got the nine-year-old children up around me and said to the whole crowd, and there were hundreds of people there, Have a look at these children, theyre nine years of age; this is the age he hopped on a horse and...

11:53

Councillor apologises "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Councillor Andrew McEwen stands by some of his comments about the Walkerville foreshore committee, despite apologising to the volunteer group.

At the heart of the issue is the foreshore committee asking for more council funding to undertake works.

Cr McEwen recently wrote to committee chair Bill Bray to apologise for stating at the September council meeting he had concerns about the lack of transparency and accountability regarding where the money is going and where it is coming from, and claimed council had not been provided with income and expenditure statements for the project, as well as the nature and value of contracts.

During a presentation to council last Wednesday, Mr Bray said the committee welcomed Cr McEwens unreserved apology, but Cr McEwen disagreed that he had apologised for all of his comments.

The chair of the foreshore committee at the council presentation on the 18th of October indicated that I had given an unreserved apology for all my comments at the previous council meeting in relation to the foreshore committee. My apology was just for the comments made in regard to finances, he said.

Cr McEwen said he had erred in making incorrect statements at the September council meeting after missing an email from Mr Bray that clarified the question asked about finances for the project.

Cr McEwen said he would make an unreserved apology for these comments, which were factually incorrect at tomorrows (Wednesday) council meeting.

Mr Bray told council the committee had been open and accountable, and presented council with a list of public consultation undertaken about the project.

There have been some hurtful comments made by some, not only to me individually but more importantly they have questioned the committees credibility and accountability, he said.

Cr Jeremy Rich said the community had been concerned about the growing cost of the project, and the distance between parking and the boat ramp.

He asked if works had been started without contracts signed. Mr Bray said, No.

The committee is seeking further funding from council towards the cost of rehabilitating the existing road, and building new car and boat trailer parking, retaining walls and a footpath. A seawall has already been reconstructed.

The original cost was based on schematic plans but project costs were revised based on final detailed designs, and have resulted in an increase of about $200,000.

While the committee has the funds to cover this, it has asked council to provide a further $61,850, bringing its total contribution to $192,500. Mr Bray said this would make committee funds available for other foreshore works.

...

11:52

Call to lift Inverlochs dog rules "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

SUMMER is fast approaching, bringing with it dog restrictions on Inverlochs beach once again.

Inverloch was left with a sectioned beach off leash, on leash and prohibited following the decision of the former Bass Coast Shire Council.

Only the Screw Creek section is off limits to dog walkers all year round.

However, the Surf Beach, a section between Venus Street and the Esplanade, and the Foreshore Caravan Park will prohibit dog walkers from December 1 until February 28 between the hours of 9am and 6pm.

With a new council in play, Inverloch resident Robert Scott believes its time to revisit some of the restrictions.

Theres no need for the dog restrictions; we should leave it up to people to do the right thing, he said.

Mr Scott said the total ban near Screw Creek should be lifted, and suggested more signage would help protect the hooded plovers.

Mr Scott said off leash area starting at Grandview Grove and ending at Cuttriss Street has been a great success, but it was a popular place for families to go swimming during the peak period.

There were also problems in some of the on leash areas as well, with high tides and natural rock leaving little room for people to walk their dogs.

Many people often forget where they can and cannot walk, as signs are positioned close to the footpath.

Mr Scott suggested opening up the area towards Screw Creek to dog waters to give all beachgoers extra space.

People could play frisbee with their dog in front of the campground. They would just need to take more responsibility, he said.

With the extension, I suggested this problem would end as people could let dogs have a run near their homes and they could walk to the beach and not drive to the off leash area. Less traffic is always a good thing.

It would clear the foreshore of all the different signs that cause confusion. Dog owners are responsible people. I would expect council to enforce the laws that exist regarding picking up after your dog, and putting your dog on a leash near any of the marked plover nesting areas.

Deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari said council had yet to formally discuss any changes to the dog restrictions.

Do the right thing: Inverlochs Rob Scott believe...

11:44

What is Meditation? "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Phra Satit Thitadhammo delivered one meditation session on the morning of Saturday, 21 October at the Senior Citizens Centre, Welsford St, Shepparton. Phra Satit Thitadhammo is from the Dhammakaya Meditation Centre, Albury. He addressed the issue of mind, mind management, and methods of reaching awareness of the mind and moving beyond the mind. In this ... Read more...

11:43

LIVE REVIEW: Justin Townes Earle + Joshua Hedley + The Sadies @ Factory Theatre, Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Justin Townes Earle, Joshua Hedley, The Sadies @ Factory Theatre, Sydney, Oct 17th, 2017 After the failure to get Melbournes Out On The Weekend Americana music festival up and running in Sydney, we should feel lucky we still get to experience all the acts playing their own sideshows here. It amounts to a week of treats Continue reading

11:37

Kooky comments made by my parents during this postal survey "IndyWatch Feed National"

From eradicating the sin to imminent human extinction these are just some of the conversations Ive had with my parents these past few weeks.

11:30

Scientists: Geological evidence shows the Great Sphinx is 800,000 years old "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Ivan Petricevic

One of the most mysterious and enigmatic monuments on the surface of the planet is without a doubt the Great Sphinx at the Giza plateau in Egypt. It is an ancient construction that has baffled researchers ever since its discovery and until today, no one has been able to accurately date the Sphinx, since there are no written records or mentions in the past about it. Now, two Ukrainian researchers have proposed a new provocative theory where the two scientists propose that the Great Sphinx of Egypt is around 800,000 years old. A Revolutionary theory that is backed up by science.

The study was presented at the International Conference of Geoarchaeology and Archaeomineralogy held in Sofia titled: GEOLOGICAL ASPECT OF THE PROBLEM OF DATING THE GREAT EGYPTIAN SPHINX CONSTRUCTION.

The authors of this paper are scientists Manichev Vjacheslav I. (Institute of Environmental Geochemistry of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) and Alexander G. Parkhomenko (Institute of Geography of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine).

The starting point of these two experts is the paradigm shift initiated by West and Schoch, a debate intended to overcome the orthodox view of Egyptology referring to the possible remote origins of the Egyptian civilization and, on the other, physical evidence of water erosion present at the monuments of the Giza Plateau.

Sphinx

According to Manichev and Parkhomenko:

The problem of dating the Great Egyptian Sphinx construction is still valid, despite of the long-term history of its research. Geological approach in connection to other scientific-natural methods permits to answer the question about the relative age of the Sphinx. The conducted visual investigation of the Sphinx allowed the conclusion about the important role of water from large water bodies which partially...

11:28

LIVE REVIEW: Old Crow Medicine Show @ Enmore Theatre, Sydney 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Old Crow Medicine Show, Valerie June @ Enmore Theatre, Oct 3rd 2017 House lights were dimmed and, apart from a white cowboy hat and some impressive beards, four unassuming band members walked on stage and kicked into the opening song before Valerie June strode onstage with dreadlocks bundled high, a shimmering gold sequinned outfit and turquoise Continue reading

11:13

Police covering up premier's drink driving wife - FOI not in the public interest, really? "IndyWatch Feed National"


The people in government protect their brethren (or brethren's wives) by not informing their tax slave population of any criminal activities they have committed even though the public have a right to know meaning it is in the 'public interest'.

Victoria Police is an organisation that covers up criminal activities committed by people in government or their relatives.

Those who you see to have had action taken against them are there for show, so that others will be obedient.

This is just one example that has made it out into the public arena where Victoria Police has acted dishonestly, against their duties, protecting and covering up a drink driver the Premier Daniel Andrews' wife, Catherine Andrews.




It sure does pay to be in the 'brotherhood', but then you have to give back a percentage once you keel over.

The laws that apply to the residents of a (penal) colony do not apply to the administration.

STILL trust the police ???

See article from 23 Oct 2017 by news.com.au of the headline;

Victoria Police rejects FOI requests for information about car crash involving Premiers wife

VICTORIA Police has refused to release documents detailing an investigation into a collision involving Premier Daniel Andrews wife, claiming a freedom of information request was not in the public interest.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews with his wife Catherine Andrews. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
VICTORIA Police has refused to release documents detailing an investigation into a collision involving Premier Daniel Andrews wife, claiming a freedom of information request was not in the public interest.

It comes after revelations by Channel 9 News that an internal review into officers who did not perform a breath test on Catherine Andrews ended with the two police officers being let off with a warning.

The father of the 15-year-old cyclist injured in the crash confirmed to the Herald Sun that he was still waiting to hear from the Premier and his wif...

11:01

Vic MP conducts on poll on planned euthanasia law "IndyWatch Feed National"

MELBOURNE [AAP]

A Victorian upper house MP will take views of the public into account when voting for the states controversial assisted dying laws, even though he supports them.

The Labor governments bill is bound for further scrutiny in the Legislative Council after passing the lower house 47-37 on Friday, following more than 24 hours of debate over 141 unsuccessful amendments.

Western District MP James Purcell says its important for him to represent community views even though he supports the legislation.

I have started consulting with local constituents and medical professionals regarding this legislation and am now asking the broader community if they believe people who are terminally ill should have the right to die, he said in statement on Monday.

It is important that I take into consideration both sides of this incredibly sensitive issue before casting my vote.

Mr Purcells statement comes as two other upper house MPs reportedly decided against supporting the bill.

The Australian says Liberal Georgie Crozier and Nationals Luke OSullivan shifted their support for the bill after comments from former prime ministers Paul Keating and Tony Abbott.

Ive got huge concerns with the bill and wont be supporting it, Ms Crozier told the newspaper.

If the bill passes by the end of 2017, an 18-month implementation period means the scheme could be in place by mid-2019.

Victorias parliament sits again on October 31.

The post Vic MP conducts on poll on planned euthanasia law appeared first on Echonetdaily.

10:28

BEST OF THE WEB: Putin speech at Valdai 2017: "The biggest mistake Russia ever made was to trust the US" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard From all the speeches of Vladimir Putin that I had the opportunity to hear and see, I would call his speech at the Valdai forum, including the answers to questions, the most anti-American, or even anti-Western, one. Describing the history of Russia's relations with America in the 1990's, the Russian President shared a story - striking in its detail - about how, in the framework of two agreements on nuclear arms control, experts from the United States were allowed into the most secret Russian facilities and into the offices in which they established themselves: the tables were decorated with little American table flags. How did the Americans respond to our country's unprecedented level of openness? Vladimir Putin repeated several times that they considered it as a weakness. Russia started to burn weapons-grade plutonium in accordance with reached agreements, and the US, without letting us know, changed the obligations they undertook and refused to complete the construction of the plant for processing plutonium. It became known that they made a decision about its burial, which in general has no meaning, because it is always possible to dig up non-utilised plutonium from the burial ground and it will be again completely ready for use.

