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Friday, 20 July

21:25

Tiny Puppy Playing With Family Suddenly Disappears Down Hole "IndyWatch Feed National"

It had been raining all day in Huntsville, Alabama. When the sun finally came out in the evening, Karen Smith opened the door to let out her four foster puppies Toffee, Snickerdoodle, Brickle and Cotton Candy, who were all siblings so they could play in her yard. But Smith never expected what happened next.

A friend of mine and I were out there with them, and we were just walking around, Smith, a foster carer for A New Leash on Life, a local dog rescue group, told The Dodo. Toffee came running towards us, and she just went straight down.

Credit: A New Leash on Life

But where did she go? Smith and her friend hurried over to investigate, and were shocked to discover that Toffee had disappeared into a hole between some rocks. Smith had never seen this hole before it looked like the opening of a cave.

It had just appeared, Smith said. Wed gotten so much rain recently and its possible it had eroded that little spot away where she happened to fall in.

Smith could hear Toffee whining down below, although she knew Toffee couldnt hear her. The Australian shepherd mix puppy was fully deaf.

Credit: Karen Smith

At first, I thought Id be able to move a rock away and reach down and get her, Smith said. I thought that she couldnt have fallen very far.

But when Smith and her friend moved a big rock, they realized Toffee was further down than they thought.

About 4 or 5 feet down, there was a ledge, but she wasnt there, Smith said. There was a smaller hole that went way further down. I got a flashlight, and thats when I could see that she was really far down, and how deep it was....

21:20

Mom Sheep Fought Off Attackers To Save Her Baby Lamb "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its said that nothing is stronger than a mothers love  and a sheep named Elmina recently proved this to be true.

Earlier this week, the team at Victorian Lamb Rescue got a call about a badly injured sheep. Roaming dogs had entered a sheep farm in Victoria, Australia, killing several members of a flock. When the dogs turned on Elmina and her young lamb, Razili, Elmina did everything in her power to protect her baby.

Credit: Victorian Lamb Rescue

In an attempt to save her baby from being fatally attacked she hid her behind and tried to fend them off, Victorian Lamb Rescue wrote in an Instagram post. She stood her ground and fought, but she was outnumbered, and her stomping and charging was no match for their gnashing teeth. She was viciously mauled ... but she had succeeded. Her baby was untouched.

When the farmer found Elmina, the ewe was barely alive  she was covered in bite marks, punctures and lacerations, and he considered putting her down. But the farmers neighbor, who works as a sheep shearer, suggested calling Victorian Lamb Rescue to see if the group could help.

Credit: Victorian Lamb Rescue

When we arrived she was lying near a fence with her lamb nearby, Jay Smythe, a volunteer at Victorian Lamb Rescue, told The Dodo. There were tufts of wool all over the yard. She had patches [of] wool missing, blood all over.

The team at Victorian Lamb Rescue rushed Elmina to the vet for emergency surgery, and the vet team managed to close up Elminas largest wounds.

...

20:13

The Bigger Picture of US VS Russia "IndyWatch Feed National"

We here in America have a tendency to discredit the world view regarding America. We are number one- and so we foolishly believe no ones opinions about us matter.

I believe Putin is using us as a means to an end by exploiting our greatest weaknesses. He is helping to show the rest of the world that we are greedy, have a great sense of entitlement, and are disloyal to our core.

He is making us out to be the worlds foe.

Then he simply needs to attack us. We will be vanquished the world will cheer- and PUTIN becomes the hero.

The world is not just watching our President as he breaks every promise we have ever made- but also the people who are complicit and supportive of his actions.

And why are we doing this? Because we believe our economy is thriving as a result.

The world is judging us right now. Harshly. And we can agree with it or not- but no matter what we think or how we feel- it is happening- and it is my opinion that, in the end, America and its people are not going to like the results. And no one will care. At least with regards to the rest of the world.

We are being played and the results are going to be beyond terrible. And in the end we will only have ourselves to blame.

18:28

96-year-old Holocaust survivor sings heavy metal rock "IndyWatch Feed National"

This music video says about itself:

93-year-old Metal Grandma Holocaust Survivor Spy! Totenkpfchen (Laugh at Death) -Swiss Eurovision 2015

31 October 2014

Inge & the TritoneKings Totenkpfchen

Inge Ginsberg survived the Holocaust and became a spy for the Americans during WWII, smuggling arms to fight the Nazis. She married a composer and they wrote songs together in the 1940s and 50s that were sung by Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Doris Day, and Rosemary Clooney, among others. 60 years later, she got back into music and fell in love with Heavy Metal, which she now performs with world-renowned classical musicians Lucia Caruso and Pedro da Silva a.k.a. the TritoneKings.

By Haley Cohen in the USA:

WATCH: Holocaust Survivor Known As Death Metal Grandma Rocks The Stage

18 July 2018

Many decades after fleeing the Holocaust, a 96-year-old grandmother found her passion in fronting a death metal band, The New York Times reported.

Inge Ginsberg, originally from Austria, and her husband Otto Kollman ended up in Hollywood after spending some time in a Swiss refugee camp. Their new life included composing for some of the most well-known singers of their generation, including Nat King Cole and Doris Day.

As she continued to write song lyrics over the years, Ginsberg felt she had to make a change to stand out in a society where older women are silenced which brought her to death metal, a...

16:44

BIOCHAR FOR SUSTAINABLE SOILS "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Thursday, 2 Aug; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] Dr. Annette Cowie, Principal Research Scientist and Dr. de la Rosa will discuss their biochar project at the next Sustainable Living Armidale monthly forum on Thursday, 2 August, at 7pm, Kent House Land degradation affects 24% of global land area, with 24 billion tons of fertile soil lost annually. The causes of land degradation include unsustainable [...] full article 

16:41

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16:38

Investigator Canberra "IndyWatch Feed National"

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16:35

Investigator Sydney "IndyWatch Feed National"

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16:34

Asian Markets Fall as China, US Ready for More Tariffs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Asian markets wobbled Friday on signs that China and the U.S. were preparing to impose more tariffs on each others products.

KEEPING SCORE: Japans Nikkei 225 lost 0.5 percent to 22,652.42 and South Koreas Kospi dropped less than 0.1 percent to 2,281.69. Hong Kongs Hang Seng slipped 0.6 percent to 27,858.02. The Shanghai Composite Index edged 0.1 percent lower to 2,769.06. Australias S&P-ASX 200 bucked the regional trend, adding 0.4 percent to 6,286.00.

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People cross the road in front of an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a bank in Hong Kong, Friday, July 20, 2018. Asian markets wobbled on Friday on signs that China and the U.S. were readying for the imposition of more tariffs on one another. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

WALL STREET: U.S. indexes finished mostly lower. The S&P 500 index lost 0.4 percent to 2,804.49 on Thursday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gave up 0.5 percent to 25,064.50. The Nasdaq composite dipped 0.4 percent to close at 7,825.30. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gained 0.6 percent to 1,701.31. Smaller companies tend to do better than larger ones when trade tensions flare up because they do a greater proportion of their sales in the U.S.

YUAN DECLINES: The Peoples Bank of China set the Chinese currencys central parity rate to 0.9 percent weaker against the dollar on Friday. This sent ripples through Asian markets. If the yuan continues to depreciate, goods exported to China will become more expensive to consumers there. Chinese exports would also be relatively cheaper, possibly balancing out suggested increases in tariffs by the Trump Administration.

ANALYSTS TAKE: One theory is that the PBOC is depreciating the yuan because it has not enough ammunition to fight a dollar-for-dollar increase in tariffs. The markets are very risk-off. There is a loss in confidence right now, said Francis Tan, an economist at UOB Bank.

AUTO TARIFFS REJECTED: The U.S. Commerce Department sought feedback on President Donald Trumps plans to consider taxing auto imports on Thursday. Critics lined up to urge the administration to reject auto tariffs. They argued that the taxes would raise car prices, squeeze automakers by increasing the cost of imported components and invite retaliation from....

16:23

Support Officer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC)

16:19

Building Code Operations Analyst "IndyWatch Feed National"

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16:16

Team Leader Intelligence "IndyWatch Feed National"

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16:13

Building Code Lawyer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC)

16:00

The Weekend Quiz July 21-22, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

1. As a matter of accounting, the net financial assets held by the non-government sector rise $-for-$ when a sovereign government issues debt.



2. In a fiat monetary system (for example, US or Australia) with an on-going external deficit that exceeds the public deficit (expressed as percentages of GDP), the private domestic sector cannot reduce its overall debt levels (by overall saving) without incurring employment losses.



3. The imposition of fiscal rules which aim to limit the discretionary capacity of governments to net spend bias fiscal policy towards counter-cyclical responses when private spending is weak.


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15:14

Vice President of the MEAA (journalists union) Van Badham must be in running for a Walkley "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the kind of journalism favoured by the journalists union, the MEAA which has made Ms Badham its Victorian vice-president and member of its national council. Ms Badham also features regularly on the ABC, particularly The Drum. I apologise in advance for Ms Badham's language.

15:06

Raw video - Las Vegas cop shoots through own windscreen in gun battle & car chase "IndyWatch Feed National"

That's one technique we weren't taught - thanks to Underminder for the tip!

14:32

Submissions to Senate: more people oppose a nuclear waste dump in Kimba or Hawker "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The 58 submissions to the Senate, opposing the plan for the process for selecting a nuclear waste dump site come from a variety of organisations and individuals, and include residents of Eyre Peninsula.

These are some points that came up as they answered the Term of Reference, especially  (f) Any related matters. (These submissions also generally gave full answers to the other 5 more narrow Terms of Reference)

Comprehensive criticism of the entire process. (ENUFF  Submission no. 109)    No justification for dump   (Wakelin B No. 23)  Why the assumption it has to be  South Australia.?     (Wauchope N. No.  21)   Flawed process (Hughes No. 57)   (Mitchell No. 25) Opposed to process, not necessarily to dump (Lienert L No. 50)  End the process  (Noonan, D No 31)  Longterm negative effects (Sisters of St Joseph No. 68 )

Nuclear wastes. Wants re-examination of waste plans (CCSA 55 )  Intermediate wastes   (Mitchell 25,  Scott C 14 ) Prelude to commercial waste import? (Name Withheld 90 )  Dangers Waste types ( Noonan, D31  Wauchope N  21 )  Lucas Heights best site  (Taylor A 82 )  stranded wastes (Tulloch S 32)

Issues of dishonesty lack of trust  (Ashton 73)  Hypocrisy of DIIS   (Bannon 85  Fergusson 106) Biased committees (Scott T 44)  Biased and misleading information given  (Thomas 36 Tiller J 9   Tulloch B 87)  Dishonest process   (T...

13:25

New laws will allow the use of military to break protests "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following is by Paul Gregoire and published by  Sydney Criminal Lawyers (19 July 2018). It deals with new legislation introduced into parliament, which will make it easier to involve the military to control the Australian population

The Turnbull government recently introduced legislation into parliament designed to lower the threshold for calling out the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to assist state police forces with public incidents.

The Defence Amendment (Call Out of the Australian Defence Force) Bill 2018 revises Part IIIAAA of the Defence Act 1903, which was inserted into the Act in the lead up to the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Currently, the military can only be called upon by state and territory authorities when theyve exhausted all other options. The new bill would allow for a call out request to be actioned, when its decided that ADF personnel can enhance the ability of state police in dealing with an incident.

The new legislation also allows the PM and other authorised ministers to send in the troops when state authorities havent requested assistance, but Commonwealth interests are at stake. And it provides ADF members with enhanced search capabilities and limited shoot-to-kill powers.

A much broader scope

Australian attorney general Christian Porter told journalists that the Lindt Caf siege, along with the potential for a Paris terrorist attack-style incident being carried out in Australia, make streamlining the process of calling out SAS or commando regiments necessary.

However, the call out powers dont just apply to terrorism. They target domestic violence. This is a broad term set out under section 119 of the Australian Constitution, which provides that the federal government should protect states and territories against invasion and rebellion.

Indeed, Mr Porter has stated that the ADF could be sent in to quell widespread rioting. While civil liberties advocates stress that these new powers...

12:49

Business as usual? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Brokers processing

It's 'business as usual' for the mortgage broking industry reported AFG, the country's largest mortgage aggregator, in its media release yesterday.

Or is it?

Certainly there has been no noticeable impact from tighter lending standards on the average mortgage size, which increased to a record $504,900, up 4.3 per cent from a year earlier (and up from $360,000 at the beginning of the data series in March 2010). 

The main strength here was driven by Victoria and Queensland, and this generally mirrors the monthly housing finance figures reported by the ABS


Volumes have eased, however.

Although lodgement volumes increased seasonally to $14.6 billion in the June 2018 quarter, this was only a moderate increase on the equivalent figure from a year earlier (and indeed, AFG's rapid volume growth now appears to have a slowed since 2015). 

New normal

The composition of lending has changed significantly, too.

Investors now comprise 28 per cent of lodgement volumes, well down from 40 per cent at the 2015 peak. 

And interest-only loans comprise less than a fifth of new loans, way down from 59 (fifty-nine!) per cent at peak popularity in 2015. 

Thus some 81 per cent of new borrowers through AFG brokers are now taking advantage of...

12:05

Decentralized Recruitment Marketplace to Protect Workers From Inflation "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Australian startup has launched the beta of its decentralized marketplace for labor hiring. The company aims to protect workers from inflation and enhance transparency in wages #SPONSORED

11:02

A Visit to Taipeis Former Red Light District "IndyWatch Feed National"

Congee? For your late-night bite? You serious? said my partner, May. Shed just returned with a bag of barbecued squids from a few stalls away. I was still standing where wed parted, staring across the crowded street at a gloomy congee stall in front of a seedy coin-op game shop in the night market.

Of course not. Dont you see something interesting over there?

They have old Street Fighter machines?

I do have a bit of a fetish for this classic video game, and May knows it well, but at that moment, what was captivating me was another kind of old street game.

Havent you noticed those mini-skirted aunties next to that game shop, right in front of that dodgy entrance? I asked.

The night market is within Qingshan Village, which is more famous for its now-obsolete name, Baodou Village. This is where the development of Taipei City started. 300 years ago, immigrants from China travelled across the Taiwan Strait, settled and started trading with inland Aboriginal people from the upper Tamsui River. Business led to prosperity and was followed by the construction of Taipeis very first street and one of its most important temples, both neighboring the night market.

It also paved the way for one of the most primitive trades of humankind: the sex trade, for which this area has been well known across three regimes.

In 1945, when the current  Republic of China government took over, it saw the then-legal prostitution system as an ungraceful remnant from Japans former regime, so ceased it. Then in 1956, the government issued its first prostitution license, which led to Baodou Villages heyday in the1970s. By that time, there were over 100 licensed brothels in a small designated area, let alone all the unlicensed ones scattered across the village. From then on, the government gradually increased the value-add tax and limited the licenses issued until 2001, when prostitution was officially outlawed and the name of the area was changed to Qingshan Village, which, for many locals in Taipei, sounds too innocent to carry its history.

But though the villages name was shaken from the map, the prostitutes licenses invalidated and the licensed brothels closed, the people living on this business didnt disappear. Most of them either stayed underground or earned their livings on the streets.

Sitting at a table under the overhangs of the front of the game shop, May and I ord...

11:00

Hey @VictoriaPolice - how much have you charged the CFMEU? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Victoria Police has announced it will send a $68,000 invoice to a young Canadian woman who's scheduled to deliver a speech in Melbourne tonight. I've asked Victoria Police to tell us how much they've billed the CFMEU over performances like these.

10:57

Destroying the romance of treaty: Victoria vs the Djab Wurrung Embassy "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 21 June 2018, less than four hours before the passage of Australias first treaty legislation through the Victorian Parliament, the only Aboriginal member stood to draw attention to the hypocrisy and disrespect being shown by the Daniel Andrews Government.

10:53

Urgent request for heritage listing on these threatened Wayne Swan videos "IndyWatch Feed National"

(World's Greatest Treasurer Wayne Swan features on Low IQ magazine's cover - source Twitter) Do you have the smarts to extract video from YouTube and repost it? Your country needs you! These magnificent examples of The World's Greatest Treasurer's economic expertise at work are threatened with removal - by The...

10:39

Senior Project Officer, Data "IndyWatch Feed National"

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10:28

Enquiries of Melbourne's youth as to killing Lauren Southern "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ms Southern's schtick is very popular - this video of her excursion in Melbourne a day or so ago has been watched 207,000 times. She appears to have avoided the "far-right" tag in the press reports I've read and is most often referred to as a professional provocateur. It's quite...

10:08

The CFMEU/Labor Party's police force in Victoria now targeting free speech "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tim Andrews and the Australian Taxpayers' Alliance are running an important campaign against the CFMEU/Labor Party's police force in Victoria. TAKE URGENT ACTION TO SUPPORT FREE SPEECH: CONTACT THE MINISTER TODAY! Victorian Police have just announced that they will charge Canadian speaker Lauren Southern a staggering $68,000 after violent thugs...

09:48

Expert study condemns secrecy as RCEP talks resume in Bangkok "IndyWatch Feed National"

July 20, 2018: The Jakarta Post reports that an expert study by the Trans National Institute has found that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership trade talks between 16 Asia-Pacific countries* since 2012 have failed transparency and public participation tests.  The international assessment finds there has been a failure to release draft texts, no independent social economic and environmental impact assessments and corporate interests have had privileged access to influence negotiations while members of Parliament and the public do not have such access.

Civil society groups from the region are meeting in Bangkok on the weekend, and have been allowed only a brief meeting with some negotiators on Monday, with no access to draft texts.

The authors argue that, with a global trade war looming and public faith in corporate globalization at an all-time low, secrecy in trade deals cannot be accepted. People have a right to know what is being negotiated in their name.

They contrast the secrecy of trade negotiations with the transparency of other international institutions. The United Nations climate negotiations, The World Health Organizations negotiations on tobacco control and the World Intellectual Property Organization all make submissions from negotiating parties publicly available, with regular meetings open to the public or stakeholders. Even the World Trade Organization publishes most negotiating texts, and reports by committee chairs are available on their websites.

The RCEP potentially covers half of the worlds population, and the authors argue that public opposition to secretive free trade deals is growing. Parliamentarians and the public should have full access to the contents of the negotiations, which potentially impact peoples lives and the environment.

*The RCEP negotiations includeAustralia, New Zealand, Japan,China, India, South Korea, and the 10 ASEAN countries.

09:45

Judith Sloans Swan and ACTU tirade was a response to a threat to her view of the world "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Judith Sloans article in the Australia (19 July 2018) deserves a response. The piece in question, titled Wayne Swans bizarre speech to a largely irrelevant ACTU, was not only condescending but downright wrong.

It was condescending because, she takes up the high brow label of an economist to tell us that Swan doesnt know what he is talking about. She says any sensible economist would not use the term trickle down economics.

Time here for some basic truths. The term was first used in the United States in 1896, by presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan, who in a speech suggested: There are those who believe that you just legislate to make the well to do prosperous, that their prosperity will leak through to those below

The theme was later taken up by David Stockman, who was Ronald Reagans budget director and a champion of Reaganomics. With the rise of what became known as neoiliberalism, economists and politicians of this school began to use the term, which meant that if you look after the investors interests, they will put their money in the economy, make it grow, provide jobs and everyone is better off.

Stockman himself later observed that its kind of hard to sell trickle down, so the supply-side formula was used to get tax policy that was really trickle down. Supply side is really trickle down.