10:15

Arts Wednesday 25 October 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ed Lippmann joins us today for Sydney By Design, our second season for 2017 and this season we once again focus on Sydney. In todays segment Ed introduces us to what is to come over the next few weeks. This segment will go to air at 9:35 am.

At about 10 50am, my special guest is Elena Kats Chernin, acclaimed and greatly beloved composer. Elena turns 60 next month and our conversation looked back over her life and career. She is wonderfully exuberant and you will love listening to her.

The conversation is punctuated by some of Elenas music.

Do keep me company.

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The post Arts Wednesday 25 October 2017 appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

10:03

Sweeteners may increase risk of type 2 diabetes "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Australian university finds that artificial sweeteners can increase risk of diabetes, but Diabetes UK are sceptical of their findings.

10:00

Getting Gay Bashed on Australias East Coast "IndyWatch Feed National"

A few hours passed and I met my friends out the front of the club I had recently been kicked out of. I had no idea why I had been ousted, and was expressing as such when, suddenly, a sharp shove in my back caused me to turn around. My eyes fell upon an unfamiliar face: a tall, white male with sweeping black hair. Though not overly muscular, the guy who pushed me, as well as his two friends, were larger than me.

Its because you dance like a fucking faggot. Are you fucking gay?

Being no stranger to this type of question, I couldnt help but sigh and allow a smile to break onto my face.

And what difference does it make if I am?

A crowd began to form; the crew of people we didnt know grew larger and larger, yelling, spitting, filled with rage. The situation was clearly getting out of hand, so my friends and I started to walk away. As we attempted to calm one another down, the illuminated street toward the train station echoed with a clap: undoubtedly the sound of a fist meeting someones face. We turned to see a friend of ours on the floor. All hell broke loose. One mate of mine ended up hospitalised, and a number more sustained injuries. It was a ridiculous response to an out-of-order question.

A few months later, I found myself walking home from my local pub with a bit of a stumble in my step. The streets were empty and quiet, save for the sounds of my inebriated waltz as my shoes scuffed the pavement. I was roughly 200 metres from my house when I noticed that my sorry attempt at walking in a straight line was no longer the only thing I could hear. Tyres crept along the road ominously, so I looked to see what was ghosting me.

A fairly old, red Toyota Corolla was slowly but surely following me home. I turned around and stopped walking to see what would happen. Was it a bunch of kids attempting to spook me, or could things turn ugly? After a few seconds, a window began to wind down. Maybe people looking for directions? I thought. Maybe a friend who cant quite tell if its me?

I wasnt sure what to expect, but sure enough came the serenade of homophobia. Do you like sucking dick, you fag? came a bellow from inside. Throwing my head back in disbelief, I turned and kept walking. I was really not in the mood for this tonight.

As my steps commenced, so did the accelerator in the car.

Oi Im talking to you, yo...

09:56

Smudging Destroys Killer Germs, According to a Recent Study "IndyWatch Feed National"

Many people use smudging these days as a means of cleansing their homes of negative energies and spirits, however, recent studies suggest it could be far more beneficial than we think.

Smudging for those who are not aware, is a Native American method of burning sacred herbs to produce smoke. (Native Americans are not the only ones who can or do use this method.) This smoke is used for many different things. Sage is the most commonly smudged herb. Personally white sage is my favorite for smudging.

A recent study published in the journal, Ethnopharmacology back in 2007 looked at how an hour of treatment in the form of medicinal smoke would affect bacterial life. In just one hour, researchers noticed a 95% decrease in bacteria.  The smoke itself maintained air purity for up to 24 hours in a closed room.

The abstract of this study goes as follows:

This study represents a comprehensive analysis and scientific validation of our ancient knowledge about the effect of ethnopharmacological aspects of natural products smoke for therapy and health care on airborne bacterial composition and dynamics, using the Biolog microplate panels and Microlog database. We have observed that 1h treatment of medicinal smoke emanated by burning wood and a mixture of odoriferous and medicinal herbs (havan smagri=material used in oblation to fire all over India), on aerial bacterial population caused over 94% reduction of bacterial counts by 60 min and the ability of the smoke to purify or disinfect the air and to make the environment cleaner was maintained up to 24h in the closed room. Absence of pathogenic bacteria Corynebacterium urealyticum, Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens, Enterobacter aerogenes (Klebsiella mobilis), Kocuria rosea, Pseudomonas syringae PV. persicae, Staphylococcus lentus, and Xanthomonas campestris PV. tardicrescens in the open room even after 30 days is indicative of the bactericidal potential of the medicinal smoke treatment. We have demonstrated that using medicinal smoke it is possible to completely eliminate diverse plant and human pathogenic bacteria of the air within confined space.

They were able to conclude that the benefits of smudging are completely viable. As you may know, our overuse of antibiotics has caused a huge problem in regards to superbugs and extreme pollution. This could be our answer on some level when it comes to killing off their bacteria.

Conventional sterilization method...

09:44

TPP-11 study shows miniscule Australian growth after 15 years, ignores costs "IndyWatch Feed National"

October 24, 2017: An economic modelling study by the US Peterson Institute has admitted that the TPP without the US would have even less of the tiny economic benefits predicted for Australia with US participation.

The study, based on the usual favourable but unrealistic assumptions of no unemployment or other negative effects, predicts an increase in Australian GDP of only .5% in 2030. This compares with an average Australian GDP growth per quarter of .86% between 1959 and 2017. This means the TPP-11 predicted increase is only equivalent to about two months average GDP growth after 15 years, even less than the TPP-12 result of .6% of GDP after 15 years.

A Tufts University study which did measure possible employment effects found the TPP with the US would result in net losses of 39,000 in Australian employment after 10 years. This would be worse without access to the US market.

TPP-11 supporters seem desperate to claim benefits from a deal which obviously has less economic gains without access to the large US market. But last month a study by a senior United Nations economist debunked a Japanese report based on spurious assumptions which claimed larger economic benefits from the TPP 11.

The Peterson and Japanese studies do not count the very real costs of stronger medicine and copyright monopolies, rights of foreign investors to sue governments, restrictions on governments rights to regulate essential services and removal of labour market testing for temporary workers which have resu...

09:39

4:30pm Fri 27 Oct | Urgent action: Stop threats to Manus Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When: 4:30-6:30pm Friday 27th October Where: Department of Immigration and Border Protection, 2 Lonsdale St, Melbourne Speakers tba Human rights obersvers to Manus No cuts to food, water and electricity No to Navy occupation No forced move to Lorengau Bring Them Here Refugees on Manus have been given a notice(...)

09:30

VIDEO: Multiple Residents Witness UFO Over Queensland, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Joe Martino

Undeniably, UFOs and ETs have taken many minds by storm, and for good reason! This is a subject with the power to change our world as we know it in SO many ways and humanity is becoming increasingly more ready to explore this subject.

So what do UFO sightings do for this subject of conversation? They provide just that, a conversation. A chance to expand our minds and consciousness further as we imagine beyond our everyday accepted reality. As we explore the potential of what these objects and the intelligence that may control them means, we expand the way we think of ourselves and our world, effectively shifting our consciousness.

Given the mass consciousness shift were experiencingon this planet right now, this fits right in.

There have been a ton of new sightings over the past couple years, you can see them here, but this one is a bit older. Were going to look at it as its quite fascinating.

The UFO Sighting

It was a regular night in Queensland Australia when witness and filmer Jack Purcells mother pointed out the lights in the sky to him.

We were all just sitting out the front and my mum pointed to the sky and said look at that colourful plane flying over, Purcell said.

Then it came to a sudden stop and was just hovering there. So I ran inside and grabbed my video camera.

Purcell stated that when when the police tried to call it in with a police helicopter the unidentified object would turn its lights off and disappear.

It was really strange. I was quite skeptical of these things but it just blew my mind.

This is what Jack wrote about what he saw as he posted his video to YouTube: Ok so Im pretty sure Ive captured a UFO on camera. Early last night we saw flashing lights in the sky and I ran and got my camera to record it. The cops came straight away and told everyone that they had no idea what it was and they were going to call it in. When I ran inside to get my phone, everyone said that they saw another huge light twice its size zoom across the sky and disappear. At the end of this video, I slowed the footage down and stabilized it and you can clearly see that its a giant triangle with flashing lights. after I finished recording, it zipped down really quickly and vanished. so weird. sorry about the shaky footage, it was filmed on my handheld...

09:29

David Petraeus Finally Answers His Own Question "IndyWatch Feed National"

ISIS is on the verge of collapse, but the the quagmire continues.

09:28

Cloud Nothings "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

DRW Entertainment welcomes kings of cathartic and anthemic alt-punk, Cloud Nothings, back to Australia this coming February.

Fresh from a huge European and US tour with heavyweight rock-revival favourites, Japandroids, in-demand Cloud Nothings are returning for the first time since 2014, bringing their heavily-praised fourth studio album, Life Without Sound to Australian shores.

Indie-rock tunes and a punk as fuck performance, Cloud Nothings tore the Oxford Art Factory apart (2014) Blunt Mag

From its beginnings in Dylan Baldis basement in 2009 to include the trio of drummer Jayson Gerycz and bassist TJ Duke, Cloud Nothings are a band that continue to challenge the genre, while remaining nostalgic and loyal to their loud and brash basement roots.

Cloud Nothings pair fuzzy power-chord riffs with pop hooks on Rollingstone

In the bands most bold and unprecedented phase, a second guitarist, Chris Brown, has bulked up the bands lo-fi sound resulting in a remarkable expansion in the Cloud Nothings story and production.

The band seems to be hitting their stride ever more intently (each record could perhaps be assessed as the band hitting their stride, which speaks to the groups impressive consistency) Pitchfork 

If their new album recorded with producer John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Blonde Redhead) has delved into a more cohesive chapter in the bands journey, their live shows still inspire some of the most fanatic praise of the bands raw and driving energy.

Recent international shows have undoubtedly confirmed Cloud Nothings as one of the most invigorating, magnetic, and yet enigmatic live bands, as fans get the sense that the bands metamorphosis is coming to its most important and career-defining stage.

Cloud Nothings have mastered the art of thrashing catharsis, pummeling out the anxieties of nostalgia and expectation with bloody verve. Pitchfork

Cloud Nothings February 2018

Thursday 22nd Sydney, Oxford Arts Factory

Friday 23rd Melbourne, Max Watts

Saturday 24th Adelaide, Fowlers Live

Sunday 25th Perth, Badlands Bar

Tuesday 27th Brisbane, The Zoo

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09:26

Open Letter: University of Wollongong is Promoting Non-evidence based claims about Vaccines "IndyWatch Feed National"

Open Letter

23 October 2017

To University of Wollongong (UOW) Vice-Chancellor, Paul Wellings

Copied to Professors Heather Yeatman, Alison Jones and UOW Academics

Dear Professor Wellings,

The University of Wollongong (UOW) is inappropriately promoting information about the safety and efficacy of vaccines that is non-evidence based. These comments are being used to underpin mandatory and coercive vaccination policies in Australia

The promotion of Heather Yeatmans (Professor of Nutrition) personal opinion of vaccines is inappropriate because this is not her field of expertise. Further, the promotion of claims made by the Australian government about vaccines and signed by other UOW academics, is also inappropriate because the claims have not addressed the scientific evidence and arguments provided in my PhD thesis  published on the UOW website.

The UOW, that works in partnership with industry, published Heather Yeatmans personal opinion of vaccines on the UOW website one week after my PhD thesis was published in January 2016.

UOW has also permitted these organised lobby groups to misuse the universities policies to besmirch my research and reputation in the mainstream media.

Here are several statements promoted on the UOW website that are not supported by evidence:

Firstly, the word immunisation is misused in these comments. The comments refer to vaccination not immunisation these two words have different meanings and they are not interchangeable. I have corrected the use of these words in the comments below.

The following claims that are promoted on the UOW website are not supported by scientific evidence:

  1. The international scientific evidence overwhelmingly supports immunisation [vaccination] to protect children from infectious diseases.
  2. Large-scale immunisation [vaccination] programs began in the 1930s and gathered pace in the 1950s.
  3. These vaccination programs led to a 99% drop in deaths from vaccine preventable diseases.

These claims are untrue and/or misleading and they are not suppor...

08:47

NBN shambles on Turnbulls head: workers "IndyWatch Feed National"

The PM continues to spruik fossil fuel over renewables despite the writing being well and truly on the wall for the coal industry.

The PM is responsible for the shambolic mess that the NBN has become, says the communications union.

Malcolm Turnbulls NBN is a shambolic mess, not just for consumers struggling for a connection, but also for the workers forced to deal with the disaster, the Communications Union said today.

CEPU communications division national president Shane Murphy said a 4 Corners program that aired last night revealed how the Turnbull Governments poor handling of the project has led to a myriad of problems, both for consumers and workers.

The NBN was meant to be a critical piece of nation building infrastructure, but at the moment its nothing more than a national embarrassment, Mr Murphy said.

The NBN had the potential to be a world-class network and provide jobs and training opportunities for workers to develop new skills. Instead, weve ended up in a situation where weve got frustrated customers on a shonky network being held together with plastic bags and ringbarked cables.

This is Turnbulls NBN a national joke.

The prime minister can try to handball the blame all he likes, but the reality is this mess is all his making. We warned this government that this was coming, but the prime minister refused to listen.

Weve got thousands of subcontractors who are given no proper training and are being squeezed by principal contractors who are making billions at the taxpayers expense.

This governments flawed approach to this key infrastructure project is enabling that behaviour.

Not only has the prime minister failed to deliver on his promises to deliver a better NBN faster and cheaper, he has failed the workforce by allowing the biggest pyramid sham contracting scheme the country has ever seen to flourish throughout the industry.

 

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08:15

Music legend George Young dead at 70 "IndyWatch Feed National"

George Young Photo Facebook

George Young Photo Facebook

MELBOURNE   [AAP]

Australian music trailblazer George Young, AC/DC producer and star of hit-makers The Easybeats, has died aged 70.

Young, older brother of AC/DC stalwarts Malcolm and Angus, co-produced the bands early albums, including Dirty Deeds Done Cheap, Let There Be Rock and TNT.

AC/DC said the band would not exist without his help and guidance.

It is with pain in our heart that we have to announce the passing of our beloved brother and mentor George Young. Without his help and guidance there would not have been an AC/DC, the band said in a statement on its website.

For all he did and gave to us throughout his life, we will always remember him with gratitude and hold him close to our hearts.

A meeting at Sydneys Villawood Migrant Hostel sparked the formation of The Easybeats in 1964, comprising Young, Englishman Stevie Wright, Dutchman Harry Vanda, Englishman Gordon Snowy Fleet and Dick Diamonde.

They were the first Australian rocknroll act to score an international hit with the 1966 single Friday On My Mind, reaching No.1 in Australia, six in the UK and 16 in the US.

His collaborator on so many of Australias favourite songs, including Friday On My Mind, left a simple message to his co-writer.

Rest in Peace my dear friend, Vanda wrote.

They pair wrote the Easybeats Good Times, later covered by INXS and Jimmy Barnes, in addition to John Paul Youngs classic Love Is In The Air, Wrights Evie, Parts 1, 2 and 3 plus songs for Meatloaf.

I owe him and Harry a hell of a lot. They basically gave me a career, John Paul Young told AAP.

They worked very, very hard. It was nothing for them to leave the studio at 4 and 5am they put everything into it. They were just so talented.

Jimmy Barnes on Monday tweeted: Hug...

08:09

The Dead Aviatrix - The Story of the Stories - how they came to be written "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

My ebook of eight short stories 'The Dead Aviatrix' is available on: 


And here below you can read a short history of the stories and how they came to be written 

THE STORY OF THE STORIES

 The Dead Aviatrix is an ebook published by Spineless Wonders in November 2017. It is the first book of short stories in the Spineless Wonders new Capsule Collection series.
The eight stories in The Dead Aviatrix are not obviously connected with each other by theme or character or plot, although because they originate in my imagination, they all reflect my interests and concerns. The ebook is a gathering of eight of my stories that have been recently published in various journals.
Here is an account of how the present collection came about:
The Story of the Stories
...

07:32

Herons half a score "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Nankeen Night-herons are resident along the Loddon River and I often encounter small groups roosting in the red-gums, especially north of the highway bridge. I cant, however, recall seeing as many as ten birds together before locally. On a walk the other evening herons kept emerging from a large River Red-gum as I drew closer until I counted half a score in total. Night-heron usually roost in groups sometimes these can be large congregations. Ive never found them breeding locally although this probably happens.

Evidence droppings below the Nankeen Night-heron roost on the Loddon River, 22nd October 2017

07:11

Thoughts For The Week By Ron Owen. Gun Control. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thoughts For The Week.
Insanity in individuals is something rare but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. Friedrich Nietzsche
The Eternal Battle For Truth, Against The Onslaught Of  Prevarication.
Over the last few weeks we have all had to bear the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Besides being totally innocent, we as firearm owners were all found guilty of being complicit in the deaths of the concert goers in Las Vegas, to the extent that this tragedy was used to punish the innocent law abiding firearm owners of this state by the majority of the Queensland Parliament. (See Link ...

07:11

Pompeo's new rant demonstrates CIA is worse than North Korea "IndyWatch Feed National"

North Korea has attempted to engage in dialogue with US allies, while Donald Trump's CIA director threatens an illegal assassination against the North Korean leader. The question as to whether the DPRK is willing to engage in broad dialogue with potential international partners, has been answered. Last week, the DPRK sent an open letter to multiple governments, including the US ally, Australia, in which Pyongyang asked to form a united front against Donald Trump's aggressive stance towards Pyongyang. Australia, in taking an overly literal reading of North Korea's letter, threw away a chance to reply to Pyongyang. Had Australia engaged with Pyongyang, this would have literally been the beginning of dialogue between North Korea and a stanch US ally in the Pacific. The short-sighted attitude of the Canberra, demonstrates that when North Korea does reach out to countries in an unexpected way, this attempt to establish lines of dialogue is essentially met with a cynical and obstinate attitude that doesn't get anyone anywhere. Dialogue is never easy in such situations, but all countries owe it to the wider cause of world peace to try. Australia foolishly read North Korea's letter as a kind of 'geo-political prank', where in fact it was a thorny olive branch. While North Korea has recently stated that they will not negotiate their nuclear programme until Pyongyang possesses the ability to strike all of the US mainland with nuclear missiles, the reality behind such dramatic remarks is far more mundane. All negotiations in difficult situations have a cat and mouse element to them, with the roles of feline and rodent, often swapping by the day, if not by the hour. North Korea's actions are often far more reasonable than their words. The fact that the DPRK did reach out to a US ally, demonstrates that they are ready for dialogue now. The fault here, therefore lies with those who refused to respond.

07:10

What happened to the Kerr Street mortgage? "IndyWatch Feed National"

This extract for the TURC's AWU WRA report describes the settlement and finance of the Kerr Street property. On 22 March 1993, Bruce Wilson as Ralph Blewitts attorney signed a transfer of the Kerr Street property as transferee. On the same, day, 22 March 1993, Bruce Wilson signed as Ralph...

07:09

WaPo columnist: Trump's victory over liberal media "IndyWatch Feed National"

Interesting. The Washington Post's Philip Bump (full disclosure my former CNN colleague) is one of the first -- or maybe so far the only -- journalist at a mainstream media outlet to get what is seriously disquieting news for the mainstreamers. Here's Phil's headline: Trump's already largely won his war against the media Phil begins his story this way: The choice that President Trump asks America to make is a simple one and one that he's demanded since he jumped into the presidential race. Who are you going to believe, he asks: An industry of people whose jobs depend on presenting factually accurate information about what's happening in the world - or me? And from the outset, we've seen how his supporters answer that question. They believe him. Well, okay. Phil has something here but right off the bat he illustrates exactly -- and I do mean exactly -- the media's problem. Notice the way he describes the media? Like this: "An industry of people whose jobs depend on presenting factually accurate information about what's happening in the world..." Not to put too fine a point on this, but the exact reason for the media's problem is precisely because millions of Americans believe the mainstream media (that would include, ahem, Phil's own Washington Post) is not reporting "factually accurate information about what's happening in the world.."

06:50

#THEREALRAKE: A Sense Of Whats Possible Calling Out Charles Waterstreet "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wherever you are.

Whatever youre doing.

Just know, that this one is for you.

I wanted to write this story for you because even though it is unremarkable and unoriginal, it happened to me and I dont want it to happen to you, or maybe it already has and I dont want you to feel alone.

I am tired of this story, but perhaps, just once more I will do my part and tell you about it.

My name is Tina Huang and I study at the University of Sydney.

A few months ago I went to interview for a paralegal / personal assistant job with a man named Charles Waterstreet. And during that interview, he showed me photos of naked women and a video of someone receiving a handjob.

He talked about attending sex parties, having many girlfriends and enjoying threesomes.

He stated he only hires women under 25 who are pretty young things.

He described me somehow as both a boat person and a tiger mother.