Over the years since the Reagan tax cuts at the top end, and the continuing application of a generally similar  economic regimes the term  neoliberalism also came into fashion, not only in the United States, but in other countries, including Australia. As this direction began to bite, both terms became increasingly unpopular, and taken up by opponents to point the finger at those ho brought it about.

There is a simple reason for this. The trickle down didnt happen.

Judith Sloan wearing the title of economics professor at Flinders University, with qualifications from Melbourne University and the London School of Economics does not change this. Although I merely have economics qualifications form La Trobe and Melbourne universities, I know that in terms of the claim of benefiting everyone, her supply side school of economic theory has been a dismal failure in practice.

She uses the name of Thomas Sowell, to claim authority that sensible economists do not use the term Trickle Down Effect. Well he di...

09:36

Just Wanted to Point Out the Games Being Waged Against Me "IndyWatch Feed National"

I still havent gotten control of my Gmail account- but again they are doing whatever they can to shut me down and prevent me from getting my family involved with serious crimes that cross the line of terrorism, investigated.

You can see- from the last email exchange- who I believe is Doug Meaner aka John Kilrush aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves who I have battled extensively online and in real life- is ALWAYS anonymous and lies without abandon. Perfect example is him accusing me of molesting a child I have never once met.

When up against the wall with his lies- he simply changes course- presenting another lie. And so on and so on. This tactic has a name- it is called the Woo Woo tactic- which you can simply Google to find the definition and explanation. It originates from some sort of troll Bible in my opinion.

I am rude to Mesner for myriads of reasons- and I have absolutely no respect for him. His lies and constant attacks are old- and as I have told him repeatedly- I believe his biggest issue is that he wants to be me.

None of them- ESP. Mesner and his hero Michael Aquino (who Mesner constantly brags he is in contact with) could endure what they have forced me to endure- and I have never needed to be anonymous as they ALWAYS are. Also- they work as a rabid pack of wolves- where I have stood my ground openly and mostly by myself throughout the years.

I feel no need to hide- however, considering my Gmail got screwed up immediately after publishing mine and Mesners exchange- lies and all- he definitely doesnt seem to feel the same. Again- it is just another example why I despise him and his weakness.

Poking at others- hurting them from the shadows in secret- is neither respectable nor strong. And needless to say- he is NO savior- neither mine nor anyone elses. Hell, he cant even seem to save himself.

Mesner and his group will use any lie they can- including lies from the very family members I have been trying to get investigated, (more obvious when you realize all of Mesners accusations ONLY come from them), in order to try and prevent anyone from looking into my familys crimes.

But I will never stop- esp not because of Mesner, his group, and their antics.

I am no where near as weak as they obviously seem to be. And that includes his cohort Michael Aquino.

08:57

New Laws Will Allow the Use of Military to Break Protests "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 Sydney Criminal lawyers, By Paul Gregoire | 19/07/2018 


The Turnbull government recently introduced legislation into parliament designed to lower the threshold for calling out the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to assist state police forceswith public incidents.

The Defence Amendment (Call Out of the Australian Defence Force) Bill 2018 revises Part IIIAAA of the Defence Act 1903, which was inserted into the Act in the lead up to the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Currently, the military can only be called upon by state and territory authorities when theyve exhausted all other options. The new bill would allow for a call out request to be actioned, when its decided that ADF personnel can enhance the ability of state police in dealing with an incident.

The new legislation also allows the PM and other authorised ministers to send in the troops when state authorities havent requested assistance, but Commonwealth interests are at stake. And it p...

08:42

Elections: More than Half of Americans Believe Fairy Tales are Real "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Garrison) According to a new poll conducted by Ipsos  in partnership with the University of Virginia Center for Politics, 51% of respondents agree (15% strongly and 36% somewhat) with the statement American elections are fair and open.

The Ipsos headline characterizes that percentage as only half. Thats akin to noting that only half of Americans believe the Earth is a flat disc of provolone cheese, balanced atop the fingertips of seven celestial belly dancers. Only half?

Republicans, males, people over 55, people making more than $50,000 a year, and whites are more likely to believe this bizarre claim than Democrats, females, younger voters, the under-$50k crowd, and non-whites, but even among the latter buy-in is disturbingly high.

That over-55 demographic is plenty old enough to remember that after Ross Perot made it onto the presidential debate stage in 1992 (as an independent) and 1996 (as the Reform Partys nominee), the Commission on Presidential Debates added a 15% polling bar to its rules to ensure that only Republicans and Democrats need apply.

Every four years, the CPD established after the National Commission on Elections recommended  [t]urning over the sponsorship of Presidential debates to the two major parties makes millions in illegal in-kind campaign contributions to Republican and Democratic presidential and vice-presidential candidates, and no others, in the form of joint campaign commercials falsely advertised as debates.

Most disturbing: 49% of self-described independent voters voters deprived of choice by a tangled web of ballot access laws expressly designed to keep third party and independent candidates off the ballot and campaign finance laws that keep them marginalized if they get over those ballot access hurdles still believe in the Fair and Open Election Fairy.

American elections started becoming less fair and less open in the late 19th century when state governments started printing Australian ballots and controlling access to those ballots. Before that, American voters hand-wrote their ballots, orally dictated their ballots to election officials if they couldnt write, or used pre-printed ballots provided to them by their parties or candidates of choice.

While movements for more fair and more open elections have made some advances since then for example,  constitutional amendment to provide for female suffrage, and partial gains versus attempts to suppress the African-American vote weve still got a long way to go.

As champions of addiction recovery like to say, the first step is admitting we have a problem. Fairies arent real. And American elections arent fair an...

08:01

MACKAY Drug production, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

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07:16

SOTT FOCUS: What The Left's New Poster Child For Victimhood Is Really About - And It's Not Immigration "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ever since pictures surfaced of children being held at immigration detention centers, the mainstream media, social media, celebrities and world leaders have had harsh words and condemnation. To say Trump and his administration have experienced a firestorm of criticism may be an understatement. Actor Peter Fonda recently deleted his tweet where he said he wanted to 'rip Barron Trump from his mother' and put him in a 'cage with pedophiles'. Meanwhile, north of the border, a member of the Liberal party called Trump supporter's subhuman and said they should be rounded up and have their children taken away from them. British PM Theresa May said: "On the very important issue that he's raised, of what we have seen in the United States, the pictures of children being held in what appear to be cages are deeply disturbing. This is wrong. This is not something we agree with. This is not the United Kingdom's approach." Meanwhile, the UK has its fair share of deplorable conditions and treatments of immigrants and asylum seekers which sees people held for indefinite periods of time in what essentially amounts to prisons, before anything is done about it. And let's not forget that the UK also separates children. As for the rest of the world? Well, Canada is not exactly the most liberal when it comes to detaining families and/or separating children. Same goes for Australia and Germany. The blatant hypocrisy is even more apparent seeing as Western countries in particular are often the cause of refugee crises to begin with, fomenting destabilization and regime change across the Middle East and around the world.

06:26

The Planned Trespass -- Will Corrective Action be Taken? "IndyWatch Feed National"

THE PLANNED TRESPASS!

It really is time to put away the false narrative and live in the fullness, joy, and glory that is awaiting US!

The problems we are facing as a global society is systemic? It is all started with the creation of the Registration of Birth and their creation of the BIRTH CERTIFICATE. We are all registered in their Satanic Cult known as the LAW SOCIETY! Those knowingly cooperating in this system are a disgrace to the human race. The men and women taking an oath of office have/has unwittingly and in some cases knowingly joined them in their plan to enslave mankind. The individuals that created this system are psychopaths, they are clearly insane and their psychopathy has become a pandemic.Perhaps, it would do the world a world of good if people would have a look at how the United States, Canada, Australia, and all colonized lands have been created. The history of a nation speaks for itself, yet people have ignored the violence used to establish these properties and create the CORPORATIONS. Invading a land and forcing the inhabitants into a society without integrity does NOT make for a stable and/or healthy society. For proof look at what is happening on our streets, there is nothing normal an/or healthy about what I am seeing. There are very few people that actually know the truth.



Light is information and the dark is the suppression of it. We have been held in a shadow of darkness. The downfall of mankind it the inability to speak the truth. We are the Anti-Christ when we are expressing in a violent way. The "Christ" is a state of being. The imbalanced emotional body does not allow for the alignment to express in this state. My head was spinning after reading Krishnamurti saying "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. For me waking up was very difficult as I had allowed my CNS to become so out of balance that I ended up with a nervous breakdown. Now 17 years later my body is still recovering as the medical system does not support well being. There is nothing healthy about our Health Care System. It would serve the world for each of us to show up with our light and shine a light on that which has been concealed in darkness. While we raise our frequency, we are still subjected to the world we wake up to in the morning. This world has been built on lies and deceit from our mental projection now it is time to move into the heart...

05:57

Hyde Cafe Bellingen black-bans people: Jenni Bienefelt the owner an Australian Christian Churches Christian black-banned me 4 years ago for writing about their cult "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Jenni Bienefelt the owner of Hyde Cafe, Bellingen on left. Jenni Bienefelt of Hyde Cafe is a dysfunctional black banner, pretend Fake Christian, Cult member, and errant hypocrite.

 

Below is an article I wrote and published 4 years ago on this, my personal blog-site , the day Jenni Beinefelt owner of Hyde Cafe, Bellingen, where I live, black-banned me for explaining the errors and faults of the Christian cult the Australian Christian Churches group she is part of in Bellingen called House of Hope, formerly called Christian Life Centre located on Bellingens North Side.

 

Blog article 1 December 2014

It seems theres no end to the black-bans the cult churches of the Australian Christian Churches linked to Hillsong impose on those who dont agree with their view-point.

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Pastor John Woolhouse of Dorrigo Life Springs Church in Dorrigo NSW black-banned me from his Australian Christian Churches church in March this year.

 

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05:01

Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, EOS, and IOTA "IndyWatch Feed National"

Is it time to make a toast and celebrate a crypto recovery? I don"t think we are quite there yet. Even as Bitcoin spearheads this resurgence, clearing key buy triggers and resistance lines, some as Ethereum, EOS, and IOTA are []

The post Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, EOS, and IOTA appeared first on The Global Mail.

01:18

Australia Fines Parents Who Deviate From Vaccine Schedule "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is further clamping down on vaccine choice by instituting a biweekly $20 fine for parents whose children are not up to date on their vaccinations.

Previously parents who didnt have their kids vaccinated lost an end of the year tax benefit worth around $500. The new fine costs parents about the same, but its now assessed throughout the year to serve as a reminder.

Other countries have begun similar policies. As weve noted in previous coverage, France has made eleven vaccines mandatory; Italy twelve; and Germany, fines parents $2,800 for failing to seek medical advice on vaccinating their children.

Meanwhile Californias persecution of Dr. Sears [ link} shows that they have non-legislatively removed the medical exemption provision from their vaccine mandate act.

Part of the reason countries and California can even consider such policies is because there is so much confusion and misinformation about vaccines. Here is what Australians were saying in a Libertarian thread on Reddit about the new Australian fine system.

  1. Mandatory vaccines are safe

This is demonstrably false. The U.S. Vaccine Court set up after Congress decided to shield vaccine makers from all liability for their productshas paid out $3.5 billion to 5,000 Americans for vaccine injuries. Also very few studies have been done comparing unvaccinated and vaccinated populations, which would be the real test of vaccine safety. What evidence there is suggests that unvaccinated children are generally healthier than vaccinated children. In fact the National Academy of Sciences, which advises the government on health matters, concluded in 2013 that key elements of the [vaccine]schedulethe number, frequency, timing, order, and age at administration of vaccineshave not been systematically examined in research studies.

  1. The scientific and medical case in favor of mandatory vaccinations is overwhelmingly in favor of their efficacy.

Also false. For example, the latest flu vaccine (for the 2017-18 flu season) was......

00:24

Australia Says No to Software Patents "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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Summary: Rokt is now fighting the Australian patent office over its decision to reject software patents; Shelston IP, an Australian patent law firm (originally from Melbourne), already meddles a great deal in such policies/decisions, hoping to overturn them

LEAVING aside the EPO and USPTO, two of the worlds largest English-speaking patent offices, there has been some news from Australia, where IP Australia (the Australian patent office) told stakeholders that software isnt really patent-eligible anymore. Weve seen several articles about this lately (we mentioned some a week ago) and Lawyerly is the latest to spread the news and shed light on it. Rokts software innovative but not patentable, IP Australia tells court is the headline. Heres the key part: An invention that simply puts a business method or scheme into a computer is not patentable, the Commissioner of Patents told a court Wednesday on the first day of a highly anticipated trial over a rejected software patent application by marketing tech startup Rokt.

This was achieved in the face of great pressure and constant lobbying from law firms.Fantastic! Well done, Australia!

This was achieved in the face of great pressure and constant lobbying from law firms. We wrote about it dozens of times over the years and named some of the culprits. In Australia weve seen Shelston IP quite a lot recently, attacking the policy and smearing officials for doing the right thing. Shelston IP went further than this and attempted the same thing in New Zealand, where software patents have never been allowed.

Earlier this week we saw Shelston IP rearing its ugly head again...

00:07

Philippines to expel undesirable Australian nun who irked Duterte "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Philippines blacklisted and ordered the deportation on Thursday of an elderly Australian nun at odds with President Rodrigo Duterte, calling her an undesirable alien who broke terms of her missionary visa by engaging in political activism.

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FILE PHOTO: Australian missionary Patricia Fox waves to her supporters before filing a petition calling for the review of her deportation case at the Department of Justice, after the immigration bureau voided her visa following complaints from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte about her participation in protest rallies, in Padre Faura, metro Manila, Philippines May 25, 2018. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco/File Photo

The resolution was the second time immigration chiefs have sought to deport Patricia Fox, 71, who two months ago had been granted a reprieve by the justice department.

Fox has worked in the Philippines since the early 1990s and is a coordinator of a congregation of Catholic nuns called Notre Dame de Sion.

The 10-page order said her continued presence in the country poses a risk to public interest and she would be barred from returning.

She is accused of taking part in news conferences, labor-related fact-finding missions and protests calling for political prisoners to be freed, for human rights and land rights to be respected and for martial law to be lifted on the southern island of Mindanao.

Duterte has made no secret of his annoyance at Fox and has said he personally ordered an investigation into her activities. He said he refuses to hear criticism from anyone who is not Filipino.

Thursdays order specifically referred to Dutertes admission that he had asked for Fox to be investigated.

Fox is the latest in a growing number of people who have challenged Duterte and found themselves investigated, detained, humiliated, and sanctioned for offences that his opponents say usually amount to technicalities or minor infringements.

Thats the law, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said of the order to send Fox back to Australia.

Local media quoted Fox as saying she was disappointed but would challenge the order.

Reporting by Martin Petty; editing by David Stamp

Reuters

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21:44

Bird of the Day: Comb-crested Jacana "IndyWatch Feed National"

Comb-crested Jacana by James Zainaldin - La Paz Group

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

20:09

Seaweed Discovery Challenges Theory on Antarctica "IndyWatch Feed National"

A foreign invader, a species of alien seaweed, has managed to cross the oceans to reach the frozen Antarctic shores. So scientists may have to give up a cherished belief: that Antarctica is inviolate.

For a century, researchers have assumed that the mix of ocean currents, distance and temperature have kept the Great White Continent shielded from invasion by Pacific or Atlantic flotsam.

But the discovery of strands of kelp on an Antarctic beach  seaweed that may have drifted for considerable periods and a distance of 20,000 kms before becoming stranded far from home brings an end to that belief. And the discovery suggests that global warming could bring serious changes to Antarctic ecosystems.

This finding shows us that living plants and animals can reach Antarctica across the ocean, with temperate and sub-Antarctic marine species probably bombarding Antarctic coastlines all the time, said Ceridwen Fraser, of the Australian National University.

We always thought Antarctic plants and animals were distinct because they were isolated, but this research now suggests these differences are almost entirely due to environmental extremes, not isolation.

Dr Fraser and her colleagues report in the journal Nature Climate Change that strands of southern bull kelp, Durvillaea antarctica, found by a Chilean scientist, must have floated 20,000 km from the Kerguelen Islands and South Georgia. The kelp was encrusted with barnacles, evidence of a long time adrift.

In fact, researchers believe, it may be evidence of the longest episode of biological rafting ever confirmed. The word raft is significant: such floating platforms could provide shelter and transport for other biological invaders.

Plastic Next?

Until now, the assumption has been that the pattern of surface currents and westerly winds tends to drive drifting material northwards from Antarctica. The discovery suggests that if kelp can get there, so can floating driftwood, or plastic debris, or any other unwelcome visitor.

The researchers think large waves driven by Southern Ocean storms may have steered the kelp rafts over what had been considered a natural ocean barrier. Glo...

19:56

20 Awesome Distributive Property Worksheets 5th Grade Images "IndyWatch Feed National"

identity property multiplication worksheets desiaustralia excellent lesson for kids worksheet a and an worksheets light algebra worksheet distributive property beautiful algebra worksheets simplifying expressions contemporary 1200 best kids and parent learning images on pinterest properties of multiplication math sorting activity identity zero free worksheets...

19:54

Greg Thomson, fmr Sky/Fox sports guy and grog-fuelled-fiascos-finalist resigns "IndyWatch Feed National"

I wanted to let you know Im resigning from @SkyNewsAust and @FOXSportsNews. A big thank you to the team at ANC. I sincerely apologise to Inala, the organisers, sponsors and those attending last weeks fundraiser. I deeply regret taking some of the shine off Inalas great work. Greg Thomson...

19:44

Great Barrier Reef coral recovery slows significantly over 18-year period "IndyWatch Feed National"

Over the last three decades the Great Barrier Reef has been hit by a series of intense cyclones, bleaching, crown of thorn starfish outbreaks and flood events that have caused well-documented, but reparable damage.

Scientists have hoped that an extended period of benign conditions would allow the natural processes of reef restoration to flourish, and many of the hardest-hit regions to return to a healthier, more colourful and biodiverse state.

But a new study of coral-recovery rates based on 18 years of data and published in Science Advances today, found the ability of many corals to bounce back after disturbance has significantly slowed down.

Although recovery rates were variable between different reef patches and coral types, the researchers found the overall recovery rate of corals across the Great Barrier Reef declined by an average of 84 per cent between 1992 and 2010.

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Following acute disturbance events like cyclones, coral recovery was hindered by poor water quality and high temperature, according to lead author Juan-Carlos Ortiz from the University of Queensland.

We noticed thatwater quality played a significant role in that reduction in recovery rate, Dr Ortiz said.

The study, supported by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the Nature Conservancy, looked at data from more than 90 primarily mid-shelf and offshore reefs, comparing the rate of recovery following disturbance events.

We noticed for the first time a very large decline in the ability of the reef to recover from disturbances over those 18 years, he said.

The research team classified corals into six groups based on their growth forms. Although all groups showed an overall decline in recovery rate, two groups the Montipora and branching Acropora both went into negative.

What that means is they continued to decline even after the disturbance had ceased.

While increased disturbance events are expected as the impacts of climate change ramp up, the slowed recovery time is a concerning compounding factor.

It is exacerbating the problem. The assumption that we were working on was that naturally reefs recover fast, Dr Ortiz said.

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19:30

PR: trade.Io Appoints Banking Veteran David Hannigan to Run OTC Desk "IndyWatch Feed National"

trade.Io Appoints Banking Veteran David Hannigan to Run OTC Desk

This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. Bitcoin.com does not endorse nor support this product/service. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release.