This is the part of the story where you think I would have realised that something was wrong, but I didnt.

Shop-Sparkke-Consent-300-x-250He is famous and powerful and a cheeky, but genius man.

I had seen his show on Netflix.

Read his articles in the newspaper.

Seen the paintings of him that they hang in the galleries.

So, I went back.

At my first shift we reviewed a case where he crudely insisted there existed a presumption of consent, and I answered emails for him about missed payments for sex toys, and organised dates with women.

I quit shortly after and Im glad I did, but I know he is still out there today hiring others.

Everyone keeps asking me why Im writing this story, and to be honest Im not sure. But I feel like if I waited until I was, then maybe this story would never get told.

I guess what Im trying to say is this; I dont know if Ive done a good job telling this story, but I wanted to do it anyways. However imperfectly, I wanted to communicate a sense of what is possible in calling out men like this.

They think they are liberating us by giving us work and good pay but we are liberated only to be oppressed in other ways.

I hope people will remember me not as someone who called out just one man, but as a person who tried despite her own shortcomings and powerlessness to speak to a bigger problem and to do the right thing; in short, that...

06:46

Texas Mother of Daughter Injured by Gardasil Vaccine Fights to Get Daughter Back as Attorneys Betray Her "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aniya Wonder Woman costume

Aniya in her Wonder Woman costume, with her mommy Anita. Photo Source: Justice for Aniya Facebook page.

by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff

A Texas mother faces another setback in trying to get her daughter back from Child Protective Services. Her daughter was medically kidnapped after a serious medical accident in which a pediatrician accidentally gave 4 month old Aniya Blu Vasquez the Gardisil 9 vaccine that was intended for her big brother.

After receiving the vaccine by accident, baby Aniya began experiencing health problems that were subsequently blamed on her mother, Anita Vasquez.

See our original story:

Infant Accidentally Vaccinated with Gardasil Mother Blamed for Vaccine Injuries and Baby Medically Kidnapped

But Anita Vasquez recently learned that the attorney she hired to help her fight for baby Aniya is not, in fact, an attorney.

Anita first learned of Lamberg when a friend of her mother told them about the wonderful attorney who would fix this and help her regain custody of her daughter. Her mother Mary Vasquez, the grandmother of baby Aniya, tearfully told Health Impact News:

We thought he was our answer; he was going to help get our baby back. But he was a joke.

Randall George Lamberg met with Anita and reportedly told her that he was an attorney who would work hard to get things done and file the motions needed to get Aniya home. Anita Vasquez set to work fundraising and selling menudo, a spicy Mexican soup, to raise money to pay his law firm. Between the fundraisers and a loan from a friend, she was able to pay the law firm $7000.

Lamberg reportedly told the Vasquez family that he was an attorney working with Esequiel Ramos, Jr. However, according to court transcripts from a hearing last week, Mr. Ramos testified that Lamberg is...

06:46

Texas Mother of Daughter Injured by Gardasil Vaccine Fights to Get Daughter Back as Attorneys Betray Her "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aniya Wonder Woman costume

Aniya in her Wonder Woman costume, with her mommy Anita. Photo Source: Justice for Aniya Facebook page.

by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff

A Texas mother faces another setback in trying to get her daughter back from Child Protective Services. Her daughter was medically kidnapped after a serious medical accident in which a pediatrician accidentally gave 4 month old Aniya Blu Vasquez the Gardisil 9 vaccine that was intended for her big brother.

After receiving the vaccine by accident, baby Aniya began experiencing health problems that were subsequently blamed on her mother, Anita Vasquez.

See our original story:

Infant Accidentally Vaccinated with Gardasil Mother Blamed for Vaccine Injuries and Baby Medically Kidnapped

But Anita Vasquez recently learned that the attorney she hired to help her fight for baby Aniya is not, in fact, an attorney.

Anita first learned of Lamberg when a friend of her mother told them about the wonderful attorney who would fix this and help her regain custody of her daughter. Her mother Mary Vasquez, the grandmother of baby Aniya, tearfully told Health Impact News:

We thought he was our answer; he was going to help get our baby back. But he was a joke.

Randall George Lamberg met with Anita and reportedly told her that he was an attorney who would work hard to get things done and file the motions needed to get Aniya home. Anita Vasquez set to work fundraising and selling menudo, a spicy Mexican soup, to raise money to pay his law firm. Between the fundraisers and a loan from a friend, she was able to pay the law firm $7000.

Lamberg reportedly told the Vasquez family that he was an attorney working with Esequiel Ramos, Jr. However, according to court transcripts from a hearing last week, Mr. Ramos testified that Lamberg is a....

06:39

Why Governments Will Not Ban Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Those who see governments banning ownership of bitcoin are ignoring the political power and influence of those who are snapping up most of the bitcoin.

To really understand an asset, we have to examine not just the asset itself but who owns it, and who can afford to own it. These attributes will illuminate thepolitical and financial power wielded by the owners of the asset class.

And once we know what sort of political/financial power is in the hands of those owning the asset class, we can predict the limits of political restrictions that can be imposed on that ownership.

As an example, consider home ownership, i.e. ownership of a principal residence. Home ownership topped out in 2004, when over 69% of all households owned a residence. (Owned is in quotes because many of these households had no actual equity in the house once the housing bubble popped.)

The rate of home ownership has declined to 63%, which is still roughly two-thirds of all households. Clearly, homeowners constitute a powerful political force. Any politico seeking to impose restrictions or additional taxes on homeowners has to be careful not to rouse this super-majority into political action.

But raw numbers of owners of an asset class are only one measure of political power. Since ours is a pay-to-play form of representational democracy in which wealth buys political influence via campaign contributions, philanthro-capitalism, revolving doors between political office and lucrative corporate positions, etc., wealth casts the votes that count.

I am always amused when essayists claim the government will do whatever benefits the government most. While this is broadly true, this ignores the reality that wealthy individuals and corporations own the processes of governance.

More accurately, we can say that government will do whatever benefits those who control the levers of power most, which is quite different than claiming that the government acts solely to further its own interests. More specifically, it furthers what those at the top of the wealth-power pyramid have set as the governments interests.

Which brings us to the interesting question, will governments ban bitcoin as a threat to their power? A great many observers claim that yes, governments will ban bitcoin because it represents a threat to their control of the fiat currencies they issue.

But since government will do whatever most benefits those who control the levers of power, the question be...

06:37

#THEREALRAKE: Barrister Charles Waterstreet Showed Masturbation Video To Law Student During Job Interview "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the course of a one-hour job interview with a 21-year-old law student seeking a junior paralegal position, Charles Waterstreet one of Sydneys most prominent criminal barristers and the real-life inspiration for the popular ABC television drama series Rake played a video on his phone of a man receiving a handjob, showed numerous photos of naked women, described how he liked to go to sex parties and enjoyed having women snort cocaine off his body, before revealing he preferred to hire pretty young things to work with him.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250The interview was conducted in Mr Waterstreets Sydney office, opposite the Downing Centre local courts, in August this year.

The explosive allegations are contained in a sworn statement provided to New Matilda by Tina Huang, a third-year law student at the University of Sydney. Ms Huang has also written an article on her experience, published here.

Ms Huang became aware of the job advertised as a paralegal and personal assistant position via the University of Sydneys careers hub website. She applied in writing to Waterstreet on August 18, and received a rambling reply from Waterstreet the following day:

Tina, your CV reads like a mirror of my own, I am writer, film maker and looking to expand into podcasts, I wrote for SMH and now Penthouse, which is platform for man feminist/pro women articles, I have written about [a number of women]and am fuelled by the emerging knowledge that women are stronger, volcanic, powerful and repressed for 5000 years because men feared womens sexuality and other things. Of, my law is my life blood,, murder, drugs, and money, sex slaves, the axe woman of 7/11, etc. I would like to meet you asap, to discuss availability, car,, what I want to achieve, , Charles ps call or text over weekend.

Ms Huang was ultimately offered the job. She said she was confused and unsure of how to respond to Waterstreets behavior at the job interview, but agreed to commence work several days later, hopeful that the office environment would be more professional.

Ms Huang lasted just three hours.

The allegations detailed above only relate to the job interview in the course of Ms Huangs first day on the job, Waterstreet revealed he was upset because he had been overlooked for an invitation to a recent sex party, had Ms Huang reply to personal emails about upcoming dates with women, and about late payments for sex toys.

...

06:27

#THEREALRAKE: Charles Waterstreet, A Law Unto Himself "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sydney barrister and media personality Charles Waterstreet is facing explosive allegations of sexual harassment.

His accuser is Tina Huang, a 21-year-old third-year law student at the University of Sydney, who applied for a paralegal position with Waterstreet in August this year, after seeing an advertisement on the universitys Careers hub website.

In a sworn statement, Ms Huang alleges that during the subsequent interview with Mr Waterstreet, he discussed sex parties and threesomes, while showing her images of naked women on his phone.

Shop-Sparkke-Consent-300-x-250It has also been alleged that in the course of the one-hour job interview, Waterstreet showed her a video of a man being masturbated.

Ms Huang was offered the job. She felt confused, uncomfortable and unsure of how to respond to his behaviour, but ultimately accepted the position.

A few days after the interview, Ms Huang turned up for her first shift hoping that the office environment would be more professional. But during the course of her first day on the job, Waterstreet revealed he was upset because he had been overlooked for an invitation to a recent sex party, and had her reply to personal emails he received about late payments for sex toys, along with replying to emails organising dates with women.

In the end, Ms Huangs job in Charles Waterstreets office lasted just three hours.

After leaving Waterstreets Elizabeth Street chambers, Ms Huang wrestled with what to do.

Waterstreet is, after all, something of an institution in Sydney. His networks include powerful media figures, underworld characters, and ranks upon ranks within the legal fraternity.

St John's College at the University of Sydney. (IMAGE: Jason James, Flickr) St Johns College at the University of Sydney. (IMAGE: Jason James, Flickr)

He is an old boy of both St Johns College and St Andrews College, also located at the University of Sydney. And he is a darling of the media.

For years, Fairfax publishers of the Sydney Morning Herald openly platformed Waterstreets controversial writing including his views on rape and consent.

More recently, and more famously, the ABC commissioned a fifth season of Rake, a fictionalised drama which is said to be loosely based on Waterstreets own life.

Ms Huang, by contrast, is a young woma...

06:14

Stop Adani Summit to be held in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed National"

As part of developing the national campaign to put a stop to the Carmichael coal mine in Queenslands Galilee Basin,  activists are getting together In Melbourne to contribute to the effort.

Sunday, October 29
Fitzroy Town Hall
201 Napier Street, Fitzroy

Ticket information

The post Stop Adani Summit to be held in Melbourne appeared first on The Pen.

06:04

Helen Razer Fires Back On The Powerlessness Of Persuasion, And #metoo "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you want change, you have to demand it, writes Helen Razer. You cant just say #metoo.

This past weekend, Dr Liz Conor published her thoughts on #metoo, an awareness hashtag still trending in corporate if no longer social media. I read these with interest as I am a marvellous and selfless person eager for the marginal perspectives provided here at New Matilda. Oh. Okay. You got me. I read these thoughts because I am a very vain lady who has a Google alert on her name.

Conor, I should point out, was not particularly unpleasant about me. Which is to say: dont get your hopes up for a lady-fight. The brief description was, in fact, cheekily agreeable. Helen may have been depicted as some sort of erm Marxist mother-hen so brutally obsessed by material conditions, she consigns the abuse of her sisters, as per the hashtag, to the cultural bin while clucking on about the banks and their profit and the workers and their pain.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250(GB)Note, this would not have been the most unflattering picture of my thought painted by other minds last week. I am not terribly upset.

I will say, however, that I am a bit jack of Marxism being misrepresented, even if humorously, as a totalising sermon that cannot brook cultural matters like sexism, and is concerned only with the material, or the mode of production. Actually, I am so fucking jack of this misunderstanding and the widespread belief that Marxism failed or has nothing to offer beyond the 19th century factory, I just wrote a fucking book about it. (You could buy it. Or, you know, you could just read Marx and pals at no cost.)

Okay. Now Ive started. Let me just say, largely because the NM editor is foolishly permitting this expression, that the superstructure and the base formulation, or the brute materialism Liz hints at, was of much greater concern to Stalin than it has been to Marxists, still eager to fail at communism, try again, and then fail better. (Rather than try and fail worse, as is the late and inevitable tendency of capitalism.)

In a work that is both ...

05:54

Pilger on Hillary Clinton, Julian Assange and the ABCs war on truth "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following by John Pilger , is a criticism of ABC journalist Sarah Fergusons Assange recent interview with Hillary Clinton. He describes the interview as poor journalism and devoid of reality and facts. This is an interview that plays into an orchestrated campaign to destroy WikiLeaks and aided by what Pilger describes as the jealousy of  mainstream media, which has failed  to match the achievements  made by WikiLeaks. The article was published  in The Insider ( 21 October 2017).

On 16 October, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation aired an interview with Hillary Clinton: one of many to promote her score-settling book about why she was not elected President of the United States.

Wading through the Clinton book, What Happened, is an unpleasant experience, like a stomach upset. Smears and tears. Threats and enemies. They (voters) were brainwashed and herded against her by the odious Donald Trump in cahoots with sinister Slavs sent from the great darkness known as Russia, assisted by an Australian nihilist, Julian Assange.

In The New York Times, there was a striking photograph of a female reporter consoling Clinton, having just interviewed her. The lost leader was, above all, absolutely a feminist. The thousands of womens lives this feminist destroyed while in government Libya, Syria, Honduras were of no interest.

In New York magazine, Rebecca Trainster wrote that Clinton was finally expressing some righteous anger. It was even hard for her to smile: so hard that the muscles in her face ache. Surely, she concluded, if we allowed womens resentments the same bearing we allow mens grudges, America would be forced to reckon with the fact that all these angry women might just have a point.

Drivel such as this, trivialising womens struggles, marks the media hagiographies of Hillary Clinton. Her political extremism and warmongering are of no consequence. Her problem, wrote Trainster, was a damaging infatuation with the email story. The truth, in other words.

Former US secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. (IMAGE: Brett Weinstein, Flickr)

The leaked emails of Clintons campaign manager, John Podesta, revealed a direct connection between Clinton and the foundation and funding of organised jihadism in the Middle East and Islamic State (IS). The ultimate source of most Islamic terrorism, Saudi Arabia, was central to her career.

One email, in 2014, sent by Clinton to Podesta soon after she stepped down as US Secretary of State, discloses that Islamic State is funded by the governments of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Clinton accepted huge donations from both governments for the Clinton Foundatio...

05:53

Church of Lesvos angers locals as it spends 100K earthquake donations in repair of churches "IndyWatch Feed National"

150,000 Australian dollars in donations were sent to Lesvos as aid for the victims of 6.4R earthquake last June. The local Metropolis decided, however, to spend the money in bricks for churches repair and not for humans in need. The outrage of  the local community is big. Diaspora Greeks in Australia generously open their wallets

The post Church of Lesvos angers locals as it spends 100K earthquake donations in repair of churches appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

05:42

Texas Mother of Daughter Injured by Gardasil Vaccine Fights to Get Daughter Back as Attorneys Betray Her "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aniya Wonder Woman costume

Aniya in her Wonder Woman costume, with her mommy Anita. Photo Source: Justice for Aniya Facebook page.

by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff

A Texas mother faces another setback in trying to get her daughter back from Child Protective Services. Her daughter was medically kidnapped after a serious medical accident in which a pediatrician accidentally gave 4 month old Aniya Blu Vasquez the Gardisil 9 vaccine that was intended for her big brother.

After receiving the vaccine by accident, baby Aniya began experiencing health problems that were subsequently blamed on her mother, Anita Vasquez.

See our original story:

Infant Accidentally Vaccinated with Gardasil Mother Blamed for Vaccine Injuries and Baby Medically Kidnapped

But Anita Vasquez recently learned that the attorney she hired to help her fight for baby Aniya is not, in fact, an attorney.

Anita first learned of Lamberg when a friend of her mother told them about the wonderful attorney who would fix this and help her regain custody of her daughter. Her mother Mary Vasquez, the grandmother of baby Aniya, tearfully told Health Impact News:

We thought he was our answer; he was going to help get our baby back. But he was a joke.

Randall George Lamberg met with Anita and reportedly told her that he was an attorney who would work hard to get things done and file the motions needed to get Aniya home. Anita Vasquez set to work fundraising and selling menudo, a spicy Mexican soup, to raise money to pay his law firm. Between the fundraisers and a loan from a friend, she was able to pay the law firm $7000.

Lamberg reportedly told the Vasquez family that he was an attorney working with Esequiel Ramos, Jr. However, according to court transcripts from a hearing last week, Mr. Ramos testified that Lamberg is a....

05:30

Are cancer stem cells the key to discovering a cure? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The root cause and potential cure for cancer is ignored by virtually all conventional oncologists despite an accumulating body of research that we already have the answer. From the perspective of conventional cancer treatment a diagnosis of multi-drug resistant cancer is equivalent to a death sentence. By the time such a diagnosis occurs, the patient's body has been irreversibly damaged by chemotherapy and radiation, and an even more aggressive cancer has emerged to take the place of the original one. Tragically, these treatments do not simply fail, but make the cancers more malignant. This fact is effectively concealed by the name multidrug resistant cancer which makes it seem as if the cancer was so exceptionally resistant and malignant that the normally effective drugs used to treat it just couldn't do the job.

04:33

Woman Builds Eagle A New Wing So She Can Fly Again "IndyWatch Feed National"

A white-bellied sea eagle might have never flown again if it weren't for some kind people and one woman with a very particular kind of skill.

Credit: Danny Lett/ARCC

A Good Samaritan in Australia spotted the young eagle recently and it was clear she was in trouble. She had become separated from her family and gotten tangled up in twine on a fence. Rescuers disentangled her and rushed the bird to a veterinary clinic for care. 

The people at the Grafton Vet Clinic examined the eagle and discovered that four of her primary feathers were very badly damaged, even though there were luckily no broken bones or other injuries.

Credit: A.Barsony/ARCC

Without those primary feathers, though, this bird wouldn't be able to fly with the kind of precision she needs in order to hunt and survive. So a specialist who knew just how to rebuild her wing was brought in from Casino Vet Clinic.

"Feather repair using the imping technique was the best option to get this young bird back out with her family," Australian Raptor Care and Conservation Inc (ARCC) wrote on Facebook last week. "After a suitable donor wing from the same species and aged bird was sourced, the imping was carried out by raptor rehabber Melanie." 

Credit: A. Barsony/ARCC

"Imping," short for implantation, takes feat...

04:11

Australia: Court Case Won Against Tasmanian Anti-Protest Laws "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Michael Slezak / The Guardian

Tasmanian forest

The former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown has won a landmark high court fight against Tasmanian anti-protest laws passed in 2014 and under which he was charged in 2016.

Brown, the third person arrested under the Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Act 2014, argued the laws directly targeted implied freedom of political expression in the constitution and were therefore unconstitutional.

The landmark case stemmed from Browns arrest while filming a video about an anti-logging protest at Lapoinya state forest in Tasmanias north-west in January 2016.

The Tasmanian government dropped the charges against Brown and his co-arrestee, Jessica Hoyt, once they mounted the high court challenge but Brown continued the challenge to protect future environmental actions, arguing they impinged on an implied right to free speech in Australias constitution.

In a 183-page judgment, the court ruled in favour of Brown and Hoyt by a six-to-one majority.

The law prohibited protesters from preventing, hindering or obstructing businesses, even in public areas such as state forests or the access points to areas where commercial activities are conducted, if they ought to have known the impact their political activity would have on the business.

Speaking after the decision was handed down, Brown told the Guardian it was a great day for Australian democracy.

The high court has said: There is a right to political expression and we will uphold it. You cant just start jailing people on account of their political beliefs or peaceful actions they might take to uphold those beliefs.

At the...

03:30

Putin: US Says We Dont Have The Money But They Have A Printing Press Yet NO MONEY? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Putin Slams Governments for Imperialism, Pedophilia, and Faith in Satan

Putin Slams US: The Biggest Mistake Russia Ever Made Was To Trust You

By Zero Hedge

Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet formally declared his intention to seek another term as leader of Russia, but many observers noted that a sweeping speech he gave at the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi this week served as a template for his campaign ahead of the March election.

The speechs overarching theme was to burnish Putins accomplishments as the man who restored power and respect to Russia. But in doing so, he heaped abuse on the US and its western allies, accusing them of selectively adhering to international law, and of taking advantage of Russia during the 1990s when the country was struggling to rebuild following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Bloomberg reported.

He accused the US of abusing Russias trust, and seeking to take advantage of the political and economic chaos that persisted for much of the 1990s and early 2000s, according to Russia Today.

The biggest mistake our country made was that we put too much trust in you; and your mistake was that you saw this trust as a lack of power and you abused it, he said during a question-and-answer session that was carried on national television. What was needed, he said, was respect.