Wednesday Lugano, Switzerland trade.io, a leading cryptocurrency exchange and innovator of the industrys leading liquidity pool, today announced that David Hannigan has joined the company as its Chief Dealer. David brings almost 30 years of trading and risk management experience, most notably his position as Senior VP at National Australia Bank, to his new role.

David will lead trade.ios risk management department, and will be responsible for building out its OTC Desk, allowing for both retail and institutional fiat-to-crypto exchange functionality. Up to 50% of all OTC Desk revenues will be allocated to the forthcoming liquidity pool, which can only be accessed by using trade.ios utility token, TIO.

trade.ios CEO Jim Preissler said, Were very lucky to have someone with Davids experience lead the risk management team and spearhead our OTC Desk. David has an impeccable track record in trading and risk management, which is invaluable when dealing with the size of deals in the crypto space. Its not uncommon to have a $10m deal come through the desk multiple times per day.

David Hannigan also commented, I see a lot of similarities in how trade.io runs its business to many of the large banks Ive worked for in the past. With my prior experience in the banking sector, I am cognizant on how profitable an OTC Desk can be. I am thrilled to hit the ground running to provide this service to the trade.io community.

David will also be providing daily commentary on the crypto markets which can be accessed by registered...

19:09

Pope, sack archbishop convicted in child abuse case "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

Archbishop Found Guilty Of Hiding Child Sex Abuse

22 May 2018

An Australian archbishop is facing up to two years in prison after being convicted of concealing child sex abuse by a fellow priest in the 1970s. Archbishop Philip Wilson is the highest ranking Catholic official to be convicted of covering up sexual abuse, part of a global scandal which has dogged the Vatican for decades. The 67-year-old archbishop of Adelaide was found guilty of having concealed the abuse of altar boys by a pedophile priest colleague, James Fletcher, in the 1970s, when he was an assistant parish priest in the state of New South Wales.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Australian prime minister: convicted archbishop must be fired

Australian Prime Minister Turnbull has urged Pope Francis to dismiss Australian archbishop Wilson. Wilson has been sentenced to a years imprisonment because he has concealed sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.

The 67-year-old Archbishop of Adelaide is the highest ranking church official convicted of an abuse scandal in Australi...

18:27

Malcolm Turnbull tells Pope to sack Archbishop Philip Wilson after court rulingBrian Houston of Hillsong- Tick Tick Tock TockBrian Houston of Hillsong is in line at the NSW Attorney Generals Office and NSW Police to face pedophile protection charges. "IndyWatch Feed National"

During his  trial, the Archbishop (Philip Wilson) said no-one had ever come forward to tell him of allegations of child sex abuse during his 40 years as a clergyman.

However, Magistrate Robert Stone cast that claim aside in a ruling that could have ramifications in courts around the country.

ABC News Australia article below.

Brian Houston of Hillsong is one of those affected by this ruling. In time, Brian Houston will be charged with pedophile protection crimes, for sheltering his old pedophile father Frank from NSW Police and Authorities from 1999 to November 2004, when Frank died.

18:24

PERTH You killed my daughter: Mother of woman, 21, killed by an L-plater screams in court as he is "IndyWatch Feed National"

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You killed my daughter: Mother of woman, 21, killed by an L-plater screams in court as he is .

July 19, 2018 at 02:27AM .

Che Curyer, 24, pleaded guilty to careless driving causing death in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday over the crash that occurred just after

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

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17:22

The case for introducing rhino to Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Well meant, but not a solution as far as I can see. Australia has massive problems with introduced species and also culls huge numbers of kangaroos to protect grazing. This is not an answer to poaching in Africa and Asia. It mentions white rhino (the least endangered of the species) but not black of the incredibly vulnerable Asian species for introduction and the latter would need forest not savanna envcironments. At the end says it is tongue-in-cheek, so is this all some sort of satire? KS

 

The Conversation

July 18, 2018 9.29pm SAST
Australia could sustain wild rhinos, but should it try? Renaud Fulconis/International Rhino Foundation

Rhinos in Australia might seem like an insane proposition after all, weve had...

17:17

Blind Justice? Not in our experience. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Indigenous people's lives are immaterial when they are inside, the risk of death is very real to us. The pursuit of justice is our greatest fight in history and one heavily resisted. Justice is not blind.

17:08

Australia - Oberon fluoride: council meeting approves addition to water supply "IndyWatch Feed National"

CROWDED: It was standing room only in the Oberon Council chambers as the community waited for a decision on whether fluoride would be added to Oberon's water supply.A DIVISIVE community debate has ended, for now, after Oberon Council voted to allow fluoride to be added to the towns water supply.


But the peace might not last long as fluoridation opponents are already warning that the battle isnt over.

Oberon councillors voted 5-3 in favour of fluoridation at their ordinary meeting on Tuesday night after a months-long debate in the town that had, at times, become personal.

Previous attempts to introduce the dental health measure had been unsuccessful, the most recent being in 2014, when councillors voted 5-3 against fluoridation.

The Oberon Council chambers were packed on Tuesday night for the ordinary meeting.

Councillor Mark Kellam, who moved the motion to allow the fluoridation to go ahead, said his decision was based on sound evidence.

"I've listened to all the pros and cons and all the objective evidence and I've made this decision to fluoridate, he said.

Oberon Council general manager Gary Wallace's report to the council said NSW Health commissioned the Social Research Centre to gauge the Oberon communitys views on fluoridation.

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16:42

Those Defense Intelligence Reference Documents "IndyWatch Feed National"


Eric W Davis interview

In a Coast to Coast radio interview on 28 January 2018, between journalist George Knapp and Eric W Davis, Davis outlined his sub-contractor role within the Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS)  program for the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP.) At the Institute for Advanced Studies, based in Austin, Texas, his job was to provide broad scientific advice, and recommendations. He did not get into any data analysis, video analysis or witness interviews.

He was tasked with looking into the future - around 2050 - to set up a series of expert studies - and produce a series of Defense Intelligence Reference Documents (DIRDs.) To look at a variety of topics and get experts to write a DIRD on that subject. Authors were asked to imagine our earthly technology, extrapolate it to 2050 and compare what we might have by then against what we see of the phenomenon today. Davis stated that 38 such papers were produced, with two being classified.

Hal Puthoff interview

In another 28 January 2018 Coast to Coast interview by George Knapp, this time with Hal Puthoff, Puthoff stated that his role within the AATIP was mainly to look at the physics. He had had 38 papers written

Six DIRDs by Eric W Davis 

On the Earth Tech International Inc. website there is a list of six DIRDs prepared by Eric W Davis. These are:

1. Davis, E.W. (2010), "Laser Lightcraft Nanosatellites," Defense Intelligence Reference Document, Defense Futures, DIA-08-1011-001, Technology Warning Division (DWO-4), Defense Warning Office, Directorate for Analysis, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC.

2. Obousy, R.K. and Davis, E.W. (2010). "Warp Drive, Dark Energy, and the Manipulation of Extra Dimensions," Defense Intelligence Reference Document, Acquisition Threat Support, DIA-08-1004-001, Acquisition Support Division (DWO-3), Defense Warning Office, Directorate for Analysis, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC.

3. Davis, E.W. (2010), "Concepts for Extracting Energy from the Quantum Vacuum," Defense Intelligence Reference Document, Acquisition Threat Support, DIA-08-1004-007, Acquisition Support Division (DWO-3), Defense Warning office, Directorate for Analysis, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC.

4. Davis, E.W. (2010), "Antigravity for Aerospace Applications," Defense Intelligence Reference Document, Acquisition Threat Support, DIA-08-1003-018, Acquisition Support Division (DWO-3), Defense Warning Office...

15:42

My Health Record Opting out "IndyWatch Feed National"

People in this country have demonstrated the level of trust they have in government by crashing websites and call systems with 20 000 people opting out of #MyHealthRecord in the first day.

We are providing a round up for you to enable an informed decision. As we support and train advocates and activists we have become more aware of the huge issue of digital privacy and how little the average person seems aware of, let alone the activist community. We want to help improve literacy in this area, and encourage more discussion regarding the extensive surveillance and data harvesting undertaken by government and corporates.

You can check out the huge compilation of concerns we covered during the #CensusFail situation. Regarding MyHealthRecord, you can assume all of the privacy concerns apply but also throw in sexual activity and orientation, gender, stigmatised diseases, prescriptions which could identify your condition, life threatening and chronic health conditions, fertility, reproduction rights and more to get a full picture of concerns.

Oh, and sections of this data is reportedly going to be accessible by NEARLY ONE MILLION PEOPLE. At the minimum all doctors (more than 70,000) and pharmacies (of which there are nearly 30,000) will have access to significant aspects.

TL, DR ~ huge privacy concerns have been raised you can opt out until 15th October 2018.

Here are some considerations:

  • The government is not capable of securing data. This has been proven time, and time again.
  • The government has used personal data for political reasons, giving private Centrelink information to a journalist.
  • The Department of Health last year commissioned the development of the framework for using My Health Record data for purposes other than its primary purpose of providing healthcare to an individual. This could include research and policy analysis (source).
  • ...

14:53

Great news 4 ACTU & Labor - model most equal country found - Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed National"

Everyone lives like shit in a socialist shithole. Thanks to https://twitter.com/RobertSacco18 for the tip!

14:44

Unemployment lowest in more than 5 years "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Employment surges 51,000

With record jobs vacancies an upside surprise was always a possibility, and in the end that's what we got with employment surging by a seasonally adjusted by +50,900 in June 2018 to 12,573,600, driven by a large increase of +41,200 in full time employment.

Employment increased by +2.8 per cent over the financial year. 


To two decimal places the unemployment rate fell to 5.37 per cent, the lowest in 67 months since all the way back in November 2012, in spite of a promising jump in the participation rate. 