High on Putins list of perceived slights was the USs failure to keep its end of the bargain in a host of international disarmament agreements. He explained that, while Moscow doesnt plan to exit any existing treaties, he promised an instant, symmetrical response if Washington decides to quit first.

He accused the US of slighting Russia by forcing the country to accept international monitors during the implementation of the megatons to...

03:07

Pompeos Latest Rant Demonstrates That The CIA Is More Unreasonable Than North Korea "IndyWatch Feed National"

The question as to whether the DPRK is willing to engage in broad dialogue with potential international partners has been answered. Last week, the DPRK sent an open letter to multiple governments, including the US ally, Australia, in which Pyongyang asked to form a united front against Donald Trumps aggressive stance towards Pyongyang. Australia, in taking an overly literal reading of North Koreas letter, threw away a chance to reply to Pyongyang. Had Australia engaged with Pyongyang, this would have literally been the beginning of dialogue between North Korea and a staunch US ally in the Pacific. The short-sighted attitude of the Canberra demonstrates that when North Korea does reach out to countries in an unexpected way, this attempt to establish lines of dialogue is essentially met with a cynical and obstinate attitude that doesnt get anyone anywhere. Dialogue is never easy in such situations, but all countries owe it to the wider cause of world peace to try. Australia foolishly read North Koreas letter as a kind of geo-political prank, where in fact it was a thorny olive branch.


Related | Photo-Report: The North Korea Western Media Doesnt Want The World To See


While North Korea has recently stated that they will not negotiate their nuclear programme until Pyongyang possesses the ability to strike all of the US mainland with nuclear missiles, the reality behind such dramatic remarks is far more mundane.

All negotiations in difficult situations have a cat and mouse element to them, with the roles of feline and rodent, often swapping by the day, if not by the hour. North Koreas actions are often far more reasonable than their words. The fact that the DPRK did reach out to a US ally, demonstrates that they are ready for dialogue now. The fault here therefore lies with those who refused to respond.

Furthermore, with North Korea months away from reaching the final stage of its nuclear development, by Pyongyangs own admission, the treat to refrain from dialogue until such a state is reached, is becoming increasingly moot in any case.

While it is impossible to independently verify the DPRKs internal nuclear timeline, there is no reason not to test the waters and begin attempts to negotiate in both good faith and more importantly, with pragmatism. This statement applies to all potential negotiating partners.


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02:45

Angry CBC listeners demand fewer mindless personal-story programs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Note from Nick: Because I worked with CBC for more than 25 years and have great loyalty to quality public broadcasting, I regret that I need to take CBC Radio One management to task in an aggressive manner. But when considerable damage is being done to the network and managers refuse to answer basic questions, I feel I have no alternative. 

Long-time CBC Radio One listeners upset over summer programming that featured a dozen shows about personal concerns and peoples problems will be listening carefully this fall to see how many of those kinds of programs are in the line-up.

Hundreds of traditional Radio One fans strongly agreed with my blog of two weeks ago, in which I blasted CBC management for broadcasting the mindless and banal programs.

Hmmm ... then why are people turning it off ?
More than 75 people took the time to write protest letters to CBC management and more than 400 people registered their concerns on social media. CBC Audience Services has always said that one protest represented the views of perhaps 1,000 people, so its likely that many thousands of regular listeners are opposed to the personal-oriented programming.

Hundreds of people said they no longer listen to Radio One, while other said they turn the radio off as soon as they hear one of the selfie-like programs.


Heres a sample of the letters to CBC Managers Susan Marjetti, Executive Director, Radio and Audio, for English Services, and Heather Conway, executive vice-President of English Services:
  • I am a huge fan of the CBC. I listen to CBC Radio One exclusively, practically 24/7, and have done so for 40 years or more, writes Penny Tomlin of Victoria, B.C. I have been so disappointed with the programming this summer most especially with...

02:21

Ireland aims to deny passports to convicted pedophiles to combat child sex tourism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ireland could soon be following Australia's lead by becoming the first country in Europe to cancel passports of convicted pedophiles in a bid to prevent them to traveling overseas. The campaign championing this idea for Ireland is being led by Irish priest Father Shay Cullen, a four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee who runs People's Recovery, Empowerment and Development Assistance (PREDA), a child abuse charity in the Philippines. Ireland is expected to introduce a draft of this new legislation later in October. It would mean that convicted pedophiles would be prohibited from traveling overseas. Cullen, who was born in Dublin, said the introduction of legislation such as this would prevent registered sex offenders from traveling abroad. He also said this legislation would particularly benefit developing nations where sex tourism and child prostitution are major problems. Speaking to the Irish Examiner Cullen said, "It is a grievous crime for anyone to travel abroad to commit child abuse. Legislation was passed in Australia, but we want other countries to follow, and Ireland to take the lead in the EU on this.

02:06

Angel Number 1111: The Mystery and Potential of the Ultimate Synchronicity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sure, some people use 11:11 as a means of obtaining a wish twice a day but do they really know what it means? Truthfully, no, most do not.

1111 is a very special number, and if you see this number often you are extremely lucky. You see 1 by itself is a link between the Spirit and the Master. It is a message from your spirit guide to see this number in a repeating sequence. When the number 1 is doubled to form 11 you are being sent double the amount of energy. 1111 is a very powerful number.  It is a portal for manifesting your desires.

1111 helps you to align with the universe in ways you might have never thought you would. This number is showing us that we can heal our past and create a future. If you read between the lines you will learn a lot. Angels use numbers and music to communicate with us, as these things are seen as universal languages.

If you see repetitive numbers like this you need to ask your guardian angels what they are trying so hard to tell you. The more numbers repeating the more intense the message. If you listen close enough you will hear them answer you.

According to KathyHadlyLifeCoach.com:

At times, when you are about to go through a major spiritual awakening or an epiphany of some kind, the number 1111 may appear in your physical reality and experience to signal the upcoming change or shift. When noticing the Angel Number 1111 appearing, take notice of the thoughts you had right at that moment, as 1111 indicates that your thoughts and beliefs are aligned with your truths. For example, if you held an inspired idea at the time of seeing 1111, it would indicate that it would be a positive and productive idea to take action on.

When Angel Number 1111 appears repeatedly it signifies that an energetic gateway has opened up for you, and this will rapidly manifest your thoughts into reality. The message is to choose your thoughts wisely, ensuring that they match your true desires. Do not put your energy into focusing on fears as you may manifest them into your life. Angel Number 1111 is a message from your angels to be very aware of your persistent thoughts and ideas as these are manifesting quickly into your reality.

 

Do not allow yourself to get too stressed and caught up in everyday life to stop and listen for the answer that you so desperately need. Angel numbers are extremely important for personal growth and so much more. For the most part, the numb...

01:35

Clinton, Assange and the war on Truth (John Pilger) "IndyWatch Feed National"

23/10/2017 - On 16 October, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation aired an interview with Hillary Clinton: one of many to promote her score-settling book about why she was not elected President of the United States. ...

01:18

Famous Blogger Taylor Winterstein To Be Face Of Vaxxed Tour "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wellness blogger and wife of  Manly Sea Eagle Frank Winterstein has been given the new title of the Australian face for the upcoming second tour of the conspiracy film Vaxxed. Polly Tommey, one of the Vaxxed producers...

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00:43

Its Our Money with Ellen Brown Paying for Catastrophe 10.18.17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Paying for Catastrophe Whether a flood, fire, hurricanes or a failed financial system, the Federal Reserve and the US Treasury have the means to address big financial challenges in a variety of ways if they want to.  Recent devastations challenge our understanding of how to pay for recovery, but when we look back to our not-so-distant past, answers emerge in ...

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00:00

Why Universal Basic Income Is Not a Perfect Substitute for Existing Subsidy Schemes "IndyWatch Feed National"

While the aim of all subsidy schemes is to increase the income of beneficiary households so that they can meet their requirements, replacing them with the UBI will also mean losing some of the other benefits of these schemes.

Should the UBI be universal or targeted? Credit: Reuters

Should the UBI be universal or targeted? Credit: Reuters

In India, many subsidy schemes are being implemented to improve the living conditions of the vulnerable segments of the population. However, these schemes are plagued by various problems like leakages in the delivery system, misidentification of beneficiaries  exclusion of deserving households as well as inadequate and untimely assistance to the beneficiaries. Measures to overcome these deficiencies have engaged the minds of academicians, policymakers and social activists. In the recent past, the universal basic income (UBI) scheme has been proposed as an alternative to the existing subsidy schemes. This proposal has generated interesting debate among the academicians.

Proponents of the UBI scheme argue that the ultimate aim of all the subsidy schemes is to increase the income of the beneficiary households so that they can meet their requirements. Therefore, they argue that subsidy schemes are a roundabout method of helping the poor while the UBI scheme is a direct method of aiding the beneficiaries, minus the limitations associated with the subsidy schemes.

Unanswered questions surrounding UBI

This debate r...

Monday, 23 October

23:31

Interview: Bret Schafer on Putins Internet Propaganda Push "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Russian state-directed efforts to spread disinformation and influence political debate ahead of the 2016 US presidential elections is now the subject of various government investigations. We sit down with Bret Schafer from the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States to learn more about the rise of targeted fake news or perhaps more appropriately: fake polemic and discuss whats being done to insulate Western democracies from its effects. 

 

Could you briefly describe how Russia is spreading disinformation in Western countries?

Disinformation spreads in largely the same manner as legitimate information; the difference is that disinformation must be disseminated in a way that masks its intent and, frequently, its source. In a similar vein to the laundering of illicit finances, disinformation must be cleaned in order to establish a faade of legitimacy. Misleading information that can be directly traced to an unreliable sourcesay, a foreign intelligence agencyimmediately loses its value. The process of spreading disinformation is therefore not simply about amplifying a message; it is about moving a message from a questionable to a credible source, or, at the very least, a source that appears credible.

The Russians, or more accurately, the Soviets, literally invented the word disinformation (most scholars trace its origins back to the Russian word dezinformatsiya), so they understand the framework outlined above better than anyone. The tools they are currently using are modern, but the techniques have been honed over a half-century of influence operations in the West. Thats important to stress because the spread of disinformation is not just about the manipulation of technology, its also about the manipulation of people.

But to directly answer your question, the Kremlin spreads disinformation in the West by first either publishing misleading content on one of its overt-propaganda channels (RT or Sputnik); placing content on one of the many websites that are covertly funded by the Kremlin or Kremlin-sympathizers; posting messages to Facebook and other social media sites (usually pseudonymously); commenting on articles or videos (again, pseudonymously); or by promoting misleading content that they did not create but that serves their broader strategic purposes. Regardless of where the content originates, however, the Kremlin operates a network of bots and trolls that spreads the message, either by linking directly to the original story or by repackaging its themes into tweets or posts.  As mentioned earlier, this serves to not only disseminate the message to a wider audience but to also conceal their direct involvement. The hope, of course, is that the misleading message is appropriated by the Western media or peop...