If you were to pick out a slight weakness in the numbers, the year-on-year trend growth in monthly hours worked was a tad softer at +2.6 per cent. 


Overall, though, it was an unambiguously good result.

State versus state - NSW booms

The monthly gain was driven by another +27,300 increase in New South Wales employment, taking annual employment growth to a massive +150,400 or +3.9 per cent. 

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14:34

Canberra: its not the new Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed National"

The once-obscure bush capital, and its number plates, have been keen to adopt new hipster clothing; to present as something like that cool inland city that your best mate lives in. Yet like every trend that drapes itself in ironic sentiment, theres more than a kernel of serious intent here, as there is to the apparently outlandish claim that Canberra yes, Canberra is now the cultural capital of Australia.

14:04

Is This the Worlds Largest Robot? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rio Tinto has employed the first fully autonomous train, which many are calling the worlds largest robot. Rio Tintos project has eliminated humans and that saves on pensions and salaries. This is the way of the future because of exponentially rising human costs. The train completed its first delivery of iron ore between the companys Australian Mount Tom Price mine and the port of Cape Lambert on the Western coast.

Rio Tinto spent $940 million to develop this project. The train consists of three locomotives and carries around 28,000 tonnes of iron ore making a journey of 280km with no human driver. The trip was monitored remotely by operators at Rios Operations Centre in Perth more than 1,500km away. Effectively, this is not so dissimilar from the drone used in the military that is also being monitored from a far away location.

The high cost of socialism is driving the field of robotics. The higher the costs of pensions and their lack of feasibility when central banks play with interest rates pretending to be managing the economy has driven the technology into the hands of automation. Governments are in a state of denial and they will continue to raise taxes to try to cover their costs. They fail to look at this crisis straight in the eyes. There is no hope of maintaining socialism and more than there was communism.

14:00

5 Awe-Inspiring Museums and Galleries to Visit When in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed National"

Melbourne, Australia

Published July 19, 2018

Known as the second biggest and most populated city in Australia, Melbourne is a must-visit travel destination in the whole world. With its enthralling arts scene, every visitor will surely be in awe. There are tons of awesome spots to check out here, especially for the art and culture lovers.

Melbourne is also called as the Cultural Capital of Australia. With its numerous museums and galleries, one can say that it deserves the title. So, here are a few of the top art buildings you can visit to understand deeper and explore more about Melbournes magic:

National Gallery of Victoria

Pay a visit to the oldest public art gallery in the Land Down Under. It is home to over 70,000 pieces of art in two locations. The Australian collection can be found at the Ian Potter Gallery in Federation Square, which features the history of Australian art. One of its highlights is The Pioneer, a huge triptych format by Frederick McCubbin. On the other hand, the international collection is in St. Kilda Road building. This building is known for The Great Hall where you can lie on the floor and see its colorful stained glass ceiling.

Scienceworks

Come by Scienceworks to enjoy first-hand science experiences. This interactive science and technology museum offers changing exhibits, demonstrations, and guided tours daily to all visitors. You can check out the Sportsworks exhibit and Planetarium for a more exciting activity. Not to mention, this museum is autism-friendly one with social maps and scripts showing high and low sensory spaces. It is going to be a fun-filled learning day at Scienceworks, for sure!

National Sports Museum

Melbourne is the sporting capital of Australia. This is why sports stadiums are one of the citys main tourist attractions. Take a trip down memory lane at the National Sports Museum and learn about the sporting history of the city. Once here, you can also see a lot of memorabilia that will make you remember the significant sporting moments that happened in Melbourne.

Immigration Museum

Head over Immigration Museum to see engaging and special exhibits of the people who call Melbourne their home. Situated in the Old Customs House, this museum tells the real stories of those wh...

13:24

Big Sing in a Big Shed under a Big Sky puts Murtoa on the Community Music Map and its happening all over again "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

James Rigby spent years driving past the mighty Murtoa Stick Shed in awe of its size and wondering how on earth the monolithic structure looming up out of the landscape could still be standing. He never imagined that one Spring day in 2017 together with Jane Thompson, he would lead around 300 community singers in a Big Sing under its cathedral-like roof of bush poles and corrugated iron.

The idea for a Stick Shed Sing was conceived by Judith Welsh, Chair of the Committee of Management which took over the running of the shed when it was gifted back to the community in 2016. The vision was to create an event to reflect the ambience and glory of the Heritage listed building and bring singing into the shed for the first time as part of Murtoas Big Weekend celebrations.

We wanted an event that anyone could join in on but which gave local choirs, the singers from the Wimmera, an opportunity to perform as part of a massed choir, as well.

As highly experienced community singing leaders, Jane Thompson and James Rigby expressed their interest in coordinating the event, working with Judith to decide a shape for the day, which included a massed singing workshop open to anyone keen to sing in the shed and a concert by any community choirs attending, who were happy to perform.

Jane and crowd

The first Stick Shed Sing was held i...

13:14

Cashless welfare card is part of the package to take support away from the poorest Australians. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Queensland

The Australian government is so determined to press ahead with the cashless welfare card, that it hired a private company to carry out a review outside its own Department of Social Services. This is the sort of thing governments like to do, when they have already determined the result they want to have.

Consultancy firm Orima was awarded a lucrative 12-month contract to do the job.

The findings of the evaluation have been contradicted by the auditor generals report published on Tuesday. The main charge is the omitting of relevant data. The report found that the approach to monitoring has been inadequate, and that as a consequence, it is difficult to conclude whether there had been a reduction in social harm and whether the card was a lower cost welfare quarantining approach.

In other words, the finding that the card has resulted in the reduction of anti-social behaviour and reduced the cost of welfare at the trial at Ceduna in the Kimberly region in south Australia, as claimed by the commissioned firm, is not based on fact.

The cashless welfare card, otherwise known as the Indue card, takes control of 80 percent of the welfare payment of the individual, and restricts what it can be used for and where. A major criticism has been that the inability to make choices has forced recipients into having to spend more on needs, because one cannot shop around for the best prices. . But the most heated opposition, has been over the denial of a basic human right that we all expect for ourselves, and the classification of a whole community as undeserving.

Unperturbed, the government is planning further trials in the Western Australian gold fields, and there is a fear that this could eventually become the national norm for recipients of Centrelink payments.

The Card has been introduced in the context of a general assault on welfare payment in Australia, which extends from the unemployed to the disabled. Every day produces new stories of individuals falling victim to a harsh system and merciless punishment. Payments have been kept so low, that many Australians are finding it extremely difficult to survive.

Government welfare policies  govern a process of ongoing and step by step removal of the welfare system, and turning those in need towards private charity. In the view of the government, it should have the most minimal role, if any, because to do so distorts the operation of the market. This is based on a claim that if allowed to operate freely, the market will provide a place for all.

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12:49

Wayne Swan and the ACTU working out how to dismantle capitalism! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Im sure you will join me in saying neoliberalisms time is done. It is time for the failure to end and if it doesnt end itself we will end it - @NadineFloodCPSU chairing a panel on neoliberalism and trickledown economics at #ACTUCongress18 #ChangeTheRules pic.twitter.com/p3FrhRLIF0 CPSU (@CPSUnion) July 18, 2018...

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12:14

Once Again They Have Locked Me Out of My Gmail Account "IndyWatch Feed National"

It happened immediately after I posted that email exchange.

So until I get control back on that account- there will be no videos and dont trust anything that may come from that account. They want to silence me any way they can

12:06

Would or Wouldnt Who Made the President Buckle? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who made the President buckle, and change his view?

The Cold War is OVER, so why the attack on Russia, when China most likely spies with greater intensity on the US?

Tucker Carlsons broadcast of the Pres-hostage crisis, here. To quote Carlson:

theyre demanding if you dont automatically accept the imprecise non-specific never fully explained findings of shadowy intelligence agencies, with long documented track records of making serious mistakes, youve somehow...

12:05

BE WARNED! Pedo actor Jeremy Kewley out of jail & free living it up in Victoria despite abuse of dozens of boys "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: The convicted paedophile actor Jeremy Kewley is free to roam amongst the public once again after being quietly released from prison following a stint of less than two years for the indecent assault of more than a dozen boys stretching back decades. True Crime News Weekly publisher, Serkan Ozturk, reports. [READ MORE]

11:24

Growing and Harvesting Turmeric "IndyWatch Feed National"

Are you interested in growing turmeric? It's all the buzz right now with Lattes and Hot brews for immunity which might all seem a bit cringe worthy but it really is an easy plant to grow and harvest. Here's a quick video with Robyn as she harvests her turmeric and talks about how she grew it.

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11:11

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10:17

RISE DEMANDS IMMEDIATE EVACUATION OF REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS TRAFFICKED BY AUSTRALIA TO MANUS AND NAURU "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

RISE members including offshore and onshore eX-detainees strongly condemn successive Australian governments for holding hostage our community members in Manus and Nauru torture camps for more than five years now. RISE demands that the Australian government to immediately bring back all refugee survivors and provide them permanent protection and proper support services.

Asylum seeker and refugee detainees are among the most persecuted and oppressed people in the world. We endured abuse in our own countries, and upon seeking protection, are disenfranchised and suffer institutional abuse within detention systems. Immigration detention centres are arbitrary and nefarious forms of state violence; they function to subjugate asylum seekers and refugees by imprisonment.

Detention deaths are systemic murder not casual deaths of refugees, we should not normalise them at anytime

The re-opening in 2012 of so called regional processing centres in Manus Island and Nauru by then Prime Minister Julia Gillard and immigration minister Chris Bowen has resulted in 12 deaths so far. Hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers trafficked to Manus and Nauru by the Australian government have experienced abuse and neglect on these islands. This systemic abuse of our bodies and livelihood not only exist in detention but also long after we survived. We should not also forget those who are currently held hostage in both onshore and offshore detention camps, including some cases where people have been detained for 10 years without release date.