23:17

Bitcoin Price is Following a Parabolic Trend, states Australian Mainstream Media "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News, a national news service in Australia, has reported that bitcoin price is following a parabolic trend, as it surged from less than $4,500 to $6,199 within less than two weeks. Since early 2017, mainstream news networks and media outlets in major regions such as Australia, South Korea, Japan, and Switzerland have started to Continue reading Bitcoin Price is Following a Parabolic Trend, states Australian Mainstream Media

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23:11

DANGEROUS SCIENCE Tour Lands in Australia! Government in Chaos! Fall of Turnbull Government Imminent? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Kent Heckenlively, JD Readers may recall that in light of the harassment and banning by Australian immigration authorities of Polly Tommey, Autism Files publisher and a producer of Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe, I applied to visit Australia to discuss my books PLAGUE and INOCULATED. Oh, and I made it clear to the Australian Continue reading DANGEROUS SCIENCE Tour Lands in Australia! Government in Chaos! Fall of Turnbull Government Imminent?

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22:25

Insectageddon "IndyWatch Feed National"

The scale and speed of environmental collapse is beyond imagination.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 20th October 2017

Which of these would you name as the worlds most pressing environmental issue? Climate breakdown, air pollution, water loss, plastic waste or urban expansion? My answer is none of the above. Almost incredibly, I believe that climate breakdown takes third place, behind two issues that receive only a fraction of the attention.

This is not to downgrade the danger presented by global heating on the contrary, it presents an existential threat. It is simply that I have come to realise that two other issues have such huge and immediate impacts that they push even this great predicament into third place.

One is industrial fishing, which, all over the blue planet, is now causing systemic ecological collapse. The other is the erasure of non-human life from the land by farming.

And perhaps not only non-human life. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, at current rates of soil loss, driven largely by poor farming practice, we have just 60 years of harvests left. And this is before the Global Land Outlook report, published in September, found that productivity is already declining on 20% of the worlds cropland.

The impact on wildlife of changes in farming practice (and the expansion of the farmed area) is so rapid and severe that it is hard to get your head round the scale of what is happening. A study published this week in the journal Plos One reveals that flying insects surveyed on nature reserves in Germany have declined by 76% in 27 years. The most likely cause of this Insectageddon is that the land surrounding those reserves has become hostile to them: the volume of pesticides and the destruction of habitat have turned farmland into a wildlife desert.

It is remarkable that we need to rely on a study in Germany to see what is likely to have been happening worldwide: long-term surveys of this kind simply do not exist elsewhere. This failure reflects distorted priorities in the funding of scien...

22:13

Greg Buck on Obamacare "IndyWatch Feed National"

Andrea Buck did a spontaneous (audio) interview with Greg Buck on Obamacare on the week-end.

https://gumshoenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Greg-Talks-Obamacare.m4a

 

 

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22:05

The Murder of John Kennedys Mistress, Part 3 "IndyWatch Feed National"

The highly anticipated release of long-withheld US government documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is scheduled for this Thursday, October 26. In the runup to this event, the media has devoted more attention to this history-altering political murder than at any time since the Oliver Stone film JFK came out in 1991.

On Saturday, President Trump tweeted: Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened. Although it remains to be seen whether some files will continue to be withheld by the president, this sounds like good news.

As one of the outlets digging deep into the tragedy, WhoWhatWhy has pointed out that many questions remain unanswered and many key issues are yet unresolved. Accordingly, we are dedicating more articles to the topic leading up to the highly-anticipated data dump, and have put together a crack team to analyze the documents once they are released.

WhoWhatWhy Staff


In Part 3 of this mystery, the case against the black laborer, Ray Crump, for the murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer continues to build, despite the lack of physical evidence, and despite the lack of an obvious motive. She was neither robbed nor raped.

To make matters worse for Crump, a new witness comes forward William L. Mitchell, an Army lieutenant stationed at the Pentagon. He claimed that, shortly before the murder, he passed a negro male who was following the victim about two hundred yards behind her. His description of the mans clothes matches what Crump had been wearing when arrested.

This clean-cut white man seemed like an ideal witness. At the time of the 1965 trial, a Washington Star reporter wrote that Mitchell, by then no longer on active duty with the Army, was now a mathematics instructor at Georgetown University,

But in subsequent chapters of the Peter Janney book Marys Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace: Third Edition the author reveals a number of things that are wrong with Mitchells story. And what Janney found out about the man himself is even more disturbing:

His address happens to have been that of a CIA safe house.

Georgetown University had no record of such a person.

In the 1960s, CIA operatives frequently used faculty positions at that u...

21:56

Christopher Bridge Hunter Pentecostal Christian pleads guilty to sexually abusing boys "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pentecostal Christian youth pastor Christopher Laban Bridge

One of his victims said there would not be justice until the former Pentecostal Christian Assemblies of God church, now known as Australian Christian Churches, was held accountable for its endorsement and lack of due diligence of Bridge, after evidence no action was taken by the Dubbo church leader in 1975 after two boys alleged they had been sexually abused by him.

Article below

If Pentecostal youth pastor Christopher Bridge sexually abused you as a teen or boy, please could you contact Newcastle or Dubbo police.

Newcastle Herald

Hunter Pentecostal Christian pleads guilty to sexually abusing boys

History: The former Hamilton Assemblies of God church, now known as Generation City Church, where Christopher Bridge held a youth pastor position from 1975 after moving from Dubbo following child sex allegations.

History: The former Hamilton Assemblies of God church, now known as Generation City Church, where Christopher Bridge held a youth pastor position from 1975 after moving from Dubbo following child sex allegations.

 

BY day he w...

21:49

EP 225: FOAM; Morning Harvey "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Photo: Stuart Sevastos (F) Linda Dunjey (MH)

FOAM

Recorded by Eileen Tierney
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Woolly Mammoth Alehouse, Brisbane, 15th September 2017

FOAM are a three-piece garage rock band from Perth, WA. Their heavy live performances deliver a filthy wall of sound reminiscent of the alternative rock boom of the late 80s/early 90s. Since the release of their first EP Sarpa Salpa in July of 2012, FOAM have released a total of four EPs, including a split with fellow Perth locals Puck.

During this time they have toured the country on numerous occasions playing festivals such as MATES Sydney,Big Day Out and Groovin The Moo, as well as headlining their own shows and supporting acts such as DZ Deathrays, Wax Witches and Sleepy Sun. In February of 2017, FOAM released their long awaited debut album Coping Mechanisms. The album was written in the basement beneath a toasted sandwich shop in Perth. Its about coming to terms with yourself, the world aroun...

21:45

School shootings and the brutalisation of boys "IndyWatch Feed National"

A few years ago I wrote here about how school shooters and spree killers are made.

Much has been written and said about the role of masculine conditioning and patriarchal beliefs in cases like Eliott Rodger and the role misogyny plays in charging and inspiring their crimes.

The standard feminist theory (most popularly expressed by Michael Kimmel in books like Angry White Men) is that these young men and they are almost if not quite always young men are the extreme fringes of toxic masculinity and aggrieved entitlement. Basically they are overcome by anger at not getting access to all the rewards, such as sex, respect and status, that they feel they deserve for their role as white men at the top of the social hierarchy. They then take that frustration out on their peers, on the world in a murderous explosion of rage.  

My position has always been that this is probably true to a point, but misses huge chunks of the jigsaw. In particular, in every case where theres enough biographical background to know, a spree killer does indeed feel disgruntled at their place in the world, but that is at most half the story.

The other half is that these men these kids  have lived through either extensive emotional, physical or sexual abuse or (more commonly) through extensive and extreme bullying at school.

This is not, generally, a popular opinion. Ive been attacked in the past for expressing it, because it might appear to suggest sympathy with the murderer, even look like a justification or a rationalisation. Cases like Eliott Rodger, I have been told, dont need or deserve nuance. Whether or not they have been bullied or abused is irrelevant.

But this is an issue where I think the academic theory is not just rarefied intellectual bubblegum. There is an urgent need to understand why these mass murders occur, and if it possible that real world policies and interventions could significantly reduce the risk of future massacres.

Last week academic newswires reported a fascinating new study which investigated the shared characteristics of 31 boys who had been involved in mass shootings between 1995 and 2015. The press release (I havent yet been able to track down the full report, so Im trusting the summary is accurate) is a striking and in my opinion shocking illustration of what is wrong with this debate.

The press release begins as follows:

Boys involved in school shootings often s...

21:15

Iran Grabs Kirkurk; Claims Victory Over the US "IndyWatch Feed National"

A member of the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militia in IraqA member of the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militia in Iraq (Photo: ACHILLEAS ZAVALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

 

The Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist organization celebrated the Iraqi take-over of the city of Kirkuk from the Kurds, calling it a victory over the U.S. and Israel, Rudaw.net reported.

Our victory in Kirkuk is a victory over the U.S. and Israel and an answer to Trumps threats to Iran, said Sheikh Nabil Qaouk, deputy head of Hezbollahs executive council and the lead Hezbollah official in Lebanon.

Qaouk was right

The U.S.s emphatic desertion of the Kurds before, during and after their historic referendum calling for independence paved the way for an Iranian takeover of the region, in continuation of its push to create a Shiite crescent in the Middle East and dominate the region.

Never mind that the takeover of Kirkurk was made infinitely easier by the Kurdish Talabani faction, representing the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), through a deal made with Iran. In exchange for a cut in the profits from Kirkurks strategic oil fields and a role in running the civil government of the city, the Kurdish PUK forces rolled over and played dead, allowing Iraqi forces to take over the city without a fight.

Who are these Iraqi forces?

The takeover of Kirkurk a disputed city which had been under Kurdish control since the summer of 2014 when ISIS rolled into Mosul and the surrounding areas and the Iraqi army dropp...

21:15

Clinton, Assange and the War on Truth "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 16 October, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation aired an interview with Hillary Clinton: one of many to promote her score-settling book about why she was not elected President of the United States.

21:11

Nauru detention centre contract: Canstruct must walk away from business in abuse "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Department of Immigration revealed in Senate Estimates today that Australian engineering firm Canstruct was the only company approached to tender for the contract to run Australias immigration detention centre on Nauru.

Keren Adams, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said, if it goes ahead with the contract, Canstruct will be complicit in an intentionally abusive system.

There are huge legal, financial and reputational risks for any company involved with Australias abusive offshore detention centres. Weve already seen Transfield and Ferrovial walk away from Manus and Nauru after a successful, sustained global campaign by human rights groups. Canstruct should seriously reflect on what they are getting themselves into, said Ms Adams.