Former offshore and onshore detainee, Ramesh Fernandez says These camps cannot be called processing centres. Australian run offshore refugee camps are a modern form of concentration camps. How do you call this a processing centre when you get locked up 24/7, tortured and humiliated constantly. We should not forget that in November 2015 over 600 refugees and asylum seekers in Manus Island detention camp wrote to Australian PM and immigration minister Peter Dutton calling for mass assisted suicide. This is evidence that refugees and asylum seekers are unable to continue their lives in Manus.

We require support and protection, not incarceration. States have the obligation to uphold our human rights; not exploit us for political gain. We denounce the torture, deportation, abuse and bloodshed occurring in immigration detention centres. We condemn governments, private companies and nonprofit agencies who are part of the detention supply chain.

Furthermore, Ramesh Fernandez says, due to the lack of transparency in these Australian run detention camps, refugee cases have been mishandled, unfairly dismissed and processed without proper adherence to refugee rights protocol. Providing Manus and Nauru  detainees with the impossible ultimatum of settling in PNG or retu...

08:34

A few tips on how to keep rats and mice out of your chook house. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


As soon as the temperatures start to drop in Autumn and during the cold months, especially if there is rain as well, I will often find evidence of mice in my chicken house. Totally understandable from their perspective, it is warm and dry, safe from predators and there is a constant food supply.

Rodents are a nuisance in a chook house- they foul (sorry for the pun) up food and water sources, carry a number of diseases and parasites that can be passed on to your chickens and chew and destroy anything that is not made from steel. They often nest in or under nesting boxes which can give you such a fright when collecting the eggs. So getting rid of them is a priority for me.

Whilst I have no qualms about setting traps and disposing of dead rodents here are a few things I do to try and discourage rodents taking up residence in my chook house and if and when these dont work I will then resort to more drastic measures.

1. Block up any access points. Try to eliminate any possible places that rodents can gain access to your chook house. Mice can get through spaces/holes as small as 2cms to 3cms. So, clean out the house and cover up any gaps or holes. I usually use a vermin proof wire which is available at most hardware stores. If I see signs of mice, usually from diggings around the coop, I plug any holes with steel wool.

2. Plant mint. Rats and mice do not like the smell of mint so plant any of the mints, spearmint, peppermint or lemon balm, all around the edge of the chook run and chook house. Place fresh mint in the nesting boxes and in the deep litter.

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07:57

The African gangs issue is driven by a political agenda "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Victoria

The good thing is that there is rising concern, especially in Melbourne, over the claim by certain politicians and sections of the media, that African gangs have made this city unsafe. It has been said  that that it is so bad, that people are too afraid to go out for a meal at night.

As someone who lives in Melbourne, gets about and knows a lot of people here, this is not our experience.

There have been some violent incidents. What city with a population of four and a half million doesnt have them? The trouble is, when it comes from the hand of an African, it is reported as African crime. When it comes form the hand of a non-African, it is just crime. No one has presented evidence that the rate of incidence between the two is any different. Why is this happening?

One problem for the Africans is that having a different colour skin makes them stand out from the crowd. And this can tap into latent discrimination. For instance, the It did not stop this from being used to portray an image of African violence.

shot of Channel 7 beat up story

There have been other armed robberies in Melbourne committed by people from other racial and ethnic backgrounds. They do not fit into the narrative and are therefore  not treated in the same way.

When an Anglo Australian commits the crime, it is never presented as proof for the need to impose law and order on the Anglo Australian community. The same applies when there is a brawl at a pub, or when a gang of young white skinned teenagers pounce on someone.

Despite the emotive and fraudulent and unethical nature of the reporting by Channel 7 and the usual News Corp cabal, and repeated by Channel 10, politicians lo...

06:58

Tommy Robinson to stay in jail until at least the end of July after contempt appeal hearing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here's The Independent's report: Judges are considering an attempt by English Defence League (EDL) founder Tommy Robinson to be freed from prison. The far-right leader, who is appearing under his real name of Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon, was jailed in May after he broke blanket reporting restrictions on an ongoing set...

06:32

UK legal precedent in the Tommy Robinson contempt appeal - [2004] EWCA Crim 1271 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) is serving two separate terms of imprisonment for two separate contempts of UK courts. He was subject to a 3 month term of imprisonment, suspended for 18 months for filming defendants in a serious criminal trial with the Judge who sentenced him saying: There...

06:11

Pastor Neville Johnson. Liked blow jobs from his three young AOG church secretaries. Academy of Light Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Bobbie Houston of Hillsongs pastor in New Zealand. Former head pastor at Queen St Assemblies of God Church in Auckland New Zealand. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson today. Still an errant false prophet, liar and con-artist. Neville Johnson has conned many people out of large sums of money in Ponzi schemes in recent times. Angry victims are looking for his home address to recover their lost savings even asking me if I know where he lives. He lives in Maleny, Queensland. Its a small town so youll easily find him.

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson. Academy of Light Ministries, Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Liked blow-jobs from his three young church secretaries while praying to the Lord and fasting in Auckland, New Zealand motel rooms with them.

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03:08

CRIME CULTURE: Border Politics "IndyWatch Feed National"

CRIME CULTURE: Is hate, fear and ignorance the new Australian way? Or, are present-day fears around asylum seekers and refugees an undying ember of an even darker past? True Crime News Weekly correspondent Gary Johnston takes a look at the new documentary film, Border Politics. [READ MORE]

02:05

Australia: Supreme Court judge bans wife of accused jihad terrorist from wearing niqab in court "IndyWatch Feed National"

Once there are multiple spectators in the public gallery wearing niqabs and traditional Islamic dress, working out who was who if something happened in court might not be a simple matter, especially as such dress tends to be very similar. I have previously indicated that, whilst all are welcome in my court, spectators in the []

Wednesday, 18 July

22:54

Daily Digest 7/18 - Health Insurers Collecting Personal Details, Detroit Reborn At A Cost "IndyWatch Feed National"

Daily Digest 7/18 - Health Insurers Collecting Personal Details, Detroit Reborn At A Cost
  • In the Worlds Most Dangerous Nation, Police Get a $3 Bonus
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  • In face of strike threat, Metro says finances are 'unsustainable'
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  • Federal judge rules in favor of bondholders on Puerto Rico debt
  • Scammers target those with outstanding student loans
  • Interest on credit-card debt tops $100 billion
  • Australian Housing Costs Rival New Yorks, but Boom May Be Ending
  • Reserve Bank focuses on household debt risks (Australia)
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22:48

The Story of a Professional Delusion: Do Psychiatrists Believe Their Own Words? "IndyWatch Feed National"

On February 24th of this year, a conference was held in Sydney, Australia which featured a number of prestigious local and overseas speakers as well as former psychiatric patients. Titled Mental Health in Crisis, it was intended to provide a forum for well-researched alternative views on the state of modern psychiatry. The next week, most of the speakers went to New Zealand for further seminars in five cities. During that week, a newspaper published an article quoting Prof. Peter Gotzsche, director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen, whose research showed that antidepressants are a dangerous and relatively ineffective class of drugs, and who recommended they should be severely restricted. In his view, general practitioners should not be authorised to initiate them, and they should not be given to children or adolescents. On March 9th, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) issued a press statement strongly criticising the article. In particular, it stated:

The prescription of antidepressant or antipsychotic medications is something that a psychiatrist only ever does in partnership with the patient and after due consideration of the risks and benefits (emphasis added).

As described on MIA, I lodged a lengthy complaint with the RANZCP, alleging that, as the responsible officials, the president and board had breached their own code of ethics at a number of points; in particular, the claim about prescribing habits was patently false. This has gone back and forth and, predictably, my complaints have been dismissed. On June 29th, the incoming president of the college wrote to me:

The (original press) statement also acknowledges the careful consideration given when prescribing medications.

That is, he essentially repeats the false claim that drugs are only ever prescribed after a friendly discussion between the caring doc and the grateful patient. Some months ago, I published the results of a pilot study on my 176 active files, which showed that psychiatrists hardly ever give information to patients regarding the risks of their drugs (I would have thought that any psychiatrist who was still breathing would know this: patients are routinely thrown to the ground and jabbed despite their furious objections or tearful pleading. Part of his defence was that psychiatrists have good intentions).

This reminds me of another rather fractious interchange I h...

22:46

US government exposed: for 30 years, it broke the law on vaccine safety "IndyWatch Feed National"

Originally posted on Jon Rappoport's Blog:
by Jon Rappoport July 16, 2018 (To join our email list, click here.) For 30 years, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) broke the law regarding vaccine safety, and no one noticed or cared. Then two men came along and discovered the scandal: Robert F

21:20

Oberon becomes one of the last NSW towns to fluoridate its water "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of the last remaining towns in New South Wales without fluoridation has decided to add it to its drinking water.

The Oberon Council on the states central tablelands has voted five-to-three to add fluoride to the towns supply after several months of heated debate and campaigning.

It is one of eight local governments in NSW, out of more than 100 local councils in the state, that has been asked to consider fluoridation by Health Minister Brad Hazzard.

Oberon resident, Jenn Capel, said she was thrilled with the decision.

I think its an excellent result, Ms Capel said.

Its the people in the community who dont have that [oral] care, who dont have the dedication to teeth, theyre the ones who are going to suffer and the long-term effects are overwhelming.

The Oberon Council last discussed fluoridation in 2014 and resolved not to proceed.

Its taken a long time, Oberon resident Tina Slattery said.

The last time it went up the community didnt really appreciate what was going on, and so it could have been taken over by a very persuasive, small group.

The debate at Tuesdays council meeting sparked anger among those who opposed fluoridation, with several speakers claiming it would be a form of mass medication and could jeopardise peoples health.

Im mortified, I think theyve gone against the wishes of Oberon, mother-of-five Tracey Watson said.