"The offshore detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island continue to be the sites of horrific and ongoing violations, including illegal detention, sexual assault and child abuse. What kind of organisation looks at that abuse and sees an opportunity for profit? There is simply no ethical way for a company to run these centres," said Ms Adams.

A leaked memo from Canstructs CEO last week, shows the company would take over the contract to run the Nauru centre by the end of the month, and will be paid $8 million by the Australian Government. According to the Immigration Department, no other company was interested in taking on the contract.

"Australias offshore detention is, by design, a regime of cruelty intended to breed hopelessness and despair. Canstruct say they are a family company all about helping communities and building bridges. If that really is the case it surely recognises that the indefinite warehousing of people seeking asylum and refugees in inhumane conditions is not acceptable business for any company." said Ms Adams.

The Nauru detention centre currently houses 369 people, including many children. However the 900 men remaining on Manus Island have recently been informed they can volunteer to move to the Nauru centre, suggesting the Australian Government intends to consolidate its offshore processing regime there.

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21:03

Jane Hansens Trail Of Lies And Deception "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Sarah Walls

Jane Hansen has written a Daily Telegraph hit piece about blogger and mother Taylor Winterstein. Taylor has amassed a huge social media following sharing her journey from a toxic lifestyle to health and wellness in her blog Tays way

Taylor will soon be joining the Australian Vaxxed tour in January 2018 where she will be interviewing vaccine -traumatized families who are ignored by the mainstream media, and giving them a much-needed platform to be heard!   Read More

21:00

Ambiguous Militants Ambush and Kill Dozens of Egyptian Security Forces "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cairo (GPA) A raid on a militant hideout backfired on Friday when Egyptian security forces in Giza found themselves on the wrong end of an ambush.

Militants killed 54 police in what appears to be a very coordinated attack. Evidence suggests the militants may have purposely fed intelligence to counterterrorism officers to lure Egyptian security forces into an ambush. The attackers also made-off with police equipment and weapons.

RELATED: Daesh in The Sinai: Weekend of Attacks & Rockets Fired at Israel

But who are the militants? This answer is not exactly clear. The ambush reeks of Daesh (ISIS) activity and mirrors another devastating attack from 2015 when ISIS militants carried out coordinated suicide bombings in the Sinai killing over 50 police. It would make sense attributing the ambush to Daesh considering the recent increase in activity over the past few weeks. Last week, ISIS militants attacked at least seven security checkpoints throughout Egypt, particularly in the Sinai region. Rockets were later fired towards Israel.

Egypts Interior Ministry quickly released a much lower death toll for the attack likely due to avoid embarrassment or give the militants any credibility. Many are left wondering if Islamist militants were able to infiltrate law enforcement.

This event falls in line with increasing ISIS attacks and activity throughout Libya as the United States recently revamped air strikes against the group in North Africa. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi vowed to increase counterterrorism offenses in response to the attack which will likely translate into an even broader crackdown on all dissent.

The post Ambiguous Militants Ambush and Kill Dozens of Egyptian Security Forces appeared first on Geopolitics Alert.

21:00

Duterte Declares Marawi Liberated from Terrorists "IndyWatch Feed National"

Manilla (TeleSUR Filippino President Rodrigo Duterte, during a visit, declared that Marawi City was liberated.

The head of state was making his seventh trip to the city when he stated that the region was now free from ISIS-affiliated groups.

Ladies and gentlemen, I hereby declare Marawi City liberated from the terrorist influence that marks the beginning of rehabilitation, the president said.

My problem is the many wounded. I can guarantee you, I am telling you, no one will be left behind. Duterte told soldiers gathered in Marawi.

Related: China Offers $14m In Arms And $500m In Loans To Philippines

However, Armed Forces of the Philippines, AFP, Spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla said the war in Marawi continues. It will continue until armed elements are dealt with. But terrorists no longer have complete control, adding that a greater part of Marawi has been freed and liberated.

On Monday, military officials reportedly killed Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute, who are believed to have played significant roles in the siege, and rescued 17 hostages.

Image: Wikipedia

He further explained that There are still a few more that are left, and a few more hostages that are still in the area that remains to be a battle area. The declaration of the president hopefully gives way to the entry and start of rehabilitation, reconstruction, and rebuilding of Marawi from the ashes.

Local officials expect the number of casualties, more than a thousand people in the five-month war, to go up.

Padilla estimates that there are maybe about 30 immobile wounded soldiers and 20 additional hostages to be rescued.

Related: Philippines Extends Mindanao Martial Law To End Of Year

The military carried out ground assaults with the aid of allies. The United States and Australia monitored the region with surveillance planes, while China contributed arms.

Duterte promised he will....

20:55

Part 46. Australias irrelevant Crimes against Humanity. A submission to the High Court in Case 15, i.e. the Citizenship 7 hearing. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I have filed a public interest submission in the Citizenship 7 case that will determine if 7 more people who were elected in the 2016 federal election will have to their election results ruled invalid and be dismissed from the Federal Parliament. Note the 2 extracts:

Emcott IP26

The above submission was submitted via the Registrar of the Federal Court in Adelaide on 6th October 2017.

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20:07

(Video) Channeling Erik on the Government "IndyWatch Feed National"



Published on Oct 21, 2017

This is Elisa Medhus, M.D. Welcome to my channel. After my son, Erik Medhus, took his own life, he began to visit friends, family and the readers of my blog, http://www.channelingerik.com. Eventually, he began to share what he had learned from the Other Side. This channel will include either videos or audio only recordings of his insight and wisdom. All of them explore the true nature of death, the afterlife, reality, the soul and the human experience as told by Erik himself, translated by world renowned mediums, Veronica Drake (www.veronicadrake.com) and Emanuelle McIntosh (http://www.emanuellemcintosh.com) as well as an occasional guest medium. The material found in this channel are the first of its kind to provide answers, directly from Heaven. Please like this video if you enjoyed it, and join his blog at www.channelingerik.com. Listen carefully for Erik's voice as, though we never hear it live, he sometimes leaves them on the recording. Please let me know if you hear one because I never listen to the video after I record it. Please like this video if you enjoyed it, and join his blog at http://www.channelingerik.com.

20:02

A Sydney car dealership is hosting a free Shannon Noll gig next week "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

If you dont live in, or anywhere near Sydney, youd better get in your big black shiny car and drive there, because ol mate Shannon Noll is set to deliver one of the best free gigs of the year next week.

Yes, the 2003 Australian Idol contestant and renowned folk-hero, Shannon Noll is set to perform a free concert at the Suttons City car dealership in Sydney on November 4th, as he helps to celebrate the launch of their new dealerships.

Shannon Noll himself shared the event on Facebook earlier this evening, inviting fans to turn up for what is undoubtedly set to be one of the must-see events in Sydney on the day. Guys, Im performing a free concert on Saturday 4th Nov, Nollsie wrote. I will also be taking photos and meeting all fans after the show for a small donation with all funds supporting the Kids Cancer Project.

The Facebook event page points out all the finer details of the affair, noting that theyre set to have plenty of activities and food trucks on throughout the day, with bands playing during the event until Shannon Noll takes the stage at 6pm.

They also do make a point to note that youll need to RSVP, so if you dont want to miss out on grabbing a spot on the day, be sure to head to the page and register your interest.

Of course, Shannon Noll has had a pretty strange one this year, with the infamous strip club arrest in Adelaide, being arrested following a gig in Queensland, and then calling out the fuckin moron who threw a lit firecracker on stage during one of his shows. Needless to say, this free show should serve as a pretty relaxed affair for old Nollsie for a change.

Get yourself in the mood for the gig and check out Shannon Nolls classic track Drive, below.

Shannon Noll Free Show

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18:32

The Carnival Cruise Monster "IndyWatch Feed National"


   

 The best explanation is a large Mososaur.  The paddles do drip downward on our representations and so also the tail.  So head and torso is about what we would see from above.  The lack of a dorsal fin eliminates the basking shark a well.

This sighting took place essentially in the gulf stream and it likely spends much of its time in the Sargasso.  Normally i suspect this creature is in the deep..  Other evidence suggest good control over temperature as well comparable to whales which operate at human range.

This is our first sighting in the Atlantic Basin.  However we seem to have an active population of giant sea serpents out of the Sargasso.  Thus this is not unexpected after our other sighting near Australia.

Once we end noisy props on our ships, we will get many more such sightings.  As said this one was curious.
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THE CARNIVAL CRUISE MONSTER Was This The Super-Predator?
 THE CARNIVAL CRUISE MONSTER Was This The Super-Predator?

On October 4, 2017 

http://www.kronosrising.com/carnival-cruise-monster-super-predator/
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18:07

Australian Government's corruption hidden from the public "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are many documents hidden from the herd population with regards to the corrupt actions of people in government.

It is in the 'best interest' of the people to expose criminal actions of people they apparently elected into government in order to instigate criminal charges.

After all what 'good' is legal system the condones criminal activity ??? !!! ???

The "Queen of Australia" is NOT a lawful entity, where it is relied upon in just about all legal matters.

What would be beneficial to people is to obtain for themselves, not just the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 (Imp) or the 'Quick and Garran' but also the document in the following illustration:


18:05

Australia to Spend up to $195 Million Housing Refugees After PNG Detention Centre Closes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Protesters from the Refugee Action Coalition hold placards during a demonstration outside the offices of the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Sydney, Australia, April 29, 2016. Credit: Reuters/David Gray

Protesters from the Refugee Action Coalition hold placards during a demonstration outside the offices of the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Sydney, Australia, April 29, 2016. Credit: Reuters/David Gray

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18:00

Plus500 Purportedly Subject to Litigation Over Allegations Of Rigging CFD Markets "IndyWatch Feed National"

Plus500 Purportedly Subject to Litigation Over Allegations Of

Online trading platform Plus500 is reported to have become the subject of legal action, owing to accusations that the company has been rigging its contracts for difference (CFD) markets. Plus500 offer contracts for CFDs for shares, commodities, forex, and over half a dozen cryptocurrencies.

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Plus500 Is Accused of Intentionally Delaying the Execution of Trade Requests

Plus500 Purportedly Subject to Litigation Over Allegations Of Luca Salerno, a representative of Giambrone, the European law firm that is currently preparing the class action lawsuit, discussed the class action against Plus500 with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. We have more than 600 people who got in touch with us, and weve managed to turn 30 percent into actual claims, Mr. Salerno said. Plus500 is listed on the London Stock Exchange and offers trading products internationally through subsidiaries located in Australia, New Zeala...

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