My concern is that the pro people didnt really show any documented evidence, whereas the people against always did.

Sarah Raphael from the Australian Dental Association New South Wales made a presentation at the council meeting and quoted the 2007 Child Dental Survey.

It clearly showed more than double the amount of dental decay in the children of Oberon compared with Orange and Dubbo which have water fluoridation and have done for quite some time, Dr Raphael said.

The overwhelming evidence backs that water fluoridation is the most safe and equitable way to protect against dental decay in the community.

Anti-fluoride campaigner Veronika Cvitanovic has lived in Oberon for eight years.

She said she surveyed 684 people and 70 per cent were against fluoridation.

To me its clear that the council is not representing the communitys wishes, Ms Cvitanovic said...

21:18

AFSAs submission to the parliamentary inquiry into the price of fresh food in NSW "IndyWatch Feed National"

In April this year, the NSW Government established an Upper House inquiry to examine the price of fresh food in New South Wales, compared to trends in the domestic and international markets. The inquiry aimed to consider the financial relationships between producers, retailers and consumers, as well as state-based issues of food insecurity, market competition and environmental impacts of industry pricing. The committee for this inquiry asked interested stakeholders and community members to make submissions, after which public hearings were held.

AFSA's key recommendations from our submission (HERE) have a focus on people's right to food, increased research about and support of CSA models and the building of resilience within agricultural communities by reducing inputs, increasing on-farm diversity, protecting valuable farm land and mitigating vulnerability to climate change by targeting funding and support for more resilient systems such as regenerative agriculture.

Summary of Key Recommendations:

  1. Make it a New South Wales (NSW) state priority to lead Australias observance of our international obligation to ensure the Right to Food. The Committee should form a methodology for monitoring public policies and compliance with obligations under the right to adequate food.
  2. Research and report on direct sales models such as the Community Supported Agriculture model (CSA) and farmers markets by way of facilitating direct participation of producers in the process of conducting this Parliamentary Inquiry.
  3. Protect valuable agricultural land by fortifying the NSW planning system for horticulture production in urban, peri-urban, regional and rural areas.
  4. Reduce reliance on production inputs, especially chemical inputs such as pesticides and synthetic fertilisers, and facilitate farms and market gardens that increase resilience to climate fluctuation and strengthen the health and vitality of farming and communities.
  5. Explore ways to strengthen competition and consumer law protections for growers, for example the Horticulture Code of Conduct which came into effect on 1 April 2018.
  6. Facilitate nutritious and local fresh food procurement in social sectors and state institutions. The Committee should, for example, report on the NSW Health Departments milk supply contract with foreign-owned Dair...

20:52

Japan stands beside Europe on free trade "IndyWatch Feed National"

The performance of the president of the United States in Europe over the past week left Europeans dumbfounded, shaken and at least on trade, rightfully anxious about the future. Donald Trump has once again threatened Europeans with tariffs in the one sector that hurts (Germans especially) the most the automotive industry. Since his election, Americas new protectionism certainly makes Europeans feel isolated on issues of trade and the defense of liberal values.

Yet what Europeans often forget is that this is not the case. Europe is not the last man standing. Japan, Australia, India and Canada are all still very much part of our community of shared values.

By Harry Nedelcu
Japan Times

Commentary

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with European Council President Donald Tusk as European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker looks on after the signing of a Japan-EU trade deal in Tokyo on Tuesday. | AFP-JIJI

How we strengthen this community, will depend on the way Europeans will capitalize on the visit of Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk to Tokyo this week. This visit can take two different paths. One is the path of diplomatic niceties, signing agreements, and smiling and posing for pictures. Following the storm caused by Trump in Brussels and London, that was a welcome respite, to be sure. The other path goes far beyond and can turn our relationship into something much more enduring and ambitious.

This means not just finalizing the trade agreement and strategic partnership, but seizing the moment and using it as a springboard for setting together global standards on a number of issues such as trade, climate change, security policy, rule-of-law, cyber and data flows as well as data protection.

At the same time, many Europeans, who seem to have resigned themselves to the fact that destiny shall be set by China, need to ask the question why not also by cooperation with like-minded countries like Japan?

Many in Europe look at Beijings Belt and Road initiative (BRI) both as an opportunity but also as a Trojan horse. Europeans are not sure how to handle it. On one hand they welcome Chinese investments. On the other, they realize that with these investments, China is pursuing a meticulous strategic goal, acquiring key infrastructure and technological know-how. Chinas investments in Europe has increased exponentially 10 times from 2008 to 2015 and another 70 percent the year after.

Over the past year, many have awoken to the dangers that Chinese foreign direct investment carri...

19:06

A Christian Walks Into a Strip Club "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bare breasts are in my face, the strippers top hanging loosely from the bar stool next to me.

I feel like Ive descended into hell.

The room is bathed in a red glow, like fire is enveloping the place, while disco balls spin delicately from above, illuminating men who watch the main stage with fervent eyes. The bartenders are idle in comparison, wiping down clean glasses to waste away the night, or ducking in and out of the shadows, serving drinks. I run a finger along our table sticky. I clear my throat and gear up for my first question.

Why stripping?

Candy picks up her glass of wine with her well-manicured fingers.

Money, she says.

No other reasons for why youre here? I ask her.

I then hear the hypocrisy in my own question. Why am I here?

I clutch the cross around my neck and wonder if I can hold my university tutor accountable for when God looks at me disapprovingly in heaven.

I inadvertently stare at Candys breasts again. Thirty minutes ago, I was in a prayer meeting, worshipping Jesus. Now, Im surrounded by nude women and drunk men. Is this really worth it for a single university assignment?

Im also here because this job is fun. Entertaining is a big part of the game when youre not teasing your client, Candy says. She looks me in the eyes before asking me her next question: But why are you here?

I ignore her accusatory tone and tell her Im writing a story on a program that seeks to transition strippers out of their industry and into safe and secure employment.

What I leave out is my meeting with my tutor from the day before, who read over the first draft of my feature article. With a look that implied Im inexperienced and committing a deadly journalistic sin, she said, Your story isnt objective. You need to go to a strip club if you want this story to pass.

Her words took me by surprise. Me? In a strip club? I wanted to shake my cross in her face and call her ill-informed. Doesnt she know Im a woman of faith?

I pictured a number of scenarios playing out in real life mistakenly walking into a brothel and not a strip club, fai...

17:09

Australia - Oberon becomes one of the last NSW towns to fluoridate its water "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

One of the last remaining towns in New South Wales without fluoridation has decided to add it to its drinking water.

The Oberon Council on the state's central tablelands has voted five-to-three to add fluoride to the town's supply after several months of heated debate and campaigning.

It is one of eight local governments in NSW, out of more than 100 local councils in the state, that has been asked to consider fluoridation by Health Minister Brad Hazzard..........
Two women standing outside the Oberon Council meeting.

Anti-fluoride campaigners in Oberon angry at a decision to introduce fluoride

Posted about 5 hours ago

Oberon residents Veronika Cvitanovic and Tracey Watson are disappointed by the council's support for fluoride.

16:57

Why some people want a nuclear waste dump in Kimba or Hawker, South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

As Ive been going through 98 submissions to The Senate Inquiry  on Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia , Ive been able to learn some of the reasons why people support  the idea of the nuclear waste dump .   Almost every one of the the 40 supporting  submissions come from local residents,  several explaining that they have been very thoroughly informed by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, including tours of the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor.  4 submissions spent time praising DIIS and ANSTO  (Ashworth, P No. 52 , and Baldock B No 72 , Baldock H No 64 and ANSTO itself, No 58)

These are some points that came up as they answered the Term of Reference, especially  (f) Any related matters.

Survival of the town as reason to have the dump:  (submissions from Carpenter I No 3, Carpenter D No 1, Clements No 35 , Joyce, J, McInnis, J, Name Withheld, no 91, Stewart)

Opposition to misleading information from anti-nuclear activists (Joyce, J No 33, Koch, D No 75, McInnis, J No 4) 

Need for dump for nuclear medicine (DIIS No 40, SA ARPS No 41)

Dump will have no negative impact (Lienert, M and M No 53, Schmidt, D No 13)

Dump good for local business (Kemp No 88, SACOME No 69)

Dump important for necessary...

16:38

Cruel anniversary for 1650 people including 124 children still imprisoned on Manus and Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Today, Thursday 19 July marks five years of limbo and suffering for over 1650 men, women and children indefinitely imprisoned in the Turnbull Governments refugee camps on Manus Island and Nauru.

The group includes 124 children, 40 of whom have spent their entire lives warehoused in offshore detention.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre who has visited Manus Island three times, said that after five years of misery, suffering and death, it was well and truly time for the Turnbull Government to move every single person out of these offshore camps.

Five years is absolutely huge in the life of a child. These kids should be free and full of curiosity and hope. Instead, they are growing up surrounded by suffering and despair. Children as young as 10 are trying to kill themselves, said Mr Webb.

Whatever the question, continuing to wreck the lives of these 124 children is not the answer.

On 19 July 2013, the Rudd Government announced that anyone arriving by boat would be deported to indefinite offshore detention. Five years on, the Turnbull Government continues to detain over 870 men, women and children on Nauru and over 780 men are still languishing on Manus Island.

Its been five long, painful years. Women have been sexually assaulted. Children have been so traumatised that they have needed urgent psychiatric care. Twelve people have died. Such deliberate and sustained cruelty to innocent human beings is fundamentally wrong, said Mr Webb.

In November 2016 the Government announced its US resettlement deal with the Obama Administration agreeing to resettle a maximum of 1250 people detained on Manus and Nauru. However, almost two years after the agreement was announced only around 300 people have been resettled and Trump has made no secret of his disdain for the deal.

Mr Webb said that even if the US deal is eventually fully implemented there will still be around 800 people left behind on Manus and Nauru with no end or solution in sight.

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